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TIMES Vol. 1, No.17

The Voice of North Grenville

March 27th, 2013


The Kemptville Medieval Festival took place on Saturday, March 23rd at the A.M. Barr Arena. This is the 5th year that the first year Equine Management students have undertaken organizing the massive Medieval Festival, which brought merchants, knights, children’s activities, dancing, and so much more to a packed Kemptville audience.

Forest Creek and Lapointe Residence: Can We Not Get Along? by David Shanahan

for spaces is not being met now. One local resident commented that his own father, a long-time resident of Kemptville, had to be moved into the senior’s residence in Russell, far from his community and away from all his ties and memories. This is only too common. The same resident had nothing but praise for the Russell residence, which is run by Lapointe, the same company that is trying to get permission to build on 43. There is no question that their operation would

be a genuine and welcome addition to our Municipality, and add both accommodation for local seniors and well-paid jobs to boot. It would seem to be a winwin situation, except for the problem with Forest Creek. The residents of that sub-division also have genuine issues that need to be addressed. They have expressed strongly their support for a seniors residence and deny vehemently that this is a NIMBY [Not In My Back Yard] issue for them. Their complaints, they have said, centre more

on the way they have been treated by the Municipal Planning Department and the expected loss of privacy and land values once the residence is built. These are fair points and deserve better consideration than they have received up to now. The comments made by Lapointe after the Committee of the Whole meeting did not help lower the temperature. Claiming that the Forest Creek residents don’t care about seniors,



The current situation that exists regarding the proposed senior’s residence on CR 43 has taken most of the community by surprise. It was generally assumed that, no matter what the residents of Forest Creek said or did, that the project would go ahead. But the events at the Committee of the Whole meeting on March 18 resulted in an unexpected delay in voting by Council on the issue. Perhaps this has given all sides a chance

to rethink their positions. Speaking to various individuals on both sides of the issue, it is clear that there are definite areas of agreement. Everyone wants to see a senior’s residence, and later a nursing home, in North Grenville. There is clearly an urgent need for such a facility and that need will only increase over time. The waiting list for Bayfield, for example, is about a year. Greystone Manor can only cope with a limited number of residents and that means that the demand

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Medieval Festival by Michael Pacitto The Kemptville Medieval Festival took place on Saturday, March 23rd at the A.M. Barr Arena. This is the 5th year that the first year Equine Management students have undertaken organizing the massive Medieval Festival, which brought merchants, knights, children’s activities, dancing, and so much more to a packed Kemptville audience. Jousting: What does 5000 lbs of force look like? The Knights of Valour have been travelling throughout North America since 1997, and representing Canada in the World Jousting Tournament: The Dragon’s Lair. Shane Adams hosts Full Metal Jousting on the History channel, and takes great pride in educating audiences about Medieval combat. Swordplay: Local historical sword fighting team Matthew McKee and Dave Rouleau gave an intense lesson on what a real medieval sword fight would look like. The fully armoured knights clashed swords and exchanged blows in several bouts. I talked with Matthew after the fight and he showed me the dent where Dave put

a knife through his visor, evidence that no theatrics were involved! Anyone interested in learning the lost art of medieval armed combat and joining the Guild should contact the team at www.sword-guild. com. They practice every Thursday from 7-9 pm at the Fire Hall in Kemptville Falconry James Cowan of the Canadian Raptor Conservancy treats the crowd to his knowledge of birds of prey. If you have seen a bird used in a Canadian movie or TV production, chances are it will be one of James’s birds. Among the birds shown were a Green Horn Owl, a Red Tailed Falcon and shown on right: a Turkey Vulture. Burgundian Dancing & Music: When one thinks of the Medieval era, what comes to mind are the lands of Ireland, England, and Scotland. Who better to set the mood than The Maplewood Ceilidh band, with Doug Hendry bringing Burgundian Dancing to the the show! Bag piper Alyx Blockley is in the pipe band Sons of Scotland, who have been asked to perform for her Majesty the Queen this August and compete at the World Pipe Band Championships in Edinburgh.

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Here We Go Again by David Shanahan I know this may sound like a broken record, but we need, desperately need, a larger Council. I have been saying this for years and will continue to say it until we see change. After the events of last week’s Committee of the Whole meeting, surely even the current Council can stop being so defensive and agree that the job they are being asked to do is unfairly onerous and basically an impossible one for five people. Let me restate the case: before 1998, each of the three original entities that now make up North Grenville (South Gower, Oxford-on-Rideau and the Town of Kemptville) had as many Councillors as all of North Grenville has today. In spite of a much larger population, and far more challenging issues facing the community, we are expected to handle the situation with a third of the representatives we had before amalgamation. We, as a people, have had our democratic institutions

reduced, and our democratic rights have been unfairly and unnecessarily infringed upon. I say unnecessarily, because the current Council need no-one’s permission to expand their number. It is solely up to them to add two or three extra Councillors to share the workload. I say our rights have been infringed upon because we have far less than one-third of the representatives per head of population than we had before 1998, given the increase in population. Even the current Council have admitted that they are unable to take on more work: there is no time for them to sit on more committees, for example. They are unable to get a genuine grasp of each file as it crosses their desk because they each have to deal with everything. A larger Council might be able to allocate issues more effectively, and give each Councillor an area of responsibility that they could have a reasonable chance of mastering. It was stated again last week that Councillors only

The North Grenville Times get files on a Friday, which they are then expected to vote on the following Monday night. This is unacceptable. No-one can be expected to make an informed decision on important matters under those conditions. This is not a recent development either. I can remember Peter Nicol complaining about this ten years ago. The result of the present structure of Council is that, as I have repeatedly pointed out over the past few years, Councillors are more and more dependent on staff recommendations in deciding how to vote on issues. They cannot come to a personal and informed decision, nor can they consult with their constituents, in the time given to them. In that situation, it doesn’t matter how well staff have done their job, and that is another matter entirely. Council are, to use a phrase they reject, simply rubber-stamping staff decisions. That is not what they were elected for, and that is certainly not the role staff should have in a democracy. Whatever the merits and strengths of the presentation made to the Committee of the Whole last week (and some will

question certain allegations made then), it was obvious that Council were taken by surprise by it and perhaps realized the position they were in. They have grown to accept the validity of staff reports; suddenly someone was casting serious doubts in their minds about the reliability of those reports. It is about time they started questioning, that is part of their job. I would not claim that a larger Council will solve all the problems; but the current size of Council is exacerbating those problems and is very unfair to us, the people they are elected to represent and serve. There are two arguments that have been used to oppose a larger Council. One, set out by the current Councillors themselves, is that we don’t need extra seats on Council because they are doing a fine job as it stands. There is a need to set aside ego and dispense with defensiveness here. Whatever one may think of their individual abilities, no Council of this size could hope to do the job set before them. If it took twelve people to do the job twenty, or fifty, or even a hundred years ago,

Letters to the Editor Dear Editor: I just had to write to you to let you know how much I enjoy Mr. Babin’s weekly grammar column. I take the dare every week and try to tackle his posers. I win some and lose some. Nevertheless, at my age, I’m still learning and that’s a good thing. Thanks for your efforts – really enjoyable. Lois Arundel Dear Editor: Re: Retirement Residence I am very surprised that the North Grenville Times, with its’ repeatedly expressed concern about the future of North Grenville (which includes South Gower and Oxford-on-Rideau), has not interviewed any of our Doctors or the Administration of our Hospital for a balanced perspective about the need for nursing and assisted living facilities for the senior citizens in our Community. It seems to me that accommodation for our respected elders is one of the most pressing social issues of our time. Pamela Gordon, Reg. N. March 27, 2013

Dear Editor Thank you for placing our events notice in The NG Times. The attendance was increased because of it. Your efforts were noticed and appreciated by the event organizers too. Take care, David and Cathy Watson To the Editor: Re: “Planning Staff Gets an Earfull”, NGT March 20, by David Shanahan. As our mother/motherin-law is currently living in the Russell Meadows Retirement Community, we have been following, with interest, the developments in the Kemptville decision-making process regarding the building, by the same corporation, of a new Seniors’ Residence in Kemptville. We’ve been surprised at the amount of debate in your newspaper surrounding this possibility. In reading Dr. Shanahan’s report, we wonder if the problem is more one of annoyance over process, rather than practical problems with the proposed building. As we see more and

more retirees moving into this area, and as we look ahead to future days in our own lives, we hope that a “Russell Meadows in Kemptville” facility will be here when we we can no longer care for ourselves. There is already a need, evidenced by the fact that two of the residents in Russell had wanted to live in Kemptville but could not find room in local facilities. Our present real experience of Russell Meadows is positive in every way. Our mother has adapted to life there very happily, appreciating the kindness and genuine warmth of staff, the internal availability of physio and other helps, and the friendliness of the other residents. As her disabilities grow, staff are competently stepping in to provide care as needed. In terms of how the building might impact on the Forest Creek neighbourhood, what we see in Russell is positive. There is not a great deal of traffic, and the architecture of the building is pleasing to the eye both


front and rear of the building. Dr. Shanahan’s article spoke of the Forest Creek residents’ fear of a diminished value for their homes, should the retirement building go ahead. We hope that a decline in value will not happen. In fact the value may increase, but that is to be seen. The Russell Meadows design/facade would not look out of place with the area homes. Currently a field backs those houses, but it will become developed in time. A retirement home would seem preferable to other commercial possibilities on Highway 43. We hope that all parties can weight the pros and cons of this development and arrive at a decision that will be a win/win for everyone. Mary MacDonald and Paul Vavasour

