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Issue 4

Volume 13 April 2020


O F S T . C L A I R

Honorary citizen honored for special donation to Port Lambton bicentennial

The ceremony naming Holland native Jos Groen as an honorary citizen of Port Lambton was attended by a welcoming group of family, friends, and township representatives. He received a custom made plaque commemorating the occa- sion from the 200th Anniversary Committee and a certificate of welcome from St. Clair Township Mayor Steve Arnold. Shown above from left: Port Lambton 200th Anniversary committee members Phil Johnston, Anne Hazzard, and Chris Dobbelaar; honouree Jos Groen; Mayor Steve Arnold; Deputy Mayor Steve Miller; and Councillors Pat Brown and Rose Atkins. The group is holding one of the reusable banners Mr. Groen made and another one is on the wall behind them.
Bonnie Stevenson photo

Riddle: What do the Port Lambton 200th Anniversary and the Super Bowl have in common? Read on to find the answer.
The Port Lambton 200th Anniversary committee has been doing a great job making sure the village’s bicenten- nial celebrations will include the entire community. Their

process has been so successful that it has expanded across the sea to Holland, where a committee member’s over- seas family contact made and donated signage that will
See Port Lambton, page 9

Township strategies address COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) threat

The Township of St. Clair Council has taken drastic steps to address the dire threat posed by the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Public event and activity cancellations and postponements are township-wide measures to ensure “social distancing”, one of the strategies put forward by health agencies and virus researchers at all levels of govern- ment.
These strong measures were enacted on Monday, March 16 by a meeting of the Emergency Operations Committee

(EOC) of St. Clair Township. The committee is comprised of the mayor and council, plus representatives from the major township departments.
During the meeting, the EOC enacted the policy to im- mediately close all township public spaces and cancel all events/activities slated for them until mid-April and be- yond, if the virus is not under control by that time. This
See Novel, page 2

Novel Coronavirus threat prompts decision to shut down public spaces
From front page
includes: the Moore Sports Complex; Moore and Sombra Museums; all community centres; all library branches; the St. Clair Township Civic Centre; and the St. Clair Township Golf Course. Lambton County has since called for “enhanced social distancing” which expanded the closures to include: all indoor recreation programs, all libraries, all private schools, all licensed child care centres, all bars and restaurants (except those offering takeout and delivery service), all live and cinematic theatres, and concert ven- ues.
All levels of government are also discouraging non- essential travel outside of the Canadian border. Those who must travel outside of the country will be asked to self- isolate for a period of 14 days upon returning to Canada even it symptoms are not present.
Lambton Public Health advises that testing is limited due to the limited number of test kits currently available.
Residents should be aware that the municipal office will be accessible by phone, but public access will be restricted for the safety of township employees. In a statement re- leased by township CAO John Rodey at the conclusion of the EOC meeting, “It is the intent that the public who re- quired access to staff for building permits or planning appli- cations can do so by appointment where access to staff can be controlled.”
Lambton County has also called for the closure of all 25 library locations, the mobile library, Lambton Archives, museums, and the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery. However, library patrons can still access the library’s digital resources at to obtain eBooks, eAudio- books, eNewspapers, eMagazines, movies, music, online learning, and more. No fines will be levied for overdue ma- terials until April 6.

What makes COVID-19 different from regular flu?
As our readers are now well aware, this isn’t a run-of- the-mill virus that’s causing world-wide misery. The com- plete name for this monster is the “novel” coronavirus. It’s novel because this strain of virus has never been identi- fied before, but it is in the same viral family as SARS. It is a “zoonotic” virus, meaning it is an animal virus that has been transmitted to humans. This makes it more difficult to easily diagnose and harder to treat because there is no medical protocol, vaccine, or cure for this strain, except to treat its symptoms. A vaccine is in the development stage but researchers estimate it will be months before an effec- tive formula will be ready for public use.
The Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health David Wil- liams says the majority of patients with COVID-19 will experience relatively mild illness but they should remain at home while sick to avoid spreading the virus to others, especially seniors, the most vulnerable populations. There are also people who can carry the virus without ever de- veloping symptoms. Carriers are particularly dangerous to

population and everyone is urged to take precautions (see page 3) as if they had the virus so they won’t infect others. Cases that have been assessed so far by the American CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) indicate the virus poses a very real threat for seniors, especially those
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From page 2

Coronavirus information you should know
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seniors and adults with already compromised immune sys- tems/pre-existing conditions. Pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, heart and lung disease, asthma, and hypertension can put vulnerable populations at higher risk for severe symptoms and could prove fatal. Young adults and children with congenital and pre-existing conditions such as diabe- tes, asthma or immune deficiencies are also at risk. Alt- hough early findings indicate healthy children are more re- silient, in general, than adults, they are also vulnerable to this virus. Care is advised regardless of an individual’s age.
Long story short: the virus triggers ARDS (Acute Respira- tory Distress Syndrome) in the lungs, whose job it is to put oxygen into the blood. The coronavirus causes inflammation in the lungs and creates a situation that makes it difficult for the lungs to function. Their inability to convey enough oxygen into the blood stream causes the infected individual to become short of breath. Medical assistance should be sought if symptoms become severe.
How can I fight COVID-19?
According to public health officials, the precautions stated in the following article have been found to be the best defense against contracting the virus, offering a greatly increased chance of avoiding infection.
The number one weapon in the battle to fight COVID-19 is thorough hand washing. The U.S. Centers for Disease Con- trol (CDC) recommend using soap (any hand soap will do) and water to wash hands for at least 20 seconds (the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday), especially after sneezing,

