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Monday, December 5, 2022

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Santa’s NOTL elf is collecting letters for the Big Man

Niagara-on-the-Lake’s favourite elf is back in town. With Christmas only weeks away, the beloved elf known as Sandy Sugarswirl is ready to help Santa send off his Christmas letters.  “I look...

Marathon Woman: NOTL’s Margot Devlin completes her 10th NY race

Margot Devlin is a woman on the run. She's not fast, but she is determined and dedicated – and just completed her 10th New York...

Ford’s Greenbelt changes threaten Niagara farms, group warns

A conservation group in Niagara-on-the-Lake is sounding the alarm over changes to the Greenbelt passed by the Doug Ford government. “It's uncalled for, and it's, it's...

NOTL Gives Back supports children and NOTL charity

'Tis the season for giving.  The NOTL Gives back donation drive returned for its third year on Saturday, collecting gently used clothes, toys and non-perishable...

Eleven years later, Sandtrap Pub and Grill reaches $66,800 raised for children’s charities

Sandtrap co-owner Matt Dietsch and his family drop off a cheque for $3,250 to the Niagara Children’s Centre on Friday. Another cheque for the same amount was given to the Ronald McDonald House in Hamilton. The funds were raised during the Sandtrap’s 11th annual golf tournament, bringing the total to $66,800 raised for children’s charities over 11 years. Pictured here are Dietsch with his wife Kristen and sons Dylan and Colton, with Mandy Cavasin accepting the cheque on behalf of the Niagara Children’s Centre.

Exploring Photos 37-43 Queen St., circa 1904

I have not seen a photograph like this one before and I was surprised when I realized it was actually a Queen Street building. Can you pick it out...

News

You better watch out: Santa Clauses will be running through town

It’s time to grab your Santa suit and hit the streets running. On Dec. 18, Santa’s everywhere will be parking their sleighs and running through the streets of Niagara-on-the-Lake for the NOTL Realty Ltd. Santa 5K and 1K Elf Run. Niagara-on-the-Lake Realty is the title sponsor for the race, which is organized by VR Pro, a race and event management company. “With the privilege of being the title sponsor NOTL Realty was able to designate what charity they wanted the money to go to, so they picked the NOTL Youth Campus,” said Caroline Polgrabia, the planning committee chair for the...

News

Daytime Rotary tour sold out, McArthur Estate tickets selling fast

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Rotary Club's daytime Holiday House Tour this weekend has reached its capacity of 3,000 visitors, but a few tickets might still be available for the evening tours of the McArthur Estate. The annual fundraiser is shaping up to be the most successful one yet. The daytime tour features six homes around Niagara-on-the-Lake. And another 1,500 tickets are available for the the evening “Merry & Bright” tours of the McArthur Estate on John Street East. "Our guests know how to bundle up to wait in the outside lineups," said 2022 house tour chair Fran Boot. "Thank goodness the first big snow is...

Local

Pawsitively perfect pooches have a Santa photo op

Pets just can't seem to keep their paws off Santa.  At the St. Davids Veterinary Clinic on Saturday, old St. Nick met plenty of pets...

Chamber of Commerce holds friendly Christmas competition in Old Town

Who decorated it best? The Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce is holding its first Christmas window decorating contest and Christmas tree decorating contest to get in...

Button Blitz collects donations to cover Christmas Parade costs

Santa’s helpers were out and about Saturday collecting donations for the annual NOTL Christmas Parade. Volunteers Terry Choules and Phil Brunt took charge at Phil’s...

NOTL woman celebrates a century of life – and oh, what changes she’s seen

When Joan Morgan was born the Twenties were roaring, passenger air flight was still 15 years away and eggs were 35 cents a dozen.  On...

Entertainment

Horoscope: Full moon lies ahead and maybe a spiritual awakening

Thursday, Dec. 1: Both Mercury and Venus have commanding roles in today’s sky ballet. How about some Venus versus Mars tension? Or some Venus and Saturn tension? (Which actually...

