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Volume 2, Issue 38



Change starts here


Record goal for 2011 campaign as the United Way host annual kickoff breakfast

The United Way team kicked off the campaign last Wednesday with the annual kickoff breakfast at CJ’s Hall. The goal for this year, a lofty $995,000 just shy of the milestone million mark and roughly $17,000 more than the campaign raised in 2010. Pictured above from left to right, United Way Executive Director Judi Baril, United Way President Shawn Souder, the ‘Community Hero’ aka Matt Raby, and campaign co-chairs Cathy and Ben TeKamp. Photos by Austin de Luis


Austin de Luis

Observer Editor

The United Way has raised its previous fundraising total from 2010 by $17,000, making the target $995,000, the highest goal in the agency’s history to be raised before the official

campaign ends on December 1st. ‘Change starts here’, United Way President Shawn Souder told the packed hall at CJ”s for the annual kickoff breakfast, officially opening the 2011 campaign. Things did get off to a rousing start with $74,874 coming from Procter & Gamble ($54,000), Scotia Bank, both Brockville locations ($15,374) and

$3,500 from Automotion through Thousand Islands Street Machine. There are many fundraising events over the next 10 weeks including the Stanley Black & Decker golf tourney on October 1st, the James Youth Summit from October 24th – 28th, which includes all nine high schools in Leeds-Grenville, the YMCA triathlon on November 20th, as

well as Hockey Night in Leeds-Grenville, which appointed former NHLer and Gananoque native Alan McCauley honorary chair, matching the MP’s team against a host of celebrities and former professionals. The campaign’s goal is $30,000 more than last year’s initial goal and exceeding this could mean

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(Left) United Way President Shawn Souder holds up a $5 bill, which came in an envelope from an elderly couple. “It was all they could give,” said Souder, adding that every little donation helps when you’re trying to increase fundraising during these tough economical times.

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Schools participate in railway safety with ‘Operation Lifesaver’ By

Austin de Luis

Observer Editor

The Brockville Police Service (BPS) and CN Police visited schools across Brockville over the last week as part of the ‘Operation Lifesaver’ program designed to educate children and their parents on the proper safety rules of railway crossings. Community Safety Officer Sergeant Doug Locke has been in the position for over 10 years of his 33 years on the BPS, teaching initiatives and educating the public, especially youth, promoting ‘Safety First’ as the model for all in the city. “Railway safety is very important for everyone, especially with many ‘first-timers’ heading out on their own for the first time,” said Locke. “This program will help ensure we avoid any future tragedies.” Sabrina Latimer lost her life in February 2005 at the age of 12 and Samantha Lefebve was injured on the rail crossing just south of Commonwealth School. After waiting for the first train to pass, the two walked onto the tracks and were struck by a second train they never saw coming. Along with the program, many upgrades have been completed since 2005 to the intersections in the city including; moving back the pedestrian gate, and adding new lights. ‘Operation Lifesaver’

Three classes from Commonwealth Public School were taken on a tour to the Ormond Street rail crossing by Brockville Police Service Community Safety Officer Sergeant Doug Locke and CN Police Constable Sam Masanotti on Friday morning as part of the ‘Operation Lifewsaver’ program. Children from Mrs. Green, Ladd and McMillan (grades one through three) spent time going over all the safety and prevention guidelines designed to help prevent another tragedy at the rail crossings. “Railway safety is very important for everyone, especially with many ‘first-timers’ heading out on their own for the first time,” said Locke. Photo by Austin de Luis

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Wiser Hall issue dogs town council

the milestone Million dollar mark. “We wanted to thank everyone for using the power of the pen to make a difference in our community,” said United Way Executive Director Judi Baril. “Everyone thrives and survives.” If the United Way hits their target by December 1st former campaign chair Dr. Andy Jordan and Souder have pledged they will jump in the St. Lawrence “Polar Bear style’. United Way helps fund 1 in 3 families in LeedsGrenville through 27 partner agencies. For more information please call the office at 613-342-8889 or 613342-8850 or visit or send donations to: Box 576, 42 George Street, Brockville, Ontario K6V 5V7.

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line,” said Locke. “Be patient and wait until the gate is fully raised. This simple rule can save lives.”

PRESCOTT – A post on a web site prompted a Prescott councillor to request an apology from the town’s mayor at council on Monday night. The controversy stems from a Recorder & Times article published last week. The article dealt with legal costs associated with an Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearing that involves the zoning of the Wiser Hall waterfront property on King Street West and a proposed multi-residential development adjacent to the existing heritage building. Mayor Brett Todd is quoted and paraphrased in the article. The online version of the article is accompanied by a post from Todd that is in response to someone else’s post. The mayor notes that he was one of three council members who voted in June to not proceed with a zoning bylaw amendment that includes Wiser

Hall. Earlier that month, a meeting involving interested parties showed a willingness on the part of most participants to discuss the Wiser Hall proposal further; a second meeting was planned, but it did not proceed after the 4-3 recorded vote in which council opted to proceed with the amendment. Councillor Robert Lawn, one of the four who voted in favour of proceeding in June, expressed concern on Monday night that Todd had misrepresented the reason behind the decision. Lawn asked for an apology from the mayor, who declined the request. “I will never apologize for trying to save the citizens of the Town of Prescott over $100,000 in legal expenses, nor will I apologize for choosing the path of constructive dialogue over an expensive legal battle with an uncertain outcome,” Todd stated in

an e-mail in response to questions from the Observer. Lawn and other council members have indicated they oppose the largescale proposal put forward by developer Bob Pelda, a former owner of Wiser Hall and former town councillor. However, they have also acknowledged a willingness to consider something on a smaller scale. “I am only sorry that Mr. Lawn obviously did not realize the ramifications of his vote on this zoning matter in June, as that council vote led directly to Mr. Pelda calling off the negotiations that had just started, and lodging his four complaints with the OMB,” the mayor stated in the e-mail. The matter is expected to be heard by an OMB panel later this fall. The Observer was not present at the council meeting on Monday night.



