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Lyn Ballpark to be renamed By

LGSSAA finals set for Friday By

JUNIOR St. Mary Crusaders (6-0) v.s. Gananoque Trojans (4-2)

Erin Christie

Observer Staff Writer

The township of Elizabethtown-Kitley is renaming the Lyn Ball Park, the Douglas A. Scott Memorial Park, in honour of Constable Douglas A. Scott,20, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who was shot and killed in the line of duty while stationed in a remote Nunavut community on November 5th 2007. The renaming is in recognition of Scott’s numerous contributions to area youth and the local baseball organization, both as a player, and an official. “Doug was a dynamic individual who constantly gave back the community,� said Elizabethtown-Kitley Mayor, Jim Pickard. “As a council, we felt that we needed to do something to recognize him and his contributions. Doug spent countless hours at that park so it seemed only fitting that it be renamed in his honour. The motion passed without discussion.� Pickard continued, adding that a monument and memorial gate, commissioned by former Reeve and long-time friend of Mr. Scott, Carl Jowett, will be unveiled during the dedication ceremony, which will take place at the Lyn Ball Park, this Friday, November 5th. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. at the ball park. For more information, contact Laura Stanzel at (613) 345-7480

The junior and senior men’s LGSSAA football finals are set for this Friday, with a pair relative newcomers to the finals and a couple of perennial challengers all vying for county supremacy. In the junior matchup, still undefeated St. Mary will take on Gananoque. St. Mary has been dominant this season, registering a 6-0 record, with a high powered offense and a defence that gave up their first touchdown in their semi-final win last week, which has allowed only 10 points this year. Gananoque will be coming in as the obvious underdog looking to spoil a close to perfect season for St. Mary. Gananoque will need to stop St. Mary’s controlling of the offensive line to give themselves a chance, and will need to use their speed on the outside to escape the defensive line. The junior game will get underway at noon on Friday at South Grenville High School. Brockville Bucs’ WR #83 Gavin Noyes (right) celebrates his second half touchdown with teammate #11 Jacob Bland during the NCAFA 2010 Tyke Championship in Nepean last Saturday (October 30, 2010). Brockville Bucs vs. Cumberland Panthers, Minto Field, Nepean Sportsplex.

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SENIOR BCI Red Rams (4-1) v.s. TISS Pirates (4-2) In the senior final, two


long time rivals will face off for the third time this year, each winning once during the regular season. The two games from earlier this season were tight offensively, with only 19 points collectively from both teams. The first place Red Rams enjoyed a week off, having a bye to the final, and head coach Pete Atkinson took the time to remain focused and work on the little things that will be of the utmost importance come Friday. “The guys have been very focused all week,� said Atkinson, adding that the team wanted to remain sharp with almost a two week layoff between games. The Rams have been typically a pass-first offense over the years and with better field conditions, Atkinson believes execution will be sharper this game then the previous two contests that saw both offensive units sputter at times. “Running routes and keeping our timing will be easier on South Grenville’s field,� said Atkinson. “This will be the same for both teams, so look for better offensive execution on both sides�. The Pirates finished the regular season in 2nd place, with a pair of early losses, that the team bounced back

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The ObserverCOMMUNITY Brockville museum honours volunteers By

Erin Christie

Observer Staff Writer

Behind the exciting exhibits and programs offered at the Brockville Museum lies a group of dedicated volunteers committed to the preservation and promotion of the history of Brockville. More than 100 volunteers were honored at a recent luncheon held in commemoration of the thousands of hours of time and energy donated each year to make the museum a unique community meeting place. “We’re so privileged,” said Executive Director of the museum, Bonnie Burke. “I’m constantly overwhelmed by the amount of support we have. It is the volunteers who do all the work. This year alone our volunteers have donated over 8000 hours of their time. We’re very fortunate.” Burke continued adding that the volunteers actively contribute, performing a multitude of tasks in several departments including reception, grounds keeping, transcription, archiving, collection, cataloguing, education, research, special events and fundraising. Additionally, volunteers often provide baked goods for the afternoon teas requested by tour groups, and act as museum guides. Both Burke and volunteer coordinator, Viktor Kaczkowski, stressed that volunteer services were vital to the operation of the museum. “They are very important to the overall workings of the museum,” said Kaczkowski. “We have four paid staff members total, two part-time and two full-time, so we greatly appreciate the fact that people are so passionate and willing to do all these things free of charge.” Though the museum is owned and operated by the City of Brockville, and funded through an operating budget, approved by council, the museum, much like other cultural facilities and charities, frequently rely on volunteers and granting associations, to achieve greater collection preservation and improved programming and re-

sources such as summer students. “We are very fortunate to have an operating budget and support from the city. Staying within that budget is possible thanks to donations from the community, heritage partners, The Friends of the Brockville Museum and museum members,” said Burke, adding that some supporters have even donated funding in their wills. The volunteer support that the museum has obtained from residents is a luxury that national forums such as the Canadian Conference of the Arts, claim will become a more popular trend in the coming years. According to a report released by the CCA, the overarching theme of the 2010-2011 Federal Budget sees no investment towards cultural infrastructure Moving forward, it states, some concerns include administrative reforms, freezes on departmental operating budgets, and changes to strategic reviews. The report further indicates that though these measures may not be viewed as cuts at the moment, they may lead to financial difficulties for the arts sector down the road. Despite the CCA’s recommendations, which were outlined further in their report, the overarching theme of the Budget places an emphasis on winding down the second year of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, and preparing for frugal spending in years to come, a total of $17.6 billion in savings over the next five years. The CCA also found that despite budgetary limitations, more than 90 per cent of Canadians believe that arts and culture not only contribute to the quality of life, but that they define our national identity. “The fact is, investing adequately in culture gives us a competitive edge,” states the report. “A thriving arts and culture sector, supported by adequate investment by the federal government, will place Canada at the forefront of a global society that values innovation, excellence, social cohesion and economic prosperity.”

Participants of the “Movember” moustache challenge, a month-long world-wide campaign to promote men’s health, with a particular emphasis on prostate cancer, pose clean-shaven at TISS on Monday, November 1st. The team members will grow a moustache for the next thirty days, while keeping change buckets in their classrooms for donations. The team will keep students and supporters updated and will shave at the end of the month. From left to right, Norm Decou, Bob Kennedy, Robin Dorcaster, Sheamus Gunn, Steve Earle, Peter Yerdon, Chris Boston, Lance Besharah, Trevor Holme, Steve Clarke, Clancy MacDonald, James Cross, Brent Robillard and Dave Sheridan. ERIN CHRISTIE PHOTO

‘Movember’ fundraiser grows by a whisker By

Erin Christie

Observer Staff Writer

The month of ‘Movember’ has arrived. A combination of the term ‘mo’, the Australian slang for moustache, and November, ‘Movember,’ is a month-long, world-wide campaign to promote men’s health with particular emphasis on prostate cancer. The concept is simple; participants start out clean-shaven on November 1st and grow moustaches for the next 30 days, using the moustache as a ribbon for men’s health, raising awareness and funds. In support of this movement, twenty-five of the male staff members at Thousand Islands

Secondary School have formed a team and will keep change buckets in their classrooms for donations. The team members and their supporters have two goals in mind; to ‘have fun and raise awareness for a good cause’. “We thought this would be a great awarenessraising initiative that the students would support,” said organizer and TISS staff member, Brent Robillard. “Cancer itself is a fairly sombre subject. I think this activity tries to make the best of a bad situation.” Originally intended as a joke aimed at bringing the moustache back into vogue while promoting men’s health, ‘Movember’ was sparked in

2003 by a group of men in Melbourne, Australia. Though no funds were raised in 2003, the group realized the potential a moustache had in generating conversations about men’s health. Inspired by the women around them and all they had done for breast cancer, the ‘Mo Bros’ set themselves on a course to create a global men’s health movement. In 2004, more than 400 “Mo Bros” in Australia participated, raising the equivalent of $55,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia in the process. The idea has since spread to the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand. In 2009,

about 255,700 participants around the world raised $42 million for the cause. For the TISS team, the cause was particularly pertinent to the staff and students, as a number of them have recently experienced a cancer-related loss. “A lot of us have been affected personally,” explained Robillard. “Some the kids plan to grow moustaches out of solidarity.” “I think seeing their teachers out of their regular coaching roles, doing something that’s kind of silly, is something the students will enjoy,” noted co-organizer, James Cross. “This is a good thing for prostate cancer and a good thing for the school.”

