Friends and Neighbours

Kagawong
Team Fergmeijer

‘Twas the week before Christmas
and in a surprising twist.
We are ahead of the game;
the column deadline’s not missed.
Let’s take a look back at the year as it was,
And celebrate our town with a round of applause:
Kagawong is bustling and busy once more,
As we’ve emerged from lockdowns,
stage two, three and four.
We could once again get our holiday skits and a verse in,
As the Community Christmas Concert was back in-person.
We hosted festivals and concerts and expos galore,
Not bad for a wee village right on the lakeshore!
With elections, retirements,
and building improvements,
There was never a dull moment,
and so much amusement.
We welcomed new councillors,
Hillyard, Grogan and Cahill.
Hunt and Barker returned, already knowing the drill.
And to Kathy we bid a tearful adieu.
We hope she enjoys her new retirement milieu!
A new township clerk has joined the crew.
Be sure to stop in for a quick ‘how d’you do!”
The Gobble Brigade was as ubiquitous as ever,
Bossy and loud, and the furthest from clever.
The housing market was hot, but then started to cool,
Some ‘arrogant’ new Kagawongians arrived for their first yule.
June saw the summer market season extended,
With over 60 vendors, the shopping was splendid!
The Late Bloomers returned,
with garden spades in-hand,
Their spiffy cedar flower boxes made our township look grand.
We said goodbye to Sugar Bush, and Riverside too,
But the Buttercup Ice Creamery saw its retail debut.
With funding announced,
a bridge this spring is quite possible,
In an effort to make the river more crossable.
Once again, Willa and Peter had much ado
About the crane spotting competition and the melodious coo.
Meranda got married, John got some new digs,
There’s a new bylaw out about chickens and pigs.
Our community rink grew both upwards and out,
This will again be a popular hangout, no doubt!
As we all settle in for a season so festive,
Put your feet up, enjoy this time to be restive.
We’ll continue to report on things that transpire,
But for now, happy holidays, from Team Fergmeijer.

Barrie Island
Lillian Greenman

Season’s Greetings
Have a Merry Christmas everyone and a safe holiday season. We will look forward to a healthy New Year.

Silver Water
Karen Noble

Tuesday night we had the visitation for Dad and Wednesday we had the funeral. Thank you to Stewart Simpson and his staff, Norm Morrell who did a wonderful job of the service, Murray and Gladys Duncanson for the eulogy full of stories and giving us a few laughs, thank you to Uncle Jim and Aunt Joanne Smith for the beautiful music which Dad loved, thank you to everyone who attended the services, and thank you to the Silver Water ladies of the UCW for the lunch.

Craig Duncanson was here visiting his parents and hunting on the weekend.

Doug and Brenda Carter went to Sudbury with Ardith Cull and Irene Duncanson on Thursday.

There were 10 euchre players on Thursday night and 12 on Friday night. I have been asked to include the euchre winners from Meldrum Bay because Elaine Bradly is in Sault Ste Marie looking after her aunt after a hip replacement. High lady was Rose Van Every with 68 points, high man was Doug Carter with 67 points, lady’s lone hands was Karen Noble with four, men’s lone hands was Harold Rogers with three, most euchres was Myra Duncanson with eight, the juice was won by Karen Noble. The money jar is still growing.

Albert has spent several days in the last two weeks making applesauce from apples delivered by hunters before hunting season. There will be a year’s supply in the basement when he is done.

I have almost finished the knitting projects ordered for Christmas presents. Mittens and toques are done, and the last pair of socks is in progress.

Safe travels in the next few weeks to everyone going to family and friends for Christmas.

Get well soon to all those with colds. I have had several people tell me they are sick recently.

Happy belated birthday to Murray Duncanson on December 10.

Congratulations to parents Bridget McDonald and Arthur Whymark on the birth of their daughter, Fallon Elizabeth. Congratulations to grandparents Glenn and Lorraine McDonald and great-grandmothers Beulah Hester and Joyce McDonald.

Euchre was cancelled on Thursday and Friday nights due to weather and road concerns. Euchre will be held on Thursday,

December 22 and December 29 as usual. Meldrum Bay is cancelled December 23 and December 30.

We had a beautiful fox travel through our yard on Saturday.

The “Voices of Christmas” will be heard at St Andrew’s United Church in Silver Water on Christmas Eve at 7 pm. All are welcome.

There will be a New Year’s Eve party at the Silver Water Community Hall starting with a potluck supper.

Condolences to the family of Catherine Murrell. Condolences to the family of Bernie Rubin.