CPH halfway to fundraising goal following radiothon
2018 CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon volunteers pose in front of the tally board. The event was held on Oct. 20 and raised $313,419 for projects coordinated by eight local hospital foundations. (Photo by Kim Cyr-Goodyear)
During the CKNX Healthcare Heroes Radiothon on Oct. 20, the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation (CPHF) raised $15,808 towards new sterilization equipment for the operating room at Clinton Public Hospital (CPH). Since then, generous donors have raised another $4,844.50 towards the $40,000 goal.
People can still be part of making a difference at CPH by contributing towards this worthy Radiothon project before Dec. 31. Donations can be in one of the following ways: by mail or in person to the Foundation Office at 98 Shipley Street, Clinton, ON, N0M 1L0; credit card by telephone at 519 482-3440 Ext. 6297; or online at cphfoundation.ca or cknx.ca/health-care-heroes-radiothon./.
Giving Tuesday on Nov. 27 is a great day to make a year-end donation to the CPHF. This growing movement responds to the commercial spending of Black Friday and Cyber Monday with a day dedicated to giving back. To “give back” make a gift to the CPHF, towards the Radiothon Project and help to reach the goal.
The CPHF Board of Directors would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Clinton & District Kinsmen for hosting their annual breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 13, with proceeds being donated towards the Radiothon Project. The Kinsmen served breakfast to more than 400 people and the breakfast was delicious.
Radiothon continues to be a region-wide effort impacting local rural healthcare in mid-western Ontario. Thank you to all supporters of the cause for making this 2018 event a huge success from all involved.
A closer look at Bayfield's water quality monitoring
The Huron County Health Unit runs a Beach Water Sampling Program. Pier Beach and Bayfield South Beach are just two of 14 beaches along Huron County’s shoreline that are sampled. (Photos courtesy the Huron County Health Unit Beach Sampling Program)
Bayfield is fortunate in that there are, and have been, several water quality monitoring programs that have taken place within the village, along the lakeshore, and upstream along the Bayfield River. The purpose of the following article is to provide a brief summary of the programs that currently exist: Huron County Health Unit Beach Water Sampling Program, Blue Flag, Bayfield Beach Storm Water Monitoring Program, and the Provincial Water Quality and Enhanced Monitoring program.
It is important to note that water quality issues are complex, and that there may not be one simple solution. What we do know, is that everyone, whether one lives in Bayfield or upstream of Bayfield, plays a role in the solution. Furthermore, just as it took time for water quality to degrade, it will take time to see improvements. These improvements will require broad-scale actions, a couple of examples being numerous rain gardens and more vegetative cover on fields. To make these improvements happen people must continue to work together, to monitor, and to implement positive actions.
The Huron County Health Unit is required to regularly sample water quality at public beaches during the summer. Lake samples are analyzed for concentrations of E. coli, which is a type of bacteria, twice weekly in June, July and August.
The Huron County Health Unit (HCHU) runs a Beach Water Sampling Program. The HCHU is required to regularly sample water quality at public beaches during the summer. Pier Beach (formerly known as Bayfield Main Beach) and Bayfield South Beach are just two of 14 beaches along Huron County’s shoreline that are sampled. Lake samples are analyzed for concentrations of E. coli, which is a type of bacteria, twice weekly in June, July and August.
E. coli in water indicate the potential presence of disease-causing organisms. Results are posted online at huronhealthunit.ca/health-topics/beach-water-quality, and each public beach has a sign providing the HCHU’s Infoline and a Quick Response (QR) code for use on a smart phone or device.
Based on the number of E. coli colonies in the water, and on an assessment of environmental factors, the HCHU may post no-swim advisories at any of the beaches monitored. Note that it takes about 24 hours to receive the previous day’s water testing results. By this time, the water quality may have changed to either safe or unsafe for swimming.
For this reason, the HCHU suggests people ask themselves these questions when deciding if it’s safe to swim:
• Is the water turbid? This means that people cannot see their feet when standing waist deep in water.
• Has there been heavy rainfall in the area in the last 24-48 hours?
If the answer is yes, E. coli levels are probably high and it may be unsafe to swim.
The Blue Flag is an internationally-recognized designation for beaches that meet certain environmental criteria, with one being water quality. The local Blue Flag program was initiated by the Bayfield Ratepayers’ Association (BRA) who worked with the Municipality of Bluewater to attain Blue Flag status for the Pier Beach. Each year, Bluewater applies for this designation and ensures all criteria are met, which include organizing education and outreach programs. The data collected through the HCHU’s Beach Water Sampling Program are also used for the water quality monitoring component of the Blue Flag Program.
