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Debbie Lingen

Verona News

by Debbie Lingen

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Published April 29, 2010

Another Saturday morning in Verona! Up at the crack of dawn for a quick breakfast and then off to Main Street. Meet Hugh Fisher and we finish placing the 10 new barrels that the VCA bought for the "Adopt a barrel" flower competition, bringing the total barrels to 37. Still can't believe the overwhelming response from the businesses in Verona that want to adopt the barrel in front of their establishments. In fact, so many businesses said yes, the VCA went out and bought 10 more barrels to offer to the public so the rest of Verona could participate in the contest as well. At 9 am we meet Robin Celeste, Harold Dalmas, Matthew and Beth Willard and the 1st Verona Scouts. They have volunteered to prepare the barrels for the contest. They will spend this Saturday morning emptying old dirt out of the barrels and filling them with gravel and topsoil. Steve Orser of Excavation and Septic Installation Ltd on Bellrock Rd. has generously donated all the soil and gravel needed to fill the barrels. Thanks to the 1st Verona Scouts and Steve Orser who have helped the VCA in the first steps of the competition!

At 10 o'clock I make a quick exit to watch Mayor Gary Davison and Bill Robinson cut the ribbon for the grand opening of the Main Street Mercantile and Tea Room and Nicole's Gift shop. A throng of people has turned out to welcome the two new businesses. Heather Fox and Nicky Van Camp have done a beautiful job with the outside appearance and inside decor of their stores.

The morning is so busy on Main St. I realize at noon that I did not have a chance to visit the Farmers Market. Definitely will make it to the market next Saturday, May 1st. It will be a very special day. It will be the Market's first day outside and also first time in the new outdoor pavilion at the Lion's Club. Lots to see and do. The South Frontenac Environmental Committee will be holding their Annual Tree Sale and selling Blue Bird birdhouses at the market. The market will be open longer hours as well. 9 am to 1 pm.

The Verona Festival meeting on April 20th was another evening of animated decision making as we prepare for the 15th annual "Verona Cattail Festival". A theme was decided and it will create a fun and colourful parade. Expect to see a menagerie of humans dressed as animals, flowers and creatures of the marsh as we unveil the new theme. "Cameron's Bog Buddies". Cameron, as you know, is our festival mascot and his normal habitat is nestled in his home of cattails in the marsh. He has decided to invite all his bog buddies to the festival to help us celebrate the 15th anniversary of the festival. So be prepared to welcome his frog friends, otter pals, and other mish mash of animal buddies. We can all dig into our imaginations and have some fun.

Debbie Lingen

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