Monthly Archives: November 2015

Missing Fort Erie Youth

On November 25, 2015 Tabitha Hicks did not return to her foster home in Fort Erie.  She was last seen on that day when she was going to meet a friend. Tabitha is a grade eleven student at Lakeshore Catholic Secondary School.
Tabitha is described as white, 5’11, thin build, medium length brown hair and wearing a dark blue Peacoat, leggings and a burgundy Victoria Secret Pink t-shirt.
Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Tabitha.  Contact Detective Constable Dan Sandel at 905-688-4111 ext 2322.

Incident Number: 15-101976
Submitted By: Dan Sandel
Approved By: David Brennan

Information on crimes can also be submitted anonymously using Crime Stoppers of Niagara.

To leave an anonymous tip, please contact Crime Stoppers via:

Telephone – 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)
Text – 274637(CRIMES), keyword Niagara, then your tip.
Crime Stoppers guarantees that you will remain anonymous through any of the methods offered to provide tips. You may also be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000 if the information leads to an arrest.

High School Hoops: Tip Off Wrapup

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Notre Dame’s Kyle Cooper grabs a rebound during the Irish’s Tip Off Tournament game against Governor Simcoe Redcoats of St. Catharines Saturday. ND went 4-0 to win the invitational tournament, their fifth in the past 13 years. The Irish defeated Ursuline (Chatham), St. Augustine (Toronto), Governor Simcoe and Thetford Black (Thetford Mines, Quebec). (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

SOUP’S ON!: Prepare To Be Bowled Over

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Jessica Soul, secretary of the Soup’s On! committee, points to the date of the upcoming soup luncheon, Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, prior to selling tickets in the foyer of the church Sunday afternoon. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

WELLAND – Chances are you’ll be bowled over by the menu for Soup’s On! 2016.

The popular soup luncheon is being held Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 at St. Kevin’s parish hall.

Tickets are on sale weekdays 9 am to 5 pm from the parish office and, in the church foyer before and after weekend Masses. The Mass schedule is: Saturdays 5 pm, Sundays 8:30 am, 10 am, 11:30 am and 5 pm.

When Soup’s On! started in 2003, the ticket price was $10 per person.

Fourteen years later, the ticket price is the same: $10 per person.

Four soups were on the inaugural menu; nine soups are on the menu for Soup’s On! 2016.

A new soupmaker, Stephanie the Lunch Lady, joins long-time participants: Blessed Trinity High School, Confederation Secondary School, Eastdale Secondary Schoool, Lakeshore Catholic, Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute and Notre Dame College School.

Stephanie Menicanin, well known at the parish as its choir director, is the face behind the Lunch Lady name.

Soup’s On! is a fundraiser for the St. Kevin Food Bank Social Justice Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to graduating Grade 12 students with interest in and commitment to social justice, and also with a record of solid academic achievement through four years of secondary school.

Soup’s On! has a noteworthy record of success: it is sold out year after year.

Tickets are available for 11 am, noon and 1 pm seatings.

Soup’s On! 2016 Soup Menu:

Blessed Trinity High School: Potato, cheddar, smoked ham

Canadian Food and Wine Institute (Niagara College): Turkey pot pie soup; AND, French Cassoulet

Confederation Secondary School: French-Canadian Pea Soup; AND, Beef, barley, roasted root vegetable

Eastdale Secondary School: Roasted tomato

Lakeshore Catholic High School: Roasted butternut squash

Notre Dame College School: Carrot with cream cheese, sage and bacon

NEW TO SOUP’S ON!: Stephanie the Lunch Lady: Onion, ale and cheddar

Flu Activity In Niagara Region

(Source: Niagara Region public health)

The Flu (Influenza) is a highly contagious infection of the nose, throat and lungs caused by the influenza virus. It can be a serious illness for some people.

Niagara Region monitors the spread of flu and flu-like illnesses on an on-going basis. During the months of October to May, activity will be reported.

Only laboratory confirmed cases are reported. Most people infected with influenza do not get laboratory testing and so actual infection numbers are likely much higher.

Weekly Flu Activity (Updated Each Friday)
Week of Influenza A Influenza B Total
Nov 22-28 0 0 0

Totals include lab confirmed cases in the community and cases associated with outbreaks in health care facilities such as hospitals and long-term care facilities.

