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Our Beautiful cover photo is of Sarah Primeau and her newborn son Camden. This beautiful photo was taken by Danielle Murphy. You can view more or Danielle’s work on here website located at you can contact Danielle at (613) 899-0399

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On April 26th, members of the Maycourt Club Brockville made a generous donation of $5000 to Operation Harvest Sharing’s - Growing Bigger to Serve Better capital campaign. At the moment the fund stands at $135,000 of the goal of $140,000 Snapped in this photo is (back row) JoAnne Sytsma, Barb Campbell, Gay Brown, Ken Lacey (front) Catherine Deplaedt, Lynda Cavangh and Cathy TeKamp!

Volunteer Centre Community Walk 2013 The Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence-Rideau held their annual Community Walk at the 1000 Islands Mall on Friday April 26th. There was a great turnout of walkers, the final tally of funds raised was $7200 which surpassed last year!

Left: Snapped in this photo is Loretta (a walker), MP Gord Brown, Donna and Joan (Owner of Hands At Work). These four were eagerly awaiting the start of the community walk. Donna is the wife of the 1000 Islands Mall Manager Leo Doucet. Right- In this photo Brockville City Councillor Leigh Bursey shows the funds that he has been able to raise for the community walk. Leigh is also an employee of the Volunteer Centre and works hard for the community and the groups that the Volunteer Centre supports!

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YMCA of Brockville and Area Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner The annual dinner was held on the evening of April 23rd. The YMCA of Brockville and Area is pleased to congratulate this year’s recipients at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. Up for nomination for the Dr. Stanley Brown Memorial “Y Values” Award were the following nominees: Audrey Beedie, Audrey Fischer, Barbara Mason, Carrie Allen-Graves, Cathie Motluk, Clifford Laming and Sandra Bohn. These volunteers have given many hours of valuable mentorship and support to the association in a multitude of areas such as Snack Bar Operation, Program Instruction, Preschool Programs , and Membership. The “Spirit of the Y” youth award was presented to the Kids Club After School Team for their support of the fun and educational program. For more information, please contact Anna Hudson, Manager of Funds Development at 613-342-7961 x 30.

KnowBrockville was invited to St. Lawrence College where three of Bill Chafe’s Communications 20 students made a donation of over $400 to Making Play Possible. The students raised the funds through a Skate with the Braves plus a BBQ. This fundraiser was a project for the 3 students, they worked 15 weeks on this project and had a number of sponsors as well. KnowBrockville will have a complete story in our May edition. Snapped in this photo from left to right is Randy Hopkins of Making Play Possible, Charly Quenneville, Rebeckah Robar and Jordan Ohlmann absent at the presentation was Ben Blasko, Chris Roll and Darren Thompson who also helped with the project. Great job guys, really nice to see students helping the community!

Brockville General Hospital News - April - May 2013

Time-Honoured BGH Volunteer Tradition is All Sewn Up Brockville: In the deep, dark hallways of lower Brockville General Hospital Charles Street Site, there is a room filled with sun, sewing and sisterly conversation-a room that has, in one form or another, operated at BGH since 1889. The Joy Short Sewing Room, once a central gathering place for female volunteers, now seems one of the hospital’s best-kept secrets despite the impressive longevity.

Gananoque Legion Gifts $5000 to BGH Gananoque/Brockville: The Gananoque Legion Branch 92 recently donated $5000 to Brockville General Hospital (BGH) towards the purchase of a new bladder scanner

The Many Hands of BGH Volunteers Brockville: To kick off National Volunteer Appreciation Week April 22 to 26, Brockville General Hospital (BGH) hosted a Volunteer Showcase at its Charles Street Site. On display were the many areas and services available for those who wish to donate the The $5000 is a combined amount $2000 from the valuable commodity of time to their community hosBranch, $1000 from the Poppy Fund, and $2000 pital. from the Ladies Auxiliary. In the near future, the funds will be used to purchase the bladder scanner via the On hand to answer any questions were (l - r) Janet Brockville and District Hospital Foundation (BDHF). Stark, Spiritual Care Coordinator; Cheryl Marshall, Volunteer Coordinator; Dodie Ryan, Spiritual Care Presenting the cheque on behalf of Legion Branch Volunteer; Patricia Howlett, Palliative Care Volunteer 92 Gananoque are (l - r) Ken Stewart, Legion Past Coordinator; Maureen Duff, Recreation Therapist; President; Bev Miller, Ladies Auxiliary President; and Sharron Fairgrieve, Spiritual Care Volunteer, and Murray Salter, Poppy Fund Chair; to BDHF Board Brenda Harrison, Palliative Care Volunteer. Chair Tom Blanchard, and Heather Quesnelle, BGH Acting President and CEO.

Uniquely Creative Artisans Artisan Profile: Andrea Harasek

Do you remember as a child you loved to go to birthday party for a friend and couldn’t wait to get the “take home goody bag” filled with treats and toys which was the thank you for coming to the party? At A Slice of Cake I remember that feeling and have elevated it into more than just a goody bag. From small intimate gatherings to large festivities, I can help you ensure that your guests will be leaving with a smile on their face as you present them with a unique flavor coordinated with your event. I have a lot of fun ideas that can be used for different occasions and can customize just about anything - from colours to wording, cake slices to goody bags - we can help make your take home thank you gift to your guests a bit more special. KnowBrockville is proud to be associated with this local group of artisans and crafts people. These individuals are talented and friendly. If you truly want to shop locally I would recommend you shop at their two beautiful stores.

