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October, 2021

October, 2021

Issue 10

Volume 14

October 2021

T H E T O W N S H I P O F S T . C L A I R

One of the more unusual sights to tie up at the Mooretown dock this summer was Theodore Too. For those who aren’t familiar with Theodore Tugboat, he was the title character on a CBC children’s show, which aired from July, 1993 to October, 2001 after a run of 130 shows. The show also played on PBS in the U.S., using its cast of characters to teach simple life lessons to young viewers.
In June, Theodore Too, a life-sized, working replica of the original character, left its home port of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and now calls Hamilton, Ontario home. Although it looks like a cartoon boat, the vessel beneath the happy, wide-eyed face that caps it is a no-nonsense sea worthy 80.60 gross ton ship that has braved the Atlantic Ocean and even been photographed with other nautical celebrities like the Queen Mary II.
After being an unofficial ambassador for the Maritimes since he was launched in 2000, Theodore Too was sold early this year and is now touring to promote safe water conservation and protection on behalf of the Swim
Drink Fish movement. Theodore will also be promoting employment in Canada’s marine and shipbuilding indus- try, which is being negatively affected by a severe labour shortage.
While in the Lambton County, Theodore Too also visited Grand Bend and Sarnia. Bonnie Stevenson photo

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Provincial regulations require proof of vaccination in public spaces
The new Ontario government proof of vaccination reg- ulation requires patrons of most businesses and in most public spaces to show proof of vaccination and a valid I.D. (i.e. driver’s licence) before entering the premises.
At the Sept. 20 meeting of St. Clair Council, a report from Community Services Director Kendall Lindsay regard- ing the new regulation was discussed. The report outlined recommendations that are to be used at township facili- ties to comply with the new regulation, which came into effect on Sept. 22.
Although council must fully comply with the govern- ment’s new regulation (see Council compliance saves tax- payer dollars below), Mr. Kendall was concerned that some patrons entering the Moore Sports Complex (MSC) on Sept. 22 may not react well to the request for proof of vaccination. His first recommendation was that any pa- tron being belligerent to township staff, volunteers, or other patrons when asked for their proof of vaccination and I.D. would be asked to leave the premises, and a No- tice of Trespass would immediately be issued and given to the OPP for enforcement.
Organizations are responsible for ensuring they meet requirements regarding proof of vaccination and proof of identity for anyone over age 18; severe penalties for fail- ure to do so are in effect. The only exception to the re- quirements applies to youth under 18 who enter the MSC to participate in an organized sport.
The second recommendation put forth by Mr. Kendall was that golf course patrons who wished to dine inside the golf course clubhouse would have to fully comply with the regulation.
The third recommendation was that all community halls, with the exception of the Brigden hall, would be closed until 2022. The organizations that will use the Brigden hall will be required to comply with all COVID-19 safety requirements.
Council approved Mr. Lindsay’s report in full and urged him to call in any assistance required to maintain safety should strong objections to the new regulation arise.
In summary, Mr. Lindsay said, “We want to be pre- pared and we want to keep everybody safe.”
Proof of vaccination regulations are in effect at public spaces including: restaurants and bars; sports and fitness facilities; entertainment venues and events; theatres; convention centres; indoor and outdoor areas where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs; casi- nos.
Council compliance saves taxpayer dollars
The Corporation of St. Clair Township is compelled to comply with the provincial proof of vaccination regula- tion. Failing to comply would result in charges under the Provincial Offences Act. As a corporation, the township would face a fine of up to $10 million and the taxpayer would be on the hook for it.
Compliance is the right thing to do for two reasons. Council is mindful that the consequences to ratepayers would be substantial. Council is also complying because every St. Clair Township citizen should be able to enjoy their community safely and this regulation will strengthen

that objective.
For those who doubt this dire consequence, go online and search the Province of Ontario website under: Proof of Vaccination Guidance for Businesses and Organizations under the Reopening Ontario Act. Turn to page 10 – Penalties.
Corunna gets new air monitoring station
The air is a precious resource that can’t be taken for granted. With this in mind, Corunna is getting a new air quality monitor through an organization called BA- SES. Three already-operational local environment
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The St. Clair Township Beacon is issued monthly by St. Clair Township
as a public service to township residents. Production by Bonnie Stevenson.

