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Vol.18 No. 14


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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Triple event tests the market BY WAYNE CAMPBELL for the VOICE

“Come on in, I saved a spot for you.” Fonthill Kinette Carolyn Steven greeted drivers coming into the Fonthill Shopping Plaza last Thursday evening as she sorted store customers from concert goers. If they were shopping at the plaza, they had a spot there. If they weren’t, she gave the driver a map and explained concert and market parking locations. While her and other parking monitors from the Kinettes and Fonthill Lions Club received some gruff comments over parking and fees, they said most people were polite. Some were relieved to hear a $5 parking fee at the plaza side lot and St. Alexander Church would go to Kinette and Lions charities as well as church programs – not to town revenues. In addition to printing maps, the town staff posted parking signs around downtown Fonthill at designatSee Thursday’s events (Page 3)

The Fonthill bandshell was bustling with an eager audience as the summer concert series kicked off with Toronto native Kimberley Wetmore. She brought her jazzy melodious sound to Peace Park. “I’m grateful people want to hear you perform,” Wetmore said in an interview. “I always appreciate every opportunity given to me. “Even now when I get a chance to back-up another musician, I jump

at the chance as I’m always excited when I get to perform.” Performing and creating are something she knows well. She began singing at an early age, humming along to television commercials before entering the world of musical theatre. It was there she got hooked and says her itch to perform never really stopped. Her work schedule agrees. With over 10 performances booked for the month, music

remains life and a livelihood for Wetmore. She credits those around her for the climb to success across North America and Europe. “You need to work with people who are better than you to make things work and I’ve been lucky,” she said. “It is truly great doing something you love, while being able to give back with something as simple as a song.” See Fonthill bandshell (Page 3)

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Page  THE VOICE of Pelham Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Fonthill bandshell (from Page 1) Despite the heavy schedule, Wetmore has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. With concerts and shows booked late into the summer, she hoping to get back into the studio to create more music in the Fall. “If people are still willing to see me, then I’ll continue to write and perform my music.” This Thursday features That 60’s Show, which is a new musical production that salutes the most influential decade of music. It’s a feast for the eyes and the ears as the show is a nostalgic trip back to the days of peace, love, war, protest, hippies, flower power, sex, drugs, and rock and roll. With an 11-piece band featuring six-time Juno nominee, Mladen Alexander and Top 5 Canadian Idol finalist, Mookie Morrison, the show jumps off the stage and thrills audiences with its dynamic high energy performance, Fonthill bandshell committee says in a news release. The concert runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Peace Park in Fonthill. For more information go to

Police continue distracted driver campaign Kinettes Carolyn Steven and Bernadette Plug greet drivers at the entrance to the Fonthill Shopping Plaza to explain Thursday evening parking arrangements to ensure parking for plaza customers. They handed out maps guiding concert goers and farmers market customers to open parking areas. Wayne Campbell/Voice Photo Thursday’s events (from Page 3) ed lots, and, ran a shuttle bus from the Pelham Arena to Fonthill United Church and Marlene Stewart Streit Park lots. “Parking plan went well for week 1,” said recreation co-ordinator Jessica Ruddell. “There are some items we are working on ironing out.” Cyclists going to Pelham Peace Park this Thursday evening will have valet parking. A bike valet will begin service for July at the end of the month will be assessed on whether to continue, said Ruddell. The Summerfest committee will handle the bike valet on Thursday July 17 as part of its four-day Fonthill festival. The bike valet parking, sponsored by Nelson and Dam Financial Fonthill and handled by a Bike Welland attendant, encourages cycling to the three Thursday evening events in Pelham Peace Park. The weekly Fonthill Bandshell Summer Concerts will continue this Thursday with That 60s Show. Concert organizers are concerned paid parking will affect the pass-the-bucket donations it receives to help finance entertainment for the nine-year-old summer music series. The first night drew a good crowd to the opening concert. The Pelham Farmers Market lays out

