huron digitized newspaper project garners donations
A donation of $5,000 was presented by Huron County Branch of Ontario Ancestors’ President Deb McAuslan (second from left) on behalf of the local branch. Both donations were presented to Huron County Cultural Service Director and County Librarian, Beth Rumble (second from right) along with Museum and Library staff. (Submitted photos)
The Huron County Branch of Ontario Ancestors: Ontario Genealogical Society has made two donations to the Huron Digitized Newspaper Project.
The first donation of $955 was presented by Brock Vodden in the memory of Ontario Ancestors member and his late wife, Janis Vodden. The second donation of $5,000 was presented by Huron County Branch of Ontario Ancestors’ President Deb McAuslan on behalf of the local branch. Both donations were presented to Huron County Cultural Service Director and County Librarian, Beth Rumble along with Museum and Library staff.
The Huron County Branch of Ontario Ancestors is an organization that regularly utilizes the Huron Digital Newspapers to promote, encourage and foster the study of genealogy. The Huron County Branch of Ontario Ancestors Library collection of books and family histories is housed in the Log Cabin located at the Huron County Museum. The organization has produced many publications including the recent, locally best-selling book, “Out of the Woods”, by David Yates. The organization is looking forward to working with Yates again in 2019 on a new publication, and it is of little doubt that the Digital Newspapers will again be utilized in his research.
The Digitized Newspaper Project was undertaken by the Huron County Library and Huron County Museum to digitize more than a century’s worth of historical Huron County newspapers from across the county and make them accessible to anyone, anywhere, on-line for free. The donations made by the Huron Branch of Ontario Ancestors will contribute to the success of this project.
A donation of $955 was presented by Brock Vodden (far left) in the memory of Ontario Ancestors member and his late wife, Janis Vodden. Huron County Cultural Service Director and County Librarian, Beth Rumble (second from right) accepted the donation alongside Reg Thompson, Colleen MaGuire and Sharon Cox.
Rumble said, “One of the goals of both the Huron County Library and Museum is to gather, steward and share our collective history and knowledge for our communities. By making our community histories easily accessible, we are able to contribute to many creative works like the ones achieved by the Ontario Ancestors group. We thank the Huron County Branch of Ontario Ancestors for their generous donations and look forward to furthering this important and exciting project.”
Anyone who would like to support the Huron Digitized Newspaper Project can donate in person at the Huron County Museum located at 110 North Street in Goderich or by emailing the Museum at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Tax receipts will be issued upon request. Donations over $250 will receive a thank you gift consisting of one of the Museum’s famous two-headed calf plushies and recognition of their support on the Museum’s website.
The weekly newspapers carry local, regional, national and international stories that are of great value to students, teachers, historians, genealogists and researchers. Those interested are invited to ask their local librarian or museum representative for more information on how to use the digitized newspapers’ search engine to make their next research project a breeze!
County pledges continued support of clean water project
Staff at Ausable Bayfield Conservation plant ball and burlap White Cedar along a watercourse as a riparian (riverbank) buffer in the Bannockburn sub-watershed. The trees will increase the width of the riparian buffer and provide shade for the watercourse as the trees are planted on the south side of the buffer. This project will contribute significantly to protecting and improving water quality by reducing the potential for sediment and nutrients to enter the watercourse; maintaining cooler water temperatures thus allowing greater oxygen concentration to the benefit of aquatic life. The trees will also provide the benefits of a windbreak, reducing soil erosion caused by wind. Projects like these are taking place to protect water in Huron County thanks to support of the Huron County Clean Water Project and participating landowners. (Submitted photo)
The County of Huron has announced its continued support for the Huron County Clean Water Project with a $400,000 allocation in the 2019 budget. The program provides financial and technical assistance for on-the-ground projects that improve surface and ground water quality, conserve soil and increase tree cover.
Service delivery is provided by Maitland Conservation and Ausable Bayfield Conservation. To learn about grant rates and eligible projects phone Maitland Valley at 519 335-3557 or Ausable Bayfield at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.
The grants have helped people complete more than 2,800 projects since 2004. Combined with support of local landowners, the value of completed projects is more than $10 million over the program’s history and about $1 million worth of projects are completed in a single year. That’s good for water quality and the economy, according to staff delivering the program. The program’s success has three pillars: stable funding from the county; water and soil expertise; and, most importantly, landowner participation.
