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					                                            Downtown Cambridge
                                                          “Galt on the Grand”
                                                       B.I.A. Newsletter
Fall 2009

Your Board of Management:
                                                         Your BIA Works For You
Shane Murphy
Tel: 519-623-4932                    Comments from the Chair
Email:           The Galt core has more than amazing old buildings. We have a hub of people who have lived
                                     and worked in the downtown for well over 50 years.
Vice Chair:
                                     This summer we lost some of our history with the passing of Flo. Flo lived in the core for
Reid Renewal Ltd.
Harvey Reid                          thirty seven years (17 – 54), most of the time on Main Street. Flo had been the eyes and the
Tel: 519-658-3138                    ears of our street, good or bad, Flo knew what was happening day and night. She will be
Email:          missed.
                                     Sophie has been brewing coffee or sweeping the streets of Galt since 1959. She worked at Tops
Treasurer/Secretary:                 Restaurant for her brother. She then moved to Main Street to Diana’s Restaurant until her
F.J. Brown & Son
Tom Brown                            retirement. Her sons Fred and Steve who now own Mr. Sub’s have been working downtown
Tel: 519-621-4910                    most of their lives. Sophie is still sweeping the streets and giving words of wisdom fifty years
Email:            later.
                                     Lets’ not forget Tom Brown and the boys who have been meeting every morning for years to
Board Members:                       solve the world’s problems.
Adam Cull                            We have half a dozen lawyers who have been handing out legal advice for well over 30 years.
Tel: 519-622-1799                    Reid’s chocolate have been stirring the pot …. of chocolate for years from Main Street to
Email:             Ainslie Street. Their chocolate is known across Canada.
                                     Fred Thyssen and his father have been bringing quality shoes to Main Street for 39 years.
Reid Candy & Nut Shop
                                     The Shoe Clinic on Mill Street is like stepping back in time. There is no shoe they cannot fix
Ted Drew- Smith
Tel: 519-621-6988                    for a great price and workmanship.
Email:                               Danny the Barber has been spinning his customers for years with great stories, as well as   giving back to the community.
The Golden Kiwi                      George’s Restaurant has been known for their famous number 18 for over 55 years.
Len Owens                            Our Farmers Market continues to be where neighbours and friends meet over fresh produce and
Tel: 519-622-3722                    baked goods. From the chicken man to the cheese guy and everyone in between. This is what
Email:           traditional farmers markets are about.
City Councillor                      Galt has a history in both buildings and people. As we move forward with new growth in our
Ben Tucci                            core, we will take this history and add to it. Downtown Galt is on the edge of something great.
Email:                               I cannot wait to see what 2010 will bring. As we end this year, my hope is that we can look
                                     forward with enthusiasm. Galt is made of strong buildings and people who can withstand the
                                     rough times and smile in the great times.
                                     Best wishes for a great 2010.

                                     Shane Murphy
                                     P.S. Hope to see everyone at our Christmas get together on December 10, 2009 at 6:00pm at the
                                     Golden Kiwi.
Non Voting Committee
Members:                           Comments from the Executive Director
Liaison for the City               Another summer season comes to end and we are currently enjoying the fall colours and soon
Yvette Rybensky
Email:                             we will be celebrating Christmas in Downtown Cambridge Galt on the Grand!!     Although our Car Show and Summerfest Bazaar & Block Party had the challenges of intermittent
                                   rain throughout the day, many still came to enjoy what they could of our events!
Executive Director
                                   Again, we are asking for members to help with our events by either volunteering your time on
Andrea Stebbings
Email:                             the day of the event or attending event meetings so we can brainstorm to come up with bigger      and better ideas for this year. Your suggestions are much appreciated!!
                                   Please know that our door is always open at the BIA office to address any questions or
                                   concerns that you may have or drop by for coffee/tea and have a chat. Monique and I would
Monique Carriere
Email:                             love to see you!!!
                                   Andrea Stebbings

City of Cambridge Key
                                       “A committed membership leads to a successful BIA”
Chief Administrative Officer
Jim King
519-740-4683 ext. 4518             Your BIA In Action
Economic Development               Our first BIA Business Directory has been completed and copies have been delivered to all
Division Director                  participating members. Should you require any copies, please contact Monique at the office. To
Bo Densmore
519-740-4536 ext.4511              date more than 1,000 copies have been distributed to such agencies as the Waterloo Regional
                                   Tourism, Kitchener and Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, local real estate agents etc.
Commissioner of
Transportation and Public          If you did not participate in this year’s booklet and wish to be included in our next directory,
Works                              please contact Monique at the office to obtain details.
Ed Kovacs
519-740-4682 ext 4546

