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Beach articles from 1954, thanks to the Simmons family for their donation of scrap books containing all the Beach news of the day.

I assume these are all from the Hamilton Spectator
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Ask Commission Obtain Vote On School Addition

Hamilton Beach, Jan. 6 -- Members of the Burlington Beach Property Owners' Association were unanimous in their decision last evening that the Burlington Beach Commission give full consideration and investigation into the present and future needs of the Bell Cairn Memorial School by way of additional classroom accommodations, and present their findings to the taxpayers in form of a vote.
The need of two additional rooms at the school was discussed at length and the many disadvantages of sacrificing the present auditorium playroom. The general feeling was that the association should support the Home and School Association on their stand in the matter that the children in the community should have every possible advantage in their school life. In the absence of the president, Reginald Wheeler, Jack Kemp was the chairman for the evening. The report from the last commission meeting was read by the secretary, Mrs. F. Gilchrist. The treasurer's report showed a balance of $199.99 on hand.
H. W. Martin drew attention to the lights-being turned off at the Windermere Cut-off junction before daylight. Inquiry is to be made from Department of Highways in this matter. The president, Mr. Wheeler, had recommended that two evergreen trees be purchased and presented to the school property to be placed on either side of the cairn, thus having permanent trees for lighting at Christmas time. Mr. Kemp is to inquire into species etc., that would be suitable.
Ward Reports
All the wards were represented except ward four. Harry Shannik of ward three said the drains had been cleaned out immediately at the foot of Grafton Avenue when requested, but that Kenmore Boulevard is still in a deplorable state as to the deep drain ruts. He recommended a three-inch tile laid and covered. This would take the stagnant water away without too much cost. It was fully understood by the members that eventually in the future the Department of Highways would rectify all this drainage trouble when and if the new bayside highway is built.
Mr. and Mrs. C. Hewitt again asked for the support of the association in requesting the commission to erect a wire backstop adjoining their property on the school playground. The delegates to the commission meeting on Monday will be Mr. Wheeler, R. Eweles, Mr. Martin and Mr. Shannik. A vote of thanks was extended to the Yacht Club for the use' of their club rooms.
A cordial invitation is extended to the euchre social on Friday evening at the parish hall at 8.15 o'clock under the auspices of the W.A. of St. Andrews-by-the-Lake Church.
On Saturday morning from 9 o'clock on, the 25th Sea Scout Group will hold its monthly paper drive. Kindly have bundles tied and outside.
On Saturday evening the Hayseeds will hold their square and round dance at the school auditorium. J. Summerville will be there at 8 o'clock to give extra instruction for the younger people.

Present Film On Coronation At Auditorium​
Hamilton Beach, Jan. 7 - A large number of parents and friends attended the meeting last evening of the Bell Cairn Memorial Home and School Association held at the auditorium. Mrs. W. Crawford, president, welcomed the students of grade eight who were the guests for Teen's Night. An invitation was extended to all adults and high school students to attend the showing of the film, A Queen is Crowned, by J. Arthur Rank, which will be shown at the auditorium tonight, (Thursday) at 8.15 o'clock. There will be no charge. The film is loaned for two days. The pupils already have had the opportunity of seeing it during school hours. Mrs. Crawford announced that plans are being made for a spring fair with full evening and daytime activity on Saturday, March 27. Membership cards can be procured from the convener, Mrs. E. McMenemy, between now and March. The class pennants for the parent count went to W. F. Johnson's class and the junior classes were Miss B. Smith and Miss B. Trask. Traffic safety habits was the well chosen topic given by the guest speaker, Keith Huffman, who stressed to the young people that safety habits practiced by them were formed into the minds of the young children. Ernest Francis introduced the speaker and Mrs. F. Gilchrist gave a vote of thanks. Excellent entertainment was provided. Bernard Butt gave two piano selections. A playlet on Homework was presented by pupils of grade eight, Joan Brown, Joan Ewles, Judy Gilchrist, Jim Walton, Dennis Langford. A square dance under direction of Miss Mary Willard was given by Norma Stodola, Susan Ramsden, Joan Brown, Geraldine Dibden, Bobbie Wil¬liams, Ronald Knowles, Jim Breakenridge, Doug Jardine.
Presents Report
Mr. Francis gave the report of the delegates to the last Beach Commission meeting in regard to the vital day-by-day uses of the auditorium and stated what a detriment it would be to the school if the auditorium was converted into two classrooms. Mr. Francis said the program being presented was an example of the advantages children were getting.
Mrs. R. Hann and Mrs. Francis were the grade mothers who welcomed the parents at the door. Mr. Johnson thanked the association for having his class present at the meeting. An excellent film on civil defense was shown. Lunch was served by Mrs. W. Simmons and her committee.
Parents will notice that there has been a slight change of time schedules at the school. Starting today and through the winter months, for the convenience of pupils residing at the canal area who travel by bus, school classes will start five minutes earlier, 8:55 o'clock in the morning and 1:10 o'clock in the afternoon, and finish 10 minutes earlier at 3.35 p.m.
 

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Plan Black-top Roads On Beach

Hamilton Beach, Jan. 13 - The Burlington Beach Commission met last evening with Fred Jento, chairman, presiding. Mr. Jento stated it had been the policy of the commission to budget the expenditure for the coming year. This will continue. All sidewalks and roads have been taken care of to date and it is under consideration to black-top all side-roads, possibly one or two a year. This would eliminate the expense of oiling each year which costs $2,600. In the meantime, proper drainage would have to be done on the highway and Mr. Jento felt the east side of the highway should be a major project this year. The Beach is fortunate in having the main thoroughfare resurfaced without any cost to the taxpayer, he said. There have been approximately 35 houses moved on the Beach in connection with the department of highway projects on the bayshore. Of these, only four have been torn down, the remainder moved to various locations and improved. It was felt by all members that there has not been any loss in revenue as yet by the reshuffling of homes.
School Report
W. F. Johnson, school principal, gave his report with an enrolment of 469 pupils for December. Mrs. S. McLaughlin, household economics teacher, requested a new sewing machine. This is to be considered. There was dissension over a request from the teaching staff for more lunch room facilities. Attention will be given the matter. Miss C. Whitten and Mrs. L. Misener, grade one teachers, are to attend a conference next Monday afternoon. A recommendation for board lights in rooms five and seven and bulletin boards in room five was granted. These rooms are the old original rooms which had not been modernized. Mr. Johnson is endeavoring to flood the asphalt surfaced playground suitable for the children to ice skate. Permission was granted for grade eight to go to Toronto and to visit two industrial plants in Hamilton.
Fire Chief Dan Hazell reported that the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs will hold its meeting at the Beach Fire Hall and a request was made for the hall to be painted inside.
Mr. Jento stated he wanted the fire marshal down as soon as possible to inspect several homes which are potential fire hazards. Chief Hazell was to inquire into some confusion which has been reported in connection with the fire siren alarm.
Last month's report of the police department was given by Police Chief Howard Nickling. Several letters of thanks were read from grateful residents in connection with errands of mercy given by the department. There were 111 radio calls; 34 highway traffic acts; 22 speeders; 19 warnings under H.T.A.; no juvenile court cases; 10 family trouble; 14 automobile accidents; 16 escorts; 23 summonses; one bicycle stolen and recovered; 52 investigations; mileage 3,529.
The Burlington Beach Property Owners Association was repre¬sented by Reg Wheeler, R. Ewles, H. Shannick, H. Martin. Kenmore Boulevard was discussed for some time in regard to the condition of the roadway and decision was made that it will be leveled as soon as weather permits.

Must Have Permit
H. Black stated that any alteration to houses for renting of apartments must have a building permit from the office, also, there must be an outside exit other than a front stairway on second floor apartments. Mr. Wheeler recommended that it be an understood fact that the children may play in the park at Station Four Mr. Jento said as far as the commission was concerned it is a park for that purpose. Mr. Wheeler inquired as to the feasibility of the police department using their own cars to go to court at Dundas, with gas mileage paid to the officers, and leave the cruiser on the Beach in case of fire or any emergency. Mr. Jento said this will be discussed at the police commission meeting on Thursday evening.

Message to Garson Brings Raid On Bingo​
Special to The Star
Hamilton, Jan. 27-Two men were charged yesterday with keeping a common gaming house, following a raid by provincial police anti-gambling squad on a bingo game at Hamilton beach. The game was one of a few remaining so-called monster bingos operating in the Hamilton district.
Charged were Reginald Montgomery, Aldershot, and Robert Emerson, of Burlington. They will appear in Dundas county court Feb. 10.
According to police, an unidentified beach businessman had sent a letter to Hon. Stuart Garson, minister of justice, complaining about the operation of the bingo. Mr. Garson, it was, understood, referred the letter to provincial authorities.

Two Charged Following Raid On Bingo Game​
Move Claimed Result Of Letter To Ottawa
Two men appeared in Dundas Police Court this morning charged with keeping a common gaming house following a raid by a provincial police anti-gambling squad, on the New Pier Ballroom, 1150 Beach Boulevard.
The raid is believed to have followed a letter sent by a business citizen to the Minister of Justice in Ottawa, alleging that bingos were held on the premises, contrary to the Criminal Code.
Robert C. Emerson, of Paul Street, Burlington, and Reginald L. Montgomery, of Fairview Avenue, Aldershot, had their case laid over until February 10 by Magistrate John E. Robinson today.


Good Neighbours Club Reports Successful Year​
Hamilton Beach, Jan 15 - The Beach Good Neighbours CM had a most successful year dur ing 1953. Mrs. John Nixon presided at the meeting held at the home of Mrs. T, Briggs. Mrs. N. Plumbley, the treasurer, and Mrs. N. Hujhes, sunshine convener, gave the following reports: 19 large hampers of food and 81 comforts of fruit, candies or cigarettes given for Christmas cheer; 332 comforts of cards, flowers, etc., sent to many confined in bed; . special donations received by the club to assist in bountiful giving. Appreciation was extended to the Beach War Veterans' Association, Burlington Beach Fire Department and the Ladies Auxiliary, A. Johnston, the 25th Sea Scout Troop and Wolf Cub Pack who donated 101 cans of food and C. M. Drury Ridgley who assisted in delivery of the Christmas cheer.
The afternoon euchre social of the Good Neighbours Club was held at the home of Mrs. A. Miljure, Mrs. A. Revell was the hostess. Prizes were won by Mesdames N. Hughes, J. Ritchie, M. Wallace.
Scout Auxiliary
There was a large attendance at the Scout Mothers Auxiliary to the 25th Troop held at the home of Mrs. W. Simmons. Mrs. N. Wood, the president presided, Initial arrangements were made for the annual bazaar November 18. Members felt that success of the bazaar in the last year was because of the early arrangements made. The auxiliary has arranged a trip to Toronto to the Follies on Thursday, February 4. Four members are attending the dinner for presidents, past and present, of Hamilton district on Tuesday evening at the 222 Club. Tickets for the euchre to be held by the Gold Pin Club of the district can be obtained from Mrs. L. Cust. This affair will be held at headquarters on February 3. The next meeting will be held at the home of Mrs. D. Ridgley.
At the recent Burlington Beach Commission meeting the vice-chairman, William Leeming, was appointed chairman during the absence of Fred Jento, who will be vacationing in the southern states for several weeks. In regard to the discussion over the facilities for the lunch room for the teaching staff at the Bell Cairn Memorial School, arrangements have been made for locks on the cupboard now in the nurses' room, and an extra table and possibly a two burner hotplate.