5. Keep surfaces including door knobs, light switch- es, faucets, sinks, toilets, telephones, keyboards, table and countertops, etc. clean and disinfected.
Use soap and water followed by an approved disinfectant. The CDC suggests a simple disinfectant can be made using household bleach and water – 4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water (adjust slightly to use metric measure- ments).
Those who are sick with COVID-19 or any contagious illness are advised to stay at home and wear a face mask when in close quarters with anyone who isn’t in- fected or when entering your healthcare provider’s of- fice or hospital.
What’s being done?
An assessment centre for COVID-19 began operating in Sarnia on March 14. At that time, no confirmed cases of the virus had been reported in all of Lambton County. The crite- ria for being tested apply to those who have been exposed to others with confirmed cases and who are symptomatic, plus people in long-term care facilities and retirement homes who have respiratory illness, and those who are hos- pitalized. A rural assessment centre near C.E.E. Hospital in Petrolia is also in the works as of Beacon publication time.
The global outbreak of the novel coronavirus continues will continue to be monitored by Lambton Public Health (LPH) as cases in Ontario continue to increase.
The province is actively working with municipal and health partners to plan for the possibility of local cases. Locally, LPH is encouraging all residents to remain informed

coughing or blowing your nose, or when you have been out

about this situation through credible information sources

in a public place.
1. Be sure to wash between fingers and around your thumb, and use fingernails to gently “itch” the palms
of your hands to free any virus that might be trapped in the creases. Rinse and dry hands thoroughly, and clean under fingernails with a nail brush as well when possible. When soap and water is not available, hand sanitizer containing at least 70 per cent alcohol is an alternative as long as hands are well covered with it and rubbed until dry.
Observe coughing/sneezing etiquette: Be sure to cover mouth and nose with a bent elbow held close to your face. NEVER cough into your hand, especially with the clenched- fist-to-mouth manoeuver – it is useless and will permit the spread of viral droplets to a distance of about two metres (6 feet). Coughing into your open hand will facilitate the spread of the virus onto everything you touch and it can remain contagious for up to three days.
2. Keep your hands away from your face, specifically eyes, nose, and mouth. As mentioned, droplets ex- pelled from mouth and nose can land on surfaces
that others may touch such as door knobs and handles, fau- cets, door jambs, and hand rails. Keyboards and telephones are among the worst carriers of pathogens. A small contain- er of hand sanitizer is handy when venturing out into public areas – use it often.
3. Avoid close contact with those who are sympto- matic (but be kind about it). Researchers note some people tend to stigmatize those who are infected.
However, the coronavirus is easily transmitted and can be difficult to avoid. It doesn’t mean a person is in any way negligent or careless.
4. Avoid crowds and practice “social distancing”, which requires that you maintain a distance of six feet (about two metres) between yourself and the
people around you. Avoidance of at-risk populations in places like long-term care facilities and retirement homes is also advised for the safety of their residents. Be aware that many businesses and stores may be closed or operating with

such as the LPH website, . Find out more about the virus itself, travel, how to protect yourself, and when to see a health care provider.
Employers and businesses are being urged to have strate- gies in place to protect employees from COVID-19 while trying maintain their operations. The province has promised assistance so that employees who must stay home with their children who are home due to school closings.
The County of Lambton Emergency Control Group is also working to review the latest updates from the province and Lambton Public Health. Medical Officer of Health Dr. Sudit Ranade is providing guidance on appropriate actions to be taken as the situation progresses. Updates can be found online at or on Facebook and Twitter.
Lambton County residents who have necessary business with the county are encouraged to complete it over the phone or by email when possible to limit social interaction with county staff until this emergency situation subsides.
What can I do?
First and foremost, DO NOT IGNORE the instructions you receive from health and community officials. They are for your protection. Use the time at home to reconnect with family: play a game, go for a walk and take care to remain at least two metres from those you meet. Do things that will calm the anxiety you may be feeling.
And remember there may be others in your community who are alone, perhaps elderly or disabled. Take time to check on them; see if you can assist them in some way. Knowing a neighbour is willing to help might make their day a little brighter.
Note: Poverty doesn’t take time off and local food banks will still need to operate. Please support these im- portant community organizations as much as possible.
Resources: Lambton Public Health; Ontario Medical Officer of Health; Centres for Disease Control; World Health Organization; Mayo Clinic.

The Beacon of St. Clair Township April 2020 Page 4

Public Works/Roads…519-867-2993
Engineering 519-867-2125

After hours emergency
~ 519-344-9318 ~

Water Utility 519-867-2128
Fax 519-867-3886


Water Utility appointments Require 48 hours notification
To avoid service fees, St. Clair Township By-Law
8 of 2020 requires at least 48 hours notice in ad- vance of scheduling appointments with the Public Works.

Civic Centre, 1155 Emily Street, Mooretown

COVID-19 measures in effect
The St. Clair Township Works Department will be observing COVID-19 guidelines regarding social dis- tancing for the well-being of employees and the pub- lic.
Residents will still be able to call for assistance or information, but in the case of basement leaks or oth- er inside water issues, Director of Public Works Brian Black says, “They would try to fix it from the out- side.”
Please be patient during this emergency. The health and safety of the community will be the first priority for all St. Clair Township staff.

