St. Clair Township Crest
1155 Emily Street
Mooretown ON
N0N 1M0

Phone: (519) 867-2021

Office Hours
Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

June, 2022

June, 2022

By-Law for election signs
A by-law to regulate the use of campaign signs was discussed at the May 4 council meeting. Draft By-Law 27 of 2022 requires that campaign signs not be posted until Sept. 1 and not exceed 20 square feet in size. No permit is required to install election signs in any zone, but they cannot be installed on private land unless the owner’s
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permission is obtained.
Signs posted on municipal road allowances will be restricted to areas and locations that do not obstruct vi- sion for vehicular or pedestrian traffic, and they are sub- ject to the consent of the adjacent land owner. They are also not permitted in municipal road allowances abutting public lands, including parks.
If the Chief Returning Officer believes the sign violates any provisions of this by-law, it will be ordered removed, or may be removed by the township.
Any signs removed in this way will be done at the ex- pense ($200 per sign) of the candidate, and this money will be considered part of the candidate’s own contribu- tion to their campaign. Signs must be removed within 48-

Request for resumption of border services in Ecarte channel
The temporary suspension of Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) operations at several small border report- ing offices was discussed in response to a widely- distributed letter from a concerned business operator.
The letter argued this suspension would negatively affect the community, causing safety issues such as pro- longing the time small boat operators must spend on the river with international shipping traffic. It also pointed out the reporting offices had been in place for decades, which influenced the quality of life, the local economy and, potentially, real estate values of the properties in

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Paddock Green Park air monitoring station site recognized

As part of activities to recognize Emergency Prepared- ness Week, the site of the new Paddock Green Park air monitoring installation was recognized on May 5. The monitoring station is a project spearheaded by the Sarnia- Lambton Environmental Association (SLEA), a member of the Bluewater Association for Safety, Environment and Sustainability (BASES). The event was part of a week-long series of activities highlighting BASES commitment to re- gional excellence across Sarnia and Lambton County through the operation of sites like the one planned for Paddock Green. This effort includes the involvement of local contractors, building trades, all levels of govern- ment, educators, and the broader community.
BASES has also introduced the MyCNN (My Community

Photo courtesy BASES

Notification Network) to alert the public of onsite activi- ties. Over a dozen companies have begun using the plat- form and new companies are continuously being added to the system. The service is offered free of charge by visit- ing: .
ABOVE: Attending the recognition event are, from left: Derek Veenendaal, Intertec Project Manager; St. Clair Township Fire Chief Boyes; St. Clair Township Councillor Pat Brown; St. Clair Township Mayor Steve Arnold; Pauline Buitink, General Manager, Shell Manufacturing Centre; Randi Rogers, Intertec Inside Sales; Nathan Van Belois, Senior Scientist, RWDI.

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the area.

Community Hall updates

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tion of three Level 2 Type B pedestrian crossings at the following locations: Hill Street at Queen Street; St. Clair Boulevard at Sir John Moore School; and St. Clair Parkway at Brander Park. Council approved the tender from Cope Construction and Contracting for
$339,183.45 net HST.

Director of Community Services Kendall Lindsay pre- sented an update report to inform council of the current status of township community halls. Brigden and Port Lambton Community Halls are now open and taking book- ings.
Courtright Community Hall is to be demolished. The Optimist Club of Moore, previously located in the build- ing, has moved to the upper floor of the Emergency Ser- vices Building on Lyndoch Street in Corunna.
The Sombra Community Hall is closed pending neces- sary repairs. Funding for the project is still being ex- plored.
The Wilkesport Community Hall did not meet fire code for cooking and the work done by a contractor hired to bring it up to code failed to pass the building inspection. Inspection of subsequent work done to address shortcom- ings was slated for May 11. In addition, a leak along the peak line of the hall’s roof is being investigated to see if the work can be done under warranty. The hall is still open for non-cooking events.
Environmental impact study along pipeline
Council was informed of an environmental study that is now in progress along the four-kilometre ammonia pipeline corridor from the OPG Lambton G.S. site south to CF Industries. Field work will be weather-dependent, with researchers walking along the pipeline route at in- tervals throughout the summer and into the fall.
The study is being done to document and protect the environment in the event that any section of the pipeline should be scheduled for removal later this year. The 50- millimetre diameter ammonia pipeline was purged, cleaned and decommissioned after the decision was made to demolish the station.
Pedestrian crossing installation tenders considered
Tenders were considered by council for the installa-

