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Behind the scene on the book tour

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Behind the scene on the book tour

The people at McClelland Stewart (Random House) assured me that they would put the full force of public relations behind The Legend of Zippy Chippy, but it wasn’t until I saw the seven-page media schedule for Toronto that it actually sunk in. As far as I can tell, they had me on every morning TV […]

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Plymouth Cordage Co. in Welland, Circa 1918

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Plymouth Cordage Co. in Welland, Circa 1918

Today’s local history snapshot features a photo of the Plymouth Cordage Company in Welland taken around 1918. The Plymouth Cordage Company was the first major industry to come to Welland when it was still a village. It was located between the Grand Trunk Railway, Lincoln Street ant the Michigan Central tracks. The company was originally […]

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The Rules of Travel – obey them or be spritzed by a clown

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The Rules of Travel – obey them or be spritzed by a clown

Travel is not supposed to be all fun and games. Travel is not about surprises, laughter and way, way too many strawberry Margaritas. There are certain rules to travel that should only be ignored at great personal peril. For instance, always read the legal code of the country you’re visiting before you arrive. Ignorance of […]

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Digging of the Welland Ship Canal

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Digging of the Welland Ship Canal

Today’s local history snapshot features a photo from the digging of the Welland Ship Canal on the left and showing the third Welland Canal on the right. The photo was taken in 1925. Photo from Niagara Falls Ontario Public Library Archives Erie Media is looking for interesting history from around the Niagara Region to share with […]

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Planning a wedding? Do not ask me to cater it

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Planning a wedding? Do not ask me to cater it

So I get this email from a Kate Gibson. The name sounds vaguely familiar and my memory being not what it once was, I don’t delete it immediately. Her email/message read as follows: “My name is Kate, how are you doing? I have a wedding coming up on the 20th of May. I should have […]

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Buffalo Fire Boat Edward M. Cotter battling Maple Leaf Mills blaze

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Buffalo Fire Boat Edward M. Cotter battling Maple Leaf Mills blaze

Today’s local history snapshot features a photo from the October 7/1963 fire at the Maple Leaf Mills in Port Colborne. The photo was taken by photographer Ron Roels. The Buffalo Fire Department Boat the Edward M. Cotter was sent over to help control the fire. The event is celebrated every year at the Ship Parade of […]

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