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    Taking a dip

    Swimming pools were pretty much the best part of our summers. We swam morning, noon and night. Angie and Neil had friends over to swim most days, and I bought more Popsicles and made more hamburgers than I could count.…

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    They called me “Peanut”

    Here I am at age 10 or 11 at St. François School in Orleans, 1960. (I’m the kid right in front). Orleans was all country, then, and we didn’t have a school bus. We had a very long walk on…

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    Gloria’s Career

    Angie, you said you wanted to know everything, so here is the story of my career–the short version! I also have a scrapbook of all my certificates and awards. In January 1986, I applied to Algonquin College for entry into…

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    Pop and his family

    You’ve likely already read or heard most of this story. In fact, this is the second article I’m writing about Pop and his family. Oh, well, that’s okay! From left to right: Marcel-Assistant Superintendant, RCMP; Roger-Professional singer/Bell Telephone; University professor,…

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    Nanny’s antique bread basket

    My great-grandmother Ida Stolzman and her husband, August Gricken, brought this antique bread basket to Canada from Germany in the late 1800s. They passed it on to their son, Robert Gricken, and his wife, Mary Walters. They passed it on…

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    Gloria meets the horses

    It was my lifelong dream to pet a horse, but I was afraid. I love horses; they are among the most beautiful animals on the planet. However, my fear of these big animals kept me away from them for 74…

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    Peter and his siblings

    Peter was born Pierre Francois Rochon on September 9, 1962, in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. He was the middle child in a family of five. The firstborn was Charles (Chuck), who lives in Brantford, Ontario. Next was Denis, who now resides…