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Remembering Dr. John (Jack) Stanford By Sally Smid Dr. John (Jack) Stanford, a regular contributor to The Mural for 20 years, passed away peacefully at home on February 19th at the age of 84 years. Jack was born and raised in Brockville. He and his wife Frances had three children. He was a student and professor at Queens and later served as Principal of Lady Eaton College at Trent University in Peterborough for 27 years. His role as
a psychology professor perhaps became evident as he conversed, often inquiring, “And so what do think you about that?” Retired faculty who knew him well remember him for his sense of humour, his fairness, and
his willingness to serve in whatever capacity was needed. After Frances’ death he married local historian Lois Schroeder and they moved to a home in Athens. Jack’s choice of “Curmudgeon’s Corner”, meaning “a crusty, ill-tempered old man”, as title for his featured column in The Mural tells a lot about how he may have viewed himself, in his typical humorous and forthright way. Jack’s “down to
earth” writing reflected his interest in a wide variety of subjects from the mundane to the extraordinary. This may have been due to time spent on his grandparents’ farm near Plum Hollow, close to where he later resided. He worked at a wide variety of jobs including construction worker, store clerk, plant worker, and researcher. His numerous hobbies such as canoeing and fishing also added to the diversity of interests reflected in his writings.
As Jack contemplated and pondered, his monthly contributions to The Mural helped readers to open their minds and often evoked fresh insights and appreciations. Jack inspired many to realize that retiring doesn’t mean that you can’t still contribute and productively make use of your talents. He and Lois certainly supported and encouraged each other in their various interests and pursuits over the years. Jack will surely be
missed by not only his family but by so many Mural readers who have had their lives enriched by his insightful and entertaining articles. He has made our community a better place in a variety of ways and we are thankful for this very exceptional “curmudgeon” who challenged us to contemplate our world and to be more intentional about our daily lives. Visit a Book of Memories at: www.judsonfuneralhome.ca
Mallorytown 10th Annual Winter Festival Story and photos by Catherine Orth The 10th Annual Winter Festival, which took place on February 17, was a fun filled day for the kids of Mallorytown and area. With events inside and outside the school, at The Coach House, the Church, the Rec. Park and the Legion, the varying venues offered a variety of activities. A printed brochure, provided as a guide, was cleverly colour-coded so one could quickly identify where and when events took place. The festival kicked off Friday evening with fireworks, hot dogs, chili and hot chocolate and resumed at 8:00 am Saturday morning, at the Legion, with an all you can eat pancake and sausage breakfast. Organizers Trish Powell, Chantal Thomas and Sarah Ashby, parent volunteers, devoted to making the Winter Festival a success, pulled out all the plugs, working all year round, to make this year’s significant anniversary special. “Everything is free. All you pay for is food”, said Chantal Thomas. “This is the 10th anniversary so that’s why we’re trying to do something special. Each child receives a free white stuffed Benny Bear from money donated by one of our sponsors.” Outside the school Cruise and Son-
ny, two majestic Belgians, pulled a hay wagon providing families free wagon rides throughout the day. Front of Yonge firefighters were at the school from early morning, frying up beaver tails in the crisp spring-like air. There was an endless demand for the deep fried dough treats, rolled in cinnamon and sugar. “All proceeds from the sale of the beaver tails goes to Camp Bucko, a camp for kids who suffer from burn injuries”, said Front of Yonge firefighter Rob Leeder. In the school there were vendors, face painting, balloon creations, a baby contest, arts and crafts, a lego building contest, magicians, a reptile show and a video game challenge. Parents could conveniently sign up their children throughout the day to the Masonic Child Identification Program, a North American wide safety program, sponsored by Masons, to aid in the identification and recovery of missing children. At the legion there were lots of games to play and prizes to win – an amazing array of gifts, in fact: colouring books, pens, pencils, stickers, water colour paint sets, little books, car, trinkets, puzzles and many other trinkets and treasures. Organizer Trish Powell explained that they keep an eye out all year for specials and deals to buy great gifts at good prices.
Megan Fox, with daughter Rowan (4), enjoy Beaver Tails served up by volunteer Front of Yonge firefighters Andy Clow and Jennifer Bradford.
When a child places in a game they are given a colour-coded ticket. Trisha Powell said, “The tables have colour-coded tablecloths corresponding to the ticket given as a token, to collect a prize.” She said that the kids often come in “and survey the table, first, with eyes fixed on a certain prize. Then they go and try to win the ticket that will give them their spied treasure.” Proving that it is truly a fun filled family day, Ms. Powell said, “I’ve seen older siblings give their ticket to their younger siblings because they want that colour-coded prize so bad.” Now, that’s a world we all don’t mind living in.
It’s teamwork that brings it all together. From left to right: Taylor Ashby (10), Chantal Thomas and Sarah Ashby (absent is co-chair Patricia Powell).
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ONGOING EVENTS Rideau Lakes Legion Branch 231: We want your feedback! Are you interested in signing up? We are planning Youth Darts and Card Games (euchre and cribbage) to be held weekly at different times at the Legion on Harlem Road near Portland across from Kin Park. Please call Art French at 613-359-6025 for more details and to sign up. Gananoque & District Humane Society’s 6th annual “What’s Up, Cupcake?” event. Month of March. Easy, delicious, and fun! Bake some cupcakes, sell them to friends and colleagues for a small donation, and give the proceeds to the Gananoque & District Humane Society (no-kill, volunteer-run animal shelter). Every penny you collect will go towards helping pets in the Township of Leeds & the 1000 Islands, and Gananoque. Help us reach our $5,000 goal! Share your cupcake stories and pics with us! No need to register. Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call event manager Arlene at 613-923-1953. Follow us on our Facebook page to see what others are doing, or check out our website, with lots of pictures, at www. ganhumanesociety.com Addison United Church March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 - 9007 County Road 29 hosts a morning coffee break from 8 -10:30am. Enjoy a cup of Fair Trade
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Coffee with a Willards donut and sometimes a home-baked treat, conversation and laughter about memories and life with your neighbors and friends. Everyone welcome. Call 613-924-9852 for more details. Rideau Community Health Services Addison Exercise Gentle Exercise every Monday at the Addison United Church Hall, from 10:30 - 11:30am, led by a Registered Nurse.Work at your own pace in a safe environment. Can help to maintain or improve strength, cardio and balance, and it’s lots of fun! No cost to participants, everyone welcome, call 613-4981555 for info. Athens Village Walkers Another great season ends on March 7. We hope you enjoyed the opportunity and look forward to seeing you again in the Fall. Board Games afternoon at Athens United Church, each Tuesday until March 27 from 1 – 3 pm. Bring a game and enjoy the winter afternoon. 17 Church St. 613-924-2175. Anglican Parish of Kitley: Pancake Breakfast. Saturdays (March 24 & 31, April 7 & 14), 8 am-12 pm. Church Hall, 2 Church St., Frankville. Pancakes with pure maple syrup from Gibbons Family Farm, sausages, juice, and coffee served to you at the table by the members of the Anglican Parish of Kitley. Adults $10; children 6-12 yrs.
