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LivingBROCKVILLE in Vol 1/Issue 9 JULY 2009

Brockville Infantry Company (1862) ‘Built in Brockville’

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focus on... local business... 2 Ashley Interiors

Brockville Infantry ... 32 20 Years of Service

Finances ... 8

Advice for Small Business

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Health... 35

My Life as .. 15

Sedation Dentistry

Things My Mother Said .. 16

departments

To Prune or not to prune.. 17

AROUND TOWN ... 10

A Bathroom Renovation .. 18

Community Paws.. 35

July Happenings

Dine Brockville.. 34

Built in Brockville.. 27

ON Stage AT THE ARTS CENTRE ... 7

Doug Grant’s Tour of Our City

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On The Beat .. 28 Cover Photo: Dawson Beattie Photo Courtesy of Mark Lysko

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Ashley Interiors has been a Brockville business since 1984.The business is a true passion for owners, Susan and John Ashley and it shows. “We opened Ashley Interiors as a home-based business in 1984 and after several alternate locations, we moved to the current location at 7712 Kent Blvd.” explained Susan, “Ashley Interiors is a retail store with a design component. We carry a variety of floor, wall, window and furniture coverings.” It’s easy to see how much they love what they do; the passion comes through in the completed projects. Ashley’s was recognized for their talent when Window Fashion Vision magazine recently announced the winners of its 2009 Design and Workroom Competition. Ashley Interiors of Brockville, Ontario, Canada was awarded 1st Place in the “The Whole Room Integration” category within the Envision Design Competition for their creative window fashion design, fabricated by Ferial of Ferial Drapery. “The judges, as well as all of us here at Vision magazine, were greatly impressed by the quality of entries we received for this year’s competition, making the judging process even more difficult for our judges who had to select just 30 winning designs out of the hundreds submitted,” said Grace McNamara, president and CEO of Grace McNamara Inc., publisher of Window Fashion Vision magazine.


The Window Fashion Vision Design and Workroom Competitions have been held annually for the past 23 years and are open to window fashion designers and workrooms worldwide. This year, more than 200 entries were submitted from designers and workrooms located throughout the U.S., Canada and Japan. Judging was done by a panel of 10 industry experts. Awards were presented at Vision09: International Window Coverings EXPO (IWCE) in Atlanta, Georgia on May 13, 2009. “We almost didn’t enter and we didn’t dream we would actually win. We were thrilled. Winning this award opens up many exciting opportunities, Susan smiled as she continued, “It’s really very exciting to be recognized by the international design community.” One such opportunity that Susan is particularly excited about is a chance to become involved with The Color Marketing Group. Have you ever wondered how industry and manufacturing choose the colours for products? Everything from home decor and automobiles to Nintendo DS and appliances? You see the great new looks, but, I must admit I never gave a second thought to how these items are marketed. The motto of the CMG is “ Color sells - the right color sells better” Composed of over 1000 members in more than 20 countries, CMG forecasts colour trends from one to three years in advance for colour-related products and services. Susan Ashley is now a member of this very elite group. “It’s amazing for me to think one of my colours could be a part of my store’s product line or be the paint colour choice for the next car I drive”, reflected Susan, “It wasn’t just offered though, I was required to fill out an ten page application, have eight years experience in colour specifying design within the industry and I am required to attend four conferences in two years - one of which will be held in Europe”, She chuckled as she added, “I think I can manage that.” Ashley Interiors may be an internationally recognized business, but Susan and John Ashley have always been dedicated in their support for our community. “Ashley Interiors has been a big supporter of many causes and organizations throughout the years and it would be difficult to mention them all. At this time, we are involved with Habitat for Humanity, in partnership with Hunter Douglas Blinds.” Susan explained, “We like to do our part whenever possible, it’s always important to give back to your community.”

Ashley Interiors 1st Place Entry “This client is a very vivacious, energetic woman whose sons have all finally left home and she now wanted to have a very elegant, feminine room for herself.”

What’s in store for Susan and John and Ashley Interiors? It’s clear to anyone who knows them, that Ashely’s will continue to be an active and very energetic part of our community.

Susan Ashley

Congratulations Ashley Interiors!

