May program lineup announced for the Heritage Centre in Cayuga

The Heritage Centre in Cayuga is hosting six unique programs throughout the month of May. The cost for all programs is $10 per person with pre-registration required. Residents can register online or in person at the Haldimand County Administration Building, 53 Thorburn Street South, Cayuga.

May 2022 Lineup

May 4 – Salute to Mothers, 1 p.m.

This presentation will focus on some of Haldimand’s and Canada’s most famous mothers, including Laura Secord, Lucy Maude Montgomery, Emily Stowe and Haldimand’s first female Mayor, Edith Fuller.

May 10 – I Do…I Did…I am Done, 6 p.m.

A talk on the three rituals of life, Victorian style: birth, marriage and death. The Victorians had a reputation for being prim, proper and persnickety, and individuals were expected to know the rules of etiquette that went along with one’s position.

May 11 – The Herbalist, 1 p.m.  

This hands-on workshop will explore the many herbs , plants and other natural remedies that have been used to help with a number of ailments for centuries.

May 18 – Queen Victoria, 1 p.m.

The Heritage Centre’s Royal Series continues with a presentation featuring the life and times of Queen Victoria. Victoria was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 1837 until her death in 1901.

May 17 – Helen Kinnear, 6 p.m.

This talk focuses on the life and times of Judge Helen Kinnear. Helen was born in Cayuga, went to school in Port Colborne and returned to live in Cayuga, becoming the first female judge in the entire British Empire.

May 24 – King Edward VII, 6 p.m.

Another Royal Series program, this presentation will look at the life and times of King Edward VII and the opulent and excessive Edwardian era.

For more information about programs and activities, contact the Heritage Centre at 905-318-5932 ext. 6613 or email heritagecentre@haldimandcounty.on.ca.

There is still time to participate in the 9th Annual Haldimand County Public Library Poetry Contest

Haldimand County Public Library invites residents of all ages to get creative and participate in its 9th annual poetry contest.

This year’s theme is “Back to Nature.” Entrants are encouraged to express through poetry how nature impacts and inspires them, how they connect with nature, or how their actions effect the natural environment.

Entry forms, and a full list of rules and submission details can be obtained on the library’s website or at any library branch. Submissions can be made at any branches or online until midnight on April 30.

Submissions will be entered to win cash prizes in one of the following categories:

  • Primary – Kindergarten to Gr. 3
  • Junior – Gr. 4 to Gr. 6
  • Intermediate – Gr. 7 to Gr. 10
  • Senior – Gr. 11 – 12
  • Adult – age 18+

First, second and third-place prizes will be awarded in each category. First prize will receive $50, second prize will receive $35 and third prize will receive $20. Winners will be announced mid-May.

Individuals with further questions about the poetry contest may call or visit their local library branch, or visit the library website.

Haldimand County announces spring/summer 2022 aquatics and summer camp lineup, registration dates

Haldimand County is pleased to announce the return of its popular summer camps and aquatics programs. All program details will be published on the county’s online registration portal this Friday, April 15, 2022. Registration opens Sunday, May 1, 2022.

Residents are encouraged to check out the full schedule of spring/summer 2022 programs using the enhanced online registration portal or via www.haldimandcounty.ca/register.

Traditional ‘favourites’ will be offered this year as well as some new, themed camps suited to a wide variety of interests.

Program registration may be completed online starting Sunday, May 1, 2022 or in-person at the Haldimand County Administration Building starting Monday, May 2, 2022.

The county’s Spring/Summer 2022 Playbook will also be published online later this month, which contains general programming information and more local activity suggestions for the whole family to explore.

Further details about Haldimand County recreation programs can be found on the county website.

Knitting Clubs return to Haldimand County Public Library

It is time to knit and purl your way back into the Haldimand County Public Library. The highly popular Knitting Clubs are back at the Caledonia, Dunnville and Jarvis branches. Participants can bring their current project and/or supplies and share in the hobby of knitting, crocheting or other yarn crafts with fellow yarn enthusiasts.

