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CommuniTree CONFERENCE from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Just Food Farm, Big Red Barn, 2nd floor - 2391 Pepin Court in Blackburn Hamlet. Check in and registration at 8 a.m. The Conference will include various panels, a networking break and a tour of a Community Food Forest. This is an opportunity for community members to share tree-related stories, data and projects and provide attendees with new ideas, information and resources to carry out tree-related initiatives in their communities.

HALLOWE'EN HIJINX from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum. A day of family-friendly Halloween fun at the museum! Wear your costume and explore the origins of Halloween traditions as you collect some yummy treats along the way. Complete a scavenger hunt, create your own masquerade mask and more! Cost: $19.75 per family (2 adults + children); $7.75 adults; $5.50 seniors, children and students. Children 5 and under are free.

THE GLOUCESTER HISTORICAL SOCIETY will present a talk by military historian Captain Steven Dieter entitled “From Normandy to the Scheldt.” This will take place at 2 p.m. at the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood, and will include a guided tour of the National Military Cemetery for those who wish to take it. Admission is free.

ORLEANS COMMUNITY SPAGHETTI SUPPER AND SILENT AUCTION hosted by the Orléans Lions Club from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the basement of St. Joseph Church, 2757 St. Joseph Blvd. Tickets: Adults $13 ; Children under 12 $5 available at th door or in advance from members or by sending an e-mail to (or call Lion Jean Paul at 613-830-7035). Tickets include spaghetti and freshly made sauce with buns, dessert, tea and coffee. Cash bar. All profits to support Camp Banting, a summer camp for kids with diabetes.


Dapo Fun Day celebrates legacy of Blackburn teen
By Fred Sherwin
Aug. 22, 2019

The Agoro family recently got together with a few of their friends, members of the Ottawa Police Service and local dignitaries to celebrate the legacy of their son and brother Oladapo Agoro, who was stabbed to death while trying to break up a fight in a downtown dance club in June 2012.

Agoro was just 19 at the time and had just bought a new suit for his graduation dance at Lester B. Person Catholic High School.

A talented soccer player, he was considered by many of his friends and the Lester B. Pearson staff as a peer counsellor and a peacemaker.

It was that desire to keep the peace that spurred him to try and break up a fight between a friend and a young man at a Rideau Street dance club on June 8, 2002.

Another man, seeing that his friend was outnumbered, entered the scene with a knife and stabbed Agoro four times, causing his death.

Agoro’s murderer was sentenced to 12 years in prison after being found guilty not once, but twice, after being granted a retrial in 2008.

Following his tragic death in 2002, Dapo’s family organized the very first Dapo Fun Day in Blackburn Park.

A year later they formed the Dapo Agoro Foundation for Peace which promotes non-violent conflict resolution and gives out a bursary ever year to the student at Lester B. Pearson who best exemplifies the traits espoused by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which Dapo tried to live up to each and every day during his short life.

A little bit of rain failed dampen the spirits of this year’s participants. When the skies opened up they simply moved the festivities inside the Blackburn Community Hall and when the sun popped out again the party was moved back outside where everyone enjoyed barbecued hot dogs and hamburgers while listening to music provided by a live DJ.

The opening ceremonies were attended by Orléans MPP Marie-France Lalonde and Innes Ward Coun. Laura Dudas

The Dapo Fun Day is held every year on the third Saturday in August in the Blackburn Park on Glen Park Drive.

For more information about the Dapo Agoro Foundation for Peace visit

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)



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