Beach Articles from 1956

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I assume all of these articles are from the Hamilton Spectator
Thanks to the Simmons family.

Last year Proved Busy For Beach Policemen
Hamilton Beach, Jan. 11-The Beach Police Department, under the direction of Chief Howard Nickling, and a staff of three-Sgt Frank Waire, Constables Harold Hiadman and Roy Bradburn, had a very heavy year in 1955, In a community of 3,320 persons, but with a main highway running through, the work of patrolling the area, is not an easy one.
For the year 1955, the department attended the following calls: 2,051 radio calls; 77 cases under the Criminal Code; 49 cases under the Liquor Control Act; 2,101 cases under the High¬way Traffic Act; 105 under parking bylaws; 95 persons arrested; 11 persons arrested on warrants for outside police departments; 48 cases of careless driving; 607 parking tags issued; one family court case; nine juvenile court cases; 72 cases of family trouble attended to; 23 children lost and returned to parents; 926 invesitigations; 1,036 complaints; 222 accidents investigated; 43 persons injured in automobile accidents; two fatalities, as a result of drownings in the Beach area; one death at the filtration beds; 277 escorts; 17 bicycles stolen and recovered; four stolen cars recovered; 272 summonses served for outside police departments; 318 appearances in police court, making a total of 1,743 court hours, and 40,011 miles logged on the police cruiser.
Chief Nickling again asks the co-operation of residents in refraining from placing unnecessary calls to the Central Police Station.
The Rev. N. H. Kroeker conducted the election of officers for the WMS of Beach Gospel Chapel at his home, opening the meeting with a Scripture reading.
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The following were nominat¬ed: Mrs. N. H. Kroeker, president; Mrs, L. Soules, vice-president; Mrs. J. Norris, secretary; Mrs. W. Gould, treasurer. Conveners will be nominated at the next meeting, to be held at the home of Mrs. Ronald Harber Bellview Avenue.
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Norm Marshall will be the speaker at the Teen's Night. All parents and friends are invited to the Bell Cairn Memorial Home and School Association meeting tonight at 8 p.m.
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A business meeting for the WA of St. Andrew's Church will be held on Thursday at 2 o'clock.
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The euchre socials will be resumed on Friday evening at the Parish Hall at 8.15 o'clock.

Commission Will Accept Pipeline Owners' Offer

The Hamilton Spectator, 1956
Hamilton Beach, Jan. 14 - A bylaw to accept payment of $20,000 from the operators of the trans-Canada oil pipeline is being prepared by the Burlington Beach Commission. .The agreement will be of 20 years' duration. Negotiations for the pipeline passing over the sand strip have been under way since 1950, and the agreement will be retroactive to that year.
A second bylaw is to be drawn to release the Canadian National Railways from fencing the railroad along the Beach limits. The railroad intends to remove all the fencing as it is continually being torn down and damaged.
The Public School Trustees Association asked the commission in a letter, to join their association, but as this had never been done in the past, it was turned down.
William F. Johnson, principal of Bell Cairn Memorial School, reported an enrolment of 566, with an average attendance of 92 per cent. The school board approved Mr. Johnson's recommendation that the walls of the auditorium stage be re-painted, as the stage is now used at the household science room.
Dr. Fred Eggleton, MOH, was engaged in carry out the re-vaccination of about 250 pupils. Granted Interview
Reginald Wheeler, president of Burlington Beach Property Owners' Association, presented the reply he received from the Hon. William A. Goodfellow, Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs, granting an interview with his department, for a delegation from the association.
Fred Jento, chairman, said the commission had been to Queen's Park, but as yet, had not received any information as to what is to be done in the proposed annexation with Hamilton, either from the department, or from Mayor Lloyd D. Jackson.
Police chief Howard Nickling presented the December report as follows: 98 radio calls; 211 Highway Traffic Act; 29 parking tags; eight persons arrested and held at Dundas; two arrests for outside police departments on warrents; 134 summonses for speeding; four summonses for passing on the right; 25 parking violations; 55 complaints attended top 46 investigations; 12 accidents investigated; 22 escorts; two stolen cars recovered; 35 summonses served for outside police courts; 22 appearances in court, totalling 134 hours, and 3,961 miles logged on the police cruiser. There were no juvenile or family court cases.
William Leeming was re-elected vice-chairman of the commission. Congratulations were extended by Mr. Jento to Mr. Leeming, and all the members of the commission. All the permanent employees of the com¬mission were given a vote of thanks, and a bonus during January.

Property Owners Hear Beach Annexation Bill

Hamilton Beach, Jan. 17-At the meeting of the Burlington Beach Property Owners' Association, Reginald Wheeler, president, presented some facts on the visit of the executive to Queen's Park. This interview, with the Hon. William A. Good-fellow, Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs, was to ascertain the situation of the Beach, in regard to the proposed annexation with Hamilton.
After much study by the Department of Municipal Affairs, a bill is to be drawn and put before the Legislature, recommending the annexation of tbe Beach to Hamilton. One of the many reasons, was that it felt the community had stood long: enough in a unique form of government, appointed by the provincial government.
The readings begin in February, but it is not known whether they will be accepted or not. Those attending the interview were: Mrs. F, Gilchrist, Robert Ewles and Jack Kemp. In the meantime a committee volunteered to inquire further into details of the County of Went-worth and Hamilton, regarding tax rates and assessments. The committee consists of: Mr. Wheeler, William Johnston, Thomas Brock, John McKinnon, Ray Heatherley and Mr. Ewles.
Further business discussed in relation to the clarification of money to be received by at least 149 owners of bay-shore property, for their riperian rights for the land, which the Department of Highways has purchased for the Skyway Bridge project.
E. D. Hickey, solicitor for the sub-committee, appointed by the association, recommended strongly that the request of clarification of this clause, regarding "access to the water" rights, be left in abeyance, until property owners are contacted by the Municipal Board, Toronto.
All wards were represented and several complaints were received from Ward Three, over the condition of Kenmore Boulevard, and the water flooding the bottom section of adjoining streets.
In Ward Five, garbage is being dumped at the foot of Sixth Avenue, and an inquiry will be made.
The Beach Commission will be asked to take notice of the bad condition of the sand strip alongside the main boulevard. Mr. Ewles gave a note of encouragement to the property owners, who paid lawyers fees, to fight for the land prices. He said they would receive a substantial refund from the Department of Highways.
 

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Burlington Beach Protests Delay Decision On Saltfleet Annexation
Queen's Park Believed To Favour Association Of Strip With Hamilton
By ROBERT J. HANLEY
Spectator Staff Writer
Queen's Park, Feb. 3/1956 - The future of Burlington Beach - as a separate municipality with one of the lowest tax rates in Ontario or as just another community in heavily taxed Greater Hamilton - today seemed the "fly in the ointment" delaying decision on Hamilton's long-sought annexation of part of Saltfleet Township.
Protests Halted Move
It is understood here that the Department of Municipal Affairs was prepared to deliver the report on the proposed Saltfleet annexation when rising protests of Beach residents culminated in the presentation of their brief here last week and a further postponement in the announcement of a decision.
It seems the department would like to deal with both cases at the one time.
Here is the Beach side of the story;

The community of 3,300 persons seeks incorporation as a town. On four plebiscites during its history as a commission-governed community, it has voted for independence.
As a town with confined limits, the Beach could not expand residentially - with all the attendant costs of services such as water, sewage, roads, education.
But it could expand industrially, which would increase its income without appreciably increasing its spending.
For instance:
One firm is now negotiating to erect a plant worth $4,000,000 in the new industrial section to be built on water lots on the Bay side. This plant would pay $110,000 annually in taxes - practically the entire budget of the community
As the industrial section spreads along the Bay shore on filled water lots with thousands of feet of wharfage from the Windermere cut-off to the canal, the income to the community would be tremendous, giving it, perhaps, the lowest tax rate in Ontario - if, indeed, it required any tax rate at all.
On the other hand, the department must consider what is good for the greatest number, including the residents of Hamilton.
Although nobody wishes to make a commitment, it appears that department thinking favours association of both the Beach and Saltfleet with the city of Hamilton, either as annexed territory or as early units associating themselves with Hamilton under a metropolitan plan.

City to Absorb 2 Key Suburbs
Annexation Set For Saltfleet
And Beach Strip

By ROBERT J. HANLEY
Spectator Staff Writer
Queen's Park, Feb. 4/1956 - The Burlington Beach strip, and a large area of Saltfleet Township which the city applied to annex three years ago, will both become part of Hamilton within a month. That's the reliable inside information here where machinery is already in motion to effect the amalgamations.
An order of the Ontario Municipal Board is expected in a matter of days, granting Hamilton's request for the Saltfleet annexation. And within a month, the government is expected to make Burlington Beach a part of the city by special act of the Legislature.
Queen's Park action will thus give Hamilton the entire Beach strip, with its population of 3,300, and an area of 2,600 acres in Saltfleet, a good deal of it marked for early industrial development.
The amalgamations are going to mean increased taxes as well as increased services for both areas, but the plan is to effect the integration on an orderly basis, with the act and order probably not taking full effect until January 1, 1957.
Long Delay
There is embarrassment and anxiety in the Department of Municipal Affairs over the long delay in handing down a decision on the Saltfleet annexation request by Hamilton. However, it is explained that the chairman of the Ontario Municipal Board. Lorne Gumming, is handling the writing of the order himself. He has given it meticulous care and should be able to release the report late next week or the week following.
Early this week, the department received a letter from Hamilton's Chamber of Commerce, complaining about the delay.
The situation regarding Burlington Beach is that its future is up to the government and the Legislature, rather than to the Municipal Board.
Burlington Beach's commission form of government, established by act of the Legislature in the early 20s, made it a Crown colony, the only one of its kind in the province.
New Act For Beach
It is understood that in about three weeks the government will announce its intention to present new act, making Burlington Beach part of Hamilton.
Thinking of the government is that announcement of the amalgation is vital now, because the 'delay is holding up Hamilton's industrial planning
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It was learned also that the government does not believe a metropolitan plan - like that of Toronto - is necessary or wise for Hamilton just now. The government believes Hamilton can grow best and have its best government by orderly and continuing annexation.
The attitude regarding Burlington Beach is that it must not come an "oasis" in Wentworth County, but rather that it must become part of the city whose wharfage and industrial plants, may one day ring the bay.
Looking To Seaway '
The Hamilton Harbour Commission has already drafted extensive plans for the industrial future of the bay, and the government believes that none of these will be too "far fetched" when the new seaway sends more ocean-going ships into the port.
The government believes that it must act at once in both Beach and Saltfleet cases, because, according to one spokesman, "we didn't let Hamilton get itself into the position Toronto was when the metropolitan plan was adopted. Hamilton is a big city and it is going to be a great deal bigger. We must act now with the orderly annexation to give it a healthy growth."

Annexation Spells Doom Of Beach
To the Editor:
In a few months a great transformation will take place on Hamilton Beach. Then the City of Hamilton will take over this beautiful strip. According to a statement made by a very high official, speaking off the record, houses along the Bay side, from the Windermere Cut-off to the Brant Inn, will be demolished in less than five years.
All along the Bay shore there will be docks, warehouses and railway tracks. On the lakeside the houses will also be removed, and thus Hamilton's Coney Island will come into being. When the new dispensation comes it will mean the end of a community unique in all America. Also it will be the end of the strangely beautiful buildings along this sandbar, for no two of the many old-time buildings are alike. There is the log cabin at Station 16. Killarney, at station 12, is over 100 years old.
Let us walk along the Beach and see the buildings erected by Hamilton's prominent citizens many years ago. True, these houses have been repaired for winter's rigours but they 'are the same old-time buildings made with huge timber and boarding.
All these are to go to make way for Hamilton's industrial expansion. What a great pity!
In the midst of these stately houses and in Vacant fields are tall poplars and willows. It can be taken for granted that these will also be destroyed. The Beach will look something like Hamilton's factory district - gloomy and desolate smoke belching into the skies, engines whistling and steamboats puffing. What a place!
It will not be the beach of Sir John Gibson and John Moodie. Then it was a fascinating summer resort. Nor will it be the Beach which the Burlington ' Beach Commission ruled for 49 years. For many streets and avenues lined with stately houses came about during the years of commission administration. In closing, as I walk along the lakeshore and see the beautiful wild flowers and green poplar bushes, it makes me realize that nature is always the same.
Royston C. Kime

Echoes Of The Past
60 YEARS AGO
(From the Spectator files of Friday, February 21, 1896)
A new and amended draft of the proposed Beach annexation bill has been prepared and will go before City Council. It will likely come much nearer to the demands of the Beach residents. It may, however, have the effect that it will suit some of the Beach people, and thus divide the forces of the opposition. The changes in the bill are in reference to the powers of the commission which would look after Beach affairs.
 

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Operation Changeover Starts On Beach Strip
Hamilton Beach, Jan. 17 - Conversion from 25 to 60 cycle power began today, and is scheduled to be completed by January 24. The changeover will start between the northerly limits and First Avenue; from First Avenue to Cottage Grove on January 18; from North Park to Bclleview Avenue January 19; Bclleview to Morden Avenue Area January 20; Wright's Lane to Fitch Avenue January 23nd to Fitch Avenue January 23, and from Wark Avenue to the Windermere Cut-off on January 24. Ontario Hydro has said that approximately 4,000 domestic appliances will be changed, including washing machines, refrigerators, record players, and oil-burning furnaces. There will also be clocks, fans and other small items that will be converted or exchanged. All residents are being notified of the dates on which their equipment will be standardized.
Shortly after 8 a.m. on the day of changeover, Hydro technicians enter homes and business premises in the changeover area, making sure that all frequency sensitive appliances are disconnected. Information on matters pertaining to the change-over may be obtained by calling Liberty 9-6581.
A sub-clock and fan depot is located at the unit at the Masonic Hall, 459 Beach Boulevard, and is open from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. until January 24. It is imperative that customers make sure a responsible person is home on the change-over day. If homes or business premises are found unoccupied, there is no alternative but to cut off the power, to protect 25 cycle appliances from possible damage, when the 60-cycle frequency is switched on.
Plans are taking shape for the Scout Mothers' Auxiliary bazaar to be held next winter. Mrs. Stuart McHaffie presided at the meeting held in the parish hall of St. Andrew's Church.
Mrs. Clare Simmons was nominated treasurer, after the resignation of Mrs. Frank Ireland, who is now teaching at the school.
Mrs. Les Curst, Mrs. Robert Butt, Mrs. C. K. Grisewood and Mrs. McHaffie are attending the past president's dinner at the Scout House. Each member volunteered to make a luncheon cloth for the card tables when¬ever a social is held. The next meeting will be on February 7, at 2 p.m.
Mrs. John Nixon was hostess at the home of Mrs. Floyd Day, when the Beach Good Neighbours Benevolent Club held its afternoon euchre social. Prizes were won by Mrs. William Beveridge, Mrs. Day and Mrs. A. Nichols.
The Well Baby Clinic will be held on Thursday afternoon from 2.30 to 5 p.m. in the base¬ment of the Bell Cairn Memorial School.
All members of the Advisory I Council of St. Andrew's-by-the-Lake Church have I been urged to attend a meeting on Wednesday evening at 8 o'clock at the rectory. The con¬gregational supper will be held on Monday evening at 6.30 p.m. Persons planning to attend, are asked to phone the rector at Liberty 4-4583 and give the number of persons attending.