Along the beach in Bayfield are several storm water outlets. These outlets carry storm water from the village out to Lake Huron. This monitoring program was initiated in 2014 to evaluate whether the storm water from the village might be impacting the beach and near shore water quality. Local volunteers have spent the last five summers collecting the water samples as citizen scientists in consultation with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).
Storm water samples are analyzed for concentrations of E. coli, total phosphorus and orthophosphate bi-weekly in June, July and August and after rain events at Pier Beach. Phosphorus levels are checked as these can contribute to algal growth.
For further information and previous reports, please visit www.huronhealthunit.ca
The Provincial Water Quality and Enhanced Monitoring program, which is supported by the Province of Ontario and ABCA, provides a broad look at water quality across the watershed. The data collected through this program form the Watershed Report Card, which is produced every five years.
River samples are analyzed for a variety of indicators including, E. coli and total phosphorus monthly from March to November. Sixteen sites are sampled within the Ausable Bayfield watersheds, sites along the Bayfield River include, Varna, Bannockburn and Seaforth.
For more on the Watershed Report Card, please visit: www.abca.ca.
World War I composition to debut at St. Anne's on friday
This year eight secondary school music programs from across the province along with the Ontario Band Association have partnered together to commission a piece of music that will commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the end of WWI.
This piece was composed by Canadian composer Vince Gassi and will be debuted by eight schools across the province at local school Remembrance Day ceremonies in November. The St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School Concert Band will debut their piece on Friday, Nov. 9 at their Remembrance Day Ceremonies which begin at 10 a.m.
Other schools who are involved in this consortium partnership include: Assumption College Catholic High School Concert Band, Windsor; Agincourt Collegiate Institute Wind Symphony, Toronto; Strathroy District Collegiate Institute Concert Band; St. John’s College Concert Band, Brantford; St. Michael Catholic Secondary School Concert Band, Stratford; Orillia Secondary School Senior Concert Band; and Chippewa Secondary School Concert Band, North Bay.
The piece that was commissioned is titled, "To Cross the Sleeping Green" and is partially inspired by the poem, "Break of Day in the Trenches" by Isaac Rosenberg as well as the art of Dianne Bos. Through learning about this piece, the students in our concert bands are actively engaging in history and remembrance. The days of WWI veterans attending local Remembrance Day assemblies have passed, but this piece offers an opportunity for youth from eight schools to engage and take ownership in their remembrance and share this piece in their communities.
Alfred Publishing has decided to make this piece available to schools to order internationally in the Spring of 2019. With so much music coming out of the United States for school level Concert Bands, it is refreshing to have a Canadian piece, composed specifically for the high school level and commemorating the end of WWI. It is the hope of all involved in the project, including Gassi, that this piece will become part of the standard repertoire that is performed by Concert Bands in Canada during their ceremonies.
Earlier this fall, 40 members of the St. Anne’s Concert Band traveled to Orillia to be a part of the piece along with four of the participating schools. The St. Anne’s Concert Band is indebted to the Seaforth Legion members as they partially sponsored the cost of the bus for the students to travel to Orillia. At that time, St. Anne's, St. Michael, Orillia Secondary and Chippewa Secondary performed the piece together. Here is a link to that performance.
remarkable citizens sought
Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson is once again calling for nominations to recognize the remarkable dedication and volunteer work done by local citizens.
The Seventh Annual Remarkable Citizens Awards evening will be hosted by Thompson during her annual New Year's Levee event, which will take place at the Teeswater Town Hall at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9 (if necessary, the snow date will be Jan. 16).
Each year, Remarkable Citizens Awards are handed out to respected and dedicated community leaders, volunteers, and residents who have made a positive impact within the riding of Huron-Bruce.
"Volunteers are the lifeblood of every community, and I have been blessed with the opportunity to meet so many across the riding,” Thompson said. “It never ceases to amaze me how dedicated these special people are. They help make their communities better in so many different and impactful ways and I look forward to honoring even more citizens from our riding this year."
To nominate someone, describe in approximately 250 words, the person’s contribution to the community and why you feel they are deserving, and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also include two pictures of the nominee.
Nominations can also be mailed or dropped off at either constituency office: Blyth (408 Queen St. P.O. Box 426, N0M 1H0) or Kincardine (807 Queen St. Unit 3, P.O. Box 834 N2Z 2Y2).
