memorial forest to be established at Huron hospice
The Memorial Forest is a program designed to enhance the grounds of Huron Hospice, provide a place of respite, an engagement opportunity for the community, and create a sustainable legacy for future generations. The proposed area of the forest is approximately six acres, and the current trail is open to hospice residents, their families, and the general public to enjoy. (Submitted photo)
Huron Hospice, along with the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA), is pleased to announce that a Memorial Forest will be created on the property behind the residence. Families can now plant a tree in memory of a loved one, and help establish a green legacy for generations to come. The forest will serve as a peaceful place for reflection and support well-being, grief and bereavement, and celebrating life.
The Forest will surround the Tranquility Trail, which was adopted as one of the official trails maintained by BRVTA earlier this summer. The trail winds through the back meadow and natural marsh on the rural estate of Huron Hospice between Goderich and Clinton (37857 Huron Rd, directly across from Woodland Links Golf Course).
The proposed area of the forest is approximately six acres, and the current trail is open to hospice residents, their families, and the general public to enjoy. The Memorial Forest is a program designed to enhance the grounds of Huron Hospice, provide a place of respite, an engagement opportunity for the community, and create a sustainable legacy for future generations.
“You can now commemorate the life of a loved one by planting a tree – a living memorial that will grow and flourish over the years,'' said Helen Varekamp, a member of BRVTA and the one responsible for envisioning the forest.
Jay McFarlan, co-chair of the board at Huron Hospice added, “We had considered many different ways to use the space behind our residential hospice. Establishing a Memorial Forest is definitely in line with the philosophy of hospice palliative care, and creates a special place where people can honor the life of their loved ones.”
Community members will have the opportunity to donate a tree in memory of a loved one, and participate in an annual dedication service. Donors can choose to display the names of their memorialized persons on a commemorative sign at the forest entrance. Ten different native tree species (both deciduous and evergreen) have been selected to create a mixed forest suitable for the area. Trees can be ordered through the Huron Hospice website and will be professionally planted in the fall of each year by Verbeeks Farm and Garden Centre. Orders received after Aug. 31st will be processed the following year. The cost of a tree is $345, which includes a substantial tree, a five-year warranty, planting and the name of your loved one included on the annual memorial plaque at the entrance to the forest. Tax receipts will be issued for the full value of the tree.
This program is open to anyone who wants to remember the life of a loved one, and is not limited to those who have passed through the hospice. By working with local suppliers and the emphasis on native species, the Memorial Forest is a sustainable project that will promote a better environment for years to come.
To learn more about the forest contact Michelle Field by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auctionista new addition to Better Together Gala
New this year at the Better Together Gala was the guest auctioneer – Layne, The Auctionista. Layne conducted a lively “heads and tales” game, the Fund-A-Need fundraiser to purchase fresh produce and the live auction. (Submitted photo)
On Thursday, Aug. 1, the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre’s (HCFBDC) Sixth Annual “Better Together” Gala took place at the Libro Hall in Clinton.
Guests from across Huron County as well as London, Stratford and area were in attendance. Greetings were provided by Huron-Bruce MP, Ben Lobb; Huron-Bruce MPP, Lisa Thompson; Huron County Warden, Jim Ginn; and HCFBDC Board Chair Willemien Katerberg.
CTV News Reporter, Scott Miller was the guest emcee along with co-emcee, Denise Lockie. They provided interesting stories for the gala guests and ensured that the evening’s agenda was kept on schedule.
New this year was the guest auctioneer – Layne, The Auctionista. Layne conducted a lively “heads and tales” game, the Fund-A-Need fundraiser to purchase fresh produce and the live auction. Special thanks go to Glen McNeil and Ben Lobb for their assistance with the live auction.
Special guest, Trish Kreikamp, shared her personal story along with HCFBDC Executive Director, Mary Ellen Zielman who reviewed the impact of food insecurity in Huron County.
The evening featured a delicious meal catered by Huron Shores Catering from Granton, ON as well as silent auction items and a raffle table.
HCFBDC’s purpose is to source and supply food and related products for the 10 food banks and 15 plus aid agencies and two mobile food banks in Huron County. HCFBDC relies on the generous donations of area growers to supply fresh fruit and vegetables (seasonal) and meat products. Financial donations to purchase eggs, dairy, fresh produce and other nutritious foods in addition to the donated foods are always needed.
