Port Stanley Villager March 2020

Port Stanley Volunteer Gardeners Detour routes during bridge closure

Port Stanley Volunteer Gardeners (PSVG) are commemorating the start of the 2020 growing season with the purchase of a Central Elgin Memorial Program bench. The bench is in front of The Breakfast Place, at 305 Bridge Street, and overlooks Port Stanley Harbour and Lake Erie. A plaque will be installed later this spring. PSVG is again hoping to recruit additional volunteers to support the Herculean effort

There’s no turning back now. It’s time to begin rehabilitation of Port Stanley’s King George VI Lift Bridge. The cost has risen to $6.5 million, with a few last-minute expenses added to the mix, and the historic span over Kettle Creek is still slated to close from March 2020 to May 2021. But Elgin County, in conjunction with Dillon Consulting Limited, has developed a few strategies to minimize the impact on locals and visitors. Here are some of the recommended improvements: For the intersection of Colborne and Warren streets: introduction of a southbound right-turn-only lane; a northbound left-turn-only lane; temporary traffic signals; and pedestrian crossings with drop curbs. For the intersection of Carlow Road and Warren Street: a northbound right-turn-only lane; temporary traffic signals; a “prepare-to-stop-when-flashing” warning sign for eastbound vehicles; and pedestrian crossings with drop curbs. Pedestrian Crossovers: on Colborne Street, approximately 475 meters south of Warren Street and fronting the Foodland grocery store; on Warren Street, approximately 140 meters east of Carlow Road; on CarlowRoad, approximately 110meters south of Warren Street and fronting the Kettle Creek Public School. Central Elgin will assume ownership of many of these improvements when the rehabilitation is completed. Beyond that, CE also plans to build a temporary traffic circle, or roundabout at the foot of Main Street, this spring.

needed to maintain 15 gorgeous gardens around the village. They are also beginning to plan for the not-for-profit group’s second annual self-guided garden tour and fundraiser, on Saturday, June 27, 2020. More than 220 people bought tour tickets last year. “We need some young blood in 2020,” said Shirley Doyle, a long- time PSVG member, “and they need to be committed. “The Gardeners are out there every Friday morning,” added Doyle. “We’ve got a core group of nine people, but sometimes that’s not enough. If we can get a few more people, get our work done more quickly and go for a coffee, that would be great.” Combined with private donations, the garden tour funds PSVG’s $3,000-a-year budget. Laurie Nagge, PSVG Chairman, had 19 gardeners on the tour roster last year and she hopes for more this time around. PSVG will place donation jars at various stores around the village, as well as on the gardeners’ work sites. For more information contact portstanleyvolunteergardeners@gmail.com .

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