Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Alfred S. Rogers and the start of a cement company

The sales agent of Grey & Bruce was Alfred S. Rogers, a Toronto entrepreneur, who owned a number of companies, among them a fuel supply firm that also sold cement. Rogers joined forces with Lind around 1910, when competition from other cement companies called for substantial investment in modernization.

One year later, Rogers and Lind led a group of investors who formed a new company on a 500-acre site in the limestone-rich region near St. Marys, Ontario. They called the company St. Marys Portland Cement Company Limited. The plant cost $250,000 and went into production in November of 1912, employing 90 people. It had two 165-foot rotary kilns and its initial capacity was 180 tonnes a day. The product was named "Pyramid Brand" Portland Cement and sold for $9 a tonne. It was an immediate success and the company prospered.

A view of Uplands; the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Rogers; on Bayview

1936, English

Friday, August 23, 2019

train rails bend easy,

U may not think train rails bend easy, this is a great video showing that on a articulated train.


Friday, August 16, 2019

Land trust purchases 87 acres along Eramosa River Aryn Strickland July 31, 2019

Land trust purchases 87 acres along Eramosa River

GUELPH-ERAMOSA – Rare Charitable Research Reserve recently purchased 87 acres on the 7th Line here along the Eramosa River.
The land trust and environmental institute, formed in 2001, purchased the land for conservation and research for just under $1 million.
It is the first acreage purchased in Wellington County by the Cambridge-based organization.
“It was a good opportunity for us … As a land trust that is really focused on conservation, that’s our priority so with the 87 acres we want to keep it intact and in perpetuity,” Rare executive director Stephanie Sobek-Swant told the Advertiser.
“We are going to do stewardship to run our research and some of our education programs on that property.”
The organization had been looking for an area not currently protected where it could branch out its research and conservation principals, one of which is connectivity, in a meaningful way.
“From a watershed perspective the water connects everything we do and going into the river valleys and along the rivers made perfect sense in that regard to start with,” said Sobek-Swant.
Guelph-Eramosa Mayor Chris White said it is a great opportunity for the township to be the first municipal host of Rare-purchased land.
“It’s fantastic because we’re right on the edge of the GTA so some of the pressures that we are feeling here in terms of population growth and urbanization are pretty significant here … so having that happen here is very good,” said White.
“Unlike some provincial legislation … green belts and so forth that can change, this is a permanent designation by the owners of the property.”
Rare purchased the land with donations and a provincial grant.

Riverscape – Land trust and environmental institute Rare Charitable Research Reserve recently purchased 87 acres along the Eramosa River. 
Photo by Tom Woodcock

“It was an interesting mix of smaller and larger donors coming together, but there is also going to be a grassland bird offset on the side so a developer paid a large amounts of the funds that had to be raised for that agreement,” said Sobek-Swant.
“It is a good example of how the community and industry and also the government can work together because we also received a $150,000 capital grant from the Ontario Trillium foundation for this property purchase, which was a big boost.”
The $1-million total covered the purchase price and associated costs for land transfers, legal fees and a 20 per cent stewardship endowment to ensure the organization controls the land in perpetuity.
The area, which the organization has named the Eramosa River Conservation Corridor, is part of Rare’s larger land securement strategy.
Already the organization is in discussion with the owners of the former Edgewood Camp in Eden Mills, which would expand the conservation corridor.
It will have major benefits to the township, according to White.
“The nice thing about this is it’s at no cost to the taxpayer. [Rare is] preserving  the property on their own dime,” said White.
“Typically if we have parks or preserved areas … or even trails, there’s a cost to the municipality and the residents, so in this particular case we get a nice chunk of property preserved at no cost.”
White added, “We want to thank them for all the hard work they are doing in preserving this land along the river.”
As a land trust and environmental institute, Rare also  looks to the public for support and provides opportunities for the community to get involved.
While always looking for large and small donations, the organization wants to train what Sobek-Swant called “the next generation of conservationists.”
“We want to know exactly what species are out there and we have a lot of seasoned advisors in that regard who might also be happy to take people out who have a lesser degree of experience because we kind of want to train [them] …” she said.
“So there are lots of opportunities to explore and learn things in that regard; help with invasive species removal for example, or planting native species as part of restoration projects.
“We will be forming little stewardship groups where people can get really hands-on engagement and become part of the whole effort.”

