‘Millennium Bug’ to promote reunion

A “millennium bug” will be spreading reunion fever across town until July.
Well, a yellow 1975 Volkswagen, that is.
The “Bug” was unveiled outside Fort Frances High School last Thursday by the FFHS Millennium Reunion committee to promote the July 7-9 event.
“The big purpose of the bug is to remind people of the reunion and get people signed up,” noted committee chair Mark Kowalchuk. “We’re going to be doing many promotional appearances with it and get up the anticipation for this July.”
Purchased from a private owner in Emo, the car has had a lot of work done to it over the past several months. First, the car, which originally was black, was painted Predator Yellow courtesy of Ray Bujold of West End Motors and his son, Mark.
The car also is covered with several decals. Besides the prominent “FFHS 2000” and “Millennium Bug” ones, another promotes the OFSAA 2000 girls’ soccer championships coming here May 31-June 3.
Others acknowledge West End Motors, Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving (OSAID), and teacher Scott Doherty’s Bear Pass Graphics, who designed all the decals.
A large Pepsi logo flanks each of the bug’s side rear windows, along with the classic Pepsi slogan, “Come alive! You’re in the Pepsi Generation.”
Pepsi is a major sponsor of the 2000 FFHS reunion.
And, as a nod to Kowalchuk’s high school days, a small peace sign is on the car’s rear. “That’s from my generation,” he remarked.
The car also sports has black and white “cow skin” seat covers. “Norm Guenette, Bill Fisher, and I were in Willowdale and when I saw these, I said, ‘We’ve got to have these,’” Kowalchuk said.
Besides being seen around town, the “Bug” will appear at OFSAA as well as a reunion barbecue at M&M Meat Shops on June 10.
And Kowalchuk admitted this may be a hard “bug” to shake after the reunion. “I’m going to hold onto it for a while. I think it will have life beyond the reunion,” he smiled.