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December 3, 2014



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Doris Alguire pauses in respect after laying a wreath in front of the cenotaph. 

Photo: Sally Smid


Remembrance Day has

new significance


By Sally Smid


The Athens clock chimed at 11 as Jim Palmer once again played Reveille on the bugle which once belonged to veteran John Hodgkinson’s grandfather. The sun shone down as the honour roll was read, wreathes were laid and so much remained the same but a difference was apparent. Perhaps this was as a result of the recent attacks on the military. Was there even a realization of the risk that the participating servicemen took in wearing a uniform in public?  Rows of elementary students attended the service and most were there for the first time. A renewed patriotism was in the air. “It is so good to see the community come together in unity for this event!” commented MC Rev. Bruce Demitroff. The announcement of Rev. Henry Steven’s appointment to knighthood for his role at D-Day heightened that spirit.

“Athens should be truly awed that we have this man in our very own community,” commented participant Alma Vanderlinden, later that same day.

The many empty chairs at the memorial made it obvious that many of our veterans are no longer with us. Tributes seemed to be more significant.  Ben Klumpenhower, representing the Free Methodist Church, remarked that he and many others in Athens would not be here if it were not for liberators like Stevens who rescued his Dutch homeland. 

As the wind blew over many of the wreathes, and veteran Dr. John Hodgkinson struggled to restore them, it was perhaps fitting that younger attendees came to his aid. It added to the realization that it is up to the next generation to remember and honour those who sacrificed so much for Canadian freedom.    




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Spectators cheered as Santa and his elves arrived in Lyndhurst.  While he was there Santa took time to meet with local children. Photo: Brenda Visser


Christmas Parade fun


By Brenda Visser


A sunny but chilly Saturday afternoon on November 15 saw a good turnout for the Lyndhurst Santa Claus Parade. With an average number of float entries for 2014, the parade went smoothly, and included horses, musical entertainment, local and out-of-town businesses. 

Many children enjoyed a visit with Santa after the parade at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, and savoured sweet treats. The best floats received prizes.  Judges Don Paige, Jim Basten, and David Johnston awarded results as follows:

Best Local Business

Wing’s Live Bait & Tackle

Lyndhurst Home Building Centre

Green Gecko

Best Out-of-Town Business

Seeley’s Bay Hardware

99.9 FM Radio

Wendy’s Mobile Market

Best Private Business

Rapidview Holsteins

Kelsey’s Dairy Farm

Best Local Organization

Sweets Corners Elementary School

Lyndhurst Turkey Fair

Lyndhurst Feral Cat Project

Best Out-of-Town Organization

Keltick Grinches

Rideau District High School Band

Lyndhurst- Seeley’s Bay Advisory Committee

Best Horses

Marvin Antoine

Elswood Gamble

Dave Gamble

Participants enjoyed free hot dogs and hot chocolate, and Leeds- 1000 Islands Fire Services gathered donations for the local foodbank. The Ontario Provincial Police kept the roads organized, and mingled with the crowd. Organizer Velma Kelsey said it was “A good day; and a good parade.” The advertising was accurate; it was a fun event for all ages.




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