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The Voice of North Grenville then a more complex and challenging job cannot be effectively and efficiently performed by four or five people today. That is simple and irrefutable logic. The other argument used against a larger Council is that we can’t afford it. It is said that the Municipality already has problems balancing the budget and cannot take on the added expense of two or three extra Councillors. This is simply ridiculous. Councillors earn something like $16,000 a year. Yes, that’s all they get for the work they do. They are the lowest-paid people working in the Municipal Centre, and it is hard to believe that we, as a community, cannot afford an extra say $50,000 a year to have a larger Council. That is the amount the Library Board were looking for as an addition to their annual budget! The cost to the taxpayer would be either zero, or negligible, but the benefits would be enormous. We might have a democratic boost: proper representation per head of population. Today, we get by with the minimum legally-allowed number of Councillors. We would not be permitted to have a

smaller Council, by law. I think it is time to grow beyond the minimum, don’t you? Given the situation we have today, how is it going to be when we have, as planned, doubled our population in another decade or so? If a Mayor and four Councillors are insufficient now, how will they cope (how will North Grenville cope?) in ten years. We need this change now, before the system completely breaks down. If it is claimed that we have no money to do it now, is it going to be any better in ten years? Can we really not afford $50,000 a year? It is quite likely, I understand, that three of the current four Councillors will not be running in the next election (two possible retirements and one possibly will run for Mayor). That means that we will be having a brand new group running things in 2015. This is the perfect time to enlarge Council. The current members are not passing judgement on themselves. They are giving us all a gift for the future. Now that would be a fine legacy, would it not?

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More Than the Bottom Line by David Gordon I have been your Mayor for two years now and I have learned a lot in that time. The amount of work involved was an honest surprise to me, especially the work done at the County level. I spend a lot of time travelling to and from Brockville, for meeting after meeting every week. But it is worth the time and effort because our role in the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville [UCLG] has real benefits for North Grenville, as well as for the rest of the Counties. It is very important that we, in North Grenville, have our say in the running of the United Counties, if only because we pay more than our fair share in taxes. But there is something more than just the bottom line argument for being involved there. Meeting with other municipal leaders, you get an idea of how

much things have changed in Ontario and of how blessed we in North Grenville really are. Many municipalities in the Province have suffered far more than we have from provincial government cuts and loss of income from development and industry. I believe in the wheel of history: that nothing stays the same for long. One Municipality may be prosperous and thriving today and in time will find itself suffering and in need of support. No matter how difficult it may seem today, we in North Grenville are really growing and we have a revenue base that many others envy. Our proximity to Ottawa and the development of the 416 have certainly been a major part of our success. For now, at least, we are in a position to contribute to the UCLG and that gives us an influence there that has brought benefits over the years.

But, to those who might complain that we pay more than our share, I would say this: we are part of a larger community, one that brings important services to all residents. For example, the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville was designated as the delivery agent for licensed child care services in Leeds and Grenville. It provides child care fee subsidies to eligible families, wage subsidy to child care providers, and special needs resource funding to support the inclusion of all children in licensed child care. Other services for children and young people include the Early Years Centres that exist throughout the UCLG. The Early Literacy Specialist works with Early Years Practitioners and community organizations to promote literacy opportunities among children from birth to six years of age. The

Early Literacy initiative is a service of the UCLG. There are Summer Camp Programs that enable young people to get a vacation who might not otherwise have the chance. The UCLG administers the 911 Emergency Service, Health Care Units and Clinics, and run two long-term care facilities for the elderly: Maple View Lodge and St. Lawrence Lodge. I strongly believe that we, as citizens, have a duty to our children and elderly, and the UCLG is the body through which those duties are met. We in North Grenville have an important share in that service, one which goes beyond the bottom line, that doesn’t ask that we get back whatever we put in to the UCLG budget. We are, as we so often say, a growing community. That is our situation today and hopefully will be for many years to come. But I would hope that, should we ever experience need, there will be a UCLG adequately

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Release of the Lower Rideau Subwatershed Report Media Release “Building a healthy economy and healthy communities without clean water is an uphill battle,” said Ken Graham, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) Chair and Smiths Falls Councillor as the RVCA Board of Directors acknowledged March 22 as World Water Day and celebrated locally with the launch the RVCA’s Lower Rideau Subwatershed Report. “It is all about local water awareness, said Graham, noting that small efforts can have big watershed health impacts. Planting a tree, keeping your shore natural, pumping your septic tank — they all do their part to making our watershed a healthier place to live, work and play. Contributing to local water awareness is the RVCA’s release of the Lower Rideau Subwatershed Report 2012.

This information-loaded report summarizes the subwatershed’s health by looking at four indicators: forest cover, wetlands, shoreline vegetation and surface water quality. Residents and municipalities in the area now have a reliable set of baseline information for tracking future trends and for targeting stewardship activities.

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It can be simple things like keeping shorelines natural and planting trees to more complicated municipal planning and development projects that protect surface water quality and aquatic habitat through the creation of riparian buffers, and application of stormwater best management practices. “The RVCA is pleased to

“We are looking for partners — landowners — who want to make real, on-the-ground improvements to local streams” The Lower Rideau watershed drains 765 square kilometres and flows over 70 kilometres from Burritts Rapids through North Grenville and the former Osgoode and Rideau Townships, past the suburbs of Manotick, Barrhaven and Riverside South and right into the heart of the City of Ottawa before being pushed over Rideau Falls to the Ottawa River.

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“The Lower Rideau is in pretty good shape overall,” said Martin Czarski, RVCA Watershed Ecologist. “The main stem of the Rideau is in good condition, but it is the smaller creeks and streams that need to be protected or improved.” The Lower Rideau is challenged with the slow, cumulative loss of woodlands, natural shorelines

and wetlands — all a result of the wear and tear of suburban life and riparian property management. “The good news is that we can try and recover what’s been lost,” says Czarski. “It will take time, but working together, landowners and communities can add these missing elements back into the landscape.”

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funded by the municipalities and able and willing to provide the services we will need. Perhaps we will have a greater need for a senior’s residence like Maple View or St. Lawrence Lodge. We will certainly be enjoying the redeveloped CR43, as we have to deal with a much larger population, one that will no doubt also need to use some of the social services available through the UCLG. Not everyone will agree

with all the services and programs provided by the UCLG using our tax dollars. But everyone, I think, will support social programs for the young and the elderly. I will continue to enjoy representing you at County meetings as we work together as municipalities to provide a lifestyle that respects everyone, especially the needy among us: and that goes well beyond the demands of the bottom line.

for decision-making at all levels (individual, family, municipal, county, provincial). These monitoring efforts help us better understand watershed trends and help focus resource management actions where they are needed the most.

of watershed health — more detailed information is available online through catchment data sheets. Conservation Authorities throughout Ontario are releasing similar reports. To get an idea on trends across Ontario, visit

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provide a number of stewardship programs designed to improve stream health,” says Czarski. “We have technical expertise, grant dollars and elbow grease, we are looking for partners — landowners — who want to make real, on-the-ground improvements to local streams.” Information in the Lower Rideau Subwatershed is used

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Every week, the NG Times runs a poll on our website, asking residents for their opinions on various issues. [] This past week, the question was about the way North Grenville is growing. We have heard a lot about green and growing, growth pays for growth, and grow or die. But the residents, who often have no way of knowing what’s happening unless they read about it in

the Times, have expressed themselves this week. The question was: How do you view the GROWTH in North Grenville? And the options were, with the percentage voting for each: Where did the place I love go? 30% It's the wrong direction, but we can get back on track. 40% It's the right direction, but I am a little uneasy 15% It's a testament to our success! 15% In this admittedly unscientific poll, it is clear that the majority of respondents expressed a conditional op-

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(continued from front) was as bad as the residents claiming that Lapointe had threatened them with a higher building should they be forced to go to the Ontario Municipal Board. Other residents have expressed unhappiness with the Forest Creek residents. Why did they buy in that location if they knew the neighbouring land was zoned commercial? As one man said to the Times: “The folks in Westera don't want a retirement/nursing home blocking their view of the sewage treatment plant and Stinsons’ gas station. This property was zoned commercial long before the Westera development came into being. This is going to be a badly needed resource for this community. These folks should consider themselves lucky that this will be a quality building filled with seniors who tend not to run around disturbing

their neighbours”. Another resident has pointed out that he would be glad to live beside the proposed residence. He would be able to simply walk a few feet to visit his parents, who would have a place to go in North Grenville, instead of having to move out of the area. Local residents have suggested a number of possible solutions to this stand-off. If the Forest Creek residents do not object in principle to the development, can Lapointe not agree to build higher fences and plant some trees to protect the Forest Creek residents’ privacy? Council were accused of not taking responsibility at the last meeting. Can they not add conditions to any development plan, requiring Lapointe to plant trees and build fences? Would it not be possible to provide some kind of

financial support to those residents of Forest Creek who are overlooked by the development? Perhaps a lower tax bill? Certain things are clear. We need this development and we will need it more and more as time goes by. Forest Creek’s privacy issues can be addressed quite easily, if Council will simply add conditions to the rezoning. Lapointe have a good record in Russell for being a net benefit to the community there. They can be good citizens here, too, if there is a willingness to be flexible. This situation is more the fault of the way the process was handled, not because of outright opposition on either side. Council, residents and Lapointe have another week to talk things out. Perhaps the Mayor could have a quiet meeting with both sides and save the day? Many residents of North Grenville think that it’s worth the effort.

