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Hospital pay, perks unveiled DEREK DUNN firstname.lastname@example.org
It was a year of ups and downs for Arnprior and area. We take a look back at some of the most powerful images of 2011. – Page 10, 11, 12, 13
The Arnprior and District Food Bank is praising the generosity of area individuals, businesses and organizations after a record holiday season. – Page 2, 16
Ontario hospitals made public the contracts of their top managers on Jan. 3, with Arnprior District Memorial Hospital’s CEO Eric Hanna coming in at $192,406. Many hospitals disclosed the information three days after they became subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Ontario Hospital Association president and CEO Tom Closson said he released the information to build trust with taxpayers. “Hospitals’ decision to proactively disclose their key material signals a strong commitment to transparency, accountability, and the importance of building the trust and confidence among the people they serve,” Closson said in a press release. ADMH’s four highest managers, according to last year’s “sunshine list,” came in at a combined $522,116. Hanna doesn’t find the announcement of salaries new or unsettling, saying market conditions dictate appropriate pay. Were he to do comparable work as a small hospital CEO in the private sector, he said – citing the Manley Report - he would be paid more. While private sector wages can be pegged to profitability, Hanna’s is tied to performance. The ADMH board of directors has eight goals laid out for him related to quality of care. See ‘JOB SATISFACTION’ Page 3
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ENJOYING THE GREAT OUTDOORS Darian Stevens and his sister Jessica Stevens of Prospect, Ont., are rosy cheeked after playing at McLean Avenue park Wednesday morning. The Stevens kids, who were visiting grandmother Fran Caoutte of Arnprior, said they were having a great time getting out for some winter fun. Most local school children are also out enjoying the last days of the Christmas break. Students return to classes on Monday, Jan. 9.
Town loses former reeve, ‘gentleman’ DEREK DUNN email@example.com
The Arnprior Lions Club recognized several of its members and contributors at a special event in the month of December. – Page 19
Arnprior lost a long-time community builder and gentleman on Dec. 30, say to friends and colleagues of Henry Murdoch. Murdoch, a long-time reeve of the town, died in Arnprior District Memorial Hospital at the age of 91. Born in 1919, Murdoch worked at Kenwood Mills and Huyck, but is best known for his many years on town council, contributing so much that town hall itself is known at the Henry A. Murdoch Building. “We lost an individual that dedicated most of his life to municipal government,” said Coun. Ted Strike, who worked with Murdoch on council and
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reeve and one-time county warden as taking the lead in the planning and building of the new Bonnechere Manor. The Renfrew nursing home named two floors after Murdoch. Murdoch held many titles on town council. He was councillor back when elections were annual – 1965 to 1966, 1968 to 1972, 1979 to 1980, 1982, and 1983 to 1985; he was deputy reeve from 1968 to 1972; he was reeve from 1972 to 1974, and again from 1986 to 1997. “Henry always had the town of Arnprior at heart, front and centre,” Strike said. “Honest, dedicated, a man of integrity; he was quite a gentleman.” See ‘GENTLEMAN’ Page 2
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‘Gentleman’ reeve mourned by town Continued from front That same word, gentleman, was used by Coun. Mark Willmer, who considered Murdoch a mentor in many ways. “It’s a great loss to Arnprior,” Willmer said. “Henry was very reasonable and well thought out on all issues. He respected all opinions; it was nothing personal.” His final official contribution to the town was a member of the police committee prior to the last election. He was also a long-time active member of the Arnprior-Braeside-McNab
Seniors at Home board, most recently serving in the important transportation chair role. He stepped down from that board position only recently. Murdoch is survived by his wife of 71 years, Isabell, daughter Margaret and son Bruce, along with grandchildren an great grandchildren. A celebration of his life was held Tuesday at Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church in Arnprior. For Murdoch’s complete obituary, see the classified section of this issue of the Chronicle-Guide.
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Arnprior Food bank president Kathy Tonkin accepts a $7,525 cheque from Reid Bros. Motor Sales owner Trevor Reid on Monday. The company matched customer donations during the holiday season in a campaign for the food bank that has been ongoing for 17 years and has raised well over $100,000. For more, see the story on Page 16.
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Continued from front However, he agreed hospital employees derive moral satisfaction in their work on top of monetary compensation. Hanna, with 24 years working in hospitals, left for a stint as a consultant. “I get more satisfaction by bringing more benefits to the community,” he said. CEOs often note they are merely paid what others in similar positions receive; but when critics say all are overpaid, there is rarely a counter argument. There is also the question of whether high wages in areas such as hospitals result in marked improvements since many problems – such as aging demographics – are out of the CEOs’ control. Asked if the administrators best qualified for such a position are the ones who would rather cut their own salaries than, say, raise parking lot fees, Hanna said the best qualified person would take a look at the overall financial situation. “Those are the two extremes,” he said, adding a freeze on managers’ salaries hasn’t been matched by unionized workers. Still, Hanna understands the scrutiny. “I do realize it is public expenditures,” he said. “But I need to be competitive (when hiring), as well. You gotta pay what the market is.”
ERIC HANNA • Manager of communications and fund development Wendy Knechtel $928.65; • Chief of staff Dr. Christine Schriver $2,257.73; • Board member Gina Pilon $553.70. The chair of the board of directors, Steve Hudson, is free to ask for details on expenses to en-
sure they are tied to the corporation’s priorities. Hanna said it may have been true more than a decade ago that some abuse of the system occurred. For instance, tax dollars were used to pay for some hospital CEOs attending political fundraisers. That hasn’t been allowed for many years. On the other hand, it is unclear if spouses are allowed to attend out-oftown events. “But the regulations have been very, very clear what perks are out and which are in,” Hanna said. The media attention over the past few days has a way of universalizing what amounts to isolated examples, he indicated. “Everybody else gets tainted with the same brush,” he said. MORE ACCOUNTABILITY Hospitals are showing more accountability through the website myhospitalcare.ca. It details
the infect rate and wait times. ADMH was not rated. When it comes to acute care and emergency care between April 1, 2009 and March 31, 2010, ADMH rated above the provincial average. Under the provincial finance ministry, ADMH’s other top three managers have their salaries listed as: • director of resident/ patient care/chief nursing executive Leah Levesque $112,172; • charge technologist Brent Shultz $103,350; • director of finance support services Tim Sonnenburg $114,187. FREEDOM OF INFORMATION Citizens can now apply under freedom of information for draft reports, electronic data, and expenses. Not available to the public is information about patient medical or person data, physician credentials and supplier contract details.
