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'Much money must be generated through their cash registers'to the editor,
Posted June 30, 2014I was shocked to read Rod Barrett's letter stating that there had been numerous complaints to and meetings with New Tecumseth council about noise in Tottenham.
For over 10 years I have lived above Blue Sky Eatery on Mill St. W, considered myself a 'neighbour' of Taste of Freedom, have yet to be bothered by noise from that establishment and would like to clarify I am not one of the 'anonymous' neighbours Mr. Barrett speaks for.
A report on the Town's website lists eight events over the course of this summer that have been granted an exemption to the noise by-law from 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. In addition to eeddings, a birthday and an anniversary, there is a fundraiser for Kid's with Autism, and participation in the Pub Crawl for Community Week.
The report also mentions that "The owner of the Inn had indicated that he has instructed his musicians to keep the sound on a lower level, especially after 9:00 p.m. There will be no drums, only string guitars and vocalists who are local."
I feel it is important to note and easily verified that the proprietors of our local establishments can be counted on for the generosity of their contributions to the betterment of all the community, especially at these times of dire need of support for community groups such as the Food Bank, BTBIA, Chamber of Commerce, Matthews House, Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation, Blue Grass Festival, CRIC to name a few.
Each and every one of these groups rely on the generosity of our business community in that they can become and remain good custodians not only for richness of the very basic staples for the less fortunate of our 'neighbours' but also enrichment through art, culture and entertainment for our community.
In order to do this in the large manner as they do, through hard work and long hours, much money must be generated through their cash registers to reach the pocket books of our community support groups. These large donations are offered unselfishly and generally in conjunction with many many hours of volunteer service.
In closing, perhaps Mr. Barrett would care to speak for himself only, (and not other unnamed 'neighbours' including the one that lives two blocks away on Sullivan). And in all fairness, take the time to acknowledge the important and very generous contributions our local businesses make towards the benefit of our entire community.