City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size

cr2d_rgwaaaujzkCompilation 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:


WELLAND – Welland Public Library is proud to announce a new speaker series beginning next week. This series, taking place the last Tuesday of every month running September to April, focuses on the Welland Canal Fallen Workers. These talks are in conjunction with the development and construction of a Fallen Workers Memorial which will be unveiled in late summer 2017 and will be located adjacent to Lock 3 in St. Catharines.

Each talk will take place at 7pm in the Community Room of Civic Square, located at 60 East Main Street in Welland. The list of topics is as follows:

Tuesday, September 27: The Canal Landscape of Welland by Terry Hughes

Tuesday, October 25: Welland Canal Construction Railway by Andy Panko

Tuesday, November 29: Medical Services on the Canal by Isabel Bachmann

Tuesday, January 31: Art & Poetry on the Canal by Debra Antoncic

Tuesday, March 28: Life and Death on the Welland Ship Canal: The Untold Story of 137 Worker Fatalities by Arden Phair

Tuesday, April 25: Disaster on the Welland Canal: The Lock 6 Gate Collapse, 1928 by Sarah King-Head.

Please register for these talks by calling the Library at 905-734-6210 ext. 2521 or through the online calendar.


booksWELLAND – 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, September 28 until Friday, September 30, 9am til 3pm.


WELLAND – The city is recruiting to fill the volunteer position of business community representative on the Transit Advisory Committee. Applications and information are available at the city clerk’s office or on the city’s website at . Your application should describe what assets you feel you can bring to the committee. Full info is available on the civic corner page.


WELLAND – On Sunday October 2, from 3-4pm, join with thousands internationally, rain or shine, standing in peaceful witness to the sanctity of human life. Come with your family and friends to pray for an end to abortion along Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls. Please report to this location at 2:45pm: No Frills Store – Highland Ave. & Lundy’s Lane. For more information contact Amanda: 905 941 5567,


thWELLAND – A reminder to Niagara College students and staff to take steps to ensure your safety on campus:

Be aware of your surroundings – don’t be distracted by phones, headphones, etc. when walking around campus;

Don’t walk alone after hours;

Familiarize yourself with campus buildings and emergency phones;

Trust your instincts, if you feel uneasy about a situation or person, remove yourself from the situation;

In an emergency, dial 911, and then Campus Security at 905 735-2211 ext. 6999 or via the Niagara College Mobile Safety App;

Download Niagara College’s Mobile Safety App: The Niagara College Mobile Safety App provides important personal safety tools for students and staff, including quick access to campus security, emergency contacts, urgent notifications, tips and tools and more. Download via Google Play, the App Store, BlackBerry World or

Campus Security is available 24/7:You can reach Campus Security 24/7 by calling 905 735-2211 ext. 6999 or via the Niagara College Mobile Safety App.

For more campus safety tips, visit


book clubWELLAND – Welland Library is excited to announce that the afternoon book is now 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, October 19: The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson; Wednesday, November 23: The Girl From the Train by Irma Joubert


WELLAND – Mandolin Orchestra of Niagara presents Celebrating Our Heritage  on Sunday, October 16, 2pm in the Theatre at the Welland Community Wellness Complex. Tickets: $12 passholder; $15 non-passholder.


WELLAND – The Friday Night Live concert series starts this month at the Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln St. Scheduled performers include: Debbie Frappier, September 30; Nicole Cerminara, October 21; and Sammi Morelli, November 25. The free performances, held in the theatre, get underway at 7pm.


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