Penny Coles, Niagara Advance


Mary Keith will be the executive director of the Niagara North Family Health Team, once an amalgamation of two groups is complete.

Health team members concerned about services

Residents who attended the second meeting at the community centre to discuss the merger of the local family health team with a St. Catharines group are worried about the future of programs and services now offered in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Sheila Hirsch-Kalm asks who will be paying for a new health hub at last week's community centre meeting to discuss the merger of the NOTL Health Team with a St. Catharines group. Penny Coles/Niagara Advance

Health hub committee zeroes in on community centre site

Although the discussion of a health hub for Niagara-on-the-Lake is a separate issue from the amalgamation of the local health team with one in St. Catharines, there was an attempt to bring residents up-to-date on where that stands at last Thursday’s meeting on the merger.

Students from Crossroads Public School in Virgil welcome 28 new Canadian citizens Friday. Penny Coles/Niagara Advance

Canada's new citizens welcomed at Crossroads

Twenty-eight freshly sworn-in Canadians from countries around the world couldn't have received a better reception than the one given by more than 400 spirited young students Friday.

Miranda Sanchez, from Mexico, and Jessica Keller from NOTL spread out their homework in the library of the Royal Elite International Academy on Niagara Stone Road. The school is hoping to attract more local students for their Grade 9 to 12 classes. Penny Coles/Niagara Advance

International school hopes to attract local kids

Renovations to the former public high school on Niagara Stone Road are ongoing, some visible from the outside, while inside, with upgrades and cosmetic changes that are definitely an improvement, the important task of educating teens continues.

NOTL Public Library Laura Tait, staff member Matt Furlong, students of the Niagara Nursery School, Candice Penny, supervisor of the nursery school and library CEO Cathy Simpson show off the fundraising marker indicating the community campaign nearing its goal. An offer of matching donations to raise the outstanding amount of $42,000 will help the campaign reach the $250,000 finishing line.

Couple offers library help to reach finish line

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library, close to reaching its goal to raise $250,000 for the renovation currently underway, has received a push to take it across the finish line.

Mary Keith, chief executive officer of the Niagara North Family Health Team, will be at the second meeting to explain the merger of the NOTL and Garden City health teams, at the community centre Thursday, March 2, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Health team meeting to clear up concerns, misunderstandings: Keith

The format of second meeting to discuss the merger of the local family health team with one in St. Catharines will be adjusted to allow more time for residents to get answers to their questions and concerns about the amalgamation of services.

About 300,000 Canada 150 tulips, which echo our national flag, will be showcased in Ottawa to mark Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations in 2017.

Province provides Canada 150 funds to Niagara

The Ontario government is spending $7 million on events to commemorate the province’s 150th anniversary, including $265,000 to fund 14 initiatives across Niagara.

A family health team merger will not affect the services and doctors' offices currently available in Virgil and at the NOTL hospital building, according to a press release, but will allow for expansion of services and more flexible scheduling.

Input sought on NOTL health team merger

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Family Health team, formed more than a decade ago to serve NOTL residents, is merging with a St. Catharines-based team.

Chris Pontsioen and Tara Rosling look forward to this year's presentations of of Mistletoe Bride, performed by Rosling at Silversmith Brewery three nights next week. Penny Coles/Niagara Advance

Haunting tale to be told by candlelight at beer hall

Picture a small church that’s more than 100 years old, warm and cozy inside on a cold winter’s evening, lit only with paraffin lamps and tea lights and crowded with your friends and neighbours enjoying a pint or two of beer.

The NOTL Christmas Parade committee is making sure Santa's float is perfect when he arrives in NOTL Saturday to take his place in the parade. Penny Coles/Niagara Advance

Santa arrives in NOTL Saturday

Many consider Niagara-on-the-Lake the site of a unique Chrismas parade, and one of the largest in Canada.