Monthly Archives: September 2016

THE WEEK AHEAD: Meetings In Welland

 Weekly Meetings
Monday
Sep.19 ’16
5:30 PM – Canada’s 150th in Welland Committee Meeting
– LOCATION: Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.
Monday
Sep.19 ’16
7:00 PM – Welland Public Library Board Meeting
– Welland Public Library, Program Room – LOCATION: 50 The Boardwalk.
TUESDAY,SEPTEMBER 20 – PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE COUNCIL MEETING ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR THIS EVENING HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21.
Tuesday
Sep.20 ’16
4:15 PM – North Welland Business Improvement Area Board of Management Meeting
– LOCATION: M.T. Bellies Restaurant, 871 Niagara Street.
Wednesday
Sep.21 ’16
3:00 PM – Accessibility Advisory Committee Meeting
– LOCATION: Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.
Wednesday
Sep.21 ’16
4:45 PM – Audit Review Committee Meeting
– Council Ante Room.
Wednesday
Sep.21 ’16
5:00 PM – Committee of Adjustment Hearing(s)
– Community Room.
Wednesday
Sep.21 ’16
5:15 PM – Budget Review Committee Meeting
– Council Chambers.
Wednesday
Sep.21 ’16
5:45 PM – Council Meeting in Committee-of-the-Whole In-camera (Closed to the Public), in the Council Ante Room, to discuss the following:

  • Proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board;
    – Youngs Sportsplex update.
    – Canal Redevelopment Proposals.
  • Personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees;
    – Committee Appointments for the following Committees:
    Art Task Force/Wall of Art,
    Accessibility Advisory Committee.
  • Litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board;
    – Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Games update.
  • Receiving of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose;
    – Tax Sales update.
  • Security of the property of the municipality or local board.
    – SSL Contract update.
Wednesday
Sep.21 ’16
6:00 PM – Market Square Advisory Committee Meeting
– LOCATION: Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.
Wednesday
Sep.21 ’16
7:00 PM – Council Meeting, in Open Session, in the Council Chambers.
Thursday
Sep.22 ’16
4:00 PM – Welland Arenas Advisory Committee Meeting
– LOCATION: Main Arena, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 501 King Street.
Thursday
Sep.22 ’16
4:30 PM – Welland Recreational Canal Corporation Interim Board Meeting
– Council Chambers.

 

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 City of Welland Jobs
Tuesday
Sep.27 ’16
4:00 PM – Skate Patrollers/Cashier
Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit a current resume by no later than 4:00 p.m. September 27, 2016

City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size

cr1zphewcaarjlaCompilation 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

 WELLAND CANAL FALLEN WORKERS SPEAKERS SERIES

timthumb-pngWELLAND – Welland Public Library is proud to announce a new speaker series beginning this Fall. 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 7:00pm in the Community Room of Civic Square, located at 60 East Main Street in Welland. The list of topics is as follows:

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Terry Hughes

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 our online calendar.

TRANSIT ROUTE DETOURS IN THE ROSE CITY

detour-w150WELLAND –Route detours for route #4,#9 and #3 are until further notice/subject to change due to ongoing construction:

Route #4 reroute due to construction as of Tuesday September 6, 2016:

Outbound/Leaving Terminal: regular routing to corner of Endicott and Willson Road. From Endicott and Willson, left onto Willson, right onto Glendale, right onto Diffin, left onto Colbeck and then regular routing to the Terminal.

 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.

 COLLEGE POSTS CAMPUS SECURITY TIPS

thWELLAND – A reminder, posted on the college website,  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 niagaracollege.ca/security.

