Over 50 years ago, Albert Gale Real Estate (now Royal Lepage), had a tiny office downtown on Prescott Street, way before I landed here. The Albert Gale office was one of the first to jump on board to commence fundraising for the much needed new hospital expansion and to build the new community centre/municipal offices required to accommodate this fast growing community. This commitment was met in less than 3 years! As the company began to grow along with Kemptville, before amalgamation, it moved up to Highway 43 to a lot on the corner, transforming an existing bungalow into its offices. Full Circle This is where I got to know the realtors. In 2000, they joined Royal Lepage. For many years, they continued to work out of the same office and were very present in the community, working together on many events, collecting for the Mountain of Toys, participating in the Christmas Parade, Canada Day festivities, OPP barbecues, etc. Many of their agents were involved in our not for profit service clubs, all doing their part to ensure North Grenville stayed a vibrant community. After amalgamation, and as North Grenville began to see a surge in development, they were forced to move once again, now renting an even bigger space in the Colonnade Mall. And that is where many of you know them from. Now, after more than 50 years, they have returned to their roots, buying the former Scotiabank building in downtown Kemptville. This past Friday, they officially opened their doors, and to mark the opening, they invited Steve Clark and NG Council to a ribbon cutting. It’s incredible to enter this transformed building. You walk into a lovely new open entrance and are greeted by the main receptionist who is always willing to give you a tour. To the left is a lovely lounge, with kitchen facilities and comfortable chairs and sofas. It’s a very inviting space, and if you get a chance, please drop in to view what they have done. Welcome back to the downtown, Team Royal Lepage.