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Debbie Lingen

Verona News

by Debbie Lingen

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Published July 29, 2010

Two new changes for Verona! The Verona Tennis courts have had a major facelift. The courts have been resurfaced and with the time and efforts of Jocelyn Purdie they have now been lined and are ready for use. Kudos to the Portland District Recreation Committee. Tennis, anyone?

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency on Main St. has a new name. As of Monday July 26th, the agency is now called Service Ontario and will be providing additional services. They are now looking after Health Card services, such as renewals and address changes. So whether it be Driver License and Vehicle services or Health Card needs, Service Canada on Main St, Verona is your one stop location.

One week and counting until the Verona Cattail Festival. The Festival will be happening all over Verona from the Lions Club Centre to McMullen Park. One of the highlights on Sunday is the Classic Car Show at McMullen Park. Ed Asselstine, the coordinator of the event is very excited about this year. This is the 15th year for the car show and what started as a 40 car event has blossomed into a huge annual event at the festival with over 150 classic beauties. Cars from eras that our great grand parents drove in will be there. Cars from every decade, from 1910 to present, will be represented. Entrants are eligible for many draws that will be held and trophies and awards will also be awarded. If you have a golden oldie that you want to enter in the Car Show contact Ed at 613-374-2966 for more details. As for me, I will join the rest of the crowd and come view these fascinating vehicles. Blue Grass Music by Bill White and food will also be available on site. Visit The Classic Car Show in McMullen Park on Sunday August 8th from 10:00 am to 3 pm.

While you are at McMullen Park, drop by and watch the fun at the Soap Box Derby. This is held on Charlie's Hill on Lakeview Drive behind the large soccer field in McMullen Park. Kids are welcome to try their hand at an afternoon of racing, with the Festival's own cars, under the supervision and guidance of the Amherstview Soap Box Derby Club. All the children need is their bike helmet and an adult to sign a permission/waiver form. Registration is $2.00 per rider. Drinks and snacks will be provided. Sunday, August 8th from noon to 2 pm.

Don't forget there will be free shuttle service to take everyone to and from McMullen Park and the Lions Club Centre. Free half-hourly shuttle service from The Lion's Centre to Prince Charles School with stops at Vaughan's Auto and McMullen Park. This shuttle will run Saturday from 10 am to 10 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.

Louise Day is looking for RNs (Registered Nurses) to be on the Festival site on Saturday and Sunday, August 7th & 8th. Please contact Louise Day at 613-374-3333 or email

Debbie Lingen

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