20 Beach Streets May Be Renamed
May 23/57
HAMILTON BEACH - The Beach Property Owner's Association has been advised by the planning and zoning committee that 20 street on Hamilton Beach have to be renamed as they are duplicated since the annexation with Hamilton.
The streets concerned are First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Avenues, Fairview Avenue, Clare Avenue, Waverley Avenue, Brighton Avenue. Morden Avenue, Bell's Lane, Turner's Drive, Wright's Lane, Albany Avenue, South Park, Kenmore Boulevard, Cottage Grove, Windermere Avenue, and Bayside Avenue.
A motion was passed that a request be forwarded to C. T. J. Waram, chairman, asking if the postal address of the area could be Hamilton (Beach) or a postal zone number be given to the area, instead of changing the street names.

It was decided to purchase the gold medal for an award at the Bell Cairn Memorial School Prize night.

Bus Fares
The current bus fares the Hamilton Street Railway again came under fire from the members.
An application will be made to the Board of Education for its assistance in an effort to get the secondary students' bus fares reduced prior to the September term.
Arrangements are under way at Saltfleet District High School for the students of Grades 11, 12 and 13, who may stay there to complete their schooling, V. L. Belyea, principal, is sending questionnaires to the parents of Beach students who will be resuming their studies in the fall. The school bus service will be continued by McLeod Motors of Stoney Creek, and the charge will be approximately 25 cents a day per student, payable in advance.
Riparian Rights
A group of property owners on the north side of the canal asked for details of the riparian rights money which had been received by bayshore property owners south of the canal from the Department of Highways.
The owners involved are having considerable trouble convincing the department that their deeds state them to be owners of certain water lots, and so entitled to claim from cutting off their access to the bay water. Reginald Wheeler, the association president, asked them to consult E. D. Hickey, the lawyer who won the arbitration case for the property owners, and Mr. Wheeler said would accompany the group to Toronto to look into the case. William Johnston, the treasurer, has now the new member-ship cards for the association, costing 50 cents for the year. The next meeting is to be on Thursday June 13, and arrangements are under way for Mr. Waram to be the speaker on the new zoning.

January 30th/57 is my guess for this letter.

Many Beach Residents Left To Tax?

To the Editor:

In the last few years agitation was rampant to change the Beach into a village. This resulted in three plebiscites being held. Each time the residents voted to retain the Beach Commission. Then agitation started to compel the governments to eliminate the traffic bottleneck along the Beach. These people could not see remedies such as building subways, overhead bridges or traffic beacons. So what has happened?
At long last, work has been started on an overhead bridge and Bayshore highway. Then the Hamilton Street Railway took over the Beach route shortly after the government announced that Hamilton would take over the Beach. This means higher taxes, if there are any residents left to tax. Rumours are rife that the Hydro-Electric Power Commission wants the Beach for towers. The CNR wants a slice. What about Hamilton harbour expansion plans-great warehouses and docks? It sure will be some Beach, as dead as the astronomers tell us Mars is.
It is a great pity to think that the Beach has been a summer resort, then a residential centre and playground and then out side people move in to turn it into an industrial, marine and power centre. What for?
If such a beautiful beach was in the United States, or even in Toronto the officials would make some of it a Coney Island and leave the rest to the residents.
In the past I wrote numerous letters advocating subways, traffic beacons or overhead bridges. These would have solved traffic problems along the Beach. But no. The residents wanted that Bayshore highway started. This agitation certainly hastened the beginning of harbour expansion plans and government intentions to give our beautiful Beach to Hamilton. Some residents say that if the Beach had been voted a village the city would not be able to annex it. But it is the government, not Hamilton, which has the say. The residents wanted the Bayshore highway and how they have to pay the price. They asked for it.
Royston C. Kime,
 

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Beach Commission Tells Owners To Confine Dogs

Hamilton Beach, April 11/1956 - Numerous complaints have been received by the Burlington Beach Commission of the large number of dogs running at large.
H. B. Black, secretary, stated at the commission meeting that the HSPCA have been kept so busy with the rabies scare that they have not been on the Beach recently, but, soon there will be a mass pickup of all dogs running through the streets.
All dogs should be confined to the owners' properties, it was stated.
Preparing for the coming annexation with Hamilton their Parks Board requested the commission to inform them of the location of all parks and playing fields, it was reported.
Matter Of Waiting;
The Wentworth County Children's Aid will service the Beach until December 31 from then on the Hamilton Children's Aid will be in charge.
Commissioner WilIiam Stewart inquired what contact had been made with the Hydro regarding the boulevard lighting.
Chairman Ferd Jento stated it is now just a matter of waiting- until the Hydro Commission sanctions the order and proceed.
There is to be a 400 watt mercury vapour light installed on every other pole at a cost of $70 per outlet per year.
Police Holidays
At a recent police meeting a motion was made to pay the four-man force for eight statutory holidays and arrange for dach man to get one week of his vacation time during the summer.
Complete new uniforms are to be purchased for the men, it was reported.
Police Chief Howard Nickling gave his monthly report.
William F. Johnson, Principal of Bell Cairn Memorial School, reported an enrollment of 570 with 90 per cent attendance. The mild epidemic of measles is still continuing in the junior grades, he stated.
There will be about 65 pupils going to Toronto April 18, it was reported. The sum of $1 is to be contributed by each child for the cost of transportation.
TV In School
As a three-week experimental project there will be a television set installed in the school. It will be set up April 17, if television becomes a part of school equipment. Mr. Johnson said he hoped their school, would be one of the first to pioneer it.
The Beach Commission will be responsible for hiring of the teaching staff in September. Contracts will be made on a ten-months basis as is the schedule in the city.
The staff will also be on the Hamilton wage schedule starting January 1, 1957.
To provide a playground for the kindergarten class the Skinner cottage and the two garages at the rear of the school are to be demolished, it was.
Commissioner Fred Seed recommended that Mr. Johnson's salary be brought on par with the city rate. This was approved by the Commission. William Johnston and Wilfred Crook represented the Burlington Beach Property Owners Association and inquiry was made for blacktopping one of two side streets. The project was suggested by Mr. Jento in 1953. Mr. Jento said they had not provided for any projects only drains in the budget of this year.
The aim of this project is to pipe along the east side of the highway and connect with a main drain into the bay. This will be done sometime this year. Vice-chairman William Leeming and Floyd Day were present.

Chief Nickling Resigns, Heads Caledonia Police

Hamilton Beach, April 19, /1956. At a special meeting of the Burlington Beach Commission, the resignation was accepted of Police Chief Howard Nickling and Constable Harold Hindman. Fred Jento, chairman, expressed his thanks on behalf of the commission, for the work done by both members of the police force.
With the annexation of the Beach to the City of Hamilton, Chief Nickling has been accepted as chief of police for the town of Caledonia. Chief Nickling has served in the Beach police force for the last 20 years, starting as a one-man force. Constable Hindman has worked in the Beach community for the last seven years, and will take up his post with the Dundas Police Force at the beginning of May. The Burlington Beach Commission has instructed the police department to enforce the bylaw which prohibits the sale and discharging of fireworks and firecrackers before Victoria Day (May 21 this year). Storekeepers are also reminded that the sale of matches to children is prohibited.
Chief Nickling- reported that at least one child has been in-lured by firecrackers and numerous complaints have been received from motorists and residents that children have been throwing lighted fire crackers around.
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The WA of St. Andrew's-by-the Lake Anglican Church will hold its euchre social on Friday evening at 8.15 o'clock at the Parish Hall.
Parents or guardians of children who will be entering kindergarten or Grade One, and have not attended the Bell Cairn Memorial School, are urged to register the children immediately. Please call LI 4-9501.
Kindergarten children must be five years of age by September 11, 1956.


Echoes Of The Past
60 YEARS AGO
(From the Spectator files of Thursday, April 23, 1896)
Residents of the Beach are anxious to know when the new-bridge over the canal will be ready. The masonry has been completed for some time, but no word has been received about the steel superstructure. Major Gray, government engineer, said today he was positive that the bridge would be finished by the busy season. He said the Dominion Bridge Company, of Montreal had been delayed by about a month in getting steel from England.


Beach Property Owners Organization Necessary
Hamilton Beach, May 5/1956 - "The need for a property owners' organization will be greater than ever when the City of Hamilton takes over the Beach area," said Reginald Wheeler, president of the Burlington Beach Property Owners' Association recently.
"An association representing the taxpayer and tenant is a benefit to the community and will not .sit back and hope for the other fellow to act, he continued.
Mr. Wheeler urged that all residents attend the annual meeting of the association on May 8 at the Bell Cairn Memorial School auditorium at 8 p.m.
Andrew Ley, of the Hamilton Recreation Department, will be guest speaker, and will speak on proper recreation facilities and playgrounds for a community.
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The Rev. John Barlett. director of religious education for the Diocese of Niagara, was the celebrant at the service of Holy Communion held at the Thank-offering service at St. Andrew's-by-the-Lake Anglican Church.
He was assisted by Ronald McMenemy. Present were the Woman's Auxiliary and members of the Parish Guild.
Arrangements for a trip to Rochester, May 15 were made at the Ladies' Auxiliary to the Beach Volunteer Fire Department meeting held in the club house. It was announced that the canvass for the Canadian Cancer Society among the business establishments netted about $35. Euchre prizes were won by Mrs. Frank Leach, Mrs. Stan Bosart, Mrs. Clare Simmons. The meeting: was convened by Mrs. Gordon Munger and Mrs. George Mark-
In honour of the May 19 bride-elect, Miss Helen Wyatt, a miscellaneous shower was held by her sisters, Mrs. .lack Kent and Mrs. Robert Wyatt. , Slides showing the seasons at Algonquin Park were shown to the Scout Mothers' Auxiliary by Les Gust at his home. Mrs. C. R. Grisewood thanked the host. Mrs. Stuart McHaffie presided at the business session of the meeting.
All members and group committee members were invited to attend the service on Sunday evening at Christ's Church Cathedral at 6:30 when films will be shown following the service.
At Mount Hope a picnic will be held for all auxiliary members on June 19, it was announced. Plans were made for the annual outing to Niagara Falls on Tuesday, June 12, by bus. Mrs. Cust will convene the luncheon.
Mrs. Stan Tomlinson and Mrs. D. R. Pegg were co-hostesses in serving the refreshments.

A 1956 article already posted, Down at the Beach;
http://hamiltonbeachcommunity.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1583
 

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Beach Police Chief Gives Last Report
Hamilton Beach, May 16/1956
Howard Nickling, chief constable of Hamilton Beach for the last 20 years relinquished his post at the meeting of the Burlington Beach Commission last night, to take Up his duties as chief constable of Caledonia today, ,
Speaking on behalf of the members of the commission, Commissioner Floyd Day wished Chief Nickllng every success in his new position. Before leaving, Chief Nickling gave his last report for April.
The report: 92 radio calls; three cases under the Criminal Code; 112 cases under the Highway Traffic Act; six persons arrested and held at Dundas; 36 summoned to Traffic Court for speeding; 16 summoned for passing on the right; 30 parking tickets issued; one family court cast; 59 complaints attended to; 51 investigations; 11 car accidents; 26 escorts; 20 persons summoned to outside Police Court; and 19 appearances in Police Court. A total of 109 hours and 3,287 miles were logged on the cruiser roster.
School TV
William Leeming, vice-chairman, presided at the meeting and stated that Sgt. Frank Wain would be the acting chief constable for the remainder of the; year, before annexation by Hamilton takes place.
William F, Johnson, principal of Bell Cairn Memorial School, said that there was an enrolment of 570 pupils. He said the recent experiments with television In the class had proved most valuable, especially in science and history courses.
The Salk vaccine Innoculation program is progressing as scheduled, under the direction of Dr. Fred Eggletbn and Mrs, James Bill, school nurse.
Mrs. Johnson inquired into repairing the electric stove in the kitchen and a decision was made to have all new elements installed. The heating system at the Masonic Hall classroom is still unsatisfactory, and will be attended to in the near future.
A school traffic officer will be hired shortly. At present, the police department is taking care of this post.
Recommendations for two new members of the staff were approved. Oliver Lemon, from Mount Elgin, will be hired to teach Grade Eight, and Miss Vera Rainford Grade Five. Prize night will be held on June 22, although the date is subject to change. The commission has given a gold medal each year since 1938, and this will be the final year.
Fire Chief Dan Hazell gave his report. An inventory was presented from the Volunteer Fire Department showing that 3,300 feet of hose is on hand. Chief Hazell was granted permission to attend the annual convention at Vancouver, with an expense allowance of $300.
Queries Tax Deduction
The Firemen's Frolic will be held again this year, with all proceeds going toward life-saving equipment. During 1954, there were 53 calls, 36 for fires and 17 for lifesaving; in 1955, there were 88 calls, 26 for fires and 62 for lifesaving. Reg Wheeler and Robert Ewles, of the Burlington Beach Property Owners' Association, inquired into the 12-mill deduction on the tax bill. Mr. Wheeler said that this money accounted for only approximately $36,000 of the $110,000 given by the taxpayers wanted further expropriation of commission property for the Skyway, and the taxpayers wanted further explanation as to the balance.
H. B. Black stated that the balance was to take care of current expenses for the remainder of the year, and some money had been spent before receiving the "landfall" which the commission had anticipated.
There will not be any financial statements sent out this year to, property owners, as Mr. Black said it was felt to be an unnecessary expense. ,
Mr. Wheeler again asked about the boulevard lighting. Mr. Leeming said that 500-watt Luminaire lights will be installed immediately, to conform with those used in Hamilton.
Commissioners William Stewart and Fred Seed were present.

