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SEA OF BLUE The new Walmart Superstore opened its doors in Kemptville on Friday, Jan. 28. The store will employ close to 200 employees. 2
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Kitchen next project for youth centre HOWAIDA SOROUR
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SAUCY CHEF CHALLENGE The Beth Donovan Hospice held their 13th annual bowla-thon and dinner featuring a Saucy Chef Challenge. 13
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Tanner Workman, 10, and Victor Kop are competing in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Leeds Grenville’s Bowl for Kids on Feb. 27 in Kemptville. The Kemptville residents are a nine-month Big Brother/Little Brother match through the agency and they are showing a toy car they have been working on during their weekend get-togethers.
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Tanner Workman says it was hard for him to grasp the idea of having a big brother when his mother, Pam, told him. “I didn’t think she was pregnant,” the 10-year-old said with a laugh. “It was really hard to wrap my head
around it. I was, like, wow… that’s so cool. I was really psyched up about it.” Tanner was matched with his big brother Victor Kop last April. Tanner had been processed for a match through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds and Grenville since he was eight. “Tanner was on the list for a big brother for almost two years,” said Workman. BIG BROTHERS see page 10
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They were packed and moved by Nov. 1, but they are still not up and running at full speed. The young adults, who call the Kemptville Youth Centre (KYC) their own, are eager to get a kitchen operating at their new location on Oxford Street. “We’re very thankful to the community members that have stepped forward, but we’re still hoping to get into Phase II,” said Stacey Tenbult, KYC executive director. Phase II includes a kitchen, an essential part of the youth centre and central to several of it programs. “It has been difficult to maintain the lunch program. We’ve been serving cold sandwiches and fruit. We’ve been contemplating cancelling until the kitchen is complete, but it is one of our core programs,” said Tenbult. The centre prepares and serves about 75 lunches every week. The kitchen was also the hub of Cooknight – where 20 to 40 youth every week learn how to budget and cook healthy meals – that program is temporarily cancelled. Though the kitchen is the most critical, there’s still flooring, drywall, doors, lighting and trim for the lower level of the centre’s new home. “We’ve completed all the framing inside, and framed wider doors to allow for accessibility,” said Tenbult. The centre hopes to become fully accessible with ramps off the street, a lift inside the building to give access to the two levels and an accessible washroom. “We’re still waiting to hear about accessibility, we’ve applied for funding but still haven’t heard back,” said Teri Devine, KYC board member. The centre sees about 150 youth and expects anywhere between 30 and 60 on a daily basis. YOUTH CENTRE see page 3
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Walmart Supercentre in Kemptville
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The Walmart Supercentre opened its doors at Kemptville Colonnade on Friday, Jan. 28. Left to right are: Mark Thornton, incoming North Grenville Chamber of Commerce Chair, DebbieGadbois, North Grenville Coun. Barb Tobin, Coun. Tim Sutton, store manager Jason Salmon, North Grenville Mayor David Gordon, Coun. Ken Finnerty, MPP Steve Clark, Richard Getz, CDI Reality Inc. Brokerage and Christina Trickey.
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One hour before sunrise on Friday. Jan. 28, the Walmart Supercentre parking lot at Kemptville Colonnade was packed. Finding a place to park a car was as difficult as it is on a sunny summer Saturday afternoon. At 8 a.m. the Supercentre’s doors opened and Walmart staff greeted
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their new customers with enthusiasm and a great big smile. The store held a pre-opening ceremony that began at 7 a.m. Store manager Jason Salmon thanked his staff for getting the new store up and running and ready for its first day of business. He took advantage of the moment to present community donations to the Salvation Army, the North Grenville Public Library, the Food for All
Food Bank and the Kemptville Public School. Each of the groups were given $1,000 while the library received $4,000. The 90,000 sq. foot store has been something many North Grenville residents have been waiting for. Long time Kemptville resident Peter Tsarouhas said, “We have been waiting for this for a long time,” as he and his family headed off to do some early morning shopping. Asked if the existence of a Walmart in the Kemptville area would hurt small business. He said small business will be all right. “Kemptville will be getting bigger now,” he said and added that there would most likely be enough business for everyone as the population grew. The Kemptville Public School Choir was on hand to sing O Canada. Also at the morning opening were MPP Steve Clark and North Grenville Mayor David Gordon. Standing on a makeshift platform with televisions in the background showing pictures of the staff at the store he said, “I hope our relationship will be long and prosperous.” MPP Steve Clark commented that Kemptville is a great place to be. “This is a very exciting day,” he said. As the clock ticked down, store manager Salmon addressed his staff one final time. He said that he was very proud of all the work they had done to get ready for the opening. “You are ambassadors to the community,” he said adding, “it is up to you to make our customers feel at home.” Jonathan Galleta the district manager for Walmart explained how quickly the store had been built. Randy Hutchings the vice president of operations for Walmart said that in 1994 there were only 121 stores in Canada employing 16,000 people. “Now there are 325 stores and 90,000 employees,” he said. Joyce Pal, a greeter at the front of the store commented, “It has been very busy, and customers have been excited.”