$4; children 5 yrs. & under Free. For further info: 613-275-2893 (Sarah). Kitley Elders invite everyone to join us for monthly (every 3rd Thursday of the month) Potluck Lunch. For more info, or if transportation assistance required, please call 613-924-9465. Toledo Legion Events: Wings every Friday from 4 – 8 pm. Euchre last Saturday of every month starting January 27. Doors open at 12 pm. Euchre starts at 1 pm. Register by 12:45pm. Cost is $20 with 80% payout. $5 side bet if you wish. Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 484 13 Quabbin Road, Mallorytown, ON. Breakfast every morning Monday to Friday, 7 – 11 am. Everyone Welcome. Bingo Thursday nights, doors open at 5 pm, regular games 6 pm. Jackpot starts at 50 numbers, progresses one number per week until won. Buffet Breakfast first Sunday of the month, 8 am – 12 pm. Dinner and Dance, 3rd Sunday of the month, next one March 18, 1 – 5 pm. Seniors and Friends Lunch and Activities Friday, March 23. Lunch 12 - 1:30pm. Activities 2 – 4 pm.
MARCH 10 March 10, Addison United Church, 9007 County Road 29 hosts an evening of euchre beginning at 6pm with a light meal. Games start at 7pm. Cost is $5 per person. Whether you are just a beginner or an expert player this is the place for you. Call 613-924-9852 for more details.
MARCH 11 Soup n’ Sandwich lunch St. Andrew’s United Church, Toledo, Sunday, March 11, at noon. Homemade soups, sandwiches, desserts and beverage. Free-will offering. Everyone is welcome.
MARCH 12 Genealogy meeting: “What is a GEDcom: And How do I Make One?” Presented by Joyce Fingland at the Brockville Museum on
Join the Thousand Islands Quilters’ Guild for an interesting and educational evening with Sherri Hisey of Border Creek Station Pattern Company. With over 35 years experience she has lots of information to share. Her patterns and tools will also be available for purchase. The following day, Sherri will lead a workshop. Call Deidre for details. Date: March 22, 2018 Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm Cost: $30/yearly membership; $5.00/visitor Place: Brockville Legion (Upstairs), 180 Park Street, Brockville K6V 5T7 Contact: Deidre 613-803-8373 March 12, 7 pm. Joyce will provide information on Genealogical Data Communication, a tool for exchanging genealogical data between different genealogy software.
MARCH 14 Brockville: “Let’s Go Grocery Shopping!” March 14, 5- 6:30pm at 2479 Parkedale Ave. Unit 2. Rideau Valley Diabetes Services. Learn about healthy eating choices and how to navigate the grocery store to help manage Diabetes or prediabetes. Free session provided by Registered Dietitians. Please call 613-498-1555 to reserve your seat!
MARCH 15 March 15 - Addison United Church at 9007 County Road 29, hosts a Simple Fare Luncheon, a hearty home cooked meal in a friendly and warm atmosphere for those who would normally eat alone from 11:30am – 12:30pm. Donations accepted but not expected. You are always welcome to dine with us. Call 613-9249852 for more details.
MARCH 17 March 17 - Addison United Church at 9007 County Road 29, hosts a Games Night, an alternative to sitting at home alone on a Saturday night beginning at 6pm with a potluck meal. Try one of our games or bring your own to share. Call 613-924-9852 for more details.
Front of Yonge Minor Soccer Registration 2018 All Registrations will be at the Mallorytown Fire Hall, Saturday, March 31, from 8:00am to noon at the pancake breakfast. Saturday, April 7 & 14, from 9:00am to noon. Boys and girls ages 4 to 15. Play throughout the week. Adult fun league every Friday night. Leagues start after long weekend in May to the second week of August. Looking for those interested in sponsoring a team, coaching or refereeing. Contact Katie Burns at 613-803-3434 or email at email@example.com or visit our website at www. frontofyongeminorsoccer.com Athens Library: Kids! Don’t forget to wear green and help celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, on March 17, from 9:30am – 12:30pm. Special crafts, treats and stories. Lego Club first and second Fridays of the month from 6:30 – 7:30pm. Toddler Times, Thursday mornings at 10 am. Many new databases and resources relating to children’s magazines, travel, and hobbies. Use Ancestry.ca for free. Themed backpack resources can be borrowed. Large variety of DVDs. Don’t forget! Family passes for the Brockville Aquatarium, and the War, History and Nature Museums in Ottawa are available at most area libraries.
MARCH 19 Lansdowne Community: The Leeds & Thousand Islands Historical Society will host a presentation on The History of Masonry, with information on the Lansdowne Masonic Lodge #387. Mon. March 19, 2018 at 7:30pm in the Lansdowne Masonic Lodge #387, 1143 Prince St., Lansdowne. Please note this change of venue. Refreshments to follow. All are welcome to attend. Friendship Coffee Break, Athens Baptist Church. 15 Church St., Monday, March 19, 10 am. Robert Logan from Prison Fellowship Canada will come and
share. For more info call 924-1313.
MARCH 21 Spring Buffet, Athens United Church. Home baked dishes and pies. Wednesday, March 21, 4:30-6:30 pm. Take outs available.
MARCH 23 Community & Primary Health Care (CPHC) is hosting “A Night in Paris” on Friday, March 23, 7 pm to midnight. Brockville Convention Centre, 7829 Kent Blvd., Brockville. DJ, dancing and fun, hors d’oeuvres, door prize ticket, photo booth, bar, silent auction. High-valued giveaways every half hour (i.e., jewellery, art, wine and much more). Tickets $25/person, purchase at CPHC Brockville (613)342-3693 ext. 2072 or Prescott (613)925-3731.
MARCH 24 Athens Museum is open every Saturday from 9 - noon. Special edition of Memories and Muffins on March 24, from 10-12 pm. The theme is “Courting and Marriage.” Visitors are welcome to bring any related memorabilia or memories to share. Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids Sake. March 24 at Elgin Bowling Lanes from 4-7pm, and Kemptville Bowling from 2:30-7pm. Have an impact – every game will benefit Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Register your team today biggerevents. ca/register-to-bowl.php
MARCH 25 Mallorytown Talks. Sunday, March 25, 2 pm. Dan Buchanan – 38 Hours To Montreal: William Weller and the Governor General’s Race of 1840. In February of 1840, William Weller of Cobourg, even then known as The Stage Coach King, contracted
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Seeley’s Bay Frost Fest Story and Photos by Sally Smid This is the time of year when many communities embrace the Canadian winter and celebrate snow and ice in festive ways, and again the enthusiastic residents of the small town of Seeley’s Bay came out in spirited force with the 24th edition of Frost Fest (February 2 to 4). The large number of volunteers, sponsors and donors made it clear how important the event is to so many! “It’s amazing how many community leaders and volunteers come together in this small village and pull off an amazing weekend of family winter fun,” remarked volunteer Ann Marie Chase. The weekend began with Opening Ceremonies on Friday at the docks with skating, hot chocolate and fireworks as well as music provided by Trevor Walsh. There was no shortage of cold and snow for the winter festival, which included Frosty Sports, Arts, a Culinary Contest, and Trivia events. A horse drawn wagon or bus was available to transport visitors. The sporting events included Volleyball, Skating, Ball Hockey and the Man vs. Machine. Participants were undaunted by the snow and the frigid temperatures. For those who preferred inside activities there were Fire Department and heritage displays and a large marketplace that included crafts, jewellery, cosmetics, baked goods and more, as well as a gigantic silent auction in the Community Centre. The Library hosted a used book sale, green screen photo area, and laser tag. There were also lunch items and musical entertainment at the Legion Hall.
