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HERE SHOULD BE a bike club in Pelham," states Brian Zanuttini emphatically. “We're the home of Steve Bauer!" That was reason enough to get the wheels rolling for Zanuttini and fellow Fonthill cyclist, Rob Luchetta. "We'll be bringing something that's not here yet," adds Luchetta. "We will welcome cyclists that move into the area too." For Zanuttini and Luchetta, both fit and enthusiastic cyclists, there were no shortage of reasons to bring a bicycle club to Pelham. Promoting cycling safety is a big one for them, especially amongst cyclists themselves during group rides. Paceline formation, hand signals, even the safest way retrieve your water bottle from your bike with other riders around you— riding in a group requires special skills and under-

COOLING OFF This quartet of holiday celebrants enjoy their sno-cones last Monday at Pelham's Canada Day party in Harold Black Park. KATHRYN HRYCUSKO PHOTO

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Corrections at the top: Last week we reported on the eviction of four people and 43 cats from a Fonthill apartment. The day the paper hit the street, I happened to be in the convenience store underneath the very apartment, and showed the counter clerk the article. He nodded knowingly, then said, “But there were 48. They found five more.” Then, I kid you not, at my next stop, a store in Ridgeville, I ran into the apartment manager himself, and told him what the clerk told me. “Right, but that’s not correct, either. After that, we found three more.” So, as of now, it’s not 43 cats taken out of that apartment, it’s 51...All steamed up: Are we still worried that the cool damp will never end? It’s turned positively tropical out there, and I’m already well tired of mowing the lawn. We’re seriously thinking of replacing it with white clover, which needs no watering and looks as green as resource-hogging grass— plus it has little flowers!...Also steamed: Apparently the water assault along Haist Street was too much for one Canada Day parade participant in the vicinity of MP Dean Allison’s vehicle last Monday afternoon, leading him to reportedly snatch a squirt-gun from a young shooter’s hands and chuck it away— nearly missing a bystander. Fisticuffs then briefly broke out, according to the bystander, who was still shaking her head at the whole thing the following day...New words we like: In John Swart’s Column Six piece this week appears “MAMIL,” or, “Middle-Aged Men in Lycra.” Well, new to us, anyway. And full marks to anyone who knows what a “Yippie” is without Googling it—and I guarantee that anyone who does is 50-plus. In his golf column this week, John Piccolo discusses the (entirely unrelated) “yips.” It’s a good read, even if, like me, you’re not a golf player. Reading about the game, though, does have its vicarious pleasures... Confidential to P&S: Apologies for the interruption on Saturday. Hope the snap peas were sweet!...Photos on the shelf: As ever, we welcome submitted photos of club events, etc., and if you’ve sent in one that hasn’t run yet, don’t worry. We’re working through the stack...Say hello: We welcome Camo Gas Repair as a new advertiser (page 15), and their ad is also a 10%-off coupon... What does “affordable” rent mean in Pelham? As you’ll see elsewhere on this page, we are surveying readers this week on affordable housing. A developer is asking the Town to effectively help subsidize the construction of three apartment buildings, whose units will be offered at “affordable” rents. But what’s defined as affordable these days? Take the survey and tell us. Results in our next issue. Oh, and here’s an interesting tidbit. It looks like Facebook really is tightening up how political and social issues are advertised on their platform. We now need to prove that we’re who we say we are (i.e., a news organization, in Canada) before we can promote even something as innocuous as this survey. A small, but welcome step in the fight against foreign interference in social media. ♦

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IN THE NEWS Library operating hours reduced

The Pelham Public Library Board has cut the number of open hours at the two Pelham Library locations. The library receives the majority of its funding from the Town of Pelham. Citing an increase in costs related to inflation and in contracted services, in a news release the library noted that Pelham Town Council voted to freeze the library’s budget at its 2018 level, thereby “forcing the Library Board to reduce operating hours.” According to the release, the board will request a funding increase from the Town for its 2020 operating budget and will also continue to “explore any possible efficiencies.” The board will also review the impact of this decision on the community, and will continue to “advocate for improving library services and resources.” Starting July 2, hours at the Maple Acre branch are as follows: Monday and Saturday, closed; Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 1 PM to 6 PM; Wednesday, 1 PM to 8 PM. Hours at the Fonthill branch are as fol-

lows: Monday and Tuesday, 10 AM to 7 PM; Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10 AM to 5 PM; Saturday, 10 AM to 2 PM. After the Bandshell concert season finishes, Thursday’s close will be extended to 7 PM as of September 12. The library requests public reaction to its reduced hours of operation. The survey may be found inside either branch, or online at www.

Seniors to share stories with youth

A $5,000 grant from the Niagara Community Foundation to the Town of Pelham is funding SAY IT! On Stage, affording teens and elders the opportunity to “strengthen connections and enter into creative collaboration,” in the words of a Town news release. The project runs for eight

months, and started in mid June. "The Niagara Community Foundation is proud to support such a unique and diverse arts initiative such as SAY IT!,” said Bryan Rose, executive director of the Niagara Community Foundation. “A project of this nature brings people together, fosters collaboration and galvanizes vital local relationships in the Town of Pelham.” Through eight weeks of intergenerational “conversation circles,” senior participants will share anecdotes and experiences from their lives. These stories will provide the foundation for an original stage play produced and performed by both youth and senior participants. SAY IT! — which stands for “Seniors and Youth Intergeneration Theatre”— seeks to showcase the broad range of talents and passions individuals bring to the project: drama, music, dance, visual arts, crafts, trades. “We want to bring the community together in a way that might seem an unexpected form of interaction, especially when collaborating,” See IN THE NEWS next page

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The best of jobs A son restores his father's milk wagon to its former glory BY KATHRYN HRYCUSKO

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Only a few months ago a faded blue milk wagon with its back end badly damaged sat in Dan Grenier’s yard looking dilapidated and somewhat neglected. Now, painstakingly reconstructed to its original glory by Grenier and his wife Marie-Anne, the 70-year-old milk wagon, once again red and white with black lettering reading “North Side Dairy,” is a veritable blast from the past. The wagon is one of many that was used by North Side Dairy to deliver milk and butter throughout Welland, until the company pulled its horse-drawn wagons off the road some 50 years ago. For Grenier, not only does the wagon remind him of days gone by, but more specifically, it holds a special place in his heart, as a reminder of his first job and time with his father. Grenier’s father worked as a milkman for the company for 37 years. He delivered dairy products to the residents of the Dain City area, and as early as the age of five, Grenier would accompany his father on his milk runs. “I used to go with my dad every Saturday to work and ride with him on his wagon,” said Grenier, “Then over the years it kind of never left me.” By the age of 17, sometime in the 1960s, Grenier had dropped out of high school to take up his own milk run and his own wagon. It was his first-ever job, and one that he remembers fondly. His day would start at 4 AM and by noon he would have visited nearly 200 houses, quietly letting himself in and out to bring them milk and pick up their empty bottles. During the 12 years that he drove the milk wagon, Grenier became familiar with the families on his route and remembers being met by friendly faces at each stop. He recalls being met with kindness every morning, as well as the atmosphere of trust that surrounded his position. Oftentimes he would let himself in and out of residences before families had woken up for the day. Around the Christmas season this kindness would manifest in the form of drinks, with nearly every household offering Grenier and his father a drink or shot, despite it being quite early in the morning. Marie-Anne recalled that on one occasion Grenier’s father had to call Grenier to come and finish his route for him and take him home. “Everyone would just say to them, ‘Come on, just one drink,’” said Marie-Anne. “They don’t know that everyone said one drink—that’s 20 drinks now.” It was not unknown for the horses, who knew their way back to North Side’s stables, to occasionally pull up to the yard with their driver fast asleep in the wagon, said Grenier. Occasions such as these and interactions with the residents of Welland left little time for dull


