February and Continuous Events and Event Calendars!
For Throwback Thursday #TBT we go back 100 years to 1915 and another High School Reunion.
In 1915 there was also High School reunion in our town. At that time the Brighton High School was located at Prince Edward Street, in the neighborhood where currently The Bargain Shop is. Shortly afterwards the school was sold.
Mr. Cheer (Grandfather of Rose Ellery) bought the school in 1916 for $1,000 and renovated it into a family home. The High school students were moved to the area of the now Brighton Public School and moved into their current school, ENSS, in 1955.
Thanks to Rose Ellery!
I decided to go to the budget meeting this morning because I wanted to hear the Bay Of Quinte's presentation.
Last budget meeting, Council decided to keep funding BOQ Tourism but not BOQ Living. I guess in light of discussions about a new Economic Development officer, Quinte Economic Development was also making a presentation.
Keep your eyes open for the new (TV) campaign promoting the Bay of Quinte.
Here the links about Brighton on their websites!
R.Green, representative of the "Guardian of Presqu'ile Bay", did also a presentation for extra funding. The intent has been given to grant them $1,500.
I left after the Library Board was asked to provide a new budget at the next meeting because most councillors felt uncomfortable granting them the increase they requested in the current budget.
This weekend I went to Gosport and Presqu’ile to update the ice fishing and ice volcanoes pictures.
When we arrived in the late afternoon at Gosport we noticed the parking lot of the Bay Street Marina was full. There were (roughly guessed)... 20 huts spread over the area with cars parked next to it and an ATV driving on the ice, a family was preparing for a game of ice hockey and a group of kids age 6-14 were “hanging out”, being kids. It was better than a movie scene of small town winter living, because it was real.
A Family Ice Fishing Derby will be held at Gosport February 16.
I did not take pictures of the kids or the family, but if you want to see how much “village” certain parts of Brighton still are, I recommend taking a drive down to Gosport on a beautiful winter afternoon!
At Presqu’ile the ice volcanoes keep growing. It seems that in contrast of last year, there are more individual ice chunks. Also this time it was not our reason for our visit, the ice volcanoes, which got our attention, but the waterfowl, the diving ducks; obviously we arrived at feeding time. Different places we found quite large flocks (+30) of ducks. We had to zoom in to take the pictures so the quality is poor.
Brighton is a special place year round! I never know what I find when I go out and about in our Municipality
It has come to my attention that the Brighton Legion Branch 100 “Winterlude” flyers are highly collectible for certain people (person). wink emoticon
The Legion Winterlude is an evening of dinner and dance and everyone is welcome. Although ...the flyers of Winterlude don’t stay long on the boards, tickets for the event are still available and the Winterlude at the Legion is very much a go ahead.
This piqued my interest and I went searching for more information about the Legion and their recent accomplishments and importance to the community.
1) Their schedule is busy. They have daily activities that are well attended and more people are always welcome. The activities include Zumba, Line Dancing, Darts, Yoga, Meat Draw and many more.
2) For local schools they hold contests, like the Remembrance Day poster and Literary Contest and on March 8 there will be a Public Speaking Contest.
3) The Legion has a Ladies Auxiliary group known for their “famous applecrisp” during applefest. They cater weddings, anniversaries, funerals, Christmas dinners and other events.
4) The Army Cadets Corps 100 (meet Mondays at ENSS) and the Brighton Legion Highlanders are all part of the Brighton Legion Branch 100.
5) In 2014 the candle light vigil, poppy campaign and Remembrance Day celebrations were exceptionally well supported by our community. They had to order 3,000 extra poppies and for the first time sold all their candles. Also in 2014 Comrade Wilf Pound received the “Knight of the French National Order of the Legion of Honour”.
6) The Legion, like so many volunteer organizations, is in need of more active volunteers, some of them for their Executive Committee to take active leadership roles. I hope people will come forward and keep this important organization to our community active.
Here a video of the building of the New Cenotaph and some info about Cenotaph
The Legion is on FB
https://www.facebook.com/BrightonLegion/timeline See More
Two related Brighton History stories: The Old Percy Road and the Breakaway!
Dan Buchanan “The History Guy” will bring us back to the early 1850’s and how “The Breakaway” changed north of the 401.
THE OLD PERCY ROAD
Driving to Codrington today? As you drive along Number 30 Highway, remember that in the 1850s this road replaced The Old Percy Road which had been damaged by the flood of The Breakaway. The old road had served as the main north-south route since early in the 1800s. Its southern terminus was Percy Street on Number 2 Highway west of Brighton and it went all the way to Norham, traversing what is now The Goodrich-Loomis Conservation area where numerous mills took advantage of the excellent water power of Cole Creek.
An historical plaque was installed near Breakaway Creek north of Hilton in 2014. As you stand there by the plaque, think of a wall of water cascading down the creek valley from the west. Then think of Lewis Shearer and Joseph Herrington working in the saw mill a short distance east of where you stand. The mill was destroyed and the men died. But, on a positive note, The Brighton and Seymour Gravel Road was built to replace The Old Percy Road which was seriously damaged by the flood. This new road would become Number 30 Highway.
To learn more about “The Breakaway” an October 2014 presentation from Dan, detailing “The Breakaway”. http://www.treesbydan.com/The%20Breakaway.pdf
This website gives another short explanation of “The Breakaway”. http://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC4PBEH_the-hilton-breakaway?guid=5f707091-79f0-4baf-8fae-b90c6530a255
Brighton History Open House and Heritage Tea will be held on February 19th, 21 and 22 at King Edward Community Centre!
Some tidbits of information!
Did you know
1) ENSS students are in Africa? Recently they had a great breakfast and painted the classrooms! http://adgo.ca/journeyofhope/?p=682
2) Dee Gordon, "Walk to Ottawa" made a stop for lunch in our town while on her way to Ottawa? With walking to Ottawa she is creating awareness for Autism. She is lobbying for better aid for families affected by ASD. She would like to have 1milion signatures, to give to the Federal government.
Her petition can be signed at the Municipal Office. She made a 46" video of her visit to our town and sounded happy to have met our Mayor. https://www.facebook.com/groups/WalkToOttawa/permalink/1545627719019754/
3) 89 units were collected at the last blood donor clinic? The next one is February 27!
4) Ron Waddling is recognized as a "Distinguished Alumnus" of the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board? It's in their Director's Report p.9 http://kprcontentlibrary.kprdsb.ca:8080/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-8753/KPRDSB_AR14_mid%20res.pdf
5) Spring Valley Public School is holding a survey about the need of a Before and After School Program in September 2015?
6) Brighton is located at Presqu’ile Bay and connected by the Murray Canal to the Bay Of Quinte?
7) the Legion's poppy campaign realized just shy of $18,000? They sold all the vigil candles (first time ever) and had to order an additional 3,000 poppies in 2014.
8) the Legion is in need of active volunteers to keep the Legion viable for the future?
I went to the Downtown Revitalization Project Information Session this afternoon! NorthumberlandView.ca recorded the event. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoJNu1C7z_s&feature=youtu.be
The next step in this project is for people and businesses to complete a survey.
Pictures of the event!
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