Phone: (519) 867-2021
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A group of retired women from the LARGA golf group recently visited the St. Clair Parkway Golf Course for their regular Monday game. The group of age 50+ women meet to play and relax at a different golf course in Lambton County (and surrounding areas) each week. This happy foursome, shown planning their game strategies outside of the newly refurbished pro shop while waiting to tee off, in- cludes Karen Brown, left; Muriel Wright; Heather Emmons; and Audrey Hunter. The group is always looking for other golf-minded women to join their ranks, so for more information visit the LARGA Facebook page. Bonnie Stevenson photo
“Vax To School”
Lambton Public Health encourages students ages 12 to 17 to be fully vaccinated 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.
For more information, visit GetTheVaccine.ca
or call LPH Vaccine call centre at 226-254-8222.
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Metal giant to prowl Corunna streets
St. Clair Township industry is growing once again and with growth comes the need for infrastructure.
At Shell in late September, growth will include the arrival of two half-million ton Regen Vessels. They will arrive at the Sarnia government dock and be transported along the new oversized load corridor to their final destination at the Shell Corunna site.
The logistics of such a move have been a source of concern for Shell, Mammoet (responsible for the move), and St. Clair Township.
At the Aug. 9 meeting of council, Project Manager Dave Binkley presented the transport plan that has been chosen to ensure the huge vessels safely reach the Shell facility.
The usual route for such large loads includes a southerly trip along Highway 40, a turn west down LaSalle Line, and then onto the St. Clair Parkway, where it proceeds south to Shell. However, Mr. Binkley explained Mammoet has request- ed the loads be brought west along Hill Street and north along the parkway to Shell.
The rationale for this change is that utility work along that route is already completed because of the NOVA Rokeby pro- ject, COGECO cables are buried along Hill Street (not sus- pended overhead), and the cost of using the LaSalle route was not feasible due to the dimensions and weights of the vessels. Additionally, the rehabilitation of the Talfourd Creek bridge on LaSalle Line is underway, reducing traffic to one lane, and that project is expected to continue through the fall.
The Ministry of Transportation has given approval for the move. Escorting the two “super loads” will be members of Sarnia Police Services. The OPP has stopped providing escort service, which makes it necessary for Sarnia police to operate outside of their jurisdiction.
Council expressed concern that the weight of the vessels could do substantial damage to Hill Street which would re- quire repair after the move. In addition, the overnight transport of the vessels would block the entire street, making it impossible for emergency responders from the Corunna fire house to quickly reach emergency scenes. However, approv- als have already been given by Lambton County and the MTO. Mayor Arnold noted that the oversized load permit fees applicable to these extraordinary super load moves are gross- ly undercharged. The standard oversized load permit fee is
$150, plus a $25,000 refundable deposit and proof of $5 mil- lion in insurance. He added that the current permit fee rate and compensation schedule needs to be updated to allow for the potential damage and community hazards that could be caused by a super load.
“It’s pretty pathetic that we’re going through the middle of the largest section of our community with a vessel that’s 33 feet high off the transport deck…disrupting all four lanes through Corunna, and keeping the parkway closed, no matter what time of the day or night it is,” he said. “We have fire emergency vehicles that might be called out and that road is blocked.”
Although he acknowledged Mammoet has safely completed many large moves in the area already, he pointed out the Community Commitment Fund may be called upon to address any damage done during this or other such moves ,and that the fund could use some financial help from the companies to
deal with the repercussions of such moves.
No One Stands Alone publications supported
A health issue that has been affecting a whole new sector of our global community is now the subject of an important new publication council heard about at its Aug. 9 meeting.
Presenter Debb Patel is currently promoting the booklet, No One Stands Alone, which quickly and easily guides those in need of psychological assistance to crucial first contact connections that can help them access the resources they so desperately need. It also strives to break the stigma associated with the term “mental health”. Ms. Patel explained Lambton County and Sarnia have the resources to help people, but people expe- riencing psychological difficulties for the first time have a hard time locating the help they require. She says the goal of pub- lishing No One Stands Alone is to make the search for assistance less troublesome. “What hasn’t happened historically is the ability to find these (appropriate) resources very easily, very affordably, and very effectively in one booklet,” she said.
