Monthly Archives: August 2016

City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size

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CITY SHORTS ART: Canada geese captured in beautiful flight over last Friday’s Summer Music Festival concert at Merritt Park Amphitheatre. The building in the background is the back of Jubilee Apartments, King Street. (City Shorts is a recurring feature on the blog. Photo by Joe Barkovich)

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:


library loungeWELLAND – On Friday, September 9, the Welland Public Library will host The Library Lounge: An Evening of Wine and Live Music. Doors open at 7:30pm.

Enjoy an evening of live music, Niagara wines, light fare and a silent auction. Proceeds from this special event assist in the purchase of new technology for the Library.

Tickets are $20. per person and can be purchased at the Main Branch of the Library. For more information, please call the Library at 905-734-6210 ext. 2513.


WELLAND – Have reusable household items to sell? The public is invited to register now for Niagara College’s second annual Trunk Sale.

To be held September 10 at the College’s Welland Campus, the NC Trunk Sale offers an opportunity for the public and college community to sell their reusable items (such as books, toys, clothes, collectibles, furniture, etc.), while those who attend the sale can shop for treasures from multiple sellers in a single convenient location – like attending several yard/garage sales at once.

Those who wish to sell items at the NC Trunk Sale must register in advance to reserve a parking spot, where they will conduct their sales. Items may be sold from the trunk of a car or displayed on tables within the perimeter of the seller’s assigned spot.

While vendors retain all money from the sales of their items, funds raised from parking space reservations will be donated to the United Way of South Niagara. The spots – about 50 in total –may be reserved for $25 for a single space or $40 for a double. Registration is open from now until September 7.

Niagara College is a long-time supporter of the United Way of South Niagara. Last year, its United Way campaign raised a record-setting $42,629 and was formally recognized with a 2015 Workplace Campaign of the Year Award by the UWSN.

The NC Trunk Sale will be held rain or shine on September 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Welland Campus (Parking Lot A and front field) and there is no cost for visitors to attend. In addition to the sale, the family-friendly event will feature bouncy castles and food. For more information about the NC Trunk sale or to register for a seller parking spot visit:


WELLAND –Welland Library is excited to announce that the afternoon book club will now be taking place at The Black Sheep Lounge! Each member will receive a complimentary coffee (or similar beverage) while discussing the book of the month! The book club will meet at 2:00pm. Please register in advance.

Upcoming Titles: Wednesday, September 21: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn;Wednesday, October 19: The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson;Wednesday, November 23: The Girl From the Train by Irma Joubert.


WELLAND –The final concert in the Summer Music Festival at Merritt Park Amphitheatre takes place Friday, August 26, starting at 7pm. Featured performers are Brent Freeman, tribute to Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis and the headline act, Matt Cage, Elvis tribute.


WELLAND – The City of Welland has posted its Labour Day weekend hours. For your convenience, they are provided below:



WELLAND – Meghan Tayti is the featured performer at Jammin’ at the Market, Saturday, August 27. Showtime is from 9:30am to 10:30am. Free!


WELLAND – Route detours for Welland Transit route #9 and #3 are until further notice/subject to change due to ongoing construction.

Route #9 reroute due to construction: Outbound/Leaving Terminal: regular routing to Niagara Street, right onto Merritt St East , Left on Aqueduct, regular routing continues.

Inbound/Returning to Terminal: regular routing to Aqueduct, right on Merritt St, Left onto Niagara St, regular routing continues

Route #3 reroute due to construction: Inbound/Returning to Terminal : Regular routing to Niagara College, Straight on First Ave, Right on Fitch Street, Left on Prince Charles Drive, Left on West Main St, Right on Division, regular routing to Terminal.


WELLAND – Registration is underway for fall/winter programs and activities at the Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln St. Registration on site is from 8am to 9pm and is also available online or by mail.


WELLAND – There will be many, many books at attractive prices at the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Annual Book Sale! And not just books, but games, puzzles, CDs, DVDs, and magazines, too! Mark your calendar—the book sale will be Saturday, October 1, from 9am to 3pm, at the Niagara Regional Exhibition Grounds (Welland Fairgrounds). Donations can be dropped off at the fairgrounds from Wed, Sept. 28 until Friday, September 30, 9am til 3pm.