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COVID/flu hoax debunked

groups have joined forces to form BASES. The group has set up a network of 10 air monitoring stations that in- clude: Moore Line, LaSalle Line, Sombra Line, Scott Road, Rokeby Line, River Bend, Aamjiwnaang, Front Street and Christine Street, and now, Corunna.
At the Sept. 20 council meeting, BASES General Man- ager Vince Gagner explained the new Corunna station will be prominently positioned in the community to raise awareness that this monitoring is being done. BASES or- ganizations include: CASA (Clean Air Sarnia & Area); SLEA (Sarnia Lambton Environmental Association); and IEC (Industrial Educational Cooperative). For more infor-
mation about BASES, go online to: https// .
Employee/volunteer harassment by
public addressed
Earlier this spring, township employees and volunteers who look after municipal properties reported cases of harassment by local residents. Harassment includes un- wanted comments, threats, and public displays. To ad- dress this issue, council directed a legal opinion be ob- tained. The resulting opinion held that people can be banned from public property if it is done properly and with good reason. After being banned, if the offending person continues to access the property, a Notice of Trespass can be issued and enforced by the OPP.

Editor’s Note: For those who still believe the COVID-19 pandemic is a hoax or vaccines are dangerous because the Internet says so, here is an example of how deceptive and dangerous it can be to believe these false stories and claims.
Anti-vaccers are putting themselves and everyone around them in peril because of lies they are too gullible or too lazy to verify with accredited medical sources such as family physicians or legitimate online sources such as: Lambton Public Health –; The Gov- ernment of Canada –; or The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) – https// covid-19/vaccines
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The following is a letter from Lambton Public Health to the Sept. 15 Lambton County Council detailing a story that may have sounded credible to some people but, after investigation, was revealed to be completely false and potentially dangerous to those who chose to believe it.
Lambton County Councillors:
In follow-up to the P.M. Committee meeting Wednesday morning, during the Board of Health (Lambton Public Health) update on COVID-19, staff were requested to send information to all County Councillors as follows:
Dr. Greensmith was questioned at the A.M. Committee meeting about a reported study or article from Cornell Uni- versity in which 1,500 COVID-19 positive tests results were analyzed and determined to not be COVID-19, but influen- za. Scanning PubMed and other medical research reposito- ries, staff were unable to find any published article, or study by Cornell University or its’ academic staff that matched this description.
Staff were able to locate a number of published news articles that debunked this story, as well as a statement on the Cornell University website.

• *Study did not find 1,500 positive COVID tests were actually flu (
• * dec/29/facebook-posts/cornell-virologist-did-not-say
On the Cornell University Website, Robert Oswald, the Professor to whom this research was falsely attributed, post- ed the following statement: “COVID-19 is real. Any Face- book post that suggests otherwise is a hoax and is not
true. Wear a mask, practice social distancing, and get the vaccine when it becomes available.”

Andrew P. Taylor
General Manager Lambton County Public Health Services Division
Vaccinations readily available
The message is getting through to Lambton County resi- dents. As of mid-September, 79.5% of individuals over the age of 12 have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 74% of that group are now fully vaccinated.
Community, pop-up, outreach, and school clinics are well-attended and upcoming clinics can be found at: . Some pharmacies are also doing vaccina- tions. To find one in your area, visit the Lambton Public Health website and click on its pharmacy page.

