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The Ridgeway Herald

New Canadians welcomed
Fri, 01 Jun 2018 18:52:05 +0000
Canada’s newest citizens received their certificates from Presiding Official Michael Scott after they swore the oath of citizenship during a ceremony Friday morning at Peace Bridge Public School. About 30 people gained their citizenship in a ceremony which is held approximately every month.
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June Huffman-Kappler
Thu, 24 May 2018 12:00:13 +0000
Mrs. June Huffman-Kappler of Parkland County, Alberta, (formerly of Tilbury, Ontario and Crystal Beach, Ontario) passed away on November 5, 2017 at the age of 79. Born in Tilbury, June moved to Ridgeway as a child and later to Crystal Beach where she spent much of her life and raised five children. She moved to […]
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DMH Urgent Care reopens after shooting
Sat, 19 May 2018 14:44:15 +0000
The urgent care clinic (formerly the emergency room) at Douglas Memorial Hospital has reopened following Friday’s shooting of a man alleged to have stabbed another and was shot when he confronted police. (Police shoot man at DMH)
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Police shoot man at DMH
Sat, 19 May 2018 11:17:18 +0000
A Niagara Regional Police officer shot a man at Douglas Memorial Hospital Friday while investigating reports of a stabbing. The province’s Special Investigations Unit  reports that officers from the Fort Erie district arrived at DMH at 8 p.m. and found a 61-year-old with knife wounds. A 29-year-old man “approached” them and “there was an interaction” […]
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Police shooting reported at DMH
Sat, 19 May 2018 03:14:24 +0000
Niagara Regional Police say an “incident” involving police occurred at Douglas Memorial Hospital tonight. Social media reports say a man with a knife was shot by police. Two people are reported injured. At least one taken to hospital in Buffalo. NRP says it will provide more information later.
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Rabid skunk prompts health warning
Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:51:33 +0000
Niagara Public Health department is warning people to take precautions against rabies as an infected skuck was found in the urban area of Welland. According to a press release this morning, the problem has increased the past two years, particularly among raccoons, with 21 infected animals found last year compared to 12 in 2016. Wild […]
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Under the bark of an ash tree
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 12:59:49 +0000
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 beneath the bark of the tree. Deprived of nutrients, it eventually dies. Adult females deposit eggs in nooks in the bark of the tree. When they hatch, the larvae […]
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Easter egg and scavenger hunt Saturday
Thu, 29 Mar 2018 14:57:14 +0000
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 […]
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Demizio to represent Liberals in election
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 03:51:55 +0000
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 […]
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Woman extracted $500k from local dentist, NRP says
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 22:25:33 +0000
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. As well as fraud over $5,000, she is also charged with money laundering. Niagara Regional […]
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Trash collection delayed
Mon, 01 Jan 2018 20:11:37 +0000
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.
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Male, 18, arrested in Ridgeway gun theft
Fri, 22 Dec 2017 16:49:26 +0000
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 […]
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TorStar acquires Fort Erie Times and kills it
Mon, 27 Nov 2017 20:20:37 +0000
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. […]
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Wheels come off Fort Erie Transit
Sun, 12 Nov 2017 20:33:04 +0000
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 — […]
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Ridgeway woman charged in cruise fraud
Thu, 11 May 2017 17:43:40 +0000
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 […]
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Fatal accident on Burger Road
Fri, 05 May 2017 13:47:08 +0000
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.
