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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Zoe Weber awarded $5,000 Dr. William R. Pellow Masonic Bursary at CHS graduation ceremony

Zoe Weber was the winner of the $5,000 Dr. William R. Pellow Masonic Bursary which was presented to her at the Chapleau High School graduation ceremony in June by Dr. Pellow on behalf of the Chapleau Masons.

Zoe is registered at the University of Ottawa for the 2012-13 acadamic year, full time, in the Honours Bachelor of Science program  with specialization in Human Kinetics. (Kinetics is the branch of physics that deals with the relation of force and changes of motion.)

Dr. Pellow extended congratulations to Zoe.  "Chapleau is so proud of your achievements and all look forward to more good news concerning your advancements."

 The Bursary award this year was increased from $3000 to $5000, to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Chapleau High School.

The Masonic Bursary was established in 1987 by the Masons of Lorne Lodge 622, Chapleau, a registered charity which means that all donations are income tax deductible.  

 Keith McKnight , Arthur Broomhead and Yen Hong presented the first donation to establish this bursary on behalf of Lorne Lodge 622 at a banquet held in Chapleau to honour Dr. Pellow,  Grand Master of Ontario, then with a membership of 85,000.  Post-secondary education is constantly on the front burner and is  just one  of the active programs fostered by the Free Masons. 

 Lorne Lodge will be celebrating 100 years of existence in Chapleau in 2023. The thrust of Masonry is centered around charitable good works. Dr. Pellow is on a committee to establish a CHAIR at Brock University, (St. Catharines), in Masonic Studies within the department of History  and is active in funding the $6,000,000 project.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Chapleau a busy place on many fronts enjoyed 'banner year' with approvals given projects, and others completed in 1972

G. Evans, G. Higuchi, D. Vandal, fr. M.Blais, R. Petrunka, D. Doyle

Forty years ago as 1972 drew to a close, it seems like Chapleau had been a busy place on many fronts with Maggie Costello calling it a "banner year" for the community. 

Approval had been received to replace the horseshoe bridge with a new one plus a pedestrian overpass, and the Ontario Municipal Board had approved a new water treatment plant, a subject of much debate and controversy for many years. Planning was also underway for a landfill disposal site to replace the town dump.

The geared-to-income housing project on Pine Street had been completed, but in the process, the Convent of the Sisters of Ste. Marie, built in 1928, was torn down to make room for it.

Expansion of Chapleau Public School had been substantially completed with only a slight disruption in classes at the start of the school year, and by year end, classes had been moved from the old Chapleau High School to the main school building. Work had also begun on expansion of Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Separate School.

At Chapleau High School, there were more than 400 students, a record. An addition had been completed in 1971 The school had opened in 1966.

On the sports scene, the Chapleau Junior "B' Huskies of the International Junior "B" League had an outstanding year winning eight of 13 league trophies and having Earle Freeborn named Coach of the Year by the league.

During the year, 96 building permits were issued for work valued at $1,707,625 including a new business office for Wesmak Lumber Co. Ltd. on Pine Street and the Northern Pottery plant on Highway 129 as well as new ski chalet.

Service clubs were active with the Chapleau Rotary Club giving great support to the Crippled Children's Fund, its main project,while the Chapleau Lions Club brought the CNIB Mobile Eye Unit to town.

Branch Number 5 of the Royal Canadian Legion conducted the annual Remembrance Day service as well as its annual Safety Week.

The Chapleau Boy Scouts and Girl Guides under the leadership of Manlio Spessot and Valerie Jackson, respectively, hosted a rendezvous at Wakami Lake Provincial Park with about 500 in attendance. 

Under the auspices of the Opportunities for Youth Program there was a very successful summer carnival and other projects, all under the direction of Tom Corston, who was a student at Lakehead University at the time.

There was also a successful Chapleau Winter Carnival.

Fire chief Adam Andrews reported there were no major fires in town or in outlying areas serviced by the local fire department. The Ministry of natural Resources reported there were only 12 forest fires with only 35 acres burned, perhaps a record low.

The Lady Minto Hospital Building Fund grew from about $150,000 to  over $248,000 as a result of an aggressive fund drive. Approval was received from the Ministry of Health to proceed with plans for a new hospital.

Under the presidency of Helen Tebbutt, the Lady Minto Hospital Auxiliary was one of the largest contributors to the building fund, plus making a pledge for more fund raising. 

Chamber of Commerce president Matt Castonguay reported that it continued its active promotion of Chapleau and cooperation with the municipality on projects.

Just for the historical record, the Chapleau Midget "B' hockey team I was coaching made it to the NOHA Finals in Capreol, but were overwhelmed by their opponent. Garry Prusky, who was the team manager, and who was also playing for the Chapleau Junior "B" Huskies and I had some great laughs reminiscing about "the Midgets" at the Chapleau High School Reunion.

George Evans, assistant principal at Chapleau High School, who arrived in 1961, returned from a one year sabbatical, which had included a visit to his beloved Greece. George also resumed his duties as staff advisor to the school chess club.

Rev. Murray Arnill who had been a very popular minister at Trinity United Church for several years and active in many aspects of community life, moved to Kapuskasing. Murray had also established a coffee house in the church basement for the community's youth and it was the place to be on weekends -- for teachers and others too! The coffee house would often continue into the wee hours of the morning around Murray's kitchen table.

In the 1972 municipal election, Terry Way-White was re-elected reeve while F.A. 'Nick' Card, Dr. G.E. Young, Ernie Gilbert -- and me -- were elected to council. 

I am always open to ideas for Chapleau Moments columns so please do not hesitate to contact me, and thanks to all those who have. My email is mj.morris@live.ca

Michael J Morris

Michael J Morris
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