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Children lining St. Joseph Blvd. for Santa’s Parade of Lights on Nov. 24 could hardly contain their excitement when St. Nick finally appeared at the end of the 45-minute procession. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO
By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star Ottawa’s new city council gathered together in an official capacity for the first time Monday night for a ceremonial inauguration ceremony at the Shaw Event Centre. After reciting the Oath of Office together, each councillor signed the Oath of Office document starting with Orléans Ward 1 rookie councillor Matt Luloff. He was followed by fellow rookie Laura Dudas, who is taking over from Jody Mitic in Innes Ward 2. Both Luloff and Dudas are ready to take on their new roles after spending the last five weeks attending orientation sessions and hiring office staff following the Oct. 22 election. Fellow east end councillors Stephen Blais (Cumberland Ward) and Tim Tierney (Beacon Hill-Cyrville Ward) have had a much easier time of it. The veteran representatives have been meeting with local community leaders and constituents to get feedback on
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Innes Ward councillor Laura Dudas and Orléans Ward councillor Matt Luloff recite the Oath of Office during the inauguration ceremony at the Shaw Event The Cumberland Heritage Village Museum is aglow with thousands of sparkling lights each weekend until December 23. FILE PHOTO
Cumberland museum transformed into Vintage Village of Lights CUMBERLAND VILLAGE – The Cumberland Heritage Village Museum has been transformed into the Vintage Village of Lights to help mark the holiday season. For the next three weeks, the museum grounds and buildings will be illuminated to set a picture-perfect scene as visitors explore the festive touches, decorations and embellishments that have been a part of Christmas traditions through the years. Decorate gingerbread; take a horse-drawn wagon ride; receive a Santagram; print a greeting card; personalize a wooden tree ornament; and visit with Santa as you stroll around the village. Cost: $19.25 families; $7.50 adults; $5.50 seniors and students. Children 5 and under are free. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. from Nov. 30 and Dec. 23.
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Sir Wilfrid Laurier S.S. launches Toy Mountain campaign
ORLÉANS – Students and staff at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School in Orléans are once again taking on the roles of Santa’s little helpers in an effort to collect toys and food items for financially challenged families in the region. The east end high school kicked off its 2018 Toy Mountain campaign on Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the hope of building on the tremendous success they’ve had in previous years. Student council co-presidents Jamie Harvie and Adam Machkouri were given the honour of donating the first two toys to the campaign which is being run in conjunction with the city-wide Salvation Army Toy Mountain effort. Last year, toys were distributed to more that 18,000 less fortunate children through local food banks and community resource centres. Donations of new toys can be dropped off at the school’s head office between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Monday to Friday.
Navan church holding service for those in need of spiritual support ORLÉANS – At this time of year when planning for the holidays is in full swing, it’s sometimes easy to forget that not everyone is in a festive mood. The holidays can be especially difficult for people who are grieving the loss of a loved one or are dealing with a personal or family crisis. Enter Rev. Linda Nield, who is the pastor at the Navan-Vars United Church on Smith Road in Navan. Rev. Neild is holding a special “Blue Christmas” service on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. Anyone, no matter what their faith or church, can attend. According to a poster promoting the event, the “Blue Christmas” service is being held for those grieving a death – recent or in the past; or living through some hard times or a difficult transition; or are just feeling sad as Christmas rolls around.
Centre on Monday as Mayor Jim Watson looks on. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO
Ceremony marks the start of new term of council Continued from page 1 Before the new council can get to the Mayor’s laundry list of priorities, the councillors must first approve a governance report during their first meeting which was to be held on Wednesday. The report is expected to contain a recommendation to keep the same number of committees and sub-committees in place as there were under the previous council. The one looming question that still remains unanswered is who will be selected to sit on the various committees and who will serve as the committee chairs. The latter question will be answered by Mayor Watson. The job of selecting who will sit on each of the committees and sub-committees will be left up to a nomination committee which is made up of 11 city councillors and Mayor Watson who will serve as chair. Once the nomination committee is established, each city councillor must fill out a survey ranking their committee preferences. The nomination committee will use the
surveys to recommend who will sit on each of the various committees and sub-committees. They will also recommend the various committee chairs and vice chairs and table their report at the next city council meeting on Dec. 12. Dudas is hoping to get on the transportation committee as well as other subcommittees and boards that align with the priorities she set out during the campaign. Luloff has also set his sights on the transportation committee along with the community and social services committee and the library board. Blais is holding his cards close to his vest. After chairing the Ottawa Transit Commission during the last term of council, he is leaving his options open. “The Mayor has a very interesting Rubik’s Cube he’s trying to put together and I think he will have some conclusion to that process towards the end of the week and into next week,” said Blais. “From my perspective, having an opportunity to work on some big files would be fun.”
