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Large fire on Jarvis Street »

Pike’s Dry Cleaners on Jarvis Street and a second building to the west are on fire this Sunday evening. Other buildings are threatened.

Firefighters from three stations responded around 7 p.m. A fourth station was dispatched at 7:30.

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Lubberts faces conflict of interest charge »

Councillor Don Lubberts faces another allegation of conflict of interest, this time launched by Economic Development and Tourism Corporation general manager Jim Thibert.

The allegation stems from a closed door meeting held in April when councillors considered a request to purchase some surplus land connected to the Fort Erie Race Track.

Thibert filed the claim last week.

Information is sketchy at best, but it seems Lubberts’ involvement with developer David Kompson is at the heart of the matter.

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“So long everybody,” says Barrie Golding »

By Barrie Golding

Good news everybody! I don’t need to lug around the oxygen tank anymore.

The bad news isbarrie-golding I’m not breathing.

As of the 15th day of May in the year 2014, Buda is gone.

That’s what it says on my death certificate anyway . . . it should say that. I don’t know. I didn’t double-check it. I was kind of busy being dead.

I hope that I’m dead, considering what is being done to me. By far it is the worst abuse that my body has suffered.

And, boy, did I ever abuse it. I guess it all started when I was about 10 and my father warned me that I would go blind if I didn’t stop. Sure enough, I pushed my luck (or pulled it?) until I needed to wear thick glasses.

Life has been good to me. I have only one regret — being dead.

All-in-all, though, it’s been a wonderful ride.

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Ice boom removal begins tomorrow — maybe »

Weather permitting, the removal of the ice boom will begin tomorrow.

Bruce Sanders of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers states in an email this afternoon that only 240 square miles of ice coverage remains over eastern Lake Erie and New York Power Authority will begin the removal process tomorrow.

“The ice quality is very slushy and rapidly diminishing. The only solid ice cover is around the boom itself. The rest is loose,” he wrote.

The boom is required to remain in place until less than 250 square miles (650 square kilometres) of ice coverage remains.

The weather may interfere as the U.S. National Weather Service predicts sustained winds of 20-30 miles per hour with gusts to 55 mph.

Ice boom removal inches closer »

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Removal of the ice boom at the Niagara River will begin when the ice covers less that 650 square kilometres (250 square miles), as represented by the circle, in the east basin of Lake Erie shown in the picture. This satellite picture was taken Thursday afternoon and provided by the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atomospheric Administration.

Ya Hoo! Spring »

That’s all I can say.

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.