REGULAR COUNCIL Monday, February 14 th at 6:30 pm in the Council Cham bers, North Grenville Municipal Centre.
many more local businesses and individuals have contributed materials and expertise. Although they’re still running most of their programs like the lunch program and the RBC After School program there’s still a lot to be done to make the new space fully useable. “We’ve set out the tasks, we now need to plan how these are going to happen,” said Lisa Davies, KYC board president.
COM M ITTEE OF THE W HOLE COUNCIL Monday, February 7th at 6:30 pm in the Com m ittee Room , North Grenville M unicipal Centre. For agenda inform ation, please contact the Clerk’s Office or the Municipal web site.
CITIZEN APPOINTMENTS The Municipality of North Grenville is seeking applications from individuals interested in being an Appointee to the following Com m ittees during the term of Council: • Accessibility Advisory Com m ittee Daytime meetings shall be held quarterly. • Property Standards Comm ittee Meetings shall be held as required. Candidates m ust be 18 years old, a Canadian citizen and a resident of North Grenville. Application form s are available on the Municipal web site at www.northgrenville.ca, by contacting the Clerk’s Office at cpom inville@ northgrenville.on.ca or at the Adm inistration Office. Please subm it applications by Friday, February 11 th , 2011 to the Adm inistration Office, 285 County Rd. 44 or cpom inville@ northgrenville.on.ca.
Sale of Land for Tax Arrears By Public Tender MUNICIPAL ACT, 2001
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TAKE NOTICE that tenders are invited for the purchase of the land(s) described below and will be received until 3:00 p.m. local time, Thursday, February 24, 2011 at Box 130, 285 County Road 44, Kemptville, Ontario K0G 1J0
Residents are rem inded that in accordance with By-Law 3301, a Burn Perm it is required to conduct open burning on property located outside of the urban area. Burn Perm its for 2011 are available at the Municipal Office or at the Fire Hall at 259 County Rd. 44 for a fee of $15.00. Please contact the Fire Hall at 258-2438 for conditions prior to burning.
The tenders will then be opened in public on the same day at 3:30 p.m. Description of Lands:
The Ontario Heritage Trust is requesting Letters of Interest from licensed caterers, food service and restaurant operators to operate a Tearoom at Fulford Place. Fulford Place is a National Historic Site located at 287 King Street East in Brockville. It is owned and operated by the Ontario Heritage Trust as a museum with event conference and meeting facilities. An operator is required to undertake the set up and operation of a tearoom , opening no later than May 24, 2011, in support of museum activities under a license agreement with the Trust. Letters of Interest are to include company background, all previous experience, current professional references, a marketing strategy and personnel to be assigned. Letters of Interest will be evaluated and selected ﬁrms invited for a site meeting. Following this meeting, a detailed proposal must be provided to the Trust. Address Letters of Interest to Pamela Brooks, Site Manager Fulford Place. Fax 613-4981050, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to 287 King Street East Brockville, Ontario, K6V 1E1. Letters must be received no later than Friday March 1, 2011. For information please call 613-489-3003.
Renewal notices have been sent to all currently registered dog owners. If you are not a currently registered dog owner, please contact By-Law Services at 613-258-9569 Ext 119 for further inform ation. The 2011 rate for Dog Licenses is a flat fee of $15 for each dog. For inform ation on Kennel Licenses, please contact By-Law Services.
Roll No. 07.19.716.025.06908 – 900 County Road 18, Oxford Mills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $26,920.29 Being Part of Lot 9, Conc. 8, being Part 1 on Plan 15R-6946 Geographic Township of Oxford – PIN 68111-0174 (LT)
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Roll No. 07.19.716.040.18501 – Part of Lot 29, Concession 2 as in PR68612 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $6,077.47 t/w PR68612, Geographic Township of Oxford - PIN 68130-0226 (LT)
Please be advised that parking on Municipal roads is prohibited between 11:00 p.m . and 8:00 a.m . from Novem ber 15th to April 15th . The vehicle m ay be issued a ticket and/or rem oved at the owner’s expense for this infraction or at any tim e a vehicle is parked in a m anner interfering with snow clearing or rem oval operations. Please note that parking in any Municipal owned parking lot is prohibited between 11:00 p.m . and 7:00 a.m . all year round.
