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August, 2021

August, 2021

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Simple summer fun on the St. Clair River makes special memories

Summer sunshine, a warm breeze, and a baited hook is the perfect recipe for passing a few hours on the river. This family at Guthrie Park across from Stag Island may not have caught ‘the big one’, but this is the stuff memories are made of.
Bonnie Stevenson photo

“Vax To School” Program underway

Lambton Public Health encourages students ages 12 to 17 to get their first or second dose of vaccine in order to ensure a safer return to in-person school classes. Those who require a first dose are urged to be vaccinated in time to return to school on September 7.
Appointments are currently available for Aug. 4, 5, and 6.
For more information, visit
or call LPH Vaccine call centre at 226-254-8222.

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Unique new subdivision proposed for Courtright
A new concept in subdivision planning is being pro- posed for a large vacant property in Courtright. At the July 5 virtual public meeting (via Zoom), council heard a presentation from Dave Hannam, agent for the proponent, Southside Construction Management Ltd. (Prior notice of this meeting was given to resi- dents in the affected area.)
The presentation was to aid council’s deliberation regarding the rezoning of a large parcel of land bor- dered by Main and Emi Streets between Eighth Street to the east and Sixth Street to the west. Rezoning would amend the current R1-h2 designation to R1-11- h2, which would provide for an exception to the R1 zone, allowing subordinate stand-alone second dwell- ing units to be erected. Second dwelling units are currently permitted within an existing primary resi- dence or over a garage if municipal by-laws are ob- served. However, stand-alone second units are unique to this application, requiring an exemption from cur- rent lot coverage requirements. An amendment to the current by-law would allow an increase of up to 40 per cent in lot coverage to accommodate the second dwelling.
Mr. Hannam pointed out the land under discussion is privately owned and already zoned for residential use. He described the project as having 61 detached lots with most having frontages of about 50 feet. Lots will vary in size from 613 square metres to 813 square metres for corner lots. They will accommodate one primary detached unit with two attached enclosed garage ports, each fronted by one additional external driveway space. The back yards will be spacious, al- lowing for the building of a secondary dwelling or out building such as a garden shed. A 16-foot-wide lane- way runs along portions of the northern boundary of the proposed subdivision, a remnant left from a long- demolished former subdivision.
To prepare for the proposed subdivision, Mr. Han- nam explained traffic impact, environmental, ge- otechnical, and archaeological studies and resulting reports had been prepared and submitted. Traffic im- pact studies on the surrounding neighbourhoods con- cluded the proposed development would not substan- tially impact the surrounding area and no extra road improvements would be warranted.
Citing Bill 108, a new provincial planning bill, Mr. Hannam explained the bill has been made to “provide a better range of housing options within the existing stock, including the provision of residential units within buildings, as well as accessory buildings.” Stat- ing the rationale behind the Courtright subdivision proposal, Mr. Hannam added, “We’re just asking for the definition to reflect the fact that the province now is encouraging them to be provided within acces- sory structures.” He described how the Courtright development would address the intent of Bill 108. “We’re seeking a five per cent increase in lot cover- age for this subdivision to provide greater flexibility for future homebuilders with regard to the option of

constructing a second dwelling unit within the acces- sory structure,” he said.
Several residents from the subject area participat- ed in the open virtual Zoom question period. A con- cern was raised regarding the adequacy of the 1.2 – metre-wide passageways between residences if emer- gency responders required access to the back of the dwelling. Mr. Hannam responded the building require- ments must meet requirements for this type of access. The privacy of the residences was another concern, and Mr. Hannam admitted some issues might arise. “Some privacy issues may arise but good planning is about balance,” he said. Fences will be part of the
overall subdivision plan.
When asked if this type of subdivision had been tried in any other municipality, Mr. Hannam said his group had experience with second units within princi- pal buildings, and attached garages, but not in a de- tached zone. “We haven’t had the opportunity to deal specifically with this issue,” he said.
The number of families/individuals allowed to in- habit each property was also discussed. County Plan-
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August 2021 Page 3

Nicole presented the rationale for this project and how the group intends to achieve it. The estimated cost of the new park would be approximately
$200,000, with a 50/50 split of the cost between the

ner Ken Melanson explained the planning act no longer spoke about “families”. “We don’t use the term any more,” he said. “We regulate the use, not the user.”
Mr. Melanson addressed a resident’s concern about the impact of 61 new dwellings attracting a significant number of new residents to the town, which is cur- rently considered low density. He pointed out the ap- plicant had supplied a planning justification report that outlined their rationale for the subdivision. “It’s not actually a high-density form of development,” he said. “When we classify densities of development, ad- ditional units like these that are embedded in an ex- isting dwelling or on top of a garage are meant to be what’s called “gentle density”; it’s density that can integrate into the community. It may change the com- munity slightly, but you’re not going from a single de- tached dwelling to a 20-storey condo building. It’s meant to keep the forms of development in a manner akin to what’s there.”
At the conclusion of the public meeting, several areas of concern were left unexplored, but Mr. Han- nam assured Council his group is willing to cooperate with the township and county to resolve them. “We understand this is a big deal for some of the local resi- dents and we’re willing to work with staff and resi- dents to try and refine this,” he said. “This proposed development is supported and encouraged by all levels of current land use planning policy…This will provide a mix of housing types that can help all facets of the market in options for local residents.”
Council was also assured the proponent would pro- vide, in writing, any additional clarification with re- gard to the functionality and anything derived from the July 5 council meeting.
In light of the new information arising from the open meeting, Council voted to table their vote on the by-law amendment to allow more information to be gathered and outstanding questions addressed.
Information relating to the proposed zoning By-law
33 of 2021, which would amend the Comprehensive Zoning By-law, can be inspected during regular busi- ness hours in the Clerk’s office at the St. Clair Town- ship Municipal Office, 1155 Emily Street in Mooretown. It can also be viewed at the County of Lambton De- partment of Planning and Development, 789 Broadway Street in Wyoming.
Please note: Individuals or public groups who do not make an oral or written submission to the Town- ship of St. Clair before Council makes its decision on the by-law are not entitled to appeal that decision before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT). In addition, these individuals cannot be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the LPAT unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to do so.
Skate Park proposed for CAP
A committee comprised of avid local wheeled sport enthusiasts representing skateboarders, inline skaters, scooter and bicycle enthusiasts, as well as their par- ents, local employees, and business professionals, have united to advocate for a new skate park at the Corunna Athletic Park. The well-used skateboard facil- ity previously available at the park had been on site for many years and had deteriorated, leading to its removal and prompting the formation of a committee to replace it. “I spent many years at that park and it was difficult for all of us to watch it go,” said commit- tee spokesperson Nicole Krohn.
During the group’s July 5 deputation to council,

