oxford mills – The North Grenville Times http://www.ngtimes.ca The Voice of North Grenville Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:24:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Clothier Hotel, 9 Water Street, Oxford Mills http://www.ngtimes.ca/clothier-hotel-9-water-street-oxford-mills/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/clothier-hotel-9-water-street-oxford-mills/#comments Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:24:23 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10541 Here is a building that no-one but older residents from Oxford Mills will recognise. It was constructed c 1835 of timber frame and served as a hotel until 1914.  It had a 2nd storey balcony and 1st storey veranda both of which ran the length of the front facade. It was built by Asa Clothier […]

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Here is a building that no-one but older residents from Oxford Mills will recognise. It was constructed c 1835 of timber frame and served as a hotel until 1914.  It had a 2nd storey balcony and 1st storey veranda both of which ran the length of the front facade. It was built by Asa Clothier and was owned by numerous individuals, many of whom also used the property for other businesses, such as shoemaking, over the years. The last hotel keeper was Thomas Warren, who left here and moved to Kemptville, where he ran the White House on the corner of Clothier and Prescott Streets for many years. It was sold to the Loyal Orange Lodge No. 72 in 1915.  The Lodge and Regalia rooms were on the 2nd floor and there was a large hall on the ground floor that saw many community dances, masquerades and dinners. The Hall had its own Band, which played here regularly. From its days as a hotel, there were horse sheds and stables between the Hall and the river. But the old building, with its wood frame construction, was not necessarily the most comfortable place. It took five wood stoves to keep the interior warm.

The Lodge had as many as seventy members at one time. The Lodge ‘went into darkness’ in the 1970s and the library operated from the first floor. The building was owned by Harold and Bernie Patterson for many years, from which they operated their electrical and plumbing business, before it was bought by Gerry and Debbie VanGurp. They transformed the building into Olde Porch Primitives, and it is completely unrecognisable from the old hotel. It is now preserved for another century through their work.

In the original plan for the Village of Oxford Mills, a road allowance ran to the north of this property, from Water Street to the river bank. By Street, as it was to be called, remains an unopened road allowance today, and is marked by the Canada Post post boxes standing on that side of the road.

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Thanks to all who brought the Spirit of Christmas to Oxford Mills http://www.ngtimes.ca/thanks-brought-spirit-christmas-oxford-mills/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/thanks-brought-spirit-christmas-oxford-mills/#respond Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:25:11 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10182 The Oxford Mills Community Association (OMCA) extends heartfelt thanks to all those who helped to bring the “Spirit of Christmas” to the hamlet of Oxford Mills on December 1 and 2. The Oxford Mills Sisterhood of Guiding kicked off the celebrations on Friday evening by leading everyone in Christmas carols. Gerry and Debbie Van Gurp, […]

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The Oxford Mills Community Association (OMCA) extends heartfelt thanks to all those who helped to bring the “Spirit of Christmas” to the hamlet of Oxford Mills on December 1 and 2.

The Oxford Mills Sisterhood of Guiding kicked off the celebrations on Friday evening by leading everyone in Christmas carols. Gerry and Debbie Van Gurp, who have been faithful supporters of the community, had the honour of lighting the tree. The doors of Maplewood Hall were thrown open and hot drinks and pastries were served while Santa took requests from the youngsters

A party of judges then hit the road to view the bright and colourful Christmas decorations in the surrounding area. Many houses deserved consideration, but in the end the first prize of a $50 gift certificate was awarded to Kelly Maric; a $30 prize went to the Boyer-Shanahan household; and two $20 certificates were given to the Davidson Family and the Presseau-Culbert household.

Santa Claus was the guest of honour at a free pancake breakfast at the Oxford Mills United Church on Saturday morning. Volunteers from the North Grenville Scouts and the OMCA served pancakes, sausages and drinks to more than 160 people. Special thanks to Erick LePors, of Dial-a-Chef, for donating sausages, kitchen supplies, and his time.

A Craft Fair of local vendors took place at Maplewood Hall on Saturday. The Hall was packed with shoppers looking for those special handmade Christmas gifts, and they were not disappointed. Patrons enjoyed barrel fires supervised by the North Grenville Fire Department, hot soup from the Brigadoon Restaurant in Oxford Mills, and fresh baked buns from Grahame’s Bakery in Kemptville.

