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The Mill Pond, Vittoria ON

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Vittoria is a quiet, peaceful hamlet in Norfolk County in Southern Ontario 1

Thank you contributors for donating to The Vittoria & District Foundation Inc. Auction 2018! Aitkens Motors Allan Leighton and Ken Heaman Ann Koluk Anonymous Friend of the Foundation Armin and France Kunkel Bernie and Marg Wesseling Brenda and Larry Assel Brenda Curwain Burning Kiln Winery Calvin C McDougall Car Quest Charlotte Donaldson Cherwaty’s Service Station Chuck and Cathy Zudnick Clair and Gertrude Smith Clark’s Pharmasave D Marie Wippel Denis and Virginia Reilly Diane Luke Donna Matthews Dwight Rabey Ed and Terri Stenclik Evelyn Stone

Freeman’s Service Centre Gail Lemery Gail Marr George and Susan Davidson Ginger Stanley Good Redden Klosler LLP Helen Colombus Henry and Sandra Neufeld Jacqueline H Chadwick James Christison James Kudelka Jamie Cruickshank Jan and Jeremy Hayes Jim and Irene Simmons Jim Melville Jim Tiller and Brenda Cooper Joan Norman John and Betty Wells John and Linda Hofgraff John and Shirley Luke Judy Walters Kate Stratford Keith and Joan Johnstone Ken and Lois Porteus

Knechtal Foods Kozy Kids - Mary Black Lanny Horne Len and Patti Brinker Long Point Eco-Adventures Louise and Bruce McCann Lucas Crandall M. Virginia Drayson M&M Food Market Madaline Wilson Mafia Treasure Box Marian Sparks Marion H Sherman Marion Macaulay Mary and Neil Rutherford Mary Caughill McKee Sport and Garden Michele Crandall MTH Fabrication Nancy and Ernie Racz Norfolk County Fair Board Norfolk County Tourism Norfolk Tractor Patricia J Barker

Peter Bosma Pickard Lumber Limited Premier Equipment Ltd Ramblin Road Brewery Farm Randy Pressey Regina Lambert Ride the Bine Tours Rita Beagle Robert Wotten Roger Cruickshank Roger Cruickshank Jr Ron and Marian Bezzo Ron Francis Sandra Gedye Schofield’s Bistro Scott & Cheryl Peck Simcoe Home Hardware SMB Antiques and Collectibles Stephen Armstrong Strawberry Tyme Farms Ltd. SunTan Restaurant The Barrel Italian Restaurant The Beach House The Catherwood and Kiln

The Cider Keg The Crepe House The Good Bread Company The Mitt and Robe Company Tom and Joan Haskett Tracy Haskett Trustees of Christ Church Anglican Turkey Point Hotel Twila Cruickshank V. Jean Karges Vandenbussche Irrigation Vic and Lenore Gibbons Vicky Harris Vittoria Lions and Lionesses Vittoria Women’s Institute Waterford Heritage & Agricultural Museum Wayne and Saundra Rodgers

Thank you volunteers Thanks also to all of our wonderful volunteers who helped with our numerous activities in 2017 and 2018. Without your help it would be impossible to do what we do for our community and our district. Ann Koluk Barb Boyko Barb Galuppi Brenda Cooper Brianna Harriott Charlie Luke Chuck Sherman Clair Smith Clark Hoskin Corrin Bolle Dalton Cooper Diane Luke Don Fort Drew Grummett Ernie Racz


Gary Cooper George Davidson Gertrude Smith Ginger Stanley Helen Columbus Jackie Chadwick James Christison Jean Karges Jessica Speirs Jim Melville Jim Tiller Joan Norman Joanne Smith Joe Keller John Donaldson

Judy Walters Karen Aspden Larry Stanley Lyle Smith Marie Wippel Marion Bezzo Marion Sherman Mary Ann Barker Mary Caughill Mary Lou Luke Mary Mckenzie Cobb Matthew Harriott Melynda Norman-Lee Michele Crandall Nancy Neidrauer

Nancy Racz Pat Barker Rachelle Walters Raya Gaudett Regina Lambert Rick Crandall Ron Bezzo Rose Ludwig Rosemary Stickle Sandy Gedye Sarah Lindekamp Seth Roberts Shay Crandall Strawberry Tyme Farms Susan Davidson