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The ObserverELECTIONS 2011


From left, Ray Heffernan, Charlie Taylor, Steve Clark and David Lundy appear at an all-candidates meeting at the Brockville Arts Centre on Monday night. The Leeds-Grenville candidates are scheduled to return to the arts centre for a health-care debate next Tuesday night. An all-candidate meeting will be held in the North Grenville Municipal Centre in Kemptville tonight (Wednesday) at 6:45 p.m. PHOTO BY TIM RUHNKE

Local candidates have their say on how government should work BROCKVILLE – The provincial election campaign took centre stage at the Brockville Arts Centre on Monday night. About 125 people were on hand to see and hear four of the five LeedsGrenville candidates in action. The business-oriented meeting was sponsored by the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the city and the arts centre Ray Heffernan of the Liberals told the audience he looked hard for a political party that matched his value system. Premier Dalton McGuinty and the Liberals have served Ontarians with dignity and grace for eight years and have made tough decision when needed, according to Heffernan. He noted the three main pillars of the party’s platform are health care, education

and creating an environment that allows for meaningful jobs. The Green party believes in long-term solutions and sustainability and not short-term solutions, Taylor said. Ontario’s debt has risen consistently as has red tape and the obstacles facing small businesses while the other three parties have governed at different times during the last 20 years, according to Taylor. The province can have a healthy environment and a healthy economy, and Taylor urged voters to have the courage to stand by their convictions and let their voices be heard. Incumbent MPP Steve Tim Hudak (left) asks about the Grey Cup hat Ed MacDonald is wearing as his wife Rosita Clark of the Progressive looks on at Tim Hortons. Conservatives indicated it has become pretty in their pocketbooks. Conservatives and their tax dollars and red tape, clear from feedback he People are seeking re- Change Book will pro- according to Clark. “I will work hard for has received during the lief from skyrocketing vide a climate that crelast couple of weeks that hydro rates and scarce ates jobs and addresses you,” said the MPP, who Ontarians are feeling it job opportunities. The concerns about wasted added he loves talking about Leeds Grenville in the legislature.

All smiles for Hudak during Prescott stop PRESCOTT – Even Tim Hudak knows there’s always time for Tim Hortons. The Progressive Conservative leader was joined by incumbent Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark and a number of party supporters and customers at the Prescott restaurant on Monday afternoon. He was on his way from Trenton to

Cornwall. It was Hudak’s second visit to the riding during the provincial election campaign. He made a brief stop in Brockville two weeks ago. In addition to ordering coffee for his entourage, the Tory leader sampled a fresh batch of smile cookies. Followed by a cluster of videographers and photographers,

Hudak shook hands and spoke briefly with wellwishers and customers; he also sat down with groups at two different tables. Subjects that arose during the 20-minute stop ranged from the HST and jobs to farming and the Grey Cup. There was no scrum or media conference; Hudak made his way through the res-

taurant and boarded one of the two coaches transporting his handlers and the reporters covering his campaign. As he was leaving, Hudak thanked the Locketts for the work they do in the community and for helping the campaign personnel refuel. He told Clark that the Prescott outlet is “a very friendly Tim Hortons.”

New Democratic Party candidate David Lundy said he’s not hearing people calling for tax relief. They are struggling to pay bills and seeking ways to make life affordable. Tax-cut policies do not work, according to Lundy. Overhauling labour laws, increasing the minimum wage and freezing tuition fees are examples of how the NDP will end “the assault on working families,” he proclaimed. “If you’re going to grow, you put people to work.” Lundy and Taylor differed on the effectiveness of hiking the minimum wage. Lundy said it has been proven to work, but Taylor referred to it as “a nice-sounding solution” and a “quick fix” that would not increase buying power because the price of goods would also rise. All four candidates in attendance offered ways of dealing with red

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Liberal candidate Ray Haffernan (left) looks on as Green candidate Charlie Taylor responds to a question at the Toledo meeting.

