City Shorts: Try ’em On For Size

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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:


save the hospitalWELLAND – Save the Welland Hospital advocates have announced two meetings to further discuss how the hospital can be saved.

Building the Plan to Work Together to Save the Welland Hospital is the theme of the meetings.

They are scheduled for: Thursday, April 14, 6 p.m. at Pelham Library, Fonthill branch, Pelham Square and, Wednesday, April 20, 7 p.m. Guild Hall, 72 Charlotte St., Port Colborne.

Natalie Mehra, executive director of Ontario Health Coalition will be guest speaker at the Pelham meeting while Doug Allen, a board member on the Health Coalition will speak at the Port Colborne meeting.

The meetings are sponsored by Niagara Health Coalition, Ontario Health Coalition and Save Our Welland Hospital Committee.


MIWWELLAND –Welland has quickly become a shining star in the international spotlight. And for good reason.

According to a brief on Welland City News: With easy access to 75% of North America’s purchasing power, your products and services can get to market fast. Local, regional, provincial and national financial incentive programs – over 50 to choose from, and tailored to your specific needs – are available to help make your move. Just ask about eligibility requirements for grant and low-cost financing options.

Click here to view the website and keep informed of Welland’s economic progress


NIAGARA- ON-THE-LAKE – Niagara College is hosting a BioBlitz! A BioBlitz is a community approach to identifying as many plant and animal species on a property, in a specific time period. This is a free event and students, staff and community members are invited to come and help collect information and identify bugs, birds, amphibians, plants and more! There will be expert scientists leading citizen scientists across campus throughout the day as well as tree-planting, a litter cleanup, a touch table and other educational activities throughout the day.

The event is Saturday, April 16 at the NOTL campus, 135 Taylor Road, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Participants should dress for the weather and wear closed toed shoes, preferably hiking or rubber boots. There will be water available for participants as well as a free barbeque put on by the Student Administrative Council of Niagara College between 12:00p.m and 2:00p.m. For those who will be eating lunch, a monetary donation or a non-perishable food items will be collected to support the student food bank. Participants are asked to register here in advance.


WELLAND – Thanks to the support from the community at our Trivia Night and a generous donation from the Welland Lions Club, patrons can now visit the main branch of the Welland Public Library to design three- dimensional objects that can be printed on the Flashforge Dreamer 3D Printer!

Once you register and successfully complete a 3D printer training session, you will be ready to upload a file using the form on our website that will be printed when time allows.  Children are welcome to participate in the fun, but must be accompanied by an adult who has completed the training course. More information is available here.

All 3D prints are free-of-charge in 2016 and you can print up to 3 objects per week. Please note that while staff will make every effort to accommodate specific requests for size and colour, this may result in longer wait times for your printed objects.

For more information, drop by any Welland Public Library branch or call 905-734-6210, ext. 2521 and staff would be happy to answer any questions that you may have. To avoid disappointment, please call ahead to ensure that the printer is operational prior to your visit.

The Welland Public Library is also taking this technology on the road! If your school, service group, business or organization is interested in a free demonstration or training session, please call 905-734-6210, ext 5202 to arrange a visit!


MEDITATIONWELLAND –Local practitioner and teacher Michelle MacIntosh will be walking you through the foundations of meditation. This session will combine different meditation techniques with teaching on how regular meditation can reduce stress and help us create a happy mind.

This program will take place Wednesday, April 20, from 7 to 8:30 pm in the Community Room. To register, click here.


ALVINWELLAND – Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami… and dump them.

They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother. Saturday, April 9 from 12:30 to 2pm at Welland library’s Diamond Trail Branch.


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.


logo-notre-dameWELLAND – 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 – 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.


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