Christmas Tree Collection
Christmas tree collection is Jan. 6-10 on your regular collection day. Trees must be at the curb by 7 a.m. with all ornaments and decorations removed. Trees wrapped in plastic or buried in snow will not be collected. No artificial trees.
(Source: Niagara Region)
WELLAND – Four high school gyms will play host to preliminary games in the 65th annual Welland Tribune Basketball Tournament, with the two championship games being held at Niagara College athletic centre. The tournament dates are Wednesday, January 8 through Saturday, January 11.
The tournament draw was released earlier this week. Notre Dame, Centennial, E. L. Crossley and Jean Vanier gyms are the high school venues while Niagara College gym will host the two championship games Jan. 11.
Notre Dame is the defending champion, having defeated Governor Simcoe of St. Catharines 70-55 in the 2019 tourney while Greater Fort Erie Secondary captured the consolation championship by defeating Lakeshore Catholic, Port Colborne, 58-49.
Here is the draw for the 2020 tournament, sponsored by Mountainview Homes:
By Joe Barkovich
WELLAND – Thinking about submitting a nomination for the H. L. Cudney Award? Now’s the time to get it done.
The award committee has issued a call for nominations for the Cudney, which recognizes outstanding achievement in or contribution to sports in Welland. In its inaugural year, 1962, the recipient was local resident and CFL star Ed Learn. In 2018, it was Michele O’Keefe, Niagara College’s associate director, Athletics and Recreation, who was honored for contributions to basketball in Canada.
“The committee hopes the community will respond to the request for nominations,” said chair Ron Lemon. “There certainly are many deserving candidates in the Welland community. The challenge is to get their names brought forward to our attention.”
Attracting nominations years ago wasn’t the hard sell it seems to be nowadays.
Wayne Redshaw, the former long-time sports editor at The Tribune and a member of the committee for more than 40 years recalls the selection committee being “swamped” with nominations some years.
In a telephone interview, Redshaw, recipient of the award in 2001 for sports journalism, said the end-of-year announcement of the Cudney recipient was always looked forward to by the local sports community. He said the announcement usually was made between Christmas and New Year.
“There was never a shortage of nominations,” he recalled. “Publicity announcements appeared in the Tribune and on CHOW Radio. I saw years when we were flooded with nominations. One year I recall we had close to 20 nominations, and other years 10 to 12. A lean year was three to five.”
Redshaw was on the committee from 1963 to 2007. He said the experience left him with many fond memories of the camaraderie that existed in the Welland sports community.
Most years, the announcement was through a story in the newspaper and over radio, but for some years special presentation formats were chosen.
“There were memorable presentations. In 1964 when Notre Dame College School principal John Belcastro was the recipient, it was like a live version of the TV show ‘This Is Your Life’. It was done before a full assembly in the gym,” said Redshaw.
Another “unforgettable” presentation took place in 1972. The recipient was Aurel Gervais, a city councillor who was honored for sports contributions through Club Champlain.
“He was caught completely off guard. He thought he was going to a Club Champlain Christmas party with the media at East Main Street’s Temple Club that afternoon. Instead, CHOW Radio sports director Dave Scott and I teamed up to make it a complete surprise for Gervais by announcing the winner jointly at the party.”
Scott delayed his noon sportscast and made the announcement at the party and Redshaw brought along copies of the announcement “hot off the press in that day’s newspaper as the Tribune, back then, was an afternoon newspaper.”
Redshaw reminisced about one other presentation, the 30th anniversary of the Cudney Award in 1991.
“Former recipients were invited to attend the dinner along with three finalists that year at the Polish Legion hall on Ontario Road. The gala evening with an overflow crowd was capped off when the master of ceremonies asked for the envelope and then announced that golfer John Benko was the winner.”
Redshaw said he noticed decline in nominations started in the late 1990s, but isn’t sure why it happened. One possibility could be lack of promotional coverage, he said.
The Cudney was long considered “the elite sports award” in Welland and it deserves that stature considering its longevity and the diverse group of recipients, Redshaw said. It’s “too bad” it was not presented for three years (2015, 2016, 2017), he said.
In its revival, the award presentation is now coordinated by the Cudney Award Committee, a sub-committee of the Welland Sports Promotion Committee.
The Cudney trophy for outstanding contribution to Welland sports honors the late Harold Cudney, original owner of Cudney Funeral Home in Welland. Mr. Cudney was a long-time supporter of local sports along with former managing editor of the Tribune, T.N. Morrison. The award was started after Mr. Cudney’s death by his family.