tape and reducing the provincial deficit. Lundy warned about cutting to the lowest level given health crises involving tainted meat and drinking water in Ontario in recent years. “Red tape – there’s a reason for it,” he said. Heffernan said he does not want to shackle business when it comes to rules and regulations, but he would “rather err on the side of saving a life.” Clark said the Tories plan on cutting the size of government and setting a 30-per-cent reduction target when it comes to ministerial red tape and the small business and farming sectors. As for the status of the province’s Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) program, Clark maintained it should be scarpped; with the money going to frontline health care. In noting the Tories created LHINs, Lundy said the system needs to be overhauled. Heffernan believes the system is effective in allowing decisions at the community level. Taylor said LHIN is good in principle, but there have

been problems involving implementation and bureaucracy. The Liberal candidate pointed out that neither the Tories nor the NDP is advocating the elimination of the HST; both are calling for the harmonized tax to be dropped from utility bills. Heffernan added that the HST has not been easy, but it shows the strength of a Liberal government that had to make a hard decision that puts Ontario on a level playing field with the rest of the world. Lundy said 90 years of Conservative representation at the local level hasn’t worked. He called on the electorate to vote for “a working fellow” and for positive change. Choose main street rather than Bay Street, Lundy told the audience. Clark said he is listening to the voters and hears their frustration. They want something different after eight years of Liberal rule, and the Progressive Conservative candidate said he will continue to work hard and be a vocal advocate for Leeds Grenville. In closing, Taylor noted

that the meeting shows what is good, bad and broken about the political system. He believes all the candidates have a genuine interest in serving the riding, but Taylor pointed out that the arts centre was, at best, 20 per cent full (and only about one per cent after the partisan members are taken into account). “Our political system is broken,” said Taylor, who said the Green party rejects the old way of doing politics. He stated that the other parties are offering candy to voters. “We say eat your vegetables,” the Green candidate remarked. Heffernan said jobs are coming to Leeds Grenville thanks to the Liberal government, which has shown focused and direct leadership. He added it is ridiculous that the area has sent a Tory to Queen’s Park for 90-some years. “It’s time to break the mould,” Heffernan proclaimed. Lance Fulsom, LeedsGrenville candidate for the Socialist Party of Ontario, did not take part in the Brockville business debate.

Get a jump on voting Some of the advance memorial centre in address) with them at polls for the Oct. 6 On- Brockville, the fire halls the polling station. To tario election are open in Athens and Lyn and be eligible to vote in as of today. St. Andrew’s Presbyter- the Oct. 6 election, an Local electors can ian Church in Prescott. elector must be at least vote at the local re- Not all of the advance 18 years old and a Canturning office at 133 polls are open on each adian citizen who resKing St. W. in downtown of the next 10 days. To ides in Ontario. Brockville between now find out more about There are five canand next Friday, Sept. where and when to didates in Leeds-Gren30. Information on poll- vote in advance, call ville: Steve Clark of the ing station location, the Leeds-Grenville re- Progressive Conservadates and times is listed turning office at 1-866- tives; Lance Fulsom of Tel: (613)498-2400 Fax: (613)325-6157. 498-1199 in the notice of registrathe Socialist party, Ray cards that are being Voters are asked to Heffernan of the Libermailed to voters. have their registration als, David Lundy of the Street, Suite Brockville Local9 Broad advance poll209, card and identification NDP and Charles Taylor Debbie McAllister Located in the Boardwalk locations include the (that includes current the Green party. Division Director,ofConsultant

A fifth candidate entered the race in LeedsGrenville before nominations closed on Thursday afternoon. Prescott resident Lance Fulsom represents the Socialist Party of Ontario. The party “...believes that the labour power and natural resources of a society should be used in an ecologically compatible, equitable and sustainable manner for the benefit of all, including future generations,” he stated in a release. Ontario needs fair taxes for the rich and a $15 minimum wage as well as pharmaceutical

Socialist Party of Ontario candidate Lance Fulsom

coverage and recallable public officials and MPPs, according to Fulsom. The “bloated” salary of an MPP should be cut to $55,000 per year.

“The Progressive Conservatives always promise smaller, more democratic government, but once in office they have never delievered,” he stated. “NDP governments in Ontario and other provinces promise change but never deliver on peoples’ expectations of their own promises.” Fulsom believes that “the economy of a truly democratic society should also be co-operative and democratically managed so that citizens can be active in the running of their workplaces as well as planning the direction of economic development.”

Managing your Money

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Brockville missing again at another world-class event There seems to be an unusual trend forming that is hard to understand in the city of Brockville. There have been a pair of world-class events that saw decent crowds attend from outside of the city, but didn’t see the numbers from the local citizens that they should have, leaving a bitter taste in the mouths of the events organizers. This is a feeling I share. After the INXS concert at Riverfest I wrote an editorial titled ‘Where was Brockville’, with many of the 3,000 tickets sold going to out of town visitors. Today, I am faced with the same question again. This year’s Shorty Jenkins Classic, a world-class curling event saw close to 3,000 spectators over the four days of action, many of whom were visitors from outside the immediate area. Close to half of the silent auction items went to visitors as well, showing the overall interest from visitors was a big portion of the total attendance. I attend as many events in the area as possible and see some familiar faces consistently, but not nearly enough. Brockville residents need to support these types of events or we risk losing them for good. A group like INXS is a once in a lifetime performance for a city the size of Brockville and after the dismal showing in attendance, I doubt the Riverfest committee will consider bringing a band of this magnitude to the festival again. The Shorty Jenkins is a huge event on the curling tour that attracts former Olympic and World champions, but the attendance did not fit the caliber of the athletes. This is another example of something that needs to change if we are to keep these type of events in our city. I am always looking for feedback on my editorials, and I would certainly welcome any input from the readers about these very important questions. Please send me your responses to