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Friends and supporters give Bob Monette heartfelt send-off By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star Bob Monette has been in politics most of his adult life – first as a member of the former Cumberland town council from 1985 to 1991 and more recently as a member of Ottawa city council, representing the residents of Orléans Ward since winning a byelection in 2005. He was re-elected three times in 2006, 2010 and 2014. During that time, he managed to rack up an impressive list of accomplishments and earned the respect, support and admiration of his constituents. More than 100 of his friends and supporters gathered at the Orléans Legion on Nov. 30 to say “thank you” to Monette and wish him all the best as he settles into a life away from politics. Among the many guests was his friend and mentor Lionel Laurin, who has been Monette’s sounding board and unofficial adviser for over a decade; former Orléans Chamber of Commerce executive director Jamie Kwong; long-time friend and supporter Louis Caron; former Innes Ward councillor Rainer Bloess; and former campaign manager and executive assistant Eric Lamoureux. Stittsville Ward councillor Shad Qadri and Cumberland councillor Stephen Blais were also on hand, as was Orléans MPP
Marie-France Lalonde and the man who was recently elected to replace him, Matt Luloff. The event was organized by Qamar Masood, Fallingbrook Community Association president Zybina Richards and Monette’s executive assistant Cynthia Morgan. After listening to several speakers thank him for his years of service, combined with a few good-hearted barbs thrown in for good measure, Monette took the podium to thank everyone for their support, while encouraging them to continue to serve their community. With his wife Pat and the rest of his family proudly looking on, Monette urged everyone to work with the new councillor and volunteer wherever and whenever they can. He then thanked his family for their love and support over the years despite the crazy hours that are demanded of a city councillor. Looking back on his career, Monette is understandably proud of the many accomplishments he managed to achieve. Chief among them is bringing the Ottawa Champions baseball team to the city; championing the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park and the return of CFL football; leading the way in the development of the Ottawa River Action
Former Orléans Ward city councillor Bob Monette took time to pose for a festive picture with Orléans Rotary Club president Teresa Whitmore (left) and Stella Ronan from Black Sheep Development. COURTESY OF STELLA RONAN Plan; establishing lifeguards and other services at Petrie Island; and facilitating the establishment of a number of festivals and special events including Carivibe, Haïti en Fête, the Orléans Ribfest and the Orléans Craft Beer Festival. Looking forward, Monette says he plans to spend a lot more time with his grand-
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Lions’ Magical Village celebrating its 20th anniversary By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star A popular holiday tradition has returned to Place d’Orléans for another year and miniature village aficiandos couldn’t be happier. The Lions’ Magical Village has been en-chanting young and old alike for the past two decades, and in the process, has raised over $100,000 for local charities. The display, featuring more than 250 miniature buildings, six model trains and hundreds of miniature lights, raised more than $12,000 last year, which was split three ways between the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard, the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre food bank, and HOST, a program that provides nutritional breakfasts and luncheons to students from financially challenged families. Gloucester North Lions Club member and Magical Village coordinator Ashley Etherington, is confident this year’s display will generate another five figures in donations before it wraps up on Dec. 24, especially in light of the fact that they’ve already managed to raise $5,000 in sponsorship money. This year’s Magical Village took four days to set up, and because of the extra space they’ve been given by the Place
d’Orléans management, they have been able to use all of the miniature buildings in the collection. “We had lots of help and lots of space his year so we’ve been able to use all of the stuff that has been donated over the last three years,” says Etherington. Parts of the display are a throwback to yesteryear when companies like Eaton’s and Reitman’s used to have Christmas displays in their windows. Navan residents Kristie and Jesse Charlebois brought their three sons – Caleb, Jacob and William – to see the Village on opening day in between getting their picture taking with Santa and watching the Parade of Lights. “It’s become a tradition. We do it every year,” says Kristie, who first started coming to the Magical Village with her own parents more than 16 years ago. “They visit with Santa first and have their picture taken with him, then we come here to see all the houses and the trains and then we go watch the parade.” The Magical Village was established by former Gloucester mayor Claudette Cain in 1998 to help raise money for the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard. During the first few years, it was on display at the Gloucester Centre Shopping Centre.
