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The Pelham Public Library has launched a new Indigenous Book Collection that was made possible through the generous donation from the Ignite the Spirit Foundation this month.  A new portable bookshelf was also donated to house this collection.

Thank you to our generous community, from Pelham Cares! As our volunteers work their way through the many boxes and bags of donations received during this past holiday season, we are reminded of the generosity and kindness that abounds in the community of Pelham! Throughout the year, and especially during  the Holiday Season, the donations of food, personal care items, household products, toys, and money, grants, the contributions of hundreds of volunteers, and the support of local media, allow us to continue to assist families in our community.

A warm lunch with a friend or relative will make a cold Friday in January special for local high school graduates.  The 17thannual Soup’s On! is serving bowls of favourite and unusual soups during a scholarship fundraiser. The tasty fundraiser serves soup samples during three sittings (11 a.m., Noon, 1p.m.) on Friday, Jan. 25, in St. Kevin parish hall, 303 Niagara St. in Welland. 

Shopping for a new home can be intimidating. With so many things to do and think about, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some good tips for making the home hunting process a lot easier and much less stressful.

Mothers give all of themselves for their children. They will go without, just to see their baby smile. This can be from giving up the last piece of pie, to ignoring the need for a haircut. Busy moms take heart! It doesn’t have to be this way! Tracy Strycker of Salon Allegra is a working mom, herself. She has many ideas to help busy moms take care of themselves. Don’t hesitate to ask her for ideas. Here are a few ideas for hair care for busy moms.

Imagine shopping the aisles of your local Sobeys with a registered dietitian by your side. They would give you the confidence to pick out ingredients that not only taste great, but also work as the foundation for balanced meals. But what does a balanced meal look like? Generally, it contains one full serving of food from three of the four food groups specified in Canada’s Food Guide.

Registration for the 2019 season is open. Pelham leagues are typically filled by early March, as fields need to be booked and teams set well in advance of season kick-off. We don't want to have to turn anyone away so please register early! Discounted early bird registration rates are until February 28th with rates increasing on March 1st, so take advantage of some savings by registering early!

Please be advised that due to an upcoming winter storm beginning Saturday, Winter Parking Regulations are now in effect in Pelham.

NO parking on ANY Town streets at any time, to allow for winter maintenance operations.

Roads staff will be concentrating on all main arterial roadways first, collector roads, and then rural roads. Secondary roads and subdivisions will be cleared when the storm ends or if conditions permit.

Allison Kares, Owner and Certified Pilates Instructor of Movement Unlimited Inc. has been named Canada’s Top Fitness Instructor for 2019 by Impact Magazine. With 28 years’ experience in Rehab and Pilates, Allison works with clients of all ages and challenges to Move Better and Feel Better.

An Extreme Cold Weather Alert will go into effect on on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, as temperatures are expected to drop below -15 C.  The Extreme Cold Weather Alert is intended to mobilize outreach workers and community agencies, recommend precautions for the general public during extreme cold weather, and offer information on the location of shelters and additional resources.

Following municipal elections last Fall, new City and Town Councils across Ontario started their 2018-2022 term of office on December 1, 2018. In addition to their formal inaugurations in early-December, municipal Staff helped orient old and new Councillors alike and the work of municipal governance began.

We have had a sighting of a large coyote behind Beechwood Crescent / Kunda Park area  Though it is not normal for a coyote to approach a human, they will in fact approach a dog, cat or any other small animal if given the opportunity. The MNR is advising to keep your dogs leashed and close to you while out walking and ensure cats remain indoors especially during dusk to dawn when coyotes are most active.

The Libraries in Niagara Cooperative is reaching out to encourage our communities to read for 15 minutes on January 25, 2019 to help celebrate Family Literacy Day. LiNC libraries would like to join the Read for 15 challenge with the goal of promoting the importance of literacy in our communities.  And, we hope to become one of the most ‘readerly’ libraries in the province.

Cabar-EH Theatre will present the music of Jason Robert Browns “Songs for a New World” in a Charity Concert benefiting Gillian’s Place, and taking place at the New Meridian Community Center in the Accursi Theatre Room  on Jan. 19 2019 at 7pm, featuring the Cabar-EH Adult Choir.

Cabar-EH Theatre is proud to bring “Songs for a New World” to Meridian Center for one night only in this amazing Charity Concert.

This concert is a breathtaking cross between abstract musical and theatrical song cycle, with beautiful music only connected by a uniting theme "The Moment of Decision".

Welcome to the new year. May this year bring new happiness, new achievements and a lot of new inspirations in your life.

As we reflect back on 2018, we are encouraged that the year to date real estate statistics continue to illustrate the more balanced approach the market has taken.

Year to date, residential property transactions total 6,429 v.s. 7,289 for 2017 and 5,809 in 2013. This represents a decrease of 11.8% versus 2017 and an increase of 10.7% versus 2013.

SAVE THE DATE!  Saturday, February 9, 2019 10am-3pm at the Seaway Mall

Singathon 2019 is Chorus Niagara's FIVE HOUR, non-stop singing marathon at the Seaway Mall in Welland, ON. Free to the public. Singathon is Chorus Niagara's annual fundraiser raising $50,000 each season through pledges collected by chorus members prior to the event.

This year, keep your New Year’s resolution by establishing a lasting routine. By learning to ease yourself into new food habits, you can make gradual lifestyle changes that last. Sticking to a resolution can be tough, especially in the first few weeks, but you don’t need to eat that differently to eat better. Finding the right motivation and support helps make it easier, too. And all that hard work pays off! With our smart tips from registered dietitian Kristy Hogger, we look at easy solutions to eat better.

Thick hair needs some of your extra attention, and there are certain hair care nuances, you should take into account.

You finally got the new electronics you were hoping for over the holidays, so what do you do with the old ones? Donate them to any Niagara Habitat for Humanity ReStore from January 7 through to February 2nd and get a *20% off coupon for your next ReStore purchase!

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