thompson celebrates citizens
Twenty-three residents were recognized by Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson during her New Year’s levee on Jan. 16. (Submitted photo)
The volunteer efforts and dedication to their communities of 23 residents were recognized by Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson during her New Year’s levee on Jan. 16 in Teeswater.
“I am thrilled to ring in 2019 by celebrating with you the hard work, community spirit and volunteer efforts of our Remarkable Citizens from all over Huron-Bruce,” Thompson said before a packed audience at the Teeswater Town Hall.
“These outstanding individuals left a lasting impression on those around them through their substantial contributions of time and energy to help make our communities such invigorating and welcoming places to live.”
Included in the 23 recognized was a posthumous award given to the family of Steve Millen, of Teeswater, who passed away in November, 2018.
“He was the town’s biggest cheerleader and ambassador, and a friend to everyone,” she said.
Thompson said every year she is “incredibly impressed” by the dedication and commitment volunteers make to their communities and organizations.
Others recognized were: Bob Rowe, Hensall; Brent McKague, Teeswater; Brian McGavin, Walton; Christopher Pennington, Kincardine; Darian Murray, Lucknow; Dave McDonald, Teeswater; Doug Kuyvenhoven, Wingham; Keith and Gail VanderHoek, Ripley; Jane Hoy, Dungannon; Joan Vincent, Wingham; John Leppington, Clinton; Joyce Johnston, Bluevale; Judith Bond, Kincardine; Lorri Ann Moore, Seaforth; Margaret Sutherland, South Huron (Park Hill); Patti Hutton, Tiverton; Phyllis Ireland, Teeswater; Robert (Bob) Beuttenmiller, Seaforth; Shannon McGlynn, Teeswater; Shannon Wood, Mildmay; Tom Melady, Seaforth (Guelph).
Thompson said she looks forward to recognizing more remarkable citizens at next year’s event.
managed forests eligible for tax incentives
The Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP) recognizes the significance and environmental value provided by privately-owned forests in Ontario. The MFTIP program promotes management, by participating landowners of these privately-owned forests, to increase forest stewardship. The program also brings greater fairness to the property tax values of these lands, according to Certified Managed Forest Plan Approvers with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).
Landowners who enroll in the program have eligible forested lands on their property classed as Managed Forest and they are taxed at 25 per cent of the municipal tax rate set for residential properties. Landowners must own a minimum of four hectares (9.88 acres) of forested land and have a Managed Forest Plan approved by a certified Managed Forest Plan Approver to enroll in the program.
ABCA’s Managed Forest Plan Approvers are certified to work with landowners to develop and approve a Managed Forest Plan to meet MFTIP requirements for property enrollment. This service is provided on a fee-for-service basis but landowners find they recoup these costs quickly through the tax savings of having their property enrolled in the MFTIP, said Nathan Schoelier, Stewardship technician with ABCA.
ABCA staff work with landowners to complete the required forest inventory and develop a Managed Forest Plan that outlines the landowner’s goals and objectives to ensure long-term stewardship of their property. Management goals and objectives may include activities such as tree planting and logging or the landowner may include a less-intensive management approach such as protecting and enjoying the nature and recreational values their property has to offer, said Schoelier.
The annual deadline for submitting Managed Forest Plans for MFTIP, to have your property tax rate changed for the following year, is June 30.
“We encourage you to start the application process early in the year to ensure a comprehensive plan can be developed and submitted before the application deadline,” said Schoelier.
Anyone interested in learning more about the MFTIP, or would like to begin the process to enroll your property in the program, contact Nathan Schoelier or Ian Jean, Forestry and Land Stewardship specialist at ABCA at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 to learn more.
american icons coming to Playhouse for one afternoon
One stage. Five legends. Many hits. Relive the songs of some of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest performers with a concert guaranteed to have audiences’ dancing in the aisles. Drayton Entertainment is proud to present TVB Productions’ high-energy tribute concert, “American Icons” at four venues this spring.
Backed by a stellar band, international award-winning Elvis tribute artist Steve Michaels headlines this fast-paced concert singing the King’s top hits including “Suspicious Minds”, “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” and many more. Joined by four other incredible performers, the concert covers mega hits by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Roy Orbison and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Take a stroll down memory lane and enjoy popular songs including “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Ring of Fire”, Hit the Road Jack”, “Let the Good Times Roll”, “Sherry”, “Pretty Woman” and many more.
A previous winner of the “Images of the King World Championships” in Memphis, Steve Michaels’ dynamic portrayal of the rock ‘n’ roll king makes him one of the most sought-after Elvis performers around the globe. The Toronto-born tribute artist has won praise from audiences and critics alike for his uncanny Elvis appearances all over the world.
