Three “tools” spur heritage projects

Municipalities are relying on three Ontario provincial government programs as “tools” to retain and restore heritage properties that attract people and businesses and bring new life to “main street” in their communities.

Andrew Jeanes, heritage advisor at the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, said municipal grants and loans, heritage property tax rebates and the community improvement plan all were being used by local governments as incentives to restore heritage properties and revitalize their downtowns. He spoke to a packed room at the Queen’s Inn at Stratford Tuesday night, February 17.

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February photo contest winner

“Sharp … well lit … well balanced …,” said Ian Taylor, choosing this entry as winner of our photo contest for February. Stratford’s Festival Theatre was bathed in colourful light for the Mayor’s Gala Saturday, January 17, shot by Bill Chan, winner of our first three monthly contests.

Our monthly photo contest is open to all residents of Perth County. Photos of historic sites in Perth County may be any size, but must be at least 300 dots per inch (dpi). Entries may be e-mailed in jpeg format to or mailed to: Photo Contest, Stratford Perth Heritage Foundation, 196 Ontario Street, Stratford, ON, N5A 3H4.  Deadline for entries in the March contest is March 15.

Foundation foresees busy year

The Stratford Perth Heritage Foundation anticipates one of its most active agendas in recent years, given the list of events and projects slated for the Fryfogel Tavern and Arboretum in 2015.

Volunteers will be needed in large numbers to carry out the ambitious program envisaged for the year ahead. Anyone interested is urged to get in touch with the Foundation through our website.

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VIA rail can be fixed

That in part is the message transportation and public policy consultant Greg Gormick will deliver in putting forward a five year plan to improve VIA rail passenger service to Stratford and Southwest Ontario.

He will speak at a public forum to be held at the Kiwanis Centre this Thursday, February 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. Forums such as this, and an earlier one in St. Marys, are the first step in a process aimed at getting Canadians to tell their political leaders that improved VIA rail service is needed, wanted and will be widely used, he says.

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Heritage Foundation seeks directors

The Stratford Perth Heritage Foundation (SPHF) has begun a search for community-minded individuals willing to fill vacancies on its Board of Directors.

The Stratford Perth Heritage Foundation currently has a number of vacancies on a Board of up to 11 members who serve three year terms renewable for second three year terms. Foundation members will vote for the slate of directors nominated at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on March 29, 2015. Continue reading

How your century-old farm can help young farmers in Perth County

The Stratford Perth Heritage Foundation and Perth County Junior Farmers have teamed up to locate farms in Perth County or Ontario operated by the same family for 100 years or more that qualify for Ontario Century Farm Signs.

“We are pleased to join the young farmers of Perth County in recognizing the many families who have operated farms for 100 years or more throughout the county,” said Eric Adams, Chair of the Stratford Perth Heritage Foundation. “Our Foundation is ever mindful of the key role farming has played, and continues to play, in Perth County.”

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