  • Jarvis Knitting Club runs every Thursday from 2-4 p.m.
  • Caledonia Knitting Club runs every second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 5-7 p.m.
  • Dunnville Knitting Club runs every Thursday from 1-4 p.m.

The Knitting Clubs are open to everyone, regardless of skill level. For more information, visit the adult programs section of www.haldimandlibrary.ca or call your local branch.

Babysitting course available at Haldimand County Public Library

Haldimand County youth aged 11 to 15 can now register at the Caledonia, Cayuga, Dunnville, Hagersville, Selkirk and Jarvis library branches for the Red Cross Babysitting course. The course is a nationally recognized program designed to help participants develop the self-assurance, knowledge and skills required for not only babysitting duties, but also being at home alone. Topics covered in the course include caring for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged children as well as creating safe environments and how to handle emergencies.

The Red Cross Babysitting Course will run over five days and participants will be required to attend all five sessions and demonstrate a responsible and mature attitude in order to receive their certificate of completion.

The cost of the course is $40 per person and registration must be completed in person at the library branch. The maximum number of participants in each course is 12, ensuring student safety and success.

The dates, times and locations of the upcoming, in-person babysitting courses are:

  • Dunnville library branch – May 9-13, 4:30-5:45 p.m.
  • Cayuga library branch – May 30-June 3, 4:30-5:45 p.m.
  • Jarvis library branch – June 6-10, 4:30-5:45 p.m.
  • Hagersville library branch – June 13-17, 4:30-5:45 p.m.
  • Selkirk library branch — July 18-22, 4:30-5:45 p.m.
  • Caledonia library branch – August 15-19, 4:30-5:45 p.m.

For further information on this or other library programming, please contact Katrina Krupicz, Community Outreach/Inreach Coordinator, Haldimand County Public Library at 905-318-5932 ext. 6552,  or by email at kkrupicz@haldimandcounty.on.ca. Visit www.haldimandlibrary.com or connect on Facebook for information on programs, collections and more.

Haldimand County announces year-round leaf and yard waste drop-off and 2022 electronic and household hazardous waste event dates

Residents of Haldimand County can now drop off leaf and yard waste at the Canborough Waste Management Facility (CWMF) year round, free of charge. Curbside pickup of leaf and yard waste will continue in urban areas as scheduled. Acceptable leaf and yard waste includes:

  • Brush, branches (bundled in bunches less than 1.2m x 0.75m of branches 7cm in diameter or less)
  • Flowers, plants, leaves, pine cones/needles, black walnuts, straw, corn stalks, pumpkins
  • Trimmings: bushes, hedges, plants, trees, weeds

The County has also announced its hazardous waste drop-off dates for 2022. Residents wishing to get rid of hazardous materials and electronic equipment that aren’t appropriate for regular garbage collection may do so at any of the four events throughout the year. All events run from 9 a.m – 1 p.m.

April 30 – Cayuga Secondary School, 70 Brant County Hwy 54, Cayuga
June 11 – McKinnon Park Secondary School, 91 Haddington St., Caledonia
September 17 – Public Works Yard, 710 Main St. E., Dunnville
October 15 – Hagersville Secondary School, 70 Parkview Rd., Hagersville

Examples of common household hazardous waste include cleaners, paints, batteries, solvents, oil, pesticides, fertilizers, mercury items, fire extinguishers and aerosol cans. Residents can use the “What Goes Where” search tool to determine if an item is considered hazardous waste and visit the Recycle My Electronics website for a list of accepted electronic waste items. While batteries will be accepted at the events, they can also be dropped off year round at select locations.

For more information, or to ask about disposing waste items that are not accepted at the events, residents can email waste@haldimandcounty.on.ca.

Community & Recreation Facilities Strategy update: Preliminary survey results available on County website for community review and comment

Haldimand County is continuing to encourage residents and users of its facilities to have their say in the development of the County’s long-term Community & Recreation Facilities Strategy.

The Strategy focuses on facilities that support activities such as aquatics, sports, health, wellness, arts and culture and will be significantly informed by public input about recreation preferences.

