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Dawson completes his dream list By

Austin de Luis

The Observer Editor

Brockville native Shawn Dawson completed the last two climbs in his historic quest to reach the seven highest continental summits of the world in less than 24 months, a feat that less than 10 people in history have been able to achieve. The final two pieces of the puzzle were Indonesia’s Puncak Jaya, and Australia’s Carstenz Pyramid. Dawson completed both to quash the idea that Australia and Oceania are sometimes treated

as the highest continental peaks. The difference is the continental peak and the geological peaks being Castenz Pyramid and Puncak Jaya respectively. In Indonesia, Dawson was faced with a different challenge, trekking for four days through the tough jungle just to reach the base of Puncak Jaya. “The approach to get to the highest mountain in Oceania was extremely difficult, possibly even harder than the mountain itself”, said Dawson, adding that the physical challenges were extraordinarily difficult with the

torrential downpours that seemed unending during the trip through the dense jungle. “Twenty hours a day the rain poured down on the team”, said Dawson. “The mud was knee-deep and filled with snakes, spiders, thousands of ants and mosquitos and hectic river crossings”. Puncak Jaya is world renowned for the difficult approach to the base of the mountain. “This has been called the hardest trek on earth, and it lived up to its reputation”.

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The ObserverNEWS INXS announce “The Original Sin Tour� summer concert dates Will perform at Riverfest July 3 INXS has announced the first set of North American summer concert dates on “The Original Sin Tour.� The band will kick off the tour in Canada on July 3rd, with their first U.S. show slated for July 17th. A coast-to-coast run of 15+ dates includes stops at The Wiltern in Los Angeles July 22nd and The Beacon in New York on August 4th. The band will be the musical guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno this Friday, May 27th performing with Pat Monahan (Train) the newly revamped version of the classic INXS song “Beautiful Girl� from their new studio album Original Sin. View an exclusive behindthe-scenes video of Monahan in the studio with INXS recording the track, on YouTube. The album’s first sin-

gle, “Original Sin� featuring Rob Thomas and DJ Yaleidys, has officially topped the Billboard Dance Club Play chart and is the #3 Most Added track at college radio. “Original Sin� featuring Rob Thomas and DJ Yaleidys is the band’s first ever number one Billboard dance single,

with the original version of “Original Sin� peaking at #17 on the Billboard dance chart in 1984. Check out an exclusive behind-thescenes video of Thomas and Yaleidys in the studio with INXS recording the track, on YouTube. Hailed by critics as a “rewarding collision of

nostalgia and modernism� and a “cleverly and lovingly assembled collection,� Original Sin, an ambitious album project two years in the making, teams the band with musicians from around the globe, from superstars like Ben Harper, Pat Monahan, Rob Thomas, Tricky, and

Nikka Costa to up and comer DJ Yaleidys of Cuba, to reinterpret and revitalize their own classics for a whole new generation. One of the most notable and successful rock bands of all time, INXS has sold over 35 million albums worldwide with the group’s music remaining in con-

stant radio rotation and in DJ sets nightly across the globe. To this day, the group’s multi-platinum landmark albums Listen Like Thieves, Kick, and X are all widely regarded as music collection staples. Huge chart-topping hit singles including “What You Need,� “Need You Tonight,� “Devil Inside,� “Never Tear Us Apart,� “New Sensation� and “Suicide Blonde� have been featured in numerous films, advertising campaigns and video games, earning the band countless accolades and awards around the world, including several Grammy nominations, and is the driving force behind selling over 15 million albums in the U.S. alone. With a career spanning three decades, first as the Farriss Brothers, then as INXS, brothers Tim, Jon, and Andrew Farriss, along with Kirk Pengilly and Garry Gary Beers have created some of the most enduring music in rock.

DAWSON continues from page1 After drying out clothing and basking in the rare sunshine for a day, Dawson and the group set off on summit day. “It took 15.5 hours from base to summit and back to base�, said Dawson, adding that a lack of experienced climbers, weather conditions and safety concerns made summit day longer than expected. Dawson has faced many challenges over the past 24 months and eight summits, some were expected, and others were not. “Preparation and determination are the best assets a climber has through these challenges�, said Dawson. Some of the biggest challenges from the summits are catalogued in Dawson’s achievements over the last two years in his own words.

Denali “Sixteen days of carrying a 60 pound pack and pulling a 40 pound pack, while escaping a near fall of 200m into a giant crevasse�.

Aconcagua “120km winds and encountering my first dead body�.

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50 below and trekking through the ice fields of Antartica�. “The countless dangers with the long mental challenges during the most dangerous climb on earth�. “Stepping over a dead body to reach the top knowing that could easily be me�. “The overwhelming joy of feeling the presence of my deceased father and grandparents as I reached the summit of Everest. The highest point on earth�.

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Jazz and more at the 1000 Islands Wine & Food Festival!

Members of the Upper Canada Family Health Team (UCFHT), the Centre for Family Medicine (CFM) and the Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Society of Leeds and Grenville, from left to right- Dr. Linda Lee, Dr. Denise Pajot, Dr. Meredith Armstrong, Executive Director of the Leeds and Grenville Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Society, Denise Wood, Dr. Jay Joworski, Dr. Shari Fahrngruber, Executive Director of the Upper Canada Family Health Team, Sherri Fournier-Hudson, Dr. Diane McIntyre, Sharon Dillon Martin (social worker), and registered nurse, Shelley Schmalz . ERIN CHRISTIE PHOTO

FHTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Memory Clinic helps to fill gap in Leeds & Grenville By

Erin Christie

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In recognition of the growing gap in services for Leeds and Grenvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aging population, a team of local experts have recently launched a new Memory Clinic that will offer an array of memory-related services to patients with Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and related dementias, in hopes that the early intervention and stream-lined services will improve the quality of life for both the patients and their families. Operated by the Upper Canada Family Health Team (FHT), in partnership with the Centre for Family Medicine (CFM) and the Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Society of Leeds and Grenville, the Clinic is comprised of two family physicians, two registered nurses, a social worker and a staff member from the Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Society of Leeds and Grenville, who will provide services on a primary care basis, a feature that makes it unique within the South East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). â&#x20AC;&#x153;We recognized a gap in care in this region, which has made it difficult for

families to manage,â&#x20AC;? said team member, Dr. Linda Lee, a family doctor who specializes in the areas of dementia and Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, adding that the national statistics indicate that currently, an estimated eight per cent of Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population over the age of 65 will suffer from dementia later in life, with another 18 per cent having â&#x20AC;&#x153;mild cognitive impairment.â&#x20AC;? Further, Lee continued that if one factors in forecasts that 23 per cent of Ontarians will be over the age of 65 by 2040, the need for increased memory clinic services at the primary care level becomes clear. To that end, Lee has helped establish similar primary care memory clinics in 16 locations throughout the province with the assistance of her team from the CFM, in collaboration with the Ontario College of Family Physicians. These sites, explained Lee, serve a total patient base of between 350,000 and 400,000 people, and this figure will increase drastically in the next 30 years as the provinceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population continues to age. The clinicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s physicians

