Monthly Archives: October 2016

Idyllic Welland


Between seasons: Woodlawn Park in the metamorphosis of one season to the next. Like it or not, winter is on the way. The bench awaits folks who will come with their blades of steel to skate on trails that wind through the bush. (Photo by Joe Barkovich. Idyllic Welland is a recurring feature on the blog.)

THE WEEK AHEAD: Meetings In Welland

Weekly Meetings
Nov.1 ’16
6:40 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.
    – Committee Appointments for the following Committees:
    • Transit Advisory Committee
    • Market Square Advisory Committee.
  • Proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board.
    – Development Charges.
Nov.1 ’16
7:00 PM – Council Meeting, in Open Session, in the Council Chambers.
Nov.2 ’16
4:30 PM – Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council Meeting
LOCATION: Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.
Nov.2 ’16
5:00 PM – City of Welland Heritage Advisory Committee Meeting
– Room 109.
Nov.3 ’16
3:00 PM – Welland Community Wellness Complex Advisory Committee Meeting
– LOCATION: Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.


 City of Welland Jobs
Nov.4 ’16
4:00 PM – Deputy Clerk
Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit a current resume by no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday, November 4, 2016
Nov.10 ’16
4:00 PM – Transit Office Coordinator
Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply no later than 4:00 pm, Thursday, November 10, 2016

City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size


Mark the date in your calendar: Saturday, Nov. 5. city-wide food drive!

Compilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large


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 – Sunday, October 30th marks the day for Notre Dame College School’s 41st Annual Pilgrimage for the Developing World.


The Pilgrimage is an opportunity for the school community (students, teachers, parents, friends, and alumni) to “put their feet to the Gospel” by walking in solidarity with those from the developing world who are less fortunate.

Over the years, Notre Dame has raised over $2 million through this event for development projects throughout the world. From the Pilgrimage we learn that Canadian Christians are abundantly blessed – we have the ability and means to respond to the poor.

The Notre Dame community invites and encourages alumni and friends to be a part of this family tradition. Registration is at 8:30 a.m.; Departure prayer is at 9:00 a.m.; Pilgrimage Eucharist is at approximately 1:00 p.m. Please support  Notre Dame students. And if you can’t be there, please consider a donation which can be made online at


WELAND – The Canadian University Rowing Championships are being held in Welland Nov. 5-6.

The event is being held at the south course, Welland International Flatwater Centre.

About 300 competitors are expected to take part in the two-day event.

More information will be posted when it becomes available.


WELLAND – A Niagara Region Health and Wellness Expo is being held Saturday, November 12 from 9am to 5pm at the Croatian National Home, 6 Broadway Ave, Welland. Free admission.


WELLAND – Welland’s city hall is hosting Halloween Spooktacular on Monday, October 31 from 8:30am to 3:30pm.

The event is a fundraiser for the United Way of South Niagara.

“Stop by and enjoy some yummy treats for a good cause,” says the posting on the city’s Civic Corner page. Visit the website or check out the Civic Corner page in Thursday’s Tribune.


WELLAND – Santa Claus comes to Welland Saturday, November 19.

That’s the date of the city’s Santa Claus parade. And here’s the big question: who at city hall has the connections to get him here so early?

Volunteers are needed to assist with the event: including traffic marshals, parade marshals, ride-along marshals, and end-of-parade marshals.

Folks can apply through See the ad on the Civic Corner page.


WELLAND – Free concert for Niagara youth, Wednesday, November 2, from 7pm – 8:30pm; Centennial Secondary School, 240 Thorold Road West, Welland.

Tickets (even though free) must be obtained in advance. The concert is presented by Youth Resources Niagara.


WELLAND –The main branch of the library is now open every Sunday from 1– 5pm. Staff look forward to seeing you! Free parking available all day on weekends and evenings after 6 pm.


WELLAND – Think you know your stuff? Come on out and prove it in support of your library! Join us at the Croatian National Home on Friday, November 4 for the

second annual Trivia Night. Gather a few friends – or enter as a team of 8 – for a delicious pasta dinner and some friendly competition. Prizes for the top three tables.Tickets are $25 and are now available at the library.

Oh no! Flu Season Is Here

Flu Clinic Schedule – Nov. 2 to Nov. 9, 2016

The best way to protect yourself and your family is to get the seasonal flu shot.