Mrs. A. E. Kerry President Of Auxiliary

Hamilton Beach, Jan. 19 - Mrs. A. E. Kerry was appointed president of the Women's Auxiliary of St. Andrew's-by-the-Lake Anglican Church at the annual meeting and election of officers. The Rev. Peter F. Wilkinson officiated at the nomination and installation of the following executive for 1954: Mrs. Wilkinson, honorary president: Mrs. Christine Davis, honorary vice-president; Mrs. J. Hamer, Mrs. J. Ramsden. vice-presidents: Mrs. Hamer, secretary; Mrs. A. Hutchinson, treasurer; Mrs. R. Fletcher, emergency secretary; Mrs. C. R. Grisewood extra-cent-a-day secretary: Mrs. Hutchinson, Dorcas secretary; Mrs. H. Foster, assistant: Mrs. F. Morris, Living Message: Mrs. Ramsden and Mrs. L. Christmas, Little Helpers conveners; Mrs. Davis, literature convener; Mrs. W. Sadler, united thank offering: Mrs. G. Lang, social convener; Mrs. Hutchinson, quilt convener; Mrs. D. Hazell, assistant; Mrs. D. Pratt, fancy work; Mrs. H. Marton, apron convener; Mrs. J. Cerry, Mrs. Hamer and Mrs. Hutchinson are the delegates to the board. Excellent reports were read by the secretary and treasurer giving details of the tremendous work done throughout the last year by this active organization of the church.
The new president, Mrs. Kerry thanked the ladies for the honour bestowed upon her and expressed her sincerest wishes for a good year. Rev. Mr. Wilkinson closed the session with prayer. Lunch was served by Mrs. Lang and her committee.
Euchre Social
A cordial invitation is extended to the residents to the bimonthly euchre social at the parish hall on Friday evening at 8.15 o'clock.
In the series of sermons, Beyond the Ten Commandments, the Rev. Peter Wilkinson gave the seventh commandment. The celebration of the Holy Communion was given to the congregation. All meetings are to be resumed this week. Starting on the first Sunday in February, the Evening Branch of the W.A. will take care of any young children during the morning service in the youth hall.
The community is saddened by the passing of Mrs. F. Powlesland, the wife of the school traffic officer.
The well baby clinic will be held on Thursday afternoon at the school auditorium, Station 6, from 2.30 to 5 o'clock.
 

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Burlington Act May Be Victim Of County Anger​
(Jan 21) Unless the Ontario Government takes some action to better financial relations between Wentworth County and Burlington Beach, the 1954 council may press for repeal of the Burlington Beach Act. Councillor Arthur Hendershot urged the council to take this step.
Wentworth had presented the brief to the Minister of Planning and Development on March 16, 1953. To date, said Mr. Hendershot, there had been no reply, except one which stated that the government was waiting for a similar brief from Burlington Beach. The Wentworth County brief maintained that Burlington Beach should contribute a larger share to joint costs.
Share Justice Costs
Burlington Beach exists as a separate municipality except for the administration of justice, which it shares with Wentworth, Towards this, the beach contributes $650, and for a number of years has also contributed to minor services, such as health. Cited in the brief as grounds for contributing a larger share towards service costs were the building of permanent homes, to replace the former summer structures: a population increase from 1.329 to 2,898 from 1938 to 1951; and an increase in assessment from $1,876,230 in 1937 to $2,741,860 in 1951.

Police At Beach Put On Shifts Of Eight Hours​
Hamilton Beach, Jan. 29 — At a recent Burlington Beach Police Commission meeting, it was decided to have the police force on eight hour shifts instead of the previous 24-hour duty for each individual officer. This schedule, change -necessitated hiring constable Roy Bradburn as a full-time officer, instead of for part-time duty as before. Fred Jento, chairman of the commission, feels that this changeover of hours will give better 24-nour service to the community and the court sessions at Dundas will be handled more conveniently. Chief Howard Nickling will take the extra hours when the officers have (their time off. Sergeant Frank Wain and Constable Harold Hindman complete the efficient force. There is no change in the present procedure of calling 2-2421 and asking for car 25 to call the Beach Police cruiser.
The parent education group of the Bell Cairn Memorial Home and School Association held its monthly meeting at the home of Mrs. Harry Law. Mrs. Clare Gunter, the convener opened the meeting with the Hand S. prayer. A poem, read by Mrs. Gunter was enjoyed and a play, Scattered Showers, was capably acted by Mesdames F. Sweet, R. McMenemy, F. Gilchrist. A discussion period followed. The next meeting will be held at the home of Mrs. Gilchrist; the guest speaker will be Mrs. J. Bill, the school nurse. Refreshments were served by the hostess.
An enjoyable surprise shower was given to Mrs. Ron Harber by the W.M.S. of the Beach Gospel Chapel in honour of Mrs. Harber's new infant son. The group presented a high chair to the honoured guest. A social evening was enjoyed.
Mrs. Elis Piesanen, 1077 Beach Boulevard, arrived home from a flight to central Finland where she had a six week visit with her parents. Mrs. Piesanen found her family much healthier and happier than she had anticipated. Leaving the old country as a child, Mrs. Piesanen now considers Canada her country and was happy to arrive back here. She said a person really appreciates this country after being away on such a trip.
Mrs. George Petrie, 1111 Beach Boulevard, arrived home today after a voyage to Scotland, where she visited her parents in Edin-burgh. The voyage home took two weeks on account of the bad weather.

St. Andrew's Church
Hamilton Beach, Jan. 26 — The members of the congregation of St. Andrew's-by-the-Lake Anglican Church enjoyed the excellent prepared supper held at the parish hall on the occasion of the annual vestry meeting. Walter Francis gave a vote of thanks to Mrs. G. Lang and Mrs. E. Francis and the various organizations who contributed to the tastefully laid tables. The vestry meeting opened with minutes of the previous meeting read by Miss Mary Fletcher. The Rev. Peter F. Wilkinson, now nearly completing his second year in the parish, said he was proud of the increased element of reverence in the services.
There were 61 receptions of the Holy Communion during midweek services and 121 daily services; an average Sunday morning attendance of 77 and evening attendance of 36. The rector re¬ported he had paid 420 parish visits and sick calls during the last year. Forty-one men and boys attended the Advent Communion. Three laymen of the church had on occasion taken complete charge of the services including the sermon, E. Francis, G. Mitchell, Stan Gainham. Sincere thanks were given to every branch of the church for their excellent co-operation.
The rector's warden, George Mitchell, praised Mr. Wilkinson for his excellent work and urged all members to bring more new friends to church. The people's warden, Ernest Wilson, stated a new spirit of fellowship had been instilled into the congregation and commented on the fact that the financial report was most favourable, all debts having been paid to date.
Murray Thomas gave the receipts for the general fund as $4,193.42, balance of $155.70 on ceipts were $1,092; balance on hand $137,26 missionary, $497. The balance owing on the heating fund was $510.72. This was paid in full. Moneys did not have to be transferred from the debt reduction fund to meet expenses. Mrs. A. Hutchinson reported for the afternoon W.A. showing receipts of $1,306.65 received. Mrs. G. . Turner gave the evening branch W.A. receipts as $361.12. Miss Fletcher gave details of the work of the Altar Guild and the

Beach Owners Meet Tuesday
Hamilton Beach, Jan. 30 — The Burlington Beach Property Owners' Association will meet on Tuesday evening at 8 o'clock at the Beach Yacht Club. All residents, owners and tenants are invited to attend these meetings. The following ward representatives may be contacted: Ward One, R. Ewles, L. Griffin, Mrs. G. Mitchell; Ward Two, F. Leach, Mrs. C. Simmons, G. Green; Ward Three, H. Shannik, T. Brock J. Mallon; Ward Four, D. Ridgley, E. King, L. Tew; Ward Five, G. Free, G. Smith, W. J. Bryant; Ward Six, T. Anderson, M, Lang-ford, L: Walker.
During the recent bad weather the works department of the Burlington Beach Commission has done a splendid job of clearing the side streets and the main strip of the snow yesterday. After the sanding truck had been along the Beach Highway the traffic was moving along quite normally in comparison with other districts where the driving was extremely hazardous.
The ice banks on the lake shore are piled high again and the lake is covered with a mass of ice floats.
The students of Grades Seven and Eight at the Bell Cairn Memorial School are now enjoying an extra activity every other Thursday after school. Miss Mary Willard is sponsoring a square dance club, each member paying a small membership fee, the proceeds of which will be used to purchase new phonograph records.
An enjoyable afternoon was spent at the home of Mrs. A. Miljure when the Good Neighbours Club held their afternoon euchre social. Prizes were won by Mesdames N. Plumbley, F. Day, L. W. Townsend. The hostess was Mrs. I. Cartwright.
A cordial invitation is extended to Guide and Brownie Mothers to attend the monthly meeting of the auxiliary to the 28th Company at the home of Mrs. A. Redbourne, 6 Grafton Avenue at 8.15 o'clock on Monday evening
 

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Rector Installs
Church Officers in Ceremonial​
Hamilton Beach, Feb. 2 - At the morning prayer service at St. Andrew's-by-the-Lake Anglican Church, the Rev. Peter F. Wilkinson conducted the installation of the officers of the church for 1954. The warden's staves, loaned to the church by Christ Church Cathedral, were presented to the rector's warden, Ernest Wilson, and the people's warden, Ernest Francis, as the insignia of their high office. Assistant warden, Drury Ridgley; vestry clerk, Miss Mary Fletcher; secretary, Mr. Frank Gilchrist, and the treasurer, Murray Thomas were in turn given their books of office. Rev. Mr. Wilkinson gave his last sermon in the series of Beyond the Ten Commandments. The junior choir sang an anthem. The senior choir had Mrs. R. Cross as the soloist. Robert Foster and Ron McMenemy assisted during the service. During the month of February the rector will be absent, undergoing an operation on his knee at Sunnybrook Military Hospital. The celebration of the Holy Communion will be given by the Rev. Fred Pearce, of the cathedral on the second and fourth Sunday this month. Mr. Francis and Stan Gainham will take charge on the first and third Sunday. The W.A. will hold a business meeting on Thursday.
Children five years and under may be left at the Youth Hall at the next Sunday morning service in care of the Evening Branch W.A. A cordial invitation is extended to the W.A. euchre social on Friday evening at the parish hall at 8.15 o'clock.

Training Class
The Beach Gospel Chapel held the teachers training course in conjunction with Centremount Chapel during the last two weeks which proved quite a source of learning to those attending. The W.M.S. will be attending the subzone convention at Delta Tabernacle on Wednesday.
A splendid evening is to be held on Wednesday at the auditorium of the Bell Cairn Memorial School when the Home and School Association will hold a combination of founders' day and new citizens night. The speaker will be J. H. Mooradian, of the Canadian National Council. A trio in Ukrainian costume will entertain, as well as a playlet by the members.
The well baby clinic will be held at the auditorium on Thursday afternoon from 2.30 to 5 o'clock.
All tenants and owners are invited to the Burlington Beach Property Owners' Association tonight at the Beach Yacht Club room at 8 o'clock.

The Bridge Of Grimaces​
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 10 1954
After all the beautiful pictures and promises and dreams the new bridge over the Burlington canal seems no closer than it was in its will o' the wisp status months ago.
Parliament Monday heard Public Works Minister Winters say that the Ontario Government has yet to make a "formal application" for a federal contribution to the cost of the proposed structure. Only two days previously Hon. George Doucett, Minister of Highways for Ontario, announced that work could not be started this spring (as had been indicated in an earlier Toronto report) because "the Ottawa government has not yet approved the plans."
This bat-and-ball game has been going on for so long the origin of it is almost buried in historical mists. It seems to have been a chicken-or-the-egg proposition of whether Ottawa can contribute its share of the $16,000,000 structure before it has complete plans or whether Ontario can make complete plans before it knows what Ottawa is going to contribute. On this official inanity the delay has been nursed.
Some 25,000 cars a day pass along the Beach Road and over the canal, and it will take at least three or four years to build the new bridge. Quibbling and back-biting hive frustrated any real attempt to ease this critical traffic bottleneck. We suggest that if the motive is to embarrass the rival political party the result in the eyes of the public is a disgraceful commentary on government efficiency.
We see in looking up the records that four years ago there was this comment in our columns: "A new bridge across the Burlington canal has been a something-must-be-done-about-it proposition for long enough to ask just when the blueprint will be dusted off." Two years later a freighter's mast knocked the old swing bridge into the water, and since then Ottawa and Queen's Park have been making incoherent grimaces at each other while the bottleneck gets worse.

Fine of $200 Paid At Dundas
Robert C. Emerson, of Paul Street, Burlington, was fined $200, with costs, on conviction of keeping a gaming house, when he appeared before Magistrate John E. Robinson, Q.C., yesterday at Dundas.
A similar charge against Reginald Montgomery, of Aldershot, was not prosecuted by Crown Attorney Harvey McCulloch, Q.C.
The charges against the men were placed by Sgt. W. Sheldon, following a raid by the provincial police anti-gambling squad, on the New Pier Ballroom, 1150 Beach Boulevard, on January 23. Confiscate Equipment
The raid followed a letter by a citizen to the Minister of Justice, at Ottawa, alleging that bingos were being held at the ballroom, contrary to the Criminal Code.
Magistrate Robinson also ruled that the equipment used at the ballroom was to be confiscated.
Mike Karschti, R.R. 3, Dundas. was fined $25, with costs, and his licence was suspended for three months, on a charge of careless driving.
Police Chief Earl Jack told of an accident on King Street, Dundas, on January 16, in which the car driven by the accused collided with the back of another vehicle.