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What could be more natural than the 1000 Islands Jazz Festival, the 1000 Islands Wine & Food Festival and ART in the City working together to create a weekend that will be a feast for the eyes, ears and appetite? The 1000 Islands Jazz Festival will be dropping in to provide musical interludes throughout the twoday festival. Come and enjoy the fantastic sounds performed by talented jazz festival participants in a fun and lively environment. The 1000 Islands Wine & Food Festival 2011 runs two days, Friday June 17th - 4pm until 9 pm and Saturday June 18th â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11am until 8pm. This year it will be held in the Brockville Memorial Centre. Festival Adult Admission is $8.00 and includes a complimentary wine glass. The 11th Annual 1000 Islands Jazz Festival kicks off their week-long celebration Friday June 10 and runs alongside the Wine & Food Festival weekend with itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finale at the Brockville Arts Centre Saturday, June 18, 2011. The 1000 Islands Jazz

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Festival has become a premiere jazz destination rightfully earning the title of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Small Jazz Festival in Canadaâ&#x20AC;?. The Jazz Festival Committee has worked hard to put together a dynamite line-up of jazz performance. Something for everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taste in jazz. Highlights of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festival include the Latin Grammy winner Alex Cuba, a performance by the popular Emile Claire Barlow and the perennial favourites The Nylons. A combined ticket can be purchased in advance

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The ObserverCOMMUNITY Portraits of Honour National Tour Scheduled to Visit Brockville Kinsmen Club of Brockville announced a Special Luncheon to Support Our Canadian Forces Troops BROCKVILLE – The Kinsmen Club of Brockville announced today that Brockville has been selected as one of the stops on the Portraits of Honour National Tour and that their members have begun planning a very special luncheon in honour of its visit. The Portraits of Honour National Tour is scheduled to arrive in Brockville on Wednesday June 18, 2011. And the Kinsmen Club of Brockville will hold a luncheon on at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 96 in Brockville. Tickets are $20.00, seating is limited to 300 guests. For tickets, contact Kinsman Club President Don Russell 613-345-2030 or Chairman Rob Smith at 613498-0827.

The Portraits of Honour National Tour is centred on a 10’ x 35’ oil painted mural featuring the hand painted portraits of the 155 Canadian soldiers, sailors and aircrew who have lost their lives while serving in Afghanistan. The mural has taken Kinsmen and volunteer artist Dave Sopha over 6,500 hours so far to paint but admits that his work won’t be complete until our combat mission in Afghanistan comes to a close. The mural will be toured across Canada in a specialized mobile display trailer commencing May 27, 2011 and organizers expect to raise over $1.5 million. The funds raised will support the Military Families Fund and established military charities to assist families of the fallen and to assist the thousands of military personnel who return home with physical or emotional injuries. Organziers will also seek to fund other charities that offer additional troop and family support that falls outside of the Military

Families Fund mandate. Kinsmen Club of Brockville Chairman Rob Smith hopes to raise $6000.00 when the Tour stops in Brockville. “There are so many brave men and women who proudly wear the uniform of the Canadian Forces and so many strong families who remain behind to support them. Many of them need financial assistance. We need to make sure that ever dollar raised quickly finds its way to the people who most need it, and that our contribution will make a measurable difference in their quality of life,” said Chairman Rob Smith. Kin Canada is Canada’s oldest all-Canadian service organization made up of men and women serving their communities from coast to coast to coast. With a 90-year history, Kin has raised well over $1 billion since its inception in 1920. For information on the Portraits of Honour National Tour please visit www.portraitsofhonour. ca.

Screen for the Cure Golf Tournament takes aim at colorectal cancer

It’s all about the dress By Erin Christie Observer Staff Writer

Every teenage girl knows that grad is all about the dress. Countless hours are spent fingering through clothing racks, revolving in and out of changing room doors and posing in front of mirrors in search of that one dress that will make the moment. Unfortunately, not every girl’s parents have the disposable income available to purchase the $300 or $500 dress of their daughter’s dreams. In order to give all girls the opportunity to find their dream dress, the female students of Brockville Collegiate Institute (BCI), and members of the Relying on Other Teen Support club, recently hosted two 27 dresses and counting events, which offered gently used, donated graduation gowns that guests could try on and take home for free. “Every girl should have the opportunity to feel special, regardless of what tax bracket they come from. No one should be left out,” said BCI teacher and staff advisor for the event, Shannon McKinnon.

13 year-old Amanda Wells models her freshly chosen graduation gown, which she intends to wear to her Westminster Public School graduation ceremony, later this spring. Wells selected her gown from a closet of nearly 50 gently used dresses offered to the female students of all of the local elementary schools during BCI’s 27 dresses and counting event, held in the BCI library last Wednesday evening. ERIN CHRISTIE PHOTO

else to feel special just like she did when she wore it. Another girl brought in a dress and took one home. So there was also the opportunity to trade in. In this economy, events like this make sense, even for those who can afford brand new dresses.”

