THE WEEK AHEAD: Meetings In Welland

Meeting Calendar
Meetings 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 Mar. 26  –
LOCATION: Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street

Special Council Meeting in Committee-of-the-Whole, in-camera (Closed to the Public), ≫
6:40 PM Tuesday Mar. 27  – to discuss the following:
Proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board:
– Lease – Welland Tennis Club.

Council Ante Room

General Committee, in Open Session ≫
7:00 PM Tuesday Mar. 27  –
Council Chambers


Welland City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size



Still time to apply for these! Deadline date is April 5. (City of Welland graphic)


Compilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large


City Shorts 

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 – The Parish of St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church is hosting its first annual Easter Bazaar tomorrow, Saturday, March 24 from 10am to 1pm in the parish hall, 411 Harriet St, Welland. For a $3 admission you’ll get coffee or tea with a taste of lovely baked goods. There will be homemade cabbage rolls, perogies and Easter paskas (breads) for sale as well. Vendor tables will be selling Ukrainian Easter Eggs (Pysanky), arts, crafts and other treasures.

WELLAND – The 2018 shipping season on the St. Lawrence Seaway will soon start. The date? The canal opens Thursday, March 29, at 8 am.
Plans call for Top Hat ceremonies at Lock 3, St. Catharines for the first upbound vessel and at Lock 8 Gateway Park, Port Colborne for the first downbound vessel.
The ceremony in Port Colborne starts at 8am at 163 Mellanby Ave. with a pancake breakfast and McKay Elementary School students providing entertainment. Mayor John Maloney is scheduled to present a top hat to the captain of the first downbound vessel at 8:30am.

WELLAND – An upcoming Candidate Information Session will be held on Thursday, April 19, at 7 pm at the Gale Centre, 5152 Thorold Stone Road, Niagara Falls. This presentation will be provided by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs Office to provide information to all interested parties.

WELLAND – Croatian National Home, Broadway Avenue, is having a cabbage roll sale.
You can buy 15 cabbage rolls for $20. Limited quantities are available, and you must pre-order by April 8. Call Kathleen 905-735-5089.
Pick up is on Wednesday April 11, from 3pm to 5pm.

WELLAND – Wanted: hair stylist with social conscience.
Open Arms Mission Centre, 22 Fifth St., is seeking a Welland hair stylist who would like to give back to the community. All you need do is come to the mission to cut hair for the needy once a month. If you’re interested call Pastor Rob, 905-788-3800.

spring programsWELLAND – New programs are emerging this spring at Welland Public Library including Ukrainian Egg Painting, Traveling the World on a Budget, and a Wine & Words Book Club! Morning Yoga on the Lawn and iPad Basics return along with many other popular programs. The library will be hosting guest speakers Janice J. Richardson, Darrell Epp, Robert McGill, Louise Davis and more. Take a look at the Spring Program Guide 2018 now available at all branches.
Register online or call 905-734-6210 ext. 2521.

WELLAND – An Elvis tribute show is being held Saturday, March 31 at Welland Legion, 383 Morningstar Ave. Doors open 6pm, show starts 7pm. Tickets are $30.

WELLAND – The Canalside Players are pleased to present performances of Bare Bear Bones. The performances are Friday, April, 13 and Saturday, April 14 at 7pm and Sunday, April 15 at 2pm, all in the Theatre at the Welland Community Wellness Complex. Other performances are Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 also at 7pm. Tickets: $15 for passholders and $17 for non-passholders. A hilarious comedy about love and communication.

WELLAND – T. Roy Adams was an eminent Niagaran, well known throughout the Region, Canada, and abroad for his service to God, his country and his fellow citizens.
In memory of the late councillor, Niagara Region initiated a memorial award in 2003 in his name to honour a resident of Niagara who best exemplifies his values and dedication to community service; a person who sees volunteerism as an integral part of their life. The 2017 recipient was Tom Rankin.
Application info and other details are available on-line: Nominations close March 31.

WELLAND – “Triumph and Tragedy: the Welland Ship Canal” profiles the fallen workers whose lives were lost during the construction of Welland’s waterway. Several Welland Public Library staff members contributed articles to this collection.

WELLAND – Rose City Seniors Centre Foundation Board is holding its annual meeting Tuesday, April 17 at 1pm in the Community Wellness Centre meeting room, 145 Lincoln Street.
If you are 50+ years of age and hold a valid Wellness Complex Pass, you are eligible to vote on all Foundation Board matters.
AGENDA: Accountant’s Report for 2017 will be received; the Chair’s year-end report will be received; Election of Directors will be held, three to be elected.
Any person meeting bylaw requirements wishing to let her/his name stand for election must do so in writing no less than five (5) business days prior to the date of the AGM. There will be no nominations from the floor.
Please bring your Wellness Pass as identification.

WELLAND – Welland Horticultural Society is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. A special event is planned on Saturday, October 20, featuring Carson Arthur from Home to Win, the Marilyn Denis Show and City Line. He will be speaking on Eco Backyards. More information will be made available soon.

