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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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Pelham community centre lands $400,000 in support

PELHAM — The fundraising efforts for Pelham’s new $36.2 million community centre.

Last week the city held an event recognizing the first three donors to the community fundraising campaign that will fill a $3 million hole in the construction budget of the currently-under-construction centre. In total $400,000 worth of donations were announced last week from three donors: Trillium Mutual Insurance Company to the tune of $25,000; Duliban Insurance for $125,000; and Accipiter Radar Technologies Inc. for $250,000.

“This sort of signifies the start,” said Mayor Dave Augustyn, explaining the three gifts point to the excitement and support in the community for the project that will bring a new twin-pad arena and other community facilities to east Fonthill.

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Amazing Community Support!

Last Thursday, we celebrated two very generous local family businesses for donating significant funds to support the new Pelham Community Centre.

Thanks to the incredible generosity of Dr. Tim Nohara and his company, Accipiter Radar Technologies, “Arena A” will be named the “Accipiter Arena.” Accipiter donated $250,000 to the Community Centre’s capital fundraising campaign. The Accipiter Arena will feature an NHL-size ice surface with a 1,000-seat spectator area. This arena will be capable of hosting major sporting events, tradeshows, concerts, and other commercial affairs.

Dr. Nohara re-located Accipiter Radar Technologies from Waterloo to Pelham in 1995 and, through hard work and diligence, developed the company into a global leader in advanced avian and security radar technologies.

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