The Charlebois brothers – Caleb, 19 mo., William, 5 and Jacob, 2 – check out the Lion’s Magical Village in matching onesies. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO When the city amalgamated in 2001, ownership of the Village was handed over to the Food Cupboard and the Gloucester Child Care Services who in turn handed it over to the Gloucester North Lions Club in 2005. The Magical Village is located on the second floor of Place d’Orléans next to the Dollarama and is open Wednesday
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Premier bonehead The decision by Premier Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservative government to eliminate the office of the French language services commissioner and scrap plans to build a Frenchlanguage university in the GTA will go down as one of the most boneheaded decisions since the Harris government tried to close the Montfort Hospital. In one fell swoop they mnaged to alienate 600,000 francophone voters and thousands more allophones and bilingual anglophones who believe the move was a shortsighted low blow, which it was. In doing so, Ford grossly underestimated the backlash that has ensued. Besides losing his only francophone member in GlengarryPrescott-Russell MPP Amanda Simard who has left the Progressive Conervative caucus to sit as an independent, he has lit a fire under Ontario’s francophone community that will be impossible to put out without recanting on his decision. Ford didn’t even bother to consult Simard, who is the parliamentary assistant to the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, Caroline Mulroney. Instead, he gave her a quick “heads up” moments before the decision was announced. In quitting the PC caucus, Simard said she felt as if she had been betrayed and spit in the face by the decision. She is not alone. Thousands of francophones across the province feel the same way and they took to the streets on Sunday to voice there displeasure. More than 5,000 people demonstrated outside Ottawa City Hall near the Human Rights Memorial, when only 3,000 were expected, and thousands more attended similar demonstrations in Hawkesbury, Rockland, Cornwall and more than 30 other cities and towns across the province. Their message was loud and clear, “Nous sommes, nous serons,” which roughly translated means, “We are proud to be francophone and we intend to stay that way.” The francophone community had to take the Harris government to court to save the Montfort. It is uncertain whether they intend to explore a similar tact with the Ford government. What is certain is that Ontario’s francophones are mad as hell and they aren’t going to take the cuts lying down. Sunday’s demonstrations and protests won’t be the last. In the meantime, a lot of folks are keeping a sharp eye on the Orléans Health Hub and the proposed expansion ot the MIFO headquarters on Carriere Street, both of which received funding from the previous Liberal government and both of which appear safe for the time being. How long they will stay that way. only the Premier knows and he’s already proven he’s willing to err on the side of stupidity. - Fred Sherwin, editor
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PC decisions a step back for Francophonie in Ontario As Commissioner Boileau has always said: in 65. Up to 20 individuals are recognized each year. francophonie, we must always fight to move for- Congratulations to the president of Le Mouvement ward otherwise, we move backwards. With the im- d’implication francophone d’Orléans (MIFO), promptu announcement of Friday, Trèva Cousineau, recipient of the our achievements continue to be 2018 Award of Excellence for Queen’s Seniors. Thank you for the work deprived. Please see my statement on my you do with our francophone comPark Facebook page at www.facebook. munity. com/pg/LalondeMF. Welcome to the 2018-2019 Corner The city of Ottawa honours Orléans Youth Council. Orléans residents. It was great seeing new Marie-France Lalonde As the MPP for Orléans, I am and familiar faces join me so proud that two residents were recently honoured and Orléans MP Andrew Leslie for our first as Order of Ottawa inductees and another resident official Orléans Youth Council meeting. The council as a Brian Kilrea Award recipient. Congratulations meets with government ministers, submitts feedto Brian Tardif and Marie-Claude Doucet who were back on legislation and organizes community proboth invested into the Order of Ottawa 2018 by jects supporting mental health awareness, services Mayor Jim Watson. for youth, and emergency housing for women. The Order of Ottawa recognizes exceptional resWe are close to our goal of 37 boxes! idents who have made a significant contribution in a Until Dec. 10, we will be collecting items for professional capacity in many areas of city life that donation to a local charity in support of women in benefit the residents of Ottawa. need. Please fill a shoebox with items that will truly Congratulations also