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Chef Pietro Anselmo, owner and Executive Chef at Castle View Fine Dining, hosted his second Seafood Buffet Gala in support of the Kemptville District Hospital Foundation on May 26 in memory of his daughter, Jose, who died in a car accident 26 years ago at only four years old. Pietro has been putting on gala fundraisers in memory of his daughter for many years. When he was in Ottawa, the proceeds went to CHEO; but now that he is in North Grenville, he decided to support a cause closer to home. “It is a really emotional night for him,” says restaurant manager, Michelle Traher.

The gala was a great success, with 152 tickets sold. The evening included a large seafood buffet, as well as a plate of lobster for each table. “You should have seen the amount of lobster we had delivered before the gala,” Michelle says. “The delivery guy thought it was a mistake.” There was also a silent and live auction, as well as a draw for cooking lessons from Pietro, and a white gold and diamond necklace and earring set from Sugold Jewellers. When everyone was finished eating, they were entertained by a Tom Jones impersonator, who had many people out on the dance floor. Michelle says they are really happy with how much

money they were able to raise for the KDH Foundation in just one night, surpassing their goal of $16,000. They held a similar event in the fall of 2017 which raised $12,000 for the Foundation. “We wanted to set the bar a little higher,” Michelle says. “Chef Pietro and his staff did a fabulous job and the evening was a tremendous success, from the food to the fundraising,” said Robert Noseworthy, Chair of the Kemptville District Hospital Foundation. “We are very grateful for the support of Pietro and the patrons of Castle View Fine Dining.” Pietro would like to continue to hold two galas a year to benefit the KDH Foun-

dation and remember his daughter. Michelle says the next event will be sometime in the Fall. “Pietro is happy to give funds to a community that supports him so much”. Funds raised through the event will be directed to the Foundation’s Compassionate Care Fund. The Fund is used to purchase items that do not make it on the hospital’s equipment priority list, but are much needed for the ongoing comfort and care of our patients and their families. For example, funds from the Compassionate Care Fund were used to purchase an iPad for the long term care unit, which helps with cognitive therapy, as well as a new recliner for the patients.



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3rd Annual Pat Vander Eyken Memorial Ladies Dart Tournament dian Legion, Branch 212 in Kemptville. All proceeds from this tournament will be donated to the local office of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The Heart and Stroke Foundation is a volunteer-based health charity that leads research into the cause and cure of heart disease. In our local area cardiovascular patients benefit from research funded at the Ottawa Heart Institute, the Loeb Research Institute and the Stroke Centre for

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Maureen Leeson (left) and Margaret Carson (right) received the Golden Circle ritual for completing fifty years of membership and were founding members of the first Beta Sigma Phi chapter in Kemptville in 1968. and fifty years in Kemptville. The festivities started at 11:30 a.m. with a social hour, when new friendships were made and old ones renewed. Former Kemptville members who attended to help celebrate were Francie Bingham, Marva Milne and Stephanie Reid-Murray. Mistress of Ceremonies, Susan Tatarciuc, welcomed everyone and helped keep the busy

by Maureen Leeson, Gamma Eta Master Chapter, Kemptville A very special event took place on April 28 when fifty active and former members of Beta Sigma Phi from Kemptville, Brockville, and Gananoque chapters assembled at the Castle View Fine Dining Restaurant to celebrate the 87th anniversary of the International sorority,

program on schedule. The Castle View Fine Dining Restaurant served a delicious meal that was enjoyed by all, enhanced by the beautiful decorations and floral centerpieces. Homemade truffles by Julie Vignale and jams by Patty Paterson were a special treat to take home. Following the meal, Almina Kinnaird, who has been an active member for 49 years in Kemptville, reminisced about the early years in getting the first chapter started and the many sorority activities over the past fifty years, such as the Annual Valentine’s Ball that was a sold-out event for 17 years straight. Letters of congratulations were read from Beta Sigma Phi International Head Office; Steve Clark, MPP for LeedsGrenville; and Ottawa City Council of Beta Sigma Phi. J a n e C a t e r, a n o t h e r 49-year-Kemptville member, read the Founder’s Day Message from International Office and announced the theme for next year: “A Quilt of Friendship.” A special “Golden Circle” ritual was received by Mar-

garet Carson and Maureen Leeson, the two founding members still active from the original Kemptville chapter created in 1968. Golden Circle certificates and pins were presented to the recipients, along with a yellow rose, the flower of Beta Sigma Phi. Rosemarie Dow, a 60-year Brockville member, officiated, along with assistants, Almina Kinnaird and Jane Cater. Door prizes were drawn, courtesy of Posh Plum Décor, Kemptville; Louise Thompson’s PartyLite Candles; Kemptville Spa Jada; as well as the Brockville and Kemptville Chapters. Singer/guitarist, Malcolm Paterson, was the closing highlight of the day, as he led the gathering in a sing-a-long, with lyrics provided, to songs popular over the past fifty years. Everyone went home humming a familiar tune and happy. Many compliments were received on the event, which made the planning committee feel the months of planning were all worthwhile and it was a job well done!

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David Herman Steve Clark MPP, Josephine Herman by David Herman On May 26, the Alzheimer’s society of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville held their annual walk in Brockville, Gananoque and Smiths Falls. These walks provide much needed dollars to provide programming and support for people living with Dementia, as well as for their Caregivers. The total amount raised was $37,205.00, with the local breakdown as follows: Brockville $9,007.65, Gananoque $6,739.50, and Smiths Falls $21,457.85. My wife, Josephine, and I canvassed our friends and businesses here in Kemptville, and family and friends further afield via social media. We walked in Brockville and, because of the fantastic support we received to our requests for support, we were the top fundraising team in the Brockville Walk. We both want to say a big Thank you to you all. Kemptville is a small town with a Big Heart, and we feel fortunate to live here. .

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Owen Fitz’Gerald remembered as the Founder of Veterans Way

Back row, left to right: Roy Brown, Doug Brunton, John Wilson, Carl Doucette and Ed Patchell Front row left to right: Mark Fitz’Gerald, Tara (Mark’s daughter) and Scott Fitz’Gerald. by David Shanahan Family, friends and admirers of the late Owen Fitz’Gerald gathered at thef Veterans Way Memorial Park site last weekend to dedicate the Veterans Way Memorial Roadway, in memory of the "Founder of Veterans Way." On a beautiful, sun-filled afternoon, Owen was properly honoured, not just for his role in establishing the Park and Veterans Way, but for the man he was and the contribution he made to this community over many years.

The event was organised by Owen’s great friend and colleague in many projects, Roy Brown, and the script he prepared, detailing Owen’s life, referred to Owen’s career in municipal politics, as well as his constant work to honour Canada’s veterans, and those who never came home from its wars. Owen was always very proud of his Irish heritage, and this was a feature of the dedication ceremony also. Irish flags were placed on either side of the podium during the ceremony, and everyone present was given a ribbon

to wear, of green and orange with a maple leaf between two poppies. The ribbons were a perfect representation of everything Owen valued. Owen’s son, Mark, made a very moving speech of thanks and appreciation for the honour being paid to his father, and his eloquence, as well as the presence of Owen’s family at the event, added so much to the ceremony. The photograph includes Mark, his brother, Scott, and Mark’s daughter Tara, with the members of the Veterans Way Committee standing behind them.

As a native Irishman, I was very proud and grateful to Roy Brown for presenting me with one of the Irish flags after the ceremony ended. Roy also came up with a wonderful saying to sum up Owen’s legacy in our community. A Sioux proverb says: “We Will Be Known Forever By The Tracks We Leave.” Now Owen Fitz’Gerald will always be known and remembered by the people of North Grenville in having his name forever associated with Veterans Way.

David Herman caught these folks planting flowers in the boxes on the Prescott Street bridge. In the photo Bill Kilfoyle, Jennifer Gow, Glendale Mosher and her grandchildren Claire and Andrew.

