Come out to Visions of Sugar Plums, Dec. 15
McKellar Economic Development Committee Vision Part 3 (condensed from original)
Marketing is key. This would require a full-time agent through township support. With growth comes need for town core space, housing full-time retail, manufacturing and product development. Strong public opposition to commercializing Minerva Park encourages that timely consideration be given the existing municipal yard where growing needs and equipment of the township could outgrow the land capacity requiring possibly shifting its location to a less economically strategic site. A very dynamic and highly functioning entrance to the village centre skirted by Minerva Park Farmers Market opposite a parking friendly retail centre sporting “Signature McKellar” and the facade of the existing historic buildings overlooking boat accessible water would create a very tasteful and economically vibrant entrance to the village and provide opportunities for local citizens and increase the draw to our area.
The EDC has begun exploring other future site possibilities for commercial development in the township, the township owning pieces of land away from the waterfront and “image” locations. Our long term thinking requires zoning changes that might support, for example, an abattoir and close by freezer facilities thereby cutting down local and present transportation costs and expanding retail opportunity to local producers.
A possible seniors’ apartment facility consideration for McKellar is another concept where we could keep our elders in the community and relieve some of the pressure from Parry Sound, keep families together, ease the stress and expense of caregiving, provide construction jobs for local builders, provide full-time care givers and grounds maintenance workers jobs, and develop a public transportation system to Parry Sound. With potential expansion of our local fire hall and with this, considering relocating, could provide land use for a senior’s facility.
The EDC has begun exploring other future site possibilities for commercial development in the township looking at the potential of municipal land, road allowances, and private sites. As a member of REDAC this process is being undertaken in a broader search of area municipality land and building potential. The third avenue that needs to be explored is grants. As a community are we eligible for community incentive grants? Are our local businesses eligible for any incentive grants? A concerted effort needs to be put into researching the criteria required for such possibilities, both for the township and for private enterprise.
The entire community is encouraged to be involved. Everything that betters the quality of life in McKellar creates opportunities for economic development. Encouraging participation on various committees and partnering between committees will ensure success.
For the complete paper that EDC members developed over seven months one can go to the Manitouwabing Lake Community Association (MLCA) at http://www.mlca.ca/
Hurdville Hall Club
On Friday, Dec. 7 the hall will have their Christmas party and gift exchange. The gift exchange will start at 6 p.m. with potluck to follow.
It would be appreciated if each member could bring a non-perishable food item, and in lieu of Christmas cards a $2 gift donation is requested. At 7 p.m. a representative from the Salvation Army will arrive to collect both food and money donations.
Visions of Sugar Plums
The McKellar Historical Committee presents Visions of Sugar Plums (A Celebration of Christmas Past) at the McKellar Community Centre from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec 15. This Heritage Christmas event recreates the traditions and culture surrounding the treats of Christmas in the early 1900’s and will begin in the Heritage Room followed by a festive social in the multi-purpose room of the community centre.
With the purchase of tickets obtained at the township office; cost is $15 or two for $25, with limited ticket availability, one will receive a map and invitation to the Volunteer Christmas Kitchen Tour from 1 to 3 p.m. visiting six McKellar private kitchens creating ‘Visions of Sugar Plums’. Come and join the committee for what we hope will become an annual fun filled event.
McKellar United Church
With Advent’s approach there are some seasonal dates to consider. In conjunction with the McKellar and Dunchurch Lions Club, both local churches (Dunchurch and McKellar) once again will be collecting toys and non perishable food to be dropped off at church services by Dec16. Please help our less fortunate local neighbours through your generosity.
It is always a joy to hear the Children’s Christmas Concert. On Dec. 16 at McKellar United Church, beginning at 9:30 a.m., become part of the audience as the children perform. Later that evening, between 7 to 8 p.m., join us in the singing of Christmas carols, both traditional and non-traditional.
On December 24, Christmas Eve, at 7 p.m. and at McKellar United Church, the combined congregations are invited to a service celebrating Jesus’ birth.
December 30 at 9:30 a.m., both congregations are invited to attend church services conducted by the Worship Committee. All are welcome.
The Parry Sound Singers will hold their second Christmas concert on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m., at the McKellar Community Centre.
McKellar Pioneer College
January 19: Eating Healthy Food on a Budget that Won’t Bite Back. The cost for the class is $25 and runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Coming in spring 2013: March – Rush weaving or caning a chair seat; and July – Paper making times and dates to be announced. You can pre-register with the township office 705-389-2842.
The Pioneer College needs a volunteer co-ordinator for the school. Please contact Wave Weir at 705-389-9847.
McKellar Sunshine Club
McKellar Sunshine Club euchre winners on Thursday, Nov. 29 were: first, Dennis Buckingham; second, Tom Herbert; and third, Jean Broderick. Bev Church won for most lone hands.
Carpet bowling winners were Carol Moir, Maria Fedchak, Dennis and Margaret Hutchinson. The meeting on Thursday, Dec. 6 will begin with a potluck lunch, followed by euchre and carpet bowling at 12:45 p.m. The December 13 meeting will begin with cards and bowling at 1 p.m. and Christmas dinner will be served about 4 p.m.
Parry Sound and District Horticultural Society hosted its annual Christmas Design Show on Wednesday Nov. 28.
The awards for best designs were as follows: for youth 6 to 9, MacKenzie Stewart; youth 10 to 13, Megan Morrison; artistic design-beginner, Leona Kennedy; artistic design-intermediate, Kathy Morrison and artistic design-experienced, Karen Rush.
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