By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large
Welcome to Street Sense, where street names get the story they deserve.
Welland boasts a pantheon of distinguished residents in its long and colorful history. Dr. W. Kirk Colbeck is without doubt one of them.
Colbeck Drive is named in his honor. So, too, fittingly, is the auditorium at Welland County General Hospital – as we used to call it, and a great name it was. But I would argue relatively few outside the hospital community would know it by its name: Colbeck-Moffat Auditorium. Does that ring a bell?
My street guide for this feature series, What’s In A Name? provides concise background about this amazing physician and outstanding Wellander. It’s part of the chapter about Westmount Terrace Subdivision, the residential area of which Colbeck Drive is part. It dates back to a bustling period in Welland’s history, the 1950s. The subdivision plan was registered in 1954 and the proliferation of new streets and new houses was off and running.
But back to the man. Welland Historical Society’s What’s In A Name tells us Dr. Colbeck opened his practice here in 1905 and in 1921 opened the Colbeck Clinic. He was recognized as a humanitarian and community leader, says the book. His story is amazing. Read on:
“One of his major projects led to formation of the Victorian Order of Nurses. He was the medical officer of health for Welland and Crowland Township. During the Great Depression he bought looms and carving equipment. In a room above his office he taught women to weave, and young men to carve models of Royal Canadian Mounted Policemen and the goods were sold on a coop basis for young people. He also founded the Sunshine Club, where many lonely senior citizens found some companionship and comfort.”
Dr. Colbeck, a veteran of the First World War, was a captain with the 98th Battalion, 5th Canadian Field Ambulance, injured at Passchendale.
My former managing editor, T. N. Morrison, referred often to Dr. Colbeck when discussing Wellanders of note who were deserving of better remembrance by the community than what was provided them. He’d had more than a few names on his list, and I still recall Dr. Colbeck’s coming up in his “Who’s Who” of distinguished local residents. I can’t be sure if Mr. Morrison wrote the piece that I am providing below, in its entirety. It has the style and grace of Mr. Morrison’s work. It certainly merits sharing with readers, if for no other reason than to remind them of, or introduce them to, the man Colbeck Drive is named after. I consulted Welland History.ca, an amazing blog on local history, to see what it may have had about him. The following gem turned up:
Striking Medical Tribute to Late Dr. W. K. Colbeck
(Welland Tribune November 20, 1951)
“Canada has lost a great physician in the person of Dr. W. Kirk Colbeck, and the citizens of Welland county have lost a great friend and one of the really outstanding members of the healing profession of his generation,” said Dr. D.C. MacNeill, president of the Welland County General Hospital Medical association today.
On behalf of the medical association, Dr. MacNeill paid marked tribute to Dr. Colbeck who passed away early today in his 74th year.
Right from his earliest years of practice Dr. Colbeck’s approach to medicine has been that of the pioneer. He kept abreast with all recent advances in medicine and was among the first doctors in Ontario to use many of the advantages in diagnosis and treatment which have been discovered during his years of practice.
He was among the first in Ontario to use radium in the treatment of cancer and had in his office one of the first X-Ray machines in this part of the country. Very soon after the discovery of insulin he was bringing the advantages of this wonder drug to the diabetic patients in his practice.
Dr Colbeck was always a strong advocate for a larger and better equipped hospital in the community and through his efforts many of the present advantages that the hospital possesses have become realities. He has been tireless in his search for improved equipment and methods in the hospital practice in Welland County General Hospital.
Dr. Colbeck not only used his own abilities to their utmost in healing the sick but imparted his energies to younger men who came to work with him and gained the advantages of his experience. Many of them doctors are still alive and practicing medicine in responsible positions in Canada. Among them are listed Dr. Warner, Dr. Streight, chief medical officer and formerly medical officer of Canada Life Assurance Company and Dr. Bedard of Welland. He carried through a long and valued association with the late Dr. W.G. Reive of Welland and had also as associates Dr. Alexander, now of Tillsonburg and Dr. Perkins, who later became professor of medicine at the University of Detroit.
Dr. Colbeck received recognition from organized medicine on many occasions. He was granted the degree of fellow of the American College of Surgeons in recognition of his skill as a surgeon. He was always active in medical bodies and for many years his counsel was respected amongst the leaders of the Ontario Medical and Canadian Medical associations. In recognition of this, he was elected president of the Ontario Medical Association in 1936, the highest honor that can be bestowed on a doctor in Ontario by his confreres.
