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Friday, July 12, 2024

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PHOTOS: A rainy mid-July for Niagara-on-the-Lake

The town was hit with the lingering effects of Hurricane Beryl this week, which covered much of southern Ontario in heavy rainstorm. 

Pride and prejudice sparks anger: Flag vandalism turns Virgil woman into advocate

Sheri Durksen says she won’t be silenced. The Niagara-on-the-Lake resident is speaking out with a message of solidarity, love and acceptance after vandals repeatedly damaged and removed Pride flags from the lawn of her Virgil home over the span of a few days.

Heavy rains, flooding raise infrastructure concerns in St. Davids

June’s extreme weather and torrential downpours in Niagara-on-the-Lake have created calls from residents for upgraded municipal infrastructure to protect homes and properties against flash floods.

Donors help museum buy Carnochan house for $1.4 million

Donations from the Goettlers and Joyners, and contributions from the museum and the town, led to the  $1.425 million purchase of Carnochan's old home at 25 Castlereagh St., right next door to the museum.

Huge turnout for horticultural society’s annual garden tour

A new name and a new approach for this year’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Horticultural Society’s garden tour has paid off, say organizers.

Heritage trail continuing second phase, but needs donations for next steps

Before the Upper Canada Heritage Trail's committee can commence work on its next phase, which will add another four kilometres to the trail, the committee hopes the Niagara-on-the-Lake community will raise more funds to support its efforts.

Cherry Festival lives up to expectations once again

Billed as a summer celebration for the whole family, the 2024 edition of the St. Mark’s Anglican Church Cherry Festival on July 6 didn’t disappoint.

‘Steeling’ the show: Classic cars a hit at Niagara Motors

Pete Zeppetella rolled into the Niagara Motors third-annual car show in Virgil on July 6 in a 71-year-old, half-finished, custom-made pickup and stole the show.

Steffanie Bjorgan honoured with Meritorious Service Award by Governor General

Initially, Red Roof Retreat founder Steffanie Bjorgan ignored the email advising her the Governor General was bestowing on her one of Canada's highest honours.

‘Pledge It’ for The Lake Report and invest in NOTL news

"'When there’s no one there to tell the story, there’s no accountability.' This simple phrase is one of the main reasons journalism is essential to a Canadian democracy," writes Richard Harley.


Letter: Parliament Oak plan is a battle worth fighting

"Frankly, I may be naive but I’m much more inclined to vote for and respect a councillor who is prepared to defend the town on principles rather than acquiesce to the demands of developers," writes Bob Bader.


Ceremony recalls tragedy of the Foam in NOTL

Local folks with a sense of history will want to take part in an event this weekend to celebrate 150 years since the tragedy — and the rejuvenation of the sailors' cemetery plot, which was largely neglected since 1874.


Sports: NOTL Soccer Team of the Week for July 11

Meet the members of the NOTL Soccer Club's U6 team, sponsored by All Green Irrigation.

Arts: Tickets on sale for Yellow Door Theatre’s ‘Seussical’ production

The Yellow Door Theatre Project is back with another summer production led by its talented cast of young performers from the Niagara region.

Exploring History: Row, row, row your boat

In our long history as a tourist destination, many visitors were able to rent a rowboat along the shoreline whether it be at the end of King Street as shown here (now Queen’s Royal Park), near the marina or along the beach in the Chautauqua area.

Growing Together: Japanese beetle season is upon us

If you have been gardening for any length of time, you have probably come across these colourful insects at some point or another. If you haven’t seen them yet in your garden this summer, you will see them in the next couple of weeks. 


Travis Seetoo takes you behind ‘Roll of Shaw’ at next Learn & Live

The newest installment of Learn & Live at the NOTL Public Library will give attendees a look at a different side of the Shaw Festival.

Arts review: Highs and lows in Shaw’s ‘Witness for the Prosecution’

"When truth is clearly evident, it speaks for itself." Agatha Christie, the world's best-selling novelist and Queen of Crime, leads us to seek the truth in a noir genre courtroom drama of justice, dislocation, love and betrayal.


Editorial: Play the beautiful game, without all the antics

Part of us hopes a lot of Canadian kids have been watching the Copa America and Euro Cup soccer tournaments to witness how the so-called beautiful game can be played.

Editorial: Pride, tolerance, acceptance — and hate

We naively thought, hoped, wished that last summer’s collective civic embarrassment when the new rainbow crosswalk was repeatedly vandalized might have inspired greater tolerance in some pockets of Canada’s “prettiest little town.”