M UNICIPALITY OF NORTH GRENVILLE NOTICE OF RESUM PTION PLEASE BE ADVISED that Concurrent Zoning By-Law Application (ZBA-6-13) and Official Plan Amendment (OPA-4), being applications to re-zone and re-designate the lands for an 11-storey, 140-unit condo residence, are coming before the Committee of Whole on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at the Municipal Centre (285 County Road 44). The Municipality has received updated submissions from the applicant and it is now appropriate to bring the matter before the Committee again.

timism about our future. Of course, there will always be some who will long for what are thought of as simpler and better times long gone. But even the 40% who feel we are on the wrong track believe we can get back to a better direction. But let’s hear it for that 15% who are happy and proud of where we are today. God bless their optimism! You can have your say on the question of the week by going to the NG Times website and clicking the “Poll” link. This week’s question is: Our current Council: too big, too small, or just right?

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Hockey Becomes a Reality for Underprivileged Children Lajla and Bob Harlow would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Bulk Barn, Valley Bus Lines, Fat Les’ Chip Stand and Myers Chev Olds who made this possible with their generous donations; all the volunteers and supporters who helped ensure that children who would not otherwise be able to play hockey now have the opportunity to become the future stars of Kemptville. A record 276 breakfasts were served on Sunday. Volunteers: Pete Giesbrechet, Bob Harlow, Lianne Johnston, Dylan Flinn, Rebecca Whyte, Marlyn Birtwistle, Thomas Johnston, Lajla Harlow, Regan McGuire and Kith Bean Below: Meghan Evoy, now in her last year at St. Michael’s High School, has been volunteering for the Adam Harlow Fellowship Fund since the eighth grade after meeting her bus driver, Bob Harlow. Matt Richardson has joined her for the past two years.

KBC Recognized for 30 years of Community Support Welcome Wagon wishes to express their appreciation for 30 years of sponsorship and support from Mr. Dwight Fisher and the Kemptville Building Centre. Kemptville Building Centre, now under RONA, is one of the many local businesses that have always generously shown support to the community. Over the years, they have provided assistance, building supplies, furniture and paints to many new residents transitioning to their new homes. You can visit KBC/RONA at 2540 County Road # 43 in Kemptville.

New Home for Cranberry Hill Animal Hospital Friends and family came out en masse, Saturday, March 23rd, for the Official Opening of Cranberry Hill Animal Hospital’s new home. Mayor David Gordan, as well as Councillors Tim Sutton and Barb Tobin, joined well-wishers for the ribbon cutting ceremony. Built by the Lockwood Brothers, this spacious and well-designed building opened March 11th at 2895, Hwy 43 to better serve their clientele in a pet friendly facility. Congratulations on your new home, we here at the North Grenville Times wish you all the best! Maggie

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The Irish Have Their Day by David Shanahan

The Irish certainly enjoyed their annual celebration of St. Patrick’s Day this year. North Grenville saw events in a few venues, but undoubtedly the main focus was on The Branch Restaurant in Kemptville, where they held what was called “the only genuine Irish celebration in North Grenville”. On Saturday night, there was a performance by a band consisting of three Irish-born musicians and two fiddle players who represented the traditional Celtic music of the Atlantic and the Ottawa Valley regions. David Shanahan from Dublin, Gerry McGrath from Bansha in County Tipperary, and Kevin Dooley, from Mullingar, County Westmeath, provided the core of the band that spent the night singing songs, playing music and reciting poetry of Ireland. Glenna Hunter and Ursa Meyer, heirs of a fine family heritage in music, provided the fiddle magic which filled out the sound and added so much to the atmosphere of the night. Lots of door prizes were distributed: Irish music cd’s, t-shirts and books that had been brought back from Dublin by David the previous week. The following afternoon, on Paddy’s Day itself, the three lads were back at The Branch from 3 until almost 9 that night, joined by other local musicians in a traditional Irish session. With host Bruce Enloe joining in on mandolin and vocals, the group sat in a circle and played and sang without any amplification for the full house. The two events were different, but shared the one characteristic that the musicians most wanted: real Irish tradition. All but Kevin are now permanent residents of North

Grenville, and Kevin himself is a regular visitor and participant in Irish nights over many years - from Maplewood in Oxford Mills, to Leslie Hall and the Branch. David, our very own Editor and writer, explained that there was more involved in the events of the weekend than might be considered normal for Paddy’s Day. “The three of us have been involved in a lot of musical events since coming to Canada, and it has not always been comfortable for us”. The trio had seen and heard a lot of what they called Paddywhackery, or the Plastic Paddy. “In Ireland it’s called being stage Irish”, they explained, “a stereotype, almost racist, view of what the Irish are”. “We wanted to show that you can be true to Irish culture and still entertain”. There were the usual songs, like “Black Velvet Band”, or “The Wild Rover”,

Stay CALM – It’s SAINT PATRICK’S DAY Bridget`s Centre in Ottawa, where a more serious event took place. Recently, the Canadian Government has recognized the historic significance of the Irish workers who helped to build the Rideau Canal. Around one thousand Irishmen had died on that project, and the gathering at St. Bridget`s was to honour them and their important contribution to Canadian history. Both David and Kevin were there, playing, singing and reading poetry for the large crowd. In fact, both men had taken part in the campaign to recognise the workers, and had earlier played a part in having the Celtic Cross memorial to the workers erected in Ottawa by the locks beside the Chateau Laurier. Kevin had organised the event that Thursday night, and was given a standing ovation by the audience, which

“We wanted to show that you can be true to Irish culture and still entertain”. tunes that people know and love. There was also some other material people were less familiar with. Some songs were performed “sean nos”, a capella traditional singing. Others were sung accompanied only by the bodhran, the Irish drum. Of course, there were jokes and wit involved, usually at their own expense. And the proof, as they say, is in the pudding: the crowd, and it was quite a crowd, had a great night. Gerry and Kevin both referred to having “great craic”, another traditional Irish expression, meaning a good time of fun and laughter, story and song. If you need a clearer definition, you had to be there. Paddy`s Day at the Branch was great craic. The other side of the Irish musical experience had been demonstrated the previous Thursday night at St.

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included the Mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson, the Assistant to the Irish Ambassador to Canada, Caoimhe Bennis, Ottawa City Councillor Diane Holmes and the Ontario Minister of Labour, Yasir Naqvi. David read one of his poems about the Rideau workers and ng a song called “Navigator”. He and Kevin accompanied the band of musicians playing instrumental Irish tunes and songs. It was a great evening and a proper tribute to their predecessors who had come to Canada in a different age and helped open up North Grenville to settlers. Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations this year saw a truly Irish party, with all the strange elements that go into being Irish: fun, music, sadness, gaiety, song and wit. When the real thing is so good, why bother with anything less?

