Monthly Archives: May 2015

Free Tulip Bulbs: Going…..Going…..Gone!

Tulips that grew in city beds earlier this spring. Bulbs recently plucked from those beds by  parks staff  were given away to local residents Wednesday. (File photos/Joe Barkovich)

Tulips that grew in city beds earlier this spring. Bulbs recently plucked from those beds by parks staff were given away to local residents Wednesday. (File photos/Joe Barkovich)

By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

There was no shortage of takers.

The earliest of early birds at the free tulip bulb giveaway Wednesday at Chippawa Park.

The earliest of early birds at the free tulip bulb giveaway Wednesday at Chippawa Park.

About 15,000 used tulip bulbs were given away to Welland gardeners Wednesday by the city’s horticulture staff at Chippawa Park.

The annual event continues to amaze parks staff.

“As always, the bulb giveaway went good,” said landscape technician Dave Steven in an email. “It amazes me how many people show up for this event. It seems to be gaining popularity each year.”

The giveaway had been scheduled from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. but was over before the time limit.

Even though pre-publicity for the event advised gardeners that no bulbs would be distributed prior to 8 a.m., the early birds were still out.

“There were about 130 people in line” before the giveaway started, with more showing up as it was underway. Parks staff estimate that about 250 people turned out to share approximately 15,000 bulbs. That number was more than what was earlier anticipated.

“By 8:30 a.m. we gave all the bulbs away,” Steven said.

“Overall, the public seems very appreciative that they are receiving these bulbs and some of them even asked for specific colour combinations in the beds next year.”

This is a great outreach by the City of Welland, a shot-in-the-arm for gardening and gardeners in the Rose City.

(A former reporter and city editor, Joe Barkovich lives in his hometown Welland, Ontario, Canada’s Rose City.)

City Shorts: Try Them On For Size

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.)

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.)

Compilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

City Shorts

City Shorts

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: joe0606barko@gmail.com

New board to be chosen

meeting tableWelland 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

cyclingIt’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

IMG_1584 (2)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

lawn cuttingWelland 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

branchesThe 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.)

Early Arrivals At Free Tulip Bulb Giveaway

Early birds at the City of Welland's  free tulip bulb giveaway this morning at Chippawa Park. About 7,000 used bulbs are available for distribution, limit two dozen bulbs per recipient. The free giveaway is from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., so you still have time to get there. Be forewarned: the lineup is growing. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

Early birds at the City of Welland’s free tulip bulb giveaway this morning at Chippawa Park. About 7,000 used bulbs are available for distribution, limit two dozen bulbs per recipient. The free giveaway is from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., so you still have time to get there. Be forewarned: the lineup is growing. This was the scene shortly after 7 a.m. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

Welland Snaps: Up (And Down) A Lazy River

You remember the old saying: Gone fishin'! (Photos by Joe Barkovich)

You remember the old saying: ‘Gone fishin’! (Photos by Joe Barkovich)

By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

You might call this: Far from the rowing crowd.

DSC_4963The rowing regatta at Dain City was the big show in town this weekend. I spent a couple hours there Saturday and was overwhelmed by the sheer logistics of the event, the camaraderie, the athletes, the spectators, the rowing “community” that sprung up around the boat house facilities, and more. Kudos to the South Niagara Rowing Club for their two-day high school invitational.

Sunday we felt the call of the river, however, and decided to check it out. Didn’t have to go far: while driving across the Prince Charles Drive “bridge” a canoe came into view. What a majestic sight it was!

DSC_4976 (2)Closer exploration from the bridge showed it carried a couple who were fishing. There lines were in the still, still water while beyond them the sun bathed the river in its glow. Can’t recall it looking so pretty in a long, long time.

And the fisher couple weren’t alone. Beyond them were two other water craft. We stood and watched as they came closer and into better view. Folks having fun on the water on a glorious early evening. Just beautiful, the entire experience. Our community is blessed with rich and diverse resources just waiting to be discovered by more.

Heading our way.

Heading our way.

Viewed as they were about to pass beneath the bridge.

Viewed as they were about to pass beneath the bridge.

Here comes the other craft!

Here comes the other craft!

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Return trip. The end.

Return trip. The end.

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

Regatta Brings 1,100 Athletes to Welland

A boat heads for the starting line during today's South Niagara Rowing Club High School Invitational. More than 1,100 athletes from 66 schools are in town for the two-day regatta. Races got underway today at 8 a.m. and will start tomorrow at 8 a.m. (Photos by Joe Barkovich)

A boat heads for the starting line during today’s South Niagara Rowing Club High School Invitational. More than 1,100 athletes from 66 schools are in town for the two-day regatta. Races got underway today at 8 a.m. and will start tomorrow at 8 a.m. (Photos by Joe Barkovich)

The influx of weekend visitors meant brisk business for this popular Dain City bar and eatery.

The influx of weekend visitors meant brisk business for this popular Dain City bar and eatery.

Crews came from near and far to participate in the long-running, popular regatta.

Crews came from near and far to participate in the long-running, popular regatta.

Spectators watched races from both sides of the waterway.

Spectators watched races from both sides of the waterway.

Crew members carry their racing shell to the dock.

Crew members carry their racing shell to the dock.