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The Mural EVENTS Community Event notices are published free of charge for non-profit organizations courtesy of The Mural and these sponsors:

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Rummage Sale and Flea Market At Athens United Church, 17 Church St, on Sat. Oct 14th from 8:30 til 11am. Most clothes items 50 cents or make a donation. Info 613-9242175.

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Soup/Sandwich/Desser t lunch at Athens United Church, 17 Church St, on Friday, Oct 27 from 11am to 1pm. Info 613-9242175.


Joshua Bates Centre

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Dale Howard 924-2720 or 342-4791 Full Service Travel Agency

Roast Pork dinner Roast Pork dinner (cooked on a spit) with all the trimmings Sat. Oct. 21st from 5:00-7:00 at the Mallorytown Community Centre, 76 County Rd. 5. Adults $14, children 6-12 $7, 5 and under free. Sponsored by St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church Caintown. Everyone welcome.

Athens Garden Club meeting Tuesday, October 17, 7 p.m., at Fellowship Hall, Athens Free Methodist Church, 58 Elgin Street North, Athens. “Harvest Décor for the Home,” both inside and outside, will be presented by Christine Forman and Natasha Abrams, of Forman Farms, Seeley’s Bay. Everyone welcome; visitors pay $3. Refreshments; bring your own mug. For more info, visit

MacLeod Fiddlers At Mallorytown United Church, Friday Oct 20th at 7:30. Help us celebrate our 141st Anniversary at our musical evening featuring the MacLeod Fiddlers, a Scottish youth group from Glengarry County. Adults $12, and children under 12 get in free. Advanced tickets $10 available, call 613-923-5974. Located at the Mallorytown United Church, 1505 County Road #2 Mallorytown

Athens Library Toddler Time Thursdays at 10 am. Open to all children from birth to age 3, accompanied by a caregiver. LEGO Club - First two Fridays of each month October 6th and 13th

from 6:30-7:30pm. Open to all kids ages 4-10.

Unveiling of new Mural Athens Canada 150 Event: Saturday, Oct. 22nd at 1:00. The Unveiling of a New Mural. West side of the Athens Fresh Market followed by a Presentation and Reception with Author Dr. Glenn Lockwood: “Joshua Bates, Farmersville Founding Father”.

Memories and Muffins At the Athens Museum. Colourful Characters of Athens Past, Saturday, October 21st, 10 - 12, Donations Welcome!

Maple View Lodge Auxiliary Bazaar SAT. Nov.4 1:30p.m. to 3:30p.m., east wing at Maple View Lodge, Cty. Rd. 42, Athens. Christmas cake, Crafts, Nearly new items, Tea Room, raffles. Come & enjoy a visit. All money raised benefits the residents at Maple View.”

Canadian Kitchen Party To be held on Sun. Oct. 29th at 2:00pm at the Mallorytown Community Centre, 76 County Rd. 5 south featuring Banjo Bob and the River Road Ramblers and the Caintown Choir. Refreshments. $5.00 admission. Everyone welcome!

Whiskey Jack will perform “Stories and Songs of Stompin’ Tom” at Joshua Bates Centre, Thursday October 19,2017 at 8 PM. Tickets $25 and are available at Athens Township Office, J.B. Kelly Insurance, Brockville or online at m. Prior to this performance, Series Tickets are available for $80 for all 4 of our shows.

Addison Exercise Starts November 6 Gentle Exercise every Monday at the Addison United Church Hall, from 10:30 to 11:30, led by a Registered Nurse, sponsored by Rideau Community Health Services. 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 613-498-1555 for more info.

Athens Village Walkers Starts November 6 At the Athens District High School, anytime between 6:00- 8:00 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. Use the halls of the High School to walk your way to a healthier you! A safe, climate controlled option to continue your exercise through the winter. Everyone welcome, so bring a friend, and there is no cost! If busses are cancelled, the school will not be available, and you can always call 613-498-1555 for more info.

LTI Historical Society

Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes Education

LTI Historical Society presents “The History of the Gananoque Reporter” by Paul Scott. Mon Oct 16 at 7:30pm in the Seniors’ Room at the Lansdowne Community Centre. All are welcome to attend.

Sessions and FollowUps available each month at Rideau Valley Diabetes Services, 2479 Parkedale Ave., Brockville or 2 Gould Street Smiths Falls. Learn how to live well with Diabetes, no referral needed, no cost

to participants. Call 613498-1555 for more info, dates and times.

Free Exercise Lead by a Registered Kinesiologist every Monday and Thursday, at 2479 Parkedale Ave, Brockville, or 2 Gould Street, Smiths Falls, Rideau Community Health Services/ Telemedicine, or, Thursdays only at Country Roads Community Health Centre in Portland. Intermediate (moderate intensity) from 9:3010:30, Beginner (low intensity) from 10:45 – 11:45. Please call 1-877321-4500 or 613-4981555 , to arrange for your personal assessment before starting this program.