The crossings at Hill Street and St. Clair Boulevard are being installed following a recommendation of staff, and subsequent approval by council, to phase out the use of crossing guards within the township. Hill Street is also being completed following the receipt of a petition from Corunna residents to improve the safety and connectivity in that area.
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St. Clair Township one of four sites considered for hydrogen production facility

The former Lambton G.S. site south of Courtright is one of four Ontario sites being considered as a loca- tion for a large-scale hydrogen generation facility. If the facility is built, the Sarnia Lambton Economic Partnership is hopeful the hydrogen it generates could serve heavy industry in Sarnia-Lambton.
Aturo Power, a subsidiary Ontario Power Genera- tion, plans to begin a feasibility study of the Lambton
G.S. site this summer, dependent upon the approval of federal funding.
The initiative to generate hydrogen as a power source for everything from automobiles to power gen- eration plants is in keeping with Ontario’s low-carbon hydrogen strategy, which is aimed at reducing green- house gases, developing a self-sustaining sector, and promoting energy diversity.
The use of hydrogen as a source of energy is not a new concept. For decades, hydrogen has been used in many industrial settings, such as steel mills, and is mixed with nitrogen to create electronics such as semi
-conductors, LEDs, and lighted displays.
Aturo Power already has combined-cycle facilities in Toronto, Windsor, Halton Hills, and Napanee. The combined-cycle plants can use a combination of steam and hydrogen to operate. They are said to be

clean, efficient facilities that capture wasted heat, which is used to increase the plant’s electrical out- put. The company’s stated goal is to reduce green- house gas emissions and become a leader in facilitat- ing economy-wide adoption of hydrogen across the province.
Matthew Slotwinski, Senior Economic Development Officer for the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership (SLEP) commented Sarnia-Lambton is “tremendously well positioned” to vie for the new hydrogen facility.
Hydrogen FYI
The basic process for generating hydrogen involves passing an electrical current through plain water (H2O). The current separates the two elements into hydrogen and oxygen molecules through a process called electrolysis. The resulting hydrogen is collected and can be stored for future use, while the oxygen can be vented. It is inexpensive to produce using ready-made commercial generators. In addition, Lambton County has salt caverns that can safely store this energy until it is needed during times when other energy sources, such as wind and solar power, are not sufficient. Hydrogen-powered vehicles, such as fuel cell vehicles, fleet vehicles, and rockets, are already being produced and used by some companies.

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The pedestrian crossing on St. Clair Boulevard is be- ing completed to improve pedestrian safety and to meet the requirements of the Ontario Traffic Manual-Book 15.
All three crossings were designed by traffic engineers in accordance with the latest pedestrian facility require- ments. The Level 2 Type B Pedestrian Crossovers will have additional overhead rectangular flashing beacons.
After some discussion about the cost of the three crossings putting the project over budget, the point was made that deferring the installation of the third crossing to next year would not be cost-effective due to the cur- rent high rate of inflation.
Shoreline protection report
The Shoreline Protection report for 2022-2023 recom- mended the shoreline at Seagar Park be the next for site inspection, shoreline design, permit application, and tender preparation, followed by Reagan Park. Centenni- al Park will have 100 feet of seawall replaced, and re- pairs will be done at the Courtright River Park dock.
Special Events guide and application form being developed
Increased requests for special events to be held on township property and the liability concerns that accom- pany them have brought forward the need to implement a St. Clair Township special event guide and application

form to streamline the process. This will help users in- terested in booking parks and open spaces for events, and guide them as to what can and cannot be done on township property. It will also help township staff pro- cess the requests for booking and destress the process for users, making their event as successful as possible.
After reviewing a draft of the new guide and applica- tion form, some additions and changes were suggested to enable staff to produce the finished material.

