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Hey Folks!  We are almost halfway through January 2021!  The days are getting longer and so is this newsletter.  We have lots to talk about.  Pull up a chair, grab a coffee, or a glass of wine, and have a read.

Christmas lights – Message from Dale Desislets

As the dark days of winter continue, made worse by the COVID lockdowns, we thought it would be a good idea to brighten things up a little.
In the past, we shut down all the holiday lights around this time, but have decided this year to keep them burning every evening through Sunday January 31.
So get out of the house, go for a walk and enjoy the lights while you can, and if you haven’t already removed the ones on your own home, consider joining in and keep yours burning too. We understand the snowflake lights on the commercial area lampposts will stay lit until the end of the month as well.
We will be removing the reindeer later this week so they don’t get frozen in place, so don’t worry if you notice them gone.

Playground in The Village

playgroundVillage Residents who attended the VCA General Meeting in November heard Lord Mayor Betty Disero announce the approval of a playground in The Village.   We had lots of questions about where and when and safety of course.  Since then, the VCA Executive has been working with the town to get more information.   
Here are more details.

“People enter our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.” Anonymous

The Village started as a dream project and has evolved in a beautiful strong community.  Over the years, there have been purchasers, sellers, new owners…. Each one has left a trace in their own way.  This December, two of our owners flew the coop to land in another part of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Margie and Randy Churchill moved to phase 2 of The Village in 2015.  Proud new NOTLers, it didn’t take long for them to connect with the neighbours.  Soon, Margie was an integral part of the VCA social committee.  Margie organized and volunteered for several events, including the dog show, the golf tournament, and the holidays parties.  We benefitted from her leadership, enthusiasm, and joie de vivre.

Randy, in between lawn maintenance days, offered to help out with the membership drive…. and the gardening committee.  Soon, he was creating a membership drive, building partners, and adding area captains, which resulted not only in a 50%-member representation in The Village, but more importantly created a sense of participation and belonging from the owners. 

Randy also took gardening to a whole new level.  He took the lead on the Gardening Committee which worked with the town to purchase and maintain the parkette gardens on Garrison Village Drive.  And each year he coordinated the maintenance of these flower beds as well as the two mailbox locations. 
Margie and Randy were both recipients of the first Village Community Association Awards in 2019 for their work and dedication.  Friends, you will be missed…. Thank you so, so much for all that you’ve done.  We look forward to seeing you in the ‘hood…. And around NOTL.

Welcome to the newest VCA volunteer!

Judy Huntington-Mackay has stepped in as the new Membership Co-ordinator.  Thank you, Judy!
If you have a new neighbour please let us know!
Contact Judy (and any other VCA Executive members)

Position open – Gardening Committee Co-ordinator

  • Works with town to order plants and mulch for gardens
  • Notifies town if gardens need extra watering
  • Coordinates volunteers and assists with planting day in spring
  • Schedules volunteers for maintenance of gardens and mailboxes
  • Coordinates volunteers and assists with clearing beds in fall

vaccineNiagara is ready for this week’s arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine
News from Niagara Health

Keep up to date on the COVID situation through our VCA website

  • What are the provincial lockdown rules?
  • What are the numbers in Niagara?
  • What’s happening in the rest of the world?

Remember if you need assistance with a delivery or pickup please let us know.  VCA members are willing to help.  Contact us.

Town News


Road Closure Notice: Mississauga St., between Johnson St. and Gage St.

This section of road will be closed to all through traffic from January 4, 2021, to April 30, 2021. Here's the details.

Parking Permits

Don’t forget to renew your NOTL Parking permits by February 1.  Still only $20.

Street Lights

The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake has an easy-to-use Online tool to report street light outages. You can report burnt out street lights, street lights remaining on during daylight hours, flickering street lights, or damaged poles or fixtures.

Virtual Coffee with the Lord Mayor

Coffee with the Lord Mayor moved to an online format. This was such a success that it’ll be returning in 2021! Thank you to everybody for engaging and participating through Facebook Live. We look forward to seeing you again on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at 6 PM on the Town’s Facebook page for the first Virtual Coffee with the Lord Mayor of 2021! Here is the 2021 schedule.

From the Hawley family – December 24, 2020

Dear Neighbours,
On behalf of my whole family, we can't thank everyone enough for the incredible care and support shown for us this year.
We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!  And we can't wait to welcome in 2021 and see 2020 in the record books! Stay tuned - lots of great things planned for our Village in 2021.Holly
In Liz's memory, and as a thank you to all the wonderful support you provided to us we will be making a donation to Rising Angels.
John, Adam, Brianne, Ransom, Whitney, Jay, Samantha, and the little munchkins Ransom, Levi, Easton, Callie, Merritt and Malcolm.
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