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Providing hope to a child, a village, a nation By

Austin de Luis

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It started in 1998 with one container of food, toiletries and clothing. Over the past 13 years, Canadian Aid for Chernobyl (CAC) has shipped over 120 containers of necessities to the Chausy orphanage and the surrounding communities in the province of Mogilev, Belarus.

The future for the youth and residents of [Chausy] used to be based solely about survival, and now is ďŹ lled with opportunity. During CACâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s involvement with the Chausy community, almost every aspect of the living conditions have been transformed from deplorable, to the best the country has to offer. The future for the youth and residents of the community used to be based solely about survival, and now is filled with opportunity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have always identified a need and done our best to provide what we canâ&#x20AC;?, said CACâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dave Shaw. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s involvement

A group of graduates from the Chausy orphanage are getting ready to head off to university. Each has earned an academic scholarship, which is part of a growing trend from the institution. Last year, all 14 graduates earned scholarships in various focuses. SUBMITTED PHOTO

however began prior to 1998 with area residents hosting children from Chernobyl and the radioactive regions across Belarus since 1991. Over 700 children have been hosted with area families, offering shelter, dental, visual and medical care through the generosity of area professionals. The CAC took the next step forward, with Dave

Shaw, Harry Preston, and Francis Clavet taking their first trip to Belarus in 1998, accompanying their first container of goods for the Chausy orphanage. Since then, the benefits have grown to include the community and surrounding areas, not solely the orphanage. There are 115 and 125 children on average in the orphanage each

year, but the aid offered from CAC now touches the lives of over 3000 children each year. The list has grown in 2011, with aid reaching 900 impoverished families, 600 disabled adults and children, 3500 seniors and 5000 citizens around the country, as well as providing 800 families with food boxes.

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The list of supplies that very first fire truck was SERVING BROCKVILLE donated by Rick WalkCanadians take for grant- PROUDLY THE ed that are given to the im- er of Thousand Islands poverished country each Toytota. Several emergency year include; toilet tissue, 14,500 copies distributed in Brockville and areaand everythe Wednesday surgeries Chausy feminine hygiene products, toothpaste, tooth Regional Hospital project, brushes, soap, shampoo, that totaled over $750,000 school supplies, which was initiated by the CAC are distributed to several and made possible from the involvement of the orphanages. Beyond the necessities, Don and Shirley Green there are several other in- Foundation. The contriitiatives that have grown butions from the Don and and established stability Shirley Green Foundation go well beyond the Hoswithin theNews region includYour - Your Community - At Your Fingertips ing; the donation of four pital project totaling over $500,000 in other areas. fully equipped trucks, 106fire King Street West, Brockville past initiatives and anPh: ambulance. The â&#x20AC;˘ Fax:Other 613-342-8777 613-342-8773


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Taking the bite out of emotional eating By

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Weight loss is often chosen as a New Year’s Resolution. Brockville Women in Business met at CJ’s Banquet Hall in Brockville on Tuesday. The networking group ate a luncheon together, shared about their businesses and listened to Jeanette Johnston from “Radical Redesigns – Life Coaching” speak about “Taking the Bite Out of Emotional Eating.” “Today we are going to take a bite out of emotional eating,” said Johnston. She discussed her ‘ace in a hole’ (three steps of combating emotional eating) which she sums up with the acronym ACE. “A stands for awareness,” Johnston said. “Just be really aware of why you are walking into the kitchen, why do you need to eat and what

Jeanette Johnston from “Radical Redesigns – Life Coaching” speak about “Taking the Bite Out of Emotional Eating” at the Brockville Women in Business luncheon which was held at CJ’s Banquet Hall in Brockville on Tuesday. Her strategy, which she calls her ace in a hole, involves awareness, community and education. She added that women also need to remember to congratulate themselves. PHOTO BY JILL HUDSON

you are feeling.” She suggested inviting family members to help out by having them ask, “Why are you in the kitchen?”

She said C stands for community. Johnston said it is important to share with friends and family so that they can

help. “I can’t tell you how important it is to share what is going on in your life with other people,” stated Johnston. “That helps to combat what you are going through.” Johnston said this includes telephoning a friend when the craving hits, or forming a group for support to stay on track. She said E is for education. “To break the emotional connection to food is setting yourself up for success,” said Johnston. “Finding out what nutrition is all about, what is good for you and getting rid of the offending food.” She challenged the women there to congratulate themselves. “I think one of the things we don’t do as women is congratulate ourselves for our accomplishments,” said the speaker. Before the speaker, BWB gave a donation to Interval House of $905 and Girls Inc. for $524.

Matthew Blair, a 17 year old student from TISS has spearheaded Brockville’s nomination for Kraft Hockeyville 2011. Blair presented council with his idea, asking for any help the city could offer promoting the contest. If Brockville wins Kraft Hockeyville 2011, the city would be awarded $100,000 towards revamping and renovating the Memorial Centre, hosting an NHL pre-season game, with a broadcast on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada. Anyone looking to help Brockville’s cause for the contest can submit stories, pictures and videos at Upon entering the page search for Memorial Centre Brockville and make your submissions.

Opening doors for the computer-challenged By

Erin Christie

Observer Staff Writer

A new and innovative computer program is teaching Brockville and area residents the skills needed to compete in today’s computer-savvy workplace. Entitled ‘Computers for job success’, the free two-week course, is designed for people with extremely limited computer skills, and will be offered by the Employment and Education Centre (EEC), with assistance from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential Community Technology Skills Program. “Many of the participants are surprised at what they are able to learn,” noted instructor Lesley Patry. “We have a relaxed learning environment that caters to a whole variety of different learning styles and speeds.” Former student, Maureen Prudhomme, noted that while taking a computer course is ‘a little scary,’ Patry’s laid-back teaching style put her at

ease. “The class was so casual,” she emphasized. “I learned a lot.” “Before I took the course, I only knew how to use basic email,” added another former student, Gail Fox, who took the course last August. Fox noted that upgrading her computer skills was crucial as she had been employed in the local manufacturing industry but could no longer do such work because of injuries to her arms and hands. Fox indicated that making the first step to take the course was a bit intimidating, but that she was quickly put at ease. “I was surprised at how much I didn’t know,” said Fox, adding the instructor was willing to work one-on-one with class members if they were having specific difficulties or issues. I know a lot more now about computers than I did before,” Fox noted. “It was extremely helpful, and the class was not highpressure.” Participants who finish Computers for Job Success receive a special

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COMMUNITY CAC continues from page 1 that are ongoing incluce; Mary Bernardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quilt program, which has provided over 1200 quilts for those in need. The agricultural program from the CAC, which has taken an annual shortage of food and created a self-sustaining entity, that produces a surplus each year. The agricultural program will get another boost this spring when they receive a poultry barn that will house both egg-producing and meat birds for Chausy. The building was a group effort between Mike Lasalle Construction, Canarm Ltd., Burnbrae Farms and the CAC. The barn will be shipped along with two other containers and will provide five orphanages with food, hygiene products, 15 new mountain bikes, along with 1200 shoe-boxes for seniors. Another new initiative for 2011 is the partnership between the CAC and the Dream Mountain Foundation. Shawn Dawson along with a handful of local businessmen will be fundraising for their hike up Kilimanjaro, donating the first $20,000 for the creation of an interval house in Chausy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a great project that I am happy to be involved withâ&#x20AC;?, said Shawn Dawson. The CAC has had several partnerships, and their support has made many of these past and future projects possible. These partnerships, along with the donations received from the citizens in the area have made the CAC a truly selfless organization, providing those in need with the means to not only survive, but flourish. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are truly grateful for all the contributions from the citizens and businesses of Brockville and the surrounding areas,â&#x20AC;? said Dave Shaw. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your continued support makes everything we do possibleâ&#x20AC;?. Donations can be dropped off at Alan Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on King Street, or mailed to Canadian Aid for Chernobyl at P.O. Box 244, Brockville, Ontario, K6V 5V5. For more information or to donate online visit

The Canadian Aid for Chernobyl (CAC) has another addition to the Chausy orphanage in Belarus. Pictured here are from left to right, Doug Matthews of Canarm, Murray Ferguson and Eric McKenzie of CAC, Helen Ann Hudson of Burnbrae Farms and her daughter Audrey Guyonnet, and Mike and Jeremy Lasalle of Mike Lasalle Construction. PHOTO BY AUSTIN DE LUIS

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The ObserverCOMMUNITY Safe Communities Coalition earns national recognition By

