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Access awareness week kicks off at city hall By

Austin de Luis

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Several dignitaries were on hand early Monday morning to kick off National Access Awareness week and recognize two of the area’s greatest advocates for access awareness. Dean Humble of ParaTransit Services and former Principal of Brockville Collegiate Institute (BCI) David Coombs. Both were given recognition for the tireless efforts. Humble started Para-Transit almost three decades ago and hasn’t stopped his services despite the unprofitability of his business in the first years. “The business wasn’t profitable in the beginning but the rewards are greater than the business itself”, said Humble to the crowd. Coombs was the principal of BCI during the earlier part of the new millennium, a time when the accessibility of the facility was called into question by a grade nine student name Emily Fraser. “She posed the question during a ‘Principal on the Hot Seat’ session as to why the school wasn’t accessible to everyone”, said Coombs.

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From left to right, Ryan Billings and Mary Ann Greenwood representing Career Services present Dean Humble founder of Brockville’s Para-Transit Service with a lifetime achievement award. PHOTOS BY AUSTIN DE LUIS


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Local dignitaries, MP Gord Brown and Brockville City Mayor, David Henderson, joined Buell’s Creek developers, William and Jeanette Curnew, for a ribboncutting ceremony held at the site of the former Reliable Furniture Store on King Street, last Friday morning. From left to right; LeedsGrenville MP, Gord Brown, developers, Jeanette and Bill Curnew, their son, AJ Curnew (front), their financial advisor, Carl Mendelson, and Brockville City Mayor, David Henderson.

Erin Christie

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A life of luxury and relaxation await the prospective tenants of Buell’s Creek Condominiums, the 26-unit property being developed at the former Reliable Furniture Store, if its new proprietors, William and Jeanette Curnew, of Queen’s Plate Development Corporation’s plans come to fruition. The couple, who will be relocating to the area from Lindsay, Ontario, purchased the property from Reliable owner Peter Hoogendam and local partners, intend to build a more upscale condo than originally planned for the $9 million development that


will include 26 units ranging from 1,000 to 1,400 square feet and selling for between $279,000 to $500,000. The building

will include communal amenities such as a gym, sauna, and whirlpool, and will also use environmentally friendly prod-

ucts such as solar panels and LED lighting, in order to help keep condo costs under control. “We want to offer an

affordable lifestyle that suits retirees and young couples,” explained Curnew. “I think the conven-

ience of condo living can suit either demographic. They pay for the unit and then they don’t have to make another mortgage payment to cover highend condo fees, they don’t have to deal with maintenance, just the upkeep of their own space, and it’s affordable.” Curnew added that though there are several other downtown condominiums in the works also looking for tenants, with monthly condo fees under $100, he doesn’t anticipate problems attracting tenants. Construction on the project is underway and Curnew estimates that the units will be ready for occupancy by May 2012.

Yacht Cangarda/Magedoma returns to Brockville for special viewing By

Erin Christie

Observer Staff Writer

Matthew Blair, 18, a Grade 12 student at Thousand Islands Secondary School, (right) receives this year’s Dawn Cowan Memorial Volunteer Recognition Award for his impressive record of volunteer service that began three years ago. ERIN CHRISTIE PHOTO

Blair and Keleman named “tremendous volunteers” By

Erin Christie

Observer Staff Writer

Dawn Cowan believed that if you pitch in and help others, you can make the world a better place. Cowan put her beliefs into practice frequently, volunteering her services to several local agencies and organizations, including, St. John Ambulance, the Brockville Museum, the Brockville Rifles and the Leeds-Grenville branch of the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind). When Cowan’s life was tragically cut short 16 years ago, CNIB chose to honour her memory with their sponsorship of the Dawn Cowan Memorial Volunteer Award, handed

out annually, to those who demonstrate a commitment to volunteerism. This year’s recipients, 18 year-old Thousand Islands Secondary School student Matt Blair, and 17 year-old St. Michael Catholic High School student Katherine (Kate) Kelemen, have taken their passion for their community to astounding heights, contributing more than 3,000 of volunteer service combined in hopes of giving back the community that Blair says, has given his family so much. “My family was the first in Leeds and Grenville to receive a Habitat for Humanity house,” said Blair



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This Saturday residents are invited to visit the majestic Cangarda/ Magedoma, a 40-metre (138-foot) steam yacht that will once again be showcased in Brockville. Built in 1901 at the Pusey and Jones shipyard in Wilmington, Delaware, the yacht was first owned by Michigan lumber mogul Charles J. Canfield, who named it the Cangarda, a combination of his name and that of his wife, Belle Gardner. When George T. Fulford purchased the yacht (circa 1904), he re-christened it the Magedoma, after his family, Mary,

George, Dorothy and Martha. Owned by the Fulfords for over 40 years, the Magedoma was the focal point of their summer social life. The vessel boasted sleeping quarters for 14 guests and a mahogany dining room that seated nearly twenty. The family sold the yacht following the First World War, after which its state

steadily declined. The yacht reached its lowest point in 1999, when it sank at dock in the Boston Harbour. Beginning in 2004, current owner Robert McNeil funded a meticulous restoration of the vessel by Rutherford’s Boat Shop in Richmond, California. Local residents will have the opportunity to visit the

historic vessel when it returns to Brockville this weekend. The ship will arrive on Friday afternoon for a private viewing, and will be open to the public from Saturday, June 4th until Tuesday, June 7th. In honour of the Fulfords, the ship will be docked at Blockhouse Island. The Magedoma will be available for viewing on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Admission: $6 for adults, $3 for children under 16, $15 for a family (two adults and two children). All proceeds will support the Fulford Place Drawing Room Restoration Project.

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The ObserverNEWS Laughter for the Heart supports local cardio rehab program Laughter and red wine benefits for the heart will fuel a benefit for the Brockville Cardiovascular Program June 8th. The Brockville Cardiovascular Program (BCP) Committee will host a fundraiser called “Laughter for the Heart” at the Brockville Memorial Centre on June 8th. Two successful annual benefits for the BCP, the annual wine tasting and the comedy night with international funny-man Jimmy Keys, have been combined this year to produce a very special evening good for the heart and soul. The BCP operates at the Charles Street Site of Brockville General Hospital. Recovering cardiac patients from Brockville and surrounding area no longer have to travel to Ottawa

or Kingston to access information, or to get support in making lifestyle changes toward a healthy recovery. Brockville Cardiovascular Program offers individualized programs of exercise, education, and counseling with the assistance of a multi-professional team including a kinesiologist, a dietician, a nurse, a respiratory therapist and a pharmacist. “This program gets no funding from the Ministry,” said Brockville Cardiovascular Program Committee co-chair, Sherri Hudson. “We operate on an annual budget of approximately $130,000, all from generous corporate and private donations.” The BCP has been very successful in its first two years of operation, gradu-

ating 185 patients from its six- and twelve-week programs, with another 30 through home programs. “We are very fortunate to have this cardio rehab program in our community,” says Hudson. “The community has not only supported the program, but the generosity of local individuals and businesses has allowed it to expand over the past few months.” The wine tasting will run from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Brockville Memorial Centre, followed by the show with Jimmy Keys from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $75.00 per person, and may be purchased at the RipNET offices on Water Street in Brockville. You may call RipNET at 613-342-3946, ext. 282 or e-mail at bcp@

