Evelyn Watkinson Moore.
McKellar Township Coun. Tamara Black, left, presents the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal to Evelyn Watkinson Moore.
Evelyn Watkins Moore – Diamond Jubilee
The following is from the presentation of the Diamond Jubilee Medal to Evelyn Watkins Moore.
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension the throne as Queen of Canada. The Jubilee Medal is a way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. One such deserving Canadian is a local McKellar resident, Evelyn Watkins Moore.
Evelyn Moore was born on December 6, 1921 and has resided in the Township of McKellar for more than 91 years.
She grew up on one of the original McKellar farms, which remains an active farm in the Moore family. She married Ken Moore and raised six children while working as a nurse in Parry Sound.
She is now the mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother to more than 70 family members.
Over the years Evelyn has served this community in many ways. She has been a member of the Women’s Institute and a member of the United Church Women. She was a member of the organizing committee for the 125th anniversary of the McKellar United Church, and was instrumental in ensuring that our cenotaph included the names of all of our local soldiers.
She was a 4-H leader, and for many years she was the author of the McKellar News column. Evelyn was also the recipient of one of the first Senior of the Year awards presented by the province through this township.
Perhaps her most notable contribution to our community has been her tireless work in ensuring the preservation and distribution of McKellar’s history. She single-handedly created and ran the former McKellar Museum in what is now her home. She is the author of McKellar Memories, the go-to reference book for our local history.
She has undertaken many, many projects to compile historical information such as the documentation of several local family histories, and the histories of our local soldiers.
As our local historian she was featured in the historical video production for the Parry Sound, Rooted in Stone, and she was of course the inspiration for, and a key contributor to the successful creation of the Evelyn Watkins Moore Heritage Room. She continues to regularly receive phone calls and correspondence from all over the world, from those who are looking for information about their historical ties to McKellar.
It is a rare day when you can drop in for a visit at Evelyn’s house and not find her historical documents spread out across her kitchen table as she works away on her latest project.
Without Evelyn’s incredible contributions to our community, we would certainly not have access to such a wealth of local historical information and artifacts. She, through her personal efforts, has become an integral part of the township’s heritage.
Easter season at McKellar United Church
Here are the dates for services and events during the 2013 Easter season: Palm Sunday service will be offered at both churches, at usual service times; Maundy Thursday will be on March 28 at 7 p.m. at the McKellar United Church; Good Friday, on March 29, will start by meeting at the Dunchurch Community Centre at 10:30 a.m., and a walk to the Dunchurch Knox Church for service at 11 a.m.; Easter Sunday is on March 31 and services will be offered at both churches; on April 14, the Orillia Silver Band will visit both churches: 9:30 a.m. at McKellar United Church and 11 a.m. at the Dunchurch Knox Church.
McKellar Sunshine Club
McKellar Sunshine Seniors euchre winners on Thursday, Feb. 14 were: first, Pauline Jack, second, Leslie Mitchener and third, Marlene Francis. Bev Church won for most lone hands.
Carpet bowling winners were Vivian Smith, Maria Fedchak, Margaret Hutchinson and Audrey Jones.
A regular euchre tournament has been scheduled for Thursday, March 7. There will be big money prizes, lucky draws, share-the-wealth and a silent auction.
Call Margaret at 705-389-1264 to register.
The McKellar Walkfit Group
Well they’ve arrived. After 7.6 million collective steps, Victoria BC was “reached” in their trek across Canada. They range from three-and-a-half months (little steps) to 90 years in age and are in better shape for this. The trip was great fun in that while walking, stories and ideas were shared. The collective next challenge is Whitehorse Yukon then to be followed by “walking to” all the capitol cities of the remaining provinces and territories. Come join us in our trek to better health in the comforts of the McKellar Community Centre each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 to 11 a.m.
After Canada then we tackle the world with no need for passports.
Eighteen Gardenview Drive Is no longer the seasonal home it used to be. What once was a beautiful building is now charred ashes mixed with the skeletal remains outlining the circumference of a poured basement foundation.
The neighbour who phoned in the fire to local volunteer firefighters explained the image of the fire seemed surreal in that what remained at the time of the call Wednesday morning was a peripheral outline of the exterior walls burning slightly above the foundation.
Joe Cramer, first responder to the site said, “Little remained of the large structure when I arrived as the fire had totally consumed the large one story building.”
Something fishy going on in Whitestone
The Whitestone Rod and Gun Club remind hard water anglers of their ice fishing derby held on March 9 on Whitestone Lake by the Whitestone Lake Resort. The derby gives anglers an opportunity to win a grand prize of $1,000 and an under 16-years-of-age youth prize of $500 for the cost of $50/hole/adult and $20/hole/youth. Start fishing at noon and complete your efforts by 3 p.m. Hamburgers, hotdogs, and hot chocolate are available for purchase while on the ice and also a pancake breakfast.
Last year, thanks to the abundant and supportive sponsors, additional prizes were made available to anglers. Thank you sponsors for your continued support in the Whitestone Rod and Gun Club’s efforts to bring in speckled trout fry into our local lakes for future anglers’ enjoyment. Thus far six lakes have had speckled trout fry introductions with 1,500 introduced last week and an additional 1,000 this week, bringing the total introduction of fry to 9,000.
A double header for Lynch
Yes... he’s returned. Yes...if country and western music is your choice, he’s here with guitar picker Jay Reed and yes .. he’s at two venues, at two separate locations on the same weekend.
If you enjoy up close and personal, join Mike Lynch at the Strawhouse Gallery Friday, March 1 at 8 p.m. on Lakeside Rd and Centre Road in McKellar. Both musicians and audiences say he is the “real thing.”
They, Lynch and Reed, are up from Niagara for two lively evenings of Country. (One gets to wear their new cowboy boots.) And if Friday doesn’t work for you, don’t despair.
Just be ready for the up close and personal at the Ahmic Harbour Hotel in Ahmic Harbour 9 p.m. Saturday, March 2.
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