6:30 a.m., June 25)
Canada Day celebrations fill void left by Petrie Island
By Fred Sherwin
Greater Orléans Canada Celebration maybe no more,
but a handful of local parties will do their best to fill
the void, starting with a 10-year-old celebrartion in
the east end community of Vars.
just 20 minutes to the south east of Orléans, Vars
has been celebrating Canada's birthday since 2006 with
a combination of children's activities and family entertainment
capped by a magnificent fireworks display.
celebration takes place in two different locations. The
children's activities will be held in Alcide Park from
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. along with a BBQ and other food concessions.
fun will shift to a field at the corner of Divine and
Sand Roads at 4 p.m. where a series of bands including
Road House will provide the musical entertainment leading
up to the fireworks shortly after 10 p.m. A cash bar and
food concessions will also be available on site.
get to Vars from Orléans, take Innes Road east
to Frank Kenny Road and then drive south until you hit
Divine Road. Turn left and it will take you into Vars.
Turn right if you want to go to Sands Road.
to the west, the Blackburn Community Association will
be hosting a community Canada Day celebration with children
activities starting at 7 p.m. at the Blackburn Community
Hall on Glen Park Drive followed by fireworks.
Cumberland Heritage Village Museum in Cumberland Village
has a number of activities planned for today as well with
the focus on family entertainment.
while there won't be a major celebration on Petrie Island
this year, the folks at the Bananas Grill & Rum Shack
next to the lifeguard building plans to have entertainment
all day and into the evening with some of the best DJs
in the east end.
afield, Clarence-Rockland will once again be holding their
annual Canada Day celebration in Du Moulin Park. Things
kick off with a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon
followed by the opening ceremonies.
Rockland Community Band will perform from 12:30 p.m. to
1;30 p.m., while childen can play on the inflatable rides
and have their faces painted from noon to 5 p.m.
entertainment will also be provided from 6 p.m. to 10
p.m. featuring the Junkyard Symphony, Héloise Yelle,
and the Roak Junkies, followed by the fireworks display.
weatherman is calling for sunny skies in the earliy part
of the day before things begin clouding over after noon.
18-year-old Chartrand was parked by the curb when the
accident occurred at around 6:30 a.m. She was treated
for a brain contusion and is expected to make a full recovery
after a period of rehabilitation.
mother Amélie is also back at work at her furniture
and craft store in Blackburn Hamlet after standing vigil
at her daughters bedside along with Camille's father
Patrick and her younger sister Melodie.
Paine, 23, has been charged with impaired driving causing
bodily harm, driving with more than 80 mg of alcohol per
100 ml of blood and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
causing bodily harm.
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