“The program wouldn’t exist if landowners didn’t get involved,” said Kate Monk, manager of Stewardship, Land and Education at Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). “Huron County has some of the most productive farmland in Canada. Grants help people be good stewards while making a living.”
The stable funding helps people complete projects on a time frame that’s affordable.
“People might install an erosion control project after wheat in the crop rotation, plant trees along a creek another year, and decommission unused wells they come across,” said Doug Hocking of Maitland Conservation.
Anyone with property in the county is eligible to apply. Conservation authority staff complete the paperwork with the applicants and present the proposals to a review committee. Grants cover up to 50 per cent of project cash costs and can be combined with other funding sources.
“These projects preserve valuable topsoil; keep nutrients on the land and out of our creeks, rivers, and lake; control erosion; and provide economic benefits too,” he said.
The grant categories include cover crops, erosion control, well decommission or upgrades, barn yard runoff control, manure storage decommission, forest management plans, fencing livestock out of watercourses, tree planting (plantations, windbreaks, watercourse buffers), and wetlands.
The new category this year is septic system upgrades for systems that contaminate water quality, especially along Lake Huron and near municipal wells. This category is limited to only 20 projects so people are advised to apply early.
Huron County property owners have, with the support of the county initiative: planted more than 580,000 trees (more than 800 acres); decommissioned more than 550 unused wells; planted more than 20,000 acres of cover crops (more than 30 square miles); established 180 KMs of windbreaks; completed more than 220 erosion control projects; decommissioned more than 90 liquid manure storages; upgraded more than 380 private wells; and completed more than 120 forest management plans.
To learn more visit abca.ca, mvca.on.ca, or huroncounty.ca.
former students gathered for Gateway anniversary
On May 2, Gateway Centre for Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) celebrated its 10th Anniversary at the Beach St. Station in Goderich. Attending this milestone anniversary were many of Gateway’s former students, past funders, present and past Board members as well as local politicians. Following the social hour there were greetings from local politicians, introductions, as well as expressions of gratitude to all who have contributed to Gateway’s development and to the organization of this event.
Gateway Executive member Dan Stringer was the MC for the evening and John Grace, Goderich mayor brought greetings.
President Jay McFarlan spoke about the former students Gateway has hired to conduct research and the value of these educational opportunities for graduate students who are pursuing health related degrees. McFarlan introduced Gateway’s newest research student Valerie Steckle, the 90th student to be employed by Gateway. She will be working on a research project starting this month entitled, “Food Security and Seniors Living Independently”. It’s an exploratory study in Huron, Perth, Bruce and Grey counties which recognizes that rural populations are aging faster that urban populations and a greater percentage of their population is 65 years of age and over. This research proposes to look at the factors that impede seniors’ access to nutritious food as well as their capacity to utilize nutritious food once obtained. The project will look to engage multiple perspectives including primary care providers, home care workers, public health officials and service providers as well as seniors through interviews and focus groups
Vice President and founder, Gwen Devereaux spoke about Gateway’s formation and progress.
Dr. Ryan Gibson, professor at the University of Guelph, and some of his master’s students, spoke about Gateway’s positive economic contribution to rural communities throughout this region. He explained that from 2014 to 2018 approximately $1 million has been directly invested in the local economy through Gateway’s research activities and programs.
“Over the past 10 years, Gateway has done tremendous work on a variety of rural health issues, impacting the lives of people throughout this region. This work has been facilitated through limited financial resources, strong commitment of volunteers and a commitment of partners in the region. Imagine what could be done with further investment of financial resources?” said Gibson.
Organizers of the evening would like to extend thanks to Herb Marshall of the Beach St. Station, Libro and Matt Hussey for contributing to this special event.
rwanda genocide topic of new book by allan thompson
Allan Thompson (Submitted photos)
Allan Thompson, a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), journalism professor at Carleton University and the Liberal candidate in Huron-Bruce, will hold the Huron County launch for his new edited volume from CIGI Press: “Media and Mass Atrocity: The Rwanda Genocide and Beyond”, at the Bayfield Town Hall on May 13.
The evening will begin at 7 p.m.
It has been 25 years since Rwanda slid into the abyss. The killings happened in broad daylight, yet many of us failed to grasp the unfolding events. When human beings are at their worst — as they most certainly were in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide — the world needs the institutions of journalism and the media to be at their best. Sadly, in Rwanda, the media fell short.
