Dina Connon

Striking a Balance – Retirements and fundraising dinner/auctions

Susan Swan's weekly report of community news and events in Clinton.

Retirement Send-off

A large number of friend’s and family members dropped in to the retirement Open House to wish Dina Connon a happy retirement.

The Council Chambers had been set up to receive guests on April 21. Dina, with the help of Councillor Diana Guerin cut and shared a large cake to commemorate the occasion.

Several previous Village of Clinton employees, former councillors and mayors and some of Dina’s family surprised her. It was a moving afternoon for her as she had a chance to reminisce about her years in service to the Village.

Enjoy your retirement, Dina! You’ve gone above and beyond for the village for a long time and it is appreciated.

Game Dinner

A large crowd was on hand for the Clinton and District Outdoor Sportsmen Association Game Dinner, Auction and Dance on Saturday, April 25.

The dinner consisted of 20 different wild game dishes (which were judged by those brave enough to try them) as well as roast beef and ham for those less adventurous.

Some of the interesting names of the dishes left people guessing as to the contents while others were easier to identify. Dishes like Bourbon Bear Balls, Shuffle Off to Buffalo, Pineapple Puma, Elongated Elk and Beer Bear Balls were easy. Some others, such as Strip it off Stroganoff, Sizzling Hot Pussy, Porco-Bravo Stew, The Buff Shepherd and Mountain Man Grub were a little more difficult.

All the wild game dishes were delicious but in the end the top selections were judged to be Elongated Elk, The Buff Shepherd and tying for third place Shuffle off to Buffalo and Full Boar Ahead Smoken. Congratulations to all the cooks who provided the interesting fare.

Following the dinner the real fun got started. With Russell Allison doing the honours as auctioneer, a number of highly prized items went to the highest bidders. A silent auction and ‘moose horn contest’ also helped to raise funds for this group.

Many stayed after the auction to dance away the rest of the night (and drown their sorrows at the Canucks loss). All in all it was great fun!

Susan Swan

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