Monthly Archives: April 2017

‘Here Is Your Chance To Support Fair Trade’

C9-TzNXWsAELM1OBy Mary Petriw

WELLAND  What I love most about Welland are the people; kind, passionate people who are making a difference in our community and throughout the world. Our citizens will always stand up for what they believe in. Whether it be a charity walk, a food drive or a community clean up, you can always count on the citizens of Welland to help. Now comes another chance for the citizens of Welland to stand up and say no to injustice in our world. Here is your chance to support Fair Trade!

Notre Dame College School was recently named Canada’s 13th Fair Trade School. To celebrate, it is hosting its 5th annual Fair Trade Fair on Thursday, May 4th – just in time for International Fair Trade Day AND Mother’s Day!

There are lots of great gift ideas to choose from. The sale will take place between 9:30am – 1:30pm in the front foyer outside of Dillon Hall.  Friends and family from the community are welcome to attend! Local fair trade vendors include Ten Thousand Villages, Moyaa Shea Products, One Earth, Casa Relief, bellabuddhabeads, giftologie and Bounded.  Please be a conscious consumer and support fair trade whenever possible.

(Mary Petriw is a Grade 12 student at Notre Dame and has been a devoted member of the Fair Trade committee since Grade 9.)

Poetry At The Library

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Julie Mannell reading earlier today at Welland Public Library. The former Fonthill resident, acclaimed as a writer and poet, was a participant in the library’s celebration of National Poetry Month along with several other guests including Taylor Peebles of Welland. The program moved to The Black Sheep Lounge on Niagara Street for Poetry Takes the Night from 6pm to 10pm. National Poetry Month was established by the League of Canadian Poets in 1998. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

THE WEEK AHEAD: Meetings In Welland

Meeting Calendar

Meetings are open to the public unless otherwise noted. Information is obtained from the applicable agency, board, committee, or commission and downloaded to this calendar as it becomes available. Information is subject to change. Please check back often for the most up-to-date information, including cancellations.


Senior Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting  ≫

4:00 PM Monday May. 1  2017 –
Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street

Audit Review Committee Meeting  ≫

5:45 PM Tuesday May. 2  2017 –
Council Ante Room

Council Meeting in Committee-of-the-Whole In-camera (Closed to the Public),  ≫

6:20 PM Tuesday May. 2  2017 – to discuss the following:

  • Personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees.
    – Committee Appointments for the following Committees:
    Market Square Advisory Committee
  • Litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board;
    Personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees.
    – Water/sewer matters
  • Proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board.
    – Atlas property, 400 East Main Street.

in the Council Ante Room

Council Meeting, in Open Session  ≫

7:00 PM Tuesday May. 2  2017 –

  • Legislated Public Hearing(s) Pursuant to the Planning Act.

in the Council Chambers

Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council Meeting  ≫

4:30 PM Wednesday May. 3  2017 –
Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street

Welland Community Wellness Complex Advisory Committee Meeting  ≫

3:00 PM Thursday May. 4  2017 –
Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street

Celebrate National Poetry Month At Welland Library

By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

WELLAND – A voice from the past re-enters my life Saturday.


Julie Mannell (Supplied photo)

It is that of Julie Mannell, who wears a variety of hats in this life. Poet is one of them.

I first heard Julie speak when she was getting started in high school. She shared experiences and memories from travels in India and Thailand as a member of Free the Children. This was 10, maybe 11 years ago.

Her concern for others even pre-dated that. When she was in Grade 5, Julie searched child labour and exploitation websites to learn more about these issues. When she was 11, she attended her first Free the Children conference. Nuggets like these came out in interviews with her for newspaper stories. And it was quickly evident Julie’s wisdom was far beyond her years.

I can’t connect all the dots in her life between then and now, there are far too many and besides I would be sure to miss many. But I knew fairly early on that this Julie Mannell is someone who is marked for greatness. I realized it years ago and still feel the same this day.

Julie, a Fonthill resident for part of her life, is in Welland Saturday to take part in the public library’s celebration of National Poetry Month from 2 to 4 p.m.

