By Mike Cloutier on Mar 4, 2014 at 10:43 pm in News | 0 Comments
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 remains covered in ice while Lake Ontario has been ice-free all year.
By Mike Cloutier on Mar 4, 2014 at 4:59 pm in News | 0 Comments
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 . . .
By Mike Cloutier on Feb 27, 2014 at 8:41 am in News | Comments Off
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.
By Mike Cloutier on Feb 27, 2014 at 7:57 am in News | Comments Off
Snow squalls are blanketing Fort Erie and causing poor driving conditions this morning.
Environment Canada expects as much as 10 cm may accumulate this morning before the weather moves east and south in advance of a bitter cold front that may drop temperatures to -15C this afternoon and -19C over night.
The temperature is expected to rebound to -9 under mostly sunny skies Friday and reach plus 1C Saturday before dropping again Sunday
By Mike Cloutier on Feb 24, 2014 at 9:32 pm in News | Comments Off
Town of Fort Erie employees will receive two per cent wage increases each year for three years in a collective agreement approved by Town council Monday night.
The deal was reached after a meeting between between the parties and a provincially-appointed conciliation officer last week.
Union membership approved the contract with a 96 per cent ratification vote. Town council approved it in a registered vote with councillor Bob Steckley being the lone dissenter. Councillor Stephen Passero was absent.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees represents approximately 80 of the Town’s 130 employees. Their contract had expired on Dec. 31, 2013.
Non-union employees, including management, supervisory and other staff as well as firefighters, will receive the same increases, said acting chief administrative officer Tom Kuchyt.
By Mike Cloutier on Feb 20, 2014 at 8:35 am in News | Comments Off
An exhibition of photographs of the Crystal Beach ice caves will be held at the Sanctuary Centre for the Arts in Ridgeway on Saturday, March 1.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, Feb. 21.
Original works by professional and amateur photographers will be juried for quality and must be printed and framed or mounted. Minimum size is 5×7 inches and maximum size is 24×36 inches.
Any photos sold will be subject to a 25 per cent commission for the Fort Erie Arts Council.
Entrants must arrange to assist in hanging their works on Feb. 28 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Exhibition is limited to 45 to 75 pieces depending on their sizes. The number of submissions per photographer depends on the total number of entries.
For contact information visit the FEAC website or phone 905 894-8373.
By Mike Cloutier on Feb 17, 2014 at 3:30 pm in News | Comments Off
Large cracks have opened up in the ice caves at Crystal Beach Waterfront Park and fire officials are advising people to stay clear.
Niagara Regional Police have been called in to move people away from the caves and the top of the piles.
Two people have been injured in falls the past two days, including an elderly woman who broke her hip. A man was knocked unconscious after falling yesterday.
Traffic and crowds have created congestion on the roads, making it difficult for emergency vehicles.
A small team of firefighters have been on scene all afternoon to provide assistance if necessary.
More firefighters have been dispatched to control crowds.
By Mike Cloutier on Feb 13, 2014 at 11:02 pm in News | Comments Off
New Democratic Party candidate Wayne Gates squeaked past Progressive Conservative candidate Bart Maves who both thoroughly trounced Liberal Joyce Morocco to win the Niagara Falls byelection for Member of Provincial Parliament.
With only one poll out of 263 remaining to be counted, Gates has taken 39.5 per cent of the popular vote with 14,493. Maves counted 13,504 for 36.8 per cent while Morocco pulled a distant third with 6,969 or only 19 per cent of the vote in the riding vacated by Liberal MPP Kim Craitor in the fall.
By Mike Cloutier on Feb 12, 2014 at 5:23 am in News | 1 Comment
Great big piles of ice have built up along the shoreline of Crystal Beach and elsewhere creating “caves” in which people can explore.
Ice is not static and can shift without warning. Ice is heavy.
Please do not crawl around inside them.
By Mike Cloutier on Feb 11, 2014 at 11:44 am in News | Comments Off
Download the latest edition of The Ridgeway Herald, February 10, 2014 – 45, 1.2MB file in pdf format.