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More than just an evening of volunteer recognition BY SARAH MURRELL VOICE Staff This year’s Town of Pelham Volunteer Recognition evening was much more than a way to thank the hundreds of volunteers who make this town a better place to live. It was also a discussion on how to turn Pelham’s volunteer brigade, and the many events they create, into a new economy for the community. The Town handed out 17 peer awards Thursday night along with one corporate citizen award, recognizing those in our community who give of their time and talents to help all of Pelham. Before the awards were handed out, however, guest speaker Gord Hume shared with the 200 guests in attendance how being a creative, cultural community can help Pelham generate wealth and grow the economy; provide quality public services that are affordable; and shape and reshape the community. Hume, who calls himself a “recovering politician”, is recognized as one of Canada’s leading voices on municipal government, cultural planning, and creative cities. Hume spent Thursday afternoon in Pelham, touring the town and speaking with Town Council and other members of the community to start creative cultural planning

conversations in Pelham. “You have a great community,” said Hume on Pelham. “I think it is a remarkable community with all kinds of potential.” Hume’s talk, and much of his work, is on helping municipalities turn the cultural aspects of their communities, from food and verbal stories to art and heritage, into viable economic opportunities. The traditional manufacturing and commercial industries are no longer the driving force behind communities, he said, pointing out Canadian cities need to adopt the “CRINK” economy - creative, innovative and knowledge-based.

“I’m giving you permission to think big in Pelham,” - Hume Pelham, he said, is on the right track to becoming a creative community, pointing to the urban design changes in downtown Fonthill as well as the strong base of volunteers and events they organize each year as examples. “What makes Pelham distinctive,” said Hume. “That’s the question you should be asking, the answers you should be


seeking.” “I’m giving you permission to think big in Pelham,” he said, explaining transforming a community into a cultural creative municipality is about thinking big but it’s something not all towns are willing to do. Hume added a thank you to the volunteers gathered at Lookout Point Golf Club, saying “your work is what makes Pelham a better, safer, stronger, smarter community.” The community members recognized Thursday night were chosen by local organizations, committees and service clubs as outstanding volunteers within their organizations, which is why they receive Peer Awards. Those recipients for 2011 include Ken Angle from the Fenwick Lions, who received a huge applause when it was announced he is in charge of the club’s biweekly fish fry; Edie Basaraba from the Communities in Bloom Committee; Carolyn Botari from Pelham Community Policing; Katie Eigner, a 40-year member of the Fonthill Lioness; Captain Lynn Giovenazzo of the Welland and Lincoln Army Cadets; Hugh Graham from Fonthill Rotary; Mike Harris from the Pelham Soccer Club; Ryan Huckla from the Mayor’s Advisory Council; Diane Kelley from the Canada Day Commitee; Carol Kitchen from the

FRANK Sicoli, owner of the Fonthill Shoppers’ Drug Mart store, was recognized by the Town of Pelham as the business owner most often cited by volunteer organizations as a local company that provides support to them. Sarah Murrell/Voice Photo Pelham Art Festival; Diana Knight from the Fonthill Singer’s Corners Women’s Institute; Anne Robbins from the Pelham Senior Citizen’s Association; David Swan from the Pelham Active Transportation Committee; Robert Yungblut from the Fonthill Lions; Bailea Watt from Niagara Centre Skating; and Jim Summersides fom the Royal Canadian Legion and Gail Hilyer from Pelham Cares, both of whom received loud applause, a sign of appreciation and respect, from the crowd.

The organizations who put forward names of volunteers are also asked which businesses in Pelham provide help and support to them - a list that provides the basis for recognizing good corporate citizens in Pelham. From that list, one business was mentioned more than any other and received a plaque and Inukshuk statue as well. Frank Sicoli of Shoppers Drug Mart said it was surprising to be recognized as that business. “We’re lucky to be

able to do it,” he said of supporting the community, noting in a small town there are few businesses non-profits can go to for support so he tries to do it when he can. Sicoli, who joked if you do it long enough they’ll give recognition to anyone, said he made it easy on himself by coming up with a rule of thumb for when organizations ask. “We do it and we always have,” he said, adding it is part of being a business owner in a small town.

