TLTI names street after late councillor
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.
Coun. Harold Emmons finishes clearing the ice so the kids can play in this file photo