Acting Commissioner of
Community Services
                                   The Annual Car Show was held on Saturday, June 20, 2009. Rain did dampen this event,
Reg Weber                          however, 15 cars and their owners did brave the rainy weather. Congratulations to the
519-740-4681 ext 4635              following winners:
City Clerk                         In first place, T & E Upson with a 1955 Ford Thunderbird.
Alex Mitchell                      In second place, John Showkowy with a 1961 Amphicar 770
519-740-4680 ext 4585
                                   In third place, Ken Osborn with a 1973 Plymouth Cuda.
Commissioner of Planning
Janet Babcock
519-740-4650 ext 4576
                                   Cambridge Core Areas Patrol
Commissioner of Corporate
                                   Our CCAP program successfully completed its 13th year with 9 returning patrollers, one of them
Steven Fairweather                 becoming the CCAP Coordinator. Positive comments were received from members as well as
519-740-4685 ext 4500              visitors to the downtown core area. Cst. Ray Mitton and Cst. Nathan Loucks of the Waterloo
Fire Department – Fire Chief       Regional Police Community Resources Branch have been very supportive of the program and
Terry Allen                        have worked diligently to keep the lines of communication open at all times.
                                   The BIA Board would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the CCAP Patrollers and the
                                   Waterloo Regional Police for their continued support in keeping Downtown Cambridge Galt on the
                                   Grand a safe place for our BIA members and visitors into the area.
B.I.A. Mission Statement:       Please keep this page for future reference of our upcoming events
The main purpose of the BIA
Board is to revitalize,         Happenings in the Downtown Core
beautify and maintain a
dynamic downtown core
                                A Christmas Open House will be held by Rosalind’s on Friday, November 13, 2009
area by creating a cleaner,
safer, and more congenial       from 5:00pm to 9:00pm and Saturday, November 14, 2009 from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
atmosphere that benefits all
local businesses. The Board     Another Christmas Open House will be held by F.J. Brown & Son and Enchanted Castle on
will endeavour to establish a   Friday, November 20, 2009.
network of relationships and
partnerships within the core
area to encourage effective     Our Christmas window decorating contest will be held again this year. Please have your
communication between its       windows decorated by December 1st. Judging will take place from December 1,
members and the Board of        2009 to December 10, 2009. Prizes will be awarded to the top three at the BIA
Management.                     Christmas celebration at the Golden Kiwi.

                                Join us on Thursday, December 10, 2009 at the Golden Kiwi at 6:00pm for our
                                Christmas Membership Party. We look forward to seeing you there. Further details to follow.

                                On Saturday, December 12, 2009 will be our Downtown Christmas Celebration with
                                horse and trolley rides, activities for children, gift wrapping, and the Cambridge Kiwanis
                                Boys Choir performing at City Hall at 12:30pm.

                                The Unsilent Night event will be held on Monday, December 21, 2009. The
                                organizers of this event have requested that members show their support and participation by
                                leaving on their decorative Christmas lights the night of this event.

                                Our AGM has been tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, March 23, 2010.

                                We have scheduled our 5th Annual Car Show for Saturday, June 19, 2010. We are
                                expanding the event this year by including a street dance with a 50’s/60’s theme.

                                Our Summerfest Bazaar and Block Party has been scheduled for Saturday, August 7,

                                Dates to Remember
                                November 13-14, 2009       - Rosalinds Christmas Open House
                                November 20, 2009          - Christmas Open House at F.J. Brown & Son and
                                                             Enchanted Castle.
                                December 10, 2009          - Christmas Membership Party at the Golden Kiwi
                                December 12, 2009          - Downtown Christmas Celebration
                                December 21, 2009          - Unsilent Night
Contact Us                      March 23, 2010 (tentative) - BIA AGM
                                June 19, 2010              - 5th Annual Car Show and Street Dance
                                August 7, 2010              - Summer Music Festival
REMINDER: There is no garbage pick-up on Saturdays and Sundays.
Please do not put your garbage out on Friday or Saturday nights.
Should you have an event, activity or news that you would like added to our
website and/or newsletter, please contact the office. We would be pleased to
hear from you.

What’s New with Our Members
Congratulations to Rosalind’s on the successful launch of their signature travel/spa line.

Phidon Pens had their first year anniversary celebration on September 18 & 19, 2009 and it was
an undeniable success.

Laura at Cambridge Institute of Advanced Aesthetics and Laser Hair Removal also celebrated her
first year anniversary in the core. Congratulations!

Michael Menard, owner of Eyelevel Graphics has relocated from 55 Main Street to 18 Grand
Avenue. On behalf of the BIA Board, Michael, we wish you continued success in your business.

A warm welcome goes out to Greg & Stacey Springall from Euphoria located at #101-20 Dickson

We also welcome Genevieve Beaton of Tweed Studio located at 71 Dickson Street.

Para-Ti also celebrates its’ first year anniversary. Congratulations Lucy!

Bridging Oceans Imports opened on Saturday, October 24, 2009. They are located at 67 Main
Street. Welcome to Alison Sandaj.

Community Resources
Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank (Food Hampers)………..….519-622-6550
Cambridge Vine Yard (Meals)..……………………….…519-623-4639
Salvation Army (Vouchers)..……………………………519-623-1221
Trinity Community (Meals).…………………………….519-623-0858
Cambridge Shelter (Nightly Meals)………………………519-624-9305
Argus Residence for Men (16-24)………………………..519-623-7991
Argus Residence for Woman (16-24)……………………..519-650-0452
Cambridge Shelter (The Bridges)………………………...519-624-9305
Haven House (Women’s Crisis)………………….………519-653-2289
Thought for the Day
Which Am I?

I watched them tear a building down,
A crew of men in a busy town,
With a ho-heave-ho and lusty yell,
They swung a beam and a side wall fell.

I asked the foreman, “Are these men skilled
And the men you’d hire if you had to build?”
He gave a laugh and said “No indeed!
Just common labour is all I need.”

“I can easily wreck in a day or two
What builders have taken a year to do.”
And I thought to myself as I went my way,
Which of these roles have I tried to play?

Am I a builder who works with care,
Measuring life by the rule and square?
Am I shaping my deeds to a well made plan,
Patiently doing the best I can?
Or am I a wrecker who walks the town,
Content with the labour of tearing down?