cover crops help reduce erosion over winter months
Margaret Kroes, who farms with her husband, Jack, near Clinton, ON, is one of the local agricultural producers planting cover crops. New signs, saying ‘We’ve Got it Covered!’ are in place at several farms of participating landowners in Bayfield and Lake Huron tributary watersheds. The signs have been placed in a number of local fields to recognize the work of area farmers to build soil health and protect water quality by increasing cover crop planting.
This autumn watch for signs in the Bayfield and Lake Huron tributary watersheds that declare ‘We’ve Got it Covered!’ These signs have been placed along fields where cover crops, for example, Clover, Radish, Ryegrass and Sunflower, have been planted earlier in the year.
Cover crops are crops which cover the soil in between cropping seasons. In this area, cover crops are often planted after wheat and are left in the ground over the winter. Keeping the ground covered during this time helps reduce wind and water erosion during large storm events and snow melts. In turn, this keeps valuable soil out of creeks, rivers and Lake Huron. Reduced erosion is just one benefit of cover crops. In addition to this, they can add organic matter, reduce nutrient losses, improve fertility, reduce compaction and aid in water management depending on what species are planted.
The aim of this campaign, which was adapted after one that took place in New Hampshire, is to recognize farmers who are making these efforts on their land, and to encourage others to think about how they could use cover crops in their operations.
Brandon Coleman, of Coleman Farms near Kippen, ON, is one of the local agricultural producers planting cover crops. New signs, saying ‘We’ve Got it Covered!’ are in place at several farms of participating landowners in Bayfield and Lake Huron tributary watersheds. The signs have been placed in a number of local fields to recognize the work of area farmers to build soil health and protect water quality by increasing cover crop planting. (Submitted photos)
“Cover crops help producers protect and improve their soil, and in doing so, the water they protect benefits everyone,” said Healthy Watersheds Technician with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), Hope Brock.
Thanks to funding from the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, landowners in the Bayfield and Lake Huron tributary watersheds were eligible for an enhanced cost-share Cover Crop Boost Program that offered $30 per acre, up to 100 acres, for planting cover crops. This program could also be paired with funding from the Huron County Clean Water Project, which provided an additional $15 per acre. In total, more than 2,000 acres of cover crops were planted through the Boost Program.
“We are pleased to see so many producers interested in planting cover crops and it has been great to be able to support them in doing so,” said Brock.
Interested in cover crops, but not sure where to start? Contact a local cover crop seed supplier at www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/resource/covercrp.htm, talk to a neighbor, or contact a certified crop advisor.
Those interested are also invited to use the cover crop decision tool here:
Any farmers planting cover crops in the Bayfield and Lake Huron tributary watershed interested in a sign for their farm is asked to please contact Hope Brock at email@example.com or toll-free 1-888-286-2610, Ext. 246.
commemorative woods opened at park in Grand Bend
Members of the Winters family, at the arbor at the entrance to the commemorative woods. This arbor, with a mounted sign saying, 'Winters Walk', is in memory of Hank Winters, one of the founders of the Lakeshore Eco-Network, who was the inspiration for this project. The Lakeshore Eco-Network erected the arbor thanks to a Community Vibrancy Grant. The Arbor houses plaques for the founding donors of the Klondyke Commemorative Woods in Grand Bend. (Submitted photo)
Planting trees is a time-honored way of paying tribute to loved ones and celebrating special events. Thanks to the newly created Commemorative Woods at Klondyke Park, Grand Bend will now have a space where people can create living memorials.
The Klondyke Commemorative Woods is a partnership between Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF); the Municipality of Lambton Shores; and the Lakeshore Eco-Network. The planting is now complete, with almost 200 trees planted by Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). The Woods consists of groves of various native species, including: White Pine, White Cedar, Sugar Maple, Red Maple, Red Oak, Chinquapin Oak, White Oak and Sycamore. The trees will be cared for by ABCA staff.
When the opportunity arose to support the project, the Rotary Club of Grand Bend made it a part of Autumn Indulgence, the Club’s gala fundraising event. After the success of its water refill station project, the Rotary Club was looking for another project that benefitted both the environment and the community. Some $36,000 for the planting of memorial groves was raised at Autumn Indulgence, giving the project a huge boost.
