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January 16, 2013

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As participants had their tea and cookies, I walked around to meet everyone. I wanted to know what brought them to the group. I was amazed by the diversity within the room, and was struck by the richness of the stories just waiting to be told. I plan to meet with willing participants individually to listen to their stories and record them in our newspaper. This town is filled with people with fascinating lives and I intend to uncover them one person at a time. If you would like to attend a Youngsters of Yore meeting, they are held weekly on Thursdays at the North Grenville Public Library from 1:303pm. For more information, contact Jean Kilfoyle at jkilfoyle1@cogeco.ca Anne Walsh I had the pleasure of attending a weekly Youngsters of Yore meeting at the North Grenville Public Library on January 10. This program was initiated in September 2011, and the three coordinators are "Friends of the North Grenville Library". Jean Kilfoyle, Fran Thompson and Rachel Tennant, book a guest speaker each week and the talk is followed by tea and cookies and a great deal of socializing. Their goal is to expose older adults in the area to new ideas, as well as to help them connect with each other and form friendships. The list of guest speakers is varied: from authors and artists, to business owners, musicians and historians. On January 10, Harry Pratt was invited to speak about "The History of Kemptville". I braced myself for lots of dates and trivia. However, I was delighted with Mr Pratt's approach. His ease as a storyteller took us through significant events in our history by talk-

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ing about the people who made Kemptville what it is today. There were twenty-six people in attendance and, as Mr. Pratt reminisced, I could hear excited conversations breaking out at each table. For participants, it was like being reunited with old friends and fond memories. A few names stood out for me as I sat and listened to stories of a small town with passion, vision and gusto. Mr. Pratt described how residents of Kemptville donated one or two dollars from each pay cheque to help pay for the Kemptville Hospital. He described Barney Marshall, who was instrumental in fundraising for the hospital. He also sang the virtues of Marjorie Hawkins, who ran the hospital with military precision. "We called her Mother Superior". He recalled the important role of the "Bustard girls" around Christmas time. Women would pick out what they wanted and by the time men strolled in on Christmas Eve, their loved one's parcel would be wrapped and waiting.

by Tom Graham Close to 50 people filled Maplewood Hall in Oxford Mills Friday evening for a chance to learn more about one of North Grenville’s natural wonders: Necturus maculosus – foot-long permanently-aquatic Salamanders known as Mudpuppies. The evening – sponsored by local group Sustainable North Grenville – began with a presentation by local artist/biologist team Aleta Karstad and Dr. Fred Schueler. The presentation was followed by questions and answers, and younger members of the audience got to handle live mudpuppies in a special container brought in for the event. Fred and Aleta also led the crowd in singing the Mudpuppy Song – with words written by Fred and sung to a tune created by Canadian folk icon Alex Sinclair. Participants then donned their outdoor gear and headed to the

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creek with flashlights. Dr. Schueler reported later that 29 Mudpuppies had been seen, most of them conveniently close to the west shore where observation is easiest. The clear, rocky-bottomed water of the South Branch (also known as Kemptville Creek) from the dam at Oxford Mills to the Prescott Street Bridge in Kemptville is the best place to see Mudpuppies in eastern Ontario. Since 1998, the Karstad/Shueler team

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Editorial Page Crisis? What Crisis? David Shanahan You may have heard the news that Giant Tiger is moving into the old Canadian Tire building on 43. You know, the one beside Colonnade. That black hole has sucked another business out of the downtown, leaving yet another empty building in what used to be the heart of Kemptville. That one move might be acceptable, even understandable; but when you add it to the many other removals and closures that have hit Kemptville in the past few weeks and months, you begin to understand the depth of the crisis that is hitting what is North Grenville’s Main Street. The end of 2012 saw a number of business owners on Prescott Street waiting for their leases to expire so they could finally shut their doors. Take a read of this list: The Book End, The Bead Store, the Hair Gallery, Wild Orchid, RBS, all gone from downtown Kemptville this month. Does anyone remember Family World, Advance Printing, Cheeky Monkeys, Plaid Moon, or any of the others also gone? So, what do we have? Prescott street is decimated. The Giant Tiger area has lost its anchor, and who knows what that will mean for the B&H, or Wyatt’s Grill? The Kemptville Mall is slowly emptying as well, with the Source sabotaging the local owners by opening a corporate store at..where else?...Colonnade. Tim Horton’s and Subway now have competing stores at Colonnade. The Dollar Store is now at Colonnade. The LCBO is leaving its location and moving to a brand new, bigger store at... of course, Colonnade. The list is depressing. Why go on and on about this? Because even now, when I talk to staff people at the Municipality, they insist that Prescott street is fine; that more and more people are coming to North Grenville to shop. The head of planning actually claims January 16, 2013

that Prescott street is in better shape than it was five years ago! How can anyone, no matter how positive they want to be, deny that this is a genuine crisis for Kemptville? As an historian, I know that the centre of Kemptville has shifted over the years. It followed the river, then the railway, and then the roads. It could be argued that this latest shift to Colonnade is simply repeating that pattern, as development moves to the 416. But there are significant differences this time. To start with, development always centred on the Prescott Street Clothier Street axis. When the railway came through and a station was built at Bedell, development moved to Prescott street, and Bedell saw growth. But the centre held and new businesses opened up to transport travellers to and from the station. The shifting of the town centre was gradual and a natural evolution of the town. But this time, the shift has been deliberately planned. The Municipality looked at the plans for Colonnade and approved them. Surely they knew what effect it would have on Kemptville? They were certainly told by many members of the public at the time that the arrival of a big box store development would effectively kill the downtown. There could have been more consultation with the downtown business community then, a better inclusion of those issues into the planning of Colonnade. But a big deal like Colonnade (with WalMart involved) was too sexy for the officials and Council to pass on. Like so many other municipalities around North America, the small town boys were blinded by the bright lights. The newcomers were told that North Grenville was open for business. Actually, it was up for sale. Did the big boys pay their fair share of what it has cost the taxpayers to be granted their presence? No-one is denying the positives Colonnade has brought to the Municipality. Even though it is an ugly concrete wilderness, inhospitable to pedestrians and with an incompre-

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not always to be expected of the Wal-Marts of the world. There is no going back. This situation is the reality we have to deal with. But those who brought it about, who gave the development carte blanche, should not be forgotten or forgiven. They have destroyed downtown Kemptville and it will take a long time, and a great deal of thought and creative planning, to put it all back together again. And creative planning is not a traditional strength in North Grenville. But, for goodness sake, can those who planned this debacle please start planning a solution?

hensible street layout, it is providing services. But could those same services not have been brought in with greater care in planning and with a view to integration into the existing commercial and retail world of North Grenville? Colonnade has become a great Black Hole, sucking all the life out of Kemptville. It could have been something more: a development that complemented what was already here, rather than directly competing with it. Noone blames the owners or developers: they will always go for what is best for them. It would be nice if they had more of a community feeling, but that is

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travel”. Wiens’ reaction: “If individuals cannot distinguish between to and too, their applications go into the bin.” Unfortunately, you cannot do that with CTV. Kyle Wiens, CEO of Fixit and Dozuki: “If you think an apostrophe was one of the twelve disciples, you will never work for me. “If you think a semicolon is a regular colon with an identity crisis, I will not hire you. “If you scatter commas into a sentence with all the discrimination of a shotgun, you might make it to the foyer before we politely escort you from the building.” EXTREME? Not really when you consider that Wiens’ referents are minor. Lynne Truss, who wrote the delightful Eats, Shoots & Leaves (2003), states: “I have a zero tolerance approach to grammar mistakes that make people look stupid.” Last night, CTV flashed the following on the screen: “to sick to

Imagine the beating grammar will take when text messaging becomes a standard form of communication. E-mail messages, quite often, seem to be one abbreviation after another. One of my friends who does not lose sleep over grammar reminded me that if I find a spelling error in The Times, I may keep it. He reminded me that most people are too busy to worry about typos and other minor irritants. In closing, I would ask you, What is more important, the idea presented or the grammatical error in the idea presented? A word of advice for anyone preparing a resume or writing a job application: Get someone to read it before you submit and do not always depend on spellcheck. NB: If you would like to share your thoughts re grammar, please contact me at nabob@bell.net. Better still, let’s do it over coffee.