Artisan Profile: Laurie Barcier-Ferguson OUR LITTLE SECRET Our Little Secret is owed and operated by Laurie Barcier. You can find her and her unique Baked goods in the 1000 island mall Saturday and Sundays and if you get there early enough you can get the butter tarts when they are still warm, the smell alone will draw you in, you can tell everything is fresh baked just buy the smell. You can also find our little secret in the summer at the local farmers market down town Brockville with baked goods of all kinds. Take stop by and take or look or just come for the smell of fresh peanut butter cup brownie or the unique chocolate covered bacon. There is a surprise every week of something new, and remember buy from us and say you made it yourself and it will always be our little secret.

Small Business Thought... As a small business owner I understand the time commitment that it takes to build and continue to grow a business needed. The rewards of being a small business owner is not only financial, no being a business owner comes with many other rewards. For me one of these rewards is the satisfaction that I get out of highlighting and helping our community. With KnowBrockville 100% of our revenues stay in the Brockville area. Brockville is a great city and I am very proud to have established a growing business in Brockville.

The YMCA Hot Lunch on May 1st was served and hosted by the Employment and Education Centre. Frittatas with salad, yogurt & fruit and a drink were served with the $7 charge for the lunch going to the Strong Kids Campaign. Snapped in this photo is Deborah Alarie, Kim Barkley, Shelly Fenlong and Linda Raby all from the Employment and Education Centre!

The latest participants of the Brockville Grief Walking Group stand with Sandra Thompson (far right), Bereavement Coordinator with the Brockville and District Hospice Palliative Care Service (BDHPCS) based at Brockville General Hospital. “Put Your Best Foot Forward” are the words that launch the weekly bereaved walking support group as the participants begin their journey. Participants walk together, sharing friendship and support in a very natural manner.

As part of the celebrations marking Volunteer Week at Brockville General Hospital (BGH), staff and volunteers at the Garden Street Site recently hosted an afternoon tea with live music for patients and their family members. Gathered at Garden Street in song are (l - r) Patricia Howlett, BGH Coordinator of Hospice Palliative Care (HPC) volunteers; Mary Robinson, HPC volunteer; Shelly Wing, Brenda Harrison, HPC volunteer; Janet Stark, BGH Spiritual Care Coordinator; and Beverly Sutton, Community and Grief Support volunteer.

KnowBrockville was invited to Sears Brockville Spring Glam Gala, an event where there was games, hand waxing, massages, goodie bags, hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. It was also a chance to save money on cosmetics. Tickets cost only $10 and $2 of that was donated to The Look Good Feel Better Foundation. Snapped in this photo from left to right is Lori, Halle, Stehany (Cosmetics Manager), Tracey, Jane (Store Manager) and in front Tracy.

One of Our Contest Winners Lindsay and Brandon drop by with Hailey our winning of the Best Friend photo contest to get their $25 PJs Pets Gift Card. I bet Hailey got some new toys as they headed there immediately!

Another One of Our Contest Winners Allison Pickard as all smiles when she picked up her 32” LED TV as winner of our word of the day contest. Please stay tuned for our next great contest!

The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario is pleased to announce that Terron James, a grade 12 student at Notre Dame Catholic High School in Carleton Place, has been elected as the next Catholic Student Trustee for the CDSBEO. Ms. James will be assuming the role from current Catholic Student Trustee, Sean Fry, a student at St. Mary CHS, in Brockville.

Congratulations to Investors Group for their sponsorship of the Student Caring Awards! Investors Group presented the Volunteer Centre of St Lawrence-Rideau with a cheque for $1,000 for the Student Caring Awards. Great job Investors Group.

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My mom, Penny Looby, is the best mom. I was diagnosed with a hearing loss when I was 4, and there was no one else around in Mallorytown at the time who had a hearing loss, so my parents were pretty much pioneers in raising a hearing impaired girl. She would fight for me to get everything I needed to learn in school, she fought for me to get speech therapy. She would take time out of her day and do speech with me. All while she worked full time. First at P&G, then at Multi Laser in Gananoque. My dad was working seasonally on a golf course. But Mom was always the one who would make sure I was able to participate in anything. I played baseball from the time I was 4 until I was 14. At first, both my parents coached, and mom taught me how to read my dad’s lips to tell me to steal second or third or to stop. She helped me learn how to, basically survive in a “hearing world”. Thanks to her, I have no problem going up to people and asking them to repeat or to slow down so I can understand them. I have no problem asking if there is captioning or subtitles on something. Thanks to my mom advocating for me, I can now advocate for myself.

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Twenty-eight Local Babies Participated in Guinness World Record Attempt. [Brockville, Ont.] April 22, 2013 - Last Saturday, 28 babies participated in The Great Cloth Diaper Change at the Thousand Islands Mall in Brockville in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the number of babies changed into a cloth diaper within a 24 hour time period. It’ll be a few days before the unofficial worldwide total is announced and a few months before the official Guinness total is verified and announced. In Brockville we had more babies turn out than ever before – and this is our first year to qualify for the official Guinness total (a minimum of 25 babies is required to be counted towards the Guinness record). Last year, The Great Cloth Diaper Change broke the Guinness World Record for the most cloth diapers changed simultaneously with 8251 participants at

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189 locations in 11 countries. This year, there were 285 locations in 17 countries. So far, the unofficial total is 6,509 participants (including the 28 in Brockville): 131 locations still have to report their totals. It is expected that the Guinness World Record will be broken again this year as more and more families are choosing to use cloth diapers. According to the Real Diaper Industry Association, in recent years, cloth diaper sales have grown by over 30 percent in the USA. Cloth diapers have come a long way in the past several years and this event is designed to be an eye-opener and an inspiration for expecting and new parents to use cloth diapers, a more planet- and wallet-friendly alternative to disposable diapers. Families can save an average of $2,000 by choosing cloth diapers, according to the Real Diaper Association – and more when the diapers are used for more than one child.

