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March 1, 2017

 

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Front of Yonge Fire Dept. members (L-R) Curtis Chevrier, Kyle Millen, Mark McLean and Jen Bradford kept busy at the Winter Festival making and selling Beaver Tails.

Photo: Sally Smid

 

Winter carnival fun in Front of Yonge

 

By Sally Smid

For many area residents a good remedy for cabin fever this year was a visit to the Front of Yonge Winter Festival. The event began in Mallorytown on Friday evening, February 10 at the Sersa site on County Road 5. Sponsored by a variety of businesses, the Festival included lots of free family fun as well as a chance to connect with neighbours.  Friday evening included family skating, fireworks, cocoa, hot dogs and chilli. The colour coded schedule which was provided made it easy for visitors to follow events.

Saturday events began at 8:00 am with a pancake breakfast at the Legion that was also the location for a lunch, a Video Game Challenge and a Baby Contest. Precious Moments Carriages provided horse drawn wagon rides all day. There was also a bake and basement sale at the United Church. It was a great way for a small church to help raise funds “to pay for the heat” disclosed one of the organizers. They also offered a homemade soup and sandwich lunch as well.

There was a chance to decorate valentine cookies and explore history at the Mallory Coach House as local residents are still discovering this “hidden gem”. A large “vendor village” and canteen, games and shows took place in the Front of Yonge Public School.  The Masons provided child ID event in the library and GoodLife Fitness offered a “boot camp”. Magicians John Pert and Bry also provided entertainment in the gym.  There was also a chance to win a prize by building a LEGO creation.  FoY Library hosted a face painting area.  Librarian Lisa Marston commented, “The parents are so patient in taking their kids to activities and the Brockville Braves who volunteered to assist are great with the kids as well!”  Sir William Top Hat Society crafted balloon shapes for the young participants and a Chicken Bingo also took place.  Dawson Watson of Little Ray’s Reptiles was on hand again with a presentation that included a variety of creatures.  Real highlights were legendary Canadian Beaver Tails that were made and sold by the FoY Fire Department.  Closing ceremonies took place at 4:30 followed by a spaghetti dinner at the Legion. The winners for the Festival raffles were announced with Pamela Young and Ken Colfer winning the two $100 Grocery Giveaways and Laura Doran-Veevers winning the Ottawa Senators hockey tickets.  It could be said perhaps that everyone attending were winners as the Festival was a great winter break and wholesome fun for all.

 

 

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Anti bullying message delivered during Pink Shirt Day at ADHS

Athens District High School celebrated Pink Shirt Day on February 23rd and had a brief assembly after Student Parliament which featured a video that included a variety of celebrities who admitted that they had been bullied including Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Barack Obama, and even Princess Kate. The message was that they became very successful despite being bullied as kids. Perhaps the most powerful message however came from popular teacher Jim Palmer who disclosed that he had also been bullied as an undersized high school student and later had bullied others himself.  “No one should bully or be bullied or put up with bullying,” he urged.  Students and staff wearing pink then posed together in a photo as they supported the message of the day: “Say no to bullying!” Photo: Sally Smid

 

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L-R); Ben and Jack Scott of Elgin enjoyed the ball throw at the recent Delta Family Fun Day. Photo: Sally Smid

 

 

Delta hosts family day

By Sally Smid

 

The sun shone down on what seemed to be a “February thaw” day which certainly contrasted last year’s -40 degree temperatures when plans for the Delta Family Fun Day had to be cancelled.  The ice conditions were still good enough for skating, hockey and games on the Delta Rink on Recreation Drive.  The day also included free hot dogs, a taffy pull, face painting, and wagon rides provided by the Antoines.  The free event took place on Family Day from noon until 4:00.  Many area residents were happy to have something to do to celebrate the annual occasion. Also present were Minnie Mouse, Pat Phillips, and Pooh Bear, Karen Slack, who was the face painter. They helped add excitement for the youngsters who also enjoyed a ball toss game as well as various races.  Many just enjoyed sitting in the winter sunshine in front of the bonfire.

Local volunteers were out again in full force to help make the day a success.  The Delta Athletic and Recreation Society sponsored the event.  Organizers made mention that the community is also gearing up for the 50th Anniversary of the Delta Maple Syrup Festival.

 

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