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Local History Snapshot: the Locomotive MILWAUKEE

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Local History Snapshot: the Locomotive MILWAUKEE

This week’s Local History Snapshot features a photo of the Locomotive MILWAUKEE of the Welland Railway Co., which conveyed volunteers from St. Catharines to Port Colborne at the time of the Fenian Raids in 1866. The photo was taken on June 1/1866 near Port Colborne. The troops marched from there towards Ridgeway. On June 2/1866, […]

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Artifact of the Week: Graybiel Ledger

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Artifact of the Week: Graybiel Ledger

Welcome to the Artifact of the Week from the Port Colborne Marine and Historical Museum. This week’s artifact is the Graybiel Ledger donated by Mr. Wm. D. Fear. The Graybiel Ledger In 1791 an unknown Pennsylvania blacksmith made the first entries in this ledger, one of the oldest books in the museum collection. In 1793, […]

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In Canada, organized crime targets … blueberries

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In Canada, organized crime targets … blueberries

In Mexico it’s drugs, in America it’s gambling and prostitution, in Europe it’s human trafficking and in Canada – organized crime gangs are trading in perennial flowering plants commonly known as blueberries. The distinguishing feature of this fruit is that it’s a berry and it’s blue. Last week thieves in Hamilton, Ontario boosted a refrigerated […]

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Artifact of the Week: Projecter lens from the Strand Theatre

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Artifact of the Week: Projecter lens from the Strand Theatre

Welcome to the Artifact of the Week from the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum. This week’s artifact features a projector lens used at the Strand Theatre donated by Ron Baer. The Strand Theatre 1939 – 1969 The Strand Theatre was located at 59 Clarence St., where the Royal Bank is today. In the early […]

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Local History Snapshot: Welland Canal third canal taken 1885

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Local History Snapshot: Welland Canal third canal taken 1885

This week’s Local History Snapshot features a photo of the Welland Canal, the third canal, taken in 1885. On the left hand side, the photo shows the railway tunnel entrance known as the Merritton Tunnel, Blue Ghost Tunnel and the Grand Trunk Railway tunnel. The tunnel was built in 1876 between locks 18 and 19. […]

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Absurd autobiographies and the artful mangling of words

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Absurd autobiographies and the artful mangling of words

Everybody thinks they can or should write a book these days. Sixteen-year-old punk/pop star Justin Bieber has written a … wait for it … memoir. I have a pair of original Saddle Shoes that are older, wiser and more interesting than the kid who is famous for urinating in a restaurant’s mop bucket and throwing […]

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