Ottawa Studying Canal Bridge At Burlington​
Application Awaited States Minister
By Warren Baldwin
(From the Spectator's Ottawa
News Bureau)
Ottawa, Feb. 9 - The Department of Public Works, Department of Transport and the Canadian National Railways have been holding meetings to determine the extent of the federal government's interest in the new high level bridge which the Ontario Government proposes constructing over the Burlington Canal, Public Works Minister Robert Winters told the House on Monday.
Mr. Winters was answering a question by F. E. Lennard, Conservative member for Wentworth.
Mr. Lennard wanted to know if the Department of Public Works had received the plans for the bridge from the Ontario Government.
Produced Plans
Mr. Winters said that the provincial Minister of Highways and several of his officials had visited him on January 22 and produced sketch plans which had been studied.
"These plans they took away with them," explained the minister, "and it was the understanding that they would send them to us with a formal application for federal government participation in the cost of the high level bridge."
The minister pointed out that there is a railway bridge and a low vehicular and pedestrian bridge now crossing the canal and that these were factors which had to be taken into consideration when seeking a solution to 'he highway problem in this dense traffic area.
 

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Chief Hazell To Represent Hamilton Beach​
Hamilton Beach, Feb. 10 - Possibly the shortest meeting on record was held by the Burlington Beach Commission this month. In the absence of Fred Jento, Commissioner William Leeming was acting chairman.
Fire Chief Dan Hazell was appointed as the representative for the commission to the Wentworth County Mutual Aid Fire Department Association. Chief Hazell will have the power to act for the commission with any agicement he sees necessary to make. The Ontario Fire Chiefs Association executive will hold its first annual meeting for 1954 on February 19 at the Firemen's Clubhouse at the Beach.
William F. Johnson, principal of the Bell Cairn Memorial School presented a brief report. The enrolment to date is 470 pupils. Permission was granted to the Home and School Association for the use of the entire school building to hold their Spring Fair on Saturday. March 27. Mr. Leeming said the full support and gratitude of the commission was behind this worthy project.
No Juvenile Cases
Police Chief Howard Nickling reported that there were no juvenile court cases again this last month. This is a very excellent record. The new police cruiser is now in action.
The Canada Coach Bus Lines stated it will not require the parking area at the canal park for turning etc. This area will be reincorporated into the main body of the park.
This area will be reincorporated into the main body of the park.
The Burlington Beach Property Owners Association was represented by Ed Morrow, George Smith, W. J. Bryant and H. Martin. On requesting repair work on Kenmore Boulevard, H. B. Black stated that as soon as the weather breaks the works department will get the road in good shape. The commission said it had no word as to what progress will be made on the new bridge highway on the bay shore.
The association inquired into the possibility of the police department officers using their own vehicles to drive back and forth to Dundas court and the necessary allowance being made financially. This recommendation was put before the commission in order to have the police cruiser on the Beach at all times. The idea was now being put to use and the mileage cut considerably on the cruiser. On request for a street light at Station 24 by the bus stop, the matter had already been attended to.
There is to be extensive checking on building permits to ascertain that the work on alteration of homes, etc., is being properly done, with necessary pre cautions taken to prevent fire hazards, particularly in respect to sufficient exits in apartments. Mr. Black, the building inspector, will give his attention to this matter.
Commissioners Floyd Day, William Stewart and Fred Seed attended the meeting.
The Evening Branch of the W.A. at St. Andrew's Church is holding a Valentine bridge party, on Friday, at the parish hall at 8.15 o'clock. All welcome.

New Bridge Over Canal Is Delayed​
Ottawa, Toronto Trade Blame
According to an announcement made yesterday by the Hon. George Doucett, Minister of Highways for Ontario, work cannot be started this spring on the long-delayed Burlington Beach bridge "because the Ottawa government has not yet approved the plans," The minister said that if the plans were approved in time, it was possible that work might be started later in the year.
Officials at Ottawa said today, however, that no- appropriation for the federal government's share of the cost had been included in the estimates because the Ontario Government was still discussing plans for the bridge. The amount of the federal assistance would be governed by the provincial decision on the plan. The Ottawa officials pointed out that if Ontario's plans were completed in time it might be possible to include the appropriation in the supplementary estimates.

Not In Estimates​
By Warren Baldwin
(From the Spectator's Ottawa News Bureau)
Ottawa, Feb. 6 - A vote of $1,000,000 is included in the estimates of the Department of Public Works for 1954-55 for work on the new federal office building in Hamilton.
The amount is the largest single item in a total of $8,415,000 which the government expects to spend on construction of public buildings in Ontario centres other than Ottawa. In contrast to all other provinces appropriations for public buildings outside Ottawa in Ontario shows a drop of $2,000.000 from last year.
Bridge Ignored
There are no new projects planned by the government in Hamilton and notably absent is any appropriation for the bridge at Burlington. Plans for the bridge are still under discussion at Queens Park and the amount if any of the federal government contribution will depend on the provincial decision. There is some hope that a decision may be reached in time to include the appropriation in supplementary estimates this session.
Expenditure on general harbour works planned in the coming year are estimated at $125,000, compared with $1,435,000 spent last year. The new vote is for a clean up of the work. There are also two small revotes of money not spent last year for repairs to piers and the breaker in the Burlington Channel.

Ask Department To Fill In Excavations​
Hamilton Beach, Feb. 4 - The inconvenience of the new hourly bus service during the week days was under extensive discussion at the Burlington Beach Property Owners Association meeting. Reginald Wheeler, association president, hoped that the Canada Coach Lines would remedy as many of these complaints as possible. Mr. Wheeler gave the report from the last Beach Commission meeting and emphasized the fact that boys and girls may play in the park at Station Four and will not be put out. An extensive drainage project on the boulevard was promised by the commission.
Harry Shannik, of ward three, pointed out that Kenmore Boulevard, between Grafton and Waverley Avenue has homes not purchased by the Department of Highways and in this case, part of the street at least should be made fit to drive on.
W. J. Bryant, of Ward Five, inquired as to the excavations left where houses have been removed or torn down. The cellars full of debris are a hazard to young children, said Mr. Bryant. Mrs. F. Gilchrist, secretary, was requested to write the Department of Highways in reference to this inquiry.
R. Ewles, G. Free and G Smith were appointed on the committee to make plans "for the annual meeting on Tuesday, March 30 at the school auditorium. The delegation to the commissior meeting on Monday evening is H. Martin, Mr. Bryant, Mr. Smith and Mr. Wheeler. A vote of thanks was extended to the Beach Yacht Club for the use of the club rooms.

Auxiliary Meeting:
The Guide and Brownie Mothers Auxiliary to the 28th Company held their monthly meeting at the home of Mrs., A. Retbourne, the president. Final plans were discussed for the euchre social next Thursday, February 11 at the school auditorium. Tickets are now on sale. Capt. Mrs. A. 0. Beemer gave a company report that points for the honour patrol will be given on full dress uniform at church parades, hikes, etc., as well as regular meetings. A combined parents night for the 25th Sea Scout Troop and Packs with the 28th company will be held on Tuesday, February 23, at 7.30 o'clock at the school auditorium. The Grey Cup game film will be shown. All parents and friends are invited. A combined church parade will be held on Sunday, February 21, at St. Andrew's-by-the-Lake Anglican Church at 2.30 o'clock. This will commemorate Lord Baden-Powell day. Mrs. G. Bell assisted the hostess during lunch. The next meeting will be held at the home of Capt. Beemer on Monday, March 1.
 

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Beach Members At Week-end Rovers' Moot​
Hamilton Beach, Feb. 8 - The wintry weather did not prevent eleven members of the 25th Rover Crew from attending the Rover Moot held at the Niagara District Boy Scout Camp. The young men enjoyed a week-end of outdoor camping and cooking. The new Hydro Electric Power project was reviewed by the whole group.
The laymen of St. Andrews-by-the-Lake Anglican Church are capably taking charge of the services during this month. The Rev. Peter F. Wilkinson, who underwent an operation on his knee on Saturday, is now resting comfortably at Sunnybrook Military Hospital. Ernest Francis preached Sunday. Herbert Johnson read the lessons. At the evening service Stad Gainham gave the sermon, assisted by Robert Foster.
The W.A. will hold a full day session on Thursday. On Saturday, there will be a used clothing drive for the Onanda Eskimo tribe, these bundles will be collected by the 25th Sea Scout Troop along with their regular paper collection.
W.A. Meeting
A cordial invitation is extended to the Evening Branch W.A. meeting at the home of Miss Mary Fletcher, 153 Beach Boulevard. There will be a guest speaker, the W.A. secretary of the diocese. The day ranch of the auxiliary is invited.
The 25th Scout Mothers' Auxiliary will meet on Tuesday at the home of Mrs. Drury Ridgley, 14 Wickham Avenue, at 2 o'clock. All Cub and Scout mothers' are invited.
The Hayseeds held their square dance at the auditorium of the Bell Cairn Memorial School. Stan Gainham was the master of ceremonies. Mrs. June Somerville was caller. Proceeds of these dances are for the organ fund of St. Andrews' Church. All are urged to bring their friends on Saturday, February 20.

Man Of 87 Dies, Traffic Victim On Beach Strip​
Hit While Crossing To Visit Store
Hamilton Beach, Feb. 8 - The week-end brought the-third traffic fatality on Hamilton Beach Boulevard in the last seven months. Julius Allemang, 87, who resided formerly at 1 Sixth Avenue, died of a fractured skull and shock, after admittance to St. Joseph's Hospital on Friday evening.
He was crossing the boulevard at Station 10 to go to a near-by store, when the accident occurred. The vehicle was said to have been driven by G. T. Stewart, of Wellington Street South.
Was Farmer
Mr. Allemang was born in Waterloo County, and farmed in Seneca Township, Haldimand County, for 15 years. He had lived in Hamilton since 1947. He was a member of Livingston United Church and formerly was a charter member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Kitchener.
His wife, the former Magdalena Musselman, died a few years ago. Surviving are three sons, Harvey, Sheffield, Percy, Caledonia, and Floyd, Hamilton; two daughters, Mrs. Verlie Bradshaw, Hamilton, .and Mrs. Albert Purdy, Rockton; 18 grand¬children, and 25 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Catherine Huehnergard, of Kitchener. Two sons, Elmer and Lorne, predeceased him. The body is at the Robinson Funeral Home for service in the chapel on Tuesday at 12.30 o'clock, and burial in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.

Scout Auxiliary Provides Two Troop Canoes​
Hamilton Beach, Feb. 11 - A splendid evening was held by the evening Branch of the Women's Auxiliary of St. Andrews'-by-the-Lake Anglican Church at the home of the president, Miss Mary Fletcher. The Afternoon W.A. members were invited guests. Miss Fletcher led in the devo¬tional period. A short business session was held, including an invitation to the Mardi Gras tea to be held at St. Luke's Church, Burlington, on Tuesday, March 2 at 2 o'clock. The annual meeting of the Diocese Board of Niagara will start at 10 a.m. on March 9, at the Christ's Church Cathedral. Further plans for the nursery school at St. Andrew's Church during the morning service at 11.15 were discussed. Parents are urged to leave youngsters up to five years, of age at the Youth Hall where they will be capably taken care of by auxiliary members.
Mrs. J. R. Dunbar, Dorcas secretary-treasurer of the Diocese of Niagara, gave a detailed account of the work done and sent to the mission schools and hospitals in the far north and remote settlements of Canada. Various letters were read from the mission clergy. Mrs. G. Turner introduced the speaker and Mrs. F. Gilchrist gave a vote of thanks. There were 25 ladies present and a lunch was served by the hostess. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 23 at the home of Mrs. Turner.
Scout Auxiliary
The Scout Mother's Auxiliary to the 25th Troop met at the home of Mrs. D. Ridgley, Mrs. Norman Woods presiding. There will be two new canoes purchased by the auxiliary for the Sea Scouts. Four ladies are at¬tending the Cub camp over the July holiday week-end, to assist with the cooking, Mrs. Ridgley, Mrs. A. Plater, Mrs. W. Simmons, and Mrs. S. McHaffie.
All parents are invited to the Sea Scout Rally at Christ's Church Cathedral on Monday, February 15 at 7.30 o'clock.
There will be flowers placed on the Scout Altar at St. Andrew's Church during the Lord Baden Powell Week. The paper drive will be on Saturday morning along with a clothing collection of any type of wearing apparel. The next meeting will be on the second Tuesday evening, at the home of Mrs. C. Grisewood, 15 Bayside. This will be a special meeting and social. All mothers are invited, and requested to bring a baby photo of themselves. '
The Good Neighbours Club met at the home of Mrs. A. Miljure. The hostess was Mrs. A. Stupple. Prizes were won by Mesdames J. Craig, W. Dufton, N. Hughes, B, Tamborine.


