Monthly Archives: September 2018

City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size


CITY SHORTS ART: Members of the Central Station Education Initiative committee gathered for a photo after their  successful Central Fire Station Celebration Saturday morning/afternoon. It offered face painting for children, touch an antique fire truck, live music by various local musicians, local art show, info about the old fire hall and  more. From left: Nora Reid, Karen Anderson, Cathy Horvath, Chris Venditti,  Gilles Boisvert and Claire Masswohl. Wayne Campbell was absent. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

Compilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

City Shorts is a compilation, from various sources (government websites, news city-shorts
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 – The Welland Farmers’ Market is celebrating Oktoberfest. It’s Saturday, October 6, 9am to 11am. Enjoy face painting, crafts and a photo station. The Nu-Tones perform live polka music. There are lots of delicious fruits and veggies in season. The market is at 70 Young St.

untitledWELLAND – Want some great exposure on your organization this November? Join in one of Welland’s most celebrated events. On November 17, the Welland Santa Claus Parade will open the holiday season and entertain families with floats, festivities, and treats.
Applications are open until November 12. Come be a part of the excitement and join the 2018 Welland Santa Claus Parade! You can apply on the city’s website.

WELLAND – Are you the missing link? On Sunday, September 30 from 2pm-3pm, join thousands across North America, rain or shine, standing in silent, prayerful witness to the sanctity of human life.
Come with your family and friends to pray for an end to abortion – along Lundy’s Lane in Niagara Falls. Please report to this location at 1:45pm: Participants from St. Catharines area: Highland Ave. & Lundy’s Lane; (No Frills store); Participants from Welland, Thorold, Port Colborne area: Dorchester & Lundy’s Lane; Participants from Niagara Falls area: Prince Edward Ave. & Lundy’s Lane.

music triviaWELLAND – Think you know music? Come on out and show what you’ve got in support of your library! The 4th annual Trivia Night Fundraiser will once again feature music trivia by Shawn McCart from “Name This Tune.” If you missed it last year, now’s your chance to experience the fun that everyone is raving about! Join in at the Croatian National Home, Broadway, on Friday, November 2 for their infamous and endless (well, almost) penne and meatballs dinner. Gather a few friends – or enter as a team of up to 10 – for some friendly competition! Prizes for the top three tables.Tickets are on sale for $25 each at all library branches.

taizeWELLAND – A Taizé prayer service is being held the Parish Community of St. Kevin, 303 Niagara St., Welland on Tuesday, October 9 at 7:30pm. Thanksgiving is one of four times of year Taizé prayer is offered at the parish, the others are: Advent, Lent and Pentecost. The prayer service, rich in song, chant, music and scripture readings, is open to the community.

WELLAND – The annual book sale held by the Canadian Federation of University Women Welland and District is being held Saturday, October 13, 9 am to 3pm at the Niagara Regional Exhibition Grounds, 1100 Niagara Street.

WELLAND – Eastdale Alumni Association holds its next meeting Wednesday, October 3, from 7pm to 8:30pm. Come out to the school library and get involved. More info, visit or call Barb at 905-735-3778.

WELLAND – A new and exciting chess club begins this fall! Players of all skill levels are welcome to join. Come learn how to play or improve your game with new strategies. An experienced chess teacher will be on-hand to assist. Chess boards will be supplied.
For more information, please call 905-734-6210 ext. 2521 or contact:

WELLAND – A Harvest Luncheon is being held Friday, October 12 from 11:30am to 1pm at Welland Community Wellness Complex Canal Bistro.
The menu includes Oktoberfest sausage on freshly-baked bun with/without sauerkraut, homemade baked potato soup, carrot cake, coffee, tea and apple cider. Event tickets: presale $11 passholder, $12 non-passholder; regular $12 passholder, $13 non-passholder. Limited seating, so get your tickets early.

