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Chemical leak forces people to move out Town buying up contaminated properties in central Carleton Place NEVIL HUNT


On the 25th anniversary of Rick Hansen’s worldwide trip, the wheelchair athlete may return to Carleton Place. 25

LOOKING FOR LOVE The Valley Players bring a story of the search for love to the stage in Almonte. 32

CARLETON PLACE – A chemical used in dry cleaning has been found in the soil under parts of downtown Carleton Place, forcing some people to move out because of the health risks posed by perchloroethylene. The contamination affects an area measuring roughly 50 by 50 metres between Bridge and Beckwith streets, near Lake Avenue East. The town is in the process of buying properties in the area that sit on the contaminated soil because they are no longer fit for occupancy. The Snowhite Coin Wash on Lake Avenue East and the E2 Hair Design salon on Beckwith Street will be first, costing the town $250,000, with more buyouts expected. Council approved the purchase Tuesday evening and the town plans to sell the land later. A woman living in a single-family home at 14 Beckwith said her landlord has asked her to move out within weeks. “We have to be out by the end of March,” the tenant said. “They’re tearing the place down.” The town has completed a report on the chemicals in the soil, but has so far only shared the results with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE). See CAUSE, page 3

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FIRE AND ICE A Beckwith Township firefighter douses an engine fire on a truck at the Thomas Cavanagh Construction site on Feb. 4. The truck has just returned from hauling snow. It was moved back from the other trucks beside it, and snow was dumped on the engine in the hopes of extinguishing the fire before members of the fire department arrived to put out the blaze.

Former CP mayor Barker dead DESMOND DEVOY

CARLETON PLACE – Carleton Place’s longest serving, and first-ever female mayor, Melba Barker, has died at the age of 83. Barker died at the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital on Wednes-

day, Feb. 2. “It is certainly a great loss for the community,” said current Carleton Place Mayor Wendy LeBlanc, who saw Barker for the last time during October’s municipal elections. See FIRST, page 6



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CP Legion marks 80 years of service From post-Great War to 2011 NEVIL HUNT

highest percentages of volunteers for any community in Canada.” Unfortunately, 46 local CARLETON PLACE – Memories of comrades volunteers were killed in past, and accomplish- action. Davidson noted that the ments past, were at the history of local veterans forefront as members of the Carleton Place Royal support dates back to Sept. Canadian Legion celebrat- 19, 1919, when veterans of the First World War reed the 80th anniversary of ceived their charter as the the branch on Saturday. The town has long been Mississippi branch of the associated with volunteer- Great War Veterans Assoism, a sense of duty that ciation of Canada. The Legion in Canada predates the branch 192 was founded in Winnipeg itself. Current branch presi- in November 1925, and dent Iain Davidson noted was then known as the British Emthat Carpire Servicleton Place es League. consistently That was the provided a name under much great- “During World which Carer propor- War II, there were leton Place’s tion of soldiers than 801 from Carleton Legion received its the national Place who charter on average. Feb. 5, 1931. “ D u r i n g volunteered for “ T h e World War charter I, 289 resi- active duty” president dents of CarIain Davidson was comleton Place rade R.A. volunteered Patchell,” to serve D av i d s o n their counsaid. “Newstry and 47 were killed in action and paper reports of the day did not return,” Davidson stated that 115 returning said during his remarks to soldiers were eligible for the full house gathered for membership and that 60 the anniversary. “During veterans attended the first World War II, there were meeting.” In 1960, the word “Royal” 801 from Carleton Place who volunteered for active was added to the Legion’s duty in the Canadian Forc- name with the Queen’s consent. es to serve their country. The Carleton Place “This represented just over 17 per cent of the to- branch held meetings in tal population of Carleton the town’s council chamPlace, and on a per capita ber, and later in rented basis, this was one of the space on Bridge Street.

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Ladies Auxiliary president Lynn Julian, left, surprises Legion president Iain Davidson and all the other Legion members by presenting a cheque on behalf of the auxiliary for the $6,000 required to pay off the debt incurred during renovation of the Bunker in the Legion’s lower level.

The Carleton Place Legion’s current president, Iain Davidson, centre, is flanked by four past-presidents. From left, Cleve Thorpe (president from 1974 to 1975), Jim Plumb (2000-01), Davidson, Garry Pond (2001-05), and Ann Ecker (2008-09).

“Shortly after the end of World War II, the Legion acquired the McRostie building on Bridge Street. The branch and the Ladies Auxiliary continued to occupy this site until we moved into their building here on George Street.” OPENED 1960 The George Street Legion was built piece by piece, starting in 1959. It cost $60,000 to build and opened June 12, 1960, with Ivan Hamilton as president. Davidson said members helped keep costs down by adding their own “sweat equity”: working after hours to construct the building. The Evelyn Wilson Lounge was added in 1972, and the basement – known as the Bunker – was renovated in 2006. Davidson said the cost of that renovation was due to be paid off in 2011. Ladies Auxiliary president Lynn Julian later surprised Davidson and the Legion members by presenting a cheque to him on behalf of the auxiliary for the $6,000 required to pay off the renovation debt. That tied in nicely with

Davidson’s comments on volunteerism. He talked about some of the hard times faced by the Legion. “These were met and overcome by dedicated and talented volunteers who took on the responsibilities of leadership and service,” he said. “We would not be here today except for those who felt, and now feel, the need to give back to their community in thanks for the freedoms that others gave their lives or good health to defend.” Davidson also thanked Carleton Place and Beckwith councils and the many businesses in the area for continued support. “That support is heardearned and we must continue to show it is deserved,” Davidson said. He also noted that the Legion branch has an aging membership and continual need to renovate and maintain the Legion building, and encouraged the community to become members. Carleton Place Mayor Wendy LeBlanc and most of the town councillors presented a plaque to the Legion on the anniversary. LeBlanc said any support the town has provided

Carleton Place Mayor Wendy LeBlanc, centre, presents Legion president Iain Davidosn with a plaque from the town, marking the Legion’s 80th anniversary.

to the Legion has been paid back many times over. ‘SHOULD BE PROUD’ “Think of the investment we got back,” she said. “You should be proud of the service to your country and service to your community.” LeBlanc added that she has a daughter who took part in the Legion’s annual public speaking contest for many years, and benefited by becoming comfortable with making speeches before large groups. The

mayor also thanked the Legion for the assistance members provided her father when he was ailing. “My father benefited at the end of his life,” LeBlanc said, adding the Legion provided a walker and a wheelchair for him to use. “When we picked up the phone, it was delivered.” Beckwith Township Reeve Richard Kidd also thanked the Legion members for their work, especially with youth. “All the best in the future,” he said.


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Cause of chemical leak still to be confirmed Continued from front On Monday, town staff declined to provide a copy of the groundwater monitoring report to this newspaper. Until the document is released, it’s not possible to establish how many properties are affected. “This is a sensitive issue,” said town public works development co-ordinator Wayne Fraser in declining to share the document. “We’re checking with our lawyer to see if this is something that should be public information.” It’s not clear at this time if a failure to share the information with people living in the affected area may increase the town’s liability. Perchloroethylene, known simply as “perc” in the dry cleaning business, is a colourless liquid solvent. HEALTH RISKS Perc evaporates quickly when exposed to air, and the fumes are a cancer risk. Health Canada says people may be exposed to airborne fumes released from

tap water. Perc contamination of groundwater supplies can be a problem for long periods of time because the chemical degrades very slowly. SURPRISE RESULT The groundwater monitoring report was started when the town purchased the former Canadian Tire store at 7 Beckwith St. Town staff knew the site could have soil contamination when it was purchased, and arranged for the study, which was completed at some point in 2010. While contamination from automotive uses may have been expected beneath the empty Canadian Tire building, the discovery of perc was probably a surprise. MOE spokesperson Kate Jordan said the presence of perc “is most likely due to a historic release in the sewer system.” “We’re reviewing the data from the town’s study,” Jordan said, adding the goal is to identify who is responsible for the contamination. See DATE, page 4



A dry cleaning chemical known as perc has been found in the soil beneath part of downtown Carleton Place. This map shows the location of the town’s only dry cleaning operation, the coin wash and hair salon the town will purchase, and a single family home that will be demolished, according to the current tenant. The exact location of the plume of perc has not been released by the town administration, but it is known that the plume reaches as far east as the former Canadian Tire property.


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Rail line purchase plan continues to progress at county level

Date of leak into sewer system critical to establishing liability Continued from page 3 Carleton Place’s only dry cleaning operation, Carleton Cleaners, is located at 27 Bridge St., less than 50 metres west of 7 Beckwith St. Carleton Cleaners was founded more than 60 years ago, and is now owned by Mike Kelley. It’s believed the perc in the ground arrived there before Kelley purchased the business. Even if the perc in neighbouring soil is found to have leached there long before Kelley bought the business, it’s possible that he could face some liability for cleanup costs. Kelley did not return repeated requests for comment on the perc contamination near the store. Dave Hicks, who owns buildings nearby at 17 and 19 Bridge St., said he hasn’t been contacted by the town about soil contamination. His properties are directly south of Carleton Cleaners, and Hicks said he understands the water table flows eastwards in the area. The owner of the Snowhite Coinwash, at the corner of Lake and Beckwith, declined to comment on the town’s planned purchase of his building, which contains the coin wash and E2 Hair Design. He instead referred inquiries to the town.

Lanark County to CP Rail: we’re interested GEOFF DAVIES

jointly with Renfrew County, which is interested in acquiring the North Bay subdivision. “The next step is to wait and see,” said Lanark County is officially interested in buying part of the Ottawa Valley Rail Mousseau. “The two counties need to get together Line. On Feb. 2, councillors passed a motion and come up with a plan of where to go to send Canadian Pacific Rail a letter say- from here.” She said this is a “very, very prelimiing the county wants “first refusal rights” nary” step towards on the Chalk River subbuying the rail line, and division: roughly 160 the county has not comkilometres of rail bed, mitted to any purchase trestles and bridges “The two counties at all. She expects that stretching between further progress on Smiths Falls and Petneed to get together this matter won’t come awawa. and come up with a until the fall. “It’s just simply to While an estimated stop the clock, if you plan of where to go $50-million price tag will, to give us an opporhas been put on the rail tunity to put together a from here. ” line, Mousseau said plan for down the road so that the opportunity Sharon Mousseau that figure is for the intact, operational railfor a tourism trail isn’t way, not the property lost,” said county Waralone. She emphasized den Sharon Mousseau. the county is only inWhile CP Rail had set a Feb. 5 deadline for proposals from terested in buying the bed, trestles and interested buyers, the rail company has bridges for the purpose of a recreational indicated a willingness to give Lanark trail. “The rails are coming out; that train County first dibs on the infrastructure before tearing it down or selling to another has left the station,” she said. As for the county’s request: “The ball’s party, Mousseau said. The letter to CP Rail is to be written in CP Rail’s court.”