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FOCUS ON FINANCES

Financial Planning Planning for for Financial Small-Business Owners Owners Small-Business

It’s challenging enough to plan for retirement, but if you’re a small business owner, it can be particularly complex. Here are answers to three of the most common questions small-business owners have about their financial planning. 1.) Should I save inside or outside my business? The potential rate of return from investing in your business could be higher than other investments, but it might come with significant risk. On the other hand, saving outside the business in different markets and with different types of investments could diversify – and thereby help minimize – your risk. You’ll probably be best served by doing both, with the exact proportion based on a number of factors, including the maturity of your business. If you’re in the start-up phase, you’ll likely need more invested into your business. As the business matures and you get older, you’ll probably want to save more outside the business. 2.) What vehicles are best for retirement saving? One of the best ways to start a retirement plan is to make regular Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) contributions, so your retirement savings can grow in a tax-sheltered environment. However, small business owners who pay themselves dividends need to understand that while this may have some tax benefits, dividends are not considered earned income for RRSP purposes, so dividends will not increase your RRSP contribution room.

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Your health is another important consideration. Special care – whether at home or in a facility – could eat into your retirement assets, so it might be prudent to purchase long-term care insurance.

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Another option is an Individual Pension Plan (IPP). It’s a company-sponsored plan that enables you contribute larger amounts than is possible with an RRSP.

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It’s also worth noting there’s the potential for creditor protection when your savings are invested with an insurance company, although there are limitations. Speak with your tax or legal advisor to learn more. 3.) How do I protect my family if I die? Providing for loved ones generally consists of two goals. The first is to ensure that any personal liabilities existing at the time of death are eliminated. This includes bank loans, mortgages and liabilities, such as personal guarantees and accrued income tax on assets that have appreciated in value. The second goal is to ensure adequate income for surviving family members, so they can maintain their lifestyle after losing their loved one who provided for them. These objectives can be met by using life insurance to pay off any liabilities and through wills, trusts and dividends to generate income. You should also be aware that a carefully considered and executed will can help minimize taxes the estate would have to pay on death. It’s also important to have a business succession plan in place. If you die, this will ensure the business is distributed in a manner and for a value that you determine. Two key elements of business succession plans are an estate freeze and a buy-sell agreement. An estate freeze simply freezes the value of your business and transfers future growth to the next generation, such as your children. A buy-sell agreement is a legal agreement between owners of a business stating exactly what they want to happen to their business interest during their lifetime and at death. Most buysell agreements are typically funded with life insurance because it provides tax-free cash when that’s needed most. These are just a few examples of the many financial planning considerations small business owners must address. If you own a small business, speak to your financial advisor – along with your legal and tax experts* – to formulate a specific plan tailored to your unique circumstances.

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Getting started with anything can be difficult. But getting started with investing can be overwhelming when you don’t have help. The kind of help you’ll find at our Building a Strong Financial Foundation Seminar. This easy-to-understand program will help you make sense of investing. In about an hour, you’ll learn some basics about saving, along with time-proven strategies for helping you reach your goals.

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Music at the Mill

Spencerville Mill presents ‘Music at the Mill’ every Thursday evening in July. $6.00 per concert or $15 for the series. Bring your lawn chair.

Spencerville Mill, Spencerville

Shelia Fawcett (613) 658-5290

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Couples dance

Social Dance Club’s “Couples Dance” $10/person. Light refreshments

Brockville Rowing Club 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

613-345-1073 613-342-3181

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Comedy cruise

1000 Islands & Seaway comedy cruise. Dinner cruise $52.50/person Cocktail cruise $22.50/person 10 pm-12pm

Blockhouse Island Brockville

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Best Ball golf tournament

Brockville Public Library’s first ‘Best Ball’ tournament to raise money for Early Literacy Stations for the Children’s Dept. $65 ($20 goes directly to library) - Includes 18 holes, BBQ chicken dinner & prizes Tickets available at library.

Sunnidell Golf Club

Laura Julien 613-342-3936 ext. 28 laura@brockvillelibrary. ca

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Craft & Chat

Every Monday enjoy sharing skills, materials and ideas to create beautifulbears or knit socks. Bring a lunch, coffee or tea will be served

Brockville Museum 5 Henry St.

613-342-4397

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Ribfest

It’s time to once again to enjoy the sauciest weekend of the summer! In support of Big Brother Big Sister and a definite “don’t miss it” for 2009!

Hardy Park Downtown Brockville

613-345-0281 brockvilleribfest.ca

If you would like an event listed in our August 2009 “What’s Going On” Calendar, please email information to butternut@ripnet.com. Subject line of email - ‘Events’. Please provide required information and contact number. Deadline for listings is July 15th. This is a free service, but space is limited and priority will be given to non-profit & community groups.

