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Debbie Lingen

Verona News

by Debbie Lingen

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Published April 8, 2010

Is there ever a dull moment in Verona? I don't think so. Always something new in the works to make life better in this small village of ours. There was excitement in the Lions Club Hall on March 30 when the Verona Festival Association voted to change the Festival venue. Our popular festival has been bursting at the seams for the last few years. The old site was just too small and outdated. With this change of venue to the Lions Club Centre a whole wealth of new ideas and possibilities have opened up. The advantages of this new site are immense. Just a sampling of some of the improvements are tabled in the News Release in the paper this week. Don't miss reading it.

And now the question: Why Cattails? The Festival has been branded the Verona Cattail Festival. Volunteers spent months going over all the different types of festivals and what name would suit us best. Cattails were the natural conclusion. Our village is nestled on marshland, we are surrounded by marsh and cattails. It is our history. And Cattails are cool. Early settlers found the cattail to be a bounteous plant with many uses. The cattails were a valuable source of food and raw material. Google it and you will be amazed at the versatility of this plant. Already the Verona Festival Volunteers have come up with lots of cattail-related games and activities to hold during the festival. What can you come up with?

It's Maple Festival time! Head over to the Farmers Market this Saturday April 10, and take part in the fun. There will be lots of Maple Syrup for sale along with very yummy Maple goodies and an information display on how the syrup is made. Kaye from Kaye's Klubhouse will supply the fun and games to keep the kids entertained. A fun, tasty and educational way to spend a Saturday morning with the family. To celebrate the Maple Syrup theme, the Lion's Club has added onto their breakfast menu and will be serving a delicious pancake breakfast complete with sausages and a drink for only $6. Lion's Club Hall. Verona Sand Road. 9 am to noon.

Dance the night away at Bell Rock Community Hall Association, featuring the "Kingston Ceili Band" at the Bell Rock Hall on Sat. April 17th, 7-10. Tickets $10, available at Local Family Farms, Toppers, and the Verona Hardware. For more information call Kevin at 545-5165.

There will be a Nature Talk by South Frontenac Natural Environment Committee. Topic for the evening will be "Conservation of Reptiles & Amphibians". Wed. April 14, 7-9 pm. Trinity United Church, Verona. For more info call 613-353-8338 or e-mail

South Frontenac Natural Environment Committee will be having their Annual Tree Sale on Saturday May 1st. The cost is $1.50 per tree for 12 to 16 inch 3-year-old bare-root stocks. Advance orders for 10 or more trees only. Smaller quantities will be available on a first come basis on the day of sale. For more info call at 613-374-2742 or e-mail

Debbie Lingen

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