Saturday evening featured the Beggar’s Canyon band and the weekend concluded with a Gospel Fest, Awards Ceremony and roast beef dinner on Sunday. “My memories of visiting Canada and more specifically Seeley’s Bay Frost Fest, are awesome memories,” commented visitor Allison Angle. “What an incredible little village inhabited by people with the biggest hearts!” Organizers once again were very thankful for all of the volunteers who donated so much time and effort to make Frost Fest possible. They were also thankful to all of the local businesses for their financial support as well as the support and co-operation of the Lions and United Church. All monies raised during the weekend go back into the community. The Committee explained that over the past 24 years Frost Fest has donated over $68,000 to support minor sports programs, the Food Bank and more. Perhaps the best part of Frost Fest has to be the way it provides a time for neighbours and friends to come together in celebrating their community as well as the joys of winter.
Winners! Volleyball Tournament: 1st Place: Shawn Mattice 2nd Place: Jenna’s Jewels Team Ball Hockey Tournament: 1st Place: Ditchbangers 2nd Place: Green Machines 3rd Place: Nucking Futs Chili Contest: Judges’ Pick: Judy Horton Public’s Choice: The Opinicon Frosty Challenge: 1st Place: Cindy Hogan
The Frost Fest penguin mascots seemed to attract the kids wherever they went during the festival weekend.
Above: Seeley’s Bay Frost Fest. Left: Marwin Antoine’s famed horse and wagon team provided rides for visitors at the recent Seeley’s Bay Frost Fest.
Tart Contest: 1st Place: Cindy Hogan & Helen Smith
(L-R) Aneke, Silas, and Miriam Lake pose with their entry in the Frost Fest Snowman contest. They seated their creation suitably in a kayak which was displayed on their lawn near the Bay.
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The Mural loses 20-year contributor As many of you have already heard, The Mural has lost one of its own. On February 19th, John Stanford, author of our monthly column “Curmudgeon’s Corner”, passed away at the age of 84. Being so new to the paper, I unfortunately never had the pleasure of meeting John, something I was very much looking forward to. From what I’ve heard about him, I know I would have liked him. There will be a hole in the newspaper, where Jack ‘used to sit’. This feeling that ‘something’s missing’ will be felt by many readers, I’m sure. As editor, I’m left wondering, how
does one fill such a large void? In truth, I don’t think one ever does. Sure, we can put another monthly column in there. Sure, we can find stories and pictures to fill that spot. The thing is, there will never be another columnist quite like John. His contribution will be remembered, and greatly missed, for a long time to come, by his many fans. On behalf of The Mural staff, I would like to offer our sincere condolences to John’s family and friends. Gina Radic Proud Editor of The Mural
Athens February Council meeting By Sally Smid The Athens Council meeting for February included a wide variety of issues, many of which have great promise for community improvements. Canada 150 grant funds are going towards Centennial Park improvements, which include new lighting for the Ball Field. The new Fire Deptartment tanker will soon be a reality. There was also a presentation by the newly formed Athens Gardeners to help clarify their new role. CAO Darlene Noonan clarified the Ministry guidelines, which state that volunteers who are not under a committee of Council need to have their own liability insurance. Several large expenses for major repairs are coming up for Centre ‘76 this year and expenditures were approved as was a $2.50 per hour increase for user fees at the rink. Road Superintendent Chris Fenlong presented a plan for increasing the longevity of road asphalt and this is being investigated. Plans for new road surfacing are underway. Council decided to continue with their decision that the Township
would not provide snow plowing for any local businesses. It was made clear that snow removal does still take place when needed. Council passed a resolution to establish fees for the 2018 administration of the Building Code Act. The Athens Fire Department provided a year end report which revealed that most of last year’s calls were medical assists. The Ladies Auxiliary is purchasing an industrial washing machine and a needed trailer for the department. Mayor Scott also mentioned that funds are available for local revitalization through the Ontario’s Main Street Revitalization Initiative. The program is intended to strengthen small businesses in downtown areas and aid development. He has talked to local business owners who are quite supportive. Funds are being allocated on the basis of population. The province has announced that Athens will be receiving $38,596, which will be a wonderful complement to the new mural initiative underway. The meeting concluded with an in camera session. The next meeting of Council will take place on March 5th.
‘Open Drawer’ project making tremendous strides Four years after the receipt of a generous Ontario Trillium Foundation grant, the Brockville Museum reports that its Open Drawer project continues to be a roaring success. The goal of the project is to put the museum’s entire catalogue of objects, documents and images online. By going to the museum’s website anyone can search for objects and images, as the stories that accompany them. By using a simple keyword search using such things such as a family name or the name of a business or a school, anyone is able to view the objects and their stories. To date the collection database has been accessed over 4,000 times by people interested in Brockville’s past. The determination of the museum’s dedicated volunteers has allowed the project to make as much progress as it has. To date over 50 volunteers have worked on the Museum’s Open Drawer project contributing over 7000 hours of labour, equivalent the work of one full-time person for 3-1/2 years.
Over 15,000 items can now be viewed in the collections database through the Brockville Museum’s internet page. This online database has also allowed the museum to share some of these objects and stories on social media, offering not only another way to share our stories. Social media also provides a way by which members of the public can share their own stories and knowledge. The Open Drawer project is still a work in progress. There are still more objects and images to add and more information to compile. The museum is always looking for well qualified volunteers to help with this project. Specifically, the museum is looking for people with training in the care and handling of a museum collection, and experience photographing objects and/or working with a museum database. For more information on the project and to view the catalogue, visit www. brockvillemuseum.com.
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P.O.Box 398, Athens, Ontario, K0E 1B0 Tel: 613-774-3186 • www.themural.on.ca Editorial: firstname.lastname@example.org Ad Sales: email@example.com Publisher: Winchester Print & Stationery Editor: Gina Radic Reporters/Photographers: Sally Smid, Catherine Orth Contributing Writers: John Stanford Advertising Manager: Angela Tyhy Production Manager: Patti Moran The Mural is a community newspaper serving Athens, Mallorytown, the Thousand Islands Parkway, Escott, Delta, Lyndhurst, Charleston Lake, Plum Hollow, Addison, Frankville, Toledo, Lyn, RR#3 & RR#4 Brockville and now Elgin, Seeley’s Bay, and Lansdowne. Copies are delivered free of charge to over 8,750 homes courtesy of the community-minded businesses that advertise in The Mural. Copies are also available at selected stores in Athens. All contents © 2018 The Mural. All articles, photographs and advertisements, etc., created by The Mural may not be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. The Mural is not responsible for errors or omissions. We reserve the right to edit for legal considerations, clarity, grammar, and length.
