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April 1, 2015



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(Back row, L-R):  Teacher Mrs. Dickson, and new Principal Mrs. Trish Johnston McBride. (Front row, L-R): Logan, Carter, Teagan, Ford, and Jaidyn. Students are busy selling cupcakes to raise money to help animals at  the local OSPCA.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Photo by Sally Smid. 


New principal welcomed into the Pineview family


By Sally Smid

The new principal of Pineview, Mrs. Trish Johnston McBride, feels quite at home in many ways as she herself was once a student at Pineview Public School. In fact her family has lots of historical roots to Athens as her grandfather, Omer, was once the reeve and her mother and grandmother were both teachers in Athens. She was formerly the principal at Sweets Corners in Lyndhurst.

In her newsletter to parents she states that she is “pleased to have the opportunity to ensure that children have the optimal schooling experience.”  She feels that student-focused instruction, communication, and a caring school environment, and the incorporation of character education is an important part of the school program as well. There has also been communication about how parents can best support their children at home.  All of this contributes to learning success as well.

She has been very impressed by the dedication of the school council and the support that they give to the life of the school.  In the past weeks there have been many opportunities to meet with parents and reflect on the many positive aspects of the school which she feels is due in a great part to the dedication of former principal, Mrs. Fitzpatrick. She has also been considering ways to improve on any areas that are of concern.  Trish believes it is important to keep parents regularly informed and the posting on the school facebook page has been helpful with this.  There has been much activity at the school since her arrival including an anti-bullying assembly, speeches, a grade 1 musical  aCarnivale” and cupcake sales for OSPCA. 

Trish travels around to classrooms on a daily basis and takes first hand interest in student learning and activities.  Perhaps her understanding and enthusiasm for her new job is heightened since she is also a mother of two young children herself and now lives in her home town community. 

“I am excited about watching these children learn and grow over the next few years!”  There are many excited to be part of the growth and successes that are anticipated at Pineview under this new principal’s capable leadership.



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(L-R): Junior skaters Mercedez Covey, Kaitlyn Veley, Hailey Rock, and Sydney Swan skating their Jamaica program at the Athens Figure Skating Club’s Vacation Adventures show.                                                                                         Photo: Sally Smid






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MPPSteve Clark congratulates Mayor Herb Scott.               

Photo by Sally Smid.


Mayor Herb Scott recognized for years of service


By Sally Smid


Noted local artist Crawf Slack seemed to realize the importance of the incorporation of the village of Athens 125 years ago when Farmersville changed its name.  His painting, Town Fathers 1890, on the wall of the Council Chambers depicts Watson Parish in the centre of four new councilmen at a table in the Township Building on Centre Street.

Almost 125 years later the Township of Athens Council had their February meeting. It included a discussion about how to best recognize those 125 years.  There are some events being planned by the Heritage Society and the Council offered its support in their endeavours. Also at the February Council Meeting, MPP Steve Clark and Councilman Gary Sheffield recognized Mayor Herb Scott for his 25+ years of municipal service. “Herb has always had the best interest of the residents in mind in those many years of service,” commented Clark. 

Other items on the agenda included the presentation of the 2015 insurance policy by Roger Kelsey as well as a review and presentation of yearly budgets which will include a major increase in policing costs and a 3% wage increase. Representatives of the Junior B Hockey Association were present to explain that the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League will be undergoing some major changes, the biggest of which will be the potential folding of six of its 22 teams. The council expressed its support in assisting the Aeros as they deal with any adjustments.  It was also announced that the Smoke Free Ontario Act will drastically limit any smoking in the local parks. The Township will continue to administrate the Athens Farmers’ Market again this year.

Certainly most of the matters of council have changed greatly over 125 years, but the concern for area maintenance and the well being of local residents continues.  




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