The nomination deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7. For more information, contact Diane Foxton at 519 396-3007.
“There's no better way to kick of the new year than recognizing remarkable people who are making a difference in our communities," Thompson said.
On Nov. 17, the students from the Avon Maitland District School Board’s S.O.A.R. program will use their new knowledge to take over management of the Huron County Museum with the exhibit they have created called “Dinner Back Then”. (Submitted photo)
“Hi my name is Pierce and I am from the Seaforth S.O.A.R program. On Nov. 17, we are taking over the Huron County Museum. We are taking over the Huron County Museum to learn about museums and what better way is there than taking over all the jobs at the Huron County Museum!”
The Huron County Museum’s staff have been working with students from the Avon Maitland District School Board’s S.O.A.R. program since September of this year. Museum staff have been teaching the students about all aspects of Museum operations including curatorial work, artifact care, exhibit creation and design, archives procedures, marketing, guest services and more.
On Nov. 17, the students will use their new knowledge to take over management of the Huron County Museum. Stop in anytime between 1-4 p.m. to meet the kids and see the exhibit they have created called “Dinner Back Then”.
At the request of the students, admission to Takeover Day will be by cash donation to the Huron County Food Bank. The student exhibit, Dinner Back Then will be on display at the Museum until Dec. 1.
Follow the students’ progress on-line: #SOARTakeoverDay.
The Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre and West Huron Care Centre are joining forces to offer a free lunch and learn on Nov. 21 in recognition of Falls Prevention Month.
“Finding Balance” will be held at the West Huron Care Centre Risi Room, 37792 Zurich-Hensall Road in Zurich, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Organizers have planned a free and interactive workshop where attendees will learn about the risk factors for falls and how to prevent them. They will also have the opportunity to participate in both balance and functional exercises. Lunch and beverages will be provided at no charge.
To register please contact Kate Mason, Occupational therapist, at 519 238-1556 Ext. 241.
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
“Home for the Holidays” is a biennial house tour organized as a fundraiser for the Clinton Lions’ Club. Five locations will be decorated for the season by their owners with assistance from local businesses.
The event will run Friday, Nov. 16, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 17, noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are available now for $20 and include a refreshment stop. They may be obtained at Backyard Flowers, Groves TV and Appliances, and Interior Trends, all in Clinton and Nature’s Nest in Londesborough.
New Initiative Grants
Is your organization aware of local issues that need to be addressed? Are you considering how to best deliver services to the community? United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is looking to answer these types of questions through their New Initiative Grants (NIG).
“The New Initiative Grant process is a great opportunity for the community,” said UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “It’s a way to respond to emerging needs, test service models, support smaller projects and help pilot new ones.”
NIGs provide up to $20,000 for one year for projects developed by registered Canadian charities or not-for-profits who are planning to, or already deliver, social and community services in Perth and/or Huron County.
Expressions of interest can be submitted to UWPH until Friday, Nov. 23 at 5 p.m. Submissions will then be reviewed based on eligibility requirements and organizations will be notified whether or not their initiative has been approved to move on to the full application stage. Full applications are then submitted by Sunday, Dec. 9 at midnight.
This past year’s recipient, the Local Community Food Centre (LCFC), received a grant for their Newcomer’s Community Kitchen to bring newcomers along with their sponsors and friends together over a meal. The food, prepared by the participants, provides an occasion to mingle and meet new friends.
“The grant gave the LCFC the opportunity to address a gap in local services,” said Erb. “We’re looking forward to seeing what plans organizations have to help us address needs in their communities.”
For more details, please visit www.perthhuron.unitedway.ca/funding, or contact Megan Partridge, director Governance & Community Impact, at 519 271-7730 Ext. 225 or email@example.com.
United Way Perth-Huron is 100 per cent local and works to inspire lasting change. It helps almost 50 supported partners locally. United Way is the region’s largest non-government funder and a valued advocate, incubator, researcher, and planner. To donate, call 519 271-7730 or 1-877-818-8867, mail to 32 Erie Street, Stratford, ON N5A 2M4 or visit perthhuron.unitedway.ca.
GIRL GUIDE COOKIES
Have you got your Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide Cookies yet? At $5 a box they make terrific hostess gifts and stocking stuffers!
Members of Bayfield Guiding will be selling cookies on Saturday, Nov. 17 at The Gravy Boat on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Can't wait until Christmas in Bayfield weekend? They can also be purchased now from members or by calling Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830.
Profits from sales help with program activities, field trips and camps.