Monthly Archives: November 2015

Flames Cause For Alarm

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By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

WELLAND – Welland firefighters responded to the scene of a reported fire at the under-construction Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, Niagara College, Thursday night.

Spectators said some flames were seen on the roof and accompanying smoke but the fire was soon out. One person said it is believed the fire was tar related. The smell of tar was stuck in the night air long after the firefighters had done their work.

The fire was reported shortly after 7:30 p.m. There was nothing left to see, in terms of action, by the time I arrived around 8:30 p.m.

High School Hoops: Tip Off Tournament

DSC_1025 (3)17th Annual Tip Off Tournament

Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28

Notre Dame College School

GROUP 1                                                                                GROUP 2

Notre Dame                                                                             AN Myer

St. Augustine  (Brampton)                                                Father Goetz (Mississauga)

Governor Simcoe                                                                   Blessed Trinity

Ursuline (Chatham)                                                               Craig Kielburger Secondary (Milton)

Thetford Academy Black (Thetford Mines, Quebec)    Thetford Academy HS


Friday, November 27th

DILLON HALL                                                           BELCASTRO GYM

10:00AM   Thetford HS vs Blessed Trinity          10:00AM   Ursuline vs Thetford Black

11:30AM   St. Augustine vs Governor Simcoe           11:30AM   AN Myer vs Father Goetz

1:15PM      Notre Dame vs Ursuline                              1:00PM  Blessed Trinity vs Craig Kielburger

4:00PM       Thetford Black vs Governor Simcoe             4:00PM      AN Myer vs Craig Kielburger

5:30PM       Notre Dame vs St. Augustine                      5:30PM      Father Goetz vs Thetford HS

 Saturday, November 28

 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


Each team is guaranteed 4 games.

The team in BOLD is considered the home team.

The top team in each group will receive Tournament T-shirts.

FAITH: Diocese To Celebrate Year of Mercy

The Door of Mercy at the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria

With the opening of the Door of Mercy we remember:– The mystery of God, rich in mercy and compassion (Eph 2:4 and Jas 5:11), manifested and brought about in Christ, the Father’s face of mercy (MV, 1), continually at work through the gift of the Holy Spirit (Jn 20:22-23);
– the recognition of Christ as the sole door through which we enter salvation (cf. Jn 10:9) and the one way that leads to the Father (Jn 14:6);
– the Church’s ongoing pilgrimage toward “Jesus Christ (who) is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb 13:8).

The ritual opening of the Holy Door of Mercy in the Basilica of St. Peter will occur on December 8 on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. This will mark the official start of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Pope Francis is asking that in every diocese and in churches and shrines designated by the diocesan bishop, there will also be a celebration of the rite of opening of the Holy Door in unity with the Universal Church so all can participate and obtain the indulgences promised in this Jubilee Year.

The Diocese of St. Catharines will celebrate the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy and the opening of the Door of Mercy with Mass at the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria on Sunday December 8 at 7pm.

(Source: Diocese of St. Catharines website)

City Shorts: Try ’em on for size

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CITY SHORTS ART: Welland Museum is selling these attractive greeting cards. Please see item below in Shorts column. (Supplied photo)

Compilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

City Shorts

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Committee co-chairs named

WELLAND – Andre Roy and Maria Lallouet are co-chairs of the city’s 150th Anniversary of Canada’s Confederation committee.

The ad hoc committee 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.

The committee’s members were chosen after a request was made for volunteers for the committee. In addition to the co-chairs, those chosen as members are: Councillor Bonnie Fokkens, Helen Galeota, Teresa Haydon, Debi Katsmar, Kay Annable, James Takeo, Amanda Deschenes, Bernice Booth, Stephanie Hicks, Steve Canjar, Margaret Skinner, Josie Faccini, John Huehnl-Cadwell, Don Romano, Cheryl Edwards, Sandra Phillipson-MacPhee.

 Museum offers ho, ho, ho Yule greetings card

untitledWELLAND – 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 the 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.

Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Day

WELLAND – Niagara Region’s Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Committee presents the annual Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Day Community Social, Thursday, December 3 from 5 pm – 8 pm

It will offer dinner, drumming and speakers  for family and friends.

This social is being held in Central United Church hall, 12 Young Street. For more info, contact Sarah Burtch, Positive Living Niagara, 905-984-868.

