The Lake Erie Beacon August 4 2017

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Serving Lake Erie’s North Shore Friday August 4, 2017

INSIDE Harbourfest 2017 Join us in Beautiful Port Stanley Ontario as we celebrate Harbourfest 2017! August 4 - August 7 from 8 AM to 6 PM STORY PAGE 2

Drinking and Boating Drinking and boating accounts for approximately 40% of boating-related fatalities STORY PAGE 2

“Off The Wall…and Off The Vine” Art Show 2017 Together, our 50 gifted Artists ’Made It Happen’ once again, displaying their inspiring artwork from as far away as Sarnia. STORY PAGE 3

Taylor Made Remaking the Port Stanley harbour is a tall order. STORY PAGE 4

Advisors To The Great Lakes Fishery Commission The U.S. and Canadian Advisors to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission recently came together to discuss a number of critical issues. STORY PAGE 5

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Port Stanley Harbour Secondary Plan Public Meeting Dan McNeil On Monday 24 July the Municipality hosted a public workshop for the Harbour Secondary Plan including a presentation of a preliminary plan for the future development of the Port Stanley harbour lands. When Central Elgin’s Official Plan was approved by the province in 2013 the Municipality had acquired the Transport Canada lands, the Lakes Terminals property and the Richardson International property. It was completing an economic development plan to guide the Municipality’s efforts to support the existing commercial fishing industry and recreational boaters and encourage private sector investment and redevelopment interest in Port Stanley over the long-term. Recognizing this, the Official Plan included a provision that a secondary plan be prepared for the harbour lands to establish policies to guide land use in the harbour into the future. There was a very good crowd extremely interested in contributing to

the ‘public workshop’, estimated at well over 200. The firm doing the work for Central Elgin, Dillon Consulting, presented an overview of the process, with draft plans for land use, transportation improvements, public realms and proposed maximum heights throughout the property. The “Principles and Vision” have been determined through previous public consultation and the work of the Steering Committee. (The Steering Committee includes members of Council and staff, the Business Association, the Village Association, Heritage Central Elgin, the County and others): • All of the waterfront will be publicly accessible; • There needs to be four season, year round amenities; • The lands need to contribute to active transportation and active living; • Port services will be enhanced; • New infrastructure needs to be compatible and complementary with existing structure;

Meeting Attendees - Shelly Steffler • The future will include “mixed use development” (urban development that blends residential, commercial, cultural, institutional, or industrial uses, where those functions are physically and functionally integrated, and that provides pedestrian connections.); and • The harbour needs to be financially sustainable. All of the material presented at the meeting is available at Central Elgin’s website including much of the public feedback in the form of comments placed on ‘yellow stickies’ and placed on the appropriate panels (land use, height, public realm etc.) It will be very interesting to see what Dillon Consulting can do with the wide spectrum of public input. Many people wanted more time to consider what had been presented to provide more measured written input later. It is very apparent that many people Continued On Page 4

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Harbourfest 2017

LETTERS Letter to the Editor

Paul and I walk the loop down Joseph Street up to East Road and back home. This morning we found a kitchen garbage can with a handle by the gas station. We decided to pick up trash along the roadside just to see what we picked up. Here is what we found Tim Horton Cups Ice Cap Cups Beer Cans Pop Cans Energy Drink Cans Small energy drink bottles Cigarette packages Bottled water bottles Candy wrappers Empty beer cases Beer bottles Empty garbage bags Straws No Xitrill Male Enhancement Formula Granola wrappers It made us wonder how difficult is it really to take your trash into your house, the store garbage container or a gas station rather than throwing these things out the window. We could have filled several garbage bags full of stuff but we ran out of room. This is just an observation. It would be nice to encourage residence and visitors who come to Port Stanley to enjoy the beach and everything Port has to offer but be environmentally conscious and don't leave your footprint behind. Wendy Lepine, Port Stanley

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Heritage tours of the harbour

John Morrow

Walking Around Port Stanley

In this issue you will find advertisJoin us in Beautiful Port Stanley ing for Harbourfest and this short Ontario as we celebrate Harbourfest blurb promoting the heritage tour. 2017! August 4 - August 7 from 8 AM to Heritage Port Stanley is participating 6 PM by leading a walking tour along the No admission necessary! Come west side of the harbour and sharing and enjoy an amazing long weekend information about our history and that includes Exhibitors, live music heritage with interested tourists. This and performances, a children's area is exactly in line with the purpose of with lots to do, a boat parade, cruise our organization – to conserve and night, street sales, food, fireworks and share the history of Port Stanley. Much much, much more! of the information will be taken from

the research done by our members who wrote the text for the signs, soon to be placed around the harbour. Rod Nicholson, Dave McCarthy and I will be leading the tours, which start each day at the train station at 2 PM. Come out and enjoy the tours. Invite your friends and share this event! It is guaranteed to be a good time! From Harbourfest 2016 we see booths and displays inside the DOC (left) building and our favourite Pirate who performs tricks for the visitors.

