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Albert Dyks by David Shanahan The North Grenville community has lost some very precious people recently, people we really can’t afford to lose. Jim Wrong and Keith Newans were part of the fabric of the place for so many years. But now Albert Dyks is gone home and we are taken by surprise; it was so unexpected. I have met with many people in the last few days who felt they had only just been talking to him, only

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said “hi”, it seemed, and now he was gone. Just a couple of weeks short of his 73rd birthday, Albert had a long history of service to his neighbours and, as a friend of his said and I agreed when we met, Albert will be remembered over and over again throughout each year. Every event, every fund raiser, or social gathering at which Albert had been a central player for so long will be a time to notice once again that he is not there any more. Albert’s family have de-

giving more of his free time to the community. And that community will want to honour him and his family, and give our deepest condolences to Ina and their children and grandchildren. He has gone home, and that is worth remembering in our sadness. The family will receive friends at the Kemptville Christian Reformed Church 2455 County Road 18, Kemptville, Tuesday May 6, 2014 from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m., where a Celebration of Albert’s life will be held on Wednesday May 7, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Interment Oxford Mills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to World Renew Disaster Response Services would be greatly appreciated by the family http://

scribed him well: a man who, above all else, loved God and family. In his case, “family” extended to his neighbours and even to people in other countries, people he cared about and put time and energy into helping and supporting in many different ways. An organization like the Salvation Army, for example, will find it hard to replace a man who manned the Christmas Kettles, usually at the B&H, for so many hours, day after day, every Christmas season. The B&H may be where many people first encountered Albert, the Meat Manager there from its earliest days in the 1960's, before he opened his own business at Albert’s Meats. But it seemed that retirement after a long and successful career only seemed to find Albert busier than ever,

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Bishop’s Mills Annual Community Day – May 17 Mark your calendar for the 11th Annual Bishop’s Mills Community Day which will take place on Saturday, May 17. Discover treasures at several community-wide yard sales. Treat yourself to some delicious baked goods from the Bishop’s Mills Women’s Institute’s bake sale. Participate in a silent auction or purchase some of the many quality “Made in Bishop’s Mills” crafts. Take advantage to see the original Bishops Mills Post Office on display in the Community Hall or browse through the extensive Tweedsmuir History collection. Join in the celebration for the official opening of Off the Beaten Track located in the former General Store. Get close and personal with alpacas at the Alpaca Tracks farm and check out products made from their fine fibre. Take a self-guided walking tour of the village (part of the North Grenville 150 km Trail) and discover some of its historical sites. And don’t forget to drop in for lunch in the St. Andrew’s Church Hall. Maps for the yard sales and the Alpaca Tracks farm will be available at the Community Hall at 8 am. The bake sale, canteen, silent auction, displays, etc. start at 9 am. This community day event is hosted by the Bishop’s Mills Community Association, the Bishop’s Mills Women’s Institute, and the St. Andrew’s United Church Women.

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The North Grenville Times is Locally Owned and Operated Marlyn Scharf , Donald Scharf , Louise Noble , Donna St. Louis Two years ago Thanksgiving, I was talking to my brother Ian Moffitt, and he was telling me about being Vice President of the Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and how much he was enjoying it. As the conversation continued, I decided I really wanted to do something here in Leeds and Grenville. We lost Dad to Dementia and Mom has a form of Alzheimer's. This disease is so devastating for all, and it also affects every family. After speaking to my husband Don and with his support, I spoke to close friends of ours, Donna St

Louis and Earl Casey. We decided to do a Sunday afternoon dance with the Country Seven band. We set the date for April 7, 2013 and with the support of many friends and local businesses, we were able to donate $7,100 to the Alzheimer Society. We had a great time and everyone told me this had to be the first annual. We did the same event this year, again at the North Grenville Municipal Centre, with the Country Seven donating their time as well as Dial-a-Chef, Eric Le Pors, donating his time and all the food. B&H

Grocers paid for the hall for us. Graham's Bakery donated all the buns. We raised $7,120 this year, with the generous support of the local businesses and many friends. The local privately owned businesses really care about the Community and do so much for us. More supporters who have so generously donated since the event are Gary Moffitt Electric, Fast Eddies, Thousand Island R.V., Joyce Orr, Linda Cheff, Don and Nancy Evans, Spellcraft Bath and the Royal Legion in Brockville.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank all my volunteers who helped out before and at the event. Without everyone’s help, we definitely would not have had such a successful event. Marlyn Scharf

Oxford Mills Community Association’s Annual General Meeting on May 8 at 7pm Everyone with an interest in the community of Oxford Mills is encouraged to attend the OMCA's Annual General Meeting on May 8th at 7pm in Maplewood Hall, Oxford Mills. At this meeting the Financial Statements for 2013 will be presented for approval and a Year-End Report will be given. Also an Expression of Interest to purchase Maplewood Hall will be reviewed. The meeting will conclude with nominations and an election for the vacant seats on the Board (Directors currently hold their position for two years). For updates on community events, please join the OMCA's Facebook page at: https://www. May 7, 2014