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Three generations climb Kiliminjaro together BY SARAH MURRELL VOICE Staff

THREE Generations of Mergls at the summit of Kilimanjaro, at Stella Point: Fonthill’s Joe Mergl, 78 (back, left), his grandsons Justin Mergl and Andrew Mergl, daughter-in-law June Mergl, son Ron Mergl and, in front, grandson Joseph Mergl (13). /Special to the Voice head guide Aloyce, and pack the essentials for the climb. Reading June’s registration information in the tent, Aloyce placed a finger on Joe’s age, commenting “people that age don’t go to the mountain.” After talking with Joe, Aloyce relented and the entire family set out to climb Mount Kilimanjaro on July 8, 2011. Soon,

Aloyce and the rest of the group were calling Joe ‘Babou’, which means grandfather in Swahili and shows great respect. Through rain forests, over petrified lava, straight up cliffs, in the blistering heat and frigid cold, across windswept plateaus, under a star-filled night, the six Mergls hiked until, on day seven, they saw the sun rise over the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro as they

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Not many people can say they’ve climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. Even fewer can say they climbed it with three generations of their family. It’s likely fewer still can say they climbed the 5,895m (19,341ft) mountain at the age of 78. Pelham’s Joe Mergl can claim to have done all three. Joe, an avid hiker who completed the entire Bruce Trail from Tobermory to Queenston this summer, was invited on the mountain climbing adventure by his son, Ron, who was making the trip with his wife June and their sons Andrew, Justin and Joseph. Joe says his first reaction was “What!?”, but then just had to think about it for a moment. “This is my family, they are inviting me, my answer was yes, I’d love to be part of the trip.” Joe says if it had been a group of friends inviting him to climb Africa’s highest mountain he wouldn’t have considered it, but had no question that he would join his family on the climb. Ron explained he wanted to take an adventure trip on which his entire family could take part, and after much research decided on the Mount Kilimangaro climb. “We’ve always been an active family,” says Ron on choosing climbing a mountain for a family

trip, explaining they’ve done a lot of backpacking, canoeing and extreme skiing in the past. June says her first reaction to the idea was amazement, and thought she’d never be able to make the climb with severe hip pain. The boys, said Ron, were all intensely excited about the trip and were all for it. Joseph, the youngest at 13, was a bit apprehensive, but when given the option would have no part of staying home, said Ron. The oldest boys are in university, and Ron said finding the time for the entire family to go to Africa was a challenge, but they chose July when the boys were not in school. “There comes a time when they have to go on their own way,” said Ron, noting this trip may be the last for the entire family for a while. The months leading up to the trip were filled with equipment accumulation, making lists of what to pack, visiting the health clinic for vaccinations and altitude pills, and physical conditioning for the climb. June worked with a personal trainer at the YMCA to overcome her hip pain and the entire family did some pretty tough hiking to get in shape. “It doesn’t take physical strength,” says Ron, explaining it takes cardiovascular health, the ability to handle the altitude, and mental strength to walk for hours upon hours every day. After a 16 hour trip to Africa, the family spent two days at Kigongoni Lodge to rest, meet up with their

reached Stella Point. “Exhileration,” is how Joe described the feeling of reaching the summit, especially since he had considered at one point during the climb to abandon climbing to the summit. While the group felt a sense of accomplishment the difficult climb through the night left them exhausted, and celebrations on the summit were somewhat subdued, they said. Since the trip - with it’s exhausting hours of hiking and climbing, altitude sickness, and less than five star accommodations - the family’s sense of accomplishment has increased as they look

back on photos or tell the stories. It is a difficult climb and Ron says not many children do the trip and few women make the climb. For the three generations of Mergls to have reached the summit together is quite an accomplishment. Joseph, the 13-year-old, has said he will do the climb again in 20 years and has made his father promise to join him. Ron will be 72 years old in 20 years, but promised his son he’d go. As for Joe, he says if climbing a mountain is in your bucket list do it before you’re 60, definitely before you’re 70, but if you’re already past 70 “forget it.”


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Food drive marking 20 years, volunteers needed BY SARAH MURRELL VOICE Staff Each year members of this community take part in a special event, going door to door to collect food for those less fortunate. This year, the annual Pelham Food Drive is

even more special. Not only is this the 20th year of the event, organizer Gerry Berkhout is preparing to hand over the torch. “This year will be very special,� said Berkhout noting it is the twentieth anniversary of the food drive. “Twenty years that I have had the privilege of

working with all of our citizen volunteers,� said Berkhout. “I have a lot of good memories.� Berkhout noted without all of the volunteers who have helped over the past 20 years the food drive would never have happened, thanking everyone who has helped “very much.� This year, Berkhout’s