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EXPENSES MADE PUBLIC The province mandated the publication of executives’ expenses from April 1 to Sept. 30, 2011, under the categories travel, parking, accommodations and meals. Descriptions include one-word terms such as meetings, conferences, and education. The breakdown of the following expenses is available at arnpriorhospital.com: • President and CEO Eric Hanna $4,243.05; • VP of finance and support services Tim Sonnenburg $1,151.98; • VP patient and residential services Leah Levesque $1,560.89; • VP human resources Michelle Lewis $2,547.36;
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Rising number of impaired drivers on road over Christmas worries OPP The number of impaired drivers nabbed in this year’s OPP campaign in Eastern Ontario doubled over the year before. The statistics are in line with trends in the rest of the province, worrying OPP. And Arnprior’s numbers are also disturbing. There were 79 Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) checks during the Festive RIDE campaign in Arnprior. Three impaired driving or exceeded the legal limit of .08 milligrams cases were documented. Five licence suspensions occurred. “It’s a message people in a lot of places still do not get,” said Sgt. Gary Dougherty of the Arnprior OPP. “The only successful ride program is one that you don’t make any arrests.” In the RIDE program, which ran from Nov. 25 to Jan. 1, 103 drivers in Eastern Ontario were charged with impaired driving, up from 51 in 2010. Temporary driver’s licence suspensions were up slightly, from 77 to 83. This year, the OPP did not track the number of vehicles or drivers checked, but “are concerned” about the number impaired drivers apprehended. “It is very disturbing that so many people decided to risk not only their life, but also their family, friends and others sharing the road this holiday season,” said Inspector Dave Springer, the OPP’s East Region manager of traffic and marine. “Our officers removed 103 impaired drivers from the roads during the OPP’s Festive RIDE. Another 83 had their license suspended for registering in the ‘warn’ range on a road side device. This is unacceptable.” He pledged that OPP officers across the region “will continue to focus on those who have decided to endanger others on our highways.” Province-wide, police removed 1,203 impaired drivers
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SNOW DAYS After a late start, winter has definitely arrived in the Ottawa Valley with snow and very cold temperatures keeping Arnprior and area residents busy. Above, Kevin Hyland is appropriately bundled as he works to clear snow along Daniel Street last week.
Thieves targetting cars: OPP In the wake of recent thefts from vehicles, OPP remind motorists to remove all valuables from their cars overnight and lock them when parked. Many thieves are often looking for easy targets and only steal from unlocked vehicles, note police.
off roads and highways throughout the six Ontario regions that are policed by the OPP. Of the total, 652 were charged with impaired driving and the other 551 were issued immediate suspensions for having a blood alcohol concentration between .05 and .08. In comparison, during the 2010-2011 Festive R.I.D.E. campaign, 308 drivers were charged with impaired driving and 613 were issued suspensions. “On one hand, I am extremely proud of the hard work on the part of our officers who made this campaign highly-effective in removing these dangerous drivers from our roads over the holidays. On the other hand, I am disappointed that these drivers would risk their lives and the lives of others,” said OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis. In 2011, 47 people died in alcohol-related crashes on OPP-patrolled roads. Chief Superintendent Don Bell, Commander of the OPP Highway Safety Division, drivers shouldn’t let their guard down just because the holiday season is over. “The results of our Festive RIDE. campaign and the dangers associated with driving impaired have been widely-publicized in the news, yet more than 1,200 drivers still chose to ignore our strong messaging and warnings about impaired driving,” said Bell. “For those who feel relieved that our campaign is over, be warned that our regular RIDE initiatives will continue to be conducted throughout the province year-round, so there is no safe haven for impaired drivers anywhere or anytime on Ontario roads.” The OPP thank all those “who acted responsibly over the holidays by driving sober and helping to make Ontario roads safe for everyone.” With files from Derek Dunn
RIDE check in Burnstown results in drug charge Renfrew OPP report that officers seized a quantity of marijuana while conducting a RIDE spot check in McNab-Braeside on Dec. 30. At about 10 p.m.,, officers were at the intersection of Burnstown and Calabogie roads when they stopped a vehicle. The driver was arrested after some pot was found in the vehicle. Following an investigation, a 25year-old Pembroke man was charged with possession of marijuana. He was released on a promise to appear in court in Renfrew on Feb. 29. OPP Constable Hayley Chaplin investigated.
Renfrew OPP responded to 137 calls for service during last week. Among them were seven domestic disputes investigations. However, no criminal charges were laid. BE ALERT TO CONDITIONS Renfrew OPP issued a safety alert this week regarding winter driving. With winter now firmly here, drivers must devote their full attention to the task of driving, as the hazards of driving in the winter are numerous, warn police. Hazardous winter driving condi-
tions can include reduced visibility due to blowing snow, slippery road condition due to ice and freezing conditions, snow and slush spray coming off other vehicles, and the need for increased spacing between vehicles to account for slippery roads and reduced braking time. Unexpected road closures due to weather conditions or collisions can also result in delays while travelling, add police. “Be prepared for winter driving and arrive safely to your destination.” For more information on winter driving, go to www.mto.gov.on.ca.
