City Shorts: Try ‘Em On For Size

City Shorts Art: A raft and paddleboat on the recreational waterway earlier this week, photographed from the Woodlawn Bridge. Love that view! (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

City Shorts Art: A raft and paddleboat, foreground, on the recreational waterway earlier this week, photographed from the Woodlawn Bridge. Love that view! (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

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, advertisements, 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:

Servicing work leads to closure

WELLAND – The city has announced details of a temporary road closure, according to an ad on the Civic Corner page.

Hansler Road between St. Lawrence Drive and Towpath Road is now closed to Friday, Oct. 9.

The closure is necessary to service the subdivision in the area.

A BBQ at the Wellness Complex

barbecueWELLAND – A Welcome Back barbecue is being held at the Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln St.

The date is Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, cole slaw, dessert and coffee or tea are on the menu.

Price for advance tickets to Sept. 18 is $7 for passholders and $8 for non-passholders; after Sept. 18, $8 for passholders and $9 for non-passholders.

Join a book club

book club graphicWELLAND –The Welland Public Library provides excellent opportunities for readers to make new friends and discover new books. Afternoon and evening book clubs return in September.

Books are provided in advance of the meeting date. There’s no need to register, just ask for the book club selection at the circulation desk. Readers can choose to attend all meetings, or those of interest. More information is available here.

Get set for back to school

WELLAND –The summer has flown by, and soon we will see the yellow school buses going down the street. Now is the perfect time to get your children ready for school with some of these books from Welland Public Library’s collection.

Volunteers sought for 150th anniversary planning committee

volunteersWELLAND – Welland city council is seeking dedicated citizens to volunteer their time to form an ad hoc committee that will meet regularly and collaborate on ideas for ways to make the celebration of Canada’s 2017 Anniversary of Confederation a day to remember in Welland.

Please submit your name, address, phone number and email address along with a brief summary of why you would like to volunteer to sit on this committee to no later than Friday, September 18, 2015.

Golf tourney and perch supper fundraiser

Sheila and Rick Kiess

Sheila and Rick Kiess

WELLAND – A fundraiser to assist the Rick Kiess family is being held Sunday, August 30, hosted by St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church at Freedom Oakes Golf Course, 612 Sandy Bay Rd., Dunnville; golf 2 p.m. sharp, supper at 5 p.m.

Nine holes with cart and perch supper is $50 for adults, Kids and youth golf for free. Burgers and fries $6, perch supper only, $20.

A Welland contractor, Kiess suffered several severe and life-changing injuries after a fall from a rooftop in June 2012.

Experienced, casual and first time golfers welcome! For questions or reservations call Dianne at 905-735-1152.

 Catholic diocese announces info meetings for World Youth Day 2016

The Diocese of St. Catharines is involved in a pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2016.

World Youth Day is the largest gathering of young adult Catholics in the world and only happens every two or three years.

In 2016, World Youth Day will take place in Kraków, Poland. This pilgrimage will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and we want you to join us as we travel as ONE Archdiocese to Kraków!

Journey with us on the way to Krakow! How, you ask? By joining one of the information meetings! As much as we look forward to gathering as one community and traveling to Poland, our needs begin here at home. There are several meetings you can attend in preparation for WYD:

Thursday, September 17 7:00 p.m. @ Diocesan Catholic Centre, St. Catharines

Wednesday, October 14 7:00 p.m. @ Diocesan Catholic Centre, St. Catharines

Thursday, November 19 7:00 p.m. @ Diocesan Catholic Centre, St. Catharines.

More info is on the diocesan website

Sign up for Continuing Ed

diplomaWELLAND – Registration is now open for Continuing Education offered by Niagara Catholic District School Board.

It offers opportunity to: obtain your secondary school diploma, have your work for secondary school credits and life experiences recognized, start a career in health services as a personal support worker, train in construction, building maintenance, retail sales, office administration and hospitality tourism, and more.

The site in Welland is the Fr. Fogarty Centre, 905-734-4495.

Classes begin Sept. 8.

Charity gala benefits kids, youth

unnamed (2)WELLAND – The annual Mayor’s Charity Gala is being held Sept. 26 at Riverstone Event Centre, according to an ad on the city’s Civic Corner page.

Ticket price is $150 per person and doors open at 6 p.m.

Proceeds from this event go to the Niagara Community Foundation, Welland Mayor’s Children and Youth Fund. The gala is presented by RBC Wealth Management, Dominion Securities.

 Annual meeting

WELLAND – Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Niagara has announced the date of its 52nd annual general meeting.

It’s scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Casa Dante hall, 34 Lincoln St. West. Attendees are asked to RSVP by Sept. 8 to 905-735-0570 ext. 221.

 ND Pilgrimages reaches 40th anniversary milestone

pilgrimageWELLAND – Please support Notre Dame’s 40th Annual Pilgrimage for the Developing World. As a significant anniversary year, the organizers would like to extend a special invitation to alumni to support us this year on Sunday October 25th. Please consider joining the pilgrimage and / or contributing financially to fundraising efforts.

This year’s theme brings us back to basics – it is the concept of pilgrimage itself – a walk to a holy place. For 40 years, the Notre Dame community has come together each October to walk in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the developing world. We reflect on the inequality and injustice that exists in our world and the responsibility God gives us to right these wrongs. Justice is never a ‘quick fix’. It is a journey we travel together.

For more information on Notre Dame’s Annual Pilgrimage go to

 (City Shorts is a recurring feature on the blog)

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