Monthly Archives: July 2018

Empty Nester


You can expect to get a little more than what you came for when you visit Bruce Cumpson at his Olde Towne Gardens on Lakeshore Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake. Cumpson, an acknowledged hosta specialist, shows some of the nests he occasionally finds on his sprawling property. At left, he holds a Baltimore Oriole nest and right, two wren nests. He saves the nests for a bird watcher/follower friend who is a collector. Oh yes, and if you want to know something about hostas, don’t hesitate to ask. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

Thunderstorm Watch In Area

POSTED AT: 3:35 PM EDT Thursday 26 July 2018
Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for:
Niagara Falls – Welland – Southern Niagara Region
St. Catharines – Grimsby – Northern Niagara Region
Risk of a severe thunderstorm this afternoon.

imagesScattered thunderstorms are expected to develop from near Windsor through east of Lake Huron and up to north of Georgian Bay near noon. These storms will track eastward across southern, central and northeastern Ontario during the afternoon and early evening hours.

The storms will reach portions of the Golden Horseshoe during the late afternoon.

Isolated damaging wind gusts may occur with some of these storms. Small hail, torrential downpours, and frequent lightning may also be associated.

The threat for severe thunderstorms will end in all areas later this evening.
Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!

Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management recommends that you take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.

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

For more information:

From The Election Beat

electionWELLAND – Great to see more folks coming forward as city council, regional council candidates in Welland!

Based on word on the street, there could even be a few more.  There’s time to do so today, and tomorrow, Friday, to 2 p.m. that day. Friday is the last day for a candidate to file or withdraw a nomination. Nominations or withdrawal cannot be accepted beyond 2 p.m.

For a look at the latest names on the list, here’s the link:

A few Welland council incumbents still have not been heard from.  Are they waiting for the last minute? Keep checking as the day goes on.

Still two names on the list for Welland mayor. Might there be a third? How’s that saying go: Inquiring  minds want to know.



City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size


Don’t miss: 10th anniversary, Owenpaloooza,  Saturday, July 28, Club Richelieu.

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:

electionWELLAND – The election is being held October 22 and the nomination period is almost at its end. It started May 1 and wraps up Friday, July 27. NOMINATIONS MAY BE FILED UNTIL 2:00 P.M. ON JULY 27. Interested in running…thinking about running…not sure what’s involved? The City of Welland has everything you need to know available on its website. Please visit:

WELLAND – Join in as the city welcomes the world to Welland for the 2018 ICF Canoe Polo World Championships!
Opening ceremonies are Monday, July 30, 6pm to 10pm at the Merritt Amphitheatre. This is a free event, featuring the Parade of Athletes. Music on the floating stage by Honeymoon Suite with opening act, The Associates. Food trucks and vendors will be onsite.

WELLAND – Come out this summer at Welland Farmers’ Market and enjoy entertainment while you mingle, shop and browse. Farmers’ market opens 6am and closes at noon.
Here is the schedule for the balance of the Jammin’ at the Market series:
Avery Turner – Saturday, July 28
Heather Glabb – Saturday, August 4
Cameron Lee – Saturday, August 11
Joe Crawford – Saturday, August 18
Lisa Campion – Saturday, September 1
The performances are from 9:30am to 10:30am.

WELLAND – Lots of action on the local waterway in the weeks ahead. If you’re not aware of what’s going on, the city has a good listing of the various events and competitions posted on its website. Please visit:

WELLAND – The annual St. George Family Day is taking place Sunday, August 19, from 1pm to 9pm. Join in the family-friendly fun. St. George Park is at 391 St. George St., Welland.

WELLAND – Summer is here! Welland Public Library is in summer hours mode. Hours have changed to better serve the community during the summer, at the main library as well as branches at Diamond Trail public school and Seaway Mall. For the complete schedule of summer hours please visit:

WELLAND – St. Mary parish is holding the 63rd anniversary, Parish Feast of the Assumption on Sunday, August 12. The program includes: Solemn Mass in Italian, 9am, Solemn Mass, procession and Eucharistic Benediction, with Bishop Gerard Bergie the celebrant, 4pm. There is also a rich entertainment program with bands, choir and singers taking place in the market square commencing at 6:30pm. Host for the evening is Patrizia Di Vincenzo from CHIN Radio TV International, Toronto.

WELLAND – The City of Welland encourages individuals of all ages and abilities
to play an active role in their community by volunteering their time to help deliver recreation and culture programs.
View opportunities here:

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

WELLAND – Put your best foot forward! 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)

From The Election Beat

WELLAND  –  Comparatively lots of action today for the upcoming municipal/ school board election campaign in Welland.

electionNew names added this afternoon in Welland ward races and for regional council, and there’s still more than an hour to go before closing time for the day.  Maybe there will be more?


Time is running short!

Congrats to all who have put their names forward for the October 22 election!

If you want to keep tabs on who’s in the running so far, here is the link:




Discover Our Recreation Corridor With A Mobile Device Adventure


Marketing assistant Matthew Blazetich shows how it’s done. (Supplied photo)

WELLAND – The City of Welland is launching a new interactive approach to linking people to public places. The Welland Recreation Corridor (WRC) project was created to keep people moving, informed, and connected to the city. The project highlights eight designated city-owned public spaces that have been supplied with accessible information to encourage users to discover information and opportunities related to public spaces on the Recreation Corridor.

Each designated public space on the WRC is branded with signage, connecting users to relevant information through Quick Response (QR) Codes that channel information through a smart phone or tablet. When scanned, the person will receive information on events, google maps, the city’s Discover Welland Guide, links to the city’s website, boat rental opportunities, and much more.

The Welland Recreation Corridor opens new opportunities of adventure to discover the city’s waterway and trails. Users must have a QR Code Reader, or download one to their mobile devices. When people connect through one of the designated QR Code signs they also have access to information on the other seven designated areas on the WRC. Having this information at users’ fingertips will encourage them to visit other public spaces along the WRC and take advantage of a vibrant and active community.

Designated Public Spaces on the Recreation Corridor with QR Code signage: Merritt Island, Civic Square and Welland Public Library, Welland’s Bridge 13,
Merritt Park, Welland Community Wellness Complex, Welland International Flatwater Centre, Welland Skateboard & BMX Park, Welland Boat Rental.

“The Recreation Corridor QR Code project encourages active transportation along the waterway and canal trails,” said Richard Dalton, Manager of Recreation and Culture. “It’s a network for residents and visitors to discover and explore Welland’s amazing assets and find opportunities right here in the city’s backyard,”

QR Code Signage can now be found at all eight locations on the Recreation Corridor. For details on this project visit the city’s public engagement platform by simply logging into and joining the conversation. For more information on City of Welland Recreation and Culture initiatives visit the city’s website at

(Source: City of Welland news release)

THE WEEK AHEAD: Meetings In Welland

Meeting Calendar
city logoMeetings 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.

Council Meeting in Committee-of- the-Whole ≫
5:30 PM Tuesday Jul. 24 2018 –
Litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board:
– 129 Hagar Street.
– Elite Urban – Construction WIFC.
Council Ante Room

Council Meeting in Open Session ≫
6:00 PM Tuesday Jul. 24 2018 –
Statutory Public Hearing in accordance with requirements of the planning Act
Council Chambers (Please note: Meeting’s start time is one hour earlier than usual.)


Gadabout Gardener


Back to Bruce Cumpson’s Olde Town Gardens in Niagara-on-the-Lake with Welland hosta gardener Ron Lemon, for a walkabout and some puchases. This is what you call ‘getting away from it all!’ (Gadabout Gardener is a recurring feature on the blog. Photos by Joe Barkovich)