Monthly Archives: June 2019

Welland Jackfish To Play As Welland Pirates For Pack The Park Day

WELLAND – The Welland Jackfish presented by North Welland BIA, are excited to announce Pack the Park Day presented by Enviro-Niagara on Saturday, July 20th at 1:05 p.m.

Pack the Park Day will see the Welland Jackfish suit up as the Welland Pirates for one game only. The Jackfish will wear Welland Pirates inspired jerseys that will be auctioned off immediately following the July 20th game.

The Jackfish will also attempt to sell out Welland Stadium for the first time since the 90’s as Enviro-Niagara has purchased almost all available tickets to the July 20th game are giving them away to fans at their store located at 8-2255 Hwy 20 Welland.

“We really wanted to do something to honour the past of baseball in this great city” said Jackfish President Ryan Harrison. “There is no better way of honouring the past than to change our name for one game and pack the house!”

Tickets for July 20th can be picked up from Enviro-Niagara starting Tuesday, July 2nd.
For more information about Pack the Park Day, please contact us at or 905-736-1346.

(Source: Jackfish news release)

Niagara College Seeks Next Many Hands Project Recipient

Niagara College is ready to dedicate ‘many hands’ to assisting Niagara’s most vulnerable citizens, and is seeking a recipient for its next Many Hands Project.

Applications are now being accepted for the College’s 2019-2020 Many Hands Project. The 23rd annual Many Hands Project will provide resources for much needed programing to a Niagara-based non-profit organization. The value of the project will be approximately $5,000.

Run by the Event Management graduate certificate program of NC’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport, the Many Hands Project has been assisting non-profit organizations throughout Niagara since 1998. Event Management students will plan and execute fundraising events throughout the 2019-2020 academic year to raise money for the selected recipient. The project will rejuvenate the facilities of a local non-profit organization in a one- or two-day upgrade, or provide resources for programming that supports Niagara Region’s vulnerable citizens. Not-for-profit agencies and organizations based in the Niagara region are welcome to apply.

“Niagara College is proud to continue its Many Hands Project, which is an example of applied learning at its best,” said Damian Goulbourne, associate dean of NC’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport.

“Students in our Event Management program gain hands-on experience in planning special events, along with important lessons in community service and leadership, while helping to make a difference in the community at the same time,” said Christine Blane, faculty and program coordinator for NC’s Event Management program.

The most recent recipient to the College’s Many Hands Project was Pathstone Mental Health. In 2019, Event Management students raised more than $40,800 for Pathstone: $35,858 was raised by hosting a series of fundraising events, while $5,000 was donated by Canadian Tire Bank – a long-time sponsor and supporter of the Many Hands Project. Funds were dedicated to supporting play therapy at Pathstone, which treats Niagara children who are diagnosed with mental health issues.

Applications for the 2019-2020 Many Hands Project must be submitted by August 23, 2019. View application here: Many Hands Project Application 2019-20. The selected non-profit organization is expected to be announced during the fall of 2019.

For more information about the Many Hands Project, visit

Event Management is a one-year graduate certificate program at Niagara College that prepares graduates for a career in a fast-paced and multifaceted industry. Students develop skills in planning and logistics, public relations, marketing and sponsorship strategies, and volunteer and risk management in a highly experiential learning environment.

Niagara College offers more than 130 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, distilling, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit

(Source: Niagara College news release)

Dorothy’s Portrait Lands At Her Airport

By Wayne Campbell

Dorothy Rungeling now looks out on the airfield bearing her name.
A painting by Pelham artist Martha Southwell, finally, found its place in the administration building of the Niagara Central Dorothy Rungeling Airport last Saturday, June 22.
Southwell painted the portrait of Rungeling and gave it to the pioneering female pilot in 2014. The pair intended it for a memorial, possibly at the Pelham Public Library.
The portrait stood behind a 104-year-old Rungeling when the airport commission announced a renaming of the Niagara Central Airport. It added “Dorothy Rungeling” in 2015 making it the first Canadian airport named for a woman.
In the 1950s, Rungeling helped to save the “Welland Airport” by promoting its commercial as well as its recreational value. She drew attention to it through her air racing role, her flying school and her promotional writing on aviation.
During the Second World War, the airport was used by the Royal Canadian Air Force as part of its pilot and aircrew program: British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.
After the war, the airport’s future fell into doubt. That’s when Rungeling stepped in.
Today, it is run by an airport commission connected to the municipalities of Pelham, Welland, Wainfleet and Port Colborne. For a long-time, it was called the “Welland-Port Colborne Airport.”
Rungeling died at age 106 in 2018. Her portrait was returned to Southwell for safekeeping.
On Saturday, it became part of an airport event celebrating Rungeling’s life-long role in female aviation.
The 43rd Air Race Classic, an airport-hopping race by small planes from the southern United States, ended at Dorothy’s airport. Rungeling flew in similar races in the 1950s. Saturday’s event included the unveiling of a plaque marking the event and her contributions.
Also dedicated Saturday was a large Ninety-Nines compass painted on the airfield to mark a helicopter landing spot. Rungeling was the first Canadian woman to fly a helicopter solo at a Fort Erie helicopter plant.
The Pelham resident was life-long a member of the Ninety-Nines International Organization of Women Pilots. It was formed by Amelia Earhart in 1929 when she sent out invitations to women pilots to join – ninety-nine replied. It is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.
In her portrait, Martha Southwell shows Dorothy Rungeling with her aviation medals and the Order of Canada, which she received in 2002 for her achievements in aviation and community service.
Southwell, who has a special interest in aviation art, said she is delighted with Dorothy’s portrait’s position as she overlooks her airport.

