Guy Lombardo's multiple-award-winning Tempo VII hydroplane, built in 1955 and powered by an Allison aircraft engine, has been owned by the City of London since 1983 when it was donated to the City by the late Colonel Tom Lawson.
It is currently on display at London's Jet Aircraft Museum immediately northwest of the London International Airport. It is open Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm.
Contact London's heritage planner Don Menard (dmenardATlondon.ca) if you or your organization are interested in displaying this historic hydroplane in a public setting for a special short-term event.
||London Majors defeat the Brantford Red Sox 7-5 in extra innings in Brantford
||Saturday, May 25 2013 @ 12:01 AM EDT
| BREAKING NEWS: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford ~ transcript and video of his most recent denial of crack cocaine use, M, May 24
GLOBE & MAIL INVESTIGATION: The Ford family history with drugs and drug-dealing, G&M, May 25
London Majors' catcher fuelling offence, LFP, May 24
FINAL: London Majors 6, Hamilton Cardinals 3 at Labatt Park Friday (May 24). Majors extend win streak to four. Game synopsis HERE.
NEXT HOME GAME: London Majors host the Barrie Baycats on Sun. May 26 at Labatt Park at 1 pm (doubleheader).
The London Majors Baseball Club host the Hamilton Cardinals at Labatt Park on Friday, May 24 at 7:35 pm. The game will be broadcast live on Rogers-TV London (13) and Pointstreak.com.
Adult admission: $8; Seniors, students and kids 12 and under: $6. Parking for 150 cars inside the park is $2; Free parking for 200 cars is available across Riverside Drive behind the Forest City Kiwanis Seniors' Centre and on the street along Wilson Avenue etc.
London Knights move on to Memorial Cup semi-final after 6-1 win over the host team, Saskatoon Blades, LFP, May 24
VIDEO: Two Toronto Star reporters discussing video they saw (three times) of what appears to be Toronto Mayor Rob Ford huffing on a crack pipe, YT, May 24
Handy Historical Research Tool: Archived Insurance Plans for the City of London, UWO
Second arrest in Bosma murder case, LFP, May 23
A pair of Osprey (hawks) are nesting atop a 3rd-baseline light standard at Labatt Park for the second year in a row. They regularly fish for food in the nearby Thames River
INTERCOUNTY BASEBALL LEAGUE
London Majors hand defending champion Brantford Red Sox their second loss in a row
Courtesy, the Intercounty Baseball League
The London Majors defeated the Brantford Red Sox 7-5 in extra innings (11) in the lone game played in the Intercounty Baseball League on Wednesday night (May 22).
The Majors (3-2) were led by Derrik Strzalkowski, who doubled, singled twice and notched four RBI with a run scored in the win.
Ryan Lapensee doubled twice and singled, while Adwin Springer singled, doubled, scored twice and drove in a run. Cleveland Brownlee had three singles and a double with two runs scored, while Paul LaMantia singled twice, scored once and added one RBI.
Reliever Taylor Carr earned the win, giving up just three hits and no runs with one walk over the final 2 2/3 innings.
First loss for Brantford at home in nearly a year, BE, May 23
||Thursday, May 23 2013 @ 12:01 AM EDT
THIS JUST IN, MAY 22: FINAL: London Majors win their 3rd in a row, defeating Brantford Red Sox 7-5 in 11 innings in Brantford. IBL Standings
IBL BASEBALL TONIGHT, MAY 22: The IBL schedule continues tonight, Wednesday, May 22, when the reigning IBL champion Brantford Red Sox host the London Majors at Arnold Anderson Stadium; first pitch at 8 p.m. Live on Pointstreak.com
BREAKING NEWS: Doors' keyboardist Ray Manzarek dies at age 74 from bile duct cancer, UCR, May 20
How Puffy Mike Duffy lost his way, HCH, May 21
FINAL: London Majors 6, Brantford Red Sox 4 at Labatt Park
IBL Roundup HERE
IBL BASEBALL TODAY, MAY 19: Today at Labatt Park at 1 pm, the London Majors (1-2) host five-time defending champion Brantford Red Sox (5-0).
Regular admission: $8; Seniors, students and kids 12 and under: $6.
The game can be seen on pointstreak.com HERE.
PUFFY MIKE DUFFY AFFAIR: Harper's chief of staff, Nigel Wright, resigns, M, May 19
Done like a Dinner
CLEAN IT UP:
Shocking elder abuse of a local senior (retired UWO Prof. Joe Cummins) who was a hospital patient, CTV, May 18
How often does this happen and go unreported? Heads should roll
INTERCOUNTY BASEBALL LEAGUE
London Majors defeat the Hamilton Cardinals 12-11 in 10 innings at Labatt Park
Courtesy, the Intercounty Baseball League
The Hamilton Cardinals scored eight runs in the top of the ninth inning to rally from a 9-2 deficit but the London Majors still managed to edge the Cardinals 12-11 in a wild Intercounty Baseball League game played Friday night in London.
London (1-2) led 7-1 after six innings and 9-2 after eight before the Cards big ninth gave them a 10-9 lead.
But the Majors scored once in the bottom of the ninth to tie and twice in the bottom of the 10th after Hamilton scored a single run to keep the Cards winless at 0-2.
Derrik Strzalkowski drove in the winning run with a 10th inning single for London, which had 22 hits in the game. Ryan Lapensee had five hits for the Majors and three RBI while scoring twice, while Chris Stewart had four hits and scored three runs.
||Friday, May 17 2013 @ 12:01 AM EDT
| LCBO strike averted. Alcoholics rejoice across Ontario. "Let's get drunk!" they say, LFP, May 17
Friday 17-May @ 7:30pm ~ 2013 HOMEOPENER: London Majors host the Hamilton Cardinals at historic Labatt Park (also live on Rogers-TV 13). Sunny, high of 21, with some cloudy periods.
MUST-SEE SHORT VIDEO: The Eastern Bald Senator ~ Unique Canadian Wildlife, YT, May 17
Tory Senator Mike Duffy says the Canadian media is out to get him and demands to be left alone while he contentedly slurps at the trough.
HOLY CRACK-PIPES, BATMAN! Toronto mayor Rob Ford caught in crack cocaine video scandal, TS, May 17
BREAKING NEWS, MAY 16:: Sen. Puffy Mike Duffy resigns from the Conservative Caucus, will now sit as an independent Senator. He refuses to resign from the Senate because he loves the pay and he gets to play the wheel.
