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Controversial Parliament Oak hotel approved in close vote

Despite pleas from residents opposed to it, Niagara-on-the-Lake councillors approved a developer's controversial plan to build a 129-room hotel on the site of the old Parliament Oak school.

Business: Four upscale NOTL hotels on Tripadvisor’s Top 25 list

Four hotels in Niagara-on-the-Lake, more than almost any other community in the country, earned spots on Tripadvisor’s list of the Top 25 Best Hotels in...

Arts review: ‘My Fair Lady’ makes triumphant return to Shaw stage

For the nay-sayers who lamented, "Please, not another 'My Fair Lady,' " rest assured, the performances and presentation of this musical comedy are stellar, with a depth of social issues still relevant today. 

Town rejects White Oaks’ plan for higher towers

Councillors reached a stalemate Tuesday night regarding White Oaks Resort and Spa’s proposal to increase building heights in Glendale for a major new residential development.

Lemonade stands across town highlight the compassion of youth

If selling lemonade from a roadside stand will help another youngster go to summer camp, then Jayden and Kate Polgrabia of Niagara-on-the-Lake are jumping in with both feet.

NOTL Museum’s spotlight on donors: Lauren and Vaughn Goettler

When philanthropists Lauren and Vaughn Goettler arrived in Niagara-on-the-Lake, their passion for history, preservation and community engagement immediately found a home. 

Lions tame the Clippers in annual migrant workers cricket game

For only the third time in the last 20 years, the Vineland Lions defeated the Niagara Clippers in the annual migrant workers’ cricket game on June 9 in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

NOTL fire safety campaign helps get pets adopted

And everyone thinks it is only dalmatians that are a firefighter’s best friend. Turns out the profession has a love affair with other breeds as well — even cats.

‘This is not Disneyland’: Residents angered after two hotels approved

Some residents are feeling unsettled and upset after the approval of two new hotels in Old Town Niagara-on-the-Lake. Tuesday night’s committee of the whole planning meeting made way for Benny Marotta’s 129-room hotel on the old Parliament Oak school grounds, just two weeks after after Rainer Hummel’s 81-room Queen Street hotel was approved on May 28. Resident Marilyn Barlett has been outspoken against both of the developments. In an email last month to Alexandria Attree, the town’s administrative assistant, Bartlett said the Hummel development proposal "has significant adverse consequences for residents, who surround it on three sides, and for the unique and...

Man with gun sends St. Davids neighbourhood into lockdown

An armed domestic dispute ended peacefully in St. Davids in the early hours of Friday, June 7, with a NOTL man in custody — but not before a large police and special-unit team showed up and ordered neighbours to take cover in their basements.


Museum lecture explores history of the Wilderness property

The property at 407 King St. known as the Wilderness has been in existence for more than 200 years and represents the intersection of this land's Indigenous population, its military and political history and the natural world surrounding the home. The Wilderness is the subject of an upcoming lecture at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum on Thursday, June 20, by Richard Merritt. The museum’s current exhibition, “The Prettiest Town: Beyond the Bricks & Mortar,” highlights the history of some of the community’s historic homes, and the stories of the people who have lived on these properties. As part of its lecture series this year,...


St. Mark’s concert recalls Canada’s D-Day sacrifices

D-Day has been called the greatest land invasion ever, the beginning of the end of the Second World War. On June 6, 1944, some 156,000 Allied troops landed on a strung-out 150-kilometre front along the Normandy coast of northern France. The 14,000 Canadian troops landed near the eastern-most flank on a deserted, wind-swept beach, code named Juno. Thousands didn’t return home. To commemorate the sacrifice, St. Mark’s Anglican Church and the Niagara-on-the-Lake Legion Branch 124, collaborated last week, presenting a musical tribute Canada’s D-Day heroes, 80 years on. Michael Bloss, the new interim music director for St. Mark’s, accompanied Melissa-Marie Shriner, well-known Niagara...


Walk with Lord Mayor Zalepa and get your steps in

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Step Challenge kicked off on June 2 and the town's lord mayor, Gary Zalepa, wants to help residents reach their step goals. In...

Tickets on sale for museum’s fall garden party at McArthur Estate

Tickets are now on sale for this fall's Heritage Garden Party, where guests will be able to enjoy fine food and refreshments at the...

‘Free’ is a great word when trying to drum up business

Sometimes you gotta give a little to get a little. Front Step Farms in Niagara-on-the-Lake took that adage to heart last Friday, while testing its...

Town seeks new inductees for Sports Wall of Fame

The town of Niagara-on-the-Lake is calling on residents to submit nominations for both local athletes who've made outstanding achievements, as well as trainers, coaches, officials or executive members who have dedicated time to enhancing the sporting community.


Arts: Young stars lead the way for Music Niagara’s season opening

As they often say, it's the youth that will lead the way to tomorrow — and that happens to be the case for Music Niagara's 26th season. The organization's annual...

Arts: Books at the Barn returns to showcase NOTL authors

Paul Masson Special to The Lake Report Once again the Niagara-on-the-Lake Writers’ Circle will provide an opportunity to meet with local authors on the day of the St. Andrew's Strawberry Festival. ...


