Bernd Franke, Postmedia Network

Bernd Franke, in the newspaper industry since 1977 and regional sports editor for the St. Catharines Standard, Niagara Falls Review and Welland Tribune, was born to work in journalism: his parents met through a classified ad.


Niagara IceDogs Oliver Castleman (15) turns to a loose puck in front of the Peterborough Petes net in OHL hockey action Friday at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines. Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard/Postmedia Network

’Dogs comeback peters out

A struggling start followed by a strong finish once again was not enough to return the Niagara IceDogs to the win column.

Kingston Frontenacs Eemeli Rasanen takes a shot as Niagara Ice Dogs Ben Jones, left and Johnny Corneil try to block the shot during Ontario Hockey League action at the Rogers K-Rock Centre on Friday. Postmedia Photo

Penalties hound ’Dogs

The Niagara IceDogs spent too much time in the referees’ doghouse when they visited the Kingston Frontenacs in Ontario Hockey League Friday night.

Thousands of racing fans were on hand to watch Amis Gizmo win the 81st running of the Prince of Wales Stakes on Tuesday, July 26 at the historic Fort Erie Race Track. Amis Gizmo was one of eight in the field of Canada's finest thoroughbred horses as they competed in the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. (Mike DiBattista/Niagara Falls Review/Postmedia Network)

Amis Gizmo wins Prince of Wales Stakes

Fort Erie’s biggest program on its all-too-short horse racing season featured full parking lots as far as the eye could see from the grandstand, and total wagering on one race in excess of $500,000.

Brian Taylor was a standout on the wrestling mat for Eastdale Secondary School and the Welland Wrestling Club.

Welland Wall of Fame wrestler went 36-1 in Grade 11

Wrestling wasn’t limited to the mats at the Welland YMCA when the Taylor brothers grew up on Eastdale Crescent, a stone’s throw from the high school they would dominate in the sport.

Autism brought to the forefront

Welland’s Main Street Bridge was illuminated in blue Saturday night in commemoration of World Autism Awareness Day, and flags were raised across Niagara two days later to encourage the participation of businesses and schools.