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ummerstown, ON – A record number of families enjoyed winter fun at the third annual Family Day at Summerstown Trails event, which was hosted by the Friends of the Summerstown Trails (FOTST) on Monday, February 17th. While the weather was cool to start the day, the bright sun and blue skies brought out the families and by 10:30, the parking lot was full and most of the snowshoes and cross country ski equipment, which were free throughout the day, had been handed out. There was a steady run on the equipment all through the day, with some families trying both snowshoeing and skiing. It was difficult to say how many people had turned out, but event organizer Doug Boeckh said it was a large increase over last year. “We’re not sure as to the actual count,” said Boeckh, “but given the fact that we ran out of free hot dogs by 12:15 and that I had to go get more, I’d say we had over 400 participants, which is double what we had last year.” After trying cross country skis for the second time in his life, six-year-old Kale from Cornwall said that what he liked best was “coming back to the car!” He said he also liked “being pulled by mom.” He then went on to enjoy the marshmallow he had been cooking. “We’re very pleased with the great turnout from the community in answering our invitation,” said Martin Bowman, FOTST President. “The hard work of

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ecca Pro Wrestling (MPW) presents “Fight For Equality”, a fundraising event to benefit Community Living Glengarry, on March 8th at the Agora Catholic Centre in Cornwall. This marks the third installment of the TV Cogeco tapings for MPW, featuring well over 20 independent pro wrestling stars and a total of nine matches. The main event of the evening will pit the very popular American Barbarian in a rematch against the newly crowned MPW Champion, Payne. Also on the bill, former friends “The Rage” Randy Berry and Joey Valentyne will collide for the very first time since their fallout in November. Other stars confirmed for this

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Multisport Profile: Rob Allen By Diane Hunter

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ORNWALL – Rob Allen, the race director for the Adult Day of the Cornwall Triathlon began participating in the triathlon in 2004. “My main focus is triathlon, swim, bike and run,” said Allen who said the key to his long success is focusing on fitness and family. “A fitness focused family willing to make the time to re-arrange our schedules to ensure each of us have the opportunities to get our daily or weekly workouts in.”

In 2001 Allen’s wife Valery started running. “I went to watch her first race,” said Allen. “It looked easy and exhilarating.” Allen started running about a year later and not long after started triathlon. “My first race was exhilarating, but anything but easy.” The Eastern Ontario triathlon season runs from May to September with races taking place in various locations. “I have done many local events in the Ottawa, Kingston area,” said Allen. “As well as some longer events in Florida and Germany.” Training for the triathalon requires a year-round commitment. “While I do some of my training on my own I also swim with the Cornwall Sea Lions Masters group and run and bike with the Cornwall Multisport Club,” explained Allen. “I have been to two iron distance triathlons in Germany. Both experiences were magical because of the locations and the others from the area who were on each trip.” The iron distance triathlon consists of a fourkilometer swim followed by a 180-kilometer bike ride and 42.2 kilometer run. Allen said he is gets his inspiration from the other athletes in Cornwall. “The Cornwall Multisport Club is a huge source of training partners and knowledge for all training and events,” he said. “My goals are simple. When entering a race I try to do the best that I can. Results are just a time that you finished the event.” Allen said that anyone could start running, or triathlon. “At a minimum you need a pair of running shoes, a bike and a pair,” he said. “The Cornwall Multisport Club has many events including a weekly duathlon that is well attended and great fun. The Cornwall Triathlon is our local triathlon that attracts not only local competitors but many more from across North America.” The 2014 season will be the sixth year that Allen has been race director of the Cornwall triathlon. “It

is my way to give back to the sport that provides so much to me.” The Cornwall Triathlon has partnered with the city of Cornwall offering traffic free courses in the city’s centre and this year will be held on August 23 and 24. Activities are available for kids aged three to 14 on August 23, and for adults on August 24. For more information on the Cornwall triathlon visit For anyone wanting to get involved in running or triathlon, the Cornwall Multisport Club offers yearly membership. For more information on the Cornwall Multisport Club and membership fees visit

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By Erynn Henry


teve Smith, fondly known as Bubba is the ice technician at the Cornwall Curling Centre. He has been respectfully efficient in the care and maintaining of the ice used for curling in this city for 26 years and counting and in that time has seen an awful lot of curlers enjoy the surface he has created just for them. Perhaps it doesn’t seem that way, or maybe the thought never crossed your mind, but creating the ice found on a curling rink is a slow, technical process and one that needs to be done with the utmost care and consideration. And yes there is lots more to it than just letting a pool of water freeze. It is no easy task, and according to Smith it takes anywhere from 12 – 14

days to complete! It all begins with a dry cement floor. It is important to keep the arena free of humidity and condensation during the season when the rink is not in use, says Smith. The ice is built up by using fine, light sprays, creating a layer at a time. This is to prevent washing away your previous flood, which would then create slush. That is why Smith stresses the importance of fine sprays and light flooding when starting out. He says it generally takes him about five to six floods until it is level and the ice looks like a delicate sheet of glass. Following the layering, Smith will than hand scrape the ice to rid the surface of any imperfections and impurities before the painting the ice and the lines. The whole surface itself gets seven coats of white paint,

which is then followed by another fine layering of clear ice. After the paint dries and the added layer of flooding freezes, Smith than cuts and paints the circles, finishing with another fine layer of flooding, again waiting for that to dry and freeze before starting that same process on the lines and logos that are also to be embedded into the ice. To top that whole process off, Smith than adds another three floods to the rink to bring the ice back to a level surface. He will than use what is called the Ice King, a big machine designed to scrape the ice to help create a smooth even layer. If you have ever been on a curling rink and wondered how they get that bumpy surface, this is how they do it. Following the scraping, Smith uses a contraption that he carries with him

while walking up and down the ice that “pebbles” it, leaving those tiny bumps. It is a can that holds three gallons of water with a hose attached to a copper head with tiny pinholes in it. “Temperature is crucial for curling rinks especially when pebbling the ice,” says Smith. “The water needs to freeze right away when it hits the ice. That’s what creates those little bumps almost like alligator skin. It’s quite a delicate art.” Throughout the year, Smith will flood the ice only three more times, but does maintenance on it twice a day, scraping and pebbling to make sure the ice is in pristine condition for the many curlers who come to use the rink throughout the season. Without his efforts, the game just wouldn’t be the same.


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afterward. We have a few prizes and even have a skunk award. It’s a fun day.” Proulx explained that the games are meant to be fun and not overly competitive. “There’s no spiking and no blocking. Any fights you are gone and I don’t ask you back.”

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ORNWALL – For the past 12 years, Mike Proulx has been organizing a volleyball tournament in Cornwall to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). “CHEO is not funded by government so they have to raise money other ways,” said Proulx. “I heard there were people around here that had to send their kids to CHEO. It was costing them a lot of money. My niece had her baby up there premature a month and a half. They had to travel back and forth. The tournament helps people to try to keep costs down. We try to help local and other people.” This year’s tournament will be held on April 26, at Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School (CCVS). “First to pay gets to play,” explained Proulx. “Pay by April 4 or the first 84 names at $15 each. We don’t want the tournament to get overly big. If the tournament gets too big, it might get out of hand. We usually have ball park about 50 to 55 people that are regulars. We have 12 teams and use three gyms. Every year I got to turn down some people

Local sponsors donate all the prizes as well as some funds. “I want the sponsors to know how grateful I am for everything. Especially volunteers they don’t get enough credit. If it weren’t for them we wouldn’t be doing it. I don’t have to ask. People help with everything from garbage to donations. Sunny Side Up Restaurant donates breakfast for janitors and volunteers. I usually make sure they get something, somehow.”

What could be better than a lot of people having fun while raising funds for a really good cause? Mike Proulx agreed to shave his head if the volleyball tournament raised more than $1,500 in 2012. Proulx says his hair used to be down to his elbows! Photo courtesy of Mike Proulx.