Rotary after 5 encourages new members By

Erin Christie

Observer Staff Writer

Wherever you need them, they’ll be there. As the world’s first service club, Rotary International works locally, regionally and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto ‘Service above Self’. Locally, the Brockville Rotary Club has continued the organization’s tradition of humanitarian service and promotion of goodwill, providing more than $300,000 in monetary assistance to organizations in and around the community such as Merrywood Camps, palliative care,and physician recruitment. “Our main goal is to assist wherever we can,” said president of the Brockville Rotary Club, Janet Eaton. “We are always looking to expand and strengthen our

Brockville Rotary Club president, Janet Eaton welcomes the crowd of approximately 42 people, at the first Rotary after 5, held at the Mill Restaurant in Brockville last Monday evening. AUSTIN DE LUIS PHOTO

membership in order to assist more people.” To that end, the Club has launched Rotary after 5, a monthly open networking/social event geared at promoting Rotary and service work. More than 42 Rotarians and members of the public attended the first ‘After 5’ event, which was held last Monday evening at the Mill Restaurant in Brockville. “The intention is

for this to be less formal than our noon hour meetings,” explained

Eaton. “We want introduce people to Rotary and what we do. There is such a need for people to be involved in service clubs.” Eaton continued that the group plans to feature a variety of local guest speakers such as volunteers from Fulford Place, and Joe Jordan of Upper Canada Solar Generation, who will speak at the next ‘After 5’ event. The next Rotary after 5 will be held at the Mill Restaurant in Brockville on November 29th, from 5p.m. to 7p.m. It is an open event. Admission is $10 and includes a beverage and hors d’oeuvres.

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The ObserverCOMMUNITY Vote of confidence; youngest councillor ready to tackle City Hall By

Erin Christie

Observer Staff Writer

He is undoubtedly one of the youngest municipal candidates that the city of Brockville has ever seen. At 23 yearsold, newly elected City Councillor, Leigh Zachary Bursey, represents more than a much needed voice for the growing under thirty crowd. By his own admission, Bursey was not ‘your typical candidate’, and was ‘completely shocked’ by the 2632 votes he received. “I’m still in shock,� said Bursey, the morning after his win. “It’s a real honour that the citizens of Brockville have allowed me to represent them on City Council. It’s a beautiful thing that people have decided to take a chance on a kid like me.� Bursey will admit that the win did not come easy. Donning what became his trademark red jacket, Bursey knocked on 10,500 doors, destroying three pairs of shoes and often arriving home exhausted, having campaigned without the luxury of a vehicle to transport him around the city. “Nothing that’s worth it comes easy. But I think if I’ve proven anything, it’s that hard work does pay off,’ said Bursey, naming among others, his mother, Deidre, and Brockville and District Labour Council president, Steve Armstrong, as his inspiration for his grass-roots approach. “I worked with Steve on his campaigns for both the Provincial and Federal elections,� explained Bursey, who now

Newly elected City Councillor, Leigh Bursey, center, and partner Amber Thomas (right), is congratulated by supporter Verna Brisebois (left), during a celebration held at St. Lawrence College last Friday evening.

plans to pursue a career in politics. “He taught me what to do and what not to do. He went into every battle expecting to lose, but still remained uncompromising. He saw it as a learning opportunity. His goal was not necessarily to win a seat, but to share his enthusiasm.� Bursey continued that his mother, often seen at his side on the campaign trail, along with his partner, Amber Thomas, campaign manager, Cameron Holmstrom, and friend, Susan Clapham, supported him, ‘every step of the way’, and kept him ‘grounded’. “She has supported me on her own my whole life. She worked really hard to provide the life that she thought I deserved,� said Bursey.

Critically acclaimed star takes to BAC stage Her voice has been described as luminous, dazzling and shining and her acting witty, delightful, and feisty. Dazzling opera sensation, Shannon Mercer will be gracing the historic stage of the Brockville Arts Centre on Saturday, November 6th. As one of Canada’s most promising young stars, Mercer has been critically acclaimed by the international press for Shannon Mercer her musical artistry, and as well as being proclaimed as “one of Canada’s most promising young sopranos� and a “Leader of Tomorrow� (Maclean’s). Particularly praised for her performances of baroque and contemporary music, Mercer maintains a challenging balance of opera, concert and recital appearances.� For more information or tickets contact the Brockville Arts Centre at (613) 342-7122 Date: Saturday November 6, 2010 Time: 7:30 pm $35.00 per person, $5.00 Students

“She is the bravest person I know.� A native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, 39 yearold Deidre Lavoie, left her hometown in search of new opportunity for herself and her young son, having fled in the wake of the 1996 recession. Lavoie and Bursey resided in a succession

of small towns until an employment opportunity brought them to Brockville in 1999. “We fell in love with this city, and part of wanting to be on city council is to continue to improve the city and its services so that other people will love it too.� Bursey’s enthusiasm

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for Brockville is palpable in his leadership of initiatives such as the New Mentality, the College Student Alliance and the St. Lawrence College Student Administrative Council, as well as his advocacy of local issues such as youth retention, transit and mental health, which Bursey

lists as a major priority. “Mental health is a huge issue in Brockville, and I’ve been part of a few interventions myself. I believe people need a voice and I see this position as a chance to advocate for people who cannot advocate for themselves,� noted Bursey, who has volunteered and interned with both the Canadian Mental Health Association and Off the Wall Youth Centre. Recently, Bursey has merged his advocacy group, the New Mentality, with the Safe Communities Coalition, in hopes of raising awareness and encouraging more partnerships between organizations. “Through my work with these organizations I have learned that if you work with the system, rather than rebel against it, you will have positive results. Being on council is a part of getting those results.� When asked if he sees himself as a role model for youth, in light of his success, Bursey reiterated that he believes it was ‘hard work and luck,’ that earned him one of the nine seats for the next four years.

Artist Profile


Austin de Luis

The Observer


he Country Home Christmas artist tour is slated to begin later this month, with the opening weekend on Saturday November 27th and Sunday the 28th. This is the 19th annual studio tour from the Thousand Islands Arts and comes just in time for holiday shopping. One of this year’s artist is Christine Baker, a textile artist specializing in quilting, and punch needle pieces. Baker, Flying Santa Punchneedle pattern and kit is available through Christine’s website www. www.upperwho started her craft 15 years ago, when she was looking for a hobby that contrasted her technical with something different. ber of products; from everything in betweenâ€?. job as a pharmacist, took “I don’t ever follow the stockings and accessorBaker will be in Studio a beginner class at St. pattern,â€? said Baker, add- ies, to full size quilts. “I 7 on the Country Home Lawrence College, and ing that she uses different have a little something Christmas Tour, on Old immediately fell in love techniques for each piece for everyone,â€? said Baker. River Road just off the with textiles. “I wanted to make it ‘her own’. “There are smaller items Parkway, right before something completely Baker creates a num- and large projects and Rockport. different from my job,â€? said Baker. “I have always  19th Annual been creative and wanted to get that part of me back in my lifeâ€?. Baker’s process begins ^^^[PHY[ZVYN with an idea, then the fabric inspires the creative    :H[:\U5V] +LJ juices and she incorpor- Brochures available in local shops HTWT ates the two to come up

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The ObserverCOMMUNITY Chamber reveals this year’s nominees


n recognition of the outstanding achievements of the businesses, organizations and individuals who make a difference in our community, the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its annual Awards of Excellence Gala at the Memorial Centre on Thursday, November 4th. The gala will feature a cocktail hour, followed by a three-course meal, catered by the Brockberry Cafe. The evening will also feature entertainment and of course, the announcement of the recipients of the Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Community Excellence, Green Business and Tourism awards. Tickets for the event can be purchased at the Chamber Office. For further information contact: Anne MacDonald, Executive Director, (613) 342-6553, ext. #1 or Heather Halladay, Interim President, (613) 342-0240

Nominees in each category are as follows; Small Business of the Year; Collett Surveying LTD, Brockville Ontario Speedway and Pastime Motors Business of the Year; Riverside Ford Sales LTD, Wills Transfer, Custom Decor Carpet and One Floor and Home Community Excellence Award Brockville and Area YMCA, Prostate Cancer Golf Tournament, The Brockville Braves hockey Team Tourism Award Canada 55 + Senior Games Automotion St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival Green Business of the Year 3M Canada Leeds and Grenville Computer Technology Centre Upper Canada Solar

Celebrate Peace Week at the Y This year, YMCA World Peace Week celebrates its 25th anniversary. It began in 1984 when YMCA Canada added an entire week of peacerelated activities to follow Peace Day. For that reason, the week is eight days long, running from the third to fourth Saturday in November. Unique to Canada, YMCA World Peace Week promotes activities and

educational programs to help people explore peace from a personal, community and international perspective. The YMCA teaches children, youth and adults about the many dimensions of peace such as acceptance, inclusiveness, caring, respect and responsibility. The Brockville and area YMCA will be participating in peace Week

by having a Peace Tree in the main lobby where you can take and dove and tell us “What I can do for peace‌â€? We will be creating a PeaceCatcher Mobil, a craft for the younger crowd in Y preschool, Child Care and the LHDC programs. A gathering in the gym where “Yoga for Peaceâ€? will be celebrated on Thursday Nov 25th at 7pm.

