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Businesses offering cash to promote local shopping Vankleek Hill Bucks go on sale Thursday at 25 per cent off BY LIANNE LAHAIE

VANKLEEK HILL – Merchants in Vankleek Hill have been given a license to print their own money. Kind of. The Vankleek Hill Business and Merchant Association has come up with an interesting way to promote the numerous businesses, restaurants and services offered in town, while encouraging people to shop locally. Vankleek Hill Bucks will begin circulating through the cash registers, wallets and pockets of merchants as of this week. In fact, the bucks will go on sale on Thursday, March 3 from 2 to 7 p.m. at The Review offices. For these five hours only, the bucks will be offered at 25 per cent off, which means if you want to buy $00 worth of Vankleek Hill Bucks, you’ll be able to purchase them for $75. Only $0,000 will be available for this event and there is a maximum purchase of $200 in Vankleek Hill bucks per person at this sale. According to Lisa Henderson and Cynthia Wever who researched and prepared this project for the past few months, $35,000 worth of Vankleek Hill Bucks in denominations of $5, $0 and $20 have been printed. Henderson said 2 businesses spon-

sored the printing of the money, which can be used to purchase goods and services at participating Vankleek Hill businesses, each of which will display a blue sticker to advise customers that they accept Vankleek Hill Bucks. Only participating merchants can redeem the bucks for real money at The National Bank in Vankleek Hill, which has agreed to be the banker for the initiative. “The idea behind this is to start circulating this money in the community to encourage people to shop locally,” Henderson explained. “After shoppers spend the bucks at businesses, business ownes will be able to take the money to the bank and exchange it for ‘real’ money in return.” By encouraging people to shop locally through this initiative, Henderson said more consumer dollars will be staying right here in the community. “That’s money that won’t be spent elsewhere, outside the community,” she noted. “These bucks can also be used as donations to fundraisers. For example, if I were to donate $00 Vankleek Hill Bucks to a local hockey team, then they will take those bucks and go to a participating local business to spend it. “That money goes right back into the community,” Henderson said.

This fox, captured digitally by Marion McRae of Kilmar, Quebec, seems to be saying, “I hope spring comes soon, as the pickins’ are gettin’ poor!”


Globetrotting musician happy to work locally BY JUSTIN BROMBERG

VANKLEEK HILL – There are those who never truly settle in life but can nevertheless put their feet down, with ease, in each and every place they choose. But ask Lyndell Montgomery if growing up on a fishing boat in northern British Columbia has anything to do with her quasi-nomadic (at least until recently) lifestyle and she might reply that you’ve merely scratched the surface. These days, the 36-year-old musician is nestled comfortably in Dalkeith, retrofitting an 877 farmhouse and maintaining its garden in an effort to stay off the grid, and was just hired as the new event coordinator at Beau’s All-Natural Brewery. “After 6 years of touring, this is the first time I’ve had a job when I’m at a desk, at the same place, and at the same time,” she laughs. It was just over six years ago when Montgomery, an acclaimed violinist and bassist, found herself looking for a change of pace. At the time, she and her then-partner, Ember Swift, had been keeping their home and studio in Toronto for about 6 years. But the pair hardly spent any time there for, from about 988 to 2004, their musical talents brought them on

a touring circuit to the likes of Asia, Australia, India, and Europe, as well as nearly every state in the U.S. Montgomery estimates that they spent about 250 days on the road every year, releasing 0 albums and one DVD along the way. “I got to see so much of the world that I would never get to see if I wasn’t on the coattails of work. But I can’t really call it work,” she recalls, a smile stretching across her face. On the plus side, there’s little doubt her new job at Beau’s will keep her off the open road; this time, however, it involves commuting around the Ottawa Valley to promote the brewery and organize events in the region. Then, of course, there’s the behemoth, Oktoberfest, with this year’s edition having entered the planning stages almost immediately after the last one ended. But Montgomery says she’s ready because, well, she’s sort of done it before. And it’s all about good organization and the right timing. “It’s not that different, putting out a record and planning an event. Only you would have to compare Oktoberfest to making that record and… going on a national tour.” What really appealed to her about Beau’s, she continues, was the independent and charitable mandate of the company: “The do-it-yourself effort really works for me. Regulations and systems, colouring within the lines, I would implode within a

week… so the independent side is totally key. “And it’s a lateral move, something I can do while making a record, doing stuff at Bobby’s (Lalonde) and Terry’s (Gillespie),” she adds, describing her goal of self-producing an album. “I’ve just always wanted to make a record that’s my own, from top to bottom.” Sure enough, what attracted Montgomery to the area surrounding Vankleek Hill was its “generational diversity,” a place where people of all ages and interests can collaborate on projects, events, and the like. She happened upon Dalkeith, in particular, while searching real estate listings several years ago, looking for a way to get closer to the MontrealOttawa corridor. Listings for farm properties in eastern Ontario kept catching her eye and, after consulting with a local agent, she and Swift decided on the circa-877 farmhouse in the village. “Dalkeith is full of interesting people, not your average nine-tofive working schmoes and regular farmers,” she laughs. “And musically, there are tons of people around here – Lalonde, Gillespie, McGarrigle, Wainwright – so I don’t miss the city at all.” At the same time, finding home in a rural area meant that Montgomery could begin the process of settling down for the first time.

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OCNA announces The Review as a finalist in three award categories

The L’Orignal Winter Carnival took place from Friday, February 25 to Sunday, February 27 and was organized by the Knights of Columbus #6452 and Champlain Township volunteer firefighters. It kicked off with activities at St-JeanBaptiste School and closed with a special mass at the 175-year-old St-Jean-Baptiste Church. Here, children and Champlain volunteer firefighters of the L’Orignal district compete against parents in a tug-of-war in the middle of Front Street on Saturday, February 26. See more carnival photos on the back page. PHOTO MARIE-NOEL SHANK

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TORONTO – The Ontario Community Newspaper Association (OCNA) has announced the finalists in each category for the 200 OCNA Better Newspaper Awards and The Review is listed as a finalist in three categories. The OCNA awards recognize the outstanding quality of work produced each week by member newspapers and showcase it to readers and advertisers. The Review is a finalist in the Feature Writing category (circulation under 0,000) for its series on the collapse of the horse-racing industry in Quebec and the related effects on local horse owners and horse refuges.

It is also a finalist in the Best Feature/News Series category (circulation under 0,000) for its series on solar energy development in Eastern Ontario and the immediate impact it had on the region. Finally, The Review is a finalist for Original Advertising Idea (circulation under 0,000), for its section featuring advertising and articles about new and alternative energy, entitled, ‘Put money in your pocket with energy efficiency.’ The Review will learn at the OCNA convention on Friday, May 3 whether it has won first, second or third place in each of the three categories.


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Amateur lumberjacks at Alexandria’s annual winter carnival discovered the secret to keeping warm during the sudden cold snap on Saturday, February 19. With layers of warm clothing and a saw in hand, the two-man teams worked up a sweat sawing through a thick, frozen log. PHOTO MATTHEW BROWN Liam MacDonald, who plays minor hockey for the Alexandria Glens, took advantage of the ice surface at Island Park in Alexandria on Saturday, February 19 as part of the three-on-three pond hockey tournament during the annual Alexandria Winter Carnival. PHOTO

Thirteen-year-old boy killed in ski accident



MORIN HEIGHTS – A Blainville, Quebec family is in mourning after a tragic ski accident on Saturday, February 26 claimed the life of a 3-year-old boy. The teenage boy was skiing on the Sept-Iles intermediate trail at Ski Morin-Heights when, for unknown reasons, he went off the trail and hit one of the trees edging the slope. According to Sûreté du Quebec Sgt. Martine Isabelle, the boy was wearing a helmet and he was accompanied by two adults at the time of the accident. Isabelle explained that it was not the boy’s first time skiing and that he was skiing on a marked trail at the time of the accident. “The event happened at around 7 p.m.,” Isabelle said. “The two adults were assisting the boy when the ski patrol arrived, followed by the police and the ambulance. The boy was badly injured and transported to [Saint-Jerome] hospital, where he was pronounced dead.” Nicholas MacRae, 9, was snowboarding with friends on Saturday evening when the accident occurred. “We were at the bottom of the hill when someone came down shouting that there was a kid in the ditch,” he recalled. “The ski patrol came down a few minutes later on the snowmobile with the stretcher behind it with the boy. The patroller was blowing his whistle and yelling for people to get out of the way. “When they got to the bottom they were working on him really hard and doing CPR for about fifteen minutes before they put him on the ambulance and took him away with the lights turned off.” According to MacRae, the conditions on Saturday evening were challenging, with a hard base and very little snow: “The conditions were kind of icy and there wasn’t much snow. I had a hard time turning on my snowboard and without a really sharp board, it would have

been difficult to make some of the tight turns.” Mont Saint-Sauveur International (MSSI) purchased Ski Morin-Heights in 992 and according to a CTV interview with company representative Martin Giroux, there have been no fatal accidents at Ski Morin-Heights since MSSI assumed ownership. “This is the first time since we bought this ski hill, and I was talking to other employees who have been here since the opening of the station,” he said. “They don’t remember any fatal accident like this.” According to a study compiled by the United States National Ski Areas Association and the Canadian Ski Council, “Skiing and snowboarding are no more dangerous than other high-energy participation sports, and less so than some common activities.” Data compiled for the survey revealed skiing has a lower injury rate than many other activities, including basketball, soccer and volleyball. A 5-year study compiled by the Canadian Ski Council using Health Canada statistics also indicated the most common ski injury is a sprained thumb. About 5 per cent of Canada’s population over the age of 2 participates in alpine or cross-country skiing, snowboarding, or a combination of those sports. In 2008, the rate of injuries in Quebec while skiing or snowboarding was .85 per ,000 skier days. The Canadian Ski Council study shows that the rate of ski injuries have been declining, which it attributes to education programs, better equipment and area conditions. The council recommends all skiers and boarders should wear helmets to prevent serious head injuries. Less serious injuries are the most common snow sport accidents, with sprains and strains accounting for 4 per cent of all injuries; fractures at 29 per cent; and dislocations, seven per cent. More serious injuries, like concussions and cardiac incidents, account for about eight percent of all injuries. “While it may be commonly thought that collisions on the hill with other skiers, trees or equipment cause most injuries, in fact over 75 per cent do not involve collisions,” the survey stated. “Nearly 75 per cent of all injuries also occur on marked runs, with another  per cent occurring in terrain parks. Few injuries occur in out of bounds areas or closed runs, and about four per cent in lift incident.”

Champlain Township to welcome AMCTO delegates PLEASANT CORNERS – Champlain Township has been approached by the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) to host several of its delegates in April. The township will host members of Zone 6, a region which incorporates a good portion of eastern Ontario, from Lanark County to the Québec border, and includes Ottawa and Cornwall. According to Champlain economic coordinator Jacques Des Becquets, about 75 delegates are expected to arrive in the township by the dinner hour on Thursday, April 28 and their actual meeting will be held on Friday, April 29. Champlain Township will be making arrangements to provide a catered dinner and lunch consisting of local food products. It will also be offering its black bag with the municipal logo filled with tourism-related pamphlets, the 20 rack card of events, and a pen.

