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Girl Fight At Niagara Square

Two girls fighting in the parking lot at the Niagara Square in Niagara Falls Ontario.


Port High Cancels Wizard Of Oz Play

Clipped From The Welland Tribune Newspaper

Drama students at Port Colborne High School won’t be off to see the wizard next spring.

Students in the school production were told last week The Wizard of Oz, planned for next year, has been canceled, school principal John Freeman-Shaw said Thursday.

Freeman-Shaw said an audit of all auditoriums was undertaken by District School Board of Niagara in 2006.

He said there were “some concerns” expressed by the consultant with respect to the auditorium at the high school.

“The stage floor is not appropriate for large scale productions,” Freeman-Shaw said, adding the auditorium will be used in the future for “improvisational” drama that does not require full use of the stage area.

House Fire At Geneva And Welland Streets

At about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Night, a blaze broke out at 210 Welland Ave., a house bearing the sign R & F Metals Inc. The sign says the company is a dealer in scrap iron and metal.

St. Catharines fire department said neighbours told them an older man lived in the building. Fire crews could find no evidence of the man inside as they combed the smoked-out building.

Here is a video from Tuesday Night

Elderly Womand Killed While Crossing Lake Street

NRPS Media Release

On Wednesday, November 21 st, 2007 at approximately 6:45 p.m. members of the Niagara Regional Police Service, St. Catharines Fire Services and Niagara Emergency Medical Services responded to reports of a pedestrian struck in front of 600 Lake Street in the City of St. Catharines.

Initial investigation revealed that an 84-year-old St. Catharines woman while wearing dark clothing was attempting to cross Lake Street towards the Hiedehof, Home For The Aged. In doing so she stepped eastbound into the path of a 2001 Ford Pick Up Truck being operated by a 63 year old Stevensville man who was southbound on Lake Street.

The pedestrian was taken to the Niagara Health System – St. Catharines General Site, where she was pronounced dead on arrival. The driver of the Ford was uninjured in the collision.

Excessive rain and driving conditions are factors in this collision.

The identity of the victim is being withheld at this time pending notification of next of kin.

The collision remains under investigation by members of the Niagara Regional Police Collision Reconstruction Unit. Any witnesses are requested to contact the Unit at (905) 688-4111
extension: 5500.

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Snow In Toronto?

Rick Mercer – Special Report: Snow In Toronto?


Environmental Film Fest A Good Idea For NOTL?

Clipped From The Niagara Falls Review

Niagara-on-the-Lake Lord Mayor Gary Burroughs has teamed up with a group that includes representatives from Osprey Media and National Geographic to work on bringing a film festival that focuses on environmental issues to Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Burroughs and other local residents are on the board of directors of the Niagara Natural World Film Festival, which hopes to provide a combination of films and lectures for a seven- to- 10-day event in 2009.

“It will not be doom and gloom,” Burroughs said, but rather “positive things small communities and the world can do” about environmental issues.

At a committee of the whole meeting this week, the lord mayor said an environmental film festival held in Washington has grown from 2,000 people a few years ago to 20,000 now.

He said he would like to see the event held in May or September in Niagara-on-the-Lake to provide maximum benefits for local hotels and restaurants.

The committee agreed to endorse in principle his request that the town act as the fiscal agent for the film festival board for its grant application to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for start-up funding.

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Fight Breaks Out On Clifton Hill #1

Here’s the tail end of a fight I caught on tape over on Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls. One guy is brought down by the cops and the other one is out cold.


A Trip Down The Welland Canal

The Welland Canal, as seen from a ship entering at Lake Erie and exiting at Lake Ontario.


12 People Suffer From A Heart Attack Per Day In Welland

Clipped From The Welland Tribune Newspaper

On a typical day at Welland hospital, 12 people will be admitted with heart attacks, another three for stroke.

The staggering statistics were presented in council chambers Tuesday night by Paul Federici, a Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario volunteer who provided an update on his organization’s activities – and just prior to politicians declaring next February Heart Month in the city of Welland.

