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Tuesday, 29 November 2016 19:38

Christmas in the Kawarthas


            Once again, the Kinette Club of Bobcaygeon will be hosting Santa’s visit to the village on Saturday, December 10th. Come out for breakfast with Mr. Claus at the Lion Hall between 8:30 and 10 am. Or join him later in the day for Bobcaygeon’s annual Santa Claus Parade, starting at 5pm downtown.


            Come out for Coboconk’s Santa Clause Parade on Sunday, December 4th at 1 pm; guaranteed to have great music, fun floats, and of course, Mr. Kris Kringle himself. 

            It’s a big event for Coboconk so make sure to be there early to get a good viewing spot: the parade will start at the south end of the village at the Civitan Club parking lot (Northline Rd) and will follow Hwy 35 to Legion parking lot. (All floats welcome. Meet at the Civitan Club at noon.)

            Please bring non-perishable food items for the Coboconk & Area Food Bank for collection during the parade. 

            After the parade, families are welcome to join the Santa Claus parade committee at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 519 for a light snack, carols, and a photo with Santa. Donations will be accepted at the door towards costs of next Christmas’ parade.

            The committee wishes to thank donors, community organizations, and local businesses that make the parade possible every year.


            Kinmount’s Christmas in the Village is favourite all-day family event. Taking place Saturday, December 3rd, the day starts with Breakfast with Santa at the St. James Anglican Church, a farmers’ market and crafts for kids at the Kinmount Community Centre, a Kinny the Elf hunt (various locations), horse draw wagon rides, a family lunch and gifts for kids at the legion, and Christmas Music Night at Galway Hall with The Band Hughey, desserts and a loonie auction (tickets $10). Visit Kinmount.ca for more information.


            Woodville’s Santa Claus parade takes place on December 3rd at 6:30 pm.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 19:35

After Santa visit Chiapas

            Following the December 10th Santa Claus parade in Bobcaygeon, the public is invited to warm their hearts and stomachs at Trinity United Church on William Street.

            The Soup and Scones for Chiapas and the Planet fundraiser is a pay-by-donation supper event to support

As told by Doug Williams to Julie Kapyrka

            Curve Lake was always good at ball (baseball). Curve Lakers were well known around this area for playing really good ball. It was interesting – little towns around here would come see if they could beat us. Teams came from Ennismore, Keene, Assumption, Lakefield, and Rockcroft; but nobody could beat Curve Lake.

            The backbone of the Curve Lake ball team in those days was the pitcher and the catcher. Between them with their ability to

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 21:33

Al Awad family is growing

By Line Pinard, BARC

            The Bobcaygeon Area Refugee Committee (BARC) is happy to announce the newest addition to the Al Awad family. Mohammad was born Sept. 17 at Ross Hospital.

            Both Mohammad and mother Mariam are doing well. Yamama, Hadeel and Yaman are thrilled to

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 21:35

Village Voice—161104 - Letters to the editor

Test where you live

            I do not disagree with the initial argument put forth by Jody Benson regarding the proposed new bylaw (Driving school bylaw a mistake, Oct. 21, page 4). I also agree that the cause for the new bylaw may very well be the "influx of Toronto driving schools" to our area.

            But after bringing up a perfectly good point about how "students must have confidence" in all traffic situations, how can Benson, as an instructor, apparently condone this practice of Toronto driving schools working our much slower streets?

            Do they spend money in our area or at the mall, as you say? No, not anything worth

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 21:32

New mall anchor is a store with more

            Lace on your shopping shoes and make haste to the opening at 10 am this Friday, Nov. 4, of the new store in the old Zellers/Target site at the Lindsay Mall.

            To mark the occasion, the owners of “Your Dollar Store With More” will be offering a free gift to the first

As told by Doug Williams to Julie Kapyrka

            Autumn was a time of harvest for us. And the harvest meant spending time with the women who prepared and preserved fruit in the fall season.

            One of those harvesting activities was going to pick WAABAMINUG(apples) with my grandmother. The traditional apple for Anishinaabe is crab apples.

            My grandmother would take a number of us grandchildren to the trees with a little wooden

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 21:21

Lest we forget Angus

Angus Martin, killed in Belgium, July 9, 1916

By Glenna Burns

            It's been over 100 years since the horror of World War One shattered the hopes and dreams of millions of people.