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The North Grenville Cooperative Preschool Before and After School-Curling Club Site raised over $300.00 for Sam Tobias and his family by collecting pennies during the month of November. as well as at Breakfast with Santa. I am so proud of all the kids for how they embraced the idea of letting Sam and his family know that we still think of them. It was explained to the children that by doing something kind for someone else, will not only make them happy but Sam and his family as well. They emptied their own banks at home and brought in their change and allowances. They watched the jar grow each day and their excitability grew as well. Many of the children counted and rolled the money together working as a team. The goal was to fill a small fish jar with pennies. The end result was two jars filled with paper bills and larger coins and so MANY pennies. We have amazing children in this community! Candace Sceviour-Hay 3


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KEMPTVILLE YOUTH CENTRE 5 Oxford Street., Kemptville, ON K0G 1J0, 613-258-5212, www.kemptvilleyc.com Helping the youth of North Grenville make positive lifestyle choices in a safe, non-judgmental environment —since 1994! Our programs are FREE to the youth of our community. PROGRAMMING: Daily Programs Monday to Friday RBC After School Program 2:15-6:00pm Homework in THE LAB 2:15-6:00pm Electronic Waste Drop-offs Accepted 2:15-6:00pm Weekly Programs Movie Monday’s Monday Night 2:00-6:00pm January 7 | Pitch Perfect [PG-13] January 14 | Premium Rush [PG-13] January 21 | Frankenweenie [PG] January 28 | Oceans 13 [PG-13] Classic Gaming Night Monday Night 2:00-6:00pm Pathfinders Meeting Monday Night 7:00-9:00pm Big Screen Gaming Night Tuesday Night 2:00-6:00pm Sports Night @ KPS Tuesday Night 6:00-7:30pm Leaders in Training (L.I.T.) Wednesday Night 3:304:30pm Butler’s Tea Lounge and Open Stage Wednesday Night 4:00-6:00pm Guy’s/Girls Night Wednesday Night 6:00-8:00pm Ross McNeil Cook Night Thursday Night 4:00-8:00pm January 10 | Frittatas vs. Quiche Dinner January 17 | Sausage Stew Dinner January 24 | Roast Beef Dinner January 31 | Macaroni and Cheese Casserole Dinner Leaders in Training (L.I.T.) Friday Night 3:00-5:00pm Industrial Underground Teen Dance Friday Night 6:00-9:00pm Monthly/Special Programs Youth Council Elections January 7-27 Funhaven Trip January 19 9:00am-5:00pm ‘LA Comes to Kemptville’ Movie Marathon January 25-26 9:00pm-9:00am Monte Carlo Monday January 28 2:00-6:00pm Don`t forget that you can check us out on the web: www. kemptvilleyc.com for all our programs, permission forms and information Andrew MacLean, Program Coordinator, Kemptville Youth Centre

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problem. This new development is now established and contributing to our financial stability. Now it is time to think seriously about how we can fix any problems that have been caused. As a Municipality, we have recognised the importance of some of the major assets we have downtown. The Old Firehall has great potential. The empty Scotiabank building and the old High School are important buildings, and their future use will have a great impact on the downtown area. Having more people actually living downtown, for example, would help rejuvenate the entire area. We need to focus on this, to plan and see things change one store at a time. But I also believe that growth has to be supported by better infrastructure. This is not a subject that people find interesting, because it can’t be seen. But we have improved the water system and we have saved a tremendous amount of water that was being wasted. This saves money and makes the system more efficient. The work being planned on Sanders street will add a lot to this improvement. This is part of what Green and Growing means for North Grenville. Many people don’t know this, perhaps, but even the recent improvements on county road 18 have been part of

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orth Grenville is celebrating fifteen years of growth and development, and at the half-way point of my first term as Mayor, it seems a good time to weigh up what’s been achieved by us as a community. In my opinion, we’ve come a long way and we’re on the right track. There have been ups and downs along the way, and a few fights too. But there have been a lot more things to be happy about. On the one hand, it is important to remember that it’s only fifteen years, years in which we’ve had to deal with a growing population, which has meant demands on services, and, at the same time, cutbacks by the Province in the traditional funding municipalities received in the past. In my two years at County, I can tell you that North Grenville is one of the strongest municipalities in Leeds-Grenville: we have managed to do more, and establish a more secure financial base, than most of our partners in the United Counties. Some people are very concerned about the kind of growth we’re experiencing. It is true that commercial development along the 416 has had a detrimental effect on downtown Kemptville, for example, but this has to be seen as a temporary 4

the Green and Growing idea too. The road works were a test of a new road resurfacing process using material that had been removed from Highway 416. Instead of being dumped in a landfill, it was recycled to provide a new and smooth surface for 18. But it is a new process, and it did not go smoothly at first. Heavy rains caused unexpected problems. But lessons were learned and the process looks like it may be a success. We can’t say for sure, until we’ve seen another couple of winters; but it is a great step forward, both for road construction and the environment. Green and growing. There have been traditional green achievements too. The Ferguson Forest Centre is a centrepiece for our community, both environmentally and economically, and I am dedicated to making sure it remains that for generations to come. The Trail system is another piece of the picture that is ongoing, but in a quiet way. We are talking with CN to get access to their old rail bed, and we plan to have our Trail system link up with an Eastern Ontario system that will link Ottawa to Kingston eventually. Saving water, saving green spaces, encouraging the walking and hiking and biking trails, using environmentally friendly road construction methods - all part of our long-term plans. Long-term is a hard concept for politicians. The next election is usually the target. But I have always said, and believe, that everything can’t be done in one term. I am half-way through that first term, and I have a management style that I believe works and is working for us. The road works on 18, and the bridge at Hurd Street, are results of careful working at County level. I don’t believe in being loud and pushy. I think you have to work on partnering with others and building alliances to get things done in a way that leaves no bruises. And this takes time and patience. I don’t think it’s right to make

great pronouncements about plans and projects until they are definite and settled. No false hopes, no wild claims, just patient and quiet work behind the scenes to get things done. This is working for North Grenville. And it is being implemented by some great people on our Municipal staff. One of the great accomplishments of the last two years for this community has been the hiring of our new CAO, Brian Carré, and our Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture, Mark Guy. These are two men of great ability, energy and vision and they have helped bring new enthusiasm and drive to our Municipality. Our recent budget proceedings have shown how well our staff can adapt to new circumstances, dealing with last-minute provincial funding cuts, for example. Working closely with our staff, I have found that we are growing in confidence as we learn to work as a team in the day-to-day routines of keeping North Grenville going. Fifteen years for North Grenville, and I believe we are in a good position to move ahead. As I said, we are in a much better position than many other municipalities in LeedsGrenville and I am looking forward to the next few years. We have an Official Plan that gives us guidelines and direction, without being a straightjacket. We are starting a new Strategic Plan process that will give everyone a voice in our future. Quiet, but effective, management at both Municipal and County level has brought results, and promises even more in the years to come. It is not all going to happen overnight, and I understand people’s annoyance when they don’t see things happening faster. But I believe we are on the right track and the results will become clear as we go on. I believe in letting people do their jobs. We have a great team in place and a clear direction to follow. Fifteen years on, and two years into my first term, and patience and vision is paying off.