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 http://www.niagaracollege.ca/campus-safety/tips/

 POPULAR BOOK SALE OCTOBER 1

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

 THANK YOU TO THE LIBRARY LOUNGE DONORS

library loungeWELAND. – The Welland Public Library would like to express the warmest of thanks to the following restaurants, stores, and super-talented musicians that generously provided the awesome food and entertainment for our Library Lounge Event this past Friday. You truly went above and beyond and we are so very grateful!  THANK YOU! to:

Matteo’s Ristorante, My Alibi Bistro, Thailandia, Country Corner Market, The European Pantry, Patti’s lace, Celi & Presti, Arcuri’s, Spinosa’s Bakery, Four Seasons Bakery, Sobey’s on South Pelham, Ann Bourdages & The Notre Dame Jazz Band, Cindy van Kralingen, Mario & Emilio Geremia.

 DISCOVER YOUR FAMILY HISTORY

family-historyWELLAND – Looking to connect with your past? Join this hands on seminar on Tuesday, September 20, starting at 7pm at the Main Branch of the Library.Ask questions, and learn where to discover your family history.No experience is needed. Steve Fulton, UE of the Niagara Peninsula Branch of the Ontario Genealogy Society will be hosting this program.

Please register in advance here

BLACK SHEEP LOUNGE TO HOST BOOK DISCUSSIONS

book clubWELLAND –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

MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA IN CONCERT

WELLAND – Mandolin Orchestra of Niagara presents… Celebrating Our Heritage 2pm in the Theatre at the Welland Community Wellness Complex.

Tickets: $12 passholder; $15 non-passholder.

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: Debbie Frappier, September 30; Nicole Cerminara, October 21; and Sammi Morelli, November 25. The free performances, held in the theatre, get underway at 7pm.

 NEW ISSUE OF BOARDWALK BANTER IS OUT

WELLAND – Check out the September/October issue of Boardwalk Banter. Welland Public Library has 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

HERITAGE LIVES: The End Of Summer And The Rewards That Went With It

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Swimming, life-saving classes graduates,  instructors and city staff  gather at the Cross Street pool for an awards ceremony in 1953. (Photo courtesy Brian Garrard)

BY TERRY HUGHES

It’s 1953 and after an intense six-week workout in the pool, we have arrived to get our awards ranging from Junior to Senior Red Cross levels to Royal Life Saving Badges. This program was one of the most successful sports endeavours supported by the city and sponsors ever, in that numerous lives were saved by teaching our kids to swim. Let’s face it, the canal, river and two of the Great Lakes presented a real hazard to those unfamiliar with the water. I cannot recall any drownings from people who were involved in this program. Two fatalities at the pool were due to sunstroke and an after-season diving accident.

The Cross Street pool was staffed by great individuals including my junior instructor, Jane Duff, who was my first childhood crush. Lee Maus was as hard as nails but no one failed her classes. And if you reached senior or life-saving classes you had the handsome Frank Doan to complete your training.

Most people don’t remember the grass that separated the two staircases next to the walls. The lifeguard’s chair and a surf board occupied that grassy spot. The catwalk had been a recent addition making it easy for us to get to the deep end. A one-metre board offered the older guys opportunity to do cannonballs, one leggers and tucks that would send a huge plume of water all over the people standing at the fence. Before completion of the Memorial Park pool, you would see as many as 1,200 to 1,400 people a day in that pool!

A job as a lifeguard had its advantages particularly if you wanted a great tan. I was fortunate enough to hold this job during our Centennial Year when we were expected to wear old-fashion bathing suits compliments of the Ross Store. And one of our staff, Donna Villard, looked great in any kind of bathing attire! Gord Sykes developed competitive swimmers like John Dudas and John “Wheaties” Reid. Rosie Smith started her group here before St. George’s Pool was built.

This historic structure served as an aqueduct over the Welland River for 75 years and a swimming pool for nearly 40 years. Despite efforts in 1984 and 2009 to develop this site as a national historic monument, the present city administration is willing to see it taken over for some type of private enterprise.

