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Debbie Lingen

Verona News

by Debbie Lingen

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Published July 14, 2011

This year, the musical entertainment for the Verona Cattail Festival will be spectacular. 14 musical groups will play over a period of three days. Here are just a few of the highlights. Ila Vann, singing the Blues, will head up the Friday night entertainment. Ila toured with the USO and had a hit record, which hit # 1 in the UK. She is a solo performer who also provided distinct harmonies with Frank Sinatra, Kenny Rogers, Louis Armstrong to name a few. The Saturday headliner is the Rattles. They actually played with the Beatles and will do a Beatles tribute. On Sunday, the headliners will be Luthor Wright and the Wrongs, and Kelli Trottier. Luthor is a singing, songwriting, country punk, folk, troubadour based out of Kingston. Kelli blends traditional Celtic, contemporary Country, Folk, Bluegrass and western swing with her inspired fiddle and vocal arrangements. For a complete list of all the entertainment (which includes some great local talent), log onto the website A new added feature on the festival website are videos of many of the acts.

Students! Need to complete your Community Involvement Hours? Volunteer to help at the Verona Cattail Festival! August 5 to 7. Contact Amanda Edgar, 613-372-3762,

The last Verona Cattail Festival meeting is this Tuesday, July 19. You don't want to miss this meeting. The final touches are being added to make this festival the best ever! What better way to get involved in the Verona community than to volunteer? Whether you can help for the entire three-day festival or just for an hour or two, your contribution is invaluable to the festival. The Festival always welcomes new faces. 7:00pm at the Verona Lions Hall. For more information call Wayne Conway, 613-374-3807.

Circle September 17 on your calendars with a big red circle. This will be a very special day for Bellrock. The residents are having a big party that day to celebrate their 150 anniversary of the naming of Bellrock and we are all invited. Lots of events are being planned and I will keep you posted.

The Frontenac Old Time Music Championship will be held July 23 and 24 at the Bedford Hall, 1381 Westport Road. There will be prize money & ribbons for the Singing Contest, Fiddle Contest, Guitar Contest, Banjo Contest and Mandolin Contest. Participate in the Fiddle Workshops. Register early - limited space. For more info visit the website or call Joan Shepherd at 613-374-5477. Proceeds, after expenses, will support the musical education of students through music programs of local elementary and secondary schools.

In an earlier column, I named 6 volunteers who received the 2011 Volunteer Service Awards. Silly me, that was only the tip of the iceberg. Here are the others who received 15-year awards and up. 15-year awards - Jean Clair, Beth Freeland, Dick Miller 20-year awards - Terry Freeland, 30-year award - Jim Lansdell, 40-year awards - Ann Feeley, Margaret Reynolds, Elfleda Watson. Kudos to all the volunteers who make Verona such a great place to live.

Debbie Lingen

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