Guests include: Welland poet and activist Taylor Peebles, John B. Lee, poet laureate of Brantford and Norfolk County, Adam Dickinson, professor of poetry at Brock University and accomplished Toronto poet, Jade Wallace.

The library’s news release says attendees at the session will enjoy “dynamic and diverse readings” offered by the participants.

At 6 p.m., the Black Sheep Lounge on Niagara Street will play host to another session of readings and more. Full details are found on the library’s website.

The evening session isn’t part of my plans but the afternoon’s is. I am looking forward to readings by this diverse group of poets. And I’m thrilled about the opportunity to hear Julie Mannell once again. This is a voice from the past that is not to be missed.

City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size


CITY SHORTS ART: A salute in tulips to our Canada 150 celebration is the theme of this bed at the intersection of First Avenue and Prince Charles Drive. The bed across Prince Charles, at Colbeck Drive, has the Canadian flag for its theme. Both are examples of the beautiful work done by City of Welland gardeners/horticulture staff. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

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 exciting paint party, in support of Welland’s Outpatient Mental Health Clinic, will take place on Thursday, May 25 from 6:30-8:30pm in the Community Room.

canvass and coffeHave you ever wanted to try a painting party but were discouraged by the cost, location, or a lack of experience? Well, we’ve got just the answer for you! The Welland Public Library is hosting its first ever Canvas & Coffee painting event on May 25th at 6:30pm led by artist and art teacher, Kim Moreau. No experience is required; and even better: the event is free with your donation of a new aluminum water bottle and/or bottle of adult sunscreen!

These items will be donated to the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic in Welland. This clinic offers a group-based program that helps people living with mental health issues learn to cope with – and hopefully alleviate – their mental health symptoms. The severity of these symptoms often hinders the person’s ability to work; their primary modes of transportation are taking the bus, riding bikes, or walking.

These donations will help reduce the risks of sun exposure and provide for a happier, healthier summer. Come out for a fun evening with friends and support this great cause! Light refreshments will be provided.

Tickets will be available May 1 but are  limited so act fast! Donations will be collected at time of ticket pick up.


WELLAND – On Saturday, May 6, Arid Recovery Homes is holding its 18th annual walk-a-thon to help raise awareness, promote discussion and lessen the stigma about addictions and mental health.

The 5k or 10k walks are being held on Merritt Island, registration opens at 9am and the walk starts at 10.

More details and pledge sheets are on the web site,  or call 905-227-1113.


WELLAND – St. Matthews’ Lutheran Church is holding its 11th annual  Free Bike Clinic and Block Party on Saturday, May 6, from 10 am to 12 noon.

Everyone is welcome. Bring your family’s bikes for simple maintenance: air in tires, seat adjustment, lubrication, reflective tape.

The event is also a great opportunity to chat with neighbours, enjoy a free barbecue lunch and enter the free bike helmet draw.

Last but not least – Learn the proper way to wear your helmet and the ABCs of bicycle care.


WELLAND –- On Saturday, April 29, Welland Historical Museum is holding a Murder Mystery Fundraiser at Welland Legion, Morningstar Avenue from 6 to 10pm. Come out for a night of dinner, entertainment, and silent auction.

Tickets are $40/person or $35/person when booking a table of 8. Tickets can be booked online or by phone.


WELLAND – The Rotary Club of Welland invites you to the Cinco de Mayo event of the year. It will take place on Friday, May 5 at Riverstone Event Centre and will feature Mexican fare, entertainment, specialty drinks, cash bar and games.

Tickets are $75 each and include one drink, Tequila tasting, dinner buffet, prizes and games. Tickets can be reserved via email by contacting us at


WELLAND – A celebration of Niagara College’s 50th anniversary and the college’s connection to the Niagara Region will take place at the Canadian Food and Wine Institute on May 6.

The evening will be a journey through time with food, wine, beer, music, alumni and special guests. To order tickets or for more information, contact Sarah Scott at 905-641-2252 ext. 4623,


WELLAND – Welland Heritage Council and Multicultural Centre is holding its 10th annual Ladies Night May 11 at Riverstone Event Centre, 414 River Road from 6 to 10pm.

