Seniors Situation Room by Dawn Ford – Memories of Central Public School 080717

Seniors Situation Room by Dawn Ford – Memories of Central Public School 080717


Cornwall Ontario – Central Public School was a second home to a lot of us growing up over the years in Cornwall in the 40’s and 50’s. We went to kindergarten at age 5 for 1/2 a day and then grades 1 to 8. We attended classes from 9am to 12 and then scurried home for a quick lunch and back to school from 1 to 4pm.The weather didn’t matter…we walked. Fred MacMillan was our Principal.

When I was in Grade 4, the Memorial Park School opened. Some of my classmates and I who lived on the west side of Augustus Street were transferred to the new school. From the grade 4 class at Central Public, we were put in the grade 5 class with Ms. Donaldena McIver for the rest of the year. Then, next term, we went on to grade 6 with Mr. Petepiece who was also the Principal. I loved that class because we had lots of crafts to make like Paper Mache items and wonderful sessions of finger painting. We had a tall pole outside which had a long rope attached and a big ball at the end. We played with it at recess batting it back and forth and had lots of fun.

When I look back to all the school years I somehow remember the fun times and not so much the academic. That’s a kid’s memory for you. We did learn reading, writing, and arithmetic…the three ‘R’s and of course, English grammar, spelling, history and science and all that is taught in grade school at the time. ‘ We had quill pens and desks with ink wells for some time. I still have a pen nib.

After grade 6 we were back to Central Public for grades 7 and 8. I don’t remember who our grade 7 teacher was but we had Mr. George Edgerton for grade 8. Back at the school the girls had classes of Home Economics (cooking, sewing) music lessons on the violin, clarinet, and alto.etc. (Instrumental Music) and the boys had wood working. Again, fun memories. I do remember standing up with other classmates in rows to recite multiplication tables and spelling. Now the kids have calculators I am told and don’t have to memorize 4 x 4 and 12 x12, etc.

The book,” A Journey to Remember, A history of our beloved school” by Debbie Ledoux about Central Public School was published in 2002 by Kelly Andrew Heard and printed in Summerstown, ON by P&L Printing. It is great to read about all the staff and all the activities of the school in the past since its beginings in the mid 19th century.

On page 60 and 61 there is an article about the Lacrosse teams. It states that, “Richard Herrington, ( my nephew), an outstanding player for the intermediates, won three books as a prize donated by Reginald Kyte of Kyte’s Bookstore”.

Lots of photos and interesting stories to enjoy in this book.

The 17th Annual Alzheimer Society’s Golf Tournament will take place on August 18th, 2017 at the Summer Heights Golf Links. It is in support of the Alzheimer’s Society of Cornwall and District. All proceeds go directly to the support services provided to families of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias throughout the counties of Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Prescott and Russell, and Akwesasne.

All golfers are welcome to register as individuals, twosomes or foursomes. The Registration fee is $145 per player or $120 per person for club members. Tee off time is 11am. Golfer’s tee-time preferences will be accommodated as much as possible.

The tournament features an 18 hole, best ball scramble format including electric cars, door prizes, hole activities and a BBQ lunch. There will be a steak dinner following the tournament as well as a silent auction and an awards ceremony honoring the participants.

For more information or to register call 613-932-4914 or on line:

The Alzheimer Society is also going to host two long term care education sessions which will take place at the Alzheimer’s Society Aug. 16 & 23 (Part 1 & 2) from 10am -3:00 pm. Call 613-932-4914 for more information.

Here is a fun project to tackle on a hot lazy summer’s day. I have had it for years but don’t recall who gave it to me..just that it was fun:

The Giraffe Test

1) How do you put a giraffe in a refrigerator?

The correct answer : Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe and close the door. This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.

2) How do you put an elephant in a refrigerator?

Did you say, Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant and close the door? Wrong answer.

Correct answer; Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door. This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your previous actions.

3)The Lion King is hosting an Animal Conference. All the animals attend except one. Which animal does not attend?

Correct answer: the elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator. You just put him in there. This tests your memory. Ok, even if you did not answer the first three questions correctly, you still have one more chance to show your true abilities.

4) There is a river you must cross but it is used by crocodiles and you do not have a boat. How do you manage it?

Correct answer: You jump into the river and swim across. Have you not been paying attention? All the crocodiles are attending the Animal Meeting. This tests whether you learn quickly from your mistakes.

According to Anderson Consulting Worldwide, around 90% of the professionals they tested got all the questions wrong but many preschoolers got several correct answers. Anderson Consulting says this conclusively dispproves the theory that most professionals have the brains of a 4 year old.

I have to admit, I got them all wrong but I had some pretty good logical answers, never-the- less. lol.

Just came across this photo of the old days at Central Park(now Horovitz Park) and our wonderful old swimming “Pool”. It was the place to be in the summer when I was growing up. My sister Evelyn is the little girl on the right and we think her smaller friend on the left may be Carol Hutt. In the background we can see kids and adults peeking over the fence into the pool watching the swimmers.

We enjoyed the park with the beautiful water fountain, two big cannons and lots of space for everyone. There was big raised Band Shell which had been used for concerts. In our wet bathing suits we would lie on towels in it or on the hot pavement or the grass.

In 1958 the Park was renamed Horvitz Park, after our beloved Mayor, Aaron Horovitz.

Another picture from the old photo album: Here is a photo of Dr. Nat Shah of Cornwall and myself at Mount Carmel House Treatment Center in St. Raphael’s ON. The year is 1983 and Dr. Shah had just joined our staff as Medical Director. We were so lucky to have had his medical help and wisdom for many years. Handsome guy, eh?

An outstanding senior in Cornwall just celebrated his 90th birthday: George Pommier. Mr. Pommier is well known in our community, a highly respected business man and someone we all admire very much. Happy Happy Birthday.

This cat of mine, Tiger, is really something. He is very furry and a bit chubby. He has short legs which are a bit of a problem for getting a good high leap onto something like the couch. He gives it a couple of tries, then turns around, walks a bit, comes back, goes for what I call his ‘running jump’ and hops on the couch. His ‘running jump’ is really a bit of a stroll pace but it works for him. Very cute.

A few of those wonderful church bulletins sent in by a friend which apparently actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced at church services:

1)The Fasting and Prayer conference includes meals.

2) The sermon this morning: ‘Jesus Walks on the Water’. The sermon tonight: ‘Searching For Jesus’.

3) Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husband.

4) Don’t let worry kill you off – let the church help.

5) Miss Charlene Mason sang, “I will not pass this way again”, giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.

6) This evening at 7pm there will be hymn singing in the park across from the church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.

7) At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be , “What is hell?” Come early and listen to the choir practice.

8) Pot Luck supper Sunday at 5pm – prayer and medication to follow.

9) The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.

10) The Pastor of the Church would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend and a great week, Dawn.

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