Ontario Fire Chiefs Meet At Hamilton Beach​
Hamilton Beach, Feb. 23 - The executive of the Ontario Fire Chiefs' Association held its first meeting of the year at the Burlington Beach Volunteer Fire Department building. The president, F. C. K. Putman, of Kitchener, vice-presidents, F. C. A. Burtch, St. Catharines, F. C. A. Tuckwell of Merritton, F. C. Gordon Huff of Brantford, F. C. W. Armstrong, of Sarnia, F. C. Dan Hazell, of Hamilton Beach; and secretary-treasurer, F.C. C. Upper, of Welland, attended.
This is the first time in the history of the Beach that so many fire-chiefs attended any function here at one time. The business session lasted throughout the day, during which the wives of the executive members toured a local industry. F.C. Hazell and the Burlington Beach Commission were the hosts at a banquet at the Old Virginia Inn, after which a dance was held at the club room. Beach Commissioners Floyd Day and William Stewart spoke briefly at the banquet.
Another event which will take place in the near future will be the Halton County Mutual Aid annual banquet.
Lay Readers
The services at St. Andrew's- by-the-Lake Anglican Church were in charge of lay readers Ernest Francis and Robert Foster last Sunday. On Sunday morning the Rev. Fred Pearce, of Christ's Church Cathedral, will be the celebrant at the Holy Communion. Jack Kenyon will give the evening sermon, after which the monthly coffee tour will be held. Mr. and Mrs. E. Wilson will
be the hosts. The Rev. Peter Wilkinson is now convalescing at Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto.
An enjoyable evening was spent at the euchre social held at the parish hall by the W.A. of St. Andrew's Church. Mrs. A. E. Kerry welcomed the guests. E. Wilson was the master of ceremonies. Prizes were won by W. Louden, C. R. Grisewood, R. Ewles, Mrs. W. Martin and Mrs. N. Newport. Lunch was served by Mrs. G. Lang and her committee.
A cordial invitation is extended to the ladies of the parish to attend the special meeting of the W.A. on Thursday at 2 o'clock. Mrs. W. A. Morris, educational secretary of the Diocese of Niagara Board will show a coloured film on Africa.
 

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LAND READY FOR BRIDGE​
Burlington Bottleneck
Said Canada's Worst

Toronto, Feb. 24, (CP)-Highways Minister Doucett of Ontario suggested yesterday that Canadian railways could take a "very heavy load off our highways" by operating commuter services to the larger centres.
"Thousands of our people living within 50 or 60 miles of our larger centres would welcome such services," he said, "and would be more than happy to utilize rail transportation in coming and going to and from their daily tasks."
However, the railways did not favour commuter traffic, claiming such services operate at a loss, Mr. Doucett said in an address prepared for delivery at the sixtieth annual meeting of the Ontario Good Roads Association.
"I wonder whether some radical developments in equipment and operating procedures might not enable our railroads to develop an important and paying commuter business," he said.
Many people employed in the Toronto metropolitan area lived at points as far distant as Owen Sound, more than 100 miles north-west.
Railways had a network of lines reaching scores of suburban points radiating out of such centres as Toronto, and. Hamilton.

Burlington Bottleneck
In a review of highway projects contemplated for 1954, Mr. Doucett said negotiations are under way with the federal government to relieve "Canada's worst, highway bottle-neck"-the Burlington cut-off near Hamilton.
"Construction of the Burlington (bridge) will constitute one of the biggest projects of its kind in all Canada," he said.
Federal participation was necessary because of navigational rights involved on the Burlington Ship Canal at the entrance to Hamilton Bay.
His department had already acquired the necessary land and made adequate engineering studies.

Hamilton Most Important
"With the development of the St. Lawrence Seaway, Hamilton will be a most important Canadian port," he said. "I am extremely anxious to bring matters to the point where we can commence work on this great and necessary project."
The minister advised "prudence" by municipal governments in planning road and street expenditures for 1954. They should not try to go "too far or too fast" but keep their plans "within the compass of the amounts expended in 1952 and 1953."
In 1953 his department completed 43 bridges on provincial highways at a cost of $4,331,300. At the close of the year, 25 grade separation projects were under way, involving an expenditure of about $5,000,000.
"We have 289 miles of controlled-access highways, 235 miles being of the dual-lane type," he said. Long-range planning called for completion of No. 2 Highway as a dual-lane route of which 24 miles of grading out of Windsor and the 38-mile London Woodstock by.-pass were links.


Beach Property Owners Meet Tuesday Night​
Hamilton Beach, March 1-The Burlington Beach Property Owners Association will meet tomorrow evening, at- the Beach Yacht Club room at 8 o'clock sharp. Reginald Wheeler, president, is inquiring into the lighting around the Windermere Cut-Off, this being on City of Hamilton property. All tenants and owners are invited to the meeting. Special attention will be made of the annual meeting on Tuesday, March 30.
The Rev, Fred Pearce, of Christ's Church Cathedral, was the celebrant at the service of the Holy Communion at St. Andrew's-by-the-lake Anglican Church yesterday, assisted by Robert Foster. Mrs. R. Cross was the soloist of the anthem presented by the choir under direction of William Galashan. During the evening service Jack Kenyon gave the sermon. The intermediate choir, accompanied by Mrs. M. Thomas, presented the music. The young men of the church have taken a most active part during the services of the past month while the rector, the Rev. P. Wilkinson, has been absent.
Lenten Season
Next Sunday starting the Lenten season, Rev. Mr. Wilkinson will be in the pulpit. Confirmation classes will again resume after this week. An enjoyable coffee hour was spent after the evening service. Mr. and Mrs, Ernest Wilson were the hosts.
Something different on the program of the Bell Cairn Memorial Home and School Association meeting will be the disaster unit of the Hamilton Amateur Club giving a demonstration on emergency communications. The unit works in conjunction with the Red Cross. This is men's night, all parents and friends are cordially invited. Entertainment will be provided by students of the school. Time 8 o'clock, Wednesday evening at the auditorium.

Proposed Speed In School Area Be Curtailed​
Hamilton Beach, March 4 - The Burlington Beach Property Owners' Association was well attended by the residents at the Yacht Club. Reginald Wheeler, president, gave a report on his recent interview with W. J. Johnson, principal of the Bell Cairn Memorial School. Mr. Wheeler had inquired into the possibility of using the two basement lunch rooms for classrooms in preference to sacrificing the auditorium in the new term. Upon inspecting of these rooms they would be idea, but for the fact that two cement pillars are in the centre of each. This was not good foresight, said Mr. Wheeler. The association plans to plant evergreens in front of the auditorium.
Ed Morrow, the vice-president, gave the report from the last delegation to the Beach Commission meeting. Mr. Morrow stressed that further inquiry should be made whether houses that are converted into apartments and separate living quarters are being assessed as such and taxed accordingly. It was only fair to all the taxpayers, said Mr. Morrow, that if an owner is getting $60 to $80 or so a month extra revenue on his home that he should pay accordingly. Limited as to area as the beach is, there is no space for more expansion or industrial revenue.
This important subject will be discussed thoroughly with the commission.
Would Reduce Speed
Recommendation was made for the speed limit in the school area to be cut to 20 miles per hour. Upon observation by many members it is quite certain that too many cars and transports do not heed the present 30 mile limit in the school area. R. Ewles gave the committee report for plans of the annual meeting. The original date has been changed to Wednesday, March 31 at the school auditorium. The guest speaker will be Brigadier Todd who will speak on civil defence. Norm Woods and R. McMenemy, representing the group committee to the 25th Sea Scout Troop, requested support to the baseball teams that are sponsored by the Scouts. A motion was passed to purchase sweaters for one team to represent the association and to endeavor to have some members assist as umpires, etc. All the wards were represented. A vote of thanks was extended to Price's Hardware for the donation of 500 printed membership cards. The delegates to the coming commission meeting are Mr. Ewles, H. Martin G. Smith. vote of thanks was extended to the Yacht Club for the accommodation of the room.

Social Evening
A most enjoyable social evening was spent by the congregation of the Beach Gospel Chapel at the school auditorium recently. Rev. N. H. Krocker was in charge of the program. Musical entertainment was provided by Murray Black. Amusing ventriloquist act was given by Gordon Fair of Hamilton. The Rev. William Moreland, pastor of Delta Tabernacle, a former chaplain in the U.S. Army, showed some slides of pictures taken in Korea. Refreshments were in charge of Mrs. W. J. Bryant assisted by Mrs. C. Ames and Mrs. H. Law.
There will be a paper drive on Saturday morning from 9 o'clock on. The 25th Scout Group requests that all bundles be tied and placed at the front of the homes. The splendid co-operation of the residents is appreciated by the organization.
The World Day of Prayer service will be held on Friday afternoon at St. Andrew's-by-the-Lake Anglican Church at 2.30 o'clock. All are invited to attend.

Start Experiment
An experiment is being tried at Saltfleet District High School these days. Some students have been supplied with "record books", said Principal V. L. Belyea, in which they are to keep summaries of the homework done each day.
Not only the length of time spent on each subject, but the time of day the work was done must be "logged." And, of course the entries must be signed by parents.
The problem was not, said Mr. Belyea, whether students were being given too much, or too little homework. It was "how much" of the given homework are they doing?
A survey of Christmas examination results, he said, showed that many students were not doing "enough concentrated work to maintain a satisfactory standard."
The school's records office will inspect the books, he said, and "separate the drones from the rest of the hive." The "slackers" would be given "extra special supervision," he said.
 

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Suggests City Should Annex All Property Around Harbour
Cornian Warns Board New Industries On Lake Would Harm City Water

Instead of polluting the fresh water supply of Hamilton and other cities by locating industries in annexed, lake-front areas of Saltfleet, the city should annex "all the 'property around the harbour for a distance of at least half a mile, including Hamilton Beach."
H. Corman, P. Eng., general manager of the Hamilton Harbour Commission, who has expressed his views in a letter to Mayor Lloyd D. Jackson and Board of Control members that annexation and zoning of the lake-front portion of Saltfleet would be a "tragic mistake."
The controversial annexation is to be debated shortly in the private bills committee of the Ontario Legislature. The city is asking the Legislature to validate the Ontario Municipal Board's order that the city annex 1,500 acres of Saltfleet, including the 600 industrial acres on the lake-front.
Include North Shore
In proposing that the city should instead annex the land surrounding the harbour, Mr. Corrnan, who added he was not speaking officially for the commission, said this should include the north shore of the Bay.
"The commissioners have tentative plans for industrial sites on the harbour side of Hamil¬ton Beach at the present time," Mr. Corman revealed.
"They are asking the Department of Highways to provide enough fill in addition to that required for the new overhead highway for a low level road on the harbour side for these in¬dustrial sites for industries requiring road transportation."
As for the lake-front annexation of Saltfleet, Mr. Corman believed that large industries would deposit its cleaning, cooling and washing water into the lake. "If this happened near the city's intake pipes, it would certainly affect the water supply." Bad Practice
Again, all the sewage from these industries would have to be pumped or taken back to Barton Street by gravity, so that no sewage would be deposited in the lake. Even now, most of the industries situated along the harbour empty raw sewage the harbour, even the City of Hamilton.


Hamilton Beach Commission Boosts Tax Rate By Four Mills​
Hamilton Beach, March 10 - - At the Burlington Beach Commission meeting, William Leeming was the acting chairman in the absence of Fred Jento. Commissioners Floyd Day and William Stewart made the quorum.
School Rate Up
The financial budget was drawn up at a previous meeting and the tax rate for 1954 struck at 40 mills, an increase of five mills over last year. The school rate is 22.95 mills; for general purposes 17.05 mills. This shows an increase on general purposes of 2.73 and an increase of the school rate of 2.27, over the previous year.
Negotiations with the Hydro Electric Power Commission are in progress for increased lighting on the boulevard from the Windermere Cut-Off to Sixth Avenue. The equipment is installed on a rental basis on approval from the Toronto office. There will be 44 light standards (instead of 29) with 500 watts (instead of 300) on an eight-foot arm. The approximate increase in cost will be $12 per year. The remainder of the boulevard will be done next year.
New equipment for the Beach Fire Department will require approximately $2,345.
Police Chief Howard Nickling issued a warning to persons following the fire trucks in any vehicle. Transport trucks are not allowed to park in and around the canal park area. Chief Nickling urges all parents to keep children off the ice floes that have accumulated on the bay shore.
From the first day of April to the last day of September, all dogs shall be kept on a leash. There were 88 radio calls; five arrests taken to Dundas lock-up; two fines for following too close to fire trucks: 98 Highway Traffic Act violations: 55 speeding violations; nine insufficient licence plate illumination; four operating car with only one licence plate; 24 parking illegally; 42 investigations; eight car accidents; 12 escorts; 3,813 miles on cruiser during month.
Residents are requested to call in case of emergency. Police, JA 2-2421; fire LI 4-0201.

