Ridgeway Ontario Canada is a wonderful small town in which to live and do business. Contact the friendly and experienced at D. W. Howard Realty real estate agency for assistance with your Ridgeway, Crystal Beach, or Stevensville Ontario home search.  One delightful aspect of downtown Ridgeway is the Ridgeway Farmeers’ Market, an outdoor market located along the Friendship Trail.

At the Ridgeway Farmers’ Market, farm fresh local produce is available, and all vendors are local to the Niagara Region. Mid-May through mid-October, enjoy displays by friendly local farmers from 7am until 1pm. Find organic produce, jams, herbs, artisan breads, cut flowers, plants, honey, deli meats, cheese, beef, gourmet salad items, seasonal fruits and berries at a fraction of the cost you’d pay in the city.

Also enjoy special events and live music by local talented musicians throughout the season. We are also excited to see the completion of the Ridgeway pavilion project at the end of May 2013! Read more about the Ridgeway village square pavilion and all of its great features by clicking here.

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Good news: A new Niagara Falls Ontario hospital has been proposed, to replace older facilities located in Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, Port Colborne, Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario Canada.  This is great news to residents as well as those looking to buy homes in the South Niagara area. Contact D. W. Howard Realty for updates on this and other developments that will affect your Niagara home’s value.

Niagara Health Systems supervisor Kevin Smith tabled a report to the Ontario Ministry of Health recommending a new hospital be built near the QEW & Lyons Creek Rd. just south of Niagara Square shopping mall, Niagara Falls ON. This would be within 30 minutes from the majority of Welland Ontario homes, Ridgeway ON homes, Fort Erie homes, and Crystal Beach Ontario Canada.

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Lake Erie - map showing toxic Blue Green AlgaeLake Erie is plagued by Blue Green Algae
At D. W. Howard Realty, a real estate sales company in the small, cottage community of Ridgeway Ontario Canada, we are all too familiar with the algae plaguing the Lake Erie and Port Colborne shorelines of Lake Erie, as well we are familiar which are the best and worst Lake Erie beaches and bays.

WHAT IS TOXIC BLUE-GREEN ALGAE AND WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?

It reeks of rotting fish or an open sewer; strong and nauseating. It can contain E. coli bacteria, which is harmful when ingested by humans or pets. It can also contain cyanotoxin, which can cause skin irritation, respiratory difficulty and gastrointestinal distress.

Toxic algae appears every summer. The more frequent and heavy the rain downpours, the worse it becomes. Algae feed on phosphorus. New farming techniques, climate change, and changes in Lake Erie’s ecosystem make pollution a stubborn problem.

Poisonous blue-green algae is called Microcystis. It produces lake water concentrations of liver toxin microcystin. Dead algae sink to the lake bed. Bacteria decompose the algae, consuming most of the oxygen and thus creating a dead zone of up to 1/3 of the lake bottom in bad years. Fish that belong in these cold, deep waters die from lack of oxygen, or are forced upwards & outwards toward shore, where they cannot thrive.

HISTORY:

The 1960’s Lake Erie was nicknamed “North America’s Dead Sea”  due to relentless unregulated sewage & industrial waste being dumped in the lake, creating algae blooms similar to what we are facing today.  Phosphorus flowed into Lake Erie from sewer & industrial outfalls, leaky septic tanks as well as runoff from fertilized farms and lawns. A multi-billion-dollar cleanup took place by Canada and the United States, which became a legendary success story in environmental cleanup as Lake Erie recovered. In addition, in the 1970’s – 1980’s, authorities reduced sources of phosphorus that feeds the toxic algae.

Sadly, the algae blooms have returned. Summer of 2011, Lake Erie faced the largest algae bloom in recorded history, with 1/6th of its waters covered, and tainting drinking water for 2.8 million people. Toxic blue-green algae spread in some areas as far as one could see, and up onto the shore. Hundreds of thousands of dead fish washed onto shores.

The zebra mussel, a foreign invader discovered in 1988 that now dominates Lake Erie, feast on nontoxic green algae, removing competition to toxic algae as well as reducing the base of the food chain for Lake Erie‘s fish. The mussels excrete phosphorus, a meal for toxic Microcystis algae.