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down cause I have too many, but I make sure they play the following year. I’ve always had people play. Sometimes people have to cancel. There are always people to get on. And what’s good, I don’t need refs. People that play or students that need community hours do the refereeing. The community gets involved and helps out. All the money raised goes to CHEO to help them out.” Proulx said the tournament is a fun way to raise money for a good cause. “We start at 10 and we’re out by 3,” said Proulx. “We started with just three teams. Now we are up to 12. We all go for dinner

“During the game there are two draws from Pommier Jewelers, a draw for a night at the Best Western Parkway Inn, and Wendy’s Restaurant donated ten meals last year,” said Proulx. “There is also door prizes from The Brick, and Crystal Rock water supplies the water, and Ottawa museums have all given something, and the Cornwall Colts have helped by giving season tickets.” Proulx explained that a long list of sponsors have given to the fund raising efforts. A Facebook page has been developed to list the sponsors and keep people up to date on what is going on. “Bill Kingston form Corus Entertainment comes. He twitters all day send pictures out. It’s live action. People get to see the pictures as it happens.”

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Get Your Kids Involved In Canada’s National Sport By Erynn Henry


erry Turcotte has been a part of Cornwall Minor Lacrosse for almost 11 years now and has been acting president for the last five years. He is also the head coach for the novice lacrosse team, (ages 9 and 10), but says that the local association has teams for all ages right up to 21 years of age with the Cornwall Junior Celtics division.

In Cornwall there is a house league, which is introductory for anyone wishing to learn the sport and the Cornwall Celtics rep teams, which is for those already involved in the sport that are looking to play a little bit more competitively. The Celtics teams do some travelling and competing at other locations as well as an Ontario Championship to work towards. The house league is strictly an intramural

Karate Komments By Jim Riddell, Seaway Karate Club


artial artists have used pressure points, traditionally known as Kyushu points in karate for many hundreds of years. The earliest known use of pressure points, which for martial arts purposes, is a nerve that is close to the surface, dates back to the eleventh century. It has only been in the past forty or so years that the research and development of police defensive tactics have given martial artists a scientific understanding of how pressure points are affected by different types of contact. Of the more than three hundred pressure points on the human body, only approx. twenty are used, as they are the safest, most practical and easily accessible. These points have been tactically, medically, and legally, researched, allowing officers to use a safer, lower level of force. The use of pressure points is broken down into two distinctive systems: 1) The nerve motor points of the head and neck. Large sensory nerves which are close to the surface of the skin are targeted. Sensory nerves identify things like heat, cold, and pain, and then forward that message to the central nervous system. 2) The nerve motor points of the arms and legs. These were researched initially as a safer method of baton use. Instead of striking joints, which most often would cause injury. These areas are surrounded by muscle mass and saturated with effector nerve tissue, which receives messages from the brain that allows for muscular control. The only issue that may occur when a motor point is struck is a bruising of the affected muscle. What makes the system developed by law enforcement appealing to martial artists is that it is safe, simple and effective means of self-defense. Simple is very important, as one of the first things that happens to someone who is in a position of having to defend themselves is a quick and often steep spike in heart rate. At 115 heartbeats per minute our fine motor skills lose their effectiveness. A fine motor skill can be described as a skill requiring hand-eye co-ordination, such as throwing a dart or trying to sink that 20foot putt. At 135 beats per minute, our complex motor skills, which are a combination of fine and gross skills are no longer working well for us. Gross motor skills, which are largely unaffected by an elevated heart rate are the only motor skill used in the targeting of pressure points. At Seaway Karate pressure points play a large role in self – defense training, and they are one of the most useful set of techniques that I have encountered in my years in the martial arts.

group, but can be competitive and fun. Turcotte says that this year they are going to host a Fun Day, where other house leagues will be invited to play against one another. Currently the program is running lacrosse “boot camp.” They have hired staff from local gym Caveman Strong to come in and help the players understand the mechanics and proper techniques that are part of the game in order to help perfect the players skills and pregame preparations. Turcotte gives credit to the Benson Centre for helping give the sport more exposure, with registration ballooning from last year’s 40 kids to roughly 70 kids in the winter preseason alone. During the summer that number rises significantly to approximately 200 kids! “We can credit a lot of it to the facility alone for the exposure we get,” says Turcotte. The winter program and the house league allow anyone who wants to join in the fun and learn about Canada’s national sport. As

players develop their skill, and become more comfortable with they game, they can move onto a competitive level through the various tryouts that are held. The rep league teams usually take 15 kids per team. “It gives those kids who want to take lacrosse to the next level a chance to find that structure of competitiveness they’re looking for,” says Turcotte. He goes on to say that for those kids who really take the sport seriously, they should consider looking into lacrosse scholarships when researching post-secondary education. If you are interested in learning more, becoming involved or in signing up your kids, you can visit the Cornwall Minor Lacrosse website at According to Turcotte, the Cornwall Minor Lacrosse Association is always looking for volunteers or coaches. “At the end of the day all we need is adults there and parents there to keep the kids structured.”


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he majority of sports injuries fall in to two categories: acute injuries and overuse injuries. Acute injuries are typically a result of a single, traumatic event (ie. ankle sprains and shoulder dislocations) while overuse injuries are a result of repetitive micro-trauma and usually occur over time (ie. runner’s knee, shin splints, tennis elbow, and chronic low back pain). For every sports injury the formula that causes the injury is fairly standard: tissue load exceeds tissue capacity1. Simply put, tissue load is how much you ask of a tissue (muscle, tendon, bone, ligament). Capacity is how much load a tissue can handle without damage, breakdown or dysfunction2. When load exceeds capacity

tissue dysfunction occurs. This dysfunction can present itself in many different ways depending on the tissue type and the loading pattern. Take for example your achilles tendon. When a quick abrupt load is applied to the tendon that exceeds the tissues capacity a tear will occur. With slow chronic overloading to the tendon, as seen with over training, the repetitive microtrauma may cause a tendonosis or tendonitis to form.

If they were getting pain at 30 minutes, we suggest they try 15 or 20 minutes to start”. Tissue demand can also be decreased by changing the running surface (asphalt versus trails), running route (always running on the same side of the road/sidewalk versus alternating sides) and running conditions (limit hills, no icy conditions), and by trying pool running1.

Knowing this information is key to properly treating and preventing sports injuries. The action plan is simple: decrease the load applied to the tissue and increase the capacity of the tissue. Here is some advice we pass on to our patients when they present with a sports injury.

Once a proper baseline for pain-free training is established, the second goal is to increase the athlete’s tissue capacity. Treatment, although based on the diagnosis, is designed to increase the capacity of the tissue to withstand the demand. This, combined with the aforementioned new training program, will increase the tissue’s tolerance1. Common treatments for sports injuries include chiropractic adjustments and mobilizations, myofascial

Decrease Tissue Load Our first area to combat with an injury is to decrease tissue demand or tissue loading. Take for example an overuse running injury. Sports Chiropractors Muir and Howitt explain, “we don’t recommend that patients stop their running completely but they have to cut back so that there is no pain during the run and no pain the next day.

