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Frank is available for reserve 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2016

FRANK HITCHENS  is an astronomer from Perth who enjoys nothing more than sharing his fascination with the Cosmos with others. Frank gives talks to variety of groups and has given classes at Algonquin College and the Lanark Learning Centre. Frank also provides occasional interviews at CBC Radio in Ottawa. You can find one of his interviews here: 
 

 Alex is available for reserve at 2:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2016

ALEX HUGHES was born in Montreal in 1930. His father worked for the firm of architects in Montreal who were retained by Tait MacKezie to restore the old Baird mill, now known as the Mill of Kintail. His grandfather was General Henry Thoresby Hughes, who was in charge of building the Canadian war memorials in France. Among these was the Vimy Ridge Memorial and this story is quite fascinating in itself.

                In his youth Alex had been a potential Olympic candidate but at the age of 15 he contracted polio and that ended his athletic career. He joined the Army and, after some time spent teaching recruits at Camp Borden, was sent to Laos as a Peacekeeper in 1960. He spent some time in Vietnam as well. In the 1970s he worked for the British Army as second in Command of the Armoured Test and Development Unit, which tested all new tanks and other armoured vehicles. Mr. Hughes' official title is Major Alex Hughes O.M.M., C.D. He was awarded the Oder of Military Merit in 1982.


                Alex has spent the later part of his life as an active member of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, eventually becoming its president. This is a passion project for Alex as the museum is situated in the old Rosamond Mill and his mother was a Rosamond.