Penny Coles, Niagara Advance


St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church is holding a hymn sing Saturday in memory of the late Rev. Barb McGale.

Hymn sing fest to honour Barb McGale

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church is hosting a hymn sing festival Saturday, in memory of their minister, Rev. Barb McGale, who died in February after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

A Polish soldier lays a wreath in the Polish cemetery in Niagara-on-the-Lake on behalf of Poland's President Andrzej Duda, who was flanked by security. The president spoke briefly with Lord Mayor Pat Darte as he arrived at the cemetery, on Byron Street in NOTL. Penny Coles/Niagara Advance

Polish president visits NOTL

It's just a tiny, meticulously maintained cemetery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, but it represents a significant event in the history of Poland.

Joyce Loewen and Erna Dick, long-time volunteers with NOTL Community Palliative Care Service, and program co-ordinator Terry Mactaggart, talk about changes in palliative care as the organization marks its 30th anniversary of providing trained, visiting voluneers andother services, free of charge, to the community. Penny Coles/Niagara Advance

NOTL palliative care celebrates 30 years

As Canada celebrates National Hospice Palliative Care Week, Niagara-on-the-Lake's own palliative care service is celebrating 30 years in the community.

At 95, Al Derbyshire is still the leading canvasser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation in the Niagara Region - he collects more than some towns in the region, receiving donations from more than 90 people. He received his 35-yera pin and a token of appreciation for his canvassing commitment this week. Penny Coles/Niagara Advance

Local canvasser, 95, top in the region

When Al Derbyshire celebrated his 95th birthday last August, he was having a little trouble getting around, but hoping to get back on the golf course soon.

Niagara-on-the-Lake firefighters fight the blaze at the home of Dave and Helen Wall on Henry Street in Virgil Tuesday. Randy Klaassen/Special to the Niagara Advance

Virgil home destroyed by fire

When Dave and Helen Wall were alerted by neighbours that their garage was on fire early Tuesday evening, there was nothing they could do but stand by helplessly and watch their Virgil home of almost 60 years destroyed.

At Thursday's National Day of Mourning ceremony in Virgil, MPP Wayne Gates addresses a group of high school students from across the region, telling them never to leave home without telling their families how much they love them. Penny Coles/Niagara Advance

Students arrive to witness NOTL's National Day of Mourning service

As it has been every year for the last 17 years, the National Day of Mourning memorial service in Niagara-on-the-Lake Thursday morning was an occasion to remember Joel Murray, a husband and father who was crushed to death in 1998 at the GM plant where he worked.

The side of Barb and Bill Bedell's historic Queen Street home was one of about a dozen incidents reported to the NRP this month.

Graffiti spree hits NOTL

Vandals have no respect for heritage, public or private, a spree of graffiti vandalism has shown.

Private high school moving to NOTL

HIgh school education is returning to Niagara-on-the-Lake this September, with the arrival of a private school aimed at attracting international students.

Owen Bjorgan, opposed to biodiversity offsetting, is now giving wetland tours across the Niagara Region to educate people about wetland biodiversity and the threats they face.

'Empowered community' can protect wetland

Owen Bjorgan wasn't able to attend last Thursday's protest against biodiversity offsetting, but he couldn't be more passionately opposed to it.

The Virgil Business Association is throwing a party for all those who have volunteered at the Virgil Stampede in the last 50 years. No need to RSVP, just show up.

Virgil Stampede volunteers - you're invited to a party!

This year, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Virgil Stampede, the Virgil Business Association is throwing a party for all the volunteers who have helped to make the event successful over the years.

Angus Footman (left), president of Tweed Farms, stops during a tour of the new building to visit with employees in their lunch room. They were taking a break from hand-trimming marijuana. Penny Coles/Niagara Advance

Completed addition to marijuana farm allows harvesting, storage

Tweed Farms, the commercial operation in Niagara- on-the-Lake licensed by Health Canada to grow medical marijuana, has reached the next step in its expansion - it is now processing and storing the dried product from its Concession 5 facility.

The flag was raised for autism awareness at the town hall Monday, with Coun. Maria Bau-Cotte, Barb Wood and Don Wood, grandmother and dad to Taylor, who is on the autism sectrum, Lord Mayor Pat Darte, Jason Scott, who has Asperger's Disorder, his parents Dave and Helen Scott, and Vanessa Coens, the adult support co-ordinator with Autism Ontario Niagara chapter. Penny Coles/Niagara Advance

Niagara autism chapter focuses on young adults

If you know one person with autism, you know one person with autism, says Helen Scott - something she has learned through a support group, but also from her son.