Businesses benefit from SLEP programs

Small businesses now have access to the assistance of trained DSS digital specialists who can help them cope with online tech- nologies and digitally transform their sales, marketing and back- office operations, all at no cost. The squad is already visiting businesses in Sarnia and Lambton County.
This is the third year SLEP has been able to offer OGP, which is administered by the Ontario BIA Association in partnership with the Toronto Association of BIAs. Locally, the program will provide 3,000 Digital Transformation Grants to qualified brick-and- mortar small businesses. It will include support for basic website

setup, Google My Business profiles, 360o photos, social media presence, and more. Where COVID-19 restrictions are in place, DSS members can provide support through phone and video tools such as Zoom.
The SLEP Apprentice Job Match tool can connect Sarnia- Lambton employers with apprentices seeking available opportu- nities. Registration is free and can be found at . More information about the Job Match Program can be found by calling 519-332-1820, ext. 225 or online at:

All Lambton County Library locations open; hours of operation adjusted

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 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 allow. Library hours of operation have been adjusted as fol- lows:
*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.; 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.
*Wilkesport (519-864-4000): Tuesday, Saturday, 9 a.m. to
1 p.m.; Thursday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Not a cardholder yet? To become a Lambton County Li- brary cardholder, call or visit your local library during open hours. For more information on locations, services and hours of operation visit

SCRCA receives grant to support professional development

Three young professionals who are pursuing a career in the environmental field are receiving valuable additional training thanks to a $172,000 grant from the Ontario Skills Development Program. The St. Clair Region Conservation Authority recently received these funds, which will give the three young biologists a chance to enhance their skills, expertise, confidence, and employability. They will be working in one of the most biodiverse watersheds in Canada.
Species at Risk Technician Krista Nicolson said, “…thanks to this funding program, I’ll be able to gain valuable hands-on work experience while learning from the experienced and seasoned staff at the SCRCA.”
Funding will also allow for other professional develop- ment opportunities such as courses and workshops held by other industry professionals.
The SCRCA’s biology team completes a precise pro- gram of monitoring work each year to assess local water quality and report on the population dynamics of at-risk and invasive species, such as the endangered Eastern Spiny Softshell Turtle and the invasive Round Goby.

Successful candidates hired through the Skills Develop- ment Program will be major contributors to several of the SCRCA’s biological programs, including: Benthic (flora and fauna found on the bottom, or in bottom sediments, of a sea or body of water) invertebrate monitoring program; freshwater mussel and fish monitoring program; outreach programs; water quality monitoring; and the captive hatch-and-release pro-
gram for the endan- gered Spiny Softshell Turtle.
Right: Watershed Health Technician Sarah Snetsinger, one of the young professionals funded by the Ontario Skills Development Fund, is shown with seedling trees that will be planted throughout the St. Clair Region wa- tershed. SCRCA photo

Child Care and Early Years professionals celebrate inaugural professional development day
Child care professionals from across Lambton County gath- ered recently at the St. Clair Township Golf Course to cele- brate the inaugural professional development day for the li- censed child care sector in Lambton County. The event theme, Heartwork and So Much More, brought early years profession- als, including staff from Sombra Township Child Care, together to join their peers celebrating the occasion across Ontario. The event provided opportunities and discussions on the im- pact and value of child care to families and communities. The building of a strong, high quality, accessible child care system was stressed during these discussions.
In Lambton County, over 450 educators participated through Zoom or in-person in the one-day event that included over 4,300 early learning professionals from across Ontario. The event was made possible by the federal and provincial governments through Child Care and Early Years Workforce Funding.
Left: A group of Child Care and Early Year educators posed for a photograph to mark the inaugural professional development day for licensed child care providers in Lambton County.

Global talent recruited to support local hiring demand

A new initiative by the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Part- nership (SLEP) will address local workforce development by attracting international talent. It is hoped the local economy will benefit and grow from Bridging Global Tal- ent in Sarnia-Lambton, a project partly funded by Gov- ernment of Ontario and the Government of Canada.
The program will connect local employers with suita- ble job seekers. Local employers will be able to com- municate their hiring needs, and a series of job fairs and sessions will create networking opportunities for highly skilled jobs seekers.
A new online employment platform will connect em- ployers with international graduates. Pre-employment services will be offered to international graduates, providing assistance with resume writing, video resumes, and connection to local hiring businesses.