Mayor Joe embroiled in a messy civil action in Milton, Ontario, LFP, May 15
Fontana back in court today (Thursday), LFP, May 16
Fontana civil suit wraps up Friday, LFP, May 17
Tony Bacsa said he finally contacted a lawyer to sue Fontana but the lawyer suddenly dropped the case shortly after filing a statement of claim. The Toronto lawyer advised he could no longer act because his law office had been burglarized and all files relating to the case had been taken.
Tory Senator Mike Duffy should resign but it's unlikely he has the integrity to do so, similiar to London's mayor Joe Fontana, NP, May 16
The Hidden History of Hamilton Road presents: Arthur McClelland of the Ivey Family London Room
When: Thursday, May 16 2013 @ 7pm - 9pm
Where: Crouch Branch Library
550 Hamilton Road
Description: The Hidden History of Hamilton Road presents: Arthur McClelland of the Ivey Family London Room Speaking on The Piano Industry at Sparton's. Thursday, May 16, 7-9 pm at Crouch Branch Library, 550 Hamilton Road. Free Admission.
Friday 17-May @ 7:30pm ~ 2013 HOMEOPENER: London Majors host the Hamilton Cardinals at historic Labatt Park (also live on Rogers-TV 13).
BREAKING NEWS, MAY 14: The London Knights will host the 2014 Memorial Cup in May ~ a 10 day event.
This means the Knights will be playing in the Memorial Cup three years in a row. 2012, 2013 and now 2014 (the host team always plays in the tournament).
Aerial photograph of Tecumseh Park (today's Labatt Park) in 1922, UWO, May 14
London Knights are back-to-back OHL champions
WINNERS AND LOSERS, MAY 14: The London Knights defeat the Barrie Colts in Game 7, 3-2. The OHL champion Knights are now on their way to the Memorial Cup in Saskatoon.
Get out the golf clubs, boys: The Toronto Maple Leafs lose to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 in OT, 5-4.
Both playoff games were nail-biters.
Bosma suspect Dellen Millard is a Canadian aviation notable, HS, May 13
Suspect Dellen Millard, 27
AMBITION: Bosma suspect Dellen Millard, 14, with his now-late father Wayne Millard in 1999 after Dellen broke Canadian aviation history as the youngest person to solo in both a plane and a helicopter, on the same day. Today, Dellen Millard is 27. His "ambition" tattoo across his wrist was instrumental in his arrest.
The December 2012 obituary of Dellen Millard's father, Wayne Millard, TS, May 13
THOUGHT DU JOUR, MAY 13: "Twitter is a rolling smorgasbord of schizophrenia. It's both a strength and a weakness." ~ AltLondon founder Baron von Stumpel
NAIL-BITER: London Knights win Game 6 in Barrie 5-4 in OT, force Game 7 back in London on Monday night, LFP, May 12
New giant birdhouse ready to be installed at historic Labatt Park (hopefully) in time for the home-opener of the London Majors' game against the Hamilton Cardinals on May 17th at 7:35 pm, ISMF, May 9
A Gordon A. Harrison creation
Civic Meetings in London, ON, from Mon. May 13 to Fri. May 17
2013 IBL regular-season standings
THOUGHT DU JOUR, MAY 11: When you calm yourself and start thinking ~ instead of merely reacting emotionally to narrow personal issues ~ you join an elite club whether you want to or not.
INTERCOUNTY BASEBALL LEAGUE ACTION
Burlington Bandits steal one from the London Majors, 12-11 in Burlington
Courtesy, the Intercounty Baseball League
SAT. MAY 11: In Burlington, Paul Saville drove in the winning run with a double to cap a three-run ninth inning rally, leading the Burlington Bandits to a thrilling 12-11 win over the London Majors, who are now 0-2 on the season.
The Bandits scored three runs with one out in the ninth to steal the win from the Majors (0-2) in their first game of the season. Burlington trailed 10-4 after four innings but stormed back much to the delight of their hometown crowd.
Saville drove in three runs and scored a run for the Bandits, while Jeff McLeod drove in three runs. Darryl Pui added a pair of RBI, while Kyle Morton added a solo homer for Burlington, which made five errors and won despite being out-hit 12-7.
||Saturday, May 11 2013 @ 12:01 AM EDT
| FINAL: Burlington Bandits 12, London Majors 11 in Burlington, PS. May 11
THOUGHT DU JOUR, MAY 10: Dr. Hardy Limeback, Canada's widely recognized leading authority on preventive dentistry and water fluoridation (now retired from the University of Toronto's faculty of dentistry), says get fluoride out of Canada's public drinking water immediately.
Dr. Chris Mackie, Middlesex-London's new medical officer of health who's never studied the effects of water fluoridation, says leave it in because Health Canada bureaucrats say it's safe.
Who would an intelligent person believe?
One thing EVERYONE agrees on is that fluoride only works to help prevent dental caries via TOPICAL APPLICATION. Once people wrap their collective heads around this relatively elementary concept, the debate is pretty much over. Drinking fluoridated water is nuts. Instead, brush and spit. Problem solved. Use fluoridated toothpaste as directed: Brush and spit. Never drink it, even in low concentrations since it accumulates in bones, tissue and organs. Putting fluoride in our public drinking water is unnecessary, unsafe and unethical (no informed consent by those forced to drink it). Remove it.
BREAKING NEWS: Guy Lombardo's historic Tempo VII hydroplane is now on display at London's Jet Aircraft Museum (currently open Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm), immediately northwest of the London International Airport, JAM, May 9
Lombardo's hydroplane, the Tempo VII, finds safe harbour at London's Jet Museum, am980, May 9
THUNDER-ON-THE WATER: Bandleader Guy Lombardo (1902-1977), born-and-raised in London, Ontario, Canada, campaigned a famous line of inboard hydroplanes in the years before and after Word War II. Lombardo won the 1948 Gold Cup at Detroit driving Tempo VI but his most famous and successful craft was clearly Tempo VII, an Allison-aircraft-engine-powered, Les Staudacher creation piloted by Danny Foster. Dubbed "The Sweetest Boat this Side of Heaven" by the media, Tempo VII won five races in a row in 1955 and set a world competition lap record of 106.007 mph (average speed) over a three-mile course at Madison, Indiana.