More than $30,870 raised for MS research More than 200 enthusiastic walkers enjoyed a 6 km or 10 km walk through Brockville’s downtown and along the waterfront on Sunday morning for the annual MS Walk and fundraiser, raising more than $30,870 in support of crucial research that supporters hope, will one day reveal a cure for the mysterious and debilitating illness. The local Walk, now in its fourteenth year in Brockville, is one of 59 held across the province in recognition and solidarity with the 55,000 Canadians living with Multiple Sclerosis. ERIN CHRISTIE PHOTO

AWARDS continues from page 2 during a brief ceremony held at Wall Street United Church, last Wednesday afternoon. “A lot of people gave their time to help my family out, I thought it was only right to give some of my time to help out others. “ “Some” of Blair’s time totals to more than 1,100 hours, accumulated over the past three years volunteering through the Employment and Education Centre (EEC). Of his numerous efforts, which include walking dogs for the local OSPCA chapter, helping out at Loaves and Fishes, and spearheading Brockville’s Kraft Hockeyville bid, Blair humbly says, “they have given

him a passion for building community and giving back.” “He’s a pretty amazing kid,” said former youth coordinator and current computer facilitator for the EEC, Lesley Patry, who nominated Blair for the award. “He always makes himself available if he’s needed. We’ve been really blessed to have him with our group.” “It’s the strength of volunteers that provides that face to the community,” added co-ordinator of volunteer services for CNIB, East Region, Perpetua Quigley. “Certainly the CNIB couldn’t have accomplished all it has without

the unwavering support of volunteers like Matt and Kate.” In fact, as if to underscore Quigly’s statement, Keleman herself has logged more than 2,000 volunteering, much of it with Community Living in Kemptville, and was absent from Wednesday’s ceremony because she was volunteering at an orphanage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “It’s been a tremendous group of young men and women that have won this award over the years,” said Doug Mather, chairman of the Leeds and Grenville Project Team for the CNIB. “So Kate and Matt are in good company.”

The latest sidewalk sale had a few new tricks to get the summer season started. Pictured above is the flash-mob that came out of random spots throughout the show and danced to a well-choreographed number to several popular songs. AUSTIN DE LUIS PHOTO

ACCESS continues from page 1 Emily’s mother Beth wasn’t able to enter several areas of the school to help her daughter’s transition during orientation. “I remember feeling very helpless that Emily needed me and I couldn’t be there for her”, said Beth, adding that the steps Mr. Coombs began immediately blew her away. “He moved the parent council meetings from the library to the hall where I could participate”, said Beth. The initiative was supported by parents, staff

and especially the student body, who had to endure the construction phase during the school months. “I never heard a single complaint from the students during the long process”, said Coombs. “They all felt that the project was a valid and noble effort”. This week’s events include an AODA customer service standards training at the Memorial Centre on Wednesday from 9:00a.m. to noon, the Career Services Open House on Thursday from 1:00-3:00p.m. lo-

cated at 89 Hubbell Street, and the Accessibility Fair at the Thousand Islands Mall on Friday from 10:00a.m to 4:00p.m. The closing celebration is on Wednesday, June 8th at the Brockville Arts Centre (BAC) at 7:30p.m. featuring the music of Justin Hines. For more information for the closing ceremonies call the BAC box office at 613.342.7122 or visit www.brockvilleartscentre. com. Tickets have been subsidized by Career Services and will retail for $10.


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Local residents take ‘Great Strides’ for Cystic Fibrosis By

Erin Christie

Observer Staff Writer

One hundred and twenty-five people participated in the second annual Brockville Great Strides Walk, held at Memorial Park in Brockville, last Sunday morning. Local walkers and donors raised more than $15, 500, in support of Cystic Fibrosis research, in hopes of drawing attention to the deadly disease. “The support here has been amazing, people are so generous, the response to this walk has been really heart-warming,� said the event’s main organizer Caroline Rigutto, who brought the walk, held annually in multiple communities across Canada, to Brockville last year for the first time. Rigutto initiated the Walk in Brockville after researching CF upon her son’s official diagnosis with the illness at six weeks old. Rigutto says events such as the Great Strides Walk represented another opportunity to raise the level of local fundraising toward CF research, which she noted

Twenty-one year old Lindsay Foster, of Prescott, addresses the crowd at Sunday’s Brockville Great Strides Walk in support of Cystic Fibrosis research. Foster was diagnosed with the deadly illness four months old, and was told she wouldn’t live past the age of four. “I’m standing here today as living proof, and I wouldn’t be without the generosity that people show at events like this,� said Foster. “When I was diagnosed with CF, the doctors said they didn’t think I would live past the age of four. Well I showed them!� The recent St. Lawrence College graduate was one of several guest speakers, which included Leeds-Grenville MP, Gord Brown and Brockville City councillor, Larry Journal, who came out to help kick off the event. ERIN CHRISTIE PHOTO

has recently been showing signs of developing some promising treatments. “They’ve come a long

way,� said Rigutto. “The outlook for a child born with CF is better than it was 20 years ago.�

FACTS ABOUT CYSTIC FIBROSIS • Cystic fibrosis is the most common fatal genetic disease that affects Canadian children and young adults. There is currently no cure. • It is a multi-system disease that affects mainly the lungs and digestive system. Ultimately, most CF deaths are due to lung disease. • It is caused by a mutation, or defect, in the CFTR gene. • Each week in Canada, two children are diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and one person dies from the disease.

• Approximately one in every 25 Canadians is a CF carrier, carrying one defective version of of the gene responsible for the disease. • Carriers don’t have and cannot get CF. In most cases, they don’t know they carry the gene until they have a child with the disease. • Cystic fibrosis occurs when a child inherits two defective copies of the gene responsible for causing it -one from each parent.

Symptoms include: • difficulty breathing and life-altering respiratory tract

problems, including a wet, rattling cough the expels mucus, possibly with blood streaking • severe chronic lung infections that lead to permanent lung damage and lung disease • failure to grow or gain weight, thus requiring a high-calorie diet to maintain adequate nutrition and growth in both childhood and adulthood • extreme difficulty absorbing nutrients without taking pancreatic enzymes in order to digest food at each meal

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With summer vacations, activities and sports just starting, the weather isn’t just putting its regular damper on everyone’s mood, but has delayed several events in past weeks. After our long and harsh winter, Canadians are chomping at the bit to get outside and enjoy our traditional warm and dry summers. The weather has not been agreeing with our agendas. Golf courses are waterlogged, fields for soccer, rugby and football are unplayable and very few have wanted to hit the river or lake with grey skies and high winds barreling over the water. Didn’t we endure the last six months of hibernation for the promise of great weather for the season? Shouldn’t we get rewarded for putting up with those long winters for a good reason? These are questions that I’m sure we would all like to stop asking. The forecast is looking up, if you trust that the weatherman isn’t just flipping a coin before jumping in front of the camera every day. We have had some luck over the weekend, after a projected 70-80% chance of rain, the dark skies surrounded the city, but stayed outside of Brockville, giving several charity events and walks, sport outings, the sidewalk sale and many barbeques clear skies. This week has been a big change for the area, with ‘seasonal’ temperatures finally arriving. The much needed sun should dry up the city fields that have been closed now for over two weeks, delaying seasons and creating scheduling nightmares that will be close to impossible to get fields booked later in the summer. Let’s just hope and pray to the sun gods for clear skies and warm temperatures for the remainder of the summer. I think we are owed a little something after the miserable spring we’ve gone through. Austin de Luis

