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A Welland 'Little Free Library' fell victim to an arsonist this week.

The Library, located in Guerilla Park - a public park located on the west side of the Welland Canal between the Division Street Bridge and Welland Bridge 13, was established by local community members earlier this summer. Little Free Libraries are take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. The Guerilla Park Little Free Library was contained within a donated fridge filled with books where anyone could stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.

The Toronto 2015 Pan American Games got off to a roaring start for Team Canada as the Women’s K4 500 team captured the first gold medal of the Games early Saturday morning at the Welland International Flatwater Centre.

The 8th Annual Tony (Bandito) Valerio Memorial Car Show took place today at the Seaway Mall parking lot. 

Organized by Youngs Insurance Brokers proceeds from the event will be donated to the McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation. Over the past seven years the Valerio Memorial Car Show has contributed more than $35,000 for the hospital’s pediatric oncology unit.

Concerts on the Canal have partnered with 2015 Pan Am Games and the City of Welland  this Friday July 10th for a PanAm Games Opening Celebration!  The Park opens at 5:30pm with a FREE KIDZONE featuring 2 jumping castles, Fantasy Soccer, Fantasy Basketball and more Pan Am Family Fun, 91.7 Giant FM doing a live remote, The Sands Trio performing at 7:30-10

This Bridge 13-themed art canoe is a collaborative art project of Local Artists, James Takeo and Christopher Eric Lagesten. With the support of mywelland.com, the canoe was created with artwork depicting historic Welland Bridge 13, also known as the East Main Bridge, in the foreground of an eye-caching modern urban design theme.

It has now been mounted for display at the Feeder Canal Junction Lock Site in Welland. http://www.canalcorp.ca/site/feeder-canal

Thomas TV is sponsoring the South Niagara Rowing Club in their fundraising efforts with a draw for an 84" LG Ultra High Definition (4K) TV valued at $10,000!

Raffle tickets can be purchased through the Club's website or at Thomas TV. Ticket price is 10$ each with 100% of the funds going to the Club.

As a thank you to the local business for their support the South Niagara Rowing Club is now proudly displaying a Thomas TV  banner on the side of it's boathouse in Dain City.

It’s been a banner first half of the year for the Niagara real estate market. So far this year residential sales across the Region are up 19.6% with the Niagara Association of REALTORS® reporting 3725 residential transactions between January and June compared to 3115 last year and 3025 in 2013.

Market activity in our local communities of Welland and Pelham also reflect this upward trend. Sales in the Rose City have spiked 10.2% so far this year with 420 transactions reported between January and June compared to 381 last year and 342 the year before.

I’ve been a member of the Welland-Pelham Chamber of Commerce for as long as I’ve been in business and I can say with absolute certainty that I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for the Chamber’s constant support and various networking opportunities.

Rare grape varieties from the oldest viticultural region in the world have arrived in Niagara and have taken root in Niagara College’s teaching vineyards.

Of the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World,” the only one still in existence is the Great Pyramid of Giza. This tells you something about the strength of the pyramid structure, but it also suggests that the pyramid may be a good metaphor for other endeavours that you wish to pursue — such as your investment strategy.

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