FARMING PRACTICES CONTRIBUTING TO ALGAE:

Farmland supplies the majority of the phosphorus that currently feeds algae. A large amount of this phosphorus starts near Toledo, where the Maumee River empties into Lake Erie’s shallow western basin. The Maumee watershed area is Ohio’s breadbasket; mostly corn and soybeans, 2/3 of it farm land.  Plowing is declining: the Resource Conservation Service promotes anti-erosion methods like no-till farming, where seeds are inserted into small holes in unplowed ground. Fertilization is by casting pellets onto bare ground from trucks, or by spraying liquefied animal waste onto the cropland. Under the old plowing methods, pellets sank into the plowed soil and stayed there. Now, with pellets on top, rain and snow wash about 2% off of the soil, much of it winding up in the Maumee river, then in Lake Erie. This type of phosphorus is designed to fertilize plants, so the dangerous algae easily digest and thrive on it.  Recent climate change has brought heavier rains, washing fertilizer off farmland.

IS THERE HOPE FOR LAKE ERIE OR IS IT TOO LATE?

All Wainfleet Ontario homes with a septic system will have a mandatory septic inspection, and faulty systems (which cause runoff into Lake Erie) will have to be replaced with holding tanks. Click here for more detail on mandatory Wainfleet septic inspections and how this will cut phosphorus levels in Lake Erie.

The habits and equipment used by the 70,000  farmers along the Lake Erie shore need to change.  More soil testing and new GPS guided machinery ensture crops receive the minimum fertilizer they need. New equipment can put fertilizer in the ground during planting, rather than broadcasting pellets in the winter. Leaving land fallow beside streams also reduces runoff.

Contact D. W. Howard Realty now to discuss Lake Erie Waterfront real estate.

 

Septic Updates & Inspections Wainfleet Ontario:  D. W. Howard Realty is pleased to inform our Fort Erie & Port Colborne ON real estate buyers and sellers that area of Lake Erie long suspected of contributing large amounts of untreated waste to our lake has now taken a very positive change to correct the problem. Municipality mandated testing begins immediately and any improper septic systems must be replaced with holding tanks.

This is truly a great solution and will have a very real effect on reduced pollution to Lake Erie and related algae growth.

Here are other noteworthy updates as of April 15th 2013 to the Wainfleet Septic Updates/Inspections announcement:

– Septic inspections will begin in April 2013 by global engineering firm EXP Services with an office in Thorold Ontario.

– Inspections will cost the property owner $114 ($76 for the inspection fee to EXP and $38 to the Township for processing the information into a database.)

-ONLY exception is if the property owner has had permitted work done on their septic system in the last 36 months, but still pays the $38.00 for the Township of Wainfleet to process the data.

– If the invoice received by the property owner after the inspection has not been paid in 30 days, the Township of Wainfleet will bill the property owner on their property taxes.

– Septic inspections can still be done (on a limited basis) with frozen ground and snow cover.

Good luck to all Wainfleet residents who are on septic systems, and thank you from all of us who enjoy the lake and all its vast riches.

Tour these great Fort Erie, Port Colborne, Stevensville, Crystal Beach and Ridgeway Ontario homes for sale at OPEN HOUSES this Sunday April 14th, 2013 hosted by D. W. Howard Realty:

363 Westwood Ave, Crystal Beach ON
Adorable 3bdrm year round home in the heart of Crystal Beach. Updates include newer windows & HVAC system. Private rear yard & street side sun room. Please call listing Broker for a comprehensive list of renovations and improvements. $164,900

60 Sunrise Court, Ridgeway ON
Exceptional town home in Ridgeway By The Lake. Quality upgrades throughout this home. Open concept. Kitchen quartz counters, heated Italian ceramic and hardwood floors. 2 gas fireplaces and covered walkout balcony. Master suite with beautiful spa-like ensuite. Family room with walkout and patio. Approx. 960 sq ft beautifully finished lower level. $479,900  Click here for more information on the fabulous Ridgeway by the Lake subdivision.

2452 Coral Ave, Stevensville ON
Well maintained home in great Stevensville neighbourhood. Full lower apartment w/separate entrance gives in-law potential w/ above grade windows making for a light & airy feel. Large treed, fully fenced back yard w/ landscaping all the way around. Nothing left to do but move in w/ several recent updates. Poured concrete patio. $234,900

929 Cherrhill Blvd. Ridgeway/Fort Erie ON
Whether you are a golfer, history buff or just appreciate the truly unique, you are bound to fall in love with this exceptional property. Originally a one-room schoolhouse circa 1873, this home was redesigned by an architect and cleverly transformed into a stunning one-of-a-kind residence. The towering ceilings, spiral staircase & 2 huge master suites create a perfect spot for entertaining. $559,000

LAKEFRONT 913 Point Abino Road, Ridgeway/Fort Erie ON
DRAMACTIC VIEWS OF POINT ABINO BAY FROM THIS 2 STOREY YEAR ROUND 4BDRM STONE HOME. LARGE KITCHEN/DINING AREA PERFECT FOR ENTERTAINING LOOKING OUT TO BACK YARD & IN GROUND POOL AT REAR. HIGH BEAMED CEILINGS & STONE FP IN LIVING ROOM W/ LARGE WINDOWS TO VIEWS. SEPARATE 2 CAR GARAGE. IN GROUND POOL.  $689,000