PLUME UNDERGROUND According to a source familiar with the raw data in the groundwater report prior to its finalization, the perc has formed a plume in the soil that continues to grow and move, reaching as far east as the former Canadian Tire property. The same person, who asked not to be identified, said the former Canadian Tire lot was found to contain contamination

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First female mayor of Carleton Place faced tied election Continued from front, Barker gave LeBlanc some advice she has never forgotten: “to thine own self be true. I know that’s the way she ran her life.” While Barker was remembered as the town’s first female mayor, the way in which she was elected has since become legendary, when the 1980 mayoral race was a tie between Barker and Alan Code. Code and Barker agreed after the recount that the winner would be determined by a name being drawn from a hat. Barker’s name was drawn, and Code graciously accepted defeat. Last week, LeBlanc was chatting with some of her friends about Barker’s passing, and one of her friends admitted that she could well have prevented the tie. “My friend hadn’t been feeling that well that day and she had intended to vote for Melba,” said LeBlanc. So, her friend decided to stay home instead of voting. “She has regretted that all of her life. It was a great lesson in democracy.” LeBlanc is the second female to hold the mayor’s chair in Carleton Place and she certainly sees the influence of Barker in

her role. “You’ve got big shoes to fill and I certainly felt that,” said LeBlanc. “She was always willing to roll up her sleeves…She handled difficult situations well. She seemed to have this calmness about her.” LeBlanc pointed out that, along with being the town’s first

“She was always willing to roll up her sleeves...She seemed to have this calmness about her.” Mayor Wendy LeBlanc mayor, Barker took on a number of initiatives during her time in office, including a revitalization of Bridge Street, where trees and benches were installed in the early 1980s, as well as the planning for the wastewater treatment plant and water tower. George Findlay Park was also bought by the town during her reign, as was Oakley Park. The Carleton Place daycare centre was started and the pool near the

Carambeck School was installed during her time. “These are facilities in our community that we now take for granted,” said LeBlanc. “She certainly has left her mark on the community. Her interest in the town has been all-encompassing.” While many people in town knew her as Madame Mayor, to Janet Barker, she was simply mom. “She was an amazing mom,” said Janet. She noted that her mother was a stay-at-home mom when she was growing up, but, “home was the family business. She was always helping dad with the business,” the Barker Funeral Home. Janet recalled that, while it may be unlucky for some, Friday the 13th proved to be a lucky day for her parents, who had their first date on that date, and were married on that same date in 1947. “They were like little love birds,” said Janet. “Mum had been very lonely with out dad for these past eight years.” She described the town’s outpouring of concern, help and love since her mom’s passing as

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Passing marks end of a political era in Carleton Place Continued from page 6 being “overwhelming.” “Everyone has really lovely stories to tell me,” Janet said. “They were all things she did for other people. She had a very strong sense of duty.” Local author Mary Cook also knew Barker as more than just a civic leader. “We’ve been friends for many, many years,” said Cook. “I was always amazed at how she was able to command attention with this host of men,” when she led council, she recalled. Cook noted that part of the reason why she was able to mold consensus amongst politicians of differing views came from her dignified manner. “She had a poise about her that commanded respect,” said Cook. “She was always able to promote dialogue and get people to talk about the issues of the day. She was a doer. If she said she would do something, it got done.” Cook surmised that the lessons Barker learned in how to handle people when she worked at her husband’s funeral home later proved helpful in her political career. “She had a very calm effect on people in the funeral business, with people who were in pain,” said Cook. Another helpful trait might also have been her sense of humour. “She was always able to joke about herself,” recalled Cook. “She will be greatly missed.” Barker’s passing marks the second time in as many months that Carleton Place residents have had to say goodbye to a former town leader, with former mayor Brian Costello dying in

December. “It’s two eras that we’ve lost in two months,” said former town councillor Dennis Burn. Burn’s wife Debbie agreed, “(Barker) was really sad when Brian passed on,” said Debbie. Debbie also recalled with fondness Barker’s support for Canada’s armed forces and veterans. She remembered when Barker spoke to her Girl Guide troupe at the Carleton Place Manor on Remembrance Day last year, and showed the young women her father’s bible from the First World War. “She was always so proud of the veterans,” said Debbie. Barker told the girls that the veterans, “were boys when they went across the sea, and they came back as men.” Barker also served as the Carleton Place Royal Canadian Legion’s Silver Cross Mother for more than a decade. “As a strong supporter of the branch, the Royal Canadian Legion and as a friend, Melba will be missed by all,” wrote branch president Iain Davidson in an email circulated to Legion members last week. Barker was predeceased by her husband Alan R. Barker, their son Jamie, and her brother William Hogarth. She is survived by her daughter, Janet Barker, and granddaughter Maggie, as well as her sisters-in-law Isobel Nesbitt and sister Sylvia Hogarth. After her wake on Friday, Feb. 4, her funeral service was held at the Barker Funeral Home on McArthur Avenue in Carleton Place the next day. She will have her internment at the Auld Kirk Cemetery near Almonte this spring.

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For more than a decade, former Carleton Place Mayor Melba Barker served as the Silver Cross Mother during the Remembrance Day ceremonies at the cenotaph at Roy Brown Park. Here, she is escorted to the cenotaph during last year’s commemoration.

Town of MISSISSIPPI MILLS The following summer student positions are available for the Town of Mississippi Mills for the 2011 summer season: A SEPARATE COVER LETTER AND RESUME MUST BE SUBMITTED FOR EACH POSITION BEING APPLIED FOR Mississippi Mills Public Library 4 positions - $9.60. - $10.25 per hour Roads & Public Works Administration Student 1 position - $9.60 - $10.25 per hour Engineering Summer Student 1 position - $12.84 per hour Almonte Daycare Centre 2 positions - $9.60 - $10.25 per hour Recreation Facilities Labourer 1 position - $11.81 per hour Information Office Students 1 position - $11.36 per hour Beautification Maintenance Students 2 positions - $9.60 - $10.25 per hour For more information on these positions, check out our website at All applicants must have been full-time students in the academic year 2010-11 and must be intending to return to full-time studies in the fall. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents between the ages of 15 and 30. Diane Smithson, CAO Town of Mississippi Mills Phone: (613) 256-2064 ext. 225 Fax: (613) 256-4887 E-mail:

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It’s time to stop this pain in the gas

Ad touchdown or ad overload DESMOND DEVOY Des Says


hen the rubber hits the road, rural residents always pay. In this provincial election year, the reigning Liberals would be well advised to take a serious look at the glaring inequities in its gas tax policy. Waiting for an election campaign to right a wrong is a tact employed by parties of all stripes, so residents of this riding can only hope there will be a gas-tax epiphany over the coming months. So has the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC) which identifies access to provincial gas tax for municipal roads as one of its fiscal priorities for 2011. At present, the federal gas tax goes to municipalities, but the province only gives money to municipalities with transit systems. The EOWC is advocating for a fair share of these provincial gas tax revenues for local roads and bridges. “These are essentially our ‘transit system’ and warrant sustained, ongoing financial support from gas tax revenues,” says the EOWC priority report. When you live in rural Ontario, driving a vehicle is generally your only option. You are hostage to your environment. And the more you drive, the more provincial gas tax you pay, only to see that money siphoned off to transit services in larger centres. It is, in so many ways, the very definition of inequity. The provincial government was once a major player in local roads projects, often offering 80 to 100 per cent funding. Those days are gone. The EOWC meanwhile notes that eastern Ontario was forced to take over financial responsibility for nearly 40 per cent of former provincial highways downloaded in 1995 and 1997. As it properly notes, “This burden remains a major stress on municipal roads budgets.” In a fair world, the gas tax paid by rural residents would be invested back in the municipalities where that revenue was generated. Action, or inaction, on this issue will demonstrate the provincial government’s true commitment to our riding and rural ridings everywhere.

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Your chance to get involved with recreation master plan To the Editor, It is time to establish the committee approved in the Carleton Place recreational master plan of 2008, and get on with the important task of providing recreational facilities for all the residents of our town. Carambeck School should be one of the first options to explore. Our present recreational facilities are among the best in Ontario. Adequate space for future growth will soon outstrip our ability to support the current level of participation by the active groups in our town. Our under-35 age group of hockey players is already oversubscribed. The youth centre is scheduled to close

very soon.. There is no seniors centre. The arts community is located in the Old Train Station. There are opportunities for added activities in our town, if we had the facilities. The Ontario Senior Games of North Lanark hold three of their 26 games in Carleton Place. The 2011 Eastern Ontario Games (250 participants) are being held in Smiths Falls. Can we offer facilities for the 2013 games? We have morally and financially supported the massive Beckwith Recreational Park so that we can transport our athletes out to Beckwith to play sports. Some of this support could have been made to prospective facilities See SENIORS, page 9

CORRECTION Due to incorrect information provided to this newspaper, there is a new phone number for the new animal control bylaw enforcement services in Carleton Place The new number is 613-809-7048, effective immediately. 53 Bridge Street,Carleton Place, Ontario K7C 2V2 Phone: 613-257-1303 • Fax: 613-257-7373 •

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Get involved with recreation master plan Continued from page 8 within our town Discussion by previous council on the third ice surface and accompanying community centre was very short and quickly discounted. Our junior A hockey team draws an enthusiastic crowd into the limited seating in our arena. We have an opportunity to investigate the acquisition of Carambeck School, soon to be vacated. This building would provide a swimming pool, a gym that could be used for basketball, badminton, floor shuffleboard, game tournaments, stage plays and large meetings. Facilities for use by youth groups, seniors and arts groups could all be made available in this facility. The outdoor space is large enough for soccer fields, a softball diamond and a track, with space left over. Use of this space is only limited by our imagination.

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We have had a repeat of the missing eagle that happened two winters ago for me. The latest was in Almonte, on Jan. 24, viewing on Spring Street from Larry Maynard’s home. Thirty seconds before I arrived, the eagle had flown. Larry had a grand picture of it, sitting in a tree across the Mississippi River, with white head and tail visible. A second occasion happened on Jan. 23, while driving home from a talk on species at risk, in Lanark. Returning via Rosetta Road, we missed spotting a golden eagle that Arie Piet had observed near the 6th Concession, Lanark-Highlands. I am still trying to see one. Earlier in January, Brian Brazeau had seen a bald eagle at noon, on the Old Perth Road, on the 15th. Other raptors are in the news as well. In Almonte, Carolyn Klickermann has had a Cooper’s hawk and a sharp-shinned hawk near

her home the last week of January. Common redpolls and house finches are coming to her feeders, too small for these hawks. Also in Almonte, Lynn Haskins had a merlin perched in a tree watching the feeders for a bird meal Jan. 22. Jan. 23, in Lanark-Highlands and the west edge of Ramsay Ward, another bald eagle was sighted by Gord Harrison. Gord wondered what they were eating. They have been seen scavenging from deer carcasses this winter, and they will take small mammals, fish, carrion, and traffickilled animals. Jan. 25, Cathy Gordon, of Mississippi Mills, called to report a northern goshawk feeding on a pigeon on their property. Many blue jays, 20 mourning doves, dark-eyed juncos and a white-breasted nuthatch are active at the feeders. In Carleton Place, four dark-eyed juncos are busy feeding at Hazel O’Higgins home. Please call Lynda: 613-256-5013, or email, with bird reports.

SUNNY DAYS AT THE LEGION The Carleton Place Sunset Club, now in its 14th year of social activities, is pleased to make a donation of $500 to the Royal Canadian Legion, Carleton Place. Shown in the photo is Sunset Club second vice-president Grete Halsall, Legion president Iain Davidson accepting the donation, and Sunset Club first vice-president Russell Wark. The Sunset Club meets every Wednesday at the Legion for cards, games and socializing. Submitted photo



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MISSISSIPPI MILLS – The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) will start investigating water levels along the Mississippi River this spring to see if flash boards erected in the water in Almonte are damaging trees upstream. “There has been a significant change in water levels. It has raised the entire watershed up to Appleton,” said Appleton resident Mike O’Malley, who has brought the issue to the attention of the MVCA. “As a resident on the water, I know that I have docks that aren’t where they used to be.” He has charged that the flash boards erected near the rapids in Almonte close to the power generating stations are at fault, since they were only supposed to be a temporary fixture. The boards have an affect similar to a small dam. O’Malley noted that the natural areas along the banks of the Mississippi River between the two communities is a provincially significant wetland. “There are trees that are in great distress,” O’Malley said. “It’s now dead (the trees). It’s not dying. It’s gone. All we can have is a funeral.” O’Malley is a pilot and he has flown over the area in his float plane many times, and he has noticed the deterioration of the forest canopy between 2006 and last summer. Back in 2006, “we had very, very healthy trees, right down to the shore.” In the past four years, though, he has seen a change. “There is no tree canopy any more…It looks like a forest fire,” said O’Malley. “This isn’t a minor event.” O’Malley predicts the area will be a beaver swamp within the next three years, as the river levels rise and the water expands over the current banks.