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Letters to the Editor Dear Editor Like you, I was disappointed to see the comments of your argumentive writer about Maggie's misfortunate run in with the individual responsible for issuing parking infraction penalties in Kemptville. Actually, I laughed when I read that she got caught doing something that we all try or consider trying to do, now and again. It happens and, by her letter to you, it is a good reminder to us to remember that the warning signs are there for a specific purpose. I seem to have misplaced the article that you wrote about the carpeting that was put outside, but it occurred to me that we should be asking why the Council would not have gotten those $80K rolls shrink-wrapped in plastic like they do with bales of hay and boats to protect them from the weather. Eventually, a use should be found for them, if they are not too damaged. In the most recent issue of the Times, Christmas at Wyatt's Grill was shown, but there was another one of your advertisers - Crusty Baker, whose place was open from 10 AM until 4 PM with live music by the Carroll family {a.k.a. Frank Western & Birdie Whyte} performing from 1 to 3 PM, as well along with the Baker's Luncheon Buffet. It was a great place to be. I wish you continued good luck with all of your efforts! Sincerely, David Butler

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cess. Not to mention all the benefits of exercising outdoors — fresh air, easy detoxification, free vitamin D and other healthy minerals best available through Mother Nature! It’s like visiting an oxygen bar, detox program, stress management counselor and aromatherapist in one simple step! They don’t call it the great outdoors for nothing! Baxter’s four sessions will teach snowshoeing techniques plus other useful outdoor topics including how to dress for outdoor exercise, safety tips, orienteering and basic GPS skills. The event also includes informative nature hikes, hosted by the conservation area’s interpreter, through the conservation area’s scenic trails. Each week, different courses will be enjoyed and by week four, participants will have blazed the Baxter trails. Four sessions — every Tuesday, February 5 to February 26, 2013 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Special introductory rate: $60 per person (includes snowshoe rental, GPS units and YakTrax for outdoor fun) Pre-registration is required Your local Conservation Areas offer unforgettable visits to the beautiful Eastern Ontario wilderness. Enjoy the quiet and serenity of our snow-covered wilderness while snowshoeing at a conservation area near you. Visit for the day for $6 per vehicle or save with a $45 annual pass — an inexpensive investment for your health and well-being. This program is being offered as part of the RVCA’s Active • Outdoor • Life series. To learn about other Active • Outdoor • Life events, visit www. rvca.ca.

The Staff and Board of Directors of the KEMPTVILLE YOUTH CENTRE Invite you to attend our 2013 Strategic Planning Day Monday, January 21, 2013 from 2:00 - 8:00 pm

Youth, Volunteers and Community Partners are all invited to be involved in this 2013 Strategic Planning session where we will be laying out the Kemptville Youth Centre’s Roadmap over the next 3 years. Have your say in where the Kemptville Youth Centre should be headed and provide ideas and input on how this should be accomplished. To RSVP for ANY or ALL of the Sessions or for more information on sessions visit: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CKHTSGZ (Even if you are planning on attending ONLY DINNER please RSVP)

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am Reader. I love to read. Reading, to me, is the ultimate luxury, so being able to take the time out to sit and read is something I like to do for myself. That being said, I also like to read just about anything: newspapers, books, magazines and articles etc.; but I love reading books because there is a sense of being a part of the novel itself; that I find you always can relate to the emotions that are being put forth across the pages. The title of this story comes across as being about a taboo subject that some people might not want to read about; but the author, Jeff Povey, tells the story with a humorous tone that conveys itself through the pages of this sarcastic and witty black comedy that appeals to the darker side in people. In it, there are characters who will tell you a story about their lives that sometimes blurs the lines between

reality and fantasy, especially our main character, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Even though they set out to do horrible acts, they still manage to put forth likable tendencies that everybody can relate to. An unlikely and ordinary man, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (no real identities in The Serial Killers Club) gets to experience first-hand just how some serial killers behave when out in a social setting with other killers. He himself is not a serial killer, but by a freak attack that almost leads to Douglas losing his own life, he assumes the identity of his now dead, but aspiring, serial killer. By assuming the unknown identity of his killer, he accepts an invitation to be part of a club that certainly is not for everybody, but definitely has peaked an interest in Douglas. His otherwise very mundane and boring life allows him to follow this crazy scheme of his to meet the other members and be part of this club. It is a club that has many perks, accord-

ing to all of its members, Burt Lancaster, Cher, Rachel Welch, Dean Martin, Rock Hudson etc. We know and recognize the names, but these are just different identities that each member has come to adopt as their own when meeting and greeting the

other members of the club. There are alternative motives behind the club members moves that will keep you guessing and going back in your mind, who is the REAL killer This is a quick read that will keep the pages turning.

eos for “Mudpuppy Nights in Oxford Mills” for more information) A few people who attended “Mudpuppy Night in Oxford Mills” commented on the “bricks’ that adorn the walls of Maplewood. The Community Builders campaign is still active; you can still 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. If you’ve already purchased a brick in support of Maplewood Hall, please be patient, the

renewal notices are late in going out. Contact us at info@maplewoodhall.ca We encourage community members to come to our OMCA monthly meetings on the first Thursday of every month (the next is at 7:30pm on Feb. 7th). You don’t have to be on the Board of Directors or on one of our Committees to attend. If there is an event you’d like to see happen or one you’d like to volunteer for, this is the forum to help make things happen. Also, if there’s an issue in the community you’d like to address, these meetings are a great place to start. Unfortunately, until our website is updated, the best way to get up-to-date information on events and community issues is to find the Oxford Mills Com-

munity Association on Facebook. Maplewood Hall, the historic (c.1875) schoolhouse that serves as Oxford Mills’ Community Centre is run by the OMCA’s Maplewood Management Committee and is made available at very affordable prices for a variety of events. To register an event please go to www.maplewoodhall.ca and complete a simple rental request.

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his past Friday evening, (January 11th) about fifty people gathered at Maplewood Hall to view a slide show and listen to the renowned artist/biologist team of Aleta Karstad and Dr. Fred Schueler. Afterwards the team led the group in a biological survey of the giant salamanders known as Mudpuppies that congregate at the dam in Oxford Mills during the winter. Refreshments were served at the Hall afterwards, where the crowd was able to chat with both presenters. The evening was a great success; with thanks to Fred and Aleta for sharing their important work with the community and to Sustainable North Grenville for organizing the event. (Google the Web and Vid6

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Lions Club of Kemptville Thank you! John Carkner The Lions Club of Kemptville would like to thank the people of North Grenville and surrounding areas for the huge support given during our Christmas Tree Campaign. Wow, what an overwhelming success. uring the period of the 3rd of December right up until the 23rd of December, you came out and bought our trees. Indeed, on the 23rd, as we were winding down the Sales area, a fellow Lion from an adjoining district drove in and purchased the last tree. At the height of activity a week or two before Christmas, as the trees came in from the fields, you were there, in some cases, buying them right off of the wagon. All told, over 225 trees were sold. Of course the really neat part of this whole scenario is that the funds raised through your support will go right back into the community, right back into needs where we live. So, you made it happen. Well done! The Lions Club would also like to thank the Ferguson Forest Center for providing us with the venue from which to sell

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fter waiting for almost two hundred and thirty years, the Algonquin Nation is on the verge of achieving an agreed treaty with the Crown. In 1784, the British authorities entered into treaties with the Mississauga and Mohawk peoples, which led to large tracts of land between the Saint Lawrence and the Ottawa rivers being ceded to the Crown. Unfortunately for the Algonquin, many of these treaties were signed with the wrong First Nations. The Algonquin had their traditional land base throughout the Ottawa river watershed, stretching as far south as the South Nation river. This area included almost all of North

Grenville, as can be seen in the map. Instead of receiving any compensation for the loss of this huge area of land, the Algonquins were actually reduced to a small reserve at Golden Lake in 1873. Ever since, they have been trying to get the Crown to acknowledge their rights to the larger area, and to come to an agreement with them regarding their losses. Negotiations were started some years ago, and the Canadian Government accepted the land claim area set out by the First Nation. This has now led to a draft treaty agreement between the two sides. It has always been part of the process that third party interests are protected, as they are in all land claim negotiations.

This means that land owners cannot be dispossessed in favour of Indian claims, and some other form of compensation has to be found. In the case of the Algonquins, there will be a sizeable transfer of money, as well as small parcels of Crown lands throughout the claim area. North Grenville, though part of that area, is not affected by the draft treaty. The closest land transfer takes place across the Rideau river in Marlborough Town-

ship, just west of Burritt’s Rapids. For those in the Municipality who have been aware of these longterm talks, it will come as some relief to know that the draft treaty has finally settled the terms and location of these land settlements. For the Algonquin people, there is the prospect that their long campaign to have their traditional lands acknowledged by the Crown will finally be successful after more than two centuries.

