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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: fromareportersnotebook@gmail.com. It sells for $20.

Welland City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size

CITY SHORTS ART: It’s coming! It’s coming! It’s coming…..think spring!! (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

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: joe0606barko@gmail.com

ADVISORY COMMITTEE OPEN HOUSE
WELLAND – The City is hosting an open house for residents who are interested in applying to be a volunteer on a City of Welland advisory committee(s). The open house will provide residents with an understanding of city advisory committees, mandate and vacancies. It’s on Thursday, February 28, 4pm to 6pm in the Civic Square community room.
Individuals interested in attending are encouraged to bring resumes and references. Refreshments will be provided. For additional info, contact the City Clerk’s Division, 905-735-1700 ext. 2154.

COLLEGE TO HOST VOLLEYBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
WELLAND – The 2019 CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship is being held at Niagara College. The event is scheduled Tuesday, March 5 through Sunday, March 10, according to a web page about the championship. Matches are scheduled March 7, 8, 9 with the bronze medal match, gold medal match and closing ceremonies taking place the evening of March 9. Also taking place are an awards banquet, coaches meeting and athletic therapists meeting, all on March 6.
Names of participating teams and other information are to be announced soon.

COUNCIL APPROVES CAPITAL, OPERATING BUDGETS
WELLAND – Welland City Council approved the City’s 2019 tax supported Capital and Operating Budgets at the February 19 council meeting. The city’s budget is a strategic document that sets out council’s priorities and provides direction to city staff for the coming year. This year’s budgets, which include $24 million in capital spending, are focused on maintaining essential programs and services, strategic investments in infrastructure, and supporting the city’s economic growth and development agenda. Council also approved construction of a new Fire Hall Headquarters and Training Centre, which will be built on a City of Welland parcel of land, located on East Main Street.
Council approved a tax rate increase of 3.64% for all property tax classes. The average residential property assessed at $216,353 in 2019, results in a $59 tax increase from the previous year. The following items were brought forward and approved in the operating and capital budgets.

COLLEGE HOURS AND OPS DURING MID-TERM BREAK
WELLAND – Please note the following hours for College operations during the mid-term break, February 25 to March 1: Reduced transit schedules will be in effect for mid-term break. Visit ncsac.ca/winter2019transit/ NCSAC Offices will be open regular hours. Rise and Shine breakfast program will not be operating during the mid-term break. The Core and The Shack Welland Campus will be closed during the mid-term. Read more »

TAX CLINICS NOW TAKING BOOKINGS
WELLAND – The public library will be hosting Income Tax Clinics for low and fixed income earners in March. Clinics will be conducted by volunteers from the CRA Volunteer Tax Service and from the Niagara District Chartered Accountants Association. All clinics are by appointment only. To book your appointment, please call 905-734-6210 ext. 2521 or speak to a library staff member.

PRAYER SERVICE AT HOLY TRINITY
WELLAND – A World Day of Prayer service on Friday, March 1 will be hosted by Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Division Street. The service will start at 1:30pm.

MARCH BREAK PROGRAM GUIDE AVAILABLE
WELLAND – Are you ready for March Break? Welland Public Library is! The library has taken a ton of great programs and activities to keep your kids and teens busy all week long. Take a look at all of the exciting things going on!
Program guides are now available at all branches and online.
All programs require registration unless otherwise noted.

WINTER KINDERGARTEN OPEN HOUSE, REGISTRATION DAY
WELLAND – Niagara Catholic District School Board’s Winter Kindergarten Open House and Registration Day will take place in all Catholic elementary schools Wednesday, February 27, from 9am – 6pm. Families of children starting school in September 2019 are invited to learn more about the benefits of a Niagara Catholic education.
Staff hope to answer registration questions. To learn more, please schedule a visit at the Niagara Catholic elementary school in your neighbourhood.
Niagara Catholic has 49 elementary schools for students in Kindergarten through Grade 8. Many Niagara Catholic elementary schools offer before and after-school care to children between the ages of four and 12. A list of these schools, the associated child care and the daily and weekly fees is available here. If you require childcare, you must access the Niagara Region’s Onelist for licensed child care providers in Niagara.

NOMINATIONS  FOR HUMANITARIAN AWARD

T. Roy Adams

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. Sunday, March 31, is the last day for nominations. Nomination info is available online at: https://www.niagararegion.ca/government/awards-bursaries/t-roy-adams/nomination-form.aspx

HABITAT ReSTORES ARE IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS
WELLAND – Are you looking for a great opportunity where you’ll meet new people and help out in our community? The Niagara Habitat for Humanity ReStores are looking for volunteers to assist in in the warehouse with receiving donations (some heavy lifting required). Apply at http://www.habitatniagara.ca

ATLAS: MEMORIES FORGED IN STEEL
WELLAND – Do you have memories of Atlas Steels? Welland Historical Museum wants to hear from you. Share them by calling 905-732-2215 to set up an appointment.