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release therapy like ART®, acupuncture and even sports massage. Other ways to increase the tissue’s capacity include improving nutrition, decreasing stress, getting better sleep/rest and cross training1. At Cornwall Spine Care Plus, we specialize in the nonsurgical, drug-free treatment of all musculoskeletal injuries including back and neck dysfunction, headaches, extremity strain/sprains and all sports injuries. Common treatments include joint manipulation, LASER therapy, acupuncture, ART®, sports massage, custom orthotics and physical rehabilitation. For more information on how we can help you combat your sports injury, visit our website at! References 1. Howitt and Muir 2014, Returning to full training, Canadian Chiropractor 2. Brady 2013, Load vs Capacity, Integrative Diagnosis


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Nutrition for Better Sports Performance II By Jason Christoff


n the last article I reviewed a very important aspect connected to maximizing your sports performance and that was sleep. Today it’s obvious that many believe that the more you push the human body, the better it operates but unfortunately this isn’t the case. The cycle of improved sports performance does include vigorous training but the benefits of training can only be realized when the body is given what it needs to repair from the stress caused by the training. This is simple stuff yet overtraining, without proper recuperation, is the norm.

the entire team was overtraining. That top performance coach (a literal God in strength training and performance circles around the world,) was immediately released from his duties, the team continued to over train and at the next Olympics the results were dismal once more. The team again turned to this performance coach, he accepted the job for the second time, the team exercised less (plus improved their recuperation protocols) and the results were noticed on the podium. Over training isn’t just occurring at lower levels of sport. No one is to blame and education is the key. Our over training mentality reflects our general societal ideology that “more” is always better. For coaches wanting to know learn more about optimal performance they should look into courses from sports performance icon Charles Poliquin and health icon Paul Chek.

I remember a story of one of the world’s most elite performance and strength coaches being invited to Calgary to train one of our Olympic teams many years ago. The coach immediately assessed the old training schedule (and the results A big factor that increases of the team….which were not good) and declared instantly that recuperation from sports is food

quality. Food quality is key to becoming a better functioning human being on all levels. Just like a world class race car, fuel quality makes all the difference and inferior fuel can destroy the engine. The same thing goes for what an athlete places in their mouth.

Basically if food was touched by anyone other than the farmer before it hits your plate, it’s either not real food or most likely has lost some of its’ vitality along the way. The vitality in food is what helps the body heal so the more vital and alive the food, the better it is for you. Items that are alive rot, so things that rot quickly are The first step is to understand the best things to eat because you that the human body is designed want live food. to digest food and not food like Think about a head of broccoli things. You can stick many things into the mouth but they all don’t under your sink for a couple of qualify as food. Unfortunately days? OK, now think of a box when the body is faced with of cereal under your sink for a consuming non food like things, couple of days? Which one starts to rot first? Does cereal ever really one of the body’s reactions is to rot? Most cereal will go stale but lower testosterone and increase it never really rots or gets mould estrogen. So when you don’t growing on it because mould can’t eat real food, the hormones that survive off the nutrition available make you stronger (testosterone) in most cereal. If mould can’t go down and the hormones survive on cereal, either can you. that make you fatty, weak and More on that later… retain water (estrogen) go up. That alone should be motivation In the next article I will review enough for every athlete to start what real food is and how to understanding what real food is combine real food to give you your best shot at going pro. and isn’t.

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ongratulations to Emilie Lamarche who was named student-athlete of the month at Rothwell-Osnabruck Secondary School. As a grade 11 student, Emilie has helped lead the girls’ basketball team to three straight S, D & G championships also capturing a medal in each of the past three EOSSAA tournaments including a gold medal in the 2012-2013 season. Although Emilie leads her team in many offensive categories, what is most impressive about her play is her vision and her ability to utilize her teammates on the floor. Due to the success of the R-O basketball program, our school is proud to announce that we will be hosting the Senior Girls’ “A” OFSAA Championship in November of 2014. Emilie is also the co-captain of the Cornwall Lions juvenile team. The team is currently ranked 2nd in the province. Emilie has played with the Cornwall Lions for the past 8 years capturing several medals at the provincial level. One of the highlights of her basketball career was her participation in the Eastern Canadian Championships held in Newfoundland where her team captured a silver medal. Emilie holds an 89% average in grade 11, and plans to attend post-secondary to pursue a career in nursing. She also holds various roles within the school, most notably as a Link Crew Leader on Leadership Council. She also participates on the following school teams: volleyball, soccer, badminton and track and field and she was named female junior athlete of the year in grades 9 and 10. Her teachers describe her as focused and detail-oriented.

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Presents...Then and Now Cornwall Royals Edition ... Bob Deschamps

hired pretty much all the best ball and hockey players,” said Deschamps. “If you could play ball or hockey, boy you were in. (I have) A lot of good memories playing Junior “B”. You think about them. You can’t forget. I can’t remember what I did yesterday, but I remember all of the hockey games.”


ORNWALL – The Cornwall Royals started out as a junior hockey team in the early sixties. Beginning in the Central Junior “A” Hockey League from 1961 to 1969, they moved into the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 1969, winning three memorial cup titles before transferring onto the Ontario Hockey League during the 1981-82 season.

Deschamps played defense on the Paper mill league. “There was a lot of people that come to me when I started in the mill. People complained that I skated too fast,” Deschamps recalled. “I played defense. I learned more about hockey playing in Domtar in defense. I think everybody that plays hockey should play in defense. You see it differently as defense. A lot of people from Montreal, Ottawa, you name it.

The team produced many great hockey players including a long list of NHL players such as goaltender Billy Smith, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1993, Dale Hawerchuck, inducted in 2001, Owen Nolan who won an Olympic gold medal in 2002, and Doug Gilmour, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011.

They all said I was good. I didn’t think I was any better than anyone else. I just hate to lose with a passion.”

The Royals have also produced many great local hockey players like Bob Deschamps. “I still play with a senior league here in town. Most of the guys that used to play with the Royals play with the Hubs now,” said Deschamps. “I’m in touch with pretty much all of them.” Although thinking about retiring from the game he loves so much, Deschamps keeps putting his skates on, playing with the Hubs. “I am 68 now and I am still going,” said Deschamps. “But I am starting to feel my oats there. I am at the stage that it is time to retire.” Deschamps said that the newer players are faster and fitter, but he just can’t seem to walk away. “I keep saying that’s it, I can’t go no more,” he explained. “But I keep going. I have a few things that need to get fixed. I enjoy it. It’s still the same old game.” Deschamps worked at Domtar paper mill for many years. “Domtar

Deschamps reminisced about the Royals and some of the people he played with. He spouted off names like Moe Lemieux, Gerry Lemire, Pete Champagne and many more. “It was just playing with the team and the bunch that we had and having fun,” said Deschamps. “When I played hockey I didn’t play for special awards I just played to win as a team.”

Newspaper pages may turn old and yellow, but the memories Bob Deschamps remain as fresh as when they were created. Photo supplied by Bob Deschamps.

Deschamps reflected about some of the players that he has played hockey with over the years. “To still be alive is a big accomplishment,” he said. “There are a couple of fellows that have passed away. They all seem to be getting sick. I still have my good health.” Deschamps said he has a few aches and pains that need to be straightened away, but other than that, he plans to keep playing just as long as he can.

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By Andrea Grondin


ce fishing might seem like it is designed for a particular type of person, but it is one sport that with a little bit of preparation, almost anyone can enjoy.

To be safe when fishing out on the ice, Primeau uses the latest technology on his smart phone. There is an app from Navionics, a company that specializes in the manufacture of electronic navigation charts for marine and outdoor use. The app itself costs $14.99 and can be downloaded for either Android or smart phone use from the company web site (

One thing that many people wonder about is heading off across the ice and maybe not knowing whether it is strong enough to support them. Shawn Primeau, a seasoned fisherman admits to this being one of his biggest fears. He only started ice fishing this year, although he had been fishing in other seasons since the age of four. “Obviously safety is the main key,” says Primeau, “check your weather conditions, listen to the police reports. The police place reports in the papers on the news all the time.

Another app Primeau uses is Wind Alert, which warns the user of the wind forecast, which is a big part of ice fishing as well. Sonar devices such as Fish Finders, which can range in price from $100 and up are also popular. Depending on where you are fishing it could be a useful tool.w

“It’s probably safest to watch the weather conditions and ice condition, besides that you can get out into 65 feet of water by walking half a kilometre. The ice provides a whole other level of fishing.”

There is a lot of enjoyment to be shared through ice fishing, but safety should never be an afterthought. “You can go out at 6:40 a.m., 10:00 a.m. or sometime later in the day or night,” says Primeau. “You can take your loved ones and friends, you can catch one fish or thirty-five of them. But what’s the point if you don’t make it home?”

