Cougars looking for billets for 8 girls who will take part in a Training Camp

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July 26, 2017



This August, sixty young men will participate in the Burlington Cougars 2017/18 Training Camp to pursue their hockey dreams of playing Junior A Hockey. These players, who range in age from 16-20 years old, are mostly local players but there are others from across Ontario and beyond who are looking for a place to call home here in Burlington.

The Cougars are looking for homes for up to 8 players that will be on the 2017/18 roster.

The Burlington Cougars Billet, Host Family Program, is a staple to the organization, which allows players from outside the immediate area the opportunity to play at the highest level of junior hockey and have a home away from home. Billet families provide a caring, supportive, family environment for the players with the reward of lifelong relationships.

Cougars player“Our billet families provide a home away from home for some of our players, their support of our organization is important to the success of our team. They become lifelong family and friends. They really open their arms to our players and it’s a really awesome and unique thing. ” says Cougars Head Coach Terry Richardson.

Families who join the Cougars billet program are provided with the following:
– a monthly remuneration to assist in offsetting food and other costs
– an invitation to participate in the Cougars Family Appreciation Night event
– two full season tickets per player they host

“The billeting program has been a critical aspect to our program,” said General Manager Alex Bezerra. “It has been a rewarding experience for many of our players over the years. Connections have been made between both players and their families, which will last a lifetime.”

This year the Cougars are looking for homes for up to 8 players that will be on the 2017/18 roster.

Anyone interested in learning more about the billet family program can contact Cougars General Manager Alex Bezerra, at 647-300-0559 or via email

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Burlington Herd takes one from the Hamilton Cardinals with a 9-4 win: a game that had 13 walks.

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July 26th, 2017



The Burlington Herd took advantage of 13 walks in a 9-4 win over the Hamilton Cardinals Tuesday night.

Burlington collected eight hits but used the free passes to build a 5-0 lead after three innings and a 9-1 advantage in the seventh.

Herd player

Giving that incoming ball a close look.

John Whaley drove in a pair of runs, and Justin Gideon scored twice and swiped a pair of bases. He also had an RBI.

Ryan Freemantle, Matt McCue and Nolan Pettipiece each singled, scored and had an RBI, while Andrew Mercier drove in a run. Ethan Cummins singled and scored twice.

Rich Corrente (2-3) went six innings and allowed a run on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

Mike Hart singled twice and had an RBI and run for the Cardinals. TJ Baker had a pair of singles, and Connor Bowie went 2-for-2 with an RBI. Luke Tevlin drove in a run and scored once.

Jackson Jones (0-3) took the loss, giving up five runs (two earned) on three hits with eight walks and two strikeouts in five innings.

Future games

Thursday, July 27
Toronto at Burlington, 7:15 p.m.

Barrie Baycats 30-1
Kitchener Panthers 27-6
London Majors 22-9
Toronto Maple Leafs 15-17
Brantford Red Sox 14-18
Burlington Herd 13-20
Hamilton Cardinals 8-24
* Guelph Royals 1-35
* – Ceased operations

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Barometric pressure impacts the results of an attempt to complete an Evertest challenge on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

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July 24, 2017


The first ever Halton Everesting challenge Saturday along Kerns Road didn’t end the way organizers had hoped.

After beginning the one-day vertical ‘climb’ of Mount Everest at 4:30 a.m. Saturday, remaining riders George Orfanogiannis and Matt Zielinski had to call the event at lap 69 (just short of 73 laps of the 4.9-kilometre loop)) due to malfunctioning measuring equipment.

What are a bunch of cyclists doing on Kerns Road pretending they are climbing Mount Everest? They were “Everesting”.

George Orfanogiannis’s eight year old son Joey was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in January of 2016 and has been battling the disease since then.

Joey is currently at a point where the disease is being maintained. His doctors hope to be able to say it is in remission if his current maintenance program goes well through to 2019.

Joey on the rock

Joey – ready to take on whatever comes his way.

Joey is now on daily chemotherapy medication and monthly visits to the hospital. He had to be homeschooled for a year but has returned to his school and is looking forward to getting back to class in September.

The “Everesting” was to raise funds and awareness of the cancer that has invaded Joey’s young body.