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Valley families hit hard by five highway deaths STEVE NEWMAN Steve.email@example.com
Five residents of the upper Ottawa Valley were killed in two different crashes in the first three days of 2012. Three Renfrew-area teenagers, all students at Laurentian University in Sudbury, died as a result of a two-car collision near Hagar Tuesday night. Two of the students were declared dead at the scene of the crash that happened about 6 p.m. on Highway 17, about
55 kilometres east of Sudbury. Former Renfrew Collegiate Institute students Zabrina Rekowski, 19, of Renfrew and Keegan Melville, 18, of Horton, were passengers in a westbound Ford mini-van being driven by Hillary Afelskie, 19, of Admaston-Bromley. Afelskie remained in critical condition at the Sudbury hospital for several hours, but died about 1 p.m. Wednesday. Emily Olmstead, 19, of Whitewater Region remains in hospital. Afelskie was active with RCI’s Re-
lay for Life and Rekowski was active in such activities as wrestling and track and field. Melville was an excellent musician, whose principal, Alanna Emon, says could play practically anything with strings. “I know the whole school community will be devastated,” said Emon. “They were some of our most outstanding kids. It just breaks my heart. I just want the families to know we’re praying for them.” Two people from Sturgeon Falls in the
second vehicle, who were eastbound in a Jeep Cherokee, were transported to hospital with serious injuries. Investigation indicates the westbound Ford van crossed the centre line, striking the eastbound Jeep. Meanwhile, a two-car collision New Year’s Day on Highway 301 near Chenaux resulted in the death of Renfrew Subway employee Michelle Berndt, 19, and her mother, Guylaine Lepage, 48. See ‘VICTIM’ Page 6
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In wake of deaths, OPP urges parents to talk to young drivers Stunned by the deaths on Tuesday of seven young people in traffic collisions, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has issued an appeal for people to recognize better the dangers of winter driving. The seven dead youth, three of whom were from the Upper Ottawa Valley, range in age between 17 and 19 years of age. Three of the victims were from the Renfrew area and were returning to Sudbury where they attend Laurentian University. In a news release Wednesday, the OPP reports the seven “tragically lost their
lives” in two separate multi-vehicle collisions that occurred within four hours of each other. The fatal collisions were both related to winter driving conditions, police note. As a result of the circumstances surrounding these “avoidable tragedies,” the OPP is reminding motorists of how important it is to constantly adjust driving behaviour to the road conditions. “Weather changes, particularly during the winter, can occur suddenly and dramatically in Ontario,” says the OPP release. “Without warning, sudden storms and
plunging temperatures can drastically change road conditions and reduce visibility. “It is critical that motorists adjust their driving behaviour to the weather conditions, which can change rapidly and without warning,” said OPP Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey, Provincial Commander of Traffic Safety. “Driving too fast for the road conditions is the number one cause of winter collisions,” he added. “Even on a sunny day, black ice is a constant danger and drivers should al-
ways assume its presence.” The OPP is asking for the assistance of the public and parents in particular to speak to their young drivers about the inherent dangers of winter driving and to lead by example. “Far too many people are continuing to take risks and are paying the ultimate sacrifice,” said Chief Superintendent Don Bell, Commander of the OPP Highway Safety Division. “Together we can teach drivers of all ages to become not just good drivers, but good road users.”
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Continued from Page 5 The crash happened at 4:30 p.m. on the Quebec side of the Chenaux Bridge, near Portage-du-Fort, resulting in the closure of that stretch of highways 653 and 301 for about four hours. Three people, who were travelling in the other vehicle, sustained minor injuries. Conditions were above freezing, with wet snow on the roads. Berndt, who started working at the Renfrew Subway last spring, was a cheerful, helpful soul, says fellow Subway staff member Sue Fleming of Renfrew. “She got on with everybody. She was bubbly,” said Fleming. “She always had something to talk about. And if customers had problems, or spoke French, she’d jump in and help.” Berndt’s mother, father (Robert Berndt) or brother (Jesse) often picked her up for the ride home to Litchfield, Que. At the time of the crash, she was returning from her shift at Subway with her mother, who was driving.
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Stocking up on extra riches not fair to the majority The average Canadian’s annual income equals just 2.5 days of a top corporate boss’s salary. Or, looked at another way, Canada’s 100 highest paid CEOs got a 27 per cent pay raise in 2010, while ordinary workers earned just 1.1 per cent more, according to a report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Is it simply a reflection of market forces at work; a willingness to pay top dollar for the best talent? The report seems to indicate otherwise. Company X has a board of di-
rectors. The board helps decide the CEO’s pay. But the board often includes members recommended by the CEO. It would be disadvantageous to put the interests of the company and workers ahead of the person who recommended them. Incredibly wealthy executives deciding each other’s salary: Business acumen can’t trump personal gain in a situation like that. Some would say the public realm is no place to pass judgment on the private sector. But the effects on the public have
grown too stark. Executive pay usually contains stock options. Stock options are taxed more favourably than other forms of earned income. Last year the value of such options reached $2 billion, or $26 million per CEO, according to the report. The tax break could amount to $475 million. That would have been a decent tax cut for workers, who in turn would likely have kept the money in Canada and stimulated the economy. We agree with those who ad-
vocate doing away with the tax break for stock options. However, the elimination of stock options as part of executives’ compensation - to be replaced with pay based on profits and sales - should also be considered. It might be the only way to save corporations from themselves. Focusing on executives and their massive pay hikes in recent years is not meant to deflect attention from other areas. Upper management in many public sectors, including health care and education, are paid
more than taxpayers are able to give. It is not self-evident that the best person is hired simply because the compensation package is high. In many cases, the best person would look at the situation objectively and dispassionately and cut their wage substantially. But too often when talk turns to effective use of taxpayers’ dollars, the poor are blamed for abusing the welfare system. Corporate welfare, along with overpaid bureaucratic managers, should also be examined.
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To the Editor: Kudos to the organizers of New Year’s Eve at the Nick Smith Centre. Their firework display was fantastic and I enjoyed it immensely from the balcony of my Robert Street apartment.
To the Editor: As we celebrate the holiday season at the Arnprior and District Humane Society, it is natural to pause and reflect on the events of the past year. Looking back, 2011 was a year of many accomplishments. It was a busy and challenging year. We survived a lot of overcrowding (150 cats in space meant for 75 maximum and 18 dogs in space for four) and even sickness on our cat population. It is with great pride that we at the Arnprior and District Humane Society thank our supportive community and loyal members for the compassion shown for the homeless pets. It is always grateful. We are proud of the fact that we have made progress in improving the care we provide to our injured and ill orphaned pets. What we regret is that we can’t always take them all in. Our shelter exceeded its maximum capacity many times over the year. Taking in more effects the quality of life of those we look after. We look forward to working with the community in making a change for the better by focusing on the over population issue in 2012. If we could have only one wish granted for next year, it would be for pet owners to please spay or neuter their four-legged dependents. Our sincere thanks to you and your loved ones, and we wish you all good health and happiness during the holiday season, and for all of 2012 and well beyond.
