hEAMAN TRACT LATEST DONATION TO LAND TRUST CONSERVANCY
The sun shone as the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC) hosted a dedication ceremony on June 3 to recognize the donation of, and to dedicate, the 5.5-acre Heaman Tract, north of Ailsa Craig, ON, donated by Janet Heaman in memory of Jack Heaman. Shown at the ceremony, from l-r are: Sandra (née Heaman) Vanos, Jan Heaman, Larry Heaman, Janet Heaman, Roger Lewington, chair of the HTLTC; Peter Twynstra, HTLTC director; Rick Heaman and Melanie Heaman. (Submitted photo)
A tract of land more than five acres in size, north of Ailsa Craig, will be preserved for future nature enjoyment opportunities and water, soil, and habitat protection. This is thanks to a generous donation by Janet Heaman in memory of Jack Heaman. The tract has been donated to the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC).
Heaman Tract is on West Corner Drive in the McGillivray Ward of North Middlesex. The Ausable River runs through this rolling plot of land. The river is home to aquatic species at risk. Heaman Tract will provide recreation benefits such as fishing and canoeing and benefit local residents and tourists. The property offers food, water and shelter for wildlife. It has positive impact on water and soil as a vegetated, natural buffer to protect water in the river. The property provides much-needed forest cover in the area. There are mature hardwood and conifer trees there and younger trees as well.
Jack and Janet Heaman purchased the parcel in the mid-1960s as part of a farm to the east. A dedication ceremony for Heaman Tract was held at the property on June 3. Janet Heaman and all of her children, as well as other family members, attended. The land trust board of directors was represented by Chair Roger Lewington, Peter Twynstra, Don Farwell, Max Morden and Philip Walden.
The riverside property was a place of memories for Janet’s and Jack’s children whether it was Larry meeting his future wife, Jan, at the bridge or the children looking at turtles.
“The kids used to like to come and sit and watch the river and fish off the bridge,” Janet recalled.
It was also a special place for Jack. “It was Jack’s oasis down there,” Janet said.
John Lewis ‘Jack’ Heaman passed away in 2014 at the age of 79.
“It’s awesome this property is being dedicated to our Dad, Jack Heaman,” said Sandra (née Heaman) Vanos, one of Janet’s and Jack’s three children.
She said it is nice that people will have a quiet place and “thinking spot” where they can go to find solace.
Larry Heaman, another of Janet’s and Jack’s children, shared what the property means to him.
“When I was a teenager I used to come down here periodically just because it was a quiet, tranquil place and a nice place to sit and watch the river and collect your thoughts and watch the turtles and the muskrats,” he recalled. “It would be my hope that future generations could continue to have that experience.”
Jack Heaman maintained the tract of land almost like a park, Janet’s and Jack’s son Rick recalled.
“Dad was proud of the property,” Rick said. “I’m proud that Mom has donated the property – she came up with the idea and we supported it. We thought it was a good idea once she thought of it. It seems like the right thing to do.”
Peter Twynstra, Ailsa Craig resident and a volunteer founding board member of the HTLTC, said he knew Jack a long time as a “fixture in the community” as Jack had worked for years at the County of Middlesex roads department.
“Thank you, Janet, and the whole Heaman family, for your very kind gesture of considering the land trust (to entrust with this property),” Twynstra said. He invited ceremony guests to look around not only at the glorious sunshine of the ceremony day but also at the trees and beauty of an “absolutely wonderful” property. It is a natural space of great quality and importance to the whole community and for all who love nature, he said, and “I can tell you the Heaman family loves nature.”
Kate Monk, staff advisor to the land trust, said Heaman Tract is an important “piece of the puzzle” to protect the Ausable River and Lake Huron.
“Everything along the river is important. This is the Ausable River down here,” Monk said at the ceremony. The Ausable River “starts just outside of Staffa in Perth County, and it comes all the way down through Huron County and into Middlesex County, and from here down through Ailsa Craig it goes to Arkona, and then it makes its way up and enters Lake Huron at Port Franks.” Through this donation “we can protect this property for generations to come. People will be able to come and enjoy it and walk through here.”
The tract has many tree species and a lovely waterway for canoeing and fishing. Birds that visit include Red-winged Blackbirds, Blue Jays, Cardinals, and American Goldfinches.
“They all fly through here,” said Janet. “I think Jack would be thrilled” that the property is preserved for the future.
Janet added that it was “wonderful” to have her children with her at the ceremony.
