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PREPARE TO VOTE Meet the candidates in the federal riding of Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.

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ALL FLUFFED UP Grab your pillow and head to Almonte for a giant pillow fight on April 30. 28

LANARK COUNTY – Lanark County OPP are launching a new campaign to get tough on graffiti artists. They started with a daytime presentation on graffiti intervention in Carleton Place to media and officials, followed by an evening public meeting on April 12. Const. Lori Lobinowich will be focusing on graffiti prevention in the upcoming months in Almonte and Carleton Place. “We don’t want it to become part of the landscape,” Lobinowich said. Sgt. Pierre Chamberland, from the OPP headquarters in Orillia, was present to talk about types of graffiti and his experience throughout the province. Chamberland defined graffiti as being any writing, drawing or symbols applied to any surface without the consent of the property owner – and are acts of vandalism. Often, graffiti is left in the form of a tag; a type of signature for graffiti artists. Chamberland also fielded questions about the punishment for someone caught applying graffiti – a mischief charge. While it sounds fairly minor, a mischief charge can have a sentence of up to 10 years – and each piece of graffiti can count as a separate charge. And the graffiti often doesn’t stand alone. Chamberland said that youth charged with graffiti often steal the spraypaint and supplies. See TAGS, page 39

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PUT ‘ER THERE Notre Dame High School’s Jesse Larocque, left, hands the baton to teammate Austin Lamont during a 4x100-metre relay race on Tuesday, April 19. Carleton Place High School hosted 18 schools from as far away as Toronto for a day of track and field.



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Hollywood Bound

On April 30th 2011, members of the Saje Wisdom salon team will travel to Hollywood California to take part in an inspirational seminar held by Shu Uemura. The seminar is set around a unique tailor-made haircare journey inspired by the traditional Japanese Tea ceremony. The stylists will be given a special sneak peek into the history of Shu Uemura and his artistic philosophy of perfection and contemporary artistic creation. The brand was developed by Shu Uemura; a Japanese artist and son to a Samurai Father and Geisha mother who moved to Hollywood in the 1960’s to use his artistic talent on the Hollywood stage. Fast forward 40 years and you have Shu Uemura Art of Hair; held in only 26 salons nationwide. Saje Wisdom is looking to share the information and inspiration from this seminar and offer it to their clients; cutting edge style with an Eastern influence. Saje’s dedication to Eastern Philosophies, and its desire to honor the brand’s Japanese roots, have resulted in hosting a large fundraiser to be held on Monday May 16th from 3 to 9pm at the Salon: “KyoTokyo Collection for the Children of Japan”. The event will focus on raising money for relief efforts in Japan and Saje will partner with “Save the Children Canada” to make the donations.

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In fact, 100% of the proceeds of the day will be donated to the effort. Donations can be made in person at the salon or can be made via internet through or through Saje Wisdom’s Facebook page. The event will center around spring makeovers in the salon and spa with silent auctions taking place featuring local businesses such as a one of a kind painting done by local artist Leah Hicks. The event promises to be an exciting one and the team at Saje hopes to raise a large amount of funds to donate to the cause.




Here is a look at your federal candidates for Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington

Smyth hopes Layton’s poll bounce will help campaign Name: Doug Smyth Party: NDP DESMOND DEVOY

While Doug Smyth’s name will be the only one appearing for the New Democratic Party on the federal ballot in Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington on May 2, Smyth may as well have a running mate in party leader Jack Layton. “I think Jack did a great job those two evenings (of the debates),” said Smyth. “He seemed to have impressed a lot of people out there.” Even though this riding has never voted for an NDP MP or MPP, Layton’s personal popularity it helping Smyth on the ground. “Nobody is throwing things at me,”

Smyth joked. “We’re getting more respect than I thought we would.” Knocking on doors this spring, voters have been telling Smyth that one of their top priorities is health care. “We should be looking at nurse practitioners,” said Smyth. “If I could speak to Jack right now, I would tell him about that.” He added that the NDP would offer financial incentives to doctors and nurses to also move out to rural areas. “We’re not asking people to move out to the North Pole,” he said of this riding, which is in the commuter belts for Ottawa and Kingston. “The main thing is to have doctors…and we have a plan to hire



doctors. There are a lot of people in our region who don’t have a doctor.” Smyth noted that a new walk-in clinic has opened up at a supermarket in Carleton Place, but “I don’t think that is the answer,” for long-term health care in the area. One of the ways that the NDP would pay for health care would be by cancelling the planned corporate tax cuts and rolling them back to 2008 levels, and by revisiting the government’s decision to purchase F-35 fighter jets. “It’s going back to the drawing board to see if we need 65 of them,” Smyth said. He agreed that Canada will need new


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jets to replace its aging CF-18 jets, but an NDP government would put the contract out to tender. “It blows my mind that this can be solesourced, that it wouldn’t be put out to competition,” said Smyth. While health care and jets are some of the top issues Smyth is confronting on the campaign trail, the economy remains the top concern. “People are challenged with paying their daily bills,” said Smyth. The NDP is proposing to cap credit card interest rates as one way to help people who are struggling, and also by helping promote small businesses. “We have picked up on box stores in this area,” said Smyth, pointing to such large retail stores in Carleton Place, Perth and Smiths Falls. “But they would have come on their own anyway. We’re looking at dropping the tax rate on small business. Small business has to be a focus.”

DID YOU KNOW? Plastic containers with numbers 1-7 can all be recycled but only 5 kinds of plastic bags can be recycled in Lanark Highlands: Bread bags, grocery & produce bags, blue newspaper bags, and ‘outer’ milk bags (not the inside pouches, just the outer bags.) All other film plastic like saran wrap, bubble wrap, cat & dog food bags, Ziploc and plastic bags not listed above must go in the garbage. By carefully sorting your recycling you help the Township produce clean and useful recyclable material that brings in good market value to help pay for municipal waste management. KEEP IT GREEN – RECYCLING WORKS!

ADOPTION OF THE 2011 ANNUAL BUDGET TAKE NOTICE THAT, the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Lanark Highlands intends to adopt the 2011 Budget on Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Office. Dated at the Township of Lanark Highlands this 16th day of April, 2011. For further information contact: Township of Lanark Highlands Robert Bunker, Treasurer 75 George Street Lanark, ON K0G 1K0 T: 613-259-2398 ext. 225 F: 613-259-2291 E:

Council Meeting Schedule: Tuesday, May 10th at 2:30 p.m. – Committee of the Whole 7:00 p.m. Budget Adoption Meeting Tuesday, May 24th at 2:30 p.m. – Committee of the Whole Thursday, May 26th at 7:00 p.m. Council

INTERIM TAX BILLS DUE DATE! The second installment date is April 29th 2011.

GOOD FRIDAY AND EASTER MONDAY Please be aware that the Municipal Office will be closed on Friday April 22nd and Monday April 25th, the office will re-open on Tuesday April 26th.

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Rural health care, business and seniors issues Name: Ralph Lee Party: Independent DESMOND DEVOY

Rural and seniors issues are dominating the campaign for Ralph Lee, the independent candidate in the federal riding of Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington. “People in rural Canada are getting the short end of the stick,” said the Carleton Place-based lawyer last week. “(Rural people) pay as much taxes as people in urban areas,” and deserve the same level of services, he said. One method he is proposing for bringing more doctors to rural areas includes paying the fees for re-educating and requalifying foreign-trained doctors. “Upon graduation…they would have to work their first year or two in a rural

community,” said Lee. “The goal is that they will stay,” adding that the riding’s natural beauty should help. “Rural Canada is the most beautiful area of the world,” said Lee. Lee noted that he would support a proposal in the budget presented by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty last month, to forgive student loans to doctors and nurses who elect to work in rural or remote areas for a certain period. “Anything to get more doctors out here,” he said. Lee is also pushing for “enterprise free zones,” which have been tried in countries like Ireland, to attract businesses to rural areas. “Businesses (would not be) taxed on anything until they start making money,”

he said. Once they reach profitability, taxes would start being levied on a gradual basis. On April 7, Lee launched a seniors bill of rights at a seniors home in Carleton Place, which he wants to see enshrined in the 1982 constitution. The bill would guarantee things like access to affordable services, protection from abuse, and information on all programs and benefits available to them. Lee also wants to reduce taxes on pensions and the estate tax. Lee was campaigning in Sharbot Lake last weekend. “They were very enthusiastic about the fact that there was an alternative candidate,” said Lee. Whether he is in Sharbot Lake, Carleton Place or elsewhere in the large riding, Lee

Remington aiming for jobs in riding Name: David Remington Party: Liberal ANDREW SNOOK

David Remington decided to take another swing at the Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington seat, because he’s always enjoyed public service and working with people and their surrounding communities. The 43-year-old, life-long Napanee native, said his campaign will focus on bringing back good-paying jobs to people in the region, and helping small businesses grow. Remington embraced his entrepreneurial spirit at the early age of 18, when he opened his own coffee shop. He has since owned and operated a variety of businesses, including a flower shop, two movie theatres, and a consulting firm that focused on social service issues. He wants to work together with all levels of government to tackle the issues currently facing the LFLA riding. “I just find that’s my style,” he said. “Job creation, strong rural health care…there are so many opportunities where we can work together with municipal leaders. “I think I would have the ability to get people to the table. Municipal leaders sometimes feel like they’re left out of the big conversations with the province and the feds, and I feel like we have to do a lot more together.” In the 2008 federal election, Remington finished second at the polls with 21.8 per cent of the vote (11,827 votes). The riding was won by MP Scott Reid, who had 55.81 per cent of the vote (30,280 votes).

