Is this a good time for us to speak?

Fergus02I was hoping to take a few moments of your time for us to have a short talk about what has been happening and will be happening with the website in the near term.

I have been doing a major clean up of almost all the articles we have posted since we opened almost 3 years ago now. You see, I monitor what is happening on the site every single day and in fact I do it several times a day just to ensure that there are no problems on the site. I was recently prompted to review all the articles when I started noticing that many of you were getting an abnormal number of “page not found” responses to your queries. Continue reading

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Whitney Memorial Church, Riverside, Ontario

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Whitney Memorial Church is the earliest Protestant church built in the colony, and the first church in the Diocese of Ottawa but it was built by Lutherans.

It was eventually transferred to the Anglicans…

Lutheran pastors serving this congregation included: The Rev. Johann Samuel Schwerdtfeger 1791-1803 The Rev. Frederick Augustus Meyers 1804-1807 The Rev. Johann Gunter Weigandt 1807-1835.

The Reverend Swerdtfeger

Johann Samuel Schwerdtfeger

According to a brief history compiled by the late George F. Jowett, The Rev. Johann Samuel Schwerdtfeger was an eminent Lutheran Pastor. He was born in Bavaria, educated in Germany, and served in the United States.

As a Loyalist he had endured imprisonment for declaring his satisfaction with British rule. He was a pacifist and although he had not served in the Loyalist forces, his loyalty to the Crown was well-known and he was granted United Empire Loyalist status.

In the fall of 1791, Jowett records, he arrived with his wife and eight children by covered wagon. During those early years, it appears that the first church was built as a co-operative, community effort with a congregation of Anglicans, German Calvinists (later Presbyterians) and German Lutherans worshipping together under the leadership of The Rev. Samuel Schwerdtfeger, a Lutheran pastor. The first worship service in the new church occurred on September 17, 1792.

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Les Brown and His Band of Renown with Doris Day

Les Brown in 1947

Les Brown in 1947

Les Brown and Doris Day are featured in this Saturday’s Big Band  Serenade. We are honoured to present Les Brown and His Band of Renown with the incomparable Doris Day who worked with the band from 1940 to 1946.

Doris Day was with the Band from 1940 to 1946

Doris Day was with the Band from 1940 to 1946

Doris Day became popular as a result of their recording in 1945 of  “Sentimental Journey”. The song’s release coincided with the end of World War II in Europe. It became the unofficial homecoming theme for many veterans. The band had nine other number-one hit songs, including “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm”.

Les Brown and the Band of Renown performed with Bob Hope on radio, stage and television for almost fifty years. They did 18 USO Tours for American troops around the world while entertaining over three million people. Before the Super Bowls were televised, the Bob Hope Christmas Specials were the highest-rated programs in television history. Tony Bennett was “discovered” by Bob Hope and did his first public performance with Brown and the Band.

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Oton Church, an Update on the Parish Activity Centre project

Oton Church construction of the Parish Activity Centre project has been on-going for two years or more.

On a recent visit  to the site we found only two or three workers on site, it is clearly not a bustling beehive of activity. Although some work has been done since our last visit; we were also terribly disappointed to find that there was little or no obvious progress in the past 10 months. Is it for lack of money?

Oton Church, Parish Activity Centre. A Fund Raising Problem?

Oton Church, construction project. September 10, 2014. The project appears to be missing its fund raising objectives.

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A Relaxing Sunday Afternoon Drive of discovery along the historic 1,000 Islands Parkway

Just head out and follow the road or as some used to say …just follow your nose…and above all relax and enjoy the day and the scenery.
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It’s World Literacy Day.

Today is World Literacy Day – let’s all do whatever we can to encourage young people to get reading – one way to do that is to allow them to listen to certain selected Audio Books such as the ones in our small but growing collection…

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HP’s FM Radio Station is growing by the day!

We’ve added a Filipino Artists section to the HP’s FM Radio Station. We have featured some of your favourite artists such as:

Come visit the Filipino Artists Section, we think you’ll really like the sounds we’ve selected just for you. And remember we’ll be adding more in the weeks and months to come…

 

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HP’s FM Radio presents The Big Band Serenade series

One of our radio series is the Big Band Serenade, during which we will present a 30 to 40 minute presentation of one of the important Big Bands of the 30s, 40s and 50s. Each episode of the Serenade will appear on Sundays for the foreseeable future. We hope you will enjoy them…Our first episode features the Big Band sound of Charlie Garnet.  Lena Horne, the great vocalist worked with Charlie in the late 30’s and early 40’s…

To access this week’s episode click on this link – Charlie Barnet’s Big Band Serenade.

 

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HP’s Audio Books section is now ready for you to start enjoying!

The Original Manuscripts

The Original Manuscripts

 

We’ve just added to HP’s Audio Books some of the works of the following authors and we’ll be adding many more in the weeks and months to come.

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Baroness Orczy    William Shakespeare     Lucy Maud Montgomery

Jose Rizal    Hans Christian Andersen    Geoffrey Chaucer    Aesop

 

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Relax! Put up your feet and just watch the world go by.

All you have to do is to pick a spot and enjoy the ‘sounds of silence’ and the water lapping the shore…it so relaxing. It’s fantastic.

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