City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size


CITY SHORTS art: Flatwater Centre hosts another popular fundraiser. A great venue!(Supplied graphic)

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 –Welland Historical Museum invites submissions for appointment to its Board of Management. The museum is looking for strong leaders with diverse backgrounds to reflect the demographics of our service area which includes both the City of Welland and the Town of Pelham.

museum logoBeing recruited are applicants with previous board and volunteer experience and would like to have representation from corporate, public sector and non-profit sectors.  Particular skill sets include human resources, health and safety, finance, fundraising and marketing backgrounds. Youth representatives interested who have a passion for history, must be 18 years of age or older and residing or working in the City of Welland or the Town of Pelham. The term of appointment is three years with possible renewal for a second three-year term. The Board meets a minimum of 10 times per year on the 4th Wednesday of the month for approximately 2 hours. The new date for the Annual General Meeting is Wednesday, May 10, at 7pm.

Please forward your letter of nomination including a resume, by the new deadline date Friday, April 28, marked “Confidential” to: The Welland Historical Museum Board of Management Attention: The Nominating Committee Welland Museum


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:

canal workersNothing 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 –All City Hall departments will be closed on Friday, April 14, and Monday, April 17, and will re-open on Tuesday, April 18, at 8:30 a.m.


easter hoursWELLAND –- Wishing you a Happy Easter from the Welland Public Library. Holiday hours are as follows:

Main Branch: Friday, April 14 (Good Friday) – CLOSED Saturday, April 15 – Open 9am-5pm Sunday, April 16 (Easter Sunday) – CLOSED Monday, April 17 (Easter Monday) – CLOSED

Diamond Trail Branch Friday, April 14 (Good Friday) – CLOSED Saturday, April 15 – Open 11am-3pm Sunday, April 16 (Easter Sunday) – CLOSED Monday, April 17 (Easter Monday) – CLOSED

No items will be due on holidays. You can access your library account online here. And remember our e-resources are always available, even during holidays!


WELLAND – Applications are available at the office of the city clerk, or on the city’s website at for one resident-at-large volunteer position on Welland’s transit advisory committee.

Your application should describe what assets you feel you can bring to the committee. You must be an eligible elector in the City of Welland in order to fill the vacancy.


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 – 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 – 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 –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


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