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From cure to prevention of colorectal cancer, that’s the focus of the Third Annual Screen for the Cure Golf Tournament being held on June 17th at the Brockville Golf and Country Club. Colorectal cancer is the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada, and the second leading cause in cancer-related deaths of Canadian men and women. Ironically, if screened and caught early, the chances for survival with this cancer increase by 95 per cent. To date, over $60,000 has been

raised by Screen for the Cure Golf Tournament, and all monies raised stay in the community—to purchase new colorectal screening equipment for the Brockville General Hospital. Tournament begins on the 17th with a box lunch at 11:30 a.m., and shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. There are 144 players (36 teams of four). Registration fee is $150.00 ($100.00 for club members), including lunch, golf & cart, and dinner. Dinner is $50.00. You can register through the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation at (613)-345-4478 or via

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It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as bad as you think Many people have had a friend or loved one who lost a personal battle with depression for a variety of reasons. Almost everyone has had moments in time that seemed unbearable and struggled to see a way past these tragic points in their lives. The difference maker in many cases is the support cast for the person in the situation. Getting past the critical â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;low-pointâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; can be the difference literally between life and death. Everyone has felt a weak moment and felt the weight crushing down on them, but after time passes, the effect of a difficult situation seems to lessen, and things revert back to more a state of normalcy. Let a few days pass. Too many great people have been lost because they made the ultimate decision at the lowest possible emotional point of their lives. To be in tuned with those close to you is key. Knowing when something is wrong is at times the responsibility of the support cast, as some people keep things hidden even from those closest to them. Let them know you are there to talk and always keep the lines of communication open. Some tragedies could have been avoided with a little help from your friends. Be the friend that is proactive and sees the signs that may be subtle and arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always easy to spot. When you see them, do something about it. Seeing these signs and either not noticing their meaning or not acting, can be something that you come to regret. Life can be hard, but it can also be great. Make it through the worst times and better days will be ahead. Austin de Luis

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TEN QUESTIONS WITH SCOTT FRASER In both his professional life, as a respected officer with the Brockville City Police and cochair of the Safe Communities Coalition, and his personal life, as a husband, father and active volunteer, Inspector Scott Fraser works diligently to create positive social change. Here, Fraser takes a moment to reflect on Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s military, manners and the importance of good mechanical skills when he answers Ten Questions for the Observer. Do you have a motto? And if you do what is it? I have a motto, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If change was easy we would all be doing it!â&#x20AC;?

What do you do in your free time? Community events, bag-piping, boating, we are so lucky with the river on our front step.

What book are you currently reading or what book do you recommend? I am reading â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Keen Soldierâ&#x20AC;? - It is the story of Private Harold Pringle from WW2 He was the last Canadian soldier executed by his own government.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? If I could make myself taller I would be happy. Based on my BMI I should be 9 feet tall! Haha!

What characteristic do you most admire in others? A sense of humour. What characteristic do you most deplore in others? Ignorance and people who are rude, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no need for it! Who do you most admire, living or dead? My wife. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe what she puts up with!

What talent would you most like to have? Mechanical abilities, I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fix anything! Who is your favourite hero of fiction? The men and women of our armed forces and our veterans. They sacrificed so much for us and we take it for granted. What is your most treasured possession? My home. It was built by my grandfather and grandmother and protects the most important things in my family!


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Eastern developments, western wine OFF THE VINE by Russ Disotell

We’ll begin this week’s column with a “no news is good news” story. After a flurry of e-mails and phone calls between Brockville, Australia and LCBO Head Office in Toronto there has been a definite lull in communications with Chateau Mildura and owner Lance Milne. As of the last installment, an e-mail with a heading of “the order is almost here”, the shipment of Mildura wines was on its way and all the requisite LCBO paperwork was being completed. Lance, a wee bit weary, but wiser about the LCBO system, was making plans for his trip to Brockville. So, ever the optimist, I look on this as a positive development. I urge you to stop and chat with Lance when you attend the 1000 Islands Wine and Food Festival, Friday June 17th and Saturday June 18th at the Brockville Memorial Centre. He has gone to an inordinate amount of trouble to travel halfway around the globe to reconnect with the hometown of his winery’s founder. He also has an intriguing selection of wines. This year’s festival has a number of other local interest stories. Among those attending this year are Countryman’s Winery and two wineries new to the area. Eagle Point Winery, located in the township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands, is producing wines from classic grape varieties, right in our backyard. Blue Gypsy Wines in Oxford Mills, are producing small handcrafted batches of sulfite free fruit wines. Ontario wines used to mean Niagara and Lake Erie wines. But these are exciting times, especially for those of us in Eastern Ontario. First there was the emergence of Prince Edward County wines and now wineries are popping up much closer to home. Maybe the “Waterfront Trail” can be joined by “The Eastern Ontario Wine Trail”. For this week’s wine we’re going to head to Lake Erie, for The Pelee Girls 2008 Cabernet Merlot (CSPC# 435321, $12.95, Brockville Shopping Centre). Ontario’s wine industry has always given back

to the community by supporting a number of worthy charitable causes. Pelee Island continues to remain at the forefront of this effort, with 10% of the proceeds from Pelee Girls wines being donated to the Ontario Association of Food Banks. So you can enjoy a great quality Ontario red and

Ontario wines used to mean Niagara and Lake Erie wines. But these are exciting times, especially for those of us in Eastern Ontario. help Pelee Island Winery support a very worthy cause. Pelee Girls is a blend of 60% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot and 10% Zweigelt. The latter might be a new grape to some, an Austrian specialty that has found a second home in Ontario. It brings generous cherry fruit, soft tannins and a delicate spice to the blend. Our Cabernet blend has a generous nose of bright cherry and red berry aromas with a gentle smoky quality. The medium weight palate is round and soft with raspberry, cherry and

plum fruit, a light peppery spice and a return of the smokiness evident on the nose. Medium soft tannins and a nice acidic grip balance the fruit, giving Pelee Girls a wonderful structure that portends great aging potential. The finish has good length with the cherry and spice of the palate showing through. A pleasant sipping wine, Pelee Girls will also perform yeoman duty as a barbecue wine to match with burgers or spicy sausages. Back in the kitchen it makes a nice partner for hearty tomato based pasta. Enjoy!