George was a cyclist with the Oakville Morning Glory cycling club; they took up the challenge of driving up and down Kerns Road in Burlington until they had ridden the equivalent of 29,029 feet in elevation – which is the height of Mount Everest from its base camp.

They did all the paper work and set up stuff with the Everest organization – they are the people who oversee the challenge for any group that wants to create a target they can work towards achieving.

The day of the “climb” turned out to be less than stellar, drizzly rain was an on and off thing throughout the day but that didn’t deter Joey for as much a minute. He was running all over the place serving people lemonade. His day took a huge surge when a Burlington Fire department truck rolled into the parking lot and Joey was made an honorary fire fighter and got to wear fire fighters clothing and have his picture taken. Big moment for Joey Orfanogiannis.

Joey - bike rider 60+

Non the worse for a stern lecture from a police officer fr blowing through stop signs one of the cyclists checks in with the family.

Half an hour earlier a police cruiser slide into the parking lot. The officer had pulled over a couple of the cyclists who were blowing through stop signs at speeds in the 60km range – on the downhill portion of Kern Road. No tickets – but stern warnings. All was forgiven when the police officer bought himself a tall lemonade.

Things weren’t going as smoothly for the “climb”

At the approximately 315-kilometres point, the cyclists were “feeling good and ready to go the distance” said Orfanogiannis.

But something didn’t seem right, the riders “did a quick recalculation” and found that the device that measured altitude had been affected by the day’s air pressure, and had “robbed us of 60’ for every climb we did.”

“That would have taken the ride to 88 laps and pushed us to 6 a.m. We were ready to go to 6 a.m., but the issue became was going to rain again and we thought if we get to 6 a.m., what happens if the rain robs us of more laps; does it become too dangerous to finish?”

“We stopped just short of what should have been 27,064’ but on the device doing the actual measurement was reading 23,000’ (Everest is 29,029’) The ride doesn’t count unless it is measured on by the software that takes all the data and calculates just how many feel of elevation the cyclists have completed.

What no one told the riders from Morning Glory was that atmospheric conditions were part of the calculation – lots of clouds meant a different barometric pressure reading on the measurement device.

But these riders wouldn’t be considered hard-core cyclists if they gave up after their first attempt.
“We gotta get up it. I won’t stop until I get it and neither will Matt,” said George

Orfanogiannis came up with Halton’s first Everesting attempt, not just as a challenge for himself, but to raise funds and awareness in support of research into pediatric oncology; his son Joey, 7, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in January of 2016.

Joey father - confirm

George Orfanogiannis

“When my son was going through treatment I always told him I wouldn’t ask him to do what I wouldn’t do. I asked him to climb a mountain so I owe him a mountain,” said Dad.

Orfanogiannis said the event was incredible nonetheless based on the hundreds of people who came out to support the cyclists, not just fellow riders but members of the community and those touched by cancer. Two thousand dollars was also raised.

“Four young children came down at midnight with their parents to donate their allowance money,” said Orfanogiannis, a selfless act that moved him to tears.

The next day a small group of girls had set up their lemonade stand on Kerns Road, raised $130 and donated that to the cause as well.

The residents along Kerns Road were so moved by the effort that they said they will ask the city to close the road next year and make it a much bigger event.

Orfanogiannis and his team “knew what we were in for physically and emotionally, it was devastating when we realized we came this far only to be robbed by technology.”

Joey laps poster

Lap chart at 2:00 pm on a rainy Saturday afternoon. The challenge began at 4:30 am. They made it to lap 69

George Orfanogiannis isn’t all that good at giving up. He reports that “there is currently open dialogue with Strava the software that manages the data for rides and there may be a chance the realize the error in the technology and be willing to correct it – if that is the case I would need to climb the hill eight more times which I am prepared to do.”

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Rattle Snake Point Golf Club fined $50,000 + 25% victim fine surcharge. Worker injured while operating a wood chipping machine

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July 24th, 2017



Clublink Corporation ULC, a corporation that owns and operates the Rattle Snake Point Golf Club in Milton was fined $50,000 after a young worker was injured by a wood chipper.

On May 27, 2015, two Clublink workers were operating a wood chipper at the golf club. The first worker started the chipper and began feeding wood while the second looked for a place to put down a coffee cup. Placing the cup near a vent on the back of the chipper, the second worker tried to feel if air was coming out of the vent that would knock the cup over. The second worker’s hand was pulled into the vent and injured.