CPHC Diners’ Club and services By Sally Smid The Diners’ Clubs are one of the many services provided by Community and Primary Health Care (CPHC) in our area. They are a valuable way for seniors to share enjoyable meals and socialize together. Rural seniors especially are at risk of having their health compromised due to feeling isolated and alone. Tammy Gravelle has recently begun a new, challenging position as service assistant at the CPHC offices in Athens and Portland. There is often entertainment provided for Diners’ Club members. In Addison this January, guests were treated to a visit from “Daisy May”, aka Donna Garvin, who arrived in colourful attire and entertained the diners with a hilarious performance, which included comedic stories, jokes and inspirational advice. She spoke of the importance of being thankful each day and also instructed the group to “leave doors open and let the happiness flow in!” Donna believes that “laughter is the best medicine” and certainly that is much needed for many seniors who are struggling with the challenges of aging and the hardships of a cold, icy winter. Diners’ Club events also take place in Portland, Elgin, Mallorytown, Delta and Lyn. Tammy mentioned that there is a need for anyone willing to volunteer by entertaining with music, comedy or more. CPHC is also in need of volunteers to be drivers or Diners’ Club workers. Such volunteers, who are also usually seniors themselves, find the experience to be quite personally rewarding. The Athens CPHC office, located at 12 Wellington St., is celebrating its 25th year in operation. The mis-
sion of CPHC is to “support older adults, and those with disabilities, and their families”. Their goal is to help people remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible in cooperation with other community services. In Athens there is also a CPHC exercise program that takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the Joshua Bates Centre. It is designed to help seniors stay fit and active and helps increase their strength and balance, which can aid in the prevention of falls and injuries. Such programs take place in Elgin and Mallorytown as well. There is also a frozen “meals on wheels” program that provides nutritious meals to seniors or others who have limited capabilities. Many may not know that there is also a Men’s Breakfast on the third Saturday of each month at the Athens Free Methodist Church. More may not realize that there is also a brokered home maintenance and repair service, assistance for caregivers, home helpers, respite support, a lifeline program, transportation service, foot care, and more. Subsidization is possible as well. Coordinator Jamie Chapman is available to answer any questions and assist with referrals without obligation or pressure. She or Tammy can be reached by calling 613-9241629 or 1-800-465-7646. More information is available by calling the main CPHC Brockville office at (613) 342-3693. With a growing number of seniors and the desire to help keep more seniors living as independently as possible in their homes, the services provided by CPHC have come to be more valuable than ever!
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Hockey League Donation to the Food Bank
(L-R) Dave Eyre, John Dewit, Andy Dowd, Bernice MacLean (President, Food Bank), Dick Michel, John Eyre, Luke Healey and Harold Brian represent the 8 teams in the Athens Gentlemen Hockey League. Players collected and donated $1,100 to the Athens Food Bank and recently presented the cheque to Food Bank Chairperson Bernice MacLean. The group has collected food in previous years but decided that this year it might be more helpful to give a cash donation so that the Food Bank could purchase any needed items.
Lions Speech Contest Awards
Every year the Athens Lions Club hosts a dinner for all of the winners of the Pineview Public School Speech Contest. Winners present their speeches and the Lions Club presents awards to all of the winning contestants who are pictured together at the Lions Hall. They are (L-R back) Elora Blanchard, Rylan Miller, Morgan Coleman, Anna–Rose Leonard, Owen Miles, Asia McBride, and Chayse Boyer (L-R front) Madeleine Alguire, Taryn Warren, and Emma Lavigne. Photo by Sally Smid.
Fitness and sports this winter By Sally Smid During our long winter months many folks are looking for ways to stay fit and active. There are a variety of opportunities available in our area and perhaps new inspiration has come from the excitement for physical activity being stirred up by this year’s Winter Olympics. One of the fastest growing sports in Canada is Pickleball, which is a low-impact sport that is well suited to senior participants. It looks like tennis, is similar to badminton and uses a waffle ball. It does not take a great deal of strength, can be easily learned and can develop into a quick and fast paced competitive game. Pickleball has been offered in Athens for the past 4 years and takes place in the gymnasium at the Athens District High School (ADHS) on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 pm. Pickle ball programs also take place on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons at the Centennial Road Church in Lyn, which received a Canada 150 Community grant and used it to refurbish their gymnasium. This gymnasium is also the site of sports and fitness activities including weight training, yoga style fitness, and dance cardio in day and evening classes. Prices are reasonable and participants are welcome to join at any time. There is also a
“Our programs include mind, body and spirit”, explains instructor Lesley Bangma. At ADHS there is an aerobic fitness program and an opportunity to safely exercise by walking indoors. In addition, a variety of outdoor walking groups take place. An exercise group for seniors also takes place at Valley View Court. Unknown to many is the Line Dancing that is available at the Front of Yonge Library on Mondays at 10 am. There is also the very popular 247 Fitness centre on Main St., Athens, as well as the Skyward Active Health Centre in Mallorytown, which offers a large variety of fitness programs. The Triangle XC Ski
Pickleball coordinator Dianne Phillips is posed and ready to play with her paddle and ball in the Centennial Road Church gymnasium. Photo by Sally Smid.
Family Fitness program at 9 am on Saturdays, which includes kickboxing, tabata and circuit training.
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Support available for families DEMENTIA dealing with dementia SPOTLIGHT ON By Sally Smid Dementia is on the rise and is projected to affect 1.5 million Canadians in 15 years. It is impacting rising numbers of area families. This illness, which was first diagnosed in 1906, was once referred to as “senility” or “hardening of the arteries” and remains very complicated and individualized. Despite many years of research the disease is still quite a mystery and there really is no cure. With so many local families now affected in some way, this became the topic at the recent Coffee Break which took place at the Athens Baptist Church. The speaker was Louise Noble who is the Executive Director of the Leeds, Lanark and Grenville Alzheimer Society. She explained that the Society provides
supports for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, as well as to their caregivers. One of the group’s goals is to help people live independently in their own homes for as long as possible, often with the help of other community services. Symptoms can include forgetfulness, a change in behaviour, a decrease in verbal skills and more, but many victims are not diagnosed. It is important to maintain healthy eating habits and to find ways to stimulate the brain and keep it active. Dementia varies a lot with individuals and is often related to age, brain injuries, stroke and vascular disease. Noble emphasized the importance of those with dementia, as well as their caregivers, to remain connected. Family and friends often step away due to feeling awkward or unequipped. “Often
Louise Noble, Executive Director of the Leeds, Lanark and Grenville Alzheimer Society, recently made a presentation at the Coffee Break group in Athens. Photo by Sally Smid.
loneliness, isolation and depression can set in”, Noble noted. “It is important to help find ways to keep up social connections and activities.” Much education is also available, including workshops about brain health and information sessions such as the one be-
ing offered at the Wedgewood in Brockville on March 14 from 10 to 11:30 am, which relates to wills, power of attorney, caregiver benefits, and disability tax credits. There are free support groups available at the Maple View Lodge in Athens on the 3rd Thursdays of the month from 1 to 2:30 pm and at the Health Centre in Portland on the 3rd Fridays of each month from 1:30 to 3 pm. There is also a satellite memory clinic available in Elgin. These sessions provide peer support, education and training for families. On April 25 there is a full day conference taking place at the Brockville Convention Centre on Kent Blvd, which includes presentations by noted speakers dealing with communication strategies and safety. For preregistration or to get any further information about this difficult illness call 1-866-576-8556.
For the Love of Music, and I’ll Tell You Why! All of us have had lives influenced by music to some degree or another and no matter how music came to be part of our lives it’s not hard to agree that our earliest memories of music were created at a young age. Everyone’s long-term memories hold music! People living with
dementia are no different. However dementia ‘takes’. It takes our social skills, it takes our communication skills, and it takes our desire to get involved with life & the lives of those we love. It takes our ability to start & get going on a daily basis & it takes our short term memories. What it will
not ‘take’, that is so infused with emotion, happiness and joy – our music. For people living with dementia you will find, many times, that their long term musical memories are still good & it’s a wonderful thing! So why isn’t music ‘taken’ when a person lives with dementia?
