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Dedicated volunteers make the Stampede go ’round again

Pleasant weather graced the Niagara Peninsula last weekend, making for three days of sunshine at the Virgil Stampede. Richard Wall, president of the Virgil Business Association, which organizes the annual...

Farmers market season has arrived in NOTL

One of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s summer mainstays will open this weekend with "Market at the Village," the town's annual farmers market, beginning its 18th season on...

Library neutrality group filing integrity complaint

Members of a residents group concerned about the firing of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s chief librarian say they will be filing a complaint with the town’s integrity...

Workplace injury pay now applies to foreign workers even if they return to home country

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board’s new measures to help foreign agricultural workers recover from an on-the-job-injury is a good move, but doesn’t go far...

Sports: St. Davids’ Kaige Zhu wins singles title at U12 tourney

Adam Wodz started as a tennis instructor and co-ordinator at the NOTL Tennis Club only three weeks ago — and this past weekend he oversaw a successful major tournament...

POSTPONED: Learn & Live session featuring veterans’ lessons from service to be rescheduled

The Monday, May 27 Learn & Live session featuring Peter Warrack, Lt.-Gen. Michel Maisonneuve and his wife, Maj. Barbara Maisonneuve, discussing their experiences in...

Reif donation will combat violence against women and children

A $2,000 donation from Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Reif Estate Winery will be a lifeline for women and children affected by domestic abuse, says a representative of...

Hockey petition aims to eliminate barriers for talented young players

A petition started in Niagara-on-the-Lake is calling for the Ontario Minor Hockey Association and various Niagara associations to give more developing players who reside...

Teen charged after BB gun seized at Stampede

Thanks to heightened security measures at the Virgil Stampede this year, organizers were able to prevent a teenager from bringing a firearm into the carnival. Niagara Regional Police said an 18-year-old from St. Catharines was going through the security checkpoint at about 4:30 on Monday afternoon when a replica handgun was found during a search of his bag. The firearm turned out to be a replica of a Glock pistol, with a magazine containing BB ammunition. “Security attempted to remove the firearm from the male, which initiated a struggle,” police said in an email. Security officers seized the gun, but the teenager ran...

Rand Estate hearing won’t resume until July 29

A provincial hearing that could decide the fate of development on the Rand Estate is on hiatus until later this summer. The Ontario Land Tribunal has been hearing submissions about...

News

Exploring History: Queen’s Royal Hotel

This photograph shows the Queen's Royal Hotel from a location near the end of King Street. Opening in 1869, the Royal Niagara, as it was first called, was built with money received from the county after the relocation of the courthouse to St. Catharines. The first-class hotel became the destination of choice for those who wanted to escape the confines of the city and enjoy a peaceful time by the lake. It was one of the finest hotels in North America. The hotel later changed its name to the Queen's Royal Hotel. The hotel became the victim of a...

News

NOTL quilters give warmth to palliative care

Every Tuesday morning, 15 of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s generous quilters meet at Cornerstone Community Church on Hunter Road and get to work. Formed around 15 years ago, this group of ladies have donated quilts to organizations around town, including Newark Neighbours and to those in need outside of the community.  On Tuesday afternoon, the group made its first-ever donation to NOTL Palliative Care, supplying 26 lap quilts for those in need.  The blankets will be used in palliative care for both in-home and long-term clients. Bonnie Bagnulo, the organization's executive director, said the blankets will certainly be put to good use.  “We are so blessed to...

Local

80 years later, songs of the D-Day era will ring out in NOTL

Niagara-on-the-Lake’s St. Mark’s Anglican Church will be the setting for a commemorative event produced by local amateur historians who will recount the horrors and...

The sun shines on Virgil Stampede

There has been no rain, just sunshine and warm temperatures for the Virgil Stampede this holiday weekend. Large crowds turned out Sunday to take in...

A true gentleman: Memories of ‘The Doc,’ respected NOTL physician Ranjit Ahluwalia

With the death of Dr. Ranjit Ahluwalia on Wednesday at the age of 95, Niagara-on-the-Lake lost a respected physician and well-loved member of the...

10 neighbourhood homes featured in inaugural Chautauqua Art & Garden Tour

Residents of a Niagara-on-the-Lake neighbourhood will be showing off their gardens at the inaugural Chautauqua Art & Garden Tour on June 1. The tour grew...

Entertainment

Celebrate May long weekend at the Virgil Stampede

One of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s most anticipated community celebrations of the year, the Virgil Stampede, is back in town starting this Saturday. Held at the Virgil Sports Park, the annual festival features...

Shaw Festival to use federal money to promote human connections

Humans. There are more of us than ever, yet it seems like we're more disconnected than ever before. The internet, automated answering machines, ATMs, self-serve gas stations, check-out lines and...

Opinion

Arch-i-text: Let’s stand and fight for this town

Every morning it is my wife’s habit to walk her dog along the streets of Old Town. Recently, she found herself walking down Prideaux...