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Making Good Company Scott Abbott, Heather Reisman, Henry Woodward, Sam Sniderman, Tim Horton and Ron Joyce. What two things do this people have in common? They are all Canadians and successful entrepreneurs! Scott Abbott was the inventor of Trivial Pursuit, Heather Reisman founded the first Indigo Bookstore, without Henry Woodward we may not have had the electric light bulb, Sam Sniderman gave us Sam the Record Man and of course, no Canadian business success story could exclude Tim Horton and Ron Joyce of Tim Hortons. All successful businesses started with an idea and an entrepreneur, we may not all become the next Bill Gates, but with determination and a dream anything is possible. The Leeds and Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre launched its annual Summer Company program on Thursday, June 4th. The Summer Company program will give thirteen young adults from Brockville an opportunity to learn, hands-on the reality of running a business. This program provides hands-on business training and more importantly, mentoring to help enterprising young

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All successful businesses started with an idea and an entrepreneur, we may not all become the next Bill Gates, but with determination and a dream anything is possible.

people start up and run their own summer business. This year thirteen youth are enrolled in the program, each will receive up to $1500 in early summer to help with start-up costs. An additional $1500 will be awarded in the fall upon the successful completion of their Summer Company business and proof of returning to school. They also benefit from twelve hours of business training and an opportunity to meet every two weeks with a local business-mentoring group for support and advice on operating their summer business. There is a great variety to the businesses that are being launched this summer, from artists and theatre to lawn care, hotdog carts and firewood. Marie Aube is one of these young business owners, she owns M.C. Aube Fine Art. “I’m entering my second year at St. Lawrence College in the Fine Arts program, which is a really amazing program if you’re willing to give 100% percent effort. We have some wonderful Brockville artists as teachers, and I think the one I learned the


most from would be Diane Sheridan, a water colour painter. Right now I’m taking water colour commissions, mostly animal portraits as well as people, families, children and so on.  I do also paint in Acrylic and Oil, but I prefer to do my commissions in my (what I would think) best medium.  I’m selling (Acrylic and Water colour paintings and inexpensive prints) at the Brockville Farmer’s Market on Thursdays and Saturdays, as well as some events in Morrisburg and I’m maybe thinking of attending the McHaffie Flea Market which is on Sundays, year round.  I should mention that I’m not a ‘Brockvillian’ , I come from Williamsburg in South Dundas, but I think Brockville has such an amazing artistic community that I’m willing to drive the 45 minutes just to participate and have such creative people see my art, as well as to meet other creatives.” Two other great artists are Aaron Vanier and Nicole Beck. Aaron Vanier owner of Aaron Vanier Portraitist will offer custom artwork depicting any subject his customer desires. Some of his work includes homes, cottages, pets, cars and additional subjects. You can see Aaron’s work at the Brockville Farmers Market. Nicole Beck is located in Athens and is offering unique paintings and photographs of Athens and the surrounding area, a perfect way to preserve memories of this beautiful part of Ontario. Zach Mazurek is operating Mazurek’s Small Machine Maintenance, “I’m running a small engine, small machine repair and rebuild shop (lawn mowers, trimmers, snow blowers, power tools, chain saws. etc.). I am running it at my house out of my parents garage (only to save money) with me, as the only employee. I am very confident working with all types of small engines right up to fullsize motorcycles and I will provide the customer with a quality repair at an affordable price. I am eliminating basically all overhead costs, and therefore the final bill for the customer will be significant amount lower then other, comparable shops in the area.” Providing a different type of maintenance service is Mark Stobert with DOTmark, a computer repair and maintenance company located in Kemptville. Mark will provide his customers with technical support, repairs and servicing as well as, offering web design services. Mark is currently attending Algonquin College for Computer Technician Program. At Your Service is Daryl Kiperchuk’s new venture, “I specialize in lawn care, painting, repairs and anything that pertains to interior and exterior maintenance. I have years of life experience in all of these categories, but I also worked for a landscaping company last year, which specialized in decorative landscape curbing and the installation of paving stone, and flag stone patios. I provide excellent service to my customers and with my knowledge in this area of work it made sense to pursue it further and see where it leads me.”

