Monthly Archives: July 2016

Humidity To Continue; Some Relief Monday?

Warnings

ISSUED: 3:49 PM EDT Saturday 23 July 2016
Heat Warning in effect for:

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

The mid summer heat episode will continue for the weekend. Daytime temperatures will reach the low thirties. Afternoon humidex values will be in the mid to upper thirties. Overnight lows will remain in the low twenties, providing little relief from the heat.

A weak cold front will move through Monday. In its wake, the weather will continue to be very warm, although somewhat less humid, with temperatures and humidex values remaining just below the heat warning threshold. Depending on the timing of the front, the heat warning may be extended to Monday.

Frequently visit neighbours, friends and older family members, especially those who are chronically ill, to make sure that they are cool and hydrated.

Never leave people or pets in your care inside a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight.

Take cool showers or baths until you feel refreshed.

Prepare meals that don’t need to be cooked in your oven.

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

 

West Side Shot

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A portion of the crowd for Friday night’s Summer Music Festival performance at the Merritt Park Amphitheatre as seen from across the waterway. It featured Kindred, Sunset Rebels and special guest Jessica Wilson. Wilson has a captivating voice, Kindred’s roots music and vocals were superb and I couldn’t stay to take in the performance by Sunset Rebels. Too bad more folks couldn’t have attended the show. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

Artist Completes Trio Of Political Faces

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Artist James Takeo displays his recently-completed painting of Gib Parent. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

With a full-face likeness of former MP and Speaker of the House Gib Parent recently completed, artist James Takeo says he has painted “the triumvirate” of long-serving Welland politicians.

The two others in the group are former MPP Peter Kormos and former MPP Ellis P. Morningstar.

Mr. Morningstar, who died in 1982, served in the legislature from 1951 to 1975. Mr. Kormos, who passed in 2013, spent more than two decades as the local MPP. Mr. Parent, who died in 2009, was first elected in 1974 and served in Ottawa for more than 20 years.

Takeo says the painting of Mr. Morningstar was sold to Penny Morningstar, a relative through marriage, and that of Mr. Kormos is sold and he is waiting for the transaction to be finalized. He is hoping a buyer will come along for this newest work.

The three pols are to be paid tribute in a project planned as a gateway to Welland market, at a site formerly occupied by the Division Street KFC outlet, but it appears to still be in a fund-raising stage.

Takeo says he had Mr. Parent as a teacher at Notre Dame College School, right after his defeat in the 1984 election, his only loss.

“It’s good to be able to say I personally dealt with him. I find it interesting when you get to paint someone you’ve actually met.”

Takeo, a multi-talented visionary in his artistic endeavours and projects, is happy now that all three politicians have been done. And he has already given thought to who his next subject will be, but it won’t be a politician.

“My next painting will be a Pokémon,” he says.

 

Art, Colour Can Make Welland ‘Fun’ Again

 

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Welland Art Wall, corner of East Main Street and Hellems Avenue. (Photos by Joe Barkovich)

By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

Though only a small portion of its sprawling letters display colours so far, a wall at East Main Street and Hellems Avenue is causing some heads to turn.

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Bridge 13 theme by  James Takeo.

And that pleases the artist James Takeo, who is working with Chris Lagesten on a project that will bring some life to the drab, desolate wall on the southwest side of the intersection.

The graceful, gently flowing letters were done by Lagesten. Takeo has filled in one of them, but the plan is to have various artists contribute their talent on others.

 

Karen Edwards, for example, paid tribute to Welland firefighters and infrastructure heritage with her theme for the final letter in ‘Welland’. Two of its three images are Central Fire Hall, which is beautifully done and a firefighter on a ladder in the midst of flames, which is hot, hot, hot – no pun intended.

Takeo, loquacious as always, shared the themes of the other letters in the word that is home to so many of us. I won’t reveal all here because in my view they should be kept under wraps until artists work on their respective letters, save one: ‘W’ will be dedicated to the City of Welland rose, and will be painted by Lagesten, says Takeo.

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Stirring tribute to Welland firefighters, heritage by Karen Edwards.

I’ll treat the heart near the bottom right of the wall the same way as the letters. In his ingenuity, Takeo has come up with an admirable purpose for it and for best effect it should be revealed by artist Takeo. But be assured: it’s a classic touch.

The goal is to have the painting done by August 27 and Takeo is confident it will be: “With the way it’s coming together, I really can’t see any problem with that.” The date is also significant because a downtown art festival is scheduled to get underway that day.

Takeo says he and his collaborator are proud of the project, dubbed the Welland Art Wall, because it is a way of showcasing talent of Welland’s art community and because it is bringing colour to a former “dead zone”, and there are “quite a few” of those around.

“I want to see colour all around town. I want to see people getting together and making Welland fun again,” Takeo says.

Humidex Could Top 40 Today

Warnings

ISSUED: 4:41 AM EDT Friday 22 July 2016
Heat Warning in effect for:

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

Humidex values reaching near 40 are expected.

An extended period of hot and humid weather will continue today and persist into the weekend.

High temperatures are expected to reach or exceed 33 today with accompanying humidex values of over 40 also anticipated.

Please refer to the public forecast for more details.

Heat illnesses include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat fainting, heat edema (swelling of hands, feet and ankles), heat rash and heat cramps (muscle cramps).

Watch for symptoms of heat illness, which include
– dizziness or fainting, nausea or vomiting
– headache
– rapid breathing and heartbeat
– extreme thirst and
– decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine.
If you experience any of these symptoms during a heat event, immediately move to a cool place and drink liquids. Water is best.

Frequently visit neighbours, friends and older family members, especially those who are chronically ill, to make sure that they are cool and hydrated.

Never leave people or pets in your care inside a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight.

Prepare meals that don’t need to be cooked in your oven.

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

Road Work: Short-Term Pain For Long-Term Gain

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Top photo: Drivers found traffic on a section of Niagara Street being detoured today, part of the Niagara Street Watermain Replacement and Road project, to install watermain, watermain services and road rehabilitation for Niagara Street from Riverbank to Thorold Road. The detour sign is just before Elizabeth Street, looking north. Bottom photo: Shows Rogers Drive – at Carlton Avenue looking toward Niagara Street. Full excavation, granular base, curbs, sidewalk and full depth asphalt replacement. Info for the captions is taken from the City of Welland webpage, Construction, click on the graphic. (Photos by Joe Barkovich)

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