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Letter to the editor

50th anniversary of street renaming

May 04, 2011 - The year 2011 represents the 50th Anniversary of the renaming of several village streets.

At a meeting of the Village council on December 11, 1961, Ordinance No. 133 was passed changing the name of Orion Street to Hauxwell Drive, Central Street to Newton Drive, Hemingway Street to Slater Street, Park Island Road to Algene Drive, Bellevue Street to Barron Street, and Sylvan Road to Sheron Street.

Of particular interest to me is the renaming of Park Island Road to Algene Drive. This change was made in honor of my grandparents, Allan and Lenahgene McNeil, owners of Algene Kennel for many years. My grandmother, also known as Gene, operated a Schipperke kennel from the 1920's to the 1960's. At the time of her retirement from raising Schipperke's, following the death of my grandfather, she lived next door to my family on Park Island Road. My father, Dr. Richard McNeil, was a member of the Village Council. It was his suggestion to name the street Algene Drive as a tribute to my grandmother's lifetime accomplishments and in honor of her retirement.

Prior to the name change, there were two "Park Island Roads," one off M-24 leading to Park Island and the other off Heights Road. The roads had initially been connected by a foot bridge off Park Island. It was confusing to have two village streets with the same name, thus necessitating the change.

Also interesting is the fact that Orion Street was renamed Hauxwell Drive when Councilman Hauxwell was on the Village Council.

I thought perhaps the residents of these streets would be interested in some local history trivia.

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