The Glengarry News
Johnson Road Gate, was opened in 2011 and this has certainly streamlined the flow of traffic into and exiting the fairgrounds.
Recognition and appreciation has to be extended to the Township of South Glengarry and the United Counties of S. D. & G. The loan of equipment and labour has been amazing. A lot of work could not have been done without the assistance and professional personnel representing both these groups. The partnership that has existed, for many years, between the Fair Board and the Township and Counties is priceless.
The Williamstown Green Thumbs have played an important part in the beautification of our fairgrounds and buildings. The addition of ‘ Emily’s Garden’, large flower boxes at the washroom entrances, window flowerboxes around the new office and lower annex ( which will now be called Heritage Hall) have added the finishing touches. In 2009 major landscaping of the John Street stone gates was designed by the late Kirsty McLeod and with the help of the Green Thumbs, specific heritage plants and shrubs were planted. To this day they are a breathtaking sight to fairgoers entering the fair. You can see these fine folks toiling away every summer making sure that everything is just right, not only at the fairgrounds, but throughout the village.
A dedicated group of directors and volunteers are looking ahead at reforestation. Ian Kentell, Chairman of the Reforestation Committee has reported that over 152 trees have been planted in the past three years Although the main focus was on replacing some of the white pines, they have also planted a variety of other native species as well. Those being planted are maples, some white spruce, hemlock, cedar, fir, black walnut, oak, beech and willow. The trees provide a wind break and, of course, are aesthetically pleasing. The white pine is Ontario’s Provincial tree and the pines on the fair grounds are quite impressive. They are quickly running out of space to plant many more trees but spend a lot of time trimming and removing dead branches. Dead trees have been taken down. Everything that is being done now will be appreciated and enjoyed by our grandchildren and great-grandchildren. What a legacy!
Returning this year
Our midway, Carter Shows will open on the Friday at 12 noon. Bracelets will be available on Friday and Saturday at $30 each day and the price on Sunday will be 30 tickets for $20. Ross and Debbie McCaig, Monalea Petting Zoo and Pony Rides, will be showcasing their farm animals and pony rides all weekend. Hilltop K- 9 Dog Agility Demonstrations will be performing Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Home Depot Kids’ Woodworking Tent will operate starting at 9:30 am on Saturday and 10 am on Sunday. Paul Bedard, Blacksmith will demonstrate on Saturday 1-4 pm. The Miniature Train Display will be here all weekend starting at 9 am on Friday. The Kids’ Tent will operate on Saturday and Sunday and times will be posted. Family Games will take place on Friday night starting at 7 pm.
One of the highlights for the children is our Annual Kids’ Tractor Pull. This is held on the Friday night at the Pine Stage. Registration starts at 6:00 pm and the Pull starts at 6:30 pm. There are three age categories for the Pull (3-5; 6-9; 10-12). There is no fee to enter and there is lots of seating and shade. This is a ‘ must see.’ Watching the kids is pure entertainment. Don’t miss it!
It would not be a fair without the smells and tastes of ‘fair’ food. Your taste pallets will be satisfied with salads; schnitzels; beef- on- a- bun; sausages; hot dogs; hamburgs; poutines; ribs; Mexican; crepes; baked goods; donuts; ice cream; lemonade and much more.
Food vendors, concessions and charity groups are located throughout the grounds. Special attention is paid to the selection of vendors and concessions attending our event. The Fair Board prides itself in making sure that we host a safe, friendly and family oriented fair. All concessions and food vendors open at 9 am each morning of fair weekend.
The Lancaster Curling Club will once again serve up noon lunches in the Meeting Place on Saturday with a Ham Plate and on Sunday with Perch.
The Williamstown Volunteer Firemen will once again operate the Firemen’s Booth with their selection of favourites, as will the Minor Hockey Booth.
Times and locations of all our events are highlighted in our weekend flyer that everyone receives when they arrive at the gates fair weekend. Also, our flyer will be featured in
the weeks of July 20 and 27th. Watch for it!
There are some changes to this years ‘ Scarecrow Competition.’ Along with the Scarecrow Competition you now have a choice of a ‘ Decorated Big Bale Competition.’ See this year’s fair book for details or watch
for an upcoming ad. There will be a workbee this Saturday, June 2 starting at 9 a.m. Lunch will be provided.
Until next week, stay cool!
Apple Hill is hot this week! Hello, everyone!
Are you all feeling the heat wave we are having? What beautiful summer weather! It sure was a fantastic Father’s Day. Did you take the time to see your dad and spend time with him? I sure did! Very blessed to have him with us! I’m sure all our hard-working farmers were spending their weekend in the field.
School is almost out, Canada Day is fast approaching, all those fairs...what do you have planned for the Summer nights and weekends? Share your outings. I’m sure you will pique the interest of several of us. Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Birthday wishes going out to Donald MacLennan June 23. Happy birthday, Donald!
This Sunday at St. Anthony’s Church Hall, breakfast will be served from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be gift certificate draws.
Canada Day celebration
This year, Canada Day is being celebrated June 30 at the Community Centre. Activities are starting at 5 p.m. There will be a BBQ (hamburgers & hot dogs) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. as well as children’s firefighter challenges, children’s bouncy castle, refreshments, live entertainment and of course, fireworks at dusk. This celebration is sponsored by the Apple Hill Fire Department and Apple Hill Recreation Association. Come out, have fun and support your community.
Will you be singing our national anthem the old way or the new version?
Did you know that during the Summer months we recycle less? It should definitely be more as families in general consume more water, more ice cream, etc. Families go away on vacation, camping sites, parks, etc. and they simply throw it away. Remember to reduce, reuse and recycle. Fill those blue boxes. Imagine, if our township would supply those big blue bins with lids. I am convinced people would recycle even more. We would not have to worry about our recycling being all over the roads and in the ditch, and then simply throwing our small bins back into our laneway, ditch, etc. and breaking them. It’s all about respect.
In closing this week, have you liked our Apple Hill Facebook page? Simply type in Apple Hill, ON or use this link: https://www.facebook.com/grou ps/1444655742527969/ Please like and share our page. They are calling for a hot and sunny week; still no rain in the forecast. Please make sure your pets are kept inside and have fresh water. You would not want to be left in a car on a hot sunny day, do not leave your pet in your car either. Thanks everyone. Have a great week!
The Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital Foundation will hold its annual general meeting June 23 at noon at the Alexandria Curling Club.
Barry MacDonald, who will be starting his second year as chair, related the agenda will include the election of new directors and a review of the financial statements for 2015 and 2016. Members with voting privileges will be able to participate.
Mr. MacDonald said the Foundation currently has 110 members. As many as 100 of these members have either renewed their existing memberships or signed up as new members in the past month. The Foundation raises funds for Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital to support the hospital’s capital projects.
An article in the June 15 edition of about new Glengarry Historical Society President Richard Bleile, incorrectly stated that he was 74 years old. In fact, Mr. Bleile recently celebrated his 72nd birthday.
An article, recounts 67 years of Our Lady’s Missionaries, published May 18 stated Sister Gwen Legault is from Finch. She is from Crysler, in the former township of Finch.