Residential lighting contest starts; nominate your neighbour

WELLAND – The Welland Winter Lights Committee invites you to show off your winter spirit! In keeping with energy conservation best practices, all houses entered must use energy efficient lighting (Exclusively LED or fluorescent lights). Houses will be judged on the following criteria: Balance/Suitability • Colour/Special • Innovation/Creativity/Fun • Buzz” Factor

Do you have a beautifully lit house in your neighbourhood? Nomination forms are being accepted as of November 16 at Civic Square (60 East Main Street) and the Welland Community Wellness Complex (145 Lincoln Street).

Bus tours will take place on December 14 & 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 available.

New service provider for Niagara Specialized Transit

NIAGARA REGION – Niagara Specialized Transit will soon have a new look and new service provider. On Dec. 1, 2015 BTS Network Inc. will officially become the new service provider for Niagara Specialized Transit.

Niagara Specialized Transit is an inter-municipal transit service intended for persons who, due to a functional mobility problem, are physically unable to board a conventional transit vehicle or walk a distance of 175 m (approximately 600 ft.). Niagara Specialized Transit is only available for travel to medical appointments, education and employment purposes.

BTS Network Inc., the new service provider, has been in the transportation business for more than forty years. BTS currently provides transportation services to individuals, groups and organizations across North America.

For the month of November the Red Cross, the current provider, will continue to provide Niagara Specialized Transit service on behalf of Niagara Region. There will be no service interruptions for clients of Niagara Specialized Transit.

To book a trip on Niagara Specialized Transit please call the booking line directly at 905-680-2052. If you experience any difficulties booking trips during this transition period please call Niagara Specialized Transit at 905-980-6000 and ask for Specialized Transit or dial ext. 3336.

The current fares for Niagara Specialized Transit will remain unchanged for the remainder of 2015. Any trips previously booked or paid for will be honoured by the new service provider.

Fundraiser for local hospital

save the hospitalWELLAND – 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, from 2 to 2:45 pm.

It will offer family based stories and free activities.

Meet the library team at the mall’s centre court. No registration needed.

Make a holiday door swag

WELLAND – Join Karin Vermeer Monday, November 30 from 2-4 pm at swagsWelland public library and create a fantastic, fresh, and fragrant door swag using lovely holiday boughs to welcome your guests into your home!

What to bring? Gloves and your pruners Cost: $10. per person. All supplies will be provided. Register here.

 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 on 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 3 pm. 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, now appearing Wednesdays and Saturdays.)

Tip Off Tourney: ‘Early test for all competing teams’

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By Mike Rao

The history of the Notre Dame Tip Off tournament dates back to 1983. Its origin is in the first Father Fogarty tournament held at Notre Dame College School. It was the brainchild of John “Boxer” Belcastro. The responsibility for running the tournament fell on Coaches Ralph Nero, Mike Rao and David Fucile.

Mike Rao:'Including the public schools into our tournament has opened up many doors for Notre Dame Basketball.'

Mike Rao:’Including the public schools into our tournament has opened up many doors for Notre Dame Basketball.’

In the beginning the invitation went out to the four strongest Catholic schools we could get. We invited four Senior and four Junior teams. Some of the earlier teams included Denis Morris, St. Michael’s Toronto, Brantford St. John’s, St. Pat’s Windsor, Mother Teresa Toronto, Hamilton Cathedral and Notre Dame Burlington to name a few. We ran the tournament in this format for many successful years.

In 1997 we decided to expand the Senior Boys side of the tournament. The Tip Off tournament draw usually invited 16 teams. This tournament is designed to be an early test for all competing teams. We changed the name of the tournament because we sought to get the best competition in the province. We needed to include many of the public schools in order to keep the tournament competitive. Including the public schools into our tournament has opened up many doors for Notre Dame Basketball. We were now able to showcase our talented players across the province. Many coaches enjoyed the fight our teams showed over the past years and invited us to their tournaments.

Although, we regularly compete with the best teams, we have only won our own tournament 4 times in the last 12 years. We enjoy the competition and are proud to bring in the first Quebec teams into the 2015 Tip Off. This tournament has allowed our better players to gauge their skill level with the best in the province. Many of our players have enjoyed a successful career in basketball at the university and college ranks. We have a tremendous facility which creates a great draw into the tournament.

Notre Dame is very proud of all our graduating players. This tournament is an expression of our appreciation for the dedication and love our players show towards Notre Dame Basketball.

(Mike Rao is head coach of the Notre Dame senior boys basketball team.)

Thursday: The tournament draw is provided again on the blog.