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Clifford Homecoming organizers  pleased with outcome of event

Mission accomplished - Minto Mayor George Bridge commended the 150th Community Anniversary and 2017 Clifford Homecoming committee for the recent celebration at a meeting on Aug. 24 at Knox United Church in Clifford. From left: general manager Don Senek, secretary Dianne Epworth, Bridge, grants chair Al Rams, co-chair Carolyn LeMay and chair Bill Smith.  Photo by Bonnie Whitehead

Clifford Homecoming organizers pleased with outcome of event

by Bonnie Whitehead

CLIFFORD - Chair Bill Smith welcomed Minto Mayor George Bridge and 23 committee members to the 150th Community Anniversary and 2017 Clifford Homecoming meeting on Aug. 24 at Knox United Church.

It was thumbs up all around the table for the homecoming long weekend event.

Officials say the goal to celebrate Clifford from Aug. 4 to 7, renew acquaintances, and make new friendships was achieved.

A volunteer and sponsor appreciation evening was to be held on Sept. 7 at the community hall.

In terms of the bottom line, organizers are still dealing with outstanding accounts. All proceeds from the event will be donated for community betterment.

Bridge commended the committee, volunteers, and his staff for their over-and-above attitudes.

“It’s amazing what Clifford can do,” the mayor stated. “I’ve been watching this committee for two and a half years and everything was so well run. I saw people I haven’t seen in a long while. Clifford is thriving. It is a viable, happening village. The roads? Next year.”

Smith was congratulated for chairing the event and for giving people the opportunity to be a part of the community undertaking.

The fireworks and the parade were the most talked about events.

Alieda and Lyle Murray won the homecoming quilt.

Eighty collections contributed to the 100 story boards and historical displays in the arena. The event hosted numerous sold out meals and last minutes sales.

It was noted that artist Ken Thornburn donated three prints of the historic grist mill.

Secretary Dianne Epworth was complimented for setting meetings and for her communication skills. She kept everyone informed.


September 8, 2017


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