BY STEVEN WARBURTON
Staff The tenth anniversary edition of the Maxville MusicFest will be the most Glengarry-centric one yet with all four acts coming directly from Glengarry or its immediate outskirts.
The festival kicks off on Friday, May 11, when Dunvegan native Kelli Trottier and her band, the Mushy Peas, take the stage at Maxville United Church at 7:30 p.m.
Known as a triple threat – she sings, stepdances, and plays the fiddle – Ms. Trottier was featured as the lead female in the Toronto musical production SwingStep and is currently touring North America with the Bowfire entourage. Her soaring vocal pieces are, for many fans, a highlight of the Bowfire productions, often described as “The finest lineup of fiddle and violin virtuosi ever assembled on one stage.” Saturday, May 12, there will be two concerts. At 3 p.m., St. Michael’s and All Angels Anglican Church hosts the County Lads – a trio comprised of Avonmore brothers Alex and Hamish McDonald and Williamstown resident Nolan Laframboise.
Formed in 2015, the group has quickly become a popular selection for anyone wanting to add a little Celtic flair to their fair, wedding, house party, or fundraiser.
Later, at 7:30 p.m., St. James Roman Catholic Church hosts its traditional Celtic Unplugged concert. Come out and be entertained by such local celebrities as Ashley MacLeod, Kathy Fraser-Collins, Paddy Kelly, Denis Carr, Paul Villeneuve, and the MacLeod Fiddlers.
The 2018 edition ends May 13, when the Morris Family Choir performs at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m. The choir, who hails from the 4th of Kenyon, has been entertaining Glengarrians for three generations. Today’s version has 10 members and the group is sure to offer a fantastic finale to MusicFest.
Tickets are sold only at Scotiabank locations in Maxville, Alexandria, Cornwall, Vankleek Hill and Casselman. For more information, check out www.maxvillemusicfest.ca BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL
Staff South Glengarry’s coffers are benefiting from a recently-undertaken campaign to lower the number of outstanding property tax accounts in the municipality.
“We’ve collected $658,000...of which $320,000 can be directly attributed to our efforts,” explained township general manager of corporate services/treasurer Lachlan McDonald at the April 2 regular meeting. “It’s been fairly fruitful, so far.”
A report prepared by Mr. McDonald states that the initiative, begun in mid-February, originally targeted property taxes that are currently three years or more in arrears.
“At that time, there were 209 properties in the township that had that status,” said Mr. McDonald.
“Of the 209 we’ve already had 22 pay in full, while 53 others have committed to payment plans. The 22 properties to have paid in full amounts to approximately $145,000.”
Mr. McDonald says 16 of the 209 property owners received a second final notice on February 16 “because they had received final notices from the former treasurer (Mike Samson) before his retirement,” and that of those 16, the municipality has “initiated the registration process on seven and imagine most will be paid in full before we get to tax sale.”
He adds that a “recent legislative change allows us to start the tax registration process on properties with two years or more of outstanding taxes,” resulting in an additional 132 accounts being included in the initiative.
Mayor Ian McLeod was pleased with Mr. McDonald’s news.
“We applaud you for your efforts. Our auditors have certainly been on us for a number of years to get our tax arrears down,” said the mayor. “Keep up the good work.”
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