KEMPTVILLE — It took her a year to collect all of the stories, but the story has been almost a century in the making. Janet Stark’s book, Those Were The Days . . . Stories of Kemptville College 1917-2015 is a collection of recollections from those who attended the college.
The book includes the invariably embarrassing freshman initiation process of marching through town in their pajamas and getting rolled in manure.
Stark herself is an alumni; twice over. She graduated first in 1975 from the home economics course, and again in 1998 in food and nutrition management. She also worked at the college from 1975 to 1983, which is when she left to start a family.
Stark says that even at 200 pages, the book could easily have been longer. “I’d still have people saying ‘you didn’t include my story,’ but if I had it would’ve gotten to 600 pages.”
She began working on the book when she first heard about the college’s impending closure. “When I heard that Kemptville College was closing, it felt like I was losing a good friend.”
You can buy the book for $20 by emailing Stark at firstname.lastname@example.org.