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Sales Representative THINKING OF LISTING OR SELLING. FREE MARKET EVALUATION Direct: 905-988-8491 VICTORIA GRAY PelhamNEWS Staff PELHAM - Residents of Pelham could face a 2.75% tax levy increase in 2012. The town's 2012 budget met little opposition from councillors Monday night. "I think staff have done a good job preparing a budget that held the line on spending that we can control and presented the (increases) we couldn't control," Mayor Dave Augustyn said. A 2.75% hike would cost the average homeowner an extra $31.12 in town taxes - eight cents more a day. see | page 2 MOMENTUM REALTY BROKERAGE 905.892.0700 n

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GEORGE KOWALSKI:

Longtime volunteer retires after 29 years of service to Pelham Cares

By George, he did it all

EDDIE CHAU Staff Photo George Kowalski, 88, is very familiar with the food shelves at Pelham Cares, having delivered food baskets to many of the organization's clients for 29 years. Kowalski recently retired from service. sales representative Pager: 905.892.0222 Direct: 905.321.8306 craskob@royallepage.ca www.CindyRaskob.ca WITH CONFIDENCE! EXPERIENCE IS EDDIE CHAU PelhamNEWS Staff PELHAM - George Kowalski's heart is as big as the vegetables he grows. The Fenwick resident has lived all his live at the family farm on Foss Rd., where he grows and harvests a number of different fruits and vegetables. Searching for a location to sell his wares, Kowalski was often a fixture at the Welland Farmers' Market on weekends. Looking for another place to market his vegetables in the region, Kowalski decided to travel south to Port Colborne one day in 1959 and set up shop just near King George Park off Catherine St. "There were four of us who just started selling there," Kowalski recalls. "Every Friday morning we would be there selling our produce. We stayed there for a few months and it soon grew into what is now the farmers' market there. I guess you can say we started the Port Colborne Farmers' Market." Kowalski's home at one point was filled with food, but it wasn't with anything he grew. He once opened his doors to Pelham Cares when the organization needed a place to store its non-perishable food donations. see | page 2

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