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.

Remembering Doryne Kirby: ‘Could We Ask For Open Minds?’

By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

The Lives Lived piece in the Tuesday, May 24 edition of The Globe and Mail cannot go without comment.

Doryne Therese Adele Kirby was a remarkable woman and the Lives Lived reflection about her life is appropriately amazing and rich in content. Thank you Karen Hunter, Doryne’s niece by marriage, for sharing. There is also the matter of a local connection: a Loretto sister, Doryne taught at St. John Bosco School in Port Colborne early in her career. A distinguished social justice activist (among many other causes and involvements), Doryne spoke in Welland, at St. Kevin parish, as its 2011 Distinguished Speaker.

The Distinguished Speaker appearance can be credited to a reflection on poverty she had penned for Persistent Poverty, published in 2010 by the Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition. Her piece appeared in a chapter titled Theological Reflections on Poverty, one of five such submissions from writers of various faith backgrounds. After reading it, I knew she had to be part of our Distinguished Speaker series.

As I recall, before the evening started, she entertained us with snippets of her past, including a stint with a well known dance group early in her life: the Radio City Rockettes! As Karen Hunter writes, “…her passion for working for social justice was, like dancing, in her genes.”

I’m sorry I missed the notice about her passing. As late as this is, a tribute to this distinguished woman, not just distinguished speaker, is still in order. Ignoring it without even this small recognition would be an injustice. So, I’ve provided the text of her piece as it appeared in Persistent Poverty, (when in Welland, she gave me permission for its use for social justice promotion).  You should also know that her subsequent address at the parish was an extension of sorts – Don’t Give Up, an exhortation to charity, social justice and community groups to continue on in their efforts against poverty. Don’t give up!

Seeking solutions to poverty: What is the Christian response?

By Doryne Kirby

The response is love – Christian or otherwise. And what, precisely, does that mean?


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If we look at the situation of persistent poverty in Ontario, what is it we see? What repels us? Mostly what we see is the heart of those caught in the midst of the mire that is poverty. We can describe the physical poverty – and this happens all the time. Hungry children, teenagers and adults, who are all without food or have so little food they think of little else. Or else they have their minds bent on activities, however violent, that seek outlets from gnawing stomachs. How can we expect young people to find satisfaction in school, when they mingle with those who do not suffer from hunger pangs? These students are impeded from growing into a sense of their own dignity and importance.

What is the home environment of these hungering human persons in persistent poverty? True, not all of those caught in the despair of poverty will live in circumstances of disarray, or disastrous overcrowding, with dismal or diminished home furnishings. Yet the home environment will leave much to be desired. Are the children penalized and caught in a cauldron of nothingness? Do the environmental situations destroy their ability to feel good about themselves and life in general?

Love leads the way in seeing what is happening to the “person” of those caught in persistent poverty, and it urges us to move towards an alleviation of these situations.

Seeing this picture – which is more than just viewing the broad picture – is haunting especially when we see and touch the very person affected by poverty. This is looking at reality! Yes, and it is difficult to reach out and embrace the effects of poverty that crush the minds and hearts of those caught in its all-empowering grip. It is difficult to see the ugliness of the violence that so often ensues.

All children and youth, especially those consumed in persistent poverty, crave role models. When people are disrespected, they find easy outlets in untoward behaviour. The hungry heart of a youthful braggart becomes resistant to kindly overtures and is hard to love.

Our middle-class contentment in the “status quo of plenty” can cause myopic vision. Even when we clearly see the physical effects of poverty, we can find it difficult to understand its painful damaging effects. We complain and cry out at a lack of vigilance in the behavior of those abandoned to persistent poverty and then remain lacklustre about the phenomenon, not seeing its origin or taking effective action to circumvent the harmful causes.

Love gives sight beyond ugly exteriors and hears – yes, love hears – the hungry cries of an abandoned heart yearning for acceptance.

It is impossible to fully understand the persistence of poverty in Ontario. How does it happen in Canada, in Ontario, that people like you and me are so resistant to taking the steps necessary to change attitudes and engage in appropriate action towards the elimination of persistent poverty? What steps are required?

Could we ask for open minds? Can we begin by suggesting that the persistent poor are not harbingers of their own misery or not just getting what they deserve for being lazy? How about looking into the personal investments that are often made to keep the poor in their place- in order to ensure me of my own personal prosperity?

Seeking solutions will involve making an honest assessment of situations. Good solutions will see the inner persons of the sisters and brothers in our world, all of them as loving creations of an all-embracing Creator God, desirous of a world in which justice and compassionate relationships can reign supreme.

Yes, solution seekers are honest enough to say –“persistent poverty is wrong, is evil and my personal integrity is on the line if I continue to contribute to its existence, its maintenance.”

For Christians, the following of Jesus is the ultimate awareness and model of response to knowing how our generous and giving God would have us care for the less fortunate, those unaware of their own integrity and wholeness.

Never give up! This is the key to seeking the elimination of the persistent poverty that nags at the essential goodness of the people of Ontario. We do not adequately help , not because we are inherently bad but just because we are inherently blind – for the most part. Selfishness and greed and the urge to power and domination jeopardize the ability to live in healthy relationships in society. Physically, psychologically, the poorest pay for our neglect. If we perpetuate poverty, we become spiritually and emotionally deprived.

So the journey continues for each of us – imbibing to the fullest the awareness of God’s continued Presence in our midst, especially among all the poor of this world, both materially and psychologically.

The response, Christian or otherwise, can be summed up in the words of Dom Helder Camera, who once said, “When one dreams alone, it is only a dream. When we dream together, it is the beginning of reality.”

See! Judge! Act! Peer into the world and be aware of Gods’ Presence throughout the tiny aspect of Creation. This mystery of Presence in myself, in the other, prompts us towards those actions respectful of a loving God. And the inevitability of the living out of such a reality will surely have a positive influence in lessening the situation of persistent poverty in Ontario.

Note: If you would like to read the Lives Lived submission, follow the link provided:

Doryne Kirby died Feb. 19, 2016, aged 88, of cancer.

Out And About

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Downtown Welland’s isn’t the only bridge that looks good in lights! So does a long-time Dain City landmark on signs outside the Dain City House – remember when the tavern was called The Dainer? (Photo by Joe Barkovich.  Out And About is a periodic feature on the blog.)