Niagara-on-the-Lake News, Volume 11, September 17, 2013

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members of the notl tennis club
The Town, in partnership with the Niagara-on-the-Lake Tennis Club, received a $70,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to refurbish the court surfaces at Memorial Tennis Courts. The funds will be used to replace the existing synthetic surface with a "joint-friendly" rubberized, asphalt surface. The total project cost is $181,621, of which $95,000 will come from the Town's capital budget, $70,000 from the Trillium Foundation and the remainder covered by the Tennis Club.  At its meeting on September 16, 2013, Council approved a tender by Court Construction to carry out this project. Pictured above at the Sunday, September 8, 2013, ceremony are (l to r) Ross Robinson (NOTL Tennis Club), MPP Kim Craitor, Harvey Haggerty (Ontario Trillium Foundation), Lord Mayor Dave Eke and Ian Waddell (President, NOTL Tennis Club).
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At its September 16, 2013, meeting, Council approved: 

A tender for the Queenston Storm Sewer Project.   Later this year work will begin by Gibbons Contracting to lay 122 metres of concrete storm sewers from Walnut Street to the outlet north of Dee Road.
Installation of a new watermain within the area along Niagara Stone Road between Concession 6 & Line 3 where road improvements by Niagara Region will be made. The existing watermain was first installed in 1962.
A motion by Councillor Jim Collard to investigate the use of LED street lighting to reduce the Town's energy costs. 
2014 budget direction to keep the local tax levy increase to a maximum of 2% to fund operating and capital projects for 2014. The full budget will be finalized in December. 
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grendale residence
Staff at Niagara Region hopes to have the new roundabout at Regional Road 55 and Concession 6 Road in place by May 24 of next year.  This project was proposed to address the Town's call for road improvements along this corridor.  The roundabout will feature improved roadway sight-lines and traffic flow, provisions for pedestrians and cyclists and illumination.   A detailed design of the roundabout is currently underway.  Town staff will work with Regional staff to develop an appropriate landscaping plan for this gateway to our community.
Council has approved a zoning by-law amendment to allow the next phase of the Niagara-on-the-Green (NOTG) project to proceed.  Known as Niagara-on-the-Green North, it is part of the overall 250-acre development project.  Located north of Glendale, next to the new outlet centre, the project features a mixed use of properties, including single, semi-detached and townhouse options, as well as a commercial zone at Glendale Avenue and NOTG Boulevard, which could host a convenience store, drug store, banks and restaurants.  The laneway townhouse option pictured above would include rear parking for a more pedestrian-friendly environment. 
Council was presented with the preliminary design of a new flag and refreshed Coat of Arms at its meeting on September 16.  Bishop Ralph Spence, Herald Extraordinaire with the Chief Herald's Office of Canada, outlined the final details of the design.  An official unveiling will be held later this year in conjunction with the War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee's Niagara on Fire event.
Special events being held in Niagara-on-the-Lake have almost doubled over the last two years. To address this growth and mitigate against additional costs and potential damage to the Town, a new special events policy has been passed.  Most of the changes relate to cost-recovery mechanisms for those events not deemed to be community-oriented in nature and provisions to ensure proper permits are in place for things such as road closures.
Applications for bed & breakfasts, cottage rentals, country inns and vacation apartments for the new licencing period beginning January 1, 2014, are now available on the Town's website.  Please see Quick Links at for details.  Just a reminder that new cottage rental and villa applications will not be accepted until all appeals to the zoning by-law have been heard by the Ontario Municipal Board.
The Town will hold a public meeting on Monday, October 21, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, to consider a zoning by-law amendment for the Glendale area. (An earlier meeting date of Monday, September 30, 2013, had been announced.) Properties that are site-specifically zoned for particular uses will continue to be recognized in the proposed, new by-law. Once passed, the amendment will include Glendale in the Town's comprehensive zoning by-law. A copy of the draft by-law will be available for public review on or before September 23, 2013.