Laura Parrott, Alexandra Belanger, Emma Mayer and Lily Mayer participated on Saturday April 20th in an attempt to break a world’s record during the Great Cloth Diaper Change that was held at the 1000 Islands Mall. Details if the record was broken will come soon! Consistency is the key In the world of health and fitness consistency is the key, consistency with nutrition, exercise and rest. I truly believe that all three of these components are important to a healthy balanced lifestyle. I hear so many people say I eat healthy and exercise but I still feel drained or can’t get my extra weight off. Sometimes the one thing they are missing is adequate rest. As adults we need a minimum of 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep at night to be rested. As far as nutrition goes the important thing to remember is to eat for fuel and well being. I preach eating clean and a proper balance of protein, healthy fats and carbohydrates (healthy complex carbs). Eating clean means to eat foods that are not processed, organic when possible, fresh, local and real (has a mother or grown from the earth). If you are to eat a packed food make sure there is less than 5 ingredients and that you know what the ingredients are. If you don’t know what the ingredient is don’t eat it, I call those anti-foods. It’s important to have 5 to six small meals a day and do this 7 days a week. I hear so many people say that they eat well Monday-Friday and then eat whatever they want over the weekends (junk food etc…) If you think of it doing this adds up to eating unhealthy for over 1/3 of your entire year. No wonder you are not reaching your results or optimal body composition. Consistency is the Key. That being said we are all human and we need to treat ourselves once and a while. That is why I allow my clients and myself to have a treat meal once a week. Now with fitness its more than proven that exercise has thousands of benefits. Benefits anywhere from looking great, feeling great, getting sick less often, living longer and in better health, I could honestly go on forever with why consistent excise is important. But it’s important to stay consistent with your exercise and healthy lifestyle. I highly recommend at least 3 sessions for strength training a week of 30 to 45 minutes and a minimum of 4 sessions of 30-60 minutes for cardiovascular exercise. Cardio can be anything from a brisk walk, a bike ride, a local group fitness class, sprints, swimming etc… I hear so many people say well I don’t have time for all of that. But if you don’t make time now for health and exercise you will have to make time for illness now and in later life. Which would you prefer? Staying consistent with your exercise will also become a habit. Once the habit is formed its part of your lifestyle and once you have a healthy consistent balanced lifestyle you will feel better then you EVER have! What are you waiting for, instead of saying you will start tomorrow, start today! Get a trainer, join a gym, get outside with the family, go to the farmers market and local grocery store and get to bed at a decent time. Your body will thank you and so will your mind. Michelle Manoll Owner and Personal Trainer Ma Belle Fitness 613-341-6984 Twitter @MaBelleFitness Youtube channel

Three UCDSB Students Named Winners of UCTV Logo Design Contest (Brockville) - Three students from across the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) have been named the winners of the UCTV Logo Design Contest, hosted by the UCDSB Communications and Relationship Management department. Almonte and District High School grade 12 student Fenton Isaacs, Rideau District High School grade 12 student Kyla Doornbos, and Thousand Islands Secondary School grade 11 student Paige VanDrunen will receive a $100 gift card to the store of their choice, as well as a plaque recognizing their creativity and hard work. The contest, which ran from mid-January until March 1, was open to students in grades 9-12. Their challenge was to come up with the look of UCTV, the board’s brand new online streaming channel. Although the initial contest rules stated that there would be one overall winner, judges decided that there were aspects of each of the three logo designs that were crucial. These aspects will be incorporated into a final design which will be completed by a professional graphic designer. The final logo will be featured in an animation at the beginning of each UCTV broadcast, and potentially be used for future promotional materials. “UCTV is a live broadcasting channel for UCDSB students, so it only makes sense to have our students design the look of it,” said David K. Thomas, Director of Education. “Students can then use their designs for their own portfolios.” VanDrunen participated in the logo contest because her communications technology class took it on as an assignment. “I just looked on the board website and Google,” she said. “From that, I just came up with my own idea.” “I’m not really an artist,” she laughed. Isaacs said he participated in the contest because he likes graphic design, and he thought it would be a fun challenge. “I like the fact that it would be used throughout the board,” he said. Isaacs said he came up with the concept after taking some time to brainstorm. “I wanted it to be simple and clean,” he said. “I started with the TV, and then incorporated the text. I added the leaf after looking at the UCDSB logo.” Doornbos tried her hand at the contest after some encouragement from her mom and communications technology teacher. “I really like art,” she said. “So, I just wanted to try it and see what would happen.” “I’ve seen a lot of logos online with the cartoon TV,” she added. “I also watch TSN a lot, and that’s how I came up with the idea to write a tagline.” Doornbos said that her father is a landscaper, and he’s asked her many times to draw designs for him. “I don’t do a lot of art publicly - this is really it!” she said.

