May 19, 2024 – Victoria Day is celebrated On May 20th this year. A senior friend told me that he remembers fireworks on Victoria Day many years ago. I remember fireworks but not sure if they are memories of July 1st. celebrations or Victoria Day. Families used to bring the fireworks to the street curbs outside their homes and let them off there.

We had small metal sparklers you could light and flash little silver sparkles into the air. We had fire crackers too. It was great to look up and down the street and see colours flying up into the air as the fireworks were lit. Lots of fun. Ahh, those were the days. .

The Cornwall Civic Complex Centre always had wonderful entertainment years ago. I took my Mom to see many concerts. She loved to listen to Anne Murray sing and really enjoyed her concert. The fee was $22 . Wonder what it would cost today. We also saw the World Cup Championship Figure Skating which was wonderful to watch. I think Kenny Rogers also gave a concert or two. I remember going to one featuring an imitator of Johnny Cash.

Limericks are lots of fun. Here is one:

” A canny young fisher named Fisher

Once fished from the edge of a fissure.

A fish with a grin

Pulled the fisherman in –

Now they are fishing the fissure for Fisher.”

I received an interesting brochure in the mail recently, titled, “Nurse Next door”. It says that their “Happier Aging” approach helps seniors keep their independence to age comfortably at their homes. It states they offer Companionship, Personal Care, Home Nursing, End- of -Life Care, Meal Preparation, Homemaking, Respite Care and Transportation/Accompaniment. Go to or call 613-703-7404 for more information and/ or to book a free Caring Consult.

There will be a Strawberry Social at the Benson Centre, 800 Seventh St. West in Cornwall to benefit Child Haven International. It will be held on Sunday June 9th, 2024 from 2pm to 4 pm. Tickets are #35 for adults and Children 12 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased at For more information contact Elaine Macdonald at 613-330-3117. or email at

An update on Chid Haven homes and projects will be presented as well a silent auction of Exotic Eastern goods. There will also be a bazaar. Entertainment will be by the “Heart Strings Ensemble”. The Strawberry Social will be catered by Judy Stewart. Hope to see you there.

“Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town” by Stephen Leacock was a book a lot of us took in our literature classes in high school. It remains a favourite of many people over the years. He wrote many other books as well including “Literary lapses”. I have a copy of his book with a copyright date of 1947.One of the interesting things about the book is that he wrote 7 pages of Preface. He starts out giving his birth date in Swanmoor, Hants, England in 1869. His parents migrated to Canada in 1876 and he states that he came with them. A bit of humour there because he was only 7 years old so I guess he did come with them.

Wonderful book to read off and on over the years and treasure.