your lawn or gardens to your specifications. Rylan Schwarze may be the next David Blaine or Chris Angel with the introduction of his business, Ry Guy Magic. “I perform magic shows around this area, ranging from close-up walk-around magic to large auditorium stage magic. I have done a number of shows in the past such as birthday parties, corporate events, church gatherings, for hospital patients, and telethons (on television). My most notable performance as to date was an 8-minute routine at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2009 Ontario Senior Winter Games last February, where there were over 1000 people in the audience, as well as being live on Cogeco Television. My shows are anywhere from 15 minutes to 60 minutes depending on the preferences of the customer.  I am very versatile in my styles of magic, and the effects I do are great for all ages.” Amy Hawkins, a St. Lawrence College student will strive to entertain us this summer with her business, Dreamlight Productions. Her theatre company will provide entertainment at various locations throughout Leeds & Grenville. Productions will include musical shows, a full length play and children’s theatre. Triple Threat Performance is a summer company devoted to introducing performing opportunities to the youth of Brockville. Private music lessons will be available for students interested in Vocal Performance, Performance Practice and Music Theory. A three week workshop will be run from July 13th-31st for teenagers (13-18) and will focus on creating the ideal musical theatre performer- a  strong singer, actor, and dancer. Workshops will include Acting for Television, Shakespeare Scene-work, Scene Study, Choral Class, Vocal Masterclass, Tap, Jazz, Ballet and more! Owner Joseph Herbison has been an active member of the arts community in Brockville for over 10 years and has participated in over 30 musical theatre productions at both the amateur and professional level. He is currently studying Vocal Performance at the University of Western Ontario and has had the opportunity to work with directors, choreographers and vocal instructors from across North America and Europe and he cannot

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One successful participate from 2008 is Jessie McMann.

wait to share his experiences and knowledge with the youth of Brockville! Mitchell Purcell launched his new company through the program, “My company name is Blazin Firewood. I harvest, cut, split, package and distribute packaged campfire wood to local campsites and grocery stores. I push the local aspect as my products are made with local wood. My packaging is 100% recyclable. I currently supply wood to Purcell’s Freshmart in Mallorytown, Lansdown Freshmart, Mallorytown KOA and Dockside Restaurant on Charleston Lake.” Mitchell can also add to his resume that his business plan won first place in the Brockville business plan competition. Dawson Beattie will make your time spent at Hardy Park or Centeen Park that much more enjoyable with his business, Doug’s Dogs and Sausages. Dawson will offer quality food and exceptional service to his customers throughout the summer. If you find yourself at Brockville Civitan Skatepark this summer, check out Jason MacDonald’s summer company, Cat Nip’s Snacks. His concession stand will provide drinks and snacks of all kinds. The enthusiasm that all these young people exhibit for their business ventures is obvious. “The Summer Company Program has been helping young people in Brockville and area start businesses since 2001. We’ve had a really diverse group over the past nine years, photographers, artists, computer specialist and maintenance companies.” explained Wendy Onstein, manager of the Small Business Enterprise Centre in Brockville, “Many of these kids find that the outcome of their business is always different from the initial vision,

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and for some the reality of being a business owner can help these young people plan a firm course for their future. Many find that they are just not suited to being an entrepreneur, it’s a great learning experience no matter the outcome.” One successful participate from 2008 is Jessie McMann. She has developed her business as an artist to include original paintings and jewellery. You can find Jessie at the Brockville Farmers Market throughout the summer. “It was a wonderful experience for me last year and I know everyone in the 2009 program will benefit from this opportunity.” If you are interested in participating in the 2010 Summer Company Program you can contact Wendy. The deadline for 2010 is November. But, be prepared! Running a business is a huge endeavor that requires a great amount of dedication and a willingness to learn many new things. You will be expected to prepare a business plan, learn about proper book-keeping procedures such as invoicing and cash flow as well as, learning to become the marketing and PR representative for your company and discover the value of networking. If you think this is all worth the effort for you, then you could be the next successful business in Brockville. One small piece of wisdom..when you’re your own boss, you’ll probably work harder than you ever thought possible. The rewards can only be as great as your effort!


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After spending a lot of time with family this last holiday season, I decided to work on writing an article that I have thought of in the past. Most of us daughters have spent some quality time with our mothers (as did I). The article I am writing is quotes of “What my mother said to me....by your daughter. Whenever you think of something THINGS MY MOTHER SAID TO ME funny, touching, sad, inBY YOUR DAUGHTER – sulting, wise, loving and/ Monica O’Grady or critical (or any other category you think of) your mother has said to you, please send it to me at kal_mon@hotmail.com P.S. I will not include names in the articles. Here are some quotes that I have collected so far with more to come next month……I’m sure some of you will relate…….enjoy! “Your room looks like a cyclone hit it!” “Because I said so!”

