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Opening of the Welland Ship Canal. (Library and Archives Canada)

YESTERDAY & TODAY: Triumph and tragedy

Aug. 6, is the 85th anniversary of the official opening of the latest Welland Ship Canal, the fourth realization of the vital economic link between Lakes Erie and Ontario that has meant so much to Niagara and to all of North America since the first canal opened in November 1829.

Dahlia ‘Mister Optimist’ lives up to its name — three tubers doubled over the last season, giving me six large tubers to plant this year. I now have a bumper crop of beautiful 11-cm wide red flowers edged in soft yellow, for cutting. A head start in the green house gave me flowers by mid-July, dahlias will bloom until knocked down by frost in the autumn. (Theresa Forte/Special to Postmedia News)

FORTE: Dinner plate dahlias

Coming home from a summer holiday can be a bit of a letdown, unless there is a special treat to look forward to at home.

Cameron Lee, above, will perform at the Ridgeway Village Square Aug. 6 with Mary Lou Minor and Sideroad 3. (Photo courtesy of cameronleemusic.ca)

Niagara Calendar

Here's a look at some of the events happening in Niagara over the coming week.