© by David E. Butler, The Observer Poet Stay CALM – It’s SAINT PATRICK’S DAY According to Dr. Dave’s shirt’s way Of getting you to enjoy this night Of musical sounds that delight! Just before eight, the band begins Tempting us with their sampler spins … With Gerry McGrath on guitar And Dr. Dave drumming up their collective star! “Liverpool Lou” in Liverpool (England) may have been written, But the tune with many, are truly smitten, Until Gerry sang acapella to the drum And its natural drum thrumb! Kevin Dooley changed to a flute-styled licorice stick, To allow both Gerry and Dr.D on their guitars to pick, As they sang “The River Is Wide” Through true Celtic pride! “The Rising Of The Moon” – sung by all four Was an outpouring from the core, Followed by Glenna Hunter’s solo piece And David’s German (European) treatise! “There’s Whiskey In The Jar” Got all singing throughout the bar, The more beverages are consumed While another fiddler (Ursa Meyer) has bloomed! After their second break of ticketed prizes And for some --- some enjoyable surprizes They agreed to “Play Forever More” And “Galway Girl” our senses to restore! Then, Mother and Daughter, played a fiddler’s reel, And Laura sang acapella “John Kerry Malone”, absolutely real, Followed by Kevin with another heraldic release, Garnering true attentive peace! The band, finally, winds down, But, Diana (Fisher) and Paulina didn’t frown “Black Velvet Band” Made the evening feel grand, Bringing the night to a close And stopping the uncontrolled tapping of all those toes! Starting where they left off, the previous night Gerry McGrath leads “The Black Velvet Band” just right Getting Anne (Lyon), Peter and Mike (McPhee) to help sing other songs As well as Bruce (Enloe) to act, like here, he belongs! The lovely colleen, Lisa, will sing and dance, Everyone to enhance, And Jay with his stand-up bass Is the inclusion of another familiar face! More singers and players arrive Here, with everyone to thrive … Mally, Amy, Patty, Marleen, Thia, Ken and many more, Like Jeff, Joe, Maggie, Laurie, Scott, Dan & Sam or what/whoever’s in store! Like the “Dirty Old Town” from the circle round Gathered together, wherever musicians are found! While Kevin (Dooley) sings about “The Royal Canal” Allowing Lisa and Dr. Dave, each to sing about some Irish pal! Finally, Tim Finnigan’s story Dr. D. did play, Just before this writer ended his stay … With the musicians continuing their sound Since Bruce was still hanging around!

Farmer’s Market plans to move ahead by David E Butler The following is a review based on observations & notes taken during the meeting of the Farmer’s Market meeting held at The Branch on March 12. The Times believes it adds to the  discussion of  the  issue and publish it here for the information of NG residents. Organized by Woody Armour, with assistance by Sherill Wyatt, of Wyatt’s Grill, approximately 15-18 March 27, 2013

people were in attendance. Woody has set up a Provincial Not-For-Profit organization to act as the basic arrangement for establishing a Community Market with Farm Operations from within a circumference of 25 miles away, to be governed by Health Canada guidelines. There are different rules depending on the percentage of Farm Operations whether it is 51% or only 49% of the entire layout of the market set-up. Woody has implied that, at present, he has agreement by 15 to 20 farmers, 6 or 7 crafters along with

plans for 5 food booths, plus a couple of spaces for Community Groups to participate in their proposed Community Market for Saturdays (and possibly, Wednesdays) to be located in the B & H parking lot, currently … and maybe in the mall area that will be vacated by Giant Tiger at the end of June. The concept for the food booths is to offer samplertype treats and soups for a minimal cost to encourage potential customers to purchase foods/vegetables & fruits from the Market Vendors. In


addition, there is a general hope that local musicians or other entertainers will demonstrate their capabilities, while allowing people to sit and watch or while checking out the various Market stands. Charges to all vendors for the use of their space could range from a low of $50 to a high of $100 per day, based on an 8 am to 3 or 5 pm day. Similar to the Parkdale Market in Ottawa, the initial plan would be to set-up Semi – to Permanent structures for the vendors. The overall plan is to draw between 750 to 1500 patrons from within the local

communities. Tractors will be used to advertise the Market and possibly to provide transportation to and from parking areas that are further afield. Woody believes that a number of the local producers will be able to grow new products in this area (say in Greenhouses) that would not normally be associated with this area and make them available for sale. For example, he mentioned Boysenberries, which are not common to this area, but could be grown here, if there is a market for their sale. In general, there was disappointment by many of the people in-attendance that none

of the current Kemptville Kinsmen Farmer’s Market vendors were at the meeting. Whether or not the KKFM vendors choose to participate in this new Market is entirely up to them, but they will not be specifically excluded and it is believed that both markets can co-exist on Saturday and Sunday. Presently, the NG Farmer’s Market plans to move ahead with their efforts to make the new Community Market a reality. There will be a small article in the NG Times expressing the need for a Marketing Manager to oversee the project, as it moves forward.


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by John Barclay In the pilot episode of Mind Your Own Business, “Heritage Tourism”, Alicia Wanless (Crowder House) advocates leveraging local history and our heritage properties to capture lucrative heritage tourism. Cultural and Heritage Tourism is all about travelling to places to experience unique arts, crafts music and food - and the events and the lives of the past. “The International Plowing Match was a huge success for business. It brought people in who got to know the area; we heard comments that a lot were coming back, they couldn’t believe it was this nice down here. It was a great benefit for the people of the United Counties of Leeds Grenville” – Bill Sloan, Mayor, Edwardsburgh-Cardinal “This region tells the story of early Canada and people are looking for that connection to the past. The Spencerville Mill story may not be their specific family story but it is representative of the stories that their families would have had.” - Brenda Ball, Spencerville Mill Foundation How many of us, as business people, actually support heritage festivals and historic holdings to encourage more people to visit our region? How many of us actually know anything about the history of our area – it’s an asset just waiting to be tapped for our benefit. “Well, when we decided to do the restaurant we knew we needed a catchy name and with a little bit of investigation we realized that George MacDonnell was certainly the hero of Prescott during the War of 1812 back in the day when public houses were the big thing. It became a natural for us to name it after Red George MacDonnell” - Scott Hubbard, Red George Public House All of us love the potential for tourism dollars but few of us see it as our responsibility to actively promote heritage tourism. With a little organization and cooperation we, in Eastern Ontario, have much potential to develop considerable cultural and heritage tourism. “I know that during our Bicentennial (Prescott) businesses were very eager to become involved. Sponsorship was very welcomed. With our industries not what they used to be, I think bringing history alive is paramount to building tourism in this area. Cultural and heritage tourism is the way of the future, especially for our small towns like Prescott”. –Suzanne Dodge, St Lawrence War of 1812 Bicentennial Alliance. Mind Your Own Business is a video series that showcases local business owners providing tips and ideas on a variety of business issues. See Season One online at the Eastern Ontario Network ( Each MYOB episode is hosted by a local business expert and is sponsored by small businesses in Leeds & Grenville. For more information on sponsorship contact Doug Quantz ( or John Barclay (

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by Rob Lunan, CTP CFO of NG Times My usual rant among those I know is how you can save money by making things yourself. Did you know you can make your own dog biscuits and save about 40% to 50% over the store bought ones? Here’s how you do it:

Mix together in a large bowl: 4 tsp salt ½ cup dry skim milk powder 1 cup cornmeal 2 cups cracked wheat (bulgur) 1 cup rye flour 2 cups whole-wheat flour 3 ½ cups white flour Add to this: 1 envelope instant dry yeast that has been dissolved in ¼ cup warm water 3 cups chicken broth Directions: Stir together and roll out dough to a thickness of ¼”. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Bone shapes might be

Pribbles & Nibbles Marc Meyer’s Food and Folklore Ramble Tuesday, July 9th the Company of Fools will present The Merry Wives of Windsor at Maplewood Park in Oxford Mills. It is a play rife with references to food and culture of the time. This column will have some fun with these topics, and hopefully provide some background that will help you to better enjoy the play. 15 WEEKS REMAINING At the start of our journey (with 21 weeks remaining), we took a moment to appreciate Robbie Burns ode to a mouse ... “Wee, sleek, cowering, timorous beastie, o, what a panic’s in thy breast ! “ Compare that to Shakespeare’s use of timorous in Venus and Adonis “But if thou needs wilt hunt, be ruled by me. Uncouple at the timorous flying hare, or at the fox which lives by subtlety, or at the roe which no encounter dare. Pursue these fearful creatures o’er the downs, and on thy wellbreath’d horse keep with thy hounds.” With 19 weeks to go, we followed white rabbits down tin mines and even into the Other-world, but a rabbit is not a hare and the differences are important. A rabbit will feed a single hungry hunter, stretching to two by need. The meat is white, tender, and lean. A hare will feed a party of hunters (four easily) and the meat is dark, and potentially tough (hence the benefit of first marinating then braising).