Melissa Patry of Royal LePage Realty has committed a percentage of her sales as donations through the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. This afternoon Melissa presented a cheque for over $600 to Kimberley Wright of Leeds and Grenville Interval House. Kimberly thanked Melissa and stated that the cheque would go towards the purchase of many groceries for Interval House. Snapped in this photo is Kimberley Wright of Interval House of the left and Melissa Patry on the right.

New Chief of Staff for BGH Brockville/Leeds & Grenville: Brockville General Hospital is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Stephen McMurray as the new Chief of Medical Staff. Dr. McMurray was born and raised in Toronto, and received his medical degree at the University of Western Ontario. He has been part of the BGH physician team since 1985, specializing in the areas of Family Practice and Emergency medicine. Dr. McMurray served as Chief of Family Practice Medicine and Emergency Medicine for BGH from 1986 to 1997. From 1997 to 2012, he was Medical Director and Emergency physician in Watertown, New York, while maintaining his family practice in Brockville. During this time, Dr. McMurray also served on the College of Physicians and Surgeons Quality Assurance Committee from 1997 to 2007.

Rideau St. Lawrence Science Fair 2013 in this photo participants Madeline, Janet show Judge Kevin their Skittles Project.

“Dr. McMurray is replacing Dr. Robert Beveridge, who served as BGH Chief of Staff for six years,” says Norman Millar, Chair of the BGH Board of Governors. “In my time as Chair of the Board of Governors, I developed a great respect for Dr. Beveridge. On behalf of the Board, I wish to thank him for his dedication and contributions to the hospital as Chief of Staff.” “Dr. Stephen McMurray brings with him a wealth of administrative and medical leadership experience to the role of Chief of Staff,” Millar continues. “We welcome him and look forward to working with him over the coming years.”

2nd Annual Brockville Ontario Speedway Fan Fair was held at Walmart on April 13th, In this photo is driver Danny O’Brien and fan Theresa

In the photo above are some of the judges of the Rideau St. Lawrence Science Fair 2013.

Brockville Police Recognize Al Dunn of Candock On the 18th of April 2013 Inspector Scott Fraser and Sergeant Peter Buell presented Al Dunn of The Prop Shop and Candock with a plaque recognizing his contribution to the Brockville Police Service. Mr. Dunn graciously donated a Candock system for the personal watercraft donated by Brockville Honda Powerhouse. The dock ensured the personal watercraft was out of the water when not in use and offered a stable platform for officers to utilize when docking and departing. “We are thankful for the partnerships we have established with The Prop Shop, Candock and Brockville Honda Powerhouse, without them we would not have a personal watercraft available to keep you safe on the water.” - Insp. Fraser.

LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER WINS TOP PRIZE FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW PRESCOTT, ON, APRIL 22, 2013: On Sunday, April 21st, Prescott resident and digital photo artisan, Mike Laking’s work, “Hummingbird Dragons”, won the 1st Prize in Photography and Best In Show Orchid Photography awards at the 32nd Annual Ottawa Orchid Show. Jane Logan, Co-chair, Ottawa Orchid Show Art Gallery, emailed Mike with the exciting news that not only had he won Best In Class Orchid Photography for the fourth year in a row, but that “Hummingbird Dragons” had also won 1st Prize too. Mike noted that he is thrilled to once again participate in the 32nd Annual Ottawa Orchid Show and very pleased that “Hummingbird Dragons” was singled out for such high praise from his peers. “I am really blessed to be awarded Best In Show Orchid Photography for the fourth year in a row. Receiving such an award from the Ottawa Orchid Society judges means that I have indeed captured the essence of the orchid that it is true to nature.” An artist who uses a camera to paint, local digital photo artisan, Mike Laking, incorporates computer graphic and free-hand drawing techniques on his own original photographs to produce international award winning art. His art is printed using museum quality archival inks, paper and canvas, and his unique photoart is held in numerous collections across Canada, United States, Europe and Mexico. Mike`s art is carried by the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens, Mailboxes Etc. and Flowers to Go, in Puerto Vallarta, is featured in the Heritage Room at the Brockberry Café & Suites and also hangs in the New Oak Tree Furniture store in Brockville. His line of blank greetings cards and art is also available at through his website at Below are some of Mike’s winning photos. KnowBrockville would like to congratulate Mike on his win and his great photos, we hope you enjoy looking at them as we have.

Congratulations to Lisa & Chris Lisa Campbell & Christopher Illingworth had their dream wedding at the 1000 Islands Mall on April 27th, 2013 when they were joined by hundreds of friends and family. The ceremony was great and there were many smiling faces while the couple exchanged their vows. KnowBrockville would like to wish Lisa and Chris the happiest and most fulfilled future. Thank you for allowing KnowBrockville to be part of your day.

Brockville’s Best Mom!

Penny Leslie, she’s 52 and has a heart of gold. She’s the best mother I know, and I’m not just saying that because she’s mine. Since she was 10 she helped raise her baby brother, her other siblings children, children in children’s aid services (because her parents were foster parents and her sister is a worker) and several people who have been living on the street.

