Monthly Archives: May 2016

THE WEEK AHEAD: Meetings In Welland

Weekly Meetings
MONDAY, MAY 23 – VICTORIA DAY – CIVIC SQUARE CLOSED
Tuesday
May.24 ’16
6:20 PM – Special Council Meeting in Committee-of-the-Whole In-camera (Closed to the Public), in the Council Ante Room, to discuss the following:

  • Proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board.
    – Request for extension to Draft Plan Approval.
    – Rice Road lease renewal.
  • Personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees.
    – Tax Registration Update – 870 Niagara Street & 1030 Niagara Street.
Tuesday
May.24 ’16
7:00 PM – Special Council Meeting, in Open Session, in the Council Chambers, FOLLOWED BY a General Committee Meeting, in Open Session, in the Council Chambers.
Wednesday
May.25 ’16
4:00 PM – Welland Arenas Advisory Committee Meeting
– LOCATION: Main Arena, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 501 King Street.

City Shorts: Try ’em On For Size

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CITY SHORTS ART: High school rowers get their rowing shell into the water near the South Niagara Rowing Club boat house Thursday evening. The club’s annual high school regatta takes place this weekend. See City Shorts brief below. (Photo by Joe Barkovich.)

Compilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

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: fromareportersnotebook@gmail.com

 BIG HIGH SCHOOL REGATTA HERE THIS WEEKEND

WELLAND – The 38th annual South Niagara High School Invitational Regatta kicks off the rowing season here this weekend.

About 1,200 competitors from 73 teams will compete on the Great Dain course at Dain City. Racing takes places Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22. The first race both days is at 8 a.m.

Local schools taking part include E.L. Crossley, Notre Dame, Jean Vanier, Centennial and Lakeshore Catholic.

Spectator parking is available at the former John Deere parking lot, donation is $5. Free shuttle bus service is provided to and from the racing course finish line, south of the Dain City bridge.

 POPULAR PLANT SALE MAY 21

WELLAND – Welland Horticultural Society’s annual plant sale is a growing experience.

It is being held Saturday, May 21 at the Exhibition grounds, Building B, 1100 Niagara Street North. Hours are 9am to noon.

It features annuals, perennials, shrubs and more. Experienced gardeners to answer your gardening questions will be on hand.

 CELEBRATE VICTORIA DAY SUNDAY EVENING

WELLAND – The Victoria Day Glow Party and Fireworks Display is being held Sunday, May 22 at Welland Sports Complex; 90 Quaker Road, Welland.

Family activities at 7pm; fireworks at dusk (rain date for fireworks only Monday May 23, 2016); Admission is FREE

LIBRARY CLOSED ON VICTORIA DAY HOLIDAY

WELLAND –Both library branches will be closed on Monday, May 23 for Victoria Day. There are no items due on May 23, and you can place holds, check out e-books and renew your items any time, using our catalogue. Library staff hope you have a fun and safe long weekend! For full info on City of Welland holiday hours, see the city’s webpage.

 COMPOST GIVEAWAY

WELLAND – Residents can pick-up compost at the following two landfill sites to May 31:

Bridge Street, Fort Erie (for all residents in Niagara region)

Niagara Road 12, West Lincoln (for residents of Grimsby, Lincoln, West Lincoln and Pelham)

Restrictions and Details:While quantities last, or until May 31, 2016;Residents load the compost themselves – bring shovels and containers;Compost is bulk, not bagged;Maximum of 1 cubic meter per resident;Loads have to be secured and covered properly;Loads can not exceed vehicle weight limits.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG DROP-OFF DAY

WELLAND – Niagara Region Public Health in partnership with Niagara Regional Police Service, Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and the Ontario Pharmacists’ Association will be holding “Prescription Drug Drop-Off”.Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

This is an anonymous program – Feel free to remove any labels or black them out with a marker. No questions will be asked. All returned medications will be taken by police to be incinerated. This process is similar to what happens when they are dropped off at pharmacies.

In Welland, the drop-off site is Niagara Regional Police station, 5 Lincoln St.

 HERITAGE COUNCIL’S INTERNATIONAL LUNCHES

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 http://www.wellandheritagecouncil.com. 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

ROSE QUEEN CONTEST UPDATE

WELLAND – Nine contestants have come forward for the 2016 Welland Rose Queen title and the applications are now closed, said Rose Fest chair Allen Bunyan. Watch for more announcements about the contest.

 WELLAND LIBRARY IS HOLDING A TRUNK SALE

WELLAND – Do you have treasures to sell?

Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 28. The trunk sale will be held in the lower parking lot (behind the Court House) from 8 am to 12 pm.  Booking proceeds will support new technology for the Welland Public Library.

Only $20 for a spot until May 25, or $30 thereafter. Contact 905 734 6210 x 2527 to book your space or get more information.Come and find collectibles, books, games and more. More information is available here.

ND ALUMNI CAN REGISTER ON NEW WEBSITE

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 www.notredamewelland.com. Click on Notre Dame Alumni.

HOOF IT WITH WELLAND’S MAYOR

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.

