4 n Published by PelhamNEWS Osprey Media Publishing Inc. 228 East Main St., Welland, ON L0S 1E0 Tel: 905-732-2414 ext.246 Fax: 905-732-3660 e-mail: pelhamnews@wellandtribune.ca advertising: tribcomp@wellandtribune.ca Ken Koyama PUBLISHER, GENERAL MANAGER Wayne Campbell, EDITOR


Wayne Campbell


Festival adds colour to rink

T oday we will see the latest edition of a 24-year-old tradition at the Pelham Arena. The Pelham Art Festival hits the cement with a wide range of paintings, carvings, sculpture and etchings spread through the arena. More than 65 artists, selected through a juried process, will show you what they have done as well as what they can do. Some demonstrate during the show by setting up their gear to paint, sketch, carve or dabble while they chat with browsers and potential buyers. The show opens today at 7 p.m continuing to 10 p.m. with a gala of food, drink and music. It continues Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The art festival has become a local Mother?s Day weekend tradition with art pieces from it finding their way into Pelham, Welland, St. Catharines and other Niagara region homes. It has become a strong draw for people from outside the region. They like to take a scenic May drive through the peninsula. Some are fans of artists who come from across Ontario. Others just enjoy the outing. The festival began as a fundraiser for the Pelham library struggling to raise money for a new home. Over the years, it continued to support the library bringing in more than $290,000. Last week, in the appropriately called Festival Room at the Fonthill branch, festival organizers dropped $10,000 into the hands of the library board chair. It will help a summer children?s theatre program and assist with the construction of new Maple Acre library in Fenwick. Festival organizers have added a high school scholarship and an art festival for children to their fundraising list. In other words, the $8 you spend for a weekend pass or $4 for a daily pass goes a long way to improve reading options as well as your appreciation of art at its best.



It?s a Small Potatoes universe

M onday April 19, 2010; Brock University, Sean O?Sullivan Theatre: ?That?s about the most musical singing along I?ve ever heard from an audience, Donna Jean.? ?It should be, Arn; they?re all musicians.? While Donna Jean?s statement is not perfectly accurate, there?s a lot of truth in it. It?s the one and only scheduled performance by Small Potatoes, the sixman musical group of 55- to 60-year-old, once-upon-a-time young rock stars of the Niagara Peninsula put together for this

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For all of your Decorating Needs Residential and Commercial Painting Services for 2010. Hurry and book in order to take advantage of the Home Tax Renovation Credit! 96 Hwy 20, Fonthill (beside Sobeys) 905-892-9977 e-mail fpaintanddecorating@cogeco.net T he kick-off for the 2010 Pelham Market season highlights opportunities to improve active transportation for members of our community. Displays included maps and brochures highlighting the walking and cycling experiences available in Pelham and Niagara. Members of the Pelham Active Transportation Committee (PATC) were on hand to talk about their group?s activities over the past year and the development of their Top 10 recommendations for town council to improve walking and cycling opportunities in our community. Also available will be information on the planned CanBike summer programs. Maps and materials from the Regional Niagara Bicycle Committee (RNBC) were available and the Niagara Freewheelers hosted a display promoting cycling and the activities of their club in the promotion of cycling. Arnie Dyker special occasion. They?re all still playing in their own groups, still wellknown and, dare we say it, beloved ?Legends of Niagara.? All the same, the term Young Rock Star no longer applies the way it does to the stills and film clips being played on the big screen behind the stage, of these guys and their musical Bruce Trail hikes will be recommended as well as participation in the annual Mayor?s Walk with a 7.3 kilometre and 2.9 kilometre walk possible. By coincidence, the ?Big Bike? fundraising event went on for the Heart & Stroke campaign with teams of 30 riders heading out from My Place Bar & Grill in the Fonthill plaza. As well there will be a demonstration of urban poling, a new feature available to avid walkers who use poles similar to cross-country ski poles to increase the health value of their walking workout. In preparation for this event and a delayed celebration of World Health Day, we asked some



FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2010



Niagara regional council

Active transportation around Pelham

Brian Baty


compatriots way back there in the 10 years of the local music scene they are representing, from the documentary movie The Big Story of Small Potatoes: Niagara?s Rock Music History, 1964-74. Many in the full-house audience are area musicians, past and present. The bulk of the audience is made up of fans ? fans of the musicians on stage and of the others interviewed for the film, which had its premiere screening in St. Catharines four months earlier. see MUSIC | A6 Pelham residents to comment on their favourite walks, hikes or cycling treks in Niagara. Bea Clark is the chair of the Pelham Active Transportation Committee. Bea?s favourite and regular walk in town is along Haist St. up to Pancake Lane then down Shoalts Dr. to hook up with the Steve Bauer Trail by Bigelow Crescent and then back to Welland Ave. John Swart writes regular columns on running and cycling news. He cites a very scenic sevenkilometre cycling stretch going along Ridge Rd. in Fort Erie from Highway 3 to Bowen Rd. that passes several scenic farms and the site of the Fenians? last stand. Ev Collins leads hikes from time to time along the Bruce Trail and other scenic hikes in Niagara. He recommends a two-and-a-half hour loop called Rail & Dale that heads out of Fonthill on the old Fonthill spur line.

Rec facilities update

S ince it is expected that the Recreational Facilities Committee will present a report in May or June, I wanted to outline for you the process followed so far and inform you about next steps. Dave Augustyn


As you may recall, in 2007 town council hired a consultant to solicit significant public input to help determine the long-term needs for significant town facilities ? like the arena, fire stations, library branches, town hall, and Old Town Hall. Presented in April 2008, that report called for (among other things) a joint facility to replace and enlarge Fire Station No. 2 and the Maple Acre Library, a new twin-pad arena in town or in partnership with Welland, and to keep the campus-like feel of Fonthill?s downtown with the continued presence of the Town Hall and the Fonthill library branch. As a result, in August 2008 council created three special facilities committees ? one for Maple Acre library branch, one for Pelham Fire Station No. 2, and one for recreation facilities ? to make recommendations on the construction/replacement of town facilities. Working to plan and develop various facilities, each committee includes town councillors, myself (as an ex-officio member) and appropriate staff. The Recreational Facilities Committee began meeting in November 2008. Its broad mandate includes reviewing the future of all town recreational facilities ? the town?s arena, outdoor pool, sports fields and parks. The committee assembled all recommendations from the many previous recreational studies and began work to determine the town?s short- and long-term recreational needs. In July 2009 the committee tabled an interim report that contained many recommendations. see TRAILS | A5 see REC COMMITTEE | A5

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