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Waste collection suspended »

Garbage and organics in Fort Erie will not be collected Thursday. This includes leftovers on rural routes from Wednesday.

Town continues to be battered by cold and blowing snow.

Environment Canada predicts temperatures to dip to -24C and strong winds to continue overnight.

School buses cancelled Thursday »

Public schools in Niagara are open but buses have been cancelled for the day. Exams will be rescheduled.

Town transit bus start is delayed to 7:55am and there may be further postponements or cancellations. FAST status is unknown.

The overnight temperature was not as extreme as predicted, hitting -17C, but it is not expected to warm up very much through the day.

Frigid temps, blowing snow »

Near-blizzard conditions are expected in Fort Erie later today and tonight, as frigid temperatures join the wintry maelstrom which has dumped about 15 cm of drifting snow the past day.

Temperatures as low as -22 along with strong winds from the west will drive windchill near -40.

Fort Erie plows are working. Priority is placed on major arterial roads, then connector roads and then local roads.

Transit services have been cancelled.

Expect waste collection delays, if not postponements.

QEW at Fort Erie is snow-covered in places, center-bare in others.

Transit bus in collision near Ridgeway »

A Fort Erie Transit bus was involved in a collision with a car on Dominion Road near Burleigh Monday afternoon.

Town of Fort Erie has provided no information other than the West route bus experienced “unexpected issues” and “circumstances beyond our control.”

The Town said the service would be back to normal by 5 p.m.

A passenger reported on Facebook that there were three riders plus the driver, all of whom were not injured. The status of a woman in the car is unknown.

They transferred to another bus and resumed.

Waste collection delayed in Crystal Beach »

Niagara Region reports that waste collection was not completed in Fort Erie (specifically, areas in Crystal Beach), and most other municipalities including the three big cities.

Material is expected to be collected Tuesday.

Christmas tree collection begins »

Christmas tree collection begins Monday with regular trash and recycling collection and will continue for the week.

Make sure the decorations are removed before you take it out to the curb. Don’t put them in a bag. Artificial trees will not be collected.

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 . . .