WELLAND – Welland Hospital Gift Shop is seeking volunteers and auxiliary members. Interested? Call 905-732-6111 ext. 33141 or email

WELLAND – Welland Horticultural Society invites new members. The society’s meetings offer guest speakers, demonstrations, lessons and projects. More info, call 905-329-4217.

WELLAND – 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 appearing Thursdays or Fridays)

Much To See, Do At College’s Spring Open House

DVC_f0lXUAYiU6-Prospective students and the public will have a chance to get an inside look at Niagara College tomorrow, Saturday, March 24 as part of the annual Spring Open House.

Visitors can enjoy hours of special events and information sessions, both of NC’s cutting-edge campuses, and meet the faculty and staff that make it all possible at NC’s Spring Open House.

In addition to a wide variety of displays, information sessions, live events and facility tours, one lucky future student will be the recipient of a $3,000 award applicable towards 2017-18 tuition.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to meet students, faculty and staff, experience the remarkable facilities and services we have on campus, and get a taste for what Niagara College is all about,” said president Dan Patterson. “There’s no better time than the Open House to explore your future at Niagara College.”

Visitors can usher in spring early with a landscaping demonstration at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, and plant sales at both campuses. Easter lilies, hydrangeas and more will be on offer, in addition to the landscaping skills of students and faculty. Tours and tastings will be on-tap in Niagara-on-the-Lake at the Teaching Brewery and Teaching Winery, as well as bread-making and charcuterie demonstrations in the recently renovated wing of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute.

Welland Campus visitors may participate in a scene study in the Acting Lab, tour a mock courtroom, and see construction materials being tested in the Materials Lab.

Student life will be on display through NC’s Student Administrative Council, who will be offering free ice cream from Marble Slab, as well as a Get Your Game On interactive gaming room.

Program Information Sessions will cover the experience of studying at NC, while a student services fair will bring visitors up to speed on the supports and services available to students. Check the program schedule to find times and dates for specific sessions. Parents can stop by a new Parent Lounge and Parent Information Sessions for a look inside what life as an NC parent is like.

Parking is free during the event. Advance registration is not required and visitors will enjoy a 20 per cent discount at campus stores.

For more information, visit:

(Source: Niagara College news release)

A Message To ‘Crooksie’: We Will Win Gold Together



Yellow ribbons outside Port Colborne City Hall honor the memory of Cpl. Tyler Crooks. (City of Port Colborne photo)


By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

15078728_10209527566239811_7615353470586989987_nNine years.

Gone too soon. Gone too soon, a life gone too soon.

We remember the news from nine years ago: Port Colborne’s Cpl. Tyler Crooks was killed in Kandahar, Afghanistan nine years ago. One of four Canadian soldiers who were killed by roadside bombs that day, eight others were injured.

He was born March 20, 1985. He died March 20, 2009. It was his 24th birthday. It was nine years ago yesterday.

A tragedy such as this means communal suffering. It was felt in Port Colborne and Welland, the latter being his place of birth, but also right across Niagara and much further afield.

It is still being felt. Rightly so.

I wrote at the time: “War that is not close to home is but an afterthought for most of us, something that rages ‘over there’ and not over here. But when tragedy brings the reality of war into small town Niagara, boundaries and borders no longer exist, we must be community to each other.”

And so it was. And thankfully so.

A saying has it: Time heals all wounds. But at times such as this, I find myself inclined to say: Maybe, maybe not. Personally, I think it is the latter of the two. There will always be that feeling of hurt, especially on a day such as yesterday. Hurt unabated, even by time.

Thoughtfulness lingers.

The municipal government of Port Colborne shows itself to be a class act. Over the years it has posted yellow ribbons in memory of Cpl. Crooks outside the city hall. It did so again yesterday. How moving is that.

Friends of  Cpl. Crooks, friends of his family, family members and others, continue to share their thoughts, tributes and prayers on social media. To them, Cpl. Crooks, or “Crooksie” as he was known, will forever be a hero.

A small sample of the commentary that was posted yesterday March 20, or today March 21 on social media, follows below:

Brenda Joyce Derible-Crooks: Everyday in my heart and soul!! The memories we shared will last me the rest of my life.

Lorna Russell-Farnsworth: Tyler, we still think of you! Have a happy birthday in heaven.

City of Port Colborne: Have you noticed the yellow ribbons in front of City Hall? Today, March 20, marks the 9th Anniversary of the passing of Port Colborne resident Cpl. Tyler Crooks, who served our country in Afghanistan. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tyler’s family & friends today.

Jerry Day: Rest well brother
Fallen but not forgotten
Tyler Crooks
March 20, 2009

Mark Andrews: Happy Birthday Tyler, I know you and Scotty (Master Cpl. Scott Francis Vernelli, who was killed by the same explosive device as Cpl. Crooks) will be with me in Australia at the Invictus Games. We will win gold together….

Kim Dickie: We think of Tyler often, but today we remember him on what would have been his 33rd Birthday
We look back on all the great times the boys had together celebrating their birthdays at hockey tournaments! RIP Tyler, Love, the Dickie Family.

Ryan Bradley: Happy Birthday ol friend.

What have we learned from lessons like this? Not much it seems. This is attributed to Plato: “Only the dead have seen the end of war.”

Just one last thing to add: Gratitude on our part should never end.