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Pelham’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations BY SARAH MURRELL VOICE Staff This year 16 sovereign states will be celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of their Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. In Canada many events are being planned to honour Her Majesty’s reign and Pelham is not being left out of the celebrations. The Town of Pelham is currently planning a Royal Garden Party in honour of the Diamond Jubilee that will include music, a Royal Hat Contest and memorabilia displays. “We love our Queen,” says Jayne Watson, a member of the organizing committee, in her distinctly British accent. “It’s all about the Monarchy.” Watson says it is likely her British heritage that led to her invitation to be on the organizing committee for the Royal Garden Party, noting she “jumped at the chance.” While she loves her new home of Canada, Watson says you never leave your roots behind and she still considers England “home.” Noting The Queen’s reign of 60 years is “phenomenal”, Watson said it’s important Pelham do something for her. “She’s as strong now as she was then,” says

Watson of her monarch. “She’s a formidable woman.” Pat Duncan, also a member of the organizing committee, agrees, noting The Queen’s continued reign and her many public appearances show a strong, healthy monarchy. Duncan, who grew up not

Pelham. That does not preclude the community, however, from celebrating with a British tradition, afternoon tea. The Royal Garden Party will feature tea, lemonade, tea sandwiches, scones and other treats.

far from Balmoral Castle, The Queen’s vacation home in Scotland, explains much like Watson, her British background is also how she came to be on the organizing committee. While The Queen plans to travel throughout the United Kingdom for her Diamond Jubilee celebration members of The Royal Family will visit Commonwealth countries on her behalf. In Canada Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will make several appearances, none of which will include

“It’s not high tea,” says Watson, referring to the larger, heavier afternoon meal of working class Brits, “but it is a nice tea.” “The tea party itself is going to be a really fun event,” says Watson. “I’m really looking forward to it.” The Royal Garden Party, Royal Hat Contest and Memorabilia Display will be held on June 30. While the Jubilee celebration is focusing on the first weekend in June, Duncan says the later date for Pelham’s

party does tie in with celebrations taking place throughout the entire month of June and fits nicely with Pelham’s Canada Day celebrations the following day. Both Watson and Duncan are hoping to see Pelham residents get involved in the celebrations, not only by attending the garden party but by taking part in the hat contest and contribution items to the memorabilia display. Duncan explains all memorabilia loaned to the committee will be catalogued and labeled to ensure they get back to their rightful owners, and will be displayed at the Pelham Public Library, Fonthill Branch. Items of higher value will be displayed in the locked cabinet in the foyer, she said, and other items will be displayed in the library. Having some experience with hats, Watson, who participated in Easter Bonnet parades in England as a child, is looking forward to the hat contest and is planning to find a great hat and then make it a winner by embellishing it herself. Prizes for the hat contest will include commemorative mugs, from Britain, with some other treats, says Duncan, noting judges for the contest are

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still being invited to participate. “The music is going to be fab,” says Watson, noting the DJ they’ve chosen is working on a selection of music Canadians would have listened to throughout every decade of The Queen’s reign. The music, she said, will demonstrate how we celebrated The Queen and her Monarch as Canadians. Details are still being planned said Watson, so more information will be forthcoming. The committee is, she noted, looking for sponsors and is currently choosing the providers for the


day, for everything from little sandwiches to music. Anyone wish to get involved, register for the hat contest or lend memorabilia is asked to contact Nancy Yungblut at 905-892-2607 ext. 332 or nyungblut@pelham. ca Tickets for the garden party are $5 per person in advance or $8 at the door. There will be three seatings at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at Town Hall.