For those interested, nomination forms are available at Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln St.
Nominations will be accepted until Friday, January 24, 2020.
The Cudney award for 2019 will be presented during the city’s 48th annual Sports Awards Night, Friday, April 3, 2020 at Casa Dante, Lincoln Street, Welland.
(See sidebar story: A Who’s Who)
Here is the list of recipients over the years of the esteemed Cudney award. Could your nominee’s name be added for 2019? You won’t know unless you submit one for consideration by the award committee. Deadline to submit is January 24, 2020:
1962: Ed Learn, professional football;
1963: Tom Brooke, Jr. B. hockey, golf;
1964: John Belcastro, high school basketball;
1965: Jack Ballantyne, minor hockey;
1966: Jane Haist, track and field;
1967: Diane Morden, youth bowling;
1968: Tony Koch, minor soccer;
1969: Joe Chiki, bowling;
1970: Reg Redshaw, fastball, minor hockey;
1971: Ken Rhora, fastball;
1972: Aurel Gervais, Club Champlain;
1973: Sandy Billyard, junior golf;
1974: Bill Brown, amateur marksmanship;
1975: Marion Kelly, swimming;
1976: Don “Red” Warren, minor hockey;
1977: Dan Radobenko, senior baseball;
1978: Cathy Sherk, amateur golf;
1979: Frank Degazio, boxing;
1980: Brian Gyetko, tennis;
1981: Barry Tuttle, Rick Hales, slo-pitch;
1982: Ed Pringle, minor baseball; Nestor “Doc” Brauweiler, trainer;
1983: Wayne Groulx, junior hockey, baseball;
1984: Steve Bauer, amateur cycling;
1985: Ivar Noren, Niagara South Rowing Club;
1986: Chad Wismer, soap box racing;
1987: Mike Mitruk, baseball;
1988: Ray Napper, boxing;
1989: Gord Sykes, swimming;
1990: Brian Gyetko, tennis;
1991: John Benko, golf;
1992: Diane Eller, triathlete;
1993: Tom Glesby, boxing;
1994: Jack Lauzon, horse racing;
1995: Pauline Maurice, fastball;
1996: Jack Randall, basketball;
1997: Sharryn Oleskiw, duathlete;
1998: Paul Beeston, professional baseball;
1999: Kelly Nagy, university soccer;
2000: Wayne Jaroslawski, Larry Jaroslawski, minor baseball;
2001: Wayne Redshaw, sports journalism;
2002: Lynda Lemon, duathlete;
2003: Dan Paille, junior hockey;
2004: Karen Dzugan, cheerleading coach/judge;
2005: Rob Noyes, marathon runner;
2006: Jim Briggs, amateur golf;
2007: the late Ralph Nero, basketball; Matthew Maracle, Special Olympics softball;
2008: Michael Hominuck Jr., professional and amateur lacrosse;
2009: Stacey Allaster, CEO women’s tennis association;
2010: Ron Lemon, basketball;
2011: Sabrina D’Angelo, women’s university soccer;
2012: Wally Mole, Welland Sports Wall of Fame;
2013: Jeanne Glavac, amateur women’s golf;
2014: Tribune Tournament Committee;
2015, 2016, 2017: Not awarded;
2018: Michele O’Keefe, basketball;
ST. CATHARINES – The 88th annual broadcast of Midnight Mass from the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria will be available on Newstalk 610 CKTB at http://www.610cktb.com.
Christmas music by the Cathedral choir conducted by Lucas Chorosinski begins Dec. 24 at 11:30 p.m.
The Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria is located at 3 Lyman Street,
St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 5M8 Canada
(Source: Diocese of St. Catharines website)
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WELLAND – City council has approved a tax rate decrease, along with a record $62 million in capital spending for 2020. Council approved the municipal 2020 tax-supported Capital and Operating Budgets on Dec. 10, 2019, after a two-month process that included budget deliberations and a public engagement campaign. Municipal budgets are strategic financial plans that support Council’s priorities, and include key projects to be implemented by city staff.
The 2020 municipal budgets will continue to protect core programs, maintain service levels, invest in infrastructure, maintain the city’s economic competitiveness, and support the city’s growth and development agenda with a -0.65% tax levy decrease for all property classes. The average residential property assessed at $223,109 in 2020, results in a $11.21 tax decrease from the previous year. This applies to the City of Welland portion only. Niagara Region tax rates and education rates have not yet been finalized.