Fire Report
Fire chief Dan Hazell and Robert Foster presented their report for February. W. Toll, 12 Wickham Avenue, who is in charge of the fire siren, requests the removal of the connection within his home. Chief Hazell stated he will interview any person who is capable of housing the siren. The requirement is 24-hour duty each day. Any interested party may call the commission office. LI 4-6102.
There were five calls answered during the last month. Mr. Foster now records and keeps on file every call which comes in to the department. The new emergency phone numbers will be printed and delivered to each house. Two letters were read from the fire marshal regarding buildings which did not come up to requirements on fire prevention.
Several members of the fire department are touring through the Ford Motor plant at Oakville on Sunday.

More Classrooms
J. K. Evans and W. Anderson, school inspectors, had made a complete inspection of the Bell Cairn Memorial School arid for¬warded a letter to Mr. Black stating there is definitely overcrowding of pupils and three more classrooms should be provided. Mr. Black stated this was quite impossible and the auditorium will have to be used in the fall as classrooms. William F. Johnson, the school principal, said the enrolment is now 478, the highest in the school history. Mrs. J. Bill, the school nurse, is taking leave of absence for seven weeks, dating from the end, of March.
A petition was received from the property owners on Clare Avenue in regard to a property on Clare Avenue depreciating the value of the other homes. Mr. Leeming said any house that had been moved on to a lot had to meet certain specifications within a given date. There are a number of such houses that will have to be investigated into. Mr. Black will attend to same.

Receive Delegation
A representation was received from the Burlington Beach Property Owners Association, R. Ewles, G. Smith, L. Walker and H. Martin. Information on the, new lighting was given to the delegation. There was discussion over the lowering of the speed limit in the school zone, Mr. Black to inquire into this precaution. Mr. Fowles inquired into life-size metal policeman signs similar to those erected in Hamilton. These will be looked into. An invitation was extended to the commission to attend the annual meeting of the association on Wednesday, March 31, at 8 o'clock at the school auditorium.
All boys under 16 years of age on May 1 and interested in midget baseball are requested to meet at the school playgrounds tonight, Wednesday, at 6 o'clock.

Complimented On Open-house​
Hamilton Beach, March 11 — Open house at the Bell Cairn Memorial School was an outstand¬ing success. Every classroom had its own individual teacher in attendance for enquiry regarding the children's progress and work. Drawings, maps, written work etc., were displayed on the walls and bulletin boards. The shop work room had several students working on metal and woodwork under guidance from Mr. Graham. The household economics room displayed aprons, sun dresses and embroidery work with several senior girls busily sewing, Mrs. S. McLaughlin, the teacher, displaying the students talents.
Every hallway and classroom literally sparkled with cleanliness, an example of the extra time the caretaker, George Blake, had given for the big night.

Extend Congratulations

The president Mrs. W. Crawford and executive of the Home and School Association, extend their congratulations and appreciation to William F. Johnson, the principal, and staff for offering the parents the opportunity of visiting the school.
Ninety-two members of the Halton Mutual Aid attended a splendid evening of entertainment as guests of the Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department. Each fire chief had one council mem¬ber and eight members attending. Fire Chief Dan Hazell and Commissioner Floyd Day were acting hosts. A turkey supper, films on the Grey Cup final game and games the Tiger-Cats had played during last fall were enjoyed by all. The following communities were represented: Georgetown, Acton, Milton, Nelson, Burlington, Oakville, Bronte, Trafalgar, and the Beach. The Good Neighbours Club held a pleasant afternoon social at the home of Mrs. F. Day. Prizes were won by Mrs. L. W. Townsend, Mrs. A. Taplin, Mrs. Day. The approximate increase in cost for the new lighting will be $1,200 per year, according to the commission's 1954 budget.
 

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Toronto Weekly Article Angers Local Lawyer​
Story To Be Referred To Attorney-General
An item in a Toronto weekly publication in which it was claimed that the Beach strip was Hamilton's "Barbary Coast" will be referred to the Attorney General's department for investigation, it was decided at yes¬terday's session of Wentworth County Magistrate's Court at Dundas.
The matter was brought to the attention of Magistrate John E. Robinson by Angelo Agro, who claimed that the article would have been dangerous to his client. Robert Thain, if the case had gone to a jury sitting.

Family Trouble
Mr. Agro quoted sections of the article which stated . . . "for reasons unexplained the Beach district seems to have a very high quota of unwed couples -family trouble at the Beach ranks second to traffic enforcement-and is a place where a large percentage of the people live in common law arrangement."
Mr. Agro informed the court that he thought "an example should be made of people who publish such trash." and that he intended to take the matter
Mr. Agro Informed the court that he thought "an example should be made of people who publish such trash." and that he intended to take the matter to civil court.
Magistrate Robinson admitted that the article might do great harm if the case in which Mr. Agro was interested had gone before a jury, but assured defence counsel that: "I certainly will not let the article influence my judgment in the case."
His Worship directed Crown Prosecutor A. L. Shaver, Q.C., to see that the article was referred to the proper authorities for investigation.
Reserves Judgment
His Worship reserved his judgment on the charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm brought by Beach police against Robert Thain, Beach Boulevard
The charge arose from a fracas in the home of the accused, on the night of February 12, in which Sgt. Frank Wain received injuries to his face.
Harvey Roberts, Binbrook, was fined $100 or three months, when found guilty of selling liquor.


No "Barbary Coast" On The Beach​
To the Editor:
In an article in a Toronto newspaper recently Hamilton Beach was described as the "Barbary Coast" of Canada. But some spots in Toronto can be compared to Aruba, off the coast of Venezuela, where girls entice men openly. How about Jarvis Street and the east end down Kingston Road way?
Great indignation has been aroused on the Beach. True, there are cases where men and women live together in common law arrangements - but is it anybody's business? The majority of Beach residents are law abiding and legally married. If some of these couples visit hotels to have a sociable glass of beer, they are nonetheless good citizens.
Yes, Hamilton Beach is truly aroused by the unfair description of its residents. For a community its size, the Beach is one of the most law-abiding centres in Canada. In no small measure the Burlington Beach Commission is responsible for the high standard of its residents' behavior, as by their very efficient police force under Chief Nickling and Sergeant Frank Wain -they have kept the lawless minority under control at all times,
Royston C. Kime,
Hamilton Beach.

More Than 7,500 Sandbags In Use Waves Lash Van Wagner's Beach​
(March 13th) Over 1,500 sandbags were called for at Van Wagner's Beach this morning, said Burlington Beach Fire Chief Dan Hazell.
Waves reported to be four feet high were lashing the shore line, endangering the foundations of several homes.
Calls for sandbags began about 7 o'clock this morning, said Chief Hazell. "It's pretty wicked down there. There's an awful sea running," he said.
Residents of Van Wagner's and Crescent Beaches feared a repetition of the disastrous storm which struck on November 26, 1950. Several calls were received this morning in the Saltfleet Township office and by Police Chief Tom Gulliver.
Owen Boyer, township roads superintendent, had been out since early morning, reported Frank Seaman, township clerk.

Breakwater Damaged
More than 4,000 volunteers worked through the night four years ago to build sandbag dykes as breakwaters against the terrific waves. Seven homes completely collapsed and several volunteers were rescued from drowning by fellow workers.
At Van Wagner's Beach this morning, Mrs. Harold Long said the waves were "four or five feet high." "The waves are coming up over the shore," she said, "but we have a very good breakwater . . . or else they'd be coming up to our back door."
Her husband, looking out a window, told his wife that part of the breakwater had been washed away. It had been built after the storm of 1950.
Mrs. Wesley Oldfield, also from Van Wagner's, said "It was wicked last night. Those waves were really high. My house is flooded from the rain,"
Whether the situation would become worse or not, she was unable to say. "It just depends . . . I certainly hope it won't be a repeat of the 'big storm'."
A. K. Herrington, owner of the Cove Restaurant at Crescent Beach, did not know of any damage to homes in his area, although the waves and wind were "very high." He explained the Cove was "pretty well protected."

Highways Icy
Heavy freezing rain, which swept Hamilton and district last night, played havoc with the highways. Motorists entering the city this morning were forced to crawl carefully over the treacherous surface and the Department of Highways said that, in many areas, the roads were still icebound. "It's the sticking kind," an official explained.
The sudden storm blew up from the south-west. A deep "low," with its centre near Chicago, began moving east over the area, the weather man explained, and at its height wind gusts of up to 60 miles an hour were reported.
The result was a downpour of sleet, freezing rain and snow flurries which, though light - .02 inches at the Royal Botanical Gardens-brought traffic almost to a standstill in many parts of the city.
Sanding operations began before five o'clock this morning. The city's Department of Streets and Sanitation soon had sanding crews easing the more treacherous approaches into Hamilton, while the downtown area received a similar treatment.
Out on the highways, salt was needed to thaw the worst sections and by 11 a.m., the Department of Highways was able to report that the Queen Elizabeth and other important through routes were "mostly bare." Secondary roads, however, were still icebound.

Relieve Flood Conditions In Canal Area​
Hamilton Beach, March 26 - Extensive work is now in progress in the canal park area on the lakeside of the boulevard where a drain is being laid. H. B. Black, of the Burlington Beach Commission, stated that 500 feet of corrugated iron piping is being laid with new catch basins. The drainage is piped under the highway down into the bay, costing approximately $3,000. In the past, after a heavy rainfall, this area has always suffered extensive flooding. Now, with adequate draining, this will be eliminated. Residents will have noticed the tremendous amount of building that is being done all along the park area. These are all permanent buildings which the Canada Amusement Company is undertaking on a 10-year lease contract. Another big changeover is the new pier which for so many years was a popular dance hall, then for a short period used for bingo games and now will soon open as a modern 10-alley bowling establishment

Tax Notices
The 1954 tax notices are now being delivered to the property owners on the Beach showing the school tax rate at 22.95 mills,
which will produce $63,990. The general rate is 17.05 mills, producing $47,526. The legislative grants are: Education, $19,500; highway, $2,500; welfare, $2,500; per capita $4,600. The latter grant is an allowance of $1.50 per head on the population of the community as there is now no grant given towards the police and fire departments. The first tax installment is due on April 1.

Catholic Ladies Club
The Catholic Ladies' Club has again resumed euchre socials at the church of the Little Flower, every other Tuesday evening. Mrs. Fred Jento and Mrs. W. Pett were the hostesses this week at a most enjoyable social held by the club. Prizes were won by Mrs. Jento, Mrs. Dan Crofton, Miss Mary DeVeari, Harry Wilkins, George Commando, Noel Hughes. Over the last two months the socials have been held at individual homes and special prizes were given to Mrs. W. Beveridge, Mrs. A. Brown and Mr. Commando.
A pleasant afternoon was spent at the home of Mrs. N. Hughes by the Good Neighbours Club. Prizes were won by Mesdames W. Beveridge, A. Tanlin, T. Briggs. Residents are urged to continue saving the cartons from the well known table product.
The Evening Branch of the W.A. of St. Andrew's-by-the-Lake Anglican Church met at the home of Mrs. R. Cross. Several members were unable to attend so the evening was spent in knitting on the missionary work. The vice-president, Mrs. Cross conducted the meeting in the absence of the president Miss M. Fletcher. All midget baseball players under 16 years of age on May 1, are requested to meet at the school playground on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. and also on Monday evening at 6 o'clock sharp.
All residents are cordially invited to attend the opening of the spring fair, tomorrow afternoon (Saturday) at the Bell Cairn Memorial School at 2.30 o'clock. There will be something of interest for the whole family. Starting at 8 o'clock in the evening there will be a big variety concert including a riotous one-act comedy, Ada Gives First Aid, played by members of the Home and School Association. Movies are at 1.30 and 3 p.m. for the children.
 

