In his letter (Port Stanley...I wonder) Mr. Smith has chosen to provide a litany
of what he perceives as drawbacks or failures of the village of Port Stanley. Yep,
Port Stanley has its problems, controversies, challenges and issues...who doesn't?
However, "Port" has not one, but two of the nicest beaches on Lake Erie's north
shore. "Port" has numerous and varied eating spots...Mackie's, Gt's, the Windjammer,
Kettle Creek Inn, Solo's to name some...my apologies to those who didn't make my
"off the cuff" list!. The village also has a newly renovated gem of a theatre right
in the heart of town, great, affordable entertainment summer and winter. The theatre
building houses one of the prettiest library facilities in Southern Ontario. The
harbour is looking sharp, the walkway to the lighthouse is a "must do" (in summer!)
while in "Port", and the variety of shopping available is a treat. We have an active
business group (BIA) and an active citizens group (PSVA) who are making a difference
in how the village develops. I should also mention the very involved service organizations...Lions,
Lioness, Optimists, Over "55" club. We have numerous art galleries and displays,
supported by two active arts groups....Port Stanley Artists Guild and Association
of Port Stanley Artists. Volunteers have stepped up to organize weekend long festivals!
To top it off: Port Stanley is home to some of the most friendly, interesting, warm
people I've ever met.
So Mr Smith, I hope your comments about "Port" were "tongue in cheek" because if
you look past the warts.... you will find a welcoming, attractive, warm community....a
great spot for residents, visitors, and retirees alike.