According to Lambton Public Health, the pandemic has caused a significant surge in the number of people reporting the onset of mental health issues. This booklet contains information on resources from all agencies that address the various issues
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faced by those in need of assistance, even though some may not fall strictly under the auspices of Canadian Mental Health . “People struggle to find the resources and help; they struggle with the stigma around mental health – admitting that they need the help, they need the resources. Too often, they Google the symptoms and not the resources, without the familiarity of knowing where to go.”
The booklet lists all local mental health resources available in Sarnia and Lambton, allowing immediate access to the ap- propriate resources without the need to ask around for help, which can be overwhelming.
Funding for this important publication has been gathered through donations from sponsors and municipalities that believe this issue must be addressed. To assist Ms. Patel in her effort to ease access to mental health care, St. Clair Township Council approved a donation of $2,500 toward the distribution of No One Stands Alone.
Ms. Patel is an author, wife, and mother who has witnessed the effects of mental health issues and the ensuing need for timely, compassionate care. She is a devoted advocate for mental health and suicide awareness.
The FREE booklets are self-published and available in every part of the municipality including; grocery stores, coffee shops, golf courses, arenas, fire stations, EMS, and libraries.
The website associated with the booklet is accessible at:
Community service operations reported
Kendall Lindsay, Director of Community Services, reported the St. Clair Parkway Golf Course is now open with some safe- ty precautions still in place. Indoor dining is permitted under these precautions, some group outings are allowed and a straight tee format is permitted.
Campgrounds are operating under provincial guidelines and outdoor gatherings are limited to 25 or less. Pavilions and out- door event space may be rented with 25 per cent capacity ob- served, with a maximum of six people seated together and ob- serving six-foot spacing. Contact tracing and screening is also required.
Ball diamonds will be maintained later into the autumn this year although the department will be operating with reduced staff. Duggan and Stewart ball field dugouts are in operational condition, although some vandalism had been noticed at the Stewart Park dugout.
The Moore Sports Complex is not yet in full operation and only Rink #1 is open. The arena refrigeration project design process is complete but the cost of several arena jobs has in- creased as a result of the pandemic.
The Courtright shade structure was installed but structural issues had to be addressed.
The minor and adult sports leagues have all submitted
During councillor reports, it was revealed that some people who volunteer in township parks are being harassed by local residents.
One of the recurring incidents at a Port Lambton park is of particular concern. Deputy Mayor Steve Miller reported one resident adjacent to the park was “…over there yelling and screaming at people and has no right to do that to volunteers or even people we’re paying to work in the park.”
He suggested the township should start keeping track of this behaviour and give workers a policy or procedure they can fol- low to report it when it occurs.
Mayor Arnold suggested legal consultation be sought to look at options. A motion to that effect was carried.
Sombra Ferry dock (Marinetech)
Sombra ferry dock owner Marinetech asked permission to submit a form application for a rezoning and, potentially, an Official Plan Amendment. The purpose of this request is to ac- quire a residential zone designation that would allow the stor- age of Marinetech’s business equipment in the outbuildings and customs building on the dock. A motion of council permitting the submission of this request was passed, with the caution that further discussions with staff must take place once the new planner is available to discuss requirements for the proposal.
Flood easements—Darcy McKeough Floodway
The renewal of expropriation leases associated with the Darcy McKeough Floodway was discussed at the Aug. 9 meeting of council. The 40-year leases were created when the Darcy McKeough Floodway was built to prevent flooding in Wallace- burg, and that term will expire in 2022. Closure of the floodway dam floods low-lying neighbouring properties, many of which are cultivated and can be damaged or destroyed by that flood- ing. The leases were created to provide compensation for that damage.
The new lease renewals were undertaken by the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority (SCRCA) to cover the next 40 years of floodway operation, but council is concerned that the affected landowners did not receive an opportunity to express their views and, if necessary, negotiate fair compensation. This is especially important since the dam, which was expected to only operate occasionally, has been closed many times in re- cent years and flooding of the low-lying properties has present- ed extraordinary hardships for those affected by the closures.
