Monthly Archives: January 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
(water/ice, elevator, high angle)

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 welland.ca 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

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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: joe0606barko@gmail.com

BETWEEN THE COVERS FEATURE ON HOLD
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.

SOUP LUNCHEON SOLD OUT
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

WHAT IS DEMENTIA?
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 http://www.alzheimer.ca/niagara.

POETRY TAKES THE NITE 2018
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.

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.

POPULAR EVENT RAISES FUNDS FOR SURGICAL PROGRAMS
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: http://www.NiagaraHealthFoundation.com

STRENGTHENING FAMILIES FOR THE FUTURE SERIES
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

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 whauxiliarygs653@gmail.com.

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.

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)

 

 

 

 

Trib Tourney Championship A Classic

 

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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, http://www.wellandtribune.ca/ 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

 

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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)

 

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.

January
15
Canada’s150th in Welland Committee Meeting ≫
5:30 PM Monday Jan. 15  –
Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street

15
Welland Public Library Board Meeting ≫
7:00 PM Monday Jan. 15  –
– Welland Public Library, Program Room, 50 The Boardwalk

16
Council Meeting ≫
7:00 PM Tuesday Jan. 16  –
Council Chambers

17
Accessibility Advisory Committee Meeting ≫
3:00 PM Wednesday Jan. 17  –
Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.

17
Committee of Adjustment Hearing(s) ≫
5:00 PM Wednesday Jan. 17  –
Council Chambers

17
Market Square Advisory Committee Meeting ≫
6:00 PM Wednesday Jan. 17  –
Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.

Roads, Highways Could Become Icy

Statements
POSTED: 3:23 PM EST Friday 12 January 2018
Special weather statement in effect for:
Niagara Falls – Welland – Southern Niagara Region
St. Catharines – Grimsby – Northern Niagara Region
Icy conditions this afternoon followed by accumulating snow.

cold weatherRain has already changed to snow in some areas after the passage of a cold front. In remaining areas, the rain will change to snow this afternoon as temperatures plummet behind the front. There may also be a brief period of freezing rain during the changeover from rain to snow.

Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots could become icy and slippery. Extra care should be taken when walking or driving in affected areas.

The snow will continue tonight as the region will be on the northwest edge of a major winter storm. Depending on the exact storm track, snowfall amounts could be anywhere in the 4 to 10 cm range.

Environment Canada will continue to monitor this evolving storm.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.cpio-tempetes-ospc-storms.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.

Bulletin: Today’s Games Cancelled!

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WELLAND –  Weather-related concerns have led to cancellation of today’s Tribune Tournament games and their rescheduling to tomorrow at Notre Dame.

Consolation side:

Jean Vanier vs Greater Fort Erie Secondary School, 10 a,m. Saturday, Belcastro gym

Eden vs  St. Michael’s, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Belcastro gym

The winners to play in the consolation championship, 6 p.m. Saturday in Dillon Hall.

Championship side:

Denis Morris vs Centennial, 10 a.m. Saturday, Dillon Hall

Notre Dame vs Governor Simcoe 11:30 a.m, Saturday, Dillon Hall

The winners to play in the tournament championship, 8 p.m. Saturday in Dillon Hall.

 

 

City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size!

 

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CITY SHORTS ART: NO PLACE TO GO! – Notre Dame defenders Jesse Raso (15) and Austin Cooper close the door on Thorold’s Andrew Dailey in Tribune Tournament play Thursday night. The Irish won and advanced to semi-final action this evening at 8pm when they meet Governor Simcoe Redcoats, St. Catharines. In the other semi-final, Centennial Cougars go up against Denis Morris Reds, St. Catharines, at 630pm. Both games are at ND’s Dillon Hall. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

 

Compilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

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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: joe0606barko@gmail.com

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.
city logoThe 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 whauxiliarygs653@gmail.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.)