SCUGOG: A sign that, for some time, has stood at the edge of Caesarea’s Putsey Park has disappeared.
The sign presenting the name of the park was reported missing by local resident Jennifer Derlis. She said she first noticed the sign was missing when the Lake Scugog Regatta Committee was having a group picture done.
“[I] drove by Putsey Park and did not see the sign, thought it strange, and got out to check if the posts had been cut, and still in the ground. But there was nothing, absolutely nothing. The entire sign [had] been removed,” she said.
Mrs. Derlis, a Caesarea resident, then contacted the Township of Scugog to see if the township had moved the sign.
“We checked with all the staffers to see if they had seen it laying down or had taken it down for some reason, and all correspondence came back negative, so we assume that the sign was stolen,” Mike Donnelly, Scugog’s Operations Manager, told The Standard.
Mr. Donnelly estimates it will cost the Township $1,000 to replace the sign, and said it could take the township one or two weeks to have the new sign made and put up in the park.
Mrs. Derlis said the theft of this sign is disrespectful to the legacy of Albert Putsey.
“We first met Mr. Albert Putsey at [Caesarea Christian Fellowship church] when we first moved here, and quickly came to realize he was a pillar in this community. He was fondly known as the 'mayor of Caesarea'. He was also instrumental with the planning of the annual Regatta and a real community cheerleader,” she said. “I find it despicable and sad that someone could disrespect this great man by removing signage to the park bearing his name.”
Anyone with information on the theft of the Putsey Park sign is being asked to call the municipal office, at 905-985-7346, and ask to speak to a community services associate.