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MPP Lalonde wants to amend Municipal Elections Act

A hot air balloon piloted by Sandra Rolfe was spotted in the skies above the Alfred Bog last Wednesday, February 23 by photographer and Alfred resident Christopher Rae. According to reader Susan Jaring, Rolfe launched that day from Fournier and flew for about four and a half hours. A few days later on Saturday, February 26, Rolfe also set a new Canadian record for distance, launching from Navan and landing in Mount Joie, Quebec for a total of 81 kilometres. She was forced to land because of snow and poor visibility, and missed the world record for distance by only nine kilometres. PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRISTOPHER RAE

TORONTO – MPP Jean-Marc Lalonde in- taking office soon after the election”. Bill 53 would also amend the Municipal troduced a private members bill Wednesday, February 23 that, if passed, would amend the Elections Act to reduce the timeframe within Municipal Elections Act to change the date which recounts of votes must be completed. on which newly-elected councils take office following municipal elections. If the amendments pass, in an election year newly elected councils would take office on the second Monday in November, as opposed to December . The MPP said these amendments would allow for a more swift and seamless transition between councils following an election. “I have heard from my constituents, members of council and municipal administrators that the time between a municipal election and the date on which the newly elected council takes office is simply too long,” Lalonde said in a statement. “People don’t know who to turn to during this time of transition and they would like to see their elected officials

UCPR launches new economic development and tourism strategy BY LIANNE LAHAIE

L’ORIGNAL – There is an economic development and tourism “sweet spot” in the United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) that, if maximized, will help attract businesses and boost tourism across the region. At the regular meeting of counties council held Tuesday, February 22, Brock Dickinson and Pierre Dupuis of Miller Dickinson Blais Inc. presented an overview of the counties’ strategic plan for economic development. The UCPR received $40,000 through the province’s Communities in Transition program to support the development of the strategy. The plan will help the counties identify new opportunities to diversify the local economy within

sectors such as tourism, as well as increase the number of visitors, support local jobs “The goal is to get people to come and generate new eco- to Prescott-Russell for three or nomic activity. four days, not just one.” Dickinson said his firm studied the trends – Pierre Dupuis, MDB Inc. in the local economy over the last 0 years to get a sense of “what is happening at the lo- tify target sectors and nities. cal level.” He said the figure out how you can The economic defirm also used statisti- make this area appeal- velopment “sweet cal data and conduct- ing to potential inves- spot” in Prescott-Rused online surveys to tors and businesses,” sell creates opportunihelp gather informa- Dickinson remarked. ties in biofuels and bi“One of the key chal- oproducts, alterative tion. “All together, we lenges is to differenti- and green energies had input from about ate yourselves because and food processing 250 people,” Dickin- there are hundreds and related transporof communities out tation, Dickinson notson commented. The plan identifies there targeting these ed. three target sectors areas. Competition is The tourism “sweet that Dickinson said extremely fierce.” spot” involves creative Dickinson the place making and inthe united counties can use to its advan- UCPR has to focus cludes culinary tourtage to attract busi- on areas that overlap, ism and the area’s nesses and tourism. adding, “The sweet many festivals, tours Those target sectors spot is the area where and events. “We see that there are agriculture, trans- the target areas overportation and logis- lap and create an area are a lot of festivals tics, and warehousing where your strengths and events in this are unique and strong- area and no one realand manufacturing. “The goal is to iden- er than other commu- ly knows about them,”

Dupuis noted. “Creative place making makes room for creativity to help the sweet spot grow and attract people to the area. The goal is to get people to come here for three or four days, not just one.” Dickinson said the plan has five main goals for the united counties including attracting investors, development investments, business retention, supporting entrepreneurs and promoting economic development and tourism. “The plan includes a number of objectives and actions that can be taken to address and achieve each objective,” Dickinson said. “What we really want to do is facilitate economic opportunities and collaborations based on convergence, creativity and talent. “In terms of tour-

ism, we want to create an unparalleled quality of place and remarkable visitor experience. This plan will help lead you in that direction.”

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UCPR vows to provide more funding to tourism information centres in 2011 BY LIANNE LAHAIE

L’ORIGNAL – Despite the fact that budget deliberations have only just begun, the eight mayors at the United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) council table have agreed to put more money into local tourism information centres this year. On Tuesday, February 22, the eight regional mayors unanimously passed a resolution that will see about $70,000 spent on tourism information centres in Hawkesbury, Vankleek Hill, Limoges and Casselman in 20. Mayors said they are hoping to secure $5,000 for the

centres in this year’s budget, but will have to wait and see. If the UCPR is only able to contribute $70,000, however, it represents almost double the $37,500 in funding it provided in 200. Warden and Alf red-Plantagenet Mayor Jean-Yves Lalonde said the commitment had to be made because the tourism information centres are already planning for the tourism season and the 20 budget will not be passed until the end of March. The resolution came on the heels of a report on the coordination of the tourism information centres in Prescott-Russell, which was present-

ed by the Prescott and Russell Economic Development Tourism Office in January. The report contained two major recommendations, including an increase in funding for the centres and ensuring the centres are aware of the funding early so they can begin planning for the tourism season. As a result of the increase, tourism information centres in Hawkesbury, Limoges and Casselman will each receive $20,000, while Vankleek Hill will receive $0,000. If the UCPR is able to secure the $5,000 it is hoping for, the tourism information centres could receive even more money.

Last year, Hawkesbury received $7,500, Casselman and Limoges each received $5,000 and Vankleek Hill received $2,500. Hawkesbury Mayor Rene Berthiaume noted that $20,000 would not help reopen the doors of the tourism centre in his municipality. The centre closed its doors in December after council voted to stop providing the $20,000 in annual funding to the Société de développement commercial et touristique (SDCTH), which operated the centre. “The SDCTH operated on a $20,000 budget,” Berthiaume said. “Maybe we need to knock on the door

of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism to see if there’s anything that can be done.” The report states that the tourism information centre in Hawkesbury “plays an essential role in the health of tourism in the region.”

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Louise Sproule, President and Publisher 76 Main St. E., P.O. Box 160, Vankleek Hill, ON K0B 1R0 •

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o mark the conclusion of Heart Month, which ended this past Monday, February 28, we’ll start with the bad news first. For, as Canadians were reminded throughout February, we are not all as healthy as we like to think. According to the annual report published by the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadians are in denial about their risk factors for heart disease (see news item, page 4, for more details). While nine out of 0 Canadians believe they are healthy, the truth is that nine out of 0 Canadians actually have at least one risk factor for heart disease or stroke. Chances are, then, that you aren’t part of the 0 per cent that is risk-free. Last year, the foundation’s report warned that residents here in Prescott-Russell are at a greater risk for heart disease and stroke than our neighbours in the cities. Rates of smoking, obesity, high blood pressure and poor nutrition habits are several percentage points higher in rural areas than they are in Ottawa and Montreal. The reality for most of us is that it’s not as easy as it seems to be the model of health. Many of us work at desk jobs, where we sit, live and eat at our desks for 40 hours a week. Our increasingly sedentary lifestyle is but one of the contributing factors to the decline in our collective physical health. An increase in the consumption of processed foods is also to blame and, as the foundation notes, it is desperately pushing the federal government to regulate the amount of sodium and trans fats in our food. And while some restaurants have taken the initiative to provide healthy choices, many are not yet “on board” with the concept of healthy eating.

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nyone in Prescott-Russell looking to change their habits in a push for better health need not look very far, beginning with the recreational trail stretching across both counties. Its use is increasing every year, with people using it for cycling or jogging in summer as well as long walks on winter days. There are public swimming sessions at the pool in Hawkesbury and badminton games at Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute, as well as 22 kilometres of cross-country trails and twice-weekly yoga classes. As new restaurants open up and customers become more aware of what they eat, healthier choices are springing up in dining establishments across the area (look for Eat Smart restaurants in your neighbourhood). Healthy eating programs are also being launched in schools. Action is also being taken to train people on how to deal with stroke and heart attack victims. About 00 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) have been installed in township offices, schools and arenas across the united counties. They have been used three times in the last year and have helped save lives each time. Ordinary citizens helped do this. In partnership with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Prescott-Russell Emergency Services paramedics have been giving free CPR training courses. The thinking behind this is simple: with every minute that passes, a victim’s chance of recovery diminishes by 0 per cent. It is better to act than to do nothing and, as the number of heart attacks or strokes could increase in coming years, the more people that are trained to perform CPR means a better chance that lives can be saved. The next course is this Saturday in Russell. Why wait to take action? - J.B.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR A reply to MPP Jean-Marc Lalonde

A BOUQUET For teachers and others in positions of authority who notice when someone under their supervision needs extra help.

A BRICK For people who show up for work when they are at the worst stage of a cold or flu . . . and spread it to everyone they deal with that day. Sick? Stay home.

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Glengarr y-Prescott-Russell MPP Jean-Marc Lalonde states in The Review that the former PC government is responsible for the state of the electricity grid in Ontario. Might I remind the MPP that the Liberals have been in control for the past eight years? He states "the system is so maxed out that there are currently no kilowatts left in any of the hydro lines in the region," but the Liberals have done nothing in the last eight years to remedy the state of the electricity grid. Lalonde also states, “The provincial government has come up with a long-term energy plan,” a 20-year plan that calls for $27 billion in expenditures for biomass, solar and wind generation. Might I respond by saying that the $27 billion to be spent is for unreliable electricity generation? If there is no wind, there is no generation; if there is no sun, at nighttime, there is no solar generation; and if there

History help wanted THE EDITOR,

My family lived in Vankleek Hill in 947. One of my brothers and I are very interested in tracing our family tree and places we have lived. Both of us have returned to Vankleek Hill and have been unable to find the house – unfortunately we do not have the address but do know that a doctor lived in the house prior to us. Can you point me in the right direction to get more information, perhaps a listing in telephone directory under my father’s name? My father’s name was Leo B. Roy. I was only five then but

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isn't sufficient biogas, there is no generation. The Ontario Ministry of Energy states, “Wind and solar cannot alone be relied upon to supply electricity to Ontarians. For this reason, we are procuring new natural gas and hydro generation, as well as refurbishing nuclear plants.” (MEI, June 2, 200) The $27 billion which the MPP refers to will be spent on unreliable electricity generation and only represents 2.8 per cent of the required generation. Conservation of electricity will be the saving of the electricity generation requirements. As just one example, the elimination of “phantom electricity” from Ontario homes will save over one billion kilowatt hours a year or enough to power more than 00,000 homes. (Ontario Power Authority, Feb. 7, 20) This initiative will cost Ontario electricity consumers nothing and will parallel the USA "One Watt Rule" of 200. THOMAS G. WEIR, TAMWORTH, ONTARIO

in talking to my brothers they say that the doctor’s wife had died in that house and that it was haunted. Strange noises were heard in one of upstairs bedrooms and on one of two sets of stairs to second floor. My Mom had closed up this bedroom and stairway from use. I forgot to mention that my brother remembers either a convent or religious related building on the street behind or down the street from the house. He also remembers that the doctor’s papers and documents were left in the attic. We did not live there more than a year or so and my brother was born August 2, 947. Thank you for your help. MONA BRESEE,

Looking out for who? THE EDITOR,

I read recently somewhere North Glengarry council has ordered staff to study and report back with how much surrounding municipalities pay their council members. Wouldn’t it have been nice if while council was all concerned and both-

Accident at Downing corner THE EDITOR,

There was freezing rain and another near-miss of a serious accident and injury on Downing corner along Kilmar Road, on Friday morning, February 8. We woke at 5:30 a.m. by the air horn blowing on a semi truck stuck on the Downing corner. Because the curve is sloped at the top of the hill, the tanker slid into the bank on the inside of the curve, closing the road. The horn blowing was to avert a worse accident, as a car was coming from the opposite direction and could not see the truck because of the blind corner. That car slid into the snow bank stopping in front of the tractor trailer, avoiding serious damage to the car and people. Now there were two vehicles stuck and the road closed. Then, a second truck becomes stuck behind the first truck along

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with two school buses. The plow truck with sand and a very skilled driver came to the rescue; sanding and towing proceeded until all of the vehicles were out and gone a few hours later. Won’t it be great when the hill is cut and the road straightened properly and to have one winter without injury, roads blocked, kids on the bus and safely at school on time? Let’s hope the work on this stretch of the Kilmar Road is completed soon. A few hundred dollars in taxes seems a small price to pay to have less accidents and the access to emergency vehicles when we need them. Note: The Kilmar Road serves people and communities north of the Highway 50. I have lived on this corner for over 60 years, seeing at least one accident or incident per year on this corner. GORDON DOWNING, GRENVILLE-SUR-LA-ROUGE

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Grenville-sur-la-Rouge residents ready to protest municipal tax hike BY JUSTIN BROMBERG

CALUMET – Several taxpayers in Grenville-surla-Rouge are ready to fight city hall over this year’s municipal tax increase. Though the tax rate did not change in the 20 budget, an increase in property assessment values means the municipality will collect 20.5 per cent more in tax revenues from its residents compared to last year. This increase comes on the heels of a 4-per-cent increase in the tax rate in 200, causing some residents to voice their frustrations in public. Jean Rodrigue, resident of Grenville-sur-laRouge for 3 years, told The Review he had collected 22 signatures on a petition against the tax increase as of Tuesday, March . “This administration is simply not being fair,” he said. “They want to do a lot of projects for Calumet but all the other residents will pay for the library, the aqueduct, and all the other dreams.” Rodrigue said he met with several residents

living in the area, including many senior citizens, who are concerned they will not be able to pay their taxes this year and are afraid of losing their homes. “I don’t know politics, I’m a farmer,” he continued. “But I visited people and there are people who have lived here all their lives with good rates and now, they don’t know what to do. One woman cried to me, saying, ‘How will I do it? I don’t have an income or a pension… they are going to take my house.’” He said he expects to be among many other concerned and frustrated taxpayers at the next municipal council meeting on Tuesday, March 8, where he plans to address council members on the subject. At the same time, a few other residents have taken a cue from their neighbours in Brownsburg-Chatham and have gathered as an organization named the Committed Citizens of Grenville-sur-la-Rouge. In a letter forwarded to The Review by resident Robert D’Auzac, the group encourages residents to pay their taxes in protest

– the same method suggested by the Citizens Action Committee of Brownsburg-Chatham. “Very soon, the citizens of Grenville-sur-laRouge will receive their new municipal tax bill for 20,” the letter reads. “To express our objection, we commend that you indicate on your next tax cheque or payment slip the words ‘I object.’ “This is highly symbolic and has no legal bearing on the municipality or on you; it just shows your dissatisfaction toward the decision of the council. This mark of discontent has been used by Brownsburg-Chatham residents, which resulted in some serious thoughts from their council.” The committee stated it intends to send a letter to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and to its federal and provincial government representatives, “requesting a government investigation in the way the municipality has been raising our taxes.” For his part, Rodrigue said it comes to a matter of respect for citizens.

