Seasons Greetings! 

Tis the time of the year when the Holiday Stroll promotion begins! Drive traffic to your business and increase your community awareness. This time tested event is a hit every year. So be sure to sign up quickly to get full benefit of this great promotion! Make it your customer appreciation night or your holiday open house! 

Who is going to host Christmas this year? What about uncle Charles and aunt Michelle’s wedding anniversary, it’s their 50th, we have to do something for that milestone. Sound familiar?  With family style catering from the Blue Star (or bring in your own favorites), our Rose Room is the best space for such an event, big enough for the family, yet small enough to feel intimate. Stop in, we’d love to show you around.

It's not too late to sign up for Pelham House League Basketball.

Welcome back to regular updates from the Welland Museum and a newsletter that is revamped and easier to read with new logo, new colours and a new look! Just like this newsletter, print and online materials, the Museum itself has received many improvements since our last issue. A bright entry hall greets visitors coming in from King Street, painted in our signature colours of blue and orange. Follow the orange wall upstairs to reception, from where you can have a look through the renewed exhibits in our main floor galleries enhanced by new museum standard track lighting, decor and flooring, or shop for one of a kind craft items and books in our gift shop.

If you're driving to a family reunion, taking the train for a weekend getaway, or jetting halfway around the world we want to look our BEST

Hurry in to Marilee's Bridal before it's too late!  They have loads of Christmas party dresses and New Years evening gowns at 50% off.  Marilee's Bridal & Evening Fashions of Fonthill will be closing on November 30th. Owner, Mary Marr is retiring after 24 years of award winning service to brides and bridal parties throughout Niagara and beyond.

Small businesses have a big impact on community, which is why Meridian wants to recognize one small business owner with $25,000in cash and prizes!


In recent months, stocks have fallen sharply from their record highs, with one-day drops that can rightfully be called “dizzying.” As an investor, what are you to make of this volatility? For one thing, you may find it useful to know the probable causes of the market gyrations. Most experts cite global fears about China’s economic slowdown and falling oil prices as some of the key factors behind the stock market’s volatility. It’s only natural that you might feel some trepidation over what’s been happening in the financial markets over the past few weeks. So, what should you do? 

The Jimmy Marando Swing Band, a 17 piece plus vocalists classic big band, is moving its popular monthly free concerts to Club Roma in St. Catharines starting in October, 2015. The move was made necessary by the recent sale and closure of Frado’s Italian Restaurant, the location of the band’s 66 consecutive monthly appearances. 

Collaborating with researchers from Brock University, the project will implement solutions that address barriers that women business owners face, identified together with women business owners, and the influential stakeholders who can affect change in the area of economic prosperity in Niagara Region. The outcome of the research will be a report that can be disseminated in other areas.

Starting October 1, you will be able to use your Welland Public Library card to borrow movies, television episodes, music albums and audiobooks from Hoopla, our newest digital media service. View or listen to the content by streaming on your computer, or download it to your smart phone or tablet. Titles are always available (no holds required!) and borrowed items will simply expire without the hassle of returns or late fees.

Art Classes with Beverly Sneath at Seaway Mall in Welland.






The Welland Museum will once again be hosting a fall Heritage House Tour. This year, the event has been bumped up to October 24, 2015 and will run all day from 10 am – 4 pm. 

The Niagara Escarpment is a protected area under the Province of Ontario’s Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act, 1973 and the Niagara Escarpment Plan (NEP) This is Canada’s first large-scale environmental  land use plan.  The  Niagara Escarpment Plan outlines land use designations, development criteria and related permitted uses, including farming, forestry and mineral resource extraction. It also provides a framework for a string of 141 Niagara Escarpment Parks and Open Spaces System (NEPOSS) such as the Ball’s Falls Conservation area. These parks and open spaces are linked by the Bruce Trail.

Beautiful room for rent inside a busy spa in Fonthill.  Looking for any health pracctice that will compliment the spa.  Call 289-897-8777 for details.

The Niagara Community Foundation's first and only Executive Director, Liz Palmieri, will wind down more than 15 years of leadership when she retires next year. The Foundation has begun the process of seeking Liz's successor as Executive Director. Her last day will be May 5, 2016, as she retires from the post she has held since October 2000.

Back in the spring, I wrote briefly in my capital budget update about efforts to restore the World War One cenotaph and German mortar at Old Pelham Town Hall. Since that time, thanks to the direction of a committed group of residents and funding support from Veteran’s Affairs, the Town beautifully restored the lead lettering on the historic cenotaph. (If you have not seen the work yet, I would encourage you to stop by Old Pelham Town Hall sometime!)

If you have had the experience of moving older family members to a new home you have seen first hand how much stress these moves can cause. I have recently become aware of the labeling of this phenomenon as Relocation Stress Syndrome, or transfer trauma. It is thought that RSS can affect behaviour, mood, morbidity and even mortality. Symptoms can include sleeplessness, anxiety, depression and disorientation. If the senior already suffers from dementia, physical frailty or sensory impairment there can be additional confusion and agitation. The effects can be worse if the move is not being made by choice, and may still exist even if the senior had made a willing decision.

Each year, the Welland-Pelham Chamber of Commerce celebrates the spirit of business in our community with the Ruby Awards. Ten unique awards categories highlight excellence in the areas of local business, community involvement and youth enrichment.

We are excited to announce that Melissa Wells, Co-Founder and Chief Information Officer of our myNiagaraOnline community platform has been nominated for the Venture Niagara Award.

Wake up and feel your youth! This is a traditional wet shave, incorporating hot towels and a modern sterile razor with superior sharpness in design (not a cut-throat!).  It is not just to remove the whiskers but should be viewed as a complete pampering session.


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