Drinking and Boating Ian Gilson Director – Canadian Safe Boating Council Drinking and boating accounts for approximately 40% of boating-related fatalities on Canadian waterways. To raise awareness and reduce alcohol related deaths, the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) is launching year 5 of an initiative called “Operation Dry Water” It’s goal is to discourage this dangerous practice.

are impaired while operating a canoe and a judge is able to, upon conviction, suspend your boating privileges. But that’s not all; it can get worse.

drinking and boating. Combined with sun, wind, waves and the rocking motion of the boat, the effects of alcohol on the water can be greatly increased.

“The CSBC, its partners and sponWith the summer boating season sors would like, through this and our in high gear, the August 5th long weekend is the perfect time to remind other initiatives, to raise attention to the problem of boating under the inCanadian boaters about the risks of fluence and to remind boaters not to

Some provinces have enacted legislation where drinking and boating can affect your automobile driving privileges. In Ontario, for example, Bill 209 amended the Highway Traffic Act to also apply to “anyone operating or having the care or control of a vessel”. As such, anyone found boating with a blood alcohol level above .05, faces an on-the-spot automobile drivers’ license suspension. Should the person’s

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drink and boat,” stated John Gullick, Chair of the Canadian Safe Boating Council“. Operation Dry Water will focus on the potential risks of drinking and boating, and remedies that are currently in place to discourage it. Federal statutes dictate that, whether or not your craft is motorized, you can be charged with Impaired Operation of a vessel under the Criminal Code of Canada if your blood alcohol level exceeds the .08 threshold. This means you can be charged even if you

blood alcohol concentration exceed .08, upon conviction, an additional suspension of up to one year can be applied. Operation Dry Water is aimed at reducing the number of alcohol-related accidents and fatalities on the water while fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol use while boating. The end goal? To achieve safer and more enjoyable recreational boating.

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“Off The Wall…and Off The Vine” Art Show 2017

Penny Crichton OTW The Association of Port Stanley Artists (APSA) would like to thank everyone that participated in our 3rd Annual “Off The Wall…and Off The Vine” Art Show at the Quai du Vin Estate Winery, Sunday July 16, 2017! Together, our 50 gifted Artists ’Made It Happen’ once again, displaying their inspiring artwork from as far away as Sarnia. Three of our Artists offered their Plein Air (open air) Painting Demonstrations for the crowd. This year, an even wider range of mediums of Original Art for sale was greatly admired ~ from Fine Art traditional oil painting to Steampunk creations and innovative fabrics. Thank you! to our Sponsors, Rob & Lisa Quai at the Quai du Vin Estate

Winery; Alan Smith, Mgr. Economic Dev. & Tourism & Jessica Debackere with her Team from the County of Elgin; Bill Green at Green’s Printing in St. Thomas; Kathy Willoughby & Barb Ginson at Royal LePage Realty, St. Thomas; Kim Ariesen at Studio Style Ladies Apparel in Port Stanley and Olga Guthrie at Guthrie’s Art Supplies & Framing in London, allowing us to ensure our event was widely advertised. Thank you! to The Mayor of Central Elgin, Dave Marr & his wife Sandy, Welcoming the Visitors; Catering Staff from St. Anne’s of Byron provided scrumptious fare; Photographer, Ray Murdoch provided photos for the website; Greeters, Kathy & Barb from Royal LePage; Artist, Janet Kennedy as Visitor Station Greeter and Jim Crichton,

Music Coordinator were vital in keeping things on track and organized. A plethora of Volunteers, Friends and Family including King & Anthony Snelgrove, Aynsley Leonard, Bob Halle & the Quai du Vin Staff to name a few, supported us with pre-event advertising, event set-up and assistance for the Artists. A steady stream of inspired Guests & Visitors roamed the beautiful Quai du Vin grounds with their wine and craft beer while meeting the Artists, and Artists inspired each other with new ways of ‘seeing’ and connecting to different markets. We strive to offer an Art Show that freely offers a way to meet the Artist, be inspired by hearing about their artistic passion, and owning an original artwork that you con-

The Photo provided by the OTW Art Show Team - Penny Crichton, Marcia Pensa, Sharron Russell & Kim Yuhasz nect to and later share with others. This, while providing a welcoming atmosphere of open air, vineyards, food, wine, friends and music brings happiness to all who visit and to our home of Elgin County. Art Show dates for future Shows will be posted on the APSA website at and on the Off The Wall Art Show website at where you will find a contact page for sending messages. On September 16th, APSA’s own Members will present their Autumn Art Show at the Royal Canadian Legion, 310 George St., Port Stanley from 11 to 7 pm ~ “Admission is free…See You There!”

