||March 25, 2011
History Notes in Perspective March
Something Old Something New
I have been a fan of North Bay’s
remarkable Lynn Johnston and her For Better or Worse cartoon family for years
especially Elly Johnston (My wife’s maiden name is Elly Johnston) .I have given
her books as gifts for years. Her work appears in 2000
newspapers in numerous countries. She recently, on the brink of retirement, went
back to former plotlines and went in a different direction, much to the pleasure
of her fans.
||New For Better or Worse book
by Lynn Johnston 2011
Her new hardcover book Something Old
Something New has stories from the past, plus new ones with personal annotations
and is a real joy. Available at Gullivers and other fine bookstores.
Teresa Miller, a resident of Chisholm
Township and a new Municipal Councillor with a Management System business in
Powassan is producing a new monthly “coffee-read” 12 page free publication
called Backroads . It has notices of events, updates, food, games, humour, and
ads, etc. Jamie Toeppner has a 2 page History & Ancestry column. Backroads
is available in numerous locations in the Powassan, and in
the Callander, Restoule, Trout Creek, Astorville area with new locations being
added. Call 705-724-9559 or drop in to 31 King Street Powassan for copies, for
sale ads , etc.
Rotary Club Canada Centennial
I recently spoke at the North Bay Rotary
Club and was impressed by their work. Rotary started in the U.S. 106 years ago,
became international over 100 years ago and came to North Bay 87 years ago in
1923. W.K.P. Kennedy in his book on North Bay profiles the
club and lists the original members. He was president in 1937. There are 34,000
Rotary Clubs in 200 countries.
Rotary International Logo
They have provided hundreds of thousands
of dollars to the new North Bay Hospital, Nipissing Library, the Waterfront,
etc. They sponsor Rotary Scholars who go on to make great contributions.
M.P. Monique Smith is an example. They also have a Rotaract Club in North
Bay for 18-30 year olds that does good work as well. A
recent 12 page publication in the Nugget profiled their successes and encourages
membership. Call President Tom Tucker for information
705-497-0681. For Rotary information log on to
Heritage Matters, a publication of the
Ontario Heritage Trust, profiles remarkable heritage
activities in Ontario. (Digital copies online at
416-325-5-15. Several items in the recent issue were of special interest. A
report on 10 years of Doors Open where various heritage sites are open to the
public starting each April and running through the summer and fall was
fascinating (a Retrospective Guide will soon be available).
New communities are added each year &
thousands attend. North Bay participated in 2007 and I was a host at the Empire
Living Centre – the former Empire Hotel & dozens enjoyed a visit. See my May 4,
2007 article online. Hopefully North Bay will become involved again.
For a free guide to the active communities you can visit log on to
Canadian Canoe Museum
The highly successful Canadian Canoe
Museum in Peterboro is a decade old and has gone through a complete “reimaging”.
They have great plans for the future including Champlain’s Trent River travels
400 years ago in 1615 & Canada’s Sequicentennial in 2017. They are also looking
for a new site. For information on the Museum and a copy of the new strategies
plan visit www.canoemuseum.ca
Doris McCarthy’s Fools Paradise
Heritage Matters also profiled the
donation her property for artists in the future, after her
death at 100 in November. Called Fool’s Paradise – a natural heritage site on a
narrow plateau overlooking the Scarborough Bluffs and a ravine watershed – she
donated it to the Ontario Heritage Trust. For information check
Callander Bell Project
A school bell from the 1909 Callander
Public School, demolished in 1970. has been located on a pad at the Callendar
Bay Heritage Museum. Board volunteers & curator Carol Pretty decided to build a
cupola like the original for the bell and place it on the front lawn of the
museum. Plans were drawn up & cost estimates provided and
the project was launched.
||Callander Museum Curator Carol Pretty
with Natalie Vallee drawing of bell and plan of Cupola. . D. Mackey photo.
People who donate will get their name on
the structure. M.P. Monique Smith bought the first name plate at the opening of
the event which showed a photo of the school and class photos. Hollywood’s
Michael J. Fox was in the 1968 class photo. For further information contact the
Museum on Thursday, Friday, Saturday until May.
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