Rattle snake Point golf club

Rattle snake point golf course club house.

A Ministry of Labour investigation determined that a guard that should have prevented access to the vent was not in place at the time of the incident. This was in violation of section 25(1)(b) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Clublink Corporation ULC was fined $50,000 by Justice of the Peace Margot McLeod. The court also imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

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Burlington Herd lets a 7-0 lead turn into an 18-7 loss to Toronto Maple Leafs

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July 24, 2017



It started out looking like a pretty good game for the Burlington Herd – they were ahead 7 – 0 but the Toronto Maple Leafs rallied for an 18-7 win Sunday afternoon at Christie Pits in Toronto.

Herd T-shirtBurlington leadoff batter Justin Gideon had two hits, including his seventh home run, two RBI and two runs.

John Whaley singled, homered and drove in three, and Ryan Freemantle drove in a run and scored once.

The Leafs got their 18 runs this way: Christian Hauck (2-2) gave up 10 runs on 10 hits in four innings. He walked four and struck out two. Ryan White went 5-for-5 with a home run and two RBI to lead the Leafs. Grant Tamane singled, homered and drove in four, while Dan Marra had four hits, including his first home run of the season, and six RBI.

Damon Topolie had three hits, three RBI and two runs, Adam Odd singled twice and had an RBI and a run, Julian Johnson went 2-for-4 with three runs, and Daniel Szpik singled, doubled and drove in a run while scoring twice.

Trevor Caughey (2-0) earned the win, allowing seven runs (six earned) on eight hits with five strikeouts over seven innings.

Future games
Tuesday, July 25
Burlington at Hamilton, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday July 27
Toronto Maple Leafs at Burlington, 7:15 pm

Barrie Baycats 30-1
Kitchener Panthers 25-6
London Majors 21-9
Toronto Maple Leafs 15-16
Brantford Red Sox 13-17
Burlington Herd 11-20

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Herd gets drubbed by Kitchener Panther's in a 13-4 game.

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July 23, 2017



The Burlington Herd got buried by the Kitchener Panther’s on a Saturday afternoon 13-4 drubbing at Nelson Park.

Ryan Freemantle singled, doubled and had two RBI for the Herd.

Justin Gideon had a two-run double, and Nolan Pettipiece went 2-for-2 with a run.

Jack Caswell (0-1) took the loss, giving up six runs (four earned) on three hits with five walks and three strikeouts over 4.1 innings.

It was the Panthers’ 11th consecutive victory.

Interisano singled twice, doubled and also scored twice. La Rosa and Andrulis had three singles apiece. La Rosa plated three runs and stole his first base of the season, while Andrulis swiped a pair of bases.

Yorbis Borroto had two hits, two RBI and a run, Mike Gordner drove in a pair, Tanner Nivins scored twice and had an RBI, and Zarley Cina had an RBI and scored once.

Matt McGovern (3-1) tossed six innings of one-run ball for the win. He scattered six hits and walked one with four strikeouts.

Future games
Sunday, July 23
Burlington at Toronto, 2 p.m.

Thursday July 27th
Toronto at Burlington 7:15 pm

Barrie Baycats 29-1
Kitchener Panthers 24-6
London Majors 20-9
Toronto Maple Leafs 14-16
Brantford Red Sox 13-16
Burlington Herd 11-19
Hamilton Cardinals 8-22
* Guelph Royals 1-31: Ceased operations for the season

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Community to celebrate the Nelson park baseball diamond upgrades.

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July 22, 2017



An event next Thursday is going to pull together a number of interests in the city and give people an opportunity to get outside and do some fixing up of a facility that has been home to baseball since it came to the city six years ago.

The Nelson Baseball Park Neighbourhood Group wants to celebrate the completion of the Nelson Baseball Park beautification and fencing improvements project at the Burlington Herd baseball game on Thursday, July 27.

Herd T-shirtThe Herd will be playing the Toronto Maple Leafs – the team that broke the 25 game winning streak the Barrie Baycats had achieved – those guys play some serious baseball.

The pre-game ceremony begins at 7 p.m. and attendees are encouraged to come early to get a seat and participate in some of the pre-game fun.

Entrance to the ball game will be free, a 50/50 draw and a BBQ in support of the Terry Fox Foundation.