“I don’t care what the other municipalities are doing, with projects or tax increases,” he said. “Here, we don’t have services. The council is doing projects on credit.

“I don’t care what the other municipalities are doing. Here, we don’t have services. The council is doing projects on credit.” – Jean Rodrigue, resident “Grenville-sur-la-Rouge is a poor place, people here are poor. If the houses become unaffordable because of the new assessments, and now the taxes, who is going to want to move here?” The next municipal council meeting takes place Tuesday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Centre PaulBougie, 414 rue Principale in Calumet.

Council approves replacement of three urban planning committee members BY JUSTIN BROMBERG

CALUMET – Three members of the Grenvillesur-la-Rouge urban planning advisory committee were served notice of their immediate replacement at the municipal council meeting on Tuesday, February 8. Committee members Robert D’Auzac, Paul Brosseau and Gilles Dubois were removed

Army cadets paraskiing in Hawkesbury HAWKESBURY – The Canadian Armed Forces has signed on for a series of training sessions with Vent en Fête in Hawkesbury. Owner Jean Francois Levaque confirmed that army cadets will be in town at the Club des Planneurs Montreal Soaring Council for the next two weekends for paraskiing training. Hundreds of future air cadets will be in the field – as well as everywhere across town, including restaurants – on Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6, as well as Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3. The sport involves putting on a pair of skis or a snowboard and being pulled by a giant kite, conducted with precision.

Le Sommet students big winners at EOSSAA HAWKESBURY – Three students from L’ecole secondaire publique Le Sommet in Hawkesbury particpated in the Eastern Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (EOSSAA) swimming competition in Amherstview on Thursday, February 0, and brought home excellent results. Liam Diaz and Cedric and Olivier Millette won the Proficiency Award 20 for the school with the most points per participant ratio. Diaz won first place a total of four times, allowing him to participate in the Ontario secondary school finals (OFSSA) to be held on March  and 2 in Etobicoke. Diaz also won the Ron Groom certificate and received a gold medal for the swimmer who earned the most points in this competition.

from their posts, in a motion unanimously approved by council. During question period, D’Auzac said he had been selected to represent the committee for a two-year period and said he was surprised to learn of his removal by virtue of attending the meeting. Mayor John Saywell responded that council was seeking to replace the three with “people with different fields of expertise.” He added,

however, that recent letters written by D’Auzac to local newspapers, in which he criticized the recent municipal tax increase, also played a factor in the decision. “Writing articles in local newspapers and criticizing our way of doing things, I’m not going to hide that it was a factor in why we went about our decision,” the mayor said. D’Auzac, who had served on the committee for three years including the last year as pres-

ident, later told The Review he and his colleagues were “fired” for criticizing the “thinking of the council and the mayor.” “They expect no opposition,” he said. “But when the Greeks invented democracy, they said there is no democracy without opposition.” The other three members of the urban planning advisory committee are Florent Lacasse and councillors Pierre Lessard and Noel F. Baril.


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Settling down in a Dalkeith farmhouse was the start of unpredictable journey >> 1. “It’s become what I always wanted after traveling for so long,” Montgomery said. “Finally, I get to be the person that has some kind of stability.” Moving here also allowed her to begin living out a philosophy she felt strongly about. Though still in the process of retrofitting the home, she estimates she can now grow about 60 per cent of her food supply for the winter. “The door is always open, the soup is always on,” she confides. “I grew up on farms and something I always wanted to do was be more self-sustainable. It’s really important for me to get off the grid. The house I’m living in was built in 877 – and it certainly wasn’t on the grid then. She is quick to note, however, that her definition of stability doesn’t necessarily mean sitting at home and working a quiet job. “Having some stability was my main motivation (in coming here), but that’s not what I

love about Beau’s. The creativity is still there,” Montgomery explains. As the brewery’s event coordinator, she is essentially taking on some of co-worker Darren Stevens’ task load, as his public relations role continues to grow alongside the company’s geographic and internal expansion. The position is as diverse as the number of events the brewery puts on. “The things required for Oktoberfest are very different than a tasting at the ninth hole of a golf course or an event with a non-profit, charitable organization.” Montgomery will create and coordinate events, making sure they run smoothly and ideally, intertwining them with musical and educational aspects. Food pairing events are high on the list, as craft beer continues to attract the type of market that wine once held exclusively. Not to mention the 30-some simultaneous events that Beau’s will be hosting this coming summer: “I’ll be on the road, trying to plan,

Alexandria Ice Fishing Derby welcomes 1,200 ALEXANDRIA – The ninth annual Alexandria Ice Fishing Derby took place on Saturday, February 26, welcoming more than 1,200 participants on a perfectly crisp and clear winter’s day. Chief organizer of the event, Stephane Lavigne, said he was very pleased with the turn out. He noted the amount of fish caught this year was down from last year, but there was enough pike to be caught that everyone was pleased. The winner for the largest pike was Jonathan Lortie of Hawkesbury (pictured at right).

His 5.487-pound pike was more than a pound heavier than the second-prize winner, Sharon Miller of Perth, whose pike weighed in at 4.098 pounds. The third prize went to Guy Larocque of Vankleek Hill, whose pike weighed in at 3.906 pounds. For more information on the ninth annual Alexandria Ice Fishing Derby, visit http://www. PHOTOS BY PHILLIP THOMPSON

drive, sound check, and all the while, you’re on the phone planning out the next six months. You have to be organized, however you do it.” And as she continues to brainstorm on Oktoberfest in the current “quiet season,” ideas for Vankleek Hill-based events (like the “four

Lyndell Montgomery fiddling Fridays of March”) linger in her mind. “Oktoberfest is the biggest, but I’m sure

there are lots of little things I have to learn along the way,” she admits. Reflecting on it at the end of the day, Montgomery seems to believe her work at Beau’s was meant to be. Even if, during her interview for the event coordinator position, she had to explain that she was about to leave on tour for five weeks and that both her interviewing skills and office experience were limited. “I’d taken in a resume a few times, for various jobs, but I just always had this sense I would work at Beau’s… this prophetic notion,” she recalls. Without a doubt, Montgomery has her work cut out for her. Yet somewhere along the way, she is determined to accomplish one very important goal: winning the Vankleek Hill demolition derby. “Entering the demo derby is definitely on my to-do list,” she smiles, reminiscing her (muchunforgotten by the public) experience in a previous year. “I finished fifth and it was probably the best adrenaline rush of my life.”



Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Mayor provides development update in Grenville-sur-la-Rouge BY JUSTIN BROMBERG

CALUMET – A number of changes are expected to take place in the municipality in the coming months, Grenville-sur-la-Rouge Mayor John Saywell informed residents at the council meeting on Tuesday, February 8. In Calumet, part of the town’s revitalization plan will include the need for an additional water well. To that effect, council authorized an $8,000 evaluation from hydrology consultation firm Agéos, in order to evaluate the sector and make a decision on how to proceed.

Council will also be seeking a provincial funding grant for the town’s aqueduct, which has been in need of repair or replacement for some time. The presence of bacteria in Calumet’s water supply last November further underlined the need to act quickly. Other areas of focus in the town include a possible relocation of the library, an update to the park and playground, and “exploring access to the waterfront” for tourism or new housing development purposes, the mayor said. According to the Ministry of Transport, the bridge along Highway 50 in Pointe-au-Chene

should be delivered by summer. “That will open up access to Pointe-auChene and Calumet,” Saywell said. “In the fall, we can then look at possibilities and opportunities for next year.” The $2.35-million repairs to Kilmar Road are also expected to begin this summer, and council will begin accepting offers for the construction project in the next few months. Council members approved a motion at the meeting to hire engineering firm Ladouceur for a topographic survey of the road. Council is also expected to discuss the usage

of the road during that time with Colacem and other gravel and forestry companies which use the road; traffic would be rerouted and negotiated between construction needs and transportation schedules. Finally, in Carling Lake, a group of investors has expressed an interest in redeveloping the hotel and golf club, he added. “We’ll see which direction it takes, but these are people with experience in development and they will seek partners in this project.” A golf tournament in support of the food bank will take place at the club in September.

Copper thieves twice leave Argenteuil with case of broken telephone BY TARA KIRKPATRICK

HARRINGTON – When you pick up the phone in your house, you expect it to work. However, copper thieves in the Argenteuil region put a number of residents on hold earlier this month when they snipped Bell Canada telephone wires in two municipalities, in an attempt to steal the highly-priced copper they contain. The first incident occurred in the municipality of Gore between midnight and 2 a.m. on Friday, February 8, when thieves cut about 30 metres of Bell telephone wires, stealing the lines and leaving residents without phones for about 24 hours. The incident marked the second time within the last six months that residents in Lake Hughes have had their lines cut. A similar incident occurred two days later on Sunday, February 20 in Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, where approximately 60 metres of telephone lines were cut. The culprits did not have the opportunity to collect the downed wires in this instance, and they were left in the snow banks. Firefighters from Station Two of the shared Grenville-sur-la-Rouge and Harrington Fire Department were notified of the downed lines

and firefighters began knocking on doors, explaining to residents that in the event of an emergency, they would be available at the nearby fire house. “We have a lot of older residents in our community and we wanted to make sure everyone stayed safe,” said Harrington fire chief Neil Swail. “We notified everyone about the lack of phones and we let them know that firefighters would be available at Station Two throughout the night. In the event of an emergency, we could use fire radios to call for rescue.” The theft of telephone wires and other copper products is becoming increasingly common across North America, as the price of copper and other precious metals continues to rise. The danger in this seemingly-victimless

crime arises when access to 9-- services are cut and residents are left without a means to call for help. According to Swail, some areas of Grenvillesur-la-Rouge did not have their phone services returned until about 9 a.m. on Tuesday, February 22. The Sûreté du Quebec does not have a description of the perpetrators of these crimes, nor do they have a description of the vehicle that was used. Countless kilometers of telephone wires cross through Argenteuil and police advise all residents to be on the lookout for unauthorized personnel working on or near telephone and hydro wires, and who may in fact be stealing them.

At left, repair workers from Bell Canada examine a telephone pole in Vankleek Hill on Thursday, February 17. The price of scrap metals such as copper has increased dramatically in recent years, leading to an associated increase in thefts of telephone wire. In Quebec, residents of two municipalities in Argenteuil were left with telephone service after telephone lines were cut on February 18 and 20. PHOTO JUSTIN BROMBERG

Vankleek Hill man charged with assault VANKLEEK HILL – A 46-year-old Vankleek Hill man has been charged by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) after two teenagers were assaulted during a birthday party on Friday, February 8. The man was charged with two counts of simple assault after police were called to a residence that night on Pearl Road, west of Vankleek Hill. Two teenagers, a 4-year-old girl and a 5-yearold boy, reported that they had been assaulted by the man after they had consumed alcohol and had become ill in the home. “He would have hit the teens while throwing them out of his house,” said Hawkesbury OPP Const. Pierre Dubois. “All the other teens were told to get out, at which point parents were called to pick them up. The parents of both youths that were assaulted . . . essentially they called police.” The man is scheduled to appear in L’Orignal court on March 30. The incident is still under investigation.