The rabbit says follow me; come traveling and make a discovery. A white rabbit tour might look like this: As you pass Cheltenham, intrepid traveler, follow the London Road past Greenway Lane until you come to Charlton Kings. Enter the residence of Hetton Lawn on Cudnall Street where you will find an ornate mirror (the very same as inspired the looking glass in Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There). Pass through and continue your journey. A hare says “catch me if you can”. With 17 weeks to go we met Drunk Jack and his Jack’o’lantern. A week later we met Jack-a-lent who survives the end of Carnival, only to be burned at the end of Lent. This week we meet another Jack entirely. Jack the rabbit (who isn’t one, but that’s splitting hairs). In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare speaks of this very same Jack (not by name, but a hare by any other name would run as quick), and nicely summarizes the virtues, as we discussed last week, of Carnival (tender rabbit) compared to Lent (tough hare). Note that “stale and hoar” is not a compliment. “No hare, sir; unless a hare, sir, in a lenten pie, that is something stale and hoar ere it be spent.” COURSING THE HARE April 30th 2010. Great Barrington, near Stow-on-

nice but your dog really doesn’t care what the shapes of the biscuits are. Candy cane shapes (from Christmas baking) are usually a good size and shape. Place cut dough on a greased cookie sheet. Beat one egg with a tsp of milk and brush on the cut dough. Bake them for 45 minutes in a 300 Degree F. oven. Turn off the oven after 45 minutes and leave the biscuits in the oven overnight (or for 8 hours) to harden. Makes about 30 large biscuits.

the-Wold. A farmer calls police to report that two men with hounds are aprowl, and the dogs may be harassing his sheep (which is pregnant and shouldn’t be bothered unduly). A local games keeper is concerned that contrary to the 1830 Game Act (daytime trespass in pursuit of poaching), the twosome are out coursing hares in the fields instead of just hunting roadside rabbits. Just another day in the Cotswald district of Gloustershire, where hare coursing with greyhounds has such a tradition that one of the local hotels (within a half hour drive of Hetton Lawn and its mirror) is called The Hare and Hound.Despite there being no actual hare or rabbit available on the menu of the Jack Hares Bar at the Hare and Hound Hotel (or in the hotel lounge restaurant for that matter), we must heartily approve that they specifically have a Nibbles section as part of their menu (offering calamari, vegetable crisps, focaccia, and an olive, tomato, and sweet pepper blend). The two poachers were accompanied by “lurchertype” dogs, a kind way of saying mutts with a sight hound as mother or father. Sight hounds, of which greyhounds are a wellknown example, are bred for keen vision and swift running. Which of course leads us with all speed to an exchange in The Merry Wives of Windsor: “How does your fallow greyhound, sir? I heard say he was outrun on Cotswald.” The context might be a race between greyhounds or it might be a hare outpac-

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ing the dog that pursues it. There is a word-play here hinging on the contrast between “fallow” (unused) and “outrun” (which suggests activity, all-be-it thwarted). It is a riddle of sorts: How can something be simultaneously not used yet defeated. The answer relies on knowledge of matters outside of the play. A certain noble (in a long line of nobles) contemporary with Shakespeare, is known to have lost permission to use a particular breed of sight hound on his coat of arms (he chooses to use an eagle-maiden instead). The sight hound symbol, is therefore fallow ... was once used (by his predecessors), but cannot be used anymore (by the current noble or his descendants). It is a fallow greyhound. The noble lost the right to use it. That which he desired eluded him, or perhaps some other party outwitted him. The noble has been outrun. Let us give Falstaff the last word. In his Carnival prime in Henry IV, he famously states : “Depose me? If thou dost it half so gravely, so majestically, both in word and matter hang me up by the heels for a rabbit-sucker or a poulter’s hare.” By the way I have an excellent marinade recipe for hare that is equal parts water, vinegar and wine (Claret of course) spiced with salt, chopped rosemary, peppercorns and crushed juniper berries. To this are added bay leaves, cloves, thyme and fresh chopped green onions.

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Low Back Pain? You’re Not Alone! by: Carrie Smith According to the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, 4 out of 5 Canadians will suffer from at least one episode of low back pain in their lifetime. And nearly everyone who has low back pain once will have it again. Back pain interferes with work, sports and routine daily activities. If you’ve ever had low back pain, you know! Fortunately, most occurrences of low back pain go away within a few days. Very few people who feel pain in their low back have a serious medical problem. Ninety

percent of people who experience low back pain for the first time get better in two to six weeks. Only rarely do people with low back pain develop chronic back pain (longer than 3 months). Low back pain is frequently caused by trauma (falling on the ice), repetitive strain (shoveling snow), a sudden jolt (car accident) or disorders such as arthritis. Symptoms range from mild aches to severe pain in the back and in some, pain and pins and needles may also involve the legs (Sciatica). Restrictions in

mobility and acute muscle spasms are also common. Men and women are equally affected by low back pain, and it is most common between the ages of 30-50. It is more common in sedentary people or in weekend warriors who have short bursts of intense activity. The risk of low back pain caused by wear and tear of the joints and the discs also increases with age. Most back pain is treated conservatively without surgery. Your physiotherapist will do a complete assessment to determine the most

likely cause of your pain. Possible causes can include: muscle strain, joint injury, disc herniations, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, or arthritis to name a few. Since low back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability and has large economic ramifications, there has been and continues to be much research into effective treatments for both acute and chronic conditions. Although back pain can significantly affect your ability to function, here are the key results from the research:

• Avoid bed rest!

Studies suggest that bed rest alone may make back pain worse and can lead to secondary complications such as depression, decreased muscle tone, and blood clots in the legs. Patients should resume activities as soon as possible. At night or during rest, patients should lie on one side, with a pillow between the knees.

• Exercise is the most effective way to speed recovery and help strengthen the core

abdominal muscles. Gentle exercises in the acute phase will help reduce muscle spasm, improve blood flow, reduce disc pressure and get you moving much faster. Exercise is also the main component to maintaining a healthy back and reducing the chances of another episode of acute pain.

• Using ice or heat may help reduce acute muscle spasm and pain, to allow

you to keep moving. Both ice and heat can be effective. Ice can help reduce inflammation and pain and should be used after an acute injury like a fall. Heat can be effective in reducing muscle spasm and pain and is often used in more chronic conditions. Use caution with heating pads as extended use of these could cause an electrical burn on the skin.

• Manual therapy performed by your physiotherapist can help get your joints

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• Education goes a long way in helping you to understand why your back is painful and how to prevent further injury. Your physiotherapist will teach you about ergonomics and postures that will help you move, lift and bend in ways that help reduce back strain.

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Four New Stores to Serve You Better! 2013 has brought about some changes for Old Town Kemptville! Two downtown businesses have expansion in their future; Benson Auto Parts has already expanded and Healthy Pets Boutique will soon be doubling their retail space after being in business for just a short period of time. Downtown Kemptville would like to welcome 4 new businesses to the BIA. Designer Consignor has just opened up at 148 Prescott street and brings with it quality women`s wear. D.O.A. apparel has trendy clothing across from the library, Ottawa Valley Uniforms is now on Prescott and Lost and Found Consignment/Collectibles is opening at 8 Clothier St. West. The Kemptville BIA would also like to thank everyone who participated in the 1st Annual Easter Bunny Hop! The BIA will take this years success as indication that this event should be repeated and expanded -- look out for what is in store for next year! Next month we will highlight some of the businesses that have been with downtown for many good years!

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The North Grenville Times History Section How Kemptville Has Changed Part VII By Jim Dolan Just to the north of Sammy Lecker’s Grocery, across Water Street, stood four buildings in the early 1950s. On the northeast corner of Prescott and Water Streets was a grocery store owned by A.M. Parkinson. It was destroyed by a fierce fire in June 1955. The fire was confined to just this one store. The Kinnaird building right next door was saved, thank goodness. My brother-in-law John Groskopf used to stock shelves at the Parkinson and Anderson stores when he was a teenager. He told me that in those days the stores would close Wednesday afternoons to allow for restocking of the shelves. Other people thought that the Wednesday afternoon closures served an additional purpose. The town of Kemptville was dry back then. If you wanted beer or liquor in those days you had to drive to Prescott or Merrickville to get it. According to the folklore, many business men used that day to stock more than just their store shelves. The beer store did not open in town until 1956. The liquor store opened a little later. I never frequented Orville Kinnaird’s Barber Shop when I lived in Kemptville from 1957 to 1962, but I certainly did when I returned after 1969. I am not sure about the exact year that I entered the building, but it was then called Sharon’s Beauty Salon. I had outgrown my brush cut. It was becoming more acceptable for men to have their hair cut by women. It was always a fun place to go. Sharon had great stories to tell you. She was extremely cute and she had a great laugh. Did I mention the haircut wasn’t bad either?

