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Saturday, July 13, 2024
Strawberry Social draws huge crowd to community centre
Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates serves up an appetizer for Keith Bullen and Mary Webster at the Strawberry Social at the NOTL community centre June 19. RICHARD WRIGHT
Manager of customer service Lauren Kruitbosch shows off the fun slogan for this year's strawberry social at the community centre. Posing as her subject for the photo is town CAO Bruce Svaniga. RICHARD WRIGHT
Dr. Brenda Castleyoung of NOTL enjoys a bowl of Strawberry shortcake at the annual Strawberry Social. RICHARD WRIGHT

The town-sponsored Strawberry Social at the NOTL Community Centre is an annual celebration of the senior population. 

Held on Wednesday, this year’s edition came all the fanfare: music, a light lunch, local trivia, fun giveaways, great company, and, of course, a strawberry shortcake dessert. 

Municipal staff and volunteers from the community, including Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates, played the roles of servers and hosts. 

“The whole idea is to bring people together to have some fun and to celebrate what the town is all about,” said Lord Mayor Gary Zalepa.

Seniors who were unable to attend for health or other reasons were still on the guest list.

“We also bring over 100 meals to our residents in long-term care and seniors homes,” said the lord mayor. 

“It is all about community,” he added.

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