HARVEST KITCHEN SEASON IN WELLAND WINDING DOWN
WELLAND – Welland’s Harvest Kitchen program is in its 23rd season. 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.
The program ends March 31.
For emergency shelter please call 905-714-5007.

JOIN THE MAYOR’S WALK ON MERRITT ISLAND
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.)

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Marauders End Irish Hoops Season

Notre Dame forward Shammar Campbell gets in under the basket for this shot against A. N Myer Marauders this afternoon. Myer won 68-57 on their home court, ending the season for Notre Dame and also winning the Zone 3 senior boys championship. The Irish trailed after all quarters: 16-7, 30-18 and 43-38. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

Senior Boys Hoops Title Game Rescheduled

Today’s Zone 3 championship game is off due to weather concerns. (File photo)

WELLAND  –  The Notre Dame – A. N. Myer senior boys hoops championship game that was to have been played this afternoon is rescheduled to Thursday.

In social media posts, Notre Dame coach Mark Gallagher said anticipated weather is the reason for the rescheduling of the Zone 3 title game. Freezing rain is in the forecast for the area starting this afternoon.

The Irish now will meet Myer Marauders Thursday at 3pm in Niagara Falls. The winner of the game will advance to the SOSSA championship next week.

 

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.

February
19
Council Meeting in Committee-of-the-Whole in Camera ≫
4:45 PM Tuesday Feb. 19 2019 –
A trade secret or scientific, technical, commercial or financial information that belongs to the municipality or local board and has monetary value or potential monetary value:
– Regional Governance Review update.

Litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board.
– Waterway User Group Lease.

Security of the property of the municipality or local board:
– City owned lands north-west of 67 Colbeck Drive.

Personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees:
– Non-union positions.

Council Ante room

19
Council Meeting ≫
6:00 PM Tuesday Feb. 19 2019 –
Council Chambers

20
Committee of Adjustment Hearing(s) ≫
5:00 PM Wednesday Feb. 20 2019 –
Council Chambers

Welland City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size

CITY SHORTS ART: College hosts a national championship. More info, see City Shorts brief, below. (Supplied graphic)

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: joe0606barko@gmail.com

CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR ROSS BEARD
WELLAND – The distinguished artist, Ross Beard, will be remembered and paid tribute at a Celebration of Life service Sunday, February 17, from 1pm – 5pm at Royal Canadian Legion, 383 Morningstar Avenue, Welland. Mr. Beard, 65, passed Friday, February 8 at Welland Hospital.
He was well known, far and near, for his paintings, many of which were of local landscapes, including Dain City, where he grew up. For Welland’s Festival of the Arts in the late 1980s, he was commissioned by the organizing committee to paint three murals, two of them in downtown Welland and one on Niagara Street North.
Full details can be found in the death notice for Mr. Beard, accessible at: https://www.arbormemorial.ca/jjpatterson/obituaries/ross-beard/30165/

THE PUCK STOPS HERE

Tina, left, and Jackie Turner.

WELLAND – 8th annual Julia’s Hope Cup Pond Hockey Tournament Saturday, February 16 at Welland’s Chippawa Park. This popular event celebrates the life of Julia Turner and raises funds for her most cherished cause, The Hope Centre. Pond hockey tournament, silent auction, food, games and more combine to make it an event for the entire family and the timing couldn’t be better: Family Day weekend. For complete info about the day, including the touching  Julia’s Story, please visit: https://www.juliashopecup.ca/

COLLEGE TO HOST VOLLEYBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
WELLAND – The 2019 CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship is being held at Niagara College. The competition is scheduled  March 7 through  March 9, according to a web page about the championship. Matches are scheduled March 7, 8, 9 with the bronze medal match, gold medal match and closing ceremonies taking place the evening of March 9. Also taking place are: awards banquet, coaches meeting and athletic therapists meeting, all on March 6.
Names of participating teams and other information will be announced soon.

CITY’S FAMILY DAYS HOURS
WELLAND – All City Hall departments will be closed Monday, February 18, for Family Day, and will re-open Tuesday, February 19, at 8:30am. For the full monty, please visit: https://www.welland.ca/HotTopics/HolidayHours.asp

ATLAS: MEMORIES FORGED IN STEEL
WELLAND – Do you have memories of Atlas Steels? Welland Historical Museum wants to hear from you. Share them by calling 905-732-2215 to set up an appointment.