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Approximately 500 were catered to fantastic fish with all the trimmings at the 38th Annual Kemptville Masons Fish Fry, which was held at the North Grenville Municipal Centre last Saturday. Three cheques were presented by the Masons: $500 to the Salvation Army; $500 to the House of Lazarus; and $1,000 to the Kemptville District Hospital. 5 June 6, 2018

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With support from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund, the Counselling Group of Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Ottawa is excited to launch a new online counselling program, the first community-based e-counselling program of its kind in the region. The Bell

Let’s Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and antistigma campaigns like Bell Let’s Talk Day, and provides significant Bell funding of community care and access, research and workplace initiatives. As an emerging area in

mental health support, online counselling offers a flexible and convenient way to reach people who may not otherwise regularly access or be able to afford counselling. The program supports access to care from anywhere with an internet connection. What’s even better is a grow-

ing body of research suggests that online counselling is proven to be as effective as in-person counselling. The new text-based counselling program complements and can work together with The Counselling Group’s in-person counselling services. It is aligned with their mission to provide quality, professional counselling to adults regardless of their income. “We are excited to begin this work with support from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund. Remote access to The Counselling Group will make it possible for clients to receive accessible, affordable, and quality mental health care from their own homes,” said Rebecca Fromowitz, Assistant Executive Director of JFS Ottawa. “We strive to serve our entire community, including those who cannot

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Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board passed the 2018-19 budget at their last meeting. The budget details $370.4 million in operating expenses and outlines $44.8 million in capital expenses. It also includes a projected operating deficit of $1.8 million, said Superintendent of Business Robert Backstrom. For the 2018-19 year, Upper Canada will receive supplemental funds to better prepare students and staff for the realities faced in today’s classroom environment. Some of the key investments focus on Ministry of Education initiatives, such as Addressing Waitlists for Assessments and Increasing Services in Special Education, Mental Health Workers in Schools, Preparing for Success in High

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2018 budget deliberations. “What has resulted is a budget that responsibly addresses today’s fiscal realities.” He stressed that student programming remains a priority under the new budget, and will continue to serve as a key factor in all Board decisions. Director of Education’s Work Plan and Status Update: Director Stephen Sliwa presented a report on progress made under the 2017-18 Director of Education’s Work Plan. The plan outlines 18 separate actions that direct and define the efforts of senior staff to support priorities identified by the Board of Trustees. The status update showed significant progress under the four overarching goals of Graduation Rate, Staff Culture, Student Culture, and Community outlined in the plan. Projects that are progressing well, or have been achieved, include: the development and introduction of a Family of Schools Credit Accumulation Tracking and Support Team; enhancement of human resources on a site-by-site basis to further existing efforts to personalize instructional strategies; creating materials to connect school staff, and central department staff, to the Strategic Plan; implementing wellness goals at all schools as part of the SIPSA cycle of inquiry using the Healthy Schools Framework; and creating a discussion table with community leaders regarding career education and experiential learning.

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Fight over Kemptville College memorabilia turns ugly by Patrick Meagher, Editor, Farmers Forum It’s often said that one maIt’s often said that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. But in this case, two levels of government and the Kemptville College alumni are fighting over memorabilia that some are saying is hardly anyone’s treasure. We’re talking about three pickup truck loads of mostly old trophies and framed black and white class photos. They were little pieces of history about to be thrown in dumpsters when the Kemptville College alumni swooped in and claimed all the boxes for a museum they want to build at Lombardy, near Smiths Falls. They’ve even raised the $30,000 to build it. The former agricultural college introduced its first agricultural course in 1918 and graduated its last ag students in 2015. Alumni members collected and drove off with the memorabilia, some of it found in campus building basements. But they had a problem — nowhere to put all that stuff. So, they signed an agreement with the province to store the memorabilia back on campus on

the first floor of Purvis Hall, a floor below the former library. The province then began preparing to hand much of the college campus — 34 of 50 buildings and 633 acres of 837 acres — to the local township of North Grenville and threw in $7.7 million to fix it up. Alumni members heard rumours about the ownership transfer and arrived on campus on March 9. They borrowed keys to check on their loot and then loaded it all into a U-haul truck. But a township representative had harsh words for alumni president Audrey Baker when she brought back the keys and explained that they had made off with the trophies and frames. Intimidated and fearing trumped-up charges of theft, the memorabilia, like the big fish that keeps getting away, was returned to campus again. The signed agreement required the government to give the alumni 30-days notice to move out the memorabilia if the college changed owners, which it did. As for giving 30-days notice, the province didn’t. The alumni got a lawyer to draft the agreement in the first place because,

surprise, surprise, the alumni didn’t trust the Liberal government. The township of North Grenville, with its head office in Kemptville, took ownership of the grounds on March 30 and on May 2 about 12 alumni members went back to the college campus with another rented U-haul to meet with township CAO Brian Carre in hopes of getting their memorabilia for the third time. They didn’t even get a how-do-you-do. The township CAO arrived at the campus, hopped out of the township truck, and immediately began yelling at this reporter to stop taking photographs. I also took photos of the “treasure” that everyone is fighting over inside. But not without first being told by two nervous-looking provincial workers that I had to leave and not take photos. What’s the big deal? The big deal is that the township now says it’s keeping everything. Alumni past president Ron Burgess is livid. He is angry with the province and the township. “They are treating us like dirt,” he said. “(The province)

and the goons down there have no respect for us. It’s become a battle with these people. It’s disgusting.” If the memorabilia belonged to the province, Burgess asked, why was the alumni allowed to take the memorabilia in the first place and why did the province agree to sign a storage agreement? Burgess vowed that the alumni will not give up its fight to get everything back. “I wouldn’t be surprised if this goes to court.” He added that the alumni is going to need the help of more Kemptville College graduates to pressure township council to return the memorabilia, much of it donated to the student body, Burgess said. “We need their support now. We’re not giving up.” He added that it now appears that the township wants to create its own historical site for the memorabilia. To help, call Ron Burgess at 613624-5479. [By permission of Farmers Forum]

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by Council also asks staff to review financial options for funding hospital projects. Counties makes contribution in honour of late MP Gord Brown: Counties Council has passed a resolution to contribute $2,000 to a GoFundMe campaign in memory of the late Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville - 1000 Islands and Rideau Lakes. The ‘Help Gord Brown’s Gan Ice Pad Vision’ campaign has reached more than $36,000 with a goal of $100,000. The campaign was launched following Mr. Brown’s death on May 2. At that time, Mr. Brown’s family asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the fund. Mr. Brown, who grew up in Gananoque, helped found the not-for-profit Thousand Islands Accommodation Partners (TIAP). Last July, the partnership announced it would take part in a community enhancement project and determined it would follow Mr. Brown’s suggestion to build an outdoor refrigerated ice pad in Gananoque. The surface will be now be named in his memory. Learn more by visiting the GoFundMe site:

UPCOMING MEETINGS COUNCIL Monday, June 11 at 6:30 pm in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Centre. For agenda information, please visit the Municipal website at COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE Monday, June 18 at 6:30 pm in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Centre COMMITTEE MEETINGS Active Transportation Advisory Committee – Wednesday, June 13 at 9:30 am Library Board – Thursday, June 14 at 7:00 pm at the Public Library, 1 Water St.



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The Municipality of North Grenville is accepting resumes from interested and qualified candidates for the position of Director of Finance. The closing date to receive applications is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 15, 2018. Further information is available at www.


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United Counties Council update The highlights of the regular United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Council Meeting held on Thursday, May 24, and Committee of the Whole and Joint Services Committee meetings held earlier in the month, are listed below. Counties commit funds to area hospital projects: Counties Council unanimously passed a resolution May 24, committing funds to the three area hospital projects. The Counties resolution includes a request from Kemptville District Hospital Foundation for $75,000 this year for an Ophthalmology Clinic Project. The Counties adopted a new Hospital Capital Funding Policy in January of this year. The intent is to provide financial assistance for new development, redevelopment or expansion, and other capital projects at hospitals providing services to the residents of Leeds and Grenville. A dedicated reserve fund has been established. Currently, one-half of a percent of the annual levy, which totals $186,000 in 2018, will be used to disburse to hospitals. The resolution passed


sistance for more families in financial need,” said Alison Tutak, Director of Community and Social Services. “It achieves the balance of offering a funeral assistance benefit for those most in need in our community, while being accountable to the taxpayers of Leeds and Grenville.” The Counties have a policy in place to meet legislative requirements for burials of deceased indigent persons and unclaimed bodies. It is committed to providing financial resources to pay for basic funeral and burial services. The policy establishes income and asset limits for determining eligibility for help-gord-browns-gan-icepad-vision. Funeral and burial assistance program revised: An updated Assistance for Funeral and Burial Policy has been approved by the Joint Services Committee. The revised policy returns the income/asset testing only to the household of the deceased, and not the extended family. At the current rate of applications, it is anticipated the policy may result in 15-20 more funerals being funded each year. The Counties funded 25 funerals last year. “The revised policy will enable access to funeral as-