Gentle Exercise At Rideau Community Health Services, 2479 Parkedale Ave., Brockville or 2 Gould Street, Smiths Falls. from 9:30-10:30 and from 10:45-11:45 every Wednesday. Work at your own pace, with qualified staff leading the group. Can help to maintain or improve strength, cardio and balance, and it’s lots of fun! No cost to participants, everyone welcome, call 1-877-3214500 or 613-498-1555 for more info.

Toledo Legion News Horseshoe League Registration will take place October 10 & 12 from 7 to 8. League will start on October 17th and 19th League nights are Tues and Thurs and you play only one of those nights. Cost is $25.00 Come out and have some practice throwing on our registration nights. More info please call 613-275-2154 Dance featuring R & B on Sunday November 5th. Doors open at 1 and dancing is from 2-5 followed by a hot supper. Cost is $15.00

Clothing Bazaar You’re invited to our annual Fall/Winter Gently Used Clothing Bazaar at the Gananoque & District Humane Society on Saturday Oct. 7 from 10 am to 1 pm. Please take advantage of our BOGO sale (buy one get one, or more, free) for coats, jackets, sweaters and everything for cold weather, in higher-end labels, in men’s and women’s sizes. You’ll find the quality, fashion, and low prices you’ve come to expect at all our bazaars, plus a change room to try things on. All

funds raised go directly to animal care at our very busy no-kill shelter. We’re at 85 Hwy 32 just north of Gananoque and the 401. Rain date Oct. 14. Cash only. Contact: Arlene, 613-923-1953, arleneamassey@gmail. com

Mallorytown Legion Branch 484 Breakfast daily Monday-Friday 7-11 Bingo every Thursday night. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Regular Games 6:30 p.rm. Jackpot starts at 50 numbers, progresses one number per week until won. Everyone Welcome Lounge will be open Friday and Saturday 2pm-8pm New. Seniors And friends lunch Last Friday of the month. Next Lunch October 27. Lunch served 12-1:30. Activities 2-4pm. Cost $7. (Please call ahead). Bernice. 613923-5903 or Marg . 613973-9819 Sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary Branch 484 Mallorytown. Quabbin Haunted House: October 31 6pm8pm

Food Drive The R.O.L.L. Aid Centre food bank in Seeley’s Bay will be holding its annual food drive on Sat., Oct. 14, 9 am to 1 pm. Volunteers will be collecting nonperishable food items and financial donations doorto-door in the villages of Lyndhurst, Seeley’s Bay and surrounding areas. Donations may also be dropped off at St. Luke’s Anglican church in Lyndhurst, at Seeley’s Bay Legion, and Lansdowne FreshMart. For more information or to volunteer for the food drive, please contact Donna at 613-387-3245. Many thanks to all those who support the food bank on this day and thoughout the year.

Harvest Dinner Holy Trinity Oak Leaf will hold it’s turkey dinner with all the trimmings and home made pies on Sat. Nov. 4th 5:30 PM. One sitting only with advance tickets are $15. Call 924-9830 or 924-2256 to reserve.

Fall Harvest Roast Pork Dinner October 22nd from 4 to 6 pm. Sponsored by Rideau Minden Masonic Lodge. Seeley’s Bay Firehall, 151 Main St. Seeleys Bay Tickets are $15, children under 12 are free 613-387-3388

Roast Beef Dinner – Lyn Sunday Oct 22, at Odd Fellows Hall, 23 Main St. Lyn from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.Take-out available.

Soup n’ Sandwich Lunch St. Andrew’s United church, Toledo. Sunday, October 22nd at noon. Homemade soups, sandwiches, desserts and beverage. Free will offering. Everyone is welcome.

Lyndhurst Legion Craft Sale. 306 Lyndhurst Rd. Saturday, Oct. 28th, 10. a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch available— Admission $2.00 Vendors call. Marie 613 928 2042 or Shari 613 387 3692. Come out and support the Lyndhurst Legion.

Seeley’s Bay Legion Branch 491 Oct 4: Branch General Meeting 7:30 pm Oct 9: Legion Closed for Thanksgiving Oct 11: Bay Jam, Bring your acoustic instrument & join the fun 7 pm Oct 11: Seniors meeting 12 pm. Old Boys meet 10 am Oct 13: Friday Night Supper – Fish & Chips 57 pm Open to the public Oct 15: Sunday Branch Brunch 10 – 1 Open To The Public Oct 16: LA meeting 7 pm Oct 18: Executive Meeting 7 pm Oct 23: Paint Night 79 pm contact Jan 3873750 for advance tickets Oct 25: Old Boys meet 10 am, Seniors meeting 12 pm Bay Jam, Bring your acoustic instrument & join the fun.Open to the public. Oct 28: In Branch Cribbage Tournament 12 pm Open to the public Oct 30: Wii Bowling 7 pm Burger available Old Time Fiddlers – 1st Sunday of each month Youth Darts – every Tuesday 6 pm, Open Euchre every Thursday 7 pm. Open Branch Friday Social at the Bar 4 pm – 6 Darts every Friday 7:30 pm All welcome. Open to the public


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P.O.Box 398, Athens, Ontario K0E 1B0 Tel: 613-493-0074 E-mail: Publisher - Paul Hawkins Editor - Cathie Whittaker Reporters/Photographers - Sally Smid, Catherine Orth Contributing Writers - John Stanford 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 Seeley’s Bay, Jasper 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 © 2017 The Mural. All articles, photographs and advertisement layouts created by The Mural cannot be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. The Mural is not responsible for errors or omissions.