“You couldn’t ask for the day to be any better ... and a sunny day on top of it,” she said.
Heaman Tract is the fourth property donated to the land trust and the one furthest to the south. HTLTC also owns and protects Woodburne Farm, south of Goderich; Bayfield River Flats at Bayfield; and Mayhew Tract near Holmesville.
The HTLTC was formed in 2011, by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF), a registered Canadian charity. The land trust serves the area of the historic Huron Tract from the early days of settlement. The HTLTC is a volunteer organization with a separate board of directors and is a member of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance. The HTLTC accepts donations and bequests of land and gives people in the Huron Tract area a way to make a positive difference by helping protect and restore land, water and nature.
For more information on the HTLTC, please call 1-888-286-2610 or visit htltc.ca.
Clinton Kinsmen donate to local hospital foundation
The Clinton and District Kinsmen recently presented a cheque to Clinton Public Hospital Foundation Coordinator Darlene McCowan. L-r: Tyler Brady, Adam Boyer, Curtis Meyers, Paul McCullough, Darren Brenjes, Kyle Ropp, McCowan, Tom Williscraft, Dave Hanley and Greg McCullough. (Submitted photo)
On Tuesday, June 4, the Clinton & District Kinsmen presented the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation (CPHF) with a cheque in the amount of $2,073.50, from the proceeds of the breakfast they hosted last fall in support of the Foundation’s CKNX Healthcare Heroes Radiothon project.
These funds will be used towards the costs associated with the installation of a new X-Ray Unit in the Medical Imaging Department at Clinton Public Hospital (CPH).
The Clinton & District Kinsmen hosted their annual breakfast in support of the CPHF on Oct. 13, 2018 and served more than 400 people in less than four hours. The Kinsmen have made a commitment to host the breakfast again this year, which is set to take place on Saturday, Oct. 19, the same day as the CKNX Healthcare Heroes Radiothon.
“The Clinton Public Hospital Foundation transferred funds to the hospital for the purchase of the new Digital X-Ray Unit in March of this year, with the commitment to support the project further in funding the necessary renovations for the installation of the unit. The Foundation’s goal for this year’s CKNX Healthcare Heroes Radiothon is to raise $40,000 towards the purchase and renovations required for the installation of a new accessible shower for the in-patient unit at the hospital,” reported Darlene McCowan, Foundation coordinator. “On behalf of the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation Board of Directors and myself, I would like to thank the Kinsmen, our volunteers and those who attended the breakfast for their continued support of our hospital! We are truly blessed to have such a supportive community.”
Schuehlein new research chair of Rural Health Coaching
Jay McFarlan, president of Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health, recently congratulated Sheila Schuehlein on her new role as Research Chair of Rural Health Coaching. (Submitted photo)
On May 29, Sheila Schuehlein accepted her new position as the Research Chair of Rural Health Coaching at Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway).
Schuehlein has served on the Board of Directors for Gateway since 2013 and currently serves as a Director and Program Lead of "Lonely No More", a program aimed at tackling the problem of social isolation in rural seniors. In her new Chair position, she hopes to improve the well-being of rural residents through collaboratively developing and facilitating innovative research projects and community programs using a “coaching” approach to care. She incorporates a client-centred empowerment approach in all aspects of her work and believes coaching is a missing link in the current health system.
To date, Schuehlein has been a secondary investigator on four research projects with her findings published peer-reviewed scientific journals. In 2014, she graduated from Duke University, completing the Integrative Medicine Health Coach Program. She was among the first cohort to successfully pass the American Board of Medicine Certification Examination for Health and Wellness Coaches, and one of only two Health Coaches in Canada with this level of expertise.
Schuehlein is the West Regional Consultant for Elder Abuse Ontario, a non-profit organization that aims to make Ontario a healthier place for aging individuals. For nearly 25 years, she has developed, facilitated and evaluated health promotion initiatives geared to age related issues. For over a decade, she has also served as VON Canada’s National Seniors Wellness Project's Manager. In this role, she assisted communities across the country to develop exercise programs, such as the VON SMART (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together) Programs®. These programs help combat social isolation and improve balance, cardiovascular health and strength in senior citizens. In 2010, her work was recognized in the Chief Public Health Officer’s “Report on Public Health in Canada”.
Gateway is happy to have Schuehlein join the team of Research Chairs, all working to deliver on the mission to improve health and quality of life for rural residents through education, communication, and research. To learn more about Gateway’s projects, visit www.gatewayruralhealth.ca
huron county included in study of faith building usage
How many not-for-profit and community groups currently operate programming out of faith buildings?
