||July 24, 2009
History Notes in Perspective
The North Bay Municipal Heritage
Committee recently unveiled a commemorative plaque recognizing the significance
of the Sons of Jacob Synagogue in North Bay
The Synagogue at
Cassells and McIntyre Street has been
the Jewish community’s place of worship since 1925 the year North Bay was
incorporated as a city. It is the oldest synagogue north of Toronto and is
still used as a place of worship.
It has been carefully maintained,
preserved and restored by the congregation especially after a water pipe burst
in 2007 that caused extensive damage.Nearby churches
helped with the cost.Watch a video and read more on
the commemoration at www.nugget.ca
Celebrating the Quints 75th
The successful activities around the
Dionne Quints birthday in May continues with Quint related movies in cooperation
with the North Bay Public Library. The films will be shown at the Library
Auditorium the last Tuesday of each month.
The July film
Five of a Kind starring the real Quints will
be featured from 6-8pm July 28th –
admission is free.
The doors will be open for this
unique and rare film at 5:30.
For further information log on to
http://www.northbaychamber.com/museum or call 472-8480.
Chief Standing Moose??
A reader has a
North Bay postcard showing the 24 foot “Canada’s Largest
Indian” statue and wants to know where and when it was located. It was
apparently somewhere on the Lakeshore in the Ferris area. Give me a call
if you know its location and the business involved. 724-6882 or
“Chief Standing Moose” statue on
postcard from the past in
North Bay Haunted
Last year’s Haunted Tours were
successful and are on again this summer at the Museum. The tours begin at dusk
at the Museum on the waterfront (the old CPR station at 100
Ferguson). Tickets are $6.00 Children
under 12 not recommended.
The tours run at 8.00 and
8:15 Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm (a half hour
earlier after August 25th). Stories about the station will be
followed by a walking tour to look at various sites including the historic Royal
Theatre . Space is limited and reservations are
recommended. Bring your own ghost stories if you want to tell them.
Close Call on the
I wrote about the
my connection to it a couple of weeks ago. Last week a 13 year old boy Brad
Adams was at an old section of the
Canal from the pre Seaway era that joins the main canal A girl was swimming
when a boat was going by and the current rapidly pulled her screaming into deep
water. Brad took of his shoes and emptied his pockets and dove in to help. He
held the girl for about 20 minutes while a 911 call was made and a crowd
gathered. A boater got there first and saved them.
Brad Adams local hero on the
Canal in Port Colborne where Doug Mackey crossed
the same bridge hundreds of times in his youth.
Kaesha Forand, Sun
Brad didn’t want to be the centre of
attention so he dressed quickly and left even though someone had stolen the
money he had left. The Fire Chief caught up to him and gave him $10 from his
own pocket. The Chief recommended a commendation to
Port Colborne city council for
Brad.He deserves it. The story was reported in the
Nugget with the photo shown here.
Teachers’ College 100th.
The Teachers College Reunion was a
big success but some teachers were disappointed about one thing. Some wanted to
tour the old college which is now part of the
Correctional Service Headquarters but were turned down by the bureaucrats.
How’s that for being a welcoming community partner?
The good citizens of
North Bay won the heritage battle for Otter Lake and
Steadman’s Gardens. They were at a Council meeting with paddles in hand to try
to save the historical La Vase Portage from being encroached upon by a gravel
company. We’ll see what happens this time. Thanks to these good citizens for
their sense of heritage preservation.
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