LONDON SPORTS LEGENDS
Legendary Western Mustangs coach Jack Fairs receives OUA’s John McManus Award
By Tony von Richter
Western Mustangs Sports
Western Mustangs legend Jack Fairs (pictured left) was honoured by Ontario University Athletics on Thursday evening (May 9), receiving the John McManus Award at the OUA Honour Awards banquet in Gravenhurst, Ontario.
The McManus award honours an OUA coach with a minimum of seven years of experience that exemplifies the highest ideals and qualities of sportsmanship and service while engaged in coaching in university sport.
Fairs has served as a coach for a number of sports including football and basketball since joining the staff at Western in 1947 but he’s best known as the coach of the Mustangs men’s squash team.
Taking over as head coach for the 1962-63 season, Fairs has become one of the longest-serving coaches in Canadian university sport history and the 2012-13 season marked his 51st season with the team.
||Thursday, May 09 2013 @ 12:01 AM EDT
| Remember this cheesy media release from Mayor Joe Fontana before his three criminal charges were laid and before the charitable status of his charity was revoked? MF, May 8
"The TGSF operates under the guidelines and regulations of the Canadian Revenue Agency. It will continue to do so. Its financial statements are audited and public." ~ An excerpt from Mayor Joe Fontana's media release regarding commentary and news reports about his suspect charity, July 24, 2012
The Canada Revenue Agency revoked Trinity Global Support Foundation's (TGSF) charitable status, effective May 4, 2013, due to serious non-compliance and multiple irregularities in breach of the Income Tax Act. See that notice HERE.
ANNOUNCEMENTS ~ STOP THE PRESSES
Betty (Va-Va-Va-Voom) McLarty wins first prize in Hillbilly Beauty Queen Contest® this past weekend in Melbourne, Ontario
DELAWARE, ONTARIO ~ I'm proud as punch to announce that my lovely wife Betty (pictured left) has won first prize in Melbourne's annual Hillbilly Beauty Queen Contest®.
Along with the first-prize ribbon, Betty wins 10 ice-cold cases of Labatt's 50 Ale; five steaming-hot buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken and a 2013 regular-season pass for five people to watch the Intercounty League's London Majors Baseball Club play at Labatt Park.
"I've never entered this particular contest before," says Betty. "I've always just entered my homemade pumpkin pies in the pie-baking contest. But Butch encouraged me to go for the gold in the beauty contest and after a few brews, I said 'what the hey' and decided to give it a whirl."
||Tuesday, May 07 2013 @ 12:01 AM EDT
| The London Sports Hall of Fame's new website unveiled on May 6
Joe Fontana and his dutiful stooge lay it on real thick, LFP, May 7
Ward 4 Coun. Stephen Orser, a Fontana ally, attempts to defend his Lord and Master (again):
"I concentrate on Ward 4, not the media’s perception of [Fontana]. It’s been generally rumoured there’s a competition between the London and Toronto media as to who can topple their mayor first."
THOUGHT DU JOUR, MAY 7: Joe Fontana's sham charity and three money-related criminal charges have no bearing on his duties as mayor, chief magistrate and budget chief.
Who in their right mind would even attempt to make such an empty-headed argument? Oh, I forgot: Liberals Joe Fontana, Bud Polhill and Steve Orser.
Joe Fontana was elected mayor on October 25, 2010 and has been either chair of the charity's board of directors or a director ever since. Canada Revenue Agency revoked Trinity Global Support Foundation's charitable status effective May 4, 2013.
NOSE-STRETCHER OF THE MONTH: Fontana ally Bud Polhill thinks what Fontana does in his private life has nothing to do with his full-time mayoral (and budget chief) duties, LFP, May 6
One of Fontana's staunchest allies, Ward. 1 Coun. Bud Polhill (pictured left), went the farthest in his comments supporting the mayor after the revelations.
What Fontana does in his spare time has no effect on his ability to do his job, Polhill said.
"He works hard and is doing a great job on the things the taxpayers asked him to do. His personal life has nothing to do with me."
Mayor Joe Fontana's putting London on the map ~ for all the wrong reasons, LCW, May 5
Seven new inductees into the London Sports Hall of Fame, BN, May 6
Majors drop season opener in Toronto 9-4
The London Majors Baseball Club open their 2013 regular-season schedule with an away game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Christie Pits in Toronto.
Game time is 2 pm and can be followed live on pointstreak.com HERE
FINAL: Toronto Maple Leafs 9, London Majors 4.
The 2013 inductees to the London Sports Hall of Fame will be announced this morning (Mon. May 6) at Budweiser Gardens at 11 am.
The public is invited to attend; No admission fee. Enter through Gate 4 (northwest corner of "The Bud").
STILL TRYING TO TURN A BUCK: Mayor Fontana's charity, Trinity Global Support Foundation, still purports online that it's a registered charity when its charitable status has been revoked by the Canada Revenue Agency; So much for 'Truth in Advertising,' TGSF, May 5
London officially a charity case, LFP, May 4
Civic Meetings in London, ON, Mon. May 6 to Fri. May 10
BREAKING NEWS: For Joe Fontana, charity begins at home as millions siphoned off his 'charity,' says Canada Revenue Agency, LFP, May 3
Canada Revenue Agency's media release regarding Fontana's charity, Trinity Global Support Foundation, CRA, May 3
Trinity's astonishing growth caught CRA's eye, the bait was inflated tax-deductible receipts and a noble-sounding charity mandate, LFP, May 3
CASH-COW CHARITY: "JoFo, I don't mind you milking me once a day, but do you have to do it 24-7, year-round? I mean, after all, Show Cows You Care!"
Environment Canada's seven-day forecast for London, Ontario, EC, May 3
Are you aware that London, Ontario, Canada, has a Jet Aircraft Museum? JAM, May 3
Archeological dig starts in backyard of former fugitive slave chapel at 275 Thames Street in London, LFP, May 2
James Reaney at The London Free Press finally sees the light regarding The Sweetest Boat this Side of Heaven, LFP, May 1
The Tempo VII was raced on Lake Fanshawe in the summer of 1955 and also put on display in downtown London, LFP, May 2
The late Ev Smith in the cockpit of Guy Lombardo's award-winning Tempo VII hydroplane, circa 1998, at the now-closed Guy Lombardo Music Centre on Wonderland Road. The Tempo VII has been owned by the City of London since 1983 when it was donated to the City by the late Col. Tom Lawson who purchased it for $25K from Ross Therrien after seeing it on display at the inaugural edition of the annual boat show at the Western Fair in 1983. Col. Lawson's donation was made on the provision the historic hydroplane remain on public display in London.
