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Published August 27, 2009

Starting September 1 the school buses will again be rolling to pick up their precious cargo. This is an early start to the school year. Please be vigilant and stop when those lights are flashing.

The festival of the stinky rose is almost here. The third Annual Garlic Festival will be held September 5 at the Verona Lions Hall grounds on Sands Rd.. There will be lots to do and see and taste. Here is a sampling of what awaits you. Jim Lansdell of the Rivendell Golf Course will be cooking great food, featuring remarkable beef from The Frontenac Cattlemen's Association. There will be fabulous sausages from Hanover Farms, and breakfast, dogs and fries will be served from the Verona Lions Kitchen. The Frontenac Farmers Market will feature farm-fresh corn, vegetables, jams, preserves, local honey, maple syrup, garlic nibblers, baking and children's crafts.

And of course, the piece de resistance, the Garlic, all 17 varieties, along with braids, recipes and growing tips will be the main feature of this festival. Once again, the Verona Garlic Festival proudly hosts the Eastern Ontario Garlic Awards, with prizes for the best single bulb, 12 variety display, educational display and braid. For Awards information call Paul Pospisil, Director, 613-273-5683.

Crafts & Conversation's first meeting of the season is starting September 9, 2009.This non-denominational group of quilters, knitters, crocheters, crafters and chatterers meet at the Free Methodist Church in Verona every second and fourth Wednesday from 10:00 am until noon. They encourage each other with projects, learn from each other, and in general have a constructive two hours. Coffee is provided, please bring your mug. There is a fee of $5.00 for the fall season and $5.00 for the winter season. This fee is given to the church for the use of the hall. Contact Helga Konecny 613-374-1281

Euchre starts the fall season Thursday September 3. Lunch at noon, euchre at 1 pm. Cash prizes and lunch all included for $2.00. Bellrock Community Centre 613-374-5426

Congratulations to Christina Wilson and Grant Orser, proud parents of a new baby boy. Joshua Orser made his debut August 13.

Here is a heads up to be aware and wary. Wild parsnips, a rather pretty, but very noxious and invasive weed have been gaining foothold in and around Verona. It's worse than Poison Ivy. The juices from this plant, when in contact with the skin, react with ultraviolet light from the sun, causing red welts and even severe burns and blisters. It is not an allergic reaction like poison ivy, more like a chemical burn. The itching and blisters may disappear in a couple of days, but the reddish discolouration of the skin it leaves behind can last months. Visit the Verona website and learn to recognize it, and keep yourselves and the family clear. There are pictures of the weeds on the website as well as links to several government sites.

Debbie Lingen

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