LETTER TO THE EDITOR The Editor: It’s hard to believe the summer is almost here. With many colleges and universities taking a break for the summer season and high school soon to be over for the year, many young people are looking for a summer job. And with summer in Canada a prime holiday time, local employers invariably can use some new employees, although funding extra positions can be difficult in our recovering local economy. Fortunately the Summer Jobs Service is here to help both employers and students in the Brockville area. For students, we offer assistance with everything from resume and cover letter tips to preparing for the interview. Students will learn

about the resources in the community they can access and job opportunities for which employers are looking to hire. Employers who participate in Summer Jobs Service can receive a $2 per hour per student subsidy, which can go a long way to help with hiring additional staff for the busy summer months. It’s really a win-win. And with the Employment and Education Centre (EEC) covering a wider area and with additional funding to offer the service, now is a great time to check out what Summer Jobs Service can do for you! Contact us at 613-498-2111 for more information. Bill Bannan Summer Jobs Service Co-ordinator

The 870 Vampire Squadron held their graduation on Monday evening at the Brockville Armories, in front of friends, family and the Mayor Dave Henderson. The Company C.O. (Commanding Officer) Alison Allen, along with several other graduates, and Canadian Armed Forces veterans were on hand to welcome the young cadets. “We are very proud of this year’s graduating class�, said Allen. “They have been an excellent group�. PHOTO BY AUSTIN DE LUIS

TEN QUESTIONS WITH JAMES THOMAS In the wake of the devastating loss of his younger sister, who took her own life at the age of 18, local film-maker, James Thomas was compelled to find out why. In doing so, he embarked on a painful and ultimately, life-changing path to self-discovery that propelled him to educate others, in hopes that his sister’s story might prevent similar tragedies. The result of his six year journey is a stark and heartfelt documentary that will debut at the Brockville Arts Centre this summer, entitled, “The Truth about Teenage Suicide�. The impact of the “Truth�, Thomas hopes, will be multi-tiered and felt throughout the mental health care system. Here, the 29 year-old Brockvilleborn advocate reflects on selffulfillment, hair loss and the “awesomeness� of Jimmy Trooper, when he answers Ten Questions for the Observer. Do you have a motto? And if you do what is it? To let go, be open and appreciate the possibilities that life brings to learn, grow, and experience new things.



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What book are you currently reading, or what book do you recommend? ‘Raise Your Vibration, Transform Your Life’ by Dawn James.

admire anyone who is truly following their heart. What do you do in your free time? I play sports, meditate, listen to music, and think about what I can do to better the world. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would spend more time with the people I care about.

What characteristic do you most admire in others? Unconditional love for themselves, their lives, and everything/everyone around.

What talent would you most like to have? To be able to sing and dance.

What characteristic do you most deplore in others? Negativity.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction? This may sound weird but it’d be my alter ego‌ Jimmy Trooper, although he can be a bit over the top, nothing stops his awesomeness.

Who do you most admire, living or dead? Six months ago I would have said Muhammad Ali or Richard Branson, but now I really

What is your most treasured possession? My hair, while I still have some‌


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This Mediterranean treasure is a well-kept secret As I sit here cobbling together this week’s column the weather outside the window is wet, dark, cool, dreary and depressing. It seems more like November than May. I have noticed a number of happy ducks, but they seem to be the only ones! By the time you read this it will probably be hot and humid. At least that’s what the weatherman promises, but faith in his prognostications may be at an all time low. However we will remain optimistic and take a look at a largely unknown wine that offers incredible quality in a little known style that deserves to be a summer staple. Kourtaki Muscat Samos (938407, $14.95, Brockville Shopping Centre) is the latest in a long line of extraordinary, not to be missed, dessert wines from one of Greece’s best producers.

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Yes I said Greece! There are some admirable reds and whites coming out of Greece, and the better producers offer worldclass wines, often at a fraction of the cost of comparable wines from better-known wine producing countries. One of the best-kept secrets in the wine world, one that insiders have known for years, is that Greece produces some of the most delectable dessert wines on the market. This lack of notoriety has also meant that prices have remained amazingly reasonable, often less than $20. When I was still at Vintages we would eagerly anticipate the arrival of these Mediterranean exquisitries that we affectionately re-

ferred to as “nectar of the Gods”. Kourtaki is a Vin Doux Naturel, which might be a new category to many readers. This is a process that is found throughout the Mediterranean region, predominantly in southern France. The term refers to wines that can best be described as lightly fortified, in the case of Kourtaki, 15%. Essentially the fermentation process is stopped when the wine reaches 4% alcohol. This allows most of the natural sweetness and fresh fruit flavours of the grapes to be maintained. In the normal fermentation process most of the natural sugars are turned to alcohol. The fermentation process is stopped

by the addition of local brandy, which kills the yeasts that drive the process. The alcohol level is

Mother of All Grapes”. It produces a wonderfully aromatic wine with aromas of honey, lemon, pear, orange and apricot. There is just a hint of spice underlying the fruit aromas. The palate is rich and creamy, but never cloying due to a sturdy acidic backbone that eas-

Every sip offers a fresh, new flavour profile. The finish has quite amazing depth and breadth and introduces just a hint of maple. Chilled Kourtaki Muscat makes a perfect summer sipper; zesty, flavourful and refreshing. Match it with plain crack-

One of the best-kept secrets in the wine world, one that insiders have known for years, is that Greece produces some of the most delectable dessert wines on the market.

then brought up to 15% . The particular Muscat used in Kourtaki is Muscat of Alexandria, known throughout the eastern Mediterranean as “The

ily carries the fresh fruit and sweetness. Complex barely covers the potpourri of flavours apparent on the palate. Apricot seems to dominate the foreground with green apple, pear, mango, dried raisin, orange, peach and an array of tropical citrus fruits all lending their support.

ers and cheese for a wonderful antipasto course. It also partners superbly with the dessert course as accompaniement for ice cream, sorbet or fresh summer fruits. A timely combination is your favourite rhubarb dish and Kourtaki. You can also serve it as your dessert course! Enjoy!

Why I’ll never be helpful again Commuting via public transportation is common here in South Korea. The country is small, the population is big, and there just isn’t the space for vehicles that we have in Canada. Since people are so used to travelling on the subways and buses at all hours, most Koreans have adapted to be able to sleep on almost any moving object. Last night, I was waiting at Sadang station, a major terminal station just outside of Seoul that is often the last stop for late night trains. After an incredibly long day out with my friend, we were waiting for our train back to our respective cities in the suburbs of Seoul. Before our train arrived, another stopped at our platform, at its last stop. Everyone cleared out, except for one man who was fast asleep. The conductor kept making announcements to clear everyone off the train, but he wouldn’t budge. Attempting to be a ‘good samaritan’, I quickly stepped on the train to shake the man’s shoulder. Just as he started to wake, I could hear the familiar “WOOSH” of the doors closing behind me, trapping me on the train. I quickly ran to the door, looking at my friend through the window, trying to find some way to get the door to open, but instead, I felt the slow lurch of the train pulling

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out of the station. Naturally, this was the time the man, who smelled to be sleeping off his drunkenness instead of sleeping out of exhaustion, woke, and began to laugh at the situation.