The Tempo VI1 was constructed for Guy Lombardo's racing team in 1955 by Les Staudacher, a renowned speedboat builder from Michigan. It is 29 feet in length and was capable of a top speed of 185 mph. Built to compete in the Unlimited Class, it was powered by a 2400-HP-Allison-VI710 aircraft engine which weighs nearly 6000 Ibs.
Guy Lombardo was a bandleader by profession but his real passion in life was hydroplane racing. In recognition of Lombardo's outstanding hydroplane racing career, he was inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 2002.
The Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) is advertising for "qualified umpires" on its website since its regular umpires told them to stuff it earlier this year, IBL, Apr. 30
Rich Panas of Toronto has been named the IBL's new Umpire-in-Chief and Chris Teliatnik from Oakville, will assume the role of Scheduler for the upcoming season.
These duties were formerly overseen by an Umpires Supervisory Committee (USC) ~ which is no more.
CHUMP CHANGE: Home-plate umpires only receive $90 per game plus mileage; base umpires receive $70 per game plus mileage. More information can be found HERE.
Looks like Spring has finally sprung in Melonville (Environment Canada's seven-day weather forecast), EC, Apr. 30
21 degrees ... 22 degrees ... 21 degrees ... 21 degrees ... 17 degrees
Civic Meetings in London, ON, Mon. Apr. 29 to Fri. May 3
The first fundraiser for the Fugitive Slave Chapel Preservation Project, "Follow The North Star: Underground Railroad Songs and Stories," is scheduled for Friday, June 14 at the London Music Club at 470 Colborne Street.
London Majors sweep pair of weekend exhibition games against Michigan Jet Box at Labatt Park, 8-0 and 5-1 (6 innings)
First-inning action with London pitcher Jordan Townsend on the mound at Labatt Park yesterday afternoon (Apr. 27) between the London Majors and Michigan Jet Box. London won the game 8-0. PHOTO: Stephen (Homerun) Harding.
PRE-SEASON EXHIBITION GAME: London Majors Baseball Club host Michigan Jet Box @ Labatt Park; Sat. Apr. 27 @ 1pm. $5; $2 seniors/ kids 12 and under/ students.
FINAL: London Majors 8, Michigan Jet Box 0.
PRE-SEASON EXHIBITION GAME 2: London Majors Baseball Cub host Michigan Jet Box @ Labatt Park; Sun. Apr. 28 @ 1 pm. $5; $2 seniors/ kids 12 and under/ students.
FINAL: London Majors 5, Michigan Jet Box 1 (six innings only due to rain).
The Edgeworth Properties Land Banking Saga
100% PURE SNAKEOIL: Vaughan Minor and the Edgeworth Scheme, LFP, Apr. 27
YONDER COMES A SUCKER: Three Edgeworth suckers tell their tales of woe, LFP, Apr. 27
Perhaps Vaughan Minor (pictured left) would have had more luck if he'd started a sham charity purporting to help poor hungry kids.
The Edgeworth Scam website, ES, Apr. 27
There's Flin-Flon, Manitoba, and Flim-Flam, Ontario (London).
VIDEO: The Edgeworth Scheme, Video 1 of 7, YT, Apr. 27
VIDEO: The Edgeworth Scheme, investors media conference, Video 1 of 5, YT, Apr. 27
Donate (tax deductible) to the Fugitive Slave Chapel Preservation Project HERE, fscpp, Apr. 26
BREAKING NEWS: Country-singing superstar George Jones dies at age 81, HC, Apr. 26
One of the biggest stars ever in the history of American country music, yet today, his death evokes little more than a ripple on social media. Just goes to show you how culturally, every 10 years there's a "changing of the guard" ~ and eventually no one will remember your name or care, no matter who you are.
A video of George Jones, in memoriam, YT, Apr. 16
Joe Fontana's charity, Trinity Global Support Foundation, loses charitable status but may attempt to appeal to Supreme Court of Canada, LFP, Apr. 24
The judge didn't buy the Fontana charity's appeal, LCW, Apr. 24
Former fugitive slave chapel preservation supported at planning committee, LFP, Apr. 24
“The City of London ought to be proud of its history,” Fontana said, adding he is optimistic city hall can supply from $5,000 to $15,000 to defray the costs of an archeological assessment.
FUNNY HOW A COMING ELECTION REDUCES ARROGANCE: City committee backs hiring an integrity commissioner, goes to council next week, LFP, Apr. 24
On Tuesday, Orser told the committee he still thinks the post my prove costly, especially if the watchdog (integrity commissioner) must deal with “frequent flyers” who file “vexatious and frivolous complaints.”
Once again, Ward 4 Coun. Steve Orser proudly demonstrates his ignorance and ongoing disdain for the electorate with his goofy reported comment (above), noting frivolous or vexatious complaints would not be investigated by an integrity commissioner.
The only grandstanding "frequent flyer" is ~ you guessed it ~ Steve Orser, who says (ad nauseam) he can have "din-din" with whomever he wants to discuss City business prior to meetings at city hall.
London Majors identify most of its 2013 roster, LCN, Apr. 23
Majors looking for more balanced offence in 2013, LFP, Apr. 24
PRE-SEASON EXHIBITION GAME: London Majors Baseball Club host Michigan Jet Box @ Labatt Park; Sat. Apr. 27 @ 1pm. $5; $2 seniors/ kids 12 and under/ students.
PRE-SEASON EXHIBITION GAME 2: London Majors Baseball Cub host Michigan Jet Box @ Labatt Park; Sun. Apr. 28 @ 1 pm. $5; $2 seniors/ kids 12 and under/ students.