No fear of death and dying Curmudgeon’s Corner by John Stanford Now that I’ve reached the last chapter of my life’s story I’m giving thought to death and dying. I have no fear of either though I’d rather be alive than dead. I’d like to see my grandchildren graduate from university, but whatever happens, happens. I have no quarrel with that. It’s a natural part of living. I’ve lived an exceptionally fortunate life in the best place on earth surrounded by great people. I’ve been loved by more folks than I deserved to have care, and I’ve loved wonderful parents, children, spouses, and friends. Who could ask for more? I’ve received more than I contributed and I’m thankful for every hour. I have no expectation of life after death, but that doesn’t concern me. It’s nature’s way. I hope my good fortune continues so my dying won’t involve great pain and suffering, and I hope I don’t lose my mental faculties before the end. I don’t want to be saying and doing stupid things of which I’m unaware. I don’t want to hurt those I love, or anyone else. I’d like to listen to music and appreciate the beauty of nature and the folks I know to my last breath. I don’t care what folks say about me after that. I won’t hear it. I hope no tears will be shed at my passing. Instead, may there be

music and dancing, generosity and compassion for those less fortunate, laughter and happiness - and maybe a wee drop or two to toast the good life that was mine. I sometimes fantasize about what I’d do differently if I had it to do over again; probably not much. But I always thought I’d like to be a farmer. In another life, knowing what I know now, I might become a scientist studying what I believe is the greatest problem facing mankind: How to feed the folks that will be added to the earth’s population over the next few decades and beyond while my children and grand children are still alive. We’re now 7.5 billion people and, according to the UN’s estimate, that number is expected to increase by another 2.2 billion in 30 years. My family and many friends will see it. Farmers now living will have to provide food for 2.2 billion more (30%) souls. And they will have to do it with ever decreasing agricultural land as urbanization continues to cover the land, and global warming accelerates. The prospect frightens me. I’d like to be part of the solution. Of course I won’t. I wish the world was in better shape for my friends, family, and billions I’ll never know. I wish the challenges they’ll face were less daunting. All I can leave behind are my wishes for their successful attempts to meet them. There’s always hope when people of good will act together to seek needed solutions to difficult questions. Good luck folks.

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The Lyndhurst Bridge TO THE MURAL I was going through Lyndhurst the other day as I have 100's if not 1000's of times over the past 35 years, or so, living out here. I came up to the one lane stone bridge as always. A car was just coming up to the bridge on the other side; I stopped and let them go across first. They waved as they went by. Another car

had come up behind them but they stopped and waited for me to cross. We waved friendly like and smiled. It made me think as I sat there and after I drove on. That's all I need to say. So, hats off to the Little One Way Bridge in Lyndhurst, our ancestors that built it and the people who kept it alive over the years. There have been days you were cursed but more

days you were praised and appreciated. You have had a rough long life and survived and if you continue to survive then maybe humanity can also. Thanks, for making me stop and think, Little Stone Bridge in Lyndhurst. Peter Chase, Lyndhurst Road, Seeley's Bay.

“Friends helping friends” BY LIZ HUFF On Thursday, September 21, the Seeley’s Bay Area Residents’ Association made a donation to the Seeley’s Bay Canada Day Committee, to help them with of the extra costs associated with this year’s special Canada 150 events. For those of you who may not recall, there was a

deluge on July 1st which resulted in postponing the fireworks display. And then on July 2nd, no surprise this year, the rain poured down again during the delayed show, which meant that the spectators fled to their cars, without dropping as many donations in the buckets as in normal years. With this in mind, and in

recognition of a positive friendship between the organizations, a special donation of $683.00 was made. Danny Roantree, long time Co-Chair of Seeley’s Bay Canada Day Committee, said “This donation will be a great help for our Canada Day celebration.”

Correction to Margaret Mathers' story BY CATHERINE ORTH In the August edition the story of RWTO Sybil Smith's early teaching career was told. Sybil's Smith's story was mistaken for featured scrapbook chronicler Margaret Mathers' story. We apologize for this mistake and hope you enjoy the following story of RWTO Margaret Mathers' early years as a teacher. Margaret Mathers was 19 years old when she began her teaching career in

September of 1953. She taught in South Burgess School, SS#22, located on Old Kingston Rd, off Hwy 15 just east of Portland. It was a one room school house, and she taught grades 1 to 8. During her first year of teaching she had 12 students; 8 boys and 4 girls. She took time off to get married and start a family. She returned to teaching and taught at Mary St. School, Picton, On. She continued her career at Glenview School, located between Perth and Smith

Falls. She finished her career with 29 years at Linklater Public School in Gananoque, retiring in 1990. She began chronicling the scrapbooks in the fall of 1991 and retired from scrap booking in 2017. For more information on RWTO please see the Face Book page Retired Women Teachers of Ontario. Editor ’s Note: The Mural regrets the mix-up. We strive to be error free.