Remington is an experienced politician, who has held a variety of elected positions, including mayor of Napanee from 2000-03. He began his political career at the age of 25, when he was elected to Napanee’s town council. Remington worked as a councillor from 1994-95, and was the deputy mayor from 1995-96. He also worked on Parliament Hill as a legislative assistant for a year for former MP Larry McCormick. Remington said he wants to take on all the issues that residents struggle with from day-to-day. He said he would like top see more funding go towards non-profit agencies in the community. “When I was mayor I often thought ‘wow, it would be great if the feds could help with the community agencies.’ There are amazing non-profit agencies that do incredible things on a shoestring budget. People in the community are just giving up their time to make things a better place…if we could (offer additional funding) just think how much more they could do.” After graduating Napanee District Secondary School, Remington attended Queen’s Theological College in Kingston, and graduated with a diploma in restorative justice in 2004. He currently works as a program supervisor for the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and Community and Social Services. Remington is married to Diane, and has two stepdaughters, Kylie and Nicole. Remington said if he were to leave a political legacy, he would like to be remembered for his helpful nature. “I want to work across party lines,” he said. “I don’t want to be seen as the big Liberal partisan guy. “I think the style you bring to politics is as important as any single issue or policy. To me, it’s the approach. My style of politics will be in the community and active.”

noted that what he is hearing from voters is all the same: “They feel let down by all of the parties,” because of “partisan politics and childish behaviour.” Lee added that just by electing an independent MP to the House of Commons, that would start to return civility to the institution. “I think my being elected in and of itself will send a message that this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated,” said Lee. Lee is also in favour of proportional representation, which would likely see more independent candidates like himself elected to Parliament. Lee was born and raised in Montreal, and served as vice-president of the student union at Concordia University, which has a student population of 30,000. He is also active with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and served with the Securities Commission of New Zealand for several years.

Reid says he knows the issues Name: Scott Reid Party: Conservative GEOFF DAVIES geoff.davies@metroland. com

Having grown up alongside his family’s chain of discount stores, Scott Reid got to know the riding he now represents while out scouting new locations with his dad. “My first memory of Carleton Place, where I now live, is going into the Findlay Stove Works,” recalls Reid, the Conservative incumbent in the race for Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington. “I remember wandering around this crazy huge old building…it was a pretty impressive place,” says Reid. Though some folks still own their woodstoves, the Findlay factory is now gone. Giant Tiger, no longer in its infancy, will turn 50 years old in May. Reid, meanwhile, is 47, and fighting to keep his seat after 11 years serving as MP for the area. After so many years seeing the area through a businessman’s eyes – he worked full-time for the company for about four years and still sits on its board of directors – Reid notes that adaptation is an important theme in the riding’s economic history. Continued on page 6

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LANARK-FRONTENAC-LENNOX AND ADDINGTON Scott Reid Continued from page 4 Once a network of industrial towns set-up around sources of water power – like Code’s Mill in Perth or Smiths Falls’ namesake – the area has seen many of its old factories shut their doors, including the Findlay Stove Works. “The reality is there are some industries you can’t keep,” said Reid. Today, the area’s economic connection to its urban neighbour is an important part of that adaptation, he said. Many people, including Reid himself, make their homes here and commute to work in Ottawa. “In Lanark, we are very tightly linked to the Ottawa community,” he says. In similar fashion, being tightly linked to powerful people in Ottawa is something Reid lists as an advantage he can offer the riding. “I’ve been around for a long time and I’m someone who has worked closely with Stephen Harper since back in days of Reform Party. I’m able to bring con-

cerns to him in ways that aren’t always possible (for other MPs),” he says. His experience, as well as that of his staff, is another advantage, he says. “I’ve been doing this now for a long time and I’ve got a reasonably good grasp of the issues that are important.” For Reid, some of those issues include abolishing the long-gun registry, which has been a longtime objective for his party. His personal aims include making Canada more democratic – “we have a series of ways in which we’re not living up to our potential” – and securing a spot in the constitution for Ontarians’ property rights. Speaking to the latter, Reid said he hopes his joint initiative with local MPP Randy Hillier will be on better footing come the fall. With his fingers-crossed for Tory governments on both levels, Reid said he hopes Hillier will be reintroducing the motion, which will have died on the order paper, as a government motion.

Community plus sustainability KASSINA RYDER

Green Party candidate John Baranyi was born in Elliot Lake, Ont. in 1961. He moved to the Lanark County area 28 years ago before settling just outside Middleville on a farm where he and his wife run a vegetarian frozen food business, Pulse Foods. “I came here in 1983 because I suppose there was a certain spirit of community here,” said Baranyi. “People working together. “I never really pictured myself as a politician,” said Baranyi. “I’m just a citizen in this community who cares about the community.” He spent time in Indonesia in 1981 as part of the Canada World Youth Exchange Program and also lived in both St. Lucia and Jamaica for a year. He has also worked as a tree planter and worked on energy-efficient housing as a renovator and carpenter. All of these experiences, both

at home and oversees, fostered the concepts that would become the basis of his “green ideas,” he said. Baranyi said he strongly believes in the Green Party’s vision for Canada, focusing on environmentally healthy ways to improve both communities and the economy. “I suppose I carry a vision of how I see our communities can develop and become more sustainable,” he said. “The green

vision of localization, strengthening our communities at the municipal, local level. That’s something that I see.” The Green Party’s initiative to introduce municipal infrastructure bonds is a way to strengthen local economies, Baranyi said. The initiative would allow people to self-direct their RRSP’s into community infrastructure investments. “This is a smart law that would allow the shifting of RRSP investment to the community level, providing funding for much needed infrastructure improvements,” he said. “It’s a win-win-win...that doesn’t cost the government or taxpayer anything.” He said such funding could be used for water and sewer projects in villages such as Lanark, which has needed a new water and sewer system for years, Baranyi said. The system would also keep the community’s debts in the hands of its citizens, Baranyi said.

Dedicated AGH/FVM volunteers honoured at April 12 event

The dedicated women and men who volunteer at the Almonte General Hospital and Fairview Manor were honoured at a volunteer appreciation event at the Almonte Civitan Hall on April 12, 2011. The Hospital and Manor have 260 regular volunteers and 41 junior volunteers. Between April 1, 2010 and March 31, 2011, regular volunteers worked 8,489.25 hours and junior volunteers worked 1,624.5 hours, for a total of 10,113.75 hours. In the photo above, left, some members of the Volunteer Services Committee are shown at the event while listening to Almonte’s Big Band Standing Room Only. Shown, from left, are JC Empey, Committee Chair Rita Munro, interim Volunteer Services Coordinator Kelly Lewis, Cheryl Moore, Trish Lemon and John Black. In the photo above, right, Rita Munro, left, and Loreen Stewart, President of the Fairview Manor Auxiliary, cut the cake served at the event. Carleton Place • Almonte

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If you’re upset that the federal election’s advance poll is being held on Easter weekend, don’t blame Elections Canada. The politicians who set the May 2 election date are to blame. Elections Canada eastern Ontario field liaison officer Joan O’Neill said the Canada Elections Act sets out exactly when the advance polls are held. They must be 10, nine and seven days before an election. So this election, the advance polls are on April 22 (Good Friday), April 23 and April 25 (Eas-

ter Monday), which has upset some church-goers. The polls are open from noon to 8 p.m. on all three days in various locations around the riding (check your voter’s card). O’Neill reminds voters they need identification to vote: consult the voter’s reminder brochure that was mailed out last week. About 75 per cent of people use their driver’s licence, but there are also other options, O’Neil said. Electors can still get on the voters list on May 2 even if not on the list, if they have the right identification. More information is available at

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Candidates to meet in CP CARLETON PLACE – Candidates in the Lanark-Frontenac-Lexington-Addington riding will be facing off in an all candidates debate on April 27. The event is organized by the Carleton Place and District Chamber of Commerce and will be held at Caldwell Public School at 70 Caldwell St in Carleton Place. The event will start at 7 p.m. and is open to everyone. The debate will feature the five riding candidates: John Baranyi – Green Party, Ralph Lee – Independent, Scott Reid – Conservative Party, David Remington – Liberal Party and Doug Smyth – New Democratic Party. For any questions regarding the debate, please contact the chamber at 613-257-1976. 463030


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ALMONTE WARD April 26 – May 20, 2011 7:30 a.m. to 4pm. (excluding weekends)

Saturday, May 14 8am to 4pm This is for the disposal of large items (chairs, tables, couches, etc.)

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This annual maintenance program is designed to remove the sediment that has accumulated in the water mains to maintain good water quality in the distribution system and may result in temporary inconveniences to you such as reduced water pressure or red (discoloured) water. • Reduced water pressure should only be intermittent as the hydrants are being flushed. The pressure will return to normal once the flushing is completed. • If you detect discoloured (red) water, turn off your tap for 20 to 30 minutes; this should allow work crews enough time to complete the flushing. When work crews have left the area, turn on one COLD water tap for a few minutes to flush the system. • Discoloured water may occur in close proximity to the watermain flushing or many blocks, even kilometres away, depending on various factors such as their supply main size, location and demand flows. Unfortunately, it is impossible to predict the location and extent of the customers that may receive discoloured water. • Residents who live in the areas being flushed may want to collect containers of water for drinking and cooking, each day before the flushing program starts. • We recommend that you do not drink or wash laundry with red water. We appreciate your patience while this work is being completed and if you would like more information, please call the Roads & Public Works Department at 613-256-2064 and speak to Rod Cameron, ext. 232 or Cindy Hartwick ext. 258.


Drop off bins will be located at the Landfill Site on Howie Road, Pakenham Recycle Depot on Barr Side Road and the Union Hall Yard, corner of Wolfe Grove Road and Tatlock Road. More information about Large Item Day is available on the Town’s website or by calling Cindy Hartwick at 613-256-2064 ext 258.

This is a day where residents of Mississippi Mills can put items out at the curb they no longer want and others can take the “treasures”. Items can be placed on the curb on Friday, May 6 and must be brought back in (if not taken) Sunday, May 8. Please ensure that no items that you do not wish to give away are left near the road. Disposal of items not taken is the responsibility of the resident-Mississippi Mills will NOT be picking the items up. Items not taken can be dropped off at one of the Large Item Day locations the following weekend. For larger items or those of safety concern, a curb side sign may be more appropriate.

LEAF & YARD WASTE PICK-UP Wednesday, May 11 Almonte Thursday, May 12 villages of Pakenham, Appleton, Blakeney and Clayton

O.P.P. CONTACT INFORMATION In case of an emergency call: 9-1-1 To report a non-emergency, please call: 1-888-310-1122 To report anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at: 1-800-222-8477

ANNUAL WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY REPORT The 2010 annual report for the Almonte wastewater treatment facility is now available on Town’s website or viewed at the municipal office or the Almonte library.

