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June 8, 2016



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David and Tressa Oliver, descendents of original settlers, pose with Ron MacMillan’s team of horses during a stop in Athens, as part of the Settlers Trek project.                                          Photo: Sally Smid


Settlers Trek 2016


By Sally Smid

A Scottish bag piper led a procession of horse drawn covered wagons, mounted out-riders, and walkers in historical dress, thrilling spectators as they proceeded down  Athens’ Main St. on the second day of Settlers Trek 2016.  It was the intent of the almost dozen full time participants to re-enact the 100 km. route taken by 40 government sponsored families from Britain 200 years ago.  Most were veterans from the War of 1812 and the Napoleonic conflicts and were promised free land grants.  While Nike running shoes, cell phones and orange safety vests would not have been included in the first trek, their spirited excitement for undertaking such a portrayal  was evident.

The group left Brockville’s Court House Square after opening ceremonies on May 15 in the cold and rain and arrived in Lyn that afternoon where activities were provided at Heritage Place Museum. Most camped inside on cold nights and meals were provided. 

The sun shone on Monday as they travelled to Maple View Lodge where they visited with residents before proceeding to ceremonies in Centennial Park in Athens, the site of an overnight encampment.  MC Kathryn Hudson, Mayor Herb Scott, and organizer Liz Theobald greeted the assembled crowd.  Liz admitted that the Trek had gone beyond anything that she and her husband Clark had first imagined. 

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Mayor for a Day Kadie Magocs pounds the gavel to bring the May Front of Yonge Council meeting to order as Mayor Roger Haley, (L), and Councillor Richard Marcoux look on.                                                                                                          Photo: Sally Smid


Mayor for a day


By Sally Smid


When the gavel fell calling the May meeting of the Front of Yonge Council to order, it was held by Kadie Magocs, a sixth grade student from FOY Elementary School who was the winner of this year’s Mayor for a Day contest.

“This is the  fourth year for the contest,” explained Mayor Roger Haley. “Students in grades 5 and 6 wrote a short essay about how they would like to see their community. and what could be added and improved. There were many good essays but unfortunately only one student could be chosen.”

Kadie wrote a letter expressing her thanks to the mayor for the opportunity and for all of the great things that he was doing for Mallorytown.  “It is a very nature friendly place for animals to be,” she wrote.  “If I were an animal I would very likely want to have my habitat here.”  She also commented on the friendly area residents.  The only complaint she had was that the train tracks were bumpy to drive over and she suggested the possible creation of a hockey rink.  Her parents, Tammy and Steve, were in attendance and her mother commented that Kadie had been quite surprised and excited about receiving this honour.  When she also mentioned that she had not yet seen the winning letter, it was obvious that there had been no parental help involved.

 Kadie “officiated” at the meeting, reading and stamping various motions and proposals including an agreement with the federal government for an infrastructure grant that includes funds for the Mallorytown Station project as well as the proclamation of June 1st as Health and Fitness Day.  FOY joined with Leeds and 1000 Islands in sponsoring a Parkway Challenge which includeda Walk, Ride or Run to Rockport, free boat tours and a barbeque. 

Through discussions and decisions about waste disposal, signage, cemetery plots, and OPP fees, Kadie remained attentive, preparing to share with her classmates about her experience. Her day also included a tour of the Fire Hall and Township office as well as a meal at Boston Pizza. When asked what her favourite part of the day was, it was interesting to note that her answer was, “Learning more about Mallorytown!”.

“I’m sure that this has been an experience she will remember for a long time,” commented Mayor Haley.                                                   


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