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Madawaska Valley Councillor offering talk on history of Wilno

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It’s a history that spans all the way back to the 1870s, and he hopes to cover it in an hour.

Madawaska Valley Councillor and author David Shulist will be giving a talk about the history of Wilno. The talk will happen over the phone on Friday, March 18th from 2 PM until 3 PM.

Shulist says he will be covering the whole history of Wilno, starting with its Kashubian and Polish roots. He plans to cover everything from how the town got its name, the rise and fall of the railway, and how the town was in the 1800s compared to now. The town has changed a lot, he says, changing from a place with four gas stations and three general stores to a town with a tavern, church, and gallery. However, he says despite the changes, the town is still alive and rich with history.

The councillor is doing the presentation as part of the Seniors’ Centre Without Walls series, put on by Renfrew & Area Seniors’ Home Support. He will present the history in short form and then open the talk up for questions. To join, call 1-800-669-6180, and enter the passcode 161716, followed by the “#” key.

Shulist also says that both Kashubian Festival and Opeongo Cup have been cancelled for another year.

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