HCFBDC extends thanks to all the donors, sponsors, volunteers and attendees who made the 2019 “Better Together” Gala a great success. People are asked to save the date for the HCFBDC Seventh Annual Gala – Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020
For more information, please visit www.huroncountyfoodbank.org or contact the office at 519 913-2362.
THERE ARE ADVANTAGES TO PLANTING TREES IN Autumn
Ian Jean, Forestry and Land Stewardship specialist with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) is promoting autumn tree planting or fall site preparation for spring planting. (Submitted photo)
Autumn is a good time to plant ball and burlap evergreens and potted deciduous trees, according to Ian Jean, Forestry and Land Stewardship Specialist with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).
“There are some advantages to planting trees in autumn,” Jean said. “The trees can get used to the new conditions and be ready to grow the following spring. Rainfall is also more reliable which helps with the survival.”
Grants can help with the cost of projects, that help conserve soil and water, such as: field windbreaks, treed buffers, and other tree planting projects. Staff members can help rural landowners with project design and grant applications. They can also help with many aspects of land stewardship, including planting plans, site preparation, forest management plans, and erosion control advice.
A variety of funding programs are available. Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) recently announced the Species at Risk Partnerships on Agricultural Lands (SARPAL) is back for 2019 and 2020. To be eligible for the program, farm businesses must have a 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan and Action Plan verified complete by OSCIA. Other programs such as the Huron County Clean Water Project, or the federal Habitat Stewardship Program, are available to farm or non-farm rural landowners. ABCA staff will work with people to match their project with current funding programs.
The fall tree order form is ready online for free download at the abca.ca website at this link: https://www.abca.ca/forestry/treeorders/
Mail and faxed tree orders must be received by Sept. 15. Orders are taken, accompanied by payment in full, until Sept. 30. The trees can be picked up in mid-October.
Ball-and-burlap species available through the fall tree order program include White Cedar; Norway Spruce; Blue Spruce; White Spruce; and White Pine. Potted trees available include Silver Maple; Sugar Maple; Red Oak; Bur Oak; and Tulip Tree. Prices range from $16-24 per tree.
“Two-foot balled and burlap Spruce and Cedar are ideal to create shelterbelts and windbreaks on fields and farms,” according to Jean. Fall often provides for good access for planting fencerow windbreaks adjacent to harvested wheat or beans.
Springtime is the most popular time of the year to plant trees and Jean encourages landowners to start planning next year’s project. If you are planting trees next spring, site preparation is best done in September and October, he said.
To find out more visit abca.ca or call Ian Jean at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.
funding for student transport to museum and gaol donated
Compass Minerals has generously donated $5,000 to the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol for the purpose of creating a transportation program known as the Compass Minerals Museum Bus Program (CMMBP).
The CMMBP will remove the barrier that many local teachers face in bringing elementary students to the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol by providing free transportation for Huron or Perth school groups visiting the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol.
Beth Rumble, director of Cultural Services for Huron County said, ”One of the goals of the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol is to inspire the next generation of Huron County by sparking an interest in their heritage and culture. We’re excited about this new transportation program because it enables us to engage with more students than we ever have before!”
Some of the student programs available at the Museum and Gaol include “Investigate an Escape” where students investigate a real Gaol escape that happened in 1879 and “Minor Crimes” where students learn about crimes through the eyes of the Gaol’s youngest inmates, who were as young as seven years old. In “Home in Huron County” students learn what immigration was like for Huron County’s early settlers, and in the “Salt of the Earth” program students explore the history of salt mining in Huron County, investigate the uses of salt, how it’s produced and what it is like to work underground in the salt mine. Many other unique programs are available at both the Museum and Gaol that offer hands-on, interactive activities that provide curriculum-linked content to broaden the scope of education offered in the classroom.
“We’re pleased to be able to support the Museum and children of Huron and Perth counties,” said Vice-president of Operations, Compass Minerals, Ian Guille. “The Museum’s educational programming creates a robust learning opportunity and we believe more students should have access to this content.”
