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The kind folks of Ontario’s Niagara Region welcome strangers

NIAGARA, Ontario — It was the final at Wimbledon. Roger Federer was poised to become number one again. I reluctantly left my comfortable sofa in Toronto, during a rain delay, to brave the highway in an effort to keep my first appointment in the Niagara Region of Ontario, two hours away.

OK, I’d be late, but the tennis score was preying on my mind. Did he, didn’t he? I pulled into Beamsville at around 1 o’clock.

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