City Shorts: Try ‘Em On For Size

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Notre Dame’s Lee Croft goes up for a shot during the Irish’s opening round game in the 61st Tribune Basketball Tournament Wednesday Night. Notre Dame beat Port Colborne 49-24. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

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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:

Compiled by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

 Roy Adams award nominations open


T. Roy Adams

WELLAND – The prestigious,T. Roy Adams Humanitarian of the Year is awarded annually by Niagara Region to a current resident of Niagara to honour the memory of the late T. Roy Adams. This is the fourteenth year of the Award.

The recipient will be someone who best exemplifies Roy’s values and dedication to community service; a person who sees volunteerism as an integral part of their life. T. Roy Adams was an eminent Niagaran, well known throughout the Region, Canada, and abroad for his service to God, his country and his fellow citizens. The deadline for receiving nominations is March 31, 2016. For further information and nomination form please visit, or contact Sharon McNames at 905-685-4225 ext 3224, or by email at

 Christmas tree collection – January 9

christmas treeTHOROLD –What to do with your Christmas tree? The following guidelines are found on the Region’s website:

Place tree at the end of your driveway no later than 7 a.m.;

Remove all decorations (bulbs, tinsel, lights, etc.) prior to collection;

Do not place Christmas trees on top of or inside a snow bank;

Do not place tree inside a bag.

Also, take note: Artificial trees are not collected. Use the large item collection service to dispose of artificial trees.

Open meeting re: operating, capital budgets

WELLAND -The City of Welland Budget Review Committee will be holding an open meeting to obtain input from members of the public regarding the City’s 2016 Water and Wastewater Operating & Capital Budgets and 2017-2025 Capital Forecast.

The meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 11, at 5:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 60 East Main Street, Welland.

The following information is now available, at no cost, at the City of Welland, Finance Division, 60 East Main Street, Welland, Ontario, and can be downloaded here.

Proposed 2016 Water/Wastewater Operating Budgets

Proposed 2016 Water and Sewer Rate Schedule

2017-2025 Water/Wastewater Capital Budget Forecast

Any person who attends has the opportunity to make a presentation with respect to the 2016 Water and Wastewater Operating and Capital Budgets and 2017-2025 Capital Forecast. For recordkeeping purposes, a copy of your presentation is to be submitted to the Clerk at the meeting. In order for the Committee to hear from as many residents as possible, presentations are limited to 10 minutes per presenter.

If you are unable to attend the public meeting, you can provide written comments to the City Clerk at 60 East Main Street, Welland, ON, L3B 3X4 or via e-mail at

The proposed date for the Council of the Corporation of the City of Welland to consider adoption of the 2016 Water/Wastewater Operating & Capital Budgets is January 26, 2016.

 Welland Library film club January 17

WELLAND – The library’s new Film Club meets on the third Sunday of the month from 2:30 – 4pm., ages 14and up.

Are you interested in exploring basic film techniques? Or maybe you have experience with creating short films and enjoy sharing your skills. Either way, join the club and meet fellow film enthusiasts. Register here.

Family Literacy Day at both library branches

WELLAND – Welland library is celebrating Family Literacy Day on Saturday, January 23 at both library branches.

Times: Main Branch: 10:30 – 11:30 am | Diamond Trail Branch: 1:00 – 2:00pm

Come with your family and friends to play Book BINGO and/or Library-opoly. There are prizes to be won, snacks to enjoy, and fun for all!

Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.

Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development. Even just 15 minutes a day can improve a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help parents improve their skills as well.

Hoof it with the Welland mayor

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WELLAND – Put your best foot forward with Welland Mayor Frank Campion.

Join the mayor’s Monday walk on Merritt Island, commencing Monday, January 11.

Meet at the island’s parking lot at 7:30am for a 40-minute walk.

Alumni association seeks registrants for new website


WELLAND – Notre Dame College School Alumni Association is inviting all alumni to register on its new website in order to re-establish the association’s contact list.

Once logged in and registered you will be able to peruse over 65 years of Notre Dame yearbooks online.

Please register at

 Writers Gathering returns January 24

WELLAND – The Writers Gathering at Welland Public Library is a group of creative individuals who wish to openly share ideas, discuss work in progress, and ultimately, have fun! This group is open to everyone aged 14 and up.

This program returns Sunday, January 24 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. No registration is required.

Theatre group to stage two plays

WELLAND – Canalside Players 2016 season is coming up.

First on the playbill is Marriage is Murder, a Valentine’s Day murder mystery. It’s being staged – you guessed it – Sunday, February 14. Tickets will be available soon.

The second production, Bemused, will take to the stage in May. Auditions are being held this month.

 (City Shorts is a recurring feature on the blog appearing most Wednesdays and Saturdays. Send submissions to:


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