Please beware of children’s safety, do not place any items out that might have potential danger i.e. refrigerators/freezers with door. Mississippi Mills assumes no responsibility or liability regarding these items. Please include a sign with your items indicating “Free.” For more information, please call Cindy Hartwick at 613-256-2064 ext. 258

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE Saturday May 28 7:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m Tables $10.00 each For more information, to reserve your table or to donate items to Light up The Night, please call Calvin Murphy at 256-1077 Ext:24. 438839


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Clerk left out to dry

Daddy’s final days at Air Canada DESMOND DEVOY Des Says


public servant is being used by politicians. It’s not an uncommon story on Parliament Hill, but in this case, the damage is being done at Carleton Place’s town hall. Town clerk Duncan Rogers has been left trying to pull the curtain down around information council doesn’t want to share with residents. The town has possession of two documents it doesn’t want to part with. No prying eyes please, despite election campaign promises about transparency. The first document requested by this newspaper was a groundwater monitoring report related to the contaminated land where once stood a Canadian Tire store at 7 Beckwith St. A town manager first said the document was in the town’s files, but it couldn’t be shared. It wouldn’t be “politically astute” to let people see it because they may not understand it. That condescending attitude runs smack into the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The act says taxpayers have a right to see documents funded by their tax dollars. When this newspaper filed an information request, the town agreed the groundwater report could be shared, but it would somehow require 26 hours to lift the report out of a filing cabinet and carry it to a photocopier. Total retrieval bill: more than $900. A second access request has been denied altogether, and that’s where Rogers comes in. The information law outlines when an access request can be denied. It says the town can withhold “access to records revealing the substance of deliberations of…a closed meeting.” That obviously refers to the minutes of closed meetings. Fair enough. In order to serve his master(s), Rogers has been forced to defend the indefensible, and has interpreted the information legislation in the most smallminded way possible. In a nutshell, the town has decided that any piece of paper discussed during a closed session of council is forever secret. Following this leap of logic, we are forced to assume that if a closed session of council discusses a heating bill, the latest John Grisham novel, a label on someone’s shirt or Canada’s Constitution, those documents are locked away in a filing cabinet forevermore. Long live transparency.


Coalition? Bring it on. To the Editor, I fail to see what is wrong with a coalition. In fact I would love to see our government run as a total coalition. I think it could cure the issue that embarrasses us all – the idiotic behaviour during Question Period. Visualize this. Rather than isolating members of Parliament by having them sit with their own parties . . . mix them up – helter skelter – with Conservatives, Liberals, NDP and the Bloc sitting beside each other. And rather than picking a cabinet from the party with the most elected

members, pick the best people from the whole gang – including the Bloc – they are people too. It would be a lovely change to see them all working together, debating issues from their point of view, finding ways to balance the budget and yet be imaginative and progressive. Just imagine how much work could get done and how much pride and respect we would all feel with such a government. A coalition? Bring it on. Fern Martin Pakenham

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In our April 14 edition, in our story “Carleton Place remembers Battle of Vimy Ridge,” we incorrectly identified the photo of a First World War Canadian army uniform on page 21 as being worn by George Southwell Sr. of Pakenham. The uniform actually belonged to Charles Richard Southwell, a Sapper in the Canadian Engineers. The jacket was loaned by John Southwell Sr., the late Charles Southwell’s son, to the Royal Canadian Legion for the event. The Canadian Gazette apologizes for this mistake. 53 Bridge Street,Carleton Place, Ontario K7C 2V2 Phone: 613-257-1303 • Fax: 613-257-7373 •

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I used to joke that if you ever lost luggage at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, that it was likely my dad that was to blame. Sure, ‘twas all in fun. My dad used to say that he was one of the lucky people who enjoyed going to work every day. It certainly wasn’t because of the hours, that’s for sure. Three days on afternoons, three days on mornings, three midnights, then three days off. But he knew that he was lucky to have his baggage handler job at Air Canada. He would joke that it was one of the last dinosaur jobs around, having joined the airline when it was a Crown corporation on March 1, 1976. Now, 35 years later, he is preparing to hand in his security pass, and the keys to his little red jeep. Back in the pre-9/11 days, knowing how much I loved airplanes, he would take me to the airport and smuggle me onto the tarmac. I would get to go right up to parked jumbo jets. Once, out on the ramp with my dad, I got to see how important his job was. Normally, he’d handle just bags, but this day, he was transferring a box containing the ashes of a man who had died in the Caribbean. His ashes were being sent to Montreal for scattering. He let me place the parcel gently into the hold of the DC-9. It was an oddly touching, and creepy, moment. At the airport, he got to meet Sir Elton John and Margot Kidder, and was scheduled to transport a special cake for Charles and Diana’s wedding in 1981. As he entered the warehouse though, he saw another lad, from Liverpool no less, driving out with it. Needless to say, he was a little put out by that one. He was able to travel as he never could have imagined growing up in Ireland. He has said that he owes this country a lot, including a great job at the national airline. Enjoy your richly deserved retirement Daddy. Publisher’s Liability: The advertiser agrees that the publisher shall not be liable for any damages whatsoever arising from errors in advertisements beyond actual amount paid for space used by the part of the advertisement containing the error. The publisher shall not be liable for non-insertion of any advertisement. the publisher will not knowingly publish any advertisement which is illegal, misleading or offensive. The contents of this newspaper are protected by copyright and may be used only for your personal non-commercial purposes. All other rights are reserved and commercial use is prohibited. Permission to republish any material must be sought from the relevant copyright owner.

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For those of you who already play golf, you know of all the benefits you get out of the game. For anyone thinking of taking it up, here are a few things you should know.

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If you think you may want to try golfing, a good idea would be to start with some instruction. You don’t need to break the bank by signing up for a huge series of lessons. A single 1/2hr lesson will give you the basics you need to decide whether this is for you or not. Don’t rush out to buy golf clubs until you know if you are going ahead with playing. Maybe a friend or neighbor can lend you some clubs to try initially. Most instructors will supply clubs to use during instruction. With spring here, now is the time to start. Don’t pass up another golf season.

You can play golf whether you are 8 years old or 88 years old In a typical 18 hole game of golf, you walk nearly 3 miles Though low impact, golf is great for your cardio The flexibility you gain from swinging a golf club is unlike any other exercise Anyone can play golf whether you are well coordinated or not Golf can be casual, for fun, or as competitive as you want to make it Golf is an individual sport. We learn self control, honesty and integrity You can become as good a golfer as you choose. It depends on how much time you want to work on it • If you like nature, a walk on the course is very relaxing • We have over 100 golf courses in very close proximity to us to choose from • Golf can become a way of life. Exercising, socializing, entertaining

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Students hear drug message MICHAEL MURCHISON CARLETON PLACE – Carleton Place High School students in grades 9 and 12 were given an informative and emotional drug awareness presentation on April 13. Teaming with the OPP to give the presentation was seasoned presenter Nicole Pearson. “I think those forums are great when we have law enforcement and the emotional side of it,” said Pearson. “It’s a great balance.” Pearson began presenting in 2007, when then-principal of CPHS, Stephen Sharp prompted her to give a memorial speech after the death of her son, Brett Pearson. “Brett was the type to lift others’ spirits,” Pearson noted. “He’d want me to help out and reach out.” IN DEMAND Following the initial speech in 2007, Pearson was asked by many other schools and organizations, such as Carleton University and some Ottawa police services workshops to speak with students, helping them understand and identify signs of depression and suicidal thoughts. “I go wherever the people would like to have me,” Pearson said. This presentation comes in the middle of CPHS Cause Week, a week devoted to raising the student awareness of many causes, such as the heart and stroke charity, mental health, anti-bullying, environmental damage, and drug abuse. The main focus of Pearson’s presentations is to deliver the point that “most problems are temporary and solvable and with time and the help of those around you, you can turn things around,” Pearson said. Ultimately, Pearson would like to expand her advocacy into workshops, teaching young children healthy living and mindful social interaction. Pearson will return to CPHS on May 3 to tell a more in-depth story of her son to grade 10s and 11s. A microbiologist for the Public Health Agency of Canada, Pearson has made 40 presentations since 2007 and 12 this year alone. “I never thought it would get to this point,” said Pearson, “but I’m very proud.”

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Landowners want land rights Lanark Landowners Association meets with officials, expert BRIER DODGE

CARLETON PLACE – The Lanark Landowners Association held an information afternoon and question and answer session at the Carleton Place arena on April 16. The 250-person crowd was welcomed by MP Scott Reid and MPP Randy Hillier, who spoke about the joint constitutional amendments they are working. They are both introducing resolutions in their legislatures that call for a constitutional amendment to embed property rights within the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Hillier said that creating more and more property laws has allowed government to grow and “over govern”. “Government grows when there is a lack of property rights and faith in the people,” Hillier said. “The motion by Scott and I says people have the right to use and enjoy their private property.” Hillier said to his knowledge, this is the first time in Canada there has been a joint resolution by two members of the same riding.

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business property, as she called 911 and reported the bylaw officer as trespassing after he told her she did not have the correct permits to repaint a sign. Increasing laws, such as the Places to Grow Act, are preventing landowners from exercising their rights as laid on in the Crown land patent grant, those who attended the meeting were told. “If your neighbour’s fence falls on GUEST SPEAKER your property, throw it back,” she said. Liz Marshall of the Ontario Land- “Or have a bonfire and tell him poor owners Association spoke as an expert luck.” By creating more bylaws, people are on Crown land patent grants. allowing the govern“I read a lot of legment to make rules islation because I’m they should not be a nerd with an attiable to make for pritude,” Marshall said. “I read a lot of vate property, she She said that said. Crown land patent legislation because She encouraged grants are permaI’m a nerd with those in attendance nent rights to abto support their solute ownership an attitude.” neighbours if they – and give landowndecide to fight a desers a right and legal or bylaw authority to fight Liz Marshall ignation ruling, and said she against invasive bythinks that the curlaws. rent government Marshall spoke and laws discourabout different situations where property owners have age people from knowing or respecting spoken up about changes to their own their neighbours. “You’ve allowed bylaws that people property and seen results. She spoke about her own experienc- can’t hang their laundry out,” she said. es with bylaw officers on her brothers’ “Are you stupid?” Reid said that since the laws would be above the municipal level, it would bind municipal governments to abide by them as well. The changes would have to do with the property titles, use and enjoyment of property and financial compensation based on changes or designations, Reid said.

We have been asked to sell, by Public Auction, the contents of the historic STONEBRIDGE INN located at 4839 Kinburn Side Rd., Pakenham, Ontario. This sale consists of some very select Antique pieces, collectables, restaurant and tea room equipment and supplies. Everything is in excellent condition and must sell as the INN has been sold. Please visit our website for a complete listing as well as pictures.