Studies have shown that music is stored in a part of the brain that is largely unaffected by memory loss caused by dementia. A group of Dartmouth College researchers has learned that the brain's auditory cortex (the music memory center) is the part of the brain that handles information from your ears as early as 16 weeks. So it’s “a case of first in, last out when it comes to a dementia-type breakdown of memory.” states professor Paul Robertson. Our ability to appreciate music does not require cognition it was always there, free to enjoy at any
time. An article in Alzheimer’s News Today by Wendy Henderson points out six areas where benefits can be found for the person living with dementia: 1. Music helps to bring back memories and emotions. Everyone has favorite songs that remind them of special times in their lives. 2. Ability to listen to and enjoy music is one of the last remaining cognitive skills. When other cognitive skills have declined the aptitude to appreciate music remains.
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3. Music can help Alzheimer’s patients reconnect with their loved ones. Because music can evoke such positive emotions, it can help people share moments of joy with their loved ones. 4. Singing helps to engage the brain. The right side of the brain is used to listen to music, but to sing along requires the left side of the brain to become engaged. 5. Music can help manage stress. Music has the ability to lift a person’s mood & make them feel less stressed and agitated. 6. Can be used to set the mood. A fast song can help to raise spirits, whereas a slower song can help people to relax & calm down any agitation. The Alzheimer Society of Lanark Leeds Grenville has several opportunities to get involved with music. Our groups bring in live music, giving the opportunity to sing along or dance. Our iPods for Memories program caters to an individual’s specific musical taste, We support several local musical teas that offer a safe atmosphere to enjoy music. Music is everywhere! Other local agencies promote music programs and almost all churches incorporate music into weekly services. Please drop us a line at the Alzheimer Society and we will help guide and support you as you get involved through music – 1-866-576-8556.
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By Sally Smid Athens Museum has been very busy in the past months. Heritage Society members are realizing that local history is collected in more ways than through the gathering of artifacts, photos and written historical information. The monthly Memory Program has now gone beyond the museum and is taking place monthly at Maple View Lodge and at the Diners’ Club as well. Members have been providing presentations, which include photos and displays of vintage objects and memorabilia relating to various themes from the area’s past. Organizers are realizing that when a senior sees an antique lantern, bellows or mill stone it seems to generate memories and stories. “So often there is a real interest and we see their eyes light up and then they share important memories with
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(L-R) Marg Rusland and Kathryn Hudson share stories about early household chores at a recent Museum Memory session. Photo by Sally Smid.
us,” relates Elaine Farley of the Athens Museum. This month the theme was “Household Chores, Back in the Day” and the Museum provided a collection of antiquated household articles that were once used for cooking, sewing,
building, and more. “I remember my mother using a sieve just like this one,” one participant remarked. Others recalled using a washboard on laundry day. There were also lots of stories about the chamber pot, which was so needed be-
fore indoor plumbing. One attendee called it a “thunder mug”. Many recalled lots of wood chopping and stacking. “You got warm choppin’ it and kept warm burnin’ it,” was one comment.
Leeds Anglican Ministries By Sally Smid The Leeds Anglican Ministries, or LAM, has a very busy schedule after some recent reorganization. They are moving forward in a variety of ways to serve the parishes of Kitley, Lansdowne Rear, Leeds Rear and the Rideau. Many are becoming more familiar with the St. Luke’s Thrift Shop in Lyndhurst, which supports their Outreach Ministries in aiding those in need. It is open on Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. It is a great way to recycle as well as help local residents purchase clothing and other household items at more affordable prices. Last year the shop was relocated into a larger space behind the Church. Donations are welcome during store hours or may be left on the front porch of the Ministry Centre next door. St. Luke’s also provides a Helping Hands ministry, which involves assistance to any area residents. Services include meal preparation, yard work, repairs, errands and more. Anyone interested in receiving such help or who may be willing to volunteer should call 613-507-3311. The group also sponsors a “Kids Club After School Program” at the Lyndhurst Library from 3:30 to 5:00
Reverend Trish Miller is “available for Spiritual Help” at the Leeds Anglican Ministries booth recently at the Seeley’s Bay Frost Fest. Photo by Sally Smid.
pm on Thursdays during the school year. LAM is, of course, always busy with individual worship services
and Gospel Fests, and is often represented at community events as the group actively networks in the community. So-
Most agreed that earlier life was simpler and more household chores were involved, from milking cows, gathering eggs, churning butter, spinning yarn and so much more – all without our modern conveniences. There were also many other special, fond memories about days gone by. March’s memory topic at the Museum involves courting and marriage and takes place from 10:00 am to noon on March 24. Participants are invited to bring along any photos or memorabilia in that regard. Related archival items will be shared from the Museum’s collection as well. The information that is being collected is invaluable in many ways and the group is realizing the urgency of doing this while we still have many of our senior residents who can participate in such a way.
The Museum at 12 Wellington St. continues to be open every Saturday from 9:00 am to noon during the off-season months, or by appointment. On February 27, the Museum was the site for a Leeds County Heritage Network meeting. Representative members from museums and heritage groups from Leeds County met together to share about individual successes as well as concerns. Members realize that small, rural heritage organizations often have special challenges in carrying out their mandates with limited resources and volunteers, but great progress is being made in many ways. It is always an important time of fellowship and providing support to others who are involved in heritage endeavours in the area.
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Whether it’s 1920 or 2020, a wedding is something to remember The importance of the other “M” word: m-o-n-e-y (NC)—You’re getting married. The big day is coming up and there’s so much to organize. The reception, the wedding party, the guest list, the flowers, the food – the list is endless. You’ve discussed the wedding finances. You have a plan. You have a wedding budget, and you’ve nailed down how much you can spend and who’s paying for what. But more importantly, do you have a financial plan for after the wedding? Have you discussed the other “M” word – money? Do you have a financial plan and an everyday budget? Do you know how much you can spend and who is paying for what in your new life together. An important element of a successful marriage is the ability to handle money together. Money is an important resource, which, when handled well, can give you the choice of living the way you want to, both now, and in the future.
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Its part of most marriage vows, but do you really think about the implications? Having enough to spend on the things you want to accomplish together is important. When a husband and wife are not on the same page as far as family finances go, other difficulties inevitably arise.
Talking about money can be difficult for some, especially when you’re in love. It may not be romantic, but
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6. What employee benefit packages do you have? What are the options? How much are your contributions? Is it worth upgrading to a single “family” plan, if available? What do you pay for health and disability insurance? 7. Do you want to pool all your resources? Establish a joint chequing account? Divide investing responsibilities? There’s no right or wrong answer; it’s what works for you. 8. Who will balance the cheque book, track expenses, pay the bills and monitor your investments? Who is the best money manager? Did you grow up in a family who watched every dime or where money flowed freely? 9. What level of dollar amount will require a joint decision on a purchase? 10. How much do you need to put away for the unforeseen? A good rule of thumb is to have enough in an emergency account to cover three to six months worth of expenses should one of you lose your job or be temporarily unable to work through sickness or an accident.
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Traditions, myths and other lore Wedding Veil:
The wedding veil hides the bride’s beauty and wards off evil spirits. Another explanation is that during the times of arranged marriages the bride’s face would be covered until the groom had commited to the marriage.
