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him secure a try-out. Parker’s path to soccer stardom was just beginning. Following this, Parker was scouted by the eastern Ontario regional team and won a spot on the squad. He was eventually asked to try out for the provincial team. After playing with the provincial team for the past three years, and winning national championships twice, he scored the opportunity to play a number of international games and travelled to Europe on three different occasions. While Parker would like to play professional soccer one day, he knows education is vital for his future. A number of American universities have been contacting him to attend training camps, and Parker says playing at the NCAA level and working towards a degree would be the best option to have something to fall back on. “After I graduate perhaps I can focus on a professional career in soccer,� said Parker. “I’m thinking on the positive side that along with having soccer in my life, I also need to have an education to fall back on in the future. “Anything can happen in soccer at any time, injuries can throw you out of the game for life. Therefore, you will need something to fall back on which for me will be my education. That’s why I am choosing to go to university and play soccer at the same time instead of trying to go straight into the pros.� Finding a balance between school and sport is not

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Sports – Richard Parker has always dreamed of playing professional soccer. It was in Canada where he first picked up a soccer ball, was taught the basics of the game from his brothers, as well as a few moves which he soon began using on the soccer field. His passion for the game has taken him around the world, and now Parker is working on furthering his education while playing for the men’s soccer league in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. But the journey itself was challenging. When he was very young, he went through a series of hardships: leaving a refugee camp in Ghana amidst the nightmare of war, losing his father, and moving to Ledbury-Banff in Ottawa. “All the experiences my family went through to get to where they are today in life has made me very strong on the field and in my every day life,� he said. The first team Parker started playing for was the Ottawa International Soccer Club with his older brother, Michael. His teacher, Patrick Mascoe, devoted much of his spare time to driving both boys to soccer practices. Parker was a Grade 4 student at Charles Hulse Public School when Mascoe, who taught at a Kanata Lakes-based school, discovered the boy had a great talent. “One day I was walking out on the schoolyard and I saw this little boy standing on top of the soccer ball,� said Mascoe. It was then that Mascoe approached Richard and asked him if he could enter a cross-country meet. “He took off and ran as fast as he could and took a big lead on everyone, and I was like, I am going to

who trains five days a week, plus must complete homework and assignments. He currently attends Bill Crothers Secondary School, an athletic-based high school located in Markham, Ont, which he began attending during the second semester of Grade 9. He was able to get in because the national team’s soccer coach wrote a letter of reference. The school understands the responsibilities athletes have when it comes to training, so they provide them with flexibility in their school schedule, he said. So far, the school experience has been a phenomenal one for Parker, who won a Student of Success Award for the York Regional School Board, of which only 25 are handed out. Parker knows the success wouldn’t have been possible without support from his family, teachers, and mentors like Mascoe. He said winning the Canadian championships was a highlight. Not to mention scoring two goals against FC Zurich in Switzerland. Another high point was scoring against Brazil at the Mondial Pupilles Tournament in France in 2013. His secret to chasing his dreams, he said, has always been about believing in himself. “Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do something or that you don’t belong because of your race, your skills, your age,� he said. “Stand up for what you believe in and always stay on the positive side no matter what.�

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News - As city council rounds the corner on the final year of its term, Mayor Jim Watson can check almost every single election promise off his list. All but one – reducing the size of city council. “I thought there would be greater support,” Watson said during a yearend chat with the Ottawa East News on Dec. 19. Even though Ottawa has the most elected representatives per capita of any major Canadian city except for Montreal, it’s also a big city, and shrinking council means expanding wards, Watson said. When council voted against his idea in favour of waiting until a scheduled 2015 review of council’s size, with it died another Watson campaign idea that intrgued many community activists: the concept of local “borough councils” made up of citizens who could advise the city on how decisions would affect their areas. “My plan, because I announced it at the same time, was a package deal,” Watson said. “With that went the idea of the borough council, because I saw them as intertwined,” he said. The purpose of making council smaller was to transfer some of that power to “smaller, regional blocs,” he said. “I’ll have to decide over the course of the next several months as I put together my platform for 2014 where I am going to go on that issue,” Watson said. He’s still of the opinion that a borough council system wouldn’t work without accompanying reforms and reductions to the size of council, but the current council works together so harmoniously that perhaps the reforms he suggested when the last tumultuous council was in power aren’t really needed, Watson said. “I am much more optimistic that

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Mayor Jim Watson sits down for a year-end chat with the Ottawa South News in his office on Dec. 19. the local voices through the individual councillors (are) in fact getting through,” he said. That wasn’t the case in the last council, the mayor said. Decisions were being made downtown with little regard to how those choices affected the suburbs or rural area. “I think a lot of that had to do, quite frankly, with the fact that there was a sense that that council just was not working well together,” Watson said. The mayor admitted the system only works that way if the elected councillors endeavour to listen to their residents and put regional squabbling aside. “I think it gives us and the public an incentive to make sure when we’re electing men and women to serve office that they bring forward a perspective that part of their job is actually to work collaboratively with one another,” he said.