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Updated mural to be unveiled in Athens this month BY SALLY SMID Athens has long been known as “the home of the murals” but over time some have been retired and others have fallen into disrepair. In recent months there has been a new vision for the rejuvination of murals in Athens which many hope will include a comprehensive plan that has the possibilities of revitalizing the community as well. Since the upkeep of painted murals has proven to be too challenging, Athens Council has approved a new plan to place a digitized heritage photomural onto large panels that will be installed onto a wall in the village, as part of a Canada 150 initiative. The theme of the new mural which is to be

installed on the west wall of the Fresh Market is the life of Joshua Bates who many consider to be a founding father of Farmersville. This mural is currently inside a storage building, having been designed and painted on an interior wall when the facility was then used as an outdoor market. In 2001, owners Richard and Karen Cook, asked if the Athens Christian School could paint a mural on the market wall. Local artist Tony Endhoven researched the life of Bates and came up with a detailed design which was placed onto the wall and then painted by ACS students. Designer Brian Phillips has advised that this mural is the only one that has a proper high definition quality photo to

be enlarged to a suitable size for such a mural. The Bates Mural is being planned for "unveiling" on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 1 pm and will be followed by a reception and presentation at 1:30 by Dr. Glenn Lockwood who is the author of the Joshua Bates book and many other larger volumes of local history. Hopefully some of the creators of the original mural can also be present. There are other possibilities for further murals and interpretive signage through grants and donations. The Harvest Cafe mural has been retired and the paint over is being paid for by a recent Canada 150 grant in preparation for another photomural project "It continues to be a long and arduous journey," says organizer Sally

(L-R): Athens Heritage Society chair Kathryn Hudson, Council advisor Les Coutlee and member Bruce Demitroff look over the design for the new Joshua Bates mural. Photo: Sally Smid

Smid of the Athens Hertiage Society, "but it is also exciting to consider that this kind of extensive project could integrate the Museum,

Canada Day 2018 … Will it fly? TO THE MURAL The Township of Rideau Lakes has supported the North Crosby Recreation/Parks /Events Committee in its administration and implementation of the Canada Day Event previously held at the Lions Beach in Sand Lake Park and recently at Rideau Vista Public School, both locations being physically within Rideau Lakes for over 15 years. Coordinator of the Canada Day Event Cathy Davison, a volunteer on the North Crosby Recreation/Parks/Events Committee has handed in her resignation of this event. “I feel it is time, after 22 years, we need new energy” she stated at a preliminary organizational meeting held

this week in Chantry at the Township Municipal Offices. Originally started by a group of interested individuals through the Chamber of Commerce over 20 years ago, the realization that insurance was a major factor in keeping this event going, Rideau Lakes stepped forward and under the umbrella of its Community and Leisure Services Department offered to support the event. The Village of Westport also offered their support for events happening within the Village and together the Canada Day Event grew into the success it is today. Councillor Bob Lavoie has suggested we need to bring all interest-

ed parties together to create a new volunteer body that will take on the organization of this event. “We need some new people, some creative ideas” he stated and suggested “we approach all the groups, clubs and organizations within the area to get involved”. CAO Mike Dwyer threw out some innovative suggestions “Let’s try VIP seating for the fireworks or maybe even valet parking.” Guy Davison said in the past donations collected after the fireworks helped to cover almost 50% of their cost. Cathy offered her support in applying for the Canadian Heritage Grant again for 2018 noting that this usually brings

in $2,500 toward the overall $20,000 expenses it costs to run the event. Sue Dunfield, Manager of Community and Leisure Services offered to coordinate a meeting of interested volunteers. To keep Canada Day 2018 alive and vibrant, an open meeting for any and all interested folks is being planned for Thursday, October 12, at 7:00 pm at the North Crosby Community Centre 875 8th Concession, Westport. If you are interested to lend a hand and can’t make the meeting please contact Sue Dunfield at Rideau Lakes 1-800-9282250 ext. 238 or email her at susan@

murals, interpretive signs and more into a heritage walking tour which would celebrate our local history and create a significant attraction that could help better support economic development as well!" It is hoped that

a separate committte can be formed in this regard. Suggestions, comments, volunteers and donations would be very much appreciated. It is already evident that community pride and spirit are being sparked!

Pre-Christmas Sale in the month of October! Dave's Wood Shop presents wooden chests, toy boxes, doll beds, games, bird feeders and houses, etc. Over 200 hand-made items. Call 613-923-5713 or see the items at 424 Old River Road, Mallorytown.

By chance or appointment.