Susan Drayson Susan Kendrick Tara Gaudett The Cider Keg Tom Haskett Tom Smith Tracy Haskett Virginia Drayson Vittoria Firefighters Vittoria Lioness Vittoria W. I. Zack Crandall Zack Peck

To Learn More About The Vittoria & District Foundation Inc. or To Become A Member, Please Contact Brenda at 519-428-8700 or E-mail to tvdf@kwic.com or visit our website at vittoria.on.ca

In Memory of

James Cronkwright, age 73, on December 31, 2017


The Vittoria Booster Newsletter is published by The Vittoria & District Foundation Inc. for its Members and Contributors. The Vittoria & District Foundation P.O. Box 45 Vittoria, ON N0E 1W0 Website: vittoria.on.ca E-mail: tvdf@kwic.com We apologize for all errors and omissions. Items in this newsletter are often excerpted or adapted from the local newspapers (Simcoe Reformer, Port Dover Maple Leaf, Times-Reformer) and other publications, and we thank them and their writers. Thank you to all contributors of photos, articles and other material, as well as proofreading services. Vittoria & District Foundation Inc. Executive: The Executive are all unpaid volunteers. President - Tom Haskett Vice-President - Brenda Cooper Treasurer - Brenda Cooper Secretary - Michele Crandall Chair of the Booster Committee - Tom Haskett Membership - Tracy Haskett Website Co-ordinator - Don Fort

Harold Loveday, age 83 on January 1 Joyce ( Brown) Harris, age 86, on January 9 Bob (Boyd) Toft, age 77, on January 21 Regina Schertzer, age 85, on February 3 Jacqueline Anne Baker UE, age 79, on February 5 Annie Oliver, age 68, on February 15 Annie Whitehead, age 97, on February 16 Karl Weselan, age 78, on February 17 Anne Elizabeth Coleman, age 68, on February 23 Otto Grau, age 90, on February 25 Irene Atkinson, age 82, on March 6 Gladys Graham, age 92, on March 10 MaryAnn Harvey, age 72, on March 10 Irma Marion Green, age 83, on March 11 Jim Cookson, age 72, on March 12 Doug Wright, age 87, on March 14 Barry Wm. Ferris, age 57, on March 17 Walter Petheram, age 72, on March 22 Karen Walker, age 55, on March 23 David Stephen, age 50, on March 26 Anthony Emilio DeCarolis, age 64, on April 2 Donald Ames, age 87, on April 28 W. J. “Dunnie� Nichols Jr., age 89, on May 3 Kathleen Corilea Cowan, age 69, on May 6 Richard D. Gibbons, age 83, on May 10 Sharon Dove, age 65, on May 17 Clare Fraser, age 76, on May 23 Colin P. Sztronga, age 47, on June 12 Marie Ames, age 87, on June 15 Joan Elaine Clapp, age 94, on July 14 George Eugene Smith, age 84, on July 20 Veronica Kempster, age 69, on July 27 Reg Cable, age 80, on August 1 Lydia Ann Barker Chapman, age 86, on August 13 Opal Kitchen, age 93, on August 24 Debbie Tattersall, age 62, on August 29 Glen Kerry, age 74, on August 31 Julia Brinker, age 97, on September 3 Frances Winter, age 85, on September 8 Roy James McLaren, age 81, on September 11 Roger Cruickshank, age 84, on September 21 Jay McKiee, age 87, on October 8 James Smithson, age 62, on October 10 Douglas A. Smith, age 90, on October 11 John ``Jay`` Roxburgh, age 65, on November 17 Harold Stewart, age 69, on December 9 Norman Hood, age 75, on December 14 Edward Van Paemel, age 81, on December 20 Larry Handsaeme, age 58, on December 22 Jim Totzke, age 83, on December 23 Marion (Reid) Csikar, age 94, on December 23

Milestone Birthdays 2018 Marie Ames, 80 on January 20 Betty Smith, 80 on January 22 Frances Winter, 85 on January 30 Warren Burger, 75 on February 15 Rose Pettit, 85 on February 25 Betty Brunton, 90 on February 26 Faye Snow, 85 on March 8 Raymond Danley, 80 on March 20 Reg. Cable, 80 on March 16 Joan Johnstone, 80 on March 23 Joan Haskett, 75 on March 26