PRAYER SERVICE AT HOLY TRINITY
WELLAND – A World Day of Prayer service on Friday, March 1 will be hosted by Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Division Street. The service will start at 1:30pm.

MARCH BREAK PROGRAM GUIDE AVAILABLE
WELLAND – Are you ready for March Break? Welland Public Library is! The library has taken a ton of great programs and activities to keep your kids and teens busy all week long. Take a look at all of the exciting things going on!
Program guides are now available at all branches and online.
Registration for programs has started. All programs require registration unless otherwise noted.

FAMILY FUN DAY AND FAMILY DAY FREE SKATE
WELLAND – Looking for something to do on Family Day? Have some fun with the family at the Welland Community Wellness Complex and the Welland Main Arena. Donations of non-perishable food items are appreciated. This is a free family-friendly event. Monday, February 18, 10am-2pm. More info on city website.

LIBRARY BRANCHES CLOSED ON HOLIDAY MONDAY
WELLAND – All branches of Welland Public Library will be closed Monday, February 18 for Family Day. Be sure to stock up before then or use the online resources which are available 24/7.
The library encourages folks to read together as a family during the weekend to promote literacy.

THIS TALK WON’T PUT YOU TO SLEEP!
WELLAND – Representatives from the Welland McMaster Family Health Team lead talks on a variety of healthy living topics. Each session includes a question and answer period.
The next is scheduled Wednesday, February 20, 10am – noon, at the library’s Seaway Mall Branch. The subject matter is Insomnia. To register, please contact McMaster Family Health at 905 734 9699 ext. 3 or at wellandmcmasterfht.com.

PUBLIC MEETING WITH GUEST SPEAKER
WELLAND – Hosted by the Visual Artists of Welland, Tuesday, February 19 at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, in the upper meeting room at Chippawa Park, 90 First Ave., Welland. Open to the public and anyone interested in becoming a member (membership is $35), or registering for the Spring Fling Art Show and Sale (April 5, 6, 7) – Registration package on the website: http://www.visualartistsofwelland.com/. Contact: Deedee Alexandre, co-president via phone: 905-732-4782 or email: deedeeteapot@hotmail.com

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR HUMANITARIAN AWARD
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. Sunday, March 31, is the last day for nominations. Nomination info is available online at: https://www.niagararegion.ca/government/awards-bursaries/t-roy-adams/nomination-form.aspx

ORCHESTRUM TO PERFORM AT WELLNESS CENTRE
WELLAND – Catch the band performing all of the classics, including Elvis, Johnny Cash, The Beatles and more. Tickets on sale now. Refreshments and door prizes included in ticket price. Friday, February 22, 7pm in the Theatre at Welland Community Wellness Complex. Tickets are $5 for passholders, $7 for non-passholders.

MAYOR’S COFFEE BREAK
WELLAND – Join Mayor Frank Campion at the Welland Community Wellness Complex for coffee and an update on what’s happening in Welland. This is a free event. Pre-registration is required. Thursday, February 21, 10:45am to noon.

HARVEST KITCHEN SEASON IN WELLAND WINDING DOWN
WELLAND – Welland’s Harvest Kitchen program is in its 23rd season. 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.
The program ends March 31.
For emergency shelter please call 905-714-5007.

(City Shorts is a weekly feature on the blog appearing most often on weekends.)

‘Be On The Lookout For Adverse Weather Conditions’

Warnings
POSTED AT: 1:15 PM EST Tuesday 12 February 2019
Wind warning in effect for:
Niagara Falls – Welland – Southern Niagara Region
St. Catharines – Grimsby – Northern Niagara Region
Persons in or near this area should be on the lookout for adverse weather conditions and take necessary safety precautions. Watch for updated statements.

Please refer to the latest public forecasts for further details and continue to monitor the situation through your local radio and television stations or Weatheradio.

11:05 AM EST Tuesday 12 February 2019
Freezing rain warning in effect for:
Niagara Falls – Welland – Southern Niagara Region
St. Catharines – Grimsby – Northern Niagara Region
Freezing rain continues.

Snow has changed to freezing rain mixed with ice pellets this morning. Total snow and ice pellet accumulations of 4 to 8 cm are likely. Freezing rain will continue for 2 to 6 hours before changing to rain late this afternoon.

Additionally, strong easterly winds gusting near 70 km/h will continue through much of the day.

This freezing rain is associated with a Colorado Low that will cross Southern Ontario tonight into Wednesday.
Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Ice build-up may cause tree branches to break. Utility outages may occur.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.