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the trees and also, the trees themselves, which were fresh cut from the facility over the course of the sales drive. The quality of the trees was outstanding and the Center staff were amazing. As trees were sold, the folks at the Center popped out to cut more. We never ran out. The resident kitty, also a paid employee at the Ferguson Forest Center, kept a close eye on the operation. She ran a tight ship but was a fair overseer. The members of the Lions Club really enjoyed being out and saying hi to old friends and meeting new ones. The Christmas Tree Sales period remains one of our favourite activities. Thank you North Grenville. You do make a huge difference in our community! A quick reminder; we would love to have you try on the Lions Club sometime for fit. Come on out to one of our meetings. We’ll dine you and you can experience for yourself what a great time we have, what a great group of people we are and what important work we do in the community. Your inspiration and energy would be welcome! Oh and of course, have a Happy and Healthy 2013.

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The Passing Tone buy myself the keyboard, and I just LOVED IT. I'm not very good, and I don't play any songs well, but when I play piano, I'm not worrying about making a song... I just play notes and see where the music takes me....” She then turned to me and said the words I'll never forget for the rest of my life: “Mike, have you ever just played a note and just FELT the music?” I somehow remember that she was in her 70's, had never played an instrument, and had discovered in a few months what the joy of music is all about. The music industry likes to make music seem so important and elite. Call someone a guitar god, and instantly you can charge 20 dollars more a ticket. While music does take a degree of discipline and work, there seems to be a block that has been put up, dividing listeners and musicians. As soon as you touch a guitar, seemingly there is pressure to be good at it. And once you get good at it, pressure increases to “you should join a band and be famous!” Let’s talk about the common reasons people tell me why they don't learn guitar: You need talent to be able to play: While certain people are certainly gifted when it comes to music, playing music is a skill that can be taught or learned. We hear on the radio musical perfection, and feel that this is normal. But if you see enough live music, you'll start to notice that a majority of musicians who you enjoy are not always the most skilled technically. What stops most people from achieving success isn't lack of talent, it's simply lack of practice! Guitars are expensive: Previously, if you wanted a halfway decent guitar and amp, you would

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the session, I will supply printouts of letters of the alphabet to use for creating the block designs. This is how I first learned to do a linoblock, and it allows for fairly quick and easy carving. **The hands-on element of this workshop is not suitable for small children as it involves the use of sharp objects. I recommend that children 12 and under participate only in the stamping component of the workshop — accompanied by an adult.** If you have any questions in advance of the workshop, please don't hesitate to send me an email at meredithdk@ gmail.com. Meredith Luce

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often hear that people want to learn how to play an instrument, but for one reason or another, they come up with a ton of reasons why they shouldn't. Mainly it revolves around the feeling that they will never be as good as Jimmy Paige, or won't be good enough to be in a band or play with anyone. I was in a band, I thought myself pretty good... but I was humbled by an elderly lady on a bus who had just started playing music. “A year ago, I was told that I had enough money to take piano lessons, and practice at the seniors centre, or I could buy a keyboard. I decided to skip the lessons and just

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be looking at spending at LEAST $800-$1000. If you just need a guitar to practice, digital amp simulators are at the point where for $150 you can get some studio grade sounds, plugging into a computer and headphones. My favourite guitar to play through digital is a $300 guitar. As well, manufacturing has been streamlined over the years, and an acoustic guitar starts to sound good at $200-$300, where before, $600 was the MINIMUM.. You HAVE to play on stage: One of the best guitar players I knew had never in his life stepped on a stage and most people didn't even know he played guitar. He played 100% for his own enjoyment. I have also known some amazing guitar players that stopped playing altogether because they couldn't keep performing at the level they wanted to be at. No matter what you do in life, make sure you enjoy what you do, and you won't waste any time. Bass is for people who can't play guitar: A band with a great guitar player won’t save a bad band. A bad band with a great bass player will. Conversely, a great bunch of musicians in a band with a bad bass player will not get far. While the bass is simpler to wrap your head around, it is a much harder instrument to learn, as it doesn't have as much instant gratification as a guitar. I don't have time to learn! We are often bogged down with stories of famous musicians that practice 9 hours a day every day, constant sound bites

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of bands talking about all the hard work and dedication they have gone through to get where they are. Here's a secret: 30 minutes a day will get you playing a few chords in no time, and almost all your favourite songs can be played with 4-5 chords. Sure you might exclude the ripping solos and lead guitar... but if your looking to just play and hum some fun songs, who cares? Music is a wonderful thing. It allows us to share stories, express ourselves, or just pass the time. Studies show that learning instruments helps kids perform well in school, or for those outside of the institution, keeps your brain on it's toes learning something new. Playing an instrument should be available to anyone who wants to, not just those looking to make it a career. So next time you say to yourself: “Man I want to learn how to play an instrument but.....” remember the story of the lady on the bus, and just go out there and enjoy music to

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he NGHS held their Annual General Meeting last Wednesday, introducing changes and new ideas to the Society. The meeting was a full house, which says a great deal for the dynamism of this Society and the commitments of the members. The usual reports from the Secretary and Treasurer had a very positive tone, as the NGHS continues to enjoy increases in membership and a series of well-attended talks and activities. The President’s report was the last for David Shanahan who, after five years in the position, was transferring his attentions to the NG Archivist role in which he has been acting for the past year. His report detailed some of the many activities of the Society over the past year: “The Society, through the Archives, received more than forty inquiries over the year from people across Canada and the United States. Some of these have been very simple requests for copies of obituaries or news articles from old newspapers. Others have been more complicated and involved considerable research time.” Aside from the greater involvement by the public in supporting the Society through additions to the Archives, the NGHS has been proactively gathering material from other archival sources: “The Archives continue to receive new acquisitions, both through the public and through regular visits to the Ontario Archives in Toronto. There were four visits to those Archives in 2012, resulting in several thousand pages of scanned documents and photographs being added to the Archives. These included the records of the Kemptville Women’s Institute,

records from the early Holy Cross Mission in Kemptville between 1840 and 1860, and land and other property records, including wills and records of sale. One of the unique additions came through a visitor to the area. Her father had been minister at the Presbyterian Church in Kemptville in the 1930's. As an avid amateur photographer, he had rushed out into the night in 1936 to photograph the old High School in flames.” Elections at the AGM resulted in four new members joining the Board of Directors: Ken Mews, Doug McDonald, Anne Newton and Pam Gordon. They will add a great deal to the growing professionalism with which the NGHS is doing its job. With Cynthia and Jacques Langlois leaving the Board, having performed great work on preparing our publications for reprinting, the officers of the revised Board also include Bill Adams, President; Bill Kilfoyle, Secretary, Harmen Boersma, Treasurer, and Wendy Goddard, Assistant Archivist. Final word to Archivist, Dr. David Shanahan, who summed up the role of the NGHS in his final comments as President: “It is a job without an end, but with many satisfying stops along the way to look over progress and consider obstacles. It is a fine and important undertaking, one in which all members of the Society play a part. As long as there are enough people willing to become members of the NGHS, there will be a recognition in the community that this is an important aspect of our society, and it adds strength to the Board of Directors as they campaign and even fight against attempts to sweep away our heritage, both built and cultural, that will certainly continue in the coming years.”

