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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
CHRISTMAS TREE COLLECTION
NIAGARA – Christmas tree collection is scheduled for Saturday, January 13 across the region. Here are some pointers:
Place tree at the end of your driveway no later than 7 a.m.
Remove all Christmas decorations (bulbs, tinsel, lights, etc.) prior to collection.
Do not place Christmas trees on top of or inside a snow bank. This may cause injury to collection staff when trying to remove it.
Do not place tree inside a bag, as it creates a problem when chipping the trees.
Artificial trees are not collected. Use the large item collection service to dispose of artificial trees.
Please remember: Weather conditions may delay collection.
Residents can also take Christmas trees to a drop-off depot or landfill site,
Christmas trees can also be dropped off at any landfill site free of charge.
Call 905-356-4141 or 1-800-594-5542 for further information.
CITY’S PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT EFFORTS ACKNOWLEDGED
WELLAND – The City of Welland demonstrates how to build a better engagement model through relationship building in the January issue of Municipal World magazine. The article “Growing Relationships on a Better Public Engagement Model” describes how city staff ignited a private-public relationship with the Welland Downtown Business Improvement Area (WDBIA) that inspired and improved civic pride through public engagement.
The article narrates how a public-private partnership with WDBIA aligned the business and local community through public celebrations and promoting inclusive downtown public spaces. The city and WDBIA began a partnership in 2016 when the municipality and downtown organization joined resources to host the Canada Day celebrations in the downtown core. The partnership blossomed to other projects, and initiated a relationship based on similar community goals.
Municipal World magazine is an independent publication, published monthly in the interest of good municipal government. For more information visit municipalworld.com. The “Growing Relationships on a Better Public Engagement Model” can be viewed on the City’s website at https://www.welland.ca/Media/mw-January2018.pdf
SOUP LUNCHEON FUNDRAISER AT ST. KEVIN
WELLAND – A few tickets for Soup’s On!, Friday, January 26, at St. Kevin parish hall, remain. For ticket availability, call ticket convener Bernie Barkovich on the soup hotline, 905-735-3562. Don’t delay!
Tickets are sold from the parish office Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm. Tickets are $10 per person. The luncheon raises funds for social justice scholarships.
Soup prep teams are from Blessed Trinity, Confederation, Eastdale, Lakeshore Catholic and Notre Dame high schools, Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute and a local small business, Stephanie the Lunch Lady.
WHAT IS DEMENTIA?
WELLAND – 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 http://www.alzheimer.ca/niagara.
TIME TO, COUGH… COUGH…COUGH, QUIT?
WELLAND – Thinking about quitting? Join Regional Niagara public health’s STOP smoking workshops in January for five weeks of free patches. Call 905-688-8248 extension 7240 to register.
PAGE TO STAGE DRAMA CLUB AT MALL BRANCH
WELLAND – This fantastic opportunity allows participants to write a play and enjoy the rush of presenting it to the public! Learn techniques for creating effective characters, dialogue, and setting, and learn how to enhance it all with a great beginning and ending. Auditions, the casting process, and the performances are all included. Imagine the thrill of seeing your finished play in a formal reading before an audience! Location: Seaway Mall Branch, for ages: 11-14 years. Dates: Jan 18-Mar 1,Time: 5:30pm-8pm
Register online or call 905-734-6210 ext. 2521.
POETRY TAKES THE NITE 2018
WELLAND – It starts Saturday, January 27 from 6pm to 8pm at the 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.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR GIFT SHOP
WELLAND – Welland Hospital Gift Shop is seeking volunteers and auxiliary members. Interested? Call 905-732-6111 ext. 33141 or email email@example.com.
LIBRARY CONTRIBUTES TO LOCAL HISTORY BOOK
WELLAND – “Triumph and Tragedy: the Welland Ship Canal” profiles the fallen workers whose lives were lost during the construction of Welland’s waterway. The book is slated for an early 2018 release. Several Welland Public Library staff members contributed articles to this collection.
NOMINEES SOUGHT FOR PRESTIGIOUS AWARD
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: niagararegion.ca/government/awards-bursaries. Nominations close March 31.
YOUR CHANCE TO BLOOM
WELLAND – Welland Horticultural Society invites new members. The society’s meetings offer guest speakers, demonstrations, lessons and projects. More info, call 905-329-4217.
FAMILY HISTORY/GENEALOGY RESEARCH
WELLAND – Longing to connect with your past? Wondering where to look beyond Ancestry? Ask questions and learn best family history research practices in this session at the Main Branch of the Welland Public Library. No experience required. Steve Fulton, UE of the Niagara Peninsula Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, is the host. Registration is required. Tuesday, January 16, 7pm. For more info call the Welland Library at 905-734-6210 ext. 2521 or go to wellandlibrary.ca.
JOIN THE MAYOR’S WALK ON MERRITT ISLAND
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.)