Athens District Family Health Team

Brockville Artists’ Studio

Annual Show & Sale Tuesday November 7

Sat October 14, 10am - 4pm Lansdowne Fairgrounds 1186 Prince St, Lansdowne • Focus on different breeds of horses • Demonstrations, displays, wagon rides, parade of breeds • Presentation by the Ontario Mounted Special Service Unit • Children's Activities • Vendors • Food • Fun

Free Admission • Rain or Shine Join us... Celebrate Canada 150 Fun, Food and Horses!

Celebrating Canada’s 150 th Reception Fri. Nov. 3: 5-9 pm

9:00 am – 12:00 pm 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Thursday November 30 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Sat. Nov. 4 & Sun. Nov. 5: 10 am - 5 pm

Brockville Memorial Civic Centre Free Admission • Fully Accessible Free Parking • Families welcome 27 talented local artists display some of their newest original artwork

If you are unable to attend on these dates simply call (613) 924-2623 and book an appointment to get your Flu shot, once flu vaccine received

Clinic is only for patients of Athens District Family Health Team. All patients must present their Health Cards

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Mallorytown Legion celebrates members at awards luncheon BY CATHERINE ORTH In a world that is, to say the least, ever changing and ever challenged, we think of things lost. That there was a world once, that was simpler and better, sometimes forgetting that this world we live in is pretty good; that good people are out there doing good things, volunteering their time, to make the good things happen. And so it may have been, only a few years ago, that members of Mallorytown Legion, Branch 484, were concerned that their Legion, like some others, would be a thing of the past. But a clear resurgence of commitment to the Legion is softening that fear. A year and half ago The Ladies Auxiliary was once again established and their Charter granted to them in November of 2015. Since then, the Ladies have worked with energy and clear determination to be a healthy supporter and fundraiser for the Branch, presenting the Legion with a

$2000.00 cheque on Saturday afternoon September 23. The event where they made their presentation is further evidence of the Branch’s new lease on life: The Honours and Awards Luncheon. For the first time in seven years, Honours and Awards were once again presented at Branch 484. Branch Membership Chair, Jan Stephenson said “this year, we thought we’d really try. This is Legion Week and we’re so pleased and happy to be able to do it.” She said members receive a pin in five year increments and those who have held office receive ribbons and bars. Zone Commander Ralph McMullen said, “I’m pleased to see after a long absence that this Branch has started their Honours and Awards again.” He praised the Branch for getting young people involved and “bringing in new members.” Ladies Auxiliary Zone

Commander, Laura Blair, praised the Ladies Auxiliary, commending them on their great team work and their accomplishments in the brief time they’ve held their Charter. Catherine Swan, wife of Chief Commanding Office, Air Cadets Squadron 870, Jeff Swan, paid tribute to the young cadets, stressing the importance of serving the community “as the ground work of serving the country.” Patricia Powell told her wonderful story of the First Special Service Force, reported here, in The Mural a few months ago. Sir John Blair, who had been in the First Special Service Force and now, in his 90’s, was present and received an emotional standing ovation. Edward Donovon accepted from Branch President Comrade, Arnie Day, Branch past President Comrade JoAnn Durant and Ladies Auxiliary President,

The Honour and Awards Committee of Mallorytown Legion Branch 484 recognize their members’ service with a luncheon celebration September 23 2017. (L-R): Branch President, Arnie Day; Branch Membership Chairperson, Jan Stephenson; Ladies Auxiliary Treasurer, Violet Gibson; Branch Secretary, Norah Rooney; Branch Past President, Jo-Ann Durant; and Ladies Auxiliary President,Wendy Carlson. Photo: Catherine Orth

Wendy Carlson, a picture, to honour his late wife, Doreen Donovan, who was devoted to the branch. “She always gave it her all and would pitch in wherever she could.” Mike Sabourin was

recognized “as one in a million” for his volunteer contribution to the branch: whether it was “cooking, a water crisis, repairs or yard work.” And taking the cake, Ron Warren was honoured for his 55 years as

a Legion Branch 484 member. Jan Stephenson, Branch Membership Chair was very pleased with the day and said that the Honours and Awards “mean a lot to each and every branch member.”

Equine extravaganza in Lansdowne offers horse lore and more TO THE MURAL Yeehaw!!! Hold onto your horses for this festival ! We’ll stirrup a whole lotta fun! Do you own or ride or just love horses? If so, this is the place for you...the first of its kind, an Equine Extravaganza, in Lansdowne, Ontario at the Fairgrounds 1186 Prince St. Stop horsing around at home on Saturday, October the 14 , and

