Monthly Archives: May 2018

Heritage Lives: Hanging Out At The Cross Street Pool


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Welland’s Cross Street Pool, a very busy place, part of our heritage that can’t be forgotten. (Supplied photo)


By Terry Hughes

For many of us, our growing-up years involved some time at the pool complex because there were two pools that hosted us.

Our day as seven and eight-year-olds began in the morning with swimming lessons where hundreds of us met and learned basic ways of becoming friendly with the water in the wading pool.

We walked to the pool in just swimsuits, a towel, T shirt and running shoes. If you had a nickel, you could get a shopping bag into which you put your belongings and had them placed in that orange building at the top of the hill near the big pool. For most of us, however, you saved your nickel and placed your clothes in what you thought was a secure spot outside the wading pool. A quick trip home for lunch and soon, you were on your way for an afternoon of fun, running under the sprinkler in the centre of the pool or doing belly flops at the deep end. Shivering, you looked for a sunny spot to dry-off, checking out the clouds for monster faces or atomic bomb explosions and then took another round in the water!

As time and your degree of courage grew, your need to graduate to the big pool finally took hold. Walking through the showers that served as a shocking experience in itself, you found yourself standing at the top of the stairs, wondering if you made a mistake. Timidly, you walked down to the water’s edge and headed to the wall where chains hung and offered you a place to which to dog paddle. And after many attempts with your friends as witnesses, you succeeded in splashing to the chain and back. After that, your days in the wading pool were over. And when the catwalk was built, it enabled us to venture forth to deeper and more thrilling experiences.

Welland offered the best swimming program anywhere. Instructors that governed my years in the pool were, Jane Duff on whom I had a boyhood crush, Lee Maus and Frank Doan. Lee took over the role as our Life Saving Instructor and I was able to earn four life saving awards thanks to her efforts. I cannot recall any of us who took lessons with Lee that ended in failure. I would be rewarded with an opportunity to act as a lifeguard, a very prestigious job with those of the female gender.

Thousands of kids would benefit from this program and no one ever drowned in the Cross St. Pool! Two fatalities – one from sunstroke and the other a diving accident after the pool closed, were the exception.

And what about the fun we had in the canal? That’s for a future article.

Next column: Before the Titanic, there was the Fort Henry on Welland’s waterfront.

DSC_0653 (4)(Terry Hughes is a Wellander who is passionate about heritage, history and model railroading. His column, Heritage Lives, appears on the blog once or twice monthly.)


Welland Campus Hosts College’s Spring Convocation



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WELLAND – Spring Convocation ceremonies are being held at Niagara College’s Welland campus June 19 – June 22.
For individual ceremony details and other related info visit:

New Team For La Maison de la Culture Francophone



The new board of directors of La MCFN (La Maison de la culture francophone du Niagara), from left, Yolande Lécuyer, Annie Boucher, Suzanne Giroux, Andrée Davis, Claire Cronier et Béatrice Groux. Absent: Gérald Lagacé. (Supplied photo)

WELLAND – La Maison de la culture francophone du Niagara (La MCFN) held its first annual general meeting recently at the Centre de santé communautaire du Niagara in Welland. Three members were elected to fill the vacancies.
The new board consists of Yolande Lécuyer (chair), Gerald Lagacé (vice-chair), Suzanne Giroux (treasurer), Béatrice Groux (secretary), Annie Boucher (elected, director), Claire Cronier (elected, director) and Andrée Davis (elected, director). All are active in their community.
“We would like to thank the outgoing members, Marc-Yvain Giroux (chair), Raymond Audette (director) and Guy Potvin (director) for their dedication to this cultural project, said Lécuyer.
La MCFN is a non-profit organization created in 2015 whose goal is to unite the francophone community in all its diversity, and preserve and perpetuate the use of the French language, cultural heritage and francophone traditions. It promotes literary, musical and theatrical events and program and all other educational and cultural activities. Francophone youth remains its top priority.
According to the inclusive definition of ‘francophone’ in Ontario, the francophone community represents more than 15,000 people in Niagara region. The current francophone network of La MCFN is made up of seven elementary schools and a secondary school on the Catholic school board side, four elementary and one secondary school on the public side and 11 day-care centres. The region also includes 19 schools with French immersion programs.
La Maison is appreciative for the financial support of Canadian Heritage.
(Source: News release)


Hey Seniors, It’s Your Special Month

WELLAND – On June 1, citizens across Ontario will observe the 34th annual Seniors’ Month in Ontario, and Welland is excited to celebrate more than 11,000 seniors who live, play, and volunteer in the city. The Welland Senior Citizens Advisory Committee (SCAC) is opening Seniors’ Month this Friday with festivities to celebrate seniors and how they make Welland a better place to live.

city logoDignitaries, the Welland SCAC, and community members look forward to gathering at the WCWC for a flag raising, presentations, entertainment, and light refreshments to praise seniors and how they enrich communities. This year’s theme, Now’s the Time to Start Something New, highlights how aging does not prevent seniors from leading rewarding lives. Seniors continue to contribute to their communities and enhance lives through their wisdom, friendships, and experience.

Event Details:
10:30 a.m. to 11:30a.m. Entertainment by Brad Boland, door prizes, and light refreshments

11:45 a.m. Flag raising at Welland Community Wellness Complex

Noon. Verbal presentations from the Senior Citizens Advisory Committee and Council representatives

“Seniors at the Wellness Complex are frequently trying new experiences,” said Ryanne Hale, Community Recreation Coordinator. “There’s always an interest for new classes to accommodate older adults, and we’re always launching or discovering new programs to challenge our members.”

“The Senior Citizens Advisory Committee looks forward to recognizing Seniors’ Month because it demonstrates the role seniors have in the community and also revisits the accomplishments made by seniors over the course of the year,” said Carol Sernasie, vice chair of SCAC. “The committee was recently honoured to receive an Ontario Age-Friendly Community Recognition Award for being leaders in creating a city inclusive to seniors.”

Seniors’ Month is recognized and promoted by the Ontario government to promote healthy living and activity within the older adults’ population. For more information on Seniors’ Month visit, or for more information on Age-Friendly initiatives and opportunities for seniors in Welland visit

(Source: City of Welland news release)

First ‘Heat Event’ Of The Season Monday

POSTED: 3:20 PM EDT Sunday 27 May 2018
Special weather statement in effect for:
Niagara Falls – Welland – Southern Niagara Region
St. Catharines – Grimsby – Northern Niagara Region
The first heat event of the season is setting up for Monday and Monday night for portions of Southwestern Ontario and the Golden Horseshoe Area.

A warm and humid airmass is expected to move into Southern Ontario on Monday May 28th. The daytime maximum temperatures are likely to reach the low thirties with overnight lows near 20 degrees Celsius.

These conditions pose a health risk when you are not used to the heat.

Everyone is at risk from heat, especially older adults; infants and young children; and people with chronic illnesses.

You are advised to 1) drink plenty of cool liquids before feeling thirsty; and 2) keep cool by dressing for the weather and spending a few hours each day in a cool place.

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