BATY: Niagara Escarpment Plan under review


This year, 2015, a year of significant reviews of provincial policies. The Niagara Escarpment Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Plan, the Greenbelt Plan as well as the Growth Strategy Plan are all up for review. In addition there are plans to review the Metrolinx plan, the Wetlands policies and the Conservation Authority policies. Having served a two-year term and a current three-year term on the Niagara Escarpment Commission, I am awaiting a decision by May to see if I will remain a member of the NEC. During the last twoRead More

AUGUSTYN: Capital Budget means more improvements


Since Town Council approved a $6.5 million Capital Budget a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to inform you about some major improvements planned for Pelham this year. Finish 2014 Projects: First, of course, the Town’s and Region’s contractors will finish three major projects from 2014: • “Uptown Fonthill”: The reconstruction of Regional Road 20 from Peachtree Park to Lookout Street, and of Haist Street from Canboro Road to Regional Road 20 still needs the top coat of asphalt, sidewalk completion, and landscaping. • Downtown Fenwick: The contractor must stillRead More

Crossley art shines in showcase


E.L. Crossley visual art students came home with prizes from a St. Catharines art show last weekend. Art work by Caleigh Ellis and Jenn Lea were selected by a jury for “best in show” for $150 prizes. Meanwhile, the sculpture “Shattered” by Jared Rempel and Paige Bukovac received enough votes for the People’s Choice award. In International Women’s Day show at Rodman Hall Art Gallery focused on relationships. The artwork addressed issues of violence and abuse in dating and relationships with a goal of raising awareness. Led by visual artsRead More

Canada’s role in the Civil War


Author Bryan Prince says Canadians played a big role in the American Civil War. More than 48,000 men went down to fight – over 1,000 of those were freed African American slaves who risked everything to fight. Speaking to the Probus Club of Pelham, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award winner for work in Canadian Heritage told the story of a few men he uncovered while researching his book. He wrote My Brother’s Keeper: African Canadians and the American Civil War. “I love to find out not just the battles ofRead More

Summerfest ranks with Ontario’s best


The Town was recognized by Festival and Events Ontario for the work done in putting together Pelham Summerfest, which was voted one of the top 100 festivals in the province. Summerfest runs July 16-19. They are joined on the list by the Pride festival in Toronto, Sound of Music in Burlington, and the Ottawa Blues Festival.

Back-to-back OFSAA wins for Collie


Keagin Collie was determined to climb the podium at the OFSAA championships this year in Windsor. After capturing wrestling gold in last year’s tournament, she defeated Alexia Sherland of Sandwood Heights to repeat as OFSAA champion in the girls 67 kilogram program. She ends hers dominating high school wrestling career on top, stating the match was special for family reasons. Her father, Brock University wrestling coach Dave Collie, won his first OFSAA medal in the same city as his daughter’s. “I was lucky starting a lot younger than most ofRead More

Fund for all three cenotaphs

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How to carry out a project to restore lead lettering to the Ridgeville cenotaph will be included in a request for proposals from the town. Following a meeting by town staff with interested residents, Royal Canadian Legion members and restoration experts it was agreed to restore the lettering rather than alter it. Recreation director Vickie van Ravenswaay said last week the requests would be out in a matter of days. On a suggestion from legion members, the town will examine how to set up a fund to cover maintenance ofRead More

Cheers for Chambers as top citizens


For Rosemay Chambers, it was “a bit overwhelming.” She and her husband Gary Chambers share the 2014 Citizen of the Year award, receiving it from the Kinsmen Club of Fonthill and District at an award banquet last week. For the 17th year, the club gave out the prize to recognize and encourage volunteerism. Gary, in an acceptance speech, thanked the Kinsmen for the award and said it took many to make projects possible. He and Rosemary did what they did to give back to the wonderful community they lived in.Read More

Town plans win prize for design from region


Town of Pelham has won a Niagara Region design award for its planning of the East Fonthill commercial and housing development. It received the 2014 Niagara Community Design Award in Urban Design and Architecture for the East Fonthill Secondary Plan and Urban Design Guidelines. Pelham received top honours in the Policy & Plans Category. The town’s planning documents outline its detailed policies and guidelines for growth and development in the East Fonthill area at Regional Road 20 along Rice Road to south of Merritt Road. “It’s gratifying to receive thisRead More

Diesel Classic returns to Pelham


The Diesel Classic returns to Pelham on March 28, with  a little NHL star power added on, event organizer Jerry Winnicki says. The Tyke tournament for minor hockey players raised more than $10,000 last year in its first effort. This year, organizers and volunteers will look for similar results from big donations. With such a lively response of the first attempt at a fundraiser, it garnished quite a bit of attention in the sports world. Winnicki, who spent the last several months planning the upcoming event, received a call heRead More