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Robots and research: Plenty to do at the Cobourg library

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

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Chris Montgomery (left) and Brenda Sullivan of the Northumberland Studio Tour  draw the winning passport for a $200 gift certificate good at any participating studio. Maria Romanex of Toronto was the winner, which goes to show how far people come for this annual event. In fact, Brenda said, this year's tour was one of their best ever, even drawing a handful of participants from the US.

Submitted Photo Chris Montgomery (left) and Brenda Sullivan of the Northumberland Studio Tour draw the winning passport for a $200 gift certificate good at any participating studio. Maria Romanex of Toronto was the winner, which goes to show how far people come for this annual event. In fact, Brenda said, this year's tour was one of their best ever, even drawing a handful of participants from the US.

NORTHUMBERLAND -- Cobourg Public Library has some interesting November events in store, two in Cobourg and two at the Bewdley branch.

In Cobourg:
 

  • Searching Military Records on Nov. 9 is a bonus for genealogists and family-history researches. An introductory workshop led by library staff shows you how to take advantage of military records to help you learn more about your family history. Registration is required.
  • On Nov. 19, after the Santa Claus parade, Santa comes to the library for his Post-Parade Party. Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and a cookie, and enjoy a personal visit.

In Bewdley:
 

  • Bath Bomb Delight on Nov. 9 is a 7 p.m. workshop that shows young people aged 13 and up how to make their own bath bombs. Registration is required.
  • Solar Robotics on Nov. 25 at 11 a.m. is a chance for young people aged 10 to 15 to initiate the rise of the machines, building robots that come to life using the power of the sun. Registration is required.


The Cobourg branch is located at 200 Ontario St., and the Bewdley branch at the Bewdley Community Centre. For more information, or to register for any of these events, visit the cobourg.ca website.

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COBOURG -- Fellowship Baptist Church announces its free Clothing Carousel Nov. 11.

The idea is that friends and families of the church donate good used clothing in the hope that others in the church or community can use it. Then they organize an event where people in the community can come and browse.

That would be the Clothing Carousel at the church Nov. 11 from 8 a.m. to noon.

The church is located at 469 Elgin St. W. in Cobourg, and clothing donations will be accepted during the week before the event.

For more information, call 905-372-8732 or visit www.cobourgfellowship.com.

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NORTHUMBERLAND -- Jennifer Darrell has sent out thanks to all who supported the new Northumberland Hospice Care Centre at the tag sale she had last month.

A strong supporter of the project itself, Jennifer took the chore of moving and turned it into an occasion to do something positive. The results, she said in a mass e-mail to all the supporters, was a huge success.

"We raised just over $4,000, received an additional $80 in donations, built up a list of those willing to volunteer in one way or another to the project, and gave a huge boost to public's knowledge of the new Hospice Care Centre," she listed.

Her missive also gave some insight into the work it takes to pull something like this together as she continued her thanks.

"You contributed many hours to pricing and organizing, donated stuff to sell, moved stuff (including bits of concrete and rocks!) from one place to another and then to another, loaned tables and other essential equipment, corralled visitors into parking spots, prepared and put up directional signs, picked up my lunch order, gave convincing sales pitches, kept folks from taking private tours of the house, posted on Face Book Pages, publicized in blogs and newspapers, took money, kept meticulous records, brought grapes to complement our lunch, put up with my stress and short temper, made purchases, cleaned up, delivered left overs to Petticoat Lane and BYTBBX (Beyond the Blue Box) and in so many other ways made sure we pulled the sale off.

"I am deeply indebted to one and all for all you did."

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COBOURG -- Many who knew Mike Ellis could not imagine him without that big sunny smile.

Apart from simply being a kind man of good will, that smile was often connected to a gift he loved to share with everyone -- the gift of music.

Blessed with an abundance of talent, the English-born businessman moved to Cobourg in 1988 with his wife Suzanne Grew Ellis, and promptly became a fixture on the local music scene. He had his share of roles with Northumberland Players, but he took things a step further in 1991 by taking the lead in organizing a choral group he called, simply Music Makers.

His vision was to have a group perform in support of local charities, and a simple but effective model it was. Over the 17 years the group existed, its 75 concerts and six musical productions raised about $164,000 for local charities.

As well, Mike was often part of a much smaller choral combo that would dress in Victorian finery and do some strolling sidewalk carolling during the Christmas season.

In his own way, Mike managed to spread that smile around for the happiness of many. He died last week at the age of 85, and will be missed.

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Around Town appears weekly, and welcomes your news. If you have information of interest, contact Cecilia Nasmith at 905-372-0131 ext. 314 or at cnasmith@postmedia.com or twitter.com/NT_cnasmith.