Donna Barbe Arnprior
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Gary will be missed, but the Scheel legacy lives on To the Editor: On Dec. 10, Arnprior, Pakenham and the surrounding communities lost a businessman, friend and relative, in one Gary Milton Scheel. His absence will be felt for a very long time. When Gary was 15, he quit school and went to work in the Arnprior butcher shop on Mary Street with his grandfather, Leslie Scheel. Early on he also sold fridges and freezers, and beyond the meat counter, he extended his salesmanship from a briefcase by selling televisions. The television business expanded so quickly Gary opened a store at 81 John St., Arnprior. During that time, stereos in cabinets were all the rage, and as stereo components took over,
space became a problem. He bought a building on Old Highway 17 on the outskirts of town and against the skeptics who thought people wouldn’t travel to buy his products, with his good business sense and his love for people and a fair deal, he proved them wrong, and was very successful. His furniture store consisted of a sound room to test stereo products, a complete line of white goods, televisions and top of the line home furnishings. As his business grew, Gary engaged his friend Dennis White, as an electrician, and Dennis capably managed the store in Gary’s absence. On the busiest of days, family was ready to help with sales and many remember Gary’s aunt Dorion Fairfield and cousin
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Murray Langford who were familiar faces on the store floor. Gary had the first store in Arnprior that rented movies. In 1981 a fire destroyed the entire building and Gary worked for a short period from his home in Braeside. He never re-built on the premises but moved to Pakenham in his father’s store. Gary’s character of generosity, friendliness and honest dealings saw his faithful customers follow him there. When entering his store, you were always greeted with a big smile and a cup of coffee. What was unique about entering the Pakenham store was that a meat counter was immediately at the front, so he once again went back to his roots of
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being a butcher. Whether buying appliances or furniture, one thing was certain, when you left the store, you also carried out two free large T-Bone steaks. Every Thursday it was slaughter day at M. Scheel Packers and Gary worked tirelessly on that day also. Gary will be sadly missed by his customers, family and friends. His business will be carried on by his son Marc Scheel, together with his sister Lori Burgess. What else can be said about a man with such integrity and character – “it was just so good to have known him.”
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Counting birds in Algonquin Park I enjoy all aspects of Nature. Through the 20-plus years of its existence, this column has dealt with subjects varying from flower deceit to ant mafia protection. For the past few weeks, however, birds have dominated its topic for good reason: it was the time of the Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs). I finished off the year as usual with a CBC in Algonquin Park, one of my favourite places in the world. The Algonquin count is held between Boxing Day and year’s end; this year it was held Dec. 30. As for all CBCs, the count is defined by a circle with a 7.5-mile radius. That area is broken down into sub-sections, each with a leader. Participants cover an assigned part of a subsection, and at day’s end, everyone converges at the Visitor Centre for a hearty meal followed by a compilation. Despite its distance from most cities, the Algonquin CBC attracted 85 people. Many, like me, are former seasonal naturalists. Others are birders who love the wild
Michael Runtz Nature’s Way nature of the count. Where else in Ontario can one walk all day and not see another person? What other count offers the possibility of encountering Marten, Moose or Eastern Wolves?
This was the Park’s 38th count, and only two participants – Ron Tozer, retired park naturalist and count originator, and Bill Crins, former seasonal naturalist and current top ecologist for OMNR – have been on all of them. I missed a few, taking part in about 25. For the past decade, I have covered an 11-km route that includes part of the Track and Tower Trail. We (usually Ann is with me) are dropped off prior to dawn and walk (usually snowshoe) along an unploughed access road from Highway 60 to that trail. On the trail, we walk east to Mew Lake, where our car awaits. The route along the old OAPS rail bed is beautiful. It follows the Madawaska River, which is open in small sections where annually I anticipate a duck that never shows up. The river is fringed with spruce and fir, and these harbour northern finches, Boreal Chickadees, and Gray Jays. That is, on most counts. The past two have been nearly birdless, with many observers encountering
only two or three birds per hour. This year was different. We heard birds – Common Redpolls almost as soon as we began, and at dawn found a Black-backed Woodpecker chipping off spruce bark. Almost every time we stopped and called for birds (pished and squeaked), Black-capped Chickadees, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Pine Siskins, or Whitewinged Crossbills appeared. By day’s end, we tallied 18 species, more than half the total tally of 32 species for the count. We found nothing unexpected, but others did. A Winter Wren and a Northern Sawwhet Owl (photographed with a cell phone) were rarities recorded that day. The CBCs for this winter are over, but birds and other animals will continue to provide inspiration for future columns. In fact, the other day a Long-tailed Weasel was seen chasing a Flying Squirrel. The Nature Number is 613-387-2503; email is email@example.com.
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Year in pictures
Images of 2011
As we settle into the new year, the Arnprior Chronicle-Guide takes a look back at the year that was, in pictures.
SEPTEMBER: An OPP officer is stationed outside 44 Edward St. on Sept. 11. During the early hours of Sunday, Sept. 11, Corey Blaskie, 41, broke into Nathan Woodsâ€™ home, tripping an alarm. According to a statement released by Woodsâ€™ lawyers, while 911 was being called, Blaskie confronted the homeowners and a fight broke out. â€œFearing for their safety, the residents of the home defended themselves against a violent and unprovoked attack,â€? lawyers Michael Edelson and Solomon Friedman said. No charges were laid against the Woods family. The story garnered national attention.
JUNE: Robert Carr plants his torch after calling the McDonald clan at the Calling of the Clans/Ceilidh held at Waba Cottage Museum and Gardens to kick off the McNab Days festival. McNab Days attracted hundreds of people to four major events.
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JULY: Many of Sandvik’s 150 employees gather behind the Arnprior plant on July 13 during the first morning of their strike. They were looking for pension and bereavement plan protection, along with a small wage increase. The company said international economic uncertainty and provincial demands have stretched its bottom line. The strike ended Aug. 8 with the ratification of a collective agreement.
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Year in pictures
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NOVEMBER: For the second straight year Arnprior District High School Senior Redmen are the National Capital Bowl AA football champions. The Senior Redmen topped off an unbeaten, untied season with a 36-23 triumph over Adam Scott Collegiate and Vocational School Lions of Peterborough, the same team they upset in last year’s provincial title game played in Peterborough. The Junior Redmen football team won the county championship.
JUNE: The Arnprior and District Memorial Hospital cut the ribbon on the upgraded emergency department at a special event Tuesday, June 14. A number of dignitaries were on hand to celebrate the completion of the $12.5 million project. Among the dignitaries on hand for the ribbon cutting are, from left, Eric Hanna, Christine Blimkie, John Yakabuski, Steve Hudson, Dr. Christine Schriver, Liberal MPP Madeleine Meilleur and Ted Strike.
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Year in pictures
MAY: Arnprior’s historic Catholic church, built around 1871, likely hasn’t borne witness to a scene this family came across after an early May windstorm. A massive evergreen at the corner of John and Church streets hangs over telephone wires and threatens to snap the pole. Cleanup crews got to the scene before any accidents occurred. Similar scenes appeared across the Valley.
OCTOBER: The Arnprior and District Breast Cancer Support Group hosted its 14th annual fundraising dinner without one of its biggest supporters - Norm Watt, husband of the group’s co-founder Elta Watt. Norm passed away in April of 2011. Breast cancer dinner volunteers Julia Watt, left, and Karen Smith, have the enviable task of doling out the pie and whip cream.