A big Thank You go to the following community supporters: Brigadoon Restaurant; Erick LePors, Dial a Chef; Gerry and Debbie Van Gurp; Grahame’s Bakery; North Grenville Scouts; Oxford Mills United Church; Oxford Mills Sisterhood of Guiding; the deVette family; the Seguin family; the Clarke family; the Davidson family; Steve and Sylvie Jonsson; The North Grenville Times; Cogeco Cable; the North Grenville Fire Department; Juice FM and The Kemptville Advance.

Special thanks go out to all the local businesses that donated items to our online auction; their support made this wonderful weekend possible. And, of course, to the supporters that come out year after year to celebrate with us in the beautiful village of Oxford Mills.

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Walter Turnbull: Man at the top http://www.ngtimes.ca/walter-turnbull-man-top/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/walter-turnbull-man-top/#respond Wed, 29 Nov 2017 19:13:16 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=9918 Walter James Turnbull probably had one of the more interesting lives of anyone who grew up in Oxford Mills. His mother, Sophronia Williams, came from a long-established family in the village. She met Alexander Turnbull while living in Kingston, where they married in July, 1895. Their first children were born in Kingston, but when Walter […]

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Walter James Turnbull probably had one of the more interesting lives of anyone who grew up in Oxford Mills. His mother, Sophronia Williams, came from a long-established family in the village. She met Alexander Turnbull while living in Kingston, where they married in July, 1895. Their first children were born in Kingston, but when Walter arrived on September 16, 1896, the family had moved to Toronto. Something happened between Sophronia and Alexander, because, by 1901, she and the children were back living in Oxford Mills again, still married, but listed as the Head of the family on the census that year. Alexander remained in Toronto for the rest of his life, working as a time keeper at Massey-Harris.

Walter grew up in Oxford Mills, attending school at Maplewood, and then moving on to the High School in Kemptville. After graduation, he joined the Post Office in Ottawa, first as a clerk in the secretariat branch, and then, when World War broke out in 1914, he moved to the Censorship Office. It was an important move for a young man of 18, but he obviously impressed his superiors. Aside from a term in the Air Force in 1918-1919, Walter rejoined the rapidly expanding Post Office, rising to the position of Director of Public Relations. In 1919, he married Helen Buell Graham of Ottawa, the city where they settled down and raised their two children.

Mackenzie King with members of the party who accompanied him on a visit to Great Britain in August 1941

By the 1930’s, he had caught the eye of Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, who brought him into the Prime Minister’s Office in 1936. By 1939, he was Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, allowing him to witness some of the most important moments in Canada’s struggles during the Second World War. Working for King involved Walter in some tasks which were rather unusual for a public servant.

When King put his support behind the new documentary film-making arm of the government, the National Film Board, Walter found himself acting as liaison between the PMO and the film makers. He talked about visiting New York in 1939, where a film was being put together on behalf of the Canadian war effort. Although not a man with natural musical abilities, he had to correct the musicians who were recording the soundtrack for the film. “As a person with a tin ear, I found it necessary to direct the orchestra in the playing of “O Canada”, because their tempo was wrong. So here was Turnbull up waving his arms trying to get them what I thought was the correct beat”.

Earlier in that same year, Walter was put in charge of press relations for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth during their tour of Canada. This involved him in travelling across the country with the King and Queen in the months before the outbreak of war. As Private Secretary of the Prime Minister, Walter also took a role in the Conferences of Commonwealth leaders which took place in 1941 and 1944, events which cemented the ties between the various countries as they found their places in the overall war effort as sovereign nations.

When King met in Quebec City in 1943 and 1944 with British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill and American president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Walter was there as part of the host delegation, in support of the Canadian Prime Minister, as the three leaders planned for the invasion of Europe, which took place in June the following year.

