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When will the ice boom come out? »

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The short answer is not for a while.

The ice boom is required to be removed from the head of the Niagara River by April 1 each year unless ice covers more than 650 square kilometres of the east end of Lake Erie.

The yellow circle represents an area approximately 650 sq. km. and is just a small portion of area from Long Point in the west (left) to the river in the east still socked in with ice.

Point Abino is located at the centre of the circle and the left edge is near Port Colborne. The ice boom itself can be seen as a thin short strip bridging the gap of water at the riverhead. Click on the picture to see it larger.

The picture was taken by satellite Friday afternoon.

Interesting features of ridges can be seen as well as snow cover in the hills to the south and east of Fort Erie as well as pretty little clouds across central Niagara to Grand Island — the famous Netherby Road weather strip. continued . . .

Winter grips Great Lakes »

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Great Lakes region of North America. Picture taken by NASA satellite Sunday, March 16, 2014 and provided by NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. Snow and ice still dominate the landscape and helps to make easily visible hard-to-see features such as the detail along the Ottawa River, the intricate coast of the north channel of Georgian Bay, ice coverage of Lake Erie, snow belt area east of Lake Huron, the ruggedness of the Candian Shield and the thousands of rivers and lakes in northern Ontario and western Quebec. Also visible are the densely urbanized areas of Toronto, Kitchener, London, Windsor and the area around Sudbury denuded of trees. Click the picture to see it larger.

Natural gas price may explode by 40% »

Enbridge Gas has made an application to the Ontario Energy Board to increase the price of natural gas by 40 per cent.

Enbridge says its reserves have been depleted by the cold weather in North America this winter.

For a customer that uses 3,000 cubic metres — an average household — the increase would be about $400.

The OEB will review the application before being implemented on April 1.

Waste collection delayed again »

Waste collection in some areas of the Region has been delayed because of the weather. If garbage is not picked up by 6 p.m., it will be picked up the next day. Special collection is scheduled for Saturday.

Residents are asked to clear an area of snow to place their waste and to make sure containers are visible and not placed behind or on top of snowbanks.

Storm curtails garbage and other services »

The belated lion of March weather has caused the suspension of garbage and recycling collection for Wednesday.

If you were missed today, it will be picked up tomorrow, according to a press release from Niagara Region.

Meanwhile, the snowstorm has curtailed most Town operations. Town hall is closed. Libraries were not expected to close as of 11 a.m., but may do so later. Transit is cancelled.

Regional operations deemed non-essential have also been suspended as of 1 p.m. Regional headquarters is closed. Public health clinics and offices are closed. Regional transit is running late.

Arenas are open and are available for shelter.

Up to 25 cm of snow may fall before the storm abates later this evening and windy conditions will continue through Thursday and Friday.

Ice cover lower Great Lakes »

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Satellite photo taken Friday, March 7 by MODIS camera on NASA satellite provided by NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab.

Cool satellite photo of Great Lakes »

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A beautiful picture of the Great Lakes region was taken by the satellite-borne MODIS camera for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in the afternoon of March 3, 2014.

Most of Lake Erie is covered in ice while Lake Ontario has been mostly ice-free all year.

Can’t trust council, developer wants out »

The developer who bought the Town-owned land beside the new Village Square in Ridgeway doesn’t want anything to do with town council and wants to sell.

Rainier Hummel, president of Sleek Developments Inc., who purchased the land for $100,000 last year, informed council of his decision in a strongly-worded letter to town council last week. continued . . .

2 hurt in 4-car crash at Garrison School »

Two people have been injured in a four-vehicle accident in front of Garrison Road School.

Traffic is heavy, visibility is poor and snow is falling.

The stretch of four-lane undivided highway includes street-side bus drop-offs, parents turning into the school driveway, a TimHo’s drive-through and a couple of convenience stores.