“It is essential that we have a highly skilled, diverse, adaptable workforce and responsive initiatives that meet the workforce’s evolving needs,” said Judith Morris, in- terim SLEP CEO.
Lambton College has attracted international students from around the world and SLEP’s new initiative is aimed at adding some of them in the local labour pool. “International students are an integral part of Lambton College and this initiative will support the retention of top talent in our community,” said Hanna Eroglu, Associ- ate Dean of Lambton College International Education.
Employers or international graduates interested in knowing more about the project or how to participate can contact Cari Meloche of the Sarnia-Lambton Econom- ic Partnership, or call 510-332- 1820.

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Water utility appointments require 48 hours notice

St. Clair Township By-Law 29 of 2021 requires at least 48 hours notice in advance of scheduling appointments with the Public Works department to avoid service fees.


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New coordinator takes the helm at Moore Museum

By Bonnie Stevenson
The Moore Museum has a new coordinator. Fiona Doherty took over the role from Laurie Mason, who re- cently retired.
Fiona is not a newcomer to the museum. She has been a part-time/permanent museum assistant there since 2018. She brings with her a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropolo- gy from Western University and an advanced diploma in Museum Studies from Algonquin College. But the hours she spent at the Moore Museum are something Fiona believes helped to fine tune her abilities to oversee the facility.
“I’m really grateful to Laurie,” she said. “She’s been a wonderful mentor, always gracious, kind and supportive. She made me believe I could take this on…It’s a big re-

sale is already receiving vendor applications to par- ticipate in the September event, with 51 outdoor spac- es booked so far. Bookings for school programs are also being accepted.
“We’re at our best when we’re involved with the community,” said Fiona. Although the museum is not a huge operation, Fiona is
pleased with her new position and the variety of roles she

Above: Fiona Doherty at her new dream job.

sponsibility but a good opportunity.”
The Point Edward native remembers attending a Moore Museum Christmas craft program as a young student. “I still have the tree ornament I made here,” she said. “We put it on the tree every year.”
The complete halt to operations during the pandemic has been difficult for the museum staff, but Fiona says the challenge in not beyond the capabilities of the many vol- unteers who take on everything from daily maintenance and assistance with heritage programs, to major projects. “I like the feel of the museum,” she said. “It’s exciting to get back to it. We’re focusing now on getting back to where we were before the pandemic.”
As an example, she mentioned the resumption of work on the new train display that was started before the shut- downs occurred. The display, situated in the impressively equipped Train Room, will be the highlight of a special Train Day event this summer. And the Downriver Craft

will play. “The good thing about a small museum is that you get to do everything,” she explained. “I want to keep up Laurie’s tradition of getting involved in everything.”

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Model trains, dinosaurs and more at the Moore Museum
By Tom Walter, train master
Mark Sunday, July 3 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on your calendar so you won’t miss the Model Train Event at the Moore Museum.
There’s a lot of excitement surrounding the reopening of the train room, with two new layout themes being prepared for the summer of 2022. Just before the pandemic, one of the layouts was invaded by DINOSAURS! Now, they can be seen riding the trains, digging up fossils, and exploring the landscape. On train day, visitors young and old will be able to mingle with them at Dino Roars Park and drive the ‘Dino Roar’ trains.
The newest layout, introduced in 2019, is still undergoing extensive redevelopment. It will feature an aerospace/aviation theme, with trains running on three levels. The theme was inspired by the product lines of the Lionel Company in the late 1950’s, when they in- troduced a new range of clever and exciting trains. There
were airplanes and space capsules on flat cars, rockets and launchers, radar and microwave installations. These toy trains and accessories capitalized on the excitement that stories of the space race and supersonic jets were creating at the time. (The rebuilding of this layout, halted during the pandemic, will still be a work in progress on July 3.)
A large roster of new engines and train cars will also be running for the first time, so DON’T MISS TRAIN DAY!