continued from previous page said Jodi Hendriks, Pelham Culture and Community Enhancement Programmer. The grant, togeth-

moments on his milk run. Grenier recalls one humourous incident when he got pulled over by the police while driving his wagon. “I had a friend with me, he wanted to go with me on my route. So we're going down Thorold Road and it was about 4:30 in the morning. He says, can I ride the horse?” recounted Grenier. “What do I care? I was 17. You could do anything you want, right?” Grenier allowed his friend to hop up and ride the horse, and as they trotted down Thorold Road they passed a police car headed the other way. The officer promptly made a u-turn and put on his

Above, Dan and Marie-Anne Grenier stand in front of the milk wagon they and their team worked hard to restore. Left, before the long road back.

What do I care? I was 17. You could do anything you want, right?

lights. Grenier recalls that the officer pulled over the milk wagon and asked what they two youths were doing, to which Grenier’s friend promptly replied, “Ah we’re just horsing around.” The officer, unamused, told the friend to get off the horse, worried that it might spook and throw its rider into the way of the wagon. Spooking the horses, or trying to, was a favourite pastime amongst some of the children on the milk run, Grenier said. Often they would clap, yell, or throw stones at the horse to make it run. More than once Grenier found himself chasing his own wagon, trying to catch his bolting horse as it rattled away from him with the day’s milk delivery. Grenier’s wife remembers being one of the children who attempted to spook the horses on occasion, and recalls the time when milk wagons were a regular sight on the road. She remembers Grenier specifically from that time as well. “That’s when he told me he had a crush on me,” said Marie-Anne. Grenier said that Marie-Anne has been an integral part of the team that restored the wagon, from the initial search through its restoration. The two of them had thought to look for a North Side Dairy milk wagon after seeing one from Sunnyside Dairy in a parade. Although had Grenier moved on from North Side Dairy to Union Carbide, and then to Humpty Dumpty, where he worked until he retired, the milk wagon work was always a fond memory. “I have a special place in my heart for that job. It was a nice job and a lot of people complain about

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their jobs today. I never did,” said Grenier. “Yeah, I liked that job. I had a horse and I took a liking to the horse. I used to feed it apples and cubes of sugar all the time.” The couple drove around Niagara looking for Grenier’s old wagon, Wagon #5, but without much luck until they posted a sign in Wainfleet saying they were searching for it. In November, only a couple of months after they posted the “wagon wanted” sign, Grenier received a call from Pelham resident Bob Reeves. For close to 50 years, a North Side Dairy milk wagon had sat in Reeves’ barn, though, as he told Grenier, it was not Grenier’s #5, but Wagon #8. It may not have been the wagon that he originally looked for, but Grenier was more than pleased to be given the opportunity to purchase and restore it—Wagon #8 in fact been his father’s wagon, the one Grenier had first ridden in at age five. The wagon “came home to the Grenier family,” as Reeves put it to Grenier, in time for Christmas. “It was a true Christmas miracle,” said Marie-Anne, a feeling that for the couple has been amplified by the sighting of doves— which Grenier’s father always said he would return reincarnated as— sitting on the wagon. Over the winter months, Grenier

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planned what needed to be done to restore the wagon come springtime. The list was extensive, given that the wagon had been in an accident that severely dented in its rear, in addition to having suffered from general wear and tear. Grenier acknowledged, however, that it could have been in a much worse state had Reeves not taken care of it as he did, keeping it sheltered and replacing the canvas roofing. In April, Grenier got to work on the restoration process. Though generally handy and an experienced woodworker, he had never attempted anything of the sort before and encountered several challenges, chief among them tracking down original parts, or at least those that resembled the originals. Grenier credits Marie-Anne for keeping him calm and sane as he phoned vendor after vendor, searching for the specific parts he needed. Grenier and Marie-Anne were two of the core reconstruction team. Their sons Mark and Paul, along with their friends Marcel Rouillier and Marc Dumoulin, were integral to the project. Dumoulin helped Grenier throughout, spending countless hours sanding, painting, repairing dents, and more. Rouillier focused on the frame at the back of the wagon, replacing rotted wood and remaking the section that had been damaged in an accident.

year-end financial statement audit by third party Deloitte LLP has been completed and resulted in an unmodified audit opinion with no “management letter points.” according to a Region news release.

Mark, a millwright, remade the wheel bearings, the bottle rack at the rear, and wired it to be pulled behind a car. Their other son Paul, handy with computers and good at designing, designed the font so that the letters could be printed to look like those that North Side Dairy would have once painted on the wagon by hand. Within a month the team was able to finish the reconstruction. Grenier and Marie-Anne are also eager to thank Napa Auto Parts who donated the paint for the wagon, and Digital Detail, who installed the lettering on the wagon. Grenier invited his old supervisor from North Side Dairy, a man now 91 years of age, to come and look at the completed wagon. The sight of the wagon brought tears to his eyes—a flashback to times when he would arrive at work in the morning and see the wagons all lined up side by side. Grenier is hoping to bring this piece of history to other residents of Welland as well. Currently, he has agreed to make an appearance in the Rose Festival Parade, at the Marshville Heritage Festival, and at the Welland Car Show. Leading up to the Rose Festival Parade, Grenier continues to work on the inside of the wagon to put together some finishing touches. Included with the purchase of the wagon was an assortment of old milk crates and milk bottles that Reeves had collected over the years, which Grenier will put in the wagon for the parade. Grenier also has an old money bag worn by milkmen, and an outfit (hat and bow tie) to match. He plans to wear them as he drives the wagon in the coming parade as he drives it. He will be accompanied by his grandchildren, sitting in the back, riding along much as he did with father so many years before.

