Phone: (519) 867-2021
Gardens at Thompson Gardens blooming with hope cc
Bonnie Stevenson photo
When the residents of Thompson Gardens look out in their back yard these days, they can forget about the viral threat that is keeping them isolated. The gardens they see are blooming with life and colour thanks to some residents who are using their green thumbs to create beauty and inspire hope. Above: Some of the residents out in the gardens on a sunny spring day include, from left: Katherine Sullivan, Judy Murren, Mark Gagnier, Wayne Pettit, Sally Townsend, and Art Long. Several other residents take care of the gardens, including Norma Dollbaar, who planted a nearby flower garden in addition to helping tend the three main gardens, and Joan and Ron Fewster. Ron built a latticed sitting area at the south end of the gardens. Retired gardener Charlie Nesbit was also an avid Thompson Gardens green thumb for many years. For more, see Green thumbs, page 8.
The St. Clair Township Beacon is currently published monthly online ONLY at the township website,
www. stclairtownship.ca – on the home page, top right black information bar, click on The Beacon.
Community Input Survey RFP approved
A Community Input Survey will be undertaken in St. Clair Township to gather opinions from resi- dents regarding the township’s core assets. This information will be applied to the upcoming Asset Management Plan and Level of Service document this fall. The telephone and online survey is being conducted by Probe Research Inc. this summer, and results will be analyzed and reported early this fall.
Request for concurrence approved
A request for concurrence in regard to the loca- tion of an Xplornet tower in Wilkesport at 1622 Ba- by Road was approved by council during the June
15 meeting. The approval was given after public consultation with the community and according to the township’s own policy for establishing telecom- munications sites.
Amended exotic animal by-law approved
The amended exotic animal by-law submitted to council at its June 15 meeting was approved. The updated bylaw does not include the further prohi- bition for pitbulls or any other breed of dog and is in accordance with Ontario Reg. 157/05. The up- date also removes minks from the prohibited ani- mals list. And a new section entitled “Exceptions” was added to the bylaw to allow case-by-case con- sideration of a request by a local landowner to per- mit any of the animals currently listed as ‘prohibited’.
Phase 2 opening in effect
The further opening of businesses under Phase 2 of the province’s COVID-19 reopening framework is now underway in St. Clair Township. Phase 2 allows gatherings of up to 10 people with the understand- ing that people observe the two metre physical dis- tancing requirement when interacting with individ- uals from outside of their household.
Outdoor patio installations and extensions tem- porarily approved by council will also be allowed subject to compliance with all Provincial orders and applicable liquor licensing. This consideration will be in effect as long as indoor eating facilities remain closed and it does not contravene the res- taurant’s zoning bylaw.
See More Municipal Notes, page 4
The Beacon of St. Clair Township July 2020 Page 3
2020 St. Clair Township Graduates
n behalf of all of us on Council, our Staff, and the residents of St. Clair Township, I offer my heartfelt congratulations and positive hope for the future to all of our Township’s graduating students.
It is an exciting time to be entering the next phase of your life journey, with so many opportunities to make the world better, stronger, and more positive, as well as an environmentally cleaner place for the generations following you.
Whether you go directly into the workforce, or attend post- secondary education, do it with a positive attitude, showing love for your community and those who live in it, and do try to make a positive difference, keeping a gentle spirit in all you do. Know also that there are many people here to support you.
Always remember, there is no one quite like you who has the talents that you do.
Mayor Steve Arnold St. Clair Township
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Measures recommended to prevent
The hot weather being experienced in Lambton
From page 2
Phase 2 openings (continued)
Faith communities will be allowed to open to 30 per cent capacity for indoor services, with congrega- tion members observing social distancing between individuals who are not from their households. Active screening and attendance lists will be required to allow tracing in the event an attendee should test positive for COVID-10, and increased cleaning and disinfecting of the premises will be expected. Sunday School attendance will be limited to a total of 10 people. Attendees are asked to avoid exchanges with others, and chronic or high risk individuals are cau- tioned to weigh the risks before attending a service.