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Carleton Place Hospital receives grant from Royal Canadian Legion Charitable Foundation The Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital (CPDMH) Foundation is pleased to announce that it has received a grant of $7500 from the Ontario Provincial Command Branches and Ladies’ Auxiliaries Charitable Foundation of The Royal Canadian Legion. The grant will be used to help purchase a defibrillator for the Emergency Department which costs approximately $15,000. “Our organization is very fortunate to have the overwhelming support of our local Legion, Branch 192, and we also are very pleased to receive this grant from the Ontario Provincial Command Branches and Ladies’ Auxiliaries Charitable Foundation “, stated Theresa Fritz, Vice-President of the CPDMH Foundation. “All associated with the Carleton Place Hospital and Foundation are very grateful for this wonderful gift and we offer our sincere thanks to the organization.” The Ontario Provincial Command Branches and Ladies’ Auxiliaries Charitable Foundation was conceived and implemented as a Provincial initiative in 1981 and remains a remarkable

example of the good that can be done when the Branches within Ontario Command and Ladies Auxiliaries combine their efforts. Each year, the members and Directors of the Charitable Foundation review applications for medical equipment and research funding, and approve grants to community medical facilities and organizations across the Province. Since its inception the organization has made grants in excess of $15 million to the various charities in the communities throughout Ontario. “Hospitals are struggling to provide quality care on reduced budgets and the Legion’s Charitable Foundation helps local hospitals, nursing homes and medical facilities to purchase needed medical equipment,” stated Iain Davidson, President of Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 192. “Our charitable Foundation does a lot of great work throughout the province and I am very pleased to present this cheque to the Carleton Place Hospital Foundation on behalf of the Ontario Provincial Command Branches and Ladies’ Auxiliaries Charitable Foundation.”

For the 2010 fiscal year, the Ontario Provincial Command Branches and Ladies’ Auxiliaries Charitable Foundation approved grants totalling $571,028 to various hospitals, health clinics, homes for the aged, charities and emergency services throughout Ontario.

With a cheque representing the grant received from the Ontario Provincial Command Branches and Ladies’ Auxiliaries Charitable Foundation of The Royal Canadian Legion are : Theresa Fritz, Vice President of the CPDMH Foundation; Iain Davidson, President of Branch 192; Lynn Julian, President of the Branch 192 Ladies Auxiliary; and George Wood, 2nd Vice-President of Branch 192.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 21 Four-hand euchre, 7:30 p.m. 375 Country St., Almonte. Light lunch. Sponsored by the Town and Country Tenants Association. Contact Norma at 613-256-4179.

FRIDAY, APRIL 22 Helen Wilson Memorial Dart Tournament at Carleton Place Royal Canadian Legion branch, 177 George St. Registration from 11 a.m. to noon. $10 donation. Call 613-2571727 for details. Almonte lecture series welcomes Carleton University geography professor Ken Torrance who will speak on soil at 7 p.m. at Almonte Old Town Hall.

MONDAY, APRIL 25 Zumba dance fundraiser for

the new play structure at Ecole Elementaire Catholic J.-L. Couroux in Carleton Place. The dance will be held at Notre Dame Catholic High School 157 McKenzie St. in Carleton Place at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. Almonte and District Horticulture meeting, Cornerstone Community Church, Almonte, 7:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, APRIL 26 Lanark County Knitting Guild, 7 p.m., Almonte United Church hall, 106 Elgin St. Contact Barb Carroll at 613256-6646 or barbaracarroll@ Blood donor clinic, Almonte Civitan Hall, 500 Almonte St., main hall, 2 to 7:30 p.m.



Tree Walk and Talk with Brian Anderson, Mill of Kintail Conservation Area, 2 p.m.


Annual United Church Women Spring Rummage Sale, ZionMemorial United Church, 37 Franklin St., Carleton Place, 9 a.m. to noon.

Annual United Church Women Spring Rummage Sale, ZionMemorial United Church, 37 Franklin St., Carleton Place, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Roast beef supper, St. John’s Anglican Church, 110 Fergson Falls Rd., Innisville, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Halfway to Heaven, the new Mississippi Mudds musical, opens today at the Carleton Place town hall auditorium at 8 p.m. The musical will also be performed at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7. There will be a matinee performance on Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20, available from the Arts Carleton Place office, 132 Coleman St. Call 613-2572031 for details.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 Co-Operative Nursery School of Almonte Open House and Registration Evening, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Almonte United Church hall, 106 Elgin St. For more information, call Lisa Code at 613-257-3428. Film Night at Stewart Community Centre arena hall, 7 p.m. Film: The Man Who Planted Trees and Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathi.

Tree Talk and Walk at Al Potvin’s Arboretum, 38 Carss St., Almonte, 7 p.m. Roast beef dinner, Almonte United Church, 106 Elgin St., 5 to 7 p.m. Adults $12, children 12 and under $6, pre-schoolers free. Tickets available through church members, at the door, or by calling Bonnie at 613-256-2389 or Donna at 613-256-1894 or the church office at 613-256-1355.

Free Masonic child identification clinic, hosted by St. John’s Masonic Lodge, at TD Canada Trust, 565 McNeely Ave., Carleton Place, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, please call 613-283-7790. Bluegrass concert with awardwinning band Concession 23, Cedar Hill School House Community Centre, 270 Cedar Hill Side Rd., Pakenham, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $10 at the door. Limited seating. Call 613-256-5439 for reservations. Fundraiser for the Friends of the Cedar Hill School House. Hot roast beef supper, Christ Church, Ashton, 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets at the door. Take-out available. All-you-can-eat-pie.

SUNDAY, MAY 1 Ham n’ Bean Supper, Clayton Community Hall, 2 to 6 p.m. Adults $10, children under 12, $5, children under five, free.

All musicians welcome. Evening Dinner, Stewart Community Centre hall, 112 MacFarlane St., Pakenham, 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by St. Mark’s Anglican Church. For details, please call Helen at 613-256-4126.

Brian Anderson gives a Tree Talk and Walk at Blakeney Park, 2 p.m. Later that same day, Mike O’Malley will give his own Tree Talk and Walk in Appleton near the community mail boxes at 7 p.m. Please wear rubber boots.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4 “Jazz Vespers,” with jazz duo Peter Woods and Brian Brown at St. James Anglican Church, 225 Edmund St., Carleton Place, 4 p.m. Donation only. All welcome.

Guest speaker Diana Beresford-Kroeger speaks on the Globe Forest: Its Impact on the Health and Wealth of the Planet, Almonte Old Town Hall, 14 Bridge St., 7:30 p.m.

Cliff Bennett gives a Tree Talk and Walk at 1772 Clayton Rd., 2 p.m.


Tree Bike Ride, 9 a.m. Meet Jeff Mills at the Palms, 78 Mill St. The ride will take about 20 minutes.

MONDAY, MAY 2 Ray Holland gives a Tree Talk and Walk at Stewart Community Centre, 112 MacFarlane St., Pakenham, 7 p.m.

TUESDAY, MAY 3 Trade Fair, featuring industry apprenticeships in the trades and construction industry, Notre Dame Catholic High School, 157 McKenzie St., Carleton Place, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All students welcome.

Fundraising euchre tournament, Almonte and District High School, 126 Martin St. N., 7 p.m. in the gymnasium. Raising funds for the school drama program. Tickets are $20. LCBO-licensed event. Ages 19 and over only. For more information or to register, please call 613-256-1470 or email euchretournament@ Pancake breakfast, bake sale, plant sale, yard sale and silent auction, Clayton Community Hall, 8 a.m. to noon. Admission, $6 adults, children six to 12, $4, children under six free. Fundraiser for Kathy’s Crusaders for the Cure Relay for Life team. All proceeds go to the Canadian Cancer Society.


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Bike racks installed in downtown Almonte Secure storage allows cyclists to fully participate in Bicycle Month BRIER DODGE

ALMONTE – Downtown Almonte is home to 13 new bike racks, with lots of time for cyclists to use them before Bicycle Month rolls into town in June. Mississippi Mills Bicycle Month organizers worked with the town of Mississippi Mills to apply for funding for an upgrade in cyclist services. The Ministry of Transportation matched the $5,000 contribution from the town with a transportation demand management grant for a $10,000 total. Nicole Guthrie, community and cultural programmer from the town, said that the grant allowed them to purchase bike racks, share the road signs and will help to fund Bicycle Month activities in June. Six of the 13 bike racks have already been installed, with the rest to come by the end of the month, said Bicycle Month chair Jeff Mills. Eventually, the committee and town want to see more through-

out parks and several in Pakenham. Guthrie said the plan is to encourage more pedestrians to use the downtown core and take advantage of the warm weather to leave their cars at home. Mills said the Bicycle Month committee is hoping to see the community eventually recognized as a platinum level community by the Bicycle Friendly Community Program. There is a checklist of things that need to be done, and this program will check adequate bicycle parking off the list. “We’re not stopping until we’re done,� Mills said. All of the bike racks were made by Almonte welder John Branje, who also made the benches throughout the downtown core. Businesses who want to purchase a bike rack for outside their store can contact Guthrie at 613-256-1077, ext. 22. Mills said that new businesses opening in Mississippi Mills are being encouraged to include a bike rack in their plans. He also said he expects to see many people participating in Bicycle Month – and commuting by pedal. “I think people are seeing the value in living close to work,� Mills said. “If you can spend more time getting physically fit and easing your pocketbook, it’s just win win.�

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Members of Mainstreet Almonte Attraction and Promotion pose with a new bike rack installed outside of Heritage Court. From left in front row, Gord Pike, Mayor John Levi, Lilly White, Rona Fraser, Nicole Guthrie, Dianna Lachapelle, Jeff Mills. From left in back row, Terry Lumsden, Jack Elgood, Dorothy Waterman, Mary Lumsdem and Cynthia Stuart.