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Tomorrow never knows by David Shanahan To all intents and purposes, one election is over and there’s at least one more to look forward to this year. The meeting of candidates, sponsored by the Times last week, was a fascinating exercise in popular democracy. There were the four individuals, vying for the votes of the audience in front of them. And there were the voters, free and willing to question, assess, and, ultimately, judge the four on what they had to say, how they said it, and what impression they left behind. The great thing about democratic elections is that it is one moment in time when we, the people, are in the driver's seat. Once the votes are cast and counted, we usually become spectators, watching the elected act as if we don’t exist, or maybe just don’t matter. They disappear

into that famous bubble, a world of their own in which they can easily develop rather undemocratic ideas about their role in society. This is a pity, because I think the meeting last week worked well for all sides: the dialogue was positive and fruitful, and the candidates could get a feel for the mood of the people. If only the eventual winners in elections would continue that dialogue, instead of thinking they don’t need to listen anymore. Because it was very clear that night who those four people were, and, at times, how they felt about each other. The municipal election in October will be another opportunity for voters to question, assess and judge, and for candidates to listen, respond and gauge the mood. What is the mood? Well, I think people want to see members of council represent them, not become spokespeople

Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, Last winter, my wife and I sold our big rural home and moved into Kemptville. As a result of this move, we both are walking more around town. It is a beautiful, caring community, but, as a pedestrian, I have noticed that the driving habits around town are somewhat wanting. For example, crosswalks. As a pedestrian, drivers do not seem to notice you, or grant you the right of way, which became law earlier this year, I believe. Just this afternoon, I was crossing Reuben Street in the crosswalk with the walk symbol, while a lady in a big white Lexus heading south on Prescott St turned left with getting to the Post Office on her mind. She showed no indication that she saw me, drove through the crosswalk, managing to miss me more by luck then good driving. That is but the latest incident, there have been many people failing to stop for a person in the crosswalk. My other pet peeve is STOP signs. I understood that when you drive up to a stop sign, your wheels

(on your vehicle, not in your mind) are supposed to stop turning. I have not taken the time to sit and count; but I feel safe in saying the majority of vehicles do not stop at stop signs, and I have seen many that cannot lay claim to having slowed down and rolled through. I hope that everyone who reads this will think about their own driving habits, especially as the school year will finish soon, and the children will not always be as careful as they should be, so the drivers need to be more vigilant. David Herman

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complishment. The beauty of democracy is that this can happen with each election: not necessarily through a change of personnel, but maybe with one or two new faces to introduce new ideas (or any ideas) and vision to a tired and blinkered set-up. The current council will have a clear advantage over the coming months: they are in place and can use that advantage to raise their profile in the community. Appearances at every public event will become the norm. Awards and celebrations will feature members of council that have not been seen so much since the last campaign. There will be a sudden interest shown in every event, story, presentation, and opening for the next few months, while the challengers work hard at becoming known to the voters. I understand that there is a candidates' meeting being

for bureaucrats. The article about the Kemptville College Alumni in this issue does not paint a good picture of our CAO. We need a council that leads and directs staff, and deals with this kind of behaviour; the problem is that there has been a vacuum of leadership that has allowed, or even demanded, that staff take on more responsibility than is good in a democracy. It was noteworthy that, at the candidates meeting, Steve Clark responded to Anouk Tremblay, Trustee for the French Catholic School Board, by stating clearly that he believes that the Board have been unfairly treated by the municipality by not including them more fully in plans for the Kemptville Campus property. Councils can also outlive their useful lives and need to be replenished, especially ones that have such a poor record of activity and ac-

planned in October, so the Times may not have one also. We will try and interview all those running for office, as we believe that residents need a chance to get to know the individuals asking for their vote, and to put on record the many promises, plans and predictions that will be made during the campaign. In this way, the eventual winners in October can be held to answer for their success or failure to follow through on campaign statements. In the coming months, we will be reviewing the interviews we conducted with current members of council during the last election campaign and reporting on their track record in keeping promises made at that time. Of course, there are always reasons, valid or otherwise, that can be given for not doing what was promised. It is a standard excuse that, once

Municipal election update

The field of candidates for next October’s municipal election is growing. Although potential candidates have until July 27 to sign up, the official list has now more than doubled in size over the past week. Rumours abound as to how many more names will be added in the coming weeks, but, as of Monday morning, the following candidates had declared: North Grenville: David Gordon is running for re-election as Mayor. Running for Council are incumbents Frank Onasanya and Jim Bertram, and challengers Deron Johnston and Kristin Strackerjan. Brent Laton is the only declared candidate for the school boards. He is running for English Catholic School Board Trustee. The 2018 Municipal election taking place on Monday, October 22, will be to elect a Mayor and four Councillors for the North Grenville Municipal Council for a term of office running from December 1, 2018 through November 15, 2022 (4 years). The election will also be to elect one Trustee for each of the fol-

lowing school boards: Upper Canada District School Board (English Language Public School Board Trustee); Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (English Language Catholic School Board Trustee); Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario (French Language Public School Trustee); and Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (French Language Catholic School Board). Merrickville-Wolford: The list of candidates in this municipality has also doubled over the past week. Anne Barr, the current Deputy Mayor, is running for the Mayor’s position. Two candidates are challenging for Councillor in the Wolford Ward, Yves Grandmaitre and Don Halpenny. Victor Suthren is running for

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in office, the actual facts of the situation are found to be much worse than expected; or the budget suddenly wouldn’t allow for what was planned. Perhaps councillors came to a sudden and unhappy confrontation with the Municipal Act, which meant that their plans were incapable of fulfilment. These, and other, statements should be taken with the proverbial pinch of salt, as should extravagant claims by challengers about the wonderful miracles they intend to preform if elected. Really, when you think about it, this whole democracy thing is a lot of hard work! And I don’t mean for the politicians. You just can’t afford to take your eyes off them for a minute. Oh well, roll on October 22!


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OPP launches Operation Freeze

by Hilary Thomson Grade eight students from St. Michael Catholic High School gathered at the Mac’s in downtown Kemptville to help launch the OPP’s Operation Freeze initiative last Thursday morning. Operation Freeze is a province-wide campaign where OPP officers give “tickets” to young people seen doing good deeds, that can be redeemed at any Mac’s or Circle K store for ice cold frosters over the Summer.

“It’s really important to promote random acts of kindness and safety,” said Constable Maureen O’Grady, who travelled to Kemptville from the OPP head office in Orillia to take part in the launch. “It’s a great way to connect [with youth].” Tickets will be given out throughout the Summer for actions like holding doors open, picking up garbage, and helping young children cross the street. The Opera-

out over 300,000 tickets over the years. In the Winter, they run a similar program called Operation Heat, where the tickets are redeemable for hot chocolate, also at Mac’s and Circle K stores. “This is a very positive initiative,” said Chair of the Police Services Board, Don Sherrit, at the launch. “We have to support our community and keep it safe and clean.” The students from St. Mike’s all got frosters for being the youth representatives at the launch. One student said he had already received a ticket during a previous season for wearing his helmet while biking. “We have an awesome group of young people,” says local OPP Officer, Constable Cathy Lindsey. “They deserve a round of applause.”

tion Freeze program is meant to make a positive connection between the youth in communities in Ontario, local business, and the OPP. “Youth engagement is very important,” says Sergeant Avery Basset, who also came down from Orillia for the event. The cost of the tickets, as well as the frosters, are donated by Mac’s/Circle K. Operation Freeze has been running since 2010, and OPP officers have given

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For those of us with pets, we know how happy they can make us. Happiness is just the tip of the iceberg though, there are many emotional and physical health benefits to owning a pet. They keep you fit: Walking and playing with your pet gets the heart pumping. Dogs especially, require daily walks and exercise.   They make sure you are never lonely: They are waiting at the door when you get home, they are always ready to listen when you need someone to talk to, and they never have something else better to do, or somewhere else to be. They can reduce stress: Stress is a major issue in many of our lives.  It can lead to many health issues such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure. A dog on your lap, stroking your cat, watching fish in a tank, pets calm us and makes us forget our stresses even just for a short time. People with pets are healthier and are statistically less likely to have a heart attack.   They can improve your immune system: It may sound like a bad thing when I say our pets expose us to germs and bacteria, even just getting us outside more exposes us to different pathogens.  Before you start panicking, you need to know that to fight off germs, we need to be exposed to them.  Developing a healthy immune system reduces the amount of colds and mild illness we catch.  Studies have shown that babies who live in households with pets tend to experience less infections and are generally healthier than those without pets. There are many more benefits. They can stop children from developing allergies, they teach children responsibility, they are an asset for adults and children with disabilities.   Although we think stereotypically that dogs and cats are the best pets to have, pets come in all shapes and sizes.  Therapy birds, horses and even lizard are used quite often. It’s our bond with a pet that makes our pet special.  The unconditional love we share with our pets is a love that can not be matched. Deciding on a pet can be a quick and easy decision, which pet fits in best with your family and lifestyle is where the hard part begins. Once you decide on a pet, come visit us at Love your Pet, where that pet may just be waiting for you.

