All together food from three sources filled the hampers, the food which was donated and the food which was purchased with funds donated by various members of the community and of course food purchased by the Legion. Yes the Legion purchases food from local merchants such as Foodland and No Frills. Both these stores recognize that the purchases are for the “Hamper Program” and they respond by giving the Legion the “best price” that they can. Throughout the year different events are held or are hosted by the Captain Charles Rutherford VC MM Branch 187 . At many of these events the proceeds of the event go to the Community Services Account from which the Captain Charles S. Rutherford VC, MC, MM Branch 187 purchases food for the Hamper Program in December 2016.
The Silent Auction December 13 by all accounts was a huge success. There were approximately 100 people who came and went from about 11:30 AM to the wrap up at 4:00 PM. In between they perused all the items that were available for purchase and wrote their bid on the bid forms. There were all kinds of different appetisers as well as some special beverages all provided by Black Dress Catering. Many of the items offered for sale were from various business’s as well as individuals in the community. At the end of the day there were items that sold for as low as $1.00 and items that sold for much more. The 50/50 draw collected $220.00. The winners share was $110.00 and the remainder was put into the total proceeds for the day. Many thanks go to all those who donated items for the silent auction as well as those who donated their time. The final tally is not in yet and once it is, that amount will be posted on the chat line. Once again a big thank you to Donna Rusaw of Black Dress Catering and to her team of helpers, Mandy Martin, Brenda Graham, John D Fox, Becky Williams,Courtney Dekeyser.
The Food Drive got a “big boost” December 12th from the Cramahe Firefighters Association Annual Food Drive. They delivered a van full of contributions collected at the Colborne Foodland to the Captain Charles S. Rutherford VC, MC, MM Legion Branch.
The next 8 ball pool tournament takes place at the Colborne Legion on February 28. Try and get there for about 11:30 am so that we can get started no later than 12:00. This is a mixed tournament and is open to all who wish to play. The cost will be $10.00. There will be an optional lunch which is $3.00 so if you do not want lunch the pool competition will be $7.00. At the January tournament first place was shared by Larry Rivers, Howard Whalley, Dale Canfield, Braden Dunk, Scott Bellamy, and Gerry Howe . The 50/50 draw was won by Bill Lutton. The lunch was prepared by Judith Howe and by all accounts everybody enjoyed the beef soup with pasta topped off by a delicious cold desert.Their were 26 contestants and judging by the results, it looks like the “team composition” is working out well. So if you are thinking about coming out to join us for an afternoon of “social fun”, the next tournament is February 28, 2016.
The day’s weather was typical of many Remembrance Days of the past, overcast, light drizzle, and cool. The parade assembled in the Mac’s parking lot and right on time it was led out of the parking lot by Sgt at Arms Warrant Officer Bill Chisholm. Making the left wheel coming out of the parking lot and following the OPP cruiser heading for Victoria Park. The parade made up of a full color party, Legionnaires, 429 Squadron including the 8 Wing Pipes and Drum Band from CFB Trenton , Members of our Fire Dept., students from Colborne Public School, Members of Colborne Masonic Lodge, and another OPP cruiser bringing up the rear.By the time the parade was at their final positions in Victoria Park, the park was almost full.
The laying of Wreaths was a very moving part of the ceremony especially the wreath laid by the family of Sgt Marc Leger who was killed in action in Afghanistan in April/2002 and when Legionnaires Comrade Don Prentice and Comrade Dan Prentice laid the wreath in memory of WWII veterans. As the parade marched off the people in the park disbursed, some just left the park, others came to the two cenotaphs and pinned their Poppies on various wreaths at both cenotaphs. Some children also placed their Poppies on different wreaths.The parade broke up at Mac’s and the participants of the parade went to the Colborne Legion for a lunch prepared by the Ladies Auxiliary. Their were many veterans present and they were invited to stay and participate in the fellowship by those present.
Later that evening, dinner was served by Donna Rusaw the owner of Black Dress Catering and her staff. The standing prime rib beef was served with two salads, creamy mashed potatoes, corn, bread rolls and garnishes. After the main course was finished toasts were offered by members of the Colborne Legion, to Her Majesty the Queen, to the serving members of our Canadian Armed Forces, and to all Fallen Comrades no longer with us. Desert was served followed by our guest speaker Warrants Officer Sean Hubbard of 429 Squadron CFB Trenton. His information concerning the Canadian Armed Forces and the missions that they are responsible for carrying out was very informative. Especially the details of the of the C17 Transport based out of Trenton.
To see more Remembrance Day Pictures and Pictures leading up to Remembrance Day check out the media section then the library for these pictures.