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Friday, September 30, 2022

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Mayoral candidates discuss top issues

Niagara-on-the-Lake’s incumbent lord mayor was critical of her two opponents during their first head-to-head encounter Tuesday night at the Royal Canadian Legion, a meeting that focused on issues and...

St. Davids teacher faces discipline for using offensive handout

The District School Board of Niagara is in the hot seat after a kindergarten teacher from St. Davids Public School shared a racist handout...

NOTL steps up for Newark Neighbours food drive

Shelves that were nearly bare are now brimming as Thanksgiving approaches   Residents of Niagara-on-the-Lake really stepped up on Saturday for the Newark Neighbours Porch Pick-up...

NOTL hikers complete challenging trek through Swiss Alps

Gruelling mountain journey is 170 kilometres from Chamonix to Zermatt Three Niagara-on-the-Lake hikers overcame extreme altitude, vertical climbs and even illness to traverse the famed...

One tree at a time: Free saplings support climate fight

Roland Adams wants everyone to have a free tree – until he runs out, at least. The Gage Street resident is one of a few people in Niagara-on-the-Lake giving away free saplings in celebration of National Tree Day, which was last Wednesday. And outside Ruth Denyer's home on Wilberforce Avenue, a few dozen catalpa saplings have been sitting in planters, waiting to move to a permanent home. “This year's tree giveaway is the biggest and most successful yet,” Adams said. In collaboration with Tree Canada, an Ottawa-based charity that promotes tree planting across the country, Adams was able to pot 170 trees and...

News

Indigenous motorcycle club’s Unity Ride ends in Niagara-on-the-Lake

The Sovereign Motorcycle Club was at Queenston Memorial Park Saturday afternoon at the end of a long ride from Ohsweken on the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nations reserve. The motorcycle club from Six Nations has a history of charity, previously coming to Niagara-on-the-Lake to raise money and awareness for survivors of residential schools.  “We wanted to align our ride as close as we could to Orange Shirt Day,” club president Mike Player said.  Last weekend the Unity Ride was raising money for the Mohawk Village Memorial Park, a restoration project seeking to convert part of the old grounds of...

News

‘I think it could be a record year:’ Some NOTL beekeepers are thriving, despite rough start to season

It’s not all doom and gloom for beekeepers.  Many beekeepers had a difficult start to the season. Some lost most, if not all, of their beehives. In Ontario, 47 per cent of winter colonies didn't survive, according to the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists’ colony loss reports. But there is some good news: things appear to be looking up for some beekeepers. Dave White of White Orchard Farms lost all of his hives over the winter, rather than the usual few. But now, his new hives are thriving.  “Everything's going really well,” said White.  He pointed to one of the hives on his property that...

Local

NOTL champion fastball team reunites 50 years later

The boys are back in town. A team of fastball players from Niagara-on-the-Lake made it to the Ontario Juvenile Championship game 50 years ago and...

Hovercraft service is one part of a larger picture

Plan is to build its own crafts and expand around the world, founder says A new hovercraft service proposed to connect Toronto and Niagara can...

NOTL wears orange for survivors and victims of residential schools

Niagara-on-the-Lake will be a touch more orange this Friday for National Truth and Reconcilliation Day as groups across town show their colours to raise...

Group begins collecting donations for burial ground restoration

A group that plans to restore the historic Niagara Baptist Church Burial Grounds now has a website up and running. The website, Negroburialgroundnotl.org, will solicit donations...

Entertainment

Horoscope: Influence of Venus means we can all feel at ease

Thursday, Sept. 29: Venus enters one of the signs she rules, Libra. (Venus also rules Taurus). When Venus is happy, there is a background of happy. In the coming weeks,...

Horoscope: Summer officially ends as the autumn equinox arrives

Thursday, Sept. 22: At 9:03 tonight, the sun enters Libra, which means we have the autumn equinox in the northern hemisphere and the spring equinox in the southern hemisphere. No...

Opinion

Arch-i-text: Just what is that? Abbreviations and jargon of development process

As we move toward the municipal election in October, some of the candidate platforms include short forms and abbreviations that leave folks scratching their...

Letter: Yes, short-term rentals need to be controlled

Dear editor: In principle, I am in favour of short-term rentals. We ran one a year back. Done properly, they don't offend a sense of...

Editorial: The community steps up, again

Build it and they will come. Ask for it and they will deliver. A week ago, desperate to fill empty and near-empty shelves in time for...
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Entertainment

Horoscope: Venus wants to help heal some old wounds

Thursday, Sept. 15: The moon in Taurus is in perfect harmony with the sun in Virgo and in the same place in the sky as Pluto. It brings strong...

