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

DESMOND DEVOY

desmond.devoy@metroland.com

desmond.devoy@metroland.com

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-

Photo by Jerry Huddleston, AGH/FVM Foundation

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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Carleton Place / Almonte Canadian Gazette  

February 10, 2011

Carleton Place / Almonte Canadian Gazette  

February 10, 2011

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