Monthly Archives: May 2017

Open Arms Holds Open House To Mark 30 Years

untitledWELLAND – Open Arms Mission will be celebrating a milestone anniversary next month in a big way.

The mission is holding a 30th anniversary open house at the Croatian National Home, 6 Broadway,  on Saturday, June 3. Hours are from 1 to 4 p.m.

“Come and see how you can join us in our fight against poverty” says the invitation circulating via social media.

 Here’s a look at what’s on the agenda:
Celebrate 30 years of serving our community;
Explore over 25 displays showcasing all the ways we are fighting poverty;
Hear the truth about poverty in Welland;
See how food sustainability is possible;
Hear how training opportunities can break the chains of poverty;
Catch a vision for the future;
There will also be performances by local musicians Emily Yochim, Andrew Thompson and Heather Glabb.
Refreshments will be served.
All are welcome to attend.

City Using Cloud-Based GIS Data Collection For Better Service Delivery

WELLAND – The City of Welland’s Engineering and Information Services Divisions are using a mobile asset management tool to record problem areas on city sidewalks. City staff are now using a GIS-centric cloud-based data collection APP to document more than 300 km of sidewalks more accurately and efficiently. Through a tablet or mobile phone, staff are able to survey, collect data, and prioritize what areas of city sidewalks are in need of repair.
city logoPrevious to using the mobile data collection APP, city sidewalk assessment was completed by Engineering and Public Works staff. This process was time consuming with data being captured in two separate databases; however, with the new mobile APP the condition and safety assessment can be completed together by one staff. The APP also allows staff to take photos and directly upload details to Public Works staff when maintenance is a high priority.
Moving towards a quicker innovative approach on maintaining city infrastructure is a smart city initiative, allowing staff to provide better, more sustainable services.
City employees are now able to streamline information to other departments through the cloud application, and create a quicker process to repair and record city infrastructure.
“The new mobile APP is changing our sidewalk replacement program. It’s improving our service delivery with better accuracy,” said Marvin Ingebrigtsen, Infrastructure and Development Services Supervisor.
“This has opened a new window of opportunity, and we’re looking at other projects that could benefit from using this technology.”
(Source: City of Welland media release)

