In Gooderham some things change, some don’t
To the Editor,
I have lived in Gooderham for 58 years. When we moved here there were: two grocery stores, one of them with Esso gas pumps, a public school and two school bus lines and a bus that took the high school students to Haliburton (via Tory Hill as the Buckhorn Road was all but impassable), two churches, a garage with a licensed mechanic and Texaco gas pumps, a fully operational sawmill, the post office was in the red house that is next to the Cheongs’ store, a Lands and Forests complex and a fire tower south of town on Green’s Mountain, a bake shop, a barber shop, the Loyal Orange Lodge building (the chapter was no longer active, but the building was used as a community centre), a dance hall, an electrician/plumber, a carpenter, a restaurant west of the village and I have probably forgotten some businesses and there were no paved roads.
Today we have: one general store, a school bus to Haliburton, two churches, the best community centre in the Municipality of Highlands East, a fire department, a beautiful park and a well-maintained public beach, a garage with no licensed mechanic, a sawmill that may still operate sporadically, the post office is in the Ward 3 municipal complex and is operated by the municipality (at a loss under contract with Canada Post), a service industry that serves both permanent and seasonal residents, one year-round restaurant and one seasonal restaurant and a real estate office; again I may have overlooked some businesses, but our roads are paved.
Has Gooderham progressed, regressed or just changed with the times, as has every other community in Ontario? What has not changed is a group of folks who are resistant to change, (I think every community has these) the issue now being the relocation – not the closing – of the Gooderham post office. According to a letter in this week’s Echo, a threat is even being made: if the post office is relocated to our remaining general store some people won’t shop there. Well, that is a sure way to bring in the green boxes that other communities welcome but not that part of this community and could that lead the Cheong family, which has operated said store longer than anyone else, to decide that it is no longer welcome in this community?
Elva V. Bates