Something new in Marionville

MARIONVILLE – A partnership between the Township of North Dundas and the Marionville Citizens Committee has produced a series of lasting impressions for the hamlet.

Last week, 13 silhouettes were mounted to Bell Canada poles along the south side of Marionville Road, each depicting a feature of the area’s past or its present.

According to committee president Francois Marion, work began in June as designs for the silhouettes were collected.

The municipality funded part of the project through its Canada 150 grant program, while the committee chipped in the remainder of the cost. Chesterville’s Industrial Stainless fabricated each design, while Dundas Powerline installed each silhouette.

Each depiction is reflective of a part of the hamlet’s history, including the Catholic church in the centre of Marionville, built in 1904; a former rural schoolhouse on Ormond Road, which operated into the 1940s; Anastase Marion’s sugar cabin on Ormond Road; and various sporting activities, including baseball and broomball.

“The silhouettes will last for many years to come and are maintenance free – one of the driving forces behind the concept,” Marion said.

The total project cost was nearly $10,000.

“This project is an excellent example of how a small community like Marionville can work in partnership with the township to make [the village] and the township a better place to live… a success story everyone can be proud of,” Marion said.

Phase two of the silhouette hanging will be completed in 2018, with fixtures added along Gregoire Road, the other artery throughway in Marionville.