It was frosty, it was dark, but there was lots of light and warmth glowing from spectators and participants of the annual Colborne Santa Claus Parade 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24.
This year’s theme, “Bells, Bells, Bells”, suggested by Don Gauthier, caught the imagination. The Best Overall entry, and winner of the Ken Palmer Memorial Trophy, was Colborne Legion Br. 187. The Legion also took the Rose Nelson Memorial trophy for entry best depicting the parade theme.
The awards were presented Dec. 2 prior to the annual wine and cheese Silent Auction event.
Best commercial entry was Mac’s Milk, who also generously dispersed coupons for free coffee. It was a tie for the best churches/schools entry: Eden Sunday School and the Northumberland Hills Public School share the honour.
Best youth group was the Colborne Cramahe Figure Skating Club. The best service club entry went to the Colborne Rotary Club for their “Ding-a-ling Christmas Singalong” group.
Oak Ridge won the best walkers category and the best family entry was the lively, boogeying Masson family float (their fifth annual!).
Judges for the parade were Pat Westrope Carol McDonald and Steve Bowskill.
Santa, the ultimate parade participant, toured the town to great applause.
The Nov. 16 mid-month dinner features three varieties of shepherd’s pie: beef, chicken and vegetable, plus winter coleslaw, corn, rolls and pumpkim squares for dessert. Dinner is $10 per person, served 5-6:30 p.m..
Here’s an afternoon that will benefit your bottom line! Sunday, Nov. 18, 1-3 pm., join us in the club room on the pros and cons of financial decision-making. This is the real deal. There are no hidden sales pitches. Learn about your financial rights!
Wondering whether you should take out a loan to pay down your credit card debt? Should you pay down credit card debt or consolidate your mortgage? Wondering who has first say on your property? Bill Lutton, licensed mortgage agent, registered insolvency counselor and CEO of Credit Support Services, will head the presentation and discussion, assisted by Patti May, also a licensed mortgage agent. This is the whole picture on financial stuff. Come on out for the free afternoon discussion. Compare notes and suggest further discussion topics, 1-3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 17, More sessions are planned!
Homemade Christmas cake is available! Chefs Marilyn Babcock and Brenda Graham have been kneading and mixing for your delight! Hearty, abundant Yule cakes are available for just $12 each (serve 20-24 with comfort!). The cakes are stored in our cooler! Ask the club room bartender, or phone 905.355.5479, to fulfill your order.
December BID euchre tournament will be held Sunday, Dec. 2. Register ($5 per player) by noon for an afternoon of play. Great prizes to be won! A homemade, delicious lunch is available for just $2.
Our annual Silent Auction, always a popular friendly afternoon event. Bid on items starting Thursday, Dec. 29. Then, on Sunday, Dec. 2, drop by and enjoy the wine and cheese reception while you submit final bids on gift items (or self-indulgences). It starts at 1 p.m. with bidding closing at 4 p.m.. Everyone’s welcome! If you’d like to contribute items, please call the Legion at 905.355.5479. Funds raised support our community-wide Christmas Hamper program
As well as regular supply runs into Kabul, the Royal Canadian Air Force squadron responsible for the enormous Globemaster transport aircraft also carries personnel rotating in and out of the country.
Then there’s the repatriation of high-value equipment. With Canada pulling back its military presence in Afghanistan, all support equipment must be relocated. Most is travelling land routes through Afghanistan, then Pakistan, to reach sea ports for subsequent shipping — “a relatively treacherous” exercise, Maj. Diamond said.
But, for the very high-value equipment, the Globemaster aircraft is called upon to load and deliver the equipment to Canadian-sanctioned destinations. Some is off-loaded in Kuwait, then shipped by sea back to Canada. Other equipment makes the long flight back to CFB Trenton aboard the aircraft.
The squadron, based at CFB Trenton, is also “heavily involved” in northern operations, Maj. Diamond told Colborne Legion Remembrance Day dinner attendees. The aircraft carries regular supplied, off0loads fuel and other items for storage to support northern activities.
“As the government focus on the north increases, we are more and more involved in northern operations,” Maj. Diamond says.
The Globemaster regularly transports Griffin and Sea King helicopters coast to coast, as well as supporting other military operations around the world.
“We’re the premier air lift operation so we’re in great demand all over the world,” Maj. Diamond says.
The 429 Squadron is “twinned” with the Colborne Branch 187 of the Royal Canadian Legion, a commitment to community outreach. Squadron members also attended the annual Remembrance Day Cenotaph service in Colborne.
Last chance for gift cards in 2012! Great Christmas gifts! You can buy pre-paid “gift cards” for a whole host of name retailers. They never expire and you get the full value for the amount you buy. The retailer, in turn, pays a percentage (from 2 to 10%) of the value to the Legion. The orders for the gift cards go in monthly. Next deadline date for ordering is 2 p.m. Dec. 2. Among the many retailers included are Canadian Tire (including gas), No Frills (including gas), Your Independent Grocer, Metro, Ultramar, Staples, Winners, Giant Tiger and so on. Drop by the Colborne Legion for an order form. Make a cheque out to RCL Branch 187. Or, go on-line at www.fundscrip.com.
The Canadian Armed Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police share military roots, Cpl. Peter Sandziuk outlined for Colborne Remembrance Day dinner guests at Br. 187 Nov. 11.
As well as the historic, there are also modern-day ties with RCMP serving on peacekeeping missions around the world, like Haiti, Bosnia and Afghanistan.
“We can all pay trobute through service,” Cpl. Sandziuk said. “We can serve our communities through our families and organizations in our communities. Do what is right and just. To do anything less is disrespectful.”
Personally, he has been impressed with the stories of recognized war heroes, such as Charles Rutherford, VC, MC, MM and John Foote, VC, the only minister t have received a Victoria Cross, Rick Hillier, Dr. Don Marcellus, and Governor General Georges Vanier.
“How humble, unassuming they were. They came back from seeing atrocities of war and continued on in the community,” Cpl. Sandziuk said.
“Now, there is whole new generation of combat veterans. We owe it to our young veterans ti support them in every way we can. We can debate our involvement in future conflicts, but today (Remembrance Day) is the day we remember our veterans — ordinary people doing extraordinary things.”
COLBORNE — Another in the Colborne Legion BR. 187 Author’s Afternoon series of events will be held Sunday, Nov. 4, 2-4 p.m. Come meet and hear author Eileen Argyris who wrote How Firm A Foundation, a lively and informative history of Cramahe Township. She has also written other books. A journalist, this former Colbornite will be sure to delight with her stories and laughter.
Eileen Argyris lived in Colborne from 1975-97 and was editor of the Colborne Chronicle from 1979-97. Her two sons grew up here and she has always regarded Colborne/Cramahe as her “home town.” Eileen based her research for How Firm a Foundation on work for special historical editions of the newspaper, celebrating Colborne’s 150th anniversary, and Cramahe’s 200th.
Eileen now lives in Port Hope where she continues to be a freelance writer, writing personal and family histories for local people, and working for the Northumberland Federation of Agriculture.
Copies of the Cramahe history book will be available to purchase (great for gifts!). There is no entry fee for this afternoon event. Instead, we ask you consider a monetary donation to support the Colborne Legion’s community outreach fund in support of the food bank, Christmas Hampers and many other programs.
The Colborne Legion is located at 92 King St. E., phone 905.355.5479.