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July 8, 2015



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Celebrating 50 Years of Dairy Farming

Members of the Verburg family of Roosburg Farms gathered in front of their barn as part of the Dairy Farmers of Ontario’s 50th Anniversary Open Farm Days. The day long event offered the public a chance to experience the workings of a modern dairy farm. See Story on page 7.

 Photo: Sally Smid



125th Heritage Fashion Show and Tea planned


By Sally Smid


125 Years of Athens history will come to life at an event that is being planned jointly as a fundraiser for the Athens Museum and Library.  The Athens 125 Heritage Fashion Show and Tea will take place on Saturday, October 17th from 2 – 4 pm at the Joshua Bates Center.  $10 Tickets are limited and will be available at the Township Hall. The event will also include a silent auction and any donations are welcome. 

Servers will be dressed in heritage attire and there will be a narrated fashion presentation which will bring historical figures from Athens’ past “back to life”.  Community organizations such as churches, schools, sports and civic groups are being invited to supply a heritage model that can be included in the narration to tell their respective roles in local history.  Costuming assistance may be provided. The committee should be notified no later than October 9th  by calling 924-2644.  

This is the climax to Athens 125 Celebrations and the committee welcomes community support for this event which promises to be an important celebration of this historic milestone.  It will be a time to learn more about local history while supporting  the Athens library and museum.



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On hand for the announcement on Monday, June 15 were, (front row, L-R): George Tackaberry, Athens Mayor Herb Scott, and MPP Steve Clark. (Back  row, L-R): Roads Superintendent Chris Fenlong, Councillor Darin Alguire, Councillor Greg Kearney, CAO/Clerk-Treasurer Darlene Noonan, Councillor Rob Layng and Councillor Gary Sheffield.     


Trillium investment helps upgrade Centennial Park


By Sally Smid


A small boy hits the ball and excitedly heads to first base while a junior soccer game goes on in an adjacent field and some toddlers have fun at a nearby playground structure. 

Centennial Park in Athens is a very busy place and the recent accessibility upgrades seem to be quite a welcome improvement to this community area.  This has been made possible by a $85,500 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. 

Trillium’s mandate is to invest in community-based, volunteer driven initiatives that improve communities.

On Monday, June 15 local MPP Steve Clark met with the municipal council for a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the park.  MPP Clark was very pleased that the Township could receive the grant and commented, “This investment ensures that this beautiful park will continue to be safe and accessible for adults and children alike to keep active.”

The grant funds were used to provide accessible, barrier-free washrooms, and updated canteen, and more storage for youth sports teams.  This is especially good news for the estimated 15,000 annual visitors to the park.  Mayor Herb Scott also expressed his gratitude for the grant on behalf of the council and Township residents which made the long overdue upgrades possible.  It was also noted that George Tackaberry donated the pavement needed for this project.

There has been a noticeable increase in the Park’s usage due to these improvements which also encourages more community groups to enjoy the facilities, sports fields, playground and track.  Anyone interested in reserving space for the event is asked to contact the Municipal Office at 613-924-2044 or visit the website at www.athens  

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