to Aldège Bellefeuille make a difference in someone’s life over the holiday who was presented with the Brian Kilrea Award for season. Thank you for your generosity. For a comExcellence in Coaching which recognizes the con- plete list of items, please visit my Facebook page. tribution of an amateur coach who best exemplifies Free movie night! the qualities of leadership and commitment. Join me at my fourth annual movie night on Tréva Cousineau receives 2018 Ontario Senior Friday, Dec. 14. This year’s movie Small Foot, starts Achievement Award. at 7 p.m. at Cinéstarz, 250 Centrum Blvd. This award recognizes individuals for significant Please RSVP by calling 613-834-8670, or e-mail contributions to their communities after the age of firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mortality rate yet another good reason to be Canadian There are many reasons why it’s good to be Canadian. Top among them is the fact that we are not Americans. Further proof of that is the latest life expectancy figures. According to a study conducted south of the border, the average life expectancy for a male born in the United States in 2018 is 76.1 years. That’s down one-tenth of a year from 2017 and two-tenths since 2016. One of the biggest reasons for the decrease in life expectancy in the United States are drug overdoses which have been on the rise since the use of synthetic drugs and especially opioids became more widespread five or six years ago. Meanwhile in Canada, the average life expectancy for a male born in 2018 is 80.9 years. That’s a difference of nearly five years. Now if you’re 20 or 30 years old, an extra five years at the tail end of your life doesn’t seem like a whole lot, but if you are 57 pushing 60, five years is huge. The average life expectancy for a woman born in the United States in 2018 is 81.1 years. In Canada, women born in 2018 have a life expectancy of 84.7 years. Looking at it another way: if I lead a fairly healthy lifestyle and avoid any life-
Up Front Fred Sherwin threatening diseases, I should expect to live until I’m 81. Anything after that will be a bonus. What I don’t understand is what is your life expectancy if you weren’t born this year. In other words, what was the average life expectancy in 1961, the year I was born. As it turns out it was 71 years and three months, which, coincidentally, happens to be when I plan to retire. In researching this column, I came across another set of figures which laid out life expectancy by age group, and interestingly enough, a 54-year-old male living in 2015 could expect to live another 30.2 years and a 57-year-old could expect to live another 27.5 years. Both figures had increased a tenth of a year every year for the past seven or eight years. If I extrapolate those numbers over
the past three years. A 57-year-old male like myself can expect to live another 27.8 years. That would take me up to 84 and possibly 85. Things are looking better all the time. In the meantime, my male brethren south of the border will be dropping like flies. Life expectancy is a very weird term. In reality we shouldn’t expect anything, especially when it comes to our own mortality. It’s the classic case of an oxymoron. I don’t expect anything beyond 80. My only hope is that if I do live until I’m 85 or even longer, the good Lord blesses me with the health to enjoy those extra years. My dad always said that every day over 80 is a blessing. He will celebrate his 87th birthday in March and except for a few mobility problems is still going strong. The reason why the World Health Organization and countries like our own keep track of life expectancy is to be able to plan ahead. Estimating how many people will be around in 20 and 30 years is hugely important when planning health care services and estimating how long the Canada Pension Plan will last.
In 2006, there were 1.17 Canadians over the age of 80. By 2017 that number had increased to 1.57 million. That’s a 30 per cent increase, or roughly 400,000 people, which is massive. The lesson to be learned in all this is that unless you are a teacher, or a health care professional, or a full-time federal government employee with a gold-plated pension, ain’t no one going to help you but yourself. It also means a heck of a lot of people are going to have to work a heck of a lot longer before they can ever think of retiring, at least in the traditional sense. It also means that all those kids who are currently in their 20s will have to wait a lot longer for that wave of retirements they’ve been told about since they were in high school – unless of course they want to take care of us themselves. I always joke about wondering which will happen first – retirement or death – and right now the odds are on death. In the meantime, I plan to enjoy whatever years the good Lord allows me. I will also count my blessings that I will likely have an extra five years for no other reason than the fact that I was born on the right side of the 49th parallel.
