Penny Coles, Niagara Advance

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Finance committee whittles away at tax increase

News is getting better for Niagara-on-the- Lake taxpayers, with councillors wrestling this year’s increase down to what could be an “acceptable” 4 per cent.

The original weather vane was put back on the new gazebo at Queen's Royal Park in Niagara-on-the-Lake, which replaced the 1981 structure built for a Stephen King film and donated to the town. The weather vane has gone missing, and Jim Smith, who made it, is already planning the replacement. Postmedia file photo

Weather vane on iconic gazebo is missing

The weather vane that has been part of the Queen’s Royal Park gazebo for 30 years is gone, but its replacement is already in the works.

The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake says the District School Board of Niagara hasn't co-operated in its attempts to the Parliament Oak School property, and the board is calling Town comments "disingenuous" and questioning its motives. Postmedia file photo

Town, school board drop gloves over sale of Parliament Oak

After years of the Town of Niagara-on- the-Lake and the local school board battling over school closures, the gloves are off, and any semblance of following polite rules of engagement has been dropped.

Tweed Farms, on Concession 5 in NOTL, received the first Health Canada licence to grow medical marijuana in Niagara, opening in 2014. It continues to expand - but a spokesperson says the company has not purchased the Coyote's Run Winery next door, as reported in social media. Postmedia file photo

Tweed spokesperson denies company purchased Coyote’s Run

Despite claims in an online article that has been widely circulated in social media, a spokesperson for Tweed Farms says it has not purchased Coyote’s Run, the winery next door to the largest legal marijuana facility in the world - nor does it have any plans to buy it.

Coun. John Wiens, with help from IT co-ordinator Matt Furlong at the NOTL Public Library, helps check out books for Emily Foster and her daughter Billie Swan. This is Library Month, and town councillors are being invited to help out at the library to see how successful the recent renovations have been in improving library patrons' experience. Penny Coles/Niagara Advance

Renovated facility on display during library month

While the newly-renovated library has been open since mid-May, Library Month is another opportunity to spread the word about its success, says Cathy Simpson, chief executive officer.

William Csuka and John MacNeill collaborated on a book about the history of the Lakeshore Road area and the school that became the hub of the community. Photo submitted

Book pays tribute to a community

A friendship between two young boys more than 60 years ago has led to a collaboration of photos, family histories and shared memories, all revolving around a one-room school on Lakeshore Road.

The Garden City Skyway in St. Catharines, photographed on Thursday, April 14, 2016. Julie Jocsak / St Catharines Standard/ Postmedia Network

Twinning skyway plans move forward

Work is slowly moving ahead on the twinning of the Garden City Skyway, with some preliminary details available for public comment.

Bob Cheriton received a cancer diagnosis a little more than a year ago, and was given a 20 per cent chance of surviving a year, with a one to two per cent chance of living another five years. An experimental treatment in Germany has not only kept him alive but left him feeling fit enough to play golf regularly and work out almost every day. Penny Coles/Niagara Advance

Experimental cancer treatment offers hope

When Bob Cheriton arrives at the Niagara-on- the-Lake Golf Course these days, he is warmly greeted by friends who weren’t sure they’d see him golfing this season.

Rap icon Snoop Dogg paid a visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake last fall, touring Tweed Farms to catch a glimpse of some of the product being grown at the facility on Concession 5. Submitted Photo/Special to Postmedia Network

Tweed expanding to meet recreational marijuana market

Niagara-on-the-Lake will soon boast the largest legal marijuana facility in the world, with one million square feet of greenhouses on Concession 5 to be in production by next summer, when recreational pot is expected to be legalized by the federal government.

Case Bassie (right), partnering with Don Gervais, helps organize pickleball at the NOTL community centre. There are three drop-in sessions weekly, Wednesday evenings and Friday and Sunday mornings.

Pickleball ideal for seniors

Calls of “stay out of the kitchen” resound at the community centre auditorium three times a week, but there is no food in sight, just a bunch of seniors hitting a ball over a net.

Coun. Betty Disero, Hilda McCann, Sheila Hirsch-Kalm, Gail Skene and Susan Pearson are organizing the ninth NOTL Daffodil Garden of Hope at the St. Davids Fire Hall, to be planted Saturday morning. Penny Coles/Niagara Advance

Planting hope in St. Davids

The celebration of hope continues in Niagara- on-the-Lake with the planting of more daffodils.

Historic Stroller in period costume Cate Me, Dick Coyne, Rick Meloen, Joan Coyne, Shirley Rodeck and Lorraine Joyner met with Communities in Bloom judges Bernadette Solon from Ireland and Berta Briggs from Alberta in Simcoe Park last week. In addition to a carriage ride through the Old Town and visits to many other places of interest, the judges were taken to Queenston, St. Davids, Glendale and Virgil. Photo by Tony Chisholm

Judges taken on whirlwind tour of NOTL

The judges have been and gone, and all that’s left is the waiting - but although it was a hectic few days for the Communities in Bloom committee, it was a positive experience, say those involved.

The St. Davids Lions Carnival opens Wednesday evening with a magic show and all the great food and games and prizes it always has, and runs until Saturday night. Postmedia file photo

St. Davids Lions Carnival opens Wednesday

The St. Davids Lions Carnival will be offering four days of the great food, entertainment, rides and prizes that have always brought out the crowds, promises club member Bill Brouwer.

Sharon VanNoort and VanNoort Florist staff members Beth Duc, Sharon Belsink, Carole Boucock and Liliana Merante were making 475 bouquets this week to deliver to four humane societies in Niagara to thank the volunteers who look after animals that are abandoned or in distress. Fred Mercnik/Special to the Advance

Local florist team thanking volunteers

Volunteers who help care for Niagara’s homeless and distressed animals are receiving a token of appreciation from a local team of florists who want to acknowledge the importance of their work.