City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size


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 – The Niagara Peninsula and portions of Hamilton and Haldimand have already received between 15 to 25mm of rainfall and are forecast to receive another 30mm of precipitation from Thursday afternoon through Friday.

The most recent rain has resulted in higher than normal water levels and flows within our watercourses. At present, water levels within our major watercourses are elevated but remain below critical thresholds. All residents living along the upper portions of the Welland River, 20 Mile Creek, and 4 Mile Creek, especially in the Wellandport, Smithville, and Virgil areas, are still encouraged to closely monitor river conditions.

Localized flooding in low-lying areas is expected. As such, all residents living along any of our streams and waterways are advised to keep a close watch on the water levels. Water levels are anticipated to remain elevated throughout the weekend. The NPCA will continue to monitor stream and weather conditions closely and will issue further messages as required.

Information on the Flood Status in the watershed and water levels within the streams can be found on the NPCA’s website at:

This notice is in effect until noon, Saturday, April 8th, 2017 and will be updated as required.


WELLAND – The Welland Canal Fallen Workers Speaker Series continues at 7pm on Tuesday, April 25th with: Disaster on the Welland Canal: The Lock 6 Gate Collapse 1928, by Sarah King-Head:

“Nothing in the world could have pulled her back,” is how William Merkley described efforts to prevent his twenty-ton crane from toppling over and falling 80 feet into the Lock 6 chamber below. Worse yet, it forced the collapse of a gate that killed ten men and injured scores more on Wednesday August 1, 1928. Thorold-based historian, Sarah King Head, MA, PhilM, will explore the causes and circumstances that led to the highest single day loss of life in the two decades it took to build the Welland Ship Canal. She will also consider who these men were, showing that their range of ethnicities and nationalities provides a unique snapshot of immigration patterns to Canada in the years after WWI.

This series of talks is 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.

This talk will take place at 7pm in the Community Room of Civic Square, located at 60 East Main Street in Welland. The next – and final – topic is: 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 – Rose City Seniors Centre Foundation board is holding its annual meeting Tuesday, April 18, 1 pm at the Welland Community Wellness Complex.

If you are 50+ years of age and hold a valid Wellness Complex Pass, you are eligible to vote on all Foundation matters.

The agenda includes: Receiving the accountant’s report for 2016, the chair’s year-end report and election of  directors – one will be elected.


WELLAND –- Welland Downtown BIA will hold its annual general meeting Wednesday, April 12, 5:30pm at Welland Civic Square.

Agenda items include: Niagara Cycling Tourism, Re-branding of the Downtown BIA, Canada’s 150th in Welland and FEAST ST. Niagara.


WELLAND –On April 24, Welland Library’s evening Book Club will discuss “They Left Us Everything” and be joined by author, Plum Johnson via Skype! Pick up a copy of “They Left Us […] at the library. Check time of event with the library.

About the book:“After almost twenty years of caring for elderly parents – first for their senile father, and then for their cantankerous ninety-three-year-old mother – author Plum Johnson and her three younger brothers experience conflicted feelings of grief and relief when their mother, the surviving parent, dies.” — From


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 –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.


WELLAND – Visit Welland Public Library’s Diamond Trail Branch at 315 Southworth Street, Wednesday, April 12 for a NEW French Movie Series.

The second film in this series is Mammuth.’After turning 60, working-class man Serge decides to retire and is ready to reap his pensioner’s rewards. He runs into the implacable wall of bureaucracy after finding out that his former employers have neglected to declare his earnings. To receive full benefits he needs to go back to them and gather the missing affidavits. Encouraged by his wife, our hero climbs onto his old 1970s Mammoth motorcycle and sets off on a trip to recover lost wages and buried memories’.

Complimentary popcorn and beverages provided. For more information about this free event, please contact the Welland Public Library Diamond Trail Branch at 905-322-1061.


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