Watersports in the Port Those who are a little more adventurous can take their rentals out on to the rougher waters of Lake Erie. Visitors to the marina can pre-book rentals in advance to ensure their availability but pre-bookings are not a requirement.

County of Elgin You might be of the opinion that a day in beautiful lakeside Port Stanley couldn’t possibly get any better. The village’s sandy beaches, sweet ice cream parlours, abundance of restaurants, quaint shops and boutiques, and live performances make it the perfect place to have a good time. This is exactly how Crystal Caughell, owner of Bridgeview Marina felt about the charming portside village. She was always looking for an excuse to spend time there and considered it a great place to spend a summer soaking up the sun and meeting new people. Crystal saw Port Stanley not only for what it was, but what it could be. She saw the potential for growth in the village and wanted to be a part of it herself. She began looking for business opportunities and while searching online she came across a small marina for sale, located on the Kettle Creek. “It was a nice little marina,” said Crystal, “But it needed a lot of love!” Also the owner of a pig farm in nearby Wallacetown, Crystal knew a thing or two about hard work and the poor state of the marina didn’t deter her at all. She purchased the property

and got straight to work landscaping, updating, and making repairs. Bridgeview Marina opened in June of 2017 and offers not only traditional marina services such as a boat launch, dockage space, and off-season storage for boats and jet-skis, but also offers recreational watersport rentals as well.

For a nominal fee, visitors can spend a quiet day fishing off the dock at the marina where live bait is available for purchase. The marina also offers several camping spaces with electrical and water hook-ups to accommodate camping trailers.

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We wanted to offer something different.” says Crystal, “We wanted to make the village even better by providing even more great things for visitors to do while in Port Stanley.” Seven days a week visitors and residents alike can rent kayaks, canoes, stand up paddle boards, and jet skis at the 301 Carlow Road location. The calmer waters of the Kettle Creek offer kayakers, canoers, and paddle-boarders a quieter location to test the waters while taking in the stunning scenery.

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TAYLOR MADE Jim Taylor Speaks Out

The Harbour Meeting Remaking the Port Stanley harbour is a tall order. But not too tall if we learned anything at a special meeting where local residents filled the hockey arena conference room to overflowing to discuss the harbour’s future that is. One piece of a proposed harbour

future is, dare I say, full of promise.

Port Stanley Harbour Secondary Plan Public Meeting

Yes, cargo vessels that once visited the Port from afar to load local grain from those silos we called elevators for shipment to far-off markets are long gone. As well as those that brought cargos such as marble chips for London plants. Or was it chips from London plants? It’s been a while.

Continued From Page 1 do not want ‘change’. There are also many people who are in favour of good, well thought out development that is aesthetically appealing and in character with the current Port Stanley. Dillon asked the Steering Committee to consider the future as twenty to thirty years from today and to “think

All gone and, dare I say, missed. By me at least. It was, after all, pretty exotic stuff to a kid. Not to forget the extra bucks made loading those freighters with local grain. And not to mention the side benefit of the occasional bottle of “imported” wine we often “found” during work breaks in crates that had somehow broken open.

maximum heights and density of development. There is no doubt this is a transformational time for Port Stanley. The public discussion will continue in many forms. Dillon Consulting will examine the public input and will continue work on a preferred land use plan. This is not likely to satisfy those who only want parkland. Central Elgin’s council is quite concerned about the long term financial viability of the harbour lands. There must be forward thinking development that provides income that will ensure sustainability well into the future. With

Oh, and let’s not forget those lakers that brought tons of coal that were piled high on both sides of the harbour to fire furnaces in local and area homes throughout our long winters. Those days are long gone of course. But not forgotten. By some of us at least. Still, aside from a few fish tugs and the odd yacht, the harbour looks empty doesn’t it? So the question is, and was at that public meeting: What now? What’s next? plan was the construction of a 10storey residential tower where the grain elevators once loomed above the town. A proposal the assembled Portsiders greeted with loud groans and no-ways. They seem to feel that 10 stories was 9 or so too many. And they were right. No high-rises, thank you very much. Still, overall, it was an upbeat meeting that left you feeling the harbour’s

What to do with an empty harbour? How to fill an empty canvas with something for us all?