local fruit, vegetables, flowers and food items from May to October each Thursday evening. Last Thursday it was busy. Its organizing committee wonders if the supper market and parking arrangements will squeeze its customers. Parking includes a 30-minute section for farmers market customers. The new Pelham Supper Market, with five of its 10 vendor slots filled, went over so well last Thursday. The food vendors sold out. “It will be bigger next week with two more local restaurants joining us,” said Candy Ashbee of Presentations. Patti Fagan of Cafe On Main said she was very busy and noticed a flow of people from the concert to the supper market, over to the farmers market and back. The super market sets up on a curved driveway at Town Hall and covers a roped off area between the bandshell concert and farmers market. The area accommodates a liquor licence for serving wine and beer. Coun. Gary Accursi, town council’s representative on the supper market committee, said the area will need more picnic tables for those eating food bought at the supper and farmers market.


Members of the Special Enforcement Unit focused distracted driving in the Niagara Region in a news release They remind drivers that distracted driving is an unsafe practice and remains a concern on the roadways. Operating a vehicle while holding your cellphone can result in a charge under Section 78.1 of the Highway Traffic Act and carries a fine of $280. Driving safely includes focusing on the task of driving, police say. Put your phone in the backseat, turn it off, or wait until you arrive at your destination to use your phone. All drivers are reminded to contact police if they see dangerous or suspected impaired driving. With the onset of summer vacation all users of regional roadways are reminded to watch for an increase of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians including children. Distracted driving enforcement is and will remain a focus of the Niagara Regional Police Service and reducing offences will remain a goal region-wide.

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LETTERS to the editor It was asked why is there no cat law in Pelham? Because this isn’t Toronto. I am writing this letter in response to a letter that appeared in last week’s paper. We are the owners on the little grey cat, Sabrina aka Brie. Yes, she does roam and yes, she probably did kill the baby birds. I am very sorry about the birds. She is a good hunter and does bring home several small animals over the course of the summer. But, allow me to defend her. Sabrina brings much joy to people throughout the neighborhood. Some of your neighbors in Victory Gardens have even visited at Christmas to bring gifts for her. I have been told several times of the love and joy she brings to people, some of which have invited her into their homes. I have often thought of trying to curb her outdoor tendencies but for this reason I have allowed her to continue roaming. Now to the hunting. She is a cat. Cats hunt. I wish she wouldn’t but she does. This year in particular she has brought home several mice as well as chipmunks, and yes a couple birds. For some reason this year it has been more mice. Personally, I prefer her hunting these mice to finding them in my basement or walls. The urination and defecation issue. She probably does urinate and defecate in your gardens. Again, I don’t deny this. It’s what cats and dogs do. As you were quick to point out I live on Pelham St. Many people walk their animals by our home every day. Several of them are our neighbors. I don’t have nor will I ever have a problem with those animals using my front lawn to relieve themselves. It’s a fact of life and personally life is too short to get upset over this. Now, I ask you to please give Sabrina a chance. She is declawed so she won’t scratch you. She is a very loving and friendly cat. She’ll stop by for a little petting and then move on her way. I hope that maybe one day she’ll bring you joy, the way she does to my wife and I as well as many of our neighbors. Please feel free to stop by and discuss this. We apologize that she is a bother. We regularly inquire about her with people we meet and have never heard anything derogatory.

In response to the letter by Phyllis regarding cats, I love them as much as the next cat owner but roaming cats are only doing what is natural to catch birds, chipmunks etc. To deny them access to the outdoors is intolerable for some cats. The problems with animals are never them but us. We should not have domesticated cats and dogs. To put this wrong right we should not allow any more breeding so as to eventually faze them out altogether. Small wild animals and birds would be safe at least from cats and our shelters would not be full of unwanted, unloved cats and dogs. Wendy Cleaver, Fonthill

