By Cecilia Nasmith
Cheryl Beatty of the Harwood Memorial Hall and Park board says their Earth Week Roadside Garbage Pickup fundraiser is a win-win kind of deal.
It gives the community a spring clean-up and is a vital fundraiser for the Harwood Memorial Hall and Park.
Unlike most community halls, which are municipally owned and receive some municipal funds toward their operation, Beatty explained, Harwood Hall is community-owned and -operated, and its fundraisers are key to their remaining open.
Beatty is pleased to announce that, once again, Canadian Tire has sponsored some amazing prizes for the top fundraisers – a 40” Westinghouse Smart TV for the team raising the most money, a 32” Smart TV for the individual raising the most money, and a six-person Outbound tent for the runner-up spot raising the most money (individual or team).
The action is centred around Earth Week, April 21 to 28, but they are already gearing up to go.
Donna Cole (905-342-5464) has pledge forms and will make the assignment of areas that need a pick-up. Participants can report to Harwood Hall (5453 Front St.) Friday, April 19, between 6 and 7 p.m. to pick up garbage bags, gloves and other necessary equipment (or, if you can't be there at that time, contact Cole or event chair Heidi Hagell at 905-342-3372 to arrange pick-up).
Organizers are hoping kids, grown-ups, families and groups will come together so they can really spruce things up – and share the experience by joining the Harwood Memorial Park – Rice Lake group on Facebook and posting their photos.
To celebrate their work, the board is hosting a community barbecue in their honour Sunday, April 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. This is where the workers drop off their pledge forms and money collected – and along with the three big prizes, door prizes will also be awarded. For those participants who can't attend, contact Cole or Hagell to arrange a drop-off time for your pledges).
The Harwood community has always relied on its hall to host the kind of events that bring people together, Beatty said. Their support of this particular initiative is one way to ensure they can keep the doors open.
By Cecilia Nasmith
Northumberland County advises residents of a correction to its 2019 Waste and Recycling Calendar.
The calendar incorrectly states that the week of April 22 is a Bump Week, during which all collections move ahead by one day. Their press release, however, points out that there are no Bump Weeks in April and that collections for that entire month will proceed on their normal schedule.
For more information about collection schedules and services, visit NorthumberlandCounty.ca/RecyclingWaste.
By Cecilia Nasmith
Northumberland Hills Hospital is getting behind Be A Donor Month by observing Green Shirt Day April 8.
This is a new initiative arising out of the 2018 tragedy in Saskatchewan last April 7, the day so many members and supporters of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team died when their team bus was involved in a devastating accident.
Of those lost, Logan Boulet came in for special mention. The caring young man's donation of six organs not only saved lives but spurred an increase in organ-donor registration.
To honour his legacy and keep the momentum going, Logan's family has championed Green Shirt Day as an annual observance each year on the anniversary of the crash. As this falls on a Sunday this year, NHH will have its own recognition on April 8.
Throughout Ontario, in fact, the Ontario Trillium Gift of Life Network is encouraging businesses, hospitals and students to wear green that day in support of organ and tissue donation.
Locally, NHH is joining community organizations and Northumberland-Peterborough South MPP David Piccini in encouraging everyone to wear green April 8.
“Today in Ontario, there are over 1,600 women, men and children waiting for a life-saving organ transplant and, sadly, every three days someone dies because there are not enough organs to meet the need,” Piccini said in the NHH press release.
“In the riding of Northumberland-Peterborough South, there are 39 people currently on the waitlist.”
By registering to become a donor, one has the potential to save as many as eight lives with the gift of an organ and to enhance as many as 75 more through tissue donations. Age is not necessarily a barrier, and even individuals with serious illnesses can sometimes be donors – each potential donor is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Trillium Gift of Life Network Ronnie Gavsie said the example of the young Saskatchewan hockey player lost too soon made a huge impact last year in Ontario.
“Last Be A Donor Month, as a result of the Logan Boulet Effect, Ontario experienced a 40% increase in donor registrations over April 2017,” he said.
“This year we do not want a tragedy. Rather we want to maintain this momentum and give hope to those on the waitlist. There is no better time to register than during Be A Donor Month. Visit www.BeADonor.ca to register or learn more.”
The press release urges donors not only to register but to talk with family members about their wishes. As Warkworth heart-transplant recipient David Mitchell told county council last week, this can make all the difference.