committee and St. Clair Township.
The east end of the park is the proposed site for the installation of a 7,200 square-foot concrete pad, which will accommodate an above-ground skate park. The design will include: stairs, rails, ramps/half pipe, and a separate pump track (a hilled cycling track used in BMX racing).
“Our hope is to provide opportunities for our wheeled enthusiasts,” said Nicole. She explained the committee consists of people from all sectors of the community. “We have youth who have talked about what their skate park might look like and parents of the youth who have been transporting their kids to either Aamjiwnaang or Port Lambton to utilize their skate park, local employees and business profession- als…our committee is comprised of people who actu- ally, genuinely care about what’s going on with youth in Corunna.”
Nicole says the township’s under-30 demographic comprises 32 per cent of the local total population. “This happens to be the generation of skateboarding, rollerblades and bikes; these kids are all craving a place to go that they can call their own community,” said Nicole. “It’s for people of all ages, all skill lev- els.”
She listed some of the physical and psychological benefits afforded by access to a community skate park. In addition to physical strength and coordina- tion, (studies have shown) wheeled sport enthusiasts build self-reliance, personal control and motivation, confidence, and an outlet to promote mental health. “This is a good outlet for mental health,” said Nicole. “Over the last year and a half, in dealing with COVID- 19, we have found that technology has been a huge component of what we’re going to be dealing with in the future. A skate park would be an awesome oppor- tunity (for youth) to find that outlet, find that re- lease, get off their devices and get together to start community and start collaborating with other youth.”
During the discussion that followed Nicole’s presentation, several concerns were raised by coun- cil. Insurance exposure and the need for park supervi- sion and set hours of operation are among the items for which council requested more information. The matter was tabled until staff reviews the logistics of the skate board facility project and reports back to council.
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Some St. Clair Township Services suspended
St. Clair Township complies with provincially-enacted COVID-19 protocols
The reopening of the municipal office may align with Provincial re-opening plan Phase 3 (see page 11)
Up-to-date details for municipal office operations can be found at the St. Clair Township website
Some of the Township of St. Clair’s services may be suspended.
Those services still being offered can be expected to have a delay.
Several employees are working from home but will have access to their email.
Please email or leave a voicemail and the employee will get back to you as promptly as possible.
The following services have resumed but significant delays can be expected:
a) Issuance of Marriage Licenses
b) Issuance of Lottery Licenses
c) Processing of all Planning Act Applications
The following Township buildings are closed until further notice:
a) Moore and Sombra Museums
b) St. Clair Township Civic Centre
c) Emergency Services Building (Fire Department)
The Township thanks you for your continued patience throughout these
difficult times and it remains our priority to offer professional and courteous service when we’re able.
All Planning Applications can be accepted at the Civic Centre by appointment.
Employees will continue to occupy these buildings and can be reached their email or by phone at:
a) Moore Sports Complex 519-867-2651
b) Public Works 519-867-2993
c) Finance/Drains/Clerks/Building/Planning 519-867-2021
d) Fire Department 519-481-0111

SLEP offers free services to small businesses and entrepreneurs

The Sarnia Lambton Economic Partnership now offers local business owners free access to specialized services provided by professional advisors through its Business Enterprise Cen- tre. Services include: human resources, legis- lative compliance, operations management, marketing, brand development, and sales strategies.
One hour consultation services are now available through video platforms. Confiden- tial consultations are provided by highly- qualified experts in their fields, from a certi- fied Human Resource Professional with 15 years experience to a successful Sales and Marketing innovator who has pitched ideas to the television business pros on Dragons Den and Shark Tank.
The SLEP Business Enterprise Centre focuses on supporting entrepreneurs who are function- ing within the new small business economy. The centre will assist: those who are in start- up mode; purchasing a new business for the

first time; or looking for support to add a new revenue stream as they pivot to meet the evolving needs of their customers.
The Virtual Service Advisor initiative is part of Small Business Centres (SBC) Ontario, launched in February, 2021. It is functioning as the Ontario Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Network. Funding for this network connects 54 Small Business Enterprise Centres (SBEC) loca- tions that have been in operation for 30 years through support from the Ontario Government, as well as local and regional governments.
The formalized network offers local ser- vices, events, locations, and e-learning in one web portal- – to increase awareness and access to supports available for small businesses as they recover from the eco- nomic impact of the pandemic.
Don’t try to struggle through your small business challenges alone.
To learn more about this program, contact SLEP at 519-332-1820, email: smallbusi-, or go online to:
This enhanced program will be available until Sept. 30, 2021.

