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As the season of giving quickly approaches, plans for the 25th annual Pelham Community Food Drive are well underway. As part of the Christmas in Pelham weekend events, the food drive will take place on Saturday, December 5th starting at 9:30 am.

My friends at Urge to Purge held their 1st Annual Garage Sale at 144 A Thorold Road in Welland on November 14th 2015. The sale ran from 8 am-1 pm.​ The description given is as follows: “Lots of new and gently used housewares, pictures, furniture, cleaning products, decorative pieces, holiday décor, and children’s toys. Proceeds raised will sponsor less fortunate families at Christmas through the Hope Centre. “

 

 

There's a brand new beverage on the shelves at Niagara College’s Wine Visitor + Education Centre. The Niagara College Teaching Winery has launched its first cider. Named Cider 101 – it's a cider lesson in a can at the teaching winery – the new addition marks a first for the college's trailblazing Canadian Food and Wine Institute, which is also home of the first commercial teaching winery and teaching brewery in Canada.

 It was wonderful to see the streets and shops of Downtown Fonthill a beehive of activity as the 5th Annual Holiday Gift Showcase & Downtown Stroll took place on the 1st Wednesday evening in November.

One of our favourite comments about the event came from new local resident, Jody Vizza. "@TownOfPelham what a great event to get to know our new community! #Stroll2015 #LoveLivingInPelham "

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We are expecting an announcement later this year from the provincial government concerning new rules for waste management. We do not know if the changes will lead to expansions of responsibilities for local governments or more responsibilities for the producers of products… more on this as legislation is introduced. However, at the regional level, we are introducing some changes which we expect will increase our waste diversion rates, earn more potential income and be better received by the citizens.

The 613 army cadet corps is hosting a New Years Eve Gala in support of the cadets going to Vimy Ridge. Tickets on sale now!!! Only $50.00 per person. The meal is field of greens salad, roast beef au jus with mashed potatoes, yorkshire pudding, seasonal vegetables and for dessert is apple caramel tartlette with vanilla bean ice cream. Tickets will be available at the Bar

As we commemorate Remembrance Day this year, I was reminded of part of my family’s trip to Europe last spring. On May 5 we made our way to Wageningen, in Southern Holland. That’s where 70 years before German General Blaskowitz surrendered to Canadian General Foulkes, officially ending the war in the Netherlands.

The Niagara Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reported 666 property sales processed through the NAR Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) system in October. This represents a 16.2 % increase in sales over October of last year.

The residential average sale price of $280,428 was 10.6% higher than last October. The average days on market decreased from 57 to 55 in the residential freehold market, and increased from 46 to 57 in the condominium market.

We take our time shampooing and conditioning your hair using the right temperature of water to make the experience a positive one. Our  clients love the quiet atmosphere in the salon which ads to the relaxing experience. 

Unless you keep close track of obscure holidays and observances, you probably didn’t know that August is “What Will Be Your Legacy?" Month. Still, you might want to use this particular month as a useful reminder to take action on what could be one of your most important financial goals: leaving a meaningful legacy.A legacy isn’t simply a document or a bunch of numbers — it’s what you will be remembered for, and what you have left behind that will be remembered. It’s essentially your chance to contribute positively to the future, whether that means providing financial resources for the next generation, helping those charitable organizations whose work you support, or a combination of both.

At an awards ceremony during HealthAchieve, a conference and exhibition of the Ontario Hospital Association held in Toronto on November 3rd, Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre was awarded with a 2015 Quality Healthcare Workplace Awards – Platinum Level. 

Lucchetta Homes is throwing their hard hats into the Movember Construction Challenge and growing their moustaches to raise funds and awareness for men's health.

When Adam Shoalts ventured into the largest unexplored wilderness on the planet, he hoped to set foot where no one had ever gone before. What he discovered surprised even him. Shoalts was no stranger to the wilderness. He had hacked his way through jungles and swamp, had stared down polar bears and climbed mountains. But one spot on the map called out to him irresistibly: the Hudson Bay Lowlands, a trackless expanse of muskeg and lonely rivers, caribou and wolf—an Amazon of the north, parts of which to this day remain unexplored. 

With the theme of Hope, Heart and Hands, Niagara College’s Many Hands committee has selected The Hope Centre in Welland as the recipient of the 19th annual Many Hands Project. The community-based agency is committed to creating positive opportunities for vulnerable people in the community.

 

Your credit score is essentially your passport to financial opportunities. With a possible range of 300 to 900, your number tells lenders what kind of a risk you are likely to be as a borrower. A low credit score can prevent you from getting the lowest mortgage rate, or even from getting a mortgage at all. That’s why it’s important to know the six credit behaviors that can keep your score high, or give it a boost!

 

During their last meeting, Council asked staff for further information regarding the proposed Zoning By-Law Amendment and Site Plan Amendment of 1022 Pelham Street (located on the south side of Welland Road, east of Pelham Street) to permit a commercial development on the remainder of the lands consisting of a gas bar and other commercial uses including convenience retail. On Monday, Council supported the Zoning By-law Amendment to a site specific Neighbourhood Commercial “NC-108” that allows a gas station. As well, Council approved the proposed Site Plan Agreement with 4 High Street Inc. subject to a limit of a four island gas station and increasing landscaping and buffering. Staff will prepare the necessary by-laws by November 16, 2015 for Council’s consideration.

Miller Restoration's Top 10 tips for Getting your home ready for Winter! 

Looking for a great deal? Lazy Loon is now offering 7@7 Sunday through Thursday.

Come in from 7 'til 9 and choose from 7 great menu items for just $7!

Make it an old fashioned Christmas this year at Good Buy Antiques.  Welcome Kevin Konkle to Downtown Fonthill.  So much to see, so many memories revisited at this amazing antique store. 

Kevin looks forward to offering you treats while you browse.  Many a man cave gift can be found here.  Stroll on in and get your Good Buy. 

Stop in at a minimum of eight participating businesses during the Holiday Gift Showcase & Downtown Stroll on Wednesday November 4th for a chance to win prizes provided by the participating businesses. #Stroll2015 Passports will be available at all locations. There is no purchase required to have the passport validated.

Once you have your passport validated at eight or more participating businesses bring your passport to one of #Stroll2015 DROP ZONE locations to be entered into our Holiday Gift Showcase & Downtwon Stroll DRAWS.

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