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The Salvation Army Invades but before they could arrive, the Methodist Church building was burned down by an angry mob of North Grenville citizens. It seems the Methodists were at the forefront of an attempt to bring prohibition to North Grenville. In 1878, the Ontario Government had passed a Bill, called the Scott Bill after its main proponent, allowing local municipalities to introduce bye-laws banning the sale of alcohol in their own jurisdiction. Temperance organisations were quite active in Ontario in those days, and the Methodists were strong supporters of the Scott Bill. The Kemptville Village Council must have been trying to pass the necessary by-law, judging from the rather violent response of the local citizens as expressed in the destruction of the Methodist Church building. The details are hard to come by, as, at the time, there was no local newspaper in North Grenville. The Kemptville Advance seems to have ceased publication between around 1881 and 1891, so no newspaper reports of these events have been found as yet. The fact remained that the newly-arrived Salvation Army had nowhere to meet, nor to lay their heads. Since this gave them something else in common with Jesus, they decided to follow his example further, as Spooner remarked: “So we had to follow our leader. Not to be beat, we made friends with the publicans and leased a large billiard room for one year”. In fact, it was

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his year, the Salvation Army marks 125 years in North Grenville. This is the first in a number of articles celebrating the remarkable history of that presence in the community, a presence that has led to so much good and blessing for the people of the area. January, 1888 was a remarkable month in the history of North Grenville. It marked the arrival in the community of the Salvation Army, at the time still a revivalist group, dedicated to preaching the Gospel and seeing the people saved and sanctified. Those today who think they know the Salvation Army would have got quite a shock in 1888 to see this small group of young men and women marching through the centre of Kemptville, playing loud music, singing loud songs, and dressed in a distinctly military style manner that marked them out from everyone else around them. On Saturday, January 14, Adjutant Marshall Joshua Spooner and three young men left Ottawa to begin a planned campaign in Kemptville that was to launch a new congregation, or “corps” of the Army in North Grenville. They had arranged with the Village Council to hire the Town Hall for a few days, but when they got off the train from Ottawa, they found that the local Methodist congregation had already taken over the Town Hall, and the Army were without a venue for their crusade. This was by no means an attempt by the Methodists to keep the Army out of Kemptville. In fact, the Methodists had a great deal in common with the Army, and were to prove true friends of the new enterprise. But in January, 1888, the Methodists had their own troubles to contend with. After the Army had booked the Town Hall,

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an old store that had once been a billiard hall, which they rented from a local hotel-keeper. In spite of the set-back with the Town Hall, and the late hour by the time the hall was found, Spooner did not waste any more time. That very evening, the Army started the work in Kemptville. Spooner recorded the event briefly: “It was then about five o’clock, so we threw off our coats and went to work, and took the counters out, got a stove up, and got some lumber and fixed up some seats; borrowed some lamps, and out we go for a march, had an open air. The whole town was astir; the crowd followed us to the hall and crowded the building. We had a good time, considering, of course, they had never seen the Army before”. A large group of Army members arrived from Brockville that night, and remained in Kemptville for the next couple of days, as more open air meetings were held on Sunday morning, afternoon and evening. Each meeting retired to the Hall, and so great were the crowds that the landlord, the hotelkeeper, ended up acting as doorman (or bouncer). Still, although the meetings were full, and the marches were followed by large crowds, there were no souls saved, until Monday night seven people came forward in the evening meeting and knelt at the Penitent Bench. Earlier that day, the Army had acquired lumber from Ambrose Clothier’s mill with which they made extra seats, and a platform to

hold about twenty Soldiers. The seats, were supported on soap boxes. Spooner noticed that a number of Methodists were at the Sunday evening meeting. He was told that the Methodist Minister had encouraged his flock to attend the Army meetings, after their own was finished, and help the newcomers in any way they could. He told them “if they could catch any [Holy Spirit] fire to catch it and bring it with them, and if they could leave any to do so”. Even the local Reeve and Magistrate offered the Army any help they needed. By Wednesday morning, the work had been properly launched, and Spooner and the men from Ottawa and Brockville left Kemptville in the willing hands of Captain Grace McKenna and Lieutenant Hannah McMullen. The meetings would continue through the years, and the “outpost” of Oxford Mills would be added to the work within a few weeks of the Army’s arrival in Kemptville. The fruit of those first meetings would be seen too, as the years passed. One young man who attended the very first meeting, Harry Banks, would drop by after school and help build a permanent home for the Army Corps on Water Street. He would become an officer of the Army and for the rest of his more than 100 years would work at preaching the Gospel in Canada and the United States. And to the end of his days, he loved telling people about the winter day in 1888 that the first strange and energetic people in uniform came marching through Kemptville with their loud music and joyful noise.

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THE SUGAR TRAP Blood sugar is not the BAD guy. This sweet stuff is the magic that feeds your brain and gives your body energy. Lifestyle and eating habits in our modern society tend to be the enemy. We begin in the morning with donuts, muffins, sugar in your coffee, processed cereal, juice and stress. The body is an amazing machine. It will store sugar for an emergency and it will distribute sugar as needed for energy. Every human body needs nutrients and minerals daily. The body needs calories (energy) to function. The right fuel is required. The digestive system converts the fruit, veggies, grains and sugar into glucose. Whether you are eating chocolate mousse or broccoli spears, carbohydrate foods all contain chains of sugar molecules. Some chains are short and others are long. Some, like the sugars glucose and fructose, need almost no digestion before they can be absorbed into the blood stream. Others like those found in bran or oatmeal are so tough that your body cannot break them down. In the end, all carbohydrates are converted into glucose, fructose and galactose. These are tiny sugar molecules that slide easily through your intestinal wall and into the bloodstream. There is one more stop before this new supply of blood sugar can reach hungry cells: the liver. In the liver, cells hold on to some of the glucose for later use (called glycogen). A healthy body needs sugar that it has to work to get. Fruit juice, pop and a donut on the run give a quick rise in sugar that is easy to process. Too easy, the sugar high does not last long and before you know it you are reach-

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ing for more sweets to get energy. The problem is one heaping teaspoon of white sugar has about 25 calories, a carrot has about 25 calories; which one will deliver more vitamins and minerals? Which one will deliver more nutrients and which one will your body have to work to digest? There really is nothing wrong with sugar. The body needs sugar to operate, but a serious problem can occur when the sugars you digest are all simple. Your body regulates sugar (energy). When you constantly bombard your body with simple carbohydrates, your body cannot use the sugar before you are ingesting more, so it stores the sugar in the fat cells. You are not using the sugar before taking in more. This causes an imbalance and can lead to diabetes. Foods like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, skim milk and legumes all contain natural (unprocessed) sugar along with lots of starch and fibre to deliver protein, vitamins and minerals. Careful food selections allow the human body to obtain all needed nutrients within an allowance of about 1,500 calories a day. Some people have more generous energy allowances with which to “purchase” nutrients. A teenager for example can healthfully consume up to 3,000 calories a day while a less active older woman can only consume 1,500 calories without filling fat cells and gaining weight. She must choose foods that offer more nutrient density than the teenager. The key to controlling sugar is to monitor the amount you consume with

the food nutrient density. Your body needs specified amounts of each nutrient. Consuming your sugar in an apple or an orange is far better than juice. Eating complex carbs like whole wheat bread and legumes will benefit your health in so many ways! Help your body stay healthy and maintain a balanced level of energy by watching the amount of sugar you consume. 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!

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North Grenville Big Brothers Big Accessible Transportation Sisters of Canada turns of the stores there, as do Anne Walsh 100 years old! most residents. This means In 1999, some concerned citizens felt there was a need for accessible transportation in North Grenville. They went to service clubs and business people to request funding. The Ontario Trillium Foundation provided sufficient capital to purchase one vehicle and NGAT was born. North Grenville Accessible Transportation was such a busy program that, within two years, they required a second vehicle to keep up with demand. The Board worried they might have to stop offering this valuable service in 2006 due to fuel costs. Luckily, they were granted $8000 by the North Grenville Council. By 2010, they had worn out one of the vehicles and were, once again, asking the Ontario Trillium Foundation for support. They again stepped up and came through with funding for a new bus with the capacity for four wheelchairs. NGAT has wonderful, dedicated drivers, offering quality service seven days a week for a minimum of six hours daily. Residents of North Grenville with mobility issues, as well as clients from Community Living, the Kemptville District Hospital Day Program and Bayfield, benefit from this program. They also occasionally do chartered field trips. Clients might need a ride to their doctor's appointment or to a recreation program. They may wish to do some banking, get groceries or shop for a gift. These are all things we take for granted. NGAT often gets requests to bring someone all the way to Kingston or Ottawa. This is a challenge because it ties up the vehicle for a large portion of the day, which limits access for other users. This is an expensive service to run when you consider the price of fuel, the cost of insurance and maintenance, as well as administrative fees. With the opening of Colonnade Mall, clients want to visit and take advantage