The Beacon of St. Clair Township April 2020 Page 6

Mayor speaks out on need to mitigate effects of environmental abuse

We are living in times of Great Lakes water natural level cycles and the human impact to our world’s climate; we are actually dealing with a double-edged climate sword.
We are seeing rises in lake and river levels at a sustained level similar to what we experienced in 1986-1988 along with the flooding it brought. However, it was only a couple of years ago we had low water levels in the Great Lakes that almost matched 1964 low levels .
We have had some 2”-3″ rain events recently but that is not unusual for our area. The current issue is that, with the river and lake levels at record or close to record levels, every major rain event becomes a flood event.
Shore line protections, proper drainage, and development outside of flood prone areas will all positively influence short term/long term solutions to high water levels.
But we need to address the reasons behind the increase in abnormal environmental events.

Each of us has a part to play toward mitigating the nega- tive impacts of our industrialized modern world. We can min- imize our fossil fuel and hydro consumption; eliminate un- necessary driving trips; eat locally grown produce when available and preserve or freeze it in reusable containers before the growing season ends. We can recycle as much as possible; use and wash real dishes instead of regularly eating out of prepackaged or take-out packaging containers; buy as many items as possible in bulk instead of in small, wasteful cardboard or plastic packaging; and utilize minimum tillage practices on the farm.
Things like this may seem small – things that won’t make much difference – but if these measures are used collectively by the majority of earth’s population, our strength in num- bers can reduce our environmental impact and help preserve our world for future generations. The push for environmental responsibility needs to start with every one of us.

Early detection and warning of a fire or carbon monoxide (CO) emergency is crucial to your chance of surviv- al. It’s the law to have a working smoke alarm on every storey of your home and outside the sleeping areas. If your home has a fuel-burning appliance or attached garage, you require a CO alarm adjacent to the sleeping area as well. CO is colourless and odorless, so you may not know there is a problem until it’s too late. This is especially important when everyone in the residence is asleep.
A disconnected power supply, missing batteries, dead batteries and improperly installed batteries are common reasons for alarm failure during a fire or CO emergency. Carefully read the instructions that come with each unit to educate yourself about the conditions under which the unit will sound.
* It is recommended to test smoke alarms and CO alarms weekly. Battery life varies from unit to unit and every unit has an expiry date. Be sure to check all of your alarms and replace them as recommended.
* Smoke alarms and CO alarms are required to be replaced within the timeframe indicated in the manufacturer’s instructions. Generally, this “end of life” timeframe is ten years for smoke alarms and seven to ten years for CO alarms
* Develop and practice a home escape plan so that everyone in your home knows what to do if the smoke or co alarm sounds
Landlords, did you know that it is your responsibility to install and main- tain smoke and CO alarms at your rental property? The Ontario Fire Code re-
quires landlords to install smoke alarms and CO alarms where required and to test the alarms annually, after a change of tenancy, and following the installation of a new battery.
As a landlord, the Ontario Fire Code also requires that written records of smoke alarm and CO alarm tests be maintained noting what was done and the time and date the test was done. In addition, landlords are also required to provide a copy of the smoke alarm and CO alarm manufacturer’s maintenance instructions, or approved alter- native maintenance instructions, to the occupant in each rental unit.
St. Clair Township building owners, property managers and tenants that require assistance in determining whether they are in compliance are encouraged to con- tact St. Clair Fire Department at 519-481-0111.
Andrew McMillan
Deputy Fire Chief St. Clair Fire Department

MSC programs cancelled Until at least mid-April
Spring is here and those nifty shorts and light shirts may feel a bit snug. Moore Sports Complex can help you dispose of the unpleasant inches be- fore the summer shirts come out. Find a program you’ll enjoy and get information ranging from reg- istration times and program schedules to last- minute cancellations by consulting our Facebook page. Like us on Facebook and we’ll do our best to keep you informed and ready to wear those sum- mer clothes.
Spinning Classes
Join the certified spinning instructors for a great workout that improves cardiovascular endur- ance, muscular strength and power! Join any time for a 10 week session for $10 per class or buy a 10
pass admission for $50. Morning spinning classes are held on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. Beginner classes are held on Tuesday evenings from 7:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Strength training combined with a spinning workout is of- fered with the Bikes & Bells classes on Monday or Wednesday evenings from 5 p.m.- 6 p.m. or Friday from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Drum away the pounds with POUND®!
POUND® is the world’s first cardio jam session inspired by the infectious, energizing and sweat- dripping fun of playing the drums. Classes are Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is
$7 per class, or $5.50 per class per senior; $55 for a 10-visit pass; or $275 per year for full fitness center membership.
Tai chi/qigong is a practice of aligning breath and movement for exercise and health. Shibashi consists of 18 simple steps. It is easy to learn and perfect for beginners. Classes are being held Wednesdays until May at 10:15 a.m. Register at the first class. This class is sponsored by the West

Lambton Community Health Centre.
Low impact exercise offered
The West Lambton Community Health Centre will offer low impact exercise on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Register at your first class
Youth POUND®!
.Kids ages 10 to 15 can get in on the fun now with the new youth POUND classes on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Registration is required at a cost of $55 for a 10-week session. Call today for more information at 519-867-2651.
Generation POUND®!
Kids ages five to nine will enjoy the Genera- tion POUND classes on Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Registration is required at a cost of
$55 for a 10-week session. Call today for infor- mation at 519-867-2651.