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COMMENTARY / OP-ED Larry Coté Democracy's truest expression—the coffee klatch


HERE ARE MANY, many types of social gatherings, but few of these are as crucial to the proper functioning of our society as the coffee klatch. As proof of this indisputable fact one only needs to point to the number and types of coffee shops that proliferate the highways, byways, streets and shopping centers of countries all around the globe. Perhaps one of the most well-known in this part of the world is Tim Horton’s, or Timmies, as it is more affectionately known. There are more that 3,295 Timmies in Canada, with ambitious plans to build hundreds more. There is no questioning that the presence of these critical caffeine emporiums have, in theory, saved lives, made the world a more peaceful place, stabilized economies, and incubated the development of important contributors to society. And not so insignificantly, made many millionaires out of owners and operators that have capitalized on this crucial social phenomenon called the coffee klatch. Coffee klatches are likely more illustrative of the democratic political sys-

tem than are many of the similarly labeled countries around the world. Generally, and to their credit, all members are considered

Remarkably, one of these klatches has been convening on a weekly basis for almost 25 years equal when these groups convene. Very often, these assemblages, purposefully, do not elect a leader, and quickly put down any member who might demonstrate such controlling aspirations. These gatherings regularly conduct lively debates and in doing so could be an excellent example for our parliamentarians. Frequently, vocal amplitude is the foremost requirement to resolve an issue and again the similarity to our Parliament is made clearer.

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I have the distinct privilege of being a member of a few of these assemblages. My membership is not due to any particular skill, talent or accomplishment. However, these assemblies have almost accepted my many annoyances and just about tolerate my frequent indecisiveness. Remarkably, one of these klatches has been convening on a weekly basis for almost 25 years. The original members were well-known individuals and keenly interested in the welfare of the wider community. The original group of about eight met on a weekly basis for coffee and conversation. Since that propitious beginning, some of the originals have passed away and these vacancies have been filled by others who demonstrate similar interests and demeanor. The number of 12 is somewhat sacrosanct as more than this was deemed to inhibit lively discussions. Fewer seemed to diminish diversity of opinion and fervor. I quickly learned that two of the essential qualifications for membership are advanced age and a skin thicker than the epidermis See KLATCH next page

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OPINION Too many secrets What is it with confidentiality agreements and municipal governments in Ontario? The people hired, not elected, to run the day-today operations of Ontario’s towns seem to bounce from municipality to municipality, leaving clouds of unanswered questions behind them. Our new CAO says, “I’m really excited to be coming to Pelham,” and Norfolk County says, “Norfolk County wishes him well in his future endeavors.” The Town of Pelham had similar things to say about its last CAO. I don’t think that I would be too excited at a $25,000 pay cut and the hassles of uprooting my family to a new location for the privilege of making a smaller salary. I don’t know what happened in Norfolk, but Mr. Cribbs probably does, Norfolk Fire Chief Gary Spragg probably does, and I’m guessing the Town of Norfolk probably does, but Pel-

Plan now for gypsy moth intervention next year ham taxpayers don’t. Is Canada that short of people qualified to run a small town that there are

The Town of Pelham had similar things to say about its last CAO

none to be found that do not have a confidentiality agreement following them around? I wish Mr. Cribbs well in his new position. Maybe he can get Poth Street reopened. John Csikos Fonthill


continued from previous page munity organizations who participated, the volunteers for their assistance, our fellow Rotarians and the FunFest organizing committee for their unwavering commitment. More importantly we thank you, the community, who buy the tickets to support of our charitable initiatives. Your continued patronage is much appreciated. Now on to next year. Please mark your calendars for Saturday, June 20, 2020, and save the date for the Second Annual Niagara Family FunFest. We promise it will be bigger and better with warm, sunny weather at Bissell’s next June! Paul Allen and Paul Snack The Rotary Club of Fonthill Co-chairs - Niagara Family FunFest

Gypsy moth caterpillars are a community problem that I feel should be addressed by Town Council in the upcoming budget. Not only are these pests devouring the trees in our neighbourhoods, their frass (caterpillar droppings) is raining from trees and covering whatever lies beneath. Hungry caterpillars do not discriminate between private and municipal trees. Their munching defoliates trees, thereby weakening the tree and making it susceptible to future disease. As they munch, these voracious critters defecate. Caterpillars can eat an average of one square meter of leaves; the more they eat, the more they poop. Private patios and walkways, public sidewalks, park benches under or near infested trees, and playgrounds surrounded by trees are covered with droppings. This year, Town Council decided to spray some, but not all areas of town, in an effort to address the gypsy moth infestation. It was deemed that not all areas were infested, so a

widespread spraying was not needed. As a result, areas deemed to not be infested are now infested. I encourage every Pelham resident to contact their elected representative if they have a problem with gypsy moths. A quick look around is all it takes to determine whether or not you have gypsy moths are in your area. Do you see caterpillars moving up and down tree trunks? Do you see evidence of frass? While the sound of frass dropping through the trees mimics the sound of a gentle rainfall, and dry frass looks and feels like small seeds, wet or dampened frass is slippery, stains everything it comes in contact with and is difficult to remove. I encourage each and every resident affected by gypsy moths to contact their councillor and /or the Mayor, advising them that you want gypsy moth intervention in the 2020 Budget. C. Ram Fonthill


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NOTL bylaw is "nanny socialism"

Open letter to Pelham council and Mayor

Any organization that understands why it is in business will make every effort to ensure its clients’ needs come first—otherwise, there’s no reason to be in business. Part of that organizational necessity is communicating within its various departments to ensure the client receives the highest possible value for the money it spends on the organization’s goods or services. This holds true for governments as well. However, it seems that Niagara-on-the-Lake has lost its focus. It has forgotten why it’s in business. N i a g a r a- o n-t h e -L a k e once again is ramming more bylaws through its machinery without ensuring what they are doing meets the measure of provincial legislation. Has the municipal Clerk or CAO consulted their own building officials on whether the new pool/hot tub enclosure bylaw is even legal under Ontario’s building code? Firstly, I believe bedroom windows are meant to be readily openable from the inside for the purpose of escaping from fire—except for those windows more than one story above the ground; then the screen must be securely fixed. And secondly, if a door within a house wall (which forms part of the of the pool area) is expected to be self

Fonthill and area is having a full-blown infestation of gypsy moth caterpillars and I was surprised not to see any concerns written in the most recent Voice. I realize you and council are up to your eyes in alligators right now, but this problem cannot be ignored. We have pretty much lost our crabapple in the front yard and we’re fighting to save the one in back, and our linden, which gives our only privacy and shade. Today we took a walk from Beckett Crescent along Lawrence and around to Welland Road, over to Quaker and back home. Every street on the boulevards and on some properties, we encountered these pests crawling up trunks of maples, lindens, crabapples and birches. Hopefully, this letter will make people aware so they can check their trees and try to save them before they are totally infested. We have been putting double sided carpet tape around the trunks (about four-inch strips), wrapping trunks with burlap and spraying with Raid Max (an indoor spray, but it kills them instantly on contact). Today I also spoke to councillor Bob Hildebrandt and he will address this issue at his meeting this evening. The other issue, not as pressing, is the pathway behind the homes leading to Welland Road from the small park off Danby. It is quite overgrown closer to Welland Road and is mosquito-infested, so not too pleasant to walk through. It would be appreciated if this area could be cut back to ground level—then it would be manageable to keep up over time. There have been calls made over the past few years to get this done, but so far no action has been taken. Whatever can be done regarding the above issues will be much appreciated by all and hopefully, we will see response in the Voice that there are solutions coming in the near future. Roberta Obelnycki Fonthill

latching, how does a person go back into their home? Does such hardware for exterior passage doors even exist? Or does a friend of a council member have an interest in a hardware store? If the house wall/window bylaw is as critical as the CAO argues, why not require door knobs five feet off the ground to prevent toddlers from falling down the basement stairs? Or wall sockets five feet high to prevent little fingers from inserting inappropriate objects? Municipalities themselves rarely comply with provincial legislation to ensure access to facilities, i.e., handicapped washrooms, wheelchair ramps to government buildings, Braille elevator signage, the videotaping/podcasting of council meetings to accommodate the less ambulatory, and yet for some odd reason, they feel it their duty to force the general public to deal with Soviet absurdities. If Niagara-on-the-Lake wants to remain logically consistent, does this mean the municipality will now be putting gates, fencing and locks around all the open waters within their region, i.e., Lake Ontario, Niagara River, Adam Beck Hydro Dam reservoir? How about the water hazards on the Queenston Golf course?