Erin Christie

Observer Staff Writer

After a two year hiatus the Brockville Safe Communities Coalition is back with a bang. Since its official re-designation in August, under the dynamic new leadership of co-chairs, Inspector Scott Fraser, of the Brockville City Police Department and former educator and community leader, David Dargie, the SCC has quickly garnered international attention having recently been designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a leader among Safe Community Coalitions, and the first to be designated in Canada. The Coalition’s leaders attribute their success to their growing community support and numerous partnerships, which currently include the Canadian Hearing Society, the Brockville Fire Department, the New Mentality and the Community Art Project. “This is a big honour but we wouldn’t have been able to achieve this level of standing if it weren’t for the continued support of our community members, our partners and our volunteers,” said SCC Brockville coordinator, Mitchell Salmon, adding that the criteria must be met to receive the designation, including demonstration of leadership, priority setting, ability to maintain sustainability, and engage-

ment of the community. Safe Communities Canada is a national charitable organization that includes 60 designated communities as Canadian Safe Communities, all of which are dedicated to helping communities across the country build the capacity and resources they will need as they commit to mounting coordinated, collaborative programs designed to reduce the pain and cost of injury and promote a culture of safety for all their citizens. Since its inception, Safe Communities Canada has been an Affiliate Support Centre for the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Centre for Community Safety Promotion, and has played a leading role in developing the Safe Communities movement both nationally and internationally. SC Canada has also been accredited as an International Safe Community Certifying Centre by The World Health Organization’s Collaborating Center for Community Safety Promotion, meaning that the organizations can not only provide a Canadian Safe Communities Designation, but can also provide an International Safe Communities Designation for those communities that have made a lasting and measurable commitment both to address their injury challenges and to create and promote a culture of safety for all their citizens.

Be your own boss this summer! The Leeds and Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre is now accepting applications for the Summer Company program. Summer Company is a young entrepreneur’s initiative focused on youth 15 to 29 years of age; in school and returning to school in the fall of 2011. It offers up to $1500.00 in start up cash to help get the business running. Over the summer months participants receive hands on business training, mentoring and coaching from successful business mentors in the community. Participants are expected to complete a business plan, work in their business full time, and attend meetings and training sessions. Upon successful completion of the program participants will receive an additional $1500.00 to return to school. Summer Com-

pany is a great opportunity to learn what it is like to run your own business. Last summer 18 young entrepreneurs benefited from this experience. The businesses included: lawn mowing and gardening, packaging and selling camp firewood, guitar lessons, web design, and jewelry makers. Other business ideas may include crafts or children’s camps. Summer Company is a highly competitive program with a limited number of applicants being accepted across Leeds and Grenville. The application deadline is May 9, 2011. Interested participants can go to www.ontario. ca/summercompany to complete the application and get started on their business plan. For further information call the Leeds and Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre @ 613-342-8772 x471 or 470.

Trim 4 Tins For the month of December, the staff of the Brockville Animal Hospital pulled together to raise over 350 lbs of non-perishable food items for Operation Harvest Sharing during Trims for Tins, a fundraiser that allows patrons to exchange food items for a free nail trim for their dog or cat. “We trimmed well over 480 paws, and most people donated bags of items in exchange for the service,” explained staff member Jessica Crate, adding that the staff members hold a fundraiser every year but this was the first time Operation Harvest Sharing was chosen as the recipient of the donations. “We just felt it was a really good cause and it was fun to do,” said Crate. “Even when we got the occasional rambunctious animal, it was worth it. We all love the idea of being able to give back to the community and to those in need.” SUBMITTED PHOTO

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Alzheimer’s awareness month puts focus on early screening By

Erin Christie

Observer Staff Writer

Though half of Canadian baby boomers know that memory loss is a key symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, a new poll by the Alzheimer Society suggests an astonishing lack of knowledge about the disease among boomers, the country’s largest and most affected demographic. The survey, which was released by the ALS early last week in conjunction with Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, quizzed more than 1,006 Canadians between the ages of 45 and 65 on four aspects: early warning signs, later-stage symptoms, key risk factors and the benefits of early diagnosis. Of those surveyed, less than half were aware of the life-altering changes in the later stages of the disease, such as hallucinations or dependency on others for their basic care, and 50 per cent of the participants identified memory loss as a key symptom, but failed to mention other critical signs, such as sudden changes in mood, misplacing common household items (like keys in the refrigerator), repeating words or statements, or difficulty with everyday tasks like getting dressed. More troubling, the report reveals, that respondents were unaware that diabetes, obesity, heart disease and chronic depression significantly increase their odds for developing the disease. “As the first wave of boomers turn 65, these findings confirm a disturbing lack of knowledge in those who are most at risk. And it tells us that we are not prepared,” said Executive Director of the LeedsGrenville Alzheimer’s Society, Denise Wood,

Leeds-Grenville Alzheimer Society Executive Director, Denise Wood (left) joined Society Board President, Jennifer Bennett (center) and Vitality Plus Gym owner, Ted Raby (right), in kicking off Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, as well as the promotion of the 2011 Walk for Memories, at Vitality Plus Gym last Wednesday morning. Raby, who is an avid supporter of the ALS, donated a free three month pass to Vitality Plus as one of the many door prizes that will be given away during the Walk. “The prize that Ted has generously donated is a perfect fit for us,” noted Bennett. “We are promoting physical and mental health, as a way to delay onset of Alzheimer’s.” ERIN CHRISTIE PHOTO

adding that in the counties of Leeds and Grenville, more than 1700 people are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease and the local branch of the ALS has received approximately 22 new client referrals to the ALS in the month of November alone. Wood continued that the news of the escalating number of Canadians suffering with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and Pick’s disease, as indicated by a recent ALS report, entitled ‘Rising Tide’, reveal a potentially crippling effect on the families of patients , the health care system and the economy. According to ‘Rising Tide’, Canadians will see an increase of approximately 257,800 new cases per year by 2038 and

cost $153 billion per year in healthcare costs. In light of these facts the Alzheimer’s Society has opted to focus on early detection and prevention by launching an awareness raising campaign that encourages Canadians, particularly those 40 and older, to test their own knowledge by taking the survey at www.alzheimer. ca/testyourknowledge. The Society also urges to practice prevention by learning the risks and making simple lifestyle changes such as eating a heart-healthy diet, staying active, maintaining a healthy weight and monitoring their blood pressure and cholesterol levels. The campaign kicked off last week with Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and will conclude with the

‘Manulife Walk for Memories’, one of 56 Walks being held around Ontario, and the Society’s largest fundraising event in the province. This year, the Society’s overall goal is $1.8 million and locally, the goal is $2,100, all of which will go towards increasing awareness and raising funds for vital programs and services that support people living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. “What’s important about these walks is that the funds that are raised are designated for local programming and support so what is raised in Leeds and Grenville stays in Leeds and Grenville,” said Leeds-Grenville ALS Board President, Jennifer Bennett, adding that many of the ALS branches re-

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ceive very little or no government funding, which increases the urgency and need for the Society’s fundraisers and supporters. “In Brockville, we are very fortunate, people here are very generous with their support all of our fundraisers,” said Bennett, who also pointed out that the Society recently raised $1100 in one day, while offering gift wrap-

ping services at the 1000 Islands Mall. “Every year we offer gift wrapping services at the Mall between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on December 24th. We don’t charge so people donate whatever they wish and they really came through for us. It was incredible how generous people were and we appreciate it and we hope we count on people to come out again for the Walk.” The Leeds-Grenville branch of the society will hold the Walk on Sunday, January 23rd at Centre Court of 1000 Islands Mall on Parkdale Avenue, from 12 a.m. 1 to 3:30 p.m. The Walk will also feature entertainment by “Shout Sister” and Georgette Fry, as well as opening ceremonies featuring a ribbon-cutting ceremony officiated by Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark and Leeds-Grenville MP, Gord Brown as well as longtime volunteer, Audrey Tordoff. The Walk will also include prizes for Top Fundraising Team, Top Individual Adult, Top Senior Walker and Top Walker less than 12 years-old. Prizes will also be drawn and awarded to one walker raising pledges at the $100, $250, $500, $750, and $1000 levels. For more information or to register call the Alzheimer Society of Leeds and Grenville at (613) 3457392 or register online at