Seen at left is the damage caused by barn fire that occured on Tittley Road in Dalkeith last Friday morning, February 25 at around 9 a.m. PHOTO COURTESY OF ELFED PHILLIPS

Items stolen from vehicles in Hawkesbury HAWKESBURY – The Hawkesbury detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) investigated incidents of thefts from motor vehicles which would have occurred overnight between Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9. Shortly before 2:30 a.m., while on patrol on Cartier Boulevard, OPP officers noticed two young males with black hoods walking suspiciously in a parking lot of an apartment complex. As the officers approached them, they belted away. Officers were able to catch up with one of the suspects, a 6-year-old boy who had found a hiding place in the parking lot. The investigation revealed that a vehicle had been broken into in the parking lot, and many stolen items were found to be in the young man’s possession, including GPS units. A small amount of drugs was also found. The young person was arrested and charged under the Criminal Code of Canada for theft under $5,000 and possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000. He was charged

Scrap metal has dramatically increased in price over recent years, leading to an associated increase in theft. In 200, copper sold for $77 a tonne, an amount that increased to $300 by 2004. In 2008, it hit nearly $500 per tonne. Copper wire theft has become such a problem in Alberta that last November, the province announced it was preparing to pass a law that would require all scrap metal dealers to collect personal information during transactions. In the United States, a recent copper wire theft in Pennsylvania caused a power outage for 4,000 people while the culprit also suffered severe electrical burns. If you see suspicious activity or if you have information relating to these crimes, please contact Info-Crime at -800-7-800 or dial 9--.

under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act for Possession Schedule II – Cannabis Marijuana under 30 grams and Possession Schedule I – Methamphetamines (Crystal Meth). The young man was under conditions from a probation order, which he was found to be breaching. Consequently, he was charged under section 37 of the Youth Criminal Justice Act for two counts of failure to comply with sentence or disposition. A verification of the accused by the officers, the next day, found him to be breaching curfew conditions set by the officers. He was subsequently arrested and jailed for two days pending a bail hearing on Tuesday, February 23. The matter is still under investigation as officers are working hard on arresting the other suspect that was able to escape that night. Police are looking for your help. If you have been a victim or have any information about these matters please call the Hawkesbury OPP at 63-632-2729.



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Awards for top players

Vankleek Hill Cougars captain Yann Neveu receives an award from Champlain Township Councillor Paul Emile Duval, as the top scorer during the 2010-2011 NCJHL regular season. Neveu finished the season with 26 goals and 50 assists for a total of 76 points in only 34 games. Awards were presented between the second and third period of the NCJHL All-Star Game which took place at the Vankleek Hill Arena on February 20. PHOTO MATTHEW BROWN

Fans enjoyed the action (top) at the recent NCJHL All-Star Game, even if the play may have been harder to follow due to the players from all teams on the ice. But even if the jerseys were a multitude of different colours, the smiles on every player’s face at the end of the 2010-2011 NCJHL All-Star Game proved that there is no joy in life better than strapping on a pair of skates and playing our true national sport – for nothing more than the pure love of the game. PHOTO MATTHEW BROWN

Vankleek Hill’s Yannick Boudrias may not have been selected to take part in the NCJHL All-Star game on Sunday, February 20, but he was recognized for his hard work throughout the season during the awards banquet that same day. The Cougars forward received top honours as the league’s most outstanding defensive forward for the 2010-2011 regular season. Champlain Township Councillor Troy Carkner presented Boudrias with the award. PHOTO MATTHEW BROWN

Gary Barton, mayor of Champlain Township, took in all of the sights and sounds as the stars of the NCJHL showcased their talents in an all-star game in Vankleek Hill. Barton also took part in the awards ceremony between periods and took the opportunity to congratulate Ghislain Nadeau from Les Aigles de St-Isidore on being voted as co-winner of the 2010-2011 NCJHL Most Valuable Player award. Nadeau shared the award with Embrun Panthers forward Shane Hodgins. PHOTO MATTHEW BROWN

NCJHL RECENT GAME SCORES: Saturday, February 26: Cumberland 6, Vankleek Hill 5. *** Monday, February 27: Papineauville 6, Rockland 2. ***

UPCOMING GAMES CENTRAL JUNIOR “A” HOCKEY LEAGUE Friday, March 4: Smiths Falls vs. Hawkesbury. 7:30 p.m. at Smiths Falls. *** Saturday, March 5: Hawkesbury vs Carleton Place 3:30 p.m. at Carleton Place. *** Sunday, March 6: Brockville vs. Hawkesbury 7:00 p.m. at Robert Hartley Sports Complex Hawkesbury.

RECENT SCORES: CJHL & the Hawkesbury Hawks: Friday, February 25 Kanata 4, Hawkesbury . *** Saturday, February 26 Cornwall 5, Hawkesbury 0.

The Vankleek Hill Arena played host to the Eastern Ontario Broomball Association’s regional championships from Friday, February 25 to Sunday, February 27. The tournament, featuring 22 teams and five divisions, welcomed broomball enthusiasts from across the region throughout the three-day event. PHOTOS MATTHEW BROWN



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Brownsburg-Chatham festival goes to the dogs BY TARA KIRKPATRICK

BROWNSBURG-CHATHAM – There is something very Canadian about spending a chilly winter afternoon sipping hot chocolate by a fire, meandering through the woods on a horsedrawn sleigh and gripping the wooden rails of a sled pulled by eight to ten sled dogs. On Saturday, February 26, BrownsburgChatham hosted its annual winter carnival at the Oasis Golf Course and it gave its residents and visitors the opportunity to experience all of

these winter delights, in addition to offering inflatable play structures for the children, access to the snowshoe and cross-country ski trails, and face painting and storytelling by a flickering outdoor fire. Other activities included a snowy soccer match organized by Quebec en forme; a winter walk with the Club les Pentes d’Argent and the Club Amical de St-Philippe, and spooky stories by the campfire with the BrownsburgChatham Maison des Jeunes.

Agriculture Who is in charge of province’s microFIT program ONTARIO – Since it launched last year, Ontario’s vision for a microFIT energy program has generated a significant amount of attention from thousands of farm families eager to participate in Ontario’s green energy platform with 25,000 applications in to date. It was a chance for farmers to earn a sustainable income on their farm year-round and would generate much needed renewable energy to feed Ontario’s energy grid. That vision has since become a fragmented program with a lack of follow through from those in charge.

Many farmers participating in the microFIT program were recently contacted by Hydro One only to learn their approved projects could not be connected to the grid because of capacity concerns. But is that the full scope of the problem? The answer is still unclear. The minister of energy, the Honourable Brad Duguid, indicated in a recent article that the problems lie more with the number of applications outpacing upgrades to the system in certain areas. While the province is working diligently to address it, it’s quickly becoming a serious

concern for more than 20,000 applicants with only 3,700 currently attached. The issue extends from those just starting the application process, to those receiving a site visit from the Hydro One saying, “Yes, everything is in order,” only to receive an email a few days later saying, “No, it’s not.” The OFA applauds Minister Duguid for commenting on the issue in a responsible manner and for his commitment to upgrade the electricity transmission and distribution system. But why it has taken this long to address it? One would expect

the Ministry of Energy, Ontario Power Authority and Hydro One would have been aware of the available transmission capacity even before the microFIT program was launched. The thought that this wasn’t a red flag during the development stage is a major concern. It must be noted that a 0-kilowatt installation provides energy easily consumed by six average households. You can buy a generator at the local hardware store equal in power. So how can a provincial infrastructure be so overwhelmed? The OFA is com-

mitted to thoroughly investigating the root causes and will ask the tough questions needed in order to find out the real issues behind it. Once complete, we will recommend fair solutions to repairing the microFIT program for the benefit of our members and all farm families that are waiting for answers. We will also look for reassurances from the government that future programs will undergo rigorous feasibility studies and effective consultation processes to avoid this kind of poorlyplanned and poorlymanaged problem in the future.

A clear statement of timing is needed to ensure that each farm family waiting for next steps has a better understanding of what to expect. Nobody likes staying home for a service person who never shows up while costs keep rising on an investment. Farmers are ready to get connected to an effective program that can help supply renewable power for the entire province. Doing so would invest in much needed infrastructure, reduce the incidence of power interruptions and may address some stray voltage issues in the process. We need

Contest winners are doing something great for ag awareness GUELPH – Have you ever driven down a country road and wondered what the crop growing in the field alongside is, and what it could possibly be used for? This thought occurred to eastern Ontario cash croppers, Harold and Shelley McPhail, who then came up with an innovative way of providing passersby with some agricultural education on their family farm. The McPhails’ winning entry in the

Steps to Leadership “Do Something Great (in Your Rural Community)” contest shared how they are increasing agriculture awareness in their community, by using professionallymade roadside signs to identify the crops being grown and to provide information on what will become of those plants once they are harvested. “We consider our agriculture awarenesse d u c a t i on - p rom otion project to be very

much a part of our social responsibility,” the McPhails stated in their submission. The McPhails’ farm operation, Harshell Family Farm Enterprises (www.harshell. com), located just outside of Almonte, Ontario, has been proudly producing food for Canadian families since 985. Two years ago, the McPhails decided to grow canola for the first time in their crop rotation. Since canola was not grown

much in their area, the McPhails were concerned that some may think the field was being taken over by the mustard weed. This is when they realized they could do something that would make a difference in their community, by sharing information on the crops they were producing. “Each societal generation is further and further removed from any connection to agriculture. We feel, in our hearts, that we can

re-introduce a little of that connection to friends and strangers by doing our small part, in our small rural community,” the McPhails shared. “We are delighted to be able to announce Harold and Shelley McPhail as our contest winners, and to be able to share their story to help inspire others,” said Alicia Evans, project manager of leadership programs at the Rural Ontario Institute. “The McPhails

have taken the initiative and stepped up to help make their community even better.” As winners, the McPhails chose the Almonte Community Co-ordinators (The Hub) to be the recipients of $200 in prize money. To read the McPhails’ winning submission please visit http://www.stepstoleadership.c a/ DoSomethingGreat/ default.aspx.

LACHUTE – Preparing an agenda and chairing a meeting are competencies worthy of a business person’s résumé. They are also skills practiced by 4H members in their roles as presidents of their local clubs. These youth are elected to the position by other members of their club, giving everyone a first hand taste of democracy in ac-

tion and an opportunity to practice skills that will serve them well as they grow into conscientious adults who will likely assist on school committees, fair boards or other organizations. Fifteen-year-old Lachute 4-H president Tessa Hadley is currently a junior director of the Lachute fair board and also serves on the Quebec

4-H Programs and Regulations Committee. A 4-H member for five years, she has held positions in her club as treasurer, secretary and publicist. Regarding her new role as Lachute 4-H president and chairing her first meeting, Hadley said, “At first I was nervous, but thanks to public speaking experience,

I quickly warmed up and all of a sudden felt in charge. I had a good time.” Hadley will be following the 4-H motto, “Learn to Do by Doing,” this year as she works on horse, dairy, poultry, life skills and gardening projects. 4-H provides youth with hands-on learning experiences alongside peers who share similar interests

as they benefit from the guidance of adult leaders. One of Hadley’s goals for her club is to organize junior and senior square dance teams to compete at the annual competition in Ormstown in April. Lachute 4-H is holding its own square dance event on Saturday, February 26 at the Grenville Community Centre starting at

7 p.m. with a spaghetti supper. Hadley will help provide other youth from across Quebec and Ontario with the opportunity to make new friends as the Lachute 4-H Club hosts the Quebec 4-H Provincial Rally this summer from July 4 to 7. For more information contact Hadley at tessa_

Lachute 4-H club welcomes new president Tessa Hadley

viable, and more importantly, predictable opportunities for those farmers who want to become involved in Ontario’s power generation. An effective program that includes an upgraded transmission and distribution system is overdue . - Submitted by Don McCabe, vicepresident of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture



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Since 922, Easter Seals Ontario has been serving and representing kids with physical disabilities. Today, more than 20,000 kids in Ontario live with physical disabilities. Easter Seals assists families of kids with physical disabilities with the purchase of costly mobility equipment such as walkers, wheelchairs, porch lifts and ramps, as well as communication devices and bathing equipment. By providing financial assistance, Easter Seals performs an essential service to families who might not otherwise have the resources to obtain this equipment. More children and youth with physical disabilities are being cared for at home and living longer lives, thanks to medical advances. What this means, however, is that families are faced with expenses that extend beyond their financial capabilities. 62% of the families requesting financial support from Easter Seals reported a total family income of under $60,000. In addition, 40% of families who requested assistance in 2008 selfreported a total annual household income of under $40,000. Of these families, 2% have a total income of under $20,000. Government agencies cover some of the costs of equipment necessary for these children, for mobility and communication, but not all. For other essential items like bathing and toileting equipment, there is no government funding available.

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The Cost of a Helping Hand Easter Seals is recognized as an industry leader in providing specialized recreation programs for kids with physical disabilities at Easter Seals camps. In the summer of 2008, kids 660 attended Easter Seals camps. The Recreational Choices Funding Program provides funding to families of kids with physical disabilities for recreational experiences such as day camps, swimming, and art classes. In 2008, 305 families participated in the Recreational Choices Funding Program. Easter Seals owns and operates two fully accessible camp properties. Easter Seals has invested $4 million to revitalize camper cabins and swimming facilities at Camps Merrywood and Woodeden and now aims to raise $7 million to build fully accessible recreational facilities at both camps and enhance staff accommodations. provides a wealth of information for donors, volunteers, families, kids and the general public – including a virtual library with over 350 qualified links to service providers, suppliers, activities and other valuable resource information.