big”. They also advised that there should be at least one significant, perhaps ‘iconic’ building. This idea came in the form of a notional ten story hotel and convention centre, perhaps located at the site of the former silos that were well over ten stories high. When this was presented as an option there was a “collective gasp” in the room. If nothing else, this certainly opened up the debate/discussion over

That’s a question on the minds of many Portsiders judging by that meeting. And, judging by the size of the crowd, many, most of us no doubt, are wondering ….what’s next? It’s obvious that we care and maybe worry about what’s next. We have to get this right.


that land use determined by Dillon and the Steering Committee there is further work required on transportation (roads and parking) and sanitary and storm water systems. There will also be a market and financial impact assessment completed before the next public meeting where a Draft Plan will be presented. That plan will include urban design guidelines, an incentive program for development and the assessment of the financial impact.


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Advisors To The Great Lakes Fishery Commission U.S. and Canadian Advisors to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission

resolution is available at: 5.pdf

Advisors To The Great Lakes Fishery Commission Pass Resolutions Addressing Fishery Restoration, Funding, And Enforcement

A Resolution in Support of Restoring Coregonines in the Great Lakes – The Great Lakes historically held a unique complex of coregonines (common name ciscoes). Multiple forms existed, inhabiting the deepest waters of the lakes to surface and inshore areas. They were the primary prey for lake trout, the native top predator, until a combination of overfishing, sea lamprey predation, and habitat loss caused a dramatic decline in their populations—including extirpation of some forms—throughout the Great Lakes in the 20th century. Over the past two decades, the science concerning coregonid restoration has advanced significantly.

The U.S. and Canadian Advisors to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission recently came together to discuss a number of critical issues during the Commissions 62nd annual meeting in Duluth, Minnesota. The Committee of Advisors, comprising citizens who provide advice to the commission, meets regularly to consider issues, share information, and provide input to governments about the management of the shared Great Lakes fishery. Often, the committee is able to act as a whole, reflecting the concerns and opinions of advisors from both countries; there are certain issues or situations, however, whereby advisors from one country may elect to abstain from a resolution. This year, the committee passed two binational resolutions pertaining to issues affecting the entire basin and three U.S. only resolutions related to U.S. funding and legislation, described below.

Binational Resolutions Resolution Calling for Strengthened Financial Commitments from Canada and The U.S. to Protect and Restore the Great Lakes The health of the Great Lakes ecosystem and sustainability of its fisheries, valued at more than $7 billion annually, is dependent upon a strong commitment from the governments of Canada and the United States. Funding

is required from both countries to: deliver on their respective commitments to restore native species and their habitats; improve water quality; protect against invasive species, remediate contaminated sites; and, support science, monitoring, and assessment efforts to provide a better understanding of this world-class resource. Advisors noted that while Prime Minister Trudeau has made it a priority to renew Canada’s commitment to protect the Great Lakes, President Trump has proposed massive funding cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Environmental Protection Agency (including closure or relocation of the Great Lakes offices), Asian Carp prevention efforts, Great Lakes harbor maintenance and dredging, and the National Sea Grant Program. The Canadian and U.S. Com-

mittee of Advisors strongly urge both federal governments to invest in Great Lakes protection at a level that reflects the ecological, social, and economic value of the Great Lakes. The Advisors specifically request that Canada increase its financial contributions to Great Lakes protection and restoration and that the U.S. maintain and enhance existing programs and financial contributions, rather than reduce or eliminate vital programs as proposed in the President’s 2018 budget proposal. The U.S. Advisors passed additional resolutions specifically addressing the proposed cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Environmental Protection Agency, which are described overleaf. The joint

Resolutions A Resolution in Opposition of Proposed Funding Cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) – For the past seven years, the GLRI has provided federal funds to help restore habitat and wetlands, clean up toxic pollution, address the threat of invasive species, such as the Asian carp, and conduct research in support of a healthy Great Lakes fishery. Funds provided through the GLRI have been instrumental in helping the United States fulfill its commitments under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. “The Committee of Advisors is comContinued On Page 7

HealthTalk Breath-Holding Spells From time to time people offer suggestions for health related articles and I always welcome them. A young mother contacted me recently and asked if I would write about Breath Holding Spells (BHS). Her son is affected by this condition and she wanted to raise awareness and educate people about this medical condition. A breath-holding spell is an episode in which the child stops breathing and loses consciousness for a short period immediately after a frightening or emotionally upsetting event or a painful experience. Breath-holding spells occur in 5% of otherwise healthy children. They usually begin in the first year of life and peak at age 2. They disappear by age 4 in 50% of children and by age 8 in about 83% of children. A small percentage of these children may continue to have spells into adulthood. BHS occurs in two forms: Cyanotic and Pallid. The cyanotic form of breath-holding, which is most common, is initiated subconsciously by young children often as a component of a temper tantrum or in response to a scolding or other upsetting event. It should be noted that this is not intentional, but rather an involuntary response from the child. Typically, the child cries out, breathes out, and then stops breathing. Shortly afterward, the skin begins to turn blue, and the child becomes unconscious.