A recipe for success Take 800 lobster +150 lbs potato salad + 15 heads of cabbage with 20 lbs of carrots and other secret ingredients, 75 lbs of drawn butter, add the Rotary clubs of Brockville, as well as the T.I.S.S Senior girls basketball, the students from the Travel club of T.I.S.S, plus the teachers and students from the Hospitality and Tourism program at the school. A man in a tuxedo and a beautiful women in a evening gown, let’s not forget four hundred hungry people. For years now this combination in one way or another has led to a very successful and fun night in the Lobster House (main gym) at Thousands Islands Secondary. Other things are added to the recipe to make for a successful evening. There is a silent auction, and a bar to help pick just the right beverage to enjoy the lobster with. There is always entertainment which helps

Rotary’s Lobsterfest at TISS Wednesday.

set the mood and add to the party like atmosphere. The lobster comes in between 11 am and 2 pm on the day of service from the fresh catch in Maritimes. The potatoes are peeled and the cabbage shredded 600 buns are baked. This is a true community event and a major fund raiser for the Rotary Clubs of Brockville! Four hundred people pay $50.00 dollars for 2 Lobsters with all the fixings. I have now worked 10 “Lobsterfests”, I have made friends that I see only at this time of year, people come together to celebrate and help with a good cause

The proceeds go to help with all the things Rotary does for our community, my students get a chance to see the kind of pace it takes to work in a real restaurant environment, the Basketball team receives a few dollars to help offset their costs, as does the travel club, and Brockville gets to eat lobster in the month of May and celebrate another year of Rotary’s involvement in our community. It is true event and people may not notice but everyone is excited! Thanks Rotary! Peter Yerdon O.C.T. Red Seal

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Leeds-Grenville a hot topic last week at Queen’s Park What a week! I’ve had some busy weeks since my election as Leeds-Grenville MPP 15 months ago, but I think last week tops them all. Of course, the big news was the announcement by PC Leader Tim Hudak that if we form government after the provincial election on Oct. 6, our party will take the provincial portion of the HST off of hydro bills as well as home heating oil, natural gas and propane. And we’ll also remove the debt retirement charge on hydro bills. This is great news for hard-working families like those in Leeds-Grenville who contact my constituency office daily to talk about how difficult it is to make ends meet when facing skyrocketing hydro bills. Inside the Legislative Assembly, I didn’t spend much time sitting at my desk as it seemed I spent the entire week on my feet. Here’s a look at just some of the local issues that had me standing up for and speaking out about Leeds and Grenville: I spoke up for local bus operators when my caucus colleague MPP Elizabeth Witmer and I teamed up on a question to Education Minister Leona Dombrowsky. We asked the minister during Question Period how she can defend her new transportation procurement policy when it threatens to force local companies like Howard Bus Service in Athens, Brockville City Bus Lines, Clark Bus Lines in Gananoque and Healey Transportation in Smiths Falls out of business. We’ll keep up the pressure on the Minister until she agrees to do what the PC Caucus has already

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committed to and implement a moratorium on the policy. On Thursday, I participated in an important debate about reforms to the Municipal Elections Act. The focus of the amendment (introduced by Liberal MPP Jean-Marc Lalonde from GlengarryPrescott-Russell) was to change the date on which new municipal councils take office to the second Monday in November from Dec. 1. This makes sense as the “lame duck” period that exists now with the election in late October is just too long. However, during the debate I stressed the need to open up the entire act for an update. One glaring problem in need of an amendment is the timeline for municipal candidates to file their financial statements – and the penalties they face if they miss the deadline. To drive home my point that the rules as they exist now just don’t make any sense, I used local examples from Athens Township and ElizabethtownKitley Township Councillor Earl Brayton. I also pointed out that ElizabethtownKitley Township and the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville councils have passed resolutions calling for this portion of the Act to be amended. With the Legislative Assembly set to rise on June 2, obviously there is not enough time to get that particular amendment through – but I’m committed to making sure it happens after the Oct. 6 provincial election, regardless

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tics and farm hands but through courage and perseverance managed to go on to raise families of their own and leave an indelible mark on their communities. Leeds-Grenville has a strong connection to the Home Children as Fairknowe Home in Brockville was one of many “receiving homes” for the orphans after they arrived

from their voyage across the Atlantic. I also spoke about the “Home Boys” exhibit that opens at the Athens Museum this month. The display highlights local stories of home children in the Athens area, including the village’s legendary police chief, Scotty McLean. As I mentioned, when the Legislative Assembly resumes on Monday, there

will be just four sitting days left until it rises for the summer on June 2 and we won’t be back until after this fall’s election. So, I expect another busy week as we tie up all of those loose ends – and one thing is guaranteed: as your representative at Queen’s Park I’m going to make certain Leeds-Grenville’s voice is prominent during those debates.

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of which party forms government. During Member’s Statements on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, I was proud to tell everyone in the province about the pending grand opening of North Grenville Public Library, the 30th anniversary of Thousand Islands Playhouse and Burnbrae Farms’ Joe Hudson. Perhaps the highlight, for me, came Thursday afternoon when the first bill with my name on it – Bill 185, the British Home Child Day Act – was passed into law. Some MPPs can go an entire career without experiencing this feeling, so to have it happen so early in mine was a terrific honour. The bill proclaims September 28 of each year as British Home Child Day in Ontario to honour the incredible contribution they and their ancestors have made to our society. It was a private member’s bill introduced by Liberal MPP Jim Brownell from Stormont-DundasSouth Glengarry. This was the third time MPP Brownell had tried to get it passed, but what was different this time around was he had sponsors for his bill from the two other parties: myself and NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo. Its passage proved to the public that despite the often bitterly partisan nature of Queen’s Park, individual MPPs can work together and accomplish great things. Home children were orphans sent from the British Isles to countries like Canada with scarcely more than the clothes on their backs between 1870 and 1948. They came to a strange land to work as domes-

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Area schools shine at EOSAA BCI’s best EOSSA in a decade

Erica Bulanda skips during her junior girls triple jump gold medal at EOSSAA Friday.

Rebekah Beattie of St. Mary during the junior girls 400m.

Pirates sending 49 athletes to regionals

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The TISS Pirates continued their dominance this track and field season,

Dustin Blanchard of TISS during the junior boys shotput.

setting a number of records and sending 49 athletes to the Regional finals, one step away from OFSAA. The senior boys sprinters broke a pair of long-

Connor Hickling of Ange Gabriel during the junior boys 3000m.

standing records in the 4 x 400m and 4 x 100m finals, shattering the 4 x 100m record by over four seconds. The record had stood since 1971.

The Brockville Collegiate track and field team had their best EOSSAA results in over 10 years, winning two events and qualifying four athletes in six events for next week’s regional finals. Kathrynn Morrison finished first in the EOSSAA junior girls’ 200m, while running a personal best time of 26:93 seconds, her first time breaking of the 27:00 second mark. She also qualified for East Regionals with a third place in the 100 metres. Tegan Kilpatrick is the senior girls’ EOSSAA javelin champion with a throw of 37.24 metres . Tegan also qualifed with a fifth place in long jump. Also qualifying for East Regionals were Fraser Blair with a third in high jump and Natasha Dennison with a fourth in triple jump.