I support the suggestion in the June 18 letter from Phyllis that Pelham should have a bylaw to discourage cat owners from allowing their pets to be at large. We maintain a bird feeder in our backyard throughout the year, and though we have a sheltered, fenced yard, we frequently have to chase away cats that come to stalk the birds. As Phyllis pointed out in her letter, domestic and feral cats do significant damage to wild bird populations in North America. Therefore, I agree that the municipality should have a bylaw to force cat owners to take responsibility for their pets. Doug Janack, Fonthill

Sean and Anita Maloney

I fully agree with Phyllis from Fonthill. I too have a cat issue. It comes around urinating and defecating in my flower beds. Beheading birds, chipmunks and killing bunnies and leaving for me to find. I don’t appreciate this. If I wanted a cat, I’d go get one! I don’t want a cat! Nor do I like them. I don’t let my dogs run freely around the neighborhood leaving piles of ‘poop’ in other people’s yards. Why are cats allowed to do this? Original bandshell design used courtesy of Todd Barber Forestgreen Creations.

Letters to the Editor are welcome provided the submission contains the writer’s full name, signature, address and telephone number. Names only will be published. Names will not be withheld. The newspaper reserves the right to change, condense or reject any contribution for brevity or legal purposes. All Material in this publication is protected by copyright. Reproduction is prohibited without express, written permission of the publisher. Advertising: The VOICE of Pelham regrets any errors that appear in advertisements in this newspaper, however, we will not be held responsible for more than one incorrect insertion or for any damages beyond the amount of space which contains the error.

Margie, Fonthill

Dog park unleashed BY STEPHEN DYELL

for the VOICE

Regional Chair Gary Gary Burroughs speaking at the opening of Pelham’s first dog park over the weekend.

Dogs in town finally have a place to themselves. The official opening of Pelham’s first leash-free dog park took place on Saturday at the park, located at 1608 Centre St., off of Hwy. 20. “This is a great day for Pelham,” Regional Chair Gary Gary Burroughs said at the unleashing. “This was an old land-fill site and now it’s being re-purposed. That’s what we should be doing all the time in Niagara as this is the sign of where we should be going.” Niagara Region contributed $85,000 and will be running the park, while the town chipped in over $30,000. Local group, Pelham DOGS, were the under-

rated aspect of the entire project – raising close to $10,000 since the parks planning got underway. “We’ve seen a number of people in this community say ‘this is what we want’ and it really made the entire process possible,” Councillor Brian Baty said. The group spent hours collecting bottles, gathering donations, and also playing a vital role in the development of the dog park. Planning what would be included into the design was as important as the dollars raised, with the park designed for easy access and state-of-the-art design for the residents of Pelham. “Our community does involve canines, and we want a place for them to safely play in Pelham,” Baty said. “We should be proud of the citizens for making this possible.”

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A “thank you” call about Pelham’s property taxes I wasn’t surprised when Elaine (the Town’s long-serving and extremely dedicated taxation clerk) told me that “John” had called about his residential property taxes. But, I was pleased to learn that he was calling to thank the Town because his property tax bill decreased. You see, John makes a point of calling the Town every time we send out a tax notice; that means every six months he calls Elaine or me to complain about his taxes. I understand that John has generally been pleased with Pelham’s modest property tax increases over the years. For example, the average increase of property taxes on your combined residential property tax bill for each

of the last four years was 1.5% (for a four-year total increase of 6.0%). For the previous four years – from 2007 to 2010 – it was 1.8% (total increase 7.3%). At the same time, inflation for the last four-year period was 7.35% or an average of 1.79% per year. That means that Pelham’s residential taxes increased 1.35% below inflation over the last four years. So what has been John’s complaint? John called in the past because his property taxes increased greater than the amount we publish each year. For example, in 2011, the average property tax bill decreased by 0.1%, while John’s increased. That meant a hit on his pocket book while others got a break. How is it possible that he got a break this year, when the average residential property taxes increased by 0.9% in 2014? Well, the answer is because the 0.9% average increase is only for an average residential property assessed at $298,000 and that increased an average of 2.2% (the average increase of all increases in residential assess-

ment). But, if your assessed value increases more than the average increase you will pay more than average. For example, if the assessed value of your home increased by 4% from 2013 to 2014, that’s higher than the 2.2% average, and you would pay more than the 0.9% average property tax increase. By the same token, if your home is like John’s property and your assessed value increased less than the average – say by only 1% (instead of the 2.2% average) – you will likely pay less property tax this year too! I want to thank “John” for calling Elaine! Maybe it’s human nature…but most people call to complain, to report something, or to ask for an improvement. Only a generous few thank Town staff and express their appreciation for a program or service. Thanks, “John”!