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Even a borough system wouldn’t eliminate the problem of a decision that’s good for one area adversely affecting another area. “You’re never going to find a perfect system,” the mayor said. Watson said he doesn’t spend

enough time touting how this council has tried to increase public participation in “real” decision making. Under his leadership, the city transformed its councillor-composed transit committee into a commission that includes four citizen members. The same goes for the board that oversees Ottawa Public Health and now includes independent public members. The city’s built heritage committee was “upgraded” from an advisory group to a decision-making subcommittee, while still including citizen members. The other advisory committees also got an overhaul: in 2012, the city axed 10 of its 15 citizen advisory groups, saving $190,000 annually. Although the number of citizens who have the privilege to sit on those bodies and participate in decision making is very limited, “It’s a start,” the mayor said. Watson declared almost immediately after the 2010 election that he planned to run again, but don’t expect him to have any council candidates he supports standing beside him. Watson won’t campaign as part of a slate of candidates and he “doesn’t intend” to endorse anyone running for council, he said. “I can’t give you a definitive ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on that except to say it is certainly not my intention (to endorse

anyone),” he said. “I didn’t do it last time because I had enough on my plate.” Moments later, Watson said he was happy with the performance of the councillor who represents his ward – Bay Coun. Mark Taylor, who worked for Watson as his executive assistant when he was an MPP – and said he “look(s) forward to supporting him again.” But the mayor said all members of council have contributed greatly, but he won’t “pass judgment on who should stay and who should go.” Watson won’t hesitate to publically call out candidates who make false statements during the election, he said. Although Watson said he has seen commentary recently that he will establish a slate of candidates to run alongside him, that’s not the case, he said. “No, I don’t believe in slates. I don’t believe in parties,” Watson said. “I’m wishing all my colleagues the best, but my intention is to focus on my election.” Slates become de facto political parties, he said, and that should be avoided. “When you have a party, you have to feed the party. You feed the party with money and you’re always fundraising. That’s not a good way of governing,” he said.

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News - Natasha Rose was feeling extremely anxious, fatigued and overwhelmed after the birth of her second child. “I ended up having a really bad, what I’d call, a panic attack. I didn’t know what was happening to me,” she said. “It was the most paralyzing and debilitating thing I’ve ever experienced. I didn’t know how I was going to take care of my two children.” Mother to Shea, 3, and Camille, nine months, a visit to the doctor confirmed that Rose was experiencing severe postpartum anxiety, a SUBMITTED form of postpartum depression. Natasha Rose created a webpage to help mothers experiencing “I’d never felt depressed before,” postpartum depression, after her own diagnosis when she found it said the Kanata woman. But she difficult to find and access resources. wasn’t able to take part in any of

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her day-to-day activities. She said she was lucky she has a supportive husband, Kurtis, who helped her through. Although hospitals give new moms a package of information, there’s almost nothing mentioned about postpartum depression – nurses only give a verbal warning, Rose said, adding that although public health nurses call one week after the birth, that’s too soon. One of the biggest misconceptions about postpartum depression is that it happens right away, she said, but symptoms can take weeks or months to show. Rose, who works in the developmental and services worker program at Algonquin College, began researching postpartum depression online, asking questions on social message boards and talking with other mothers. “What I realized in my own personal search is that it’s difficult to find and access resources,” she said. “When you feel that bad it can be difficult to advocate for yourself. “These women helped me, they gave me strength.” As she struggled to find solutions that worked for her, an idea popped into her head. She created a Facebook group – Moms Helping Moms with Postpartum Depression – in August to be an online social community of support where people can ask questions and find resources. She shared her own story in the hope that it could help others. “For me, the major (hurdle) was saying ‘I’m not OK’ and asking for help,” she said. “You think people will think and wonder what’s wrong with you. “I felt like if I became transparent it would help other women.” From there, it just took off, she said. She created a webpage and hosted a get together with other mothers. She said she wants to create a free “one-stop shop” for mothers with postpartum depression, with links to resources, articles and suggestions about what helped her. “You can go to one place and find most of what you’re looking for,” she said. “From there it became my mission and my goal.” She said she doesn’t give advice, but options. “The response has been overwhelming,” Rose said. “People are coming forward to share their stories.” Jen Perlin, founder of the website kidsinkanata.com, helped host the get together late last year. The two have been friends since their sons were born on the same day. “When she told me that she had postpartum depression after having her daughter I was really surprised. I didn’t know anything was going on,” said Perlin. “She started the Face-

book group and when I saw how quickly it was growing … I thought, ‘She found a need.’ “When I learned more of the frustrations that she went through I was really blown away at the lack of resources. There’s definitely a gap. Hopefully this can start filling the gap.” The first event went really well, said Perlin. Around eight women showed up and began sharing their stories about dealing with postpartum depression. “We all just really connected; everyone was really open with sharing stories,” said Perlin. “One woman told Natasha that she saved her life. Hearing that definitely made all the effort totally worth it.” ERASE THE STIGMA

With a background in education, Rose’s goal is to raise awareness about postpartum depression and help erase the stigma attached to the diagnosis. In talking with others, she’s heard more than a few mothers say they were scared to go to the hospital and seek help because they thought their children would be taken away from them. But getting help is the most important thing a mother can do, said Rose. “Find someone you trust so you can say ‘Look, I don’t feel well.’” There are various levels of postpartum depression (courtesy of postpartum.net), which include: • Postpartum depression: feelings of anger, sadness, irritability, guilt, lack of interest in the baby, changes in eating and sleeping habits, inability to concentrate or thoughts of self-harming or hurting the baby. • Postpartum anxiety: feelings of losing control, extreme worries and fears, panic attacks, shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, numbness and tingling. • Postpartum obsessive-compulsive disorder: repetitive, upsetting and unwanted thoughts or mental images, feel the need to do things over and over to reduce anxiety. • Postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder: often caused by a traumatic or frightening childbirth, symptoms can include flashbacks of the trauma and feelings of anxiety, the need to avoid things related to the event. • Postpartum psychosis: can include hallucinations, believing things that aren’t true, mistrusting others, periods of confusion and memory loss. This is a severe and dangerous condition and anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate help. “We can’t do everything. We all need a little bit of help sometimes,” said Rose. “My new motto is ‘Just ask.’ I’m not afraid anymore. “It doesn’t last forever. There is hope,” she added. “In the darkness, there is light.” For more information, visit Rose’s webpage momshelpingmoms.ca or search Facebook for Moms Helping Moms with Postpartum Depression.