Municipalities themselves rarely comply with provincial legislation to ensure access to facilities

Has anyone asked Niagara-on-the-Lake’s city manager if complaints from local residents forced the change and, if so, where’s the evidence. Or is this another example of a council with too much time on their hands and feel they must pass a steady stream of new laws to justify their existence? The question needs to be asked of every proposal coming from every municipal council: “What is the purpose of the bylaw?” And: “Does it comply with senior legislation?” Town Council in Lambton Shores passed a bylaw a couple of years ago saying a homeowners cannot use a machine that makes an unusual noise (then gives examples, i.e., lawnmower, leaf-blower) after 8 PM. When asked about snowblowers, the response was, “Well, that’s different.” (We

have to wonder what goes through people’s minds to come up with stuff like this.) Every law in a constitutional democracy should be remedial. In other words, every new law should be written towards trying to fix a chronic problem. Other than that, bylaws and new legislation are nothing but ideology where someone is trying to impose their world view on the rest of the population. Every time some city clerk/councillor/ mayor tries to introduce a new bylaw, everyone should ask,“What’s the point?” And once proven by evidence that the bylaw addresses a legitimate need, then ask, “Does it comply with superior laws that may make it of no force and effect?” Cradle-to-grave nanny socialism. Erika Furney Port Robinson

Hopefully this letter will make people aware so they can check their trees

New Utility Sustainability Committee aims to conserve and save Team charged up, ready to pare MCC, other costs BY GLORIA J. KATCH

Special to the VOICE

According to Councillor Bob Hildebrandt, saving on energy bills through conservation can simply mean “turning the lights out when you leave the room.” However, as Pelham Town Council’s representative on the Town’s first Utility Sustainability Committee, Hildebrandt said that these simple approaches may just be the tip of the iceberg as far as strategies needed to lower utility rates, reduce energy consumption, and mitigate the effects of climate change. All of these topics and more will eventually be on the list for this committee to tackle. The committee’s first meeting last week resulted in Gord Marasco being appointed as chair, and Dave Cano as vice-chair. Members decided to hold meetings on a weekly basis in July to bring everyone up to speed on many issues, especially those deemed urgent and financially detrimental to the Town. The committee decided it would determine its priorities in August, and attend August’s council meeting to introduce its membership to Town Council. “Marasco from Dofasco,” is how Gord Marasco jokingly described his credentials to the Voice. Marasco headed up Dofasco’s steel construction department, in addition to being an engineer for the now defunct Atlas Steel, as well as chairman of the board at Grimsby Hydro for 18 years.

Dave Cano is currently the Energy Solutions Manager for the Town of Oakville, while Jeffrey Fee, the third resident on the committee, all selected for their expertise, is an Engineering Technician at Ridley College in St. Catharines. “How wonderful is that,” said Councillor Hildebrandt, adding that sharing knowledge about “best practises” in operations is critical to the success of the committee. Overall, Hildebrandt said he was “privileged to sit on this committee,” for the wealth of knowledge it will offer. He thanked the Director of Recreation, Culture and Wellness, Vickie vanRavenswaay, and the Director of Corporate Services and Town Treasurer, Teresa Quinlin, for their assistance in ensuring that the committee operates accordingly to policies and procedures outlined by the municipality. “’Together we are better,’ that is Teresa’s motto, and together we can do things,” said Hildebrandt. His primary focus is on decreasing the community centre’s hydro expense of some $540,000 per year. The committee decided to pass a motion to expand its terms of reference to ensure that utility rates would be tackled for the Town’s buildings, as well as businesses and all its residents. “This is a big-ticket item, and I have a lot of people emailing me

From left, Councillor Bob Hildebrandt, Jeffrey Fee, Dave Cano, Gord Marasco; Deanna Allen, Climate Change Coordinator for the Town of Pelham; and Director of Recreation, Culture and Wellness, Vickie vanRavenswaay. GLORIA J KATCH PHOTO on this issue. I mean, we’re all stuck with hydro,” Hildebrandt noted. Hildebrandt has been in consultation with the Operations Manager of the Leisureplex in Fort Erie, and other similar facilities, to determine how to pull the plug on hefty hydro costs, and “optimize the facility.” By examining the engineering, design, and hydro’s delivery of services, Hildebrandt said reducing hydro by 10 to 20 percent at the MCC would “make a huge impact.” However, reducing hydro rates is a complicated issue, and the MCC is the biggest structure in

Pelham, with an equally complex design, noted Hildebrandt. Regardless, this is where his personal and professional energies are focused. “One of the reasons I ran [for council] was because of the MCC,” he said. The Town receives electricity through services provided by Hydro One and Niagara Peninsula Energy (NPEI). The Town actually owns 17% of NPEI, which yields the municipality a dividend return of about $55,000 annually, Hildebrandt said. Approximately 1200 residences in Pelham receiving hydro through NPEI pay less than the remaining

4000 residences receiving power from Hydro One. While Hildebrandt wasn’t exactly sure what the rate difference is, he notes it is significant enough to warrant examining. Gord Marasco agreed. “We have to look at both resident and commercial rates. We want both hydro providers to be equal,” he said. When asked about using windmills in Pelham, or solar panels at the MCC, Hildebrandt said that power generated by windmills costs 25 cents a kilowatt per hour, See UTILITY Page 12

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2019 Bandshell Series



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NYONE WHO HAS been around the game of golf for awhile is familiar with this week’s subject. Likely the better player you are or the more you have thought about the game the more likely you are to have suffered from this affliction. It’s unscientific name is the yips (there is no scientific name for it) and it is generally taboo to even mention the term. I’ve rarely talked about it in the ten-plus years I have been writing this column and then only in regards to putting and maybe a mention about chipping. The yips are an involuntary twitching of your muscles (usually the smaller ones of hands or wrist) during a swing (almost always at impact) in which you try to hit a golf ball. The yips never happen in a practice swing. I know from experience you can see someone make the proper swing 20 times in a row without a ball and then once they go to hit it they look like they’ve been zapped with a taser. It is mostly associated with putting and sometimes chipping, but can happen with the full swing as well.