Did you know London, Ontario, Canada, has a Jet Aircraft Museum? JAM, Apr. 23
Folk legend Ritchie Havens dead at age 72, BB, Apr. 22
Environment Canada's seven-day forecast for London, Ontario, EC, Apr. 23
Lawyer Alan Dershowitz says not reading Miranda rights to Beantown bombing suspect likely a problem, RCP, Apr. 22
LONDON CITY HALL
Developer buying homes in London's Blackfriars' neighbourhood for student housing
Trouble in the Blackfriars' neighbourhood, LFP, Apr. 13
Blackfriars' residents receiving sales pitches in the mail to sell their homes, LFP, Apr. 20
A 1999 master's thesis on the village of Petersville in London West, cc, Apr. 21
The Petersville Neighbourhood Project (1994): A City of London planning document, CoL, Apr. 23
Academy-award-winning film director Paul Haggis (pictured below left) has sent the following letter to London city hall regarding the Blackfriars neighbourhood near Labatt Park (Paul was born in 1953 on Blackfriars Street near historic Blackfriars Bridge):
As a native of London, Ontario, I am very dismayed to learn of the redevelopment of certain parts of the Blackfriars neighbourhood – specifically, the plans of one developer to build multi-bedroom duplexes on Albion Street, Wilson Avenue and Leslie Street [96 Albion Street, 108 Wilson Avenue and 12 Leslie Street].
I spent a great deal of time, growing up, in this area. My grandparents' home was there, my father was raised on Blackfriars Street; that home is still standing. They survived the flood that decimated the area, and came back. I still have both family and friends in the neighbourhood and always look forward to my visits there. I was there just three weeks ago with my dad and my son, James.
In fact, the positive effect of the surroundings inspired me to name my production company after it: Blackfriars Bridge Films.
The historical nature of this community should not be undervalued. The area surrounding the forks of the Thames River was a critical part of the development of our country and it is concerning to hear that this legacy is not being protected against development that could potentially remove all aspects of heritage.
||Saturday, April 20 2013 @ 12:01 AM EDT
| Shining the light on Fontana's sketchy 'charity,' LCW, Apr. 20
Profile of the Justice hearing the appeal of Fontana's sketchy 'charity,' GC, Apr. 20
Sex-abuse survivor, John Swales, reaches out, BN, Apr. 19
Abuse survivor John Swales would like to establish a gathering place for men with problems, LFP, Apr. 18
SHIP AHOY! Second Beantown bomber captured alive but wounded hiding in backyard boat, BG, Apr. 20
"I should have boarded a boat that was leaving port." ~ Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, moments after being arrested by Boston police. In serious condition with bullet wounds to his neck and legs
Globe correspondent recalls friendship with Boston bombing suspect, BG, Apr. 20
Beantown bombing suspects now identified as two brothers from Russian district of Chechnya
BREAKING NEWS: One Beantown bomber suspect is dead (Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26), Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19 (pictured below), still on the run, BG, Apr. 19
Federal court judge to rule next week on revocation of Mayor Fontana's 'charity,' LFP, Apr. 18
Trinity Global Support Foundation [Fontana's charity] invested $6 million with Mission Life Financial, a Kitchener organization tied to Fontana friend Vince Ciccone and his Cicconce Group. Ciccone misled investors in Ciccone Group and was ordered by the Ontario Securities Commission to repay them $15 million.
Trinity issued $25 million in receipts but only funded $2.2 million in charitable work. In that time the receipts deprived the federal government of $2.9 million.
London's former Heritage Planner Christine Nelson has died from cancer, LFP, Apr. 18
That strapping, gorgeous hunk of a man, Barry Wells, founder of the Friends of Labatt Park, was recently interviewed by Scott Kitching of 98.1-FREE-FM regarding Labatt Park, the London Majors and the City's proposal to drastically increase park rental fees in 2015
KA-BOOM: Several dead, hundreds injured during fertilizer plant explosion near Waco, Texas, AP, Apr. 18
A fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, north of Waco, has injured hundreds and as many as 15 people are feared dead
Boston police deny arrest made after blasts in Beantown, CBC, Apr. 18
DALE HENDERSON: London city council's brightest light bulb
London city council approved a new two-year contract with the London Majors for historic Labatt Park last night (Apr. 16) by a 11-1 vote.
Ward 9 Coun. Dale Henderson was the sole dissenting vote due to his complete lack of understanding of the issues ~ he didn't like the contract mistakenly thinking it would preclude other special events/ baseball at the park, even after City parks director Scott Stafford explained the situation to him.
Coun. Henderson would be well-advised to talk to City staff prior to committee and council meetings to gain an understanding of the issues of the day rather than waste everyone's time.
Labatt Park is used on a regular basis all summer long by scores of baseball teams from several leagues ~ including special baseball events such as last year's Canada Cup tournament ~ in addition to the London Majors of the Intercounty Baseball League.
IN OTHER NEWS: Dale Henderson raised eyebrows once again with his peculiar statement at council that Londoners should expect to learn of five (5) projects within three months that will inject $100 million of private money into London's sagging economy.
“I’m getting excited,” said Henderson, who wouldn’t offer details. “Stay tuned.” Henderson also thought his Dale-TV YouTube channel was going to change democracy as we now know it and take the Internet by storm.
Singer Rita MacNeil dead at age 68
BREAKING NEWS, APR. 17: Acclaimed Canadian singer Rita MacNeil (pictured left) of Big Pond, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, has died at age 68 due to complications following surgery.
Ms. MacNeil recorded 24 albums and sold millions over the course of her career.
MacNeil won the first of three Junos in 1987 at the age of 42 as most promising female vocalist.
She also won numerous East Coast Music Awards, Country Music Awards and a Gemini for her CBC variety show Rita & Friends that ran from 1994 to 1997. MacNeil was a Member of the Order of Canada and was also awarded the Order of Nova Scotia.
2013 BOSTON MARATHON: Two Deadly Blasts, 12 seconds apart, in Beantown on Patriot's Day
VIDEO: At least three killed, at least 170 injured (23 critically) in two explosions near finish line of 116th Boston Marathon, BG, Apr. 15
The relatively small "pressure cooker" homemade bombs were designed to propel shrapnel. Sadly, the final mile of the Boston Marathon yesterday (Apr. 15) had been dedicated to the Newtown school victims with the families in the finish-line grandstands during the planned attack.
According to CBS-News Boston, two unexploded devices were found nearby.
The annual Boston Marathon is the consummate media event with thousands of cameras in the area of the finish line.
CONFIRMED: Strangely, Boston police and other law-enforcement officials were conducting drills in the area with bomb-sniffing dogs immediately prior to the two bombings. See story HERE.
There's another video HERE of the first blast in Beantown on April 15.
London City Council is spinning its wheels, TMR, Apr. 15
Hope returns to Canuckistan as Prince Justin Trudeau is anointed the new leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, G&M, Apr. 14
Let's not forget the very first home of Justin Trudeau as an infant (born on December 25th) was 24 Sussex Drive. Should Harper move out now or later?
