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Annual Children’s Holiday Concert

For the tenth consecutive year, the ER Quartet will entertain the children of North Grenville at the Annual Children's Holiday Concert scheduled for 10:30 A.M., Thursday, December 27, 2012, in the Theatre of the Munici-

pal Complex. This free concert is sponsored by the Friends of the North Grenville Public Library. ER consists of Brenda and Chris Reinkeluers, George Buys, and Dr. John Evans. Rental Fees were

paid by Gale Real Estate; peanut-free cookies provided by Victorian Pantry, Marie Gouthro, and Lou Munz; fruit drinks donated by Giant Tiger. Admission: a nonperishable food item for Sally Ann who really ap-

preciates your support during this Festive Season. Maureen McCleery, an honourary life member of the Friends of the Library and a founding member of the group, came up with the idea of having

a children’s concert between Christmas and New Year’s Day. She remembered the years when her five children ran out of things to do during that period. Others who have assisted with the enter-

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by Anne Walsh If one were to use the hours spent on assisting his Brother Knights, the Community, and his Church as a gauge, there is no doubt that he would fall into the Knight of the Year category. Vincent Morin was a clever boy. He was only twelve years old when he started College in Cornwall. When he was employed at a clothing store doing administrative work, a young seamstress caught his eye. From then on, he found all sorts of reasons to go to the ground floor of the building and see this beautiful woman. The other seamstresses teased her. He was always dressed in a suit and tie and did paperwork: to her, he seemed like a bit of a snob. However, persistence pays and by the time he asked her out, she said yes. When “Vince” went to Claire’s home for their date, the family was kneeling for prayers. He had two choices: join them, or sit and wait. This became their routine: prayers together, then a date. When her mother became ill, Claire’s foster brother had to move to a farm to find work. He wasn’t happy there; but Claire and Vince would often visit him.

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When they announced their engagement, Claire’s foster brother asked to move in with them. When they married, they took him home and adopted him as their son. Unable to have a child of their own, they adopted their daughter, Carole. The family moved from Cornwall to Kemptville when Vince got a job as Town Clerk. Vince told his wife she would need to sell the house and she did so within four days. Desperate for a place to stay, they moved into a second story apartment on Prescott street. There were sewer rats, and Claire worried they would bite their daughter, Carole. She was sleeping on a pile of mattresses so high, she could see the tinsel decorations on the Prescott street bridge from her bedroom window. They eventually moved to their new home on Maley street. Claire spoke very little English and struggled to adjust to her new town. She took the Voyageur bus each week to visit her parents in Cornwall. When Vincent had served his term as Town Clerk, he decided to work for himself, as an accountant, from the basement of his home. Claire also worked from home, providing care for fourteen children. He was a great dad, who would sit and play games, or watch a movie with the kids on Saturdays. Carole says he was always an intellectual. He wasn’t the one who fixed things, or mowed the lawn: he was clumsy. You went to him if you needed a thinker. But Vincent could also be a “doer”. If someone

needed help, “Vince was your man”. He belonged to the Kinsmen, was an active member of Holy Cross Church, and joined the Knights of Columbus as well. In 1978, Vincent started preparing hampers with his friend Joe Sparling (owner of The Kemptville Fabric Shoppe). They collected donations from the community and prepared food hampers and gift bags with clothing or toys, out of the basement of the Kemptville Fabric Shoppe at its old location on Prescott (now Bodhi Tree Yoga). They worked in collaboration with the Lost and Found Community, a non-profit organization serving families in need. In 1985, while Joe Sparling was Grand Knight, the Food Bank was initiated. “Brother Vince took the reins and never looked back”. If someone called the Rectory for help, they were given Vincent’s phone number. He would have food delivered to families in need. At Christmas, Vince would go through his list, and contact schools for more names of families who could use a hand. He prepared cards with information regarding a child’s Christmas wish, age, gender and clothing size, and filled the Holy Cross Church Christmas tree with these cards. The Knights requested, through the Priest, that the parishioners bring in food items and donations. The Knights assembled gift bags and food hampers to deliver to the less fortunate members of the community. About five years ago,

some people broke into the Holy Cross Church Hall and stole bags filled with gifts. They also smashed pieces from the nativity scene creche outside the church on Clothier street. The Christmas Hamper program was in jeopardy. The North Grenville Community Service Council had always helped them out when they were short on items as they neared Christmas. That year, they needed them to save their Gift and Toy program. Claire Larabie, working with the Council, came through and families received their Gifts and Hampers on time. From that moment on, Claire became a very active participant in this program. Carole says the Christmas Hampers were a family tradition for them. They worked day and night to sort gifts, wrap parcels, allocate food to each hamper and ensure the toys and clothing were of decent quality. They were protective of this program, taking every precaution to keep the names of its participants confidential. Carole recalls the Christmas spirit in each of the three Catholic Schools in the area as they held food drives to fill the Food Bank. St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, Holy Cross Elementary School, and St. Michael’s High School did what they could to support the program. Vincent and his wife Claire sponsored Bursaries at Holy Cross and St. Michael’s Catholic Schools each year. The Knights of Columbus also make Christmas deliveries to the Shut-ins in this area. Parishioners are asked to bring a gift for


someone of their gender. Some of the ladies bake cookies as well. Vince would visit shut-ins, and deliver the cookies and gifts to them. Vince never got his driver’s license, but that didn’t stop him. He could just pick up the phone and find someone with a car to take him wherever he needed to be. Some of Vince’s friends who helped him out over the years are Paul Curry, Wayne Gault, Frank Hrachovsky, Mike Blais, as well as Jack and Brian Dillon. When Vince fell ill last year, he handed over the list of families who would need their help to his daughter, Carole, from his hospital bed. Brian and Jack Dillon, as well as Mike Blais, took over the Christmas Hampers from Vince. Claire Larabie, who is a close friend of the family, was there for them until the end. Vincent Morin passed away at the Kemptville District Hospital on December 9th 2011. Sir Knight Vincent Paul Morin is missed by his family, his friends and his community.

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funds, food and presents to benefit the less fortunate, as we call them, in their community. So many initiatives, so many individual projects to mark the season of Christmas, makes two clear points. The first is, as we have always known, that North Grenville is a very generous place, full of people who are prepared to think of others and ensure they are taken care of. There will always be the Grinches, those who feel that it’s a waste of money to feed the hungry, house the homeless and visit the lonely. Let them be: they can stew in their own misery and selfishness. How they can ever explain themselves to the One whose birthday we’re celebrating, I don’t care to know. That is the second point about what’s been happening. There is a Reason for the Season and Wise Men still seek Him. It is a unique kind of birthday celebration: the birthday boy asks us to give presents to everyone else. Maybe that is his present from us? “Love one another, as I have loved you.” And, man, how he has loved us! Now, I accept that there are some who will not appreciate these sentiments: and others who will actively object to them being in a local newspaper. Fine: you can always start your own paper and say what you think is worth saying. But for me, and for the Times, this is a Christian celebration. If you’re not a Christian - no problem! Feel free to join in and make of it what you will. But it will always, at its foundation, be a celebration of Jesus. No apologies needed for that. It is not hard to see, if you are willing to see, that the motive behind all of this good will and

do-gooding comes from the same place. Who runs the food banks, who delivers to the shut-ins, and who do people look to, to deal with these issues? The politicians? The cynics? No, the Christian churches. The various denominations may not always have the clearest understanding of the Gospel, or Scripture, but they are at one in this: they believe that the love of God compels them to reach out. And, literally, thank God they do. Demand for the help of the Salvation Army and the North Grenville Community Service Council has increased by more than 80% over the past two years. Those who boast that we are Green and Growing need to remember that. So, given all that, it is not asking a lot to have the season remembered as Christmas, and to throw aside all that politically correct nonsense that would forbid his name to be used publicly. In that Spirit, may we at the NG Times wish you and yours a very happy Christmas and a healthy, happy New Year.

