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Debbie Lingen

Verona News

by Debbie Lingen

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Published November 18, 2010

Get your red pen and circle Friday November 26th on your calendars. It will be a day filled with lots of activities in Verona for young and old alike. November 26th is a PD day and what a better way for the children and their parents to start the day than at the Free Skate. Each year as part of the Verona Christmas kick-off, the Verona Community Association organizes this special afternoon of free skating at the North Frontenac Community Arena. Music, prizes and fun for all. Free skating time will be from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

On Friday evening, November 26th, Verona and area residents will gather at McMullen Park to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season. Local musicians, Ross Clow and Glenn Neff will lead the crowd in Christmas carols and songs, while neighbours chat and children romp in the crisp night air. The Free Methodist Youth Group serves hot chocolate. The Verona Lions Club provides hot dogs and marshmallows around a firepit. The crowd gives the countdown to the lighting of the tree and Verona's Christmas season officially begins at 7:00 p.m. in McMullen Park, Verona.

Our community is about to start a new Holiday tradition! Will this Holiday Season find you alone, with no one to share your Christmas or is a Holiday feast not in your family budget? Then you are invited to join us for a free Community Christmas Dinner on December 25th. Celebrate the Spirit of Christmas with friendship, music and dinner with all the trimmings. The fun starts at 10:30 am with dinner served at noon. If you need transportation to the event, it can be provided free of charge. This free event is open to Verona and area residents. Tickets are free, but you must reserve your spot by picking up your ticket before December 15th at the Verona Hardware Store. You may also reserve your spot or make transportation arrangements to the event by calling Joyce or Doug Casement at 613-374-3406 or Sheila or John Steele at 613-374-2884. This free event is courtesy of the Verona Community Association, the Verona Lions Club, local businesses and many community supporters and volunteers.

The Christmas for Kids Campaign is in full swing. This VCA sponsored program works closely with Prince Charles P.S. to make sure that no child is left off Santa's list. Special presents - stylish warm clothing, books, puzzles, games and stuffed toys - are gaily wrapped and prepared for surprise delivery. To raise funds for this wonderful cause, collection jars have been distributed throughout the village in various stores and businesses. Any unwrapped new toys, books and clothing can also be dropped off at the Verona Hardware Store. Your generosity will help make this a special Christmas for a lot of Verona and area children and their families.

The Remembrance Day service at the cenotaph was very moving. It was remarkable and heart warming to see a field of well-behaved Prince Charles Public School children singing "O Canada" with our country's honoured veterans. Kudos to Kevin Wenkoff and PCPS teachers for pulling together another stirring memorial service.

Debbie Lingen

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