February 21, 2024

At Sunday’s Pancake Breakfast, Lion Ron Robinson presented Sarah Rutherford with a $500 donation from the Kendal Lions Club for her May trip to Honduras with the Guelph Global Brigades. Sarah is currently in her second year at Guelph University studying Biomedical Science. Lion Robinson thanked the community for their continuous support of Lions’ events as the money raised goes back into the community.


Adjusting to their new life in Canada

On Sunday afternoon, there was a small reception at St. Saviour’s Anglican Church in Orono. Stan Squires, congratulated the committee members that worked with Anglican United Refugee Alliance (AURA) and supporters who gathered to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Sultan and Basel joining our community.


A special friendship and a whole new life for Brian

One year ago, a chance meeting between a local woman and a man who essentially lived on the streets started a sequence of events that resonated with people in the local communities as well as people from around the world. The story was featured on social media, radio and television. One year on, we meet up with the two unlikely friends whose story gives hope to others.


Canada’s quirky February holidays

In the mosaic of Canadian culture, February brings forth a unique tapestry of provincial statutory holidays, each adorned with its own distinctive flair. From the familial warmth of Family Day celebrated in five provinces to the historical homage of Louis Riel Day in Manitoba, the whimsical Islander Day in Prince Edward Island, and the rich heritage celebrated on Heritage Day in Nova Scotia, February emerges as a month of diverse celebrations across the nation.

At the heart of this February festivity lies the provincial statutory holiday known as Family Day. Instituted in Ontario in 2008, Family Day has since become a cherished occasion in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and New Brunswick. Yet, amid the jovial gatherings and cozy family reunions, there exists a curious anomaly: Family Day is not a federally recognized statutory holiday. It’s as if the rest of Canada is not invited to the party.


The Ides of March Part II

On September 9, 1940, a few days shy of this 25th birthday, Alex ventured into the RCAF recruiting centre in Toronto, which was located on downtown Wellington St. He signed his enlistment papers, was provided with the service number J21864 and posted to Manning Depot #1, located on the CNE grounds.


Lori Williams – The cheerleader

Negativity is so easy to take and run with. Positivity takes a bit of thought. Having trouble being positive these days? Fear not. Lori Williams is here to help us with that. “In this day and age of insistency and immediacy, more often than not, it’s far easier to voice some sort of like negativity. It takes real thought and patience to step back and think about other people before you open your mouth.


Happy 90th Mary

Mary Skelding celebrated her 90th birthday with family and friends at Newtonville Community Hall on Sunday. When asked what she attributed her longevity to, she answered with no hesitation, “Hard work!” Former customers of the gas station remembered her filling up their cars at all hours of the night and day. Bills were paid at the end of the month and notes were made on any available piece of paper (including the back of a pantyhose package) on what you owed. Bills were paid on time and customers were loyal.



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