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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.

Home Opener Postponed Due To Poor Field Conditions

WELLAND – Saturday’s home opener between the Welland Jackfish and the Toronto Maple Leafs has been postponed due to poor field conditions at Welland Stadium. The game will be rescheduled to a future date in the season.
“Unfortunately mother nature has not been kind to us thus far” said Jackfish President Ryan Harrison. “The City of Welland have closed the fields until Monday and deemed the Stadium unplayable, we thank them for everything they did to try and get it in playable condition.”
Tickets for Saturday may exchanged for seats to any future Jackfish home game. Ticket holders can visit the Jackfish ticket office at Welland Stadium to redeem their tickets during regular business hours.
The Welland Jackfish are a member of Ontario’s most elite baseball league, the Intercounty Baseball League. The 100-year old summer league is one of the oldest baseball leagues in the world, with the league established in 1919, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. For more information, visit or follow the Jackfish on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @wellandjackfish.

(Source: Welland Jackfish release)

First Avenue Garage Sale Boasts Bargains, Tradition

Special to the blog

WELLAND – A popular rite of spring returns to First Avenue on Saturday, May 11. It’s Donna Pearson’s garage sale at her home, 107 First Ave., directly across from Chippawa Park.
This would have been its 25th year, but the death of a friend moved Pearson to cancel last year’s bargain bonanza, making this year’s the 24th. That’s quite a longevity and it tells you something about the popularity of this long-standing tradition.
Six families are taking part. The action begins Friday evening when they set up tables for their “treasures” then cover them up for the night. Folks return at around 6:30 a.m. Saturday to finalize their tables for display. The sale gets underway at 8 a.m.
Earlier in its history, the Saturday morning extravaganza had as many as 20 families taking part but as Pearson notes, times change. Some of the participants are no longer around for one reason or another: attrition, changes of venue in their personal lives, advancing years etc.
Each year, she cooks chicken soup and makes salad and chili to feed the team, and folks really enjoy the pampering treatment. Leaving nothing to chance, the coffee pot starts up at 6 a.m so fresh, hot coffee is available when the families arrive.
As can be expected “early birds” start flocking to the scene around 6:30 a.m. or so. Parking is available across the street from Pearson’s home, and the early arrivals bide their time in their vehicles waiting there.
The event should attract around 300 to 350 people if turnouts of yesteryear are to be believed. The sale is over at 1 p.m. and if anything remains, items are donated to Open Arms Mission warehouse on Forks Road.
So, looking for “treasures”? Some of the items that will be up for sale come Saturday:
books…dehumidifier….fans….vacuum….speakers…knitted blankets….furniture….weed eater….hedge clipper….kitchen appliances…..wood box….piano bench….party pom poms……plants…. toys…..double bed….kids clothes…..snowmobile saddle bags… clubs….coffee maker… balls….small bbq….table and chairs… cards…art……old school desk…..old luggage….small rugs….garment steamer…. electric grill….roasting pan….blender….antique bottles…..bundle buggy….and more. Have fun!

Busy Weekend For Delegates At Development and Peace Assembly In Welland

By Frank Fohr

WELLAND – A successful regional assembly of Development and Peace was held in Welland this weekend with approximately 80 people in attendance. Members from as far away as Thunder Bay and Sault Ste Marie as well as senior staff from Montreal were in attendance over the three days of the gathering at the Niagara College Welland Campus.

Christian Campigny, the Deputy Director of international programs gave a thorough presentation on how projects and partners are chosen in order to provide the most effective development. An example was given of the work by Development and Peace partners in the Congo where the government of Canada asked for our help to create a peaceful political process leading up to recent elections there. Since Development and Peace is partnered with groups working in the Congo on popular education, millions of people were able to be reached regarding their democratic rights.

Romain Duguay, the Deputy Executive Director of Development and Peace spoke on a number of topics including next year’s education program. It will take its inspiration from Pope Francis who will be visiting the Amazon region this autumn. Development and Peace works in a number of Amazonian countries including Brazil, Peru and Colombia, so the campaign will focus on the loss of the Amazonian forest to exploitation, much of which is illegal landgrabs from indigenous people.

A Skype link with other regional meetings in Manitoba, New Brunswick and Newfoundland was another highlight.

In addition to the work schedule there were times for prayer and socializing. Mass with Bishop Gerard Bergie and the faith community of St. Kevin’s occurred on Sunday morning. A social event was held on Saturday night at Notre Dame College School with the school’s jazz band providing entertainment and the culinary students providing supper. Many of the delegates walked from Niagara College to Notre Dame as part of the Development and Peace program to walk in solidarity with those 68.5 million people forced to leave their homes who must often walk to places of safety.

Next year’s regional assembly will be in Toronto.

(Frank Fohr is South Western representative on the National Council of Development and Peace.)

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 Downtown Business Improvement Area Meeting ≫
5:30 PM Monday May. 6 2019 –
Room 108/109

Council Meeting in Committee-of-the-Whole in ≫
5:00 PM Tuesday May. 7 2019 –
Education or training sessions:
– Harold Elston, Integrity Commissioner – Legislative Procedures.

Litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board:
– Welland Tennis Club.

Proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board:
– Construction of Fire Station 2.

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

Council Ante Room

Council Meeting ≫
7:00 PM Tuesday May. 7 2019 –
Council Chambers

Arts and Culture Advisory Committee Meeting ≫
6:00 PM Wednesday May. 8 2019 –
Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.

(Source: City of Welland web site)