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A tree begins to slant into the Mississippi River above the flash boards An aerial view of the Mississippi River between Appleton and Almonte installed before the rapids near the power generating station in Al- taken in July of 2010. monte in this November 2010 photo. took it (the findings) to the advi- have any water level data in that area.” He is quick to point out, howev- an exposed time, can result in sory committee.” “A couple of months of data Lehman noted that the flash er, that TransAlta, the company growing a fungus that attacks boards near the rapids in Al- should give us enough to make that runs the Appleton dam, has bark and suffocates the tree. O’Malley would like to see monte are covered under the wa- an assessment,” added Lehman. been very good at responsibly regulating water levels at their the water levels brought back to ter management plan, and there After the data is collected, it will are accepted levels for the river be presented to the advisory their former levels. end. committee. Specialists from the Minis- set out. “These guys are on the ball,” “If we determine that there “The operation of those hytry of Natural Resources have O’Malley said. O’Malley has been working already been investigating the dro dams are dependant on that are some problems…we’ll have with Cliff Bennett of the Mis- area between Appleton and Al- plan,” said Lehman. “The next to determine what process would step that we are looking at is be needed to amend the plan,” sissippi Valley Field Naturalists monte, with a visit in August of to examine the effect the rising 2010, and a later follow-up visit some monitoring,” likely this said Lehman. “We want to try to waters are having on the silver in the autumn, to determine the spring, with monitoring likely understand what the conditions are at this point.” to take place every week. potential cause. maple trees in the area. Lehman admitted that the au“It doesn’t appear to be insect “They will withstand temporary flooding,” said O’Malley. related,” said Paul Lehman, the thority needs to collect data on But too much water, for too long MVCA’s general manager. “We water levels because, “we don’t

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Mississippi Mills developing social media strategy Residents may soon know about upcoming events via Twitter DESMOND DEVOY

MISSISSIPPI MILLS – Do you want Mayor John Levi to add you as a friend on Facebook? How about getting a tweet on Twitter about an upcoming Communities in Bloom meeting? Or being able to send a Facebook message to the town on what you would like to see – or not see – in the upcoming budget? The town of Mississippi Mills might not have a Twitter account or Facebook page, but an online survey will measure if residents use social media tools, and how this new technology can get the word out about upcoming events and initiatives. “It’s been something that the community and economic development committee has been looking at,” said Nicole Guthrie, the town’s community and cultural programmer. “We want to try and get our message out there through this social media…It becomes a way of conversing, and communicating and it’s another way that the town can communicate with our residents.” Already, other Canadian municipalities are experimenting with ways to keep their citizens linked-in on events at town hall. “Calgary recently used their Facebook to get feedback on their budget,” said Guthrie. “We’re not there yet. Maybe we will be next year.” The survey can be found at www.surveymonkey. com/s/B66X2WN. The survey asks questions like, “How often in the past month have you posted or viewed content through the following social media tools,” before listing Twitter, YouTube and Yahoo groups. Guthrie noted that it is important to set policies and procedures in place so that the feeds and sites can be monitored for things like malicious content

and negative posts. “There is a staff commitment there,” she said, not only in terms of monitoring, but also with maintenance. “You need to be regular in your posts. Otherwise, people won’t care.” She is proposing that the system of tweets could be automated based on the municipal calendar of events and committee meeting schedules, “and then (updated) as needed.” Guthrie has been following the City of Belleville’s Twitter feed. “It’s been really interesting,” she said. “Last week, I got a tweet about public skating.” A Twitter feed could also be helpful to let residents know about municipal job postings or budget meetings. She would have liked to have been able to post a Twitter announcement about the Communities in Bloom meeting at the Almonte Old Town Hall on Jan. 30. She has already been tweeting on her own personal site about the upcoming volunteer fair at the same venue on Feb. 23. As of Feb. 3, the survey has had 24 responses, and 58 per cent of the responders used Facebook daily. “That’s fairly high,” Guthrie said. “The aim is to find ways to gather input from people and inform people using media other than newspapers and email,” wrote Coun. Shaun McLaughlin, a big proponent of government use of social media, who has his own online blog, in an email to this newspaper on Jan. 28. “Before we go too far, we need opinions.” The survey will remain online for another month. If you are interested in linking to the survey – which is also available on the town’s web site – you can contact Guthrie at 613-256-1077, ext. 22, or via email at

A UPS delivery truck went off the side of Highway 15 near the intersection with McLachlin Road in Montague Township on the afternoon of Monday, Feb. 7. The driver was not injured. Photo by Desmond Devoy

Single-vehicle accident near McLachlin Rd. On Monday, Feb. 7, at just after 2 p.m., Lanark County OPP were called to a single motor vehicle collision involving a tractor trailer on Highway 15. The collision occurred just south of McLachlin Road, between Smiths Falls and Carleton Place. A tractor trailer was travelling northbound on Highway 15 when it went onto the shoulder of the roadway, lost control and entered the ditch hitting a wire fence. The road conditions were wet and there was light snow at the time. There were no injuries in-

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Lois Kemp shares memories of her late mother Marion DESMOND DEVOY

ALMONTE – Lois Kemp wishes she didn’t know as much as she does about Alzheimer’s disease. But she does, because her mother suffered from it, and she told a group of caregivers and support workers in Almonte last week what to expect on their own journey with the degenerative, memory-sapping ailment with their own loved one. “This is the first time I’ve done this,” said Kemp, who works at the Fairview Manor, during a presentation as part of an Alzheimer’s education series at the Mills Home Support Corporation on Feb. 4. Kemp’s mother Marion, was well known in the Almonte community, a legacy that helped Lois through her difficult time. “I find it very nice to have a lot of support within the community,” said Lois. Marion’s life had never been easy. By the age of 20, she had four children. She had cervical cancer at the age of 25, and was widowed by the age of 30. “When she was 55, she was working a couple of job,” said Lois. The signs that Marion was developing Alzheimer’s were small at first, but continued to grow and become more noticeable as time went on. “She dated a guy for a number of years and couldn’t remember his phone number,” Lois said. Marion had worked for many years at People’s Jewelers at the Bayshore Shopping Centre in Ottawa, but in time, she could not figure how to ring in a sale and she eventually had to leave her post. “There was no history in our family,” of Alzheimer’s or dementia, said Lois. “We thought that maybe she had had a stroke.” Things started to get so bad that Marion could not even use the telephone or walk in downtown Almonte, the town she was born and raised in, without getting lost. If her family took her out to a restaurant, someone would have to stand outside of the women’s restroom to escort her back to the table because she would get lost. “Because she had early onset Alzheimer’s, it seemed to progress faster,” said Lois. “It’s so heartbreaking. I always felt guilty that I wasn’t doing enough.” When her mother was 59, she was put into a care facility. “Mum had gone to school with some of the nurses,” said Lois, which was both sad and comforting. “She was aware enough to

know that she was going to be put into long-term care.” For Lois, it was like dropping her daughter off at daycare all over again. “She (Marion) was holding on to my pant leg. It took me back,” said Lois. Lois revealed that she would often feel a cycle of shame. When she was with her mother, she felt guilty that she was not at home with her daughter Stacey. When she was at home with Stacey, she worried about her mother. And when she was at work, she worried about both of them. “You need to put yourself first,” Lois said of caregivers with loved ones with Alzheimer’s. Lois also warned that, as the disease progresses, promises you once made sometimes have to be broken. Her mother had made Lois promise that she would keep her hair looking good, which she faithfully did, until one day, the disease overtook this promise. “She didn’t understand what we were doing to her,” said Lois, since the dye was hurting her hair. Lois was helped by a regular visit rotation amongst her siblings to check in on her mother, though she stressed that if she was having a really bad day, it was sometimes not best to visit her mother, because her mother would be able to sense her See HOPE, page 20


Photo by Desmond Devoy

From left, Stacey and Lois Kemp hold up a photograph of Lois’ mother, Marion, after Lois’ speech at the Mills Home Support Corporation in Almonte on Feb. 4. Marion suffered from early onset Alzheimers.

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Almonte woman lays out what to expect with Alzheimer’s


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Hope for Alzheimer’s support group in Almonte


Continued from page 19 agitation. Despite the help she received, every day brought new challenges. “She was so scared and hallucinating. When the TV would be on, she would think that that was reality,” said Lois. “It got to the point where she didn’t even know us.” In the care facility, however, other families helped her out by sharing their own stories, letting her know that she was not on this journey alone. Marion was also helped by attending the Mills Corporation’s music and memories lunch club. An avid dancer and singer, Marion never lost her sense of rhythm. Marion’s battle ended when she died about two-and-a-half years ago. Lois now sits on the board of directors of the Alzheimer’s Society of Lanark County, and is advocating for more day programs in Almonte. “There’s a lot in Carleton Place and Perth and Smiths Falls. We need more day programs here,” said Lois. The society is trying to branch out into the Almonte community, possibly by adding a support group in the area, and she noted that the society does provide over-the-phone counselling. Lois had a number of notes for caregivers, including… • All family members react to the situation differently, • Have your loved one’s paperwork in order before they become too sick, • It’s ok to take a break and not feel guilty, • You can’t do it alone, • Be your loved one’s advocate. Keep records and push for appointments, • Help your loved one keep their dignity, • Be careful what you promise, • Don’t walk past anyone that needs help. One in 13 people over the age of 65 will develop Alzheimer’s. After the age of 85, that number jumps to one in three people. The main risk factors for Alzheimer’s are age and genetics.

Are you falling behind on your Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) or other financial goals? The solution to the problem may be simpler than you think. It’s possible to increase savings and investments just by ensuring that you set aside money before it’s used for other purposes. This technique, often called “paying yourself first,” is a simple and painless way to boost savings. Paying yourself first means committing a portion of your regular pay cheque to savings before you meet other financial obligations. This strategy works best when you use a preauthorized contribution (PAC) plan that automatically transfers money from your pay or financial institution account to savings or investments. Most financial institutions offer preauthorized investment plans for RRSPs, TFSA and nonregistered investments. Money is automatically deducted from your banking account and transferred into common stocks, mutual funds or other investments. PAC plans let you transfer funds at a frequency you choose-typically weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or quarterly. However, some plans may offer limited options. In some cases, you can even invest regularly through workplace payroll deductions that shift money into a group RRSP, company stock purchase plan or other vehicle. If your company offers match or contributes to your group RRSP take advantage of it as it is essentially free money. You’ll discover that regularly putting money aside throughout the year is easier than finding large lump sums to invest. And there’s a bonus at least part of your money goes to work sooner, increasing your wealth potential. This is particularly important in an RRSP and TFSA, where taxdeferred and tax-free growth makes it paramount to invest as soon as you can.

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Friends and beef lovers gathered on the afternoon of Jan. 30 at Clayton Hall for the Big Annual Beef Dinner in support of Guthrie United Church. Friends and family numbering well over 200 individuals attended and enjoyed a great meal together. At 7 p.m., many of those same folks gathered at St. Georges Anglican church in ecumenical fellowship for a delightful country gospel concert featuring Barry Munro, Judi Moffatt and sister Cheryl (Moffatt) Hooghiem and Tom Gardiner from Scotch Corners on stand-up bass.