Right now my mother is housing myself and my best friend, and never treats Megan any differently, in fact she treats Megan like she’s her biological daughter & I know the love between them is true and strong. My momma will do anything for us, she bends over backwards and works hard to provide for us. She’s a loving wife, mother, sister and daughter. A few years back she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and earlier this year with angina which took her mother 18 years ago at the tender age of 55. I just want her to know that she is loved by all of us in this home and that we appreciate all the hard work she does both in the home (we moved to Brockville in 2012 after 12 years in a house she strives to make a home) and in her job as a waitress for Wok House in Prescott where she’s been for 27 years, first as Seaway Restaurant and now as Wok. Momma, you are by far the BEST mom in the world Submitted By Samantha.

FROM THE EDITOR/PUBLISHER Welcome to the May edition of your KnowBrockville. KnowBrockville continues to bring you events, news and stories from in and around Brockville. May 1 was the 1st anniversary of our Facebook page launch and website launch in in only 1 year our Facebook page has achieved over 6400 followers which is truly amazing. I am so proud to see how my small business is quickly becoming the #1 monthly read in the Brockville area. KnowBrockville is published monthly by Just One Man Media. No part of this publication may be reproduced in part or in whole without the strict permission of the publisher. All rights are reserved. All rights are reserved. Publisher Tim Sharpe 613-803-0822


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My name is Mary Lynn Villeneuve (McLaughlin) I actually lived in Prescott and Cardinal back in the late 70’s and early 80’s so coming back to Brockville is coming home for me. My mom was born and raised here so I have been coming here all my life. I recently moved from Norwood Ontario which is near Peterborough. I have owned my own TravelOnly franchise going on 7 years now. Before that I worked in the trucking industry both as a long haul driver and then in the office/sales side of it. I am married to my husband Richard and we have an 8 year old son Jackson. Travel has always been my passion and 7 years ago I decided to finally take the plunge and purchase my own travel franchise. It was the best decision I ever made. I can honestly say I Love What I Do. TravelOnly is a family owned and operated Canadian Company with 38 years of experience. We are a licensed wholesale/retail travel agency from coast to coast. TravelOnly is governed by T.I.C.O in Ontario and the B.P.C.P.A in British Columbia and O.P.C in Québec. We adhere to all of their requirements and regulations. Travelonly is also an accredited I.A.T.A. appointed agency and a member of C.L.I.A, B.B.B and A.C.T.A. TravelOnly, with over 500 agents coast to coast, prides itself on providing attention to detail and expert advice to every customer. Every Travelonly professional combines the latest technology with old-fashioned customer service. Our state of the art software and booking engine enables travel specialists to identify excellent values on all major wholesalers and consolidators. Travelonly agents are experts in both group and individual packages. Programs ranging from family reunions and honeymoon to corporate meetings, incentives and ship charters are handled courteously and professionally. I am TICO registered which is required for anyone to sell travel in Ontario. Some of my achievements in the past 7 years have taken a lot of long hard hours of dedication, training, online training and first hand experience. I achieved my ACC certification with the Cruise Line Industry in 2009. ACC is an accredited cruise counsellor. You achieve this certification by attending several training seminars, online training and exams, completing several cruise ship inspections and personal cruises and selling a specified number of cruises. Some of my other certifications include Certified Sandals Specialist Luxury Travel Specialist Honeymoon Specialist Vegas Certified Travel Professional University of Visit Florida graduate Destination Specialist with many places such as Los Cabos, Reno/Lake Tahoe, Myrtle Beach, Dominican Republic, etc. Certification with many of the cruise lines such as Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Princess Cruise Lines, Holland America etc. Training is very important to me and it is always an ongoing process in the travel industry. Some of the places I have been: Canada - British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec United States. I have travelled through 40 of the 50 US states and have cov

So why use a travel agent? As an agent I am here to work for you. I am a professional with extensive training. I can help you research a destination, make recommendations based on experience, arrange all of your reservations and ticketing and even help you fulfill special requests. As an agent we have enormous buying power with many of our preferred suppliers. Perhaps you want a special request for a hotel. As an agent I may send hundreds of clients to that hotel over the year. This may give me an edge over the individual going there for the first time asking for something special. With Travelonly being TICO registered that means you have myself and our company to stand behind you and work for you should problems arise. If you make the booking yourself such as online.. You only have yourself to fight to resolve issues. Should you still choose to book yourself online my only advice to you is to be very careful. Please ensure who you are dealing with is a legitimate and secure company. Most important though is to ensure they are TICO registered for your own protection. Most suppliers endorse and encourage you to book with a travel agent! It is important for you to understand the prices you see on legitimate online sites all agents have access to the same pricing. New regulations have been implemented in this industry to prevent discounting. If you ever want to check any destination, availability and pricing please do not hesitate to contact me. What can you book with Travelonly? I am a full service travel agency. Vacation packages such as your sun destination all inclusive Cruises Air, Hotel, Car Rentals Independent Travel Group Travel such as family reunions, destination weddings etc. Fundraising travel ( very popular with cruising) Corporate Incentive Travel Luxury Travel Escorted Tours Travel Insurance I am also the exclusive agent for Esploritalia Tours- VIP Wine & Culinary Tours in Italy. Esploritalia Tours provides a unique portfolio of Tours & Accommodations in Italy. An unforgettable journey discovering the landscapes, wineries, art, and lifestyle of Italy, a selection of the best hotels at a convenient price and a choice of different recreational activities for a charming Italian experience. We offer several preset tours throughout the year and are capable to customize private tours for groups. These tours are extremely popular and sell out quickly. Our next Tuscany Wine and Culinary tour, escorted by an award winning sommelier, Antonio Mauriello, is October 11-20 2013 and is more than half sold out already. Contact me for details to experience a trip of a lifetime. I am your travel agent I am here to work for you to ensure your vacation will provide for you quality, value and memories to last a lifetime If you can dream it, we can plan it so you can travel DREAM***PLAN***TRAVEL If you or anyone you know may have any travel plans in the future please feel free to contact me. I would love to work with you to help you create the vacation of a lifetime. MARY LYNN VILLENEUVE, ACC Travel Consultant Certified Sandals Specialist Exclusive Agent for Esploritalia Tours 613-924-1404 Check out our “Exclusive” Wine, Culinary and Cultural Tours of Italy at www. “LIKE” us on Facebook for great travel tips, destination info and advisories, contests and more.


