Monthly Archives: September 2019

Century-Old Former Fire Station Showcased At Culture Days Open House

At Five Bridges Fall Classic, All Things Welland

Two Bridges Of Five

Main Street bridge appears to be resting on the Division Street crossing in this photo from the concert stage in Merritt Park during Saturday’s Five Bridges Fall Classic. Rowers passed beneath five bridges along the waterway in what is by tradition a beautiful event to watch. More photos to follow. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

Culture Days Brings Visitors To Iconic Fire Station

Claire Masswohl, left, of the Central Station Education Initiative and Rose Dzugan of the city’s Heritage Advisory Committee, check out the interior of a 1957 LaFrance quad pumper. They were at the Culture Days open house at former Central Fire Hall, sponsored Saturday afternoon by the Education Initiative. Visitors streamed in and out of the former  fire station for tours, informative chats with committee members and encounters with firefighting memorabilia. More photos to follow. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

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.

Council Meeting in Committee-of-the-Whole in Camera ≫
5:10 PM Tuesday Oct. 1 2019 –
Personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees:
-Complaint regarding an employee.
-CAO’s Performance Evaluation.
-Non-Union Position.

Proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board:
-Youngs Sportsplex lease update.
Litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board:
-Contracts within City of Welland.

Council Ante Room

Council Meeting in Open Session ≫
7:00 PM Tuesday Oct. 1 2019 –
Council Chambers

City of Welland Heritage Advisory Committee Meeting ≫
5:00 PM Wednesday Oct. 2 2019 –
Room 108, Civic Square, 60 East Main Street

North Welland Business Improvement Area ≫
4:00 PM Thursday Oct. 3 2019 –
Ye Old Squire Restaurant  Seaway Mall

(Source: City of Welland webpage)

Five Bridges Fall Classic Showcases The Skill And Beauty Of Rowing

WELLAND – Hosted by the South Niagara Rowing Club in late September every year since 1980, the Head of the Welland is run on the North Course of the Welland International Flatwater Centre. In its 38th year, the Head of the Welland – Five Bridges Fall Classic is a “must attend” event for clubs, athletes, and fans of rowing.

This year’s program takes place Saturday, Sept. 28.

Taking part are 31 clubs and 284 entries.

Local participants include: Notre Dame Rowing Club (16 entries), South Niagara Rowing Club (18 entries), St. Catharines Rowing Club (23 entries), Niagara Falls Rowing Club (26 entries), Niagara Rowing School, Vineland (19 entries) and Ridley College, St. Catharines (9 entries).

Some other clubs include: Argonaut Rowing Club, Toronto (28 entries), Detroit Waterfront Rowing Association, Detroit (6 entries), Hanlan Boat Club, Toronto (17 entries), Canisius High School, Buffalo (7 entries) and Three Rivers Rowing Club, Pittsburgh (11 entries).

The race course begins just south of the Thorold Road boat launch (end of Thorold Road) with a naturally scenic 1.5 km stretch of open water running beside Merritt Island and over the Aqueduct to the Civic Square. It then proceeds under five bridges travelling 3.7 km south through the heart of the city to the finish line on the North Course of the Welland International Flatwater Centre.

The first bridge is the historic Main Street Bridge, with its towering steel frame, with the Division Street Bridge just 150 metres away. Opening up after the Division Street Bridge, the Recreational Waterway then affords a 750 metre stretch of uninterrupted water before coming to the Lincoln Street Bridge. A quick pass under the main columns of the bridge leads into the community recreation portion of the waterway with another 750 metre stretch of open water before having to navigate the railway swing bridge and the Broadway Bridge.

The waterway then immediately enters the North Course of the Welland International Flatwater Centre and competitors have approximately 1.2 km remaining to make their move.

The event has a detailed, highly informative website, Regatta Central:

(Source: website)