City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size


CITY SHORTS ART: Follow the leader. Canada geese in formation during a flight over Merritt Island. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

Compilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

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 – Nominations are now open for the 2017 T. Roy Adams Humanitarian of the Year Award.

The award honours the memory of the late Councillor T. Roy Adams and is presented annually to a current resident of Niagara who best exemplifies Roy’s values and dedication to community service; a person who sees volunteerism as an integral part of their life. Last year’s winner was Welland resident Paul Turner.

Residents can view criteria for the award and submit nominations online at Nominations are open until March 31, 2017.

Roy Adams was an eminent Niagaran, well known throughout the Region, Canada, and abroad for his service to God, his country and his fellow citizens. More info: Contact Darrell Neufeld, Niagara Region, 905-980-6000 ext. 3813. More info,


WELLAND – Here is the schedule for the Harvest Kitchen program in Welland, it started in November and runs through to March 2017. It is a hot meal program with no overnight component.

Sunday: 5 p.m. Central United Church 12 Young Street

Monday: 5:30 p.m. Sacré-Coeur Catholic Church 72 Empire Street

Tuesday: 5:30 p.m. Hope Centre 570 King Street

Wednesday: 5 p.m. St. Kevin Catholic Church 307 Niagara Street

Thursday: 1st & 3rd Thursdays 5:30 p.m.,2nd Thursday 6 p.m. Hope Centre 570 King Street

4th & 5th Thursday 5 p.m. Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church 300 Chaffey Street

Emergency Shelter: Hope Centre – 24 hours 570 King Street 905-788-0744


christmas-tree-collectionWELAND – Christmas tree collection takes place tomorrow, Saturday, January 7 only.

Christmas trees must be at the curb by 7 a.m. Remove all ornaments and decorations. Christmas trees wrapped in plastic or buried in snow will not be collected. Artificial trees will not be picked up.


NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE – A Canada 150 celebration in Niagara-on-the-Lake will feature a Welland-based band. Kindred is on the program of ICEtravaganza  tomorrow, Jan. 7 at Vintage-Parks Canada skating rink.

The day gets underway at 10 with open skating, also a snowman building contest at the same time. Other highlights: Canadian Raptors bird demonstration at noon, 2:45pm and 4pm, the performance by Kindred from 2pm to 4pm followed by Howling Horns from 6pm to 8:30pm and candlelit tours of Fort George.



Workshop date: JANUARY 19

WELLAND – The Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients Program (STOP) offers eligible participants in Niagara five weeks of cost-free nicotine replacement therapy and smoking cessation information to help them in their quit attempt.

Eligible participants will: Attend an educational session and, receive a five-week course of nicotine patches. The workshop date is January 19, in Thorold.

Call 905-688-8248 ext. 7240 to find out if you are eligible and to register for a workshop. For additional help with quitting smoking, order our free quit smoking kit.


WELLAND – Welland Library had a great turnout to the all ages live-music event featuring amazing performances by Jessica Wilson, Ryan Guay of Street Pharmacy, and The Stotts!

Thank you to Volcano’s Pizza, Food Basics Welland, and Food Basics Fonthill for generously donating snacks and pizza. And a huge thanks to all those who so kindly donated to our local food banks.



Part of the crowd at one of three servings, Soup’s On! 2016

WELLAND – Do too many cooks spoil the broth? Not at Soup’s On!, a popular soup luncheon fundraiser, where seven soup prep teams will serve a variety of soups in aid of a social justice scholarship.

At Soup’s On!, the consensus is: Every ‘ladle bit’ helps!

The event takes place Friday, January 27, at St. Kevin’s parish hall. Tickets are $10 per person. Three servings are held during each Soup’s On!: 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.The noon serving is sold out.

Tickets for Soup’s On! are available from the parish office, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m. T hey are also sold before and after weekend Masses at St. Kevin: 5 p.m. Saturday, and 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday.



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