Total Cases by City/Town
Town/City Influenza A Influenza B Total Five Year Average
Fort Erie 0 0 0 12
Grimsby 1 0 1 21
Lincoln 1 0 1 19
Niagara Falls 0 0 0 29
Niagara-on-the-Lake 0 1 1 19
Pelham 1 0 1 5
Port Colborne 0 0 0 11
St. Catharines 1 1 2 62
Thorold 0 0 0 10
Wainfleet 0 1 1 2
Welland 0 0 0 27
West Lincoln 0 0 0 13
Total 4 3 7 230


Institutional Outbreaks (Updated Each Friday)
Week of Influenza A Influenza B
Nov 22-28 0 0

Ontario and Canada’s Influenza Activity


Chambers hoops.jpgBy Bob Chambers

This is Chambers’ Corner ….. the occasional occupant of a corner of this blog, where Bob Chambers, an Evening Tribune photographer from 1957 to 1970, will present some of his photographs from that era …… Readers are asked to please comment!

Here from 1965 at a packed Eastdale Gym, Thorold Fonthill #22 goes up very high against Port Colborne. It looks to me as if the players are as athletic then as now, and in fine shape. Remember, this is FIFTY years ago, and none of these guys are thinking they’ll be a Toronto Raptor.

I don’t think this was the final night but a prelim.

I like the shot, even though I never called myself a sports photographer, I somehow managed to get a few good shots. Of course you took one shot at a time and wound the film by hand.

I wonder where these guys are now?

 Bob Chambers, Tribune photographer 1957-1970

Your comments are invited and appreciated by the photographer/author.

(Chambers’ Corner is a recurring feature on the blog.)


City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size

CITY SHORTS ART: Notre Dame's Mitchell Orosz goes up for a shot in ND's Tip Off tourney game against Governor Simcoe Redcoats this morning, The Irish led by quarters, 22-16, 34-32, 50-41 and 70-57 at game's end. Their next game is today at 130p.m. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

CITY SHORTS ART: Notre Dame’s Mitchell Orosz goes up for a shot in ND’s Tip Off tourney game against Governor Simcoe Redcoats this morning, The Irish led by quarters, 22-16, 34-32, 50-41 and 70-57 at game’s end. Their next game is today at 130p.m. (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.

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Charity gala aids local causes

Mayor Campion

Mayor Campion

WELLAND – The annual Welland Mayor’s Charity Gala, held recently, raised $20,681.23, according to an announcement on the Civic Corner page.

The funds went to the Niagara Community Foundation earmarked for Welland Mayor’s Children and Youth Fund, YMCA ProKids, Family and Childrens Services – Sponsorship Fund.

 Museum hosts Christmas open house

WELLAND –The Welland Museum is hosting its annual Christmas Open House on Saturday December 5. The event will take place at the Museum and runs from 10am – 4pm.

Please join in for a day of crafts, hot beverages, and snacks.

The gift shop is stocked with unique gifts from local crafters, artists and vendors. It is also home to the “It’s All Welland Good” t-shirts.

This year the museum will also be offering photos with Santa for $5. each.  Santa will be  present from 12 – 2 pm.

Lastly, organizers ask that all visitors kindly bring a non-perishable food item for donation to a local organization.

Library closing early Dec. 4

li brary giftsWELLAND – Welland Public Library will be closing at 5:30 pm on Friday, December 4 for its annual staff and Library Board Christmas party.



Museum offers attractive Yule greetings card

museum cardsWELLAND – Special Welland Museum Christmas Cards are now available in the museum Gift Shop.

The cards feature an image from the museum’s Archival Collection. Limited quantities are available. Visit our gift shop and get a pack of 10 cards for $12 before they’re gone.

The Welland Museum and the Gift Shop are open Tuesday-Saturday from 10-4.

Sign up for Christmas lighting bus tours

WELLAND –Bus tours will take place on December 14th & 15, enjoy the best Welland has to offer as you and your family tour the city enjoying the breathtaking lights! Christmas carols, apple cider and treats provided for all.

Confirm your spot on a bus tour early to avoid disappointment! To register: 905-735-1700 ext. 3101. Wheelchair accessible busing is available.

Fundraiser for local hospital

WELLAND – Save Our Welland Hospital is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser, Thursday, December 3 at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 4, 383 Morningstar Ave. Welland.

It begins at 6 pm with a meet and greet, followed by dinner at 6:30 pm. For tickets, 289-820-8129 Wendy or 905-932-1646 Sue. Tickets are $15 per person.

