Monthly Archives: January 2019

Barky’s Billboard

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(Barky’s Billboard is a recurring feature on the blog.)


Funeral Mass Saturday For Distinguished Newsman

By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

Frank Sernak

PORT COLBORNE – A funeral Mass is being held Saturday, January 19, 2019 for Frank Sernak, the former long-time news director at CHOW radio.
The Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. at St. John Bosco Church, 375 West Main St., Port Colborne. The pastor, Father Peter Walton, will be the presider.
Mr. Sernak, whose real-life surname was Cservenyak, died Sunday, December 2.
He was 83.
He was for many years a popular newsman and newsreader at the local station with a large and loyal following of listeners. His death prompted bouquets of warm, complimentary responses and reactions from them on social media. One of those commentators was former Welland resident Stanley Szymkow, a musician and long-time fan, who said Mr. Sernak was “An institution!”  Another comment was from Russ Findlay, who posted from his home in the Philippines: “Frank was a great guy. Always gracious and kind, and willing to talk. ”
In the Blizzard of ‘77, Mr. Sernak and a few other employees were holed up in the station on Forks Road, isolated from everyone yet in touch – over the airwaves and telephone – with thousands of listeners. Throughout the weekend ordeal, his on-air voice became a steadying, calming, comforting influence during some worrisome, even frightening, hours for many.
He is also remembered for a selfless community spirit that made him part of local events especially in the 1970s and 1980s. He was a dignified master of ceremonies for several Rose Festival coronation balls, a Rose Festival parade commentator and host for Welland Winter Carnival events. This volunteerism also applied to various Port Colborne activities and elsewhere as well.
His authoritative coverage of elections, whether municipal, provincial or federal, gave a respected professionalism to the local station that was “1470” on the AM dial.
The death notice for Mr. Sernak appeared in local media December 4 and an updated notice is in the Monday, January 14 edition of The Tribune. It can be found at:

(Note: A Lasting Image feature on Mr. Sernak appeared on the blog December 8.)

City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size

CITY SHORTS ART: Soup’s On! take-home recipe booklets from over the years. Don’t just try these delicious soups at the fundraiser, make them at home using recipes provided by our chefs. More info about the event, see BRIEF, below. (File photo)

Compilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

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:

WELLAND – The The 64th annual Tribune Tournament is down to four teams.
Lakeshore Catholic Gators will meet Greater Fort Erie Secondary School Gryphons in the tournament’s consolation championship at 5:30 p.m.
Notre Dame Fightin’ Irish go up against Governor Simcoe Redcoats, St. Catharines, in the championship final at 7 p.m.
Both games are at Notre Dame’s Dillon Hall.

WELLAND – The city is recruiting for a variety of committees. If you’re ready to make a difference and want to help improve your community, this just might be the opportunity for you. Follow the link & click on NOTICE TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC for more info and apply online.

WELLAND – The city is looking for performers for the 2019 Friday Night Live Concert Series. Fill out an application today online or pick one up at the Welland Community Wellness Complex Located at 145 Lincoln Street.

WELLAND – Some tickets are still available for Soup’s On! at St. Kevin parish hall, Friday, January 25.
Tickets are sold from the parish office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., also, in the foyer before and after weekend Masses (Saturday 5 p.m. and Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.) or by calling the convener, Bernie, 905-735-3562.
Eight great soups on the menu, tickets only $10.

WELLAND – Representatives from the Welland McMaster Family Health Team will lead talks on a variety of healthy living topics. Each session includes a question and answer period. Seasonal Affective Disorder: Wednesday, January 16, 10am – noon at Welland library’s Seaway Mall Branch. To register, please contact McMaster Family Health at 905 734 9699 ext. 3 or at



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 his memory, Niagara Region initiated a memorial award in 2003 to honour a resident of Niagara who best exemplifies Roy’s values and dedication to community service; a person who sees volunteerism as an integral part of their life. (Welland resident Paul Turner was the 2016 recipient of the award.)
Nominations are now open for the 2019 T. Roy Adams Humanitarian of the Year Award. Nomination info is available online at:

WELLAND – Photographer and storm chaser David T. Chapman has braved the elements to capture the power and majesty of many breathtaking winter phenomena. From blizzards to sundogs, ice caves to arctic sea smoke, learn about some of the most unique and beautiful sights this season has to offer. Saturday, January 26, 2pm – 3pm, Welland library’s Seaway Mall Branch. Register online or call 905-734-6210 ext. 2521.

WELLAND – Wednesday, January 30 2019, at the Croatian National Home in Welland. Tickets are $95 each or $760 for a table of 8. Ticket price includes dinner, wine at your table, and your chance to win a share of prize money. All proceeds will support our Gifts of Extraordinary Care fund, for the purchase of urgent equipment needs such as defibrillators at Niagara Health’s Welland Site. Tickets are limited so buy now. Or call the Foundation at 905-323-3863.

