Municipality endorses Community Living Pinwheels for Peace
By Liz Dadson


Kincardine council

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Holding their Pinwheels for Peace and serving treats at the Kincardine council meeting last night (Sept. 17), are Cassandra Ritchie (L), Jeffery Vande Klippe, Bethany Collins and Allan Moore of Community Living of Kincardine and District

Community Living of Kincardine and District has about 500 Pinwheels for Peace that it plans to "plant" throughout Kincardine and Huron-Kinloss Friday.

The group has already received permission from the township, so came to Kincardine council last night (Sept. 17) for approval to put the pinwheels around Kincardine as well.

Allan Moore of Community Living said that the organization has been part of the Pinwheels for Peace program since 2009.

"The pinwheels remind people to be kind to each other," he said. "We would like to plant the pinwheels in Kincardine, Friday, Sept. 19, for the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21. We thank you for all the support you have given us for Pinwheels for Peace."

"On behalf of council, we thank Community Living for bringing treats once again to our council meeting," said mayor Larry Kraemer. "And thank you for all your hard work and dedication to this project."

Jeffery Vande Klippe (R) of Community Living of Kincardine and District, assists Kincardine chief building official Michele Barr in choosing from all the tasty treats served last night at the council meeting

Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, of Coconut Creek, Florida.

There are now more than 3.5-million pinwheels spinning in more than 3,000 locations, including Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, South America and, of course, Kincardine!

Peace doesn't necessarily have to be associated with the conflict of war; it can reflect our feelings about kindness, tolerance, co-operation, harmony, unity and peace of mind in our daily lives. Peace doesn't need to be limited to one day, but each of us can make choices every day about how we decide to live with one another.

The pinwheels are beautifully decorated on one side, and carry messages about peace, generosity, and living in harmony with others, on the other side.

Last year, Community Living planted more than 200 pinwheels in the downtown gardens at Victoria Park, the boardwalk, the municipal administration building, and the Davidson Centre.


Allan Moore (R) of Community Living of Kincardine and District, presents a Pinwheel for Peace to Kincardine mayor Larry Kraemer at the council meeting last night (Sept. 17)

The group would like to see even more pinwheels this year, and invites people to make their own pinwheels with family and friends, and plant them in the gardens around their homes and on their lawns.

"Let's show our community that we can all work together to make peace an important issue in our community."

For more information, go on-line to http://www.pinwheelsforpeace.com or call Community Living at 519-396-9439, Ext. 227.

Liz Dadson

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014