WELLAND – The Friday Night Live concert series starts in September at the Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln St. Scheduled performers include: Niagara String Band, September 30; Evan Champagne, October 21; and Sammi Morelli, November 25. The free performances, held in the theatre, get underway at 7pm.


WELLAND – The library’s Fall issue of the Children’s Program Guide is now out! r Pre-school programs are back at the Main Branch. Diamond Trail after-school programs return and a whole lot more! Pick up a copy at either branch or check it out here: Fall Program Guide 2016. Registration is required for programs unless otherwise noted. Register in advance and ensure your child has a great time with WPL!


WELLAND – Check out the September/October issue of Boardwalk Banter. We have lots of new adult programs taking place at both branches this fall and our preschool programs are back! Registration is required for all programs unless otherwise noted. To check it out, please click here: Boardwalk Banter- September/October 2016


WELLAND – Frozen apple and cheese strudels are being sold by St. Anthony Croatian Catholic Church. Call 905-735-6159.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch For Area


ISSUED AT: 3:06 PM EDT Thursday 25 August 2016
Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for:

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

Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts and heavy rain.

A cold front will move across Southwestern Ontario this afternoon into early evening.

Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!

Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management recommends that you take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.

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

For more information:

College Extends Application Deadline For Many Hands Project

WELLAND – Niagara-based charities in need of renovation now have until the end of August to apply to become the recipient of Niagara College’s next Many Hands Project.

The application deadline has been extended to August 31 for the 2016-2017 Many Hands Project – an annual renovation project that enhances, improves and renovates the facilities of a local charitable organization. All aspects of the project are planned, managed and completed by students from NC’s Event Management (post-graduate) and construction studies programs.

This will mark the 20th anniversary of the Many Hands Project and all Niagara-based not-for-profit organizations – including previous recipients – are welcome to apply. Applicants are asked to submit a wish list including construction needs or specific resources (like food or other items) that would help to develop their programming. The Many Hands Project advisory committee will consider opportunities to potentially support multiple organizations across the region this year.

Application forms are available online at

“Many Hands provides our students with excellent hands-on learning opportunities, while teaching important lessons in community service and leadership,” said Christine Blane, coordinator of NC’s Event Management (post-graduate) program. “It’s also a chance for a local agency to receive much-needed improvements to their facilities.”

Since 1997, the College’s Many Hands Project has supported 19 not-for-profit organizations through renovation and landscaping projects which enhance program and service delivery. This year’s Many Hands Project resulted in a complete renovation of the Hope Centre in Welland. Recent projects have also been completed at Strive Niagara in Welland, Upper Deck Youth Centre in Vineland, Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre in Port Colborne, St. John Ambulance in St. Catharines, and more.

Eligible agencies must be not-for-profit, involved in the provision of a community-based service in the Niagara region, and be willing to commit agency resources to the project. Project selection is determined by the Many Hands Project Advisory Committee.

The Many Hands Project is a hands-on component of Niagara College’s Event Management Graduate Certificate program. Students are required to plan, develop, coordinate and execute a renovation of a local community non-profit organization. Fundraising, volunteer management, technical operations, hospitality and public relations are the responsibility of individual committees comprised of students.

(Source: Niagara College media release)

Black Sheep Lounge To Host Readings

WELLAND – Welland Library is  excited to announce that the  afternoon book club will now be taking place at The Black Sheep Lounge! Each member will receive a complimentary coffee (or similar beverage) while discussing the book of the month! The book club will meet at 2pm. Please register in advance.

Upcoming Titles:

Wednesday, September 21: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Wednesday, October 19: The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Wednesday, November 23: The Girl From the Train by Irma Joubert

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Kayakers gathered near the floating stage and enjoyed Friday evening’s 2016 Summer Music Festival at the Merritt Park Amphitheare, featuring opening act Ashlynne Vince and headlined performers New Kid In Town, a superb Eagles tribute band. (Photo by Joe Barkovich. Idyllic Welland is a recurring feature on the blog.)