Monthly Archives: October 2016

50 Cheers For 50 Years

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The executive and directors of Welland’s Croatian National Home have reason to cheer – Saturday, Oct. 22  marks the 50th anniversary of the popular cultural hall. An open house is being held at the CNH, located on Broadway Avenue, at 3:30pm followed by dinner and a commemorative program. Kathleen Turkovich, CNH president, said the event is sold out. About 300 people are expected to attend. The flower bed, a portion of which is seen here, is near the entrance to the parking lot and is the work of City of Welland horticultural staff. (Photo courtesy of Thies Bogner)

City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size

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CITY SHORTS ART: Nothing like a walk or drive down a rural country road this time of year – without the rain, of course! (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

BOO! HALLOWEEN ‘SPOOKTACULAR’ AT WELLAND’S CITY HALL

WELLAND – Welland’s city hall is hosting Halloween Spooktacular on Monday,  Oct. 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. For full details yisit the website or checkout the Civic Corner page in Thursday’s Tribune.

HO, HO, HO – WANT TO VOLUNTEER?

WELLAND – Santa Claus comes to Welland Saturday, Nov. 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 bring him here so early?

Volunteers are needed as traffic marshals, parade marshals, ride-along marshals, and end-of-parade marshals. Folks can apply through volunteer@welland.ca. See the ad on the Civic Corner page.

CHECK OUT THE GREEN SCENE

WELLAND – Niagara Region’s Green Scene, out this week, is chock full of useful info about things like: fall branch collection, household hazardous waste depots, green bins, improvements to Niagara Region transit routes, the provincial offences court under construction in Welland, Christmas holiday topics like Christmas tree collection, a holiday sorting guide and how to handle extra holiday garbage, and more. It’s a keeper – don’t toss it into recycling just yet!

FOOD FOR FINES IS BACK

collect-foodWELLAND – Make a food donation and have your fines forgiven! From October 16th to the 30th, bring in a bag of non-perishable food items to Welland library and your fines will be forgiven.* All food collected throughout this time will be donated to Welland food banks. Food for Fines is a great way to help the community and be debt-free with the Library!*Applies to fines only. Does not apply to previously billed items.Site Map

LIBRARY OPEN SUNDAYS

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.

IT’S A SELL OUT

WELLAND – The Harvest Luncheon scheduled for Wednesday, October 26 at Welland Community Wellness Complex is sold out, according to a post on the Civic Corner page.

WELLAND CANAL FALLEN WORKERS SPEAKERS SERIES

WELLAND – Schedule in the Welland Canal Fallen Workers Speaker Series:

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.

Each talk will take place at 7pm in the Community Room of Civic Square, located at 60 East Main Street in Welland. Please register by calling the Library at 905-734-6210 ext. 2521 or through the online calendar.

THE WEEK AHEAD: Meetings in Welland

Weekly Meetings
Monday
Oct.24 ’16
4:00 PM – Informal Public Drop-in Session re: 2017 Tax Supported Operating and 2017-2026 Capital Budgets
– Community Room
Monday
Oct.24 ’16
5:00 PM – Budget Review Committee Meeting – Council Chambers.

  • Public Input Meeting will start at 5:00 p.m. re: 2017 Tax Supported Operating and 2017-2026 Capital Budgets.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25 – PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE GENERAL COMMITTEE MEETING ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR THIS EVENING HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
Thursday
Oct.27 ’16
4:00 PM – Welland Arenas Advisory Committee Meeting
– LOCATION: Main Arena, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 501 King Street.

 

 City of Welland Jobs
Friday
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

THIS WEEK: Meetings In Welland

Weekly Meetings
Monday
Oct.17 ’16
5:30 PM – Canada’s 150th in Welland Committee Meeting
– LOCATION: Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.
Monday
Oct.17 ’16
6:00 PM – Public Forum with Building and Development Community re: Proposed Policy on Extensions to Draft Plan Approval for Plans of Subdivision
– Community Room.
Monday
Oct.17 ’16
7:00 PM – Welland Public Library Board Meeting
– Welland Public Library, Program Room – LOCATION: 50 The Boardwalk.
Tuesday
Oct.18 ’16
4:15 PM – North Welland Business Improvement Area Board of Management Meeting
– LOCATION: Boston Pizza, 934 Niagara Street.
Tuesday
Oct.18 ’16
6:25 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.
  • Receiving of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose.
    – Tax Sale update.
Tuesday
Oct.18 ’16
7:00 PM – Council Meeting, in Open Session, in the Council Chambers.

  • Public Meeting pursuant to Section 357/358 of the Municipal Act, 2001, regarding Tax Write-Offs.
Wednesday
Oct.19 ’16
3:00 PM – Accessibility Advisory Committee Meeting
– LOCATION: Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.
Wednesday
Oct.19 ’16
4:30 PM – Health Care Committee Meeting
– Council Ante Room.
Wednesday
Oct.19 ’16
5:00 PM – Committee of Adjustment Hearing(s)
– Council Chambers.
Wednesday
Oct.19 ’16
6:00 PM – Market Square Advisory Committee Meeting
– LOCATION: Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.
Wednesday
Oct.19 ’16
7:00 PM – Ward 3 Information Meeting for residents and stakeholders (hosted by the Ward 3 Councillors)
– Community Room.