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A brief seizure may occur. After a few seconds, breathing resumes and normal skin color and consciousness return. Despite the frightening nature of the episode, children do not have any dangerous or long-term effects. Parents must try to avoid reinforcing the initiating behavior. Distracting children and avoiding situations that lead to tantrums are the best ways of preventing and treating these spells. The pallid form typically follows a painful experience, such as falling and banging the head or being suddenly startled. The brain sends out a signal that severely slows the heart rate, causing loss of consciousness. Except in cases of anemia where iron may be recommended, there is no treatment for BHS. In fact, most children will simply outgrow it. As a society, it is important for us to recognize this condition and demonstrate understanding and empathy-for it is not in the control of the child affected or the parent who has watch helplessly.

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North Shore Community Events F E S T I V A L S


519-872-6836. This is part of a week-end of events; which includes, a swim meet and Annual Dutton Street Dance, on Sat night.


Port Stanley Canfest Celebrations Sun, fun, surf and shopping, come on down to Port Stanley. We will be celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday in style. Pick your spot, there will be music and fun everywhere!!! Port Stanley Community Policing Requires volunteers. To help protect your village, call 519-782-3934 or email Port Stanley Library 782-4241 302 Bridge St. Mon, Tues, Thurs, 10 - 8:30, Fri 1 - 5, Sat 9 - 1. Closed Sunday & Wednesday. Port Stanley Optimists meet the first and third Wednesday of the month, 7 pm at the Port Stanley Library. Everyone welcome. We are looking for new members. Christ Anglican Church Sunday Morning Service, 9:30 am with Eucharist. We invite all to join in worship with us. Coffee follows downstairs. St. John's Presbyterian Church Tom Jeffrey Pastor. Sunday Worship 10 am followed by Fellowship Hour. The Door is always open, why not join us? St. John's Presbyterian Church Would you like our congregation to offer prayers for a family member or friend. Please leave your request in the mailbox beside the front door. St. Johns Presbyterian Church is hosting a Galactic Starveyors VBX. An exciting exploration of creation. 238 Colborne St. July 10th -14th, 9am-noon. Free to kids in grades 3-8. For more information call 519-282-8061 Port Stanley United Church Service of Worship at 10:30 am followed by a time of fellowship. Come join us. We are now wheelchair friendly and barrier free. Port Stanley Lion's Cruise Night at Mackie’s back lot. Every Friday Night 5pm weather permitting. If you need additional info call Harry at 226-926-2372. Heritage Port There is no meeting during July or August. Port Stanley the First 100 Years Book, $25 at the Lake Erie Beacon, 204-A Carlow Road, side door, 1-5 pm. All proceeds to Heritage Port. 519 782-4563. Port Stanley Village Association meets the second Thursday of the month 7- 8:30 pm at the Legion. All welcome. Al-Anon Meeting, Christ Anglican Church 7:30 pm every Friday. If there is an alcohol/drug problem of a family member or friend that is affecting you, the Alanon Family Groups may be able to help you. Port Stanley & Community 55+ Club Meets every Monday 1:30 -4 pm to play Euchre at the Masonic Centre, Fruitridge Line and Sunset Drive. For info call 519-7824801 (John Brenders) or 519-685-2101 (Marie Geerts). Port Stanley Legion Branch #410 Winter Hours: Sat., Sun., 12-7, Mon. 12-7, Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri., 12-10. Don’t forget the Legion offers the following: Seniors Bridge, Tues. night, Euchre:Wed. night Legion Darts Tuesday night 8 pm Men’s Darts Saturday Afternoon Meat Draws 3-5 pm Port Stanley Legion Bottle Returns Mon & Thurs- Closed, Tues, Wed., Fri, Sat 12-4 pm. Port Stanley Legion Ladies MahJongg, Fridays 1:30pm. We are looking for beginners as well. If you like to play MahJongg come on out! Port Stanley Legion Port Stanley Karaoke, Every 3rd Friday of the month, 7pm - 11pm. Come for the fun.

