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Bradford West Gwillimbury Times

July 22, 2006

Bradford Communities in Bloom 2006

Communities in Bloom Committee, Councillors Mikki Nanowski natalie Dykie, Join Mayor Frank Jonkman, and Town Crier Art Meeke in welcoming Communities in Bloom Judges Ed Borczon and Catherine Percell to Bradford West Gwillimbury, July 18.

Bradford West Gwillimbury, Proud to be Community in Bloom

Communities in Bloom judges Ed Borczon of Aurora and Catherine Percell of Brampton arrived in Bradford West Gwillimbury on Monday, for a Meet & Greet with the local Communities in Bloom Committee - at the new sales pavilion for Brookfield Homes' Grand Central Subdivision.

Why a subdivision sales office? Because, Chair Mikki Nanowski told the judges, it represents a new era of responsible development in Bradford, making use of natural areas to enhance the community.

The sales office also offered access to audiovisual equipment, and the judges were introduced to the community not only by Brookfiela's promotional video, but a presentation on Vermicomposting starring Cathy Nesbitt of Cathy's Crawly Composters, and a slide show depicting the making of the Great Blue Heron water fountain.

Local historian George Jackson spoke of the long history of the area, and of the newlv-formed Municipal Heritage Committee, which will be working to "create a positive attitude towards heritage designation" and preserving the Town's built heritage.

The judges then joined the Committee at Poco Cappello Ristorante for dinner - followed by a ride on the South Simcoe Police boat, to view the Ducks Unlimited wetlands.

Bright and early on July 18th, Judges Borczon and Percell joined a convoy of vehicles for a tour around the municipality, starting at the Millennium Clock Tower, driving past the historic train station now being restored by GO Transit, and on to the Holland Marsh, to the Art Janse Pumping Station.

They saw lush fields of carrots and onions - and heard about Integrated Pest Management and new techniques that reduce use of pesticides, and help prevent subsidence. They stopped at the largest greenhouse operation in the Marsh, L & D Ferragina, and admired decorative flowering beds and 60,000 sq. ft. "under glass."

The route took them to the volunteer-driven Danube Seniors Centre, to the Scotch Settlement Arboretum and the Auld Kirk Presbyterian Church, to the historic woodlot that is part of Al Kuzmich Memorial Park; to the waste water treatment plant, the landscaped grounds of Vins Plastics, and finally to Scanlon Creek Conservation Area, for a BBQ. In the afternoon, stops included the hamlet of Bond Head, and new Reservoir.

This year, town staff and Council participated in the effort - with Mayor Frank Jonkman welcoming the judges in the morning, and thanking the Communities in Bloom Committee. The Town has never looked as beautiful, he said. At the BBQ, Deputy Mayor Dennis Roughley, Councillors Del Crake, Ron Simpson and Peter Dykie Jr. joined Department heads and staff, to answer questions about the community, identify achievements to date, and talk about what is still to come.

"As beautiful as the Town is today, we have even more wonderful plans for the future," Director of Planning Geoff McKnight said' - plans for walkways and new parks creating linkages between subdivisions, a new rose garden to fill a piece of vacant land up -by the water tower, completion of the GO Train Station, repairs to historic buildings damaged by fire, plans for gateway signage.

In summing up the next day, the Judges praised the energy and enthusiasm of the Communities in Bloom volunteers, and urged them to continue - to build on their achievements, and carry forward the momentum, transforming Bradford West Gwillimbury into a Community in Bloom.

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