Anniversary stories

Hail to the chief

FINCH | South Nation Conservation is in- viting creative participation from resi- dents of the watershed to help celebrate its 65 th anniversary this year. “We were looking for a concept that would create a lasting memento of the an- niversary, while reflecting the character of both the region we serve and the people within it,” said Angela Coleman, SNC Direc- tor of Communications. “We came up with the idea of a book of short stories about life along the river and tributaries of the South Nation River, writ- ten by residents, from first-hand experienc- es. We’re hoping to compile the book and release it by the end of the year. The soft- cover publication will contain 150 to 250 pages, Coleman explained. Submissions of 1,500 to 2,000 words are encouraged. The content will be primarily stories with pos- sibly some photos displayed throughout. While some editing will occur, for ease of readability, interested participants don’t have to be professional writers, although they’re welcome as well. Nor do they have to be lifelong residents of the watershed. “The impressions of relative newcomers are equally interesting. By word of mouth, we have about twenty submissions so far and content is excellent.” To date, submis- sions are varied in both topic and author. In reviewing the submissions, it is interesting how authors describe changes in the River, as well as the lifestyles of local people over time. So far, authors range in age from over 90 to under 20 years of age, which invites a range of perspectives and experiences. While the story structure isn’t set in stone, Coleman described a typical scenario that would have writers describe their connec- tion with the South Nation River or one of its tributaries. They would also provide some personal background and relate one or more specific anecdotes about their ex- periences on or around a particular water- way. Submissions are welcomed by: email: ; fax: 613-984-2872; or regular mail: 38 Victoria Street, Box 29, Finch ON, K0C 1K0. Typed or hand written submissions are equally acceptable. The deadline for submissions is October 26, 2012.

New CAO Jean-Yves Carrier

Photo Richard Mahoney

Long-time Vankleek Hill Fire Chief Bruce Barton was thanked for his many years of service by a group of town residents during an open house held Saturday at the fire hall as part of Fire Prevention Week activities. A volunteer fire fighter for more than 45 years, Barton is retiring at the end of the year. He will be saluted during the Firemen’s Ball November 3. Sewage money boosts Hawkesbury surplus HAWKESBURY | The search for a new chief administrative officer in Hawkes- bury formally ended this week when council appointed Jean-Yves Carrier, of Orléans, to succeed Normand Beaulieu. Carrier fills the post that has been vacant since Beaulieu was let go in May. Carrier begins his new job November 5. In a press release, the municipality says: “Mr. Carrier has been given full consider- ation for his qualities of leadership and unifier as well as his personal value of trust and respect. His 30 years of experi- ence in management at the federal level, including an officer’s career in the Cana- dian forces and at municipal level, particu- larly with the services of urban transport of the City of Ottawa, will certainly bring an important contribution to the Town of Hawkesbury.” He has also worked as project manager with Trapeze, of Mississauga. “The Mayor and the members of the committee of selection have confirmed that Mr. Carrier distinguished himself by his capacity to be creative and maintain good relations with the people surround- ing him such as the employees, his col- leagues and the Town Council. The ca- pacity of Mr. Carrier to think in a strategic manner will become an asset for the fu- ture development of the Town of Hawkes- bury.” HAWKESBURY | The town of Hawkesbury has once again recorded a large surplus. And once again the figure has been in- flated by grants awarded for sewage treatment improvements. In 2010, the town of Hawkesbury record- ed a surplus of almost $3 million, eclipsing the $818,901 cushion it had in 2009. In 2011, the municipality had another huge surplus -- $6,019,475. However, the big reason for this black ink is the $6.7 million the town has received from the federal and Ontario governments to improve its sewage treatment facility. Last year, the Ontario government pro- vided $3,395,350 while Ottawa contrib- uted $3,419,638 to the job. The additional revenue is part of the $24 million the province and the federal gov- ernment are paying towards the $36 mil-

lion overhaul of the plant on Main Street, explains acting treasurer Francine Tessier. Government funds are paid out as the town pays expenses related to the work that is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2013. Without that funding, the municipality wouldhave recorded a $796,911 deficit, re- sulting from expenditures of $17,885,132 and revenues of $17,088,220. Last year, tax revenues increased from $8,398,342 to $8,450,956 while user fees dropped from $5,864,715 to $5,651,756. Major expenditures include protec- tion to persons and property, $6,179,606, ($5,568,068 in 2010); streets, $3,019,095 ($2,619,556 in 2010); environmental ser- vices $4,829,996 ($4,908,683 in 2010); rec- reation and cultural services, $1,774,676 ($1,701,044 in 2010); general administra- tion, $1,571,668 ($1,529,747 in 2010).

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