The beautification and fencing improvements were done with the support of community volunteers and funding from the City of Burlington’s Neighbourhood Community Matching Fund program.

That fund is a favourite of the Mayors and was part of an initiative that the Parks and Recreation department dove into a number of years ago when they brought in Jim Diers who had done some incredible work in Seattle to juice up the thinking at Parks and Recreation.

Burlington was not able to get community responses that were as involving as those in Seattle but the program has begun to take hold.

The work being done at Nelson Park is a good example. It is similar to what a bunch of elementary students did with their ball diamond at Lakeshore Road elementary public school.

Bandits last gme 2013 - Dad and the boys

Site lines and picnic tables have been improved.

If you know Casey Cosgrove then you know that there isn’t a baseball game he can avoid. All it takes is the crack of a bat to shift his focus. When his community of “baseball enthusiasts” heard about this baseball ‘gem’ we have in our neighbourhood park and learned that the sight lines were in need of improvement so that a baseball game could be viewed clearly, without obstruction they gathered to tackle this project together.

The City of Burlington’s Neighbourhood Community Matching Fund provided much of the financing and they have been able to improve the fencing and freshen up the baseball buildings, stands and picnic tables in Fenway green, a famous baseball colour, to make the neighbourhood baseball park a first- class facility for players and spectators.”

Will someone be throwing the ceremonial opening pitch? Don’t let the Mayor near the ball. When he took on that task back in the days when the team was known as the Burlington Twins he let fly and the ball dug into the ground a couple of yards before the plate.

Nelson Stadium, part of Nelson high school facilities, which is adjacent to Nelson Park, has plans of its own to improve those grounds.

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Brand new pool - yet to be officially opened is closed for unexpected preventative maintenance.

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July 20th, 2017



Nelson Pool Service Interruption – Lap Swim Cancelled Friday July 21, 2017

Nelson pool renderingThe lap swim at Nelson Pool will be cancelled from 8:30am-10am on Friday July 21, 2017 due to unexpected preventative maintenance.

The pool will be open for regular service at 10:30am.

Hold on – isn’t this a brand new swimming pool that has been operating since July 8th and is getting ready for its official opening in August – with the Mayor and the Ward Councillor in attendance?

What is it this time?

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Nelson pool has been open since July 8 - Mayor will make it official on August 1st - entry fee waived that day

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July 19th, 2017



The city is hosting a celebration to officially mark the opening of the new Nelson pool and splash pad from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 1.

Nelson pool grand opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting. Admission will be free all day, and there will be family activities and giveaways.

Nelson pool Rendering

Artists rendering of the Nelson pool which has been open since July 8 – reader says it’s beautiful.

The Mayor and Ward 4 Councillor Jack Dennison will be on hand for the photo op.

The ceremony will take place at noon. The pool party is from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The pool has been open to the public since July 8th.

Nelson Splash-Pad

That water bucket would be a good place for the official opening photo op.

The upside for the public is the free admission. A comment from a reader read: “New one is beautiful! Tried it out yesterday. Pricey, at $6.50/adult swim (Oakville is $4), but what a lovely facility. So glad the city decided to make the investment. Now they just need to make it affordable!”

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73 trips up Kerns Road will amount to an elevation of 30,000 feet; a lot of cyclists are going to try and achieve this on Saturday.

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July 19th, 2017



Everesting – do you know what it means?

Think Mount Everest and the attempts that are made to get to the top.

A group has created an event that will have cyclists driving 2.4 km up Kerns Road 73 times which would be equal to the 30,000 feet that has to be climbed to get from the base of Mount Everest to the peak.

The 29,029 vertical feet climb on bikes, over the course of 20 hours, to equal climbing the summit of Mt Everest.

The event is seen as the Ultimate Mind-Body Challenge; this will be the first Everesting attempt in Halton.

The 29,029 vertical feet climb on bikes, over the course of 20 hours, to equal climbing the summit of Mt Everest

When : July 22nd 2017
Where: Kerns Road Burglington Ontario
Start: Lap 1 is 4:30 am eastern

Why? Joey Orfanogiannis.


Joey Orfanogiannis with family and friends

At 6 years old Joey and his family lives were changed forever. On January 4th, 2016 they had to hear the words “your child has cancer”, words that would thrust him into the challenge of his life at a very tender age.

