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Lakefield Post Office to be designated heritage building during Sidewalk Sale

by Jamie Steel

On August 9, the Lakefield Post Office will be officially recognized as a heritage building, following the passing of a bylaw at Selwyn Township council on Tuesday (July 15).

The ceremony is scheduled for the same day as the sidewalk sale, Councillor Anita Locke noted, adding that there should be a good turn out. Council is also expecting a plaque to be ready for the event.

When the Ontario Heritage Act came into force in 1975, its purpose was, and remains to this day, to give municipalities and the provincial government powers to preserve the heritage of Ontario. It is under this Act that the Lakefield Post Office will be recognized.

It was at a June council meeting that Sheryl Smith, chair of the Municipal Heritage Committee (MHC), recommended the designation. Other designated buildings in the Township include Christ Church and Cemetery, 59 Clementi St., 46 Queen St., 33 Caroline St., Memorial Hall, St. Martin’s Parish Hall and The Pavillion.

The committee’s goal is to encourage heritage building owners to seek designation and to raise awareness of the benefits of heritage designation. More information about the MHC is available online at www.selwyntownship.ca.

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