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Sanitary backup prevention

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2021 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
The County of Lambton and its partner Clean Harbors Canada Inc. will be holding the next Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program on Saturday, Sept. 25. These popular events offer Lambton County residents an opportunity to dispose of household hazardous waste at no cost.
The final opportunity for residents to safely dispose of their household hazardous waste will be held on Saturday, Oct. 30. All events are held at the Clean Harbors Lambton Facility (4090 Telfer Road, St. Clair Township) from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Additionally, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, event attendees are asked to follow physical distancing and safety protocols, including the following:
> Package materials in disposable containers (i.e. cardboard boxes) as they will not be returned;
> Place materials in the trunk or back of their vehicle to maximize distancing for event staff when collecting items; and
> Remain in their vehicle at all times, as event staff will be removing materials from the vehicle.
“Corrosive, toxic, reactive and flammable materials will be collected at these events,” says Matt De- line, Public Works Manager, County of Lambton. “These items should never be placed in a regular landfill because they have the potential to injure workers and damage the environment.”
Examples of these types of accepted materials include:

Items NOT accepted include: PCBs, commercial, industrial, radioactive wastes, electronics,
and explosives (flares and ammunition).
For more information visit the County of Lambton’s website at: or call 519-845-0801.

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Applications being accepted for renovation and homeownership programs

The County of Lambton is accepting ap- plications for the Lambton Renovates and Homeownership Down-Payment Assis- tance Programs.
The Lambton Renovates program pro- vides one-time financial assistance 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.
Applications can be downloaded at lamb- and homeownership. Interested applicants can also call the Housing Services Department at 519-344-2062 to request a paper application via 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 forgiva- ble loan, secured by registration on title, for home re- pairs to a maximum of $20,000 per household.
One-time assistance in the form of a grant, which does not require repayment, for accessibility improve- ments to a maximum of $5,000 per household.
Eligible repairs under the Lambton Renovates pro- gram may include major repairs and rehabilitation re- quired to make your home safe while improving energy

efficiency, or modifications to increase accessibility.
The Homeownership Down Payment Assistance program offers financial as- sistance 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 a new or resale affordable home.
“Both the Lambton Renovates and Homeownership Down- Payment Assistance programs offer unique funding op- portunities to eligible Lambton County residents,” says Mackenzie Kada, Project Coordinator. “We encourage all residents to review the eligibility requirements and, if eligible, apply to the program that best suits their needs.
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 lamb- and homeownership.
Applicants are asked to review the Lambton Reno- vates Information Sheet and the Homeownership Down Payment Assistance Information Sheet prior to complet- ing an application.

Four deserving students from areas within the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority watershed were recently presented with SCRCA 2021 Scholarships by SCRCA Chair Joe Faas and SCRCA Vice-chair Larry Gordon.
The conservation scholarship program rewards graduat- ing high school students who are pursuing post-secondary studies in a conservation-related field and who have demonstrated high academic standing and involvement in environmental initiatives.
Zachary Zavitz from Strathroy District Collegiate Insti- tute in Strathroy, and Nicole Guthrie from Northern Colle- giate Institute and Vocational School in Sarnia, were awarded with the 2021 A.W. Campbell Memorial Scholar- ships. Both will be studying Environmental Science/Studies at Trent University this coming fall.
Johanna Ni Xiu deKoning from Holy Cross Catholic Sec- ondary School in Strathroy was awarded the Tony Stranak

University, while Lucie will be attending Trent University pursuing an Honours Science degree in Conservation Biolo- gy.
Two separate in-person scholarship presentations were held to ensure COVID-19 protocols could be observed. SCRCA Chair Joe Faas commented, “It is always such a delight to meet with our scholarship recipients…The young people we have acknowledged today will be our future conservationists and will take an active role in the important environmen- tal issues that face our region.”
The scholarships are made possible through trust funds established by the St. Clair Region Conservation Founda- tion and its donors. In honour of the SCRCA’s 60th Anniversary being celebrated in 2021, the Foundation generously approved additional funding to support all ap- plicants to the 2021 scholarship program. In total, $5,000 was awarded

Conservation Scholarship, while Lucie Slakmon, a student from Northern Collegiate Institute and Vocational School in Sar- nia, received the Mary Jo Ar- nold Conservation Scholarship. Johanna will be pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Environmen- tal Studies at Wilfred Laurier

Photos counter clockwise from top right: Nicole Guthrie receives A.W. Campbell Me- morial Scholarship from Larry Gordon and Joe Faas; Lucie Slakmon receives Mary Jo Arnold Conservation Scholarship from Larry Gordon, left, and Joe Faas; Johanna Ni Xiu deKonig receives Tony Stranak Conservation Scholarship from Joe Faas; Joe Faas pre- sents A.W. Campbell Scholarship to Zachary Zavitz. SCRCA photos

Bird’s eye view of new NOVA Corunna / Rokeby polyethylene processing plant

The new NOVA Corunna facility along Rokeby Line, the company’s second Advanced SCLAIRTECH technolo- gy facility, has been through a few challenges since construction on the new polyethylene plant began in early 2018.
Originally slated for start-up in late 2021, the pan- demic hit and a government-directed lockdown led to the majority of the workers on the site being sent home. It is unclear if the project will be completed by late 2021, as originally announced.
In conjunction with the new construction, the crack-

er at the original facility next door has been expanded by about 50 per cent to provide feedstock to the new plant. When completed, NOVA’s polyethylene produc- tion capacity will increase by about 950 million pounds (450 kilotons) per year.
The combined facilities will make St. Clair Township home to two world-scale plants (the first was the Pe- trosar plant which is now NOVA Corunna).
This aerial photo of the Rokeby site as of mid-July supplied courtesy of Mike Coene, Bluewater Drone Pix

Tourism Sarnia-Lambton launches “Tour Ontario’s Blue Coast App
Ontario’s first Economic Developers Council of Ontario Insider App

recreational experiences.