Rotary Park Cheque Presentation David Keenleyside and Darren Gallacher were each awarded a $500 volunteer award from TD Canada Trust on King Street for the volunteer work with the Rotary Clubs of Brockville and the Thousand Islands respectively. TD Canada Trust offers a volunteer grant program to all branches and employees country-wide for any who volunteer over 40 hours in a 12 month period for one registered charity. Keenleyside and Gallacher donated their $500 award to the revitalization of Rotary Park which has begun demolition to clear the space needed for the Splash Pad and new playground. Pictured above from left to right are, Gallacher, Rotary Club of the Thousand Islands President Laura Good , Rotary Club of Brockville President Tom Harrington and Keenleyside. The project’s next fundraiser is at the Mill Restaurant on October 20th. Owner Peter Hoogendam has donated the facility for a four-course meal, with enterainment from Terry Hart and a silent auction. Cocktails begin at 6p.m with dinner starting at 7p.m. For more information please contact Rick Walker at 613-342-9111 or Darren Gallacher at 613-246-6835. Photo by Austin de Luis


NEWSTEP is a program for older workers The Editor: Fall is starting and children and young adults are now back in school for another year. We are asking that older adults also consider coming back to school this fall. The Employment and Education Centre (EEC) in Brockville is offering the NEWSTEP program to older workers throughout the fall and winter. This six-week retraining and employment-readiness course is designed for older workers who may have been displaced from a long-term job in the local manufacturing industry, or who are semi-retired. We are also seeking mature folks looking to re-integrate into the workforce after an extended absence or who even might be entering it for the first time. In order to be eligible for our program, participants need to be between 55 and 65 (people between 50 and 54 may also be able to take part), unemployed or under-

employed, and a resident of Brockville or the South Leeds area. You need also to be willing to commit to a 25 hour-a-week program at our Strowger Blvd. location. Those who take part are eligible for a living allowance for the duration of the program and also to receive up to nine months of funded post-secondary training. Participants also receive resume and cover letter training, job interview instruction and assistance with dealing with job loss and job searching. We know that re-integrating into the workforce at any age can be challenging; NEWSTEP is designed to make the transition easier! It is jointly funded by the federal and provincial governments under the TIOW (Targeted Initiative for Older Workers) program. Lesley Cameron EEC, Brockville

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It will also do admirably well with fresh harvest vegetables. Our red wine is an Italian selection from the unheralded region of Emilia-Romagna, just

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What exactly is the Matrix??? Ever have that violated, invasion of your privacy feeling? I’ve sure got it these days. Our electronic ‘conviences’ are starting to make our lives worse instead of better. Now before you roll your eyes and think I’m on some paranoid rant, bear with me. Do you not find it annoying to pick up your telephone lately and get some recorded message, especially around dinner time? Do you notice that the advent of security chips on our bank cards take longer to process than the swipe or cash method? Because let’s face it, very few of the young folks running a cash register can do math in their heads anymore... Want to test it? Ask your young grocery clerk what 7 times 8 is, and watch the horrified look come across their face... GPS units were a nifty tool for hikers and boaters, until they became a nifty tool for your employer to track your every move. I used to worry about the police if I happened to be going a little fast, but now I have to fear the email going to my boss about my driving habits, from some bean

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counter watching me on a computer screen, from his air conditioned office. ( Special note : As I sit and write this on my new Motorola Xoom tablet, a small icon and message in the lower right of the screen has informed me that my location has now been set by GPS!!! ) Grrrrr! Even Google knows where I am! I don’t have much conversation with the older of the kids in the family these days, I get text messages instead. My wife and I sit together in the kitchen in the evenings watching the youngest be mesmerized by you tube, and playing on Habbo. com, while we play ‘Angry birds’ on our Ipods. Sad indeed. Every day we drive by cameras for security and traffic control, not to mention when you go to the bank machine, walk through a store, or use your GPS equipped cell phone. For some real fun, you could wind up on youtube yourself, quite by accident while go-


ing for a walk through a park where someone has decided to upload video from the camera in their phone of their dog playing fetch... The time that it strikes me as funny, is when there is a power interruption, and stores simply close their doors, because their precious inventory control systems and computers are down. People suddenly become panicked because interac

and credit cards cannot be accepted, just cold, hard CASH! And last but not least, shove your bluetooth up your butt. I don’t know how many times I have asked ‘what?’, thinking that the person next to me has said something to me, only to get the wave that they are not talking to ME while they continue a strange conversation with themselves... The matrix has us.

