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April 9, 2014



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Advanced CanSkate group of Sydney Swann, Mercedes Covey, Emma Laming, Michelle Curtis, Hailey Rock, and Taylor Perkins presented  ITeam Bratz - Kids of Kids Technology’ during the Athens Figure Skating Club show.  

                                                                                       Photo: Matt Flikweert


Athens skaters celebrate what’s hip and what’s hot


By Matt Flikweert

This The Athens Figure Skating Club presented its annual Ice Show on March 30, 2014 at Centre 76 in Athens.  Presenting “What’s Hip – What’s Hot”, the Club invited everyone to enjoy a beautiful, well executed program of highly creative skate numbers that lived up to the excellent reputation of the annual Athens Figure Skating Club Ice Revue.

Gold Plaque Awards were presented to Chelsea Wood, Emily Taylor and Erika Dessells. Canskater of the Year: MacKenzie Patterson. Can-Skate Champions were Mercedes Covey and Tristan Fitz-Harding. The Bob Lawson Volunteer-of the-Year Award was presented to Audrey Cole.

Show, skaters, sets, costumes, and music all came together to present a show that received lots of applause and appreciation from a full house of spectators. 

Looking back, President Gib Kent stated that “this year’s clinic featured the one and only Kurt Browning. Our skaters also competed in Watertown bringing home the Watertown Snowtown Championship. Our competition team continued their strong presence in Cornwall at the EOSIC. All our skaters had personal best skates with four of our Pre-Preliminary Skaters making it through to the semi-finals. At the end, Ella Taylor was crowned 2014 Skate Canada Eastern Ontario Pre-Preliminary Champion.” 

Kent also thanked the coaching staff, executive members and volunteers, and said that “without you, there is no skating program.”

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Letters to the Editor


This month The Mural received two Letters to the Editor that are too long for our usual Forum format.

The Brownhill letter from the March 5 issue of The Mural compelled our readers to respond.

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The Mural gets an update


Our new telephone number has changed to 613-493-0074.

There are no changes to our email addresses; and In fact, this is the best way to send community event listings, news ideas, ad copy and other contributions to The Mural.

Find us on Facebook. Our page has extra photos, last minute community event notices, previews of our upcoming issues, deadline reminders and more. Be sure to Like us at facebook/TheMuralAthens

As well, we still accept standard letter mail. If you want to send us something, feel free to mail it to The Mural, P.O. Box 398, Athens ON, K0E 1B0.




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Greg, Lynda and Kristy Halladay stand in front of  theQuabbin Hill Maple’ sugar shack at the Halladay’s in Mallorytown.                                                                                                                                   

Photo: Matt Flikweert


Maple syrup producers tapping out party is a spring tradition


 By Matt Flikweert

The Lanark & District Maple Syrup Producers Association held their Annual “Tapping Out Party” on Saturday at Quabbin Hill Maple owned by Greg & Lynda Halladay near Mallorytown. Jenn Ferguson and Jamieson Bridle of Bob FM performed the official First Tap.

The early March ‘Tapping Out Party’ family event by Greg, Lynda, Kristy and Kyla Halladay attracted many visitors who were all anxious to witness and celebrate the first ‘running of the sap’ in Mallorytown but who, unfortunately, all realized that unusual weather conditions for this time of year caused the production of maple syrup to be a few weeks behind schedule.

That didn’t deter anyone, however, from having a good time at Quabbin Hill Maple on March 8. Greg and Lynda were out talking and showing their operation to visitors while Kristy kept busy with the Toffee on Ice.

Kyla was out in the bush showing how the they collect sap in a tank from a network of about 1500 feet of lines from trees with a total of about 250 taps. Visitors learned that it takes about 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup. Big trees can have as many as seven taps.

Looking at the lines in the bush to see how things are done these days, visitors could also get an idea how settlers and pioneers boiled sap in the old days.

Tom Stephenson of the ‘Kettle Boys’ showed how they used to boil sap in big 15 gallon kettles. “It was a progressive operation, he said, that used three or four kettles with the sap being transferred from one kettle to the next with the final kettle holding the end result. Some people”, Tom said, “still like syrup produced the old fashioned way with that special smoky fragrance and being much darker. Taps or spiles in the early days,” he said “were wooden, but later changed to cast iron and other material.”

His ever-increasing collection of spiles always seems to attract many visitors wherever he goes. Tom will also make, if you ask him, using a special mould, a burnt-in image of a maple leaf on a square piece of wood.  It is all very woodsy and reminiscent of outdoor fires, ancient fragrances and mysterious folklore.

Visitors at Quabbin Hill Maple also enjoyed chili and other great winter treats.

They visited the very authentic-looking Sugar Shack, tasted Toffee on Ice and generally just enjoyed being in the great outdoors with a whiff of spring in the air.



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