daughter Sylvia Mosley has come on board to help organize the food drive for 2011. In time, Mosley will take over chairmanship of the food drive from her dad. “This makes me very proud,� he says. To help make this year’s food drive a success, Berkhout is asking, as he has for the past 20 years,

for volunteers. “Our town is growing and so are our routes,� said Berkhout, adding they need people, vans and trucks. Volunteers work in small groups going door to door to collect nonperishable food items for Pelham Cares as well as other local food banks. “This is a wonderful way

to begin the Christmas season, doing something for someone who might not be as fortunate as yourself,� said Berkhout. The food drive will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3. To volunteer, contact Berkhout at 905-8926988 or berkley@cogeco. ca.

Fonthill Rotary marks 20 years


The Rotary Club of Fonthill celebrated 20 years of service to the community during a

special event on Friday, Nov. 4 at Peninsula Lakes Golf and Country Club. After an evening of

LION Robert Yungblut (above, left) and Lion Fred Arbour (right) present the 50� television to Ray Newman, second prize winner in the Fonthill Lions Super Draw. Third place winner Harold Robins receives his prize, the BBQ, from Lion Tom Boyce (right, left). Winner of the ATV first prize was Margaret Boisvert of Mississauga. /Special to the Voice

highlights of the club’s accomplishments during the past two decades, the club spent some time recognizing current Rotary members who earned the distinction of Rotary’s highest honour for an individual — the Paul Harris Fellow Award. Named for Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, the honour is given to individuals who exemplify Rotary’s ideal of “Service Above Self� in various aspects of their lives. The Rotary Club of Fonthill honoured four individuals

with Paul Harris Fellow Awards during the 20th anniversary dinner event. They include Roy Kirkup, Lance Wiebe and Patricia Duncan, all of the Fonthill Club, and Amy Ball, a community member whose humanitarian efforts in Kurdistan have received widespread recognition in the region, and farther afield. Ball recently became a Rotarian as well, having joined the e-club of Southern Ontario and Western New York.


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Hail the great Caesar, salad that is, not Roman The Caesar salad is a fixture on most restaurant menus, and in most cases that means a Romaine lettuce salad, often with bacon bits and croutons, and a bottled creamy garlic dressing. This is a long way from the original that was created by Italian chef Caesar Cardini in California (or Tijuana, depending on the version) in the 1920’s. The story (as told by Cardini’s daughter) goes that he invented the salad with the few ingredients he had remaining in the restaurant kitchen after a particularly busy Fourth of July. He added cachet by preparing it right at

the table of his customers. Needless to say, the legend is disputed, but it’s such a good story that it deserves to be true. In a few very high-end restaurants, the Caesar salad is still prepared, with great showmanship, right at the table, a la Cardini. Olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, and vinegar are whisked together at tableside, the lemon squeezed over the torn Romaine lettuce, and a raw egg yolk deftly separated from the white and added right at the end of the procedure along with croutons and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. The Caesar that I

make pays homage to the original, but adds anchovies and leaves out the raw egg yolk, just to err on the side of safety. Sometimes, I’ll use the egg, but plunge it into boiling water for 45 seconds before breaking it and dropping the yolk into the salad; this doesn’t affect the consistency of the yolk, but kills any nasty stuff. The anchovies are optional (Cardini did not use them), but don’t be afraid to try them; most people to whom I’ve served this salad, even confirmed anchovy haters, enjoy the dressing and don’t find it overly fishy tasting. And do make your

own croutons; it’s dead simple, and impresses the heck out of people who buy theirs at the store. Add a few lightly sautéed shrimp or cooked chicken strips to make the salad a meal instead of an appetizer, and serve with fresh baguette. We enjoyed this the day after Thanksgiving with some chunks of leftover turkey. It was just right: fresh and not too filling after the overindulgence of the previous day. 1 large head Romaine lettuce, washed and torn into bite size pieces 1/2 cup good olive oil 1 large clove garlic, minced

2 slices day old French bread 3 Tbsp Balsamic vinegar 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce Juice of one lemon Pinch of dry mustard 3 or 4 anchovy fillets mashed 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese Put the garlic in the olive oil and let it steep for at least an hour. Cut the French bread into 1 cm squares (about a cup) and sauté the squares in 2 Tbsp of the garlic flavoured olive oil until golden. To the rest of the olive oil add the other liquids, the mustard, and the anchovies and stir or shake well to blend.