During his first year of ice fishing Primeau has witnessed a couple friends fall through the ice. “Just because it’s white ice doesn’t mean it’s safe ice. Sometimes it’s white ice because of the snow accumulation; sometimes the dark ice is thicker and stronger. It all comes right back to the safety aspect of it all.”

For more on information Primeau says his favorite fishing Hoople Creek is one of the most popular spots for ice fishing in the regarding ice conditions and OPP spots are Mille Roche or Hoople area. Sometimes you don’t realize just how far from shore you are until warnings visit or Photo by Terry Tinkess . Creek. ‘Roche’ however, is a quiet you get back to dry land.

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‘Brian’s Day’ coming to Benson Centre March 8 By Marc Benoit


he Cornwall Typhoons will be coming together on March 8, to celebrate the career of Cornwall Girls Hockey Association (CGHA) coach and executive, Brian Tardiff. Tardiff was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: Lou Gehrig’s Disease) just after Remembrance Day, and has witnessed an outpouring of support from his community ever since. The events scheduled for March 8 will start with a Men’s Hockey Game at 3 p.m. followed by a free skate, a girl’s hockey alumni game, Zumba with Christal Bowen, and a skills competition. Refreshments will be supplied by Grumpy’s and will be followed with a live performance by the band, Twisted Kilts. A Live auction will also be underway in the Pommier Room of the Benson Centre, to help raise funds towards the financial burdens imposed by ALS. Tardiff and his family first began to realize something was wrong in May, but were unsuccessful at determining the cause until November, after they sought the expertise of a specialist in Ottawa. ALS is diagnosed after other possible conditions have been ruled out. “The hardest part was not knowing,” said Tardiff, as he discussed the process his family went through to determine his

diagnosis. Tardiff was grateful that his doctor “suspected it, and pointed us in the right direction.” ALS progresses differently for every patient, as some lose control of different parts of their body at different rates. In Brian’s case, his arms and hands are where the condition is currently affecting him the most. While still able to operate a car, the accountant worried about his ability to crunch the numbers with limited mobility in his fingers. Tardiff’s wife, Sue, has been one of the biggest sources of support for the local hockey icon, as he explained his day-to-day struggles with ALS. “Sue has been a rock, obviously she does all the snow shoveling,” said Tardiff, laughing nervously before continuing, “I can do it, but in an hour or two my arms are killing me, I just gotta watch I don’t get too fatigued.” Tardiff will be present on March 8, and is looking forward to the event as a chance to see many old friends and fresh faces from his twenty-three years of experience with athletic community in Cornwall. Apart from the CGHA, Tardiff has also been instrumental with the Ontario Hockey Academy and a major part of the local softball scene. Friends, family, teammates and others whose life Tardiff has touched are expected to attend.

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The Sochi Olympics have now come to an end, and over the past two weeks we were certainly able to witness “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” For Canada, the Olympics started out very well, and there were certainly a number of high points, but it would probably be unfair to say that there weren’t any disappointments. The question for this month is, what, for you was the most memorable moment and what, if anything, was disappointing? Terry Tinkess

Canadian Press Correspondent

I have a love-hate relationship with the Olympics. I love the idea that someone can be so driven, and so committed to a goal that they can focus four years of their life just for a chance to see if they can reach the pinnacle of their sport, and then to do it again, and again. What I hate is the crass commercialism that seeps through every broadcast, every commercial, every preview and each of the far-to-numerous analysis that divide each event into segments that fill the space around the commercials. Since we as individuals will probably never agree to carry the cost of “owning the podium’, I don’t see this changing, so I just try to enjoy the amazing stories that are the Olympics. The men’s hockey team allowing only three goals in the entire tournament

was incredible. The Canadian women, down by two goals with only minutes left, yet managing to tie it and win Gold in overtime was enough to leave anyone speechless. But how about speed skater Gilmore Junio giving up a spot so teammate Denny Morrison could have a chance to win a medal? Or Maxime Dufour-Lapointe bravely, and sincerely sharing the joy that came when her sisters Justine and Chloe won Gold and Silver respectively in the Freestyle Moguls event to help get Canada’s medal run started? It would be nice if figure skating could finally get it’s act together so that the spectre of cheating and collusion is no longer a required element, but thumbs up to the skaters themselves who always seem able to rise above the frey. And I’m not really sure what Don Cherry added to the event. He certainly didn’t fill the void created by Brian Williams not being a part of the broadcast team. Sport is competition and in that sense win, lose or draw, the goal has been achieved and all who try, regardless of the result need to be applauded. If only we could find a way to make the sport the primary focus rather than the hype. Jim Riddell

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The 2014 Winter Olympics are now behind us, and I think that we should be proud of our Canadian athletes. Of the eighty-nine countries competing in Sochi, Canada finished third in Gold medals with ten while adding ten silver and five bronze, good enough for fourth with 25 total medals. I have a few memories from these games that will stick with me, such as the success of our freestyle ski team, which accounted for nine medals and the ladies hockey team, down by two goals with three and one half minutes remaining, yet managing to come back to tie the game and win gold in overtime. The men’s hockey team, despite many of us second-guessing the selection of certain players, won gold, allowed only three goals, for the

entire tournament. Last, but certainly not least, was Canadian cross-country ski coach, Justin Wadsworth seeing the Russian competitor struggling with a broken ski, and running onto the course with a spare, allowing the athlete to finish the race. This was a great display of Canadian sportsmanship on the world stage. To me the Olympics are about moments in time that an athlete trains for and focuses on for most of their life, only to have it culminate in a very short period of time of competition. This produces the drama of the games and its resulting highs and lows, but the games are also a celebration of athletics and the sportsmanship that should be part of all competition. The events that stuck with me for these three things are as follows: High - Canadian Women’s Hockey Team’s comeback in the gold medal game which proves once again that sport demands that you never stop giving full effort until the end; Low - Charles Hamelin falling twice in Short Track speed skating in races in which he was a medal favourite and; Minor Hockey Coach Sportsmanship - the Canadian cross country ski coach helping the Russian skier so that he could finish the race in front of his country and also Dario Cologna, the Swiss gold medal winner in the cross country ski race that waited and then greeted the last competitor to finish the race who was from Peru even though that skier was so far behind that he was alone on the course and most of the competitors and crowd had already left. The Peru athlete was their first ever winter Olympian, had only been skiing since 2005 and had broken ribs due to an accident two weeks previously. Robert Walker

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ocal No Frill’s Owners James and Jenn Gordon are big on Teamwork. Throughout each year they host “Smile Events” for their employee’s. They try to hold different

smile events throughout the year. A staff softball game was held in the fall. Recently, two hours of ice time was booked at the Ed Lumley Arena. The first hour was a free skate for staff. The second hour was a game of shinny.

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Hustler of the Month Name: Eathan Sauve Age: 10 Team: Cornwall Colts Atom B Rep Team Eathan Sauve has been selected for the Massey Place Team Hustler Award for this month. Eathen tends goal for the Cornwall Colts Atom B Rep Team. He is 10 years old. Eathan backstopped the team with solid play whenever he was called upon. His regular season stats included 11 wins, 1 loss, 1 tie and 7 shutouts. His current playoff record includes 2 wins with one being a shutout. Eathan is a team player, and a worthy recipient of this months Team Hustler Award.