There are 27,000 faith buildings (defined as a church, temple, synagogue, mosque or gurdwara) in Canada, one third are set to close in the next ten years. Fully half of these are expected to be in rural Ontario.
In rural communities, these buildings operate as community gathering places, providing affordable spaces for the not-for-profit sector to deliver community programs. What will happen to these communities when these faith buildings are closed? How many not-for-profits and community groups will be left without a place to gather?
The Ontario Trillium Foundation Partnership Study of Faith Building Usage has launched in an effort to determine the extent of the risk to these communities and the non-profit sector. The four areas being studied are: Peterborough, Toronto, Sudbury, and Huron County.
Until June 19 there is a ten-minute survey available online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/communityspacesinfaithplaces
“I am asking for your help in notifying all the groups that use a church for anything (besides the actual worship service), and encouraging their participation in the survey. This would include your service groups, not-for-profit uses, community showers, families who have reunions and Christmas parties etc. The more data that shows faith buildings are our rural community hubs, the more opportunity there will be to influence future provincial policies that affect our communities,” said Jennifer Miltenburg.
“Please share as widely as possible, through print and word of mouth. It is imperative that as much information as possible is gathered from our Huron County faith buildings; we are the only rural representation in this study, the first of its kind in Ontario. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have,” Miltenburg added.
Miltenburg can be reach by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
horticultural society - clinton
The Clinton Horticultural Society are planning a Show and Tell meeting for June 19.
Those who attend are invited to bring a plant and tell the group about it. After that a plant exchange will take place. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served.
The meeting will be held at the Clinton OMAFRA office, rear entrance, 100 Don Street Clinton.
Looking ahead, interested people are invited to take part in the society’s Garden Tour on July 17 – details to follow.
Huron Song Chorus
The Huron Song Chorus will be performing two benefit concerts for the Huron Women’s Shelter later this month.
The choir will unite their voices in song on June 17 in Seaforth at North Street United Church and again on June 19 in Goderich at Lakeshore United Church. Both concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Admission is by free will offering.
West Coast Antique Show
Bisback’s Farm will once again be the location for the Ontario West Coast Antique Show on Father’s Day Sunday, June 16.
The farm is located at 72040 London Road (Hwy 4) and as always admission is by donation to the Exeter Scouts who assist with the parking.
Twenty plus vendors will be on hand offering Canadiana and unique antiques. In addition, there will be a food booth manned by the Hensall Horticultural Society and the Exeter Culture Collective Jazz Band will provide entertainment.
What does it take to be a first-time entrepreneur?
Not sure how to start up a business? Perhaps you have an idea for a business, but don't know where to start? Or maybe you don't have an idea yet, but know you want to work for yourself!
People are invited to attend a free “Introduction to Entrepreneurship” event sponsored by the Huron County Economic Development department at FauxPop Station in Goderich on Thursday, June 27. Then sign up for additional workshops offered in a 12-part series, to find out what it takes to start up a business, from concept to commercialization.
Come solo, with a business partner, or a friend for an evening of inspiration starting at 6 p.m. To register visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/introduction-to-entrepreneurship-tickets-62928197934
The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) is offering a $1,000 Student Environmental Award scholarship for 2019. The Conservation Foundation awards this bursary to the winner of an application process.
The deadline to apply is Friday, June 28 by 4:30 p.m. For the application form and flyer poster, and for complete details, please visit the abca.ca website at this link: https://www.abca.ca/foundation/awards/
The successful applicant must be a graduating secondary school student or student currently enrolled in university or college pursuing education in a conservation-related (environmental) course of study such as biology, ecology, geography, forestry, fish and wildlife, agriculture or outdoor education.
Interested students are to write a creative two-page essay on their personal involvement with a conservation or environment-based project or organization.
Eligible students must be between the ages of 17 and 25, have a permanent address in a municipality of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) watershed. Municipalities in the ABCA watershed are: Adelaide Metcalfe; Bluewater; Central Huron; Huron East; Lambton Shores; Lucan Biddulph; Perth South; Middlesex Centre; North Middlesex; South Huron; Warwick; and West Perth.
