James Hillis

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The Forbes Park Leaning Tree

In Uncategorized on May 25, 2015 at 12:41 pm

Every Town and Every City has a very important landmark that needs to be preserved and recognized, oh sure it may not be the most beautiful object in the city, but then again beauty is in the eye of the beholder…ergo, the Library in Hespeler, certainly not my cup of tea but there are those who like it and who am I to argue about that, right Hagarty?  Mike Cahill most likely has a little spot in Galt that he considers a landmark maybe something along the lines of an Old post Office or something like that, we all know that Mayor Craig has plenty of landmarks that he wants preserved, but that is another story altogether.

The city of Pisa Italy has the leaning tower and now I would like to nominate a scenic landmark in  Hespeler along the same lines as the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

I have worked tirelessly(well, really when I have had spare time)  for almost 4 years on my dream of having the Forbes Park Leaning Tree dedicated as a natural wonder of Cambridge. Now what is the Forbes Park Leaning tree? It is a tree that sits in Forbes Park here in Hespeler that leans to the left or the right depending on which entrance to the park you are on. And on a sunny day it does sort of resemble the Leaning Tower Of Pisa. The only thing that could make me happier  is if My Maple leafs were to win the Stanley Cup or Barry Warren converted from his heathen Montreal fetish and became a leaf Fan.  The effort by myself and others was because of what that tree has meant to the Citizens of Hespeler over the many years that it has been growing, after all a lot of my generation has spent many a summer day in Forbes Park and that tree has always been a topic of conversation as well as a great source of shade during the warm days,  many Hespeler baby boomers  like many Hespeler residents before them and hopefully after us  have used the tree for various things like napping, learning to climb a tree and hiding under when caught in a rain shower.  “Many a teenage Summer night was spent either in the Gazebo or under that tree drinking Baby Duck Wine or Lemon Gin with our friends, it has real sentimental value with many of us”.  The designation would mean that the tree will be listed as a must see to visitors of Cambridge and should help improve the foot traffic to Downtown Hespeler, and hopefully with the help of my local Councillor Mike Devine we can have the official ceremony next July during the 2016 Great Hespeler Reunion. If it doesn’t happen then I am sure there will be a few of us next summer ready to do it ourselves.



Caught In Flight

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2015 at 6:54 pm


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