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Ribbon Cutting at the Embro Town Hall

Thistle Theatre was on hand to unveil the new universal and accessible washrooms and outdoor lift with an open house on Saturday.

EMBRO - The ribbon has been cut on the Canada 150 grants at the Embro Town Hall. 

Thistle Theatre was on hand to unveil the new universal and accessible washrooms and outdoor lift with an open house on Saturday. Branch Services Librarian with the Oxford County Library Christine McLaren says the Embro library also got a bit of a facelift. 

"We have a number of new furniture pieces, accessible shelving and revitalized children's area, so we are hoping that the community responds positively to the changes." 

Project Manager for the Thistle Theatre Canada 150 project Wendy Marshall explains why they wanted to install an elevator at the Town Hall. 

"Well the theatre space in this historic building is on the second floor and it's been a struggle for a number of years because we were unable to get people with accessibility issues to access the theatre. That is always disappointing when you have family members, children, grand children with accessibility issues who want to see a show, so we really wanted to address that concern that we had. Zorra Township owns the building and we rent it from them but they were very supportive with whatever changes we wanted to make." 

The total project cost about $220, thousand dollars with the Canada 150 grant covering $140, thousand dollars and the community provided over $33,000 through fundraising efforts for the project. The elevator will be ready for use in time for the Thistle Theatre's next production in March. 

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