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Monday, May 20, 2024
Editorial: The worst times and the best times

It’s been a tough few days in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Tragedy struck late Saturday night when a 33-year-old seasonal farm worker from Mexico was killed by the driver of a pickup truck as she walked home along a rural road after a church barbecue.

Less than 24 hours later, a NOTL man was hit by a vehicle as he crossed the road near Mississauga and Centre streets in Old Town.

Thankfully, and appropriately, the driver in the second incident remained at the scene, a passing motorist comforted the victim as he lay on the pavement, and police have laid no charges in the accident.

Then late Monday, it seems some immature yahoos with too much time on their hands went racing around the area near Larkin Road, smashing and, apparently, stealing rural mail boxes.

But it seems they didn’t want to mess with the mail, as at least one resident found theirs placed atop the post where their mailbox once sat.

Such idle foolishness.

Police announced early Wednesday evening that a man surrendered to them and is facing charges in connection with the fatal hit-and-run. The community can be thankful for that and the family of a hard-working, dedicated mother of two young girls perhaps can have a bit of closure.


It’s been a good few days in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The community has rallied to help the family of Zenaida, the victim in the hit-and-run. As of Wednesday afternoon, more than $18,000 had been raised to help her survivors.

The man struck by a vehicle on Sunday night is badly hurt, but thankfully he was in stable condition in hospital and someone was there to comfort him as he lay injured on the road.

There’s simply nothing positive to say about the fools who feel smashing mailboxes is great fun.

But kudos to NOTL’s Ken Eden and Terry Weiner of Bikes for Farmworkers.

They donated 10 bikes to migrant workers who were affected by the major fire at Pioneer Flower Farms in St. Catharines last Friday.

That’s the spirit we love to see.


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