The tradition of giving guests something to remember the day by in the form of favours has been around for Íhundreds of years. Today, the tradition has evolved to giving each guest five sugar coated almonds to symbolise health, wealth, fertility, happiness and long-life.
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The bride stands on the left of the groom during the marriage ceremony to allow his sword arm to be free ready to fight off other men who may want her as their bride.
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This is a contradictory wedding myth. The positive myth is that dropping the wedding ring during the ceremony shakes out the evil spirits. The negative aspect, is that whoever drops the ring is said to be the first to die.
Confetti has replaced rice or grain in modern times, the rice was thrown at the bride and groom to encourage fertility.
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Wedding gifts are bought by the guests have replaced the custom of bringing fruits that used to encourage fertility.
It is fortunate for a bride to meet a lamb, a dove, a spider, or a black cat on her way to church: but a pig or funeral are bad omens, and country brides fear the crowing of a cock after dawn of the wedding day. It is also fortunate that if on the journey to the church the bride sees a policeman, clergyman, doctor or a blind man. The groom should give a coin to the first person he sees on his journey to the church for good luck.
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Page 10 THE MURAL Wednesday, March 7, 2018 Siblings and cousins at the skating pond at the old Seaman’s Farm. From L-R are Jordon Kirkland 10, Annie Kirkland 7, Colton Wheeler 7, and George Kirkland 3.
Katie Ladd and Josh Brugmans proudly display their second place “silver medals”, playing horseshoes outside the Rec Hall during the Rockport Winter Carnival.
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Keeping the other hand warm, Matt Parkinson concentrates on his curling stone at the pond at the old Seaman’s Farm, River Rd., during the Rockport Winter Carnival.
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Rockport may be owned by tourists in the summer, but when it's cold and snowy and they are virtually gone, it's time for Rockport to really shine. The Winter Carnival makes this all possible. Previously spread out over a variety of venues, separated sometimes by several kilometers, the Carnival has found its home at two historic locations on River Rd: The Rec Hall, which was a former school and the Seaman Farm, walking distance east of the hall, now owned by Erich Prohaska and Normand Pichette. The number and variety of events, which include a euchre challenge, shuffleboard, curling, skating, face painting, a full breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings, horseshoes, and fire works, to name a few, is truly amazing. And they don't shy away from the fun and slightly ridiculous: chicken bowling, red neck rodeo, nail driving and gang planking. Don't ask! The Carnival is spread over three evenings, starting on a Wednesday, and then all day Saturday and Sunday. The feel good comradery of the community all come together to
make this Carnival, now in it's 38th year, special indeed. “It’s important,” said organizer of 40 years Meg Mallory, who along with Tracy Griffin are the long time movers and shakers of the Carnival “to make the event affordable to families.” Part of the preparation is the tradition of volunteers making the cedar medallions, which, for a modest fee of three dollars, gains you entry. Food and snacks were available at all times at the Rec Hall at reasonable prices, providing a great place to warm up. In the Rec Hall one found not only face painting for the kids, but also a fifty-fifty draw with Councilor Gerry Last volunteering her time selling the tickets, as well as a silent auction and bake sale. The recently built pavilion on the Rec Hall property provides a perfect place for all to watch the various activities. Horseshoes was taking place Saturday morning, bringing folks as far away as Perth. Katie Ladd was visiting with friends when she was roped into the competition, “I've never done this before!” she cried, but her efforts were rewarded with a homemade silver coloured cedar medallion. Lansdowne resident Jennifer Kirkland arrived with her sisters-in-
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Youth Initiatives Story and photos by Sally Smid
With Family Day celebrated in February it is perhaps a good time to consider how to best support youth and strengthen family life in our communities. Certainly there is lots that goes on with hockey, figure skating, ball teams, and youth groups. It is probably agreed that our youth represent our future. In that regard the Athens Baptist Coffee Break program recently hosted youth leader Johanna Freer who shared many insights into the struggles of today’s young people. “Technology, the Internet, and social media have made giant changes in the youth culture today and that is shaping their identity,” she noted. “Kids are searching for significance and we should try to understand how they are interacting on line.” She stressed the importance of showing interest, asking kids questions,
seeking to understand and finding ways to “come along side” them. She is convinced that “kids want to have a purpose with a mission”. As part of Youth for Christ she is especially concerned about answering spiritual questions and she works to stay culturally relevant as she networks with families, schools and churches to help youth make informed decisions. “Moral direction is often lacking in this age of relativism when there seems to be no absolutes.” Youth workers agree that kids are seeking love and acceptance in a variety of ways, and directives and good modelling are important. Modern parents are quite often stressed and busy with careers and in many cases families deal with brokenness and divorce. She noted that several powerful area youth groups are moving forward in supporting area youth in positive, life
changing ways. Youth leader Matt Ferguson meets with the High Voltage youth group of some 35 kids on Thursday evenings in the Athens High School gym and notes, “Lots of important questions are being asked and kids need to feel they have a safe place to do that.” Experts are available to help support families such as Youth Unlimited’s Paul Robertson who recently conducted a seminar locally entitled “Super Connected Kids in a Disconnected World”. His presentation was a response to the fact that this is “the first generation for whom Internet access is constantly available and serious consequences are being realized.” He noted that many live with an attitude of me-centeredness and entitlement. The seminar profiled today’s generation, considered current trends and how parents, youth workers, and teachers can best respond.
The 15th edition of Skate the Lake in Portland was similar in some ways to most other area winter festivals, but the most amazing feature had to have been the 1 km skating oval that attracted about 60 speed skaters from the Netherlands. Many also travelled from as far away as Mexico, California and Connecticut. Dutch Ambassador Henk van der Zwan opened the event on February 17th and both the Canadian and Dutch national anthems were sung. There was lots of orange in the crowd, which is Holland’s national colour. Award winning history teacher Blake Seward spoke about the close ties between the two countries and recalled that many Canadian servicemen gave their lives in liberating Holland during WWII. One Dutch visi-
tor noted that their graves continue to be decorated on May 5th in the war cemeteries each year. Mayor Ron Holman also brought greetings, noting “What better place to spend Family Day Weekend then on the Big Rideau Lake Oval in Portland!” Portland Outdoors president, John Bongers, thanked the dedicated team of volunteers that were busy for months with preparations for the event. Much hard work went into preparing the ice throughout the night before the event. He also expressed thanks for the many sponsors who generously supported their efforts. The 100 km marathon race was a major highlight of the weekend and some of the Dutch speed skaters were wearing klap schaats with pride. Clap skates are designed to give skaters more speed as they help generate
Youth worker Justin Bowersox at Centennial Road Church says that their focus is equipping parents with the tools necessary to lead their kids spiritually. “Kids actually crave directives and boundaries,” he relates. “Having open and honest conversations with kids and teens is vital to their growth as individuals.” Children's Mental Health of Leeds and Grenville also provides free counselling and parent-
A line of speed skaters glides along the Oval as part of the 100 km marathon race during the recent Skate the Lake event in Portland.
Skate the Lake Story and photo by Sally Smid
Youth leaders Matt Ferguson (left in white cap) and his wife Tracey along with assistant Dillon Slack (in Eagles shirt) begin a typical youth event shooting baskets in the ADHS gym.
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Saving money at the pumps: Regular or premium fuel?
