Written August 4, 2017
There is a lot of joyful noise rising out of Camp Merrywood, and they wouldn’t have it any other way. An Easter Seals camp located near Perth, it takes 72 very special campers per ten day session, and always finds itself filled to capacity with bright, eager participants. While about 95 percent of campers come from Ontario, many also come from Newfoundland, and the occasional international camper joins the group. While the campers may have conditions like spina bifida, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, or a host of other daunting physical conditions, during their time at Merrywood they are simply kids out to have a great time in a wonderful environment. Continue reading
by Lorraine Payette, written May 2, 2015
All photos copyrighted to Shree Krishna Dhital and associate
(Gananoque, ON) The disaster in Nepal has left the world reeling in its wake. A tiny nation of only 147,181 square kilometers, it was ravaged by a giant earthquake of 7.8 magnitude on the Richter scale at 11:56 NST on 25 April, killing more than 6,500 and leaving more than 14,000 injured with thousands still missing. – to read more>
by Lorraine Payette, written June 23, 2014
(Gananoque, ON) Stan fans, get ready for a chance to sing along to your favourites as the D-Tones and guests bring “Stan Rogers – A Matter of Heart” to the festival from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. on June 30. Admission is free, and the music exhilarating.
“Just after (Rogers) died in an airplane fire, Vince Metcalfe and I got hooked on the idea of (a tribute to him), taking his work to a wider audience in a theatre setting,” said Diane Stapley. – to read more>
On June 11, the Gananoque Rotary Club handed out its latest Paul Harris Fellowship Awards at their final meeting of the year. L-r, Recipients Carolyn Knight, Don Matthews, Susan Tulk and Brenda Asselin.
New member Jeff Moran gets welcomed into Rotary by Don Matthews and outgoing President, Emily Bell
Paul Harris Award winner Don Matthews gets his pin from outgoing President, Emily Bell
Outgoing President Emily Bell shows off two Interact members of whom she’s very proud, Patricia Warren and Bell’s grand daughter.
written by Lorraine Payette, June 11, 2013
(GANANOQUE, ONTARIO) The Gananoque Rotary Club squeezed its way into its end of season meeting at Emily Bell’s home as members prepared to get ready for summer activities. But the highlight of the event was the presentation of four Paul Harris Awards. – to read more>
A strong team of volunteers helped Elizabeth Walker with “A Taste of Japan” on May 22, a fundraising dinner to help her get the money necessary to finance her upcoming trip to Japan as a Rotary Interact exchange student. L-r, Neda Amini, Elizabeth Walker, Stephanie Docs and Emily Sharpe.
The first course always prepares your mouth for everything else. Stephanie Docs serves namba maki at “A Taste of Japan” on May 22.
Everything is organized and excited behind the scenes as the entire crew works together to make the evening a success at “A Taste of Japan”.
Delighted guests in Gananoque got a chance to experience Japanese cuisine in an authentic setting as Elizabeth Walker presented “A Taste of Japan” on May 22, a fundraising dinner to help her get the money necessary to finance her upcoming trip to Japan as a Rotary Interact exchange student.
by Lorraine Payette, written on May 22, 2103
(GANANOQUE, ONTARIO) Imagine waking up in a culture and country radically different from your own. The language is different, the food is different, all of the customs are different. Even the people look nothing like you. They are all very friendly and polite, but everything is new and not like anything you’ve been accustomed to. – to read more>