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Chelsea seniors housing could copy Wakefield design By Lucy Scholey The seniors housing setup in Chelsea could be a copy of the Wakefield model: two separate

villages with two units of affordable accommodation. That’s what the municipality’s senior citizen housing committee is proposing to its older residents.

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The committee laid out preliminary plans at the Farm Point Community Centre on Sept. 29, proposing two possible locations for the villages: Farm Point, along St. Clement Road, and Old Chelsea. Both are close to services and both are located in “two distinct villages.” The details are not yet confirmed, but the municipality is providing $5,300 towards a feasibility study. With $10,000 from the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation and $5,000 from a board of Outaouais elected officials (CREO), the $20,300 available for the study will kick start the project. According to Statistics Canada, Chelsea’s seniors in 2006 represented about 7.8 per cent of the population. In the rest of Quebec, seniors made up 14.3 per cent of the total population.

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Josh Moon, a member of the committee, said Chelsea’s seniors count is dwindling. “There’s something wrong here,” he said. “We’re losing our seniors and I don’t think it’s a balanced community.” Chelsea’s preliminary plan is similar to the seniors’ housing

setups in Wakefield and Masham. The $4.2-million project consists of two buildings with 12 housing units in each, with residents paying $550 to $650 in rent. There will be another meeting about seniors’ housing in the southern region of the municipality. Details are forthcoming.

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Phil Daniels first got his hands on a piece of wood in his grandpa’s workshop when he was a young lad. The experience sparked his curiosity and the Wakefield woodworking artist took it up as a hobby in the 1980s, but then started doing custom woodworking in the late 90s.

managing a furniture shop and working in cabinet and kitchen shops. He then built his own workshop and started his full time custom woodworking full time again in 2007. This is where is work really took an artistic turn, as he built his first bent guitar table after two experimental years. The tables Daniels then are now his signamoved to Rupert in ture piece. He also 2001 and was focuses on custom

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