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Saturday, June 25, 2022

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Butterfly release honours loved ones lost during pandemic

About 250 new residents moved in Saturday afternoon and each one of them represents someone who was deeply loved and lost. They weren’t people, they were indigenous painted lady butterflies,...

A Year in the Life of NOTL: In photographs

The Lake Report has launched an ambitious new feature for readers – A Year in the Life of Niagara-on-the-Lake – a 12-month odyssey that will document in...

Heritage trail announces fun run, unveils Canopy plaque

It’s time to put your money where your shoes are. The Upper Canada Heritage Trail committee is organizing a fun run and dog walking fundraiser...

Changes to official plan were anticipated, Disero says

Town remains confident region will approve NOTL's blueprint for growth   Tweaks and alterations to Niagara-on-the-Lake’s proposed official plan to bring it into conformity with regional...

The Monuments Men – Part 4: Three Houghton boys went off to war. Only one returned

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Niagara-on-the-Lake's iconic clock tower cenotaph. In recognition of the cenotaph's century of service through two world wars and beyond, NOTL historian Ron Dale has been researching the stories of the people – all men – whose names are engraved on it. This is one in a series of stories to document and remember the sacrifices these combatants made. Future instalments will commemorate those named on the Queen Street cenotaph and on the municipal memorial in Queenston. Ron Dale Special to The Lake Report In the first two years of the First World War, three of Joseph and Emma Houghton’s four sons marched away to...

Dear diary: Trials and tests on 4,400-km ride in honour of brother

NOTL native Kaleb Schriefer is riding the Tour Divide from Alberta to New Mexico in honour of his brother Noah, who died of an overdose. This is his first...

News

NOTL man swimming to highlight mental health crisis

A Niagara-on-the-Lake man is preparing to swim from the Queenston boat launch to the gazebo in Queen's Royal Park to raise awareness and money for mental health. Besides drawing attention to the crisis in mental health, Dylan Rumsey wants to help Niagara's Pathstone Mental Health Foundation and has launched a GoFundMe with a goal of raising $7,500. As of Wednesday, June 22, it had already hit $6,270. Rumsey has dealt with mental health issues for several years and said he wants to “send a message for the kids that are struggling and feel like there’s no hope. If you train hard enough...

News

Strawberry Festival brings life, tradition back to NOTL

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Strawberry Festival returned on Saturday, after a two-year COVID hiatus. Across the grounds at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, people of all ages were out getting a taste of the season's first major fruit harvest in Niagara-on-the-Lake. There were the traditional strawberry crepes and shortcake, strawberries for sale by the quart and strawberry jams made by members of the church. Other activities included games for kids, a book sale and bake sale, a silent auction and live entertainment by the NOTL Ukesters. Rosemary Vysohlyd, office administrator for the church, was inside helping to run the silent auction. She said there was a...

Local

NOTL’s 2% hotel room tax begins July 1

It's been simmering a long time on the back burner, but NOTL is finally ready to serve up its municipal accommodation tax. Niagara-on-the-Lake's long-awaited and...

Heritage experts say NOTL is a leader on conservation

Preserving the character of Niagara-on-the-Lake may be a tough battle for some councillors and residents but it seems the town is getting widespread recognition...

Navy’s oldest ship makes harbour in NOTL

Grand sailing vessel HMCS Oriole is part of mission to recruit 1,000 sailors Perhaps one of the greatest old sailing vessels in the world called...

Disero focused on helping pickleball club find a new venue

The sport must go on. It has been a little more than a week since a justice of the peace placed a probation on the...

Entertainment

Exploring Photos: Thayendanega-Rousseaux powder horn

June 21 was National Indigenous Peoples Day and this week we are featuring an artifact from our collection. This powder horn is beautifully decorated with birds, leaves, plants and...

Horoscope: It’s officially summer now and new moon brings change

Thursday, June 23: Today, Venus enters Gemini and shows us what we value. If in Taurus, Venus valued stability and comfort, in Gemini, Venus values curiosity and intellectual pursuits....
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Opinion

Dr. Brown: Pruning and making sense of life as we age

My father was born in England and, like one of his brothers, loved to work in his garden. That sometimes required selective and even aggressive...

Arch-i-text: The NOTL Craftsman

When the British Arts & Crafts style made its entre into North America, it generated a wave of creativity among architects. On the east...

Ross’s Ramblings: Change comes even to NOTL, usually for the better

“One of the things that never changes is that things always change.” This high level and tricky aphorism offered by Michael Clarke in the Veterans...
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Entertainment

Horoscope: June 21 marks summer solstice, our longest day of the year

Thursday, June 16: As the moon moves from “serious Capricorn” to “look to the future Aquarius,” we see powerful activity with the sun connecting positively with Saturn and then...