Hamilton Beach Home, School Elects Officers
Past President's Pin Presented
Hamilton Beach, May 14/1956
Mrs, Ross Corey was elected president of the Bell Cairn Memorial Home and School Association at the annual meeting held at the school auditorium.
Mrs. R. A. Best, president of the Hamilton Council of Home and School Association installed the following officers: Mrs. Harry Shannik and Mrs. Tom Brock, vice - presidents; Mrs. Fred Sweet, treasurer: Mrs. R. W. Genesee, recording secretary; Mrs. Walter Simmons, corresponding secretary; Mrs. Harry Law, Mrs. William Elnisky, Harry Shannik, Mrs, Clare Simmons and Mrs. John Mallon, executive members.
Psychologist Speaks
The chairmen of the various committees will be appointed at the executive meeting on Tuesday evening.
Mrs. William Crawford, the retiring president, presented Mrs. Best with a token of appreciation. The gold past president's pin was presented to Mrs. Crawford by Mrs. Percy Clark.
G. Damon de Shield, staff psychologist of the Department of Health, Hamilton, spoke on mental health.
Mr. de Shield stated:
"It is the custom nowadays to blame the parents for mental illness, this is not fair." He stressed that parents not try to mould their children the wrong way and not try to run a child's life.

Mr. Shannik introduced the speaker and William F. Johnson thanked him.
The principal commended the association for their work and co-operation given the staff and school.
Miss Cecile Whittens' kindergarten class entertained the group.
The class pennant was awarded to the junior school, Miss Whitten's class, Miss Bernice Warwick's class and Ernest Seltzer' class.
It w as decided to purchase the graduation pins for the graduating class of this year.
The annual council dinner will be held on Wednesday at the Delta Secondary School at 6.15

Asks Residents Aid In Clean-up Of Dead Fish
Hamilton Beach, June 14 - Fred Jento, Burlington Beach Commission chairman urged residents to help in cleaning up dead fish from the beaches, at the commission's meeting.
"It is impossible for the works department to cope with the situation and the extra work involved," he said.
He also asked for assistance in keeping the boulevard free of litter.
William F. Johnson, principal of Bell Cairn Memorial School said 52 children were registered [or next year's kindergarten
He said a junior prize night would he held on June 26, senior prize night on June 28, and the annual dinner on June 21. Charles Gable Wentworth public school inspector will be speaker at the dinner. A drinking water fountain will be connected at the school. Dr. Fred Eggleton MOH, and Mrs. James Bill, school nurse, will conclude the polio inoculations this week.
Commissioner William Stewart said boulevard lights would be erected as soon as possible.
George Prowse, 722 Bench Boulevard, was refused permission to open a tea room in his home.
Police Chief Frank Wain was congratulated on his new position. Constable Robert Judd was added to the force for the summer.
The police report for half the month of May showed three children lost and returned to parents; 112 radio calls; 24 speeding summonses issued; 65 investigations. 19 car accidents, one stolen car recovered; 17 court appearances; and 20 escorts.
 

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Crash At Canal Bridge Holds Up Beach Traffic

Hamilton Beach, June 15/1956 -Two cars were damaged in a heavy traffic snarl at the canal bridge, when a north-bound tractor trailer came in contact with a car driven by Clarence L. Terry, of Putnam. No one was injured.
Police said Albert J. Wellington, of Fort Erie, was driver of the truck. Also damaged in the crash was a car driven by Daniel Thomas Powdall of 2 Clare Avenue. Chief Frank Wain of the Beach Police Department investigated.
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A building at the rear of 975 Beach Boulevard was gutted by flames on Wednesday night, but further damage was prevented by the Beach Volunteer Fire Department under Chief Dan Hazell.
Neighbours feared the Castle, a familiar Beach landmark, would be lost, but the flames were beaten back before they could reach the building.
Hose lines across the highway caused a lengthy traffic tie-up.
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Members of the Burlington Beach Property Owners' Association discussed the lack of action by the Hydro-Electric Power Commission in making any attempt to take some safety measures for protection around the towers on the lakeshore.
Reg Wheeler, president, interviewed the company on the matter following the accident which caused young Peter Evans to lose his arm, but no action has been taken, it was stated.
Twenty dollars was granted toward the annual prize night at the Bell Cairn Memorial School. Residents were asked to co-operate with the Beach Commission by raking up the dead fish on the shores, and burning or burying them.
Several members will attend the next commission meeting in July. The association will not hold any meetings during July and August unless necessary.
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The Scout Mothers' Auxiliary to the 25th Wolf Cub and Sea Scout Troop held a picnic at Niagara Falls recently. Mrs. Stuart McHoffie, president, welcomed the members and friends, and Mrs. C. H. Gvisewood gave a vote of thanks.
Prizes were won by Mrs. Stan Tomlinson, Mrs. McHoffie, Mrs, Harry Shannik, Mrs. A. E. Kerry, Mrs. Walter Fowler and Mrs, Ross Corey. Mrs. Walter Plater announced a Cub leader was needed.

Beach Firemen's Status Debated By Commission
Hamilton Beach, Sept. 14 -
The Beach Volunteer Fire Department requested, a definite statement on whether or not the department will cease to function after midnigh of December 31, when the City of Hamilton takes over the area,
The matter was brought before the Burlington Beach Commission meeting by Commissioner Floyd Day, acting on behalf of the fire department.
Chairman Fred Jento asked H. B, Black, the secretary, to forward a letter to Mayor Lloyd Jackson, requesting a definite statement on the matter,
Mr. Jento had some strong words to say regarding recent statements in The Spectator from the City Hall debates regarding the question of fire protection at the Beach.
"We now have an "A" rating with the fire insurance companies," he said, "which is 85 cents per thousand, and it will probably go up to $1.25 per thousand if the nearest fire station is at Woodward and Barton
Streets."
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Fire Chief Dan Hazell and Deputy Chief Bud Allan are attending the fire chiefs' convention at Vancouver, B.C. The resignation of Commissioner William D. Stewart has been accepted with regret.
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An enrolment of 605 pupils was reported by William F. Johnson, school principal. There are 58 children enrolled in the kindergarten. Mr. Johnson said the teachers were coping with the larger enrolment cheerfully. A piano has been donated to the school and any necessary repairs will be undertaken by the commission.
Sidney Taylor, school caretaker, and his wife were granted an increase in salary of $1,000 making a total of $4,600 per year as of September 1.
Miss Mary Willard is again in charge of the Safety Patrol, Police Chief Frank Waid reported the police cruiser radiator needed repairs. Constable Jack Judd will leave the department on Saturday to obtain further education.
Among the police statistics reported to the commission were the following: Two fatalities one a drowning and the other a train accident; 175 radio calls; 167 cases under the Highway Traffic Act; one juvenile arrested in a stolen car; 36 summonsed to court for speeding; 105 persons summonsed to Traffic Court for passing on the right; 98 parking tags for prohibited zone parking; 10 persons arrested and held in Hamilton; nine summonsed to Traffic Court for following too closely; 109 complaints attended to; 91 investigations; 24 accidents Investigated; four persons injured in accidents; five children lost, and found; one stolen vehicle; 22 summonses for outside police court; 20 appearances in' police court ;33 escorts; 3,225 miles on the cruiser log.


Eminent Group On First Beach Radial Car
To the Editor:

Some years ago Hamilton Beach was in the County of Wentworth. Under the rule of the county, with Daniel Mc-Gwin as road commissioner and John Hazell as police chief, the Beach began to undergo a transformation. Fishermen and gardeners, hotel keepers and summer residents were the population. The Beach from Station Nine to the Canal consisted of the summer residents from Station Nine to Beach Road were fishermen and gardeners.
In those days children were sent to Van Wagner's Beach School, a distance of two miles, which they rode or walked. Incidentally, I attended this school as did the late Ellis Corman. It was a great Beach in those days. Back of Dynes' Hotel shacks and fish shanties dotted the shore. There were dense poplar woods from Dynes to Station Six, and another from Station Nine to Station Ten. There were poplar bushes along the lake shore from Station Eight to the Brant House.
Gradually the Beach began to look very different. On the lake side, three-plank wooden sidewalks replaced the three-foot cinder path. From Station Eighteen to the Canal bridge, there was a wide, six-plank wooden sidewalk on the bay side. Commissioner McGwin enforced the rule that the road was to be graded each year.
In 1907 the Burlington Beach Commission, with Eli Van Allen as the first commissioner, established an office at Station Sixteen. In 1908 came the cement walk on the lake side. In 1910 a cement walk was built on the bay side. In 1906 the radial electric railway, which had operated on a single track from 1896, was double tracked across the Beach.
Then in 1910 the swamp extending from Station Ten to Station Five, a mile long, was filled in. Thus came about Kenmore Survey which in 1912 blossomed forth with avenues and stately houses. In 1915 the first school was built. It was called the Beach Bungalow School. In 1923 the dirt road was replaced with a cement highway. In 1937 the small electric lights on every pole were replaced with larger lights.
In conclusion, I would digress to say that on the first radial car leaving Hamilton in 1896 were Sir John Gibson, John Moodie, James Dixon and Charles Kime as the only passengers. The car travelled backward all the way to Burlington. On the last radial car leaving Hamilton at 11.10 p.m. January 5, 1929, Charles Kime was among the last passengers. Then came the buses.
Royston C. Kime
 

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Ration Pleasure Motoring To Ease Traffic
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Regarding the Hamilton Beach traffic problem - drastic conditions require drastic remedies, so I have suggested another solution. It looks as if the skyway bridge and highway will take a long time to build. What about the problem in the meantime?
Back in the horse and buggy days the traffic was not so puzzling. But then the animals were alive. Often hundreds of buggies and wagons would travel the roads, but when the drivers yelled gee or haw the horses would turn right or left and traffic was safe for pedestrians. Policemen and traffic lights were not needed.
Take a look at this traffic congestion along Hamilton Beach in 1956. It is worse than ever since the shortage of steel and cement looks ominously as if it will delay construction of the skyway highway and bridge until 1960, Something should be done about the beach problem. Subways, overhead bridges and traffic beacons have been suggested. However, there is no attempt made to relieve the congestion. I think it was General Mohammed Naguib of Egypt who said public highways should be used for the country's business. Thus it was that Egypt set aside Wednesdays for pleasure car use of the highways. The Egyptian people protested so two days were set aside for pleasure cars, Wednesdays and Saturdays, all other days reserved for trucks, police cars, ambulances and buses. Shortage of gasoline was partly behind the scheme, but certainly reduced the number of accidents.
In these modern times there is too much running about the highways and streets. People should stay home more often. No wonder there is so much crime involving children. There are too many cars on the highways. Cars should be used to take people to work, not to hotels, theatres and pleasure resorts every day of the week.
All such public highways In Canada like that along Hamilton Beach, where pedestrians are endangered, should be governed by strict traffic laws. In a democracy the safety of citizens should be the first consideration.
If the residents along the beach wait for the skyway bridge and highway to solve traffic problems they will be long since dead and buried. This will be a toll bridge so traffic will be just as bad along the beach boulevard. In the meantime, the only solution for our traffic problem is the use of the public highways for the country's business. All the people need for pleasure car use is one or two days a week.
Let them stay home. We owe this to the children.
Royston C. Kime

Beach Commission Plans Meet On Fire Brigade

Hamilton Beach, Oct. 16/1956 -
At the monthly meeting of the Burlington Beach Commission, the commission was asked if any further ultimatum had been made regarding the fire department when Hamilton takes the reins on January 1. Mr. Jento said that they were meeting with the Hamilton Fire Department and Alderman Frank Dillon.
The property at 417 Beach Boulevard had a prospective buyer who wished to use it for a commercial enterprise. The re quest was not granted, as the area is residential.
Presents Police Report
Police Chief Frank Wain presented the September report as follows:
Radio calls, 119; Highway summonses issued for speeding; Traffic Act summonses, 88; 28 40 motorists passing on the right; 20 tickets for parking in prohibited areas; 12 persons arrested; six persons arrested and held in Hamilton; 38 parking tags issued; two cases of family trouble; 75 complaints, attended to; 57 investigations; 17 accidents investigated; one child lost and found; five stolen bicycle recovered; one stolen car recovered; 24 summonses served for outside police courts; 27 appearances in police court; 33 escorts; and 3,061 miles logged on the cruiser.
Constable Don Roy has left the department and has been replaced by Donald Wood.
Attendance Drops
The enrolment at the Bell Cairn Memorial School is now 621. Seating: accommodation is scarcely adequate, said William Johnson, principal, but usually the average attendance drops during the winter.
Mrs. R. G. Wallace, the school nurse, will be leaving and a replacement will be needed temporarily. Dr. Fred Eggleton will be starting the polio inoculations at an early date. A survey is being taken at the school to see how many inoculations have been received by the new pupils this term.
V. N. Ames, superintendent of school inspectors advised that three teachers are needed for the two large Grade One classes and there is no available space for another class in the school. A new teacher will be hired to help out.
At present, the commission is still keeping a hard and fast rule that a child has to be five years of age by September 1, 1956, before starting kindergarten. During fire prevention week the school was cleared of 625 pupils in two minutes and 15 seconds.