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10 Questions â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dan de Luis

Since beginning his yoga practice nearly six years ago, Dan de Luis has been helping peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s body, mind and soul. He has classes in several locations including his studio, BGH, high schools, churches, gyms and the YMCA, spreading the wealth and knowledge that targets every aspect of human life. With his practice and studio growing in popularity Dan sat down with the Observer to answer 10 Questions. Do you have a motto? And if you do what is it? Health is wealth, peace of mind is happiness. What book are you currently reading or what book do you recommend? I am currently reading Dharma Punx by Noah Levine and recommend for reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. What characteristic do you most admire in

others? I admire people that are very open and true to themselves. What characteristic do you most deplore in others? I least admire negativity in people. Who do you most admire, living or dead? The Dalai Lama. What do you do in your free time? Practice meditation and yoga. If you could change

one thing about your life, what would it be? I would like to travel more. What talent would you most like to have? I would love to be able to sing without scaring people. Who is your favorite hero of fiction? I love Captain Jack Sparrow. What is your most treasured possession? My yoga practice.

Great Canadian Roadshow: is your stuff priceless or worthless? Michelle Stanford GCR Staff Dave Leyland arrived at the Great Canadian Roadshow on Tuesday armed with a Wilkinson sword. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My father gave it to me,â&#x20AC;? said the city resident. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But what do you do with a cavalry sword? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a horse and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not a war enthusiast.â&#x20AC;? So Leyland brought the sword, along with an old pocket watch, old gold jewelry, and some assorted coins, to the roadshow hoping he might have a treasure on his hands. Show manager Boris Shreyberg expects to attract more than 800 people, all hoping that

their stuff will put them on the road to riches, over a five-day stop at the Quality Hotel & Conference Centre Royal Brock. The company also expects to pay out $80,000 to $100,000 for peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scrap gold and silver, antiques and collectibles. He said most of the payout would likely be for old coins and scrap jewelry. Prices for gold and silver have reached record highs in recent weeks and many have decided now is the time to cash out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The worst that can happen is that people can leave with some information about their items,â&#x20AC;?


vestment gold, scrap gold jewelry, war items, paper money and other collectibles, including toys, train sets, dolls, and advertising. He said the company works with a database of collectors for whom they purchase items. The events sometimes turn up rare treasures. Shreyberg said a man came to one of their other events with a white blast Morgan silver dollar, a U.S. coin minted between 1878 and 1904, worth more than $4,000. Others bring in items that may not be as valuable, but are certainly intriguing. Two weeks ago in Sault Ste. Marie, he said,


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said Shreyberg. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find out if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s priceless or worthless.â&#x20AC;? Dana Chopp brought in a bunch of broken gold jewelry and walked out with a cheque for $125. She decided not to part with an antique brooch given to her by her grandmother when she found out the piece would be broken up, to separate the gold from the hand painted porcelain centre. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to go home and see what else I can dig up,â&#x20AC;? said Chopp. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just laying there.â&#x20AC;? Shreyberg said the roadshow travels the country looking for precious metal, silver and gold coins, in-

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Homeowners, did you know?

You have a listing appointment with a Realtor who has come highly recommended by your best friend. She shows up, has a detailed written market analysis prepared, explains all of the great advantages of listing with her company, and then goes through your home with you a room at a time, making some suggestions on ways to present your home to the public looking its very best. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the last part that can make some sellers a little uncomfortable. As she suggests cosmetic fix-ups, you realize how youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve put off all of those odd jobs and projects. Her suggestions about the cat box, spider webs in the attic, kitchen and bathroom cleanup, or the yard sale approach to clutter removal make you a little defensive. Remember that none of this is personal! Once in a while, we encounter a compulsive housekeeper who has it entirely pulled together, but that is rare. Most of our sellers need a little coaching to make their homes look their best and providing the coaching is an important part of our jobs. The better your home looks while itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the market, the more likely it is to sell quickly for top dollar. If you are thinking of relocation in the near future or simply want an update on current market conditions, please give me a call. I welcome the opportunity of giving you information and hope to be of service to you in the future.

If your home is within the perimeters of Brockville, and is listed with a Realtor who is a member of a Real Estate Board outside those perimeters (example Cornwall, Kingston, Ottawa), and your Realtor does not complete the forms to have your property published directly on our Rideau St. Lawrence Real Estate Board, your property will be omitted from two important local marketing features; 1) Notification of your new listing on the front page of our local Multiple Listing System, and 2) It will be omitted from our search that is set up to automatically match properties with our clientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; specific needs. Therefore, if your property is located within Brockville and perimeters and is listed with a member of any Board other than Rideau St. Lawrence, you might be interested in verifying that your property has the benefit of the above two local marketing tools. Ask me about my special gift to seniors who are considering the sale of an older home with dated electrical, plumbing, heating source, roofing and possible structural issues. I invite first time home buyers to call me for tips on how to be well-prepared before you put a signature on an offer. Please call my voice mail, 613-341-8730, and leave your contact information. I will return your call promptly, to arrange a time for a confidential meeting.



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a retired dental assistant brought in a bag full of gold-filled teeth she was collecting over 30 years at the dental office; it was worth over $4,000. Chris Ralph of Brantford awaited his turn with the appraisers on Monday with several cloisonne vases

in tow. Cloisonne is an ancient technique used to decorate metal objects. The Great Canadian Roadshow will be here in Brockville until Saturday at the Quality Hotel & Conference Centre Royal Brock.


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Property Owners Beware How safe will you feel when your personal contact information is marketed on the internet without the protection of a licensed and insured Real Estate professional? This information is intended for the percentage of the public with no experience and no knowledge of the responsibilities and safety precautions throughout the process of selling properties. Safety, false pretences and internet fraud are major concerns: (1) Who will the Buyer make the deposit cheque payable to: the Seller, the Sellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lawyer or the Buyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lawyer? Usually it is payable to the listing Real Estate Company in Trust and if the Buyer breaches the contract the deposit could go to the Seller as compensation. If the Sellers are not well-informed and allow the deposit cheque to be payable to the Buyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lawyer there is a risk that the Buyer will receive that money back and the Seller will not receive compensation to re-market the property. (2) Will the source that is accepting your payment have a presence and be responsible throughout the process? If your home does not sell through one of the pay-up-front For Sale By Owner (FSBO) sources, you do not get any refund and may incur high legal fees. (3) Since the lawyers may be required to be more involved, will legal fees remain the same as they are now or will those fees rise to equal costs of being protected by a licensed and insured Realtor? These are just a few things and a very small part of what you should know before paying anyone who will not be offering the security of a Realtorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s safety regulations, insurance coverage, and not having a presence throughout the transaction. For other safety facts and caution flags I invite you to call the voice mail number below, leave your contact info and I will return your call promptly to arrange a time for a confidential meeting. Do you know that when you list with a Realtor, your home is advertised across Canada? This is not unique to any â&#x20AC;&#x153;FSBOâ&#x20AC;? source, which they may lead you to believe. In addition to the many ways a Realtor markets your home, including Homes Across Canada, there is something Unique to HomeLife/DLK Real Estate, Brokerage: The Kiosk at the Brockville 1000 Islands Mall giving your property additional exposure. Come visit us there and see how your home will be displayed.

