Monthly Archives: July 2016

CHAMBERS’ CORNER: Here’s A ‘Fair’ Photo

A Bob Chambers photo taken at the Welland Fair, circa 1962. If you know the names of the teens, we'd like to hear from you! (File photo/Bob Chambers)

A Bob Chambers photo taken at the Welland Fair, circa 1964. If you know the names of the teens, we’d like to hear from you! (File photo/Bob Chambers)

This is Chambers’ Corner ….. the occasional occupant of a corner of this blog, where Bob Chambers, an Evening Tribune photographer from 1957 to 1970, presents some of his photographs from that era …… Readers are asked to please comment!

By Bob Chambers

When I heard that the Niagara Regional Exhibition has been cancelled for at least this current year’s edition, I couldn’t believe it. SACRILEGE, I thought.

Calling it the NRE never caught on, lets face it, it’s still Welland Fair. Yes, the NRE was always the Welland Fair to me.

This picture of mine that I took for the Tribune in oh, possibly 1964, is the old fair that I remember. The fair that had its heart crammed into the infield of the race track. The fair that was in what now seems an impossibly small spot, was looked forward to all summer by every student in Welland County ….. because it was the biggest treat they had. It was no big deal even with having to park your car blocks away, as your trek was along friendly, tree-lined streets.

So here are three high-schoolers from (I believe) Fonthill. We’re reasonably sure his name is Barry, and they’re obviously enjoying these bites of cotton candy. The lights on the ferris-wheel are blurred by my camera’s short time exposure.

Hey, maybe some reader / viewer will provide identification of the teenagers.

Bob Chambers, Tribune photographer 1957-1970

Your comments are invited and appreciated by the photographer/author.

City Shorts: Try ’em On For Size

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CITY SHORTS ART: A part of the midway rides at the 2015 Niagara Regional Exhibition. News broke today that the 2016 NRE is cancelled. (File photo Joe Barkovich. Please see City Short, below)

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:


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Mayor Campion

WELLAND –Mayor Frank Campion had the following comment about news the 2016 Niagara Regional Exhibition has been cancelled:

“I was surprised and saddened to hear that the NRE would not be happening this year. The news came right out of the blue. The NRE is something that virtually everyone in Welland has attended and it will be missed by young and old alike.

“I remember going to the fair in my youth on Denistoun Street, when it was known as the Welland County Fair. The rides, the people, the games, the food and the art and agricultural contests and displays are important to our community and have become a part of our history.

“This news is a real shame! I hope that the NRE will be back bigger and stronger in 2017.”

The fair, held traditionally in September, goes back 1832.


WELLAND – Don’t forget both Library branches will be closed on Monday, August 1 for the Civic Holiday. Regular library hours resume Tuesday, August 2. Library staff hope everyone has a safe and fun long weekend!


WELLAND – City of Welland Civic Holiday hours (Monday, August 1), have been announced.



WELLAND – The next Healthy Kids Community Pop-Up Challenge Niagara is scheduled Tuesday, August 2 on Merritt Island, along the Recreational Waterway. For kids ‘0 to 12’ years, it will be held from 10am to noon.


NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE – Nothing warms your soul like a bowl of hearty homemade soup. Spend Sunday August 20, 9am to noon with a Canadian Food and Wine Institute Sous Chef preparing a variety of delicious soups and learn the trick to making a good stock. Don’t forget to bring along your take home containers! For more info:


WELLAND – It’s from 4:30pm – 9:00pm or dusk. Welland Supper Market invites you to relax, enjoy, indulge…with the family of course! Brought to you by Silversmith Brewing Company and the Welland Downtown BIA, the Supper Market features food truck vendors, beer, wine, and local musical entertainment. All this summer, sunshine, sunset, and supper is served on Merritt Island


WELLAND – Cameron Lee is the featured performer at Jammin’ at the Market, Saturday, August 6. Showtime is from 9:30am to 10:30am


summer vacationWELLAND – Going on vacation? No problem. Visit Welland library’s circulation desk or call extension 2520 to extend your loan period to cover the time you are away.

No need to miss your holds or lose your position in line either! Simply ask to have your standing holds suspended until after you return. Holds can also be suspended from your account online.


Making Welland Colourful

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Welland artist James Takeo applies a coat of white to the letter ‘l’ in ‘Welland’ early this evening, Tuesday, July 26. When finished, its theme will be transportation modes in Welland with images of a laker and locomotive filling in the space. Takeo also painted the visually striking Bridge 13 image that dominates the first ‘l’. Below, the ‘n’ is a project of artist Atom Dellow and it is being dedicated to Welland industry over the years. The letter ‘d’ was painted by Karen Edwards and it pays homage to Welland’s firefighting/infrastructure heritage. The work is expected to be complete by Aug. 27. If you haven’t yet had a close-up look at the Welland Art Wall, it’s certainly worth your while to do so. It is located at the corner of East Main and Hellems.  (Photos by Joe Barkovich)

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College’s Welland Campus Site Of Emergency Training Exercise July 27

WELLAND- As part of ongoing training for emergency response and preparedness, Niagara College and the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) will participate in a joint exercise at the Welland Campus on Wednesday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to noon.

During this time you may see unusual activity on campus, including a response by specialized units of the NRPS. Please note that if actual emergency takes place during this time, we will notify the college community via the Niagara College website, media and our social media sites.

“Niagara College strives to provide a safe and secure learning environment and workplace, and regularly undergoes training and other exercises,” said David Jastrubecki. “These types of activities help us to build response capacity and preparedness, and strengthen our partnerships with agencies like the Nagara Regional Police Service.”

Parking Lot G will be closed from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the exercise.

If you have questions or concerns regarding this training exercise, please contact Paula-Marie Jannetta Saric at ext. 6996.

(Source: Niagara College news release)