For more information about reopening procedures
County has prompted several heat warnings to be issued recently by Lambton Public Health. Heat- related illness can be dangerous and should not be ignored. Symptoms to watch for include: rapid breathing, dizziness or fainting, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, extreme thirst and decreased urination with unusually dark urine. In extreme cases, it can raise body temperature to dangerous levels, cause confusion, stop sweating, and cause the victim to lose consciousness. If any of these symptoms are ex- perienced, the following steps should be taken as soon as possible: move victim to a shaded or air- conditioned area; give victim plenty of non-alcoholic fluids (alcohol can act as a diuretic and cause dehy- dration); and rest. Contact your health care provid- er, a family member or a friend immediately. If
and requirements, go online to
symptoms worsen, call 91.
And remember to NEVER leave people or pets in a
Use of “sea cans” for outside storage discussed by council
A discussion regarding the use of shipping contain- ers (sea cans) for permanent outside storage was dis- cussed at the June 15 meeting of council. Municipal staff has been asked to look into provincial and mu- nicipal precedents for this practice and report back
Mosquito larviciding has started
Lambton Public Health reports mosquito con- trol larviciding has begun in the county. This ef- fort is designed to impede mosquito breeding and control adult mosquito populations with the goal of reducing the incidence of West Nile Virus in the Lambton County.
In addition to the larviciding effort, property owners are asked to take the following steps: Re- move stagnant water around their property; keep eaves clear of debris; and drain water from con- tainers and toys.
When outdoors, the use of insect repellent containing DEET is also advised during the peak times or in locations where mosquitoes are ac- tive.
Safe disposal of dead birds
If dead birds are found, please dispose of it wearing gloves or a bag and discard it in a gar- bage container to put out with regular trash col- lection. The dead birds will not be collected by LPH.
For more information about West Nile Virus or dead bird disposal, call the West Nile Virus infor- mation line at 519-383-3824, toll free at 1-800- 1839, ext. 3824, or visit LambtonPublicHealth.ca
parked car. Pets are affected by heat just like hu- mans; they need a cool location to rest and fresh wa- ter throughout the day.
Due to COVID-19, cooling centers are limited. An- yone who requires assistance due to heat should call Lambton Public Health at 519 -383-8331 or 1-800-667- 1839 to inquire about possible access.
COVID-19 update from Lambton County Emergency Control Group (ECG)
The Lambton County ECG, comprised of representa- tives from all municipalities, meets regularly to gather COVID-19 related data and determine how to proceed un- der provincial guidelines.
The county received provincial approval to proceed to Stage 2 of the reopening process in mid-June. Local busi- nesses were encouraged to view guidelines and resources to assist with their openings ( ontario.ca/covidsafety). Residents frequenting these businesses are asked to con- tinue to observe physical distancing and proper hand hy-
giene, cough and sneeze into your elbow, sleeve, or other face covering, and remain at home if sick.
The group has also discussed the effects of severe weather and high temperatures. Currently, most designat- ed cooling stations are closed, but more information on emergency preparation can be found online at:
Further information and guidelines can be found at:
Yard Waste update
In order to reduce the amount of com- postable material directed to landfill, St. Clair Township provides yard waste collec- tion (directed to the compost site) in the spring and fall (see calendar for dates). Dur- ing this collection period, paper bags or con- tainers clearly marked with a large X must be used.
During the summer months, yard waste will be collected with the regular waste col- lection, subject to the 6-item limit. During this period of time, compost will be directed to landfill, not the compost site.
Residents will no longer be able to take
yard waste directly to Sarnia Compost.
Sewer main flushing
Public Works will be flushing sewer mains con- nected to the St. Clair Township sewer system, during the hours of:
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
May 2020 – Fall 2020
For current areas affected, refer to:
During this maintenance procedure, you may notice some gurgling noises in your drains.
If conditions persist after 24-48 hours of normal use, please notify Public Works at 519-867-2993.
St. Clair Township conducting Community Survey
St. Clair Township is gathering residents’ opinions about its services through a communi- ty survey.
