City Shorts: Try ’em On For Size


Popular fundraiser coming this weekend!

Compilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

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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:

Post repairs underway at Welland market

MarketSquarePostPictureWELLAND –The Market Square Post Repairs Project started Feb. 1st and will conclude in approximately 2 ½ weeks, according to a post on the city’s website.

All the steel posts holding up the overhanging canopies of the Heritage building are being examined and re-secured. Over the years, the weather has taken a toll on these posts, to the point where some had rotted through. The City did a temporary fix by securing concrete collars at each base.

Now the city is digging down at each post to determine the extent of the deterioration and re-securing each pillar so that the strength and integrity of each post will not be an issue for the next 50 years.

This means that there may be some inconvenience to the vendors and public for the next 2 ½ weeks while the construction takes place. The end result will be an improved and safe building once again.

Arresting images on view

opp2WELLAND – Now at the Welland Museum – an award winning travelling exhibition from the OPP Museum, features a rare collection of historical mug shots dating from 1886-1908.

The exhibit runs until May 21, 2016 at the local museum, on King Street. Pictured: Lillie Williams: arrested August 11, 1901 (2000.28.141). More details at the exhibit. Photo courtesy of The OPP Museum.

Niagara Counts: Volunteers needed for April 5

niagara-countsTHOROLD – Niagara Counts is part of a national strategy to help determine the extent of homelessness.

About 30 communities across Canada, including Niagara, will be conducting Point-in-Time Counts providing a snapshot of homelessness at a given point in time.

This involves counting and surveying those in the community who experience absolute homelessness (those living outside or in emergency shelters). The Count will help us better understand who is homeless and what their needs are.

A successful count will allow the Niagara community to: Identify the number of absolute homeless individuals in our community at a given point in time; Identify the characteristics and needs of the homeless; Provide baseline data so we can measure our progress towards ending homelessness; Increase public awareness about homelessness; Enhance our ability to test the effectiveness of programs and services aimed at ending homelessness

Conducting a successful count will require volunteers who will work together in teams of three to identify and survey individuals who are homeless. Volunteers are needed April 5 from 5 – 8 a.m.

For more information about the program and how to register to be a volunteer, visit the Region’s website.

High school hoops: Catholic Classic in St. Cats

DSC_0106 (6)CATHARINES – Notre Dame will tip off against St. Jean de Brebeuf from Hamilton in the Ontario Catholic Classic Basketball Tournament February 12 – 13 in St. Catharines.

Game venues for the Catholic Classic are Denis Morris and Holy Cross gyms.

Sixteen teams from Catholic high schools around the province are taking part.

The Irish and Brebeuf will play Friday, February 12, 12:30 p.m. at Holy Cross.

The winner advances to the championship side of the bracket and will play Friday 6:30 p.m. at Denis Morris. The loser moves on to the consolation side and will play Friday 6:30 p.m. at Holy Cross.

The two championship games are scheduled for Saturday at Denis Morris, with tip off in the consolation championship at 6 p.m. and the championship game at 7:30 p.m.

 Monday is deadline to apply


Interested in a place at the table?

WELLAND – There is still time to submit applications for appointments to various city advisory committees in need of new members. This is due to extension of the deadline to submit applications.

Applications must be received in the Office of the City Clerk on or before 4:30 p.m., Monday, February 8.

For more information, including names of committees in need of new members, visit the city’s website.

SWIFT workshop in the Rose City

WELLAND –-The South Western Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) initiative is a project to build an ultra high-speed fibre optic Internet network for everyone in Western Ontario and Niagara. The project is being led by a partnership of 16 regional and local municipalities in Southern Ontario. The project’s aim is to provide access to fibre-optic high-speed Internet access for 3.5 million Ontarians living in rural areas.

Niagara Region has signed on as a partner to the SWIFT project. A feasibility study, outlining the resources needed to make this a reality in Niagara, is currently being created, and will be completed in the first quarter of 2016.

A community engagement workshop is being held in Welland: Date: Friday, Feb. 5, Time: 9 a.m. – noon Location: Welland Civic Square – Room 108/109 For more information about SWIFT, and to register for the workshop, visit the Region’s website.

 Hoof it with the Welland mayor

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

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

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

  (City Shorts is a recurring feature on the blog appearing most often on Wednesdays and Saturdays, or otherwise as circumstances arise. Send submissions to:


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