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BLACKSTOCK by Tammy Phillips

On Monday, November 11th, at 10:30 a.m., a Remembrance Day Service will be held at the Blackstock Recreation Centre and Cenotaph. Kathleen Smyth from Durham Storytellers will tell the story of a Canadian World War II hero. Larger than life, he single-handedly liberated a city in the Netherlands from German army occupation. Although not his only heroic feat as a soldier, he was awarded two Distinguished Conduct Medals. On Thursday, November 21st, The School Community Council (SCC) at Cartwright Central Public School is hosting a Take Out Rib Dinner Fundraiser at the Blackstock Recreation Centre. For $20 per person, enjoy: half a rack ribs done by Strack’s Smokin・Grill, a baked potato, coleslaw, a bun and dessert. Tickets are available soon through any SCC member, or by contacting Angie Fairfield at (905) 986-4133, or email On Sunday, November 24th, from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., The Blackstock Agricultural Association and Farm Girl Creations are hosting The Christmas Craft Sale at the Blackstock Recreation Centre. This is the first of what will hopefully become an annual event. There will be a variety of crafts and snacks. Interested vendors can access the application form at this web address: or by emailing On Sunday, December 1st, the Blackstock Co-op Nursery School (BCNS) will host its annual Breakfast with Santa & Friends from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Blackstock Recreation Centre. The morning will include a pancake breakfast for all ages, a children’s colouring time, and letters to Santa table, and an opportunity to have photos taken with Santa himself, courtesy of Rachel Callan Photography. The Elf Plate will be $5 per person for one pancake, one piece of meat and eggs. The Santa Plate will be $10 per person for three pancakes, three pieces of meat and eggs. The book and bake sale returns along with the incredibly popular silent auction. A variety of exciting items will be available to bid on, including overnight accommodations at Nestleton Waters Inn, Deerhurst Resort Muskoka, and Great Wolf Lodge. In addition, there are several local businesses and organizations that have donated a variety of products and services, including Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Brimacombe Ski Hill, Kalsamrit Martial Arts Gym Port Perry, Anytime Fitness, Brock’s Department Store, Branching Out Florists, Books Galore, and Port Olive Oil Co. No reservations necessary. Cash only accepted at the door. Donations for Operation Scugog Food Bank will be also be accepted. This is the largest annual fundraiser for BCNS, a non-profit organization committed to providing a positive learning experience for children in the Blackstock and surrounding area for over 40 years. Play-based programs introduce children to a variety of learning experiences, enabling them to develop socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically. For more information, call: (905) 986-4585, or visit the Facebook event page: events/45837812474460/?ti=icl. Euchre winners from Tuesday, October 27th: Lorna Edgerton came in first. Pat Currie was second. Audrey Mahaffey finished in third. Pat Allemang came in fourth. Bryan Allemang finished in fifth place. Marion Koppins had the most lone hands. Blackstock Euchre is held every Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. (except holidays) in the Blackstock United Church Hall. Everyone is welcome. Blackstock community news items can be emailed to by 12 noon on Monday, prior to publication.

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