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Lanark County aiming to lose Still time to sign up for healthy competition NEVIL HUNT nevil.hunt@metroland.com

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.,

Photo by Nevil Hunt

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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February 10, 2011

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