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Under the bark of an ash tree »

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 of the tree depriving it of nutrients and strangling it, like this one recently exposed on Garrison Road.

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 shipping crates.

Practically all hte 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, and property owners should do the same.

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.

Demizio to represent Liberals in election »

Fort Erie businessman Dean Demizio will be the local Liberal candidate in the Ontario general election June 7.

He was chosen to represent the party for the Niagara Falls riding Wednesday.

The post is currently held by Wayne Gates of the NDP who won the general election in 2014 following a short term after winning a byelection after Liberal Kim Craitor resigned amid sexual harassment allegations. continued . . .

Woman extracted $500k from local dentist, NRP says »

A St. Catharines woman has been charged with stealing more than $500,000 over the course of three years from the Ridgeway dentistry practice where she worked.

She was arrested at the Rainbow Bridge yesterday after an arrest warrant was issued. continued . . .

Trash collection delayed »

Residents of Fort Erie whose trash and organics were not collected before today (Jan. 1) must wait until next Saturday, but they can put out three bags.

The Region reports various delays across Niagara. Collection will resume its normal schedule next week.

Meanwhile, the usual holiday bump in the schedule is in effect this week.

Male, 18, arrested in Ridgeway gun theft »

Police arrested an 18-year-old Fort Erie male in connection with the theft of guns from a Gorham Road home in October.

The guns taken include a .357 calibre revolver and two .45 calibre semi-automatic pistols. Also taken were two pump-action shotguns and lever-action rifle.

Braedon Tabbert was charged with break, entering and stealing firearms.

The guns remain at large.

TorStar acquires Fort Erie Times and kills it »

The slow bleed for the Fort Erie Times came to an end today when its new owner from Toronto brought it into the boardroom and shot it in the headline.

Two Canadian media giants — Postmedia and Torstar — swapped more than three dozen newspapers and closed them.

In carving up Ontario, Torstar gets Niagara. Fort Erie is one casualty along with Port Colborne, Thorold, Fonthill and Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The dailies in St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and Welland will remain open under the new owner, which already operates Niagara This Week and subsidiary editions including the Fort Erie Post.

Postmedia gets Eastern Ontario and London.

Wheels come off Fort Erie Transit »

Nothing so accurately, simply and readily illustrates Fort Erie Transit as does the Town of Fort Erie’s own logo for the new “enhanced service.”

The blue and green wheels have flown off the bus which has skidded to a halt sideways on the street — by the looks of it, I’d say Dominion Road — and you can’t tell which way to go.

On behalf of the Town, I’m going to nominate this for the next marketing award in the “Accidental Truth in Graphic Communications” category.

The Town plunged riders into chaos when it rolled out the new routes and schedule on Oct. 2. The new service has resulted in longer trip times and higher fares. The eight-inch square map is incomprehensible, the schedule is irregular and counter-intuitive. The routes bypass some known popular locations, serves areas where there has been no demand for service, and forces riders to sit and wait on an idling bus or in the parking lot at the Leisureplex for up to 12 minutes of what used to be a 15 to 20-minute trip for some. continued . . .

Ridgeway woman charged in cruise fraud »

A Ridgeway woman has been charged with fraud after 140 people were bilked for up to $2,500 each for tropical cruises that were not booked or were not provided as promised.

Karen Gushue, also known as Karen Robinson and Karen Hannis, has been charged with one count each of defraud the public over $5,000 and fraud under $5,000.

Niagara Regional Police arrested her Tuesday and she was released on bail yesterday.

More to come.

Fatal accident on Burger Road »

A 23-year-old man was killed when he lost control of his pick up truck hich came  to rest upside down in the ditch on Burger Road near Bowen Road.

The accident occurred around 10 p.m. He was the only occupant.

Police would like to talk to any witness.