From July 8 to 19, Probe Research, an inde- pendent public opinion research firm, will be randomly calling households on behalf of the Township and asking residents to complete a 10 to 12-minute survey.
This survey will be used by the Township to measure its performance in delivering key ser- vices, as well as identify citizens’ spending priorities and areas for improvement.
Your feedback is very important and valua- ble. If you are contacted, we hope you will take the opportunity to provide your feedback.
All Township residents can share their views by completing an online version of the survey that will be available on the Township’s web- site, www.stclairtownship.ca, between July 8 and 19.
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Corunna Legion donates to food bank
Not even a global pandemic can prevent our local Legions from coming to the aid of their communities. The Royal Canadian Legion Corunna Branch 447 recently donated $750 to the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Food Bank. With the pandemic causing job loss and indi- vidual crises, the need for donations to the food bank and other community aid organizations has never been greater. Here, Branch 447 President John Cormier pre- sents the donation cheque to food bank representatives Sue Mathany and Charles Mortley-Wood, with social dis- tancing in effect. Submitted photo
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Sandbags and sand available
St. Clair Township Council has approved emergency relief, free of charge, to residents of the township that are affected by the cur- rent flooding / high lake levels.
Sandbags and sand will be provided as follows:
A pile of bulk sand is located in the gravel parking lot
at the south end of Brander Park, 4555 St. Clair Parkway.
Please access the site from the driveway off Brander Park Road.
Empty sandbags will be available at this same site (next to sand pile) and will be stored inside a small storage bin. Residents may take up to a maximum of 500 per residential property and 1500 per commercial/industrial property.
Residents must fill and transport their own bags. Please bring a shovel. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this site will not be staffed.
Township staff will not provide further service. We do not fill, transport or remove sandbags.
SCTFD urges businesses preparing to open do complete safety check
A St. Clair Township Fire Department bulletin
Track inspection bus used to monitor and service New York Central Railway tracks
The track inspection bus from the New York Central Railway line was a frequent visitor to the Courtright railway terminal in the 1940s. These pictures from the Sirman Collection clearly show the wheels that transformed the road- worthy bus into a rail car. The photo, below left, shows the bus moving over the railway trestle west of Brigden.
The Courtright station was originally chosen as the western terminus of the Can- ada Southern Railway in 1869 and Courtright was named in honour of the company’s president, Milton Courtright.
W. Darcy McKeough Floodway comes in handy during these high water days
Many St. Clair Township residents have never known a time before the W. Darcy McKeough Floodway was constructed, but it has become an important part of the region’s flood control sys- tem.
The massive project was undertaken to reduce the threat of flooding in Wallaceburg but the journey from proposal of the floodway to its com- pletion was a long, contentious one.
Originally called the Wilkesport Dam and Diver- sion Project, it became the Sydenham Valley Con- servation Authority’s Project No. 65 in early 1970. A feasibility report that came to be known as the Dillon Report was undertaken and funded by a pro- vincial grant of $25,000.
In the course of getting the project underway, there was dissent by a group of Sombra ratepayer who called themselves Save Our Sydenham, (SOS). The group believed the project would affect thou- sands of acres of prime bottomland, taking it out of production, disrupting drains and encouraging the growth of cattails and stagnant water.
The authority was presented with a petition opposing the project and offering an alternate flood control plan for Wallaceburg. It was rejected as being too costly and ineffective.
Official word that the project had been post- poned indefinitely was received from Toronto in
In the months that followed, disputes over properties, easements, and what share of the to- tal cost of the project, which was up to $10 mil- lion by January, 1975, would be pay by the various stakeholders, delayed the project further.
Flash forward to Sept. 8, 1978, the project got underway with a ceremonial sod-turning at the west end of the proposed channel. It wasn’t with- out incident, as several landowners showed up to demonstrate peacefully because the authority was not willing to listen to their concerns before the construction began. Shortly afterward, more de- lays ensued as and it was 1984 before the project was completed.
