Tamarack ’er down!

It was an evening of sheer magic when a crowd of oldtimers showed how Valentine’s Day should be celebrated.
Look for it to happen again and again now that the local Volunteer Bureau, Seniors’ Coalition, and Good Neighbours Council have proved that love indeed can seem eternal.
This was a shot in the dark for the planners. Who would have expected that folks up to 85 could kick up their heels as we saw Saturday night in the old CN station, which was such an appropriate, if somewhat crowded, setting?
It was a smash event from the moment energetic Nelly Shybyski hit the floor, and Bob Wepruk grabbed his guitar to sing with Marv’s Pinetoppers and someone yelled out “tamarack ’er down!”
Although there wasn’t a square dance all evening–these merry-makers preferred “round dances”–caller Boris Katerick was invited to put a professional spin on the circle two-steps.
You might have noticed a Lindy hop or two, and quite a bit of twisting, as this sweetheart brigade showed what good times used to mean, and onlookers could easily believe this was the start of something pretty terrific.
There were munchies, punch, and cake on every table–and hardly enough tables.
Look for this gang (55 and older, remember!) to get together again at Rainycrest next Wednesday, but the fun has just begun. The old times were mostly good times and these people are going to convince everyone else.
Congratulations Volunteer Queen Joan and her committees, and please remember to keep ’em going!
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Get hold of James Andrews’ new book, “Mountain Pilots,” if you enjoy modern adventure stories which run all through it, much in the style of Jules Verne.
Only Jim writes somewhat in the vernacular of the old west–sort of John Wayne with wings. His pilot friends are seeking oil and uranium in the Colorado mountains. He knew them all, including the “Uranium King” Charlie Steen, who struck a $300,000 bonanza in the “four corners country” after existing on jackrabbits and worse for many months.
Now Andrews’ old flying buddies are lining up to get their copies. He can be contacted at P.O. Box 57, Devlin, Ont.
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Florence Bonner’s daughter, Penny S. Bonner, is a lady lawyer really going places! She has just joined the Ogilvy Renault firm at Toronto in its business law group.
She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1980, focusing on food and drug laws. She also lectures at national and international conferences.
Her law firm, founded in 1879, has offices across Canada as well as London, England.
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We cannot imagine why parking meters confront taxpayers and other municipal customers at the town hall after being banished almost everywhere else. Is there any need for extra aggravation when you go to pay your taxes?
The meters are still found in some other odd places, such as outside Sister Kennedy Centre.
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As a former mayor, Dick Lyons could sympathize with old explorer Jacques de Noyan. When Jacques landed his coureur du bois paddles at Point Park, there was rain for day after day until his crew almost mutinied to get going somewhere else.
Their leader stood up on a stump to make a speech.
“I get you out of here tomorrow,” he promised. “You be happy den. You be Dry-den!”
Aw, come on Dick!

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