Break Out the Haggis

Photograph by: John Kennedy, The GazetteMontreal Gazette (January 25, 2007): Nemo Turner, official Town Crier of the 78th Fraser Highlanders Regiment, attaches a proclamation to the door of Ye Olde Orchard Pub on Mountain St. in Montreal yesterday, declaring that today is the 248th anniversary of the birth of Robbie Burns.

Scots and would-be Scots across the city will be donning their kilts tonight for celebrations. Burns is widely considered Scotland’s greatest poet and lyricist.

Nemo is an Associate Member of the Ontario Guild of Town Criers.

Photograph by : John Kennedy, The Montreal Gazette

Township of Wainfleet has a new Crier!

Derek MillerThe Bedellus has just heard that Derek Miller, the current Town Crier for the City of Port Colborne, has also been appointed as the new Town Crier for the Township of Wainfleet, replacing Bob Heil who retired in the fall of 2006. An article on Bob Heil’s retirement can be viewed by clicking here.

Derek will be unveiling a new uniform at the official appointment meeting in February and also has a website in the works.

More information, photos and a link to Derek’s website will be available soon. Congratulations from all of your fellow Guild members!

Crier Appointed To Heritage Committee

Perth’s mayor, his worship John Fenik, announced recently that the Perth Town Crier, Brent McLaren, has been appointed to the Heritage Management Committee for the Town of Perth. Ongoing heritage management and preservation is of utmost importance to the Town of Perth. The brand “Heritage Perth” reflects the Town’s rich heritage as its signature statement to the world. The Town pulls resources and expertise from the Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee (LACAC), the Museum Board of Management, and the Inge-Va Committee to assist in this strategic initiative.

The Heritage Management Committee is an umbrella Committee made up of representatives from Council and LACAC, the Museum, and Inge-Va. The Committee is responsible for bringing heritage issues to the forefront of Council and to access resources currently not available to the three individual Committees. Perth can trace its lineage of Criers back to its founding in 1816. At one time there were no less then three official Criers working in the community.

Brent McLarenAs Town Crier, Mr. McLaren been a strong advocate of preserving the Town’s heritage, history and stories. His interests, like those of the Committee, lie not only in preserving heritage, but educating the public and promoting heritage-related activities. He has been visible and active in promoting the richness of Perth to visitors and residents alike. Brent has traveled extensively as an ambassador for Perth and through his research, music and appearances has enriched and enlivened many communities.

Set against a backdrop of historic stone buildings, a walk through downtown Perth is like stepping back in time; Heritage Perth, known as “The Prettiest Town in Ontario,” trumpets the allure of days gone by, combined with today’s amenities. As always, the Town Crier looks forward to being of service to his community. You can visit his website at http://perthtowncrier.com

Just Say “Cheese!”

The changes to the web site have brought about a wonderful opportunity for members to add to the collection of photographs for our events and activities. Before this it could take a considerable period of time to add a single photo to the web site, now the gallery can be updated in minutes.

If you visit the Photo Gallery you will see that a large number of photos have been added from the 2006 Provincial Championships, and from the 2006 Thorald competition. Hopefully this will be the start of a significant web collection which all members and the public can enjoy.

Send In The ClownsThe gallery is powered by “Coppermine,” one of the many online gallery programs now available to the Guild. Members who would like to upload their pictures can email the webmaster who will give them a complete set of instructions, a username and password so that they can access the system, upload and caption the photos themselves. Alternatively members can “snail mail” photos to him on a data CD and he will do the work to bring them online. It is possible to send one or two photos by email, but three or more can produce files that take a long time to upload and download.

It is hoped that some of the Guild Members will have photos of some of the earliest Guild events that can be added to the Gallery in the future. It is hoped the Gallery will become a welcome link for members and for the public.

Ken Templeman is New Guild President

January 2007 sees a new President start a two year appointment as head of the Ontario Guild of Town Criers. Ken Templeman, Crier for the Town of Collingwood, takes over from Doug Turvey who had a busy two years at the helm of the organization.

templeman1.jpgKen maintains a hectic schedule as the Collingwood Town Crier. His traditional scarlet red military uniforms, strong voice and inviting sense of humour have been a fixture in his home town area, and within the Guild for many years. In addition to being Town Crier, Ken also serves on several boards and committes, including the Great Northern Exhibition Agricultural Society Board and Canadian Association of Independent Living Association. He is regularly called upon not only to proclaim community activities, but to serve as a Master of Ceremonies for meetings and banquets. Ken chaired the 2006 Collingwood Winter Carnival Committee.

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Ken has been on the Guild Executive for several terms and served on the Constitutions Committee. He brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and commitment to the position and looks forward to the challenges of the Guild as it continues to grow and develop.

The other members of the incoming Executive include Steve Travers, Les Whiting, Brenda Bozso, Jen Templeman, Scott Fraser, Mark Molnar and Ian Burkholder.