The ABCF has presented this annual $1,000 bursary since 2010. Past winners have included: Ryan Finnie (2010); Raina Vingerhoeds (2011); Greg Urquhart (2012); Ryan Carlow (2013); Connor Devereaux (2014); Barb Alber (2015); Samantha Bycraft (2016); Marina Lather (2017); and Ethan Quenneville (2018).
Full details on eligibility are included on the application form available online at abca.ca.
As a result of ongoing staff recruitment challenges, the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) is restructuring laboratory operations to ensure timely and appropriate support to patients in their emergency departments, inpatient units and registered hospital clinics.
Community laboratory services at the Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) and the Seaforth Community Hospital (SPH) will no longer be offered effective Monday, June 17 until further notice. This applies to “walk-in community patients” only. Laboratory services will continue to be provided to inpatients, hospital clinic patients and the emergency department.
Similar changes were made at the St Marys Memorial Hospital in March. At this time the laboratory department at Stratford General Hospital remains open for community patients. The Clinton Family Health Team will continue to offer laboratory specimen collections in their offices for rostered patients. The Huron community Family Health Team in Seaforth will direct patients to Dynacare Laboratories located in the same building.
Alternate laboratories for community patient specimen collection include the following:
• LifeLabs with locations in Stratford, Listowel, Zurich, Mitchell, Milverton and Wingham
• Dynacare Laboratories and Health Services Centre with locations in Stratford, Seaforth and Goderich
The HPHA apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate the patience of those who use their services.
Anyone with questions or concerns should please contact Program Director of Diagnostics, Graeme Johnston at 519 272-8210 Ext 2604.
Maitland El Camino
The Maitland Trail Association (MTA) is a charitable organization established in 1975 with the mission of maintaining and developing trails in the Maitland Valley for discovery and appreciation of the natural environment.
The MTA is pleased to announce the 2019 El Camino event. This year’s two-day, 49 KM hike along the Maitland Trail will take place over the weekend of Sept. 28-29. There are also opportunities for participants to complete shorter hikes for those who do not wish to hike the full 49 KM. Each year this challenging, family-friendly event attracts hikers from all across the province.
The hike begins in Auburn and follows the scenic, winding route of the Maitland River, finishing in beautiful Goderich, on the shores of Lake Huron.
Erinn Lawrie from the MTA’s Board of Directors said, “The lower Maitland River is an area of ecological significance, with many unique species that are rare provincially and even globally.”
Hikers on the Maitland Trail traverse wide rambling trails and challenging hills, hiking through towering forests, past farmland, river vistas and autumn meadows. Shuttles are provided to the starting point each day, and along the route there are checkpoints where water and snacks are provided to hikers by enthusiastic volunteers.
A post-hike dinner will be held on the Saturday evening, featuring fresh local food by Sweet Love Eats, Firmly Rooted and Red Cat Bakery.
“The supper is a chance to kick back and refuel after a successful hike, share stories, and meet other hiking enthusiasts from across the province,” said Lawrie.
Registration is now open at www.maitlandtrail.ca and spaces will fill up quickly. The cost for the two-day hike is $30 for adults and $10 for children, which includes shuttles, trail maps, water and snacks, and a souvenir badge upon completion. The Locavore Supper is $30. Registration closes Sept. 14, or when the registration cap is reached.
Visit the MTA’s website or contact email@example.com for more information about this exciting event.
BAYFIELD FARMERS' MARKET
Now in its sixth season, the Bayfield Farmers' Market has become a valued part of village life, and a welcome harbinger of summer.
Market organizers are offering a shopping bag “Give & Take” service this year. Community members are invited to donate their extra reusable shopping bags to the market. The bags will be offered free of charge to customers in an effort to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags.
A listing of the vendors attending each week’s market will be posted Thursdays on the BFM Facebook page.
The Bayfield Farmers’ Market’s mandate is to provide a marketplace for local products of the highest quality. All vendors are located within 75 KMs of Bayfield, most within Huron County. All of the vendors grow, produce or create what they sell.
The Bayfield Farmers’ Market is held each Friday, 3-7 p.m., in Clan Gregor Square, from Victoria Day weekend to Thanksgiving weekend.
Anyone looking for a great venue to sell crafts, promote a business or sell fundraising tickets?
The Bayfield Community Fair is looking for vendors for Aug. 16-18. An indoor or outdoor 8x10 space is only $40. Hydro will cost an extra $10 per day. More space is available for $1 per foot.
Interested parties are asked to please fill out the application at http://bayfieldfair.ca/?page_id=886 and send it to Anna Needles at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that food vendors are also most welcome!