THE WEEK AHEAD: Meetings In Welland

Meeting Calendar
city logoMeetings are open to the public unless otherwise noted. Information is obtained from the applicable agency, board, committee, or commission and downloaded to this calendar as it becomes available. Information is subject to change. Please check back often for the most up-to-date information, including cancellations.

Welland Active Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting ≫
6:30 PM Monday Sep. 24  –
LOCATION: Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street

Audit Review Committee Meeting ≫
5:00 PM Tuesday Sep. 25  –
Council Ante Room

Council Meeting in Committee-of-the-Whole In camera (Closed to the Public) ≫
5:30 PM Tuesday Sep. 25  – to discuss the following:
Litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board:
– Dain City Flooding.
– Burlington Braves Baseball Team
– Opportunity for Waterway
– Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) Appeal at 156-158 Fitch Street

Council Chambers

Council Meeting, in Open Session ≫
6:00 PM Tuesday Sep. 25  –
Council Chambers

Welland Arenas Advisory Committee Meeting ≫
12:00 PM Thursday Sep. 27  –
LOCATION: Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street

(Source: City of Welland website)


Strong Wind Warning

POATED AT: 4:41 AM EDT Friday 21 September 2018
Wind warning in effect for:
Niagara Falls – Welland – Southern Niagara Region
St. Catharines – Grimsby – Northern Niagara Region
Strong winds that may cause damage are expected or occurring.

windStrong southwesterly winds gusting near 90 km/h are expected this afternoon and early this evening, with higher wind gusts possible in thunderstorms. These strong winds are associated with a cold front that will track over the area late this afternoon and early this evening.

Slightly weaker northwest winds gusting to 60 or 70 km/h are also expected this evening after the cold front passes. Winds will then diminish overnight.
Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #ONStorm.

Friday Eventful Day For New Program

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Photo/Joe Barkovich

WELLAND – I am looking forward to reading/learning about a new initiative here in the city. I’m guessing many others will be as well.

Niagara Catholic District School Board has issued a news advisory to announce the launch of a new day care program for seniors.

The program, Eventful Days, is being held at St. Mary Catholic Elementary School, Plymouth Road. The launch is tomorrow, Friday, September 21 at 11 a.m.

Eventful Days is “a unique program for senior citizens, including those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia”, the media advisory says. September 21 is World Alzheimer’s Day.

“This initiative will provide support, services and programs for seniors and will build relationships that strengthen the role of schools as hubs in the community,” the advisory says.

It will be based in a former kindergarten classroom. The room has its own entranceway.

I know St. Mary’s, have fond memories of it as a student several decades ago. Who could ever forget the gregarious principal of the day, Sister M. Cajetan.

Credit goes to Wellander Jane Larouche for being the driving force behind Eventful Days. As one of the speakers, she will explain details of the program at Friday’s launch. Credit also to the school board for supporting her proposal and giving it this opportunity.  –  Joe Barkovich

Community Generosity Blooms On College Campus


Ralph Suttell meets some of the Greenhouse co-op students who have been tending to the dahlias all summer. (Niagara College photos)

Admirers of the colourful dahilas that have been blooming at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus have a generous community donor to thank – master grower Ralph Suttell.

The dahlias he donated this year are standing tall and in full bloom in gardens steps away from the College Greenhouse. Yellow. Orange. Pink. White. Red. Each one is a result of meticulous care this particular type of flower demands.

“They’re a lot of work,” said the Beamsville resident – and he would know. Suttell has gained recognition as one of the best dahlia growers the field. His dahlias have won numerous awards over the years at shows and competitions that have led him and his wife Elizabeth across Canada and the United States for the past 60 years.

In addition to showing dahlias competitively, he has judged competitions across North America. He’s been a senior judge for most of Southern Ontario for about 25 years and judges across Canada and the U.S. He has even served on the executive of the America Dahlia Society.

For Suttell, growing dahlias has been a labour of love for more than 65 years. Before he retired from Stelco about 27 years ago, he would use the gardening as refuge from his work day.

