Submitted by Mark Nadeau

The Oxford Mills Community Association (OMCA) will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, February 1 at 7 pm in Maplewood Hall. This meeting is open to the public and the OMCA welcomes people from the surrounding community who have ideas for future projects or just want to get involved in their neighbourhood.

The OMCA completed one of its biggest projects in 2017, with the building of a new gazebo in Maplewood Park. This project took 2 years to complete and the gazebo now stands under the maples trees for all to enjoy. Events in the past year included the Spirit of Christmas celebrations in December, a Halloween Haunted House, a Canada-150 celebration, a Bike Rodeo, a Plant and Bake Sale and a Wine and Paint Evening. As well, the association undertook to beautify the village by decorating the bridges.

The OMCA has also undertaken several cooperative efforts with other organizations, including the North Grenville Scouts, the Oxford Mills United Church, the Oxford-on-Rideau School Council, Community Living and the Lions Club. Establishing these networks has made each group more effective in their endeavours.

Over time these events and projects have grown and changed, reflecting the interests and energies of the members and the support of the community. Another initiative that the association is supporting this year is a paddlers’ dock above the dam. This would give easy access to a provincially significant wetland and attract more visitors to our area.

If you have an idea or a vision for Oxford Mills that will enhance the public space and improve the social environment, please attend. The AGM is an excellent opportunity to introduce yourself and connect with others. Refreshments will be served.

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