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Trading participation for hibernation Over the years one thing about Brockvillians has become clear. Even though as Canadians, most of us are accustomed to periods of harsh weather, we seem to hibernate during the winter months and not emerge until sometime in March or April. This strikes me as odd because, as a nation, we are known throughout the world, for our love of outdoor winter sports such as hockey and bobsledding, not to mention skiing and figure skating. I personally challenge this stereotype because I happen to hate the cold. This may strike some as ironic, in light of the fact that I am former hockey player, but I am also of Spanish decent and therefore seem to naturally prefer the hot weather. And though I have suggested that with the convenience of modern technology it would be plausible to fulfill my Observer duties from a villa in Mexico, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s be honest, that probably wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen. So I choose to make the best of the season and hope for an early spring. Because of my job, I am fortunate enough to see the city and what it has to offer on a regular basis and believe it or not, there are enough enticing things happening around town to prompt even myself, to venture out into the cold. Whether beginning a healthier lifestyle, looking for family entertainment, or a unique night out on the town, there are a number of things out there to enjoy. Those looking to become more active can take advantage of several new and existing businesses, geared towards healthy living. From the relaxation of yoga and meditation to the intense workout of an advanced boot camp, there are a wide variety of new opportunities for keeping fit while having fun, available in the area this year. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for something to do with the entire family, you can take advantage of the several outdoor rinks in the city, or tobogganing at Laurier Hill, hit the Cinema or watch one of many productions at the Brockville Arts Centre, BCI Auditorium and several other community centers in Brockville. There are also a number of winter festivals, leagues and social groups that can help break up the winter months. If like me, and thousands of other Canadians, you enjoy watching our national past time, non-stop minor hockey tournaments and both the Tikis and Braves weekly games, give you opportunities to see the best of any level and age from all over the province. For those who have emerged from the financial black hole formed during the holidays, several local retail and services providers have a number of winter clearance sales and introduction sales to take advantage of. So, to recap everything, new yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolutions being followed, plenty of events to attend, several productions and shows to see, weekly games of our favorite pastime, together equals more than enough reasons to break the routine of boredom induced hibernation. Remember Brockville, we have a beautiful city, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take advantage of everything it has to offer. Austin de Luis


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Creating Vision Boards for 2011 Kundalini yoga instructor Whitnee Denard-Paul held a workshop on Sunday to help participants build their visions for 2011. The group took part in an hour-long meditation class to help them relax in order to have a clear mind for their personal vision boards. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The purpose of the workshop is to set your goals and intentions, and work towards what you want in the coming yearâ&#x20AC;?, said Denard-Paul. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The vision boards give us a tool to help us along the wayâ&#x20AC;?. PHOTO BY AUSTIN DE LUIS

The miracle of Maddy The razor-sharp teeth of the January wind â&#x20AC;&#x201C; were able to just muster strength and courtore through the hint of warmth that the sun- age from out of thin air and turn a tragedy into shine provided at the Pinecrest Cemetery Sun- something so positive. day afternoon. Maddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Superheroes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Maddy loved superA wreath by a little girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grave fought to stay heroes, particularly Superman and Batman â&#x20AC;&#x201C; upright, with its wire frame no match for the would become the leading fundraising group harsh winter bluster. in the annual Walk, Run and Roll for Rogerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Swaying in the breeze, on the wreath, was a House each June. photo of the little girl with the contagious smile At Jockvale Elementary School in Barrhaven, who was being honoured on Sunday. It was where Maddy would have been going into SeMaddy Ottoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ninth birthday. Her family and nior Kindergarten the summer she passed friends â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 50 strong â&#x20AC;&#x201C; were out at the Pinecrest away, there was a garden dedicated to her and Cemetery on that day to sing Happy Birthday a special event to honour her. to the little girl and then release a massive bouMaddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gala, which started out as a gala quet of brightly coloured balloons into the sky. with just friends and family to remember MadIt was the fourth straight year dy, has turned into a much larger in which Maddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birthday was event and is now open to the honoured this way. The turnout public. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Maddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gala was more than double any year it MUSINGS FROM takes place at the Delta Ottawa THEDOCK had been in the past. City Centre (formerly the Crowne As I stood there, with everyone, Plaza) on Sat., Feb. 12. Last year, Jeffrey Morris I was awestruck by the miracle of the event raised $28,000. This this little girl. In so many situayear, Dean and Jeanine are hoptions, this would have been a sad and tearful ing to raise $35,000, but say that they try not to day. set goals and targets. But there were no tears for Maddy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even though we opened it up to the pubInstead, there was strength. There was a lic last year, there were only two people there feeling of fellowship and hope and inspiration whom we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know,â&#x20AC;? said Jeanine. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the kind of feeling that people turn to religion Perhaps that is because the Otto family has looking for. met so many people and touched so many lives There was joy and a celebration of a little girl that there just arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that many people connectwho has brought so many people together for ed to Rogerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House that they have not yet met. the legacy that her family and friends created Dean, meanwhile, gathers his thoughts and for her. looks around the army of support that they Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the miracle of Maddy. have at East Side Marioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. There is a long table There were, at one time, tears for Maddy. of adults sitting and having a great time, just There were tears and questions and a full spec- far enough away from a rambunctious table of trum of emotions when she suddenly passed children. Most of these kids were in Maddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s away in July, 2007. circle of friends. Maddy had been with her family at the famâ&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pressure or even ask anyone to ily cottage when she awoke from a nap and her come,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People just come. They come parents noticed something was wrong. She was to support us and they come for Maddy. I think taken to the hospital, and was then rushed to itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important that we remember Maddy for the CHEO. Maddy had an inoperable tumour on kids. It must seem like so long ago for them. the stem of her brain, and it was bleeding. Two Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably hard for them to even remember days later, Maddy passed away peacefully, sur- what she looks like.â&#x20AC;? rounded by her family and closest friends, at Jeanine, meanwhile, has a smile wide Rogerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House adjacent to the CHEO campus. enough to have its own postal code as she looks Dean and Jeanine Otto, and Maddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s older around at the gathering of friends and sees so sister, Hannah, had their world turned upside much support and love for her family, for Maddown. dy, and for Hannah. But somehow, these two shocked parents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maddy only spent three hours at Rogerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and a devastated little girl seized Maddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spirit House,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But Rogerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House has beand used it to bring the community together. come such a big part of our lives. They gave us In an effort to create a legacy for their daugh- support and counselling, they are such wonter, the Ottos have raised $108,000 for Rogerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s derful people there. We wanted to do someHouse. They have also touched the lives of thing for them and give back to them in some many other families who have grieved, passing way. We were just there to speak to a group, and on some of that hope and inspiration. we want them to know that there is a light at the The miracle of Maddy. end of the tunnel.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really a conscious decision we A light, indeed. made,â&#x20AC;? said Dean as everyone gathered at East The miracle of Maddy. Side Marioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to continue the celebration. Jeanine nodded in agreement. Jeffrey Morris was the 2008 OCNA Columnist â&#x20AC;&#x153;It just sort of happened.â&#x20AC;? of the Year. If you would like to purchase tickets I sat there, wondering, how these two people for Maddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gala, visit www.sensfoundation. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; two people whom I am proud to call friends com and follow the community events link.


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Passito method brings out wine’s flavour OFF THE VINE by Russ Disotell

Before we get to this week’s wine there are a couple of matters left to discuss that didn’t make it into last week’s New Year column. They are in answer to a query from a regular reader and a discussion from the late fall. The question is one I have had on numerous occasions and is in regard to having a year-end “best of column”. In one sense it would appeal to most everyone’s love of lists, simple, straightforward and easy to follow. It seems to be a time honoured tradition, used by book, movie and wine reviewers, to great success. My problem is what to choose. Each and every wine discussed during the year has its own merits. If it didn’t it wouldn’t make the column. To choose just a few for a “best of” column seems like a headache I’d like to avoid. In actuality the readers decide the “best of” list. While I hope that all our selections strike a chord with

Grapes, laid out to dry in the Passito tradition.

readers, I am frequently surprised by which wines garner an overwhelming response. In the fall I had a conversation with a reader about Drostdy Hof Chardonnay. After reading about it in the column it had become her and her husband’s favourite white wine. Unfortu-

nately this perennial best value on many wine writers’ lists has been discontinued in Ontario. Such are the vagaries of the wine world and all the more reason to explore new wines. I will readily admit to being a big fan of wines made using the passito method (also known as

Ripasso). Passito is Italian tradition of partially drying grapes before fermentation. At one time this meant laying grape bunches on straw mats, in the sun, to dry. Today there are a variety

of methods used, including hanging grapes in a cool, well ventilated room, although a number of producers still prefer the traditional method. m The drying process elimpro inates much of ina the water in the grape and congrap centrates the ce and ssugar fflavour components. The result is T a round, melllow wine with rricher, deeper fflavours. The method was m ffirst developed dessert ffor wine producw ttion, but has been adapted b and adopted for a ttable wines such as Amarone and a Valpolicella. V Pasqua Villa Borghetti PassimeB nto Rosso 2008 (CSPC# 141952, $13.00) hails from the Veneto region of Italy, home to Amarone and Valpolicella, and bastion of Ripasso.