Another name went up on the election board at Pelham Town Hall on Friday. Brian Baty is seeking reelection for the position of Regional Councillor for the Town of Pelham. Baty was first elected in 2003 to the newly created position of Regional Councillor upon his retirement as the Principal of E.L. Crossley Secondary School. A triple majority vote at Regional Council and votes at all 12 local municipalities created the position due to the increase in Pelham’s population. Baty has served on several standing committees along with multiple advisory or ad hoc committees. He also has served as a member of the board for the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority and is serving a second term as a Commissioner of the Niagara

Escarpment Commission. He has been an active participant in all Niagara Week activities over the last decade helping to bring attention at Queen’s Park to the needs of Niagara. He has also served in several leadership roles and is currently the Co-Chair of the Public Health and Social Services Committee. “There are several areas of government that are the reasons I serve as a regional councillor” says Baty. People issues, the human face of government is dealt with by the Public Health and Social Services Committee. Agriculture and environmental issues have been areas of interest for the last 11 years. The lobbying to get Niagara recognized in the Places to Grow document led to the formation of the Niagara Gateway Economic

Centre and Zone. Continued governance and political initiatives are having an effect on turning around Niagara’s economy.” Baty is recognized as a communicator as he prepares written and verbal summaries of regional council business for local councils and he has been a frequent contributor to local media writing topics that shed insight into the issues discussed at Niagara Regional Council, The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, and the Niagara Escarpment Commission. A lesser known fact is that Baty finances his own election campaigns. “I have not sought nor will I accept any contributions to an election campaign as I want to be independent and make my decisions on what is best for all Niagarans.”


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Laura Secord hike continues tradition

The 23rd annual Laura Secord hike was held June 14 and 15, hosted by the Niagara Bruce Trail Club. Thirty-nine hikers completed the 30km trek from the Laura Secord Homestead to DeCew house. An additional 25 hikers completed the trail in two days. Many thanks to the volunteers for providing refreshments and encouragement at checkpoints along the route. Special thanks to Bernice Thiessen, our very own “Laura”, who welcomed the hikers to DeCew house. For more information about joining the Niagara Bruce Trail Club and for hike schedules, please visit


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Sign goes up for health centre in East Fonthill BY WAYNE CAMPBELL

for the VOICE So far, the Fonthill Health Centre is a big sign along Regional Road 20. The mayor, town councillors and two Barrie doctors Dave Boushy and Rob Hekkenberg pulled off a tarp to unveiled the sign last week. On July 14, town council will hold a public meeting to review rezoning of the land. Boushy said the centre is part of trend in health care moving away from hospital centred to community care. It brings services together in a one-stop shop. The Fonthill centre will include five to 10 doctors’ offices, after- hours clinic, geriatric programs, extended allied health care services, and, diagnostic imaging and testing. Rather than patients running to offices around the region, they will have fully computerized services in one place, Boushy said. Similar to a health centre the doctors are building in Barrie, the Fonthill centre will be beside a retirement complex built and operated by Baybridge Seniors Housing. The health centre will sit on about three acres of land purchased from the town for about $375,000 an acre. The land is part of a 32-acre parcel at Regional Road 20 and Rice Road town