I may have ended up using up to five languages, one being hand gestures, to explain it was the old man’s fault completely and I was just being a good person. Now, imagine being in my shoes. I speak very little Korean. It was late, and I was on a train on its way to god knows where, stuck with a drunk old man who could only laugh and never even bothered to say thanks to me for trying to wake him up. I found an old woman wandering down the cars, sweeping up garbage, and she looked at me and explained that I should have gotten off at the last stop. In broken Korean, I tried to explain, but she simply laughed and continued down the train. Overall, the experience with her

was a little creepy. A moment later, one of the conductors came down the train, and I immediately launched into some strange explanation of why I was on the train. I may have ended up using up to five languages, one being hand gestures, to explain it was the old man’s fault completely and I was just being a good person. There might have been a lot of swearing out of frustration as well, because, well, they don’t speak English, it’s not like they understood anyways. Thankfully, this conductor understood what happened, thanked me for trying to help, and explained the train would go back to Sadang and I could transfer to the train I needed. Three cheers for Mr. Conductor! True to his word, we began rolling back to Sadang, and I met my friend and all the bystanders exactly where I left them, waiting for the train home. Amazingly, I didn’t even miss the train I was originally waiting for. But, I still will never help sleeping old men on trains again. Rebecca Bredin is an ESL teacher in Anyang, South Korea. When she isn’t trapped on runaway trains or saving unsuspecting old men, she writes about her time in Korea at http://www.

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Catherine Cavanagh

Columnist and author Catherine Cavanagh has been named as a finalist for the Canadian Christian Writers Awards, a prestigious award that recognizes outstanding work published during the previous calendar year. Already a seasoned and accomplished author, Cavanagh’s short stories, poetry and essays have appeared in a variety of national and

international Christian publications, as well as in local publications, garnering her national attention for her newly released collection of columns and essays, ‘Soul Side: Articles of Faith’, available at Leeds County Books and Searchlight Books. Cavanagh is married with two children and works as a chaplaincy leader and teacher at St. Mary Catholic High School.

Growing old is only a perception I was having lunch in a chic downtown restaurant in Toronto. I was about thirty-five years old and feeling pretty good. The waiter came to the table and with a huge smile asked me, “What can I get you, ma’am.” Ma’am? It floored me. Surely he wasn’t talking to me, and if he was why on earth would he call me ‘ma’am’? It struck me as odd that anyone would call me that. Surely this nice young waiter didn’t think I was old enough to be a ‘ma’am’. When he called me ma’am for the third time, I decided I had to do something about it. I very quietly said to him, “Please don’t call me ma’am. Women don’t actually like being called that.” He smiled and

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thanked me for this most valuable and useful tidbit of information and went on his merry way. Why did such a benign little word offend me? Perception. My perception of a ‘ma’am’ was a no-nonsense, strict schoolmarm with hair in a severe bun, wearing a black skirt, a white blouse buttoned to the throat, and sensible shoes. It certainly wasn’t me, a trendy, and well-dressed thirty-five year old with great hair. What of the perception of the young waiter? Did he think anyone over the age of thirty

should be called ma’am and he was being polite? Maybe he perceived the word ma’am as a mark of respect, after all he was probably only in his early twenties. Regardless of how I thought I looked, regardless of the image I thought I was projecting, that waiter and I had differing perceptions of the word ‘ma’am’. I am assuming that the word ‘ma’am’ infers ageing. And, of course, I’m ageing. We are all ageing, each that day we get up, we are ageing, but my perception of ageing didn’t include me. Ageing people were always older than me. But wasn’t I older than the waiter, so it follows that to him I was ageing.

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Peter Yerdon, O.C.T Red Seal, Contributing Writer

Not all fish is created equal... ....but most fish are versatile and really easy to work with. Provided someone else cleaned it! Today’s fish of choice is salmon. So many things are right about this food, good for you it is high in Omega fats and considered brain food. Oh and it is very tasty! Salmon has a very distinct flavour but also accepts other flavours as well, unlike Tilapia and some others that really don’t have a flavour. It can be done on the BBQ, pan fried, broiled, baked and poached. When poaching (which is cooking in a light simmering liquid,)never bring water to a boil as this will destroy the fish.) Add some lemon juice or fresh lemon slices to the liquid, white wine is also good but I like to cut it with water as well to lighten the stock. If doing on the BBQ, try wrapping the filet in foil, add slices of onion, and lemon and seal tight. This will cause the fish to steam in the foil and pick up the flavours introduced. As with all food a little salt and pepper helps bring out all the other flavours. If you don’t want to cook the fish this

way but still want to BBQ, buy with skin on or go more for the salmon steaks as they will hold up better on the grill. Now with everything I talked about, it is time to make it your own. Open a jar of your favourite salsa and pour over the fish, bake for about 15 minutes or until done. It is hard to give real times as ovens are all different, and vary in internal degrees, the best solution is to just watch it and please don’t over cook! It is easy to put it back in the oven if it needs a little more time than over cook and have it come out dry and tasteless. Or try this: take a package of coconut and encrust the salmon before baking, served with a pineapple salsa this is really yummy and one I have used in the past. The trick, as always, is to discover the tastes and flavours you like and work them into the ingredients. Fresh is always best and as I said DON’T Overcook. Fish should be light and flakey. Enjoy today’s catch and remember to “Make It your Own”


Canada-wide science fair 2011 The Canada-Wide Science Fair 2011 has recently wrapped up in Toronto, and what an event it was! Our five finalists from Rideau-St. Lawrence were eager and excited, and really enjoyed their experience. This was the 50th anniversary CWSF, and Toronto welcomed the participants and delegates in fine style. You may recall that at Rideau-St. Lawrence, Adrian Au, Nathan Heuvel, Abigael Schonewille, her sister Bryony Schonewille, and Rebecca Leclair were finalists and qualified for the Canada-wide. Adrian, Nathan, Abigael and Bryony are students at St. Lawrence Academy and Rebecca is a student at Lyn Public School. The students travelled by bus to Toronto and were housed at Seneca College, where the displays were set up and judging began on Tuesday, May 17th. On Wednesday, several tours in and around Toronto were organized, with participants visiting the Royal Ontario Museum, the Eaton Centre, the Ontario Science Centre, and taking in Blue Jays game. With over five hundred


participants from across Canada and one hundred delegates and chaperones, the organisers did a great job in keeping things going smoothly. On Thursday, the award ceremony took place in Roy Thompson Hall in downtown Toronto. Rideau-St. Lawrence was delighted and honored when Nathan Heuvel won a Bronze Medal and $300 in his category, and more so when Adrian Au won a Silver Medal and $700 in his category. Vocalist Suzie McNeil wowed the young participants with her song “Believe”. Family and friends greeted the participants in the lobby afterwards with lots of yelling and cell calls! On Friday the public including family and friends were invited to see the displays and meet the participants. The guest of honour was Dr. John Polanyi, Canada’s 1986 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry. He congratulated the participants and toured the presenta-

tions, speaking to as many students as his time would allow. Your correspondent was delighted to meet him as well! Although Abigael, Bryony and Rebecca did not win any awards they had a great time and met many wonderful young scientists, and they are well set to participate successfully next year. They were among the five hundred out of about nineteen thousand across Canada who compete in Science Fairs, and made a very good showing for their first appearance. To give an idea of the level of competition at the Canada-Wide, one project had a sign saying “Patent Applied For”, another had their recommendations incorporated into a building code, and another will be researched by a university hospital. The Canada-Wide Science Fair is a wonderful opportunity for students interested in science to promote their work, meet other similar-minded students and share the best young minds in Canada. A few of Canada’s old minds were pretty impressed as well.





