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"Eighty years old and almost blind, Alfred Tout of Newmarket is launching a business that he hopes will bring him enough money to buy a house. Alfred has turned his life-long hobby, weaving bamboo furniture, into a full-time job so he can get out of the senior citizens' apartment he and his wife moved into a few years ago. "You can't do anything there (at the seniors' home). You can't hammer, own a dog or cat or anything. Some people might like to sit around and do nothing, but not me." Alfred used to have a workshop in his Bradford home before he moved to Newmarket. He misses the freedom of having his own house..."

Christopher Jackson

A happy Salad Queen

"Donna Ramsay (centre), this year's Salad Festival Queen, receives congratulations from the 1976 queen, Annette Grencer, as fellow contestant Nancy Bergeron (right) applauds. Donna, 18, was elected at the Salad Festival dance Saturday night in the Bradford community centre. She is the daughter of Don and Mary Ramsay of Concession 9, West Gwillimbury, and she plans a career in hotel management. The festival runs from Sunday, June 10, to Sunday, July 17."

Bradford Witness

In the parade

"The car that Henry built. The Ford Model T above was one of several vintage vehicles in the parade at the Bond Head fair on the weekend."

Bradford Witness

Dalston church parishioners re-create the 'good old days'

"Members and visitors at Dalston United Church took a step back in time Sunday. Their minister, Rev. Arnie Chamberlain, dressed in the garb of a circuit preacher. Their church became a log house with no windows, an open doorway, no floor, and walls caked with mud. And their services came from an 1825 Methodist prayer book. Sunday marked the half-way point in a year of celebrations for the church's 150th anniversary. Parishioners and visitors numbering 150, held services in a small tent next to the church on Highway 93 for an old-fashioned tent and picnic meeting..."

Barrie Examiner

Earl Rowe is guest speaker

"Honorable Earl Rowe, former Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, was guest speaker at the Fisher's Corners Womens Institute Meeting January 20. A great supporter of women's institutes, Mr. Rowe spoke to the women and their husbands for about 45 minutes on current issues like the Quebec problem and reminsced about politicking in the area in horse and buggy das. He expressed the need for multi-lingualism in Canada, rather than just bilingualism, explaining that Canada was a land of many nationalities and not just French and English. Well qualified to discuss national affairs, Mr. Rowe said he had personally known and worked with eight of Canada's prime ministers, including Pierre Trudeau. Described as a very warm and down-to-earth person by the women, Mr. Rowe is currently in retirement at his farm near Newton Robinson. He told the group he spends much of his time exercising his horses and reading."

George Jackson

Arnold Meredith displays watch

"Tecumseth Township clerk-treasurer Arnold Meredith displays the watch he was presented in honour of his seven years of service in his present position. Present and former township officials gathered on Monday for the presentation of Mr. Meredith who retires at the end of the month."

George Jackson

Ladies bowling

"The afternoon ladies bowling club held its closing banquet at Humberlea Inn at Nobelton on Thursday evening. Following a delicious roast beef dinner trophies and prizes were presented."

George Jackson

Young and old

"The First Bradford Brownies served tea and cookies to about 70 members of the Gay Sixties senior citizens' club last week. Seven-year-olds Evelyn Schlarb and Libbie Evans did the honors for Lila Proctor (left) and Bertha Langford, both John street residents. The club's upcoming activities include a trip to Barrie on Saturday, a trip to Woodbine raceway July 7, and a picnic at Midhurst in August."

Bradford Witness

Charles Evans named for jubilee medal

"Alex Haley in his recent novel, Roots, aptly illustrated the significance and importance of having a sense of where one has come from. A person who has such a sense of his genealogical history is Charles Evans, Bradford's nominee to receive the jubilee commemorative medal. Dates are special to Mr. Evans because they indicate the changes that have occurred in his family's growth and development since moving into the Bradford area more than a century ago. Mr. Evans is a fifth-generation of the Evans family to live near Bradford."

Ron Parducci

Fun at the county picnic

"Kurt Soderberg and Pat Sincola, members of the Bradford Gay Sixties senior citizens club, get in a game of cards at the Simcoe County Senior Citizens Picnic, held at Springwater Provincial Park in Barrie last week. Program co-ordinator Joyce Moisey said the picnic was a great success with more than 1,200 members taking part."

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