Church now home to pollinator garden
Church, horticulture society ‘greening up’ the grounds
The Norwood and District Horticultural Society and the Norwood United Church are pleased to announce the creation of a new pollinatorfriendly garden at the local church. The garden is another step towards the congregation’s mission to green up their building and grounds. (Earlier this year the church had solar panels installed on the roof of the church.)
The planting of the garden involved 35 children from the local primary schools who participated in a special after-school program hosted by the church. Activities included various crafts aimed at learning about the different flowers and plants followed by the planting of the wildflowers. All activities were all co-ordinated by members of the Horticultural Society. Society president Janice Matthews said “It was very encouraging to see the children so engaged in the hands-on learning and the care they took in planting each wildflower.”
The creation of the garden involved several steps, including removing the overgrown shrubs and amending the soil (both done earlier), then selecting and planting native wildflowers suitable to the full sun and the well-drained soil conditions and also applying a layer of mulch.
The plants selected will support a continuous succession of flowering species from spring through fall, providing food for butterflies, birds and other wildlife, habitat for a variety of beneficial insects and be drought tolerant.
The garden features a wide array of species including Obedient Plant, Black-eyed Susan, Pale Purple Coneflower, Dense Blazing Star, Sedum and Oswago Tea as well as two Canada Plum trees.
As a token of appreciation for their participation in the creation of the pollinator garden, the children each received a Black-eyed Susan to plant in their own garden and a wooden medallion featuring an image of a pollinator species. The dedication of the pollinator garden was held during a church service on Sept. 29.
Matthews expressed her appreciation to all involved in the project and summed up saying, “We trust that the pollinatorfriendly garden will welcome members of the church and the broader community and serve as a living testament to the importance and value of flourishing natural habitats within an urban environment, supporting a diversity of wildlife species.”
The Norwood and District Horticultural Society would also like to acknowledge the financial contribution to this project by the Ontario Horticultural Association and OHA District 4.
Steer Show and Sale
One of the most anticipated events at the Norwood Fair is the annual Market Steer Show and Sale. Local farmers select the best of their herds and for months before the fair devote extra time and energy to produce the best possible steer to enter in the annual competition.
The grand champion receives the Peterborough County Cattlemen’s Association Trophy and perhaps more importantly the well-earned bragging rights and usually top dollar for their animal at the auction that follows the judging. Interestingly, the friendly competition between farmers to see who raises the best steer is not the only competition at the show as there is usually a friendly rivalry between buyers to see who gets to say they purchased the grand champion steer at the Norwood Fair.
This year’s grand champion was raised by Larry Leahy; his fine animal weighed an impressive 1,445 lb It was purchased by Kroes Coquettes for equally impressive $4 a pound.
The reserve grand champion steer was raised by Andy Vollering, weighing 1,542 lb It was purchased by Archer Bulk Carriers Inc. for $3.10 a pound.
The third-place steer was raised by Doug Leahy, weighing 1,397 lb and was purchased by Campbellford Farm Supply for $3.05 a pound.
The fourth steer was raised by
John Lunn, weighing 1,722 lb it was purchased by Hamilton Township Mutual Insurance for $1.75 a pound. HTMI continued their own tradition and will be donating the animal to area food banks. Hilts Butcher shop will also be donating their services to prepare the steer. A big thank you is extended to both companies!
The fifth animal was raised by Wayne Telford, weighing in at 1,552 lb and was purchased by Hoards Station for $2.30 a pound.
The sixth steer was raised by Murray Lobb, weighed in at 1,552 lb as well and was purchased by Hoards Station for $1.35 a pound.
The final steer was raised by Greg Sedgwick, weighing 1,314 lb and was purchased by Sandra Alexander for $1.60 a pound.
Keating Property Maintenance was the proud owner of the steer show butter tarts with the top bid of $325. (A selection of homemade butter tarts are traditionally auctioned off following the sale of the steers.)
The Norwood Fair thanks all those Exhibitors and Buyers for their continued support.
Trick or treat for others to eat
Norwood’s Beaudette family has put a new spin on the Halloween trick or treating ritual. For a second year in a row the family is hosting a Halloween Food Drive during trick or treating (from 5 to 9 p.m.) to help out the Asphodel Norwood Ministerial Food Bank.
Trick or Treaters are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item with them when they stop at the family’s 45 Queen St. home and you can’t miss it as they have their front yard transformed into an impressive eerie scene ready to welcome all spooky trick or treating ghouls, goblins and witches. Last year the family’s yard haunt had around 500 visitors; donations to the food bank were equally impressive.
Enjoy a fun-filled evening of live music hosted by the Donegal Fiddlers on Saturday, November 2 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Norwood Town Hall, 2357 County Road 45. Socialize, dance, learn to dance, or simply just enjoy the Fiddler’s music. Admission is by donation. Lunch for the intermission will be a finger food pot luck, so please remember to bring some snacks to share. All are welcome.
Lions November Brunch
The Norwood Lions Club is hosting Brunch at the Norwood Town Hall, 2357 County Rd. 45 on Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The menu will include a full array of breakfast victuals including pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, baked beans, fruit, coffee, tea and juice.
Cost is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 12 and those 6 and under eat for free. All monies raised will support the Lions Club’s ongoing mandate of community betterment projects.
Guided by volunteers from the Norwood and District Horticultural Society, children from Norwood’s primary schools helped to plant a new pollinator garden at the Norwood United Church on Sept. 25.
The Grand Champion Steer at the 2019 Norwood Fair was raised by Larry Leahy. Fair Ambassador Ashley Vanderhorst presented the winner’s trophy, with judge Harvey Graham and auctioneer Mark Stanley.