Just a quick note to tell you the Student Exchange visit is going extremely well. We have been very busy with the young people and chaperones. They are all wonderful representatives of Comrie!
Last night they (25 of us in all) attended the Ottawa Senators’ (National Hockey League) season opener which was a big hit with everyone. Ottawa won 5-2 over New Jersey Devils and the atmosphere in the arena (there were 19,000 fans – a full house) was amazing!
Ralph Shaw and I took them to Perth (Ontario) and Merrickville on Wednesday. Visited St. Fillans Cemetery yesterday which was moving for all involved (seeing the graves of Comrie and Perthshire natives touched all of us.
They also met descendants of famed Carleton Place First World War ace Captain A. Roy Brown (who shot down the Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen, in 1918) and they toured the new Roy Brown Museum. We all had lunch together afterwards courtesy of Mayor LeBlanc and the Town of Carleton Place.
Saturday a number, including Glenda and Rick, are planning a day in Montreal, two and a half hours east of here. They are looking forward to that excursion.
Monday Frank LeBlanc and I are taking them on a tour of Ottawa, the nation’s capital.
A busy itinerary but so far, so good! The weather has been decent too. Some showers, but most at night and they haven’t bothered us particularly. Daytime temps here are 15-18C.
Today the kids are at school and they were scheduled to attend the high school football games (our football – with helmets and forward passes) at Notre Dame Catholic High School (along with Glenda and Rick) this afternoon.
All the best to all of you from the Carleton Place Sister City Committee. I will send photos when I find the time. A work day for me so I had best get back to it.
CHEERS – Jeff Maguire
It is great to hear that our students are having a great time.