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At the last meeting of the Niagara Escarpment Commission we received a staff report and a provincial discussion paper on the need to plan for the impacts of climate change. After one of the coldest winters on record, some may be skeptical about the issue of global warming. However, if we look at the global changes rather than local events, it is clear that the temperature of the earth has increased fourteen of the first fifteen years of this century.

At our April 7 meeting, Council received an updated timeline for the design and potential construction of a new Multi-Faceted Community Centre in the East Fonthill area.  You will recall that based on a resident survey, a detailed business case analysis and a comparison to industry standards, Council confirmed sustaining demand for a multi-faceted community centre containing a single-pad arena (with the potential second-pad after 2023), a fitness centre, walking / running indoor track, multi-purpose space, and gymnasium sports / uses.

Studio Twenty Fonthill presents…Zumba for Kids! Tuesdays at 5:45pm  (40 minute classes) with Laura & Susy;  May 12-June 30 $40 for 8 weeks (plus tax) (regularly $50) Register now!  Space is limited!

Brock University graduate Andrew Julie, from Fonthill, and his wife Jennifer, have recently purchased the Greens at Brock on Merrittville Highway. They’ve since relaunched it as Brock Golf Course and are in the process of getting the course back into proper shape. Andrew’s knowledge of golf course management comes from growing up around the business. His parents started Sawmill Golf Course in 1976 and still run that operation.

Art Classes with Artist Beverly Sneath for adults and children's camps!

In anticipation of the 29th Annual Pelham Art Festival happening May 8-10th, 2015, local businesses are displaying the works of various artists. Here is a photo of a work by Diane Slaight on display at the Cafe on Main and Wine Bar.  

The Bank of Canada announced today that it is holding its key rate steady. Great news if you have a variable-rate mortgage or home equity line of credit, and for those looking to buy, renew or refinance this spring.  The announcement noted that “the impact of the oil price shock on growth will be more front-loaded than predicted in January, but not larger.” And that the “Canadian economy is estimated to have stalled in the first quarter of 2015.”

This week the Foundation celebrates 15 years of working with amazing volunteers, donors, charities and staff to build and support smart and carry communities. We've seen the impact of our grants grow from $6,500 in 2001 to more than $1.11 million in 2014. These grants support charities in all sectors in all communities across Niagara. And we've seen our endowment funds grow from $200,000 in 2000 to more than $28 million this month. Donors from all walks of life and from coast to coast to coast here in Niagara have supported our work.

5 Fenwick teams will be participating in the Fenwick Purina® Walk for Dog Guides on May 24, 2015 to help raise funds for the training and placement of Dog Guides for Canadians with visual, hearing and medical or physical disabilities.

 

Registration will be open for Pelham Residents on April 15th, 2015 and April 29th, 2015, for non-residents!

Looking for vendors to participate in St. Ann's Church, Fenwick CHURCH COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE.

Registration is open now for 6 different camps for ages 5 to 13 offered by Carousel Players.  Theatre classes are led by professionals and take place at the Old Courthouse, 101 King Street, 2nd Floor in downtown St. Catharines beside Market Square.

Meet Candy Ashbee - Creative Social Media Content Designer, Passionate Entrepreneur, Community Supporter

Candy works as part of the myNiagaraOnline marketing team in partnership with Business Sponsors to help them make the most of what myNiagaraOnline has to offer. From content creation recommendations to social media implementation strategies you can count on Candy to assist local businesses to make their online marketing dollars reach further.

Imagine being an archer in flight, controlling your arrows through a magical medieval setting; or fending off waves of enemies in a trapped western city of Copper Canyon.​  These are just two original student-created games that will be on display at Niagara College’s second annual Game Development Launch April 16.

Help raise money for team ‪#‎OHMYGUT‬ IN THE Crohn's and Colitis Canada ‪#‎GUTSYWALK‬ until June 7 by coming in and purchasing tickets for amazing prizes donated by many local GUTSY business owners!!!

The Pelham Art Festival will be hosting its Annual Spring Media Day Tuesday, April 21st 10:00 am - 1:00pm in the Festival Room at the Pelham Library.

Take a quick look at the TVCogeco Niagara video coverage of last year's Media Day.

One of the most important things about translation (and many people don’t think about this) is keeping the writing / the translation interesting.

Known for their Pilates expertise, so many visitors were pleasantly surprized with how much more they had to offer.   As well as the expected Pilates workshop, attendees had a chance to participate in free Meditation, Yoga, Nordic Walking, Functional Flexibility, TRX and Golf Conditioning workshops.

The Niagara Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reported 603 property sales processed through the NAR Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) system in March. This represents an increase of 14.2% in sales over March of last year. The residential average sale price of $261,279 was 5.2% higher than last March.

Janet Werner is an acclaimed Canadian painter with an international reputation who teaches at Concordia University. As part of a visit to Brock University – in which she will be selecting works by senior Brock University Visual Arts students to be exhibited in the upcoming exhibition.  April 1 – 26, 2015 Rodman Hall Art Centre, 109 St. Paul Cres., St. Catharines Free community event.

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