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Pruning - Why, When, and How Pruning is an important but generally poorly understood practice. It’s one of those garden tasks that if it’s not done the correct way at the right time then it is probably best not done at all. We get questions about pruning all the time at A World of Gardens and people often say “It took years to grow those branches and I just can’t cut them off”. Get over it, if done correctly you won’t hurt the tree and you may be surprised how much better it looks and performs. Ornamentals are pruned for any or all of the following reasons: to remove broken, dead or diseased branches; to encourage flower and fruit development; to control the size and shape of the plant; to maintain healthy trees and shrubs; to increase structural strength and to rejuvenate old flowering shrubs. When you prune a dormant tree, you remove part of the top growth while leaving the existing root ball intact. When growth starts the stored food and nutrients are shared between fewer buds and growth is more vigorous. Many tools are available for pruning and what you should use depends on the size of the material you are working with. Branches up to ½ inch can be cut with secateurs, up to 2 inches with loppers, and larger limbs should be dealt with using a saw. If you don’t have a proper pruning saw, use a hacksaw. Pruning saws on a long pole are very useful and save having to use a ladder. Working from the ground is easier and safer then leaning over a ladder trying to get to that branch that is just out of reach. Make sure your tools are sharp so that you make clean cuts the first time, not ragged ones after several attempts. Clean cuts callous over and heal quicker. Using sharp, well maintained (oiled, blades set correctly) tools is easier on the tree or shrub and you. When you decide to prune a tree or shrub, look at the natural form or growth pattern. Try to enhance this look, not change it. Avoid the “haircut” style of pruning where all branches are cut the same length. This is okay for some shrubs but tends to cause too much tip growth which can shade the centre of the plant and inhibit growth. Think “Shag” haircut if you must! Your first cuts should remove all the dead, broken or diseased branches. This is good practice and it is hard to go wrong cutting off dead stuff. Using the proper tool for the size of the branch, cut back to the “callus ring” (a circle of raised tissue around the base of the branch). Be careful not to damage this ring as it is the tissue that will eventually close over the wound. Don’t cut the branches off flush with the trunk, this makes for a larger wound and removes the callus. You can use a pruning paint if you want but this is more for looks than necessity. Your

next series of cuts will be to remove branches that are crossing over or rubbing each other. This is especially important in the centre of the specimen where too much material can cut down on sunlight and air reaching the crown of the plant and contribute to pest and disease problems. Next have a good look and remove weak or spindly branches. When shortening branches, make your cut about 1/4 inch above an outward facing bud at a 45° angle. This will keep the new growth going away from the crown, leaving the centre open. When removing larger branches with a saw you will want to use the “jump” or three-cut method to avoid having the branch tear the bark along the trunk when it falls. Make the first cut from the bottom of the branch four to six inches away from the callus ring. Cut upwards until you get about a third of the way through. The second cut is made a couple of inches farther out and this one goes right through, removing the branch and letting it fall. The undercut keeps the falling branch from tearing the bark. Now that the weight of the branch has been removed, the final cut can be made back to the callus ring. Support the branch stub when you cut or cut through the bark from the bottom to avoid any tearing. When pruning remember you can always take more off but sticking it back on is a whole lot harder. Go easy, prune a little then have a good look and maybe prune a little more. Thanks to Roz from World of Gardens for this editorial

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Bathrooms Renovations have a series of plans that should be followed to create a lifestyle change with out too much disruption. The first major hurdle is to choose a style, the second is to create a floor plan that is realistic to your space and style of your home. You can create the plan yourself or enlist the help of a professional . The third is to buy quality products, from toilets, sinks vanities to flooring and wall materials. The fourth is to choose a reputable contractor.

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With the plan in mind the contractor can help with the design and enable the plan to come to fruition, with their expertise that enables several trades to complete the job, such as carpenters, painters, electricians, plumbers, ceramic tile installers. Plan for 3 – 4 weeks of disruption. Make sure that all fixtures are available, and ready to be installed before the job starts. Plan for unexpected news, and expense. Often when bathroom walls are removed there are moisture and mildew problems, which a reputable contractor can fix. These problems must be taken care of before the new walls are built. Buy quality toilets, sinks, taps and bathroom fixtures. Choose materials that are beautiful but sustainable. Steam showers provide water saving technology and a relaxing experience at home. Showers are becoming

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connected with the Robert Wright Co. for 33 years and with other major retailers for an additional 52 years. 51 King Street West, cor. Broad St. Built 1892-93 designed by George A. Allan, Brockville Architect.

On this important corner stands a large brick and terra cotta structure which has housed some of Brockville’s largest department stores from the time of its construction. Built on land acquired in 1811 by Charles Dunham, an early merchant and innkeeper, the Dunham Block was erected in 1892-93 by his descendants as an The artist son of the Wright family was Robbie L. Wright who no doubt was the creator of this Christmas promotion.

