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May 6, 2015





The Athens Fire Department has been installing new detectors. (Back, L-R): Firefighter John Loucks, Firefighter Eric Reuvers, Firefighter Josh Noonan, Firefighter Matt Noonan, Firefighter Bill Plumley, Captain Art Lester, Firefighter Todd Evans, Lieutenant Ron Karas, Deputy Chief Mike Smid, Firefighter John Noonan, Firefighter Phil Vanderlinden, Firefighter Clark Schaafsma. (Front row, L-R): Chief Charlie Smid, Firefighter Rick VanMourik, Firefighter John Nyland, Captain Kevin Hartley, Captain Dave Blanchard, Captain Tom Fenn, Firefighter Chris Fenlong. See story on Page 3.    Photo by Sally Smid. 




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Kathryn Hudson of Athens Museum at left, ADHS Principal Marsha McNair, centre, and music teacher Jim Palmer stand in front a photo of Athens first high school. ADHSis planning a coffee house to celebrate the formal dedication of the heritage sign at the school.

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Many heritage events for Athens 125th anniversary


By Sally Smid

There are a variety of plans for observing the 125th anniversary of Athens this year, but perhaps one that is most appropriate is the upcoming formal dedication of the history of education interpretive sign in front of the Athens District High School. In 1890 it was decided that Farmersville would be renamed Athens as it was considered a center of education due to the many schools in the village 125 years ago. 

The dedication ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 14 at 6:00 pm in front of the sign.  A variety of dignitaries will be present. Following the short ceremony there will be a brief presentation by historian/designer Brian Phillips which will include a narrated series of high definition photos about the local history of education. 

There will also be a digitized movie presentation from past events at ADHS which will be provided by John Conley who taught at the school for many years.  Displays of early education in Athens will also be provided by the Athens Museum and refreshments will be provided. 

The ADHS Spring Coffee House will follow at 7:30 which will include a variety of student performances.  Admission will be $5.00 per person and $10.00 for a family. Proceeds will go to the Athens Public Library and the ADHS band trip. Donations to the Athens Museum can also be made.

The heritage celebration event is being made possible through the combined efforts of principal Marsha McNair, music teacher Jim Palmer, the Athens and Area Heritage Society as well as a variety of ADHS students. 



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Celebrity cooks MPP Steve Clark, (L), and Mayor of the Township of Rideau Lakes, Ron Holman at the Festival.  Photo by Sally Smid.


Syrup festival is a tradition


By Sally Smid


After a long hard winter the coming of maple syrup season seems especially exciting this year and the attitude of the crowds at the Delta Maple Syrup Festival seemed to convey the joy of a returning spring!  Established in 1967, the event was the first of its kind in the area.  It has evolved and continued through the years and is now a project of the Delta Agricultural Society and indeed it did seem to have much of the atmosphere and features of the Delta Fair. The highlight of the Festival had to be  the "all you can eat pancakes flooded with fresh local maple syrup and sausage".  A unique aspect of this Maple Syrup Fest must also be that the pancakes are made from Old Stone Mill Flour which is milled at the local Delta Mill.  It is extremely high quality, stone ground from locally grown Red Fife wheat, an Ontario heritage wheat. The Kettle Boys provided displays of heritage maple equipment and onsite syrup production and there was also numerous maple syrup vendors selling their produce.  A variety of crafts and other vendors had displays on the upper level of the exhibit hall and outside as well.  Kids were greeted by a number of cartoon characters and face painting and wagon rides were available.  

The Old Stone Mill was open and milling and blacksmithing demonstrations took place.  There was a book sale in the Old Town Hall in support of the Rideau Lakes Library.  A ball tournament took place at the Recreation Centre.  By afternoon the sun was shining and so were the spirits of the many who attended the 48th annual community event!

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