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NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release Dated: March 16, 2018

UPGRADES COMPLETED AT EDINBURGH SQUARE HERITAGE & CULTURAL CENTRE THANKS TO $45,000 OTF GRANT HALDIMAND COUNTY, ON – On Friday, March 16, Haldimand County hosted a plaque presentation ceremony to mark the completion of upgrades at Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre. Local MPP Toby Barrett and OTF Grant Review Team member Catherine Stidsen were on site to present Deputy Mayor Rob Shirton and County staff with a plaque and experience firsthand how upgrades at the Centre are making a difference. “This investment by the Ontario Trillium Foundation is great news for many in our community,” said Toby Barrett, MPP for Haldimand-Norfolk. “The improvements made as a result of the OTF grant – including HVAC upgrades, improved lighting and washroom enhancements – were necessary to ensure this monumental edifice is preserved and enjoyed for years to come,” he continued. Lighting in the museum is extremely important and the installation of energy efficient LEDs will not expose archival material, artifacts or delicate objects to harmful UV rays which can easily degrade light sensitive items. Similarly, HVAC system upgrades was required to maintain proper environmental conditions necessary to preserve artifacts and archival material. In addition to these upgrades, asbestos abatement work was completed to alleviate the risk of the aging product becoming friable and posing potential health risks. The total cost for all improvements at the Centre rang in at $91,080.25, 50% of which will be covered by the OTF grant. "The impact of this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant cannot be underestimated,” said Rob Shirton, Haldimand County’s Deputy Mayor. “This grant has allowed us to expedite these muchneeded improvements, and we are very grateful for the funding received. Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre celebrates its 160th birthday this year, so it’s really something to celebrate.” An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. - 30 -

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