Relatively new when this photo was taken. The Dunham Block has held this prominent spot on the main street at the corner of Broad St. for 116 years.

investment property. The present building replaced an earlier brick one which had been Dr. George Dunham’s office and drug store until the 1870s. The new building was partially financed by a $11,000 mortgage from Brockville financier, Samuel Flint who also owned the brick buildings to the west, which were previously put up in 1888. The facilities were built to the requirements of dry goods merchant, Robert Wright who moved his store the Robert Wright & Co. from the west end, and took an initial fifteen-year lease of the ground floor and basement. The Dunham

The Canadian Department Stores was a subsidiary of the T. Eaton Co. This business took the place of the Wright store in 1926.

family secured a second large mortgage for $5000 from industrialist, Newton Cossitt to complete the project. The office space upstairs in the new building was first rented to the Bell Telephone Co. and the Canada Life Insurance Company . Mr. Wright had grown up in the mercantile business, working for George Hutcheson from boyhood, untill he formed a partnership with James Moore in the dry goods firm, Moore & Wright in 1870. The Robert Wright Co. remained a landmark here until 1926, when they sold out to the T. Eaton Co. which operated a subsidiary business here, the Canadian Department Stores Ltd. In 1966, Walker Stores Ltd. moved in and remained here until bought out by Marks & Spencer, who in turn closed their business in January 1978.

George A. Wright was the 2nd son of Robert Wright Sr. He became the manager and advertising head of the Robert Wright & Co. under his father. After the family sold their business in 1926, George became a County Court Magistrate. He was also known as a selfpublished amateur poet.

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Summer has arrived and the H.E.A.T. is on! The Brockville Police are working to ensure our downtown is safe for everyone this summer. The H.E.A.T. Team was out for the first time this year on June 6th, resulting in one adult male being arrested and charged with two counts of breach of undertaking. Three other adult males and two male youths were charged with various Liquor Licence Act offences. “Brockville should be very proud of the dedication our officers show to their job and the commitment to this community.” said Adrian Geraghty, Chief of Police, “The H.E.A.T. Team involves officers who take personal time and patrol King Street and south of King during the weekend, especially after the 3 AM closing of bars.” Constable Rob Ferguson, who was involved in the Bike Patrol Team in 2008 made a very important observation, “You need to remember Brockville’s downtown area has more than just businesses, there are a lot of apartments on the upper levels of King Street. These residents consider King Street their ‘back-yard’, especially during the warmer summer months and occasionally there are issues with noise or groups of people gathering. It can be difficult to regulate who has the right to occupy certain areas at particular times of the day or night.” The H.E.A.T Team patrol downtown on-foot and there is a zero tolerance policy in effect. Underage drinking, fighting or just being disruptive or intoxicated could result in arrest. “Just having the public aware of the H.E.A.T. Team patrolling downtown will decrease incidences and problems that normally occur, this will make the downtown safer for everyone.” stated Chief Geraghty, “We are not trying to create an atmosphere where people will avoid spending time downtown on the weekend nights, we just want to be sure everyone remains safe.” The Brockville Police and its dedicated officers understand the importance of being involved in the community and show this commitment in various ways throughout the year. One of my favorite events is the Cops &

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Kids fishing derby sponsored by Canadian Tire and The Recorder & Times that takes place during Riverfest. But, this is just one of many ways our local police force supports the community. Eight years in operation is the Adopt-A-Cop program. The Brockville Police Service is committed to forming interactive partnerships with the community. The purpose of the Adopt-A-Cop program is to enhance the Brockville community, and in particular, secondary school students and staff with a greater understanding of the role of police officers. This program also initiates proactive dialogue and active listening to strengthen relationships between students, teachers and the police. Adopt-A-Cop involves police officers working in partnership with principals and teachers towards effective problem solving in matters of mutual concern, and will provide positive role models for students. Officers have volunteered as Adopt-A-Cops for Youth Centre, YMCA, and each of our secondary schools. The duties of the officer taking part are not restricted, but are intended to be a combination of the following: communicate with students and staff in corridors or classrooms, attend lunch hour and special functions, and conduct walkabouts of the school. The police officer will also provide advice and assistance ( if asked ) to students, parents, teachers and school administration. The schools and their administration will become an integral part of the Adopt-A-Cop program. The principal or vice principal will become the liaison for the police officers involved in the program, and will provide an appropriate location for the officer to use while at the school. Whenever possible, staff at the school will promote the program to students, and will provide suggestions which may enhance its potential success. This program involving Thousand Islands Secondary School, Brockville Collegiate Institute, St. Mary School and the Youth Centre, involving one officer from each platoon of the Brockville Police Service has been implemented. Each officer commits to a minimum of one hour per day each day shift when school is operational, and attends the school in accordance with their arrangements with the school’s principal.