Apparently I promised Chuck that I’d write a story on the experiences of the Welland ER waiting room on a Wednesday evening (although I don’t remember saying a word). So, here’s the story. On the drive in I knew it would be a long wait - but I held out hope that arriving at the dinner hour, around 6:30 p.m., I’d avoid the rush. Not so lucky. The waiting room was already full, and I settled in for a long wait. It wasn’t a wait I was looking forward to, considering I was there with a croupy oneyear-old. I feared bouts of inconsolable crying and impatient temper tantrums, and I didn’t think Alex would be much better. In the end, the baby was fairly quiet - new places and new faces seemed to have kept his attention occupied plus the drive in the cool night air had calmed his cough somewhat. One of those new faces was Chuck. I have to admit, when I sat down and started to hear the conversation behind me

- war stories between two vets - I thought my patience would run thin in pretty short order. But Chuck has a pretty good sense of humour, and had everyone in the waiting room laughing - despite the fact that some of them had been sitting there for four or five hours already. His conversation and laughter was infectious and soon Alex was joining in - doing his best babytalk version of carrying on a conversation, complete with outstretched arm and waving hand - and laughing out loud with the guys. Chuck then recognized me (I guess the big sunglasses, floppy hat and bodyguard didn’t work) as the editor of the Voice and proclaimed my promise to write the story. Loudly. More than once. I’m not sure what I can write. Hospital ER wait times are horrible - we all know it and expect it. We hear our politicians promise to work on it. And, if you check the web, you’ll find that the Welland Hospital average wait time, from walking in the door

to being seen, is just under four hours. The target wait time for Ontario ERs is 2.2 hours. But what’s the answer? More money. More doctors. Better understanding of the system and encouraging patients to use other options. More family practices. It all plays a role. In the meantime - Chuck, from Fenwick, is probably the best bet we have to make wait times better. As he was finally sprung, and heading out the door to meet his ride, he shook hands all around, said goodbye, genuinely asked on the condition of those he’d spent the last several hours with, and offered another laugh to those of us still on the inside. Then he came back, wanting to know if we wanted coffee and timbits, explaining he and his ride were willing to drive up the road to feed us all, since all the food options at the hospital (aside from the vending machine) were closed. Imagine. A stranger willing to go out of his way to make our wait a bit

easier. A man so open and friendly he made a dozen friends just sitting in a hard, metal chair for a few hours. While our inclination, too often, is to complain and grouse about the lack of service, the hard chairs and the long wait, I think we should take a lesson from Chuck. If we are miserable about the situation, we will be miserable in the situation. If we smile, as Chuck did, we will be happier. It’s that simple. I’m not saying we should stop trying to improve what is apparently a bad situation, I just think Chuck’s got the right attitude, an optimistic


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Brian Green Pour the dressing over the lettuce, add the croutons, and toss thoroughly. Add sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste, then the Parmesan, and toss again just before serving. If you use the egg yolk, whisk it separately and add it at the same time as the other liquids.

A waiting room promise kept, and cupcakes

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On a totally unrelated note. Last Friday I received an email from the PBA informing me the newest Pelham shop - Designer Delights - would be opening the doors on Saturday, Nov. 5. I called, just wanting to make sure I wasn’t missing a photo op since Saturday was Alex’s first birthday and we had a big bash planned. No photo op - but I did order 30 cupcakes for the party. All I can say is ‘fabulous’ - there were no leftovers (darn) and even my husband who doesn’t love cupcakes, loved these cupcakes. The cupcakes were gorgeous as well as

Sarah Murrell delicious, they were a big hit at the party, and they were so simple - no cutting, no plates, no forks! Great idea and I’ll be going back for seconds.

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Remembrance BY DAVE AUGUSTYN Mayor of Pelham Sunday morning began a week of Remembrance in the Town. The warm and glorious weather made the commemorations the best ever for the annual Sundaybefore Remembrance Day tributes. The beautifully coloured leaves still on the trees reminded us of our season. The idyllic autumn morning felt peaceful and serene. It felt like the perfect example of freedom, of promise, and of individual choice. The weather made it feel so far from the ravages of war. It felt so far from oppression and from tyranny. The twinprop airplane we heard overhead in Ridgeville was for recreation, not a vehicle of war or destruction. And yet, Pelham residents took time to gather with members of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary, the Royal Canadian Army Cadets, and others at the Cenotaphs at Centennial Park, Old Town Hall, and Peace Park to commemorate and remember the sacrifices of Pelham’s Veterans. As we approach Remembrance Day on Friday, it is right to remember those brave men and women who have served, and who continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict, and peace. We honour them for their courage, their commitment, and their devotion to Canada. They served our country and gave their lives so that future generations might have democracy; so that each of us might enjoy safety and security. They sacrificed – and those in active service continue to sacrifice – so that our society upholds justice and the rule of law. The freedoms that so many of us might take for granted – to express ourselves, to participate in cultural, religious, and political activities, to come and go as we please, to pursue a safe and happy life – are all due to the sacrifices of Veterans and those who follow in their footsteps today. They sacrificed their futures so that our future might be one of peace and