Annie Racz, 95 on April 14 Neal Snow, 85 on April 18 Verne Robertson, 85 on April 24 Virginia Drayson, 80 on April 24 Carole Tupper, 75 on April 30 Betty Bosma, 95 on May 12 Paula McConnachie, 75 on May 23 Joan Taylor, 90 on May 24 Susan Caughill, 75 on June 15 Maebelle Cruickshank 85 on June 25 Virginia Cable, 75 on August 7 George Davidson, 75 on August 25 Patricia Cherneski, 75 on August 26 Elizabeth Price, 85 on August 29 Everett Lampman, 80 on September 10 Armin Kunkel, 80 on September 14 Susan Davidson, 75 on September 15 Jim Simmons, 75 on September 25 Clair Smith, 80 on September 27 Eleanor Watt, 85 on October 1 Gail Marr, 80 on October 8 Sandra Maxwell, 75 on October 12 Mary Brown, 80 on October 24 Mabel Assel, 80 on October 24

Milestone Birthdays Celebrated - 90 Plus Club Vera Overbaugh, 93 on April 17 Myrtle Smith, 92 on April 28 Muriel Millar, 91 on May 21 Wilma Smith, 92 on June 23 Jim Cruise, 93 on June 26 Norah (Leece) Moore, 98 on August 2 Marion Macaulay, 93 on August 28 Helen Colombus, 93 on September 27 Violet Monroe, 96 on November 17 Tillie Wright, 96 on December 6

Milestone Anniversaries

Doug and Ann Voegtle ,50th on March 9 Regina and Randy Lambert ,40th on March 17 Larry and Ginger Stanley ,55th on April 6 Diane and Robert Wotten , 40th on April 6 Richard and Mabel Assel, 50th on May 16 Mark and Cheryl Ann Robinson, 40th on July 22 Jim and Barb Melville, 45th on September 8 Betty and Donald Egerde, 50th on September 21 Keith and Joan Johnstone, 60th on November 8

Milestone Anniversaries Celebrated - 60 Plus Club

Marion and Jim Pepper, 61st on April 13 John and Ruth Clayton, 63rd on May 14 John and Muriel Dennis, 62nd on June 2 Neal and Faye Snow, 66th on June 7 Stan and Frances Voigt, 69th on July 16 Roger and Twila Cruickshank, 64th on July 17 Joanne and Ken Smith, 66th on August 9 Harold and Faye Jarvis, 69th on September 10 Bill and Irene Nicoll, 78th on September 17 Verne and Jeanette Robertson, 61st on September 28 Ross and Lenore Broughton, 68th on October 10 John and Charlotte Donaldson, 63rd on October 22 Doris and Stacey Dutton, 61st on November 9 John and Shirley Luke, 67 on November 10

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H. Roger Cruickshank July 18, 1934 - September 21, 2018 At Cedarwood Village, Simcoe on September 21, 2018 in his 85th year. Beloved husband of 64 years to Twila (Lampman). Dear father of Roger (Pam), Michael (Joanne) and James (Phyllis). Cherished grandfather of Dean (Kim), James, Christina Hele (Josh), Jennifer Parnell (Kyle), Jason, Nicole and Cheryl and great grandfather of Cheyenne, D.J., Summer, Jordyn and Lauryn. Roger was predeceased by his brother Douglas Cruickshank and survived by his sister-in-law Maebelle and predeceased by his sister Eleanor Joyce and survived by his brother-in-law Harold Joyce. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Erland Lampman (Ruth), Everett Lampman (Deane deceased), June Miller (Bob deceased). He was predeceased by in-laws Don Lampman and Sharon Roberts and survived by in-laws Lyn Lampman and Dave Roberts. Roger was active in the local community and was the recipient of many public service awards including Canada 150. A service was be held at THE VITTORIA COMMUNITY CENTRE, Vittoria, ON on Friday, September 28, 2018


