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January, 2021

January, 2021


Issue 1

Volume 14

January 2021

O F S T . C L A I R

Window shopping? Maírín Ring and Joe Doherty were among the many visitors who enjoyed a stroll through the Moore Museum grounds over the holidays to safely enjoy a museum experience without going through even one door. Each window of the out-buildings at the site was decorated with scenes from Christmases past, using many of the museum’s many Christmas artifacts to tell a different story. Moore Museum photo

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COVID-19 Lockdown closes MSC
The province ordered a province-wide lockdown to begin on Dec. 24 at midnight after overall provincial COVID-19 cases rose to twice the “red” level (a threshold that has been set to indicate the need for this extreme measure). It is hoped a united lockdown will stop the inter-provincial spread of the virus and decrease the current numbers of hospitalized and intensive care patients. MPP Bob Bailey commented, “This shutdown will limit travel across the province to help prevent the potential spread of infection and protect health care ca- pacity throughout Ontario.”
At the Monday, Dec. 21 meeting of council, the lockdown, as it applies to the Moore Sports Complex, was discussed. The complex is now closed until the lockdown is lifted. Rink 2 will be removed to convert the rink to an indirect system, which will also require the construction of a new plant room. In-floor infrastructure will also be installed to allow the ice pad to be retained all year long. The work depends on the availability of an experienced contractor that can handle the project. It is hoped the project can be completed by September, 2021.
See More Municipal Notes, page 3

From page 2
The pool is also closed due to the lockdown. Lifeguard train- ing will be delayed until the pool is reopened.
Mayor Arnold commended the MSC staff for the work they did to prepare for the reopening of the facility earlier this fall and for reopening the facility safely when the first shut down ended.
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Bylaw 73 of 2020 discussed: off-road vehicle use of municipal roads
As of January 1, 2021, Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act (HTA) will be amended to allow the use of off-road vehicles (ORV) on municipal roads if a municipality does not already have a by-law that places prohibitions on their use.
Citing safety concerns associated with the provincial amend- ment, St. Clair Township is developing Bylaw 73 of 2020, which prohibits the use of ORVs on municipal roads.
A bylaw will allow the OPP to police the roads the same way they currently enforce Highway Traffic Act requirements to con- firm licensing and insurance, and to enforce HTA safety measures. It will also provide exemptions to allow work ORVs and all-terrain vehicles to be used by farmers, rural residents, and trappers on municipal roads as part of their general practice.
Further, the public meeting that was to be held before the coronavirus safety protocols were put in place will still take place when the COVID-19 protocols are lifted. The bylaw will be revisit- ed at that time and the public will have an opportunity to voice their concerns and opinions. If necessary, the bylaw can be amended.
Bylaw 73 of 2020, the Off-Road Vehicles Bylaw, is still in the development stage and details have not yet been finalized.
Earlier in 2020, a group of hobbyists asked council to consider permitting the use of ORVs on municipal roads. The request was made before COVID-19 safety measures prevented the public from attending and participating in a public input meeting. Coun- cil postponed the bylaw discussion until the public could attend.
The situation changed when council was informed the High- way Traffic Act would be amended on January 1, 2021 to permit the use of ORVs on municipal roads if an ORV by-law was not already in place.
The Clerk’s report to council on Dec.7 explained that, in the absence of a specific municipal ORV bylaw authorizing or restrict- ing the use of ORVs on municipal roads, the provincial amend- ment would automatically permit the use of ORVs on all town- ship roads. But owners would still be subject to the licensing, insurance, and safety requirements enshrined in the Highway Traffic Act .
At that time, Mayor Arnold asked staff if Lambton County and other municipalities in the county had made any decisions re- garding the provincial amendment, and he noted the Ontario Provincial Police might like to see all of the municipalities adopt a uniform approach. Staff was directed to acquire information from other parts of the county and report back to council’s Dec. 21 meeting.

Council receives vaccine distribution implementation plan
Ontario’s vaccine program is a three-phase plan that will give first priority to populations at risk including: residents, essential caregivers, and staff at seniors congregate care facilities; health care workers; Indigenous adults; and adult recipients of chronic home care. An estimated combined total of two million doses of vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are expected to be used in this phase. The second phase will be carried out when the stock of vaccines increases. Recipients will be an expanded range of those who are in the same category as the first phase. The third phase will be vaccines available to every Ontarian who wants to be immunized.
A firm schedule has not yet been released and will depend upon the on-going availability of vaccines .

Waste &
Recycling Placement

This is a reminder to all residents to place waste & recycling on the boulevard approximately one metre from the curb, or where no curb exists, one metre from the shoulder of the road.
Waste should not be placed on road or
over any portion of the curb, it should not be placed any further than one metre to ensure it is collected. Waste that is placed on the road or curb can affect pub- lic works operations (street sweeping, snowplows, etc.).