The American Icons tribute concert will be on stage at four Drayton Entertainment theatres including one show at the Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend on Sunday, Apr. 7 starting at 2 p.m. The show will also be performed at the Drayton Festival Theatre, March 23 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Hamilton Family Theatre in Cambridge, Apr. 4 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and the King’s Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene, Apr. 10 at 2 p.m and 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for youth under 20 years of age. Tickets for groups of 20 or more are $30 each. HST is applicable to all ticket prices.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.draytonentertainment.com/american-icons, in person at any Drayton Entertainment Box Office or by calling toll free 1-855-DRAYTON (372-9866).
alzhimer's awareness movies
The Huron County Alzheimer’s Society (HCAS) will be hosting two movies in recognition of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month at the Huron County Museum on Jan. 31.
Every year the HCAS selects movies for the January awareness month. They select them to start the conversation about dementia. The movies depict poignant stories and show that each family is unique; sometimes they aren’t perfect and some situations are less than ideal. They beg the questions: How would I react to the same situation? What can I take from their successes and their mistakes?
On Jan. 31, “What They Had” will be shown at 2 p.m. followed by “The Savages” at 7 p.m.
“The Savages” premiered in 2007 and stars Laura Linney and Phillip Seymore Hoffman. It is a movie about a family grappling with the tough decisions surrounding a move to assisted living. Siblings Wendy and John and their father, Lenny Savage, are all smart, articulate and dramatic characters whose relationships are put to the test in this touching and sometimes humorous film. The value of independence and the importance of relationships - even in the most chaotic of families - keeps “The Savages” real.
“What They Had” debuted in 2018 and stars Hillary Swank and Michael Shannon. It is simultaneously a love story about Burt and Ruth and a story about their adult children, Bridget and Nick, all rising up to meet present responsibilities while forgiving past hurts. At the core of the plot is Burt and Ruth’s continuing deep love for each other. The movie’s title, “What They Had” refers to their enviable relationship and Bridget and Nick’s recognition that they have never – for better or worse – experienced a bond of the same depth in their own lives. As Ruth’s life changes due to dementia, her family supports her and each other with candor, wit and – at the end of the day - love.
These movies are free but donations to the Alzheimer’s Society would be appreciated. For more information call 519 482-1482.
The Ontario government is providing 128 hospitals across the province with funding to upgrade, repair and maintain their facilities.
The following hospitals in Huron-Bruce are receiving funding this year through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund: South Bruce Grey Health Centre (Kincardine, Walkerton, Chesley, and Durham), $2,756,447; Alexandra Marine and General Hospital in Goderich, $74,496; Clinton Public Hospital, $280,997; Seaforth Community Hospital, $205,021; South Huron Hospital, $422,844; and Wingham and District Hospital, $191,869.
“The health and safety of patients and families is a priority for our government,” said Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson. “That’s why we must make the necessary investments in our hospitals now, to ensure our providers have the facilities they need to continue to provide excellent quality care to patients. This funding will help ensure hospitals across Ontario are able to make the needed upgrades, improvements and maintenance so patients and families have access to reliable, quality care they expect and deserve.”
Who gets eating disorders? How do you know if you have an eating disorder? Where can you get help?
The National Eating Disorders Information Centre (NEDIC) recognizes the first week of February as Eating Disorders Awareness Week. The Huron County Health Unit reminds residents that eating disorders can affect anyone at any size.
“You can’t tell by looking at someone whether they have an eating disorder,” said Amy MacDonald, Public Health dietitian. “When you think of eating disorders, you may think of individuals with thin physiques or hair loss. But over 1 million Canadians of all genders, ages, body size, classes, abilities, races and ethnic backgrounds are affected by eating disorders.”
Does food and weight control your life? If the way you eat and think about food interferes with your life and keeps you from enjoying life and moving forward, then that is disordered eating. Take it seriously and talk to someone who can help. You don't need to wait for a diagnosis by a doctor.
“It’s important to know that if you or a loved one are struggling with an eating disorder, it’s not your fault,” said MacDonald. “Eating disorders are a mental illness, influenced by both our genes and our environment. Sometimes they can be brought on by poor body image or past traumas.”
With treatment from a health care provider, and support of family and loved ones, full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. If you or a loved one is in need, NEDIC has a toll-free helpline at 1-866-633-4220. For local support, contact the Huron Outreach Eating Disorders Program, an outpatient mental health program of Alexandra Marine & General Hospital, at 1-877-695-2524.