Busy week­end in Went­worth


The Victoria Day hol­i­day week­end had many in­ter­est­ing ac­tiv­i­ties hap­pen­ing in Went­worth.

A com­mu­nity fun day at the Went­worth Learn­ing Cen­tre with free ad­mis­sion on Saturday was a happy and suc­cess­ful ex­pe­ri­ence for all ages. Jes­sica Kin­n­ear, ju­nior busi­ness de­vel­oper at the cen­tre, sent me an ex­cel­lent re­port, which I have edited and added in­for­ma­tion.

The main pop­u­lar at­trac­tion for the young was a bouncy cas­tle.

Other at­trac­tions out­side on the grounds were: a bar­be­cue pro­vided by Wil­son’s Home Heat­ing, fire truck tour given by the mem­bers of the Went­worth Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment, a mini an­tique car show, show­ing hand­made bal­loon an­i­mals by Nate MacLeod, the Girl Guides sell­ing their cook­ies and, of course, Sparky, the fire dog mas­cot of the fire depart­ment, all about mak­ing all the ac­tiv­i­ties even more fun. One ac­tiv­ity inside the cen­tre was a wall ex­hi­bi­tion of ex­cel­lent pho­tos show­ing the Trans Canada High­way be­ing built in Went­worth dur­ing the 1950s.

Im­por­tant to note was that mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil­lor Bar­bara Palmer was present pro­mot­ing the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and Mag­gie Pitts from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity was also present pro­mot­ing youth en­gage­ment in Cum­ber­land County.

I will add that Coun. Palmer is also an ex­cel­lent pho­tog­ra­pher, as she pro­vided me with two won­der­ful pho­tos of Sparky the Fire Dog.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded yard sales on both Saturday and Mon­day, in­clud­ing two or­ga­ni­za­tions, the Went­worth Re­cre­ation Cen­tre and the United Church Women lo­cated at the United Church, and many pri­vate sales, usu­ally lo­cated at peo­ple’s homes. At the Went­worth Re­cre­ation Cen­tre, I spoke first with Ann Fee­ley-Legere, who was sell­ing items for her daugh­ter, Cathy Doucette, who had many beau­ti­ful cro­cheted items on dis­play, and be­side Anne was an­other daugh­ter, Lynette Wat­son, sell­ing many items of won­der­ful jew­elry and home­made crafts.

I also spoke with Bar­bara MacKay from Ox­ford, who had a ta­ble of ex­cel­lent jew­elry and with Carol Hys­lop, who was sell­ing books to raise funds for the com­mu­nity li­brary housed at the learn­ing cen­tre. The United Church Women lo­cated in the base­ment hall of the United Church or­ga­nized a yard sale with items do­nated by mem­bers in or­der to raise funds for char­ity. I vis­ited a few pri­vate yard sales, which were all unique in their own way.


Sparky, the mas­cot of the Went­worth Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment, gets a high five from Caleb Sey­mour with his mother Sonya Sey­mour kneel­ing be­side him dur­ing com­mu­nity fun day in Went­worth.

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