January 7 2015 Edition

A Valcartier vet and his horses during the Great War

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Photo: Photo courtesy of Peter MacArthur

This year's First World War centenary has prompted me to remember my adventurous grandfather, Dr. Howard Wolff of Valcartier, who as a teenager was swept up in the national volunteer effort.

Happy New Year! Big Ben rings in 2015

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Photo: Danielle Burns

In Quebec City, Grande Allée was party central for those welcoming the New Year, topped off with fireworks at midnight. In London, England, crowds gathered to hear Big Ben ring in 2015.

The great clock which many refer to as Big Ben is located in the tower of the Palace of Westminster, Britain's House of Parliament.

Invitation to a Burns Supper

The Fort St. Andrew's Garrison of the 78th Fraser Highlanders, Quebec City invites you to a Burns supper on Saturday, January 24, 2015. Burns suppers are celebrations of the life and poetry of Scottish poet Robert Burns traditionally held on or near Burns' birthday, January 25.

This year we will be celebrating at the Hotel Château Laurier, 1220 Place George V Ouest.

Stevenson delivers knockout punch and maintains his light-heavyweight title

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The Colisée in Quebec City was packed on December 19. The main event, featuring Quebec's favourite son, World Boxing Council light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (right),

did not disappoint. In the fifth round he did what he does best: he KO'd his Russian adversary, Dmitry Sukhotsky, with a devastating left-hand punch. The main event was one of four bouts televised in the U.S.

Wanted, dead or alive, actors for the QAC spring production!!

January means audition time for the Quebec Art Company, Quebec City's foremost English-language theatre group. Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead will be staged this spring, and at least 22 actors (10 major and minor characters, and 12 extras) are needed for this tragicomedy.

Sir John A. Macdonald bicentennial celebrations

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Photo: Cathy Stephan

We Canadians have traditionally not done a very good job honouring our heroes, particularly past political leaders. Unlike our American and British cousins, and peoples in many other nations, we have been collectively hesitant to do so.

Maureen (Rooney) McKenna 1924-2014

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Mrs. Maureen McKenna died on December 30 at Saint Brigid's Home in Quebec City, daughter Catherine by her side, and now joins her most beloved Desmond, husband of 60 years. She was the daughter of LCol Dr. Joseph Walter Rooney and Bertha Rose Dewfall of Quebec City. Maureen was a woman of exceptional character, iron strength and will, with a presence and smile that lit up a room.

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