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Fire prevention depends on working smoke and CO alarms
By Andrew McMillan, St. Clair Township Fire Department
Fire Prevention Week runs from October 3rd – 9th this year and the St. Clair Fire Department is urging everyone to
“Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety”.
Is there a beep or a chirp coming out of your smoke or carbon monoxide (CO) alarm? Knowing the difference can save you, your home, and your family. When an alarm makes noise – a beeping sound or a chirping sound – you must take action.
St. Clair Fire Department wants to share safety tips to help you “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety”:
• A continuous set of three loud beeps—beep, beep, beep—means smoke or fire. Get out, call 9-1-1, and stay out.
• A continuous set of four fast beeps—beep, beep, beep, beep—means that carbon monox- ide has been detected in the area. Get out, call 9-1-1, and stay out.
• A single chirp every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and must be changed.
• All smoke alarms must be replaced after 10 years.
• Chirping that continues after the battery has been replaced means the alarm is at the end of its life and the unit must be replaced.
• Make sure your smoke and CO alarms meet the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.
To learn the sounds of your specific smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, check the manufacturer’s instructions that came in the box, or search the brand and model online.
For more information on fire and life safety, please contact St. Clair Fire at 519-481-0111 or on Facebook @stclairfire.

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

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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. How- ever, the clinic can be contacted online at or by calling 519-339-8949 to speak to reception.

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 contact LifeLabs at 1-877-849-3637.

Vaccinations still available and still vitally important to COVID-19 eradication
Residents can register for their vaccination or attend a drop-in clinic. Full details are available online at .
Several local pharmacies are also administering vaccinations. 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 transpor- tation options to use. Contact Lambton Elderly Outreach (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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2021 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
The County of Lambton and its partner Clean Harbors Canada Inc. will be holding the final Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program on Saturday, Oct. 30. at the Clean Harbors Lambton Facility (4090 Telfer Road, St. Clair Township) from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. These popular events have offered Lamb- ton County residents an opportunity to dispose of household hazardous waste at no cost.
Event attendees are asked to follow COVID-19 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.

Agriculture businesses to receive help as extension of economic development plan

An economic develop- ment program that has already helped support local busi- nesses, manufactur- ers, and other eco- nomic growth contrib- utors is now being used to help agricul-
tural businesses thrive in Lambton County.
The $48,000 program, half funded by the Ontario Rural Economic Development (RED) program, is being presented in partnership with the Sarnia-Lambton Eco- nomic Partnership and the Lambton Federation of Agri- culture, which will contribute the remaining half of the funding.
A consultant has been hired by the program to pro-
vide 50 one-on-one meetings that will cover subjects like succession planning and marketing. A seminar series will

be presented on these topics and local agricultural businesses will be featured on a video series and virtu- al farm tours.
The agricultural program is an acknowledgement that the economic health of Lambton County’s agricul- tural sector is an important component of its overall economic landscape.
The program is free to participants and details are available by calling 519-332-1820.
Lambton Agricultural Engagement and Support Program
This free program offers one- on-one consultations, seminars, workshops and virtual farm tours will be held September to De- cember with the goal of stimu- lating investment and job crea- tion in agricultural businesses throughout Lambton County. It will be held in collaboration with the Lambton Federation of Agri- culture.

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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.

As a fall drive through St. Clair Township shows so clearly, our community is a wonderful agricultural area. An account of the former Township of Moore in 1861 indi- cates that farm production was important to this area for the settlers from the time of their arrival onward. This record indicates that while only 1,901 acres were under cultivation in the township in 1846, by 1861, this had in- creased to 10,998 acres.
A wide variety of crops were listed in 1861 — fall wheat, spring wheat, oats, corn, potatoes, beans, clover, and many others, including a less familiar name – mangel- wurzel. This crop, related to the sugar beet, was grown for livestock feed.
Above: Corn being dried for storage.
Right: Grain being bagged. ~Moore Museum Archives
~Laurie Mason, Curator, Moore Museum

Modern re-enactments of the way the harvest used to be in the early days of St. Clair Township can still be seen at agricultural shows and fairs. Fortunately, the Moore and Sombra Museums have preserved photographs taken during the township’s early days to help us understand how much our agricultural industry has changed. It also makes us appreciate how lucky we are that farming has progressed so much over the years. Without modern ma- chines and advancements in agricultural practices and machinery, we would not have access to the abundance of food we enjoy today. ~ Editor

This post card from the Sombra Museum Archives, which shows a Sombra
farmer and his son at
harvest time, was labeled
“Milo and Nach with a load of beets”.

