By: Clayton Barker
1957 advertisement for Neil Young and Sons farm implement dealership and service garage, at what is now 77 King Street East, Burford.
Burford, Dec. 5th, 1957
SANTA CLAUS COMING TO BURFORD SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14th:
Santa Claus will be coming to Burford on Saturday afternoon, December 14th. Arrangements for Santa’s annual pre-Christmas visit to Burford are being made by the Burford Lions Club and to climax Santa’s visit the Lions will pass out candy bags to the children.
The Santa Claus parade will start at Neil Young and Son’s Garage, King St., E., going west on King St. to the United Church corner, south on Alexander Street to Andrew Street, over Andrew Street to maple Avenue and back to the four corners, then east to Park Street and then to the Burford Fair Pavilion, where Santa will greet his many little friends and distribute the candy bags, assisted by members of the Lions Club.
In an effort to have the parade in keeping with the importance of the distinguished visitor, the Lions are offering cash prizes for the best decorated float and the best decorated car in the parade. A total of thirty dollars is being offered, $15 for the best float, $10 for the second-best float in the parade, and a prize of $5 for the best decorated car.
A number of floats and decorated cars have already been entered in the parade. All that is necessary is to bring your decorated vehicle to Neil Young and Son’s Garage by 2 p.m. on the day of Santa’s visit and join in the parade. Judging of the vehicles will take place while the parade is in progress.
CAR DRAW TICKETS:
A few tickets left for the Burford Lions Club annual car draw on the 1958 Chevrolet. Only 999 tickets to be sold. Tickets $5.00 each at J. P. Harris’ Gift and Jewellery Shop, or from any member of the Lions Club. Draw will be made Wednesday, December 11th, at annual Turkey raffle.
HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS:
Getting Christmas Cards – On Monday, December 2nd, the Student Council held a noon-hour meeting. Council president, Ted Shelegy, opened the meeting and the minutes of the previous meeting were read by the secretary, Ron Davidson. Because of the inconvenience of printing the new Christmas card designs that were chosen by the Council, it was decided that we have a simpler design.
Planning Christmas Party – Definite plans for the Christmas party were made. The party will be held on Wednesday, December 18th, in the United Church assembly Hall, in Burford. Lunch will be served by the Student Council. The admission will be seventy-five cents and admittance will be given only to members of the High School and to those whose names are on the invitation list which will be at the door on the night of the party. Any outsiders who wish to come, may contact someone in the school, either a student or the principal, any time before 4:00 on December 18th. We hope that if Santa Claus has no other engagement that evening, he will attend the High School party…
With the fall term in full swing in the schools of the province, School Busses are on the road twice daily, taking pupils to and from school. To safeguard the young passengers, “Rules of the Road” under the Highway Traffic Act require that the bus be of the standard design, colour and equipment, and second that a driver, overtaking such a bus on a highway, if the bus is stopped for the purpose of discharging passengers, must stop also.
SAFE DRIVING WEEK:
To develop more evidence of the need for each person who walks and drives to be his or her own safety councillor, a maximum emphasis campaign went into gear right across Canada, during SAFE DRIVING WEEK, Dec. 1st, to 7th.
On behalf of Ontario’s efforts in the campaign, Premier L. M. Frost points out: “I cannot speak too highly of the work already accomplished by local and province-wide organizations and the individual citizens who are promoting safety on the highways throughout the year. But there is still a great deal that must be done and I strongly commend Safe Driving Week to every thoughtful citizen as worthy of most complete support.”
ACCLAMATION FOR TWO MEMBERS OF TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD:
Mr. John Shepherd, R.R.2 Scotland, and Mr. John I. Whitehead, R.R. 4 Brantford, were re-elected to the Burford Township Public School Area Board, for a term of two years, by acclamation, at a nomination meeting, held in Harley…The other three members of the five-man school board are Roy Reavely, Wm. Bailey and Nelson Oliver. These three men will come up for re-election at the end of 1958.