Windsor Symphony December 7th

 Festive Choral Celebration of Christmas Comes to Tecumseh

Windsor, Ontario – November 25, 2014 – The Windsor Symphony Orchestra presents Holiday Brass, a concert in Tecumseh celebrating the Christmas season with special guests the Windsor Classic Chorale and the Windsor-Essex Youth Choir. One of three performances taking place throughout Essex County, this concert is led by WSO Chorus Master Lana Lysogor and takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 7 at St. Anne’s Church.

The WSO Brass Quintet and piano will accompany the choruses in a concert filled with traditional choral holiday favourites both sacred and secular. The finale includes an invitation to the audience to sing along with some of Christmas’ most popular carols.

Beloved Christmas standards including “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Silver Bells,” “Angels We Have Heard on High,” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” will be performed with timeless classical works such as Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” and Mendelssohn’s “Weihnachten.”

Additional performances include December 5 in Amherstburg and December 6 in Leamington. A different children’s chorus joins the WSO Brass Quintet and Windsor Classic Chorale for each of the weekend’s three performances. Prince Andrew Public School takes part in the Dec. 5 Amherstburg concert. Belle River Public School takes part in theDec. 6 Leamington concert.

Tickets are $20, $10 youth 14 and under. Available from the WSO Box Office, 121 University Avenue, West; by phone at 519-973-1238 ex. 2; online at mywso.ca; and at the door.

Holiday Brass – A Choral Celebration of Christmas
Sunday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m.
St. Anne’s Church, Tecumseh

WSO Brass Quintet & Piano
Lana Lysogor, Conductor
Windsor Classic Chorale
Windsor-Essex Youth Choir

Opus Benefactor: The Morris & Beverly Baker Foundation
Concert Sponsor: Town of Tecumseh
Media Sponsors: the Windsor Star, Windsorite.ca, BizX Magazine

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November 17th Special Meeting Agenda

Town of Tecumseh
Special Committee Meeting
Monday, November 17, 2014
9:00 AM
Tecumseh Town Hall
Council Chambers

MEETING:
I. CALL TO ORDER
II. ROLL CALL
III. DISCLOSURE OF PECUNIARY INTEREST
IV. INTRODUCTION AND PURPOSE OF MEETING
The purpose of the meeting is to hold Municipal Governance Training for Newly Elected and Re-elected Officials and the Senior Management Team.
V. DELEGATIONS
Facilitated by Mike Galloway, Chief Administrative Officer of Niagara on-the Lake
VI. COMMUNICATIONS
VII. ADJOURNMENT

http://town.tecumseh.on.ca/amserver/Special%20Council%20Meeting/2014-11/17-09-00/Packet.pdf

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November - December Events

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 10:30 to 11:30

REMEMBRANCE DAY PARADE AND SERVICE SATURDAY NOVEMBER 8, 2014 Form-up at Legion at 10:30am March off at 10:45am Service 11 am at Tecumseh Cenotaph Corner of Lesperance & McNorton Streets Pot Luck Lunch will be served at the Legion Branch.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 6:30 pm

Lakeshore/Tecumseh French Immersion Catholic School Feasibility Public Meeting @ St. Anne Catholic Secondary School, 1200 Oakwood Drive in Belle River

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 18:00 to 19:00

Special Council Meeting Location:  Town Hall, 917 Lesperance Road - Council Chambers

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 19:00 to 20:00

Regular Council Meeting Location:  Town Hall, 917 Lesperance Road - Council Chambers

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 18:00 to 19:00

Essex Powerlines is hosting a Public Information Session We invite all of our electricity customers to attend our Public Information Session to learn background information on the electricity distributor industry and our 2016 electricity rate application.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 19:00 to 20:00

Inaugural Council Meeting Location:  Town Hall, 917 Lesperance Road - Council Chambers

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 18:00 to 19:00

Special Council Meeting Location:  Town Hall, 917 Lesperance Road - Council Chambers

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 19:00 to 20:00

Regular Council Meeting Location:  Town Hall, 917 Lesperance Road - Council Chambers
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Thank You Tecumseh

Thank you wholeheartedly Tecumseh for your support in Monday's municipal election.  I was positively astounded by the level of support that you have given me and I look forward to contributing my skills, knowledge and experience in municipal government to provide an oversight ability, customer service and advocacy that is second to none.