It’s that time of year again! With the winter weather around the corner, your home is at risk of frozen water meters and pipes. This can stop your flow of water and may be costly to repair. Property owners are responsible for protect- ing water pipes and meters from damage. Here are a few tips to help prevent frozen water meters and pipes:
• Eliminate cold drafts near water pipes
• Turn off service to external water taps
• Insulate your pipes that are most prone to freezing
• Make frequent use of your water supply
• Know where your shut off valve is inside, in case a pipe bursts
If you suspect your pipes are frozen check the following:
• Most likely the pipes near an outside wall, or where the water service enters the house through a foundation wall are frozen. Start by opening a faucet near the frozen pipe to avoid a burst line, when water starts flowing.

• NEVER use a blowtorch or open flame to thaw a line.

• Begin by warming the pipes using a blow dryer, heating pad or portable heater (Do not leave electrical devices unattended or place near flammable materials)

• Once water starts flowing, allow a small stream of water to continue until heating is restored

• Eliminate drafts and allow heat to circulate to avoid refreezing
Water Department
Office Hours Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
After Hours Emergency: 1-888-441-4204
Renovation and Home Ownership programs continue to accept applications
The County of Lambton continues to accept applications for the Lambton Renovates and Homeownership Down- Payment Assistance programs. Lambton Renovates is a one-­time financial assistance program for home repairs, and the Homeownership Down-Payment program offers one-time financial assistance in the form of a 20-year forgivable loan for a 10% down payment to be used towards the purchase of a new or resale home.
“Both the Lambton Renovates and Homeownership Down-Payment Assistance programs offer a unique funding opportunity to eligible Lambton County residents,” says Mackenzie Kada, Project Coordinator.
Applications can be downloaded at and Interested applicants can also call the Housing Services Department at 519-344-2062 to request a paper application by mail.
The Lambton Renovates program offers financial assistance to eligible households in one of two ways:
• One-time assistance in the form of a 10-year forgivable loan, secured by registration on title, for home repairs to a maximum of $20,000 per household.
• One-time assistance in the form of a grant, which does not require repayment, for accessibility improvements to a maximum of $5,000 per household.
Eligible repairs under the Lambton Renovates program may include major repairs and rehabilitation required to make your home safe while improving energy efficiency, or modifications to increase accessibility.
The Homeownership Down-Payment Assistance program offers financial assistance to eligible households living in rental accommodations. The program offers one-time assistance in the form of a 20-year forgivable loan, secured by registration on title, for a 10% down payment to be used towards the purchase of an affordable new or resale home.
Applicants for these programs must meet a number of qualifications related to residency, income, asset level and home value, which can be found online at and


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How to Contact Hydro One
In the case of an emergency or power outage you can reach us by calling one of our emergency numbers below.
• Hydro One Power Outage & Emergency Line: 1-800-434-1235
Use this number to report a power outage, fallen tree hazard or emergency (24 hours,
?days a week)

• Hydro One Media Relations:
416-345-6868 or 1-877-506-7584
After-hours, on weekends and holidays: 1-888-254-3992

• Hydro One Community Relations
Hydro One’s Media and Community Relations staff members are available to answer questions and concerns from elected officials (e.g. MPP’s, Mayors, Reeves)

Monday – Friday: 1-877-345-6799

For More Information
In the event of an emergency or power interruption we encourage you to take a moment to visit www.HydroOne .com, follow Hydro One on Twitter or check any one of the links below for more information:

• Power Outages & Safety Information
• Interactive Power Outage Map Outlining Planned & Unplanned Power Outages
• Contact Us

Hydro One transmits and distributes electricity in the province of Ontario however; there are other local distribution companies that may serve your community. Visit the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) website at to find your local utility.

Hydro One’s Emergency Preparedness Team

• Emergency Preparedness
416-603-4308 /1-844-791-1155
Hydro One’s Business Continuity & Emergency Preparedness team plans for and assists with Hydro One’s internal response to any significant disruptions to our electricity system. Please use the communication resources listed above for power outage and restoration information. In the event of an extraordinary situation, contact the team and special arrangements will be made to facilitate appropriate levels of support to you and your community.