Frosty Family Fun at Mall

frostyWELLAND – Welland Public Library is hosting a seasonal activity at Seaway Mall that will be fun for the entire family.

It’s Frosty Family Fun and it’s scheduled for Saturday, December 5, 2:00-2:45 pm.

It will offer family based stories and free activities.

Meet the library team at the centre court. No registration needed.

Make a holiday door swag

WELLAND –This program, scheduled for Nov. 30 with Karin Vermeer at Welland public library, is booked to capacity!

City’s 15th annual Childrens New Year’s Eve Bash

WELLAND – Come and enjoy FREE family fun and entertainment on New Year’s Eve. Two locations, twice the fun!

The celebration is at Welland Community Wellness Complex and the Welland Main Arena from 4pm to 6 pm. Fireworks display! Join us outside along the canal bank for a thrilling fireworks display at 5:50pm. More info, 905-735-1700 ext 4000

Strudel for Christmas?

WELLAND – St  Anthony’s Croatian Catholic Church, River Road is selling frozen apple and cheese strudels. To order please call 905-735-6159.

95th Anniversary Open House WELLAND – Knights of Columbus Council #2146, is celebrating its 95th aniversary. The celebration will take place at St. Mary’s Church Hall, 90 Griffith Street tomorrow, Sunday, November 29 from 2pm-4pm. Members of council 2146 4th Degree KC members are invited to attend.

An anniversary cake and refreshments will be available. Presentations will begin at 3pm. Please join the council for the celebration of 95 years of history, charity, fraternity and patriotism in Welland.

 (City Shorts is a recurring feature on the blog, appearing Wednesdays and Saturdays.)


Noah’s Arc

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Notre Dame’s Noah Mete goes up for a shot in a Tip Off Tournament game against Governor Simcoe Redcoats of St. Catharines this morning at Notre Dame. The Irish won, 70-57 to improve their record to 3-0. Their next game is at 1:30pm against Thetford Black from Thetford Mines, Quebec. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

High School Hoops: Tip Off Tourney

DSC_1025 (3) Saturday, November 28 schedule of games:

 DILLON HALL                                                             BELCASTRO GYM

 9:00AM      Blessed Trinity vs AN Myer                       9:00AM    Governor Simcoe vs Notre Dame

10:30AM    Craig Kielburger vs Father Goetz              10:30AM   St. Augustine vs Thetford Black

12NOON    Thetford HS vs AN Myer                            12NOON   Governor Simcoe vs Ursuline

1:30PM       Thetford Black vs Notre Dame                   1:30PM     Father Goetz vs Blessed Trinity

3:00PM       Craig Kielburger vs Thetford HS                3:00PM      Ursuline vs St. Augustine

THE WEEK AHEAD: Meetings in Welland

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 Weekly Meetings
Nov.30 ’15
6:00 PM – Town and Gown Committee Meeting
LOCATION: Niagara College – Welland Campus, 300 Woodlawn Road, SAC Board Room (SA208).
Dec.1 ’15
5:00 PM – Audit Review Committee Meeting
Council Ante Room.
Dec.1 ’15
5:25 PM – Nominating Committee Meeting
Council Ante Room.
Dec.1 ’15
5:30 PM – Council Meeting in Committee-of-the-Whole In-camera (Closed to the Public), in the Council Ante Room, to discuss the following:

  • Receiving of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose.
    – Assessment Appeals update.
  • Litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board.
    – Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Games update.
  • Personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees.
    – Welland Recreational Canal Corporation update.
Dec.1 ’15
6:00 PM – Public Open House re: City of Welland New Comprehensive Zoning By-law (Background Review and By-law Review)
Room 108.
Dec.1 ’15
7:00 PM – Council Meeting, in Open Session, in the Council Chambers;

  • Public Meeting pursuant to Section 357/358 of the Municipal Act, 2001, regarding Tax Write-Offs
  • Legislated Public Hearing(s) Pursuant to the Planning Act
Dec.2 ’15
4:30 PM – Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council Meeting
LOCATION: Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.
Dec.2 ’15
4:30 PM – Water/Wastewater Committee Meeting
Council Ante Room.
Dec.2 ’15
5:00 PM – Heritage Welland Committee Meeting
Room 108.


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 City of Welland Jobs
Jan.8 ’16
4:00 PM – Volunteer Firefighter
The Volunteer Orientation session will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2015, at the 18 Rose Avenue Fire Hall starting at 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Completed applications, must be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, January 8, 2016