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This is the fifth, and final, issue of the NG Times for 2012. We hope to return to your homes on January 9, 2013, with a whole new year to look forward to. The last few weeks have been a hectic, seven-day-a-week experience of hypertension, pleasure and terror (I kid you not, my beard is quite white. It used to be grey!). Starting a local newspaper - the first new one in North Grenville in more than a hundred years - is quite a challenge. It requires a real degree of trust on both sides - the readers and the paper people - to make sure that it accurately reflects all shades of opinion in the community, and gives everyone who wishes it a place to have their say. We here are very grateful indeed for the response we’ve received so far: it has been generous, with timely and reasonable criticism where required, as well as praise, even when not deserved. The future could be really great fun indeed. If we survive this early phase with our mental and physical health intact! And that is only partly a joke. Really, white! If there is any benefit to editing a local newspaper (and the jury is still out on that one), it is that you (or “one”, depending on your preference) get to hear about most of what is happening in North Grenville on any given week. I say “most”, because I really think there is more going on than any of us quite realise. If you take a look through the five copies of the Times since it was first issued at the end of last month, you will notice that the pages are full of stories and pictures of voluntary groups and individuals who took the time and effort to gather

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While you are relaxing after a day of shopping, preparing pastries for the Yule season, or addressing Christmas cards, you may wish to take a break for a wee bit of vocabulary building. Haven’t you heard?? It is becoming a favorite pastime among the North Grenville citizenry! Directions: Select the word or expression that most nearly defines the italicized word. 1. an avaricious weaver (a) unskilled (b) skilled (c) unselfish (d) greedy (e) vicious 2. a pugnacious individual (a) eager to learn (b) energetic (c) calm (d) worrisome (e) ready to fight 3. an unscrupulous bargainer (a) without principles (b) indirect (c) wealthy (d) carelessly dressed (e) foolish 4. a scintillating gem (a) impressive (b) used for cutting other gems (c) sparkling (d) colourless (e) precious 5. a deleterious effect (a) helpful (b) hurtful (c) indifferent (d) exciting (e) calming 6. befuddled by the reports (a) alarmed (b) quieted (c) aroused (d) confused (e) unharmed 7. a pallid complexion (a) lively (b) ruddy (c) heavily rouged (d) pale (e) schoolgirl 8. to journey incognito (a) with passports in order (b) with identity concealed (c) with much publicity (d) unattended (e) rapidly 9. to trust one's veracity (a) employer (b) memory for faces (c) ability to mix with others (d) truthfulness (e) intelligence 10. an unfortunate pariah (a) merchant (b) outcast (c) dealer in rugs (d) young child in India (e) servant Studying Words from Literature Match these two columns; what literary works are represented? Beau Brummell cruel taskmaster benedict dude Dr. Watson faithful assistant lilliputian greedy, mean old man Pickwickian hypocrite Romeo lover Scrooge married man Simon Legree perfect, visionary Tartuffe simple, goodhearted utopian tiny I saw an empty kettle today; it was silently crying for company. When was the last time you purchased someone a dictionary for Christmas? Does the computer serve the same purpose? Is Oxford now obsolete? Questions to ponder................until we meet again.

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It was Friday, December 7, 2012. I sat with twenty Grade 7 students at St. Michael's High School to hear about their transition from elementary school to high school. The group was quiet at first, hesitant. Then I asked what teachers have done to help them through their transition and their hands shot up. What I heard was close to thirty minutes of stories about their excellent teachers, who make them laugh and who transmit their love of learning each and every day. Mrs. Kingsbury's teaches and coaches volleyball. She decorates and moves around her classroom. She is very enthusiastic. If you don't understand something she explains it with actions. Mr. Nicholl teaches math and coaches soccer. Math can be difficult but when students drop in to see him at recess or during break, he's always in his classroom. Mrs. Pugh teaches gym, she gave one of the students a cute nickname. Mr Keller teaches Core French and English. He plays games. He's not strict, just fun. Mme Paris does fun activities and organizes trips to Holy Cross School to read to their students. She is "super chill", easy going, understanding, and lets students play Christmas music in class. Mrs Wellsbury never gives up, "if you don't understand, she keeps trying". Then there was Mr Williams who teaches math, science and religion. He was described as

funny, easy to talk to and helpful. He has nicknames for students and is known to take on various accents when he teaches math. He calls his homeroom students his "Homies" and created a character named "Math Boy". One day, the students asked about Math Boy. They were told: "He blew up in an explosion. There were numbers everywhere!". What were the main issues for students starting Grade 7, and how can they be helped in the transition to High School? Seemingly, the students' two most common fears prior to the start of school were: getting lost in the huge building, and being around high school students because they might pick on them, being that they are at the "bottom of the food chain". They were pleasantly surprised to find out that grades 7 & 8 only have classes on the first floor of the building which consists of one long hallway. Also, the higher grades only have classes on the second floor, therefore they have no contact with them. Grades 7 & 8 have their own space which is easy to navigate. Parents can help students prepare by purchasing all the materials they'll need for school (you get a list ahead of time, either at the Open House, or through the mail). They can also take students to Open House in May and the St. Michael's BBQ in August. Both are opportunities to meet teachers, hear about the curriculum and visit school grounds. It's also easier to connect with a teacher if parents initiate the conversation and ease the students into it.

Peers can help by directing students who are late due to their bus ride. Most students transferring from Holy Cross School knew their classmates. For students coming from other schools or cities, it was a relief when someone who was well-connected acknowledged them and introduced them to friends. One of the factors I had not considered was the plight of students from French schools. They only started learning English in Grade 4. The closest French high schools are Franco Ouest in Ottawa, or Ange Gabrielle in Brockville. That means there is a big portion of students who go from studying in a French Elementary School to learning in English when they reach grade 7. They need to translate terms for each class: math, science etc., and their conversational English initially limits their ability to interact with peers. One student joked that he tried using "Google translate" to understand his homework; but this tool provides a literal translation and is not an effective way to translate whole sentences. Students agreed that wearing a uniform makes it easier to dress in the morning. It also eliminates inappropriate fashion choices. Some recommended going to the uniform sale at the school in September, rather than ordering items online. Students have a Casual Day once a month. They also have two Spirit Wear days each month where students don team spirit merchandise with logos from their school. One student commented that whenever Casual Day comes around, it takes her forever to get dressed because she really wants to "make it count". School bus transportation was mentioned as an issue by one student

who was forced to change schools, losing her friends because she was three houses too far away to be allowed on the bus that her friends were taking to their high school. Students feel they have matured since starting grade 7. They have more responsibilities, such as keeping track of their schedule which switches on Fridays, caring for the instruments they get to take home on weekends, maintaining their uniforms so they are clean and presentable, as well as keeping track of homework. High school has a faster pace. You have tests each week and less time to complete projects. You also do more work in teams. Teachers expect you to know the concepts they are presenting, but not all students have learned this stuff in their school. You have to take more notes as well. Students feel that they are exposed to a broader range of topics, have access to a variety of musical instruments, and get to participate in more sports. They also enjoy the skills-based sports education. Students love eating at a cafeteria rather than in their home room, because they can eat with their friends. They are thrilled to have their own lockers. They also stay with the same group all day, so it's pretty simple to follow the herd from one class to the next. They are grateful for the opportunity to move from one class to the other. It changes the scenery and provides a way to release energy throughout the day. All in all, students are adjusting well. A blushing student informed me that some of them are dating. Apparently, you never really saw people holding hands in public, or hugging, prior to grade 7. Long live grade seven!

served Duchesse Potatoes. These delightful morsels were made with mashed potatoes, egg yolk, salt and pepper, piped on baking sheets, brushed with butter and baked. Did you save room? Dessert was a choice of Apple Cobbler or White Chocolate, Raspberry Chilled Cheesecake. For research purposes, I sacrificed and tried both. The apples in the Cobbler were the real thing, and

as for the cheesecake, I thought I was in heaven. The tables we sat at were set with center pieces, after dinner mints and candy canes for a festive touch. Where did this all come from? The Grades 11 and 12 Hospitality and Tourism classes had prepared this delectable feast. All prep and cooking took place during class under the direction of their teacher Mr. Knight. Volunteers

from the two classes were there to set up, serve and clean up. When I spoke to Mr. Knight, he was pleased with the work that was done. “You can see their self confidence increase as the year progresses.” He mentioned that a former student came back and spoke to the current students to tell them to pay attention. “If you choose to pursue a career in cooking, everything you learn here

is invaluable”. Mr. Knight would like to see this turn into an annual event for the Grades 11 and 12 classes. I think that would be super. What an experience for these students. Oh, and for family and friends to enjoy too. Who knows, someday you may meet a popular chef, and find out that it all started here at St. Michael Catholic High School.

