As a child, Don Corneil would pretend to auction off fence posts and mailboxes as he walked to school. The bug never really left him, and 12 years into his career at General Motors, he and his wife Sheila decided to play a hunch and enter the auction business for real.
Summertime, and the livin’ for many of us is sweaty and uncomfortable. Then there are the lucky few who spend their days in refrigerated bliss. The list includes workers in the Kawartha Dairy ice cream production area, the Beer Store employees who restock shelves, butchers who are in and out of freezers.
Most enviable, though, might be Tyler England, whose job includes maintaining the Lindsay Recreation Complex’s twin pad ice surface. For almost two years now he’s been one of nine who operate ice-resurfacing machines, sitting at the controls, systematically crisscrossing ice surfaces at the city’s nine arenas, leaving behind a slick of fresh ice.
Marlene Morrison Nicholls is the president of Stewart Morrison Insurance. Marlene grew up on a farm west of Little Britain with three sisters. Although they didn’t use the language of gender equality her parents never imagined that they weren’t capable of doing any task that was set before them.
Marlene’s father and mother both worked hard and were partners. Her mom was an RN and was a partner in the farm business. Her dad ran the farm and started his insurance agency in the 1960s.
How to even begin to do justice in a couple of pages to a distinguished career that spans close to 70 years? Reg Learn’s curriculum vitae alone runs to five densely-packed pages.
But let’s begin with that C.V. and his career arc. Reg trained as a locomotive engineer, starting in the steam era, but going on to operate electric, diesel electric, turbo and Bombardier LRC (light, rapid, comfortable) engines. In 1967 he entered railway management, moving steadily upwards, and 20 years later transferred to federal service with the Railway Transport Committee as Chief of Operations, Ontario District.
There’s no reason to venture outside of Kawartha Lakes this May long weekend with an incredible new Apple Blossom Festival in full swing for the whole family.
Set on a beautiful old Irish farm called Dromoland (named after a castle in Ireland) in the Valentia-Little Britain area, Dromoland is “our own little castle,” according to owners Pauline Kiely and Michael Bryant.