||April 12, 2013
Some April 2013 Dates Worth Noting
Happy Birthday Community Voices
Community Voices was teenaged on its 13th
birthday on April 7th. The paper has evolved over the years and
delivers a variety of interesting articles and advertisements to the widest area
of any paper in northeastern Ontario. Dawn Clarke has been the editor for most
of the last decade. I marvel at how she puts it together every week especially
now that she also has a column of her own each week.
The paper started with delivery from
Temiscaming Quebec to Sundridge and from West Nipissing to Mattawa excluding
North Bay – 18,500 mailboxes a week. More recently it began to be delivered to
North Bay addresses that did not have a subscription to the Nugget. When Nugget
subscribers got interested they also got a copy. Upwards of 30,000 copies are
delivered weekly to thousands of residents of northeastern Ontario.
Most of the articles are written by
volunteer writers who write for the fun of it. Over the years there has been
some remarkable reportage on a wide variety of topics. If my math is right that
looks like 677 editions of the paper.
Deb Kurtzer Johnston has written her
column from day one where she presents her weekly thoughts on a variety of local
interests and lists many of the pending events primarily in the south end of the
region. I have also had the pleasure of writing my Heritage Perspectives column
from the start. My son Paul who designs and publishes my books has put the
columns online. There are over 400 columns there – most with photographs – and
they can be printed if desired. Google Heritage Perspectives and you will get an
index of titles with the most recent first. Click on the title to get a full
copy of the article. The titles are numbered and can be brought up by title or
number. Sometimes the titles are too vague and if you want to access a
particular topic just add the proper word(s) after you enter Heritage
Perspectives. In 2010 I published a book Voices from the Past with 45 sample
columns from Community Voices
Cover of Heritage Perspectives Book
With my interest in art I have also
written an Art Scene column over the years but they are not online. I have not
written on the art scene recently but hope to soon.
Books I have written and other
information is available on my website at
I appreciate feedback on my columns but cannot always find the time to reply. My
thanks to my neighbour Bernadette Kerr for word processing the columns. She can
actually read my handwriting!
Grey Owl Remembered.
Englishman Archie Belaney who became the
brilliant Grey Owl, author, orator, naturalist, and conservationist died 75
years ago April 13, 1938 at age 49. His career was celebrated in 2006 in a major
event at the WKP Kennedy and in 2007 in Temagami. Archie’s Birth 125 years ago
and his demise 75 years ago this week and his work is being remembered at
Discovery North Bay this spring and at the Mattawa Museum this fall. Watch for
Karsh Photo of Grey Owl
Dermot Wilson and Arlie Hoffman who co-curated
the previous exhibitions are working with theDiscovery North Bay Museum staff to
mount the new exhibition. . I worked on the previous stories and will on this
Arlie, Dermot, Discovery North Bay
Curator Naomi Rupke and I visited Mattawa recently and met with Museum Chair
John Whalen and his board to coordinate our activities and share some artifacts.
A new biography on Grey Owl’s muse Anahareo (Mattawa’s Gertrude Bernard) will be
available at the events. The emphasis at both events will be on the
naturalist/conservationist work Grey Owl did. His best selling books and
activities had a major impact on the movement today.
Canadian Cancer Society 75th
The Canadian Cancer Society is
celebrating 75 years of cancer support with its daffodil campaign and the slogan
75 lives, 75 stories, I Fight For where patients stories are told. A chance to
make a difference!!
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