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Published December 3, 2008

It was a weekend of celebration mixed with sadness. Condolences go to the family and loved ones of Kevin Sigsworth, who died suddenly Friday afternoon while at the VCA Free Skate. Our hearts go out to his young family. Arena staff, VCA organizers, nurses and a paramedic on site, and a number of parents acted quickly and calmly to provide first aid, comfort family and keep the over 150 skaters from being drawn into the emergency until the ambulance came and left. Later that evening, Steve Clow dedicated a special song to Kevin at the VCA tree lighting, which drew about 300 community members to McMullen Park. Ross & Steve Clow led the carolling, Floyd Reynolds arrived with his big horses and wagon, Verona Lions provided hot dogs and marshmallows, the Free Methodist Youth did hot chocolate, candy canes courtesy of Brooks IGA. Rural Visions is thrilled at the bounty of non-perishables donated at both the free skate and the tree lighting. What a community we are. Congratulations to the Verona Community Association volunteers who organized the day and handled it all so thoughtfully.

Congratulations too to the cast and crew of North Frontenac Little Theatre's "Opening Night." We hear it was a roaring success. (The roars being laughter.)

You have a choice of musical treats this Friday. Trinity United's "Spirit of Advent" choral concert is their annual thank you gift to the community for supporting the church's fundraising events all year long. Beautiful Christmas music in four part harmony, led by Annabelle Twiddy with conducting appearances by Jennifer Bennett and John McDougall. Fri. Dec. 5 7:30 No Charge

And down in Hartington Community Church, you can hear County Church Christmas Celebration featuring The Old Hims, and The Rennies & Miss Ellie. Fri Dec 5 7:30

On Saturday, head over to the Farmers Market to stock up on local food for the holidays or find a special gift. It's your last day to enter your name in the customer appreciation draw - four prizes of Market Moolah to be drawn at 11:30. The Market's open from 9 - noon.

On Sunday check out the Land O' Lakes Artisans Guild sale of art and fine craft. We are blessed with amazing artisans whose work will become the heirlooms of the future. Check out the sale at the Lions Hall Sun. Dec. 7 from 11-5.

Next Thursday The Frontenac Grandmothers By The Lake, a chapter of Grandmothers Helping African Grandmothers, present an evening featuring Julie Coultas, who travelled to Africa on behalf of the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF). The SLF has funded more than 250 projects in 15 sub-Saharan countries to help women and children who have been affected by AIDS. Canadian grannies uniting with African grannies has resulted in a growing international social movement. All are welcome to attend on Thurs. Dec. 11th at 7 P.M. at Trinity United Church Hall. Admission is free.

Saturday December 13 is the last market day of 2008. The Farmers Market vendors take a well deserved break from then until Valentines Day, and to show their appreciation they provide a taste of turkey and fixings, hot cider, and other treats. This year, the Verona Lions join the celebration with carolling and Santa Claus. Be sure to bring a camera for a photo op.

Too busy to bake? St. Paul's United Church offers tins of homemade cookies for your convenience. Just keep them in the freezer, and when company drops in, Voila! You sneak to the freezer and get out what you need for your guests! Call Marni at 613 374-9929 to order. Small, $10, Medium $15 or Large $20

The Learning Centre in Hartington has produced a delightful fundraising calendar. Down Melody Lane features photos and profiles of a dozen local musicians, many of them from Verona and close by. Composer Jennifer Bennett, guitarist Gord Struthers, Bauderroad, singer songwriter Debbie Barkley and Ross Clow and the Old Hims are among the profiles. The calendar is a fund of biographical information and a good historical record of the fine musicianship in our area. (It also show the moon phases, a must have for any calendar of mine!) Get one at Local Family, Leonard's Fuel, Nellie's Gas Bar in Harrowsmith, Willow's Feed Mill on Wilton Road or Hillside Coffee Company in Sydenham.

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