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The ObserverFILM The Hangover Part II : same gross-out madness in an exotic locale The Hangover Part II, which opened in theatres across North America this past weekend is a wild comedy directed by Todd Phillips. This is the same Phillips who helmed the first Hangover and more recently Due Date, with Zach Galifianikis and Robert Downey Jr. This man seriously understands modern humour. His movies are peopled with easy-to-relate-to characters, thrust into the most outrageous and often raunchy situations imaginable. The Hangover Part II is less of a sequel and more of a re-make. The movie is constructed the same way as the previous Hangover; same opening, ending and plot. This is once again the tale of three men’s memory loss and their search to find a missing friend and reclaim one lost night. What makes the story different and refreshing is the exotic locale, and the locally inspired over-thetop situations the “Wolf Pack” find themselves in. Mystery after mystery is piled on in their search for their comrade, and as in the first film, the situations go from funny to extreme. The Wolf Pack: Alan, (Zach Galifianakis), Phil (Bradley Cooper), Doug (Justin Bartha) and Stu (Ed Helms) go to Thailand for Stu’s wedding to the lovely Lauren (Jaime Chung). After what happened two years before in Las Vegas, Stu, who is a generally soft spoken dentist, wants no bachelor party. Instead, to avoid any potential problems, he agrees to one sealed bottle of beer per person, while hanging


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around a bonfire on the beach. The next morning, Alan, Phil and Stu wake up in a strange beaten up old hotel room in Bangkok, with no memories of the night before. Alan’s head is shaved, Stu has a tattoo exactly like the one sported by Mike Tyson, and Phil seems battered, but relatively unscathed. The fourth member of their crew, Teddy (Mason Young), a young genius and the brother of the bride to be, is missing. All of their memories of the night before are wiped. Teddy is gone and all that is left of him is a dismembered middle finger sporting his school ring. The only clues as to what happened appear in the shape of a cigarette smoking monkey, Teddy’s middle finger and their old nemesis, Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) who is discovered mostly naked sleeping on the floor under a pile of blankets. When they wake up Chow, before he has a chance to tell them exactly what happened, bumps a pile of cocaine and seemingly dies. Cue the action… While I thoroughly enjoyed The Hangover Part II, I really wondered about the writers and director’s decision to remake the first movie. Did they feel constrained by the title? Were they worried that if they changed their formula that the movie would just fall flat? How many times, and

in how many movies can the same group of adults be drugged and put into the same plot? I bought same story in a different locale, but no matter how much money this movie makes at the box-office, I


really don’t expect to see a Hangover III. The Hangover II lacks the novelty of the first film. It is darker in tone and we are exposed to a lot more exotic flesh than I was prepared for.

This movie’s 18A rating is well earned. What the re-make lacks in structural originality is made up for by once again giving us Zach Galifianakis, who has to be one of the most brilliant comedians

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Privateers blank Cornwall for first win The Brockville Privateers Men’s team won their first game of the season on Saturday, shutting out the visiting Cornwall Crusaders 31-0. After an opening game loss to Hull this was just what the Privateers needed to get the ball rolling for the long season ahead. “It was a game of two halves. The first half we controlled the game tactically�, said Chris Cook. “In the second half the game got a bit sloppy but we managed another two tries despite going down to 14 men due to injuries�. Ted Livingstone had a pair of tries, with Jacob Swarbrick, Will Clarke and Ben Stewart rounding out the scoring. Chris Cook converted 3 of 5 scores. The rematch against Cornwall is on August 6th on the road. The Privateers next game is Saturday in Renfrew when they take on a tough squad from the Upper Ottawa Valley RFC.

William Clarke shakes a defender from Cornwall during the Brockville Men’s Privateers 31-0 win on Saturday afternoon.




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The Observer BROCKVILLE ONTARIO SPEEDWAY Herrington grabs Modified win in red flag filled feature event BROCKVILLE-Score one for the young guns. Bobby Herrington picked his fourth career Modified victory at Brockville Ontario Speedway on Saturday night, surviving a wild feature event that brought the field to a stop three times. Herrington passed multi time track champ Danny O’Brien just after an early race restart and then held off the veteran in the closing laps for the win. The race was red flagged twice and stopped on the front straight once in the 30 lap affair, that took more than an hour to complete. The first red came after a horrifying flip on the front straight involving Kyle Dingwall just past the starters stand. Dingwall came back to earth right in front of Andy Lloyd who had no place to go to avoid contact. The second red a few laps later was five car pileup going into turn one that basically moulded the cars of John Mulder and Brian MacDonald together. The race was stopped a third time after Chris Raabe and the scorers disagreed on position for a restart. Raabe ended up being sent to the pits for the remainder of the proceedings. Tim

Kyle Dingwall talks to track officials after a big crash on Saturday night during the 358 Modified race.

O’Brien came through the pack to finish third behind Herrington and brother Danny. Matt Billings and Todd Stewart rounded out the fast five. Mike Mainse survived a last lap challenge from Chris Herbison to take the 25 lap Sportsman feature run. Mainse took a number of tries to clear early leader Kenny Polite and then led

the rest of the way. Shane Pecore was third followed by Polite, who continues to improve, and Sheldon Hoogwerf. It was a Raabe in victory lane for the second straight week for the Street Stock division. However, it was a different member of the clan this time as Todd Raabe of Pembroke won the 15 lapper. Kevin Fetterly

Jr was a strong second in front of Darrick Eaton, Joe Woods and Kevin McRae. Defending Rookie Track champ Jean Marc Larose made it two for two in 2011 as he romped to an easy 16 lap feature win. Josh Kirkland was a full straightaway back in second just in front of Dwight Feltham and Ron Day. Joe McNichols

rounded out the the fast five. Brockville Ontario Speedway returns to action next Saturday night, June 4th with a full race program plus the second appearance of the season from the Vintage cars. The green flag drops at 7p.m. Modifieds 30 laps: Bobby Herrington, Danny O’Brien, Tim O’Brien, Matt

Billings, Todd Stewart, Stephane LaFrance, Adam Turner, Steve Bilow, Joe Banks, Brian MacDonald, John Mulder, Adam Moore, Jeff Ciglich, Kyle Dingwall, Andy Lloyd, Chris Raabe. Sportsman 25 laps: Mike Mainse, Chris Herbison, Shane Pecore, Kenny Polite, Sheldon Hoogwerf, Randy Earl, Dylan Evoy, Brian Copp, Ryan Poole, Dana Aikins, Bruce Makinson, Steve Billings, Jason Powers, Steve Barber, Todd Ferguson, Tabatha Murphy, Doug O Blenis, Jessica Power, Brian Comeau, Dylan Breen, Billy Cook, Luke Stewart, Kevan Bennett. Street Stocks 15 laps: Todd Raabe, Kevin Fetterly Jr, Darrick Eaton, Joe Woods, Kevin McRae, Selena Simzer, Beau Miller, Brent Horner, Steve Kearney, John Gifford, Alex Gagnon. Rookies 16 laps: Jean Marc Larose, Josh Kirkland, Dwight Feltham, Ron Day, Joe McNichols, Corbin Millar, Tim Rhoden, John Stanley, Grant Bartholomew, Ben Bond, Chris Lloyd, Travis McGregor, Brandon Henderson, Samantha Henderson, Mike Gaucher, Jeremy Hall, Shawn Bauber.

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Does your set make-up fit your unique game? By John Ryan Observer Contributor

The previous two weeks I discussed the importance of having your entire set of clubs properly fitted by a qualified club fitter. This column Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to suggest you see either a qualified teaching or club fitting professional to analyze your game and suggest what clubs you should carry in your bag to help you and your game. I know first hand the advantage of playing with properly fitted equipment and what it can do for your game. A few years back I ordered a great looking set of Forged KZG blades from Garry Dunn and when I got them I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hit them to save my life. I was really disappointed in those KZG irons and my opinion of that companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s product wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t endorsing to say the least. Garry suggested I bring in my current set of irons at the time which was Taylor Made Rac LTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

and compare the specs to the KZGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. To my surprise the discrepancies in the two sets were drastic. Garry had me come in and do a proper fitting, he had me hit balls while he was busy running back and forth adjusting my lies until both he and I were satisfied with the results. He matched the specs to my Taylor Made set and the results were amazing. In fact I used that set of irons a week later when I won a professional tournament in Kingston. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a nice feeling when you can trust your equipment to perform when you need them to. This was a hard lesson for me so you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to convince me on Custom Fit equipment. Playing lots of golf with Garry, he has made some suggestions to me about what to carry in my bag. I tried some of his suggestions and the advice he gave me and it has helped my game big time. I no longer carry a 3-wood in

my bag, and have also replaced my 3-iron with an 18-degree hybrid. The current make-up of clubs I have in my golf bag are as follows, a 10.5 degree Taylor Made R-11 driver, a 17 degree Ping 4-wood, and an 18 degree KZG hybrid. I have a set of KZG

muscle back blades, 4-iron to Pitching Wedge, a set of Taylor Made Rac TP wedges-a 52 degree gap or attack wedge, a 56 degree sand wedge and a 60 degree lob wedge. My putter is a Scottie Cameron Newport Studio Series. The addition of the extra wedge

about us. Then a strange thing happens. The more we see of that person, the more he/she slowly begins to look the way we remembered. Over time we see the youthful face from all those years ago. Maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a tilt of the head, a twinkle of the eye, an expression that brings back into our memory that younger person. From then on thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how we see them and think to ourselves, â&#x20AC;&#x153;They havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t changed a bit.â&#x20AC;? Growing up, our grandparents not only looked old, they dressed old and they acted old. Grandmothers wore shapeless dresses, grey hair stiffly permed, a pair of utility spectacles held in place by a string of beads dangling around

her neck. She baked cookies. Grandfathers wore checked shirts, trousers above or below the waist, his choice. Grandparents went to bed early and their social life revolved around their kids, grandkids and Church socials. Cardigans were a fashion statement. At least thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how the much younger me perceived grandparents because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I thought I saw. And here we are the same age as the above described grandparents. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look as old as they did, at least I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think so. Fashion has evolved to include the older population. We wear spectacles, sure, but they sport designer labels. Perhaps todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grandfather has to

hike his trousers up a bit, or lower them a bit, but they are Ralph Lauren or Dockers and his checked shirt is a Tommy Hilfiger. Same look, different perception and different image. Grandma has chucked her frocks for capri pants, a silk blouse and a cute little Jones of New York jacket. She makes cookies still, and cakes, and great family meals, but she also golfs, plays tennis and frequents the casino to have a little flutter now and then. Growing old is all in the mind; only a perception. I believe we are a lucky generation because we perceive ourselves as young still therefore, we are young still.

BOOMERS continues from page 8 Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve discovered something about ageing. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a perception. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a mindset, really, this ageing thing. As we sit inside our bodies, looking out, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t notice our own physical changes. They are too slow and too minute. We feel youthful inside and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only in moments when we catch a glance of ourselves in a store window that we happen to be passing that we think, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh, yes. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s me.â&#x20AC;? After bumping into someone we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen in about thirty years arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we often shocked at how they have changed. Always we think, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would never have recognized him/or. They look old.â&#x20AC;? without realizing they are thinking the same thing

came about when I eliminated the 3-wood. For the average golfer, you would greatly benefit from a high lofted driver, a 5-wood and a 7-wood. The 7-wood will be so much easier to hit off the fairway and get the ball airborne. Look for a set of irons that feature some hybrids, which is in between a wood and an iron. The hybrids will replace your 3 and 4-irons allowing you to throw in either a 52-degree gap wedge or a 60-degree lob wedge. Two clubs that will help you lower your score more than that 3 or 4-iron will. Every golfer is an individual and each golfer has his or her own needs. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why it is important to have either a teaching or club fitting professional watch you hit balls to assemble the proper makeup of clubs for you. Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s set make-up will be drastically different from each other, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why I am not even going to harness a guess to whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best for you golfers out there without watching you hit balls. Having the right makeup of clubs in your bag can drastically lower your

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The ObserverCOMMUNITY Holiday Inn Express chips in for Harvest Sharing The Holiday Inn Express is holding their second annual anniversary celebration fundraiser for the entire month of June. Every qualified reservation booked and utilized in June 2011 will generate a $5 donation to the Operation Harvest Sharing food bank. The proceeds collected from this fundraiser plus additional funds from the hotel, will be presented to the food bank on July 1st at the windup event in the hotel parking lot from 11:00a.m. - 3:00p.m. “The hotel ownership has a strong commitment to giving back to the communities in which they own businesses”, said General Manager Lorena Zagarlick. “Operation Harvest Sharing helps to build the strength of our community by helping to provide the basics”. For more information you can reach the office at 1.877.234.8285 or visit brockvilleon

Active program for local kids Brockville & Area YMCA will be offering an adventure camp in Prescott this summer. The nine-week program for the ages of four and 12 runs on weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The camp includes a range of activities such as swimming, tennis and arts and crafts; in addition to visits to numerous recreation venues within walking distance, there will also be weekly field trips. There is a weekly registration fee; financial assistance is available. For more information, visit the Y on Park Street in Brockville or call 613-342-7961.

Portraits tour for military families The Portraits of Honour national tour will be making a stop in Brockville this month. The Kinsmen Club of Brockville is hosting a luncheon at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 96 on Wednesday, June 15 at noon. The tour features a 50-foot by 10-foot oil mural with images of the Canadian military personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in Afghanistan. Dave Supha, the artist who is painting the mural, will be the special guest at the luncheon. Proceeds from the event will go to Canadian military families. Tickets are to be purchased by next Wednesday, June 8. For tickets or more information, call Don Russell at 613-345-2030 or Rob Smith at 613-498-0827.

Jump start aims to get kids in the game The Canadian Tire Jump Start program held their annual signature retail event on Saturday, May 28th at locations across the country. Since its inception in 2005 the program has given over 300,000 kids a chance to play. Customers were asked throughout the day to donate $1 to the program, and Canadian Tire would add $2 for a total of $3 from each donation. “This is a big part of our fundraising efforts for the year”, said owner Bill Deplaedt, adding that in 2010 $38,000 was raised through various efforts throughout the year. The Jump Start program is part of a another similar initiative called Making Play Possible, where the business teams up with the YMCA. The efforts are aimed to help those kids who otherwise couldn’t afford to play organized sports. “We just want to do our part to help every kid have a chance to play”, said Deplaedt.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011 Time: 7:30 pm Brockville Arts Centre

Author aims to help youth understand Alzheimer’s Author JC Sulzenko, and along with members of the Leeds and Grenville Alzheimer Society, presented 19 local libraries, including the Brockville Public Library, with copies of Sulzenko’s book, “What My Grandma Means to Say”, in hopes that it will help area youth understand the impact that Alzheimer’s has on the family unit. From left to right: Executive Director, of the Alzheimer Society of Leeds and Grenville, Denise Wood, Brockville Public Library Board member, Susan Clapman, author JC Sulzenko, Augusta Township Public Library librarian, Angie Knights, and Public Education and Family Support Coordinator, of the Alzheimer Society of Leeds and Grenville, Sean McFadden. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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The ObserverCOMMUNITY Together they can make a difference Handful of Secrets wins third place in Erin Christie By

the Change the View film competition

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A disturbing statistic is shedding light on sexual assault in Brockville. Fifty per cent of Canadian women have admitted to being sexually assaulted or abused in a relationship at some point. For Neighbours, Friends and Families of Leeds and Grenville coordinator, Julie Shaw, reducing that number by increasing awareness of the growing problem is more than a priority, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s her mission. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those who have not been abused or sexually assaulted probably know someone who has,â&#x20AC;? said Shaw during a Sexual Assault and Awareness Rally and picnic held yesterday morning near the Tunnel entrance of Blockhouse Island. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And when we suggest that a woman asks for it because of how she chooses to dress or behave, we perpetuate the cycle. We make it okay. No one asks for it, no one deserves to be sexually assaulted. Ever. We need to create a community where all women, men and children can enjoy equality, respect and safety. That means dispelling some of the myths that surround sexual assault. If we all work together, we can make a difference.â&#x20AC;? Joining Shaw in organizing the event, and other similar activities, like the Clothesline Project, were CFJR morning show host, reporter, Rhianna Robins, Marg McDade, of Victims Witness Assistance, and Community Liaison & Volunteer Coordinator for Leeds & Grenville Interval House, Kimberly Wright. Guest speakers included, Shaw, Wright, Robins and Assault Care and Response Centre councillor, Sharon Hinbest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a councillor at ACARC, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve talked

Neighbours, Friends and Families of Leeds and Grenville coordinator, Julie Shaw, addresses the small, but passionate groups of supporters gathered at Blockhouse Island on Tuesday morning for a Sexual Assault and Awareness Rally and picnic, organized by Shaw, CFJR morning show host, reporter, Rhianna Robins, Marg McDade, of Victims Witness Assistance, and Community Liaison & Volunteer Coordinator for Leeds & Grenville Interval House, Kimberly Wright. ERIN CHRISTIE PHOTO

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we should take part in this contest.â&#x20AC;? During a recent presentation ceremony in Toronto, contest judge Zach Werner of Canadian Idol fame, praised the ADHS entry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The group took this powerful idea â&#x20AC;&#x201C; that we all have secrets â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and communicated its message simply and effectively, writing personal secrets on the palms of their hands,â&#x20AC;?

said Werner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They demonstrated that you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need wild special effects or crazy technology to get your message across.â&#x20AC;? The lavish awards show included music by Prince Perry and the Gladtones. Also in attendance at the ceremony were the Honourable Laurel Broten, Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Minister of Children and Youth Services, Degrassi: The Next Generation star Jordan Todosey, and Much Music VJ Sarah Taylor. The entire film was written, directed, filmed and edited by ADHS students in Grades 10-12, and was chosen as third out of over 120 entrants by a panel of celebrity judges. The film can be viewed online by following the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Change the Viewâ&#x20AC;? link on the Web site.

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crossword GEMINI - May 22/June 21

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21

You are very close to your family. Practice seeing just how much they value you. This is a beautiful thing. Take the time to understand this, and it will make you happy.

You are hoping that the things you are experiencing this week will have a long term impact. You want to be honourable in what you do, and you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to harm others.

CANCER - June 22/July 22

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20

You wish to bring a lot of happiness to the person you cherish. You want to experience some unusual things, and you think about travelling. This might transform your whole life.

This week, take care to respect the opinions of others, especially where work is concerned. You are on the verge of being able to really express what is essential for your personal development.

LEO - July 23/August 23

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18

You are overwhelmed by everything you have to do. The influence of Uranus will help you take the initiative and succeed in all that is asked of you.

You are heading towards a situation at work that will oblige you to rethink many things. If you respect yourself for this, it will bring you great personal satisfaction.

VIRGO - August 24/Sept 22 You feel very restless. Be careful that you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ask too much of yourself. Things will settle down soon, and all will work out to your advantage.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23

PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 You are thinking about doing some totally unexpected things at work. You also feel the need to enrich your personal life, which will cause you to blossom.

You are wishing for a peaceful week. You distance yourself from those who bring useless complications into your life, and you have every good reason to do so. Learn to relax and feel good about your life.

ARIES - Mar 21/April 20

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22

TAURUS - April 21/May 21

Planet Mercury gives you the desire to communicate and to find out what others think. This is important for you. You are heading towards rich and rewarding experiences of friendship.

You have great ambitions, but at the moment your priority must be to protect yourself from harm. You must be very discerning.

The influence of Mars helps you move towards what is good for you. Be sure to think before you commit to anything too quickly, though.

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Automotion for charity By

Austin de Luis

Observer Editor

Founded in 1986, the hosts of the popular car shows Automotion have decided to enter a new venture, holding weekly shows and donating the proceeds to various charities around the area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted to try something newâ&#x20AC;?, said cofounder Kevin Smith. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will be doing this weekly for the rest of the summerâ&#x20AC;?. Several charities that will benefit from the weekly fundraisers are Loaves and Fishes, the Brockville and Area YMCA, SPCA, MS Society and Tuesday eveningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recipient Child ID. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted to do something for the communityâ&#x20AC;?, said Smith, adding the sponsorship of Keith Bean of Brockville Motors, Jim Kafenzakis from Luna Pizzeria, Dave Watson from Pastime Motors and the Brockville Police, represented by Shawn Borgford, and Trax helped make everything happen. The annual show on July 31st has been a big hit for area residents over the past 24 years. With the 25th anniversary this summer, Automotion will add to its generous contributions to local charities. To

date the show has donated over $58,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds Grenville. This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recipient is Child ID, a program to help those involved in missing personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cases get the right information in the hands of authorities. The program puts a childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s essential information onto a disc that parents take with them in case their

child should ever go missing. The discs are readable by Police and can be uploaded to the vast networks that law enforcement share with other agencies. The events will go on all summer up to September 20th with door prizes, 50/50 and grand draws each week in the A&W parking lot on Parkedale Avenue.

