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News from Switzerland PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Owen   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 01:02

On April 17 we reported the merger of Holcim with Lafarge SA, a deal that created the biggest cement company in the world. At the time it was stated that the new company was expected to be requred to divest itself of 18% of its world-wide holdings.


We sent an email off to the company, asking how the deal might affect the Ogden Point operation. 


On April 22 we got this reply from Eike Christian Meuter, from Holcim Group Services in Switzerland. "I am afraid that at this point in time it is too early to give any details on a country- or site-level so we are not able to comment any further on this."

Colborne PS scores well at Regionals PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Owen   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 23:01

drumline2Colborne Public School drumline leader Chad Morford sent us the following information from the Canadian Drumline Association's Eastern Ontario Regional Competition held at the Keeler Centre in Colborne on April 17.

Concert Class:

St Marcellinus 83.9

St Michael's Junior 83.7

Intermediate Class:

Colborne Public School 77.5

Premier Class:

St Michael's 93.9

Oak Ridge Percussion 90.6

Father Henry Carr Percussion 78.3


Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 23:13
I dreamed I was Colborne's Easter Bunny PDF Print E-mail
Written by Submitted   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 22:39

The following story was submitted by an undisclosed writer. It is a delightful expression of the gratitude felt by the community for the actions of a few every year at this time -



This dream was related to me Carol and Lee’s bunny.


One sunny afternoon while lazily snoozing on my very own chair in from of the picture window looking over Lake Ontario, I dreamed I was the Easter Bunny in Victoria Square, Colborne.


I watched quietly in awe as Steve Bowskill, our local pharmacist, with his many helpers rose early on Easter Saturday morning to ready our park in the centre of town for the annual Easter Egg Hunt for all the children of the community. They blew up balloons of every colour of the rainbow, hanging them on trees, and lamp posts and ribbons. Steve and his helpers usually hide the thousands of Easter eggs themselves, but this year they chose me to be their Easter Bunny and their helper.


First I stood by quietly as I admired all the colourful balloons and streamers. I flopped my ears and wiggled my nose as I thought about how much effort they had gone to, to make the Cramahe children happy.


Steve was giving me orders and directions.


“Bunny, you go hide these eggs up under the swings – no not under the swings. Someone might get hurt. I’m sure you will find the right places for them; after all you are the Easter Bunny.”


Off I hopped, carrying as many brightly wrapped Easter eggs as I possibly could.


The nice man and his helpers found a lot of neat hiding places under the trees and around the big black cannons. “Bunny, do you think you could use your skills and dig the grass back in a few places? Not to harm the well-groomed park but just so we can put these eggs under cover a little.”


I was so excited to do what I am so good at. Usually I’m being scolded for digging holes.


The children started arriving from everywhere, so happy and enthusiastic. Their eyes were as big as the eggs themselves. I watched from my hiding place as the children scurried around collecting all the eggs and putting them in their baskets.


I was disturbed from my sleep by a noise at the door. Carol and Lee had returned home. I yawned as I stretched in my comfortable chair and thought about all the good will these Colborne people were spreading around the town.

Support the fight to end polio PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Owen   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 22:08

If you are passing through Brighton on Saturday, you might stop by and support the Interact Club, co-sponsored by Colborne Rotary -


On Saturday April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the East Northumberland Seconday School Interact Club will be presenting an END POLIO NOW awareness event at Sobey's in Brighton.  The ENSS Interact Club members will have a table set up to take a loonie donation for each pinkie dip in purple food colour.  Posters are prepared and information pamphlets describing the need to eradicate this disease are ready for hand-out to community members. 


Members will also have END POLIO NOW wristbands available at $2 each.  Of course, any additional donations will be accepted.  Please join the ENSS I C members to support their cause.  ENSS I C is co-sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Brighton and Colborne.  All funds raised will be matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and go directly toward eradicating this disease. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 22:13
Easter Egg Hunt 2014 photos are in PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Owen   
Monday, 21 April 2014 22:22

egg33Our second gallery of photos from the Easter Egg Hunt 2014 are now in. Take a look....

Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 22:26
Festival promises to be "entertaining" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Owen   
Monday, 21 April 2014 22:22

The 2014 edition of the Apple Blossom Tyme Festival promises to keep visitors entertained - day and night.


During the Saturday activities, festival committee member Pam Blyth has lined up a mix of entertainers to please the senses. At 10 a.m. a Celtic band hits the gazebo stage for a two-hour gig. At noon the mood changes to toe-tappin' country. From 2-4 p.m. a three-man acoustic band will fill the air with music.


From 12- 3 p.m., kids and adults alike will marvel at juggling, stilt walking, hula hoop wonders, balloon tricks, a clown act and a fire guy. 


And if you're not all tired out from the day's entertainment then head down to the Keeler Centre for a adults-only dance with Sawmill Road . Tickets can be purchased from any Apple Blossom committee member and at various businesses throughout Colborne. Admission is only $10 if you buy your ticket in advance, or $15 at the door.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 22:46
Easter Egg Hunt 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Owen   
Sunday, 20 April 2014 23:42

The weather cooperated, the volunteers were out early and close to 700 people came out to watch the kids of the community gather up a ton of chocolate Easter eggs, compliments of Downey Pharmacy pharmacist Steve Bowskill. This was the 28th year for the hunt in Victoria Square that starsts and ends in less than 15 minutes as hundreds of kids charge for the 2,000 pounds of treats.


The volunteers run a tape around the park, hang up hundreds of helium-filled balloons, toss the wrapped chocolates around the park and wait for the kids to arrive. We're now seeing the second generation of kids at the park for this one special occasion. An Easter treat!


