(l-r) Legion President Roland Stanke and veterans Red Allison

(l-r) Legion President Roland Stanke and veterans Red Allison

Striking a Balance – Three Clinton veterans honoured

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

World War II Veterans Honoured

On Friday, Jan. 16, MP Cathy McLeod was on hand at the Royal Canadian Legion #194, Clinton Branch to make a presentation to three very special individuals.

This is a Veterans Affairs initiative to recognize living veterans of the Second World War. The initiative was launched to mark the 75th anniversary of the war, which claimed the lives of more than 46,500 Canadians.

The pin’s design and the certificate’s illustration are based on the original “Victory Nickel,” which had a flaming torch and a large V. It was put into circulation in 1943 to 1945 and re-issued in 2005 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.

MP McLeod thanked the three veterans for their sacrifice and service to their country and presented the special pins and certificates to Clinton area residents Alex Wallner, Red Allison and Ray Swan.

A large gathering of family, friends and Legion members were on hand to enjoy a lovely dinner with a special cake to help honour the veterans.

As MP McLeod stated, “Your service shall not be forgotten. It is because of people like you that we enjoy the freedoms we have in this country. Thank you for your service”.

Building Centre Break-in

Some time over night on Jan. 15-16 the Clinton Home Building Center had unexpected visitor(s). Someone broke in and helped them selves to a variety of items from the store. The theft was discovered when employees arrived early Friday morning to open up the store for the day.

If anyone saw or heard anything unusual at the Building Center any time after the store closed at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15 they are asked to call the Clinton Detachment of the RCMP at 250-459-2221.

If you have information about this (or any other) crime and wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIPS (8477).

Clinton Family Fun Day

The snow has been plentiful and the Clinton Snow Jockey Club members have been grooming the ski trails and getting everything ready for some winter fun.

Bring the family out to the Big Bar Cross Country Ski Trails on Big Bar Road and take part in the Clinton Snow Jockey Family Fun Day on Saturday, Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Smokies, hot dogs, coffee and hot chocolate will be available for a small fee.

Susan Swan