LETTERS TO VIMY – A PERSONAL STORY
What Canadian author Peter C. Newman says about this book:
“Letters to Vimy” speaks with remarkable grace and revered insight to and for a generation and indeed catches both the glory and the tragedy involved. This “Letters to Vimy” must become compulsory reading for citizenship hearings since it finally defines what’s best about this magical country of ours. – Peter C. Newman
LETTERS TO VIMY
This is a highly unusual correspondence between myself, author Orland French, and my uncle Pte. Oscar French who died in the attack on Vimy Ridge nearly a hundred years ago. It spans a hundred years.
The book presents a medley of real letters written by my uncle to his mother, my grandmother, to which I have responded with letters of historical fiction written to him a century later. Hence the title, Letters to Vimy.
In his late teens, Uncle Oscar was torn with a difficult decision. He was attending high school in Midland, Ontario but his buddies were going off to fight the Kaiser in Europe. The war won his attention. In the spring of 1915, he enlisted for service in the Canadian Army. Two years later he died at Vimy Ridge.
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SENATOR BILLY FRASER
HIS LIFE AND TIMES
As CFB Trenton celebrates its 85th anniversary, one man still deserves credit for the base being at Trenton in the first place. Billy Fraser was the town’s popular mayor in the late 1920s when he pulled every political string within his grasp to land RCAF Station Trenton. A colourful, controversial and hard-nosed political character, he wanted jobs for his community. Today, many hundreds of millions of dollars later, Trenton still enjoys the presence and the payroll provided by Canada’s most prominent military air base.
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Senator Billy Fraser: A Man with a Mission
A feature-length article by Orland French in Watershed Magazine, summer 2016 edition. See HERE
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POLAR BEARS AND OTHER SCARES
The Fantastic Life of an Ace Feature Writer
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In the Works
The Frontenacs: the geological past and the potential future of Frontenac County
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At the Call of King and CountryPeople of Hastings County in the Great War 1914-1918
The battlefield scenes of the First World War were landscapes of mayhem and carnage. "The air is so full of shot and shell I don't think a fly could come across without getting hit," one soldier wrote to his wife. He did not return from the war.
Author Bill Kennedy, a director of the Hastings County Historical Society, has compiled a series of stories of men and women of Hastings County who served overseas in the Great War, also known as The First World War. Some of them returned to Hastings, many were killed during the conflict. The book was produced by the Hastings County Historical Society to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the war in 1914. Paperback, $20.
Andy Klischenko died on Jan. 2, 2015. A tribute from author Lorraine Fell can be found HERE
The Nature of Prince Edward County (CLICK HERE)
This book chock full of stunning colour photos brings you the history of Prince Edward County as seen through the lens of geology. What made the Sandbanks? What made the terroir that creates tasty wines? What created conditions for growing great barley and apples and cherries? Why do so many people visit the County for a holiday...or to find a permanent residence? Find out HERE.
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