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In the St. Catharines Standard, Thursday August 16th edition, two women gave an amazing story about transforming bowling balls into beautiful garden art. The purpose is to transform these unused bowling balls into treasures to be sold/auctioned to raise money for Alivia’s Rainbow (, a charity that raises funds for families of children with cancer

Janey Burns would graciously accept donations of bowling balls.  If you have one or more bowling balls to donate, please contact a friend who is willing to collect them…  

The completed gazing balls will be on display at Friends of Nature in St. David’s. You can also email, call 905-357-0522 for more information.


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Canada Day Traditions

Canada, the world’s largest country (after Russia), is the largest country in the Western Hemisphere and comprises all the North American content north of the United States.

July 1st of each year is Canada’s most significant holiday, equivalent to the Fourth of July in the United States.

Canadians and Americans enjoy a friendly relationship based on geographic proximity, their shared status as ex-colonies of Britain, and a long time economic partnership.

Canada Day is a major national holiday.  Government offices, schools, banks and many businesses are closed.   Some department stores remain open for the holiday shoppers.  The Pen Centre, Vaughna Mills, the Eaton’s Centre and Square One will be open.

In Canada’s capitol of Ottawa, the streets are closed off around Parliament Hill, a site of the main public festivities.  July 1st is ‘Moving Day’ in the province of Quebec, with residents vacating and moving into residences around the province.  Accordingly, moving vans must be booked a year in advance and mobilty around Montreal may be affected, with streets blocked or traffic slowed on main city streets.

This observance of Canada Day, originally known as Dominion Day,  commemorates the passing of the British North American Act on July 1st, 1867.  This marked the first step from Canadian independence of Britain.  Canada Day includes parades, exhibits with Canadian themes and the display of the Canadian national flag with its hallmark red maple leaf emblem.  In the capital city of Ottawa, the Prime Minister gives a speech,  a special awards ceremony awards new immigrants citizenship to Canada, ‘O Canada’ is sung and the Royal Canadian Mounties perform their ‘Musical Ride’ on horseback, ending with fireworks display over Parliament Hill.


Stanley Cup Contest

The Los Angeles Kings wrapped it up in 6 games!  Click here to discover who won the Contest.

Victoria Day Long Weekend 2012

For many people, the Victoria Day long weekend marks the end of the winter and the unofficial start of the spring or summer season. This weekend is also a marker for gardeners to be reasonably sure there will be no more frost until the autumn so they can sow or plant out delicate crops and plants. However, since our weather patterns have changed, people have already begun spring planting.

It is also a time for barbeques, family gatherings, fireworks and festive outings planned in many towns and cities. Several stores are closed in many Canadian provinces and territories. Post offices across Canada are closed. Public transport services may run to a normal or reduced timetable.

Queen Victoria was born on May 24,1819 and became Queen of the United Kingdom on June 20, 1837, reigning until her death on January 22, 1901 (63 1/2 years). The monarch’s birthday has been celebrated in Canada since before the beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign. After her death, in 1901, May 25th became known as Empire Day. The sovereign’s official birthday was still celebrated, on the King’s or Queen’s actual birthday. In 1952, Empire Day was moved to the Monday before May 25 and since 1953, the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II has been celebrated on this date in Canada. The Monday before May 25 then became known as Victoria Day, which is a Canadian statutory holiday.

Timothy Does It Again – Top 10% Donor!

Dear Timothy,

Royal Lepage Shelter Foundation

Timothy Does It Again – Top 10% Donor

I’m so excited to congratulate you on being a TOP 10% DONOR in 2011! You helped us raise more money than ever before and gave women and children in your community a safe place to go to escape the violence in their lives. Through your generosity, we raised an incredible $2 million, increased the number of commission donors and shelter partners, set new records at the National Garage Sale for Shelter, and raised awareness of family violence. Thank you for your incredible commitment to helping “put abuse out of commission”!

Thank you for providing a safe haven and new beginnings for women and children in your community. We are extremely grateful for all you do on behalf of the Shelter Foundation and for being such an important part of our movement to end family violence in Canada.

With gratitude,

Shanan Spencer-Brown, MSW, CFRE
Executive Director
Royal LePage Shelter Foundation

Royal LePage Shelter Foundation

timothy-shelter-ad.jpgAs you know, Timothy has been donating a part of every commission cheque to the Shelter Foundation for the past few years. We have just received news that Royal LePage Niagara Real Estate Centre Agents/Brokers have been able to raise $32,058.25, as a result of these commission donations. Way to go!

St. Catharines General Hospital Sold

A Niagara Falls-based developer will give new life to the St. Catharines General Hospital site when the new Niagara Health System complex opens its doors next year.

The NHS announced Monday it has sold the St. Catharines General site, located on Queenston Street, to Niagara Falls developer Panoramic Properties Inc.-Butera Group. The sale will close once the facility stops functioning as a hospital, and all of the equipment and services are moved to the new complex in 2013.

Read more here.