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said. People interested in becoming a volunteer facilitator have their applications reviewed by a Crown lawyer and must pass a police records check prior to being trained, McHard said. If the application is approved, they receive two days of training before becoming an observer. They then spend time observing sessions and attending monthly facilitator meetings before tackling their own cases, McHard said. The program currently handles between 50 and 60 cases per year throughout the county and more facilitators are needed, she said. “It’s a bit of a challenge covering all of our cases right now,� McHard said. “We have an exceptional group of volunteers, but we need more people to keep it going.�


A program that aims to help heal the damage caused by crime within the community, rather than through the court system, needs more volunteers, organizers say. The Lanark County community justice program is a community-based organization that brings those accused of crime together with the victims and supporters for a face-to-face meeting that focuses on ways to “repair the harm,â€? said executive director Joellen McHard. The meetings give both the accused and the victims a chance to talk openly about what happened, said McHard. “The accused gets the chance to give an apology,â€? she said. “I think there is so much power in an apology. In court, you don’t get that.â€? Victims also get the opportunity to exMORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM plain how the crime affected their lives. For example, McHard said if a youth was The program is funded through the accused of breaking into an elderly person’s home, the person would get a chance Ministry of the Attorney General. The to tell the youth of the fear they have lived agreement requires the organization and with since the incident. The youth would the steering committee which is made up then have a better understanding of the of local justice partners and chaired by far-reaching consequences of criminal the Crown, to train volunteers to become facilitators. Volunteers must pass a crimactivity. “They don’t get what an impact that inal records check, be approved by the would have,â€? McHard said. “In our pro- ministry, take an oath of confidentiality and sign a memorandum of understandgram, they find out.â€? The group then determines ways the ac- ing with the ministry. cused can compensate the victim. For example, if someone stole a wallet, that person might agree to do all the paperwork to replace identification and other items the wallet had contained, McHard said. The agreement must be unanimously approved by everyone involved and is legally binding. Once an agreement is reached and the terms are completed, officers and lawyers are informed that it is no longer necessary to pursue charges. If the accused does not comply with the agreement, their case is sent back to the court system, McHard said. Individuals accused of a crime can be referred to the program if their lawyer speaks to the Crown attorney involved in the case and gets approval. If the case gets referred, forum co-ordinator Sheri Halladay then contacts the 1',!# victims of the crime and asks  if they want to participate in a meeting, said Christine Peringer, In 3 Easy Steps... board treasurer and a facilitator MAKE YOUR of 10 years. COMMERCIAL QUALITY If they agree, Halladay then WINES AT OUR PLACE assigns the case to a team of fafor as per batch (yields 29 btls) little as cilitators. Two facilitators and an observer co-ordinate and conOR Save even more & duct a meeting between all parMake Your Own Beer & Wine at Home ties, including their supporters and other community members 1*#-,,-5 who were affected by the crime, 435 Moodie Drive, Bells Corners 613-721-9945 957 Gladstone Ave. W., Ottawa 613-722-9945 Peringer said. 2030 Lanthier Drive, Orleans 613-590-9946 “It’s about healing the harm done to the community,â€? she ABC>I@LTFKBP@LJ




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Captain Hooper’s ‘daughters’ install new president Beverly Shepley takes over reins from two-term president Donna Kerry STAFF CARLETON PLACE – Donna Kerry, who has had the help of president of the Captain Hooper branch of the IODE (Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire) for two terms, has handed the gavel over to incoming president Beverley Shepley at a chapter meeting at the start of the new year. The new slate of officers was installed at the annual meeting, and Shepley expects the members’ support, and will continue to work for the betterment of the community and beyond, as they have done in the past. The local chapter, one of the oldest charitable organizations in Carleton Place, answers many requests for financial help during the year. Treasurer Hilda Docker points out just a few of the causes the IODE works for; • Annual bursary awards to the Notre Dame Catholic High School, Almonte and District High School and Carleton

Place High School. • Support to an adopted school in Makkovik in Labrador. • The Caldwell Street School nutrition program. • Children’s Aid snowsuit fund. • Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital. • Fairview Manor. • Lanark County Food Bank. • Sending children with special needs to the Children’s Aid Summer Camp. Monies are raised throughout the year through various events, including fashion shows, craft fairs, bonspiels, and a yearly luncheon bridge. The IODE has an open membership policy, with only one meeting per month, and encourages anyone who has an interest in helping to better their community to attend one of the meetings or talk to any member about the purpose and aims of the chapter. President Beverley Shepley can be reached at 613-253-1799 and treasurer Hilda Docker can be contacted at 613-2531516.

Non-urgent patients get a boost in the MRI waiting game Nicolas Ruszkowski Nicolas Ruszkowski VP, Communications Ottawa Hospital It has been a year since an old friend, Ron Guirguis, left Ottawa for New York City. I’m thinking of him because he would have liked the announcement made last week by Ottawa-Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi and new Champlain Local Health Integration Network CEO Alex Munter that the Ontario Government would invest $506,500 to increase access to MRI scans in Ottawa until March 31, 2011. Ron played football in high school and university, for a total of almost 6 years. The impact on his knees was terrible. While he remains active, he is limited in the kinds of sports he can undertake.

emergency, they are considered non-urgent, and they wait for MRI scans an average of 170 days, with some waiting as long as 220 days. 4,000 such patients await an MRI scan right now. For almost 3,000 of these patients, last week’s announcement represents a big relief. The funding will allow The Ottawa Hospital, The Queensway Carleton Hospital and the Montfort Hospital to make a signiďŹ cant dent in region’s MRI waiting list. As Paula Doering, The Ottawa Hospital’s VicePresident, Clinical Programs responsible for Diagnostic Imaging said on behalf of the three hospitals, “staff have risen and accepted the challenge of picking up these necessary shifts. In addition to that, our radiologists have assured us that they will adjust their schedules to meet the increased volume and ensure timely reports are available.â€? The team effort builds on an increasingly aggressive approach to providing MRI services, with hospitals operating their scanners between 16 to 18 hours a day.

He plays touch football with a massive knee brace. He can no longer play hockey or skate. He takes on other activities knowing his knees may not withstand the effort.

Until 2008, the Champlain LHIN had the longest MRIs wait times in Ontario, up to 294 days. Since then, two new MRI machines have been added, for a total of 8, which has been a major factor in the region’s improved performance.

Others patients have an even harder time. Their knee, back, hip, ankle or other joint pain is chronic. Since they don’t, however, face a medical

A nice example to show the region’s health system is at its best when its partners work together. 449087


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Don’t be an idler

New signs designed to educate drivers about smog NEVIL HUNT

CARLETON PLACE - Leaving your car running contributes to poor air quality, and town residents may soon see signs asking them to switch off. On Tuesday, the town’s environmental advisoy committee unveiled signs they plan to post near schools and the arena, asking drivers to turn off their ignition if they plan to wait in their cars. “Poor air quality costs Ontario $1 billion a year in hospital visits and absenteeism (from respira-

tory issues),” committee member Dena Comley told the mayor and councillors during Tuesday evening’s council meeting. “Twenty municipalities have passed anti-idling bylaws.” Comley said her fellow committee members hope the signs will educate drivers, making a bylaw in Carleton Place unnecessary. She added that bylaws in other jurisdictions, such as Perth, exempt police, fire and ambulance from the bylaw, as well as mobile businesses that need an engine running. Perth’s three-minute limit on idling and $30 fine come into effect this summer. Councillors seemed to agree with that strategy. Coun. Louis Antonakos noted that Mississippi Mills dealt with the issue with signs, and hasn’t created a bylaw.

CF Canada aiming high Staying current and contemporary in a highly competitive market is not only a challenge for the profit sector, but charities as well. Cystic Fibrosis Canada (formerly known as the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation) is changing its look in an effort to build recognition for the cause, and raise vital funds for research. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common, fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. There is no cure. Cystic Fibrosis Canada is a world leader in the field of CF research. The organization funded ground-breaking research that led to the Canadian discovery of the gene responsible for CF. “As a parent of two adult children with cystic fibrosis, I know

that the battle against the disease is a race against time,” said Debra Berlet, president of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. NEW CAMPAIGN To accelerate research, Cystic Fibrosis Canada is launching a new $10-million campaign to fund breakthroughs; the largest fundraising effort in the organization’s history. These increased funds will take CF research in Canada to the next level, and bring renewed hope for a cure. “Cystic fibrosis remains a fatal, genetic disease,” said Maureen Adamson, newly-appointed CEO of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. “Our focus on research and enabling quality of life is crucial. We invite all Canadians to join us.”


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Drivers in Carleton Place can expect to see signs like the one above where cars are often left idling: schools and the arena. Town environmental advisory committee members unveiled the signs at Tuesday’s town council meeting. From left, committee members Claudia Wutherich, Dena Comley and Kate Collins.

It’s still a long winter ahead, so what would warm you up in the next few months? Why, Pudding, of course! Pudding is just the sweetest cat. After being dumped pregnant on a doorstep, she was a great mom to not only her kittens, but two other abandoned babies. Her babies all have homes and now, after recuperating from her spay, she is longing for her ‘fur’ever home. She is great with other animals, will greet you at the door and even say hello. She is a cuddle bug and would think nothing of spending the day curled up on your lap. Can you think of a better way to handle the cold days ahead? If you are interested, please call Pam from the Don’t Litter Spay/Neuter and Cat Rescue Program at 613253-MEOW (6369).

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The community calendar is free public service the Canadian Gazette provides for non-profit groups. Notices appear as space permits. Please submit your information at least two weeks prior to the event and include a daytime contact name and phone number in case we need to reach you for information or clarification. Keep submissions under 30 words. Notices can be e-mailed to desmond.devoy@metroland. com or dropped off at our office at 53 Bridge St. in Carleton Place.

United Church, 8 p.m. Wayne Quinn of Trillium Tree Services will speak about Emerald Ash Borers. All welcome. Please call Fern Martin at 613-6245104 for details.

Mississippi Mills Volunteer Fair, 7 to 9 p.m., Almonte Old Town Hall, 14 Bridge St. Your one-stop chance to explore volunteer opportunities.

St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School chili dinner, 5 to 7 p.m., 24 Hawthorne Ave., Carleton Place.

Darling Senior Citizens Club No. 958 hosts four-hand euchre, 7:30 p.m. at Tatlock Hall. For more information, please call Joan at 613-259-2606 or Doug at 613-256-1414.



Four-hand euchre tournament, 7:30 p.m., 375 Country St., Almonte. Sponsored by the Town and Country Tenants Association. Light lunch. Call Norma at 613-256-4179 for details.

North Lanark Historical Society’s Heritage Week annual dinner, Almonte Royal Canadian Legion branch, 100 Bridge St. Guest speaker Robin Derrick will speak on the Duke of Richmond. For tickets and information, please call Jennifer Armstrong at 613-2538638.

Four-hand euchre tournament, 7:30 p.m., 375 Country St., Almonte. Sponsored by the Town and Country Tenants Association. Light lunch. Call Norma at 613-256-4179 for details.



Four-hand bid euchre, upstairs hall of the Almonte Royal Canadian Legion branch, 100 Bridge St., 7 p.m. Cash prizes and lunch. Sponsored by District 7A Senior Games Association. Call Marion at 613-2561744 for more information.

Ham and Bean Supper, Boyd’s United Church, Ferguson Falls Road, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Take out available. Call Dorothy at 613-253-3566 for more.



Games Night at Tatlock Hall, 7:30 p.m. Crokinole, cribbage, Wii bowling and table tennis. $2 per person. Light lunch. Call 613-256-1071 for information. Euchre fundraiser at the Cedar Hill School House Community Centre, 270 Cedar Hill Side Rd., Pakenham, 7:30 p.m. Fundraiser for the Friends of the Cedar Hill School House. Contact Karen Richter at 613256-5439 for details. The Friends of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum line dancing, contra dancing and ballroom dancing evening, 8 to 11 p.m. at the museum, 3 Rosamond St. Live music by The Fiddleheads. Tickets, $15, available at the door and museum.

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NEITHER RAIN, NOR SNOW... Paul Puckett shovels the walkway in front of the Carleton Place post office following the major winter snow storm on Feb. 2. St., 7:30 p.m. Glenn Silverson Band. Hosted by Almonte Reformed Presbyterian Church. Square dancing, light lunch, door prizes. Call Treena Lowry at 613-256-7186 or Remembrance Gift Shop at 613-2573931. Annual Beef Supper, 6 p.m., St. James Hall, 225 Edmund St., Carleton Place. Tickets available at Graham’s Shoes and the church office. Take outs available from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Phone 613-253-0356 for details. Advance tickets only, $14. Children six to 12, $10. Sponsored by St. James’ Women’s Council.

SATURDAY, FEB. 12 Carleton Place Royal Canadian Legion, monthly breakfast, 8 to 11 a.m. 177 George St. Valentine’s Dance, Almonte Civitan Hall, 500 Almonte

Valentine’s Day Dance at Army, Navy, Airforce Club, 315 Townline Rd. East, Carleton Place, featuring Terry Bennett. $2 cover charge, $5 for supper at 6 p.m.

Single Parenting Support Group, 1 to 4 p.m., 30 Bennett St., Carleton Place. Free child care. Registration required, by calling 613-259-2182 or 1-866762-0496.

Valentine’s Day Brunch, Clayton Community Hall, 11 a.m. Tickets, $7 per person. Music to follow by Arlene Quinn and Barry Wark.


SUNDAY, FEB. 13 St. Valentine’s “Italian Night” Dinner, Carleton Place Royal Canadian Legion, 177 George St. Social hour, 5 to 6 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15, advance only. Call 613257-1727 for details. Ham and bean supper, noon to 5 p.m. Cedar Hill School House, 270 Cedar Hill Side Rd., Pakenham. Adults and teens, $12, children six to 12, $6, children under six, a twonie. Sponsored by Zion United Church, Cedar Hill. For details, please call Marian Fitzgibbon at 613-256-6211.