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So, I find that really annoying situations were the word “so” is used. One is to emphasise: “It was so cold, I could hardly breathe”. The other is when you are explaining, when you are linking cause and effect. Example: “I was very cold, so I went inside”. Do you see the problem with the latest menace? They use “So” at the beginning of a sentence as if they were completing a thought - but there is no thought at all! I would understand it if they were saying something like: “I had a favourite red toy when I was young, so red is my favourite colour”. But no! The “So” is just thrown in there, without any rhyme or reason whatsoever. Why do they do this? It is almost as bad as the overuse of the answer given (primarily on CBC radio interviews for some reason) in almost every situation: “Absolutely!”. “Is red your favourite colour?” Answer: “Absolutely!”. “Does this strike you as strange?” “Absolutely!”. And the thing is, that “absolutely” is often

by David Shanahan So, it seems that more and more people are beginning to jump on a certain bandwagon. So, I am worried about trespassing on Pat Babin’s “Grammar Minute” toes here, but I feel I must speak out about this latest outrage to the English language. So, it involves people who insist on beginning sentences with the word “So”. You hear them on the radio being interviewed about something or other. They may be experts in a particular field, or just an everyday Canadian being asked a few simple questions. But they begin their answer with...”So,...”! For example, the question may be: “What is your favourite colour?”. The answer comes: “So, I’ve always liked red.” Question: “Is there any evidence for global warming?” Answer: “So, there appears to be some reason....etc.”. Now I can think of two

not the right word to use in the context, but does anyone mind? Absolutely! Is this worse than that other bugbear of mine - “irregardless”? You know this one: “I intend to go ahead, irregardless”. This is really a confusion with the word “irrespective”, and it actually says the complete opposite of what the speaker means. It is, in fact, a double negative: the speaker wants to say that he will go ahead without regard to opposition. That is, regardless of opposition. Irregardless really says, without-without regard. My head is now hurting, but, irregardless, I shall press on. So, I have yet another cause of complaint, hand wringing and cries of despair. People on the radio, again, are misusing prepositions: you know those little words that indicate direction, or association of some kind. Words like to, from, with, etc. I suffered greatly in school trying to learn proper grammar and the correct use of words. So, (linking word) when I

hear newsreaders, or other media types, say things like: “Spokes persons associated to the Government said...”, my teeth start to grind together in painful ways. Using the right preposition can be vital to the correct understanding of a sentence. “Throw that grenade to me” does not mean the same as “Throw that grenade at me”. The main difference, aside from bad usage, has to do with whether the pin is still attached to (not with) the grenade in question. There are two ways of dealing with this onslaught of bad English usage. One is to try and fight against a growing functional illiteracy in modern society, one which threatens to make our communication increasingly problematic. We can become known as fanatics and crackpots, demanding that some semblance of proper usage be maintained, if only by the normally authoritative sources, such as the CBC. The other approach, of course, is to sigh, and say: “So, what?”.

few more editorials. Thank you for probing these important topics in building a flourishing community. Harmen Boersma

government and corporate actions, are largely useless for the purpose given the expense of litigation. And the large corporate media are only interested in making a splash by reporting disasters far from our shores as opposed to pointing to serious problems in their own back yard; problems for homeowners in Beijing, for example, as opposed to problems faced by rural homeowners in Ontario . One solution is to look to the government closest to us and require leadership from it. We must require not just a branch plant of the provincial government, but a Municipal Council that supports the people of this area. A Council that will loudly and critically decry, as well as resisting provincial laws which damage residents of North Grenville, using every tool available. A Council

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Facilitator appointed for Kemptville College on hold by Beth Nicol The facilitators appointed by the government to work towards a long term solution for Kemptville and Alfred Colleges have been put on hold according to a statement by MPP Steve Clark on Twitter at press time on Monday, May 5. Earlier in the day, it was announced that the appointment of facilitators for Kemptville and Alfred Colleges had been made. Grant Crack, the MPP for GlengarryPrescott-Russell, confirmed the appointment of Lyle Vanclief for Kemptville College and Marc Godbout for Alfred. Lyle Vanclief is a former Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food for Canada (Liberal Party 1997-2003) and is graduate of the OAC University of Guelph. Marc Godbout is a former MP (Liberal Party 2004-2006) and a former Assistant Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Education. A provincially appointed facilitator has been requested repeatedly by Leeds and Grenville MPP Steve Clark, the Kemptville College Renewal Task Force and local politicians to work with the KCRTF to determine long term plans for the future of the college. We will continue to wait and watch for additional information from Queen’s Park and we will keep you informed.

Letters to the editor Dear Editor: A few comments on your editorial on authority. Authority is a good and necessary concept in human society, don't you agree. Hopefully it is exercised with love, goodwill and wisdom. The great American thinker John Dewey proposed the democratic way of life and consequently flattened traditional ranking of authority and elevated the authority of the individual. Has it created a better society? Another helpful way to think about authority may be to understand that society has a social architecture: family, school, business, church, state, etc, as subdivisions of society. Each has its own form of authority which can only be exercised within that subdivision. Within the family, parental authority is only effective within the subdivision of the family.

Within the state, civil authority is only applicable in the subdivision of the state. Because the state covers a larger geography than other subdivisions, it is easily assumed that only the state has authority. It has the police and the army to enforce it. Naturally these subdivision touch each other and often interact beneficially. The family supports the school, the state provides for families, the business serves organizations. These multi relational networks enrich our society and our lives. It is worthwhile to consider where authority comes from: is it endowed from a higher authority or is it granted by the vote of the majority? How does that work in the family, the business, the political party, the church, the marriage, the school and the state? Voila, material for a

Dear Editor: Another excellent article on the nature o f g o v e r n m e n t , D r. Shanahan. Politicians at all levels have forgotten, if they ever knew, their duty to the people whom they tax. You have eloquently and briefly outlined that duty and its origins in political thinking. In effect, the population exists now to feed the ever-growing appetite of government and its powerful corporate allies, or so it would seem. The interests of individuals are not of real interest to these powerful allies. The courts, which could provide relief to those being damaged by

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Open letter to the United Counties of Leeds & Grenville Could some priority be placed on the marking of the stop line markings for the new 4 way stop junction (Hurd/Somerville County Rd 18, Clothier St)? There continues to be quite a few instances whereby some drivers, despite your very good signage, are ignoring them, or are just not registering their meaning!! I, myself had a close call, yesterday when a driver came Mailing Address P.O. Box 35, Oxford Mills, ON, K0G 1S0