(NC) Many drivers assume that since premium fuel costs more and has higher octane, then it must be more refined or better for their engine. Conversely, it can be tempting to save at the pumps by opting for a regular unleaded gasoline rather than topping up with the expensive stuff. Here, Michael Bettencourt, managing editor at Autotrader.ca, shares what you need to know before your next trip to the pumps. What's in a number? Regular octane in Canada generally falls between 87 and 89 with premium normally being offered at 91, or even as high as 94 at some stations. Octane ratings are measured in anti-knock index values (AKI). The main difference between gasolines with different octane numbers is the compression they
can withstand before detonating, not the cleanliness or purity of the fuel. Form and function. Engines are designed depending on regulations, investment and purpose. Each will feature compression ratios and design attributes specific to the intention of that power plant. Hard-knock life. Modern premium vehicles feature anti-knock sensors, so filling up with the wrong fuel by accident won't do much damage to the vehicle's internals on a limited basis, but could nullify the warranty if done regularly. Engine management software will compensate by slowing ignition timing, so performance will be impacted.
Decisions, decisions. Engines that have been optimized for higher octane fuel are able to extract more power from it than an engine designed to run on lower octane. It's always best to take the manufacturer's recommendation. A higher-octane fuel will offer improved performance, but only if the engine is designed for it. “It's important to follow the specific instructions for your vehicle and do some research prior to purchasing a new one,” says Bettencourt. “Understanding the ins and outs of your vehicle and its needs will help you anticipate how much you will pay at the pumps and whether you should choose regular or premium next time you fill up.” Find more tips at www.autotrader.ca.
This photo of early cars from the 1930’s on Athens Main St. is part of the archives at the Athens Museum.
The impact of the automobile By Sally Smid
Few inventions have had a more intense impact on our local communities than that of the automobile. It had a tremendous influence on travel and business. Be-
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Operation SMART! girls’ workshops Join us in these fun and exciting workshops where girls, ages 6-13, will have fun, ask questions, conquer challenges, and make real life discoveries. Make new friends this March Break with Girls Inc.!
Monday, March 12
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fore cars were invented, travelling just a short distance meant hours of jostling in a buggy on rough roads. But they were not readily accepted as an article in the Athens Reporter in 1904 reveals: “Automobiles are fast becoming a serious nuisance. Ladies are afraid to drive their buggies for fear of meeting one. Recently a man driving one such contraption was leaving from the Gamble House and badly frightened a horse team. They ran away, wrecking the rig and causing much concern.” The operation of early cars came with more challenges, local historian Edna Chant describes in “Athens Was Her Home”. Her father bought a car from Mr. Norman Dowsley, owner of one of the first motorcars in Athens. That Ford “was the most stubborn, exasperating car to start. One would think that it didn’t want to leave home as it often required an hour of cranking!” Her sister would sit under the steering wheel, adjusting the “spark” and after many frustrating attempts, “the engine would suddenly start with a roar!” Her father would then regret calling it “a dang fangled contraption”. She also reported that L. Glen Earl opened the first garage in Athens in 1915, filling a long awaited need as more cars were being purchased. Gasoline at that time sold for 18 cents a gallon!
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St. Andrews Church – 175 Stone St., Gananoque 9:30 am-12:00 pm Operation SMART! is offered for free thanks to generous community support. Spaces are limited and you must register in advance. Call 613-345-3295 x0 or e-mail email@example.com. org to reserve your space. Girls Incorporated of Upper Canada is dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold through programs that promote education, leadership, sports, health and self-esteem. Girls Inc. empowers girls aged 6-18 to be the best they can be and to say “I can”.
Brockville, ON - Author Jennifer DeBruin, a dynamic and knowledgeable speaker, will present her latest novel, Daughter of Conflict on Saturday, March 24, at 2 p.m. Hosted by the Friends of the Brockville Public Library, Jennifer is a much sought-after presenter at historical, literary, business, and community events. Inspired by true events, Jennifer's third novel will take you back to the frontier of colonial Deerfield, Massachusetts introducing young Sarah whose path yearns to know what lies beyond the distant hills; beyond her strict Puritan upbringing. There's danger, mystery and very ambitious enemies working to rid the land of the English. Daughter of Conflict, as well as A Walk With Mary and Shadows in the Trees will be on sale at the Library for the entire month of March and the speaking engagement is free to the public.
Rideau Lakes Appoints Interim Fire Chief The Township of Rideau Lakes has appointed Steve Fournier as Interim Fire Chief. Chief Fournier joins the Township with over 30 years of experience in rural firefighting, with his most recent post being the Fire Chief for the Town of Perth, from which he retired in 2016. Chief Fournier will be working with the department’s officers, members and Council over the next six months as he leads a strategic review and renewal of the department and its operations. “I look forward to the opportunity to assist my community and fellow fire-
fighters as the Township transitions,” said Fournier. “There is significant work ahead, but I am looking forward to the challenge.” Mayor Holman welcomed the Chief saying, “Council and I are pleased to have Chief Fournier join Rideau Lakes Fire and Rescue. His experience and leadership will be of tremendous value to the department, its operations and the community as we move forward.” Chief Fournier replaces the departing Chief, Jay DeBernardi, who served fourteen years with the department.
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Brea Lawrenson at Joshua Bates Centre By Sally Smid Brea Lawrenson appeared on the Joshua Bates Centre stage when she was only 13 and has been featured at the Athens Cornfest in past years. She recently returned to the JBC stage in the Performing Arts Committee’s second show of the season. Hailing from Carleton Place, Brea relates well to a small town audience, but it seemed that many in attendance were from the Ottawa area as well. She was joined by Shawn McCullough and Wade Foster who are accomplished musicians in their own right. They have also partnered with her in song writing. Brea has a rich voice with a natural twang and the close harmonies produced by the trio were exceptional. Brea is known for her hits “With You Whiskey”, “Honey”, “Lynchburg”, “Canadian Pearl” and
others. The audience was familiar with some of her songs that have gotten quite a bit of local radio play, which is quite an accomplishment for a self-managed artist in a tough industry. “I found the audience to be very welcoming and warm as soon as I stepped onto the stage,” Brea later commented. “It felt like home to me and there’s nothing better than that when you are a travelling musician!” She also mentioned the “amazing home cooked meal” that the JBC is well known for providing. The concert also included a “story behind the song” segment. Performers shared the stories involved with songs they had written. Wade Foster played two of his fiddle compositions. He is known as a master fiddler, and a multi-instrumentalist and singer. He has toured with Johnny Reid and has backed Hall of Fame musicians like Stonewall Jackson,
Brea has shared the stage with artists such as Tom Cochrane and Brett Kissel. In 2015 she was nominated for two Country Music Association of Ontario awards. She left for Nashville following the JBC concert to record the rest of her fourth album. She is also scheduled to appear at the National Arts Centre. The young musician frequents the fair and festival circuit and will appear at Delta Fair this summer. When she is not performing, Brea gives vocal and guitar lessons from her home and is no doubt preparing and inspiring other promising young musicians. (L-R) Shawn McCullough, Brea Lawrenson and Wade Foster pose together back stage before their recent appearance at the Joshua Bates Centre in Athens. Photo by Sally Smid.