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St. Clair Fire urges residents to keep fire safety top of mind

St. Clair Fire is warning people to stay diligent in 2021 as fire fatalities reached a high in 2020; between Jan. 1 and Dec. 8, 2020, 97 people died in fires in Ontario.
There are simple things you can do to prevent a fire from happening in your home, starting by making sure every- one knows what to do if a fire starts.
How to protect yourself and your loved ones
Reduce fire risks in your home:
• Always stay in the kitchen when you are cooking. Unattended cooking is a leading cause of home fires.
• Keep a close eye on anyone drinking alcohol and attempting to cook or smoke.
• Encourage smokers to smoke outside the home and outside the garage. Thoroughly extinguish all smoking ma- terials in water or sand.
• Always blow out candles before leaving the room.
• Avoid overloading electrical outlets. Extension cords should be used only as a temporary connection. Avoid running electrical cords under rugs, which can damage the cords and cause a fire.
• Ensure items that can burn are at least one metre away from space heaters.
• Do not attempt to sterilize or decontaminate face masks for re-use by heating them in a microwave oven. Various fabric or metal components can overheat or create sparks and cause a fire if heated in a microwave.
Practice your home fire escape plan:
• Ensure everyone knows two ways out of each room, if possible.
• All exits must be unobstructed and easy to use.
• Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older adults and anyone who needs assistance to escape.
• Choose a meeting place outside, such as a tree or a lamppost, where everyone can be accounted for.
• Call the fire department from outside the home, from a cell phone or a neighbour’s home.
• Once out, stay out. Never re-enter a burning building.
• If you live in an apartment, talk to the building superintendent to learn about the emergency procedures
• outlined in the building’s fire safety plan.
And make sure your smoke alarms work by testing them monthly; just press the test button. Only working smoke alarms can give you the early warning you need to safely escape a fire in your home.
For more information on fire and life safety, please contact St. Clair Fire at 519-481-0111 or on Facebook @stclairfire.

Are you ready for them? Don’t wait to find out what you SHOULD have done to get through a catastrophic windstorm or snowstorm, a lengthy power outage, or a man -made incident. Do you have an adequate supply of daily medications, water, flashlights, food, drinking water, pet supplies, baby supplies, etc.? Make sure your emergency kit is prepared and ready for un- expected emergencies. Go online to: and get all the information you need.

Sarnia library expands contactless curbside pickup service, limited theatre use
Lambton County has expanded its contactless curbside pickup service to the Sarnia Library. However, public ac- cess to the library for computer use, wi-fi use, and academic study will not yet be permitted until the HVAC system is replaced.
The rental of the Sarnia Library Theatre will be permitted and can be reserved by individuals and community or- ganizations for digital recording and the broadcast of live performances, as well as practice and instructional purpos- es. This may include other associated space like dressing rooms, but audiences will not be permitted. To reserve the theatre, call 519-337-3291, ext. 5902 or email: . Bookings must be accompanied with an attendance list at the time of arrival, clearly listing the name and contact number of each person (for contact tracing purposes). Everyone attending the library building must self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms before entering and remain at home if symptoms are present, and all COVID-19 safety protocols will be observed within the building. More information for theatre use can be found at: .

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Holiday windows

General Store windows decorated with vintage toys for good girls and boys.

With the pandemic keeping Moore Museum closed, De- cember 2020 was very different from the usual year, when hundreds of students would visit to view the deco- rations, pull taffy, and create a craft. But COVID-19 was- n’t enough to stop the museum staff from sharing some old-school good cheer with the community.

Museum staff simply moved the season outdoors for the community to experience safely. Visitors peering in the windows saw holiday scenes that provided the perfect backdrops for family outings and family photos.
Moore Museum photo

Sombra Museum seeks information/photos to document COVID-19

Please help the Sombra Museum preserve memories of this sad time in our history.
So often, when looking through the archives we get very ex- cited to find the shortest photo caption, post card, note, or on rare occasions, a diary recording daily life. Looking for local ac- counts 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 memo- ries of the present time for future generations. What is going on day-to-day in Sombra, Wilkesport, Port Lambton, Mooretown, Lambton County, Canada, and elsewhere 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 creative solutions that were needed.
* Financial challenges.
* 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 essential services.
* 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 differently).
Photos, videos, drawings, anecdotes, a few jotted thoughts – we want all the family-friendly material you feel comfortable sharing (no explicit material).
Submissions can be sent by email to: with the subject line “COVID-19 History Snapshot”.

Moore Museum seeks information about history of former Moore Twp. schools
Did you attend a school in the former Moore Township prior to 1963?
Moore Museum is developing another virtual exhibit for our website, this one featuring brief histories and photos of the schools in the former Moore Township prior to centralization in 1963. There were 19 school sections in Moore, four of which were union schools – two shared with Sombra Township and two with Sarnia Township. The map, shown above, indicates the location of these schools.
If you have information on the history of any of these schools, or photos (or scans of photos) that you would be willing to share with us, we’d love to hear from you. We would appreciate details about any school in the township, but especially School Sections #6, #13 and #19 Moore, as our research files contain some information for most of the school sections in the township, but we have no information at all for those three. Information can be sent to We look forward to hearing from you!
Connect with Moore Museum
We want to hear from you. Please follow the link on the home page of to our online sur- vey. We very much appreciate input from our community and, as a thanks for your assistance, survey respondents will be entered in a draw (to be held on November 13, 2020) to win a 2021 family membership and $25 gift shop gift certificate. In addition to our website and our Facebook page at, we are now also on Instagram @mooremuseum so you can watch for news from Moore Museum.
~Laurie Mason, curator, Moore Museum