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:

St. Clair Township’s Historical Points of Interest

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Spooky family fun awaits visitors in Sombra Museum’s Halloween house
Get in the Halloween spirit with a guided tour through the Sombra Museum’s 140 year old Victorian House. Your tour will take you past creepy artifacts. You’ll cringe as the spirits play with the lights and you’ll be chilled when you encounter tales of witch- craft, funerals, Victorian medical practices, and more…
Note: This creepy guided tour has an ee- rie atmosphere but it is family friendly. There are no sudden jump scares and, for young children, we will be turning on the lights and focusing the tour on less scary topics.

The Sombra Fair was held in Wilkesport every autumn.
Thousands of people from the township and beyond, dressed in their Sunday best, attended the fair to enjoy the food and games, and to take in the livestock, vegetable, and preserves competitions.
~From Sombra Museum archives Poster from 1912
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All Lambton County Library locations open; hours of operation adjusted

All 25 Lambton County Library locations are now open to the public. They all offer in-person browsing according to each site’s provincially designated capacity limit, 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 com- puter use, wi-fi use and academic research, cardholders can call the location they wish to visit, book online at appointments or call the central booking line at 519-337-3291 ext. 5900, toll free at 1-866-324-6912 ext. 5900. Walk-in ap- pointments 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, Sat-
urday, 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.; Thursday, 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, ser- vices and hours of operation visit

Copies dwindling as Piratical Doings fascinates readers
Piratical Doings on the River St. Clair , our book about the 1838 raids across the St. Clair River, is selling across the oceans.
This new and exciting account of the history of armed at- tacks from the United States coming across the river, to what is now St. Clair Township, is being well received, even to the far corners of the world.
Heritage St. Clair members have sent out book orders to England and Australia. Curious readers from British Colum- bia and all parts of Ontario are also now enjoying this ac- count, authored by Dr. John Carter. We have also filled many local orders for Piratical Doings on the River St. Clair.
The Heritage Committee, as part of our outreach, has do- nated copies of the book to many organizations. To list a few: Moore and Sombra Museums, Lambton Country Archives, Lambton County Library, Library and Archives Canada, To- ronto Reference Library and Ontario Historical Society. We also have planned, but are yet to deliver copies to our vari- ous sponsors, Corunna Legion’s Leslie Sutherland Branch 447, Sombra Optimist and Creative County Committee. We are also donating copies to all the local St. Clair Township Ele- mentary Schools.
Of course, a copy will go to St. Clair Township Council to show our appreciation for their continued support in this and all our projects.
The sad news is that we have only 40 books left. If you are interested in local history, do not wait; order your own copy now. Then sit back and relive the exciting “doings” of 1838 when our Township lands were under attack by armed invaders from the United States.
Order your own copy by e-mailing the St. Clair Township’s Heritage Committee at secretaryherit- . You will receive information on payment and delivery or pick up.
~Dave Pattenden, Heritage St. Clair Committee
Discovering and preserving our heritage.

