CITY SHORTS ART: A flower bed in Chippawa Park shows off bright yellow daffodils with the stately Welland-Crowland War Memorial standing in the distance. (Photo by Joe Barkovich. Watch for a distinctively-Welland City Shorts Art photo weekly)
Compilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large
City Shorts is a compilation, from various sources (government websites, news announcements, press releases, church bulletins, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Remembering Lois Lilienstein of Sharon, Lois and Bram
Welland Public Library is remembering Lois Lilienstein, who passed away in her Toronto home April 22, aged 78.
She was part of Sharon, Lois & Bram, who entertained a generation of Canadian children, and also had a top-rated preschool show, Sharon, Lois & Bram’s Elephant Show. It aired on TVO and CBC in Canada.
The library has a collection of sound recordings by the famous trio. Drop in and see what is available.
Save the local hospital
MP Malcolm Allen has sent out a newsletter to constituents about the Welland hospital and the possibility of it closing.
“The hospital provides services for 100,000 residents of Welland and neighbouring communities of Port Colborne, Fort Erie, Pelham and Wainfleet,” the pamphlet says. “As the population continues to age it becomes even more important to have a local hospital, St. Catharines or Niagara Falls is just too far to go for many people.”
Ignoring the provincial health ministry and its role in the hospital issue, the newsletter takes aim at the federal Conservatives who are “slashing $36 billion from health funding to provinces,” it says, adding that New Democrats “are making public health care a top priority.”
The newsletter has an easy clip return card which constituents opposed to the closing can sign and mail to the MP.
NFB docs featured in series
Welland Public Library is offering a series of National Film Board of Canada documentaries.
The first screening is May 7, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., titled Fort McMoney, a post on the webpage says.
When the Fort McMoney documentary game went online, it received both critical and public acclaim. The film version returns to Fort McMurray, Alberta, the world’s third largest oil reserve, to answer the question: Is democracy oil-soluble? We meet Jim Rogers, a trapper and Fort McMurray native, who ran unsuccessfully in the most recent municipal election and has seen his tiny town experience a modern-day version of the gold rush.
Next up, on May 14 is Nothing Sacred.
This feature documentary is a portrait of Montreal political cartoonists Aislin and Serge Chapleau. In the pages of The Montreal Gazette and La Presse, respectively, they’ve been skewering politicians for 30 years. But who are these biting satirists? The film seeks to answer this question through interviews with the cartoonist’s friends, families, colleagues, and even a few of their favourite victims, including Gilles Duceppe and Louise Beaudoin. Featuring many of their classic cartoons, Nothing Sacred pays tribute to gifted iconoclasts whose hilarious characters have seeped into our collective consciousness. Everyone is welcome. No registration is required.
Check the library’s website for other docs in the series.
Benefit for church’s Harvest Kitchen
Opera and musical theatre duets will be featured in a benefit concert at Welland’s Central United Church.
The May 3 concert is a fundraiser for the Harvest Kitchen program at Central. It starts at 1 p.m. $20 is the suggested donation to attend.
“I asked Chris what needs attention at the church, what needs some focus and that’s what he suggested,” said Jen Carter, one of the performers and wife of Central United pastor Chris Fickling.
Carter, a soprano, will perform with mezzo soprano Kristine Dandavino and pianist Brett Kingsbury.
The name We Are Women is taken from one of the duets in Leonard Bernstein’s operetta, Candide. It is one of the pieces that will be performed during the benefit.
Carter said she is a volunteer server with the church’s Harvest Kitchen outreach.
“It’s moved me to know that the need is right here under our nose and there are many people who rely on Harvest Kitchen,” she said.
Welland Historical Museum is hosting an opening reception for Main Floor exhibits and the following special exhibits:
Significant Moments in Ontario Sporting History, a travelling exhibit from the Archives of Ontario runs from May 1 to June 30; Pan Am Games Exhibit runs from May 1 to December 31; 50th Anniversary of the Welland Regina Lodge.
