Church now home to pol­li­na­tor gar­den

Church, hor­ti­cul­ture so­ci­ety ‘green­ing up’ the grounds

The Peterborough Examiner - - LOCAL - Jeff Dor­nan nor­wood­[email protected]­i­com.net

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.

Done­gal Fid­dlers

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.

SPE­CIAL TO THE EX­AM­INER

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.

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