(Wayne Campbell is a retired journalist living in Welland who worked on newspapers in southern Ontario and British Columbia.)

HERITAGE LIVES: The Out-of-Doors Was Our Playground

No shortage of  outdoor play spots for yesteryear’s kids in Crowland, Welland.  (Supplied photo)

By Terrry Hughes

When recalling the novel, ”To Kill A Mocking Bird”, one cannot help but see how children of that time amused themselves. True, the time frame was the Depression but kids have always found ways to occupy their time before the advent of television. Like Jeb and Scout, the out-of-doors was the playground and one’s imagination created tree houses and swings on local trees that were used in imaginative ways.
For kids in Crowland, the bush offered opportunities both summer and winter where we could spend the whole day inventing adventures. For some of us it was going to the “broken-down-jail”, an abandoned barn.
Welland kids had the dykes and Merritt Island along the canal for places to explore, ride their bikes or sled down some snow covered slopes.
One activity that we all had was fishing. Lyon’s Creek had some good spots for fishing, along with shooting bullfrogs with BB guns to take home for some tasty frogs legs.
Our photo shows two people probably between 10 and 12 years of age, one of them fishing off a dock and boathouse structure in the Welland River. Like it is today, the river looked calm and muddy due poor land management up river by the farming community.
It also served as our sewage disposal system where all of our waste was dumped.
But no one seemed to be aware of this calamity and it was a great place to hook on a channel catfish.
The location in the photo could have been up river from the canal’s two aqueducts judging by the high banks at the end of Dennistoun Street in the 1920’s.
It would seem that the girl’s interest was probably in the boy, but his focus was trying to catch some fish.

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

Next Column: Dating Old Photographs.

Something New: Music In The Piazza!

WELLAND – Join in at Welland Civic Square for free lunchtime concerts! Enjoy free concerts this summer on Fridays, between 11:30am and 1:30pm. Here’s the schedule:
Friday, June 28: Music Depot 50s Revival (19-Piece Band)
Friday, July 5: Repeatles (Beatles)
Friday, July 12: Be Cuz (Acoustic Folk Duo)
Friday, July 19: Jessica Wilson (Original & Cover)
Friday, July 26: O’Phelans Irish Band (Irish)
Friday, August 9: Rob Repovs (Popular Acoustic)
Friday, August 23: British Invasion Band (Beatles, Rolling Stones etc)

(Source: City of Welland website)

Parishioner, Lensman Has 70th Anniversary In His Sights

By Cec Mitchell

WELLAND – In 1946 Rev. Canon A.H. Davis of Holy Trinity Anglican Church felt time was right to expand the church’s presence in Welland and they began classes at the Little Green Schoolhouse on Thorold Road. Rev. Pat Patterson, assistant curate at Holy Trinity was in charge.
The first church service was held on Dec. 12, 1948 and drew 86 people.
Members of the new congregation decided to form a new church and sent a motion to the bishop to recognize the group as St. David’s Anglican Church. This name was chosen to reflect the Welsh background of a number of the parishioners.
The new parish received permission from Bishop Broughall on June 1, 1949. On June 24 of that year sod was turned for the new church. When the basement was completed services began in what was called “The Basement Church.” On April 27, 1952 the cornerstone for the church proper was laid.
The parish continues to grow and in 1964 an addition was added to the west end including meeting rooms and offices.
To make the church more accessible in 1990 the Ben Martin Memorial access was added including a new entrance from the parking lot and addition of an elevator. At the same time upgrades were made to the building.
A number of events have or are planned to mark the anniversary. In March, Bishop Susan Bell visited the church for service and a luncheon following. In June a sold out trivia night was held and an anniversary banquet is planned for Oct. 26, 2019.
During the seventy years we have had seven clergy and six deacons serve the parish. The present rector is Rev. Terry Holub and Rev. Richard Middleton deacon.
The parish continues to play an active role in the community.

(Cec Mitchell is a long-time member of St. David’s, 369 Thorold Road, and a former church warden. He is well known in Welland and area as a photographer at The Tribune, now retired)