Today, the seven-kilometre long grassy diver- sion channel runs west to the St. Clair River. It is controlled by two vertical sluice gates that remain open during normal flow conditions, but when riv- er levels rise, the gates are closed to divert flow down the diversion channel. The floodway controls about 37 per cent of the East and North Sydenham River drainage basins upstream of Wallaceburg.
The W. Darcy McKeough Floodway is the largest flood diversion project in Ontario, controlling about 37 per cent of the drainage basins upstream of Wallaceburg.
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The Port Lamb- ton 200th Commit- tee is seeking pho- tographs and infor- mation that will help illuminate the area’s heritage. To donate, please email the Port Lambton 200th An- niversary Historical Committee at portlambtonhisto-
contact Kailyn at the Sombra Muse- um, sombramuse- firstname.lastname@example.org
July 1 in Brigden – Party like it’s 1899!
The nattily-attired gentlemen of Armstrong Stores celebrate Canada’s birthday during Brigden’s July 1 parade.
Plant sale a blooming success
The Port Lambton 200th Anniversary celebra- tion plant sale has been a blooming success! Over 400 minature sunflower plants and 550 sunflower
seed packets have been sold and the remaining
The St. Clair River Trail Facebook page and website has added a new promo- tional video to its photo archive. The natural beauty of the trail comes alive on the screen. And while you’re look-
ing at the video and submitted photographs, why not
packets are at Shaykin Bait Variety Store. Anyone wishing to obtain a free packet can drop in and get one. The committee would appreciate having photos of the plants that have bloomed sent in to be shared on the Port Lambton Facebook page.
send us some of the shots you’ve taken while enjoying the trail? Like the St. Clair River Trail on Face- book and message us your pictures.
Check out Trail Facebook page, video, & website
170th Brigden Fair postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19
Follow the Brigden plowman to page 13
The Beacon of St. Clair Township July 2020 Page 13
Brigden fair postponed but the work still goes on
2020 was supposed to mark the 170th anniver- sary of the Brigden Fair. Plans were made and the celebration would have been epic. But COVID-19 has affected the entire summer season. Now, the 2020 Brigden Bluegrass and Country Campout, as
well as the Brigden Mar- ket, have been postponed
until the Civic long weekend of 2021.
In the words of John Lennon, “Life is what happens
A new welcome sign, left, and a grand new stone entry gate, above, is now on display. The gate, a gift from the late William C. Moore, was erected in
to you when you’re busy making other plans.” The Moore Agricultural Society (MAS), the remarkable organ- ization that brings the Brigden Fair to life year after year, is making the best of this challenging time by de- veloping a Plan B.
The group has turned its attention to the fair- grounds, making improvements all around the site. New cement work has been done to rehabilitate worn pedes- trian paths, new signage is in place, and the parking area to the east of the site is being improved.
recognition of service by the pioneers who found- ed the Moore Agricultural Society.
Above: The waterlogged parking lot of two years ago is being improved, with the first order of business being to walk the grounds harvesting the ‘rock crop. Right: MAS 2nd Vice-President Jason VanEsse and St. Clair Township Councillor Bill Myers precede the stone wagon looking for rocks to load. Left: A plow spreads and levels the truckloads of soil that were put
over the field to make it more car friendly.
Submitted photos For updates and information regarding the current status of activities in progress at the Brigden fair- grounds, visit the Brigden Fair website or Facebook pages.
The Empathy Gap for Seniors
Once again, our armed forces have saved us, this time from our blindness to the plight of seniors living in long term care (LTC) homes. Often referred to as nursing homes, these facilities house our most medically vulnera- ble seniors, those who require the most care.
The forces report submitted to the federal government describes a merciless state of affairs wherein the oldest of our society are subjected to the most suffering and de- praved conditions. It describes social isolation akin to soli- tary confinement, personal care tantamount to abuse and fatality rates of about 80% of all COVID-19 cases national- ly.
For too long an empathy gap has existed in our treat- ment of seniors. The adage “out of sight, out of mind” evolved for more than 25 years. This gap is reflected in a recent international study of long-term care in Canada wherein the highest proportion of virus deaths ranks us as the worst of 14 countries globally.