During discussion of this situation, consensus was that the new agreement needs to be developed with input from those affected by the floodway’s operation. Council approved a mo- tion to send a letter to the SCRCA from St. Clair Township Council requesting all affected landowners be contacted for
discussion regarding easement renewals.
See page 11 for drone’s eye view of Darcy McKeough Floodway
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 the Province’s Phase 3 strategy
Up-to-dated 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) St. Clair Township Civic Centre
b) 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- www.sbcontario.ca – 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- firstname.lastname@example.org, or go online to: sarnialambton.on.ca/BEC
This enhanced program will be available until Sept. 30, 2021.
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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:
lambtononline.ca/hhw or call 519-845-0801.
Province provides more community support during COVID-19
Provincial funding announced on Aug. 16 has provided
$2,751, 200 to Lambton County to help deliver critical services, create longer-term housing solutions, and keep vulnerable peo- ple safe.
Acknowledging the continuing need in the community brought about by the pandemic, this funding is part of an addi- tional $307 million investment in Ontario municipalities and In- digenous community partners. This brings to over $1 billion the Ontario government has contributed to help sustain communi- ties during the pandemic through the Social Services Relief Funding (SSRF), which was first announced in 2020-2021.
Some of the uses this funding may support include the pro- tection of homeless shelter staff and residents, shoring up rent banks, building of affordable housing, and the development of support plans to prepare for potential future outbreaks and emergencies.
Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey said, “Partnering with the County of Lambton, our government is addressing the immedi- ate needs of people who are struggling to make ends meet – and ensuring they receive the shelter, food, and other necessities that are most urgently required.”
The two mass vaccination clinics in Sarnia have been closed and replaced by smaller, more sustainable, routine clinics, including drop-in clinics and pop-up locations throughout the county. These clinics will continue to oper- ate over the next several weeks to accommodate first and second doses.
Residents can register for their vaccination or attend a drop-in clinic. Full details are available online at getthevaccine.ca .
Several local pharmacies are also administering vac- cinations. Information is available at the Lambton Public Health website where a new dedicated “Pharmacy page” can direct individuals to these options.
Transportation to vaccination sites are available for people age 50 and over who do not have any other trans- portation options to use. Contact Lambton Elderly Out- reach (LEO) at 519-845-1353, ext. 360, or the Canadian Red Cross at 519-332-6380.
Will you be prepared if a Fourth Wave hits
Lambton County this fall?
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Fire happens fast – don’t let it happen to you!
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 www.rapidsfhteam.ca 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.
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- tononline.ca/lambtonrenovates and lambtononline.ca/ 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- tononline.ca/lambtonrenovates and lambtononline.ca/ 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.
Local history lives again as museums reopen
Moore Museum at 94 Moore Line in Mooretown re-opened to the public on Friday, August 6, after the pandemic forced authorities to close all public spaces for safety. The first visitors to arrive were Karen Burns and her grandchil- dren. The one-room schoolhouse was of particular interest to her grandkids, because this former S. S. #13 Dawn was the school Mrs. Burns attended as a child. During the fall, Moore Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, so there is plenty of time to plan a visit; enjoy the refreshing autumn weather while strolling through the 13-building site.
~Moore Museum Curator Laurie Mason
Newly updated Heritage St. Clair page features map showing historic plaques and storyboards situated throughout the township
Heritage St. Clair has updated its page on the St. Clair Township website, and one of the features now on view St. Clair Township’s Historic Points of Interest map. This interactive map points out the locations of these colourful and educational installations and includes photographs of them so you’ll be sure not to miss them. Here’s a link you can use to go directly to St. Clair Township’s Historical Points of Interest page:
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Long-awaited reopening of Moore Museum shows off new exhibits and additions
The cabinet of attractive yellow- green glassware to the left is pret- ty, but it hides a secret that can only be revealed when the lights go out.