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

Young weight lifters receive Legion support
The Royal Canadian Legion Corunna Branch 447 recently donated to The Garage Gym to help pur- chase an accurate digital weigh scale. The gym provides a place for young local athletes to pre- pare for weight lifting competitions at the Provin- cial, National, and International level.
Right: Legion President John Cormier presents a $250 donation to weight lifter Rowdy Fisher. The digital scale will allow the young competitors to do accurate weigh-ins.
Submitted photo
SCRCA urges caution near waterways
The St. Clair Region Conservation Area (SCRCA) reminds those who live near watercourses to be cautious during heavy rain events such as the one this area experienced in late September.
Ponding, erosion and flooding can occur quick- ly, making familiar watercourses unpredictable when walking, working, or playing near them.
By midnight on Sept. 23, some locations within the SCRCA watershed were reporting that up- wards of 115 mm of rain had fallen in 48 hours.

~ Lest we forget ~
On Monday, November 11, 2021 at 11 a.m., the Royal Canadian Legion Corunna Branch 447 will hold a Remem- brance Day ceremony at the War Memorial by the Corunna Clock Tower Park on Lyndoch Street.
Due to COVID 19, this year’s Remembrance Day Service will again be scaled down. There will be no parade, and attendance will be limited to Legion Members, Veteran’s, Colour Party and Dignitaries. The majority of wreaths will be placed at the memorial prior to the ceremony.
Those wanting to place a wreath personally can do so when the ceremony concludes, and preplaced wreaths will be acknowledged during that part of the service. Dig-

nitaries will be standing in front of and facing the Memori- al. Wreaths will be prepositioned. These wreaths will in- clude Federal, Provincial, Municipal, Legion and Ladies Auxiliary only.
Anyone who wishes to purchase a wreath, please con- tact the Corunna Legion at 519-862-1240.
Spectators are discouraged from attending due to the limited space and the requirement to physically distance as per local health unit safety requirements. For those who choose to attend, please wear masks and observe social distancing.
We are happy to advise that we will stream the cere- monies live on the Corunna Legion Facebook page so the ceremony can be watched from home, school or work. To watch, find the Legion Facebook page (Royal Canadian Legion, Leslie Sutherland Branch 447 Corunna) on Monday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. and like the page to see the entire cer- emony.

Thank you for your understanding. Marg Emery, Corunna Legion, Branch 447

Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Poppy Banquet has been cancelled.

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: librarytech- . For more information on locations, ser- vices, and hours of operation, go online to: .

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

Overview of Moore Habitat Management Area invites exploration this autumn

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:

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It’s been a difficult year for many people in St. Clair Township and it’s easy to forget that others are suffering as well. Christmas is the time when we have an opportunity to look around us and offer help to those in need. The Optimist Club of Moore spearheads Operation Christmas Tree (OCT) each year to brighten the lives of our less fortunate neigh- bours.
Last Christmas, the lives of 92 families, including 102 chil- dren, were brightened by Operation Christmas Tree because the community came through with generous donations. This year, non-perishable food, new unwrapped toys, and gift cards to local food stores and WalMart are needed to ensure this miracle will happen again.
Donations to the 2021 OCT program can be mailed to: Op- eration Christmas Tree, P.O. Box 32, Corunna, Ontario, N0N 1G0. When a collection and sorting location has been con- firmed, donations can be dropped off there as well.
Operation Christmas Tree can also be accessed on Face- book and on the website:
Sacred Heart food bank –
Christmas hamper program coming
The constant need for supplies at local food banks still exists and with the Christmas season on the way, the need will increase. While recovery is still in progress, our neighbourhood food banks contin- ue to come to the aid of the community. Nourish-
ing food and daily supplies 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 replen- ished on a regular basis.
Details of this year’s program not yet been clarified but The Beacon will carry them when they become available.
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St. Andrew’s foodbank sustains those in need
The food bank at St. Andrew’s Church on Colborne Street in Corunna is open every Wednesday evening from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and every Thursday morning from 9 a.m. to noon. It operates in association with the Inn of the Good Shepherd in Sarnia.
The food bank serves those in need, offering a variety of food products to help people eat healthily, 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 finan- cial 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.
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St. Joseph-St. Charles Catholic Church Community to participate in
food program
The St. Joseph-St. Charles’ Catholic Community in Corun- na, along with the Catholic churches in Petrolia, Forest, and Watford, has worked collaboratively with the Boys and Girls Club of Sarnia-Lambton to extend Project Backpack, a food assistance program, into Lambton County. The program pro- vides 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 infor- mation 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 dur- ing regular office hours (Monday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Tuesday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.). Program organizers say the program will continue into the fall and they hope to continue it as long as there is a need for it.
Moore Agricultural Society membership
Interested in becoming a member of the Moore Agricultur- al Society or need to renew your membership? Memberships can be paid either by dropping off payment and member in- formation (name, telephone number, email address, 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 member- ship role, contact .

