Monthly Archives: May 2017

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.

Nearing Quarter Century, Donna’s Garage Sale Has Wait List Of Vendors

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Donna Pearson’s garage sale, in its 23rd year, is set for Saturday. (Supplied file photo)

By Donna Pearson
Special to the blog

WELLAND  –  This is our 23rd year and some people selling their treasures have attended since we started.  We call the same people back every year until they decide not to come and we then open spots for new people, every year there are people waiting to get their name on the list.  We try to have the first good Saturday, weatherwise, in May. This year, we are set for May 20. The location is 107 First Ave., directly across from Chippawa Park.
We start Friday setting up everyone brings their tables and treasures and cover them for the night and 6.30 Saturday morning they are here finalizing their tables for display. We sell until 1pm and actually not much is left over and whatever is goes to the Open Arms Mission on Forks Road.
 garage saleI am good friends with my neighbours (thank goodness) as we use both front lawns. In total we have 18 to 20 families selling and with that they also bring helpers, so attendance we could have up to 40 to 50 people.  Every year I cook chicken soup, chili, and salads and feed everyone, the coffee pot starts at 6am.
We have great parking with the park across the street and every year we see the same people come back looking for new treasures.  Actually I think they come to visit us as some people stay for hours.  There are the people collecting cameras, war memorabilia, watches, tea cups, and certain specialty magazines, records, collectable toys and we seem to have it all.
Since we are supposed to open for 8, they are waiting sometimes at 6.30 in their cars, with that as long as everyone is ready and at their table we open 7:45 and the morning goes fast. The average attendance is anywhere from 300 to 350 people.
It takes a long time getting ready for this as I call everyone in January and this seems to get them in the mood with Christmas being over to start purging.
Items for sale this year:
Plants, Blankets, Scrap book supplies;
Beatle Monopoly, Electronics, Beds;
Dresser Air conditioners, Oster Food Presentation Centre, Sewing Machine;
Tools,  Puzzles, Linens;
Humidifier, Lamps, Mirrors;
Wood Stacking Trays, Bottle Collection, Home made purses;
Games, Children Clothes, Bicycles;
Books, Audio CD’s, Dishes;
Stroller, Antiques, Chairs;
Baking Supplies, Vacuum, Kitchen Tap.

The Line Starts Here


About 400 people were in Chippawa Park early this morning for the free, used tulip bulb giveaway by the city. The two earliest arrivals, pictured at the front of the line, were there at 6 a.m. even though distribution did not start ’til 8 a.m. Today’s turnout was described as the largest ever for the popular event. (Photos by Joe Barkovich)

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Rite Of Spring

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Tomorrow (Thursday, May 18) is the day hundreds of Welland gardeners are waiting for. Several thousand used tulip bulbs will be given away, free, at Chippawa Park from 8am to 9:30am. Location is the park maintenance building, Fitch Street and First Avenue. Limit is 2 dozen bulbs per person, bring your own containers. People arrive early to get a spot at the front of the line but important to remember is that no bulbs will be distributed before the 8am start time. This is an annual event held by the city and coordinated by horticultural staff. ( Photo courtesy Welland parks/Peter Boyce)

Niagara Catholic To Celebrate Class of 2017

WELLAND  –  Niagara Catholic District School Board  tomorrow (May 18) will
celebrate the 2,000 members of the Class of 2017 during the annual
Graduation Celebration.

This event, led by the Student Senate, is a time for the board to bring  together students from all eight of its Catholic secondary schools for a day of faith and fellowship. Later that evening, Niagara Catholic will bring together stakeholders for the annual Partners in Catholic Education dinner.

Guest speaker Dr. Terry Nelson-Johnson’s art is the written and spoken word. His passion for narrative theology  expresses the yearning of 2,000 years to connect our  life stories with The Story of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
Through storytelling, poetry, and humor, he challenges us to enter more
deeply into the mystery of grace, the mystery of spirit, the mystery of God.
Author and leader of the  acclaimed Beloved retreat, Dr. Nelson-Johnson
works with parents, teachers, pastoral staff and members of faith
communities across the country to design and conduct formation
programs that encourage, affirm, and inspire. A prolific
writer, his reflections and essays have been widely published in local and
national publications.

Nelson-Johnson served on the  faculty of the Loyola Academy Jesuit High
School for 18 years and is Founder and Executive Director of Soul-Play, LLC,
an experiential, theological, educational enterprise serving congregations,
families, schools, and adult retreats.

He is Resident Theologian and Animator of Faith at Old St. Patrick’s
Church, holds a Master’s degree from the Institute of Pastoral Studies,
Loyola  University; and a Doctorate of Ministry from the University of St.
Mary of the Lake.

Grad Celebration is held at Gale Centre, Niagara Falls.

(Source: news release)

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, gender issues 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.