(It is also known to happen to others who have to use their hands for repetitive, sensitive, things like playing the piano or performing operations. Ever see Shaq try to make a free

I've rarely talked about it in the tenplus years I have been writing this column throw? One of the most egregious examples is former New York Met’s catcher Mackey Sasser not being able to throw the ball back to the pitcher). Well-known golf instructor Hank Haney (Tiger’s old coach) wrote a book years back entirely devoted to the subject. Haney was a fairly accomplished collegiate player in the States before he decided to focus on teaching instead of playing for a living.




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It wasn’t really a choice because he was at a point he literally couldn’t hit his driver within 80 yards of where he was aiming. For over 20 years he avoided playing golf because of his fear of swinging his driver in public. Think about it. This guy is one of the most respected teachers in the game and he was afraid to play. He thought it was his mechanics and spent hundreds of hours watching video and trying to perfect his swing. He then met an instructor while lecturing in Germany who had been using an ultrasound device to diagnose and help golfers cure the yips. It gave him hope, and now the fellow works with him at his academy in Texas. Of the thousands of golfers studied so far, a full 26% of them derive the trouble in their game from the yips and not some physical swing flaw. The most important part of their research is understanding that the yips are not solely a sign of choking or being stressed out. If it was purely mental, a psychologist could fix you up in a jiffy. Without going into too much detail, the yips are actually a neurological misfire. In order to cure them you have to figure out which muscles are misfiring and go from there with the combination of swing, grip, and thought changes that will help overcome your particular problem. Haney is the first to admit there is still a lot to learn in understanding this issue, but he offers some great insight into

Matchedash Parish BY JIM CASSON

Special to the VOICE

This week at the Fonthill Bandshell Concerts, it’s Matchedash Parish, sponsored by Flett Beccario. Matt Weidinger and Lance Anderson have formed the Matchedash Parish, with 12 of the country’s top blues and roots music artists. It is a powerhouse soul and gospel/roots show guaranteed to bring the house down. Juno award-winning producer Lance Anderson (leader of Mariposa’s An Evening of Blues and Gospel and The Last Waltz, the hit closer of Mariposa Folk Festival 2017) has brought together another wonderful

roster of Blues All-Stars, but this time to perform original songs and masterful arrangements of some of the greatest soul and gospel tunes. Along with Kitchener phenom Matt Weidinger and three background singers led by the amazing vocalist Quisha Wint, and featuring Michelle White and Jill Zahdeh, Matchedash Parish will create a tent revival atmosphere with this “congregation” of talent. Backed by a nine-piece band including two drummers, Memphis- born Shamakah Ali (Al Green, The Barkays) and Ben Rolo (Lucky Peterson, Danny Michel), percussionist Art Avalos (Manteca), horns

Gene Hardy, sax (Bourbon Tabernacle Choir), William Sperendei, trumpet (Harry Connick Jr., Colin James), Hammond organ, piano, mandolin (Weidinger), piano, accordion (Anderson), guitarist Mackenzie Jordan (Jackets), and on bass Mark Mcintyre. The rhythm this group creates is a freight train that will pick you up and drop you down in the swamplands of the south. The show runs from 7 to 9 PM. There is no cover charge but donations are appreciated to allow the Bandshell committee to continue to bring you great concerts each week. For more information visit

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Nigerian refugee family faces deportation Morufat Ogunkoya says that she and her children face religious persecution back home BY GLORIA J. KATCH

Special to the VOICE

“If they catch me and torture me, who will take responsibility for my children? Who will take responsibility for this?” are questions that supporters of Morufat Ogunkoya’s family say that Canadian Immigration need to answer The Ogunkoya family has recently received a deportation order after two appeals for refugee status have been rejected. A meeting was held last Thursday at the Welland’s Rose City Kids, a non-profit youth organization, to support the family. Fleeing what she asserted was religious persecution in Nigeria, Morufat arrived in Canada in Quebec in January 2018 with her three children, Victor, 16; Hephzibah, 14; and Rejoice, 10. Morufat said after an argument with her husband about where to emigrate, he went to the U.S. However, considering U.S. President Donald Trump’s highly publicized stance on refugees claimants, Morufat was afraid to move there with her children and chose Canada. Although she was born into a strong Muslim-faith family, Morufat was introduced to Christianity and converted in 1994. She later became an ordained minister. She claims her father has strong ties

to Muslim clerics and the extremist group, Boko Haram, which is similar in ideology to ISIS in Nigeria. He forbade her to become a Christian and has since threatened her life and the lives of her family members, said Morufat. “He has declared a fatwa on me,” she said, a decree allowing other Muslims to maim or torture a Christian, according to Shariah law. While a fatwa is not binding in secular courts, Morufat maintains the predominantly Muslim faith and culture in Nigeria results in Christians being targeted. “Even the president in Nigeria is Muslim,” she noted, adding Nigeria was under military rule as late as 1998. If a Christian were to convert to Islam, it would be readily accepted, but not the reverse, she said. When she lived in Nigeria, her family maintained a nomadic life, constantly moving to avoid her father’s wrath. While Nigeria has many Christians living in its southern regions, Morufat said Nigeria’s militant factions and political power comes from Islamic authority. Western faith-based publications have reported that some 500 Christians have been murdered since 2016 by

From left, Victor, Morufat, Rejoice and Hephzibah, on the Rose City Kids' rooftop last week.

members of the primarily Muslim Fulani ethnic group, who have allegedly attacked farms and Christian churches, looting and burning them to the ground. Alluding to an incident on Palm Sunday last year, in which Fulani herdsmen killed two priests and several parishioners, Morufat said, “They beheaded the people in the church.” A large concentration of Muslims exists in Northern Nigeria, but the Fulani herdsmen and gangs of Boko Haram have attacked various Christians in the middle and southern regions. Morufat’s deportation notice and reports from Immigration Canada indicate the ministry wants to

deport the Ogunkoya family back to Port Harcourt, in southern Nigeria, a large city with a Christian-based population, because Canadian authorities don’t believe she has enough evidence to indicate that she would be unsafe there. Immigration is also requesting new information before they will grant another appeal, and have not agreed to allow an oral hearing, as yet. Morufat doesn’t believe she or her family is safe anywhere in Nigeria. “My father is well-connected,” she said. Reporting a family who has converted to Christianity is his


way of attempting to gain recognition and power among his extremist’s clan, regardless if it is a family member, she asserted. Morufat said that her father verbally and physically threatened her, including by burning her with an iron. He also took a few swipes, she said, at her son Viktor’s hands with a knife that has left scars. If the Ogunkoya family is returned to Nigeria, Morufat believes her father will be alerted as to when and where she is sent. Officials would also be able to find her children through school records, she said, adding, “I might be See REFUGEES Page 12

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t may have been a later-than-usual start to the festivities last Monday afternoon, but this didn't deter hundreds of residents from gathering along Haist Street—and later in Harold Black Park—to enjoy Canada's annual birthday party. Firefighters and pintsized attackers traded volleys of water, politicians rode atop a horse-drawn carriage, and ice cream, cake, and live music were served. Fireworks ended the day, the echoes of their finale a signal to start the summer for real.