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CAO presents report on staffing issues

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by Hilary Thomson Interim CAO, Arie Hoogenboom, presented a report to council at the meeting of Monday, May 28, outlining the staffing issues in the municipality and corresponding financial implications. The report states that former Treasurer, Sheila Kehoe, was let go on January 11, and CAO, John Regan, was placed on paid administrative leave soon after, on January 19. On January 22, Nigel White was retained as Treasurer/CAO; however, he later resigned to let Arie step up to the plate, as he was already employed part time in another township and felt he could not dedicate the time needed to the position in Merrickville-Wolford. Arie stepped in on February 15, as part-time CAO/Clerk/Treasurer. On March 22, Richard Bennett was retained as a part-time treasury assistant, to help with the 2018 budget. On February 26, Village receptionist, Kathy Throop, resigned and has since been replaced by Emily Morrison, who started as full-time receptionist on April 23. Current Treasurer, Kirsten Rahm, began her full-time employment with the municipality on the same day. The upheaval in staffing in the municipality, as well as the investigation surrounding the CAO, has had some financial implications. After several requests from the public, Arie outlined some of those costs in the report. Nigel White’s employment cost the municipality $5,096, and Richard Bennett cost $3,814. The human resources solicitor with Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP has cost the municipality $17,430 to date, and the current bill for workplace investigator with Interlinkx is $25,303. According to the report, additional invoices for the legal counsel and workplace investigator are pending. Arie’s salary as interim CAO/Clerk/Treasurer is $34,616 for a 14-week part-time contract. As CAO, John Regan is on paid administrative leave and the Municipality is still paying his salary of $120,000 per annum. “The 2018 budget did anticipate extra costs,” Arie says in the report. “Through the process of managing vacancy costs, these extra costs may be partially offset.” Along with the financial reporting, the report also briefly addressed the public’s frustration about the staffing issues and on-going investigation. “Council and senior staff have had to hold multiple closed sessions where we are bound by confidentiality rules,” he writes. “While this entire process may be frustrating for the public, it is necessary.”

by Hilary Thomson A Merrickville-Wolford resident has expressed concern over a mistake in the 2017 Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) report presented to council on April 23. Barry Phillips first brought the issue to council during the public question period on April 23. The report said that there had been no public complaints about the water treatment facility in 2017. However, Barry says he brought the issue of a smell wafting from the facility to council last year, and also made a formal complaint to OCWA. “There is no reference to any complaints [in the report] at all,” he said, adding that he got a letter from OCWA confirming that they received his complaint in 2017. The CAO, Arie Hoogenboom, told Barry at the meeting on April 23 that he would look into it. At the last meeting, on May 28, Barry stepped up once again during the public question period to raise this issue, as he had heard nothing from the municipality since. Arie assured him that he has been in contact with OCWA, who acknowledged their mistake and are in the process of revising the report. “I expect the report back within the next week,” he said. Even with this issue resolved, Barry is still concerned about the report. “If that’s wrong, are there any other errors in the report?” he asked. The revised report will likely come back to council at the next meeting to be reviewed and received.

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by Hilary Thomson A small group of passionate people have banded together to identify and protect a dwindling species of Elm tree, possibly the largest of which is found in Merrickville. The majestic Rock Elm in Merrickville, dubbed the “Merrickville Monster”, towers high over the canopy of trees on the property of the Percival House mansion on Main Street. It is one of only a few Rock Elm left in the area, and it is by far the largest. According to a blog post written by local biologist and artist Aleta Karstad, the tree stood 92 feet high and 3.5 feet in diameter in 2014, making it possibly the largest living Rock Elm in Canada, and maybe the world. “It is almost certainly over 150 years old, and may well be in excess of this, given its impressive dimensions, balding bark, and the tendency of Rock Elms to survive as understory trees for decades before claiming a place in the canopy,” she writes. Owen Clarkin is one of the people working on identifying and preserving Rock Elm like the one in Merrickville. He says that Rock Elm used to be prolific in the area and were a huge source of hard wood sent to England in the mid to late 19th century to build ships and other products. Through over-foresting, and the influx of Dutch Elm Disease, the Rock Elm has become scarce. Owen says that, because of the spread of the disease, Elms fell off the list of trees to plant for reforestation, and the Rock Elm has gradually slipped through the cracks. “Foresters don’t know it exists,” he says. Owen, along with about twelve other people, are documenting the Rock Elm that are left, in an effort to help the species re-establish itself in the area. “The end goal is to help conserve the species and re-establish it as a tree of relevance,” says Owen, who plants and grows Rock Elm in his yard. “Ultimately it is the conservation of a species.”

He believes that education and awareness are the group’s key mandates. They hope to engage the public and inform them about the traits of these rare trees, so they can identify and protect them. There is already an organization called the Elm Recovery Project, run by the University of Guelph, that is working at re-establishing the Rock Elm’s cousin, the American Elm, in Ontario. However, they are not addressing the Rock Elm (or the other type of Elm, the Slippery Elm) in their work. Rock Elms grow upright, have leaves with veins that are close together, and have corky, twisted branches. They can be easily identified in the winter, when the buds on the twigs are pointy and yellow. To help with tree identification, Owen runs a group on Facebook where anyone can get help identifying trees. It is the largest tree identification group online, with almost 30,000 members. Merrickville resident, Michael Whittaker, is on his own personal crusade to get the Rock Elm in Merrickville protected and recognized for its historical significance. Through his research on Roger Stevens, he learned that Rock Elm from the area were used in the construction of the Titanic at Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Michael hopes to get the tree recognized through Forests Ontario, or the Ontario Heritage Trust, and to garner support from Merrickville-Wolford Council for the protection of the magnificent tree, which holds such great significance Merrickville’s history. CLASSIFIEDS: First 10 words free if submitted by email. Extra word 50 cents, photo $10, border $2, shading $5. Submit to Email must include name, address and phone #. Must be related to North Grenville/ Merrickville

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Exhibit of Wampum for Buying Local makes so Indigenous History Month much sense

The wampum belt of the Haudenosaunee records the five nations, Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, and Mohawk, burying their weapons to live in peace. Each square represents a nation and the line connects each nation in peace. The center symbol represents Onondaga where tribal leaders buried their weapons under the Tree of Peace. by Michael Whittaker Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) historian and author Darren Bonaparte brings his display of wampum to the Merrickville Blockhouse Museum the weekend of June 9-10. Wampum, consisting of purple and white shell beads, were used by Eastern Woodland First Nations for diplomatic, ceremonial, commercial, and ornamental purposes. Darren has made his presentations on wampum to academic and public audiences in Canada and the United States. The wampum exhibit is the second of three activities organized by the Merrickville and District Historical Society to mark June as Indigenous History Month. On Sunday, June 3, Haudenosaunee dancers and storytellers performed. Mer-

rickville author and historian Laurie Carter has a presentation on Sunday, June 17 on Klee Wick, as West Coast artist Emily Carr was called early in her career by the First Nations of Vancouver Island. The official season opening of the Blockhouse Museum is Saturday, June 23. Although more subdued than recent openings, this year the Historical Society plans to repatriate an 1890’s tunic and kepi to the Voltigeurs de Quebec. The rebuilt armoury of this famous primary reserve regiment was inaugurated this past May, following a devastating fire in 2011. In commemoration of Merrickville-Wolford 225, the Merrickville and District Historical Society has scheduled 15 events for the summer.

by William J. Langenberg Even though a lot of effort and money is spent on educating consumers to buy local, many are still shopping at the big box stores for vegetable and herb plants. Many local vendors are competitive to big box stores. Grenville Herb Farm’s tomato plants, for example, grown at home, in Merrickville, right in our community, sell for $5.00, which includes the HST. In addition, local vegetable and herb plants are grown according to season. Tomato plants come first at the end of May, followed by basil plants at the beginning of June. Cucumbers follow the basil during the second week of June. Perennials are available towards the end of June. The sale of plants is seasonal, related to the weather, which is specific to Eastern Ontario. When I arrived in Kemptville in 1975, most plants and produce bought at our local

stores were seasonal only. Today, they are available year round. We need to change that buying attitude and pattern. Buying local reduces the release of CO2 into the atmosphere. Europeans, who signed the Kyoto and Paris Climate Accords, are dedicated to buy local produce only. Vegetable and herb plants bought at big box stores, which are grown commercially at farms in Southern Ontario, and transported by truck to your local big box stores, release on average 0.5 - 1.0 kg of CO2 per kg of product into the atmosphere. Produce grown locally, and sold at farmers’ markets, release 0 -0.5 kg of CO2 per kg of product into the atmosphere, depending how far our growing location is from the market. Reducing climate change starts at home. A little effort, by buying seasonally and locally, will put a dent into

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the CO2 release, reduces the climate change potential, and will save our planet for future generations. Don’t forget that produce and fruit and vegetable transplants will become more expensive in the not-so-distant future, when bought at local stores, as our Governments slowly increase the carbon tax on fossil fuels. The Federal Government is expected to increase carbon tax from the current 2.3 cents per litre to well over 11 cents by 2022. Many prospective or new home gardeners were commenting over the past few weeks, since our local farmers’ market opened: “I wish

that Kemptville College was still open and we could get some basic training in growing fruits, vegetables and herbs at home”. A prospective new Council may be on the horizon and, perhaps, would be able to fulfill that request. Kemptville, after all, has always been the agricultural hub in Eastern Ontario, helping local growers and farmers to bring the best quality and nutritious crops to market, at the lowest possible price and CO2 release. We all need to put our priorities into buying local as much as possible for the sustainability of North Grenville and surrounding regions.