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appy New Year. Have you made your resolutions yet? I typically don’t bother making resolutions at New Year. I like to start early – in November – or wait until February when everyone else has failed, having buried their resolutions in that extra-long to-do list. As it turns out, I wasn’t organized enough this year to start early. I didn’t even have my Christmas shopping done on Dec. 24, truth be told, and now I find myself too impatient to wait six weeks. So here it is: I resolve to become a winter runner. This may sound easy since I wrote about building myself up to a five kilometre run last April. (You’ve heard of the couch to five kilometres? That was me, pushing a baby stroller). But after

BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse forcing myself to run three times each week, somewhere around mid-November I gave it all up. The reason I stopped was threefold. First, with the time change, it was getting harder to run first thing in the morning. I kept it up for a few weeks, but then I caught a cold, so I had a forced break while my respiratory system recovered. Ten days later, just as I was safely out of the running habit, the mercury dropped to -20 C with the wind chill and I found

myself both ill-equipped and uninterested in torturing my body. A Christmastime haircut and a chance encounter with a neighbour – who’s a running fanatic – has changed my mind. First, the hair stylist, in her fifties, was fit as a fiddle. Being the nosey journalist I am, I asked her what she did for exercise. “Running,” she said. “I’ve been running regularly for 30 years. It’s the only thing that always fits in my schedule,

wherever I am in the world and whatever I’m doing. “ This was impressive. I told her how I’d fallen out of the running habit. I included all my wellrehearsed excuses in an attempt to get sympathy. “Get back into it,” she encouraged me. “There’s nothing better than running 21 km when it’s -21 C outside.” Woah, 21 km? Her goals were way more ambitious than mine. I was really just looking to get off the couch again. (My biggest fear is dying of a blood clot in my mid-thirties due to sitting at my desk all day, where my legs tend to go numb from the feet up when I’m involved in an interesting article and forget to move). The next day, I ran into my neighbor, recently returned from a 15-km run in a bitter cold wind.

He’s about 15 years my senior. I asked him about equipment required for winter running. I was expecting – and maybe sort of hoping – he’d tell me that I required a lot of expensive gear, something that would give me an excuse to stay on the couch. But he made everything simple and inexpensive. He told me what was ideal to wear and then he showed me what he was actually wearing – a basic fleece, a hat and his regular shoes. Three things I already own. So maybe I have just been making excuses. And believe me, I’ve had a ton of excuses – everything from being too tired, to having a cheese hangover after a ladies’ night in. You know, when your body feels so fat from eating cheese that you can’t possibly do the best

thing for yourself, which is a likely exercise. But in that self-defeating way, your body just tells you to eat more cheese – for breakfast. But Jan. 1 has been and gone. I’m pretty sure all that cheese and sitting has caused me to gain five pounds. To be honest, I’ve been too scared to step on the scale. What I do know is that I’ve been opting for jeans with a little stretch in the waistline, rather than the skinny jeans I had been wearing following four months of steady running. Why is it so much easier to gain five pounds than to lose it? So no more excuses. Auld Lang Syne has been sung. I’m going to get out there and see if running in subzero temperatures on ice kills me or makes me stronger. I’ll let you know if I make it beyond mid-February.

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he year 2013 brought some important news to Ottawa. Light-rail is now underway although it will take many years before we get to ride the rails. After so many years of stops and starts, getting the project started for real is a major accomplishment. The redevelopment of Lansdowne Park will be completed much sooner, so we have that to look forward to in 2014. The RedBlacks start play on a brand new field this summer and the Ottawa Fury will kick off pro soccer at Lansdowne too. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good for everyone â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not just sports fans â&#x20AC;&#x201C; because sports bring fans into the city on a regular basis and they spend money on accommodations and entertainment. It may be too much to wish for the Senators to win a Stanley Cup this spring given their current form, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no doubt that with a little more experience the team could be good to challenge for the Cup in 2015 and for years to come. For political junkies, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a municipal election in 2014 and a provincial election is a real possibility. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a possible trifecta in the offing if Stephen Harper decides to go to the polls too. Our wish list for 2014 includes a temperate winter,

with days and evenings just right for a skate down the Rideau Canal. An early spring would be welcome after that. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d also like to see the city, province, federal government and the NCC come up with a plan that fixes truck issues in the core and causes the least possible disruption for the citizens of Ottawa. And speaking of bridges, we can only hope to see the city complete one bridge this year. Maybe it will be the Strandherd-Armstrong span across the Rideau River in the south end or maybe it will be the pedestrian bridge over the Airport Parkway. One would be nice so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not still hoping this time next year. Other construction plans call for infill in many neighbourhoods. While no one may want a highrise near home, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan to make the best possible use of land within the Greenbelt â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and especially around transit hubs â&#x20AC;&#x201C; deserves support. Infill sure beats sprawl beyond our current urban boundary. The continued strength of our annual festivals is worth wishing for too. From the Tulip Festival to blues and jazz fests, the events are what make it great to live in this city. Bring on 2014.

