Donkin family, including 5 year old Mason, lead the first-ever Walk for Chiari in Bradford, Ont. on Saturday July 15, 2017. Miriam King/Bradford Times/Postmedia Network

Chiari Malformation in the spotlight

Bradford’s first Walk for Chiari Malformation attracted more than 100 participants. They came to raise awareness and funds, and to support young Mason Donkin, who inspired the walk.

St. Louis Bar & Grill's Haven Borisko (from left), Chris Melnychuk and Shane Emms manned the BBQ for the Bradford Board of Trade, in Bradford, Ont. on Friday July 14, 2017. Miriam King/Bradford Times/Postmedia Network

Appreciation BBQ with the BBT

The Bradford Board of Trade set up a “village” of tents at the Millennium Clock Tower last Friday, determined to provide shelter in case it rained at the annual Appreciation BBQ. In previous years, uncertain weather led guests to cram under cover and pull out their umbrellas, as the rain poured down.

A view of the Holland Marsh, in a typical year. This year, cool wet weather and localized flooding have delayed crops by weeks, and some areas have had to be reseeded. Miriam King/Bradford Times/Postmedia Network

Mystery Tour of the Marsh

The BWG Local History Association hosts its annual Mystery Tour on Saturday, July 15 – this year, a tour of the Holland Marsh, with former Drainage Superintendent Art Janse. Meet at the Bond Head United Church at 1 p.m., to catch the bus. Cost of the tour is $10.

Little runner is cheered on by the crowd, in the Rebecca Run for SMA in Newmarket, on Saturday July 8, 2017. Miriam King/Bradford Times/Postmedia Network

Good news at the Rebecca Run

The Families of SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) and supporters gathered for the annual Rebecca Run for SMA, at Fairy Lake Park on July 8 – where there was good news.

Mom Jennifer and Mason, 5, polish Grandpa's car, at the BWG Firefighters' charity car wash in Bradford, June 10. Mason has been diagnosed with Chiari Malformation. Miriam King/Bradford Times/Postmedia Network

Walking for Chiari

Little Mason Donkin, only 5, has been diagnosed with Chiari malformation, a structural condition of the brain that crowds the cerebellum, sometimes pushing it into the upper spinal cord, blocking the flow of cerebrospinal fluid and resulting in neurological and muscle problems.

Planting the family "tree" - a small blue spruce - in 1947, marking the 100th Anniversary of the Black family's emigration to Innisfil. Submitted

My Canada... The family "tree"

My sister and I search Innisfil Beach Park, east of the picnic pavilion. Where is the blue spruce tree?It was planted on June 28, 1947, 70 years ago, to commemorate 100 years since the Black family first emigrated from Tyrone, Ireland. We left without finding the tree.

Mayor Rob Keffer, joined by Councillors Raj Sandhu, Gary Baynes, Peter Ferragine and Ron Orr, and owners and staff at the restaurant, cut the ribbon to open Made in Mexico in Bradford, Ont. on Monday June 26, 2017. Miriam King/Bradford Times/Postmedia Network

Flavour and fun, Made in Mexico

It isn’t every day that diners get to see not only the opening of a new restaurant, but the launch of what could be a business phenomenon.