Seniors Situation Room by Dawn Ford – Parades & June is Seniors Month! 052718

Cornwall Ontario – June is Seniors Month. In Ontario we are marking our 34th Annual Seniors Month.

Sophie Cadorette, Communications Agent of the Centre de santé communautaire de l’Estrie, has kindly provided us with information on the Cornwall Senior Fair 10th edition hosted by the Centre on June 7 from 9:00 to 2:30 pm. It will take place at the Care Centre (formerly The Cornwall General Hospital).

Please use the back entrance on Old Orchard Avenue. There will be bilingual presentations and workshops: Health and Well-Being. Booths open at 9am with more than 25 exhibitors. A presentation will be given by Stephanie Cadieux of Elder Abuse Ontario on “The Key to Aging Well” and there will one presented by Josée Desrocher of the Azheimer Society on “Living Well with Dementia and Strategies for Caregivers”

There is no admission fee and a free lunch will be provided. Sounds like a wonderful event to attend. For more information please call Ivan Labelle, Community Health Agent, at 613-937-3132, ext. 232.

Hope to see you there!!

From the old high school photo album: a photo of Allan Sleeman marching with the CCVS Cadets in the 1950’s.

I did not record the occasion for the parade in the album but at that time there were lots of parades. You can see young people lined up on the sidewalk watching as the parade went by. On the top of the photo I had written in green ink “Onward” with musical notes for some reason and below Al’s nickname “Slee”.

Al’s Dad had a sporting goods store just about where the water fountain is now in front of the City Hall Building on Pitt Street.

A friend remembered that Mr. Gallinger had an appliance store was around that area also and who could forget Kennedy’s Soda Fountain Shop!!

Probably the CCVS girls Cadets were marching also.

I think my sister Evelyn is in this photo.

And the CCVS Cadet Band as well was probably playing one of John Phillip Sousa’s marches.



Lots of parades in the 1950’s. Lots of fun too. Those were the days for sure!!

The colours of springtime are awesome this year. Even the lilacs, purple and white are blossoming.

Trees are full of beautiful shades of pink and white and that gorgeous fresh green that we see only in the spring. Little shoots of tiny flowers popping out of the earth. Awe and wonder.

Every gardener I know has been itching to get out in the yard and start flower planting since the snow started to melt.

Ernie Appleton, a volunteer gardener at The Beek Lindsay Seniors Residence, is no exception.

He has been raking and bagging old musty leaves and digging the flower beds for weeks. Now he has started his planting of lovely flowers again this year around the residence. Ernie always does such a wonderful job of proving beauty and colour with his flowers and shrubs for everyone to enjoy all summer long.

In this photo are Evelyn McPhail, a resident and Ernie, who is planting a small tree and to the right, Jeff Bates, Building Superintendant of the residence. The tree was donated by the residents to be planted in honour of Evelyn who is moving away. Evelyn was instrumental in initiating lots of activities at the residence and was the President of the Residents Council for years. The residents appreciate all her work and her pleasant personality and will miss her very much. They wish her all the best in her new home.

Photo courtesy of Bob Katz

The Glen Stor Dun Lodge offers a very valuable service to our community with their Outreach Programs such The Telephone Assurance Program, The Day Away Program and Meals on Wheels. If you have an hour or two to volunteer to help with these programs, please call 613-933-3384, ext. 4250 for information.

In this photo Dennis Bonsall and his dog “Lexey” are taking advantage of the lovely spring weather to get some fresh air. You can see how happy the dog is to sit and enjoy the air and be admired by everyone who passes by her. She loves all the attention…and maybe get a hug. Very cute little dog.

Photo courtesy of Bob Katz

Here is a joke from a friend :

Senior Wedding at the Villages in Florida

Two very active seniors (Jacob age 92 and Mariam, age 89) are all excited about their decision to get married.

They go for a stroll to discuss the wedding and on the way they pass a drug store and decide to go in.

Jacob addresses the man behind the counter: “Are you the owner?”

The pharmacist answers, “Yes.”

Jacob: “We’re about to be married. Do you sell heart medication?”

Pharmacist: “Of course we do.”

Jacob: ” Medication for rheumatism?”

Pharmacist:” Definitly.

Jacob: “How about suppositories and medicine for impotence?”

Pharmacist: “You bet”.

Jacob: “Medicine for memory problems, arthritis, Alzhemier’s, heart burn, indigestion, sleeping pills, Geritol, Vitamins and antidotes for Parkinson’s Disease?”

Pharmacist:” Yes, a large variety. The works.”

Jacob: “You sell wheelchairs, walkers and canes? ”

Pharmacist: ” All speeds and sizes.”

Jacob: “Adult diapers?”

Pharmacist: ” Sure. How can I help you?”

Jacob: ” We’d like to use this store as our Bridal Registry.”

Have a good week, Dawn

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  1. I remember the Cadets at CCVS when I went there in 66/67 and my much older sister was in that back in the late 40s era. The cadets ended during my first year at CCVS. I went to other schools to keep up my French and needed advanced French and not mickey mouse. CCVS was only basic French and I would roar with laughter since it was too easy for me. I had to have more challenge to keep me awake.

  2. I just read your column – always interesting!

  3. CCVS had a great band in my day. All those who took music had a band that was what I call superb and they had a great music teacher and I cant remember his name. We used to go to the auditorium to listen to them play. When I think back to the 60s era it touches my heart and I miss those days very much. The young people today are lost compared to what we were back then.

  4. I remember when I had no choice but to take Basic French at CCVS and I would give the answers to the students who were Anglophones. Mr. Pori who was Italian and lived in France before Canada would get exceptionally upset with me for giving the answers to the students and would take the brush from the blackboard and throw it at me. LOL LOL. ROLF! I always scored top marks.

  5. Old age has creaped up on me and I cannot stand the humidity and has made me sick today. I am going to head to my bed very soon. I feel more like 90 years old today rather than 67.

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