council bought in 2006 to accommodate town facilities such as a community complex. The public land forms the tip of the East Fonthill public, residential and commercial development stretching down Rice Road and Regional Road 20. Town council will hold a public meeting under the Ontario Planning Act on July 14 in the council chambers to hear an application for rezoning of the land to mixed use and residential from agriculture. The meeting will hear a presentation from the doctors and from any objectors to the rezoning. Mayor Dave Augustyn said the health centre fits in with the East Fonthill Secondary Plan, a downtown master plan and the town’s yet-to-be approved Official Plan.  For doctors Boushy and Hekkenberg, this is their second health centre.  The Little Lake Health Centre in Barrie is now under construction and expected to open in 2015. Boushy said there were problems there with the layout of the land and developing in a  built up area. He expects things will move more quickly in Pelham since the area that is just developing. “We have had wonder cooperation” from council and staff, he said. “The location and its easy access to highways drew us here.” He expects to open the Fonthill Health Centre in late 2015.

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The Voice On Vacation

Happy RotaRy Club of fonthill in the Canada day SpiRit

Canada day

The Rotary Club of Fonthill is providing fun for the community on Canada Day at Harold Black Park, Fonthill. There will be lots to amuse children who are celebrating the holiday. On a trip to Washington D.C., Lauren and Ethan Engel took The Voice along to see the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington VA. Send us your picture holding The Voice, whether across town, or abroad, and we will share it with our readers. Email your photo with a brief description to: office@


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Kids of all ages can enjoy bouncing on several inflatables. Toddlers will love the Animal Kingdom where they will meet pop-up zebras, dolphins, lions and a giraffe. A climbing structure and slide will keep the most energetic kids busy! Ahoy there! Come and walk the plank on the Giant Pirates Bounce and Slide. Older kids will love the challenge of the Wild World of Sports. Choose from football, soccer, basketball, baseball, dart/Frisbee all in the one play structure. New this year is the very popular 9 hole Disc Golf Course or Frolf. Everyone can play. Participants take turns driving, chipping and putting differently weighed discs to traverse a course from beginning to end in the fewest number of throws of the disc.

SoundS like fun! Other summer games will be available for the younger set to try their skill or luck with the fish pond, football toss, hoola hoops, basketball shoot, and Connect Four. Our popular Sandtastik returns for another year of fantastic critters at the craft station. Using coloured sand and lots of decorations, kids get to be creative and unique. Canada Day Windmills will also be back for a special souvenir of the day. Face painting or tattoos will also be offered. Sno cones will be on sale to help beat the heat. There will be an informative display about the Rotary Club and its community and international projects. Be sure to take a look and find out about Rotary.

Get in the spirit and wear your red and white! See you in the park!

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Happy Canad

The Lions Club serves your community in many ways:

Help for the blind, deaf, diabetes, dog guides, sports groups, scholarships, Welland Hospital Foundation, Pelham Cares, Pelham Library plus many others. To enable us to continue these projects we need the support WE SERVE of the community with our raffles and draws.

Happy Canada Day



Richard Rybiak

Ward 1 • Town of Pelham

“It’s Great To Be A Lion�

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Care Cash finder gives back to Pelham The early bird gets the worm. In this case, the early bird gets the cash. Ed Doucette was up in the wee hours of Friday morning and was rewarded in Care Cash – the newest scavenger hunt by PenFinancial Credit Union. The Fenwick native had heard about the newest trend of hunting for cash through clues given out on social media and had decided to try his luck. Refreshing his phone each minute, patiently waiting for the clue to arrive, he began on his journey. “I left the house before 6 a.m. and made my way out of Fenwick,� Doucette said. “I was parked, using my cellphone when the clue came in and I recognized the canal (in Welland) and quickly made my way down to the water.� He says the envelope was on the back of a sign along the path at the PenFinancial Flatwater Centre, where he was quickly greeted by employees from bank with his winnings. The entire scavenger hunt was created with the content to encourage residents of Niagara to pay it forward to those

who could use a little something extra this summer as winners will have their prize total matched to the charity of their choice. Doucette decided to keep the winnings in the community, donating the matching $230 to Pelham Cares. “I wanted to keep it local. I felt a smaller charity like Pelham Cares would feel it more than some national charities. Also, the donation would stay in the community.� He used the rest of his cash to continue his weekly tradition of “paying it forward� at Tim Horton’s, while giving out some winnings to those who came in search of the prize along the canal. Despite his luck and nifty scavenger skills, Doucette says he’ll allow others to find the weekly Care Cash locations after a thrilling first-ever attempt. To follow along, track PenFinancial’s Twitter feed and Facebook page every Friday morning in order to catch the riddles revealing the hiding places of the Care Cash.