Kids With Character at Moving Into High School: Kemptville Public School The Experience of Grade 7 by Anne Walsh This entire article was created because Emily Gersby, a Grade 6 student at Kemptville Public School, asked her grandmother if they could bake cookies. Emily was inspired by her teacher, Ms. Pignon. She was also baking cookies. As a matter of fact, all grade 4 to 6 students at KPS are busy bees. This is part of the Upper Canada District School Board's "Kids With Character" initiative. The goal is to focus on a different character trait each month. During the last period of the day on Fridays, students discuss a character trait. They then take on special projects to express this trait. Each teacher's team has a colour: Team Green, Yellow etc., and every Team takes on a different project. The initiative started with small activities in the classroom. Their theme for the month of November was "Empathy". Students talked about the power of their words. They each picked a classmate's name and did something kind for him or her over the following week. The group progressed to actions that would have a positive impact on their community. Some teams prepared cards for children at CHEO; others sent

letters to an older adult in a long term care facility; a third group of children collected toys for the Toy Mountain at Salvation Army; and Ms. Pignon's class created paper flowers and baked goods to send to the Kemptville Hospital. Tanya Preston, the Elementary Vice Principal at Kemptville Public School, describes the challenge of choosing projects wisely to keep all children safe. While children may want to visit the hospital, sing songs and brighten up the patients' day, the teachers and administration must keep in mind the health concerns of taking children to such an environment during cold and flu season. They must find alternative ways of reaching out to this population with empathy. In December, students explored a new theme: Respect. Over the course of their school year, students will further explore Caring, Responsibility, Honesty, Fairness, Resilience and Perseverance, just to name a few. The next step starts in the new year when the program expands to include grades 1-3. Fostering these character traits encourages students to create positive relationships with one another, to actively participate in their community and develop a strong work ethic. A noble effort indeed.

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Teenagers Cooking? Darlene McMartin St. Michael Catholic High School was an exciting place to be last Wednesday. I’m sure, if you were to tour the parking lot, you would have heard one of the high school music groups performing. But lurking around the corner from the auditorium was a feast for the eyes, and stomachs too. Caesar salad with homeDecember 19, 2012

made croutons, or tossed green salad with Raspberry vinaigrette to start. Green bean and carrots sautéed in butter with salt, pepper and nutmeg made regular vegetables taste superb. Next, the turkey and the homemade gravy, along with a stuffing made with Italian sausage, apple and cranberry. Stuffing never tasted so good. Next were the potatoes. Not just any potato either, we were


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Letters to the Editor Letter to the Editor Marc Nadeau's letter last week hit a chord with me. The number of times I have been out walking and found trash along our roadways is quite disheartening. Of course, there is the usual: coffee cups, hamburger wrappers, chip bags and soda cans. But I have also seen computer monitors and televisions! The slovenly habits of some quite astound me. What really alarms me though is the number of beer bottles / cans and liquor bottles that can be found strewn along the roadways. This quite simply means that people are drinking while driving and throwing away the evidence, leaving broken glass in their wake. We all know the dangers associated with drinking and driving - drinking WHILE driving brings this serious and life-threatening issue to a whole new level of selfishness. Linda West Letter to the Editor I can’t count the number of times my husband & I have commented on how many inconsiderate people like to park in the fire lane at the Jonnson’s Independent Grocery. We often lamented the fact that nothing was ever done about the problem. So I was pleased to read in this week’s North Grenville Times that action had been taken. It’s unfortunate that, in performing that good deed, Maggie Boyer got caught, but it is a “no parking” zone for a reason. If the rules get bent for Maggie, who else will have an acceptable excuse? You can’t tell me that to find a real parking spot is going to add on so much time & effort to the proceedings to make the whole task prohibitive. Paula Rhyndress

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Letter to the Editor Reading the add in the December 12th North Grenville Times f o r Kemptville Lions Club Christmas Trees, I felt I should write to tell others about my experiences of supporting a local community group. The last 3 years, we have purchased a Christmas tree from them. They are usually cut within the last few days or week, so are very fresh. We will keep ours up inside for at least 2 weeks and there is hardly a needle on the floor when we move it outside. I like to leave it in the stand or a pile of snow, so i can enjoy it in my backyard. I hang suet-seed balls and pieces of fruit, so the birds have a treat. The Lion members are very accommodating and hold up trees for you to view. None of the trees are wrapped so you know what your getting. They will also help you put it in your car and tie it down if need be. The trees are a reasonable price and the profits go back into the community. Merry Christmas to all. Louise & Ken Arsenault Letter to the Editor Look closely at the sale sign for the Lions Club Christmas tree sale. (NG Times, Dec 12, page 7). Isn't it a delicious irony that this photo, with its misplaced apostrophe, was right alongside Pat Babin's Grammar Minute column? Clearly Pat is doing a much needed job! Monica Wallace Kemptville ON

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Kemptville Legion, Branch 212 hosted a Christmas Dinner for NATO. Pictured left to right are: Lt. Gen Retired Paul Manson (former chief of the Defence Staff) Patron of the NATO Veterans Organization of Canada., Ralph Pulfer Sgt. retired, (President of Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 212, Kemptville) Col, retired, John Stuart, (member of the National Executive of the NATO Veterans Organization of Canada). After dinner they were entertained by Kemptville Legion’s Pipe Band.

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cate with each other. With more than five hundred members, the Club puts on a variety of events every year, including Winter Driving Schools. To learn critical winter driving skills students spend a full day at their Winter Driving facility at Capital City Speedway. Each new skill is explained, first in the classroom, and then the students take to the slippery track with an in-car instructor to practise that skill. Then it’s back to the classroom to learn the next skill. The day alternates between the classroom and the track until all the winter driving skills have been covered. This winter, the classes are being held on January 13, 19 and 26, and on February 3, 10 and 16. Registration is mandatory and can be done on the MCO website at President of the MCO, Greg Kierstad, is a resident of North Grenville, points out that the Club has other fun winter driving events, such as the Snow

The Motorsport Club of Ottawa, the MCO, is another fine example of how North Grenville is gradually taking over the world. Created in 1949 as the Ottawa Light Car Club, MCO has grown to become the largest motorsport club in Ontario with more than 380 members who meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at Louis' Steak House on Cyrville Road in Ottawa for good times, to talk about cars and to conduct club business. A non-profit all-volunteer organization, MCO organizes road races, car rallies, lapping (track) days, parking lot slaloms (“Autocross” events), winter driving schools and more for members of the public. An awardwinning newsletter, The Link, keeps members informed while an interactive website, www.mco. org, provides Link articles, reports, historical and upto-date information about events while giving members Forums to communi5

Cross Series and Ice Racing. These all take place at the Capital City Raceway. But there are activities and events throughout the year. The vital piece of equipment that grooms the tracks between events in the snow was actually designed and built in Oxford Station, and is maintained by a crew here as well. There are two other local links to the MCO. Lunch for the instructors and track personnel at the Winter Driving Schools is catered by the Branch Restaurant and Texas Grill here in North Grenville. The branch has been awarded the exclusive contract to cater the event - a significant achievement considering the competition that exists in the Ottawa region. Yet another connection to North Grenville is the awarding of the MCO’s Certificate of Appreciation to local resident, David Butler, for many years of service to the Club. The Award includes an honorary Life Membership in the MCO for David, who

is a Director of the MCO and co-Editor/Publisher of their very professional newsletter, The Link. It’s been a good month or two for David: not only did he receive the MCO Award, but he won the Grand Prize of an Equinox 2 tablet at the BIA Christmas event last month. For those interested in joining the MCO, or attending any of its activities, visit the website. The Club is always seeking people to come out to help in a role as a marshal for their events. For the public events, there is usually money (about $100/day) paid for the individuals who help the Instructors with track set-up and layout. For the Winter Driving Schools, no money is paid, but breaks and the hot lunch (from The Branch Restaurant & Texas Grill) is provided. Anyone who is interested is asked to contact, Dave Goddard, WDS Organizer for the Motorsport Club of Ottawa ( to volunteer.

