tree planting grants return
Stewardship Technician Nathan Schoelier, of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), holds a ball-and-burlap tree for planting in this file photo. The conservation authority is pleased to let landowners know they will be able to continue to help landowners with tree planting grants in 2020 thanks to recent support from a number of funding partners. Staff members provide local 'boots on the ground' support and technical expertise to help with tree planting, stewardship, and other programs that benefit local water, soil, and habitat. (Submitted photo)
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) can continue to help landowners with tree planting grants in 2020 thanks to recent support from several funding partners.
“There was some uncertainty in 2019 about future tree planting funding in the watershed but now we have a solid base of grants in place to help landowners with the costs of planting trees this spring and throughout the year,” said Ian Jean, Forestry and Land Stewardship specialist with ABCA.
Cost-share funding is available for many projects, such as field windbreaks, buffers and reforestation.
“Tree planting is one of the most important services we provide for landowners and the local community at large,” said General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer of ABCA, Brian Horner. “We are pleased to be able to continue this important work in 2020.”
Tree planting helps to protect water and soil resources. It also helps to reduce risk from extreme weather and natural hazards such as flooding or drought.
Interested landowners can call 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 to find out more.
Tree order forms are available now by calling ABCA or by visiting www.abca.ca/forestry/treeorders/
Mail-in orders can be sent in until Jan. 31 or orders can be made accompanied by payment until Feb. 29.
Local landowners continue to plant tens of thousands of trees each year locally to the benefit of watershed health and human health. ABCA staff work all year to access funding support, for tree planting by landowners, from governments, non-government sources, industry, and the community.
youth auditions for playhouse productions this February
Coming in February, area young people will have an opportunity to audition for the Youth Musical Theatre Program and Children’s Chorus at the Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend. (Submitted photo)
Drayton Entertainment is pleased to announce auditions for its 2020 Season Youth Musical Theatre Program and Children’s Chorus at the Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend. The award-winning not-for-profit theatre company has been steadily growing its training offerings for young performers over the past several years, including launching the now popular Youth Musical Theatre Program (YMTP).
“We are consistently astounded by the talent and passion we’ve seen from aspiring young performers across the province. As a professional company, we feel a responsibility to develop the artists of tomorrow,” said Artistic Director of Drayton Entertainment, Alex Mustakas. “Our Youth Musical Theatre Program sessions and Children’s Chorus opportunities help to prepare young talent for future success.”
Auditions will be used to determine participants for the YMTP in Grand Bend, and the Children’s Chorus for Sleeping Beauty: The Panto at the Huron Country Playhouse II. Young performers must sign up in advance. Auditions will be held on Sunday, Feb. 9 at Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend.
Now in its fifth year, the Drayton Entertainment YMTP is an auditioned training program designed to cultivate community, encourage leadership, ignite imagination, and boost confidence, while providing aspiring young performers with the opportunity to learn from professional theatre artists and develop a deeper appreciation for live performance. Students train with passionate industry professionals in singing, dancing, acting, audition technique and technical theatre.
There will be a week-long training session in Grand Bend from July 13-17 for youth ages eight to 12. Plus, the popular Pre-Professional Production Program, which has traditionally been held in Waterloo Region, will move to Grand Bend. The Pre-Professional Production Program gives teen performers hands-on insight into how a musical is cast, rehearsed, and performed. In 2020, aspiring young performers ages 13 to 18 will present a 60-minute junior version of the Disney blockbuster Frozen at the Huron Country Playhouse II. This two-week session will take place from July 27 to Aug. 7, with ten performances of Frozen JR. from August 11-15 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily.
Adapted from the blockbuster animated film, Frozen JR. follows the stormy story of true love and acceptance between princess sisters Elsa and Anna. Burdened with an uncontrollable magical power, Elsa flees her home of Arendelle when she inadvertently causes the kingdom to become frozen, and nearly kills her sister. Fearless Anna joins forces with mountaineer Kristoff and his reindeer sidekick to find Elsa, break her icy spell, and save their kingdom from eternal winter.