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Woodbine gobbling up Fort Erie horses
Mon, 01 May 2017 05:05:59 +0000
According to the Daily Racing Form, Woodbine Racetrack will run cheap races and impose some limits on shipping horses back and forth to Fort Erie, which takes a big bite out of the supply of thoroughbreds for the local track. Horsemen at the Toronto track were informed Sunday afternoon. Claiming prices for some races would […]
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$9M mortgage fraud in Crystal Beach
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:45:50 +0000
CBC News has put together the pieces on a mortgage fraud involving Gary Fraser and Black Bear Homes in Crystal Beach, whom many locals suspected was up to the old tricks that landed him in jail some years ago for a similar crime in Niagara-on-the-Lake.   More than 120 people from the Greater Toronto Area’s […]
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Town forgets December contract deadline
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:08:19 +0000
Transit agreement extended without council’s knowledge Nearly four months after the fact, Town council learned last Monday that the $400,000 per year agreement with the transit contractor had been automatically extended for three years without council’s knowledge. This news, plus concerns about the soundness of a $2 million plan for transit service expansion, prompted Mayor […]
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Town bus crashes into streetlight pole
Sat, 18 Mar 2017 17:38:06 +0000
A Town of Fort Erie transit bus slid and crashed into a light pole on the Queen Street circle at Goderich Street Tuesday morning, resulting in the cancellation of service for the day. Freelance reporter Harry Rosettani heard about the mishap while at McDonald’s and took a picture for the Fort Erie Times which was […]
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Garbage collection cancelled again
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:50:54 +0000
Snowy weather has caused the cancellation of garbage and recycling collection for another day. Today’s schedule has been bumped to tomorrow. Tomorrow’s regular schedule is bumped to Friday, while Friday’s collection is unaffected. Crews will be working until 7 pm tomorrow and Friday. Yesterday’s collection will be done on Saturday. The Region reminds people not […]
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Snow day for Region services, including garbage
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:49:12 +0000
Today’s snowfall has caused the cancellation of garbage collection. Households affected will have their garbage collected Saturday. Most Regional services and offices are closed, including child care centres, public health offices, Regional headquarters and long-term care homes. Niagara transit services are operating but delays are expected. Fort Erie Town buses are also cancelled, but there […]
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Heroin, coke, fentanyl, magic mushrooms seized in busts
Wed, 01 Mar 2017 16:23:49 +0000
A Fort Erie man was arrested with more than five ounces of heroin at a St. Catharines convenience store early Tuesday leading to the seizure of cocaine, fentanyl patches and cash from a home and car. Police valued the drugs at $72,000. Lyle Gough, 28, is charged with various possession and trafficking offences as well […]
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Afternoon burglary Nigh/Ridge
Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:49:50 +0000
NRP are looking to solve a Sunday afternoon home burglary in the area of Ridge and Nigh Roads. They say two suspects knocked on the front door, went around back, entered and escaped through a rear field to Ridge. The crime took place between 2 and 4:30 p.m. Call 905-871-2300 if you have info.
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Pun and games at World Chess Championship
Mon, 14 Nov 2016 19:04:11 +0000
Reigning king of chess, Magnus Carlsen, defends his title in the third round of the world championship in New York this afternoon. The 12-game match is tied at two draws after games held Friday and Saturday. The Norwegian grandmaster opened the match amusingly with an homage “a little bit,” he said, to the president-elect of […]
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Students help food bank on Halloween
Sun, 30 Oct 2016 09:59:03 +0000
Residents of Ridgeway will be asked for canned food for the Salvation Army on Halloween. Students of Niagara Christian Collegiate will be scaring up food as part of the Salvation Army’s Trick-or-Can initiative. Although they will be dressed in costume, they will not be trick-or-treating but earning community service hours and hope to collect more […]
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Motorcyclist killed, two injured
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:18:45 +0000
A motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a car in Crystal Beach Wednesday afternoon. Two others were seriously injured. Niagara Regional Police say a 66-year-old male driver of a Honda Civic traveling westbound on Farr turned left at Elmwood in front of two motorcycles around 5:30 p.m. The lead motorcycle struck the car and […]
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Home invasion robbery in Ridgeway
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:14:02 +0000
Police have arrested and charged one of four suspects in a home invasion robbery of an apartment near Gorham Road and Hibbard Street early this morning. A 21—year-old Niagara Falls man, Anthony Caliguri-Adams, was charged after a search of the area with a dog. The others remain at large. At least one of the culprits […]