There were many other standout performances including the junior boys shot put team, who finished first, second and third.



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The ObserverSPORTS Brockville & Area Sports Hall of Fame holding induction ceremony Hall will have 100 members after the ceremony on June 10th Monday night the Sports Hall of Fame committee elected 5 new members

Steve McAllister was involved with the National Hockey League Players Association, then

sports editor for the Globe and Mail and now Sports Editor for Yahoo sports. He’s a Prescott na-

MacLeod wins MVP honours at Carleton Kendall MacLeod won the Most Valuable Player of the Carleton Ravens for 2010-11, leading the team to their first ever appearance at Nationals, peaking at the 3rd seed in the country. MacLeod, 5’9”, is in the Psychology Program at Carleton. MIKE CARROCCETTO PHOTO / FOR BROCKVILLE OBSERVER

tive whose 20 plus years in sports has earned him a spot in the Hall. The Late George Hunter who started several leagues and was one of the original members of the Brockville Braves Executive will join Steve in the Hall. Also going in are Jim Hale who has had an amazing career as an athelete and coach; Roy Pyke who played semipro hockey in the eastern hockey league and Jim Vickery who has coached at the Elementary school level for decades. The Hall of Fame committee also announced the nominations in the other categories. Up for Sports Person of the year 1. Trent Corney - a star track and field athlete at TISS 2. Randy Ferguson who won three divisions at the Canadian National Sportsting Clays Association championships for shotgunners. 3. Shannon Ferguson who was named the OCAA female athelete of the month in October 2010 and was the tourna-

four - Canadian Champions 3. Brockville Legion girls Bantam under 14 team - Canadian Champions 4. St. Mary’s Junior Football Team - Provincial Champions 5. 65 Plus Magedmos Hockey team - Canadian Champions

ment MVP at the OCAA Champioinships in fastball 4. Emma Norman a runner who won a 3000 metre race at the Canadian National Youth Track & Field Championships last August. 5. Christopher Perkins - the male athlete of the month by the US Sports Academy. He shot a world junior and senior record of 599 out of 600 at the Canadian Archery championshps. The Sports teams of the year nominations are: 1. Brockville Blazers midget Girls Basketball team - provincial champions 2. Brockville Rowing Club Light Weight men’s

The nominees for the R & T Coaching award are 1. Roy Brooks for special olympics 2. Brian Enright - for hockey 3. Walter Smail - for several sports And the Investor’s Volunteering nominees are 1. Scott Easton - hockey involvement 2. Sam Rappin - Brockville Braves Trainer 3. Richy Welch - Athens sports The Kinsmen sports awards dinner is Thursday June 9th. Tickets will be on sale next week. The City of Brockville Induction ceremony goes on the 10th at the Memorial Centre and the Bruce Wylie HOF Golf Tournament is the 11th in Prescott.





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Do your irons, wedges, and putter fit your game? By John Ryan Observer Contributer

Last week I touched on what I think could be the most important club in your bag, the driver and does it fit your game. But we still have 13 other clubs in your bag to talk about here, your set of irons, your set of wedges and last but not least your putter. These too should be fitted to your game, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s start with your irons. Like last week with your driver, I am a big believer in getting all your clubs fitted properly. And no one better to do that than Garry Dunn once again, one of Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top club makers and club fitters. So when it comes to a set of irons, what are we looking to accomplish here? There are quite a few variables that go into fitting a set of irons and like I mentioned last week not everybody swings the same. Yet most golfers out there will go to these golf outlet stores and buy their set of irons off the rack. Here we go again. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s start with lie angle. A few years ago I gave a local golfer a Lesson, and to my surprise his swing was as good as it gets, but yet his ball kept going to the right of his intended target (righthanded golfer). As a Tech Rep with Taylor Made, I knew enough to check the clubface of his irons and his divot. His divot was deeper towards the toe-end, therefore his ironâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clubface had more dirt in the toe end of his clubface than the heel end. This led me to the conclusion that the lie on his clubs were too flat for him. He got his irons adjusted four degrees

from one form or another of arthritis. So if you have arthritis in your hands and you thought your golfing days were done, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good news for you, try the bigger grips. To book an appointment with Garry and get your irons, wedges and your putter fitted, call him at his shop at 613342-3167 or on his cell at 613-340-9320. With the information you get from Garry, you can get him to build you a set of irons or present your spec sheet to your favorite golf company and have your clubs made to your specs and Take a look at the two grips on the left. One is a standard size and the other is a jumbo size.  yours only. The jumbo will benefit both the golfer with big hands and the golfer who suffers from one form or another of arthritis. Above, changing grips are a good idea with arthritis.

upright. The next time we got together after he had them adjusted, he hit every shot dead straight. Nothing wrong with his golf swing, his equipment didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fit what he was doing in his golf swing. So if you are having trouble hitting your set of irons, it may not be necessarily what you are doing, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably your irons and the way they are set up. So what effects will a properly fitted set of irons do to benefit you? For $50 Garry Dunn will put you through an extensive fitting session guaranteed to give you the information and the adjustments youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need to have your irons fit for your game. Are your irons the right length for you? Is the lie angle and loft set up for the way you hit the ball? What about shaft flex in your irons, are they right for you? Would you benefit more from graphite or steel shafts? What about the size of your grips?