Beach Citizens Anticipate Plenty Of Attention
To the Editor;

Now that the smoke of battle in our municipal election of December 5, and the vigorous election campaign which preceded it, has cleared away, may I, as a resident of Hamilton Beach and vitally interested in its welfare, make a few observations in so far as the several hundred voters in the Beach area of Ward Seven are concerned?
The vigorous personal campaign conducted by the various candidates in Hamilton' certainly did not include Hamilton Beach, with its population of over 3,000. Apparently we were the forgotten men. With the one exception of Mr. F. Spence, an aldermanic candidate running in Ward Seven, who attended the last meeting of the Burlington Beach Property Owners' Association in November. The urgent needs, such as a new street lighting system, repairs to our sidewalks, the long-felt want of an up to date sewage system, and the high school bus problem, were discussed in the presence of Mr. Spence. Mr. Reg Wheeler presided.
The average citizen on the Beach was at a loss to know whom to vote for, or who would be the candidates running for office, most likely to be deeply interested in the welfare of the Beach, and to voice our needs before various committees at the City Hall if they were elected.
The- long distance methods used in soliciting for Beach votes through advertisements in your valuable newspaper, plus the last-minute volume of circular's and cards that dropped into our letter boxes, gave us little help in finding out which candidates had knowledge of our problems and were sympathetic to them.
The residents of the Beach shall be looking forward early in the New Year, with keen interest and anticipation, to having our badly needed improvements and problems voiced before the City Hall committees.
Only until then, through the columns of the Hamilton Spectator, will we get to know which of the newly-elected members of the City Council have the best interest, at heart of the residents of this all-important, newly annexed section of the City of Hamilton. William Johnston

Beach Commission Ends 50-year Municipal Role
HAMILTON BEACH - After 50 years of handling the affairs of a rapidly growing community, the Burlington Beach Commission held its final meeting this week as governing body of Hamilton Beach.
The Beach area becomes part of Hamilton on January 1, 1957.
During the last 50 years Hamilton Beach has grown from a few summer homes to an all-year-round community of about 850 residences with a population of 3,320.
Fred Jento, chairman, said his 11 years of service on the Commission had been a "vast experience" and that he had been given excellent support by William Leeming, vice-chairman, and Commissioners Floyd Day and Fred Seed.
He said that a meeting of the Commission and representatives of the City of Hamilton will be arranged at an early date. Definite statements would be issued prior to annexation as to the Sunday sports bylaw (which is in force at the Beach but not in Hamilton), garbage collection days, school traffic officer, high school bus, and police patrol.
Thanks Extended Thanks were extended to the office staff under the leadership of Henry S. Black, the school staff headed by William F. Johnson, the police department, under Chief Frank Wain, the works department under Superintendent Harry Wilkins, the Volunteer Fire Department headed by Fire Chief Dan Hazell, and Mrs. Frank Gilchrist for her services in the. community.
Howard E. Nickling, Caledonia police chief, formerly of the Beach, paid tribute to the retiring Commission.
William F. Johnson, principal of the Bell Cairn Memorial School, reported an enrolment of 610 pupils, with an average attendance of 94½ per cent. The kindergarten pupils will have their photographs taken.
A $100 grant for the school expense fund was given. The school will close on Friday, December 21 for the holidays.
The ladies of the Church of the Little Flower will hold a Home Bake Sale on Friday at 2 p.m. in the hall at the rear of the church.
 
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A great nostalgia trip! Lots of familiar names there to awaken memories. One in particular (Mrs. William Crawford) the retiring president of the Home and School Association brings back the most memories.
A good thing that the dire predictions of Roy Kime didn't come true and the Beach has returned to its true vocation as an idyllic residential area.
 

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Crawfish;
That seemed to be the plan though ("dire predictions") and look at what we had to put up with over on Eastport Dr now, but until I read these old articles, I had no idea that the Province was also in giving away our bayshore to the Port. The Beach must not become an "oasis", well why not?

It was learned also that the government does not believe a metropolitan plan - like that of Toronto - is necessary or wise for Hamilton just now. The government believes Hamilton can grow best and have its best government by orderly and continuing annexation.
The attitude regarding Burlington Beach is that it must not come an "oasis" in Wentworth County, but rather that it must become part of the city whose wharfage and industrial plants, may one day ring the bay.
Looking To Seaway '
The Hamilton Harbour Commission has already drafted extensive plans for the industrial future of the bay, and the government believes that none of these will be too "far fetched" when the new seaway sends more ocean-going ships into the port.
The government believes that it must act at once in both Beach and Saltfleet cases, because, according to one spokesman, "we didn't let Hamilton get itself into the position Toronto was when the metropolitan plan was adopted. Hamilton is a big city and it is going to be a great deal bigger. We must act now with the orderly annexation to give it a healthy growth."
 

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Beach Troop Members Become Queen's Scouts
Hamilton Beach, April 24 - A scrap metal and paper collection will be undertaken by the group committee to the 25th Sea Scout Troop on Saturday, May 5, it was announced at the meeting of the group presided by George McLaren, vice-president. Queen's Scout badges will be presented to Peter Mitchell, Bob Ireland, John Simmons, Dick Shannik, Alvin McBride by the Governor General of Canada at the ceremony at Niagara Falls on Friday, May 4.
Sails are being ordered for the Scouts' schooner. By the end of May the schooner will be launched.
Next Tuesday will be the last indoor meeting for the troop.
All parents are invited to the rally at the Winona Rifle Range on July 1; it was announced at the meeting.
At the recent Scout rally in Hamilton the 25th Troop came second in the competitions. The Rover Crew received two first place awards, and two thirds in the events in which it participated.
Skipper Harry Shannik stated that a Rover meet will be held on May 12 and 13 on conservation.
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Tickets are still available for the annual card party at the school auditorium on Friday evening at 8.15.
A donation of $50 will be given towards the heating fund of the Youth Hall.
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The parent education group of the Bell Cairn Memorial Home and School Association will hold its meeting at the home of Mrs. William Clarke, 1003 Beach Boulevard, on Wednesday evening at 8.15 p.m.
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Four new members were admitted to the Guide and Brownie Mothers' Auxiliary to the 28th Girl Guide Company, it was announced at a recent auxiliary meeting with Mrs. George McLaren presiding. Miss Doris Grainger, captain of the company, reported that the annual Cookie Day will be held on Saturday.
The 19th Hamilton Company has challenged the Hamilton Beach group to a basketball game, it was reported.
Brown Owl, Mrs. Norman Hulbert, will be leaving the pack in September, it was announced, and anyone willing to assist in the girls work may contact Mrs. McLaren, LI 9-9054.
The next meeting will be held on Monday, May 14, at the home of Mrs. Carl Ames.

Obit
Abraham Joseph Simmons, of 10 Albermarle Avenue, died on Thursday morning at the General Hospital after a short illness. Born in Brooklyn, N. Y., 77 years ago, Mr. Simmons came to Canada in 1884. He had been a resident of Hamilton for almost three-quarters of a century. A moulder by trade, he was employed with the International Harvester Company for 30 years prior to his retirement in 1947. He is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth Covner; one son, Lewis, of Hamilton Beach; five daughters, Mrs. Leonard Riley (Marion), Mrs. Andrew Scott (Daisy) and Mrs. Charles Witherington (Thelma), all of Hamilton, Mrs. LeRoy Summerfield (Emily), of Akron, O., Mrs. Noel Hughes (Georgina), of Hamilton Beach; 27 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Lillian Svoboda, and a brother, Walter; both of Hamilton, The body is at the L, G, Wallace Funeral Home for service at 1.30 p.m. Monday, with burial in Woodland Cemetery.
Thanks Badge Given To Rector For Year's Work
Hamilton Beach, May 2 - The presentation of a "Thanks" badge was made to the Rev. Peter F. Wilkinson for his tireless work last year, at the annual card social held by the group committee to the 25th Sea Scout Troop at the school auditorium. Tom Brock was master of ceremonies.
Door prizes were won by Murray Langford, Stan Tomlinson, Mrs. Harold Martin, Mrs. Les Cust, A. W. Louden, Henry Stodola, Mrs. Murray Ryder, Frank Ireland, and Mrs. Jack Filman.
Among those who won card prizes were Mrs. Jack Walton, Mrs. Stan Tomlinson, Mrs. Irene McDonald, Robert Sweet, Mrs. Thelma Carter, and Mrs. William Johnston. * * *
A scrap metal and paper drive will be held on Saturday by the Sea Scouts. Those putting out paper have been asked to tie it in bundles.
The 28th Girl Guide Company will collect six-quart baskets Saturday.
The annual bridge marathon sponsored by the parish guild of St. Andrew's-by-the-Lake Anglican Church will be held on Friday, May 25, at the parish hall.

Hamilton Beach Rector To Take Teaching Course
Hamilton Beach May 2
The Rev. Peter F. Wilkinson, rector of St. Andrew's-by-the-Lake for the last four years, will leave the parish on June 30 to take a two-year teaching course at Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary, New York City.
The flowers in the chancel of the church were in memory of Mary Ellen Lucas, given by her family, and of Herbert Foster. Ernest Francis assisted during the service. Next Sunday morning there will be a guest preacher, the Rev. Deacon Arthur Woods.
On Thursday, May 3 at 2 p.m. there will be a thank offering service and the mission bale will be packed in the parish hall. The WA will hold their final euchre social on Friday evening at 8.15 p.m. During the social the ladies will hold a home bake sale.

Beach Appoints Melvin Hayes New Constable
Hamilton Beach, May 7 - Melvin B. Hayes, of Hamilton, was appointed police constable by the Burlington Beach Commission, to replace Constable Harold Hindman, who joined the Dundas Police Department.
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Three delegates who attended the annual Christian Missionary Alliance rally in Toronto gave reports at the Beach Gospel Chapel WMS meeting. Mrs. A. E. Dickson was hostess.
Reports were by Mrs. A. E. Dickson, Mrs. Harry Law, and Mrs. N. H. Krocher, who presided. A letter was received from Miss Helen Hall, RN, in Indonesia. Miss Pauline Smith spoke on the Western Canada Bible Institute.
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Team Work - a play - will be presented by the Hamilton Players Guild, at the annual meeting: of the Bell Cairn Memorial Home and School Association, on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Officers will be installed by Mrs. B. A. Best, president of the Hamilton Council.
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The newly, re-organized Catholic Ladies' Guild will hold a rummage sale on June 2.
The Well Baby Clinic will be held on Thursday from 2.30 p. m. until 4.30 p.m. in the school basement rooms.
 

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Beach Owners Elect President To Fifth Term
Hamilton Beach May 11
Reginald Wheeler was re-elected president of Burlington Beach Property Owners' Association for the fifth consecutive year at the annual meeting held at the Bell Cairn Memorial School auditorium.
The following officers and ward representatives were nominated and installed by Ernest Wilson: Robert Ewles, first vice-president; Mrs. Frank Gjlchrist, second vice-president; William Johnston, treasurer; Lennard Walker, secretary.
Ward representatives: Ward One (Windermere Cut to and including Wark Avenue and Mareve Avenue), Harold Martin, Leslie Plant, Stanley Milne and Mrs. Douglas Gosling; Ward Two (Wark Avenue and Mareve Avenue to and including Morden Avenue and the Royal Bank), Mrs. Clare Simmons, Harold Owen and Gordon Muriger; Ward Three (Morden Avenue to and including Grafton Avenue), Tom Brock and two more representatives to be appointed;
Ward Four (Grafton Avenue to and including Sixth Avenue), John Huttou, Henry Stodola, William Crawford; Ward Five (Sixth Avenue to and including Canal area), Wilfred Cook, Gus Free, Edward Morrow, Roy Heatherby, William D. Stewart and Mrs. D. E. Stewart, Ward Six (from the Canal to the limits), Mrs. T. G. Anderson, George Kinsey, Mrs. John McGowan, Mrs. Stuart McHaffie.
Drainage Needed
Mr.. Wheeler gave a review of the work of the last year. The members present stated that proper drainage along the boulevard and new sidewalks in many areas was badly needed.
A membership of 158 was given by Jack Kemp. Andrew Ley, director of recreation for the City of Hamilton, spoke. Refreshments were served by Mrs. Walter Simmons and committee.

Clear The Entire Beach Strip?
To the Editor:
It is to be hoped that the city's health and building permit departments are co-operating about any unsatisfactory housing in the Beach or Van Wagner's area.
In fact we could assist these people by providing slum clearance and rehabilitation, using the broadest terms of the present acts. The Federal and Provincial governments should be most co-operative in clearing off the Beach area. Before we build or extend school facili¬ties in any area there, let's have a progressive look at the clearing — the whole strip.
How effectively are we using existing and hoped-for legislation covering housing clearance in relation to municipal projects? When will that bunny come out of the hat?
Progress

Beach "Strip Is No 'Slum'
To the Editor:
In answer to Progress' letter (The Spectator, May 2) about clearing the Beach Strip, I would like to say the following: I have lived on the Beach for 19 years and it wasn't until I read this letter that I realized I was living in a slum.
In fact I'm sure you will find that a lot of happy "slum dwellers" here have found themselves in the same predicament. Thanks for the offer of school facilities, but we are proud of our school and school staff. I would suggest that Progress come back for another look with his eyes open wider.
Jackie Lewis,
Hamilton Beach.

Oil Blast Hits Beach Fire Hall
Hamilton Beach May 11 —
Members of the Beach Volunteer Fire Department were startled by a loud explosion, Wednesday, and then rushed to the nearby fire hall when they saw smoke seeping from under the doors.
Three Beach Commission workers who are also members of the fire department drove the fire trucks into the open. Investigation showed that the explosion had come from an oil heater.
Police Chief Howard Nickling was in the commission office at the time of the explosion and he said there was more noise than damage. He said at no time was the fire hall threatened with fire. Oil soot floating in the hall settled on the walls causing most of the damage.


Girls' Auxiliary Awards Badges To 8 Members
Anglican Group Presents Prizes
Hamilton Beach May 18 —
Badge awards were presented at the closing meeting the Girls' Auxiliary of St. Andrews'-by-the-Lake Anglican Church to Louise Barlow, Aurie Stuart, Gail Linke, Marilyn Clark, Joan Hichardson,: Sadie ButterWorth, Diane Turner, and Susan Taplin.
The badges were won for knowledge of social service, handicraft, and missionary work.
Following the presentation a social hour was held with game prizes being won by Marilyn Clark, Susan Taplin, Cecile Williamson and Diane Boyce.
Mrs. Ernest Francis and Mrs. Edward Lane were in charge of the meeting.
A close game was played be¬tween the Bell Cairn Memorial School Softball team and Moun¬tain View team in the Saltfleet Township Softball League recently. The beach team won with a score of 15 against the Mountain View Team's 7. ,
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Marathon bridge winners will be honored at the annual bridge party Friday, May 25 at the parish hall of St. Andrew’s Church at 8.15 p.m.-
All residents have been invited.
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Ronald A. McLean will be minister of the Beach Gospel Chapel during the, absence of the Rev. N. H. Kroeker. Mr. Kroeker is travelling in the United States and western Canada with his family.
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Attending the Hamilton Home and School Council dinner at Delta Secondary School were Mrs. Ross Corey, Mrs. William Crawford, Mrs. Tom Brock, Mrs. W. R. Genesee and William F. Johnson, representatives from Bell Cairn Memorial Home and School Association.
 

