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July 5, 2017



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(L-R): Guy Davison, Alex Davison, Randy Williams, and FX Committee President Doug Latimer prepare the Canada Day fireworks on the barge that is soon to be launched into the Lake. Threats of storms kept Alex checking the radar. Photo: Sally Smid.


Charleston Lake celebrates


By Sally Smid

Charleston FX Canada Day celebration has become quite a high energy event and this year it was especially so with the Canada’s 150 observance.  The committee works hard all year to make the event possible. Generous donations and a 50/50 draw help to raise funds needed to host the day. Derek Slack was the lucky winner of the   $3,130 prize. 

The day kicked off with a Poker Boat Run which was won by Derek Workman.  Pontoon boats were made available at no charge for those without a boat.

At 6:00 there was lots more family fun offered in the main dock area of Charleston Village.  The G-Men played live rock and country music and a few couples even took to the “dance floor”.  There were lots of refreshments available at bargain prices.  Pontoon boat and tractor rides, Sam the Clown, face painting, yo-yos and glow gifts for kids and another 50/50 draw rounded out the activities.

The rain held off for the Canada 150 fireworks display this year which were quite expanded and the exploding colours above Charleston Lake were an amazing sight!

The dedicated volunteer team of the Charleston’s FX committee provided an exceptional Canada 150 Celebration event.


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(L-R): Renee Porter (Lady Agnes), Mayor Roger Haley, Senator Bob Runciman, Brian Porter (Sir John A. MacDonald), MP Gord Brown and MPP Steve Clark prepare to cut the ribbon to officially open the Mallorytown Station. Photo: Sally Smid



Mallorytown Station grand opening


By Sally Smid

The best to experience Canada’s 150th Birthday in Mallorytown was to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Mallorytown Station on the afternoon of July 2nd. 

The site has been revitalized for use as a local museum, archives and meeting place.  The sun shone for the first time in a while as Mayor Roger Haley welcomed the many dignitaries and guests in attendance. He explained that the project was inspired by a suggestion from First Impression visitors from Sharbot Lake who noted that washrooms and a tourism kiosk area were missing from the area. 

Funds were later secured through Canada 150, Thousand Island Community Development grants, local donations and area fundraising events. 

Senator Bob Runciman, a local part time resident, noted that the Front of Yonge Township may be small in population numbers but “big in terms of heart” in their commitment to community projects.

MP Gord Brown was recognized for his help in acquiring funds and he thanked all for their contributions, noting how positive the project is in drawing tourists in and Tom Russell of TICDC somewhat echoed his remarks.

MPP Steve Clark remarked, “This project demonstrates the tenacity of small communities.” 

Al Hunt construction was praised as well for the way that his design matched that of the Coach House.  Much credit was given to the hard working committee members and FoY staff.  “Sir John A. MacDonald” was also in attendance as reenactor Brian Porter delivered a rousing historical message, noting the Loyalist influences in the area. “This edifice will serve the community well,” he remarked before participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony which officially opened the new facility. 

Dave Wells of the Coach House also presented an aerial photo of the area which will be on display at the Station. Guests were treated to cake and refreshments and enjoyed music provided by the Silvertones in the gazebo as visitors explored the museum, gardens and Country Market.







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