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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 – Niagara College president Dan Patterson joined community leaders in Toronto on Thursday to hear the announcement that Niagara was named the Canada Summer Games host for 2021.

Niagara edged out three other communities in the short list of the bid process – Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge, Ottawa and Sudbury.

“This is a win-win for athletes and the entire community of Niagara,” said Patterson. “Everyone in the area came together to support the bid and showcase all of the great venues, people and talent we have to offer in Niagara.”

Niagara College will be the host venue for a number of events and activities around the Games, including:

-Games’ broadcasting centre; Games’ media centre, practice and alternate basketball games site; and residential housing for technical officials for South Niagara sports locations – at the Welland campus; and,

-Residential housing for technical officials for North Niagara sports locations – at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campus residences.

In addition, NC will be involved in the Human Legacy Plan for Niagara, a project spearheaded by NC’s associate vice-president, academic and learner services, David Veres. These initiatives support job opportunities for students and recent graduates, placement internships and course-based projects.

Patterson said the College and community have a lot to look forward to: “the College’s hands-on learning approach opens up opportunities to support development and delivery of a world-class games.”


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.

Fourth and last meeting: Thursday, April 6 @ 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 Public Works Division is underway with the street sweeping program of city roadways. Although this program has the potential to pause due to weather related conditions, staff anticipate the program will take approximately four to six weeks to complete.

This year’s program consists of cleaning 19 zones as identified on the sweeping map index. Work will commence within zone one and will continue systematically to zone 19. Curb lines within cul-de-sacs will be swept, and further followed up with another sweeping in the cul-de-sac center areas as required.

Sweeping creates a healthier environment because it reduces dust and other airborne contaminants. Vince Beaudoin, General Foreman of Public Works says the street sweepers help reduce the amount of material that gets washed into the storm water system, which ultimately leads to the canal, river, and creeks. “Removing loose material from the roadway also ensures safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers,” said Beaudoin.

City staff ask for community cooperation with the street sweeping program, in order to make Welland an even healthier cleaner city to live in. For inquiries regarding the city’s street sweeping please contact Public Works at 905 735-1700 Ext. 3000.

How can you help?

Please refrain from parking your vehicles on the road during this period;

Please refrain from sweeping your driveway and sidewalk debris onto the roadway;

Do not sweep the gutter or edge of road material into pile;

Please remove hockey and basketball nets from the edge of the road.


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 –-Learn how to dye and decorate Easter eggs with traditional Ukrainian folk designs at the Welland Public Library’s Main Branch at 50 The Boardwalk in Welland. Date: Tuesday, April 4, 7pm.

All tools and supplies will be provided. Just bring yourself, a friend if you can and excitement for learning a new crafting skill. This program is FREE but space is very limited so  register online at or by calling the Welland Library at 905-734-6210 ext. 2521 for more details.


WELLAND –April 14, 2017 will mark the 105th anniversary of the sinking of the R.M.S Titanic.

Hosted by the Welland Public Library, join an evening of exploration and discovery in the Community Room of the Welland Civic Square at 60 East Main Street in Welland, Tuesday, April 11, 7pm.

View authentic artifacts and memorabilia, watch rare video footage, uncover little known facts and participate in a Q & A with the expert.

Presented by Wayne J. Tuttle, collector/historian for over 40 years, and a member of Toastmasters International & Speakers Bureau. For more information about this free event, please contact the Welland Library at 905-734-6210 ext. 2521.

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