City Shorts Art: Bench With View – a bench near the Lincoln Street boat dock offers a great view of the recreational waterway, gulls at shoreline and foliage on the east side. Awesome! (Photo by Joe Barkovich. Watch for City Shorts Art, a distinctly-Welland photo, in this space each week.)
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New board to be chosen
Welland Museum will hold a general meeting to elect the new board of management on Wednesday May 27 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The meeting will be at the museum,140 King St., and is a free event open to museum members.
Also good to know: May is Museum Month. It’s the perfect time to pay the museum a visit and enjoy free admission. Business hours are: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Welland has some of the best trails in the area
It’s that time again.
Get the bicycle out, give it a tune-up and re-introduce it to Niagara. If you’re not a cyclist, the link on the City of Welland website just might inspire you to become one.
Niagara is a great place for cyclists, from the novice stage to the competitor. It’s filled with beautiful and challenging trails to excite any adventurer.
More info, especially about cycling trails and routes, can be found on the city website.
Taizé prayer at Welland parish
A Taizé prayer night is being held at the Parish Community of St. Kevin on Tuesday, May 26.
Taizé prayer at Pentecost will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Niagara Street church.
Taizé prayer is held at St. Kevin’s four times per year: Advent, Lent, Pentecost and Thanksgiving.
Taizé prayer is rich in chant, hymns, music, readings from scripture and, silence.
All are welcome to attend.
City’s clean yards bylaw updated
Welland city council has recently passed an updated Clean City Yards Bylaw. The revamped Bylaw initiates a more active and aggressive approach to curbing unkempt yards.
During the 2014 growing season there were roughly 200 complaints made to the city’s Bylaw Division.
Ali Khan, Parking and Traffic Supervisor, feels that the updated bylaw, which allows for one warning notice per year, will decrease the amount of administration work for the bylaw oficers. “Issuing one warning per year cuts time on the process and will encourage property owners to take action,” said Khan.
The revamped Clean Yards Bylaw also removes the eight inch grass and weed height maximum and replaces it with a six inch maximum. Although other municipalities have adopted the six inch tall grass limit, Welland is the first municipality in Niagara to include it into its Clean Yards Bylaw.
Facts: Properties with dwellings have 48 hours to cut after a warning notice; Properties without dwellings have five days to cut after a warning notice; One warning notice is issued per year per property. After that the grass is cut by contractors and invoiced to the property owner.
Celebrating 10 years on the Boardwalk
It has been 10 years since the Main Library opened at 50 The Boardwalk! The library’s staff can’t believe it either!
Stop in for coffee and a timbit, and see the pictures from the move from King Street to Civic Square.
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 18-22; May 25-29.
Branches may be dropped off at any landfill year-round, free of charge.
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.)