Stormont County Fair

September 1 – 4 Newington, Celebrating 151 years Stormont County Fair has been providing the Eastern Ontario Community with a fun filled Labour Day Weekend since 1867. For a schedule of the weekend events, click here.   Enjoy the last long weekend of summer at the Fair!

 
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August 31, 2018 at 11:30 am Leave a comment

10 ways to get the most from walking

From frequency and stride to what to do with your arms, here’s how to get the world’s easiest fitness fix.

There is so much fetishizing of exercise. What with the gadgets and gear and just-right outfits – the Lycra! The Lululemon! – at times fitness is more like maintaining membership at an exclusive club.

But the beautiful, gentle act of walking, that’s different.

Walking is not about gear or clothes or expertise; it’s easy, cheap, and exceedingly kind to the body. Walking for the sake of taking a walk is emotionally as well as physically pleasing; walking for the sake of getting somewhere is cheaper and easier on the planet than driving. And for whatever reason you find yourself walking, it’s a great form of exercise. Walking is a win-win-win-win.

With the CDC recommending 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a week, walking is a wonderful way to fulfill the quota. The University of California, Berkeley (UCB) has a good list of tips for maximizing a walking workout, from which I’ve expanded upon here.

Read 10 ways to get the most from walking by Melissa Breyer at Treehugger.

August 29, 2018 at 10:48 am Leave a comment

Acre for acre, urban trees can store as much carbon as tropical forest

Acre for acre, urban trees can store as much carbon as tropical forest

Trees lining city streets, in public and private gardens, in parks, and in patches of urban woodland do a lot for cities. They help mitigate air pollution, lessen the urban heat island effect, provide flood control, and contribute a host of other benefits. Some studies have valued these ecosystem services at almost USD $1 million per square kilometer per year.

And it turns out that these trees, collectively known as the urban forest, also contribute more than you might imagine to carbon sequestration, according to a new study published in the journal Carbon Balance and Management.

Read Acre for acre, urban trees can store as much carbon as tropical forest by Sarah Deweerdt at Anthropocenemagazine.

August 27, 2018 at 10:59 am Leave a comment

Cornwall Triathlon Weekend

August 25 & 26 Weekend Events: Saturday Young champions day is a great initiation into the sport in a fun non-timed environment. Kids aged 4-14 take part in duathlon and triathlon events at the Cornwall Aquatic Centre. Sunday events move to L’Heritage High School. Events for ages 15 & Up include a 5k run, duathlon and triathlon events.

August 24, 2018 at 11:16 am Leave a comment

10 plastic items you can give up right now

Plastic is one of the most enduring materials we make; it takes an estimated 500 to 1,000 years for it to degrade, but 50 percent of the plastic we produce is used once and then thrown away. Eight million tons of plastic ends up in the ocean every year.

Facts like this are plentiful, but you get the idea. So, a call to arms. Here are some very easy things to give up in order to curb your contribution to the problem.

1. Coffee cup lids

Giving up take-out coffee cups all together is ideal, but at the very least, give up the lid (and the sleeve and stir stick while you’re at it). A reusable coffee cup is the way to go, but if you’re getting coffee without one, skip the wasteful accessories.

2. Things in plastic when there’s a paper option

Think eggs in a paper carton instead of ones in clamshell packaging, toilet paper wrapped in paper rather than plastic, anything in a box instead of a bag.

Read10 plastic items you can give up right now by Melissa Breyer at Treehugger.

August 22, 2018 at 10:20 am Leave a comment

World is finally waking up to climate change, says ‘hothouse Earth’ author

The scorching temperatures and forest fires of this summer’s heatwave have finally stirred the world to face the onrushing threat of global warming, claims the climate scientist behind the recent “hothouse Earth” report.

Following an unprecedented 270,000 downloads of his study, Johan Rockström, executive director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, said he had not seen such a surge of interest since 2007, the year the Nobel prize was awarded to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

“I think that in future people will look back on 2018 as the year when climate reality hit,” said the veteran scientist. “This is the moment when people start to realise that global warming is not a problem for future generations, but for us now.

Read World is finally waking up to climate change, says ‘hothouse Earth’ author by Jonathan Watts at The Guardian.

August 20, 2018 at 10:47 am Leave a comment

Cornwall Food Fest – Beyond 21

Saturday, August 18, Pitt Street Cornwall’s Biggest Street Party Gourmet Trucks and Local Restaurants competing for “Best Street Food 2018”, Kinsmen Family Zone with family activities, Entertainment Tent (licensed)all day with live music in front of Fantasy Realm. Your TV Cogeco Community Stage with live entertainment all day, local artisans and vendors for your shopping pleasure in Vendors Alley (from First to Second Street), Downtown merchants with on street and in store specials, and more!

 

 

 

August 17, 2018 at 9:42 am Leave a comment

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