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MURPHY’S SPORTS LAW By David Murphy I’ve long been a supporter of sports as a key piece to our social fabric. Sport teaches us to work as a team, teaches us that even after a difficult game (a tough loss) there’s always tomorrow and another game, we learn to follow rules and above all else we make friendships that last a lifetime. I’m lucky to still be friends and either golf, play cards or just hang out with some of the same group that hung out and played sports with three decades ago (I’m only in my early 40’s). But the more than two decades of playing fastball, softball, hockey and golf have given many other unforgettable friendships. Two of those friends are having difficult health issues now. Brian Tardiff, the same “Russ” that anyone who’s been anywhere near a ball diamond or hockey arena since the early 1970’s knows, is battling Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ASL: Lou Gehrig’s Disease). I can’t recall a time when Russ left the park or the arena angry at an opponent. For Brian, it was always about making sure his teammates or team (when he was coaching) had fun and learned something from the game regardless of the outcome. I can’t say I played ball with anyone who was willing to sacrifice bunt more than

Brian – and that speaks to his character of putting the team before himself. I had the privilege of coaching girls’ softball with him and that was a great experience as well. As for hockey, well Brian was a solid player in his own right. But it’s been his contributions to Cornwall Girls Hockey that will forever leave an imprint on the local sports landscape. He’s been an organizer, coach, volunteer and rep at the Provincial level even well after his girls out grew the minor program. Shawn O’Neill is another person I consider a friend. Shawn is one in the long list of O’Neill family fastball players who made their mark on the Cornwall sports scene. Shawn has resiliency that some people can only dream about. As a pitcher, he was belted in the face with a “comebacker” several years ago. Most people would’ve called it a career after that and for a while, Shawn stayed away from the sport. But he did return and when he did, he was just as competitive and willing to do what had to be done to ensure his team would win. He even pitched as recently as 2011, filling in as an emergency starter when his team was missing their pitchers. Shawn has been toeing the rubber for a couple months against the toughest batter he’s ever faced. As most of his O’Neill clan will tell you, he’s ready to take on cancer. I have no doubt he’s going to bring the battle of his life into extra innings. Shawn and Brian are two guys who can play on my team anytime. Did I mention that both of them will do whatever it takes to avoid the spotlight and focus it on their teammates? Both are true sportsmen. Good luck gentlemen. The entire community is cheering for you.


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Stephanie Grady: We’re NUT Givin’ Up By Terry Tinkess


n any given day it is easy to come across someone who thinks they don’t have much good going on in their life. Money is tight, the kids won’t behave, school doesn’t make sense and they would gladly change places with anyone foolish enough to take them up on the offer. It is easy to understand how easy it is to become angry, frustrated, or fed-up, and on many days I’d have to admit that person could be you or me. Sometimes, however, you hear of something that puts things into perspective.

Front, from left: Riley, 2, Danika, six months, middle, Nick, Stephanie, back row, Taylor, 4.

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Danika, six months and until a very short time ago she was living what many people would Stephanie Grady, 32 is a young consider as a perfect life. woman who was formerly a That all changed when she was teacher at Rothwell-Osnabruck diagnosed with NUT midline School in Ingleside and most carcinoma, a rare and aggressive recently at St. Lawrence form of cancer that has spawned Secondary School in Cornwall. tumours along the centre of her She lives in Long Sault with her body. She now has the disease in husband Nick and their three her hips, pelvis and leg. children, Taylor, 4, Riley, 2 and

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ASK THE COACH Name: Mathieu Dallaire Age: 11 years old Topic: Hockey Question: What is the best type of hockey stick and what is the proper length? Answered by Coach: Don Francis, sales, Rookez Edge Sports Store

Good question Mathieu. A proper stick can improve your game. If you are a forward, a more flexable stick is recommended, as you take more “quick release” shots. A stiffer shaft is more suitable for a defenseman as they take more slapshots and harder clearing passes in a game. The usual rule of thumb for length is for the end of the stick to come up to your chin with your skates on. (start out around 1 1/2” higher, than cut as desired), A longer stick will help D men with their reach on poke checks and forwards with shooting accuracy. Shorter sticks can allow for better in close stickhandling but often put a player off balance when shooting. Curves should be selected to the players preference. Today’s sticks come in Youth, Junior, Intermediate and senior sizes. Remember, keep your stick on the ice and make your shots count.

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A year ago Stephanie ran a half How rare is NUT Midline marathon. Today, she is fighting Carcinoma? According to the for her life, but she won’t be website of the International NUT doing it on her own. Midline Carcinoma Registry, they Friends and family have see 15-20 cases a year. They are banded together to form Team also identified as the only known Grady and the We’re NUT laboratory capable of diagnosing Givin’ Up fundraising campaign NMC routinely, thus most cases to raise money to help cover worldwide are sent there for costs of travel and experimental diagnosis and consultation. treatment at the Dana-Farber In a very few weeks, a small Cancer Institute in Boston. Costs but rapidly growing group put a are expected to run into the tens of plan in place and subsequently thousands of dollars. Fundraising into effect to try and raise events will involve everything awareness of the disease as well from volleyball tournaments to as the struggle that Stephanie pub night socials. Grady was facing. Through a “Through this fundraiser we combination of passion and can bring Stephanie hope,” dedication combined with the said friend Heather Lisney, a wonder of social media they teacher at Brockville Collegiate have spread the word. The Institute who is coordinating resulting outpouring of support the fundraising drive. “Harvard is amazing and almost every is working with new treatments day a new fundraising event is that are showing promise and added. Momentum is growing we’re going to raise the money and hopefully the best is yet to to help Stephanie find her cure. come. “She is one of the most humble, Sports Energy will be following kind and giving individuals I have Stephanie Grady’s struggle and ever met. She is warm, nurturing and hard working. She is also a the activities of Team Grady fighter. Team Grady is rallying on an ongoing basis and we together to give her hope and to encourage our readers to do the support her family in this fight.” same. Donations can be made at local branches of the Bank Harvard researchers at the of Nova Scotia (“Stephanie International NUT Midline Grady Cancer Treatment Fund”, Carcinoma Registry are using a account: 00232 00666 13) or new drug called BET Inhibitor online by visiting the Grady that has been shown to shrink, website ( and even stop, NUT midline tumour growth in human tissue. You can also keep up-to-date The first clinical trial began last on the various activities that are month in various centres in the planned through Facebook (www. United States. Stephanie is now eligible to receive a series of drug or Twitter (@NUTGivinUp). trial treatments at the institute. Sports Energy has always Stephanie and husband Nick adopted the attitude that sport will be making the first trip is such a worthwhile part of life to Boston mid-February for because the outcomes are never preliminary testing, with the predetermined and that if you first treatment date scheduled for the end of the month. Many don’t quit, you always have a subsequent treatments are to chance to succeed. We strongly follow, with dates still to be believe that attitude is appropriate in this situation as well. determined.


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Skate Canada in Cornwall By Diane Hunter


ORNWALL – Skate Cornwall is a non-profit organization that began in Cornwall some 50 years ago. As a member of Skate Canada, the Cornwall branch offers youth in the area an opportunity to learn skating techniques that include beginner, figure, and power skating. “We are a part of Skate Canada called Skate Cornwall,” said Barbara Mitschke, volunteer board member and treasurer. “Every town has their own club as part of Skate Canada.” Mitschke said anyone can join

and there is something for all youth age groups. “Yes anyone can join. A lot come to the club through club members of skate Canada as well. There is no adult program but there are programs for youths. We have 60 CanSkaters aged three to 12, and they branch off from there into figure skating with more detail oriented dances, jumps, and spins. We have 19 in that program.” Skate Cornwall offers CanSkate, CanPower Skate, and STARSkate programs at the Benson Centre.

skaters have to go elsewhere to get the proper training. “We have had skaters in the past that have gone to competitive levels, but this is mostly a recreational skating club,” explained Mitschke. “More competitive skaters would have to go to a club that offers competitive skating training in Montreal, Ottawa, or farther west. Most of our current coaches here were competitive skaters at one point in their skating life. I think there are a couple in our club that have those aspirations.”