Roger Cruichshank

Entrepreneur, postmaster, teacher, coach, community organizer. On September 28, 2018, the Vittoria & District Community Centre was filled to capacity for the funeral service of a respected lifelong citizen, The Godfather, a.k.a. Herbert Roger Cruickshank, who passed away in his 85th year. At the event, several people stepped forward to emphasize the respect and gratitude they felt towards a man who lived his life the most honourable way possible: dedicated to the love of his life, to family and church, to friends, to students, and to community. Just as thankful acquaintances and students praised Roger for helping them through turning points in their life, the man himself had a few of his own, which he chronicled in his memoir, Out on a Limb. “My Mom [Winnifred Cruickshank nee Burkholder] was such a good teacher that when I started at Vittoria Public School at age 7, they placed me a grade ahead of other kids of my age, and I guess I was probably unbearably smug and felt I was superior to them,” he wrote.

porch. “Although I pretended to have just casually stopped by when I saw her, while out for a Sunday drive, I don’t think she was fooled for a minute.” At the age of 17, Roger took over his family’s trucking business after the death of his father. Two years later, in 1954, Roger married Twila and together they operated Cruickshank General Trucking until 1967, hauling coal, manure, tobacco and apples. “Trucking became very competitive (cutthroat might be a better word) in the 1960s, so we decided it was wiser for me to try my luck at some university courses, and perhaps seek a teaching job.” Roger went on to teach Math and Economics at Simcoe Composite School from 1967 to 1989. He enjoyed proving to students with an “I Can’t Do Math” bias, that they really could do Math, if they were motivated enough to endure hours of one-on-one tutoring.

“I came to realize that having a superiority complex is not a good way to make friends and influence people. It is important to have good self-esteem, but if we are really better at something than other people are, we don’t need to tell the world – the world will know it!”

Cars, baseball and hockey were hobbies of Roger. He was a player, coach, manager, convenor and sponsor of several local sports organizations. In the 1950s, Roger was president of the Norfolk Autocrats, organizing the first National Hot Rod Association certified drag races at the Kohler airstrip, now called Toronto Motorsports Dragway Park. He was also a respected member of the Woodhouse United Church congregation.

Roger admitted to being a harmless but mischievous scamp as a young boy and teenager: “I recall winking at one of the pretty girls in the church choir, to make her blush, which she did so beautifully. Even then, I was so terribly shy I could never has spoken to her.”

Roger Cruickshank had the ability to identify a challenge, anticipate and analyze various situations and elements related to it, then propose and implement options for a solution, with the assistance and collaboration of family and friends.

During high school, Roger met Twila Lampman: “She not only had a pretty name, but she had pretty dimples in her pretty cheeks. She was so beautiful! And I was in love!”

His community development work began when a group of young men decided the village needed a new and better baseball diamond. When Thompson Memorial Park opened on Father’s Day Weekend in 1973, Roger and three of his friends realized small places like Vittoria could only obtain facilities if the people who resided there took the initiative and

Roger drove around the block past Twila’s house several times until she finally came out and sat on her front

supported their wants and desires with grass-roots financial commitment. The Vittoria MAFIA (Men Advocating Fairness, Integrity & Accountability) was born. The four-man team, including Roger as The Godfather, motivated, orchestrated and mobilized supporters, providing the leadership and initiative needed to succeed on larger projects. The building of the Vittoria Community Centre (1988), the mounting of the Vittoria Bicentennial (1996), and the subsequent creation of the Vittoria & District Foundation are tangible results of MAFIA leadership and hard work. Roger enjoyed the Mill Pond his entire life, from a young age playing hockey on the ice to later years when he enjoyed nature photography. In the rustic setting, he likely reflected on his challenges and successes here, and nurtured his philosophy of helping his community and fellow man. “Be givers, not takers. Donate freely of your time and talents and money, but pay for your own tickets for events and functions anyway. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Volunteering is not a sacrifice – the enthusiasm of volunteers is contagious. Do it because you love it – put your heart into it!” Roger’s commitment to his community earned him several volunteer service awards including Celebration ’88 Medal for Top Community Volunteer by the Government of Canada and Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Foremost, Roger loved his family. He was thankful to have a lifelong partner in Twila: “I can’t believe how lucky I was to find and marry her before someone else did.” He was proud father of Roger (Pam), Michael (Joanne) and James (Phyllis), cherished grandfather of Dean (Kim), James, Christina Hele (Josh), Jennifer Parnell (Kyle), Jason, Nicole and Cheryl and great grandfather of Cheyenne, D.J., Summer, Jordyn and Lauryn.