Wine and cheese will be served at the opening reception, which takes place May 7, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Plant sale is a growing experience
Green thumbs take note: Welland Horticultural Society has announced the date of one of its most popular events.
The annual plant sale is taking place Saturday, May 16.
It is being held at the Niagara Regional Exhibition grounds. Doors open at 9 a.m. and the sale ends at noon.
This is a great buying opportunity for local gardeners. Many different varieties of perennials will be available from members’ gardens and based on past experience – the price is right! Get some some good stuff for your flower beds and support Welland Horticultural Society at the same time.
Mass at Holy Cross Cemetery.
All are welcome to join with St. Catharines diocese Bishop Gerard Bergie as he celebrates the third annual Outdoor Mass at Holy Cross Cemetery, 50 Woodlawn Road, on Saturday, May 30 at 11 a.m..
In the event of inclement weather, the Mass will be rescheduled for Saturday, June 13.
Curtain ready to go up
Welland’s amateur theatre group is soon to present its next production.
Canalside Players will return to the stage with Last of the Red Hot Lovers, the big hit show written by Neil Simon. Director of the local production is Lee Moffatt.
The dates are: Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2 and Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9 at 8 p.m. and a matinee Sunday, May 3 at 2 p.m. The play is presented with special arrangements with Samuel French, Inc.
Tickets are $13 for passholders and $15 for non-passholders.
Looking for a family physician?
The Physician Recruitment Program of Niagara has launched a new search function on www.niagaradocs.ca where residents of Niagara can search for a family physician in their community, or a nearby one, if they do not have one.
If a person cannot find a doctor accepting patients they will also be able to register themselves and their family members to a database.
It is important to note that the decision to accept patients is solely at the discretion of the doctor.
Exploring Paths of Joy’
Catholic Education Week is being celebrated Sunday, May 3 to Friday, May 8.
The theme this year is Catholic Education: Exploring Paths of Joy.
The week provides an opportunity for inclusion of all the partners in the Catholic education triad – home, parish and school – to celebrate its publicly-funded Cathoic schools.
Spring branch collection dates
The Region provides branch collection in the spring and fall to residents living in single family homes and apartments with six units or less.
Branches must be tied into bundles, maximum weight of a bundle: 22.7 kg (50 lbs.); maximum size of a bundle: 1.5 m (5 ft.) in length, and 0.5 m (1.6 ft.) in diameter; individual branches inside of a bundle must not exceed 7 cm (2.8 in.) in diameter.
Stumps, large branches / limbs and tree trunks are not collected at the curb. Drop these off at a landfill year-round for free. Stumps can also be brought to the Walker Environmental Group Landfill site in Thorold. Tipping fees may apply.
Branch collection takes place for four weeks in the spring and four weeks in the fall, on your regular collection day. Place branches at the curb by 7 a.m.
Spring collection dates are: May 4-8; May 11-15; May 18-22; May 25-29.
Branches may be dropped off at any landfill year-round, free of charge.
Taize prayer at local parish
A Taize prayer night is being held at St. Kevin’s, Niagara Street, Welland.
Taize prayer at Pentecost is on Tuesday, May 26, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Taize prayer nights are held four times a year at the Welland parish.
Concert celebrates spring
A popular choral group, the Velvetones, is holding its annual concert.
It’s Saturday, May 23 starting at 1 p.m. at the Welland Community Wellness Complex, Lincoln Street.
‘Melodies of Spring’ is the theme of this year’s concert.
According to an advertisement on the Civic Corner page, it will offer a selection of contemporary music including a medley from Les Miserables, and a celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music.
Tickets are $6 for passholders and $8 for non-passholders. Refreshments are included.
Tickets are available at the Wellness Complex reception centre.
(A former reporter and city editor, Joe Barkovich lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario, Canada’s Rose City. City Shorts appears weekly.)