In search of our hero / À la recherche de notre héros

Monica and Ron Badger   We want to say a big thank you to Corporal Patrick (?) of CFB Borden. Unfortunately, we can’t remember his last name. On October 28, my husband, Ron Badger and I were returning home from visiting a friend in Orillia. My husband was ill with the flu so I was driving. We were almost through Angus, ON when my husband asked me to pull over because he was feeling that he might be sick. Ron climbed over the guardrail as I looked in the rear-view…

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International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day – Nov. 17

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is the one day a year when people who are affected by suicide loss gather around the world at events in their local communities for support and resources. The important thing to remember is that Survivor Day has three main goals. The first goal is to educate, the second is to offer an opportunity for attendees to share, and lastly to help suicide loss survivors meaningfully commemorate their loved ones and the day—Survivor Day—itself. Join a community of suicide loss survivors to find comfort…

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Extraordinary angling in Angus

Vince Marrello poses with his catch of the day, a large Salmon caught in the Nottawasaga River. Fishing is all about personal goals, and attaining those goals is a sure way to improve self-esteem. It’s also a lifelong skill that I’ve come to enjoy starting when I was a child. The best memories I have are with my father and relatives in the early spring and summer mornings; the smell of the coffee pot brewing at 5 a.m. was a sure indication we were well on our way. The excitement…

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A bench to mark suicide prevention

A park bench is donated to Peacekeeper’s Park in Angus, ON. Present for the ribbon cutting ceremony is (from left to right) Terry Dowdall, Essa Township Mayor, Barb Jacklin, Simcoe County Suicide Awareness Council, Aleta Armstrong, Simcoe County Suicide Awareness Council, Sandi Macdonald, Essa Township Deputy Mayor, Keith White, Ward One councillor, Essa Township, Bernadette Copeland, Chair of the Simcoe County Suicide Awareness Council, Sheldon Walker, Simcoe County Suicide Awareness Council and Christine Kelsey, Simcoe County Suicide Awareness Council. Today in Canada 10 people will end their lives by suicide;…

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Bringing their faces into the light / Mettons leur visage en lumière

On the 10th anniversary of national Peacekeepers’ Day, hundreds gathered at Peacekeepers’ Park in Angus to express their sincere gratitude and remembrance of Canadian Peacekeepers both past and present. ‘Bringing their faces into the light,’ a sentiment echoed multiple times by former peacekeeper, Bob George, vice-president for the Central Ontario chapter of the Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping, during the often-emotional event. This message was in reflection of the new banners that adorned the pathway in the park, each one depicting and honouring the soldiers who perished…

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Flag dedication at the Farewell Gardens Park

Members of the community gather around the newly dedicated flag at the Farewell Gardens park in Angus, Ontario. On Saturday 30 June 2018, a special flag dedication was held at the Farewell Gardens Park, located at the corner of County Road 10 and Mill Street. Those in attendence were the Angus Horticultural Society, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 499 Angus, Essa Historical Society,  Angus Lions and Lioness, “Artisan Streetscapes” owners Cindy and John Purtill, past Essa Mayor David Guergis, present Essa Councillors Sandi Macdonald, Keith White and Ron Henderson. It was…

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