Vittoria Takes It Easy - a special Hamilton Spectator report from 1961 From the Foundation Archives, Bruce Murdock reporting

Described historically as the “Capital of the London District, 1815-1825” and, more than a century ago, a thriving little place “of some consequence”, the Norfolk County village of Vittoria is today (1961) a delightfully quiet residential spot. Among its residents are quite a few direct descendants of its early pioneers. 6

James Christison

Nine years ago (1952) I wrote of a visit to this picturesque little community and at that time the population was about 300. Today, it is, according to the residents, just about the same. It still has its three churches - all well over 100 years old. The three general stores of a few years ago have dwindled to one, that of William H. Deal, who

has been in business there for 28 years. Taking the place of one of the former stores, however, is a very modern groceteria and meat shop. Mr. Deal, by the way, told me that there were five general stores when he took over Frank Smith’s business 28 years ago. Mr. Smith had run the store for 40 years, he said, and others had it before.

Storekeepers William H. Deal and Mrs. Deal enjoy a chat by the counter in their general store, last of its kind in the village.

“In the old days� he said, “we used to be open every night and the men would come in and sit around the old stove where chairs, and even a couple of benches, were provided. Now we are open on Saturday nights only and, even though the chairs and benches are still there, not many come in to sit around

anymore. A modern heater had taken the place of the former old-type stone. Other business places in the community today include a hardware store operated by Donald McCall, a china shop run by Mrs. Donald McCall, a small restaurant operated by Victor Smatana, a hair dressing estab-

lishment owned by Misses Frances Rowling and Julie Cloet and, of course, the usual run of service stations and garages. A once-busy knitwear factory operates at a reduced scale. The village postmaster is Elwood smith, whose wife assists him in the office.

Donald McCall, left, another descendant of the pioneers, makes a sale in his hardware store to Robert McLaren, a village.resident. 7

Patricia McCall shows some of the wares in her mother’s china shop on the village’s main street.

A fairly new organization in the community is the volunteer fire department, formed largely through the efforts of the local Lions Club but run by the municipality. The department, in charge of Chief Roy Hodgson, has two trucks and a tank. It provides protection in the surrounding Township of Charlotteville as well as in the village. Giving assistance to an outside community just recently, it responded to a call from St. Williams where a large boat factory was burned. “Actually, the activity of the village is much quieter now then it was nine or 10 years ago when you last called on me.,”

commented William Dawson who, at 78, is one of the senior citizens. “I well remember the time when we had the Lamport, Young, McCall and other stores all busy.” Mr. Dawson gave me some information about Vittoria Lodge No. 359 AF and AM GRC, founded some 84 years ago. It had purchased the property where it now meets – a former tavern of the old days – in 1889. It was particularly interesting to learn that his father, grandfather and he, all named William, had at the same time been members of the lodge and had sat in it together. In connection with the village

churches, Mr. Dawson showed a record of Willian Mercer Wilson, founder of the Masonic Grand Lodge in Ontario and its first Grand Master, having laid the cornerstone of the United Church on Aug. 7, 1845, with Masonic honors. There have been a “few” new houses built in the last 10 years or so, Mr. Dawson said, “but they have been few and far between, nothing like the building booms one sees around the towns and cities.” He added that, in his opinion, the people of Vittoria like it just the way it is – peaceful and quiet.

Frank McCall explains the fine points in one of his many guns to “oldtimer” William Dawson, 79, third generation of his family at Vittoria. 8

The Magazine article is the May 1967 issue of Hardware Merchandising, The Maclean-Hunter Publication, Vol 79 No. 5 with an issue title of Centennial Issue 1967.


New Business

Meet Jordan, owner and creator of the Norfolk Wedding Lounge! Photos are from the Norfolk Wedding Lounge facebook page and MY FM facebook post on the new Norfolk Wedding Lounge.