Willard’s Bakery’s 50th Anniversary By Sally Smid Perhaps one of the most famed businesses in the area has to be Willard’s Bakery! This year the enterprise celebrates its 50th year. It is still quite renowned for its specialty “fried cakes”, which are made from founder Carl Willard’s family recipe and which may have originated with his grandmother. Real connoisseurs get them when they are still crunchy and warm. Carl took the bold plunge and started the business at his home in Delta when he was still employed by Phillips Cables in Brockville. “This is the only time that you will be able to do this,” his father had told him, noting how busy this un-
Carl and Carol-Ann Willard reflect on 50 years of business behind the counter at the Athens bakery. Photo by Sally Smid.
dertaking was. He tells of making the doughnuts at night and then delivering them before work the next day. There have been a few setbacks along
the way, but today deliveries are made as far away as Ottawa and Cornwall. His wife Joan still keeps the books for the family business and his daughter Carol-Ann Miller operates the Bakery and Deli on Main Street in Athens. The shop in Athens has expanded and offers oatmeal cookies, special butter tarts, cinnamon rolls, soups, chili, sandwiches and more. Willard’s doughnuts are a feature at many local events from Cornfest to Turkey Fair. “Carl, Joan and daughter Carol-Ann have been strong supporters of numerous community events,” comments William Morris of Delta. They are always ready to donate and give back to the community. “It just makes me feel
good to do that,” Carl explains. At the Christmas Parade in Athens this year for instance, they gave away over 3000 doughnuts. “Dad deserves a medal, and Mom as well, for being by his side,” notes Carol-Ann. “To be in business 50 years is quite an accomplishment but with their perseverance, dedication and extreme hard work they made it!” And of course, Carol-Ann’s friendly and helpful manner has also contributed to this success. At a time when small town family businesses struggle to succeed, Willards’ Bakery and Deli is an inspiration and testimony that persistence, hard work and generosity bring true satisfaction and success in many ways!
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DOG TAGS The 2018 dog tags are now available at the Township Office. If you are unable to make it to the office during regular business hours, please mail a cheque ($12.50 for spayed and neutered dogs, $20 for non-spayed and non-neutered dogs), and your dog’s information (name, age, colour, breed, sex, etc.) and we will mail your tag(s) to you. The deadline for purchasing your tags is March 31st. Effective April 1st, the price of tags will double.
2018 INTERIM TAX BILLS The 2018 Interim Tax Bills were mailed March 2nd. Bills are due March 28th. If you do not receive your bill please contact the Municipal Office. Bills are payable via internet and telebanking. Payments can also be made at the Township Office by cash, cheque or debit. The Interim Bill represents 50% of the previous year’s taxes and is payable in one installment.
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Kathleen Burtch informs her attentive audience on the charming subject of the Gilded Age of Tourism at the Mallorytown Talks Series, Sunday, January 28th, 2018. Photo by Catherine Orth.
Mallorytown Talks, Gilded Age of Tourism By Catherine Orth Kathleen Burtch took the stage on Sunday, January 28th, to inform and charm the attentive audience at the Mallorytown Community Centre hall with the history of the Canadian story of the Gilded Age of Tourism on the St Lawrence River. Though the Canadian side of the river lacked the glamour of large mansions and movie stars of the American side, the homey resorts of the Canadian river story are rich in history. Not only has Kathleen Burtch been in the area for about 34 years, she also has deep family roots, particularly around Rockport. Burtch's Lane was owned by her great-grandfather. She moved away when she was 4 but returned to the area as “The river was always in my blood. I was always aching to come back and I was lucky enough to come back in the summers to my grandparents in Gananoque and learn about the 1000 Islands.” Ms Burtch worked for many years at the Thousand Islands National Park, strengthening her naturalist eye, widening her knowledge of the area and of the people who live here, as well as the people and their properties that once were. Ms Burtch explained that the gilded age of tourism started in the 1870s and continued on to about 1900. The railways had made northern New York accessible, bringing American tourists to the Adirondacks, which had become a very popular place “to go to rusticate.” The opening of the North brought visitors to the river and to the Thousand Islands. People came to the Canadian side by steamer from towns like Alexandria Bay and Clayton, she said. They then took skiffs to reach the small resorts.
If tourists came by rail from Gananoque or Lansdowne they had to travel on very primitive roads, as all this history, she said, “of course, precedes the 1000 Parkway, built in1947 and the 1000 Island Bridge, built in 1937.” Original families like the Buells and the Vanstons, whose names are seen on roads and landmarks to this day, had farms with large tracts of land that went down to the river. There they built small cottages and fishing cabins that they rented out. One of the earliest settlements, Burtch said, was the Methodist community at Butternut Bay. The village once supported a large hotel and was one of the steamer stops on the river. Further west along the river was one of the most well know resorts, Poole's Resort. It was established in 1870. The property was acquired in the 1790s by Robert Poole. The resort, which was really a large boarding house with 25 or 30 guests, also had an annex that allowed even more people to be accommodated. This was a common feature of the homey Canadian resorts. The area was very popular because, Burtch said, then, as now, “The big secret was out: fishing on the Canadian side was better”. The savvy farmers knew what people were looking for: a peaceful retreat, clean air, home cooked meals and resorts that adhered to the strictures of temperance. Paradise Lodge, Poole's Resort; Mount Airy; Hickory Lodge; Island View Resort; Echo Lodge; Mabel's Haven; Point Comfort; and Temperance Resort, to name some, are sadly among the many resorts torn down or destroyed by fire. Burtch said, “it's heartbreaking, really.” But all is not lost, as history has a great friend in historians: those people who desire passionately to bring the past alive. It is local historians like Kathleen Burtch, documenting stories, gathering and archiving photos and letters, whom we must credit as vital to keeping the stories alive.
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Classified ads may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org and must be pre-paid. Classified ad pricing is $0.30/word. We will contact you with final pricing after submission. Payment may be made by credit card by calling 613-774-3186. Open House John Smallegange 75th birthday Mallorytown Legion Saturday March 24, 2018 1:30-4pm Best wishes only. ACTIVITIES Looking for something fun to do with some friends, or just need something relaxing to do? Wiltse Creek Studio offers “no experience needed, all supplies included” acrylic paint workshops” for ages 7
Community Events Continued from Page 2 with the Governor General of the time to ive him from Toronto to Montreal in less than 38 hours or lose his fee. Find out how this ended. $5 admission. Refreshments. Everyone welcome! Sponsored by the 1000 Islands River Heritage Society and the Mallory Coach House Committee.
MARCH 30 The Athens Ministerial Association invites everyone to attend the first Annual ‘Walk of the Cross’ on Good Friday, March 30th, 2018 commencing at 10 am at Athens District High School. A different church will be represented at eight stations along the walk ending at Athens United Church where an
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MARCH 31 Lansdowne Association for Revitalization Paint Party, Sat. Mar 31. No experience required, all materials and snacks supplied. Morning Session: 9 to 11:15am - $40. Afternoon Session: 1 to 3:15 pm - $40. Subjects to paint – Spring Maple Syrup Tapping, or Spring Flowers. Choose both and save $10. Location: Lansdowne Community Centre at 1 Jessie St. Contact: Liane Salmon for information
Front of Yonge Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, Annual Fundraiser Pancake Breakfast. Easter Saturday, March 31, 8 - 11 am. Pancakes, sausages, tea, coffee, juice, real maple syrup. Front of Yonge Fire Hall. 1491 County Road 2, Mallorytown. $7/person or $26/ family of 4.
APRIL 1 Easter sunrise Service at Athens Cemetery (behind Athens United Church) at 7 am, Easter Sunday. Refreshments at Athens United Church. For more info call 924-2175.
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