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County Council Asks More Cash From Sand Strip

Wentworth County may soon be sending another deputation to the Department of Municipal Affairs in a bid to get the provincial government to take action in improving financial relations between the county and Burlington Beach. At last night's meeting of the county's Beach committee, clerk-treasurer Allan Stewart was instructed to seek an interview between members of the committee and the Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs, W. A, Orr.
Several months ago a county deputation presented a brief to the department, in which it was claimed the present status of the Beach Commission prevented it from contributing a fair share towards county services.
Committee members last night felt that there was now need for prompt action by the government in the matter. Compared with what the Wentworth villages were paying for county services, the contribution from the Beach was negligible.
Figures for 1951 showed that Waterdown had paid $8,126 to the county, Stoney Creek $12,900 and Burlington Beach only $2,515. The Beach, it was said, should be compelled to pay for county and suburban roads. The Committee chairman, Councillor John Don, said afterwards that there had been at one time a suggestion that the Beach should amalgamate with an adjoining municipality. Now that Hamilton was annexing that part of Saltfleet bordering on the Beach, there was a question whether the city would want to take in Burlington Beach also. It might be, however, that the Beach would become another municipality in the county.
There was need for action to be taken, especially in view of the fact that the Beach strip would assume great importance when the proposed new bridge was built across the canal, added Councillor Don,
Burlington Beach exists as a separate municipality except for the administration of justice to, which it yearly contributes $650, and for some years has paid for minor services, such as health.

Beach Property Owners Hold Annual Meeting​
Hamilton Beach, March 31 — The Burlington Beach Property Owners' Association invites all residents to attend the annual meeting and election of officers tonight at the auditorium of the Bell Cairn Memorial School at 8 o'clock. The speaker will be Brig¬adier Todd, chief coordinator for greater Hamilton and district, who will speak on civil defence and atomic warfare. There will be a social half-hour at the close of the meeting.
At a special executive meeting of Bell Cairn Memorial Home and School Association, the proceeds of the spring fair were tabulated.
Net receipts will be approximately $600. This sum of money was raised through the co-operation of all the community. The project was for more musical equipment and library books for the classrooms. At the fair, Mrs. P. Clark and the grade mothers were in charge of the home bake sale; William F. Johnson, the principal, took charge of the afternoon movies; Dr. and Mrs. A. 0. Beemer made and sold the popcorn. Two prizes were given to the students selling the most tickets for the variety show, Jim Breakenbridge and Ricky Sweet.
Interesting Pictures


After the evening prayer service at St. Andrew's-by-Lake Anglican Church, Mrs. Peter Wilkinson showed some interesting slides on her trip to iiituupe. Mr, and Mrs. G, Turner were the losts at the monthly coffee hour. During the morning service, the rector was assisted by Ernest Francis and Robert Foster. Next Sunday morning the rector will speak of some of his own personal experience with religion. Special thanks were extended to Mrs. Christine Davis and Mrs. E. Hunter who made and supplied the material for the confirmation veils which will be used for all future service.
The W.A. will hold an all-day Session on Thursday starting at 10 a.m.
The bi-monthly euchre social will be held at the parish hall on Friday evening at 8.15 o'clock. An invitation is extended to all.
The parent education group of the Home and School Association is holding a meeting at the home of Mrs. C. Guriter, 235 Beach Boulevard this evening. Miss M. Westney, chief dietitian of Women's College Hospital, will be the guest speaker. Time 8.15 o'clock.
Mothers and babies are invited to attend the well baby clinic at the school auditorium on Thursday afternoon from 2.30 to 5.

Beach Property Owners Review Active Season​
Hamilton Beach, April 1 — To protect the rights and privileges of all the people on the Beach is the foremost aim of this organization, stated Reginald Wheeler, chairman of the Burlington Beach Property Owners Association at the annual meeting held at the Bell Cairn Memorial School Auditorium last evening. Mr. Wheeler was re-elected president for the third year. Vice-president is Robert Ewles; secretary, Mrs. Frank Gilehrist; treasurer, Jack Kemp. Representatives for wards are as follows: Ward One (from the Windermere cut to and including Wark Avenue and Mar-eve Avenue) Mrs. George Mitchell, Harold Martin, Leo Griffin; Ward Two (from Wark Avenue and Mareve Avenue to and including Morden Avenue and the Royal Bank) Mrs. Clare Simmons, Mrs. E. Gibb, Dr. A. O. Beemer; Ward Three (from Morden Avenue and the Royal Bank to and including Grafton Avenue and the Church of the Little Flower) Tom Brock, Harry Shannik, Mrs. Ross Corey; Ward Four (from Grafton Avenue and the Church of the Little Flower to and including Sixth Avenue), Wil¬liam Crawford, Jack Hutton, Henry Stodola; Ward Five (from Sixth Avenue to the canal), Gus Free, Ed Morrow, George Smith; Ward Six (from the canal to north limits) Murray Lang-ford, Jack Walker, Mrs. T. G. Anderson.

Commends Committee
Walter Francis conducted the elections and commended the past committee on the splendid achievements during the year. Mr. Francis stated all residents should endeavor to belong to such an organization. Mr. Kemp gave a financial report showing a bank balance of $90.10. The treasurer stated that the only source of revenue was from the yearly membership cards. Tenants and owners are eligible to join.
Brigadier P. A. S. Todd, coordinator of civil defence for the City Of Hamilton and district, gave a detailed account of the time and thought given to organizing each department which would be called upon in case of any dire emergency, be it war or otherwise. He advised that all people should think sanely and quietly of atomic warfare. Mr. Morrow introduced the speaker and Mr. Smith gave a vote of thanks. Mr. Wheeler thanked Mr. Ewles and his committee for the planning of the annual meeting, also Mrs. W. Simmons and the ladies who were in charge of the refreshments. The general meeting will be on Tuesday, April 6, at 8 p.m. at the Yacht Club.

Aid Organ Fund
The Hayseeds will hold their square and modern dance on Saturday evening at the school auditorium at 8.30 o'clock. All teenagers and parents and friends are cordially invited. Mrs. June Somerville will be the caller. The proceeds of these dances are towards the organ fund at St. Andrew's-by-the-Lake Anglican Church.
Over a period of several months Miss Mary Willard, physical training teacher at the Bell Cairn Memorial School, has been awarding points to the girls of Grade Eight during P.T. classes. Those achieving the highest marks, Miss Willard's guests at the hockey game at the Forum last evening, were Judith Gilchrist, Pat Hopwood Doreen Prowse, Susan Ramsden, Maxine Ames.
 

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Association Gratified Lights Will Be Improved On Beach​
Hamilton Beach, April 8 - All wards were represented at the monthly meeting of the Burlington Beach Property Owners' Association, held at the Beach Yacht Club. R. F. Ewles was the chairman in the absence of the president. Mr. Ewles stated that the new lighting, which will be installed across half the Beach Boulevard, accounts for 1.5 mills on the new tax increase. He said he had this information from H. B. Black, of the Beach Commission office.
Many Improvements
The association was instrumental in pressing for better lighting. Credit is also due to the association for the lights on the Windermere cut-off, which is City of Hamilton property and previously was just a dark, hazardous curve, before application was made by a delegation from the association to install lights. Much stress had been brought to the members of the houses that are duplexed and lacking sufficient entrances to upstair quar¬ters. It was recommended that families living in apartments without proper access or exit should bring this to the attention of the building inspector, Mr. Black.
Attention was brought forth that houses had been moved on to lots and were not being fixed according to specifications required. Inquiries to be made at the commission office into the matter. Permission to have erected two eight-foot plywood policemen signs in the school zone, to be donated by the association, and the speed limit cut to 20 miles per hour in the zone, is to be inquired into by the delegation at the next commission meeting by Len Walker, Mrs. Clare Simmons, William Crawford and Mr. Wheeler.
For the personal safety of the school traffic officer, Mr. Prowseland, the members felt that he should carry a stop sign and wear a white belt.
Change Constitution
A new clause was added to the constitution and--by-laws that any committee member who misses three consecutive meetings automatically relinquishes his office for another suitable person. The executive and committee members are: President, Mr. Wheeler; vice-presidnt, Mr. Ewles; secretary, Mrs. Frank, Gilchirst; treasurer, Jack Kemp; Ward One, Mrs. G. Mitchell, Harold Martin, Leo Griffin; Ward Two, Mrs. Simmons, Mrs. E. Gibb, Dr. A. O. Beemer; Ward Three, Tom Brock, Harry Shannik, Mrs, Ross Corey; Ward Four, Mr. Crawford, John Hutton, Henry Stodola; Ward Five, Gus Free, Ed Morrow, George Smith; Ward Six, murray Langford, Mrs. Tom Anderson Sr., Mr. Walker.

Successful Social
A most successful social was held by the Catholic Ladies Club at the Church of the Little Flower. Mrs. Fred Jento and Mrs. W. Pett were the hostesses Prizes were won by Mesdames J Nixon, H. Miljure, W. Pett George Camanti, W. Leeming D. E. Kerr. The next social will be the annual euchre and bridge at the school auditorium on Saturday, April 24 at 8 p.m. There is still insufficient material for cancer dressings. Any clean cotton, flannelette sheeting, etc, is acceptable and can be left at Noel's Meat Market, Pett's store, Mrs. F. Gilchrists', Mrs. Jentos' home.
The Good Neighbours Club held a pleasant afternoon social at the home of Mrs. J. Craig. Prizes were won by Mesdames N. Newport, N. Hughes, F. Jento.
Miss Beverley Ridgley, who was with the R.C.A.F.. Auxiliary in Western Canada, is now residing at Fort Saint John, British Columbia, after her marriage last Friday to George Brenmer of B.C.
All members of the Bell Cairn Memorial Home and School Asso¬ciation are requested to have their nomination forms in by Friday. Either send to W. F. Johnson, the school principal, or the convener, Mrs. H. Shannik, 10 Graf ton Avenue.

Smelt Rail Attracts Thousands Along Lakeshore Every Night
The real start of the annual smelt-run, delayed by colder weather, should be under way by this week-end, the experts believe. A couple of weeks ago, the big ones, forerunner of the main run, were being netted along the lakeshore but not in sufficient numbers to justify the effort of getting them. Last night - it was really in the early hours of this morning - - I saw quite a few enthusiasts working their nets, but their catch was far from heavy.

Interesting Tale
The story of the smelt in the Great Lakes is so interesting that, regardless of the number of times it may have been told, we are printing the following provided by the Ontario Department of Lands and Forests: This is the smelt story: Eighteen years ago, in 1936, Dr. W. J. K. Harkness, chief of the Fish and Wildlife Division of the department, wrote -" A new fish has appeared in recent years in Lake Huron and other Great Lakes."
The smelt is not native to the Great Lakes. Its native home is the Atlantic coast where it lives in the sea, running into streams in spring to spawn. Some lakes in Maine and New Brunswick contained them and it was from such fresh waters that they were introduced into the Lake.
In 1906, the little fish which smells like a cucumber was planted in the St. Mary's River by officials of the State of Michigan. There were repeated plantings up to 1921 but it is doubtful if any of these were successful. In 1912, smelt eggs were planted in Crystal Lake, Michigan, but it was 10 years before mature smelt were found there. In 1923 they appeared in Lake Michigan near the outlet of Crystal Lake.

Gradually Spread
Fish know no international boundaries. The same year, 1923, specimens were taken at Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula, The smelt worked their way south (seeking salt water again?) and turned .up in Lake Erie, then in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.
Probably the unsung hero of the smelt runs is one Newt Ely, of Beulah, Michigan. Smelt made their first sensational appearance in a stream near Newt's farm in 1918. Newspaper reports of the time state:
He didn't know a smelt when he saw one. . . . He took two water pails from the woodshed and walked down to the little creek which sweeps swiftly past a short distance from his house. It was wash day and Mrs. Ely had reminded him to fill the tubs before he went to the office.
By The Pail
At the creek he dipped a pail into the foot depth of crystal clear water with the indifferent motion of established habit. The pail felt strangely heavy as it came up. Newt paused to look at it. He stared in open-mouthed astonishment.
In the bucket was a wiggling, flipping mass. He rubbed his eyes and stared again. Instead of a pail of water he had a pail of fish - little sardine-like fish about eight inches long. He turned to the creek. Again he rubbed his eyes. The six-foot width of water was filled from bank to bank with a teeming, struggling mass of fish, all headed upstream. Some even were crowded above the water.
That's how it all began. Since, then, thousands of Ontario residents have enjoyed smelt fry. Some years ago, the small fish died in millions and biologists, could find no cause for the disaster. But they have come back this year and department experts believe that the smelt fishing will be good.
The smelt is a slender, silvery fish with minute loose scales, a sharply forked tail and a mouthful of tiny sharp teeth. It looks something like a Cisco or herring except for the larger mouth armed with those teeth. Maximum size is around 13 to 14 inches, weight approximately eight ounces: Average size seven to 10 inches. A rough estimate of catch would be about 11 fish to the pound.