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Award-winning authors visiting Pelham BY SARAH MURRELL VOICE Staff “My philosophy is if you don’t ask you’ll never know.” It’s a philosophy that has served Pelham Public Library’s Public Services Coordinator very well. Elaine Anderson’s philosophy of simply asking authors if they’ll visit Pelham has given Pelham residents the opportunity to hear from and meet many bestselling and awardwinning authors. This season is no different. Anderson says the library has a “stellar lineup” of literary greats for this spring and fall, as well as into next year. She adds as of now, three of the authors scheduled to visit the library are on the top 10 Canadian Bestseller list. Dr. Vincent Lam, whose first book, Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, won the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize, kicked off the spring author visits in May. The Headmaster’s Wager, Lam’s first novel, about a Chinese compulsive gambler and headmaster of an English school in Saigon during the Vietnam War, was published by Doubleday

Canada and hit the bestseller list almost immediately. Anderson said she was pleased with the “educated audience” at the library for Lam’s reading, noting everyone was familiar with his work, asked really good questions and were genuinely appreciative the author came to Pelham. Next up is a visit by Charles Foran, winner of numerous prestigious awards for Mordecai: The Life and Times. The Globe and Mail calls Mordecai: The Life and Times “probably the single most awarded book of any genre in the history of Canadian literature.” Andrew J. Borkowsk, a Toronto-based writer, editor, journalist, musician and author of Copernicus Avenue will be visiting with Foran. Copernicus Avenue is a suite of “urban folk tales” peopled by tramps and war heroes, witches and sidewalk prophets which was inspired by his childhood Roncesvalles Village neighbourhood in Toronto. The book is now shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed award for short fiction. Anderson says she’s pleased to be able to bring so many world class authors to Pelham, noting there are several factors

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that combine to make it possible. First, of course, is Anderson’s willingness to simply ask. Authors, she says, like to meet with readers and talk with people who know and enjoy their work and are often very open to making public appearances. Timing, she says, is part of the equation, noting she caught Amy McKay at the end of her official tour last year, which allowed the popular Canadian author to visit Pelham on her way home. The Pelham library has also partnered with the Fort Erie library, says Elaine, which allows authors to do two readings in one area, which is easier for the author. “We’re grateful for Fort Erie’s willingness for risk taking,” said Elaine, noting the partnership has allowed them to bring in world class authors. The library also receives support from the Canada Council for the Arts. “Without their support we couldn’t be doing this,” says Anderson. She notes the events hosted by the Pelham Public Library complement the Town of Pelham’s new focus on culture. “For years the library has been one of the cultural centres of Pelham,” says Mayor Dave Augustyn, noting the library is one of the most important aspects of the town’s focus on culture.

He explains, from a local golf course between holes, the town is building on a workshop and presentation by Gord Hume in November of 2011. Hume spoke on the importance of culture in community, something council has put into Pelham’s strategic plan. Part of it, says Augustyn, is hearing residents say cultural elements are what they love about their town and they want to expand on that. Pelham, he said, has received a $50,000 grant to work on a cultural plan. Part of that plan, he added, will be to work with residents to increase culure, building on what the community is already doing with the market, bandshell concerts, art festival, service club events and, of course, the library events. “What are the other ways we can increase culture?” he asks, noting answering that question, and looking for physical ways to increase culture, will be part of the plan as well. Augustyn points out Pelham is not a manufacturing giant so the future is likely going to be based on an economy of culture and businesses like Accipiter Radar and other knowledge based businesses. “Council has said this is where we want to go,” said Augustyn. “We’re building on great work of community. “


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Upcoming Author Readings June 2, 2012: Charles Foran/Andrew J. Borkoski (Part of Grey Borders Literary Festival – Sponsored by Canada Council through the Writers’ Union) Mordecai has been one called “probably the single most awarded book of any genre in the history of Canadian literature” by the Globe and Mail. Sept. 25, 2012: Folk legend Sylvia Tyson (of Ian and Sylvia fame) Sponsored by Canada Council). Sylvia_Tyson/index.aspx Oct. 29, 2012: Brad Smith http://www. whose new book Crow’s Landing will be released Aug. 2012. His popular fiction is often seen on the big screen and on TV. Sponsored by Canada Council. Nov. 5, 2012: Eva Stachniak, author of The Winter Palace which we have trouble keeping on the shelf. (Sponsored by Canada Council. Wed., April 17, 2013: Elizabeth Hay, author of Late Nights on Air and winner of the Scotia Bank Giller Prize. (We’d love to hear from you)