WELLAND – Welland’s Harvest Kitchen program started its 23rd season on Thursday, November 1 at Hope Centre, 570 King Street.
The weekly schedule is:
Sundays: Central United Church, 12 Young St., 5pm; Mondays: Eglise du Sacre-Coeur, 72 Empire St., 5:30pm; Tuesdays: Hope Centre, 570 King St., 5:30pm; Wednesdays: St. Kevin Roman Catholic Church, 307 Niagara St., 5pm; Thursdays 5pm for all: first Thursday of the month, Hope Centre, second Thursday, Southridge Community Church, 414 River Rd., third Thursday, Holy Trinity Anglican Church (use the market square door at the back), fourth and fifth Thursdays, Sts. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, 300 Chaffey St. and new this season, third and fourth Fridays, 5pm: Southridge Community Church.
For emergency shelter please call 905-714-5007.

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 weekends.)

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.

Budget Review Committee Meeting ≫
5:00 PM Monday Jan. 14 2019 –
Council Ante Room

Council Meeting in Committee-of-the-Whole in-Camera ≫
6:00 PM Tuesday Jan. 15 2019 –
Proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board:
– Sale of Land.

Litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board:
– Snowmobile Club Lease.

Personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees:
– Appointment for the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority.
– Non-union Vacancy.

Council Chambers

Council Meeting in Open Session ≫
7:00 PM Tuesday Jan. 15 2019 –
Council Chambers

Committee of Adjustment Hearing(s) ≫
5:00 PM Thursday Jan. 17 2019 –
Council Chambers

Outdoor Rinks Aplenty In The Rose City

River Road Park rink on a bright but cold winter day. (File photos Joe Barkovich)

WELLAND – It’s nearly time to dig out the skates and take the family skating. The City of Welland has outdoor ice rinks for you to enjoy. Some rinks are maintained (weather permitting) by city staff and others are maintained by volunteers. Some are still looking for volunteers to step forward, get involved, and maintain for the neighbourhood to enjoy.

The following ice rinks are maintained by volunteers:

* Rinks without volunteers may not be maintained and most likely will not be suitable for skating. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for one of the below rinks, please contact: or call (905) 735-1700 ext. 3000

Broadway Park Broadway Ave
(*No Volunteers)

Cooks Mills Park 630 Lyons Creek Rd
(*No Volunteers)

Elmwood Park Elmwood Ave

Glenwood Park Dain City, between Glenwood Pkwy & Parkside St
(*No Volunteers)

John Deere Park Dain City, between Huron St. & Erie St.

Gram Ave Park Gram Avenue, corner of Forest R. & Gram Ave

Manchester Park Off of East Main St., between Lyons Ave & Golden Blvd. W
(*No Volunteers)

River Rd. Park,  Stop 19 Park Rose Ave.,  Summerlea Park

Memorial Park Rink closed for the 2018/19 season due to construction, will re-open for the 2019/20 season

The following ice rinks are maintained by city staff:

Chippawa Park Pond First Avenue, (Corner of Fitch St.)

Woodlawn Bush Woodlawn Road, (between South Pelham and Rice  roads)

St. George Pond 391 St George St.

Civic Square Skating Rink East Main St  (at Civic Square)

(Source: City of Welland Bulletin)

Pick-up hockey at night on Chippawa Park rink.

City’s 2018 Record Building Activity Is Forecast To Continue In 2019

WELLAND  – The City of Welland experienced a record year in 2018 for building activity and residential growth, based on data provided by the city’s Building and Planning Division. The data shows a steady increase in the number of building permits issued over the past ten years:

Year/ Number of Permits Issued/ Value of Permits

2009  499  $80,844,470
2010  457  $95,646,000
2011  439  $53,899,310
2012  514  $83,389,950
2013  654  $61,735,350
2014  636  $80,134,750
2015  641  $70,323,900
2016  622  $81,772,200
2017 726  $164,548,600
2018 802  $128,421,798

The city is also witnessing a positive trend in new residential growth with the number of dwelling units constructed doubling from 197 in 2017 to 400 in 2018.

Year/ Dwelling Units Constructed

2009 116
2010 157
2011 110
2012 185
2013 134
2014 183
2015 173
2016 132
2017 197
2018 400

“Our community is growing in exciting ways as we continue to attract residents to support new developments across our city and we’re welcoming new industrial investments that are creating jobs and economic activity, bringing more new residents to Welland,” said Mayor Frank Campion. “This activity is a sign of confidence from builders, developers and investors, and it illustrates how attractive Welland’s quality of life is, and how much we have to offer.”

“Through the hard work of our Development Team and city staff, and the support of City Council, Welland has gained the reputation for being a great place to do business and invest,” said Gary Long, Chief Administrative Officer. “We will continue to focus on maintaining strong working relationships with our private sector partners while ensuring that our business processes and service levels give Welland a competitive advantage.”

“As we anticipated, 2018 surpassed the building activity and residential growth Welland experienced in 2017. Welland is a wonderful place to live and work, with an abundance of opportunities and amenities for a great quality of life,” said Dan Degazio, Director of Economic Development. “Welland is attracting a tremendous amount of growth from the GTA and I think the future is extremely bright for Welland, with a housing and job market that we are confident is going to continue to grow.”

Welland’s population is 52,293 based on 2016 Census data. The city’s population forecast—verified by independent planning consultants—is projected to grow 18,070 by 2041. City staff are projecting an equal or greater amount of new dwelling units in 2019 if market conditions remain consistent.

(Source: City of Welland news release)