Port Stanley Villager March 2020

Port Matters by Frances Kennedy


“Interesting times” is how historians describe periods of seismic shifts in global geopolitics. Right now, at the turn of a decade, polarity is epidemic and current crises proliferate prophesies of what’s up down the road. What matters right here in Port

factor for the of the entire County of Elgin. To the assembled Council representatives, municipal staff and consulting engineers, thank you. No doubt you can expect more specific questions and more illuminating answers required on a schedule that ensures input from public consultations is relevant. Up next, the 6th Annual Polar Bear Dip in aid of ChildCan happens on Little Beach on March 7. The event has swelled in numbers in recent years as an early harbinger of spring. Katey Berzins’ past sponsors, photo fans and social media followers should know her team, TeamBer, is taking the plunge again. Apparently, the bridge will bemade whole temporarily for the Dicken’s Night Parade this year.  Someone suggested an Andy Griffith look- alike whistling across the bridge from Mayberry to Margaritaville wearing a Hawaiian shirt and bearing a badge. Humour can help bridge a great divide and it puts a little spring in our step.  Recently I received an email of a Stay Tooned Port Stanley cartoon of a couple on the bridge surveying the harbour flanked on both sides with high-rise towers with the caption “What happened Mildred?” Most certainly the worst-case scenario, it is not an unfounded fear. “Increased green space” doesn’t tell us all we need to know. Who’s driving the bus, and to what end? Council is only able to represent the interests of its constituents when they are known; our role is to articulate those interests. Administrators, public servants, consulting engineers and developers furnish a version of what’s feasible within the parameters. It behooves us to understand the processes and learn what not to do from in and around Grand Bend and other lakeside communities. When we practice our best future, we create it. grateful to these parents for organizing and the entire community for participating and supporting each fundraiser.  We had so much to look forward to in February, including our Kindergarten registration, our Spirit Days, a concert with the Ukes of Hazzard, the Intermediate Division Valentines Dance and moving the back half of our school into their newly renovated spaces.  Our construction continues, with the next part of our school being upgraded.  The great news is that at this point, we are well on schedule to be all done in September.  We can hardly wait!  We are also looking forward to our Kettle Creek Book Swap which will take place March 9 to 12, 2020.  If you have any gently used children’s books that you are willing to donate, please bring them to the school on Monday, March 9, 2020. We appreciate all books, however, we would be really pleased to have books or magazines for Grade 7 and 8 students because they are often the most difficult reading materials to find.  Thanks for considering us in your spring cleaning.  A special thanks goes toMrs. Koolenwhoonce again is organizing thiswonderful and environmentally friendly event for our students.  As always, it is an absolute pleasure to work with such amazing families at KettleCreek aswell as themembers of this community.  Thank you for your positive and ongoing support-we really do appreciate it!

Kettle Creek Public School By Esther Wendel-Caraher Principal, Kettle Creek Public School and what matters right now world-wide recommends unifying citizenry through values and vision. Civic leaders who fail to honour cultural values fail the public trust and fuel divisiveness by default dimming all hope for anything like enlightened progress. What rallies us to belonging to something greater than ourselves? No surprise to anyone who has stood straight as a soldier during our national anthem it’s what we declare we stand for. What matters to our community? What do we wish to be going forward? What is “the Port Stanley experience?” The echo of community advocacy will be our landmark legacy. February can be a bleak but blessedly short month and this year it was neither. As of this writing the frenzy of activity on both sides of the bridge made the Mardi Gras Stork Club night at PSFT a sellout. Restaurant, retail and hospitality themed offerings made Port an ideal weekend destination in friends’ and lovers’ month. Well done! Bravo and thank you to Ed Finlan who conceived the idea and orchestrated the event. Imagine if bringing back jazz and swing all started the night of 02/22/2020! I was disappointed to miss The Blessing of The Nets at Port Stanley Presbyterian Church: its tradition is bound in the safety and bounty for a long lineage of local livelihoods. Next up was The Harbour Information night which confirmed that public access to shoreline is critical to not only our present and future quality of life, it’s an economic 2020 has arrived at Kettle Creek Public School and we are enjoying the best of this Canadian winter, with fantastic indoor and outdoor learning opportunities for everyone.  Although our basketball interschool competition ended at the beginning of January, our intermediate basketball teams still practiced and worked on their basketball skills during recess breaks.  As well, students continued to benefit from the many other extra-curricular offerings, such as craft club, Lego club, green team, spirit days, Me toWe, school mentors, and our musical rehearsals.  WehadaFebruary visit fromCodyDeanewho isa formerWorldWrestling Federation (WWF) wrestler.  He demonstrated some wrestling moves and encouraged students to follow their dreams and use their gifts and talents to make this world a better place.  Students were inspired and showed outstanding manners as they listened to the interesting stories that our guest shared.  Our parent volunteers have also been busy this month and we would like to thank all the members of our Grad Committee for their time and effort spent planning our Paint Nite at Debackere Farms.  The evening was a huge success with over $700 raised to support the student trips. Many of our students were also very successful covering their trip expenses by selling pepperettes.  Thank you to Mrs. Sutherland for helping us get that organized. At this point, our Grad Trip Committee has raised over $9,000 toward the trip to Montreal and we are so

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