Confronted by Rwanda’s horrors, international news media at times turned away, or muddled the story when they did pay attention by casting it in a formulaic way as anarchic tribal warfare rather than an organized genocide. Hate media outlets in Rwanda played a role in laying the groundwork for genocide, and then encouraged the extermination campaign.
The lessons of Rwanda, in some respects a textbook case, should have been clear. But a quarter century later, these are lessons that we still struggle to absorb.
The global media landscape has been transformed since the 1994 Rwanda genocide. We are now saturated with social media, frequently generated by non-journalists. Mobile phones are everywhere. And in many quarters, the traditional news media business model continues to founder. Against that backdrop, it is more important than ever to examine the nexus between the media and the forces that give rise to mass atrocity.
Thompson, editor of Media and Mass Atrocity, will be on hand to talk about the 25th anniversary of the Rwanda Genocide and how the intersection between media and mass atrocity events has evolved in the intervening quarter century.
There will be a question and answer session after Thompson's presentation, then coffee and a chance to purchase a copy of the book.
Admission is free, but those who wish to attend are asked to register in advance at: https://mediaandmassatrocity-huron.eventbrite.ca
Grants available to residents for rain gardens and soakaways
Bayfield residents have a chance to protect their lake, make their properties even more beautiful, and get grants to do it – by planting rain gardens or installing a “soakaway”.
New to the program this year are soakaways. Soakaways are similar to rain gardens in that they collect water from downspouts and/or rain barrels. The main difference is that rain gardens are filled with a sand/compost mix, and soakaways are filled with stone or storm water crates. Soakaways can be used in tight spaces, or locations that are not suitable for plants.
“By capturing storm water in rain gardens or soakaways, homeowners can help with localized flooding as rain gardens and soakaways can actually absorb more water than a grassed lawn,” said Hope Brock, Healthy Watersheds technician with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).
Local people suggested rain gardens, in the community-based Main Bayfield Watershed Plan, as a management solution for dealing with urban runoff, said Brock.
“Now homeowners have this great opportunity to install a rain garden, or a soakaway, and help protect Lake Huron,” she said.
Bayfield homeowners interested in receiving funding to create a rain garden or soakaway on their property should contact a local landscape professional who has received a Landscape Ontario endorsed rain garden certificate. To find a list of some of these local contractors, visit the ABCA website at https://www.abca.ca or contact Hope Brock at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.
Once the contractor has provided a plan and a quote for the garden, the homeowner will need to contact ABCA staff for a site visit to complete the application, which is available online at abca.ca. Grants, subject to approval, are paid out upon satisfactory completion of the rain garden or soakaway. Homeowners can apply for funding without a contractor but preference is given to the applications that use a certified contractor.
A single downspout rain garden typically costs between $1,000 and $3,000, but will vary on the size of the garden. Soakaways are typically less than $1,000. Bayfield homeowners can receive up to 50 per cent of the cash costs to a maximum of $500. The Huron County Clean Water Project and the Municipality of Bluewater, through its Blue Flag initiative, have provided funding.
Rain gardens are shallow, sunken gardens. They collect, absorb and filter runoff and help prevent polluted runoff from reaching storm sewers and, ultimately, the lake. Rain gardens are low-maintenance gardens that can be designed to match existing landscaping, formal gardens or natural gardens. Homeowners can choose plants specifically to attract birds, butterflies, and other pollinators.
horticultural society - clinton
The Clinton Horticultural Society’s annual Plant Auction is set for May 15.
Perennials, annuals and other interesting items will be up for grabs starting at 7:30 p.m. Auction items will be received after 6:30 p.m. Members are encouraged to bring friends and join in the fun. Light refreshments will be served.
The meeting will be held at the Clinton OMAFRA office, rear entrance, 100 Don Street Clinton.
For more information please call 519 482-7462.
climate change forum
The Forum on Climate Change Initiatives in Huron County will be held on May 31st and is now is seeking presenters and participants.
Hosted by the Acting Medical Officer of Health for Huron County, Dr. Maarten Bokhout the forum will allow participants to review what is happening in Huron County to mitigate the effects of climate change.
“This is an opportunity for local groups and individuals to share what they are doing to stabilize or reduce the production of greenhouse gases,” said Dr. Bokhout. “We need to limit the adverse effects of global warming, and this forum will help us discuss the efforts underway in Huron County.”
Those who would like to present are asked to submit an outline of their initiative and deliver a presentation of no more than six minutes at the forum. Participants are also welcome to this free event to hear presenters and join the discussion.
