Monthly Archives: November 2015

City Shorts: Try ’em on for size

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The Harbour Lite Singers present a concert, “Welcome the Holidays,” Sunday, November 29, 2:30 pm at Central United Church, 12 Young Street, Welland. A free-will offering will be collected in support of sponsoring a refugee family. Receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or more. (See item below)

Compilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

City ShortsCity 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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Refugee Settlement group to meet

WELLAND – The Welland Refugee Settlement Committee (a concerned group of citizens hoping to sponsor a refugee family of four to Welland) has their next meeting Sunday, November 22 at noon, at Central United Church. All are welcome.

 Ho, ho, ho Santa Parade in Rose City.

WELLAND – The city’s Santa Claus parade is being held tomorrow, Saturday, November 21.

The parade will march off at 4pm sharp from the Canadian Tire Financial Services parking lot (corner Wellington & East Main Streets) and head west on East Main to the Civic Square where Santa will turn on the Christmas lights and the Childrens’ After Party will take place. All ages welcome!

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.

Are you ready for retirement?

signsWELLAND – Join Lance Wiebe from Desjardins Financial Security and don’t miss this two-part seminar series that will empower you to ask the right questions and get the right answers.

At Welland library, main branch, Thursday, November 26, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information and to register, click here

Downtown BIA wants your brain

WELLAND – Welland Downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA) board invites all members of the downtown BIA and all those interested in attending its Brainstorming session with regards to events and promotions of downtown Welland.

The meeting is Tuesday, November 24 at Welland Museum, 140 King St., at 5:30 p.m. The meeting is to get suggestions about possible new events in the downtown and to get suggestions about current events. More info, 289-241-4599.

 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.

Make a holiday door swag

swagsWELLAND – Join Karin Vermeer Monday, November 30 from 2-4 pm at Welland 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.

 (City Shorts is a recurring feature on the blog)

Let There Be Lights! Lotsa’ Lights!


The decorative lighting at 118 Pinehurst, Welland, is dazzling. The trailer parked at the side of the driveway gives a “Griswold” touch to the scene. (Photos by Joe Barkovich)

By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

Driving along Woodlawn Road, I saw a star to the east. Okay, maybe it wasn’t a star, but it was a bright light.

DSC_2029Easy to find  the point of origin. A turn onto Trelawn, then a quick turn onto Pinehurst. And there it was.

What a display of lights and images!

It’s the work of the McCombers, who live at 118 Pinehurst. Kelly McComber says work started right after Halloween. Winners of last year’s Christmas lighting contest sponsored by the city, he says this year’s display is all new. They wouldn’t think twice of putting up the same theme two years in a row.

It has more than 30 inflatables. When I arrived they were spread out on the front yard. When I left most were up and doing their thing. The McCombers, good elves that they are, wouldn’t have me leave without seeing them in their glory.

It’s dazzling. It’s breathtaking (some will say). It’s what every little boy and girl longs to see this time of year. One thing left to be said: Bring the kids, they won’t be disappointed. And probably, neither will you.


Explore College, ‘Doors Open’


Nursing/PSW display provided warm welcome to visitors at spring 2015 open house. (File photo Joe Barkovich)

(Source: Niagara College news release)

Niagara College will offer a behind-the-scenes look at its classrooms, interactive labs and programs during its Doors Open event on Saturday, November 21 at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses.

DSC_2001 (2)The event is ideal for prospective students looking for a pathway to success, or anyone who wants to learn more about Niagara College’s specialized facilities or unique approach to applied education.

“This is a great opportunity for people to meet our students, faculty and staff and learn about Niagara College first-hand,” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson. “We invite the entire community to join us and learn about our programs and discover why the Niagara College experience is unparalleled.”

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at both campuses, and includes campus tours, interactive displays and more.

Guests will have access to a wide range of facilities and labs, and hands-on demonstrations including:

  • Nursing lab and Snoezelen Room demonstrations in the Applied Health Institute (Welland Campus);
  • A mock salon and NC blue hair extensions with hairstylist students in the Simcoe foyer (Welland Campus);
  • Engine and hybrid automotive training, machining, surveying, robot, radio and a Habitat for Humanity house display in the Rankin Technology Centre (Welland Campus);
  • Live on-air broadcasts in the Voyageur Wing (Welland Campus);
  • Culinary lab tours and brewery operations, food science demonstrations and samples in the Canadian Food and Wine Institute building (NOTL Campus);
  • Tours of the Wine Visitor + Education Centre and Niagara College Teaching Brewery (NOTL Campus);
  • Golf simulator demonstration and spa tours (NOTL Campus), and much more.Parking is free at both campuses for this event. For more information, visit
  • Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit
  • Tours are available at both campuses, departing every 30 minutes, along with residence tours, and a services fair with information regarding admissions, financial aid, graduate employment and co-op, the Centre for Student Engagement and Leadership, the Be World Ready program, the Student Success Centre and the Student Administrative Council.

Ho,ho,ho: Save The Date!


WELLAND (Supplied) – The Welland Museum is once again hosting its annual Christmas Open House on Saturday December 5, 2015. 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 $5.00 each. The Santa, as pictured in the poster, will be here from 12 – 2 pm.

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


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 8-14 2 1 3

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 8-14 0 0

FAITH: Taizé Prayer For Advent

Taizé Prayer for Advent will be held at the Parish Community of St. Kevin, 303 Niagara St., Welland on Tuesday, December 1 at 7 p.m. Taizé Prayer takes place at the Welland parish four times a year: Lent, Pentecost (pictured), Thanksgiving and Advent. Taizé is rich in music, song, chant and prayer, there is no preaching. The service is open to the community. (File photo/Joe Barkovich)

Taizé Prayer for Advent will be held at the Parish Community of St. Kevin, 303 Niagara St. on Tuesday, December 1 at 7 p.m. Taizé Prayer takes place at the Welland parish four times a year: Lent, Pentecost (pictured), Thanksgiving and Advent. Taizé is rich in music, song, chant and prayer, there is no preaching. The service is open to the community. (File photo/Joe Barkovich)

HIGH SCHOOL HOOPS: Tip Off Tourney Draw

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 (Quebec)


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 Govenor 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 Govenor 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    Govenor 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   Govenor 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!

Tournament story to follow

WELLAND: ‘Heartfelt Prayers’ For Paris

By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

thY627S6E6WELLAND – Kudos to someone at the City of Welland.

A message was posted in the aftermath of the attacks and bloodshed in Paris, France, on Friday:

“Our thoughts and most heartfelt prayers are with the people of Paris, France, following the senseless tragedy in six locations across the City of Paris today.”

A small but class act, I’d say. A collaborative effort on the part of city staff, is my guess. ‘Well done’, we need to say.

The website also provides a link to the ongoing coverage provided by US media outlet CNN.

Posts on social media are also reporting that the Main Street bridge this evening will be illuminated in the colours of the Tricolore, the French flag: blue, white and red.