Lori Grande of Pelham Cares accepts a $230 donation from Ed Doucette over the weekend. Stephen Dyell/Voice Photo





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for the VOICE A local pilots association gave the Niagara Central Airport a lift last week. Flight 149 of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association presented airport manager David Devine with the keys to a courtesy van. The airport will lend the van to visiting pilots and passengers. “It’s nice to fly into the airport, but you will want to visit some of the attractions,” said COPA Flight 149 captain Adrian Verburg. “But once you land, what do you do?” The courtesy van will help to promote local aerial tourism, he said. Niagara is an attraction for flying sightseers, golfers, history buffs and

other tourists, he said. Visiting pilots will have free use of the van, although a donation to help with upkeep is appreciated. “We have already used it twice,” said Devine at the official presentation of the keys. Visiting pilots can book the COPA Courtesy Vehicle in advance by calling the airport administration at 905-714-1000. It is intended for destinations in Niagara. It has maps, guides and a GPS already programmed to local destinations. The airport on River Road in Pelham along the Welland River promotes itself as a destination for pilots flying to visit Niagara for tourism or business. It is currently the home base for 60 private owned aircraft with more coming, said Devine.

Recently the airport has added new hangars and tie-down spots along the runways. It is the home to Niagara Skydive Centre, Tarczy Aircraft and the St. Catharines Flying Club, which offer parachute jumping, aircraft servicing and flight training. The Niagara Central Airport was built to train pilots during the Second World War. It is now owned by Pelham, Welland, Wainfleet and Port Colborne operated by a joint commission. Verburg thanked sponsors for the van who include Accipter, Rose City Suites Best Western, Niagara Skydive Centre, Niagara Central Airport and the Effingham Brewing Co. Ltd. Canadian Owners and Pilots Association promotes general aviation across Canada.


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Giant Tiger Peewee Giants sweep Welland The Giant Tiger Peewee Giants swept an away and home series with Welland #2 before losing to their cross-town rivals, the Mossimos Orioles. Jaimes Nero started on the mound in the first match and held Welland to a single run. Catcher Davyn LaFleur caught two runners at the plate for outs in the opening innings while Dan Durkin and Forest Turpel stole home to keep the score close. The Giants’ pitching starred in 3 consecutive 3 up-3 down innings compliments of Jake Butler and Dan Durkin with a little help from Evan Kernaghan who picked up 2 outs at 1st base. Turpel and Nero each registered singles, a quick-thinking Devin Stukel gained a base on a dropped 3rd strike, and Turpel again played the thief at the plate to give the Giants a 5-4 win. The rematch opened with Evan Kernaghan pitching 3 strike-outs and allowing only 3 runs in 2 innings. Forest Turpel got an out at 1st base and fly outs were gloved by Ben Mann in centre field and DJ Petrovski at 3rd. Meanwhile,


the Giants’ bats were warming up with Davyn Lafleur hitting a single, Dan Durkin pounding a 3RBI triple to centre field, and Ayden Janas unloading two RBI doubles. Welland pushed hard in the 5th inning and took the lead. With 2 outs, the bases loaded and Ben Mann at the plate, Josh Pennacchietti stole home. Mann seized the opportunity to get to 1st base on a dropped 3rd strike, and Dan Durkin’s 2 RBI double sealed the victory. Ben Mann and Jaimes Nero also occupied the mound in the win. The Giants and Orioles kept pace with each other through the first 3 innings of their game. Jake Butler made a beautiful catch in centre field for a fly out and teamed up with Owen Darling for a nice play for an out at 1st base, while on the offense, Owen Darling hit for a single, DJ Petrovski slugged an RBI triple and Ayden Janas pounded a 2RBI triple. The Giants feel behind in the 4th inning and couldn’t catch up. Forest Turpel, Dan Durkin and Jake Butler were the pitchers.