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ix things Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to do next year: 1. Take the bus. Retired people get out of the habit of getting on the bus, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crazy that I spend so much time driving around looking for parking spaces or paying large amounts to parking garages. It makes me grouchy. Meanwhile there are a lot of places I can get to easily on the bus. Getting downtown or visiting somebody at the hospital is a breeze. Even with fare hikes, I save money and get there in a better frame of mind. It might even be community-minded of me: if more people use the system, the system will thrive and improve. Plus, Ottawa will have a sparkling new system by the time Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m 130, so I might as well get used to it. 2. Hear more live music. Just when you discover a new favourite club, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gone, replaced by a spa or a money mart, depending on which part of town youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because people arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t turning up, except maybe in festival season. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always tempting to stay home and catch your music on iTunes or YouTube or whatever, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something about live music and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something about supporting local musicians. As an occasional musi-

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CHARLES GORDON Funny Town cian myself, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m guilty of not going out to hear my fellow musicians frequently enough. (And theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re guilty too.) The principle of use it or lose applies here. If we want places to play, we have to help those places stay in business â&#x20AC;&#x201D; particularly those that pay a decent wage. 3. Go to more SkyHawks games. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very good basketball, high-scoring and exciting. Plus, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good family atmosphere. Afternoon games have mascots and child-oriented entertainers to add to the action. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more music than you need during the play, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. And the Canadian Tire Centre is way too large: even a respectable-sized basketball crowd is lost in there. Also, the Canadian Tire Centre is where the Canadian Tire Cen-

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tre is â&#x20AC;&#x201D; namely, on the outskirts of nowhere. But the small crowds do mean that parking and getting in and out are far easier than during Senators games. When Lansdowne is completed, the SkyHawks will move down to the Civic Centre, which will be more intimate. But they need to survive. The principle of use it or lose it applies here as well. Remember, we had some pretty good baseball in this town and lost it at least in part because we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get out to see it. 4. Spend more time at the National Gallery. Because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always there and the exhibitions are on for lengthy periods of time, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy for me to put off going to the Gallery. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no way it should be taken for granted. The building is a masterpiece and the collections are, for lack of a better phrase, world-class. Why wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t I be there all the time? You could apply the same reasoning to the National Arts Centre and the War Museum, which are not as appreciated or as patronized as they should be. Living in a government town does that to you: you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t appreciate what you have. 5. Cut down, at least a bit, on complaining. This flows from the previous point. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t appreciate what we have and we think our

problems, which are often problems of affluence â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the second computer doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t connect to the WiFi! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; actually matter. Meanwhile, there are people with real problems who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t getting enough of our attention. 6. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t buy a musical toothbrush. I saw this advertised on TV, more than a few times, while watching small bits of a Christmas movie between large bits of commercials. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s battery-operated and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a selection of tunes it will play, in order to entice you or your children or your grandchildren to brush their teeth more often. I have decided against it.

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2013: news highlights from July to December A series of robberies in the Greenboro-Hunt Club area, the election of John Fraser as Ottawa South MPP, and the invasion of zombie hunters and wizards at the Ernst & Young Centre for the region’s first ever pop culture convention – 2013 was an eventful year in south Ottawa. In this week’s issue, we conclude our year in review, focusing on the months of July to December. JULY

A splash pad in Fairlea Park was gaining headway and slated for completion in August. as summer heats up. Preparation began in May for the Glouceser-Southgate ward’s second splash pad, but the councillor for the area notes a few hiccups have caused the project to have a later construction start date. Coun. Diane Deans said overall, Mother Nature was not been kind with less than ideal weather required for successful construction of the splash pad. The Ottawa Police Service’s Direct Action Response Team squad paid a visit to the Hunt Club Park Community Association’s meeting on June 25 to deliver this message. When asked by a resident if gang activity was growing, Sgt. Marco

Dinardo said he believed it was, but reassured those in attendance police had cleaned up some trouble spots in the past, such as Russell and Walkley roads. The 31st edition of HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) Volleyball SummerFest is set to take place July 13 at Mooney’s Bay Beach. Originally inspired by Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope run in 1981, 2013 saw a total of 1,032 teams engage in a little friendly competition on 86 courts while raising funds for six deserving charities. OC Transpo was looking for a name for its new light rail system, the O-Train as well an underground segment of the rail line, which had been known as the “Confederation Line.” Hunt Club Park residents want the Alta Vista transportation corridor finished before it starts work on a Main Street redesign. The $55-million Alta Vista project, aimed at easing traffic flows in the south and east ends of the city, will see a 1.2-kilometre stretch of road linking Riverside Drive and the TranFILE sitway the Ottawa Hospital campus Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans celebrated the official opening of the new splash pad at Fairlea ring road. See YEAR, page 10

Park in the Albion/Heatherington community on Aug. 22. A barbecue, sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa with assistance from Ottawa Community Housing, took place after the official unveiling.

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The city’s road safety staff introduced a new seasonal traffic strategy on a portion of Springland Drive in River Ward, one of 12 projects throughout the city, said River ward Coun. Maria McRae. The city hoped the traffic calming pilot project would help to curb speeding, especially near schools and parks, in the area. The race to represent Ottawa South heated up in late July. A byelection was scheduled for Aug. 1 to replace Dalton McGuinty, the riding’s long-serving MPP and former premier. Some of the candidates included John Fraser (Liberal), Matt FILE Young (Progressive Conservative), In August, we spent a day following Jim Watson as he attended a diverse array of community events, Bronwyn Funiciello (NDP), Taylor activities and public announcements.. Howarth (Green Party), Jean-Serge Brisson (Ontario Libertarian Party),

Tivadar Banfavli (Independent Party) and John Redins, (Party for People with Special Needs). A new conference centre and banquet facility is slated for construction on the corner of Uplands Drive and Hunt Club Road. The conference centre will provide meeting space for community groups and businesses in the south Ottawa area, said Anu Sohal, owner of Linden Developments, which has been working on the approximately $12-million project for nearly three years. AUGUST