Beside Sharon’s Beauty Salon was the home of Ethel and Basel Coons. In the late 90s they tore down these buildings and turned the area into a municipal parking lot. I didn’t mind as Sharon had left with her husband Steve for Nova Scotia a number of years earlier. In the 50s, Crawford’s Restaurant occupied the building just before the Prescott Street Bridge. That building was also torn down in the late 2000s. Today this block is the location of the beautiful new North Grenville Public Library, which was officially opened in May 2011. One of the rooms in the new Library is dedicated to Helen Groskopf. It is affectionately referred to as the “Quiet Study” room. For over 40 years Helen worked at the old Kemptville Public Library - first as a volunteer, and then for more than 30 years as its Head Librarian. Back when I first met Helen in the late 50s, she

children’s overdue library books. Helen the librarian also had a compassionate side. Helen would make sure that she ordered Zane Grey westerns for this person, romance novels for that person, and “how to” books for another. Most, if not all of these books, would not make the best seller lists in the New York Times, but when these individuals received a call from Helen saying that the latest books by their favourite authors were in, each person felt special. By the way, the total operating budget for the library in 1957 was $1,500. In the late 50s, opposite Water Street on the west side of Prescott was the location of W. A. Barnes & Sons Plumbing, Heating, Electrical and Home Appliance Service business. Quite a few lads got their start working for Harvie. This building was also torn down to make way for a new more expansive pharmacy. In 2000, the pharmacy was still there and

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My mother Lois Dolan (nee Workman) when she was young with an unidentified gentleman on the Prescott Street Bridge. The Crawford’s Restaurant sign is in the background. the Prescott Street Bridge is a two-storey building with three business units on the ground floor and apartments on the second floor. Before my time it was called the Holmes Block. I really can’t recall the businesses that were located in this building in the 50s. I know the Star Cafe, operated by a Chinaman named Henry Wong, was located in this

did Sam Gaw. Sam Gaw told me recently that he and the boys played a lot of cards in the Star Cafe. Sam said that during one poker game a fellow who lived near the Rideau River, not too far from Beckett’s Landing, was having bad luck. He was out $40. When he had a two dollar bill and two ones left in front of him, he lost

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ran a no nonsense house of literature, especially if you were young. She only had to look at you once with those piercing blue eyes to know that misbehavior in her library would not be tolerated. If you think the kids had it bad, just ask Fran Pickard how she felt when she returned her

today it is the location of Vitality Fitness. In the 50s, next to W. A. Barnes’ business was the home of Alex Shaw. Captain George’s Restaurant occupied this space in 2000. Today it is the home of The Crusty Baker. Next to The Crusty Baker and stretching almost to

building but that may have been before 1957. I know that Earle’s Meat Market was located next to the Star Cafe. Someone told me they thought the Mid-Town Beauty Salon might have occupied the unit closest to the river in 1957. My Dad dropped by the Star Cafe on more than one occasion, as

another pot. The gentleman jumped up from the table, ripped the three bills into shreds. He said “By J _ _ _ _ here is four dollars you guys are not getting”. He took the torn bills out into the kitchen and threw them into the stove. Henry Wong and Milt Earl dove into the stove with forks trying to

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retrieve the money but to no avail. That made the down-on-his luck gentleman happy, because “he meant what he said”. It pleases me that all three business units are occupied today. The Ottawa Valley Uniforms is in the most southerly unit. D.O.A. Apparel, which opened recently, is in the middle unit. It has a wide selection of urban apparel. Home Decor & Accessories Flooring and Window Coverings is in the third unit closest to the bridge. People a little older than me noted that there was one other interesting building located just before the bridge. It was a long narrow white building. Its back overhung the water. It was a laundry owned by a Chinaman. Melvin Weedmark in a publication called “Boyhood Memory of Kemptville” remembers walking by and seeing the Chinaman pressing shirts. His specialty was men’s dress shirts. The shirts were washed with water pumped directly from the river below. My next article will focus on a child’s memories of a beautiful bridge and the river that ran beneath it.

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Kemptville Lions Club - “We Serve” By John Carkner The Kemptville Lions Club celebrated its 55th anniversary on March the 25th, 2013. The club has done important work in the community for many years and still continues to do so. For instance, they are currently Gold Member Donators to CHEO, and have contributed more money to this Hospital than any other Service Club. To provide a more local perspective on this, the proceeds from the Easter Bunnies which you so generously purchase each year go directly to CHEO. There are still a few days left so if you have not done so already, your support will be appreciated. Some other recipients of your donated dollars are; $50,000 to the Kemptville Community Centre, $80,000 to the Kemptville District Hospital; The Kemptville Lions Club was the 1st supporters of Camp Quality, a camp for kids with cancer. In addition to this we are an integral player in the International Eyeglass program, an initiative which has helped thousands of seeing challenged people all over the world to see. There is much still to be done and we have several front burner projects that we are undertaking. For now, though, I would like to provide you with a condensed version of the talk Lion Alan Forbes gave 5 years ago at our 50th Anniversary Dinner and celebration. His talk provided a great overview of what Kemptville Lions have been, are now and will be in the future. As always, thank you Kemptville for your continued kindness and support. We appreciate it as do the various recipients of your time and dollars. Here then is Alan’s address: “Our first Charter night was held March 25, 1958 at the United Church in Kemptville with 310 in attendance. The original purpose for forming a club was for more community involvement, and the first project that the club undertook was to install house numbers in the town. From the minutes of the April 14 meeting I quote “Chairman Jim Pidgeon reported that favorable progress was being made in connection with the house numbering plan. Price lists were being checked and a suitable map of the town was being drawn up, which in turn would be turned over to the town Council for approval and acceptance”. My father, March 27, 2013

Gordon Forbes, wasn’t a charter member, but he become a member shortly after, in 1960, and I can remember as a boy going door to door putting up house numbers. One other significant activity that was undertaken that spring was a committee to start a Little League Ball Association in Kemptville. It was reported that 56 boys had been registered in the league. This involvement with ball is significant as it slowly became one of our major fundraisers for the next forty years. Along with our annual ball tournaments, we hosted several All Ontario Fast Ball Tournaments at all levels. In the mid 70’s, we were the hosts of the Senior Men’s Fastball Tournament, which broke the attendance record for the Province with thousands being present over the August 1 weekend. That record was not broken until we hosted it again in the early 80’s. Profits from these events were turned back into the community, with a large portion going to improving the facilities at Riverside Park. The installation of lighting, fences and bleachers, and the ongoing annual maintenance,

have made 16 tours to different places in the world. They include Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada, and Belize. Major donations that our club has made in our community over the years include to the Kemptville District Hospital, the building of the community swimming pool at Riverside Park and for the construction of the Municipal Centre, where they saw fit to name a Lions Club suite. But it is not always the big donations that mean the most. We support Camp Quality, a summer camp for children with cancer. Several of our members go to the camp each year and do a corn roast and barbeque and get involved in water balloon tosses and other water activities during the day. Our support of Hospice, the Kemptville Youth Centre, the community services committee and NGAT; our involvement in the Canada Day celebrations, the Christmas Parade and the Dandelion Festival; - all work to make this a better place for all to live. Profits from our sale of the Lions Easter Bunnies each year are entirely turned over to the Children’s Hospital

“ is not always the big donations that mean the most” all became part of our responsibilities. In 1925 Helen Keller, who was blind and deaf, made an appeal to Lions to become her Knights of the Blind, which Lions adopted. This tradition was eagerly carried on by the new Kemptville Lions Club. I would now like to highlight a few of the areas in which we have tried to accomplish this. According to our early club minutes, we purchased a pair of glasses for a local youth in the first year. From the early 60’s to the mid-90, our club also did a door-todoor canvas for the CNIB. My route for this canvas was the road from Kemptville to Oxford Mills, which would take about three hours to complete. During those years, according to the treasurers’ reports, our club was able to turn over more than $100,000.00 to the CNIB. Over the years the club has supported the Public Library with donations for talking books. Part of our donations to the Kemptville Hospital was for the eye care clinic, which is named after the Kemptville Lions Club. In the late 90’s, Paul Mohair came to the Kemptville Lions and asked for assistance in financing an eye care team to go to Guyana. Since that time, Lion Paul and our team

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Algonquin Land Claim Bypasses North Grenville By Doug MacDonald The April 10th public meeting of The North Grenville Historical Society presents Dr. David Shanahan exploring topics relevant to North Grenville and Merrickville-Wolford. Dr. Shanahan will focus on the history of First Nations in North Grenville pre 1784 and, as a result of his work with the First Nations of Golden Lake, he is uniquely qualified to present a special report on the draft treaty agreement on the Algonquin Land Claim Transfer, on the north side of the Rideau River, just west of Burritt’s Rapids. Dr. Shanahan is a professional historian working primarily with First Nations across Canada. he has a doctorate in Canadian history, is a published author, and

has written numerous articles on local, Canadian and Irish history. David is editor and co-owner of The North Grenville Times, past president of The North Grenville Historical Society and in January 2013 was elected Archivist of the Society. David’s April 10th presentation is the first in a series of 3 linked events. On Wednesday May 8th, Dr. Paul Thibaudeau, archaeologist and professor of Sociology and Anthropology brings The Archaeology Road Show Part I to the North Grenville Historical Society meeting. Dr. Thibaudeau will speak on archaeology in the area and will focus on his Richmond dig site and a display of artifacts from that dig. On Saturday May 25th the North Grenville Historical Society will host

a special event – The Archaeology Road Show Part II. Dr. Thibaudeau returns along with Dr. Shanahan and others to discuss and share with the general public information on artifacts and documents. The public is invited to Show and Tell about artifacts and documents relative to North Grenville history that are from their personal collections. This 3rd event will be the North Grenville Historical Society’s contribution to the Dandelion Festival. Please join us on Wednesday April 10, 2013 at the Court House (15 Water St.) in Kemptville. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.Presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. A warm welcome awaits old friends and new.

