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Happy New Year 2010!

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Olympic Torch Relay (Orangeville & Shelburne) Day 60

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On Monday December 28th, the Olympic Torch will be making it’s way thru Orangeville and the Shelburne area. I will be providing some of the local coverage of the event for the Orangeville Banner. Here are a few of the days images.

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Orangeville’s Town Cryer Clobbers Santa!

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Orangeville’s Town Cryer Clobbers Santa!…Then turns on MP David Tilson to give him his dues for being naughty and not nice, with town Mayor Rob Adams rooting her on! (just kidding couldn’t resist).

Friday night I had an assignment for the Orangeville Banner to cover Santa lighting this seasons Christmas Tree. Here are a few of the images from Friday.

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2009 Remembrance Day Ceremony. Shelburne, Ontario

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Today I was assigned to cover the Remembrance Day Ceremonies here in Shelburne. I was more than happy to take the assignment as I have an affinity for our Veterans, for without them we may not be here today. I arrived early to find the best camera vantage point, and in looking, I ran across an fair number of people from Toronto to Windsor. At first I approached it as another photo assignment, and then when the parade Veterans started to march it hit my emotions full force, tears started to well up in my eyes so that it was getting really hard to focus the camera, I had to take a few deep breaths to regain my composure.
There are roughly 163,500 Canadian Second World War Veterans who are still alive, but with an average age of 86, their population is quickly dwindling.
There is only one surviving Canadian Veteran from the First World War, 109-year-old John Babcock. And as of today we have lost 133 of our finest young men and women in Afghanistan.

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The Army Soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.
‘Step forward now, Soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
My Church have you been true?’
The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
‘No, Lord, I guess I ain’t.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can’t always be a saint.
I’ve had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I’ve been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny,
That wasn’t mine to keep….
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I’ve wept unmanly tears.
I know I don’t deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.
If you’ve a place for me here,
Lord, It needn’t be so grand.
I never expected or had to much,
But if you don’t, I’ll understand.
There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the Soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
‘Step forward now, you Soldier,
You’ve borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven’s streets,
You’ve done your time in Hell.’

~Author Unknown~

If you care to offer the smallest token of recognition and appreciation for the Military, please pass this on and pray for our men and women who have served and are currently serving our country and pray for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.


Sideroads Magazine Winter 2009 Cover

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House9 Hockey Foundation Charity Game

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On Saturday House9 Hockey Foundation held it’s 2nd annual charity game here at the Centre Dufferin Recreation Complex located at 200 Fiddle Park Lane in Shelburne, a not-for-profit organization that helps provide children with the necessary sports equipment and fees required to participate in minor hockey.
NHL players on hand for the event were Aaron Downey (founding member), Darren Helm, Darren McCarty, David Clarkson, Jamie Tardif, Justin Abdelkader, Kyle Quincey, Mark Bell and Patrick O’Sullivan. They faced off against the Shelburne Muskies, ultimately extracting revenge for last years loss, H9H won the game 8-6.

Fatal Accident in Dufferin County

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There was a head on accident on Dufferin County Rd #3 between the 25th and 30th sideroads in Amaranth Township early tonight. One person lost their life, and a second who is in critical condition was airlifted to hospital.

A Twenty-year-old female, her mother 41, and brother 15, were driving along County Road 11 through Amaranth in their BMW convertible on their way to visit relatives in Shelburne Friday evening.

According to police, a southbound Dodge pickup, driven by a 57-year-old man, crossed the centre line and collided head-on with the BMW.

The mother who was from Caledon, was pronounced dead at the scene. The daughter was airlifted to Hamilton General Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries; the son was airlifted to SickKids Hospital in Toronto with serious injuries. He is expected to pull through, police said.

As reported by the Orangeville Banner.

59th Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship

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Here are a couple of images from April Verch‘s show last night. And 3 of the youngest competitors from today.
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Orangeville Summer Dodge Rodeo Tour 2009

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It’s a Green Day

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Yesterday I was asked by Sideroads magazine of Dufferin County, to photograph an assignment for them for the upcoming fall issue. It involved going out to a farm in the Shelburne area to photograph the process of making goat’s milk soap. So I quipped back to the editor “uh huh goat soap on a rope…” yeah yeah I know don’t give up my day job!

If you would like more information on goat soap not on a rope…

You can contact Tracy Mercer at Green Day Farms