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Cedar Valley owners celebrate two years in business By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star When brothers Georges and Haytham Rahmeh purchased the Cedar Valley Lebanese Restaurant in December 2016, they did so with the intention of putting their own personal touch on both the decor and the menu. After first addressing the menu, they began the lengthy process of making some aesthetic changes to the interior of the restaurant, while staying open seven days a week. It was a long and sometimes frustrating process, but the end result is a much brighter, more cheerful environment in which customers can enjoy a shawarma, donair, falafel, shish kebab or other Lebanese specialty they have to offer. “The sign on the front of the restaurant says Cedar Valley Lebanese Food, not Cedar Valley Shawarma,” explains Haytham who managed an award-winning international hotel in Beirut before immigrating to Canada. Since taking over the restaurant two years ago, the brothers have built up a loyal clientele by sticking to a simple formula – they use only the freshest ingredients and condiments, including highquality chicken and beef, and they put a major emphasis on customer service. In fact, they were recently nominated as one of the best Lebanese restaurants in the entire city by Skip the Dishes. Local residents like coming to Cedar Valley to get their Lebanese food fix. Besides the standard sandwiches, Cedar Valley also makes their own tabouleh and hummus
on site, and the Fattouche salad featuring Haytham’s secret dressing has become a runaway favourite. They are one of the few Lebanese food restaurants that still offers four different size sandwiches – small, medium, large and extra large – and they have Sunday specials. “Lebanese food is the healthiest food you can eat,” says Georges. “Everything is made to order using the freshest ingredients.” In the not too distant future, the brothers plan to capitalize on the reputation they’ve gained for their homemade Baklava and other tasty treats by adding a bakery to the business. The brothers have also ramped up the restaurant’s catering business. Establishing a menu for a catered event allows Cedar Valley to offer a long list of Lebanese specialties that are not on the daily menu. “We can do events from 50 people to 500 people, no problem,” says Haytham. Customer service is what Haytham and Georges are all about. They want each and every customer to feel welcome from the moment they walk through the front door and into the restaurant which can seat 20. A renewed focus on customer service also means a renewed focus on customer feedback. They have a huge presence on social media including Facebook and Instagram, through which they can offer their customers different specials, and they encourage visitors to provide suggestions on how and where they can improve. “It’s very important that you listen to your customers
Brothers Georges and Haytham Rahmeh recently celebrated two years in business together as the owners of the popular Cedar Valley Lebanese Restaurant in Orléans Garden. STAFF PHOTO and try to give them more of what they like,” says Haytham. With that type of philosophy in mind, Cedar Valley will continue to provide its customers with delicious Lebanese food served in a bright and inviting environment. Cedar Valley Restaurant is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and they are located in the Orléans Garden Shopping Centre at the corner of Jeanne d’Arc and Orléans Blvd. You can visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CedarValleyRestaurant or follow them on Instagram.
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Canada’s Ballet Jörgen gives local dancers a Nutcracker experience By Heather Jamieson The Orléans Star The professional dancers were “breathtaking and I loved getting to know them,” says Keradwyn Thompson about her first experience, in 2016, dancing in Canada’s Ballet Jörgen production of The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition. “It was even more exciting than I imagined,” she recalls. This is the third consecutive year the 11-year-old has successfully auditioned for a role. While she is once again dancing the part of a chipmunk, she explains there are four chipmunk roles and she has played a different one each year. Also dancing is her friend and fellow Cumbrae School of Dancing student Lily Mialkowski, 12, who auditioned unsuccessfully last year. While she admits to having been disappointed at the time, “I wasn’t discouraged about trying again. In fact, I think I was more encouraged so I could prove to myself that you can do whatever you set your mind to.” She will be dancing the role of a squirrel. Her mother Nancy MacKinnon was very proud of how her daughter bounced back from her disappointment. Laural Harquail and Charlotte Goyetche are the other Cumbrae students dancing in this year’s production. Keradwyn’s advice to those dancing for the first time is to do their best. “Time flies, so remember to enjoy the experience and don’t forget to have fun.” (Keradwyn will also be performing in Cinderella and the Ice Slipper at The Gladstone Theatre starting December 28.)