A wet Sunday afternoon and a fond memory! Make It your Own by Peter Yerdon, Red Seal, O.C.T. I always talk about inspiration, and how it affects the food I prepare. Well this week’s article comes from a lack of inspiration, and a “cold wet rainy Sunday” The lack of inspiration actually comes from the fact that I did not want to go out and shop for dinner, and for the most part the cupboard was bare, or so I thought! I did find a tube of ground beef in the freezer so the protein was looked after. There is always a box of pasta in the cupboard, rotini if I remember right. Hardly matters any pasta was going to work with what I had in mind which was, well it was bound to come! I started to go through the fridge. I found some green onion and there is always a jar of crushed garlic handy. I prefer fresh, but in a pinch and this was, the garlic in the jar works. Ok so as I was rooting around I came upon some tomatoes that we brought home from Lina’s cousin in Toronto. So here we go water on to boil and I start cutting up the onions and tomatoes, oh yes did I mention I also found some red and yellow peppers, things were starting to look up for this dinner! I sautéed the onions and garlic and browned the beef, next came the tomatoes and the peppers, (after draining the fat) I opened the spice cupboard and in went the oregano and basil, salt and pepper to taste. I also added a half cup or so of water or maybe it was red wine to help the peppers and tomatoes stew a bit. Next the pasta was cooked and drained. I generally do not rinse my pasta as it helps what ever sauce you are using stick to the pasta. The ground beef mixture was not really saucy which is what I was looking for. I put it all together sprinkled parmesan cheese, added a salad and voila dinner, and if I do say so myself rather good! I remember growing up my Grandmother would make something like this, she was a good cook but never really got the idea of seasoning, in later years she used to open a can or two of beef and barley soup and add it, flavourful but that really came from the sodium in the soup. Still a really good memory of a less complicated time, for my brother and I anyway! So you’re probably thinking ok this is just like that burger in a box, and it is kind of, the difference being this is so much better for you, as it has none of the chemicals and easily less then half the salt of prepared box foods. Making this Your Own is easy, because you can use what ever you have handy, had I found potatoes and some corn this could have just as easy turned into a Shepherd Pie, or a chili, or a pasta sauce. Placing all this in a casserole dish grating some cheese on top, bake in a hot oven and you have dinner in a dish. Substitute rice for the pasta. The trick as always is finding the inspiration and then “Making It Your Own, Mangi”

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When is a theory not a Theory? The science world continues to be frustrated by the fact that the public definition of the word “theory” and the scientific definition are exact opposites. This leads to all kinds of misconceptions and errors in interpretation, as well as misunderstandings on both sides of this issue. To the non-scientist, a theory is some kind of back-of-the-envelope idea cooked up in isolation and without consideration of the real world. Some of these are quite harmless and the results of adhering to them are trivial… such as Aunt Jane’s theory that a baking cake will fall if there is a thunderstorm. Others can have significant consequences, such as thinking that AGW, anthropogenic global warming, is merely a phase through which we are passing and we do not need to take any action. Let’s take a look at “theory” and see what it means. In science, we look at some process or phenomena, such as gravity. We develop a hypothesis… gravity acts upon every


object on Earth equally, and can be measured. We then design an experiment. We start dropping different objects and see what happens to them. We measure them, how much they weigh, how fast they fall, whether they fall faster in a vacuum than in air, anything we can come up with. Our observations will show us that a) everything we can find falls to Earth, b) objects accelerate towards the Earth at a constant rate, c) feathers and lead shot fall at the same rate inside a vacuum container, d) nothing we have tried ever falls up, or doesn’t fall at all. From these and many other detailed and repeated observations, we can construct a Law of Gravity. Newton did exactly this over three hundred years ago. From this Law, derived from hundreds of years of experiments and observations, we develop the Theory of Gravity. So

the progression in science is: hypothesis, experiment, Law and Theory. An important qualifier is that Laws and Theories are not completely unassailable. This means that if, tomorrow, you decide to hop off your balcony and you do not fall to Earth (think Wile E. Coyote), our Law and Theory must be revised. Our experimental experience tells us that this is pretty unlikely, however science always leaves the door open to new findings. One area in which the distinction between a Theory and a theory is critical relates to evolution. There are those who dismiss evolution as “just a theory”, which drives scientists and especially biologists crazy. This attitude trivializes the thousands of hours of experimentation and hard work which went into formulating a Theory that covers all observed phenomena in the natural world. In Canada we have a more balanced view of this issue compared with the United States, where Evolutionary Theory comes under regular assault, usually


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by conservative religious groups. Charles Darwin began the process of hypothesis and experiment over one hundred and fifty years ago, and every biologist and natural scientist since then has been building on his work. Yes there are some inconsistencies and controversies, but these are at the very leading edges as scientists grapple with minute details, such as which group split from which other group at which point in the distant past. The pillars which Darwin began are as strong as ever and so far no credible evidence has been produced which

would cast the Theory of Evolution into any doubt. This last week, evidence of a dinosaur fossil with identifiable feathers was found preserved in amber (fossilized pine resin) in Alberta. This confirms what scientists have been hypothesizing for a while:

birds are the direct descendants of dinosaurs. So a Theory is really a pretty strong position, backed up with experiments, data and lots of hard work. A theory isn’t really a theory, it is what we call a SWAG… a scientific wild-assed guess.

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STILL SOME SELLING TO DO! Tikis new head coach Joel Brayman and various players look on from the bench during a 16-3 loss to Gatineau duirng their Jr. ‘B’ Fall game in Kemptville last Saturday. Gatineau Mustangs dismantled the Tikis 16-3. MIKE CARROCCETTO photo

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to give the Tikis a 0-2 record to begin the regular season. Brockville’s had little to celebrate after the weekend, but with the long season just beginning, will have plenty of time to get things back on track. Ben Brayman has gotten off to a solid start scoring three goals and adding an assist in the two games. Brockville will be looking for a better showing when they open their home

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The Brockville Tikis got off to a rough start at the showcase in Kemptville last weekend, losing both games handily to Ottawa area opponents. Brockville lost their opening game 16-3 to the Gatineau Mustangs, one of their worst loses in team history. This was followed up by a 7-3 loss on Sunday to the Almonte Thunder,

schedule on Wednesday against the South Grenville Rangers. The Rangers split their pair of games at the showcase, giving them a tie for the Rideau division lead after the first two games. Brockville and Gananoque lost both their games and share the basement, with Westport registering one point and sitting in third spot. Game time on Wednesday is 7:30p.m at the Memorial Centre.