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more clients, more trips, more wear and tear on the vehicle and more cost. It is reasonable to expect that, for all those reasons, a replacement vehicle will be on the planning board soon. Dr. Don Gilchrist is the Chair of North Grenville Accessible Transportation. He says: "We are functioning at full capacity as it is. We have had to become more selective. Only people who are wheelchair bound and unable to use other modes of transportation are eligible to use this service". NGAT is run by volunteers, contracting dispatch and drivers to WUBS Transport in Winchester. They have tried to keep fares reasonable, which is part of their mandate, but the rates have gone up to help cover costs. They receive annual funding from United Way and the Municipality of North Grenville, fares from their clients and advertising on their vehicles as well as donations from service clubs, businesses and individuals. Advertising on the vehicle is a popular, unique and effective promotional tool. NGAT has applied for further funding through the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville for a second consecutive year. They are hoping to be selected this time around. Don is encouraged by the new Accessibility legislation which came into force on January 1, requiring that all taxi companies have at least one accessible vehicle in their fleet. He hopes they will become an adjunct to their services. The Board of Directors expresses their appreciation to all service clubs, businesses and individuals for their ongoing support. Dr. Gilchrist is hoping to see the donor base expand as people see the value of supporting NGAT. Very soon, there will be an effort to solicit donations from the general public. Anyone wishing to make a donation can contact: North Grenville Accessible Transportation Box 1696 Kemptville, Ontario K0G 1J0 (613) 258-6600

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week of mentoring during the school year, and has proven through research to address issues such as truancy and lack of school involvement, are just one way that Big Brothers Big Sisters intends to remain relevant over the next 100 years. But whether through the Big Brothers or Big Sisters mentoring programs or a new mentoring programs such as In School Mentoring, the youth mentoring services provided by volunteer Big Brothers and Big Sisters have proven to be instrumental in reducing bullying and other related negative behavior such as lack of interest in school; truancy; low self-esteem and drug and alcohol abuse. The need for volunteer mentors is great. In Leeds & Grenville alone, there are more than 65 youths waiting to be matched with a volunteer mentor. You can start something today by going to the Big Brothers Big Sisters website www.mentoringmatters. ca and inquiring about the numerous volunteer opportunities or by making a donation to support mentoring in your community. To help mark this important milestone for Big Brothers Brothers of Leeds and Grenville, Kawartha Credit Union has donated $3000 to help support BBBSLG local mentoring programs. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds and Grenville is grateful to Kawartha Credit Union for their generous donation. Jane Fullarton Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters said, “ This generous donation is not only a celebration and acknowledgement of the work the agency has done in the past but it is funding that will help us start something in the future.” Unlocking a child's true potential creates a future where anything's possible.

he organization celebrates 100 years of changing the lives of young Canadians through mentoring and looks forward to 100 more. January 15th, 2013 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is proud to announce that it has been changing the lives of young Canadians for over 100 years. Since the first organization started matching young people with volunteer adult mentors in Toronto in 1913, Big Brothers Big Sisters has grown to over 123 agencies serving 1000 communities across Canada. “We are very proud to be celebrating 100 years of serving Canadian communities and impacting the lives of youths across the country,” says Big Brothers Big Sisters President and CEO, Bruce MacDonald. “But we are even more excited to look ahead at the next 100 years and see how we can further improve the lives of Canada’s young people.” Although most wellknown for the Big Brothers Mentoring program and the Big Sisters Mentoring program which matches a volunteer mentor with a mentee between the ages of 6-16, the organization has been creating new mentoring programs to enhance how it serves its communities and to adapt to the needs of both the volunteer mentors and the youth enrolled in its programs. “We know that people are busier than ever and are crunched for time,” says MacDonald “So we’ve created mentoring programs that address specific needs for the mentees and offer flexibility for volunteer mentors. It’s a win-win.” New mentoring programs such as In School Mentoring, which involves only one hour a

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Un groupe d’élèves de la 4e à la 8e année de l’école Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys a participé au club de tricot tout au long des mois d’octobre et de novembre. Cette activité est l’une des «  activités du midi  » de l’école. Tous les participants ont démontré beaucoup de persévérance et de patience dans leur apprentissage puisque la plupart n’avait aucune connaissance du tricot au départ. Ils ont tricoté plusieurs carrés qui ont ensuite été assemblés afin de fabriquer une belle couverture chaude. Le vendredi 14 décembre, les élèves se sont rendus au foyer « Hill Top Manor » dans le village de Merrickville pour remettre leur superbe confection aux résidents à l’occasion de la fête de Noël. A group of students from the school Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys participated in a knitting club throughout the months of October and November 2012. This activity was one of many "lunch hour activities" at school. All the students showed perseverance and patience in their apprenticeship since most of them had no knowledge of knitting from the start. They started by knitting several squares which were then sewed together in order to make a beautiful blanket. On Friday December 14th 2012, the students went to HillTop Manor, which is a long term care facility in the town of Merrickville, to donate the blanket in the Christmas spirit. Tracy Daoust Secrétaire/Agente de liaison L’heure du conte en français à Merrickville! La bibliothèque de Merrickville organise des activités en français pour les jeunes dès le mois de février. Les dates confirmées seront publiées sur leur site web (http://village.merrickville-wolford.on.ca/mpl/index. html) ou vous pouvez téléphoner directement le (613) 269-3326 pour en connaitre d’avantage. Le souper mensuel recommence! C’est avec enthousiasme que nous reprenons nos soupers causeries en français. Ces soirées vous permettent de rencontrer de nouveaux gens, faire du réseautage ou profiter de la compagnie de vos ami(e)s. Are you looking to improve your French conversational skills? Come and join us for an evening of friendship and networking while enjoying a great meal. Date : jeudi, le 24 janvier 2013 Heure : 18h30 Lieu : Nakhon Thai, Kemptville SVP réservez par internet à l’adresse suivante : thefrenchconnexion@live.ca Bonne année à tous! Anouk Tremblay

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Competing with Corporate: Customer Relations Management by Michael Pacitto One of the luxuries that corporate stores have over small business is a large team of specialists. As a small business, many times its just a one man show. You need to be a Jack of all Trades, and a master of all! To help balance the scales, new technology has come out to simplify often complex tasks and give you the power of an accountant or a personal assistant at a fraction of the cost. Though technology can free up your time, a bad one can just add hassles and distractions. Competing with Corporate will review tools and ideas to give you a leg up. The task of organizing our clients as well as ourselves is often a slap dash affair. Some people keep it all in their head, some have different files of paper, some

have a series of folders and spreadsheets scattered throughout their computer. No matter how you keep track of things, there comes a time when things start getting hectic and a missed opportunity makes you think: “I wish I had a personal assistant to take care of all this stuff!” This is what Customer Relation Management (CRM) Software was made for. It’s a program that puts everything you need to manage your customers in one place. It’s 100% accessible anywhere you have internet access; whether you are at home on the PC, on the go with a tablet/laptop or standing in line for a hamburger on your phone, a good CRM program will be a personal assistant telling you if you're on track to make your sales goals for the month. Calendars and orga-

nizers are great, but the problem with getting organized isn't just having the tool, it's building the habit of USING it. CRM's solve this problem by automating repetitive tasks, creating reminders to follow up with new leads, or at a glance seeing which customers you may have forgotten about. This is useful because you can now confidently keep track of more customers, which means more time making money with your customers ready to buy, and less time going through files. HOW THEY WORK: I'm in newspaper sales, and this is how it helps me out. I have 6 “Stages” in my sales process. Leads, qualified, quotes, needs-artwork, needs to sign. When I find a potential lead, I open up my CRM on any computer, smartphone or tablet. I create a con-

tact, and assign a deal to them. Everything I need to know about that client, what their needs are, their contact info, tasks that need to be completed, is all in one place. Lets say we secure a deal, but the customer needs artwork done. One click moves the deal to the “needs artwork stage” and a task is automatically created in my calender to have artwork done for them by the end of the week. If they are going to buy, but need more time, I can with one click put them in the “qualified stage”, which creates a follow up reminder in 2 weeks (or I can quickly change that on the fly). When I know how much the deal is going to be worth, I can put that in as well, so when I have 50 potential prospects at various stages of a deal, I will be able to focus on the ones that are a priority. What makes this such a great tool, is that