Joey was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia “A.L.L.”

When most kids would be counting the minutes until recess, Joey was counting “arm pokes” – how many needles he would receive for blood tests prior to receiving a port into his chest which would become a pathway for chemotherapy and give him a break from all the needles. He would count spinal taps to administer chemotherapy that would protect his brain.

He would face numerous setbacks and painful surgeries coupled with nights that would leave him reeling in pain.

Through it all Joey never wavered and never backed down, he stood tall when most would fall and fought back when most would give up. We are happy to report that Joey is winning the fight with the same determination and looking forward to the word “remission” in March of 2019

Through it all, the statistics for children’s cancer became deeply troubling to his parents.

Aside from cancer being the leading cause of death in children, as well as the medical issues that occur after cancer survival from the heavy medication, one of the scariest facts is that children’s cancer research is grossly and consistently under-funded. It receives just 4% of government funding on an annual basis.

Joey’s parents knew something had to be done and wanted to help in an immediate and impactful way. They knew the challenge needed to be daunting, something that seemed as insurmountable as fighting cancer, and from that idea the Everesting event came to life.

It’s important to remember that no matter how difficult it may be to climb the cumulative height of Mount Everest over nearly 20 hours, it pales in comparison to the challenges faced by Joey and the many children battling cancer every day.

Joey will be running a lemonade stand and all the proceed will be going towards fighting cancer.

Grupetto will be serving coffees starting from 9am till noon.

Riders from the 30 top cycling clubs in the province will be taking part including the elite team Morning Glory from Mississauga and CCF Racing from Burlington.

The road will not be closed – it is seen as a very quiet road in a cycle friendly community.

Anybody can ride and no one will be ask do donate as the riders are coming to support the cause of fighting cancer and to bring awareness about how many kids are affected.

All Proceeds go directly to the Toronto Sick Kids and Montreal Children’s hospital for research funding in support of Pediatric Oncology.

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Herd loses to Kitchener 26-7; Barrie Baycats set new league record for consecutive wins - they have yet to lose a game.

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July 17, 2017



A 26-7 win over the Burlington Herd made it eight straight wins for the Kitchener Panthers, who moved past London and into second place following Saturday’s game

Kitchener took a five-run lead into the seventh and blew the game open with 19 runs over the last three innings.

Sean Reilly led the way with four hits, including two home runs, and eight RBI. He’s currently in position to win the triple crown with 16 home runs, 50 RBI and a .473 average.

Mike Gordner and Jeff MacLeod each singled, homered and drove in four, while Yorbis Borroto went 2-for-3 with two RBI and three runs. Tanner Nivins had two hits, two RBI and two runs, Colin Gordner drove in a run and scored twice, Mike Andrulis picked up two hits, an RBI and two runs, and Ryan Douse, Matthew Vollmer and Connor Mitchell all had an RBI.

Matt McGovern (2-1) earned the win, allowing two runs on eight hits with two strikeouts over seven innings.

Herd-logoMatt Schmidt went 2-for-5 for Burlington, with a home run and three RBI. Ryan Freemantle singled three times and drove in two while scoring once, Andrew Mercier singled twice and had an RBI, Justin Gideon went 2-for-5 with a run, and Canice Ejoh scored twice.

Rich Corrente (1-3) gave up 10 runs (eight earned) on nine hits over six innings. He walked six and struck out one.

The stunning news for the Intercounty Baseball League is the new record for consecutive wins. The Barrie Baycats are now 25-0 for the season

The Guelph Royals suspended operations for the season a number of weeks ago.

Barrie Baycats 25-0
Kitchener Panthers 21-6
London Majors 19-7
Toronto Maple Leafs 12-14
Brantford Red Sox 10-15
Burlington Herd 11-18
Hamilton Cardinals 7-18
Guelph Royals 1-28

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The Herd hangs in to beat Hamilton Cardinals 18-13 in a 30 hit game Friday evening..

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July 14th, 2017



The lead changed hands several times; there were 30 hits and eight errors but the Burlington Herd eventually beat the Hamilton Cardinals 18-13 Friday night

Herd T-shirtBurlington’s Justin Gideon went 3-for-6 with a home run, three RBI, four runs and two steals. Justin Whaley homered and drove in four. Canice Ejoh had three hits, three RBI and two runs, Ryan Freemantle scored twice, Quinton Bent singled twice and scored twice, while Cooper Lamb, Kevin Hussey, Eddie Chessell and Nolan Pettipiece all drove in a run.

