The March 2020 edition of A Bit of the Bay Magazine is cover-to-cover with stories, features and columns that are not available on the Facebook Group of the same name.
Most of the 32-page print publication, our seventh issue since September 2019, is a salute to the women of the Bay with the colour-glossy package circulated beginning March 1 ahead of the International Women's Day March 8 and International Women's History Month.
On the cover is composer and teacher Rosemary Liesmer, the music director for the catholic school board 1970 to 1982. The curriculum and songs she created kindled a love in music for thousands of young students across Ontario. Jeff Fournier interviewed her daughter Kelly for a look at Rosemary's well-traveled and rewarding life despite many challenges.
As Fournier says in the introductory column, behind every successful community is a league of strong leading-ladies.
Pat Madill Stamp's Sentimental Journey column is next with her Leave room for the Holy Ghost piece offering a humourous good read.
Violet 'Ma' Woodward is described unanimously as the 'most compassionate woman ever' in Fournier's second submission.
A tribute to the late teacher and civic leader Eva Wardlaw comes next, penned by her brother Leo James Mitchell.
On Page 12 is a short story about Tasie McCarthy and her figure skating career, which included performances with the Ice Follies in 1946, and continued as a local coach. Her sister Nora McCarthy Kirby was a national and North American champion with induction to the North Bay Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.
Dave Dale takes a shot at giving a history lesson in his column sparked by the provincial battle with teachers, noting that women teachers started organizing as a unified strength shortly after the First World War. Readers will notice the centre four pages are not on glossy paper. It's because we wanted to have a subscription form that's easier to fill out with a pen. And there's a perforated cutline as well for easier removal.
Next up, Greg J. Humbert offers a feature on his family and their entrepreneurial spirit with roots in the North Bay area stretching to the early 1920s. The second wife to his paternal grandfather John J. Humbert, Katie Deschesne, is described as a solid business person who ran the Star Cafe and boarding house across from the CP Rail Station.
Fournier's fourth piece is with producer, writer and actor Kristen Shepherd, a contributor to the North Bay arts scene and beyond as she brings stories about Northern Ontario women to the stage.
Dale also covered the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce's after hours gathering Feb. 20, which just happened to be hosted by the Business Women's Network of North Bay. The story included the news about new Chamber chair Rebecca McGlynn being only the third woman to head the business group.
On Page 24, the 40th North Bay Sports Hall of Fame induction and awards dinner was featured with the full list of athletes, builders and other sports leaders included with a pic of waterskier Jaimee Bull. She'll receive the 2019 Jack Burrows Memorial Award for Sports Achievement.
Turn the page and you find the five recipients of the Davedi Club's Order of Merit, led by Nancy Jacko.
Rounding out the edition, right after the Events page, is Pam Handley's Heritage Matters column, a continuation of her piece about her long-time friend Joyce O'Halloran, a former Gateway Theatre Guild volunteer as well as one of our oldest subscribers.
As Fournier says in the introductory column on Page 2, behind every successful community is a league of strong 'leading ladies'.
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