City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size

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CITY SHORTS ART: Popular watersport rentals are back in business. More info, see City Shorts brief, below. (File photo/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 – The city’s annual Victoria Day celebration is this evening, Sunday, May 21  6:30pm to 9:30pm; Welland Sports Complex, Quaker Road. Join in for some fun and fireworks as we celebrate Victoria Day at the Welland Sports Complex. Enjoy lazertag, inflatables, face painting, arts, crafts and more. Round 2 – semi-finals for the Canada 150 Talent Showcase starts at 7pm. Fireworks at 9:30pm. This is a free event. (Rain Date: Monday, May 22 @ 9:30pm fireworks only.)
WELLAND – The library will be closed on Monday, May 22 for Victoria Day. You can still access your library account online, as well as all electronic resources. Have a safe and happy holiday!
WELLAND –  Welland’s popular canoe rental program has started up for the season at the PenFinancial Credit Union Flatewater Centre.
Canoes, solo kayaks, tandem kayaks, stadup paddle boards and pedal boats are available for rent at the site.
The centre is open 10am to 6pm this long holiday weekend. Those same hours continue on weekends in May, June and September. During July and August the centre is open weekdays as well, from 11am to 6pm. More info, including fees and age policy, is available on the city’s website.
canalWELLAND – The Welland Canal Fallen Workers Speaker Series continues at 7pm on Tuesday, May 30 with the last topic: Helmet Diving from the Past by Mike Babiski
Join Mike as he discusses the underwater Helmet Divers who assisted in the construction of the Welland Canal. This discussion will focus on the dangers encountered by these brave early divers. Diving equipment used in the early Twentieth Century will be on display.
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. Please register by calling the Library at 905-734-6210 ext. 2521 or through our online calendar.
WELLAND – Welland Public Library is excited to announce that construction is underway at the Seaway Mall Branch.
The Seaway Mall Branch will open this summer and offer all regular library services and a wide variety of exciting programs! Stay tuned for more details and updates!
timthumb.pngWELLAND –  Summer is approaching. The Welland Public Library is preparing to offer an amazing variety of programs all summer at its 3 branches. You won’t want to miss out on all of the special Canadian-themed activities to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.
Program Guides are available at the Main Branch, Diamond Trail Branch, and online here.
Monday, June 12: Registration opens for July programs.
Monday, June 26: Registration opens for TD Summer Reading Club.
Monday, July 10: Registration opens for August programs.
All programs require registration unless otherwise noted.
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.
Have 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.
Tickets are limited so act fast! Donations will be collected at time of ticket pick up.
WELLAND –-It’s that time of year again.  The Main Branch is now CLOSED on Sundays as of  May 7.  Sunday hours will resume on October 15, following the Thanksgiving holiday.
WELLAND –  Please note that Niagara College is closed on Monday, May 22 for the Victoria Day statutory holiday with limited access to campus facilities.
Students accessing classrooms or specialized labs at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake Campuses must have faculty authorization and sign-in with Campus Safety (security).
The NC Greenhouse will be open regular hours, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will also be hosting a plant sale during the long weekend.
The retail stores at the Wine Visitor + Education Centre, and NC Teaching Brewery will be open regular hours, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Benchmark restaurant is closed on Sunday and Monday.
Bench To Go is closed all weekend re-openingTuesday at 8 a.m.
The NC Libraries and Learning Commons will be closed at both campuses on Monday. Please note: library e-resources are available 24-7 via
NC Bookstores will be closed at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake Campuses.
Athletics facilities at the Welland and NOTL campuses will be closed on Monday.
The Employment and Training Solutions office at 1 St. Paul St. in St. Catharines will be closed on Monday. Regular office hours will resume Tuesday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
city logoWELLAND –The 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.
The 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.
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.
To participate in the Civic Square concept plan, take the online “My Civic Square” survey at or attend one of the public meetings, first one up is Wednesday, May 31, 6pm to 8pm at Civic Square.
WELLAND – Join Kindred in celebrating Canada’s 150th, playing folk, Celtic and well known songs by some great Canadian songwriters. Featuring the music of: Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Spirit of the West, Murray McLaughlin, Blue Rodeo, Tragically Hip, Neil Young and many more.
When: Friday, May 26 Time: 7pm Location: In The Theatre at the Welland Community Wellness Complex  Tickets: This is a free event.
WELLAND – On Sunday, May 28  from  9am – 2pm an antique and artisan market is being held at  Welland Farmer’s Market, 50 Market Square. Events: Food Truck Frenzy, Repair Cafe, Workshops, Junk in the Trunk & more.

Heading For The Start


Still a long way to go for these coxed fours heading for the start position at the SNRC High School Invitational at the WIFC course in Welland. Beautiful weather for today’s racing, hopefully more of the same tomorrow. About 1,200 high school athletes in town for the event. The old Dain City railway bridge is in the background. (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.



Monday May. 22  2017 –

North Welland Business Improvement Area Board of Management Meeting  ≫

4:15 PM Tuesday May. 23  2017 –
Boston Pizza Restaurant, 934 Niagara St.

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

6:05 PM Tuesday May. 23  2017 – to discuss the following:

  • Proposed or pending acquistion or disposition of land by the municipality or local board
    – Cordage Green update.
    – Canadian Tire Financial Services update.
    -Welland Arena
  • Litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board:
    -Webcasting Council Meetings.

in the Council Ante Room

Special Council Meeting, in Open Session  ≫

6:55 PM Tuesday May. 23  2017 –
-General Committee Meeting , in Open Session
in the Council Chambers

Welland Arenas Advisory Committee Meeting  ≫

12:00 PM Thursday May. 25  2017 –
LOCATION: Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.