Monthly Archives: January 2018

Wanted: Applicants For Welland Waterway Advisory Commitee


A waterway advisory committee is being formed by the city. (File photo/Joe Barkovich)

WELLAND – The city is in the process of recruiting members for a new committee, the City of Welland Waterway Advisory Committee.
A posting about it was on the Civic Corner page in Thursday’s Tribune.


Your chance for a seat at the table of this important new committee.

The new committee will have nine members. The make-up will look like this:
One rep from an affiliate sport club situated along the waterway;
One rep from the community of recreational waterway users, not connected to an affiliate sport club situated along the waterway;
One representative from Welland International Flatwater Centre (WIFC) event partner community (ex-officio);
Two members-at-large;
One representative from the emergency services community and risk profile of the waterway;
One representative from the hospitality industry;
Two Welland business community members-at-large.
According to the posting, applications and information is available at the city clerk’s office in city hall or on the city’s website, https://www/ Applications should describe what assets you feel you can bring to the committee.
Applicants must be an eligible elector in the City of Welland in order to fill these vacancies; eligible electors from outside of Welland in accordance with the committee’s terms of reference will be considered.
Eligible elector means: You are a resident in the City of Welland or the owner or tenant of land, or the spouse of such owner or tenant; a Canadian citizen; and at least 18 years old. All applications must be on the prescribed form and should include a brief resume.
Applications must be received in the city clerk’s office on or before 4:30pm, Thursday, February 1, 2018.



Emergency Call Response Climbed In 2017

city logoWELLAND – Welland Fire and Emergency Services responded to 2,748 emergency calls in 2017. That was an increase of 119 calls from 2016. Although emergency calls for building fires decreased by 32 from the previous year, Welland Fire reports the fire loss in 2017 totalled $3.7M, which is a $2M increase from 2016.

Welland Fire reports that kitchen fires were the most frequent fire type. Several kitchen fires were started by unattended cooking and overheated cooking oils. Welland Fire Prevention Officers say kitchen fires are preventable and encourage residents to set timers and remain nearby when cooking.

Call Type                                                        2017        2016
Building Fires                                                    70          102
Vehicle Fires                                                      18            20
Medical Emergencies                                   1414       1344
Burning Complaints                                          85        118
Car accidents                                                    214        203
Technical rescue incidents                              33          40
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Wood burning appliances were also the cause of a few fires in 2017. Welland Fire Deputy Chief Adam Eckhart says ashes need to be disposed of in an approved container and moved outside. Deputy Eckhart urges those with wood burning appliances to burn clean dry firewood or standard approved fuel. It is a requirement that certified professionals inspect wood burning appliances regularly and keep chimneys clean and clear of obstructions. New owners of burning appliances must have a professional install and maintain according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms are the law in Ontario. Homeowners must install smoke alarms on all levels of the home and CO alarms outside all sleeping areas. For safety, test alarms monthly, replace batteries yearly, and replace battery operated and hard-wired alarms every 10 years.

“Six people were injured by fire last year in our city,” said Eckhart. “There were two notable fire incidents where lives were saved by smoke alarms. We couldn’t ask for a better outcome in these circumstances. Working smoke alarms save lives.”

For more information on fire safety, smoke, CO alarms, and fire safety inspections, visit or call Welland Fire and Emergency Services at 905-735-9922 ext. 231.

(Source: City of Welland news release)


City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size

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Interested in a column about books and reading? 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 – A new feature column on the blog, intended for startup this month, is delayed.
Between The Covers’, a question and answer column about reading habits and interests, will have its start in early February.
The content will be fun, informative, interesting and of course – reader friendly!
Interviewees will answer questions ranging from: current book being read, favourite book read, favourite character, favourite author, worst book ever read, a book the reader started reading but never finished and why, and various other questions.
Between The Covers will feature an array of well known and not so well known Wellanders as interview subjects.

WELLAND – The Soup’s On! luncheon/fundraiser, Friday, January 26, at St. Kevin parish hall, is sold out.
The annual luncheon raises funds for social justice scholarships.
To check on availability due to unexpected cancellations because of illness, changes in plans, etc., you can call ticket convener Bernie Barkovich on the soup hotline, 905-735-3562

dementiaWELLAND – January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Dementia, a general term that refers to a variety of brain disorders, is caused by physical changes in the brain. Learn more about dementia, its impact on the brain, and how to keep your brain healthy with this information session presented by Denise Verreault, Director of Education for the Alzheimer Society of Niagara.
This session is scheduled for Saturday, January 27 at the Seaway Mall Branch from 1:30pm-3:00pm. Registration is required; please call the Alzheimer Society at 905-687-3914 or register online at

WELLAND – It starts Saturday, January 27,  6pm to 8pm at Black Sheep Lounge, Niagara Street. Program runs the last Saturday of the month, from January 27 to November 24. Poets and spoken word artists from all over Niagara will be performing and putting on a brilliant showcase of diverse talents using words and literature.

