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Rosedale's Pollinator Garden a Big Success

Submitted by Barb Young

In 2015 a group of volunteers in Rosedale undertook a project to re-establish the once well-used parkette by the Trent Severn Bridge. With the assistance of the Coboconk Norland and Area Chamber of Commerce and Kawartha Conservation, grants were obtained and a wonderful parkette established.

The parkette includes a large pollinator garden which we have been watching over the years to see if they "work." Last year at least one Monarch Butterfly and Caterpillar were spotted. However, this year things are greatly improved. On June 24 at least 8 Monarch Butterfly Caterpillars were spotted on the milkweed plants in the garden (and that was just by walking around the periphery on the pathway). I'm sure there were plenty more inside. It seemed like almost every other milk weed had at least one caterpillar and some had two. Some were quite large and some not much more than an inch.

Our conclusion is that these garden really do work and everyone should have one! We can't wait to see the next stage in their transformation.

Test of Local Shopping Bus Exceeds Expectations
All aboard! Michael Bryant, owner for the bus and Dromoland Stables in Little Britain, and Mike Perry, co-Chair of the Rural Transportation Working Group greet riders at the first stop on the test run on the local weekly shopping bus.  Photo - Claudia Sytsma

All aboard! Michael Bryant, owner for the bus and Dromoland Stables in Little Britain, and Mike Perry, co-Chair of the Rural Transportation Working Group greet riders at the first stop on the test run on the local weekly shopping bus. Photo - Claudia Sytsma

More than 70 people from across the City took advantage of a test run route for a weekly shopping bus for Kawartha Lakes – nicknamed ‘White Lightning’ –  last week. The test route ran on July 4th, doing three laps of the Little Britain-Lindsay-Cambray-Cameron-Fenelon Falls- Rosedale corridor, driving some 350 kilometres in more than 12 hours of service.

The rural shopping bus is part of a three-point plan launched by local residents last December in order to increase transportation across this city. The shopping bus is being provided by a private sector owner who will look at maintaining and even expanding the service once the market research has been completed this fall.

“As volunteers we’re just happy the schedule worked and the bus was on time”, joked Mike Perry, Co-Chair of the Kawartha Rural Transportation Working Group, who helped plan the test run. On a more serious note, he added: “Local residents just proved again the clear need and desire for transit outside of Lindsay. People were very happy with the service. Ridership was better than even we were expecting. We all know rural transit helps us all and is good for the local economy.” The second test route is being planned to cover the more eastern parts of the city.

“This is simply excellent and I am so thankful for this,” proclaimed one rider in her comment form. “It’s the best thing to happen in our community since Timmies,” declared another.

Still aboard! Local residents from across the City were still using the weekly shopping bus's first test run after 8.00pm in Cameron.  Photo - Tammy Orr

Still aboard! Local residents from across the City were still using the weekly shopping bus's first test run after 8.00pm in Cameron. Photo - Tammy Orr

Riders used last week’s test run to shop locally, visit family, and even hit the beach with the kids in the hot weather. The tracking results showed that people from many communities and walks of life used the bus on its test run. The shuttle bus used professional drivers, is fully insured, and has complete accessibility. Complimentary music, water, and snacks were even provided on board. The Lindsay, Fenelon Falls, and Bobcaygeon Chambers of Commerce support the shopping bus as good for local businesses.

The only complaint heard during the test run was that the service was not yet permanent. Riders were unanimous that such a bus is key.

One rider noted he used the shuttle to get to Cameron to visit his family, which he has been unable to do for a long time without a car. Another rider, a single mother, was grateful for the bus as she was able to take her children to the beach in Fenelon Falls. People also shopped and dined at the locations along the test route.

Stop and shop! Danielle VanGennip of Dunsford takes the opportunity to browse at Butterfly Boutique in Fenelon Falls, part of the first test run of the local weekly shopping bus.  Photo - Mike Perry

Stop and shop! Danielle VanGennip of Dunsford takes the opportunity to browse at Butterfly Boutique in Fenelon Falls, part of the first test run of the local weekly shopping bus. Photo - Mike Perry

The plan is to keep the bus running this fall based on advertising, sponsorship and promotional opportunities. Local businesses are encouraged to get creative with such a hands-on, people-centred and much-needed fun, community concept.

“This helps people while being a great business opportunity,” noted Michael Bryant, owner of the shopping bus, the town trolley and Dromoland Stables in Little Britain. “We are very encouraged by the results of the first test market”, he added.

Perry noted that there is still work to be done listening to rider feedback, including more advertising and making the route schedule more user-friendly. The second test run will be scheduled and publicized in the next few weeks.