of happiness. The men and women of the Canadian Forces are fighting still, for these same principles today. Indeed, it is right to remember their sacrifice and determination on Remembrance Day too. The names and the sacrifices of some of those from Pelham that were killed in service and in battle are engraved on the cenotaphs throughout our Town and at Veteran’s Park; may they also be engraved in our minds and on our hearts. This Friday, on Remembrance Day 2011, let us take a moment at 11 am to be grateful and to rededicate ourselves to peace. And let us never forget. You may contact Mayor Dave at mayordave@ or read past columns at www. pelhammayordave.

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We have not forgotten them

We Will Always Remember

Thank You




Ward 2 • Town of Pelham

Remembering and Honouring Councillor

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We Will Always Remember Councillor


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We Honour those who Served

Thank You, Veterans!


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To Remember Those Who Sacrificed So Much On November 11, as the nation remembers, we honour the people who sacrificed what is most precious in order to preserve our right to freedom. For their actions, their courage, their strength, and their determination, Council thanks our veterans for their bravery in the face of adversity. Mayor Dave Augustyn & Council

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The poppy is our symbol for forever gratitude Once again the annual period of Remembrance is with us and like all events the memories of past wars grow weaker or disappear altogether with the passage of time. Still, we will gather at the cenotaphs and memorials and publicly express our continuing devotion to the memories of all those that went off to war in the name

of our country, to defend our liberty and way of life. We pray that all those that made the supreme sacrifice will continue to rest in everlasting peace, no matter where they are. Traditionally our allegiance to the memories of those who paid high prices has always been primarily directed to those that stood in harm’s way

REMEMBRANCE Services were held in Pelham on Sunday, Piper James Carnegie (far left) led the march on parade (top, centre left), Mayor Dave Augustn (top, left), Regional Councillor Brian Baty, MPP Tim Hudak (left), and a representative from MP Dean Allison spoke and laid wreaths before the flag was lowered to half mast (above) and Tarrah Thorne played the Last Post (right). Services were held in Fonthill, Fenwick, and Old Town Hall (bottom, left centre). Sarah Murrell/Voice Photos


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in defense of our country, but there was another category of Canadians who are also well deserving of our gratitude, and these were the family members of all the young men and women who left home to serve and fight for their country. There is no question of how difficult and painful it must have been for the mothers and fathers to have young members of the family go off to war, knowing full well the risks they faced, and the realistic possibility that they may never see them again. The anxiety and worry would live with them for 24 hours of every day, as they hoped and prayed that their sons would come through it all

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The Pelham Atom Grey Storm have had a successful start to the hockey season with two straight wins at home against Wainfleet and West Lincoln. Both games featured a strong “high pressure system” of precision passing and sharp shooting from the forward line. It was definitely raining pucks and goals on the opposing goaltenders with Storm forwards shooting from every direction. At the other end, strong backchecking from Storm players Tyler Barnett, Carson Stolk, and Blake Bishop combined with great puck clearance from Lucas White and Timothy Anderson created a defensive “cold front”. St Ann’s students David John Gillies (number 6929) and Joshua DeRoos (number 6920) sprint for the finish line in the Niagara Falls International Schools Marathon Challenge on October 23. The Schools Marathon Challenge is designed to help children become physically fit through the sport of running. Each student was required to complete a combined total of 40 kilometres from the start of school in September to the day prior to the running of the Niagara Falls International Marathon. On race day the students ran a distance of 2.195 km to complete the marathon distance of 42.195 kilometres. The students ran from the People Mover parking lot, crossing the Finish Line at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls. /Special to the Voice

This past weekend witnessed a very busy schedule for the Pelham Atom LL McDonald’s Predators. On Sunday evening, Pelham hosted the opening game of a home and away series with the West Lincoln Wrath. The Predators played

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to earn a 7-5 victory. At the end of two frames, the score was knotted at 4, but the Preds were only able to dent the twine once in the final frame on a beauty by Jacob Gula from Robbie Harper. In the end, the Predators came up a little short.