Corroboration of this desperate state of affairs is found in a Toronto area LTC home where the police are now in- vestigating criminal negligence for failing to provide the necessities to residents.
The necessity of having to bring in the army and the po-
lice is an odious indicator of elder care in Canada.
As a local senior care advocacy group, we join with oth- ers across the province calling for a full public inquiry into the state of LTC homes. It has been a cumulative lack of accountability from experts within government ministries who have shepherded the care of vulnerable elderly to this disastrous state. The time is now to close the empathy gap.
Premier Ford, show you care. Create a full public in- quiry.
Yours truly, Roger Gallaway, Arlene Patterson, Andrew Bolter,
Margaret Bell, Jennifer Mullins
NSCL Steering Committee
Express Yourself here
While the coronavirus is still causing concern and considerable disruption in St. Clair Town- ship, many children and adults have been filling their isolation time with creative projects
they are proud of. Those who wish to share their creativity with the community can do so here in the pages of The Beacon’s Express Yourself column.
Simply take a picture of your artwork or building project, or send a copy of your short sto- ry, poem, happiest memory, or whatever family-friendly subject is on your mind.
Send submissions to:
Sombra Museum seeks information to document COVID-19 era
Working in a museum, we tend to be concerned about doc- umenting and preserving the past, but right now we are living through an event that is unlike any we have experienced in the last century, if ever before, so the focus is very much on the present. So often, when looking through the archives we get very excited to find the shortest photo caption, post card, note, or on rare occasions, a diary recording daily life.
Looking for local accounts of the 1919 Spanish Flu pandemic and finding very little from the local perspective, we realized that we need our St. Clair Township residents to help us record and preserve memories of the present time for future genera- tions. What is going on day-to-day in Sombra, Wilkesport, Port Lambton, Mooretown, Lambton County, Canada, and else- where in the world?
Information we hope you will share includes:
*Shopping conditions and how they changed over time
*Adapting to working at home, and any challenges or crea- tive solutions that were needed
*Feelings caused by the outbreak and thoughts about social distancing
*Keeping children occupied during self-isolation
*Keeping adults occupied during self-isolation
*What new or newly rediscovered hobbies or crafts were taken up
*Stories from workers on the front lines and staffing essen-
*Struggles of family members or friends infected with the virus
*Stories of everyday heroes, i.e. people helping neighbours during self-isolation or people accepting inconveniences for the greater good
*How daily life and routines have changed
*For those who lived through the Great Depression, World War II, etc., are there similarities to those experiences?
*How social media and technology is impacting life in social isolation (using technology for the first time, using it different- ly)
Photos, videos, drawings, anecdotes, a few jotted thoughts
– we want all the family-friendly material you feel comforta- ble sharing (no explicit material)
Submissions can be sent by email to sombramuse-
email@example.com with the subject line “COVID-19 History Snap- shot”.
Please share this request for community life memories with as many people as possible. We encourage everyone to docu- ment this time, if not to share publicly, then for yourself and your family to look back and reflect on in years to come.
Take care and be well.
~Kailyn Shepley, curator, Sombra Museum
Moore Optimists hold Optimism and Hope Drawing Contest
The Moore Optimist Club is inviting kids and their fami- lies to brighten up their communities with driveway/ sidewalk chalk art.
From June 1 through July 1, the club invites families to draw pictures that will bring hope and smiles to their communities. When the pictures are finished, they can take pictures of their masterpieces and send the pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org before midnight on July 1. The picture should be sent with the following information: family name (e.g. the Smith family); children’s ages; ad- dress and phone number so that if they win, they can be reached with the good news.
Club members will judge the entries and the winning family’s name and drawing will be posted on the club Fa-
cebook page and here in The Beacon. The rest of the drawings will also be posted on the club website so every- one can enjoy the artwork.
PRIZES? YES! There will be prizes awarded for the first, second and third place entries: $100 for first; $50 for sec- ond; and a $25 gift certificate to the Dollar Store for third.
This contest is being held to offer something positive and fun for the community to enjoy in place of the sum- mer events the club has had to cancel due to COVID-19 restrictions. For more information, visit the Optimist Club of Moore website at http://www.facebook.com/
Club4548 or email: email@example.com .