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Ottawa South is still Liberal red. Liberal John Fraser won the Aug. 1 byelection in Ottawa South, following in the footsteps of his former boss, Dalton McGuinty. Fraser took 14,925 votes, defeating Progressive Conservative candidate Matt Young, who received 13,631 votes. The result was a surprise for anyone who followed polls published in the week prior to the voting, as Young was predicted to win the byelection. When Karen Hill’s good friend Heather Geddie was diagnosed with brain cancer, she knew she had to do something to honour her memory. To keep her memory alive, friends, organized the inaugural South Ottawa Race Day last year, running in honour of their friend and raising $100,000 for brain cancer research. The event took place on Sept. 29 and is destined to become even bigger and better, she said. Speeding, break and enters, theft, youth crime and property offences are the top crime concerns in south Ottawa, say police. The Ottawa Police Service released their annual crime, police, and traffic statistics report for all the city’s wards, and in the south, found that property crime rose 16 per cent in Alta Vista, nearly two per cent in Gloucester-Southgate, and decreased one per cent in River Ward. The Ontario government announced it will spend $5 million to reduce wait times and improve services for children with special needs. See FUNDING, page 11

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The money will see an additional 1,300 children youth served by rehabilitative services such as physical, occupational, and speech therapy at Ontario’s children’s treatment centres. Ontario funds 21 children’s treatment centres across the province, providing service to more than 64,000 kids a year. Daniel Alfredsson confirmed stalled contract negotiations were the reason behind his surprising departure from the Ottawa Senators. The former captain addressed the media and supporters at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre in August, where he pledged to continue supporting mental health ini-

tiatives while in Detroit playing with his new team. With little more than a year until it officially opens to the public, the Strandherd-Armstrong bridge has been lowered over the Rideau River. Gloucester-South Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches said he is pleased to see the progress on construction of the bridge, which is scheduled to officially open in September 2014. SEPTEMBER

Borrowing books has become a little easier thanks to rapid technology. Come the end of October, area residents will be able to enjoy an enhanced experience at the Alta Vista branch of the Ottawa Public Library.

Renovations to the library, located at 2516 Alta Vista Dr., started on Aug. 30. The library will remain open throughout the remainder of the construction. When the renovations are complete, the $750,000 project will see a total of five selfcheckout stations installed in the library, as well as a sorting machine for books being returned, said branch manager Tony Westenbroek. Gordon Lightfoot brought his steel rail blues to the Ottawa Folk Festival on Sept. 8. The legendary Canadian folk-rocker will be performing at Ottawa’s premiere folk music fiesta, set to take place at Hog’s Back Park from Sept. 4 to Sept. 8. See FOLK, page 12

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From my family to yours, I would like to wish each and every one of you a very Happy New Year. At this time of year, we all take a moment to look back at the blessings in our lives and I would like to thank you all for the honour to serve you at City Hall. I look forward to renewing friendships, meeting new acquaintances, and working together in 2014. City Hosts Another Successful Bell Capital Cup I would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate Mr. Cyril Leeder and all the organizers for hosting yet another successful Bell Capital Cup. This remarkable tournament brought over 400 teams together in a great spirit of sportsmanship and international goodwill. With the help of hundreds of volunteers, this tournament further highlighted that Ottawa is truly the hockey capital of Canada. Each year, this tournament offers an opportunity for thousands of young hockey stars, to not only shine on the big stage, but also the opportunity to help local charities through the tournament. Winterlude 2014 As Deputy Mayor, I had the honour of assisting the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages at a special ceremony held at the Museum of Civilization to announce the 36th edition of Winterlude. This winter’s festivities will run from January 31 to February 17 and promise to be the best yet with a wide variety of activities for every age. Further information on this annual celebration can be found at www.ottawatourism.ca. Winter Recreation in the City I would like to encourage residents to get active and involved this winter season with various recreation activities in the City of Ottawa. Recreation program registration is currently underway for the winter session with most classes beginning this month. The City offers a wide variety of classes and activities, both indoors and outdoors, with something fun for everyone to do during the winter months. The City of Ottawa has opened its approved sledding hills and outdoor enthusiasts are invited to sled while weather and hill conditions permit. Please be sure to keep personal safety in mind while having fun in the snow! Local outdoor rinks are also now in operation for residents to enjoy. I would like to thank all of the local volunteers and the Community Associations for their part in maintaining the local ice rinks operational for all residents to enjoy. Presto Upgrade Coming

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In order to improve services to transit users, PRESTO will be undergoing website upgrades from January 5th to January 12th. Residents will still be able to travel with your PRESTO card, add funds and purchase a new card in person during this time. However, some services will not be available at prestocard.ca or through the PRESTO call centre. OC Transpo recommends loading up your card in advance of the upgrade to avoid any issues. For more information regarding the upgrade benefits and schedule, please visit octranspo.com.

“This is a marquee booking – a first for the Ottawa Folk Festival,” says the festival’s artistic director Mark Monahan. School is back in session, and so is full-day kindergarten in five public schools in south Ottawa.Alta Vista, Farley Mowat, Roberta Bondar and Vincent Massey public schools and Sawmill Creek Elementary School are introducing full-day kindergarten programs in their schools starting this year, said Hyacinth Haddad, a spokeswoman for the Ottawa public school board. Living smart, in style, and on budget are a few tricks homeowners learned about at this year’s Home & Design Show. Not to mention checking out some of the latest design trends.

The show made its return to the Ernst & Young Centre from Sept. 27 to 29. Headlining this year’s show was celebrity designer Tommy Smythe, known for his unique design style on Home & Garden Television’s shows Sarah 101 and Sarah’s House. A zombie slayer and timetravelling doctor were the top guests announced for Ottawa’s first-ever PopExpo in December. Ottawa Pop Expo, the same organization behind Ottawa’s ComicCon, took place at the Ernst and Young Centre. Norman Reedus, who plays popular crossbow-wielding hunter Daryl Dixon on AMC’s The Walking Dead, is named as the guest of honour for this year’s event.