The Forum on Climate Change Initiatives in Huron County will take place at the Huron County Health Unit’s Clinton location on May 31 from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by lunch.
To submit a presentation, attend as a participant, or to learn more, contact the Health Unit at email@example.com or 519 482-3416.
Garlic Mustard Removal
The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) invites local residents to connect with neighbors and help remove invasive plant species at two Invasive Species Removal events on Saturday, May 25.
Members of the public are invited to join other volunteers at either Clinton Conservation Area, 77690 London Road, Clinton, from 10 a.m. to noon, or at the MacNaughton Park Pavilion, 56 Hill Street, Exeter, from 2-4 p.m.
“We will be focusing on Garlic Mustard removal,” said Nina Sampson, Conservation educator. “Once the weeds are removed the native plants have room to grow, display their beauty, and do their work providing food and shelter for wildlife.”
Invasive species are plants that are not native to the area. They out-compete native species and often spread quickly. Removing invasive species is important because they can choke out native plants, introduce disease, or crossbreed with native species and impact wildlife, according to Sampson.
No experience is necessary to take part in the Invasive Species Removal events and staff from ABCA will provide all equipment. The events are entirely outdoors so those taking part should dress for the weather and wear long pants and boots if possible. Those taking part will have a chance to learn how to identify Garlic Mustard, learn about its growth habits, and get their hands dirty, removing this invasive plant. Those who are interested in volunteering are asked to come ready to dig. Students are encouraged to participate to earn their community volunteer hours.
To learn more about the events and about protecting our communities from invasive plant species, visit https://www.abca.ca
Whether you’re extremely passionate, a sometimes dabbler, or mildly curious about arts, culture and heritage in Huron County the people responsible for creating a new Huron County Cultural Plan would like to hear from you at a special event to be held in Blyth on May 15.
Those who wish to attend a public consultation session to launch the development of a new plan are asked to RSVP to Rick Sickinger at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 519 482-5457 Ext. 2730.
“We’ll be looking for input on where we are currently and where we would like to go as a sector and community over the next few years,” said Sickinger.
The session will run from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Blyth Memorial Community Hall, 431 Queen Street, Blyth.
Non-profits face similar challenges to for-profit companies, but they also face their own specific set of challenges. However, time and cost can be a barrier to training and that’s where United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) has stepped in with the support of Libro Credit Union.
“UWPH is committed to helping strengthen the quality and impact of available programs and services,” commented UWPH’s Susan Faber. “We know how costly training can be, especially once you add in travel. We’re proud to bring workshops to our local area that focus on our industry and help staff, management and volunteers alike.”
The final workshop in the series will be ““Leadership Development” in Clinton, on May 14. The workshop is $35 for three hours of learning.
“Many board members aren’t completely aware of their role and fiduciary duties and may not be sure how to monitor the organization’s performance or assess risk. These are just some of the topics of this workshop,” explained Faber.
Visit perthhuron.unitedway.ca for a comprehensive description of all workshops along with facilitator bios, cost and location. Participants can register by email at KEYs@perthhuron.unitedway.ca or call 519271-2978.
Green River Revival
Calling all fans of Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR)! Don't miss Green River Revival, the world's number one international tribute to the legendary band. Produced by Booking House Inc., this high-energy, harmony-packed tribute concert is coming to the Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend on Sept. 21 for two shows.
Green River Revival is made up of world-class musicians who truly capture the passion and soul of John Fogerty and CCR. The members of this band have played together in theatres, casinos and festivals across Canada, Mexico and the U.S. for decades, presenting the ultimate CCR tribute experience. The group performs a hit parade of the band’s timeless hits including: "Proud Mary," "Bad Moon Rising," "Have You Ever Seen the Rain," "Up around the Bend," "Fortunate Son," "Lodi," "Travellin' Band" and many more favorites.
Performance times are 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for youth under 20 years of age. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $30. HST is applicable to all ticket prices.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.draytonentertainment.com/green-river-revival, in person at any Drayton Entertainment Box Office, or by calling 1-855-DRAYTON (372-9866).
bEACH WATER REPORT
The Huron County Health Unit’s 2018 Beach Water Monitoring Report is now available.
The report provides background on sources of E. coli at freshwater beaches, outlines the 2018 beach sampling protocol, and presents the results from the 2018 beach water quality monitoring program in Huron County.