including Draft breeds, Ambulance but this Morgans, Canadians, demo promises to be interesting. English jumpers, most Arabians, Minis and Although we won’t have any giraffes, we’ve been more. There will be demos told that a giraffe can be in the corral, horse folded up into this ambuparades, horse shows lance. Equamania, a univerand talented equestrians. All-day events will sity group coming in offer plenty for chil- from Guelph, will be dren...wagon rides, pony providing horse lore rides, petting zoo, and galore with an interacleather making for kids tive activity dealing with the many different parts with the Leather Lady. A farrier (a smith who of a horse (tail braiding shoes horses) will show and kid-friendly horse bone activities). off his talents. On stage in the I’m sure none of you Education Barn you can will need the Horse We have brought back the gaming tables and the casino funny money which can be used towards bids on the Live & Silent Auction.” Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark is proud to be the honourary chair for this year’s event and said organizers definitely have We ap a great evening planned – Scr one not to be missed. “St. y u B John Ambulance is always Cars there when our community calls on them for support,” said Clark. All proceeds raised will go towards allowing their dedicated volunteers to continue to run community services such as the Therapy Dog Program, Brockville & After SERVICE Car Seat Program, Youth Program and to provide Hours: Medial First Response at community events throughout Leeds, Grenville & Lanark . Tickets must be pur153 Quabbin Hill Rd., RR#4 Mallorytown chased in advance and will sell out. Call 613Derek Kane, Owner 342-2974 for details.

come horse around with us from 10 a.m until 4 p.m. LAFR (Lansdowne Association for Revitalization) has teamed up with horse owners and horse lovers to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. This is your opportunity for hands-on equestrian experiences for both young and old. There will be a wide variety of horse breeds

Casino & Cocktails TO THE MURAL The stage is set for another successful Casino & Cocktail Evening at the newly owned and renovated Thousand Island Villages (formerly Grenville Christian College Site) from 6:00 to 11:00 pm on October 20. Although the event name has changed in order to comply with AGCO guidelines, organizers promise that Brockvegas for a Cause will not disappoint. From the moment you arrive you will travel back in time to the 50’s with classic vehicles and entertainment provided by The Fabulous Belairs. According to Event Chair and Branch Manager for St. John Ambulance Deborah Coligan, “Guests will enjoy a sit down Roast Beef Dinner with and all the fixings, pies and traditional English Trifle for desert.

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hear about horse nutrition, horse first aid and hoof health. Ron Pyne, from The Horseman’s Way in Elgin, will be demonstrating ‘natural horsemanship’. The Ontario Mounted Special Services Unit will deliver info about search and rescue techniques using horses. Prince Philip Gaming, a pony club, and the Trick Morgan horse will be sure to amuse children and adults alike. Visit the ‘Oh, Horsefeathers’ booth to

have your horse-o-scope or tarot cards read, or just pick up something free for the kids. Various vendors will provide gifts, nutrition and health products related to the equine field. And of ca-horse, it wouldn’t be complete without good food and beverage service. Wild horses won’t be able to drag you away once you begin to experience the many activities.. and it’s all FREE!!! Check it out on facebook.

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Three success tips for small business owners (NC) Being an entrepreneur means that you'll often figure things out as you go along, without guidance or an established structure to help you navigate. Though it is one of the most exhilarating aspects of the job, it can also be daunting, especially when you're first starting out. Dan Kelly, CEO of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, offers his top three tips for small business owners. 1. Make mistakes and pivot often. As a small business owner, it's important to constantly assess what works and what doesn't work. On a daily basis, ask yourself: “Did I meet my business goals today?” and identify some key performance indicators. This will allow you to continue doing what works, or troubleshoot problems quickly by pivoting your strategy with minimal

repercussions. 2. Know your customers. It's all about relationships and reputation. Building strong relationships with your customers takes time, but if you treat them right and do what's best for them in the longterm, you'll have a better chance at winning and retaining their business. It's also a good idea to find out where your customers are spending time online or on social media and to communicate with them there. 3. Build a support network. Set yourself up for success by joining a community of other small businesses where you can gain access to invaluable industry resources. CFIB provides specialized business resources and makes sure the voice of independent businesses is heard on government issues that are important to your business.

Three reasons to shop small and local (NC) Neighbourhood stores and restaurants are at the heart of Canadian communities, providing you with the products and services you need all while keeping things personal, tailored and unique. As a consumer, you can support small businesses in your own community by choosing to shop locally this season. Here are three reasons why: 1. Preserve your community's uniqueness. Independent businesses bring character, originality and offer variety in a society that's becoming increasingly homogenized. That special bookstore you've been going to since you were a kid is irreplaceable. Help preserve the oneof-a-kind gems of your community. 2. Keep the money local. The more we shop at local independent businesses, the more likely it is that money will stay in the community and be used to create jobs. Local business-

es are able to reinvest a significant portion of their revenue back into the local economy, which benefits our families, friends and neighbours. 3. More personalized service. One of the greatest aspects of purchasing from a local shop is that the owner really gets to know you. Small business owners know the products we buy on a regular basis and offer a personal touch as someone who cares more about providing a quality service!

Small Business Saturday You can visit to find out more about how the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) and Interac are linking Canadians with local small business on Small Business Saturday and throughout the year. This online directory allows Canadians to find valuable offers from small businesses in their area.

