To all residents: April 9, 2020
It is with deep sadness that I begin this week’s update to inform you that our long-time Public Works Superintendent; Bill Patterson; has passed away. For over 30 years Bill provided extraordinary service to Front of Yonge Township and he officially retired in early February of this year. Bill had been ill for many months. We will greatly miss him.
So what has happened this past week? I’d like to think that we are heading in the right direction. Yes; we have seen an increase in cases identified in Lanark, Leeds and Grenville; mainly because there is more testing being done. But looking across the country and elsewhere, there appears to be progress in flattening that curve.
This past week saw the most stores begin operating from the curbs; again, to discourage people from browsing and strolling through the stores, and to minimize travel. In Front of Yonge, the decision was made to cancel the minor soccer season. The Volunteer Bureau of St. Lawrence-Rideau has graciously offered to assist us with delivering groceries and other transportation.
They can be reached at 613-498-2111. At Monday’s virtual council meeting, Council made a monetary donation to the Athens and Brockville Food banks. We encourage anyone else who is able to do so as well. And all Front of Yonge residents will be allowed one free (tagless) garbage bag per week. Recycling continues as usual.
Yesterday, April 8th; the United Counties of Leeds Grenville declared an emergency; mainly to emphasize the importance of staying at home. But it also gives us an opportunity to access services in a hurry if necessary; for example, assistance with sand bags should we see high water again.
We know that this virus has no age boundaries. The hardest hit areas are the seniors’ homes. We CANNOT take our foot off the gas!! We must continue to minimize travel, physical distance, avoid gatherings over five, and do all the other things the medical experts advise. Stay home !! We know that some of us can carry the virus without knowing and that could be deadly for our families and friends.
As we head into this Easter weekend I’m thinking of the tragedy that lead up to Good Friday as we know it. But I’m also looking at the positive that came about on Easter Sunday and why we celebrate that day. For months now this virus has lead to tragedies across the world. But come Sunday, let’s look at the positive ahead as we continue doing our part to beat this virus.
Stay safe; …. and be kind to each other. Together “We’ve Got This !!”
Roger Haley; Mayor