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which will alert the people of the area of the need to fight for the rights they in theory possess, but in practice are on the point of losing. A Council which will motivate people to commit resources to the fight to defend the rights of taxpayers instead of lying down in defeat when harm is done to our neighbours and fellow taxpayers. Let's test that notion of being a "caring community" by actually caring . I sincerely hope people will seriously attend to the coming election. And I undertake, if elected in this October's Council election, to maintain and enhance further, my own record of speaking out in representation of those who are not being heard by government. My only goal, in fact, in running, is to make room for the voice of North Grenville residents at the Council

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Municipality and Fetherston Sign final agreement

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North Grenville, ON – After months of collaboration, North Grenville Council has entered into a final agreement with the Fetherston Mobile Park Association to complete the transition of management of the water and waste water systems at the Park to the Association and their contractors. Moving forward, the Park Association will work with ASI Group, Clearford Industries and Newterra to fund, install and operate new “state of the art” water and wastewater infrastructure at the Park. Subject to approvals from the Ministry of Environment, construction of the new system is expected to start this summer and be completed this year. “Achieving this unique solution has been a long time coming” remarked North Grenville Mayor David Gordon. “Council recognizes the commitment and efforts put forth by the Park residents, staff, and the consortium of companies. Addressing the

“Ontario PCs are the only party with a plan to get Ontario’s economy back on track by balancing our books after 11 years of mismanagement by this Liberal government. We need to stop the kind of taxand-spend nightmare we saw in the government’s budget last week and make our great province an attractive place for the private sector to invest and create new jobs,” said Clark. The incumbent candidate said an Ontario PC government would make job creation a priority by following through on their comprehensive Million Jobs Plan. “It’s a plan to get Ontarians back to work by getting our economy turned around,” explained Clark. “The Liberals, with the NDP as their enablers, have cost this province 1 million jobs – I’m working hard to be part of an Ontario PC government that gives those people hope for a brighter future.” Highlights of the Million Jobs Plan include: • Lowering taxes and

health and safety risks posed by the failing private infrastructure will undoubtedly provide a higher quality of life, and residents will experience long term enjoyment of their properties.” President of the Park Association, Maurice Dumoulin, expressed relief that a final agreement has been signed. “There has been a cloud of worry over the Park for many years, with no clear property owner and so many ongoing issues with Park infrastructure. With the Association in control of the Park, we can now move forward together to maintain the lifestyle that we desire, it’s our future.” “I am pleased to see key stakeholders roll up their sleeves to find a solution to this complex problem” stated Brian Carré, Chief Administrative Officer for the Municipality of North Grenville. “I want to thank Mr. Dumoulin and the residents of the park for their patience as this agreement was devel-

open letter continued through, on Clothier, going west. I had indicated my left turn intention, coming in from the Abbott Rd side, to go on to Somerville towards Hwy 43 and stopped, with a couple of cars behind me, as the driver in question was still approaching. I crept forward a little, keeping straight, suspecting that they didn't appear to be slowing down for their stop sign. I was correct in my assumption and they came straight through and didn't wake up until my horn aroused their attention!! I have heard of other near misses from other drivers and feel that the only thing that can be done, to help alleviate the problem, is to have the junction finished off as soon as possible with the required white line markings. From that time forward, it would then become a Police matter to deal with the inattentive drivers, who would no longer have any sort of excuse

for their own dangerous behaviour. Thank you, in advance, for your prompt attention to this dangerous situation. Regards, John Baldwin Kemptville Dear Editor: I applaud your graphic approach to the fundamentals of Christianity. It takes a lot of common sense/gumption in today’s world to write articles about such a vital topic. I daresay you probably helped a lot of seeking people, seeking peace. Anyway, I have to say I am ashamed for not writing sooner to give my support for such a view into this kind of contentious theatre. Why can’t an editor write what he wants to write in his own newspaper, without getting blasted for it? Canada is a free country; God help us to keep it so. Blasters have a right to blast. The upshot of it is poor you. Shirley Deighton

oped, and North Grenville Council for balancing all interests in this file, resulting in a win-win solution for all involved.” Brian J. Carré, Chief Administrative Officer, Municipality of North Grenville, 613-258-9569 ext. 155,


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reducing Ontario’s debt Making electricity more affordable to families and employers • Creating more opportunities by modernizing our skilled trades regulations and eliminating the College of Trades • Opening Ontario’s borders to trade with our neighbouring provinces and states • Reducing red tape and bureaucracy While the New Democrats have tried to paint themselves as an alternative to the Liberals under Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne, Clark said the voters in Leeds-Grenville aren’t being fooled. “Let’s face it, after years of propping up this scandalplagued government the only reason the NDP opposed this latest budget is because it didn’t tax-and-spend enough,” said Clark. “With Ontario facing a deficit of $12.5 billion and a debt that’s doubled over the past decade to $290 billion, we can’t •

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Students in Leeds-Grenville will have access to summer jobs to help them gain valuable skills and work experience, Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for LeedsGrenville, announced today on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development. One hundred and one summer jobs are being created this year with the help of just over $250,000 in Canada Summer Jobs funding. Canada Summer Jobs helps students gain the skills and experience they need to be successful, now and in the future, while earning money for the upcoming school year. In 2014, the Canada Summer Jobs program is expected to create approximately 35,000 jobs across Canada, while helping employers ad-

dress skills shortages. “Creating summer jobs for students benefits not only youth and employers, but also local economies across the country. Canada Summer Jobs is yet another excellent example of how our government is creating jobs and economic growth,” explains Brown. Since 2006, the Youth Employment Strategy has helped more than 555,000 young people develop skills, to the benefit of the Canadian economy. Through Economic Action Plan 2014, the Government of Canada is also supporting up to 3,000 internships in high-demand fields and up to 1,000 internships in small and medium-sized businesses. The Government of Canada is also encouraging apprenticeship and careers in the