DATE: August 12th to August 16th, 2013

Time: 8am to 4pm Well, everyone has been asking so here it is, our very first Karate Day Camp. There will be a one hour karate class everyday, maybe two. We will have Karate movies, learn how to use chopsticks, juggle, try some origami, play some games. There will be visits from Brockville Police, St. John’s Ambulance and a Fire Hall tour. Lots of fun.

Price: $250 a week per child—bring your own Snacks & Lunch

Thousand Islands Martial Arts 41 John St., Brockville, ON K6V 5A6


AGES—6 & UP Please register before July 29th to reserve your spot. Spaces are limited so call early

Self Defense is like preventive maintenance. You know when you take your car in for an oil change and they check and lube everything or maybe it is the same as when you go for a check-up at the doctors. You do not have to be very strong or physically fit to learn how to protect yourself. You just have to take the initiative to make a change in your life, stand up for yourself, build some self confidence and take control of YOU. Seek the help of others. There is always someone there to help. Just Ask !!

Shoppers Drugmart at the Zoomer Health & Lifestyle Expo

Great Health and Beauty Advice was handed out at the Zoomer Health and Lifestyle Expo by 1000 Islands Mall Shoppers Drugmart owner Mark Leslie and his helpful team. Shoppers employees were on hand to answer questions about your health, provide beauty advice and free makeovers as well as demonstrate some health and home devices. As usual the Shoppers Drugmart area was busy with show patrons receiving FREE makeover and makeup application tips!

MISCONCEPTIONS OF SELF DEFENSE What is Self Defense? I have asked myself many times and have come to the conclusion that it is an art in which one would preserve one’s well being or simply defending yourself against any harm. Then why does it seem so difficult at times to protect yourself and others against physical or mental harm. That brings up another question. Is Self Defense ALL physical? Well it is debatable right? I believe Self Defense is 90% Mental and 10% physical and some may definitely argue with that. Think about it……. Why resort to physical when you can defend yourself or defeat your opponent with your mind, sounds tricky. Well, if you can not be in a situation where you would need to defend yourself then that is half the battle. That’s right. Self Defense can be controlled by the proper prevention methods. Know the dangers and work to prevent yourself from being in the area or situation in the first place. If you can defend yourself with the mental then you don’t need the physical, very easy…..wrong. You cannot just wave a wand and say “From this day forward I will defend myself and others with my mind”. It doesn’t work that way, it takes some work and effort to achieve anything so why not Self Defense. First of all, if you find yourself in a situation where you need Self Defense then step back and look at how that came about in the first place. Did you allow yourself to be a target or have someone control your life? If so, and you want your life back then do something about it. Now people have many excuses why they should not learn to defend themselves and we can touch on just a few. For example: “Oh, I’m too old” “Look at me, who would bother me anyways” “I’m not strong enough” “ I don’t go out at night” “I have no time” “It costs too much” I could go on and on. There are many excuses. Well let me see if I can dispel some of these for you. You’re never too old, too young, ugly, good looking, weak or strong, financially strapped etc.etc. Now you don’t even have to go out at night because they will come to you anytime of the day or night and not surprisingly, they may even be living with you now. I tried to find some stats for our area but no one really takes the time to track much of this but trust me, from what I’ve been told there is a lot of domestic violence, sexual assaults, home invasions and more, in our own little area that we live in. Yes, it’s true but you never hear about them that much for the simple reason it is to protect the victims which makes a lot of sense to me. So to sum it up if you don’t hear about it then I guess it doesn’t happen here…. WRONG !! Don’t be afraid to seek out the help of others to help you achieve peace of mind. Learn the little things like avoidance, how to build self confidence, self esteem. You have choices, first is AVOID, second should be ESCAPE and your last choice should be ATTACK. When you attack then fight back with everything you have. By practicing simple physical techniques it will make these techniques more effective, especially when you are under stress. Let your instincts be your guide. If you can build your mental then you will find that people will not take advantage of you so often or so easily. You have to learn to build your inner self with lots of confidence and self esteem without these you will allow yourself to be a victim or be controlled in all aspects of your life. Learn to break free and be an individual, be yourself, the person God intended for you to be. Sometimes we just need a little help especially when things get all messed up. People sometimes think if they take a course to learn how to defend or protect themselves then they are weak. Not at all, it means you are stronger because you have taken the first step to be YOU again. <<<

GRETZKY TO ATTEND KICK-OFF FUND-RAISER FOR CPHC CAPITAL CAMPAIGN BROCKVILLE – Walter Gretzky, the father of hockey star Wayne Gretzky, will be joined by legendary newscaster Max Keeping at a fund-raising reception on June 3rd, 2013 to benefit Community and Primary Health Care’s capital campaign. The Capital Campaign Summer Kickoff Reception, to be hosted by Senator Bob Runciman, will be held in the common room at the Boardwalk condominium, 11 Broad St. Brockville from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $150 and a charitable donation tax receipt will be issued for a portion of the ticket price. CPHC’s capital campaign was launched to raise $2.9 million toward the agency’s Centre of Excellence, now under construction on Parkedale Avenue. The federal and provincial governments are contributing $6.7 million toward the project, which consolidates several community and primary health services into one new state-of-the-art facility.

