Rotary plans drive-thru dinner

CLIFFORD – The Clifford Rotary Club continues to take on projects to better the community of Clifford, even under these uncertain times, while following COVID-19 protocols and restrictions.

With approval of the Town of Minto, the drive-thru chicken barbecue dinner set for June 4 will be held at the community centre.

Rotary members started selling ‘advance only tickets’ in hopes the province would be out from under the stay-at-home orders. The barbecue was completely sold out as of May 20. The Rotarians thank the community for their support.

Another reason to hold a fundraiser is the Rotary Club and the Town of Minto are planning to develop the park property at the lights in Clifford, so funding and fundraising will be a big part to the success of developing the design.

A preliminary design by Sean Kelly, director of the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph was distributed and people had the opportunity to voice their opinions, add more ideas, and suggest options.

The park could include benches, tables, trees, plantings, paths, a pergola, and a paved parking lot. Hydro was added to the gazebo last year, but wifi could be added. There will be room for people to sit and be entertained by musicians or browse through the booths set up for a market. Simply sitting in the park to enjoy lunch or sipping on a soda under the shade of a tree while watching the traffic flow by on the main street could become a favoured pastime.

The Rotary bench and “Cliffy the little red pup” bench designed by Andy Pridham already attract a lot of attention, as do the public art telephone booths.

On May 20, a cement base was poured to prepare for the flag pole which will be donated by Bill Smith of W.C. Smith Wholesale Distributor Inc. in Clifford.