Monthly Archives: March 2016

New Court In Welland

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An image of the Provincial Offences Court that will be built at East Main and Duncan Street, the site of the long-time Empire School and for a short period, DSBN Academy, now closed. It’s viewed as a major project for Welland, one that keeps the court services here instead of seeing them lost to another city in the region. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

Crash At Busy North Welland Intersection

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Emergency vehicles block off part of the Woodlawn Road – First Avenue intersection following a collision shortly before 4:30 p.m. The vehicles involved are situated just in front of the NRP black and white facing east on Woodlawn.

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Paramedics and a woman, believed to be a passenger, in this vehicle involved in the collision. No report on injuries, if any, at this time. (Photos by Joe Barkovich)

City Shorts: Try ’em On For Size


CITY SHORTS ART: Dusk falls, parking lots all but deserted, storm clouds gathering overhead. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

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:


WELLAND – Niagara College’s Spring Open House will offer prospective students and the public a behind-the-scenes look at Niagara College’s unique programs, services and facilities.


Prospective students  get the lowdown on media studies programs at 2015 open house. (File photo )

The college will open the doors of its Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses Saturday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the annual event, which will feature program information sessions, interactive displays and exhibits, tours and tastings, live entertainment and more.

“Our Spring Open House really showcases the entire Niagara College experience,” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson. “Whether you’re planning the next step in your education pathway or you just want to learn more about the exciting work we’re doing, this is a great way to tour our facilities and meet our faculty and staff.”

Both campuses will feature interactive displays and information for NC’s more than 100 academic programs. The day will also include campus and residence tours, financial planning workshops, a services fair, community activities, live entertainment, plant sales by the Niagara College Greenhouse, tastings hosted by the Niagara College Teaching Brewery and Teaching Winery, bread sales by the Bench-to-Go Bake Shop, and more.

Guests can also enter a draw to win $3,000 toward tuition for a new program intake. Full details on the contest, as well as a schedule of activities, directions and parking information are available online at


WELLAND – Welland-Port Colborne branch of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association (ORMTA) is hosting a student scholarship fund-raising concert Sunday, April 10, at 2 pm at Central United Church, 12 Young Street, Welland.

It features a variety of skilled local musicians playing selections from diverse genres of music including classical, opera, jazz, and musical theatre.


WELLAND – The annual Spring Cleanup at Holy Cross Cemetery begins Monday, April 11. All wreaths, tin cans, glass jars, flower pots, and similar articles not removed will be disposed of on April 11.

If anyone is unable to pick up their wreaths, etc. by that date they can call the cemetery at 905.734.4172 and make arrangements for the staff to hold the articles for a short period of time until they are able to come to the cemetery to pick them up.


poetryWELLAND – To celebrate National Poetry Month, Welland library is bringing back its Facebook Poetry Contest. The poem with the most votes over the month of April wins a $200 gift certificate to the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. This contest is open to poets of all ages. The library encourages everyone to head to its Facebook Page, click the link to submit an original poem and start getting votes to win!

The winner will be announced at the Poetry Month Coffeehouse event taking place Friday, May 6. Doors open at 6:30 pm. The coffeehouse will allow aspiring poets to share their poetry as well as listen to a reading from Adam Dickinson, local award winning poet and professor at Brock University, and local poet Keith Inman. Enjoy coffee and snacks provided by The Black Sheep Lounge. Free tickets can be picked up at the Circulation Desk at either branch. For more information, please call 905-734-6210 ext. 2521.Please see ‘Terms and Conditions’, on the library’s website.


WELLAND – Knights of Columbus Council #2146 is holding its annual fundraiser, a pasta dinner, on April 29 at Casa Dante, Lincoln Street, Welland.

The evening also features a 50/50 draw, silent auction and penny sale. All proceeds go to Welland St Vincent de Paul Society. Doors open at 5:30, dinner served at 6:30. To purchase or reserve tickets, call Pat, 905. 732. 9475.


WELLAND – The Notre Dame College School Alumni Association is inviting all alumni to register on its new website in order to re-establish the contact list. Once logged in and registered you will be able to peruse over 65 years of Notre Dame yearbooks online. Please register at Click on Notre Dame Alumni.


WELLAND – Apply to be this year’s Welland Rose Queen! Applications are available at the Rose Festival Office, 30 East Main Street in downtown Welland.


WELLAND – Welland and Port Colborne Pro-Life annual dinner meeting is Saturday, April 30, at St. Anthony’s Church Hall, 360 River Road, Welland.

Registration is at 6pm followed by dinner at 6:30pm. Guest Speaker is Jim Hughes, president of Campaign Life Coalition. Tickets are $30 per adult, $25 for students and $15 for children 12 and under. Please call 905.714.0547 to reserve your ticket.


WELLAND – Learn to start your own business. This eight- week program begins April 4 at the Welland Heritage Council and Multicultural Centre, micro loan and mentorship opportunity available. Please contact Lori for more information. 905-732-5337 x128


WELLAND – Tickets go on sale for Bemused, Wednesday, April 6. This screwball comedy about showbiz is filled with love, laughter and song and is being staged at the Welland Community Wellness Complex Theatre, May 6, May 7, May 8, May 13 and May 14. Tickets available at the Wellness Complex office.


WELLAND – Meet Mayor Frank Campion at the Merritt Island parking lot Monday mornings at 7:30 a.m. for a 40-minute walk on Merritt Island.


Niagara College: A Celebration Of National Poetry Month


(Source: Niagara College website)

Four celebrated poets, one unforgettable event – that’s what Niagara College has in store to kick off National Poetry Month in April.

The public is welcome to join the College community for Ode to the Road. The free poetry event will be held on April 4 (1 to 3 p.m.) at Benchmark Restaurant, located at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.

Niagara College's Eva Tihanyi

Niagara College’s Eva Tihanyi

Co-organized by College faculty member and author Eva Tihanyi, and NC Libraries director Karen McGrath, the event will feature presentations by accomplished poets including Tihanyi, as well as special guests Susan Glickman, Andrea Thompson and Patricia Keeney. All four presenters are known as masters of their craft with many published works between them.

This will be the first poetry event at the College for Tihanyi, who has been a professor in the English department since 2000 and has been working at the College since 1989. She noted the idea for the event was sparked by her wish to mark National Poetry Month as well as the upcoming release of her new poetry book – The Largeness of Rescue – which will be officially launched in Toronto this spring.

“I thought it would be a great idea to have a group reading with other poets,” said Tihanyi. “I am very excited about this event because it brings poetry both to the college and the Niagara community at large. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that ‘we need poets to change the world’ so what better time than now to host a poetry event at Niagara College.”

Additional event details are available on the NC Libraries website at:

National Poetry Month was established by the League of Canadian Poets and the theme for 2016 is ‘The Road.’ View the League of Canadian Poets website here:

About the theme

The theme of National Poetry Month set out by the League of Canadian Poets is the Road.  NC Libraries is honoring Canadian poets with our own event Ode to the Road. The event praises all the roads taken, all the roads not taken and where the next road might take us. If you can’t find a road that will take you where you want to go, blaze your own trail. Join us on our road trip as we celebrate “The Road”.

Gusty Winds Today


POSTED: 8:53 AM EDT Monday 28 March 2016, Environment Canada
Special weather statement in effect for:

  • Niagara Falls – Welland – Southern Niagara Region
  • St. Catharines – Grimsby – Northern Niagara Region

Gusty southwesterly winds will spread across the regions this morning then shift to northwest this afternoon. Occasional wind gusts to 80 km/h are expected, mainly this afternoon.

Loose objects may be tossed by the wind.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports to #ONStorm.