The Lakeshore Eco-Network, thanks to a Community Vibrancy Grant, erected an arbor to mark the entrance to the Woods and also house the plaques for the founding donors. On the arbor is mounted a sign, ‘Winters Walk’, in memory of Hank Winters, one of the founders of the Lakeshore Eco-Network, who was the inspiration for this project.
“Hank was a great believer in the importance of planting trees to help fight climate change and enhance biodiversity,” said Lakeshore Eco-Network Chair Max Morden.
With the planting complete, ABCF offers the opportunity to donors to sponsor individual trees in memory of loved ones.
“We have five other Commemorative Woods sites in our area, and now we are extremely pleased to have one in Grand Bend,” said Secretary of the ABCF, Abbie Gutteridge. “This will fulfill a need that will help the entire community.”
The Commemorative Woods also has important, long-term benefits.
“There are so many reasons for planting trees,” said Forestry and Land Stewardship Specialist at ABCA, Ian Jean, who planted the trees. “They have environmental benefits, such as sequestering carbon, creating wildlife habitat and protecting against soil erosion, but also in recognition of milestones and loved ones, and in building community and a legacy for future generations.”
cardiac monitors clinton hospital's radiothon goal
The past year, and a half, has served to remind everyone just how important it is to have access to quality, local health care. On Saturday, Oct. 16, CKNX AM920 will be hosting the 20th Annual CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon to help raise funds for twelve area hospital foundations.
Listen to the broadcast all day on AM920 and cknx.ca, or catch updates on the hour on 101.7 The One and Cool 94.5. Listeners will hear heartwarming patient stories and descriptions of equipment needed at each participating hospital. Don’t forget to listen for the two Power Hours throughout the day for a chance to win some fabulous prizes from local businesses.
The Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) Foundation aims to raise $54,000 towards the purchase of two Cardiac Monitors, one for the emergency department and one for the inpatient unit at CPH.
Support towards this goal may be made by mail, by telephone, in person or online at www.cphfoundation.ca. On Oct. 16, people can phone in their pledge during the broadcast by calling toll free 1-877-227-3486, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They may also text to donate $10 by simply texting HERO CLINTON to 45678 throughout the month of October.
Also taking place on Oct. 16, the Clinton & District Kinsmen are once again hosting their annual breakfast in support of the CPH Foundation’s Radiothon goal. The breakfast will take place at the Central Huron Community Complex Libro Hall from 7:30-11 a.m. The breakfast will be take-out only and the cost is by donation. The CPH Foundation member wish to express their sincere appreciation to the Kinsmen for their generosity in hosting this event.
More information about the CKNX Healthcare Heroes Radiothon can be found at cknx.ca.
The Huron Perth Public Health website is updated regularly with confirmed case counts received.
“Our online case reporting is not a real-time tool but is meant to keep the community informed on trends we are seeing,” explains Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen.
For the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Huron and Perth Counties and also the per centage of people vaccinated please visit: www.hpph.ca
The Huron Hospice October 50/50 raffle is on now and it is the third opportunity for peole to win and do something great for their community. The raffle runs from Sept. 30 to Oct. 29. According to organizers, the raffle is a win-win as people have the chance to win the pot and help Huron Hospice at the same time.
“The Ontario Government covers half of the cost of Huron Hospice $1.2 million operations and pays for salaries and benefits of nursing staff. Donors cover the other half of our costs, including Hospice community programs, such as grief and bereavement support for adults and children and youth. At the residence, donations help provide meals, heat and hydro and general building upkeep. We are thankful for both the Government support and the assistance of our donors and volunteers. We could not do it without any of them," said Willy Van Klooster, Huron Hospice Executive Director.
“Throughout the COVID pandemic, interest in our raffles has grown. They have become an important part of our revenue during the pandemic. We do understand that playing a raffle is not for everyone,” said Huron Hospice Manager of Fund Development, Christopher Walker. “If the raffle is not for you, there are other ways in which people can support Huron Hospice. They can support our Wings of a Dove Christmas program or make donations in memory of family or friends who have died. Whatever way people choose to give, we know all gifts come from the heart, and all the money raised stays here in Huron County and helps us provide services for families close to home.”
Buying tickets is simple. Just log on to www.huronhospice5050.ca and follow the links. People can purchase 100 tickets for $40, 40 tickets for $20 and five tickets for $10.