JUNE: Renfrew County Expo 150, a celebration of the county’s 150th anniversary, was by all accounts, a huge success, with attendance at the anniversary event at the Pembroke airport even better than organizers had hoped. People were delighted with the event, which included entertainment on three stages, displays, vendors and more. Arnprior characters Doug Scheels and Gordon Bethune were among the storytellers on hand to regale visitors.
OCTOBER: Located along the Madawaska River, the Water Pollution Control Centre’s almost $17.4-million renovation – split evenly among three levels of government – means occurrences such as the 2005 fine for dumping raw sewage in the Ottawa River should stay in the past.
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Quiz tests readers’ knowledge of 2011
The following is the second of a two-part series on the year that was. Answers appear on Page 15. JUNE 42. ADHS sent how many athletes to the Ontario track and field championships? 43. How much above the $20,000 goal was raised at Relay for Life at Arnprior District High School? 44. How far below the $35,000 goal did the Care Coach Para Transit first telethon fall? 45. The ribbon was cut by former nurse and Liberal MPP Madeleine Meilleur and others on what $12.5-million project? 46. What is Arnprior’s new tagline? 47. Why did a flotilla of heritage boats cross the Ottawa from Bristol to Red Pine Bay? 48. A brawl involving some 40 people took place on what street June 11? JULY 49. The 9 per cent hike to Arnprior water bills, slated for 2012,
won’t be needed due to a $6 million savings. What accounted for the savings? 50. The June 30 editorial suggested the health unit offer an explanation for what decision it made? 51. What happened to Murphy, the 10-year-old yorkie? 52. The Business Improvement Area and chamber of commerce met for what purpose? 53. What was Reeve Walter Stack referring to when he said, “It’s a problem I heard lots about in the election last fall”? 54. About 900 people descended on which location for breakfast in July? 55. Arnprior’s Michael Walsh, 52, drowned after slipping off a rock where? 56. Seven people faced assault charges for a fight on which street? 57. Who wrongly predicted in a guest column that the Calgary Stampeders will upset the Montreal Alouettes in the Grey Cup? AUGUST 58. Railway tracks were pulled up this year. What decade were they laid? 59. How many awards did the
Arnprior School of Dance take home from the Shine National Championships? 60. A strike at which company ended after 27 days? 61. What provincial Act did the Arnprior Library Board interpret as preventing it from sharing information with the Township of McNab-Braeside? SEPTEMBER
62. What could students not purchase at the beginning of ADHS’s school year? 63. How was the weather on the last day of the White Pine Festival? 64. Tommie-Amber Pirie, whose father lives in Arnprior, stars in what CBC comedy? 65. Which newscast was live on location in Robert Simpson Park on Sept. 13? 66. In a letter to the editor, Rita Clouthier asked us to remember who on Terry Fox Day? 67. What did Matt Gardner and Jenn Gillan do to be hailed as heroes? 68. Who was the Liberal candidate in the provincial election? 69. Did anyone from the Woods family face charges after Corey Blaskie’s body was found in their
home? 70. A peace pole and gardens were unveiled where? 71. Demolition derby fans finish the title: Fall… OCTOBER
72. The Chronicle Guide’s Oct. 6 editorial suggests the library open on what day instead of Mondays? 73. The development proposal in front of the Grove Nursing Home won what approval from town council? 74. Which ‘Singing MPP’ was elected with the biggest margin of victory in Ontario? 75. Which Braeside company celebrated 50 years in business? 76. Why are ADHS football players raising money? 77. Arnprior’s chief administrative officer (CAO) had a parting of ways with council. What was his name? NOVEMBER 78. Who will likely pay for a new tourism centre in town? 79. For the first time a husband and wife team assumed the duties of Reviewing Officer and Silver Cross Mother on Remem-
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brance Day. What are their names? 80. Under what Act was legion branch 174 and three of its members charged? 81. Which rabbit-chasing musical did ADHS stage in late November? 82. Arnprior hockey star Kyle Just was acquitted of all sexual assault charges he faced while playing hockey for what school? 83. What is Arnprior’s only nightclub, opened this month, called? 84. Where are the new fence, gate and kiosk members of the Land Preservation Society built? 85. Arnprior Coun. Lyle Anderson’s son, Dustin, won a gold medal from whom? DECEMBER 86. A 19-unit apartment complex for low-income seniors will be built where? 87. Who will be the county warden for an unprecedented fifth term? 88. Which float was named best overall at this year’s legion Santa Claus Parade? 89. What did a group of nine Braeside residents recently accomplish in court? 90. Who retired from the Arnprior volunteer fire department this month?
Parkinson’s group set to meet Jan. 11 The Parkinson’s Society Support Group of Arnprior will meet the second Wednesday of every month. The meetings provide current research and information on Parkinson’s disease and resources for patients and their supporters. Over 100,000 Canadians are affected by this disease and the number is rapidly growing. Whether you or someone you know is affected by this disease the best way to help live with the condition is by being informed and taking supportive action. The first meeting, Jan. 11 at the Arnprior Library from 2 to 3:30 p.m., is an open house to update the community on what is the disease and where the resources can be found.