Associate Artistic Director David Connolly will direct and choreograph the production. Connolly’s impressive résumé includes work on major musicals like the pre-Broadway production of First Wives Club in Chicago and numerous Drayton Entertainment productions including Disney’s Newsies, Mamma Mia! and the popular family pantos Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Aladdin and Snow White.
More information about the YMTP, including tuition costs and audition requirements, is available at www.youthmusicaltheatreprogram.com.
The Children’s Chorus Program offers young performers the opportunity to audition for the youth ensemble in the company’s panto production alongside professional performers in the lead roles.
Young performers ages nine to 15 are invited to audition for the children's chorus ensemble in Sleeping Beauty: The Panto, which will be on stage at Huron Country Playhouse II from July 2-18. Youth cast in the production will be divided into teams, and will perform in the show on a rotating schedule. Auditions will be held on Sunday, Feb. 9. Advance registration is required. Connolly will direct and choreograph the production.
More information about Children’s Chorus opportunities, including show dates and audition requirements, is available at www.draytonentertainment.com/Online/article/youth-auditions.
Early bird ticket purchasers could win a limo ride to dinner
It’s the start of a new decade and a local community committee is set to embark upon its fourth decade of a charity auction event in support of conservation projects in local communities.
The 31st Conservation Dinner takes place on Thursday, Apr. 16 and tickets are now available, said Dave Frayne, chair of the Dinner Committee.
There are many reasons to buy a ticket early for the Conservation Dinner, according to the Chair. There is a limited number of tickets, the charity fundraiser is a sold-out show year after year, and the Dinner Committee expects a great deal of excitement for this year’s event – the Dinner’s 31st year. Here’s another reason to purchase tickets early: Wave Limo and Tours (Wave.limo), of Grand Bend, is donating a limousine ride for up to 10 people, to and from the event, to this year’s winner of the Early Bird Prize Draw, drawn from early purchasers of Dinner tickets. Only people who buy Conservation Dinner tickets before Monday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m. are eligible for the Early Bird Prize Draw.
“If you buy a Conservation Dinner ticket you know you will get fun, fellowship, good food and that you will be helping your community,” said Chair Dave Frayne. “If you buy a ticket before February 10 you will also get a chance to win the great Early Bird Draw Prize of a limo ride for up to 10 people.”
The Dinner Committee Chair thanked prize donor Bradley Oke and Wave Transportation for this year’s prize.
The Conservation Dinner takes place at South Huron Recreation Centre at 94 Victoria Street East in Exeter. Tickets are $85 each. Patrons receive a charitable gift receipt, for income tax purposes, for a portion of that amount. To buy a ticket or to donate to the 2020 Conservation Dinner, visit the Ausable Bayfield Conservation office east of Exeter at 71108 Morrison Line (just south of Highway 83) or phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more at abca.ca and conservationdinner.com.
The Conservation Dinner started in 1990. This gala charitable auction and dinner event has raised more than $1.2 million over three decades for projects in local communities. These projects include accessible nature trails in Bayfield, Clinton, Parkhill, Lucan, Arkona, Exeter, and Varna; busing for students to experience outdoor nature education; a $1,000 student environmental bursary benefitting students in local communities; a summer job at Ausable Bayfield Conservation for a senior secondary school student; turtle monitoring and events in Port Franks and Ailsa Craig; aquatic habitat studies in Old Ausable Channel, Grand Bend; and projects like nature day camps, fishing derby and Owl Prowl, and parks and conservation areas.
The Exeter Lions Club has been co-partner, with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation and the watershed community, on the Dinner since 1991. Net profits are split 50-50 between community conservation projects of the Conservation Foundation and community conservation projects of the Exeter Lions Club.