A new marketing campaign and mobile app, Tour Ontario’s Blue Coast, will reward people for exploring this region’s many culinary, cultural, and

Each time an app user physically visits one of the locations listed on the app, they will collect 10 points. When100 points have been gathered, they can be redeemed for a $10 gift certificate to be used at more than 300 local businesses.
An account can be created by downloading the app, then

This free download from the App Store and Google Play will provide a curated guide to Ontario’s Blue Coast, along the St. Clair River and Lake Huron, including its many beaches, breweries, mu- seums, restaurants, wineries, and more.

providing name, email address, and postal code; this information will help Tourism Sarnia Lambton improve the region’s offerings to visitors.
For more information, visit:

The Ontario reopening continues with Step Two in most areas of the province on June 30. (Exceptions are hot spots in and around the GTA as well as Waterloo, where municipal officials have chosen to stay in Stage One due to the prevalence of the fast-spreading Delta variant in the community.

The Roadmap to Reopen is the latest provincial strategy aimed at getting our daily lives back to the cuddly, maskless days we now hope to soon enjoy. It’s also a necessary guide to rehabilitating the economy and to restoring our ability to move freely through the world.
Tourism Sarnia-Lambton has supplied the Beacon with this outline of the three-step plan which we hope everyone will read and follow. The list of restrictions listed here is not com- plete but it answers many common questions about what each step will allow.
Following this three-step plan has brought us success so far. We have taken to heart the instructions laid out in this ‘roadmap’ and, at least for Lambton County, we can look for- ward to a cautious version of the summer we remember. Most of us have made the right choices: we’ve listened to our medi- cal specialists (not conspiracy hacks); acquired our protective vaccinations; and observed the diligent use of masks and hand hygiene.
To those who have not yet been vaccinated, please do so. Vaccinations are now open to most of the gen- eral population. A bright future can only replace this pandemic if we become the fuel that powers our com- munity’s recovery.
Regardless of your belief, COVID-19 is real. The threat is still real. And it will take real action and real commitment by everyone to set us free.

Pirates, scoundrels and war on the St. Clair River?
Bonnie Stevenson
When we look out at the St. Clair River any time of year, we may see grand freighters carrying vital goods and resources that keep our economy humming. We may see pleasure yachts, kayaks, tall ships, or Coast Guard vessels plowing through the ice, fishermen patiently waiting for “the big one”, and all manner of modern wa- ter craft in motion.
But in the 1800s, the view would have been vastly different and, perhaps, a lot less pleasant.
Historian John C. Carter’s book, Piratical Doings on the River St. Clair, conjures a much different picture of what we could expect to see, for those were the days when pirates and scoundrels plied the waters, and unrest across the border spilled over onto our shores.
Dr. Carter says he became fascinated with early life on the St. Clair River in 2012, when he was a guest speaker at the Sombra Museum’s lec- ture series. His subject was the Rebellion of 1838, also known as the American Patriot War, the Upper Canadian Re-

forts didn’t always bear fruit. “He felt the subject was under researched and poorly documented,” said HSC President Dave Pattenden. “He feared it would soon be forgotten in dusty old filing cabinets.” When he contact- ed a historical group in Michigan, they had nothing to contribute. “They tried to be helpful, but they knew nothing,” he said. “Much has been
But taking a page from the Indiana Jones play book, John remained determined to continue his inquiries. Pi- ratical Doings on the River St. Clair is the result of his deep dive into historical archives, as well as conversa- tions he had with those who are acquainted with rebel- lion lore. After all of the information had been assem- bled, John knew it couldn’t just be recorded with entries in a notebook; he had enough material, including some photos and illustrations, to write a book.
When the book was complete, Heritage St. Clair (HSC) was tasked with editing and distributing it, and the book’s cover art is done by HSC member Paul Smith. Up- on completion of the project, John was as good as his word; he generously donated the book to Heritage St. Clair. “HSC is grateful to Dr. Carter for trusting the valu- able result of his work to us,” said Dave Pattenden. “Much has been written about this conflict, with the ex- ception of the raids across our St. Clair River.”
Since the publication of “Piratical Doings”, John says he has discovered two more incursions in the St. Clair region, including one on Walpole Island, and he contin- ues to search for information. “I probably have another whole book of stuff I’ve found since the book was pub- lished,” he said.
A book signing by author Dr. John Carter will be held at the Sombra Museum when the COVID-19 pandemic precautionary protocols have been lifted, but books can

Dr. John C. Carter

bellion, and the Farmer’s Re- bellion.

