By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at- large
My head’s still spinning. Friday night’s “It’s A Wonderful City” at Riverstone Event Centre showcased our community like nothing else before it. That’s a bold statement but oh, so true.
Fifteen speakers presented “snapshots” of various facets of life and living in Welland. I’m going to focus on a few, no doubt there will be much more in local media as two reporters were spotted working the floor. Watch the websites and print editions:
It’s All Welland Good: A new industry for Welland, construction has started! Announcement made by Roy Timms. Food-processing firm will provide 75 jobs at outset, Welland was chosen over Tennessee and one other site;
It’s All Welland Good: Service clubs aren’t a thing of yesteryear. Deb Zahra of Welland Rotary said they’re still around, play vital roles, but can use and need new, younger members;
It’s All Welland Good: Our waterway has much to offer Welland, said Bob Mahler. It’s what helped Mahler and his family choose Welland as their new home after job re-location. No regrets;
It’s All Welland Good: Leon family owes much to Welland, said Joe Leon, grandson of Leon’s furniture company founder Ablan. Small start on King St. led to dynamic, family-run business. Many from the Leon family, including Dr. Joe Leon, were in attendance – a great show of solidarity from this distinguished, Welland-based family;
It’s All Welland Good: Day hospice program soon to start in Welland, said Doug Rapelje. Will be based in Knox church, Fitch St. Good news for Rose City;
It’s All Welland Good: Hope Centre has new digs in former medical office building on King St., near Fifth. Hard hat tours at new site coming up soon, said Carolyn Fast;
It’s All Welland Good: Hundreds attended high energy, upbeat, celebrate-our-community night at Riverstone Event Centre. Awesome!;
It’s All Welland Good: Kudos to local talent: actors, dancers, musicians etc., who kept crowd entertained during the evening. Job well done! Ditto to John and Rebecca Clark of Riverstone for their support, event sponsors, Niagara College video production team and others;
It’s All Welland Good: Paul Turner outstanding organizer of stellar event. ND teacher did his family and community proud in pulling off gala night. Committee provided outstanding support. This was Welland at its best.
(A former reporter and city editor, Joe Barkovich lives in his hometown Welland, Ontario, Canada’s Rose City.)