Amateur astronomers have it tough these days. Urban sprawl is expanding, and with it, the light pollution is destroying our views of the night sky. Seeing anything but the moon, planets and brightest stars in close proximity to these dense urban centres is difficult to impossible. This is true anywhere, but extremely prevalent in Southern to Southeastern Ontario along the Highway 401 corridor where I live. This region has the highest population density in Canada, and as a side effect, some of the worst and farthest reaching light pollution in the country.
The Ministry of Education is looking for your feedback on how to improve child care in Ontario.
The phrase "dog days of summer" is actually a reference to the fact that, during this time, the Sun occupies the same region of the sky as Sirius, the brightest star visible from any part of Earth and part of the constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog. This is why Sirius is sometimes called the Dog Star.
Julie, our Readers' Services Coordinator, recently enjoyed One Good Reason: a Memoir of Addiction and Recovery, Music and Love, a devastating yet hopeful memoir by Great Big Sea founder Sean McCann. Here is her review:
Please be advised that on Monday July 20, 2020 Township of Stone Mills crews will be commencing with road reconstruction on County Rd 15 from civic address 1991 to just south of civic address 1438 (approximately 2km north of the Landfill Site to approximately 1km south of the Landfill Site)
This work generally consists of drainage improvements (ditching & culverts), adding granular material and road resurfacing.
Some tree clearing and site preparation has already commenced and will continue through the week of July 13, 2020.
A Level 1 Low Water Condition has been issued for the Quinte Conservation Watershed including the regions of the Moira, Napanee, and Salmon Rivers as well as all of Prince Edward County.
Notice of Temporary Road Closure: County Road 4, Adair Road to County Road 14, Township of Stone Mills
Dear Resident / Business Operator,
As you know, all branches of Lennox & Addington Libraries remain closed to the public until further notice due to provincial orders relating to COVID-19. In June, we launched curbside pickup at select branches and have been slowly expanding services. Here's the plan (so far) for July...
Schedule as of July 6th:
Amherstview: Tuesday (10am-2pm) & Thursday (4-8pm)
Napanee: Monday (10am-2pm) & Wednesday (4-8pm)
Tamworth: Saturday (10am-2pm)
Coleen recently enjoyed Stephen King's latest release, a short story compilation that was filled with "remarkable characters and unusual plotlines". Here is her review:
Digital Main Street is offering the Digital Transformation Grant for Main Street Small Businesses. This grant program will provide funding for training, advisory support, and grants to small businesses wanting to grow through digital transformation.