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.

January
15
Canada’s150th in Welland Committee Meeting ≫
5:30 PM Monday Jan. 15  –
Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street

15
Welland Public Library Board Meeting ≫
7:00 PM Monday Jan. 15  –
– Welland Public Library, Program Room, 50 The Boardwalk

16
Council Meeting ≫
7:00 PM Tuesday Jan. 16  –
Council Chambers

17
Accessibility Advisory Committee Meeting ≫
3:00 PM Wednesday Jan. 17  –
Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.

17
Committee of Adjustment Hearing(s) ≫
5:00 PM Wednesday Jan. 17  –
Council Chambers

17
Market Square Advisory Committee Meeting ≫
6:00 PM Wednesday Jan. 17  –
Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.

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Roads, Highways Could Become Icy

Statements
POSTED: 3:23 PM EST Friday 12 January 2018
Special weather statement in effect for:
Niagara Falls – Welland – Southern Niagara Region
St. Catharines – Grimsby – Northern Niagara Region
Icy conditions this afternoon followed by accumulating snow.

cold weatherRain has already changed to snow in some areas after the passage of a cold front. In remaining areas, the rain will change to snow this afternoon as temperatures plummet behind the front. There may also be a brief period of freezing rain during the changeover from rain to snow.

Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots could become icy and slippery. Extra care should be taken when walking or driving in affected areas.

The snow will continue tonight as the region will be on the northwest edge of a major winter storm. Depending on the exact storm track, snowfall amounts could be anywhere in the 4 to 10 cm range.

Environment Canada will continue to monitor this evolving storm.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.cpio-tempetes-ospc-storms.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.

Bulletin: Today’s Games Cancelled!

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WELLAND –  Weather-related concerns have led to cancellation of today’s Tribune Tournament games and their rescheduling to tomorrow at Notre Dame.

Consolation side:

Jean Vanier vs Greater Fort Erie Secondary School, 10 a,m. Saturday, Belcastro gym

Eden vs  St. Michael’s, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Belcastro gym

The winners to play in the consolation championship, 6 p.m. Saturday in Dillon Hall.

Championship side:

Denis Morris vs Centennial, 10 a.m. Saturday, Dillon Hall

Notre Dame vs Governor Simcoe 11:30 a.m, Saturday, Dillon Hall

The winners to play in the tournament championship, 8 p.m. Saturday in Dillon Hall.

 

 

City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size!

 

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CITY SHORTS ART: NO PLACE TO GO! – Notre Dame defenders Jesse Raso (15) and Austin Cooper close the door on Thorold’s Andrew Dailey in Tribune Tournament play Thursday night. The Irish won and advanced to semi-final action this evening at 8pm when they meet Governor Simcoe Redcoats, St. Catharines. In the other semi-final, Centennial Cougars go up against Denis Morris Reds, St. Catharines, at 630pm. Both games are at ND’s Dillon Hall. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

 

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

CHRISTMAS TREE COLLECTION
NIAGARA – Christmas tree collection is scheduled for Saturday, January 13 across the region. Here are some pointers:
Place tree at the end of your driveway no later than 7 a.m.
Remove all Christmas decorations (bulbs, tinsel, lights, etc.) prior to collection.
Do not place Christmas trees on top of or inside a snow bank. This may cause injury to collection staff when trying to remove it.
Do not place tree inside a bag, as it creates a problem when chipping the trees.
Artificial trees are not collected. Use the large item collection service to dispose of artificial trees.
Please remember: Weather conditions may delay collection.
Residents can also take Christmas trees to a drop-off depot or landfill site,
Christmas trees can also be dropped off at any landfill site free of charge.
Call 905-356-4141 or 1-800-594-5542 for further information.

CITY’S PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT EFFORTS ACKNOWLEDGED
WELLAND – The City of Welland demonstrates how to build a better engagement model through relationship building in the January issue of Municipal World magazine. The article “Growing Relationships on a Better Public Engagement Model” describes how city staff ignited a private-public relationship with the Welland Downtown Business Improvement Area (WDBIA) that inspired and improved civic pride through public engagement.
city logoThe article narrates how a public-private partnership with WDBIA aligned the business and local community through public celebrations and promoting inclusive downtown public spaces. The city and WDBIA began a partnership in 2016 when the municipality and downtown organization joined resources to host the Canada Day celebrations in the downtown core. The partnership blossomed to other projects, and initiated a relationship based on similar community goals.
Municipal World magazine is an independent publication, published monthly in the interest of good municipal government. For more information visit municipalworld.com. The “Growing Relationships on a Better Public Engagement Model” can be viewed on the City’s website at https://www.welland.ca/Media/mw-January2018.pdf

SOUP LUNCHEON FUNDRAISER AT ST. KEVIN
WELLAND – A few tickets for Soup’s On!, Friday, January 26, at St. Kevin parish hall, remain. For ticket availability, call ticket convener Bernie Barkovich on the soup hotline, 905-735-3562. Don’t delay!
Tickets  are sold from the parish office Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm. Tickets are $10 per person. The luncheon raises funds for social justice scholarships.
Soup prep teams are from Blessed Trinity, Confederation, Eastdale, Lakeshore Catholic and Notre Dame high schools, Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute and a local small business, Stephanie the Lunch Lady.

WHAT IS DEMENTIA?
WELLAND – January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Dementia, a general term that refers to a variety of brain disorders, is caused by physical changes in the brain. Learn more about dementia, its impact on the brain, and how to keep your brain healthy with this information session presented by Denise Verreault, Director of Education for the Alzheimer Society of Niagara.
This session is scheduled for Saturday, January 27 at the Seaway Mall Branch from 1:30pm-3:00pm. Registration is required; please call the Alzheimer Society at 905-687-3914 or register online at http://www.alzheimer.ca/niagara.

