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Northumberland County open house this Thursday

By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today


As part of the activities for Local Government Week, you can put on the Northumberland County chain of office and have your picture taken wearing it.

You can check out snowplow blades painted up with symbols by public school students from schools in the county.

Or you can even try out some interactive CPR mannequins.

It's all taking place at the County headquarters from 10 a.m. until noon and from 4 to 7 p.m. this Thursday at 555 Courthouse Rd. in Cobourg as the county demonstrates the kinds of services it provides to its taxpayers and residents.

“This event is an opportunity for members of the public to learn about all of the many programs and services offered by the county, and to meet the people that deliver these services within our communities,” states a media release.

Among the displays and equipment to view will be antique wheelchairs from the county-owned Golden Plough Lodge (GPL) long-term care facility located adjacent to the county headquarters.

Asked if plans for the proposed new seniors' facility to replace the Lodge will be on display, county spokesperson Kate Campbell stated in an interview that “the work right now for the GPL rebuild is related to research, surveys, Ministry requirements and other studies that precede site planning and development, so we will not yet be featuring any formal plans.”

She also clarified how the public will be able to check out ambulance emergency services.

“The public will be able to interact with the CPR mannequins and our paramedic team representatives will also be pleased to demonstrate/show visitors how (the training versions) work.”

The entire day is geared to “connections” between various agencies, businesses and individuals, and local government – and to increase the public awareness about local government, especially the county's youth.

With this in mind several schools have already been participating by painting county snow plows which will be on display.