We have half of our photos up in the photo gallery. Take a look anc come back again tomorrow to see the rest.

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 April 2014 23:53
John Ton is Legionnaire of the Year PDF Print E-mail
Written by Submitted   
Sunday, 20 April 2014 01:01

The Colborne Legion was founded on March 5, 1931.  There were originally sixteen members, among them Charles Rutherford, V.C., whom Branch 187 is named after.  At the inaugural meeting Charles Bugg was elected President.  He held the office until 1937.


In memory of our Charter President, Charles Bugg, we have created the Charles Bugg Award.  The Charles Bugg Award is presented annually to a Life, Associate or Affiliate Member of Branch 187 who has contributed the most to the fundamental objects of the Royal Canadian Legion, and to recognize the service this outstanding member, or members, have contributed to the Colborne Branch in the current Legion year.  The current Branch President is the one who decides who should receive this very special award.  Believe me, it is a tough job.


john tonThe first year, 1998, the award went to Harry Rowe, Merna Rowe, Garnet Summers and Jimmy Mills.  Since then the recipients have also included Ira Wile, Ray & Marilyn Babcock, Joe Nelson, Ruth Kripp, Marj Barlow, George Chandler, Cathy Holdam, Tracey Loveless, John Fox and Paul Coleman, Marilyn Babcock, Brenda Graham and Mandy Martin.


This year's recipient has demonstrated an attitude of service and giving. Often lacking any shyness or reticence about voicing opinions on a wide range of topics and issues, this person is extremely quiet and reserved when it comes to a very giving nature of time, talent and treasures.


When I say this person has given countless hours to this branch, it isn't just because I can't keep track, it's because this person sometimes just does things and we may learn about it after the results are in, or we might not. The job is just done.


I can't think of an event that has taken place in this branch that this person has not had a hand in making happen one way or another. This person just shows up and does what needs to be done. Like Comrade Tom, this person has a sharp sense of humour but often delivers it through needling. Dull enough not to be hurtful but sharp enough to know your being poked.


The most disturbing part of this person's humour is that he has the ability to deliver it in two languages. I just know he loves gouda cheese... well, maybe not the way I pronounced it...


Comrades, your Legionnaire of the Year is Comrade John Ton.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 April 2014 01:08
ENSS is second best in province PDF Print E-mail
Written by Judy Suga Malfara   
Saturday, 19 April 2014 01:18
The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School board announced on April 16 that East Northumberland Secondary School was the second best fundraiser in the province in the 2013 National Terry Fox School Run.


Five KPR secondary schools are among the province’s fundraising all-stars in this school year’s National Terry Fox School Run.  The Terry Fox Foundation informed KPR the following high schools were among the top 25 fundraisers in Ontario:  East Northumberland SS, 2nd at $40,945.78; Adam Scott CVI, 9th at $23,462.87; Thomas A. Stewart SS, 17th at $16,130.90; Crestwood SS, 24th at $13,667.66; and Kenner CVI, 25th at $13,220.07.  Ontario-wide, more than 4,000 schools raised $7.2 million last fall – about $1 million more than the previous year.
Last Updated on Saturday, 19 April 2014 21:38
Try a kale smoothie PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jill Sellers   
Saturday, 19 April 2014 01:08

On Tuesday April 15th the Horticultural Society had the pleasure of listening to the Clean Eating Chef, Vibeke Vale, talking about produce from the garden, and in particular kale.  Most of us only thought of kale as a vegetable to be boiled or steamed, but our Chef was praising its virtues as an extremely healthy product to be eaten raw accompanied by a variety of fruits and vegetables, processed by a juicer.  She particularly recommended a cold press juicer which separates the juice from the pulp. Her Mean Green Juice consisted of cucumber, celery stalks, apples, kale leaves, lemon and ginger, which she processed in front of our eyes.  Samples were handed out and it proved to be a pleasingly refreshing drink. 


Her second juicer was a Vitamix blender with which she made a Pineapple Green Smoothie. This she also prepared as we watched, blending pineapple cubes, banana, water or fresh orange juice, vanilla extract, tightly packed chopped greens, such as kale or beet greens, and fresh herbs.  This Smoothie had a little more body to it but was very enjoyable.  Finally, we were shown how to create a Raw Citrus Kale Salad using curly kale, an orange, freshly squeezed lime juice, cold-pressed olive oil, raw agave nectar, minced garlic, sea salt, cayenne pepper, tangerines, currants and a large grated carrot.  After laying aside the kale, she mixed the other ingredients together and massaged them into the kale.  It made a tasty and interesting salad. 


Vibeke gave us plenty of reasons to eat our greens which are low-carb, fat-free, low-cal and gluten-free.  They also contain within them just about every vitamin and nutrient. In addition, their insoluble fibre serves to absorb toxins from the body, eliminating them through the digestive system.  They lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar and aid in weight loss.  In addition to kale, she mentioned spinach, swiss chard and collards as an excellent source of nourishment.  She made a number of other suggestions for their consumption, such as adding them to a vegetable or tofu stir-fry, pasta or soup.


There is one caveat, however.  Smoothies must be consumed within a couple of days as they start to oxidize on the third day.


For those wanting to follow up further on her suggestions, she said she gave lessons on food preparation and would be giving two classes at Trinity St. Andrew’s Church in Brighton during May.  She also does a fair bit of catering.  You can find her on Facebook under Vibekekalevale and on the net under www.vibekevale.com.   

Our next meeting will be held in the Keeler Centre at 7:00 p.m. on May 20th when Dawn Golloher of Gardens Plus will be talking about the best perennials for 2014.  All are welcome.      

Jill Sellers

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 April 2014 01:15
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