Monthly Archives: August 2016

THE WEEK AHEAD: Meetings In Welland

Weekly Meetings
Tuesday
Aug.23 ’16
5:05 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;
    – Staff Appointment.
  • Receiving of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose;
    – Welland Recreational Canal Corporation Governance.
  • Litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board;
    – Cordage Green discussion.
  • Proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board;
    – Request for Expressions of Interest – Redevelopment of the Downtown Node and Northern Reach of the Welland Recreation Waterway Lands.
    – Proposal to Stop Up, Close, Declare Surplus, and acceptance for an offer to City-owned unopened Road Allowances between Lots 259 B.F. and 259 and between Lots 259 B.F. and 260 B.F., east of Colbeck Drive and south of Webber Road (located within 490 Colbeck Drive).
    – General Electric (GE) Gateway Incentive program.
    – Proposal to declare surplus and acceptance of an offer of City-owned lands at the north-east corner of Sauer Avenue and Hildred Street.
    – Central Fire Hall.
Tuesday
Aug.23 ’16
7:00 PM – Council Meeting, in Open Session, in the Council Chambers.
Wednesday
Aug.24 ’16
4:00 PM – Water/Wastewater Ad Hoc Committee Meeting
– Community Room.

City Shorts: Try ’em On For Size

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CITY SHORTS ART: Canadian Dragon Boat Championships are at the Welland International Flatwater Centre north course this weekend, today through Sunday. About 2,200 competitors from 100 clubs are in town for the event. (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: joe0606barko@gmail.com

 DROP IN AT THE LIBRARY LOUNGE

library loungeWELLAND – On Friday, September 9, 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 $20.00 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.

TRANSIT ROUTE DETOURS IN THE ROSE CITY

detour-w150WELLAND – 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.

TIME TO SIGN-UP FOR FALL, WINTER PROGRAMS

WELLAND – Registration begins Thursday, August 25 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.

 DOWNTOWN WALKING TOUR

WELLAND – A downtown walking tour leaves from Welland museum Thursday, August 25 at 6pm. Price is $10 per person, $8 for members of the museum. Pre-registration required, call the museum at 905-732-2215.

 JAMMIN’ AT WELLAND MARKET

WELLAND – Katie Gatta is the featured performer at Jammin’ at the Market, Saturday, August 20. Showtime is from 9:30am to 10:30am. Free!

 POPULAR BOOK SALE OCTOBER 1

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.

 LIVE CONCERTS AT WELLNESS CENTRE

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.

 CHECK OUT FALL’S CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

WELLAND – The library’s Fall issue of the Children’s Program Guide is now out!  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!

SOUP’S ON AT THE COLLEGE

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: http://canadianfoodandwineinstitute.ca/programs/expert-edge/enthusiast-events/

NEW ISSUE OF BOARDWALK BANTER IS OUT

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

WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE SUMMER READING CLUB?

WELLAND -Did you participate in the TD Summer Reading Club this summer? Are you a parent of a child that participated? Give your feedback and help improve the TDSRC for next year. http://www.tdsummerreadingclub.ca/parents/survey

FROZEN STRUDEL FOR SALE

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

‘Dangerous’ Thunderstorms Possible

Watches

ISSUED AT: 10:52 AM EDT Tuesday 16 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 dangerous thunderstorms that may be capable of producing damaging wind gusts and torrential rain.

Risk of localized damaging winds from thunderstorms.

Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop over portions of the regions today. Some of these storms will have the potential to become severe with damaging winds and torrential downpours.

There will also be the risk for an isolated tornado.

The threat for storms will end over southwestern Ontario by mid afternoon, over the Golden Horseshoe late this afternoon, and over eastern areas early this evening.

Very strong wind gusts can damage buildings, down trees and blow large vehicles off the road. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. 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 storm.ontario@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #ONStorm.

For more information:
http://www.emergencymanagementontario.ca/english/beprepared/beprepared.html.

End Anticipated To Dry Spell’s Reign

By Rob Paola

The very dry summer of 2016 in Welland has continued in August with only 12.7 mm of rain recorded so far this month (normal August rainfall is 85 mm)

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Rob Paola (Supplied photo)

Saturday Aug 13 saw areas of heavy rain across much of southern Ontario, but unfortunately for Welland, most of the storms missed the city (yet again) Since May 1st, Welland has had only 109 mm total rainfall through August 13th,  the second driest such period since 1872. (driest was 97 mm in 1934) Normal rainfall since May 1st is about 300 mm, so Welland is currently running about 1/3 of normal precipitation through August 13th.

The upcoming forecast however looks promising for Niagara to get some much needed rainfall early this week. Indications are that Niagara could be looking at a significant rain event this evening (Monday) into early Wednesday as the remnants of the system that battered Louisiana with heavy rain moves up towards the Ohio Valley.

This system could bring the most significant rainfall Welland has seen so far this year, with a possible 25-50 mm across Niagara and much of Lake Erie regions Monday night through Tuesday. The rain will be most welcome, although hopefully it doesn’t come down too hard which would increase a flooding threat.

In any case, a promising sign that some much needed rain is on the way for Welland!

(“Welland boy” Rob Paola is a meteorologist with Environment Canada based in Winnipeg. He has a lifelong interest in Welland, especially when it comes to its weather. His forecasts, and writings, appear here from time to time.)

‘Significant’ Rainfall Expected Tuesday

Statements

ISSUED AT: 6:11 PM EDT Sunday 14 August 2016
Special weather statement in effect for:

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

A rare weather event expected for southern Ontario on Tuesday: a rainy day.

