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Jul 3/08 - Canada Day

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Sharbot Lake


Canada Day dawned bright and sunny after what seemed like a month of rain. In communities from Sydenham and Harrowsmith, to Sharbot Lake and up to Denbigh, there were breakfasts, parades, events in parks and beaches, musical entertainment, strawberries, food, and fireworks at dusk.

Denbighby Angela Bright

Photo left: Janice Kerr from the Denbigh Recreation Committee stands under the new pavilion, as Emily Petzold prepares to unveil the plaque in memory of her father, Ernie Petzold.Photo right: The children enjoy showing their decorated bikes and painted faces as they ride around the rink area.Not to boast, but the weather here for Canada Day was perfectly nice and a good number turned out for the celebration. At 12 noon, Janice Kerr welcomed everyone and invited Christi Laundrie to lead in the singing of "O Canada" as Paul Isaacs and Mike Kerr raised the flag.The dedication of the pavilion followed, with words from Janice on behalf of the Recreation Committee, thanking all those who donated funds, materials, and volunteered time to make this addition to the community a possibility.Emily Petzold then unveiled the plaque recognizing her father that reads, "This picnic shelter is dedicated in memory of Erwin (Ernie) Petzold", while wife Brenda, and mother Evelyn looked on.

A poster was also on display with pictures of the various stages as the shelter was constructed, along with the names of all the labourers, who had a hand in the build and made sure it was ready in time for the presentation.It was truly a day to bring all ages together. Painted faces were everywhere, maple leaves and animal designs, hand done by Janice St.John.The canteen attendants were hoping most of the day and kept us well fed.

The children had their bikes decorated for the big ride around the rink, caught fish for prizes in the fish pond, picked a lucky lollipop and took home loot bags packed with all sorts of interesting things.And the big kids (adults), joined in the activities as well by opening the nail driving contest, under the watchful eye of time keeper Karen Weichenthal.The competition was fierce; for both the men and women, 3rd place tied and rematches were set.As for the children, there are certainly some good little carpenters in the making.

To the Denbigh Recreation Committee and helpers, thank you for organizing our Canada Day fun, and for the hours that you invest in an event such as this for our community. Remember the picnic shelter is ours to enjoy, a wonderful tribute to bring people together.


By Julie Druker

Basset hounds, Opening Ceremonies and children on parade in Harrowsmith

Harrowsmith’s Canada Day Event put on by the Social and Athletic Club of Harrowsmith was another crowd pleaser this year. The event attracts over 1000 people every year and this year due to the fabulous weather and the regular and a few brand new scheduled events saw another great turn out.

Months of planning goes into the celebration and this year there were a few new events on the agenda including “The Northern Giants Strong Man Competition” and “Vendor Tents and Tables”.

The crowd soaked up the sun, the music, activities and food and celebrated another Canada Day in Harrowsmith in style thanks to Harrowmith’s Social and Athletic Club and all of the volunteers who continue to make this day a special one.

Sharbot Lake

Shabot Lake Canada Day parade

The pancakes, maple syrup and sausages were whisked onto plates all morning at the Oso Firehall as the Sharbot Lake Canada Day traditions were celebrated on this,the 25th anniversary of the first year of Summerfest. At the end of the day, after a fireworks display that once again outdid the display of last year, the overflow crowd spilled out onto the streets of the village, tired but happy.


By Julie Druker

"Afloat in a boat", parade spectators, and face painting in Sydenham

Sydenham put on a Canada Day celebration at the point ion Tuesday that attracted a large crowd. Having taken a break the past few years due to lack of volunteer support for the event, this year the event was well attended, organized and was a definite crowd pleaser.

People who attended enjoyed the parade, live music, activities, food and of course the beach and lake on what was a beautiful sunny day.

Michael Howe, chair of the Parks and recreation Committee for Sydenham is very pleased at all of the support that the event received this year. He’s confident that the event will be a a regular happening for many years to come. He thanks all of the volunteers who donated their time, skills and tools, The Lion’s Club of Sydenham, Trousdale’s Home Hardware and the Sydenham Legion.

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