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Rideau Glen flourishes into a new season

Rideau Glen - the early days Courtesy the North Grenville Historical Society Rideau Glen, in its 89th year of existence, flourishes under the wise guidance of the Goss family. The ladies league has surpassed its membership and is hopeful for a bright and prosperous season. Rideau Glen has stood the test of time: from a 2-hole course on a patch of farmland along the Rideau river, it grew to a 6-hole, then a 9-hole regular course that endured for 70 years. It was

the gem that attracted many players from the Ottawa Valley and beyond. It was only in 2005 that it progressed to a regular 18-hole course. In this extension, fairways and greens were cut into the forest, where ditches and ponds were created to make it a very attractive and interesting course to play on. A view of the Rideau River is a line of silver between the trees and a few of the cottages. People have commented on how



lovely it is to play on a course with no houses surrounding the fairways or greens. It is becoming a rarity in these modern days. To play in pristine scenery, with the silence and beauty, awes everyone. The fairways are bordered by giant maples, birches, oaks, and a variety of pine trees that intermingle with each other to form a canopy of shade, protecting the players from the intensity of the sun. In the Spring, when the course opens, the trees are bare, but soon buds are sprouting. You admire the difference, from almost nothing to full leaves, in no time at all. The very tender greens against the dark hues of the pine trees is astonishing. As an artist, you notice such changes and fully appreciate the progression of nature from Spring to Summer. On one particular spot on the 3rd fairway is a "Tom Thompson pine", hovering over the line of other trees and looking down on the players passing through. It seems to be agreeing with every good shot that goes by. You enjoy the lazy, hazy days of Summer playing leisurely on the course that you love and hate...Many beds of

flowers and shrubs intersperse between different holes and augment the beauty of the course. Then comes the Fall! The shock surprises you with the trees adorned with the most beautiful palette of colours. The yellows, oranges, reds of different hues, are spectacular and, again, amongst the background of the dark greens of the pine trees. Admiring what is in front of you, your concentration is beguiled, and your ball finds a ditch or a pond, then reality brings you back to earth. The trees also play tricks on you and hide the balls under their fallen leaves. Looking for them will exercise your patience. It is not easy to play at Rideau Glen. You must keep your ball in the middle of the fairways if you want to achieve a decent score. Only one great shot will bring you back to play another day. This all to remind golfers that Rideau Glen is a picturesque course that has survived many changes through its 89 years. In possessing such a beauty, success and joy will follow in the striving to make Rideau Glen a star in their "field of dreams"...

Mustang Volleyball puts Kemptville on the map

by Angus MacDonald Five short years ago, a group of Kemptville students decided to try out for the newly-minted Mustang Volleyball club program run out of St. Michael Catholic High School. These Grades 7 and 8 girls walked onto the court with curiosity, optimism, and smiles full of braces. Having limited prior knowledge to the sport, they worked relentlessly in their first season to learn the game and develop the necessary skills for competition at the 14U level. Little did they June 6, 2018

know their decision to try a new sport would lead them all across Canada in their graduating year. The years flew by and, this past Fall, the Mustang 18U athletes started practicing in September for what would be their final year of Ontario Volleyball Association competition. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, they took a flight to Halifax, Nova Scotia, for their first tournament of the season. The St. Michael students embraced the East Coast tour and battled hard, but still had much

to learn. After dipping their toes into the Atlantic Ocean, the Mustangs were taught a lesson about resiliency and perseverance, and gained an understanding that nothing worth winning comes easy. As the season progressed, the girls’ commitment to improving was evident, as they gave up numerous weekends to participate in tournaments in Peterborough, Oshawa, Mississauga, Ottawa, and Casselman. Each tournament sharpened their skills, and game knowledge was acquired. After winning a local

LGSSAA championship for their school team, the Mustang Volleyball team travelled to Deep River, where they captured a regional EOSSAA gold medal and punched their ticket to the OFSAA provincial championship in Windsor, Ontario. After finishing fifth at OFSAA in the girls “A” volleyball division, the athletes turned their focus to the Ontario Volleyball Provincial Championships in Waterloo, Ontario. Backed by an explosive offence and steadily improving defense, the Mustang 18U volleyball team competed admirably all weekend, highlighted by a victory over the Kingston Volleyball High Performance 18U club team. “As a high school team, competing against an all-star club from Kingston who take the best players from numerous schools in the area, says a lot about the dedication, focus, and drive that our students have here in Kemptville,” explains head coach Angus MacDonald. After playing together for five years, the girls had mixed emotions about heading off to Edmonton for the



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Men’s fastpitch softball returns to Kemptville by Hilary Thomson Men’s adult fastpitch softball is back in Kemptville after a fourteen-year hiatus. According to team organizer, Hugh Murray, the town was a hotbed for the sport in the 1970s to 1990s. “I think the last game was in 2004, when they were called The Thunder,” Hugh says. The new team, called the Kemptville Black Sox, sponsored by Shoeless Joes, is part of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League, which has teams in Carp, Stittsville, Fitzroy Harbour, Micksburg, and Quyon. Hugh says that, this year, they are playing a trial schedule, with four games in Kemptville and three in Carp. “We’re just starting to get into the swing of things,” Hugh says, (No pun intended). The Kemptville Black Sox played their first in Kemptville on May 23 at Riverside Park against Stittsville. The game ended in a tie, with several home runs for the home team. Their next game is on June 6 at 8:30pm at Riverside Park. “We will hopefully get more people watching and playing,” Hugh says. 18U National Volleyball Championships on May 1922. The best teams from all across the country would be travelling there, and to be counted amongst them was an accomplishment for this small town team. However, this year’s championship also meant the end of an era, as six players from the starting line-up would all be graduating and moving on to various post-secondary programs. On May 19, Day One of competition, the Mustang 18U squad ran into two strong Alberta teams, and ended with a record of one win and two losses. Day Two revealed a different story, as the offensive onslaught overpowered their competition from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia, and the Mustangs cruised to three straight victories, which propelled them to the quarter finals.

In the playoffs, the Kemptville squad lost the first set 25-23, and then roared back to win 25-13 in the second set; but went on to lose a heart-breaking third set by a score of 15-13. One loss does not define a team and, despite the unfavourable result, Mustang Volleyball went up against some of the best teams in the country, finished with a winning record of four wins and three losses, and represented the town of Kemptville with pride, determination, and heart. A big congratulations goes out to the graduating players: Grace Besserer, Megan O’Connell, Tatiana Weissflog, Charlotte Black, Sydney Murray, and Vanessa Huels. Tryouts for the 13U, 14U, and 16U teams will take place in September. Please visit for more information.

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Kemptville Quilters Guild, 2nd Mon./mth at the Kemptville Pentecostal Church, 1964 County Road 43, 7 pm. New members welcome. Kemptville Cancer Support Group, 3rd Mon/mth, St. John’s United Church, Prescott St., 2 pm. All welcome. For info call Ellen Vibert-Miller at 613-258-7778. Modern square dance club, Grenville Gremlins,7:30-10 pm, NG Municipal Centre. Newcomer Bridge-St John's United Church 12:15pm. Cost $5.00. All levels welcome. No partner needed. Info 613-915-1464 or 613-806-4495. Darts, Kemptville Legion, May 15- Aug 28, 7 pm. All are welcome, come any Tuesday night. $5 per player, all monies paid back out as prizes.