HILARIOUS VIDEO: The Justin Trudeau Song by the Canadian Beaver Band, YT, Apr. 13
Lyrics for The Justin Trudeau Song by the Canadian Beaver Band
How Crotchety are You?
There's five stages of life, if you live long enough:
1. Pre-Crotchety (0-40); 2. Crotchety (40-55); 3. Ultra-Crotchety (55-65); 4. Super-Crotchety (65-75); 5. Who gives a Shit? (75 to Death).
THE 11TH COMMANDMENT: "Thou shalt have a Sunday afternoon nap on the couch with a baseball game on the TV or radio."
Corollary to the above 11th Commandment: "Thou shall awaken in the bottom of the 7th inning to find out the score."
Osprey Hawks at historic Labatt Park, L, Apr. 11
Tax-deductible donations can be made to the Fugitive Slave Chapel Preservation Project HERE, FSCPP, Apr. 10
Aboutown's Dawn Erskine appeared before LACH Wed. night (Apr. 10) as well as community partner reps to discuss moving fugitive slave chapel
IN BRIEF: Everyone involved is supportive to move the fugitive slave chapel from 275 Thames Street in London to 430 Grey Street beside historic Beth Emanuel Church. Property owner Aboutown also appears willing to withdraw its demolition application before the end of April.
Fundraising is continuing for the project with $20K raised to date. Online tax-deductible donations are accepted HERE.
The Fugitive Slave Chapel Restoration Project group wants an archeological assessment of the 275 Thames Street site and possibly at adjoining Aboutown-owned properties at 281 and 277 Thames Street.
The London Advisory Committee on Heritage (LACH) is very supportive of the project, including seeking some City funds for an archeological assessment of the Thames Street site. Questions remain, however, whether designation should be pursued under the Ontario Heritage Act before the chapel relocation or after.
These matters go to the Planning and Environment Committee on April 23 and City Council thereafter. Everyone agrees this is a very unique and significant project never undertaken before in London's history and may take longer than first anticipated.
London Majors Baseball Club has been a community asset since 1925, LFP, Apr. 10
London Majors' tickets available online, LM, Apr. 10
London artist Kim Harrison's latest show in Wortley Village, LFP, Apr. 8
Former fugitive slave chapel worth saving, LFP, Apr. 8
London-born Canadian sculptor Frank Moore's website, FMS, Apr. 8
City of London staff floats trial balloon about hefty user fees at Labatt Park in 2015, LFP, Apr. 8
LONDON, ONTARIO, NEWS
Inaugural meeting of the 'London Film Association'
MEDIA RELEASE FROM WARD 9 COUNCILLOR DALE HENDERSON
Monday, April 8, 2013
BINGO, WE HAVE A WINNER: Dale Henderson uncorks his new chilled bottle of champagne on Dale TV. Dancing Greek or Greek Dancer? DTV, Apr. 9
Councillor Dale Henderson (pictured left) is pleased to announce the founding of the new London Film Association. Councillor Henderson is confident that this initiative will generate high quality jobs in London and surrounding area, stimulate the arts and film community and put London on the map for nourishing a vibrant film industry in Canada in association with partners and contributors from the United States.
Councillor Henderson will host an inaugural meeting at the Dancing Greek Tavern/ Huron House, 1345 Huron Street, Thursday, April 11th at 4:30 pm to provide more information about the London Film Association and would like to invite the media, public and those interested in the film industry to attend.
Guest speaker and organizer Geoff Hart from Tapped Pictures will be presenting a short speech with respect to high-quality jobs in the film industry.
||Monday, April 08 2013 @ 12:01 AM EDT
| Monsanto's product development over the years, GMOA, Apr. 8
"Before the Freedom of Information Act, I used to say at meetings, 'The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer.' [laughter] But since the Freedom of Information Act, I'm afraid to say things like that." ~ Henry Kissinger, March 10, 1975, at a meeting in Ankara, Turkey
Dr. Hardy Limeback, BSc, PhD, DDS, Canada's leading authority on preventive dentistry and water fluoridation, is strongly opposed to water fluoridation, COF, Apr. 7
BRUSH & SPIT ONLY: Fluoridation of our public drinking water is unsafe, unnecessary and unethical
THE LIFE & TIMES OF BUMBLING COUNT VORGA: 'Connecting the Brand to the Fans'
David H. Martin, Owner/ Executive Producer of National Pastime Sports
Former London Rippers' front man David H. Martin/ National Pastime Sports screwed up bigtime before he arrived in London, PD, Apr. 6
VIDEO OF INFLATABLE SLIDE'S COLLAPSE ON JUNE 12, 2010, PD, Apr. 6
National Pastime Sports LLC v. CSI Insurance Group et al., DJ, Apr. 6
RIPPERS REDUX: David H. Martin's company, National Pastime Sports, vapourizes its website, NPS, Apr. 6
OPINION: Saddled with the Worst Council Majority Ever (Fontana 8), the less this council does the better for London, LFP, Apr. 6
CIVIC EMBARRASSMENT: Anytime the Fontana 8 gather in one location, a Coco the Clown Convention immediately breaks out
VIDEO: Curtain Call ~ the Tale of London's Tigers
Mayor Joe's thrills, chills and legal bills, LCW, Apr. 4
FAVOURITE TWEET OF THE DAY, APR. 4: "Once the Fontana 8 are booted from London city council, no one will care where they meet on Saturdays. #ldnont #GoodbyeRubbish"
Pencil-necked-geek Tory charged for Robocalls, HPC, Apr. 2
South Collegiate's 85th Reunion, May 24-26, God willing!
WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED? South Collegiate under CSIS spotlight, LFP, Apr. 4
Eat 'em Raw! Vis BOOM Baw!
Joe Fontana's case back in court today, CBC, Apr. 2
Maclean's magazine also covers Joe Fontana's legal woes, M, Apr. 2
Joe Fontana's preliminary criminal hearing set for Oct. 28-29, 2013
The campaign for open local government, TMR, Apr. 1
Part 3 on councillors' expenses, by Gina Barber, LCW, Apr. 2
Missing Palestinian money leads to London, Ontario and a connection to Joe Fontana, G&M, Apr. 1
Onetime Yasser Arafat 'senior aide' Muhammad Rashid, 'convicted of embezzling $34-million' .. 'had obtained Canadian citizenship in 2003' .. 'questions raised about how he obtained citizenship' .. 'was on the board of a London, Ont, bio-science company' .. 'it came about, Bioniche president Graeme McRae said, after he was told of a potential investor by Joe Fontana, London, Ont. MP and chair of the House of Commons citizenship and immigration committee' .. 'Fontana did not return telephone calls requesting comment ..'
