Ghost­ly chil­ls at Hud­son Haun­ted Tour

Re­si­dents win cau­tious vic­to­ry

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300 homes would have been on the hook for half the $2.3 mil­lion bill. Re­si­dents said they were not consul­ted be­fore the Town Coun­cil adop­ted the by-law ear­lier this month.

And, as some no­ted, the es­ti­ma­ted cost was far from fi­nal.

“That was on­ly the en­gi­neers’ es­ti­ma­ted price, the cost could have gone up by who knows how much,” no­ted Pam Sid­hu-Ma­hal, who has li­ving in the af­fec­ted area for the past five years.

But Sid­hu-Ma­hal, who hel­ped spea­rhead an in­for­ma­tion ef­fort sur­roun­ding the by­law that led to last week’s pu­blic mee­ting, ad­mits not eve­ryone is hap­py with the re­ver­sal.

“Some people are bla­ming us but as far as I’m concer­ned the loan by-law as­king us to pay 50% is what is being abo­li­shed. The ex­ten­sion of An­dréC­har­trand is still up for dis­cus­sion,” she said.

And she says she has Mayor Pi­lon’s word on that.

“I spoke with him Friday and he said to put to­ge­ther a com­mit­tee (of re­si­dents) to come up with al­ter­nate so­lu­tions and then come to him. So that’s what we’re going to do.... We did not want to have this pro­ject can­cel­led. We just didn’t want to pay for half of it,” she in­sis­ted.

The Ri­vière-de-la-Ci­té re­si­dents ad­di­tio­nal­ly content they want the town to al­ter its prac­tice of as­king on­ly cer­tain areas of town to pay for what they consi­der ma­jor in­fra­struc­tures be­ne­fit­ting all.

Get rea­dy for thril­ls, chil­ls and more than a few things going bump in the night as the Town of Hud­son hosts its an­nual Haun­ted Vil­lage Tour Sa­tur­day. The event, for chil­dren and adults, will in­clude horse and wa­gon tours of some of Hud­son’s most ee­ri­ly pos­ses­sed es­ta­blish­ments and land­marks in­clu­ding the Willow Inn, which has long been a ru­mou­red home to some ghost­ly guests. Tour guides will ac­com­pa­ny thrill see­kers eve­ry step of the way. The event will start at the Ste­phen F. Shaar Com­mu­ni­ty Centre, lo­ca­ted at 394 Main Rd., at 4 p.m. on Sa­tur­day, Oct. 27. A Witch’s Brew Cafe, an art kiosk, a sto­ry tel­ling den and more will be si­tua­ted at the com­mu­ni­ty centre. Tours, which will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., will depart from the com­mu­ni­ty centre eve­ry 10 mi­nutes for the Vil­lage Tour. A shut­tle bus will depart eve­ry 15 mi­nutes from the same lo­ca­tion for the Haun­ting of the Willow Inn Tour. Ti­ckets, $2 for chil­dren and $4 for adults, will be avai­lable at the door. For in­for­ma­tion call 450 458-6699.


A fun but ee­rie Haun­ted Vil­lage Tour of Hud­son will take place Sa­tur­day eve­ning.

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