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Hamilton Beach, April 14.- The Burlington Beach Police Department has received instructions from the Beach Commission to enforce the 30 miles per hour speed limit to the utmost, A motorist will be apprehended if doing 31 miles per hour, said Fred Jento, chairman of the com¬mission, at the monthly meeting, "We are fed up with motorists using the Beach as a speedway.. No matter who the offenders may be, they will be charged," said Mr. Jento.
Another bone of contention brought before the members by Police Chief Howard Nickling was the destruction caused by people smelt fishing along the lakeshore, Mr, Jento said if the wanton destruction on residents' property does not stop immediately, the Beach area will be out of bounds for any fishing except commercial. The meeting was extremely lengthy, with much time given to considering four tenders which had been received for reshaping, rolling and black topping the sidwalk and area from the new pier to the south booth at the Canal Amusement Park, The contract was given to the Black Top Paving Company of Hagersville, at their quoted price of approximately $1,418,
Fire Equipment
Tenders were also received for equipment requested by the volunteer fire department. Three tenders were considered and C, E, Hickey and Sons Limited was received, approximate amount of $2,125 which will purchase 27 helmets, 12 coats, 12 pairs boots, two extinguishers, 250 feet of one and one-half inch hose, four shut-off nozzles, three pairs woolen blankets, one fire pump. Fire Chief Dan Hazell and R, Foster gave their monthly report, only one call during March. No parking signs are to be erected in vicinity of the fire hall. The emergency phone number stickers will be delivered by the 25th Sea Scout Troop, Chief Hazell had done some inquiring regarding w ho would look after the fire siren phone, Noel Hughes, 22 Bellevue Avenue, will take the siren in his home and store for one year at $65 per month or for two years at $75 per month on a written agreement. This offer will be considered. The previous remuneration was $1 per day.
An invitation was extended to the commission to attend a meeting at the fire hall on May 9 when the Halton Mutual Aid Association will be present,
Police Report
Chief Nickling presented his monthly report. One hundred and ten radio calls, 115 highway traffic act, 53 speeders, four passing on right, 59 parking tickets; no juvenile court cases or family court cases, 42 investigations, 11 automobile accidents, 12 escorts, 31 appearances at police court, totalling 178 hours. Cruiser mileage 3,848 miles.
William P, Johnson, principal of the Bell Cairn Memorial School, gave the enrolment as 486, Mrs., J. Bill, the school nurse, has leave of absence for seven weeks and Miss K. F., Docker, of the Burlington V.O.N., is on duty each Tuesday morning during this period.
Three applications have been received to date for the two extra teachers required in the fall. Grade Eight students are to visit the Coca-Cola plant and Sovereign potteries after Easter.

Must Register Children
Parents are requested to register any child who will be six years of age by. January 1, 1955 for the fall term. There will be a pre-school medical examination started next month. Registration is to be done at the principal's office.
Extensive discussion was given to a petition which had been presented by Fred Day from residents on Clare Avenue. A house had been moved on to the lot at 3 Clare Avenue without permission from the commission. The matter was settled and the owner agreed to have the house in fine shape within 90 days. The Rannigan house on Kenmore is to be moved on to Dunraven Avenue and to be restuccoed. Application for a motel on the north side of the canal was not granted. The Beach Enterprises partners, G Hopwood, G. Markis, D. Hazell requested reimbursement for the annex on the south booth and change house at the pavilion at the Canal Park. Mr. Hopwood said an outstanding payment would be paid when this matter was settled. The Enterprises were prepared to make final payment on the cottage restaurant when the deeds of the property were available for them. H. B Black is to attend to the matter Mr. Hopwood said it was costing them money his business was held up. Permission was requested for alteration on the open window booth at the restaurant. Mr. Jento said an answer will be forthcoming on Thursday morning.
The Burlington Beach Property Owners Association was represented by Reg Wheeler, Len Walker, W. Crawford, Permission was requested to erect the two plywood policemen signs at the school zones. Mr. Wheeler asked if the Beach was getting a revenue from the old pipeline. Mr, Jento said at present $1 per foot was paid in taxes and a settlement will be made retroactive as soon as some water lot settlements were attended to.
Mr. Wheeler inquired into the new drain at the Canal Park. Mr. Jento said the old drain was so inadequate and constantly had to be attended to. The drainage system at the park would be used as a pattern for elsewhere on the Beach, The association requested it be made known that the police cruiser has not been prevented from leaving the Beach, and often the police department use their own cars to make trips to the Dundas court only, so that the cruiser is left in the community in case of an emergency. Investigation was to be made regarding a garage which had rooms added on for living quarters, this is definitely against the building by-law.
Discuss Classrooms
An important item on the agenda was the delegation from the Home and School Association, Mrs. W. Crawford, Mrs. P. Clark, Mrs. F. Gilchrist, Fred Sweet, Ernest Alcock and Mr. Wheeler. The delegation had been to the Department of Education, Toronto, and inquired of the Municipal Board for advice on the need of two new classrooms required at the school. Their findings were presented to the commission, who feel the only alternative is to make two classes in the auditorium. Mrs. Crawford stated that the auditorium, which cost $86,000, is too costly a building for classrooms and this arrangement is never satisfactory. The delegation had seen and obtained data on prefabricated units that are the size of a standard, complete in every detail excepting desks and heat which could be piped from the main boiler at a small cost of $5,175.
Recommendation was made to the commission to possibly build one of these units and dispense with the household economics course and change the room into a classroom. This idea was agreeable to the Toronto Department as no grant is allowed on this course now. Mrs. Crawford stressed that the association was not trying to run the commission's business, but they did represent the parents who feel some satisfactory arrangement should be made before the term ends. Mr. Jento said he was always open for suggestions.
Commissioners W. Leeming, F. Day and W, Stewart were present at the meeting.
The whole community expresses sorrow at the untimely passing of a well respected citizen and friend, Charlie Crechiola, and extends sympathy to his wife and family.
 

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TRAFFIC OFFICER, 77, HURT WHILE PROTECTING PUPILS

Hamilton, April 2 - Constable Fred Powsland, 77, Burlington Beach school traffic officer, his hand caught in a car door handle, was dragged several feet along the pavement and then hurled to the roadside yesterday in a heroic attempt to protect the lives of a dozen children he was assisting across the road. While three of the youngsters wept beside the officer's limp form, a quick-thinking motorist took off in hot pursuit of the car which had failed to stop. Another man took down the license number.
Powsland was taken to St. Joseph's hospital here where he was treated for minor cuts and bruises to his hand and head and later released.
Late last night, Roy Keller, 38, of Charlton Ave. W., Hamilton, surrendered to burlington Beach Constable Roy Bradborne. He was charged with reckless driving, failing to obey a traffic officer, and passing on the wrong side. He was released on $500 cash bail and remanded until April 7 for trial.
Keller told police he was not aware he had injured the officer. He said he had become the father of a baby daughter yesterday, his fifth child.
Police complimented Peter Kamula, 20, of Catherine St. N., the motorist who chased the hit-and-run car for five miles at speeds approaching 90 miles an hour.
Kamula said he cornered the car in a dead-end street, but was forced to swerve on to the sidewalk when the car came racing back towards him.
Three students of the beach bungalow school who were crossing the road, witnessed the accident.
Howard Knowland, 11, said he saw the car come up the right side of tine road. "Mr. Powsland grabbed the car, and then he was dragged along the road," he said. "I ran out in front of a truck and tried to pull at him, but he kept hanging on to the side of the car. I thought he was dead."
Bobby Plater, 10, told of standing in the middle of the road and of seeing all the cars stop when an another car pulled up on "the inside."
"Pop was mad," he said. "He said something to the driver about a summons, and then the man drove away real fast. Pop was hanging on to the door handle."
Lorraine Simmons, 12, said she saw Powsland thrown to the side of the road.
Fred Jento, chairman of the Burlington Beach commission, ordered immediate action to curb speeding and bad driving conditions along the beach strip. Within an hour after he gave the order, five motorists were pulled to the side of the road and summonsed for speeding.


Many Residents Complain Of Dogs At Large​
Hamilton Beach, May 6 - Many Beach residents are aroused over the number of dogs allowed to run loose in the community. This fact is quite evident by the number of complaints given to ward representatives at the meeting of the Burlington Beach Property Owners' Association. Reginald Wheeler, the president, said that people work hard to beautify their property, only to have damage done by "animal lovers" who let their pets run at large, doing damage and endangering car drivers who are continually trying to avoid hitting them on the extremely busy highway. Mr. Wheeler said he is a nature lover and fond of animals as well.
H. Martin, of Ward One, stated residents have said they resent paying for a dog licence and keeping their pets fastened up when so many people get away with breaking the regulations. Information received from H. B. Black, of the Burlington Beach Commission office, reveals that every day the police department is checking on dog tags, and residents may call the office to complain of stray dogs which will be picked up by the Humane Society and impounded. Robert Ewles was the acting chairman at the meeting during the absence of the president.
New Lights
The question arose as to when the new lights would be installed along the highway. The taxpayers are now paying for them and would like to see some action. This vital question will be put before the commission meeting. A donation of $10 was voted towards the prize money for the Bell Cairn Memorial School commencement exercises. Mr. Ewles recommended that each ward representative canvass his or her district for the renewal of the membership cards for this year. Jack Kemp gave the treasurer's report and the books were audited by Fred Sweet and Clare Gunter. All wards were represented excepting Ward Three.
The new policeman signs are now being painted and will be erected at each end of the school zone. These are a gift from the association to assist in the safe keeping of the children.
The delegation to the commission meeting on Monday evening consists of Mrs. E. Gibb, Mrs. R. Corey, Mr. Ewles, Mr. Wheeler.
Hold Social
A pleasant euchre social was held by the Catholic Ladies' Club at the Church of the Little Flower. Mrs. Fred Jento and Mrs. W. Pett were the conveners. Prizes were received by Mesdames, N. Newport, J. Nixon, J. Hann and Mr. Jento, Noel Hughes, Mr. New-port. This is the last social until the fall.
Mrs. Doris Miljure was the hostess at the euchre social held at her home by the Beach Good Neighbours' Club. Prizes were won by Mrs. Mil jure, Mrs. Alice Nicolls, Mrs. F. Day.
A cordial invitation is extended to all to attend the euchre social sponsored by the W.A. of St. Andrew's Church on Friday evening at the Parish Hall at 8.15 o'clock.
Miss Doris Granger is the pew Guider in the 28th Girl Guide Company, working with Lieut. Barbara Dibden. The new leader for the company will be decided at the district commissioners' meeting on May 11.
The Beach Volunteer Fire Department answered an emergency call to Burlington last evening for a trial run in conjunction with the Halton Mutual Aid Association.

Discuss Beach Problems At Queen's Park​
Hamilton Beach, May 22 - The Burlington Beach Property Owners' Association, represented by Reginald Wheeler, R. F. Ewles, Mrs. T. G. Anderson and Mrs. F. Gilchrist, had an audience with the Department of Highways in Toronto and presented several traffic problems from the community. Mr. Wheeler inquired into the speed limit in the school zone. Recently an amendment was passed by the Legislature a 25-mile-per-hour limit could be put into effect in places, such as schools, etc., by the governing body. The Property Owners have recently purchased and are having installed painted plywood policeman signs for the school zone. On these signs the new speed limit will be painted, approval having been given by the Beach Commission.
The department was asked if it would object to white lines being painted across the highway at several intersections in order to allow pedestrians to cross safely when the traffic is streaming bumper to bumper across the strip. This could be done possibly by the Burlington Beach Commission making a by-law to the effect, through its solicitor. The by-law would then be subject to approval of the department. Another vital problem discussed was if a traffic light could be installed at the Windermere Cut-off where three heavy lanes of traffic pour into the Beach Highway. This spot is a traffic tie-up at the weekends and at the business rush hours. The chief maintenance Engineer, Mr. Robbins, stated this problem has been given much thought, but department statistics show too many accidents caused by traffic lights on such highways. However, Mr. Robbins said if a brief was written stating the facts, the department may see fit to do something to alleviate the situation. The question was asked if the department made any financial allowance when their highway was built higher than the sidewalks. Apparently they do in certain instances, but not in a municipality.
Troop Group Committee
The group committee to the 25th Sea Scout Troop and Pack met at the home of Harry Shannik, the chairman. After months of planning, the schooner, the Magic Flute, is to be purchased for the troop from Rev. Peter Wilkinson. This will prove a delightful event to the leaders and boys. The group is planning to sponsor a swimming contest for the Wolf Cub Packs during August. Medals will be given for the events. Arrangements were completed for the Scout-Guide Parade on Saturday, May 29. Bus trans-portation for the Cub packs will leave the Beach Masonic Hall at 7.45 a.m. all boys must be in full uniform.
C. M. Drury Ridgley reported there will be a going-up ceremony soon. The cubs taking part will paddle by canoe from St. Andrews' Church to Skipper Al Mitchell, therefore they will be water borne as is fitting for a Sea Scout Troop. A badge committee, Rev. Wilkinson, Frank Ireland and Murray Langford was formed so that many "eager beavers" may pass tests to procure more badges. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Brock were the hosts for the social half hour.
The fourth straight win was scored by the Bell Cairn Memorial School in the softball game for the Saltfleet Township school league, when they played Saint Francis' School at the Beach diamond. Score, 19-5.

