Corn Stalking At Dusk

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Went for a spin into north Pelham Monday and spotted this field lush with cornstalks as the sun was setting behind it. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

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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.

September
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Canada’s150th in Welland Committee Meeting  ≫
5:30 PM Monday Sep. 18   –
Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street

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Welland Public Library Board Meeting  ≫
7:00 PM Monday Sep. 18   –
– Welland Public Library, Program Room, 50 The Boardwalk

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Budget Review Committee Meeting  ≫
5:00 PM Tuesday Sep. 19   –
Council Chambers

19
Council Meeting in Committee-of-the-Whole In-Camera (Closed to the Public)  ≫
5:30 PM Tuesday 2017 – to discuss the following.
Personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees.
– Ward 5 vacancy appointment.
– Performance Appraisals
Litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board.
– Elite Urban.
– Development Charges update.
Proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board.
– Lease of Merritt Island offices.
– Hellems Avenue update.
– Rice Road update.
– Plazacorr update.
– Altlas property update.

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Council Meeting, in Open Session  ≫
7:00 PM Tuesday Sep. 19   –
in the Council Chambers

20
Accessibility Advisory Committee Meeting  ≫
3:00 PM Wednesday Sep. 20   –
Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.

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Committee of Adjustment Hearing(s)  ≫
5:00 PM Wednesday Sep. 20   –
Community Room

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Market Square Advisory Committee Meeting  ≫
6:00 PM Wednesday Sep. 20   –
Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.

LASTING IMAGE: Buddy And The Stoop

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Buddy on the side stoop. (File photo)

By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large
Dog gone.
It has been a month and a few days since our Buddy’s departure. The passing days do not make the wound left by a beloved pet’s death any less painful.
We are still at the stage where too many reminders get in the way.
Like earlier today, when I was at the barbecue, fixing our supper.
Buddy’s favourite spot was on the stoop at the side door.
When I was in the side yard, you could be sure to find him there, on the stoop, most of the time.
It became problematic in a funny sort of way.
That’s because the side door stoop was his and only his. He would not budge. If I wanted in or out of the house, it would have to be via the front door. The king was on his throne.
Today I forgot myself. I suppose it had to happen sooner or later. The throne was empty, but I went into the house via the front door anyway. I guess conditioned learning will do that to you.
I also found myself sitting on the top stair. I would do that when he was lying there, usually snoozing in the sun. Sometimes I would give him the occasional nudge, a gentle poke just to try and wake him up.
That’s the story behind the photo that accompanies this piece:  On a sunny May afternoon, I nudged him a couple of times and he awoke, with a sort of dazed look on his face, a look that asks “Huh?”  The camera was at the ready and the pic a became a lasting image. A keeper.
Sleep soundly now, Buddy.
Dog gone.

(Lasting Image is an occasional feature on the blog.)

City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size

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CITY SHORTS ART: Jessica Wilson, a Welland singer-songwriter, is nominated in two categories (Album of the Year,  Songwriter of the Year) at the Niagara Music Awards, September 24 in Niagara Falls. You can catch her in a live performance September 21 at The Black Sheep Lounge, Niagara Street. (Supplied Graphic.)

Compilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

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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

DONATE ONLINE TO LOCAL TERRY FOX RUN
WELLAND – The 37th annual  Terry Fox Run is in the Rose City Sunday, September 17.  BBQ, live music, massages, no minimum donations and of course:  run-walk-bike participation. Merritt Island, 9am to 130pm.  Sign up and donate online: http://www.terryfox.ca/terryfoxrun/welland

IT’S NRE TIME IN WELLAND!
WELLAND – The annual Niagara Regional Exhibition opens a three-day stand at the fairgrounds on Niagara Street North. The Ex (still fondly remembered by many as the Welland County Fair) is in town Friday, September 15, Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17.

FOKKENS COMMITTED TO ‘STOMP OUT’ POVERTY
stompWELLAND – Councillor Bonnie Fokkens is taking on the challenge to stomp out poverty. On Saturday, September 16, 12pm in  Montebello Park, downtown St. Catharines, along with other politicians from Niagara,  Coun.  Fokkens is collecting non-perishable food. Donations can be dropped off at Welland Civic Square (60 East Main Street) or at Open Arms Mission (22 Fifth Street). Last day to donate is Friday, September 15.

LIBRARY HOSTS PLAY FOR PEACE
play for peaceWELLAND – Come to the main branch library lounge Saturday, September 23, for a world music adventure in celebration of International Day of Peace. Karl Dockstader of the Oneida Nation, a leader in the Niagara Indigenous community, will lead attendees in a traditional opening address celebrating peace, friendship, and unity. The celebration will continue with drum therapist and music teacher, Mark Chindemi of Chinwa Rhythms leading an open drum circle and teaching rhythms along the way using world instruments including African flutes, didgeridoos, and djembes (West African drums).
All are welcome to listen and participation IS encouraged! Admission is free.
Light refreshments will be provided.

CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC AT LEGENDS COURSE
NIAGARA FALLS –The 16th Annual Charity Golf Classic, in support of the Niagara Foundation for Catholic Education, will take place at the Legends on the Niagara golf course on Wednesday, September 20. If you’d like to golf, sponsor a hole or donate a prize, please contact Jim Marino here.

MORNING YOGA ON THE LIBRARY LAWN
yogaWELLAND – Join certified yoga teacher Rose Kobelka for a monthly calming morning yoga class 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.  The date is September 16, 10:30am.

SCRABBLE CLUB AT LIBRARY’S SEAWAY MALL BRANCH
WELLAND  – A brand new Scrabble Club begins this fall at the Welland Public Library’s Seaway Mall Branch. Come test your word skills at the library. Everyone is welcome to join. No registration is required. For more info call the Welland Library at 905-734-6210 ext. 2521. See you Friday, September 15,  1:30pm.

MOVIE NIGHT IS BACK IN DOWNTOWN WELLAND
WELLAND –  Big Movie Night presents the Disney family classic, The Mighty Ducks. This flick is all it’s quacked up to be and more! Friday, September 22, Welland Civic Square, at dusk.  Grab your lawn chairs and head down to the front plaza, Civic Square,  for this free family-friendly event.

FROM THE WELLNESS COMPLEX THEATRE, IT’S FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE!

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Fiddlin’ Around

WELLAND –  You won’t be able to sit still once Fiddlin’ Around takes to the stage as part of the Friday Night Live Concert Series.
Enjoy a mix of Celtic, East Coast and toe-tappin’ fiddle tunes with a guitar, fiddle and Bodhran. Come out and enjoy this free event, the kickoff  for Culture Days in Welland. When: Friday, September 29,   7pm, in The Theatre at Welland Community Wellness Complex. This is a FREE event. More Information: 905-735-1700 Ext. 4000 or recreation@welland.ca

AUXILIARY SEEKS  VOLUNTEERS
WELLAND – Welland Hospital Auxiliary gift shop is in need of new volunteers and auxiliary members. Interested, call 905-732-6111 ext. 33141 or email whauxiliarygs653@gmail.com

JOIN THE MAYOR’S WALK ON MERRITT ISLAND
WELLAND  –  Meet Mayor Frank Campion at the Merritt Island parking lot Monday mornings at 7:30am for a 40-minute walk on Merritt Island.