November 2017 Archive

Grudgingly getting in the spirit

Every year I think, “The holidays should happen biannually.”

New Bancroft scout program seeking leaders

A new scouts program is coming to North Hastings.

Teaching about a legacy of something lasting

Both of my great-grandfathers fought in the trenches of the First World War. My grandfather and his three brothers all fought in the Second World War. Another of my grandfathers served at Canadian Forces Base 8 Wing Trenton throughout the Second World War and yet another great-uncle was in the air force. All of them survived, but none of them was the same again.

Veterans honoured, bridge littered with poppies

The town’s Constable Thomas Kehoe Memorial Bridge is now covered with more than 2,000 hand-crafted poppies thanks to a small group of women who wanted to share a message of peace and love with their community.

HH to investigate its infrastructure needs

Hastings Highlands is receiving federal funding to assess the state of its infrastructure.

Social assistance on the rise in area

Canada’s fall fiscal update means $5.9 million coming to the riding in child care benefits alone, says Hastings-Lennox and Addington MP Mike Bossio.

A celebration of peace, not war

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to spend the better part of a day listening to Bancroft’s ex-Soviet spy Andy Klashenko share his experiences spying on and being captured by the Nazis during the Second World War. Out of fear for his family’s safety, he kept his story a secret for some 50 years, hidden even from those he loved most. Klashenko described the horror he faced while staring down the barrel of a gun, hiding out from the Nazis in his grandfather’s windmill and on several other occasions. When asked what the most important lesson he learned during wartime, he broke down for a moment and then proceeded to recount the events which unfolded on the day the British arrived at the Nazi labour camp to free the prisoners.

Don’t forget to remember

As the last of our veterans from the great wars of the 20th century pass from this world, we lose heroes and those who have held us accountable for remembering. The haunting idea that those who don’t remember history are doomed to repeat it, looms.

Yarn-bomb means a lot to me

As one of the remaining grandsons of the late Const. Thomas Kehoe, I would like to express my gratitude to the citizens of Bancroft for commemorating my late grandfather on Remembrance Day.

Memories of our military

Wollaston Heritage Committee has published a remarkable book that makes for suitable and informative reading at this time of remembrance. Memories of our Military Men and Women – Wollaston Township and Surrounding Area covers soldiers from North Hastings who served during world conflicts and peacekeeping missions.

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