A fitting session with Garry will easily answer all these questions for you. How about the width of the sole of the club and why would that be important? If you are a digger and swing too steeply into the ball, you could use a wider sole at the bottom of your irons. On the other hand, if you are a sweeper of the golf ball you can get away with a narrower sole. These two factors will greatly affect what wedges you should play with as well. The bounce that you see on the wedges today are there for a reason. The higher bounce degrees will greatly benefit the diggers, where as the lower bounce degrees will benefit the sweeper of the ball. That brings us to your putter. Does your putter have enough loft for the way you stroke the ball? What about the lie angle of your putter, is it right for you? Would you bene-

fit more from a heel-shafted putter, center shafted or a mallet style putter? Or are you a strong candidate for either a belly or chest putter? Once again these are questions Garry can answer for you with a

proper fitting. Look at the above picture of the two grips. One is a standard size and the other is a jumbo size. The jumbo will benefit both the golfer with big hands and the golfer who suffers

John Ryan, CGTF Level Three Instructor, teaches exclusively at the Tincap Golf Club. If you have any comments or questions on this column or need information on Lessons contact John by phone at 613-345-1390 or e-mail at planeandsimplegolf@


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The ObserverBUSINESS/CAREERS PERCS Certification Day gives students the extra â&#x20AC;&#x153;edgeâ&#x20AC;? for employment as additional educational partners, many of whom, provided resources such as personal, facilities and equipment, at no cost. Kilpatrick continued that PERCS, and its predecessor, the Do Jobs Grow on Trees program that was implemented about 10 years ago, has transformed into its current incarnation out of â&#x20AC;&#x153;a recognition that in order to help students bolster their resumes for postsecondary education as well as employment, they would need concrete certificationâ&#x20AC;?. Additionally, Kilpatrick said, the PERCS program compliments another up-and-coming Board initiative, the Specialist High Skills Major

By Erin Christie Observer Staff Writer

When it comes to finding a job these days, it can be tough out there and employers say that having an â&#x20AC;&#x153;extra edgeâ&#x20AC;?, such as sector specific certification, can make all the difference. In response to this the Upper Canada District School Board, has offered grade 11 and 12 students from five area public high schools, the opportunity to participate in PERCS (Partners in Employment Readiness Certification of Students) Certification Days, a series of low cost employment readiness workshops hosted at St. Lawrence College last week. During the two-day program, more than 300 hundred students from Athens District High School, Brockville Collegiate Institute, Seaway District High School, South Grenville District High School and Thousand Islands Secondary School, participated in a wide range of courses offering â&#x20AC;&#x153;in demandâ&#x20AC;? certifications such as Red Cross First Aid, Fork Lift Operation, Safe Food Handling, and Infection Awareness and Control, which, South

Thousand Islands Secondary School students, Ronni Keeler (left) and Abby Gallacher (right), practice head-bandaging on their mock â&#x20AC;&#x153;victimâ&#x20AC;? during a first aid certification course offered during the PERCS certification days, held at St. Lawrence College last Tuesday and Wednesday. ERIN CHRISTIE PHOTO

Grenville co-op teacher, Carson Kilpatrick says, in some cases, could potentially add up to $250 worth of certification on their resumes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The cost of some of these courses can range from $75 to over $100, so for ten or twenty dollars per day, to cover the

cost of the lunches and snacks that are provided, students can get valuable certification with hard and soft skills training that employers are looking for,â&#x20AC;? explained Kilpatrick, adding that the â&#x20AC;&#x153;true costâ&#x20AC;? of the programs are absorbed by the School Board, as well


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any given time. Studies have shown that the correct asset mix offsets selection risk â&#x20AC;&#x201C; making asset allocation, not individual investment selection, the major driver in investment returns. In fact, as much as 90 per cent of portfolio variability can be attributed to the choice of asset types, with only 10 per cent coming from the choice of individual investments. Since 1950, fixed income investments have generally reduced investment risk but have also lowered long-term growth. Over the same period, Canadian equities have produced the necessary asset growth to achieve long-term investment objectives1. The takeaway: Even conservative investors should allocate at least 25 per cent of their long-term investment portfolio to equities (including higher yielding equity mutual funds). The amount of risk in your portfolio depends on your personal tolerance for risk and your time horizon. For example, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re close to retirement, you might want to reduce risk to protect a portion of your investments from inevitable periods of market volatility. Diversification works. And knowing the basics can help you understand and take advantage of the risk that may be in your portfolio. The best way to play it safe? Get the asset allocation help you need from your professional advisor. 1S&P TSX Composite vs DEX Long Term Efficient Frontiers (1950-2010) 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 Lisa Bell at (613)4982403 or


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that give us the strength to work extra hours during a busy season, care for an aging parent, sprint to catch a toddler before they reach the road or put on a birthday party for a dozen 4-year olds. (A complete error in judgement on my part!) The problem is that when stress is prolonged, or we face a longer series of serious life events such as illness, job loss, divorce or even retirement; that the impact of stress hormones can spin out of control. I regularly see patients who have struggled with the consequences of high stress on their bodies for years. They typically feel exhausted, have poor sleep, their muscles hurt, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gaining weight, and may feel anxious, depressed and irritable and face challenges with their short term memory. Women have

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are not at that level often have difficulty getting their symptoms taken seriously. What complicates matters more is that high stress hormones, namely cortisolâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;can adversely affect thyroid function, testosterone and estrogen levels, which have consequences elsewhere in the body. I typically use lab services that specialize in hormonal problems to gain a better understanding of whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening with a patient. We then develop an individual treatment plan designed to strengthen the adrenal glands. Key nutrients, standardized herbal extracts and natural (bio-identical) hormonal support can make an incredible difference in the lives of these patients. We typically test for hormonal profiles and work with their MD to reduce dosages of any medications the patient feels is causing them problems. Are we aiming for a life of

no stress? No, what we do want is a life where stress doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hold our body and mind hostage to its negative effects -- where we can find our balance again and thrive, no matter how many in-laws are coming for dinner, or who drew (with markers!) on the sofa. Dr. Herzan ND, is an only slightly stressed father of

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RASHES"EAWAREOFWEEDS such as wild parsnip, hogweed and poison ivy. s4EACHTHEENTIREFAMILY to become familiar with the plants and know them by sight. s $ISCOURAGE CHILDREN from picking wild flowers. s7HENWORKINGAROUND these weeds wear goggles, rubber gloves, rubber boots and coveralls. Thoroughly wash boots and gloves with soap, water and a scrub brush before taking off protective clothing. For further information on any of these issues, please contact the Health Unit at 613-345-5685 or the Health Action Line at 1-800-660-5853 or visit

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United Church. Directed by multi-award winning vocalist Georgette Fry, Shout Sister, takes an unorthodox approach to choral singing, performing interesting selection of pop tunes, including lots of Canadian content. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concert is dedicated to a

much loved choir member, Maggie Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien, who joined the Brockville chapter six years ago, remaining a great friend and staunch supporter of Interval House, until recently losing her fight with cancer. In addition to providing safe emergency shelter to women

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Tickets are $15.00 (children under 8 yearsold free), and are available at House of DĂŠcor, 66 King St. W., Brockville, through choir members or at the door. For more information or to join Shout Sister contact Nancy Greig (613) 531-9685

POLICE BLOTTER Tuesday, May 17th Missing Person: The Brockville Police are seeking the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assistance in locating a 64 year-old male from Brockville. Lionel Porteous , 64, 6â&#x20AC;?6â&#x20AC;?, 335 lbs, salt and pepper hair, unshaven, silver glasses and needs a walker to get around. Mr. Porteous was last seen on May 14th in the Brighton Crescent area. Brockville Police are asking anyone with any information regarding Mr. Porteous to contact them. Foul play is not suspected.

