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.

You're invited to attend the OFFICIAL OPENING of the #ILoveMyWelland ART SHOW hosted by the Seaway Mall and

In attendance Mayor Frank Campion, Photo Contest Judge, Photo Contest Winners

WHEN: Monday, September 28th, 2015
            11:30am - Noon
WHERE: Centre Court, Seaway Mall

Over 60 entries were received as the community website teamed up with the Seaway Mall to host the Photo Contest via social media during the submission period of Sept.1st to Sept. 17th, 2015.

As an investor, what are your goals? You can probably think of quite a few — but over the course of your lifetime, your objectives typically will fall into four key categories. And once you’re familiar with these areas, you can start thinking of what they’ll mean to you in terms of your financial and investment strategies. 

The Nominees for the 2015 Ruby Awards were announced at a breakfast held this morning at the Seaway Mall Centre Court. The Chamber is happy to see the community once again put forth so many deserving businesses and citizens. Over 60 nominations have been accepted for the various business and community service awards that will be presented at the Ruby Awards Ceremony, taking place on October 16th 2015 at Lookout Point Golf & Country Club from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.  Tickets for the event are $50.00 per person, or $40 per person when booking a table of 8 or more. To book your spot now, contact the Chamber at 905-732-7515.

Final wrap up from this years 1st Annual Cowboy Classic! $16,500.00 raised and over $85,000.00 since started 8 years ago. Great way to honour Claude Poulin. Feel free to share and pass along. Thank you to all involved, sponsors, players, family and friends.

Property Purchase
We were scheduled to take possession of the Cordage Green property on June 30th and then July 28th.  We are still waiting.  The City of Welland, who owns the land, discovered that there were a couple of undischarged mortgages on lots that somehow got missed when they took back the land for unpaid taxes sometime in the 1950’s.   This will require a court order to discharge the mortgages.

The Sign is Up!

Golf professional J. J. Alexander of Lookout Point Country Club updated Council on this year's 1,000 Golf Ball Challenge that raised $7,000 in support of Wellspring Niagara. A cheque was presented to Wellspring's Ann Mancini-Celina who explained the funds will go directly toward the capital campaign to construct a facility in East Fonthill along Wellspring Way. The Town of Pelham signed an MOU with Wellspring in April 2014. 

Location matters when it comes to your smoke alarms. That’s the message behind the 2015 Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep!” Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, Pelham Fire Services is reminding everyone during this year’s Fire Prevention Week (October 4 to 10) about the importance of having working smoke alarms outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.


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