afford to make a risky gamble on an NDP government that would take us further down the road to financial ruin.” Clark said families have seen their budgets squeezed by soaring hydro rates and job losses that are directly connected to the government’s mismanagement of the economy and the energy sector. For North Grenville, Clark said his priority remains securing a sustainable future for Kemptville College. “This government dealt the agriculture and agri-business sector in North Grenville and Eastern Ontario a significant setback when it stood by as the University of Guelph announced its plan to close Kemptville College,” said Clark, who has been outspoken in his efforts to get the government to reverse its disastrous decision. “The outstanding education provided at the College over the past 97 years helped build agriculture into a $1.6-billion annual economic powerhouse in Eastern Ontario. This government obviously doesn’t value agriculture education, but Ontario PCs are committed to making those investments.” In addition to standing up for Kemptville College, Clark has been a strong advocate for expanding services at the the Beth Donovan Hospice with the Champlain LHIN and Ministry of Health and LongTerm Care. Clark was thrilled to learn the work had paid off when the Hospice recently opened its day program at St. John’s United Church. “That was great news, but I remain committed to helping make their dream of opening a residential hospice a reality because I know that’s a priority for residents in North Grenville.” skilled trades through grants and tax credits, along with support for training programs. Associated Links: Funding: Canada Summer Jobs, Services for Youth



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Time for the Province to Women’s Institute News explore options for Kemptville Heritage was the fo- He also put out a plea for Following a rally organized by Eastern Ontario farm leaders this past Sunday, a clear mandate has been delivered to the Kemptville College Renewal Task Force to negotiate with the Ontario government and find a long term solution to renew Kemptville College. “While we very much appreciate the provincial government’s announcement last week, it fell short of the expectations of the agriculture community in Eastern Ontario,” said Brian Carré, Chair of the Kemptville College Renewal Task Force. “Agriculture is the largest private sector employer in Eastern Ontario and we need to ensure that the agri-business sector in this region has a skilled and well-educated workforce.” Farm leaders also called on the government to appoint a Provincial Facilitator, a request first put to the Premier a month ago. The facilitator is critical to ensuring all areas of government work effectively with the Task Force in the development of a long term solution to keep Kemptville College operating. “The agriculture community is not looking for a hand out, all we ask for is a hand up at this critical stage,” continued Mr. Carré. “There are many possible solutions for a renewed Kemptville College – some public, some private – but we need the full cooperation of the provincial government as we explore the options that have come forward.” About the Task Force The Kemptville College Renewal Task Force was established by the Kemptville College Foundation after the University of Guelph announced its decision to close the Kemptville Campus. Members of the Task Force include representatives from the alumni, Foundation, agricultural sector and the local community.

cus of the February meeting of the Bishop’s Mills Women’s Institute. Susan Jenkins and Jillian Wainwright, the Tweedsmuir Curators, hosted the meeting in Jenkins’ home. Ten members attended to hear a presentation from North Grenville Historical Society member Doug MacDonald. MacDonald shared some of the information that has been collected for a research project on the one-room school houses in the township. As part of the evening Roll Call, WI Members shared stories about where they attended school and a few had attended rural schools in the area. In addition to showing some of what was already displayed about local schools, MacDonald described the book that was being compiled with stories from students who attended the local schools.

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names and contacts of others who might have more stories to tell. Following the presentation, Susan shared some family heirloom artifacts including a Chatauqua Industrial Arts Desk complete with scroll of maps, measures, and other useful information for students from primary to high school. The March meeting was held at the home of a member Patricia Habberjam when members learned to play the game Mah Jong. It was a great social evening. The April meeting was held back at the Bishop’s Mills Community Hall. The focus of this meeting was the Annual General Meeting, with reports presented outlining the past year activities and officials for the next year were elected. In addition, there was time for a bit of fun, when each member made an Easter bonnet to take home. In other business, the

by Pat Babin may be so bold as to offer a criticism: the first act appeared to drag after awhile but the second act exuded real strength and a few surprises. Ellen Fawcett, in her stage debut, makes the most of her small role as an interloper. She is a breath of fresh air, especially when she appears arm in arm with Sam. Lucille is not amused. Likewise for Ida! Director Monica Cleland is to be complimented for a production which definitely connected with the audience. Congratulations to the production team headed by Lee Gaw.

of wit, not to mention her interest in bargain clothing! Ida, with Arlene Watson in that role, begins to wonder if it might finally be time to say goodbye to the cemetery visits and think about “the next chapter”, a phrase coined by Sam, the neighbourhood butcher (played by Jim Lamb). The latter comes the closest to capturing the Jewish dialect and character. In contrast to the loudmouth ladies, Jim Lamb has a much more subdued role; he remains unsure of the elderly dating scene. The interactions of these four characters extend through the two acts. If I Doris at her husbands grave, played by Cathy Raina photo by Mike Pacitto What a delight The Cemetery Club was! This Ivan Menchell drama, presented by the Kemptville Players Inc. this weekend at the Municipal Centre, touched upon a universal theme---how to face the reality of growing old. Can we enjoy the feeling of having enough or should we continue to seek something new? The spotlight shines on three women who have known each other for years, perhaps too long. Now that they are widows, they make a monthly trip to the Jewish cemetery to visit their husMay 7, 2014

bands’ graves. Standing near the tombstones, they talk to their husbands. Who are these widows? Let us zero in on Doris, played by Cathy Raina. Doris remains fiercely devoted to her late husband and takes her responsibilities as a widow seriously. A stellar performance throughout!! A natural for the role of Lucille, Florence Moore does a fantastic job as the widow who is eager to get her feet back in the waters of dating, partly as revenge against her late husband’s cheating ways. She is the play’s main reservoir