If you need a reference point, think of it as a junior league Amarone. It is a blend of Corvina and Croatina; two grapes used in the traditional Valpolicella, and Merlot. Villa Borghetti has a deep ruby colour accompanied by an open, inviting nose of spicy cherry, oak and floral aromas. The palate is rich, full, round and velvety soft. You can expect layers of red cherry, cranberry, raisin and plum fruit with vanilla, toasty oak, peppery spice and chocolate/mocha nuances. There’s ample acidity to balance the fruit and fairly soft tannins. The finish has good length and plenty of flavour. Our Veronese friend makes a lovely sipping wine for a cold winter’s evening curled up with a good book (Dare I suggest Romeo and Juliet?) or listening to one of the works of Antonio Salieri, Mozart’s great rival and a native of Verona. It will also shine at the dinner table paired with red meats of all descriptions, poultry, stews, and hardy pasta dishes. Enjoy!

The road ahead sun set found ourselves exactly where we had SOUL begun. SIDE I’ve never considered that day a waste. by Catherine Cavanagh We shared idle chat with strangers and travI did a little houseellers along the road, sat cleaning over the holion the edge of villages we days, mainly out of fear would never otherwise that a friend might drop have seen, observed wildin and get lost in the dust. life, and moved at a pace And behind the pictures that said ‘enjoy the jouron a shelf in the living ney.’ room, I found a long forAnd as I look gotten treasure. at the statue in It’s a wooden The year ahead may throw my hand today, hand carved I’m reminded statue of a dust in our faces, and there that maybe woman carrythat’s just the ing a backpack may be days when we feel prompt I need and standing in the traditional we’re not getting anywhere. as I start off the new year. The hitchhiking year ahead may pose of Africa. (This means she’s waving hours trying to hitch a throw dust in our faces, her hand, not thrusting ride along a ‘shortcut’ and there may be days her thumb out – a rude road across central Ma- when we feel we’re not gesture!) The statue was lawi. We did move about getting anywhere. But maybe getting a gift from a friend in Ma- forty kilometres, sporlawi way back in the mists adically, first on a tractor, somewhere isn’t what of time, and it’s supposed then two pickups and a it’s all about. Resolutions don’t have to be about fishmonger’s truck. to be of me. In between rides, we achieving anything, they I hold the statue in my hand and it takes me back drank Fanta, chatted with can be reminders to live to heat soaked roads, locals, watched colourful in the moment, to cherdusty pick-up trucks, and birds, and relaxed. Even- ish whatever relationkindly strangers. In Ma- tually though, we had to ships are at hand, to seek lawi in the 1980s there admit that this really was the treasure available for usually was no other way ‘the road less travelled’ today. Happy New Year. Enjoy to travel except via the and we’d be lucky to make courtesy of friends or it home in a week. We the journey, whatever strangers. Although I did backtracked and as the your destination. own a small motorbike, even it couldn’t handle many of the roads. I particularly remember one long forgotten day. Christmas vacation was coming to an end, and after a beautiful backpacking trip around southern Malawi and its glorious rift valley lake, it was time to return to school. That day a fellow traveller and I spent 12

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Fashion crimes of the past and present OBSERVATIONS OF A BABY BOOMER by Catherine Durnford-Wang

During a recent boomer-attended dinner party a discussion came up about a current fashion crime that, quite frankly, had us all shaking our heads. All of us had witnessed and found it quite strange that people could comfortably go out and about while wearing their pyjama bottoms. It’s true. And as we talked about it, I wondered how this pyjamasas-street-wear had gained such acceptance. What could have sparked this fashion crime, I wondered? One morning, running out of time, did someone quickly throw on a sweat shirt and looking down decide their pyjama bottoms could double as pants? Perhaps it was just laziness? While idly thinking about going to lunch, someone slowly raised themselves from their bed, looked down and thought, “I’m only going to lunch. Why go to all the trouble of dressing?” and sauntered out the door, clad in their pyjama bottoms. I also wondered what we did back when we were teens that had our elders shaking their heads in wonder at their 60s dinner parties. What fashion trends, or fashion crimes, would have sparked a discussion back then? Sadly,

several possibilities spring to mind that most of us baby boomers will remember with fondness mixed with a certain amount of shame. Let’s start with the tiedyed t-shirt. An ordinary t-shirt (back then they were all ‘ordinary’ since designer labels were still a thing of the future), preferably white, was tied in a knot then dipped in dye – any colour. When dry, it was tied in another knot and dipped into a different colour dye, and on and on. Out in public you go, your brand new and exclusive-to-you t-shirt

tucked into your too short bell-bottoms, your fringed belt swaying gently down by your knees. Peeking out underneath your bell-

them. Incidentally, like most fashion trends, the platform shoe was nothing new in the late 60s. They

What fashion trends, or fashion crimes, would have sparked a discussion back then? Sadly, several possibilities spring to mind. bottoms your Elevated Orthopaedic Nightmares, otherwise known as platform shoes, a la Elton John. At least four inches high, males and females alike teetered precariously on

were worn in ancient Greece to elevate important characters in the Greek theatre and by the 16th century worn by highborn prostitutes in Vienna. And who can forget the

leisure suit worn by trendy males? That pastel jacket and pants combo, made of polyester and probably highly flammable, was characterized by the casual belting of the jacket. Thankfully, being female, I never had to sport one but certainly wore my share of polyester. By the way, for those interested, it is still possible to purchase leisure suits on the internet. However, pyjamas are manufactured, marketed and sold to be worn at night, in bed, with the lights out. The boomer fashion errors I have mentioned were all manufac-

tured, marketed and sold to do exactly what we did with them – wear them out in public. They can, therefore, be chalked up to very bad judgement, not a true fashion crime. So lest we get too smug, I wracked my brain trying to come up with any horrible error that we boomers made back in the 60s. A self-induced fashion crime, so to speak, that matches the seriousness of the pyjamas in public that we see today. My personal fashion horror and the one that I believe compares quite favourably, or unfavourably, if you wish, with the pyjamas as casual attire is curlers worn in public. Back when we were young, females merrily went about their business, huge curlers bobby pinned into place, half hidden under a scarf. Pretending no one could see these huge cylinders all so we could look really good that night. Wearing curlers in public was not an error in judgement – it was just plain wrong. So baby boomers, raise your hands if you are guilty of this. No one will see you, honestly. Sadly and sheepishly I can recall at least one occasion when I wandered the streets, big pink curlers peeking out from under a head scarf, sure that no one would notice. Having raised my hand, I find I am unable to continue typing......

Get a fresh start! Five truly economical ways to bring nature in

I’m going to get all “Martha” in the New Year. If you’re like me, this time of year you’re looking for inspiration. The sun feels a bit warmer, if you’re in the car that is. Winter birds are actively sustaining their livelihoods, and hardy bulbs are breaking through the icy-hardened ground on the warmer, melting January afternoons. This time of year, there are an abundance of ways for you to freshen up your living space and not have to spend a cent. This is good news after bearing the financial load of the holidays. So get your jacket, your gloves, and your Uggs on, it’s time to hunt for outdoor treasure. You will also need your pruning shears, and a bag to carry your finds in, and don’t forget your digital camera. Designate a time and location for your excursion. It can be to a park, or a lake side walkway. You decide. Slot it in for an hour, half of a day, or make it a full day of exposure to sweet nature. If you live in the city, plan a drive to the country and bring a friend. A country drive can soothe the urban spirit. Get together with a group of peers and snowshoe


or cross country ski. An outdoor activity will feed both your body and spirit. Pack a light lunch and truly make a day of it. On your excursion, look for: 1. Interesting shapes and patterns in nature. If you need to dress up your dining table centerpiece, look to the ground for chestnuts and pine cones. Once you get these home you can decide whether to keep them natural, or spray paint them to match your decor. They look lovely all in white in a stainless steel fruit bowl. 2. Dried grapevine, or interesting branch patterns. These cuttings are very versatile. You can put smaller ones in a vase, or shape them along a railing or into a natural all-season wreath for your front door. 3. Dried berries. This is the time of year to gather berries that still have their color. If they made it through the winter with color, then they should be able

to maintain it in your home. Be careful! Your pet or child may tend to nibble on them, so keep them out of reach. 4. Sit for a moment and look around. Take photos of what you see in order to capture images of the day. You can take a picture of the chestnut or pine cone before you picked it up. This makes a nice complimentary collage the framed picture and the actual item on display. 5. If you can’t manage to get out to the park, hunt for natural items at your decor store. Items that are made from metal, wood, cloth or stone will suit you just fine. Remember to hunt for the bargains. Bringing nature in, you will find can be an experience that creates a memory. It feels good and is fun too! Clean your items before you bring them into your home, and prepare to be creative. Also, do your research before you go. Check to see if you need permission from the private property owners before you step onto their land. A stress-free visit with the outdoors is what you’re looking for, and will enjoy the most.


