The United Empire Loyalists of Canada - Bicentennial Branch (Southwestern Ontario)
Regular Branch Meeting
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March 13, 2010
Church of the Epiphany, Kingsville

Bicentennial Branch returned to its Loyalist roots on March 13 by conducting the regular branch meeting without electricity. It wasn’t by choice that we were left in the dark, but it made for an interesting twist in how the agenda unfolded. Added drama was provided by the arrival of the Kingsville South Firefighters who assured us there was no need for alarm. It seems high winds blew a tree onto power lines cutting electricity to downtown Kingsville as well as 1,370 customers in Gosfield South and Colchester South.

Special thanks to our guest speaker Lydia Miljan, who delivered an interesting talk without the aid of microphone or power point presentation. Lydia is Arts and Science Program Chair and Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Windsor. She spoke to us as Chair of the Kingsville Heritage Municipal Advisory Committee, a group she has been involved with since its inception in 2004. Among its goals, the KMHAC actively promotes heritage in the community by making recommendations to Council to designate landscape and built property as heritage properties. The terms of reference granted to the Committee by Town Council include promoting and protecting built heritage in the municipality. One of the tasks of the committee is to provide an inventory of homes to allow for proper planning and property rights for owners of homes with heritage attributes.

United Empire Loyalist names Wigle and Scratch are found within the records of heritage homes in the town of Kingsville. A monument dedicating the site of the Negro Cemetery on Divison Road North was erected by the Kingsville Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee in 2005. This cemetery is featured on the UELAC Dominion Website under the heading of Loyalist Monuments.

The committee has recognized 400 properties of heritage value in the Kingsville area. At this time, eighteen homes have heritage markers, one has been approved and one is recommended for consideration. In order to receive designation, it is necessary to provide accurate historical records to support the recommendation. Photos and additional information on Kingsville heritage homes is available at the KMHAC website

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