Campaign to light Chesterville for Christmas

CHESTERVILLE — In a July heatwave, Santa’s return may feel light years away, but for planning purposes, very little time is left to prevent downtown Chesterville from the embarrassment of another Christmas with less than impressive festive lighting.

The Chesterville and District Rotary Club has spearheaded a quick campaign to buy some new village Christmas lights (see the letter below), as the dilapidated old ones are “beyond repair,” Club Secretary and Service Chair Betty Vanden Bosch writes.

Rotarian Betty Vanden Bosch introduces the Paul Harris Fellowship recipients in Chesterville.

Rotarian Betty Vanden Bosch.

The old lights have appeared threadbare for years. The problem of less-than-impressive Christmas lighting in Chesterville was compounded when the Township of North Dundas upgraded to LED streetlights a couple of years ago, in the process eliminating the pole power sockets supplying the moribund festive displays with electricity.

Nestlé helped the community purchase the original lights almost 40 years ago, Vanden Bosch recounts in the letter. Local retired businessman John Van Bruinessen told Nation Valley News that the now-defunct Chesterville Chamber of Commerce also contributed at the time.

Christmas lights for Chesterville

Lights, lights, let’s light up the streets of Chesterville for Christmas this year

Our last Christmas lights in Chesterville were donated by Nestlé’s in the 1970’s and are beyond repair. The Rotary Club has taken on the task of raising funds for this project and are contributing $3,200.00 towards the purchase of four lights. We will purchase as many lights for the downtown core, as donations allow.

We have been informed that the decorations must be ordered four months prior to delivery, which means we must order them in July .The cost of these decorations will depend on the style chosen, but will run in the area of $800.00 each.

The Rotary Club would appreciate a donation (any amount would be greatly appreciated) to assist with this project. By working together, “We can light up our Village Streets for the holiday season” and continue to make our village, an attractive place to

Thanks for your support .

Betty Vanden Bosch,

Rotary Club Community Service Chair

613 448-2359

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