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Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson’s column

Congratulations Al Gordon, Frank Ernest, Bill Grahlman and Julian D’Angela for being among four recipients of Hamilton’s 19th Annual Senior of the Year Awards, held June 24 at a sold-out gala at Michelangelo’s Conference Centre.

I want to express the appreciation of all Ancaster residents for the work these gentlemen have done over the years to improve the quality of life in all sectors of our community.

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I’m also pleased to report that the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board has accepted the City of Hamilton’s offer to purchase Memorial School in the village core, with a closing date of Sept. 15, 2014.

Our vision for this property includes overflow parking on Wilson Street for village-core shoppers, an arts centre and theatre, seniors’ housing and perhaps an outdoor skating rink. The next step in this legacy project for Ancaster is to engage a consultant to create a conceptual plan and then seeking community input.

With so many projects having been accomplished that address infrastructure, sports, recreation and historical nature — re-development of Ancaster Square, heritage restoration of Hammill House as the new home to Ancaster Minor Sports Association offices, renovations to Tisdale House for new Police Museum and Community Policing Centre, new spray pad in Village Green Park, along with new clubhouses for lawn bowling and tennis, and the Ancaster Senior Achievement Centre — it is time to focus on the arts and culture aspects of our community and this project at Memorial School is an exciting time.

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Speaking of lawn bowling, the new clubhouse was turned over to Ancaster Lawn Bowling last Friday. Congratulations to those involved in bringing it to fruition.

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I want to apologize to families for the untimely malfunction of the new spray pad over the Canada Day long weekend – the hottest of the year – but fortunately crews worked diligently to bring it back in operation on July 3 at no cost to residents as repairs were covered by warranty.

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The Old Town Hall is also undergoing foundation repairs for the next two months so it is not available for rentals until September.

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Finally, I want to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable rest of the summer.

As always, if you need to reach me for any reason, please contact my office at City Hall at 905-546-2704.

You can also contact me by e-mail at Lloyd.Ferguson@hamilton.ca.

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