For more information or to register
for any of these programs, contact the Moore Sports Complex
at 519-867-2651
or email:

St. Clair
Parkway Golf Course will be
closed until
at least mid-April

Company Plus
program accepting second round of

Small business owners and entre- preneurs seeking grants to help fund a business startup or growth are invited to apply for the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership’s (SLEP) Starter Company Plus program.
The program, now in its second year, will award six grants of $5,000 to successful applicants to start a business or grow an existing one. The award will also provided grant recipients with per- sonalized business coaching and access to peer-led support sessions.
This program is administered by SLEP’s Business Enterprise Centre, and it is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Eco- nomic Development, Job Creation and Trade.
To be eligible for the program, appli-

cants must be over age 18 and not cur- rently enrolled in a post-secondary insti- tution. They must have at least 25 per cent of the requested grant amount in equity and have not received a Starter Company Plus Grant in the past.
Applicants for the grant must meet with a Business Enterprise Centre counsellor prior to the application submission due date Monday, April 6.
For more information on how to apply, contact Chantelle Core at chantel-

The Beacon of St. Clair Township April 2020 Page 9

Port Lambton honours first “honorary citizen”

From page 1

grace every 200th anniversary event this year. Commit- tee member Chris Dobbelaar’s second cousin, Jos Groen, came to the rescue when the committee identified the need for event posters. Mr. Groen, who owns a printing shop near Amsterdam, has made and donated signage in the past, including the event posters for Port Lambton Gala Days, and he obtained the committee’s online domain name and got it up and running. It is now being looked after by the committee.
His latest contributions for the committee could be seen at the anniversary celebration’s pancake breakfast event on Saturday, Feb. 22. The posters were on display at the door and in the hall. “They added a lot to our first event,” said committee member Anne Hazzard. She added the honorary citi- zen title was bestowed upon Mr. Groen as a way to thank him for the generous donation of his time and efforts through the years and for his fast response to the committee’s need for event posters. “It’s a way to thank Jos for his involvement and quick response to our requests,” she said.
Mayor Steve Arnold added his appreciation on behalf of the township. “I was very proud of the committee for taking the initiative to recognize Jos and his contributions to our local volunteer initia- tives in Port Lambton,” he said. “His generosity con- tinues to demonstrate the kind heart of another great volunteer for our community.”
Just as noteworthy is the fact that 800 square metres of banners made by Mr. Groen’s company were seen at the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. He says the
U.S. company originally hired to do the work had botched it. He took on the job knowing he only had a week and a half to produce the material and get it to Miami. He grinned as he noted, “We didn’t get a lot of sleep.”
Mr. Groen’s recent visit to Port Lambton was one of many he has made over the years. Chris says he and his cousin have been close since their late teen

years when Jos and his family started to come over for Thanksgiving. The visit became an annual trip and to- day, Jos continues to visit about twice each year. In between visits, the men keep touch with daily texts.

Jos Groen with his plaque of appreciation.

Check out Trail
page, video,
The St. Clair River Trail Facebook page and website has added a new promotional video to its photo archive. The natural beauty the trail is known for comes alive on the screen.
And while you’re looking at the video and submitted photographs, why not send us some of the shots you’ve taken while enjoying the trail?
Like the St. Clair River Trail on Facebook and
message us your pictures. Ice fishing near Sombra

April sessions CANCELLED
The following sessions are being offered at the Rapids Family Health Team clinic located in the Shell Health Centre, 233 Cameron Street, Corunna. There is no
charge for participation and all classes are open to the public – no physician referral required. You must regis- ter to participate. Please note space is limited.
For more information go to or to register call 519-339-8949 and speak to reception.
Healthy Eating and YOU
A series of four sessions, each lasting two hours. The aim of the program is to help you make permanent life- style changes; this is not a “diet” program. You will set your own healthy eating and physical activity goals, and learn how to make plans for achieving them. Some top- ics that will be discussed include:
• Carbohydrates, protein and fats (the good and the bad)
• Physical activity: What types and amounts are ben- eficial
• Emotional eating strategies
• Sensible portions and portion control strategies
• Group discussions will help you learn from others experiences.
This four-week series will be repeated two more times this year.
The second series is set for Thursdays, April 30, May 7, 14 & 21 from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
And the third series is planned for Wednesdays, Sept.
16, 23, 30 & Oct. 7 from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
FREE Cooking Classes: Love Your Heart – Eat Smart!
These classes focus on nutrition advice to reduce your risk of developing heart disease and stroke.
This three-week series will be held held on Thursdays, Sept. 17, 24 & Oct. 1 from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

FREE Cooking Classes: Dining with Diabetes
These classes are geared for anyone looking to pre- vent or manage their diabetes or support a loved one diagnosed with diabetes. We’ll explore some delicious recipes to help manage your blood sugar.
This four-week series will be repeated twice through the year.
The first series is set for Thursdays, May 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
The second series will be held on Wednesdays Nov.
18, 25, Dec 2 & 9 from 10 a.m. to noon.
FREE Cooking Class: Eating Comfortably with IBS
IBS is pain and bloating in your stomach followed by diarrhea/constipation. If you are suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), this is the class for you. Nutrition interventions have been proven to help manage symp- toms. Join us as we cook up IBS-friendly recipes!
This class will be held on Thursday, June 18 from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
*Class date, times and location within Corunna subject to change/ cancellation depending upon number of patient registrants
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Just a reminder that our lab
is open weekdays for all residents
Monday to Friday –
7:30a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Lambton County 2020 budget unanimously approved

