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Swim free at YMCA on Sunday »

The YMCA in Fort Erie will open its pool for free swimming on Sunday, Nov. 23 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. as part of National Child Day events.

Municipalities and YMCAs in Niagara particpate in this program in conjunction with the Niagara Children’s Planning Council.

Information about the organization can be found on the web:

Lionesses hold Christmas Magic sale »

Ridgeway Lionesses bring Christmas Magic to the Crystal Ridge Community Centre, Saturday, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A boutique will feature baked goods and gifts for health, beauty and home.

There will be a penny sale, chili for lunch and balloons from Fluffy the Clown. Santa arrives for pictures at noon until 1 p.m.

‘A Canadian Christmas Carol’ preview tonight »

A donation of a non-perishable food item is the price of admission to a preview performance of A Canadian Christmas Carol tonight (Thursday, Nov. 20) at Fort Erie Secondary School starting at 7:30 with doors opening at 6:30.

It is an adaptation of the Dicken’s classic set in Fort Erie in the years following the War of 1812, in which the war’s impact is felt by everyone in the border town except the penny-pinching miser Ebeneezer Scrooge.

The play features the combined talents of Garrison Little Theatre, the Dominion Repertory Theatre and students of FESS and is funded by a grant from the Town of Fort Erie as part of the War of 1812 Bicentennial.

The regular run of the play starts on Nov. 28 until Dec. 6 with ticket prices of $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

Revenue from ticket sales and program advertising goes toward supporting after school events such as field trips.

Tickets can be purchased at Fort Erie Paints on Garrison Road, 905-991-8181.

Food items donated for tonight’s preview will be given to COPE.

Did they live up to promises? »

Aug2014 cover 9Today’s edition marks the start of municipal election coverage with a review of what councillors said they were going to do when they asked you to vote for them.

 [Originally published Aug. 16, 2014]

The chamber of commerce hosted two candidates’ debates shortly before the election in 2010 in which they all had a chance to make speeches and answer questions.

In December 2010 after the new council held its first business meeting (as opposed to the largely ceremonial inaugural meeting), The Ridgeway Herald published practically verbatim what they said in the debates.

[You can download the complete package here.]

The purpose was to provide the background against which the councillors would be evaluated over their four-year term. continued . . .

Councillors expose their hypocrisy . . . again »

Town councillors restated their commitment to the often heard refrain of transparency and accountability — and underscored their own hypocrisy.

[Originally published July 29, 2014] continued . . .

Mysterious Mr. Hill ‘won’t back down’ »

People should be allowed to keep elements of their past “secret,” said councillor John Hill, even if they are elected to public office.

[Originally published May 13, 2014]

Hill continues to refuse to divulge specific information about his purported 30-year career in “management in the automotive industry,” as he described it during the 2010 election.

He said nearly as much about his wife and daughter as he did about himself during the campaign, and he has been decidedly zipper-lipped when asked what exactly was his occupation before he “retired” to a nice new home in the Ridgeway-by-the-Lake subdivision in 2008. continued . . .

Peace Bridge to get new deck »

A series of construction projects valued at $155 million will culminate in the re-decking of the Peace Bridge in four years’ time.

[Originally published April 17, 2014]

Ron Rienas, general manager of the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority, told Town council Monday the projects will be funded from cash on hand, toll revenue, rental income and a new bond issue.

He assured council that tolls will not increase. continued . . .

Can’t trust council, builder wants out »

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

[Originally published March 15, 2014]

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 . . .

2014 budget in detail »

The Town portion of property tax bills will increase by 3.88 per cent, but the overall increase will be moderated by smaller increases in the Regional and educational components.

[Originally published Feb. 10, 2014]

The overall increase on the tax bill for a household assessed at the median average of $175,000 will be less, although the final figures have not been calculated.

The Regional component is expected to increase 0.64 per cent and the education component rises 1.25 per cent. continued . . .

Town gets lucky on water rates »

Thanks to a million dollar reduction in Regional treatment charges, residential water customers in Fort Erie will see no increase on their water bills in 2014.

[Originally published Jan. 7, 2014]

While the base rate is knocked down a little, the volumetric rate is notched up to even out the saving for the average household user. continued . . .