So I have some excellent news on the spelling front. And what’s more, I have a Madoc mystery for you to help me solve!
First, the excellent news.
And I asked plaintively: “Will someone PLEASE fix the spelling on this sign?”
Well, I’m happy to report that Jean McDonnell of the Central Hastings Support Network – an organization that does all kinds of good things in the community, including operate the food bank and provide a transportation service, and that operates out of the Resource Centre – got right on the case and has seen to it that “Resourse” becomes “Resource.” Just look:
Well done, Jean! Clearly this is a woman who knows how to get things accomplished.
And now for the mystery. In an email in response to that first post, Sally Gale of Queensborough – who also works with the Central Hastings Support Network – wondered about the spelling of Russel St. on the same sign. She said:
“I have another conundrum for you – as your post was talking about Russell St – is it Russell or Russel? There is a sign (I believe it is at the junction with St. Lawrence W) that spells it Russel, but I think most signs are Russell. [Then she explains that she was working on a project that involved a directory of addresses, where the question came up] and got into deep water on the subject – never really did get top the bottom of it, so just asked the residents involved which spelling they preferred. They went for Russell and were adamant this is correct but a very reliable source … insists it is Russel after a family of this name. I will leave this one with you…”
Intriguing! So of course I put on my gumshoes and went out to do some sleuthing. And sure enough, one finds the name of this major street in Madoc spelled both ways, all over the place. At the top of this post, it’s Russell; but look here, at this sign at one of the main intersections in Madoc:
And there are several other examples. It is of course Russel on the Resource Centre sign, but on this sign just up the street it’s not:
So what gives, people of Madoc? What’s the proper spelling of your street?