All the best for 2021 to everyone in
St. Clair Township
~From the volunteers and staff at the Moore Museum

Moore Sports Complex closed again
The COVID-19 pandemic has once again closed down the Moore Sports Complex (due to the latest provincial lockdown), and the closure means that the pool and Rink 2 is out of operation.
But the temporary opening in the fall allowed the restart of some programs, including the Parent and Tot swim.
The Beacon was allowed to document one of these happy sessions in early December. Here’s a wet and wild visit with the water babies and their moms.
A group of moms and their babies enjoy some watery fun and exercise during a recent Parent and Tot ses- sion (see more on page 11).
Stevenson photo

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Moms and tots bond over water activities at MSC pool

The Parent and Tot class gets underway for a half-hour of bonding and water play. Water play has been found to develop hand-eye coordination as well as math and science concepts. Foreground: Mom Jennifer, and Nora, 9 months.

Mom, Megan, and 8-month old Milo retrieve the ball for water play.

Above clockwise from left: “Swim teams” Megan/Milo, 8 months Jessica/Beau, 16 months; Rachel/Daniel, 6 months; Laura/ Theo, 7 months.
Left: Emma, 9 months, gives the photogra- pher a moment of her time to pose with her ball while mom, Jess, waits patiently.

Mom, Kristi, and 15-month Gatlin play shower with a toy watering can.

The water babies return to the deck to learn how to jump into the water, with mom standing by, of course.

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. You must register to participate. Space is lim- ited.
For more information go to or to register call 519-339-8949 and speak to reception.
Diabetes Prevention program
The Diabetes Prevention program will start on Tues- day, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. online via ZOOM. This interactive program is designed for people who have been told by their primary care providers that they have pre-diabetes. The program will feature two registered dietitian coach- es, nutrition guidance specific to your individual needs, physical activity, and stress management led by qualified professionals. There will also be practical strategies to address challenges to a healthy lifestyle to help you pre-

vent diabetes. To register, ask your primary health care provider for a referral or call 519-339-8949.
Heart Healthy cooking series planned
The Rapids Family Health Team will offer a virtual Heart Healthy cooking series beginning Feb. 10, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. via ZOOM. The interactive one-hour classes will run on three consecutive Wednesdays and include cooking demonstrations with a focus on nutrition advice to reduce your risk of developing heart
disease. Series classes are being held online via ZOOM to acknowledge that February is Heart Month. To register, call 519-339-8949.
Just a reminder that our lab
is open weekdays for all residents
Monday to Friday –
7:30a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Rapids Family Health Team speeds COVID-19 testing process
The newest COVID-19 testing and respiratory assessment centre at the Rapids Family Health Team (Rapids FHT) Pontiac Drive site is now up and running in Sarnia. The dedicated testing facility offers the public prompt access to testing and diagnosis for COVID-19 and upper respiratory infections, without the hassle of a long wait at the ER.
Cynthia McColeman, Rapids FHT Communications Director, says, “With the flu season coming, as well as avoiding even more issues with flu, respiratory and COVID-19, we want to make sure we’re getting people the care they need in a very timely manner while utilizing resources, because some doctors may not have their offices open yet.”
The facility adheres to strict COVID-19 safety protocols. “Our people are all in full professional PPE so they’re well protected and being supported,” said McColeman.
The site has a separate entrance and testing is done quickly provided patients make an appointment. No walk-ins are accepted. Testing ensures infected patients will be able to isolate to prevent their friends, co-workers, and mem- bers of the public they come in contact with from becoming infected. Everyone attending the centre is required to wear a mask and sanitize their hands upon entry.
The respiratory assessment centre is open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. each night and is staffed by local physicians that have family practices, as well as ER doctors, specialists and nurse practitioners, to ensure people are getting the care they need without going to the ER.
Respiratory tests look for symptoms of flu, pneumonia, and upper respiratory infections of all kinds. A COVID-19 test may be done at that time as well if the patient has not had one done in the recent past.
The COVID-19 test uses a simple cotton swab to take a sample from the nose and it is admittedly uncomfortable. It begins with the patient filling in a permission form, followed by some simple health questions, after which the test is done. The actual test takes only a moment to do.
Testing results are received between 48 and 72 hours after they are sent for processing.
Another testing centre is located at the Access to Care centre at 481 London Road. Symptoms include: difficulty breathing, a severely sore throat, nasal congestion, and anything respiratory-related. A special clinic will be in opera- tion during the COVID-19 and flu season. The clinic is open from noon to 8 p.m. for those who are symptomatic, and those with respiratory issues can see a doctor between 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Patients should check to see if they can get a timely appointment with their family doctor before seeking an ap- pointment at these clinics. No walk-ins are accepted during the pandemic.
Those who need a test can make their own appointments by going online to: or calling 510-491-6188.
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The Lambton County Emergency Control Group recently continued discussing the merits of the vaccine candidates currently available. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is already being distributed to priority populations in Ontario, and the Moderna vaccine is under review for use in Canada. The general public is urged to continue observing COVID-19 safety precautions. Priority will be given to front line medical professionals and high risk segments of the population.
The group, comprised of representatives from all municipalities in Lambton County, has been meeting since the pandemic arrived. Updates on the local coronavirus spread have been heard from the County’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Ranade have been received on a regular basis. The group has also kept an eye on the level of personal pro- tection equipment (PPE) available within the county and has discussed measures to be taken if the county’s positivity rate increases. Up-to-date information on COVID-19 is available on the Lambton Public Health and Province of Ontario websites. Facility closures and a list of financial supports and resources are listed on the Lambton County website.