News quiz The following are quiz answers to questions 42 to 90. Last week’s newspaper had the first 41 questions and answers. 42. 22 43. $4,000 44. $12,000 45. ADMH emergency room upgrades 46. ‘Where opportunity flows and adventure grows’ 47. To participate in the Braeside Riverdriver Festival
48. Edey Street 49. The Bank of Canada interest rate was set lower than expected 50. To not notify stakeholders – such as the town and county that it will likely scale back operations in Arnprior 51. He was killed by a coyote on his property 52. To foster better communication and cooperation 53. The once a week
garbage pickup, which has since returned to twice a week 54. Arnprior Airport 55. Below the fivespan bridge in Pakenham 56. Edey Street 57. Former Stamps star Jim Silye (a much better player than pundit) 58. 1870s 59. 27 60. Sandvik 61. Privacy Act 62. Food from the
cafeteria 63. Nasty, from the passing Hurricane Irene 64. Michael Tuesdays and Thursdays 65. CTV – Ottawa 66. Eileen Fox, Terry’s mother 67. They saved a woman’s life from fire in January; Gardner braved smoke to find her unconscious body covered in soot and blood 68. John O’Leary 69. No
70. The Galilee Centre 71. Brawl 72. Sundays 73. It was granted Residential 3 zoning, up from R1. It allows for greater density of units 74. John Yakabuski took 70.8 per cent of the vote 75. Braeside Home Furnishings 76. To purchase a new scoreboard 77. Larry Donaldson
78. Greater Arnprior Chamber of Commerce, Business Improvement Area, and the Town of Arnprior 79. Exciters 80. The Liquor Licence Act 81. Alice in Wonderland 82. Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania 83. Art and Noreen Charbonneau 84. At the Ottawa Street entrance to Gillies Grove
85. The governor general of Canada 86. At the corner of McGonigal and Hugh streets 87. Petawawa Mayor Bob Sweet 88. Glad Tidings Pentecostal Zelda and the Zingers 89. They defeated construction giant Miller Group on three charges of nuisance, trespassing and negligence 90. Peter Boyce and Brian Jahn
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Food bank sees rise in donations thanks to community’s generosity DEREK DUNN
money comes in handy for gasoline and utility costs associated with running the non-profit organization, located in the basement of St. John Chrysostom Church. The uptick in donations could be a result of a downturn in the city, according to food bank volunteer Allan Smith. He said when a homeless shelter and other service organizations in Ottawa put the call out for more donations in early December, determining a greater need and fewer givers, Arnprior may have benefitted from the spinoff. “Banks, schools, stores, the legion, Knights of Columbus, gave quite a bit this year,” Smith said. “I’m amazed at how generous the town is overall.” However, while the generosity has increased, so has the need. Smith said 20 new families have taken to using the food bank, which is open one Monday per month. The food bank is now sharing best practices with neighbouring food banks in Renfrew and elsewhere. But Tonkin cautioned that donations from Arnprior stay in Arnprior, as is the expectation. She also cautioned that the food bank isn’t mere charity. “It’s about a hand-up, not a handout.”
The final tally won’t happen for some months, but volunteers at the Arnprior Food Bank say donations were greater than in last year’s holiday season. “Donations were up, and I’d say from right across the community,” said food bank president Kathy Tonkin. “It seemed like everybody was giving.” She said it seemed like every time volunteers checked donation boxes at both No Frills and Metro they were full. And numerous first-time givers participated, along with service groups, schools and businesses. Reid Bros. has given much-needed cash to the food bank for 17 years now. The Madawaska Boulevard car dealership and its customers have donated $122,777.19 in that time. This year it continued the tradition of matching customer donations, and cut a cheque for $7,525. “It goes back a long way and it’ll keep going,” owner Trevor Reid said at the Jan. 3 ceremony. “The need doesn’t go away just because the holidays are over.” Volunteers always appreciate the donation of non-perishable food items, but
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Dai Bassett is pleased with his own vocal contributions to his latest album, My Heart to Yours. But he’s convinced Brian Hebert’s new arrangements for the 12 familiar songs will really resonate with listeners. Two dollars from each sale will go to support the hospital in the area where the $20 CD is sold. This is Bassett’s fourth album, and third since immigrating to Canada. He was a dairy farmer and ran a golf business in his native Wales, where he completed his first album, On the Mattress, In the Van. After moving to the Upper Ottawa Valley in 2000, his next albums were Something for Christmas and Three Thumbs Up. He says there was a healthy response to both CDs, with
Entertainer Dai Bassett: $2 per CD goes to local hospitals. sales around 1,500 each. But, naturally, he wouldn’t mind even better sales for My Heart to Yours. A particularly funny part of Three Thumbs Up was the poem about Valley lads Dai and Wil, who took a trip to Ottawa, but missed the bus and had to find their way back home to Petawawa while using
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some ingenuity. Bassett is renowned for his gift of the gab, whether he’s working as a radio host for Valley Heritage Radio, hosting Valley Heritage’s weekly Celtic show, emceeing community events, or performing as a musician and/or comedian. But his latest album has a slightly more serious approach after he was told more people should hear his voice. So he asked Hebert, a world-class fidder from Pembroke, to rearrange a dozen famous songs for him. The album was completed in November at Bob’s Music Plus studio in Pembroke. “Brian has brought an incredible flair to the project,” said Bassett. “It’s totally different from anything I’ve done before, because it’s a completely different direction for me.” The new album’s songs come from North America, Scotland, England and Wales, with such familiar selections as Daydream Believer (originally recorded by The Monkees), Green, Green Grass of Home (written by Claude Putnam Jr., but given international fame by Tom Jones), Could I Have This Dance? (Anne Murray) and The Last Farewell (Roger Whittaker). “A lot of people asked when I was going to do my next album,” said Bassett. Hebert, who’s a member of the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame, says he considered Bassett’s voice, phrasing, enunciation and accent when creating the arrangements. With the album finished, Hebert concludes: “I think it has an energy, a vibrancy, a tone colour. “It’s neither traditional or country or pop or European, yet it has all four.” Bassett, who’s a baritone with range to the tenor side, has honed his voice by working with singing coach and opera singer Phil Holmes. But Bassett, 52, says comedy will remain part of his public persona. “I’m not giving up comedy,” he explained. “If I get the opportunity to perform these songs in an evening with comedy, even better.” Bassett also hopes people support My Heart to Yours, since $2 from each $20 purchase will go to the hospital in the area where the album is sold. The CD is being widely distributed, from Carleton Place and Arnprior and up the Valley on both sides of the Ottawa River. Retailers selling My Heart to Yours include Gilk’s Signs and Trophies, Antrim Truck Stop, Galilee Centre and the Seniors at Home office in Arnprior; Nicholson’s in Pakenham; Neat Cafe in Burnstown; and the White Lake General Store.
