The Galway Hall was the political venue for our Municipality’s All-Candidates meeting on October 15th. It was hosted by and moderated by the CLCA. Best wishes to all the candidates on the election on October 24th. Thank you also for the courage and strength to file your nomination papers and campaign for your opportunity to be elected for council for the next four years.
At the deadline for this article, the Galway Hall’s kitchen committee crew has been busy. They have been searching the weekly grocery store flyers and strategically shopping for the best deals and choices for our turkey supper on Saturday, November 5th. This major fundraising event for the Galway Hall will probably have come and gone by the time you receive this edition of the Gazette. Check the December issue for the update on the supper.
SAGES (Sage Advice and Gentle Exercise for Seniors) continues at the Hall every Wednesday morning, beginning at 9 am. Alas, some sad news. The Tai Chi group that has been long time users of the Galway Hall had their last class at the end of October.
The Galway Hall Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 28th. It starts at 1 pm and is open to anyone interested.
The Kinmount and District Bursary deadline is Tuesday, November 15th, 2022. All the details and application form can be found at: www.kinmount.ca and www.galwayhall.ca. There are three signs posted around Kinmount as well. These signs will become much more visible after the campaign signs have been removed following the elections on October 24th.
A new World Wildlife Fund report, based on 2018 data covering more than 5,000 species, found that population sizes have declined by 69% on average. The main causes for this loss include deforestation, human exploitation, pollution, and climate change. Globally, in the last 50 years, wildlife populations in Latin America and the Caribbean experienced a 94% drop! According to the WWF, wildlife population sizes continue to decline at a rate of about 2.5% per year.
For over a month now, our birdfeeder has had nocturnal visitors- often one, sometimes two, and a few times three. Yes, it is the curious little critters called flying squirrels. This is the first time they have hung around here consistently for this long. Surprisingly, the flying squirrels have also been feeding early in the mornings before daylight. With the insanely high prices of bird seed now, the hope is that these creatures of the night do not eat for the entire time span between dusk and dawn on our feeder.
On clear nights, Jupiter continues to be the brightest object in our night skies (aside from the moon). There are two meteor showers that occur in November 2022. The Taurids occurs on November 4 and 5. This shower is unusual because it has two separate streams. One stream comes from the dust grains from Asteroid 2004 TG10. The other stream comes from debris left behind by Comet 2P Encke. The Leonids occurs on November 17 and 18 and is produced by the dust grains left behind by Comet Tempel-Tuttle. The best viewing time is after midnight on both nights.
The Full Beaver Moon, also known as the Frosty Moon and the Dark Moon, occurs on November 8. Also on the 8th, there is a total lunar eclipse. With clear skies, the moon will take on a rusty or blood red colour. In our area, the eclipse will be at its maximum around 6 am.
On November 9, Uranus at Opposition occurs and it is the best time to view this planet. However, due to its distance from earth, it will only appear as a tiny blue-green dot in the night sky.
Finally, on November 23 the New Moon will be located on the same side of the earth as the Sun. Therefore, the New Moon will not be visible in the night sky which allows the chance to view faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters.