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Council ceremonially acknowledged the donation of a decommissioned pumper fire truck to the Rotary Club of Welland, who is facilitating the delivery of the truck to the First Nations Reserve community of Bearskin Lake. Bearskin Lake First Nation is a community of 475 people located 730 kilometers from Sioux Lookout where land access only occurs during the winter months via winter ice roads and daily flights. The community is in need of fire protection equipment and only has water distribution for 8 hydrants within the main settlement and uses the local lake for fire protection. The donated fire truck will be housed at the community's fire station, along with some bunker gear and other firefighting equipment passed on by Pelham Fire Services. Fire Safety Officer and First Nations Fire Commissioner Larry Laviolette sincerely thanked Council and Pelham for their generosity and hospitality. As a token of appreciation, Wayne Brown, Deputy Chief Bearskin Lake First Nation, presented Mayor Dave Augustyn and Fire Chief Bob Lymburner with handmade traditional, fur-lined slippers.

Last Friday, Town Staff installed a temporary traffic calming measure on Haist Street North (north of Regional Road 20). Shortly after, I drove through and posted a photo on my Facebook pages and other social media. The reactions were immediate and polarized.


Congratulations to Linda ...the lucky winner of our Niagara Networks DRAW PRIZE - a FREE myNiagaraOnline Advertising Package. Meet some of the ‪#‎LocalBiz‬ friends that we got to know a little bit better as we visited the many Exhibitors at the Trade Show held September 30th, 2015 at the Fallsview Casino Ballroom in Niagara Falls.

Hurry in to Marilee's Bridal before it's too late!  They have loads of Christmas party dresses and New Years evening gowns at 50% off.  Marilee's Bridal & Evening Fashions of Fonthill will be closing on November 30th. Owner, Mary Marr is retiring after 24 years of award winning service to brides and bridal parties throughout Niagara and beyond.

Small businesses have a big impact on community, which is why Meridian wants to recognize one small business owner with $25,000in cash and prizes!


The Nominees for the 2015 Ruby Awards were announced at a breakfast held this morning at the Seaway Mall Centre Court. The Chamber is happy to see the community once again put forth so many deserving businesses and citizens. Over 60 nominations have been accepted for the various business and community service awards that will be presented at the Ruby Awards Ceremony, taking place on October 16th 2015 at Lookout Point Golf & Country Club from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.  Tickets for the event are $50.00 per person, or $40 per person when booking a table of 8 or more. To book your spot now, contact the Chamber at 905-732-7515.

If you have had the experience of moving older family members to a new home you have seen first hand how much stress these moves can cause. I have recently become aware of the labeling of this phenomenon as Relocation Stress Syndrome, or transfer trauma. It is thought that RSS can affect behaviour, mood, morbidity and even mortality. Symptoms can include sleeplessness, anxiety, depression and disorientation. If the senior already suffers from dementia, physical frailty or sensory impairment there can be additional confusion and agitation. The effects can be worse if the move is not being made by choice, and may still exist even if the senior had made a willing decision.

Location matters when it comes to your smoke alarms. That’s the message behind the 2015 Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep!” Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, Pelham Fire Services is reminding everyone during this year’s Fire Prevention Week (October 4 to 10) about the importance of having working smoke alarms outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.

A company or professional’s brand identity, and how it’s used to communicate with the public, can make or break growth and success. Niagara’s premier professional development day, GWEn (Growing Women Entrepreneurs) 2015 Conference, will address brand evolution, tactics in all areas including social media, and highlight the brand development of keynote speaker, celebrity chef and host of Food Network’s “Bake with Anna Olson”, Anna Olson. This inclusive day-long event will take women entrepreneurs “Beyond The Brand” as they come together for a day of education, inspiration and connection.