Compilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large
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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?
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
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
WELLAND – 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)
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.
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.
(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.
“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 http://www.niagaracollege.ca/doorsopen.
- 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 http://www.niagaracollege.ca
- 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.
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.
(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.
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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.
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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
By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large
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.