CITY PAGES: Covered Bridge, Bookmobile, and New Leadership at PIN

The City of Guelph puts out a lot of information on a weekly basis, and while it all ends up on the City’s website somewhere, wouldn’t it be easier to just scroll through it all on one easy-to-read article on Guelph Politico here…?

New Lighting Upgrades Guelph Landmark

If you’re looking for a new place to take a selfie, or an attractive new Guelph location to take a walk by, would you settle for a new spin on a Guelph classic? The City of Guelph has unveiled “Glow Guelph“, a series of “strategically-placed” LED lights staged along the walls and the ceiling of the covered bridge between Royal City Park and York Road Park that’s meant to highlight the four seasons and the surrounding nature around the bridge, while enhancing the bridge’s design.

“Parks have served as a beacon of light during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Matthew Thomas, Manager of Tourism and Farmers’ Market in a statement. “Glow Guelph highlights an asset in our community and encourages safe visits to Guelph and local exploration in uncertain times.”

The Glow Guelph project was made possible with $15,000 from a Regional Tourism Organization 4 (RTO4) grant for the Shareable Moment Challenge. The City is encouraging everyone to share pictures and videos of the illuminated covered bridge on social media using the hashtag #GlowGuelph. The lights are on every night from dusk until 11 pm.

The Bookmobile is Back!

All branches of the Guelph Public Library were re-opened in the summer, but there was one very specific library service that remained unavailable… until now! Starting on Tuesday October 13, the Bookmobile will be back on the road, following week one of their Fall 2020 schedule, but out of safety concerns it will not be making some of the regular stops for the time being. Picking up library materials at the Bookmobile will be slightly different, along with physical distancing measures like one person at a time being allowed to pick-up materials, library staff is encouraging everyone to put material on hold in advance using the library’s online catalogue. If you need a hand, or would like to ask a question about the new Bookmobile process, send an email to askus [at] guelphpl.ca.

Virtual Studio Tour Begins Next Week

For a lot of people, their favorite part of the October calendar is the annual Guelph Studio Tour, and if you’re thinking that there will be no tour in 2020, you’re wrong. It’s just that this year, it will be virtual. From October 17 to 31, about 36 local artists and artisans will be taking part in an online version of this year’s Studio Tour showing off paintings, prints, sculptures, and fine crafts, and yes, you will be able to buy the virtually displayed art, and arrange pick-up with the various vendors. For more information, go to the Studio Tour website.

Guelph Police Looking for Speeders This Weekend

It’s the Thanksgiving long weekend, which means it’s time for Operation Impact, the annual road safety initiative endorsed by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. This year’s theme (yes, there are themes) is “Safety Doesn’t Happen by Accident,” which is meant to remind everyone that we all have a part to play in road safety. From distracted driving to seat belt use to impaired driving, Operation Impact focuses on both education and enforcement. For it’s part, the Guelph Police Service says that they will be focusing on aggressive driving and speeding this weekend. Operation Impact runs through Monday on area roads.

New Executive Director for PIN

The Board of Directors for the People and Information Network (PIN) have named Kim Cusimano as the new executive director. “She has a passion for volunteerism,and we are confident that she has the ability to lead the organization as we continue to respond to the needs of our community during the pandemic and beyond,” said board chair Janet Kaufman in a statement.

Cusimano brings years of volunteer experience with her to the job including a nearly seven year stint at the Director of Recreation and Volunteer Services at the Village of Arbour Trails, plus she’s also been acting interim executive director of PIN since April. “Now, more than ever, bringing people together in the pursuit of information, meaningful volunteer opportunities and leadership growth and connection in the community benefit sector is key,” said Cusimano. “I am thrilled to work alongside the Board, team and community as we head into our 20th anniversary in 2021 and beyond.”

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