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ITO partners with Niagara College Angie Geiss, Executive Director of In the Orchard Programming for the Arts, would like to formally announce our new partnership with Niagara College. In the Orchard has been providing quality and creative art camps for the community of Pelham for the past eight years. This year, they are branching out to Welland, St.Catharines and Niagara-on-the-Lake to provide their well-known art camps off-site. In the Orchard will continue to run three weeks of camp in July at their location in Fonthill, 1433 Pelham Street.

The following two camps will be held at Niagara College campuses: Paint Big and the Fundamentals of Sculpture (July 1418) where students will experience the freedom of painting large-scale compositions. They will learn the seven elements of design and explore the masters. They will create 3D compositions using traditional sculpture methods. Fashion and Bling it on! (July 21 – 25) where students will learn the art of fashion and design through drawing, pattern-making and basic sewing techniques. They will also

have an opportunity to design their own jewelry, handbags and accessories using glitter, beads and rhinestones. The camps at Niagara College will allow ITO to build their capacity, provide outdoor play space for dramatic arts activities and create an overall feel of studying the arts in a professional studio – easels an all. In addition to the camps held at Niagara College campuses, they will also be holding three art camps at their headquarters – The Happy Place Art Studio. Check out their website at www. for more info or call the studio at 905-892-1709.

Swimming pool house re-opens

Grade 3 students from E.W. Farr Memorial Public School assist MP Dean Allison, Mayor Dave Augustyn, town councillor Richard Rybiak, pool staff and representatives of MZE Architects Inc, Duomax Developments and Scott Construction cut a ribbon to officially re-open an overhauled pool house in Marlene Stewart Streit Park. Wayne Campbell/Voice Photo


for the VOICE An upgraded pool house will not only serve swimmers but also skateboarders, hikers and other park users. An entrance from the front of the pool house in Marlene Stewart Streit Park will give park users access to washrooms from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Change rooms and public washrooms entrances are now separate. A formal ribbon cutting last week officially reopened the pool

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parking lot and dropoff area, and a trails system. The ribbon cutting ceremony included the mayor, MP Dean Allison, and representatives of representatives of MZE Architects Inc, Duomax Developments and Scott Construction who worked on the projects. It also kicked off the swimming season with students from E.W. Farr Memorial School taking a water survival course. Recreation co-ordinator Jessica Ruddell said this summer’s swimming lessons and day camps “are filling up very quickly.” Similarly, specialty camps, a triathlon club and playground programs are doing well, she said. A little slow are Camp Fund Days from June 30 to July 4. For more information about the town’s summer programs see the website