be purchased ahead of time. A limited run of 120

“My talk was about the rebellion in a larger context, but I knew there were some events here (along the riv- er), but when I asked folks at the meeting, no one knew anything about it,” he said. As word spread about John’s presentation, it became clear some of the people were anxious to find out. His inquiries soon caught the atten- tion of an avid local historian and member of the Sombra Museum, the late Al Anderson, and an immediate friend- ship ensued.
“I told Allan ‘I’m going to research more and whatev- er I get, I’m going to write it up and the historical com- mittee can have it,” said John. The seeds of John’s fu- ture book had been sown.
John’s academic background in Museum Studies and History, and his subsequent interest in the Rebellion of 1938, began in 1977 when he was appointed curator of the John R. Park Homestead in Colchester, Ontario. (The homestead had been a station on the Underground Rail- way prior to the U.S. Civil War.) The historical infor- mation he uncovered during that time piqued his curiosi- ty as to what was going on along the St. Clair River dur- ing that turbulent era. “I had no idea that Pelee Island and Boblo Island had been captured,” he said. “I found 14 incursions from the United States between December, 1837 and December, 1838.”
The lack of record-keeping during the 1800s made fact-finding difficult during John’s research and his ef-

books will sell for $45 per copy, tax included. To ar- range for delivery by mail or a local pick up, these can be done on an individ- ual basis.
Details for all orders, delivery methods, and payment instructions can be arranged by contacting Heritage St. Clair by email at: secretaryherit- .
*Heritage St. Clair (HSC) is a dedicated committee of serious local historians and history lovers commit-
ted to preserving the heritage of St. Clair Township. The committee reports to the township and its hard work can be seen in the many colourful, informative interpre- tive signs, plaques, and installations that have been erected throughout the township to raise public aware- ness of the community’s past. New members are always welcome and the only qualification you need is a desire to help preserve the history of your community.
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Beacon Bits

“People who make history, know nothing about history. You can see that in the sort of history they make.”
~G.K. Chesterton

Time to get reacquainted with the Moore and Sombra Museums
From page 12
The much-anticipated reopening of the Moore and Sombra Museums is at hand. Volunteers from both museums have been working hard to prepare the displays and individual exhibits for public viewing, as well as doing the behind -the-scenes work required to operate each facility.
At the Moore Museum, much of the work is related to the management and conservation of the artifact collection, such as cataloguing and inputting of pre – computerized artifact records into the database.
Work is also being done on the reserve collection storage areas.
Some new displays have also been created for our visitors to enjoy.
They include Great Lakes lighthouse art by

local artist Phil Miller, a camera and photog- raphy equipment display, and a stunning Vas- eline glass display featuring beautiful arti- facts such as the elegant green koi, left.
There will be COVID-19 safety protocols in place, so please visit for more information ahead of time.
Curator, Laurie Mason

Heritage furniture in reserve

See Sombra Museum, page 14

Cameras without phones?

Easing of COVID restrictions allows museums, gallery, and archives to reopen

The Moore and Sombra Museums aren’t the only ones in the county preparing for visitors. The move to Ontar- io’s Step 3 COVID restrictions will allow visitors back into Lambton’s museums, gallery, and archives in person.
Lambton County Library locations currently offering contactless curbside pickup will open for in-person visits by scheduled appointments for public computer use, Wi- Fi use and academic research. In addition, these 16 loca- tions will re-open for in-person browsing with no require- ment for a scheduled appointment; however patrons are asked to limit their visits to once daily, for no longer than 45 minutes. Capacity limits to meet provincial legis- lation will be posted at entrances and other restrictions will remain in place, including a requirement to wear a face mask.
To book an appointment for public computer use, wi- fi use and academic research, cardholders can call the location they wish to visit, book online at or call the central book- ing line at 519-337-3291 ext. 5900, toll free at 1-866-324
-6912 ext. 5900.

All appointments will start on the hour and be limited to 45 minutes. This will provide adequate time to clean the space before the next appointment begins. Card- holders will also be limited to one appointment per day. Upon booking an appointment, all visitors are asked to self-monitor symptoms before entering any cultural fa- cility, and must visit at another time if feeling unwell.
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St. Clair Township locations and public hours of operation for curbside, in-person browsing, public computer, and WIFI use, and in-person reference
services by scheduled appointment are: Brigden: 4-7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 11 a.m.
to 2 p.m. on Friday.
Corunna: 11 a.m.– 2p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Fri- day, Saturday; 3-6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.
Sombra: 3-6 p.m. on Tuesday; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
For more information on locations, services and hours of operation visit
More Heritage Corner, page 14

Lambton County Library passes for Ontario parks still available

The Lambton County Library still has seasonal day-use permits valid library cardholders can borrow to take in the natural beauty of provincial parks like Pinery Provin- cial Park near Grand Bend. The permit will allow unlim- ited daily entry for one vehicle plus all of its passengers. The permit will come with a $5 day-use coupon for fu- ture regular day-use, as well as a park guide.
Ontario parks passes and other library materials can be reserved for contactless curbside pickup using the online catalogue at or the Iguana Library mobile app, or by calling a participating curbside loca- tion during hours of operation.
If you haven’t got a library card, call 519-845-3324,

ext. 5266 or 1-866-324-6912, ext. 5266, or email: li- brarytechhelp@county- . For more in- formation on locations, ser- vices, and hours of operation, go online to: .

Above: The Ontario Parks pass, park guide and $5 coupon.

Sombra Museum polishing up for much-anticipated reopening
From page 13

Sombra Museum volunteers and staff are happy to be able to welcome visitors back into the museum in per- son. Visitors will be able to drop in any time during open hours, but if demand increases, an appointment booking system will be ready to handle the demand. Everyone will be required to wear COVOD safety masks
and comply with 2m physical distancing and hand hygiene.