Local Agent Buys Homes for Cash Brockville Area - Every month, thousands of homeowners are faced with the stressful dilemma of whether to buy ďŹ rst or sell ďŹ rst. You see, if you buy before selling, you could run the risk of owning two homes. Or, just as bad, if you sell ďŹ rst, you could end up homeless. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what insiders in the industry call the Real Estate Catch 22, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an extremely anxious position to ďŹ nd yourself in. This ďŹ nancial and emotional tightrope is one you usually have to walk alone because most agents have no way of helping you with this predicament. But one local realtor is using a unique Guaranteed Sale Program which solves this dilemma. This program guarantees the sale of your present home before you take possession of your new one. If your home doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sell in 120 days, they will buy it from you themselves for the previously agreed price ensuring that you never get caught in the Real Estate Catch 22. Before you hire any professional, you should research the market to ďŹ nd out who can do the best job for you. When interviewing agents, ďŹ nd out what kind of guarantee they are willing to give you with respect to the selling of your home. Unfortunately, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ďŹ nd that most agents simply cannot make such a guarantee. To help you learn more about this program and how it can make your move less stressful, a FREE special report has been prepared entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Avoid Getting Stuck with Two Homesâ&#x20AC;?. To order a FREE Special Report, visit or to hear a brief recorded message about how to order your FREE copy of this report, call toll-free 1-800-217-1897 and enter 1022. You can call any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Get your free special report NOW to ďŹ nd out how to guarantee the cash sale of your home. This report is courtesy of Dave Norcott, Broker of Record, Century 21 Townsman Ltd., Brokerage. Not intended to solicit buyers or sellers currently under contract. Copyright Š 2011.

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Automotion at the parking lot of A&W on Tuesday showcased many great cars. Left photo, a 1970 Plymouth GTX, 1979 Chrysler Cordoba, and a 1953 Chevy Pickup. Right, 1970 Dodge Dart Swinger, 1952 Ford and Chevy Camaro Z-28. PHOTOS BY AUSTIN DE LUIS

Managing your Money The alphabet soup of retirement There are the ABCs of retirement â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Always Be (financially) Comfortable â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s RRIF, LIF, SWP, GIF, LIB and more â&#x20AC;Ś an alphabet soup of acronyms and abbreviations that every retiree must wade through. What do they all mean? RRSP â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Registered Retirement Savings Plan An effective way to save for retirement while enjoying tax deductions on your contributions and compound taxdeferred growth inside your plan, you can contribute to your RRSP up to the end of the year in which you reach 71 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and then you have some decisions to make: â&#x20AC;˘ Cash in your plan â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the least advisable route because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll likely pay tax on the entire amount at the highest marginal tax rate. â&#x20AC;˘ Convert your RRSP to a RRIF -- Registered Retirement Income Fund. RRIFs are very much like RRSPs with two exceptions: No further contributions are allowed to your RRIF once it has been established; and you are required to withdraw a minimum amount each year based on your age and the value of your RRIF. â&#x20AC;˘ Buy a life annuity that will pay you a specified income, usually monthly, for the rest of your life. â&#x20AC;˘ Buy a term-certain annuity that guarantees payments to you until you turn 90. By the way, life annuities and termcertain annuities are the two main types of fixed annuities and can be obtained in many variations. Another type of annuity to consider is the joint life/last survivor annuity that will continue payments to your spouse after your death. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s some more alphabet soup to wade through: LIF - Life Income Fund/PRIF â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Pre-

scribed Retirement Income Fund Similar to RRIFs in that you are required to withdraw a minimum amount each year but withdrawals are also â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;cappedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by pension legislation. You decide what amount to withdraw within the allowed range. GIF â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Guaranteed Income Fund or Guaranteed Investment Fund Also known as a segregated fund policy, a GIF is a form of insurance that combines the growth of investment mutual funds with the features of an insurance policy to provide you with the security of a guaranteed income for life. LIB â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Lifetime Income Benefit A GIF that provides a predictable, guaranteed income for life and is available to individuals at least 50 and under 91. SWP â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Systematic Withdrawal Fund A mutual fund feature that allows you to withdraw income at specific times â&#x20AC;&#x201C; usually monthly or quarterly â&#x20AC;&#x201C; while your invested capital continues to grow. Works like dollar cost averaging in reverse -- you redeem more units when prices are down and less when they are higher. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more, such as CPP, QPP, OAS, and all this alphabet soup stuff can seem a little deep at times. Your professional advisor can help dish up the tastiest solutions for your lifestyle and retirement goals. This column, written and published by Investors Group Financial Services Inc. (in QuĂŠbec â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a Financial Services Firm), presents general information only and is not a solicitation to buy or sell any investments. Contact your own advisor for specific advice about your circumstances. For more information on this topic please contact your Investors Group Consultant.

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Loyalist descendants visit Brockville region they believed in the unity of the empire and loyalty to Britain and so became known as United Empire Loyalists. After the American 2EVOLUTIONARY 7AR ENDED IN  AN ESTIMATED   ,OYALISTS IMMIgrated to British North America (now Canada). It is estimated five million Canadians have Loyalist ancestry. Those attending this WEEKS CONFERENCE IN Brockville will partici-

By Roy Lewis Special to the Observer

This coming weekend, descendants of United Empire Loyalists from across Canada, will be visiting Brockville and the area to attend their annual conference which runs from Thursday, June TO3UNDAY *UNE 7HILE HERE THE  delegates and their guests will have an opportunity to view the rich history of the area including the significant contributions of the Loyalists who settled in this region during THE LATE S 4HE CONference is being hosted by THE ASSOCIATIONS #OLONEL Edward Jessup Branch. Covering all of Leeds and Grenville, the branch, named after Loyalist Edward Jessup the founder OF 0RESCOTT HAS ABOUT  MEMBERS)TISONEOF branches across Canada. h)T IS A GREAT PLEASure and honour to have fellow Loyalist descendants from throughout the country to join us here for OUR ANNUAL CONFERENCE v said Roy Lewis, chair of THE  CONFERENCE ORGANIZINGCOMMITTEE h7EAREA,OYALISTRICH region and I am sure those attending will learn not only more about the Loyalists who settled here but other historical ASPECTS OF THE AREA v HE added. The United Empire ,OYALISTS !SSOCIATION OF Canada is primarily a historical and genealogical ORGANIZATION FORMED IN  BY THE ,OYALISTS grandchildren who did

PATE IN THE ASSOCIATIONS annual meeting, enjoy historical tours along the 3T ,AWRENCE 2IVER AND through central Leeds County to Jones Falls, a dinner cruise through THE  )SLANDS A GALA banquet at the Brockville Armouries and a worship service at First Presbyterian Church which is CELEBRATING ITS TH ANniversary this year and had Loyalists who were members of its original congregation.

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not want their heritage to slip away. Initially, the descendants of Loyalists had met in small groups known as Loyalist sociETIES 7HEN THE ASSOCIAtion was formed, these societies became branchES4HEORGANIZATIONNOW has a total membership OF  The Loyalists were WAR REFUGEES )N  THE ORIGINAL  !MER-

ican colonies decided to break away from Britain primarily because of the heavy taxes being imposed by the United Kingdom to fight costly wars in Europe. The Loyalists, who were in the minority, did not favour the taxes either but did not feel the issue was important enough to break away from Great Britain. Consisting of men,

women and children, the Loyalists included clerks, clergymen, lawyers, Natives, labourers, soldiers, Black slaves, college graduates and people who could not even write their own name. Most were farmers and craftsmen and not all were from British stock. They had little in common except their opposition to the revolution because

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