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Yard work over the  holiday weekend. (Photos by Joe Barkovich)

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City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size

 

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CITY SHORTS ART: Enjoying the view on an early evening walk. (City Shorts 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

 

WANT TO BE A CANDIDATE IN THE MUNICIPAL ELECTION?
electionWELLAND – The municipal election is being held October 22 and the nomination period is already underway, having started May 1 and continuing through to July 27. Interested in running…thinking about running…not sure what’s involved? The City of Welland has everything you need to know available on its website. Please visit: https://www.welland.ca/Elections/CandidateInformation.asp

WELLAND BOAT RENTAL PROGRAM OPENS MAY 19
WELLAND – Kayaks, tandem kayaks, canoes, pedal boats and stand up paddleboards….. Free for all renters 12 and under! Beginning May 19, weekend hours: 11am to 6pm.
More info: https://www.welland.ca/localattractions/BoatRentals.asp

LIBRARY CLOSED FOR VICTORIA DAY
vic dayWELLAND – All Welland library branches will be closed on Monday, May 21 for Victoria Day. There are no items due on May 21, and you can place holds, check out e-books and renew your items any time, using the catalogue.
Have a fun and safe long weekend!
Visit the city’s website for holiday info about city hall departments.

VICTORIA DAY CELEBRATIONS
WELLAND – Join in for some family fun, music and fireworks as Welland celebrates Victoria Day at the Welland Community Wellness Complex, Sunday, May 20 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Full details on the city’s website.

BIG REGATTA ON WIFC SOUTH COURSE THIS WEEKEND
WELLAND – The South Niagara Rowing Club will be hosting 40th annual Invitational Regatta on the Welland International Flatwater Centre’s south course this weekend.
The first High School Invitational Regatta was held in 1978 and has run every year since on the Victoria Day weekend in May.
2016’s was the largest event to date with approximately 1,200 athletes in 595 boats from 74 schools to compete in the 2-day event.
The 2018 regatta takes place Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20.

HORT SOCIETY PLANT SALE SET TO BLOOM
WELLAND – Welland Horticultural Society is hosting its annually-held plant sale Saturday, May 19. Hours are 9 am – noon, at 1100 Niagara Street North, the Niagara Regional Fairgrounds in Building B. Shoppers will find mostly perennials that have been donated by the society’s members. Experienced gardeners will be there to answer questions.

CIRCLE MAY 23 ON YOUR CALENDAR FOR MUSEUM EVENTS
WELLAND – Welland Museum is holding the re-opening of its Lower Galleries and Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, May 23.
The re-opening ceremony is scheduled for 5:30pm and the AGM, at 7pm. In order to vote you must be a member of good standing, but can get a membership if you arrive early to the meeting.
Light refreshments will be served.

TULIP BULB GIVEAWAY
WELLAND – The city’s annual free used tulip bulb giveaway is Wednesday, May 23, 8am to 9:30am at Chippawa Park – Fitch Street and First Avenue (Maintenance Building). Absolutely no bulbs will be released before 8am. Remember to bring your own containers to take them home in!

GET THOSE BRANCHES CURBSIDE FOR COLLECTION
branch-collection-limitsWELLAND – Spring branch collection started May 7 and continues until June 1. Curbside branch collection is available across the region to all residents living in single-family homes and apartments with six units or less. When setting out branches for collection, it is important to remember: Branches must be tied in bundles, Maximum weight of bundle = 22.7 kg (50 lbs.), Maximum size of bundle = 1.5 m (5 ft.) in length and 0.5 m (1.6 ft.) in diameter, Individual branches inside of the bundle must not exceed 7 cm (2.8 in.) in diameter, Branches must be at the curb by 7am on your regular collection day. In addition to curbside collection, branches and yard waste can also be dropped off by residents at one of the Region’s Waste and Recycling Depots year round, free of charge.

TEST IT TUESDAY
WELLAND – Fire Departments throughout the Niagara Region want you to test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms Tuesday, May 29.

