Penny Coles, Niagara Advance


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.

Students from the Royal Elite International Academy, shown here in February, have finished exams and returned home. A new batch of students will begin a fresh semester next week, but one Chinese student from last semester has been quarantined and is recovering from tuberculosis. Postmedia file photo

Student with TB improving

One case of active tuberculosis has been confirmed at the Royal Elite International Academy in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Paul McHoull, president of the NOTL Lawn Bowling Club, would like to know more about the history of the Frontier Trophy, which was found in someone's shed and handed over to a club member. It now sits in the trophy case at the community centre.

Old lawn bowling trophy found in shed

As the Niagara-on-the-Lake Lawnbowling Club celebrates its 140th anniversary, president Paul McHoull is looking for information on a piece of its history.

Niagara cadets will be travelling to Vimy Ridge in October, and are fundraising for their trip. A group of 10 to 12 cadets hope to be going, some of them absent from the photo. Photo submitted

NOTL cadets going to Vimy Ridge

The Canadian government, through the Department of National Defence, has selected a small number of cadet groups to go to Vimy Ridge for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the battle, and the local squadron is one of those to be included.

Coach Judi Boyle-Krzeczkowski and skater Marin McLaughlin show off the silver medal the 12-year-old won at a recent provincial competition. Penny Coles/Niagara Advance

Young skater captures provincial silver

Marin McLaughlin, a young skater who trains with the Niagara-on-the-Lake Skating Club, captured a silver medal in last week’s provincial competition in Port Colburne.

After an area of a John Street property was clear-cut to expand a vineyard, Coun. Betty Disero is hoping for some replanting of trees to provide a buffer for Paradise Grove, a national heritage system along the Niagara River Parkway. Photo submitted

NOTL councillor looking for tree protection

When Coun. Betty Disero wanted town staff to look into the clear-cutting of trees on a John Street property, which elicited “frantic” calls and emails from neighbours,

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.