“I’d go work in the garden so I can forget all about it,” he said with a chuckle.

His passion for growing dahlias is one with meaningful roots.

“My mother was a dahlia grower,” he recalled, noting that he has since passed the joy onto his son, who has also begun to show them competitively.


Ralph Suttell shares a laugh and a few growing tips with Matthew Orr and Greenhouse co-op students.

Suttell has been sharing his love for dahlias with Niagara College staff and students for the past 20 years. He first became acquainted with the College and the NC Greenhouse through his involvement with the Lincoln Garden Club – a longtime supporter of the College’s horticulture programs as well the annual plant sale at the Greenhouse, formerly known as the Showcase.

For the past two decades, it has become his annual practice to bring a selection of his cuttings to the College each spring. This year, he donated 36 different varieties from the 600 cuttings he had at home. Once they arrive at NC, the Greenhouse co-op students plant them in a campus garden and learn to tend to them throughout the spring and summer months.

Suttell finds it rewarding to know that students, staff and visitors at the College can enjoy his dahlias, and that students are also learning to care for them.

“It still amazes me that a lot of people don’t know what dahlias are,” he said. “They are very unique and so many different colours. I really like the idea of others enjoying them.”

Greenhouse manager Matthew Orr noted that Suttell’s donation is a demonstration of the College’s relationship with the community. “Ralph is an award-winning grower that feels it is important to share his ideas, knowledge and experiences with us,” he said. “We are to thankful for Ralph’s long-time generosity.”

To the Greenhouse’s co-op students who have been tending to them during the summer months, the flowers which are known for being as high maintenance as they are beautiful, are a learning experience, an example of hybridization.

“I think they’re beautiful. I didn’t know much about them at first,” said Connor Meegan, Greenhouse Technician student who has been working a co-op position for the Greenhouse. “We’ve been watering them all summer since they were really small. It’s impressive how big they’ve grown.”

(Source: InsideNC, posted by Julie Greco)

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store Reopens


By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

WELLAND – Today,  Monday, September 17, is the grand re-opening for St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, 51 East Main St., downtown Welland.

The store was closed for the past couple weeks for a major makeover. It now has updated lighting, new paint, new clothing racks and more thanks to work by dedicated volunteers, and new laminate flooring, the latter replacing a carpet that had been walked upon by countless soles for more than 30 years.

The new look was described by Patrick Rothwell, president of the St. Vincent de Paul Particular Council as “more open….more spacious…less claustrophobic” for shoppers.

St. Vincent de Paul Particular Council owns the building. All profits from the thrift store go to charitable endeavours, the majority being spent here in Welland, according to a news release provided by Rothwell. It helps this lay Catholic charitable organization carry out work on behalf of the poor and marginalized. The St. Vincent de Paul Society has been in Welland since 1955 when Monsignor Vincent J. Ferrando brought it to St. Mary Church.

The thrift store offers a wide array of merchandise: clothing, collectibles, small appliances, jewelry, linens, household goods and more.

The store is staffed by one paid part-time worker and  40 volunteers.

It is open Monday through Saturday.  Hours are: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Photos: Top, left: volunteers gathered Friday morning for an information session in advance of the grand re-opening. Bottom row from left: volunteers Barb Agro, Brenda Trudel, and Patrick Rothwell, who is shown modelling a fashionable lid that had caught his eye.





City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size


CITY SHORTS ART: South Niagara Rowing Club holds its annual Head of the Welland Five Bridges Fall Classic in Welland on September 22. Mix outstanding local scenery and gorgeous fall weather and it becomes a thing of beauty to follow. More about the Five Bridges Fall Classic to come. (File photo September 2017/ Joe Barkovich)


City Shorts

Compilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large
City Shorts is a compilation, from various sources (government websites, news announcements, press releases, church bulletins, advertisements, community service information and events, bulletin boards, requests, telephone requests, web postings, email requests etc.) of short items (in most cases) about matters of local interest in Welland. Want to submit an item for consideration? Please send to:

WELLAND – Join the community celebration of food, culture and entertainment!
Saturday, September 22 from noon to 11pm and Sunday, September 23, noon to 6pm, East Main Street, downtown Welland. With food vendors offering samples of awesome dishes you will be able to experience a variety of fun and feast for the whole family. For more details: Also, watch the second annual CEED (Celebrate. Embrace. Equality. Diversity) of Hope parade, East Main Street, September 23, 1pm to 3pm.