LONDON, ONTARIO, CITY HALL
BREAKING NEWS: Civic Works Committee to consider decommissioning Springbank Dam to end costly lawsuit
SPRINGBANK DAM: "... As it is, this dog don't hunt."
By Barry (Scoop) Wells, Apr. 1, 2013 (An April Fools' Special)
The most controversial item on London's civic works committee agenda for Mon. Apr. 8 at 4 pm is the proposed decommissioning of the inoperable Springbank Dam (pictured above) ~ the subject of a complex lawsuit that's been winding its way through the courts for the past five years with no end in sight.
"If the proposal to eliminate the dam is approved by council, we'd be removing the inoperable dam from the river using heavy equipment and likely dynamite," says London's managing director, environmental & engineering services & city engineer John Braaman.
"But it's far too early to say which way council wants to go on this one," says Braaman.
The costs of decommissioning the dam could be as high as $950,000, including an environmental assessment.
City solicitor Geoffrey Belch couldn't be reached for comment yesterday.
Council members and the public have been waiting for answers for years on this project, which was supposed to be completed in June of 2008.
The dam, rebuilt at a cost of $6.8-million, was scheduled to begin operating that spring (2008) but during tests, bolts on one gate broke and jammed the gate halfway open.
Further tests showed the bolts were free of defects, meaning the design or construction, or both, led to the gate breakdown. That's when the finger-pointing started and lawyers began circling on all sides like turkey buzzards.
||Sunday, March 31 2013 @ 12:01 AM EDT
|London's first murders of 2013 ~ bodies removed in large blue recycling bin
BREAKING NEWS, MAR. 31: Jason Cleveland, 38, has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of committing an indignity to a human body in the death of two men in a fourth-floor apartment at 85 Fiddlers Green Road in west London, Ontario.
The accused has retained the services of London defence lawyer Gord Cudmore who represented him seven years ago when he was convicted of manslaughter.
Bodies chopped up? LFP, Mar. 31
BREAKING NEWS: Peter Kormos, former NDP-MPP, reported dead at age 60, TS, Mar. 30
Dale Henderson, the patron of April 1st
JUST THE FACTS: Jesus owns Christmas and Easter, St. Valentine owns St. Valentine's Day, St. Patrick owns St. Patrick's Day, Dale Henderson owns April Fools' Day and Guy Lombardo owns New Year's Eve.
London, Ontario: the city of firsts.
Trying to make sense of Dale TV, L, Mar. 28
"Councillor Henderson wants a media integrity commissioner to control what you read, see and hear in your news. He wants to dictate what the public knows. Apparently, one North Korea isn’t enough." ~ Sheryl Rooth, columnist in the Londoner
10K raised to date to move, renovate former fugitive slave chapel in London, LFP, Mar. 28
O'Neil family kickstarts fundraising for former clave chapel with a $5K donation, LFP, Mar. 28
TRUE STORY: The making of a TV star in London, Ontario, Canada, TNR, Mar. 27
‘Speak to the camera, talk to the people’ ~ Dale-TV Executive Dale Henderson
'Councillor White failed to show for the meeting, even though she’d been seen earlier in the afternoon on the third floor of City Hall.' ~ The McLeod Report, Mar. 27
MAR. 26: City Council Recap
1. Ward 9 Coun. Dale Henderson surprised everyone tonight at council by making a few motions in rapid-fire Swahili. Translation, please! At one point it sounded like he said he'd help put any council member on Dale TV for a $150 a pop (not a bad deal for a shot at the big time). Sadly, Dale's motions went nowhere (as usual) and there were no takers for his generous offer to put the names of his colleagues up in lights.
2. Ward 4 Coun. Steve Orser surprised no-one tonight at council by making an outstanding motion requiring council members to get a "doctor's note" if they failed to attend a meeting. Unfortunately, Orser was politely told to sit down, grab a coffee and give his head a shake to clear his head.
3. Ward 14 Coun. Sensational Sandy White was absent from tonight's council meeting where she was scheduled to make another grovelling apology to council for using the "N-Word" a few weeks ago. Nobody appeared to miss Sensational Sandy except Ward 12 Coun. Harold Usher who was wearing a "Deeq Abdi for Council, Ward 14" pin.
In other more trivial matters, council approved a $300K, sole-sourced inspection for historic Blackfriars Bridge (a 10-4 vote) and also a review of council's annual expense accounts (a 9-5 vote) thanks to Dale-TV Executive Dale Henderson.
Toronto mayor Rob Ford a struggling man refusing to seek treatment, TS, Mar. 26
Shurely shome mishtake!
Six photos of the London Public Library's Heritage Sites Plaque unveiling at the former fugitive slave at 275 Thames Street on August 11, 1986; Jim Donnelly, president of Aboutown, is in three of the photos, along with his Aboutown sidekick-treasurer Steve Smith
Other notable attendees at the 1986 plaque unveiling include: Historian-Author Orlo Miller, Teacher-Publisher David Jenkins, Former Ward 5 Coun. Grant Hopcroft, Historian-Author Bill Hitchings, Librarian Glen Curnoe, London Room Librarian Elizabeth Spicer, Historian-Writer Alice Gibb and now-retired LFP reporter Joe Matyas.
Deeq Abdi no longer associated with the London Multicultural Community Association, its request for $25K in City funding withdrawn in wake of Abdi saying Coun. Usher 'not black enough'
FROM TWITTER, MAR. 25:
Pat Maloney @PatatLFPress
@sqedmonton yes. They say he resigned from the group Friday. But I interviewed him Sat'day. Anyway, whatever. That's the latest.
Pat Maloney @PatatLFPress
#ldnont multicultural group withdraws $25K funding request from city hall, distances itself from Deeq Abdi. (I'm not making this up either.)
