Monthly Archives: May 2016

Lyric Niagara Salutes Rodgers And Hammerstein

Appearing in the performance as the Von Trapp family children are: Ashley Boldt, Bianca Gargagliano-Canakis, Emily Lostracco, Ashley Chrisopher, Addison Doucet, Avery Fitzpatrick. Also performing is Nahum Carter-Fickling. (Supplied photo)

Appearing in the performance as the Von Trapp family children are: Ashley Boldt, Bianca Gargagliano-Canakis, Emily Lostracco, Ashley Chrisopher, Addison Doucet, Avery Fitzpatrick. Also performing is Nahum Carter-Fickling. (Supplied photo)

SPECIAL – Lyric Niagara is proud to present our third concert offering of this, our first season – A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS: A TRIBUTE TO RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN,  featuring highlights from the musicals Carousel, South Pacific, and The Sound of Music

lyric 2Come and hear beloved show tunes like June is Bustin’ Out all over, You’ll Never Walk Alone, Some Enchanted Evening, Climb Every Mountain, Edelweiss, Do-Re-Me, and So Long, Farewell!
The performance is Sunday, June 5th, 2 pm at Silver Spire United Church, (366 St. Paul Street,) St. Catharines

Featuring the soloists of Lyric Niagara, accompanied by Erika Reiman, piano — along with special guest James Medeiros. baritone and some adorable local talent as the Von Trapp family children!

Tickets are $25 regular, $20 senior, $10 child, or $50 for a family ticket.

Available online (credit card) or at the door (cash only).

City Shorts: Try ’em On For Size

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CITY SHORTS ART: Soup’s On!, held annually the last Friday in January at St. Kevin Church, is the main fundraiser for the St. Kevin Food Bank Social Justice Scholarship. See City Shorts brief below. (2016 file photo)

Compilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

city shortsCity 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 – Welland Heritage Council and Multicultural Centre is holding its International Lunches program at Welland Market Square June 7 -17 from 11:30am – 1:30pm, featuring different international foods every day! Visit Make sure you don’t miss out – purchase your tickets ahead of time at Welland Heritage Council and Multicultural Centre, 26 East Main St., Welland, open Monday to Friday 8:30-4:30


WELLAND – Twelve students are applicants for the 2016 St. Kevin Food Bank Social Justice scholarship.

Application deadline was Friday, May 20.

The applicants are from four local secondary schools. The award is in the amount of $1,000.

Applicants will be interviewed by the scholarship committee in early June. Names of the recipients are not publicly announced until the commencement ceremonies.

Last June, the committee awarded two scholarships to Notre Dame students and one to a graduate from E. L. Crossley.

Since 2004, the committee has awarded $31, 900 in scholarships and $3,150 in three special funding allocations.


WELLAND – Local Author Day is being celebrated Saturday, June 4 from 12 – 3 pm at the Main Library.

Come and meet a variety of local, published authors between 12pm and 3pm at the Main Branch of the Welland Public Library. Learn about the writing and publishing process and engage directly with some of Niagara’s most talented authors.


WELLAND – Welland Library staff will be at Rib Fest Saturday, June 4 from 10:30am to 5pm at the Niagara Regional Exhibition grounds. Stop by and see the library’s 3D Printer in action, and get information about upcoming summer programs.


WELLAND – A Strawberry Social is being held Friday, June 10 from 11am – 12:30pm at Welland Community Wellness Complex. Only 100 tickets will be available for this event; no tickets at the door.


WELLAND – Friday, June 24 is the date of Welland Heritage Council and Multicultural Centre’s 40th Annual World Ball, celebrating the diversity of local cultures! Start time: 5:30pm; at the Casa Dante, 34 Lincoln Street, Welland. $22.00 per person.


THORLD – On June 5at the 11am Mass at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church in Thorold, you are invited to join in joyous celebration on the occasion of the 65th Anniversary of Bishop John O’Mara’s priestly ordination (June 1, 2016) and the 20th Anniversary of Fr. Chris Szczepanik’s priestly ordination (May 31, 2016).

A breakfast brunch (eggs, bacon, ham, home fries, pastries, fruit, coffee/ tea/juice) will follow at the parish hall (35 Queen St. South, Thorold). Brunch tickets are $10. and will be available, in advance only, at the parish office (905·227·3178).



The 19th annual Croatian National Home golf tournament is being held Saturday, July 9 at Sparrow Lakes Golf Course.

Cost is $90 per person which includes 18 holes of golf, a golf cart, prizes and a barbequed lamb and pork dinner at the Croatian National Home.

Please contact Randy Zdelar, 905-658-7235.


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 – 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.

Gadabout Gardener

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Intrigued? Well, this beauty is Centaurea montana ‘Gold Bullion’, and is commonly known as Mountain Bluet. It enjoys full sun and turns a shade of yellow in fall. Spotted in a mixed planter in north Welland. I think it’s an eye popper. What about you? (Photo by Joe Barkovich. Gadabout Gardener is a recurring feature on the blog.)

Hot Tips!


Rob Paola (File photo)

Received these two weather updates from Rob Paola, a former Wellander now with Environment Canada based in Winnipeg. Rob enjoys following Welland’s weather from afar, keeping  close watch on what’s happening here in this neck of the woods:

Record high of 32.3C set in Welland today (May 28). Beats previous record high for date of 32.2C in 1908 & 1911;

Today’s high of 32.3C was the hottest May day in Welland since May 31 2006 (32.5C)

(Editor’s note: “Welland boy” Rob Paola is a meteorologist with Environment Canada currently working at the Prairie and Arctic Storm Prediction Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba as a supervisor and severe weather meteorologist.)

THE WEEK AHEAD: Meetings In Welland

Weekly Meetings
May.30 ’16
6:30 PM – Ward 2 Councillors Meet and Greet
– LOCATION: Chippawa Park Recreation Building, First Avenue.
Jun.1 ’16
4:30 PM – Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council Meeting
– LOCATION: Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.
Jun.1 ’16
5:00 PM – City of Welland Heritage Advisory Committee Meeting
– Room 109.
Jun.2 ’16
3:00 PM – Welland Community Wellness Complex Advisory Committee Meeting
– LOCATION: Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.


 City of Welland Jobs
Jun.3 ’16
4:00 PM – Finance Clerk
Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit a current resume by no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday June 3, 2016
Jun.10 ’16
4:00 PM – Planning Supervisor
Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit a current resume clearly marked by no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday June 10, 2016

Weather Statement Issued For Welland, Area


ISSUED: 12:01 PM EDT Saturday 28 May 2016
Special weather statement in effect for:

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

A warm and humid airmass has settled over southern Ontario. While heat warning criteria is not expected to be reached in most places, this is the first very warm and humid weather of the season.

These conditions pose a health risk when you are not used to the heat. Everyone is at risk from heat, especially older adults, infants and young children, and people with chronic illnesses. You are advised to (1) drink plenty of cool liquids before feeling thirsty, and (2) keep cool by dressing for the weather and spending a few hours each day in a cool place.

Maximum temperatures will range from 29 to 32 today. Overnight lows will range from 18 to 21 tonight.

Maximum temperatures Sunday and Monday are forecast to be in the high twenties with overnight lows in the mid to high teens.

Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment Canada at

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