Monthly Archives: August 2017

City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size


CITY SHORTS ART: Check, mate! A chess club for adults is starting up at Welland library’s main branch. For details, see City Shorts brief below. (City Shorts photo by Joe Barkovich)

Compilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large
city-shortsCity 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:
smaller college logoWELLAND – The college is  launching two new programs for the new term.
Designed to address a growing international need for qualified English language teachers, Teaching English as a Second is a one-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program. Visit
Industrial Automation is designed to meet the demand for highly skilled grads in the automation and control systems areas of the industry. This one-year, Ontario College Graduate Certificate program emphasizes programmable logic control, robotics, industrial networks and project management. Visit
Classes for most full-time programs will begin for the fall term on September 6.
smaller college logoWELLAND – Tearful goodbyes and cheerful new beginnings will abound on September 2 –  Residence Move-in Day – when college staff and volunteers will help hundreds of students settle into their college dorms on-campus in Welland and NOTL  (9am to 1pm).  A ‘welcome weekend’ is planned for the new student residents, including a roster of activities from September 2-4.

WELLAND – All City Hall Departments will be closed on Monday, September 4, for Labour Day, and will re-open on Tuesday, September 5, at 8:30am
For complete info about city services please go to:
WELLAND – The Library will be closed on Monday, September 4 for Labour Day. All online resources are still available on the website. No items will be due on Monday, September 4.
cFIYwpwMntYkECT-800x450-noPadWELLAND – An online petition is asking the city to investigate installing sharps containers in public places, such as parks.
The campaign was launched by Welland resident James Takeo earlier this month.
“What I’m trying to put into people’s heads is that this is not a drug abuse issue, this is a harm reduction issue,” Takeo said.
He has found discarded needles and related paraphernalia in various public places, including the south end of Aqueduct Street this month. Social media posts report sightings in playgrounds, walking trails and other public areas.
The internet link to the petition can be found at: You can read it and if so inclined, sign it in support.
WELLAND  – Memorial Park Pool is going to the dogs for one last swim before it is drained for the season. Dog owners are invited to bring their pets to Memorial Park pool for an all-dog swimming party, Monday, September 4.  Time: Small Dogs (under 30 pounds) 4pm to 5pm; Larger Dogs (over 30 pounds) 5pm to 6pm.
mingwTVYWELLAND – Check the water before you go swimming this weekend, or any day. Make sure the water is safe. This is a great service provided by Regional Niagara.
For latest results, visit
WAINFLEET –  A big draw for many in Welland year after year  is the annual Marshville Heritage Festival. This year’s, the 29th annual, is on Saturday, September 2, Sunday, September 3 and Monday, September 4, 10am to 5pm all three days.
The festival takes place at Wainfleet Village Sports Complex, Hwy. 3 West. Parking is free and no pets are allowed.
The event features high quality handcrafted merchandise by more than 130 artisans from across the province.
WELLAND – The Welland Library’s ’NEW’ Adult Chess Club begins Monday September 11 at 7pm and will continue every other Monday at the Library’s Main Branch. Chess boards will be provided. No registration required. For more info call the Welland Library at 905-734-6210 ext. 2521.
WELLAND  – The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester. The Afternoon Book Club returns this fall to The Black Sheep Lounge (64 Niagara Street). Due to high demand, the afternoon book club will now run the 2nd and 3rd Wednesday of every month. It starts Wednesday, September, 13,  2pm. Copies of each month’s title can be found at the Information Desk at the Library’s Main Branch. The Library will provide a complimentary coffee or similar beverage at Black Sheep. Registration is limited. Please register early to ensure your place at the table. For more info call the Welland Library at 905-734-6210 ext. 2521.


Fiddlin’ Around

WELLAND –  You won’t be able to sit still once Fiddlin’ Around takes to the stage as part of the Friday Night Live Concert Series.
Enjoy a mix of Celtic, East Coast and toe-tappin’ fiddle tunes with a guitar, fiddle and Bodhran. Come out and enjoy this free event, the kickoff  for Culture Days in Welland.
When: Friday, September 29, 2017,   7pm, in The Theatre at the Welland Community Wellness Complex. This is a FREE event.
More Information: 905-735-1700 Ext. 4000 or
WELLAND  – This introductory level course covers the history of 3D printing, how to use the Library’s 3D printing software, and the printing process itself. Library patrons interested in using the 3D printer are required to first take this class.
This course takes place on Tuesday, September 5 @ 7pm at the Main Branch. To register call 905-734-6210 ext. 2521 or use our Events Calendar. Please register in advance as spaces fill up quickly.
WELLAND – Welland Hospital Auxiliary gift shop is in need of new volunteers and auxiliary members. Interested, call 905-732-6111 ext. 33141 or email
WELLAND –  A brand new Scrabble Club begins this fall at the Welland Public Library’s Seaway Mall Branch. Come test your word skills at the library. Everyone is welcome to join. No registration is required. It starts Friday, September 8, 1:30pm. For more info call the Welland Library at 905-734-6210 ext. 2521.
WELLAND – The 2017 music series Jammin’ at the downtown market is nearing its end. Upcoming performers are: Jessica Wilson, September 2 and Tracks, September 9. Great entertainment while you shop at the farmers market. Performances are 9:30am to 10:30am.
WELLAND  –  Meet Mayor Frank Campion at the Merritt Island parking lot Monday mornings at 7:30am for a 40 Minute Walk on Merritt Island.  Because of the Labour Day holiday, the next walk is  Monday, September 11.



