Monthly Archives: June 2017

New Skateboard, BMX Park Will Be On West Side of Recreational Canal Trail

WELLAND The new Welland Skateboard and BMX Park has found a new home on the west bank of the recreational canal trail. Directly across the waterway from the Welland Community Wellness Complex, Welland’s new state-of-the-art skate park will sit on the south side of Lincoln Street.

After extensive public engagement meetings—including consultation with Niagara Regional Police Services and months of technical investigation—the new location was chosen due to better visibility and the ability to provide a safer and more accessible location for all users.

“The west side of the canal is a great location for the new park because it’s central to Niagara’s bike trails, and directly on the Greater Niagara Circle Route,” said Facilities Project Manager, James O’Neill. “The new site will be far more visible and provide a better user experience, along with a wide range of skateboard and BMX terrain.”

City staff expect site preparation for the Welland Skateboard and BMX Park to begin this summer, with construction commencing later in September. The development of the new park stems from the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council fund-raising efforts, and community engagement public meetings. For more information on City of Welland community improvement projects visit

(Source: City of Welland news release)

City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size

CITY SHORTS ART: At the Chippawa Park pond, a hand out for friendship! (Photo by 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 – Celebrate Canada Day in downtown Welland. Enjoy Family Fun in Merritt Park. Free activities on the water all from the King Street Docks. Final Round for the Canada 150 Talent Showcase starts at 2:30pm on the Merritt Park Amphitheatre. Fireworks at 9:50pm.

When: Saturday, July 1, 2017, Time:  Noon to 10:00pm

On The Water @ Merritt Park: Free Water Activities: Paddle Boards, Pedal Boats, Canoes and Kayaks,Wibit on the Water: Reach the peak on the massive IceTower XXL. Ride the tubes on RodeoSplash for the ultimate cooling-down experience.

Lifeguards will be On Duty for all water activities and Life Jackets are mandatory!

On the Merritt Park Amphitheatre @ 7:30pm: The beat definitely goes on this Canada Day when the legendary ’80s band The Kings take to the Merritt Park Amphitheatre, where they will no doubt perform their greatest hit: “This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ To Glide”.

Opening act: the Madhatters

In The Park: Inflatables, Face Painting, Arts & Crafts, Canada Day Cupcakes, Pop-Up in the Park, Kub Kar Racing Track

On King Street: Explore the Museum’s 150th Exhibit, Robert Wood Singers, Smudge Fundaes, Food Trucks, Bike Valet Onsite


WELLAND  –  Celebrate the Canada Day long weekend on the water at the Merritt Park Amphitheatre. Enjoy four nights of excited concerts and events. Check times on the city website.

Friday, June 30, 2017 Summer Music Series presents: Chicago Tribute Brass Transit with guests Aidan Payne & Autumn Conrad. Special guest Merv & Johnny G

Saturday, July 1, 2017  Canada Day Celebrations    Talent Showcase Top 10 acts and awards; The Kings with special guests The Madhatters

Sunday, July 2, 2017  Worship on the Water Interdenominational City-wide Worship Service

Monday, July 3, 2017 150 VOICES CANADA 150 Hungarian performers, Szentegyháza Children’s Philharmonia – Canada tour.


WELLAND – City of Welland Council and staff are mourning the loss of Welland’s Ward 5 Councillor Rocky Letourneau, who passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2017.

Councillor Letourneau was a distinguished figure in the Francophone community. He helped bring a variety of Francophone events to Welland, including the Francophone Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AFMO) conference in 2014.

Councillor Letourneau lobbied to have a permanent flagpole at Welland Civic Square to display the Francophone flag. His funeral Mass was celebrated Wednesday, June 28 at St. Kevin Catholic Church.


for kidsWELLAND –  Kids, listen up! School is out and Welland library staff are planning a big Seaway Mall Branch Grand Opening just for you!

Join in on July 11th from 2pm-4pm for family-friendly activities and refreshments. Come celebrate the new branch with balloons, green screen fun, crafts, face painting and more!


WELLAND  – Croatian Fraternal Union (CFU) Lodge 617 Hrvatski Sinovi, Welland  is hosting the Croatian Tour 2017 group  TS SARMERI & VLATKA KOPIC-PERKOVIC “TENA”  Saturday, August 19, in the Croatian National Home clubroom.  Tickets $40 for dinner and concert, dinner 5pm, concert 7:30pm.  For tickets call Ann Simunic 905-734-9851.


WELLAND – The next Antique and Artisan Market is scheduled for Sunday, July 9,  9am – 2pm at Welland Farmer’s Market, 50 Market Square. Events: Food Truck Frenzy, Repair Cafe, Workshops, Junk in the Trunk & more.


ride to readWELLAND – The Welland Public Library is proud to partner with Welland Transit and the City of Welland for another summer of reading and riding to library branches. Ride to Read supports our TD Summer Reading Club and summer programs. This special service began June 26.

Those participating in Ride to Read 2017 will be entered in a draw for a special prize donated by the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1633! For more details, or to get your sticker for Ride to Read 2017, visit any of the Welland  library branches.


