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Wednesday, November 30, 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...

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 investigate. James Russell, who is leading restoration efforts a few blocks away at the Niagara Baptist Church Burial Ground, is calling for the town and the owner of the house to let him pay for a search of the property using ground penetrating radar. The house was built in the early 1800s by John Breakenridge and has been deserted since about 1968. It has had many owners and today it is owned by...

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...


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 Chamber of Commerce. Rima Boles of the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre, Catherine O’Donnell of Willow Cakes and Pastries, Stephanie Reis of Ferox winery, and Melissa Marotta-Paolicelli and Angela Marotta of Two Sisters Vineyards all shared their...


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...

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...

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...


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...

Arts: Willowbank opens doors for salon concert fundraiser

Queenston's Willowbank School of Restoration Arts hosted a classical music salon concert Sunday afternoon, a unique fundraiser rooted in the estate's long history. It was the first "Reimagining Willowbank" event...


Growing Together: It is not essential to wrap your evergreens for winter

Well, we all knew that it was coming, against all hopes and wishes, and yes, it arrived. Last weekend's first major snowfall is a sure...

Dr. Brown: The earliest universe: When the invisible became visible

For much of the 20th century and the first quarter of the 21st century physics was divided between the universe of the large (galaxies,...

Arch-i-text: Giving away the farm to benefit developers

I recall during one of my parents’ early 1960s cocktail parties overhearing my father state with great disdain that, in the Duplessis government’s Quebec,...


Arts: Yellow Door premieres new Christmas musical

Virgil's Yellow Door Theatre Project is presenting the world premiere of an original Christmas musical, "Nobody’s Children," Dec. 7 to 10. The play, written by Lezlie Wade and Scott Christian, and directed...


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.


Christmas Handmade Craft Show

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 124 410 King St,, NOTL, Ontario

Join the Royal Canadian Legion, for a Christmas craft show, that will include twenty vendors, raffles, a fundraiser, and more.


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.      



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.    



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.


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 […]



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.  


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.  



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 […]


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.  


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 Niagara-on-the-Lake fans were out to...


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 the Ravine Vineyard Holiday Market,...

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...

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...


Christmas Parade organizers collecting donations, selling buttons

Santa is coming to town early again this year – for the annual Niagara-on-the-Lake Christmas Parade. But it wouldn’t be possible without the support of a team of dedicated volunteers working on the town’s parade committee. The committee is soliciting donations from the community and selling commemorative buttons to help cover parade costs. “I would just ask everyone to donate as much as they can,” John Strecker, one of the committee members, said in an interview. “It goes to a great cause and keeps the parade viable,” he said. The other committee members are Gerry Brand, Phil Brunt, Mike Carleton, Terry Choules, Dan Djakalovic, Robin...

NOTL is ready for Canada’s World Cup debut

It’s a sporting moment Canadians have been waiting a generation for and Niagara-on-the-Lake is ready.  For the first time since 1986, Canada is competing in the FIFA World Cup and it’s a huge milestone for soccer fans across the country.  Pubs and restaurants around NOTL will be holding viewing bashes and broadcasting the games from Qatar, including Team Canada's debut on Wednesday, Nov. 23, against Belgium. Canada...

Good news for drivers: Niagara-bound off-ramp at Glendale to open Thursday. Maybe

Glendale's $54-million diverging diamond interchange is one step closer to completion.  The Niagara-bound off-ramp, which has been closed for almost two months, has officially opened.  The Ontario transportation ministry originally had set the reopening for Wednesday, but issued an an advisory late in the day saying it was delayed. No reason was given. As well, a ministry official said the reconstructed Toronto-bound on-ramp should reopen sometime on next Monday,...

Niagara parents worried about more online learning if strike closes schools

With both the Catholic and public school boards of Niagara planning to close schools Monday if educational support staff are on strike, parents are worried how another disruption might affect their kids. The union representing educational assistants and other workers says it will let parents know by 5 p.m. Sunday if they are walking off the job. Kathryn Thompson's three sons attend Niagara elementary and secondary...

For the love of borscht: Bethany Mennonite Church’s Triple B Sale sells out again

Bread, borscht, baked goods and more! All were in abundance at Bethany Mennonite Church on Saturday as NOTLers returned for the beloved borscht and brown...

Balls Beach Park closed for four weeks

Balls Beach Park will be closed until early December.  As of Nov. 14, the waterfront park on River Beach Drive in Niagara-on-the-Lake, will be inaccessible...

Volunteers come together for Butt Blitz community cleanup

The cold and wind didn’t scare off a small group of volunteers who scrounged around the Bass Pro Shops parking lot Saturday in search...

With major vineyard purchase, Dillon’s distillery may be coming to NOTL

A major real estate deal has paved the way for a potential new craft distillery in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The purchase of 70 acres of vineyards by...

New town council to be sworn in Tuesday night

Niagara-on-the-Lake's new town council will convene for the first time when it holds its inaugural meeting at the Court House on Tuesday, Nov. 22. Like all regular council meetings, the inaugural is open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 and the meeting will begin at 7.  Space is limited, though, and seats will be available on a first come, first served basis. The inauguration is a formal ceremony traditionally held at the Court House. Newly elected and...

Strong NOTL women: Kaufman and Boles among nominees for Women in Business Awards

Seated in the gallery room of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum, managing director and curator Sarah Kaufman gushed over her excitement at being nominated for a Women in Business award. “They sent me an email and notified me that I was a nominee for the culture award, which was pretty exciting. I think it’s a great idea that the Women in Business Association do some recognition of women locally here in Niagara,” said Kaufman. “I felt very honoured...