Federici said heart and stroke illness is still the No. 1 cause of death in Canada, but the foundation has made significant strides in reducing the death toll over its 50 years.

Since the foundation was established, the death rate has dropped 75 per cent, he said.

Today the foundation funds 450 research teams.

Locally, it is now looking for donors that can make it possible for public defibrillators to be available at places including South Niagara Rowing Club, Welland Curling Club and at Welland Ball Hockey International facilities at Niagara College.

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Escape To Canada

Everyone wants to live in Canada but with the strong dollar, all of our jobs are being diminished.

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Santa Fights Crime In The Mall

Niagara Magnum In Motion

A video by Alec Soth that uses photographs to show a different perspective of love at Niagara Falls.

Police Dogs Trained In Grimsby

Niagara is the head training region for most police dogs across Ontario and over the border in New York.

On Wednesday, November 14, police officers from across Niagara and the United States brought their dogs to Place Polonaise in Grimsby for their yearly recertification course. They worked late into the night inside Place Polonaise, after a live demonstration of tackling a “suspect” in the parking lot lit by the headlights from police cruisers.

Constable Neil Orlando said the dogs and their officers take this course once a year.

The dogs are trained in detecting explosives, drugs and general patrol.

Each year in Niagara the canines are called to work approximately 1,000 to 1,400 times. Orlando said he’s not sure of the figures in West Niagara, but that he’s called the canines and their handlers a number of times.

“We use them quite regularly out here,” he said, adding there are a number of automobile thefts and home break-ins that the dogs are used for. “Personally I’ve called them out a number of times and they do a fantastic job.”

The amount of use in each city or area is reflective of population: a higher population usually leads to a higher crime rate.

With Grimsby’s growing numbers, Orlando said the crime rates are on the rise a bit.

The full article can be found at West Niagara Community Newspapers

Dangers Of The Welland Canal

This short video, produced by the Niagara Regional Police Video Unit, was made to let people know how dangerous the Welland Canal can be.


New Light Display For Winter Festival Of Lights

Here is a great story on Access Niagara about the new light display for the Winter Festival of Lights. Access Niagara has a wonderful collection of posts related to Niagara Falls. Check them out.

Merritt Day November 26th

Jack Leitch, chairman of Upper Lakes Shipping, and Transportation Minister Jim Bradley will help Niagara Celebrate William Hamilton Merritt Day, Nov. 26.

The event, commemorating the 178th anniversary of the first up-bound ship to pass through the canal in November 1829, will take place at the Lock 7 Viewing Complex in Thorold, starting at 10 a.m. The community is invited to attend the event, which will also include other senior representatives of the Great Lakes marine industry, and various levels of government.

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STC Downtown James Street Closure

James Street in downtown St. Catharines between King and Church streets will be closed starting Wednesday at 8 a.m. up to two days, a municipal news release says. No reason was given. All vehicle traffic will be prohibited, but emergency access will be maintained at all times. Motorists are asked to use alternate routes during the closure to avoid delays.

Blue Ghost Tunnel Part 2

Part 2 of a collection about the Merritton Train Tunnel that runs under the 3rd Welland Canal. Look forward to more newspaper clippings, photos and videos from what is now known as, The Blue Ghost Tunnel.

Here are some old photos of the Blue Ghost Tunnel being built and a video of the construction along the Welland Canal.

Blue Ghost Tunnel being built

Also see: Part 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

The Real Meg Griffin

This nice young lady wants the perfect man. Anyone interested?

A Christmas Story Shot At Local School

Scene from the movie
As it looks today from roughly the same spot
Victoria School on Niagara Street in St.Catharines
I know the above photo is a bad one, it was taken from a moving car. Notice the new street that goes through the playground area.

The Victoria School which sits on Niagara Street in St.Catharines has been abandoned for many years. During recent renovations, movie fan Tyler Schwartz found the blackboard in a dumpster at the school. The chalkboard is the latest addition to a museum in Cleveland dedicated to the 1983 film.
School scene from A Christmas Story
A Christmas Story