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Past articles by Brilee:

Stevensville Animal Hospital opens doors for patients

With a welcoming committee of Gypsy the dog greeting people as they walk through the door, the Stevensville Animal Hospital is now open and ready to meet new four-legged friends. “This is a kind of a small town with a lot of pets and no immediate access to the services. I thought maybe we could have a clinic offering service to the local neighbourhood people. That’s what I was thinking of; we… → Read More

Toolbox Project Niagara teaming up with Fort Erie's Surfing Santa

Thorold’s Toolbox Project Niagara is teaming up with Fort Erie’s Surfing Santa John Fulton to help collect underwear and sock donations. “You and I go and buy brand new underwear. But for the homeless, think about it. They're in the shelter transitioning to a tent because they don't want to be in the shelter or the shelters are closed during the summer and they’ve got nothing new, nothing… → Read More

uFehra Beauty turns pandemic passion of creating makeup into business

When Taylor Reganti found herself with unexpected free time during the start of the pandemic, she decided to try her hand at making her own makeup. “I've been working in the industry with makeup for nine years now, I worked at a couple different retailers and a lot of the artistry and then I kind of had the time to kind of do a deep dive into like the ingredients and more of the chemistry behind… → Read More

TASC performers of all abilities preparing for 'Wizard of Oz' performances in April

"You can see the growth," says TASC vice president → Read More

Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre celebrates 40 years in operation

Jennifer Dockstader and Fran Hill say one of the best things offered by the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre is the sense of community and family there. Now sitting on seven acres of property and offering 52 different programs, the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre has significantly grown since it opened its doors at a little storefront on Jarvis Street 40 years ago. “We were based on the… → Read More

Creatives invited to use new MakerSpace at West Lincoln Library

It’s time to get creative at the West Lincoln Library with the arrival of MarkerSpace, allowing people to use many new resources. “The library is more than just books. It’s really a community space. We’re really inviting everyone to visit and check out all the great new technologies available and check out our books,” explained Loraine MacDonald, supervisor of library administrative services.… → Read More

Lovebee Products in Fort Erie hoping to make natural goods attainable for all

When Khaili and Tim McMorris had their first daughter, they turned to homemade natural products to address problems that many parents face, like diaper rashes. “The original idea of Lovebee was actually centred around baby products, but it just kept expanding and expanding,” explained Tim McMorris. “We started with the one product and now we’re over 50.” Now, the couple sell everything from lip… → Read More

Thorold Fire Department receives donation of more than 200 smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

The Thorold Fire Department has received a donation of 228 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, which will be distributed throughout the community. “This will help us ensure that Thorold residents in need have the required alarms installed in order to be properly protected in the case of a fire or carbon monoxide-related emergency,” said Fire Chief Terry Dixon. These alarms, donated by… → Read More

Studio 151 in Fort Erie giving Pokemon enthusiasts a place to collect new cards, play with others

Inside the doors of Studio 151, Tre Barnes is living his dream, turning a childhood and lifelong hobby of trading and collecting Pokemon cards into a business. “Growth (Pokemon card trading) was exponential in 2020 when people were getting back into it for nostalgia purposes, but then you also had people getting into it out of curiosity,” owner Tre Barnes said. “It was a justifiable… → Read More

Niagara Health program helping immigrants become registered nurses in Ontario

Most stay at Niagara Health after finishing program → Read More

MPP Gates to host emergency health care town hall, encourages public to share concerns

MPP Wayne Gates is set to host an emergency health care town hall, giving residents the chance to talk about their concerns and to share their stories. “Our big issue is that we want to make sure that we have access to health services in our current system,” explained Gates. “We know in Niagara people are facing a number of problems in accessing health-care services within the system.” During… → Read More

Residents concerned after CIBC announces Ridgeway branch to close in July

Bill Roberson (left) and Bruce Ahrens (right) are hoping CIBC will change their mind about closing the Ridgeway location. In early January, those who use the CIBC location in Ridgeway received a letter stating that their bank location would be closing on July 20, 2023, and that they should prepare to begin using the Fort Erie CIBC location after that. “I was mad, I was ready to go down, withdraw… → Read More

Big Brothers Big Sisters to host bowling fundraiser in Niagara Falls, St. Catharines

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Niagara is encouraging people to put on their bowling shoes and come out for some competitive fun for a good cause. The Tim Hortons’ Bowl For Kids’ Sake fundraising event supports Big Brothers Big Sisters, allowing for kids in Niagara to receive mentorship and realize their full potential. “Children and youth with mentors are more likely to graduate high school, go to… → Read More

House on Ridge brings minimalist farmhouse style decor to Ridgeway

Emma Steckley opened the store Labour Day weekend and has seen a steady stream of locals since then. When opening House on Ridge, Emma Steckley wanted to create the type of home decor store she often found herself gravitating toward when travelling around. “It's always been a dream of mine to have my own store. I found every time I go into a little boutique when I would go away or went on a… → Read More

Bungiorno Bakery says 'good day' as new business opens in Fort Erie

Bungiornos Bakery has seen a constant stream of customers through their doors since they opened on Jan. 10. Bungiorno Bakery is saying hello to the Fort Erie community, welcoming residents to grab a snack and check things out. Even in the first days of the bakery location, customers have been asking if the name of the bakery is spelled incorrectly since good day in Italian should be spelled… → Read More

Ridgeway butcher shop still trying to recover after losses from severe holiday storm

The snow left behind from severe storms around the Christmas holiday may have melted, but Your Farm Gate, a butcher shop and bakery in Ridgeway, is still feeling the effects of that winter weather. “We lost power for four days, and it was literally our busiest days of the year,” said owner and executive chef Shawn Murphy. “At four o’clock on the 23rd that was it. Put everything in the coolers,… → Read More

Fort Erie Race Track releases dates for 2023 schedule

Spring is just around the corner, and that means the Fort Erie Race Track will soon be back with an exciting lineup of events for guests. The 2023 racing calendar features 40 races, beginning on Tuesday, May 23 and running until late October. “We will feature Twilight racing on Monday and Tuesday nights this summer to optimize our position in the simulcast market while allowing more… → Read More

Rescue of frozen geese in Crystal Beach after winter storm leads to viral video on social media

Both of the geese were encased in several inches of ice and were frozen to the ground. What started out as a normal weather vlog for Nigel Hay, the Lake Erie Vlogger, turned into a viral sensation after he and three other people helped to rescue two geese frozen to the ground in Crystal Beach. “We agreed that if we didn’t video a little bit of it, no one would believe this ever happened. A bird,… → Read More

How to help keep vehicles running safely before and after winter storms

After a winter storm, drivers may experience a variety of common complaints and concerns related to their vehicles. Bill Marr, owner of Garrison Automotive Service in Fort Erie, suggests these tips to help keep a car running as safely as possible before and after winter storms hit. BE PREPARED One of the best things drivers can do to keep themselves safe during winter storms if they do have to… → Read More

Fort Erie seeking provincial assistance for disaster recovery after winter storm

Fort Erie residents are being encouraged to take steps that would allow them to access disaster recovery assistance, if the town receives it. In a social media post this week, the town said it is in the process of pursuing provincial assistance for disaster recovery that has been made available in past emergency situations, to address both the municipal damages and those that impacted private… → Read More