Sunday, June 7, 2015

Sunday June 7, 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen

The eyes of Ontario will be on Midland this week. We will host a major reception for the Pan Am torch as it passes through our community.  This week-end also sees the “world famous” butter tart festival. And the new Hanson development project along Hwy 12 has started promoting their Little Lake site with a full page ad in the Toronto Star – take a look at Get ready for our visitors.

Monday June 8th starts with a different kind of event. The Midland “smoke eaters” will visit SS Keewatin in Port McNicoll at 9:00 am (weather permitting) and using their aerial fire truck affix ropes on the masts to allow Keewatin to once again fly her flags. Should be exciting!

At 6:00 pm we come back to earth with a series of meetings at Town Hall.  It begins with a closed meeting to consider matters of land acquisition and solicitor client privilege. At 7:00 pm is the June General Committee covering a number of interesting topics:
-       A discussion and direction on having backyard fires and when fireworks can be set off in the Town. (Too many puns come to mind so I shall refrain)
-       A discussion and direction on our Clean Yards By-law. Do we need new measures to encourage residents to better maintain their yards for the good of the community?
-       Direction and dates will be given for the 2016 budget process
-       The food concession at NSSRC is now being provided by an outside party. Tonight we find out who that will be
After the General Committee there will be a Special Council meeting to grant permission to staff to apply for a Canada 150 grant.

On Tuesday June 9th I will be at County for the regular Council meeting. At 5:30 pm you are invited down to the Boathouse restaurant for the annual Big Bike charity ride for Heart and Stroke.

Wednesday the 10th features a must attend event as the Pan Am torch run comes to Midland. If you are one of the first 500 to arrive early (the NSSRC site opens at noon) you will receive a free Pachi doll, the Pan Am mascot. There will be entertainment, speeches and a proud moment when Midland’s own Adam Dixon presents the torch at about 1:15 pm. You are most welcome to be part of history being made in Midland.

Thursday the 11th will see me back at the County for the second day of strategic planning. In a lighter vein you are invited to a special fundraising Wine and Dine event for We are the Villagers at 5:00 pm at the Library restaurant. Chef Jeff Cote organizes the four course feast. He will be accompanied by a sommelier to demystify the wine parings. For tickets call 1-855-528-5252.  


-       Butter Tart festival downtown all day. This year an impressive 80,000 butter tarts are to be sold. Look for a lot of creativity.
-       1:30 pm the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets 32nd annual year-end review at NSSRC

-       The Butter Tart Trot takes place starting at the Town dock at 8:00 am. Features;
8:30 am Sweet Tarts - kids 6 and under 1 km
9:30 am Mini tarts kids - 7-13   2.5 km
10:15 am – King and Queen of Tarts – adults  5 km
For information call Irene Parker at 322-3589
-       11:00 am Alzheimer walk at Tiffin House

Gord McKay

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