To the right, the same cabinet is illuminated with UV light to reveal the fabulous luminescence of Vase- line glass. The colour is created when molten glass is mixed with as little as 0.1% to 0.2% uranium oxide during the manufacturing process.
This may sound like new technol- ogy, but the first examples of this technique have been found in glass murals from a first century AD Im- perial Roman villa near Naples, Ita- ly.
The label, “Vaseline glass” was given to this incredible glassware because it resembled the colour of petroleum jelly.
Don’t let the uranium content of the glass frighten you. Although the
glass is minimally radioactive, the display case provides a safe viewing environment for visitors.
This is a new display that will welcome back Moore Museum visi- tors, but there are many others waiting to enchant and delight, whether you’re a first timer or a returning friend.
The local Moore Township baseball scene is documented through the decades with many donated artifacts and photographs, bottom left. The baseball tradition continues today in St. Clair Township, which boasts a thriving sports culture, with baseball, hockey, and soccer teams that take to the fields and rinks throughout the year.
One of the old favourites that still thrills those who come to the Moore Museum is the assembly of mastodon bones. These 10,000 year old bones were discovered on a property along the Second Line of Moore over a century ago while farmer Thomas Little was digging a water well for his cattle. The bones created a sensation then and con- tinue to fascinate museum visitors of all ages.
If you’re curious about the 13 beautifully restored outbuildings on the Moore Museum site, treat yourself to a self-guided tour. Booklets detailing the provenance of these grand old buildings, as well as the displays inside the main museum building, are free with admission.
September hours of operation will be Monday through Friday
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Don’t miss this chance to get reconnect with your community’s living history. Strict COVID-19 safety measures are in effect, so please wear a mask and observe social distancing.
Bonnie Stevenson photos
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Sombra Museum reopens; relive the ‘good old days’ of Sombra
By Curator Kailyn Shepley
Do you remember your phone service being on the party line? Perhaps you would hear your neighbours ring signal and pick up to hear the latest gossip in the neighbourhood. Or do you remember the neighbourhood wives taking turns ringing the families on the line in the morning, like a community alarm clock?
In the former Sombra Township, party lines remained in use into the 1960s and 1970s, even as magneto box crank phones, like the one pictured left, went out of service in the 1950s.
The local list to the right of the old phone shows a list of the 22 people who subscribed to one-party line. Users couldn’t make or receive any calls if the line was in use by someone else, even in an emergency. If your lengthy subscriber list included the town doctor, as this one does, it may have taken some time to place a call.
This year at Sombra Museum, take a step back through the years to learn how the people of the Sombra Township (now St. Clair Township Ward 2) communicated with each other and the world. From handwritten letters to records, to the first televisions and cell- phones, we’ve dug into our extensive collections to share our community’s story with our visitors.
Hours of operation for the remainder of August are Monday to Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m, closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m until Sept. 5 (closed Labour Day weekend on Sunday and Monday). September Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; October Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. until Oct. 25, and don’t forget our Halloween Hours from Oct. 27 to 30.
Thank you to our first visitors of 2021, Deirdre and Jean, who enjoyed a tour on August 15.
Sombra Museum is now open to visitors and for artifact donation in Sombra village on the St. Clair Parkway at Smith Street.
Please call 519-892-3982 for more information.
All Lambton County Library locations open; hours of operation adjusted
All 25 Lambton County Library locations will be open to the public beginning on Sept. 7. They will all offer in-person brows- ing according to each site’s provincially designated capacity lim- it, and scheduled computer use, wi-fi use, and academic re- search. Curbside pickup will continue.
Library COVID-19 protocols require visitors over the age of two must wear masks or face coverings and no food or beverage is permitted. Computer appointments are limited to 45 minutes once per day, patrons browsing may spend no more than 45 minutes in the library, and capacity limits are in effect at all sites.
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 www.lclibrary.ca/appointments or call the central booking line at 519-337-3291 ext. 5900, toll free at 1-866-324-6912 ext. 5900. Walk-in appointments will be accommodated as space and time allows.