Easter Seals Ontario provides funding to families of kids with physical disabilities for costly equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, braces and communication devices. As children grow, most equipment must be replaced and can cost families between $0,000 and $40,000 a year. The generous dollars contributed by thousands of supporters give children with physical disabilities the tools they need to achieve their full potential and future independence. Here are some examples of the costs incurred by Easter Seals families in order to allow their children to be independent and live safely in their own home: Power wheelchair $6,000 - $25,000 Manual wheelchair $,600 - $5,000 Home ramp $,000 - $8,000 Van lift $3,000 - $25,000 Specialized car seat $950 - $,800* Leg splints $,200 - $3,600 Walker $50 - $5,000 0 days at a specially adapted Easter Seals Camp $2,000 * no government assistance available for families

Battery for power wheelchair $300* Bath lift $2,300 - $4,000* Porch lift $4,500 - $7,000

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Best back yard rink . . . you picked this one! Nathalie Keurentjes is the winner of The Review’s back yard rink contest. Her rink photo was selected by The Review’s facebook fans! Nathalie writes:

“We’ve been making a rink for a couple of years now and our 3 boys will go out every day and skate or play hockey! On the weekends they have friends over for a skate and hot chocolate! The plan for next year is to make it even bigger!” Nathalie wins 2 lift passes to Ski Mont Rigaud, worth $34 each! Visit The Review’s Facebook page to see what people said about their back yard rinks! Thanks to everyone who entered our contest. Phil Thompson placed second, while a picture from Sara Baxter landed in third place. Stay tuned, because we have even more fun in store for you. Fun . . . from a serious newspaper like The Review? Why not?



A day to be remembered International Women’s Day is held on the eighth of March every year. The origins of this celebration date back to the beginning of the twentieth century, in Europe and the United States, when women were just beginning their fight for equality. This is when women were marching, writing, and hunger striking for better working conditions and for the right to vote. This event was made official by the United Nations in order to encourage every country around the world to celebrate and honour women’s rights. On this day, women’s action groups and associations organize gatherings around the world to demand equality, to improve their status in society, and celebrate progress made. Equality means men and women are entitled to share responsibilities and obligations as well as the opportunities and fulfilment that are derived from freedom of movement and choice in life and work. Leadership by women ought to be valued in every sector of society. It is essential so that girls and young women from every society, every age group, and every social status can see a future where they can participate fully in the economic and social life of their country and culture.

Is feminism still relevant in 2011? Are you a feminist? If the truth be told, we shouldn’t even have to ask this question: how can anyone today be against the equality of men and women, which is the very definition of feminism. These days, it is no longer necessarily a question of committed activism, and especially not one of fanatical militancy. Rather, it is all about favouring equity and harmony between all human beings. It goes without saying that if women around the world were no longer the victims

of injustice, the word “feminism” would become obsolete. Indeed, it would be something to celebrate! This is far from the case, however. That means there are many good reasons to proudly describe yourself as a feminist, starting with the need to safeguard the still-fragile progress made by generations of women — some of them fought tooth and nail for the right to vote in our own country! Around the world there are still many examples of discrimination against wom-

en, notably in access to education, suitable working conditions, freedom of choice in marriage and family planning, and independence from fathers, husbands, and their male authority surrogates. Even in the West, it is still important to keep feminist ideals alive. All is not yet equalized: think about pay equity or the seemingly invisible obstacles that still


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prevent many women from occupying executive posts or of the masses of older women living alone and in poverty. This March 8 is International Women’s Day. Let’s think about our fellow women, both here and around the world. Let’s do our part to keep the feminist movement alive by staying alert and acting promptly against all forms of injustice against women.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Out and about COMING EVENTS






New woodturning group to be formed in SD&G WILLIAMSTOWN – A lunch meeting will be held on Saturday, March 5 at :30 a.m. at Jack’s Pub in Williamstown. The objectives of this meeting will be to determine the level of interest in SD&G in the formation of a woodturning group that will meet on a regular basis throughout the year, and to establish a means of operating such a group. Tentative arrangements have been made to run regular

meetings, with guest instructors, at a Cornwall school on Saturdays, provided a group can be formed. All woodturners and aspiring turners, young and old, are welcome to attend this meeting and bring friends. You do not need to own a lathe or your own tools to participate in this fascinating hobby. For more information, contact Brian Schofield at 63-528305 or brian@blueher

Casino trip A trip to the Rideau-Carleton Casino in Ottawa will take place on Thursday, March 0, leaving at 0 a.m. from near the

Hawkesbury Library. For information, call 63-632-3486. Proceeds will be donated to Prescott-Russell Community Services.

Learn about diabetic eye care at HGH HAWKESBURY – The Hawkesbury General & District Hospital’s diabetes clinic invites you to participate in a free guided visit to learn about eye-care screening tests used for those with diabetes. The visit will be presented by Dr. Hélène Sabourin, optometrist

and will take place at her office, at 93 Maple St., Suite #2, in Grenville, on Thursday, March 0 and Thursday, March 7 from 0 a.m. to noon. To register, please call 63-632- ext. 482. Places are limited and changes may be made without prior notice.


St. Columba Presbyterian Church PANCAKE SUPPER Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 at Dalkeith Hall from 4:00pm to 7:30pm. Adults $8.00, children 10 and under $3.00. Takeout available. Pancakes, sausages, bacon, beans and salads. Everyone welcome. ________________6623 WORLD DAY OF PRAYER on Friday, March 4, 2011 at 1:30pm at St. Paul’s Presbyterian church, John Street, Hawkesbury. Host country: Chile. Everyone welcome. ________________6637 LADIES LEISURE NIGHT: Ladies, come spend a relaxed evening with friends and family on March 10th, 2011 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at Pleasant Corners Public School. Over 30 exhibitors will offer unique gifts and services. Have a chance to win one of many door prizes and enjoy complimentary tea and coffee while you choose from a selection of delicate desserts. $5.00 entrance fee. All proceeds go towards PCPS School Council. ________________6608


Bridge results Alexandria Bridge Club February 22, 20, NORTHSOUTH: ) Homer Grant - Lorna Grant, 2) Helene Leduc Monique Lefebvre, 3) Don Crawford Les Atkinson. EASTWEST: ) Francoise Govan - Jeannine Buda, 2) Germain Lalonde - Estelle Brazeau, 3) Brad Taylor - June Taylor. The Alexandria Duplicate Bridge Club meets every Tuesday evening at 7:00 at La Fraternite Hall, St. Paul Street, Alexandria. The fee is $3.00 and everyone is welcome. For information contact Carol Bellware at 63-525-4969.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Club 50

February 23, 20, North/South: -Ron Dines & Bill Smith, 2-Michel Duplantie & Michel Paquette, 3-Monique Murdoch & Rolland Séguin. East/West: -Bernard Lapointe & Jean-Roch Vachon, 2-Kay & Brian Richardson, 3-Faye Montgomery & Jacqueline Hughes. The games are held at Club 50, 42A Cartier Blvd, Hawkebury every Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m.

Bridge on the Hill

February 24, 20: -Lorraine McKinley & Don Cunning, 2Faye Montgomery, 3Shirley Folkard. The club meets Thursday afternoons at 2:45 at the Vankleek Hill Curling Club. Info: Dennis Graham 63-632-5343.

What is green, what is not Argenteuil Bridge Club Thursday, February 7, 20: . Georgette Maher – M.L. Hooper, 2. Claire Nicolle – Lisette Lascelles, 3. Suzanne Whissell – M.M. Crevier. Monday, February 20, 20, North-South: . Michel Duplantie – Michel Paquette, 2. Marie-France Benoit – André Rozon, 3. Roger Pitre – Richard Paquin. East- West: . René Lavoie – Guy Grondin, 2. Huguette Paquin – Andréanne Cardinal, 3. Lise Payer – Suzanne Whissell. The club meets every Thursday afternoon at :00 p.m. and Monday night at 7:00 p.m. at the Villa Mont Joie, Elizabeth St, Lachute. Everyone welcome.

VANKLEEK HILL – Arbor Gallery Speaker Series 20 continues this Saturday, March 5, on the subject of consumer awareness while selecting the things we buy every day - are they environmentally safe or are they not - and how can you tell the difference. Environmentally safe, green, ecofriendly and sustainable are terms that are everywhere these days. Many of us want to do something good for the planet, but don’t know where to start, or how to choose. Ever struggle with how to differentiate between all of the shades of green? What are the impacts of our buying decisions? Are these green products really helping the earth? In this speaker series, guest Can-

dace Labelle will explore and answer these questions. This interactive, deep-dive workshop is geared to help us ask questions assisting to critically determine what a truly green product is and what is not. It aims to provide us with the knowledge and context to understand information presented to us on labels and through product marketing, allowing us to use this information to make decisions that are kinder to the earth. Labelle has spent the last three years researching environmental sustainability and speaking to audiences young and old on a variety of sustainability topics, including Green IT, Corporate Sustainability and Climate Change.

Through the challenge of walking her own talk and leading by example in her day to day life, in this session Labelle shares what she has learned about “being green”. The presentation, What is Green - What is not, Shades of Green takes place this Saturday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Arbor Gallery, located at 36 Home Avenue in Vankleek Hill. Bring a pen and paper, there will be Web pages with tools and resources for further individual follow up and reference provided. Everyone is welcome. For further information, please call 63-678-5086 or visit events.

You are cordially invited to choose wedding invitations, and/or anniversary party invitations from our many samples. Borrow our design book or the evening or weekend. call Irene at The Review at 613-678-3327 (1002) to make arrangements to borrow our book. The Review offices, 76 Main St., Vankleek Hill, Ontario.

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At the Review offices at 76 Main St., Vankleek Hill, we have a large selection of books and CD’s by local authors and musicians. The Review offers these as a community service and all proceeds go directly to the authors and musicians. A great gift idea!



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Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Eastern Ontario regional broomball championships

The Ladies Intermediate Champs: "The Ravens." PHOTO COURTESY DAWN MACDUFF The Eastern Ontario Regional Broomball Championships took place at the Vankleek Hill Arena from Friday, February 25 to Sunday, February 27. Above: the Ladies Masters Division Champs: “Forever Young.” PHOTO COURTESY DAWN MACDUFF

The Ladies Intermediate runners-up: The Flames. PHOTO COURTESY DAWN MACDUFF

The Ladies Masters Division runners-up team: “Capron Trucking”. PHOTO COURTESY DAWN MACDUFF

Healthy lifestyles and seniors Canadians in denial about their heart disease risk: report BY JUSTIN BROMBERG

OTTAWA – Nine out of 0 Canadians are in de-

nial about their risk factors for heart disease, according a report published last month by the Heart and Stroke Foundation. A poll conducted by the foundation highlighted that Canadians overestimate their own healthy behaviours, which in turn provides a false sense of security. For example, while 84 per cent of Canadians are aware that nine of out of 0 adults have a least one risk factor for heart disease and stroke, a poll conducted by the foundation indicated almost 90 per cent of Canadians rate themselves as healthy. In reality, the report notes, that figure should be closer to 0 per cent. Furthermore, while a third of Canadians said they were not physically active or did not eat a minimum of five servings of fruit and vegetables a day, the real figure is closer to 50 per cent. Nearly a quarter of Canadians are also obese, which is about seven percentage points higher that the survey results indicated. Such health concerns are exacerbated in rural regions, including both eastern Ontario

and western Quebec. As the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s 200 report highlighted, residents of those areas are at a greater risk for heart disease and stroke than their urban counterparts in Ottawa or Montreal. In the five eastern counties, 59 per cent of residents are overweight and 25 per cent are obese, compared to 47 per cent and 5 per cent, respectively, in Ottawa. Twenty per cent of eastern Ontario residents over 2 years old also have high blood pressure, the foundation’s statistics indicated. In terms of its impact on health care, on an annual average, 300 area residents were hospitalized for stroke-related conditions and more than 2,370 were hospitalized for heart-related conditions. The report notes “inactivity and obesity can each shave almost four years off a person’s expected lifespan, high blood pressure two and a half years, and low vegetable and fruit consumption, .3 years.” The foundation’s poll also found that five out of 0 Canadians had not been asked by their

What are ADD and ADHD? HAWKESBURY – Attention Deficit Disorder (also known as ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are terms used to describe patterns of behaviour that appear most often in school-aged children. Children with these disorders are inattentive, overly impulsive and, in the case of ADHD, hyperactive. They have difficulty sitting still, attending to one thing for a long period of time, and may seem overactive.

What are ADD and ADHD?

Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are disorders that interfere with the learning process because they reduce the child’s ability to pay attention. It is important to understand that ADD and ADHD are not disabilities in the learning process, although they may be present in addition to a learning disability. A learning disability is a neurological con-

dition that affects the child’s ability to learn. What are the emotional effects of ADD and ADHD? - Aggressive or violent behaviour - Feelings of failure can result in aggressive or violent behaviour at home or outside it. - Withdrawal, anxiety and depression - Your child may turn inward and try to isolate him/ herself from the rest of the world, or he/she may become anxious and depressed. - Low self-esteem - If your child has been unable to have positive experiences because of ADD or ADHD, he/she will likely have trouble developing a healthy self-esteem. - Physical symptoms - Possibly, your child will bury his/her feelings so deeply that they will come out in the form of headaches, stomach or back aches, or pains in the hands or legs. What are the social effects? - Becoming the “class clown” or the “class bully,” or - Avoiding or refusing to become involved in activities where he/she is unsure of success.

Overcoming the difficulties If you think your child may have ADD or ADHD, your first goal should be to reduce the stress caused by the confusion and frustration your child is experiencing. It will be best if you work together with a team of professionals to find out what is wrong: - Your family doctor should examine your child for physical causes, including seeing, hear-

doctors about diet or family history of heart disease or stroke, something it has asked the public to discuss with health practitioners for years. Four out of 0 people had not been weighed, nor been asked whether they smoked or about their level of physical activity. The Heart and Stroke Foundation said it is working to reduce salt intake among adults, to between ,200 and 2,300 milligrams by January 2020, with the goal of lowering rates of high blood pressure – the number one risk factor for strokes and a high factor for heart attacks. In addition, the annual report states the foundation will continue to “call on the federal government to regulate processed trans fats in Canada’s food supply.” It asks municipal governments to make zoning regulations and development decisions that “retrofit and rezone existing communities to include sidewalks, parks and pedestrian connections to schools, workplaces, shops and services,” and implement smoking bans in outdoor spaces such as playgrounds and parks, and at sports and cultural events. ing or speech problems. - A psychiatrist should work with your child to see if there are any emotional or social problems in addition to or caused by ADD or ADHD. - A psychologist or sociologist should examine the family environment. - An education specialist should examine your child’s academic abilities and test for any seeing, hearing or speech difficulties. - Submitted by Joanne Ledoux-Moshonas, CMHA mental health promotion



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Tapping a naturally-carbonated cask at Beau’s VANKLEEK HILL – Beau’s All-Natural Brewery will be celebrating the return of Beaver River (and hopefully an early spring) with an open house afternoon at the brewery this Saturday, March 5. Brewers will be tapping a naturally-car-

bonated cask of Beaver River for guests to enjoy by the glass. The afternoon will also feature brewery tours, food, and themed activities for adults and families. Limited samples of Beau’s upcoming releases – right out of the aging tank – will also be available

upon request. Beaver River is an India Pale Ale (IPA), an assertive style that features citrus and piney-earthy hoppiness complemented by bready malts, fruity esters, and caramel notes. This particular IPA blends European and North American

interpretations of the style for a taste that is quite unique. The .89-litre jugs of Beaver River will be available for purchase at the brewery retail store starting Thursday, March 3.

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CASSELMAN – Career fairs traveling through six eastern Ontario communities will showcase careers and educational opportunities in health care, technology, skilled trades, and more. Trade Roots brings together local industries, business-

es, educators, and employment services organizations to provide information about career and apprenticeship opportunities, and offer hands-on demonstrations of the skilled trades and other professions. More than 30 exhibitors will be at each

event, which will allow attendees to talk to working professionals and educators. The events are scheduled throughout March with stops in Casselman on Wednesday, March 2, in Smiths Falls on Tuesday, March 8 and in Morrisburg on Thursday, March 0.

For complete details, times and exhibitors, please visit The program is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy and hosted by St. Lawrence College.

SD&G, Cornwall EMS workers vote in favour of strike CORNWALL – Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers serving Cornwall and the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry (SD&G) voted 93 per cent in favour of giving a strike mandate to their bargaining representatives. Over 60 full time

and 30 part-time emergency personnel, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 5734, have been without a contract since the end of September 200. ”We know this employer is not listening to suggestions from their employees,” said

CUPE 5734 President Elliott Montford. “This strike mandate sends a clear message that we want progress at the bargaining table. ”Paramedics are not essential services like other emergency responders, the police and firefighters, and do not benefit from the same conditions

when injured. We have requested the help of a Ministry of Labour conciliator because we have not seen any progress at the table.” Outstanding issues include mostly seniority, job security and parttime working conditions.

$10,300 in federal funds for Wendover Western Festival

WENDOVER – MP Pierre Lemieux and Minister of Heritage James Moore are pleased to show their support for culture and heritage in GlengarryPrescott-Russell with the announcement of $0,300 in funding for the Wendover Western Festival. The festival, now in its 27th year, will feature a range of musical

talent, including local performers Damien Maisonneuve, Carolynne St-Jean, Réjean Lavertue, Marc-André Lemieux and Ronald Beauchamp. The funding is part of an initiative aimed at engaging Canadians in local arts and culture while celebrating their particular history and heritage. It was provided at the re-

quest of the Club Optimiste de Wendover, through the Communities Through Arts and Heritage program created by the government in 2007. “We would like to thank Canadian Heritage for its generous contribution to our festival, which will help us reach new audiences and revitalize local economies,”

said festival president Joanne Lacombe. “We are very happy to receive this subsidy, which will allow us to widen our programming to appeal to all festival-goers, from all over.” The festival runs from July 9 to 24 on the grounds of the Lucien-Delorme community centre in Wendover.

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PASCO, GEORGE Sunday, March 6, 2011 At the Cornwall Community Hospital, McConnell Site THE ANGLICAN MARGARET RODGER CHURCHES ALONG MEMORIAL on Thursday, February 24, THE OTTAWA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 2011, George Kent Pasco Rev. Kay Richardson 463 Main St., Lachute of Williamstown; age 75 632-9910 Rev. Dr. Douglas Robinson years. Beloved husband of 450-562-6797 Audrey Pasco (nee McOuat). Holy Trinity, Hawkesbury Worship 10:30am St. Matthew’s, Grenville ALL ARE WELCOME Loving father of Janis Pasco Holy Trinity, Calumet __________________ (Bruce Dubeau) of Maxville, Hawkesbury -HE 11:00am Tom Pasco (Sandra), Allison Calumet - MP 9:15am GENESIS COOPERATIVE Emard (Claude) and Heather Montebello - HE 9:15am of The United Church of Canada Hughes all of Williamstown. ________________ 613-678-5499 BREADALBANE Cooperative Council e-mail: Dear brother of Elsie Muller (William John) of Toronto. BAPTIST CHURCH Cherished grandfather of Kate, Emma, Ella and Thomas web site: CASSBURN UNITED CHURCH Pasco, Andrew and Evan Emard, Owen and Oliver Hughes, 613-874-2398 11:15am Rev. Bruce MacCallum HAWKESBURY UNITED CHURCH Katie and Brady Dubeau and the late Adam and Olivia Emard. Dear son of the late Thomas George Pasco and the late Ruth Sunday morning 2 locations: 9:30am GDHS, Alexandria KIRK HILL UNITED CHURCH Briggs. Relatives and friends may call at the Munro & Morris 9:00am Worship Service, 11:00am Funeral Homes Ltd., 46 Oak St. Lancaster (613-347-3629) on Breadalbane Road PENDLETON UNITED CHURCH Monday, February 28, 2011 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm and on 10:00am Sunday School 10:00am Tuesday from 9:30 am until 10:30 am. Funeral Service was 11:00am Worship Service TRINITY UNITED CHURCH held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, South Lancaster “That Christ may dwell Vankleek Hill in your hearts by faith“ 9:30am on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 11 am. Spring Interment Grinley Ephesians 3:17 _________________ Cemetery, Williamstown. As expressions of sympathy ________________ Memorial Donations to the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church VANKLEEK HILL Building and Restoration Fund or to the Heart & Stroke BAPTIST CHURCH Foundation of Ontario would be appreciated by the family. Rev. Byron Burton Rev. James Douglas Church 678-3084 As a Memorial to George a tree will be planted in Memory Worship and Sunday School Sunday School 9:45 am Woods. A tree grows-memories live. Condolences may be at 11:00am Worship 11:00am and 6:00pm 29 High Street, Vankleek Hill made online at Midweek Bible Study 613.678.3985 ____________________________________ Teen and childrens program SPROULE, JUDY HESTER MCILWAIN Everyone welcome! ______________ “It is by grace you have been Peacefully at home on saved through faith.” Sunday February 27, 2011, ST. PAUL’S (Eph 2.8 NIV) PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH surrounded by her family and Complete information at John Street, Hawkesbury friends, Judy, at the age of 57 The Rev. James Douglas years. Beloved wife of John ________________ Morning Worship - 9:45am ST. JUDE’S ROMAN Sproule. Daughter of the late All welcome CATHOLIC CHURCH William J. McIlwain and the _____________ (English) late E. Hester (McDonald) 372 Geneviève St. McIlwain. Survived by her at Bon Pasteur brothers, Harold (Shirley) of Hawkesbury, Ontario Vulcan, Alberta and James THE ANGLICAN PARISH Father Titus Egbueh (Gay) of Beamsville, Ontario. OF VANKLEEK HILL 632-2464 613-678-2444 Predeceased by her brother Emerald (Donna) of Bowden Saturday 4:30pm Alberta. Loving daughter-in-law of Helen (late Lloyd) Sunday Everyone welcome MacLeod of Cobourg, Ontario. She leaves behind her �rst 8:00am and 10:00am Rev. Dr. Robert Campbell All welcome cousin Ella Marston (Ian), whom she always considered to ST. PAUL’S ________________ be her sister-in-life. Fondly remembered by her sisters-in(East Hawkesbury) UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA 2210 County Road 10 law and brothers-in-law; Irwin Sproule (Jean), Linda LeRoy Rouge Valley Services resume at Eastertime (Arthur), Edwin Sproule (Carolyn), Gordon MacLeod (Diane) Worship leader ST. PAUL’S and Eleanor MacLeod (the late Ralph) and many nieces, Lee Ann Hogle (Fenaghvale) 1-819-687-3331 nephews, cousins and friends. Judy was a Registered Nurse 6330 County Road 10 Arundel - 9:30am Services resume at Eastertime graduate of the Ottawa Civic Hospital and nursed for twenty Harrington - 11:30am ST. JOHN’S years at the Hawkesbury General Hospital. In keeping with All are Welcome (Vankleek Hill) Judy’s wishes, there will be a Graveside Service at a later date ________________ 5845 Church Street at Cassburn Cemetery. In memory of Judy, donations may be (beside Higginson Tower) DALESVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH made to the Canadian Cancer Society 837 Pitt Street, Unit 11:00am Sundays 245 Dalesville Rd. # 1, Cornwall, Ontario K6J 3S5 or the Hawkesbury General with Sunday School Brownsburg-Chatham 8:00am Wednesdays (MP) Hospital Foundation 1111 Ghislain Street, Hawkesbury, Wheelchair accessible. Bible Study Ontario K6A 3G5. Condolences and donations may be made Pastor: Eddie Buchanan 7:00pm Thursdays at Funeral arrangements 450-533-6729 World Day of Prayer Sunday School 10:00am entrusted to Hillcrest Funeral Home 151 Bond Street, March 4th, 2:00pm Morning Worship 11:00am Vankleek Hill, Ontario K0B 1R0 613 678-2002. _______________ Everyone welcome ________________

CIRCLES OF FAITH COMMUNITY CHURCH Sunday Service 9:30am All are Welcome! Join us. 5372 Hwy 34 Vankleek Hill 613-678-2967 _________________ HUDSON/ST. LAZARE Reformed Presbyterian Church Hudson_ Afternoon Service 2:00 p.m. Vaudreuil, QC Midweek Bible Studies or more info Hudson Area call: Pastor C. Miller 514-618-4218 Lochiel Area call: Elder Brian Brodie 613-874-2989 _______________ PAROISSE ST-PIERRE APÔTRE EGLISE SAINT-ALPHONSE-DELIGUORI 470, rue Principale Est Hawkesbury, ON 613-632-8661 samedi - 16h dimanche - 8h-9h30-11h _______________

UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA (Argenteuil United Pastoral Charge) 397 Principale, Lachute, 450-562-6161 the Rev. Georgia Copland Lachute United, Lachute Knox-Wesley United, Grenville St. Mungo’s, Cushing Services 8:45am - Knox-Wesley (Sunday School) 10:30am - Lachute United _______________ PAROISSE SAINT-GRÉGOIRE ÉGLISE CATHOLIQUE M. L’Abbé Gilles Marcil Vankleek Hill 613-678-2610 samedi - 16h00 dimanche - 11h00 Liturgie pour enfants, les dimanches à 11h, de septembre à juin Bienvenue à tous _______________