“Even though your loved one may have checked that box or gone on-line to register, when the time comes at the hospital, your family members may override that decision. A lot of times, it's a lack of information, or the loved one has not communicated their wish to the family. So we encourage you to talk about it, tell your family about your wish to be a donor,” Mitchell urged.
Gavsie said that your recorded consent does carry weight in almost all cases, however, with family members honouring and respecting their loved one's wishes where there is evidence that's what they wanted.
“Registering as a donor is the only secure and guaranteed way to make your decision known,” the press release stressed.
To register, you must be at least 16 years of age and provide your date of birth as well as your health-card number and version code (if applicable).
Go on-line to register, check or update your consent at BeADonor.ca. Piccini has also issued a challenge to local mayors, chiefs and residents and created a dedicated local registration page at https://beadonor.ca/campaign/mpdavidpiccini.
You can also register in person at any ServiceOntario centre or by completing a Gift Of Life consent form and mailing it to ServiceOntario Organ Donor Consent, P.O. Box 48, Kingston ON K7L 5J3.
In response, you will receive a confirmation letter if you have completed a new registration, updated your registration information or withdrawn your consent.
For more information, visit BeADonor.ca or call the Trillium Gift of Life Network at 1-800-263-2833
By Cecilia Nasmith
Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre is excited to announce the expansion of the HomeShare program to serve residents across Northumberland County.
Cited as a positive example in last month's county-council discussion on the homelessness issue, this program aims to offer a unique alternative to independent living that can alleviate stress on the affordable-housing market and subsequent implication on health-related issues.
HomeShare Northumberland connects women living in their homes who have spare living space with other women seeking safe and affordable accommodation. Under this innovative housing option, both participants benefit from companionship, offset living costs and share household responsibilities.
“Moving the HomeShare program beyond a pilot is an excellent opportunity to advance the vision of the county's Housing and Homelessness Plan to facilitate housing that respects people's choice of residence and is responsive to community need,” county director of community and social services Lisa Horne stated in the Cornerstone press release.
“As the county and community partners continue to work toward addressing housing affordability and availability in Northumberland, HomeShare Northumberland represents an opportunity to reduce the competition for scarce rental accommodations, helping both home owners and people looking for homes to connect and move forward together.”
HomeShare Northumberland works to support two types of participants.
HomeSharers are women aged 18-plus who seek safe and affordable housing.
HomeOwners are single women living independently at home – in a condo or renting an apartment with a spare bedroom and living space. Both are able to split household responsibilities and are interested in companionship.
“Aligning with Cornerstone's core values of innovation, leadership, community and accessibility, we are happy to be the lead agency for HomeShare Northumberland,” Cornerstone executive director Nancy Johnston tated.
“This program presents an opportunity for the women of our community to help and empower one another by giving back in the form of safe and affordable accommodation. This results in an increase of community connection, quality of life, health and safety, while decreasing anxiety, loneliness and isolation, as well as the use of emergency services and shelters – which results in a strong, safer community for all.”
The announcement said that HomeShare programs – in Canada and around the world - are successful evidence-based initiatives, some of which have run successfully for more than 30 years. Its dynamic is more than just housing, it continued.
“It is about the relationship and companionship between two people based on respect, personal choice and maintaining dignity.”
For more information on HomeShare Northumberland, contact the HomeShare worker at dracine@cornerstonenorthumberland,ca or 905-372-1545, or visit cornerstonenorthumberland.ca/home-share.
By Cecilia Nasmith
Cobourg council agreed at this week's committee-of-the-whole meeting to renew the dog-park lease it hold with FV Pharma Inc.
Councillors received a report from manager of parks Jason Johns regarding the FV's offer to extend the lease agreement for the park at 777 Ontario St. for another five years on the same terms as the last week - $18,000 annually plus the non-refundable portion of the HST.
Director of Community Services Dean Hustwick described the work of the citizen group CADDOG (Cobourg And District Dog Owners Group) in administering the project.
“They look after things, and they do an excellent job of managing the facility and working with the individual users to make sure the rules are applied,” Hustwick said.
“They do come to us with specific requests for maintenance, fencing, things like that, and we work with them.”
Deputy Mayor Suzanne Seguin asked for reassurance that this amount is already in the budget – because she didn't recall it – and was told that it is.
Councillor Brian Darling admitted he was a little shocked – in a pleasant way.
“A renewal with no increase,” Darling said.
“I am quite happy to support this, seeing the owner is wiling to consider five years with no increase to the community.”