Guest post by Joe Barkovich - Scribbler-at-Large

WELLAND – Why 400-plus soup lovers support Soup’s On! year after year: Our soup! Here is the 2016 Soup’s On! menu:

Blessed Trinity High School: Potato, cheddar, smoked ham

Canadian Food and Wine Institute (Niagara College): Turkey pot pie soup; AND, French Cassoulet

 Welland library is celebrating Family Literacy Day on Saturday, January 23 at both library branches. Come with your family and friends to play Book BINGO and/or Library-opoly. There are prizes to be won, snacks to enjoy, and fun for all!

Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.

The Niagara Workforce Planning Board believes that one of the best ways we can support both small businesses, and the local economy as a whole, is through the Employer One survey. The results of Employer One will provide Niagara with a unique set of data on labour turnover, recruitment difficulties, current and future skill shortages, as well as issues in training and education practices. This is information we need to grow as region, and it is sadly absent from Statistics Canada's standard labour force surveys.

January 6th, 2016, Niagara - The Niagara Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reported 402 property sales processed through the NAR Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) system in December. This represents an 11.7% increase in sales over December of last year. The residential average sale price of $279,852 was 16.2% higher than last December.

The average days on market decreased from 76 to 60 in the residential freehold market and from 87 to 76 in the condominium market.

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.

It’s an Olympic year for national culinary teams around the world, and Niagara College is kick-starting 2016 in a special way; by welcoming its closest rivals to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.​

Welcome to our Made in Welland Winter Edition. We hope you had an amazing holiday and were able to take time with family and friends while enjoing some of the events happening in our wonderful city. So many amazing things are happening in Welland, we invite you to read the latest edition of our Made in Welland  NEWSMAKERS to learn more.

In celebration of UNESCO Poetry Day, Brock University’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (ESRC), and the UNESCO Chair in Community Sustainability would like to invite you to submit your original, unpublished, poem to our sustainability poetry contest.


One of the many things we have learned while being in the downsizing business is it is such a pleasure to "Give While Still Living".

When you’re working to achieve your financial objectives, you will encounter obstacles. Some of these can be anticipated — for example, you won’t be able to invest as much as you want for retirement because you have to pay for your mortgage. Other challenges can’t be easily anticipated, but you can still plan for them — and you should. 



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