The seventh annual Kinmount and Area Educational Bursary dinner/auction was very successful. This event raised $10 000! The proceeds go into the bursary fund. Local students that live within a 15 km radius of the Kinmount Post Office, if eligible, may apply for a bursary. Details of the Kinmount Bursary application can be found at www.kinmount.ca. The Bursary Committee would like to recognize two of our local service clubs for their continued support of this fundraiser. The Kinmount Legion, Branch 441, presented a cheque in the amount of $2 000. The Lions Club of Kinmount presented a cheque in the amount of $1 500. The Galway Hall continued its commitment to the bursary fundraiser by donating the dinner. Once again, our community demonstrated its support, generosity, and dedication to make this event a success. Thanks to all!
The Galway Hall volunteers put on another excellent dinner. The menu included scalloped potatoes, ham, baked beans, peas and carrots, and coleslaw. Apple crisp and ice cream were for dessert. Volunteerism was alive and well at the Galway Hall. Many volunteers came out on Saturday night in support of this important community initiative.
The month of March has two fundraisers booked at the Galway Hall. On Saturday, March 7th, the Victoria Pony Club hosts its annual event. This year it is a “Visit to the Kentucky Horse Park Dinner/Loonie Auction”. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner of pulled pork, mac and cheese, salad, and dessert is at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. On St. Patrick’s Day, (Tuesday, March 17th), St. Patrick’s Church is hosting a pot-luck supper at 5 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., the Celtic group, “Rhythm and Grace” performs. The dynamic, musical Duketow family is from Lakefield. Don’t miss this evening of song, percussive step-dancing, fiddling, accordion, electric bass guitar, piano, and Irish whistle. What an awesome opportunity to “Go Green” and “Get your Irish On”!
The “Friends of Galway” will meet on Friday, March 20th at 7 p.m. at the Galway Hall. The theme for this meeting is: Words and Expressions from the Past (that are not known and/or used today). Everyone is welcome.
Looking ahead, save this date- Saturday, April 25th. The Galway Hall will be the venue for the 26th Annual Dinner/Auction for the Kinmount Community for Planning and Economic Development. As the major fundraiser for the KCPED, monies raised help support the many local projects within Kinmount and area.
There have been a couple of unconfirmed cougar sightings in the Crystal Lake Road area. Also, a trail camera captured an image of a ‘big cat’. This image has been forwarded to the MNR for identification.
A couple of local bird counts took place over the Christmas holidays. Inclement weather was cited as one reason for the lower number of birds recorded. Another factor noted was the abundance of food sources, especially seeds this year. Therefore, birds did not have the need to come to feeders. Did you know that only about 20% of a bird’s diet relies on food provided from birdfeeders? Apparently, blue jays are unaware of this statistic. On any given day this feeding season, there seems to be more blue jays on, under, and around our birdfeeder than there are in the dugout at the Rogers’ Centre on game day!