After the war, Walter continued to serve at international conferences, including the one in 1946 in San Francisco at which the United Nations was formally established. Walter had travelled a very long way from Oxford Mills, and was moving in the highest political and diplomatic circles of his time. He returned to the Post Office after the war, and, in 1946, he was a member of the Canadian delegation to the fourth Congress of the Postal Union of the Americas and Spain held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Closer to home, he represented the Post Office Department at the Universal Postal Union (UPU) conference in New York, organised by the U.N. And, in 1950, he headed the Canadian delegation to the Congress of the Postal Union of the Americas and Spain in Madrid in his capacity as the Deputy Postmaster General of Canada. He headed Canada Post, as we know it, from 1945 until 1957, and was responsible for introducing many technical innovations in the area of air mail service and the mechanical sorting of mail. Even after he retired in 1957, his expertise was called on by Spain and some South American countries, where he reorganised their national postal services.

Walter James Turnbull died in 1987, at the age of 91. Helen had died before him, in 1974. His links to Oxford Mills continue, as his mother, aunt, and two brothers are buried in the Union Cemetery outside the village.

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The Spirit of Christmas in Oxford Mills http://www.ngtimes.ca/spirit-christmas-oxford-mills/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/spirit-christmas-oxford-mills/#respond Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:14:27 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=9607 by Marc Nadeau Get into the Christmas spirit on Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2, at some festive events hosted by the Oxford Mills Community Association. The weekend starts with carolling at 6:30 on Friday evening in front of the historic town hall, led by the Oxford Mills Sisterhood of Guiding. Bring your best […]

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by Marc Nadeau

Get into the Christmas spirit on Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2, at some festive events hosted by the Oxford Mills Community Association. The weekend starts with carolling at 6:30 on Friday evening in front of the historic town hall, led by the Oxford Mills Sisterhood of Guiding. Bring your best voice, your youngsters, and a flashlight to sing in the season.

The Christmas tree will be lit at 7 p.m., after which everyone is welcome to make their way to Maplewood Hall to meet with Santa and enjoy a hot chocolate and home-baked treats. This is a time to meet with friends and neighbours, to socialize, and appreciate the community we live in. At around 8 p.m., judges will tour the hamlet and surrounding area to chose the most beautifully decorated homes.

Come back on Saturday morning at 9:00 for a free pancake breakfast with Santa at the United Church on Water Street. This event is sponsored by Gerry Van Gurp and will be served by the North Grenville Scouts. Sausages generously donated by Erick Le Pors of Dial-a-Chef. Santa Claus will meet with children and adults alike, and review the notes he has been making all year! Get your picture taken with him and earn extra ‘Santa Points’.

Local craftspeople will display their wares both inside and outside Maplewood Hall at the Christmas Craft Sale from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. Visitors can keep warm around the fire barrels that will be ablaze outside, and by purchasing a delicious bowl of soup from the Brigadoon Restaurant. Keep up to date by visiting our Facebook Event page.

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Dock Talk http://www.ngtimes.ca/dock-talk/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/dock-talk/#respond Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:40:15 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=8920 by Marc Nadeau A new dock was all the talk at Maplewood Park in Oxford Mills. Community members gathered to discuss all aspects of establishing a paddlers’ dock above the dam on the South Branch River. Through this brainstorming session, everything from start to a finished dock was considered. Topics included raising sufficient community support, […]

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by Marc Nadeau

A new dock was all the talk at Maplewood Park in Oxford Mills. Community members gathered to discuss all aspects of establishing a paddlers’ dock above the dam on the South Branch River. Through this brainstorming session, everything from start to a finished dock was considered. Topics included raising sufficient community support, design, regulations, and the possible participation of the Municipality.

Naturally, the topic of money was raised, and the need to determine a budget. It was finally agreed that a paddlers’ dock is a worthy community endeavour that requires people and groups to come together to make it happen. Future meetings will be posted in this paper and on the Oxford Mills Community Association Facebook page.

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Attention paddlers and nature lovers http://www.ngtimes.ca/attention-paddlers-nature-lovers/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/attention-paddlers-nature-lovers/#respond Wed, 04 Oct 2017 19:57:59 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=8678 by Marc Nadeau, President, Oxford Mills Community Association An idea is afloat to install a dock on the South Branch of the Rideau River, otherwise known as Kemptville Creek, south of the dam in Oxford Mills. This is the vision of a few of us who now need the ideas and shared enthusiasm of others […]

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by Marc Nadeau, President, Oxford Mills Community Association

An idea is afloat to install a dock on the South Branch of the Rideau River, otherwise known as Kemptville Creek, south of the dam in Oxford Mills. This is the vision of a few of us who now need the ideas and shared enthusiasm of others to make it happen. Please join us for a brainstorming meeting on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 1:00 at either Maplewood Hall or the gazebo in Oxford Mills.