PRESCOTT – The South Grenville Jr. B Rangers split their first two games of the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s 2011-2012 regular season. The Prescottbased team took part in the EOJHL showcase in Kemptville this past weekend. South Grenville lost 5-3 to Metcalfe on Friday night but defeated Shawville 6-4 on Saturday afternoon. Newcomer Travis Downie scored three goals for South Grenville on the weekend; Thomas Plumb leads the team with four points (two goals, two assists). The Rangers will be in Brockville tonight to face off against their archrivals, the Tikis; puck drops at 7:30 p.m. South Grenville’s home-opener with the Athens Aeros is set for Saturday night at 7:30. The Rangers play

their regular season home games at the Leo Boivin Community Centre. Kevin Harrison, general manager of the Jr. B Rangers, has given up his

because of ice conditions. South Grenville finished last in the Rideau Division and three points out of a playoff spot last season.

duties as head coach; former assistant coach Steve Smith is now at the helm. The Rangers wrapped up their exhibition schedule with two wins (one in overtime) and four losses (also one in overtime); one game was cancelled

(Above) Rangers’ #11 Travis Downie yells as he celebrates his 1st period goal on Pontiacs’ G #1 Jerome-William Bisson during their Jr. ‘B’ EOJHL Fall Classic game in Kemptville last Saturday.


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The Brockville Braves have opened the season 3-1 after splitting a pair of games against Pembroke and Kemptville. In their home opener on Friday, the Braves entertained the defending national champion Pembroke Lumber Kings. The

Braves came out of the gates quickly, carrying the play, while outshooting their opponents 16-5. Despite their advantage in shots the first period came to a close 0-0. David Roy got Brockville off the mark just prior to the midpoint of the second period with his second of the season. Brockville lost the lead with a pair of mistakes

and a power-play marker that saw the visitors quickly score three goals to take a 3-1 lead into the final 20 minutes. The Braves came back in the third period with a pair of goals from Chris Roll and Mike Skakum to tie the game, sending it to the extra period where captain Scott Dawson sealed the victor exactly one minute into overtime.

Braves support youth programs The Brockville Braves, together with the Jumpstart and Making Play Possible programs hosted a charity barbeque and equipment sale through donations prior to the home opener on Friday night. The Braves showed their support for Jumpstart and Making Play Possible, who help fund less fortunate children enroll in organized sports. Braves owners Todd and Krista Gill thought the move to get involved with the programs a good partnership for the Braves and a

more than worthy cause. “Everyone doesn’t have the opportunity to play without great programs like Jumpstart and Making Play Possible”, said Krista. “If we can help give these kids the chance to participate we will. Jumpstart is a program created by Canadian Tire and Brockville owners Bill and Catherine Deplaedt have championed the cause locally since they bought the franchise in 2009. “One in three families cannot afford to enroll

their children in sport and recreation activities because of financial barriers,” said owner and chair of the Brockville chapter Catherine Deplaedt. “That means that many kids are missing out.  Canadian Tire Jumpstart is dedicated to removing barriers, so children can participate in organized sport and recreation.” Jumpstart has raised over $56,000 in 2009-10, with the estimated total potentially reaching close to $95,000 by the end of 2011.

The Braves received multi-point game from Ben Blasko (3 assists), Roll (1 goal, 1 assist) and Brandon Anselmini (2 assists). William Betts was strong in goal stopping 20 of 23 shots he faced. On Sunday, the Braves travelled to the North Grenville Community Centre to take on the Kemptville 73’s. Brockville opened the scoring with Matt Chartrain’s second of the campaign before Kemptville came back with a pair of goals to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. Chartrain scored an unassisted goal, his second of the game to tie the contest 2-2, before Roy tallied a mere 14 seconds later to give Brockville the lead. Kemptville scored four unanswered goals over the following 20 minutes to put the game out of reach. Roy scored his second of the game and fifth in four games this season to bring Brockville within two goals, where the game would end. Brockville outshot their opponents heavily

Braves forward Jon-Paul Durso missed burying a goal in the first period by the smallest of margins hitting the buttend of the stick during the opening period in the Braves 4-3 overtime victory on Friday night. Brockville had begun the season 3-0, before Sunday’s 6-4 loss to the Kemptville 73’s. Photo by Austin de Luis

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Epping and Middaugh win Shorty Jenkins Classic Tournament a success for many reasons By

Austin de Luis

Observer Editor

The 2011 Shorty Jenkins Classic was a huge success for many reasons. The crowds numbered close to 3,000 over the four-day event, making it the most watched edition in the tourney’s history. “We were very pleased with the turnout

this year,” said tournament chair Gord McCrady, adding that several participants have already called to book for next year’s tournament, giving praise to a wellorganized event. John Epping of Toronto continued to impress as one of the leading upand-comers in the game, winning the tournament with victories over Chad Allen in the finals, as well

as defeating former twotime world champion Glenn Howard in the semis. On the women’s side, Sherry Middaugh of Victoria Harbour took the title, defeating 22 year-old Rachel Homan. Middaugh came up with a draw shot on her final throw to edge out Homan 4-3 for the win. This year organizers held a silent auction with

29 items to raise funds for the Leeds-Grenville Alzheimer’s Society. Shorty Jenkins was diagnosed with the disease in 2009 and tournament board felt it was a great opportunity to help raise funds in Shorty’s name. “This cause is very dear to our hearts”, said McCrady. “We exceeded our expectations raising $3,300 this year.” (Above) The Shorty Jenkins Classic donated $3,300 to the Alzheimer’s Society of Leeds-Grenville (ASLG) from the silent auction sales. Pictured from left to right, ASLG Program and Services assistant Erin Cleaver, Executive Director Denis Wood, AJM Campbell Shorty Jenkins Classic chair Gord McCrady, and ASLG board member Denise Fraser.