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of Eastern Ontario. This has totaled over 23 thousand dollars to date. In the January 12, 1959 minutes, it states that the Kemptville Lions, under the chairmanship of Jack Higgins, started a minor hockey league for boys 8-12 and 1315. The teams played in the indoor natural ice rink that was in Kemptville at that time. Our hockey season started in January and ended in March. It was on the same site as the curling rink is today. The reason for starting the club fifty years ago and the vision that the 36 charter members had at that time have really not changed. Whether it’s swinging a hammer to build bleachers at the Riverside Park, or making a significant donation to the Municipal Centre; whether it’s starting minor sports leagues, or donating to help defray the expenses of youth activities; whether its buying a pair of glasses for a local child, or organizing and running a clinic in another part of the world, the Kemptville Lions Club has worked hard to maintain the vision that those men had, and are working hard to live up to the Lions motto: WE SERVE.”


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Francine Cross says, "These pictures were taken during our recent trip to the Galapagos and the Ecuadorian rainforest. It was a dream come through for my husband and I. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys wildlife. I was with my camera at all times because you never know when you will be able to capture something. I have been with the North Grenville Photography Club for almost 3 years and I have learned so much through the meetings and the fellow members."


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Focus on Nutrition

by Heather Westendorp The first time I read an article about eating less, it was a feature in National Geographic. They had done a study on longevity. Older people who remained healthy and active ate like “birds”. (They consumed far less calories) We have all heard the expression and likely know someone who seems to eat very little. People who have never had to lose weight simply say, eat less and you will no longer be obese. It sounds simple enough, but turning those words into action is a very difficult process indeed. Generally those words are followed with eat healthy, watch your calories and exercise. A doctor will diagnose a patient with diabetes 2 or high blood pressure and even heart disease. These diagnoses are even more upsetting when they are applied to children! The social segregation and prejudice is unbelievable. Children are just as cruel as adults in saying… here comes the “fat” kid or I was just talking to the “heavy lady”. The amount of time spent on learning nutrition is nominal. The first order of business is to give the patient a list of foods or direct them to a diet clinic (if they are lucky). It seems that eating disorders, leading to death, are far more interesting and critical than long term death by obesity, malnutrition and sedentary lifestyles. The social world has a habit of labelling differences in people. It has always been assumed that fat kids simply overeat or have genetic problems that lead to obesity. Years ago, you would see one or two kids in a classroom who were obese. It was only a few children, so the problem was them. Today the numbers are becoming large enough that the Government is launching task forces to try to figure March 27, 2013

out what is going on and then “fix” the problem. All the while, major food manufacturers are chemically injecting more and more fat, sugar and salt into foods. The manufacturing objective is to feed an exploding population inexpensive products and try to increase volume sales by 30%. They need to sell more volume, increase portion size, decrease actual food content with chemicals and fillers. The war is waged and who gets caught in the middle? The consumer simply eats larger portions because they are comprised of ingredients that leave us looking for more. We are right back to the kid in the candy store. The better manufacturers deliver food products, the more we buy. Packaging, taste, cost, raw product and price all affect how much money will be generated for corporations. Corporations win, consumers lose! In fact, if we decreased our consumption of product by a mere 25%, it would be devastating for the corporations. It would actually have a huge impact on profitability. If every person simply decreased consumption by 25% less calories, they would obviously consume less food, buy less food and perhaps even look at nutritional quality of foods consumed. Consumers would lose about 15 lbs. in a year and likely need less medication for health related issues; affecting the pharmaceutical corporations. The whole population would manage to live a few more years and collect pensions for a longer period of time. My goodness, can you imagine how much this would upset our market based economy? The question is, how far will corporations go to keep us addicted to buying products that they produce? I can’t think of too many adults who don’t remember playing outside as children. Today we lock the doors on our children to keep them safe. We segregate them into a box and wonder why social media has been so successful (another multi-billion dollar corporation). Parents of today need to work two jobs in order to meet the expenses of daily life. In

fact, we are told that the air outside is polluted, our water systems are unreliable and the world is full of bad, dangerous people. We are living in a world of mistrust and outright fear. This is all good for corporations to sell you security systems, cell phones and even entertainment rooms! Greed is a terrible thing. It does not matter whether you are looking at corporations or within the parameters of your life. It seems that the doctrine for modern living is more, more and more! It would improve our life to simply look at 25% less. Teach our children that greed is not a good thing. I remember a time when we learned to cook and actually had chores. Simply decreasing the amount you consume by 25% will have a huge effect on the budget. Debt can be repaid in monetary terms as well as health terms. Consume less. We need healthy fuel for our bodies. This means real food, foods that are not in pretty colourful packages, manufactured in a giant factory. Foods that are grown on a farm, take time and effort to prepare. Go to the library, participate as a family in local events, volunteer in your community and have your neighbours over for dinner. Instead of living in a world determined by corporate greed, start looking at your needs versus wants and begin to talk to each other. The world really isn’t about who gets the last crumb of the cookie, it is about the person wise enough to realize that cookie has no real importance. Take an honest look at your own consumption. Do we really need seconds at the dinner table, or would it be wise to simply get up and start cleaning up the dishes. Start to look at food as fuel. It provides energy and nutrients for your body to function. It is important, but does not need to be an addiction. Each of us gives it that power. We allow corporations to teach us that we simply cannot live without having their product, no matter what the cost. The cost is too high when our children are suffering.


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Where Bluebirds Fly Local Author Shirley Nichol Hellam Book Signing April 6 Onion Soup Recipe By Heather Westendorp 3 leeks, white and light green parts only, well washed, thinly sliced 1 red onion, peeled, thinly sliced 1 white onion, peeled, thinly sliced Pinch of coarsely ground pepper 4 cups low sodium beef broth (homemade is even better) 2 cups water ¼ cup brandy or dry red wine 2 bay leaves ¼ cup chopped fresh chives (garnish) Sauté leeks, red onion and white onion in a non-stick pan for 2 minutes until softened. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring often, for about 45 minutes or until golden brown. Increase heat to high. Add brandy (or wine) and stir to scrape any brown bits stuck to pan. Cook until almost evaporated. Stir in stock, water and bay leaves and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook gently, uncovered for about 30 minutes or until reduced by one quarter and flavour is rich. Discard bay leaves. Season the soup with pepper to taste. Ladle into warmed bowls and sprinkle with chives for garnish. This recipe is amazing for spring colds! Serve with fresh bun. This recipe serves 4

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I have always enjoyed writing, even as a child. I have a vivid imagination so making up stories always appealed to me. During the years I have had several short stories and poems published but I never thought of writing a book until about 20 years ago. I was Pastoral Director for a mission and I decided to write stories of the wonderful things that happened at the mission, changing the names of the people involved. My first book was, “Angels On My Window Sill,” I had a huge collection of angels that I gave out to people I prayed with and people in need of medical, or any other kind of help. I gave all the profits of this book to the mission and because the book did well, I wrote a sequel a few years later, entitled, “The Angels Continue to Appear.” The proceeds from this book were again given to the mission. The third book I wrote was about eight years ago. It was called, “Leaves from Our Family Tree,” and it was the story of my life, my parents and grandparents and my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. I gave a copy of this book to everyone in my family,

and we are a large family. Because my family has grown so quickly, I decided to write another book for them and name it, “More Leaves on our Family Tree.” Working on this book one day, I wrote a short story about my husband and my wedding last summer, and the wonderful theme of bluebirds. Several bluebirds, although they are uncommon in this area, made nests and had babies in the yard we were getting married in. I guess the bluebirds liked the idea of senior citizens getting married and using these birds as the theme. This story led to twenty two other stories, most of them fiction, with surprising twists. My newest book, “Where Bluebirds Fly,” came into being. My husband, Harold Hellam, is a talented songwriter and performer. He is at the present time just finishing up recording his sixth CD, so we spend a lot of time, writing and critiquing each others work. “Where Bluebirds Fly,” will be launched at Brewed Awakening in Kemptville on April 6th and I will be on hand signing copies from one-thirty until five o’clock.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS Send in your community events to editor March 31st

Special Easter Celebration @ N.G.D.H.S., 10:30 a.m. Coffee, Fellowship, Music! Inspirational Message! enjoy our Bounce House set up in the gym & Kemptville’s largest Easter Egg Hunt!

Creekside Centre 2878 County Rd. 43 Kemptville, On 613-258-0222

Easter Sunrise Service at the bridge on Mill Street in Bishop’s Mills 7:00 a.m., followed by breakfast in St. Andrew’s United Church Hall.

Easter service on Sunday St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church family in Kemptville invites you and your family, at 10 am. All are welcome.

