Colborne Legion Ladies' Auxiliary President Tracey Loveless, left, presented Br. 187 President Patti May with $500 to the Colborne Legion Community Services fund and $1,000 for branch operations at the Remembrance Day dinner Nov. 11, 2014. The dinner was presented by Black Dress Catering by Donna Rusaw.
Red aluminum maple leaves are proving a poignant tribute that pays it forward. Hoselton Sculptures of Colborne has produced three sizes of red maple leaves to commemorate two Canadian soldiers, WO Patrice Vincent and Corp. Nathan Cirillo, who lost their lives in violent attacks in Canada in October. Hoselton Sculptures CEO Jan Hoselton approached Br. 187 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Colborne and was pleased the Poppy Fund supports veterans and has strict rules about how funds are used. Three red maple leaf designs were produced: the largest, $37, includes a $10 donation; the $30 leaf a $5 donation; and the $20 leaf a $3 donation to the poppy fund. Even before the Nov. 15 and 16 Hoselton Studios open house, 240 red maple leaf designs had been sold, and over 100 more during the event. Jan says orders will be taken up to Dec. 1, 2014. For more information, visit www.hoseltons.com, e-mail email@example.com or phone 905.355.3933.
Colborne Poppy Campaign Co-chairs Carol and Gord McDonald thanks all Legion members and non-members who volunteered and contributed so generously to this year’s fund, especially the young people of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion Cadet Corps who canvassed the second weekend. “The campaign was a tremendous success,” the McDonalds report.
Applications for Christmas Hampers are now being accepted Wednesdays and Thursdays, 2-5 p.m. in November at Colborne Legion for postal codes K0K 1S0 and K0K 1M0. The Colborne Legion program is coordinated with The Giving Tree of Northumberland County: each sponsor is matched with an anonymous child who tells Santa only their age, gender and secret gift wish. Food donations will be accepted at the Legion. The Giving Tree program coordinates the toy donations. Applicants need to bring proof of income and address when applying. Those with children need to have an idea what their child likes or wants. Support for the hamper program is best provided either through food donations near the time of the box assembly — or cash donations anytime!
Christmas brings thoughts of family and community traditions. The Colborne/Cramahe Santa Claus Parade Committee has been busy planning for the big event! This year, the theme is “A Canadian Christmas” for the 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22 parade. Donations to support the parade costs involved are gratefully received. Cheques can be made out to Royal Canadian Legion Branch 187 and delivered to the Legion or mailed to: Tracey Loveless, Parade Chair, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 187, P.O. Box 458, Colborne, Ontario, K0K 1S0. For information, call Tracey Loveless 905.355.3488 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual Colborne Public School Festival of Trees has become a holiday tradition. The festival of decorated Christmas trees is hosted by Colborne Legion 5-9 p.m. Nov. 21 and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 22 (Santa Claus Parade Day!). Admission is free! Come in and view the many trees decorated by community sponsors, including families, industries, businesses and community groups. The trees are beautiful — and you have the opportunity to purchase tickets to win your favourite tree! Enjoy a bowl of soup or chili both days for just $4. All proceeds go to support the Colborne Public School Music Program (the multi-award-winning kids thank you for your support!). While the festival is open, feel free to drop off food bank donations. For more information, contact Chad Morford at 905.355.2532 or e-mail email@example.com .
The monthly Memorial Pool Tournament continues the last Sunday of each month through to May 2015. This month it is on Nov. 30. It starts at 12 noon in the Club Room. All players sign in 11:30 a.m. to noon with teams drawn at random. Cost is $7 per person plus $3 if you wish a hearty meal. There are cash prizes to be won! Play ends around 4:15 p.m.
Our annual Silent Auction will be held Sunday, Dec. 7. There are tables of donated new or gently used items ideal for gifts, stocking stuffers and/or favours. You never know what treasure you’ll discover! Dec. 7 from 1 p.m. on, the last-minute bidding begins in earnest over wine and cheese. Bids are closed from 4 p.m. on, item by item. It’s great fun! If you’d like to donate an item or items, do so anytime after Nov. 22 at the Colborne Legion. There’s no admission and all are welcome! Ho, ho, ho! The auction overlaps with the next moonshot euchre tournament Sunday, Dec. 7 at Colborne Legion. Register ($5 per player) by noon for an afternoon of play. Great prizes to be won! A homemade, delicious lunch is available for just $3.
What a great idea! During this festive season, it can be a challenge to prepare a festive feast and get together at one location, Well, here’s your solution! The first annual Community Family & Friends Christmas Dinner hosted by Black Dress Catering by Donna Rusaw Dec. 13 at Colborne Legion. Treat your family and friends to a traditional turkey and ham dinner of Christmas delectables, soft, seasonal music — plus Santa may drop by! This is by reservation only, with seating between 5 and 7 p.m. Cost is $20 per adult, kids under 10 $10, kids under 5 free. Call 905.355.5479 to reserve!
Colborne will have a real New Year’s Eve party and dance Dec. 31! We’re bringing back high-energy, live country/rock band Sawmill Road! The New Year’s Eve event includes a celebratory meal, special party favours and lots fun. Tickets are $75 per couple, $40 single, available at Colborne Legion. This is one you won’t want to miss!