LAKEFRONT 2917 Vimy Road, Port Colborne ON
VERY UNIQUE LAKEFRONT RETREAT. BEAUTIFUL SAND BEACH, UPDATED INTERIOR, FINISHED BASEMENT, FAMILY ROOM WITH WOOD BURNING FIREPLACE & REAR DECK OVERLOOKING LAKE CREATES A WONDERFUL SPOT TO ENTERTAIN OR SIMPLY RELAX WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS. VERY WELL KEPT, TRULY A FAMILY LAKEFRONT HOME. $443,900

LAKEFRONT 761 Point Abino Road, Ridgeway/Fort Erie ON
ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE 1.5 STOREY HOME ON DESIRABLE POINT ABINO RD. SURROUNDING VIEWS OF THE WATER FROM MOST ROOMS. VERY SPACIOUS W/ 4 BEDROOMS, 3 BATHS & LARGE REAR DECK PERFECT FOR ENTERTAINING W/ FAMILY & FRIENDS. $739,000

LAKEFRONT 1902 MacDonald Drive, Fort Erie ON
Great location, very private & deeded beach access. Circa 1957 home extensively improved 2006; roof redone 2011. This cottage/bungalow boasts 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and a spacious living/dining room w/ wood burning fireplace and exceptional Florida room w/ indoor grill & work area. $339,500

Contact D. W. Howard Realty for more details or to arrange a private viewing appointment of these or other South Niagara homes for sale.

View the outstanding 264 Beechwood Ave. in beautiful Bay Beach (Crystal Beach) Fort Erie Ontario Canada!

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D. W. Howard Realty is proud to present 900 Edgemere, Fort Erie Ontario Canada, a wonderful family home not to be missed!

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Drop by the following Ridgeway and Fort Erie Ontario Canada homes for sale OPEN HOUSES SUNDAY APRIL 7TH, 2013 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. hosted by knowledgeable D. W. Howard Real Estate agents.

790 Dominion Road, Fort Erie Ontario
UNIQUE COUNTRY STYLE HOME IN WONDERFUL LOCATION JUST 1 BLOCK FROM WAVERLY BEACH. OPEN CONCEPT LIVING W/ 3BDRMS, 2BATHS, LAUNDRY & LOVELY PINE FLOORING. THE BACK YARD IS A TRUE OASIS W/ OVER 900 SQ FT OF DECKING SURROUNDED BY SECURED FENCING. REBUILT OVERSIZED DETACHED 2 CAR GARAGE. CIRCULAR PAVED DRIVE. READY TO MOVE IN!  $229,900.00

761 Point Abino Road, Ridgeway (Fort Erie) Ontario
ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE 1.5 STOREY HOME ON DESIRABLE POINT ABINO RD. SURROUNDING VIEWS OF THE WATER FROM MOST ROOMS. VERY SPACIOUS W/ 4 BEDROOMS, 3 BATHS & LARGE REAR DECK PERFECT FOR ENTERTAINING W/ FAMILY & FRIENDS. MANY EXTRAS INCLUDING CENTRAL AIR, CENTRAL VAC, MASTER W/ ENSUITE, TWO GAS FPS & TRIPLE GARAGE. THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO SECURE A TRULY REMARKABLE HOME ON POINT ABINO RD. $739,000.00

893 Edgemere Road, Fort Erie ON
Colonial classic with wonderful Lake Erie views & private sand beach. Center hall plan with four second floor bedrooms, two dressing rooms and exterior access to two second level porches. Oak hardwood flooring throughout, expansive fieldstone gas fireplace and spacious main level screened porch to relax with family & friends.The seller will have installed, at his sole expense, an HVAC system to provide central heating and air conditioning to the subject property and will further contribute to the installation of some suitable insulation for year round comfort or rebate you the equivalent cost of this work at the time of closing if you prefer to take on this project yourself. $549,500.00

1053 Edgemere Lane, Fort Erie ON
A wonderful family home situated in a Lakefront community and only steps from a very good sand beach. Five plus bedrooms, multiple baths, spacious rooms and spectacular waterfront views make this a seasonal or year round retreat. $399,000.00

1793 MacDonald Drive Fort Erie ON
Rosehill at its finest, a beautifully finished year round beach home offering panoramic views of Buffalo and both the Canadian and U.S shorelines. Enjoy the views from a generous screened porch with ceramic flooring and wood burning fireplace. A true lakefront retreat.  $799,000.00

