Come on downtown and celebrate the season at the Harvest Happening! * To start is the Children’s Pied Piper Costume Parade, sponsored by the Beamsville Lions Club.  Be there at 9:45 a.m. to get a number (at the Lions’ tent north side of the Library). The parade will commence at 10 a.m., led by BDSS Pied Pipers around the downtown core and finish at the Lions’ tent where Tony Antidormi will entertain the children. Prizes for best costumes will be awarded and treats will be given to all children. * Bring your pre-carved pumpkins to West Niagara News on King Street between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., where they will be displayed and judged. Prizes will be awarded after 1 pm. *  Rhyme and Reason, a blue grass band, JD Meeboer, Beamsville Music School and Kristel Niemi will be performing on stage at King and Central. * Last year’s popular Strolling Minstrels and Mime, Bijou, will entertain throughout the downtown area. * Other family activities include the popular Scavenger Hunt with treats for all participants. Pick up your entry forms at the Harvest Happening Headquarters beside the Olympia Restaurant. * Lincoln Firefighters invite children to explore one of their fire trucks which will be stationed at the Beamsville Garage. * ‘Reflections of Life’ will be offering children’s photography at King and Central. * Jane Gadsby will be doing her wonderful balloon animals. * Paulmacs Pet Store will be doing face painting for the kids. * Girls: Get your halloween themed manicure from Mel’s Esthetics (Will be set up on King Street). * The Library has children’s crafts and activities downstairs. * Canadian Astronaut and Liberal MP Marc Garneau is a special guest at the Library from 12:30 – 1:00. * There will be a Harvest Bake Sale at First Baptist Church across from the Library. Lunch and snack specials will be offered by the Olympia Restaurant, Your Neighbourhood Pizza and the Lions’ Sausage Cart. Free hot chocolate and hot apple cider will be provided compliments of Tim Horton’s and Dean Allison’s Office. Non perishable food item donations are encouraged and bins will be located throughout the event area. SEE YOU THERE!

Looking Up – Beamsville Community Improvement Plan

Last Monday night, Lincoln’s Planning Committee held its open house for the proposed Community Improvement Plan (CIP) for the Downtown Beamsville Area and Beamsville’s Ontario Street Commercial Corridor. The final draft was presented to Council, and both residents and business owners had an opportunity to ask questions and voice opinions. There was some controversy, but overall – the support was strong.

I have participated in the process for over a year now, some of the workshops preceding my election to Council. I can tell you that this will be good for Lincoln – Council will likely consider a CIP for Vineland next.

The Plan sets out recommended Public Realm Improvements (responsibility of the Town), Financial Incentive Programs for private sector improvements (loans and grants and combinations thereof – with most amounts matched by the Region); and some design guidelines.

This is a significant step toward the revitalization of Beamsville’s core and an important component of a successful economic development plan.

A recommendation report will be coming to Council from staff likely in November.


Dianne Rintjema


A link to my first post regarding the Konkle Creek rehabilitation study: http://wp.me/p1AsYO-1O

Under The Municipal Class Environmental Study (Class EA) that the Town of Lincoln is conducting regarding the remediation of Konkle Creek, two Public Information Centres are required so that interested parties may review and discuss issues related to the study, get feedback and receive comments.

The first one is: Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at the Lincoln Community Centre – 4361 Central Avenue, Beamsville.

Dianne Rintjema

Who knew street lighting could be so illuminating?

Very clean white effect

Very clean white effect

Very Yellow
Very Yellow
Last Thursday a group of us (Dave Thompson, [Councillor Ward 3], John Kralt, [Deputy Mayor and Councillor, Ward 2], and Dave Graham [Director of Public Works]) and I, toured the seventeen test sites of the Luminaire Project that is currently being conducted in Niagara Falls. The goal of the Project (a partnership between GAMS [Ground Arial Maintenance Services] and The Devon Group) is to test, monitor, and evaluate the performance and energy consumption of the leading available street-lighting-technology.
Currently, High Intensity Discharge (HID) technology is most common in street lighting infrastructure (eg. high pressure sodium), whereas LEDs (light emitting diodes) are installed at the majority of the test sites. The sites range from four lane major roads to small residential courtyards.
Energy and maintenance for street lighting is a huge expense for municipalities, and although the testing is not complete, some of the readings are showing energy savings of between 40% to 70%. It is interesting to note that currently most street lighting is not metered for energy consumption.
While energy savings is always important, the lighting has to be effective and pleasing and that’s a big part what this exciting project will show us.  The photos attached are taken on the same street looking one way at the LED test sight and the other way at the old high pressure sodium lights.
If you want to go and have a look for yourselves, see the test site map: http://niagaraluminaire.com/pilot.asp