Reverend David H. Beckers Invested at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

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submitted by Alan Fitzhugh, July 24, 2014

On Wednesday July 23, 2014 St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church 175 Stone St. South in Gananoque welcomed its new minister, the Reverend David H. Berkers. Rev. Berkers is the 14th minister in the 177 years of worship at St. Andrew’s.

While attending a youth convention at Queen’s University in 1980 David Berkers made a personal commitment to serve God, and felt his initial call to the ministry. Thus, his post-secondary education took place at Pentecostal Bible College in Peterborough and featured a third year at a Bible College in Nairobi Kenya, earning a bachelor of Theology degree. – to read more>


“Bird Brain” Triumphs in Town Park

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A Handful of Characters

by Lorraine Payette, written July 4, 2014

(Gananoque, ON) A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush… Keep it under your hat… A kind heart is worth more than any kingdom… Follow your heart and your dreams will come true…

Woodcutting is hard, tiring work, more than enough to break the spirit and kill the dreams of most men. But when Bird Brain finds a nest of freezing orphaned baby birds in the forest, he knows the only way he can save them is to put them under his warm, comfortable hat. – to read more>

Jake’s Gift – a Shining Tribute to the Power of Remembrance

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Julia Mackey in Jake’s Gift

by Lorraine Payette, written July 3, 2014

“We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when,
But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day…”

We’ll Meet Again, sung be Vera Lynn

(Gananoque, ON) Bernière sur Mer lay tired and war weary as June 6, 1944, dawned in Normandy. Little did its residents know that this day of all days was to be remembered throughout time as D-Day, and that their tiny town would be identified as Juno Beach.

Jake’s Gift is a one-woman show that returns us to Juno Beach for the 60th anniversary celebrations of D-Day, for a look at remembrance and appreciation from a different perspective. For the Canadian forces, this was a place of great loss and tragedy, a place to rediscover old pains and sorrows and take the time to visit the final resting places of those who never returned, but for the residents – those who participated in D-Day because it was thrust upon them by fate and location – this is a time to rejoice. This is the anniversary of their great liberation from the Nazis, a glimpse of that future world made free. – to read more>