Dangerous crossings HAWKESBURY | For decades, pedestrians have been crossing Hawkesbury’s Main Street at almost any spot they choose. Even if they are far from any official side- walk, walkers are confident that when they step into the street, drivers will stop and yield to pedestrians. community. But the custom is also dangerous. Over the past three years, there have been 11 accidents in town that have result- ed in injuries to pedestrians and cyclists. The absence of legal crosswalks has prompted warnings from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, which has cau- tioned the municipality that it is compro- mising the safety of pedestrians by failing to proper, clearly-marked crosswalks. 3 PLACES, TEMPS PLEIN , POUR 0-5 ANS. FAITES-VITE ! On en prend soin 24 h sur 24 • 7 jours sur 7 Maison de répit et d’amusement pour 0-13 ans DES BASSES LAURENTIDES ET DE L’EST ONTARIEN Une alternative aux services de garde. UN ENDROIT SAIN ET SÉCURITAIRE POUR LES 0-13 ANS DÉPANNAGE DE DERNIÈRE MINUTE, IMPRÉVU, RÉPIT (avec ouverture de dossier, service sur appel en semaine et sur réservation les fins de semaine) The practice has become a tradition, giv- ing the town a cachet as being a friendly

sures would have to be carefully studied, considering the budgetary implications and the fact that parking spots will be lost. 397 accidents Main Street, Hawkesbury has been the scene of 397 motor vehicle accidents of all sorts between August 15, 2009 and August 15, 2012, related Constable Pierre Dubois. SAVE THESE DATES Plant and Produce Auction TheVankleekHillandDistrictHorticultural Society holds a Plant and ProduceAuction Thursday, September 20 at the Vankleek Hill Community Centre Hall. Perennials, bulbs, house plants, veggies, etc. Doors open at 6 p.m.; auction starts at 7 p.m. A fund-raising dinner is being organized by the Friends of Feral Cats in Hawkes- bury September 8 from 5 p.m. to midnight at the Knights of Columbus hall on Wil- liam Street. The “Spay-ghetti and no balls” supper will be followed by dancing to the music of “Revolt,” a classic rock band. For information, contact Patricia Bracelin, , http://friendsof- or 613-632-3467. Calumet Library Sale The Calumet library will hold its 9th an- nual bake sale September 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Centre Paul-Bougie, 414 Principale, Calumet. For information, call Judy Smith, 613-636-0601. Elvis Tribute An Elvis concert, starring Elvis tribute artist Stephen Goodberry, will be held September 9 at 1:30 p.m. at the Grenville community centre. The show is hosted by the Argenteuil United Church Pastoral Charge of Lachute, Grenville and Cush- ing. For tickets, 450-562-8365, 562-2524 or 562-4722. Info: Monika (613-678-6603). Feral cat group fund-raiser

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The situation has prompted the town to take steps to install new crosswalks, and to reduce the town’s exposure to potential liti- gation. The installation of nine new crosswalks, including seven on Main, is being studied by the municipality. Such a move would require some money and a public education drive, observed Public Works Superintendent Gérald Camp- bell in a memo to town council. According to information provided by Hawkesbury Ontario Provincial Police Staff Sergeant Wayne Morris, since 2009, there have been 32 accidents with injuries in town, including 24 on Main. Of this total, eight pedestrians were hurt and three cy- clists were injured. Campbell has presented two options. Installing lights at crosswalks would be pricey – each set of lights would $10,000 to $15,000. The other, cheaper alternative would be to delineate crosswalks with lu- minous pots. The detachment has stressed that once the new crossings have been in- stalled, police would initiate a public infor- mation blitz. New crosswalks would be created on MainWest at Kipling and Geneviève, and on Main East at James, Race, William, Hamp- den and Mary. New crossings are also ear- marked for Lansdowne and Hamilton and at Cécile Boulevard and Laurier Street. Campbell advised council that the mea-

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