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Chief Nickling Rides Again-- With Soapy Beard?
To the Editor:
It was back in 1936 when Chief Howard Nickling took up his duties as police chief of Hamilton Beach. A few days ago he left to become police chief of Caledonia.
On his last night cruising-the Beach in the modern radio-equipped police car, I rode along with the chief and he recalled many memories. In the early 1940's he cruised along the Beach in the Beach Commission truck. Those were the days when George Jones, James Wadge and Earl Jack had, at different times, been constables.
Chief Nickling's exploits were wide and varied. During fires he rode on the fire trucks and often climbed on roofs which were almost raging infernos. Then on other occasions the chief could be seen on police boats searching for bodies in the Bay. Several times Chief Nickling was nearly drowned. One time he sought to question a party of men and women about midnight and they were about to throw him in the filtering basin, but men on the street saved him. The party members were arrested.
Yes, Chief Howard Nickling was a colourful figure. One night a fire broke out about midnight in the dead of winter. The chief was shaving at the time. He roared away toward the fire hall, his face covered with shaving soap!
A number of years ago he chased two burglars through back yards and over fences and captured them. They had robbed the Commission office.
When peace was declared on VE day, May 7, 1945, the chief dressed as a clown and paraded along the Beach amid roars of laughter and applause.
Strangely, Chief Nickling's last call was to a fire. The fire hall had caught fire. The gallant chief manned the pumper along with his old buddies and pals.
Chief Nickling was a fearless and popular police officer. As he cruised along the Beach on his last night, people everywhere on the street waved at him. Yes, Chief Howard Nick-ling's familiar figure will be missed along the Beach.
Royston C. Kime


Beach Softball Team Wears Gift Sweaters
Hamilton Beach May 29 -
Members of the Bell Cairn Memorial School boys' softball team are now wearing the new sweaters bought for them by the Home and School Association. The last game was won by the local team who gained eight wins against Mountain View School's five. So far they have lost only one game in the present series of the Saltfleet Township School League.
Officers Elected
Salk polio vaccinations are nearing completion at the school. No arrangements have been made yet for pre-schoolers.
Chairmen of committees in the/Bell Cairn Memorial Home and School Association have been elected as follows: Mrs. D. E. Pegg, social; Mrs. H. C. Goodale, membership; Mrs. Frank Gilchrist,health; Mrs. Murray McMaster, grade mother; Mrs. William Crawford, sunshine; Mrs. Jean Nelles, publicity; Mrs. Ernest Alcock, publications; Mrs. Al Mitchell, hospitality; Mrs. S. A. Gaynick, Red Cross; Mrs. Douglas Gosling, parent education.
Mrs. Leslie Plant will act a pianist and Ernest Seltzer has been elected an honorary member.

Hamilton Beach Group Presents Bridge Prizes
Hamilton Beach May 30 -
Mrs. E. R. Heatherly and Mrs. M. A. Taylor won first prizes at the marathon bridge sponsored by the Parish Guild of St. Andrew's-by-the-Lake Anglican Church during the last season.
The prizes were presented at the annual bridge and euchre social held at the parish hall. Second high scores went to Mrs. E. A. Brankley and Mrs. J. A. McAlley, and consolation prizes were given to Mrs. Murray Ryder and Mrs. William Johnston.
Mrs. Geoffrey Turner, president, welcomed the guests and thanked Mrs. Leslie Taylor for taking care of the finances for the marathon. Mrs. W. G. Lang and Mrs. W. R. Partridge were in charge of the social preparations, assisted by Miss Mary Fletcher, Ernest Wilson, Mrs. Edith Sadler and Mrs. Alice Morris.
Prizes for bridge, euchre and door prizes were won by Mrs. William Stewart, Mrs. Agnes Davis, F. L. Spurgeon, Miss Elsie Knowles, Hector Marshall, Mrs. W. C. Michie, Mrs. J. J. Ritchie, D. .A. Weston, Victor Pratt and Mrs. Helen Munger.
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Plans for a mother and daughter banquet, to be held on Thursday, June 14 at the Parish Hall of St. Andrew's Church, were made at the recent meeting of the Guide and Brownie Mothers' Auxiliary to the 28th Company and Packs, held at the home of Mrs. Carl Ames. Mrs. George McLaren presided.
Need Leader
There is still an urgent need for a Brownie pack leader and any interested person was asked to contact the president or Mrs. Norman Hulbert.
At a special meeting a pot luck supper was planned tor all members at the home of Mrs. Ross Corey, 34 Morden Avenue on Monday at 6.30 p.m. A donation will be given to the annual prize night at the Bell Cairn Memorial School and also to St. Andrew's Church.
Thirty-seven residents took part in the recent tour of the Ford plant at Oakville, which was sponsored by the Bell Cairn Memorial Home and School Association.

Bell Cairn Boys Softball Team Beats Lakeview
Hamilton Beach, June 1 -
The Bell Cairn Memorial School boys' softball team chalked up another victory this week in the Saltfleet Township School League, defeating Lakeview School 9-5. Previously the Beach team had defeated Burlington School, 8-5.
Residents are invited to attend the rummage sale sponsored by the Catholic Ladies Guild at the Church of the Little Flower on Saturday at 1.15 p.m.
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Burlington Beach Property Owners' Association will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 12 at the Beach Yacht Club at 8 p.m.
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Mrs. Clare Gunter, who has been ill for some time, was •welcomed back to the Parent Education Group of the Bell Cairn Memorial Home and School Association annual dinner which was held at the Wentworth Arms Hotel.
Mrs. Douglas Gosling, chairman, proposed a toast to the Queen. Mrs. Harry Law, Mrs. William Clarke, and Mrs. William Crawford were in charge of the arrangements. Mrs. Robert McMenemy arranged the games and each guest received a rose.
Prize Winners
Door prizes were won by Mrs. Crawford, Mrs. Gosling, Mrs. Jack Kemp, Mrs. Gunter, and Mrs. George Reid. Prizes for court whist went to Mrs. Harry Law, Mrs. Ernest Alcock, Mrs. William Clarke, Mrs. E. R. Binkley, and Mrs. Harry Shannik.
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All residents are asked to cooperate when the enumerator for the Canadian census of 1956 calls at each house within the next week or two.


David Gardner Traffic Officer At Beach School
Hamilton Beach, June 5 -
David Gardner was appointed new traffic policeman at Bell Cairn Memorial School.
Mr. Gardner succeeds the late Daniel Hoffer.
The monthly meeting of the Burlington Beach Property: Owner's Association will be held on Tuesday, June 12, at the Beach Yacht Club. All tenants and land owners have been in¬vited to attend.
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The twenty-fifth Cub Pack won a third-place pennant at the Eastern Division Wolf Cub Pack Rally at Camp Mount Nemo, just missing the trophy by a few points.
Class A and B pennants were won by the twenty-fifth Troop at the Scout, Guide parade in Hamilton.
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The Well Baby Clinic will be held at Bell Cairn Memorial School from 2.30 to 5 o'clock on Thursday afternoon.
The clinic is a community service.
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.The twenty-fifth Sea Scout Group will hold a scrap metal and paper drive on Saturday morning at 9 o'clock.
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Mrs. G. E. Prendergast, of 537 Beach Boulevard, has returned home after flying to San Diego, Calif., where she visited her sister, Mrs. C. C. Dennsen and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wiggett, former Beach residents.
 

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Will Hear Speaker On Drama
Hamilton Beach, June 8 —
The newly-formed Drama Club of Hamilton Beach will have a member of the Hamilton Players' Club as speaker at its next meeting, June 21at the home of Mrs. Douglas Gosling. This was announced at the recent meeting also held at the home of Mrs. Gosling.
All interested in joining this club are asked to contact Mrs. William Crawford or Mrs. Gosling.
Plans for the home bake sale at the annual fireman's frolic in July by 'the Beach Fireman's Ladies' Auxiliary are in the process of being finalized, it was announced at the auxiliary meeting.
Mrs. Frank Wain, presided.
Convening the social hour were Mrs. Bud Allan and Mrs. Kenneth Kinrade.
Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Cuming, of 207 Beach Boulevard, who recently celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary, were honoured with a citation from the provincial government.
All members of the Scout and Cub Mothers' Auxiliary will leave at nine a.m. on Tuesday for their annual picnic at Niagara Falls.


No Transfers To Local Buses
To the Editor:
Some time ago, you published a letter of mine to which 1 would like to refer with your permission.
The reason for writing the letter was brought on by an incident which took place on a Beach bus bound for Hamilton. This incident was no doubt influenced by the news that the Beach buses had been taken over by the Hamilton Street Railway, and that the Beach was shortly .going to be annexed by the city of Hamilton.
As I previously related in my letter, several residents of the Beach of that particular bus started asking the bus operator for transfers, but were told that no transfers are issued to Hamilton buses.
The Beach passenger were apparently under the impression at that time they were entitled to transfers, and told the bus driver so in no uncertain terms. However, he rightly told them that it was a matter that they could take up with the head office, and that it did not concern him. A footnote to my letter by the Editor explained that in an earlier edi¬tion of the Spectator it had been stated by Mr. Todd of the Hamilton Street Railway that he was going to attend a meeting of the Ontario Municipal Board in February of this year, and that he was bringing this matter to their attention. Since then we on the Beach have heard nothing further on the outcome of that meeting about the issuing of transfers. We should therefore appreciate finding out at this time, if the matter of issuing transfers to Hamilton Street Railway buses met with a favourable response from the Ontario Railway Board, and if so, when is it going to take effect? Hundreds of Beach residents who use the Beach bus regularly to and from their places of employment, and who have to walk long distances, experience a hardship — especially in winter — on account of there being no transfer accommodations.
William Johnston
We are informed that, for the present, the Hamilton Street Railway contemplates no change in the present Beach fare and transfer structure. According to an Ontario Municipal Board decision, transfers are given only on routes within the city limits as they were at the time of the fare increase in 1952. — Editor

Members of the Burlington Beach Property Owners' Association discussed the lack of action by the Hydro-Electric Power Commission in making any attempt to take some safety measures for protection around the towers on the lakeshore.
Reg. Wheeler, president interviewed the company on the matter following the accident which caused young Peter Evans to lose his arm, but no action has been taken, it was stated.
Twenty dollars was granted toward the annual prize night at the Bell Cairn Memorial School. Residents were asked to co-operate with .the Beach Commission by raking up the dead fish on the shores, and burning or burying them.
Several members will attend the next commission meeting in July. The association will not hold any meetings during July and August unless necessary.
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The Scout Mothers Auxiliary to the 25th Wolf Cub and Sea Scout Troop held a picnic at Niagara Falls recently. Mrs. Stuart McHoffie, president, welcomed the members and friends, and Mrs. C. H. Grisewood gave a vote of thanks.
Prizes were won by Mrs. Stan Tomlinson, Mrs. McHoffie. Mrs, Harry Shannik, Mrs. A. E. Kerry, Mrs. Walter Fowler and Mr. Ross Corey. Mrs. Walter Plater announced a Cub leader was needed.

Burlington Beach Laws Check Traffic, Conduct
Hamilton Beach, June 20 — Fred Jento, chairman of the Burlington Beach Commission, stated during a recent interview that he wished it to be known that Burlington Beach did not suffer from a lack of control over traffic or conduct on the beaches and streets.
Mr. Jento said, "The recent rowdyism at Lakeland Beach, which is in the City of Hamilton area, had nothing whatsoever to do with the area under jurisdiction of the Beach Police Depart¬ment, even though Police Chief Frank Wain assisted when called last Sunday evening during the skirmish."
H. B. Black, secretary of the commission, produced the bylaws which govern keeping property and streets clean. The Beach should not be a place to throw bottles and other litter, he said. A fine of up to $50 could be levied for such offences.
An air-tight bylaw on traffic control, both on the highway and side streets and park areas had been in effect and strictly adhered to since 1941, he said.
The bylaw regulating unnecessary noise both indoors and out, the breach of which brings a penalty of up to $25 for each offence, was also strictly enforced.
Beach residents had been flooding the commission office with telephone calls protesting the wrong impression the public was getting from the rowdyism at a park area, Mr. Black reported.
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The Safety Patrol at the Bell Cairn Memorial School were guests of the principal, William F. Johnson and Mrs. Johnson at Fruitland, when a wiener roast was enjoyed. Ernest Seltzer and Miss Mary Willard, originator of the patrol, accompanied the pupils. Several parents provided transportation.

Members of the advisory council of St. Andrew's-by-the-Lake Church are requested to attend a meeting this evening at the rectory at 8 o'clock.

Rector Of Beach Church Inducts New Lay Reader

Hamilton Beach, June 26 —
The Rev. Peter F. Wilkinson gave his final sermon in his series of 10 request sermons at St. Andrew's-by-the-Lake Anglican Church on Sunday. The service also marked the rector's last Sunday in the parish before he leaves for Columbia University, New York.
Robert Lorne Ferguson was inducted as a licensed lay reader in the parish and the rector announced the appointment of Ernest W. Francis as an adviser to the wardens. The new minister for July and August will be the Rev. Robert C. Good, former teacher and Chaplain at Ridley College, St. Catharines. The celebration of Holy Communion as held for St. John the Baptist Day. Mrs. E. A. Manzer was organist. There will be no evening service during July and August.
Mr. Francis extended an invitation to all member and friends to attend the farewell party on Friday at eight o'clock at the Parish Hall for the rector and his wife.
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Beach Gospel Chapel welcomed its pastor, the Rev. N. H. Kroeker back after his trip through the States and Western Canada with his family. While he was away, the men of the congregation painted the exterior of the chapel and built a steeple. Violin music was played by Pearl Knechtal and a duet was sung by Margery Garrard and Marilyn Harris.
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Forty Cubs of the twenty-fifth Wolf Cub Pack, “A" Group enjoyed a wiener roast in the back yard of their leader, Mrs. George Baynes. Farewell songs were sung for John Francis and Jim Crumb, who are leaving the pack. Assisting were Mrs. George Richards, Jack Kemp and Roy Dean. Mrs. Baynes reported the pack will carry on all summer, meeting each Monday evening in her garden,
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The Beach Drama club met at the home of Mrs. Fred Sweet, Miss Elsie Thomson, of the Hamilton Players' Guild, was the speaker, explaining the fundamentals of starting a club and the procedure to be taken. An election of officers was held, with these results: Mrs. Fred Sweet, president; Mrs. Douglas Gosling, vice-president; Mrs. Harry Law, secretary. A meeting will be held at the home of Mrs. Law on July 12.
 

