submitted by Jill Sturdy, Municipality of NG

This year marks the 25th anniversary of North Grenville as an amalgamated municipality, born out of the infamous ice storm of 1998 when the historic Oxford-on-Rideau Township, Town of Kemptville and Township of South Gower were merged through the Province of Ontario to create the Municipality of North Grenville.

To celebrate this notable quarter-century milestone, Council has been hosting its monthly Council meetings in the historic hamlets of Oxford Mills, Bishop’s Mills, South Gower and Burritts Rapids.

A culminating event to celebrate 25 years together is being planned in Kemptville on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, at the North Grenville Municipal Centre. During the event, former mayors, elected officials, and community leaders will be recognised.

“As we embrace this milestone, Council invites all members of the community to come together and honour the collective contributions that have shaped North Grenville’s character and enduring spirit of generosity,” highlighted Mayor Nancy Peckford. “We look forward to celebrating the past and envisioning the future of North Grenville — a community that remains deeply proud of our rural roots as we continue to grow and thrive.”

Celebrating North Grenville’s 25th Anniversary – Event Details

The 25th Anniversary event will bridge the past, present, and future of our beloved municipality, marking the significant moment when North Grenville was officially formed through the amalgamation of the three townships.

Tuesday, September 26, 2023
6:30 – 8:30 pm
North Grenville Municipal Centre, 285 CR 44, Kemptville

The evening promises a stroll down memory lane, accompanied by special guests, speakers, and music. A highlight of the event will be the ceremonial presentation of a Mayoral Chain of Office to past and present mayors of North Grenville. This ceremonial chain will be worn in formal settings by present and future mayors as a testament to our incredible history and shared journey together.

A reception with light refreshments will follow the ceremony, offering a chance to reconnect and enjoy local cuisine.

Who Do You Know – Calling all past councillors, committee members and staff

To help us celebrate 25 years, the Municipality is issuing an open invitation to all past councillors, advisory committee members, past township and municipal staff, and community leaders from not only North Grenville, but also from the Town of Kemptville and the Townships of Oxford-on-Rideau, and South Gower to join us on Tuesday, September 26th for the formal event and reception. Spouses, family members and friends are also most welcome to join.

Recognizing that the unwavering dedication and service of so many individuals and organizations who have been instrumental in shaping the vibrant community we are today, it is our hope that we can bring together as many of those who were part of the lead up to and the amalgamation itself as we can.

RSVP by September 15th: To ensure that we can accommodate everyone, please call or RSVP to [email protected] or call 613-258-9569 x 184. Please reach out for inquiries or special arrangements.

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