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As the season of goodwill draws near, I would like to join our residents to rejoice in our Community. I think we have something special in North Grenville, something that we should be proud of. Money for everyone is tight again this year, and we are all feeling the pinch as we tighten our belts again. Fortunately, “Goodwill to all People” doesn’t cost much at all. It can merely mean a cheery “Hello”, a good or kindly deed towards a neighbour or stranger. Such small acts mean so much to someone who is lonely or desolate. I would like to think of our Community as a family that will look out for one another as winter takes its hold, and will offer a helping hand where we can, so enjoying the true spirit of Christmas. Our Community is a giving community, and God bless you all. From myself, Council and all the staff of the Municipality of North Grenville, we would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful New Year. Mayor David Gordon Send in your Photos of North Grenville to and get paid, if published

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Grieving Through The Holidays by Kristin Albert, Grief Counsellor

More presents for the Christmas Hamper Program are coming in. The Manager of the TD Bank presented extra gifts collected to Claire Larabie for the Program. The gifts were very much appreciated! The TD staff responsible for the gifts are pictured: from left to right- Susan Davidson, Becky Gilmer, Kim Bologna and Holly Verhoeven.

The Angels of Curves donated personal items for moms and grandmas to add to Christmas Hampers gathered up by the Knights of Columbus and the Community Service Council. Many thanks from the residents at Bayfield, who will benefit this Christmas Season, along with many others.

No matter what time of year we've lost a loved one, the holiday season can be just as difficult, if not more so, than the anniversary of our loved one's death. How do we get through this overwhelming, family-focused time, in a constructive and healing manner? First, realize that the days leading up to Christmas can often be more stressful than Christmas itself - from making all sorts of decisions pertaining to the adjustments of a Christmas without your loved one, to determining if you have the energy to decorate or celebrate, deciding which other family members you are now including, or even to which events you'll be attending. These are all normal questions and responses to grief during the holiday season. Here are some coping tips to help you through. First, listen to your body, mind, and soul, and do only what feels right or good for you to do. Do not let yourself be pressured by others, or feel the need to meet their requests and demands, if you don't want to. This is your grief, not theirs, and we all grieve in different ways. So, be true to yourself. With this in mind, take time for yourself, remember yourself. Whether this means watching a favourite movie, taking a bath, relaxing, meditating, or taking a day trip, engage in an activity that is solely for your enjoyment - and don't feel guilty about it! You can also use the holiday season as an op-

portunity to create annual Christmas rituals. Sometimes little things, like lighting a candle in memory of your loved one, is enough. Sometimes bigger actions, such as setting a place for your loved one at the table, can help you feel less alone. You may want to celebrate at someone else's house, or rearrange your own living space. Keep in mind, though, that rituals are supposed to bring comfort and peace, not further distress. It is also very important to continue to express your feelings freely and openly. Proper recognition and feeling expression is a large part of grieving and there is no reason to shut this down just because it's Christmas. You might be surprised by how this affects those around you. If you're anticipating adding a burden to their festive activities, you might find that they are grateful for your openness, as it allows them to express the same types of feelings, guilt-free. This can bring strength to a family and relieve tension during an otherwise stressful season. M o s t i m p o r t a n t l y, remember that this is a holiday season and not all your energies need to be directed specifically towards December 25. There are other times and events in which you can partake which can fulfill the holiday spirit you have if the actual day seems too overwhelming. Give yourself permission to engage when and how you feel comfortable, this too is completely acceptable.

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Glimpses of the Past

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he North Grenville Historical Society has reprinted its book, Glimpses of North Grenville just in time for Christmas. The book, a 140-page collection of photographs from their collection, is a fund raising project that sold out the first 300 copies in just a few months. The photographs show scenes of the past, and cover all of the Municipality, and captions and introductions to the various sections were written by NGHS President, Dr. David Shanahan. It is a large format, coffee-table kind of work, in colour and hardback. It makes

quite a nice gift at a reasonable price of $30, all of which goes to maintain the NG Archives and the work of the Historical Society. The book was originally made possible by contributions from a variety of sponsors, businesses and individuals, who allowed the Society to produce such a high quality publication. Another 50 copies have now been received from the printers and can be ordered from the Society by e-mailing, or phoning the NG Archives at 613-258-4401. 7

Quotable Quotes We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. - Plato

The Arts Betty Cooper

by Anne Walsh How do YOU know Betty Cooper? his local legend has many facets to her career. Betty taught for many years at North Grenville District High School, Oxford on Rideau Public School, as well as Merrickville Public School. She is a fierce basketball coach, a horseback rider, a founder of both the Oxford Downs Pony Club and the Kemptville Warriors Basketball program. She is also an accomplished professional photographer. Feeling out of breath? Betty thrives on a fast pace. She loves to try new things and grow. This reflects her approach to life in general. Betty and I met at Sugarbush, her photography studio. This woman is committed to her art. There are antique props, period costumes, pull-out benches and backdrops. Betty teaches photography workshops each Fall in the United States. She incorporates portraiture for professional photographers interested in equine photography. Some of her pupils have returned many times, just to learn more. Betty plans to offer a fourhour workshop locally in the near future. She envisions a small group, maybe three people. She


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would teach some basic theory, and then students would apply what they've learned outdoors. The group would have lunch, and Betty would answer questions and troubleshoot with them. She wants everyone to enjoy this art form, and feels its unfortunate when people own high-end cameras, but don't know how to use them to their full capabilities. She takes great pride in her work. It involves figuring out what people want, what they see as the end result in their minds. She is "capturing a moment, an age and stage in an artistic way and preserving that experience, that memory for life". This is a huge responsibility, and Betty does not take it lightly. She has never been motivated by money. Her satisfaction comes from the trust of her clients when they call her to photograph their next special occasion. In some cases, her clients become her extended family. She photographed them as children, on their wedding day and now she is photographing their children. Recently, her services were requested by a family to photograph a 25th wedding anniversary. She had photographed their wedding. Betty's primary career had been teaching. She

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and her husband were both educators, athletes and coaches. She changed her status from full-time to part-time teacher after she had children, and eventually took two years off. That is when her passion for photography soared. She returned to teaching, but only taught part-time as she built up her clientele. When she was given an opportunity to teach physical education, she noticed that there wasn't a sports program in the area to teach children the skills they needed to compete. She founded the Kemptville Warriors Basketball program seventeen years ago. Her basketball coaching career has lasted fortyone years, and she still enjoys the opportunity to coach in the Kemptville Warriors' program for boys and girls, which starts at age five. The Warriors "offer a variety of House League, Girls Competitive, and Boys Competitive programs". Betty's passion for riding led her to yet more community development as she created the Oxford Downs Pony Club. "ODPC is a Branch of the Canadian Pony Club in the South Ottawa to Oxford Mills area. The CPC is a volunteer-run national, non-profit organization for children between the ages of 6 and 21 who want to learn more about horses, riding and horse care" ( community). Betty was actively involved with the Oxford Downs Pony Club for 20 years. Many of the children who attended the club went on to ride competitively. Betty was inducted into the North Grenville Sports Hall of Fame for her leadership in equine sport and basketball in 2010. Betty has two children. Her son, Keith is married, employed as a professional firefighter, and he and his wife, Kristina are expecting their first child. Her daughter, Didi, works as an accountant, and she

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and husband, Todd, have two boys, Rhett and Wyatt. Betty's son and daughter are both involved in sports: her daughter recently ran a half marathon. Her connection to this community was instrumental to her survival when her husband, Ted Cooper, passed away on June 27, 2012. She describes it as "falling from the sky, knowing I won't hit the ground because there is a safety net. beneath me". Send in your Photos of North Grenville to and get paid, if published

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Last Friendship Lunch of the Season


he last Friendship Lunch of the season at Leslie Hall took place Friday and was a huge success. This one was hosted by the Catholic, Anglican, United, Pentecostal congregations, in conjunction with the Salvation Army. The lunches are hosted each week by one church, but at the end of the year they join forces for the Christmas event. Behind the scene is Fran Bauneisen, their driving force, and often called by friends their “Quarterback”! She arrives early each week, and gets the preparations under way. The meals are offered freely to the community, and all that is asked is a donation. I t ’s a g r e a t w a y to meet people in the community and have a wholesome and enjoyable meal. So, next time you are out on a Friday, between 11:30 and 12:30, come along to Leslie Hall, and bring a friend. You won’t be disappointed. The next lunch is served on January 4, and the sponsor will be the Anglican congregation.