Artist Katerina Mertikas makes it her mission to give back to the community. Little did she know one day the community would give back to her. The south Ottawa resident was presented with a United Way Community Builder Award at the South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre on Bank Street on Sept. 19. That day, Mertikas unveiled three of her large canvas paintings created to hang in the health centre. The three oil paintings highlight the diversity and cultural mosaic of Ottawa, with children as the main focus. The Ottawa Public Library took steps starting in September to filter its Internet connection to prevent child pornography from being viewed or downloaded.

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Newly appointed Ottawa South MPP John Fraser got down to business after a month in office. Fraser introduced his first private members bill at Queen’s Park on Sept. 25 which proposes to post members’ travel and accommodation expenses on the Ontario Legislative Assembly website. The bill, entitled Transparency in Member’ Expenses Act 2013, went through a first reading Sept. 25, came up for debate in mid-October. The city ordered a halt to construction on the Airport Parkway pedestrian and cycling bridge after engineers raised concern over design features. See BRIDGE, page 13

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Emerson Uchman was one of many Ottawa youngsters who attended junior kindergarten for the first time. Emerson beams as she stands by the Steve MacLean Public School sign.

Bridge trouble causes question over its progress The municipality fired Genivar, the bridge’s original contractor on Sept. 5, and subsequently hired Delcan to review the existing work and plan design modifications. The $6.9-million project includes the bridge, construction of an east-west pathway between the Hunt Club community and the south east transitway, as well as the Sawmill Creek Constructed Wetland Pathway System. Mayor Jim Watson led a delegation of representatives for Ottawa’s business, technology, tourism and education sectors on a trip to China in October. The mayor introduced members of the delegation at C-COM Satellite

Systems. Inc., a south Ottawa based company and one of the partners on the mission on Oct. 7. The company hopes the trip will help it to develop business relations for the export of their mobile antenna systems. A little music goes a long way towards finding a cure. For the seventh year in a row, Babes4Breasts’ annual fundraising concert benefitting breast cancer research took place at Southminster United Church on Oct. 24. The charitable organization is hosting its annual fundraising concert to raise awareness and funds for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. On the evening of Oct. 7, a woman was walking from the Heron Transitway station to

Aldea Avenue near the intersection of Lasalle Street when a man grabbed her from behind, dragged her into nearby bushes and sexually assaulted her. The suspect fled and the victim was able to get help from two men who were nearby. The victim was taken to hospital where her injuries were treated. She was later released. Babies can say goodbye to the “ouch” when it comes to getting their flu vaccine. CHEO launched a new program called Be Sweet to Babies, aimed at helping parents find way to reduce the pain when it comes to immunizations. FILE

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South Ottawa resident and artist Katerina Mertikas was surprised to find out in late September that she was the recipient of a United Way Community Builder Award. Left, she stands by one of her paintings at the South East Ottawa Community Health Centre. She is also the only Ottawa area artist who is commissioned to do UNICEF Christmas cards.

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It’s time to bring government advertising rules into to the 21st century, says Ottawa South MP David McGuinty. McGuinty has taken aim at partisan government spending on advertising, saying too many tax dollars were being misused. In response to this, McGuinty tabled a private member’s bill, titled the Elimination of Partisan Government Advertising Act on Oct. 24.

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The Findlay Creek Community Association is mounting a letter writing campaign to the Ministry of Education in protest of recent changes to the Ottawa public school board’s capital priority list. At an Oct. 22 meeting, the board approved a motion put forward by trustee Donna Blackburn prioritizing capital projects that have gone through accommodation reviews.

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Minister - Rev. William Ball Organist - Alan Thomas Nusery & Sunday School, Loop audio, Wheelchair access

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Connected to your community

Community leaders build hockey school in Chernobyl Jessica Cunha jessica.cunha@metroland.com

Community - It’s not quite the plot line of the Mighty Ducks movie, but it’s close. An orphanage hockey team from the town of Chausy, Belarus, took home two silver medals in provincial competitions against more privileged children in a Belarusian league. The main reason for their success is thanks to the generosity of Kanata Canadian Tire owner Dave Malcomson and his son Allan. The Malcomsons – heavily involved with the charity Canadian Aid for Chernobyl and the Chausy Orphanage – sent hockey equipment to the children in 2008. In 2010, the two men, along with friends Brian Knowles, hosted the first hockey school for the children, which they repeated this past fall with Knowles’ son Shawn. “We had a request from the children: they dreamed to have a hockey team at the orphanage. They would be the only orphanage in the country with such an opportunity,” said Dave Shaw, humanitarian director for Canadian Aid for Chernobyl. “It only provided part of the dream when there was nobody there to train the kids. Dave and Allan and their friends came over twice now and put on a hockey school. It made all the difference.

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The Malcomson family, which owns the Kanata Canadian Tire, founded a hockey school for orphans in the town of Chausy, Belarus. “It’s one of the most significant projects.” Canadian Aid for Chernobyl, which has a number of initiatives including the Chausy Orphanage, formed in 1998. “We wanted to turn around and start delivering humanitarian aid and putting different initiatives into orphanages. We’ve been going over on a regular basis since 1998. And that’s where the Malcomson family got right involved with us,” said Shaw. “They were one of the very first families to sponsor a child. Their com-

mitment just grew from there.” The charity delivers humanitarian aid to areas that are still heavily affected by the Chernobyl catastrophe that happened in 1986 when a nuclear plant exploded. “Shortly after that, they went through the Soviet break-up,” said Shaw, who lives in Brockville, where the charity is based. “They’ve been suffering. Not only have they lost 40 per cent of their land but they were spun into an economic crisis.” Volunteers travel with the containers of goods and monitor where they

PET OF THE WEEK

Pet Adoptions Meet Comet (ID# A070935), a sweet sevenyear-old male cat who would be the purr-fect addition to the right family this holiday season – he’s named after one of Santa’s reindeer after all! Comet has been at the Ottawa Humane Society since October and is hoping to spend the chilly December nights curled up in his new forever home. He’s a gentle kitty who loves getting pet but also likes his alone time. Comet enjoys hunting bugs and scratching on his scratching post. Comet is a special needs adoption because he has been diagnosed with a heart murmur. Many animals (and humans) with heart murmurs go on to live happy and healthy normal lives! Comet’s condition will warrant discussion with your veterinarian and together you will decide how to manage it best. For more information on Comet and all our adoptable animals, stop by the OHS at 245 West Hunt Club Rd. Check out our website at ottawahumane.ca to see photos and descriptions of animals available for adoption.