From pen to pet: A pig tale Daisy a big hit at Arnprior football game COURTNEY SYMONS firstname.lastname@example.org
You would never call the Egan’s home on Galetta Side Road a pigsty, but there is indeed a pig who calls it home. Daisy May, the pot-bellied pig, resides in the Egan’s kitchen and has done so since being adopted last October. On one particular snowy day, Daisy greeted this reporter in a Santa suit that her owner Diane Egan had given as a Christmas gift. Daisy’s pedicured red toes matched the suit. With apple slices as motivation, Daisy came when called, sat and even did a spin. Egan said the next step is to learn to take a bow. The pig became part of the family after daughter Hayley’s pleas for a pig were finally answered on her birthday. Daisy was in heat when they got her, and as Egan put it, “A pig in heat is a crazy pig.” After getting her spayed, Daisy calmed down significantly. A micro-mini pig like Daisy isn’t supposed to get bigger than 30 pounds. “But buyer beware,” Egan said. “She’s up to about 60, 65 pounds now. My husband keeps saying if she gains two more pounds, she’s going in the frying pan.” A joke, because this pig is as much a house pet as their two dogs. The Egans’ smaller dog, Ruby, curls up next to Daisy in front of the corn stove in the kitchen. But as much as the Egan’s love their unconventional pet, a pig is not for everyone. “You have to have a lot of patience,” Egan said. “She gets into a lot of trouble.” That trouble includes late night fridge raids resulting in broken milk bags, missing apples and plenty of knocked over jars. After that happened a few times, the Egans put a lock on their fridge to keep her out. On garbage day, Daisy has to be kept indoors so she won’t eat the Egan’s and their neighbour’s garbage – something they found out the hard way. “She spreads the garbage all the way
down Galetta Side Road,” Egan said. Another problem that becomes more prominent in the winter is Daisy’s hatred of the cold. One night when the stove went out, Daisy tore apart a dog bed and hoisted it onto her back like a turtle shell for warmth. When she got stuck out on the porch this fall, Daisy burrowed down under the linoleum to harness some heat. In the spring, she digs up flowers in the garden. “You have to have a sense of humour, because they wreck a lot of things,” Egan said. But one problem they don’t have with Daisy is her smell. Contrary to stereotype, Daisy smells as fresh as her name. There is a lot to love about a pot-bellied pet. Egan said Daisy is sensitive and smarter than her dogs. A year ago, Egan’s daughter took Daisy to an Arnprior Redmen football game dressed in a little jersey; a live version of a pig skin. Everyone got a kick out of that, Egan said. Having a strange pet is nothing new for Egan. As a child living in Ottawa, her parents gave her a pony that lived in their garage. “I was the hit of the neighbourhood,” she said. “We had a toboggan that we strapped to him in the winter and all the kids would get on and we’d bomb around.” Similar to that pony, Daisy eats apples and a special mini pig food that Egan buys at a co-op. But she’ll eat just about anything, Daisy said. For others out there who may be considering a pig as a pet, Egan offers some advice. “It’s a big commitment,” she said. “They live to be about 14 years old. And if you’re fussy about your yard … Well, you have to be able to go with the flow.” Egan has no plans to move Daisy out into the barn, because the kitchen is all she has known since moving in. So, for the foreseeable future, Daisy will be camped out in front of the corn stove, keeping warm and festive in her Santa suit.
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Diane Egan gives her pot-bellied pig Daisy May a scratch for good behaviour as she shows off in her Santa suit, alongside Ruby the Dachshund.
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The January Valley Singles Lunch will be held at Rocky Mountain House Restaurant in Renfrew on Sunday, (because of the New Year’s holiday weekend) at 12:30 p.m. For info, call Fay at (613)256-8117 or Johanna at (613)4327622.
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The auxiliary to the Arnprior and District Memorial Hospital will hold a general meeting on Monday at 1 p.m. in the hospital board room.
Third annual Friends and Family free skate day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Nick Smith Centre. Presented by the White Lake Marina. Please come out and join us. We will skating around a WC-14 Boat that we are filling for the Arnprior food bank. Free hot chocolate and Timbits.
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Get W.I.T.H. It! walking program will resume after a holiday break. The program runs Tuesdays and Thursdays at Arnprior District High School from 6 to 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Come out to this free program with mild, moderate and intense walking routes. Designated HeartWise exercise. Sign up in the cafeteria.
Notice to all Dog Owners www.mcnabbraeside.com
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Supporters and people living with Parkinson’s Disease and other central nervous system disorders, please come to an information session on at the Arnprior Public Library from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Presenters are Peggy Gray and Elise Sims from the Parkinson’s Society of Ottawa. Topic: What you should know about Parkinson’s Disease. For More Information Phone Theresa Dunn 613-897-5055.
Before March 31st
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2012 Dog Tags are now available at the following locations: • • • •
Municipal Ofﬁce 2508 Russett Drive Country View Mini Mart - 68 Calabogie Road Robbins Confectionery Ltd. Braeside White Lake General Store White Lake
one dog $12.00 2nd dog $20.00 3rd dog $30.00
Knights/Legion Euchre Challenge at Arnprior Legion, Branch 174 and St. John Chrysostom Parish Hall. Registration 6:30 p.m., competition at 7 p.m. Six challenges: Jan. 13 (Legion), Jan. 27 (St. John Chrysostom parish hall), Feb. 3 (Legion), Feb. 10 (parish hall), March 2 (Legion), March 23 (parish). Cost is $3 per person\$6 per team. Proceeds to the Arnprior Food Bank and Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors at Home.
After March 31st - Tags will only be available at the Township Ofﬁce
After March 31st the following rates apply: one dog $24.00 2nd dog $40.00 3rd dog $60.00
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In addition, ﬁnes will apply after March 31st.
Ontrac Employment Resource Services is offering a free two-day “Job Shop 4U” job finding workshop from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The workshop will enable you to expand your network of contacts and provide you with the skills necessary to help find a suitable job. Call 613-623-4680 to register. An updated resume is required.
2012 Kennel Licences must also be obtained by March 31, 2012. Applications are available at the Municipal Ofﬁce. Fees:
Before March 31st $150.00 After March 31st $ 250.00 For any complaints concerning dog problems anywhere in the Township of McNab/Braeside please call 613-809-7048.
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Noreen C. Mellema, CMO CAO/Clerk 613-623-5756
• JANUARY 21 Winter Carnival Wine Testing hosted by The Arnprior Optimist Club and Carol Anderson of the The Grape Scot. Nick Smith Centre on Saturday at 7 p.m. Advanced tickets only are $25 and are available at Mulvihill Insurance or by contacting Chris Toner 623-1646 or Dan Perfitt 623-6790. During the evening you will learn about selecting great value wines, storing, serving, decanting, stemware selections, gift buying, deciphering wine labels, understanding wine menus, matching wine and food and much more.
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legion branch 174. Entertainment by Duncan & Lynn Robertson, Mel McClinton; door prizes and 50/50 draw; cost is $5. For more, call 613.623.7981.
Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors at Home presents a catered lunch, 12 to 2 p.m. at
• JANUARY 25 Italian night is Wednesday at East Side Mario’s. The buffet is 5 to 8 p.m. Price: $15. Tickets available at Seniors Home Support Office until noon on Friday, Jan. 20. Live entertainment featuring Guy Jamieson & son. Celebrating Robbie Burns Night. Presented by & in support of Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors At Home Support Program 613-623-7981. Do you have an injury, illness or disability? Come join our free workshop (in partnership with Neil Squire Society) on Disability Disclosure, Positive Self-Esteem & Confidence. Join us at ontrac Employment Resource Centre from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Call 613-623-4680 for details and to register.