The Brockville Police Service Adopt-A-Cop program is an example of proactive community based policing, and has proven very successful. In working together, we all become “Partners For a Safe & Healthy Community” The Brockville Police Service participates in the “Chief” For A Day fundraiser for local organizations. Annually, these organizations auction off an opportunity for a youth (ages 10-16) to become Police Chief for a day. The lucky candidate arrives at Police Headquarters at 9 a.m. and after introductions gets a Police photo ID card. After touring police headquarters, the “Chief For a Day” then goes on patrol with an officer for an hour, operating radar and takes a walk in the downtown with a beat officer, stopping to visit at local businesses and talk to merchants. Break is selected by the “Chief for a Day” and so far, unanimously, Tim Horton’s, for some reason, is the first choice! Next, a visit to Provincial Court to see how our justice system operates, followed by an hour in the 911 Dispatch Center which rounds out an active morning. The “Chief For a Day” visits City Hall after being treated for lunch (Guess where -- McDonalds!) to meet the Mayor and other civic staff. Weather permitting, a ride on the police patrol boat through the city owned islands is usually one of the highlights of their Tour of Duty, second only to meeting the Brockville Police Service K-9 team. Photos are taken as a reminder of their special day, and a few souvenirs round out their “Tour of Duty”. All in all, this is a tremendous opportunity for lucky youngsters and is mutually beneficial to staff at the Police Service to see the excitement and enthusiasm displayed. Community policing involves interacting with all members of the community, talking with them and more importantly, listening to them and responding to questions. The “Police Chief For a Day” program is an important component of our community policing strategy. V.I.P.P. (Volunteers in Policing Program) is a partnership between the Brockville Police Service and second year Police Foundation students from St. Lawrence College. These students are highly motivated and display a high level of personal qualities with a desire to help others. Starting in 1996, each Fall, a team of second year Police Foundation students are selected based on their college record and their performance in an actual police employment interview conducted by members of the Recruitment/Promotion Interview Team. All second year and select first years students are encouraged to apply for the positions, which gives valuable experience in providing a meaningful intership for a future police career. The opportunity to go through the actual police interview and hiring process where they are required to answer questions and participate in discussion at

the interview phase, gives the students invaluable experience towards their future chosen career. In closing, may I send out a special thank you to the officers who graciously wished me a belated Happy Birthday on June 10th. I promise next year I will get my sticker before the 9th of June. Support your local police service they have accomplished many great things for our city and have helped to make Brockville a really wonderful place to live.

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Because different disease organisms may be involved the vaccine is not considered 100% protective but in the vast majority of cases is effective in preventing the disease. Annual vaccination is required to maintain immunity. Thank you to Brockville Animal Hospital for submitting this editorial.

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Brockville Infantry Company (1862)

Canada invaded by the American Irish? Believe or not, it did happen! But, Canadian Militia troops of 1866 rose to the ‘call of duty’ and today, in 2009, a unique troop of re-enactors continue to protect us from invasion.

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1866, the Fenians launched a series of raids on Canadian territory. One was at Pigeon Hill, on the Quebec-Vermont border. Led by a man named “General” Samuel Spear, several hundred Fenians marched six miles into Canada, where they planted a bright green flag. A small Canadian force saw them coming, but wisely retreated. The Fenians met no soldiers, so they busied themselves by stealing chickens, pigs, or liquor from farms in the area. A veritable armed mob, they plundered nearby St. Armand and Frelighsburg (Slab City), and, it was said, “insulted and abused” the local population. On hearing that Canadian reinforcements were approaching, the Fenians began a disorganized retreat to the U.S. The last 200 stragglers were charged by a volunteer cavalry troop who managed to capture sixteen prisoners. Once back on American soil, the Fenians had their guns confiscated by American soldiers.

In Canada, Fenian is used to designate a group of Irish radicals, a.k.a. the American branch of the Fenian Brotherhood in the 1860s. They made several attempts (1866, 1870) to invade some parts of Canada West (Southern Ontario) which was a British dominion at the time. The ultimate goal of the Fenian raids was to hold Canada hostage and therefore be in a position to blackmail the United Kingdom to give Ireland its independence. Because of the invasion attempts, support and/or collaboration for the Fenians in Canada became very rare even amongst the Irish. Photo - D. Savage

Another raid occurred in 1870 at Eccles Hill (not far from Pigeon Hill), when 400 Fenians under the command of “General” John O’Neill, President of the Fenian Brotherhood, were repulsed by a much smaller group of Canadian home-guard and militiamen who were waiting there to meet them. Two Fenians were killed and nine were injured. No Canadians were hurt or killed. O’Neill’s words to his troops were these: “Men of Ireland, I am ashamed of you.”