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Domestic Disturbance On the 16th of May 2011 at 10 am officers responded to a disturbance on Abbott Street. At this time a 45 year-old female and 44 year-old male were involved in a domestic incident. The male was arrested and charged with assault, uttering threats and breach of probation.

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Service will be involved in the following â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Police Weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; events during the month of May: May 19 - Safe Grad for Senior Students at TISS May 20 - Special Olympic Torch Run - All money raised is donated to the Special Olympics - BBQ will be held at the finish line, 12:00 Noon, Brockville Home Hardware Everyone is welcome. May 27 - Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Presentation, 10:00 a.m. at the Brockville Legion May 28 - Police Display, including police vehicles, K9, bicycle safety and Emergency Response Team, at the Downtown Sidewalk Sale, 10:00 - 1:00 p.m.

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crossword GEMINI - May 22/June 21

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21

Gemini, your industrious nature earns you a new opportunity. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not quite sure what to make of the situation just yet. With time you could find it is the perfect fit.

Make an honest assessment of your personal finances, Sagittarius. Now could be the time to make a few cuts and smarter decisions to work toward establishing that nest egg.

CANCER - June 22/July 22

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20

Silence is golden for you this week, Cancer. Without any distractions you can accomplish many things on a personal level. New relationships could be budding.

Capricorn, you will have a hard time concentrating on one thing, which could prove troublesome at school or work. When you need to focus, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to clear your mind.

LEO - July 23/August 23

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let others write off your abilities, Leo. Show them just what you are capable of this week. They will be surprised at what you can accomplish with your mind set.

VIRGO - August 24/Sept 22 Carefully consider your bank account, Virgo. The time has come to find ways to replenish the money that has been spent; otherwise, you could end up in a sticky situation.

For an individual who is so personable, you may have trouble making new friends in the days to come. It could be due to closely guarded secrets that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hesitant to share.

PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to make a change because the stars indicate discord and antipathy in your life. Think about the possibilities.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23

ARIES - Mar 21/April 20

Libra, try new things and you will be surprised at the results. An opportunity pops up at work, and it is something you just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pass up. Go full steam ahead.

Aries, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so much to get done but your mind just isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t on the task at hand. Maybe some inspiration and encouragement from friends will do it.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22

TAURUS - April 21/May 21

Scorpio, work toward and hope for the best this week in the face of many challenges that lie ahead. With a little dedication you can pull through.

Taurus, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to break out of your funk because there are many exciting things on the horizon. All you have to do is be a little patient.



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Just for the fun of it, art lovers are invited Come celebrate the visual arts at the Brockville Arts Centre Lobby Gallery at a special â&#x20AC;&#x153;Openingâ&#x20AC;? reception of a theme exhibit called â&#x20AC;&#x153;and all that Jazz!â&#x20AC;? which takes place on Thursday, June 2nd from 6:30 to 9:00.p.m. Members of Art In The City, Brockville, have been challenged to throw caution to the winds, lose their inhibitions, be spontaneous; experimental, bold, colourful, swinging, explosive, cool or down right moody; just like Jazz itself! In other words they have been asked to step out of

their usual box of subject matter and techniques to take a risk: Sixteen multi media artists accepted this challenge and they are: Lance Besharah, Deborah Boivin, Jessica Brady, Krista Cameron, Dawn Code, Lou Charton, Celia Kainz, Pram Arbo Kerr, Anna Krak~Kepka, Christel~Elvira Klocke, Gwyn Marriott, Jenny Masse, Christina McCarthy, Linda Potter, Jennifer Sine and Laurie Sponagle. This will be the first time that this talented group of multimedia artists have been able

to exhibit their work on the walls and in the cases - at the same time - in the Brockville Arts Centre~Lobby Gallery, this definitely is cause for celebration!. Tom Code, an Art In The city member, is a multi-talented artist; known for his bird carvings, stone sculptures and musicality, he will perform with his jazz quintet â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just Usâ&#x20AC;? for our pleasure during the reception: Tom on piano, Roger Wooller,drums, Grant Curry on guitar, Gord Mcrady bass; Brenda Kelly is the singer in the group: Tom, with a

twinkle in his eye, says his band is â&#x20AC;&#x153;definitely fun to dance to â&#x20AC;&#x153; so wear your dancing shoes! Appetizers and punch will be served; the BAC wine bar will be open.

Dawn Codeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mixed media painting â&#x20AC;&#x153;High Notesâ&#x20AC;? Â will be just one of many works of art to be exhibited at the Brockville Arts Centre from June 2nd to the 28th, during the theme exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;and all that Jazz!â&#x20AC;? by participating members of Art In The City.

Harris urges students to enjoy the great outdoors (Mallorytown) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Colin Harris wants to take your kids away from their video games and get them reconnected with the great outdoors. The 36-year-old Haliburton native is so serious about the obesity epidemic among todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s youth, he is running across Canada to raise awareness about the need for kids to get outside and get active. Harris has launched the run as part of his Take Me Outside campaign. He began his adventure in St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Newfoundland in January and plans to celebrate its conclusion on Vancouver Island in September. During his run, the outdoor educator is stopping to talk with students at schools across Canada about the need to incorporate physical activity into their lives. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The one goal is to get students outside, active and reconnected with the outdoors,â&#x20AC;? said Harris, who visited with students Tuesday, May 10 at Front of Yonge Elementary School. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Studies show that over the last couple of years students are spending an increasing amount of time inside leading a sedentary lifestyle. This leads to obesity, rising rates of diabetes and generally poor health.â&#x20AC;? Harris hopes to turn that around by modelling a physically active lifestyle and getting kids to share stories about what they are doing to get active. He in turn shares these stories on his Take Me Outside blog. The outdoor educator discussed some shocking statistics with students during a presentation in the school gym. Studies show that todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s youth spend an incredible six hours a day in front of a