Council also approved the Water/Wastewater Operating and Capital Budgets for the coming year. The cost to enhance water and to treat wastewater for Welland is established by the Region of Niagara. A 6.42% rate increase will be experienced by residents using 75 m³/year, which will increase residential bills from $675 yearly in 2019 to $719 yearly in 2020. The 2020 Water/Wastewater Capital Budget is also proposing expenditures in the amount of $4.49 million for wastewater and $4.18 million for waterworks.
Key 2020 Budget Highlights:
$53.6 million in tax-supported capital projects;
$8.6 million in water/wastewater capital projects;
New Central Fire Station HQ and Training Centre to open in 2021;
New King Street Fire Station to open in 2021;
$5.1 million for road resurfacing;
$1.1 million for sidewalk replacement improvements, and missing sidewalk links;
$500,000 for a new Community Boathouse to accommodate the city’s canoe/kayak rental program at Rotary Park of Welland;
$150,000 for new & rebuilt docks for unsupervised swimming at Rotary Park of Welland;
New Transit Operations Facility (pending Federal & Provincial funding);
Replacement of Forks Road Bridge (pending Federal & Provincial funding);
New playground equipment at Glenwood, Elmwood, Chippawa, and Cooks Mills Parks;
$13.562 million total ICIP-Recreation & Culture Application (pending Federal & Provincial funding);
$1.4 million total ICIP-Green Infrastructure Application (pending Federal & Provincial funding);
New splash pads at Memorial and Maple Parks;
Holiday Transit service (increased service for winter control and sidewalk snow clearing);
Upgrades to soccer fields and investments in baseball diamonds;
Funding to support partnerships with the Welland Museum, Welland Public Library, Welland Hospital, Welland McMaster Family Health Team, Niagara College, and Foyer Richelieu.
“Council and staff worked very hard to deliver operating and capital budgets that address today’s expected service levels while providing the strategic necessities of a growing city,” said Coun. David McLeod, chair of the Budget Review Committee. “Mindful, methodical, and strategic investment is what constituents expect of us, as it lays the foundation for future years. If a budget does not provide a clear message of investment in capacity, infrastructure and service levels, then it fails the taxpayer in the long-run. I am pleased to say the 2020 budget delivers loud and clear on all three fronts.”
“City of Welland staff and council have collaborated on a sound financial plan for 2020 that will result in improvements to all classes of infrastructure, which will enhance quality of life in our municipality,” said Mayor Frank Campion.
“Welland is on a 20-year trajectory of positive growth and transformative change, and the 2020 budget supports this with “city building” investments in new fire stations, a new transit facility, waterfront redevelopment, and in the hard infrastructure we depend on now and into the future,” said Gary Long, Welland’s Chief Administrative Officer. “The 2020 Budget also supports the public services that Welland residents use every day, while investing in the recreational infrastructure and cultural programming that contribute to the civic satisfaction our residents enjoy.”
For more information the City of Welland 2020 Budget visit welland.ca, or for more information on Your 2020 Budget Talks Public Engagement Platform visit YourChannel.welland.ca.
(Source: City of Welland news release)
WELLAND – Nominations are now being sought for the H. L. Cudney Memorial Award.
First presented in 1962, the award recognizes outstanding achievement in or contribution to sports in Welland. The 2018 recipient was Michele O’Keefe, Niagara College’s associate director, Athletics and Recreation, who was honored for contributions to basketball in Canada, specificially for elevating the sport on a national level.
The award presentation is coordinated by the Cudney Award Committee, a sub-committee of the Welland Sports Promotion Committee. Nomination forms are available at: Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln St. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, January 24, 2020.
“The committee hopes the community will respond to the request for nominations,” said Ron Lemon, its chair. “There certainly are many deserving candidates in the Welland community. The challenge is to get their names brought forward to our attention.”
Members of the award committee are: Wayne Jaroslawski, Wayne Harris, Irene Gibbins, Don Larman, Ron Harpwood, Todd Cooney, Murray Mulligan, Joe Barkovich and Lemon.
The Cudney award will be presented during the city’s 48th annual Sports Award Night, Friday, April 3, 2020 at Casa Dante, Lincoln Street, Welland.
More info: contact Ron Lemon, 905-735-9579.