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NOTL Kinsmen sign victim of hit-run, again
Bob Forbes, a president of the NOTL Kinsmen club, stands next to the club's damaged sign. (Dariya Baiguzhiyeva/Niagara Now)

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Kinsmen Club is looking for the person who damaged the club’s sign last week.

The sign was “completely destroyed” for the second time in the past six months after somebody drove over it, said Bob Forbes, the club’s president. His wife got a text message from a relative last Thursday asking if they knew the sign, which was located near the intersection at King and Mary street, had been hit.

A Buick emblem was found lying on the ground afterward the culprit might have been driving a small SUV, said Forbes.

“Maybe somebody will feel guilty (and come forward)… That’s what we’re hoping for,” Forbes told The Lake Report.

Last December, somebody also ran over the sign but police never found who did it, he said. The Kinsmen moved the sign to what they thought was a safer location but now, a month and a half later, it's been hit again.

“This is just bad luck for us,” Forbes said. “To move it way over here and still get run over … We’re glad nobody was hurt.” 

Replacing the sign will cost about $5,400 and the club has $1,000 insurance deductible, said Forbes.

After Martin Mazza, owner of the Italian Pizza and Subs in Virgil, noticed the ruined sign last week and wrote a Facebook post about it, people started to donate money to help pay for the sign. 

“They're the quiet service club. They don't go around promoting themselves. They just volunteer and they're a good bunch of guys," Mazza said in a phone interview. "They're very quiet, very humble."

The community's response has been "really positive," Mazza said. As of Wednesday, June 26, almost $700 had been donated.

It’s going to take two months to build a new sign from scratch but it most likely will be installed at the same spot, Forbes said.

“Luckily, nobody was hurt,” he said. “The only thing we were thinking we could do is use a big steel post so if they hit it, they can’t drive away. But then we’re afraid somebody will get hurt.”

Police are investigating the incident and witnesses are encouraged to contact police, said Stephanie Sabourin, a media relations specialist for Niagara Regional Police.

“Officers are continuing to seek out video surveillance footage in relation to this matter,” Sabourin said in an email to The Lake Report.

Anyone wanting to donate money to the NOTL Kinsmen Club can contact Forbes at 905-360-0455.