Lambton County’s 2020 budget was unanimously approved after an agonizing struggle with the latest round of provincial downloading of services. This amounted to a 3.42 per cent property tax increase, double the 1.75 per cent tax in- crease approved for 2019. The
budget will fund spending of $220.7 million, with $80.2 million to be raised from local property taxes.
To prepare for possible unforeseen future expendi- tures, $12.1 million was directed to various reserves and reserve funds that are used to finance necessary major projects and take advantage of unexpected opportuni- ties.
Lambton County Warden Bill Weber applauded the work of county staff for the budget they put before council. “Staff brought forward a budget that is both reasonable and responsible,” he said. “The budget al- lows us to maintain our current levels of service while taking the provincial downloading pressures into ac- count.”
The 2020 budget break down is as follows: $15.9 mil-

lion for general government/council activities; $712,000 for the office of the Chief Administrative Officer; $6 million for Corporate Services Division; $11.7 million for Cultural Services Division;$14.5 million for Finance, Fa- cilities and Court Services Division; $29.7 million for In- frastructure and Development Services Division; $35.3 million for Long-Term Care Division; $28.5 million for Public Health Services Division; and $78.5 million for Social Services Division.
Mayor Steve Arnold say he is satisfied with the ap- proved budget in light of the challenges the county faces, such as the provincial downloading of services to individ- ual counties, and infrastructure needs. “To reduce costs, we must review programs we offer and implement local- ly. Lambton County has tried to do that with an increase of 3.42 per cent,” he said.
He added that prudence must be observed when han- dling a budget that must be shared by the community. “We have seen how fragile our financial infrastructure is. We need to live within our budgets and be prepared to survive both natural and man-made crises,” he said. “That includes budgets made by counties and municipali- ties.”

Notes United year-end production was Something Big
By Bonnie Stevenson
The members of Notes United, the Courtright- based youth entertainment group that wowed their audience with their first show, Unex- pected, in December, had another treat in store for their end-of-season offering before the COVID-19 social isolation protocol was put in place. Something Big featured more unique takes on tunes both secular and sacred. Their practice and performance space at Courtright United Church gave them lots of room to test their creativity.
In addition to Notes United, Something Big featured the church’s Worship Team (several members belong to both groups). Director Beth McDonald said, “This show will be totally differ- ent from the Christmas show.” New presenta- tions included songs that used recorders, body percussion, and sign language accompaniment. The group members agreed that performing is an exciting way to express themselves. “I like see- ing the smiles on people’s faces when we per- form for them,” said Kennidie Westbrook. The

positive feelings the girls receive from their audi- ences during their performances is something they all enjoy and they work as a team to make sure they do their personal best.

Members of Notes United hold a brainstorming session with their di- rector, Beth McDonald, right. Seated from left are: Shyla Vickerd, 11; Joely Brown, 8; Kennidie Westbrook, 14; and Tessa Wheeler, 14.

A love of music is also cultivated through Beth’s teaching of the skills required to understand music. Member Catrice Westbrook said, “Beth teaches us how to read music and play the recorder. She has also taught us sign language.” “It’s a team effort,” says Director Beth McDonald. “We’re a family.”
The camaraderie the group shares is also apparent. Shyla Vickerd says, “I enjoy being part of a (performing) family.” Joely Brown’s mom, Kimberley says her daugh-

ter is enthusiastic about her time with Notes United.
“She wants to be on stage. She loves it.”
Although Notes United has been forced to end their season without performing their show for the public, we can only hope the group will resume activities in Sep- tember. New members will be welcome at that time.
The Notes United will not go on as planned
due to the COVID-19 threat.

Wanted: Motivated youth looking for rewarding challenges
The Royal Canadian “1st Hussars” Army Cadet Corps Petrolia invites boys and girls ages 12-18 to learn new skills, marksmanship, orienteering, hiking, leadership, pipes and drum band, and teamwork, participate in many new challenges, make new friends and attend great summer camps, all at no cost. Cadets are not required to join the military. Join us today! For more information, call 519-332-6555 or visit:

Moore Museum celebrates 45 years of community heritage preservation
by Museum Assistant Fiona Doherty

On a bright summer’s day in 1975, the then Minister of Culture and Recreation Robert Welch stood in front of Moore Museum with a broadhead axe in hand. With one swift movement he brought it down to cut through a thick nautical rope.
The breaking of this hawser marked the opening of Moore Museum in a fitting tribute to the local marine heritage that the museum would preserve over its next few decades. It was the culmination of the efforts of dozens of volunteers, council, and committee members finally paying off.
The idea for the museum was sparked by the suggestion of Roy Murray, a local process worker and antique enthusiast. Murray, concerned that local history was “being sold out of the township”, petitioned the council to form a committee that could organize and manage the process of opening a mu- seum. After much consideration, the committee decided to develop the museum on the site of the old SS#2 Moore School.
Charles Reilley had donated the land in 1867, stipulating it was to be used for the creation of the school as well as a jail- house. In a letter to the museum, Reilley’s grandson, Kenneth Yates, recalled his experiences attending the school. They in-

At the 1975 opening of the Moore Museum, Minis- ter of Culture and Recreation Robert Welch chops the ribbon at the opening ceremony, with Reeve Don Beaton, left, and Roy Murray holding the rib- bon. Gazette photo

cluded: throwing stones at the outhouse when his teacher was inside; storing his gum on the entrance wall as he arrived in the mornings; and filling a crock for water from the pump outside. He also remembered other nearby buildings; the Reilley cottage to the north of the school; the blacksmith shop his grandfather used; and the Congre- gational Church, which was then abandoned but still standing. Over the last 45 years, the property has grown to include many of these essential parts of a community, giving visitors an in-depth representation of what communi- ty life was like in the past.

Vendor registration forms available
The Moore Museum is now accepting ven- dor registrations for the annual Downriver Craft and Gift Sale on Sept. 20. Registration forms have gone out by email or by mail to the craftspersons on the mailing list. Poten- tial vendors who have not received their form should contact the Moore Museum at 519-867-2020. Registration forms are also available on the museum’s website at:

This glass isn’t as
tame as it looks
Right: A unique display of lovely glass presents an air of innocence even though it hides a sinister secret that can only be re- vealed with a special piece of equipment.
The secret is revealed at the Moore Museum.