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Examples of Internet Web Pages with Ideas to Teach Soil Science at Different Grade Levels

Nutrients for Life Foundation www.thesciencedeofsoil.com

Soil Science Society of America www.soils4teachers.org

Brainpop Educators educators.brainpop.com

Natural Resources Conservation Service Soil Education www.nrcs.usda.gov

Edible Schoolyard Foundation edible.schoolyards.org

National Soil Resources Institute Soil.net.org

Geoscience News and Information geology.com

TES Global Limited www.tesglobal.com

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Range in Yields of Crop in a Vegetable Garden Plot Located in a Public Park in Seattle, WA

Range in Yields of Crop Cultivars or Varieties in a Vegetable Garden Plot Located in a Public Park in Seattle, WA

Crop Yield (kg m−2)

Bush beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) 0.16–0.18

Beet (Beta vulgaris) 0.12–0.61

Bell pepper (Capsicum annuum var. annuum) 0.12

Broccoli (Brassica oleracea, Italica group) 0.08

Brussels sprouts (Brassica oleracea, Gemmifera group) 0.25

Carrots (Daucus carota subspecies sativa) 0.14–0.73

Cucumber 0.66

Eggplant (Solanum melongena) 0.19–0.23

Kale (Brassica oleracea, Acephala group) 0.28

Kohlrabi (Brassica oleracea, Gongylodes group) 0.10

Leeks (Allium ampeloprasum, Porrum group) 0.13–0.14

Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) 0.24–0.55

Onion (Allium cepa) 0.17–0.43

Pak choi (Brassica rapa var. chinensis) 0.31–0.40

Peas (Pisum sativum var. macrocarpon) 0.10–0.19

Potato (Solanum tuberosum) 0.30

Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo) 1.26

Red radish (Raphanus sativus) 0.34

Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) 0.01–0.18

Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris, Cicla group) 0.45

Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) 0.52

Turnip (Brassica rapa) 1.36

Zucchini (Cucurbita pepo L.) 0.57–1.08

Source:  With kind permission from Springer Science+Business Media: Sowing Seeds in the City, How much can you grow? 

Quantifying yield in a community garden plot—One family's experience, 2016, 245–267, McGoodwin, M. et al.
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Archibald Campbell of Chatham, will build an elevator and mill at Toronto Junction, Ont.

Archibald Campbell of Chatham, will build an elevator and mill at Toronto Junction, Ont.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Backlot view of the Gardiner Exy rebuild site view of the con create casting sheds

Had to get quite far back  to get the sheds in photo that showed there size. You can use the required old mobile trailer home, which grown on very big Ontario construction site, they bloom bbq's in the early fall, it is said they grow from discarded beer bottles.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Montreal-based AGF Access Group has been selected by Ship tan Constructors to provide access equipment for the construe lon new twin-span stay-cable Sam Houston Ship Channel


Montreal-based AGF Access Group has been selected by Ship tan

Constructors to provide access equipment for the construe lon

new twin-span stay-cable Sam Houston Ship Channel

of the massive,

Bridge in Harris County, Texas. AGF Access Group's major projects

along with its Hydro Mobile and Winsafe manufacturing divisions,

developed a variety of standard and customized access solutions to be

used during the next six years of the bridges construction and demolition.

Hydro Rents, a company within the group, will supply 1 ,000 feet of stairs

to access both main pylons and the road deck at different locations;

two Raxtar temporary elevators, 525 feet high, for pylon and form work

access; four 90-foot custom-designed Hydro Mobile traveling gantries

for under-bridge deck operations including stay-cable installation and

finishing works; and eight specially adapted Winsafe suspended platforms

for pylon construction activities and stay cable installation. The access

equipment will improve the efficiency and safety of all workers during

the construction of the bridge. The current Ship Channel Bridge will

be replaced by two one-way bridges of four lanes each. The new Sam

Houston bridge will be 500 feet high, 1,800 feet long and have a total

of 128 stay-cables, making the bridge the sixth-longest main span in the

U.S. and the second-longest in Texas.

"Given our track record, and most recently with the execution of

several high-profile bridge projects including the new Champlain Bridge

in Montreal and the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York, we were in a

competitive position to offer these solutions under a single roof," said

Alex Di Domenico, vice- resident f

access solutions from one source 's reproojeoctcajhe ability to supply

nd efficient for the

customers overall project management."

"We are proud to fulfill the access needs for the Sam Houston

replacement bridge project," said Rick Harland, regional manager of

Hydro Rents. "We have provided equipment to major projects in Texas

before and fulfilled their needs with the same focus on safety and on time

execution true to the Hydro Rents reputation."

A2cess Group's deliveries are.scheduled for July 201 through

ry 020. The bridge will take SIX years to be completed with th

southbound bridge set for completion in 2021 and the

northbound bridge

in 2024.

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Alfred S. Rogers and the start of a cement company

The sales agent of Grey & Bruce was Alfred S. Rogers, a Toronto entrepreneur, who owned a number of companies, among them a fuel supply...