Mitschke explained that only the top three in each category make it through to the provincial level. She said the Cornwall club did well, but didn’t qualify. “Only a small group of skaters make it through. Our group goes to competitions, just not at the provincial or national level,” said Mitschke. “We do have competitions throughout the year within eastern Ontario. We have three competitions in March. The kids are going to Winchester March 15, then Massena on the 22, and Hawkesbury on the 29. They The club does have a few are pretty excited after a weekend According to Mitschke, although Skate Cornwall does have some competitions throughout the year of hosting EOSIC.” competitions, more competitive including the Ontario STARSkate Mitschke said skating is a great Invitational Championships (EOSIC), which was held recently sport for kids to get involved at the Benson Centre. “EOSIC in. “The objective is to provide had 519 skaters at all levels the opportunity for everyone to from all over Ontario including participate in skating throughout Bowmanville, Perth, Port Perry, their lifetime for fun, fitness and Whitby, Lindsay and some from achievement.” Quebec,” explained Mitschke. For more information on Skate “Skaters range in age from seven to Cornwall visit: http://www. 18. It was a three day event where, skaters qualify for provincials, email skatecornwall@hotmail. which is being held in March in com or call 613-936-9290. Wellington.”

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Teacher - Stephanie Grady, 32, is fighting for her life . She is a mother of three who has a rare form of cancer – NUT Midline Carcinoma. – and she needs a team to help her out! Join Team Grady and participate in one (or more!) of the many fundraising initiatives taking place! Hockey, Volleyball, Basketball and Pub-Night Socials & Silent Auctions are just the beginning! All funds raised will go to support the Grady family. For Stephanie’s story and event information, participation or donation options, please visit

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DONATE NOW!! Skaters from Skate Cornwall who competed in EOSIC. (From left): Nadine Kamm, Makenzie Mitschke, and Angelina Roundpoint. All three Photo supplied by Barbara Mitschke. are eleven years old.

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Sports Energy’s Guide to Sporting Organizations in The Greater Cornwall Area






AIR GLIDERS ...................................................................... Jean Juneau ............... 613-932-5103 Rachelle Davis ............ 613-935-4714 AQUATICS Sea Lions Swim Club BASEBALL/SOFTBALL Cornwall District Minor Baseball ................... Susan Poirier .............. 613-936-8827 Cornwall Optimist Minor Softball ................ Cornwall Kinsmen Minor Girls Softball ....... Mike Turcotte ............. 613-933-3837 Ladies Fastball Fith Wheel 18 Wheelers, ..... Brian Tardiff ............... 613-938-2950 Navy Club Mens Fastball ............................... David James ............... 613-930-0033 BASKETBALL United Counties Minor Basketball ................. Brad DeRochie ............ 613-938-0533 BILLIARDS Rack M Up Billiards....................................... Doug Disotell .............. 613-933-9362 BOWLING Olympia Bowl .................................................................................... 613-932-8421 BOXING East Side Community Boxing Club ................ Jorge Luis................... 613-933-5618 KARATE Seaway Karate............................................... Jim Riddell ................. 613-534-2042 BROOMBALL

Upcoming Cornwall Broomball League ..... Eric MacDonald ................ (613) 936-2299 ...... ................................

EQUESTRIAN Holly Hill Farm .............................................. Kate/Robbie Mac Intyre ......613-931-2493 St Georges Equestrian .................................. Suzanne Lacroix Whispering Meadows ................................... Allison Blair St Thomas Rose Quarter Horses ..................................... Karen Aitken Sarabeau Stables .......................................... Sandy Marcellus Upper Scotch Farm ....................................... Kelley Ferguson Drogheda Manor ........................................... Garry Meek FIGURE SKATING Skate Cornwall .............................................. Karin Touchette........... 613-936-9290 Can-Skate Learn to Skate .............................. Karin Touchette........... 613-936-9290 FOOTBALL Cornwall Men’s Flag Football......................... Jonathan Campeau ..... 613-551-4605 Cornwall Minor Football Association ............. Rod Simpson .............. 613-936-2888 GOLF Archie’s Family Golf Centre ............................................................... 613-932-8255 Cornwall Golf & Country Club ........................................................... 613-931-1122 Heritage Golf Club ............................................................................ 613-347-3738 Summerheights Golf Links............................ Katie MacLennan Andrews .....613-938-8009 ........ .... Upper Canada Golf Course ................................................................ 613-543-2003 GYMNASTICS Cornwall Gymnastics Club ............................ Tammy Mcallister ....... 613-933-4356 HOCKEY ASSOCIATIONS Akwesasne Minor Hockey Association .......... Mark Terrance............. 315-250-0287 Alexandria Minor Hockey Association ........... Kevin Ctaig ................. 613-551-2698 CharLan Minor Hockey Association .............. Bruce McRae .............. 613-347-3406 Cornwall Minor Hockey Association .............. Brian Caskenette ......... 613-933-8586 NGS Minor Hockey Association .................... Chad Brownlee ........... 613-984-0410 South Stormont Minor Hockey Association .... Brad Maloney ............. 613-346-0888 Seaway Valley “AA” Minor Hockey Association .... Blair Fitzpatrick ........... 613-933-0026 Cornwall Colts Junior A Hockey .................... Ian MacInnis ............... 613-930-9300 Cornwall Girls Hockey Association ................ Rod McLeod Cornwall Women’s Recreational Hockey League .... Sylvie Jans .......................................................... Cornwall River Kings ..................................... Al Wagar ..................... 613-935-6219 Cornwall River Kings ..................................... Brianna Trudeau.......... 613-935-6219 Cornwall Minor Ball Hockey League .............. Gerry Sommerville...... 613-703-9183 Cornwall Women’s Ball Hockey League......... Dominique Laroche .... 613-936-2020 Cornwall Men’s Ball Hockey League .............. Mitch Gagne ............... 613-932-4471 Cornwall Men’s Draft Ball Hockey League ..... Randy Lafave .............. 613-363-9413 HIGHLAND DANCING SD&G Highland Dancing Association ............ Sherry Crawford-MacLachlan... 613-347-1426 JIU JITSU CLUB Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club .................................. Stephen Lefebvre ........ 613-930-5489 Sports Energy is not responsible for the accuracy of information provided on this page. If your sports organization would like to be included in this page, please email If your organization is listed and information should be updated, please forward current information.

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KARATE Seaway Karate............................................... Jim Riddell ................. 613-534-2042 JJS Kenpo Karate .......................................... Brenda Saucier ........... 613-577-0299 LACROSSE Cornwall Minor Lacrosse .............................. Terry Turcotte ............. 613-937-3354 SOCCER Kinsmen Minor Soccer Association .................................................. 613-938-1545 S.D.&G. Blazers ............................................ Mike Gilligan ............... 613-938-1545 Cornwall & District Soccer ............................ Chris Smith................. 613-931-2176 Cornwall Indoor Soccer ................................ Frank Chartrand .......... 613-933-5103 Cornwall City Soccer ..................................... Frank Chartrand .......... 613-933-5103 Glengarry Soccer League .............................. Stephanie Youth Indoor Soccer League ......................... Frank Chartrand .......... 613-933-5103 OTHER SPORTS Big Ben Ski Hill and Snowboarding ............... Jack Ruest .................. 613-933-6377 613-933-3586 Cornwall Blue Chargers ................................. David James ............... 613-938-4793 Cornwall Curling Club ................................... Scott MacDonald ........ 613-936-2027 Cornwall Multisport Club .............................. Rob Allen Cornwall Outdoor Club de Plein Air ................................................... 613-534-8855 Cornwall Rugby Club .................................... Bill Swinden ................ 613-932-1273 Cougars Track and Field ................................ Ceri Timbrell ............... 613-537-9681 Taoist Tai Chi ................................................. Ghislain Glaude........... 613-935-5675 Summerstown Trails XC Ski & Snowshoes ... Jean-Pierre Tibi .......... 613-347-1229 Sports Energy is not responsible for the accuracy of information provided on this page. If your sports organization would like to be included in this page, please email If your organization is listed and information should be updated, please forward current information.