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2019 E. L. CROSSLEY ATHLETIC AWARDS The school year comes to a close with E. L. Crossley Secondary School announcing the following athletic awards. E. L. Crossley Cyclone Athletics Award: Ben Bonisteel and Kaleigh Smith. E. L. Crossley Community Athletic Award: Jenna Mergl-Barrel, Racing Ontario Champion and All American Congress Champion. E. L. Crossley Outstanding Contributions


continued from Page 9 safe if I stayed in a closedup room for the rest of my life, and my kids didn’t go to school.” Pelham resident John Langendoen, who is also a Rose City Kids benefactor, points out that Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship has publicly stated that he has helped approximately 327,000 immigrants find homes. Langendoen doesn’t understand why this wouldn’t include Morufat’s family. He was made aware of the family’s plight as Victor Ogunkoya is a lead volunteer with Rose City Kids. Morufat was granted a working visa when she arrived, and has been working at Embassy Suites as a maid. “I’m known as the singing maid, because I sing praises to God all day as I work.” Victor has a part-time job as well. Together, the family has volunteered at food banks, soup kitchens, and places like St. Vincent de Paul to assist others, whenever they can. Morufat has never received sponsorship

or money from any organization, and can support her own family. Formerly a Logistics Manager with Global International Inc., an American firm that is based in Nigeria, she is also well educated. Her children are equally keen on learning, as Hephzibah told the Voice she would like to be a lawyer some day, while her younger sister, Rejoice, wants to become a doctor. Victor recently received the Julia Turner Junior Irish Award at Notre Dame College School for being an exemplary student in Grade 10, reported Principal Ken Griepsma. Griepsma, and many involved in running Rose City Kids, attended an informal gathering Thursday to support the Ogunkoya family. Despite all the encouragement and hopefulness, Morufat said, “The kids try to hide their feelings and be bold, but it’s been hard on them.” Langendoen helped refurbish the Rose City Kids’ location on Main Street as part of a pledge to his wife, who passed away from cancer several years ago. Lan-


continued from Page 6 while the Town pays only 16 cents a kilowatt now. In the past, he acknowledged, several windmill contracts were held by foreign companies in other countries. “It’s just like Highway 407 deal,” he said, alluding to a segment of the highway that was privatized through a 99-year lease agreement between the provincial government and a consortium of investors known as 407 International. The deal has garnered much criticism, as fees are paid to the investors and not returned to Ontario’s coffers. Currently, Hildebrandt is not aware of a solar contract that offers significant savings, but said he will be looking into it. Dave Cano also pointed out that the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) has a program that allows municipalities to pur-

to Athletics: Emily Bonisteel, Mitchell Waldo, Pooja Senthill, Trent Glenney. E. L. Crossley Promising Athletes Award: Grace Brownlee, Scott Nuccitelli. E. L. Crossley Junior Athletes of the Year: Tessa Jeffery, Cole Bedard. E. L. Crossley Senior Athletes of the Year: Kate Knafelc, Mitchell Waldt. E. L. Crossley Athletic Accomplishment Award: OFSAA GOLD AA- Senior Girls Volleyball Team.

gendoen said Rose City Kids have started an online petition to keep the family in Canada, which has gathered 1700 signatures so far. Langendoen hopes the media exposure will add names to the petition, and help pressure the government into allowing the family to remain in Canada. He is also looking for ideas on how to fight their case. Lawyers he has contacted recently stated they wished they had known sooner, and another lawyer said it would take “deep pockets” to take the challenge to court. Langendoen said his group plans to meet with Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey for some assistance and direction. Otherwise, at this point, Morufat doesn’t know what else to do. The last notice from immigration stated she is to leave Canada, but a departure deadline has not been issued. Immigration also expects her to pay for her family’s return home. When asked if she could join her husband in the U.S., Morufat said she hasn’t talked to him lately, and he hasn’t asked for her to em-

chase hydro at off-peak pricing, which can save about four to eight cents a kilowatt per hour. He said the Town can apply for this for program for “everything and anything,” and there is no deadline to apply. Cano noted that Oakville takes advantage of this cumulative savings program, which has “a big impact.” In August, Hildebrandt will attend the AMO conference, in Ottawa. Quinlin announced Pelham and Welland are jointly making a 15-minute pitch to the Ontario Minister of Energy minister at that time. After monitoring hydro consumption rates at the counnity centre, Hildebrandt said he couldn’t understand why they were running at an average rate and then suddenly spiking within a 48-hour period. “No one knew why,” he said. Fee noted there is technology available now that will monitor every facet of a building’s energy consumption. He suggested look-

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At Rose City Kids, John Langendoen, left, joins in a prayer circle for Morufat and her family. GLORIA J KATCH PHOTO igrate there. She’s also not certain of his whereabouts. Calling the group’s attention, Langendoen said, “Put the word out on your Facebook, and if you have any ideas, email us. Keep the ball in the air. If you have

ing into these systems, otherwise it would be difficult to determine whether changes made to reduce energy costs resulted in an improvement, and by how much. Cano told the Voice he hasn’t had a chance yet to determine how effective the building automation system is at the centre. Overall, Hildebrandt noted the community centre takes a high level of expertise to operate, and “everyone is learning a lot.” When asked about a strategy to reduce the water and wastewater treatment bills, Hildebrandt said the only option was conservation, given that the Region controls these areas, and Pelham’s wastewater is treated at the Welland facility on River Road. If the proposed amalgamation with Niagara Region were to occur? Hildebrandt replied that “bigger is not always better,” but there could be some savings as the duplication of services is eliminated in certain areas. He said his

anything, we would appreciate it. We have to keep them here in Canada,” he said. In the meantime, Morufat is accepting the well wishes and encouragement of neighbours and friends,

approach is “one day at a time.” As a part of the Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan, municipalities are asked to monitor their energy consumption. “We have to try to conserve energy and we have to be more accountable for our emissions,” noted Deanna Allen, Pelham’s first Climate Change Coordinator. Allen, who was previously involved in waste management with Regional Niagara, said that Pelham’s terms of reference must ensure the town will remain compliant and transparent with regard to energy emissions. All municipalities are required to measure greenhouse emissions and remain environmentally sound, she said. On the Regional level, Allen is working with the Niagara Adapts Partnership through Brock University, which is a research initiative through Brock’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre.

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Two weeks ago, record high temperatures and an unprecedented melting of the ice flows in the Arctic were noted by the scientific community, including Allen. “It’s very scary, and we have to be very pro-active,” in mitigating the effects of climate change, she said. Allen noted that the public needs to consider the policies of each political party on the environment when voting in the upcoming federal election this fall. Allen informed the committee she would like to incorporate a climate adaptation plan for Pelham. She told the Voice that as this plan is formulated, community involvement will be necessary. “Any community plan needs cooperation and it’s not just a top-down approach.” Until then the committee will continue to meet, “merging ideas,” she said.