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donations for the Beth Donovan Hospice and Lazarus House have been arranged. These donations were the result of the successful auction held in December. The new sandwich board sign was used for the auction and the new panel sign for the front of the community hall has recently been installed. If you are interested in coming out to see what WI is all about, come to our May meeting being held on Thursday May 8 at 7:15 in the Bishop’s Mills Community Hall. There will be a short presentation called “Garden Inspirations.” This presentation will present ideas of how to add visual interest to your garden with non-plant items. The presentation will include lots of DIY ideas and participants will be able to make a wind chime to take home for their own garden. A nominal fee of $5 or less will be charged to cover the cost of craft supplies for the wind chime. To attend this meet-

ing, please reserve a spot by contacting Catherine Johnson at cej212@gmail. com or (613) 866-1961. The Bishop’s Mills Women’s Institute has been involved in the community since 1985, including documenting the history of the village and encouraging positive change. The Bishop’s Mills Women’s Institute holds monthly meetings and welcomes new members interested in meeting their neighbours and getting involved in their community. If you are interested in finding out more about WI, see the Provincial organization’s website: www.fwio. . For information about attending local meetings, please contact President Sheryl McKim 613-926-2472 or Jeanne Lambert at and Check out the Facebook page. Submitted by Catherine Johnson and Jeanne Lambert PRO Bishop‘s Mills Women’s Institute

Sustainable North Grenvillle presents: “Sustainability& Simplicity” – a talk and discussion by Diana Beresford-Kroeger Sometimes our greatest treasures lie close to home. This could describe award-winning Diana Beresford-Kroeger’s approach to life as well as our great fortune to have this scientist and writer living in our midst. An author of scientific publications, television and radio programs, short stories and novels, her work is infused with her passion for celebrating and valuing our natural surroundings. “Simplicity is the pathway to the future. I live the 200 feet diet, the distance from my garden to my kitchen. My food is stored for the winter and is all organic. Our chickens are housed in a passive solar chicken-house. Nut trees supply plant protein and the orchard gives us fruit.” On May 12 at the Branch restaurant in Kemptville, you will have a chance to hear how Diana balances a full career of research, advocacy, writing and charitable work with making sure she always has a full year’s supply of her own food on hand for herself and her family. After her talk, she invites a discussion of ideas and experiences. “Healthy food gives a healthy body. And then we must hold hands to look after our greater environment…so let’s talk” This event starts at 6:45 pm, is free and open to anyone who wishes to attend. The Branch restaurant is at 15 Clothier Street East in downtown Kemptville. For more information, visit

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Employment Program- Summerwork$ by Tracey Bennett Community Living North Grenville provides supports and services to persons with an intellectual disability, and their families. One of the many ways in which we provide supports is through employment. Through our employment program, persons with an intellectual disability will learn to prepare a resume, receive interview preparation, on the job coaching and proper work etiquette. This summer, in collaboration with Career Services-Brockville, we are pleased to announce

grant approval from the Development Services Inclusion and Employment Opportunities Partnership fund to deliver a summer employment program to youth with intellectual disabilities. The Summerwork$ program is an eight week program designed to allow young people with intellectual disabilities from various local high schools the opportunity to obtain summer employment. It allows the school, individuals and CLNG the opportunity to work together to allow individuals to gain experience, build upon work skills and assist in devel-

further developing relationships with area high schools and connecting students with disabilities, CLNG will be in a better position to service the needs of this population as they transition from school to the community and to the world of work. Local employers will not only have the opportunity to employ hardworking and reliable employees, they will also receive full wage subsidy. Local businesses who may be interested in hearing more about Summerwork$ program, please contact: Tracey Bennett at 613-258-7177 Ext. 136. or

oping working strategies for co-op placements. Through in-class sessions, training opportunities and on the job supports, participants will develop marketable job skills and current work experience. Information gathered through the experience will assist students and school staff with co-op placements, individual program plans and school-to-work transitional plans. CLNG is in a unique position to assist these youth with disabilities in attaining a successful attachment to the labour market and a paid summer job opportunity. By

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Community Living North Grenville Who are we? by Tracey Bennett Do you ever drive by Community Living on County Road 43 and wonder, exactly, what Community Living does, and who we are? To help celebrate Community Living Month, here is a little primer! In a nutshell, we provide support and services to persons with an intellectual disability, and their families. These supports and services are tailored to meet the needs of each of the 110 individuals we support. The type of support is as varied as the individual. For example, our Residential Services provide support from a few hours

a day in an individual’s own apartment, to 24-hour support in group homes, to out of home respite care in our respite house in Kemptville. In fact, we operate eight group homes here in North Grenville, a number that surprises many people. There might be one of our homes right in your neighbourhood, and you don’t even know it! Other types of support include employment support and work experience, school to work support, and leisure and recreation. The persons we support are pursuing further education, meaningful work, volunteering in our community, attending danc-

es, and engaging in hobbies such as gardening, painting, photography, fishing, and knitting. They are learning to surf the internet, to cook, to bowl, to skate... well, the list is endless. You see, for us, community means supporting people to establish their lives in the “community” as we know it, in every way. The community at large also has a wonderful opportunity for shared responsibility in the lives of the people we support! We were founded in 1967 by local citizens and parents. Inclusion has always been our goal. We believe that people with intellectual

disabilities have the same rights as all people, and that, with assistance, can exercise those rights. Who are we? We are folks who are privileged to do what is perhaps the most important work of all: helping others to achieve lives of meaning and dignity. Our Vision Statement is our mantra: “It is the belief of Community Living North Grenville that: all persons live in a state of dignity, share in all elements of living in the community, and have the opportunity to participate effectively". This is who we are, and what we do. And what a joy it is!