Being part of the Nutcracker cast is a significant commitment for dancers, who are already dancing many hours a week in their regular classes. An intensive evening and full-day of rehearsals followed auditions at the Shenkman in mid-October. Three-hour weekly rehearsals continue every Sunday morning at the School of Dance in New Edinburg until final rehearsals with Ballet Jörgen’s co-founder and artistic director Bengt Jörgen. Keradwyn’s father Kevin Thompson is impressed with Jörgen’s support and encouragement. “He really makes the children feel like they are part of the Jörgen ballet family.” From about 80 Ottawa-area dancers who auditioned, 16 from eight Ottawa-area dance schools were chosen to perform as woodland creatures in the three performances at the Shenkman. Another 15 young dancers will perform in the two performances at the Meridian Theatres at Centerpointe. As last year, the only male dancer chosen for either cast was Viggo Batabyal-Miller from the Academy of Dance Arts in Orléans. Cumbrae dancers were also among local dancers chosen to dance in the recent Alberta Ballet production of The Nutcracker at the National Arts Centre. “I cannot say enough about how grateful I am as a teacher to the companies that open roles to local children,” says Amer Harvie, director of Cumbrae. “It is so inspiring for them to be part of a professional production.” Performances at the Shenkman are at 7 p.m. on
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Wild & Free Hair Boutique is not your average hair salon STAR STAFF – Kayleigh Stroz wants to set trends, not follow them. It’s one of the reasons the hair stylist of 12 years opened her own salon on Innes Road in partnership with her parents, David and Dawn. The Wild & Free Hair Boutique on Innes Road is a full-service hair salon that specializes in colouring and highlighting and making their clients feel... well, wild and free. The name comes from the Henry David Thoreau quote “All good things are wild and free,” which has often been interpreted as “Everything beautiful is wild and free.” “I really liked the idea of linking beauty to being wild and free and that’s the sense we want to give our clients. It suits our spirit here” says the 31-yearold Stroz, who studied marketing and business along with hair styling at Algonquin College. Stroz has held every job possible in the hair salon business, including in management. Tired of working for someone else she finally decided to open her own salon earlier this year. The first step was to find a location which is across the street from the Walmart store at Innes and Frank Bender.
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Community Christmas Guide GMC recital showcases tremendous young talent in Orléans STAR STAFF – The Gloucester Music Club held its first series of recitals for 2018-2019 at Orléans United Church last week, during which 34 young musicians and vocalists were able to show off their immense talent. The recitals were spread out over three sessions. The first session, which took place on Friday, Nov. 23, featured 11 pianists, one violinist, one cellist and a vocalist. The second session on Saturday afternoon had 12 pianists on the program along with one cellist and one violinist. The third and final session, which took place Saturday evening, featured 13 pianists and seven vocalists. After being being welcomed to the recital by Felix Xu, the audience was treated to a performance of Schumann’s Knect Ruprect op. 28, no. 12 by Daniel Liu which was one of the highlights of the evening.
Vocal performances ranged from the whimsical – Computer Cat, sung by Sabrina Meng – to the sublime The Path to the Moon, sung by Rylie MacDonell. One of the strongest vocal performances of the evening was delivered by Adelaine Carvallo who sang Michael Head’s A Blackbird Singing. The Grade 11 St. Peter High School has landed a lead role in the St. Peter Players upcoming production of Shrek: The Musical. Other notable performances were turned in by Jesse Nasmith who sang Close Every Door by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Luc Cormier who sang Sea Fever by John Ireland. Nasmith is a Grade 12 student at Colonel By Secondary School. The Blackburn Hamlet resident only started singing a year ago when he auditioned for a role in his high school’s production of Footloose. The
experience made him fall in love with musical theatre and he recently landed a lead role in Colonel By’s upcoming production of Chicago. Other vocal performances were turned in by Grace St. Germain who sang Gee, I’m Glad I’m No One Else But Me from the play Anne of Green Gables and Ellison Butler who sang Maybe from the play Annie. Other highlights included Naomi Li’s performance of Gentle Breeze by Joanne Bender; Darren Liu’s recital of Rigadoon in A Minor by Babell; Felix Xu’s rendition of Bourée in F Major by Telemann and Chloe Hataley’s performance of Wedding Day at Trauldhagen which brought the program to a close. Naomi Li was among the many young musicians and vocalists who performed during the GMC recitals on Nov. 23 and 24.
