The Huron Perth Public Health website is updated regularly with confirmed case counts received.
“Our online case reporting is not a real-time tool but is meant to keep the community informed on trends we are seeing,” explains Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen.
For the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Huron and Perth Counties and also the percentage of people vaccinated please visit: www.hpph.ca
GODERICH ART CLUB
Jayne Crebolder is one of 20 artists displaying their work at the 2022 Goderich Art Club Show and Sale. This piece by Crebolder is entitled, “No One’s Watching”. (Submitted photo)
The 2022 Goderich Art Club Show and Sale will feature over 20 artists and over 200 works of original art at The MacKay Centre from Aug. 5-7.
The Show and Sale will run Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no charge for admission and all are welcome to come and view what should be a pretty fabulous display of art!
The MacKay Centre, an accessible building, is located at 10 Nelson Street East, Goderich (corner of North Street. and Nelson).
The Seaforth Community Hospital Foundation is excited to announce a pledge of $655,000 over the next two years to the Seaforth Community Hospital (SCH). This pledge will support the purchase of capital equipment identified by the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance, such as a new Ultrasound suite.
Ultrasounds play an essential role in helping healthcare professionals monitor pregnancies, and diagnose and determine treatment for a variety of conditions and diseases. The Medical Imaging team utilizes ultrasound on a daily basis. The current equipment is nearing its end of life increasing the risk of service interruptions if replacement parts are not available or delayed, and limit access to ultrasounds for patients.
Ultrasound units are portable allowing use in the Imaging Department, inpatient unit and Emergency Department. The new equipment will allow enhanced visualization of deeper structures in the patient’s body; superior quality of images; user-friendly features for the technologist; a larger monitor for clear viewing; and state-of-the-art software.
This pledge also will support the purchase of equipment for the Lab, inpatient unit and Emergency Department, wheelchairs, staff training resources as well as other equipment identified as priorities for SCH.
“The Foundation applauds the generosity of our donors who help to ensure that Seaforth Community Hospital has the equipment it needs to continue providing exceptional care to our community,” said Ron Lavoie, Foundation chair.
Anyone who would care to support this pledge, is asked to please choose one of the donation options listed below:
Mail a cheque to the Seaforth Community Hospital Foundation at PO Box 99, Seaforth, ON N0K 1W0; send an E-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit their website at www.hpha.ca/schfoundation and donate online. A secure donation will be processed via the Canada Helps website.
Alternatively people can call 519 527-1650 Ext. 4234 to discuss other donation options, such as bequests.
LOVE YOUR GREATS DAY
A day to celebrate and protect the Great Lakes, called “Love Your Greats Day”, is held the second Saturday of every August. In 2022, this special day is on Saturday, Aug. 13.
Love Your Greats Day organizers say local citizens like you, and local communities like yours, can take positive actions to protect Lake Huron and the other Great Lakes.
There are many ways people can help Lake Huron. They may take litterless lunches to the beach, properly dispose of waste, and help clean up litter along Lake Huron. They may use reusable water bottles and refill them at local water refill stations.
“Each positive action you take adds up,” organizers say.
Organizers encourage people to think of actions they can take, as an individual, to protect and improve the Great Lakes. They invite individuals to choose products that don’t pollute; to reduce plastic use; and to do projects that slow down or capture water running off of a property.
People might plant trees or donate to local tree planting programs. They may use rain barrels or add rain gardens or wetlands or make other stormwater management improvements. Consider adding green infrastructure to a property. This benefits creeks, rivers, and Lake Huron. This natural infrastructure can also help us adapt to extreme weather and changing climates. To learn more watch this video: Valuing Green Infrastructure.
Green infrastructure includes forests and woodlots, wetlands and stormwater ponds, soil, and natural areas. It also includes technologies to absorb water and manage runoff. These technologies include rain barrels and permeable pavement. These green technologies filter and store stormwater and replicate ecosystem functions. Contact a local conservation authority to find out about technical expertise and grant incentives that may be available to help.