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First Kemptville Christian Reformed Church Invites you to a

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

December 24, at 6:30 pm. Special readings and music will accompany this time of worship. Further information may be obtained by calling the church at telephone number 613-258-5008.

Oxford Mills United Church Sunday, December 23 - 7 PM

A program of Christmas Music Enjoy carol singing and a special music monologue by Harold Hellman If you are new to the area or have lived here for some time,

St. Paul's Presbyterian Church invites you to our

Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

December 24, at 7 p.m. We are located at the corner of Prescott St and Mary St in Kemptville. Bring family and friends. Everyone welcome.

North Grenville Community Church Christmas Eve Service 7 pm Creekside Centre 2878 County Rd. 43 Kemptville, On 613-258-0222

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Lions Club Christmas Tree Sale

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lars which you spend on a Christmas Tree from the Lions goes right back into supporting various groups and individuals. They contribute to local, regional and in-

ternational initiatives. Some of these, to name a few, are Camp Quality, a camp for cancer kids, CHEO, and Camp Dorset, a camp for folks going through dialysis treatments.

The Passing Tone Power of Local Music

by Michael Pacitto Music is a powerful.... tool? ...artform? .....force? Everyone seems to have their own idea what exactly music is to them, but one thing that music does is connect people together, and create shared experiences that will be remem-

bered forever. Although the marketing machine is constantly telling us that it’s really all about the individual, the truth is that it has the power to make people feel something that speaks to you. The magical moment is when you look around the room and realize that there are others in the room feeling the same thing too. I got to be part of two such moments this week that I would like to share them with you, and how they relate to living in a community.

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St Mike’s Christmas Concert.


remember being in a band in High school. I remember our Music teacher, Ms Saddler, trying to keep some semblance of control over a roomful of rowdy teenagers with loud noise-making devices in their hands. I was a trombonist, and poking the flute section in front of me was a temptation that could not always be resisted. Also in my memory is the pride of my classmates who, before Grade 9, never had a thought in the world about learning to make it through a performance in front of

a live audience. These, and more, ran through my mind as I was at the St Michaels Christmas Concert. But primarily I was thinking how this was another great example of the power of music. Led by Ms. L. Kowlessar, the whole performance spoke about dedication. Learning an instrument is not just about learning a bunch of notes. The discipline of practice, which clearly paid off for all the performers, is something that will pay off for the rest of their lives. The highlight was the fusion of the Senior Jazz band and Chamber Choir,

which was a must-see. Regardless of your musical tastes, a choir is always a powerful musical experience when done right, as your ear can follow one of many melody or harmony lines, and never be bored. I talked with a few of the performers, and they all said the same thing: “This took a lot of work!” So I encourage you: the next time that you go out to see a performance that moves you, take a look around and remember that, when it comes to music, even perfect strangers can have something in common.

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ince returning to live where I grew up here in North Grenville, I've gone through a series of perspective changes. Over the past decade in Ottawa I have recorded a few albums, played many shows, seen bands come and go, and a weird contradiction has surfaced. There is lot to do in Ottawa, but not a lot is going on. You go, you hear a great band, and then you leave. There is something that is missing, something musicians debate constantly about: “It’s the internet!”, “There arer too many bands!”, “It’s the System man!! The industry is ruining everything!” “Justin Bieber!”. I myself have been in many online... lets use a friendly word... “discussions” about what needs to be done, but they never arrive at a satisfactory conclusion. It took just one night at the St James Turkey Dinner / Christmas Pageant for the obvious answer to finally sink in: “community” People around here have known about community for a long time, but at one point Ottawa was a small community too! There is a missing link somewhere that takes a small town with a vibrant, and close community, to a “big city” mentality, where the music is played, and nobody listens. Where people go out at night, in a room full of people, just to be with their friends. Contrast this to what I experienced on Friday Night at Leslie Hall, where a Musical Comedy Christmas PagDecember 19, 2012

eant and Turkey Dinner was presented to a full house by the St James Sunday School. The musical numbers were as enjoyable as any major production that I have seen. There was something in that performance that spoke to me, and to everyone present. It was on the stage, through the kids who put many hours into learning their lines, the costumes were convincing and the songs were in sync with the dialogue. It was at the tables, as people met new and old friends alike (I am now unofficially part of the Divine Family!). It was the fastest 90-person turkey dinner cleanup I've ever seen, as everyone pitched in, collapsing tables and cleaning up. It was that sense of community that I think has been missing from so much of music these days. Although we all take something personal from our experiences, there is added meaning when put in the context of who you share it with. People to thank are too numerous to mention; but a sample would be: Katie McKibbon, Karla Dibdin for organizing the play, Ellen Babcock for her patience in the hours putting the songs together. The B&H for the twentypound Turkey, Grahame Bakery for cooking them and the pies. The three show-stealing sheep: Charlotte Black, Charlotte and Naomi Kydd,; the two Marys (you had to be there) and all the other performers and helpers that made the evening possible.

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Opportunities, dignity and hope for children around the world! Sheldon & Stephanie Gilmer, Tami Davies, Janice Snider

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An Inspiration For Many

Six Myths about Money - Part 2: By Rob Lunan Continuing on from last week... Myth #4: I can’t be a saving-type of person. I’m a good earner and I like to spend. Saving money is something you learn, and the younger you learn it the better. Just like quitting smoking or changing eating habits, changing your spending habits takes focus and effort at first. It may even be very difficult in the beginning, but eventually it will become a habit and a way of life that will reward you richly. It will vastly improve your quality of life as you become less dependent on credit, and less worried about living from paycheck to paycheck. No matter how good your earning power is now, someday it will come to an end. And no matter how good your income is, if you don’t have your spending under control your income will never be enough. Myth #5: I’m too old to start saving or I’m too young to worry about saving Both of these are myths. As you get older and enter retirement your income level will drop significantly. It’s then that you need to have good frugal habits in place. Likewise, all young people need to learn to be more Scrooge-like. They have the special advantage of being at a stage in life where learning is easy and habits are readily ingrained. As a younger person, you have the advantage of time being on your side. A small amount of money put away in an investment each week will grow into a tremendous amount of money over a long period of time. It’s never too early to start saving. A savings investment should be started for a child as soon as they are born. As the child grows they need to be taught how to save money and put some away each month as an investment for future education and a future home. Both of which can be paid for in cash if the savings are started early enough. Myth #6: I can’t afford to save. Cutting back on spending will destroy my standard of living. The truth is you cannot afford not to save. Even if you have a small income you can usually find some money that you can put away in a savings account and every so often transfer it to an investment for earning higher interest. Cutting back on spending and learning how to save will, in fact, improve your quality of life. Now that you know the truth about these myths, hopefully it will help you work towards living the best life with the least money.