No letterhead, no signature, no name, no date, just the following on a blank sheet of paper
Ward 13 Coun. Sandy White's unsigned, misspelled written apology included on the Council-Orders-of-the-Day for Tues. Mar. 26 (regarding her use of the "N-Word" a few weeks ago):
"Dear Collegues [sic]
I want to apologize to everyone I offended this evening. I am sincerely sorry. I should not have said what I said under any circumstances and I especially want to apologize to my fellow council members and those who were in attendance at this evening's Council Meeting. There is no justification or excuse for my behaviour."
VIDEO: Interesting Dale Henderson was able to make this 2010 election video without buying the video equipment on the taxpayers' dime. Why didn't he do the same thing for Dale TV or was thinking ahead to the 2014 election campaign?
Ironic given the message of fiscal restraint in the campaign video
Deeq Abdi, Sandy White's pal and defender, says Ward 12 Coun. Harold Usher is 'not black enough', LFP, Mar. 25
BREAKING NEWS, MAR. 25: On am980 this morning, Deeq Abdi, director of the London Multicultural Community Assoc. says he never said Coun. Harold Usher is "not black enough" as the LFP reports.
Also on am980 this morning, LFP reporter Pat Maloney, says he stands by the story and the quote.
POV: Not a smart comment to make at anytime, let alone when Mr. Abdi's seeking cash from city hall ($25K, an application repeatedly supported by Coun. Sandy White). He can likely kiss that funding application's success goodbye. Another embarrassing dust-up tied to a Fontana 8 member.
An open meeting by-law with teeth, TMR, Mar. 24
SIN CITY: Paul Anka tells all about Sinatra's Rat Pack in his new book, DM, Mar. 25
AN EXCERPT: ‘Hey, Paulie, you know the guy that was just in here?’ I was told once. ‘That was the guy who dissolved his victims in acid and served up their finger bones in soup for his guests.’
If the question's not asked, we'll never hear his goofy answer
THOUGHT DU JOUR, MAR. 24: Since Ward 9 Coun. Dale Henderson (pictured left) has stiffed taxpayers for the costs of Dale TV, what's he doing with the YouTube ad revenue from the venture?
Notwithstanding the relatively low number of views on Dale TV, the question needs to be asked when it goes to London city council this Tuesday, Mar. 26 ~ before final approval is given for the Dale TV expenses.
Even though the number of views on his page is unlikely to generate much if any revenue, the question needs to be asked and clarified at council and a policy developed for the future.
More on council expense accounts by Gina Barber, LCW, Mar. 24
LONDON MAJORS BASEBALL
London Majors play Michigan Jet Box in pre-season exhibition game on Sat. Apr. 27 at 1 pm
Labatt Memorial Park: 1877 ~ 2013
The London Majors Baseball Club play a pre-season exhibition baseball game against the Michigan Jet Box on Saturday, April 27th at 1 pm at historic Labatt Park (pictured above).
Not to be missed.
Anyone interested in having an interpretive heritage tour of the park prior to the game (20 minutes in duration) should contact me at butchmclartyATyahoo.ca.
ADMISSION: $2 or $3 (to be determined), along with a non-perishable donation to the London Food Bank
Click on "read more" below to see the London Majors' 2013 home-and-away, regular-season schedule
||Sunday, March 24 2013 @ 12:01 AM EDT
| Beth Emanuel Church at 430 Grey Street in London, Ontario, is both a registered charity and a designated historic site under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
Community fundraising and working with the local media will be key to the success of the "Fugitive Slave Chapel Preservation Project."
Significant built and cultural heritage includes not just fancy Victorian edifices on the rich side of town but also workman's cottages, old taverns and churches etc.
For example, the Roy McKay Clubhouse (pictured below) at historic Labatt Park is a designated heritage property under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act.
Mayor Fontana's criminal court case reconvenes on Tues. Apr. 2 at 10 am at 80 Dundas in London, ON. Likely just another brief administrative proceeding at this stage. The Canadian way of delaying justice.
The Fontana 8 have the perfect recipe
THOUGHT DU JOUR, MAR. 24: The number 1 reason politicians get bounced is incompetence. Number 2 is arrogance. The Fontana 8 have both.
Sudbury city council's credibility on transparency is blown ~ A lesson for London and the floundering Fontana 8 stooges, SS, Mar. 23
ALTLONDON SUPPORTS THE PROVINCIAL OMBUDSMAN & OPEN LOCAL GOVERNMENT. BACKROOM MEETINGS AT BILLY T'S, NOT SO MUCH
In Favour of Backroom Meetings away from London City Hall are: Mayor Joe Fontana ... Ward 1 Coun. Bud Polhill ... Ward 3 Coun. Joe Swan ... Ward 4 Coun. Steve Orser ... Ward 9 Coun. Dale Henderson ... Ward 10 Coun. Paul Van Meerbergen and Ward 14 Coun. Sandy White [Remember these names during the October 2014 Municipal Election. Turf them from office].
BREAKING NEWS SHOCKER: CIA to use Dale-TV videos as 'soft torture' interrogation tool to get terrorists talking
THIS JUST IN, MAR. 23: According to Reuter News, the CIA has purchased the rights to all 14 Dale-TV videos for $250,000 (US) to use on uncooperative terrorist suspects in order to get them talking.
CIA Director John Brennan says he's "watched all the videos once and I fully expect they will break 75 per cent of our terrorists in captivity. Given a choice between spilling the beans and watching those videos, they'll talk. I know I would."
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Stormin' Norm Aldridge (pictured above in 1998 at The Rumble at the Riverforks) has provided spiritual inspiration to Butch (the Beast) McLarty since Butch was knee-high to a grasshopper.
The Famous Chicken® checks in with Butchie-boy from Southern California
In response to an e-mail I'd sent him earlier in the day, I received the following e-mailed response from Ted Giannoulas, aka The Famous Chicken®, on Tuesday, May 11, 2010.
Thank you for your interest and consideration.
Yes, indeed, I did operate the scoreboard in right field at Labatt Park during the years 1965, 1966 & 1967 during my Empress School days. It paid 25 cents a game and it was great fun, let alone free baseball from 325 feet away!
My operation wasn't for each game because management hired on a first come, first serve, volunteer basis back then. As such, kids would rush to the park on game nights and many times, management had to pick from many candidates. Still, I recall they favored me several times because they said I hardly missed a pitch and was timely and accurate on the run postings.
Hope this info helps and thanks for your enthusiasm on the statue idea. If it happens, the pigeons may continue to reek their hazard on me in spirit, just as they did during my Labatt years when they'd perch on the top ledge of the scoreboard!
The Famous Chicken