City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size


(Supplied graphic/City of Welland)

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 –This popular series resumes Tuesday, March 28, 7pm with Life and Death on the Welland Ship Canal – The Untold Story of 137 Worker Fatalities.

timthumb.pngGuest speaker, Arden Phair, will deliver an illustrated presentation on an engineering marvel of the twentieth century – the Welland Ship Canal – and the plans to build a Memorial to the men whose lives were lost during its construction. Until now, this has been an untold story of the transportation icon. The 137 fatalities between 1914 and 1935 represent one of the largest losses of life in the history of the Government of Canada infrastructure projects. This lecture combines a historical and photographic overview with the Welland Canal works as a backdrop to the Memorial project and a selection of stories about the fallen workers.

This talk will take place at 7 pm in the Community Room of Civic Square, located at 60 East Main Street in Welland. Upcoming topics are as follows:

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

Tuesday, May 30: Helmet Diving from the Past by Mike Babiski.

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


WELLAND – On Saturday, March. 25 you can Discover Niagara College at the 2017 Spring Open House from 10am to 2pm at both the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake Campuses.


go-quietWELLAND – Residents and businesses are invited to share their thoughts on potential changes to the City of Welland’s existing Go Quiet By-Law, which prohibits motorized craft on the Welland Recreational Waterway outside of special use exemptions for safety purposes.

Next meeting: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 7pm

Meetings take place in the Theatre at the Welland Community Wellness Complex (145 Lincoln Street).

For further information contact


WELLAND – The City of Welland and Welland Downtown Business Improvement Association (WDBIA) are heading to Huntsville for the 2017 Parks and Recreation Ontario Educational Forum from March 28 – 31. The City’s Community Development Coordinator, Sarah Ane, along with WDBIA’s Executive Director, Stephanie Hicks, are joint presenters at the Forum. Ane and Hicks were invited to present to the conference’s attendees on the socio-economic benefits of public-private partnerships.

The City and WDBIA began a partnership in 2016 when the municipality and downtown organization joined resources to host the Canada Day celebrations in the downtown core. The partnership blossomed to other projects, and initiated a relationship based on similar community goals. As presenters, Ane and Hicks will promote a partnership framework and the advantages of municipalities collaborating with the private community.

Sarah Ane, City of Welland Community Development Coordinator, says partnering with the WDBIA has introduced a new vibrancy in the downtown core and helped to engage residential and business communities. “We want to highlight the positive relationship we are building with the Downtown BIA and the incredible things we have been able to accomplish together. We’re proud to be sharing this expanding relationship with municipalities across the province, and hope they will look at it as a model of what the recreation and business communities can accomplish together,” said Ane.

Stephanie Hicks, WDBIA Executive Director, is excited to set an example and demonstrate a successful community partnership model.


belongingWELLAND –Partners for Planning (P4P) and the Welland Public Library present a live screening of “The Art of Belonging”  Thursday, March 30 7pm in the Main Branch lounge or upstairs in the Community Room for this live-stream TEDx-inspired talk that features six diverse speakers who offer unique perspectives on the importance of community and belonging.

P4P is a non-profit organization that provides families with free resources to help plan the best possible life for loved ones with disabilities.

To register, email or visit our website Events Calendar.


WELLAND – Holy Cross Cemetery’s annual spring cleanup, starts on Tuesday, April 18.

All wreaths, tin cans, glass jars, flower pots, and similar articles not removed, will be disposed of on April 18.  If anyone is unable to pick up their wreaths etc. by that date they can call the cemetery at 905 734-4172 and make arrangements for the staff to hold the articles for a short period until they are able to come to the cemetery to pick them up.


WELLAND – Calling all artists!

Welland Public Library wants to put YOUR artwork on its new library cards. Submit your best original art to Creative Cards Contest for a chance to win amazing prizes and have your work featured on the library’s new line of cards.


One entry per person.

Two age categories: under 18 and 18+

Must be a resident of Welland

Images should be a standard size (5” x 7”, 8” x 10”). If selected, the image will be scaled down to library card size (2 1/8” x 3 3/8”). Physical artwork should not exceed 8 ½” x 14”.

No restrictions on colour or materials. Physical and electronic artwork will be accepted.

The image doe not have to be library-related. Wow us with your creativity!

The deadline for submissions is Saturday, May 20, 2017.

To submit: Drop your artwork off at any WPL branch and fill out a submission form.

Submissions may also be emailed to Files must be .jpeg or .tiff format, 300 DPI, and must not exceed 10 megabytes. A completed submission form must be received along with your submission (either fill out a form at the library or attach the completed form to your email). The form is available at

Winners will be chosen by the library’s Art & Signage Committee and will be announced in late May.  Questions? Contact Conor Echlin at


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

Residents can view criteria for the award and submit nominations online at

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 recipient was Welland resident Paul Turner. 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.


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