Heritage Dinner 2015 – Featuring Speaker Dr. Kathryn Labelle

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Confronting Champlain’s Legacy In 17th Century Wendat Country

Much has been made of Samuel de Champlain and his exploration of the “New World”. Biographical sketches detail his personal life as well as his professional legacies concerning the settlement of what would become Canada. Unfortunately similar biographies are rare for those Indigenous people who encountered Champlain and his European counterparts. Consequently current histories continue to neglect the lesser known “dreams” of First Nation Leaders and their legacies.

Dr Kathryn Labelle’s talk offers a unique opportunity to counter this trend and discover the significant story story of Chief Aenon of the Wendat Bear Nation. As a skillful diplomat and advocate for his people, Labelle uses Aenon’s Biography to create a more nuanced depiction of the 17th century Wendat Country (Huronia).

Friday May 8th, 2015 at 5:30 PM at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre, in Midland, Ontario. 

Join us as we hear Dr. Kathryn Labelle speak on Chief Aenon’s Dream: Confronting Champlain’s Legacy In 17th Century Wendat Country. Dr. Labelle is an Assistant Professor of Aboriginal history at the University of Saskatchewan and an adopted member of the Wyandot Nation of Kansas.  She is the Author of “Dispersed but not Destroyed” also available for purchase at the Huronia Museum.

Buy tickets at the Huronia Museum or online at http://www.shopmidland.com/HuroniaMuseum



Glow In The Dark Easter Egg Hunt


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It is time for the 5th Annual Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt!

This year we will be holding it on Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 1 to 3 PM.  Admission is $1 and a non-perishable food item per participant.

The hunt is held in the main gallery of the museum.  Entrance is limited so that we don’t have any over crowding in the dark, so you may have to line up for a few minutes.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Instructions on how to complete the hunt will be given at the time of entrance.

All participants will go home with a prize.

This fun and unique event is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Midland Lions Club, our fantastic partner for the last 5 years!

Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe 1955 March 8th to the 15th

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TV Comes to Town This Week
Entertainment you couldn’t buy for $10.00 a night now in your own home at 12 cents a day. See and hear it first in the Midland Armory this Friday and Saturday then in your own home. The Midland Rotary Club TV Show will showcase the local TV dealers, the new Tower TV system and raise money for the new hospital. Admission 50 cents for adults 25 cents for children with special shows for elementary school children.
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Crowd of people seated at the Midland Armory watching televisions on display by numerous local TV dealers. Advertising banners on the wall for James Bath selling Fleetwood TV, Herb Beauchamp Radio & Television and Eplett’s TV Sales & Service. New Tower TV cables being installed on Yonge Street by Bell Telephone under contract.
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Hundreds attend 50th Anniversary of Mr. & Mrs. Isaac Larmand of Victoria Harbour. Mr. Larmand (1881 t0 1965) was a river log driver for the Georgian Bay Lumber Company, carpenter and CPR elevator worker. Mrs. Larmand was Clarina Bressette (1886 to 1974) daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Edmond Bressette, farmer in the Port Severn area. They were married in the Roman Catholic Church in Port Severn, “It looked just as old then as it does now” said Mr. Larmand. The couple had four boys and four girls.

Local Union Leaders Support Fund Drive
James Dempsey, president of the International Longshoremen’s Association pledges the officers and members are ready to support the fundraising drive to the best of their ability. Lachie Calder, secretary of Georgian Bay Lodge No. 976, AFL Brotherhood of Railway Freight Handlers, Express and Station Employees and Steamship Clerks added, “Our members are fully behind the new hospital”. Maurice Latour president of local 4696, United Steel Workers of America says ” we are right behind you in the forthcoming campaign to raise funds for the hospital.

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Car dealers represented at the annual Jaycees car show at the Midland Armory. Gordon Boyd, Lloyd Murday, Alvin “Cuppy” Gropp, Ray Smith, Bev Keefe and Harold Warman. Mr. Smith is the president of the JC’s.
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Fresh from an upset victory over the Aurora Bears in a five game series, Midland Red Wings prepare for a seven game series against the Collingwood for the Georgian Bay group championship. Garnet & Clare Armstrong and Ernie Cowden.

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Intact after winning a five game series with the Parry Sound Shamrocks, the Midland Monarchs prepare for a seven game final series with Meaford. Front, Don Scott, Charlie Scott, Morley Spiker, Chuck Edwards, Babe Deschamps and Murray Yorke. Back, manager Jack Vallier coach, Jim O’Hearn, Jim Green, Bruce Hook, Marty Desroches, Pete Switzer, Ray Collings, Jack LaChapelle and Stan Ritchie. Stick boy is Bob Jackson.