Letter: Many town staff are new or inexperienced

"Unfortunately, when it comes to development issues, our town staff are either temporary or have occupied their positions for a short period of time," writes Elizabeth Masson.


Artistry by the Lake brings out NOTL creatives

Niagara has no shortage of creatives across the region. At Artistry By The Lake this past weekend, guests could explore more than 80 vendors hosted by Niagara artists, including some from right here in Niagara-on-the-Lake.


Breakenridge story is focus of museum lecture

In his 1828 obituary, John Breakenridge, a Niagara barrister and son of a United Empire Loyalist, was noted for having built "several of the most elegant and tasty houses in town." Those homes, and the story behind the couple who built them, is the subject of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum’s next lecture.


Striking LCBO workers hit the picket line in NOTL

Striking LCBO workers were out in force on Sunday, July 7 in Niagara-on-the-Lake. A small but vocal group of employees from NOTL and Niagara Falls took to the picket line...

Home Sweet Home: By the numbers: 53% of NOTLers are 55-plus

Niagara-on-the-Lake’s population in 2024 is estimated at 20,863, according to Statistics Canada’s 2021 census data, together with estimates from the province and Niagara Region, the researchers say. Of that, 53...

Home Sweet Home: Many, but not all, feel financially secure

Niagara-on-the-Lake is often viewed as an influential, well-to-do community. And in many pockets of town, that is definitely true. However, a minority of NOTL seniors — 28 per cent —...


Gas leak on Niagara Stone Road contained without threat to public

A maintenance mishap is being blamed for a natural gas leak on Friday, July 5 on Niagara Stone Road just outside Old Town Niagara-on-the-Lake that sent rotten-egg-smelling fumes into the air for about three hours. Just before noon, the Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire Department received a call that gas had been released after a riser pipe had been damaged at the Niagara Stone sewage pump station. “This happens quite often,” said NOTL deputy fire chief Darren Trostenko. “Accidents happen. Not just in Niagara-on-the-Lake, but everywhere responds to gas lines that have been hit by various means.” When fire officials arrived, the invisible vapour was...

PHOTO GALLERY: Celebrating summer at the farmworkers picnic

There were good vibes in the air on Saturday at Centennial Sports Park in Virgil, as local farmworkers and their friends gathered for the Jamaican workers social event, a new initiative hosted by the Jamaican Liaison Service.

PHOTO GALLERY: Canada Day fun and celebrations all across NOTL

Niagara-on-the-Lake was the place to be this Canada Day weekend, with the streets of Old Town filled to the brim for all the holiday festivities. 

Ross’s Ramblings: Kindness and happiness abound on Canada Day

“Ours is a country of good, kind people,” Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland declared to thousands of cheering people in our nation’s capital. “It’s time to set aside our national modesty and declare that Canada is the best country in the world.” The single and simple word “kind” is a magical word. Only four letters, but it conveys such good feelings. Wherever you were in Canada on...

New Queen and Mississagua gateway well worth it, Zalepa says

Guests entering the heritage district of Niagara-on-the-Lake will be greeted by a new sign as a they enter the intersection of Queen and Mississagua streets: a five-foot-tall brick gateway that says "Niagara-on-the-Lake Heritage District."

Horticultural society showcases seven gardens on annual tour

The NOTL Horticultural Society's 30th annual Gardener's Garden Tour is this Saturday, July 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Great weather and spectacular colour await as you explore seven exquisite gardens showcasing the talents of area gardeners.

NOTL Museum buys Janet Carnochan house

The Niagara–on-the-Lake Museum is taking a big step forward in its multi-million expansion, with the purchase of the Janet Carnochan house at 25 Castlereagh St., next door to the museum complex.

Cherry Festival this Saturday in NOTL

The popular idiom "cherry on top" describes something that is already good as even better, or perfect. The folks at St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Niagara-on-the-Lake couldn’t agree more when it comes to their annual Cherry Festival.

Councillors give White Oaks highrise tower project a second chance

It's better for the town to move ahead with plans for highrises in Glendale, with alterations, rather than dismissing the project altogether, says Coun. Gary Burroughs.

Seven swimmers set to challenge Lake Ontario this year

People keep asking, "Who is planning to swim Lake Ontario this year?" It appears the 2024 lineup of potential swimmers is quite extensive. Only a few swimmers challenged the lake during the COVID period and the numbers have been slow to rise since.

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