Cornwall Sports Centre Grand Opening

By Diane Hunter


ORNWALL – The grand opening of the new Cornwall Sports Centre took place on Friday, January 31. Plenty of people were buzzing around to get a look at the new place at 412 Fifth Street East in unit 108, just around the back. The new 10,000 square-foot facility is equipped with state of the art training equipment including a synthetic ice rink, artificial turf track, gym facilities, physio office, and a video meeting room used to go over players strengths and weaknesses. “Other cities have these types of facilities available,” said Brock McBride, co-owner of the new facility. “We wanted to have a facility here in Cornwall.” Ryan McBride, another co-owner of the centre said Cornwall is a big hockey town. “That is why we chose this company. Hockey comes here. It’s a good fit.” The four co-owners, Brock McBride, Ryan McBride, Harold McBride, and Jeff Carter had discussed opening a facility for quite some time. “The idea was both Jeff’s and mine,” said Brock McBride. “We both had wanted to do something like this for awhile now as we have a great market for it in the area. It all came together pretty quickly but the ball got rolling for the sports centre in July.”

Lepine, Tyson Spink, Tylor Spink, Ian Perry, Geoff Winchester, Jesse Winchester, Brent Loney, Josh Loney, and Dustin Traylen. The team has also partnered with Mat Milberry of Benchmark testing to offer sport specific testing to help athletes and their teams determine strengths and weaknesses. Through test, improve, repeat methods, weaknesses can be worked on giving the athlete what they need to be the best. In addition, The Cornwall Sports Centre has also partnered up with Benoit Veilleux of Performance (From left): Ryan McBride, Brock McBride, Jeff Carter and Harold Headquarters, Geoff Winchester McBride are the co-owners of The Cornwall Sports Centre. from G-24 and has an in-house Photo by Diane Hunter. physiotherapist and chiropractor available. Brock McBride has been playing Although the centre has been open McBride said the biggest challenge since August, the grand opening was hockey since he was three years was finding the right building, and planned to introduce the community old. “I’ve been running Own the then renovating it to their specific to the facility and new programs that Ice summer skating skills camps will be available including a March for five years,” he said. Brock also needs. The building they chose was Break camp. The centre also has played soccer until he started playing once the Kinsmen Centre building. private goalie lessons, shooting skills junior hockey, and now plays hockey “There are no shortcuts to any place lessons, and a power skating program professionally. He said he draws his worth going,” said Brock. “For new with programs offered for boys and inspiration from love of the game of players I’d say to work hard and stick with it and results will come.” girls from beginner to elite level hockey. The Cornwall Sports Centre is “It was a lot of work to get going players. Fitness, yoga, team training for hockey, soccer, and football, a for sure,” said McBride. “Luckily open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven shooting pad, and strength training we had four of us to divide the work days a week. To learn more about are all part of what the centre offers. between.” An impressive coaching the centre and what is available visit “We wanted to have everything in one and training team is on hand at the or call centre including Todd Perry, Jason 613-935-5269. place,” said Brock McBride.


Cornwall Curling: Winterspiel III – 2014

The Ladies “B” Final winner was Nancy Lasalle’s team of Kristen he atmosphere at the club Stanley (Lead), Darlene Lauber Saturday night was outstanding. (Second) and Carole Tyrell (Vice). A light snow was falling outside. The Ladies “C” Final winner Rachel Homan’s Team Canada vs. Team Manitoba was on TV. Matt was Lorraine Fournier’s team Camm’s Team Cochrane, playing of Lynn Lalonde (Lead), Lynda the 3-4 game in the Ontario MacDonald (Second) and June Tankard, was on another TV. Six Eden (Vice). In case you didn’t men’s and ladies’ finals were being hear, June had a pretty good week, played on the ice. The smell of the winning in the “C” Final, winning pork loin cooking in the kitchen the Friday night’s main prize, was intoxicating. It was Saturday tickets to the Scotties Tournament night in Canada and not a hockey of Hearts complete with hotel room for a night and then capping puck in sight. it off by winning the 50-50 draw on In this, my fifth year of curling, I Saturday night. was playing in my first Winterspiel The Men’s “A” Final winner was and I couldn’t help but wonder why I Neil MacLean’s team of Jacques waited so long. What an experience it was playing in a competitive but Beauvais (Lead), Julien Fournier really fun event! For those of you (Second) and Frank Wood (Vice). The 2014 ladies “A” final winning team (from left): Johanne Marion who are still waiting to play for They played a great final and were (Second), Micheline Lacasse (Skip), Teresa McAnany (Vice) and the first time be sure to sign up in very deserving champions. I know Gerry Robinson (Lead). Photo submitted by Lew Stanley. because I had a ringside seat as 2015. they beat Jonathan King’s team of Event Coordinator, John Wright, Stewart MacDonald (Lead), Lew was very pleased with how the Stanley (Second) and John Baird week went and the support from an (Vice). army of volunteers who cooked up The Men’s “B” Final was won a storm: Thursday (pulled pork), Friday (wings) and Saturday (pork by Scott McDonald’s team of loin). Great job! It’s the volunteers Luc Rozon (Lead), Rob Mahon (Second) and Gerry Knight (Vice). who make this club special. The Men’s “C” Final was won by On the ice we had 12 ladies’ teams and 16 men’s teams competing to Mike Villeneuve’s team of Leland get their names on the Winterspiel Harms (Lead), Robert Drouin Champions trophies. Prizes for (Second) and John Wright (Vice). Submitted by Lew Stanley


the Champions were sponsored by The Men’s “D” Final was won The Squire Shop for the men and by Kevin Baker’s team of Roger Pommier Jewellers for the ladies. Comtois (Lead), Phil Hammond The Ladies “A” Final winner was (Second) and the joint effort of Micheline Lacasse’s team of Gerry Dan O’Flagherty and Dan Cook at Robinson (Lead), Johanne Marion Vice. (Second) and Theresa McAnany (Vice). Jen Baker’s team of Josette Leduc (Lead), Jane MacDonald (Second) and Cindy Ingram-Lloyd (Vice) finished second.

Did I mention that Friday night was rocking with live music, thanks The 2014 men’s “A” final winning team (from left): John Wright to the Shiners. What a great week (Bonspiel Coordinator), Neil McLean (Skip), Frank Wood (Vice), of curling and fun! Can’t wait for Julien Fournier (Second) and Jacques Beauvais (Lead). Photo submitted by Lew Stanley. next year.

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Sport Community Loses Two of Its Best By Terry Tinkess

Royals had left town,” says Piquette. “I coached with Mike Groulx at midget “AA” and he was thinking of bringing a team into town and he asked me if I thought Don would be interested in being involved. I set up the meeting between them and they actually went over to take a look at the Massena Americans.


he Cornwall sports community is much poorer following the recent loss of two members who were instrumental in its development and growth. Si Miller, 84 and Don Derry, 68 both passed away on Saturday, February 22, Miller at the St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre in Cornwall and Derry at the Elizabeth Bruyère Centre in Ottawa. Both men made an impact on the local sports community through their involvement and willingness to do more than they could ever have been expected to do. While both were known to many, they both, coincidently, had a personal relationship with Mike Piquette, the publisher of Sports Energy. His memories are indicative of those shared by many other players, coaches, administrators, fans and parents as they reminisce. Piquette says his relationship with Miller started at a young age and continued throughout their adult lives. “I’ve known him since I was a young boy,” he says. “Growing up he was always at the Bob Turner. As a parks and recreation manager he was always involved in all the programming that was put on. As a man he was always approachable and always friendly and a very good role model to the kids at the Bob Turner. “When I was older I had a lot of dealings with him when I was with the Colts. I negotiated with him, along with Don Derry, to move the Colts over to the Si Miller (arena),

