Second annual long-standing appreciation events celebrates local businesses

The Municipality of Mississippi Mills celebrated the achievement of local businesses on Wednesday evening at its 2nd Annual Long-standing Business Appreciation Event. Municipal Councillors, staff and members of the Community & Economic Development Committee joined together to highlight the impact that long-standing business owners along with their families have had on Mississippi Mills.

Mississippi Mills is a thriving community made up of long serving business people and family-run businesses. The long-standing business recognition event was created to recognize and thank local businesses for their contribution to the growth and successes of Mississippi Mills.

In an attempt to reach all businesses that have been in operation for more than 25 years, the annual event aims to honour between 20 and 30 businesses each year. During the event, 20 businesses were recognized and included several multi-generational farms that have passed their 100th year anniversary (the full list of recipients can be found below). This year, the evening included introductions and presentations from the Mayor and Councillors to the recipients with “years in business” pins, certificates of recognition, and “years in business” stickers.

If you would like to nominate a businesses for recognition, the Community and Economic Development Committee promotes and seeks nominations in the early fall each year.

The 2017 event was in part sponsored by Valley Heartland, Community Futures Development Corporation with Stacie Lloyd, Regional Economic Development Officer at Valley Heartland, on hand to help honour the recipients. Desserts, coffee and decor for the event were all provided by local businesses. Special thanks to Equator Coffee, Baker Bob’s, North Market, Tea & Cake Catering, Sweet Cheeks Bakery, Prior Engagements, and Acanthus Florist for your contributions to this wonderful evening.

Congratulations to the following deserving businesses for their long-standing contribution to Mississippi Mills!


Carnivic Lodge Bed & Breakfast – Carol & Vic Bodé 25 Years
Centennial Restaurant – Omar Rajab 25 Years
White Owl Antiques – John Newnham 26 years
Almonte Landscape Services – Allan Goddard 28 years
Evelyn Wheeler, Barrister & Solicitor 31 years
JRs Restaurant, March Road Motorsports – Jeff Robertson 32 years
LBL Contracting – Mervin Logan 39 years
Mississippi Meadows Honey – Richie & Margie Argue 42 years
Pat & Frank Vetter –  Lemon Tree Boutique, Menzies House 1850 Bed & Breakfast 42 years
H.B. Auto Services – John & Robert Branje 46 years
Blackburn Garage – Dave & Steve Blackburn 47 years
Oliver Toop Snow Removal and Excavation Services 50 years
Drummond House Movers – Davey Drummond 65 years
Grace Trucking – Dan Grace 70 years
Barr Lumber/Barr’s Sawmill – Harry Barr 80 years
Rosedale Farm – Ed, Doug & Jodi Lowry 100 years
Rockyrapid – Bert & Bev Thom 105 years
Tipper Holsteins – Jim Tims 100+ years
Symcroft – Glen & Ellen Syme 100+ years
Arthurs Beef & Cash Crop – Ray & Betty Ann Arthur 150+ years


For further information please contact the Municipality at 613-256-2064