The annual charitable event features live and silent auctions of art and other distinctive items including travel packages and sports and entertainment memorabilia. The Dinner also includes special raffles, general raffles, appetizers, wine tasting, a wonderful meal, and a chance to visit with neighbors. The Conservation Dinner Committee thanks all the donors and sponsors, patrons and guests, and volunteers who make the event a success. The committee also thanks all the creative people who have been feature artists over the years in media ranging from paintings to ice sculptures to metal art to culinary arts to other creative disciplines.
Time to nominate for conservationist of the year
Do you know a person, business, farm, community group, or organization doing great work to protect water, soil, and habitat for living things in Ausable Bayfield watersheds? If so, you are invited to nominate them for the Conservationist of the Year Award.
The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) will accept award nominations until Feb. 15. The award winner is recognized at the Partner Appreciation Evening, an early-evening event to show appreciation for conservation partners, to be held at Ironwood Golf Club, in March.
“The Conservationist of the Year Award is one way we can say ‘thank you’ to some of the active local stewards who are helping to protect our water and soil resources and to improve our forest and wetland conditions,” said General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer of ABCA, Brian Horner. “I invite you to nominate a person, farm, business, community group, or organization doing positive things in your watershed community.”
ABCA has recognized, with conservation awards, outstanding achievements in conservation each year since 1984. Past award winners have included rural landowners and residents, agricultural producers and farms, service clubs, community organizations, companies, nature groups, and municipalities. Koos and Nathalie Vermue, agricultural producers from the Bayfield area, were winners of the Ausable Bayfield Conservationist of the Year Award in 2019.
To submit a nomination, visit abca.ca for the nomination form and award information or visit the office east of Exeter at 71108 Morrison Line for a printed copy of the form. People may also call 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email email@example.com for more information about the award. The nomination form is at this web page link: https://www.abca.ca/community/conservationistoftheyear/
Current ABCA staff and directors are not eligible for the award. ABCA will make an offsetting donation to Carbon Footprints to Forests (footprintstoforests.com) on behalf of everyone who attends the Partners in Conservation Evening in March. Trees will be planted locally, and maintained for the long term, to capture the equivalent of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHGs) produced in travel to the event.
new health care programs address patient requests
In a little more than 12 months, Aleshia Nolan has made an indelible mark with the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT). She arrived at the clinic armed with impressive credentials, a Masters of Nursing, Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner from the University of Western Ontario in London. She also completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences Degree with Honors Specialization in Rural Health which included promotion prior to her BSc in Nursing. She is also a certified Canadian Red Cross Standard First Aid and CPR instructor.
She lives with her husband, Brady and their daughter, Deni, aged 2.5 years, in Dublin, ON. Before joining the BAFHT, she was full-time with Seaforth Hospital. Brady works as the Operations Manager with the Township of Howick.
Nolan used her expertise and position as a Nurse Practitioner with the BAFHT to create new, innovative health care programs and round out the services offered by the Zurich clinic. The idea of developing new health care programs came to Nolan when talking with her many patients.
The new programs and clinics that are all provided free to the community are: Post-Natal Program, Free Fluoride and Oral Health Clinic, Education for Parents, Overweight Program and the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Clinic.
Post-Natal Program: Whether a new parent or expecting a second, third or fourth baby, the days, weeks and months after the birth can be overwhelming – a roller coaster of emotions. Feelings of sadness, and depression are often far more common after childbirth than is realized. It is very important for new parents to be aware of these feelings and reach out and connect with each other.
This program is a fun, friendly, safe, interactive environment for parents to talk, exercise and generally bond with their little ones and each other. The objective of the program is to make new parents realize they are not alone.
The BAFHT is now running its third program having completed an eight-week summer session and a six-week fall program. This new program runs until the end of February.
During the one-hour class, a 10-minute introduction and open discussion is followed by 30 minutes of exercise. The class wraps with a 15-minute educational component with local health care professionals such as: chiropractor, physio therapist, speech pathologist, health nurse and a CPR/choking expert. A wide variety of topics are discussed including the healthy development of the infant and nutrition. Each session concludes with meditation.
