Snowflakes rise in Chesterville

Matt Baker of Dundas Power Line was on site as the first of Chesterville's new snowflake decorations was powered up this morning. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Nelson Zandbergen
Nation Valley News

Industrial Stainless co-owner Kent Young (left) poses with a Chesterville steel snowflake — along with Chesterville Rotary Club President Joe Cass and member Betty Vanden Bosch. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Industrial Stainless co-owner Kent Young (left) poses with a Chesterville steel snowflake — along with Chesterville Rotary Club President Joe Cass and member Betty Vanden Bosch. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

CHESTERVILLE — Chesterville’s streets are being crowned with new lit-up Christmas decorations.

An initiative of the Chesterville & District Rotary Club, several of the locally produced steel snowflakes — each outlined with brilliant LED lights — made their debut on downtown utility poles today.

Kent and Wayne Young at Industrial Stainless made the units at their Joseph Street shop, after being commissioned by the Club earlier this fall. Rotarians Stan and Betty Vanden Bosch spearheaded a fundraising effort that quickly raised the bulk of the cash for the project. Eighteen snowflakes are now slated to go up along key streets and over the Main Street bridge, along with a star in front of each church and a “Merry Christmas” display on the Community Centre’s east wall.

The threadbare state of Chesterville’s old public Christmas decorations inspired the Club — and the community — to get behind the project. The snowflakes are expected to stay up through the village’s annual Ice Breaker Winter Carnival every February — an event appropriately featuring a “Prince and Princess Snowflake.”

A duo from Dundas Power Line, along with electrician Councillor John Thompson, assisted with a last-minute power issue today. But Logtens Tree Service has been physically mounting the units to the poles, under contract with the Township of North Dundas. The same firm handles the installation of traditional-style Christmas wreaths adorning Winchester utility poles — a beautification initiative fundraised by that village’s Downtown Revitalization Committee.

Meanwhile, those snowflakes should still be aglow when local Rotarians begin setting up the Chesterville Legion for their annual Breakfast with Santa event this Saturday morning, Dec. 3.  See the spotlight page below for further details about that popular occasion.



Spotlight – Chesterville Breakfast with Santa, Saturday, Dec. 3


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