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Firefighters offer scholarship once again The firefighters of Short Hills Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Pelham Station #3 are once again offering a scholarship to a Pelham

resident planning on entering postsecondary studies in the emergency services or medical fields. Students only need

to be a resident of Pelham to qualify as the scholarship isn’t tied to a specific school. Students of E.L. Crossley, Notre

Dame or any other local secondary school qualify. The scholarship winner will be chosen based on school grades

and outside activities, such as volunteering. Resumes should be sent to Short Hills Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Pelham Station #3, 597 Sixteen

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Playwright Dawn Crysler was born and raised on a farm in Pelham, so the life and struggles of a farmer are issues she is familiar with. These issues play a large role in Crysler’s White Crow, a poignant tale of a daughter’s struggle with devotion as she realizes her family’s quest for growth means moving on from the land. As the family farm and the farming industry slowly decay a young woman discovers her

father’s mind is following the same path and she must struggle with that realization. Crysler’s play is inspired by true events, her life on a farm and the farming industry in Pelham. The play is now coming home to Pelham for a reading in Peace Park at the band shell, featuring Crysler and Fonthill actress Stephanie Jones. Funded by the Ontario Arts Council, the reading culminates a week-long workshop, and features

professional actors with strong ties to the Niagara Region. White Crow was first read through the Essential Collective Theatre’s Wine and Reading Series in 2010 and will be seeing its debut production this November at the Courthouse Theatre in St. Catharines. Dawn is a graduate of Brock University’s Fine Arts program, and is a founder and producer of Stray Theatre in St. Catharines. In addition,

Dawn works as a technician for the Shaw Festival and Carousel Players. Stephanie Jones (project leader) is the Artistic Director and founder of The Essential Collective Theatre (ECT), a professional St. Catharines-based company mandated to produce contemporary Canadian work, with an emphasis on Niagararelevant material. She is a recent recipient of the Ontario Arts Council’s

Chalmer’s award, and was named 2010’s Woman of Distinction in Arts and Culture by the Y.W.C.A. A professional actor for over 20 years, Stephanie has also penned the plays She’s Mine and Luck (adapted from the novel by Joan Barfoot), and is an acting instructor at Niagara College. Jones was first introduced to Crysler’s White Crow through ECT’s Wine and Reading series, and was instantly struck by the subject

matter and poetry of the piece. She is thrilled to continue the development of this courageous premier play, which will be coming to production this November at the Courthouse Theatre in St. Catharines. The Pelham reading of White Crow will take place on Thursday, May 31 in Peace Park beginning at 8 p.m. Admission is on a “pay what you can” basis.

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occupants were observed exiting this vehicle and entering unlocked automobiles in the area. Uniform officers subsequently attended the area and located the

vehicle. Upon stopping the vehicle a large quantity of electronics and other personal items were found. Charged with two counts of Theft Under $5,000 is Edis Rogrigues-Flores, 26 years of no fixed abode and Mitchell Cox 19 years also of no fixed abode. A third unknown suspect is still outstanding. The investigation into

this incident is still ongoing in an effort to identify the owners of the recovered property. Anyone believing that they have been the victims of a theft as a result of this occurrence may contact Detective Sergeant Debbie Smart at (905) 688-4111 extension 3317. Citizens are reminded to please ensure that

their vehicles are locked at all times to avoid these thefts of opportunity. Information on crimes can be submitted anonymously using Crime Stoppers of Niagara. To leave an anonymous tip, please contact Crime Stoppers via: Telephone: 1-800-2228477 (TIPS) Online: www.

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Welland River floodplain association support Sometimes you’ve got to make a lot of noise to be heard. Especially when it appears people aren’t listening. This is often true with some government agencies. A case in point is the issue of the floodplain of the Central Welland River. If you don’t live in the floodplain you may not know much about this. But if you do, you know a lot – and you won’t be happy. And if the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, or “NPCA” has its way, you’ll be joined by a lot more area residents. As a home owner myself whose property was affected by the proposed expanded floodplain, let me share with you what this is all about: A floodplain is flat land beside a river, which can experience flooding

during heavy rains, for example. In 2009, the NPCA contracted a company to re-map the floodplain around the Central Welland River. The result was a plan to expand its size significantly, meaning more area residents would be subject to the restrictions forced on people when they live inside a floodplain. For starters, you would need a permit from the NPCA – in addition to a municipal building permit – to construct a new building or change or replace an existing one. Or install a swimming pool, or a dock, or even a retaining wall or pond. There would be new rules for placing, removing or grading fill of any kind, from any source, including the disposal of unwanted material.

