Reunion celebration for North Valley Public School (S.S.#18)

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Reunion celebration for North Valley Public School (S.S.#18)
Pictured are co-organizers Ian MacLean and Shirley (Bilmer) Heagle


Plans are well underway, for a Reunion Celebration for all former students of the North Valley Public School, known as S.S.#18.  According to some research done by Joan (Brownell) Poapst; on June 9, 1873, a half-acre lot measuring 9 rod square and located on the south-east corner of the east-half of lot #23 on the 6th. Concession of Osnabruck Township, was deeded over from the farm of John and Mary Dunbar, to the Trustees of the Common School section number 18, for the price of $60.00.  A fire destroyed the original log structure and was replaced by a larger, framed one-room-school house of which all of those attending the reunion will well remember.  The school closed its doors in June 1959 and all area children were bussed to Newington Public or Rothwell Public School in Ingleside.

The event will be held on Thursday, July 28th. from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Trinity United Church in Ingleside.  Chief organizers, Shirley (Bilmer) Heagle and Ian MacLean, state that the Bell for “Morning Exercises” will ring at 1:15 PM kicking off a lively program that includes Door Prizes.

There will be a charge of $10 or $15 at the door to cover costs of the day as well as some afternoon Recess treats and drinks.   Any money left over after expenses will be given to our local Foodbank.

Everyone who has attended North Valley Public School is encouraged to come.  MacLean states that over thirty have been contacted and are keenly interested, some from as far away as Sarnia, Toronto and Ottawa…and we are looking for more.  Bring along your spouse or friend, pictures, lots of memories and stories to share and any other memorailia you may have.

Register your intentions to attend by texting or calling Ian MacLean at 613-984-2356 or contact him by e-mail at  Or call Shirley (Bilmer) Heagle at 613-933-5571.  Please register by July 18, 2022.

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