Roll No. 07.19.721.015.04508 – Part of Lot 10, Concession 6 being Pt 1 on .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $27,267.18 15R6839, Geographic Township of South Gower - PIN 68134-0094(LT) Roll No. 07.19.721.015.05700 – Part of Lot 1, Conc. 7 as in PR47797, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $34,675.71 PR31224 & PR28141 except PR37178, Geographic Township of South Gower PIN 68132-0173 (LT)
Tenders must be submitted in the prescribed form and must be accompanied by a deposit in the form of a money order or of a bank draft or cheque certiﬁed by a bank or trust corporation payable to the municipality and representing at least 20 per cent of the tender amount.
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Except as follows, the municipality makes no representation regarding the title to or any other matters relating to the land to be sold. Responsibility for ascertaining these matters rests with the potential purchasers. This sale is governed by the Municipal Act, 2001 and the Municipal Tax Sales Rules made under that Act. The successful purchaser will be required to pay the amount tendered plus accumulated taxes and the relevant land transfer tax. The municipality has no obligation to provide vacant possession to the successful purchaser. For further information regarding this sale and a copy of the prescribed form of tender contact: Judy Carroll, Deputy Treasurer The Corporation of the Municipality of North Grenville 285 County Road 44, P.O. Box 130 Kemptville, Ontario K0G 1J0 • 613-258-9569 x 105
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2011 DOG LICENSES
The Winchester District Memorial Hospital has been hosting public consultations about the direction the hospital will be taking in the future. The hospital’s board of trustees has been an active partner in regional planning. Based on information they have received, the board has developed several scenarios for the WDMH. The next step is to hear more about what members of the community want to see. The hospital has created an online survey at www.wdmh.on.ca. The on-line survey will be on the WDMH website until Feb.11. Residents can also pick up copies of the survey in the front lobby of the hospital.
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Roll No. 07.19.716.020.12100 – 6 & 8 Water Street, Oxford Mills. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $39,609.81 Being Lots 6 and 8, Plan 4, Geographic Township of Oxford PIN 68117-0175 (LT) - Minimum Tender Amount:
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YOUTH CENTRE from the front All the youth have been thoroughly involved with the entire process of moving, helping with the packing and unpacking and the massive clean up at the new location according to Drew McLean volunteer sustainability coordinator. Meanwhile, community support has been phenomenal, according to both Tenbult and Devine, with businesses like Total Move Management helping to move the centre for free and TruLine electrical services providing complete rewiring and safety lighting. Others like Sauve Heating helped with a new heating and cooling system and
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The problem is people...not coyotes Two coyote contests in the Osgoode and West Carleton areas have prompted the Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre to encourage Parliament Hill to take another look at preventative measures. This is the second year that the contests have been held despite the fact that the hunts violate the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act — which states that hunting for gain, or to induce another person to hunt for gain is an offence. The coyote is an apex species — it has adapted well to both rural and urban environments. It performs an important role as a top predator. According to the Ministry of Natural Resources, coyotes breed in February, with the pups born in April or May. Litters usually average five to six pups, but can range from two to 10. Litter size may increase when food is abundant, or the litters may increase in size due to the fact that a contest cull takes a sizeable number of them, thus resulting in compensatory reproduction. Coyotes eat a variety of foods, including meat, carrion, fruits and vegetable matter. In winter, their diet consists mainly of rabbits, hares and deer. In spring, summer and fall, they prey mainly on small mammals, fawns, wild berries, birds, amphibians and grasshoppers. Coyotes
find their way to residential areas where they may come into conflict with pets, disturb garbage, and cause concern for residents. Wild animals have the same basic needs as humans — food, water and shelter. Sometimes, humans and wild creatures come into conflict when animals are trying to meet their basic needs. Often, conflicts can be prevented if we’re willing to make changes to how we think and act. People and wild animals live side by side in Ontario. We all share responsibility for preventing and handling human-wildlife conflicts. If you must take action against wildlife, please consider all your options and follow all relevant laws and regulations. These coyote hunts may pretend to be a legitimate cull, but are more like primitive shoot-’emup Wild West games. They won’t decrease the population of the animals in the long run. Perhaps compensation from the ministry to help pay for preventative measures would help alleviate the issue. Build a fence, hide garbage, prevent urban sprawl and get educated... these are all things the human species can do to see a more natural life cycle return to the coyote population.