ally and spiritually And todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adults arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t doing much better, he said. Statistics suggest that adults spend only 7 per cent of their lives enjoying the outdoors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We really need to find some balance in our lives,â&#x20AC;? Harris stressed. He encouraged students to think what they could do to become more active in their lives. They suggested bike rides,

playing on a play structure, golfing, and football. Studies show that increased outdoor time can be directly connected to improved physical fitness, higher academic achievement, increased attention spans, and increased engagement at school, home and in the community. Following the presentation, students at Front

of Yonge said they will try to become more active. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I found it interesting that adults spend 93 per cent of their lives indoors,â&#x20AC;? said Dawson Smith, 13. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought it would have been a lot lower. I think next time Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m bored Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll pass on the Xbox and go outside.â&#x20AC;? The talk was sponsored by the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit.

'(17,675<#%52&.9,//( video screen or television set. This is a dramatic change from their parents who â&#x20AC;&#x201C; before the age of the Internet â&#x20AC;&#x201C; spent hours each day enjoying

outdoor play. As childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s access to outdoor play time decreases, studies suggest their quality of life decreases mentally, physic-


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Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Films Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth film of Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Piratesâ&#x20AC;? franchise is much ado about nothing. The movie is peopled with actors who seem uninterested in their roles, the plot is paper thin, and the direction almost nonexistent. The only saving grace is the special effects, but even they just get a passing grade. The movie is shot so dark, and the action so plodding, that I found myself staring at the 3D scenery just to find a thrill. When the first â&#x20AC;&#x153;Piratesâ&#x20AC;? film, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Curse of the Black Pearlâ&#x20AC;? was released, skeptics who were used to failed attempts at computer games being adapted into motion pictures, scoffed at the idea of a Disneyland theme ride being turned into movie magic. Disney Studios and director Gore Verbinski, (The Ring) made casting history by hiring Johnny Depp to play Captain Jack Sparrow. Depp based his flamboyant over-the-top portrayal of Sparrow on the real-life character and behavior of


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Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. Deppâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pirate may have freaked out the execs at Disney, but both audiences and critics loved him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dead Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chestâ&#x20AC;?, the second movie was a fun sequel which garnered great reviews. The third film, â&#x20AC;&#x153;At Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Endâ&#x20AC;?, was a cool adventure with inspired casting, a fantastic story, and mind-boggling special effects. All three movies were directed by Verbinski, whose singular vision and direction was nothing less than inspired. The fourth movie of the franchise, â&#x20AC;&#x153;On Stranger Tidesâ&#x20AC;? was given to director Rob Marshall. His previous work on movie musicals such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nineâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chicagoâ&#x20AC;?, may have given him a leg up on how to deal with large casts and complex choreography, but did not give him the wherewithal to create a fantasy-adventure film. Successful fantasy fran-

chises need to be placed in the hands of skilled fantasy, sci-fi or horror directors. Pretenders need not apply. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On Stranger Tidesâ&#x20AC;? is the story of three groups of sailors on a quest to find Ponce De Leonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fabled Fountain of Youth. The Spanish send an armada. The British King sends a ship captained by a peglegged Barbosa, (Geoffrey Rush). Captain Jack Sparrow finds himself aboard Blackbeardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s infamous The Queen Anneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Revenge with the beautiful Angelica (Penelope Cruz) and her father, the aforementioned Blackbeard, (Ian McShane).

Atlantic City a popular destination By

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Atlantic City, New Jersey is not just a square on the Monopoly board. For Howard Travel, Atlantic City is a coach tour that fills up very quickly and has a lot of repeat guests. In fact, almost everyone on the trip that just returned booked early enough to qualify for the early booking bonus which saved them enough money to do a little extra gambling and shopping. Regardless of how many times a person goes, he or she will find something to do. The hostess of the most recent trip (May 15-18) has been to Atlantic City on numerous occasions and has yet to tire of it.

Sure, Atlantic City is known for the casinos and bright lights, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also known for the Boardwalk, also a Monopoly property, which has plenty of sights and shopping opportunities. This trip was a little different than past ones because we were able to offer a side trip to a village about 25 minutes from Atlantic City, Smithville. Smithville is a great place to do even more shopping while getting away from the hustle and bustle of the casino and hotel. This optional side tour, that was no additional cost, was enjoyed by everyone that chose to go. It is sure to be continued in the future as well. In the Tropicana Hotel where the Howard Travel

group stays, there is an array of entertainment available without having to step foot outside. There are over 20 restaurants and bars in the hotel to choose from as well as shops ranging from wine to clothing and accessories to a food market if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d prefer to eat in your room. On top of the food and shopping, the Tropicana is also the location of an IMAX theatre, comedy and dance clubs, spa, golf course and pools. Since we have so many clients who love Atlantic City enough to go every time Howard Travel goes, we decided to extend the tour by one day. The next trip will be October 23-27 and promises to be just as good as all of the others.


Johnny Depp stars once again as Captain Jack Sparrow. This time out his performance is lackluster at best. All the originality that made Sparrow such a controversial and colorful character when he first appeared on the screen seems to have been washed away. Sparrow came off as more than just distracted, (one of his more amusing character traits); he came off as uninterested. Sure he flung around his wonderful one-liners and dropped many amusing doubleentendres, but it takes more than a few funny lines to make a character interesting. It was as if the spark that inspired his earlier performances was snuffed out.

Penelope Cruz plays Angelica. She is the daughter of Blackbeard, and a once nun-wannabe who lost her habit potential when she was seduced by the charms of Jack Sparrow. Like Depp, she seems uninvolved. Even though Angelica is the love/hate interest of the story, Cruz and Depp have zero chemistry together. Their relationship such as it is, whether loving or fighting, has no spark and no believability. It is like they are acting in different movies. In summer blockbusters, audiences are looking for exciting and entertaining adventures. Poor special effects can be forgiven if the stories are great and

the actors give it their all. Director Rob Marshall has sunk a stake into the heart of the Pirate franchise by directing a movie that despite all the talent involved is like one of the zombies on the deck of Blackbeardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ship, a lumbering mess.


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