To date, the public has been able to provide input through a survey and at four in-person consultation meetings. The information panels presented at the in-person session, including preliminary survey results and demographic information, are now available on the County’s website for community review and comment. Residents can share their written input or comments at RecStrategy@haldimandcounty.on.ca.

“Haldimand County received 2,000 responses to the community survey about this initiative and had further input through the in-person sessions,” says Mayor Ken Hewitt. “This is among the highest response we’ve received to any public consultation process we’ve done in recent years and confirms to Council the importance of this issue to residents and users of our community and recreation facilities and services.”

Monteith Brown Planning Consultants, who are working on the strategy, are anticipated to present preliminary recommendations to Council this June. Decisions on major investments, potential locations for new assets, and long-range capital planning will be considered during the next term(s) of Council.

For more information, visit www.haldimandcounty.ca/recstrategy.

Dunnville Friends of the Library seeking new volunteers

The Dunnville Friends of the Library is a volunteer organization supporting the Dunnville Branch of Haldimand County Public Library through various annual fundraising events. After a 2-year hiatus due to pandemic restrictions, the Friends are once again planning for their Summer Book Sale and looking for volunteers to assist.

Friends of the Library members volunteer their time to set up, sort, restock, sell and take down the Summer Book Sale during the months of June, July, and August. This volunteer opportunity involves regular lifting and carrying of up to 30lbs.

New Friends are encouraged to stay on throughout the year and help with other projects such as the Elves Shoppe, at which unique and special toys and gifts are sold. This is an excellent opportunity for book lovers, individuals who want to get involved in their community and high school students looking to fulfill their community volunteering requirement.

Volunteer application forms may be picked at Haldimand County Public Library’s Dunnville Branch (317 Chestnut St.) at any time during regular hours. Interested individuals can also contact Lindsay Thomas, Branch Coordinator, at 905-318-5932 ext. 6118 or lthomas@haldimandcounty.on.ca for more information.

Haldimand County launches new online building permit and planning application portal

Haldimand County is pleased to announce the launch of its new, online building permit & planning application portal. Residents, contractors and developers can now submit applications, pay fees, schedule inspections and get status updates from one central location, 24/7.

The new online portal, powered by CityView, will allow registered users to access their own, customized dashboard of all past and present building, municipal enforcement and planning-related business activities. Users will also be able to submit by-law complaints and track their status through the portal.

“The introduction of CityView is one additional step the county has taken to enhance its services and improve customer experience,” said Mike Evers, Haldimand County’s General Manager of Community & Development Services.

“Not only does the portal make it easier for residents and builders to manage their construction and development-related projects, it streamlines the application intake process for staff to maximize efficiencies and save time,” Evers added.

Individuals who wish to utilize this new online portal can create an account at HaldimandCounty.ca/apply. Anyone with an upcoming building or planning-related project is encouraged to sign up and submit applications using the new system.

Individuals with questions about the new online portal are encouraged to read the Frequently Asked Questions or contact Building & Municipal Enforcement Services or Planning staff for further information.

Haldimand County hosting virtual candidate information session on April 13 for 2022 municipal election

Haldimand County and staff from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing will be hosting a virtual Candidate Information Session for anyone interested in running as a candidate in the 2022 municipal or school board election.

The virtual session will take place on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome and pre-registration is not required. Connection details will be shared at www.haldimandcounty.ca/election/ closer to the session.

As there have been many changes enacted to the Municipal Elections Act in recent years, this session will benefit newcomers to the municipal election process, third party advertisers as well as those who have participated in past elections. Topics covered at the session will include:

  • Role of council
  • Role of municipal staff
  • Role of school board trustees
  • Third party advertising
  • Nominations
  • Eligibility to run
  • Candidate and third party advertiser duties
  • General campaign rules and election finances
  • Compliance audits and penalties

Election Day in Haldimand County is October 24, 2022. For more information on the 2022 municipal election, visit www.haldimandcounty.ca/election/ or e-mail election@haldimandcounty.on.ca.

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