A community of caring

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Christmas decorating has a whole other meaning for Al and Joanne Rapley.

Each year, the couple spends a month transforming their living room into a holiday wonderland, complete with a 200-building figurine village.

The town includes a train, carollers, a Home Hardware store and a Wal-Mart. A ski hill and a river running into the Atlantic Ocean make up part of the landscape.

Although the Rapleys began the village about 10 years ago to delight their grandson, then 2, with just a few buildings and a train set, they've continued to build the display. This year, they opened the village to their neighbours, accepting donations at the door for the Flamborough Food Bank. The event raised $130.

It's just one of the charity initiatives at the Antrim Glen community. Lynn and Don Lyttle organize a band of carollers and drivers each year, to collect food for the Food Bank. This year, they collected 1,000 pounds of food - double last year's donation.

"This is a wonderful community," said Rapley. "It's so generous. They give from their heart."

A community of caring

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Christmas decorating has a whole other meaning for Al and Joanne Rapley.

Each year, the couple spends a month transforming their living room into a holiday wonderland, complete with a 200-building figurine village.

The town includes a train, carollers, a Home Hardware store and a Wal-Mart. A ski hill and a river running into the Atlantic Ocean make up part of the landscape.

Although the Rapleys began the village about 10 years ago to delight their grandson, then 2, with just a few buildings and a train set, they've continued to build the display. This year, they opened the village to their neighbours, accepting donations at the door for the Flamborough Food Bank. The event raised $130.

It's just one of the charity initiatives at the Antrim Glen community. Lynn and Don Lyttle organize a band of carollers and drivers each year, to collect food for the Food Bank. This year, they collected 1,000 pounds of food - double last year's donation.

"This is a wonderful community," said Rapley. "It's so generous. They give from their heart."

A community of caring

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Christmas decorating has a whole other meaning for Al and Joanne Rapley.

Each year, the couple spends a month transforming their living room into a holiday wonderland, complete with a 200-building figurine village.

The town includes a train, carollers, a Home Hardware store and a Wal-Mart. A ski hill and a river running into the Atlantic Ocean make up part of the landscape.

Although the Rapleys began the village about 10 years ago to delight their grandson, then 2, with just a few buildings and a train set, they've continued to build the display. This year, they opened the village to their neighbours, accepting donations at the door for the Flamborough Food Bank. The event raised $130.

It's just one of the charity initiatives at the Antrim Glen community. Lynn and Don Lyttle organize a band of carollers and drivers each year, to collect food for the Food Bank. This year, they collected 1,000 pounds of food - double last year's donation.

"This is a wonderful community," said Rapley. "It's so generous. They give from their heart."