Notice Bear Creek Cemetery Company

Bear Creek Cemetery has submitted by-laws to the Registrar of the Funeral, Burial, and Cremation Services Act, 2002. Any interested parties may contact Rus- sell Marsh at 519-331-1798 for information or to make copies. By-laws or amend- ments may be reviewed or copied at 3393 Telfer Road, Mooretown, Ontario.
These by-laws are subject to the approval of the Registrar, Funeral, Burial, and Cremation Services Act, 2002. Contact can be made by telephone to: Bereavement Authority of Ontario, 647-483-2645 or 1-844-493-6356.

Port Lambton 200th Anniversary Committee seeking photographs
The Port Lambton 200th Committee is seek- ing photographs and information that will help illuminate the area’s heritage. To donate, please email the Port Lambton 200th Anniver- sary Historical Committee at portlambtonhisto- or contact Kailyn at the Som- bra Museum,
In the early 1900s, the porch at Waddell General Store in Port Lambton’s business section presented a place for residents to meet and exchange the latest community news. Sombra Museum photo

Timely exhibit at Moore Museum
Moore Museum volunteer Dave Pattenden shows off part of the new vintage clock and clockworks exhibit set to debut when the museum opens its doors later this year. The “banjo clocks” get their name from their shape and all have American eagles perched on top. The exhibit boasts about 32 donated clocks, some of which have been cleaned and/or repaired for the show. Some have been refurbished as well to restore their original but only a few are kept running. Mr. Pattenden says they all have to be wound with a key, making it a time consuming chore to try to keep all of them running at once. Stevenson photo

a variety of food products to help people eat healthily, including milk, eggs, bread, and meat. The fresh food supplied at the food bank costs approximately $75 per week to purchase. Anyone wishing to make a financial donation to the food bank can do so through Food Bank, C/O St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 437 Colborne Drive, Corunna, Ontario, N0N 1G0.
Please be generous this year. As winter progresses, more people turn to the food bank for help with utility bills rise, taking away money that would allow them to purchase
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Donations o non-perisha le items are

Well water safety still a concern
Lambton Public Health (LPH) is encouraging resi- dents with private water wells to test their water sup- ply as soon as possible if the well is flooded by exces- sively high water levels and flood conditions caused by rain and snow melt.
Harmful bacteria may enter the drinking water sup- ply making it unsafe for consumption.
LPH Public Health Inspector Vicky MacTavish cau- tions, “Until you can test your well water, use bottled water for daily use including drinking, making infant formula or juices, cooking, making ice washing fruits and vegetables, and brushing teeth.”
Once floods have receded, the well should be disin- fected and tested at least three times at one week in- tervals before the water is used for drinking. The test for bacteria (total coliform and E. coli) and water sam- ple kits are free. Water samples must be dropped off within 24 hours of being taken. Local drop-off centres are at Lambton Public Health, 160 Exmouth Street, Point Edward, and at Bluewater Health CEE lab, 450 Blanche Street in Petrolia.
For a full schedule of access times for these loca- tions and resources on how to take a water sample, visit
It is recommended well water be tested three to four times per year whether or not there has been flooding to ensure the water supply is not contaminat- ed.

household cleaners, and toilet tissue, and personal hygiene items like toothbrushes, soap and shampoo, deodorant, and shaving items.
St. Joseph-St. Charles Catholic Church
Community to participate in food program
The St. Joseph-St. Charles’ Catholic Community in Corunna, along with the Catholic churches in Petrolia, Forest, and Watford, has worked collaboratively with the Boys and Girls Club of Sarnia-Lambton to extend Project Backpack, a food assistance program, into Lambton County. The program provides a bag of nutri- tious food that can be easily assembled to people ages 14-24 who are in need of a healthy meal. Each bag also contains hygiene items and helpful information from community partners. People who qualify for this pro- gram can find these bags at the St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish office at 346 Beresford Street in Corunna during regular office hours (Monday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Tuesday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.). Program organizers say the program will continue into the fall and they hope to continue it as long as there is a need for it.
New young voices invited to join
Lambton Youth Choir
The Lambton Youth Choir is accepting new members in Grade 4 and older. Rehearsals are held every Wednesday during the school year from 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at LCCVI in Petrolia. For more information, email Diane O’Dell at You can also check out the Lambton Youth Choir Facebook page.

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Volunteers needed for telephone support
Volunteers are being sought to provide check-in calls to seniors through the Tel-Check program. Volunteers are also needed to staff the Distress Line to ensure that when people reach out to this telephone help line, their call will be answered. For more information or to volun- teer, call Donna at the Family Counselling Centre, 519- 336-0120. This service is funded by the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton.
St. Andrew’s foodbank needs supplies
The food bank at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on Colborne Street in Corunna is in operation every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and every Thursday morning from 9 a.m. to noon. It operates in association with the Inn of the Good Shepherd in Sarnia. Thanks are extended to all local individuals and groups who support the food bank with donations. Your generous support is critical to the ongoing success of the food bank. In the first 10 months of 2019, it has helped 73 different client families from our community, offering a variety of healthy food including milk, eggs. The food bank offers

New members welcome –
Lambton County Junior Optimist Club
The Lambton County Junior Optimist Club is always on the lookout for youth who want to make a difference in their community. Club members ages 10 through 18 volunteer in the community and fundraise to put on their own programs and to donate to other youth pro- grams. Hours spent volunteering with the club can be used toward members’ volunteer hours at school. The club meets the first Monday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Courtright Community Centre. For more infor- mation, call Mary Lou at 519-862-3950.
Down River Junior Optimist Club new members ages 10-18
New members are being sought for the Down River