Latest Past Events

St. Mark’s Cherry Festival

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

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 […]

Free

Open Mic at The Legion

410 King St

Open Mic at The Legion is an afternoon of fun and music at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 124 with host Buzz Hummer. Open Mic at The Legion features performances by […]

Free

News

Willowbank celebrates 15 years of heritage restoration

John Scott Special to The Lake Report Queenston's Willowbank School of Restoration Arts last week celebrated 15 years of providing excellence in education to those studying heritage restoration. The school's board, staff...

Local

PHOTOS: Serving it up at Rotary’s Icewine Cocktail soiree

Serving it up at Rotary's Icewine Cocktail soiree The Niagara-on-the-Lake Rotary Club's Icewine Cocktail Party on Sept. 17 raised money for club projects and showcased Niagara restaurants, wineries and breweries....

Heritage Trail Fun Run & Dog Walk raises more than $7,000

Runners kicked the dust up on Saturday morning for the Heritage Trail Fun Run & Dog Walk. Starting from Veterans Memorial Park, it was the first of what is planned...

Two letters from the palace

While he was in university, NOTL resident Weston Miller received these two letters from the palace. “I think they demonstrate the kindness and dedication of the Queen and her staff...
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Ben Froese named 2022 Grape King

Ben Froese of Willow Lake Ventures Inc. on Line 6 in Niagara-on-the-Lake is the 2022 Grape King. The Grape Growers of Ontario, marking their 75th anniversary this year, crowned Froese in a ceremony last week. The Grape King is selected based on vineyard management and knowledge of the industry. As king, Froese will serve as a representative for Ontario’s grape and wine industry at events across the country.

Newark Neighbours still searching for new home

Newark Neighbours’ nearly year-long search for a new home has yet to turn up a suitable location. The thrift store and food bank on John Street East, near Peller Estates Winery, has seriously outgrown its location – and within 12 to 18 months Peller will need the land for the planned redevelopment of its Riverbend Winery property. “Our preferred option would be to find a piece...

Election 2022: Chamber will broadcast candidate debate on Facebook

Sept. 28 meeting for council and mayoral candidates is at Royal George Seating is limited for a Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce debate for town council and mayoral candidates next week at the Royal George Theatre on Queen Street. However, the business group will be broadcasting the debate live on its Facebook page, president Minerva Ward said in announcing the meeting. The debate runs from 6 to 9 p.m....

Letter: Unsightly bike bollards wouldn’t be allowed in Old Town

Dear editor: We went from absurd to flat-out parking control terrorism in one week. If solving a non-existent problem by carpet bombing Four Mile Creek Road with no parking signs wasn’t enough for the parking control bureaucrats, the arrival of an eyesore obstacle course of posts hammered into both sides of the roadway must be absolute parking control heaven. Who is behind this Region of Niagara project...

Woman born at old Cottage Hospital celebrates 100th birthday

Inez MacKenzie didn’t expect to be back in Niagara-on-the-Lake for her 100th birthday. But on Friday she found herself sitting in the kitchen at the...

‘My whole life, she’s just been there’: Legion ceremony honours Elizabeth II

In true English fashion, rain drenched Niagara-on-the-Lake not long before a memorial service for the Queen on Monday. As 11 a.m. neared, people gathered around...

NOTL sailors place third at Shark World Championships

Crews used loaner boats, battled fierce Austrian weather Two sailors from Niagara-on-the-Lake placed third at the Shark World Championships last weekend in Bregenz, Austria, despite...

Police seeking suspect in case of mysterious yellow liquid left at homes

Residents across Niagara are again finding water bottles on their properties filled with a mysterious, yellow substance.  The same concerns were reported in April, May,...

Mayor supporting council candidates is ‘partisan, divisive,’ opponent says

Goettler says he wants to 'build a team' and end infighting By publicly supporting and backing certain candidates for council, the incumbent lord mayor is being "divisive" and bringing a form of “partisan politics” to the race, one of her opponents says. Vaughn Goettler says the message he takes from Lord Mayor Betty Disero showing whom she supports is that the mayor “is not looking to heal the problems we had in the past council.” One councillor,...

Tempered optimism greets plans for cross-lake hovercraft service

A hovercraft is the latest in a long line of fixes for traversing the distance between Toronto and Niagara, but some Niagara-on-the-Lake residents are skeptical it’s the fix its maker hopes it will be.  The new hovercraft service was announced last Wednesday by Hoverlink Ontario Inc. which plans to launch the service next summer. Hoverlink plans to run two hovercrafts up to 24 times a day each way from Port Weller in St. Catharines to near...
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