The Norfolk Wedding Lounge. A one stop shop for that special day arrangements. All under one roof in Vittoria. Owner Jordan Gawley wanted to take the business to the next level by opening a Norfolk Wedding Lounge. Couples can come here to make their wedding plans. It’s collaborative, cooperative and expansive 10

for all of us. Downstairs we have 8 working offices. After 5 pm we host events and the hall is available for rental after hours. We can offer them a variety of services in one location. Norfolk Wedding Lounge at 519-900-1045 1562 Old Brock Street in Vittoria

Visit us at; Veil and Tie Wedding Expo 2019 February 17, 2019 from 1 pm to 4 pm Norfolks Bridal Expo, Green at Renton

Opened in 2018 Charlotteville Brewing Company. We are a family owned and operated organic farm surrounded by lush Carolinian forest in the heart of Norfolk County. Our goal, when you visit the farm, is to provide an authentic experience that will leave you enamoured with the unique area, the local people, and of course our beer. Come look for us in Ontario’s garden. We have several different brews ranging from a light ale to dark shwarz, each with a different taste, hop, and malt profile. We will always welcome tours into the

brewery to see the beautiful architecture of the 1860 barn as it melds with the industrialness of the shiny new brewhouse equipment.

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Vittoria and District Foundation Volunteer

Past President, Gary Cooper Article by Brenda Cooper

In 1996 after the success of the Vittoria Bi-centennial celebrations, it was found that there was a need for some fundraising for the Village of Vittoria and area. A group of people that had connections to the community of Vittoria decided to organize the Vittoria & District Foundation Inc. They formed a Board of Directors, whom decided to appoint Gary Cooper as President. Gary was the President of this organization from 2011 to 2017 at which time he decided to step down but still remains as a Director on the board. During Gary’s presidency many goals of the Foundation were reached and this was done with the team work of the directors and volunteers. One of the main events of the 12

Vittoria & District Foundation is the Spaghetti Auction that is held in March of each year. There has been local artists’ sculptures and the showing of the talents of the community on display at the Vittoria & District Community Centre. At this event Gary Cooper and his side kick, Tom Haskett, put their auctioneer talents to work at the end of each auction, as they auctioned off the Mafia box. Each year from this auction there has been money raised that has been donated back to the community. Under Gary’s watch some of the monies has went back to projects such as the extension of the parking lot at the Vittoria & District Community Centre, Norfolk General Hospital, Port

Dover Library, Port Dover Skating Club, internal restoration at the Vittoria Town Hall, Norfolk County Youth Soccer Development Program, just to mention a few. As well, The Vittoria & District Foundation Inc. has a scholarship available each year in the amount of $2,500.00. For an organization to have the success that it has had, a strong leadership is required and this was certainly the way with Gary Cooper. He has spent countless hours in helping to organize events for the Foundation as well as pounding the pavement while collecting donations for the auction. People like Gary do not come by every day and his loyalty and commitment is greatly appreciated by the community.

EVENTS 2019 Sat., March 16 Spaghetti Dinner and Auction Sat., April 13 Lions Club; Wing Ding Sat., May 25 from 2 pm - 11 pm Catherwood and The Kiln 6th Anniversary Bash Sun., June 2, 3 pm Anglican Church Services Sun., June 2, 11 am Blessing of the Bikes St. Andrew’s United Church Sun., June 9 Baptist Cemetery Service Sun., June 15 Vittoria Wide Yard Sale Wed., June 19 Lions Club; Chicken BBQ Sun., July Decoration day St. Andrew’s United Church, Sun., Sept. 8 175th Anniversary Service Anglican Church Sat., Oct. 19 Lions Club; Wing Ding November 16-17 Christmas in Vittoria

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Article by Linda Vancso The store in the 1960s

An important aspect in the unique history of Vittoria was the social and economic impact of Cherwaty’s General Store and Service Station . For some 43 years, Paul and Lela Cherwaty and their family, catered not just to the needs of “locals”, but to the tourism that abounded in the area…The magnet for Cherwaty’s and why everyone went there was that they carried everything , from groceries to gas, from ice cream to advice (by Lela), from billiards to fan belts, from fishing/hunting licenses to cigarettes, and so much more! And when Paul needed additional car parts for the customer, his friend Don McCall in Vittoria was known to come to the rescue! The original building on the Turkey Point Road, was purchased by Paul and Lela (Smith) in 1942 from Mr. Finnamore. They sold the business in 1985. The current building is the result of extensive renovations, directed many years 14