More than a store: The Green Gecko merges lifestyle, eclectic shopping and community A comfortable mix of international market one-of-a kind finds and local artisan creations is nestled on the shelves at The Green Gecko. Situated in an historic house on the main street in Lyndhurst, the Gecko has redefined the bottom floor of the home and embraced a community. Hand-picked, value-priced goods from around the world and down the road accent the eclectic shop. Among the vibrantly-coloured scarves and clothes, handmade jewellery, funky home decor and eye catching Asian artifacts, there is an element of treasure hunting for customers, which makes each stop at the shop a memorable experience.

Terri Dawson, Owner

436 Lyndhurst Rd Lyndhurst 613-928-1196

For five generations, the Judson family has been serving Athens and the surrounding areas.

At Judson Funeral Home we recognize all the little things that make a difference and that’s what makes us unique. Greg Judson offers personalized service with attention to details and a focus on personal choice. Whether you are choosing burial or cremation, Judson’s believes a funeral should reflect a life lived.

Greg Judson




Economic Development Officer of the year TO THE MURAL KINGSTON - The Ontario East Economic D e v e l o p m e n t Commission has named Ann Weir the BDC Ontario Economic Development Officer of the Year. Kevin Coleman, of the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), presented the award at the opening ceremonies of the annual Ontario East Municipal Conference (OEMC) at Kingston’s Ambassador Hotel Wednesday. Ms. Weir is the Manager of the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Economic Development Office. “I’m very honoured to receive this award. It was a complete surprise,” Ms. Weir said. “I want to share it with my team, Deanna Clark and Joanne Poll, and with thanks to a supportive Counties Council, our member municipalities and their committees.” The BDC Ontario East Economic Developer of the Year Award is presented annually to an economic developer based in eastern Ontario who has provided exceptional performance in his or her community and contributed to the advancement of the economic development pro-

fession. “Ann has many achievements in economic development and success in facilitating tourism investment, a strategic priority for Eastern Ontario,” said Rita Byvelds, Team Lead with the Ministry of Economic Development & Growth; Research, Innovation and Science. Ms. Byvelds submitted the nomination. She noted Ms. Weir was instrumental in bringing Europe’s le Boat to the Rideau Canal and securing a $16-million investment to the region. Le Boat is Europe’s largest operator of self-drive boating vacations. “Ann believes in collaboration and teamwork and I know she would want to attribute the successes to the leadership of the United Counties, her colleagues, her counterparts and volunteers across the region and Ontario East, and to Noreen Cartwright at the Ministry of Tourism,” Ms. Byvelds said. Among her many achievements, Ms. Weir was involved in securing the 600,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Giant Tiger Distribution Centre in the Township of Edwardsburgh Cardinal, which is opening in

Ann Weir is in the centre; (L), Deanna Clark, Economic Development Officer; (R), Joanne Poll, Administrator/ Communications Support. Submitted photo.

2018. She has helped many businesses launch or expand in Leeds Grenville, including King’s Lock Craft Distillery, Windmill Brewery, Canadian Rail Equipment Works and Services (CREWS) and Advonex International, which recently held its grand opening in the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley. In 2015, Ms. Weir helped launch the 1000 Islands and Rideau Canal Garden Trail, a tourism driver. This year the Garden Trail was selected to be on the esteemed “Canada 150 Garden Experience” list. Ontario East President Dan Borowec congratu-

lated Ms. Weir for her dedication and successes in economic development both in the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville and across Eastern Ontario. About Ontario East and the OEMC: The Ontario East Economic Development Commission is a regional organization promoting Eastern Ontario as a prime location for investment, representing more than 200 communities and two million residents. Established in 1989, the Ontario East Municipal Conference has developed into the largest annual regional municipal conference east of Toronto.

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The Mural CLASSIFIEDS Hunting Show Lyndhurst Gun & Militaria At the Lyndhurst Legion. SUNDAY OCTOBER 15, 9 a.m. 2 p.m. Half way between Kingston & Smith Falls Take Hwy 15 to 33 -Follow 33 to the Legion. Admission $5.00, Ladies & Accompanied Children Under 16 FREE. BUY / SELL / TRADE: Firearms, Ammunition, Knives, Military Antiques,

Hunting Gear & Fishing Tackle. For Show information; Call John -613 928-2382 or email siderisjp@sympatico. ca. or website: www.wingslivebaitand All firearm laws must be obeyed. Trigger locks required. For Sale Mason & Risch apartment size piano in excellent condition. $300 or best offer. Phone 613 923-5713

Antiques Chair regluing, hand and sheet caning, rush and splint seating, wicker repairs. Free estimates. Dawne at Wiltse Creek Studio 613-659-2928 Hairstyling Hair Do. Shari Moorhead, R.R.#1 Lyndhurst, phone 3873692. Hours: Tues. & Wed.:8:30-6:00, Thurs.: in home service, Fri.: 8:30- 7:00,

Sat: 8:30- 12:30. Wanted to buy Books, Art, Decoys, Antiques, Estates A&E Books is now located at The Gananoque Flea Market, 145 River St., Gananoque, Open Thursday to Sunday, 10 -5 Contact Edwin or Arlene 613-923-1330 edandarwilliams@


Retired Women Teachers of Ontario Fall Meeting and Lunch Thu Oct 12 All retired women teachers are invited to join us for fun, food and fellowship. The RWTO Gananoque Branch extends from Westport to Gananoque, and all points in between. A short business meeting at 11:00am will be followed by a lovely full course meal prepared by the Lyndhurst United Church Women ($15.00). Following our meal, we will enjoy a presentation by Rev Takhoui Petro. Members will be contacted. Guests and new members should call Mary Ellen at 613-3873849 for more information and to register by Fri Oct 6, 2017.

