North Dundas ‘Meet Me on Main Street’ debuts with crowd of 300-plus


From foreground left: John and Beate Stewart, and Lois. From foreground right: Bernie and Thea Chouinard, and Betty and Stan Vanden Bosch. The group of friends sat at the end of one long table during the first Meet Me on Main Street event in North Dundas. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Mayor announces Bill Smirle as newest ‘Community Builder Award’ recipient

‘Meet Me on Main Street’ series continues July 13 in South Mountain

MOREWOOD — The first of North Dundas Township’s ‘Meet Me on Main Street’ series drew more than 300 people to Morewood, where they basked in the beautiful weather — often with beer in hand — on a closed-off portion of County Rd. 7 specially licensed for the occasion.

The celebratory July 5 event also served to inform attendees that one of their village’s longtime residents will be officially recognized as the township’s next Community Builder Award recipient.

Both food vendors on hand — Chesterville Snack Shack and Winchelsea Events — sold out of concessions by night’s end, such was the demand from the crowd seated at tables lined up in the middle of the street.

In a surprise development, Mayor Eric Duncan announced Bill Smirle — a former North Dundas deputy mayor and member of a slew of local entities — as the upcoming recipient of the annual Community Builder Award. “He’s a familiar face and a neighbour to a lot of people here in Morewood,” said Duncan, while recipients of the award gathered in front of him. “Surprise, Bill,” he added, after calling out the honouree’s name to applause.

In video above, Mayor Eric Duncan declares Bill Smirle as this year’s North DundasCommunity Builder Award recipient in Morewood July 5 during the first Canada 150 ‘Meet Me on Main Street’ event of the summer in the township. Smirle will be officially recognized later this fall, but in keeping with tradition, advance notice was made of the upcoming honour. In this case came, the announcement came in front of past recipients who gathered in front of the stage during the well-attended street party in the village where Bill and Nancy Smirle reside. Four more ‘Meet Me on Main Street events’ are scheduled in North Dundas — the next being July 13 in South Mountain.

A Canada 150 initiative, the Meet Me on Main Street series continues this Thursday evening in South Mountain (July 13). Also slated for the same treatment are Hallville (July 19), Chesterville (July 26), and a grand finale in Winchester (Aug. 2).

A few of the sights and sounds of Meet Me on Main Street in Morewood, in the video above.


Nadia MacLean, 11 (left) of Morewood and Jessica Noye, 10, of Prince Edward Island enjoyed the balloon animals at Meet Me on Main Street, Morewood. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


Politicians posed with past Community Builder Award recipients and the newly announced 2017 inductee Bill Smirle. From left, MP Guy Lauzon, councillors John Thompson and Al Armstrong, Mayor Eric Duncan, Bill and Nancy Smirle, Marie Cousineau (on behalf of her late husband, Claude Cousineau), Joe Cass, Stan and Betty VandenBosch and Deputy Mayor Gerry Boyce. Councillor Tony Fraser appears outside the frame. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


Meet Me on Main Street is a North Dundas Canada 150 initiative. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


Councillor Tony Fraser arrives at the event in his Karmann Ghia. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


Bill Leclair had a satellite Snack Shack chip stand up and running for the evening, serving a long line-up of customers that kept him hopping all night. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


Members of Southgate Church, part of the Wesleyan denomination that will open a satellite location this September in Winchester, brought their TSSA-approved bouncy castle to the Morewood event. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


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