April 3-7th

Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Campaign

Many of us have lost a loved one or know people living with cancer so help fight cancer by buying a daffodil pin. This year’s campaign will be held at B&H, Food Basics and the Independant Grocer from April 3-7. We are still looking for volunteers so consider giving 2 hours of your time. To volunteer, contact Julie at or 613.258.0381 April 5-21

The Wizard of Oz Musical. On for three weeks at the Municipal Center. Weekend showings for details April 6

Mental Health Fundraiser Dance. North Grenville Municipal Centre.

Dine and dance to live music under the stars beginning at 6 pm. Dinner will be provided by The Branch Restaurant and the Kinsmen Club of Kemptville will support our bartending. Activities will include a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, t-shirts, and CDs of some of our favourite music

Charity Trivia Night Enter a team of 6 people who will play against other charities. The winning team will receive a cheque made out to their favourite charity equalling 50% of the cover charge from participants. Cover charge: $10/per person There is no limit to the number of teams per charity. Beverages, Snacks, Silent Auction in support of the North Grenville Community Church Basement Restoration Fund. 7pm North Grenville Community Church, 2659 Concession Road April 10th

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Online Marketing and Social Media Presentation. Hear from local business owners

about how they are using online marketing to improve sales, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Purvis Hall, University of Guelph, Kemptville Campus FREE! Coffee and snacks provided.

April 16th

Bedtime Story Hour at the Library

Come to our bedtime story hour – the whole family is welcome! Children may come in their pyjamas and bring a snugly toy. Juice and cookies are served. from 6:30 to 7:30 pm April 17th

The Kemptville Horticultural Society meeting @ the Kemptville Pentecostal Church, 1964 County Rd 43, 7:30pm Add Bling to your Garden with Colour. New Members & Guests Welcome

April 22nd

KPS Parent Council: Parent Session.

Free event, open to the public. No registration is required. Mental Health & Wellness in our Schools Strategies and Solutions. Session will run from 7-8 p.m. at the North Grenville District High School, 2605 Concession Road


The North Grenville Photography Club – Meeting first Wednesday of every month, at the Old Fire Hall, 25 Reuben Crescent. For more information, see


Bridge –

6:30 pm and 6:45 pm at St. John’s United Church, Kemptville. Cost $5, partner preferred but not necessary. For more information, contact Elaine Pratt at 613-258-3783

North Grenville Toastmasters – Meeting first and third Thursday of the month, 7 pm at O’Farrell’s Financial Services, County Road 44, 613-258-7665

Youngsters of Yore This week we have Kveta Vesela who has a collection of antique Easter postcards 1:30-3:30 pm



Friendship Lunch – Every Friday from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at Leslie Hall. Seniors’ Foot Care Clinic Every Friday at the Cheryl J. Brown Centre

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BNI Networking Group: Grow your business in North Grenville every week! 7-8:30 am. We have breakfast at the Alumni Building at the University. Call 613-258-0553 for more info.

Mixed Adult Pickup Basketball Game – Every Tuesday night at Holy Cross School

gym from 7-9 pm. Cost is $5 per night or $50 for the season. All skill ranges welcome. For more information, please contact Jeff or Samantha at 613-258-1847 or Samantha.rivet-stevenson@rbc/. com

Bridge – 12:15 pm at St. John’s United Church, Kemptville.

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Employment Readiness Workshop: Information and Decision Making Tuesdays from 1-2:30pm and Fridays

Mothers of Preschoolers - Support group for mother’s with Preschoolers. Whether you’re a

townie, rural, stay-at-home, working, teen, adoptive, special-needs, single or married, MOPS is for you! 6:30-8:00pm St. John’s United Church 400 Prescott Street, Kemptville. Angie Brown at 613-223-3979 March 27, 2013



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Grammar Minute

Solutions to last weeks crossword on page 17


Patrick Babin Do you know your ABCs? Match these words with the definitions in Column Two.

ACROSS 1. Group of cattle 5. Something to shoot for 10. Largest continent 14. Wings 15. Parisian subway 16. A temple (archaic) 17. Not cool 18. Indiscretion 20. Patella 22. Spruce up 23. Be unwell 24. Relaxes 25. Visage 32. Irk 33. Operatic solos 34. Damp 37. Blend 38. What's happening 39. Filly's mother 40. Also 41. Marble 42. Shelf 43. Torment 45. San Antonio fort 49. Actress Lupino 50. Retaliation

53. Ore refinery 57. Combine together 59. Stringed instrument 60. Thorny flower 61. Related to tides 62. Colored part of an eye 63. Initial wager 64. Tale 65. Outlay DOWN 1. Bird of prey 2. Distinctive flair 3. Unusual 4. Behavior 5. Skewer 6. Bottomless 7. And so forth 8. Circle fragments 9. Rich soil 10. All excited 11. Preserves 12. Arm of the sea 13. Long times 19. Challenges 21. Large town 25. Actors in a show

1. acrimonious 2. affable 3. analogy 4. apathy 5. augment 6. austere 7. authentic 8. banal 9. bellicose 10. bucolic 11. bumptious 12. benign 13. cadaverous 14. cajole 15. calumny 16. cantankerous 17. chaos 18. circumspect 19. clandestine 20. coerce 21. condone 22. convivial 23. copious 24. credence 25. culpable

26. Savvy about 27. Pearly-shelled mussel 28. Pertaining to the oceans 29. Mountain crest 30. 9 9 9 9 31. Feline 34. Dry riverbed 35. Therefore 36. Adolescent 38. Conceit 39. Tinny 41. In the midst of 42. Stow, as cargo 44. At an opportune time 45. A kind of macaw 46. A tart fruit 47. Nautical for stop 48. Donnybrook 51. Handguns 52. Send forth 53. Sun 54. Apprentice 55. Twin sister of Ares 56. A musical pause 58. Big fuss

Definitions: a. deserving blame b. plentiful to an immoderate degree c. commonplace, trite d. rigidly severe in judgment e. lack of feeling, emotion f. sociable, courteous g. to increase in amount or intensity h. pertaining to country life i. to forgive or overlook j. jovial k. quarrelsome l. to persuade by flattery or deceit m. inclined to fight; warlike n. relation between two things o. cautious, prudent p. to compel a person to do something against his will q. trust usually based on little evidence r. harsh or bitter in speech or temper s. genuine in origin; reliable t. conceited; self-assertive u. gentle disposition; kindly v. pale, haggard w. complete confusion; disorder x. false accusation maliciously made y. secret



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First Principles I by David Shanahan What are the basics, the fundamentals of faith, of spirituality? Surely, the first question to be asked is: “what do I believe?” The second question follows logically and immediately from the first: “why do I believe it?” There are those who will reply quite confidently to the first question. “I believe in God”, they will proclaim; or “I believe in Jesus as my Lord and Saviour”. And to this I happily cry: Amen! But when it comes to answering the second question - why do you believe? - the answers are not quite so assured. “Because the Bible tells me so”. Fantastic. Now, why do you believe the Bible? We have looked at that over the past few weeks. But what is it in the Bible that causes you to believe? Faith is trusting God and what he says. But we are told to always be ready to explain the hope that we have; this is surely an essential part of preaching the gospel. Can we explain our faith, our hope? To be quite honest, I don’t think too many of us have thought too much about it. We heard the gospel: we believed it; we were

saved. What more is there to think about? Well, let’s look at first principles. I believe in God. What does “God” mean? Some people think God is Nature, or that we are all God in our own way. Mormons believe that every planet has its own god, who was once a human being who evolved into god. Hindus, and many other cultures, including ancient Greece and Rome, also believe in a multitude of gods. If the word “God” is to mean anything, we must agree on what we mean by it. Some have used the term “Supreme Being”, others have referred to “The Great Architect”, meaning the power which is responsible for the existence of the universe and everything within it. Certainly, if it is to mean anything, “God” must refer to a single entity, because if there is more than one god, then there is no “Supreme Being”, a single, all-powerful Creator of everything else. Instead, we are faced with another species of being: perhaps greater, or more intelligent than us, but not God. This is what Greece and

Rome, Hinduism and other polytheistic religions present to us. And we are not impressed by these gods. They always seem to be more like spoiled “super children” than Supreme Beings. Zeus, Mars, Thor, they all act like petty and spiteful people. They display little evidence of sovereign power or transcendence. They are all too obviously the creation of human minds and fears. No, if there is a God, that being must be unique, transcendent, far beyond our human experience or understanding. These other “gods” offer me nothing to inspire interest, let alone adoration, or even devotion. By definition, then, “God” refers to a single, Supreme Being, above and beyond our species. But now I have a real problem. If I look for a supreme, transcendent being, then I have to acknowledge that I don’t have the mind, or discernment, to understand or reach that God. Unless God chooses to reveal himself to me, my finite and extremely limited mind has no hope of knowing much about him (if it is a “him”, and not a “her”, or an “it”). For, I must be honest; I can’t understand how a telephone works. The mechanics behind a computer are a complete mystery. How a dead

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