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Protecting our children Canadians expect governments to help protect our children as much as possible â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and our Conservative Government has delivered. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve already taken action for young Canadians by helping strengthen the National Sex Offender Registry â&#x20AC;&#x201C; an important improvement which makes it mandatory for sex offenders to be registered. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve strengthened the National DNA Data Bank by requiring all convicted


MP by Gord Brown

sex offenders to provide a DNA sample. And weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve introduced legislation that would require suppliers of Internet services to report online child pornography; stiff fines will be levied for those who ignore the rules. Canadians know that our government is serious about the safety of

our most vulnerable â&#x20AC;&#x201C; our children. Whether online or outdoors, children should be able to play freely in their communities. This past fall, we have delivered on our commitment to help make Canadian communities safer for families like yours and mine. As part of our action to protect children from sexual predators, our government has asked Craigslist â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a network of online communities â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to remove the

Clark urges residents to speak out on Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 budget By

Erin Christie

Observer Staff Writer

Leeds-Grenville residents with concerns about the 2011 provincial budget will soon have an opportunity to make their voices heard. Leeds-Grenville MPP, Steve Clark is encouraging residents to express their opinions on the current state of Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic direction during a series of pre-budget consultations conducted by the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs that will take place in six cities across the province later this month between Monday, January 24th and

Thursday, February 3rd. The consultations, Clark said, are an important opportunity for tax payers to help prioritize the needs of the community and decide how their â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hard-earned tax-dollars should be spentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard many great ideas from families, businesses and farmers here in LeedsGrenville who are dismayed at the spending priorities of the provincial government,â&#x20AC;? said Clark. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope people will take advantage of this opportunity to provide direct input and that the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget will reflect on what the committee hears from them.â&#x20AC;?

Those interested in sending a delegation, making an individual presentation or filing a written submission to the committee are asked to contact the clerk of the committee, Sylwia Przezdziecki, by 5p.m. on Monday, January 17th at sylwia_przezdziecki@ Written submissions must be received by 5p.m. on Tuesday, February 1st and can be sent to Committee Branch, Room 1405, Whitney Block, Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Park, Toronto, ON, M7A 1A2. Interested parties may also submit to the local constituency office at info@steveclarkmpp. com

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural for parents to worry about the safety and security of their children. We worry that maybe the tree-fort is a little too high, or that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too dark for a bike ride. While these kinds of concerns are expected, parents shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to worry about serious threats like child sexual abuse and exploitation.

erotic services ads from their Canadian websites. These kinds of ads may help criminal organizations profit from child prostitution and human trafficking. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also ensuring that when it comes to the sexual exploitation of children â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the punishment fits the crime. Our government is proposing improvements to the Criminal Code that would make certain that punishments better reflect the extremely serious nature and brutality of these kinds of crimes. They provide tougher mandatory prison sentences for those who commit sexual offences against children and youth. Governments also have a responsibility to provide authorities with the tools necessary to bring to justice those who break the law.

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And todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s complex computer and telecommunications environment provides countless new ways of committing crimes, making it harder to investigate. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve introduced legislation that would provide law enforcement and national security professionals with up-to-date tools to fight crimes related to gangs, terrorism and child sexual exploitation. While our government is taking action to prevent these horrible crimes, unfortunately some children still suffer from abuse. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why our government is establishing and upgrading Child Advocacy Centers across Canada. These centers will be a strong support system for young victims and witnesses of crime, making it easier for chil-

drenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voices to be heard throughout our criminal justice system. They will help reduce trauma so that young victims and witnesses feel comfortable and are better equipped to provide strong evidence that can lead to more convictions and appropriate sentences. Our Conservative government has a strong record of getting tough on crime. Since forming government, we have added more police on our streets, increased security at the border, and introduced key legislation to give police and prosecutors the tools they need to keep dangerous criminals off our streets. For us, one victim is still too many. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why we will continue to fight crime and protect the vulnerable.




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True Grit captures the heart of the myth of the American West True Grit, a movie written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, has re-affirmed my faith in cinema as art. It is a movie writ larger than life that really captures the heart of the myth of the American West. This movie stars Jeff Bridges as Reuben â&#x20AC;&#x153;Roosterâ&#x20AC;? Cogburn. He plays his own version of a character that earned John Wayne the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1969. Jeff Bridges deserves, though I predict he wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get one, an Oscar for the same role. His Cogburn is introduced as a wise-cracking U.S. Marshall who, on his quests for public justice has killed 23 men. He is a man who despite his weakness for drink, and one good eye, (the other is hidden behind an eye-patch), can be counted on to rise above his often lowly state and get the job done. Mattie Ross, (Hailee Steinfeld), hires â&#x20AC;&#x153;Roosterâ&#x20AC;? because she needs him for a manhunt and has heard that he has â&#x20AC;&#x153;True Gritâ&#x20AC;?. He is American Western Myth personified. Matt Damon plays a Texas Ranger named LaBeouf. This one role is really the weak link in an otherwise incredible film. In every scene he is in, he seems out of place. He is too recognizable as a famous Hollywood face and never seems to become his character. In a movie that succeeds so well in creating a fictional world of the Wild West, his casting for this role is a mistake. Every other actor in this film is so buried in their characters that they are unrecognizable. The stand out performance of this tale comes from a person whose name does not figure prominently in the advertising. She is


OUTSIDE by Tom Allnutt

the real star of the film, newcomer Hailee Steinfeld. She plays 14 year old Mattie Ross. Mattie has been wronged. A man named Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin) murdered her father, stole from him two pieces of gold and his horse. Mattie, who is young, educated and proper, wants to see him found, brought to justice or killed by her own hand. She hires â&#x20AC;&#x153;Roosterâ&#x20AC;? to take her to into the Oklahoma back country where Chaney is supposed to be hiding out with a gang of thieves. I have seen some young actresses break hot before, but have never seen anyone quite like Steinfeld. Her voice reminds me of a young Judy Garland. She plays Mattie as tough, smart, sensitive and gutsy. She is possibly the find of a generation. It is rare for a young actress to tear up the scenery like she does and steal every scene in which she is in. Despite the star power on the screen, and there was a lot of it, I could not take my eyes off of her. Congrats on what I hope to be the beginning a long and great career. As in all great Westerns, the land itself seemed like both setting and character. Cinematographer Roger Deakins has an amazing eye for the large canvas that is the back drop of the great American outdoors. Another thing that really impressed me was the Coen Brothersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; use of language in this film. It is a rare period piece that has sayings and phrasing that feel so authentic. Whether or not

The original True Grit of 1969 featured John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn. In this remake, starring Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Brolin, Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon, the story remains faithful to the original, following the tale of a young girl determined to avenge her fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s murder.

the dialogue really does reflect the time or not, who knows? I believed it, and like the characters themselves, the dialogue seemed completely natural. I love the Coen Brothers. In 1988 when their first film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blood Simpleâ&#x20AC;? hit the cinemas, I saw it twice. It was a Film Noir that had the feel of a modern western. Like



most of their movies since, it was filled with simple people struggling with mistakes, and with little effort making bad situations worse. Their characters are always larger than life, and yet in their quiet moments painted with humility and real humanity. True Grit marks another notch on their gun, and may be their best film yet.