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Jr. Optimist Club. Youth between the ages of 10 and 18 are invited to get involved with the community and make a difference for kids. The club meets at the Port Lamb- ton Community Hall on the third Monday of each month. High school students can acquire volunteers hours need- ed for graduation. For more information, call Carla at 226-402-3870.
Good listeners wanted –
Family Counselling Centre
Good listeners are needed by the Family Counselling Centre to staff the Distress Line, speaking with individu- als who need support and need to feel connected. Volun- teers are also needed to staff the Tel-Check program line, placing daily calls to seniors and persons with disa- bilities who live alone and are feeling isolated. To regis- ter or to find out more about this effort, call Donna at the Family Counselling Centre, 519-336-0120, ext. 251.

St. Clair Community Church services
St. Clair Community Church, 3435 John Street, holds services every Sunday at 10 a.m. The congregation in- vites you to join in to praise God through song, prayer and hearing the Word taught by Pastor Wendy Beasley or one of the church’s other speakers. For more infor- mation, call 519-542-4447 or visit the church website at

Local TOPS weight control group meetings
TOPS weight loss groups help members sensibly take off and keep off pounds. Three TOPS groups hold meet- ings in the St. Clair Township area and everyone (all ag- es) is welcome to attend. Brigden TOPS hold meetings every Tuesday night at the Brigden Optimist Hall. Weigh- ins are from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Meetings are from 6:45 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. For more information, please call 519-864-1865. TOPS Corunna meets every Tuesday at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church at 437 Colborne Street in Corunna. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m. with a meeting at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Wendy at 519- 381-5584.

Farm Credit Corporation presents donation to Moore Agricultural Society

Representatives from the Farm Credit Corporation recently presented the Moore Agricultural Society (MAS) with a do- nation of $13,500 through the corporation’s FCC AgriSpirit Program. The funding will help with the Brigden Fair/MAS administration building roof project. FCC supports projects that make positive changes in the communities where they live and work. On hand for the presentation were, from left: Michelle Evanitski (MAS Homecraft President); Tilda Brouwer, FCC Relationship Management Associate-Wyoming office; Malcolm Rogers (MAS President); Ken Taylor (MAS Director); Ryan Clubb, FCC Relationship Manager-Wyoming office. Submitted photo

First event marking the 200th anniversary of Port Lambton a great success
The inaugural event for the year-long bicentennial celebration in Port Lambton got the celebration off to a winning start.
The Port Lambton Community Centre was filled to capacity with hungry diners who enjoyed the pancake breakfast, good music and the company of friends and neighbours.
Photos clockwise from top right: * Pancakes and sausages were deftly dis- tributed by volunteers including Kevin DePooter, left, and Riverview Public School representative Liam Hazzard.
* Lachlan, 8, left, and Mylie, 7, make decorative buttons with the library’s Mak- er Space machine
as part of the event’s craft pro- gram.
* A steady stream of hungry patrons attended the event.
* Roy Wade digs into a hearty breakfast before heading back to his boat shop in Port Lamb- ton.

Children’s Aid Society launches Kids Matter campaign

The Sarnia-Lambton Children’s Aid Society has launched the Kids Matter campaign. Its purpose is to ensure there are enough homes “so all children and young people can remain in their communities and with families. The campaign goal is to find 20 new foster homes in 2020 – 10 for teens and 10 for tots. The CAS will welcome people and homes that represent the di- versity of their communities all around Lambton Coun- ty and Sarnia and the children/young people served by the Sarnia-Lambton Children’s Aid Society.
Anyone interested in providing a foster home for children and young people can contact the CAS at 519- 336-0623. For more information about the Kids Matter

campaign, please contact Executive Director Dawn Fle- gel at 519-336-0623, ext. 255, or text 519-384-3984, or email

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The Moore Museum’s Annual Downriver Craft and Gift sale is slated for Sunday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Watch the Beacon for more information on this and other events planned for later this year.

St. Clair Region Conservation Authority holds general meeting
St. Clair Region Conservation Authority (SCRCA) held its annual meeting on Feb. 24, high water levels and the subsequent damage it has been doing to shorelines was discussed. St. Clair Township Deputy Mayor Steve Miller noted it was of concern to everyone in attendance. “High water levels are a concern to everyone and certainly to St. Clair Township,” he said. “They could have adverse effects, not only to areas along the St. Clair River but to low-lying areas in the southern portion of the township. Another concern is the effects on farmland and roads if the (McKeough) dam has to be operated more frequently due to more flooding in Wallaceburg. These issues will be closely monitored by the township.”
St. Clair Township couple Lisa and Al Noguiera were presented with a Conservation Award for their dedication to the cause of conservation. They have planted 6,000 trees on their property on-going fight with the invasive
grass, phragmites, is also cause for congratulations.
The SCRCA has been busy with positive environ- mental projects over the last year. Board of Direc- tors Chair Joe Faas highlighted the following work that has been done: 40 flood bulletins issued during
15 different flood events; 68,000 trees planted throughout the watershed; over 12,000 students took part in the SCRCA’s Conservation Education programs; $8 million in federal funding received to support shoreline protection projects along the St. Clair River and Lake Huron and over $3 million in additional funding secured to support SCRCA initia- tives; 800 turtle hatchlings released into the Syden- ham River; moved towards a more streamlined reg- ulatory process to support provincial priorities and lower permit approval times; provided technical
and financial support to local landowners interested in implementing stewardship projects on their prop-
erty; and began detailed engineering and design SCRCA Board of Directors Chair Joe Faas speaks to board mem-
plan phase for management of remaining areas of bers including St. Clair Township Councillor Pat Brown and Depu-
contaminated sediment in the St. Clair River. ty Mayor Steve Miller (second and third chair on right side of ta-
ble). Bonnie Stevenson photo

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na Group Home. Everyone is welcome. For additional in­ formation please call 519-862-1628.

