Recreation Programs for Winona are solid and good to go! If you haven’t registered yet, hurry and do it as programs have just started. We had to relocate some programs as the new Winona Public School wasn’t ready to accommodate the recreation programs right away, but everything has now been accommodated within the community. Please see the programs below and make sure that you and your children are registered asap. John Knox Christian School (795 Hwy 8, Stoney Creek) will operate on Tuesday evenings starting January 10th. Registered Programs are Kinder Sports Mix 6-6:45 pm (Ages 4-5), Basketball 7-8 pm (Ages 6-10), Adult Volleyball 8:15-9:30 pm (Ages 18+) Stoney Creek Community Church (605 Hwy 8, Stoney Creek) will operate on Thursday evenings starting January 12th. Registered Programs are Creative Comicing 6-7 pm (Ages 7-14), Drawing for Kids 7:10-8:10 pm (Ages 7-14), Pilates 8:15-9:15 pm (Ages 18+), Yoga 6:30-8 pm (Ages 18+) Stoney Creek Community Church (605 Hwy 8, Stoney Creek) will operate on Saturday mornings starting January 14th. Registered Programs are Creative Movement (Ages 3-5) 9-9:30 am, 9:35-10:05 am, and 10:10-10:40 am; Ballet (Ages 5-6) 10:40-11:25 am. The challenge that we faced with locations in Winona is that the Recreation Division is not permitted to use the “old” Winona school at 255 Winona Road and the Board of Education is not taking outside bookings for the new Winona Public School yet. As a result, we had programs to offer but no facility to offer them. Fortunately, we were able to book John Knox Christian School for the gym programs and then able to find space at the Stoney Creek Community Church for the fitness, dance and art programs. It is intended that the Winter programs will continue at these locations, but the spring programs will return to Winona Public Elementary at Barton St & Lewis Rd. I am thrilled to announce that the “Erland Lee (Museum) Home” is tentatively scheduled to re-open this spring. After a long year of working with the Community and Women’s Institute members, a committee has been created to begin the process of re-opening “The Lee”. During the first meeting of that committee (Jan/2012) a cheque in the amount of $3,500.00 was presented by a member of the Prince Edward District Women’s Institute, Eveyln Peck to the “Friends of the Lee” member Margaret Byl. The 2012 Budget process is well underway and it will be a lengthy process with a lot of meetings. I am looking very closely at all aspects related to operating the City in an effort to find savings and efficiencies. A list of all the meetings are on my web page at www.brendajohnson.ca and also you can watch the meetings live via the web and those instructions are included on my web inside the calendar meeting dates.
I’m looking at hosting some informal open houses in the month of February and they will be at both Municipal Buildings (Glanbrook & Stoney Creek) and in both the afternoon and the evening. I look forward to meeting with you and sharing your ideas and concerns about Ward 11 and the City.