Cherry suit to go on display at arena

Duane Hicks

Love him or hate him, Don Cherry is a familiar face to Canadian hockey fans.
And in a few weeks, a display of one of his suits will be put up at the Memorial Sports Centre here.
At the Sept. 26 council meeting, Coun. Sharon Tibbs said while she was in London, Ont., she put in a successful bid at a Ducks Unlimited auction for a Don Cherry-autographed blazer and shirt ensemble—and her family would like to share it with the community.
They felt an appropriate place would be the Memorial Sports Centre.
At last night’s meeting, council approved a report to direct Community Services manager George Bell to work with the Tibbs’ family to have the Don Cherry display at the arena for public viewing.
“It’s going to be exciting,” Coun. Tibbs said after the meeting. “I meet lots of people that are excited about it.
“[Cherry] can be confrontational—however, he is what he is and he’s a Canadian icon as far as hockey goes,” she reasoned.
“We just thought it would be a nice to do, to share it, and I think people will enjoy it.”
Bell said the display should be up at the Memorial Sports Centre in the next couple of weeks.
In other news, after reviewing a request from resident Wayne Lundstrom to make the sidewalk on the east side of Victoria Avenue, from just north of Third Street East to Scott Street, a higher priority for snow removal, the Operations and Facilities executive committee recommended to council that the existing winter control policy for sidewalks within the community remain unchanged at this time.
Council approved the recommendation last night, and will ensure that a letter be sent to Lundstrom indicating that Victoria Avenue, from Second Street to Church Street, already is in “Priority Area No. 1” under the winter control policy.
Under the existing winter control policy, all sidewalks should be cleared within 48-60 hours.
Being in a “Priority Area No. 1” means that this area of town already receives a higher level of service from the town’s sidewalk machine.
In general terms, the first priority for snow removal is to try to ensure children have a cleared sidewalk to get to school, and then to clear the main streets where there are higher volumes of vehicular traffic.
At the Sept. 26 public budget meeting, Lundstrom, who is visually-impaired, said it’s essential this sidewalk remains clear for him and his future guide dog to use.