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More than ‘Jesus and his zany friends’ The Brockville community will have a chance to see one of Broadway’s most highly successful productions, when the students of Thousand Islands Secondary School and Brockville Collegiate Institute present John-Michael Tebelak and Stephan Schwartz’s ground-breaking rock- opera, ‘Godspell’. Loosely based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew, ‘Godspell’, an archaic spelling of the word ‘Gospel’, breaks new ground in its unique and contemporary stage treatment of Jesus, his followers, and his disciples. “Because the material is based on parables from the bible, the play is has two elements,” said BCI student, Lucas Denneboom, 16, who portrays Jesus. ”There are several individual stories but there is also an underlying story and it all sort of ties together, which is appropriate because our characters start out as individuals but by the end have formed a community, which is what the story is really about.” Castmate and fellow BCI student, Emily Townsend, 17, who portrays Gilmer, echoed Denneboom, adding that the combination of well known theatrical devices such as pantomime, vaudeville, and improvisation and energetic choreography as well as Stephen Schwartz’s energetic Grammy-winning score, makes the potentially overwhelming material more accessible. “As the daughter of an Anglican priest, I can definitely relate to the material in its initial form,” explained Townsend. “But there’s an interesting spin on it opens it up to everyone, whether they know the Bible or not. I found a suitable quote about ‘Godspell’ from Stephan Schwartz, he said that “It’s very easy for the play to deteriorate into Jesus and his zany friends. But if that happens, you’ve missed the point.” quoted Townsend. “And I think that sums it up perfectly.” Tickets for ‘Godspell’ are currently available for $10 (adult) and $7 (seniors and students), at the main offices of BCI and TISS between 7:30 a.m and 3:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. The show will be presented in the main auditorium at BCI on Thursday, January 13th and runs until Saturday, January 15th. ERIN CHRISTIE PHOTO


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Jr. Braves have great showing in local tourney

Brockville hosted the Novice and Atom â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Câ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tournaments over the weekend with over 36 total teams participating from all over the province. Above, a pair of Jr. Braves combine to score a goal in their victory over the Alexandria Glens. Right, Logan Harkness protects the puck from an attacking Glen forward. All Brockville teams fell short in the knock out stage on Sunday, losing some tight battles in the semi-finals. PHOTOS BY AUSTIN DE LUIS

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The ObserverSPORTS Angels capture silver in Kingston Tourney Privateers rugby The Brockville Procter and Gamble Atom C Angels travelled to Kingston for the Kingston Ice Wolves Cup Tournament, held on January 7-9. The Angels were undefeated in pool play, winning by scores of 4-0, 3-1, and 2-0. In the semifinal, the Angels defeated the Ottawa Ice Penguins by a score of 1-0. The finals saw Brockville facing another undefeated team, the Nepean Wildcats. After the first period, Nepean led 2-0. The Angels maintained their composure, played harder and dominated the rest of the game. Still trailing 2-0 heading into the third, they rallied to tie the game on goals by Kayla Klein-Gunneweik and Samantha Wilhelm, with Klein-Gunneweik assisting. This resulted in a shootout, and Nepean’s first shooter trickled one through Katriana Battams for the only goal by either side. In capturing the silver medal, the Angels continued their impressive tournament run, having already won two tournaments. Other goalscorers for the Angels over the tournament included

open summer registration The on-line registration is now open for the Brockville Privateers for this upcoming summer season. Cost and payment options for u-14 boys, u-16 boys, u-18 boys, u- 18 women, mens side as well as social memberships can be seen at Early registration is important for two reasons. One is that we need to order enough uniforms, also your son or daughter must be

BGHA Atom White Team Front Row – Katriana Battams – Goalie. Second Row – Left to Right – Kayla Klein-Gunneweik, Erin Bolger, Emily Houston & Alexis Purcell. Third Row – Left to Right – Mackenzie Hutt, Samantha Wilhelm, Leigha Geraghty, Alexis Gendron, Emma Vandenanker & Madison Battams. Back Row – Left to Right – Liane Vandenanker, Dave Bolger, Christine Houston (Head Coach) & Shawn Geraghty

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Maxime Dumond works from his office on a second period power-play during Friday’s 5-3 loss to the league leading Cornwall Colts. PHOTO BY AUSTIN DE LUIS

Braves lose ground on league leaders By Austin de Luis The Observer Editor

The Brockville Braves had a rough weekend, losing both games to the division leaders Cornwall and Pembroke. On Friday, Brockville started slowly, and fell behind early to the highpowered Colts offense. Brockville took too many penalties at key points in the game, giving the league leading powerplay far too many op-

portunities. Each time the Braves pulled a goal back, the Colts answered with the man advantage restoring their lead. The Colts scored the only goal of the opening period despite being outshot 10-4. In the second period, Cornwall came out with more energy and matched Brockville in shots and on the scoreboard, as the teams traded goals. Scott Dawson made it a one-goal

game with just under four minutes remaining in the second period. The Colts made it 3-1 before the two-minute mark of the third period, but once again Brockville fought back through Zak Zaremba’s 13th of the year on the next shift. The Colts put the game out of reach with their special teams, scoring a power-play goal at the ten-minute mark, followed by a short-handed marker minutes later.

Sebastien Gingras scored a consolation goal for the hosts with five minutes remaining, but Brockville couldn’t pull any closer. Cornwall’s top line dominated the scoresheet, with Laliberte, and the Spink brothers garnering 10 points collectively. On Sunday, Brockville travelled to Pembroke, renewing their bitter rivalry with the Lumber Kings. The Braves opened the scoring through Kyle

Armstrong’s 12th goal of the year. From there the game got away from the Braves, as Pembroke scored seven unanswered goals over the next 30 minutes. Brockville couldn’t stop the onslaught from the Kings. The hosts scored three power-play goals during the sevengoal stretch and fired 35 shots at the Brockville goal. Gingras scored a late goal before Pembroke made it

8-2, ending a poor weekend for the Braves. Brockville will be looking to bounce back this weekend, when they host a pair of games Friday and Sunday against the Kanata Stallions and Smiths Falls Bears. A pair of wins will be just what the Braves need to further separate themselves from the middle of the pack. Game time on Friday is 7:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Memorial Centre.

Generations Braves profile of the week:

Dylan Robichaud By Austin de Luis The Observer Editor

This week’s Generations profile of the week is third year defenseman Dylan Robichaud. Robichaud grew up in Albany, New York, playing his minor hockey for the Captial District Minor Hockey Association. At the age of 14 Robichaud started at the Albany

Academy. His coach and Headmaster at the Academy Larry Pietelli, became a big influence on Robicaud, instilling a work ethic that he carries on in his game today. “I try to play every shift with the same goal in mind”, said Robichaud, adding that consistency is always in the forefront of his mind every time he steps on the ice. Ribichaud, who will play in his first all-star

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game tonight, has been Brockville’s ‘Defensive Monster’, as described by head coach Todd Gill. Robichaud is 20 years old and at 6”3 and 215lbs, is a big presence on the ice for Brockville. On a team that has so many gifted offensive defensemen, Robichaud offers support, which allows for his teammates more freedom going forward, knowing that he will be there, covering their position. “I try and do my job the best I can”, said Robichaud. “This allows others who have d i f f e r-

ent roles to do the same”. This is a somewhat thankless role that can go unnoticed to the untrained eye. Robichaud’s importance isn’t lost by his coaches, who reward him nightly with over 20 minutes of ice-time, playing head to head against the other teams top lines and powerplay units. The type of player that opposing forwards fear, and will do whatever they can to avoid on the ice and in the corners.

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Tikis win two of three By Austin de Luis The Observer Editor

Rich Joudoin holds on to a point shot during the first period of Brockville’s 6-5 win over the Westport Rideaus last Wednesday. The Tikis won two of three games last week, solidifying their hold on 3rd place in the Rideau Division. PHOTO BY AUSTIN DE LUIS

The Brockville Tikis had a solid week, winning two of three games. On Wednesday, the Tikis hosted the 2nd place Westport Rideaus, looking for their first win over their division rivals this season. In a back and forth game, the Tikis outgunned their opponents, winning a thriller 6-5. The game had a Jekyl and Hyde feel, with each team taking their turn dominating play. Brockville jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, on goals from Robert Rice (13), and John Keane (2). Westport quickly answered with three straight goals of their own, before the Tikis tied the game on Alex Bouchey’s 8th goal of the season to close out the first period scoring. The second belonged to Brockville, scoring three goals from Cody Johnson (9), Bouchey’s

9th and Ethan Thompson’s 1st of the year. Westport put up a valiant effort in the third period, but could only manage to get within one goal. The game ended 6-5 for the hosts. Rich Joudoin had an excellent game for the Tikis, stopping 39 of 44 shots he faced for the win. On Saturday, the Tikis travelled to the Showcase tournament to take on the Akwesasne Wolves. After falling behind 3-0 after 20 minutes, Brockville responded with three straight goals of their own. Ben Brayman (12), Rice (14), and Dylan Scott (4), drew the Tikis level before the mid-point of the second period. A late goal from the Wolves saw the Tikis trailing 4-3 heading into the final 20 minutes. In a very exciting third period, the Tikis went back and forth with the Wolves scoring three times to send the game to overtime. Kalem Sigsworth (10), Bouchey

(10) and Lucas Mott (6) helped send the game to extra time with third period goals. In the extra period, Brandon St Pierre scored his first goal of the season to give Brockville their second consecutive win. On Sunday, the Tikis travelled to Athens to take on the league leading Aeros. Justin Mayo had four goals and former Braves Nathan Slack registered four assists in another dominating performance from Athens. Robert Rice had Brockville’s lone goal, with a final score of 8-1 for Athens. This was a positive week for the Tikis, who separated themselves further from the South Grenville’s Rangers and Gananoque Islanders, solidifying their hold on third place in the Rideau Division. Brockville’s next game is Wednesday night when they welcome the Casselman Vikings.

