The Aragon Road is not always a quiet and best kept secret of rural tranquility, especially the fall hunting season brought several duck hunters to our area; their shots could be heard echoing across the lake in the early mornings, including Sundays. Ah well, that is the price we pay for living in a rich and diverse natural environment.
Towards the end of 2015 we also witnessed a concentration of police activity at the conservation area which ended in the tragic death of a person. Our community came together and our thoughts are with the victim and his family.
We hope that 2016 will bring good tidings to our road and that it will be a year of conservation and preservation of what we have, thanks to the actions of some of our neighbours past. The Cecil and Wilma Graham Park is included in Waterfront Master Plan of the city but any modification to the park will be simple and conform to the wishes of the donors that the area is “for the enjoyment of the public”. Whatever the preliminary design shows, such as a parking area and footpaths plus a boat ramp for small watercraft is scheduled at least ten years in the future. By then the Waterfront Master Plan is out of date and local government and citizens will come up with something different.
We will have to wait and see what happens with the 50 acres for sale just west of the Fitzpatrick Road and, separately, the potential sale of the Graham Farm, including the 10 acres at the end of the Graham land where the angel stone bungalow sits unoccupied.
The end of 2015 was also unusual for the weather that seems to be affected by El Nino, a huge boiling hot body of water off the Pacific coast of the Americas, it is big enough that it affects our local weather; as late as Saturday, January 2 of the new year, we observed geese, ducks and two white Mute Swans happily floating just beyond the frozen shallow Draper Bay in front of our house. The lake and the canal where wide open water and the birds obviously did not see the need to migrate a little south to open water around Front Road in Lake Ontario. Now they are all gone.
As soon as the Rural Advisory Committee meets and has relevant issues to report we will bring you up to date via our posts. In the meantime we wish everybody the very best for 2016.
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