Remembrance Day Celebrations
Jay and Julie are lifelong Harrow residents who take pride in their community. Yesterday, they attended the Remembrance Day Ceremony, hosted by the Harrow Royal Canadian Legion Br. 338, in the heart of town under perfect weather conditions. They joined many others to honour all who served.
Both Jay and Julie also participated in our Virtual Supports Remembrance Day Painting Session today, led by Brianne of Brianne's Art Creations.
New COVID-19 Pandemic Colour-Coded Risk Levels for Windsor/Essex County
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has decided to report our region’s COVID-19 Pandemic Risk Levels using a colour-coded classification system. Dr. Ahmed explained that the risk is broken down into three areas - yellow for low risk, orange for medium risk and red for high risk.

The new reporting method has been created to help the public more easily understand what is happening in our community regarding COVID-19. Dr. Ahmed acknowledges that, “Every day, we report on these case counts, we report on many statistics. But at the end of the day, some of us are still wondering: How are we doing?” He further explained that “The alert system will be a useful risk communication tool to manage response measures as threat changes over time." Through better communication the hope is our region is never reaches a red status.

Our current Pandemic Status rating is Orange - medium risk. The chart below describes the recommendations for each risk level.
The determination of the risk level is based upon epidemiological data in the 4 following categories:

1. virus spread and containment;
2. health system capacity;
3. public health capacity; and
4. incidence tracking capacity

The risk level will be updated on a weekly basis unless a change in data requires an immediate change in our risk level. The pandemic risk level is posted on the health unit’s website.

On November 3rd, the Ontario government established the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework.   Premier Ford explained that “This framework, developed in consultation with our health experts, will serve as an early warning system allowing us to scale up and scale back public health restrictions on a regional or community basis in response to surges and waves of COVID-19. By introducing public health measures sooner, we can keep this deadly virus at bay, bend the curve and reclaim a little more of our normal lives."

The Framework uses the following five levels to describe the risk:

1. Green-Prevent,
2. Yellow-Protect,
3. Orange-Restrict,
4. Red-Control,
5. Lockdown being a measure of last and urgent resort.
In this system, our region is a categorized as level Green.

Though we are at a higher risk level locally, this is allowed by the Ontario government in acknowledgement that local medical officers of health understand their region’s situation in regard to the COVID-19 virus.

Interested in learning more about COVID-19 and preventative measures or looking for resources to help friends and family stay safe? There is a wealth of practical information and tools, including plain language documents, located in the REAL Xchange COVID-19 resource library, accessible using this link.
Healthy & Active Living
For many runners, fall is their favourite time of year for races and it’s no wonder, with the cool weather and beautiful scenery. But you don’t have to be an experienced runner to participate in local area races. Consider registering for the virtual Jingle Bell Run, Walk and Wheel! This year's virtual event has lots to offer and supports a great cause.

This annual event is coordinated in partnership with Ken Knapp Ford in Essex. All proceeds benefit Community Living Essex County. Get your friends together and get moving!
What's Happening This Weekend?
Amherstburg River Lights and Holiday Stroll
Get Into the Holiday Spirit!

Every night throughout the holidays, beginning Saturday, November 14th at 5pm, hundreds of customized LED light displays dazzle Amherstburg's two main parks. Toddy Jones Park features whimsical, playful displays for the kids and the kid-at-heart to enjoy. Along the Detroit River, visit the King’s Navy Yard Park. You will see traditional displays that showcase the warm-hearted feel of the season with carolers, angels, soldiers, and more.

The downtown businesses are lit up for the holiday season as well and business owners encourage you to stop by, warm-up and shop local this year.

Visiting River Lights has become a tradition for many families … make it one of yours!

Event organizers ask that all COVID-19 regulations and social distancing measures are adhered to while visiting the parks.
Homeowners along one of the oldest streets in Amherstburg have uniquely decorated their front yards and porches in holiday style. Rankin Avenue, in the heart of downtown and across the street from the River Lights display in Kings Navy Yard Park, will be lit and decorated beautifully for the enjoyment of visitors strolling the sidewalk during November and December. Check it out!

Recipe of the Week
Bloomin' Apple
Forget onions, bloomin' apples are the true hero. Though these finished bloomin' apples look difficult, they're actually quite easy to make.
Laughter is the Best Medicine
Weekly Poll Question
Are you planning to get the COVID-19 vaccine once it is approved and available?
Yes, I will be first in line!
Yes, but I will wait a bit.
I have not decided yet.
Poll Results

How are you feeling?

URGH it is only November! 41.5%