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Brockville’s first gay pride walk, a resounding success By

Erin Christie

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Brockville’s downtown was awash with colour on Saturday afternoon as more than 200 participants marched, danced and waved their way down King Street for the city’s first-ever gay pride walk, a ground-breaking celebration of acceptance and understanding, spearheaded by members of “Fight Homophobia in Brockville� a 218 member strong Facebook group created by local teens, Brandon Timmerman,

17 and Kaylee Villeneuve, 17. The group explained Villeneuve, was inspired by the recent loss of their mutual friend, whom she says was bullied because of her sexual orientation. The level of severity to which she was tormented, Timmerman added, subsequently resulted in her suicide, leaving scores of students in search of a way to prevent similar tragedies. “What we really wanted to was find a way to honour her,� said Villeneuve. “We knew that there

were a lot of people who missed her but we were still completely amazed at how fast the group grew.� Encouraged by the group’s rapid growth, she continued, FHIB’s administration decided to organize the Walk and immediately sought out the City’s support, which they received last Tuesday when city council approved a resolution to support the event, naming Saturday Brockville’s first day of “Pride, Tolerance and Inclusion�. The resolution, Tim-

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merman says, was a proud moment and a significant advance for what he and Villeneuve consider to be a characteristically conservative community. And while Saturday’s walk may have raised the eyebrows of a few spectators, the event, to the pair’s immense relief, went off without a hitch. “This was a big step for Brockville, and an amazing amount of support for a first-time event like this,� said Villeneuve, amidst the seemingly endless procession of

congratulatory hugs and hand-shakes from the supporters gathered in the Leon’s parking lot after the walk’s conclusion, adding that the event also attracted gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocacy groups from Kingston, Belleville, Ottawa and Toronto. “What this walk is really about is acceptance and inclusion,� said Timmerman. “All people deserve to be accepted and loved for who they are, no matter what their gender,

age, size, race, religion or sexuality, those issues are universal.� Timmerman’s statement was later highlighted by Mayor David Henderson and city councillor, Leigh Bursey, both of whom participated in the walk, and consequently received a number of negative emails and phone calls from voters indicating their disapproval of the walk and both officials’ participation in it. “I have received telephone calls and emails

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25th annual Automotion attracts 7,000 spectators By Austin de Luis The Observer Editor

Six hundred vehicles, 7000 spectators and the roar of vintage cars filled Market Street on Sunday with the 25th annual Automotion car show. Thousand Island Street Machine has organized the event and each year it has grown, raising funds for several local charities and giving motor-heads a chance to show off and see what everyone else has under their hoods. The big winners on Sunday were the Brockville Lions Club, who received $2,000 and the United Way, who received $3,500 from the show. The best of show award went to Marco Filice from Montreal and his 1969 Camaro RS SS. Thousand Island Street Machine would like to thank all who par-

Market Street was filled with cars and motoring enthusiasts on Sunday for the 25th annual Automotion show brought to Brockville by the Thousand Islands Street Machine.

ticipated, attended and all the volunteers for all their hard work in making this event happen. A special thanks to the City of Brockville’s Operations Department for their help throughout the day.

Right: Marco Filice’s 1969 Camaro RS SS was the ‘Best in Show’ winner at this year’s Automotion. The event attracted over 600 cars and 7,000 plus spectators.

BGH announces new Director of Mental Health Services By Erin Christie The Observer Staff Writer

Brockville General Hospital (BGH), last Friday announced the appointment of Linda Peever to the role of Director of Mental Health Services. Peever, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master’s Degree in Health Administration, brings twenty years’ experience to the position, including extensive work experience at the former Brockville Psychiatric Hospital (now Brockville Mental Health Centre) and Mental Health Services of Providence Care in Kingston. According to BGH’s President and CEO, Ray Marshall, Peever, who has been in the position on an interim basis since February, is a welcome addition to the hospital staff and a solid choice for the permanent position. “We are fortunate to have someone with Linda’s education, experience and capabilities join BGH. She is an experienced leader with tremendous links into all the community mental health providers,” said Marshall, adding that Peever’s experience will prove critical as she assists with the pending governance transfer of the 24-bed Elmgrove unit from the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group to BGH, and assumes management of the hospital’s acute mental

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health care, rehabilitation and complex continuing care services and “hopefully” reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues. Among the many services, Peever continued, is the assertive community treatment team (ACTT), a communitybased program, run by a multi-disciplinary team of professional, designed to help reduce the length of a hospital stay for patients with mental illnesses and improve their quality of life. Peever added that she also looks forward to tackling the logistical challenges that lie ahead during the expansion of the Charles Street site, which includes a new wing with 48 complex continuing care beds, 29 rehabilitation beds and 29 acute mental health beds for patients. Once complete, Peever noted, patients will be able to have expanded access to emergency and acute care services, as well as mental health services at one location.

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Brockville hosts Friends for life AIDS ride returns prestigious cycling tour Erin Christie

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This Saturday, the city of Brockville will serve as the starting and finishing point for the Grand Tour Desjardins, a prestigious Quebec cycling event that will bring more than 2000 cyclists into the City. This is the first time that the event will be take place in Ontario, with the caravan travelling along the Rideau Heritage Route and through the Thousand Islands region, with stopovers in Perth, Belleville and Kingston, before returning back

to Brockville. Organizers from the Grand Tour have been working closely with Alan Medcalf, Dave Paul, City of Brockville Director of Economic Development, Doug Roughton, St. Lawrence College Brockville and Kim Barr, Brockville and District Tourism Manager. The tour will depart from St. Lawrence College on Saturday, August 6th, 2011 and return to St. Lawrence College on Friday, August 12, 2011.

PRIDE continues from page 1 where my faith, moral fibre, and decision to support this initiative have all been called to question,” said Bursey. “It’s unfortunate, this is event is a celebration of life, so losing a vote doesn’t, nor should it deter me or anyone else from doing what we believe is right. And I truly believe that holding this event was the right thing to do.” Mayor Henderson echoed Bursey’s sentiments, adding that it was precisely the negative comments that “cemented” his participation in the walk. “People have come to accept the need to fight prejudice on the basis of race, ethnicity or gender

but fighting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is more difficult and it’s not being addressed very well,” said Henderson. “People don’t think that it’s an issue and so they don’t do anything about it, but it is an issue, and bad things happen when you don’t address an issue, when you do nothing. If anything, the negative messages prove that people do need to stand up and fight, and that’s what happened here today.” “It must’ve been pretty scary for the kids who organized this event without knowing what the reaction would be but they did it, and I hope they keep doing it.”

More than 300 cyclists rode through Brockville last Wednesday afternoon during the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation’s (PWA) 13th annual Friends for Life Bike Rally, a six day, 600 km journey to Montreal to raise funds and awareness for people living with HIV and AIDS. Founded in Toronto in 1986, the PWA foundation provides practical, direct-support services to people living with HIV/ AIDS using a peer-to-peer model. Services provided by the foundation, which includes food programs, health promotion, income support, advocacy and treatment programs, are funded primarily through fundraising events such as the FFL Rally. The ride, which was co-founded by PWA’s treasurer, David Linton, was initially launched as a temporary fundraising initiative in order to subsidize the organization’s falling donations, which Linton says began to drop rapidly after considerable progress had been made in AIDS research. “The face of AIDS was changing,” Linton explained.

“More people were living longer with HIV than were living with fullblown AIDS and people stopped donating to organizations like ours because they didn’t think it was as necessary.” According to PWA’s executive director, Murray Jose, not only are such organizations still relevant, but they remain critical to the hundreds of patients in the Toronto area. For PWA, fundraising initiatives like the Ride, have become flagship events, and provide between 30 and 40 per cent of the organization’s annual budget. “Through this event, millions of dollars have been raised for our programs,” said Jose, who is also a six time participant of the event himself. “We consider ourselves to be incredibly fortunate to have so many dedicated riders and volunteers, we are particularly grateful for the continued support of the staff in cities like Brockville, who offer space in their beautiful towns for our rest stops.” This was Brockville’s second year participating in the Ride, an event that city tourism manager, Kim Barr says, she looks forward to expanding next year.

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When you first meet the members of the Brockville Concert Association, what immediately becomes apparent is their complete and utter sincerity when it comes to their passion for music. So it’s no surprise that the organization has garnered the admiration of the arts community for their unyielding efforts to bring some of the world’s best classical and jazz performances to our historic city. In its current incarnation the association consists of; Carol Reesor, Marie-Helene Bouillot, Anne Dawson, Margaret Sheppard, Jillian Symonds, Fay McDonald, Alex McLeod, Rob Hunter and Samia O’Day, each of whom is also a dedi-

cated and passionate proponent of music education, deeply committed to introducing classical music to Brockville’s youth. Some of the association’s earlier efforts have included a free performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf for 400 local elementary school students, and a partnership with Jeunesses Musicales Canada, to bring in the Impact Brass Quintet, which helps young listeners learn the names and sounds of different musical instruments. In addition to these initiatives, the association is bringing the world-renowned National Youth Orchestra to the Brockville Arts Centre on August 7th, with 90 of Canada’s best young musicians tackling a challenging orchestral repertoire that included

works by Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich. “Our aim is to encourage and teach younger students about other kinds of music,” explained Jillian Symonds, who heads the BCA’s “education/outreach and youth” committee. Symonds continued that orchestra is also one of the country’s most prestigious and innovative training grounds for young musicians, many of which, upon their completion, go on to lead successful careers in Canada’s music industry. “We’re very lucky to have the NYOC come here to perform for us,” said Symonds. “We hope that seeing this concert might inspire music students to continue with their training and possibly even pursue and audition with the orchestra.”

The concert also kicks off the association’s annual Fall Classical Series, which will include performances by Italian pianist Mauro Bertoli, acclaimed Austrian violinist Wolfgang David, mezzosoprano, Julie Nesrallah (of CBC fame), who will perform on October 29th with popular up-andcomer, baritone, Benjamin Covey, whom many will remember from his younger days with the Lions Club Music Festival and the Brockville Operatic Society, and worldrenowned Canadian pianist André Laplante. Tickets for the National Youth Orchestra’s performance are $38.00 + HST for adults; $10.00 + HST for students, and can be purchased by phone, online or at the Brockville Arts Centre. 613.342.7122 or www. brockvilleartscentre.com

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HUA Fitness Grand Opening Councilor Leigh Bursey, left with owners Mark Bryer and Shawn Davidson cut the ribbon on Brockvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest business on King Street. HUA is a gym specializing in functional fitness, something that has become increasingly popular recently. The gym is located at 212 King Street West. To learn more about HUA, stop in or call 613.345.1HUA (1482). SUBMITTED PHOTO

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My generation is in between the two clearly marked groups. The former knew very little about any ill effects of smoking as the information was either not discovered or hidden from the general public. Very few health deterrents were prominent in the general public at that point in time. The latter generation grew up with all the information needed to make an informed decision. There are still a large number of smokers in this group, but I think the numbers have dropped dramatically. My generation grew up with a bit of both. The visual warnings on the packs were created in my late teen years, with only the Surgeon General warning in small print on the side of the packs leading up to this time. Times have changed a lot in the past 15 years since I started smoking. Where a smoker used to be able to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;light upâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pretty much anywhere, almost every public place now has, and strictly enforces, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;No smokingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mandates. Airports, bars, restaurants and most public gathering spots have exiled smokers entirely. Finding a place to smoke seems to be a constant challenge. Keeping the public not only safe from the effects of second-hand smoke, but making it as socially unacceptable as possible have been common practices today. As a smoker, I have been torn until I consider the effects that smoking has on my health and wellness, and for this reason I am switching teams. So donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t call me a traitor or quitter. At least not with a negative connotation. I am just trying to be accepted in social circles that I have been absent from for quite some time. Hopefully those who have been smarter than I in the past will accept my newfound enlightenment. Check out these materials that have helped me in getting ready to make the change or consult your physician. Tim Allenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Easy way to quit smokingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or visit www.healthunit.org/ smoke/

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requires a 10,000 square foot What is a development police station; a city of 40,000 Charge? Okay, be ready to get THE MAYORâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S people requires a 20,000 square excited, this is adrenalin rush CORNER foot police station. The cost of stuffâ&#x20AC;Ś.chuckleâ&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;&#x201C; In Ontario there is a general idea in provby Dave Henderson the additional officers is more of an operating cost and is covincial policy that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Growth Pays For Growthâ&#x20AC;?. So in simple terms, when a ered by the annual taxes. Its not a perfect city figures out its annual taxation needs it system but you can see the idea. is focusing on the costs to provide services A key factor in the discussion that goes to its existing citizens and businesses. Infrabeyond the simple calculation of a developstructure that is needed mainly because of ment charge is the effect on the market. The additional growth, (such as a fourth police anti-development charge argument is that car on the road instead of three, or an addizero charges send a message to the developtional fire truck, expanded main roads or exer community that Brockville is the place panded capacity in your waste water treatto invest and build houses. This is because ment plant ) is supposed to be paid for by the cost to build is cheaper since there is no the people buying the new houses or stores. development charge. Presumably the deThe annual taxes from the people buy- velopers can then market houses at a lower ing new homes actually cover the operating end price and entice more people to buy in costs for these same people and homes, not Brockville. This assumes that the developer passes on the entire savings and it assumes necessarily the related capital costs offsite. that the primary marketing driver to attract Without development charges, the people people to Brockville is cheaper houses as who live in the community now, who have opposed to a quieter, safer, park filled, clean already paid for the existing infrastructure little heritage community with a wonderful to serve their needs, will also be picking up arts centre or that they were transferred in the tab for the infrastructure to serve the to work at a plant or the Hospital. new residents, through increased annual We have had zero development charges taxes. for almost two years and how has our housDevelopment charges are a form of taxaing starts number compare to our histortion; they are also a form of user fee that ical numbers? Hmmm..it turns out about targets a tax levy at the primary user. Like a the same, a little down in fact. The anti-deuser fee for the arenas or the Arts centre, it velopment argument answers this by askdoesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always cover all costs but it does taring the question â&#x20AC;&#x153;what would the numbers get the primary beneficiary. have been with a development charge?â&#x20AC;? weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll The law in Ontario requires a very de- never know. What we do know is that the tailed professional study to be done every housing starts tend to mirror the economy; five years to establish what costs are purely recessions mean low starts, 1982, 1995, 2001, related to growth. In 2004 the study for the 2009. The question then is ; how do new City of Brockville identified that the sewage house prices compare between Brockville treatment plant had excess capacity of 20%. and Kemptville, Kingston, Belleville, etc.. if It also identified that a major investment in the prices are similar or market driven then secondary treatment would have to be made cost and price are related but really two difat a probable cost of $20 million. (turned out ferent animals- the difference is the profit to be $42 mill)Therefore 20% of the upgrade margin. If prices are primarily market driven was for growth â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ie it was excess capacity then eliminating the development charge that could accommodate new homes and simply pads the profit margin and makes the buyers of new homes should contribute existing residents pay for the growth related to this cost, as the current residents were capital costs through their taxes. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t paying for the 80% capacity currently used have an answer to this question. We do know via reserves, and other financing. that in the GTA area development charges These studies go so far as to evaluate the are as high as $50,000 a door. In eastern additional usage of a cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary roads Ontario the development charges in urban due to the additional people and homes areas tend to be in the $8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10,000 range. and what the additional cost is that a city will have to pay to upgrade and maintain those roads due solely to the additional bodies. Again, without the growth, these costs would not exist and the current residents would not be paying for them. Developers often argue that they already pay for all capital costs â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the roads, water pipes, sewer pipes etc. To some degree they are correct; these are the onsite capital costs. Development charges primarily focus on off-site capital costs. A city of 20,000 people

At the current time this discussion is ongoing at City Council and it certainly appears that the anti-development charge argument is winning. The primary ant-development charge remains that zero charges encourages development and growth and that growth provides a stronger economy and more tax revenue. The question is what drives demand for homesâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; low prices, low property taxes, the ideal place to live, or Jobs. Which area do you want the City to invest money in?


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Ontario pioneer still offers great wines â&#x20AC;&#x153;Never judge a book by its cover.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Familiarity breeds contempt.â&#x20AC;? In my opinion these are two adages that bear directly on this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wine selection. The first, while a worthy admonition, is very seldom observed. Millions of dollars are spent in marketing and design for the sole purpose of getting you to ignore the adage and choose a product by its visual appeal. Our wine has had the same label for decades, and dare I say, may be losing its impact. The winery in question has also been around for decades. When asked, consumers in the area recognize the name, say they used to like it, but havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tried one of their wines in ages. Well its time to revisit an old friend and as a reward taste one of the best-made wines on the LCBO shelves.

OFF THE VINE by Russ Disotell

Chateau Des Charmes was one of the pioneering wineries in Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wine industry. When many consumers were still asking, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is Ontario wine any good?â&#x20AC;? those of us in the know would recommend Chateau Des Charmes as an example of the world-class wines being produced in Ontario. Over three decades later the tradition continues, unabated. Chateau Des Charmesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; founder, Paul Bosc, arrived in Ontario in the 1960â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, the descendant of five generations of winemakers in the Alsace region of France. He spent many years studying the climate and soil of the Niagara Peninsula, be-

coming convinced that it could become one of the great winegrowing regions in the world. While many scoffed and the wine drinking public remained skeptical, if not entirely unaware, he set out to prove his assertion. Chateau Des Charmes was founded in 1978. It was the first vineyard in Ontario to be entirely planted with vitus vinifera grapes, the varieties that produce the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine wines. Prior to this there were small plantings of vinifera, but no one would commit to wholly vinifera vineyards. The prevailing opinion was that the climate wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t right, that vinifera were too finicky and that the public werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t interested and consequently wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t buy the wines. Bosc proved it wrong. Chateau Des Charmes Riesling 2008 (CSPC#

61499, $12.55, King Street) may be the best value wine in its price range, bar none. Characterized by superb balance and structure it is a medium bodied, full flavoured white. The nose is open and enticing with apple, pear, citrus and floral aromas. Red grapefruit, peach, pear, citrus and green apple fruit are readily apparent on the palate. Tangy, crisp acidity seamlessly balances the fruit. The finish can only be described as mouth watering with great length and flavour. Riesling is a versatile

grape and can produce dry, semisweet or sweet wines. It is equally versatile with food. This is an excellent aperitif, so if you can manage to save any for the meal, here are some wonderful partners. If you have a fisherman in the family freshwater white fish offer superb accompaniement for this Ontario beauty, as will scallops and zuppa de pesce (fish soup). Thai or other spicy cuisines offer a challenge that is easily met. Ham, turkey, veal, pasta with white sauce and risotto are also on the recommended list. After a hard day at work,

if all the culinary output you can muster is a grilled cheese sandwich, why not make it special with a glass of our Ontario Riesling. Enjoy!

The steeples of Brockville add to the beauty of our city One thing the city of Brockville has an abundance of is churches. A person can barely make it a few blocks in our city without seeing one. The churches in Brockville are among the oldest buildings in the city, and regardless of the denomination, add to the beauty of our townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s architectural heritage. A church that definitely stands out is the First Presbyterian Church on aptly named Church Street. The ministry for this church began exactly 200 years ago in 1811,

THE FINE PRINT by Dennis Stein

and is credited with the very first Sunday school in Canada. The pastor began its ministry on horseback, carrying his bible in his saddle bag. The church building itself is an amazing example of nineteenth century architecture, and was rebuilt three times over its history, now having a one hundred by one hundred and ten foot main sanctuary to seat 900 people.

It shares Court Terrace with the First Baptist Church on the corner of Pine Street., which was built around the same time period, and has similar features, and Wall St. church, adjacent to the courthouse on its east side. St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Anglican Church on Pine Street is another shining example of beautiful architecture in Brockville. It is one of the most original historical buildings in town, having few restorative modifications over its history. Trinity Anglican

Church on George St. has an uncertain future. This month may see it purchased along with the rest of its property by a developer. Plans for a condominium project on the site, and the eventual marketing of the church for commercial purposes are in the works, although the church is on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heritage list. It is in need of expensive restoration work however, and eventual demolition of the church building has not been entirely ruled out over the long term. Another beautiful

building whose church bells can be heard on a daily basis is St. Francis Xavier on Church Street. It does not share the neo-gothic style of the First Presbyterian, or First Baptist, but has an immense front entry, with terraced steps, and a tall bell tower directly up front. Its ministry began in 1858, proudly displayed on a plaque above the front en-

trance. All of the church buildings in Brockville are filled with beautiful stained glass windows, and are immaculate in architectural detail. Their high spires and bell towers add to the rich history of Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest city.

We walk together for a little while Many years ago, on a cold December night, I stood on a sidewalk in Kingston outside the Grand Theatre waiting for my date. He was late. It was the last night of term before Christmas vacation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cathy!â&#x20AC;? My brother James called to me from across Princess Street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re you doing? Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bunch of us going to Coppers.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t,â&#x20AC;? I answered, as he crossed over. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Got a date.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ooooo,â&#x20AC;? Jamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; eyebrows went up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That him?â&#x20AC;? A good looking young man in a leather jacket was heading toward us at a rapid pace. I smiled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yup. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do anything stupid. I like him.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sure,â&#x20AC;? James said, and threw his arm around me

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pulling me close. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Getyourarmoffme!â&#x20AC;? I hissed. He just grinned until I pushed him off. My date approached and I introduced them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;James, this is Brian. Brian this is my BROTHER James.â&#x20AC;? Later, Brian told me heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never felt so relieved. Much later. Brian and I celebrated our twenty-second wedding anniversary last Friday. Now twenty-two years may seem like a long time, and it might be an eternity in a bad relationship, but a few decades are nothing, not nearly enough time together in a good relationship, be it friendship or marriage.

We walk with each other for a short time only on this earth, and some day Brian and I will say good-bye. Sooner or later we all grieve or are grieved. But for that short walk we can support each other and love each other. We can embrace companionship and bear each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sorrows. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to let conflict overwhelm us, easy to blame the people closest to us for our pain, easy to nurse the ways we are wronged. God knows Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done that often enough. But it might be easier still to forgive, let go, and fall into friendship and love, if only we would let ourselves. Friendships are treasures that last beyond human breath, and outpace the beating of a human heart. May you embrace

yours, and hold close the memory of those who are gone. Eternity and love belong to all of us.

First Presbyterian Church. Photo from the archives of Doug Grant

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Science is for kids! My three grandchildren are just wrapping up their five-week visit with us here in Brockville, and at the ages of 12, 8 and 5 they are keeping both of us pretty busy. Being the science nut/grandpa that I am, we have had a number of interesting discussions and experiences. One rainy afternoon last week, we got out an old globe and a flashlight, and we experimented with day/night, summer/ winter, and with the aid of a bottle cap glued to a stick we made an eclipse! Earlier we played with magnets, including a couple of pretty powerful ones I had. The kids found out what is magnetic and what isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, and how thick the table has to be before the magnet becomes too weak to move a bottle cap. They also found that you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put your fingers between two strong magnets that are close together. Coming from Calgary, our grandchildren donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see the number and variety of trees or the wild bird life that we take for granted. We were able to find twelve different trees

THE SCIENCE COLUMN by Rod Charlton

within 100 ft. of our front door, and look at the size, the leaves, the bark and in a few cases, look at small samples of the wood. We also measured the height of several trees using a cardboard protractor, a drinking straw, and pacing off the distance to the foot of the tree. Never too soon for geometry! A few days ago we found a small (palm of your hand) turtle walking deliberately across our lawn. Mr. Turtle was grabbed, put in a container and closely inspected for a while before being released into the back pond. A family of robins has made a nest in the ladder I have hanging behind my shed, and the daily progress of the eggs and now the hatchlings is a pretty important observation. As well, the daily ritual of taking the cover off our pool involves a search for frogs, some of whom find themselves in the skimmer. Never real-

ized the entertainment to be had from a few frogs. We spent an all-toobrief evening spotting the Big Dipper and the North Star, before the mosquitoes nearly consumed us, and caught a glimpse of a bat swooping and turning, doing his bit to lower the population of mosquitoes. My grandson (the 5 year-old) now has his own binoculars, which he runs around with and takes with him on almost every car ride. Almost-kid-proof binoculars are not too expensive and have a fascination for youngsters, especially when they have a built-in compassâ&#x20AC;Ś. to which a magnet can do amazing things! We also picked a ton of strawberries and raspberries, and made what seemed like a thousand jars of jam, some of which are destined for a breakfast table in Calgary. Of course we discussed the need for sugar, what Certo does and why you have to boil the whole thing, and why it is bottled hot. Early taste tests confirm that 2011 is a good year for jam. My 8 year-old granddaughter already knows

about sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks. We are going to try and find some fossils before they leave, although southern Alberta has some of the best fossils in Canada. She keeps asking me

why this rock shines and what those black specks are. Gotta brush up on my geology for next year! It is great to share stuff with kids because everything is new to them. The rewards from saying to

them, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s go find outâ&#x20AC;? are fantastic and worth the small penalty of shoes all over the place and having to buy milk by the tank car. I am already looking forward to their visit next year.

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to Rico to embark on a Princess cruise to the southern Caribbean. The islands that were visited include Aruba and Bonaire among others. For January 2012, we are switching things up yet again. This time, we are flying from Toronto to New Orleans where we will spend two days and nights before sailing to ports in Mexico, Belize and Honduras on the Norwegian Spirit. This vacation will be departing from Brockville on January 12 and will be sailing out on January 15 for seven nights. The free-style type of cruise on Norwegian Cruise Lines appeals to those who want to go and completely relax and enjoy the cruise without having to pack any formal clothesâ&#x20AC;Śunless they want to. There is a good reason that Howard Travelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cruises are so successful and why we really are a full-service travel agency.

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The ObserverCOMMUNITY YCamp Rising Stars At right, the group of 4-5 year olds stops to take a picture during their birthday celebration.  

YCamp Trail Blazers At left, 6-8 year olds enjoy the shade at Bramshot Park.   In photo are Alexis Wykes, Emily Thomas, Aidan Fraser, Liam Borzellino and Counsellor Ashley Airhart.

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TIWF holds first annual Storefront Writing Contest By

Erin Christie

Observer Staff Writer

If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for a way to flex your creative muscles, than the Thousand Islands Storefront Writing contest may be for you. Organized and facilitated by Writerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ink and the 1000 Islands Writers Festival, this first time event welcomes writers of all ages and levels to express their creativity and network with fellow enthusiasts. The contest pairs two individuals together to create a short story of approximately 2,000 participants receive the same prompt/theme/ first line, selected by the organizers on the day of the contest, and will draw the location where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be writing from a hat. The concept for the contest, says one of its organizers, local author Melanie Robertson-King of Writerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ink, was inspired by an article she stumbled on regarding the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Writing Sweatshopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, an annual short-story competition held in Bruton, England. Intrigued by the Sweatshopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success, Robertson-King quickly enlisted the help of her friend and fellow Ink member, author Dorothy Bush, to re-vamp the initiative and present to the Writerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Festival committee. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We thought this sounded like something that would be fun, and

hopefully bring people out and possibly encourage them to join our group,â&#x20AC;? said RobertsonKing, adding that organizers are hoping to attract 20 participants to the contest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is also a great way to get feedback on your writing and try something new, even if people arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t interested in joining a writing group, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good way to meet people and a fun way to spend a Saturday. â&#x20AC;&#x153; Entries can be produced by pen or laptop. Laptop users are asked to bring a memory device to download from and should include the participantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name, address, phone number and email address. The entry fee is $5. The deadline for entries is Friday August 19th, 2011. Drop off is at Leeds County Books, 73 King St. W., Brockville or mail to Thousand Islands Writers Festival, 13 Duke St, Brockville, Ontario K6V 3J2. Participants meet at the Brockville Library at 9:30 a.m., on contest morning to register. Writers will proceed to their chosen sites to begin writing at 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Completed work will be turned in at the Grindstone Tapas Lounge with a post-contest social hour. Further details may be found at www.tiwfestival. org.

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Brockville Ballistic fall in deciding game The Brockville Ballistic Junior team fell to the Kingston Kings ???? in the deciding game five at the Memorial Centre on Tuesday evening, ending their season. Brockville had earlier battled back from two games down to notch the series at two games

apiece, but fell just short of completing the comeback. Brockville scorers in the final game were Mark Ferguson, Doug Utting, Jarrett Pitt, Deven Primeau, Travis Galaway and Jordan Moran. Colin Halladay played well in goal stopping 31 of 38 shots he faced.

The Brockville Blast Novice and Peewee teams (right) helped cheer on the Ballistic during the game on Tuesday. Here, the teams form the guard to welcome the Ballistic back after the first intermission.

Bringing home the Gold This Brockville area is very quickly becoming known as a rugby stronghold. Brockville Privateers U-16 players Matt Courtney, Dakota Thauvette and Riley Thompson returned home from the Eastern Canadian Rugby Championships with the ultimate prize...gold medals. The three local U-16 players travelled to Octomocto New Brunswick (just outside of Fredericton) to represent Eastern Ontario in the Male U-16 division of the Eastern Canadian Rugby Championships. The first two rounds of the tournament found the Eastern Ontario boys pitted against host New Brunswick and Nova Scotia provincial teams. The Eastern Ontario team showed their strength and won the two games by scores of 34-0 and 38-0 respectively. Thauvette, Thompson

and Courtney are all students of South Grenville District High School and have learned the game of rugby by playing for local coach and teacher Jacob Swarbrick. The boys praise their local coach for his great instruction and his ability to nurture a passion for the game. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;He has taught us to love playing the game, it was a huge honour to play for Eastern Ontario and win gold at the Eastern Canadian Championshipsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; stated flanker Matt Courtney. Coach Swarbrick has spent the past few years developing a solid rugby program in the Brockville area. The program is very highly regarded throughout the Eastern regions of the province. There has been a great deal of success experi-

enced by the local club in a very short period of time. Last year saw the innaugural season for youth rugby in the Brockville area. The U-16 team, in its first year of play experienced an undefeated season. The team is now playing in its second full season and has yet to experience a regular season loss. Last year (as EORU league champions) the U-16 team represented Eastern Ontario at the Provincial Championships in Toronto, winning a bronze medal. The Brockville Privateers Rugby Club is always welcoming to new players / supporters who want to learn and/or become involved in the great game of rugby. The club can be reached by visiting http://brockvilleprivateers.com

Braves announce lineup heading into training camp The Brockville Braves announced their roster leading into training camp this past weekend. The 20 players include, two goalkeepers, six defensemen, and 12 forwards, a complete lineup with nine affiliates to add depth for the upcoming season. Rich Joudoin will back up starting goalkeeper William Betts after the departure of Justin Gilbert

to the Kanata Stallions. Sebastien Gingras and Scott Dawson will lead an experienced defensecore with recent signings Kevin Kirisits, Brandon Anselmini, and returnees Shane Riddell and John Keane. Returning up front are Chris Roll, Mike Skakum, Mathieu Chartrain, David Roy, and Anthony Bada, with new additions Ben Blasko, Mike DeBello,

David Ferreira, Eric Samtleben, Hayden Hulton, Jon-Paul Durso, and Morgan Mullen. Brockville will have a veteran squad especially up front. Only one 17year old has been signed with the average age just under 19 across the squad. Key signings and solid returning veterans have the Braves in good shape heading into the 2011-12 season.

Ballistic captain Doug Utting fires in a goal to bring Brockville back to within one goal during Tuesday night playoff action at the Memorial Centre. Brockville fell 7-6 in the fifth and deciding game. PHOTOS BY AUSTIN DE LUIS

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Brockville battles to the end at provincials Brockville took the favoured Windsor South Canadians to the brink, giving the highly touted team all they could handle until the final out of the game. Windsor escaped a

bottom of the sixth, bases loaded with no outs scare, managing to squeak out a 2-1 victory to move on to face Toronto High Park in the provincial finals. Brockville had moved on to the semi-finals

after beating East Nepean 6-3 on Saturday. The highlight of the game was a third inning diving catch by Brockvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s James Martell that saved two runs and preserved Brockvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lead.

Jared Fenlong (above) drives the ball up the middle during the second inning of Brockvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2-1 defeat to Windsor in the semi-finals. James Martell (above left) walks infield after making a diving catch to save two runs in the third inning to preserve Brockvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s slim lead over East Nepean. PHOTOS BY AUSTIN DE LUIS

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Tips for making sure your golf lessons stick By

John Ryan

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Once again Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to borrow a phrase from the late great Ben Hoganâ&#x20AC;&#x153;The secret to lower scores is in the dirtâ&#x20AC;?. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s go one-step further with this- have you ever taken a golf lesson only to see no improvement the next time you play? Ever wonder why? Well itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obvious. Hoganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statement rings the message out loud and clear. Practice baby, practice. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right, practice what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been taught. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simple enough isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it? My students are given Feel Drills to do at home to get the particular skill required to improve their swing. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to necessarily go to the Driving Range to practice. I would much rather have my students do their practicing at home in front of a mirror or any other reflective material where they can see what they are doing.

Here, Jimmy Connors works on his swing after getting a swing tip from me.

This to me would be way more productive. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand what the golf instructor was telling you, tell them and ask a lot of questions. Have the instructor explain it to you so you can comprehend the information. Remem-

ber, if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand something, there is no such thing as a stupid question. If you have taken a lesson recently and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t practice what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been taught, you just wasted your money. As an instructor, when

you get a student who practices what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been taught, the improvement is bound to happen a lot quicker than those who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Some of the golfers Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had the privilege to have worked with recently, who work hard on their

golf swings are Kevin Jones, Jimmy Connors, Dave Gill, Andy Fournier and Barb Fraser to name a few. And there are a lot of others Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve taught that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bother to practice what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been shown. The status of their games will also reflect as much. Over the years Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve developed some of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best players by not only improving their golf swing but the other areas of their games including course management and the mental aspects. This group includes the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most talented golfer, Adam Folco. Others like David Cooke, Craig Brennan, Bejamin James Glynn, and Matt Cousins to name a few. I believe when Ben Glynn is done with his two knee surgeries, this area will hear his name in competitive golf circles again. He is that good. There are so many arm-chair golf pros out there giving advice. Heck most of them canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even

break 85 themselves, so how much validity does their advice hold? And then you have guys out there who score pretty good, who will give out advice and in most cases they tell other golfers what works for them. Because it works for them doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean it will help the average golfer out there. So if any of you golfers take lessons and you want to see some serious improvement, practice what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been taught. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand what you have been taught, then ask questions until you do understand. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get out of it what you put into it,â&#x20AC;? itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that simple. John Ryan,CGTF Level Three Instructor, teaches exclusively at the Tincap Golf Club. If you have comments on this or any other column or if you need more info on Lessons call John at 613-345-1390 or e-mail at planeandsimple@hotmail.com.

BACF PRO-AM announces major sponsors for inaugural tournament The Brockville and Area Community Foundation (BACF) Pro-Am Committee is pleased to announce that three major sponsors have been determined for the inaugural event that will be held at Smugglerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Glen on August 18th. RBC - Royal Bank has signed on as the Title Sponsor. The Ottawa Senators and C.F.G. Heward Investments Ltd. will be the two Presenting Sponsors. The official title for this event is now: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The RBC BACF ProAm presented by the Ottawa Senators and C.F.G. Heward Investments Ltd.â&#x20AC;? The tournament has only three spots open for amateur teams interested in playing in the August 18th tournament. Anyone interested in being a part of history is invited to contact the tournament Chair - David Dargie at 613.498.9970 or ed@ bcfdn.ca as soon as possible to reserve a place in this unique charity golf tournament. Mr. Dargie remarked, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are close to being completely subscribed for our three person amateur teams. Ron Healy, our golf professional liaison, has reported that his efforts

to bring the best professionals to this tournament are also paying off. The excitement of matching the profes-

Graham Gunn is a topranked player who is currently a member of the Senior European Tour. Graham has won

The excitement of matching the professional golfers with our amateur teams at the August 17th Draw Party, on the eve of the tournament, is building as we are only two weeks away... sional golfers with our amateur teams at the August 17th Draw Party, on the eve of the tournament, is building as we are only two weeks away from this new event on the local charity golf circuit!â&#x20AC;? Three of the professional golfers playing in the tournament can â&#x20AC;&#x153;carpoolâ&#x20AC;? to Smugglerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Glen as they are all related and work at the same golf school.

the Canadian Club Pro Championship and was runner-up four times in that same tournament. His son Jeff, works with Graham at the Graham Gunn Golf Advantage School in Orleans. Jeff is an accomplished NCAA and professional player. He will be joined on August 18th by his wife, Michelle Core, who has played on the LPGAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Futures Tour. These three players

will be joined by professional players from the Great Lakes Tour, the Canadian Tour, the Futures Tour, as well as club professionals from Ontario, Quebec and Northern New York. The RBC BACF ProAm presented by the Ottawa Senators and C.F.G. Heward Investments is a fund-raising tournament in support of the Brockville and Area Community Foundation. Part of that fundraising will be in the form of silent and live auctions taking place at the tournament dinner. Some great items, like a â&#x20AC;&#x153;stay and playâ&#x20AC;? package for four at Smugglerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Glen; a 16 seat Club Level Suite at a regular season Ottawa Senators game; plus one-of-akind tickets to North Carolina State and Duke University football games with three rounds of golf in the Raleigh, North Carolina area will be available for auction. Only persons attending the tournament dinner will be eligible to bid on these auction items. Tickets for the tournament dinner are $45.00 each and can be purchased by contacting David Dargie at 613498-9970.

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• Brockville Ghost Walks. Every Friday Night from July 15 to September 9. Put on by the Friends of Fulford Place Museum. 287 King St. E. Brockville • The Brockville Concert Association is proud to present the National Youth Orchestra from Ottawa, appearing at the Brockville Arts Centre August 7th at 7:30 pm. This 90 member orchestra is made up of young talented musicians from all over Canada. • Brockville Women in Business are Cruisin’ the 1000 Islands! Come and join us for lunch, music and networking on the St. Lawrence! Tuesday, August 9th, 11-1:00 pm. Pre-Registration is required at bwbgroup@gmail.com by noon on Saturday, August 6th. • NEWSTEP Information session. Aged 55 and older? Unemployed or underemployed? Come to our information session for the NEWSTEP program on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 9 am at Employment and Education Centre. Find out about this free job readiness program which gives participants a living allowance and access to retraining funds. Call 613498-2111 to register.

• Computers for Job Success Info Sessions: On Thursday, Aug. 4 and Thursday, Aug. 18 at 9 am, come to Employment and Education Centre for more info for our FREE two week computer course. Computer illiterate welcome! Call 613-498-2111 to register! • Brockville Farmers’ Market - Market Street West Brockville. The market hosts an amazing collection of traditional and organic produce, herbs, meats, honey, maple syrup, preserves and baked goods. From May to October there is an ever changing selection of hand-crafted jewellery, furniture, textile products, quality cut flowers, perennials and annuals. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, May October 7 am -1 pm. • Mallorytown Village Fair - Saturday, August 27 from 9-4 pm at Mallory Coach House & Community Centre. Free admission (donation to food bank gratefully accepted), vendors, demonstrations, competitions, artists and artisans, horse & wagon rides, live music, food and more. Come and join the fun!

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The ObserverFILM Cowboys and Aliens not the best movie of summer, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun Cowboys and Aliens, directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), is as the title suggests an interesting hybrid of both Western and Science Fiction films. Based on the oneshot graphic novel of the same name, Cowboys & Aliens seamlessly blends the Wild West and the otherworldly, to tell a tale of a small western town, plagued by bad luck, nasty customers and really ugly alien invaders. Daniel Craig (James Bond) plays Jake Lonergan. He is a western antihero in the style of Clint Eastwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Man with No Nameâ&#x20AC;? When we first see him, he is waking up in the scrub, under a South Western sky, dirty, hurt and clueless. He has a metal object attached to his arm, and no recollection of who he is or how he got there. Unlike his role as Bond, he is lanky with a weather worn, age-creased face. Similar to Bond, when confronted by bad-guys he is fast with his fists, kicks ass and takes no names. Harrison Ford plays Colonel Woodrow Dolarhyde. For the first time in a long while, he inhabits a role where he really looks his age. He plays old and grizzled, has a nasty temper and being the consummate actor that he is, adds a nice touch of tenderness to the mix. Woodrow is a war-vet and a cattle-man. With mining dried up and most of the towns-people gone, his money is the only thing that keeps the remaining residents of Absolution, a one horse town in the Arizona Territory, alive. When his son Percy,

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(Paul Dano in a role that should kill any career hopes), causes trouble and accidentally shoots a deputy, Dolarhyde comes to town heavy-handed to take him out of the Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hands, and home. Tough as nails attitude, money and power may be too much for the Sheriff to handle, but mean nothing when aliens attack the town, and start lassoing and abducting the citizens, including his son. Olivia Wilde is Ellen Swenson. Like Craigâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jake, she is a person of mystery. She follows Jake around suggesting that she knows secrets as to what happened to him and why he has lost his memory. Until the end the end of the film, she never gives him much more than just hints. Her performance and overall look is one of the weaker points of the movie. While all of the other actors look like they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bathed in months, she is always clean, her modern makeup is perfect and her clothes almost never wrinkle. She stands out in every scene she is in, and sadly it is not because of her wonderful skills as an actress. The all-too-obviously CGI aliens are fish-faced barrel-chested monsters with long arms, sharp claws and nasty dispositions. They look like artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s renditions of H.P. Lovecraftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Deep Ones come to life. They have tough scaly hides and attack their human adver-

saries with brute force. Some of the aliens are here to abduct humans to ascertain our weaknesses in advance of colonization. The rest are here to mine gold. Unless the invaders are stopped, the denizens of Earth are about to become victims of an intergalactic gold rush. Cowboys and Aliens may not be the best movie of the summer, but it is entertaining. Both Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford play the material straight, giving it a harder edge than it might have had under the hands of less experienced actors. The story-line is engaging, the aliens and their hardware look cool, and the plot is just solid enough to make it work. Is this the best movie of the summer? No, but it is great Saturday afternoon fun. Check it out.

Women in Business Cruisinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; the 1000 Islands! Come and join us for lunch, music and networking! For a change of scenery the BWB has decided to have their networking luncheon on the St. Lawrence. The date of the luncheon is Tuesday, August 9th from 11am to 1:00pm. Departure is from Block House Island, Brockville (parking available in Water St. Municipal Lot, if none available on Block House) Cost of the luncheon is $25 (cash only) Please note the special price for this luncheon. Pre-Registration is required at bwbgroup@gmail.com by noon on Saturday, August 6th. Future BWB luncheon meetings, are held the second Tuesday of every month, starting at 11:30 a.m. The meetings provide an opportunity for women to meet other business women, and to share expertise, experiences and successes in a supportive, businessoriented atmosphere. All women actively working or marketing their business in the Brockville area are invited to attend the group. Pre-registration for each luncheon meeting is required; RSVP bwbgroup@gmail.com. For more information about the group, please call Wendy Onstein at 613-342-8772 x470 or email wonstein@brockville.com.

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