Upcoming Flu Clinics

  • No appointments necessary
  • Wear a short-sleeved shirt
  • Bring your health card or driver’s licence
  • Children must be accompanied by their legal guardian
Date/Time Town/City Location
Wed, Nov 2, 2016
1 – 8 p.m.
Wainfleet Firefighters Memorial Community Hall
31907 Park St.
Mon, Nov 7, 2016
1 – 8 p.m.
Port Colborne St. James Guild Hall
72 Charlotte St.
Wed, Nov 9, 2016
1 – 8 p.m.
Thorold Holy Rosary Hall
35 Queen St. South

Other Flu Shot Locations

In addition to these clinics, here are other options that are convenient for you and your family to get the flu shot:

  • General immunization clinics
  • Doctor’s office
  • Health care provider
  • Walk-in clinic
  • Pharmacy – contact your local pharmacy for more information

Find a flu shot clinic near you.

(Source: Niagara Region public health.)

Welland Boys Meet At Annual Reunion


A portion of the crowd at the Welland Boys Reunion at Croatian National Home. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

WELLAND – About 170 “Welland boys” turned out for the annual Welland Boys Reunion Monday evening.

The event was held at the Croatian National Home on Broadway Avenue.

The modern-day reunion is an amalgamation of three or four neighbourhood groups that met individually over the years. The first was in 1997.

The groups coalesced into a single organization nine years ago to solidify the movement, which treasures Welland roots, friendship, camaraderie and nostalgia.

It also recognized the importance of bringing in “young blood” in order to boost membership and keep it going. It accounts for an influx, in recent years, of 20-somethings and 30-somethings in the mix with older members, some of them in their seventies and eighties and beyond.

Michael Blazetich, founder of one groups was in attendance last night. He is soon to be 94.

Members who passed away since last year’s reunion night were remembered, their names and photos shown on  large screens that were set up in the hall.

A Welland trivia contest was held. The prize to the winning table: complimentary tickets to next year’s reunion.

Guest speaker Terry Hughes, a local historian, gave an informal address that included flashbacks about Welland neighbourhoods, schools, teachers and community organizations like Boys Town.

He also touched on the venue for last night’s gathering, Croatian National Home.

Hughes said the cultural hall celebrated its 50th anniversary Saturday night. He said the site was once occupied by the Feeder Canal. The building was originally headquarters of a transport company. Hughes traced the hall’s evolution over the years into the showcase gathering place that it is this day.

Gary Talosi, one of the organizing committee members, offered a grace before dinner that was in essence the spirit of the neighbourhood groups and today’s reunions.

Talosi said he composed the prayer a few minutes before he was called to say grace. It is reprinted here in its entirety:

“Bow heads and ask for God’s blessing.

Heavenly Father. Thank you for this opportunity to gather as a group of Welland Boys.

Bless our families and those who came before us, those who gave us the wonderful example of living together and looking out for each other. Every ethnic group, every colour, every faith. We pray that our world can learn to get along like that.

Bless the food we are about to eat and those who prepared it. We ask all this in your Son’s name. Amen.”

The next reunion is planned for October, 2017.

St. Kevin Announces Distinguished Speaker

By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large.


Paul Beaudette

WELLAND – The tradition continues.

The Parish Community of St. Kevin hosts its 19th annual Distinguished Speaker Night on Monday, Nov. 21 commencing at 7 p.m.

This year’s guest is Catholic educator Paul Beaudette.

Beaudette will speak on “How the Church’s Best-Kept Secret Is Being Divulged in Catholic Schools.”

He has worked in Catholic education at the secondary level in Niagara and Toronto, and at the post-secondary level in Halifax.  At present he is the Program Leader for Religion and Family Life in the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board.

A graduate of Welland’s Notre Dame College School, Beaudette has strong and lasting associations with the Holy Cross community, the priests who founded the local Catholic secondary school and who now serve St. Kevin parish.

Beaudette joins a long list of speakers from diverse backgrounds who have come to the parish with timely and engaging messages. A handful of previous speakers include: Merton scholar Michael Higgins, theologian and author Mary Jo Leddy, humanitarian and human rights activist Colleen Malone, former Globe and Mail writer Michael Valpy, former Toronto Star columnist Joe Fiorito and social justice activist and scripture scholar Fr. Bill Ryan, SJ.

Distinguished Speaker Night is held in Delaney Hall, the downstairs parish hall.

Following the address, a question and answer period will be held.

No tickets are needed to attend Distinguished Speaker Night. It is open to the community.

Sign Language


Ain’t that the truth! The joint City of Welland and Regional Niagara project is proceeding slower than expected, but it’s thought that completion of the roadwork at the end of November is still achievable, according to a news report published on Thursday. (Photo by Joe Barkovich. Sign Language is a recurring feature on the blog.)