Every other week, I write a column for my local newspaper, The Perth Courier. The column has been running for four decades, and I took it over in 2011. The Private I covers local issues, community events and features local residents thro
ugh storytelling. I always conclude the column with “Walks with Tux”, which is an avenue for discussion on what’s been noticed in and around town during my walks out with our insanely energetic dog, Tux. Here’s this week’s column:
Happy Retirement to long-time councillor Susan Freeman
Long-time municipal politician Susan Freeman recently announced she won’t be running again in this fall’s election. Following 14 years sitting on the Tay Valley Township council, Susan has been an integral part of the township’s political sphere. She’s also served on the Lanark County municipal platform and has corresponded with a number of provincial delegates during this time. At each of these meetings, it’s clear Freeman is well versed on the topics up for discussion and she took the time to ask the questions to get the needed answers. She’s also a journalist’s dream, as she wasn’t afraid to state her opinion on any matter. It’s unimaginable how many hours Susan has put into municipal politics, working to make her community operate in a fiscally responsible manner. For that, she should be commended for her dedication, and we should raise a glass in her honour and wish her a happy political retirement.
A Senior’s section for the Kilt Run?
In the previous Private I column, I asked for your feedback on the Perth Kilt Run. Jim Deacove says he’d like to see a Seniors’ Walking Division or what he called, the Seniors’ Saunter. That way, the run isn’t as daunting and would likely encourage more participation from the young at heart. Good idea, Jim.
Sears Expected to Re-open in Perth this August
Tom Vickers made a recent announcement that he plans to open a Sears Hometown Store this August in Perth. He’s making the move after working for Blair and Son Furnishings for 16 years. The store will be located beside the LCBO in the Perth Mews Mall and will include appliances, mattresses, outdoor equipment and the catalogue centre. All the best, Tom!
Walks with Tux
I have been taking Tux out to Otty Lake for some after-dinner swims and I keep noticing the former Darou farm barn on Rideau Ferry Road. It’s slated to be taken down in the near future. A painting has surfaced on the barn’s north side, and I wondered if it was a nighthawk artist making his or her mark, or whether the painting has more significant meaning. To uncover this mystery, I conducted some intense digging (I emailed someone) to inquire further. The Town’s Director of Community Services, Shellee Evans, told me that it was, in fact, graffiti. The town’s policy is to remove graffiti from all town-owned property. Painting it all white was the easiest way to accomplish this considering Warren Hollis will be removing the barn in the next few weeks.