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Tragedy of the Foam shipwreck, still poignant 150 years later

On July 11, 1874, seven young men set sail from the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto aboard a yacht called the Foam, en route to the Saturday Night Hop dance in Niagara-on-the-Lake. But the Foam never made it to the Queen’s Royal Hotel venue that night, sinking sometime around 10:30 p.m. and costing the lives of the seven young men aboard.

Konik Estates rezoning in Virgil approved by planning committee

Council's planning committee approved draft plans for a proposed subdivision and rezoning for the...

NOTL volunteers shipping 3,200 more books to Jamaican schools

Another shipment of books for school children is set to make its way to Jamaica via Niagara-on-the-Lake, with more than enough reading material to satisfy the young, curious learners who'll have access to them.

‘They’re out of control’: Woman plans town hall protest against Parliament Oak hotel

Some residents are fed up with the new developments set for Old Town Niagara-on-the-Lake and one woman in particular is ready to take a stand.

St. Davids Lions Carnival is back, rain or shine

The St. Davids Lions Carnival will be back for its 61st iteration at the end of the month — and hoping for clear skies.

Get rid of junk papers at Palliative Care’s annual ‘Shred-it’ fundraiser

There's few tasks more tedious than having to sort through mountains of personal paperwork to find the confidential papers that need to be destroyed and thrown away — and then, actually having to destroy and dispose of them.

Irish Harp welcomes furry friends from dog rescue

It was raining cats and dogs at the Irish Harp Pub on Sunday — in more ways than one. Despite stormy conditions, from 12 to 8 p.m. the patio at the Harp was bustling with furry friends out enjoying the PAWsitive Patio event.

Strong currents end swimmer’s bid for record, but he’ll try again

A sunny Saturday with negligible winds and Lake Ontario water temperatures warming up seemed like a perfect day for Hamilton's Greg Maitinsky to attempt...

Home Sweet Home: Survey shows NOTL seniors feel tough choices lie ahead

The results of a detailed survey about the housing needs of Niagara-on-the-Lake seniors as they age provides a number of insights on some of the hard decisions they will have to make as their needs evolve.

The lake wins this time: Strong currents curtail swimmer’s bid for record

A sunny Saturday with negligible winds and Lake Ontario water temperatures warming up seemed to be a perfect day for Hamilton's Greg Maitinsky to...

In-depth: From The Pointer — a feature-length look at the firing of NOTL’s chief librarian

The investigative news website, The Pointer, in co-operation with The Lake Report, takes a big-picture look at how Cathy Simpson's opinion piece, published here...

Steffanie Bjorgan honoured with Meritorious Service Award by Governor General

Initially, Red Roof Retreat founder Steffanie Bjorgan ignored the email advising her the Governor General was bestowing on her one of Canada's highest honours.

Heritage trail continuing second phase, but needs donations for next steps

Before the Upper Canada Heritage Trail's committee can commence work on its next phase, which will add another four kilometres to the trail, the committee hopes the Niagara-on-the-Lake community will raise more funds to support its efforts.

Pride and prejudice sparks anger: Flag vandalism turns Virgil woman into advocate

Sheri Durksen says she won’t be silenced. The Niagara-on-the-Lake resident is speaking out with a message of solidarity, love and acceptance after vandals repeatedly damaged and removed Pride flags from the lawn of her Virgil home over the span of a few days.

PHOTOS: A rainy mid-July for Niagara-on-the-Lake

The town was hit with the lingering effects of Hurricane Beryl this week, which covered much of southern Ontario in heavy rainstorm. 

Heavy rains, flooding raise infrastructure concerns in St. Davids

June’s extreme weather and torrential downpours in Niagara-on-the-Lake have created calls from residents for upgraded municipal infrastructure to protect homes and properties against flash floods.

‘Pledge It’ for The Lake Report and invest in NOTL news

"'When there’s no one there to tell the story, there’s no accountability.' This simple phrase is one of the main reasons journalism is essential to a Canadian democracy," writes Richard Harley.

Donors help museum buy Carnochan house for $1.4 million

Donations from the Goettlers and Joyners, and contributions from the museum and the town, led to the  $1.425 million purchase of Carnochan's old home at 25 Castlereagh St., right next door to the museum.

Huge turnout for horticultural society’s annual garden tour

A new name and a new approach for this year’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Horticultural Society’s garden tour has paid off, say organizers.

Letter: Parliament Oak plan is a battle worth fighting

"Frankly, I may be naive but I’m much more inclined to vote for and respect a councillor who is prepared to defend the town on principles rather than acquiesce to the demands of developers," writes Bob Bader.

Ceremony recalls tragedy of the Foam in NOTL

Local folks with a sense of history will want to take part in an event this weekend to celebrate 150 years since the tragedy — and the rejuvenation of the sailors' cemetery plot, which was largely neglected since 1874.

Cherry Festival lives up to expectations once again

Billed as a summer celebration for the whole family, the 2024 edition of the St. Mark’s Anglican Church Cherry Festival on July 6 didn’t disappoint.

Sports: NOTL Soccer Team of the Week for July 11

Meet the members of the NOTL Soccer Club's U6 team, sponsored by All Green Irrigation.

Arts: Tickets on sale for Yellow Door Theatre’s ‘Seussical’ production

The Yellow Door Theatre Project is back with another summer production led by its talented cast of young performers from the Niagara region.

Exploring History: Row, row, row your boat

In our long history as a tourist destination, many visitors were able to rent a rowboat along the shoreline whether it be at the end of King Street as shown here (now Queen’s Royal Park), near the marina or along the beach in the Chautauqua area.

Growing Together: Japanese beetle season is upon us

If you have been gardening for any length of time, you have probably come across these colourful insects at some point or another. If you haven’t seen them yet in your garden this summer, you will see them in the next couple of weeks. 

Breakenridge story is focus of museum lecture

In his 1828 obituary, John Breakenridge, a Niagara barrister and son of a United Empire Loyalist, was noted for having built "several of the most elegant and tasty houses in town." Those homes, and the story behind the couple who built them, is the subject of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum’s next lecture.

Striking LCBO workers hit the picket line in NOTL

Striking LCBO workers were out in force on Sunday, July 7 in Niagara-on-the-Lake. A small but vocal group of employees from NOTL and Niagara Falls...

Home Sweet Home: By the numbers: 53% of NOTLers are 55-plus

Niagara-on-the-Lake’s population in 2024 is estimated at 20,863, according to Statistics Canada’s 2021 census data, together with estimates from the province and Niagara Region,...

Home Sweet Home: Many, but not all, feel financially secure

Niagara-on-the-Lake is often viewed as an influential, well-to-do community. And in many pockets of town, that is definitely true. However, a minority of NOTL seniors...

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