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Community centre fundraising hits 50% mark

PELHAM – February 13, 2018 – The members of Pelham Town Council celebrate the announcement that, to date, the $3 million fundraising campaign for the new Pelham Community Centre had his the half-way point with a total of $1.5 million raised. – Steve Henschel/Metroland

While the debate may continue over Pelham’s financial state, and the construction of its new community centre, fundraising for the project is right on schedule.

On Monday, Feb. 5, town council briefly recognized several donors to the ongoing, $3 million fundraising campaign for the $36 million centre in Fonthill currently under construction. Specifically, the Fonthill Lions Club, Pelham Raiders Minor Lacrosse, Skycomp Solutions and Furtney Crysler LLP Chartered Professional Accountants were all recognized for donations to the campaign. The brief recognition during a meeting of council included an additional announcement, that the campaign, under the guidance of Interkom, has hit the halfway mark with $1.5 million of $3 million raised.

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Pelham Tennis Association: ready for pickleball all year long

PELHAM – January 2, 2018 – Elaine Somerville and her teammates over at the Pelham Tennis Association won’t be making the drive out of town for pickleball much longer over the winter months. With the opening of the new Pelham Community Centre she, and others will be able to play the rapidly growing sport at home in Pelham.

Elaine Somerville has been playing tennis for close to 50 years, until recently, when the focus has shifted dramatically in a new direction. “Pickleball has taken over,” said the president of the Pelham Tennis Association, who, along with the associations roughly 50 members, is anxiously awaiting the opening of the new Pelham Community Centre in east Fonthill.

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Concrete poured at Accipiter Arena

PELHAM – December 15, 2017 – Tim Nohara, president of Accipiter Radar Technologies, watches as concrete is poured in the Accipiter Arena at the Pelham Community Centre, at Highway 20 and Rice Road, Thursday, December 14, 2017 in Pelham.

Accipiter Radar Technologies president Tim Nohara watched as workers poured concrete in the arena that will carry his company’s name once it opens next year inside Pelham Community Centre.

“It’s for the people of the town, it’s a generational project and we’ve got a vibrant growing community. It’s time,” Nohara said of why his company chose to sponsor the arena.

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Group pleased with Pelham arena progress

PELHAM – December 12, 2017 – Pelham Mayor Dave Augustyn snaps a photo of the gymnasium at the new Pelham community centre, which is set to open mid-2018. He helped lead a tour of members from the architectural design advisory committee through the facility on Tuesday, showing them how their ideas are coming to life as the construction process continues.

There’s still plenty of work left to be done inside, but heated seats for parents who will be cheering on their children’s hockey games are being installed.

The flooring is being prepared for twin ice pads.

Wall studs await drywall.

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Pelham Panthers: Panthers ready to find their home

PELHAM – December 4, 2017 – For Pelham Panthers players, from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, the new Pelham Community Centre promises a new home for practice and play.

When the new Pelham Community Centre opens next year, the Pelham Panthers Basketball Association’s long wait for a “home of their own” will finally come to a close.

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Pelham Art Association: New Community Centre Promises Creative Home

PELHAM – November 27, 2017 – For the 100 active members of the Pelham Art Association and its president Mary Powley, the new Pelham Community Centre holds nothing but promise for expanded artistic opportunities.

For Mary Powley and her fellow artists at the Pelham Art Association, the new community centre in east Fonthill bears a promise – a promise of a space to create, share and collaborate.

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The Fonthill Lions: We Serve

PELHAM – November 20, 2017 – Throughout its history, the Fonthill Lions Club and its members, like Marylou Hilliard, Fred Arbour and Jake Dilts, has stepped up time and time again to support the recreational spaces and facilities that bring Pelham residents together.

For decades now, when the community has sought a new space to play, compete and come together, the Fonthill Lions Club has been there.

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Community centre campaign off to a $1-million start ​

PELHAM – May 17, 2017 –  Gary Accursi can remember back in the 1970s when proponents for a new arena in town came knocking on his door.

[Photo Caption: The Accursi family was out en masse last week as Dr. Gary Accursi and his wife Mall were celebrated for a $300,000 contribution to the ongoing construction of a new Pelham Community Centre. – Steve Henschel/Metroland]

While he’s now a town councillor, at the time the dentist was still fairly new to town. He moved to Pelham 44 years ago. He decided to chip in to that fundraising campaign. As he recalls it was about $10 he contributed to the Pelham Arena that now sits on Haist Street.

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Thanks A Million, Pelham! Donor Announcement

PELHAM – May 12, 2017 – PRESS RELEASE

The Town of Pelham announced that over $1 million in gifts have been confirmed to the Pelham Community Centre’s (PCC) $3 million dollar fundraising campaign. An intimate celebration event was held on May 11, 2017, at Peninsula Lakes Golf Club to recognize several respected community leaders and organizations for their outstanding generosity.

The Pelham Community Centre will become central to the community fabric of Pelham and the Niagara Region. This multi-purpose lifestyle hub will offer Pelham residents an opportunity to engage in sports & athletics, personal wellness classes, art activities, and community events in a state-of-the art 143,000 sq ft facility, opening in 2018 at the corner of HWY 20 and Rice Road.

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Pelham looking ahead to a year of growth

PELHAM — For Mayor Dave Augustyn 2017 will be the year to build on the best-laid plans in Pelham.

“We’re now in the growth phase, we’ve done a lot of the planning,” said Augustyn, explaining that the town should see an explosion in development of sorts in the area of east-Fonthill.

The east-Fonthill development, first approved for urban development under a new official plan in 2014, is comprised of 450 acres to the south of Highway 20 and west of Rice Road. Developing the land began in 2015 but Augustyn said 2017 will be the year that the projects in the area will begin to take shape.

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