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Firefighters collecting for needy »

Fort Erie firefighters will collect food and donations at Walmart and No-Frills Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for local families in need this Christmas.

Ridgeway Lioness Christmas craft show »

Ridgeway Lioness Club will hold their annual Christmas Magic craft show Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Crystal Ridge Community Centre.

There will be more than 30 vendors on site as well as a penny sale, bake sale and chili lunch.

Ridgeway Lioness support local food banks, families in need, dog guides, Camp Kirk and Trillium, VON, CNIB and others.

New Canadians welcomed »

Canada’s newest citizens received their certificates from Presiding Official Michael Scott after they swore the oath of citizenship during a ceremony Friday morning at Peace Bridge Public School. About 30 people gained their citizenship in a ceremony which is held approximately every month.

June Huffman-Kappler »

Mrs. June Huffman-Kappler of Parkland County, Alberta, (formerly of Tilbury, Ontario and Crystal Beach, Ontario) passed away on November 5, 2017 at the age of 79.

Born in Tilbury, June moved to Ridgeway as a child and later to Crystal Beach where she spent much of her life and raised five children. She moved to Tilbury in 1983 and later to Alberta to be close to family.

June will be lovingly remembered by her sons Kenneth (Susan), Carey, Richard, Donald, Christopher (Joyelle), and their families; her stepsons Daniel (Jan), Ken (Jennifer), Bill (Sharon), John (Lisa) Kappler and their families; her brothers Ken (Carol) and Rick (Jan) Beselaere; her twin sister Joy Minor, sister-in-law Pat as well as numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and friends. continued . . .

DMH Urgent Care reopens after shooting »

The urgent care clinic (formerly the emergency room) at Douglas Memorial Hospital has reopened following Friday’s shooting of a man alleged to have stabbed another and was shot when he confronted police. (Police shoot man at DMH)

Police shoot man at DMH »

A Niagara Regional Police officer shot a man at Douglas Memorial Hospital Friday while investigating reports of a stabbing.

The province’s Special Investigations Unit  reports that officers from the Fort Erie district arrived at DMH at 8 p.m. and found a 61-year-old with knife wounds.

A 29-year-old man “approached” them and “there was an interaction” and one of the officers shot him, the SIU reports. continued . . .

Police shooting reported at DMH »

Niagara Regional Police say an “incident” involving police occurred at Douglas Memorial Hospital tonight.

Social media reports say a man with a knife was shot by police. Two people are reported injured. At least one taken to hospital in Buffalo.

NRP says it will provide more information later.

Rabid skunk prompts health warning »

Niagara Public Health department is warning people to take precautions against rabies as an infected skuck was found in the urban area of Welland. continued . . .

Under the bark of an ash tree »

Photography/Mike Cloutier

If  something gets under your skin, consider the plight of ash trees.

The larva of the emerald ash borer chews its way through the living tissue beneath the bark of the tree. Deprived of nutrients, it eventually dies.

Adult females deposit eggs in nooks in the bark of the tree. When they hatch, the larvae gnaw into the tree. It finally emerges as an adult through a D-shaped hole in the bark.

The trees are helpless to the attacks from the bugs which originated in Asia and may have been imported to North America in recent years in shipping crates.

Practically all ash trees in the area will be wiped out and dead trees are a risk from falling.

Local municipalities have been cutting down affected trees near roadways and public areas the past few years.

Easter egg and scavenger hunt Saturday »

Ridgeway BIA will hold two easter scavenger hunts for different age groups on Saturday starting at 10 a.m.

Children up to 6 years will meet at 344 Ridge Road in front of Pacific Productions, and ages up to 10 will meet in the Village Square.

Local merchants have donated many prizes for the keeping if they can be found.