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Library hours of operation have been adjusted to better align with individual community and operational needs. St.
Clair Township locations and public hours of operation are as follows:
Brigden 519-864-1142): Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 2 p.m.
to 7 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Corunna (519-862-1132): Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to
7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Courtright 519-867-2712): Tuesday, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Mooretown (519-867-2823): Monday, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Wednesday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sombra (519-892-3711): Tuesday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Thurs- day, Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Port Lambton (519-677-5217): Monday, Saturday, 10 a.m. to
2 p.m.; Wednesday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
To become a Lambton County Library cardholder, call or visit your local library during open hours.
For more information on locations, services and hours of operation visit www.lclibrary.ca
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 lclibrary.ca 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-
lambton.on.ca . For more infor- mation on locations, services, and hours of operation, go online to: www.lclibrary.ca .
Right: The Ontario Parks pass, park guide and $5 coupon.
Moore Museum seeks information about history of old Moore Township schools
Moore Museum continues to accept 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 (can be found on the St. Clair Township website– click on The 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
Bird’s eye view shows progress being made on demolition of Lambton G. S.
The skeleton of Lambton Generating Station south of Courtright becomes more exposed with each passing week as the once-imposing structure is demolished by Montreal-based contractor Delsan- AIM. According to Ontario Power Generation spokes- person Neal Kelly, the 1,300 acre site is to be re- mediated to a brownfield condition and is expected to be completed in late 2022 or early 2023.
The three stacks are slated to fall in mid 2022. Although an implosion method, which proved suc- cessful when Nanticoke Generation Station’s two 200-meter-tall stacks were brought down, is fa- voured, concerns about this method have been ex-
pressed by St. Clair Township Council, the Indige- nous communities, and Michigan residents directly across the river. They fear that dust clouds and de- bris scatter could present a serious problem.
The still-viable Hydro One switch yard behind the main building, which is still an important part of the southwestern Ontario power grid, will be spared. To date, the property has not been desig- nated for any future use.
Lambton Generating Station supplied over 1,976 megawatts of power when operating at full capaci- ty. Photo courtesy of Mike Coene, Bluewater Drone Pix
Wanted: Motivated youth seeking adventure
The Royal Canadian “1st Hussars” Army Cadet Corps Petrolia is welcoming boys and girls ages 12-18 to learn join the ranks and learn valuable skills they can use for a lifetime. Cadets are not required to join the military. For more information, call 519
-332-6555 or visit: www.petroliacadets.com
Sacred Heart food bank –
help your community thrive
The community side effects of the pandemic is still creating a constant need for supplies at local food banks. Many people lost their jobs due to shut downs and closures during the pandemic, and recov- ery is still in progress. The need is still great. Our neighbourhood food banks continue to come to the aid of the community. Nourishing food and daily sup- plies like toiletries, baby needs, and household cleaning supplies are still needed. In Ward 2, The Sacred Heart Food Bank has shelves that need to be replenished on a regular basis. Please keep the Sa- cred Heart food bank in mind when you shop for your own groceries.
Moore Agricultural Society membership
Interested in becoming a member of the Moore Agri- cultural Society or need to renew your membership? Memberships can be paid either by dropping off pay- ment and member information (name, telephone num- ber, email address, home address) at the Brigden Fair office or through e-transfer at Fi- email@example.com . Memberships are $10 per per- son until further notice. For more information on the membership role, contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
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St. Andrew’s foodbank sustains those in need
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 serves those in need, offering a variety of food products to help people eat healthi- ly, including milk, eggs, bread, and meat, as well as daily requirements like household cleaning supplies, toiletries and baby needs. The fresh food supplied at the food bank costs approximately $75 per week to purchase. Anyone wishing to make a financial dona- tion 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.
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St. Joseph-St. Charles Catholic Church Community to participate in
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 partners. People who qualify for this program can find these bags at the St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish office at 346 Beresford Street in Corunna during regular office hours (Monday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Tuesday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.). Pro- gram organizers say the program will continue 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 always on the lookout for youth who want to make a differ- ence 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 contacted 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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