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Celebrating Canada Day in Westmeath


WHITEWATER REGION (Westmeath) — Like the great weather, Canada Day in Westmeath was too. Always the perennial highlight, the barbecued chicken and potatoes organized and cooked by Mike Watson and his crew was the taste of the town. That along with salads, beans and deserts were served by Brenda Grady, Leatrice Norlock and the kitchen aides in the upstairs Hall.

There was Pickle Bill on the arena slab, organized by Sheila Paras and Randy Fletcher, not just for the regulars but for others to try, especially the youths. 

Horseshoes made a big comeback this year. The 4th annual Ron Ethier Memorial Horseshoe Tournament attracted 6 women and 12 men into the competition. ‘A’ winners for the women were Laurie and Charlene Ethier and for the men, it was Peter and son Nicholas Ethier. 

At dusk, the night sky gave way to a spectacular array of fireworks. According to those in the crowd watching, “it was the best ever held in Westmeath”.

The 25 minute blast-offs were smooth and continuous with a plenty of variety, too long for one kid who fell asleep before it was over. Joey Sicoli was the contact for the fireworks and Darren Raab, Westmeath firefighter, coordinated the display on the ball field.