After setting a new record at last year's Skylon Tower Stair Climb for Cancer, Florida's Troy Alston set another one for the event's 25th anniversary Saturday. PHOTO: John Law / Niagara Falls Review

Cancer Climb record topped again at Skylon

Last year, Troy Alston beat a record that stood at the Skylon Tower for 32 years by scaling the 660 steps in three minutes and 21 seconds. He didn't feel like waiting that long to beat it again.

Former Niagara IceDogs player Matt Gillard and head coach Marty Williamson. File photos,/ St. Catharines Standard/ Postmedia Network

SEARCH ENGINE: Game on still for former IceDogs

You ask… We answer. Q: I was wondering if Marty Williamson, former Icedogs coach, was involved in hockey anywhere this year. And last season there was a player, Gillard, who was seriously injured. Is he still recovering?

For sale signs adorn lawns of two houses in the east end of St. Catharines on Thursday, July 14, 2016. Julie Jocsak/ St. Catharines Standard/ Postmedia Network

New rentals a goal of housing plan

A new housing plan announced this week by the provincial government could help St. Catharines increase its stock for desperately needed rental apartments.

Left: Samuel Leonard St. John owned a series of residences in downtown St. Catharines, but by the mid-1860s he was prosperous enough to finally build his own “dream home” on the west side of Ontario Street, between Adams Street and Welland Avenue. — Courtesy of Joseph Eddleman, Charleston, S.C. Right: The current day view of where the Hotel Dieu hospital used to stand in St. Catharines. Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard

Mr. St. John’s Ontario Street mansion

The house in our old photo this week belonged Samuel Leonard St. John (1820-1881), a native of Pennsylvania who came here with his family and pursued a successful career as merchant and broker.