Port Robinson speeding isn’t new

The speed on Port Robinson Road hasn’t just become an issue, it was an issue when I lived there for ten years [“Port Robinson Road has become a speedway, Sept. 29, p.1].

My complaints always fell on deaf ears at all levels of Town Hall. The link posted to report traffic violations is a waste of time. The NRP requires far too much information and even when you have the information, they look the other way.

The entire stretch from Pelham St. to Station St. is a 40 kph school zone, but people heading down the hill get extra G-force when they put the pedal to the metal. It’s disgusting and it will only be a matter of time before a pedestrian is critically injured. Better hope it’s not a schoolkid. Mr. Marr’s response already shows he’s not willing to take any action, just as in the past. Nothing has changed since I moved away.

Guido Mueller
Niagara Falls

 

A somber anniversary

It has been one year since my husband, Earl, was murdered, after interrupting a theft in the driveway; two men are facing second-degree murder charges. It has been a hard year; we are doing our best to come to terms with a traumatic reality.

On October 2, we held a private family event at our home, and planted a tree in Earl’s honour. We hope that in June 2022 we can hold an event remembering Earl for extended family and friends from the community. We wait because we are reluctant to risk the transmission of Covid. It has been a trying time for all.

But I could not let this time of year go by without reaffirming our family’s gratitude for the outpouring of community support last October and to this day. I can’t stress enough how your actions made a difference for us. We felt that you understood our pain and stood with us.

The procession facilitated by the Fenwick Lions that drove past our house was the first step of the healing process for our family. To those who planned it, worked it, drove in it or watched from their driveways, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Your gesture made a difference then, one that will remain with us forever. I am grateful that Earl and I settled here over 50 years ago.

Tillie Clapp
Fenwick

 

Better whining than callous

You have empowered me, Kevin Flegg because I hit a nerve so deep that you made the time and effort to send a letter to the editor even though you show no understanding of just how and how many people are affected and opposed to hunting [“Return to familiar ‘whine’ country,” Letters, Sept. 29, p.6].


Anyone with an ounce of compassion realizes when you hear the sound of one bullet alone, that it means an animal or waterfowl is being killed or worse left injured.

People are subjected to multiple gun blasts— not, as you said, a few. Why should anyone in the early morning hours be forced to listen? Hunting is the only so-called sport that makes us have to participate whether we want too or not.

As for rampant deer population, truly nature does know how to take care of itself.

Take a look at the gigantic human population of the world that continues to squeeze wildlife into small spaces.

It appears you have never noted the many letter writers yearly opposing the abuse and disrespect done to the Short Hills Park deer population. I prefer to be a whiner rather than a callous person who disconnects from the misery being put on wildlife.

Faye Suthons
Wainfleet

 

More reaction to Port Robinson Road speeding story

Prince Charles Drive, Welland (between Fitch St. and Thorold Rd.) is a speedway also. Woken up from a sound sleep last Saturday night at 1:30 AM to the sound of two very loud high speed raceway vehicles.

Gloria Dringus
Via Facebook

I say thanks to Mr. Edwards for his enthusiasm on the speeding on Port Robinson. Only a matter of time before the unspeakable will happen. I can’t get out of my driveway in the morning because the vehicles are flying past my home. Time for the council to act!

Chris J Fletcher
Via Facebook

It’s a school zone but you’d never know it.

Cathy Ristine Allaster
Via Facebook

My buddy Fred lives across from the school there. He pulled out of his driveway several months ago and as he was approaching the stop sign at Station Street, someone coming speeding down the hill from Pelham, in front of the school, rear-ended him because he was stopping for a stop sign like an idiot.

Justin Lee
Via Facebook

So is coming up the hill on Hwy 20—Pinecrest, Hillcrest. Supposed to be 50 kph. Traffic is always 79-80 kph.

Dennis Grant
Via Facebook

I also live on Port Robinson Road and it is appalling how many drivers blow right through the stop sign by Steve Bauer trail—and all of these idiot drivers who think our street is a speedway, and loud exhausts on these cars, and people it is a SCHOOL ZONE—so 40, not 90! Getting SO fed up with these drivers.

Chris Goulden
Via Facebook

Great timing for this article. Speeding seems to be rampant in this area. I am seemingly always being threatened by fast vehicles behind me, driving well in excess of posted limits. Highway 20 through Fonthill is getting out of hand. Rarely have I seen a police vehicle. Additional signage is required, fines need to be handed out and police need to be monitoring this issue. The smaller rural routes are no better. I agree with another writer when they state that a fatality or serious injury is on the cards.

Grant Adam
Via Facebook

So has Daleview Crescent. It’s like the stop signs don’t exist. Someone is going to get hurt or worse.

Kelly Nicholson
Via Facebook

It will only get worse once people start to occupy the thousands of new houses being built in a small area. People use Port Robinson to avoid Hwy 20 bottlenecks due to the ridiculous increase in commercial builds there too.

JoAnne Caldwell
Via Facebook

Try living on Rice Rd. Some days impossible to get out of the driveway. Questions regarding traffic calming solutions to the Region go unanswered.

Celeste McCollum
Via Voice website

 

PELHAM AND COVID-19 | Mayor Marvin Junkin

Vaccinations continue, positivity rates still steady

Pelham’s vaccination coverage appears to have plateaued at 82.1 percent of residents having one dose and 78.6 percent of residents having two doses. Niagara Region, as a whole, continues a slow—make that a very slow—climb upward, with 75.3 percent of Regional residents with one shot and 70.1 percent of residents with two. Positivity rates, which health authorities would like to see below 1 percent, vary throughout the Region, with some areas as high as 6.4 percent. Pelham being among the average is at 3.4 percent. The Province continues to vaccinate 20-30,000 residents per day. The seven-day daily average for Covid deaths in the province, as of September 29, was eight.

On the morning of September 30, I had the honour of participating in Pelham’s Truth and Reconciliation ceremonies held at sunrise at Town Hall. All municipalities of Niagara had asked the Region to formulate a statement that would be read at Niagara Reconciliation events, which was the statement that I read Thursday morning. Following my reading, Deputy Mayor Councillor John Wink read Pelham’s land acknowledgments statement. We then had a minute of silence to reflect on the young lives lost at the former Residential Schools throughout the nation.

Other councillors present were Bob Hildebrandt, Marianne Stewart, and Wayne Olson. It was great to see all of Town Hall staff present, along with many Town residents in attendance. All Town employees were required to attend three hours of online training pertaining to Indigenous history/culture.

The Sulphur Spring Drive restoration project is now “out of water,” with the completion of the stone retaining wall, built to hold the road in place. Work will now commence on the road itself, and the slope between the road and the top of the retaining wall.