OCT alters operation to ensure Christmas for those in need
The needs of the less fortunate in St. Clair Township did not take a holiday this year; in the north township (Ward 1) Operation Christ- mas Tree (OCT) made sure food and children’s toys were available to them, with the Sacred Heart Food Bank (Ward 2) performing the same important function.
OCT President Stan Marsh said donations were good this year in spite of the pandemic. The annual Christmas effort received $11,000 cash, gift cards, as well as toys and canned goods from Sir John Moore Community School, and other sources. Left: Busy sorting dona- tions are, from left: Pres. Stan Marsh, Opti- mist volunteers Ken Nimmo, Jayce Abrams, and Mary Lou Abrams.

The annual OPP drive-through dona- tion event for OCT was one event that needed very little tweaking to conform to COVID-19 safety protocols. The out- come was a steady stream of generous donations from the community. Helping out in the sally port (donation recep- tion area) were, from left: Police Aux- iliary members Dawson Nethercott and Darien Primeau; Cst. Katie Hill; volun- teers Kate Harding; Lilly Lassaline; Eli- sa Priala; Selina Lesenciuc; and Alina Irvine.

St. Clair Township Rec Club donation in lieu of party
Operation Christmas Tree was also the recipient of a donation from the St. Clair Township Rec Club. With COVID-19 restrictions in place, a Gift Card option was used instead of a social event. Employees had an option to receive a $150 gift card to a local business, or to do- nate part or all of that total to a ‘pot’.
Spokesperson Julie Dolbear says the Rec Club raised
$925 for Operation Christmas Tree as a result of the donations.
OCT President Stan Marsh commented, “St. Clair Township can be proud of the fact that they support Operation Christmas Tree. People need to realize there is a definite support in the township.” He noted dona- tions had been received from locations outside of Lamb- ton County.
Left: Rec Club representative/administrative as- sistant for Community Services Julie Dolbear, right, presents Mr. March with the donation cheque . Sue Knight, Coordinator of Facilities and Parks, was also on hand for the presentation.

Bonnie Stevenson photos

Dow donation to Corunna school part of community support effort
The St. Clair River DOW site employees were recently part of a company-wide effort to provide community support at its lo- cations across Canada. Many local organizations, charities, and schools were the recipients of this support effort.
In Corunna, Colonel Cameron Public School received 50 STEM kits to help further Grade K-12 students’ studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
This year, Dow’s St. Clair River site in Corunna was proud to support the following organizations: Mike Weir Foundation in support of ACCESS Open Minds Project in Sarnia-Lambton, Oper- ation Christmas Tree, Royal Canadian Legion Corunna Branch 447, St. Joseph’s Hospice, Corunna Volunteer Firefighters’ Asso- ciation, United Way of Sarnia-Lambton, Captain Kidd Days, Bluewater Health Foundation, Indspire, Let’s Talk Science, En- actus and Green Learning.
Dow’s community support is focused in three areas: Devel- oping tomorrow’s innovators by supporting science, technology,

engineering and math programs; advancing sustainable solutions to drive progress toward a more circular economy; and building inclusive communities by partnering with local organizations to create more inclusive places to live and work.
In a media release, Tyler Edgington, president of Dow Cana-

During a recent donation of 50 STEM kits, St. Clair River site Dow employees Paula McLean, centre, and Amy Cun- ningham, right, presented the kits to Principal Kathy Myers

da, said, “This year, 400 Dow Canada employees volunteered close to 3,000 hours to support non-profits, schools and munici-
“Amazing generosity” of the community brings joy to many: Operation Christmas Tree

