District of Port Edward begins planning for 50th Anniversary

The District of Port Edward has begun preparations for its 50th anniversary next year with the appointment of a special committee.

The District of Port Edward has begun preparations for its 50th anniversary next year with the appointment of a special committee to oversee the event.

Council approved the creation of a committee that will consist of councillors James Brown and Grant Moore, one member of district staff, one representative from the Port Edward Lions Club and three Port Edward residents.

“That will help with getting some interested members on the committee to head up the work, get things organized for the event and get started on what can be a pretty exciting event. The sooner we can begin this the better because there certainly some items we would like to bring back to council for approval,” said chief administrative officer Bob Payette.

The committee will hold its first meeting near the end of April to establish the terms of reference and the budget for the celebration. Another consideration for the committee is the timing — the Ministry of Communities, Sports and Cultural Development lists the incorporation date for the District of Port Edward as June 29, 1966.

“We need to have it as close to the actual date as possible,” said Mayor Dave MacDonald.

Regardless of when the celebration is held, MacDonald said residents and visitors alike can expect a good time.

“We had a celebration for our 40th anniversary and it was well attended and went over great. I think we can outdo what we did last time,” he said.