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The Pelham Panthers novice girls basketball team opened its exhibition season with a hard-fought 18-16 loss to visiting Port Colborne. The Panthers built quarter-leads of 4-0, 10-6 and 13-12 and led 1612 going into the final three minutes before Port Colborne rallied to pull out the victory. It was a good start to the season for the Panthers, who are

learning the intricacies of a new offence to start their second season together. Kaley Demont led the offence for Pelham with seven points while contributing six steals and three rebounds. Tess Capra added four points for the Panthers, Lexia Poitras and Sydney Grummett contributed two points and Ally Sentence added a single point. Lexia added five

rebounds for the Panthers, Sydney had four rebounds and Ally had a game-high seven steals. Also contributing in the first game were: Jordyn Britton, three defensive rebounds; Emma Kulik and Emma Melito, two offensive rebounds; Bethany Langelaan, one offensive rebound; Tess Puchalski, five rebounds, including three on the offensive glass; and, Abbey

McCulligh and Jessica Acaster, who played strong defence. The Panthers shot 28% from the floor in the game and were a hard-luck 2-12 from the free-throw line. The team improved its exhibition record to 2-1 by defeating Niagara Falls 19-13 and Port Colborne 20-13 Saturday afternoon. Last season, the Panthers didn’t win their second game until the third week of January. Contributing to the win over Niagara Falls were: Ally Sentence with six points, seven steals and three rebounds; Jordyn Britton with six points and four steals; Lexia

Poitras with four points, three rebounds and three steals; Kaley Demont with three points and three steals; Tess Puchalski with five offensive rebounds and two steals; Bethany Langelaan with two offensive rebounds; Tess Capra with a rebound and a steal; Sydney Grummett, Jessica Acaster and Emma Melito with rebounds; Abbey McCulligh with a steal; and, strong defence from Emma Kulik and Raegan Emonds, who played well in her Pelham debut. The Panthers shot 32.1% from the floor in the win. Among those playing well in the victory over Niagara

Falls were: Demont with 10 points; Britton with four points; Poitras and Sentence with two points; Grummmett with a single point and good defence; Acaster with a point; and strong defence by Melito. Coach Kendal Orosz did a great job managing the bench with three injuries to deal with in the second game. Next up for the team, which is sponsored by Mike Knapp Ford, Tora. Inc, Giant Tiger Fonthill, Niagara Dental Centre and Miles Kulik MHC Mortgage Services, is a 2 p.m. Saturday game at E.L. Crossley against Niagara Falls.

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THANKS FOR STEPPING OUT BOBBI Lococo can make almost anything out of chocolate - including her 10th year celebration. The owner of Sweet Thoughts in Ridgeville shows off the ‘10’ she created of chocolate truffles as part of an open house celebration last weekend. Along with the yummy chocolate treats, Lococo was offering draws, featuring prizes donated by local shopkeepers, and a small gift of a chocolate shoe with a coupon for January to thank people for “stepping out” and supporting the shop. She also has life-sized chocolate shoes (left) for the shoe-addicted person on your Christmas list. Sarah Murrell/Voice Photos

HALLOWEEN FOR HUNGER ON HALLOWEEN night, 20 members of the E.L. Crossley Interact Club and other volunteers went door to door collecting nonperishiable food items to donate to Pelham Cares. In total they collected more than 2,000 items and are very appreciative of everyone who donated and all those who participated in the annual event. /Special to the Voice


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• Replace spark plug • Change engine oil plus parts • Flush fuel system • Clean carburator bowl & adjust • Check and adjust belts Double Stage • Grease all greasable points • Check tire pressure • Adjust skids • Check general operation plus parts



Winter Storage and Tune-Up for Walk behind and Riding mowers

WALK BEHIND MOWER Tune up and Winter Storage

• Change engine oil • Replace fuel filter • Flush fuel system • Sharpen and balance blades • Clean engine cooling fins • Storage ‘til March 31, 2012



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Tune up and Winter Storage

• Change engine oil and filter • Replace spark plug • Replace air filter • Replace fuel filter • Flush fuel system • Sharpen and balance up to 2 blades • Check belts • Check tires • Grease all accessible points • Level mower deck • Storage ‘til March 31, 2012



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