On April 27, the Elphinstone Community Association (ECA) held its third consecutive general meeting on Zoom! Guest speaker Jordan Pratt, SCRD Emergency Management Coordinator and Gibsons Deputy Fire Chief, discussed the potential of earthquakes and wildfires. He is happy to talk to any community group; in an emergency, we rely on our neighbours. CEA Chairman Rod Moorcroft said there were many questions and reported that Jordan, “spoke a bit about the flooding and…on the wildfire front, there’s the home inspection. sponsored by the SCRD where a wildland firefighter will come to your home and assess it for fire vulnerability.The new ECA Board of Directors, comprised of nine residents, has been nominated as a slate and acclaimed to lead the ECA for the coming year.
I have already mentioned in this column, how lucky we are in Elphinstone to have so many farms to buy fresh local produce. We support our farmers so they can support us! I recently enjoyed some pea shoots from Suncoast Farm on Reed Road and note that Grounded Acres Farm on Highland Road is bursting with eggs. They are open from Saturday to Monday. There are seedlings available at RR7 Farmstead on Cemetery Road and many other farm stands to check out. Elphinstone also has two large cider houses – Sunday Cider (open daily) and Banditry (open Thursday to Sunday).
Sunshine Coast Hospice is gearing up for its annual ‘Hike for Hospice’ fundraiser, supporting bereavement, palliative support and bereavement programs. As one of their board members recently told me, “People come to hospice for many reasons: to find comfort through bereavement support, for respite and support as they care for dying loved ones…and for advance care planning and Green Sleeve programs. The hike takes place on May 29, but you can donate anytime at: hikeforcoasthospice.org.
The latest update from Streamkeepers (SCSS) reports many great items, including the purchase of 113 native plants for the many streams they monitor. SCSS volunteers have been busy maintaining “loggers” that continuously record air or water temperature. These data are especially important during the summer months, as high temperatures lead to high mortality of young fry. They monitor 17 creeks, including Chaster Creek, and note: “After last year’s weather events, SCSS would like to map all of the creeks we are monitoring to track changes and, if necessary, rehabilitate them so as not to lose the valuable salmon habitat. They will have training programs in May and are always in need of new recruits, so contact them if you are interested at sunshinecoaststreamkeepers.com.
They are embarking on a riparian awareness project because since so many streams cross private property, it is important that people know how to protect these important ecosystems. Look for the Streamkeepers brochure on the subject coming out this summer. And finally, they encourage everyone to watch Bob Turner’s fabulous Salish Sea videos. He has created a new website for you to view his great videos and lots of interesting Salish Sea information at: oursalishsea.ca – you’re in for a treat!
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