The CMMBP is available to K-8 students and teachers travelling from within Huron or Perth County. The program will be offered on a first come first serve basis as funds permit. Teachers and educators who are interested in taking advantage of this fantastic opportunity can contact the Museum at email@example.com for more information.
Learn more about the CMMBP on the Museum’s website: www.HuronCountyMuseum.ca/school-programs
Great lakes Photo contest deadline extended
A day to celebrate our Great Lakes, called Love Your Greats, took place on Aug. 10. Love Your Greats is held the second Saturday of every August, and promotes education and local action to protect our Great Lakes. This year, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) would like to see that action and invites the community to share their actions in the form of a photo contest.
“Throughout the watershed, homeowners, farmers, businesses, community groups and other organizations have been working to protect Lake Huron, and it is important to recognize and celebrate these efforts,” said Hope Brock, Healthy Watersheds specialist with ABCA. “The hope is that you will share with us your photos illustrating what you do to protect Lake Huron.”
The deadline, for the first Love Your Greats photo contest, has been extended to Tuesday, Sept. 3, to give people lots of time to enter their photos of their actions helping to protect Lake Huron and “helping to keep your Great Lake great.” The photos of what you do to protect Lake Huron might include, but are not limited to, photos showing rain barrels, rain gardens, wetlands, natural areas, trees, permeable pavement, cover crops, minimum or no-till fields, berms, grassed waterways, buffers, exclusion fencing, or beach cleanups.
“If your photo has a story to tell, we encourage you to share that as well,” said Brock. “No matter how large or small, we are interested in seeing all the actions you take to protect Lake Huron.”
Often, when people share what they have done on their own properties, it inspires others to take positive actions as well, she said.You may submit your photo to the contest simply by posting a photo showing what you or your family does to protect Lake Huron by replying to the Love Your Greats photo contest post on the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Facebook page, or Twitter feed, with the hashtag #LYGLakeHuron. Or, you may send your photo, by email, with #LYGLakeHuron Photo Contest in the subject of the email, to firstname.lastname@example.org. To be eligible for the contest, photos should be posted or received by Tuesday, Sept. 3 at noon local time. The complete set of contest rules are posted online at abca.ca at this web page: https://www.abca.ca/community/getinvolved/ By using the #LYGLakeHuron hashtag you are agreeing to the rules of the contest. The watershed Twitter feed is at: https://twitter.com/LandWaterNews and the watershed Facebook page is at: https://www.facebook.com/WaterSoilLivingThings/
Three winners of the photo contest will be drawn at random and will receive a Love Your Greats or Great Lakes T-shirt, hat, or similar prize. For more information visit abca.ca or contact Hope Brock, Healthy Watersheds technician, at ABCA, by phone at 519 235-2610, Ext. 246, or toll-free at 1-888-286-2610.
To learn more about the Love Your Greats initiative, visit loveyourgreats.com. Visit lakehuroncommunityaction.ca to see what actions are being taken around the Lake Huron basin.
even the sunset was psychedelic at woodstock experience
PHOTOS BY JACK PAL
“Woodstock Experience” performed songs by Joe Cocker, Santana, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, Richie Havens, Jefferson Airplane and many others.
The Bayfield Town Hall and the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock with three Woodstock-inspired events on Aug. 16-18.
On Friday, “Woodstock In Bayfield” kicked off with a sold-out show at the Bayfield Town Hall with Janis Joplin-inspired music by the group “Inspired by Janis”.
On Saturday, “Woodstock Experience” will performed songs by Joe Cocker, Santana, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, Richie Havens, Jefferson Airplane and many others. This concert was held in conjunction with the BAS and was held at Agriculture Park during the Bayfield Community Fair. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for the show even the sunset was psychedelic! Concert goers had lots of fun getting in the spirit of the era and dressing appropriately. Refreshments were available at the BAS Beer Tent plus there was a food truck on site for those who got the munchies.
Members of the band include Grant Heywood, drums, guitar, congas and vocals; Cheryl Lescom, vocals, percussion; Marc Shickluna, bass; Rick Taylor, guitar, congas, harmonica, and vocals; Steve Toman, guitar and vocals; Chuckee Zehr, keys, vocals and Musical Director.