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City police commend citizens The Brockville Police are commending community members for the continued efforts to curb drinking and driving. A strong foundation is set in our community via OSAID (Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving) and MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). The efforts of these groups are clear when we see the results of our year long RIDE campaign. “We are not just watching drivers of motor vehicles in our community! We are bordered by water and therefore we monitor the operators of

2nd place winners Brockville came in second in the Royal Victorian Jubilee bonspiel, which was held at the Prescott Curling club last weekend. From the left, Aaron Glazier, Steve Lodge, Matt Hone and Gord McCrady are shown holding their trophy, the Royal Caledonian Trophy for winning the B division. PHOTO BY JILL HUDSON

vessels, including personal watercraft” stated Chief Geraghty! “We were fortunate to have a personal watercraft donated by Honda Powerhouse and this enabled us to more efficient on the water.” A Provincial grant enabled the Brockville Police Service to target impaired operation of vehicles and watercraft which resulted in over 1200 hundred vehicles and vessels being stopped via the RIDE campaign. These specific stops resulted in the driver being requested to submit

to a roadside screening device 8 times, however, no impaired driving charges were laid. During the 2009 RIDE campaign 3 drivers were charged with Impaired Driving. There were no liquor seizures in 2010, which, when compared to 10 last year, is an impressive reduction. During boating season 94 vessels or watercraft were stopped in Marine RIDE programs and there were no charges for impaired operation of a vessel laid.

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POLICE BLOTTER Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

On the 5th of January 2011 at approximately 1 a.m. officers attended to the North End in an effort to locate suspects entering vehicles. Officers set up a perimeter and conducted yard to yard searches. As a result a 16 year old male was found hiding adjacent to a property on Cambridge Crescent. Investigation lead to the recovery of property from approximately 20 cars in the area, further, the location of a second male. Officers then identified property that was obtained from a break and enter to a North End restaurant. Both males are charged with Theft Under 5000, Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Break in Instruments, Trespass by Night and Break/Enter and Theft. The 16 year old male was released to a family member and his 20 year-old accomplice is being held for bail. He will appear in court today. On the 5th of January 2011 at approximately 1 a.m. officers attended to the North End in an effort to locate suspects entering vehicles. Officers set up a perimeter and conducted yard to yard searches. As a result a 16 year-old male was found hiding adjacent to a property on Cambridge Crescent. The investigation lead to the recovery of property from approximately 20 cars in the area, further, the location of a second male. Officers then identified property that was obtained from a break and enter to a North End restaurant. Both males are charged with Theft Under 5000, Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Break in Instruments, Trespass by Night and Break/Enter and Theft. The 16 year-old male was released to a family member and his 20 year-old accomplice is being held for bail. He will appear in court today. On the 4th of January 2011 at approx. 10:20 p.m. officers attended to a disturbance at a residence on King Street West. The disturbance involved family members and resulted in one member of the family being seriously injured requiring medical attention. The injury was a re-

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sult of a physical altercation and did not involve weapons. The matter is currently under investigation and updates will be provided when available.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

On the 5th of January 2011 between 6:30 pm and 7:10 pm a vehicle was entered at the 1000 Island Mall. Unknown suspects entered the vehicle and removed several items including a purse and cell phone. If anyone saw anything or has any information please contact the Brockville Police or Crimestoppers. A 57 year-old female was struck at the corner of Pearl St East and North Augusta Road on the 5th of Jan 2011 at 6:40 am. The female suffered a head injury and was transported to BGH by Ambulance. A 57 year-old male driver has been charged with “Failing to Yield to Pedestrian.”

Friday, January 07, 2011

A 26 year-old male was apprehended this morning at 3 a.m. in the area of Pearl St. near Hamilton Street. The male was unable to walk due to intoxication. He was charged with being intoxicated in a public place and held until sober. On the 6th of January 2011 at 11:45 pm a 37 year-old female was arrested in relation to a theft complaint. At the time of arrest the female was in possession of a DVD player stolen from a North End store. The female is charged with Possession of Stolen Property and Breach of Probation. She was released with a future court date. On the 6th of January 2011 at 10:16 a.m. members of the Brockville Police attended to the area of 358 Stewart Blvd. with regards to a theft from a motor vehicle. The vehicle had damage to the drivers’ side door lock and the driver reported several items missing. The items include: jewellery, hand bags, shoes, candle sticks and silver with a value of 30,000.00 dollars. The Brockville Police are seeking anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious in the area at that time. Please contact the Brockville Police or Crime stoppers.

Lisa Bell Financial Consulting, Investors Group Financial Services Inc. CFP, EPC– Senior Financial Consultant Loans are a part of life for most Canadians. We take out loans to pay for our cars and our homes, for vacations, furniture and TVs. And, at this time of year, as the deadline for making your 2010 Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) contribution looms, you may be asking yourself if it makes sense to make one more loan – a loan to increase your RRSP contribution. The right answer for you depends on the overall shape of your financial life. Let’s look at the factors you should consider. Makes sense to borrow … Because contributing to your RRSP can pay off in two ways: First, you’ll increase the size of your tax refund; second, you’ll have more tax-deferred money growing inside your retirement plan. But the first rule is this: The loan must fit your budget. When you intend to pay off the loan within a year. Remember: Interest on an RRSP loan is not tax-deductible. Consider a series of smaller RRSP loans with payments within your budget. Longer term loans are more suitable for purchasing non-registered investments (when the interest is tax deductible). When size of the loan maximizes tax savings. Tax rates rise with income. More tax can often be saved by spreading RRSP deductions over more than one year. While contributions made in one year can be deducted in a future year, it does not always make sense to borrow to make an RRSP contribution if it will take several years to fully utilize the deduction. Again a series of smaller loans may produce the better financial result. When you use your tax refund to pay off the loan as quickly as possible. Or maybe not … If you expect to be taxed at, or near,

the lowest marginal rate over time. In that case, you won’t get the full tax-reduction benefit of making your maximum RRSP contribution, so the cost of taking out an RRSP loan doesn’t make sense. Instead, you might want to consider contributing to a Tax-free Savings Account (TFSA). The contribution isn’t tax deductible but money and interest inside a TFSA is tax-free and, unlike your RRSP, so are withdrawals, which can be made at any time for any purpose. If your increased RRSP refund is already earmarked, in whole or in part, to pay taxes you owe on other income. If you are unsure your income level will allow you to meet your RRSP loan obligations, which you will be required to do regardless of your income level and the performance of your RRSP in the shorter term. Borrowing to increase your RRSP contribution can be a useful strategy but it also comes with specific risks. Perhaps you can avoid the need to borrow next year through a Pre-Authorized Contribution (PAC) plan that automatically deducts and saves any amount you want from your regular paycheques. And, of course, your professional advisor can help you map out the RRSP contribution strategy that fits the overall shape of your financial life. This column, written and published by Investors Group Financial Services Inc. (in Québec – a Financial Services Firm), presents general information only and is not a solicitation to buy or sell any investments. Contact a financial advisor for specific advice about your circumstances. For more information on this topic please contact your Investors Group Consultant.

“Call me today to discuss your RRSP loan options” Lisa Bell CFP, EPC Financial Consultant

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Ten Questions with Denise Wood The Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Society has found a fervent advocate in its executive director, Denise Wood. As a former nurse, Wood possesses a keen understanding and remarkable compassion for her clients, something that is apparent in her tireless efforts to promote her cause. As she prepares for the Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s major annual fundraiser, the Walk for Memories, Wood takes a moment to answer Ten Questions for the Observer. 1. Do you have a motto? And if you do what is it? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The best things in life arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t things.â&#x20AC;? 2. What book are you currently reading or what book do you recommend? Reading â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Bishopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by Linden Mac Intyre at the moment. 3, What characteristic do you most admire in others? Sense of humor, honesty and loyalty. 4. What characteristic do you most deplore in others? Pettiness and intolerance. 5. Who do you most admire, living or dead? Mother Teresa for all she did for this world.

reading, walking and knitting when I have time.

7. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? To spend more quality time with friends and family and not be in such a big hurry Enjoy everyday to the fullest! 8. What talent would you most like to have? To be able to play the piano well. 9. Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Robin Hood.