Buegrass Concert On Friday, October 27, Roxeen & Dalrymple, bring their perfect blend of tradition and distinctive homegrown sound to the Seeley’s Bay Community Hall. Nova Scotia’s Roxeen & Dalrymple may be the province’s newest acoustic act, however, they are far from being new on the music scene. Originally teamed together 25 years ago as band mates of the legendary Spinney Brothers, a life of separate musical paths has brought them back together. Roxeen & Dalrymple is a classic guitar and mandolin duet, a tour de force of vocals, rhythm and traditional melodies. Individually the duo consists of Roxeen Roberts and Gary Dalrymple. Collectively they are highly respected, veteran musicians with impressive musical resumes. They are multiple East Coast Music

Awards (ECMAs) nominees, Maritime Gospel Music awards (MGMA) nominees, and have won numerous Eastern Canadian Bluegrass Music Awards (ECBMAs). The duo is thrilled to be coming to Seeley Bay. Opening for Roxeen & Dalrymple will be 2016 Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards nominee for "Best Recording", CR5 Bluegrass. Music on October 27th will start at 7:00 PM, with doors opening at 6:00PM. For tickets and info contact (613)9282762 or http://www.eobluegrass.c om/.

leadership for tomorrow's Africa, by focusing on education. The African Children's Choir has had the privilege to perform before presidents, heads of state and most recently the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, for her diamond jubilee. The African Children's Choir is a nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization dedicated to helping Africa's most vulnerable children today so they can help Africa tomorrow. No tickets, donations welcome. www.africanchildrens

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One of our most popular seasonal events is back, the Friends of Mac Johnson Wildlife Area Annual Fall Festival at the Mac Johnson Wildlife Area in Brockville. The outdoor party takes place on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features sever-

Wednesday, October 4, at Athens Christian Reformed Church. 7:00 pm. The African Children's Choir melts the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances. The program features well-loved children's songs, traditional Spirituals and Gospel favorites. Concerts are free and open to all. A free-will offering is taken at the performance to support African Children's Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs. Music for Life (The parent organization for The African Children's Choir) works in seven African countries such as, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. MFL has educated over 52,000 children and impacted the lives of over 100,000 people through its relief and development programs during its history. MFL purpose is to help create new

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al fun activities for every member of the family. You can enjoy the blazing and breathtaking fall colours, watch the waterfowl – including perhaps some trumpeter swans – on the reservoir in a canoe or kayak (courtesy of the CRCA), and enjoy live music.For more information and updates on other special attractions on this exciting day, visit us on Facebook or w w w. c r c a . c a / e v e n t s . Admission is $5 per car. To get to the Mac Johnson Wildlife Area, take Highway 29 north from Brockville to Tincap,turn east on Debruge Road and drive for two kilometres to the main entrance. For more information about the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority, visit or call (613) 546-4228 x 500 or toll free in the 613 region at 1-877-956-CRCA (2722).

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Athens council CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 She noted that there are more such murals in the offing and it is hoped that this would be part of an inclusive revitalization program under the direction of a planning committee under council. Another heritage concern was that the Crawf Backdrop is to be placed in a new storage area above the Library until a proper room is prepared for a permanent display. Henry Smid expressed a desire that the former museum room in the Town Hall be remodelled

as soon as possible and that it might perhaps be used as an art gallery area which would include the backdrop display. Council expressed that more funds would be needed for the restoration of the room. The Heritage group is hoping that the room could integrate into their vision for revitalization that would celebrate local heritage in a way that would also help support economic development and enhance community spirit.



Free Disposal of Leaves, Yard Waste & Brush ONLY

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Oak Leaf Cemetery by Holy Trinity Anglican Church southwest of Athens, is now offering plots for sale. Prices for single plots (4 feet by 12 feet) will increase from $400 to $500 effective January 1, 2018. The price includes: • the plot • perpetual (continuing) care and maintenance of the plot(s) • all applicable taxes If you wish to acquire a burial plot in a well-maintained cemetery call 613-924-9830 or 613-924-2256.

October 25th & 28th and November 1st & 4th. 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. All residents of the Township of Athens will be able to drop off, at no charge, all leaves, yard waste and brush at the Township's Transfer Station located on Montgomery Road in Charleston. Darlene Noonan, A.M.C.T. CAO/Clerk-Treasurer

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