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

Sydenham Canoe Races benefit SCRCA’s conservation education programs

The threat of rain failed to dampen the Sydenham River Canoe and Kayak Race, which attracted over 70 canoe and kayak enthusiasts to the river on May 1. The event was co- hosted by the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority (SCRCA) and its Foundation (SCRCF). The 2022 edition of the race was the first to be held since 2017, when unsafe high-water levels led to the cancellation of the race in 2018 and 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic did the same in 2020 and 2021.
The race, which is typically held in April, was pushed back to May 1 in hopes the water level challenges experi- enced in the past would not impact the ability of the SCRCA to host the event. “We are so happy that the event could go forward this year,” said Melissa Levi, Race Coordi- nator and Conservation Education Coordinator for the SCRCA. “It was a great day, and I think everyone enjoyed getting out on the water.”
The annual canoe and kayak race serves as a fundraiser for the SCRCA’s Conservation Education programs, and par- ticipants are encouraged to seek sponsorships for their ef- forts. Over $5,000 was raised through the event, with the top fundraiser award presented to Emery Huszka and Jerry Fiddler (see photo).
The race featured eleven different race classes and three different race lengths. Results from the 2022 Syden- ham River Canoe and Kayak Race have been posted on the Authority’s website. For more information on the Syden- ham River Canoe and Kayak Race and the SCRCA’s Conser-

vation Education programs, visit
About St. Clair Region Conservation Foundation
The St. Clair Region Conservation Foundation (SCRCF) is a registered, charitable organization with the purpose of raising funds to support the conservation programs of the SCRCA. The organization accepts donations and raises funds through the dedication of volunteers and staff who organ- ize local fundraisers. The Foundation supports a number of initiatives including: conservation education; tree planting; the protection of wetlands, soils and forests; and upgrades to conservation area facilities and amenities.

Top fundraisers Emery Huszka (left) and Jerry Fid- dler (right) show off their Top Fundraiser award at the 2022 Sydenham River Canoe and Kayak Race.

Sacred Heart food bank –
help your community thrive
Summer doesn’t reduce the constant need for donations of food, personal and household supplies is still being experienced by local food banks and the need is still great. Our neighbour- hood food banks continue to come to the aid of the community. Nourishing food and daily supplies like personal hygiene items, baby needs, and household cleaning supplies are always need- ed. In Ward 2, The Sacred Heart Food Bank has shelves that need to be replenished on a regular basis, not just on special occasions. Please keep the Sacred Heart food bank in mind when you shop for your own groceries.
St. Andrew’s food bank continues to help 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 Shep- herd 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 financial donation to the food bank can do so through Food Bank, C/O St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 437 Colborne Drive, Corun- na, Ontario, N0N 1G0. Gift cards to Foodland and No Frills are also welcome.
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 information from com- munity partners. People who qualify for this program can find these bags at the St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish office at 346 Beresford Street in Corunna during regular office hours (Monday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Tuesday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.). Program organizers say the program will continue into the fall and they hope to continue it as long as there is a need for it.
Moore Agricultural Society membership
Interested in becoming a member of the Moore Agricultural Society or need to renew your membership? Memberships can be paid either by dropping off payment and member infor- mation (name, telephone number, email address, home ad- dress) at the Brigden Fair office or through e-transfer at Fi- . Memberships are $20 per person until further notice. For more information on the membership role, contact .
Motivated youth seeking adventure
The Royal Canadian “1st Hussars” Army Cadet Corps Pe- trolia is welcoming boys and girls ages 12-18 to learn join the ranks and learn valuable skills they can use for a lifetime. Ca- dets are not required to join the military. For more infor- mation, call 519-332-6555 or visit:

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 com- munity. Club members ages 10 through 18 volunteer in the com- munity and fundraise to put on their own programs and to do- nate 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 information, call Mary Lou at 519-862- 3950.
Local TOPS weight control group meetings
Local TOPS weight control groups can be contacted for infor- mation as follows: Brigden—519-864-1865; Corunna-519-381- 5584. People of all ages are welcome to attend.
Good listeners still wanted –
Family Counselling Centre
The Family Counselling Centre needs good listeners 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 Counselling Centre, 519-336-0120, ext. 251.

Lambton County Library branches offer
“hands-on” enjoyment
Library membership is free and the “hands-on” experience of holding a book and turning pages is still a popular way to enjoy the immersive satisfaction of reading; even snowshoes are availa- ble to get some fresh air between chapters when the snow flies. In addition to books, magazines, and other solid literacy re- sources, cardholders can borrow a wide variety of items including DVDs, electronic books, music, movies, and audiobooks. To be- come a Lambton County Library cardholder, call or visit your local library branch. For more information on locations, services, and hours of operation visit .