Lessons for grown-ups from Story Time After an absence of about, oh, 40 years, I checked in at the library for Story Time the other day. It was pretty good. All the kids thought so. There was a lot about snowflakes. The kids paid attention, behaved, the way kids do when they are really interested in something. And while the little movie had their undivided attention, so did the reading aloud from books, which is encouraging in this day and age. If you needed persuading, you would be persuaded that public libraries are a good thing when you watch dozens of toddlers and their parents wandering in and amusing themselves in a constructive way, and none of it costing them a dime. Before and after Story Time, there was time to hang out in the children’s section, picking over books for them to borrow, keeping an eye out for stories that were too scary (which doesn’t necessarily mean ones with alligators in them), or too earnest, or too long, or too precious, or too much aimed at pleasing grown-ups. Here is another reason to thankful for public libraries. If you know children who like books, you know that they like a lot of books. They may like to go back to the same ones again and again, but
CHARLES GORDON Funny Town they also like new books, many of them, and you would rapidly go broke buying them all. So the library is vital here. To run a children’s program well, a library doesn’t need to be grand. This is not to say that a brand new fancy library in downtown Ottawa wouldn’t be great. It would be and should be. Anyone who has seen how Vancouver’s public library adorns the city’s downtown knows how truly cool, not to mention useful, a library can be. But in building the big downtown library, it would wrong to neglect the suburban branches. Those are the ones that are full of little kids on the days of Story Time. The buildings may be more modest, the facilities less than sumptuous. But they are close to where people live and they get used. They need to be kept open, and perhaps be kept open
more days and more hours than they are now. For one thing, this would give children an opportunity to see librarians in action, and notice what heroes they are. As anyone with children or grandchildren knows, the heroes and heroines of children’s books are usually bears, turtles, monkeys, dinosaurs or trucks, not librarians. On the rare occasion when heroes and heroines are human, they are mostly children, which is fair enough, or fire fighters, which is always good. Sometimes the stars of children’s books are knights who go around slaying dragons, which seems a little violent, not to mention archaic in the Internet age. Nowadays if you wanted to slay a dragon, you’d just pose an unflattering picture (and most dragon pictures are) on its Facebook page. Relevance in children’s literature is what we need. True, farmers get to be in children’s books, which is well-deserved. But we need to see more librarians on those large pages. Sharp-eyed readers may recall that there is indeed an heroic librarian in the book Library Lion, but she mostly takes second-billing to a lion. Books make a big impression on young readers and listeners. That’s why there should be social workers at the Vice-President & Regional Publisher Chris McWebb email@example.com Regional General Manager John Willems firstname.lastname@example.org
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centre of those books, and missionaries and researchers and statisticians. And writers too. Yes. None of these people slay dragons or find buried treasure or save Christmas, but they lead interesting and useful lives and who’s to say that they don’t deserve to be in picture books. Those of you who are public servants know the kind of quiet heroism the work entails. The trick is to find enticing story lines with words that are not too big. The library needs more public servants in picture books. Also teachers who are not owls.
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Let’s go back to the good old days
I am one of those who still mourn the loss of our former Oxford-on-Rideau Township Offices. You would enter the office, and the staff, clerk treasurer, Reeve or perhaps a councillor or two would greet you by your first name and deal with you in a friendly, informal way. Today, we went to our municipal office to pay and receive our burn permit and, as my wife and I always do, get the same permit for our daughter who lives just up the road. Nothing doing. A father cannot be trusted to obtain a simple $15 burn permit for his daughter (still the same family name), because some bureaucrat made such a rule. Is this one of the many ad-
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vantages and benefits that were promised to us when we agreed to the amalgamation back in 1998? Whatever became of our civilized society that a father cannot be trusted to obtain a simple $15 permit for his very own daughter? And who are those bureaucrats (or who do they think they are) to make such rules and regulations that an 84 year-old physically handicapped man has to be turned away for such a simple matter? Oh, for those good old days in Oxford Mills in our old Township of Oxford-on-Rideau. Kar1-F.and Traudie Hafner Beckett Lane
Where does your food come from? It is extremely disappointing that Canadian consumers wanting to support local food are not always served well by Canadian food labels. The members of the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario are very disappointed that the labeling practices of Canadian food processors and retailers don’t always clearly identify where the food was grown and processed. But there are some bright spots. Our fresh fruits and vegetables have excellent mandatory labeling rules that provide Canadians with informed choices when making their purchasing
decisions. We believe that consumers should have that same knowledge for all of their food purchasing decisions. If you care about where your food comes from, you need to ask yourself if current labeling practices really give you enough information about where your food comes from. If you find the answer as dissatisfying as we do, you need to talk to your MP about this important food issue. Henry Stevens, President Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario
Free Methodist. North Grenville Community Church (2659 Concession).