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EMS worker honoured When we see police officers or firefighters, we immediately think of them as heroes. It has literally become part of our programming to see them in that light. But do you ever look upon an emergency services worker or a paramedic as a hero? Chances are that, from time to time, you might. But they are not on the front line risking their lives in dramatic fashion. But they can definitely be heroes. It was heartwarming to see that Graeme Marchand recently won the N.H. McNally Award for Bravery. Two years ago on Sept. 11, 2008, a truck collided with a bench on Blockhouse Island, triggering numerous calls for Emergency Medical Services vehicles to respond. Marchand quick action led to his pulling Berta Butler, who lives in Florida but was in Brockville visiting her daughter, out of the cold water of the St. Lawrence River. Butler was one of four people pulled from the water after the collision. Marchand, a scuba diver, kept Butler calm and provided care and assistance before turning her over to a second paramedic on the scene. Marchand, who is also a scuba diver, did not consider what he did to be dangerous. In fact, EMS workers are often in far more dangerous situations. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to see one of our local heroes honoured, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to see our emergency medical services workers receive the recognition they deserve. It was disheartening to learn of the incident over the weekend that saw a cat abandoned in a basket at the side of North Augusta Road. The local incident has, in fact, made national news in the pet loversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; community. The cat was found by a motorist, who had passed the basket earlier in the day but had stopped at the second passing to see what was in it. The cat was cold and shivering. The cat was taken, warmed up, and then taken to the SPCA in Brockville. If you want to get rid of or abandon a pet, there are far better ways to do it than to do something as cruel and callous as leaving an animal at the side of the road. All children deserve loving, permanent homes. That is the motivation behind the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoptionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s celebration of National Adoption Awareness Month -- a nationwide campaign to encourage families throughout the United States and Canada to open their hearts and homes to children in foster care who are waiting to be adopted. Today, more than 114,000 children in Canada and the U.S. are available for adoption. These children entered foster care through no fault of their own, as victims of child abuse, neglect or abandonment and their parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; legal rights have been terminated. Each year, more children enter the system than are adopted. The typical child who has been freed for adoption is at least 8 years old, moves three or more times in foster care, may have been separated from siblings, and will wait five years or more to be adopted. Tragically, tens of thousands will never be adopted and will leave the system at age 18 without families. National Adoption Awareness Month, celebrated annually since 1990, works to increase the number of families willing to consider foster care adoption and celebrates the unique joys of creating families through foster care adoption. For more information about foster care adoption, call the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption at 1-800-ASK-DTFA, or order the free booklet A Child Is Waiting: A Step-by-Step Guide to Adoption at








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The end of the world as we know it We may live to see Christmas in 2012 after Someone dusted this fact off in 1910 before the all. Live Science has reported that the great Ma- arrival of Halleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Comet and figured that the yan prophecy that the world will end on Dec. population of the Earth would die from toxic 21, 2012, is likely incorrect. gases. The New York Times fuelled the panicLike, whew! mongering. Luckily, people lived, just as we In fact, a new book, Calendars and Years II: survived the 1987 return of Halleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Comet, Astronomy and Time in the Ancient and Medi- which was, personally, the most underwhelmeval World (Oxbow Books), argues that the ac- ing and disappointing scientific non-event in cepted dates of the Mayan calendar converted my life. to the modern calendar may be off by as many Pat Robertson Televangelist Pat Robertson as 50 or 100 years. declared on his TV show, the 700 Club, that While the non-end of the world in 2012 may he knew when the world was going to end. Althrow a complete wrench into my planned though Matthew 24:36 proclaims that â&#x20AC;&#x153;no one abuse for the Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Pay for a Year Event at Leonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s knows about the day or hour, not even the anthis Christmas, it does make us gels in heavenâ&#x20AC;?, Robertson guarthink of some of the other failed anteed that by the end of 1982 end-of-the-world predictions MUSINGS FROM there would be judgement on that we have seen. In fact, I rethe world. This fact was often refmember vividly being a student 7+('2&. erenced by my Jehovah Witness Jeffrey Morris at Carleton Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School of visitors. Mediocrity, Underachievement, Heavenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gate In 1997. Ruand Flawed Priorities in the midmours spread that the comet 1980s, when I was visited weekly be a group Hale-Bopp was being trailed by an alien spaceof Jehovah Witnesses who were convinced craft. Conspiracy theorists concluded NASA that the world was coming to an end in 1984, was covering this up. Art Bellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coast to Coast based on the Book of Revelation, and were AM paranormal radio show fuelled the excitedetermined to save my soul every Wednesday ment, and a San Diego UFO cult called Heavafternoon at 2 p.m. I wonder where those guys enâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gate concluded the world would soon end. are now? Hopefully they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t drink the purple On March 26, 1997, 39 of the members comKool-Aid and they hit the reset button to come mitted suicide. up with another date. NostradamusAlthough he is known as the Theirâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s was not the only end-of-the-world greatest prognosticator 400 years before NFL prediction that was unfruitful. Here are, going odds analyst Randall the Handle started apthrough time, a few others. pearing on Sunday morning Canadian sports The Prophet Hen of Leeds In 1806, a hen radio, Nostradamus had predicted that in in Leeds, England, began laying eggs that had the seventh month of 1999, from the sky will â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christ is comingâ&#x20AC;? written on them. This mir- come the great king of terror. Although the four acle had people convinced that the apocalypse horsemen and the devil did not appear that was indeed upon us. Then, one day, a curious year, the prediction still had merit. My former local watched the hen laying the eggs and saw inlaws flew into Dallas-Fort Worth for a visit the hoax. As for the eggs, they are best served that month. on toast that has the Virgin Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face miracuY2K, Jan. 1, 2000 Remember how scared lously imprinted on it. we were of the blackouts and computer meltThe Millerites William Miller, a New Eng- downs and the ensuing chaos and holocaust? land farmer and Biblical scholar, had inter- When Jan 1, 2000 arrived, life went on as norpreted from the Bible that the world would end mal. The sun rose, the computers worked, and on April 23, 1843. His thousands of followers, the Leafs still sucked. known as Millerites, would sell or give away Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church Ministry Ronald Weinland, all of their possessions before the date, as they Minister of Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church, â&#x20AC;&#x153;put his reputation as would not be needed. The world didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t end af- the end-time prophet of God on the lineâ&#x20AC;? when ter all, and his followers dispersed, some form- he predicted in 2006 that, by the fall of 2008, the ing what is now the Seventh Day Adventists. world would plunge into the worst time in huMormon Armageddon I spent a huge man history and the United States would fall as chunk of my youth in the Adirondacks, and I an independent nation and trigger the end of was always interested in the local ties to Mor- the world. mon church founder Joseph Smith. In FebruI donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what will mark the end of the ary, 1835, Smith called a meeting of his church world. But, I will tell you one thing. If the Toronto leaders to inform them that he had spoken to Maple Leafs end up hoisting the Stanley Cup in God, and God told him that Jesus would return our lifetime, I will dive for cover when the roof of within the next 56 years to mark the begin- the ACC opens up for the four Horsemen. ning of the End Times. Fifty-six years has long Jeffrey Morris was the 2008 OCNA Columnist passed, but the Church of Latter Day Saints of the Year. His book, From the Other Side, is sure has great commercials. Halleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Comet In 1881, it was discovered available at Manotick Office Pro, Barrhaven that comet tails include a deadly gas called cy- UPS Store and Pages in Prescott. It will not be anogens, a material that was related to cyanide. reprinted after Armageddon.

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Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s do better Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never forget Shawn. It was early on in my teaching career and he was one of those students with such natural leadership, such creative energy, I knew he was destined for great things. One Monday, he came to school with a black eye, wincing in pain as he moved. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What happened?â&#x20AC;? I asked. His friend answered for him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He got beaten up because heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gay.â&#x20AC;?