Music, vendors, family style dinner, door prizes and raffles, fashion show by The Post Office, silent auction and more are on the program. Tickets are $40 per person or $375 for a table of 10.

Tickets available at the Heritage Council and Multicultural Centre, 26 East Main. Call 905-732-5337 for more info.


WELLAND –Here’s your invite to some Flatwater Fun. It’s Friday, April 28 at 7 pm at the Welland International Flatwater Centre. The evening features Howling Horns and Groovy Food. Ticket price includes finger foods provided by Smokin’ Buddha. This City of Welland sponsored event benefits Womens’ Place Welland through the United Way. Tickets: $15 per person.


crest 2WELLAND – The annual Croatian National Home Elimination Draw is being held Wednesday, May 10 at the hall on Broadway Avenue. Tickets are $70.

Tickets are available from Kathleen Turkovich, 905-735-5089 if you are interested in purchasing.

Don’t wait long, the event sells out quickly.


WELLAND – Join Niagara author Brent Jones at Welland Public Library on Monday, May 8 at 7 pm. The event will include a discussion of his debut novel “The Fifteenth of June,” a short reading, a Q&A session, and a book signing.

johnsonAbout the author: “From bad checks to bathroom graffiti, Brent Jones has always been drawn to writing. He won a national creative writing competition at the age of fourteen, although he can’t recall what the story was about. Seventeen years later, he gave up his freelance career as a social media manager to pursue creative writing full-time. The Fifteenth of June is his debut novel.

Jones is working on his sophomore release from his home in Fort Erie. Subscribe to his newsletter ( or follow him on Twitter (@AuthorBrentJ).” –from


WELLAND –Spring Orientation takes place May 4 at Niagara College.

Get started at the college by participating in Orientation! Visit for details. For exceptions and more important dates please visit

Lamb, Pork Barbecue For Mother’s Day

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With Kathleen Turkovich, left, and Ann Simunic wrapping the barbecued lamb and pork, Joe Ivancak cuts pieces to fill individual orders after the lamb and pork come off the spit. (File photos by Joe Barkovich)

WELLAND – A popular tradition observed by local Croatians is going ahead again this year.

DSC_4839 (3)The annual Mother’s Day lamb and pork barbecue is being held, you guessed it, on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14 at the Croatian National Home.

The event is organized by Welland Lodge 617, Croatian Fraternal Union of America.

Six lambs and two pigs will be prepared in the barbecue pit on the spacious grounds of the hall, located on Broadway Avenue.

This is a takeout event only, food is not eaten on site.

The price of both lamb and pork is $36 per kilo.

Best time to arrive is between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., said Ann Simunic, a member of Lodge 617 and a long-time volunteer at the event.  The meat is expected to be ready for sale by 11 a.m. but it pays to be there a little ahead of time.

The barbecue is open to the community, not just members of the local Croatian community.

For more information about this tasty Mother’s Day treat, please call Kathleen Turkovich, 905-735-5089.



Wanted: Writer Keen On Social Justice Issues

Editor’s note: This is my second call for applicants. In the first, one applicant had a change of mind after expressing interest, the second turned out not to be qualified.

From A Reporter’s Notebook is looking for a Welland-based writer with interest in hot-button social issues.

Once or twice monthly, you will provide a feature story for publication on the blog, having to do with: hunger, homelessness, the working poor, food banks, unemployment, struggles for economic justice, refugees/migration and more.

You must be passionate about social justice and charity, so much so that you are willing to work without financial remuneration. Your work will be recognized on the blog with your published byline, credits for photos that appear with your copy, and a prominent head and shoulder type photo that will enhance your public profile in the community.

Your work will consist of assigned stories, photo essays and from time to time your own personal enterprise.

If you think you have it what it takes help make social justice a front-burner issue in the local community, it’s time to hear from you.

Please provide a brief resume with a focus on why social issues and social justice are important to you, details on prior or current experience as a writer and/or activist and what you think can/will be accomplished by shining a spotlight on these issues.

Please respond by email to:

Deadline for application is Saturday, May 27, 2017. Projected start-up is mid-June, 2017.