Global Art Project for Peace

Madison Montessori Casa students participated in The Global Art Project for Peace Exchange. The students worked very hard creating their work of art, which expressed their vision of global unity. They will be exchanging art with St. Mark’s pre-school in Tucson, Arizona! Thanks to Miss Lori, Miss Sheena and Miss Trystann, the children learned all about peace and unity on a global level! May 7, 2014


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Fresh Local Fiddleheads are here 301 Rideau Street, Kemptville

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Farmers’ Market announces new location! The Kemptville Kinsmen Farmers’ Market is happy to announce a big move to the corner of Rideau and Oxford Streets (200 Sanders Street, also known as the B&H lot) for our 2014 market season! Join us there for our opening day, Sunday, May 25, from 12-4 pm, in conjunction with the Dandelion Festival. This move is exciting for lots of reasons: First, (of course) is visibility; the market grew from five vendors to as many as 75 over 4 seasons on Prescott Street before losing our last location to the beautiful new library two seasons ago. Since that move (to the picturesque but difficult to find Riverside Park), our numbers have declined for two seasons. Now, our new location is more visible and easier to access than any of our previous locations, so look out Kemptville, those numbers are coming back up! Second, partnership; Jim Beveridge, our new landlord, is an avid supporter of local foods and excited to host the market in his lot—and, as a result of this partnership, we can all look forward to not only some great new market features, such as the co-location of a

permanent 7 day a week Crafters’ Market and easy access to other local businesses such as the new Captain’s Sea Selection and some of Kemptville’s best restaurants... We can also all look forward to some permanent upgrades to a section of town that has been overdue for a little sprucing up! Third, consistency; even though that seems like a contradiction (as this is the market’s 4th move in 7 years), the market has always been a downtown local producers’ market. That has not changed, the new location is right in the heart of the Rideau-Sanders triangle; the ‘gateway’ to Old Town Kemptville, and now it is a more visibly downtown market than ever. It is a welcome mat, if you will, every Sunday afternoon, inviting folks to shop, dine and explore the bustling community that our beloved Old Town Kemptville has become! The newly located Kemptville Kinsmen Farmers’ Market is officially open for business Sunday, May 25 in conjunction with The Dandelion Festival (www. and will be operating from 12 to 4 pm. Although it is still early in the season for

lots of local produce, our crafters, concessionaires, and at least some of our farmers will be there to happily welcome you to our new home. In other news, keep an eye on our website (http:// kemptvillefarmersmarket. and our Facebook page to find out about weekly musical acts, supervised kids’ activities and monthly basket draws and theme days, culminating in our own big annual harvest festival, MarketPlates on September 7! The Kemptville Kinsmen Farmers’ Market is a producers’ market providing seasonally available, locally grown or produced vegetables, as well as many other products such as fruit, beef, chicken, lamb, sausage, herbs, flowers, seedlings, baked goods, bread, beverages, honey, Indian and Thai cuisine, maple products, preserves, arts & crafts and more!

The Market runs every Sunday from 12 to 4 pm  from the end of May until Thanksgiving. Join us this season at our welcoming new home on the corner of Rideau and Oxford Streets in Old Town Kemptville!

Spring Plant Sale Kemptville Horticultural Society Saturday, May 10 8:30am – noon (rain or shine) Featuring mature hardy perennials grown by local gardeners. Come early for the best selection or take advantage of our “2 for 1” after 11:00 am. Location: Ferguson Forest Center (next to the North Grenville Community Centre on Highway 44), Kemptville

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Mothers Day is the perfect day to celebrate the joys of having a mother. It is one of the most popular of all such days that honour relationships. Of the many people who add value to our lives, a mother is undoubtedly the most special. Whether it is your own mom or someone you look up to, the basic thought behind Mother's Day is expressing yourself to that someone who has been with you throughout your life. It is the time to make amends for not being able to spend quality time with her. So turn your wrongs right by making all efforts to give her a perfect Mothers Day. Think about her likes and dislikes and act accordingly. Strive to make Mothers Day absolutely hassle free for your mother and take the responsibilities on yourself for a day. Pamper her a little on this special day of hers just as she pampers you all the year round. One of the ways of letting her know that she is indeed valued by you is by gifting her on Mother's Day. The most basic essential to be understood before going gift shopping on Mothers Day is the personality type of your mom. Is your mother working or a homemaker, outgoing or a homebody, loves to travel or do gardening or maybe loves fashion or shopping every few days. If you have analysed or observed closely her nature and preferences, then choosing the perfect gift for her becomes easy.

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My Mochila of Life – Happy Mother’s Day By Jim Dolan I first met you almost 65 years ago. I think it was some divine intervention because God played a big part in bringing us together. Twenty-five years later on a beautiful warm spring day shortly after Mother’s Day 1975, God chose to call you home. I was far too young to lose a mother. I didn’t want to let you go. I still wish He hadn’t called you home. Through the years since your passing, you have become my “Mochila-of-Life”. In Spanish, mochila means backpack. In urban English, some people say it is a very rare and exotic name/nick-name for a highly selective remarkable individual. Translated into my language, my mochila means “Mother-ofLife”. Its pouches and pockets contain things far more important than material objects like pens, paper, computers and cell phones. They contain memories of all the things my mother shared with me and gave to me. One pouch contains the life lessons that she taught to me. A small pocket at the front is over flowing with inspirational phrases and all the special words of encouragement she said to me, especially those when I needed to hear them the most. A big pocket in the back contains a comfort blanket from when I was a little baby boy. The blanket is invisible to all but me. It is far more exotic because its warmth comes not from wool but from her arms that she wrapped so lovingly around me. As I peel back another flap, I am reminded that she was my best friend before I ever had

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an imaginary or real best friend. A side pocket contains a falling star and every time I look at it, I think of all the ways my mom and dad showed their love for each other. They served me well while I waited for true love to finally tap me on the shoulder so many years ago. I want to thank her for the unconditional love she reserved for her husband; it made him an even more remarkable dad for me. I taped one of her best sayings on the back of my mochila. It reads: “Did You Do Your Best”. Every time I had a test at school mom would ask me when I came home: “Did You Do Your Best”. It was many years after her passing when I finally understood what she was really asking of me. I finally realized that there is a big difference in merely “Trying To Do Your Best” and in “Doing Your Best”. I just want my mom to know that she really “Did Her Best” in raising me. I am still trying to become the man she prayed I would become. But it is so difficult at times. The example she set, maybe it set the bar a little too high for me. This Sunday is Mother’s Day and I want to wish my mom a happy one. There is no better gift in the world for a child than the gift of a mother’s love. There is no better gift for a mother than the gift of the love she receives from her children. I love you mom and thanks for watching over me for so many years.


