Happy New Year!!
There have been many events in our municipality during the past year. The pictures from 2014 tell (part of) the story. Enjoy!
Happy New Year!!
I asked Sara Rylott, a resident of Brighton, to tell us about her experiences living and working in St. George’s, Grenada, during the Holidays.The whole family moved to the West Indies in September for a seven month volunteer assignment with Cusi International. In Canada she is the Learning Advisor for CFB Trenton. Her blog is www.saraingrenada.blogspot.ca A New Year in Grenada
Christmas is a time to clean, not a time to shop. It is when you get stuff out of your house not ...bring things into your house. Windows are washed, repairs to roofs are made, rugs & drapes are cleaned. Painting (both inside and out) is typically undertaken as the paint can dry without threat of rain and there won’t be dirt swirling about from the dry ground. My favourite home improvement in our neighbourhood is a little wooden house has been transformed from a pale blue into a bright fuchsia. It has livened up the house and the hill it is on.
Since all this activity goes on in December, January truly is the start of something new, the new season. In Canada January is (normally) a month where there is no new growth, little light and lots of cold. Yet we “celebrate” New Years as though this was just the best time ever.
When I am in Canada I teach courses on time management and one of the concepts I try to instil in my participants is that “New Year’s” is about the worst time imaginable to turn over a new leaf or make resolution. You need to change with natures natural rhythms, not because Hallmark has a card, or the gym has a sale. The right time to change in Canada is the spring, which is when we tend to do all the things that Grenadians are doing right now- cleaning out houses, raking grass and making way for the new.
This year instead of staying up late, spending all kinds of money (again) to celebrate an artificial holiday, follow the lead of nature, cuddle in with a good book, or blog, and relax. Choose your own New Year, be an April Fool and throw a party to celebrate all the things you plan to do while the sun hits your face and the birds are singing. I guarantee that you find you keep your resolutions whether they are to eat better (we will have fresh food), exercise more (you can get out and walk) or do more (you will have more sunlight).
For us we have no New Year’s plans. I will set goals and make plans when I am back in Canada, but here our path is set. Work as hard as I can for NEWLO and Cusi International, and get to the beach at least three times a week!
Creation of Brighton Township
Brighton Township was created January 1, 1852 from parts of Cramahe and Murray Townships. The old Town Line ran from Presqu’ile Bay up Cedar and Prince Edward, east of Hilton, Orland and Codrington. It was an unusual step but created an ideal situation with the new township anchored by the growing town of Brighton and fed by the new Brighton and Seymour Gravel road. On New Year’s Day 2015, we will celebrate our 163rd Birthday.
Note: This image is a snip of the legislation that create Brighton Township on January 1, 1852. It outlines the parts of Cramahe and Murray that were taken to make up Brighton Township. Not sexy but ---- REAL!
This morning I went to Presqu’ile to escape some of the “craziness” of the Holidays. Despite the rain there were quite a few people walking around in the park. Someone made an art display from "balancing rocks" on the beach. The way the dif...ferent sculptures were placed made it look even more impressive!
We are fortunate to have such a nice place in our backyard. It is a park rich in diversity, with roaring waves and tranquil trails, with pebble beaches and sand beaches, with over 300 species of migrating birds and let’s not forget the lighthouse and the history of the park.
Did you knows about Presqu’ile?
Did you know:
1) the lighthouse is the second oldest operating lighthouse in Ontario?
2) there is a cemetery in the park, assumed from the first settlers, but no gravestones are left?
3) from 1906-1934 there was a fog station? Its warning signal was a loud pulsing boom 6sec/min.
4) at least 8 vessels are scattered at the bottom of Presqu’ile Point
5) at the annual Christmas bird count in December 2014 the birders counted 58 species of birds?
6)t he marsh boardwalk accesses the largest protected marsh on the north shore of Lake Ontario?
7) in the 1900’s people would go to Presqu’ile for entertainment like dancing and playing golf?
Free Sponsored Skating 1-2:20pm December 22,23,24,29,30,31
January 1 Civic Levee at King Edward Community Centre
Last night, I read on twitter that there was a fire on Main Street in Brighton, Ontario. When I went outside, I was shocked. The house that was being constructed in our neighbourhood was totally engulfed in flames. The first responders just arrived and luckily they were fast because the porch of the neighbours was just catching fire. Cinders were flying everywhere and booms/firecrackers were being heard. We were warned of possible propane tanks explosions and stay back.
The fire departments were able to keep the fire contained to the new construction and save the neighbours houses.
We never experienced this kind of a fire before and I hope I never will. It's an evening we will never forget!
The Municipality of Brighton King Edward Park Calendar
The Municipality of Brighton Calendar
The Brighton Chamber Of Commerce Community Calendar
The Brighton Public Library Calendar
Friends of Presqu'ile http://www.friendsofpresquile.on.ca/
The Presqu’ile Point Lighthouse Preservation Society http://www.koppla.ca/
Ontario Parks http://www.ontarioparks.com/park/presquile
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