WELLAND –  Welland’s popular canoe rental program has started up for the season at the PenFinancial Credit Union Flatwater Centre.

Canoes, solo kayaks, tandem kayaks, standup paddle boards and pedal boats are available for rent at the site.

The centre is open 10am to 6pm on weekends June to September. During July and August the centre is open weekdays from 11am to 6pm.

Cancellations due to weather will be posted on the Welland Canoe Rental Program Facebook page


WELLAND – The 2017 music series Jammin’ at the downtown market is now in full swing. Featured performers are: Flatwater Shadows, July 15; Joe Crawford Karaoke, July 29; David and Joni, August 12; Niagara Region Old Tyme Fiddlers, August 26; Jessica Wilson, September 2 and Tracks, September 9. Great entertainment while you shop at our local farmers market. Performances are 9:30am to 10:30am.

Music To Our Ears!

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Celebrate the Canada Day long weekend on the water at the Merritt Park Amphitheatre. Enjoy four nights of excited concerts and events.

  • Friday, June 30, 2017
    Summer Music Series presents:
    Chicago Tribute
    Brass Transit with guests Aidan Payne & Autumn Conrad. Special Guest Merv & Johnny G
  • Saturday, July 1, 2017
    Canada Day Celebrations
    Talent Showcase Top 10 acts and awards; The Kings with special guests The Madhatters
  • Sunday, July 2, 2017
    Worship on the Water
    Interdenominational City Wide Worship Service
  • Monday, July 3, 2017
    Szentegyháza Children’s Philharmonia – Canada tour

(Source: City of Welland webpage)

Grad Nights For Welland, Pelham Schools


Congratulations to the Class of 2017!!!!

School                   Date                                      Time              Venue

E. L. Crossley        Wednesday, June 28         6pm             Niagara College

Notre Dame          Wednesday, June 28          7pm            Welland Arena

Centennial             Thursday, June 29              6:30pm      Centennial

Eastdale                 Thursday, June 29              5pm            Niagara College

Confederation        Thursday, June 29             5:30 pm      Confederation

Jean Vanier           Thursday, June 29               7pm          Jean Vanier

Canada Day Brings A Special Gift To Downtown Welland

WELLAND Mayor Frank Campion and representatives from Welland Hydro will unveil a special gift—bestowed from Welland Hydro—at this year’s Canada Day celebrations. On July 1, 2017, at 9:45 a.m. in downtown Welland, Mayor Campion and Welland Hydro representatives will bid farewell to the city’s 150th time capsule, and welcome a surprise gift to Civic Square.

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Mayor Campion

The time capsule will be buried at the front exterior plaza of Civic Square, and is scheduled for re-opening on July 1, 2067. Residents are encouraged to submit their names for the time capsule at Civic Square or the Wellness Community Wellness Complex during facility hours. The time capsule will close to the public on Thursday, June 29 at noon.

Following the 9:45 a.m. speech ceremony, Mayor Campion and Welland Hydro will unveil a special gift from Welland Hydro to commemorate Canada’s sesquicentennial, Welland’s centennial year of incorporation as a city, and Welland Hydro’s centennial in 2013.

“Due to Welland Hydro’s generosity, downtown is receiving a beautiful fixture that is sure to compliment Civic Square,” said Mayor Frank Campion. “We will cherish this 150th Canadian memento for years to come.”

“Canada Day is marking some significant anniversaries for this community,” said President of Welland Hydro, Wayne Armstrong. “We’re happy to work with the city and present a special surprise gift to the community.”

For more information on Canada Day activities visit, or visit for sesquicentennial events throughout the city. For information on Welland Hydro visit

(Source: City of Welland news release)

THIS WEEK: 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.


North Welland Business Improvement Area Board of Management Meeting  ≫

4:15 PM Tuesday Jun. 27  2017 –
Ye Olde Squire Restaurant, 800 Niagara Street

Public Open House  ≫

6:30 PM Wednesday Jun. 28  2017 – Atlas Landfill Remediation Concept Plan
Welland Community Wellness Complex, Theatre

Thunderstorms Could Produce Hail, Gusty Winds


1:18 PM EDT Monday 26 June 2017
Special weather statement in effect for:

  • Niagara Falls – Welland – Southern Niagara Region
  • St. Catharines – Grimsby – Northern Niagara Region

More unsettled conditions this afternoon with scattered thunderstorms producing small hail and gusty winds.

Yet another disturbance will sweep across Southern Ontario today into tonight. Scattered thunderstorms have developed from southern Georgian Bay to the Golden Horseshoe. They will spread across Eastern Ontario this afternoon.

Many of the thunderstorms are expected to produce pea-sized hail. The odd thunderstorm may give somewhat larger hail of 1 centimetre or perhaps a little larger. Given the cool temperatures and favourable atmospheric conditions, the hail may be abundant and nearly cover the ground at times. The main concern is damage to tender crops and plants.

Isolated brief funnel clouds and wind gusts to 70 km/h may also be associated with a few of these storms. The funnel clouds are not expected to touch down.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #ONStorm.