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Mothers can look through a child’s eyes and see tomorrow. Mothers deserve the credit for raising value based leaders who accept responsibility; who possess physical, mental, and spiritual strength; who possess courage and confidence; and look with optimism to the future. Great mothers help their children to recognize that they can achieve the impossible. Great mothers bring the arms of comfort to an insecure child in a world of uncertainty. Reed Markham, American Educator

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Pat's: "Oh Really!"Traffic Circles

If you talk to me about traffic circles - I begin to spin. Who designed these things - someone from Lilliput who drove tiny little dinky toy transport trucks? School buses can't help but run over the curbs. I'm certain that Roman chariots couldn't negotiate those traffic circles.Couldn't the planners have made them a bit bigger. Oh maybe the swamps were a problem. Or perhaps common sense got in the way. What were they thinking?

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Time for a Spelling Bee

As you read the following sentences, write on a separate piece of paper each word that you think is misspelled. When the eleven sentences are finished, count the words you thought were not correctly spelled. 1. He was seized with a cramp while he was running. 2. The billionaire was harassed with requests for money. 3. Dissention was evident during the teachers’ strike. 4. The lobby had many artifical poinsettas. 5. She put two spoonfuls of sugar in her coffee. 6. Mr. White was superseded by his brother. 7. He was embarrassed because he could not fill out the questionaire. 8. The soldiers in Iraq were inoculated. 9. No one has ever benefitted from lieing. 10. The place could not accomodate the troops. 11. Perhaps you will be in a state of ecstacy if you receive a perfect score. If on the first reading, you detected seven misspellings, consider yourself a very good speller. Do not be discouraged should you fail to attain a perfect score, because more than 95 per cent of those who take this test will not find the seven words. These are the ones I spotted: dissension, artificial, poinsettia, questionnaire, lying, accommodate, ecstasy Can you add to the list? One word is incorrectly used in each sentence: 1. The dome was struck by lightening. 2. You will find the stationary on the desk. 3. Some members of the municipal counsel were absent. 4. The prisoner will be arranged tomorrow. 5. A treaty was recently affected with that country. I found: lightning, stationery, council, arraigned, effected.

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Special guest at this week’s meeting of the Younsters of Yore at the North Grenville Public Library was well-known author of crime fiction and supernatural fiction, Michael J. McCann of Oxford Station, Ontario. This year, Michael was named semi-finalist for the Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel. In March, he was invited to read excerpts from a few of his novels at the 12th Annual Literary Follies held at Leslie Hall, Kemptville. His presentation to the YOY last Thursday was delightful, especially when he highlighted some of the trials and tribulations of a beginning writer. A masterful speaking style; his audience was captivated. Needless to say, his novels sold quite briskly. You may know Michael as the author of the Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel Series.


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Lions contribute $1,000 to Youth Centre

The Schools Book Project

The Lions Club of Kemptville presented the Kemptville Youth Centre with a cheque for $1,000, a donation made possible by the support and generosity to all our Lions Fundraising projects by the people of Kemptville. THANK YOU KEMPTVILLE! Left to right: LIONS Scotty Alger, Mavis Lecuyer, Bob Lecuyer, Carolyn Hardie, Bill White, Kevin Savoy Director of the Board for the Kemptville Youth Centre, and Lion Richard Melhman. On the Horizon, CANADA DAY 50/50 DRAW BBQ and the 5th Annual Lions Club Fall Fundraising Concert Nov. 26 presenting THE SCOTT WOODS SHOW "OLD TIME CHRISTMAS".

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As a tribute to pioneer education in North Grenville, the NG Historical Society [NGHS] has gathered material for a book on an era that ended when the last of the oneroom schools closed just fifty years ago. On May 24, there will be a sneak preview of the objects, mementoes and memorabilia from the Archives of the NGHS, plus recent acquisitions from the private collections of former students. This sneak preview provides a glimpse into school days from 1808 to 1964. We invite the public to bring in their own memo-

rabilia from these pre-1964 schools. Show them to the NGHS team and tell us the story behind these souvenirs. Perhaps you may wish to donate them to the Archives, or have an object photographed, or a document scanned for the School Book Project. Meet and greet friends and classmates from school days; reminisce and share memories. Pour a cup of NGHS coffee, pull up a chair and take a few moments to recapture a special time, fifty or more years ago. The Exhibit, “Our Pioneer Era Schools, 1808-1964" (the inspiration for the book) will be on display. The exhibit uses archival photographs,

documents, reports and school registers from the collection of the NG Archives, plus contemporary photography by the NG Photography Club, to trace the history of our schools, from those built prior to 1914 to the closure of the one-room schools in 1964. Please join us. A warm welcome awaits the youth of yesterday and today. The Show and Tell takes place on Saturday, May 24, from 10 am until 3 pm at the Court House, 15 Water Street, Kemptville. For updates on the NGHS activities and events, check out our Facebook page and our website at .

