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About fromareportersnotebook

Former reporter and city editor at The Tribune, Welland, On. Active in various community groups and initiatives, married with two grown children, interested in roses specifically and gardening in general. A collection of previously-written columns was published in book form in the fall of 2013 and is available by contacting the writer at: It sells for $20.

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.


Audit Review Committee Meeting  ≫

5:00 PM Tuesday Jul. 25  2017 –
Council Ante Room

Nominating Committee Meeting  ≫

5:30 PM Tuesday Jul. 25  2017 –
Council Ante Room

Council Meeting in Committee-of-the-Whole In-camera (Closed to the Public),  ≫

5:35 PM Tuesday Jul. 25  2017 – to discuss the following:

  • Proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board.
    – Sale of City owned lands update.
    – Vacant land update.
    – City Development.
    – Proposal to declare surplus various City-owned Landholdings.
  • Litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board.
    – Youngs Sportsplex.
  • Personal Matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees.
    – Committee Appointments for the following Committees:
    – Senior Citizens Advisory Committee.
    – Transit Advisory Advisory Committee.
    – Active Transportation Advisory Committee
    – Ward 5 Vacancy.

in the Council Ante Room

Council Meeting  ≫

7:00 PM Tuesday Jul. 25  2017 –
in the Council Chambers

Welland Arenas Advisory Committee Meeting  ≫

12:00 PM Thursday Jul. 27  2017 –
LOCATION: Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.

2021 Canada Games Host Society Announces Chair, Board Of Directors

The 13-members of the 2021 Canada Games Host Society Board of Directors, as well as the board chair, received unanimous approval from Regional Council at their recent meeting.

Doug Hamilton, former chair of the Niagara Bid Group, was approved as chair of the 2021 Canada Summer Games Host Society Board of Directors. Other community members who were approved to participate on the board include:

  • Tom Arkell, Associate VP of University Services, Brock University
  • Mary De Sousa, Executive VP of Marketing and Communications, FirstOntario Credit Union
  • Dino DiCienzo Jr., President of Canadian Niagara Hotels Inc.
  • Mario D’Uva, Managing Partner of Fallsview Golf Inc.
  • Carolyn Hurst, Owner and President of Westcott Vineyards
  • Karen Natho, Executive Director of Brock-Niagara Penguins Para-sport Program
  • Michele O’Keefe, President and CEO of Basketball Canada
  • Liz Palmieri, Former Executive Director of Niagara Community Foundation
  • Tom Rankin, CEO of Rankin Construction
  • Adrienne Smoke, Performing Arts Professional & Indigenous Community Advocate
  • Wade Stayzer, VP Sales and Service of Meridian Credit Union
  • Mary Turner, Former President and CEO of Canadian Tire Financial Services
  • David Veres, Associate VP of Academic and Learner Services, Niagara College

Many other community leaders will also be participating on key host society committees. These persons include highly successful Niagara athletes such as:

  • Tonya Verbeek, 3-time Olympic medalist, wrestling
  • Steve Bauer, Olympic medalist, cycling
  • Marty Calder, Olympian, wrestling & National Team Coach
  • Chris Critelli, Olympian, basketball & Asst. Athletic Director at Brock University

As the official languages of the games are both English and French, Niagara’s host society has also been recruiting leaders from Niagara’s francophone community on various committees.

Niagara Region, and its 12 local municipalities, will host the Canada Summer Games in August 2021. These games will feature approximately 5,000 athletes in 17 sports from all 13 provinces and territories. More than 5,000 volunteers will be needed to deliver these games and the projected economic benefit exceeds $200 million.

One of the next steps for the 2021 Canada Summer Games Host Society is to organize a series of planning sessions this fall. These planning sessions will help provide direction and focus for the host society’s activities over the next four years.

The board of directors will also begin to hire staff for the host society, which will start with the hiring of a CEO this fall.

(Source: Regional Niagara media release)

City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size


CITY SHORTS ART: Popular annual fundraiser rocks the Rose City Saturday, July 22. Don’t miss it!

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 –  Welland Hydro-Electric System Corp. has received information from several customers about calls being received asking for information about the Fair Hydro Plan bill insert from their July invoice and then requesting a scheduled home inspection to assess the efficiency of your furnace and/or central air conditioner.  The caller will claim to be from the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) and/or be affiliated with Welland Hydro. Pressure tactics will be used to have you schedule a home inspection quickly. Do not let these people into your home as this is a scam.


WELLAND – Check the water before you go swimming this weekend, or any day. Make sure the water is safe. This is a great service provided by Regional Niagara.

