A bigger better Bikefest is scheduled for September

Committee seats at counties The changing of the warden’s seat on the United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) council at the end of every year includes a changeover in the makeup of the different committees and other representative positions for the UCPR. As the new warden, Mayor Guy Desjardins of Clarence- Rockland will sit on all of the counties commit- tees and also represent the UCPR at the Eastern Ontario Wardens Caucus. The following mayors serving as chairs for the UCPR’s main review com- mittees are Mayor Jeanne Charlebois of Hawkes- bury for economic development and tourism, Champlain Township Mayor Gary Barton for Pres- cott-Russell Home, Russell Township Mayor Pierre Leroux for emergency services, Mayor Fernand Dicaire of Alfred-Plantagenet Township for social services, The Nation Mayor François St-Amour for public works, and East Hawkesbury Mayor Robert Kirby for planning and forestry. Casselman Mayor Conrad Lamadeleine will represent UCPR council on the Larose Forest committee, Charlebois on the accessibility advisory committee, and Kirby and Barton on the agriculture advisory commit- tee. Lamadeleine will also represent the UCPR to the Source Protection Authority and the Eastern Ontario Water Resources Committee (EOWRC). Mayors St-Amour, Leroux and Dicaire will all represent UCPR interests at the South Nation Conservation Authority while Leroux will also co-represent the counties to the EOWRC. Mayor St-Amour is the counties representative to the Municipal Advisory Committee of the Algonquin Land Claim and also co-represents with Mayor Charlebois UCPR interests to the Prescott-Russell Tourism Association. Mayors Barton and Kirby will occupy the UCPR chairs at the Eastern Ontario Health Unit meetings. – Gregg Chamberlain


and only on the Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. He also stated that if the road was

an event would be in demand and organi- zers were quite surprised to see the turnout

of more than 1,500motorcycles and more than 2,000 people in a single day. “We firmly believe that this event will be even bigger than the last,” said Charlebois. “If everything is well organized ahead with a good plan, it will be a success and will be called upon to grow fromyear to year.” Council voted and agreed the best course of action for the event would be to close the roads. Money raised from the event will go toward the Hawkesbury General Hospital Foundation for their fundraising campaign. Planning is still in the begin-

Hawkesbury council agreed to the road closures of John Street and Main Street during the se- cond annual Bikefest scheduled for September 2 and 3, followed by the annual Hawkesbury Auto Show on September 4. Yves Charlebois fromGoulet Motor Sports presented a plan to hold a second Bikefest exten- ding the event for two days on the same weekend as the Auto Show. The Hawkesbury Busi- ness Improvement Area (BIA), or Comzac, has given the event its full support. Some council members were concerned about traffic and safety if John Street is closed during the event and did not approve closing the road for last year’s event. “I am completely

Yves Charlebois fromGoulet Motor Sports presented a plan to hold a second Bikefest in September, extending the event to two days.

ning stages, however some of the activities being discussed are games throughout the event, camping area available, music, a dinner on the Saturday night, and fireworks to wrap things up. The BIA said it is confident that this event combined with the Hawkesbury Auto Show will benefit many businesses throughout the town of Hawkesbury and will become a signature event every year.

ok with the Bikefest,” said Council member Johanne Portelance. “My problem is with closing John Street for people coming from other places.” Charlebois assured the council that the road would only be closed from the lights at the bottom of the bridge to Main Street

not closed it would create more of a traffic problem than closing it. Charlebois stated that last year’s event, on September 5, was evenmore successful than anticipated and felt that this year’s event would be even more successful. The first Bikefest was held as a test to see if such

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