Operation Christmas Tree is delighted to announce that, despite 2020 pandemic fundraising challenges, our team is able to report that fundraising results have sur- passed our goal. Due to community generosity, Opera- tion Christmas Tree assisted 85 local families and 100 children through our annual food and toy collection pro- gram in St. Clair Township Ward 1 (Corunna, Courtright, Mooretown, Brigden, and surrounding areas). This could- n’t have been done without the amazing generosity of individual, business and corporate donors and the Opti- mist Club of Moore volunteers for their time. Thank you to our community supporters: the OPP for their annual drive-through collection, Corunna Volunteer Firefighter

fundraisers, Corunna Legion, as well as those who pro- vided creative ways to help: Knights of Columbus for their sold- out drive-through breakfast, and to local ele- mentary schools for initiating their can drives and family donations. Thank you all for stepping up and recognizing the need for this valuable cause, and enabling us to pro- vide for those that need it most during the holiday sea- son.
For a complete list of business and corporate donors visit:
Stan Marsh, President Operation Christmas Tree

Modern changes helped Sacred Heart Food Bank (Ward 2) continue service to community during COVID-19

The Sacred Heart Food Bank was originally formed in the late 1960’s and was known at that time as St. Vincent de Paul. St. Vincent de Paul was founded by Henry Faubert and Bernard Sterling of Pain Court, who recruited local assistance from Joe Reedy, Joe Johnston and Father Les Horvath of Sacred Heart Parish. Mr. Faubert and Mr. Sterling loaned the group $200 to get the group started. (Joe Johnston remains an active member of the group as a committee member as well as a director with- in the Sacred Heart Food Bank.)
The food bank is a non-denominational group; religion has no influence on who receives assistance from it. The continued generosity and contributions from our local Anglican, United and Catholic Church in Port Lambton range from monetary do- nations to supplies, and includes the use of the Anglican Church basement as a storage space for non-perishable food items throughout the year.
On average, the Sacred Heart Food Bank supports between 50-70 families with food hampers at Christmas and 15-20 fami- lies on a more regular basis throughout the year. All of these families reside within St. Clair Township, Ward 2 (formerly known as Sombra Township). Our group provides these individ- uals and families with gift cards to purchase their own grocer- ies, along with any food items that are available through com- munity donations.
Over the course of the last 60 years, there have been many

different initiatives and fundraising efforts to help support the growth of the food bank. A Fowl Bingo, Charity Auction, and Cookie Walk are three of our annual fundraisers that experi- ence great success. Our largest scale annual event is our canned food drive which typically takes place every Novem- ber. Last year as a group, we were able to collect and distrib- ute over five tons of food and hygiene items to our local fami- lies in need.
This year, due to COVID-19, the Sacred Heart Food Bank collectively decided that, for the health and safety of canvass- ers and residents, there had to be significant changes to the format of the food drive. The area to be canvassed, which ex- tended east from the St Clair River to the Kimball Road (as the east border) and from Stanley Line to Whitebread Line (as the south border) would be divided into smaller zones. These zones were canvassed over a span of weeks allowing time for dis- tancing and safety protocols to be met. The food drives were spaced out from Sunday, Sept. 13 to Sunday, Nov. 22. Flyers were distributed in mailboxes notifying residents when their specific zone would be canvassed. Residents were asked to place their non- perishable food items out for contactless, porch pick up. We are grateful for the wonderful support we received during this difficult time.
Jenn Johnston Director with the current Sacred Heart Food Bank.

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he creative process can come to us at any time in our life. For Annie McLaughlin of Corunna,
the creative process was with her for much of her life, but she did- n’t have time to put it into prac- tice until she was 87 years old.
The self-taught artist, now 94 years old, has developed her own kind of folk art to perfectly cap- ture the subject she knows very well – rural life in Lambton Coun- ty. Although her painting career has been relatively short, it has been prolific, and nobody is more qualified to weigh in on the sub- ject.
She has been a life-long resi- dent of the land. Born in Wallace- burg in 1926, and by the age of 16 she was working in a factory that made airplane parts.
She and her family worked hard to save up for a farm. By 1944, they had enough to buy a farm in Corunna. Annie says the move north was because the land in Wallaceburg was expensive and Corunna was more affordable. The move turned out to be a good one

Corunna artist featured at Memories of Rural Life
exhibit at Lambton Heritage Museum

Annie McLaughlin during the opening of the Memories of Rural Life art exhibit.