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____________________________________ WILLIAMSON, DERRICK At the Glengarry Memorial Hospital on Sunday, February 27, 2011, Derrick Arthur Williamson of Green Valley; age 87 years. Beloved husband of Patricia Vincent. Husband by a previous marriage to the late Irene Williamson (nee Peters). Loving father of Valerie Johnson (Jim) of Lochiel and Angela Proulx (Terry) of Cambridge. Dear grandfather of Graham Johnson (Josée Poulin), Blair Johnson (France), Jennifer Lewis (Jamie), Melissa and Christopher Proulx, and great-grandfather of Sarah, Cassandra and Ava. Dear son of the late Joseph Arthur Williamson and the late Marjorie Onley. Relatives and friends may call at the Munro & Morris Funeral Homes Ltd., 114 Main St. South, Alexandria (613-525-2772) on Friday, March 4, 2011 from 11 am until 1:15 pm. Funeral Service will be held in St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church (Church in the Wildwood), South Lancaster on Friday, March 4, 2011 at 2 pm. As expressions of sympathy Memorial Donations to the Glengarry Memorial Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family. As a Memorial to Derrick a tree will be planted in Memory Woods. A tree growsmemories live. Condolences may be made online at www. ____________________________________

Scott Woods Band returns to Vankleek Hill VANKLEEK HILL – After stunning the crowd with its performance last April, the Scott Woods Band is returning to Vankleek Hill on Wednesday, March 30. The two-hour show, “All Aboard!” is billed as a fun-filled musical

journey and variety show, featuring Canadian fiddle champion Scott Woods and his talented band. It will stop at Knox Presbyterian Church that evening at 7 p.m. as part of a crosscountry tour this year. As a special treat,

local fiddler Lynsey Young Millage, of Kirk Hill, will be joining Woods and the band onstage. Tickets, available only in advance, are $20 for adults and $0 for children 2 years and under. Funds raised will help send

children and youth to Gracefield Christian Camp this summer. Tickets are available at Scotiabank in Vankleek Hill, or by calling Leigh at 63678-3404, Verne at 63678-2626, or Tracey at 63-525-0525.

VANKLEEK HILL – Just a reminder that the Vankleek Hill Historical Society is looking for your wedding or bridesmaids dresses for the Vankleek Hill Museum fundraiser on the evening of May 4. The 25 years of Wedding Fashion will be a gala evening and feature wedding fashion from 867 to 992.

To date there are 20 dresses registered from 920s, 930s, 940s, 950s, 960s, 970s, 980s and 990s. Event organizers are hoping to double that number to ensure there is a wide variety of dresses for people to see. Organizers are still looking for young women to model the dresses. Par-

ticipants are encouraged to find friends or family members to model their dresses. If that is not possible, there will be models on hand from 4-H and local schools. Organizers also want your wedding photos, even if you don’t have a dress in the fashion show. All wedding photos will be entered into a slide

show to run the whole evening. Several of the photos will be selected for poster enlargement and display. There will also be a printed program to celebrate wedding fashion. For more information about the event, call the museum at 63-678-2323 or e-mail

WENDOVER – Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MP Pierre Lemieux is hosting his annual spring gala this Saturday, March 5 at the Wendover Community Centre, and will welcome MP Jason Kenney, minister of citizenship and immigration. Previous galas hosted by Lemieux have featured For-

eign Affairs Minister Laurence Cannon, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, Senator Mike Duffy and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “The Honourable Jason Kenney is held in high regard by our Prime Minister and his track record of accomplishments is very impressive,” said Lemieux. “I am delight-

ed that he has cleared his schedule to attend, particularly given that citizenship and immigration of such current interest to people.” Entertainment for the evening will be provided by the renowned Bobby Lalonde, and by a lively and thoroughly entertaining Pipe and Drum band known as

the “Sons of Scotland” ( w w w. s o s p b. c o m ) . They are recognized as Canada’s oldest civilian pipe band, having been in existence since 896, and they are celebrating their 5th anniversary. Tickets can be ordered by calling 63304-399. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Wedding fashion event still seeking wedding dresses, models

Lemieux hosts MP Jason Kenney at spring gala

Meet and greet with Veterans Affairs minister in Alexandria ALEXANDRIA – The federal minister of Veterans Affairs, JeanPierre Blackburn, will be attending the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 423 in Alexandria next Wednesday, March 9 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. All veterans, branch veteran officers and dependants are invited to attend this meet and greet event, which takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 48 Elgin St. in Alexandria.

Blackburn will speak about the recent service delivery improvements for veterans. This will be followed by a question and answer session. Please join the minister and the Legion for coffee and refreshments, where you will have an opportunity to hear about such changes to programs for veterans and their families.


BERRY, Edouard “Eddy“ - Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to the Glengarry Memorial Hospital staff for the great care, hard work and your patience given to Eddy while he was a patient for six months. To the doctors, nurses and other employees who cared for him, especially Dr. Adams, physotherapist, Kim and her team who tried so hard to make Eddy walk again. Unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be. To the Lancaster Chateau Gardens and its devoted staff for their warm hospitality for the short time Eddy was there. To all those who visited Eddy while he was hospitalized. For all the cards, gifts and treats brought to him. This was much appreciated by the family. To Munro & Morris Funeral Home owners Alistair and Katherine for the kind words of compassion and their professionalism. To the six pallbearers Jean-Guy Levert, Angus Kennedy, Roger Lanthier, Rolland Binette, Hubert Duchesne and François Ranger. To Pierre Vaillancourt for the beautiful music. To my dear sister Odette for the reading of that emotional poem. To the readers Lorraine Lanthier, Sylvie Allen and Michèlle Kennedy. To the two mass servants Sara-Ann and Mariska Dewar-Massie. To Father Cyriaque Balla for conducting the funeral mass and the thoughtful eulogy. So Sandra for the memorable words she said about her father. To Adèle and Jacinthe for the beautiful decorations at the hall and Simonne for her help throughout the day. We’re sure Eddy was clapping his hands IN MEMORIAM at the �ddle music provided at the hall by Sara-Ann Dewar Massie. Thank you for your donations at the hall. A total of $497 was collected and donated in equal proportions to the Glengarry Memorial Hospital and the Hawkesbury General Hospital Foundation on behalf of the Berry families. For all the �owers, e-mails, sympathy cards, masses, phone calls, donations, food, hugs and words of kindness during these difficult times, we thank you. Your presence at the funeral MacTAVISH , Joan - In loving memory of a dear wife, mother meant a lot to all of us. Please accept this public notice of and grandmother who passed away March 1st, 2004. gratitude in lieu of a thank you card. As time rolls by one thing remains true Sincerely, We cherish the special place in our hearts Lise, Claude (Manon), Wayne (Carole) That will always be reserved for you. and Sandra (Robert Sproul) Love, Garry and Family ____________________________________ ____________________________________

THIS WEEK AT PLEASANT CORNERS PUBLIC SCHOOL Thanks to Mr. Rainey, Ms. McKay and Mrs. Burleton, the Grade 7 and 8 classes had a thrilling day of tubing at Mont SaintSauveur last Friday. Not to be forgotten, PCPS parents, staff and community supporters enjoyed the second annual Pub Night on Saturday hosted by the school council. The evening at the Windsor Tavern, which included music and dancing, was well attended and council wishes to give a big thanks to the bands that performed.

This Wednesday, March 2, there will be a parents-only information night at 6:30 p.m. for new junior kindergarten and senior kindergarten registrants. The Grade 8 PCPS badminton team, coached by Ms. McKay, will be heading to a tournament at Glengarry High School on Friday, March 4. That same day, PCPS students and staff will also celebrate a winter carnival day at the school to celebrate the season.

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Quebec government helps rebuild its schools with $2.2M investment BY TARA KIRKPATRICK

LACHUTE – Crumbling infrastructures, leak- “It’s a priority because we were at ing roofs and smelly locker rooms are common the point where we were either to many schools, but a $2.2-million investment by the Quebec government will ensure Argen- going to have to fix it or tear it down.” teuil’s schools are rebuilt, brick by brick. Argenteuil MNA David Whissell announced the investment on behalf of the Min- – Robert Dixon, commissioner istry of Education, Recreation and Sport on Friday, February 4 and noted the grant represents four times the amount of money that was outdated roof, an additional $50,000 to repair the exterior walls, and $35,935 to renovate the allocated to Argenteuil’s schools last year. “Several elements must be present to pro- locker rooms and bathrooms within the fitness mote the academic success of our youth,” he department. “Anything that keeps our schools alive here said. “One of them is to ensure that children are taught in a stimulating and secure environment is good for us and David Whissell is a huge voice for the anglophone schools and the interconducive to learning. “That is why the government is invest- ests of our residents. He listens to everyone in the county and gets ing large sums of money to ensure that school things done,” said Robert Dixon, commissioner buildings are kept in good repair.” The building fund will predominantly be of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board. The infrastructure grant will finance five maused to finance essential infrastructure repairs, replace windows and doors, improve heating jor projects in the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School systems, renovate bathrooms and locker rooms, Board and enable the Rivière-du-Nord School and conduct other major repairs. Board to finance $965,000 in projects at  of its In anticipation of the funding announce- institutions. In addition to construction at LRHS, the ment, the Laurentian Regional High School (LRHS) recently spent $564,496 to replace an program will finance a $360,000 overhaul of the

parking area at the Morin Heights Elementary School, $25,00 in repairs to the Arundel cafeteria and dormitory, and $328,55 in repairs to a section of Laurentian Elementary School (LES) that has been closed for nearly two years. “The wing being repaired at Laurentian Elementary School was closed about a year and a half ago when the brickwork began to buckle,” said Dixon. “It’s a priority for us because we had reached the point where we were either going to fix it or tear it down.” LES was originally built in the early 900s as the Lachute Academy, with an enrollment of about 850 children studying in grades one through 2. The academy eventually exceeded its capacity and, in 967, the LRHS was built to accommodate senior students and halve the enrollment at Lachute Academy. LES currently teaches about 330 kids within an institution that was built for more than double that number. The three-storey wing of the school that is currently closed and undergoing repairs is not expected to be reopened as part of the elementary school, but will instead be used as a rental unit intended to subsidize the school and to help with its maintenance costs. “This wing of the school has its own en-

trance, it is centrally located with parking and has two full basements and includes a music room, classrooms and an industrial arts room. It opens up a whole new set of possibilities,” Dixon noted. According to Dixon it is the intention of the school board to rent out the newly renovated section of LES and they are seeking non-profit organizations and governmental organizations as potential tenants. Infrastructure investments granted to the Rivière-du-Nord School Board include: Saint-Julien Elementary; $00,000 to repair bathrooms Saint-Martin Elementary; $75,000 for interior repairs Saint-Philippe Elementary; $50,000 for roof repair and $30,000 to repair the exterior walls Édifice le Parallèle adult education centre; $45,000 Le Tremplin; $00,000 to repair the exterior façade L’Oasis Elementary; $70,000 to repair the gymnasium floor Saint-Alexandre Elementary; $75,000 Saint-Julien Elementary; $70,000 to replace the gymnasium floors.

Province of Quebec announces support for its caregivers in 2010-2011 budget BY TARA KIRKPATRICK

LACHUTE – Caring for the elderly and the infirm is a hard job that takes dedication, patience, perseverance and long hours, often with little personal consideration given to the caregiver. On Monday, February 7, Argenteuil MNA David Whissell announced the Quebec government has allocated $6 million in the 20020 budget toward a three-year fund investing in programs to support family caregivers and ease some of their burden. The project is being funded by the Quebec Ministry of Family and Seniors as part of an initiative that aims to increase respect for seniors and to improve their living conditions and care.

In Quebec, there are an estimated 300,000 people who are currently caring for elderly residents who wish to stay in their homes as long as possible. These caregivers face physical and psychological stress in their jobs and they work in a field where isolation and depression are strong concerns for both the patients and caregivers themselves. Locally, the province has invested $46,745 in L’Antr’aidant, a Laurentian organization that has planned two projects that aim to assist caregivers. The first part of the program is to create places where caregivers can escape the stress of their daily lives within restful and relaxing environments. The project recognizes that caregivers often live with the loved ones they are caring

for and that the burden of caring for someone 24 hours, seven days each week, can lead to difficult circumstances. “The senior care-giving project will allow us to reach family caregivers who are caring for seniors and who are unaware that there are organizations dedicated to helping them,” said L’Antr’aidant vice-president Cécile Bélanger. “These are people who often live in solitude and who need our help quickly before they sink into exhaustion and become discouraged.” This $8,455 project will be implemented in ten municipalities across the Pays-d’en-Haut region, in collaboration with hospitals, clinics, churches and senior centres. The second component of the program has been allocated $28,290 to identify the caregivers

who are operating in the Pays d’en Haut region and to help provide them with the services and training necessary to better perform their jobs. A secondary goal of this project is to educate and inform doctors, pharmacists and senior centre administrators on the obstacles faced by caregivers and to provide them with the resources to better do their jobs. “It is an undeniable reality,” said Whissell. “More and more people are helping older relatives who face a loss of autonomy. These are dedicated people who freely give of themselves and whose invaluable contribution will become even more important with an aging population. The L’Antr’aidant program will better support caregivers and provide them with the resources so that they can continue their work.”