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Karen Brule with co owner Penny Beavis roaster only provided dark roasts, yet some clients preferred light roasts. She sought out a new roaster and found a man in Perth. He mentored Karen and they attended training in Idaho together. She eventually bought his roaster when he upgraded to an automated system. Karen had a lot of clients from Kemptville who urged her to open a second coffee shop so they would no longer need to drive to Merrickville. Karen knew she couldn't handle two businesses on her own, so she called Penny Beavis, a friend since Grade 9. Penny had just had her third child. They opened the Kemptville Brewed Awakenings as partners on March 13, 2006. When her marital status changed in 2008, Karen couldn't juggle it all. She sold her Merrickville coffee shop and regretted it within a few months. When she was called years later and was presented with the possibility of buying it back, she was ecstatic. Merrickville residents were overjoyed to hear she was returning. There was just one problem: the shop's price had increased by 40%, yet sales were down. As a business deal, it made no

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aren Brule has an adventurous soul. She speaks five languages (including Bambara) and has travelled the world. She was working as an English as a Second Language teacher until she had her first child. She was a stay-at-home mom for six years to her son Owen and, eventually, to her daughter Madeleine. When they started school, and Karen prepared for her return to work, her commute felt longer and she worried about being so far from home. She noticed a coffee shop named Brewed Awakenings in her neighbourhood (Merrickville) which had only been open for a year. The owner was studying to become a financial advisor, so Karen made him an offer he couldn't refuse and started a new chapter in her life. She was grateful for the opportunity to be with her children in the morning, put them on the bus to school, work at the coffee shop from 9am to 3pm, and be home for her children when they arrived from school. She quickly tripled her profits at Brewed Awakenings. Karen believes her success comes from listening to her clients. Her


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Naval Cadet Bourdeau with Chief Petty Officer Scott Gibbons and up coming Coxswain Katie Dangerfield shown here raising money for future trips to Naval bases across Canada and the United States. December 19, 2012


The Voice of North Grenville sense. Karen knew she needed to turn down the offer, but she had already planned and looked forward to her comeback, and she couldn't give up on her dream. She found a restaurant for sale in Merrickville, bought it, and opened Elements. The restaurant was a success, but life had another curve ball waiting for Karen. In October 2011, Karen's physician diagnosed her with an aggressive form of cancer. All Karen could think about were her kids. Following an emergency ultrasound, she insisted on getting in for surgery immediately, refusing to leave the hospital until they fit her into their schedule. They had been planning to call her some time the following week. After surgery, it took her three weeks just to walk again. Her children were extremely supportive through it all. Now, with a clean bill of health, Karen struggles to slow down. She wishes to cherish her loved ones, be present, and live a peaceful life; but she is currently working 60-80 hours a week trying to pull it all together. When she wasn't able to sell her restaurant, Karen did what only Karen would; she opened a Bakery in her Merrickville Restaurant. She also offers All Day Breakfast from Wednesday to Sunday, and a paired down dinner menu for Friday and Saturday evenings at Elements. Her chef, Ben, had a heart attack back in October. Luckily, her former chef, Anthony, came home from having spent the summer on the East Coast. He is becoming renowned for his expertise and makes the best quiche in the country. Did I mention she kept her roaster when she sold

the Merrickville Brewed Awakenings, and roasts coffee for many local businesses from her home? She is hoping to expand her roasting business and is prepared with 2500 pounds of green coffee beans! You would think Karen might be discouraged and pessimistic at this point. Nothing could be further from the truth. Karen is proud of her children. Her son Owen is in his first year at Waterloo University. He was Valedictorian of his class last year and was awarded the Governor General's bronze medal for highest overall average. Her daughter Madeleine, achieving the same outstanding grades, is into sports of all kinds and can be found inventing new latte flavours and making soup at Brewed Awakenings. Karen's travels and her brush with cancer have taught her that "it's all about the love you have in your life": that's all that matters. She asserts without a doubt that we, in Canada, are so blessed. She's seen the Eiffel Tower, but what she remembers most of all is the waiter at the café who treated her to a stimulating discussion. When clients walk into her establishment when she is there, she greets them and treats them like family. She loves to bake and have clients enjoy her creations. That brings her real satisfaction. Karen has been an inspiration for so many members of our community, supporting good causes, hiring our teenagers and stay-at-home moms. Let's support local businesses. Have her roast your coffee, stop by Brewed Awakenings, have Elements Bistro cater your party or, better yet, buy her restaurant!

Guard ships. Additionally, Sea Cadets can compete for a chance to participate in annual sailing regattas! Sea Cadets also participate in ceremonial events and citizenship activities that allow them to connect to their Canadian naval heritage. The hands-on activities, exciting challenges and leadership opportunities for Sea Cadets are many. Canada’s motto, A Mari usque ad Mare (“From Sea to Sea“) can be applied to Sea Cadets. With Sea Cadet Corps found all across the coun-

try and given Canada’s abundance of water and shoreline, the opportunities are many whether inland or on either coast . You are bound to observe a Sea Cadet making a splash somewhere, from sea to sea! Meetings are on Monday evenings from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm and again on Saturday mornings from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. Training takes place in the old Firehall at 25 Reuben Crescent. For more information please go to http://www. .


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Focus on Nutrition

Beth Donovan Hospice thanks the North Grenville Quilters Guild

by Heather Westendorp


Take a Daily Vitamin “Just in Case” People spend millions on vitamin supplements each year. Supplements are a pill. A pill is absorbed by the body in a very different way than natural food. Vitamin deficiency can lead to many critical illnesses, but given the variety and availability of our food supply, serious vitamin deficiency is seldom the case. Vitamins are potent, essential, organic nutrients derived from foods, in trace amounts, to perform specific functions that promote growth, reproduction and maintenance of health and life. There are two ways to absorb vitamins: one is Fat Soluble and the other is Water Soluble. The Fat Soluble vitamins are A,D,E and K. These usually occur in the fats and oils of foods. The body absorbs them the same way it absorbs lipids. The Fat Soluble vitamins are stored in the liver and fatty tissues in the body until needed. Unlike most of the water soluble vitamins, they can build up to toxic concentrations. Excesses of vitamins A and D from supplements can reach toxic levels easily. The Water Soluble vitamins are the B vitamins, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Biotin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin C. They are easily absorbed into the bloodstream, and are just as easily excreted if their blood concentrations rise too high. Foods never deliver excessive amounts of water-soluble vitamins but large doses concentrated in vitamin supplements can reach toxic levels. I do not consider a vitamin supplement as a “just in case I don’t eat right today” method of

Beth Donovan Hospice was the recipient of such wonderful generosity from the North Grenville Quilters Guild in the creation of a beautiful hand crafted quilt. Proceeds from the raffle amounted to over 1400 dollars and will be used to support ongoing hospice programs. Shown here left to right Laura Smith, Beth Donovan Hospice, Marietta Hay, guild member, Annette Caldwell (winner of the quilt accepting on behalf of her husband Andrew), Dawn Rodger, Beth Donovan Hospice

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special treat was in store for the Youngsters of Yore at their Thursday meeting when Elaine Groskopf at the piano and Bill Kilfoyle at the vocals led the twenty-five plus YoY in a spirited session of Christmas music. Preceding the songfest was a

complete dinner prepared by the "youngsters", assisted by Fran Thompson and Jean Kilfoyle. The next meeting of the group is scheduled for January 10, 2013, with Harry Pratt as guest. Meetings are held at the Norenberg Building and sponsored by Friends of the North Grenville Library.