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Town still refuses to share monitoring study NEVIL HUNT

CARLETON PLACE – Despite the release of one study of chemical contamination in central Carleton Place, two other key documents are still being kept under wraps by town staff. Last week, the town administration released a 2009 soil and air quality test report that dealt only with fumes rising from the soil. It concluded there was “no unacceptable risk to human health” in the buildings located near the site of a perchloroethylene leak. Perchloroethylene, often referred to simply as “perc,” is used in the dry-cleaning trade, and in smaller amounts as a degreaser in auto service shops. Perc has been linked to liver and kidney damage and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers it a carcinogen. A pool of the chemical was found a few metres below Lake Avenue East after the Canadian Tire land was sold to the town for $1. While the air and soil report found no unacceptable health risk, it did find significantly

greater concentrations of perc fumes inside buildings near the site of the leak than in the outside air. The report states that “contaminants are causing measureable effects on…indoor air concentrations at all three of the investigated properties.” Despite some articles in local media that accept the air and soil report as evidence of safety, the report’s findings have in fact prompted the town to: • Purchase two private buildings, which it now plans to demolish. • Accept that the town-owned southern portion of the former Canadian Tire property – closest to Lake Avenue East – will remain unfit for construction of any enclosed buildings for many years to come. Two months ago, a town councillor speculated the effects of the perc leak may be around for decades. When the land was determined to be unfit for habitation, the town lost considerable resale value and potential tax revenue. The air and soil study confirmed perc fumes are rising from the site, and the town has

decided to try and limit the effects by paving the area for a parking lot. The town will also construct a farmers market structure that will be open to the elements, so any potentially toxic fumes dissipate. The only indoor areas planned for the market structure are a washroom and small storage room. TWO STUDIES STILL SECRET In discussions with the Canadian Gazette, town clerk Duncan Rogers has refused to provide a copy of another report related to the perc leak. The document includes the town’s plan to deal with the contamination. The remediation report has already been shared with the provincial Ministry of the Environment, but not the public. Such a remediation plan would likely include a schedule for long-term monitoring of the pool of perc underground, so any movement or spreading of the contamination can be addressed. The remediation report may also include an estimate of the ongoing costs to taxpayers over the coming years. It’s impossible to

say exactly what the taxpayerfunded report says until it is released. Rogers’ interpretation of provincial access to information legislation has provided the town with the ability to keep the reports secret for now. Under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, a town can withhold information under some circumstances. One of those exemptions is for the minutes or records of any council deliberation held out of the public eye. Town council has held numerous meetings about the perc spill in closed sessions where the public is not allowed to attend. Rogers told the Canadian Gazette that his interpretation of the freedom of information legislation’s exemptions means that any document ever discussed during a closed meeting immediately and automatically becomes unavailable to the public from that point forward. Based on that interpretation, Rogers says the remediation report cannot be released to the public. The Canadian Gazette is challenging that interpretation

through an appeal to the provincial information and privacy officer. If that appeal is successful, the remediation report will be detailed in this newspaper. POOL OF PERC A second report requested by the Canadian Gazette is also subject to an appeal to the provincial information and privacy officer. The town has offered to share the original groundwater monitoring report for the area around the former Canadian Tire, but only for an estimated price of more than $900. The groundwater monitoring study may provide information about the size and movement of the pool of perc sitting below the ground. The town justified the large bill by suggesting it would take 26 hours to search for and prepare the document for release. At an earlier meeting, Carleton Place public works development co-ordinator Wayne Fraser had already confirmed the document is in the town’s files, If the appeal is successful, the groundwater report will be detailed in a future issue.


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The Role of a Lawyer When Buying a Home Written by Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association

There is nothing in life more exciting that buying a new home. Home buyers thrill in watching their new home take shape, knowing that they are getting exactly the finishes and features they want. Yet the excitement and emotion of buying a new home can sometimes overshadow the fact that your home purchase also means entering into a complicated legal agreement. Chances are, it will also be the largest financial investment of your life. Due to the complex legal aspects involved in buying a new home, it is strongly suggested that home buyers consult with a lawyer before signing on the dotted line. When you buy a new home, the contract, or the signed Agreement of Purchase and Sale document, between you and your builder is your assurance that you will receive exactly what you have purchased, at the price that you have agreed to. It is also the builder’s assurance that you will follow through to the end with the purchase.

Some home buyers sign the contract first, and then take it to their lawyer for review. By this point, however, it is too late for the lawyer to suggest any modifications or changes. Alternatively, make your offer conditional on your lawyer’s favourable review. It is sometimes wise, and less costly, to agree with the builder on price and terms before involving a lawyer. (If you cannot reach an agreement with the builder on these fundamental points, there is no need to pursue the contract any further.) The lawyer will look for certain clauses which include information on restrictions and obligations that may affect your rights and responsibilities as a home owner. Typically, clauses may mention the need to bus students to the nearest school. A clause may mention a right of way or an easement registered against the lot. For instance, will there be a fire hydrant on your lot, or an electrical box? Clauses concerning mortgage approval must also

be treated seriously. A large number of Agreements of Purchase and Sale include clauses making them conditional on receiving mortgage financing. The Agreement should specify the number of days allotted for obtaining the mortgage, the process for notifying the builder and what will happen if the mortgage application is turned down. The lawyer may suggest changes to the wording and the clauses of the contract to further promote your interests. Immediately notify the builder of these recommendations, allowing enough time for a review by the builder and/or the builder’s lawyer before acceptance or possible counter. Once your offer has been accepted and all conditions have been waived, you have a firm contract. Your lawyer will begin the legal process of transferring ownership of the home and you can now go on to the next, and perhaps most, exciting step of home buying . . . getting ready to move into your new home!

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CARLETON PLACE – Pink shirts, pink legwarmers, and pink pancakes found their way into Carleton Place High School (CPHS) on April 14. It was pink day for the school, a day where all the students were asked to wear pink clothing in support of anti-bulling. It was the third time CPHS has had Pink Day, which started nationally after a male student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. The student council raised funds for the cause, which goes to the International Pink Shirt Day Foundation in support of anti-bullying and anti-homophobia efforts. “It’s one of the causes that gets pushed aside,” said Grade 10 student Jordan McIntosh. “And today we actually get to do something about it.” It was all part of Cause Week, when the students supported a different cause each day. Some were fund-

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Grade 10 student Jordan McIntosh flips a pink pancake the student council at Carleton Place High School sold as a fundraiser for pink day. raisers, other presentation and knowledge based. McIntosh said that Pink Day was his favourite, but admitted the pink chocolate chip pancakes helped too. Student council co-president Aleni Cronkwright said she likes seeing the

students all in same colour because “the cafeteria is a sea of the colour”. Across North America, Pink Shirt Day was April 13, and stands up against discrimination and bullying in schools and workplaces.

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The housing corporation manages more than 500 rental units across the county, and increased Hydro costs contributed to last year’s Lanark County Housing Corporation’s deficit. This cost is out of the housing corporation’s hands, as they don’t have control over each tenant’s energy use. This year’s hired summer student will develop an education program to showcase ways to minimize hydro use. COUNCIL PREPARES TO PLAN STRATEGICALLY The Lanark County OPP Detachment and a waste management working group formation ranked as the previous council’s top priorities in 2010. This term’s council will determine if these items remain a top county concern as they plan to work on the Lanark County Strategic Plan in the coming months. Wagland handed each councillor a survey and questionnaire at the April 13 meeting. Councillors will then get together with the executive management staff for a day-long meeting where they will review accomplishments from the 20072010 municipal term, and identify upcoming challenges. A work plan and timetable will be crafted from the day’s event, and will act as a guideline for future county reference.

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SKATE OF MIND Isaac Uriarte skateboards at the Carleton Place and District Youth Centre’s Skateboarda-thon on Saturday, April 16. The skateboard-a-thon raised $350 for the youth centre’s summer programming and skateboarding trips. The youth centre has indoor skateboarding every day. For more information, call the youth centre at 613-257-8901 or email

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Almonte students Kyle Killeen, left, Shawn Mills and Joe Kealey were part of the Almonte and Carleton Place based broomball team that won national championships.

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ALMONTE – Going into national championships ranked 10th out of 10 teams, the Gamblers didn’t expect to come home with a title. But after defeating the Ontario Sting, based out of Ottawa, 3-2 in an overtime final, they did just that. Thanks to the overtime goal scored by Almonte District High School (ADHS) student Brandon Feurguson, the Sting – heavy favourites to win the tournament – were sent home from in Portage la Prairie, Man. with silver medals. The Gamblers are a juvenile division team, meaning they are all under 19. The team practises in Carleton Place, but has many players from Almonte and Pakenham that attend ADHS together. Kyle Killeen, Shawn Mills, Joe Kealey,

Brandon Feurgson, Ben Kealy, Adam Kane and Ryan Dalgity are all Almonte and Pakenham players – and so is the coach, Kealey’s father, Kevin Kealey. The team was the underdog for the tournament after barely qualifying. They placed third at the national qualifier that usually only sends the top two teams. But the Gamblers got lucky, and were sent to Manitoba for nationals, seeded last of the 10 competing teams. “It was their turn to win it,” said Mills, of the top seeded Sting. “They’re everyone’s rivals.” By winning nationals, the Gamblers have also automatically qualified for the 2012 national broomball championships, which will take place in Quebec City. The players are all fairly new to broomball, having played for only one or two years. Killeen, Mills and Joe Kealey agreed that recruiting players would be easier for the upcoming year now that they had a national championship title. With graduating players this year, new team members will be needed if the Gamblers stick to their plan to sweep up the title two years in a row.



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CARLETON PLACE – The federal election may be in its final weeks, with party leaders making all manner of promises, but the Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporation was the one delivering the goods to Carleton Place last week. The corporation’s chair, June Timmons, and office administrator, Sharen Symondson, were on hand on April 13 to present a grant cheque for $10,000 to the Lanark County Planning Council for Children and Youth and Open Doors for Lanark

Children and Youth. The money will go towards a new online Lanark County Youth Services Directory, which the planning council and Open Doors had been sponsoring. Jane Torrance, a community co-ordinator with the planning council, said that the directory would be an “inventory of programs for youth, to see where the gaps were.” Her group approached the corporation for funding, “to see where a business might be able to help kids.”