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Community Christmas Guide Christmas Choirfest raises $2,868 for local foodbanks STAR STAFF – Each year, church choirs from across Orléans gather together at the Community Pentecostal Church to celebrate the holy season in song and scripture while raising money for the east end’s two local food banks. As in the past, this year’s Christmas Choirfest was kicked off by a joint performance of Hark! The Herald Angels Sing by the youth choruses. The youth choirs at this year’s event included the Sonshine Singers, the Cross Town Youth Chorus and GleeCeptional. The Sonshine Singers then delivered an emotional performance of It’s Christmas under the direction of Cathy Goddard. The chorus is made up of a talented group of able-bodied and developmentally challenged youth who share the joy of singing. The group was followed on stage by the Cross Town Youth Chorus who sang Medieval Gloria, which served as one of the highlights of the evening. The senior members of the chorus then sang a
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Shenkman holiday productions in full swing STAR STAFF – With Christmas less than three weeks away, the holiday season is in full swing at the Shenkman Arts Centre. This Friday, awarding-winning Elvis tribute artist Pete Paquette will take the Harold Shenkman Hall stage to present Elvis: A Christmas Special with Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette tribute artist Amberley Beatty.
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Four-time Ms. Fitness World an inspiration to young and old alike By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star The name on the Youville Drive facade says it all – “Inspired by Vanda”. Inspiring other women, and especially young girls, is what Vanda Hadarean is all about. When the former Olympic medalist immigrated to Canada from her native Romania in 2000, her dream was to some day coach and inspire other young girls to be the best they could be. After spending a year and a half coaching in Hamilton, she moved to Ottawa to coach the girls competitive program at the Tumblers Gymnastics Centre in Orléans and has lived here ever since. In 2005, Hadarean began training to take part in international fitness competitions and went on to win four consecutive Ms. World Fitness titles from 2008 to 2011. Shortly after winning her last title, she left Tumblers to start her own fitness centre with the focus on training young girls to not just be more fit, but to be more confident and self-assured. And so Inspired by Vanada was born. In the years since, Hadarean has trained several junior champions and is currently training 2018 Ms. Fitness Canada Taysia Thompson who recently placed fourth in the Pro Division at a Fitness America competition in Las Vegas.
She also runs a boot camp program for adults. But training young girls is her first love. “We teach them basic gymnastics like tumbling, bridging and flexibility, and we teach them to be more confident,” says Hadarean. “But before we teach them to tumble, we teach them that they are human beings first.” The kids love her, and so do their parents, one of whom recently wrote a post on Vanda’s Facebook page. “(My daughter) has so much confidence now!! (Not even a year in!!) Coach Vanda changed her! If you ever listened to Vanda speak. She speaks words of wisdom, she builds your child up!! ‘You aren’t doing this for me, you are doing this for you.’ I hear it all the time and honestly, it gets to me!!!! You are hardcore and exactly what my daughter needed,” wrote Brigitte Tessier. As if running her own fitness studio wasn’t enough, Hadarean recently accepted an offer to rejoin the Tumblers Gymnastics Centre as the head coach of the girls competitive artistic program. It’s not easy juggling the two jobs, but Hadarean has managed the task just fine. “The difficult part as in trying to find the right balance between the two jobs, but it’s managed to work out very well,” says Hadarean.
Vanada Hadarean is hoping her success as a former Olympian and four-time Ms. Fitness World will inspire young gymnasts at the Tumblers Gymnastics Centre as well as her students at the Inspired by Vanda fitness studio. PHOTO SUPPLIED When asked where she finds her own inspiration, the former Olympian, World Fitness champion responds with an inspiring story of her own. “Before I started this studio I used to watch a woman on Christian television, Joyce Meyer, and she was so inspirational, but one morning the power was off, so instead of TV I reached for my bible and the first verse I turned to was ‘Go in the direction of your dreams, for God is with
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OFSAA Bowl loss fails to overshadow successful season Continued from page 20 Sticking to their ground game, the Colts moved the ball 67 yards on nine plays culminating in a seven yard TD run. Trailing 38-6, the Knights had every reason to mail in the rest of the game, but instead they rallied for a 66-yard scoring drive that included a pair of long passes from Licandro to Koradi that set up 15yard touchdown run by the St. Peter quarterback. The Colts closed out the scoring with another long touchdown drive that included six straight running plays. Despite the fact that the Knights were obviously undersized and undermanned against their opponents, head coach Jim Mick didin’t make any excuses in a post game interview. Instead, he commended Conor MacDonald hauls in a Ryan his players for playing a full four quarters. Licandro pass in the National Capital “We were outmanned today, but we got this far on heart,” said Mick, “These Bowl. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO kids have a lot of heart and they showed ship in as many years. They can also look forward to next it today.” Despite, last week’s loss the Knights season when a talented group of juniors can look back on an undefeated regular will be making the move up to the senior season and their second city champion- team and a shot at another city title.
you.’ So I knew from then, that if I put myself in God’s hands he would show me the way,” recalls Hadarean. The journey since then has not always been easy, but with her strong belief in God, Hadarean has managed to blaze her own path while inspiring hundreds of young girls and women along the way. To find out more visit www.ibv.fit or check out their Facebook page at www. facebook.com/inspiredbyvanda.
