Lo­cal politi­cians and com­mu­nity mem­bers at­tended the grand open­ing of the Long Sault Telemedicine Walk-in Clinic on Satur­day, July 7. sub­mit­ted photo

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CORN­WALL, On­tario – Fam­i­lies casted out to Gray’s Creek be­tween 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. for the 17th an­nual Fam­ily Fish­ing Day on Fri­day, July 6.

“It’s li­cense-free fish­ing week in On­tario,” said Bren­dan Ja­cobs, a Fish and Wildlife Bi­ol­o­gist at the Raisin Re­gion Con­ser­va­tion Author­ity (RRCA).

The On­tario gov­ern­ment des­ig­nates two times through­out the year for li­cense-free fish­ing, and the sum­mer dates this year span Jun. 30 to Jul. 8.

“As long as you fol­low the lo­cal zone fish­ing reg­u­la­tions, you’re good to go…it’s ba­si­cally a way of in­tro­duc­ing peo­ple who don’t nor­mally fish, to fish­ing. So they don’t have to go out and buy a li­cense to go fish­ing to see if they en­joy it or not,” said Ja­cobs.

Ja­cobs ex­pected to see up to 150 par­tic­i­pants at the event. Chil­dren had the op­por­tu­nity to win a new fish­ing rod as two were up for grabs to the chil­dren who caught the long­est fish. Tackle, rods and bait were pro­vided, and fish­ers were treated to a com­pli­men­tary bar­beque lunch.

Start­ing this year, res­i­dents can bor­row rods all sum­mer through the Tack­le­share pro­gram ini­ti­ated by the On­tario Fed­er­a­tion of An­glers and Hunters (OFAH), spon­sored by On­tario Power Gen­er­a­tion (OPG). There will be 10 rods avail­able at the Gray’s Creek Ma­rina and 10 in Char­lot­ten­burg.

“A lot of peo­ple are in­side and spend more time on their tablets and their phones than out­side nowa­days. So it’s a good way to get your­self out­side, get your kids in touch with na­ture, get your kids in­volved in the nat­u­ral world,” said Ja­cobs.

Ja­cobs thanked all of the event spon­sors for mak­ing the fam­ily fun day pos­si­ble, like the Corn­wall Lunker Club, who was present to as­sist with fish­ing in­struc­tions and tech­niques.

The tem­per­a­tures are soar­ing, the skies are sunny, and sum­mer just keeps get­ting bet­ter. All are signs that the Glen­garry High­land Games are right around the cor­ner. Across North Amer­ica, plans are be­ing made for travel to Maxville on Au­gust 3 & 4th for the 71st edi­tion of this premier high­land event. With all of the hard work of the Games com­mit­tees to pre­pare, ev­ery­one will be pleased with this year’s lineup of events and at­trac­tions.

For many peo­ple the high­light of the Games is the Fri­day night Tat­too and Con­cert where the best of Glen­garry meets the best of in­ter­na­tional en­ter­tain­ment. This year’s lineup has a dis­tinctly Cana­dian flavour and will prove to be one the finest. Start­ing off the evening, Glen­garry’s massed fid­dlers take to the stage nearly one hun­dred strong. Then what would the Games Tat­too be with­out the world fa­mous Mac­cul­loch Dancers who fill the field and get the crowd clap­ping with their en­er­getic and finely tuned per­for­mance. Glen­garry’s pop­u­lar Ma­cleod Fid­dlers will also be per­form­ing to mark the 25th an­niver­sary of their re­mark­able school of fid­dling.

A main­stay of any high­land games and cer­tainly at Glen­garry, The Bri­gadoons will per­form many of their favourite tunes that will please the ap­pre­cia­tive crowd. The head­lin­ers for this year’s Games, The Steel City Rovers from Hamil­ton, prom­ise to keep the huge au­di­ence en­ter­tained from their first note to their last. The Rovers present a cross-pol­li­na­tion of Celtic and North Amer­i­can tra­di­tions in a show that is lively, fresh and fun.

When the stage dims, the Tat­too be­gins with massed pipe bands, brass bands and a stir­ring vis­ual pre­sen­ta­tion on the big screens. This year’s Tat­too will in­clude a spe­cial trib­ute to the RCMP’S 20th An­niver­sary of their Tar­tan. To cel­e­brate this an­niver­sary, the RCMP Pipes, Drums and Dancers will take to the field to en­ter­tain the crowds. This highly re­garded and sought af­ter scar­let tu­nic clad band, along with their dancers, have earned a stel­lar rep­u­ta­tion through their pa­rades and per­for­mances both at home and abroad.

As the last bands leave the field, the skies to the east ex­plode with a fan­tas­tic fire­works dis­play to end a per­fect evening. As Di­rec­tor of Tat­too Neil Mc­donell says, “First in­tro­duced in 1963, the Fri­day night “Pre- Games con­cert” took place in sim­ple fash­ion, on the track, in front of the grand­stand. It has grown from an ini­tial au­di­ence of 400 to a crowd of 8,000 by 1994. Each and every year the Tat­too ex­udes with tal­ent and pageantry and is a show not to be missed!”

A great sum­mer’s evening en­ter­tain­ment, and oh, by the way, it’s free with the price of ad­mis­sion. For $25 peo­ple can come in the morn­ing for the Scot­tish ath­letic events, stay in the af­ter­noon for the fid­dling and mu­si­cal per­for­mances, grab a tasty din­ner in one of the many food con­ces­sions and then con­tinue the evening en­ter­tained by one of the finest out­door con­certs that can be found any­where.

Whether it’s your first Games or your 71st, the Fri­day night Tat­too and Con­cert will be a high­light of your stay. More in­for­ma­tion can be found at glen­gar­ry­high­landgames.com.

Glen­garry Celtic Bands Take Over Games En­ter­tain­ment

Fans of Glen­garry’s great celtic bands won’t have to travel too far to see them all gath­ered in one place. This year’s Games will high­light your fa­vorites in the Met­calfe Cen­tre and the Tent over the two days. On Fri­day, en­ter­tain­ment starts in the af­ter­noon with a va­ri­ety of lo­cal en­ter­tain­ment in the Met­calfe Cen­tre in­clud­ing the Glen­garry Girls Choir who have per­formed all over the re­gion and be­yond in­clud­ing the Antigo­nish High­land Games and Up­per Canada Vil­lage’s Alight at Night. The en­ter­tain­ment re­ally heats up af­ter the Tat­too with Stew­art’s Glen fea­tur­ing Paddy Kelly and fid­dler Ash­ley Ma­cleod in the Met­calfe Cen­tre while over in the Tent, Fridge Full of Emp­ties shares the evening with Bang on the Ear.

Satur­day is wall-to-wall celtic mu­sic be­gin­ning at 2 pm and fin­ish­ing at 10pm. The Tents have a lively lineup start­ing with Brandy n’ Port, then head­lin­ers Steel City Rovers, fol­lowed by Bang on the Ear and Fridge Full of Emp­ties af­ter the massed bands. The Met­calfe Cen­tre presents more of Glen­garry’s favourites with Bob & Ducky kick­ing off the lineup fol­lowed by Neil Em­berg’s Trio, The Bri­gadoons and Brandy n’ Port. A real Glen­garry ceilidh with all of the groups fin­ishes off the evening start­ing right af­ter the massed bands. This sum­mer on Aug. 3 and 4, the best lineup of celtic mu­sic to be found any­where is right here in your own back­yard. See you at the Games and don’t for­get your danc­ing shoes.

Zolie Pecore fish­ing at Gray’s Creek on Fri­day, July 6. (Shawna O’neill, TC Me­dia).

The Steel City Rovers

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