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Thursday August 23, 2018 10:27PM - 0 Comment(s)



1. Pursuant to Section 81 of The Local Government Elections Act notice is hereby given of a poll to be held on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 for the purpose of electing one (1) person to serve on the Council of the Town of Oxbow. 2. Polling will take place at the Town of Oxbow council chambers located at 307 Main Street, on September 12th between the hours of 9am and 8pm. 3. An Advance Poll will take place at the Town of Oxbow council chambers located at 307 Main Street, on Thursday,... More...

Wednesday August 22, 2018 03:43PM - 0 Comment(s)



This past weekend, Carlyle had an event that was created by volunteers, funded by donation and provided at no cost to the community. Wowzers. It was a gift that showcased the good things about living in a small town. Add in some food trucks, some live music, and a main street beer gardens, and you have such a great pay off. Lets think about this for a minute, people who didn't have to, gave up their time and their resources to give the community a great time. Gratitude should be a given.... More...

Tuesday August 21, 2018 09:41AM - 2 Comment(s)



It can be done. There are economical reasons why it should be done. There are lots of ways other communities are doing it. But, and its a big but (see what I did there?) a community cannot be saved if there is no "community" to rebuild. Community starts with the people who live there. Here are some things I've observed, learned, been taught and paid attention to: 1. It takes good people on Council who are willing to make changes. Being on Council is a tough, tough job, when you do it right.... More...

Thursday August 16, 2018 01:04PM - 0 Comment(s)



In 1926, in Manor, Council recorded in their minutes a tax exemption for back taxes and further taxes exempted for a Mrs. (name withheld) because the house in question was being run as a 'maternity home' also known as a home for unwed mothers. The tax exemption was to apply "for as long a time as she continues on as a maternity home." Thus, off I go, down the rabbit hole. Let me explain. The purpose of my research is to compare these two communities and figure out why today one community... More...

Thursday August 09, 2018 10:28AM - 1 Comment(s)



I am writing my ARP (Applied Research Paper) for my MBA in Community Economic Development (CED). I've been working towards this final assignment for 4 years--and I am having a blast. As part of my research, I am reviewing Council Minutes in both Carlyle and Manor, beginning my comparison in 1925--the first year for which there are comparable records. It is my hope that by learning about the impacts historical decision making--with the benefit of hindsight--I can learn what practices work to... More...

Sunday August 05, 2018 12:23PM - 1 Comment(s)



The Town of Oxbow is offering a new grant program to non-profit organizations within the community of Oxbow. Following are the details. GUIDELINES: Applicants must be a registered non-profit that provides an overall benefit to the community. Religious or political organizations not eligible. The grant request must be for capital or equipment purchases, for specific programming or for a special project. It may not be used to supplement general operating costs. Maximum grant amount $3,000.... More...

Tuesday July 31, 2018 01:31PM - 0 Comment(s)



Almost every person I know is on a committee, and almost every committee I know is seeking funds for something. From bake sales, to chase the ace, from dances with a bar, to lotteries, each of these committees are training to raise funds mostly to improve the quality of life for some sector of our population. Grant writing is an important tool in the tool box for non-profit groups of all kinds. Some organizations depend on grants for their organizational operations, while others look to... More...

Wednesday July 25, 2018 10:35AM - 0 Comment(s)



When I read ads from small communities looking for an economic developer, I often notice that part of the job description involves some aspect of marketing the community so that people will bring their businesses from out of town to come and and set up shop in their town. This strikes me on a couple of levels. One, it clearly demonstrates that the committee that is hiring does not realize that no amount of marketing your community to business is going to result in a benefit to your community.... More...

Tuesday July 24, 2018 03:21PM - 0 Comment(s)



Introduction If you sit on a town, village or hamlet Council, it is important you understand that the decisions you make now, more than ever, will have a direct impact on whether or not your community is still around in the next 10 years. Gone are the days when you can just react to whatever thing is happening outside of your community limits. If your community is going to survive, and eventually thrive, it is time you started considering the following essentials when it comes to sustaining... More...

Monday July 16, 2018 01:33PM - 1 Comment(s)



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