Si Miller • 1930-2014 which at the time was known as the Water St. arena. Si was always accommodating to all the user groups who used all the city facilities. Even when Miller was away from work, he couldn’t seem to stay away from the arena. “He coached City Junior “B” (Jack Lee’s Leafs), he coached minor hockey. He coached travelling teams when his son (Mark) was growing up and in the system. He was always at the rink.” Miller was never one to seek the spotlight either. “You could say that he was seen, but not heard,” says Piquette. “Unless you had something to discuss. He was a great ambassador for the city. He knew when to fight for something and when to give in a bit to help something succeed. He was a very good person in that role.” Piquette’s relationship with Don Derry began much later, but it was no less memorable. He says he discovered very early the character of the man. “I met Don when I was

“Don called me the day after the meeting and said, “I just bought the Massena Americans!” He went on to tell he that he discovered that he actually had shares in the team and didn’t know it. He had sponsored them a couple years earlier and in Don Derry • 1946-2014 return they had given him some coaching bantam “AA” hockey,” shares in the team. “ says Piquette. “I approached him to That was the beginning of it. be a sponsor. I remember having a He gave me an opportunity to be concern because his son was trying involved. I look back and I was with out for the team and I said he might him for eight years. We had a great want to hold off on the sponsorship working relationship and we had a until the team was made because I lot of fun over the years and he cared wasn’t going to take his son because about the kids, which was number of the sponsorship. I can remember one. He always had an eye on the him laughing a bit and saying, “I players developing and getting don’t sponsor teams so that my son scholarships. That was one thing can make them. If you do a little he loved about the Central League bit of investigating you’ll see that is that we combined education with I sponsor two teams for Seaway hockey. He loved seeing kids get Valley, three in Cornwall Minor scholarships. Hockey, a couple in CharLan …” As is the case with most “That was my first meeting with organizations, when people leave, Don and we became great friends other’s step in, and in fairness, years over the years,” says Piquette. “I from now you could probably speak have nothing but respect for the of them with the same reverence. If man, he was a total gentleman and we do, we will know that it is well a totally community-minded person deserved, because Si Miller and Don who always wanted to help people.” Derry have set the bar high Derry is perhaps best remembered Sports Energy would like to as the man who tried to fill the void express its condolences to the friends created when Cornwall lost its Jr. and family of both men as they deal “A” hockey team. “In 1992 the with their loss.

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Recreation Roundup News from the City of Cornwall Parks and Recreation Department March Break

Recreation and Leisure Programs

March Break Workshops March 10 – 14 Workshops include Youth Pick Up Hockey, Minute to Win It Monday, Little Chefs, Zumba Kids, Pick Up Soccer, We Got Game and St. Patrick's Day Crafts. Ages and costs vary. Children must pre-register for each program.

Public Skating at the Benson Centre Come out and skate for enjoyment and exercise. There are a number of scheduled public skate times for all ages at the Benson Centre, including Senior Skating, Toddler Skating and general all ages public skating. For dates, times and fees please visit

March Break African Drumming Circle Thursday, March 13 Ages: 5 – 8 1 pm – 2 pm Ages: 9 – 14 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Cost: $10.00/child Come out and experience the fun and exciting 1 hour African Drumming Workshop with Jody of The Rythm Room. The children will be engaged as they practice African and World Rythm ensembles, team building and Brain Gym exercises. Sign up early, you won’t want to miss this unique experience!

Family Stick & Puck Skate The Stick & Puck program is designed to enable skaters in full hockey gear, the opportunity to work on passing, puck control and skating drills. An adult or coach must accompany all youth on the ice (Adult to Child ratio: 1 to 2). Youth ages 5 – 14. Full hockey equipment required for all youth. Find the full schedule online at

Public Swims - Daily Take the plunge this March Break and enjoy a family, preschool or leisure swim at the Aquatic Centre! Various times offered daily and can be found on the City website or Aquatic Centre Facebook page. Tim Hortons Free Skates - Daily Enjoy a free skate with the family this March Break at the Benson Centre (Pad 2) from 1 pm - 2:30 pm daily, from March 10 to 14. Big Ben Ski Hill (Conditions permitting) Hours of operation for March Break will be March 10 - 14 from 5:30 pm to 9 pm and March 15, 16 from 11 am - 4 pm. For conditions, call (613) 933-6377.

Recreational Basketball Monday April 28 – Monday June 9 Join us for our sport programs designed to get and keep children active, all while having fun playing sports in a non-competitive environment. Each week children will work on skills and drills and play games. Each program lasts 6 weeks in duration. Cost: $36.00/Program Ages: 6 – 8 years Time: 6 pm – 6:55 pm Ages: 9 – 12 years Time: 7 pm – 7:55 pm Gerry Brown 3 on 3 Spring Hockey Gerry Brown 3 on 3 Hockey is back this spring. Divisions of play range from IP Junior to Midget. Cost of the program is $140.00/participant and each player will receive 10 games and a jersey. Space is limited, please register early. Full details on the 3 on 3 program can be found at

Adult Programs Aquatics Instructor Courses & Recertifications Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course April 25 (6 pm - 11 pm), April 26 (9 am - 11 pm), April 27 (9:30 am - 6 pm) Lifesaving Instructor Course May 2 (6 pm - 11 pm), May 3 (9 am - 11 pm), May 4 (9:30 am - 6 pm) Registration for Instructor Courses begin March 17 and is ongoing until courses are filled. Lifeguard / Instructor Recertifications National Lifeguard Recertification Course Course Dates: #1 Sunday April 6 2 pm – 8 pm #2 Sunday June 8 12 pm – 6:30 pm Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Recertification Course Course Dates: #1 Monday April 28 6 pm - 11 pm #2 Monday May 26 6 pm - 11 pm

Stroller Babes Returning Monday March 24 at 9:30 am Focuses on intervals of power walking & running with functional strength training, followed by postnatal specific core work & flexibility. This course is led by Pre & Post-Natal Fitness Specialist Jenny Irvine. Classes take place every Monday and Wednesday morning at the Benson Centre. Program now 8 weeks. Cost: 16 classes/$112.00, 8 Classes/$68.00 or Drop-in $10.00/class. Gentle Yoga at Lunch Starting Wednesday April 30 at 12:10 pm These Gentle Yoga classes will focus on breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, for health and relaxation. For 8 weeks we will explore different postures, stretches and relaxation techniques. Class is led by Farhana Meghji. Cost: 8 classes/$48.00 or Drop-in $8.00/class Kick Boxing Cardio @ the Benson Centre Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 8:00 pm Join Certified Personal Trainer, Becky Ouderkirk, in our Kick Boxing Cardio Classes held at the Benson Centre Tuesday and Thursday from 8 pm – 9 pm

For a list of fees, materials, attendance requirements & prerequisites for our Lifeguard / Instructor / Recertification Courses, please visit and download a registration form. Swimming Lessons Our Spring session April 21 - June 29 is fast approaching. Space is limited. Register early to avoid disappointment. Programs offered: Red Cross Swim Preschool and Kids Program, Swim Patrol - Rookie, Ranger, Star, Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, Red Cross Adult Lessons National Lifeguard (starts May 9), Aqua Fitness – shallow, shallow low impact (Heartwise approved), deep & post stroke.

Open Studio Adult Painting Class Tuesday February 25 - Tuesday May 13 Adult Painting Class for beginners and advanced students. Each student receives individual attention during the class time. Each student works at their own comfort level, and takes breaks as desired. Registration Information Registration for programs is ongoing until courses are full. Mail in or register in person at the Aquatic Centre or Benson Centre. Schedules may be subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to insufficient registration. A full refund to be granted if program is cancelled. For more info, call the Aquatic Centre (613) 933-3586 or Benson Centre (613)938-9898.

Join us at the Benson Centre! The City of Cornwall has ice, field house, court and room rental space available for your league, team, or your gathering with family or friends. We can help you spice up your Corporate Party or family get together with a good skate, a game of soccer or a badminton night! Whether your game is hockey, figure skating, broomball, soccer, lacrosse, pickleball or tennis, we’ve got you covered! Call (613) 938-9898 to book your time today!

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