No nominations for Gillies council

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GILLIES, ONT. — With a month to go before nominations close, nobody has filed papers for the reeve’s post or the four councillor jobs in Gillies Township as of yet.

Veteran Gillies councillor Bill Groenheide said he’s sitting on the fence right now regarding another run for council.

“It’s still in the air, I don’t know yet,” said Groenheide, owner of the family-run Tarrymore Farms.

“It’s been almost 20 years I’ve been doing it, so it’s time for some young bucks to get into it.”

As far as the empty list of candidates for council is concerned, Groenheide added, “No one has really come forward just yet.”

The small agricultural township is best known for their annual Hymers Fall Fair, where vendors show off their wares, while horse and cattle are paraded around the fairgrounds.

The fair has been around for 110 years and will take place once again on the Labour Day weekend from Sept. 4-5.

Groenheide knows this popular fair is what makes his township distinctive.

“It’s a rural community, so it’s unique that way,” Groenheide said. “Everybody knows everybody, we try to get along and things work out pretty good here.”

Candidates have until Aug. 19 to file their nomination papers with the municipal election set for Oct. 24.

John Nagy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Chronicle-Journal

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