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â&#x20AC;˘ Social Dance Club couples dance, Brockville Rowing Club, Friday, Jan. 14, 8:00 pm. Info: 613-345-1073 or 613-342-3181. â&#x20AC;˘ Brockville and Area YMCA Hot Lunches, 345 Park Street, Brockville. Every Wednesday 11:30 am-1:00 pm. January 12-June 8. Different cooks, different menus each week. Take-out available. Info: or 613-342-7961 x30. â&#x20AC;˘ FILM BROCKVILLE is opening its 2011 film season with the movie, LE CONCERT. It is showing at the Galaxy Cinema on January 12th, at 7:00. For more information check out our website at â&#x20AC;˘ Local Living Festival Planning Get-Together. Canton Fire Dept. Community Room, 77 Riverside Dr., Canton. 7:00 pm, Wed., January 12. Contact Chelle or Melinda, 315-347-4223. â&#x20AC;˘ Winter Skating - Saturdays during January and Februar, 11 am - 2 pm. Mac Johnson Wildlife Area, off DeBruge Road. Shelter. Skating shack at rink, hot drinks and snacks available. Depending on weather. â&#x20AC;˘ Reminder - To come to register at The Shepherdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Welcome Centre Open House on Wednesday, Jan. 12th, 9:30 am until Noon, at 5 Wall St., Brockville. There are many activities to offer area seniors 50+ for this winter season. 613-345-2412. If you cannot make it, please leave a message and we will reply, or visit our office as of Monday, Jan. 17th. Open Monday-Thursday from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm â&#x20AC;˘ Brockville Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Network. Thursday, January 13. Brockville Country Club. Networking 5:30 p.m. Dinner 6:30 p.m. Cost: Members $28.00; Guests $35.00. Please RSVP by Wednesday, Jan., 12. Kim Fenn 613-924-0165 â&#x20AC;˘ Brockville Senior Citizens - Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday, 15 Elm Ave, Brockville, Cribbage Tuesdays 7:30 pm, Euchre Wednesday 1 pm, Darts Thursday 1:00 pm, Euchre Friday 7 pm. Info call 613-345-2266.


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â&#x20AC;˘ Kniterary Nights, 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month at the Brockville Public Library meeting room, 6-7:30 pm. Knitters are invited to bring a project & join us. Next Kniterary Nights: Tuesday, Jan. 18, 6-7:30 pm â&#x20AC;˘ Computer illiterate wanted for free training. Friday, Jan. 21 at 1:00 pm, why not come to an information session at the Employment and Education Centre in Brockville to see if you qualify for the Computers for Job Success program. To register, contact the centre at 613-498-2111 or drop by. We are located at 105 Strowger Blvd in Brockville. â&#x20AC;˘ Brockville Privateers 1st Annual Pool Tournament. Saturday, Jan. 22, 3:30 pm. The Brockville Club on Court St., Brockville. For whomever would like to support the Brockville Privateers Rugby Football Club. I will accept the first 20 teams. Winner takes all $300. cash (the rest covers food & a donation to the club. Full cash bar available. Contact Jacob Swarbrick at: â&#x20AC;˘ The Brockville Community Choir will resume rehearsals on Wednesday, January 26th, 7:30 pm. First Presbyterian Church, 10 Church St., Brockville. The session will be devoted to opera choruses. We welcome all singers, especially tenors and basses. Info: 613-925-5050 or â&#x20AC;˘ MS Full Spaghetti Dinner, music, door prizes. Thursday, Jan. 27,doors open at 4:30 pm. Canadian Legion, 180 Park St. Brockville. Tickets at MS Office, 51 King St E or phone 613-342-6396. â&#x20AC;˘ Annual Fun Day at MacJohnson Wildlife Area. Saturday, Jan. 29, 11 am-3 pm. Come early to meet and greet the dogs. Races starting at 11 am. Nature Centre, off DeBruge Road. Cost $5.00 per vehicle. There will food at the Nature Centre and refreshments at the skating shack. Games, snowshoeing, music by members of Fiddlers Plus. Enjoyment for the whole family. Additional information 613-345-1990

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Come celebrate as Scotland’s favourite son turns 252 By

Caledonia: A Ballad

Erin Christie

Observer Staff Writer

On Saturday, January 29th, members of Brockville’s Scottish community will join hundreds of others around the world in celebrating the life and work of Scotland’s favourite son, the Ploughman’s Poet, Robert ‘Robbie’ Burns. Also known as the Bard of Ayrshire or in Scotland, as simply ‘the Bard’, Burns, a Scottish poet and lyricist, is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland, as well as a cultural icon and source of inspiration amongst the founders of both liberalism and socialism. Though Burns is highly regarded by many historians and literati as a pioneer of the Romantic movement, influencing a succession of eminent authors ranging from Wordsworth to Steinbeck, it is his most famous piece of work, the poem, Auld Land Syne, which is set to the tune of a traditional folk song and sung on New Years’ Eve, that Burns is most well known for. However it was after his untimely passing in 1796, at the age of 37, that Burns achieved true fame, when a group of Burns’ friends organized an evening to honour his memory, an affair that soon became an annual event and has morphed into what has effectively become a second national day in Scotland, known as Robbie Burns Day. Now in its 252nd year, Robbie Burns Day is celebrated around the world with Burns Suppers, which are typically observed on January 25th, Burns’ birthday, or sometime in late January. In Brockville, Burns Suppers have been organized by the Brockville Pipes and Drums Band and after a brief hiatus, were resurrected three years ago by Vince Kennedy of the Brockville Legion Branch 96, who will hold their Supper at the Legion, and will follow

THERE was once a day, but old Time wasythen young, That brave Caledonia, the chief of her line, From some of your northern deities sprung, (Who knows not that brave Caledonia’s divine?) From Tweed to the Orcades was her domain, To hunt, or to pasture, or do what she would: Her heav’nly relations there fixed her reign, And pledg’d her their godheads to warrant it good. A lambkin in peace, but a lion in war, The pride of her kindred, the heroine grew: Her grandsire, old Odin, triumphantly swore,— “Whoe’er shall provoke thee, th’ encounter shall rue!” With tillage or pasture at times she would sport, To feed her fair flocks by her green rustling corn; But chiefly the woods were her fav’rite resort, Her darling amusement, the hounds and the horn. Long quiet she reigned; till thitherward steers A flight of bold eagles from Adria’s strand: Repeated, successive, for many long years, They darken’d the air, and they plunder’d the land: Their pounces were murder, and terror their cry, They’d conquer’d and ruin’d a world beside; She took to her hills, and her arrows let fly, The daring invaders they fled or they died. The Cameleon-Savage disturb’d her repose, With tumult, disquiet, rebellion, and strife; Provok’d beyond bearing, at last she arose, And robb’d him at once of his hopes and his life: The Anglian lion, the terror of France, Oft prowling, ensanguin’d the Tweed’s silver flood; But, taught by the bright Caledonian lance, He learnèd to fear in his own native wood.

the traditional format, which Branch 96 vicepresident and Supper organizer, Laird Donald Bain, who will also serve as Master of Ceremonies for the evening said, has not changed since 1796. “Usually the celebrations involve reading some of his work, a meal, drinking, and of course, Haggis,” explained Bain, adding that initially, the traditional celebration did not include women, though that has since changed. “Robbie Burns was known as a something of a womanizer, but I don’t know if that had anything to do with it.” Bain continued that celebration, which be held at the Brockville Legion now acts as a fundraiser for the Legion and will feature all of the traditional elements of a

Burns celebration including the reading of the Selkirk Grace by Chaplain Doug Richards, followed by the piping, and cutting of the haggis where Burns’ famous Address to the Haggis is read and the haggis is cut open. Once the ceremonies have concluded, a traditional Scottish meal, prepared by Chef Paul Herder and served the Branch 96 Ladies’ Auxiliary, will commence, during and after which guests will be treated to music performed by A.J Benoit and the Blarney Show Band, as well as a celebration of Burns’ heritage with a display of the flag of Scotland as well as several family tartans and pins. The evening will conclude with readings of Burns’ work and the singing of Auld Land Syne.

Tickets are $25 per person and are on sale until January 28th. Tickets must be purchased in advance, either by phone at (613) 345-0473 or at the Brockville Legion at 180 Park Street, from Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Seating is limited to 150 patrons. Black Tie, Jacket and Tie or Scottish Dress is mandatory.

The fell Harpy-raven took wing from the north, The scourge of the seas, and the dread of the shore; The wild Scandinavian boar issued forth To wanton in carnage and wallow in gore: O’er countries and kingdoms their fury prevail’d, No arts could appease them, no arms could repel; But brave Caledonia in vain they assail’d, As Largs well can witness, and Loncartie tell. Thus bold, independent, unconquer’d, and free, Her bright course of glory for ever shall run: For brave Caledonia immortal must be; I’ll prove it from Euclid as clear as the sun: Rectangle-triangle, the figure we’ll chuse: The upright is Chance, and old Time is the base; But brave Caledonia’s the hypothenuse; Then, ergo, she’ll match them, and match them always. Robert Burns

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