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Wellings of Corunna
helping people stay connected
The negative effects of self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic have been showing up in many dis- turbing ways. Depression and anxiety over a lack of contact with family and friends has become a problem for many, especially seniors. One Co- runna apartment complex has found a way to virtually con- nect people via the Internet.
Wellings of Corunna has been providing iPads to their residents so they can chat face-to-face via Internet pro- grams including Skype, Facetime, Zoom, and other virtual meeting sites. Shelly Rogers, the leasing and com- munity consultant for Wellings of Corunna, first identified the problem while speaking to Wellings commu- nity members.
See iPad donations, page 17
Left: Wellings of Corunna residents take to their balco- nies to show support for community front line organi- zations. Inset: Wellings rep Shelly Rodgers, masked, and Bluewater Health rep Kathy Alexander during iPad presentations to community organizations.
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 www.rapidsfhteam.ca 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 is planned for Wednesdays, Sept. 16, 23, 30 & Oct. 7 from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
iPad donations help connect families
From page 16
Ms. Rodgers explained how this effort began and how it has expanded. “When the pandemic broke out, I had a couple of community members who were separated from their spouses (one in hospital and one moved on to LTC). The one couple had a staff worker who had an iPad so they could still see each other and talk. The other was not able to do that, so they chatted as best they could under the circumstances. Both partners have since passed (on). At that time, I thought, ‘This is terrible. What can we do to help?’ So we ordered a bunch of iPads to donate to various organizations to help families stay connected.”
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 next series is slated for Wednesdays Nov. 18, 25, Dec 2 & 9 from 10 a.m. to noon.
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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.
Two months later, $12,000 worth of iPads arrived at the Wellings of Corunna complex and they were distrib- uted to people and organizations that required them. Recipients included: Bluewater Health, Charlotte Englehart Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospice, Vision Nursing Home, Meadowview Nursing Home, Huron Boys Home, and the Sarnia Women’s Interval Home.
Ms. Rogers says the iPads have made a positive dif- ference to the Wellings residents who received them. “Staying connected is an integral part of living well and our residents tell us that their Wellings iPads have been a life changer during the unsettling times we are living through,” she said. “Our hope is that this gesture of kindness will continue to multiply and deliver many smiles to many people living in the area, for many months to come.”
“I shall pass through this world but once; any good things, therefore, that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any human being or dumb animal, let me do it now. Let me not deter or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” ~John Galsworthy, British author and 1932 Nobel prize winner
Note: These events, services, and activities will be dependent on the COVID-19 restrictions and precautions that are currently in effect.
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St. Andrew’s foodbank remains open
Although St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church is closed for worship services due to the COVID-19 emergency closure, the food bank at St. Andrew’s Church on Col- borne Street in Corunna is still in operation every Wednesday evening 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.
The food bank offers 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 ap- proximately $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.
Donations of non-perishable items are always wel- come. These include not only food, but household sup- plies like laundry soap, household cleaners, and toilet tissue, and personal hygiene items like toothbrushes, soap and shampoo, deodorant, and shaving items.
The need is especially great during the cur- rent virus emergency so please support your local food bank (Sacred Heart food bank in Port Lambton) if you can.
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Free access to Ancestry Online
Lambton County Library cardholders now have free ac- cess to Ancestry Library Edition until May 31. Billions of historical documents are at your finger tips. This popular resource is perfect for those who wish to research their family histories. This online resource is typically only avail- able on-site at library locations and at the Lambton Coun- ty Archives. In addition to the Ancestry resource, library cardholders can access eBooks and movies to fill those self
To access the Ancestry Online Library visit
www.lclibrary.ca and log-on to your library account using the My Account button. Cardholders who do not have a PIN code can call 519-845-3324, ext. 5266 or email library-
firstname.lastname@example.org for help. And to access the Lambton County Museums online catalogue, visit
www.lambtonmuseums.ca and follow the link to the Re- search Catalogue.