ago by Paul and Lela and ably completed by Mr. Sam Colwell. The Vittoria boys regularly headed to Cherwaty’s by car and sometimes via the railroad tracks from Vittoria to play pool, purchase gas or whatever and maybe even to attend one of the rocking parties held by daughters Paula, Shirley and Barb. Paula recalls that the weight of the “guests” necessitated a steel reinforcement girder being placed in the store for additional support of the upstairs quarters. Parties for “Clair’s Farewell (when he joined the Air Force), Duncan Walsh’s 21st birthday (when a collection from the guests produced a new guitar for him), Paula’s Sweet 16 party and Gord and Carolyn Walsh’s post wedding party, were just a few of the events enjoyed by so many young people of the Vittoria area at the Cherwaty’s. While many occurrences cannot

be told, Paula remembers hiding with her underage sisters in the pool-room while Constable Scotty Robb enjoyed a coffee with Lela after “gassing up” at the station. OPP and Firefighters were regular customers in the day! Paul cared enormously for his community and sponsored managed many teams and enjoyed watching many games over the years. The business was a labour of love for Paul and Lela and despite long hours ( the combination service station and general store was open every day except Christmas and New Year’s Day), Paul noted “We don’t like to see anyone in need. We try to stock whatever the public wanted and one of the rules I’ve stuck by is never refusing anyone in distress.” We miss you Paul and Lela

T hanks for the memories!

The original store prior to the 1940s

Paula, Shirley & Barb

Paul Cherwaty

1953 | Barb, Paula & Shirley

The boys of summer, Vittoria Bicentennial team L to R Back; Ray Howick, Doug Smith, Doug Smith, Bill Donnell, Ray Danley, Jack Bingleman, Paul Cherwaty, Dag Howick, Verne Robertson. L to R Front; Clare McLaren, Harold Jarvis, Roy McLaren, Duncan Walsh, Clair Smith

The Cherwaty’s - Back; Paula, Barb, Shirley, Paul Patrick & Shirley. Front Lela & Paul.


Delhi News Record, Wednesday, January 23, 1985

Charlotteville landmark

1955 Clair Smith “Little Brother�


Paul Cherwaty and Jack DeCarolos

Cherwaty changing hands


Vittoria and District Foundation Volunteer

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Article by Linda Vancso Vittoria and District Foundation Inc (V&DF Inc) Director Ginger Stanley, has been a long- time contributor to the Vittoria Spaghetti Auction with her donations of beautiful handmade quilts that have generated significant revenue to the V&DF Inc. In addition to her achievements as a Director with the V&DF Inc, Ginger is a valued member of the Twilight Quilters’ Guild, and has contributed to her community for many years as executive and Charter member of the Vittoria Lioness Club. In that capacity she played an integral role in the implementation of the successful Fun Night and in catering to numerous community events to raise money for Lioness. As a member of the Vittoria Women’s Institute, many will recall Ginger as the coy, yet provocative Miss July in the infamous WI calendar of 2005 that


raised an astounding $42,000 for the Norfolk Women’s Institute. And as the seasons change, Ginger is excited to help organize and participate in the enduring “Christmas in Vittoria” show and sale. Ginger is known throughout the area for her creativity and unique decorating skill whether it involves sewing, painting, flower arrangements or just adding that special “Ginger” flair to any event . For many years, Ginger has enjoyed being a Director of the Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show and has filled many volunteer positions there from decorating at the original Fall Fest and the current Wildlife Show to heading up the Teenager Craft competition. Additionally, on behalf of the V&DF Inc, over the past few years, Ginger has taken on the organizing and hosting of the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards, sponsored by the Ministry of Citizenship (Immigra-

tion and International Trade). This important event is held annually for local recipients at the Vittoria and District Community Centre. In their spare time, Ginger and Larry enjoy exchanging “news“ with their many friends at the Silver Lake Farmers’ Market in Pt. Dover on Saturday mornings. You may have noticed that this colorful Director of the V&DF Inc was absent from our ticket sales this year.. Ginger is currently taking some well-deserved time off as she and husband Larry (of 55 years), deal with challenging health issues. Ginger we applaud your many accomplishments, we have named but just a few and we are proud to recognize your special and valued contribution to our community!

T hank you for being a volunteer!

