Point Edward Counc. Janice Robson and Mayor Dick Kirkland are shown here with the village's new 125th anniversary logo.

Point planning party

By KAREN ROBINETT
The Observer

When Point Edward officially incorporated in 1878, history records there were "750 souls," living there.

Today, as the village prepares to celebrate its 125th anniversary, there are 2,101.

Thursday, Mayor Dick Kirkland hosted a press conference to unveil plans for the celebration, as well as a new logo which proudly boasts "progressively independent since 1878."

Retaining its independence during turbulent political times which saw larger municipalities merged with others is one of the things Kirkland - and the rest of those in the Point - is most proud.

Point Edward has a colourful history, first recognized in a 1796 treaty between the U.S. and Great Britain, which marked the St. Clair River as the international boundary.

A thousand acres was set aside as a military reserve at the commanding point of land, and in 1853, Point Edward was selected as the Canadian terminus of the Grand Trunk and Great Western Railways. As late as 1902, most of the village's residents worked for the railway. A rail tunnel under the river had been built in 1891, and in 1938, the Blue Water Bridge was opened, giving a major boost to Point Edward's economy.

But that wasn't the end of exciting developments for the village, and in early 2000, the Point Edward Charity Casino opened, bringing a new round of prosperity to the tiny village.

To celebrate that history and to contemplate a bright future, a family weekend celebration has been planned for June 27 and 28 of this year, and Kirkland and the rest of council are urging residents past and present to be a part of the excitement.

"Our committee is looking for involvement from the residents
and village businesses to make this celebration a typical Point Edward success," he says.

Already, those contacted have been responding in typical Point fashion. The parade spots are being filled up, a calendar has been printed chronicling the history of the village, and the colourful logo was designed by Point resident Jim Canie.

Old photographs and other memorabilia are being gathered up and plans are already in place for several dances, and a talent contest, as well as a host of other activities.

Anyone wishing to find out more about the weekend or to join one of the subcommittees organizing the event can contact Lise Comeau at 337-5948.

(From Press News Conference Jan. 30, 2003 as published in The Observer, Jan. 31, 2003)

(photo by The Observer)



For more information email:info@pointedward125th.com

See Weekend Schedule
See Press News conference (The Observer, Jan 30, 2003)
See Press News conference (Sarnia this week, Jan 30, 2003)
See Souvenir Information
See Post Card Information

See Post Card News release (The Observer, Apr. 24, 2003)
See Press Photo of 125th Banner raising (The Observer, May 31, 2003)
See Message From The Mayor
See Special Thanks

See Historical Display

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