NOTL Legion gets into the holiday spirit

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Legion branch 124 is gearing up for December, with a few holiday surprises planned. The branch will host a Christmas craft show on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10...

Opinion

Keeping it Green: Rock on: Kids geology club relaunches at community centre

Curious learners can once again have their own “Magic School Bus” experience through a Niagara-on-the-Lake geology club. St. Davids residents Francesca and Nicholas Sorrenti have...

Ross’s Ramblings: For important occasions, let’s avoid the sounds of silence

Time after time it happens, here and elsewhere. People gather to celebrate an occasion, to hear a speech, to enjoy a concert or to...

Arch-i-text: It’s up to the people to stop Ford’s steamroller

For the last two weeks I have written about the Ford government’s Bill 23, the so-called More Homes Built Faster Act.  We examined the negative...
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Entertainment

Horoscope: When someone disappoints, do you forgive or move on?

Thursday, Nov. 24: The moon in Sagittarius is feeling big while Mercury feels the need for both seeing big and correcting past mistakes. Sometimes it is best to wait for...

Community

Holiday Market

Niagara Pumphouse 247, Ricardo St, NOTL, Ontario

The Niagara Pumphouse is hosting a Christmas market, with gifts, and decor, from 25 Niagara artisans. Holiday helpers will also be available, along with treats, and gift packaging.

Community

Paint Nite: A Holiday Masterpiece

The Exchange 7 Queen St,, NOTL, Ontario

Bring your creative side to the Exchange Brewery for a night of painting and fun. No experience is needed.      

$45

Community

Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Night

The Irish Harp 245 King St,, NOTL, Ontario

Join the Irish harp for comedy night. Listen and laugh along with food and drinks and headliner Byron Bertram.    

$25

Community

Food and Wine Lab

Stratus Vineyards 2059 Niagara Stone Road, NOTL, Ontario

Learn the elements of food and wine at Stratus winery during a one-hour tasting.

Community

Between the Stacks: Speed Dating for Seniors Ages 60+

Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library 10 Anderson Lane, NOTL, Select a State:

For ages sixty and up, there will be speed dating at the public library. Whether you’re looking for a companion or soulmate, there will be an opportunity to meet new […]

$30

Community

Fiddlin’ Around

The Irish Harp 245 King St,, NOTL, Ontario

Join the Irish Harp in listening to the sounds of fiddles and guitars with the Celtic Fiddle Duo.  

Community

Paint Nite: Winter visitors

The Exchange 7 Queen St,, NOTL, Ontario

The Exchange brewery is hosting a painting nite on Dec. 20, where drinks will be served and no experience is needed.  

$45

Community

New year’s Eve at Riverbend Inn & Vineyard

Riverbend Inn 16104 Niagara Pkwy, NOTL, Ontario

New Year’s getaway at Niagara’s Riverbend Inn, surrounded yourself by vineyards, and celebrate the end of the year. The cost of the evening will include a two-night stay  Four-course prix […]

Community

Food and Wine Lab

Stratus Vineyards 2059 Niagara Stone Road, NOTL, Ontario

Take a one-hour journey with Stratus Vineyards and learn about how to enhance your glass of wine.  

News

NOTL Hydro collecting food and toys for annual Christmas drive

Niagara-on-the-Lake Hydro is again collecting non-perishable food and unwrapped toy donations as part of its annual pre-Christmas charity drive. Donors can drop off items at the utility's headquarters on Henegan...

Local

GO-VAXX bus rolls into NOTL on Sunday, Dec. 4

Niagara-on-the-Lake's chance to GO get vaxxed is this Sunday. That's when the GO-VAXX bus rolls into town. To reserve a spot on board for your COVID-19 vaccine or booster, you can book...

Urban myth or historical fact? Researcher claims slaves are buried on Centre St. property

Restoration efforts at a historic home at 240 Centre St. are close to complete, but a historical researcher says slaves may be buried on the property and wants permission to...