            It's been 100 years since 35-year-old Angus Livingstone Martin perished from a trench mortar at Sanctuary Wood on the Ypres Salient of Flanders in Belgium.

            On Nov. 11 we strive to remember the tremendous costs that war wages on life, and we pray that our children never have to know the horror. We gather at cenotaphs and in schools and nursing homes, wearing our poppies and laying wreaths.

            Many family stories from the past are gone. But Angus’ tale of joy and loss was captured in his many letters and poems, which have since been preserved for generations by his granddaughter, Jean Pollock in a book, Letters from Angus (Trafford Publishing, Victoria, BC, 2005).

            Angus was a pacifist who hated killing. Angus was a poet with the heart of a lion. He was an Ontario Champion wrestler, and a sculler on one of famed Ned Hanlon’s rowing teams.

            Angus was a mature man of 34 when he felt compelled, after the death in France in 1915 of his best friend, to leave his wife Cora and three children for The Front.

            Angus “followed the drum,” joining the Canadian Expeditionary Forces, 74 Battalion in 1915. He trained at Camp Niagara, marched to Toronto from Hamilton and finally disembarked from Halifax to Britain in the spring of 1916.

            All along the way, Angus wrote letters, cards and poems to his family. He collected small mementos from nature like rocks, feathers and flowers.

Whenever I'm out for an evening stroll,

As I pass through Haselmere

And see the children playing,

Then I think of you my Dear.

And wonder if you and ‘Casey’

And that old Fergums scout

Are playing around on old Kew Beach

Romping and tumbling about.

As you did in the days when I was there

And often a picture dear

Of my babes and only Cora girl

Comes back to my memory clear.

            On July 9, 1916, only a few months after arriving at The Front, Angus died from the repercussion of a Trench Mortar. He survived a brief 20 minutes after the shock. There was not a mark on his body. He never fired a shot in the war.

            “If anyone survives, we’ll be a nation of cripples if it ever ends,” he wrote in a letter.

            How prophetic Angus’ words are still today.

            World War One was not “the war to end all wars,” but the beginning of something horrific. We now know the legacies of war linger for many generations and impact the children and grandchildren and great grandchildren of veterans.

            That war set into motion major revolutions, the rise of the fascist dictators and another world war, ongoing conflict in Middle East, income tax and a rash of other issues.

            By remembering Angus and the millions of others like him we honour them, not war.

            Wear a poppy and remember.

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 21:18

Here comes the Festival of Trees

By Jessica Bullock

            The Festival of Trees returns for the 19th Christmas season to Kawartha Settlers’ Village (KSV) on Nov. 10-13. Visitors can stroll amongst the village to see the beautifully decorated sponsored trees, wreaths, garlands, and gifts in-kind.  

            Event highlights include: Santa’s Secret Shoppe, Twilight Auction, the Memorial Tree, Children’s Workshop, Toyland.

            Children can meet Santa on Friday from

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 21:13

Get involved with the Bobcaygeon chamber

President Kent Leckie (left) and vice-president Max Miller, present Crazy Monkey Tree Services owner Aaron Shaw with a plaque on behalf of the Chamber recognizing his leadership and work in organizing the Tragically Hip simulcast concert in Bobcaygeon last August.

By Kent Leckie

            I can’t believe an entire year has passed since I started as your new president in the Bobcaygeon and Area Chamber of Commerce. Wow, what a terrific summer.

            Thank you everyone who took the extra time out of your busy schedules to contribute and volunteer in some kind way. You have all helped to make our community flourish.

            Your chamber board is very energized. And we are currently working on some great ideas for the 2017 campaigns and events.

            Just a last-minute reminder: If you haven’t renewed your membership for next year, now is the time. If you are thinking about becoming a member, we encourage you to do so. Get involved in your community by joining the Bobcaygeon and Area Chamber of Commerce and discover membership’s many benefits.

            Please mark your calendars for our upcoming Annual General Meeting, to be held at the Bobcaygeon Service Centre on Nov. 8 at 7 pm. Come and learn more about how the chamber is serving our area businesses, associates and tourism.

            We are currently seeking members to become chamber directors, and really get involved by volunteering their skills and working as a team on the 2017 board. If interested, please contact us today, or even better, drop by the Chamber/MTO office at 21 Canal St., and say hello. We always appreciate hearing from you.

            Our website and Facebook pages are constantly being updated with the latest news and events, so please visit us often at bobcaygeon.org.

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