City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size

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Athletes in Saturday’s Head of the Welland Fall Bridges Fall Classic held in Welland.  Main Street Bridge is  in the background. (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

HO, HO, HO TIME!
untitledWELLAND – Want some great exposure on your organization this November? Join in one of Welland’s most celebrated events of the year. On November 17, the Welland Santa Claus Parade will once again 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.

CULTURE DAYS WEEKEND HAS MUCH TO OFFER
WELLAND – A National Celebration of Canadian Culture! From Nunavut to New Brunswick, and from British Columbia to Baffin Island – and all points in between – we share all the inspiration, artistry, creativity and expression that reflects the mosaic of Canadian culture. Here in Welland, join in for a weekend of music, visual art, dance and more, Friday, September 28, Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30. Get hands-on and behind-the-scenes in Welland. All activities are Free. Food is available for purchase. For more details visit: https://www.welland.ca/Leisure/eventsinfo/cultureDays.asp

BATTLE OF THE BANDS
WELLAND – Welland Public Library – along with the City of Welland – is hosting a Battle of the Bands competition. This national Culture Days event will take place at Merritt Park on the floating stage on September 29, noon to 3pm. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place (provided by the Kiwanis Club of Welland).

FRAZER STREET RECOGNIZED AS WELLAND ROTARY WAY
WELLAND – The Rotary Club of Welland and the City of Welland on Wednesday, September 12 unveiled new street signage at the corner of Frazer and Mill Streets as Welland Rotary Way. The signage recognizes the contributions and community improvement efforts made by the Welland Rotary Club. The new signage is a tribute to the collaboration between Welland Rotary Club and Habitat for Humanity Niagara in developing housing on Frazer Street between 2009 and 2011.
The city’s Commemorative Street Naming Program recognizes local organizations that have made contributions in the community based on historical content and/or community involvement. Although Frazer Street will retain its legal street name, the new Welland Rotary Way signage will stand as a reminder and observe how Welland Rotary Club made significant contributions to the Habitat for Humanity Niagara build on Frazer Street.
“I’m proud of the leadership Rotary Members provide both within the local community and the community at large,” said Welland Rotary President David Alexander. “In this case, four Rotarians, Nick Bodo, Paul Leon, Roman Groch, and Graham Speck stepped up and supported this initiative. We are also proud of our partnership with Habitat for Humanity Niagara.”

PRO-LIFE PRAYER CHAIN IN NIAGARA
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.

CITY DELEGATION BACK FROM TORONTO MEETINGS
WELLAND – Welland’s Mayor and members of the city’s Corporate Leadership Team have returned from Toronto after two days of “successful” meetings with various government ministries and public sector organizations.
city logoMayor Frank Campion, Chief Financial Officer/General Manager of Corporate Services Steve Zorbas, City Engineer/General Manager of Infrastructure and Development Erik Nickel, and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Gary Long were in Toronto Wednesday and Thursday of last week for the following meetings:
· Office of Vic Fedeli, Minister of Finance
· Dr. Frances Morton-Chang, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
· Office of Jim Wilson, Minister of Economic Development and Jobs
· Ontario Investment Office (OIO)
· Caroline Mulroney, Attorney General and Minister for Francophone Affairs, and various others.
“I’m really pleased with what we accomplished in terms of continuing the dialogue with our government contacts regarding strategic issues for Welland; establishing new contacts in other organizations and developing mutually beneficial partnerships; and forging relationships with new Ministers and staff and providing an overview of Welland’s current projects and priorities,” said Welland Mayor Frank Campion in a news release. “We covered a lot of issues, reinforced key priorities and messages with several Ministers’ Offices, and discussed innovative ideas and potential partnerships regarding the future of long-term care and seniors housing, economic development, and promoting the city’s Francophone community and culture.”

ALZHEIMER COFFEE BREAK
WELLAND – Tuesday, September 25 from 9am to 3pm at Welland Community Wellness Complex. Join in and support the Alzheimer Society in our community.

‘POLKA KING’ OSTANEK HERE FOR LIVE CONCERT
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

OKTOBERFEST AT THE WELLAND MARKET
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.

CELEBRATE HARVEST TIME AT THIS LUNCHEON
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 Octoberfest sausage on freshly-baked bun with/without sauerkraut, homemade baked potato soup, carrot cake, coffee, tea and apple cider.
Event tickets: presale (begins Sept. 10) $11 passholder, $12 non-passholder; regular(begins Sept. 24) $12 passholder, $13 non-passholder. Limited seating, so get your tickets early.

‘HOMETOWN CULTURE’ THEME OF MAYOR’S FUNDRAISER
2018MayorsEvent01WELLAND – Welland Hydro Electric System Corporation on Friday, November 9 presents Hometown Culture – an evening with Mayor Campion.
Attend the mayor’s annual fundraising event for 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 matthew.bosnich@welland.ca

HAVE FUN BETWEEN THE COVERS AT POPULAR BOOK SALE
WELLAND – The annual book sale held by the Canadian Federation of University Women Welland and District – always a popular event – is being held Saturday, October 13, 9 am to 3pm at the Niagara Regional Exhibition Grounds, 1100 Niagara Street.

JOIN THE MAYOR’S WALK ON MERRITT ISLAND
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 most often on Sundays.)

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