JULY 29, 2021 – There seems to be a lot of confusion about the COVD-19 Virus. One minute the WHO is saying to please wear your masks, keep your distance and follow health regulations because the Delta virus is spreading globally. Then on TV you watch a golf tournament inContinue Reading

JULY 15, 2021 – A book of the best of my first 100 columns will soon be published. For more information or to register for a pre-book sale please email at: info@cornwallfreenews.com The sitcom” The Golden Girls” was a very popular show that we all enjoyed. It was funny andContinue Reading

JUNE 28, 2021 – Many years ago the Paragon Motel on Second Street West was a favourite place to swim in their great pool. They also held parties and other gatherings. Recently, a friend, Jack, sent me this article which he found on one of the Cornwall Historic sites. ItContinue Reading

JUNE 11, 2021 – The Pandemic has brought a lot of changes and upset to everyone, not to even mention some of dire consequences. Some seniors are finding the time long although a friend told me that she is now walking outside more often for exercise and to ease someContinue Reading

MAY 24, 2021 – A wonderful Cornwall senior, born in 1916, celebrated her 105th birthday this year on May 6th. Edna Dorey is a lovely lady. When you see her out walking, she is so spry that you would never guess her age. (Photo courtesy of Dorenda Dorey) Edna wasContinue Reading

MAY 6, 2021 – “Spring has sprung. The grass is riz. I wonder where the birdies is?” Well, not around this bird feeder for sure. Bob Katz took this photo watching the big black furry squirrel, manoeuvred himself off a wooden beam to this feeder. He filled himself up withContinue Reading

APRIL 18, 2021 – Sport fans are happy these days with a wide variety of games on TV such as baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer starting soon and for awhile we even had curling. Hate to sound like a kid but hooray!!! Found a handi-note card which has this sketch ofContinue Reading

MARCH 8, 2021 – On television we see the lineups outside the COVID-19 vaccination clinics. Must be a cold wait for some people, seniors included. Our vaccination clinic will be soon opening at the Civic Complex which is a big building and hopefully no one will have to wait outsideContinue Reading

FEBRUARY 23, 2021 – It seems that people are finding all kinds of other things to do during our restriction times because of the COVID 19 virus. One lady told me she actually washed and set her own hair because of the beauty salons closures. Now she ponders, do IContinue Reading

FEBRUARY 11, 2021 – February is a busy month. We just had Ground Hog Day on Feb. 2nd. It was a snowy blowy day but the ground hogs gave their verdict. However, one was “six more weeks of winter” and others, “an early spring”. So…I guess we will have toContinue Reading

JANUARY 24, 2021 – With the new ‘Stay At Home’ restrictions, it is a good time for hobbies or to learn new ones when we have to stay indoors so much. When we were kids one of our favourite hobbies was stamp collecting. Some seniors still have the ones theyContinue Reading

JANUARY 8, 2021 – Beek Lindsay Seniors Residence recently held their annual Christmas food drive to benefit the Food Cupboard at Trinity Anglican Church. There were lots of food donations. A big thank you to Claudette Quesnel for all her work and to all the residents who generously donated foodContinue Reading

By Dawn Ford – All rights reserved. DECEMBER 18, 2020 – Claudette watched her bother as he stared out the window at the blowing snow. She knew him well. He was a year older than her, ten years old, and a very smart little elf. He left the room forContinue Reading

DECEMBER 9, 2020 – Our Jewish friends will be celebrating Hanukkah beginning at sundown December 10th until sundown December 18th. I asked a friend of mine, Sidney Horovitz in Calgary, whom I had gone to school with many moons ago in Cornwall, what Hanukkah celebrations might be like this yearContinue Reading

DECEMBER 3, 2020 – It is wonderful some days to watch the multi-coloured leaves dancing in the wind when a gust sends them twirling and flying up into the air. Sometimes a squirrel will take advantage of the almost bare lawn and scurry around under the flying leaves to findContinue Reading

NOVEMBER 10, 2020 – How would you like to open your back door and find a 3 1/2 – 4 foot Iguana sunbathing on your dock? It happened to a friend Lee Anne’s brother Jeff in Florida recently. Talk about ‘fright night’!! The Iguana has been nicknamed, “Iggy” so heContinue Reading

OCTOBER 16, 2020 – Beak Lindsay Seniors Residence had a very energetic and hard working volunteer gardener this past season, Claudette Quesnel. The tenants said that she was out in the early spring preparing the flower beds for planting. The result was beautiful flowers all summer. The residents were veryContinue Reading

SEPTEMBER 28, 2020 – The Down Memory Lane Project of the Cornwall General Hospital and School of Nursing in on display in The Care Center in the former CGH building. I have a relative who is living in the Care Center now and it is a joy for me, aContinue Reading

AUGUST 19, 2020 – How do you say good bye to someone who has loved you all your life and whom you have loved too?? All of us have experienced it at one time or another but it doesn’t seem to get any easier. Recently my family lost our wonderfulContinue Reading

