Early snowfall turns thoughts to the Christmas season and events

Early snowfall turns thoughts to the Christmas season and events

Augusta Matters by Mayor Doug Malanka

This Friday, November 15th, 2019 the annual Light Up the Night parade organized by the Prescott Fire Department takes place.  The Parade begins at 7 pm leaving from the South Grenville District High School parking lot and proceeds along Edward Street south down to King Street then heads west.  While Augusta Township has entered floats and vehicles in the past Parades, the Township’s entry this year is being organized by Augusta Township’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC).  YAC is made up of youth 12-17 years old that live in Augusta Township. They build leadership skills and learn about local government while working as a team to collaborate with the Township on events, programs and other initiatives that matter to younger residents. While I don’t have all the details on their entry, I am aware that it will involve me and Deputy Mayor Jeff Shaver in a “penalty box”.  See you there – Should be fun!

Residents are reminded that this is the 30th anniversary of the Kinsmen Club of Prescott’s Spirit of Giving campaign.  The Spirit of Giving campaign is a Christmas tradition that began at South Grenville District High School thirty years ago and is now carried on by the Kinsmen Club of Prescott.  The annual program assists people of all ages in Augusta, Edwardsburgh/Cardinal and Prescott and I understand the Kinsmen annually distribute about 330 gift baskets to needy families and elderly at Christmas.  Residents of Augusta who would like to receive a Spirit of Giving hamper that includes turkey dinner foods as well as non-perishables (and toys for youngsters and the elderly, when applicable) are required to register in advance.  Registration takes place on Wednesday November 27, Thursday November 28, Friday November 29, Monday December 2 and Tuesday December 3rd, 1-3 at 1st floor town hall in Prescott on Dibble Street.  Residents wishing to make a contribution, can place food donations in the many Kinsmen Spirit of Giving collection barrels in local schools and businesses or make a monetary donation.  Money donations should be made out to the Spirit of Giving Campaign and mailed to the Kinsmen at Box 1150, Prescott, ON K0E 1T0. Tax receipts are available. In addition, South Grenville students will pitch in by going door to door collecting non-perishable items in communities throughout the area in the fall. Also, students and town officials will collect non-perishable items and monetary donations along the Santa Claus parade route at the Light Up the Night parade in Prescott on Friday night.  I urge everyone to help in this year’s campaign.

Finally, Augusta Township residents should take notice that our Overnight Parking Restrictions go into effect this Friday, November 15.  According to By-Law 3136-2014, No person shall park a vehicle between the hours of 2300 hours (11:00 p.m.) to 0700 hours (7:00 a.m.) during the period from November 15 to March 31 inclusive upon any roadway under the jurisdiction of the Township of Augusta.  With the recent snow, your early cooperation will be appreciated.