Wesleyan Southgate Community Church. 1303 French Settlement Road Kemptville. 10:30 a.m Sunday Service. Reverend Ben Last. The Anglican Parish of Oxford. “A BIG Country Welcome” • St. Andrew’s Garretton • St. Peter’s - North Augusta • St. Anne’s - Oxford Station. The Reverand
Matthew Kydd, 613-345-2022. South Gower Baptist Church. 447 South Gower Drive - 258-9570. Service: Sunday evening 7:30pm. Roman Catholic. Holy Cross Church (505 Clothier St. W). Mass Times: Sat: 5pm, Sun: 9 & 11 am. Children’s Liturgy during 11am Mass. Father Andrew Shim. Presbyterian. Kemptville & Mountain Pastoral Charge. Rev. Samer Kandalaft. St. Paul’s Kemptville - 10:45am. Sunday
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Service - Church School - Nursery. Knox Mountain Service - 9:15am. St. Andrew’s United Church, 256 South Gower Drive - Heckston. 11:00 am Service. Reverend Blair Paterson & Reverend Victoria Fillier. St. John’s United Church, 400 Prescott Street 10:00 AM Sunday Service with a nursery and Church school. Rev. Lynda Harrison officiating. Offices open Tues 8:30 am - 4 pm, and Wed - Fri 8:30
am - 12 pm. Phone 613-258-3259 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Calendar of events available at www.kemptvilleunitedchurch.org Building is fully accessible. Kemptville Christian Reformed Church. (2455 County Rd. 18/Clothier St. W) 10:00 a.m and 6:30 p.m Sunday Services. Children’s Worship during morning service, Sunday School following a.m service. Reverend Benjamin Ponsen.
Bethesda Chapel at the Baptist Church, 477 South Gower Drive, Kemptville. Sunday service 9am. Worship Leader: Debbie Gallagher. Teaching Elder: Bob Jones. 774-5170. Bishop's Oxford Pastoral Charge. Service at 10:00 am, 1st. & 3rd Sundays at St. Andrew’s United Church Bishop’s Mills, 2nd & 4th Sundays at Oxford Mills United Church. Minister: Reverend Paul F. Vavasour
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Silver Cross Medal replaced on 60th anniversary
A lost medal re-awakens memories of a family at war and the sacrifice of generations of Canadian soldiers JOSEPH MORIN email@example.com
The story of a lost Silver Cross Medal came to an end on Sunday, Jan. 30 at the Osgoode Legion. The Silver Cross Medal is awarded to surviving mothers and the widows of airmen and
sailors who die for their country. Originally given to Mary Ellis Lewis, the mother of Gordon Samuel Lewis, who lost his life in the early months of the Second World War, the cherished medal was eventually lost during a household move.
It has now been replaced. Gordon’s sister Dorothy Brownrigg, who is 94 years old, has fond memories of her brother. She has lived through the loss of most of her family including her mother. The 60th anniversary of her brother’s death on Jan. 29, 1941
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Early French Immersion Junior/Senior Kindergarten and Grade 1 Information Night for interested parents in North Grenville, and Merrickville When: February 16, 2011 Time: 7:00-8:00 pm Where: Kemptville Public School 215 Reuben Crescent, Kemptville Please call 613-258-2206 if you have any questions. This is an opportunity for parents to learn more about the Early French Immersion Program which is available for students entering Junior and Senior Kindergarden and Grade 1 in September 2011. Nancy Hanna Principal David K. Thomas Director of Eduction
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John Light, former constituency assistant to MP Pierre Poilievre, presents the Silver Cross Medal to Dorothy Brownrigg, in remembrance of her brother, Gordon Samuel Lewis, who fought and died in the Second World War.