for Annie, who eventually met her husband-to-be living at the neigh- bouring farm across the road. “I guess you could say I married the boy next door,” she said.
She married her husband, Ted, in 1952 and they lived “on the home- place” for 47 years. “It was a peace- ful and quiet way of life,” she said.
She moved into Corunna in 1999 after the death of her husband and since then, the homeplace has been torn down, with only the silo and a few trees remaining on the property. Annie’s knack of projecting her

unique knowledge and love of the land and nature is evident in her work, which has been exhibited in many locations throughout Lambton County. They include: the Corunna Library; Victoria Hall (Victoria Play- house Petrolia); the Judith and Nor- man Alix Art Gallery in Sarnia; the Oil Museum of Canada; and the Gal- lery In The Grove in Bright’s Grove, which held her first exhibit when she was 90 years old.
Memories of Rural Life runs until April 10, 2021. A virtual slide show of the exhibit and more about the

life of Annie McLaughlin is featured online at
In-person visits can be reserved online at
bookyourticket. Admission is $15 per family; $5 per adult; $4 per senior/student; and $3 for chil- dren, with children under age three and under admitted free.
Museum hours are: Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11
a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursdays from
11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Museum CLOSED Dec. 20 to Jan. 1, 2021.

Children’s Aid Society ensures that “Kids Matter”

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

Note: events, services, and activi- ties will be dependent on COVID-19 restrictions in effect At the time.
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Sacred Heart food bank –
the need continues
The community side effects of the coronavirus have resulted in constant need for supplies at lo- cal food banks. Many people have lost their jobs due to shut downs and closures. Now more than ever, our neighbourhood food banks are called up- on to gather more food. And with the weather get- ting colder, nourishing food and warm clothing are more important than ever. In Ward 2, The Sacred Heart Food Bank recently completed it’s annual food drive, but the efforts of the volunteers col- lecting throughout Ward 2 didn’t yield nearly as many donations as in past years.
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. An- drew’s Church on Colborne Street in Corunna will be open 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 approximately $75 per week to purchase. Anyone wishing to make a financial do- nation to the food bank can do so through Food Bank, C/O St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 437 Colborne Drive, Corunna, Ontario, N0N 1G0. Gift cards to Foodland and No Frills are also welcome.
Donations of non-perishable items are always welcome. These include not only food, but house- hold supplies like laundry soap, household clean- ers, and toilet tissue, and personal hygiene items like toothbrushes, soap and shampoo, deodorant, and shaving items.
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Well water safety remains a concern during high water levels
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 levels. Harmful bacteria may enter the drinking water supply making it unsafe for consumption.
If your well is flooded, it should be disinfected and tested as soon as the water recedes and at one-week intervals 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 Exmouth Street, Point Edward, and at Blue- water Health CEE lab, 450 Blanche Street in Pe- trolia. (Please note there may have been chang-

es 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
During the COVID-19 pandemic, access re- strictions are in place. Please call before visit- ing the office. Learn more about testing options at -novel-
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 need- ed 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 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 Corunna, along with the Catholic churches in Petrolia, Forest, and Watford, has worked collab- oratively with the Boys and Girls Club of Sarnia- Lambton to extend Project Backpack, a food assis- tance program, into Lambton County. The pro- gram 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 com- munity partners. People who qualify for this pro- gram can find these bags at the St. Joseph Catho- lic 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 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 programs. Hours spent vol- unteering with the club can be used toward mem- bers’ volunteer hours at school. The club meets the first Monday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Courtright Community Centre (closed during COVID-19 shutdown). For more information, call Mary Lou at 519-862-3950.
Down River Junior Optimist Club new members ages 10-18
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New members are being sought for the Down Riv- er Jr. Optimist Club. Youth between the ages of 10 and 18 are invited to get involved with the commu- nity 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 volunteer hours needed for graduation. For more information, call Carla at 226 -402-3870.
Local TOPS weight control group meetings
Local TOPS weight control groups can be con- tacted for information as follows: Brigden—519-864
-1865; Corunna-519-381-5584. People of all ages are welcome to attend.
Good listeners wanted –
Family Counselling Centre
Good listeners are needed by the Family Coun- selling 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, placing daily calls to sen- iors and persons with disabilities who live alone and are feeling isolated. To register or to find out

MAS event to be rescheduled as restrictions ease
The Moore Agricultural Society’s popular beef din- ner, which was cancelled in March, is one of the events that may be rescheduled to later this year if/ when the appropriate “gathering restrictions” are approved. Everyone who purchased tickets for the March beef dinner is asked to hold their tickets for a future date, even if it is in 2021. When the date is set, MAS is looking at refunding the ticket price for those who cannot attend.
For more information as the situation changes, watch the Brigden Fair website at: or the Brigden Fair Facebook page.

more about this effort, call Donna at the Family Counselling Centre, 519-336-0120, ext. 251.