Being an environmental organization, the NPCA could demand anything from soil testing to hydrology graphs, and so on, before granting that permit. I’ve received many emails, phone calls and other correspondence objecting to this stripping away of property rights with no notice. Many of my constituents rightly feel that the NPCA “blindsided” them with the initial decision on this matter, and are angry that there was no consultation and that the NPCA failed to look at other alternatives. There is also concern that the NPCA has not properly demonstrated the need for the revised floodplain maps. So recently, I met with Gerry Prentice, the Chair of the Welland River

Floodplain Association, a non- profit organization formed to raise awareness about the potential changes to floodplain maps along the Welland River. I congratulated Gerry and his team for their hard work. I then wrote directly to the Chair of the NPCA. A member of my constituency office staff was also dispatched to a community meeting in Wellandport attended by over 200 concerned residents. Following a widespread public outcry to this decision, the Board of the NPCA did agree to temporarily suspend the implementation of the new flood plain lines. Despite that, many people remain worried. And I understand why. That is why I wrote to the Chair of the NPCA.

I believe that these types of decisions need to be made on the principles of good science, transparency and public input and notice. I also strongly believe that the NPCA must demonstrate a need for the changes they are proposing and show respect for the property rights of these owners. The NPCA has announced plans to hold public meetings in June to discuss the expanded boundaries. I would encourage you to attend to learn more. You can also express your support for Gerry and his colleagues at the Association, at wellandriverfloodplain@ Meanwhile, I know many of you agree with me that there is a role for environmental protection and conservation. But

Throughout Canada’s history, the monarchy has been a symbol of strength and continuity. As Canada’s Head of State, Her Majesty the Queen of Canada embodies an enduring institution that serves to safeguard Canadians’ rights and freedoms. For the past six decades, the Queen has served the Crown and Canada with steadfast devotion.

To date, she has paid 22 visits to our great country, travelling through communities large and small, engaging with Canadians from coast to coast to coast. During her last tour of Canada, she expressed the sentiment that she was “home,” a perspective shared by so many Canadians who welcomed her with warmth. This year marks a

tremendous occasion for the Queen. In 2012, we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the throne as the Queen of Canada, which is only the second time such a milestone has been achieved in the history of the monarchy. To recognize this remarkable event, the federal government has begun several special initiatives to honour the Queen’s reign, her service and dedication to our country; as well as to celebrate Canadian achievements over the past 60 years. To launch the celebrations, Canada Post issued collectable stamp keepsake folders at the beginning of the year. Then in February, Canada’s Diamond Jubilee Flag and the Queen’s personal Canadian Flag were raised

on Parliament Hill for the day on February 6. Our Conservative Government was subsequently pleased when Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall accepted our invitation to visit Canada in May 2012, an event which I am privileged to attend. In addition, and as most of you know, the office of the Governor General of Canada will be awarding the Diamond Jubilee Medal all year-long. This commemorative medal is a way for Canadians to honour Her Majesty for her service to our country. At the same time, it serves as recognition for those hard-working Canadians who have, and continue to make significant contributions to our communities. During this year of celebration, 60,000

medals will be awarded to deserving Canadians, 30 of which I have the honour to bestow upon constituents of my riding. To be eligible for the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, one must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident; have made a significant contribution to a particular region here at home or abroad; and, have been alive on February 6th, 2012, the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne (the medal can be awarded posthumously). To recommend someone deserving of this honour, constituents can contact my office toll free at 1877-563-7900 to obtain nomination forms. These forms must be returned to our office by August 31st, 2012. As Her Majesty has

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MPP Tim Hudak I’ve heard from my constituents that some people have got to get past the attitude that our communities are theme parks where no one lives – or needs to earn a living – and that they work for us, not the other way around.

