Living Locally Fair 2017
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School was once more filled to capacity for the 9th annual living locally fair. St. Thomas Aquinas partnered with the Russell and District Horticultural Society to promote environmental stewardship by highlighting local farmers and food producers, artisans and community groups and services. An estimated crowd of between 5000 and 6000 people were in attendance between 9:30 am and 4:00 pm. New this year, was a map where people were invited to indicate where they were from. While most attendees were local, people attended from as far away as Upper New York State, Brockville, Pembroke, Hawkesbury, and the Quebec border to the east and many others from Sudbury and Toronto even stopped by. People come to sample local cheeses, chocolates or smoked meats and home-made ice cream. Other visitors came for fresh ground coffee, organic produce or to learn about heritage varieties of cattle and vegetables. Others learned about services in the region. This show really does have something for everyone!
The LLF has grown in 2017 to an incredible 134 exhibitors with many more on the waiting list. Admission to the show is free, but food and cash donations were received by the food bank. The VIMY 100th anniversary team provided coat check services with donations going to offset the costs of their upcoming overseas excursion.
Part of the success of the show is due to the team efforts of custodians, staff and students without whom this show would not be possible. Exhibitors and visitors to the school had nothing but praise for the most incredible team of students who volunteered their time on Friday night and all day Saturday to make the show a success. Plans are now underway to make the 10th anniversary even bigger and better!
A brief video of the event can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oc0DTu7Iz8
Ontario Envirothon 2016
Living Locally Fair Promotes Environmental Stewardship in Russell
Congratulations to our two Envirothon teams who competed in Larose Forest this month. They were tested in the fields of Aquatics, Soils, Forestry, Wildlife and had to do a presentation on Non Point-Source Pollution. The teams are resounding champions and placed first and second out of 8 teams. Five students will move on to compete at the Provincial Level in St. George Ontario in the first week of May. Good luck, Ravens, we are very proud of you!!!
Tri-Valley Conservation Award Winners
The Tri-Valley Conservation Awards Gala in Manotick, was a very special evening for St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School from Russell. The school was awarded as the top high school in the Ottawa and Valley area for their Environmental Stewardship efforts. Shown with the paddle that was awarded first place is Ann Jackson, our Environmental Lead Teacher, and two students from our High Skills Major Program-Quade Digweed and Gordon LaPierre. They are joined by Principal Richard James.
Send in Your Milk Bags
St. Thomas Aquinas students continue to collect the outer milk bags in order to make mats for Haiti. The environmental science students have been cutting, tying and learning to crochet milk bags - saving these from the garbage, and turning them into a very useful object. The bags are used to pack fragile equipment on the way to Haiti, and then used as sleeping mats by the people in Haiti.
Keep sending them in!
Living Locally Fair 2012
The Living Locally Fair 2012 was a huge success. This is a partnership between the Russell and District Horticultural Society and St. Thomas Aquinas CHS. With a host of almost 90 vendors, the fair attracted a record 1425 adults during the show hours of 9:30 to 3 pm. Fair goers were treated to an array of food, produce and services that are all found in our own back yard. This is the fourth year for this mid-winter fair that is described as a "jewel", a "celebration of community", and "a feeling of coming home".
Many thanks to the incredible students from STA who set up and took down all the tables and venues throughout the school, put up posters, helped the vendors set up and take down, manned booths, delivered coffee and lunches, and were there to meet and greet each person as they walked through the door of the school. We could not have had better ambassadors, and the Living Locally Fair would not be possible without the help of these students who put in more than 150 volunteer hours. Well done!
Environmental Team Cleans Up!
On Thursday October 27, six members of the St. Thomas Aquinas Environmental team travelled to Findley Creek which is one of the headwaters of the Castor River that runs through Russell. It is amazing to realize just how big of an area makes up the Castor River watershed. This creek drains from the Leitrim Wetlands which is next to a growing subdivision just off Bank Street. Students met with Robin Crossley from South Nation Conservation and together, managed to gather two pickup truckloads of garbage from the area around Findley Creek. Local residents appreciated the initiative from students, some even taking the time to stop and applaud the effort. Well done, team!
Weather Station at STA
Don't forget to check out the local weather that is measured from on top of the STA school. Here you can find out the precipitation, humidity, temperatures and wind gusts for any point in time.
You can also find super accurate radar for this area by linking to the "view interactive wundermap". You can also select the "animate" option to watch precipitation move through. It is truly a great weather tool! You are welcome to email Ann.firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about using this site.
Registration for the SHSM program
Ann Jackson was the teacher chosen to represent Canada at Project Atmosphere this year. This is a two week intensive program in Kansas City Missouri at the NOAA facility for National Weather Service Training. Read her report here!
Earth Day Presentation of Environmental Projects at STA
Story from the 2012 opening of the Giving Garden
Greenhouse Crop 2011 of flowers and heritage vegetables