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Join other 'spirit watchers' on a Theatrical Cemetery Tour at St. Mark's Church, featuring stories of the War of 1812. September 20, 21, 27 & 28, 2013.  Tickets $10.  Please call the Niagara Historical Society & Museum at 905-468-3912 to reserve your tour.
Special tours of the battle site and commemoration service for those who fell during the battle. October 12 & 13, 2013. Please visit for more information. 
Several distinguished speakers have been invited to share their knowledge of the War of 1812, including award-winning author Donald Hickey.  Begins at 12:00 noon at the Courthouse on November 17, 2013.  Please contact the Niagara Historical Society & Museum at 905-468-3912 for ticket information.
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  white wineWINE INDUSTRY PIONEERS HONOURED - Don Ziraldo, co-founder of Inniskillin Wines in 1975 (which was the first winery to be licenced in Ontario since Prohibition) will be inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame.  Mr. Ziraldo also founded the Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA).  The awards ceremony will be held on November 3, 2013, at the Royal Agricultural Fair. Pillitteri Estates Winery has also been honoured by being named the winner of the 2013 Ontario Food Exporter Award. The winery currently exports to more than 30 countries world-wide.

annual terry fox runners33RD ANNUAL TERRY FOX RUN - This year's annual Terry Fox Run on Sunday, September 15, 2013, was once again a great success.  Shown are Hilda McCann and Joan King getting things started following warm up exercises courtesy of Balance Fitness staff.  Proceeds from the Terry Fox Run go to support cancer research through the Terry Fox Foundation and the Terry Fox Research Institute.
legion on the paradeCELEBRATION OF LEGION WEEK - The 809 Newark Squadron kicked off Legion Week with a Colour Guard Parade on Sunday, September 15, 2013, to honour all veterans buried at our local cemeteries. Royal Canadian Legion Branch #124, which is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year,  will host a BBQ and Beer Garden to commemorate Legion Week on Saturday, September 21, 2013.  The Legion will also hold its annual Oktoberfest Celebration on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Please call 905-468-2353 for more information.
shaw 2013 festivalSHAW FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 5TH ANNUAL THEATRE SCHOOL - Students from grades 3 to 12 can once again discover the exciting world of theater, explore their inner creativity and take part in dramatic activities at the Shaw Festival Theatre School every Saturday from October 19 to December 21, 2013. Call the Shaw's Box Office at 905-468-2171 to register.
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- Retire-at-Home Services presents 60 Over Sixty, an annual award luncheon celebrating outstanding volunteer contributions to Niagara.  The awards ceremony is being held on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at the Holiday Inn and Suites Parkway Conference Centre in St. Catharines.  To nominate a volunteer, please visit
three yachtsEND OF AN ERA - YOUNGSTOWN YACHT CLUB BI-NATIONAL REGATTA - After 40 years, Youngstown Yacht Club hosted its final bi-national regatta from July 26-28, 2013. Almost 200 sailing vessels from as far away as Kingston, Ontario, and from the US states of New York, Michigan, Maryland and Florida competed in the event. Over 300 Canadian and American volunteers were on hand to organize the final event. Photo and copy courtesy of Colleen McLaughlin and Sue Fluellon.
peter stokes and wifeREMEMBERING PETER STOKES - A memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mark's Church for Peter Stokes.  Mr. Stokes, who passed away earlier this month, was a noted restoration architect and served as one of the founding members for the Town's Municipal Heritage Committee (formerly known as the Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee). He was instrumental in the restoration of the Courthouse and Apothecary. Mr. Stokes had asked that any donations in his honour be made to the upkeep and repair of St. Mark's Church.  Please call 905-885-4931 for further information. (Pictured are Ann and Peter Stokes at the Niagara Historical Society & Museum's 100th Anniversary celebration.)
NGTA logoNIAGARA TO GTA TRANSPORTATION PLANS NOW AVAILABLE  - The Ministry of Transportation has released the first phase of its Niagara to GTA Corridor Planning and Environmental Assessment Study.  A hard copy of the report and CD are available at Town Administration Offices or on-line at
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