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Special items to borrow at the BPL

Transition Brockville / 08 July 2017

Our community partner, the Brockville Public Library, doesn’t just lend books. Over recent years, it has expanded its work with a variety of innovative programs, a few of which are described below.

Discounted Aquatarium Passes

Take your family to discover the Aquatarium! The pass gives access to a family of five (5) at $5.00 + tax per person. Please note the pass does not include the Ropes Course or the Aqua Drop.

Community Tackle Box

Fishing rods and tackle boxes are available to sign out for free. Equipment is available for a one week loan period. Customers are responsible for their own licenses. For resources on fishing licenses and regulations, click here.

A special thank you to Canadian Tire Brockville and the Friends of the Brockville Public Library for sponsoring the fishing rod and tackle borrowing program!

MAPsacks!

Look for our three (3) bright orange MAPsacks, check one out and go outside! A MAPsack is a backpack containing stories, nature guides, activity sheets, a logbook and a free family pass to enjoy the Rideau Valley Conservation Areas and Parks Ontario family pass. MAPsacks is a joint library project created by the Leeds-Grenville Stewardship Council and Rideau Lakes Public Library as part of the Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Healthy Communities Partnership. The MAPsacks are a rotating collection among the Libraries of Leeds & Grenville so watch for other sacks!

The loan period for MAPsacks is one week. When you return your MAPsack check the inventory list to ensure all of the items are returned.

Pedometers

The Library has pedometers for you to borrow for one (1) week. The pedometer kits, located at our lower level customer service desk, includes one (1) digital pedometer, a log/info sheet and a local trail map.

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Business is sweet for butter tart baker

Recorder & Times / Wayne Lowrie / 30 June 2017

Bake a better butter tart and the world, it seems, will beat a path to your door.

“I’m amazed – delighted – at the enthusiasm that people have for butter tarts,” she said. “You can see it in their eyes. They get so excited: ‘Butter tarts!’”

Barr’s award-winning tart is a true Eastern Ontario creation. She uses Red Fife wheat grown outside of Gananoque and ground into flour at the 207-year-old mill in Delta. Leaf lard for the dough comes from Two Rivers Food Hub in Smiths Falls, which uses local pigs. A roadside stand outside of North Augusta supplied the rhubarb; Gibbons Family Farm in Frankville produced the maple syrup; the eggs come from Burnbrae Farms in Lyn; and the butter was churned at Stirling Creamery.

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Port’s progress boosting regional economy

Recorder & Times / Sabrina Bedford / 12 June 2017

The benefits to the regional economy of having a local port on the international seaway are evident throughout the area, [Robert Dalley, the port’s general manager] said.

“The port processes and transports over 1.2 million metric tons of goods each year used by local businesses, farms and municipalities but it also creates jobs, attracts inward investment and contributes significantly to the environmental stability of our region.”

Last year, the port also spent $2.2 million on more grain storage and automating equipment in the grain elevator, he said. The new grain bins were immediately filled with non-GMO corn from Ingredion Canada Corporation to manufacture products at its Cardinal plant.

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New Abbey Dawn Solar Project already feeding the grid

KingstonRegion.com / Tori Stafford / 04 June 2017

Local group Wintergreen Renewable Energy Co-op and SolarShare, a provincial solar energy co-op, hosted a tour and celebration at their Abbey Dawn Project on Sunday, June 4. There, a few dozen people toured the brand new 500 kW solar project, learning about the state-of-the-art tracker technology the project uses, and about how the system operates. The Abbey Dawn Project is the first in Canada to use Canadian company Morgan Solar’s Savanna dual-axis tracker technology, which follows the sun’s daily east-to-west path and seasonal changes in its elevation.

In short, the technology allows the system to run more efficiently, with yield increases of 25 to 40 per cent over those without the tracker technology.

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Downtown Brockville plugs in for EVs

Recorder & Times / Wayne Lowrie / 03 June 2017

Downtown Brockville has its first public charging units for electric vehicles.

The two Level 2 EV charging units are located in the underground parking parking garage at the Aquatarium.

The charging is free, but users would pay the $3-per-hour fee to park.

The Thousand Islands Community Development Corporation, the City of Brockville, the Downtown Business Improvement Area, the Aquatarium and 401 Electric chipped in to pay for stations.

The city, DBIA and the chamber of commerce hope that the charging stations will act as a magnet to attract electric cars on the 401 to the downtown.

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Community Hub hosted Healthy Kids Community challenge

HometownTV12 / Dale Elliot / 22 May 2017

Children from the Community Hub participated in the Healthy Kids Community Challenge (HKCC) on Friday afternoon on Blockhouse Island.

The challenge was held to promote the new water bottle filling station in the James C Auld building on Blockhouse Island and to promote and generate awareness for a healthy lifestyle for children by using the new water bottle filling station. The HKCC target audience is children 0-12 years of age.

The kids participated in various stations encouraging physical activities, received a free re-usable water bottle and at the end of the event talked over safety tips.

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