Total Solar Eclipse of Chateaugay

April 14, 2024 | Mick Jarvis

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Last Monday's total eclipse certainly was a "once in a lifetime" event. Here is a selection of photos I took here in Chateaugay or were sent to me (in no particular order).

I know there are many more photos out there that are much more spectacular than the ones below, but these are a sampling of what people saw...

"The Little Bulldog Leads the Way" into our Local Author's Collection

December 8, 2023 | Katelyn Legacy-Roulston

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Chateaugay Central School senior, Luke Dalton, joined the Historical Society's December meeting to personally present a signed copy of a children's book he wrote and published for his senior project titled "The Little Bulldog Leads the Way".

Dalton shared his inspiration for writing the book in a post on the School's Facebook page, dated November 6, 2023: "I have a passion for writing and equally a pride for being a Bulldog, I thought what better way to use them both to write a book for the elementary students at our school. I will be reading this book to each of the [elementary] classes in January."

The book, penned by Dalton and illustrated by Tina Vanderhoef, contains messages about being a positive example in your school and community. It is a wonderful addition to our local author's collection. Great work and thank you, Luke!

Chateauguay Valley Antique Association's 36th Annual Show

August 27, 2023 | Mick Jarvis

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I am finishing an article for our Society Newsletter on the J.C. Cook General Store that once straddled the border in Earlville. The store building was later moved about a mile, to the Rennie farm in Rockburn, Quebec.

Mr. Rennie made the store one of the buildings in his “living museum” on the First Concession.

The Rennie property is now the site of an annual Antiques Show hosted by the Chateauguay Valley Antique Association. Since its beginnings following the death of Mr. Rennie, the antique show has grown to include a flea market complete with craftspeople, a classic car show, antique farm implements, many, many food vendors, and all of Mr. Rennie’s collection of buildings (a school, a church, Mr. Cook’s general store and more) and their displays of historic objects.

The annual show was this weekend (Aug. 26 and 27), so I paid it two visits. I wanted to take photos and finish off a few details for my article. Mission accomplished! Had a great time (both times)!

Watch for this event next August! It is an interesting and enjoyable way to spend a summer day!

Also, the complete story of the J.C. Cook General Store will be in the upcoming issue of the Chateaugay Historical Society’s newsletter, complete with some interesting historical photos.

Members, start watching your mailboxes for this issue beginning around the middle of September.

Here are some of the photos I took this weekend at the CVAA show…