It was cold, windy and overcast but the 'Planeteers' and members
of the Bruce County Astronomical Society persevered, as did many
others, in celebrating Earth Hour.
The two groups met at Legault's Independent Grocers in Port Elgin
where, owners Marcel and Debbie Legault, showed their support for
the event by arranging to turn out all the parking lot tower lights.
"We strongly believe in supporting the environment and the dark sky
initiative," said Marcel Legault. "As a corporate entity, it can be
difficult to provide the full support that we would like to, but we
will endeavor to make any changes that we can."
The Planeteers of Saugeen District Secondary School (SDSS) who
organized the event, went so far as to bake moon and star-shaped
cookies to the delight of those who came out.
The Bruce County Astronomical Society, despite reports of cloudy
skies bordering on rain showers, brought out and set up their
The group is very involved in supporting youth and promoting
interest in the 'mysteries of the skies'. The group is presently
trying to establish an observatory at the Bluewater Outdoor
Education Centre (OEC) complete with a roll-off roof and observation
room. In order to achieve their objective, the group has established
the Bluewater Education Foundation - Astronomy Project and donations
are most welcome [with tax receipts available] by mail to Astronomy
Project, P.O. Box 283, Wiarton, ON. N0H 2T0
"It's very important to the planet and the 'dark sky' initiative,"
said Ross Berkinshaw of the Astronomical Society, "that we have
young people interested and tonight proves that they are concerned."
In conjunction with Earth Hour, there was also an event held
simultaneously in Port Elgin at the Emerald Sanctuary (formerly the
Old Church), where several people gathered by candlelight to listen
to music and reflect on time spent without all the electrical
At the Emerald Sanctuary, Shawn Thompson demonstrates candle-lit
Kevin Orr & Heather Heath in conversation in the Sanctuary as music is
played in the background
People gathered together to wait for 'lights out'
29/03/2009 10:45 PM
Setting up a mammoth telescopic oberserver as night
Curious young students gather to watch set-up
Debbie & Marcel Legault listen as Ross Berkenshaw (L) explains dark sky
Astronomical Society brought telescopes of every size
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