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Debbie Lingen

Verona News

by Debbie Lingen

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Published February 9, 2012

Welcome back to Linda Bates and her team who just returned from Haiti. Linda reports that the trip was a tremendous success. They had ambitious goals and they accomplished them all. The team returned to Grisom Garde after a three year absence. ( the cholera outbreak in Haiti prevented them from visiting the village on their trip last year.) They arrived at Grison-Garde to an enthusiastic welcome from the entire parish and community of St. Therese. The parish held a special Mass in their honour, then the team set to work. They finished the library and kindergarten rooms at the school. They bought and delivered 300 chairs to the school. They supplied water bottles to all the senior students. (now the students have a means to carry fresh water- a rare commodity- from the school to their homes.) For the last two years Linda held many sewing bees in our area and the results- clothing to clothe 1000 children with sun dresses, shorts, T shirts and underwear. They also delivered much needed medical supplies. Linda and her team had many memorable moments and Linda's favourite was reconnecting with a child whom she thought she would never see again. Three years ago, Linda befriended 9 year old Carline who was severely malnourished, weighing only 32 pounds. Through all the wonderful work provided by all the international teams that visited Grison Garde over the last three years, Carline is now a strong, beautiful energetic young lady. In Linda's words, "After many hugs, kisses and tears, Carline renewed many friendships and acquaintances, and is testament to the adage that it takes a village to raise a child. In this instance it took a global village to raise this child." Kudos to Linda and her team, and to everyone in Verona and area who contributed funds and supplies to make this trip a success. The team is already planning a return trip to Haiti in 2014. To help, save your pop cans and call Linda at 613-374-1307 for delivery info.

The Frontenac Farmers Market reopens this Saturday, February 11. Pick up that unique Valentine's present from one of the many vendors' selections of hand made crafts. Fill those empty pantries. Start the morning with a delicious Lions Breakfast served fresh and hot from the Lions Club kitchen. Verona Lions Club. 9 am to 12 noon.

Join The Bell Rock Community Hall Association for a Potluck Supper on Saturday, February 11 at the Bell Rock Community Hall. Bring a dish and enjoy good company. 5:30 pm.

The Quilting Group meets at Trinity United Church in Verona from 9 am till noon on Wednesday, February 15. For more information call Ann McDougall at 613 374-2516.

Play euchre on Thursday February 16 Lunch is at noon, euchre at 1 pm. Cash prizes and lunch all included for $2.00. Bellrock Community Centre. For more information call Nancy Wagar 613-358-2368 or Tillie Koshowski 613-374-2850.

Keep fit! The Verona Walking Club meets for a walk inside the Verona Lions Hall every Tuesday morning from 10 am to noon. Cost is $1. For more information contact Bill at 613-374-3234.

Debbie Lingen

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