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Monday, February 26, 2024
Snow kidding: Cool contest conjures up nicknames for town plows
The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake on Tuesday unveiled the winning entries in a contest to nickname the municipality's snow removal equipment. SUPPLIED

What’s in a name? Plenty for NOTL’s snow and sidewalk plows


Sled Zeppelin’s coming to Niagara-on-the-Lake and they’re bringing Scoop Dogg and Ctrl Salt Delete with them.

Well, sort of.

While they may sound like the names of the hottest – or is that coolest? – acts topping the Icelandic pop charts, they represent something a little closer to home.

They’re some of the names designed to add a dash of personality to  Niagara-on-the-Lake’s fleet of street and sidewalk plows.

And they are the result of a month-long contest for residents, who were encouraged to come up with names for the town’s snow clearing equipment.

Catch My Drift? Yep, that’s another one.

While some of the winning names have appeared in other snow-plow nicknaming contests, all the monickers are pretty chill.

“Residents’ participation in naming our fleet is a testament to the strong sense of community we have here in Niagara-on-the-Lake,” said interim chief administrator Bruce Zvaniga, adding that the contest also served as a way for residents to learn about services the town provides.

“We hope these fun names will encourage residents to get familiar with our snow and sidewalk plow procedures,” he said.

Other winning names included Buzz Ice-Clear, Skip the Ditches, Darth Blader and his frozen force-wielding nemesis, Snow-be-gone Kenobi.

“I am thrilled to see the engagement by our community during this contest,” said Lord Mayor Gary Zalepa. “The new names reflect our residents’ enthusiasm, and we are proud to showcase them on our plows.”

In a statement announcing the winners, the town said the names will be added to the plows soon.

The eight winning names for the town fleet, in no particular order: Sled Zeppelin, Buzz Ice-Clear, Ctrl Salt Delete, Skip the Ditches, Catch my Drift, Darth Blader, Snow-be-gone Kenobi and Scoop Dogg.


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