The Shorty Jenkins Classic winning Men’s team was John Epping’s crew from Toronto. Pictured from left to right are Epping, Scott Bailey, Scott Howard, David Mathers and AJM Campbell Shorty Jenkins Chair Gord McCrady. Photo credit - Kent Swirsky PhotoVisions School Photography Co.

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(Above) Prescott’s Dan Cook shouts instructions to the sweepers during the opening match of the Shorty Jenkins for the crew from the Prescott Curling Club. Photo by Austin de Luis

Sherry Middaugh of Victoria Harbour won the women’s final on the last throw of the match to edge out 22 year-old Rachel Homan. Pictured from left to right, Middaugh, JoAnn Rizzo, Lee Merklinger, Leigh Armstrong and AJM Campbell Shorty Jenkins Chair Gord McCrady. Photo credit - Kent Swirsky PhotoVisions School Photography Co.


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Police John Gardiner and many more. Mrs. Duthie is excited to be hosting the event for the second year and believes that it is a wonderful way to meet members of the community while supporting United Way of Leeds & Grenville. “The Wedgewood is very pleased to be a partner with the United Way,” says Mrs. Duthie. “It is going to be wonderful to have community leaders, TheWedgewood and United Way working together once again to support such a great cause.”

The Breakfast will include scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages and pancakes. There are only 125 tickets available and can be purchased at the United Way Leeds and Grenville. The cost is $7/adult, $5/ children 3-12 or $20 for a family of four. Come out and support the community and meet your neighbors at TheWedgewood. To reserve your ticket(s) please drop by or contact the United Way Leeds and Grenville at (613) 3428889. You can pay either by cash, cheque, credit card or interact.

Coffee Break is Alzheimer’s big fundraiser of year Local businesses, groups and individuals are being invited to take a break and support the Alzheimer Society of Leeds and Grenville. It’s time for the organization’s main fundraiser of the year. Coffee Break enables local residents to enjoy a cup or two with family, friends or coworkers while supporting the local society. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that progressively impacts a person’s memory, speech and behaviour to the point at which he or she will become dependent on others to provide all aspects of care. The number of people affected

by Alzheimer disease and other forms of dementia continues to surge; estimates indicate the total will rise to 1.3 million Canadians by 2038. More than 1,900 live with the disease or dementia in the united counties area. The society’s support programs are increasingly vital, according to Executive Director Denise Wood of the Leeds Grenville branch. “We still don’t have a cure for the disease, but day programs, caregiver support groups, respite and other services help families to live well and independently longer.” The Coffee Break pro-

gram kicked off on Thursday, but participants are welcome to host their events any time in September or into October. Special activities can be simple or elaborate; corporate challenges or trivia nights could be incorporated into the fundraiser. The goal in Leeds and Grenville is to raise $15,000. Coffee Break decals can be purchased at Bulk Barn until this Thursday, Sept. 22 and at Kent Building Supplies through the end of this month. For more information on how to get involved, call the society at 613345-7392 or visit

Sharing data to help patient care: BGH Clinical decisions at Brockville General Hospital (BGH) and several other primary healthcare facilities in the region can now be made more efficiently as the result of a new electronic data-sharing agreements. The reciprocal deals involving Kingston General Hospital, Hotel Dieu Hospital and The Ottawa Hospital will lead to the replacement of tradition-

al exchange methods such as fax and courier mail. The agreements cover information such as lab, scan and diagnostic test results as well as consult notes and discharge summaries. Physicians in Brockville can apply to have access to shared patient records at participating hospitals in Kingston and Ottawa, according to BGH Chief of Staff, Dr. Robert Beveridge.

“All of the information that is critical to making timely clinical decisions can now be reviewed in a timely and efficient manner,” he stated. “These agreements will have a large impact on our ability to make decisions on admission, discharge or transfer of care.” To ensure patient confidentiality, user IDs and passwords are required as part of the data-sharing system.




Donations up slightly at food bank event PRESCOTT – The community has responded in a bigger way to this year’s Bottom Line Challenge. More than 6,500 nonperishable items were collected at the ninth annual event held in front of O’Reilly’s Your Independent Grocer on Saturday. The challenge is held in support of Food For All, the food bank that serves residents of Prescott, Edwardsburgh/Cardinal and Augusta. “We did very, very well,” said Food For All Executive Director Bonnie Pidgeon Gommert. Organizers were still adding up the totals on Monday. Additional nonperishable items are being picked up at local schools, churches and banks this week, Pidgeon Gommert noted. She indicated there were more people at this year’s challenge than the previous year. The executive director expects donations will end up being slightly higher than at the 2010 event. “It helps us tremendously,” she said. The food bank usually finds itself low on certain items as autumn approaches; donations tend to decrease during the summer. The food bank distributes about 6,000 items per month. Monetary contribu-

All fore one at Chamber of Commerce event Prescott and District Chamber of Commerce President Jennifer Wyman tees off on the 4th hole at the Prescott Golf Club last Wednesday. The business organization hosted the Charlie McFarlane memorial tournament; 110 players took part in the annual event. Proceeds from the tournament help the Chamber of Commerce support programs and activities that benefit the local business community.

