Staff It would be safe to say that Wayne and Linda Lothian, along with their daughter, Rose Huxted, were overwhelmed with the support they witnessed Friday evening at the Caledonia Community Centre in St-Bernardin. In early May, a fire destroyed their barn in Dalkeith, claiming the lives of six horses, nine calves, and 17 cows. Mr. Lothian, who says he’s partially insured for the loss, says the proceeds raised on Friday will go to rebuilding the structure.
Currently, he is awaiting to get the design plans back from an engineering firm and hopes to have a new barn built in the summer. He is quick to thank all the volunteers who made Friday’s event possible. Howard Noble and Bill Franklin did much of the planning, Chute-à-Blondeau resident Melody Higginson decorated the hall, and music was provided by the MacLeod Fiddlers, the Old Tyme Fiddlers, and Fridge Full of Empties. For her part, Ms. Huxted, was also thrilled with the turnout. “It was amazing to see everyone there, people from all over the counties,” she wrote in a message to
“And the support was truly something that leaves you speechless! Thanks to so many people, we will be able to rebuild and have a barn.”
Aside from the finances, Ms. Huxted says the evening doubled as a social opportunity. “It was an evening catching up with many folks, and watching kids dance and share memories, a few tears were shared in remembering the animals lost, and moments shared in the lost barn, but overall it was a moving evening of perseverance of a community in whole.” ple hours to get here.” And yet, these specialist events can still make a valuable contribution to the museum’s financial health. Saturday's less than ideal weather was more than offset by Sunday’s sunny skies. As a result, overall attendance was up by over 55 per cent compared to last year. “This increase was partly due to there being more families with children on Sunday,” said Jennifer. “I'm guessing it was a good Father's Day outing.” Organizers are still tallying the final figures, but it looks like it was a successful fundraiser, raising over $3,000.
On top of being the first day of summer, June 21 is the DRA Euchre Luncheon in Dunvegan.
Our leader, Ann Stewart, has been kidnapped by one of the Maxville Fair committees this month, but Dytha Dixon and Lynne Robillard have volunteered to take her place. Thank goodness. So the event will proceed as planned. I lost my trusty score reporter a while ago, but Lisa Chapman of Dunvegan West has agreed to step in. Lisa will also be helping Linda Burgess and I with the lunch.
Brenda Kennedy provided me with more details on the stone pathway discovered by Bob Garner and Gwen Barrett at a recent GPM maintenance bee. Brenda clearly remembers it being laid during her tenure as the museum’s curator during the 1999 and 2000 seasons. “It was put in to replace the old one made of cement patio stones. That would have been sometime between 1998 and 2000, during the renovation of the Star Inn.” Unfortunately, there was a great deal of renovation going on at the museum during those years and neither Blair Williams nor Brenda remembers who actually laid the flagstone path. Perhaps someone out there does.
Dunvegan saw a strange contraption on County Road 24 near his home last week. Upon investigation, he discovered that the unit was narrowing the paved shoulders of the County Road by chewing up the asphalt from the outer half of the roadway’s shoulder and replacing it with gravel. When Even spoke with the operator, he was told that the specs for the 2019 version of Dunvegan Road call for a narrower paved shoulder. The Road Department is probably taking a more egalitarian approach to shoulders. By deleting part of the fancy paved shoulder the upper-crust residents west of the hamlet have enjoyed for years, there may be asphalt left in the budget to pave the road shoulders east of the hamlet, a luxury we’ve never enjoyed, or missed for that matter.