Former St. Matt Tiger having impressive freshman year at UMaine By Mike Beasley The Orléans Star Katley Joseph has beaten the odds when it comes to suiting up as a regular in his first NCAA football season. Most freshmen see a lot of practice time, rarely get a sniff of real game action and in some cases are red-shirted to save a year of eligibility Joseph knew he was facing unlikely odds to crack the starting roster when he committed to the University of Maine Black Bears in November 2017. But the St. Matthew High School graduate was focused and determined on making the team as a starting defensive back from the opening kick-off. “Coming out of high school, I knew what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go,” Joseph said. “Committing to the University of Maine was the right move for me. The Black Bears gave me the opportunity to earn a spot in the starting roster right away, which I took advantage of through hard work over the summer and in training camp.” The four-time MVP for the St. Matt Tigers was a highly touted high school prospect. In addition to being a multiple most valuable player, Joseph was named a
NCAFA Eastern All-Star team member on four different occasions as a defensive back. Joseph was ranked as the top defensive back in Ontario, possessing excellent physical ability along with excellent skills reading plays and recognizing offensive formations. Prior to his senior year of high school, Joseph showed the NCAA recruiters what all the fuss surrounding him was about when he, his brother and a few football buddies headed down to a showcase at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He was up against some pretty stiff competition in the form of high end American-born players, but Joseph stood out with his solid play. Katley made an immediate impression with the University of Maine coaching staff and was offered a full scholarship the same day. After graduating from high school last December, the Orléans native made the move to Orono, Maine, in January to get a head start on his college career. “I enrolled in January to make a smooth transition from living in Orleans and attending high school to living in the United States and being an NCAA studentathlete,” Joseph explained.
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St. Matthew High School grad Katley Joseph started eight games for the University of Maine Black Bears as a freshman this season. PHOTO SUPPLIED “Going early definitely gave me an advantage because being a full-time student and playing varsity football is a busy schedule. Getting a handle on school and living away from home in another country was an adjustment.” The 5-foot-9, 174 lb. communications major suited up for eight out of 10 games for the Black Bears this season, picking up
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St. Peter Knights overwhelmed by northern invaders The Colts were knocking on the door again on their next possession when Knights defensive back Justice Koradi intercepted a pass on the 15-yard line to thwart the scoring threat. Unfortunately, St. Pete’s would give the ball back seven plays later on the Colts’ 45. The two teams then exchanged interceptions, before the Colts were finally able to put a sustained drive together to score their third converted touchdown of the half and take a 21-6 lead heading into the break. Any hope of a Knights comeback were dashed when the Colts opened the second half with a 67-yard scoring drive. They ran eight straight running plays, including 25-yard touchdown dash that improved their lead to 28-6. A 27-yard field goal on Korah’s next series would extend the Colts advantage to 25 points. The Knights’ position went from bad to worse when the Colts closed out the third quarter with another long drive that had them knocking on the door yet again. CONTINUED ON PAGE 19
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By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star The St. Peter Knights were hoping to end their season on high note against the Korah Colts in the OFSAA National Capital Bowl last week, but the Sault St. Marie team flipped the script on the hometown boys, cruising to a convincing 45-12 win. The Knights got off to a strong start on a snow-covered field at TD Place. They managed to manufacture a 65-yard opening drive that included two long passes from quarterback Ryan Licandro to Jonathan Agette. Licandro then ran the ball in from the one-yard line to give his team an early 6-0 lead. In a foreshadowing of the type of night the Knights would have, the Colts responded with an impressive scoring drive of their own, moving the ball 68 yards on just six plays. A successful extra point attempt would give the northern invaders a 7-6 lead. The Colts struck again on their next St. Peter Knights running back and kick returner Jonathan Agette scampers for possession, scoring their second toucha decent gain against the Korah Colts in the OFSAA National Capital Bowl at TD down in just two plays to increase their Place last week. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO lead to 14-6.
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