Community

St. Mark’s Cherry Festival

St. Mark's Church 41 Byron St, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

St. Mark’s Cherry Festival is an annual favourite for parishioners, local residents, and visitors alike. Join us for a fun-filled day celebrating the Cherry harvest. There will be something for […]

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News

Town gives carriage operators extra space away from protesters

The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake has moved to improve safety and security for horse-drawn carriage operators. Council has unanimously approved licences to occupy land outside of the Prince of Wales hotel...

Local

Police launch #StopHateNiagara campaign

The Niagara Regional Police Service has launched a #StopHateNiagara campaign which  it  hopes will eliminate barriers to reporting hate incidents and hate crimes. Police have dealt with a growing number...

LemonAid Day raised money for kids and brought neighbours together

'I don’t think we realized just how much the community needed it as a whole'   The inaugural Mountainview LemonAid Day was a sweet celebration of how communities can band together...

Museum lecture examines NOTL’s waterfront, with ‘worry and wonder’

Niagara-on-the-Lake has had a long and powerful relationship with its waterfront and on Thursday, June 16, environmentalist Owen Bjorgan hosts an in-person lecture examining that relationship. “From one of the...
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News

NOTL tulip sale Friday will support town’s tree fund

The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake's annual spring tulip sale returns Friday, June 17. Hundreds of tulip bulbs that bloomed in town parks and on Queen Street earlier this spring will be available for $5 a dozen at the NOTL Community Centre from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. – or  when they're all sold. The annual sale began several years ago with the Horticultural Society and now it raises money for the town's tree fund, Lord Mayor Betty Disero said in an interview. Gardeners look forward to the sale and they line up to scoop the bulbs for planting in their home gardens. "Each year the...

Ryerson Park celebrates summer by Piping Down the Sun

The Chautauqua Residents Association is celebrating the first day of summer by Piping Down the Sun on Wednesday, June 22, at Ryerson Park in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Along with the stellar sunset and friendly atmosphere for which the lakeside park is known, Allan Spencer from the City of Thorold Pipe Band will be performing on the bagpipes, while the sun makes its descent, marking the beginning of...

Sunshine and flowers: Hundreds flock – and walk – to Shaw Garden Tour

If you stopped one of the droves of people walking about Old Town on Saturday and asked them what they were doing, chances are they would have said they were part of the Shaw Guild Garden Tour. More than 860 people attended the Garden Tour this weekend, which for the first time featured only gardens in Old Town so people could walk among the locations. All...

NOTL still grapples with loss of high school

The pain of losing Niagara District High School was a focal point of a discussion about support for rural education during a committee of the whole meeting on June 13. “I think it’s safe to say that without a high school many people who have children who might want to come to our town might not,” said Jim Collard, Niagara-on-the-Lake’s representative on the Community School...

‘They’re invisible’: Group aims to launch youth campus for NOTL high schoolers

Caroline Polgrabia has been working for eight years to bring some form of secondary school education back to Niagara-on-the-Lake. And, finally, things are looking up. Polgrabia...

One Lake, Three Beaches solstice celebration cancelled in NOTL

The One Lake, Three Beaches celebration "Drumming Down the Sun" on the summer solstice won't be held in Niagara-on-the-Lake this June 21. COVID restrictions cancelled...

SORE rolls out experts to combat revised Randwood proposal

Should context, character and history be considered when creating a new subdivision? Experts on behalf of Save Our Randwood Estate (SORE) argued an enthusiastic yes during a...

Irish Harp scavenger hunt an extra-large pint of community spirit

The Irish Harp is no longer just one of the best spots in town to get a pint of Guinness and share your deep...
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NOTL Clippers claim victory in annual farmworkers cricket match

Elisha Prophet Steele may have one of the best sporting records in Niagara-on-the-Lake – or anywhere. He just led the NOTL Clippers to their 25th victory in the annual cricket match Sunday between Niagara’s temporary farmworkers. Steele has only lost two matches in his 27 years on and leading the team. “I feel great. Remember what you asked me before?” Steele, captain of the Clippers and part-time NOTL resident for nearly 30 years, said in an interview...

Reclaimed from ashes after devastating fire

NOTL woodworker revives business following blaze and his father's disappearance   A lot of people in Mike Werner’s shoes might have thrown in the towel. But he’s not one to give up. The 25-year-old Niagara-on-the-Lake resident lost just about everything in February 2021, when a fire destroyed his woodworking business, all of his products and the majority of his tools — about a $400,000 loss. Shortly afterward, his father Darren Werner, who owned the property, went missing and has...
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