BNI Networking Group Breakfast, Grenville Mutual Insurance Building, 380 Colonnade Dr, 7- 8:30 am. Info: 613-918-0430. Bridge St. John’s United Church, 12:15 pm. Cost $5. All levels of bridge players welcome. Info, call 613-915-1464 or 613-806-4495. The Branch Artisans Guild, North Grenville Community Church, 2659 Concession Street every 3 rd Tue/mth, 7 pm. New members welcomed! Wed NG Photography Club - 1st Wed./mth, 7-9 pm, at the Grenville Mutual Insurance, 380 Colonnade Drive. See for info. Klub 67 Euchre every 2nd & 4th Wed/mth, 1:15 pm, St. John's United Church. Everyone welcome $5.00. Bingo- 1st & 3rd Wed/mth., Kemptville Legion, 1 pm. All welcome. New Horizon Club, Burritt`s Rapids Community Hall.. All adults 55 plus welcome to join. For info re programs and membership, call Janet 613-269-2737. Probus Club of North Grenville, 3rd Wed./mth. Everyone is welcome to join us at 9:30 am at St Paul's Presbyterian Church Hall for fellowship. Holy Cross Church monthly suppers, 1st Wed/mth. Adults $8, Children $5. All are welcomed. Thurs Bridge - St. John’s United Church, 6:15 pm. Cost $5. All levels of bridge players welcome. For more info, call 613-915-1464 or 613-896-4495. North Grenville Toastmasters - Meeting 1st & 3rd Thurs/mth., 7 pm at O’Farrell’s Financial Services, Cty Rd 44. Info, call 258-7665. NGPL Science and Technology Group meetings are held the 1st/Thurs/mth, 7-9 pm in the program room at the Library. Fri Twice The Fun Games (200 Sanders St. Unit 103) Game Night, 2nd and 4th Fri/mth, 6-10 pm. Bring your favourite game or borrow one from their library. Sat Kemptville Legion breakfast, 8 - 10 am 3rd Sat/mth, 100 Reuben Crescent. Adults $. 6, Children under 12 $3. All welcome. Euchre Tournament, 3rd Sat/mth. Registration 12-12:30 pm. Cost $10.00 Games start 12:30 pm at the Kemptville Legion, 100 Reuben Crescent, Refreshments available. Everyone Welcome. Sun Twice The Fun Games (200 Sanders St. Unit 103) “Organized Play” and "Learn to Play" events, 1-4 pm . No experience needed. Bingo, Kemptville Legion – Last Sun/mth, Doors open 6 pm, guaranteed $400 jackpot. Refreshments available. M,W,F Kemptville and Area Walking Group meet at Municipal Centre at 8 am. All welcome.

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Youngsters of Yore, 1:30 pm, Library Program Room. There Has to Be a Song, Village Voyces Chamber Choir in concert with Malala Women's Choir, 7 pm, St Johns' United Church. Goodwill offering in support of Palliative Care, Malala Fund for Girls' Education, and Church Outreach Projects. NGBB Community garage sale, in the B&H parking lot, 8-3 pm. Fundraiser for Big Sky Ranch. Toys of Yesteryear. Call for Vintage Toys, Register June 22, 2 to 5 pm or June 23, 10 am to noon at the Spencerville Mill. Details at: or call Sheila 613 658-5290.


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Summer Solstice Sweets & Songs takes place on June 21 and marks the Grand opening of Barnard's Emporium, with strawberry desserts. That evening, everyone will enjoy the Songs for a Summer Evening concert, featuring four choral groups. Doors open 5:00 pm; concert at 7:30 pm. Concert $12. Our Heritage Golf Tournament tees off on June 23 at the Prescott Golf Club, and will wind up at a Steak dinner and silent auction that evening. The Tournament begins with a 1:00pm start on the fairway. Dinner is at 5:30 pm. The cost is: Golf & dinner $90; dinner only $35. Details on both of these events, and all our other news, is available at:

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Burritts Rapids Swing Bridge Update

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Repointing work of the historic masonry abutments, which support the swing bridge, was also completed. Parks Canada would like to thank the Burritts Rapids community for their patience and understanding as we complete these important repairs. Through investments in infrastructure, Parks Canada is protecting and preserving our treasured places, while supporting local economies, contributing to growth in the tourism sector, and enhancing the charm and attractiveness of Canada’s heritage sites. Repointing of the historic masonry is now complete. Largely situated on an island between the Rideau River and Canal, Burritts Rapids was one of the first

communities on the Rideau, tracing its roots to 1793 and the arrival of Col. Stephen Burritt. The canal cut was dug in 1826 and the dirt and clay served as building materials for the earth dams holding back the water of the Rideau Canal from the community site. The swing bridge dates to 1897, and continues to be swung by hand during the navigation season. For More Information: for up-to-date news on Parks Canada infrastructure work in this community, please visit For questions or concerns, or to receive updates regarding these projects, please contact us at, and include “Burritts Rapids” in the subject heading.

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The Old Town Kemptville Business Improvement Area has been in the news quite a bit lately, so we thought we'd get back to basics and answer some frequently asked questions:


Q: What is a BIA (Business Improvement Area)? A: The idea of BIAs started in the 1970's when shopping malls started opening and local neighbourhoods needed to start promoting a Shop Local concept. They are a creation of the Province's Municipal

Act and as such, are Committees of Council; considered a Local Board. They are run by a Board of Management, elected by the Members but appointed by Council for a four year term (the life of Council) and must have at least one Councillor sit on the Board. Q: What does the BIA do for its Members ? Traditionally BIA were charged with beautification of Municipal property within the footprint and general promotion of the area as a business

and shopping district. These days BIAs are much more. BIAs provide business tools and information, area marketing, promotional events and advocacy on issues of member interest as well as help contribute to the economic development of the entire community. The BIA model builds on the idea that pooled social and financial resources within a commercial area can improve the opportunity for local business owners to generate revenue. The Old Town Kemptville BIA is committed to the ongoing branding, promotion and support of the local business community. Q: How do I become a member of the Old Town Kemptville Business Improvement Area? A: Membership is restricted to commercial building owners and their business tenants in a proscribed area. For our current BIA the area includes the following boundaries: Clothier Street East from Barnes Street to Rideau Street and Prescott Street from Clothier Street East to Elizabeth Street with a bit of Sanders Street from Clothier Street East to Oxford Street East. The businesses in the triangle bordered by Rideau Street,Sanders Street and Clothier Street East are Associate Members. They enjoy all the services of the BIA; can have input and give advice but are non-voting members. Q: Where does the BIA get

Retirement Celebration!

Join us as we celebrate the retirement of Sue Higgins, CEO of the North Grenville Public Library [NGPL]. After 27 years of public service, Sue is stepping down. Mark Wednesday June 13, from 1:00 to 3:00, on your calendars. Refreshments, cake and other light snacks will be provided in the Tallman Room of the North Grenville Public Library. Sue has been a ever-present figure in the wonderful growth of library services in

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North Grenville during her tenure with the North Grenville Public Library, even before North Grenville came into being! Under her supervision, the community has not only seen the introduction of a wide variety of new library services, but also the building of the central Library on Prescott Street in Kemptville. In the past 27 years, the role played by the local library in the community has been revolutionised, with an increasing number of on-line

its funds? Commercial building owners within the BIA footprint pay a levy based on the assessed value of their property and if they have business tenants pass a portion of that levy along to them. The levy is collected with Municipal commercial property taxes and is remitted to the BIA twice a year. The levy works to provide guaranteed revenue to a business association dedicated to community improvements, and in turn shifts the general business mindset from independent wealth to collective benefit. The amount of the levy is determined by the size of the BIA's budget and the value of their property. Currently, the BIA's budget is $25,500 per year and the average levy is $325 a year, both very small compared to other similar BIA's in the region. For example, the Downtown Carleton Place BIA's 2017 budget was $150,000 and the average annual levy was $1,000. Q: The BIA is looking to expand its boundaries and it mentions the Urban Service Area as a logical new footprint. What is the Urban Service Area? A: It is what we commonly refer to as the town of Kemptville. The boundaries would include the eQuinelle development to the North and Somerville Road to the West. It includes the Kemptville Campus Buildings to the

The Voice of North Grenville South and East past the 416 to where VanBuren Road meets Hwy 43. The latest draft of the BIA Boundary Expansion Prospectus can be download from: www.oldtownkempt- Submitted by John Barclay, Executive Director, Old Town Kemptville Business Improvement Area.