Darling Senior Citizens Club No. 958 hosts bid euchre, 7:30 p.m., at Tatlock Hall. For more information, please call Joan at 613-259-2606 or Doug at 613-256-1414.

TUESDAY, FEB. 15 Mills Home Support Corporation Music and Memories lunch program at CPHC in Carleton Place. Free transportation. Call the Home Support offices at 613-256-4700 or Patti Lennox at 613-257-3296 for details.

Mills Home Support Corporation’s Golden Oldies lunch, with guest speaker Brenda Murphy. Free transportation. Tickets are $9. Please call Home Support at 613-2564700 for details.

Darts Tournament at Army, Navy, Air Force Club, 315 Townline Rd. East, Carleton Place. Registration from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Darts start flying at noon. $10 per person. One male and one female partner per team. Cash prizes. Call 613-253-5097 for details.

FRIDAY, FEB. 25 Games Night at Tatlock Hall, 7:30 p.m. Crokinole, cribbage, Wii bowling and table tennis. $2 per person. Light lunch. Call 613-256-1071 for information.

Young Awards Gala, 6 p.m., Almonte and District High School. Tickets $65, cash or cheque only. Available in Almonte at Appleton Gift and Basket, Blackbird and Foodies and in Pakenham at 3 Yellow Tulips, or by emailing reside@ Silent auction, performers. Proceeds fund arts initiatives in local schools.

SUNDAY, FEB. 20 Heritage Day display at the Victoria School Museum, 267 Edmund St., Carleton Place.

Blood donor clinic, Almonte Civitan Club, 500 Almonte St., main hall, 2 to 8 p.m.

Pakenham Curling Club Fun Night, 7:30 p.m. Hosted by Glen Tripp. Euchre and board games. Light lunch. Admission at door. For details, call Brenda at 613-256-4418. Dr. Helen Douglas, recently returned from a humanitarian trip to Lesotho, will speak at the Carleton Place Public Library, 101 Beckwith St., at 7 p.m. She will present a slideshow entitled “What It Is Like to Volunteer in Africa.”




Almonte Quilters Guild meeting, 7 p.m., Almonte Civitan Hall, 500 Almonte St. Guest speaker. New members welcome. Please bring dry footwear.

Pakenham Horticultural Society meeting, St. Andrew’s


St. Mark’s Anglican Church annual dance, 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Stewart Community Centre, 112 MacFarlane St., Pakenham. Music by Revival. Tickets $12 each. Silent auction, light lunch. For tickets, call 613-624-5405.


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CARLETON PLACE – Wheelchair athlete Rick Hansen circled the globe in the mid-1980s during his Man In Motion World Tour, including a stop in Carleton Place. This year, the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay will head out to once again cross Canada. “Twenty-five years ago I set my dream in motion; one that took me through 34 countries and across 40,000 kilometres as we raised awareness of the potential of people with disabilities,” Hansen said in a press release last week. “The 25th Anniversary Relay will be an exciting opportunity for Canadians to join the journey, to keep moving forward and to create a new dream.” All Canadians, 12 years old and up, will be able to apply to become a participant through an online contest to be launched this spring. The relay begins on Aug. 24, in Cape Spear, N.L., and concludes in Vancouver on May 22, 2012. The route fully recreates the original Man In Motion crossCanada tour, spanning 12,000 kilometres from coast to coast. The relay will travel through more than 600 communities, visit every capital city and all provinces and territories and reach more than 70 per cent of the Canadian population. This year’s event will engage Canadians to take up the challenge and make a positive change. The relay will feature participants who will run, walk, wheel, bike and complete their segments through a variety of forms of movement for all abilities. In every province, relay participants will pass the Rick Hansen Medal – produced by the Royal Canadian Mint – to each other as the relay makes its way across the country. Hansen will be present at a number of cities and stops along the 25th Anniversary Relay. It’s not certain yet whether Carleton Place will be one of those appearances, but the relay is expected to pass through. “They haven’t given us the final timing (of the relay’s arrival),” said Carleton Place Mayor Wendy LeBlanc. “It could be October.”

LANARK COUNTY –County residents have a chance to come make a difference about substance abuse on Friday, Feb. 11, at Beckwith Township Hall. The municipal drug strategy committee will host its sixth networking day called, Getting to the Core, an educational event focused on drug prevention. The networking day is open to new and existing members including municipal leaders, educators, service providers, enforcement officers, members of the media, businesses, and all youth and adults concerned

about substance abuse issues in their communities. Registration and refreshments will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the program will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a light lunch included. Beckwith Township Hall is located at 1702 9th Line in Beckwith Township, the corner of 9th Line and Highway 15 at Blacks Corners. There is no charge to attend. For more information, contact Lianne Arndt at lianne.arndt@ or 613-345-5685, ext. 2316.

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Wheelchair athlete Rick Hansen braves cold weather during his Man In Motion World Tour in 1986. Canadians will have a chance to recreate the cross-Canada portion of Hansen’s original route, which passes through Carleton Place. It’s too soon to tell if Hansen will vist at the same time. LeBlanc said the preliminary information she received indicated Hansen would make an appearance in Carleton Place as the relay arrived here. “That’s the way I read it,” she said. “And people I’ve mentioned it to are very excited.” Through the national contest, organizers aim to find a wide spectrum of people who are making a difference to carry the medals. Examples include: • Those whose efforts have removed barriers and contributed to making their community more accessible and inclusive. • Those who have overcome adversity. • Those who are promising youth leaders. • Those who live by the credo that anything is possible. • Those who are committed to making a difference in the lives of others. • Those who mirror the values of determination, courage, integrity, inspiration and teamwork. The participants and onlookers will make some lifelong memories along the way. Each relay day will conclude with an End of Day Celebration, which will provide the opportunity for communities to come together, recognize local difference makers, raise awareness about accessibility and inspire a new generation to take action. The average relay distance covered in a day will range from 40 to 80 kilometres. In populated areas, participants will carry the Rick Hansen Medal using a variety of modes of movement, with each participant covering an av-

erage distance of 250 metres. In less populated areas, and to cover longer distances between communities, the Rick Hansen Medal will be carried by a participant in “endurance mode.” Finally, in an effort to showcase Canada’s innovation in transportation, accessibility and sustainability, extraordinary transportation modes will be utilized – ranging from hand-cycle, snowmobile adaptive rowing and a variety of other forms. For more information, visit

WINTER ROAD MAINTENANCE OPERATIONS The County Public Works Department is responsible for the sanding, salting and plowing of approximately 565 kilometers of County roads during the winter. These operations are completed by county forces, as well as several private contractors. The County also has Agreements with municipalities to provide winter maintenance on some sections of County road within their geographic boundaries. To report road conditions and concerns that require an immediate response, please contact the Public Works Department as follows: (a) 613-267-1353 or, (b) Toll Free 1-888-952-6275, then press 4, then press 2 Then proceed based on the day and time as outlined below: 1. Weekdays (4:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.), Weekends and Holidays Follow the voice mail instructions (press 6) and report the location of the problem, your name and telephone number. The on-call Supervisor will be paged immediately and he will return your call as soon as possible. 2. Weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A Customer Service Representative is available to assist you during office hours. The public is reminded that under the Highway Traffic Act it is an offence to: Park or stand a vehicle in such a manner as to interfere with movement of traffic or the clearing of snow from a highway (Section 170); Deposit snow or ice on a roadway without permission in writing to do so from the road authority responsible for the maintenance of the road (Section 181). Please remember to adjust your driving speed to suit the prevailing weather and road conditions. Thank you for your co-operation. Steve Allan, P.Eng, Director of Public Works The Corporation of the County of Lanark Public Works Department 99 Christie Lake Rd., P.O. Box 37, Perth, ON, K7H 3E2 Phone: (613) 267-1353 ext 3101, Fax: (613) 267-2793 E-Mail:

LANARK COUNTY MUNICIPAL TRAILS CORPORATION NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The Lanark County Municipal Trails Corporation will be holding its Annual General Meeting Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 • 6 p.m. Lanark County Administration Building County Council Chambers 99 Christie Lake Road, Perth, ON For further information please contact Jonathan Allen, Facilities & Fleet Manager at 613-267-1353 ext. 3170 or by email at


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Toronto cop treks home from Parliament Hill Officer on a mission to see bill passed by federal government

CARLETON PLACE – He carries a torch, but it won’t warm up a day like today. Toronto police Const. Ojo Tewogbade marched into Carleton Place on Feb. 2, emerging from the swirling snow in his blue uniform to greet well-wishers at Carleton Place’s town hall. Tewogbade is on a mission to raise awareness of a private member’s bill introduced to Parliament in December by Etobicoke North MP Kirsty Duncan. Bill C-605’s lengthy name is an act respecting a comprehensive national strategy for sickle cell disease and thalassemic disorders. The bill calls on the federal minister of health to join with the provincial and territorial health ministers to improve patient care and develop national standards for people with

the disease and disorders. Those affected by the conditions often have chronic anemia due to problematic blood cells. Infants and toddlers may suffer painful swelling of the hands or feet, and children under seven are at risk of sudden death. Survivors often have recurrent and unpredictable severe pain. Patients require kidney dialysis. Tewogbade knows the symptoms all too well. His daughter Florence, now 27, was diagnosed with sicklecell disease when she was 14. “I spent a lot of time at the Hospital for Sick Kids (in Toronto),” said Tewogbade. The soft-spoken constable is hopeful that Florence will receive a kidney transplant next month. Until then, she’ll continue with dialysis five days a week. Tewogbade is trekking from Parliament Hill to

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Toronto police Const. Ojo Tewogbade, right, shares his torch with Coun. Louis Antonakos and Mayor Wendy LeBlanc on Feb. 2, outside Carleton Place’s town hall. Tewogbade is on a walk from Ottawa to Toronto in support of a federal bill that would help sickle cell disease sufferers deal with their condition. Queen’s Park to drum up support for bill C-605. He left downtown Ottawa Feb. 1, and departed Stittsville earlier on Feb. 2 for Car-

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Local author Isobel Eastman was raised on a farm in Pakenham. The inspiration for her third book, as with her first two books, is drawn from her many rural experiences and the characters she has encountered along the

way. She brings to life unique characters you will love. Come and chat with this charming author over coffee and cake as she shares stories from her book on Sunday, Feb. 13

from 2 until 4 p.m. at the Nature Lover’s Bookshop, 62 George St., in Lanark village. Eastman will also happily autograph copies of her Rural Ramblings, Growing up Rural or Rural Reflections.

Nature Lover’s Bookshop has invited other interesting speakers and local authors to Lanark this winter until April. Check the website at or call 613-259-5654 for details.

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Calling all volunteers!

Kory Earle, president of People First of Lanark County, speaks with one of his board members before his presentation to the Mississippi Mills town council on Feb. 7.

Mississippi Mills Volunteer Fair set for Almonte on Feb. 23 DESMOND DEVOY

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Earle’s presentation, Coun. Denzil Ferguson had some concerns about funds coming from the town. “I do believe it is a county issue,” said Ferguson, adding the county council did provide the group with $1,000 in grant money last year. “We’ve heard you loud and clear,” added Coun. Garry Dalgity. “Tonight, we won’t make any decisions on the grant program,” he said, noting that the town’s grant process will be the subject of the town’s next finance, administration and policy committee meeting on Feb. 24, starting at 5 p.m. “I’m very impressed with the speeches tonight,” said Mayor John Levi, adding that he would take the matter to the county council meeting, which was scheduled for yesterday, Wednesday, Feb. 9.

MISSISSIPPI MILLS – Volunteers of Mississippi Mills, your town needs you! Whether you are a high school student looking to fulfill your required 40 hours of volunteer time or a retiree looking to give back to the community, or somewhere in between, the first-ever Mississippi Mills Volunteer Fair is likely to contain the perfect fit for your talents and your time. “Any organization that is looking for volunteers should call us and set up a table that night,” said Nicole Guthrie, community and cultural programmer at the Town of Mississippi Mills. “The response has been quite good…Now, we want an enthusiastic reaction from our residents.” The fair will be held at the Almonte Old Town Hall, 14 Bridge St., from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23, and will likely have between 30 and 40 booths. Some groups have trouble attracting volunteers and Guthrie surmised that the reason may not be because of lack of interest.

