Laura Barton, Tribune Staff

Laura Barton

Laura is a multimedia journalist with the Welland Tribune. She has previously worked for Niagara News, Niagara College's community newspaper and graduated with a diploma from the college's journalism program in 2016. In addition, she has a Bachelor of the Arts degree in English Language and Literature from Brock University, graduating in 2012. Laura can be reached at lbarton@postmedia.com or by calling 905-684-7251 ext. 581167. Her Twitter account is @LBartonTribune.

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People who knew 20-year-old Julia Pieroway of Welland describe her as loving, bubbly and strong. She is pictured here in a photo taken by one of her best friends, Kayla Zabor. Pieroway died over the weekend in a single-vehicle crash on Biggar Road in Niagara Falls. A 22-year-old Welland man was subsequently charged with impaired driving causing death Kayla Zabor/Special to Postmedia News

Crash victim could light up a room

Julia Pieroway will be remembered by people who knew her for her compassion, strength and bubbly personality.

Faculty continue their picket in front of the Niagara-On-the-Lake campus of Niagara College Monday October 30, 2017. File photo

Mental health at risk: College student union president

Ryan Huckla, president of the Niagara College Student Administrative Council, is asking Ontario Public Service Employee Union bargaining chair JP Hornick to get counsellors back to work during the strike.

Despite single-degree temperatures Thursday morning, a pair of hikers make a trek down the Merritt Island trail in Welland, where leaves are vibrant with autumn colours. Laura Barton/Welland Tribune/Postmedia News

PHOTO: Brisk morning for a walk

Despite single-degree temperatures Thursday morning, a pair of hikers make a trek down the Merritt Island trail in Welland, where leaves are vibrant with autumn colours.

Welland’s Giant Tiger store and Open Arms Mission are teaming up again for the annual Boots for Kids fundraiser which raises money to purchase boots for children whose families use Open Arms’ services. Pictured are Giant Tiger store owner Wayne Zatorski and Open Arms Mission centre assistant John Konkle and pastor and manager Rob Collier. Laura Barton/Welland Tribune/Postmedia News

Raising money for kids winter boots

Giant Tiger Welland and Open Arms Mission have teamed up for a 15th year for the annual Boots for Kids fundraiser.

Faculty picket in front of the Niagara-On-the-Lake campus of Niagara College Monday Oct. 30, 2017. Bob Tymczyszyn/Postmedia News

Labour board asked to call vote on college strike

Days after the announcement that Ontario Public Service Employees Union and the College Employer Council would be returning to the bargaining table, talks have stopped again.

Queen's Park in Toronto. Postmedia File Photo

Mixed results from Niagara College SAC visit to legislature

Niagara College Student Administrative Council President Ryan Huckla was one of seven college student council presidents to go to Queen’s Park in Toronto on Thursday in the hopes of sharing with officials the student struggle during the college strike.

Volunteer Sean Balfe uses a machine to shape the dough into donuts and drop them in the frier. He was one of many volunteers helping the Port Colborne Lions Club Saturday for the annual Donut Day at Lions Park on Killaly Street. Laura Barton/Welland Tribune/Postmedia News

Rain no match for Lions donuts

Even in the rain, people are willing to wait in line for donuts from the Port Colborne Lions Club.

People take part in the 8th annual Pink Zumba event, simultaneously raising awareness for breast cancer and money for Wellspring Niagara. The event took place at the Welland branch of the YMCA of Niagara on Saturday. It was started by Lori Elliott eight years ago, who was 10 months cancer-free at the time. During the event, two speakers shared about their journeys with cancer before everyone, including the Thorold Fire and Emergency Services volunteer fire fighters, followed along with a Zumba instructor and danced to the music. Laura Barton/Welland Tribune/Postmedia News

PHOTO: Pink Zumba raises money for Wellspring Niagara

People take part in the 8th annual Pink Zumba event, simultaneously raising awareness for breast cancer and money for Wellspring Niagara. The event took place at the Welland branch of the YMCA of Niagara on Saturday. It was started by Lori Elliott eight years ago, who was 10 months cancer-free at the time. During the event, two speakers shared abou

Melissa Ann Peters, from Welland, was one of many local authors with a table at Welland Civic Square on Saturday afternoon during the Local Author Day hosted by the Welland Public Library. The even featured local authors and gave them a chance to connect with the public and sell their works. Laura Barton/Welland Tribune/Postmedia News

Local authors share stories

Local authors had a chance to connect with readers at Welland Civic Square on Saturday.