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INSPECTOR GIVES ADVICE

Beach School Honours Graduating Students

Hamilton Beach, June 25 —
"Life 'at home and at school is similar to a game where the player must play his hardest. One does not always come out on top but achieves satisfaction from knowing he has done his best", said Charles Gabel, inspector of Wentworth Public schools during his address to the graduating class at Bell Cairn Memorial school annual dinner in honour of the students. -
Mr. Gable advised students to pick one major extracurricular interest such as sports, music or drama. William T, Johnson the principal introduced the speaker and Carolyn Hocheridge extended thanks.
Sixty-six students sat at tastefully decorated tables in the Beach Masonic Hall. Miss Mary Willard was chairman and Ernest Seltzer asked the blessing.
Toasts Proposed
A toast to the school board was proposed by Michael Hopwood ad the reponse was given by Fred Jeneto, chairman of the Burlington Beach Commission.
Norman Taylor proposed the toast to the school which was replied to by Mr. Johnson. The toast to the students was proposed by Mrs. James Bill, the school nurse and Rosemary Barn replied to it.
Jack Walton gave the toast to the Home and School Association and Mrs. Ross Corey gave the response. Mrs. Williams Crawford, the past president of the Association was also at the head table. Piano selections were given by Paul Francis.
Class prophecies were read by Kenneth Tomlinson of room one and John Alcock of room seven.
A sing song, games and dancing concluded a splendid evening.
The grade mothers convened the dinner.
Twenty-eight babies and pre-school children attended the Well Baby Clinic at the school. Dr. W. A. Bodkin of Burlington gave the vaccinations.
Mrs. Audrey Anderson and Mrs. Norman Prowse of the Burlington VON gave advice on child care. Mrs. Harry Shannik who has assisted at the clinic during last year’s, is leaving the community. The clinic will be held every two weeks throughout the summer months.
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All executives and officers of the Bell Cairn Memorial Horne and School association both for this year and last are invited with their respected husbands, wives and members of the teaching staff to the annual picnic on Wednesday at LaSalle Park.
Cars will leave the school a six o'clock. Kindly bring a basket supper and plate settings.

Junior Prize Awards Made By Beach School
Hamilton Beach, June 27 —
A packed auditorium of parents and friends witnessed the junior prize day of Bell Cairn Memorial School. (The senior prize day will be held on Thursday, June 28.)
Ernest Seltzer, chairman, thanked the organizations who donated funds which made the prie nights possible.
William Johnson, principal, thanked the staff for their cooperation and the parents who prize nights possible.
Awards Presented
Awards were presented to Danny Alcock, Linda Cross, David Hutton, Cheryl Briggs, Kenneth Krocker, Wendy Bailey, Billy Davidson, Donna Graham, Edward Murphy, Wendy Sullivan, Frank Genesee, Margaret Mc-Bride, John Francis, Sharon Esson, Douglas McLaren, Diane Hosart, Robert Howard, Jill Sloan, David Lockhart, Pamela Askew, Alfred Urfey and Beth Walton, as the most outstanding pupils from kindergarten to Grade Five; Lorraine Drysdale, David Merrill, James Stewart, Wendy Rattray, Ronald Brown, Judy Godsoe, Ronnie Smith, Carol Raylor, Peter Evans, Karen Lewis, Donald Duval, Eileen Utman, William Shotten, Susan Tiffany, Peter Stanton, Jayne Humphreys, Joe Vanderlip, Sharon Bailey, Terry Watson, Susan Baynes, progress awards.
Special subject awards were presented to Ronald Barker, Coral Graham, Norman Hann, Elizabeth Cockburn,, Roger Laking, Catherine Evans, Michael Kernick, Janet Urquhart, James Simmons, Shirley Allan, Kenneth Kellms, Marion Mallon, Leslie Kedge, Judy Elsam, Arma Peddle, Valerie Bailey, JerryNorris, Beverly Mayham, Robert Donovan, Loretta Dorion, Brian Pegg, Scott Agur, and Catherine Mallon.
Mr. Johnson presented citizenship awards to Karen Fernlund, Lorraine Stewart, Karen Kenyon, Cathie Cone, Carole Adams, Richard Keens, Lorraine Adams, Diane Wilkovesky, Linda Love-joy, Lorna Clarke.
David Barlow, Susan Dean, Hughanne Herod, Richy Menet, Donna Dowell, Susanne Cross, Barbara Luxon, Lynn Barker, Robert Teather and Beverly Beemer were presented with tabs.
For excellent attendance prizes were given to Susan Mallon, Betty Ann Blayney, Raymond Camani, Beatrice Kemp, Ernest Copeland, John McKever, Janet Luxon, Michael May, Barbara Luxon, Judy Elsam, Fred Genesee, Jack Kemp, Nancy Tooley, Marilyn Genesee, Douglas McLaren, Robert Sheeler, John Prowse, James Mitchell, Betty Humphreys, Brian Pegg, Charlene .Sharp, Beth Walton, Patricia Muldoon, David Luxon, Alex Humphreys.
Donors To Fund
The donors to the school's prize fund were: The Beach War Veterans; William R. Hockridge; the Twenty-eighth Girl Guide Mothers' Auxiliary; Mrs. Jack Esson; The Beach Volunteer Fire Department; Clare Simmons; The Catholic Ladies' Club; Mrs. Stanley Rosart; The Good Neighbours Club; and Mrs. L. W. Towrisend.
Under the direction of Miss Cecile Whitten the kindergarten rhythm band gave several selections. The pupils of Miss Geraldine Bekkankamp and Mrs. Gertrude Warbrick presented a play.
Others taking part in the program were Douglas McLaren, Beth Walton, Mrs. Stella Patts, Christine Walker, John Seme's class, Miss Jennie Harmansky's class and Miss Margaret McCreadie's class.


LAST FOR COMMISSION
Present Beach School Awards At Graduation
Hamilton Beach, June 29-
The senior school graduation ceremony was held at the auditorium of Bell Cairn Memorial School, and Fred Jento, chairman of the Burlington Beach Commission said this would be the last graduation ceremony at which the commission would be the school board.
William F. Johnson, principal, thanked the staff, parents, donors of the prize fund and the board for their confidence. The valedictory address was given by Sally Crawford, who was presented with the Beach Commission's gold medal for outstanding academic achievement and all-round excellence in grade eight.
The Beach Masons' scholarship was awarded to Alan McLaren and Rosemary Barnes. The Beach War Veterans' scholarship was won by Carolyn Rockridge. Sandra Wallace won the Love Memorial Medal.
The Home and School Association presented the graduation class with pins, winners being Jack Alcock, Louise Barlow, Rosemary Barnes, Lynda Beveridge, Ada Bradburn, Marion Breakenridge, Brian Brock, Geoffrey Aitkens, Linda Floren, Bonnie Fries, Elsa Greenawa, Pat Heatherley, Kay Jack, Joan Leet, Patty McCann, Jane McHaffie, Alan McLaren, Kathleen McMaster, June Murdock, Tom Robertson, Douglas Shaw, Frank Taylor, Jack Townsend, Sharon Wain, Judy Westcott, James Ames, Bonnie Bell, Barbara Clark, Marilyn Clark, Sally Crawford, Bill Carter, Gladys Coomber, James, Davidson, Gerry Dibden, Bruce Dickson, Patricia Dawson, Lee Davies, Betty Follwell, Paul Francis, ridge, Michael Hopwood, John Hughes, Irene Johnson, Patricia. Kemp, Gayle Linke, Barry; Luxon, Jack McPhail, William Millar, Gail Nickling, Lois Pett, Robert Pearson, Lorraine Simmons, Norman Taylor, .Jerrilyn. Teather, Terry Tew, Robert Threader, Ken Tomlinson, Carolyn Wallace, John Walton, Rennie Wheeler, Elizabeth Carr.
Attendance awards were given to. grade six pupils, Clare Johnson, Robert Tooley; grade seven, Helen Kemp, Philip Corey, James Follwell, George Robbins; grade eight, Marilyn Clark, Irene Johnson, Patricia Kemp, Elsa Greenaway, Jane McHaffie, Rennie Wheeler, Barry Luxon, Alan McLaren, Robert Pearson.
Progress awards and certificates were presented to Richard Vineski, Francis Sullivan, Bruce Chapman, Gloria Buta, Gary Hassard, Bonnie Fries, Patricia Kemp, Barry Luxon.
Outstanding student awards and certificates were won by Alan Fagan, Sadie Butterworth, Tom Anderson, Jean Redbourhe, Alan McLaren, Rosemary Barnes, Sally Crawford, Jack Walton.
Awards for special subjects were giveu to Donald Gilchrist, Sharon Dalgleish, Dennis Ward, Marleiie Teather, Wendy Gilchrist, George Robbins, Carol Hockridge, Jim Davidson.
Citizenship awards were presented to Eleanor Lovejoy, Jerry Simmons, Diane Turner, Linda Ward, Gordon Ripenburgy Francis Smith, Carolyn WHvert, Bob Plater, Jerrilynhe Teather, Lorraine Simmons, Gladys Coomber, John Hughes, Lome Green, Bill Carter.
Mjss Mary Willard, physical training teacher, presented the members of the track team with silver spoons, donated by Ernest Francis. Receiving this recognition were Bill Millar, Pete Penson, Jack McPhail, Paul Francis, Barry Luxon, Joe Winder, Dave Henderson, Tom Peddle. The senior softball team members received sweaters from the Home and School Association. They were Bill Millar, Wayne Rivers, Ross Melmer, Andy Brown, Jack Walton, Jim Ames, Barry Luxon, Jack Townsend, Pete Bentony Dave Henderson, Brian Brock, Jerry Simmons, Bob Threader, and Barry Wilkins.
Receiving tabs were Wayne Rivers, Jerry Simmons, Louise Barlow, Linda Markis, Kathy McMaster, Pat Tomlinson, Marion Breakenridge, Ada Bradburn, Jane McHaffie, Patty McCann, Jean Redbourne, Joan Rufford, Lorraine Simmons, Sandra Wallace, Mike Hopwood, Wayne Rivers, Tom Peddle, Pete Penton, Jim Ames, Joe Winder, Bob Threader, Jerry Simmons, John Alcock, Terry Tew.
Entertainment was provided by Paul Francis at the piano and a skit by Bruce Dickson, Jim Ames, Terry Tew and
Marilyn Clark.
'Donors to the school prize fund and the representatives of the various organizations were the Home and School Association, Ross Corey, Mrs. William Crawford; the Burlington Beach Commission, Fred Jento; Burlington Beach Property Owners' Association, Robert Ewles, Ladies' Auxiliary to the Beach Fire Department, Mrs. Frank Wain; Beach Veterans' Club. Stan Tomlinson; Beach Masonic Lodge, Gordon Johnson.
 

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Skyway Sightseers Add To Congestion On Beach
Hamilton Beach, July 3 —
The ever-increasing flow of traffic along the Beach has made it necessary for the commission to hire an extra constable to relieve the four-man force. Donald Roy, of Hamilton, will be on duty for the summer months.
Fred Jento chairman of the commission said that it is not only the increased number of cars and trucks which is causing tie-ups. Sightseers stopping to see the' progress on the new Skyway bridge is another fact, he said.
Police Chief Rank Wain reported many accidents caused by cars being driven to close together over the weekend. Four cars were involved in a tie-up in the vicinity of Dynes Park. Douglas Salton, of London, and Robert Barbour, also of London, had extensive damage done to their cars and members of Mr. Barbour’s' family received injuries.
Americo Butilli, of Cliriton, Penna., and Demitro Jackimez, Niagara Falls, N.Y., were also involved in the collision.
At Station 18, two north-bound cars collided and charges were laid against Kevin Dunphy, of Buffalo, N.Y., who is said to have driven into the rear of a car driven by Norman C. Cowison, of Niagara Falls, Ontario.
During the height of the storm on Sunday, a large limb of a tree in front of the home, of Darrel Hamilton, Mordeh Avenue, fell on the Hydro wires and caused a short circuit. The Beach Volunteered Fire Department stood by until the Hydro service man, Les Taylor, cut and repaired the wire.
The fire department had previously been called to Lakeland Beach, where an upturned boat in the lake was noticed by persons on the beach.
The 25th Rover Crew will take charge of collecting the bundles of papers during July and August. On Saturday morning, residents are asked to have tied bundles ready to be picked up at the curb.
The Well Baby Clinic will b« held on Thursday from 2.30 to four o'clock in the school basement rooms.


Hurricanes Blow When Man Tampers With Nature

To the Editor:
Recently a letter to the Editor, Bombs Change Weather signed by Very Curious, interested me. Many summer seasons have been worse than 1956. Away back in 1916, it was just terrible — all through May, June and July, nothing but fog and rain. Then take the summer of 1942. Cold east winds and bad flood conditions along the beach.
In June of this year it was very warm, with numerous thunderstorms. This weather was caused by hot moisture rising from the Caribbean Sea passing over the American desert and causing intense heat, humidity and thunderstorms in Ontario. Incidentally, the vast American desert was created as a result of this moving Caribbean moisture.
Since many hurricanes originate in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, this has caused strange east and west winds. On the night of June 19 last, about 11 o'clock, strange funnel-shaped clouds pointing in different directions could be seen in the western skies. At this time, terrific hurricanes were raging over the American desert. Farmers were worried by the dust storms out that way.
Then East winds came over here. A warm wave of weather followed. Earlier this month we had quite a few thunderstorms, yet it was cool weather. Again, this was caused by the hot moist air rising from the Caribbean passing over the American desert and the mountains, and exploding when it contacted the cool air over Ontario. Of course high and low pressure conditions from elsewhere made it worse. '
Yes, bomb tests do create strange weather conditions. So does cutting down thousands of trees. For a long time scientists thought America was getting warmer, but the United States weather bureau experts exploded this theory. All that is happening is that man is interfering too much with the natural elements. The result — hurricanes.
However, as soon as this hot Caribbean moisture disappears the summer of 1956 will start to act differently. Then look out for August and September. Maybe it will be so hot that Very Curious will wish it was winter. It has happened before. It will happen in , 1956.
Koyston C. Kime



101ST COMMUNICATION

New $250,000 Offices Planned By Grand Lodge

At the 101st communication of the Grand Lodge AF and AM of Canada in the Province of Ontario, it was decided to set up a committee to investigate and acquire property for new Grand Lodge offices to replace the present quarters now in use on Gore Street.
The sum of $250,000 has been mentioned as the possible expenditure if it is decided to build a new building.
Among the officers elected last night were George M. Quackenbush of Dundas, DDGM Hamilton district A, and Walter T. Francis of Stoney Creek, DDGM Hamilton district B.
Among the Grand Lodge appointments made were: C. E. Heal of Hamilton, grand super-intendent of works; Henry E. Batkin, Georgetown, W. J. Clark, Scotland, David W. Dunkin, West Flamboro, Lordly W. Jones, Hamilton, George Lang, Hamilton and Ian McConachle. Hamilton, grand stewards.
Other elections were as follows: W. Smith, Port Frances, man, Campden East, grand jun-grand senior warden; A. E. Langior warden; the Rev. D. M. Guest, Wyoming, grand chaplain; H. R. Wellington, Windsor, grand registrar.
Elected to the board of general purposes were C. M. Pitts, Ottawa, J. R. Rumball, Toronto, D. J. Gunn, Tronto, George F. Parke, Hamilton, E. A. Miller, London.
 