Herd reliever Kyle Symington (1-2) gave up three runs on five hits over three innings for the win. He didn’t walk or strike out a batter. Derek Zwolinski started and gave up five runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts in three innings.

Jake Chiaravalle went 3-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI for Hamilton. He also scored three times. Connor Bowie doubled twice, singled, and scored three runs, Logan Stewart had two hits, two runs and an RBI, Callum Murphy singled twice and had an RBI and run, Marcus Dicenzo went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run, and Greg Marco added an RBI.

Ben Reid (0-1) took the loss in relief, giving up three runs (two earned) on three hits with a walk and two strikeouts in 1.1 innings. Nick Virdo started and allowed seven runs (three earned) on three hits with seven walks and five strikeouts in 4.1 innings.

Future games
Saturday, July 15
Kitchener at Burlington, 1:05 p.m.

Barrie Baycats 23-0
London Majors 19-5
Kitchener Panthers 20-6
Toronto Maple Leafs 12-14
Brantford Red Sox 9-15
Burlington Herd 10-17
Hamilton Cardinals 7-18
Guelph Royals 1-26

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Outdoor swimming pools closed for the day.

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July 13th, 2017



A brand new swimming pool that has been open less than a week gets closed due to heavy rain and forecasted thunderstorms. There is no justice.

The city has closed all the outdoor pools today, Thursday July 13, 2017.

Mountainside Pool and Splash Pad, Nelson Pool and Splash Pad and LaSalle Wading Pool and Splash Pad will re-open Friday July 14, 2017 on their regular schedule.

Nelson swimming pool

Nelson swimming pool.

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Herd still in the standings - lose to Hamilton

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July 9th, 2017



The Hamilton Cardinals scored twice in the top of the ninth inning, with a little help from the Burlington Herd, to take a 7-5 IBL win at Nelson Park in Burlington Saturday afternoon.

Standings July 9

The Guelph Royals ceased operations earlier in the season.

Burlington had tied the game with three runs in the bottom of the eighth but then Hamilton got the win with two runs in the ninth on just one hit, three errors and two walks.

Jake Chiaraville singled to open the inning, went to second, and then third, on errors by the pitcher and scored the winning run on a fielder’s choice.

Connor Bowie had a single and a double for Hamilton and TJ Baker hit a home run, scored twice and drove in two runs.

Justin Gideon had two hits for Burlington, including a home run, stole two bases and is now batting .414. Catcher Kevin Hussey also homered for Burlington.

Benson Merritt recorded the win and Kyle Symington was tagged with the loss.

It was the sixth win of the year for Hamilton and Burlington drops to 9-17.

Sunday is a big day in the IBL as the undefeated Barrie Baycats travel to London for a doubleheader with the second-place Majors.

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Pinemeadow splash pad literally goes down the drain - community support needed for a change - word from the ward Councillor wouldn't hurt.

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July 8, 2017



The Pinemeadow Park splash pad is currently out of order due to an electrical failure.

It has been determined that the existing electric system is beyond repair and requires a full replacement.

The cost to replace the electrical system is not within a reasonable budget, therefore the splash pad will be removed and not replaced. There is an opportunity to add a Natural Playground to the park (see below).

Pinemeadow Park is still open. During the removal of the splash pad, some areas of the park may be closed for safety during construction.

Earlier this summer, the Ireland Park splash pad opened as planned, and was installed to replace Pinemeadow Park splash pad. The Ireland Park splash pad is accessible to people with disabilities, greater water conservation, has supporting park facilities, and serves the larger community.

Pinemeadow Park – Natural Playground Opportunity: A group of residents looking to construct a natural playground at Pinemeadow Park was successful at securing $5000 from the city to assist them in developing a natural playground (see below for What is a Natural Playground).

Natural parks

Natural Parks are a totally different approach to what children get to play with and on.

There is an opportunity to expand the natural playground and add a water element into the project, thanks to a potential donation from a private foundation but a show of community support is needed. The funder needs to see community is willing to assist in the design and build of certain aspects of the playground.