 

Pilgrimage: ‘An Exploration Of Faith, History, Culture and Fellowship’

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Our group in the square outside the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The Cathedral marked the end of our pilgrimage.

From April 24 to May 2, nine Notre Dame students, two teachers and 16 family members and community friends took part in a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. It was a very special and unique way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Notre Dame’s annual pilgrimage for the developing world. We encountered many pilgrims from all over the world walking in faith and solidarity. While in Portugal, we also had the opportunity to visit Fatima, Guimaraes, Braga and Porto – the entire trip was an exploration of faith, history, culture and fellowship. Many thanks to those who supported this trip and helped make it happen, most notably  principal Ralph DeFazio and Ineke Brinkman of Brinkman Travel. – Carol Berkhout.

Editor’s note: Students who took part in the pilgrimage were asked to write short reminiscences about the experience for posting on the blog. So far two provided responses as did one parent. They appear below. If others care to do so and to submit a photo that is special to them, they can still send responses and images to: joe0606barko@gmail.com

By Mary Petriw

What was the Camino experience like for me? It was a question I heard a lot after the trip, but I could never find a good answer for it. It has taken me a while to reflect on what this trip has meant to me.

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From left: Mary, Phyllis, Ernestine

First off, I can talk about one of the easiest thing that comes to mind when I think about this trip, the social experience. The camaraderie and companionship that we all felt towards one another. There was no one left behind at the end of our group, no matter how long it took. I could sense some anxiety at the beginning of the trip for the student and adult groups but by the end of the trip, we were all joking and laughing together.

It was about family for me. Having my mom and grandma on the trip creates a special connection in our family that I’ll always treasure.

Lastly, spiritually. I had a tough time with this one and it took a lot of reflection for me to find an answer. I think everyone took their time to reflect and have their own spiritual journey. Overall, it has been one of the greatest experiences that I know I will remember always.

By Phyllis Colton

The trip to Portugal and Spain was special to me because I did it with my daughter Mary and mother-in-law (Ernestine Petriw). I tried to prepare, and still wasn’t in good shape – but I am proud to say I walked those 53 km!

I enjoy seeing Mary interacting with other people- maybe that is special because I am a parent.  I really loved when we sat down to our communal meals, and talked about our day, and getting to know one another.  Wayne was really good to stick with me on the last day – that was pretty special too. It was pretty amazing when I saw the crypt where the bones of St. James are – this was an apostle who walked with Jesus.

I loved the countryside; we were blessed that the weather was clear and not too hot. Seeing all the other pilgrims, thinking about the people who have made the same journey over the centuries, how easy we had it compared to so many others, the meaning of a pilgrimage – my head still spins!

By Kaitlyn Michener

Personally, visiting Spain and Portugal was the experience of a lifetime. I made amazing connections with everyone who came on the trip and brought back many memories.

To me, the trip meant a lot because our group got to visit the place and walk the path that inspired the pilgrimage at Notre Dame.

Meeting people from all over the world and learning why they were walking the pilgrimage was amazing. In my opinion, the highlight of the trip was all of the connections I made with new people while being able to explore a new place and see new things.

 

Gadabout Gardener

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TULIP TRIBUTE – Enjoy them while they last, which won’t be long. These beauties are in Chippawa Park, the venue for the city’s annual free, used tulip bulb giveaway, this year on Thursday, May 19, at the maintenance building, First Avenue and Fitch Street. Distribution will be by horticultural staff of the parks section. Varieties, colours and quantities are limited and will be distributed on a first-come basis. The limit is two dozen bulbs per Welland resident. If you go, be sure to bring a container with you in which to carry them home. The time is 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. But remember: absolutely no bulbs will be released before 8 a.m. (Photos by Joe Barkovich. Gadabout Gardener is a recurring feature on the blog.)

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THE WEEK AHEAD: Meetings In Welland

Weekly Meetings
Monday
May.16 ’16
7:00 PM – Welland Public Library Board Meeting
– Welland Public Library, Program Room – LOCATION: 50 The Boardwalk.
Tuesday
May.17 ’16
4:15 PM – North Welland Business Improvement Area Board of Management Meeting
– LOCATION: Boston Pizza, 934 Niagara Street.
Tuesday
May.17 ’16
6:35 PM – Council Meeting in Committee-of-the-Whole In-camera (Closed to the Public), in the Council Ante Room, to discuss the following:

  • Personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees.
    – License of Occupation Agreement for the provision of food services at the City of Welland Market Square and Sports Complex.
    – Welland Recreational Canal Corporation update.
Tuesday
May.17 ’16
7:00 PM – Council Meeting, in Open Session, in the Council Chambers.
Wednesday
May.18 ’16
3:00 PM – Accessibility Advisory Committee Meeting
– LOCATION: Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.
Wednesday
May.18 ’16
5:00 PM – Committee of Adjustment Hearing(s)
– Council Chambers.
Wednesday
May.18 ’16
6:00 PM – Market Square Advisory Committee Meeting
– LOCATION: Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.