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brought back to her family the importance of the missing medal. After talking to her member of parliament Pierre Poilievre, and applying for a new medal at the Department of National Defense, she received word that a new Silver Cross Medal would be issued. Brownrigg said her brother was a great Canadian. “My husband and I, along with my brother, went to Hogs Back in Ottawa for the day. We had a radio that we stuck in the fork of a tree. There was an announcement that came over the radio about Canada going to war and Gordon said, “if my country is going to war then I will be the first to go,” she remembered. Gordon Samuel Lewis went over to England as a signalman with the First Canadian Corps of Signals. “I can remember my mother with a broken heart when he died” Brownrigg said. She says that when she received the new medal she added her wedding ring to it. “I loved my brother very much.” Dorothy’s family has always been quick to defend their country. She was born right in the middle of the First World War. Her father Neil Gatens Lewis, went over to Europe as part of the 207th battalion to fight. He left just months after she was born. Her grandfather had his
own history of serving his country. He fought for the British in the Crimean War in the Battle of Balaclava, which would later be captured in Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem The Charge of the Light Brigade. A spokesperson with the Department of National Defense said that Gordon was most likely involved in training sessions as the British prepared themselves for a German invasion from the air and the sea. Gordon is thought to have been killed during a bombing raid. Pierre Poilievre MP for Nepean Carleton has been the driving force in helping the Osgoode resident get the medal. This past Sunday the medal was officially presented to her at the Osgoode Legion hall. Poilievre said, “Families like her’s have suffered for our country and for all of us. Their contributions are invaluable to Canada, and we must constantly thank them for their sacrifice and comfort them in their loss - especially on important anniversaries.” Brownrigg is also the greatgrandmother of the late Michael Potvin of Osgoode. Potvin was serving as an RCMP officer when he died in a boating accident last August. In addition, she was the Silver Cross Mother for the Osgoode Legion last Remembrance Day.
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Auction Sale of Antiques, Collectibles, Royal Doulton Figurines, Glassware, Old Musical Instruments, Household Furniture, Quilts, Tools and Miscellaneous Articles In the Vernon Recreational Centre, Vernon Ont – turn east on Lawrence St. ½ mile-just off Bank St. (formerly Hwy 31)- approx 20 miles South of Ottawa. Watch for Auction Signs.
Saturday, February 12 at 10:00 am (viewing from 8:30 am)
We hope that you will be as enthusiastic as we are about this sale. From the high quality antiques and excellent collectibles and glassware to the household furnishings and tools there is truly something for every taste. Come and be part of an exciting day! See www.theauctionfever.com for more detailed listing.
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Grenville Municipal Centre on Jan. 20. He urged constituents for their input on the federal budget. Brown said he is engaging the communities in his riding. “We want to get to get the views of hardworking Canadian families, small business owners and workers that we should adopt as part of the next phase of the Economic Action Plan. We want to get the views of Canadians on the best ways to create jobs and economic growth.” North Grenville is the fastest growing community with the development of the Colonnade project, Brown noted. Infrastructure will be an important focus in the near future with the upgrading of County Road 43, where much of the development is happening. “That will be a major project in terms of infrastructure,” Brown said. “A better and more efficient infrastructure for North Grenville will be the next big push and I will support that.” Brown said they are looking at lowcost ways of creating jobs and economic growth while staying on track to balance the budget by 2015. Steve Kirby was one of the members
of the public who was concerned with a number of issues, including infrastructure deficit and stimulus funding, to rising prices of gasoline, income inequality and health care. “We have a large number of people who are homeless in this country and many who are making obscene salaries,” Kirby said. Brown noted that the country is on the right track and cited various ways that was happening.“Over the past two years, Canada has weathered the worst global economic downturn since the Second World War, a downturn that was started by the financial crisis on Wall Street and soon spread throughout the world,” he said. Home renovation tax credits, freezing employment insurance premiums and enhancing benefits as well as introducing training options were also introduced, Brown added. “Our government knows that Canadians are concerned about the economy,” he said. “That is why the economy continues to be the number one priority of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, our government and me. Our government will continue to focus on creating jobs for workers, retirement savings for seniors and the financial security of all Canadian families.”
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The Upper Canada District School Board Dr. Alec Patterson World-Renowned Thoracic Surgeon UCDSB Graduate
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Kristine Plant Nurse Ironman Triathlete UCDSB Graduate
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North Grenville District High School 304 Prescott St., Kemptville 613-258-3481 Principal: Steve Sharp Grade 8 Parent/Student Information Night Wed., Feb. 9, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Gymnasium T.R. Leger School of Adult, Alternative and Continuing Education Kemptville Campus Ontario Agricultural College Gibson Hall, 2nd Floor, Kemptville 613-258-8519 Principal: Frank Hummell
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