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than I thought. Over the years, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had many LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender) friends, students, neighbours, colleagues, and employers. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve listened to them describe the moment they came out to their parents. Some were supported uncon-

I grew up in a small town. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know anyone who was openly gay. In high school, meeting a gay person would have been as unusual as encountering a unicorn in science class. Shawn smiled at me and shrugged. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m used to it.â&#x20AC;? It was a powerful lesson. He was so well-liked, so charismatic, I had no idea that someone would want to shatter him because of his sexuality. I thought the world had changed. I grew up in a small town. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know anyone who was openly gay. In high school, meeting a gay person would have been as unusual as encountering a unicorn in science class. So when a good friend came out to me in university, I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what to do. I felt like everything would be different, like our friendship would change. But, it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Life went on. I watched her live her life and concluded that the world must be a more accepting place

ditionally while others felt their parents may have been less devastated had they died. Some have been in decadeslong relationships, others hope to meet â&#x20AC;&#x153;the one,â&#x20AC;? and still others choose to be alone. Like everyone else, my gay friends lead diverse lives. But they have one thing in common: their bravery. It takes bravery to stand up and say who one is in a world that is not always accepting. It takes bravery to reveal to oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parents something that may push them away forever. It takes bravery to walk down the street knowing thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hatred in the world. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so grateful to Dan Savage for starting the â&#x20AC;&#x153;It Gets Betterâ&#x20AC;? campaign. In response to a rash of suicides by bullied gay youth

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across the United States, he asked LGBT adults to tell kids that things get better. Thousands of videos are posted on his website of people describing life in high school, coming out to parents and community, and how they carried on. Ultimately, they let youth know that despite the challenges, life is good. Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that our job as adults? To inspire children and youth to grow up and lead a rewarding life? By letting our gay youth know that we support them, we send that message to all youth. We make the world a better place. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re being watched. The bullies watch us. They learn from us. So, do the bullied. We can pretend that our hands are tied by policy and politics, but kids see through that. They need us to be brave, too. LGBT youth are three times more likely to experience bullying in school and one-third of all LGBT youth have attempted suicide. This is the reality. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re failing these kids. Time and time again. So much is at stake. The young heroes in our midst, the ones who are fighting just to be themselves, need us. They need to feel supported and celebrated. If we really care about kids, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one simple thing we can do. Our words and actions must reflect compassion, understanding, and joy. Because while things definitely get better, we still have long way to go. www.andreacameron.




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Youth Football comes to a close The Brockville Buccaneers Tyke Football team ended their most successful season on Saturday, losing in the ‘B’ championship final to Cumberland. After a shaky start to the season, the team came together, winning their last four of their last five games leading into Saturday’s final, but fell just short losing 32-17 to a organized squad Panther squad. This shows the progression of the Youth Football league in the area and the quality of young players coming up through the ranks. The league, a developmental program, has done just that over its years, giving players the fundamentals to build on at such an early age. This is no more apparent then the Tyke Bucs team that came back from a 1-3 start to the year, to finish battling for the League ‘B’ title. The spring and fall editions are both equally popular with the younger aged divisions, with a drop-off in participation in the fall league for older players due to high school football. Several players who have gone through the ranks of the youth league will be joining their respective high school teams starting next September, a promise for junior high school coaches to have players that understand the game from Day 1 of camp. PHOTOS BY MIKE CARROCCETTO FOR THE OBSERVER

Brockville Bucs’ WR #83 Gavin Noyes is tackled by two Cumberland Panthers defenders during the NCAFA 2010 Tyke Championship in Nepean last Saturday October 30. Brockville Bucs vs. Cumberland Panthers, Minto Field, Nepean Sportsplex. 

A COUPLE BUCS! Bucs fans Connor Johnston, age 5, and his Aunt Bonnie Peterson dressed-up to cheer on Brockville during the NCAFA 2010 Tyke Championship in Nepean last Saturday October 30. Johnston and Peterson are from Maynard, Ontario. Brockville Bucs vs. Cumberland Panthers, Minto Field, Nepean Sportsplex. 

Brockville Bucs offence at the line of scrimmage during the NCAFA 2010 Tyke Championship in Nepean last Saturday.




St. Mary to meet Gananoque in junior final The high powered offense of St. Mary will meet the Trojans from Gananoque in the LGSSAA Junior finals. Both the Crusaders and Trojans dispatched of BCI and TISS respectively to reach the final to be held at South Grenville High School at noon Friday. PHOTOS BY AUSTIN DE LUIS

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: BCI Red Ram Running Back Matt Pettem prepares to collide with a St. Mary defender in the fourth quarter of the LGSSAA semi-finals. St. Mary Crusader Running Back Roddy Freeman breaks a tackle during Friday’s semi-final victory over the BCI Red Rams in junior LGSSAA action. Pirate Running Back Jamie Ashton powers on the outside early in the second half of Friday’s semi-final. Gabe Nasseri looks to shake a Gananoque defender during their semi-final match on Friday.

LGSSAA continues from page 1 from, winning their final three games. Co-coaches Randy Ruttan and Rick Miles are looking forward to the rubber match, especially with the Rams taking the city bragging

rights at the Brockville Bowl earlier this fall. “We’re looking for a big game out of guys,” said Ruttan, who heads the offensive unit for the Pirates. “We have been

getting better all year, and with a great week of practice, with almost everyone attending, we should be more precise this week, with the little nuances of the game”.

Coach Miles, who heads up the defensive unit will be looking for more of the same from his squad, after only giving up seven points in two game to the Rams. “We have been

good, but lucky at the same time,” said Miles, noting that when breakdowns did happen, the Rams dropped passes that could have blown the game wide open.

The games will begin on Friday, with the junior contest starting at noon and the senior game beginning at 2 p.m. at South Grenville Field.




Alex Corneleese makes a cut around a South Grenville defender during the second quarter.

Jacob Read makes a finger tip catch for a big gain in Saturday’s LGSSAA Senior Men’s semifinal victory for TISS.

(Above) Brandon Webster protects the ball after a catch in the fourth quarter of the Pirates semi-final victory. TISS moves on to face BCI in Friday’s LGSSAA finals. (Right) South Grenville Giants running back Rik Champagne hurdles over a Pirate defender during the third quarter.

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Braves climb to 3rd in National rankings By

Austin de Luis

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On Friday night, the Braves hosted the Kanata Stallions looking for a their ninth consecutive win versus a tough Yzerman division rival. In another tight contest, the Braves found a way to win, with another one goal victory. Mike Skakum got Brockville off the mark, tying the contest, after an early goal from the visitors. The second period saw only one goal, as leading scorer Kenny Matheson, put Brockville in the lead with his 12th of the year. In the final 20 minutes, Brockville came out looking to extend the lead and did when Tyson Wilson scored his ninth of the season, best in the league amongst defensemen. The Stallions cut the lead to 3-2 with just over four minutes remaining, but failed to find the equalizing goal. Their best chance was with only a handful of seconds remaining, where a rebound fell beside William Betts, but was shoveled wide, with several Stallions slapping at the puck. This was the Braves third consecutive 3-2 victory over Kanata. On Sunday night, the Braves travelled to Gloucester to take on the Rangers. After a scoreless opening period, Gloucester jumped out early in the second and Brockville found themselves down 2-0 after a pair of goals before the five minute mark. Maxime Dumond cut the lead in half with

Braves leading scorer #11 Kenny Matheson

his 8th of the season to head into the final 20 minutes down 2-1. The lead was extended to 3-1, when Brockville received a pair of goals to notch the contest at 3-3 with just over 10 minutes to play. Brockville got into penalty trouble late in the game and Gloucester capitalized, scoring two power-play goals to give the hosts a 5-3 victory. The loss snapped Brockville’s nine game winning streak. Justin Gilbert took the loss stopping 27 of 32 shots he faced. Captain Colin MacLean was the only Brave to register a multipoint game with two assists. On Tuesday night, Brockville travelled to Carleton Place to take on the much improved Canadians. In a true goaltending battle, Brockville’s William Betts and Francis Dupuis, stifled opposing players, not giving up a single goal through three periods and a five minute extra time period. In the shootout, Brockville missed all three shots while Jay Llewellyn scored for Carleton Place to earn the Canadians the victory. Betts and Dupuis were named co-goalies of the month in the CHL, making this game a fitting tribute to the award. Brockville’s next game is the return match in their home and home with the Carleton Place Canadians. Game time is 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the Memorial Centre.

(Above) Braves goaltender William Betts and defenseman Tyson Wilson combine to keep the puck from crossing the line late in Friday’s 3-2 victory at home against the Kanata Stallions. This was Brockville’s ninth straight win and moved Betts’ record to 9-0 on the season. (Left) Mike Baird collides with an attacking Kanata forward during Friday night action.


Braves profile of the week: KENNY MATHESON By

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This w e e k ’s Braves profile of the w e e k is first year player, leading scorer Kenny Matheson. Matheson hails from West Island Quebec, where he played his minor hockey for the Royals, with fellow Braves newcomers Adam Strumas, Matt Chartrain, and Ryan Collier, for 10 years.