“A lot of it has to do with the fact that many people just aren’t asked,” she said. “This is the town asking the people to participate.” Service clubs like the Lions and Civitan will be in attendance. But the Mississippi Mills fire department, as well as local festivals like Puppets Up!, Mills Home Support Corporation and area museums such as Mississippi Valley Textile Museum are looking for you to donate some time. “Volunteers are in the background working hard so that we can have fun and enjoy the community,” said Guthrie. “These are essential services that people rely on,” she added, pointing to initiatives like Meals-on-Wheels. Guthrie stressed that she and other town staff are aware that there are many demands on people’s time these days, and that parents with children often volunteer in others ways, like helping coach peewee hockey or volunteering at their child’s school. “We are all busy. But there are ways that we can all be involved, even if it is only doing a mail-out for Puppets Up!” said Guthrie.

AN INVITATION Notre Dame Catholic High School invites Grade 8 Students Parents/Guardians to our 2011/2012 School Year Grade 9 Information Meeting on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. • Information on the Grade 9 curricular & co-curricular programs • An opportunity to meet teachers and support staff Grade 8 students are also invited to join us on Friday, February 11th for a day of Grade 9 Orientation Activities Students from outside the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario may call Notre Dame Catholic High School to register for the day. Telephone: 613-253-4700 Ext. 405 D. Chaplin Principal

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MISSISSIPPI MILLS – People First of Lanark County is hoping that Mississippi Mills will follow in the wake of Carleton Place by pledging $2,000 to help it meet its budget. People First president Kory Earle told Mississippi Mills town council on Feb. 7 that Carleton Place Mayor Wendy LeBlanc had pledged her support to the group. “It was her hope that Mississippi Mills town council would follow up with that pledge,” stated Earle, adding that Montague Township has also contributed money to their cause, as has the United Way in the past. “I’d hate to go back to our members and say that (Mississippi Mills) council does not support the work you do,” added Earle. The town’s finance, adminisThe 1 S tration and policy committee t F urnitu ep DR WOODWELL’S WOOD ELIXIR had recently voted against the Refini re group’s request for $2,000. sher IS HERE AGAIN! Earle noted that his group, “Simply wipe on, wait, and wipe Scratchide which advocates on behalf of off ”, is all that’s required to clean, This touch-up pen stains, hides and people with special needs, is also protect, and restore the beauty and seals nicks and scratches on furniture, applying for a grant from Lanark value of your wood and antique cabinets, woodwork, paneling, doors County council. furniture. and other wood surfaces. Scratchide is guaranteed not to dry up and is “We’ve been advocating for Easy and inexpensive. available in eight popular colors. this area for four-and-a-half years,” said Earle. “People First Quickly remove oily smudges, lipstick, For those minor area’s that candle wax, wax build-up, grease, need attention, why not of Lanark County is part of this gum, adhesives, pet “accidents”, etc. get an “Old Master’s community,” with more than You can also solve many “serious” furniture Touch up Stain half of its membership coming furniture problems - smoke smell, Markers”? We have a from Mississippi Mills. heat blush, mold & mildew removal, selection of the most colours paint splatters, white water marks, popular “This is not a social club,” and dried-out finish - to name just a available in store now. said Earle. “This is an organizafew - in one easy step! tion dedicated to advocacy for Upholstery Classes are underway again. Call now to book your slot. people.” He noted that the group DON’T Wed night 6-9, 3 hrs $40 incl txs. reaches out to the broader comREFINISH! Putting away the seasonal munity, with an annual ChristRestore the furniture? What about the boat mas dinner for the less-fortunate original seats? Get your summer ‘toys beauty of your and accessories’ fixed over the and help with securing housing. antiques and winter so they are ready next The group has a budget of wood furniture. year to enjoy! about $14,760 a year, with $3,300 in rent, $1,260 in internet, $660 in insurance, $4,800 in wages, and Hours: $2,000 a year in advocacy costs. Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm “The money you invest in this Saturday by appointment only. organization will go to good use,” est 1989 said Earle. “Even if one of these items were covered per year it 56 Mill Street, Almonte 613-256-3904 would make a huge difference.” Even though he commended


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Seniors gear up for provincials

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SHIP SHAPE Myles West of Orleans Boat World and Sports gets one of his watercraft looking spic and span on Feb. 4, hours before the start of the Eastern Ontario Fishing Boat and Cottage Show at the Beckwith Recreation Complex.

LANARK COUNTY – The Ontario Senior Games – Winterfest 2011 will be held in Haliburton County between Feb.15 and 17, and many local seniors will be there. The winter games will be the largest ever with more than 900 participants and 29 districts across Ontario participating. This is the first time that a rural county has hosted the games. Seniors from North Lanark will particpate in: • Curling. • 10-pin bowling, • Volleyball. Lanark, Leeds and Grenville are registered to take part in: • Ice hockey. • Table tennis. • Alpine skiing. • Duplicate bridge. • Badminton. The 2011 Ontario Senior Games- Winterfest is a multi-sport event that pro-

vides adults over the age of 55 the opportunity to continue participating at a competitive level while at the same time continuing forward living and an active and healthy lifestyle. The events will be held throughout Haliburton County with competitions scheduled in Minden, Wilberforce and Haliburton Village. Participation in this year’s games is 20 per cent higher than the previous games and 29 districts across Ontario are taking part. Sports included in these games include alpine skiing, badminton, curling, ice hockey, duplicate bridge, nordic skiing, skating, table tennis, 10-pin bowling and volleyball. Games results will be posted daily on the Winterfest 2011 website, www.winterfest2011. com

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BEARING DOWN Smiths Falls Bears Cody Fraser was feeling the pressure put on by the Carleton Place Canadians on Friday night at the Smiths Falls Memorial Centre. Ahead by two goals early in the game, the Canadians held on for a 6-5 win. The Canadians play at home Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. versus the Gloucester Rangers.

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Park yourself in Almonte Learn about Charleston Lake, Bon Echo and Sandbanks parks

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WOLF TRAPPER Thunder goaltender Morgan Barr covers the puck before Derrin Lehoux, 18, of the Renfrew Timberwolves can get a poke at it in junior B hockey action Friday night in Renfrew. In to lend a hand for the Thunder is Kyle Scott, 6. The teams skated to a 5-5 tie. The Thunder play host to the Shawville Pontiac on Friday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m.

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The Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists’ (MVFN) public lecture series, Biodiversity and Vital Connections for Fauna, Flora, and People, continues Feb. 17 with the fifth presentation, The Essential Element: What Makes Charleston Lake, Bon Echo and Sandbanks Parks Special. You do not need to be an expert to enjoy these lectures – just bring your curiosity or appreciation for wild nature. David Bree, senior natural heritage education leader (chief park naturalist) at Presqu’ile Provincial Park and a native of Almonte, will be MVFN’s guest speaker. He has travelled six continents and worked as a naturalist in as many different provincial parks. David’s accumulated knowledge of birds, plants, insects and geology will greatly enrich our appreciation of three spectacular Ontario parks and place them in context as natural areas designated to conserve the integrity and diversity of eastern Ontario nature. Our guided investigation of these natural environment parks, all within 100 kilometres of Lanark County, will tease out the essential element that makes each one special. Using clues from park geology to help

identify the essential element for each park, David will then show us how it affects the plants and animals (and human behaviour) we observe at these protected natural areas. Do you know which park is closest to where you live? Which park has drawn artists (including the Group of Seven) for hundreds of years, has over 260 native pictographs, is home to five-lined skinks, and is renowned for a sheer rock face 1.5 kilometres long and rising 100 metres above an adjacent lake? Exposed to the waves when the glaciers retreated, another park contains two spectacular stretches of sand dunes up to 25 metres high, including one considered the largest freshwater baymouth sand dune system in the world; which park is this? The third park, once on the boundary between two ancient bodies of water, now sits on the strip of Canadian Shield stretching between Algonquin and the Adirondacks. Twisted, folded and deformed, its rocks tell of intense heat and pressure in the distant past. Don’t know these parks? Plan to attend David Bree’s presentation and get up to speed and add one of these natural spaces to your special summer places! His lecture takes place Thursday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m., at Almonte United Church, 106 Elgin St., Almonte. All are welcome ($5 fee for non-members). For further information please contact Cathy Keddy at 613257-3089.

AGH/FVM CEO Mary Wilson Trider is getting to know the community I have been the CEO of the Almonte General Hospital/Fairview Manor for almost four months now, and I have been spending my time getting to know the Hospital, Manor and the community. You have made me feel so welcome. I Mary Wilson Trider have already had an opportunity to meet many of you: During the holiday season at Light Up the Night, the Hospital/Manor tree-lighting and other events in December; at meetings of the Almonte Lions and Civitan Clubs; at a Mississippi Mills Chamber of Commerce mixer; and at an event to thank our donors and volunteers.

I’ve also met with several elected and non-elected officials in Town and at County Council, other area Hospital CEOs and representatives of area healthcare organizations. At the Hospital and Manor, I have been getting to know our doctors, nurses, administrative and support staff, as well as the many volunteers who give so selflessly of their time and energy. My priorities for the last few months have been to gather information, develop relationships and learn the culture. My goal is to understand the organization and where it’s been. I am so impressed by the Hospital, Manor and community. The commitment of our staff, physicians and volunteers is remarkable. And everyone I have met at various meetings and events in Town and in the surrounding area shares a deep appreciation of and commitment to the Hospital and Manor.

It is wonderful to be part of an organization that receives such strong community support, and that is known across Ontario for providing outstanding care to its patients and residents. I am starting to feel at home, and my husband Rod and I are looking forward to moving into our new home in the area later this month. We have family close by, and we are looking forward to everything the community has to offer, including its many arts and cultural events, recreational and social activities. If we have already met, thank you for such a warm welcome. If we haven’t, I look forward to meeting you soon. Mary Wilson Trider is the CEO of the Almonte General Hospital/Fairview Manor.

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Looking for love never gets old Valley Players production of Norm Foster comedy will be first travelling show for troupe ALMONTE – Love isn’t just for the young. And the Valley Players’ production of the Norm Foster comedy Looking, hopes to set the record straight that people are always looking for love, no matter how old they are. “It’s a romantic comedy for older people,” said director Brian McManus of the comedy which takes to the stage at the Almonte Old Town Hall this weekend. This is not the first time that the Valley Players have chosen a Foster play. This will be their fourth Foster production. “He is fantastically popular,” said McManus, who recently enjoyed viewing another Foster play at a Kanata theatre. Part of what attracts community theatre directors to works by Foster is the familiarity that audiences are likely to have with the characters. “These are characters you know,” he said. “People will recognize their in-laws and siblings in this show.” The play has a minimalist set, which is sometimes intentional for community theatre. McManus acted in the recent Mississippi Mudds production of Nunsense, which went all-out on sets, costumes and props. “It’s much more expensive, and a lot more effort. But it was fun,” he said. In fact, because of the play’s emotional content, and its dependence on character, having a minimalist set actually works better for this production. Having four actors on a black stage lets the audience, “focus on their characters.” Because of the show’s minimalism, it is able to travel well – all the way down to Perth, in fact, for a one-off show at the Studio Theatre on Feb. 26. “Because it is a portable set, we figured it was something we could do,” he said. While the characters are looking for love later in life, McManus said he was lucky to find familiarity amongst the actors he is working with. “I got to work with four veterans that I’ve worked with for a long time,” said McManus. He said that working with veterans is very different from working with excited but green newbies. “We’ve had a great time rehearsing,” he said. “(With veterans) you get to work on the finer points that you don’t get to with newer actors.” Looking follows in a fine tradition of other plays, like Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers, and even movies like Terms

DATES AND TIMES Production takes place at the Almonte Old Town Hall, 14 Bridge St., on Feb. 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 8 p.m., with a matinee 2 p.m. performance on Feb. 13. The show will also play at the Studio Theatre in Perth, 63 Gore St. E. on Feb. 26, at 8 p.m. Valentine’s Day dinner and theatre packages are available at J.R.’s Family Restaurant, the Photo by Peter Meyer Waterford Tea Room, and the Red Nose: Jennie Pfi tzer (Val), tries to get a laugh with a red nose, much to the exasperation of Colleen TayBarley Mow. Tickets are available at Mill Street Books, 52 Mill lor (Nina), as Gord Risch (Matt), left, and Robert Horne (Andy), right, take it all in during a double date. St. in Almonte.


