Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tattered pages tell story of VE day in Bracebridge

It was that time of year again - time to write a feature story about Remembrance Day. This year, however, I went with something a little different than just the standard veteran story. Local volunteer Bob Hartman - who gives his time to nearly every good cause under the sun in Bracebridge - had come to me earlier in the year with pages from a scrapbook his late wife, Joyce Lees, made when she was just 13 years old.
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The pages of that notebook told a remarkable story of VE Day in Bracebridge. A street party, an effigy of Hitler burned downtown, and a torchlight parade where people were encouraged to bring along an old broom or something to burn.
The scrapbook still had an original poster from that night.
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The scrapbook has been donated to the Bracebridge Legion, where it sits as a document of record for the ages.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Now that's a shootout!

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In the above picture, the Bracebridge OPP even up the odds a bit during a hockey skills competition against former NHL players. The local cops took on former players like Kris King, Brent Gretzky and Mark Laforest in a fundraising game for Special Olympics.

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The game began with Crabby Joe leading local dignitaries to centre ice.

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And featured tons of shenanigans to keep fans on their feet.

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Walter Gretzky was also there... arriving in style.

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Kudos to the local OPP detachment. Even though they lost 14-10, it was great to see local police reaching out to the community, and giving back to the town they serve.