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LEGION LUNCH: Beginning today, Thursday, June 17, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25 will provide take-out only pasta lunch, $5 for two meatballs, penne, bread and cheese. Salad is $1 extra; extra meatballs are $1 each. A meatball sandwich is $4. Order by phone between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., 705-256-2941.
Boat launches at beach illegal, OPP warns
East Algoma Detachment of Ontario Provincial Police reminds boaters, particularly personal watercraft boaters, they could face a stiff fine for launching their craft on a public beach. Police recently received a complaint of launches on Beech Beach in Jocelyn Township, St. Joseph Island, of PWCs via all terrain vehicles and four-wheel drive vehicles. Any type of watercraft mustn’t be launched at a beach or non-designated boat launch, warns a media release from the detachment. Jet-Ski/See-Doo and other vessel operators boating in and through a swimming area create a safety issue and could face a fine of $430 for careless operation, the release says. Police suggest boaters check with municipal officials regarding designated boat launches and safe lake access areas. No one under 16 years is permitted to operate a PWC, the release continues. This is regardless of supervision. The operator could face a fine of $125 and the owner allowing the operation a $305 fine. “ … Persons under 16 years-of-age may lack the marine experience required to operate a jet propelled water craft. These operate differently than an outboard motor driven vessel”, says East Algoma Const. Phil Young, in the release. Operators of a vessel that has any type of motor requires possession of a valid Pleasure Craft Operators Card, or proof of competency equivalence, the release says. From a media release
City of Sault Ste. Marie enters Step 1 of the Roadmap to Reopen
As the community prepares to enter Step 1 of the provincial Roadmap to Reopen, City of Sault Ste. Marie provides the following updates to its services: Administrative Offices: • The Cemetery office, GFL Memorial Gardens, Ronald A. Irwin Civic Centre, Sault Transit, Fire Services Administration and Public Works and Engineering Services offices are open. Recreation Facilities: • Community Centres remain closed in Step 1. This includes the John Rhodes Community Centre, the Northern Community Centre, Seniors’ Centres. • The Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site gift shop is open in a limited capacity Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m.to 4 p.m. Follow them on Facebook for additional programming including the take home tea party and Lilac and Lavender event. • City operated arenas remain closed. This includes the GFL Memorial Gardens (open for scheduled vaccination appointments), the John Rhodes Community Centre and the W.J. McMeeken Centre. • Outdoor recreational amenities, including baseball diamonds, soccer fields, disc golf locations, tennis courts, pickleball courts and skate parks are open. • Outdoor team sports are permitted to train only, 10 people max and two metre distance. Scrimmages are not permitted during Step 1. • Outdoor sports facilities, including any portion of a park or recreational area containing outdoor fitness equipment are open. Outdoor fitness classes and sports training are permitted, 10 people max, two metre distance. • Off-leash dog parks, park benches, outdoor playgrounds, outdoor play structures and play equipment are open but any person using them or an open park or recreational area must maintain a physical distance of at least two meters from other people using the amenity. • Bellevue Park and Roberta Bondar marinas are open. Clubhouses and indoor amenities remain closed. • Bellevue Park Splash pad is open daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Bellevue Park concession will open June 17. As in previous years, the Manzo and Greco pool are tentatively scheduled to reopen in early July. Transit: • There is no change to the Transit schedule during this time. • The Transit terminal remains closed. • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of buses remains in place with a focus on high touch areas. Parking: • Hassle free parking for curbside pick-up continues to be available to support local businesses in the Downtown area. During this time, you do not need to feed the meter. • Officers will continue enforcing all other parking regulations. All city facilities continue to operate under strict health and safety measures which must be adhered to by residents to limit the spread of COVID-19 and for the safety of facility patrons and city staff. Due to the rapidly changing nature of the pandemic, services are subject to ongoing assessment and potential change. For the most current information, updates will be posted to the city’s website at www.saultstemarie.ca/covid19 and on social media.
A Day in the Life of My June Garden
We finally had the opportunity to have a small outdoor family gathering at our place with our sons and granddaughters. The sun was shining, the bees where buzzing and life was good! It was nice that the extreme heat had broken, and the gardens received a bit of rain. A good rainfall makes them explode with life so much better than just watering. As I mentioned before, my spring perennials and bulbs faded quickly in that heat wave, but I still have a lot of blooms throughout my gardens. While all the French hybrid and common lilacs are finished blooming for the season, my Preston lilac is just coming into its own. This group of lilacs blooms profusely about 10 days after the regular lilac. If you are planning a new garden or adding to an existing bed, you might plan to include one from each group to extend the season of bloom. Nothing is like the sweet smell of blooming lilacs as they perfume the air. I had a chance to show my granddaughters the difference between a Monarch butterfly and Swallowtail. They also saw how a bumblebee is different than a Hummingbird moth. All four of these were visiting the lilac flowers throughout the day. As the flowers of the lilac start to wain, my Red Prince Weigela and roses will be at their peak. The bees and hummingbirds sure love those flowers too. So many flowering shrubs and perennials will attract butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and other pollinators to your garden. The main focus of choosing additions to your garden will start with personal preference but be sure to choose plants that suit your individual growing conditions too. Although the intense rush of the spring planting season has passed, be sure to take some time now to walk through your yard and assess where you might add a bit of colour, a plant to attract birds to the garden, or maybe a planting to provide a bit of shade or privacy. The big lineups at the garden centres have ended so you are now able to take more time to wander down aisles and put some thought into what you can to the garden. I haven’t planted a single annual yet. All my pots are sitting empty waiting for flowers. This is unusual for most gardeners but not for me. Late June is my normal time to get started on this task. I am much too busy at the garden centre at the height of the season to be able to focus on my own plantings. Unlike last June, a nice selection of annuals remains on garden centre benches. I have a mental image of how I want my pots to look and what flower types will work in different areas that receive varied light conditions. Shopping this late means I may not get every flower I want in the exact colour that is my first choice, but I don’t let that discourage me. I can adapt. I will look at some of the new varieties of annuals that are still left and experiment with a few. I always like to see how plants will perform so I can help customers next season with advice from personal experience. You might chat with friends, family, and neighbours to see what they have planted and share information. That is one of the nice, social aspects of gardening. Whether your garden focus is on flowers, perennials, trees, shrubs, herbs or vegetables, there is always an opportunity to try new plants, new techniques, and pass on good information.
USCG, Ontario police units train jointly
United States Coast Guard along with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Ontario Provincial Police marine units conducted hoist training on the St. Mary’s River. A USCG helicopter, Sikorsky MH-60, was brought in from the Traverse City base for a simulated medical evacuation exercise last week involving a patient watercraft to helicopter transfer using a drop basket. Capt. Anthony Jones, commander of the Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. US Coast Guard Sector said, “Both Canada and the US share a rich history together along our shared border. “In an effort to maintain our relationship as maritime professionals, and neighbours quite frankly, we often conduct operational training together to bolster our readiness across our mission sets and today’s training is a prime example of that partnership. “I am incredibly grateful of the willingness and professionalism demonstrated by our partners at RCMP and OPP; we couldn’t do this without them,” Jones said. The USCG responds to approximately 300 multi-mission cases a year, the majority between the end of May and the beginning of September. Special to Sault This Week