Dr. Brown: Black holes can be destroyers as well as creators

The first black hole was not photographed until 2019. It's gargantuan, billions of times the mass of the sun and much larger than the giant black hole found at the centre of our Milky Way, for which studies a Nobel prize was awarded and shared with evidence that general relativity provided a "robust explanation" for the shape of black holes. 

Letter: The unfortunate decline of NOTL continues

Dear editor: With the ever-increasing approvals of multi-storey condo buildings, highrise hotels, Dairy Queen, the Tour de France every weekend on our roads and residential...

Arch-i-text: The four faces of Regency-era properties

Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to speak in various venues about heritage architecture. During these talks, one of the things I’ve consistently noted...


Shaw Festival’s portable night club returns this season

The Spiegeltent returns to the Shaw Festival grounds for another summer of anything-goes experiences. A portable nightclub famous throughout the Weimar Republic, the Spiegeltents, or “mirror tents,” were notable for...


Driver killed on notorious section of Lakeshore Road

A single-vehicle crash that took the life of one person early Wednesday on a notorious section of road in Niagara-on-the-Lake has sparked a flurry of mixed emotions from local residents.


Queenston Pottery shows off renovations during studio tour

For the first time ever, residents and visitors could take an inside look at Niagara-on-the-Lake’s artist studios and take in the creativity. Last Saturday and Sunday, the NOTL Studio Tour...

Crossover in Old Town a pedestrian nightmare, residents say

'I feel like I'm taking my life into my own hands,' Elizabeth Lewis says after another close call   Niagara-on-the-Lake residents Helen Kopec and Elizabeth Lewis are afraid for their lives. The...

NOTL woman assaulted by stranger — inside Niagara police station

She just wanted to report the fender-bender mishap that damaged her shiny red SUV. Instead, she ended up badly battered and bruised after she was attacked by a stranger — inside a Niagara police station.


Code Grey: Lack of urgent care options in NOTL a big concern, residents say

“Code Grey” is one in a series of stories in The Lake Report about health care in Niagara Region. In hospital parlance, “Code Grey” means loss of essential service.   Niagara Health is undoubtedly going through major changes with the introduction of a three-site hospital system across its St. Catharines, Welland and South Niagara locations.  But for Niagara-on-the-Lake, a community with 30.9 per cent of the population comprised of seniors and no urgent care centre, residents are worried these changes aren’t enough. After a presentation at the NOTL Community Centre on Monday night, Niagara Health CEO Lynn Guerriero and executive vice-president of clinical...

St. Mark’s cemetery tree garden hits milestone

Members of St. Mark’s Anglican Church congregation, the church's cemetery board and the public gathered on the forest-like grounds of the more than 230-year-old parish to herald in a milestone born out of wood and foliage. “We are celebrating the fact that we have planted 100 mature trees,” said St. Mark’s sexton, Donald Combe. Beginning in 1996, the house of worship began a project to remove...

Chautauqua gardens showcase creativity of NOTLers

Last weekend, residents and visitors to Chautauqua got to take an inside look at some of the most interesting gardens the community has to offer.  The inaugural Chautauqua Art & Garden Tour hosted on Saturday featured 10 properties for viewing, free of charge.  Home to a number of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s creative residents, all of the stops showcased an artistic element— whether it be paintings, drawings, photographs or...

Byland winery gets $90K from feds for tourism growth

Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Byland Estate Winery is one of several tourism spots in the Niagara region receiving a slice of a $540,000 pie from the federal government this spring. Canada's minister of tourism, Soraya Martinez Ferrada, was at the winery on Line 3 Road on Friday, along with Liberal MPs Vance Badawey and Chris Bittle, to announce the investment from FedDev in the region's tourism sector. Byland Estate...

Sports: St. Davids boxer falls short in Olympic quest

For one athlete, elation and joy, a dream fulfilled. For another, heartache and disappointment as a dream was dashed. On Sunday, three rounds, nine minutes of...

Shaw Guild Garden Tour primed to wow your senses

The annual Shaw Guild Garden Tour is one of the most highly anticipated calendar events of the year in Niagara-on-the-Lake for those enthusiastic about...

Strawberries and community make for a great festival

Gathering enough strawberries to supply an entire festival takes a village — or in this case, a town with dedicated volunteers. It’s strawberry season in...

Mennonite contribution to Niagara to be uncovered in museum doc project

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum is getting a boost from the federal government's library and archives group to work on a project uncovering the details of...

Pride month kicks off at the Olde Angel Inn

The Olde Angel Inn’s "Drag Me to the Beer Garden" drag performances made for a festive way to celebrate the start of Pride in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Sunday hosted two performances from Toronto’s Sofonda Cox and Kitten Kaboodle, the Miss Congeniality winner of Canada’s Drag Race season four. Bottomless mimosas and brunch paired with lively pop music, show tunes and vibrant outfits kept the audience dancing and singing along during the 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. seatings. 

Normandy invasion remembered in NOTL 80 years later

Niagara-on-the-Lake will be the site for a pair of events on June 6 and 7, commemorating the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy by Allied forces during the Second World War. In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, five sections of an 80-kilometre stretch of coastal France in Normandy were stormed by the Allied Forces of Great Britain, the United States and Canada. Each beach was given a code name by the...

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