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Pelham Farmer’s Market – Each and every Thursday May to October 4:30pm in Pelham Town Square! Come on out each throughout the summer and fall for some fresh produce and lots of goodies! Rain or shine. Winner of the Market Bucks for May 17th was Eleanor Cummings!! Congratulations Eleanor! Pelham Market Presents the Great Pumpkin Challenge for Kids Kids Can Grow Register for the challenge on May 24th at the Pelham Market in Pelham Town Square. Between 4:30pm and 8:30pm- All Materials will be provided Pot-Seeds, You do the rest. Bring your pumpkin to the Pelham Market Fall Festival on October 18th for Judging at 7:00pm. Judging categories (1) Smallest (2) Largest (3) Most unusual. UPCOMING EVENTS •Pelham’s Diamond Jubilee Royal Garden Party. Peace Park, Fonthill Please Join us on Saturday, June 30, 2012 for a Royal Tea Party With tea, lemonade, tea sandwiches, scones and sweets. 3 Seating’s at 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm. Tickets: $5.00 in advance, $8.00 at the event. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Municipal Offices during regular business hours. •Royal Hat Contest To be judged at 11am at the Pelham Public Library. Registration for this event will be accepted at the Municipal Offices prior to the event or in the Festival Room at the Library before 11am on June 30th. •Memorabilia Displays at the Library If you have any “treasures” that you would like to have included in the display, please contact Nancy at (905) 892-2607, ext 332. •Canada Day Celebration -Harold Black Park Join us on Sunday July 1 for Pelham’s 22nd Annual Canada Day Celebration. The Canada Day Parade will start at 1pm at A.K Wigg School and will travel along Haist Street ending at Harold Black park. At the park enjoy live music, food, children’s activities, vendors and much more. New this year Sundance Balloons will be offering tethered balloon rides for $15 per person. AMP Fest – Pelham’s young musical talent will compete at a chance to win first prize of $100 and a spot at Pelham Summerfest Main Stage. AMP Fest application forms available on For more information please contact Katie Thorpe Community Services Coordinator at (905) 892-2607 ext 341 or •Pelham Summerfest Businesses can gain valuable exposure while participating in an amazing Pelham event as sponsors of Summerfest. The sooner

you are signed up, the sooner you can benefit from the multi-media marketing. Details on sponsorship packages available at www. Summerfest community, retail and food booth vendor applications are posted online. The deadline for returning forms and payment is Friday, June 1. Visit www.

•Niagara Nights of Art – Pelham Edition: The Summerfest committee is inviting artists of all disciplines (music, theatre, visual arts, mixed media) to put together a presentation for this special event on Friday, July 19 from 4 to 10 p.m. Proposals must be submitted to the Town by Friday, June 1. Details are available at Town of Pelham Programs. •315L Rain Barrel’s for sale- $38.00 Pre- Pay for your rain barrel today at the Municipal Office, Community Services (upstairs), 20 Pelham Town Square. Maximum two rain barrels per household. Proof of residency required. ONLY A LIMITED NUMBER OF RAIN BARRELS AVAILABLE! For more information, contact Community and Infrastructure Services at the Town of Pelham 905-892-2607 x 329. The winner of the Rain barrel from the Pelham Home show is Kelley Doucet! Congratulations Kelly. •June Is Parks and Recreation Month- Pelham’s Passport The purpose of June is Recreation and Parks Month is to celebrate the important benefits of recreation and parks to individuals, families, neighbourhoods and communities within Ontario. Pick up a Pelham Passport at the Town Hall Community Services or at www. and explore all the fun activities you can do right here in Pelham! •“ZUMBA FITNESS” Tuesday May 29, 7:30pm-8:30pm •“ZUMBA GOLD” Thursday May 24, 9:30am-10:30am Tuesday May 29, 9:30am-10:30am Drop in and try any session for $6.00 or purchase your 10 + 2 bonus pass for $60.00 Need more info – contact (905) 892-2607, ext. 329 •Zumbatomic Turn up the music, wiggle, shake and have a blast with your friends in these rockin, highenergy fitness-parties packed with specially choreographed kid-friendly routines. Tuesday’s –Pelham Arena- 1120 Haist Street (4-7 yrs) 5:30-6:00pm (8+ yrs) 6:00-6:30pm Thursday’s Old Pelham Town Hall- 46 Canboro Rd. Ridgeville (4-7 yrs) 5:30-6:00pm (8+ yrs) 6:00-6:30pm

