Barbara Avon (née Buccilli) attended Notre Dame High School and then Brock University.  She moved to the Nation's Capital in 1999 to pursue work. Avon was last featured when she completed her trilogy, a love story with a suspense element set between Ottawa and Niagara Falls that follows Peter Travis as he sets out to meet his first love, after nearly twenty years apart. 

The Linking Niagara Transit Committee has started 2018 by taking a positive first step towards the integration of transit systems in Niagara by putting the customer first. On Jan. 24 the Committee approved a standard set of customer services policies for all four transit systems. This is the first time in 50 years that the public transit services in St. Catharines, Welland, Niagara Falls and Niagara Region will share a common and consistent set of policies that govern such things as priority seating, the use of strollers on buses and pet policies.

The Eventbrite webpage is now live and accepting Earlybird DISCOUNTED registrations, until Friday, March 2nd at midnight. Book now for $70 per person (Price goes up to $80 after March 2nd) Children’s tickets are $25 each. All participants receive a T-shirt, lunch and a beverage with their registration fee.

Planning a kitchen renovation this year? The Habitat for Humanity ReStore’s Salvage Program has a team of expertly trained volunteers and Habitat team members that will remove your existing kitchen FREE of charge and you’ll receive a tax receipt for the donation.

Guest post by Terry Hughes (as shared originally on fromareportersnotebook)

Time can dull our senses of persons, places and things that we have encountered over the years but for some of us certain places stand out. Growing up, this intersection marked the beginning of downtown Welland.

Nominate an athlete, coach, administrator or volunteer for a sports award or induct them into the Welland Sports Wall of Fame!

Deadline is extended until February 20th.

Sport Awards:…/2017SportsNomination.pdf

Sports Wall of Fame:…/2017SportsWallofFame.pdf

February 11th 3:30-4:30

La Boîte à soleil will accept monetary donations at the door. Don’t forget your gloves and helmets for the little ones. Receipts will be available for donations of $ 20 or more


Jack Ballantyne Memorial Youth Arena
501 King Street, Welland

Few of us have unlimited financial resources — which means that almost all of us need to prioritize our financial goals. Consequently, you’ll have some decisions to make if you’d like to help pay for your children’s post-secondary educations someday while, at the same time, saving for your own retirement.

How can I stand up to bullies? Will I let peer pressure run my life? How can I feel better about myself? These questions, and many others, will be discussed at SLAPSHOT, an acronym for Student Leadership Award Program for Students High on Training. This is a program, unique to Rotary District 7090, which is designed specifically for the 15-18-year age group. It takes place during the last weekend in April in Ancaster at the Canterbury Hills for 100 young people from Western New York and Southern Ontario, each one chosen, sponsored and paid for, by his or her local Rotary Club.

Ontario launched its first Family Day on the third Monday of February 2008. This year we celebrate the tenth year of this “family in the community” inspired holiday on February 19, 2018. When Family Day was first initiated a decade ago, many people questioned how necessary the holiday was, and believed it was created due to the lack of statutory holidays over the winter season. Now, after a decade of commemorating the significance of family in the community, we’ve grown to see the value of this holiday.


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