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Debbie Lingen

Verona News

by Debbie Lingen

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Published January 12, 2012

The Christmas tree and decorations are all packed away for another year. The only reminder of Christmas cheer is the five pounds I managed to pack on. The good news is there is help in Verona. TOPS is a nonprofit, non-commercial weight-loss support and wellness education organization. They offer support to motivate healthy lifestyle change and permanent weight loss. Free introductory meetings for potential members. Verona TOPS chapter meets weekly Mondays, 6:00 pm to 7:30 p.m. lower level, Verona Free Methodist Church. For more information e-mail:

Many of us remember Drew Cumpson. He was an incredible role model for those who worked with him and for the young people who attended the day camp or swimming programs at McMullen Beach in Verona. Drew was injured in a swimming accident while volunteering in Peru last summer. He suffered a permanent spinal cord. There will be a silent auction/dinner fundraiser for Drew that will take place in Guelph on January 20. Drew was enrolled in the Tourism and Hospitality program at Guelph University and they are holding this fundraiser. The goal is to raise $10,000 for a wheelchair that Drew needs. To find out more and to contribute, log on a href=""> You can also follow Drew's progress on Facebook.

The Christmas for Kids committee would like to thank the community and the volunteers who lent a helping hand to make this campaign a great success. A big thank-you is given to everyone who contributed to the bottle drives, donation jar campaign, personal and business donations. Thank you to Sister's By Heart who took on a portion of the gift giving to provide essentials for the children. Thank you to the businesses and private individuals that held special events that generated donations for Christmas for Kids. It all helped to make this worthwhile event a huge success.

The Verona Lions Hall was full of Christmas Cheer on December 25 for "Verona's Christmas Dinner Event". Kudos to Joyce and Doug Casement, Sheila and John Steele and the many volunteers and sponsors who gave unselfishly of their time and resources to bring success to this event. The food was delicious and the entertainment by Ross Clow and Frank Daw, as well as Ron and Evelyn Snider and their family was outstanding. A special thanks to Clint Reid at Foodland who helped to fill the "wish list" of items for the dinner. Once again it was the community working together that made something wonderful happen. A great way to end the year!

Play euchre Thursday, January 19. Lunch is at noon, euchre at 1 pm. Cash prizes and lunch all included for $2.00. Bellrock Community Centre 613-374-5426

Trinity United Church is the place to be for catching up on gossip while enjoying a delicious breakfast. Winter Weekend Wake-Up Breakfasts will be served up for the next four Saturdays from 9am to 11 am.

Debbie Lingen

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Debbie Lingen

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