Ethan Ferguson, 10 months, and Sparky the Fire Prevention Dog get a closer look at each other during the Bottom Line Challenge. Firefighters from Prescott, Augusta and Edwardsburgh/Cardinal were on hand at the food bank, and Grenville County OPP was also represented.

tions made at the Bottom Line Challenge on Saturday totalled about $2,000. The Cow Paddy Boys group of motorcycle enthusiasts donated $1,000. There was also a barbecue and 50-50 draw. In addition to the Riverside Buick GMC kids zone and a bouncy castle supplied by Mapleview Homes, there were performances by the Brockville Thrill Dancers. There were many younger volunteers at the challenge. Members of the local Air Cadet squadron and Scouting movement as well as the Youth Volunteer Corps were on hand to collect items and fill the Kriska trailer. Pidgeon Gommert said she is encouraged by com-

ments made at the event by Upper Canada District School Board Trustee Lisa Swan, who talked about having a goal of solidifying a relationship between local schools and the food bank. The executive director sees it as an opportunity to grow and to help address poverty issues at the community level. Food For All, which is based in downtown Prescott but has satellite offices in Cardinal and Spencerville, is a registered charity that can issue tax receipts. Call 613-925-2444 for more information. Bottom Line Challenge sponsors include the grocery store as well as Q-Country 102.9, YESfm, PAC 98.7 and Prescott Journal.


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Prescott Terry Fox Run raises $10,770 PRESCOTT – The numbers were higher at this year’s Terry Fox Run in Prescott on Sunday. The annual fundraiser for cancer research attracted 118 participants as well as 18 volunteers. By day’s end, $10,770 had been raised for the Terry Fox Foundation. Just under 100 participants collected about $10,200 at the Prescott run in 2010. “You couldn’t ask for a better day,” organizer Sharon Spychi said about the weather and turnout at Sunday’s event. “It was just gorgeous.” Spychi indicated there are many “regulars” who have been taking part in

the annual fundraiser for 25 years or more. She also said there were a lot of new participants. Spychi noted there is one family that moved to the area from Chapleau, and the 19 year old has been in a Terry Fox Run each year since his first time when he was in a stroller. Team Conlin continues to have a significant presence at the Prescott event. The group raised almost $4,100 in honour of their father and grandfather, the late Dale Conlin. The Prescott run is based at the Kinsmen Amphitheatre located beside Sandra S. Lawn Harbour.

The waterfront venue provides an alternative mode of transport to participants; Spychi estimated that about a dozen opted to kayak in the harbour rather than walking, jogging or wheeling the regular route. Kayaks are supplied by the Grenville Fish and Game Club. Many of the Terry Fox Runs held across the world this month have been dedicated in memory of Betty Fox, Terry’s mother, who passed away earlier this year. Terry’s Marathon of Hope in 1980 and its legacy has raised more than $550 million for cancer research.

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PRESCOTT – Set sail for TreasureFest in downtown Prescott this weekend. Prescott BIA is hosting the event on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. TreasureFest is much more than a sidewalk sale (which has been dubbed the Great Downtown Merchant Ship Bargain Regatta). A number of special activities will take place downtown. A portion of the municipal parking lot at the corner of King and Centre streets will be transformed into Captain Clocktower’s treasure ship, the BIA Bounty. People of all ages are welcome to try and make their way through the 2,000-squarefoot maze surrounded by seven-foot-high walls; junior and senior clues will be available. Those unable to solve the riddles and successfully navigate the maze by picking up enough dubloons to escape the ship will have to walk the plank, noted Prescott BIA Manager Chuck Street. In addition to the Bounty docked in clock tower square, there will also be a “babyrinth” for moms and tots. Another attraction will be the live mermaid in the front window of the former Wiseman’s shoe store a few doors up King Street West. Other activities for youngsters include colouring sheets and face painting. Sheets were also handed out at the Bottom Line Challenge event for Food For All Food Bank on Saturday. Expect a few tall tales during the buccaneer storytelling time. Visitors can also have their pictures taken in the fun photo faces panels. Enter the costume contest and see how others dressed for the occasion. King Street (County Road 2) will remain open to traffic throughout the day, and

Prescott BIA Manager Chuck Street promotes Treasurefest, a community event that will be held in downtown Prescott .There will be a giant maze aboard the BIA Bounty near the clock tower at King and Centre streets. People of all ages are invited to take part in TreasureFest activities and check out the special deals being offered by participating merchants. PHOTO BY TIM RUHNKE

parking is free downtown. The Prescott Farmers’ Market, which is also located by the clock tower, will also be open on Saturday morning and early afternoon; the market is also open on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The BIA had been a partner in Pirate Days, an annual event spearheaded by Karen Chick the past four years. The downtown association opted for a new name and look for the Prescott event in 2011, according to Street. “I’m getting a good response” from merchants, he said. For more information about TreasureFest, e-mail PrescottDowntown@gmail. com. Sept. 19 is international Talk Like a Pirate Day.

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