If you are interested in getting involved connect with Denise Beard, Manager of Community Development, at and follow the existing community Facebook group at

Becky Ellis, 905-335-7600, ext. 7363 is an additional resource person at city hall.

The city has substantial amounts of money in its various reserve funds – to tell the public that the Pinemeadows splash pad is beyond repair and that the “cost to replace the electrical system is not within a reasonable budget” is quite a bit less than the residents of the best mid sized city in the country deserve.

The ward Councillor might want to provide the constituents with a more detailed explanation and then find the funds needed to fully repair the splash pad.

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Herd loss to Brantford pushes the team down one level in league standings - Guelph ceasing operations means the bottom is even closer now.

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July 8th, 2017



Brantford Red Sox player, Nic Burdett, went 4-for-5 and drove in a pair of runs as the Red Sox beat the Burlington Herd 10-5 Friday night at Arnold Anderson Stadium.

After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first, the Red Sox scored twice in the bottom of the inning and tacked on four runs in the second to pull away.

Brandon Dailey, Benjamin Bostick and Dennon Koziol each had two hits, an RBI and a run, while Dan Jagdeo drove in a pair with two hits. He also scored once. Nate DeSouza had two RBI and a run, Andris Rizquez went 2-for-4 with two runs, and Cody Mombourquette had an RBI.

Matt Martinow (2-3) went six innings for the win, giving up three runs on eight hits with a walk and strikeout.

The Herd production came from John Whaley who went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run. Justin Gideon added a pair of hits and scored twice, Nolan Pettipiece had two hits and a run, Andrew Mercier added two hits, and Quinton Bent picked up an RBI.

Ryan Beckett (1-3) allowed six runs on nine hits over four innings to take the loss. He walked three and struck out one.

Guelph Royals cease operations.

Future games:
Saturday, July 8
Hamilton at Burlington, 1:05 p.m.

Barrie Baycats 21-0
London Majors 19-2
Kitchener Panthers 15-6
Toronto Maple Leafs 10-13
Brantford Red Sox 8-13
Burlington Herd 9-16
Hamilton Cardinals 5-14
Guelph Royals 1-24

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Guelph Royals cease operations for the balance of the IBL season

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July 8, 2017



The InterCounty Baseball League got shaken up yesterday when the Guelph Royals decided that a 1 for 24 record was so bad that the team had to cease operations for the rest of the 2017 season

IBL_Horizontal_LogoThat decision meant the playoff schedule needed a new format which will be as follows:

First-place team gets a bye;
2 vs. 7;
3 vs. 6;
4 vs. 5
in best-of-seven quarter-finals.

Teams are re-seeded and the pennant winner plays the lowest survivor.

Two middle finishing survivors play in best-of-seven semifinals, followed by a best-of-seven final.

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Burlington resident relives the day Terry Fox ran through the city - you could feel the electricity in the air, the anticipation was so great.

News 100 blueBy Staff

July 7th, 2017



The Gazette got a request from the Burlington Sports Alliance asking if we had any photographs they could use in a celebration of Terry Fox and Courage in Sport at the Art Gallery of Burlington on July 14th at 7:00 pm.

The event is part of the Canada’s 150 celebration with the Burlington Sport Alliance inviting people to show up at the Gallery.

We had a picture in our photo data bank that was given to us a number of years ago by Mark Mulholland who was on Lakeshore Road when Terry Fox ran through the city. We wrote a short piece on that picture which produced a note from John Oakes who was also on the sidewalk waiting for Terry Fox to pass by.

Oakes tell of his experience:

“When I took those photos I was 21 years old and about to start the Applied Photography course at Sheridan College.

“His run of course was followed by all. And I arrived early to get some photos of what was to become historic event. I easily recall that even before he appeared you could feel the electricity in the air, the anticipation was so great.

“I have never experienced anything like that since. The crowd was electric!

“When he came into view, the crowds began cheering increased as he grew closer. People who had been milling about now lined the road, waiving and cheering. People stepped out placing donations in the plastic cup.

“When he waived to me it was an incredible moment I could feel. It conveyed so much. In that flash; how much he appreciated everybody coming out and the agony that he must be in. I could see on his face even making a wave took a lot of effort on his part.

“He was bigger than life. Everybody felt so special as he ran past. To this day making eye contact with him is a wonderfully vivid and everlasting memory.