Most people have heard the expression, ‘when it rains, it pours’. It loosely means, when something happens it can happen repeatedly thereafter.

Following what may be the most significant summer rainfall for many locales in southern Ontario yesterday, that expression may be on peoples’ lips again on Tuesday. A slow-moving low pressure system over eastern Texas is forecast to drift northwards over the next couple of days reaching the lower Great Lakes on Tuesday. It will tap the same tropical moisture which has been responsible for flooding rains across Louisiana. That extreme rainfall is not forecast for Southern Ontario. However, the most significant widespread rainfall in many months is likely, with amounts ranging from 25 to 40 mm in most places. There may be appreciably higher amounts exceeding 60 mm in some locales.

Rainfall warnings may be issued if a more significant event of widespread 50 mm or more appears more certain.

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.

Welland, Area Under Severe Thunderstorm Watch

Watches

OSTED AT: 1:56 PM EDT Saturday 13 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 torrential rainfall in excess of 50 to 75 mm within an hour or two. Brief strong wind gusts are also possible.

Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. 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 storm.ontario@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #ONStorm.

For more information:
http://www.emergencymanagementontario.ca/english/beprepared/beprepared.html.

RELIEF? ‘Slow-moving’ Cold Front Approaching

Warnings

POSTED: 4:45 AM EDT Saturday 13 August 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.

Very warm and muggy conditions will continue today ahead of a slow-moving cold front approaching from the northwest. Although temperatures will not be quite as hot as recent days, high humidity will enable the humidex to flirt with the 40 mark. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue for much of today before the front finally moves through this evening.

Sunday will see a return to more seasonably warm conditions along with lower humidity behind the cold front.

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

Drink plenty of liquids especially water before you feel thirsty to decrease your risk of dehydration. Thirst is not a good indicator of dehydration.

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

Take a break from the heat by spending a few hours in a cool place. It could be a tree-shaded area, swimming facility or an air-conditioned spot such as a public building, shopping mall, grocery store, place of worship or public library.

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.

HERITAGE LIVES: Remembering Atlas Picnics

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Two Crystal Beach Amusement Park favourites for many. (Supplied photo)

By TERRY HUGHES

After WW2, several of our larger industries treated their working families to a day at an amusement park. For my dad who was employed by Stokes Thermoid Rubber Plant, the Pt. Dalhousie Park was our destination. Unfortunately, it did not offer the same kind of fun as its competitor, Crystal Beach.

For several years before the advent of the family car, the Atlas provided two 20-car trains to get us there. Thank goodness for my uncle who was working at the Atlas. He was able to get enough tickets for both of our families to enjoy the day.

Many of us will recall the treats and midway that excited us as we entered the park. Remember those special, tasty suckers? They were selling them at the Pt. Colborne Museum on Canal Days this year! The Arcade was a place where you could impress your girl friend by winning praise at the pin-ball machines or winning prizes. Roller skating in the dance hall where, at one time, the Big Bands would host the music of the day, was fun.

The rides were the most popular for one and all. The Cyclone and its successor, the Comet, the Wild Mouse, the wooden Big Roller Coaster and the venerable merry-go-round are just a few of the many midway attractions.

Two attractions that were popular with the younger crowd were the Magic Carpet and the Laugh in the Dark. By today’s standards, most kids would not be as surprised and/or frightened by the experiences these attractions offered. But in those days, our innocence allowed us to anticipate the unexpected as we walked through the “Carpet” or entered into the mystery of the “Dark.” You entered the “Carpet,” walking on those sloping floors and past the mirrors that distorted your figure. The next stunt was operated by some guy, perched in an unseen spot, blowing strong streams of air causing the ladies to have their skirts blown to an embarrassing level around their heads. To complete this ride, you sat on a bench made of rubberized rollers that suddenly collapsed and landed you on the red carpet carrying you, laughing all the way, to the exit. Due to insurance reasons, this portion of the ride was discontinued and its name was changed to the “Magic Palace.”

The “Laugh in the Dark” was intended to frighten you with deadly creatures, bats, spider webs and pop-up monsters with loud noises in a dark setting while you were being jerked around on a rail mounted cart.

The strongest attention getter, however, was the outside façade where a large figure of a woman jiggled about, laughing at us entering the ride. Her laugh was so infectious that you could not help starting to laugh yourself!

(Terry Hughes is a Wellander who is passionate about heritage, history and model railroading.)

Next time: Summertime Fun at the Cross St. Pool

THE WEEK AHEAD: Meetings In Welland

Weekly Meetings
TUESDAY, AUGUST 16 – THERE IS NO MEETING OF WELLAND CITY COUNCIL SCHEDULED FOR THIS EVENING.
Tuesday
Aug.16 ’16
4:30 PM – Public Information Session re: Market Square Concrete Replacement and New Commemorative Space
– LOCATION: Welland Market Square, 50 Market Square.
Wednesday
Aug.17 ’16
5:00 PM – Committee of Adjustment Hearing(s)
– Council Chambers.

 

 City of Welland Jobs
Thursday
Aug.18 ’16
4:00 PM – City Clerk
Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit a current resume by no later than 4:00 p.m. August 18, 2016
Thursday
Aug.18 ’16
4:00 PM – Employment Services Coordinator
Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit a current resume by no later than 4:00 p.m. August 18, 2016
Thursday
Aug.18 ’16
4:00 PM – Skate Patrollers/Cashier
Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit a current resume by no later than 4:00 p.m. August 18, 2016
Thursday
Aug.18 ’16
4:00 PM – Youth Innovations Leader
Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit a current resume by no later than 4:00 p.m. August 18, 2016