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Great groups get cash Continued from page 20 “We produced a database of all the programs for youth in Lanark County,” said Torrance. The survey, with more than 400 entries, can be found online at www.lanarkkids. com/youthdirectory, and it lists what Torrance sees some of the most important contact details for youth around, from numbers for mental and sexual health to 211, a number for information on provincial programs. The 211 program launched a few years ago in Ottawa and was launched in Leeds-Grenville last month. “It was difficult to co-ordinate it all because 211 was coming on board,” said Torrance. “We didn’t want to replicate the job of 211.” The $10,000 from the corporation’s eastern Ontario development fund covers two thirds of the directory’s $15,000 cost. “We could not have done that otherwise,” without the corporation’s support,

said Nicki Collins, executive director of Open Doors. Torrance added that the money not only helped build communities, but helped build businesses as well. “Sometimes, you can’t separate what is business and what is community,” said Torrance. Later the same day, Timmons and Symondson visited the Carleton Place and District Chamber of Commerce on Coleman Street to drop off a cheque for $7,500, to help pay for the cost of the chamber’s new decks of promotional playing cards. “Every card has one of the 52 things to see and do in Carleton Place,” said Jackie Kavanagh, the chamber’s co-office manager. “And they are good as playing cards too.” The cards should be ready by the end of April, with about 5,000 available. The corporation’s money went towards the design and printing of the decks of cards. Contact us at: 1702 9th Line Beckwith RR#2, Carleton Place, ON • K7C 3P2

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BECKWITH CLEAN UP DAYS The Beckwith Township Economic Development Committee is continuing its project for beautification of the Township. This project involves a cleanup of roadside ditches, parks or other areas of community interest. Following the cleanup an appreciation gathering will be held to thank those who came out to help with this initiative. Special bags/tags are available for this project and can be picked up at the Beckwith Township Office and then placed out at the end of your laneway. The garbage contractors have agreed to pick up these bags in coordination with the Beckwith Clean Up Days. Lend a hand to help keep our community a clean and beautiful place to live. To pitch-in or for further information please contact the Township Office 613-257-1539

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More fiddler’s friends than you can shake a rosined bow at Annual Ottawa Valley fiddle concert in Almonte May 1

ALMONTE – You may not see a fiddler on the roof of the Almonte Old Town Hall (AOTH) on May 1, but you’ll find plenty of them inside in the auditorium. The sixth annual Fiddler’s Friends concert will be held at the AOTH, 14 Bridge St., from 1 to 4 p.m., with an afternoon of downhome Ottawa Valley fiddling. “It’s a very dynamic appeal to the afternoon,” said Dan O’Connell, the organizer of the concert, a traditional fiddle awards showcase. The event is also a fundraiser for the Community Foundation of Ottawa-administered Danny O’Connell Memorial Fund, set up after the sudden death of his talented fiddler son in 2004. “All of those people are giving their talent,” said O’Connell of the afternoon’s performers. “They’re there for the music. They’re there for the tradition. There’s a few Submitted photo who are there for the personal element.” Danny O’Connell loved to play the fiddle. After his death, a memorial O’Connell, who is studying the fund was set up to encourage a new generation of Ottawa Valley fidfiddle himself, is pleased to see dlers. A fundraiser concert for the fund will take place on Sunday, May the fiddle tradition continue to 1, at Almonte Old Town Hall. flourish in the Valley. “It’s good to see the youngsters,” he said. “It’s very encouraging to see these youngsters taking up the tradition. And, of course, the step dancing goes hand-in-glove with this music. A lot of the youngsters are a double threat. Some get into the fiddle and then get into the Hear what your next federally elected Member of Parliament dancing,” and vice versa. will have to say about the state of affairs in Canada and locally. The concert will feature what All candidates for Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington O’Connell calls “family-style” enwill be on-hand for this. tertainment, and it carries on a long tradition found not only on Canada’s East Coast, but here in The Candidates: the Valley as well. John Baranyi, Green Party “It’s very similar to the type of Ralph Lee, Independent celebration that would have taken Scott Reid, Conservative Party place in people’s kitchens over the David Remington, Liberal Party last century,” O’Connell said, addDoug Smyth, New Democratic Party ing that his son would have loved the line up of talent on display at All-Candidates Meeting to be held on: the AOTH. Wednesday, April 27 The event’s proceeds go towards 7:00 to 9:00 pm. the memorial fund, which helps enCaldwell Street Public School courage local fiddling talent under 70 Caldwell Street, Carleton Place the age of 25. Recipients are nominated from three local authorities Do you have a question you would like to have asked? on traditional music, such as the If so, please submit in writing to: Renfrew County Fiddlers, the Irish Society of the National Capital ReCarleton Place Chamber of Commerce gion, and the Ottawa Traditional 130 Coleman Street, Carleton Place K7C 4M7 Fiddling and Folk Art Society. or by e-mail to O’Connell praised the help that by Friday, April 22, 2011. the Community Foundation has given to the fund. All questions will be juried for relevance and length. “If you wanted to have a fund of There will be limited opportunity to ask candidates questions this kind, you’d need a lot of legal at the meeting. fees to keep it at arm’s length,” said O’Connell. “They (the foundation) Presented by: share the proceeds from a major Carleton Place • Almonte investment which you wouldn’t be able to do with a small organization. They’ve got the combined clout of all of the funds that they administer…It takes some of the headaches out of it (for the family).”

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CARLETON PLACE – While MPs are busy out on the hustings for the May 2 election, students from St. Mary’s Catholic School in Carleton Place are getting more work done on Parliament Hill than the House has seen in a while. Even though they won’t be able to be on the ballot for years, Grade 5 students from the school went to Parliament Hill April 14 to tour Parliament. “We were pretending that we worked for Parliament,” said Jackson Fisher, 10. Some kids were appointed as senators, others MPs, who debated a bill to ban advertisements from children’s TV. One girl from Jackson’s class was selected as prime minister because she was able to name the greatest number of prime ministers – two, Stephen Harper and Paul Martin. The class also got to see all of the major rooms on Parliament Hill, including the House of Commons.

“There was at least 1,000 seats there,” said Cheyenne DeMatos, 10. They also visited the Senate. “That’s where the Queen sits,” said Cheyenne. Both students were selected to sit as “senators.” “I kind of felt like I was actually being a senator,” said Cheyenne. “It was really cool because there were so many things I did not know (about Parliament).” “It was cool to debate about the bill and pretend you were there,” agreed Fisher. For Cheyenne and her friends, the gift shop was a highlight, but Jackson didn’t see what he hoped to see in the store. “They didn’t have bobble head dolls,” of the party leaders, he said. The school will be holding a mock election for prime minister next week, but Jackson has already made up his mind who will not get his vote. “I know I’m not voting for Ignatieff,” said Jackson. When asked why, he responded, “Because of the TV ads. All of the commercials say he doesn’t like Canada, and he’s going to raise

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MISSISSIPPI MILLS – Mississippi Mills committee and council met on April 18 to hear several presentations and proposals. Committee reviewed the request of the Bicycle Month committee to use the Almonte Old Town Hall parking lot for a bike polo tournament in June. “Council should be in support of these Bicycle Month initiatives,” said Coun. Alex Gillis. “It will definitely be bringing people to the town and we’re just going to aid it by allowing access to places that cost nothing.” Committee had a significant discussion about the pros and cons over authorizing staff to prepare a lease agreement for the Mississippi River Power Corporation for the operation and maintenance of Metcalfe Park. “I could never support it because we fought for so long to get a park,” Coun. John Edwards said. The lease would give the power corporation the park area next to their existing property. They have improvements planned for the park that many councillors thought would be beneficial and without costing the town much money.

Coun. Gary Dalgity said, “the park will look like a rose garden by the time they’re done with it.”



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$995,000. Completely private 8.48 acre estate on prestigious North Shore, Big Rideau. Includes severed lot w/sauna building & easy access to water. Light & airy 3-level, 5bdr post & beam home: cathedral ceiling, 2-story Swedish stone FP, 3bthrs. Central vac & A/C. Beautiful screen porch overlooking breathtaking views. Garage. Large dock. Deep, clear water. Great swimming and boating! Janice Hastie-Waugh 613-283-5435.

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$253,000. Nature is right at your back door. Lovely 2 bdrm, 2 bthrm open concept condo in Cyrville. Close to shopping, restaurants, and much more. Gas fireplace. SS BBQ hooked up to natural gas. Personal locked access to Ken Steele park where there is bike/walking trails, playground, soccer and football fields. Vicki Behn-Belland 613-257-8856.

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$159,900. Rare cottage on the Mississippi River in scenic Pakenham. 35 minutes to the parliament buildings. 2 bdrms, living rm and large kitchen overlooking river. Minor variance already obtained to allow new building. 8 km of boating, good deep swimming. Minutes from Golf Course & Ski Hill. Incl. bunkie/wrkshp. Janice Hastie-Waugh 613-283-5435.

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SOLD $189,900. Less than an hour from Ottawa! Charming, very private, 2 bdrm cottage with 310’ frontage on quiet, clean, & secluded, spring-fed Robb’s Lake. Deck, large windows overlooking the lake. Includes sleeping cabin w/hydro. Tall pines. Great swimming, fishing, and canoeing! Janice Hastie-Waugh 613-283-5435.

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Giant pillow fight planned for Almonte

ALMONTE – Want to work out your aggression in a soft way, for a good cause? Well, a fundraiser at the Almonte Old Town Hall at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, will certainly be the biggest pillow fight Almonte has ever seen. The Family Fun Night, which will also feature two movies, Tangled and Despicable Me, is a fundraiser in support of Lupus Ontario. The event was organized by local photographer Robin Andrew, whose studio Unposed Photography, does just what its name says it does. “The whole premise behind the photography is to play and have fun and we wanted to extend that,” said Andrew. “Our original plan was to break a Guin-

ness world record. But that would’ve required 10,000 people, so we decided to scale it back a bit.” Andrew’s studio will provide pillow cases for $8, which participants can fill themselves. The cases can be purchased at Tag Along Toys in Kanata, Arts Carleton Place’s offices at 132 Coleman St., and at Blackbird gift shop, 79 Mill St., in Almonte. “After the pillow fight, you can lie on your pillow and watch the movie,” said Andrew. The two animated films were chosen because “everyone said that those movies were well worth seeing, and if you’d seen them before, they were well worth seeing again.” The event will raise money to find a cure for Lupus, defined by Health Canada as “a chronic, autoimmune disease in the

arthritis family that affects nearly one prizes. “I think it should be a lot of fun,” said in every 2,000 Canadians. This disease affects various parts of the body, most Andrew. “The pillow fight will be very frequently the skin, joints, blood and kid- family friendly. It won’t be a total free-forneys, and is often accompanied by severe all. Kids can only hit their parents, not joint and muscle pain, extreme exhaus- their brothers or sisters.” Volunteers will also be on hand to tion, fevers and skin rashes.” “I helped out at the Lupus gala last make sure that kids – and adults – follow year,” said Andrew of how she came to the rules. know about the disease. “(I took) a number of pictures of people with Lupus. I met a number of people locally who had it and realized it does not get a lot of coverage and support. They (Lupus victims) were just inspiring.” Coldwell Banker Rideau Heartland Realty Ltd. The event will also feature a BROKERAGE 50/50 draw to raise even more 23 Beckwith St. N., Suite 203, Lisa Brennan-Trudel Sales Representative*** Smiths Falls, ON, K7A 2B2 money, and there will be door An Independently Owned and Operated Member Broker of Coldwell Banker Affiliates of Canada 613-283-7788 ext. 27 463319