The weekend wrapped up on Sunday with a free showing at the Bayfield Town Hall of “Woodstock The Movie”, the Oscar-winning documentary which captured the essence of the music, the electricity of the performances and the experiences of those who were there 50 years ago.
Woodstock Experience was held in conjunction with the Bayfield Agricultural Society and was held at Agriculture Park during the Bayfield Community Fair.
The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for the show even the sunset was psychedelic!
HELPING HURON’S HUNGRY
Southern Huron County’s Art Around Town group, along with some friends, have once again planned an exciting event to raise funds for the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre, on Sept. 5. There will be an Art Show and Sale and a Soup Dinner for $10 at the Christian Reformed Church, 330 Huron Street West in Exeter. The Silent Celebrity Auction that has proved popular at previous fundraisers will be even more exciting this year. Exeter Mayor George Finch and Councilor Aaron Neeb both participated in making signs with local artist George Wilson. The Art Show and Sale will feature work by 20 artists from the surrounding area some of which is currently on display at the Exeter Library. Ruth Anne Merner (second from right), of Dashwood, recently instructed a group of Dashwood ladies, (l-r) Teresa Van Raay, Julie Marr and Joanne Maguire in making pottery birds and a group from Exeter and Hensall made pottery plant holders for succulents. Culinary art and wall art will also be in the auction with additional donations from two artists from Goderich. For tickets call Laura Dykstra at 519 235-2326 or Bonnie Sitter at 519 235-1909. For more information visit artaroundtown.net. (Photo by Bonnie Sitter)
The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on Aug. 12.
• Approved the Zurich Minor Hockey Association’s request to be exempt from sections of Noise By-law from 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23 to 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25 to allow for fireworks display at the ball park and the amplification of the human voice and music for a live band performance at the intersection of Victoria Lane and Mill Avenue, Zurich, in conjunction with the Bean Festival.
• Directed the Manager of Public Works to find a solution for short term, safe access to the beach in the location of 105 Tuyll St., Bayfield, and report back.
• Directed staff to commission a survey to provide a plan of the location of storm water infrastructure located in on 105 and 109 Tuyll St., Bayfield.
• Directed staff to enter into a contract with ERTH Holdings Inc. for the proposal price of $305,324.70, excluding HST, to proceed with the LED lighting conversion throughout the Municipality of Bluewater and that the rate of 2.05 per cent be applied for the cost of borrowing.
• Staff were directed to earmark the yearly light saving towards the payback of the capital cost of the above-mentioned Street Light Retrofit Project.
• Passed a By-law to adopt a Code of Conduct for Members of Council and Local Boards in compliance with the Municipal Act, 2001, and Repeal By-law 17-2019.
• Passed By-law to adopt a Tree Protection and Enhancement Policy for the protection and enhancement of the tree canopy and natural vegetation in the municipality.
• Directed staff to enter into discussions with the Municipality of South Huron regarding the possibility of developing an agreement for the provision of snow removal in the village of Dashwood for future winter seasons.
behind the bars
Due to high demand, the annual Behind the Bars program is returning to the Huron Historic Gaol.
Behind the Bars runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in August. The program runs from 7-9 p.m., with last entry at 8 p.m.
Behind the Bars allows visitors to interact with inmates and jail staff. Meet Joseph Griffin, the governor of the jail; Nicholas Melady, infamously known as the last publicly hanged person in Canada; Catherine, who was brought into jail due to homelessness, and many more. Please allow at least 45 minutes for a full tour.
Special admission rates apply to Behind the Bars: $10 for adults, $5 for children, $30 for a family, and free for Museum members and children under five. To purchase tickets, please visit the website, www.huroncountymuseum.ca, or people can buy tickets at the door. For more information, please call 519 524-6971.
Located at 181 Victoria Street North in Goderich, the Huron Historic Gaol was an operating jail from 1841 to 1972. The jail housed criminals, the mentally ill, vagrants, and debtors. The attached Governor’s House is a Victorian style home that was added on in 1901.
Hooch for Health
“Hooch for Health”, set for Aug. 24, is a beer tasting fundraiser organized by the Rotary Club of Goderich for the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Capital Campaign
This age of majority event will offer three time slots to attend: 1-4 p.m.; 4:30-7:30 p.m. and 8-11 p.m. and will be held at the Huron Historic Gaol in Goderich.
