Posted on February 10, 2014
Senior boys basketball playoffs have started in Hamilton this week on a number of fronts. At Saltfleet high school, the Storm rolled over an undermanned Highland Secondary School, 76-61. The boys from Saltfleet proved too much for Highland, with only one sub on their bench. Here is a look at the action. – Barry Gray
Posted on February 7, 2014
Over 200 swimmers from 7 schools in Hamilton took to the water at McMaster University Friday for their annual swimming meet. 54 events were held during the day-long meet. Here’s a look at some of the action. – Barry Gray
Posted on February 6, 2014
With the high school hockey playoffs just around the corner, the action is heating up as teams jockey to move up the standings. Thursday, the Ancaster Royals and the Waterdown Warriors took to the ice at the Morgan Firestone Arena in Ancaster. The fourth place Royals capitalized on virtually every Warrior miscue, got scoring from 4 different players, and skated away with a 4-0 win. Here’s a look at the action. – Barry Gray
Posted on February 5, 2014
For the past 11 years, the Spectator photo department has recognized their best work with an ‘in-house’ photo contest. Again this year, we asked our colleagues in the newsroom to help us choose the winners. After the votes were counted, here is what was decided. We gathered at the Westown on Locke St. last night to hand out some hardware and look forward to another year – thousands of images yet to be taken. -Barry Gray
NEWS winner (tie): John Rennison and Barry Gray
FEATURE Winner, and PHOTO OF THE YEAR: John Rennison
SPORTS Winner: Cathie Coward
Posted on February 4, 2014
Spectator Reporters Stacey Escott and Steve Buist and I brought you the story of a couple of characters who looked liked they just stepped off the set of Duck Dynasty and onto Cannon Street in Hamilton. (They enjoyed the comparison to the popular television show rest assured)Stephen Hoyland and his brother Richard Lichty were separated at birth, raised in different homes, and only when their birth mother was near to her end did she tell them about each other.
Together with Richard’s wife Violet they moved into a building on Cannon Street owned by an absent landlord. The trio face several challenges and the landlord took advantage of them, including coming in one day and separating their unit into two, cutting them off from their washroom and kitchen. A sink designed to be a kitchen and a bathroom were added in the building’s rubble basement.
Upstairs neighbor Theresa Chase, who faced her own challenges with her unit, took up their cause. Following the articles in The Spectator there was an outpouring of support from the community and city officials where suddenly invoking bylaw infractions.
Now all four are moving out of the building. All four should be out of the building by the first of March. Theresa is moving near Gage Park and the trio to a new location on Burlington Street.
After the story ran, a Hamilton police officer said “Now you have some idea of the kind of dumps were are in on a nightly basis!”
This story for now has an improving ending.