From the beginning of Brighton Events on Twitter, I noticed every week there was a tweet about a “PRESQU'ILE BIRDING REPORT”.
During my explorations to the Brighton Constructed Wetlands and Presqu’ile Provincial Park I met many BIRDERS. I assumed birders were a small specialized group. It is only a small community… figuratively speaking. Birders and ”dabblers in birding” come regularly for a day to Brighton and Presqu’ile from Kingston, Belleville, Prince Edward County, Oshawa and beyond trying to find the birds from their “birds bucket list”.
Talking with birders I discovered that, generally, they found out through reports from Terry Sprague, Fred Helleneir and ebirds what kind of birds are in and around Brighton/Presqu’ile at the moment.
We have passionate birders in our area, sharing their sightings all around Canada and the world. It has created a “BIRDING TOURISM” to our town. Birders descend from far and wide to the area.
Fred Helleiner and fellow local birders have made Brighton and Presqu’ile a “BIRDERS” TOURIST DESTINATION. Thanks Fred for your dedication to the Presqu’ile Birding Report.
If you see an unusual kind of bird please email Fred FHELLEINER@TRENTU.CA and Terry firstname.lastname@example.org with your findings and picture.
This morning Thomas Walsh gave us a guided hike through Restoration Site Panne or as Ron Waddling named it "Tom's Trail" located in Presqu'ile Provincial Park. Walking this trail with someone who knows the Trails and Wildlife made a big difference. The fresh air, good company and local story telling added to the fun!
1. It truly is a pleasure to inform you all of very substantial progress in the provision of the trial-run of a new transit service that will benefit all Brighton residents.
2. Before I get into the proposed & tentative details of this service, I would like to personally & publicly thank Shelley Ackers & Nadyne Mattis of Quinte Access & the members of the Brighton Accessibility Advisory Committee - Nicole Vreeswyk, Gail Ellis, Sandy Fawcett-Kovacs, Linda Grainger, Colleen McPeak & Patricia Johnston - for all the good work they have done in bringing this project together.
3. At its Friday, Jan 22 meeting, the Brighton Accessibility Advisory Committee unanimously passed a resolution (moved by Councillor Martinello & seconded by Councillor Tadman) to tentatively - and subject to the approval of the board of Quinte Access & Brighton Council - start a trial-run of a Brighton transit system on Monday Feb 8, 2016. This resolution came about as a result of ongoing - for the past 3 or 4 months - discussions between the Brighton Accessibility Advisory Committee & Quinte Access. As proposed, this service will be available to all residents & will be provided by Quinte Access using accessible buses.
4. As it currently stands - AND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE - the Brighton Transit Trial-Run will provide the following service.
(a) Frequency: There will be one eastbound trip (from Brighton to Trenton Walmart) on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.
There will be one westbound trip (from Trenton Walmart to Brighton) on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.
(b) Transit Stops: There will be seven transit stops in Brighton. On eastbound trips the sequence of stops will be (i) Brighton VON office, (ii) Presqu'ile Bay Outfitters, (iii) Brighton-by-the-Bay Clubhouse, (iv) Brighton Health Services Centre, (v) Sobey's, (vi) Prince Edward Park Arena, (vii) NoFrills & finally Trenton Walmart.
Westbound trips will start at the Trenton Walmart & go to (i) NoFrills, (ii) Prince Edward Park Arena, (iii) Sobey's, (iv) Brighton Health Services Centre, (v) Brighton-by-the-Bay Clubhouse, (vi) Presqu'ile Bay Outfitters, (vii) Brighton VON office & return to Trenton Walmart.
(c) Cost: $5.00 - each way - between Brighton & Trenton, including a transfer for the Trenton Public Transit System.
$2.00 - each way - for pick-up & drop-off @ one of the seven Brighton transit stops.
5. Once again, the preceding information is subject to change. In the near future, there will be further announcements & details - provided through local press, social media & the Municipality of Brighton website - about the Brighton Transit Trail-Run.
6. I believe this is one very positive step towards making Brighton a better place for all people to live.
John Martinello 613 475 5120
FRIENDS OF THE BRIGHTON LIBRARY
REPORT ON OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2015
We are pleased to bring members of the Friends of the Brighton Library up to date on the work we achieved in the last year.
It was a good year and we thank all of you who volunteered time, attended events and generally supported the efforts of the Friends to advance the work of our Library.
In the summer of 2015 we contributed 250 dollars to sponsor two events for children in Memorial Park. “The Puppet Tamer” and “The Live Hawk and Falcon Show`` were each attended by over 100 people.
An informal wine and cheese event was held to welcome the author, Steve Burrows, to our community.
The Friends were asked to appoint a member to the Library Working Group that was charged with exploring the need for new library space. Stan McMullin was pleased to serve. The Committee presented its report to the Library Board. Brighton Council accepted the recommendations it contained
and will strike a new committee to begin the actual design of new space in 2016. The Friends supported Stan`s attendance at an important conference on Library Space in Waterloo.
Our annual Used Book Sale was held in November and proved to be one of the best we’ve had. We brought in 2400 dollars through a combination of book and membership sales. Central to our success was the wonderful support provided by volunteers. And of course, by the work of Tom Rosebush who carefully sorts our books throughout the year.
We made a grant of 6175 dollars to the Library to assist in the purchase of a new drop box at the entrance to the Library.
We contributed 250 dollars to support prizes in 2016 for the young readers who participate in the Reader of the Month club at the library. The money is used to buy gift certificates for book purchases at Lighthouse Books.
This Christmas, we once again created a Raffle Basket and sold tickets through both the main and Codrington branches raising 167 dollars.
The Friends provided a Christmas Basket to the staff of the Library as a small token of our respect for their hard work.
After all of this, we start 2016 with over 9000 dollars in our account for future assistance to the Library as needs arise.
Finally, we might also add that planning is in place for our first fund raising project in 2016. The well known gardener, author and CTV personality Mark Cullen has agreed to give a talk on his new book on the 9th of March at the Community Centre. Tickets for the event will be 15.00. All profits will benefit the Brighton Library.
Finally, The Executive Committee of the Friends of the Brighton Library wish to thank you all for helping us to a successful year in 2015. We look forward to your continuing support in the new year.
"The new year has been kind to birders at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, with over 60 species of birds recorded."
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