Ostanek-walterWELLAND – Mark your calendars for November 3, when Walter Ostanek and his friends Big John T Bone Little and Roger Wyatt perform at the Welland Community Wellness Complex starting at 7pm! Tickets: Advanced (until October 21): $12.50 passholder & $14.50 non-passholder; Regular (October 22 onward): $13.50 passholder & $15.50 non-passholder. All tickets plus HST

WELLAND – Welland Hydro Electric System Corporation on Friday, November 9 presents Hometown Culture – an evening with Mayor Campion. An evening of great food, music and more. Proceeds go to the following organizations: Niagara Community Foundation Welland Mayor’s Children & Youth Fund; Niagara Nutrition Partners; Family and Children Services Niagara; and YMCA Pro-Kids. Hometown Culture is being held at Croatian National Home, 6 Broadway Avenue, Welland. Doors open at 6pm, casual dress. Tickets are $150 per person (all inclusive). Please call 905-735-1700 Ext. 2338 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 appearing Saturdays or Sundays.)



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.

Senior Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting ≫
3:00 PM Monday Oct. 1  –
LOCATION: Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street (Library)

City of Welland Heritage Advisory Committee Meeting ≫
5:00 PM Wednesday Oct. 3  –
Room 108, Civic Square, 60 East Main Street

Welland Community Wellness Complex Advisory Committee Meeting ≫
3:00 PM Thursday Oct. 4  –
Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street

(Source: City of Welland website)


Niagara College’s O’Keefe Wins Leadership In Sport Award


In July 2018, Michele O’Keefe began her role at Niagara College as associate director of Athletics and Recreation. (Niagara College photo)

WELLAND – Niagara College associate director of Athletics and Recreation Michele O’Keefe was awarded the Leadership in Sport Award on September 20 at the Canadian Sport Awards in Ottawa. The country’s premier event for national sport achievement and leadership recognition, the 41st edition of the event took place for the first time since 2012.

The Leadership in Sport Award is a lifetime achievement award that recognizes the outstanding contribution of a sport leader or organization who exemplifies True Sport Values as demonstrated by ground breaking organizational leadership, innovating practices, influential communications, cutting edge sport marketing and/or positioning in the sport sector.

“To win this award is a tremendous honour, and a testament to all those that I have had the pleasure of working with throughout my career,” said O’Keefe. “It is very humbling to have been nominated with such a tremendous group of individuals, especially fellow Welland native Sandra Gage.”

Other nominees for the award include Richard Crepin, John Furlong, and Sandra Gage. Crepin is the chair of the Gymnastic Canada board of directors. Furlong was the CEO of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, and currently serves as the executive chair of Vancouver FC. Gage is the chief marketing officer of Soccer Canada.

After nearly two decades with Canada Basketball, O’Keefe returned to her hometown of Welland in July to assume her current role with Niagara College. However, the path she has forged has not gone unnoticed by her peers.

Aside from the successes experienced by Canada Basketball on the court in recent years, O’Keefe played a vital role in the development of basketball across the country. She was instrumental in laying a foundation for the continued growth of the sport in Canada.

Along with her work domestically, she is also one of the top female policy-makers in international sport. She is currently the FIBA Americas vice-president and lone female on the executive board, while also serving as one of five women on FIBA’s 20-member Central Board.

In her position at Niagara College, O’Keefe now plays a bigger role in the day-to-day development of student-athletes on campus. She sees a great opportunity for sport development in the Niagara region as a whole, and feels that the College can take a significant role in making that happen. O’Keefe also serves as a board member with the 2021 Canada Summer Games Host Society.

(Source: InsideNC)

Hoops Program Hosts Elimination Draw Fundraiser

WELLAND  – The ND basketball program will be hosting the 3rd nd logoAnnual Elimination Draw fundraiser on Friday, October 19 at 7pm at Club Castropignano.

Tickets are $80 each and that includes an all you can eat (pasta, chicken, veggies, salad, dessert) and all you can drink dinner with the chance to win one of three cash prizes: $1,000, $350 and $150.

There will also be penny sale draws and a grand prize draw featuring a 50″ HDTV. Last year’s draw was a great evening and a big success: we sold close to 200 tickets; proceeds will go towards the purchase of a shooting machine.

If you are interested in attending, tickets can be purchased from Chris Biggar or Mark Gallagher at the school, 905-788-3060. If you are interested in making a prize donation, contact Chris or Mark. Your support would be very much appreciated.

(Source: News release)