Here are samples of the new displays and exhibits you can expect to see when you visit the Sombra Museum.
Top left: Tourism Assistant Julie Grant puts together two sections of a 1927 sectional canoe. It’s new to the muse- um collection and will be the centre- piece of a new display.
Top right: Curatorial Assistant Mara Garva holds a large fossil of trilobite burrows, part of a recent donation of mid-Devonian period fossils that are over 360 million years old. They were found in the Arkona area.
Left: This collection comes to us from Bob O’Donnell and the Arkona Lions Museum. We appreciate this important new addition to the museum, and are very excited to have this opportunity to expand our collection into new are- as.
Kailyn Shepley Sombra Museum Curator

Sombra Museum continues to seek information/photos of COVID era
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The Sombra Museum continues to collect pandemic stories, photos, videos, art work, etc. (family friendly) from St. Clair Township residents to help record and preserve memories of the COVID experience for fu- ture generations.; day-to-day memories of life in Sombra, Wilkesport, Port Lambton, Mooretown, Lambton County, Canada, and elsewhere in the world.
Recollections and examples of how social media and technology has impacted life in social isolation (people using technology for the first time or using it differently; experiences when staying in touch with friends and loved ones via Zoom or working from home).
The vaccination process is now part of the story. Pho- tos of the smiles upon receiving the second shot, recorded feelings of hope that we may finally be seeing the end of

the pandemic in sight or your first meeting with family and friends when masks and social distancing are no long- er required.
The pandemic of 2020/2021 has affected the entire world; an epic chapter is being written in the book of hu- man history and this project will allow us to make our own entry in that book.
Submissions can be sent by email to: with the subject line “COVID-19 History Snapshot”.
Please share this request for community life memories with as many people as possible. We encourage everyone to document this time, if not to share publicly, then for yourself and your family to look back and reflect on in years to come.

Moore Museum seeks information about history of old Moore Township schools

Moore Museum is still accepting information for a virtual exhibit for the museum’s website. It will feature 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. To see the map that indicates where the schools were located, see the March or April 2021 Beacon. It can be accessed, along with further information, by going online the St. Clair Township website home page. Click on The Beacon, top right of the page. ~Laurie Mason, curator, Moore Museum

Lambton County Library annual summer reading program underway

Lambton County Library cardholders are invited to enjoy the 2021 Summer Reading Program, a six-week initiative promoting reading and the
maintenance of literacy skills for children during summer break. It may also encour- age reading as a hobby among adults.
The theme for 2021 is Every Hero Has A Story. “The library encourages heroes of all ages from around Lambton County to read stories, participate in activities, and dis- cover online programs,” said Greer Mac- donell, Community Library Supervisor. “The more registrants read and partici- pate, the more chances they have to win amazing prizes.”
The Summer Reading Program is free and available for Lambton County Library cardholders, who can register now by visit- ing a curbside pickup location during open- ing hours. Kids ages 0 -12 will receive an age-specific registration package (0-4
years, 5-8 years or 9-12 years) in French or English which will include: a passport, program instructions, stickers, supplies for three DIY activities, activity sheets and rec- ommended reading list. For every five books read, kids will earn one free book prize to a maximum of three book prizes.
Through July and August participants can take part in

online activities, games, challenges and set reading goals for themselves. Books can be borrowed through the li- brary’s curbside pickup service, and
eBooks are available through digital plat- forms found at: Online activities, games and challenges will open on July 5, 2021 at They include: Herovision; Secret Code Word Scavenger Hunt; Superhero Weekly Online Photo Challenge; and Story Walk.
Prizes to be won include: a bike and hel- met (Herovision); one of five $50 Amazon gift cards (Secret Code Word Scavenger Hunt); a movie night prize package (Superhero Weekly Online Photo Chal- lenge); $50 Discover Sarnia-Lambton gift cards; food prizes; and puzzle prize pack- ages.
This is just a sample of what awaits the summer program readers. For a complete look at the program’s activities and spe-
cial events, visit and follow @LCLibrary on Facebook and Twitter.
No library card?
If you don’t have a library card, just visit and watch the Lambton County Library heroes make one magically appear.

The extensive archival resources at the Lambton County Archives can now be accessed via a virtual service. The service also allows patrons access to the researchers and genealogists who can facilitate family, property, and historical searches.
Virtual appointments must be booked in advance with the Archivist. They will include two 15-minute video or telephone meetings, and one hour of research time. The Archivist will also assist by reviewing research and answering questions. The cost is $20 for members and
$40 for non-members, which includes 1.5 hours of research support. Additional research time can be purchased as required.
Those who wish to be introduced to the various online genealogical and local history re- sources can ask to be introduced to AncestryLibrary, Onland, and other programs.
To book appointments or make a reservation, visit the Lambton County Archives web- site.

The Rapids Family Health Team clinic, located in the Shell Health Centre at 233 Cameron Street in Corunna, is not yet offering in-person programs. However, the clinic can be contacted online at or by calling 519-339-8949 to speak to reception.
Virtual Dining with Diabetes series set
Starting Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, Rapids Family Health Team will offer a 4-week program on Dining with Diabetes. This educational series will run on Wednesdays from 9:30-11:00 via Zoom. This program is designed to help people who are newly diagnosed with Diabetes or for people who could use a refresher course. To register ask your physician for a referral or call 519-339-8949.
Virtual Healthy Eating and You
This 6-week program will start on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. A registered dieti- tian will lead this program, which is designed to help you make permanent lifestyle changes.
You will set your own healthy eating and physical ac- tivity goals and learn how to make plans for achieving

them. Some topics include: Carbohydrates, protein and fat; how often to eat/ balancing meals; sensible portions and portion control strategies; physical activity – what types and amounts are beneficial; and emotional eating strategies. Group discussions will help you learn from others’ experiences.
Weekly self management goals will help you reach your full potential
All classes will be presented on Zoom. To register call 519-339-8949.

Lab services are offered from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday.
The lab is a specimen collection site only. Patients with concerns regarding billing or their online profile for test results, may con- tact Lifelabs at 1-877-849-3637.