• JANUARY 26 Luncheon at Galilee – Hearty Pea Soup, Fresh Baked Bread, Stewed Chicken & Dumplings, Green Beans with Almonds, Braised Red Cabbage, Blueberry Flan. Please call 613-623-4242 Ext. 21 to reserve your seats. Ontrac Employment Resource Centre is offering a free Customer Service Skills seminar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Certificates will be awarded upon completion of the seminar. Call 613-6234680 for details and to register.
• DAILY Did you resolve to make a difference in your community in 2010? If so, call Victim Services of Renfrew County for information on how to assist people who have experienced a crime, tragic life event or community disaster as a Volunteer Crisis Responder. Daytime training will begin early February. For more information call us at 613-649-2852 or 1-877-568-5730.
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Seniors at Home Program welcomes new staff BY THERESA FRITZ
Photo by Theresa Fritz
There have been some staffing changes and additions at Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors at Home Program. Executive director Dennis Harrington is surrounded by program co-ordinator Deborah Miller, left; transportation driver Nancy Peck; and development co-ordinator Liz Wall.
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Changes at the Arnprior-BraesideMcNab Seniors at Home Program have positioned the organization well heading into 2012. The agency, founded in 1980, delivers a variety of home support services to encourage independent living and enhance the quality of life of seniors and those with special needs. It recently saw the addition of two new staffers and the shift to a new position by an existing employee. Nancy Peck began her duties as a seniorsâ€™ transportation driver Nov. 21. Her job involves driving residents from the Town of Arnprior and the Township of McNab-Braeside who are 60 years or over, as well as the disabled and those with special needs. Her former career involved working in the international development sector, in the deployment of Canadian civilians, professional and judicial dignitaries, overseas. Peck admitted she â€œloves being with peopleâ€? and tries to help out whenever she can. A dedicated hockey mom, she and her husband are involved with their three sonsâ€™ hockey teams in town. Having called the Ottawa Valley home for 50 years, Liz Wall joined the Seniors at Home team Dec. 7 as the organizationâ€™s development co-ordinator. She brings to the organization 35 years experience working in the media, advertising and editorial, in print, radio and magazine. She has served on many local boards in Arnprior and is an avid sports enthusiast, known for her local involvement in figure skating, softball, fastball, basketball, volleyball and speed skating. When it comes to fundraising, a key component of her new job. Wall was the director of the Ottawa Valley Bridal Show, and each year the funds raised went to a different charity. â€œI am thankful for this new opportunity in my working career and look forward to working with and for the community seniorsâ€™ service agency,â€? Wall said. â€œI am anxious to meet all the volunteers who are responsible for the success of agency and, of course, the seniors
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whom the agency serves.â€? Wallâ€™s role will include not only fundraising for the Care Coach Para Transit Service, as well as develop and implement strategies and public relations activities, while also being an ambassador of the program. The third staffer in the mix is not new to the organization, but new to her job. Deborah Miller has worked for the agency for 11.5 years and is now the program co-ordinator. As she describes it, her role is to â€œcoordinate the programs that the agency offers: home maintenance, telephone security, friendly visiting, foot clinic, frozen and hot meals, seniors shopping, Diners Club, friendship days and community garden.â€? She started in her new part-time position Oct. 11 and with experience in various capacities with the organization already, she is looking forward to co-ordinate the services it offers. For agency executive director Dennis Harrington, the staffing changes bring a smile to his face. â€œIâ€™m confident, Iâ€™m happy and Iâ€™m relieved,â€? he said. â€œPersonality-wise, I think we have three great individuals who will represent the agency well.â€? Harrington said the focus for the agency moving forward will be â€œdeveloping opportunities within the communityâ€? as well as developing business opportunities. One of the key components this year will be, says Harrington, expanding fundraising and educating the public. â€œA lot of times we are overlooked. We are overlooked until people need our services,â€? he said. Harrington has been with the Seniors at Home Program for 17 years, having been its executive director since 2002. â€œCompassion, understanding, patience, confidentiality and loyalty are the basis of how we approach our duty to serve the seniors and disabled in our community,â€? he concluded. The Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors At Home Program is located in the Town Centre at 106 McGonigal St. West, Unit A1. Call 613-623-7981 or visit the website at www.cssagency.ca.
LIONS RECOGNIZE MEMBERS AT LADIES NIGHT The Arnprior Lions Club held their annual Ladies Night on Dec. 8 at the Masonic Hall. Club members’ spouses were invited to enjoy a seasonal meal at the event, which offered the opportunity for the club to present several awards. Above, Lions initiate and welcome a new member in a special ceremony. Lion Wayne Carroll, left, sponsored Travis MacLeod, second from left. They are shown with club president Jean Fong and District Governor A4 Joseph P Gauthier. Lions District Governor A4 Joseph P Gauthier, right, presents Lion Rolf Koch with a life membership and pin. Koch has been with the Lions for eight years and he was chosen for the award because of dedication and contributions to Lions initiatives.
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Top riders recognized at final clinic A major success story in 2011 was the Rising Star Series of three horse show clinics in McNab-Braeside. The show-clinics were held at JCS Stables on Scheel Drive. At the final show in September, competitors, coaches and spectators gained knowledge through comments and evaluations from Hunter/Jumper Judge Kitty Bowland of Ottawa. There are a lot of individuals responsible for bringing the horse show clinics together, but the participants are the most important. Julie Skarica of JCS Stables also thanks the generosity of sponsors and the numerous volunteers who help to provide for a safe, fun-filled and exciting day. Results of the final horse show clinic are as follows: Beginner Division (sponsored by McNab Riding School) Walk/Trot Equitation 1st â€“ Abigail Burton riding Galaxy 2nd â€“ Erin Mash riding Summer
3rd â€“ Sara Hansel riding Sweetie Pie 4th â€“ Bryn Milton riding Talk oâ€™ the Town Walk/Trot Pleasure 1st â€“ Erin Mash riding Summer 2nd â€“ Bryn Milton riding Talk oâ€™ the Town 3rd â€“ Sara Hansel riding Sweetie Pie 4th â€“ Amaryllis Lampman riding Galaxy Equitation over Trotting Poles 1st â€“ Sara Hansel riding Sweetie Pie 2nd â€“ Abigail Burton riding Galaxy 3rd â€“ Bryn Milton riding Talk oâ€™ the Town 4th â€“ Erin Mash riding Summer Beginner Division Champion â€“ Sara Hansel riding Sweetie Pie Beginner Division Trophy Sponsored by Sunlife Financial was awarded to Abigail Burton riding Galaxy. Hack Division (Saunders Well Drilling)
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