NORWOOD: Kids get to have their say

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Mar 11, 2015 in Rat News | Subscribe

The Norwood Legion held its annual public speaking competition on Feb. 28 with 24 talented young girls and boys from Norwood District Public School and St. Paul Catholic Elementary School. The young narrators spoke passionately and enthusiastically about their individual interests. Support for the speakers was good with a room full of parents, relatives and friends.

The first place winners from each grade level will go on to competitions for the zone in Lakefield on March 21 and if they continue to achieve first place they will move on to compete for the district then the province and potentially all of Canada.

The top three from the Primary competition are: in first spot Ewan Walsh from St. Paul’s for his entertaining sibling rivalry inspired speech Living with Girls (Ewan is outnumbered in his family.) The second spot was awarded to Alyssa Morrison from NDPS for her passionate plea titled Reasons Why I Should Get A Puppy and third spot went to Lydia Sedgewick from St. Paul’s for sparking a little wish full thinking for warmer weather with her speech titled My Summer Vacation.

In the junior level the first spot went to Lucy Matthews from St. Paul’s for the many issues she must endure with My Mom Is A Teacher At My School the second spot went to Gracie Therrien also from St. Paul’s for her humourous albeit cringe-worthy account of her personal experience with Broken Noses and the third spot belonged to Cheyenne Arbeau from NDPS whose speech on How To Treat And Care For Your Pet Rats had many in the audience seeking higher seating arrangements as she calmly delivered her speech with one of her actual furry friends perched on her shoulder.

The winners in the intermediate level were all from St. Paul’s; the first spot belonged to Molly Matthews for her thought provoking speech about a sad reality in our world Child Labour. Scoring the second spot was Laura Guy whose love for Canada’s game was very evident in her speech about Hockey and taking the third prize was Katie Connelly who obviously had to have a good look at herself before delivering her speech about Mirrors.

The other speakers also delivered wonderful and inspiring speeches and the judges had an incredibly difficult time selecting a top three for each division from the fantastic array of quality and skill that was presented.

“Just listening to these young people, I know now that there is a future,” remarked one judge.

The legion extents their congratulations to the winners and their sincere thanks to all the competitors for their hard work and impressive abilities, thanks are also extended to all the legion members, Ladies Auxiliary members and judges who gave freely of their time to make the event possible.


The Norwood Curling club hosted the Centennial Pharmacy Bonspiel in February. This is officially the 15th year for the annual pharmacy bonspiel; however Norwood’s corner drugstore has long supported the game and has been sponsoring curling in Norwood for nearly 30 years. There were eight teams taking part this year in the two game spiel.

Taking the top spot this year was Eleanor Price’s team with vice Marianne Kelly, second Dan Pichie and lead Malcolm Pacey. The second place winner was the rink of Sharon Scott, vice Brian Radnor, second Bari Sheppard and lead Don Southward. Placing third was the team of Leo Christz, Bill English, Zita Crowley and Joyce Hindle. The club extends their thanks to Centennial Pharmacy for their continuing support and to all the volunteers that helped out to prepare for the bonspiel.


The Asphodel-Norwood Beautification Committee has launched their annual Plant a Tree program for 2015. Donations of trees may be made in memorium, to celebrate an event or just to help them revitalize and add beauty to the town.

There are four different types of trees available and a plaque will be added to the recognition wall inside the entrance to the Community Centre. Anyone is eligible to donate a tree, the cost is $200 per tree and the deadline for ordering is March 21. This is the seventh year for the program with the majority of the trees being planted on the fairgrounds, however the Committee is open to suggestions for other areas to plant on within the township. To order or for more information, contact Jennifer Holden at 705-639-2991 or Doreen Allen-Bell at 705-639-5489.


The Norwood Lions are hosting a Sunday Brunch at the Norwood Town Hall, 2357 County Rd. 45 on Sunday March 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help them raise money for the purchase of new test equipment for the Lions Visual Testing program.

This program is run annually in our area schools for children ages four to six years old.

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