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$319,000 - This Victorian brick home has been tastefully updated & renovated but still maintaining the character & charm of the period. High ceilings, hardwood floors, oversized trims & moulding, and generous sized principal rooms are just a few of the prominent features. Paul Martin, 613-264-0123


$469,000 - Perfect Big Rideau setting, sandy frontage, level lot, million-dollar sunsets. The 76x224 foot lot has a well appointed 2 bedroom bungalow featuring a covered verandah overlooking the lake - newer family room addition. Paul Martin, 613-264-0123


$275,000 - Huntingdon Green - Perth’s luxury condominium backing onto the Tay River only minutes from the core of historic Perth and Perth Golf Club - this 2 bedroom unit is located on the ground floor with two walkout patio doors. Paul Martin, 613-264-0123


Christie Lake – Privacy, 140 feet of wonderful waterfront, low maintenenance bedroom summer or year-round home. So many extras – efficiency plus – heat pump and masonry fireplace; boathouse with sleeping accommodations, storage, hot tub; garage and workshop; boat ramp; automatic generator, etc. Glorious glassed and screened summer room for relaxing and entertaining. Call now for showing. $349,900. Call Barbara Shepherd, cell: 613-326-1361


$195,000 - 17 Alvin St. Perfect central location for this 2+1 bedroom bungalow. Features include efficient gas heat, large “l” shaped living/dining room with maple hardwood floors, spacious front foyer with closet, lovely updated kitchen with new maple cabinets & side door entrance from driveway, patio door to private rear yard and deck, master bedroom has a wall of cupboards & storage. Lower level sees a nicely finished family room with corner gas fireplace, large bedroom and great workshop/storage area. Lot is 60’ x 100’. Quiet neighbourhood, walk easily to downtown. MLS# 092103007016000. Call Sheri, 613-812-1215.

$249,900 - Pike Lake Very cute “A” frame cottage and bunkie located on the south shore of Pike Lake with excellent road access from Stanleyville. The lot is slightly tiered with good, great multi-level decking taking you right from the cottage to the dock, fire pit area and the rope swing at the water’s edge. The cottage consists of an open kitchen/dining/living area with cathedral, beamed ceiling finished in pine & a warming woodstove to take off the morning chill. 2 bedrooms with built-in bunk beds & storage, 3 piece bath with shower, large closet with washing machine & the pull-down stairs accesses the upper loft area. The 12’ x 12’ bunkie is perfect for guests or your teenagers. Most furniture, appliances & Fendock are included. Good parking, great neighbours. MLS# 09119110151100. Call Sheri at 613-812-1215. NEW LISTING

$234,000 - 516 Christie Lake Rd. (Glen Tay) - 12.9 Acres, unbelievable good value for this home & 12 acre property - 2 storey board & batten constructed house built in 1892 & solid as a rock - house has had everything imaginable updated, renovated or replaced including lath & plaster removed & drywall put in place, new oak kitchen with breakfast bar, both full baths updated, all plumbing, wiring (100 amp service), oil furnace & oil tank, all new thermopane windows & steel exterior doors, most flooring replaced, enclosed 3 season south facing sun room, wett compliant woodstove, lots of closets & storage space added - laundry on same level as bedrooms, master has attached office or nursery room - side door entrance into mud room – property consists of some open, some planted pines (3035 years old) & some mixed bush - great gardening potential! MLS# 091191601530800. Call Sheri at 613-812-1215

791 Black Lake Rd. - 125 ft. frontage with 1985 built 2-bdrm., 1 bath cottage with (2) furnished bunkies. Screened-in porch and large front deck. Great underside storage. Furnished, neat and tidy interior, turn key condition with immediate occupancy. $285,000. Lake water & septic system. Bob Ferguson - (C) 613-812-8871



BURGESSWOOD – Light and bright, elevated ceilings, lovely, warm and welcoming, spacious 5 bedroom home with 2 full baths on a beautiful private almost 3 acre lot in this wonderful community only 10-15 minutes to Perth. Many updates. 200 acres of recreational land and 4000 feet of gorgeous waterfront for residents. $328,900. Call Barbara Shepherd, cell: 613 326-1361

Enjoy privacy and panoramic views from this 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom log home on 3.9 acres in the heart of the Lanark Highlands. Open concept with stunning, central fieldstone fireplace separating spacious living/family room from large dine-in kitchen. $239,000. Norene & Christian Allan 613-812-0407

$188,000 - 901 Rutherford Side Rd. This home has incredible potential. Very nice layout some finishing required, mostly on the exterior of the home. Gorgeous, treed lot with a very private setting. Spacious eat-in kitchen has patio door & golden pine cabinets, formal living & dining rooms have full length bay windows & maple hardwood floors, lge bathroom on main level as well as full bath on the second level close to the good sized 4 bedrooms. Full basement has a finished family room, walk-in storage room, wood storage & utility area. Also walks out to the back yard. Attached dble garage has interior entrance into the kitchen. Being sold as is. Immediate possession. MLS# 091191602017102. Call Sheri 613-812-1215.






1296 Black Lake N. Shore Rd. – 190 ft. frontage with 1970 built 2-bdrm., 1 bath cottage with dry boathouse/workshop/bunkie and toolshed. Large front screened-in porch. Rustic, furnished with docks & boats on shore. Immediate occupancy. Lake water & holding tank(s). $289,000. Bob Ferguson - (C) 613-812-8871

$139,900 - 18 Brock St., N., Very affordable home to start out in. Everything has been totally renovated here. Nice open concept design featuring large living/dining room with lots of windows, eat-in kitchen with ceramic floors & back splash, lots of cabinets & built-in dishwasher. Upper level sees 2 generous sized bedrooms, each with good closet space & a large 4 piece bathroom. Maintenance free exterior with vinyl thermopane windows, vinyl siding, aluminum soffit & fascia, steel exterior doors. Covered front porch and rear deck off the kitchen. Newer gas furnace. 5 appliances included. Deep lot near the Tay. Possession May 1st. MLS# 092101001009400. Call Sheri, 613-812-1215.



$199,000 - 1,600 sq. ft., 2-storey home is located in Perthmore subdivision in the town of Perth. The 60x128 ft. lot backs onto a natural treed area. Great potential for someone willing to do cosmetic overhaul. Paul Martin, 613-264-0123

HUNTINGDON GREEN CONDO – Glorious views of the Tay River – light filled and spacious 2 bedroom 2 bath condo – 1600 sq. ft. – the very best location in this elegant and prestigious building. Unique twosided fireplace plus many other upgrades. Heated indoor parking and one outdoor spot as well. Just in time to enjoy relaxing in your “summer room” – glass and screen enclosed porch. $388,900. Call Barbara Shepherd cell: 613 326-1361

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$549,000 - This 1817 stone home has been tastefully renovated and restored – approximately 3220 sq. ft., the home features 10’8” ceilings, pine & hardwood floors, original heritage 12&24 pane windows, deep sills with working interior shutters, oversized trim & mouldings and a gorgeous dream kitchen. Paul Martin, 613-264-0123

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Mississippi Mills gets official puppet spokesperson BRIER DODGE

MISSISSIPPI MILLS - Town council got up close and personal with the friendly Miss Mills on April 18. Miss Mills is the town’s official puppet, designed by puppet artist Noreen Young. It took Young 80 hours over the course of a month to design the puppet, which she finalized as a golden yellow, blue haired girl with large eyes. “It uses the colours and designs of the town logo, with the M on the top of the hat,” said Young. Jennifer Sheffield, a teacher at Almonte District High School, will be the pupeteer responsible for Photo by Brier Dodge bringing Miss Mills to life. “She’s going to give Miss Mississippi Mills Mayor John Levi, left, was happy to meet the town’s new puppet mascot, Miss Mills and her puppet artist Noreen Young at the town council meeting on April 18. The puppet Mills personality,” said Young. will appear at different town events and festivals throughout the year.

Young will be responsible for touching up paint and making sure Miss Mills looks her best at all times. Miss Mills is fortunate to have a head that can spin and a mouth that moves, so she can speak up and be the face of upcoming events and campaigns throughout

the town. “She’s already been the poster girl for the pitch in campaign,” Young said. “She will be the spokesperson for Mississippi Mills and she will be bringing everyone’s attention to events and attractions.”


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Tags common form of vandalism said Salisbury. When the vandals returned to repeat their crimes, the high school students got up-

set and reported the incidents. “We have to get it (graffiti) reported to us,” said Salisbury. “Every incident needs to be reported…The quicker you get it removed, or covered up, the better.” Mississippi Mills Mayor John Levi took part in a public forum on graffiti in Carleton Place earlier this month, and he was surprised at some of what he saw. “I was shocked at how much of it was in Almonte that I didn’t see,” said Levi. “It has increased.” “Some of the communities have realized that it is very artistic,” said committee member Anne Mason. As such, the Ottawa suburb of Orleans created

a graffiti wall, with the help of a local youth group. Not all committee members were convinced by Mason’s argument for graffiti walls though. “The communities where they’ve tried it (a graffiti wall), it’s gotten out of control,” said Salisbury. “It’s called the creep effect…It just keeps going. Experts are saying it’s not a good plan.” Salisbury also pointed out that allowing a graffiti wall could be construed as “we’re promoting a criminal offence.” While the Town of Mississippi Mills has a graffiti policy, the committee passed a motion recommending that town council pass an anti-graffiti bylaw.

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Const. Lori Lobinowich of the OPP presented at a graffiti elimination strategy meeting on April 12 in Carleton Place. The OPP are launching a new effort to crack down on graffiti vandals and do clean-up in Carleton Place and Almonte.