Enhancing natural features and green infrastructure has many benefits for Lake Huron communities. It can help to store, filter, and treat water running over land during storm events. Adding natural features to the landscape has benefits for air and water quality. It provides habitat for wildlife and pollinators. It makes communities more resilient and better prepared to adapt during extreme weather as the climate continues to change. Green infrastructure can reduce flood risk by slowing and reducing stormwater. This is an economic benefit as well.
To find out more actions people can take to protect a Great Lake, visit the Healthy Lake Huron – Clean Water, Clean Beaches Partnership at healthylakehuron.ca. Follow Healthy Lake Huron on social media, share stories by using #loveyourgreats or tagging @loveyourgreats on social media and visit www.loveyourgreats.com.
The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) is currently looking for additional members to join their Board of Directors including a Secretary, a “House” director and a “Rental” director.
According to existing members of the Executive, the workload for a Director is not daunting…and it’s fun! Participation includes: attendance at monthly Board meetings;
bringing ideas and participation in an annual Town Hall Planning session for the following year; volunteer time to help at Town Hall Events (there are six this year); and participate in the annual Town Hall spring yard clean up.
The “House” Director position will be available soon. This position involves the maintenance and upkeep of the building working closely with the part time custodian. The person in the “Rental” Director position will work closely with the rental coordinator for weddings and events. The person who fulfils the “Secretary” position will participate in Board decisions, take minutes and help the President set the agenda.
The Bayfield Town Hall was built in 1882, then moved to its present location on Clan Gregor Square in 1920. The Town Hall was the seat of Village government from that date until 1927 and again from 1965 to 1984 at which point, the aging building was closed and in disrepair.
In 1989, a committee was formed to restore and re-energize the Town Hall. The committee was known as the “Friends of the Town Hall” and after years of fundraising, private donations and grants, monies were raised to restore and maintain the historic building.
Today, the BTHHS, a non-profit corporation with a volunteer Board of Directors, is responsible for its maintenance and upkeep with a mandate to provide cultural events and activities for the Village. All of this is possible through the many fundraising events run by the Board as well as generous donations from Bayfield residents.
The following is an overview of what these fundraising efforts pay for:
- Repairs and upgrades to the building
- Heat, hydro and operation of the building
- Maintenance and cleaning including a part-time staff custodian
- Renting the hall for weddings and community use including a part-time staff rental coordinator
- Hosting events and performances at the Town Hall
To learn more or to apply for a position please email email@example.com or call 519 565-5788.
HURON CLEAN WATER PROJECT
There are more grant funds available, in several grant categories of the Huron Clean Water Project (HCWP), for projects by Huron County landowners. The HCWP project review committee has allocated more grant funds to the categories of Forest Management Plans and Woodlot Enhancement and Fragile Land Retirement.
“We encourage landowners in Huron County to apply for grants in these and other categories to further protect and improve local water quality,” said County of Huron Warden Glen McNeil.
The County of Huron increased funding by $50,000, in 2022, for water quality projects for a total of $500,000 in available funds.
“Huron County Council continues to make it a priority to support water quality improvement by our county residents and community groups,” said Warden McNeil.
As well as the categories with increased funding allocations, there are more than a dozen other grant categories with grants available. To learn more about the HCWP visit the County’s Clean Water Project page: Water Protection.
The Maitland Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) and the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) deliver the HCWP program on behalf of the County of Huron. Nathan Schoelier is ABCA Stewardship and Lands Manager. He said the increased support for several grant categories implements recommendations from staff working on the ground with landowners.
“Tree planting projects, and good woodlot management practices are important stewardship projects to complete,” he said. “The Huron Clean Water Project grant review committee approved these priorities and now we want to let landowners know we can provide more support in these important categories.”
He said, in many cases, grants through HCWP can be combined with grants from other programs to help support landowners’ projects as much as possible.
