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Lang family invades Victoria Park for reunion


COBOURG -- That large group of more than 100 that invaded Cobourg's Victoria Park July 10 were part of the 50th Lang Family Reunion.

Secretary-treasurer Barb Lang Walker reports that family members came from Northumberland County, and from as far away as Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Alberta, Michigan and the Czech Republic.

It all goes back to 1822, Barb said, when William Lang -- the last in his family line -- left Elvington in Yorkshire, England. He arrived in the Cobourg-Port Hope area after surviving a dangerous shipwreck, miraculously still in possession of the 200 pounds sterling he had brought with him.

He bought a farm on what is now known as Telephone Road (where Scott and Lisa Lang now live), married a neighbour girl named Ann Neads and raised five children, most of whom raised families of their own in Hamilton and Hope townships.

Along with the potluck buffet, everyone enjoyed some good old-fashioned picnic games like nail driving and sack races. There was also a July 9 family golf tournament at Ashbrook Golf Club.

Among the prize recipients were Laura Lang Glass of Orillia (who, at age 94, was the oldest person present) and Reece Carriere of Toronto (who, at two months, was the youngest).

For more Lang family information, contact Barb at .

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ROSENEATH -- The Roseneath Agricultural Society's annual Car-Truck-Tractor Show 'n' Shine is set for Sunday at the Roseneath Fairgrounds.

The event includes drive-by trophy presentations for 28 classes of cars and trucks, music from the 1950s and '60s, tractor games, food concessions and sale booths, not to mention the chance to ride the Roseneath Carousel.

Vendors can get more information by calling 905-352- 3778.

For vehicle owners wanting to register, the fee is $5.

For those wanting to take it all in, admission is $2.50 for adults and free for children aged 12 and under, and parking is free.

Visit www.roseneathcarousel.comfor more information.

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COBOURG -- The Great Pine Ridge Region of the Antique and Classic Car of Canada is celebrating its 30th anniversary by doing something special for local kids.

Turns out it's two special things -- an Aug. 27 Antique Car Show & Tell that will really be fun for the whole family, and the funneling of all proceeds from that event to Northumberland Big Sisters Big Brothers.

"This is a rare opportunity not only to look, but to sit in these vehicles (which date from about 1910 to the '70s) and hear about their history and features," Northumberland Big Sisters Big Brothers communications co-ordinator Sophie Kneisel said.

"Some of the cars may be started up, and visitors can have their picture taken in period costume, for a donation to NBSBB.

"From pre-World War II Tin Lizzies to '60s muscle cars and 1970s classics, cars representing each decade will be at this show-and-tell."

This special car club works to further the interest and knowledge of historic, antique and classic vehicles and associated material and to encourage their ownership, restoration and preservation. They meet monthly, except July and August, and organize many car-related events each summer (such as the annual Lakeside Antique and Classic Car Show in Cobourg's Victoria Park.

Sophie added that this event -- to be held in Cobourg's Donegan Park -- is a great outing for families, and for Big and Little Brothers and Sisters to enjoy.

Entrance is by donation, and there will be a barbecue and bake sale on site.

A rain date of Aug. 28 is planned.

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COLBORNE -- The 14th annual Trash 'n' Treasures sale takes the concept of a neighbourhood yard sale a bit further to include the entire Cramahe Township community.

If you have stuff to sell and want to make a little extra money, organizers are waiting to hear from you for what they are billing as Northumberland County's biggest and best community-wide yard sale.

Victoria Square in Colborne has been booked between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. for the Aug. 13 event, which drew huge crowds last year.

The cost for each vendor is $10 for one space and one table, if needed. Additional tables and spaces are available for $10 each.

Community residents in that area are also encouraged to set up yard sales on their own to support the Trash 'n' Treasures sale as part of a bigger community-wide event.

To register your spot in Victoria Square, contact community development officer Rebecca Goddard-Sarria (905- 355-2821 ext. 233 or summer economic development and tourism co-ordinator Ashley Coombes (905- 355-2821 ext. 229 or

For more information, visit

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CASTLETON -- Just a quick note about an article last week on one of the nine students who have qualified under a special program to set up their own Summer Company -- don't wait to get your chickens from Angela Brockwell's Naturally Feathered organic-produce-and-chickens business.

The article had said Angela is taking orders now for chickens that will mature in August but, in fact, she has chickens available now as well. If you're interested, call her at 905- 344-5944.

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