Bill Kilfoyle, doing vocals December 19, 2012

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sustaining good health. It is human nature to assume that a good thing is great, so let us take a little extra to be on the safe side. I don’t always eat well, especially during the holidays and winter months, so if I go buy lots of supplements, I won’t have to worry about eating well. NOT TRUE! Let’s take vitamin C as an example. Average daily requirements range from 13-120 mg per day, depending on age, sex, pregnancy and lactation. 10 mg will stop you from getting scurvy and about 100 mg will bring the body levels to full. Good FOOD sources for vitamin C are; Sweet Red Pepper ( ½ cup) =142 mg Green Pepper (1/2 cup) = 60 mg Brussels Sprouts (1/2 cup) = 48 mg Broccoli (1/2 cup) = 51 mg ½ Grapefruit = 36 mg Strawberries (1/2 cup) = 43 mg Sweet Potato (1/2 cup) = 20 mg Orange (medium) = 70 mg Supplements can offer megadoses upwards of 2,000 mg per day. In addition, you are eating foods. This can push your body into toxicity, causing diarrhea, nausea and abdominal cramps. Large amounts of Vitamin C in the urine can obscure results of tests for diabetes, and people taking anticoagulants may unwittingly counteract the effects of these medications if they also take massive doses of Vitamin C. Vitamin C megadoses can also enhance iron absorption, resulting in iron overload. This is only one vitamin. Each has its own facts concerning function and upper level intakes. Generalizing on vitamins, and gulping down supplements as a measure of health protection, can be a huge mistake. Human beings who follow Canada’s Food Guide and eat a variety of food each day get enough vitamins to live a healthful life! Treat Vitamin Supplements as a drug. Talk to your doctor about why you are taking supplements and ask if you really need them to improve health. Heather Westendorp is

a graduate of the University of Guelph: Food, Nutrition and Risk Management Diploma. She has also lost over 50 lbs. and is now a healthy weight, improving her health status!

Peppers! Sweet Red Pepper Vegetable Tray:

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Qu’est-ce qu’il y a de plus traditionnel à Noël qu’une assiette de sucre à la crème au centre de la table? Je partage avec vous une recette délicieuse de ma cousine Brigitte. C’est si simple que vos enfants pourront vos aider sans affecter le résultat. J’en profite pour vous souhaiter un Joyeux Noël et une belle année 2013! Ingrédients : 2 tasses de cassonade 2/3 tasse de beurre fondu 3/4 tasse de crème ou lait Carnation 2 tasses de sucre à glacer 1 cuillère à thé d’essence de vanille Méthode : 1. Mélanger la cassonade, le beurre et la crème avec un malaxeur. 2. Cuire le mélange pendant 10 minutes au four microonde à puissance élevée en brassant 3 fois pendant la cuisson. 3. Laissez reposer pendant 5 minutes. 4. Ajouter le sucre à glacer et l’essence de vanille. 5. Passer au malaxeur. 6. Verser dans un plat en Pyrex et laisser reposer afin de pouvoir couper en petits morceaux. Le père Noël et l’habit rouge Il était une fois le père Noël. Il dort tout le temps. C’est le temps de me réveiller. C’est le temps de mettre mon habit rouge. Mais où est mon habit rouge? Il demande à ses amis : « Est-ce que vous avez vu mon habit rouge? » « Non!! Non!!! Nous n’avons pas vu ton habit rouge. » Père Noël demande à mère Noël : « Est-ce que tu as vu mon habit rouge? » « Oui!!! J’ai vu ton habit rouge. J’ai lavé ton habit rouge pour qu’il soit propre. » « Merci mère Noël!! » La fin Océanne J. 2ième année École Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys La magie de noël Il était une fois une petite fille qui s’appelait Laura. Elle voulait vraiment un petit chiot pour Noël. Le matin de Noël, elle a eu un chiot noir et blanc. Elle était très contente. Un jour elle a eu peur parce qu’elle avait perdu son chiot. Elle avait oublié qu’elle l’avait placé sur son lit. Son père lui a dit : <<Si tu ne prends pas bien soin de ton chiot, je vais le donner à ta sœur.>> Laura a dit : <<Mais je l’aime!!>> Finalement, Laura a décidé de bien prendre soin de son chiot. La fin Sophia A. 2ième année École Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys

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It's official! The 2013 Kemptville Apprentice is on its way! Julia O'Grady, owner of In the Moment Party and Event Planning, is excited to get this year’s initiative underway. Last year the event raised just short of $10,000. Starting in November, charities were urged to write in and tell her what they would do if they were given more money. From the submissions, she selected three charities. Starting in January, In the Moment will be looking to recruit fifteen volunteers to participate in this fundraising initiative. The volunteers will be divided into three groups and will each be assigned one of the three charities for which they will raise money. The volunteers will have twenty-eight days to organize an event that will raise funds for their charity. The team to raise the most money will be crowned the winner of the 2013 Kemptville Apprentice. Last year, the three charities were Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Salvation Army, and Big Sky Ranch. The teams organized silent auctions, bake sales, a catered cocktail party and a fun-filled Family Day. Last year’s winner was the Salvation Army team, who raised over $3000. The three charities selected for this year's fundraisers are: 1 - The Beth Donovan Hospice, whose mission is: "To support clients and their families through all stages of life-limiting illness, with no fee for any service, bereavement included. We also offer education and support programs to the community." 2 - The Canadian Cancer Society's local transportation program, where volunteers drive thirty patients to their appointments. And, 3 - Ryan's Well, a charity "committed to delivering access to safe water, as an essential way to improve the lives of people in the developing world". Get ready for January when Julia starts promoting The Kemptville Apprentice, looking for this year's fifteen volunteers. Will you be one of them?

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Important Meeting for the North Grenville Historical Society The NGHS is holding their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at 15 Water Street in Kemptville. It is an important meeting for the Society, and all members, and those interested in becoming members, are encouraged to attend and help make decisions regarding the future. Last year, changes were made to the Constitution of the NGHS, and these need to be codified. Taking advantage of the opportunity, the NGHS board have drawn up a new draft Constitution which will be distributed electronically to the members before the AGM. The two main changes concern the board itself. Last year`s AGM voted to end the requirement that board members could only serve a total of four years in any position. That is to be confirmed in the new draft. The second item for change is to have the membership vote for board members in general, and then have the new board assign offices at their first meeting. It has been pointed out that the board, as it stands at present, has provisions for offices that are no longer necessary, but has not place for an Archivist. This will be changed in the draft constitution. Clearly, this AGM will have important implications for the future of the NGHS. There will also be a general discussion of the future direction of the Archives, and the recent decision by Council to reduce the amount of the annual grant to the Society, which was designed to cover the rental charges on the Archives. An annual report will also be given by the Treasurer and the President/ Archivist, reviewing the many and various activities of the Society during the past year. And it has been quite a year! Given the increased business of the NGHS, the Board have all decided to remain in place next year, if the members confirm it, but would dearly loved December 19, 2012

to be joined by two or three others in addition. Please think about getting involved at this level, fresh ideas and energy will be essential if the Society is to take best advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead. For more information, or to put your name forward, contact David Shanahan at before January 9. One definite change that is going to take place is in the position of President. After five years in the job, David Shanahan is stepping aside with the hope that he will be confirmed instead in the new position of Executive Director of the NG Archives. But that, as with everything else, depends on the votes of members on January 9. It is looking like the AGM may be as interesting and informative as any talk we have had from our various speakers over the past year! Doors open at 7 p.m., as usual, with the business side of things starting around 7.30. The NGHS would like to thank all those who have supported us over the past few weeks by buying a copy of our book, North Grenville: Glimpses of the Past. We have sold about twenty copies since we received the new shipment two weeks ago. There is still time to pick up a copy, which makes a perfect last-minute Christmas gift. The book can be had at the Archives, upstairs at 15 Water Street in Kemptville, during our new office hours: Tuesdays, 9 - 11 a.m. and 2 - 4 p.m. You will find the door by following our brand new signs which were made by Classic Graphics and attached to the building for us by Kevin Henry, Facilities Superintendent for the Municipality. Thanks, Kevin. Before Christmas, call 613-258-4401 and arrange to pick up a copy. On behalf of the NGHS board, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy 2013. It has been quite a journey together so far, and it should be great fun to see what happens next.

