Servers at the KYC Breakfast, l. to r. Councillor Donovan Arnaud, David Shanahan of the NG Times, Frank Hoffman, Canadian Tire, Kemptville, and Mayors David Gordon of NG and David Nash of Merrickville-Wolford. Mayor Gordon is demonstrating his idea of municipal amalgamation under the sign that reads: " Glad you're here"!

It happens like clockwork every year: once we get past the May long weekend, Summer officially begins. Garage sales, fundraisers, and weekends chock full of activities and fun mark the lazy days of warm weather, shorts and sandals. Kicking this Summer off, as it were, was the Kemptville Youth Centre Breakfast at the Christian Reformed Church last Saturday morning. The line-up of rather dubious servers (see photo above) served a breakfast provided by many local businesses to a morning crowd, as local musician, Andre Courtemanche, kept everything mellow with his usual high quality sounds and songs. The great news was that the KYC raised their goal of $4,000 at the event, which will go towards providing insurance coverage for the Centre and its many programs.

There was a BBQ in aid of the Jumpstart program at the Canadian Tire the same day, raising money to help local kids get involved in sports, providing equipment, registration and other costs for those who might otherwise lose out on sporting activities. Once again, local business people volunteered to cook up the burgers and hot dogs, standing over hot grills on a hot Saturday.Kemptville Jumpstart Chapter is garteful to the team which stepped up to help by working the BBQ: Captain Judy Littau, Su Ouellette,. Mary Boucher,. John Carkner,. Sue Barnes,. Catherine VanVliet Andrea Turcotte, Chris Drozda, Susie Macintosh. The BBQ raised $880 plus $333 from Canadian Tire staff, making a total of $1,210. Every Dollar raised is matched by Canadian Tire, so thank you to Frank Hoffman, Kemptville Canadian Tire, and to Jim Beveridge of the B&H for providing food.

There were too many events last weekend to properly cover them all, in fact. On Sunday, the Kemptville Rotary held their annual Family Duck Race, BBQ and Decoy Challenge, held, appropriately, at Rotary park in Kemptville. Around 90 local businesses (yes, them again) entered specially designed and decorated decoy ducks in the competition this year. The two winners were Fat Les Chip Wagon and Hoffman Materials Inc. Both winners will be presented with their trophies at a later meeting of Rotary. Video of these events, as well as a collection of photographs, can be found on our website at www.ngtimes.ca.

Other events last weekend included the Hike for Hospice at the Ferguson Forest Centre, an Open House at Bayfield Manor, and Community Living North Grenville’s 50th Anniversary Gala featuring Bowser & Blue. And that was just a few of the events taking place on the first real weekend of Summer. And there’s so much more to come!

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