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February 4, 2015



A large crowd enjoyed this year's Athens Community Bonfire..jpg


A large crowd enjoyed this year's Athens Community Bonfire.   

Photo by Sally Smid. 


Annual community bonfire brings residents together


By Sally Smid


It seems that bonfires have traditionally been a way of celebrating and socializing in our area whether in a backyard or while camping. The biggest one in Athens is the annual Christmas Tree Bonfire. Unlike the night of the Christmas Parade, snowflakes flew in the air and there was a good blanket of snow on January 10th. A real highlight of the winter, this event is in its 31st year. Perhaps it is a way to bring closure to the Christmas season and also a great time to enjoy the sports and activities that our northern climate offers.  Trees were picked up at the curb side for a week before along with many other surplus trees collected by volunteers.  The event at Centennial Park was provided by the Township of Athens and many volunteers helped to make it possible including the usual attendance by the Athens Fire Department. Free skating took place at Centre ‘76 from 7 - 8:00 pm as well as free “sleigh rides” provided by John Male and his horse team Ben and King. Free hot chocolate was very welcome in the freezing temperatures.  Athens District Snowmobile Club, now in their 40th year, provided, as always, the traditional torch light parade.

 “There were 30 torches,” reported Kent Mainse of the Club who was thankful for the ample snowfall. “There have been some years when we had to carry the torches in.”  There were many more snowmobiles present as well.

The crowd cheered loudly as the flames began to light up the cold winter night, bringing to a climax the celebrative attitude as friends and neighbours made connections.  The annual bonfire always seems to be a great way to welcome in a new year and promote a spirit of community.


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The Parade of Torches arrives to light the annual bonfire 




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From Left   Lt Anthony Stanzel,Deputy Chief Mike Smid, Capt. Tom Fenn, Firefighters Bernie Cormier, Philip Vanderlinden, Todd Evans, Clark Schaafsma, John Nyland and Ron Karas inspecting and installing detectors..jpg


The AFD CO Detector Program included (L-R) Lt Anthony Stanzel, Deputy Chief Mike Smid, Capt. Tom Fenn, Firefighters Bernie Cormier, Philip Vanderlinden, Todd Evans, Clark Schaafsma, John Nyland and Ron Karas.

Photo by Sally Smid.


Free carbon monoxide detectors being installed


By Sally Smid


This When Athens resident Karen Sands heard about how a carbon monoxide detector possibly saved the lives of two Augusta Township residents, she was convinced that she should contact the Athens Fire Dept. about being part of the program and have a free carbon monoxide/smoke detector installed.  A team of firemen visited the Sands’ home in response to their request to do a very basic fire inspection which is non-binding but can provide some friendly advice on how to make their home safer. They also installed a combination smoke and carbon monoxide detector without charge.

Deputy Fire Chief Mike Smid informed the couple that there should be a detector on each floor of the home.  This model requires two AA batteries.  When it sounds an alarm, it also gives instructions about what the problem is. If it resounds after being reset it is time to call 911. 

Carbon monoxide is odourless, silent  and invisible and kills 50 people each year in Canada. CO can be caused by poorly maintained or malfunctioning fuel-burning appliances or blocked venting. The provincial government recently updated the Ontario Fire Code to make the use of carbon monoxide detectors mandatory where there are fuel-burning devices such as a fireplaces, gas stoves, water heaters or furnaces or if there is an attached garage. After April 2015 the fine for failing to comply will be $235.

Enbridge has donated these detectors to the AFD and they are still taking requests, making appointments, inspecting and installing the devices in township homes. The Athens firemen are unpaid volunteers and give of their time and effort in training, fighting fires, doing medical assists, and providing fire safety.  Tom Fenn, Athens Fire Prevention Officer, reports that 66 detectors have been requested and some have been installed.  There are some 200 more that can be requested by e-mailing your name and contact number to, or leaving a message at,  the fire hall by calling 613-924-2127.




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