July 17 OPAF Update

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Picton United Church rocked on Sunday afternoon.  A stellar list of County musicians played and sang to raise funds for the fight to keep Prince Edward County’s South Shore turbine free.  The concert was led off by the Reasons.  They had the audience clapping and singing along to their vintage sixties music.  Master of Ceremonies Mark Davies joined in and kept the music coming with his Ed Sullivan style introductions.  We heard from George Burns, aka. Bud Gregory, the Reasonettes, the Frere Brothers, Suzanne Pasternak, John, Penny, and Roanna Kitchen, Tom Leighton, Little Bluff, Mark McGreevy, Lenni Stewart, Rita DiGhent, and Jeanette Arsenault.  What a line up and what an afternoon!  The church resonated with good feelings and good wishes for the Field Naturalists as they progress to the Appeal Court of Ontario.  The audience sang along, clapped and stood to acknowledge many performances.

The concert was organized by Karen Empringham and Judy Fraser and supported by CCSAGE Naturally Green who passed along their lawn sign donations. PECFN sends our sincere gratitude to all the entertainers and organizers of the concert. Early accounting shows about $3000 added to the Ostrander Point Appeal Fund.

In other news, we received notice last week that Gilead has cross appealed the Divisional Court ruling even though it was in their favour.  They are claiming that the Divisional Court erred in not allowing the ‘New Evidence” – closing the planned access roads to the public at the Ostrander Point site – to be considered at that hearing.  The Court acknowledged our documentation that proved this was not new evidence as Gilead and the MNR had discussed it for years.  We expect the Appeal Court will do the same.

On August 9-10 PECFN is planning a Bioblitz of Ostrander Point and surrounding areas.  A Bioblitz is an inventory of as many living things as possible within a 24 hour period. We will start at noon on Saturday and go to the same time Sunday.  Leaders will guide individuals on 1-2 hour walks through the site to enumerate plants, animals, reptiles and amphibians, insects and birds.  We will establish a rendezvous site (Helmer and Babylon Rds) to gather information and a base camp (2763 Co Rd 13) for refreshments and in case of rain.  Saturday supper and Sunday lunch will be available for a nominal $5 charge each per person.  Through the Bioblitz you are offered the opportunity to hone your knowledge of the natural world and habitat.  We will also be able to add to the natural heritage information that we have about the South Shore in general and Ostrander Point in particular.

Fund raising continues.  PECFN will have a table at the Womens’ Institute Craft Sale on July 31 at the Picton Community Centre.  Members are baking and crafting to provide a variety of items for sale.  In addition we will have our two recent publications at the sale. Our Butterfly Book is into its second printing.  Thanks to Books and Co. for taking on the sale of this important County field guide.  The delightful children’s book by Agneta Sand’s grandchildren will also be available.

Kayaks anyone?  Former County resident Joan Tobin has donated her two Kevlar kayaks to our cause.  These kayaks are in excellent condition (never stored outside) are 17’ long and come with storage rack, paddles, spray skirts, PFDs and a cart to move them to the shore.  This package is valued at $3000, which is less than the new price of one kayak.

For information:    Cheryl Anderson cherylanderson@sympatico.ca  613-471-1096, 613-849-7743

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