Monthly Archives: April 2017

Pssst! Any Suggestions For Changes To Civic Square Front Plaza?

WELLANDThe City of Welland would like to hear from residents and business owners regarding ideas on how to revitalize the outside front plaza of Welland Civic Square. Welland City Council approved a staff recommendation to seek public input on a concept plan that will design a public space to attract more people to downtown Welland, create community activities, and encourage people to gather and interact.

untitledThe planning and design of the project is being completed in-house to keep costs to a minimum, and to draw on the skills and expertise of the Project Team, which is comprised of City staff from various departments.

Welland’s downtown is being revitalized as the private sector continues to invest in building improvements and the establishment of new businesses. The City’s Community Improvement Plan Programs have assisted with this process, which has resulted in more than $1.2 million in private sector investment.

City staff will be organizing several public meetings, and launching an online public survey to gather feedback from residents and business owners on enhancing the outdoor space at Civic Square. This will assist the City’s Project Team in producing a concept plan for consideration.

Municipalities are recognizing that investing in downtown areas stimulate economic and social growth. This project will help unite Welland’s residential and business communities, and enhance its cultural and social identity. It is important for municipalities to invest in downtown infrastructure, businesses, and residents, in order to create places where people have easy access to transit, Wi-Fi, and free events.

To participate in the Civic Square concept plan, take the online “My Civic Square” survey at or attend one of the public meetings, which will take place this spring. More details will be made available over the next few weeks.

(Source: City of Welland news release.)

Patent Pending?


Spotted this plastic jug fashioned into a bird feeder on Merritt Island just the other day. Sunflower seeds line the bottom. Whose ever work this is, the birds thank you! As long as the feeder doesn’t fall off or gets ripped off and litters the ground blighting the environment, a thoughtful touch. (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.

Welland Active Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting  ≫

3:00 PM Monday Apr. 24  2017 –
Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street

Welland Public Library Board Meeting  ≫

7:00 PM Monday Apr. 24  2017 –
– Welland Public Library, Program Room, 50 The Boardwalk

North Welland Business Improvement Area Board of Management Meeting  ≫

4:15 PM Tuesday Apr. 25  2017 –
M.T. Bellies Restaurant, 871 Niagara Street.

Cancelled – General Committee Meeting  ≫

Tuesday Apr. 25  2017 –

Public Information Meeting  ≫

5:30 PM Wednesday Apr. 26  2017 – regarding Public Transit service improvements
Civic Square, Rooms 108-109, 60 East Main Street

Welland Arenas Advisory Committee Meeting  ≫

12:00 PM Thursday Apr. 27  2017 –
LOCATION: Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.

Welland Library’s Event A Celebration Of National Poetry Month

17190819_10154657846018393_4414903892685928592_nWELLAND – Welland Public Library will celebrate National Poetry Month Saturday, April 29 from 2 to 4 pm, and later with an early evening session.

Two of the participants have local roots: Fonthill-raised Julie Mannell and Welland poet and activist Taylor Peebles.

Also participating are: John B. Lee, poet laureate of Brantford and Norfolk County; Adam Dickinson, professor of poetry and Brock University; and accomplished Toronto poet Jade Wallace.

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


Julie Mannell (Supplied photo)

The following is found on the website of Mannell’s literary representative, the Robert Lecker Agency: “Julie Mannell is a Montreal prose and poetry writer originally from Fonthill, Ontario.

She was the first female author to be featured in the sports publication The Barnstormer. In 2012 she was awarded a fellowship position at the Summer Literary Seminars in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Her work has been featured in various Canadian publications. Her writing has been described as “Southern Ontario Gothic,” “edgy,” “badass,” as well as “vibrantly fresh.” She was recently showcased at Matrix Magazine’s Pilot Reading Series. Julie is currently finishing a novel that features a small, insular community in rural Ontario as a failed Garden of Eden.

She holds an undergraduate degree in English literature and Philosophy from McGill University.”

The event kicks off a full day of celebrating poetry that continues at 6 p.m. at The Black Sheep Lounge, Niagara Street, with the return of the Grey Borders Magazine Reading Series.

Also part of the poetry month celebration is a contest. The library’s website provides this info:

The Welland Public Library invites you to share your poetry during an open mic session at this event! Enter for the chance to have your poetry featured in Grey Borders Magazine!  If you see poetry in pictures, this contest is also for you!

The 2017 National Poetry month theme is Time; participants should explore this theme in relation to Canada and its 150 years or Welland’s 100th anniversary of becoming a city.

Submit at least one poem or 8×10 original photograph by April 25th (maximum of 5 poems or photographs per entrant)

Register by submitting your poems or photos to You will receive confirmation of receipt and further instructions by email.  Submissions can also be dropped off at either WPL branch. (The Welland Public Library is not responsible for any loss or damage to submitted artwork.)

The first five poets to register will have their work published in Grey Borders magazine.  All open mic participants and photography submissions are also eligible for a prize draw. (


City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size


CITY SHORTS ART – The talented, versatile and beautiful Barb Mantini appears in An Evening of Vocal Jazz featuring songs made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Nat King Cole and many more! It’s Friday evening, April 21, in the Theatre at Welland Community Wellness Complex. This is a free event. More info, 905—735-1700 ext 4000. (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 its 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.


C8BFzTdVsAAOvxRWELLAND – Join in the Earth Day fun at the Welland Farmers’ Market. On Saturday, April 22, from 9 to 11am, bring the family for some children’s activities, face painting and help beautify the Market!

Textile Waste Diversion will be there, so bring a bag of used clothing/textiles and receive a FREE market tote bag. Free seedlines will be given away while supplies last.


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

timthumb.png“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 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 the online calendar.


WELLAND –Here’s your invite to some Flatwater Fun. It’s on 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.


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 – 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 –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


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 at the library. Check time of event with the library.

Recorded Vote Sinks WRCC

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A view of a portion of the recreational waterway from Woodlawn bridge. (File photo/Joe Barkovich)

WELLAND The city is moving forward with a plan to maximize the potential of its recreational waterway by merging the Welland Recreational Canal Corporation (WRCC) with City operations.

City council passed a motion Tuesday night to endorse a proposal from the Interim Board to dissolve the WRCC and allocate management, programming, and event responsibilities to City of Welland staff.

Once the plan has been implemented, governance and oversight will return to Welland City Council.

The news release, in its entirety, is found on the city website,

(Source: City of Welland release.)

Welland Delegation Pleased With Ottawa Talks

DSC_7241 (3)WELLAND   The city’s mayor and senior staff are  pleased with the reception they received in Ottawa last week and the outcome of their meetings.

Mayor Frank Campion, CAO Gary Long, and Director of Economic Development Dan Degazio were in Ottawa last week for the following meetings:

  • Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
  • Office of the Minister of Transportation
  • Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
  • Vance Badawey MP (Niagara Centre)
  • Canada Post
  • Export Development Canada (EDC)
  • Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)

“Our delegation and our presentations were well received and we will be following up with federal staff,” said Mayor Frank Campion.  “We accomplished our objectives: to expand our government relations strategy to the federal level and raise Welland’s profile in Ottawa; to build relationships with key staff and decision-makers with face-to-face meetings; and discuss federal support to help us advance our current projects and priorities.”

“Our strategic agenda of economic diversification, growth and development, infrastructure renewal, and smart city initiatives is aligned with many of the federal government’s priorities,” said Gary Long, CAO.   “Having partnerships and a network of contacts at the federal level is important as we look to build on business investment in the City and capitalize on other opportunities to reposition us for the future.”

(Source: City of Welland news release)