City Shorts: Try ’em On For Size

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CITY SHORTS ART: Great morning to ride your bike to school along the canal trail, heading to Aqueduct Street. (Photo by Joe Barkovich 05.10.16)

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: joe0606barko@gmail.com

 ROSE QUEEN CONTEST UPDATE

WELLAND – Nine contestants have come forward for the 2016 Welland Rose Queen title and the applications are now closed, said Rose Fest chair Allen Bunyan. Watch for more announcements about the contest.

CITY’S FREE TULIP BULB GIVEAWAY MAY 19  

DSC_0478 (2)WELLAND – The City of Welland will be giving away used tulip bulbs for free to Welland residents, on Thursday, May 19. The tradition has been carried on by the public works division’s parks section for more than 20 years.

The venue is Chippawa Park’s maintenance building, located at First Avenue and Fitch Street. If you can’t place it, look for the serpentine line of gardeners waiting for the free giveaway to start. In previous years, that lineup has been huge. You can’t miss it.

Distribution will be by horticultural staff of the parks section.

Varieties, colours and quantities are limited and will be distributed on a first-come basis. The limit is two dozen bulbs per resident. If you go, be sure to bring a container with you in which to carry them home. The time is 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. But remember: absolutely no bulbs will be released before 8 a.m.

 GARDENING WORKSHOP WITH KARIN VERMEER

gardeningWELLAND – Welland library is hosting workshops with Karin Vermeer, local garden coach and horticultural therapist. These are all make-and-take workshops and will be held on consecutive Thursdays in May.

Join Karin, as she shares growing tips and best practices to growing the best gardens and outdoor planters. We have fun while getting our hands dirty, and we take away a beautiful garden masterpiece! Each session is $20 + HST.

For more information and to register:

Spring Flower Garden: Thursday, May 19, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Herbs & Veg Garden: Thursday, May 26, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

 POPULAR PLANT SALE MAY 21

WELLAND – Welland Horticultural Society’s annual plant sale is a growing experience.

It is being held Saturday, May 21 at the Exhibition grounds, Building B, 1100 Niagara Street North.

Hours are 9am to noon.

It features annuals, perennials, shrubs and more. Experienced gardeners to answer your gardening questions will be on hand.

 COMPOST GIVEAWAY

spring-compost-giveawayWELLAND – Residents can pick-up compost at the following two landfill sites to May 31:

Bridge Street, Fort Erie (for all residents in Niagara region)

Niagara Road 12, West Lincoln (for residents of Grimsby, Lincoln, West Lincoln and Pelham)

Restrictions and Details:

While quantities last, or until May 31, 2016;

Residents load the compost themselves – bring shovels and containers;

Compost is bulk, not bagged;

Maximum of 1 cubic meter per resident;

Loads have to be secured and covered properly;

Loads can not exceed vehicle weight limits.

TAIZE PRAYER AT CITY PARISH

WELLAND – Taizé Pentecost Prayer is being held at the Parish Community of St. Kevin Tuesday, May 17, 7:30 p.m.

Taizé Prayer is held four times yearly at the Niagara Street parish: Advent, Lent, Pentecost and Thanksgiving. The evening, rich in song, music and chant, is open to the community. A posting in the parish bulletin says: Come, be silent, pray!  

TIME TO VISIT YOUTH INNOVATIONS

youth innoWELLAND – Calling  Welland youth!

Youth Innovations is a youth recreational center located in the Seaway Mall at 800 Niagara Street. (905) 735-9009

It offers a wide variety of services, programs, and activities FREE to youth between the ages of 13-18.

Why not stop by and check out what’s going on.

WELLAND LIBRARY IS HOLDING A TRUNK SALE

WELLAND – Do you have treasures to sell?

Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 28. The trunk sale will be held in the lower parking lot (behind the Court House) from 8 am to 12 pm.  Booking proceeds will support new technology for the Welland Public Library.

Only $20 for a spot until May 25, or $30 thereafter. Contact 905 734 6210 x 2527 to book your space or get more information.

Come and find collectibles, books, games and more.

More information is available here, and the Registration Form can be downloaded here.

ALUMNI MEET MONTHLY

WELLAND – The Eastdale Alumni group meets the first Wednesday of each month starting at 7 p.m. in the Eastdale library.

SPRING SOCIAL HAS MUCH TO OFFER

WELLAND –-A spring tea and penny sale is being held at All Saints Anglican Church, 80 Forks Road, Dain City on May 14, 1pm to 3pm. $2 admission includes door prizes, refreshments, penny sale, bake table, grocery basket and much more. Open to the community.

 CNH HOLDS GOLF TOURNEY

WELLAND –Fore!

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.

ND ALUMNI CAN REGISTER ON NEW WEBSITE

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 www.notredamewelland.com. Click on Notre Dame Alumni.

HOOF IT WITH WELLAND’S MAYOR

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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BULLETIN!

 

WELLAND – The Forks Road Bridge repair has been completed ahead of schedule, and the bridge reopened to pedestrian and vehicular traffic as of today, Thursday, May 12,  at 10 a.m.

Motorists are reminded that the original load restriction (5 tonnes per axle) remains in effect for the entire length of Forks Road, including the Forks Road Bridge, and that this restriction will be strictly enforced.

(Source: City of Welland website)