Free Fluoride and Oral Health Clinic: This program starts with the first tooth and runs for three years. In each session, a Health Unit Hygienist at the BAFHT runs a four-hour program broken down in to 15-minute time slots. Patients simply sign up at the front desk and drop in. The Health Unit Hygienist also applies fluoride and assesses oral health. The BAFHT plans to run two sessions per year.
Education for Parents: Adult CPR/choking aid educational session - This is a one-hour, hands-on, educational session and is not a certificate program. Infant CPR/choking aid educational session - This is another one-hour program that teaches child and infant CPR/choking aid and is very suitable for parents, caregivers and babysitters. It is not a certificate program.
Ruth Guy (Submitted photos)
Overweight program: This program starts on Feb. 6 and will run every Thursday for eight-weeks. This one-hour evening program is co-led by Nolan’s colleague, Nurse Practitioner, Ruth Guy. This is a free class open to the community. Each class will include an optional weigh-in, goal setting, education on healthy lifestyle, exercise, diet and have a movement component.
Ontario Seniors Dental Care Clinic: Nolan will also be helping out when the BAFHT takes on The Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program (OSDCP) in the Spring. Several health clinics are already underway with the program. A Dental Hygienist from the local health unit is assisting the BAFHT with the application papers.
The OSDCP is a new publicly-funded dental care program to help low-income seniors access appropriate dental care. It provides free routine dental services to seniors aged 65 and over who meet the required income conditions and do not have access to any other form of dental benefits. In Huron County, about 600 seniors are estimated to be eligible for the program.
To qualify, seniors must meet the age requirements, be residents of Ontario and have no existing dental benefits. Single applicants must have an annual income of $19,300 or less, and a couple must have a combined income of $32,000 or less.
Dental services covered under the program will include preventive care and treatment services, such as fillings and extractions, check-ups, X-rays and cleanings, and will partially cover dental prosthetics and dentures. A full list of coverage is provided on the web site – Ontario.ca/SeniorsDental.
SERVICE TO OTHERS
Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) Board members Nancy Simpson and Dan Stringer (right) attended the Annual General Meeting of the Huron/Perth Retired Teachers of Ontario (RTO) where RTO President Gary Jewitt (left) presented them with a donation to the Gateway research project, “Food Insecurity and Seniors Living Independently”. Gateway in collaboration with the University of Guelph is investigating those barriers which prevent rural seniors from accessing nutritious and adequate food. The aims and objectives of this Gateway research project are well aligned with the RTO “Service to Others Program” that awards funds to retired educators like Simpson, who are involved in community initiatives that increase social isolation awareness and support shut-ins or disadvantaged residents in rural communities. Gateway is most appreciative of the generous donation from RTO District 9 Huron/Perth. (Submitted photo)
“Thursday Tunes and Dancing” is back at the Libro Hall (arena upstairs) in Clinton from now until May 21.
Libro Hall is located at 239 Fleming Drive and the program runs from 1-3:30 p.m. All musicians, dancers and spectators are welcome. Admission is by donation.
For more information contact Angela Smith at 519 476-5922.
Bacharach tribute concert
Take 3 & Company (Submitted photo)
Take 3 & Company will be performing, “A Tribute to Burt Bacharach”, on Feb. 1 at the Grand Bend Place Centre for the Living Arts.
The trio, Theresa Wallis, Jenny Nauta and Ron Nauta will perform Bacharach's greatest hits from the 1950s to the 1980s. The audience is sure to enjoy their amazing harmonies to such songs as: Walk On By, You'll Never Get To Heaven, Alfie, One Less Bell To Answer, and I'll Never Fall In Love Again.
Door will open at 6:30 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the centre located at 25 Main Street in Grand Bend.