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of Endearment, about older people looking for love. “That was a big appeal,” said McManus. “This is people in their late 40s who are alone and looking for love and it is a more mature look at relationships. There are a lot of people who are in that position, looking.” Even though the play is a comedy, it is not without its more tender moments. “There’s a number of poignant, heartfelt scenes where people are exposed,” said McManus. “It’s a bit more substantial than the more fluffy stuff we’ve done.”




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Thank You Neron The family of the late Don Neron wish to express their sincere thank you to family, friends and neighbors for your cards, flowers, food, donations, and expressions of sympathy at our Dad’s passing. Your kindness and support was appreciated. Special thanks to the Catholic Women’s League for the lunch, Father Gus of St. Mary’s Church and Barker’s Funeral Home for their guidance. Marg, Dwight, Cheryl, Jeff and families


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GOODFELLOW, J. Karl, loving husband, father and grandfather, who passed away February 10, 1999. Our lips cannot tell how we miss you, Our hearts cannot tell us what to say; God only knows how we miss you, In a home that is lonesome today. In our hearts forever, Ellen, Rhonda, Mary Ellen and grandchildren



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2009 - Halpenny, William Stewart “Bill” 14th 1985 - Stewart, Margaret Naomi 2004 - McKay, Allan Louis James 2009 - O’Connell, Ronald Joseph

11th 1972 - Sadler, Gordon 1992 - Charlebois, Francis Leo 2001 - Sonnenburg, Stanley Earl 2007 - Barr, Queenie Georgina 12th 1981 - Watt, Florence 1984 - Vaughan, Mary Katherine 1986 - Gourlay, Jessie Ann 1995 - Munro, Jessie May 2002 - Brooks, Mary Elaine 2010 - Scissons, Thomas James “Jimmy” 13th 1975 - Manson, Christina 1976 - Cochran, Catherine Helena 1998 - Drynan, Clarence Wm. Samuel 2000 - Dool, Anna Mary Margaret 2002 - Hutt, Norman Michael 2008 - Klaus, Franz

15th 1987 - Fee, James Kenneth 1992 - Downey, William Harvey 1997 - Munro, Edward Lewis

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Peacefully in hospital at Carleton Place, Ontario on Wednesday, February 2, 2011, in her 83rd year. Beloved wife of the late Alan R. Barker. Treasured mother of Janet Barker. Much loved grandmother of Maggie. Predeceased by her loving son Jamie. Survived by her sisters-in-law Isobel Nesbitt and Sylvia Hogarth. Melba will be fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her brother William Hogarth. Melba will be remembered for her dedication to her community as the longest standing Mayor of Carleton Place. A heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff for their excellent care of mom.

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Friends may called at “her” funeral home, 19 McArthur Avenue, Carleton Place on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. until funeral service was in the chapel at 12 noon. Reception followed. Spring interment Auld Kirk Cemetery, Almonte. Donations to the Carleton Place Hospital Foundation would be appreciated. CL23450

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BRUCE TAYLOR EMMETT The beauty and light that was Taylor Emmett Bruce of Almonte was tragically extinguished, suddenly and far too soon. Son, brother, grandson, step-son, friend to so many. Taylor, you will be safe always in our hearts. Mom, Peggy White, Dad, Gene Bruce, Brothers, Mackenzie and Garett Bruce. Linda Manzer, Jacqueline Kirkland and family. Grandmothers, Joan Gorr (Erwin Dunlop) and Verneeta Bruce. Grandfather, Norman White (Edie England). Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, true and loving friends. We love you Taylor. Friends are invited to a celebration of Taylor’s life in St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Almonte on Saturday, February 5 at 2 PM, Rev. Pat Martin, officiating. A reception will follow in the Almonte Civitan Hall. For those who may want to make a donation in memory of Taylor, please consider Camp Kennebec, 1422 Cox Road, Arden, Ont. K0H 1BC 1-877-335-2114


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Laughter is best medicine MM secures private services for new animal control enforcement for hospital fundraiser DESMOND DEVOY


ALMONTE – Get ready to have your funny bone tested next month during a humour-filled fundraiser for the Almonte General Hospital/Fairview Manor Foundation fundraising event. The event is being billed as An Evening with Roger James” a singing comedian from Kingston. Leonard Lee, the co-chair of the evening’s organizing committee, saw James perform in Kingston recently. “He was quite impressed. It was quite a show,” said Angela Snyder, the event’s other co-chair. The evening will also feature a buffet dinner, with a choice of chicken or hip of beef, as well as a silent auction. “We are looking for silent auction donations, or any donations,” said Snyder, noting that gift cards are often a good donation item. “We hope to purchase a fetal heart monitor and a defibrillator,” with the funds raised from the evening. The dinner and show will take place on Saturday, March 5, at the Almonte Civitan Hall at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person, and advance tickets are available at Royal Bank of Canada branches in Carleton Place, Almonte and Pakenham, as well as at the Almonte General Hosptial/Fair-

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Lisa Barringer, a registered nurse at the Almonte General Hospital’s obstetrics unit, takes a bike donated by the Carleton Place Canadian Tire for the March 5 silent auction. view Manor Foundation offices in the lobby of the hospital. Tickets will be sold until Monday, Feb. 28. To donate items to the silent auction, donators call Snyder at 613-256-3177 or call Jerry Huddleston at 613-256-2514, ext. 2297.

MISSISSIPPI MILLS – Mississippi Mills’ wayward dogs will now be picked up by Municipal Law Enforcement Services (MLES), the same company that enforces animal control bylaws in Arnprior and Carleton Place. Town council voted this week to grant the private company a one year contract, with an option to extend for a further one year period. The move will cost the town about $15,600, rouhgly $600 more than they had been paying Connie Murphy, the town’s former pound operator and animal control officer. The new company will provide 24-hour emergency service. The phone number for animal control bylaw enforcement services, through MLES, is 613-809-7048. Office hours are from 12 to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday. There is an answering machine for after-hours calls. “The majority of calls are, I’m sure, going to be after hours,” said Diane Smithson, the town’s chief administrative officer. “They are available and can go and collect the dogs at any time, like Connie has.” The animal pound that the town is using is the Lanark Animal Welfare Society, 253 Glenview Rd. in Drummond/North

“They are available and can go and collect the dogs at any time. ” CAO Diane Smithson

Elmsley Township, outside of Smiths Falls. They are open seven days a week, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Easter, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Their phone number is 613-283-9308. “They don’t deal with coyotes, squirrels, wildlife?” asked Coun. Bernard Cameron during the town’s committee-of-the-whole meeting on Feb. 7. “This is for dogs only,” said Smithson. In 2010, the town paid $17,500 for animal control services, including expenses. The MLES will cost about $15,600 per year. This amount does not include pound services. Dog licence tags do not cover the cost of animal control services, with the town taking in $11,494 in 2010 for dog tags. A report delivered to the town council earlier this week indicated that, since the company will be in the area anyway responding to Carleton Place calls, the officers would be better able to service Mississippi Mills calls.

“Words of Wisdom” by the residents at Kingsway Arms at Carleton Place Manor Valentines Day today is much different than it was in years gone by. It seems as though no sooner are the Christmas decorations taken down in the stores the Valentines Day hearts, flowers and paraphernalia go up. Everywhere you look on the television there are commercials advertising candies, chocolates, jewellery, and flowers that can be sent to your special loved one. Our discussion group got together this month to share some memories of what Valentines Day and romance was like when we were growing up. The following are some of those thoughts: • I can remember back in school as children we would exchange homemade cards and notes between boys and girls in our class. • Some girls would bake cookies for the boys they liked, usually in the shape of a heart. • I met my husband when I was in grade one. He sent me a note that said “I love you.” I wrote him a note back that said “I hate you.” • We would often go to the show when we were young, mostly so we could hold hands. • I remember from time to time my father would bring home a fella or two for supper. One night he brought home a young man who would end up my husband. I had a boyfriend at the time and really wasn’t interested in dating anyone else, but he persisted. One night I let him walk me home after work and who did we pass by on the road but my boyfriends’ mother and was she mad! We remained friends and ended up dating. Eventually he had to return home and I remember the day he left on the train, before he left, he turned to me and said “Maybe the next time I’m back this way it will be to marry you.” Well, I couldn’t concentrate for the rest of the day. We sent letters back and forth and then he did come back and we were married on the 11th of November. We had 53 years of wonderful marriage. Romance and dating seemed much simpler back in our day. We usually met our beaus through the church, at community dances, and through friends and family. There was definitely no internet dating that is so popular today! 449177

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Almonte United Church 106 Elgin Street, Almonte Tel: 256-1355 Rev. Jeff de Jonge Organist & Music Director: Neil Milnes 10:30 a.m. - Sunday Worship & Sunday School • Child Care Available Website: Email: offi Offi ce Hours: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Mon-Fri. For Transportation call the office. All Welcome!

St. Paul’s Anglican Church 62 Clyde St., Almonte Parish Office 613 256-1771 office@stpaulalmonte Incumbent Rev. Pat Martin SUNDAY WORSHIP 8am- Quiet Traditional 9:15am - Choir and Organ 11am - Contemporary praise We share a coffee hour between the services at about 10:30am Children Programs at 11am Come and be welcome!

Cornerstone Community Church A Free Methodist Congregation (Just east of Tim Horton’s) Lead Pastor: Rev. Glen Snider Youth Pastor: Andrew Klinger 613.256.4995 SUNDAY 10:00 a.m. Worship Service & Sunday School FRIDAY 7:00 p.m. Youth Group

Almonte Presbyterian Church 111 Church St. 613.256.2184 Rev. Alison & Rev. Brian Sharpe Mr. George Stewart Organist and Choir Director Sunday 10:30am Worship Service & Sunday School Nursery care Available ALL WELCOME! Transportation is available by calling Elford Giles 613.256.2460

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Holy Name of Mary St. Mary’s Parish Almonte 613.256.1034 Father Lindsay Harrison SATURDAY MASS 4:30 p.m. SUNDAY MASS 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Reformed Presbyterian Church 273 Almonte St., Almonte Services: 10 am. each Sunday 11:30 am. Sabbath School Classes Second services at: 2:00 pm. 1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays. 6:00 pm. 2nd & 4th Sundays Weekly Bible Studies For Information613-256-2816 – Pastor Matt Dyck

Grace Anglican Church An Anglican Network in Canada Church You are invited to worship with us Sunday Morning @ 9:30am Clayton Community Hall Clayton Lay Pastor: Trudy Hardy 613-256-2644

Ottawa Valley Vineyard Church Loving God, Loving People, Having Fun When: 10:30 a.m. Sunday Where: Carleton Place High School 613-257-6045


St. James Anglican Church 225 Edmund Street, Carleton Place, Ontario • 613.257.3178 Web site: Sunday February 13th, 2011 6th Sunday after Epiphany 8am Holy Eucharist 10am Holy Eucharist Church School Youth Group meets after the service Thursday February 17th, 2011 10am Holy Eucharist Rector The Rev. David Andrew Organist Mr. Ralph Langtry Choir Director Pat Grainger St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church 39 Bridge St. • Tel. 613-257-3133 Minister Rev. Tony Boonstra B.ED, B.TH., M.DIV. Organist and Choir Director Susan Harron Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m. The porch lamp is lit. Nursery Available Every Sunday Handicap Access The Bridge @ Kanata (The Wesleyan Church) 285 Didsbury Rd., Kanata (Behind Canadian Tire) 613-592-7635 Sunday Worship Services: 9 am & 11 am Kidz Zone (ages 3- Grade 5) during both services Nursery Care available in both services Sr. Pastor: Rev. S. Allan Summers Pastor of Student Ministries: Ben Margeson Director of Children’s Ministries: Lisa Summers