SCRC Foundation awards Enbridge Gas with President’s Award
The St. Clair Region Conservation Foundation recog- nized one of its long-standing corporate sponsors on July 26 with the presentation of the Foundation’s esteemed President’s Award. Enbridge Gas was formally recognized for its outstanding financial support of conservation pro- grams in the St. Clair Region.
While presenting Enbridge with the SCRCA Presidents’ Award, Duncan Skinner, President of the St. Clair Region Conservation Foundation, noted Enbridge Gas (formerly Union Gas) has donated over $100,000 to the foundation over the past 10 years in support of the SCRCA’s efforts. “These funds have helped support a number of conserva- tion initiatives and activities in the St. Clair watershed, including education, habitat creation, and upgrades to local conservation areas,” he said.

In 2019, Enbridge Gas provided $5,000 to support safety improvements at the Lorne C. Henderson Conservation Area in Petrolia. The funding allowed for the construction of a boardwalk (pictured), a dedicated roadside walkway and a trail stabilizing retaining wall.
SCRCA Photos

Duncan Skinner (left), President of the St. Clair Region Con- servation Foundation, presents Steven Jelich (centre), Direc- tor of Southwest Operations and Mark Ramsay (right), Super- visor of Sarnia-Lambton Operations at Enbridge with the Foundation’s President’s Award.

The President’s Award is presented to individuals and organizations to recognize their outstanding generosity to the Foundation, whether it be in the form of financial donations or the donation of land or time as a volunteer. Monday’s presentation marks the thirteenth time an indi- vidual or organization has been recognized by the Foun- dation for their contributions to conservation in the St. Clair region.
Accepting the award, Steven Jelich, Enbridge Gas Di- rector, Southwest Region Operations, said, “Enbridge Gas and the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority have a strong, shared history…We are pleased to receive this award and we share their commitment to ensuring the natural environments where we live and work are not just protected but enhanced.”
Celebrating its 60th year in 2021, the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority is supported by the St. Clair Re- gion Conservation Foundation – a registered, charitable organization that raises funds to support the conserva- tion programs of the Authority. “The success of Authority programs and activities are made possible through the support of donors like Enbridge Gas,” said Duncan Skin- ner, “We truly appreciate their commitment to conserva- tion programs in our watershed.”

Wanted: Motivated youth seeking adventure
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 information, call 519-332-6555 or visit:

New swim team “fun and fitness” proposed for local youth

Bonnie Stevenson
A new swim team will be coming to the Moore Sports Complex this fall if COVID-19 regulations permit operation. The new non-profit St. Clair Current Swim Club will provide a fitness swimming program for children and youth ages seven through 18 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Saturday mornings. Families may choose from one to
three sessions per week. And if a competi- tive swim league is created in this area, club members who are interested in being part of a club swim team will travel to monthly swim meets.
Club spokesperson Stephanie Lobsinger says swimming skills will be taught to enable club members to participate in the swim team. “We’re going to teach strokes they wouldn’t necessarily learn in swimming lessons at the early ages,” she said. “We’ll teach all four strokes – front crawl, back stroke, butterfly and breast stroke – if they don’t already know them, and our goal is that kids who are interested would go off to monthly swim meets and compete.”
She stressed the team competition would be friendly in nature. “We believe in having fun – it’s not a highly competi- tive team. We believe in fun and fitness,” said Stephanie. “If the option is there for us to go to swim meets, they’re

friendly swim meets…We’d compete against other small community teams, so you get a little bit competitive without the pressure.” Such activities would provide an opportunity for team members to socialize and make new friends as well. Although Chatham and Sarnia both have swim teams, Stephanie believes this would be the first swim team to op- erate in the St. Clair Township area. Club
organizers are hoping to draw in young swimmers from around the municipality as well as the Wallaceburg area, making the program available to youth in rural areas where it hasn’t been offered before.
Stephanie says she and her team have years of experi- ence in the operation of swim teams in Sarnia, and that Sue Athanasopoulos, an experienced swim coach, will be training the club members. “It’s a great opportunity. We have a great facility that could hold a swim team, a great coach who’s looking for a swim team, and an area where we know the families would be happy to see another team activity that they haven’t had before,” she said. “I think it’s going to be a good mix.”
More information is available online at:

Sacred Heart food bank –
the need continues
The community side effects of the coronavirus have resulted in constant need for supplies at local food banks. Many people have lost their jobs due to shut downs and closures during the pandemic, and the need is still great. Now more than ever, our neighbourhood food banks are called upon to come to the aid of the community. Nourishing food and warm clothing are more important than ever. In Ward 2, The Sacred Heart Food Bank has shelves that constantly need restocking. Please keep the Sacred Heart food bank in mind when you shop for your own groceries.
St. Andrew’s foodbank remains open
The food bank at St. Andrew’s Church on Col- borne Street in Corunna is open every Wednesday evening from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and every Thurs- day 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 pur- chase. 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. 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 cleaners, and toilet tissue, and personal hygiene items like toothbrushes, soap and shampoo, deodorant, and shaving items.
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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 Pe- trolia, Forest, and Watford, has worked collabora- tively with the Boys and Girls Club of Sarnia- Lambton to extend Project Backpack, a food assis- tance program, into Lambton County. 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 part- ners. 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 con- tinue into the fall and they hope to continue it as long as there is a need for it.