Guess Who Is Engaged? Leigh Bursey Is! Pictured here are Councillor Leigh Bursey, and his beautiful bride-to-be Courtney Ethridge. KnowBrockville sends congratulations to Leigh and Courtney!

CPHC, which is celebrating 100 years of serving the residents of Leeds, Grenville and Lanark, provides a variety of health-care services to thousands of residents of the tri-county area. “CPHC is a very worthy cause,” Runciman said. “The agency provides a full range of services to meet the needs of an aging population, and they do it flexibly and efficiently, responding to needs as they arise.” “We are so grateful and appreciative that Senator Runciman is hosting this reception in support of our capital project” Ruth Kitson commented. “I cannot phrase it any better than Senator Runciman when he stated”, “The Centre of Excellence is the way of the future”. CPHC continues to serve children, youth, adults and seniors from prenatal through end of life. For tickets or for more information, please contact: Fay Garvin, Community & Primary Health Care (and/or Ruth Kitson) at 613342-1747 ext. 32 or via email at

PHOTO BELOW A GREAT photo opportunity with Bread of Life Dance Theatre (BOLDT) showing off hardware that they won on April6th at the SHINE DANCE in Kingston. WOW, they were amazing and now have a pile of hardware to prove it! Congratulations goes out to Sam and her entire dance troupe way to go!

How to survive mosquito season Some tips to protect skin and prevent bites (NC)—With the hot, humid, and dry summer months ahead, we can finally look forward to being outdoors and enjoying all the fun activities summer has to offer. However, summer is also a time where mosquitoes and deer ticks like to roam and make our lives miserable and uncomfortable. Here are some tips and recommendations to make sure you make it through mosquito season: • Wear light-coloured, loose clothes and avoid scented products when outdoors, especially from dusk to dawn, which is the peak feeding time for mosquitoes. • Remove areas of standing water near your house as they can be breeding areas for mosquitoes. • Clean Gutters: Gutters clogged with debris allow stagnant water to form perfect landing zones for mosquito eggs. • Wear closed shoes and a hat to avoid deer ticks. Tuck pants into socks. • Inspect your clothing and body after exploring wooded or grassy areas.

Zeidenberg explains that the best thing homeowners can do to protect themselves is to be prepared for those conversations. Homeowners should also be on the lookout for potential warning signs, especially if the salesperson says anything like: • “We’re from your current water heater provider, utility or local municipality.” • “Government regulations say your plastic venting system for your water heater needs to be replaced due to safety reasons.” • “Our water heaters are more efficient than the one you have in your home.” • “We can replace your old water heater free of charge.” • “We need to see your current bill.” Water heater fraud got your blood boiling? Some door-to-door water heater sales tactics have become a growing nuisance for consumers and is nearing the top of homeowner complaints. Many consumers are unaware that organizations such as Enbridge, Direct Energy and other government agencies do not promote the exchange of water heaters door-to-door, and as a result, are entering into contracts with salespeople claiming to be from such organizations. If someone does come to your door to service your water heater without an appointment, they very likely are not from your current water heater provider and are there to try to get you to sign a new contract. “Water heater fraud can happen at any time to anyone,” said Barry Zeidenberg, Director of Marketing with EnerCare Inc., a leading provider of energy efficient products and water heater rentals. “When speaking to a salesperson at your door, there can be much confusion about what they are actually offering you and what you are getting yourself locked into by signing a contract.”

EnerCare urges homeowners who hear any of these lines to be wary of entering into any agreement with the individual. If you are still unsure about whether the person you are dealing with is trustworthy, be sure to ask them for identification and don’t be afraid to call your current provider for a second opinion. For more information about aggressive door-to-door water heater sales tactics and additional ways to protect yourself, visit www.

The best way to reduce bites is to use an insect repellent when spending time outdoors in mosquito-infested areas. Unfortunately not everyone takes these precautions. According to a survey conducted by Harvard University for the Harvard School of Public Health Project on the Public and Biological Security, 45 percent of adults in the United States did not take precautions to prevent mosquito bites. Some theorize that it’s because some older repellents with DEET are greasy and have an unpleasant odour, so people don’t like to use them. Many people don’t realize there are new odourless and non-greasy products on the market today that make taking precautions against bug bites much easier. In fact, Avon, the creators of the iconic Skin So Soft product line, launched a new bug repellent in Canada last year – Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Icaridin – that provides strong and dependable repellency against mosquitoes for up to five hours and deer ticks for up to seven hours. Its key repelling agent, Icaridin, is an effective alternative ingredient to DEET. It has a pleasant scent, is non-greasy and has a light, clean feel when applied. Icaridin has been used worldwide since 1998, and is one of the best selling active ingredients contained in insect repellent products in Europe. In the U.S., Icardian is known as Picaridin. The Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Picaridin has offered protection in the U.S. for those wanting to enjoy outdoor activities without the nuisance and concerns of bug bites since 2006. It is now available in Canada through Avon Independent Sales Representatives. More information can be found at www.

