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Senior Of The Week

Our senior of the week this week is Walter Stewart who celebrated his 89th birthday on September 17th. Born in Toronto, Walter has 3 children and 8 grandchildren. Happy Birthday Walter!

MP Gary Schellenberger announces his retirement

Gary Schellenberger, Member of Parliament for Perth—Wellington announced yesterday that he will not seek re-election in the 42nd General Election.

MP Schellenberger issued the following statement:

It is with a heavy heart that I announce I will not seek re-election in 2015. I would like to thank the people of Perth—Middlesex for first electing me in the 2003 by-election and the people of Perth—Wellington for re-electing me in four general elections. It has been the greatest honour and privilege to serve and represent you.

I would like to thank my wife Judy, my family, my staff and my local riding association for all the support they have given me over these eleven years. I would also like to thank Prime Minister Stephen Harper for his dedicated leadership and commitment to Canada. I feel very fortunate to have served in the Conservative caucus. Lastly, I would like to thank my many colleagues in the House of Commons over the past eleven years”.

MP Schellenberger will be retiring to spend more time with his family but will remain an active community member in Perth—Wellington and Huron County, where the Schellenbergers have a family cottage.

Chimney to be removed from Town Hall – Work may force Community Players out

Town Council made the decision on Tuesday to remove the chimney and not repair it which was the Town staff’s original recommendation. Coun. Bill Osborne questioned the cost associated with repair versus removal and he was told that there would be savings of $20,000 if the chimney was removed. Marsh Construction Consulting Inc. who will be doing the work said that they would have removed the stone and numbered each one to be replaced in the same order. The length of the project will depend on the weather but they emphasized that no public will be allowed into the Town Hall until the work is completed. Because of this if the work is not finished before the Community Players start their upcoming play, they may have to find an alternative location. Council voted in favour of not replacing the chimney at a cost of $89,000 plus $25,000 for the scaffolding. The work is set to begin this Monday.

Help the St. Marys Youth Centre Kickstart Cadzow Park! – Vote daily AvivaCommunityFund.org beginning September 29!

Aviva Canada, one of the country’s leading providers of home, automobile, recreational vehicle, group and business insurance, is launching their 6th annual Community Fund campaign. The St. Marys Youth Centre, in partnership with the Town of St. Marys, has enthusiastically entered the competition seeking funds to help build a new inclusive playground at Cadzow Park.

Cadzow Park, rich in history and serving the community since 1926, is also home to the St. Marys Museum. The gift of funding to Cadzow Park would provide playground equipment for the recreation and enjoyment of the entire community. The existing 20 year old playground equipment (the swings are original and over a century old!) is still used daily despite its physical size and visible limitations.

Beginning September 29, Canadian voters, through an on-line campaign, will determine 120 semi-finalists in three qualifying rounds of voting. 30 great ideas, projects and initiatives will qualify for the finals of the Aviva Community Fund in December. A group of 10 finalists, guaranteed to receive at least $5,000 each, will be selected to receive grand prize funding to help bring their idea or project to fruition. The winners will be selected by a panel of independent judges, after millions of votes are cast by Canadians, over 3 rounds of competition September through December. A total of $1,000,000 will be shared among selected projects throughout Canada. Winners will be announced January 27, 2015.

Launched in September 2009, the Aviva Community Fund encourages Canadians to share ideas and vote online at AvivaCommunityFund.org for causes that are meaningful to their communities. After several rounds of voting to identify Canada’s favourite ideas a panel of judges are tasked with reviewing the causes and selecting the winners. Over the past five years, a total of over $4.5 million through 91 community and charity groups has been donated.

All that we ask of you is to support the project through daily voting. The ideas with the most votes will move onto a qualifying round where the project could be eligible for more funding. But to get to that stage, we are simply asking for you to log-on and vote for this idea.

Daily voting begins Monday, September 29 for only 2 weeks!!!

Join us at www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf19547 for a direct link to Kickstart Cadzow Park voting page. You will receive a friendly reminder, by email each day, during the competition. Please forward to your friends.