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Sesquicentennial Planning continues

The second meeting of the Mayor’s Task Force to plan events to celebrate the Sesquicentennial in 2017 is taking place on Wednesday, June 29 from 4:00- 5:45 at the Lion’s Beach Club House.  We had a great first meeting a month ago that resulted in brainstorming events for each month in 2017.

We are looking for people to help us plan and, in addition to those who are already involved, have opportunities for restaurant owners, church congregations , museum, Chamber of Commerce and members of the general public.

If you have a little time this Wednesday afternoon, come and join the planning for the biggest birthday party this century!  Canada is turning 150 in 2017.

And just so that you (who are old enough) can think back to 1967, here is the song that we all sang.

CA-NA-DA
(One little two little three Canadians)
We love thee
(Now we are twenty million)
CA-NA-DA
(Four little five little six little Provinces)
Proud and free
(Now we are ten and the Territories sea to sea)
(Chorus):
North south east west
There’ll be happy times,
Church Bells will ring, ring, ring
It’s the hundredth anniversary of
Confederation
Ev’rybody sing together!
((Repeat second chorus)
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Dentist to arrive in Westport by mid-July

As you are aware, we have been looking to recruit a dentist to the Village for the past year.  I just had a pleasant chat with the doctor who is setting up his practice at 41 Main St.

Dr Zulfar Moledina, a dental surgeon, with a large practice in Kanata can’t wait to work in our beautiful community. He hopes to open the doors by mid-July.  Dr Moledina was happy for me to share his bio with you (below).
This is great news!!!!!

Dr. Zulfar Moledina DDS

In 1989, I graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (D.D.S).

For over 27 years, I have been in practice in the Ottawa/Kanata area.  I am a long standing member of the following associations:  Ottawa Dental Society, Ontario Dental Association and the Canadian Dental Association.

I enjoy all aspects of Dentistry: however Orthodontics, Implants and Cosmetic Dentistry allow me to be creative and the results are very rewarding.

Outside of the office I enjoy traveling, golf, fitness programs, hiking and cycling.

Update – from the PORT to the FORT

I have heard from many of you asking how much we raised for FORT MAC yesterday? The street teams were out in force, the silent auction had 85 donations!, there was a steady line up of people lined up wanting to make donations directly to the Canadian Red Cross and other ways people gave.  I know that there is still money coming in from other initiatives that occurred yesterday, so you will need to wait for the final amount.  I can tell you that when I left the event at 10:00 last night, the amount was over $18,000.  WOW! WOW! WOW!  So stand by for the final amount, which will be doubled by the federal government.  Well done everyone and thank you.  You do it with PRIDE in our village, our community and our country!

UPDATE – Garbage Bags to Garbage Tags

At last night’s Council meeting the decision was made that, effective July 1, the large Westport garbage bags will no longer be available.  Garbage tags will be used on large clear garbage bags after that date.  You can continue to use large Westport garbage bags, if you have them after July 1, without attaching a tag.  Small Westport garbage bags will be available until 2018.  We are in discussions with three downtown Westport businesses and expect to announce in the next few days where the tags will be available for purchase after July 1.

So the good news is that we listened to your complaints to get rid of the garbage bags and to find locations with convenient operating hours where garbage tags could be purchased.  However, there is a price increase for the tags – they will cost $2.50 each.  I suspect some of you might wonder how changing to tags would result in a price increase, so here is some information that will help explain.
Our auditor strongly recommended that when we design/produce the tags, they be numbered sequentially.  This adds significantly to the cost of a tag – an additional 28%. We also heard from many people that we need to source out a tag that will stick to the bag, and not provide flimsy tags that come apart when applying them to the bags.  Thirdly, the garbage tags for the Township of Rideau Lakes are for sale in the Village for $2.50.  The Village needs to provide a similar priced product to avoid confusion at point of sale or the possibility of a lesser priced Westport tag being placed on a township garbage bag, which will either cause confusion in Portland or increase the cost of our garbage pick up.  Finally, the business owners need a small amount of compensation for selling Village garbage tags.
The Village will be putting out more detailed information in the next few weeks, however I wanted to update you on this decision of Council made at last night’s meeting.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Councillor of your choice or me @ 273-9195.

Hard Working Clean-Up Crew makes a Huge Difference

Thank you to all the volunteers who came out yesterday morning and raked, swept and bagged garbage and leaves from the streets and island.  A particularly strong shout out to the Baptist Church “Odd Job” squad who tackled the important, but smelly, job of cleaning up the shoreline on the island and to Chris and Beth who picked up all of the garbage bags.  To everyone who helped or cheered us on – PRIDE in our community is our motto.