Participating beverage vendors include: Bayfield River Road Brewing, Cowbell Brewing, Square Brew, Bayfield Brewing Company and Maelstrom Winery.
The $25 ticket includes entry, a Hooch for Health sample glass and hors d'oeuvres by the White Carnation. Sample tickets are $2 each and full-sized drink tickets are $6 each.
519 Tours will provide transportation within the town limits by donation, proceeds of which will go to Hooch for Health. There will be an event photographer and door prizes.
The Rotary Club of Goderich would like to thank ELG Electric for their generous donation of lights and electricity at the event.
Tickets available for purchase online at: www.eventbrite.ca
Thinking of quitting smoking? Why not win some money while you’re at it? The Huron County Health Unit encourages those over the age of 19 who smoke to sign up now for the First Week Challenge Contest.
“Quitting is a process that takes multiple attempts, and September is a popular month for a quit attempt,” said Public Health Nurse, Katie Crocker. “The First Week Challenge Contest provides the motivation to make a quit attempt.”
Organized by the Canadian Cancer Society, the First Week Challenge Contest asks people who smoke to stay tobacco-free for the first seven days of the month for the chance to win $500.
The contest helps give those thinking of quitting smoking that extra nudge to take the first step.If $500 isn’t incentive enough, the health benefits from quitting smoking are a huge win. Those successful in staying tobacco-free during the one week are nine times more likely to quit smoking, according to the Canadian Cancer Society.
There are two easy steps to enter: Register before midnight on Aug. 31 at www.FirstWeekChallengeContest.ca to be entered in the September challenge.Remain tobacco-free for the first seven days of September for a chance to win $500.
One winner will be randomly chosen from six provinces across Canada after the September contest ends. This contest is open to those 19 years of age or older.“Start planning for a September quit attempt now,” said Crocker. “Having a plan, along with entering the First Week Challenge Contest, increases your chances of quitting for good.”
To sign up for the First Week Challenge Contest, or for more information, visit www.FirstWeekChallengeContest.ca or call the Smokers’ Helpline at 1-877-513-5333.
For more information on local quit smoking supports and services available, visit www.huronhealthunit.ca or call the Huron County Health Unit at 519 482-3416 or toll free 1-877-837-6143.
Hockey for hospice
For one fabulous evening in January 2020, former National Hockey League (NHL) All Stars will take to the ice against the Goderich Firefighters to raise funds for the firefighters’ charity of choice: Huron Residential Hospice.
The Goderich Firefighters will face off against a full line-up of former NHL hockey heroes. This fantastic community event will include lots of skill and lots of laughs and promises to be fun and memorable for all ages.
The game will be played on Sunday, Jan. 12 at the Maitland Recreation Centre, 190 Suncoast Dr. East in Goderich. The doors will open at 2:45 p.m. and the puck will drop at 3:30 p.m.
A residential hospice had been in the plans for over a decade by the Huron Hospice Volunteer Service and the Huron Residential Hospice opened it’s doors in May of 2018. This service provides compassionate care, emotional support and practical assistance to individuals and families who are facing a life-limiting illness, extending through to the bereavement process. This is a place to celebrate life and embrace quality-of-life in the final days, with 24/7 expert care, at no cost to families, in an environment that feels like home.
Even though it is still months away volunteers will start preparing for this fundraiser soon. Solicited phone calls for tickets and sponsorships will be occurring. The calls will be made by Pro Hockey Heroes staff and will come from a 905 area code, 1-800, as well as 1-844, numbers.
For tickets or more information please call 1-888-777-9793 or visit WWW.PROHOCKEYHEROES.COM
A new generation of turtle hatchlings will return to the wild at the Fourth Annual Turtle Hatchling Release east of Exeter on Aug. 29.
This turtle education opportunity, for all ages, attracted hundreds of people last year. The 2019 event will take place at Morrison Dam Conservation Area, at 71108 Morrison Line, south of Highway 83, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The release is free to attend. Event proceeds support conservation of Ontario’s turtles. Organizers encourage attendees to donate to the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre (OTCC). The turtle release has raised thousands of dollars, over three years, in “much-needed funds” for Ontario’s largest turtle hospital.