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A suspected Fenian, Patrick J. Whelan, was hanged in Ottawa for the assassination of Irish Canadian politician, D’Arcy McGee in 1868, who had been a member of the Irish Confederation in the 1840s. The Fenians were a major cause of Canadian Confederation, although there were several other reasons, there is a lot of evidence that Fenian raids on the territory of Canada West was an important element into forcing the colonies’ politicians’ hands to form a more adequate centralized defense. In the 1860s, many Irishmen living in the United States wanted Britain to grant independence to Ireland. Ireland was under English rule and most of its people lived in severe poverty. The Irish potato famine of the 1840s had decimated Ireland’s population and England had offered little help. Thousands of Irish families migrated to North America in search of a better life. Between 1847 and 1861, over two million Irish crossed the Atlantic. Many Irish, both in America and in Ireland, were bitter towards England, and sought independence for Ireland. A radical group known as the Fenian Brotherhood was formed. Their aim was to take Canada hostage and force England to grant independence to Ireland. The Brockville Infantry Company (1862) reenacts the Canadian Volunteer Militia of the 1860’s. This group of re-enactors was formed in 1990 and, since then, participates in many parades and events, especially those of some historical significance on both sides of the border. Now in its 20th year, the Company has performed at events like the re-enactment of the Battle of Ridgeway (at Old Fort Erie) in the West to the Festival of the Fathers in Charlottetown, PEI, and many points in between, like Fanshawe Village in London, Ontario, Black Creek Village in Toronto, Fort Henry in Kingston and Upper Canada Village as well as participating in the Legion (International) Goodwill Parade in both the U.S.A. and Canada.

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buttons, and the inscription “Canada Militia” attest to it.” explains Denis Savage, Company Clerk and member of the Brockville Infantry Company. “Depending on the events, we do period military demonstrations, drill exercises, fire our own reproduction 1853 muzzleloaded Enfield long guns (with black powder) and do patrols.” The original members of this group of re enactors were David Hain, Mike Johnston, Brian Porter, Mark Pergunas and Bruno Pepin. Two additional members joined the group shortly after, Denis Savage and Don Ruston. “We are always looking for new members to join, ‘pass the torch’ on to younger members in order to keep this wonderful company continuing for another twenty years or more,” Denis continued, “It’s a great opportunity for a Father & Son or Father & Daughter to spend time together. If you have a love for history or acting, this is a perfect way to enjoy a bit of both.” Be sure to seek out the Brockville Infantry Company when they appear at various events, step back in time and re-live the history of our country.

“Our uniforms are careful reproductions tailored after uniforms of the 1860’s. Although our scarlet tunics may remind many of the British Army of years past, like Fort Henry Guard, for example, we are different: we are Canadians and the beaver on our shakos (headgear) and

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drowsy; therefore, you must have a companion drive you and take you home. Once at the office, a trained assistant will use a pulse oximeter to monitor your oxygen level, pulse, and blood pressure throughout the procedure. Following your appointment you can return home and sleep until the sedation has worn off. Oral sedation allows patients to recover quickly and resume normal daily activities in a short period of time. Oral sedation can be used for children too! Many children are cooperative and manageable in a dental office; however, there are a significant number of children who cannot tolerate dental care. Oral sedation can help! Oral sedation aids in allowing a child to cope better with dental care. When choosing medicine, the dentist will consider your child’s anxiety level, ability to cooperate, and treatment. Your child will be very sleepy; however, will be able to respond to simple commands. The process is just like adult sedation; you will arrive with your child to the office one hour before treatment and your child will drink a small amount of liquid. Over the next hour, your child will become very drowsy. He/she will be continuously monitored by a trained professional over the course of the appointment and will remain in the office until alert. The child will have little to no memory of the appointment and will be able to return to normal daily activities within several hours. Science will continuously advance for sedation options. Be sure your dental provider has had the proper training and is aware of the latest advancements in sedation dentistry. If you have been putting off dental work for years due to fear, or just have not had the time for multiple appointments to complete treatment, oral sedation is your answer. Do not wait any longer, call your dentist today, and wake up to the smile of your dreams.

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