Paddlers can already access the creek in Kemptville near the Prescott Street Bridge and at the Ferguson Forest Centre. Between Oxford Mills and Kemptville, the creek is often only passable during the high waters of March and April. It is a very short window of opportunity to enjoy that stretch of the creek.

But there is untapped potential for paddlers further upstream to get out and explore the beauty of North Grenville. On the other side of the dam in Oxford Mills, the waters are more tranquil and easier to navigate. There are a few points of entry for the venturesome, but no public dock. The challenge lies in carrying a canoe several hundred metres or pushing through reeds and muck.

When these obstacles are overcome, paddlers are transported to a peace and quiet that is filled with the splendour of nature. This is the habitat of a wide variety of birds, otters, beavers, deer and turtles, all cheered on by a chorus of frogs.

As you prepare to put your canoe or kayak away for the winter, please consider dedicating time to help put North Grenville on the Paddling Map.
marc29nadeau@gmail.com.

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Local business raises money for Team Adelaide http://www.ngtimes.ca/local-business-raises-money-team-adelaide/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/local-business-raises-money-team-adelaide/#respond Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:55:00 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=8219 A few years ago, Kathy Enright and Corinne Cote retired as school teachers and directed their energy into their Alpaca Farm, T(h)read Lightly, just outside of Oxford Mills. On retiring, they decided to have a party, calling it the “Life is Good Party”, and asking friends and family to contribute to the fun by donating […]

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A few years ago, Kathy Enright and Corinne Cote retired as school teachers and directed their energy into their Alpaca Farm, T(h)read Lightly, just outside of Oxford Mills. On retiring, they decided to have a party, calling it the “Life is Good Party”, and asking friends and family to contribute to the fun by donating to a worthy cause. The first year was such a success that they decided to host one every year. Neighbours and friends began donating items for silent auctions. Unfortunately, it grew to be too big to hold on their own small farm, so it was relocated to a neighbour’s larger property, the Lavigne farm. At first, they had been raising money for children in Peru, but, for the past few years, all money raised from their event has been allocated to Team Adelaide. This year, they were pleased to present a cheque to Jennifer Hossie, Co-Captain of Team Adelaide, for $1,652.

Team Adelaide is a group of family and friends who have become aware, through personal and family experiences, of how much our local children’s hospitals can change lives, and they gather each year to raise money to give back to those same hospitals. Since they started their efforts on behalf of CHEO in 2013, they have raised more than $53,000, an amazing sum. This year alone, more than $6,000 has been raised so far: $735 through their Garage Sale in June, and the rest through private donations.

The amount raised by Kathy and Corinne will make a huge difference for CHEO, Team Adelaide, and the young people who will need their help.

Special thanks go to:

Dave & Heather Burns
White Paws Canada
Kricklewood
Alpaca Tracks T(h)read Lightly
Dawna Marquette Jewelry
Le Saladier
Bernie & Gary Foster
Ferguson Energy Services
Marty and Carol Lavigne
Dolores Murgatroyd-Williams
Doug & Willy Gordon
Ray & Cathy Finley
Richard & Irene Lavigne
Jabulani Vineyard and Winery
Ian & Sandy Fredette
Feast of Fools Bakery
Margaret MacLennan
Fran Brauneisen
Joe and Joan Tensen
Bill Tibben of Tibben Farms Inc.
Carolyn and Bill Lillico
Ron and Pierette Enright
Music by Starfire

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Team Adelaide walk of celebration http://www.ngtimes.ca/team-adelaide-walk-celebration/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/team-adelaide-walk-celebration/#respond Wed, 02 Aug 2017 19:47:26 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=7652 Join Team Adelaide this Saturday, August 5, at Maplewood Hall in Oxford Mills for a 2 or 5 km walk/run to celebrate raising over $50,000 for children’s hospitals since 2011. Team Adelaide is a group of family and friends who have been witness to how much our local children’s hospitals can change lives, and we […]

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Join Team Adelaide this Saturday, August 5, at Maplewood Hall in Oxford Mills for a 2 or 5 km walk/run to celebrate raising over $50,000 for children’s hospitals since 2011. Team Adelaide is a group of family and friends who have been witness to how much our local children’s hospitals can change lives, and we gather each year to raise money to give back to those same hospitals.

