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Voices raised together in song

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

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A quartet taken from members of the Ganaraska Chordsmen (from left, tenor Fred Rapson, lead William Paroschy, bass Barry Ott and baritone Tom Holden) is seen here at the Cobourg Lions' Community Centre Sept. 22, 2017, taking part in a little friendly competition with chapters from Trenton, Peterborough and Oshawa. The Ganaraskals took two out of three titles, top men's quartet and top mixed quartet.

Submitted Photo A quartet taken from members of the Ganaraska Chordsmen (from left, tenor Fred Rapson, lead William Paroschy, bass Barry Ott and baritone Tom Holden) is seen here at the Cobourg Lions' Community Centre Sept. 22, 2017, taking part in a little friendly competition with chapters from Trenton, Peterborough and Oshawa. The Ganaraskals took two out of three titles, top men's quartet and top mixed quartet.

COBOURG — Members of the Ganaraska Chordsmen had a September date to meet up with quartets from the other three chapters of the Oak Ridge division for a friendly competition at the Cobourg Lions’ Community Centre, and did pretty well on their own home turf.
The novice quarter-octet night was an evening of fun, fellowship and, of course, singing as they raised their voices against representatives from Quinte West (Trenton area), the Aces of Harmony (Peterborough chapter) and Durham Men of Harmony (Oshawa chapter).
Ganaraskal Rick Faulkner has provided the results.
• The Foyer Four (from the Ganaraska Chordsmen) came out as the top men’s quartet singing Sweet and Lovely — lead William Paroschy, bass Barry Ott, baritone Tom Holden and tenor Fred Rapson.
• The B Natural group (also from the Ganaraska Chordsmen) came out as the top mixed quartet singing I Believe — lead Roger Wilson, bass Barry Ott, baritone Moe Schrofer and tenor Shirley Schroter.
• The top octet was Nearly Perfect (from the Aces of Harmony) singing Under The Boardwalk — leads Jim King, Jim Coward and John Allin, basses Max VanderVoet and Harry Van Dam, baritone Moe Schroter and tenors Bert Weiss and Peter O’Brien.
“The directors of each chorus led in songs among the mass chorus of the four choruses ahead of the special Oct. 21 performances in Courtice — what a fine sound!” Rick said.
Almost 70 people attended the event, he added, a few of them indicating they wanted to take advantage of the great physical warm-ups done by William Paroschy.
The Ganaraskals extend a big thank-you to judges Barry Towner, Sharon Towner and Alex Beamish for making the trip down the 401.
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COBOURG — The Art Gallery of Northumberland is teaming up with Ken Solilo Photography for a Family Photo Weekend Nov. 18 and 19.
Holiday season is also family photo season, and this initiative ensures you will have those treasured photos in time for Christmas.
It takes place at the gallery (third floor west at Victoria Hall, 55 King St. W., Cobourg), with 20-minute photo sessions booked both days.
The cost of the photo session is $150, and you get to pick which digital image you would like to have — from which you can make as many prints as you like. If you don’t want to make your own prints, you can purchase from a variety of
print sizes.
And a portion of the proceeds go to the gallery.
To book a photo shoot, or for more information, e-mail kensolilo@gmail.com.
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COBOURG — Petticoat Lane is counting down to Christmas with its One Month Before Christmas Sale Nov. 24 and 25, a chance to shop ‘til you drop while avoiding the crowds.
There are 50% markdowns on everything throughout the store (excluding items with yellow sale stickers). There are even greater savings on the 50-cent mix-and-match items that are now three for $1.
Petticoat Lane is an entirely volunteer-run store. Operated by the Northumberland  Hills Hospital Auxiliary, this thrift shop is their biggest fundraiser, and proceeds support priority equipment purchases at the hospital.
The store is located at 25 Munroe St., in Cobourg. Hours of operation are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The auxiliary volunteers welcome everyone (and also extend their thanks to all who volunteer, donate and shop here).
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COBOURG — A little piece of the Halifax Regional Municipality ferry service will be in staying in Cobourg harbour overnight around Nov. 10.
There are a number of look-alike ferries in the fleet the municipality uses to carry people across the harbour between Halifax and Dartmouth, blue-bottomed white boats that offer indoor seating below and outdoor on-the-deck seating above. And you’d be surprised — some commuters want to take the 12-minute ride from the upper deck year-round.
As part of the municipal transit system, you can pay the $2.50 adult fare for your bus ride and get a free transfer that admits you to the ferry (or pay $2.50 for the ferry fare, and get a free bus transfer), and they hold periodic free-for-seniors days. As well as a good bargain, it’s part of the city’s history. A plaque in the Halifax ferry terminal signifies that it is the oldest continuous salt-water transit system in the world.
If I sound like I know a bit about the ferry, it’s because I’ve had one or more of my children living in Halifax or Dartmouth for almost 20 years now, and I love every chance I get to visit. And I don’t think I’ve yet had a visit without at least one ferry ride.
The name of the visiting ferry is the Dartmouth III, and it offers a look at how a Maritime metropolitan system does business.
A notice from communications officer Ashley Purdy announcing the visit said the vessel is 80 ft. long, 30 ft. wide, weights 255 gross tons and has a six-ft. draft. She said they expect to put it at the south end of the pier.
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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.