Remember that wonderful song by Nat King Cole, “Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer”? Sodas, pretzels and beer. Well, not exactly – no beer. When I was growing up you had to be 21 to be served alcohol. Any social circles I was involved in, whether dances, parties orContinue Reading

The Longue Sault Rapids were a big attraction when I was young but were lost to the new St. Lawrence Seaway in 1959. I remember going to Sheik’s Island, west of Cornwall, for picnics. We could see all the rapids by looking over a fenced cliff area. The rapids swirledContinue Reading

Remember the wonderful Roger’s and Hammerstein’s song from Carousel,” June is Busting Out All Over”? It certainly is. No wonder!! April showers brought May flowers. What a wonderful treat to see everything blooming in such an array of gorgeous colours. An artist’s delight. First the small crocuses raised their littleContinue Reading

MAY 24, 2020 – It’s odd how people react to COVID 19. There are those that take it seriously, and those that take it so lightly they compare it to a common flu. What we know is that we don’t know enough about this virus yet. We know we don’tContinue Reading

A very special senior, Edna Dorey, celebrated her 104th. birthday in May. Happy Birthday and all good wishes, Edna. . Distancing is not a very natural thing to do. You automatically go to the person to speak with them. Some hard of hearing seniors are finding that they don’t hearContinue Reading

APRIL 29, 2020 – Beek Lindsay Seniors Residence held their annual Easter Food Drive recently to benefit the Food Cupboard at Trinity Anglican Church. A big thank you to all the tenants who donated to help those in need. A very special thank you to Claudette Quesnel who looked afterContinue Reading

APRIL 15, 2020 – For Marie Beaupre it was an embarrassing moment as she drove up to the drive thru window at a local McDonalds. All she wanted was that secret sauce and delight that is a McDonald’s Big Mac. Being on a limited income this was a treat forContinue Reading

In the next few days Christians will be celebrating Easter and our Jewish friends will be celebrating Passover. It will be the most different Easter and Passover just about all of us will have ever experienced. No church or synagogue services or usual family gatherings. Certainly no Easter Parade anywhere.Continue Reading

March came in like a lamb. Will it go out like a lion?? Have to wait and see. And…Willerton Willy was right – spring officially arrived March 19th. Now just tell “Old Man Winter” that!! I remember the old poem we often said as kids: Spring has sprung, the grassContinue Reading

February has been a busy month so far. First we had Groundhog Day. Wilburton Willy apparently saw his shadow predicting an early spring. However, someone told me that he is only accurate 40% of the time. Guess we better not hold our breath until we see that first Robin. Valentine’sContinue Reading

I’ve been working on this for nearly two weeks as more info and developments keep occurring. As many who have been following this pandemic know it’s evolving and spreading with confirmed cases as close as Montreal. The biggest hurdle for public safety is that people don’t have to be exhibitingContinue Reading

HOUSE FIRE – ONE PERSON INJURED   (SOUTH DUNDAS,ON) – On February 21, 2020 at 3:20 a.m, Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police officers responded to a residential fire on St Lawrence Street, South Dundas Township. Information was provided that there was a person inside the structure. The personContinue Reading

Because of a lack of clear information and what is happening to other members of the ship and the risk of this new and unknown virus we the undersigned at the Government of Canada to place those returning to Canada in secure facilities such as the Air Force Base inContinue Reading

By Jamie Gilcig: Where to we start? Coronovirus is scaring the world. With over 70,000 victims of the flu we are just learning about it. For example when SARS hit it was discovered that drain pipes in apartment complexes played a role in the contagion spreading. Moving victims to BasesContinue Reading

Valentine’s Day is coming up soon. There have been red hearts in lots of the stores for quite awhile. I also have seen some Easter Bunnies. I found this old Valentine sent to me by a young relative some years ago. So cute. Cards are nice but just so youContinue Reading

Soup’s on!! That has a nice delicious sound to it. “Comin’, Ma!” Oops! No! Ma’s not cooking. Twenty chefs are. And…if you want some, go to the Civic Complex on January 21st. in Salons ABC anytime from 11:30am until 2pm. According to information I received from the Alzheimer Society, thereContinue Reading

Editor’s Note: We apologize for the late publication of Dawn’s column due to technical upgrading of the site. The Beek Lindsay Seniors Residence held their annual Christmas Food Drive to benefit the Food Cupboard at Trinity Anglican Church over the Christmas Holidays. In this photo, Pat Marchand is adding someContinue Reading

I received a beautiful 2020 calendar from CNIB Guide Dogs. Wonderful photos of the dogs each month. I went on line to read more about this organization. There are three career options for the dogs: Guide Dogs which are partnered with adults with sight loss, Buddy Dogs are partnered withContinue Reading

With dreams of Santa on the way, children are getting excited. I went on line to learn about how this Santa Claus legend first began. It is traced to a benevolent monk born in Patara, near Myra in modern day Turkey, about 270 AD, Saint Nicholas, a fourth century ChristianContinue Reading