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Tags can also help identify how many people are marking up the community. Lobinowich estimated there are currently five active graffiti artists in the Carleton Place and Almonte area, with the same tags seen in both towns. “One person can do a lot of damage,” said Const. Trish Varrin. She said that a large section of graffiti that the untrained eye may guess took hours to complete can be finished in 10 to 15 minutes. The officers reviewed different initiatives they hope to have in the community to clean up graffiti and are launching a prevention campaign targeted at parents to help identify if their child may be producing graffiti. Signs to look for include heavy backpacks filled with spray paint, smell of paint or stains on hands, and possession of materials like painting masks for unknown reasons. “There are kids who are obsessive about their tag,” said Lobinowich. “It’s on their notebooks, everywhere.” Carleton Place mayor Wendy LeBlanc and councillors were in attendance and happy to take on the challenge issued by Insp. Gerry Salisbury. “I want to issue a challenge to the municipalities,” he said. “I want to send a representative to each and you to identify three spots with issues and report back.” Salisbury presented to the Mississippi Mills police services board on Thursday, April 14. “The graffiti is not gang-related, I will make that very clear,” said Salisbury. There are several Mississippi Mills hot spots in the area that are prime targets like the Almonte and District Community Centre, abutments to the railway bridge, and the passageway from Mill Street to the parking lot of the Barley Mow pub, where TYPS (Taking Young People Seriously) is located. Salisbury reported that Canada Post was on board with getting graffiti off of its mail boxes in the area, and by applying a graffiti-proof skin to the exterior of their boxes. He also pointed out that while graffiti was found in the vicinity of TYPS, the OPP was actually working with TYPS and the Carleton Place and District Youth Centre and their membership to address the problem. “We are hoping to see some progress in the next month,” said Salisbury I think we will see some success. We need to work as a team.” He referred the committee to a graffiti program set up in Collingwood, Ont.

“They got the youth involved from area high schools, and repainted over it (area graffiti),”

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Bluebird’s call means spring is here LYNDA C. BENNETT

to report juncos, a pleated woodpecker, turkey vultures soaring, and six mourning doves.

kinglet in Smiths Falls that day. The date was April 12. Georgina had been to their home to look for this bird but it did not show up. We decided to try again April 16. Joyce mentioned that the fox sparrow had been there 15 minutes before we arrived Saturday morning. We saw the white-throated sparrow looking freshly groomed. Eleven dark-eyed juncos, three American tree sparrows, plus two song sparrows and two American robins were busily seeking food. At last, the fox sparrow came into view under the closest spruce tree. Wow! What a wonderful view of this northern breeder. It will soon be flying north. Returning home, there in our backyard were six fox sparrows! I’ve never seen that many in the same place. East of Ramsay ward, Ray Sample called

Strictly for the Birds

Friday, April 15, the month being half over, Georgina Doe and I decided to look for reported eastern bluebirds. I had had a call from David Donaldson, Pakenham ward, that the first bluebirds were back April 14. He has set up a bluebird trail on his property. We looked all along the road, but nothing was moving around the nest boxes. As we prepared to leave, a bird song broke out. Where was it? Just behind us on the telephone wire sat the male bluebird! Definitely, spring is here. A second report, this time from Carleton Place, from Joyce and Mike Jaques, told of a fox sparrow in their garden. Joyce told us of seeing a golden-crowned

PHEASANTS On Bellamy Road, White Lake area, Elizabeth Morsink said her husband watched a male ring-necked pheasant as it walked through their farmyard April 13. In Almonte, Valerie McDonald noted the osprey that was back on the nest at the ball diamond, on Country Street. On Aberdeen Island, Mississippi Lake, Irma Jackson reports the bald eagle nest was blown down in the strong winds last week. The eagle was sitting on it, likely brooding eggs, the past two weeks. Please call Lynda: 613-256-5013, or email:, with bird reports.

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YOUR GUIDE TO LOCAL HOUSES OF WORSHIP St. Paul’s Anglican Church 62 Clyde St., Almonte Parish Office 613 256-1771 Incumbent Rev. Pat Martin Maundy Thursday Eucharist - 7:00pm Good Friday Liturgy - 11:00am Holy Saturday Great Easter Vigil - 7:30pm Easter Sunday Worship 8:00am - Quiet Traditional 9:15am - Choir and organ 11:00am - Contemporary praise We share a coffee hour between the services at about 10:30am Come and be welcome!

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 Office Hours: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Mon-Fri. For Transportation call the office. All 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

Almonte Baptist Church 207 Reserve St. 613.256.5655 Pastor: Paul Benson 11:00 a.m. - Sunday Morning Worship Nursery Care and Junior Church Available 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

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. St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church 28 Hawthorne Ave., CP Fr. Augustine Mendonça, 613-257-1284, 613-257-1630 Easter Celebration Schedule Holy Thursday – April 21st 7pm – Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Adoration until Midnight) Good Friday – April 22nd 9:30 am – Stations of the Cross 3pm – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion Saturday – Easter Vigil – April 23rd Mass – 8am Easter Sunday – April 24th Masses – 9am & 10:30am HANDICAP ACCESS

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. George’s Anglican Church, Clayton Easter Services: Maundy Thurs. Apr 21 7:00 pm Good Friday Apr 22 11:00 am Easter Sunday Apr 24 11:30 am


St. James Anglican Church 225 Edmund Street, Carleton Place, Ontario • 613.257.3178 Web site: Maundy Thursday April 21st NO 10am Holy Eucharist 7:30pm Holy Eucharist, Stripping of the Altar, Foot Washing Good Friday April 22nd 10am Church open for Organ Voluntaries and Prayer 11am Solemn Liturgy and Meditation on the Cross 2pm Youth Group meets in the Hall to watch “Jesus Christ Superstar” Sunday April 24th Easter Day 8am Holy Eucharist 10am Festive Choral Eucharist Church School Thursday April 28th 10am Holy Eucharist Rector The Rev. David Andrew Organist Mr. Ralph Langtry Choir Director Pat Grainger 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 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

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 Date Ashton Munster April 21 No Service 7:30pm April 22 10:00am No Service April 24 11:00am 9:30am 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 Franktown & Innisville 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. All are welcome!

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 Eternal Hope Anglican Church Affiliated with the Anglican Network in Canada Come, worship with us! APRIL Sunday Services and Children’s Program at 10:00 am 7:30 pm - Maundy Thursday Service Holy Communion with Neil Stephens 22nd - 1 pm - Good Friday Service 24th - Easter Service “Come Celebrate the Resurrection” 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 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 Maundy Thursday April 21 7p.m. Good Friday April 22 10 a.m Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m. The porch lamp is lit. Nursery Available Every Sunday Handicap Access



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BOUQUET OF THANKS FOR 30 YEARS The Blossom Shop at 167 Bridge St., in Carleton Place was recently honoured for 30 years worth of participation in the Welcome Wagon program. Above, Welcome Wagon representative Sharon Shea shares a laugh with Yvonne Kilpatrick, right, owner of the Blossom Shop, during a plaque presentation ceremony on April 14.

For good or for ill, Parliament Hill is a place for winners, and a relay race team from St. Mary’s also won a big race amongst 31 other schools from eastern Ontario on April 14. The student racers ran a circuit from the Centennial Flame, up around the circular driveway in front of Parliament to the Peace Tower and back round the driveway to the flame. The day started off for the students with a demonstration from a group of wheelchair athletes. “They were pretty fast,” said Nick Vala, 11. “They did a lap faster than we could run.” “They were like a minute faster than us,” said fellow runner Jessica Patten, 11. Nick was impressed with the upper body strength of the wheelchair athletes. “There was this one guy who had a muscle shirt and his muscles were just popping out,” said Nick. Even though the St. Mary’s team ultimately proved victorious, Nick walked up to Parliament Hill with great trepidation. “I thought we were going to get beat,” he admitted. “At the start of the race, my legs were shak-

by Jessica. “I lapped five people,” said Jessica. “We were really happy,” with the win, added Jessica. “It was pretty exciting to win that.”

ing. But we had a good start.” Nick and Jessica followed their coach’s advice, to keep their pace. Nick credited fellow runner John Stewart with a strong start, and with a very good showing

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Tree Walks and Talks Tree Bike Ride Sunday, May 1, 9AM Guest Speaker Diana Beresford-Kroeger Wednesday, May 4, 7:30PM,

Film Night Wednesday, April 27, 7PM, Pakenham Arena Hall: The Man Who Planted Trees and Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathi

Almonte Old Town Hall. The Global Forest: Its Impact on the Health and Wealth of the Planet.

Tree Seedling Sales Contact Bonnie Hawkins 256-1077 before April 15 to order seedlings of Norway Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce or Fraser Fir. $1 each. Unlimited quantities.

Pitch-In Saturday, April 16, 9AM–NOON Pitch-In bags available at Nicholson’s Sundries, Pakenham; Clayton General Store; community mailboxes in Appleton; Baker Bob’s; and the Recreation and Culture office in Almonte’s Old Town Hall. 461985

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Sponsored by the Mississippi Mills Beautification Committee. For more information please call Nicole Guthrie, 256-1077, ext. 22

Municipal Matters • Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Questions can be directed to Wayne Fraser (phone 613-257-6203) (

TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2011 7:00p.m: Council Followed by: Policy Review Committee Major Topics: Social Media

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Proposal documents will be available at the Carleton Place Town office on Tuesday April 19, 2011 for a non refundable fee of $25.00 (HST included). Cash, cheque, or debit card are accepted. No credit cards please.


NOTE: To be eligible to submit a Proposal, contractors must be represented at an on-site tour of the three buildings to be demolished. The tour will be held at 1:00pm on Tuesday April 26, 2011.

FOR THE DEMOLITION and REMOVAL OF THREE MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS AND ANCILLARY STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 7 BECKWITH STREET, 12/14 BECKWITH Information STREET and 8 Beckwith SERVICES – EASTER MONDAY Community brought toCOLLECTION you by the Town of Carleton Place Street Garbage and recycling collection services are unchanged for Easter The Town of Carleton Place (OWNER) is seeking proposals from Monday (April 25, 2011). Please ensure all items are at the curb qualified Contractors for the removal/demolition of the buildings before 7am. and ancillary structures located on the Town owned property at 7 Beckwith Street (old CTC store), 8 Beckwith Street(Snow White HOSPITAL BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING: Laundry Mat) and 12/14 Beckwith Street (duplex-Residential). APRIL 27, 2011 Quotations will be received by: The meetings start at 6:30 PM in the hospital Boardroom on April Dave Young, Director of Public Works 27, 2011. To ensure space is available, individuals wishing to attend 175 Bridge Street. Hospital Board meetings must give at least 24 hours notice to the Carleton Place, On. Board Secretary. The Board may limit the number of attendees if K7C 2V8 space is insufficient. Please send an email to info@carletonplacehosp. up until and including 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 com.


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