Ross’s Ramblings: Canadian hockey makes me ashamed, not proud

TD Bank’s ad “Let’s make Canada proud” scrolls across my television screen during the current Stanley Cup playoffs. For a long time, I have been...

Editorial: Another successful Virgil Stampede

When you spend most of the year planning and organizing and improving an annual spectacle like the Virgil Stampede, the last thing anyone wants...

Entertainment

Arts: Edison Singers return for NOTL spring concert Sunday

The Edison Singers are returning to Niagara-on-the-Lake this weekend for a concert performance to help usher in spring. The title of the concert at St. Mark’s Anglican Church is "Warm...

News

Turn it off! New idling bylaw will be enforced by complaint

Niagara-on-the-Lake’s new bylaw aims to reduce idling and support sustainability, but if you want it to stop, you’ll have to keep your eyes open to catch people running their...

Local

St. Davids firefighters support dog sanctuary

The folks at Angels Rest Dog Sanctuary in Niagara-on-the-Lake are feeling thankful after receiving a $500 donation from the fire department in St. Davids to help out pups in...

Smelly pups awash with gratitude at dog wash fundraiser

Every dog has its day.  That day in Niagara-on-the-Lake was Saturday, May 11 in Virgil, as a dog wash hosted by the St. Davids Lions and Leos attracted pooches and...

Bake sale this weekend to help a cat in need

Prince the cat needs your help. He was adopted from NOTL Cats Rescue in February and just turned one year old in April. Around a week ago, Prince’s adoptive family noticed...

News

‘This all smells:’ Advocate wants town council to order integrity probe into librarian’s firing

After being denied the chance to speak to town councillors last week, one of the leaders of a community group upset about the circumstances surrounding the firing of NOTL's chief librarian got his wish Tuesday night. However, any references to the dismissal of Cathy Simpson were quickly declared off-limits by Coun. Gary Burroughs, who was chairing the town's committee of the whole meeting. But Tony Powell was encouraged to offer comments about the need for library neutrality, the idea that libraries should embrace a wide range of books and viewpoints, even though some people might find them offensive. During his presentation and...

Opponent of approved King Street project plans to stay vocal

A controversial plan to build a three-storey, 17-unit condominium in Old Town has gotten the rubber stamp of approval from the Ontario Land Tribunal after almost a year of public outcry. The project proposed for land on King Street by developer Butler’s Gardens Development Inc. and its owner, Josh Bice, was sent to the Ontario Land Tribunal in January after the town council decided not...

Moms enjoy afternoon delights at Mother’s Day high tea

Mother’s Day festivities abounded in Niagara-on-the-Lake last weekend. One of the popular attractions was at the picturesque Queenston Public Library on Saturday afternoon and featured high tea accompanied by a wreath-making session. Shannon Troupe, owner of Lady Lavender Florals and the afternoon's hostess, had several types of tea and treats ready for her full group of crafters.  Granddaughters, daughters, mothers and grandmothers filled the library and shared...

Old Town Ambassadors back for this year’s tourist season

If you're one of many outsiders flocking from near and far to see what Niagara-on-the-Lake's all about, look out for the friendly folks walking on Queen Street wearing blue vests: they're here to help you out. Tourism Niagara-on-the-Lake's Ambassadors program is back this year, designed by volunteers and tourism officials to welcome visitors to town and help give them a great visiting experience. The ambassadors are...

Tickets on sale for annual all-white attire dinner party

The season of sunny celebrations is upon us, and coming just around the corner is one of Niagara-on-the-Lake's largest annual dinner parties, where guests...

Museum admission free for the public on May 18

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum is gearing up for a celebration of International Museum Day this Saturday, May 18, when admission will be free for everyone,...

Walk to School Day a big hit in St. Davids

A group of students in Niagara-on-the-Lake were treated to a special escort from their neighbourhood to their classes from teachers on Wednesday. The occasion was...

Reif’s Mother’s Day market goes the extra mile

The first-ever Mother’s Day market at Reif Estate Winery wanted to ensure that Mom was happy on her special day, but did so with...

Residents aren’t happy with size of Line 1 condo development

Some people who have heard details about amendments planned for a condo development near Line 1 Road say the changes go too far. During last week’s town planning and development meeting, senior town planner John Frederici shared an overview of a proposal to redesignate the land to medium-density residential from low-density residential to build 50 townhouses. Max Fedchyshak from NPG Planning Solutions spoke on behalf of the developer. The Haven condos in Virgil are planned for near...

Horticulturalists plant sale had something for everyone, even for the first-timers

Kushal Bhandari didn’t know much about home gardening before the Niagara-on-the-Lake Horticultural Society’s yearly plant sale. Now, he’s got a wealth of knowledge. The new homeowner was one of hundreds of people who flocked to the Meridian Credit Union Arena in Virgil on May 11 for the annual event, picking through everything from floral arrangements, herbs, hanging plants, potted plants and much more. “The team here is wonderful,” he said. “They told me a lot about how...

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