AndrewDowie.ca is here to stay as a constituency portal.  Once I join Council in December, you will be able to find information about upcoming decisions and considerations.  I would very much like to receive your feedback on these issues, as well as your own, on this site.  Don't be shy, and make sure that you take advantage of the comments section.

In the meantime, this site will undergo some cosmetic changes as it evolves to a constituency portal so that it is ready and online in December.  You may see links appear and disappear during the testing process.  In addition to this site, you can reach me at @Andrew_Dowie, facebook.com/andrewdowie or call me at 519-962-8832.  Please do be in touch with what's on your mind.

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Voting Status

I had never really thought about how frustrating it would be to have an election going on and not be able to be a part of it before.

Like most of you, I have yet to receive my voting kit.   It is expected to arrive at the remaining doorsteps before Tuesday.  If you are still without by Tuesday, you may visit Town Hall to secure new credentials.  Town staff are on hand there to assist.

In the meantime I will be watching my own mailbox with eager anticipation.  I look forward to seeing you at the Tecumseh Legion on Monday night beginning at 7pm for the Meet the Candidates night.

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Voter Information Town Hall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ANDREW DOWIE TO HOLD VOTER INFORMATION TOWN HALL

October 14, 2014 (Tecumseh, ON) - Andrew Dowie, Tecumseh Council candidate for Ward 1, invites members of the public to attend a Voter Information Town Hall to learn about Tecumseh's new voting process.  The Town Hall will be held at 12222 Tecumseh Road East beginning at 7:30pm on Thursday, October 16th, across from Ste. Anne's Church.

Dowie has just reached a major milestone of his campaign, having now knocked on every accessible residence's door in Ward 1.  Throughout the election, Dowie has noted continuing uncertainty with respect to the voting procedure and minimal knowledge that voting has changed to a telephone or internet-based system for this election.

"Making sure residents are connected to their local government is a key priority of my campaign.  I look forward to helping my fellow Tecumseh residents become as comfortable as possible with the new voting process," says Dowie.

A special invite is extended to residents of Plaza East and Place Tecumseh apartments.  Mr. Dowie was declined access by property management during his visit on the afternoon of Saturday, October 11th, 2014, contrary to Section 28 of the Residential Tenancies Act which allows for access to municipal election candidates for the purpose of canvassing.  We are attempting to work with the property management company to obtain access to speak with voters.

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Shoreline Week Submission

Reprinted here is my submission to Shoreline Week for their candidate profiles:

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Dear Tecumseh Resident,

With voting now under way, I’d like to thank you for the terrific reception you have given me at the door. I’m proud to have knocked on every door in Ward 1 during this election campaign and to have engaged with thousands of my neighbours.

If elected, this dialogue will remain open. I was the first Ward 1 candidate to launch an interactive webpage at AndrewDowie.ca, Facebook and Twitter to solicit your feedback, and will continue to provide you with town information so that you can be informed of what’s happening within the town.

I will champion the completion and implementation of the Tecumseh Road Mainstreet Community Improvement Plan so that we can establish a walkable and accessible core establishing our downtown as a destination and economic driver.

You can count on my career as a long-time Civil Engineer for the City of Windsor to work for you. Having managed multi-million dollar capital projects, including basement flooding relief and traffic calming programs, as well as serving in the Chief Administrative Office and Mayor’s Office, I will deliver effective and responsible oversight at Tecumseh Town Hall. My experience also ensures for you informed responses and advocacy backed by a solid knowledge and understanding of solutions no matter what the issue may be.

I grew up on Coronado Drive and now call Centennial Drive home with my wife Kristin. I have served on Tecumseh’s Committee of Adjustment since 2006 and Property Standards Committee since 2010. You may have also seen me in the community as a leader with the 35th Tecumseh Scout Group since 2006, or representing our 1700 local engineers as the Windsor-Essex Chapter Chair of Professional Engineers Ontario.

It would be a true privilege to serve you and be your advocate for the coming four years.

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Lakewood Park

It was just over two years ago that the Town of Tecumseh celebrated the grand opening of Lakewood Park North.  For the first time in its municipal history, Tecumseh had a lake front public space that its residents could enjoy that was not the leftover property of a pumping station.  This really was a milestone for the town; despite being one of a minority of municipalities located on a body of water, our town lacked any meaningful way of accessing it.  It now serves as a community gathering place. I enjoy it most for sitting down with my e-reader and reading while listening to the crashing waves.  The property formerly housed the Lakewood Golf Course club house, and was purchased for $7.98 million in 2006.