TIME TO, COUGH… COUGH…COUGH, QUIT?
WELLAND – Thinking about quitting? Join Regional Niagara public health’s STOP smoking workshops in January for five weeks of free patches. Call 905-688-8248 extension 7240 to register.

PAGE TO STAGE DRAMA CLUB AT MALL BRANCH
WELLAND – This fantastic opportunity allows participants to write a play and enjoy the rush of presenting it to the public! Learn techniques for creating effective characters, dialogue, and setting, and learn how to enhance it all with a great beginning and ending. Auditions, the casting process, and the performances are all included. Imagine the thrill of seeing your finished play in a formal reading before an audience! Location: Seaway Mall Branch, for ages: 11-14 years. Dates: Jan 18-Mar 1,Time: 5:30pm-8pm
Register online or call 905-734-6210 ext. 2521.

POETRY TAKES THE NITE 2018
WELLAND – It starts Saturday, January 27 from 6pm to 8pm at the Black Sheep Lounge, Niagara Street. Program runs the last Saturday of the month, from January 27 to November 24. Poets and spoken word artists from all over Niagara will be performing and putting on a brilliant showcase of diverse talents using words and literature.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR GIFT SHOP
WELLAND – Welland Hospital Gift Shop is seeking volunteers and auxiliary members. Interested? Call 905-732-6111 ext. 33141 or email whauxiliarygs653@gmail.com.

LIBRARY CONTRIBUTES TO LOCAL HISTORY BOOK
WELLAND – “Triumph and Tragedy: the Welland Ship Canal” profiles the fallen workers whose lives were lost during the construction of Welland’s waterway. The book is slated for an early 2018 release. Several Welland Public Library staff members contributed articles to this collection.

NOMINEES SOUGHT FOR PRESTIGIOUS 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 memory of the late councillor, Niagara Region initiated a memorial award in 2003 in his name to honour a resident of Niagara who best exemplifies his values and dedication to community service; a person who sees volunteerism as an integral part of their life. The 2017 recipient was Tom Rankin.
Application info and other details are available on on-line: niagararegion.ca/government/awards-bursaries. Nominations close March 31.

YOUR CHANCE TO BLOOM
WELLAND – Welland Horticultural Society invites new members. The society’s meetings offer guest speakers, demonstrations, lessons and projects. More info, call 905-329-4217.

FAMILY HISTORY/GENEALOGY RESEARCH
WELLAND – Longing to connect with your past? Wondering where to look beyond Ancestry? Ask questions and learn best family history research practices in this session at the Main Branch of the Welland Public Library. No experience required. Steve Fulton, UE of the Niagara Peninsula Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, is the host. Registration is required. Tuesday, January 16, 7pm. For more info call the Welland Library at 905-734-6210 ext. 2521 or go to wellandlibrary.ca.

JOIN THE MAYOR’S WALK ON MERRITT ISLAND
WELLAND – 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 Thursdays or Fridays.)

 

 

Rain, Freezing Rain, Snow!

Statements
POSTED: 4:43 AM EST Friday 12 January 2018
Special weather statement in effect for:
Niagara Falls – Welland – Southern Niagara Region
St. Catharines – Grimsby – Northern Niagara Region
Rain and fog this morning. Icy conditions this afternoon followed by accumulating snow.

Rpi7KpxLATain and patches of dense fog will change to snow this afternoon as temperatures plummet with the passage of a cold front. There may also be a brief period of freezing rain during the changeover from rain to snow.

Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots could become icy and slippery. Extra care should be taken when walking or driving in affected areas.

The snow will continue tonight as the region will be on the northwest edge of a major winter storm. Depending on the exact storm track, snowfall amounts could be anywhere in the 4 to 10 cm range.

Environment Canada will continue to monitor this evolving storm.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.cpio-tempetes-ospc-storms.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.

High Flyer

 

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Notre Dame forward Braidon Moore (gold uniform) watches the ball to come down after his shot in Thursday evening’s Tribune Tournament game against Thorold Golden Eagles. Moore scored on the play. The Irish won, 80-48 and moved on to play Governor Simcoe Redcoats from St. Catharines Friday, 8pm at Dillon Hall. More to follow. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

 

A Messy, Mixed Bag Is Forecast For Area

Statements
POSTED: 5:48 AM EST Thursday 11 January 2018

Special weather statement in effect for:
Niagara Falls – Welland – Southern Niagara Region
St. Catharines – Grimsby – Northern Niagara Region
Mild and rainy conditions are expected over much of southern Ontario today, tonight and into Friday. Potential for accumulating snow Friday night into Saturday.

weather-157125_640Rain is expected to be patchy and light for much of today, but may become more widespread tonight and into Friday. A general rainfall of 10 to 20 mm appears likely, although some areas may see higher amounts. This rainfall in combination with the melting snowpack may result in pooling of water on roads and low-lying areas.

A very strong cold front will cross the region from northwest to southeast on Friday bringing an abrupt end to the mild spell. Rain will quickly transition to snow, with a risk of brief freezing rain during the changeover. Locally icy conditions are possible.

The snow will likely continue into Friday night and Saturday morning. Portions of eastern Ontario, particularly near the St. Lawrence River may see significant amounts of snow. The Niagara region may be affected as well, although likely to a lesser degree. These regions will be on the northwest edge of a major winter storm. Environment and Climate Change Canada will continue to monitor the situation.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.cpio-tempetes-ospc-storms.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.