Those interested in viewing current and historical data from the Huron County beach water quality monitoring program are encouraged to explore www.myPerthHuron.ca in the Environment domain using the interactive graphs.
At myPerthHuron.ca, visitors can search all water quality data from 2000 to present for the 14 public lakeshore beaches in Huron County. The myPerthHuron website was developed by the Social Research & Planning Council, United Way of Perth-Huron, and the University of Waterloo Computer Systems Group to provide access to information on community wellbeing.
For a copy of the 2018 Beach Water Monitoring Report, please visit www.huronhealthunit.ca/beach-reports or contact the Huron County Health Unit at 519 482-3416 or 1-877-837-6143.
Alice Munro Festival
The Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story returns for its fifteenth year on May 24-25 with a line-up of ten award-winning Canadian authors. The two-day event takes place in Wingham and Bayfield and includes: author readings, writing master classes, panel discussion and an awards luncheon for the annual short story contest.
Leading this year’s line-up is respected bestselling author Nino Ricci. His first novel, “Lives of the Saints”, garnered international acclaim, appearing in 17 countries and winning a host of awards, including the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. It formed the first volume of a trilogy that was adapted as a miniseries starring Sophia Loren.Ricci also authored the novels “Testament”, winner of the Trillium Award, “The Origin of Species”, which earned him a second Governor General’s Award, and a biography of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, included in the Penguin’s Extraordinary Canadians series. His most recent novel “Sleep”, won the Canadian Authors’ Award for Fiction. Ricci is currently the inaugural holder of the Alice Munro Chair in Creativity at Western University.
The list of guest authors includes three Scotiabank Giller Prize finalists who all have new books being published this spring. Mona Awad, author of “13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl”, will be promoting her new novel, “Bunny”. Described as “The Vegetarian” meets “Heathers”, this darkly funny, seductively strange novel will be published by Penguin Random House on June 7. Anthony De Sa’s first book, “Barnacle Love”, was critically acclaimed and became a finalist for the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2009 Toronto Book Award. His new novel, “Children of the Moon”, follows the tumultuous story of Pó, a Maasai girl with albinism who is seen as a curse upon her tribe, to be released in May. Anakana Schofield the author of the 2015 Giller Prize shortlisted novel “Martin John”, brings her new unconventional novel “Bina: A Novel in Warnings” that will also be published in May.
Indigenous author, Joshua Whitehead had a break out success with his 2018 novel “Jonny Appleseed”, a unique, shattering vision of First Nations life, full of grit, glitter, and dreams. The novel was long listed for a Giller Prize and short listed for a Governor General's Award in 2018.
Alicia Elliott a Tuscarora writer from Six Nations of the Grand River reads from her new non-fiction release, “A Mind Spread Out on the Ground” that asks essential questions about the treatment of Native people in North America while drawing on intimate details of her own life and experience with intergenerational trauma.
Amy Jones’s first novel, “We're All in This Together”, was a national bestseller, won the Northern Lit Award, and was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Her new novel, “Every Little Piece of Me”, examines family, friendship, celebrity, and the cost of living in the public eye -- because when everyone suddenly knows your name, it's easy to forget who you really are.
K.D. Miller’s short story collection, “Late Breaking”, was inspired by the work of Canadian artist Alex Colville. The linked stories form a suite of portraits that bear witness to the vulnerability of the elder heart, revealing that love, sex, and heartbreak are not only the domain of the young.
Vancouver-based author Ian Williams’s 2019 novel “Reproduction”, is a tale of love among inherited and invented families that sweeps through a world of racial and religious mash-ups, cultural collisions, and cross-pollinations galore. William’s poetry collection, “Personals”, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award. His short story collection, “Not Anyone’s Anything”, won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in Canada.
Rounding out the list of this year’s guest authors is Bayfield’s Andy McGuire. His debut poetry collection, “Country Club”, a lyrical, wilderness of power, wealth, leisure and desire, the poems freewheel across state lines with panache and flagrant feeling. McGuire’s second poetry collection, “I Hate Poems but I Love Poetry”, is forthcoming.
Tickets, and weekend passes, for the festival are on sale now. For more information about the guest authors and festival program, including how to purchase tickets, please visit alicemunrofestival.ca. The festival is supported in part by: The Ontario Arts Council, Township of North Huron, County of Huron, Municipality of Bluewater, Capital Power, The Lake House of Bayfield, Royal Homes, and Dr. Marie Gear.