In 2011, inspired by the care received at SickKids Hospital in Toronto, Team Adelaide came together to raise money in support of Children’s Hospitals by joining the Walk for Miracles being held annually at that point.

Adelaide and her family moved to the Ottawa area in 2013, and began their involvement with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). The care and support received there continues to be amazing, and Team Adelaide walked in the Ottawa Walk for Miracles, raising money for CHEO, in both 2013 and 2014.

In 2015, the Walk for Miracles was no longer supported, but we at Team Adelaide still believe that raising money for CHEO is one of the best ways we can give back. We began ‘flying solo’ for the first time, with a walk of our own in August, 2015, and again in August, 2016. Now, in 2017, we are walking in celebration, having surpassed $50,000 raised overall.

We invite and welcome anyone in the community to come and join us for our walk around beautiful Oxford Mills. More information is available on our website (www.teamadelaide.net). We look forward to meeting new neighbours and seeing old friends.

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Gazebo gets support from Sauve Heating & Air Conditioning http://www.ngtimes.ca/gazebo-gets-support-sauve-heating-air-conditioning/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/gazebo-gets-support-sauve-heating-air-conditioning/#respond Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:50:49 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=7495 Ben Sauve of Sauve Heating & Air Conditioning presents a $500 donation to Marc Nadeau, Chair of the Oxford Mills Community Association [OMCA] in front of the Municipality’s new Gazebo in Maplewood Park (with members of the Oxford Mills Community in the background). After two years of talks with the Municipality, the OMCA finally received […]

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Ben Sauve of Sauve Heating & Air Conditioning presents a $500 donation to Marc Nadeau, Chair of the Oxford Mills Community Association [OMCA] in front of the Municipality’s new Gazebo in Maplewood Park (with members of the Oxford Mills Community in the background).

After two years of talks with the Municipality, the OMCA finally received permission to build the Gazebo on behalf of the community on the condition that it met stringent specifications and did not cost the Municipality any money.

OMCA fundraising events this year, including an online crowdfunding campaign, brought them within 85% of their goal of raising approximately $10,000. The gazebo was installed two days before Canada Day.

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Canada Day in Oxford Mills http://www.ngtimes.ca/canada-day-oxford-mills/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/canada-day-oxford-mills/#respond Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:12:10 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=7509 The Oxford Mills Community Association would like to thank those involved in celebrating Canada 150 in Maplewood Park. This includes the sponsors, the volunteers, the musicians, and the contributors to the Silent Auction. The greatest credit goes to the public who were not deterred by the weather and came out and made Canada Day a […]

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The Oxford Mills Community Association would like to thank those involved in celebrating Canada 150 in Maplewood Park. This includes the sponsors, the volunteers, the musicians, and the contributors to the Silent Auction. The greatest credit goes to the public who were not deterred by the weather and came out and made Canada Day a special event.

This year was a particularly special as a new gazebo had just been installed in the park. Thanks to the work of community volunteers and supporters, the park has been enhanced with an attractive focus point.

Canada Day celebrations are made possible by sponsorships offered by individuals and businesses in North Grenville. These include:

The Municipality of North Grenville
TD Graham and Associates
Kemptville Lions Club
Dial a Chef
The North Grenville Times
Class Axe
St. Lawrence Swordfighters Guild
Brigadoon Restaurant
The Municipality of North Grenville, especially Kevin Henry and Doug Scott
Olde Porch Primitives
Samantha Rivet-Stephenson, RBC financial planner
Former Mayor Bill Cameron who made himself available to help

Canada Day in Oxford Mills has become a music event that highlights the local talent, provides a County Fair atmosphere for families, an opportunity to catch up with acquaintances and share our pride in our country. See you next year!

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