WELLAND – T. Roy Adams was an eminent Niagaran, well known throughout the Region, Canada, and abroad for his service to God, his country and his fellow citizens.
In memory of the late councillor, Niagara Region initiated a memorial award in 2003 in his name to honour a resident of Niagara who best exemplifies his values and dedication to community service; a person who sees volunteerism as an integral part of their life. The 2017 recipient was Tom Rankin.
Application info and other details are available on on-line: Nominations close March 31.

WELLAND – Niagara Health Foundation is holding its annual Elimination Draw/Dinner hosted by the Croatian National Home, on Friday, January 31. Tickets are $75 each or $600 for a table of eight.
Now’s the time to enter to win your share of $3,000. The event is a fundraiser in support of surgical programs at the Welland Site of Niagara Health.
Buy your tickets:

WELLAND – The Welland Public Library has partnered with the John Howard Society of Niagara to offer a series of presentations designed to equip parents with tools for a better family life. All workshops are FREE and run from 6:00pm-7:30pm. The series will continue into spring 2018.
Register online, or call 905-734-6210 ext. 2521

WELLAND – Welland Hospital Gift Shop is seeking volunteers and auxiliary members. Interested? Call 905-732-6111 ext. 33141 or email

WELLAND – Welland Horticultural Society invites new members. The society’s meetings offer guest speakers, demonstrations, lessons and projects. More info, call 905-329-4217.

WELLAND – Meet Mayor Campion at the Merritt Island parking lot Monday mornings at 7:30 a.m. for a 40-minute walk on Merritt Island.

(City Shorts is a weekly feature on the blog appearing Thursdays or Fridays)





Trib Tourney Championship A Classic



Lots to reflect on in 63rd annual Tribune Tournament action. Watch the championship games in days ahead over local cable television, air dates provided below. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)


By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

WELLAND – Centennial Cougars captured the Welland Tribune Basketball Tournament’s championship with a 69-63 hard-fought win over Notre Dame Fighting Irish Saturday.

The game, several long-time high school hoops fans said, was easily the best in recent memory. Caesar Hajdu, 97, who said he has been to every tournament save one since its inception in 1955, described Saturday’s championship game as “unforgettable”.  Coming from this seasoned hardwood habitué, that means something.

The game was charged with excitement and emotion from the early going as fans from both sides turned up the volume in Notre Dame’s Dillon Hall. The bleachers were full from courtside level to nosebleeds. The footstomping by rabid fans was thunderous; the cheers of support, and at times the chants of derision, were eardrum shattering. “This is our house,” the Irish faithful screamed when the game was in their favour. “This is our house,” Centennial fans retorted with venomous glee when the momentum swung their team’s way. Ouch!

With the win, the Cougars exacted a measure of revenge. In the 2017 championship final, the Irish beat them 68-60.

The game and all its intensity was evocative of the rivalry and passion that came to be expected when city rivals Notre Dame and Welland High met in regular season and Tribune Tournament matchups in years gone by.

The tournament’s consolation championship was won by St. Michael’s Mustangs of Niagara Falls, who got by the new kid on the high school block, Greater Fort Erie Secondary School Gryphons, 53-52.

Full game coverage can be found on various social media, and The Tribune, and of course in the newspaper’s Monday edition.

For those who were not able to make it to the games, or for those who were there and want to enjoy the experience all over again, the games are being shown on Your TV, Cogeco, Channel 10 and Channel 700 HD.

Air dates are: Friday, January 10, noon; Monday, January 22, 6pm and Thursday, January 25, 7pm.

Also, one week after the tournament, broadcasts will be available on the free Video on Demand channel, Channel 602.


New Champ Emerges In Hoops Rivalry

Centennial Cougars engage in some courtside celebrating as a time out is called in the Tribune Tournament championship game’s final seconds Saturday evening. The Cougars defeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish 69-63 in a nail biter to capture the 63rd annual tournament’s championship, as shown by the scoreboard in Notre Dame’s Dillon Hall. The Irish defeated the Cougars 68-60 in the 2017 championship game. (Photos by Joe Barkovich)

Cougars Win Trib Tourney Championship



Centennial’s Kennan Larmand drives the ball as Notre Dame’s David Jones tries to defend during Saturday evening’s Tribune Tournament championship game. The Cougars won a hard-fought battle 69-63 to claim the championship. Larmand, who was stellar, scored 21 points, was named a first-team all-star and won tournament MVP honors. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)