Mental Health Laws and Advocacy workshop
A Mental Health Laws and Advocacy workshop will be held on Saturday, May 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lambton Mental Wellness Centre,
109 Durand Street in Sarnia (lower level). The workshop is for family and friends of those with mental health challenges. Co-facilitators will be Margaret Capes, Community Law School, and Jen­ nifer O’Neil, Lambton Mental Wellness Centre. Topics will include: consen to tr atment; com­ munity treatment orders, privacy rights and men­ tal health care; social assistance (OW and ODSP) and Henson Trusts; and it will answer the ques­ tion “What is substitute decision making?” Partic­ ipan’ts must register for the workshop by emailing or by calling 519-344-5602.
Shibashi in Mooretown CANCELLED FOR APRIL
Shibashi a tai chi/qigong practice that aligns breath and’ movement for exercise and health, is being offered at the Moore Sports Complex on Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. until May. (See page 13 for more information).
Sombra senior fitness exercise classes CANCELLED FOR APRIL
The Sombra Senior Fitness chair exercise clas­ ses at Sombra Community Hall, sponsored by Lambton Elderly Outreach, have been changed to Mondays and Thursdays at 1: 15 p.m. (Please not_e the time change from 1:30 p.m.) The Forever Fit classes are held at 9 a.m. on Monday and Thurs­ day morni ngs, and at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays.
LEO fitness classes in Corunna CANCELLED FOR APRIL
The LEO Forever Fit class for seniors 55 and over is held at Thompson Gardens/Cruickshank Centre on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Weekly Souper Thursdays
The FREE Souper Thursday hot lunch hosted by Parkway Church, located at 551 Murray Drive in Corunna is now offered on Thursdays from 11:30
a.m. to ’12:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come to the church and enjoy a homemade lunch to eat in, take out, or even delivery. Those who require assistance can call 519-862-3380 to have lunch delivered. For more information, contact the church online at: parkwaychurch­ michelle@qmail .com
Cruickshank Community Centre weekly activities
The Cruickshank Community Centre at Thompson Gardens in Corunna hosts several activities each week including: “‘The Coffee Soci al, Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Cost is $1 for unlimited coffee and good company. *Fun Bingo is played Tues­ days at 1:30 p.m. Cost is a $1 fee to participate and $1 per card played. *Euchre games are being held at 1
p.m. on Thursday afternoons. The cost is $2 to play. On the last Thursday of he month, p_roceeds _are donated to a charity. The Apnl proceeds will benefit the Corun-

Courtright Friendship Club plays cards
The Courtright Friendship Club plays euchre every Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m. and now plays Pep­ per every Friday evening a 7 p.m. ?t the hall locat­ ed at 1533 Fourth Street m Courtright. Everyone is welcome to attend and try out their card skills.
Activities offered at Wellings in Corunna
Wellings Corunna, 180 Bun e :4venue i Corunna, will hold several weekly activities offering people enjoyable afternoons to socialize and meet new friends. Euchre will be held every second and fourth Monday of each month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for a
$2 fee, and bridge will be offe ed every Tuesday at
1 p.m. Call 226-778-0539 to re ister.
Low impact exerc1se offered in Brigden and Mooretown NO CLASSES IN APRIL
The West Lambton Community Health Centre (WLCHC) ¥-(ill offer low_ )r,:ipact exercise a the Brigden Fairgrounds exhibition hall, 2976 Brigden Ro ad, on Tuesdays and Thur days from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Register at your first class.
WLCHC classes will also be offered at the Moore Sports Complex, 1166 Emily Street in Mooretown, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Register at your first class.
Cribbage P.layed at
Cribbage is played every Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Corunna United Church on Hill Street. Come out, test your skills, and enjoy a morn­ ing of fun.
Pickleball will resume in May/June with beginner classes
The 2019 Pickleball season is on the way. Known as “the fastest growing sport in the world”, new adult players will be able to join the fun at the Co­ runna Athletic Park courts in May or June to take lessons. Watch the Beacon for details when pickle­ ball season approaches.

Celebrate the 45th anniversary of Moore Museum
free admission in June
In celebration of the Moore Museum’s 45th anni­ versary , free regular admission will be offered on Sundays through the month of June. Come and ex­ plore the intriguing exhibits and historic buildings at no cost.
16th annual
Sombra Optimist Car Show .
The much-anticipated 16th annual Sombra Opti­ mist Car Show is set for Brander Park on Saturday,
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• Moore Optimists annual egg hunt
• Photographic club to meet
• aoist tai chi in Corunna
• Sombra Optimists hold annual fish fry
• Good Friday prayer meeting in Corunna
• Easter Sunday Brunch in Brigden

Celebrate Mother’s Day in Brigden
The Moore Agricultural Society – Home of the Brigden Fair invites you and your family to treat mom to the Mother’s Day Brunch at the Brigden Fairgrounds exhibition hall on Sunday, May 10, with seating from 9:30 a.m. to 1
p.m. No reservations are required. The menu will in- clude: pancakes, eggs, hash browns, bacon, scalloped potatoes, ham, baked beans, toast, and beverage. Give mom the day off; treat her to brunch.

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