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the smallest of potential prospects can be logged and kept organized so you'll never miss an opportunity. That guy you met last year in a coffee line up who is opening a new business this month? You don't need to worry about keeping track of that lead, because your CRM is like your personal assistant, reminding you of those details. If you have a smart phone, it gets even better. When you receive a call from a client, it detects and displays not only who is calling, but what deal you are working on! After the call, it gives you an option to add any notes or follow up tasks directly to your organizer. If you corresponded a long time ago with email, instead of searching through your inbox for it, emails are pulled into the software. Easy. If you are an owner with a sales team, another time saving benefit is having multiple users for one account. You can all share one contact list, assign customers to different users, so you'll never have to worry about stepping on each other's toes. And if you need to use some teamwork to close a sale, the owner or another sales person can come in and instantly see where a customer is in the process, and take over. COST: Most CRM's are free to try, with no obligations or credit cards needed. If you have time, I recommend just trying a few of them out to find the one that works for you. HOW TO CHOOSE: Unfortunately, not all CRM's are created equal. There are too many out there to count and it can be time consuming trying to find the one that works for you. I ran through most of the bad ones already and have found a few of the good ones that will actually save you headaches, not cause more. If you are looking for a better way to manage your customers, send me an email and I can point you in the right direction.

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Future guide dogs need loving homes A new litter has arrived! Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is pleased to announce the birth of our latest litter of puppies. Within several weeks, these puppies will require foster homes to learn what it takes to be a ‘good dog’ before entering formal training to become guide dogs to help someone in need. Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is seeking foster families in the areas of Brockville, Prescott & Kemptville for our latest arrivals. You must be home most of the day or obtain permission to take the dog to work with you. You require access to a vehicle for veterinary appointments and training sessions. All food and veterinary expenses are provided. This is a 12-18 month commitment, raising and training the dog in your home, with the expectation for daily long walks in all conditions. When the dog is ready

to enter into formal training at the National Training Centre of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind in Manotick, you must be prepared to give up the dog, so that it may continue its journey to aid as a guide dog. Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind was established as a registered charity in 1984. Since that time, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind has provided professionally trained guide dogs to more than 700 Canadians who are visually impaired from coast to coast. Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind also trains assistance dogs for individuals in Eastern Ontario with other mobility related disabilities. For more information, contact Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind by email at info@guidedogs. ca or phone (613) 6927777. You can sign up to attend an upcoming information session and learn more about fostering a puppy.

Third Annual Bride and Groom Show to be held Saturday January 19, 2013, at the W.B. George Centre, University of Guelph, Kemptville Campus Kemptville Campus of the University of Guelph, will be home to an exclusive wedding show for both gals and guys! It will be held on Saturday January 19, from 11 am until 3 pm. Admission is free and there will be samplings of all kinds – wine, beer, appetizers and desserts. All compliments of Impressions Catering, Pellar Estates Winery and Brick Brewery. There will also be free engagement photos taken all day courtesy of Claire Ross Photography and a 1 pm fashion show presented by “All that Glitters” and “Tip Top” featuring both wedding dresses and tuxedos. This event will be vital for all couples planning a wedding in 2013 or 2014. The show floor will give you the opportunity to view the latest trends in the bridal industry. It will be beautifully decorated by “Joy to Share”. But, the best news of all is that one lucky couple will go home with a honeymoon trip. Be sure to come as a couple to get your free engagement photo taken and to enjoy the lounge area with a beverage. The draw for the grand prize will be at 2:45 pm on the show floor. To enter the draw, you must hand in a completed show passport by 2:25 pm. Passports are available at the front desk between 11 am and 2 pm. Admission is free, and there is no charge to enter any of the draws for the fabulous gifts, offered by vendors or the Grand Prize draw! What a lucrative Saturday this could be for a lucky couple!! Mark January 19th at 11 am, on your calendar and for more information contact Angela or Anne at Kemptville Campus 613-258-8336 ext. 61234 or events@kemptvillecampus.ca

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Why Embrace Long Term Player Development [LTPD] conditions and diseases including heart disease, obesity, and osteoporosis. It also enhances the well being of individuals. At high performance level, soccer is a vehicle for elite player/athlete achievement and it is internationally hailed as “The Beautiful Game.” It is played with finesse and skills that are difficult to master, and players’ progress through sequential stages of development to polish the skills and become a well rounded player/athlete. How does LTPD work? Well, like everything else, one must start with baby steps and bite size before indulging in big steps and advancement. The LTPD model starts at “Active start” which is the foundation and then progresses to FUNdamentals, Learning to train, Training to train, Training to Compete, Training to Win and Active for life. Active start: Is the introductory phase for 3-4year of age boys and girls players focusing on developing their body movement or gross motor and agility such as running, jumping, twisting, falling, throwing, kicking, catching and having lots of FUN. At this initial stage, the program is organized to foster success learning of the game with parents in a one – with - one format. FUNdamentals: At this phase, the program focuses on the continuous development of physical literacy and the recognition of individual technique development of female players 6-8 years old and male players 6-9years old. The coach then creates a learning environment that is conducive to learning, stimulating, engaging, FUN and filled with small sized games for the children to enjoy. Learning to train: At this phase, the program focuses on teaching girls and boys of age 8-11 years and 9-12 years respectively the basic principle of play, and establishes a training ethic and discipline with the players. Players at this stage are beginning to move from selfcentred to self-critical and they have high stimulation level during basic training. The coach ensures repetition of skills training to develop technical excellence

by Frank Onasanya It is evident that in anything we do in life, i.e. helping, organizing, participating, counselling and/or playing sports, we are always a player. When we play our favourite sport, we usually like to be some worth proficient and show that we have some knowledge, ability and or skills to perform the sport. As adult, parents and guardians, we know that our mind is capable of performing to the highest level in the sport we choose. However, in some cases we are challenged with the physical and technical ability that is required. Knowing these short falls, we must now start building a solid foundation for our children to help them surpass these limitations by ensuring that their sport training and development is built on a Long Term Player Development (LTPD). What is LTPD? LTPD is a modeled program for soccer player/athlete’s development; training, competition, and recovery based on biological age and physical maturity rather than chronological age. It is player/athlete centred, coach and administration driven, sport scientific based and sponsor supported. LTPD model is designed to optimize player’s excellence and lifelong wellness through the sport. By ensuring fun playing experiences for children, a suitable player development pathway for youth and opportunities for lifelong participation for all players regardless of age, gender, ability or disability, LTPD provides a framework for the growth of SOCCER, the beautiful game in Canada and the World. Soccer is the largest participation sport in Canada and the world and it provides healthy physical activity for players at all levels of ability. At basic level of participation, soccer promotes the integrated development and maintenance of the cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. It helps in preventing many 14

in a FUN and challenging environment. Training to train: At this phase, the program focuses on girls aged 11-15years and boys aged 12-16 years. The main objective at this phase is the overall development of the player/athlete’s physical capacities focusing on aerobic conditioning and fundamental movement skills. The key points are to further develop speed and sport-specific skills, knowledge of how and when to stretch, how to optimize nutrition and hydration, mental preparation, how and when to taper and peak as well as emphasis on flexibility training due to the sudden growth of bones, tendons, ligaments and muscles. Training to Compete: At this phase the program focuses on female players aged 15-17years and male players aged 16-18 years. The main objective at this phase is to optimize fitness preparation, sport/event specific skills and performance. The key point is to help the player/athlete to learn to perform the sport specific skills under variety of competitive conditions during training. This phase also incorporates fitness programs, recovery programs, psychological preparation and technical development individually tailored to the player/athlete's needs. Training to Win: At this phase the program focuses on female players aged 17+ years and male players 18+ years. The main objective at this phase is to further maximize fitness preparation and sport/event specific skills as well as performance. The program will ensure that all of the player/athlete’s physical, technical, tactical, mental, and personal lifestyle capacities are now fully established and the focus of training has shifted to the maximization of performance. At this point the player/athlete’s training is characterized by high intensity and relatively high volume with appropriate breaks to prevent over training and potential injury risks. Active for life: At this phase the program focuses on adults such as

parents, guardians, youth that just want to play the sport to keep active and or player/ athlete that have permanently retired from competition. The main objective at this phase is to further encourage this group to continue to be active in the sport, to get involved in sport related careers that may include coaching, officiating, sport administration, small business enterprises, master's competition, media, or just to help with the children activities and have great FUN while remaining Active. Analysing the LTPD models as depicted above, we can clearly see the frame-by-frame developmental phases that this program brings and teaches to our children. The goal/ end results are evidently a paramount to make a well rounded players/athletes out of our children while giving to the parents and guardians the opportunity and platform to become/ remain ACTIVE FOR LIFE.