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:

Brigden Fair 50/50 draw yields big prize; help for local charities
Giving Back to the Community
In spite of the lack of the 2020 Brigden Fair, Moore Agricultural Society (MAS) con- tinued to give back to the community.
Due to COVID-19, Brigden Fair hosted a private treaty sale of Feeder Club Calves and Lambs, and offered sides of pork to previous buyers and donors. Meat product packages from three beef and seven market hogs were donated to Wallaceburg Salva- tion Army, Inn of the Good Shepherd, Petrolia Food Bank, LCDS Group Homes, Huron House Boys Home, Women’s Interval Home and OHANA Landing. Thank you to Weiland Meats and Dresden Meat Packers for preparing the donated meat. Special thanks to our buyers and donors: Unifor Local 848 of Sarnia; Brigden Feed Mill & Cash & Carry Feed Bin, Petrolia; Dresden Meat Packers; B&A Langstaff Farms; World’s Finest Shows;
George Langstaff & Sons Construction; Great West Auction Company; Kelly’s Construction Services; Lorne & Theresa Pumfrey; Adam and Randa Harris; John Langstaff; Riedl Farms; Horsemen Motorcycle Club; Wilbur Farms; Scotia Bank Petrolia; FCC – Farm Credit Corporation; Brad Langstaff – Country Seeds; Childs Farms; VanEsse Show Cattle; COMA Crossbred Cattle; Weiland Meats; CF Industries; Domenic Eramo and Murphy Acres.
Moore Agricultural Society would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a prosperous and joyous 2021. May you enjoy and create amazing memories during the time spent with family and friends as we all traverse thru the changes COVID-19 has brought into our lives.

We will see you soon and wish you all the best.

Your Brigden Fair Family!

Photos clockwise from top right: *At the Brigden Fair office, last-minute 50/50 ticket sales were brisk when the office held a one- day in-person sale. Customers Connie McCorkle of Sombra and Howard McKellar of Mooretown
wait MAS President Malcolm Rogers, left, and family Jack and Cara Philipson, husband Ian Philipson, Nia and Gid- eon Philipson. The children were allowed to choose one charity each to receive a donation from the winnings. Chosen charities included: Operation Christmas Tree; Vineyard homeless shelter in Sarnia; Inn of the Good Shep- herd; and the Angel Tree in Petrolia. *MAS members Shari and Dennis Robinson, who deliver packages of meat products to various charities on behalf of MAS, unload a delivery.

Jan. 12: Lasagna, Caesar salad, garlic bread, and des- sert. The cut-off date for orders is Jan. 5.
Jan. 26: Chicken Cordon blue, potatoes, veggies, and dessert. Orders will be taken Jan. 12 to Jan. 19.
Please call in and book your pickup time, as the Le- gion kitchen capacity limits the number of dinners that can be produced.
Contact the Legion at (519) 862-1240.
Moore Ag Society general meeting
The Moore Agricultural Society’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at the Brigden Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall. Current members will be notified of meeting details and additional information will be sent by email or regular mail.
Brigden Fair quilt draw tickets on sale
Tickets for the Brigden Fair Quilt Draw are on sale now and are available from any member of the Brigden Fair Homecraft Division or can be purchased through e- transfer. Email to tell us how many tickets you want to purchase, including names and contact information for the tickets. The cost is $2 per ticket or three for $5, and can also be purchased in larger quantities. This gorgeous, handmade quilt was lovingly created by members of the Homecraft Division. Draw Date is Thanksgiving Monday, Oct. 11, 2021.
West Lambton Community Health programs

Virtual Chair Exercise: Monday at 1:30 p.m. To register, call 519-344-3017 ext. 237, or email: to receive the Zoom link.
Virtual Shibashi, SET 1: Friday, 11 a.m. 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. To register call 519-344-301,7 ext. 237, or email: to receive the Zoom link.
Virtual Shibashi, SET 2: Wednesday, 11 a.m.
Shibashi Set 2 also consists of 18 more advanced steps. It is perfect for those who are familiar with Shibashi Set 1.
Virtual Seated Yoga: Tuesday, Jan. 19; Tuesday, Feb. 23 @11a.m. To register, call 519-344-3017 ext. 237, or email:
Virtual Meditation: Mondays, 11 a.m. Increase self esteem, improve concentration, lower blood pres- sure, reduce stress and anxiety, emotional balance.
Helps you appreciate life more.
To register call 519-344-3017, ext. 237, or email: to receive the Zoom link.
Virtual Night Light: Taking registration for winter program. Find hope and wellness while managing mental illness.
Virtual Kids Cooking: Tuesday, Jan. 12. Our Reg- istered Dietitian has recorded some exciting recipes and uploaded the videos to the North Lambton Community Health Centre YouTube page for everyone to enjoy. The first five families to register will also get free groceries to cook the recipes. To register call 519-344-3017, ext. 237, or email: To register, please call 519-344-3017 ext. 223.
Virtual Me, My Mask & I: Wednesday Jan. 20 @ 1:30 p.m. A session created for those with questions, frustrations and/or personal challenges surrounding the sudden need to wear a mask. To register, call 519-344- 3017, ext. 237, or email:

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