December 3, 2014
Doris Alguire pauses in respect after laying a wreath in front of the cenotaph.
Photo: Sally Smid
Remembrance Day has
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
Best Out-of-Town Business
Seeley’s Bay Hardware
99.9 FM Radio
Wendy’s Mobile Market
Best Private Business
Kelsey’s Dairy Farm
Best Local Organization
Sweets Corners Elementary School
Lyndhurst Turkey Fair
Lyndhurst Feral Cat Project
Best Out-of-Town Organization
Rideau District High School Band
Lyndhurst- Seeley’s Bay Advisory Committee
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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