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ONGOING • Ontario Senior Games Association (OSGA) for fellowship, friendly competition and a more active lifestyle. Info • Newcomers Club of St. Catharines & District welcomes women new to the region to participate in a variety of activities. Call Maureen 905-397-7593 or Gwen 905-641-9816 for details. • May 23 through June 8. “Who’s Under Where?” presented by the Canalside Players. Welland CommuAt the championship meet for the District School Board of Niagara, A. K. Wigg nity Wellness Complex, 145 school won 46 medals, on route to a first place finish overall. Lincoln Street, Welland. Front Row: Lauren Fennell (gold, 2 silver, bronze), Mr. Hildebrandt (Coach) Second Row: T. J. Hurley (gold, silver, bronze), Hannah Holmes (silver), Maya Snid- canalsideplayers@gmail. com 905-735-1700 x 4000. er (silver), William Hamilton (bronze), Alison O’Connor (bronze), Abby Thibodeau • Mondays at 7 p.m. Sing (silver), Josh Gibson (bronze), Jordan Hatt (bronze). Niagara Women’s A CapThird Row: Noah Minor (bronze), Adam Bisson (silver), Josh Glen (silver, bronze), pella Chorus at Paroisse Campbell Whitley (bronze), Lauren Suthons (bronze), Avery Pew (bronze), Sofia Immaculee Conception Labricciosa (2 bronze), Sydney VanWylick (bronze), Emilie Hamilton (bronze). Church, 99 Garner St, St. Back Row: Mr. Triano (Coach), Andrew Suthons (silver), Derian Free (2 gold, Catharines. Call 905-892silver), Brock Deba (4 gold), Graeme McKinley (gold, bronze), Asha Williams (gold, bronze), Jessie Fennell (5 gold), Abigail O’Connor (gold), Julia Labricciosa (gold), 1640 or visit Amber Snyder (gold), Mr. Kurland (Coach). Absent: Audrey Morrison (bronze). • 7:15 p.m. Peninsula Orchestra invites players to join them every Monday at Holy Trinity Anglican Church. No audition. For info. please contact Bev @ 892-0583. • Tuesdays • 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. SPAN is a social club for mature singles who meet Iggy’s Pub 115 Hwy  20 E  Two grade 8 classes from St. Alexander school visited Pelham Cares last week. Fonthill. Offers members a Each student carried at least 15 lbs of food in their backpacks to donate in their monthly calendar of social “Me 2 We” initiative. activities.  Further information, call Lynie @905-7880359 • 6:30 p.m. “A Cappella Niagara” Men’s Chorus invites singers for fun, fellowship, and fabulous 4-part harmony at the Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln St. in Welland. For info call Kerry—289-820- 6584. Come and sing with us—you’ll be glad you did! • Thursdays (first Thursday of every month) 1:30 p.m. to p.m. SOS (Survivors of Stroke) Everyone is welcome. Info call Ann

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Touring Pelham’s Gardens

Ken Robb and Mike MacGillivray stand in Robb’s rolling backyard garden on Stonegate Place in Fonthill, a stop on the Pelham Communities in Bloom 13th annual Garden Tour. Wayne Campbell/Voice Photo

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She also explained how she and her husband rearranged the yard for the garden. Others who showed gardens on the tour were: John and Margaret Swallow on Hansler Street in Ridgeville, Bonnie and Gary Birch on Chestnut Street, Rosemary and Mike Audrus on Emmett Street, Mr. and Mrs. Gord Jackson on Fallingbrook Drive, Nikki and Wilson Montgomery on Canboro Road in Fenwick, and, Cathy and Tom Hopkins on Centre Street in North Pelham.

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A sunny warm Saturday drew a steady flow of visitors to eight backyards during the 13th annual Pelham Communities in Bloom Garden Tour. This year’s tour raised money for a community garden project sponsored by the committee, Pelham Horticultural Society and Greening Niagara. The 21-plot community garden will give seniors, low-income families, children and others who don’t have gardens a place to grow fruit, vegetable and flowers while learning gardening skills. Communities in Bloom member Bill King estimated more than 70 took the tour, which made it a success. Ken Robb, whose rolling backyard garden on

Stonegate Place was one of the stops, said visitors asked about the plants, shrubs and how deep the garden was. It winds downhill with a path along a waterfall, pond and over a bridge stretching back 700 feet to a retreat area among the trees, he said. It took him 15 years to get “the work in progress” to the point it is now. He called the garden a very relaxing link with nature. Janet Hamilton, who along with her husband Dick, showed their smaller back garden built around a swimming pool on Parkhill Road. While it is adorned with planters, pots and garden accessories they sell at their shop, Hamiltons of Pelham, Hamilton said she spent much of her time talking to visitors about the proposed community garden.



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The Voice of Pelham, June 25, 2014  
The Voice of Pelham, June 25, 2014  

An Independant weekly newspaper presenting local news to the residents of Fonthill, Fenwick, Ridgeville and North Pelham.