SPRING CONVOCATION AT COLLEGE’S WELLAND CAMPUS
WELLAND – Spring Convocation ceremonies are being held at Niagara College’s Welland campus June 19 – June 22.
For individual ceremony details visit http://www.niagaracollege.ca/enrolmentservices/convocation/ceremony-schedule/

WANT TO BE A VOLUNTEER WITH THE CITY?
city logoWELLAND – The City of Welland encourages individuals of all ages and abilities to play an active role in their community by volunteering their time to help deliver recreation and culture programs.
View opportunities here: https://www.welland.ca/RecCulture/volunteer.asp

BUSY, BUSY SUMMER ON THE WATERWAY
WELLAND – Lots of action on the local waterway in the weeks ahead. If you’re not aware of what’s going on, the city has a good listing of the various events and competitions posted on its website. Please visit: https://www.welland.ca/Leisure/events.asp

JUNE DATE FOR SKATEBOARD PARK GRAND OPENING
WELLAND – The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council presents the grand opening of the Welland Skateboard and BMX Park, Saturday June 9 starting at noon with the official ribbon cutting. Free prize for first 200 to arrive! Raffle prizes. The local skate shop presents a Stunt Team Demo at 12:30pm. The Associates take the stage at 1:15pm. Enjoy on-site food trucks, Community Living Youth Art Project, Niagara Inflatables, face painting and balloon animals. Parking will be available at the Welland Community Wellness Complex and the Welland Arena.

MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA PRESENTS ‘ROMANCE’
WELLAND – The Mandolin Orchestra is holding this concert Sunday, May 27, 3pm at the Welland Community Wellness Complex. Tickets are $12 for passholders; $15 for non-passholders. International favourites, North American tunes, Broadway hits, Celtic music, Pops, light classics – the Mandolin Orchestra of Niagara does it all. Under the direction of Sylvia Hlywka Brabson, this group of musicians presents a wide range of music sure to delight any audience.

VELVETONES HOST SPRING PERFORMANCE
WELLAND – Join the Velvetones for their spring performance Sunday, June 3, 2pm at the Wellness Complex theatre. The Music Goes On promises to be a toe-tapping, hand-clapping good time. Tickets: $8 for passholders and $10 for non-passholders.

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.

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)

Idyllic Welland

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Nothing like an early evening (or morning) walk down canal bank way if you’re in search of peace of mind. Not far from the busyness of city streets, it doesn’t get any better than this. (Idyllic Welland is a regular feature on the blog. Photo by Joe Barkovich.)

 

We’re In For A Soaking Overnight

Statements
POSTED: 3:23 PM EDT Monday 14 May 2018
Special weather statement in effect for:
Niagara Falls – Welland – Southern Niagara Region
St. Catharines – Grimsby – Northern Niagara Region
Significant rainfall amounts tonight into Tuesday morning.

weather-157125_640A weather system moving along the line of a warm front over northern Ohio will affect Southern Ontario near midnight with a significant rain fall. Showers and embedded thunderstorms will soak the region tonight into Tuesday as the front tries to get closer to the area. A widespread rainfall of 20 to 40 mm is expected from this round of precipitation.

Total rainfall amounts of 50 millimetres or more are quite possible in a few localities that receive a thunderstorm or two tonight into Tuesday.

The precipitation will come to an end by Tuesday afternoon as the front is pushed back well to the south of the area.

Motorists should be prepared for ponding of water on poorly drained sections of roads, and low visibility in heavy downpours.

Environment Canada is closely monitoring this situation. Rainfall warnings may be issued later today or tonight as required.
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.

Two File, So Far, For Welland Mayoralty

electionWELLAND – Two people, so far, have filed nomination papers for the Welland mayoralty. Mayor Frank Campion filed on May 3. Today, (May 14), David Clow filed.

Info about who has filed nomination papers for elected office (mayor, city councillors, regional chair, regional councillors, school board trustees) is available on the city website and is easily accessible. Check daily, stay up to date! This is a great resource to have at your fingertips.

Here is the link:

https://www.welland.ca/Elections/GeneralInformation.asp

The list of candidates who have filed nomination papers is also available for public viewing at the City of Welland, Civic Square, 60 East Main Street, during regular office hours from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, holidays excepted.

The 2018 Municipal and School Board Election is Monday, October 22, 2018.