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Holiday Lights - It's a wrap!

volunteersThe second neighbourhood lighting event of the holiday season took place on December 23-the Lumiere Stroll. A team of about 10 residents assembled and distributed more than 250 paper bags around the various parks, and lit the candles just as darkness fell.

Lord Mayor Betty Disero dropped by to help out, and mentioned that she urged everyone she met that day to come and visit our display.

While we have all seen the pathways and parks lit from ground level, Doug Widdicombe kindly arranged with his photographer to capture these wonderful aerial photos of the Village all aglow.

You must see these photos!


Sunday, January 12 was the last night the Village parks were illuminated with our annual decorations.
Although it’s a shame we didn’t get even a dusting of snow for these last few days, at least we have some slightly warmer weather for the teams to pack everything away over the next couple of weeks.

At this time, we want to recognize the contribution of many of your neighbours who volunteered to make the Village look so special over the holiday season.
- Joe Allevato - John Anderson
- Dave Antaya - Dana Branscombe
- Karen Brown - Heidi, Mark and Emily Brown
- Mike Carruthers - Randy Churchill
- Richard Connelly - Frank Coster
- Cindy and John Durdan - Rob Fahlman
- Carole and Rick Felton - John Fraser
- Warren Fraser - Chris Henry
- Ron Klein - Craig Kozak
- Jim Mackay - Doug Phibbs
- Roy Sampson - Lyn and Gordon Stratford
- Jim Wallace  

(With apologies for any omissions and spelling errors)
Dale DesIlets

Again - Congratulations to all our Village volunteers

The town of Niagara-on-The-Lake announced in December that The Village would receive a Special Community Award for all the work on our holiday decorations.

Congratulations to Dale DesIslets and his large team of volunteers for all their work to make our neighbourhood shine!!!

Migrant Workers Receive Donation From The Village Resident

Mark Brown, The Village Resident donates ski jackets to migrant workers

From The Lake Report
Pat Klotz, Dianne Hughes, Mark Brown, Julia Buxton-Cox and Dorothy Wiens carry donated ski jackets to the Cornerstone Community Church. Photo by DARIYA BAIGUZHIYEVA

Thanks to a Niagara-on-the-Lake resident, migrant workers arriving in NOTL will receive a little extra warm welcome. Village resident Mark Brown donated more than 50 yellow and blue ski jackets for the migrant workers’ welcome kits Tuesday. Brown, who is a president of the Canadian Ski Patrol Central Zone Ontario, said since the patrollers’ uniform colours changed from yellow and blue to red and white about five years ago, volunteers weren’t able to use old uniforms any more.

Some of the donated jackets have been gently used, while the majority haven’t been used at all, Brown said. “Many of (the workers) coming from the south don’t have winter clothing, so we thought this would be a good cause,” Brown told The Lake Report. “Our mission is to help people, so the fact that we’re able to help some visitors to Canada is great.”

Brown said he decided to donate the jackets to the workers after hearing about their arrival from his neighbour Dianne Hughes, who said it was all about raising awareness. “Three years ago, you couldn’t get anybody to reach out and now they’re thinking of us first,” she told The Lake Report. “More neighbours are involved now with the Peach Pickers Picnic and give donations. That kind of thinking wasn’t there three years ago. That’s so awesome.”

Virgil’s Cornerstone Community Church has also provided a room for storing items donated for the workers’ welcome kits. Henry Schein Canada has donated toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss. NOTL residents, who have been organizing the welcome bags, also purchased 500 gloves, while the St. Andrews Glen Homeowners Association donated reflective safety vests and safety harnesses.

Learn more about Niagara Workers Welcome program and how you can become involved
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