Ben Van Dieten is MVCA Stewardship Projects Lead. He said staff are also looking to build upon the success of the Cover Crop Incentive category, and the large number of acres it benefits across the County, by inviting landowners to contact the conservation authority about supporting other soil health improvement projects. This may help to kick-start new efforts to reduce tillage and improve the soil health upon which we all rely, he said.
To apply for funding, or to learn more, call MVCA at 519 335-3557, Ext 245, or ABCA at 519 235-2610, Ext. 263. Staff can help people to apply for grants and to make the process really simple, according to project spokespersons.
The Sixth Annual Huron Hospice Butterfly Release is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 28. The butterfly is a universal symbol of transformation and the release is a much anticipated event by families and children across Huron County. It is a beautiful way to honor and remember losses in the community and recognize the important work being done at the Hospice. It is also an important annual fundraiser for Huron Hospice.
“For the first time in a few years we will be able to have the butterfly release as a live, in-person event. It is remarkable to watch butterflies spread their wings and migrate south with other butterflies. The butterfly release will take place in the garden behind the Huron Hospice Bender House,” said Executive Director of Huron Hospice, Willy Van Klooster. “We will hold the release at Huron Hospice Bender House so families and their loved ones can join in the event.”
Families are encouraged to remember a loved one or a family friend by releasing a butterfly in a special place. It could be on the Lake Huron shoreline or in a favorite park or garden. Make it a special day to feel closer to loved ones. Children will gain an appreciation for the meaning of transformation and the life cycle of migrating butterflies. In a way, it is representative of how Huron Hospice brings together members of the community who are going through similar experiences and have the same passion to support the cause.
Butterflies are important pollinators for flower gardens and fields. Gardeners, farmers, winemakers and brewers all rely on pollinators. The International Butterfly Breeders Association (IBBA) has done thorough research on butterfly releases and demonstrates that these events are safe. Butterflies that are released, retain their instinct to migrate. When they join the annual migration they can find the food and shelter they need as they have for hundreds of years. In addition, butterfly releases decrease the need for the use of insecticides and increase opportunities to educate schools and other organizations.
All are invited to please join Huron Hospice and participate in their Sixth Annual Butterfly Release. Butterflies can be purchased for $40. They are available on eventbrite.ca or in person at the Huron Hospice Bender House Wednesday thru Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Aug. 5th, deadline ordering day! The butterflies will be available for pickup at the Huron Hospice Bender House on Aug. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit the Huron Hospice website at www.huronhospice.ca for more information.
BETTER TOGETHER GALA
Brian O’Reilly is set to be the keynote speaker at the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) Ninth Annual Better Together Gala in Clinton tomorrow (Aug. 4).
The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with the program to start at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m. Pineridge Barbecue Co, of Hensall, will be catering the gala.
The cost is $75 per person. Tables of 10 can be reserved for $750. Tickets can be ordered by contacting the HCFBDC office at 519 913-2362 or ordered online by clicking here: gala tickets. More information is available by visiting the gala event page.
The evening will be held at the Libro Community Hall, 239 Bill Fleming Drive in Clinton.
Paint Ontario, the largest show and sale of representational art in the province, returns to the Lambton Heritage Museum, Grand Bend, on Sept. 2.
This will be the 26th edition of this popular annual event that is eagerly anticipated by both the local community and art appreciators throughout the province. The show will run until Sept. 25.
This year’s show will be presented in a newly renovated space at the Lambton Heritage Museum. It will provide a unique opportunity for emerging artists to showcase their work and an unmatched opportunity for buyers to view and acquire it. Sculpture, which was featured for the first time in 2021 will again, literally, provide an additional dimension to the visitor experience.
Whether a regular visitor or new attendee, Paint Ontario’s 26th Show and Sale is an event not to be missed. Go to www.paintontario.com for further details and follow social media for the very latest news.
Now that the community is slowly moving toward group activities the creators of Bayfield Activities Calendar have completed a recent update and refresh on the website. People are once again invited to refer to this website to learn what activities, from Pickleball to Mahjong, are happening and when.