Protest Plan To Isolate Beach Strip​
Hamilton Beach, May 28 - Reginald Wheeler, president of the Burlington Beach Property Owners' Association, is forwarding a brief to the Hon. W. Winters, minister of public works, protesting the proposed cutting off of the Beach strip when the new highway bridge along the Bay shore is eventually built. Mr. Wheeler states that there has to be a train bridge to accommodate the C.N.R. which now has a swing bridge operating from a centre pier in the channel, which will be eliminated for ocean shipping. He suggests a combined railroad and vehicular pedestrian bridge.
"When all's said and done," said Mr. Wheeler, "a community of over 3,000 people surely cannot be isolated as if living on a peninsula." According to present plans on the new highway, there will be no access to it from the Beach highway; only by a cloverleaf at the area of the Windermere cut-off.
 

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Beach Bridge "Disgrace"'
To the Editor:
Some months ago letters to the editor and editorials left little doubt as to the attitude of John Public about the traffic conditions along the "Queen E" at Burlington Beach. It was, and is, truly a provincial disgrace. The pressure eased when statements by various authorities led us little folk to believe some definite action was in the immediate offing. Now we are heading into another tourist season without any noticeable start on the much discussed bridge project.
The provincial government may be able to pacify its party members, but the main body of voting motorists is going to be greatly influenced at election time by the clumsy fashion in which the problem of the most vital highway link in the province has been handled!
Is there anyone in the Provincial Highway Department with enough fortitude to declare publicly just when his department intends to quit talking and start acting?
Contrary to a statement made by a politician recently, people from every corner of the province pass through this bottleneck frequently enough to realize that it is the world's worst, and they wonder whether their gas tax dollar is doing its job and if the highway authorities and their political superiors need a good shaking up or replacement.
Some years ago, a Hamilton business group suggested that a freeway should be built along Burlington Street - straight from East to West, and joining the main highway past the western bridges. There was little wrong with this suggestion. Hamilton could have siphoned considerable tourist trade from this freeway - trade that she gets little of in spite of the fact she has the most splendid topography and natural beauty of all Canadian cities.
What an ideal enemy target this new' ramp bridge across the beach would make! As Queen's Park has made no progress with the project, why not let some American group put in a toll tunnel - they seem to be the only ones with that kind of courage. It would pay them well and save the provincial people the embarrassment of trying to build a bridge that seems beyond their ability.
For future provincial governments, it would be a suggestion to look into the program used in California. There the state pays the entire cost of city freeways and also rebates sufficient funds to the municipalities to care for their ordinary streets which are for motor traffic only and should not even be thought of as a liability of the joker who happens to own his home.
If Queen's Park cannot do the job, give it to someone who can and stop kidding the troops. They collect the gas tax dollar and that is the dollar that rightly should pay for this work. Let Hamilton have a waterfront freeway paid for by the proper tax collector - the Highway Department. Let us have action before someone is tarred and feathered, and there is not one long-suffering soul on Burlington Beach who would not join tens of thousands of irate motorists in this pleasure if the blame could be pin-pointed.
Martin Kennedy

Announce Staff For New Term At Beach School​
Hamilton Beach, July 7 - The complete list of the teaching staff for the Bell Cairn Memorial School, with contracts signed with the Burlington Beach Commission for the term of 1954 and 1955, is: William F, Johnson, principal and Grade Eight teacher; Miss Beatrice Eagleson, Miss Mary Willard, Miss Gwendolyn Ross, Miss Bernice Smith, Mrs. Lola Mizner, Miss Cecile Whitten, Mrs. Elizabeth Coulter, Ernest Seltzer, Miss Jennie Harnanski, Miss Geraldine Bekkenkamp, Miss Gertrude Warbrick, John Nagy, Morton Graham, manual training, and Miss Dorothy Powell, music supervisor.
The 25th Wolf Cub packs, A and B held three day camp at Mount Nemo last week-end. Thirty-four boys entered into the spirit of camping, even willingly taking their turn at dishwashing. The head cooks of course were several willing mothers who thoroughly enjoyed the outing, Mesdames Stuart McHaffie, Walter Plater, Walter Simmons, Harold Henderson, Drury Ridgley. The leaders in charge of various activities were C. M. Drury Ridgley; C.M. Miss Lili Mitchell; assistants, Miss Madge Mitchell, Don Reed, Ralph Wilson, Mrs. Al Mitchell, and Rev. Peter Wilkinson, who enjoys the outdoor life and offered spiritual assistance. Many parents at-tended the picnic supper on the last evening also the camp fire, the ladies who kindly donated cookies and to the parents and group committee who supplied transportation to and from the camp.
At Camp
Twenty-four members of the 25th Sea Scout Troop also held a three day camp at Camp Mount Nemo with Skipper Al Mitchell, Jack Ireland and George McLaren in charge. Preparations are now under way for the annual camping trip to Haliburton region starting the week-end of July 17. Faulty electric wiring caused much distress and smoke damage at the home of William Hamilton, 43 Brighton Avenue, yesterday noon. The Beach Volunteer Fire Department spent considerable time at the house to find the source of the trouble. With heavy smoke fumes filling various rooms, Firemen Gil Hopwood and George Egan were required to don masks. Constables Harold Hindman and Roy Bradburn of the Beach Police department offered much assistance. Immediately following this call, the Beach Fire Department was required to take its disaster unit to the old filtration basin where a young man had been reported drowned.

To be continued......
 
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Thanks for posting that Scotto. These reports I have never seen before and I am overwhelmed by the memories that they invoke. I recognize almost all the names (most of all, that of my mother, Mrs. W. Crawford--hard for me not to recognize, I admit) and most of the events. I will not start to comment on all these things and people because I don't know where to start and where to finish. I am sure that Fred shares my sentiments (his mother's name appears there as well).
 

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Thanks for posting that Scotto. These reports I have never seen before and I am overwhelmed by the memories that they invoke. I recognize almost all the names (most of all, that of my mother, Mrs. W. Crawford--hard for me not to recognize, I admit) and most of the events. I will not start to comment on all these things and people because I don't know where to start and where to finish. I am sure that Fred shares my sentiments (his mother's name appears there as well).
Thanks CF;
Looking ahead to more articles that I still have to scan, Mrs. Crawford comes up quite a bit.
And I still have two more books to copy.
 

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Ontario Fire Chiefs Meet At Hamilton Beach
Hamilton Beach, Feb. 23 — The executive of the Ontario Fire Chiefs' Association held its first meeting of the year at the Burlington Beach Volunteer Fire Department building. The president, F. C. K. Putman, of Kitchener, vice-presidents, F. C. A. Burtch, St. Catharines, F. C. A. Tuckwell of Merritton, F. C. Gordon Huff of Brantford, F. C. W. Armstrong, of Sarnia, F. C. Dan Hazell, of Hamilton Beach; and secretary-treasurer, F.C. C. Upper, of Welland, attended.
This is the first time in the history of the Beach that so many fire-chiefs attended any function here at one time. The business session lasted throughout the day, during which the wives of the executive members toured a local industry. F.C. Hazell and the Burlington Beach Commission were the hosts at a banquet at the Old Virginia Inn, after which a dance was held at the club room. Beach Commissioners Floyd Day and William Stewart spoke briefly at the banquet.
Another event which will take place in the near future will be the Halton County Mutual Aid annual banquet.

This page has a reference to a publication on the Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department.

Wentworth Bygones, Vol. 13
Burlington Beach Volunteer Firemen's Association - Clarence Dean

http://www.headofthelake.ca/pblication.html
 

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Scott, this is a great page! I think today is the first time that I have read the intire thing.

There are several references made to the ‘Beach Yacht Club’. Did the Beach Yacht Club have any association with the ‘Royal Hamilton Yacht Club’ whose facility of course burnt down in about 1915? Did the ‘Beach Yacht Dlub have its own building? If so, where was it located? And if not, where was the ‘club room’ housed?

And there are numerous references made to ‘St. Andrews-by-the-Lake Church, and several to ‘the Church of the Little Flower’. Where on the beach were these buildings located?
 

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News Paper Articles from 1954

Scott, I have several questions.

Hamilton Beach, Jan. 13 — The Burlington Beach Commission met last evening with Fred Jento, chairman, presiding. Mr. Jento stated it had been the policy of the commission to budget the expenditure for the coming year. This will continue. All sidewalks and roads have been taken care of to date and it is under consideration to black-top all side-roads, possibly one or two a year. This would eliminate the expense of oiling each year which costs $2,600. In the meantime, proper drainage would have to be done on the highway and Mr. Jento felt the east side of the highway should be a major project this year. The Beach is fortunate in having the main thoroughfare resurfaced without any cost to the taxpayer, he said. There have been approximately 35 houses moved on the Beach in connection with the department of highway projects on the bayshore. Of these, only four have been torn down, the remainder moved to various locations and improved. It was felt by all members that there has not been any loss in revenue as yet by the reshuffling of homes.”
What is meant by ‘no loss of revenue’? and was the movement of the homes in relation to the construction of the Skyway Bridge?

2 - Burlington Act May Be Victim Of County Anger
(Jan 21) Unless the Ontario Government takes some action to better financial relations between Wentworth County and Burlington Beach, the 1954 council may press for repeal of the Burlington Beach Act. Councillor Arthur Hendershot urged the council to take this step.
Wentworth had presented the brief to the Minister of Planning and Development on March 16, 1953. To date, said Mr. Hendershot, there had been no reply, except one which stated that the government was waiting for a similar brief from Burlington Beach. The Wentworth County brief maintained that Burlington Beach should contribute a larger share to joint costs.
Share Justice Costs
Burlington Beach exists as a separate municipality except for the administration of justice, which it shares with Wentworth, Towards this, the beach contributes $650, and for a number of years has also contributed to minor services, such as health. Cited in the brief as grounds for contributing a larger share towards service costs were the building of permanent homes, to replace the former summer structures: a population increase from 1.329 to 2,898 from 1938 to 1951; and an increase in assessment from $1,876,230 in 1937 to $2,741,860 in 1951.”
What is meant by ‘the cost of building permanent homes’? the cost to whom?

3- Beach Owners Meet Tuesday
Hamilton Beach, Jan. 30 — The Burlington Beach Property Owners' Association will meet on Tuesday evening at 8 o'clock at the Beach Yacht Club. All residents, owners and tenants are invited to attend these meetings. The following ward representatives may be contacted: Ward One, R. Ewles, L. Griffin, Mrs. G. Mitchell; Ward Two, F. Leach, Mrs. C. Simmons, G. Green; Ward Three, H. Shannik, T. Brock J. Mallon; Ward Four, D. Ridgley, E. King, L. Tew; Ward Five, G. Free, G. Smith, W. J. Bryant; Ward Six, T. Anderson, M, Lang-ford, L: Walker.
During the recent bad weather the works department of the Burlington Beach Commission has done a splendid job of clearing the side streets and the main strip of the snow yesterday. After the sanding truck had been along the Beach Highway the traffic was moving along quite normally in comparison with other districts where the driving was extremely hazardous.”

Is ‘the beach highway’ the QEW? Was the Beach responcible for the maintainence of the QEW on the beach strip?
 

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Scott, this is a great page! I think today is the first time that I have read the intire thing.

There are several references made to the 'Beach Yacht Club'. Did the Beach Yacht Club have any association with the 'Royal Hamilton Yacht Club' whose facility of course burnt down in about 1915? Did the 'Beach Yacht Dlub have its own building? If so, where was it located? And if not, where was the 'club room' housed?

And there are numerous references made to 'St. Andrews-by-the-Lake Church, and several to 'the Church of the Little Flower'. Where on the beach were these buildings located?
I believe the yacht club was located where the Beach Rescue now stands and no relation to the RHYC. As for a building, makes me wonder if the old hall was just that, I have an old picture that a member sent in showing him sitting on a boat at the club and he would know. And others (Fred) from that era would know as well.

Both churches are and still are located on the lakeside of the strip, the St. Andrews Church is mid 100's at the south end of the Beach near Van Wagner's. The Little Flower is located mid-beach in the 600 address.
 
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