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Tiny Burritts Rapids making big noise for front-line workers

·2 min read

A small community in the Municipality of North Grenville, Burritts Rapids, has been making noise in support of the front-line workers fighting against COVID-19.

The holiday Monday was the 500th consecutive day of making noise to showcase the community's support of front-line workers.

North Grenville Mayor Nancy Peckford attended the 500th day of making noise, and has contributed to making noise with the Burritts Falls Noise Makers in the past to show her support.

"It's to recognize the front-line workers doing what they continue to do, bearing the brunt of the COVID pandemic," said Inge Van Gemeren, chairwoman of the Burritts Rapids Community Association.

"It's to honour and respect the work they're continuing to do," added Van Gemeren.

Months ago, to show their respect for front-line workers, a group of local neighbours, which included a local decommissioned church, would ring the church bell, until the rope had broken this past spring, but the noise making continued on, at exactly 7:30 p.m., among the small group of neighbours.

The Burritts Rapids residents have kept on making noise to honour the workers by clanking together pots and pans, ringing a small bell and honking car horns.

"It's certainly near and dear to their hearts," said Van Gemeren.

The Burritts Rapids Noise Makers began as a way to show community support to two nurses from Burritts Rapids, whose families, the Boesvelds and the Jefferys still participate in the noise making.

"We started it for the nurses but we do it for all front-line workers," said Beth Tilbury, a co-organizer for Burritts Rapids Noise Makers who is also participating in showing support.

"We do it for everyone but the two nurses were the prime reason we started," she added.

Since the beginning, the noise making in support of front-line workers has dwindled down over the last few months, but the neighbours haven't stopped yet.

Tilbury says she occasionally hears other car horns but her and her neighbours are the core group still participating, and continue to do it every day at 7:30 p.m.

"It's like our way of supporting the kids who grew up on the island that are now working in that industry," as front-line workers, said Jayne Couch-Moloney, who lives in the decommissioned church. Before the rope had broken she would participate in the noise making.

Jessica Munro, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brockville Recorder and Times

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