MAS Harvest of Gold 2020 raffle
The 2020 Harvest of Gold raffle tickets will be available for sale at all Brigden Fairground events. The cost will be
$5 per ticket or 3 for $10.
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Well water safety still a concern
Lambton Public Health (LPH) is encouraging residents with private water wells to test their water supply about three to four times per year, and also in the event of the well being flooded by excessive rainfall or high water lev- els. Harmful bacteria may enter the drinking water supply making it unsafe for consumption.
LPH Public Health Inspector Vicky MacTavish cautions, “Until you can test your well water (after flooding), use bottled water for daily use including drinking, making infant formula or juices, cooking, making ice, washing fruits and vegetables, and brushing teeth.”
If your well is flooded, it should be disinfected and tested as soon as the water recedes and at one-week in- tervals for three weeks afterwards to ensure the water is safe for drinking. The test for bacteria (total coliform and
E. coli) and water sample 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 Ex- mouth Street, Point Edward, and at Bluewater Health CEE lab, 450 Blanche Street in Petrolia. (Please note there may have been changes to the way samples are received. For a full schedule of access times for these locations, as well as resources on how to take a water sample, visit LambtonPublicHealth.ca
During the COVID-19 pandemic, access restrictions are in place. Please call before visiting the office. Learn more about testing options at Lambtonpubli-
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Volunteers needed for telephone support
Now more than ever, 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 tele- phone help line, their call will be answered. For more information or to volunteer, call Donna at the Family Counselling Centre, 519-336-0120. This service is funded by the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton.
St. Joseph-St. Charles Catholic Church Community to participate in food program The St. Joseph-St. Charles’ Catholic Community in Co-
runna, along with the Catholic churches in Petrolia, For- est, and Watford, has worked collaboratively with the Boys and Girls Club of Sarnia-Lambton to extend Project Backpack, a food assistance program, into Lambton Coun- ty. The program provides a bag of nutritious 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 program 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.
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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 vol- unteer in the community and fundraise to put on their own programs and to donate to other youth programs. Hours spent volunteering with the club can be used to- ward 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 information, call Mary Lou at 519-862-3950.
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Down River Junior Optimist Club new members ages 10-18
New members are being sought for the Down River 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 Lambton Community Hall on the third Monday of each month. High school students can acquire volunteers hours needed for graduation. For more information, call Carla at 226-402- 3870.
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Family Counselling Centre
Good listeners are needed by the Family Counselling Centre to staff the Distress Line, speaking with individuals who need support and need to feel connected. Volunteers are also needed to staff the Tel-Check program line, plac- ing daily calls to seniors and persons with disabilities who live alone and are feeling isolated. To register 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 invites 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 information, call 519-542-4447 or visit the church website at www.stclaircc.ca
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 ages) 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. An- drew’s Presbyterian Church at 437 Colborne Street in Co- runna. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m. with a meeting at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Wendy at 519-381-5584.
Nature still thrives at Lambton G.S. site tle was in the process of laying eggs when she was
The Lambton G.S. site may be coming down, but work still continues on keeping the grounds groomed and ensuring that the large wildlife habitat east of the site continues to thrive.
St. Clair Township resident Jamie Dreveny of OPG Engineering and Tech Services, below left, is currently overseeing the site. But he’s also using his landscaping skills to keep the north berm boxwood planting in im- maculate shape, below centre.
Behind the station site, the wild habitat is still thriv- ing with new life. Below right: This female snapping tur-
discovered. Mr. Dreveny says the crew was quick to ensure the safety of the turtle’s maternity site.
“We saw this snapper by Lake Lambton this morn- ing,” he said. “After she laid her eggs, we put a screen over the mound to keep the racoons, skunks and foxes out, but the newborn turtles will be able to squeeze through and carry on.”
Neal Kelly, Director of Media, Issues, for OPG In- formation Management said,” The wetlands and the wildlife habitat still exist on the Lambton site. None of these have been removed as a result of demolition. We are managing and monitoring for the near future.”
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, marks- manship, 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 in- formation, call 519-332-6555 or visit: www.petroliacadets.com
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