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go. Shaw has been to Chernobyl 44 times since the charity was created. “We follow through on anything we do ourselves so there’s nothing lost on the black market,” he said, adding they focus on orphanages and families with lower incomes and children with disabilities. The orphanage is now self-sufficient, with a vegetable garden, pork barn and chicken coop. Any surplus items can be sold for profit. Equipping the hockey team and providing training are only two aspects of the philanthropic work of the Malcom-

sons. In 2011, when the country was in financial disarray, any orphan with living relatives was sent back home no matter the living conditions. “Two-thirds of the children in the orphanage are there because of parental abuse, not because they’re true orphans,” said Dave Malcomson. “So we took the money we would have used for the hockey school and we paid to bring these kids back to the orphanage.” They also built the Malcomson Home for Family Living on the grounds of the orphanage. Growing up in an orphanage leaves many without basic living skills. The Malcomson Home provides living quarters for six people, as well as a supervisor, where young adults learn how to run a household, manage finances and have the opportunity to finish school. But a large source of pride is the hockey school. “(It’s) just so heart-warming,” said Dave. “It’s all about the joy we bring them and in return all the joy they bring us.” The hockey school features a learn-to-skate program for beginners, a hockey school for more advanced skills, as well as a goalie clinic. For more information on Canadian Aid for Chernobyl or to donate online, visit canadianaidforchernobyl.com.

Resolve to Follow the Five Freedoms for the Animals in 2014

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when they are sick or hurt. No animal should live in pain – without veterinary care. 4. Freedom to Express Normal Behavior All animals should live with room to express their normal behavior. 5. Freedom from Fear and Distress All animals should live in a way that keeps them free from fear and distress. Wishing you a happy new year from the staff and animals at the OHS! For other ways to help the animals, please visit our website at ottawahumane.ca.

Kari

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January 2, 2014 9. Female Frontier: Profiles of women have reached new prominence; demographic shifts are changing household dynamics and definitions. Together, women and men will redefine roles and responsibilities in 2014 10. Sustainability Blues: The world has been fixated on going green, and now the attention is shifting beyond recycling and eco-chic living to a growing concern for the power and preciousness of the planet’s water One of the trends in automotive technology that dominated 2013 was the concept of an autonomous vehicle which has been and continues to be tested in an increasing larger number of prototypes on public highways and roads around the globe. The most well known example of this is the Google self-driving car which has logged more miles than all of the competition combined. It was a natural step for Ford to move in this direction based on their success with their ‘active park-assist’ system which is available in several models to help drivers win the battle of parallel parking. They recently demonstrated an obstacle avoidance test car that can automatically steer and brake to avoid collisions with vehicles stopped or slowing in the same lane ahead. The system takes over if the driver fails to steer or brake following system warnings. The system was featured on the Ford Edge Concept that debuted recently at the Los Angeles Auto Show. “The obstacle avoidance research project is a prime example of technologies we are developing to benefit drivers whose Ford vehicles are equipped with the technology and others who share the road with them,” said Paul Mascarenas, chief technical officer and vice president, Ford research and innovation. “We are optimistic that through our research and findings, we will be able to reduce these types of rear-end collisions.”

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News - Two Ottawa women have started a new food delivery business with the help of a government initiative that supports those with entrepreneurial ambitions. Jen Dery and Sue Hayes founded Mom’s Night Off Delivery through the Ontario self-employment benefit program which provides unemployed people who have or are eligible for employment insurance support to develop their entrepreneurial ideas. In essence, the program teaches people how to create a solid plan for starting a business. The primary goal stated on the government website is to help provide the tools for participants to successfully launch their own business and “create their own employment.” The program lasts for 42 weeks. This first month is classroom time, followed by seminars and the eventual launch of a start-up business. The only monetary support given through the program is a benefit similar to employment insurance, which is given out

every two weeks to help participants with personal payments. “Amazing, it was really overwhelming to take everything in, but they take everything you thought you knew and teach you everything you don’t know,” Dery said about the program and their experience. Both women lost their jobs earlier in the year, this, along with other personal issues, motivated Dery and Hayes to take charge of their lives and apply to the program. “Let’s change our lives, let’s make sure this doesn’t happen again,” Hayes said. Getting into the program was an ordeal in itself. Those that apply have to attend a seminar, fill-out an application and wait to see if they are granted an interview. “It was almost like going in front of the Dragon’s Den,” Dery said of the interview process. After the interview, Dery and Hayes found out a week before the program started that they had been accepted. “We both cried,” Hayes said. Dery and Hayes started the program in September. Hayes and Dery have currently completed their classroom and seminar time and launched their business on Nov. 4. The business launched

in the east-end, based from Sue’s home, and covers roughly the area between Sandy Hill, Beacon Hill and Walkley Road. Most recently, the duo have started serving areas of Rockcliffe. Dery and Hayes already have plans to expand into Orléans by January. “This is a huge opportunity for us for sure,” Dery and Hayes said. Dery grew up in the Rockcliffe area while Hayes is native to Overbrook. Mom’s delivery provides a food delivery service for restaurants that don’t have their own in-house delivery. Customers can order an array of food, including fastfood, oriental and vegetarian. Mom’s delivery charges the customer for its services, not the restaurant. Both women are in their forties, and are excited to be taking charge of their lives. “Here’s to taking control of our lives and supporting our families,” Dery said. “With hard work, people can do it,” Dery added, “Dream big and work hard; (if) you work hard you can do anything.” Dery and Hayes added that starting their business has been a little overwhelming but said “We’ve got incredible support.”

