Niagara-on-the-Lake News, Volume 12, October 8, 2013

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library rep recieving funding
October is "Canadian Library Month" and representatives from the Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library were on hand at the October 7 Council meeting to receive a $10,000 cheque from Farm Credit Canada for the Library's Community Garden Project. Farm Credit Canada donates a percentage of its profits annually to programs that focus on hunger, rural safety, agricultural education, volunteerism and community enhancement.  Currently, 62% of all Town residents are active library members.  Pictured from left to right above are Andrew Porteus, Library Board Chair; Bert Ediger, Farm Credit Canada; and Cathy Simpson, Library CEO. In addition to the Community Garden Project, the Library will introduce a Smartlocker system which can be used to dispense lending materials remotely in areas such as Queenston and St. Davids.

council business
At its October 7, 2013, meeting, Town Council approved: 

A tender for the Culvert Rehabilitation Project at Line 2 Road and McNab Road.  
2014 User Fees and Charges for all Town services, programs, facilities, applications, and permits. Most of these fees have not changed since last year and only minor adjustments have been made to some to recover the Town's cost in providing the service. 
A committee to review Expressions of Interest from candidates who wish to operate the Community Centre Café. Committee members include Councillors Dennis Dick and Terry Flynn and staff from the Parks & Recreation Department.  Once all submissions have been reviewed, the Committee will report to Council with its recommendation.
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A number of streets have been added to the Town's 2013 Hot Mix Paving Program.  Currently, sections of Queenston Road, Concession 2 Road, Simcoe Street, Niven Road, Anne Street and Niagara Boulevard are slated for repair work this year.  However, due to a number of factors, such as a decrease in the cost of asphalt, staff were able to find enough savings to extend the program to other road sections in need of repair.  These include: Anne Street (Victoria to Niagara Stone Road); Victoria Street (Anne to John Street and William to Centre Street);  Gate Street (Anne to John Street); Regent Street (Prideaux to Front Street); Concession 2 Road (Line 6 to Line 5 Road); and Queen Street (Mississauga to Gate Street).
On October 24, 2013, a senior student from St. Michael Catholic Elementary School will be elected  "Lord Mayor for the Day" as part of Local Government Week (October 20-26). The program is designed to help promote civic awareness in schools and municipalities across Ontario. As part of its Student Council election process, upper grade students will participate in an interactive presentation on the role of local government and receive a special briefing from Lord Mayor Dave Eke. They will then nominate candidates from their peers and vote on who best represents their vision to be "Lord Mayor for the Day." The student who is chosen will be recognized at the October 28, 20local government week13, Town Council meeting.
As part of Fire Safety Week, students from Crossroads Elementary School were on hand at the October 7 Council meeting to receive the "Inspector Rich" Award, named in memory of firefighter Richard "Sparky" Albers.  Mr. Albers served as a volunteer firefighter in St. Davids and as Public Education Officer for the Town. Pictured are Fire Chief Alex Burbidge, Ben MacDonald, Katie Van Egmond, Brittany Klassen, Coner Newman of Crossroads School, and Lord Mayor Dave Eke.  The students were recognized for helping junior grade students with fire safety education.  Congratulations to all of them for exemplifying Mr. Albers' goals of community spirit, public safety and maturity.   Residents are reminded that this is Fire Prevention Week across Ontario.  This year's message for families is "Kitchen Fire Prevention." Please remember to stay in the kitchen when cooking, keep a proper fitting pot lid near the stove when cooking and don't wear loose-fitting clothes when using the stove.  Finally, always remember to check your smoke alarms regularly and make sure you have a smoke alarm on every floor of your home.
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 is available for public review on the Town's website at

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battle of queenston heights recreation
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.

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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.

niagara on fire posterBURNING OF NIAGARA
Join us for the signature event of the year - the 200th year commemoration of the Burning of Niagara.
CANDLELIGHT STROLL - December 6. The Town will be lit as if on fire following the annual candlelight stroll. Courthouse.
NIAGARA ON FIRE - December 7 - 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Outdoor sound and light show, film premiere & fireworks. Queen Street & Market Square.
OFFICIAL UNVEILING OF TOWN FLAG -  December 10, 5:30 p.m. Market Room, Courthouse.
BURNING OF THE TOWN COMMEMORATION - December 10, 7:00 p.m. St. Mark's Church

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  wes wiens, grape kingWES WIENS NAMED 2013 GRAPE KING - Wes Wiens of Wiens Family Farms in Niagara-on-the-Lake has been named the 2013 Grape King by Farm Credit Canada, the Grape Growers of Ontario and the Niagara Grape & Wine Festival.  Wes, shown here with Lord Mayor Dave Eke on September 18, will represent Ontario's grape and wine industry throughout the year, including earlier events at the Mayors' Grape Stomp on September 21 and in the Grape & Wine Festival Grande Parade on September 28. Congratulations Wes!

seniors holding a blue ribbonSENIORS DAY - This year's annual Seniors' Day on October 1 was celebrated by Lord Mayor Eke with the Family Health Team (FHT) at the Virgil Clinic.  Shown from left to right are Jessie Clarke, Registered Nurse; Family Health Team Executive Director Maria Bau-Coote; Lord Mayor Dave Eke; and Sean Simpson of Simpson's Pharmacy.  Photo courtesy of Melinda Cheevers, Niagara This Week - Town Crier.
autism awareness attendeesAUTISM AWARENESS MONTH - Lord Mayor Eke joined Doug Joyner, Chapter Manager for Autism Niagara Region on Thursday, October 3, 2013, for the flag raising to commemorate Autism Awareness Month. 
COMMUNITY UPDATE BY COUNCIL - A reminder to all residents that Town Council will host a second Community Update session at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre on Monday, November 4, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.  Staff responses to issues raised at the last session on May 13 will be available, and Council members will be on hand to field additional issues and concerns from the public.  
lacrosse team photoNOTL GIRLS BOX LACROSSE CHAMPIONS - Congratulations to our Intermediate Girls Box Lacrosse team for taking the Provincial Bantam B Division Championship.  Two other lacrosse teams - Bantam and Peewee - also successfully captured their title and will be honoured by Council at a later date. Pictured are the Intermediate Girls team members. Well done!
random act of kindness day; friday november 1, 2013RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS DAY - Liz Palmieri of the Niagara Community Foundation presented details to Council at its October 7 meeting of the Random Act of Kindness Day on November 1. The Foundation has earmarked this day to recognize kindness and humanity in Niagara Region.  Residents young and old are being asked to use the Random Act of Kindness Day cards to perform a kind deed for a neighbour, friend, co-worker or classmate and then pass along the card to that person.  Cards will be distributed throughout the area and are available from a Meridian Credit Union branch or at
ocna; ontario community newspaper associationNOMINATIONS OPEN FOR JUNIOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS  - Once again this year, the Ontario Community Newspaper Association is hosting awards for residents aged 6 to 17 who strive to do outstanding work in their community.  Categories include community service, special contribution in the face of physical or psychological limitations, acts of bravery or heroism and commitment to making someone else's life better.  The nomination deadline is November 30, 2013, and the awards will be announced on January 24, 2014.  For more information, please visit, e-mail or call 905-639-8720. 
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