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The Pelham Raiders are coming home

PELHAM – Since 1997, the lacrosse organization has operated under the guise of the Welland Raiders. This will soon change with the opening of the Meridian Community Centre in Fonthill as the players return home to Pelham, once again adopting the name the Pelham Raiders.

“We’re bringing it (Raiders lacrosse) back to its roots,” said Raiders president Ben Chambers. He explains that the organization was originally founded as the Pelham Raiders as a centennial project for the town back in 1967. When the organization began to flourish in the 1990s, the requirement for a facility pushed its teams to Welland.

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Meridian lands Pelham community centre naming rights

PELHAM – March 8, 2018 – A sizeable donation from the province’s largest credit union means the ongoing capital fundraising campaign for the new Pelham community centre won’t come down to the wire.

On Thursday, March 8, representatives from the town, community and province gathered at the currently under construction facility in east Fonthill to celebrate the announcement that with a $1 million donation Meridian Credit Union has secured naming rights for the facility — henceforth known as the Meridian Community Centre — pushing the capital campaign to 90 per cent of its $3 million goal nine months ahead of the targeted wrap up date.

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Meridian Credit Union gives Pelham Community Centre its true name

PELHAM – March 8, 2018 – The Town of Pelham is proud to announce that the beautiful new community centre is taking on the name of Meridian Community Centre, thanks to an agreement with Ontario’s largest credit union, headquartered in nearby St. Catharines.

Meridian Credit Union’s gift of $1 million dollars grants them the naming rights of the facility and helps the Town of Pelham reach 90% of their $3 million fundraising goal for the new centre.

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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 hit 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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