Kernal Peanuts Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies Makes 20 filled cookies These soft chocolatey cookie sandwiches are filled with a cream cheese frosting that is packed full of crunchy Kernal Peanuts.


For the Cake: 2 cups (300 g) all purpose flour ½ cup (45g) Dutch Process Cocoa powder 1 ¼ tsp. (7 g) baking soda 1 cup (250 mL) buttermilk 1 tsp. (5 mL) pure vanilla extract 1 Tbsp. (15 mL) unsalted butter ½ cup (115 g) unsalted butter, softened 1 cup (180 g) brown sugar 1 large egg For the Peanut Butter Filling: ½ cup (115 g) unsalted butter, soft 1 cup (200 g) white sugar 8 oz. (225 g) cream cheese ½ cup (120 mL) Kernal Peanuts smooth peanut butter ½ tsp. (5 mL) pure vanilla extract ¼ cup (35 g) icing sugar ½ cup (145 g) Kernal Peanuts redskin unsalted peanuts, chopped

Instructions Preheat 350°F (180°C)

For the cake, sift together the flour, cocoa and baking soda into a large bowl.

Stir the buttermilk and vanilla together in a small bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and continue beating until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula and beat for 1 minute more. Reduce speed to low and alternately mix in the flour and the buttermilk mixtures. Using a small scoop, spoon heaping Tablespoons (15 mL) of batter about 2” (5 cm) apart on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. The cakes should all be round and about the same size. Bake for 10-12 minutes on the middle rack, until tops are puffed and the cake springs back when touched. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring with a metal spatula onto racks to cool completely. To make the filling, beat together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add cream cheese, beating until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add vanilla and peanut butter and beat for 1 minute more. With a spatula, fold in ¼” cup (30 g) icing sugar, and the chopped peanuts. To assemble, spread 1 Tbsp. (15 mL) frosting on the flat side of a cake and sandwich together with another cake. Press together gently to adhere. Refrigerate cookies in an airtight container.

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St. Andrews United Church Sevice Sunday’s at 11 am


News from the Pews of St. Andrews United Church Article by Paul Doughty Greetings everyone from the pews of St. Andrew’s United church l ocated in the heart of the village where people of this community have been meeting regularly in Christian worship for over 173 years. From humble Presbyterian beginnings and through amalgamation into the United Church of Canada in 1925 our church group has travelled through time seeking to bring God’s presence into the world through acts of care, compassion, and sacrifice that were shown to the world by Jesus, some 2000 years ago. And we are happy to say, that what was revealed to the world then through the coming of Jesus, continues to guide us today as we strive to be God’s hands and feet in the world, and in this community, living out to the best of our ability, our present mission statement that calls us, “To provide spiritual guidance, friendship, and fellowship to benefit both our congregation and our community.” With these tenants of faith as our focus we dedicate a lot of our time, energy, and resources to

helping those who are in need, both locally and abroad, by supporting groups such as the Haldimand-Norfolk Women’s Shelter, the local Food Bank, the Vittoria Fire Fighters, and a number of other organizations such as the Mission and Service fund of the United Church of Canada as well. During the course of the year, and in addition to our regular worship schedule we also hold many special services as well including our annual Christmas Eve Candle Light service, a Good Friday and Easter service, and have also made it a priority to offer Remembrance Day worship services as well. We celebrate our Anniversary on the first Sunday of November each year with this year marking 174 years of worship at our present location. We have also had the pleasure of hosting for a number of years now an annual, “Blessing of the Bikes,” service on the first Sunday in June as part of our outreach to the greater community, which has helped us in nurturing a sense of togetherness and ongoing support for other

events including the Vittoria and District Foundation’s annual Spaghetti Supper and Auction each year. And that is not all that we do for we have hosted many other social and cultural events at our church over the years with regular performances of the Haldimand-Norfolk concert band and actively participated in the county wide sing-a-long for Canada’s 150th birthday party in 2017 as part of Norfolk County’s recognition of this milestone event. All in all we are very blessed to be part of this Vittoria and District community and strive through our words, deeds, and worship, to bring the goodness of God into our world one small step at a time, which we do every Sunday morning at 11 am, and, where all are welcome to join us as we explore where God’s divine presence is leading us as part of this community that we are nurturing together with one another. Sincerely, The People of St. Andrews United Church


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