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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
Canada Day open/closed
WELLAND – The City of Welland (City Hall), and all departments and services listed, will be closed on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, for Canada Day, and will re-open on Thursday, July 2, 2015, at their regularly scheduled times: Welland Transit, WELLTRANS, Community Bus, Transcab, Port Colborne Link and Community, Niagara-on-the-Lake Link, and Niagara Region Transit Service; Main and Jack Ballantyne (Youth) Arenas; Welland Community Wellness Complex; and Public Works. Visit the city wepbage: http://www.welland.ca
Welland’s Canada Day celebration
WELLAND – The city’s Canada Day party is July 1 at Memorial Park, Memorial Park Dr. from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. And a lot is going on! Always popular is the cutting of the Canada Day cake, scheduled for 2 p.m.
Here’s what else is planned: swimming, splash pad (pools will be open!), ice-cream and other food, Kids Korner 1-3 p.m., inflatable bouncers 1-4 p.m., balloon creations 2:30-4:30 p.m., glitter tattoos 2-4 p.m., face painting and monster mural madness 4-6 p.m., Pan Am interactive game, water balloon toss and other games 4-6 p.m. Entertainment: Laura Sabo will sing O Canada at 1 p.m. Also on the schedule: magic show 2-2:30 p.m., Harmonic Minors 2:30-3:30 p.m., Split Union 4-5 p.m., Fiddlin’ Around 5:30-6:30 p.m., Stonewall 7-9 p.m.
And don’t forget: the gigantic fireworks display at dusk! .
Watch Main Street Bridge light up
WELLAND – Welland’s Main Street bridge will be the centre of attention – perhaps for thousands if the hype has anything to do with it – on Canada Day evening.
On July 1, the official LED lighting of the – some say – iconic structure, will be celebrated.
According to plans, the bridge will be closed to traffic that night from 8 p.m. to midnight so pedestrians can stroll the sidewalks, better enjoying the event and sight.
At 10 p.m., a two-minute or so pre-light show will be given to highlight what is capable of being done in terms of LED lights dislpays. Then, it will be lit up in the colours of the nation’s flag to celebrate Canada Day.
Looking for something educational and fun to do this summer?
WELLAND – Welland Museum will again be conducting four architectural walks throughout the summer. Exercise your mind and body with this insightful walk through downtown Welland, featuring the city’s oldest and most interesting buildings.
Architectural Walks are held from 10 a.m. – noon. Dates include: July 11 and 25, and August 8 and 22.
$5.fee per person. Pre-registration is required. To register please call the museum at 905-732-2215.
Rosie Smith tribute
WELLAND – A tribute to Rosie Smith is being held today, Sunday, June 28, at St. George Park starting at 2 p.m. The Welland South woman, who died June 25, 2014 at 76, was a distinguished, well known, well respected and admired Welland volunteer.
On Sunday, the pool at St. George Park will be formally renamed as a tribute to her. A highlight of the program will be the unveiling of a plaque in her honor as well as the dedication. A reception with refreshments will follow.
They’re back – Variety Nights concerts
WELLAND – Here is the weekly lineup, commencing July 8, for the Variety Nights concerts, in the Wellness Complex theatre on Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.:
July 8 – The Retro-Matics
July 15 – Barbara Mantini Jazz Quartet
July 22 – Lincoln Concert Band
July 29 – Lisa Klassen Band
August 5 -The Moonlighters
August 12 – Chelsea Crites
August 19 – A Cappella Niagara
August 26 – Kindred
St. Vinny’s store needs donations
WELLAND – The St. Vincent de Paul store on East Main Street is in need of towels, washcloths and hand towels. Please bag clean, lightly-used or new items and place them in the St. Vincent box in the St. Kevin Church back parking lot, office door entrance to the church. Your support is greatly appreciated as these items are given to clients who find themselves in an emergency situation.
Time to be a volunteer?
WELLAND – The St. Vincent de Paul store is also in need of volunteers who are able to give ½ day per week working with customers or who are able to sort donations on a regular basis.
Please call Margaret at the store 905-788-3413 (Monday or Friday morning).
Library CEO announces retirement
WELLAND – Janet Booth, CEO of Welland Public Library, has announced her retirement effective September 30, 2015. She has been the CEO since 1995, and during that time has seen the Library grow and change. The Library continues to adapt to and offer new technologies while maintaining traditional library services.
She also oversaw the planning for the new Main Branch at Civic Square and was instrumental in developing the unique partnership with the District School Board of Niagara and the opening of the Diamond Trail Branch Library. The partnership with the School Board was the first such partnership in Niagara.
After almost 40 years as a professional librarian in public libraries in Cape Breton, Town of Haldimand, Niagara Falls, Stormont Dundas & Glengarry County, and Victoria County, Janet says that she has mixed feelings about the upcoming retirement, but will enjoy having more leisure time for personal and community interests.
Going on holidays?
WELLAND – Ask at the circulation desk, or call Welland Public Library at 905-734-6210 ext. 2520 to extend your loan period to cover the time you are away. (note: cannot be applied to high demand items.).No need to miss your holds or lose your position in line either! Simply ask to have your standing holds suspended until after you return. Holds can also be suspended from your online account. Click on the My Account link, enter your library barcode and PIN, and go to the Holds tab.
Enjoy your holidays!
Road closure for Pan Am Games
WELLAND – A temporary closure of Canal Bank Street from Ontario Road to Townline Tunnel Road is ahead.The closure will be in effect from Sunday, July 5, until Wednesday, July 15.
The detour route will utilize Ontario Road, Prince Charles Drive, and Townline Tunnel Road. If you have questions, please contact Bryan Purins at Welland city hall 905-735 -1700 x 2212.
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