What’s Happening at the Employment and Education Centre May - 16 - Standing Out EEC Workshop May - 21 - WHMIS EEC Workshop May - 22 - Resume Review EEC Workshop May - 27 - Developing the Tools EEC Workshop May - 27 - Developing the Tools EEC Workshop May - 28 - Personality Dimensions EEC Workshop For more events please visit our website located at

Admire and save the honey bee (NC)—”If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live,” said Albert Einstein. Did the physicist predict all those years ago the precarious situation we are potentially facing in years to come? With the exception of butterflies (admired for their pretty wings), most of us simply shoo away bees and flies. But the truth is that these pollinators are the unsung heroes in native ecosystems and agricultural production, says Sheila Colla of the non-profit organization Pollinator Partnership Canada (PPC). “But in recent years, steep declines of these creatures in Canada is of concern since bees pollinate one-third of the food we eat.” For those wondering what can be done before these declines impact our food supply, we can look to programs developed to preserve bee health. Last year, the “Wild for Bees” program—a partnership between natural personal care company Burt’s Bees and PPC— raised more than $22,000 for bee conservation. Now in its second year, Wild for Bees has once again enlisted Canadian designer Jenny Bird to create a limited-edition jewelry collection.

Available starting May 2013, the “Wild for Bees” jewelry ($24.99 each) will be sold in stores including The Bay and online at www.jennybird. and, with all of the proceeds going to PPC. This year, the collection consists of a bee-charm friendship bracelet and bee stud earrings. Bird used black and gold (a classic combination for the designer) and for the bracelet, she incorporated cobalt blue by braiding it into the gold-plated chain.

Start a vegetable garden. You help the honey bee while also benefiting from fresh produce for yourself.

“We plan to surpass last year both in terms of funds raised and awareness,” says Sarah Au of Burt’s Bees of the “Wild for Bees” program. “Bees aren’t just part of our name, they’re a part of the company’s history, culture and all of our futures, too, and together with Bird, we hope to spark some change.” That change she refers to includes growing PPC’s nationwide at-risk pollinator recovery initiatives with Wildlife Preservation Canada, and increasing public awareness to the plight of pollinators. “Also, the money raised will go directly to help save bees, such as the fuzzy Rusty-patched Bumblebee, from extinction,” says Colla.

Embrace bees and give them a “home.” Keen and have some outdoor space? Consider putting up a bee condo or other nesting material for these pollinators.

And the time to act is now. “The decline we’re experiencing in pollinators has already had an impact on all of our lives: Have a look the next time you’re at the grocery store and you may notice that the price of honey has risen. In addition, the price for growers to rent honey bees to pollinate food crops has also risen,” says Colla. Furthermore, “many wildflowers in nature have been found to be pollen-limited,” she says. “This means they have not received enough pollen to produce enough seeds to ensure the next generation.” A study published in journalTK in yearTK has found that spring wildflowers in particular are at risk—they’re showing decreasing in pollination over time. What you can do to help the honey bee Grow flowers in your outdoor space, whether it’s in your garden or in containers on a balcony.

Limit your pesticide use. The excessive use of chemicals is one of the factors contributing to the decline in bee populations. Support organic agriculture. Shop at farmers markets to support local growers.

Spread the word about the plight of the bee. Wear your limited-edition Jenny Bird “Wild for Bees” jewelry and help raise awareness about bees and the crucial role they play in our lives. Stacked onto your wrist with the rest of your arm party, perhaps the jewelry can act as a reminder to not fear the next bee you see collecting pollen from a summer blossom. “Instead, remember that without them life as we know it would be very different,” says Sheila Colla of Pollinator Partnership Canada.

BGH Marks Ontario Doctors’ Day Brockville: May 1st was Ontario Doctors’ Day and Brockville General Hospital said thank you to its over 100 physicians with special messages of congratulations from both the BGH Acting President & CEO, and the Chief of Medical Staff. All BGH doctors also received free coffee all day at Eleanor’s Cafe, courtesy of the Brockville General Volunteer Association (BGVA). Ontario declared May 1st Doctors’ Day in 2012, and since then other provinces have followed suit. Ontario chose May 1st to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Emily Stowe, the first female physician in Canada. Serving a free coffee to BGH Chief of Medical Staff Dr. Stephen McMurray (right) are BGVA volunteers (l - r) Donna Cameron and Lynn McGuire.

The Following Brockville Locations will be participating in Doors Open between May 25 - 26th, 2013. Brockville Armouries - 144 King Street East, Brockville, Ontario Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brockville Court House - 41 Court House Square, Brockville, Ontario Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Brockville Museum - 5 Henry Street, Brockville, Ontario Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Brockville Public Library - 23 Buell Street, Brockville, Ontario Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Burnbrae Farms - 3356 County Road 27, Lyn, Ontario Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; tours at 10 a.m., Noon and 2 p.m. both days First Baptist Church - 5 Pine Street, Brockville, Ontario Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m First Presbyterian Church - 10 Church Street, Brockville, Ontario Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m Fulford Academy - 280 King Street East, Brockville, Ontario Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fulford Place - 287 King Street East, Brockville, Ontario Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Brockville Speedway Fan Appreciation Day held at Walmart

St. Lawrence Anglican Church - 80 Pine Street, Brockville, Ontario Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

Ashley’s Wedding Planning Wedding Trade Show - April 27th & 28th

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