EAGLE 2016

Eagle Community Centre, (Former Eagle Public School #4) 9346 Graham Road (just south of Talbot Line) 50th Anniversary as Community Centre – Saturday, July 22 – 3 p.m. Opening Ceremonies and cake cutting - 5 p.m. beverages & pulled pork on a bun - 7:30 p.m. Closing Ceremonies - live entertainment - bring lawn chairs - displays on lower level - For more info, call Vicky (226) 448-8845 or Janet (519) 768-2698.


Knox Presbyterian Church Rev. Jon Van Den Berg Worship 10 am. Coffee, cookies, fellowship follows: Sunday school/nursery 10 am. For info (519) 769-2157. Come and worship with a warm and friendly group of people, we are barrier free. Decoration Day: Fingal Cemetery, 36244 Fingal Line, July 9th, 2pm. Speaker Rev. Jon Van Den Berg. Bring lawn chair. If raining, service at Knox Presbyterian Church, Fingal, lower level. For more info call 519-633-4960. Southwold Tractor Tour Monday July 3rd . Get your old tractor spruced up and bring it to the Shedden Keystone Complex for the 2nd Annual Southwold by Tractor Event. An all-day road run around the Township leaving at 9:30 am sharp. Call 519 769-0200 for more details. Registration to begin at 7:30am. Registration fee $10.00.


Rodney Legion Branch 525 The first Friday of every month is our Friday Luncheon The second Sunday of the Month is our meat bingo. Doors open 12. Bingo starts 1pm. Must be 19 Yrs to play. The third Sunday of the month is Brunch 9 am-12pm The fourth Sunday of the month Money Bingo 1pm Must be 19 Yrs to play Every Saturday meat draw Early bird 4:30 pm Regular 5 pm. Rodney & District Horticultural Society is hosting a Tea Party in celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday on Saturday, June 24th, 2 pm - 4 pm. Drop in for a visit over a cup of tea and accompanying refreshments.


Parkinson's and Care Partners Monthly Support Group Meeting meets the second Tuesday of the month, 2-4 pm. Knights of Columbus Hall 265 Wellington St. Call (519) 782-4533. Last meeting is June 13th till resuming in the fall. Pickleball Beginner Lessons. Pickleball beginner lessons. Equipment supplied. Be ready for 8 new public courts at Pinafore. Contact St Thomas Pickleball Club at 519-615-1862 or 519-782-3065 to register. The Old St. Thomas Church 55 Walnut St. is open for the summer Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM until the end of August for free tours. 519-633-2610 "Dust off your cowboy boots ! STEGH Fundraiser in the Big Top Circus Tent across from the Timken Centre. The Barn Dance is July 29th, 8 pm - 12 pm (doors open 7:30 ). Tickets are $20 each at".



Southwold Township Library Hours: Tues. 2-8, Thurs. 2-7, Fri. 10 - 5, Sat. 2 - 5 764-2081 Closed Mon., Wed., Sun. CLOSED on Saturday, July 1 for Canada Day!

Port Burwell Legion, Branch 524, Patio open 7 days a week. All Welcome! Port Burwell Lighthouse Gospel Church 10:45 am Trinity Anglican Perish Hall 25 Pitt St. Port Burwell Order of the Eastern Star Areme Chapter #15, OES meets the first Tuesday of every month, at 7:30 pm at the Vienna Community Centre, Vienna. Otter Valley Naturalists Monthly Meeting is the second Monday of the month, 7 pm to 9 pm. Please call 519 8744028 for information. Museum Bayham meet the 2nd Wednesday of the month 7pm, Municipal Office in Straffordville. Call 519 874-4135. Port Burwell - Bayham Horticultural Society, Meets Every 3rd Monday, 7 pm at the Periscope Playhouse Cultural Centre, 42 Wellington St. Info 519 874-4260. Oriental Masonic Lodge meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at the Vienna Masonic Hall, 7:30 pm. New Members Welcome! Call 519 874-4135.


Sparta Stitchers Every Tuesday 1- 4 pm, Sparta Community Hall. We quilt, tat, knit, embroider, smock, crotchet, etc. Everyone welcome. Cost is $5. session. Come learn a new skill. Sally Martyn (519-775-2292). Hope Starts Junior Gardeners Program Free kids gardening programme run 6:30 to 7:30 pm on Tuesday nights at the Sparta School Garden over the summer holidays. Drop in basis and parents must remain on the site. Call 226-653-0058 for more information.

UNION 2017

Union United Church, 6008 Stonechurch Rd., Rev. David Mitchell leads worship with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Everyone welcome and we are barrier free. 519-631-0304



Aylmer 50 + Seniors Welcome you to join them for Euchre or Bridge Every Monday 1 - 3:30 pm upstairs at Aylmer Legion Admission $2.

