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December 17, 2014



Heritage Community Christian School's float won first place in the religious category  Photo byt Amy Buzzell (2).jpg


Heritage Community Christian School's float won first place in the religious category.

Photo by Amy Buzzell. 


Parade of Lights offered extra excitement this year


By Sally Smid


Perhaps it was the full winter moon or maybe the warmer temperatures, but the large crowds that lined the streets of Athens for the annual Parade of Lights somehow seemed to be more spirited and jubilant as they greeted the parade participants.  A first this year was a Flash Mob that took place on Main St. before the parade. A variety of soloists participated in a medley of songs as carollers appeared from the crowd, concluding with the appearance of the nativity family and angels re-enacted by the Taylor family of Athens. MC Ray Heffernan concluded the production in noting that this had been the vision of Grace Newman and others to include the true meaning of Christmas. 

Athens prides itself in being the first night time parade in the area, starting in 1998.  Dale Howard is the chairman of the parade committee and there are many people who work behind the scenes to make the parade possible each year.  Free hot chocolate is always provided on Main St. Local merchants commented on the increase in business before the parade. 

There were a total of 45 entries this year which was considered to be average. First time participants included the lighted motor bike group, the Celtic Grinches. Wearing kilts and darting about the streets in madcap fashion, the group won first place for most original entry, followed by second place Millers’ Auto and then the KIA dealership.  A beautiful team of 3 black horses entered by Mallorytown Auto received first place in the horse category, followed by Antoines, and R & D Dairy.  Heritage Community Christian School received the first place prize for the religious category.  St. Joseph’s Catholic School was second followed by the Athens United Church.  The first prize walker was Barnacle Bill followed by Mother Barnes and Aunt Sarah Wiltse of Athens Heritage Society.

Of course for most the highlight was the arrival of Santa who was also on hand at Howards afterwards for refreshments and further festivities.



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Celtic Grinch Glen Thomson stops to greet the crowd at the Mallorytown Parade .jpg


Celtic Grinch Glen Thomson stops to greet the crowd at the Mallorytown Parade.

Photo by Sally Smid.


Yonge at Heart parade shines


By Sally Smid


This year’s Mallorytown “Yonge at Heart” parade committee chairman, Sean Burns, thanked everyone for their work in making the annual event and tree lighting a “resounding success”. 

“By our estimates our 30 floats and over 160 participants put on a great sparkling show for over 700 spectators in the village,” he reported.

The parade’s first place winner was Marwin and Kathi Antoine with their Percheron IPM Champion Plow team, Mac and Prince.

The Celtic Grinches’ Brockville Chapter with their lighted customized motor bikes were the first runner ups.  Perhaps the colder temperatures added a challenge for them as they darted about in their kilted attire. Second runner up was the Mallorytown United Church float with a nativity theme.

Donations to the local food bank were accepted along the way.  Candies were distributed to delighted spectators. Community Blooms distributed potted bulbs to those in the crowd as well. Children cheered the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus on the final float.  The couple returned to the Mallorytown Community Centre where everyone could visit with them. There were complimentary drinks and cookies for everyone thanks to the Junetown Women's Institute.




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