The Huron Stewardship Council (HSC) will supervise the release of native hatchling turtles. Participants can join staff to observe, as turtles are released, and to take pictures. Turtles are released every half hour from 1:30 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Cristen Watt, the Species at Risk Technician with HSC, said, “It is incredible to see such strong public interest in turtles and their conservation. Unfortunately, Ontario’s turtle populations are declining, so this event raises awareness about local species-at-risk, and teaches everyone about the many ways they can help.”
The turtle release gives people of all ages a chance to meet local wildlife up close and to learn about local reptiles. Event plans include reptile displays, reptile-themed merchandise, and fun and active learning stations. Staff from Scales Nature Park, of the Oro-Medonte area, are bringing reptile species. Their turtles can be viewed and their snakes can be handled. The HSC will have outreach activities and merchandise, the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation will bring an outreach display, and the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) will have a geocaching station and other education and outreach. Pinery Provincial Park will have two naturalists at their outreach booth and turtles will be the theme of the Storytime Trail along the MacNaughton-Morrison Section of the South Huron Trail. There will also be cupcake sales in support of turtle conservation.
Parking at the turtle release will be available in the spillway, as well as on the south side of Morrison Lake (Morrison Dam Reservoir) and at the Woodland Reflection Shelter on the west side of Morrison Line (across from the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Administration Centre).
To learn more about protecting turtles, and the release event, visit abca.ca and hsc.huronstewardship.ca or phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.
There are still a number of examination room sponsorships available at the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) clinic in Zurich. Families, local businesses, area corporations, associations and service clubs will be recognized for their donation with a plaque on the wall immediately outside the room. All locations are in high traffic areas.
Call Executive Director, Paula Kroll and arrange to have your name displayed prominently at the clinic. Cost is a one-time charge and ranges from $15,000 to $25,000 depending on location.
BAFHT is on a fundraising mission and is looking for volunteers to help organize and run a variety of events to support the clinic and add to the health care services it offers the community. More money means more health care programs can be introduced to benefit the area.
People should not be afraid to suggest fundraising ideas – several heads are better than one - contact Sandra Shaw of the Fundraising Committee at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about this exciting event.
CLEAN WATER PROJECT
The Huron County Clean Water Project (HCCWP) grant review committee has approved the first grants supporting septic system replacements under the new septic system grant category introduced in 2019. The second intake period for applications is open until Aug. 31.
The grant review committee approved, on June 14, those projects that provide immediate benefits to water quality. Eight other septic applications are carried over, by the committee, to be re-evaluated along with new applications at the September meeting. County septic grant funding is limited so decisions are based on funding available and the projects’ impact on protecting water quality.
People living in the countryside and hamlets – including homes and cottages along Lake Huron – have septic systems to treat household waste from kitchens and bathrooms. When functioning properly, septic systems are a cost-effective, efficient method of treating waste, but they have a lifespan and faulty septic systems are a daily source of contamination. With the advent of summer, with more people in the area and more strain on septic systems, there is the potential for more septic systems to fail, according to staff delivering the program.
The HCCWP is allocating a total of $40,000 to the septic system upgrade category in 2019 with a maximum grant of $2,000 per project. Systems that have the potential to contaminate drinking water and those near municipal drinking water wells are the main focus. Residences west of Hwy 21 are also high priority because of their potential impact on swimming beaches.
The grant approval process for septic projects is similar to other HCCWP projects. Staff will visit the site and help landowners complete the application form which is evaluated by the grant review committee. Applicants will need a cost estimate from a licensed contractor in order to apply. When the project is approved, completed and paid for, staff do a final site visit and the grant is issued.
The HCWP has 17 project categories to help people improve and protect water quality. The county program has provided grants to more than 2,800 projects since 2004.
Huron County people interested in applying for septic projects, or other projects of the HCCWP, are invited to call Doug Hocking at the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority at 519 335-3557, Ext. 236 or Nathan Schoelier, at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610, Ext. 263.
Wondering where the Pole Walkers are meeting or when The Glee Sisters have their next practice?
A new website, www.bayfieldactivities.info, is the place to visit to view current calendars of events for all of the village activities.