205 Maple Lane, Ridgeway ON
THIS 14YR OLD HOME IS YOUR TRUE FAMILY RETREAT! THE INLAW APARTMENT ADDS SPACE FOR YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS OR AS ADDITIONAL RENTAL INCOME. THE WRAPAROUND PORCHES, TOWERING TREES, VAST LAWNS & BEAUTIFUL SAND BEACH PROVIDE ALL THE RELAXATION YOU NEED FOR A AFTER A STRESSFUL DAY! A VERY WELL APPOINTED HOME WITH LOTS OF WOOD, 2 STOREY STONE FIREPLACE, WOOD STOVE, BUILT IN BBQ & YOUR VERY OWN SAUNA! $699,000.00

2071 MacDonald Drive Fort Erie ON
Watch the boats sail by from the front porch of this charming lakefront home on one of the areas finest sand beaches. The open concept and large rooms of the main house create easy living. And the 450 sq ft guest apartment over the garage could add rental income in the summer months or overflow room for the family and guests. $449,000.00

2491 Windmill Point Lane, Ridgeway ON
THIS EXECUTIVE LAKEFRONT HOME BOASTS A SPECTACULAR VIEW OF LAKE ERIE’S NORTH SHORE. THIS STONE HOME HAS VIEWS OF THE LAKE FROM ALL POINTS. MASTER BEDROOM ON THE MAIN FLOOR, FOUR FIREPLACES, ALL FOR THE UPSCALE BUYER ON THE WATER. ABSOLUTE PARADISE. $999,000.00

Contact DW Howard Realty real estate agency now for more information or to book a private viewing of these or other Niagara homes for sale.

D. W. Howard Realty proudly presents 761 Point Abino Road Ridgeway, Fort Erie, ON Canada for an open house on Sunday March 31st, 2013 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE 1.5 STOREY HOME ON DESIRABLE POINT ABINO RD. SURROUNDING VIEWS OF THE WATER FROM MOST ROOMS. VERY SPACIOUS W/ 4 BEDROOMS, 3 BATHS & LARGE REAR DECK PERFECT FOR ENTERTAINING W/ FAMILY & FRIENDS. MANY EXTRAS INCLUDING CENTRAL AIR, CENTRAL VAC, MASTER W/ ENSUITE, TWO GAS FPS & TRIPLE GARAGE. THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO SECURE A TRULY REMARKABLE HOME ON POINT ABINO RD.

For a list of next weekend’s open houses, click here!

Contact D. W. Howard Realty now for a private viewing or click here to search Niagara waterfront homes for sale.

D. W. Howard Realty proudly presents the following Fort Erie homes for sale on Sunday March 24th, 2013 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Please stop in or contact us for more information or a private viewing.

 

3636 Bowen Road, Stevensville Ontario
LOOKING FOR THAT PERFECT LITTLE FARM OR RURAL PROPERTY… THIS 1.25A PROPERTY BOASTS AN IMPECCABLY CLEAN, CHARMING HOME AND A 3 STALL HORSE BARN WITH PADDOCKS. THE HOME FEATURES 3 BEDS, HARDWOOD FLOORS, UPDATED BATHS ON BOTH LEVELS AND A NEWER KITCHEN. THE 1 1/2 STORY DESIGN OFFERS LARGE BEDROOMS UPSTAIRS AND A 3RD BED/DEN ON THE MAIN FLOOR. OUTSIDE IS BARN WITH 3 STALLS AND LOFT, HEATED WATER FOR HORSES, PADDOCK AREA WITH ELECTRIC FENCING, DETACHED GARAGE AND A NEW SHED.

18 Drummond, Fort Erie Ontario
GREAT 2BDRM, 2 BATH HOME PERFECT FOR FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS. IN NEED OF SOME TLC. CLOSE TO NIAGARA RIVER, PARKS & ALL AMENITIES. PLEASE CALL LISTING AGENT FOR DETAILS.

900 Edgemere, Fort Erie Ontario
A wonderful brick family home steps from the Friendship Trail and Waverly Beach offering 3 bedrooms (master ensuite).  3 baths, main floor family room, spacious double garage and paved drive backing onto a very private setting with pond and indoor detached spa room. Undeveloped basement with wbfp.

LAKEFRONT: 2109 MacDonald Drive, Fort Erie Ontario
Bertie Bay Lakefront-One hundred and one feet of south facing frontage. Enjoy this spacious four season home w/ 5bdrms and 3 baths. Relax in the great room w/ wood burning FP and screened in porch at the Lakeside. Unlimited potentia l for vacation or year round living.

 

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