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

NEXT: A 100-YEAR- OLD WAY TO COMMUNICATE THANKSGIVINGS GREETINGS   

THE WEEK AHEAD: Meetings In Welland

Weekly Meetings
Monday
Sep.12 ’16
4:00 PM – Senior Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting
– LOCATION: Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.
Monday
Sep.12 ’16
5:30 PM – Welland Downtown Business Improvement Area Board of Management Meeting
– LOCATION: 77 East Main Street.
TUESDAY,SEPTEMBER 13 – THERE IS NO MEETING OF WELLAND CITY COUNCIL SCHEDULED FOR THIS EVENING.
Wednesday
Sep.14 ’16
5:00 PM – Transit Advisory Committee Meeting
– Council Ante Room.
Wednesday
Sep.14 ’16
6:00 PM – Arts and Culture Advisory Committee Meeting
– LOCATION: Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.

City Shorts: Try ’em On For Size

CqoxKcbXgAEhCpkCompilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

city shorts

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

 CHILDREN’S AUTHOR ANNA DEWDNEY MOURNED

ripWELLAND – It’s a sad day for children’s literature. Renowned children’s author Anna Dewdney has passed away at the age of 50, after a 15 month battle with cancer. She will be missed. Her amazing books had children loving the Llama Llama character and learning too.

To read the full article, click here.

To check out some of her amazing books: Click here.

TRANSIT ROUTE DETOURS IN THE ROSE CITY

detour-w150WELLAND –Route detours for route #4,#9 and #3 are until further notice/subject to change due to ongoing construction:

Route #4 reroute due to construction as of Tuesday September 6, 2016:

Outbound/Leaving Terminal: regular routing to corner of Endicott and Willson Road. From Endicott and Willson, left onto Willson, right onto Glendale, right onto Diffin, left onto Colbeck and then regular routing to the Terminal.

 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.

 FIND DORY IN CHIIPAWA PARK

WELAND – Join the Welland & District SPCA in watching a movie under the stars! A large screen will be set up in Chippawa Park this evening, September 9, and friends, supporters and community members are invited to come and enjoy watching “Finding Dory” . Approximate start time for the movie will be at sundown, around 8pm. Food and concession will be made available during the event as well, and though we all love our furry friends, we do ask for the viewing enjoyment of everyone, it may be best to leave the pooch at home. Come and support your local community, and the Welland SPCA.  Admission is free, although we will have a recommended donation and kindly accept any generosity and support offered.

 DROP IN AT THE LIBRARY LOUNGE

library loungeWELLAND – This evening, September 9, the WPL hosts 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.

BLACK SHEEP LOUNGE TO HOST BOOK DISCUSSIONS

book clubWELLAND –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

FREEGAL STREAMING IS NOW AVAILABLE

WELLAND – Streaming is now available! Welland Public Library patrons will have access to Freegal Music Streaming. With this service, each and every patron of the Library, in addition to their five downloads per week, can also stream up to 3 hours of music per day.

Users can streaming individual songs, albums, create and save playlists on Freegal. This new service is simple to use and easy to access. For more information, contact the Library at 905-734-6210 ext. 2521, email info@wellandlibrary.ca or visit our Freegal Page

JOIN THE MAYOR’S MORNING WALK

WELLAND –Meet Mayor Campion at the Merritt Island Parking Lot Monday mornings at 7:30am for a 40 Minute Walk on Merritt Island.

TIME TO SIGN-UP FOR FALL, WINTER PROGRAMS

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.

POPULAR BOOK SALE OCTOBER 1

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, 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: Debbie Frappier, September 30; Nicole Cerminara, 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!

NEW ISSUE OF BOARDWALK BANTER IS OUT

WELLAND – Check out the September/October issue of Boardwalk Banter. Welland Public Library has 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 Canal Fallen Workers Speaker Series

timthumb-pngWELLAND – Welland Public Library is proud to announce a new speaker series beginning this Fall. 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:

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Terry Hughes

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 our online calendar.

Severe Thunderstorms Possible In Welland, Area

Watches

ISSUED AT: 12:32 PM EDT Thursday 08 September 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.

Hail is also possible. Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Be prepared for severe weather. Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. 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