Unemployed and……..  Not making ends meet?  Bills piling up?  E.I. running out? Don’t wait till it’s too late….come in to CSE now! Resume and Cover Letter Assistance  Job Search Strategies  Interview Types, Tips and Techniques  Specialty Workshops  Government Funded Programs  Job Finding Club  Goal Setting  One-to-one Employment Counselling  Assessments

For more details call today Prescott: (613) 925-0222 Kemptville (613) 258-6576 This Employment Ontario program is funded by the governments of Canada and Ontario. Ce programme d’Emploi Ontario est financé par les gouvernements du Canada et de l’Ontario. May 7, 2014


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Support Crohn’s and Colitis Canada at M&M Meat Shops Charity BBQ, May 10

G. Howard Ferguson: Apprentice Premier

Genial “Uncle” Howard, or Tory Hatchet Man, G. Howard Ferguson, Premier of Ontario. by David Shanahan

Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are not curable; those suffering from these diseases spend a lifetime of pain, urgent bathroom visits, frequent hospital stays and multiple surgeries. Families, interpersonal relationships, academic success and career choices can all feel the effects. Canada has become a world leader in the number of sufferers. On Saturday, join Bruce and his staff at the M&M Meat Shop on County Road 43 as they cook up a storm. They will be busy at the BBQ preparing hamburgers and hotdogs. For a minimum donation of $3, each supporter will receive a burger or a hotdog, a bag of chips and a drink. All proceeds from this event will fund Crohn’s and Colitis medical research. The 400 + M&M Meat Shops across Canada hope to raise $1 million in one day. Representing Crohn’s and Colitis Canada for this event will be 11 year old Jillian Robinson from Halifax, who was diagnosed at the age of 3. M&M Meat Shops Charity BBQ Day is now the largest annual fundraiser for the Crohn’s and Colitis Canada organization. Since its inception 25 years ago, the BBQ has raised more than $24 million for medical research. In 1989 Mac Voisin, Founder of M&M Meat Shops, learned of the unusually high numbers of Canadians suffering from these diseases. He saw an opportunity to increase public awareness and to raise funds at the same time. All these years later, the tradition continues. Crohn’s and Colitis Canada is volunteer based and dedicated to funding research to find a cure for these diseases and to improving the lives of those affected with them. Over $82 million has been used to fund advances in research, education, awareness and advocacy. For additional information visit For additional information on M&M Meat Shops products or meal ideas, visit www. or or on twitter mmmeatshops.  


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By Beth Nicol They aren’t diseases that are frequently mentioned. They should be. Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis impacts the lives of 1 in every 150 Canadians every day and the numbers are increasing at an unhealthy rate. On Saturday May 10, M&M Meat Shops are hosting a Charity BBQ Day to draw attention to, and raise research funds for, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.

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George Howard Ferguson is, at the same time, one of North Grenville’s most famous and most unknown sons. This local boy made good was Ontario’s ninth Premier, and his achievements in that office had a lasting impact on the province - not least through his introduction of the LCBO in 1927. In appearance, the young Howard Ferguson looked like a banker; as he grew older, he resembled a genial uncle, or grandfather, with a round and beaming face. He served on the Village of Kemptville Council, and was Reeve of the village for three years (at that time, Councils were elected every year). When he became Premier in 1923, he had already established a solid political base in the area, and his re-election at each election was always, it seemed, an inevitability. But there was quite a dark side to Ferguson’s political career, one that seems to be relatively unknown in North Grenville. Even his official biographer had a hard time putting a good face on aspects of his life in politics. The title of the biography says nothing about his achievements: it is simply called: “G. Howard Ferguson: Ontario Tory”. But perhaps that describes the core nature of Ferguson’s career. Chapters of the biography have titles such as “Tory Hatchet Man”, “Hides on the Fence”, and, most indicative of his role as Premier, “Boss Ferguson”.

Howard was always drawn to the wilder side of life. In his days at the University of Toronto, his roommate was Stephen Leacock, who would become in the future a famous writer and humourist. The two ran the student newspaper and Howard was known as a man who enjoyed a good time with his friends. This led to a problem when it came to graduating. Howard and Stephen had to get one more credit, but their subject, Mathematics, was not by any means their strongest. Stephen discovered that they could get a credit in Ethnology instead, if they could pass the exam which was taking place the following day. The professor in the subject had written a textbook, so the two students read the book overnight and scrapped through to graduate on schedule. Throughout his career, Ferguson gained a reputation of doing whatever it took to succeed, and of using friends and contacts to prosper. He was accused of being just a little too close to the timber and mining companies that had dealings with the Department of Mines and Forests when he was Minister; of deliberately courting controversy when he needed to raise his profile with the public. And this was not just the case with his provincial career. It was in Kemptville that Ferguson honed the many talents he took to the provincial scene. His time on the Kemptville Council was equally tempestuous: in fact, there have been very few times in this community’s history when local

politics were as polarised. In recent times, it was only the mid-1990's that came close to the depth of feeling and level of controversy that Ferguson inspired between 1898 and 1905. On one level, it was simply a matter of some new, young men arriving on Council and irritating the older members with their self-confidence and lack of respect for their elders. These youngsters pushed through infrastructure improvements to an extent that made the older members fearful of the cost. New concrete sidewalks replaced the wooden boardwalks on Prescott Street, and plans for electric lighting added to their fears until two of them threatened to resign if Ferguson got his way. Ferguson’s response was to move in Council that the resignations be accepted. The remainder of Ferguson’s time on Council was a series of fights, injunctions, conflict and argument, in which Ferguson showed his qualifications to move up to provincial levels of political infighting. Having challenged the sitting MPP, a fellow Conservative, Ferguson was elected, but faced years of internal party conflict and opposition by the disgruntled ex-MPP, who claimed that illegal methods had been used to get Ferguson elected. In 1911, Ferguson suddenly introduced a motion in the Ontario Legislature that “no language other than English should be used as a medium of instruction in the schools of this Province". It was the first time he made a name for himself, both in the Legislature and among the public at large. It was seen at the time to a be a rather crude attempt to gain support from the anti-French segment of the population and the Tory party, and this willingness to court controversy to further FRIDAY his own career was to become a trademark of his long and MAY successful time in Ontario politics. FRIDAY Howard Ferguson learned his trade in the cut and thrust MAY of the Kemptville Village Council, not what you would consider the most dynamic political body, but made such by Ferguson’s drive and ambition. He became, as his biographer admits, the Tory Hatchet Man, the member his leader could depend on to get down in the mud and do what was necessary. Hardly the image you would want for your favourite uncle or grandfather, is it?

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May 7, 2014


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