How much noise can Niagara-on-the-Lake residents make?
Lord Mayor Betty Disero hopes to find out this Saturday, at 6:30 p.m., when residents are being encouraged to go outside, stand on their front verandahs, shout from their windows, and make as much noise as they can.
“We wanted to do something to get the whole town involved in saying thank you to our front-line workers,” she says, as well as essential workers, services and stores staying open for the community. And to do all that while stressing the message of staying at home.
Use horns, noisemakers, yell, sing or clap, she says.
At each of the fire stations in town, members of the fire department will be making noise all well.
Other municipalities are doing something similar, some at different times or different days, and knowing it would be an effort to get the news out to all residents, this day and time was chosen to allow the time and opportunity for people to learn about the plan.
“If everyone takes part, whether urban or rural, it would have a great impact — the bigger the better,” says Disero.
Julia Buxton Cox has heard that Garrison Village residents have been making some noise, to say thank you by clapping from their porches, but her Chautauqua neighbourhood has been quiet so far.
She’s been promoting #makenoisenotl on Facebook, in an effort to get more people involved, and has sent it to everyone in her email contacts to help spread the word to those who are not on Facebook
She’s counting on the town to collectively get together and make this a success, hoping it will go viral.
“Let’s get everybody out there and make some noise,” she says.