Annual Candlelight Stroll will light up Old Town on Friday

And just like that, one flame will light thousands.  The highly anticipated Candlelight Stroll returns on Friday, Dec. 2  and thousands are expected to show up.  The stroll, sponsored by the...
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News

Arts: New book is dedicated to the history of Fort George

John Sayers Special to The Lake Report It’s fascinating to realize that Fort George, completed in 1802 (think of it, that’s over 200 years ago), has never had a book written about it. Until now. No, it wasn’t built as a tourist attraction and, fort-unately, a new book, "Fort George: A History," published by the Friends of Fort George, reveals its early history and the successive episodes in the life of this Niagara-on-the-Lake treasure. What we see today is the fort that rose like a Phoenix from the remnants of its previous sad condition and was painstakingly restored in the 1930s as a Depression-era...

NOTLers honoured with Women in Business Awards

It is no secret that Niagara-on-the-Lake is home to many strong, independent businesses run by committed community leaders. And last Friday’s Women in Business Awards ceremony honoured some of them – NOTL women who are the movers and shakers behind several successful institutions in town. In fact, NOTL women won the top honours in four of the 12 categories in the awards sponsored by the Greater Niagara...

Santa visits St. Davids clinic for pix with pets

Santa has seen it all in his yearly visits to St. Davids Vet Clinic. The man in red has encountered pets on both the naughty and nice list – including the "chihuahua that year after year would try to bite Santa and a cat that left Santa a poop present on his lap," says veterinarian Dr. Stephanie Hall. But there have been "many, many more pets that loved cuddling...

Village plaza set to expand with grocery store, hotel, more retail

Work has begun on final phase of centre's development   Developer John Hawley's vision for the Village Centre project in Niagara-on-the-Lake is one step closer to completion as work has begun on the final phase of a major community and commercial expansion. Heavy equipment has been on-site at the corner of Niagara Stone Road and Niven Road for several weeks, preparing the land for what eventually will be a large addition...

Reid contests Niagara Foundation’s claim to half ownership stake of The Wilderness

The King Street property known as "The Wilderness" is an urban oasis and Ken Reid, who lives on it, says he is confused why...

A new era begins in NOTL: Lord Mayor Gary Zalepa outlines priorities and vows ‘more listening and less talk’

New Lord Mayor Gary Zalepa promised “more listening and less talk” as he stood at the podium before a half-packed Court House auditorium Tuesday...

NOTL fans celebrate Canada’s World Cup return

It's a sporting moment Canadians waited a generation for and Niagara-on-the-Lake was ready. Team Canada returned to the FIFA World Cup tournament Wednesday afternoon and...

Three’s a Charm: NOTL holiday markets are jolly and bright despite storm

Snow, shopping and snacking were the themes last weekend. Thanks to the Willowbank Holiday Market, the St. Vincent De Paul Treats and Treasures Market and...

Lions clubs launch Christmas tree sales amid weekend blizzard

Snow or shine, people need Christmas trees for the holidays. Terry Flynn and members of the Niagara Lions Club are well-stocked again and selling trees in Virgil outside Cornerstone Community Church.  And luckily for those living in and around St. Davids, the Lions Club there began its annual Christmas tree sale on Saturday, Nov. 19 – and carried on through the snowy weekend.  St. Davids Lions Club members Don Pitchko, Doug Hollingworth, Bavel Varadinek and Robert Guy...

Christmas planter sale will benefit NOTL Cat Rescue

'Tis the season for the second annual Christmas planter sale and food drive for NOTL Cat Rescue. “Last year's Christmas fundraiser selling the Christmas planters was so successful, we decided to repeat it this year,” said Tanya Rice, a longtime volunteer with the organization.  NOTL Cat Rescue is a volunteer-based organization in Niagara that rescues stray cats and kittens.  The fundraiser will be held on three separate dates: Nov. 26, Dec. 3 and 4. The sale raised about...
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