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Halfmoon Happenings: Yellow flag iris infesting Sargeant Bay wetlands

Also, the Halfmoon Bay Fair is back July 17 at Coopers Green after a two-year hiatus.
View to the sea from Halfmoon Bay wooden  harbour, Sunshine cost, British Columbia

Hello Halfmoon Bay/ Xwilkway. 

Let me introduce myself, my name is Kim Howcroft and I will be filling in for Cindy Kisser and writing the Halfmoon Bay Happenings while she is taking a well-deserved vacation. Here is what is happening in the Bay.  

Happy Canada Day. The forecast looks decent, just in time to celebrate this fantastic piece of the Coast we call home. Whatever you get up to, make sure to wear red and white and show the Coast, our community spirit.  

Calling all Sargeant Bay lovers. Our one and only Rand Rutland and the Sargeant Bay Society are asking for our help as the wetlands in the park have been recently infested with an aggressive yellow flag iris. It is not native to the area and if left to flourish, it will affect several species of plants, animals and birds that live in Sargeant Bay wetlands. Rand and the gang need volunteers to venture into the wetlands and remove the seed pods. Proper dress (hip waders would be best) is needed. Please contact srgntbay.soc@gmail.com  for more information, and if you can help in any way. This will take place Saturday, July 16 at 9 a.m. 

Following the yellow flag iris removal, The Sargeant Bay Society will be hosting their annual Low Tide Beach Exploration Event from noon to 3 p.m. It’s a wonderful family event for all ages. Low tide of 1.4’ will expose most of the foreshore for everyone to explore. Wet tanks will be onsite and Lee-Ann Ennis will be there to dive into the biology and ecology of specimens that are found and then will be returned to their habitat. Bring your own beach pail and sand shovel if you have one. Remember, all dogs must be on leash and are not allowed on the beach in the park.  

If you are travelling down Redrooffs Road, you may notice a new addition to the Hallmoon Bay Fire Hall #1: A brand new tender truck. This truck will play double duty as it is able to pump large volumes of water to help fight fires, or supply smaller engines and act as a water shuttle for areas where no water source is availble. A great addition to help our volunteer firefighters keep as all safe.  

Save the date! The Halfmoon Bay Fair is back Sunday July 17 at Coopers Green after a two-year hiatus. Linda McMahon, president of the Halfmoon Bay Community Association promises something for everyone. Food court, music stage, marketplace, local libations and kid and adult fun zones. Spots are still availble for vendors. If you are interested in being a vendor in the fair, or thinking of volunteering for this fun event,  please contact the association at info@halfmoon-bay.ca. 

If you have any ideas for column content or have a community event or story you would like to see here, please send ideas and suggestions to khowcroft@icloud.com before 5 p.m. on Mondays. 

Enjoy your week, wear sunscreen and be a nice human.