Ontario Provincial Police reminds snowmobilers to be safe as temperatures rise HAWKESBURY – With the anticipated arrival of warmer temperatures over the next month, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding snowmobilers to plan their routes carefully. Snow fallen from recent winter storms can act as a warm blanket on thin ice, making rivers and lakes appear safe when they are not. Ice conditions can

change rapidly in milder temperatures. Snowmobile operators are urged to be aware of trail conditions and when unsure, snowmobiles should avoid traveling over bodies of water. According to the Ontario Snowmobile Safety Committee, here is the recommended minimum of ice thickness for new clear hard ice to withstand the following


weights: An average person needs at least 0 centimetres (four inches) of new, clear and hard ice in order for the ice to withstand the weight. A snowmobile needs at least 2 centimetres (five inches). A car or small pickup needs 20 to 30 centimetres (eight to 2 inches), and a medium-size truck needs 30 to 38 centimetres (2 to 5 inches) of

clear hard ice. Some other tips: The safest snowmobiling rule is never to cross lakes or rivers. If you do snowmobile on the ice, make absolutely sure the ice is safely frozen. Don’t trust the judgment of other snowmobilers.

Drowning is the leading cause of snowmobile fatalities. Consider buying a buoyant snowmobile suit. If you go through the ice remember that your snowmobile suit (even a non-buoyant one) and helmet may keep you afloat for

several minutes. Slide back onto the ice, using anything sharp to dig in for a better pull. Kick your feet to propel you onto the ice, like a seal. If the ice keeps breaking, continue moving toward shore or the direction from

which you came. Don’t remove your gloves or mitts. Once on the ice, roll away from the hole. Don’t stand until well away from the hole. Statistics indicate that only approximately 0 to 5 per

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A hockey game fundraiser for Laurentian Elementary School took place for the third year at the Gilles Lupien Arena in Brownsburg-Chatham on Sunday, February 27. This year, the Brownsburg Slugs faced off against the Mighty Yuks – a team featuring members of Montreal radio stations CHOM, Virgin and CJAD. The Brownsburg Slugs won the game, which raised $1,700 for the school. Seen here are players of both teams, posing with the principal of LES, Darlene Reeves. The draw winner was Amanda Kuhn, who won a membership to O’Brien’s Gym. PHOTO TRACY O’NEILL

cent of snowmobile incidents occur on well maintained and designed trails where as much as 80 to 90 per cent of all snowmobile riding takes place. It has been proven that fewer injuries occur while riding on maintained trails. Stay on the trails in order to keep those statistics to your advantage. A safe return from a snowmobile trip starts with proper planning before you leave. Let others know where you are going and when you will return. Pick up trail maps and information about the trails in the area where you are going to ride. Information on trail conditions is available from the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) at www.ofsc. The OPP reminds all snowmobilers to operate their machines safely, and don’t drink and sled.

Students at Laurentian Elementary School recently enjoyed a breakfast feast, to help celebrate Nutrition Month. As part of Nutrition Month all kids will enjoy a healthy breakfast thanks to the donations and volunteers who contributed muffins. PHOTO TRACY O’NEILL



Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Last Word Editorial department:

What do you think of drink? Inspiration “Why aren’t you drinking? Are you sick or something?” I wish I could tell you that someone else had spoken those words, but alas, it was a much younger and short-sighted me who couldn’t imagine anyone spending time in a drinking establishment -- not drinking. “No,” replied the older brother of one of my friends. “I’m diabetic,” he added quietly. I was working by that time and had left high school behind me. While a student, I had managed to avoid the rampant under-aged drinking binges that seemed to fill the weekends for most of my classmates. But with a full-time job came the time and the urge to join my friends as we headed out on the town every weekend. What else was there to do? A rite of passage, I used to think to myself while I was in high school, at the wise age of 17. I happily avoided the drinking, the hangovers, the car accidents, the scary drives home. Why didn’t I go to parties, my mother used to ask. The truth is: I was afraid. So during the time I attended high school, I worked after school, and I took babysitting jobs and I avoided these parties. Still, a part of me envied the acceptance that went with the close scrapes and the stories that had to be maintained at all costs so that parents didn’t know just how bad it really was. And there were only a few fatalities, after all, due to alcohol poisoning or fatal car accidents. From the sound of it, alcohol seems to be just as big a part of our local culture today as it was 30, 40 or 50 years ago. Of course, it isn’t part of the culture for everyone. There are those who don’t buy into the extreme drinking crowd. Perhaps they are a bit too serious by half. Or maybe they’re not from here. Since the story has made it around the community about a gathering at a private home that seemed to go wrong and has ended up with an adult being charged with assault of two youths . . . many of us have been talking about alcohol and how it is viewed in our community. There are the vast amounts of alcohol consumed at local community events – the quantities are often something to brag about. There is our attitude that an event cannot make any money without the famous “beer garden”. There are the bus trips where the adults on board make certain to bring enough alcohol for the one or twohour trip. There are the hockey teams who

bring alcohol into the dressing rooms and that, too, is a given. Office parties have long been notorious environments for co-workers to let off steam, drink too much and then say too much. And there are the parties at private homes, where alcohol is often consumed in an unsupervised setting. But let’s not think only of young people here, let’s be inclusive and think about all of us grown-ups, too. Did you know that as the host of a special occasion, you can be held legally liable for the safety and sobriety of your guests? You can be held responsible for injuries or damages that occur as a result of the alcohol you provide. You are responsible for your guests at any function that you organize, including weddings, street parties and company parties. You may be held responsible for the safety and behaviour of your guests until they’re sober, not just until they leave your party or function. There are some who would argue that it is the sort of “forbidden-fruit” notion that makes alcohol so enticing, especially to young people. Perhaps if we had a more relaxed attitude to alcohol, we would not have these problems. But in a report released two weeks ago, the World Health Organization said alcohol abuse is the third leading cause of death and disability in the world. It seems that the harmful use of alcohol kills two and one-half million people per year. Action is needed, according to the World Health Organization. I think we have far to go. Our ability to consume great quantities of alcohol is equated with our fun quotient and to a great extent, determines how accepted we are by our peers. For young men, it is a measure of masculinity. I hesitated before writing this column because I thought to myself: you, dear readers, would think I’m a real stick in the mud. And then I realized that, I, too, had fallen for the idea that fun and alcohol consumption go together. The bigger question we should all be asking ourselves is why has alcohol gained such stature at such a high personal cost to our health, our safety and that of others? That stupid question I asked so many years ago has stayed with me. It showed me how easy it can be to lose my own perspective and be swayed by the values of others. I am reminded how difficult it is to be different and express one’s sentiments when they differ from those of the group. Thankfully, social pressure seems to ease with age, if we survive the dangers of youth.

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Students at Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute recently celebrated Pink Shirt Day to support the anti-bullying initiative started last year in the Maritimes by some high school students. Check out for more details. PHOTO COURTESY OF SARAH DAGG

A loss of common sense (A reader submitted this obituary for Common Sense to The Review, and we felt we would share it with all of you.) Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: Knowing when to come in out of

the rain; why the early bird gets the worm; life isn't always fair; and maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a sixyear-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspend-

ed from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition. Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion. Common Sense lost

the will to live as the churches became businesses and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault. Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement. Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and

Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is survived by his four stepbrothers, I Know My Rights, I Want It Now, Someone Else Is To Blame, and I'm A Victim. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

things, but what I am learning is not what I wanted. Recently I read that the Ontario Energy Board has ruled that utility companies can raise their rates to pay for $8 million in fines that they received for – wait for it – overcharging those who paid bills late. The OEB approved the change to billing in the first place. Correct

me if I'm wrong, but isn't the OEB supposed to be on our side? Don't look to Queen’s Park for an answer, lest our local representative MPP Lalonde to be an advocate for the people who elected them. The premier has said that the government will maintain a “hands off ” approach to this issue. That’s a great idea, as the last time the Lib-

erals had a “hands-on” approach, taxpayers were on the hoof for $ billion for e-Health. Thankfully, elections are coming this fall. It's timely, in that Premier McGuinty has installed all these windmills, because a hard wind will be blowing this fall.

ple informed of your whereabouts, checking meeting times and warning about road conditions. None of these need to be reported or checked in mid-conversation at social functions. Doing so sends out the message that being in the now with fellow human beings is of lesser value. It is, dear people, at the very least, rude – and at its worst, unkind. There are enough situations in daily life that devalue us; we don't need it reinforced by our friends, nearest and dearest. The time seems to be at hand where human interaction is no longer prized and we are settling for imitations of life. Does LOL really mean laughter, and OMG really register genuine surprise? Will we ever be satisfied with :) when a real smile is needed? I'm from the generation that invented labour-saving technology and strove to make

life easier for people. We were on the threshold of a culture shift. Marshall McLuhan sounded the warning about the medium becoming the message and he was right. It's time to reflect on how far we, as a species, are prepared to go in surrendering ourselves. As individuals, we need to decide how much of our humanity we are willing to consign to this technology addiction. In our daily discourse, we could take the first step by turning off our cell phones to talk to each other. Let's stop referencing our senses in text, and instead, using our touch, sight, smell, laughter, emotion and intellect to again embrace one another in real time. I believe that we would see less road rage, less frustration and reduce the new phenomenon of pedestrian rage. A civil society requires civil citizens to function and the purpose of courtesy has

been to lubricate society. Judging from what passes for social interaction in this technological world, we are all desperately in need of a lube job. This is not a rant against my nearest and dearest. They are no worse or better than everyone else in their generation, being swept along by the tide of dehumanization. They are busy people doing the best they can and, no doubt, see these technological advances as a huge benefit. I honestly believe that they would be less stressed and busy if they unplugged more often. They need more time to listen to their inner selves and to each other and we all need some silence to make friends with ourselves.

- This was written by Lori Borgman and first published March 5, 998 in the Indianapolis Star.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Disheartening: Rate hike to pay for �nes for overcharging those who paid bills late THE EDITOR,

You would think that the first three months of 20 would have been a clean slate. I remember thinking that this was going to be the year that everything changed for the

We are badly in need of a lube job THE EDITOR,

I find myself in complete agreement with “You can say that again” (Last Word page, February 6). It arrived on my doorstep at the same time that I posted my thoughts on the subject in my blog. We are communicating all the time but saying less. Or are we listening less because communication is so pervasive? Because we are on the same track, I'm forwarding my thoughts to you: One of the aftereffects of a house full of people is the intense quiet once everyone leaves. I really enjoy that quiet. People need solitude to be friends with themselves. We need silence to connect with our inner selves. In

better. 200 was better than 2009, economically at least, and 20 would bring us back to where we should have been before the greed of a few sunk the dreams of the many. I like to learn new this world of mobile communication devices, silence and solitude has become rare and all the more precious. I find it troubling to see that my daughter, her man, and so many others can no longer disconnect from their Blackberries. Wherever we go, they are checking their messages and texting others. It's done in restaurants, at birthday parties, in mid-conversation et al. What could possibly be so important that it justifies such discourtesy? At the very least, leave the room if you must check your messages. Nobody likes to feel irrelevant, but that is exactly how I feel when a text or a ring tone interrupts our face-to-face connection. It's like talking with someone, at a party, who is constantly scanning the room for someone more important to talk to. Cell phones are really useful devices for safety, keeping peo-





Wednesday, March 2, 2011


L’Orignal Winter Carnival helps banish the winter blues Stéphane Vanier, Champlain volunteer firefighter for L’Orignal district, hastily but gladly prepares hot dogs for carnival-goers during the L’Orignal Winter Carnival, which was held Saturday, February 26. PHOTO MARIE-NOEL SHANK

Bonhomme Carnaval and Sparky the Dog delighted children during the carnival spaghetti dinner on Saturday night at the Knights of Columbus hall in L’Orignal. Here, they pose for a photo with the carnival King, Mikeal Desmarais-Larivière, and Queen Maïka Lalonde. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Two mothers (left) compete in the wheelbarrow races on Front Street in downtown L’Orignal during carnival weekend. A very bundled-up Ann Rochon (above) happily serves the ever-popular customary hot cocoa during the L’Orignal Five-year old Abby Lalonde from L’Orignal enjoys a lovely cup of 2011 winter carnival. PHOTOS MARIE-NOEL SHANK hot cocoa during the L’Orignal Winter Carnival. PHOTO MARIE-NOEL

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