Glen­garry-cen­tric Mu­sicFest

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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.”

MAR­GARET CALDBICK PHOTO

TOP THAT: René Pierre Gagnon of Glen Robert­son has a real tal­ent with any­thing that grows in the earth, and it seems his green thumb ex­tends to ar­ti­fi­cial plants too. Here, he and An­nie Larocque of Alexan­dria wear fancy head­wear he con­cocted for the...

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