For latest results, visit


WELLAND –  Enjoy free concerts on the floating stage at Merritt Park. All concerts are on Friday nights and begin at 7pm, unless otherwise noted.

  • Welland Sings the Blues, Friday, July 21 – Jack DeKeyzer Blues Band, The Suzie Vinnick Trio; Also appearing are blues legends Chuck Jackson and Jerome Godboo and Guest Artist Spencer McKenzie;
  • Nashville: Country Classic,  Friday, July 28 – Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, June Carter, Jerry Lee Lewis and more presented by James Yorfido; Guest Artist: Ashlynne Vince;
  • Welland Rocks on the Canal, Friday, August 11 – The Associates, The Howling Horns and Heather Glaab;
  • Soulsville, Friday, August 18 –  Juno Award winner Lance Anderson presents the music of STAX Records,Otis Redding, Wilson Picket, Sam & Dave, Brooker T & the M.G.s, Eddie Floyd and many more Southern Soul Artists; Guest Artists: John Finley, George Oliver, Jay Douglas and Cheryl Lescom;
  • The British Rock Invasion, Friday, August 25 – Hot Rocks: Tribute to the Rolling Stones – The British Invasion with the music of The Beatles, The Dave Clark 5, The Kinks, The Who, Freddy and The Dreamers.


WELLAND  – Having accepted an invitation to play in a holiday hoops tournament in south Florida, Notre Dame senior boys basketball team is holding a bingo fundraiser in September.

bb logo (3)The bingo is one of two fundraisers scheduled for fall. The date is Tuesday, Sept. 12 at Delta Bingo, Niagara Falls. Tickets are $15 which includes two single books which contain regular games and the regular jackpot only. Also one $5 voucher for use in the Tap Tix machines.

Tickets can be purchased from Coach Gallagher, 905-788-2636 or Chris Biggar, 905-380-2593 until school starts in September.

The second fundraiser is an elimination draw evening. More details will be released at a later date.

The senior Irish will  be in the All-Catholic New Year’s Holiday Tournament in Miami the first week of January 2018. The tourney is being hosted by Belen Jesuit Prep School. The eight-team tournament features six south Florida teams, a team from New York City, and the Irish.


WELLAND – Join certified yoga teacher Rose Kobelka for a monthly calming morning yoga class, Saturday, July 22,  on the lawn overlooking the canal at the Welland Library. Morning Yoga on the Lawn is a beginner yoga class but is open to all experience levels. Please come dressed in appropriate outdoor yoga attire. In the event of rain, the class will meet in the Community Room of the Civic Square.


WELLAND  – Croatian Fraternal Union (CFU) Lodge 617 Hrvatski Sinovi, Welland  is hosting the Croatian Tour 2017 group  TS SARMERI & VLATKA KOPIC-PERKOVIC “TENA”  Saturday, August 19, in the Croatian National Home clubroom.  Tickets $40 for dinner and concert, dinner 5pm, concert 7:30pm.  For tickets call Ann Simunic 905-734-9851.


WELLAND – Every Wednesday 4:30pm to dusk, a mid-week gathering of families, friends and community to have supper on Merritt Island. Enjoy yummy food, delicious craft ales, wines and ciders. Take in some local entertainment and a great evening on the Island. The next is Wednesday, July 26.


WELLAND –  Welland’s popular canoe rental program is in full swing for the season at the PenFinancial Credit Union Flatwater Centre. Canoes, solo kayaks, tandem kayaks, standup paddle boards and pedal boats are available for rent at the site.

The centre is open 10am to 6pm on weekends June to September. During July and August the centre is open weekdays from 11am to 6pm.

Cancellations due to weather will be posted on the Welland Canoe Rental Program Facebook page


WELLAND – The 2017 music series Jammin’ at the downtown market is now in full swing. Upcoming performers are: Joe Crawford Karaoke, July 29; David and Joni, August 12; Niagara Region Old Tyme Fiddlers, August 26; Jessica Wilson, September 2 and Tracks, September 9. Great entertainment while you shop at our local farmers market. Performances are 9:30am to 10:30am.


WELLAND  –  Meet Mayor Frank Campion at the Merritt Island parking lot Monday mornings at 7:30am for a 40 Minute Walk on Merritt Island. The next is Monday, July 24.


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.


Welland Active Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting  ≫

6:30 PM Monday Jul. 17  2017 –
Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street

Committee of Adjustment Hearing(s)  ≫

5:00 PM Wednesday Jul. 19  2017 –
Council Chambers