City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size!

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CITY SHORTS ART: Semi-final action in the Tribune Girls Basketball Tournament takes place today, Friday, Oct. 14. See City Short item below. (File photo)

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

SEMIFINALS TODAY IN TRIB HOOPS TOURNEY

WELLAND – The pairings have been determined in the semifinals of the annual Tribune Girls Basketball Tournament.

Today’s consolation semifinal action at Niagara College’s Athletic Centre has Governor Simcoe playing Saint Paul at 3:30pm and Lakeshore Catholic meeting  Sir Winston Churchill in a 5pm tipoff.

Semifinals on the A side of the bracket, also at the college, has Notre Dame facing Eden in the 6:30pm game, and Jean Vanier taking on Centennial in the nightcap getting underway at 8pm

WARD 3 COUNCILLORS WANT TO CHAT

WELLAND – Councillors John Chiocchio and John Mastroianni are holding an information meeting with Ward 3 residents October 19, 7pm to 9pm. It’s at Civic Square’s community room.

FOOD FOR FINES IS BACK

WELLAND – Make a food donation and have your fines forgiven!  From October 16th to the 30th, bring in a bag of non-perishable food items to Welland library and your fines will be forgiven.* All food collected throughout this time will be donated to Welland food banks. Food for Fines is a great way to help the community and be debt-free with the Library!

*Applies to fines only. Does not apply to previously billed items.

LIBRARY OPEN SUNDAYS

WELLAND – Beginning October 16, the Main Branch of the library will be open every Sunday from 1– 5pm. Staff look forward to seeing you!

Free parking available all day on weekends and evenings after 6 pm.

MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA IN CONCERT

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.

HARVEST LUNCHEON AT WELLNESS COMPLEX

WELLAND – The Harvest Luncheon is being held Wednesday, October 26 at Welland Community Wellness Complex, 1130am to 12:30pm.

On the menu: cabbage roll with tomato sausage and perogies with onions and sour cream, dinner roll with butter, carrot cake, coffee/tea and applie cider. Price is $8 ($9 after Oct. 19) for passholders and $9 ($10 after Oct. 19) for non-passholders. Only 60 tickets are available.

PUBLIC SKATING STARTS

WELLAND – Public skating starts at the Jack Ballantyne Memorial Arena, Oct. 15. It’s from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

MILESTONE ANNIVERSARY FOR  CULTURAL HALL

WELLAND – Croatian National Home is celebrating its 50th anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 22. Doors open for an open house at 3:30pm and dinner will be held starting at 5:30pm, with short speeches from various guests and musical performances by three cultural groups, including the Veseli Hrvati of Welland.  More information and tickets, call Kathleen 905-735-5089 or Ann 905-734-9851.

TRIVIA NIGHT PLANNED BY LIBRARY

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 library’s 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.

 WELLAND CANAL FALLEN WORKERS SPEAKERS SERIES

WELLAND – Schedule in the Welland Canal Fallen Workers Speaker Series:

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.

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

THE WEEK AHEAD: Meetings In Welland

Weekly Meetings
MONDAY, OCTOBER 10 – THANKSGIVING DAY – CIVIC SQUARE CLOSED
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11 – PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE GENERAL COMMITTEE MEETING ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR THIS EVENING HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
Wednesday
Oct.12 ’16
5:00 PM – Budget Review Committee Meeting
– Council Chambers.
Wednesday
Oct.12 ’16
6:00 PM – Arts and Culture Advisory Committee Meeting
– LOCATION: Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.

 

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 City of Welland Jobs
Friday
Oct.14 ’16
4:00 PM – Skate Patrollers/Cashier
Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit a current resume by no later than 4:00 p.m. October 14, 2016
Friday
Oct.14 ’16
4:00 PM – Part Time Customer Service Clerk – WCWC
Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply no later than 4:00 pm, Friday October 14, 2016

HERITAGE LIVES: Thanksgiving Messages A Century Ago

 

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Thanksgiving card from over a century ago. (Image courtesy Terry Hughes)

By TERRY HUGHES

Today, there are a wide variety of ways that we can communicate with each other but a century ago this was not the case. The best method was by telegraph normally achieved by the railways. The telephone had not made its presence known yet but an idea that had been pioneered in the late part of the nineteenth century was the post card. They came in a standard size but could be extremely attractive ranging from rich coloured scenes to embossed artistry beyond belief. They covered a variety of themes and in future columns we will feature what they were.

The messages passed via post cards were not that much different than those of Facebook today. Usually a brief but important message ranging from a wedding proposal, the condition of one’s health, the weather or simply keeping in touch was the order of the day.

Our example here features a Thanksgiving theme with a hint of humour mixed in. The turkey and the pumpkin are best known as symbols of the season placed in a fall setting and with a cook armed with the utensils for carving. We know the outcome here although the turkey hasn’t grasped the situation. The message on the back says, “Just getting over a cold. Haven’t seen you in a dog’s age so maybe you can come over for dinner. Talk is that winter may be bad so your arrival here this week would be timely.” signed Chris.

The next time we will use the post card theme will be for Christmas. Our next column will deal with Niagara’s First Mass Transit System; the N.S. & T. Railway.

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