Expert to speak on Global Environmental agreements

options, in-house programs, and services that reach beyond the North Grenville area. For example, in connec- by Jeff Goodman, Sustainable North Grenville The summer weather is now upon us. It always seems to move to the summer temperatures tion with the Ottawa Museum Network (OMN) and the quickly following the annual Sustainability Fair and Market. Sustainable North Grenville had Canadian Federal Govern- another record year with our fair and electric vehicle show. Once again, a big SNG THANK ment, Department of Cana- YOU to the community of North Grenville for your interest and continued support. But we’re not taking time off just yet! Sustainable North Grenville is excited to present Anne dian Heritage, the NGPL offer free family passes for many of Daniel, International Environmental Lawyer, for a talk in Kemptville on the evening of June the museums found in Ottawa 12. Anne’s talk will be titled “Global Environmental Agreements: Why They Matter to You”. Anne Daniel worked as a lawyer for the federal Department of Justice for 35 years, 25 of and the Ottawa area. Facilities like the Tallman which were advising on and/or representing Canada, or chairing at multilateral environmental Room at the Library, where agreements (MEAs) and their implementation. She focused mainly on treaties relating to chemithe Retirement Celebration cals, mercury, hazardous wastes, ocean dumping, biodiversity, genetically modified organisms, will take place, is a wonderful genetic resources, liability, compliance and treaty effectiveness, and has published numerous meeting place for many other articles in the field. She now consults with the United Nations (UN) and other organizations on groups and activities outside select projects, including providing negotiating and chairing training. Anne will speak about the nature of multilateral environmental agreements, how they are of regular library events. Youngsters of Yore, Sarah’s negotiated, and what it means for a country to ratify and agree to be bound by an agreement. Circle, community meetings She will address why MEAs are important and how we know whether parties to them comply, and many other events take and whether an agreement is effective in accomplishing its objectives (e.g. chemicals, wastes, place there, making the NGPL climate). She will also highlight why these agreements matter at the local level, how organizaheadquarters a vital centre for tions can engage in negotiating processes, and follow multilateral negotiations. SNG will be pleased to host Ms. Daniel at the Grenville Mutual Building, 380 Colonnade residents. Sue Higgins has overseen Drive, Kemptville on Tuesday June 12, 2018. This is a free event, but space is limited. Arrive an amazing change in the role by 6:45pm to have your seat for a 7:00pm start. SNG is also making time available at the close of the talk for questions, and we recognize of the NGPL during her time as CEO, and her retirement the opportunity to our local youth to engage with an international lawyer who has such wide marks the end of an era and experience in the environmental field. If you are the parent of high school age youth, please the culmination of a very suc- tell them they are welcome to come and have some FaceTime with Anne after the talk - an opcessful career. Be sure to drop portunity for discussion about a unique and exciting career. by on June 13 to say thanks and farwell. 16

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Developing mental toughness during divorce

The KDH Corporate Golf Classic remembers Harry Pratt

Harry Pratt was one of Kemptville District Hospital’s staunchest supporters. Harry was a fixture at the KDH Foundation’s annual golf classic, and his enthusiasm helped raise thousands of dollars for the hospital he cared so deeply about. “Harry was such a community leader and his legacy lives on. We had a number of

people from the community approach us about holding this year’s tournament in Harry’s honour and we thought it was a fantastic idea,” said Robert Noseworthy, Chair, Kemptville District Hospital Foundation. This year’s Corporate Classic Golf Tournament, in Memory of Harry Pratt, will be held on June 22 at

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eQuinelle Golf Club. It costs $600.00 to register a foursome; the price includes a round of golf, a cart, lunch and dinner for each person. Registration forms and information are available at www. kdhfoundation/events. There is room for a few more teams, so get your registration in as soon as possible. In conjunction with the annual golf classic, the Foundation is pleased to introduce the Harry Pratt Memorial Raffle, with a grand prize of $10,000 cash. Tickets are $20 each, or three for $50.00, and can be purchased at the Foundation office, or online at Funds from this year’s golf tournament will be directed towards purchasing new specialty beds for the hospital. These beds, called Smart Beds, use state-of theart technology to send patient data electronically from the patients’ directly to the nurse’s station, allowing them to better monitor patient’s statistics, such as movement, blood pressure and weight changes.

Catch the Ace ... So Close!

by Daren Givoque, CDFA and Shulamit Ber Levtov, MA, RSW, RYT We all have a dialogue that plays in our head. During stressful times this dialogue can either get in the way or help you cope. The problem for most of us is that our inner voice can be highly critical. And this can be exacerbated when you’re going through a particularly emotional situation. A divorce can trigger a whole gamut of emotions: Grief, shame, sadness, regret and fear are all common when dealing with a marital breakdown. More positive emotions like relief may also be a part of your experience. No emotion is off the table. When going through a divorce you’ll have to make a lot of important decisions that will shape your new life. This can be extremely difficult when you’re dealing with all those negative emotions. Your inner dialogue may be contributing to your distress as it overwhelms you with thoughts of failure and self-doubt. It’s important to realize that you’re not alone in this experience and there is something you can do about it. You’re not alone: Everyone deals with anxiety and self-doubt. Even top athletes (who have won world championships and Olympic medals) talk about the little voice

inside their head that undermines them as they train, saying: “you’ll never make this” or “there’s no way I’m as good as everyone thinks I am.” This is why many top athletes work with sports performance psychologists. They’re just thoughts: The most important thing to remember is that these are just thoughts. To help distance yourself from them, you can try using the phrase: “a part of me thinks.” Try saying to yourself: “a part of me thinks I will never make it through this.” Notice how different this is to saying: “I’ll never make it through this.” The reality is you’re able to handle it. You can make good decisions and you don’t have to let your fear and anxiety drive your decisions. It comes down to your thinking style: What can you do about these thoughts and fears? A lot of it comes down to your thinking style. Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Optimists are people who look at the glass as half full, while pessimists argue it’s half empty. An optimistic thinking style will make you more resilient. When dealing with a situation like divorce or separation, the pessimist will think of it as an example of weakness and something they’ll never be able to move on from. They’ll make sweeping

judgements about who they are as a person because of it. As you can imagine, this painful way of thinking piles distress on top of what’s already a stressful situation. It keeps you stuck in a negative loop that can be difficult to escape. An optimist might look at the situation, acknowledge the mistake and learn from it. They see it as temporary and know that it doesn’t define them as a person. Being an optimistic thinker allows you to stay out of the downward spiral of self-loathing and doubt and move on in a positive and constructive way. It’s not Pollyanna: It’s important to distinguish optimistic thinking patterns from being a Pollyanna who says the situation is all rainbows and butterflies when clearly it’s not. Optimistic thinking is a mindset that you are capable of when you understand that in the end it will be okay. You may be thinking that being optimistic means that, after a divorce, you’ll ride off into the sunset without a care it the world. Easy right? Nope. The fact is even the most optimistic people are pessimistic thinkers sometimes and it takes work to keep those negative thoughts at bay. [Next week: What is mental Toughness?]

There were gasps at a recent Kemptville Lions Club "Catch the Ace" draw, when the other black ace, the Ace of Clubs was revealed. Draws continue every Tuesday night at 7:30 at the Legion Hall until the Ace of Spades is found. Half the deck has been eliminated. This week's jackpot is estimated to be around $5,700. You can get your tickets at: Albert's Meats, B & H Foodliner, Moose Mart, Shelley's Kitchen, Heckston, Jonsson's Independent, Legion Branch 212 and from members of the Kemptville Lions Club. Follow the draws at

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Ignorance is not bliss by David Shanahan June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada, and there are people who will immediately see that and frown. There are so many negative attitudes to the issue of the native people, not least a belief that “those Indians” get so much for nothing, when we “regular” people have to pay for it through our taxes. These ideas are based almost entirely on ignorance, hearsay, and a lack of awareness of the truth concerning indigenous history. Canada has a reputation around the world as a caring and compassionate society, but the story of the First Nations of Canada is a black mark against us, and a shameful story that continues to this day. I have always believed that bigotry and racism can be countered by knowledge, and there is a woeful lack of knowledge among Canadians concerning the history of the relations between indigenous communities and the “settler” society in this country. The exposure of the Residential Schools scandal has raised awareness for many, but the story is deeper and older than that. Imagine a situation where the Government of Canada passed an act governing Jews, Muslims, Germans, Italians, or any other ethnic group. It would be seen, and rightly, as an unacceptably racist piece of legislation, especially if it denied those groups the right to vote, own property, confined them to certain restricted parcels of land, made them ask permission

before they could leave their property, and refused to consult them on changes to that legislation. This is the history of the Indian Act in Canada, legislation first passed in 1876, and still on the Statute Book, that contained all of those provisions, at one time or another. The land we live on in Eastern Ontario was recognised by the British Crown in 1763 as Indian Territory, where no European was allowed to settle or even buy land. When the Loyalists arrived as penniless refugees after the American Revolution, it was the indigenous people, the Mississauga, who invited them to live in this area. They did not expect that this would mean they themselves would have to leave. No good deed goes unpunished, they say. The many treaties, socalled, that resulted in traditional territories being taken for white settlement were, in almost every case, unfair, imposed on the original inhabitants, or contained promises and provisions that were unfulfilled. In 1996, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples provided some shocking statistics about the status of indigenous people in Canada: Aboriginal people endure ill health, run-down and overcrowded housing, polluted water, inadequate schools, poverty and family breakdown at rates found more often in developing countries than in Canada. These conditions are inherently unjust. They also imperil the future of Aboriginal communities and nations. Regarding housing, the Report is scathing: “Houses occupied by Ab-

