TLTI names street af­ter late coun­cil­lor

The Recorder & Times (Brockville) - - NEWS - WAYNE LOWRIE [email protected]

Harold Em­mons fi­nally got his Way.

The coun­cil of the Town­ship of Leeds and the Thou­sand Is­lands has voted to name a street af­ter their for­mer col­league Em­mons, who died at age 85 in Novem­ber of 2017.

Harold Em­mons Way will be the short street that leads from Jessie Street to the base­ball di­a­mond in Lansdowne.

Deputy Mayor Jeff Lackie, who pre­sented the mo­tion to hon­our his old friend, said the choice of the road to the ball field is fit­ting for the man who loved base­ball and spent years as a coach, or­ga­nizer and men­tor to gen­er­a­tions of Lansdowne chil­dren.

A for­mer school board trustee, Em­mons was a strong ad­vo­cate for chil­dren’s recre­ation pro­grams and a fierce ad­vo­cate for his beloved vil­lage of Lansdowne.

Lackie noted that Em­mons often took a hands-on ap­proach to solv­ing town­ship prob­lems while on coun­cil.

In 2013, for ex­am­ple, Em­mons was an­gry when a coun­cil­lor re­fused to give unan­i­mous con­sent to have the town­ship build an out­door rink for chil­dren in time for Christ­mas.

Em­mons, then 81, said: “To hell with it; I’ll do it my­self.”

And he did. The next day, Em mons got the keys to the works shed, got out the heavy hoses and be­gan to flood the rink him­self. As word got around the vil­lage and a few phone calls later, vil­lagers gath­ered at the rink to give their good friend Harold a hand. Within a week, the boards were up, the ice cleared and smoothed, and the rink was ready for the chil­dren be­fore Christ­mas.

Lackie said Em­mons’ de­vo­tion to the com­mu­nity wasn’t lim­ited to chil­dren. Af­ter a snow­fall, Em­mons was out with his snow­blower well be­fore the mu­nic­i­pal works trucks could hit the streets, clear­ing the side­walk so the kids could get to school safely and se­niors could get out. No widow or dis­abled per­son in Lansdowne had to worry about hav­ing their drive­ways cleared when Em­mons and his snow­blower were around.

Mayor Corinna Smith-Gatcke, who grew up on the out­skirts of Lansdowne, re­mem­bered Em­mons as a man who “stood up for peo­ple who didn’t have a voice.”

Em­mons was serv­ing his sec­ond four-year term on TLTI coun­cil when he died. He sat on the old Front of Leeds and Lansdowne coun­cil for one term be­fore the amal­ga­ma­tion and he was a school board trustee for sev­eral terms in the 1980s.

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Coun. Harold Em­mons fin­ishes clear­ing the ice so the kids can play in this file photo

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