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Dog Owners Get Police Summonses
Hamilton Beach, July 19 -
The Beach Police Department has issued 12 summonses to residents who have not purchased new dog license tags.
The Burlington Beach Commission is again warning residents that tags must be purchased and dogs kept off the streets unless on a leash or confined to the owner's property.
The heavy weekend traffic brought many rear end collisions at the Beach.
Police Chief Frank Wain and Constable Robert Judri investigated a three-car collision, all if vehicles driving south and coming to a sudden stop.
Robert W. Flewelling Guelph Charles Brooks, of Barrie, and Alfred Wash, of Toronto, were involved.
The Beach Volunteer Fire Department extinguished a blaze at the vacant house at 41 Brighton Avenue.
The property is owned, by the Department of Highways.
It has been decided to approach the department to request that it remove the building.
Jack Shannon was guest speaker at the Beach Gospel chapel. Others taking part were Victor and David Tournay and Miss Beatrice Cline.

Funeral Rites For J. Wignall Set Thursday
The funeral service for Joseph Wignall, of 6 Wark Avenue, Hamilton Beach, victim of an accident at the Beach early Tuesday morning, will be held at 3.30 p.m. Thursday at the L. G. Wallace Funeral Home.
Mr. Wignall, who died under a train's wheels early on the day on which his annual holiday from the Steel Company of Canada was to have started, was born in Preston. England, 54 years ago. He had lived in Hamilton since coming to Canada in 1911. A crane operator, he had been employed with Stelco for the last 34 years and was a member of the firm's Quarter Century Club.
A soccer enthusiast, Mr. Wignail had managed a Stelco soccer team several years ago.
Surviving are his wife, the former Margaret Middleton; two sons, Joseph William, at home; Harry, of Stoney Creek; a daughter, Mrs. William Kenney (Margaret), Madison Heights, Mich.; six grandchildren; his father, Harry Wignall, Burlington; and three brothers, Herbert, of Burlington, Richard and John, of Hamilton.
Burial will be in White Chapel Memorial Gardens.

Beach Sea Scouts Take Top Place In Regatta

Hamilton Beach, July 31 -
With three trailer loads of equipment and nine canoes, the 25th Sea Scout Troop made its annual .camping trip to Camp Kennabi, Haliburton.
Twenty-eight boys, accompanied by six leaders, attended the camp under the direction of Skipper Al Mitchell.
Highlight of the camp was the weekly regatta at which the 25th Troop took first place. This is the third year in succession that the local troop has won top honours and each time Skipper Mitchell has been in charge.
Eight troops competed in the events from such points as Hamilton, Toronto, St. Catharines, and Niagara Falls.
During the week nine swimming badges and four rescue badges were awarded.
Others helping in the camp direction were Robert Sweet and Harry Shannik, Tom Brock, Ross Corey, and George McLaren of the group committee. They were assisted in transportation by Arnold Fowler, Clare Simmons, Fred Robbins and Bob Simmons. Any new residents in the community are invited to attend the wel baby clinic, which will be held on Thursday afternoon from 2.30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the will not be ay vaccinations or inoculations during the summer months.
Members of the 25th Rover Crew will be in charge of picking up the bundles for the monthly paper drive, which will be held on Saturday, August 11 instead of the usual day.

Beach Brigade Deals Promptly With Trailer Fire
Hamilton Beach, Aug. 17 -
A fire at the rear of the Angus Inn at the Canal Amusement Park brought prompt responses from the Beach Volunteer Fire Department.
Sparks from a rubbish fire at the rear of a restaurant set fire to a trailer. The fire was fanned by the wind from the lake.
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Nine babies attended the Well Baby Clinic at Bell Cairn Memorial School.
Mrs. William Vyse and. Mrs. Audrey Anderson of the Burlington VON, were present.
The clinic was in the charge of Mrs. Frank Gilchrist, assisted by Mrs. Percy Clark.
The next clinic will be held on Thursday, August 20.
 

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Dinner Dance Will Honour Fire Brigade
Stoney Creek, Aug. 11 —
The twenty-fifth anniversary of the Stoney Creek-Saltfleet Volunteer Fire Department will not go unheeded by the town and district. A dinner dance has been arranged at the El Morocco for September 18.
The dance and dinner are being sponsored by clubs and organizations in both the town and township in recognition of the excellent work done by the fire department during the quarter century.
The fire department has been lauded as one of the most efficient volunteer outfits In Ontario and the members are looking forward to a new emergency truck for which tenders have been called. With this truck they feel their equipment will be complete for every blaze and emergency.
A committee formed from the executives of the different organizations in the area has been working for some time to arrange a suitable commemoration of the anniversary. The dinner dance, it was felt, would be of interest to the entire community, especially in September when almost everyone has returned from holidays. Tickets for the event are on sale from members of the clubs.

Hamilton Beach 25th Cub Pack Attends Camp
Assistant Leaders Still Needed
Hamilton Beach, Aug. 7 —
The weekend camp for the 25th Wolf Cub Pack was held at camp. Mount Nemo under the direction of Cub leaders, Mrs. George Baynes, Mrs. Walter Plates, Miss Edna Clark, Ralph Wilson and Roy Dean.
Sixer Dennis Ward won the award for the best behaved Cub and the tent in charge of Sixer Michael Halabishon won the prize ribbon for neatness. A church service was held on Sunday when Skipper Al Mitchell of the 25th Sea Scout Troop and Mr. and Mrs. Drury Ridgeley, former leaders, among those attending.
Members of the Ladies' Auxiliary who helped with arrangements were Mrs. Tom Brock, Mrs. Clare Simmons, Mrs. Ross Corey and Mrs. Mitchell.
There is still a need for more assistant leaders and anyone who would like to help should contact any of the present leaders. .
The playoffs of the 25th Wolf Cub baseball teams will be held on Wednesday at seven p.m. at the park at Station Four.
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The letter of resignation written by the Rev. N. H. Kroeker was read at the morning service of the Beach Gospel Chapel by church secretary James Halock.
Mr. and Mrs. Kroeker completed five years of ministry on August 1 and will now be leaving for the Missionary Alliance Church in Chatham, Ontario.
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The Rev. R. C. Good was assisted by Ron McMenemy and Fred Alcock when he officiated at Holy Communion at St. Andrews-by-the-Lake Anglican Church.

Beach Chief Arrives Home From Convention
Hamilton Beach, Sept. 21 —
Fire Chief Dan Hazell and Mrs. Hazell, and Deputy F. C. Bud Allan have arrived home after attending the International Fire Chiefs' Convention at Vancouver, B.C.
The Hazell family will probably be eating British Columbia salmon for some time as Mrs. Hazell was the proud winner of a 37-pounder at Stanley Park Lodge. The prize will arrive, packed in ice, by plane.
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Residents of the Beach area will be canvassed this iall for funds for the United Appeal.
This year there will not be a door-todoor canvass for the Burlington Victorian Order of Nurses as in the past years, because of the annexation of the Beach to Hamilton in January.
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Sixteen girls gathered at the Parish Hall of St. Andrew's-by-the-Lake Church to attend the Girls' Auxiliary meeting.
Mrs. Ernest Fancis and Mrs.Edward Lane were in charge and outlined the work and aims of the organization. Mrs. Francis explained that members must be 12 years of age in order to join.
The next meeting will be on Monday at 7.30 p.m.
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The Beach Good Neighbours' held its euchre social at the home of Mrs. Fred Jento.
Prizes were won by Mrs. Noel Hughes, Mrs. William Beveridge, Mrs. Thomas Briggs and Mrs. Alex Humphries.
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The Women's Association of St. Andrew's Church will hold a card social tonight at 8.15 p.m. All residents are invited.

School Enrols Full Classroom Over Forecast
604 Pupils Record At Bell Cairn
Hamilton Beach, Sept. 6 —
The largest enrolment on record at the Bell Cairn Memorial School was registered yesterday when 604 pupils turned out for school.
William F. Johnson, principal, said that this number is an entire, classroom more than was anticipated at the June enrolment.
The staff are coping capably with the overflow and classes should be running on an even keel within a short time.
Ernest Seltzer is the vice principal and three new members on the staff are Oliver Lemmon, Grade Eight, Vera Rainford, a junior class, and Mrs. R. G. Wallace, the school nurse, replacing Mrs. James Bill who has moved to Dundas.
Mrs. Stuart McLaughlin will be the household economics teacher and Mr. Johnson will be in charge of the woodwork class.
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Seven-year-old Joan Herod, of 930 Beach Boulevard, while peddling home from school on her bicycle came in contact with a Beach Commission works department truck, at the intersection of South Park Avenue and the Beach Boulevard.
The child received an injury to her left foot and damage to the bicycle. Elmer Christian was the driver of the truck. The Beach Police Department investigated.
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"A" Pack of the 25th Wolf Cubs will resume its regular meetings on Monday evening at 7 p.m. at the Youth Hall.
Mrs. George Baynes, cub leader, reports that registration will take place throughout the month of September, after which new recruits may start only if there are vacancies through members leaving, members leaving. Full uniform is required at the meeting.
The monthly paper collection will take place on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. The Group Committee is resuming collections for the 25th Sea Scout Troop and Packs.


New Minister Assumes Duty At Beach Chapel
Hamilton Beach,- Sept. 11 -The Rev. John Neville Shannon was officially introduced to the congregation of the Beach Gospel Chapel on Sunday at the special induction service.
The Rev. Nathan Bailey, superintendent of the Missionary and Christian Alliance, introduced the newly-appointed pastor, who will reside at the Beach with his new bride.
Mr. Shannon is a graduate from Nyak Bible Institute, New York.
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Plans to purchase Christmas gifts for the mission fields were discussed at the meeting of the Women's Missionary Society of the Beach Gospel Chapel, held at the home of Mrs. Al Dixon, Stoney Creek.
Mrs. Lome Soules, vice-president, presided. Reports were given by Mrs. William Gould, and the Scripture reading by Mrs. Harry Law. Letters were read from the Rev. and Mrs. Richard Johnston, of Thailand, and the Rev. and Mrs. Harold Catto, of New Guinea.
Meetings are held on the first Friday of each month.
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Registration for the 28th Brownie Pack will take place throughout this month, according to Mrs. J. H. Esson, Brown Owl. After the first of October, new recruits will be placed on a waiting list until vacancies are left by members leaving.
Regular meetings will resume with full uniform required, 01 Monday, September 17, at 6.31 p.m. in the parish hall of St Andrew's-by-the-Lake Church.
 

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Beach Firemen's Status Debated By Commission

Hamilton Beach, Sept. 14 — The Beach Volunteer Fire Department requested a definite statement on whether or not the department will cease to function after midnight of December 31, when the City of Hamilton takes over the area.
The matter was brought before the Burlington Beach Commission meeting- by Commissioner Floyd Day, acting1 on behalf of the fire department.
Chairman Fred Jento asked H. B. Black, the secretary, to forward a letter to Mayor Lloyd Jackson, requesting a definite statement on the matter.
Mr. Jento had some strong words to say regarding recent statements in The Spectator from the City Hall debates regarding the question of fire protection at the Beach.
"We now have an "A" rating with the fire insurance companies," he said, "which is 85 cents per thousand, and it will probably go up to $1.25 per thousand if the nearest fire station is at Woodward and Barton Streets."
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Fire Chief Dan Hazell and Deputy Chief Bud Allan are attending the fire chiefs' convention at Vancouver, B.C. The resignation of Commissioner William D. Stewart has been accepted with regret.

An enrolment of 605 pupils was reported by William F. Johnson, school principal. There are 58 children enrolled in the kindergarten. Mr. Johnson said the teachers were coping with the larger enrolment cheerfully. A piano has been donated to the school and any necessary repairs will be undertaken by the commission.
Sidney Taylor, school caretaker, and his wife were granted an increase in salary of $1,000 making a total of $4,600 per year as of September 1.
Miss Mary Willard is again in charge of the Safety Patrol; Police Chief Frank Waid reported the police cruiser radiator needed repairs. Constable Jack Judd will leave the department on Saturday to obtain further education.
Among the police statistics reported to the commission were the following: Two fatalities — one a drowning and the other a train accident; 175 radio calls; 167 cases under the Highway Traffic Act; one juvenile arrested in a stolen car; 36 summonsed to court for speeding; 105 persons summonsed to Traffic Court for passing on the right; 98 parking tags for prohibited zone parking; 10 persons arrested and held in Hamilton; nine summonsed to Traffic Court for following too closely; 109 complaints attended to; 9 investigations; 24 accidents Investigated; four persons injured in accidents; five children lost, and found; one stolen vehicle; 22 summonses for outside police court; 20 appearances in police court ;38 escorts; 3,225 miles on the cruiser log.

Group Installs New Officers
Hamilton Beach, Oct. 4
Mrs. A. M. Carpendale, area chairman of the eastern division of Scout Auxiliaries, installed the new officers of the Scout Mothers' Auxiliary to the 25th Sea Scout Troop and Wolf Cub Packs.
The officers are: Mrs. Walter Simmons, president; Mrs. Tom Brock and Mrs. Arnold Fowler, vice presidents; Mrs. Ross Corey, secretary;. Mrs. Clare Simmons, treasurer; Mrs. Al Mitchell and Mrs. George McLaren, social conveners; Mrs. Ken Agur and Mrs. Harold Henderson, sunshine conveners; Mrs. , D. B. Pegg, sewing convener.
Mrs. Simmons presided at the business session when further arrangements were made for the annual bazaar on Saturday, November 17 at the school auditorium. A special meeting for bazaar conveners will be held at the home of Mrs. Les Cust. Tickets for the card party during the evening are now on sale and can be obtained from any auxiliary member. Refreshments will be served by the auxiliary at the annual group committee meeting this month. Saturday, October 20, will be Scout Apple Day.
Give Money For Prizes Ten dollars was voted to the field day prizes at Bell Cairn Memorial School. Scout scarves were given out by Mrs. Pegg to be sewn for the troop metn brrs. Lunch was served by Mrs. Ken Agur and Mrs. Frank Barlow.
The monthly paper collection will be held on Saturday, October 13 by the 25th Sea Scout Troop. This date is a week later than usual.