Bayham Historical Society meets the second Tuesday of each month, 7 pm at Bayhams Family Table restaurant in Vienna. Open to the public. Info email: or FB message Bayham Historical Society.. Photographers of the Otter Valley (POV) meet the last Monday of the month, 6:30 pm, Vienna Community Centre. All are welcome. Call Bruce for details at 519 550-1822.


Dutton & District LIONS Club Sat. July 1, join us for CANADA DAY. The LIONS booth, in Sons of Scotland Park will be open to serve you as you enjoy the various Canada Day activities; including, the Giant Fire-works display to end the evening. Dutton & District LIONS Club Wed. July 5, 2017. Lions Charity Bingo in Dutton Dunwich Community Centre, 7 pm. $500 Jackpot; plus, Progressive and several specials. end the evening. Dutton & District LIONS Club July 9, LIONS famous full breakfast, in the DEN behind Dutton Dunwich Community Centre. $7 adults, serving from 9 AM till noon. Dutton & District LIONS Club Saturday & Sunday; July 15 & 16, LIONS Sports-fest; in Sons of Scotland Park, Dutton. Contact LION Allister Cameron to register a ‘Team’ at:

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West Lorne Optimist 22nd Annual Car Show Show & Shine in the shade Miller Park, 171 Graham Street, July 2nd - 9am to 3pm Vehicle Registration $10.00 at gate Preregistration $8.00. The Arts & Cookery Bank Savour the Flavour Culinary Boot Camp, Mon, 10 July, 12 pm – Fri, 14 July, 9 pm. Boot Camp is geared for Students Ages 13 & up, so act now! $225.00 for the 5day Boot Camp!!! Covers hat, apron, program materials, daily snack and lunch.

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Central Elgin Launches Revamped Website Central Elgin The revamped Municipal website offers easy-to-use online services The Municipality of Central Elgin launched their refreshed website, showcasing a new design that reflects the community and their growing digital needs. With online services becoming increasingly necessary for businesses and communities, Central Elgin wanted to update their website to include mobile responsiveness and new online features that would meet the growing need for better, more efficient digital solutions. The Municipality has created an innovative and welcoming online environment for the community and focused on requests from citizens related to new services and mobilefriendly design. “It is imperative that we advance our website to keep up with the technology standards of today,” said Mayor David Marr. “Information on our new site is easier to find, and pages can be viewed more clearly on phones and tablets”. The updated website is designed in response to community feedback, and

includes online features designed to help citizens and visitors to the municipality complete interactions online whenever possible. The project took seven months to complete with the help of eSolutionsGroup (eSolutions), a digital solutions company with a long history of working with clients in the Public Sector, including more than 300 municipalities across Canada. eSolutions developed a sitemap, redesigned and redeveloped the website, and provided content support and training for $23,500. There is an annual fee of $4,300.00. Online environments are continuously changing; Central Elgin is keeping up with those changes with their refreshed, and mobile-friendly, website. “Website designs usually last about five years before they need to be revamped to meet the changing needs and wants of any audience,” says Karen Mayfield, President of eSolutions. “Central Elgin is continuously improving and investing in their website to serve their community with the best tools available.” The Municipal web redesign project includes a number of service-oriented and user-friendly features, including: Continued Above Right Page 7

The Lake Erie Beacon • Friday August 4, 2017 • Page 7 • A responsive web design, suitable for all mobile and tablet devices

by category

• Updated Events Calendar to see all

• An enhanced information architecture that allows users to find the information they want in 3 clicks or less

• A search engine that provides relevant information fast – powered by Google

upcoming community events – and the public can submit their own events for review and inclusion “The online services we’re now able to offer the communities are so simple to use,” says Mayor Marr. “We’re excited to see what the public has to say!”

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North Shore Community Classified Serving over 7000 Homes, Apartments, Farms & Businesses Elgin County Artisans! It's time to start thinking about those Christmas sales and the best place to sell your creations. Don't store them away! Display them at Sam's Craft Shack in desirable Port Stanley. A working studio 5 minutes walking from anywhere, parking and an experienced sales and marketing owner. Call Sam at 519-872-3617 to set up a time to meet. 2 FOR RENT Private Beach Summer Rentals

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3 Family Yard Sale - August 19 204 Carlow Road, Port Stanley Something for everyone. If we don’t have it.... you don’t need it.