To the doctors of Welland County Dr. Colbeck had always been a friend and advisor. He was the dean of doctors in this district and young men starting out in his profession owes much of their success to Dr. Colbeck’s counsel and help.
His energies were unbounded and he saw more sick people perhaps than any other doctor of his generation and rendered more benefit in his treatment of his patients.
During the Second World War he gave his time and energy unfailingly to fill in the gaps left in this district by members of the profession who had enlisted to maintain the standard of civilian medicine.
He was a man of many interests and found time in his busy life to serve on many public projects and boards, being particularly interested in welfare organizations in Welland county. He was a moving spirit in the engineering of the Welland-Crowland arena. His efforts in such fields of public service prove to everyone that he was more than just a great physician, he was a great citizen of Canada.
The doctors of Welland county will feel a great loss at his passing and will miss beyond all telling his advice in medical matters and his organizing ability. The citizens of Welland particularly, his patients will mourn him as long as memory lasts as a great physician, a great counselor and a great friend.
(A former reporter and city editor, Joe Barkovich lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario, Canada’s Rose City. Street Sense is a recurring feature on the blog.)
“Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields.Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting: “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” – (excerpted from Mark 11. 1-10)
ST. MATTHEW’S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN, Corner Griffith and Kent
Palm Sunday: Procession with palms and Holy Communion service 10:30 a.m.
Maundy Thursday: Holy Communion service 7 p.m.
Good Friday: Service 10 a.m.
Easter Sunday: Breakfast 9 a.m. continuous serving to 10 a.m., Holy Communion service 10:30 a.m.
ST. AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY, 208 St. Augustine Ave.
Palm Sunday: Mass 5 p.m. (Saturday); Mass 9:30 a.m.(Sunday)
Holy Thursday: Mass of The Lord’s Supper 7 p.m., One hour adoration: 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Good Friday: Stations of the Cross 2 p.m., Celebration of the Lord’s Passion 3 p.m.
Holy Saturday: Confession 10 a.m. to 11 a.m, Blessing of Food Baskets 11 a.m.
Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil 8 p.m.
Easter Sunday: Resurrection of the Lord 9:30 a.m.
CENTRAL UNITED, 12 Young St.
Palm Sunday: Service 10 a.m.
Maundy Thursday: Lenten dinner 5 p.m. followed by Maundy Thursday service 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
Good Friday: Service at Wesley United, First Avenue, 10 a.m.
Easter Celebrations: Sunrise Service 7:30 a.m., breakfast 8:15 a.m., Easter Celebration and Communion service 10 a.m.
WESLEY UNITED, 244 First Ave.
Palm Sunday: Service 10 a.m.
Good Friday: Service 10 a.m.
Easter Sunday: Service 10 a.m.
ST. MARY CHURCH, Corner Hellems and Griffith
Palm Saturday: Confessions 3:30 p.m., Mass 5 p.m.
Palm Sunday: Mass 9 a.m. (Italian), 11 a.m. Blessing and distribution of palms in the parish hall before each Mass.
Holy Week Tuesday: Mass 8 a.m., confession 8:30 a.m., Chrism Mass at the Cathedral 7:30 p.m.
Holy Week Wednesday: Mass 8 a.m.
Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper 6:30 p.m., adoration, confessions 8 p.m., closing prayers 10 p.m.
Good Friday: Celebration of the Lord’s Passion 3 p.m., Stations of the Cross 6:30 p.m. (English/Italian).
Holy Saturday: Blessing of Easter Foods noon.
Easter Vigil: Celebration of the light and baptism 8 p.m.
Easter Sunday: Mass 9 a.m. (Italian), 11 a.m.
PARISH COMMUNITY OF ST. KEVIN, Niagara and Northcote
Passion Sunday/Palm Sunday: Mass times Saturday 5 p.m. Sunday 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12 noon, 5 p.m. Palms will be distributed to each person as they enter the church and blessed during the liturgy.
March 30: Sacrament of Penance Communal Preparation with several priests for confessions 7:30 p.m.
Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7:30 p.m. Reception of oils, Washing of feet, Commissioning of ministries – all parishioners involved in any ministry are encouraged to participate in this beautiful liturgy. Hours of adoration 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Good Friday: Celebration of the Lord’s Passion 12 noon and 3 p.m., Stations of the Cross 7 p.m.
Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil 8 p.m. Blessing of the new fire and Paschal candle and Initiation of Catechumens/Candidates (NO 5 p.m. Mass today)
Easter Sunday: Masses 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12 noon, 5 p.m. – Initiation of the RCIC children.