Anyone with questions is asked to please get in touch with Christopher Walker, manager, Fund Development, at 519 525-7352 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org Licence No.: RAF1201150
The Alzheimer Society of Huron County is once again hosting a Virtual Fall Dementia Education Night on Thursday, Oct. 7.
The guest speaker this year will be Dr. Elizabeth Finger, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology, Western University. Dr. Finger will be presenting the topic, “Inflammation and the Brain: Implications for Dementia” via ZOOM from 7-8:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10 and are available online at bit.ly/3nxvCiZ Tickets can also be purchased directly from the Alzheimer Society of Huron County at 519 482-1482 or 1-800-561-5012.
Dr. Finger is also a Neurologist at the Parkwood Institute, and a Scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute. In addition to many other ongoing research programs, her recent research has focused on empathy in patients with Frontotemporal Dementia. Organizers look forward to hosting Dr. Finger as she discusses the latest research and theories regarding neuroinflammation and its impact on the brain.
Youth in Action
After a year away, United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is re-launching their Youth in Action Grants initiative for 14 to 25-year-olds who have ideas to address youth issues in Perth and/or Huron County. The grants are an opportunity for youth to access up to $1,000 to develop and implement projects addressing important issues in their community and help their peers.
“UWPH is happy to be able to offer Youth Grants again this year,” said UWPH Director of Governance and Community Impact, Megan Partridge. “It’s inspiring to see the projects local youth create to support their peers. We’re looking forward to reading the proposals and seeing the creative ways young people address important local issues.”
Previous Youth in Action Grant recipients have addressed a wide range of issues and challenges including mental health awareness, increased social connection, anti-bullying awareness and peer mentoring. To be eligible for a grant, the project must be planned and implemented by youth aged 14 to 25, clearly engage their peers in Perth and/or Huron Counties and have an adult trustee over the age of 25. Grants up to $1,000 are available. Applications opened Sept. 13. Details regarding criteria and timelines are available at perthhuron.unitedway.ca.
Infrastructure renewal fund
The Ontario government is investing close to $6.5 million this year to support critical health care infrastructure upgrades, repairs and maintenance in hospitals serving Huron-Bruce residents.
“These funds are greatly needed by our hospitals to help them continue providing excellent health care to our residents,” said Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson. “While it is not an area often noticed by the general public, repairing and upgrading hospital infrastructure is vital to the overall health care system.
Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF) investments include: South Huron Hospital, in Exeter, will receive $1,160,098; Wingham and District Hospital, $704, 335; Alexandra Marine and General Hospital, in Goderich, $433,395; Seaforth Community Hospital, $410,296; Clinton Public Hospital, $407,407; Grey Bruce Health Services, $1,986,129 (includes, Southampton Hospital); and South Bruce Grey Health Centre, $1,376,429.
The Ontario government is also investing $20,788 to the Canadian Mental Health Association, Grey Bruce Branch.
The government is providing $175 million to hospitals through the HIRF and $7.6 million to community health service providers through the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund. Funding from the province allows its health care system partners to address urgent infrastructure renewal needs such as upgrades or replacements of roofs, windows, security systems, fire alarms and back-up generators.
A total of $50 million from the HIRF will be used by hospitals for urgent projects, including those that support the health system response to COVID-19, such as upgrading HVAC systems to enhance patient and staff safety, and improving infection prevention and control measures.
“Upgrading and maintaining hospitals and community health infrastructure is one more way our government is ensuring Ontarians receive the exceptional care when they need it and closer to home,” said Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Christine Elliott. “These crucial investments will help build the capacity needed to end hallway health care, while ensuring our hospitals have the tools they need to improve the quality of care for patients and continue responding to COVID-19.”
The government continues to make record investments to support world-class hospitals across the province and ensure the health care system is prepared to respond to any scenario. In March 2021, the government committed up to $696.6 million in funding to help cover historic working funds deficits and strengthen the financial stability of hospitals across the province.
Through the 2021 Budget, Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy, the government is providing a total of $1.8 billion in additional investments to hospitals in 2021-22. This includes funding to create more than 3,100 additional hospital beds to increase capacity, as well as an increase of $778 million in operational funding to ensure all publicly funded hospitals will receive a minimum 1 per cent increase to help them keep pace with patient needs and to increase access to high-quality care for patients and families across Ontario.