By Lloyd Ferguson, Ancaster counillor
It has been an inconvenience for many over the past two summers, for sure, but the infrastructure enhancements to Wilson Street are a sign of pride in preserving the look of Ancaster for both residents and visitors.
And in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005), the use of urban Braille and heritage stone in the boulevards between Church and Academy ensures it will be enjoyed by everyone for years to come. I know the beginning of September is a busy time for families travelling this route – along with school buses – but the contractor is working diligently on maintaining safety during the construction process and is on schedule to be done and gone by mid-September.
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I want to congratulate the organizers and volunteers of the third annual TD Festival of Friends on a successful three-day event earlier this month. With approximately 200,000 people taking in the various performances, we’ve learned over the years how to manage the increased traffic along Wilson Street into the Ancaster Fairgrounds. We still have some work to do around posting no-parking signs along Highway 52 and Wilson and Claybar Streets, but everything went well and concert-goers seemed to have enjoyed themselves.
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The Ancaster Senior Achievement Centre is hosting its annual golf tournament on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Oak Gables Golf Course. Proceeds of the event will go towards the centre’s $1.75-million redevelopment that is currently underway with an anticipated completion date of March 2014. For more information, or to register for the Expansion 2013 Golf Tournament, please call Shirley at 905-648-1023.
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I also want to say that I look forward to finally representing residents on the City of Hamilton Police Services Board (HPSB), after some procedure wrangling over the past few months that has seen a delay in getting on with the business of police governance. I believe my previous management experience will prove beneficial in restoring relations between city council and the HPSB.
With fall weather approaching, and people spending time in their yards doing gardening and enjoying the last of hot, sunny days, we are reminded by police that there has been a spike in residential break-ins and car thefts this summer. The Hamilton Police Service has a few simple steps we can all take to help prevent a break and enter of your home:
• Ensure doors and accessible windows are locked when you are outside in your backyard;
• Never store ladders against the exterior of your house as this can provide access to windows that are otherwise inaccessible;
• Keep your vehicle locked and all valuables removed from it;
• Remember to remove your electronic garage-door opener from your car;
• Report suspicious people or activities in your neighbourhood to police immediately, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
The Hamilton Police Service Auxiliary Branch provides free home-security audits that can educate homeowners against potential break and enters and provide practical recommendations. Call 905-546-4900.