||September 25, 2009
Voices and Choices in
Mattawa Museum Opens New Gilbert Parent Display
The Hon.Gilbert Parent long serving Liberal MP and former
Speaker of the House of Commons died in March. The Parent family grew up in
Mattawa before moving to Welland where Gilbert was a successful educator and
became a member of parliament. Many relatives remain in Mattawa.
On Sunday September 6th a new exhibit on Gilbert was unveiled with family and
friends in attendance. MPP Monique Smith congratulated the Museum on the
recognition of local successful people including Maurice Nadon, Commissioner of
the RCMP who also had a display opened at the museum earlier this summer.
Among the other speakers was Gilbert’s brother Gerry and Gilbert’s daughter
Michelle. A video of Gilbert and a slideshow profiled his life.
||Roger Labelle in his birch bark canoe on the
Mattawa River with his home in the background. Doug Mackey photo
Birch Bark Canoe Launched
Roger Labelle’s canoe featured here recently was launched
in the Mattawa River when it was completed in August to a group of interested
guests. I had the pleasure of a ride when in Mattawa later. Roger did a
remarkable job and the canoe sold to a canoe enthusiast before it was completed.
New North Bay Book Launch
Dr. Francoise Noel, History Professor at Nipissing
University will launch her new book Family and Community Life in Northeastern
Ontario on Thursday August 15 from 7-8:30pm at Gullivers Books. The book will
appeal to scholars and general readers with an interest in local history. Many
groups are studied with a special focus on the francophone community.
New Anishnaabe Book Now Available
Dr. Roger Spielmann a native studies professor at the
University of Sudbury since 1990 and the author of several books has a new book
out. The book is called Anishnaabe World and is subtitled A (Survival) Guide
for Building Bridges between Canada & First Nations. The book is timely,
irreverent, humourous and astute. It is available at Gullivers Books North
Bay. Perry McLeod Shabogesic from Nipissing First Nation is one of the
Ribbon cutting with Cec Reid and Bernadette Kerr (past
chair) holding ribbon, OPP Constable Carole Dionne, OPP Sergeant Tim
Sheppard, Doug Mackey (committee chair), Mayor Barb Groves, Jan Reid
(secretary), Shirley Tennant, Patricia Aspin-Lecour , NECO, Murray Rose
(Road Superintendent) – with Don Butterworth (vice chair) and Larry Ellery
behind. Doug Mackey photo
Chisholm Community Policing Celebrates 15 years
The Chisholm Township CPC met recently to view their
updated Community Directory supported by a NECO grant and to celebrate 15 years
of service to the community. The CPC is composed of several community members,
a Council Representative, an OPP officer.
OPP 100th Anniversary Workshop
A workshop hosted by the Sudbury Regional Police Museum and supported by the
Ontario Historical Society and the Voyageur Heritage Network will take place on
Saturday October 17, 2009. It will run from 1-4pm at the Sudbury YMCA. It will
feature various speakers. For further information contact Caroline Ross at the
Police Museum 705-675-9171,
David Thompson Statue Unveiled
“The world’s greatest mapmaker” had a statue unveiled in
Invermere B.C. recently. Famous for his exploration , surveying and mapmaking
in the 1800s he is finally getting the recognition he deserves. Dan Gilmour’s
new book Kanata, out this fall, tells his story and there is considerable
information on Thompson’s remarkable life online.
What is remarkable about the statue is that it also includes his native wife
Charlotte Small who Thompson married when she was 13 and which lasted 58 years.
Wives are not often recognized. Roy MacGregor in the Globe & Mail wrote at
length about how partners are shortchanged especially in Ottawa and praised the
|| Amish farmers harvesting the old
fashioned way in Chisholm Township. Doug Mackey photo
Amish Farmers Harvest Old Fashioned Way
The large Amish community in Chisholm Township harvests in
the old fashioned way ( see photo) by piling it by hand and picking it up by
horse and wagon in a scene reminiscent of the old days in the Township when
everyone did it that way. The young men worked hard for days getting in the
crop for the long winter ahead.
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