Tickets are $25 and are available now from Janice Sinker, 519 238-5436; The Garden Gate, 519 238-1701; or ticketscene.ca
Lonely NO More
Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) recently received a donation from the Goderich Rotary Club in support of their Lonely No More program. Rotary Club Director, Bruce Thomasson presented a cheque to Sarah Versteeg, Lonely No More Program coordinator (right) ; and Nancy Simpson, Gateway chair of Sustainable Resources (left) (Submitted photo)
Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) recently received a donation from the Goderich Rotary Club in support of their Lonely No More program.
With this program, socially isolated seniors have an opportunity to develop a social network with their peer group by participating in weekly teleconference calls which are facilitated by a trained community volunteer. It is necessary to have this social setting occur over the phone so that those individuals who have difficulties making it out, due to medical issues, lack of transportation or winter weather, can still participate and benefit from the program.
The eight-week program was launched on Jan. 13. The program still has capacity to add more participants and volunteers. Anyone who would like more information about the Lonely No More Program, or would like to enrol, is asked to please contact Sarah Versteeg at 519 612-1053 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Community infrastructure Fund
The Ontario government is making another investment in small, rural and northern communities. Through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF), the provincial government continues to support municipalities as they build and repair roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure.
This year, Huron-Bruce will receive more than $8.8 million across 14 municipalities to address their local community infrastructure needs.
“Municipalities across Huron-Bruce have aging infrastructure,” said MPP Lisa Thompson. "This provincial investment is invaluable in order to enable local municipalities to build and repair roads, bridges, water and wastewater systems as needed.”
Total investment in communities across Huron-Bruce are as follows: Township of Howick, $88,051; Municipality of Morris-Turnberry, $120,830; Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh, $238,800; Township of Huron-Kinloss $275,793; Municipality of Bluewater, $286,380; Municipality of Brockton. $301,518; Township of North Huron, $316,651; Municipality of Huron East, $431,716; Municipality of South Bruce, $432,080; Municipality of Central Huron, $483,847; Municipality of Kincardine, $584,570; Town of Goderich, $628,685; County of Bruce $660,950; Municipality of South Huron, $688,269; Town of Saugeen Shores, $848,610; and County of Huron, $2,417,826.
This funding is a part of Ontario’s approximately $200 million commitment to 424 communities addressing their core infrastructure projects and asset management planning needs in 2020.
“This investment provides the predictable and stable infrastructure funding small, rural and northern municipalities have asked for,” said Laurie Scott, minister of Infrastructure. “With this OCIF funding we are working directly with our municipal partners to deliver community infrastructure.”
alzheimer awareness Library tour
January is Alzheimer Awareness Month. Representatives from the Alzheimer Society of Huron County will be visiting libraries across the county to ensure people have the information they need. They will be offering a 20-minute presentation about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Topics will include:
• Ten warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease
• What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia?
• Should I be worried? What is the difference between “normal age-related memory change” and dementia?
• I am worried about myself or someone I care about. What can I do?
There will also be plenty of time to answer questions and provide resources and needed information.
Here is the library visiting schedule: Seaforth Library, Jan. 23, 2 p.m.; Brussels Library, Jan. 23 6 p.m.; Exeter Library, Jan. 29, 10:30 a.m.; Zurich Library, Feb. 1, 10:30 a.m.; Howick Library, Feb. 7, 2 p.m.; and Blyth Library, Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m.
For more information, please call the Alzheimer Society of Huron County at 519 482-1482 or email email@example.com
Alzheimer Awareness Month
Every year the Alzheimer Society of Huron County selects movies for their January Awareness Month. These movies are selected to start the conversation about dementia. This year’s movies are both documentaries, depicting how people with dementia and their families are living with disease. These stories are honest, real, sometimes raw and genuinely inspiring.
The Caregivers Club (2018) steps inside the private lives of four Toronto families as they navigate through heartbreak with humor and frustration. It’s an inspiring journey of love, loss and letting go that thousands of families will take as their family members age. Audiences will get to know four middle aged caregivers – Dominic, Karen, Susan, and Barbara – each taking care of a spouse, or parent, who can no longer care for themselves. All four stories take the audience far beyond the practical problems of navigating a seemingly fickle healthcare system and into the psychological challenges of coping with the deterioration of their loved ones. Unfolding over a year, the stories told in The Caregivers Club resonate with reality for many families.
