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Warwick holding a homestyle maple syrup festival Sunday

Warwick Township is going to spread a little sweetness around the community.

It’s holding a homestyle maple syrup festival April 12.

The two maple syrup festivals in Watford and Warwick scheduled in March were cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Mayor Jackie Rombouts says the Watford Optimist Club, which was involved in the event, was disappointed. 

“They were upset it was cancelled; they wanted to do something and that got the wheels turning,” says Rombouts. “We thought, we can still do it, we just can’t do it all together.”

So, Rombouts and the Optimist worked with the maple syrup supplier and soon volunteers will be delivering 250 ml bottles to every resident in the township.

Rombouts says volunteers who will screened for COVID-19, will take training in physical distancing, then deliver the maple syrup right to resident’s mailbox after wiping it down with a disinfectant.

Rombouts says township residents will be getting information about the event in their mailbox. There will be a pamphlet which says “have a sweet Sunday on us, share your photos of everybody enjoy pancakes with syrup…with the hashtag Warwick is Sweet.

“It’s just to have fun and let the community know we’re all in this together.”

And there will be a gentle reminder to residents about staying safe.

“We’re going to encourage social distancing in a nice way….we’re all staying at home but nothing is going to stop our community from enjoying a maple syrup homestyle festival.”

Hair salons, gatherings outside with up to 25 people to start June 30

More business – including salons – will open their doors in Ontario on June 30.

The provincial government has announced it will move into the second phase of the reopening plan in six days, which will include the opening of personal care services at 25 per cent capacity, more people gathering outdoors and at religious services, children’s over night camps being allowed to operate and outdoor concert, theatre and cinemas able to operate at 25 per cent. Fairs will also be able to operate at 25 per cent.

To enter step two of the Reopening Plan, Ontario needed to have 70 per cent of adults with one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 20 per cent with two doses for at least two weeks. Yesterday, 76 per cent of adults over 18 had one dose and 29 per cent had their second.

Officials say the number of people in ICUs across the province is also declining with 305 there yesterday compared to 450 two weeks ago.

The vaccination rates actually exceed what the province wanted to open even further, but in a news release, officials said the province may remain in step two for 21 days to evaluate the impacts on the COVID-19 rates.

Here’s a more detailed list of what will change Wednesday:

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 25 people;
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 5 people;
  • Essential and other select retail permitted at 50 per cent capacity;
  • Non-essential retail permitted at 25 per cent capacity;
  • Personal care services where face coverings can be worn at all times, and at 25 per cent capacity and other restrictions;
  • Outdoor dining with up to 6 people per table, with exceptions for larger households and other restrictions;
  • Indoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted at up to 25 per cent capacity of the particular room;
  • Outdoor fitness classes limited to the number of people who can maintain 3 metres of physical distance;
  • Outdoor sports without contact or modified to avoid contact, with no specified limit on number of people or teams participating, with restrictions;
  • Overnight camps for children operating in a manner consistent with the safety guidelines produced by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health;
  • Outdoor sport facilities with spectators permitted at 25 per cent capacity;
  • Outdoor concert venues, theatres and cinemas, with spectators permitted at 25 per cent capacity;
  • Outdoor horse racing and motor speedways, with spectators permitted at 25 per cent capacity;
  • Outdoor fairs, rural exhibitions, festivals, permitted at 25 per cent capacity and with other restrictions.

The full law is found here

https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r21488?utm_term=media&utm_source=newsroom&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=%2Fen%2Frelease%2F1000399%2Fontario-moving-to-step-two-of-roadmap-to-reopen-on-june-30

Biggest Lambton fall fair – The Brigden Fair – cancelled

Organizers say the event could compromise “painstaking progress” in the fight against COVID-19

A Thanksgiving Weekend tradition in Lambton County – the Brigden Fair – won’t run this fall.

The Moore Agricultural Society released the decision early this morning saying the event which can draw up to 50,000 people on a weekend, couldn’t go on with the pandemic restrictions still easing.

“Collectively, we had hoped that the summer months would bring relaxation to pandemic related restrictions and easement to gathering limitations that would allow our celebration of agriculture to proceed as customary,” the society wrote in a news release. “Despite the progress being made in communities across the province, it is now clear to organizers that the alleviation from the critical restrictions will not be made quickly enough.