Matheson’s earliest hockey influence was his father Rod, who introduced the game to Kenny at an early age. Growing up in the Montreal area, his favorite player was Canadiens captain Saku Koivu. Matheson isn’t the biggest player, but makes up for it with an all-around game, being able to handle defensive responsibility and score big goals. Matheson has gotten off to a great start this year, with 12 goals and 11 assists good for tops on the team and top 20 in the league. Matheson, together with line-mates Colin MacLean and Zak Zaremba have been solid all year in both the offensive

and defensive zones. “I love playing with these guys,” said Matheson, adding that MacLean and Zaremba have everything you want in a line, battling hard in the corners, and setting an example for newcomers to the league. Matheson is one of many first year Braves that have adapted to the speed of the C.H.L. quickly, giving a team that was supposed to be rebuilding, a chance to compete for the upper echelon of the league. “We have a great mix of new players, with the ability to learn quickly and veterans with experience to balance out the team,” said Matheson. Matheson also credits the coaching staff for the clear and concise sys-

tems that have been put in place since the very start of training camp. “The coaches put systems in place and made

sure that everyone was and continues to be on board,” said Matheson. “There is no choice, play together with a focus”.

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The ObserverSPORTS It is with great pleasure that Thousand Islands Martial Arts announces its newest Black Belts. Will Maitland and Megan Maitland receives 1st Dan recognition. Ryan Gill and Shawn Beaudoin receives 2nd Dan recognition. Pictured left to right are: Sensei Valerie Cummings (owner 1st Dan), Sensei Bob Noonan-3rd Dan, Renshi Ted Theelen-5th Dan (owner Rideau Lakes Karate-Westport), Sensei Ryan Gill-2nd Dan, Sensei Shawn Beaudoin-2nd Dan Front Row: Sensei Will Maitland-1st Dan, Sensei Megan Maitland-1st Dan.

Megan and Will Maitland have trained for 8 years with Thousand Islands Martial Arts. Ryan Gill had received his 1st Dan rank in 2000 while Shawn Beaudoin received his 1st Dan. Rank in 1994. Both were well overdue.

Youth Night with the Brockville Braves The Braves are coming! The Braves are coming! The Brockville and area YMCA will be hosting youth night on November 13th with the Brockville Braves in full force. Kids from grades 1 through 8 can meet the Braves and engage in some fun activities. The Brockville Braves Organization has been involved in helping out at the Brockville and Area YMCA for 10 years.

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Here is a photograph of the Intermediate Boys Soccer Team after we won the LGESSA Championship at Kemptville on Wednesday, Oct. 20th.  It is the first time that Toniata has won this title.  The trophy goes back to 1992 and our school name is not on it.

Thousand Islands Martial Arts is located at 41 John St., Brockville. We are a very proud Family oriented club with a growing student base and now have 11 dedicated and talented Black Belts at your service.

“The Brockville Braves are very proud of our partnership with the entire Y “family”. The team is proud to offer the players the opportunity to train their bodies and minds for the physical challenges during the hockey season. The facility offers a friendly, inclusive atmosphere for training and the staff, volunteers,

and members are very welcoming and accommodating. In an effort to develop the players beyond athletics, the Braves are committed to the community and happy to be involved every Saturday evening in the successful Youth Night program currently offered to elementary school-aged children. The players work with the children in groups and one-on-one in a variety of activities; sports and non-sports. It is very important that the players give back to the community in which they live, work, and play.” The evening begins at 6:00 pm and wraps up at 8:00 pm. The cost is $5.00 per child. There will be activities with the Braves for all of the kids, so come out and play, won’t you?




Halloween in Brockville and surrounding area a scary delight Clockwise from top left: Eric Hallett and David Bucchi pose with the kids; from left to right, Ryleigh Pueling, Caleb Moxley, Courtney Hallett and Emily Earle. Jacob Chinwaradzo, left and Emma Mouck-Blake having fun at the ‘Trunk of Treat’ at Centennial Road Church on Halloween night. The alleyway beside Tina’s Golden Comb was decorated in the spirit of Halloween all last week. The staff and friends were in character giving the kids something fun and spooky to do downtown. Logan Harkness, left, dressed as Dracula and Cameron Karasiuk, right, dress as a Ghostbuster having fun in the bouncing room at Centennial Road Church on Sunday night. Narrator Martha Saddler regaled her captive audience with ‘spooky stories’ as they began the last Ghost Walk of the season at Fulford Place Museum, last Friday evening. Throughout the Walk, Saddler divulged the history of the three-storey Edwardian mansion’s owner, Senator George T. Fulford, who made his fortune marketing ‘Dr. Williams’ Pink Pills for Pale People’. The ghost of Fulford’s widow, Mary, who was devotee of spiritualism, is said to haunt the mansion. Saddler is one of several costumed volunteers of the Friends of Fulford Place, who have visitors through Brockville, stopping at various haunted spots to recount the spooky tales of Fulford Place and the old city. The stories told are based on those collected by author Nancy Fraser.



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The ObserverCOMMUNITY Brockville and area Kinsmen lend a hand Brockville Farmer’s Market extends As the cold weather descends up on us the time to lend a hand to those in need has arrived. The Kinsmen Club of Brockville and area along with Family and Children’s Services will begin their 22nd annual Snowsuit Drive, which will begin on Friday, November 8th and end on Tuesday, November 30th. The goal is to collect gently worn snowsuits as well as mittens, boots, scarves and other winter apparel. Drop-off locations include; Brett’s Value-Mart, Brockville and Area YMCA, Brockville Chiropractic & Health Associates, Brockville General Hospital, Canadian Tire

Christmas Voices in Brockville The season is upon us again - we see Christmas merchandise appearing in area stores and we become aware that it’s time to make our lists and check them twice - lists that include decorating, entertaining, travel , gifts to buy for impossible people..... In the midst of all of this, the Thousand Islanders Barbershop Chorus is offering an oasis of calm on Wednesday nights beginning November 10 . Christmas Voices – an outreach program offered to area women by the chorus for the past 10 years - provides an opportunity to unplug and rediscover seasonal music cherished through the years, and to enjoy the warmth, hospitality and the amazing a cappella harmony that the chorus is known for. The program will run at First Baptist Church on Pine St. (Brockville) on Wednesday evenings from 7 – 830 ( arrival at 6:45 is suggested to allow for registration). Every year women who attend the program are also offered the opportunity to perform with the chorus as they spread their own version of Christmas Cheer in area performances, and many have said that this was a highlight of their season. For more information go to www., or call Karen at 613-9254914.

Brockville, CarQuest Auto Parts, C.I.B.C, Severson Cleaners, T.I.S.S, Wal-Mart and Zellers. Members of the Kinsmen will pick up the items to be cleaned at Severson Cleaners and delivered to Family and Children’s Services where they will be distributed to those in need. If you do not have a snowsuit to donate but would like to help, donations can be made to the Kinsmen Club of Brockville Snowsuit Drive. Kinsmen Club of Brockville, P.O Box 42, Brockville, Ontario, K6V 5T7. Funds collected will be used to purchase snowsuits in sizes that are needed.

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The Brockville Farmers’ Market has teamed up with the Downtown Business Improvement Association (DBIA) and the Brockville Museum in order to continue with the Market’s activities throughout the winter months. During November and December, the market will be located at the Brockville Museum, on Saturdays and Sun-

days between the hours of 9a.m. and 3 p.m. Market shoppers will now be able to enjoy the fascinating exhibits within the museum as well as a wide array of vendors with everything from produce to jewellery. On Saturday, December 4th and on Saturday, December 11th, Santa Claus and his reindeer will make an appearance.

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Clark demands McGuinty Government remove HST from Hydro bills Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark stood up today for constituents across his riding who are reeling under the burden of sky-rocketing electricity rates. (QUEENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PARK) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; MPP Steve Clark joined his Progressive Conservative Caucus colleagues in supporting a motion that called on the government to immediately remove the 8% HST from hydro bills. Unfortunately for Ontarians desperate for tax relief, the motion brought by the Ontario New Democratic Party was defeated by the government majority in the Ontario Legislature on Monday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I simply cannot believe that the McGuinty government did not stand up today for the people of Ontario who are demanding real relief from the exorbitant cost of energy,â&#x20AC;? said Clark. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From the flip-flop on FIT to the sweetheart deal with Samsung and the implementation of Smart Meter tax machines, the government has made a complete mess of the energy file,â&#x20AC;? stressed Clark. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was a chance to take a small step toward fixing the problem they created and the McGuinty Liberals refused to do it.â&#x20AC;? Instead, noted Clark, government MPPs just repeated the same old tired HST spin Ontarians didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe before the tax came in and certainly donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t now that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s draining their pocketbooks dry. During the debate Monday, Clark read from some of the dozens of emails he has received from Leeds-Grenville residents who are struggling to keep the lights on. With the cold weather now here, many are looking at their thermostats in fear, worried how much just being comfortable in their homes will cost them.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Electricity isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a luxury, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a necessity and the cost of power is the No. 1 concern for people in every corner of my riding,â&#x20AC;? said Clark, who pointed out most of those calling and writing him are hard-working families who have never before found themselves in need of help. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m listening to people who want tax relief, Tim Hudak and the PC Caucus are listening and todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motion showed that even the NDP are starting to listen. Unfortunately, the McGuinty government has tuned all of these voices out,â&#x20AC;? said Clark.