S.S. No. 12 SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION Thank You! S. S. #12 School Alumni Association would like to thank all the volunteers and sponsors who helped make the Annual Golf Tournament a huge success. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Carquest Auto Parts, DJ Kennington Racing, Dowler-Karn, Fingal Farm Supply Ltd, Hollis Wealth Action Financial Group, IDA Highland Drug Mart, Port Stanley, Mackie’s Port Stanley, Napa Auto Parts, Oegema Turkey Farms Inc, Ontario Plants Propagation Ltd, Opus Salon & Spa, Port Stanley Festival Theatre, S&B Construction Ltd., Shaw’s Ice Cream, Shoppers Drug Store, Elm Street, Stan’s Total Tire, Township of Southwold, Wayside Dining Lounge, Wendy’s, St. Thomas, West Elgin Mutual Insurance WANTED OLIVER ROW CROP FARM TRACTORS

Advisors To The Great Lakes Fishery Commission Continued From Page 5 prised of dedicated and knowledgeable representatives of the commercial fishery, the sport fishery, the public, academia, First Nations, and our natural resource agencies,” said Captain Denny Grinold, chair of the U.S. Committee of Advisors. “We had a productive meeting in Duluth with robust discussions on a variety of issues. We are deeply committed to the Great Lakes, to the value of science, and to ensuring this resource is prioritized by our respective governments.” Dr. Tom Whillans of Trent University, chair of the Canadian Committee of Advisors, said, “As Advisors, we come together at our binational forum to discuss key issues facing the Great Lakes and to draw attention to areas of concern. Three of these resolutions specifically address our governments’ commitment to funding programs that have proven beneficial for the ecosystem. If these

programs are not maintained, we risk forfeiting significant progress in Great Lakes recovery. If governments were to allow us to regress to where we were decades ago, the fishery would suffer, the environment would be in a shambles, and the people of the region would face the loss of this irreplaceable resource and the hundreds of thousands of jobs it supports.” “The Great Lakes Fishery Commission values the input it receives from its Advisors and will take appropriate action on these well-conceived resolutions,” said David Ullrich, the Commission’s chairman. The Committee of Advisors consists of both U.S. and Canadian representatives, from First Nation, commercial, recreational, academic, agency, and public fishery interests in the Great Lakes Basin. Advisors provide advice to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission; U.S. advisors are nominated by the State Governors, and appointed by the commission. Canadian advisors are nominated by the Ontario Minister of Natural Resources and appointed by the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.


Wanted: running or not, Oliver Row Crop Farm Tractors! Will pay finders fees. Specifically Models 66, 77, 88 Super 66 Super 77 and Super 88 Mainly looking for Diesel units but interested in gas as well. If you have parts or sheet-metal hoods, side panels, tires, whatever you have let me know.


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This time of year, there are tons of kittens - all kinds of kittens - one to suit everyone's wish list. However, please don't discard their mothers. Most of the mothers we have seen this year are still very young themselves. They are just as playful, just as loving and still have lots of life in them. Gail and Zelda are just two of them. Both are at PetSmart on Wellington in London right now.

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Western Lake Erie HAB Season Projection 2017 Ben Sherman NOAA National Ocean Service Lake Erie is the shallowest and most productive of the Great Lakes. Lake Erie supports recreational and commercial fisheries in addition to tourism industries that are of great importance to the regional economy. During the 1960s, Lake Erie suffered from degraded water quality and hypoxia, and played an important role in the environmental movement that led to the passing of the U.S. Clean Water Act in 1972. Subsequent reductions in nutrient loads led to improved water quality. In the mid1990s harmful algal blooms (HABs) reemerged as a problem. The HABs are dominated by the colony-forming cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa, which produces a family of hepatotoxins known as microcystins that can cause health impacts through contact exposure or ingestion. The severity of HABs has increased, leading to record-

This satellite image shows the sediment plumes from the Maumee River along with other rivers that enter Lake Erie. They are associated with large storms.


rains in the beginning of May produced a substantial load so far in May. The forecast favors precipitation remaining close to normal, which would results in a milder bloom, only slightly more severe than last year. However, the possibility of several rainfall events increase the range of uncertainty to more severe blooms.


Maumee River setting blooms in both 2011 and 2015, The severity of the western Lake Erie cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) is dependent on input of bioavailable phosphorus, particularly from the Maumee River during the loading season (March 1 – July 31). This product provides an estimate based on a combination of measure-

Total bioavailable phosphorus (TBP) is the sum of dissolved phosphorus, which is ~100% available for HAB development, and the portion of particulate phosphorus that is available for HAB development. The TBP loads are projected to June 20th using river forecasts from the National Weather Service Ohio River Forecast Center, and to the end of the loading season using past data.

ments to date and model predictions into July. The Maumee River is a river running from northeastern Indiana into northwestern Ohio and into Lake Erie. The image shows the HABs in the western basin on the left of the image. In March and April, the Maumee River in Ohio had discharge and phosphorus loads below average. High



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