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Jan. 6 CFUW-Ottawa General Meeting, “A Conversation with Grete Hale” speaker Grete Hale. Free and open to the general public. Come listen to a repected business person, and community leader, 1 p.m. Riverside United/Church of the Resurrection Anglican, 3191 Riverside Dr. Ottawa K1V 8N8, 613-421-1370 www.cfuwottawa.org.

Jan. 7 SJOGREN’S SYNDROME. Patients, family members and caregivers are welcome from 1-3 pm at St. Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church, 2345 Alta Vista Dr. There is no admission, but your contribution of a non-perishable item for the food bank would be appreciated. For info call Gail at 613-526-5433.

Jan. 20 Garden Soil Demystified – Organic Soil Amendments for the Urban Gardener, sponsored by Gloucester Horticultural Society. Simon Neufeld, Certified Crop Advisor, will review what’s available to ensure that your vegetables are grown in a sustainable and healthy way. 4373 Generation Court, 7:30 p.m. sharp. Free admission. Pre-registration recommended (613) 749-8897.

Jan. 25 The Sons of Scotland present Burns Night (largest Burns Event in Eastern Ontario). Celebrate the anniversary of the world-famous poet’s birth at the Delta Ottawa City Centre Hotel, 101 Lyon Street, Ottawa. Includes traditional Burns Supper which includes haggis, ballroom and Scottish country dancing to the big band sound of the 7-Monterey; a cabaret show featuring Garth Hampson and Shawne Elizabeth and the Sons of Scotland Pipes and Drums. Time, cocktails: 6 p.m.; dinner at 6:45 p.m. Tickets: $65. For reservations call (613) 521-5625 or email: burnsargyle@gmail.com. Semi-formal or highland attire.

Jan. 26 The Walk for Memories is Ottawa’s premier indoor fundraising walk. It is scheduled for Sunday, January 26 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Carleton University Fieldhouse. The goal this year is $275,000. Funds raised

stay in the community to help people living with dementia. The Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County provides support, education and resources for people with dementia, as well as their families and caregivers. Form a team, or come out as an individual and join in the fun. Ask your family, friends and colleagues to join you, or to sponsor your Walk. To register, go to www.walkformemories. ca. For more information: www.alzheimer. ca/ottawa or contact thicks@asorc.org 613 523 4004 ext. 132.

Ongoing Strathcona Legion: Mondays: social euchre at 1 p.m., Wednesdays, social drop-in darts at 6:30 p.m. Friday dinner at 5:30 p.m. with entertainment at 7 p.m. (Small cover). Tables available for $20. Call the branch at 613-2361575 for more information on these events. Ottawa Newcomers Club is designed to help women new to Ottawa or in a new life situation acclimatize by enjoying the company of other women with similar interests. We have morning, afternoon and evening events such as skiing, Scrabble, bridge, fun lunches, book clubs, gallery tours, dinner club, and crafts. For more information, visit our website at www.ottawanewcomersclub.ca or call 613-860-0548.

Want to meet new friends? Have a great workout? Come to The MET (Metropolitan Bible Church) every Wednesday from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. for a free women’s fitness class with a certified fitness instructor. Includes a five-minute inspirational fit tip. Any questions? Contact the church office at 613-238-8182. For 50 plus: Social and line dancing, superb music and friendly ambiance. Every second Saturday at 8 p.m. Cercle Amicale Tremblay, 164 Jeanne-Mance St., Ottawa. (Pauline Charron Hall). For info call 613-830-2428 or 819-246-5128. Mondays: Improve your Spanish speaking skills with Los Amigos Toastmasters. The group meets at Tunney’s Pasture every Monday from 4:55 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Carole at 613-761-6537 or email lucani@sympatico.ca. Conversational Spanish classes meet at the

Civic Hospital, Main Building, Main Floor, Room, Room 3, at the back of the cafeteria “Tulip Café”, from 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information, please visit www.amigostm.ca. Friday afternoons: Senior bowlers required for Friday afternoons, VIP Bowling League, Walkley Bowling Centre. The objective of the VIP Seniors Mixed 5 Pin Bowling League is to encourage senior citizens, age 55 plus to participate in an activity that provides regular moderate exercise, requires no special athletic ability and to foster fellowship, goodwill and an opportunity to make new friends. Members range in age from 55 to plus 90. There is no registration fee and the weekly bowling fee is $13. The league is a fun, social, non competitive league, experience not required. Bowling takes place Friday afternoons, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 1 to mid May at the Walkley Bowling Centre, 2092 Walkley Road. Participants are placed on mixed four person teams. To register, phone Roy or Jean, 613-731-6526 or e-mail royhoban@rogers.com.

The Gloucester South Seniors meet at 4550 Bank St., Leitrim for a full schedule of activities every week including contract bridge, carpet bowling, euchre, five hundred, shuffleboard and chess. Membership is $15 per year. The club is easily accessible by OC Transpo Route 144 and it offers free parking. For more information call 613-821-0414. Greely Community Centre, 1448 Meadow Drive, Greely. Old Time Fiddle and Country Dance. First Friday of every month. 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. $5/person at the door or yearly memberships available. No charge for participating musicians and singers. Join us for a good time. In Harmony, a woman’s chorus, is welcoming new members. Practices are from 7 to 8:30

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