The Communities in Bloom Committee would like to thank the individuals, business and schools that participated in Town of Pelham’s Community Clean up. Through your efforts we collected 507lb of garbage and recyclable material. A special thanks to the Adopt-a-Road organizations such as E.L. Crossley, Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Faith Kidz Glad Tidings Church of God and Church of Christ. Businesses that contributed include Mutual Support Systems of the Niagara Region and James L. Pedlar Funeral Home. Many thanks to the Fenwick Lions Club for cooking up a great BBQ lunch for all participants. All participants received a free t-shirt, timbits and coffee donated by our sponsor Tim Hortons. Look out for more Adopt-a-Road groups that will be cleaning up the streets of Pelham over the next couple weeks.

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Cost $40 for a 10 class pass + 2 bonus classes. OR $4.50 for drop in class Purchase your passes at Town hall- 20 Pelham Town Square Fonthill, ON. •Walking Club? Join us! Thursday May 24th Fonthill Bandshell 1pm-2:30pm Tuesday May 29th Pelham Arena 9am-10am Everyone welcome! For more information please contact Katie Thorpe (905) 892-2607 ext 341 Town of Pelham Public Library •Make a Frilly Scarf If you can learn to tie your shoe, you can learn how to make a gorgeous frilly scarf. No knitting skills required. Wed., May 23 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. $22.00 includes materials. Register ahead in person. •Marriage & Finance 101: Engaged to Newlywed Thinking about getting married, or are you just newly married? This session is for you! When two people unite, there are some critical financial issues to consider. Come join us for this enlightening seminar that will get your marriage off to a good start financially! Free. Please register ahead. Wed. May 23 at 7 pm. •Pelham Public Library Maple Acre Friends’ 22nd Annual BBQ Hamburgers, hot dogs, homemade pies! Come for supper, meet your friends and enjoy the Fenwick Lions’ Club Parade beginning at 7:00 p.m. Fri., May 25, 2012 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Maple Acre Branch, 781 Canboro Rd., Fenwick. Proceeds to Maple Acre Branch •Hearing Clinic Connect Hearing will be at the Fonthill Branch giving free hearing screenings. They will also be able to answer any questions. Free but please schedule your appointment ahead at: 905-892-6068. Mon. May 28 from 10:00-1:00. •Cupcake Decorating for Beginners Join Tammy from Tammy’s Creative Cakes and Treats for this fun and easy workshop! She will teach you a number of hints and

tips to create unique designs. Decorate and take home 2 cupcakes. Tues. May 29 at 7:00 p.m. $7.50. Please register ahead. •Marriage & Finance 101: Happy Ever After Been married for a while? This money session is for you! Make talking about money easier and navigate through the six steps to financial independence such as: how to pay your mortgage off quickly, how to save for your children’s education, and more! Free. Please register ahead. Wed., May 30 at 7:00. •Award-winning Author Charles Foran with Andrew J. Borkowski Foran has won awards for his fiction, nonfiction, and journalism. With unrestricted access to Mordecai Richler’s letters, Foran has written the definitive book on one of Canada’s most engaging novelists, satirists, and journalists. The Globe and Mail calls Mordecai: The Life and Times “probably the single most awarded book of any genre in the history of Canadian literature.” Andrew J. Borkowski is a Toronto-based writer, editor, journalist, and musician. Copernicus Avenue is a suite of “urban folk tales” peopled by tramps and war heroes, witches and sidewalk prophets inspired by his childhood Roncesvalles neighbourhood. Saturday, June 2 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets: $10. $12 at the door. Part of Grey Borders’ Niagara Literary Arts Festival. We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts through The Writers’ Union of Canada. •SENIORS’ INFO FAIR Meet individuals from various service agencies & businesses at their displays. See what is available in our community for seniors. Free + Refreshments + Door Prizes. Mon., June 4 from 10 – 2. •IMPORTANT TO DOG OWNERS Please be reminded that Town of Pelham Dog Control By-law 97-2010 requires that any person who owns controls or harbors a dog shall remove, forthwith, any feces (excrement) left by such dog on private or public property. Remember to be responsible! Stoop and Scoop! Town of Pelham e-mail address:

