Alexan­dria’s 200th

The Glengarry News - - News - BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON News Staff

If Mon­day night's coun­cil meet­ing was any in­di­ca­tion, North Glen­garry Town­ship will likely bankroll a planned 200th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion for Alexan­dria.

County Ar­chiv­ist Al­lan Mac­Don­ald, who spoke on the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee's be­half, told coun­cil that the cel­e­bra­tion slated for 2019 would have three phases. There would be a gala on Feb. 9 at the Glen­garry Sports Palace, a pic­to­rial his­tory un­veil­ing on March 21, and a gi­ant bar­be­cue on June 29, again at the Sports Palace.

Re­gard­ing the pic­to­rial his­tory, Mr. Mac­Don­ald says that Alexan­dria doesn't have a book that de­tails its his­tory. “It's a glar­ing omis­sion that has to be ad­dressed,” he said after not­ing that Maxville, Wil­liamstown, and Ap­ple Hill have their own pub­lished his­to­ries.

Mr. Mac­Don­ald said that the Glen­garry Archives, which he op­er­ates, has many high qual­ity pho­to­graphs that could go in the Alexan­dria book. He added that com­mit­tee vol­un­teers could spend some time can­vass­ing the com­mu­nity to see if any­one else had any images that could ap­pear in the book.

All in all, the three-part cel­e­bra­tion, as well as ad­ver­tis­ing, will likely cost just more than $30,000. Mr. Mac­Don­ald says he ar­rived at the fig­ure after con­sult­ing in­dus­try sup­pli­ers and or­ga­niz­ers of last year's Maxville 125 cel­e­bra­tion. Although he ex­pects the costs will be re­cov­ered, he's hop­ing North Glen­garry will see fit to lend some cap­i­tal to the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee.

“We're ask­ing for a max­i­mum of $25,000 over two fis­cal years to cover var­i­ous startup costs,” he said, adding that cater­ers and other ser­vice sup­pli­ers would need a de­posit be­fore com­mit­ting to a date. “Best ef­forts will be made to en­sure that North Glen­garry is fully re­im­bursed from in­com­ing rev­enues.”

Although coun­cil didn't com­mit on Mon­day night, at least three mem­bers were vo­cal about their sup­port for the cel­e­bra­tion. Mayor Chris McDonell said, “I think we can bankroll you.”

Coun­cil­lor Jeff Man­ley was more ef­fu­sive in his praise. “This sounds like a great ini­tia­tive and a great idea,” he said. “It's great that you started this so far in ad­vance.”

“I agree,” said Coun­cil­lor Carma Wil­liams. “I think it's go­ing to be a won­der­ful cel­e­bra­tion.”

Mr. Mac­Don­ald said that Alexan­dria res­i­dent Michelle Daprato will chair the bi­cen­ten­nial com­mit­tee.

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