Will and estate planning campaign in Brockville and area November 8-12 Death is something we prefer to put off till tomorrow. But a valid up-to-date will we should have today. It ensures that your wishes for your family will be met and presents an opportunity to make a lasting contribution to your community by making a charitable bequest. Will and Estate Planning seminars will be presented in three communities in Leeds County during the week of November 8-12. These seminars are presented as a public service, free of charge, by the Brockville and Area Community Foundation in partnership with the Leeds & Grenville Law Association, and the Brockville District Association for Community Involvement. The campaign connects local citizens with valuable estate-planning information. including the importance of updating a will, Powers of Attorney for Property and Personal Care, and tax-efficient Estate Planning and Philanthropy. It will include two presentations of special interest to families with disabled members, featuring Ken Pike as speaker. Ken Pike is well known as a Human Rights advocate. A lawyer by training, , Pike has worked with the New Brunswick Association for Community Living regionally and provincially for more than 15 years. In 2008 he was the recipient of the New Brunswick Human Rights Award for his advocacy on behalf of people living with a disability.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is very knowledgeable about wills, trusts and estate planning for people with disabilities, and the financial supports that are available,â&#x20AC;? says Betty Daley, of the Brockville District Association for Community Involvement, who has attended every one of Pikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s previous presentations in Brockville. â&#x20AC;&#x153;His advocacy ensured that New Brunswickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new Registered Disability Savings Plan would work successfully for the beneficiaries. It has become the model for Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s RDSP implementation.â&#x20AC;? Pike will make two public presentations on Thursday November 11. He will speak at the Country Roads Community Health Centre, Portland, at 2:00 p.m., and at the Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Brockville at 7:00 p.m. People wishing to book a private consultation with Mr. Pike while he is in Brockville, may call Betty Daley at the BDACI office, 613-345-4092. The public is invited to seminars of general interest on Wills and Estate Planning, offered on November 8 at the Brockville Fire Hall, 360 Laurier Boulevard at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and on November 9 at the Merrickville Public Library at 3:00 p.m.. Wills Week 2010 is a project of the Brockville and Area Community Foundation. Registration is requested for each presentation, by calling Virginia Glover at 613-3452793

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Be Tick Smart during this United Way Live & Silent Auction year’s hunting season Hunting season is upon us and the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit would like to remind those enjoying hunting activities to be aware that they also share the great outdoors with ticks that can make them sick. Lyme disease is caused by being bitten by an infected tick. In Leeds, Grenville and Lanark, we have several different types of ticks. Lyme disease is caused by the bite of an infected blacklegged tick (also known as deer ticks). There is an increasing number of areas where ticks carrying Lyme disease are found. Lyme disease is now considered endemic (regularly found) in our geographic area along the St Lawrence River. At this time, the Health Unit is unsure of how far north the endemic area reaches. Tick population is being monitored in order to establish this. Any bite from a black legged tick has the potential to cause Lyme disease regardless of the geograph-

ic area in which the tick was “picked-up “. If you are bitten by a tick, you should bring that tick into a health unit office to be sent for identification and testing to determine whether or not Lyme disease is a risk to you. What can you do to minimize your exposure to ticks? Wear light coloured, long sleeved shirts and long pants. For extra protection, tuck your pants into your socks. Use bug repellent containing DEET. Read the manufacturer’s instructions before applying the repellent on yourself or children. When you return from the outdoors, check your entire body thoroughly for ticks. If you find an attached tick, remove it promptly using a pair of tweezers. Grasp the tick’s head and mouth parts as close to the skin as possible and pull it straight out gently, but firmly. Avoid twisting or squeezing the tick during removal. Treat the bite area with an antiseptic. Keep the tick in a

small container and bring it into your nearest health unit office where it will be sent off for identification and testing for the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Watch for signs of infection following a tick bite. Bites from ticks infected with Lyme disease may create a bull’s-eye-like rash. The appearance of this rash is a sure sign of a tick bite and you should see your health care provider. The “bull’s eye” rash will occur within one to three weeks after the bite, but can range from 3 days to one month. If you experience any of the following symptoms: a red bulls-eye rash, fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, fatigue and a skin rash, contact your health care provider’ s office immediately and let them know that you were bitten by a tick. For further information on Lyme Disease, please contact the Health Unit at 613-345-5685 or our Health Action Line at 1-800-660-5853 or visit

6th Annual Santa Mile The Brockville Road Runners 6th Annual Santa Mile will be held on Saturday November 27th. This year there will be a new venue the TISS track - and a new format. There will be three events - a kids (13 and under) run at noon, a women’s run at 12:20 and a men’s run at

12:40. Registration will open at 11:30. There is no entry fee but a voluntary collection will allow participants to contribute to the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign. With the runs moving to the track, records are expected to fall. Paula Wiltse’s speedy run of

5:12 last year will be in jeopardy. So too will Geof Millard’s 2008 record time of 4:35 in the men’s division. Contact me at 342-5893 or for more information. Any publicity you might give us would be most appreciated.

One of the year’s biggest auctions takes place at the 1000 Islands Mall on Friday, November 5th and Saturday, November 6th in support of the United Way of Leeds and Grenville. Hundreds of items will be up for grabs at the Silent Auction this year: gift baskets, clothes, gift certificates, TV and sports memorabilia, signed photos, gift packages, over 300 items will be up for grabs. Many items have been generously donated from local businesses throughout Leeds & Grenville. The United Way is also holding a Live Auction on Saturday, November 6 in front of Limestone & Ivy and The Royal Bank in the Mall at 2:00 p.m. A few

of the items that will be on the auction block are, a boat, motor and trailer, lots of furniture, a patio set, Pottery Barn For Kids Activity table, YMCA one-year family membership, children’s wooden furniture, rugs, bedding sets, a gift certificate for spousal wills and power of attorney, a desk set, Senators tickets, a wooden entertainment centre, a ring appraised at over $ 1000 - featuring diamonds and white gold, exercise equipment, World Industries child snowboard and Escape bindings, cars from Beattie Dodge , Kia, and Riverside Ford along with many other exciting items. More vehicles and items are still coming in and will be added to the list by

week end. United Way of Leeds and Grenville has proudly served the Leeds and Grenville area for 53 years. Currently, they are funding 27 not-for-profit organizations. The United Way conducts an annual campaign on behalf of these agencies. This year’s goal is $965,000.00 which reflects the largest goal in the history of the organization. During the next week please visit www.uwlg. org for a complete list and photos of auction items. For more information, please contact: Crystal Sled Business Relations Manager 613-342-8889

Managing your Money Yes – a TFSA can work for you By Lisa Bell Financial Consulting Investors Group Financial Services Inc. CFP, EPC SeniorFinancialConsultant One year ago, the federal government introduced the Tax - Free Savings Account (TFSA). It has been called the single most important personal savings vehicle since Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSP) were launched in the late 1950’s. Is the TFSA really that good – and should you have one? The answers are yes and yes – but only if you are just starting out in life, retired or anywhere in between. Is that you? Then here’s why you should have a TFSA. Tax-free growth As a Canadian over the age of 18, you are eligible to save up to $5,000 a year in TFSA investments that grow in a tax-free basis. Tax-free withdrawals You can make TFSA withdrawals at any time for any reason – and the money you withdraw is tax free. Make the most of your

contribution room You can contribute $5,000 a year plus the total of withdrawals made in the prior year. And if you don’t use all of your contribution room right away, it accumulates year after year – fill it at any time you choose. By the way, a contribution to investments held within a TFSA does not affect RRSP contribution room. Investment flexibility Investments that are TFSA eligible can be the same as those available for investments held within RRSPs, including mutual funds, money market funds, Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GICs), publicly traded securities, and government and corporate bonds. Personal financial flexibility A TFSA works well for short- or long-term financial goals such as: • A ready source of emergency funds. • Saving for a new car, cottage or dream vacation. • Saving for the down payment on a new home or starting your own business. • Reducing taxes on your non-registered investments.