“Proceeding the Brigden Fall Fair at this time, could compromise months of slow and painstaking progress that has been made in the fight against COVID-19. With infection rates dropping and immunization rates on the rise, now is not the time for unnecessary risk taking.”

The society also recognized its traditional sponsors – local business – have been hit hard economically by the pandemic.

The society is planning smaller events including a drive in movie night in August. “More will be announced as pandemic restrictions are relaxed and events can be conducted safely.”

The group also noted the fair “has far reaching social and economic impacts” and the society “is committed to mitigating the losses felt across the community.”

This is the second year the agricultural society had to cancel the event due to COVID-19 restrictions. Organizers say the them planned for 2020 and 2021 – Hats off to the Brigden Fair – will now be used for the 2022 event.

Brigden Fair cancelled

Organizers say the event could compromise “painstaking progress” in the fight against COVID-19

A Thanksgiving Weekend tradition in Lambton County – the Brigden Fair – won’t run this fall.

The Moore Agricultural Society released the decision early this morning.

“Collectively, we had hoped that the summer months would bring relaxation to pandemic related restrictions and easement to gathering limitations that would allow our celebration of agriculture to proceed as customary,” the society wrote in a news release. “Despite the progress being made in communities across the province, it is now clear to organizers that the alleviation from the critical restrictions will not be made quickly enough.

“Proceeding the Brigden Fall Fair at this time, could compromise months of slow and painstaking progress that has been made in the fight against COVID-19. With infection rates dropping and immunization rates on the rise, now is not the time for unnecessary risk taking.”

The society also recognized its traditional sponsors – local business – have been hit hard economically by the pandemic.

The society is planning smaller events including a drive in movie night in August. “More will be announced as pandemic restrictions are relaxed and events can be conducted safely.”

The group also noted the fair “has far reaching social and economic impacts” and the society “is committed to mitigating the losses felt across the community.”

This is the second year the agricultural society had to cancel the event due to COVID-19 restrictions. Organizers say the them planned for 2020 and 2021 – Hats off to the Brigden Fair – will now be used for the 2022 event.

Growing calls for accident prevention measures at London Line and Forest Road

One person was taken to hospital after a motorcycle and a car collided at the corner of London Line and Forest Road June 13. It's sparked more calls for the county to look at safety enhancements for the area.

Family of accident victim, Bob Hollingsworth, launches petition

There is growing pressure to do something to prevent accidents at the corner of London Line and Forest Road in Plympton-Wyoming.

And the calls are coming from both the public and the politicians after the most recent accident two weeks ago saw a motorcyclist airlifted to hospital with serious injures.

Stephanie Cattrysse has started a petition calling on the County of Lambton to find a way to improve the safety measures at the corner.

Her step-dad, Bob Hollingsworth, died in a crash at the corner Sept. 20.

“It’s been horrible. Especially because it’s preventable.”

Cattrysse, who worked as a journalist in the past, went digging for statistics and found there have been more than 31 accidents at the corner in the last 10 years. One took her step-dad’s life, another the life of a good friend in Warwick Township, Brenda Rogers.

Cattrysse started a petition Monday calling on the county to take “immediate action in implementing additional, appropriate safety measures… including but not limited to transverse rumble strips, additional signage, flashing solar lights or a roundabout.”
So far, over 1,100 people had signed it.

See the petition here: http://chng.it/VRbmNgbHWt

One person backing Cattrysse’s call for action is Plympton-Wyoming Mayor Lonny Napper. He raised the issue at county council June 16.

Napper says neighbours in the area, who respond to the accidents, have been calling asking for the county to do something to make the intersection safer. “These folks are getting quite concerned…my council will probably support what they’re saying,” says Napper. The mayor adds it’s very trying on the neighbours “because they’re the first ones there.”

“I don’t understand why there are accidents there; it’s an open intersection. I think what it is, is driver error a lot of the time,” Napper added.

There have been concerns voiced about the intersection at the county level before, however so far staff have not presented a report which might shed light on the problem. County officials say a report will come to county council in the fall.

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