HOLY TRINITY ANGLICAN, 77 Division
Holy Week Wednesday: Service 12 noon.
Maundy Thursday: Service 7 p.m.
Good Friday: Service 3 p.m.
Easter Sunday: Celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.
ST. DAVID’S ANGLICAN, 369 Thorold Rd. W.
Palm Sunday: Holy Eucharist 8 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Sunday school and nursery 10 a.m.
Maundy Thursday: Holy Eucharist 7 p.m.
Good Friday: Observance of the Lord’s Passion 10 a.m.
Easter Sunday: Holy Eucharist 8 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Sunday school and nursery 10 a.m.
ST ANDREW’S PRESBYTERIAN, 29 Bald St.
Palm Sunday: Wine, Women and the Word 7 p.m.
Good Friday: Service 10:30 a.m.
Easter Sunday: Service and Communion: 10:30 a.m.
ST. ANDREW THE APOSTLE, East Main and St. Andrew’s Ave.
Palm Sunday of Our Lord’s Passion: Vigil Saturday 5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. At 10:45 a.m. Palms will be blessed at the school and all process to the church for Mass. A lunch to follow in the church hall.
Monday: Lenten Reconciliation 6 p.m.
Holy Thursday: Mass at 7 p.m., Adoration to follow until midnight.
Good Friday: Service at 3 p.m.
Saturday: Confession 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Blessing of food baskets 11:45 a.m.
Easter Vigil: Saturday 8.15 p.m.
Easter Sunday: Masses 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
STS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH, 300 Chaffey
Palm Sunday: Mass with blessing of palms (English), 5 p.m. (Saturday); Sunday: Mass with blessing of palms (English), 9 a.m., Mass with blessing of palms (Polish) 11 a.m.
Holy Week Tuesday: Chrism Mass at the Cathedral in St. Catharines 7:30 p.m.
Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper (English) 7 p.m.
Good Friday: Celebration of the Lord’s Passion 3 p.m.
Holy Saturday: Blessing of Easter food (English/Polish) 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Easter Vigil:(English) 8:15 p.m.
Easter Sunday: The Resurrection of the Lord Mass in English 9 a.m., Mass in Polish 11 a.m.
PLEASE NOTE: Listings will be updated and republished on Wednesday, April 1.
Compilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large
City Shorts is a compilation, from various sources (government websites, news announcements, press releases, community service information and events, bulletin boards, requests etc.) of short items about matters of local interest in and around Welland.
Trails Coalition boosts local site
Welland Recreational Canal Corporation will receive $22,800 from the National Trails Coalition for the Welland Recreational Waterway Trail.
The funds will assist in purchasing and installing new signage in strategic locations along the trail to highlight key information for trail users, support additional maintenance and cleanup initiatives and provide conduits to spur future partnerships with the Greater Niagara Circle Route Committee, Active Transportation Groups in the Region and to compliment bike friendly initiatives of the City of Welland. The trail is a 3 metre wide paved trail that spans 20 kilometres within the City of Welland.It is popular with local and visiting recreational users, exercisers, bird watchers, among others.
“Funding from the National Trails Coalition for maintaining and enhancing our public trails will allow the Welland Recreational Canal Corporation to further its excellent work providing safe spaces for residents and visitors to enjoy our world class trail system. In advance of the influx of international visitors to Welland for the Pan Am games, this funding could not come at a better time” says Welland MP Malcolm Allen.
Welland Recreational Canal Corporation is thankful for the opportunities presented through the National Trails Infrastructure Program and remains committed to the protection and development of the Welland Recreational Waterway Trails for the benefit of the entire community.
Closing for Improvements
Niagara Region will undertake a complete replacement of the Beaverdams Road Bridge (located on Beaverdams Road, Thorold) and the Power Canal Bridge (located on Merrittville Hwy. Thorold) commencing on Monday, March 30, 2015 until August 2016.
Phase One: On March 30, 2015 to August 2015 Beaverdams Road will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic at the bridge. Please use detours to Merrittville Hwy., St. David’s Road, and Collier Road. Please note: The multi-use trail located on the south side of Beaverdams Road is closed from March 20, 2015 until August 2015.
Phase Two: During August 2015 until August 2016. Merrittville Hwy. will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic at the bridge. Please use detours to Beaverdams Road, Collier Road, and St. David’s Road.
Show your love
Until June 12, you can enter the Love Your Library contest. Submit a letter or video sharing how Welland Public Library has made a difference in your life, and you could win a $100 Visa gift card and up to $2,000 for your favorite library!