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Mills eReader Open House at Oxford Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always something interesting going on at Maplewood Hall: the Library John Barclay, Oxford Mills by Sierra Jones Community Association On Saturday January 19, 2013, the North Grenville Public Library will be holding an eReader Open House. What this means is if you have any questions or concerns about your eReader, device or downloading eBooks you can drop by the library between 10:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm to have your questions answered and problems solved by one of our staff members. Devices can include eReaders, tablets, iPads, smartphones etc. Just

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Mudpuppy Nights in Oxford Mills. On January 11th, Sustainable North Grenville invites its members and the public to experience one of the natural wonders of North Grenville. Gather at Maplewood Hall in Oxford Mills at 6:45pm for a slide show and talk by renowned artist/ biologist team of Aleta Karstad and Dr. Fred Schueler. At 8pm we'll go out to hunt for the giant salamander known as Mudpuppies. Refreshments at the Hall after. (Search for "Mudpuppy Nights" on YouTube to see what it's all about) Heather Westendorp remains busy selling raffle tickets for our draw to be held on Canada Day. One lucky winner will take home Don Munz's beautiful painting of the Maplewood Bell Tower. Look for Heather and the painting on display around town this month, and purchase a chance to own some original artwork of a local landmark. The Community Builders campaign is still active. If you've already purchased a brick in support of Maplewood Hall, it's time to renew your pledge (at a reduced cost). There's lots of traffic through Maplewood Hall - Wedding Receptions, Dance Classes, Euchre Suppers, Parties, Games Nights, Meetings and Workshops. You can purchase a "brick" with your name on it and we'll place it prominently in Maplewood Hall so that everyone can see your support for the community. Good for a year and in dimensions to show your existing business card to advantage, the bricks are offered to businesses at $100 and to individuals (families) at $25.

The Association looks forward in the New Year to updating our website, making it easier to view availability and to reserve a space. We also look forward to executing our plan to retrofit the Hall acoustically so it can become one of the premiere music venues in North Grenville. And if that's not enough, we're busy discussing what terms and conditions we'd like to see in a new lease for the Hall with the Municipality. Everyone is welcome to share their views. Maplewood Hall, the historic (c.1875) schoolhouse that serves as Oxford Mills' Community Centre is run by the Oxford Mills Community Association and is made available at an affordable prices for a variety of events. To register an event please go to www. and complete a simple rental request. You are also encouraged to search for us on Facebook for upto-date information on events and community issues. The OMCA is a local volunteer group which meets the first Thursday evening of every month to discuss neighbourhood issues and to plan community events. Meetings are open to all; volunteers are especially welcomed. Next meeting is Jan 10th at 7:30pm.

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Chambers & Cunningham Rinks win Turkey Spiel Embrace the Sport Development that Works by Frank Onasanya


t has been reported many times before by sports scientists that there are critical periods in the life of a young person in which the effects of training and development can be maximised. It can take many years for a talented player/athlete to achieve elite status in their chosen sport. This has led to the development of player/ athletic models that identify appropriate training and development aims at each stage of the individual's physical and skills development. In the past, we have been made to believe the myth that chronological age is a good indicator to base player/athletic development models for those between the ages of ten and sixteen. However, research has shown otherwise, because there is a wide variation in physical, cognitive and emotional development at this age range. One practical solution to the “myth” is to use the onset of Peak Height Velocity (PHV), which is the point in a child's development when they reach their maximum growth rate. The PHV is influenced by genetics and environmental factors like climate, cultural and social factors and is used as a reference point for the design of training and development programs for that age group. By following the Peak Height Velocity, one can measure the fitness of a player/athlete by the volume of oxygen they consume while exercising at their maximum capacity. The V02max is the maximum amount of oxygen

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in millilitres that a player/ athlete uses in one minute per kilogram of body weight. Those players/ athletes who are fit have higher V02max values and can exercise more intensely than those who are not as well conditioned. However, you can increase your V02max by working out at an intensity that raises your heart rate between 65% and 85% for a minimum of 20 minutes three to five times a week to help keep you at peak level. Using simple measurements, like standing height and sitting height, Peak Height Velocity can be monitored and, with appropriate training, can be set to match the Player’s/ athlete’s development. Sports can be classified as either early specialization, such as gymnastics, or a late specialization, such as Track and Field, team sports. The early specialization sports require a four phase model; Training to Train, Training to Compete, Training to Win, and Active for Life; while a late specialization model requires seven phases; Active Start, FUNdamentals, Learning to Train, Training to Train, Training to Compete, Training to Win and Active for Life, which is referred to as the Long Term Player Development Models. As we all know it, there are different types of sport we can play, or encourage our children to play or participate in. Regardless of which sport we choose for our children or ourselves to participate in, the key is to ensure that our primary focus should be to embrace and believe in the Long Term Player Development models, which are designed to train and develop our children into fine and well rounded player/ athletes. Not only does the Long Term Player Development module make our children into fine and well rounded player/athletes, but also offers to adults the opportunity to stay active and be ACTIVE FOR LIFE.

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L-R Sue Deschamps, Virginia Cunningham, Pam Owen and President Ralph Taylor By Jim Dolan


he North Grenville Curling Club held its annual Turkey Bonspiel at the club Saturday, December 15. Eighty curlers participated in this points spiel. The all-women’s teams skipped by Eileen Chambers and Virginia Cunningham dominated both the on-ice curling and the off-ice beer cap curling challenges to claim first place in the early and late draws, respectively. Eileen and her teammates Penny MacDonald, Marjorie Graham, Barb Gour and Jessica MacDonald won the early draw with 56.5 points. The team of Al Wetzel, Gail Pattman, Bob Featherston and Catherine McCarthy finished second with 43.5 points. Virginia and her teammates Pam Owen, Jean Hartjes and Sue Deschamps scored 53.5 points to win the second draw. The team of Howard Ham-

mond, Jean Hammond, Ron Maciura and Edie Maciura claimed second place with 43 point. While the men may have struggled when throwing a granite curling stone down the ice, we did manage to show our exceptional skill in the toss the turkey event as Paul MacArthur and Renald Simard claimed the first two spots in this closest to the button challenge. Lorraine Stevenson finished third. The event was a great success and all participants say a big thank you to Al Wetzel and Bob Featherston for organizing the event again this year. When you participate in an event like the Turkey Spiel, it not how well you do on the ice that makes it a special event, it’s the laughter, fun and conversation shared with fellow members and their guests off the ice that you will

remember. Quebec Challenge Cup Dec 29 at NGCC North Grenville teams of Dave Burgess, Jeremy MacDonald, Mike O’Brien, Rob Kluke, and Dave Brown, Lester McInnis, Jim Dolan and Ambrose Arcand will meet two teams from Carleton Place on December 29 at the North Grenville Curling Club in our second defence of the Quebec Challenge Cup, which our club first won on November 11. The Quebec Challenge Cup is the oldest competitive curling trophy in North America, which has been awarded since 1874. Club members and local curling fans are welcome to come out and cheer on our local teams. The club will be open at 1:00 pm and the curling games are expected to start at around 2:00 pm.

What Not To Get The Wife For Christmas Men, I learned firsthand at the turkey spiel during a round table discussion of what not to get your lady for Christmas, what is at the top of that list. Men pay attention; I am only going to say this once. At the top of the list is a weight scale, especially one that also will measure her body fat. Please don’t buy it even if she remotely mentioned that she might like one during the year, unless of course you don’t mind waking up Boxing Day with a non-self-inflected headache. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year On behalf of all the members of the North Grenville Curling Club we wish every family in the community a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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Christmas Breakfast at the Legion Volunteer kitchen staff, Left to right: Anne Mitchell, Lorraine Stevenson, Gray Abbott, Syd VanDusen, Kevin Leblanc, Vivian Howe, Anne and Charles Langlois, Laura and Ray Ansell and Bob Stevenson


he Kemptville Legion’s last breakfast of the year was visited by Santa and one of his elves. Over two hundred and thirty seven people attended the event, with

the Keltic Knights singing away on stage. This is a monthly event sponsored by the Legion; each one is funded by a local business, and the sponsor pays for all food items for

the breakfast. Everyone is welcome to attend: it’s not just for members of the Legion. This Christmas Breakfast was sponsored by Jim Perry Motor Sales and Finance Centre.

The wonderful handmade crochet tree decorations were donated by Jan Haggart. The sponsor for Santa’s Gift bags were: Kemptville Legion, B&M Carriers, the Legion Mixed

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