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Strathcona Cup Scots Teams Hosted by North Grenville Curling Club Curling Club in Scotland, considered the “Mother Club of Curling”, commissioned a trophy, the Strathcona Cup, for the competition. In 1897, Smith was appointed to the House of Lords as Lord Strathcona and Mount Royal. Sir Donald Smith has direct ties to Canada. He arrived in Canada in 1838 at the tender age of 18. He spent the next 56 years here and played a significant role in shaping our history. He worked his way up the ranks of the Hudson Bay Company, eventually becoming its CEO. In 1871, he became a member of the Canadian Parliament. One of his recommendations resulted in the formation of the North West Mounted Police (now the RCMP). He was a founding member of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company and risked his fortune by financing the construction of the Trans Canada route. He is forever immortalized in what Canadian historian Pierre Berton referred to as “The Great Canadian Photograph”, where Smith was given the honour of driving the “Last Spike” at Craigellachie, British Columbia in 1885 to complete the railway. Canada won the initial Strathcona Cup competition in 1903 and since then Canada has won the Cup eleven times to the Scots nine. Dave Brown wins Hawkesbury Senior Men’s Cash Spiel Congratulations to Dave Brown and team-

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ixty-one Scots arrived in Canada on January 9 to play against Canadian curlers for the Strathcona Cup (a brief history about the cup appears at the end of this article). The competition is held every five years, alternating between Canada and Scotland. This year represents the 21st time the Cup has been played for and for the first time games will be played in every province in Canada. The Scots have been split into three tours, the East, Central and West. The opening games in each tour were played in Halifax, Ottawa and Vancouver and the cup will be presented to the winning country on January 31 in Burlington, Ontario. In between, the Scots will curl in over 100 clubs, and play over 400 games against 1700 Canadians. The winning country is determined, not by the number of games won, but by the cumulative score of all games played. The North Grenville Curling Club had the privilege of hosting the Scots’ Central Tour teams on Saturday January 12. The 20 Scots representing the Central Tour come from all walks of life and with varying curling credentials. They arrived singing songs from the homeland and left singing

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praises about our club. Some are accountants, some are farmers, some are engineers, some run their own businesses and some are retired. Some are world champion curlers, some have played in their country’s nationals and some are simply good club curlers. They are chosen to come to Canada, not based solely on their curling abilities, but because they are true ambassadors of curling, promoting the game in their homeland and now in Canada as members of their Strathcona Cup curling team. The North Grenville Curling club won three of the five games played, lost a squeaker and got truly humbled in the fifth game, allowing the Scots to win the day 33 to 29 on the cumulative scores of all games played. Bill White, Kel McGreavey, and Dave Burgess skipped the winning North Grenville teams, Steve Vokey lost a squeaker and yours truly got pummeled, my team members played great, but I simply stunk. I felt like I was truly the fifth member of the Scots team that day, see photo. But the day was not all bad for me. Like my fellow club members, I had the pleasure of meeting some really great people, share a few stories, witnessed some excellent curling and I got to buy a world curling champion, Lockhart Steele a drink. The post-game highlights were the presentation of

commemorative ties by the Scots to our club members Jeremy MacDonald and Bill White. Both gentlemen are worthy recipients of such recognition. Jeremy MacDonald, the current President of the Canadian Branch of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club, received a tartan tie commissioned by the Royal Caledonian Curling Club of Scotland specifically for this tour. Bill White, a true gentleman of the game and a real asset to our community through his efforts to promote the game he truly loves, received a Scots Tour tie. Ralph Taylor, our club President, gave the Scots a brief history of our club. The ladies served up a fine light lunch and Laura Melnick sang a song she wrote about how our club began. All in all it was a great day for our club and an even bigger day for North Grenville as it is truly an honour to be chosen as a host community for the Strathcona Cup challenge.

mates Brian Moulton, John Gray and Ambrose Arcand for winning the Hawkesbury Cash Spiel held on January 5-6 at the Hawkesbury Golf and Curling Club. Dave's team defeated the home team skipped by Ghislain Lascelles by a close score of 7-6 to win $900. Good luck to Dave and his teammates Lester McInnis, Brian Moulton and Ambrose Arcand in this weekend's Senior Men's Regionals in Napanee.

Dave Burgess wins Intermediate men’s Zone 2B Dave Burgess and his teammates, Jeremy MacDonald, Mike O’Brien and Rob Kluke won the Intermediate Men’s Zone 2B at the Rideau Club held on January 5 and 6 and will represent the zone and our club at the regional playdowns to be held on January 26 and 27 at the Ottawa Hunt Club.

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History of the Strathcona Cup (extracts from the Scots Visit to Canada 2013 Canadian Tour booklet) The Strathcona Cup is the oldest international curling event in the world and one of the most prestigious. It started with a tour of Scots to Canada in 1902-03. When the Canadians made their first visit to Scotland in 1909, Sir Donald Smith, the President of the Royal Caledonian 15


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A New Farmers Market? by Woody Armour I am a market gardener living in North Grenville and I have a question for readers. “Is there any interest in a farmers market that would operate on Saturdays between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. and possibly on Wednesday afternoon as well?” For now, the market would be called “the North Grenville Farmers Market”. I am asking this question since the current market only operates two hours a week and only on Sunday afternoon. Most people seeking fresh products are likely to be finished their shopping even before this market opens and, for growers, these hours are very constricting. It is simply not cost effective to harvest product, load it on a truck, drive to the market, set up and take down for a two hour sales time. For the consumer, having an eight-hour market would mean that growers such as myself could bring a greater variety of fresh berries and produce to market. This could include locally grown blueberries, gooseberries, currants, asparagus, Walla Walla onions, fresh eggs, eight or nine varieties of garlic, for example. This would also include numerous other products grown by other producers that are not available at the current market. Another possibility for the market would be to provide an opportunity for two or three local “not for profit” organizations to sell back bacon on a bun, garlic knots, etc. and the proceeds would help finance their annual activities. This would add a “community” aspect to the market. There could also be tomato tastings, so people could try “before you

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buy”. There are over 200 varieties of tomatoes, and possibly twelve or so would be on trial. There could be garlic days, about 100 varieties, of which eight or ten would be on trial. There would be one “day” for each major crop in season, as well as clearly labeled “tastings” of new crops not commonly seen at these markets This is a very important feature which would allow growers to “trial” new products for customer reaction, and be able to do so in small quantities. An example of berries in this class would be haskaps, boysenberries and seabuckthorne, well-known products in other regions. In terms of ”greens”, there are many types of lettuces and salad greens not seen here. Why not have a ”salad day” and encourage local growers to bring something different to market and get some local chef to “demonstrate” the product? A local market should also involve the local “horse” people in some manner (“Pony Rides”, maybe). The equine people are also a large component of the local agricultural community and should be represented in some form. Furthermore, from the sustainability point of view, they use hay and straw which are locally grown, and which we, the growers, use and require: items such as “re-cycled hay” and straw, which is locally produced. We would also pick up leaves and grass trimmings, as they make compost and we need material for composting. This organic symbiosis cannot happen with the current market arrangement. If these concepts receive support, and if someone such as the Legion does breakfast at 8 pm (imagination required), this becomes very much a community market and a community

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