The Caregiver Club will be shown at the Huron County Museum on Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. and Jan. 29 at 7 p.m.
Alive Inside (2014), the winner of many awards including the Sundance Audience Award, is a “joyous cinematic exploration” of the capacity of music to reawaken the soul. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennet chronicles the experience of many people who explore the simple act of listening to the music of their youth, along with the experience of family members, friends and healthcare professionals who help make that happen. This movie is simultaneously poignant, joyful and inspirational.
Alive Inside will be shown at the Huron County Museum on Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 29 at 2 p.m.
All movies are free; donations gratefully accepted.
For more information, please contact the Alzheimer Society of Huron County at 519 482-1482/1-800-561-5012 or firstname.lastname@example.org
livery film fest
On Thursdays during the winter and spring of 2020, the Livery Film Fest committee brings new, intriguing and delightful films from the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Film Circuit to Goderich.
Here are the offerings: Feb. 6, The Peanut Butter Falcon; Feb. 27, Official Secrets; and Apr. 9, Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love.
The Peanut Butter Falcon is described as a “modern day Mark Twain fable”, telling the story of a young boy who leaves home to become a wrestler. And yes, there is a raft scene, and lots of “heart and humour”. This film has been enthusiastically received by other film circuit audiences. Critics rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website is 95/100.
All films will be screened at 7 p.m. at the Park Theatre in Goderich. Please check the website before you come, as dates may be subject to change (www.thelivery.ca).
PROVINCIAL GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson is encouraging local organizations to submit applications to receive provincial grants through various programs.
“As we begin 2020, the new year is a great time to look at what funds might be available for community projects,” Thompson said.
The MPP said The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) (www.otf.ca) is a popular program that has helped organizations and communities across the province.
“This program helps to build healthy and vibrant communities throughout Ontario by strengthening the capacity of the volunteer sector by investing in community-based initiatives and strengthening the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector,” she said, adding that the first deadline to apply for seed money is Feb. 26.
The foundation supports programs in the arts and culture, environment, human and social service, youth development and sports and recreation. In 2018-19, the OTF invested more than $108 million through Seed, Grow, and Capital investment streams funded by the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries and $14 million through the Youth Opportunities Fund, funded by Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.
Those eligible to apply include registered charitable organizations, a not-for-profit corporation without share capital in a Canadian jurisdiction, a First Nation, Metis, Inuit or other Indigenous community, a municipality with a population of 20,000 or less (municipalities eligible for arts and culture and sports and recreation sectors only).
Another program is the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) (www.arts.on.ca) which provides support for the creation of art to benefit and enrich the lives of Ontarians including the provision of grants, scholarships and awards. It is Ontario’s primary funding body for professional arts activity with over 60 funding programs for Ontario-based artists and art organizations. In 2018-19, the OAC invested $61.1 million to 228 communities through 2,252 grants to artists and 1,424 arts organizations.
Previous grants have been awarded to more than 2,950 individual artists and arts organizations, investing in such areas as: writing a book or a play; organizing a local concert series; arts education – artists in the schools; and professional development and career building. Applications are received year-round.
A final program highlighted by Thompson is the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (www.ocaf.ca) which has three aims: to increase cultural tourism by providing investments to assist Ontario organizations to develop, promote and present one-off or first time events, or a significant expansion of existing activity, which are designed to attract new tourists and visitors to cultural events; increase the earned revenue capability of the applicant organization; and support events that foster economic growth and contribute to job creation.
“Each year the government of Ontario distributes millions of dollars to help promote the arts and culture in communities large and small,” Thompson said. “This is part of our ‘Celebrate Ontario’ program and I encourage everyone to take advantage of the funding.”