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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@ healthunit.org 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 www.rickhansen.com

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: roads@lanarkcounty.ca

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 jallen@lanarkcounty.ca

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