School Reports Are Presented To Commission
Beach Fire Chief Offers To Resign
HAMILTON BEACH — William F. Johnson, principal of Bell Cairn Memorial School, requests that all parents who have children five years old by January 1, 1957, contact the school by telephone or letter, stating name age and address of the children for preschool enrolment. The school attendance averaged nearly 97 per cent. This report was given at the meeting of the Burlington Beach Commission.
Miss Rhoda Taylor has been lent by the Hamilton Board of Education to take charge of part of the Grade One classes. About 20 pupils will be grouped in the former nurse's room for a reading group from the Grade One classes. The necessary desks and equipment have been installed. *
A new nylon flag will be purchased for the stage and a three dimension globe will be added to the school equipment.
Miss Jean Nelles, school board secretary, will receive 25 per cent salary increase. The public school staff dinner will be held on November 20.
Reginald Wheeler president of the Burlington Beach Property Owners Association made an inquiry as to the seating of the pupils at the junior assembly in the school auditorium. The children apparently sit on the floor, and several parents thought that this was not healthy in the colder months.
Mr. Johnson stated that the auditorium would not seat 240 children any other way. Fred Jento, the chairman, said that the city could probably improve the situation next year.
A letter was received from Fire Chief Dan Hazell, saying that in the event of his duties as chief ceasing on January 1, 1957, when the city takes over, and in the event the disaster unit still functions in the area, he wishes to resign from the department on account of ill health,
Robert Foster reported no fires during October. The annual banquet will be held on Saturday.
Police Chief Frank Wain gave the police report.
The cruiser logged 3,362 miles.
Vice-chairman William Leeming, Floyd Day and Fred Seed attended the meeting.

Beach Receives First Notices Of Assessments
New Area Known As Ward Seven
HAMILTON BEACH

The corporation of the City of Hamilton has now issued the notices of assessment made in 1956 to beach property owners. Next year's taxes will be levied upon this assessment.
It has been found that an equalized assessment has distributed the tax load on an equal basis. Provincial legislation dictates the basis.
N. A. Wilkes, assessment commissioner, stated the department is prepared to show the taxpayer the assessment manual and appraisal sheet for the individual properties. The area will be Ward Seven.
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Sylvia Mary, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Plant, 163 Beach Boulevard, was baptized at St. Andrew's-by-the-Lake Anglican Church by the Rev. Robert C. Good. Miss Mary Fletcher and Llewelyn Jones were the godparents. Sylvia wore the christening robe which her sister and two brothers had previously worn.
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The play, High Pressure Area, was presented at the Parent Education Group of the Bell Cairn Memorial Home and School Association. Those taking part were Mrs. William Crawford, Mrs. Harry Law, Mrs. Stuart McHaffie and Mrs. Douglas Gosling. A discussion followed the play. Mrs. Gosling, the chairman, and hostess, welcomed Mrs. Claire Gunter back to the group, after a long absence through illness.
Co-hostesses were Mrs. Law and Mrs. Frank Gilchrist. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, November 28 at the home of Mrs. Robert McMenemy.
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Monthly paper collection will be made on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. It will be sponsored by the group committee to the 25th Sea Scout Troop and Cub Pack.
 

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Beach Commission Plans Meet On Fire Brigade
Hamilton Beach, Oct. 16 —
At the monthly meeting of the Burlington Beach Commission, the commission was asked if any further ultimatum had been made regarding the fire department when Hamilton takes the reins on January 1. Mr. Jento said that they were meeting with the Hamilton Fire Department and Alderman Frank Dillon.
The property at 417 Beach Boulevard had a prospective buyer who wished to use it for a commercial enterprise. The request was not granted, as the area is residential.
Presents Police Report Police Chief Frank Wain presented the September report as follows:
Radio calls, 119; Highway summonses issued for speeding; Traffic Act summonses, 88; 28 40 motorists passing on the right; 20 tickets for parking in prohibited areas; 12 persons arrested; six persons arrested and held in Hamilton; 38 parking tags issued; two cases of family trouble; 75 complaints, attended to; 57 investigations; 17 accidents investigated; one child lost and found; five stolen bicycles recovered; one stolen car recovered; 24 summonses served for outside police courts; 27 appearances in police court; 33 escorts; and 3,061 miles logged on the cruiser.
Attendance Drops Constable Don Roy has left the department and has been replaced by Donald Wood.
The enrolment at the Bell Cairn Memorial School is now 621. Seating: accommodation is scarcely adequate, said William Johnson, principal, but usually the average attendance drops during the winter. Mrs. R. G. Wallace, the school nurse, will be leaving and a replacement will be needed temporarily. Dr. Fred Eggleton will be starting the polio inoculations at an early date. A survey is being taken at the school to see how many inoculations have been received by the new pupils this term.
V. N. Ames, superintendent of school inspectors, advised that three teachers are needed for the two large Grade One classes and there is no available space for another class in the school. A new teacher will be hired to help out.
At present, the commission is still keeping a hard and fast rule that a child has to be five years of age by September 1, 1956, before starting kindergarten. During fire prevention week the school was cleared of 625 pupils in two minutes and 15 seconds.


POLICE ON DUTY
Hallowe'en Vandals Warned
HAMILTON BEACH
Any vandalism on the Beach during Hallowe'en and tonight will not be tolerated by the police department. The damage done last year and the arrests which followed should be a warning to all young people who cannot behave themselves and have good clean fun. All full staff will be on duty in the community.
The safety patrol at the Bell Cairn Memorial School held a fun packed Hallowe'en party at the auditorium. Witches, gypsies and ghosts joined in the games and dancing. William F. Johnson and Miss Mary Willard were in charge of activities. Mrs. Robert Wilvert and Mrs. S. A. Law, grade mothers, assisted in serving refreshments.
The Ladies' Auxiliary to the Beach Volunteer Fire Department held its election of officers for 1956-57. Mrs. Frank Leach was elected president; Mrs. Harry Wilkins, vice-president, Mrs. Charles Hewitt, treasurer,; Mrs. G. C. Hunger, secretary, and executive members are, Mrs. Frank Wain, Mrs. Gilbert Hopwood, Mrs. Stad Rosart, and sunshine convener, Mrs. Clare Simmons. The bi-monthly card socials will be held until further plans are made for the new year.

THURSDAY NOVEMBER I 1956

Beach Firemen Urge Service ''Integration''

Burlington Beach firemen last I night proposed their unit be integrated with the Hamilton Fire Department.
They further suggested to the Fire and Jail Committee that the Beach department retain its autonomy in the city's framework of fire protection service.
The delegation's brief made these points:
• The Burlington Beach Fire Department is willing to co-operate with the Hamilton Fire Department as firemen and operate the rescue unit as its own.
• The City of Hamilton grant the salary of a first class Hamilton fireman to the Burlington Beach Fire Department each year with no strings attached.
• Workmen's compensation will be covered for all Burlington Beach firemen at the blow of the siren, while at the emergency, and the shortest way home. This will cover all fire calls, rescue calls and emergency calls and to be paid for by the Hamilton Fire Department or City of Hamilton
• In the event of an emergency and at the request of the officer in charge to stay at the emergency, all Beach foremen be compensated for lost time from their employer at their individual rate of pay.
• All maintenance of the rescue truck and equipment be maintained by the Hamilton Fire Department and the insurance be paid by the city.
• The Hamilton Fire Department replaces obsolete equipment when necessary.
• Liason between the Beach Volunteer Fire Department and the Hamilton Fire Department by a group from the Beach Fire Department and the Chief of the Hamilton Fire Department.
After considerable discussion, Controller Leslie Parker suggested a sub-committee be formed to consider the proposals and meet with the Beach brigade at its next meeting.
The Fire and Jail Committee accepted five applications to cover fire department vacancies caused by two resignations, one withdrawal and two previously unfilled vacancies.


Missionary Convention Ends At Beach Chapel
HAMILTON BEACH
The annual missionary convention closed yesterday at the Sunday servic.es at Beach Gospel Chapel. Miss F. A. Eisensmith, missionary to the Belgian Congo and the Rev. R. A. Smith, missionary to India were the speakers. On Tuesday, the prayer and Bible study starts at 8 o'clock.
Yesterday was Brotherhood Day at St. Andrew's-by-the-Lake Anglican Church, with the laymen of the church taking an active part in the service. Robert Foster gave the sermon, assisted by Ernest Wilson, Geoffrey Turner, Robert Gregson and Robert McMenemy.
The flowers on the altar were given by Eva Hunter, in memory of her husband. Next Sunday will be the memorial service to the late Canon William Davis. Plan Induction Service
The Rev. Robert C. Good will be inducted on November 29 by the Rt. Rev: W. E. BagnalL Bishop of Niagara.
On Tuesday the Parish Guild will sponsor a food demonstration at 2 o'clock in the Parish Hall. The WA euchre social will be held on Friday at 8.15 o'clock,
Dr. J. W. MacFarlane, of Burlington, gave the inoculations at the Well Baby Clinic held in the Bell Cairn Memorial School. Mrs. William Vyse and Miss Anita Malvanie, of Burlington VON, weighed the babies The clinic chairman, Mrs. Frank Gilchrist, was assisted by Mrs. Robert McMenemy and Mrs. Percy Clark,
 

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Annexation Poses Beach High School Transit Costs

Parents of high school students in the soon-to-~be annexed area of Burlington Beach could be faced with a $10 a week transportation problem.
The startling possibility came to the fore at last night's meeting of the advisory vocational committee of' the city board of education when problems concerning Beach students attending Saltfleet High School were aired. Crux of the plight is a long standing board policy against paying transportation for any city school students.
When the Beach area becomes part of Hamilton, therefore, paid transportation at 23 cents per student per day to Saltfleet school offered by the Beach commission would normally become a thing of the past.
Only current alternative would be use of a public carrier, Canada Coach Lines,.at a cost of $1 a trip, coming and going, by Beach students going to Saltfleet daily.
The committee was firm in backing board policy but considered the recommendation to the board that the Beach commission's current contract with a private bus company be taken over at the time of annexation January 1 and maintained to June when all Beach students would complete their years and be better able to face changes in school.
Point Out Dangers
Dangers of a precedent being set by the board's venture into paid transportation were heavily underlined by L. T. Spalding, board business administrator.
It was suggested by Dr. R. A. Hiddell, director of education, that the interim change in transportation policy could be undertaken to solve the Immediate problem at the same time providing opportunity to explore it toward a final solution.
"I saw the Hamilton Street Railway and they will do nothing,” Mr. Spalding told the Board.
It would be educationally unsound, Dr. Riddell said, to change the Saltfleet students to Hamilton schools in mid-term.
Carrier Requires Contract
The present bus operator transporting children for the Burlington commission could not continue his operation except with a contract or he would become a public carrier.
If parents enter into the contract and contribute toward cost of the school bus operation no grant can be received from Queen's Park Dr. Riddell pointed out.
There is no normal bus service other than the school bus offering the same convenience. Mr. Spalding added.
The committee recommended an immediate board submission to the Ontario department of education relative to receiving their cash aid for the service until June if the city undertakes to contract for it.
Dr. Gordon Price, superintendent of secondary schools, shed a further light on the problem.
"We asked the Beach commission to recommend their students attend Hamilton school starting this fall. But they advised them to start Grade 9 at Saltfleet. They had to buy education from somebody they could have bought from Hamilton as readily as Saltfleet," he told the committee.
"We'd better approach the department of education promptly or we'll be left holding the bag," Dr. Riddell concluded.
An item of good news was received with official gratitude by the committee from D. A. Cooper, principal of Central Secondary School.
He advised the committee of the donation of two items of equipment valued at several thousand dollars each.
One gift was a sectioned A-40 chassis from the Austin Motor Company of Canada with all moving gears and parts chromium plated. The other was an operative and modern Heidelberg Platen Press from the Graphic Equipment Company to be used in the schools printing-department.


Bishop Bagnall Inducts Rector Of Beach Parish

HAMILTON .BEACH—Members of St. Andrews'-by-the-Lake filled the church for the institution and induction of the Rev. Robert C. Good, M.A., B.D., as rector of the parish.
The reading of the licence was given by the Rev. J. T. Hooton, rural dean of Hamilton, and the Rev. John Anderson, rural dean of Wentworth. The Rt. Rev. Walter E. Bagnall, Bishop of Niagara, inducted the rector and conducted the investiture. Sidney G. Marsh and Robert W. Tester, wardens, presented the keys of the parish.
The Venerable W. F. Wallace, archdeacon of Hamilton, gave the salutation and the Rev. Canon W. H. Langhorn, rector of Grace Church, delivered the sermon. Following the service, lunch was served by the combined groups of the Woman’s Auxiliary, the Parish Guild and the girl’s Auxiliary. Mrs. Sydney Marsh and Mrs. Herbert Foster poured tea.
Mr.' Good reminded the congregation that a special collection will be taken on Sunday morning for the Hungarian Relief Fund.
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The spirit of Christmas pervaded the annual bazaar held at St. Andrew's Church by the WA, Mrs. A. E. Kerry and Mrs. J. M. Cockburn received the guests and the Rev. R. C. Good officially opened the bazaar
Conveners and assistants were: Mrs. D. A. Sadler, Mrs. Keith Ironside, Mrs. Herbert Foster, Mrs. Leslie Christmas, Mrs. George Baynes, Mrs. H. A. Waite, Mrs. Ken Agur, Mrs. Victor Pratt, Mrs. David Kizer, Mrs. J. A. Shields, Mrs. H. A. Ramsden, Mrs. Cecil Grisewood, Mrs. A. E. Londen, Mrs. Charles Christian, Mrs. Ernest Francis, Mrs. Edward Lane, Mrs. Walter Cone, Mrs. A. E. Hutchinson, Mrs. Alice Morris, Mrs. W. A. Michie, Mrs. F. A. Spurgeon, Mrs. Dan Hazell, Mrs Harold Martin, and Mrs. Jack Ramsden. The bride doll was won by Mrs. Morrow and the quilt by Mrs. A. E. Hutchinson. The remaining draw will be made on Friday, December 14. The Christmas Stocking social will be held on Thursday at 2p.m.
Mrs. Kerry poured tea during the afternoon.
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The Hungarian people of Hamilton are packing and shipping clothing to Hungary. As the need is urgent and speed most essential, good used clothing which is clean and mended would be acceptable. Beach residents who wish to help may leave clothing at the home of Mrs. Frank Gilchrist, 9 Morden Avenue, as soon as possible, where it will be transferred to a city depot
 
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