Please note: The Down River Jr. Optimist group (Sombra) has been disbanded.
New members welcome – Lambton County Junior Optimist Club The Lambton County Junior Optimist Club is al-
ways 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 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 (closed during COVID-19 shutdown). For more infor- mation, call Mary Lou at 519-862-3950.
Local TOPS weight control group meetings
Local TOPS weight control groups can be contact- ed for information as follows: Brigden—519-864-1865; Corunna-519-381-5584. People of all ages are wel- come to attend.
Good listeners wanted –
Family Counselling Centre
Good listeners are needed by the Family Counsel- ling Centre to staff the Distress Line, speaking with individuals who need support and need to feel con- nected. Volunteers are also needed to staff the Tel- Check program line, placing daily calls to seniors and persons with disabilities who live alone and are feel- ing isolated. To register or to find out more about this effort, call Donna at the Family Counselling Centre, 519-336-0120, ext. 251.

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Moore Agricultural Society membership
Interested in becoming a member of the Moore Agricul- tural Society or need to renew your membership? Member- ships can be paid either by dropping off payment and member information (name, telephone number, email ad- dress, home address) at the Brigden Fair office or through e-transfer at . Memberships are
$10 per person until further notice. For more information on the membership role, contact .

Scholarship of ered by Lambton County W. I.
Lambton County Women’s Insti- tute is offering a $1,000 scholarship for students entering their first or second year of full-time studies at any college or university in Ontario. Studies must lead to the student’s first degree or diploma, and the ap- plicant’s address must be in Lambton
County. Previous winners are not eligible.
Complete a typed application with a cover letter and the most recent official transcript of academic results.
Include your program of studies and the starting date of your courses at the college or university you attend, have ap- plied to, or hope to attend.
Include a list of your community activities while attending high school/college, university over the last two years. List all organizations of which you have been an active member, in- cluding offices held in your high school/college/or university, leadership activities in organizations, special interests, hobbies and accomplishments. State why you chose this course and what you plan to do after graduation.
Include a typed essay of 250-350 words on this subject: If the 2020 pandemic has changed your family’s food choices, give supporting reasons for changing and reasons why those changes will or will not be sustained.
Return your completed application with the above, plus:
1. Present complete mailing and email address.
2. Names of your mother/ grandmother who is/was a W.I. member, if applicable.
3. Names and telephone numbers of three references who could be contacted to support your involve-

for Lambton College
Before the pandemic hit, virtual learning was developed out of the need to help educate those who did not have easy access to educational re- sources. “Night school”, which offered online courses when the Internet made it possible, was the option many adults turned to for career or per- sonal enrichment. It was later expanded to offer distance learning to those who were too far re- moved from brick-and-mortar educational facilities. The pandemic raised the stakes by making it nec- essary to deliver effective off-site educational in- struction; the need was met with inconsistent edu- cational programs and many students who had little or no access to a computer and/or access to the Internet. Educators also had to adapt their teaching methods, something many of them found difficult
and frustrating.
But while computer and Internet access prob- lems persist, virtual learning is being developed and honed at a rate that clearly demonstrates its over- whelming importance.
At Lambton College, virtual learning has received a funding boost through a provincial grant of
$472,234, which will expand access and choice of high-quality post-secondary education and training opportunities for students.
The college, in collaboration with Fanshawe, Mohawk, Niagara, and St. Clair Colleges, is develop- ing a four-module course to prepare educators with the skills they require to educate learners.
“At Lambton College, we recognized early on that the digitization of learning and the adoption of Industry 4.0 concepts was essential for preparing students to succeed in a rapidly changing work- force,” said Judith Morris, President and CEO, Lambton College. “Now, more than ever, we see the need for high-quality virtual learning material, and postsecondary educators who can effectively teach in a digital learning environment.”
The Ontario government is investing over $70 million to implement the Ontario Virtual Learning Strategy. MPP Bob Bailey noted the creation of re- sponsive and flexible digital programs, along with the focused training educators will receive to deliv- er them, will benefit both students and teachers. “We’re helping the next generation of workers in- novators, researchers, and leaders develop the skills and training they need to succeed in their careers, when and where they need it most,” he said.

ment in the activities you have listed.
Inquiries can be emailed to Anne

Anne McGugan with a past scholarship recipient.

McGugan at Appli- cations can be emailed in pdf format to the above email ad- dress or mailed to: Anne McGugan, 3842 Old Walnut Road,
R.R. # 7, Alvinston, Ontario, N0N 1A0 .

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Opening Doors: Healthy lifestyle program for indi- viduals living with mental illness or seeking mental health support. For information, call 519-344-3017, ext. 277/
Pulmonary Rehabilitation: (for existing clients) For people living with lung disease. Learn to self- manage through education and exercise. To register or for more information, call Brenda at 519-786-4545, ext. 265 or Lorie at 519-491-2123, ext. 227.
BMI (Body, Mind, Inspired): Held every third Thursday, monthly topics focus on nutrition and healthy lifestyle, targeting your best weight. Classes are facili- tated by a Registered Dietitian. To register, call 519- 786-4545, ext. 307 or email:

MAS Annual General Meeting scheduled
The annual general meeting of the Moore Agricultural Society (MAS) will be held on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at the Brigden Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall. (This meeting was rescheduled from Thursday, January 21, 2021 due to COVID Restrictions.) Membership registra- tion and renewal will take place from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. with meeting at 7 p.m.
All Covid Requirements will be followed (such as mask wearing, self distancing) as prescribed by Health Unit/ Government at time of meeting.
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Drive – in at Brigden Fairgrounds
It’s drive-in movie night at the Brigden Fair- grounds on Friday, Aug. 27. Check
out the Brigden Fair Facebook page for additional information and to vote on the movies you’d like to see. De- tails and price of admission will be here in the August St. Clair Township Beacon.

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