The president of Orillia’s Royal Canadian Legion is refuting rumours that members are contemplating a sale of the club’s waterfront building. Chuck Penny said he was unaware of any push to sell off the lakeside property and relocate the branch in the face of financial challenges. “That is certainly not on the executive’s mandate right now,” Penny told Orillia Today. “We are working away at things slowly, our bills are being paid.” The club will hold a regular general meeting on Wednesday evening, at which time members are free to broach issues related to the branch. “If somebody stands up and raises it, then you have to deal with it,” Penny said. “Certainly from the executive side, it is not an issue right now.” Despite maintaining a healthy membership, Orillia’s Legion is confronted with falling revenues, declining attendance and rising operating costs. A shortage of volunteers is also a concern. The club is taking steps to address funding problems and other challenges, but is not considering a sale of the property, Penny said. “We have not talked about selling the building and looking at alternatives,” he added. “I don’t think we would have trouble selling it. But what would you do, where would you go? “If we were to close that building, we would lose an awful lot of people,” he said.
Summer vacation could have been cut short this year. A calendar anomaly has Labour Day falling on September 7 this year, which forces school boards to begin the school year before the long weekend that characteristically marks the end of summer vacation. However, the Bluewater board has come up with a solution to save the final days of freedom, at least for students in the district. In following the rules of the Education Act, school boards across the province are required to begin the 2009 – 2010 school year prior to Labour Day. The Bluewater board decided to use some of the allowable professional activity (PA) days at the beginning of the year so that students will not have to attend classes until September 8. The school year for staff will begin on September 2. The schedule, which has students in class until June 29 will be submitted to the Ministry of Education for approval on May 1, 2009.