Reader to Reader: June 1, 2024

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Memory kept alive

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Memory kept alive

Last week, I had the honour to lay a wreath at the Sooke, B.C. Legion cenotaph commemorating one of the seven paratroopers who perished when dropped into the Petawawa River in May 1968. Prior to the ceremony, I found an article in The London Free Press from May 2018 featuring Lynette Riddell, widow of M.W.O. Riddell. She was 85 at the time.

If she is still with us, or has family in the area, please let them know the airborne family is still keeping their memory alive. If you would like to connect with me, please email and pass along your contact information.

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Richard Derkson, Sooke, B.C.

(Submitted photo by Richard Derkson)

Museum now open

The staff at the 1st Hussars Museum are happy to announce the museum will be open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until Aug. 31! This year marks the 80th anniversary of D-Day and the museum is excited to commemorate the event. The museum contains many artifacts from the impressive history of the First Hussars regiment based here in London, including items from inside the Holy Roller tank in Victoria Park, which is one of two tanks in Canada to survive D-Day to the end of the Second World War. The Museum is located at 1 Dundas St. Admission is free. Contact us at

First Hussars Museum staff

RCAF anniversary

The Village of Vanastra, formerly RCAF Clinton, 1941 to 1972, is celebrating the RCAF 100th anniversary on Air Force Day, June 8, 10 4 p.m.

Also included are community yard sales, barbecues, food trucks and historical guided tours all day.

Pamela Stanley, 519-482-9914

Purse recovered

Thank you to everyone who assisted on getting a misplaced purse back into my hands during an afternoon visit with my sister to Springbank Park, especially city employees in two trucks working in the west end.

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I am grateful.

Carmen Stenhouse, London

School reunion

The 2024 Brownsville school reunion will be held June 12. Registration starts at 10 a.m. Please bring a dish to be shared for lunch at noon. Contact Marion Honsberger, 519-642-0246 or email

Marion Honsberger, London

Rummage sales

St. John the Divine Catholic Church, 390 Base Line Rd. W. (Berkshire area) is having a garage sale June 1, 8 a.m. to noon.

Colleen Kelly, London

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White Oaks United Church is having a yard sale June 8, 8 a.m.-noon.

Jim Catton, London

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Westmount Presbyterian Church, at Village Green Avenue and Wonderland Road, is having a garage sale, June 8, starting at 8.30 a.m.

Ina Patience, London

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Holy Trinity St. Stephen’s Memorial Church, at 727 Southdale Rd., is having a summer sale and barbecue June 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Jeanette Maloney, Office Coordinator, Holy Trinity St. Stephen’s Memorial

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The South Huron Hospital auxiliary is sponsoring a rummage sale on Tuesday, June 11, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, June 12, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at South Huron Recreation Centre, 94 Victoria St. E., Exeter. Any questions, please call 519-237-3445.

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Barb Down, Rummage sale committee member

Memorial services

Decoration service at Birr Anglican Cemetery is June 2, 2:30 p.m., outdoors. Everyone is welcome.

Cynthia Watts, 519-666-1650

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Decoration day at Siloam Cemetery on Fanshawe Park Road will be June 9. Cemetery board members will be present from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to assist visitors. Donations may be made while visiting the cemetery or cheques can be mailed to Siloam Cemetery c/o L. Riddell, 15932 Eight Mile Rd., Arva, ON, N0M 1C0.

Mary Shoebottom, Siloam Cemetery board member

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St. George’s Cemetery in Hyde Park is holding its annual outdoor memorial service, June 9 at 2 p.m. Donations will be accepted at the service or etransfer to

Lynn Baker, Trustee

Community picnic

Community Spirit picnic in the park, presented by the Plympton-Wyoming events committee, is June 8, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at McKay Park, 497 Ontario St., Wyoming.

Mike Nagle, Wyoming

Ham supper

Rowntree United Church at 156 Elliott St. is hosting a ham and strawberry dinner on June 15, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets – $20 for adults, $12 for kids 10 and younger – are recommended. Call 519-438-8075, 519-455-5736 or email

Maryjane Jolliffe, Rowntree Memorial United Church

Reader to Reader

Reader to Reader runs every second week in The London Free Press. Reader to Reader helps readers connect with one another. You can pay tribute, give thanks, look for an out-of-print book, search for a long-lost friend or family member.

E-mail your letter to: (no attachments please) and include “Reader” in the subject line. Or go to and choose Letters to the Editor topic.

The next Reader to Reader runs June 15. The deadline is June 10.

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