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Sep 15, 2008 - Kirkland Lake

The next morning we awoke to clear skies and sunshine, all the better to see the sights of Kirkland Lake. When I had written to Dianne earlier I had asked her about showing us around the town and she had replied, “That will take all of about two minutes…”. She took us around the small downtown area and I was surprised to see it looking much less rundown than I had imagined it would be. We were pretty young when David and I made our trips across Canada, with our mother to visit the Lalondes, so there wasn’t much that seemed familiar. Then...

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Sep 15, 2008 - Swastika/Kirkland Lake Cemetery

I have always believed that my father was buried in the small cemetery at Swastika because he had not been allowed to be buried in the Catholic cemetery in Kirkland Lake. I understood that this was because he had married my mother, a Protestant. It was a revelation to me that this was not the case. In fact, there is only one cemetery and it is non-denominational, shared by the residents of Swastika and Kirkland Lake. Uncle Art remembers that the Catholic priest would not say Mass for my father because he had left the church when he married,...

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Sep 14, 2008 - Kenogami

After clear skies ever since we left Vancouver, we awoke to mist and drizzle for our drive north to Kirkland Lake and Kenogami (pronounces Keh-nog-a-mee). Not only was it dull and rainy, the weather had turned cold and it was a stark reminder that fall was well underway and winter was just around the corner. We took the Lalonde’s rental car and Art drove his van so that they could return later in the evening. I rode in the van’s passenger seat and Doris and Jeong Ae were together in the back. Anil kept David company for the drive. Along the...

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