For full contest details, visit the library’s website.
Top Hat on April 2
The ceremony is at the St. Catharines Museum/ Lock 3 complex, second floor. The public is invited.
This year, the Seaway’s official opening takes place at Montreal’s St. Lambert Lock.
The official opening alternates every year between Montreal and Welland Canal’s Lock 3
Soup, sandwich luncheon
Central United is at 12 Young Street, Welland (corner of King and Young).
Tickets are $10 per person, please call 905 735-2333 to reserve or purchase at the door.
Music teachers sponsor scholarship fundraiser
Welland-Port Colborne branch of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association (ORMTA) is hosting a student scholarship fund-raising concert Saturday, April 11, at 7 p.m at Central United Church, 12 Young Street, Welland, showcasing a variety of skilled local musicians playing selections from diverse genres of music including classical, opera, jazz, and musical theatre.
Featured performers include Barbara Mantini, of the Mantini Sisters; the Notre Dame Jazz Band; Cynthia Vermeer, flute; Ryann Baxter, piano; Young Voices Niagara;Tammy Pryn, piano; Jordan Mason, piano; Jennifer Carter, soprano; and Linda Bruch, piano.
Admission is $10 per person, $20 for families. Tickets are available at the door.
All proceeds go to the Student Scholarship Fund of the Welland-Port Colborne ORMTA, which awards scholarships to encourage and assist those pursuing musical studies. The branch currently sponsors several scholarships which are annually awarded to performers in select classes of the Port Colborne Festival of the Arts. As well, scholarships are awarded to musicians studying with ORMTA members who earn marks of 80% or more on instrumental, vocal and theory examinations (Royal Conservatory of Music, Conservatory Canada, or Canadian National Conservatory of Music).
The OMTRA’s Welland-Port Colborne branch, in addition to awarding scholarships, hosts student recitals several times a year, as well as occasional workshops.
College hosting open house
Niagara College is having a one-day spring open house at its campuses in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake.
The open house is Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at both sites.
No registration is required, shuttle buses to and from the campuses will be available free.
Events include: residence showcase, interactive program displays, campus and facilities tours, student service fair, beer and wines tastings and much more.
Guests will have opportunity to meet college faculty and staff. There will be a variety of unique lunch options.
The greenhouse plant sale at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus is sure to be a big hit with visiting green thumbs.
For full details of what is going on at both campuses, call 905-735-2211 ext. 7559.
Fairy Gardens topic of program
Date of the program is Wednesday, April 1, at 2 p.m.
The cost is $10 per person.
Participants will plan a fairy garden to set in window sills or in a shady spot outdoors.
Bring along your garden gloves and a low clay saucer or bowl measuring 8″ X 4″ (you should be able to find one at your local garden centre or hardware store). If you can, bring along some interesting pebbles and miniatures to make your fairy garden personal. More information is available on the library website.
United Way, Foundation Board hold AGMs
It is being held at A Child’s World Day Care Centre board room, 344 Avon Street, Welland. Parking is available on site.
Participants are asked to RSVP by emailing email@example.com or calling 905-735-0490.
Rose City Seniors Centre Foundation Board is holding its annual general meeting.
It is scheduled Tuesday, April 21 at 1 p.m., in the Welland Community Wellness Complex meeting room.
Items on the agenda include: accountants report for 2014, chair’s year-end report, a proposed bylaw revision and election of directors.
If you are 50+ years of age and hold a valid wellness complex pass you are eligible to vote on all foundation board matters.
Bring your wellness pass as identification.
ND stages popular musical
The musical is well known to many, Guys and Dolls. It is being presented Thursday, April 16, Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 19, a matinee at 1:30 p.m.
“Once again our staff, students and the entire community have been sworking tirelessly to bring you this charming, uplifting, family feel-good show. Tis fabulous tale set in Times Square in 1950 will have you singing along with the familiar melodies, so much so that you will want to get up and dance again,” a news release says.
Ticket information is available at the school.
Celebrating Athletic Achievement
Tickets are now available at the recreation and culture division office, Welland Community Wellness Complex. More info, call 905-735-1700 ext. 4000.
In addition, 22nd annual Wall of Fame Induction Ceremonies will take place Sunday, May 3 at Seaway Mall.
All Welland City Hall departments will be closed on Friday, April 3, 2015, and Monday, April 6, 2015, and will re-open on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. For a complete list of the Easter hours and service details, see the city’s website.
A former reporter and city editor, Joe Barkovich lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario, Canada’s Rose City. City Shorts appears weekly.)