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A group of Midland Captains meeting at the Georgian Hotel to plan fundraising among mariners to aid in the addition to St. Andrew’s Hospital. Captains, Harvey Ambeau, Dick Simpell, Don Wilson, Frank Harpell, Cliff Armstrong, Ward White, and Dalton Hudson.

Daniell’s Welding Service receives contract from the Hydro Electric Power Commission (Hydro One) to construct two scows to be used in connection with the extension of hydro services through the Georgian Bay and Muskoka regions. The total cost will be around $10,000.0 and will employ five men. One will be a landing scow, 35 x 12 x 3 feet in size, the other will be 40 x 20 x 4 feet and will be used to construct a bunkhouse to accommodate staff working up the shore.
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Sixth Street School students and staff hold an open house to celebrate Education Week, Grade 3 student Paul Ruston and teacher Mrs. F. Marshall point to welcome sign.
Marjorie Blyth, Gail Kettle, Janice Gilson, Beverly Scott and Darlene Lowes, senior students greetings visitors.
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Johnny Simpson, son of Mr. & Mrs. Jack Simpson, Russell Street, is too young for school but finds the Indian display very interesting. Grade 2 teacher Mrs. Robert (Florence) Bell looks on.

  • Budget of Ontario Department of Lands & Forests includes funds to develop 1300 acre Tiny Marsh as a bird protection program.
  • Million dollar addition to Oak Ridges hospital in provincial budget for Penetang
  • WGR-TV of Buffalo to broadcast Rotary TV Show this weekend at Armouries – You may be on TV
  • George Dudley remembers seeing closed circuit TV demonstration between Walker Stores and the Capitol Theater 20 years ago
  • Runaway car kills 5 year old local girl on Penetang main street
  • Famed 1833 grist mill in Coldwater switches to electric power after Hurricane Hazel
  • Tiny Township clamps down on improper garbage containers, one warning will be given then both container and garbage will go in the truck
  • Owen Sound in negotiations to sell their town hall to Loblaws

Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe March1st to March 7th 1955 (Double click photos to enlarge)

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March In Like A Lamb
March came in like a frisky lamb yesterday in the North Simcoe district. A mild spell which set in at the weekend continues to whittle away the deep snow, which several veterans say is the heaviest to blanket the area in some years.

Two Anglers Near Victims of Coal Gas
Harold Fox, 121 Elizabeth St. and Alex Smith of 101 Bay St. spent most of the morning in their ice fishing shack off the Century Coal Dock, “I’m beginning to feel drowsy, I think I will pack up and go home” Fox told his companion. As soon as the two stepped outside they both became dizzy and it was some time before they were able to make their way to the coal dock office for help. Gas from the soft coal they were burning had collected in the enclosed shack and nearly overcome the two men.

Loblaws Buy Town Hall for New Store
Loblaws has paid the corporation of Midland $45,000.00 for the present town hall property at King and Elizabeth Streets, the deal closes at the end of December.

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 A veteran and two new masters.
Veteran Captain Robert Mitchell of Port McNicoll, instructor with the Midland Marine School  and Donald H. MacFarland of Port McNicoll, left, John Simpell of Midland on the right. Both men have received their masters ticket in recent examinations.
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Contestants in the Midland Lion’s Club senior oratorical contest after delivering their prepared and impromptu addresses in the Midland District High School auditorium. Barbara Johnston, Martine Gouett, Barbara Leclair and Margaret Lavigne. Back row, Dean Nicholls, Ken Grant, Wayne Parker and Guy Johnstone. Martine Gouett and Ken Grant were the winners.
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CNR 7470 lays helpless behind the CSL elevator while local efforts to right her have failed and a crane will be brought in from Allandale. This locomotive was built for the Grand Trunk Railway in 1921 by the Canadian Locomotive Company as their 1795. It is an 0-6-0 type which is intended for heavy switching assignments such as moving long cuts of heavily laden grain cars. The unit still exists (2015) in working order as an excursion engine at the Conway Scenic Railroad at North Conway, New Hampshire. Follow the link to see her operating in 2015.

Heavier wheat export sales result in all bulk carriers fitting out for spring rush.
Heavy rush of grain to the bay ports is likely to ease local unemployment. Unlike last year when local elevators were relatively full this spring will see almost all local elevators empty. Last year longshoremen and mariners in this district had a slim year with many of the ships laid up most of the season.
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 Winners of the Kelvin Wilcox memorial trophy was this team from the Little League Senior OHA playoff. The overall winners were the Windsor Spitfires beating Owen Sound 3-2 in sudden death overtime. Midland team, left rear, Gordon Reid, Don Wilcox, Coach Newton Henderson, John Bourgeois, Frank Holmes, Harvey Benoit, Tom Brodeur, Rev. J.L. Self, John Armstrong and coach Charlie Scott. Front, Barry Crawford, Bob Hendrikson, Buzz Deschamps, Larry Bonneville and Terry Dumais.

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