City movieWELLAND – Come out and enjoy some free family fun! Incredibles 2 is the second of four Big Movie Nights for 2018. Watch the movie on the Big Screen at Civic Square and enjoy free popcorn and juice. Friday, September 21 @ dusk, Welland Civic Square. RAIN OR SHINE: In case of inclement weather movies will be shown inside Civic Square.

Ostanek-walterWELLAND – Mark your calendars for November 3, when Walter Ostanek and his friends Big John T Bone Little and Roger Wyatt perform at the Welland Community Wellness Complex starting at 7pm! Tickets: Advanced (until October 21): $12.50 passholder & $14.50 non-passholder; Regular (October 22 onward): $13.50 passholder & $15.50 non-passholder. All tickets plus HST

WELLAND – A Harvest Luncheon is being held Friday, October 12 from 11:30am to 1pm at Welland Community Wellness Complex Canal Bistro.
The menu includes Octoberfest sausage on freshly-baked bun with/without sauerkraut, homemade baked potato soup, carrot cake, coffee, tea and apple cider.
Event tickets: presale (begins Sept. 10) $11 passholder, $12 non-passholder; regular(begins Sept. 24) $12 passholder, $13 non-passholder. Limited seating, so get your tickets early.

2018MayorsEvent01WELLAND – Welland Hydro Electric System Corporation on Friday, November 9 presents Hometown Culture – an evening with Mayor Campion.
Attend the mayor’s annual fundraising event for an evening of great food, music and more. Proceeds go to the following organizations: Niagara Community Foundation Welland Mayor’s Children & Youth Fund; Niagara Nutrition Partners; Family and Children Services Niagara; and YMCA Pro-Kids.
Hometown Culture is being held at Croatian National Home, 6 Broadway Avenue, Welland. Doors open at 6pm, casual dress. Tickets are $150 per person (all inclusive). Please call 905-735-1700 Ext. 2338 or email

WELLAND – A National Celebration of Canadian Culture! From Nunavut to New Brunswick, and from British Columbia to Baffin Island – and all points in between – we share all the inspiration, artistry, creativity and expression that reflects the mosaic of Canadian culture. Here in Welland, join in for a weekend of music, visual art, dance and more, Friday, September 28, Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30. Get hands-on and behind-the-scenes in Welland. All activities are free. Food is available for purchase. For more details visit:

battle of bandsWELLAND – Welland Public Library – along with the City of Welland – is hosting a Battle of the Bands competition. This national Culture Days event will take place at Merritt Park on the floating stage on September 29, noon to 3pm. Deadline for submissions was September 15.
Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place (provided by the Kiwanis Club of Welland).

WELLAND – There are plenty of new things happening at Welland Public Library this fall! Check out the fall newsletter to see for yourself. WPL will be hosting a music series and other events, and is forming new partnerships with the community. Have a look at the Boardwalk Banter Fall 2018 issue online, or pick one up now at any branch!

WELLAND – Tuesday, September 25 from 9am to 3pm at Welland Community Wellness Complex. Join in and support the Alzheimer Society in our community.

MICHAEL JACQUESWELLAND – Come meet local author Michael Jacques and chat about his first book, the inspirational “Can’t Read, Can’t Write, Here’s My First Book.” Michael has worked with Re:Action4Inclusion and Community Living Ontario Youth Initiative.No registration required. Saturday, September 22, 11am – 1pm, Seaway Mall library branch

WELLAND – Put your best foot forward! Meet Mayor Campion at the Merritt Island parking lot Monday mornings at 7:30 a.m. for a 40-minute walk on Merritt Island.

(City Shorts is a weekly feature on the blog, now appearing Sundays.)