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49ERS REUNITE Seventy years ago, the Class of ‘49 attended their first Grade 9 class at Pelham District High School. This was the first year that the school became a District High School, including Wainfleet, Wellandport, Port Robinson, Rockaway, Stop 19, Effingham, and North and South Pelham. To celebrate, the group enjoyed lunch at the Grill on Canboro—better known to their younger selves as the Green Lantern—in Fenwick. Standing, from left, Helen (McQuiggin) Borg, Marguerite (Saylor) Tufts, Doris (Reid) Drew, Marion (Roepke) Superka, Margaret (Haist) Sebben, Verla (Roepke) Cosby, Marjorie (Holmwood) Desjardins, Mary (Canjar) Beres, Donna (Morog) Maradin, Rosemary (Austin) Best. Seated, from left, Shirley (Swick) Reeves, Katie (Canjar) Staines, and Mary (Stunda) Mamros. SUPPLIED PHOTO

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CENTURY MARK Fonthill United Church celebrated the 100th birthday of Muriel Steed in late June. Muriel lives in the Community of Lookout Ridge, and her late husband was minister at the church from 1975-1981. SUPPLIED PHOTO

ALL JUMPED UP Organizers of the 2019 Air Race Classic, which recently finished at Pelham’s Niagara Central Dorothy Rungeling Airport, thank Tim Horton’s for providing beverage services. From left, Maryanne Beauregard and Bill McWilliams, of Tim Horton's, and Gloria Katch and Peter VanCaulart, event organizers.

HELPING FEED STUDENTS Another successful fundraiser concluded last month as the annual Fonthill Sobeys Golf Tournament raised $20,000 for Niagara Nutrition Partners. Speaking at Peninsula Lakes Golf Club, from left, Ron Kore, store franchisee, and Rocco Limoncelli, of Danone Yogurt. JESSICA DERVISEVIC PHOTO


continued from Page 8 how to deal with a subject which has had a great many people who love this game give it up in despair. If you caught any of his series with Charles Barkley, it was all about fixing Charles’ yip. (If you are wondering what a full swing yip looks like, Barkley’s swing sums it up better than anything I could ever explain. If you haven’t seen his swing, Google it and you will likely get a

million hits. It’s the worst golf swing in history, period.) If you love the game and are on the verge of quitting because of something which you formerly or now know is the yips, give this book a try, or get to an instructor who is sympathetic and experienced in these matters. There are a lot of egos out there who think they can make your swing “perfect” and fix all your problems (remember Haney couldn’t fix his, no matter

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SMASH AND GRAB Fonthill's Avodale store unwillingly hosted two masked visitors around 2:30 AM last Tuesday. Using a hefty rock, the pair smashed a window and managed to make off with a few cartons of cigarettes, about $150 in cash, and $1200 or so in lottery tickets, according to store manager Darlene Servis. Five-O is on the case, with surveillance video in hand. BOB LOBLAW PHOTOS


continued from Page 18 bar of some sort and my parents were never one for spending money at restaurants when you could eat and drink at home. A typical school day would find my mother hauling me out of bed—I was never an early riser— to wash up and then have toast with peanut butter and a juice before I dressed for school. I’m not sure if those were the uniform days or not. St. Alexander School did have a uniform for a length of time. It was a dark blue jumper with a white blouse, white socks and probably saddle shoes (black and white tie- up shoes). If there wasn’t a uniform, then girls were only allowed to wear dresses or skirts and blouses. Never, ever slacks —that was sinful, oh, and so were sleeveless blouses.

My mother always ensured that my clothes were perfectly clean, well-pressed, and that my long hair was tucked neatly in a pony tail. After all, my appearance reflected on her, especially since I was an only child. I would walk the 600 feet or so to school on the shoulder of Highway 20 on the left hand side, facing traffic. There were no sidewalks. All coats, etc., were placed in your shared locker that was located outside your classroom. We had one teacher, one desk, one classroom, and by 1963 only one grade in the classroom. We studied religion, history, geography, arithmetic, physical education, penmanship, music, art, grammar, spelling. Everything was taught by repetition and you had to depend on your memory. There were no calculators unless you count using fingers as a calculator. We had big text books, a huge chalk board,

and the teacher wrote important information on the blackboards, which were really green, and there was a chalk brush to clean the blackboards with in order to write more intriguing information. These brushes needed to be cleaned at the end of each day (by beating two brushes together in the great outdoors and creating a chalk dust storm) and students took turns performing this duty. No one spoke out of turn, or questioned a teacher. Corporal punishment was the rule in those days, and teachers did not hesitate to smack hands or derrieres. At recess everyone went outdoors to play games and all games required physical activity. There was always a teacher on recess patrol. At lunchtime you would get your lunch pail from your locker and return to your desk to eat. You were suppose to eat everything. My mother packed way too

much and I always tried to give part of my lunch away. At the end of the school day, I would pack all homework and books in my bookbag and head home. Often I would pretend that I was riding my horse home, and would even tie him to the bush in the front of the house before entering. I loved horses, and since I couldn’t have a real one I had an imaginary one. Once home I would change out of my “good” clothes and into a pair of hand-me-down pants and shirt. How does an only child acquire handme-downs? Well, John and Paul’s mother would donate pants that they outgrew for my “play” clothes. My mother would then take them and painstakingly remove the front zipper and hand-stitch the opening, since girls did not wear pants with “flies.” After a small snack, I would either go off to the in search of the guys to

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A Little Book About Us


UR CHILDHOOD DEFINES OUR personalit y. It shapes who we become. When Vilma Moretti had grandchildren, she realized that her childhood and theirs were worlds apart. They had absolutely no idea what life was like for Vilma when she was their age. Theirs was a world of computers, iPods, cellphones, texting, Instagram, and YouTube. Vilma thought that when they were grown they might be interested to know what it was like for other generations to grow up. She started collecting recollections—her own, and those of some of the many people she met every day while running Keith’s Restaurant, her family’s business at the intersection of Pelham Street and Highway 20, in Fonthill. The result was, “A Little Book About Us,” published in 2009, from which this series is excerpted. Keith’s is gone, but the stories remain.