Greenfield power plant second largest in Canada
The Greenfield natural gas-fired generating sta- tion is located along Bickford Line south of Courtright. It produces up to 1,005 megawatts of clean energy.
The plant, built in 2008, is the second largest natural gas-fired power plant in Canada, and is one of three such stations in St. Clair Township.
Mike Coene drone photo

Brigden Fair 2022: sponsors for fair classes being sought

The Brigden Fair has been missed for the past two years, but the Moore Agri- cultural Society is well along with plans for the 2022 fair.
All of the familiar events, livestock shows and displays that are the hallmark of the fair, will appear on Thanksgiving weekend, plus new features and enter- tainments to satisfy the senses and send spirits soaring.
Sponsors are being sought to be part of this year’s fair. Companies or individ- uals who have thought about being a part of Brigden Fair can now call and discuss opportunities to become a class sponsor.

If you are interested in being a sponsor, please email and put SPONSOR in the Subject line.
Other advertising opportunities for your company are still available by calling 519-864-1197 or email:
New Moore Agricultural Society members welcome
Interested in becoming a member of the Moore Agricul- tural Society or need to renew your membership? Mem- berships can be paid either by dropping off payment and member information (name, telephone number, email address, home address) at the Brigden Fair office or through e-transfer at Member- ships are now $20 per person. For more information on the membership role, please contact

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Mermaids and Mariners on the St. Clair
Of all the community festivals that are returning to St. Clair Township this summer, the “new kid on the block” will be Mermaids and Mariners on the St. Clair, a family-friendly event celebrating all things nautical on the scenic St. Clair River. On Saturday, August 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Brander Park will come alive as mes- merizing mermaids mingle with mighty mariners and merry-making families.
Here are some of the things visitors can look for- ward to on Aug. 20: *10 a.m. to 6 p.m., there will be:
over 50 vendors; food trucks (Brit Boys Fish ‘n Chips, Dog Days Southern BBQ, Dips Soft Serve Ice Cream, Ohana Ice Hawaiian Shave-Ice & Treats; boat dealership displays; and collaborative painting with Cyn Fay Studio. *From
10 a.m. to noon, have Breakfast with Mermaids (ticketed event); *noon to 6 p.m., Meet the Mermaids (Pavilion Pho- to Ops); *noon to 6 p.m., Landshark Lager “Watering Hole (licensed beverage area with bartending services by Memo- rie Lane; *1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Southwind Boys LIVE musical entertainment; and much more.
Go online to: to “sea” what’s happening”. You can also sail with the Mermaids and Mariners crew on Facebook and Instagram.

Teen photo contest open to teens 13 through 18

Lambton County residents ages 13 through 18 are invit- ed to enter the Take Your Shot teen photo contest spon- sored by the Lambton County Library and the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery (JNAAG).
The theme for this contest is Feels Like Home, and submitted photos should represent their take on the feeling of home. Photo subjects can be of entrants’ actual homes, an object or people who remind them of home, or their hometowns. Entries must be submitted online at lcli- by July 10, 2022.
The entries must be submitted in one of three catego- ries: 1. People/Pets; 2. Places; 3. Things.
A winner will be chosen from each category, plus one grand prize winner. The grand prize winner will receive their choice of $100 to Mainframe in Sarnia, $100 to Car- men’s Foto Source, or a virtual one-hour one-on-one session with award-winning photographer Peter Power.
“Take Your Shot is intended to inspire budding young

photographers and provide opportunities for them to devel- op their skills and build their resumes,” noted Vanitia Campbell, Public Services Coordinator-Youth, Lambton County Library.
The grand prize winner, plus the winners of each sub- category, will receive professionally-matted and framed versions of their photographs. The four winners and a num- ber of other selected contest entries, as well as the work of internationally-known photographer Larry Towell. Mr. Tow- ell’s brilliant photography has covered subjects ranging from environmental issues and international war zone sub- jects, to human rights documentation of Canadian First Nations. His work will be featured in an exhibition at the JNAAG from Aug. 12 to Oct. 8, 2022.
For more information, contest rules, and instructions on how to submit your photo, please visit:

New Lambton County Library cards can make you a winner
Is your library card looking a bit ratty or has it expired? Do you even have a library card? Want to be a winner? The Lambton County Library and its community library branches are offering newly designed cards that could give card holders a chance to win the grand prize of a $500 Tourism Sarnia-Lambton gift voucher, or one of five $100 gift
vouchers. They can be used at over 300 retail, restaurant, attraction, and accommodation locations throughout Lamb- ton County.
Patrons can enter to win this portion of the draw by simply getting a card and checking out an item from the li- brary. The cards are FREE for anyone who lives, works, attends school, or owns property in Lambton County, or lives in a First Nations community in Ontario. Another chance to win will be entered each time a patron checks out an item from the library’s physical collection during this promotion of the redesigned library cards, which will run until June 12, 2022. All small print rules and criteria of library card membership can be found at
So, what are you waiting for? Get in on this win-win promotion and the grand prize might be yours on Monday, June 13. Even if you don’t win the prize, think of the money you’ll save by using your free card to access the information/entertainment resources you want at your local library branch.
Your local library branch is more than just 210,000books; it’s an expansive array of other services and resources that can be borrowed, including: DVDs, electronic resources like eBooks, eAudiobooks, video streaming services, online courses, databases and journals. Each branch has computer workstations and access to programs and other services. For more information on library branch locations, services and hours of operation, visit:

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Wilkesport Community centre

and check out the many great classes available through WLCHC.
Please be sure to specify, on the top of the form, which program you are registering for.) For in-person classes, if you are feeling unwell, please do not attend. Screening will take place prior to every in-person class & Public Health Guidelines will be followed.
WLCHC hosts Line Dancing
West Lambton Community Health Centre, funded by the Ministry of Health, will be hosting LINE DANCING WITH CHRISTINA. This free daytime class will be held on Monday’s until June 20 at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Pres- byterian Church, 261 Christina St. N. in Sarnia. All abili- ties are welcome and no previous experience is needed. Registration is required because spaces are limited. Call 519-344-3017, ext. 237 or email: .

The Brigden Fair Ambassador contest is coming up on Aug. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Brigden Fair exhibition hall. The Ambassador doesn’t need to be an expert in agriculture, live on a farm, or have grown up in Brigden. All she or he needs is to be between the ages of 17 and 24 (as of August 1, 2022) and have an eager- ness to learn. This program is about learning – being seen as a leader in the community and taking on new challenges. Watch the Brigden Fair website at or the Brigden Fair Facebook page for details as the 2022 program de- velops. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to forward them to with “Ambassador Program” in the Sub- ject line and it will be forwarded to the Committee.

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10th anniversary at Sombra Museum
A Sombra Museum Cultural Centre open house will be held on June 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its opening. The first decade of the facility will be reviewed and exciting plans for its future will be revealed. Admission will be free and refreshments will be offered. Come out and help celebrate the opening of this heritage preservation treasure.

Shane and The Woodchippers

Sombra Days are back!
Join the fun at Sombra Days the weekend of Friday, July 8 to Sunday, July10. The two-pitch tourna-
ment will be held and entry fee is $125 per team. For more information, call Blair at 519- 331-0983 or Robyn at 519-381-7748. Volleyball registration is also being taken by calling Amelia Henry through Facebook messenger or by tex- ting 519-330-7334. See complete schedule on page 18.
L. C. Archives Lunch and Learn series
The Lambton County Archives is currently running a free virtual half-hour lunchtime series called Lunch and Learn to inform viewers about the archival resources available to the public.
The series is being led by Archivist/Supervisor Nicole Aszalos, and viewers are invited to enjoy their lunch while being educated about the surprising resources of- fered at the Archives. “It’s always a pleasure sharing in- formation about how to conduct research,” said Nicole. “We hope people will take this opportunity to connect with us, ask questions, and expand their knowledge of the Archives.”
Viewers can register for these sessions on the Lambton County Archives website to learn more about the topics, Property Research on Tuesday, June 14 at 12:30 p.m. and Online Resources on Tuesday, June 28 at 12:30
p.m. For more information about the Lambton County Archives and upcoming programs, sign up for e-news or follow @LambtonCountyArchives on Facebook or @HeritageLambton on Twitter.

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