Zion-Memorial United Church 37 Franklin Street • 613-257-2133 10:30 a.m. - Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. - Sunday School Nursery FULLY ACCESSIBLE Minister: Rev. Peter W. Dahlin, B.A., M.Div. Organist: Mr. Tony Stuart WARM WELCOME TO ALL! The United Church of Canada Ashton-Munster Pastoral Charge Ashton, Munster & Prospect 613-693-1849 Sunday February 13th, 2011 Munster 9:30am Ashton 11:00am Rev. Matt Gallinger Everyone Welcome The Lighthouse 355 Moffatt St. 613-257-4255 Pastor: Doug Anderson W-mail: Web: Sunday Services 10am Celebration Service & Children’s Church Contact us for more information. Seventh Day Adventist Church 117 Victoria St. 613-257-5109 Pastor: Adriaan van der Lingen 613-979-1161 SATURDAY SERVICES Sabbath School - 9:30 a.m. Divine Service - 11:00 a.m. EVERYONE WELCOME Calvary Pentecostal Church Phone: 613 257 3484 Email:

Parish of Clayton Anglican Churches Sunday Services: Rev. Robyn Cuming 613-257-1340 St. James, Franktown 8:30 a.m. St. John’s, Innisville 10:30 a.m. Carleton Place Baptist Church 299 Bridge St. Carleton Place 613-257-1889 Pastor: Brian Affleck Sunday School 10:00 am Worship 11:00 am Children’s Church provided Wednesday 7:00 pm Prayer & Bible Study Thursday 10:00 am Coffee and Conversation All welcome! Handicap access St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church 28 Hawthorne Ave., CP Fr. Augustine Mendonça, 613-257-1284, 613-257-1630 Mass Schedule Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. HANDICAP ACCESS Eternal Hope Anglican Church Affiliated with the Anglican Network in Canada Come, worship with us! FEBRUARY Services and Sunday School at 10am 6th, 13th, 27th - Morning Prayer 20th Holy Communion Rev. Archie Hunter Worshipping at 117 Victoria St. Carleton Place Info: Dave Kemp, Lay Pastor 613-257-5490 Destiny Church Speaking to your potential your past does not determine your future Meeting at 17A Albert St., Carleton Place Sundays 10 a.m. Pastor Jamie Robertson 613-978-5723


Canadians in denial of couch potato habits: foundation In Lanark County, nearly two-thirds considered overweight GEOFF DAVIES

LANARK COUNTY – The Heart and Stroke Foundation released its annual Report on Canadians’ Health on Feb. 1, and the results may make your ticker skip a beat. The study found that, while 90 per cent of Canadians rate themselves as healthy, the same proportion have at least one risk factor for heart disease or stroke. “We are overestimating our healthy behaviours and underestimating our tendency to be couch potatoes,” Dr. Beth

county are hospitalized each year for heart or stroke related reasons. In the report the foundation also announced the latest tool it’s offering to help Canadians keep tabs on their health. The foundation has released a free Smartphone app – called the My Heart&Stroke Health App – that allows users to assess their health risks on-thego, and offers tailored action plans for healthier living. Often, improving one’s lifestyle is a simple as eating more fruits and vegetables, less canned or frozen foods – which are often high in sodium – and ditching the car in favour of a walk.

some of the most common and deadly cardiovascular risk factors as well as we think we are,” Abramson said. “We Canadians are living with a false sense of security that could be fatal.” For many, unhealthy lifestyle choices do prove fatal. Every seven minutes someone dies from heart disease or stroke, according to the foundation. The latest statistics blame cardiovascular disease for nearly one-third of all deaths in Canada each year. In Lanark County alone, nearly twothirds of people are considered to be overweight or obese, according to the foundation. Nearly 2,500 people in the

Abramson, spokesperson for the foundation, said in the report, the release of which marked the beginning of Heart Month in Canada. For example, about one-third of Canadians report they aren’t physically active in their leisure time. In reality, this is true for nearly half the population. The same is true for the daily intake of fruits and vegetables, with nearly 40 per cent saying they don’t eat the recommended five servings. In reality, 54 per cent neglect this part of a healthy lifestyle. “The fact is that we’re not managing

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Lanark County aiming to lose Still time to sign up for healthy competition NEVIL HUNT

If everyone loses, everyone wins. Lanark and Renfrew counties are going head-to-head for the next three months in a friendly battle of the bulge. The Slim till You Win competition was launched on Feb. 3 in Lanark County, with a Renfrew event scheduled for Feb. 10. Almonte and District High School (ADHS) played host to Lanark County residents who plan to lose more weight than their Renfrew County cousins before the final weigh-in on April 28. “I challenged the warden of Renfrew County,” said Lanark Warden Sharon Mousseau as she filled out a registration form. Mousseau isn’t sure what the wager with Renfrew’s Bob Sweet might be. “I haven’t got that far yet,” she

said, adding she’s very confident Lanark will come out ahead. “We’re gonna beat the pants off them.” Perth Mayor John Fenik already knows what’s on the line. “I have issued a challenge to all the reeves and mayors,” he said. “Lose the most and I’ll buy you dinner at the Stone Cellar (in Perth).” GOOD TURNOUT Beyond local politicians, Slim till You Win has drawn plenty of interest from the public. “We hoped for 100 people in each county and looks like we’ll get well over that number,” said Lanark County Emergency Medical Service deputy Chief Ed McPherson. If you missed the launch, there are four locations offering signups on Feb. 10 and 17, between 6 and 8 p.m., except as noted: • Almonte and District High School, 126 Martin St. N., Almonte, • The Heritage Community Fitness Centre, 2 Maple Ln., Carleton Place, • Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute, 299 Percy St.,

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Lanark County Warden Sharon Mousseau has challenged her Renfrew County counterpart to a healthy competition. Slim till You Win is a friendly weight-loss event open to the public and there’s still time to register. Smiths Falls, (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.), • Tay River Reflections, 279 Canal Bank Rd., Perth. Michele de Margerie, an MD with FrancoForme, at the Ottawa Heart Institute, pumped up

the audience at ADHS, congratulating them for taking part in the competition. She said people who suffer heart attacks are usually very motivated to make changes

in their life, while those who haven’t been close to death may take heart health less seriously. “You don’t have that scare with you,” she said of people who take their heart for granted. De Margerie said adding even small doses of activity to your day can make a difference to your heart. She said even the time-challenged can fit in 15 minutes at lunch and 15 minutes before dinner. “That 30 minutes a day can cut heart disease risk by 40 per cent,” she said. She suggested everyone remember the “talk test,” which dictates that someone be able to hold a comfortable conversation while being active. And if you feel tired after a short period of activity – even five minutes – she said you can take a rest and then go on. “You will improve with time and do the whole 30 minutes,” she said. “You’ll be amazed. Everyone’s going to win.” For more information, attend a registration session, or call Melissa McInnes at 613-735-7288, ext 501.

Carleton Place happy to have the Bowes Brothers ‘Home for Christmas’ The Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital (CPDMH) Foundation is pleased to announce that the Bowes Brothers ‘Home for Christmas’ concert held on December 5, was a huge hit. The event, sponsored by the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home, was a sell-out and raised $6548 for the Foundation. John Bowes and Edith Addyman with a cheque representing the proceeds from the Bowes Brothers ‘Home for Christmas’ concert.

“We were thrilled when Edith, Wayne and John told us they wanted to host the ‘Home for Christmas’ concert on our behalf and I would like to thank the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home for sponsoring this event,” stated Chantelle Troy, Manager/Community Relations Officer of the CPDMH Foundation. “The Bowes Brothers are always entertaining and we are really grateful that the proceeds from the event were directed to the Foundation.” “Performing in Carleton Place is always fun for us because we get to involve the crowd in the show and I would like to thank everyone who has come out to see us play,” stated John Bowes. “Our family is very proud that we have been able to help raise this money for the Hospital because with four boys in the family, there have been occasions when we have needed the Emergency Room.” This was the fourth time that the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home has sponsored this event and in its four years the concert has raised $25,657.25. In addition to the Bowes Brothers, the recent concert featured special guests Dave Brown and Arlene Quinn and a 50/50 draw organized by the Carleton Place & District Civitans. The raffle raised $338 for the Foundation. “This year marked the 60th Anniversary of our Funeral Home and we decided to host this concert on behalf of the Foundation as part of our celebrations”, stated Edith Addyman of the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home. “We are very pleased the concert was well received by the community and we would like to thank everyone who helped make the event a success.” “On behalf of the Foundation I would like to offer our congratulations to the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home on reaching the important milestone of 60 years in business,” continued Ms. Troy. “We can’t thank them enough for their continued commitment to the Hospital and the Foundation.”

Civitans, Robin Soule, David Jamieson, Ron Legge, Bob Bennett and Connie Jamieson, with a cheque representing the proceeds to the 50/50 draw held during the ‘Home for Christmas’ concert.


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Municipal Matters • Thurs, Feb, 10th 2011 Community Information brought to you by the Town of Carleton Place

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 15TH 7:00pm Corporate Services Committee Followed by Community Issues Committee Please Note: At this Community Issues meeting at 8:00 pm, Council will be discussing the creation of a dog park where dogs would be permitted off-leash. The public is invited to participate in this discussion.

PROPERTY FOR SALE The following property has been declared surplus and is offered for sale by the Town. 19 Lake Avenue East and 12 Beckwith Street less property required for road widening. For further information please contact Paul Knowles, Chief Administrative Officer

EMERGENCY NUMBERS Police • Fire • Ambulance


Emergency Only Public Works Emergency Number 24/7 613-257-2253 175 Bridge Street, Carleton Place, ON K7C 2V8 613-257-6200

NOTICE REGARDING WASTE COLLECTION FAMILY DAY Residents with regular Monday garbage/recycling collection – please note there will be no collections on February 21st (Family Day). Garbage collection only will be Tuesday February 22nd – recycling will be collected on Monday February 28th.

ANIMAL CONTROL SERVICES Effective February 1, 2011, animal control services for the Town of Carleton Place will be provided by Municipal Law Enforcement Services (MLES). MLES is owned and operated by Jim and Darla McBain and has extensive experience in providing this type of bylaw enforcement service to area municipalities. The number for residents to reach the Animal Control Officer is 613-809-7048. Hours of operation for animal control remain 10:00a.m to 6:00p.m, Monday to Friday. Response outside these hours will be for emergency calls only. On a related subject, animal pound services for Carleton Place are now being provided by the Lanark Animal Welfare Society (LAWS) at their facility located at 253 Glenview Rd., R.R. 3, Smiths Falls. Their hours of operations are 11:00a.m to 4:00p.m, 7 days a week and they can be reached by phone at 613-283.9308

2011 INTERIM TAX BILL Due February 24th, 2011

Payment by Mail – Remove the stub from your tax billing, attach it to your cheque and mail it to the Town of Carleton Place, 175 Bridge Street, Carleton Place, Ontario, K2C2V7 In Person – The tax office in the Town Hall is open for collection of taxes from Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Payment after hours may be deposited in the payment box in the foyer at the police station. If payment is made by mail or after the office hours, and you require a receipt, please include the complete bill with your cheque. The bill will be receipted and returned to you by mail. Payments accepted at most financial institutions. For more information or questions, call C. Manzon, 257-6218.

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE VOLUNTEERS - WE NEED YOU! If you have a desire to help others in your community, have time available and can offer your expertise, we want and need you! The Town of Mississippi Mills and the Town of Carleton Place are looking for volunteers who wish to participate in the Community Emergency Response Volunteer Program (CERV) and help their community. CERV is a program that promotes emergency preparedness and response as well as training of volunteers in order to enable them to respond quickly, safely and effectively when a local emergency occurs. Volunteers will be trained in first aid, fire safety, search and rescue and emergency preparedness. Training will take place in one night a week for 6 weeks for 2-3 hours each and will include two-day first aid course on the weekend. Training will be scheduled for mid-April to mid-May. Please contact the undersigned to obtain further information or to apply. Interested individuals are asked to submit a resume, outlining their education, skills and experience no later than 4:00 p.m. on February 28, 2011. Town of Mississippi Mills Cindy Halcrow, Town Clerk (w) 613-256-2064 ext. 226 (f ) 613-256-4887 Email:

Town of Carleton Place Duncan Rogers, Town Clerk (w) 613-257-6211 (f ) Email: 447542


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