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original people are twice as likely to be in need of major repairs as those of other Canadians. On reserves, 13,400 homes need such repairs, and 6,000 need outright replacement. Aboriginal homes are generally smaller than those of other Canadians, but more people live in them. Aboriginal homes are 90 times more likely than those of other Canadians to be without piped water. On reserves, more than 10,000 homes have no indoor plumbing. About one reserve community in four has a substandard water or sewage system. In the North, solid waste dumps and untreated sewage are contaminating earth, land, fish and animals.” How would you like you and your family to live under those conditions? This is not a state indigenous people have chosen for themselves, no matter what some might claim. This month, the Times will publish some articles on the story behind this state of affairs, and try to shed some light on the history of indigenous people in an effort to give some context and understanding of this dreadful situation.

plication as a vendor at the Kemptville Farmer's Market The Eric Gutknecht Me- for 2018 be rejected. Apparmorial Bursary is a charitable ently, the reason given was organization that helps kids in that the Gutknechts were not Kemptville - from both of our producers, but, in fact, the high schools, North Grenville Market provided the family District High School and with four different reasons, all St. Mike's - to fulfill their of which changed over time. dreams. Each year, a bursary This patently unfair decision is awarded to a student from to reject the application to each of our High Schools. It have a stall at the Farmers was established in memory Market led to some angry of Eric Gutknecht, who died reactions among those who unexpectedly at the age of just knew about it, and it seemed 17. Eric was unable to follow to be the arbitrary decision of his dreams, but because of a Board that had lost touch this bursary many deserving with the community and the kids in our community are original rationale for a local being given a chance to fol- market in the first place. Business card 2col. wide = 3.375" x 2" low theirs. Word of this anger clearly One of the means of fund- reached the Market’s Board, ing Eric's memorial bursary because Billy Gutknecht has has been through theSince sale of2002 now received a letter from In Business jams and jellies, which Eric's the Market’s Manager, Kelly parents make themselves and Broad, stating that the Gutsell at the Kemptville Farm- knechts may be allowed to er's Market. They've been do- sell their jams once more, ing so since Eric's passing. So, they've been vendors since 2011, duly paying their fees for their table at the market as well as the additional fee for market plates day. Many of the ingredients they use are grown on their own property. Imagine how disheartened they were to have their apby David Shanahan

providing they state publicly that it was an error on their part in their original application that caused the difficulty, and not the arbitrary action of the Board. That this is not the case seems not to trouble the Board, who are only looking for a way to back out of their poorly-received decision. The Eric Gutknecht Memorial Bursary depends to some extent on the sales made at the Farmers Market, and is a positive benefit to many young people in our community. It is to be hoped that the Kemptville Farmers Market people recognise that and take steps to ensure that the Gutknechts are allowed to continue their long-standing participation in this community project.

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Environmental crisis a reality by David Shanahan Last week, we reported on a possible environmental crisis in North Grenville, when it was found that plastic bags in which feed and shavings are delivered, were no longer being collected for recycling in the municipality. At that point, the Municipality stated that the collection was ending because there was no longer a market for that particular kind of recycled plastic. Last week, Vicky Stamison, the local resident who was investigating why her plastic was not being collected, discovered that, in fact, these bags had never been recycled, but had been redirected to the landfill for some time past. What’s more, by putting these bags out for recycling, residents have been in violation of a municipal bylaw passed in 2009. Literally tens of thousands of plastic bags are being sent to the landfill every month, in spite of a 2016 Ontario Act, the recently amended Waste Diversion Act to the Waste-Free Ontario Act. This requires "ministries, municipalities, producers and others to perform waste reduction and resource recovery activities in a manner that is consistent with those policies." Vicky was amazed that no public notice had been given that this material was not being recycled: “The Municipality is clearly unaware of what June 6, 2018

has been going on in RURAL North Grenville. For the last 15 years that I have lived here - since these two products were put on the market, I, and many other people, have put this type of plastic at the curbside and it has been picked up and CONTINUES TO THIS DAY to be picked up.” The municipality has to renegotiate its contract with the recycling collectors next year, and Vicky thinks there needs to be some thought put into what the next contract will contain, and what questions need to be asked before the situation gets seriously out of hand. 1. The surrounding municipalities of South Dundas and Edwardsburgh are picking up these plastics without issue. What are they doing that is different from North Grenville? 2. Hire an intern - canvass the Universities for a student who is in an ecology program ideally or other science related program - students have a vested interest in their future. 3. Research RURAL North Grenville and determine the RURAL need for setting up a separate stream for recycling feed and shavings plastics 4 and 5. 4. Research companies in Ontario (and there are quite a number in Southern Ontario) that will take this plastic. 5. Lobby. CFIA, the Provincial Government, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, the feed and shav-

ings companies, plastic bag suppliers. It seems unfortunate that it took a private citizen to find out about this problem and do the research required to clarify the issues involved. Vicky points out, on North Grenville's web pages for Recycling, there is no information or links indicating where rural North Grenville can send some of its plastics for recycling. However, woven plastic bags can be sent to Winchester. When asked what the municipality is going to do about the problem, Vicky was told: “As stated above, at this time, North Grenville does not have a method for recycling this product based on current market conditions. I would suggest you talk to your provider and see if they can provide an alternative to landfill or a different packaging system”. As Vicky rightly says: “This is as much North Grenville's problem as it is mine. What are you going to do when the landfill site is full - I believe it is already in significant trouble. Buying up more land for a landfill site isn't an option any more - no one wants to live next to a garbage dump no matter how well and expensively it is sealed up.” More on this issue in future issues of the Times.

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Cathy Lalonde (left) and her granddaughter, Avery, with HOL Food Bank’s Marianne Villemaire.

Evensong: St. James Anglican Church

by Doug Macdonald Past and present merge in a special “end of day” choral service with Organist, Dorine Fowke, the St. James Chancel Choir and liturgy sung by Canon Jennifer Gosse. Evening prayer had its genesis over one thousand years ago. The inspirational Evensong service dates to the Reformation - words and ceremony from the 1549 Book of Common Prayer - music composed during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Cantor for this sung Evensong, Canon Gosse, the Honourary Assistant to the Anglican Churches of Grenville North, is a Chaplain in the Royal Canadian Chaplain Service. Lieutenant Commander Gosse is to be promoted to Commander and posted as Formation Chaplain in Halifax. Members of the six Anglican Churches of Grenville North (St. Anne’s, St. Andrew’s, St. Peter’s, St. James, Christ Church, and Holy Trinity), as well as residents of the region, are invited to “step into history” at St. James, June 10 from 5:00 - 5:45 p.m. St. James Anglican Church, 35 Clothier Street West, Kemptville. Sunday, June 10, at 5:00 p.m.

Ingleside Newington United Church donated roughly 795.5 pounds of items to House of Lazarus (HOL) Food Bank, this week. Church member, Cathy Lalonde, and her granddaughter, Avery, delivered the donation to the food bank’s headquarters in Mountain on June 1. This is Ingleside Newington United’s fourth year participating in the annual Every Plate Full Campaign and donating what’s collected to HOL. The group more than doubled their goal for this year’s chal-

lenge, Cathy said. “This is amazing,” HOL Food Bank’s Marianne Villemaire said. “The quantity and the variety of items donated will have a great impact on our food bank’s ability to serve our clients this sum-

Have your say about transportation in North Grenville As part of the development of a Transportation Master Plan (TMP), the Municipality has asked for public input through an online survey and to make sure that everyone gets a chance to fill out the survey, the deadline to complete the survey has been extended to June 11. The survey is available at or link to it from the Municipality’s Transportation Master Plan webpage at NGTMP. The TMP will guide short, medium, and long-term transportation infrastructure improvements and decisions. It will examine existing issues and identify opportu-

nities in North Grenville’s transportation network, as well as alternative solutions. Recommendations arising from the Plan will guide future transportation initiatives and infrastructure improvement priorities for motorized vehicles, as well as commuter cycling facilities. The TMP is being undertaken in accordance with the requirements of Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Process, which is an approved process under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. For more information on the TMP, please contact the Municipal Project Man-

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