The Town of Tecumseh purchased 2/3rds of the former Lakewood Golf Course (65 of 91 acres) as part of an agreement for $6.9 million.  The agreement resolved the Ontario Municipal Board appeals from the former owners to develop the whole parcel as residential lots.  The Town has posted the chronological information here.

The agreements remain incredibly controversial to this day.  The purchases of the two parcels of Lakewood Golf Course remain the number one issue being brought to my attention at the door.  The status of the remaining (undeveloped) property has been resolved through a master planning process that concluded a few years ago.  You can read the final report for the Lakewood Park South master plan here.  There are a lot of amenities being proposed that I find encouraging, including the innovative stormwater system (with meandering path), the naturalized wetland, the outdoor amphitheatre, and the paths.  For my part, I am pleased with the Lakewood Park South master plan and look forward to identifying a funding program to support its redevelopment in the way proposed.

I also look forward to supporting the development of a Splash Pad at Lakewood Park North as identified in the Town's Parks and Recreation Master Plan.  Splash pads are relatively inexpensive means of providing active recreational features to our parkland and, as I have come to learn over the last few months, would be an asset truly valued by the families of Ward 1.

Many residents have also observed the construction occurring at the foot of Little River Boulevard.  The work being undertaken is to provide upgrades to existing pumping station and to sewer capacity.  You can be assured that it is not a precursor to residential development on the town's retained portion of the former golf course.  The residential areas will be located on the south and east sides of the property (roughly opposite to St. Thomas St.), as well as on Christy Lane.

The use of the property as a golf course permanently ended in 2011 and its physical features have been transformed.  I look forward to working with you and to hearing your feedback as to what elements of the Master Plan ought to be prioritized for the property to ensure that it can best serve you going forward into the future.

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Windsor Star Trail Talk

Donald McArthur and Dylan Kristy of the Windsor Star hosted me as part of their Trail Talk series of interviews with municipal election candidates.

You can watch my interview here.  Enjoy!

 

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Tecumseh Road

There is a terrific facebook group called "Tecumseh, Ontario" that I discovered several months ago whose members pay tribute to the heritage of the Town of Tecumseh.  The town has undoubtedly changed over the years.  Traffic by-passes and plazas have been built, turning lanes added and buildings have been demolished.  Within the group are several photos of Tecumseh Road from years passed.

Back when it was Highway 39, Tecumseh Road was a vibrant place.  Inter-city traffic came through our core.  As the region grew lanes were added to let us get home quickly.  What is now County Road 22 took regional traffic away from the town core and left what was remaining to be reclaimed for its initial, local purpose.

Today's Tecumseh Road has many common elements of the downtown of yesteryear, but we've lost a key component.  We have lots of departing vehicle traffic but the corridor sees relatively little foot traffic.  Tecumseh Road is still designed to be Highway 39 and as a pedestrian it still feels as such.  Therefore, parking and walking the strip on a 4'-wide sidewalk is a less than pleasant experience when you're by foot, especially in the winter when there's a fair amount of ploughed snow drifts.

Looking at some of the quaint little towns that my wife Kristin and I enjoy visiting - Elora, Jordan, and St. Jacobs come to mind, as well as the Walkerville community - there is a lush, historic nature to them that brings us back.  The pedestrian connection is a key part of the street.  Your day includes a loop including each side of the street and visiting the distinctive shops of the area.

Bringing Tecumseh Road back is the community improvement that I would like to focus upon most if I am elected to Council.  I have been involved with streetscaping and other urban road design projects throughout my engineering career and have seen the positive results firsthand.  I look forward to seeing the results of the Tecumseh Road Mainstreet Community Improvement Plan that are so far unreleased to the residents of Tecumseh, although the findings of the 2012 workshop can be found here.  And once brought to Council for adoption I look forward to supporting and prioritizing this project.

There are numerous reasons why - employment, assessment growth, aesthetics.  For me it's a sense of pride in our Town and a way to recapture our history, to give our town some life and help to flesh out our back story.  Given the quality of life improvements we experience when we bring in active transportation, new businesses and services to the town, this would be an investment having a solid return.

I would very much appreciate if you can contribute your comments about Tecumseh Road to me through my new survey at http://www.andrewdowie.ca/tecumsehroad .  I look forward to reading about your ideas and your thoughts.  What kinds of corridor would you like to see Tecumseh Road become?  Let me know, and from the outset I thank you very much for your interest and for your information.

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