• Adding to your retirement savings. • Adding to education savings beyond RESPs. • Splitting income with your spouse to minimize taxes. • And TFSA withdrawals don’t affect your eligibility for income-tested federal benefits such as Old Age Security (OAS). There are other ways in which a TFSA could work for you. Your professional advisor can take a close look at your personal situation and help you get the most from a TFSA and every other element in your overall financial plan. lisa.bell@investorsgroup. com This column, written and published by Investors Group Financial Services Inc. (in Québec – a Financial Services Firm), presents general information only and is not a solicitation to buy or sell any investments. Contact a financial advisor for specific advice about your circumstances. For more information on this topic please contact your Investors Group Consultant.



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The Great Bed Making Challenge for United Way

Sherwood Park Manor Administrator, and United Way LeedsGrenville President,

Shawn Souder, and nurse Darlene Marshall, take on the Great Bed Making Challenge for United Way, at Sherwood Park Manor on October 22nd. Unfortunately for Mr. Souder, Nurse Marshall had the task completed, before his bed was half finished. On Friday, October 22, 2010 Sherwood Park Manor kicked off their

United Way fundraising events with The Great Bed Making Challenge. Nurses challenged the Manorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administrator and United Way LeedsGrenville President, Shawn Souder to make a bed, by code, faster than the nursing staff could. Marshall, soundly beat Mr. Souder in his attempt to complete the task. Staff and residents helped

with the fundraiser for the United Way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone worked really hard on this event, staff and residents really poured their heart and soul into this event, and we all felt it was an uplifting experience,â&#x20AC;? said administrative assistant, Cathy Wood. Sherwood Park Manor is continuing with their fundraising events for the United Way.

â&#x20AC;˘ Youth Night at the YMCA! This program is designed for students from grade 1 to Grade 8. Activities vary weekly and may include a free swim. Saturdays 6-8 pm.

â&#x20AC;˘ Thousand Islanders Barbershop Chorus is offering an oasis of calm on Wednesday nights beginning Nov. 10. The program will run at First Baptist Church on Pine St., Brockville on Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30.

â&#x20AC;˘ Pentecostal Church Bazaar, 926 Hwy. 2, Friday, Nov. 5 - 5:30-7:30 pm, Saturday, Nov. 6 - 7:30 am-11 am. Coffee, tea & muffins. All kinds of goodies for sale, come and get your bargains.

â&#x20AC;˘ Christmas Voices, Women who love to sing & perform Christmas songs, carols are invited to rehearsals with the Thousand Islanders Chorus beginning Wed., Nov. 10, 6:458:30 pm. First Baptist Church, Brockville. Karen 613-925-4914

â&#x20AC;˘ Indoor Garage sale. Large 20+ family indoor garage/yard sale, Saturday, Nov. 6. Gym D access and parking behind Thousand Island Secondary School. Too many items to mention. Doors open at 8 am until noon. Fundraiser for kids trip.

â&#x20AC;˘ Brockville Computer Club will hold its monthly meeting Wednesday, Nov. 10 at the Fulford Academy, 280 King St. E. 7:30-10 pm. This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s topic: Identity Theft presented by Sgt. Doug Locke of Brockville Police Services. Club info. visit

â&#x20AC;˘ Fall Bazaar and Tea on Saturday Nov. 6, 9 am-2 pm, at St Francis Xavier School Gym. Lunch: $5.00. Sponsored by: St. Francis Xavier Catholic Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s League

â&#x20AC;˘ Food Bank Benefit Dance sponsored by Harbour Lites Square Dance Club, Saturday Nov. 13, 7-9:30 pm, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Dibble St., Prescott. Everyone welcome.

â&#x20AC;˘ Annual Joint Meeting - Gavan Watt, historical author and re-enactor, is the keynote speaker at the joint meeting of the L&G Br.of the Ont. Genealogical Society and the Col. Edward Jessup Br. of the United Empire Loyalist Society. At the Brockville Tabernacle (former Shrinersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Hall) on the 2nd Conc. east of the North Augusta Rd at 7:30 pm Monday, Nov. 8. Refreshments will be served and visitors are welcome. â&#x20AC;˘ Celiac Self-Help Group Meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 7:00 pm at the United Way Boardroom, 42 George St. Brockville, side door. Lesson on EFT to follow meeting. For more info. call Orma at 613-342-1298. â&#x20AC;˘ Brockville Women in Business - Luncheon meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 11:30 am, at CJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Banquet Hall. Girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Inc. will present an interactive exercise entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Realityâ&#x20AC;?. Pre-registration is required for each luncheon meeting. RSVP Please contact Wendy Onstein at 613-342-8772 x 470 or email â&#x20AC;˘ Estate Planning seminar at Brockville Fire Hall, Monday, Nov. 8, 2 pm & 7 pm, Also at Merrickville Public Library, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 3 pm. Sponsored by Brockville & Area Community Foundation. Call 613-345-2793 to register.


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â&#x20AC;˘ 31st Annual Brockville Artists Studio Art Show & Sale at the Brockville Museum, Nov. 12-14. With works from 30 talented local artists. Admission is free & there is plenty of free parking at the museum. Fri. Nov. 12, 6-9 pm; Sat. Nov. 13, 9-5; Sun. Nov. 14, 9-5. 5 Henry St. Brockville. 613-345-7724 for more info. â&#x20AC;˘ Ontario Senior Games Assâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n (OSGA) Annual General Meeting and election of officers. Wednesday, Nov. 17, 9 am, upstairs the the Royal Canadian Legion, Park St. Brockville. Info: contact Jane 613-345-7788. â&#x20AC;˘ Giant Arts & Craft Show, South Grenville District High School, Prescott, Saturday, Nov. 20, 9 am-4 pm. Admission $3. Over 220 tables. This is a giant sale. Babysitting available. â&#x20AC;˘ Birthday Parties at the Brockville & Area YMCA. We take care of the planning and the mess while you relax and enjoy the party. 2-hour party includes a specially decorated room, fun activities, meal of choice and one hour of pool or gym time. Available Friday evenings, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Call 613-342-7961.

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The Girl who Played with Fire released on DVD The Girl Who Played with Fire is one movie sequel that is raging hot. This week, The Girl who Played with Fire, directed by Daniel Alfredson was released on Blu Ray and DVD. This sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo stars Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander and Michael Nyqvist as Mikael Blomkvist. Late last summer, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, directed by Niels Arden Opley hit the video stores. This is the first part of what is now called the Millennium Trilogy. Based on the late Stieg Larssonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s internationally best selling book of the same name, Dragon Tattoo has received acclaim around the world. Both movies are available dubbed or in the original Swedish with English sub-titles. The Girl who Played with Fire takes place one year after the events in Dragon Tattoo. Lisbeth Salander, the storyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dark haired, bi-sexual, computer hacker punk


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heroine has been travelling the world on stolen money, and trying to stay under the radar. At the offices of the left-wing magazine, Millennium, Blomkvist receives information that if published, could compromise certain elected officials in the Swedish government. The movie, in something I have never seen tried before, runs two complete parallel stories that only intersect at the very end. Both Salander and Blomqvist play detective. Blomqvist is trying to find the killer of the two young people who were working on a magazine piece for him. Salander is suspect number one in this and one other murder and is trying to find out who framed her and why. The Girl Who Played with Fire is essentially high grade pulp fiction on celluloid. This movie covers all the bases. It features lesbian sex. It has men in positions of authority who commit sadistic violence towards

women. It has a blond haired monster of a man who kills without remorse and physically feels no pain. It has a biker gang who deal in drugs and destruction with equal relish. There is a nighttime car chase. The movie includes a premature burial and resurrection straight out of the classic EC horror comics of the 50â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. It features all these things and still works as a serious movie and a piece of modern film-making that is truly a cut above. All the actors in this drama are first rate. As outrageous a character as Lisbeth Salander is, Noomi Rapace plays her as real. She is quiet, thoughtful, violent when she needs to be, and determined to get what she wants at any cost. Blomqvist is played by Michael Nyqvist in the classic movie detective mold. He is the gruff middleaged man who loves his job and despises authority. His character defies expectations and succeeds in providing real weight to a character that could have been clichĂŠ. The story is well crafted; the direction deft, the action exciting and





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