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Plans for First Sunday Stroll in June heating up BY SARAH MURRELL Voice Staff Plans for the First Sunday Stroll are heating up literally. Blacksmith Tyler Thiessen will be bringing his traditional forge to Harold Black Park on June 3 to demonstrate his traditional craft and the art he creates. Thiessen said he originally took a basic blacksmithing course because he wanted to make armour. In the three years since the 20year-old has taken several more blacksmithing courses, including three types of armour-making and knife making. Thiessen says designing and drawing something then creating it is what appeals to him about blacksmithing, his face smudged with dirt and a hot forge burning behind him. It is, he agrees, a hot, dirty, hard job. While Thiessen continues to create armour and knives for his own enjoyment ( he wears some armour pieces while practicing European martial arts), Thiessen has started to advertise his art work and is now making signs and other pieces for clients. If someone asks, he’ll find a

way to make it out of steel and fire, he says. Thiessen will be taking his portable, traditional forge to the First Sunday Stroll, demonstrating his craft and will also have an artisan booth at the show. Thiessen is one of about 85 artisans bringing their original works to Harold Black Park for the First Sunday Stroll says organizer Erin Snow, noting there will be a few other demonstrations along with Thiessen’s. In The Orchard programming for the Arts is now on board, says Snow, and will doing their original Art2 program. “We’re gearing up,” she says, and ready for June 3. Among the artisan booths Snow’s son, Liam, will have his own to sell candy and water. “I need to pay for the ATV my dad bought me,” he says, with Snow interjecting he needs to contribute to the ATV. There will be other refreshment booths at the park that day, including the Fonthill Lions, she said. For kids Club Rex will be at the park with a dinosaur exhibit. Etsy, the online group of artists and artisans, is sponsoring the show and is providing everyone with a free punch card craft. “It’s quite pretty,” says Snow,

explaining it can be done at the park or taken home and finished there. The first 50 people in the park, who make a donation to Pelham Cares, will receive a “swag bag” full of free goodies, she added. The First Sunday Stroll will take place on Sunday, June 3 at Harold Black Park in Fonthill from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no set admission, although Snow is asking attendees to make a donation to Pelham Cares at the gate. For more, visit www. firstsundaystrol.blogspot. com.

TYLER Thiessen works on a project at his Boyle Road forge. Thiessen, and the forge, will be at the First Sunday Stroll doing blacksmith demonstrations. Sarah Murrell/Voice Photos

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Child care coming to E.W. Farr in September BY SARAH MURRELL Voice Staff When Jeff Frazer, Prinicpal of E.W. Farr Elementary School in Fenwick, began hearing from his school community that there was a lack of child care in the area he decided to do what he could to help the situation. A phone call to the board of education and some formal tendering procedures and A Child’s World day care is set to open inside the school with the new school year. “It came from the grass roots of the school advisory council,” said Frazer on how the idea was born. “I heard from a number of parents there were challenges finding day care.” Frazer, explaining many of the private day cares in the area are full and there aren’t any centre-based child care facilities, said he dealt with many families in August as their children prepared to enter JK that there were few child care choices in the area of the school. Frazer talked with the

Niagara District School Board on the possibility of bringing child care to the school, adding the board looked at all of the available information and statistics before deciding the idea was a good one. The school sent an “informal” survey home with its students to gauge interest from parents. Frazer said the response was good and showed a need. “If our parents need a service, we always listen to our parents and try to help them,” says Frazer, adding today’s norm is that both parents work and child care is needed. A Child’s World, which operates 20 child care centres throughout the region, was the successful bidder. Kim Cole, executive director of A Child’s World, said the organization looked at the feasibility of providing child care at E.W. Farr, explaining they need to ensure the location would be sustainable, and made the decision to apply to be the school’s child care provider. “We like to help the community as well,” said