Warm Welcome For Niagara College’s International Students

WELLAND – More than 1,500 new international students arriving at Niagara College for the new academic year will be greeted with a variety of sessions and activities designed to introduce them to life at college and in Canada.
college2NC’s International Division will be hosting International Orientation prior to the campus-wide Orientation Week. Most activities will take place on September 1 at both the Welland and NOTL Campuses (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).
“International Orientation is designed to support international students on their transition to Canada, the Niagara region and to their studies at NC,” said Sean Coote, director of NC’s International Division.
Several orientation features have been enhanced for international students this year, including a NC International Orientation app; a ‘Canada corner’ featuring Canadian themed activities; and a pal mentor program (including online mentor selection with instant chat feature). International Orientation continues with a trip to Niagara Falls on September 2, including a Hornblower boat tour and shopping.

(Source: Niagara College news release)

College Preps For Record Enrolment

WELLAND – Niagara College is preparing to welcome its largest ever intake of first-year and international students for the fall term, with a full slate of Orientation activities at its Welland and Niagara-on the-Lake Campuses, from September 5 to 8.
With more than 5,000 first-year students arriving at the College in September, including 1,500 postsecondary and ESL international students, its total enrolment is projected to exceed 10,000 this fall.


 Dan Patterson

“All of us at Niagara College are excited to welcome our largest-ever intake of students,” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson. “Students from around the world have been drawn to Niagara by our unique approach to applied learning, and we look forward to providing them with a great start to their college experience.”
Lesley Calvin, manager of Student Engagement, Academic Advisement and Career Services, notes that Orientation is a key time for students who are taking a big step into college life, and NC has many supports for them in place.
college2“Through all of our Orientation Week activities, we aim to provide our new students with the tools and information they need for a successful transition into college life,” said Calvin. “In addition to providing relevant and engaging programming for them, we want to make sure they have fun and start building connections to their academic programs, campus staff, and their new peers.”
Orientation officially kicks off September 5 at the Welland and NOTL campuses, with program information sessions, campus tours, student services fairs, free lunch and live music. The day concludes with an all-ages Glow Party at the Welland Campus (beginning at 9 p.m., The Core).
One of the biggest highlights of this year’s Orientation Week will be NC’s first Carnival and Vendor Fair on September 8  at the Welland Campus (1 p.m.- 6 p.m.). Carnival rides, obstacle courses, food, prizes and a variety of vendors will be on site for the event.
Orientation Week activities also include:
BBQ lunches for students (Welland Campus Sept. 7, NOTL Campus Sept. 6);
Speed Friending (Sept. 7 at the Welland Campus and NOTL campuses);
Arcade and video games (Welland Campus Sept. 6, and NOTL Campus Sept. 7);
A Desserts in the Vineyard reception for mature students and residents of the NOTL community (Sept. 6, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wine Visitor + Education Centre); and more.
For a full schedule of Orientation activities, visit

(Source: Niagara College news release.)



New Wellness Guide Rich In New Programs

WELLAND – There are new programs popping up this fall at the Welland Community Wellness Complex (WCWC). All new and continuing programs can be found in the city’s newly released fall/winter Wellness Guide.

Program participants will continue to enjoy their favourite programs, but also have the opportunity to try something new. Staff are happy to announce that children’s programming has expanded again to better accommodate a wide range of activities and interests. The fall/winter Wellness Guide features Happy Healthy Kids and the importance of extra-curricular activities in relation to social and emotional independence.

The city’s Recreational Program Coordinator, Krista Bowie, is thrilled with the progression of child and youth programs. The new Wellness Guide offers 12 new programs and drop-in activities this fall.

“Child and youth programming has evolved considerably at the complex. Today’s children are wonderfully unique and need to find a program that suits them,” said Bowie. “We try to fill in all the gaps the best we can to have a list of programs to choose from that will challenge even our youngest members.”

For more information on City of Welland Programs, how to register, and to view the fall/winter edition of the Wellness Guide visit

(Source: City of Welland news release)