Seniors Situation Room by Dawn Ford – When Will Cornwall Honour Bob Turner? 101617


Cornwall Ontario – According to an old stub I found, on May 11th.1990, Anne Murray gave a concert at the Civic Complex. I took my Mom because she had been a fan of Anne’s for many years. As I remember, it was a great night. Mom was delighted to finally see and hear Anne Murray in person.

Kenny Rogers also  

came to the Civic Complex for a concert but I don’t remember the year. What a thrill to see him…that I remember!

On November 22,1991, according to the other stub, I took my Mom to see World Cup Champions skating at the Complex.

The stub mentions the Cornwall Figure Skating Club also. It was nice to watch the skating at any time at the Complex.

I love the weekly two page newspaper, the ” Coffee News, Cornwall Edition” which is available free of charge at the local stores and restaurants. In the “Everybody’s Talking” column are short articles from around the world which you may not read about anywhere else. One story recently was about a couple in China who adopted a mentally ill homeless man who is now part of their family. Another was about a shoplifter in Ohio who hid in a fitting room until the store closed but then was locked inside the store and caught on camera. Also there are a few lines of famous quotes in the column, “Quoteable Quotes”. A “What’s Happening” column advertises local upcoming events which is for non-profit organizations free of charge for the ads. Local ads are also displayed. There is a weekly horoscope and a five question “Trivia” column with questions and answers. Thank heavens for the answers!!

A “Did You Know…” column has five little news items such as a bit recently on 7,000 chemicals from tobacco smoke, another about a mountain range in Africa called the Drakensberg. Lots of short interesting items which are fun to read.

I have to admit, though, that the first thing I read is the column, ” On the Lighter Side” which is full of puns. One lately was: “How do you communicate with a fish? Drop him a line.” Corny, I know but funny.

One of the joys of going grocery shopping with my friend Marie is that we often hit a number of stores. If I am lucky, I will probably see some parents with babies in carriages or little toddlers. What fun to see them. Sometimes a toddler takes things off a shelf and hands them to their parent…unasked for but the child thinks they are helping.

Recently, a little boy was sitting in the front of the shopping cart picking his nose. He took out some mucous on his finger(we used to call anything we picked out of our nose ‘buggers’ as kids) which seemed to totally amaze him. He kept looking at it. Then he wiped it on his pant leg. He must have thought it was really neat because he then went up the other nostril with his finger…maybe to find more. It was so cute and comical to watch him.

Sometimes there is an adorable baby in the stroller. When you wave and say hi, the babe gives you a big toothless grin. Adorable. It makes my day.

A friend, Jack Bornais, sent in this wonderful photo of the late Edouard “Newsy” Lalonde, an unknown lad holding a lacrosse stick and the late Bob Turner. It is on

Bob and “Newsy” are Cornwall legends.

Bob Turner was Cornwall’s City Recreation Director from May 1958 until his untimely death in 1962.”

“Newsy” Lalonde was a legend in lacrosse and hockey. Playing both simultaneously, he was a super-star in both , according to some articles written about him.

We have all been waiting to hear what the City is going to do about honouring Bob Turner since the Bob Turner Memorial Center was demolished in 2013.

The last we heard was that it was too expensive to rename the Cornwall Civic Complex but no one seems to know what exactly would be the costs and apart from a new sign, what all the expenses involve.

Maybe renovations? Would some fundraisers help??

I am also waiting for some recognition for his wife, the late Dorris Turner, who worked unselfishly and tirelessly for people with disabilities in Cornwall for many years.

I know because she had me so busy that I joked that I would soon have to quit my day job to keep up with her. She was a nonstop – dynamo trying to assist anyone who needed help.

When I talk to people about Dorris they smile right away, just thinking of her. She was dearly loved and respected, not only for all she did for the Cornwall community but because she was also a wonderful lady.

Since Tiger has taken a liking lately to my Mom’s beautiful old chair, I decided to get a seat pad to help keep it clean.

I laid it down on the chair, went and did a couple of things; gone not even 3 minutes.

When I came back, His Majesty, the Cat Tiger Boy, was already enjoying the soft velvety pad. He had a look that said, “This is for me, isn’t it??”

Is that a big baby or what?? Loves his comfort.

This beautiful photo of a recent sunset in the Westport cottage area was sent to me by Myrna Plumley-Watt. Thanks Myrna for sharing this gorgeous picture with us.

Beek Lindsay Seniors Residence held a Thanksgiving dinner this past Wednesday and displayed the groceries which had been donated by the residents for their Thanksgiving Food drive for the Trinity Church Food Cupboard.

There were even more groceries added after I took the picture. A thank you to Linda Roche, Manager of Beek Lindsay, for making very decorative requests signs for food donations.

A thank you also to Ernie Appleton for his help and another thank you to Claudette Quesnel for all her help including storing the daily donated groceries in the office every evening. And last but not least, a very big thank you to all the residents for their generous donations of groceries for the Food Cupboard. It is very much appreciated.

Here is a joke sent in by a friend:

A doctor that had been seeing an 80 year old woman for most of her life finally retired. At her next check up the new doctor told her to bring in a list of her medications that had been prescribed for her. As the doctor was looking through the list his eyes grew wide as he realized that Gramdma had a prescription for birth control pills.

“Mrs. Smith, do you realize these are birth control pills?”

“Yes, they make me sleep better at night.”

“Mrs. Smith, I assure you there is nothing in these pills that could possibly help you sleep!”

She reached out and patted the young doctor’s knee and said: “Yes, dear, I know that. But every morning I grind one up and mix it in a glass of orange juice that my 16 year old Granddaughter drinks and believe me, it definitely helps me sleep at night.”

You gotta love Grandmas!!

Have a good week, Dawn

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