EW FARR Principal Jeff Frazer worked with Kim Cole (left) and Katherine Martin of A Child’s World to bring child care to the elementary school. Sarah Murrell/Voice Photo Cole, noting they made sure they wouldn’t be stepping on any other child care centre’s toes. “We saw it as a fit and made the decision,” she added. A Child’s World centres are often within other institutions, such as the inter-generational program at Lookout Village in Fonthill. Katherine Martin,

program director for A Child’s World, says the new location at E.W. Farr is a natural growth of their partnerships. Frazer pointed out E.W. Farr, which is a JK to Grade 3 school, is a perfect fit for a day care since it is already geared to primaryaged children. He noted the school will be moving the current library and computer lab to

two other rooms, creating a single computer room with a second room for the library, to accommodate the centre. The room, he pointed out, is just steps from the Kindergarten classrooms and will make for an easy transition for children attending E.W. Farr. Cole added the library and gym will be considered licensed space as well, so the day care can utilize those rooms on days it is too rainy or snowy to go outdoors. “The playground is beautiful,” she added, agreeing with Frazer that the school’s focus on younger children is a great fit for A Child’s World. Cole also pointed out A Child’s World curriculum is based on the school curriculum so children will be learning the same way, and the same things, they’ll be learning in kindergarten. Frazer added the kindergarten teacher will be in contact with the staff at A Child’s World to ensure the transition from day care to school is as smooth as possible. Martin says they keep the

staff up to date on new programs to make sure the children are getting the best they can. “Our reputation is based on quality,” says Cole. “What’s best for the kids in the community.” A Child’s World will open at E.W. Farr in September of 2012. Cole says she’s not sure yet how many spaces will be available because the Ministry hasn’t yet visited to appraise the space and set the maximum number of children allowed. That number, she added, is based on size of the space and amount of natural light. The centre will be open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., offering before and after school care, full time day care, and half day care for children in kindergarten. Care is provided for children up to age 12. For more information on A Child’s World visit www. Registering for the A Child’s World program at E.W. Farr can only be done through the Niagara Region’s One List for day care in Niagara. Visit www.

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Lawnbowling club holding open house It may once have been banned by kings for fear it would lead to a lack of archery skills, so vital in battle, but lawn bowling has become a popular sport and continues to grow in poularity. At the Welland Lawn Bowling Club members hope to grow the sport even more, by hosting an open house and inviting the public to try out the pleasant sport.

Lawn bowling, rolling biased bowls, or balls, toward a smaller bowl or jack, is a very social and pleasant sport. Suitable for all ages, it does not place great physical demands on physical condition, but does require an adequate level of fitness. In Welland the lawn bowling green was officially opened by Mayor Allan Pietz on June 25, 1972 at Chippewa Park.

Since then the clubhouse, the old “Fisherman’s Shack” has grown to include kitchen and bathroom facilities and the greens are now fenced. The Welland club plays Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in May. In June, evening bowling begins at 6:30 p.m. and the club takes part in social meetings with other Niagara clubs. An open house will be held on Thursday, May 24 from 7 to 9 p.m.

with a rain date of May 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. All are welcome to try the game in the beautiful surroundings of the Rose Garden in Chippewa Park. Dress is casual, just comfortable clothing and flat-soled shoes. There is no age requirement and free instruction will be provided.

Clutterbuck drives Handlebar Hanks’ win Tim Clutterbuck notched his 4th seasonhigh score in a row as he netted 28 points to lead the veteran Handlebar Hank’s POITS to their

11th consecutive win as they squeezed out a 5856 decision against Rose City Honets in Niagara Basketball Association CCC division action.

David Jones chipped in 14 points in the second upset victory this season over the younger Honets team. David Kaufmann and Tom Skvorc hit for

6 points each and Kyle Kuzyk added 4 for the Pelham club. The POITS managed to defend a tough,

youthful Rose City club that saw Matt Rynberk net 16 points to top the Honets scoring. Quinto Borghesi managed 13 points and Alain Mantha

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