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2. Ontario Street in Hamilton Township has been selected for the six bed Hospice in West Northumberland pending approval of its zoning application and a public community consent process this fall. The building team collaborated to research over 40 potential sites before concluding their rigourous selection process from a shortlist of five.  More here.


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Cobourg has entered the Communities in Bloom (CIB) competition this year on a National level – that means we are competing with 5 towns in the 15,001 - 50,000 population category:  Amherstburg ON, Dorval QC,  Leamington ON,  Mission BC and Orangeville ON.  The judges arrived in town today – they drove from Dorval where they had just completed evaluation.  Both judges have extensive experience in Gardens, Parks and the Communities in Bloom competition.  Although Communities in Bloom is a lot more than gardens, a desire for community participation and the fact that attractive gardens do help meant that Cobourg held a garden competition this year.  Out of the many entries received, the expert judges chose 6 winners – details below.

CIB 2017 JudgesLorna McIlroy & Normand Fleury - CIB 2017 JudgesThe judges will be in town until Thursday 13th and will be escorted around Town by members of the CIB committee and town staff.  (The committee is listed with other town committees here). Their visit was kicked off by a welcoming dinner at the yacht club – see photo at right: Lorna McIlroy from Grande Prairie, Alberta & Normand Fleury from Granby, Québec.

As described here, there are 8 categories for judging

  • Tidiness
  • Environmental Action
  • Heritage Conservation
  • Urban Forestry
  • Landscape
  • Turf & Groundcovers
  • Floral Displays
  • Community Involvement

In 2016, Cobourg won 5 blooms (out of 5) in the Provincial competition. Points are awarded in each category and the total determines the level of the award. Results will be announced September 13 to 16, 2017 in Ottawa during the Symposium and Awards Ceremonies with the theme of Communities and Green Spaces …Celebrating Canada’s 150 Anniversary.

In conjunction with Cobourg’s entry into the 2017 CIB competition, a garden competition was held.  Below are the names of the winners together with photos of just a portion of their gardens. There were several categories so that (for example) small gardens did not compete against large and private did not compete against commercial.

Yvonne Michalski and Clive Alexander 303 King St. W.
Debbie and Illya Roumeliotis 1017 Frei St.
John from Foodland Division St.
Rick Lazenby 325 Densmore, #1204
Martha Oldham 120 University Ave E., #903
Henk and Jane Vermeer 50 Springbrook Rd.

As usual, click any photo to enlarge then scroll through them all.

  CIB winners 2017 Yvonne Michalski and Clive Alexander CIB winners 2017 Debbie and Illya Roumeliotis

CIB winners 2017 Foodland John CIB winners 2017 Rick Lazenby

CIB winners 2017 Martha OldhamCIB winners 2017 Henk and Jane Vermeer



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