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Fire destroys two cottages, damages two more
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:02:19 +0000
A large fire destroyed two lakeside cottages and badly damaged two others in Crystal Beach on Erie Road between Schooley and Cherrywood this morning. The fire was reported at approximately 3 a.m. and eventually required equipment and personnel from all six Fort Erie Fire Department stations. It is not known if the buildings were occupied […]
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Racetrack to try Saturday racing
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 17:44:36 +0000
Fort Erie Race Track officials hope the success of Tuesday twilight racing can be repeated on Saturdays next August. The Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium will apply for 40 days of racing in 2017 with Sunday afternoon cards replaced by Saturday twilight cards for one month and Saturday afternoon racing in September and October. “Saturday […]
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Local woman assists with Haiti relief efforts
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 16:35:39 +0000
Still recovering from a devastating earthquake in 2010 and an outbreak of cholera, the people of Haiti were struck by another disaster, prompting a local woman to help. Hurricane Matthew killed many hundreds and left thousands injured and homeless, and Doris Emerson of Black Creek is organizing relief efforts for the beleaguered nation, the poorest […]
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Transit Alert: Watch for bus going wrong way
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 01:15:00 +0000
The Town of Fort Erie drew up a temporary detour around the Crystal Beach 5K run that includes a trip the wrong way up Elmwood Avenue from Glenspring to Victoria this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Town council Monday accepted “in principle” a $38,000 consultant’s study on routes and facilities that is approximately […]
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Robbery at McDonald’s Sunday morning
Sun, 02 Oct 2016 14:30:22 +0000
Police are searching for a man who robbed the McDonald’s restaurant on Garrison Road at 6 a.m. Sunday. The culprit is white, approximately 30 years old, five-foot-10, slim, clean shaven with brown hair. He was wearing a navy blue hoodie and running shoes. He brandished a weapon, but NRP did not specify if it was […]
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Schlange axes 25 top brass in Brampton
Wed, 07 Sep 2016 14:39:18 +0000
Former Fort Erie and Niagara Regional chief administrative officer Harry Schlange fired 25 top managers at his new job in the City of Brampton. “The whole sixth floor is gone,” said one councillor. Only five will be replaced. The Toronto Star
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Lions golf for service dogs
Tue, 06 Sep 2016 14:43:25 +0000
Ridgeway Lions will be holding their third annual Service Dog Golf Tournament Sept. 18 at the Fort Erie Golf Club. Funds raised will go toward the costs associated with providing the Lions Service Dog Program. Entry for the tournament is $70 and includes 18 holes with a cart, steak dinner and awards plus a $25 […]
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Aug. 10 edition ready for download
Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:32:27 +0000
Today’s edition of The Ridgeway Herald features news about the Bernard Avenue Beach and Thunder Bay storm drainage project, vast amounts of money are lost in deficient water and sewer lines, Bay Beach security firm may have its contract terminated, MPAC assessments show house values in Fort Erie are not keeping up with the rest […]
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Trainer critically injured at track
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:22:43 +0000
A 66-year-old Toronto man was critically injured when a horse bolted during the post parade for the eighth and final race of the card at Fort Erie Race Track Sunday afternoon. The horse threw its rider and smashed into a fence near the tunnel, injuring a trainer. Don Pleterski was taken to Erie County Medical […]
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EMS searching for lost drugs
Tue, 14 Jun 2016 04:39:22 +0000
Niagara EMS lost a pouch containing morphine and midazolam after treating a patient with a life-threatening medical condition in Fort Erie Monday. Niagara Region issued a press release with sparse details of the incident, except that the pouch is black and contained two vials of morphine and one of midazolam. If found, call EMS directly […]
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Drop Zone Ridgeway Nine
Sun, 05 Jun 2016 05:48:05 +0000
Sergeant Adam Winnicki, a paratrooper with The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, floated from the sky parachuting from an altitude of 6.000 feet to the battlefield of the 1866 Battle of Ridgeway on Saturday to begin the memorial ceremonies held at the Ridgeway Battlefield Park.  
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Toronto to Ridgeway via Normandy
Sun, 05 Jun 2016 05:42:45 +0000
At 8 a.m. on June 6, 1944, Rifleman John Hadley, left, of Baker company of The Queen’s Own Rifles, stormed the beach of Normandy in the first assault wave to begin the Allied invasion of Europe in the Second World War. He attended memorial ceremonies of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Ridgeway Saturday […]
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