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That certainly seems like a long time ago to me, which might explain why I don’t seem to have a lot of childhood memories. Perhaps I should say I don’t have a lot of detailed childhood memories. Regardless, I’ll share whatever memories come to mind The age of nine would find me in the then-Village of Fonthill. I lived with my parents in a bright orange stucco home, which was situated on our company property right on Highway 20 East—at the bottom of the hill, not on top of the hill where the rich people lived. It was a two bedroom home with a kitchen/dining area, two bedrooms, a bathroom, a laundry area, a shrinking living room (as the business grew and more office space was needed, our living room shrank; after all it was the company house), an office, and a creepy cellar. I had a backyard to play in with a huge sandbox built right against the back of the house. I was allowed

The Cyclone roller coaster, Crystal Beach, ca. 1930s. to play in the backyard but not the front as there were too many vehicles driving in and out all day. We had a big black rotary telephone (that means you had to put your finger in the correct hole and pull the dial all the way around and let go, and repeat until all the numbers were entered) and I wasn’t allowed to give it out our number because


it was the company phone. The phone number started with a TW—in fact I think it was TW2-3151. If you dialed 0 a live operator would come on the line! We also had a small second-hand black and white television. It was probably only 12 or 18 inches wide. I remember watching the Ed Sullivan Show, a popular variety show back then, and Sing Along with Mitch. "Follow the bouncing ball on your TV Screen and sing along with us at home." There weren’t too many families in the neighbourhood. Our immediate neighbours, the Grants, had

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ERE’S AN INTRIGUING THOUGHT —what would Jesus say and do if he was actually living in Pelham today? Well, it might look something like this… One evening, Jesus pulls into a Fonthill pizza shop with a carload of enthusiastic teens. You may picture him as a young man with long hair wearing a long white robe. I prefer to see him dressed like a typical Canadian male as he parks his Honda Accord (you’ll find that biblical detail in Acts 2:1 where it says “they were all in one accord”). Anyhow, Jesus orders a large, deluxe pepperoni pizza and sits down with the youth group (I guess you could say he’s the “ultimate youth Pastor”). A few minutes later, the steaming pizza arrives and Jesus offers prayer: “Thank You, Father, for this great group of young people and for our daily pizza. In my name, Amen.” Before they chow down, however, Jesus says, “Hey guys, I want to show you all something really important with this pizza. You see, the kingdom of God is like a pizza.” Before a table-full of confused looks and salivating mouths, Jesus continues. “Yeah, I’m serious. You see this pizza is like your life. All these pepperoni pieces represent the various interests and concerns you have —family, friends, school, job, pastimes, you get the idea.”

“And this little white plastic thing”—Jesus takes the little white plastic thing that keeps the gooey cheese from messing up the cardboard box and puts it in the middle of the pizza—“this is the throne of your life.” A few young people nod with understanding. “Most people put themselves on that throne because they want to run their own lives and think they know what’s best. But they don’t. The one who knows you best is the one who made you in the first place— God.” All eyes are now fixed on Jesus. “And so, here is the point of this parable. Put God at the centre of your life”—Jesus puts two strips of red pepper on the throne in the form of a cross—“and you’ll find that He will give you the wisdom and direction you need to put everything else in perspective and in its proper place.” Total silence. After a few moments, Jesus looks around the table and says, “Well, any questions? Yes, Matt?” “That was a great parable, Jesus. Thanks a lot. But… do you think the pizza might be getting cold?” Everyone laughed and dove in. And they never forgot the parable of the pizza. Pastor Rob Weatherby served congregations in Nova Scotia and Ontario over the last 40 years… and likes pizza.

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Never too old to score BY VOICE STAFF A group of four oldtime hockey players wish to introduce the Pelham Old-Timers Hockey League (POHL) for the 2019-2020 season. On the board are Jerry Dracz, Bernie Law, Manfred Fast, and James Whitney. The quartet invite all hockey-playing seniors in Pelham and surrounding areas to join their recreational, non-contact league for men 55 and over. Goalies can be 45 and older. Games will be held on Wednesday mornings. The aim is to field a 6-team league with 11 skaters per team plus 1

goalie. “This is a community initiative and all skill levels are welcome,” says Chairman Bernie Law. “An enjoyable, competitive environment should be the goal for everyone involved.” Law also noted that the Canadian Legion Branch 613 is the league’s inaugural sponsor. Full equipment is required, including helmets with shields. Team jerseys and socks are included in league fees. Prospective draftees may find more information online at www.

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standing, and Zanuttini and Luchetta recognize this. "We try to teach the best cycling etiquette," says Luchetta. Finding the best way to bring a Pelham cycling club to reality was the topic of many conversations between the two. Pelham is already a provincially designated Bicycle Friendly Community, winning recognition from the Share the Road Cycling Coalition. Cycling infrastructure and advocacy exist, and relations between the Town of Pelham and the local cycling community are good. Zanuttini and Luchetta were looking to form a club that would be very social, inclusive of all ages, and be open to both women and men. As word spread of their idea, Amici per la Vita (Friends for Life) Niagara Cycling Club, a Niagara Falls-based club with approximately 130 members, came calling. Amici is an established cycling club with a wide variety of rides and riders, including members from Pelham. As Zanuttini and Luchetta tell it, Amici was interested in expanding their route network and options westward, and approached them about joining together to form a Pelham chapter. The pair realized the benefits of this approach: club insurance already existed with Amici; access for Pelham cyclists to a full of calendar of rides throughout Niagara in all categories, from beginners to experienced; exposure to retired, semi-pro riders as mentors; a mountain biking subgroup; and an existing administrative structure which they could join. Women are well represented on Amici rides, and within their board of directors. It was important to

Refuelling along the way, from left, Pascal Robichaud, Rob Luchetta, Jason Chow, and Brian Zanuttini. JOHN SWART PHOTO

Zanuttini and Luchetta that Amici was not just a group of MAMILs (middle-aged men in lycra). As a result, Pelham's new cycling club was formed as a chapter of Amici per la Vita, with its own ride(s) originating from the Meridian Community Centre. The Sunday rides from the MCC begin at 8 AM in the summer, 9 AM in spring and fall. They are “B”-paced, which the club defines as, "A minimum pace of 27-29 km/h, depending on terrain, weather conditions, time of year and the level of fitness of the riders present. There are also sections of each ride where the tradition is for faster riding and sprints. This ride's policy is a nodrop one, so the pace can vary quite a bit depending on who's out.(Distance: 6080 km)." Zanuttini and Luchetta are passionate about group riding.

Luchettta has heard all the reasons cyclists ride alone. "I'm not a good enough rider, I'm not fast enough, my equipment isn't good enough." In response, he stresses, "Our goal is fun, and a safe ride. Plus, there's always a stop at the half-way point for a coffee or breakfast." He adds that the Sunday MCC ride is just their starting point, indicating the calendar will gradually fill with more relaxed “C”paced rides from Pelham as the membership grows. Zanuttini jumps in to remind me that they never leave anyone behind. Having joined them for their Sunday morning ride recently, I can attest to their welcoming nature toward new attendees, and concern for their welfare on the ride. He also has a word for those who mountain bike now.

"I'm a mountain biker, but I love the road bike. I can cover a huge distance in a set amount of time," which he says makes road cycling more interesting and easier to schedule. Zanuttini continues, "I'm looking at developing a Steve Bauer Ride too. Sixty kilometres within the Town, including a ride past Steve's [early] home." Those interested are welcome to participate in two free rides before joining the club. If you're thinking of joining a ride, you can let them know at http:// , or just show up at the MCC ten minutes before the ride to sign their club waiver. Better yet, join soon and you can participate in their annual Friendship ride and party at Brian Zanuttini's home in late July. It's easy to believe you could truly become Amici per la Vita through this club. ♦


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