Bridge June 11 N/S 1. Faye Montgomery, Pat Graham, 2. Mel Watt, Hugh Wilson, 3. Gracia Seguin, Marlene Crowhurst. E/W 1. Bruno, Thérèse Carrière, 2. Homer Grant, Scott Kathan, 3. Gerrie Tibbals, Lorne Norman. Fraternité euchre June 13: Jean-Lucien Larocque, Bernie St-Denis, Marcel Ranger, Robert Paquette, Marcel Campeau, Thérèse Carrière, Gisèle Decoste, Isobel MacLennan, Lauretta Lalonde. The door prize went to Yolande Séguin, Marcel Ranger, Lauretta Lalonde, Lucille Massie and the 50/5-5-5 went to Rita MacLennan, Bruno Carrière, Florence Hurtubise, Jean-Lucien Larocque, Marcel Ranger, Gilles Decoste and Yolande Seguin. Our next euchre is June 20; hostesses are Gracia Seguin with Ina Morris.
party: Marcel Campeau, Estelle Brazeau, Agathe Charbonneau, Rita MacLennan, Margo MacRae, Michel Bourbonnais and Edna Laflamme. The door prize went to Cécile Campeau and the 50/5-5-5 went to Connie MacDonald (twice), Edna Laflamme and Maurice Séguin.
Our next euchre will be July 9 at 1:30 p.m. June 12, the CWL came to wish a special birthday to Mrs. E. Reid who turned 99 years old. Mrs. Reid was a member for 65 years with the CWL. Wednesday afternoon, we had the social hour with the United Church. Thursday we celebrated Father’s Day with a BBQ.
In the afternoon we had the social hour with Sisters of Holy Cross.
The Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital Canopy Sale is June 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There will be free parking during the sale.
L’assemblée annuelle générale du Centre culturel Les trois p'tits points aura lieu le 25 juin à 19h au centre situé au 280 Boul. Industriel, Alexandria. L’ordre du jour comprend la présentation de la nouvelle programmation de 2019-2020, les élections du conseil d’administrsation. Il y auront également des prix de présence. Confirmer votre présence par courriel: marieclaud[email protected]titspoints.com ou par téléphone au 613-525-3393.
Mr. and Mrs. Lyle McDonell from North Bay have recently visited with Peter and Shirley, Ivan and Susan and family on the 5th Conc.
Andy and Linda Shott from Manitouwadge spent a week visiting the area.
Condolences to Brian McDonald and family on the passing of his sister Karen (McDonald) Rutherford from Ottawa, daughter of the late Clinton and Janet McDonald.
Andre Roseberry from Alberta visited friends in the area last week.
“Beauty awakens the soul to act.” -- D. Alighieri.
Party Bridge June 10: 1) Sandy Robertson, 2) Lorna Snow, 3) Judy Helle. Duplicate Bridge June 11: Section A N/S: 1) Hanz Schulz, Micheline Allan, 2) Gregor Doll, Steve Lassner, 3) Fred, Gisèle Lefebvre, 4) Nicole Landriault, Lorraine Lemire, 5) Gracia Séguin, Claudette Drouin. Section A E/W: 1) Don Darling, Bernice Barlow, 2) Homer, Lorna Grant, 3) Janice, Brian Keen, 4) Pauline Tessier, Lisette Jesmer, 5) Gerrie Tibbals, Gordon Snook.
June 22 St. Andrew’s United Church UCW will be responsible for the bake table at the Annual Martintown Strawberry Festival at the Martintown Mill starting at 10 a.m. There will be no church service at St. Andrew’s June 23. Instead, there will be a joint service at Chalmers United Church, Finch at 11 a.m. where we will celebrate Confirmation and Communion.
This is it! The Annual Martintown Mill Strawberry Festival – after much breathholding as to whether we would be able to have fresh, local strawberries – is slated for June 22.
The mill is known for being the first in the area to bring out the shortcake, berries, ice cream, whipped cream, strawberry lemonade, and of course the wonderful bake sale which comes to us each year from a rotating church ladies group. We are also known for our entertainment: this year it’s Django Libre.
Inside the mill, there have been quite a few improvements, and additional efforts to show the history of the building by bringing some of the old equipment back to life.
BENEFIT DANCE: Rose Huxted, Wayne and Linda Lothian at a dance held Friday to help them rebuild their barn, which they lost in a fire in early May.