“Looking at those photos today I can see the Odeon movie theater was still in operation. At least it looks like their marquis sign is still up; you can see the Royal Bank building at Brant Street.

“These pictures are real time capsules now. That prosthetic leg strapped must have been miserable. I remember reading about the chafing and sores he developed.

“Hero’s like him are not made any more.”

The next annual Terry Fox run takes place September 17th – it will be the 37th time that Burlingtonians remember the man that started it all.

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First of a four part photo sequence. Fox is approaching. We get a view of a Burlington that doesn’t exist anymore.

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Second photograph in the sequence: Terry Fox is getting closer and, as John Oakes tells the story: the crowd was electric.

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Five runs in the top of the 7th put the win in the Hamilton Cardinals column; Herd loss keeps them in the top of the bottom half of league standings.

sportsgreen 100x100By Staff

July 7th, 2017



Six home runs helped the Hamilton Cardinals pull away for a 12-4 win over the Burlington Herd Thursday night.

Jake Chiaravalle, Chris Beer, Jon Dziomba, Mike Hart, Callum Murphy and Laine Renaud each went deep for the Cardinals.

Chiaravalle’s was a solo shot, and he also plated three runs. Beer hit a two-run blast and added a single. Dziomba went 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs, Hart ripped a grand slam in the seventh to give the Cards a five-run lead, Murphy added a two-run shot in the ninth, and Renaud’s home run came with the bases empty.

Connor Bowie singled twice and scored once.

Chris Lazar (2-2) earned the win, going six innings and allowing four runs on eight hits with three walks and a strikeout.

For Burlington, Nolan Pettipiece went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. Justin Gideon had two hits, an RBI and run, Carlos Villoria drove in a run, and Marquis Kidd singled twice and scored twice.

Rich Corrente (1-2) took the loss, giving up nine runs on 11 hits in 6.1 innings. He walked two and struck out one.

Future games:

Friday, July 7
Burlington at Brantford, 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 8
Hamilton at Burlington, 1:05 p.m.

Barrie Baycats 21-0
London Majors 18-2
Kitchener Panthers 14-6
Toronto Maple Leafs 10-13
Burlington Herd 9-15
Brantford Red Sox 7-13
Hamilton Cardinals 5-13
Guelph Royals 1-23

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Did the Burlington Herd find their footing when they held the league leading Baycats to a scoreless game until the 7th inning.

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

July 5th, 2017



When you are up against a team that has yet to lose a game – getting out of town with your shirt still on your back is a feat.

The Herd was in Barrie playing the Baycats and lost 5-2 on Tuesday night at Coates Stadium.

What is impressive is that Barrie didn’t score any of their runs until the seventh inning, taking advantage of two hits, an error and five walks.

So the Herd, in the bottom half of the InterCounty Baseball League standings, held off the top team in the league for six innings? THAT was an achievement to be remembered.  To be 2 and 0 at the top of the seventh when you are playing a team that has yet to lose a game says something.

The Baycat production came from Jeff Cowan who singled home the first run and Barrie took the lead for good three batters later when Ryan Spataro reached on an error that allowed two runs to cross the plate. Kyle DeGrace followed that up with a two-run double to score Spataro and Conner Morro.

DeGrace and Cowan each had two hits as the Baycats had six hits in total.

Emilis Guerrero (6-0) picked up the win, going 7.1 innings and giving up two unearned runs on six hits with a walk and seven strikeouts. Enerio Del Rosario threw a scoreless ninth for his fourth save. Del Rosario walked one and struck out one.

Ryan Freemantle singled, doubled and drove in two for the Herd. Justin Gideon added a pair of hits.

Adam Prashad (3-3) took the loss, allowing five runs (one earned) on six hits in 6.2 innings. He walked three and struck out three.

The Herd may just have found their footing.

Future games:
Thursday, July 6
Hamilton at Burlington, 7:15 p.m.

Friday, July 7
Burlington at Brantford, 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 8
Hamilton at Burlington, 1:05 p.m.

Barrie Baycats 20-0
London Majors 18-1
Kitchener Panthers 13-6
Toronto Maple Leafs 10-12
Burlington Herd 9-14
Brantford Red Sox 7-13
Hamilton Cardinals 4-13
Guelph Royals 1-23

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