Monthly Archives: August 2014

School daze

It was Niagara Day at the Niagara College campus today with hundreds and hundreds of students taking advantage of the early look at what the campus has to offer. The message board in the court off Woodlawn Road, Welland, helped them feel welcome. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

It was Niagara Day at the Niagara College campus today with hundreds and hundreds of students taking advantage of the early look at what the campus has to offer. The message board in the court off Woodlawn Road, Welland, helped them feel welcome. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

Morning Offering – August 27

Too many folks are uprooted nowadays. Families, teens, children on the go to and fro. Stability is a word from the past. Help us, help them put down roots. The roots could lead to you, Lord. (Words, photo by Joe Barkovich) (A former city editor and reporter, Joe Barkovich lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario, Canada’s Rose City. Morning Offering is a recurring feature on the blog, posting Mondays.) © Joe Barkovich 2014

Too many folks are uprooted nowadays. Families, teens, children on the go to and fro. Stability is a word from the past. Help us, help them put down roots. The roots could lead to you, Lord. (Words, photo by Joe Barkovich)
(A former city editor and reporter, Joe Barkovich lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario, Canada’s Rose City. Morning Offering is a recurring feature on the blog, posting Mondays.)
© Joe Barkovich 2014

Morning Offering – August 26

Another sunrise, another morning, another path or trail or road to follow in life's journey. Are your footsteps ahead of me, Lord? If not, let them be behind me - just for safekeeping. (Text and photo by Joe Barkovich) (A former reporter and city editor, Joe Barkovich lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario, Canada's Rose City. Morning Offering is a recurring feature on the blog, posting by 8 a.m.

Another sunrise, another morning, another path or trail or road to follow in life’s journey. Are your footsteps ahead of me, Lord? If not, let them be behind me – just for safekeeping. (Text and photo by Joe Barkovich)
(A former reporter and city editor, Joe Barkovich lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario, Canada’s Rose City. Morning Offering is a recurring feature on the blog, posting by 8 a.m.

Welland Snaps: Alluring island

 

One of the prettiest sights I cam across Sunday morning.

One of the prettiest sights I cam across Sunday morning.

By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

Welland’s association with the canal has given it three jewels: the canal-side amphitheatre and Illuminaqua; the International Flatwater Centre; and last but not least, Merritt Island.

This trail, which parallels the Welland River, is not to be missed. Charming, to say the last.

This trail, which parallels the Welland River, is not to be missed. Charming, to say the last.

The 4.2-km island is located in the city’s downtown, between the Welland Recreational Water (old Welland Canal) and Welland River. When I visited mid-Sunday morning, hundreds of people were already there. The playground was a magnet for young families. The trails attracted walkers, rollerbladers, cyclists and joggers among others.

Alone, I studied the sights – like wood carvings by a local artist, rustic benches, markers and of course trails at will. The trees were spectacular, the foliage lush and verdant, the trails inviting. I must have encountered 20 dogs on leashes in the 90 or so minutes I was there. I may have heard one dog bark, in all that time. Amazing. People made more noise.

Anyone home?

Anyone home?

Riverboat fishers

Riverboat fishers

There’s more to be said about the allure of this place but best to let the photos do the talking. The old maxim holds true here: A photo is worth a thousand words. Merritt Island is worth a thousand photos.

Early-morning family stroll

Early-morning family stroll

 

This path could go on forever!

This path could go on forever!

(A former reporter and editor, Joe Barkovich lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario, Canada’s Rose City. Welland Snaps is a recurring feature on the blog, posting Mondays.)

Morning Offering, August 25

With so many distractions these days, it can be difficult to stay focused on the Way, the Truth and the Life. Help me to see clearly, Lord. (Text and photo by Joe Barkovich) (A former reporter and city editor, Joe Barkovich lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario, Canada's Rose City. Morning Offering is a recurring feature on the blog, posting by 8 a.m.

With so many distractions these days, it can be difficult to stay focused on the Way, the Truth and the Life. Help me to see clearly, Lord. (Text and photo by Joe Barkovich)
(A former reporter and city editor, Joe Barkovich lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario, Canada’s Rose City. Morning Offering is a recurring feature on the blog, posting by 8 a.m.