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 difference in their community. Club members ages 10 through 18 volun- teer 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 mem- bers’ volunteer hours at school. The club meets the first Monday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Courtright Commu- nity Centre (closed during COVID-19 shutdown). For more information, 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 welcome to attend.
Good listeners wanted –
Family Counselling Centre
Good listeners are needed by the Family Counselling Centre to staff the Distress Line, speaking with individuals who need support and need to feel connected. Volunteers are also needed to staff the Tel-Check program line, placing daily calls to seniors and persons with disabilities who live alone and are feeling isolated. To register or to find out more about this effort, call Donna at the Family Counsel- ling Centre, 519-336-0120, ext. 251.

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Beacon Bit

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.
~Seneca, philosopher

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The Beacon of St. Clair Township October 2021 Page 19

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Opening Doors: Healthy lifestyle program for individuals living with mental illness or seeking mental health support. For information, call 519 – 344-3017, ext. 277.
Virtual Glass Half Full: Slated for Monday, Oct. 18 at 2:30 p.m. to teach tips to increase opti- mism in your daily life. To register call Rebecca at 519-344-3017, ext. 277.

Virtual Night Light: Scheduled for Thurs- days, Oct. 21 to Dec. 9 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., find hope and wellness while managing mental ill- ness. To register call 519-344-3017, ext. 223.
Virtual Pulmonary Rehabilitation (for ex- isting clients): Held Monday and Thursday for peo- ple 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.Virtual Pulmonary Rehabilitation (for new clients): Held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 3
p.m. New client sessions begin Tuesday, Oct. 5 for 6 weeks. People living with lung disease will 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.

Corunna Legion hosts weekly activities
The Royal Canadian Legion Corunna Branch 447 will host four weekly activities. They are: Cribbage, Thurs- days at 1 p.m.; Bridge, Fridays at 1 p.m.; Meat darts, Fridays, 7 p.m.; Meat draw, Saturdays, 4 p.m. All COVID
-19 protocols will be in effect. An open jam session will be held on Oct. 30. The theme will be announced at a later date.
Meals will also resume. A drive-by rib (instead of beef) dinner served with scalloped potatoes, veggies, a bun and dessert will be offered for $15 on Oct. 26. Please pre-order by Monday, Sept. 28.
A drive-by chicken dinner served with roast potatoes, peas, coleslaw, and dessert will be offered on Nov. 23 at a cost of $15.
October fun! Sombra Museum to host
Crafter-noon activities
Sombra Museum will once again be offering Craft-ernoon activities this fall in an at-home for- mat. Follow @SombraMuseum on Facebook and In- stagram for updates on fall DIY craft kits for chil- dren, teens, and adults. They will be available through the month of October. Order yours at: or in person during museum hours of operation on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., or Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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“Normal” will not happen without vaccina- tion!
There are still many eligible individuals in Lambton County who are unvaccinated.
Ignorance of the science and the truth sur- rounding COVID-19 it no excuse to avoid vac- cination. This virus and its variants will only be defeated if there are no more vulnerable hosts in which they can thrive. Discover the truth by talking to your doctor or a pharma- cist, or going online to:
>Lambton Public Health information is online at:
>The Government of Canada has an extensive COVID-19 site at: