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By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star One man’s front yard can be another man’s sugar bush providing you have a few maple trees on your property. In the tiny village of Navan, just 10 minutes south of Orléans, self-avowed maple syrup lover Pierre Gravelle has been tapping the maple trees on his residential property for the past two years. He has four trees in all, which last year produced 400 litres of sap which he boiled down to 10 litres of golden maple syrup. “I retired last year so I figured why not? My son-in-law’s family has a sugar bush in Sarsfield and my wife and I really like maple syrup so I thought why not give it a try,” says Gravelle. Although Gravelle once worked as a technician for Spar Aerospace, making maple syrup is not exactly rocket science. All it takes is a spigot to tap into the tree
and a bucket. Total cost – about $10. Oh, and you need a maple tree, or two, or three. The more the merrier, says Gravelle, who expanded his operation to include several trees on his son-in-law’s family property in Sarsfield this year. To process the sap, which has the consistency of sugar water, into syrup takes heat and a little patience. The heat source should preferably be outdoors. Gravelle found that out the hard way last year when he tried to process the sap on his stove. The vapour that’s produced when you boil the sap has a high sugar content and it can be very sticky. Gravelle now uses a large metal pot over a propane burner in his backyard. After tapping his trees over a week ago, he’s managed to produced 1.5 litres of syrup so far this season. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
Pierre Gravelle stands in front of his property in Navan. Three of five maple LEADING WOMEN, LEADING GIRLS – On March 8, Orléans MPP MarieFrance Lalonde handed out 28 certificates to deserving women and girls in the riding to mark International Women’s Day. The list of recipients included Tréva Cousineau, Teresa Whitmore, Pierrette Boisvert, Amanda Antonitti, Gina Lapointe, Amélie Trottier, Angelica Kalubiaka, Brigitte Pilon, Chantal Chatigny, Christine Marier, Claudèle Vézina, Dolores Côté, Emily Best, Emily Martin, Fernande Lavergne, Francine Vinet, Gina Lapointe, Huguette Lorrain, Jennifer Sondergaard, Jessica Goyette, Julia Kennedy, Louise Lagroix, Marie Charette, Monique Blais, Pankaj Chopra, Paulette Corbeil, Stella Ronan, and Valerie Assoi.
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NAVAN – The Navan Memorial Arena will once again be the site of the Bradley Cup hockey tournament this weekend, pitting teams from Navan, Vars, Cumberland, Sarsfield, Hammond and Orléans against each other for the right to hoist the 90-year-old trophy above their heads as champions. The Bradley Cup was established in 1926 by John Thomas Bradley who put the trophy up for a game between Navan and Vars. Navan won the game 1-0 in double overtime and the trophy was put on display in Bradley’s general store on Colonial Road. The Cup was put up for grabs again from 1949 to 1959 when it was retired until 2016 when J.T. Bradley’s Country Convenience Store owner and John Thomas Bradley’s great-grandson John Bradley revised it yet again. During the tournament on Saturday, March 30 there will be a cash bar on the second floor of the arena and a lunch. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Hannah Billings Fund.
OrleansOnline.ca, Orléans Star officially launch new website ORLÉANS – It`s been months in the making, but the new Orléans Star website is finally here. The site represents the long awaited evolution of the old OrleansOnline.ca website under the Orléans Star masthead. Features include an Opinion page with the latest writings by columnists Fred Sherwin, Walter Robinson and Heather Jamieson; the Orléans Restaurant Guide; links to a multitude of community organizations, sports associations and arts groups; thony Orchestra – violinists Alana Gralen and Brigit Knecht, violist Lisa Moody and cellist David Wright – all of whom are accomplished musicians in their own right. Tickets are $15 and purchased by calling 613-580-2700 or by visiting the Shenkman Arts Centre box office.
trees he’s tapped can be seen in the background with the green buckets hanging on the. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO
Producing your own syrup is easier than you think Continued from page 1 Maple syrup production is extremely weather dependent. The optimal conditions require cool evenings combined with warm sunny days and very little wind. When the sap is running, it’s the consistency of sugar water. Some people simply boil it to remove any impurities and drink then drink it like water. Maple water as it’s called, is rich in nutrients and minerals including calcium, potassium, manganese and magnesium. But Gravelle warns it can also be a diurectic if you drink too much. The main advantage to making your own maple syrup is economic. A 540ml can of maple syrup can cost as much as
$10. Depending on how often you use it, it can easily add up. Gravelle figures the 10 litres he made last year cost him about $40, but that’s because it was his first year using the spigots and buckets. His only cost this year will be the propane he’ll use to process the sap and the mason jars to store the syrup in. “It’s a nice hobby and we really like maple syrup, especially when you make it yourself,” Gravelle says with obvious pride. They are a number of sources on the Internet to help the a maple syrup lover makes his own product. The only thing that is absolutely necessary are the maple trees.
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Orléans native Michelle Treacy gets launched By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star Move over Lady Gaga, a new star has been born and her name is Michelle Treacy. The Orléans singer won the final episode of CTV’s The Launch on March 6 leading to the release of the single Emotional immediately afterwards. Not bad for a girl who earned her first big breakthrough in Montreal five years ago when she was invited on stage by Lady Gaga to perform her original song Gold Boy. Gaga was so impressed she kept Treacy on stage to sing Born This Way together. A couple of months later, Sony signed Treacy to a record deal. She recorded and released two singles – Armageddon in June 2016 and Colours later the same year – before Sony terminated the deal in early 2017. During the audition portion of The Launch, Treacy sang a rockin’ version of River by Bishop Briggs followed by her own composition Ashes to Ashes. After hearing Treacy sing her own song, judge MarieMai brought her to tears with her comments. “What I hear and what I see is your heart,” said Mai. In a foreshadowing of the show’s outcome, fellow judge Bebe Rexha said that Treacy’s performance made her think that Treacy’s voice would be perfect for the song chosen for the episode – Emotional. Producer Nile Rodgers, who was also on the judging panel, wondered aloud if anyone could top Treacy’s performance. Of the five artists who auditioned for the judges,
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Navan general store celebrates 120th anniversary By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star It is the oldest continually run business in the east end by far. In fact, it’s arguably one of the oldest run businesses in all of Ottawa. What can’t be argued is the importance that J.T. Bradley’s Country Convenience Store has had in the ongoing history of Navan. Founded in 1898 by John Thomas Bradley, J.T. Bradley’s has undergone a series of transformations over the decades. The biggest occurred in 1948 when the original building was destroyed by fire. It was soon rebuilt, however, and Navan’s beloved general store was back in business. Morris and Borden Bradley took over the store in 1932 after the sudden passing of their father. The two brothers managed things through the Great Depression and the Second World War. After Borden passed away in 1952, Morris ran the store on his own with the help of his oldest son Lorne, who eventually took over the business when his father died in 1975. Lorne continued on as president until his own death in 1991. The store was sold to Gerry Labelle after Lorne passed away and was run as a Quick Mart for three years until John Bradley purchased the business in 1994 at the age of 29 – the same age J.T. Bradley was when he first started the store in 1898, and the same age Morris was when he took over the business in 1932. Far from being just another country store, J.T. Bradley’s is an integral part of the community and has been for as long as it has existed. J.T. Bradley’s and the Bradley family are the living definition of the what it means to give back to the community. Morris Bradley was a founding member of the Navan Lions Club and his wife Elda was a member of the Navan Women’s Institute, the Navan Branch of the Canadian Red Cross Society and the
Ottawa Women’s Canadian Club. Lorne Bradley was also a charter member of the Navan Lions Club and he played a leading role in the building of the first Navan Arena in 1952, its rebuilding after a fire destroyed the original building in 1955, the installation of artificial ice in 1972 and the construction of the third Arena in 1982. Morris’ other son and John Bradley’s father, Ross Bradley, also played a key role in the construction of the third arena and he led the fundraising efforts for the Navan Curling Club and the village Cenotaph among a number of other projects. Given his family’s commitment and dedication to the community, it was only natural for John to follow in the footsteps of his father, uncles and grandfather. Over the years he has raised tens of thousands of dollars for a variety of local projects. For their efforts, the Bradley family was given the key to the city in 2001. J.T. Bradley’s will be celebrating their 120th anniversary with an Open House on Friday, March 29. There will be live entertainment along with complimentary coffee and cake. The Bradley Cup hockey tournament will be contested the following day at the nearby Navan Memorial Arena. The Bradley Cup dates back to 1926 when it was put up by John Thomas Bradley to be given to the winner of a two game, total goal challenge series between Navan and Vars. Navan won the first series in double overtime. Cumberland Village won the pewter cup in 1929 and Navan won it back four years later. It would sit on a shelf in J.T. Bradley and Sons until 1948 when it was dusted off for a rematch between Navan and Vars which Navan won 8-1 on aggregate. The Cup was won by a team from French Hill in 1959 when it was once again placed on a shelf to collect dust until John decided to organize a tournament to raise
John Bradley holds the 93-year-old Bradley Cup in the Navan general store. (Right) John’s great grandfather J.T. Bradley is holding the same trophy in the 1920s. FILE PHOTO money for a local man battling cancer. This year’s tournament will be contested between teams from Navan, Vars, Cumberland, Orléans, Sarsfield and Embrun.
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It’s about time I never thought I would ever say this, but kudos to Doug Ford and the Ontario government. Just to add a caveat, there a lot of things I don’t like about the Ford government. In fact, the list is too long to write here or else I would run out of space. But their decision to ban cell phones from the classroom starting next fall is bloody brilliant. It should have been done eons ago when the first kid was caught checking his Instagram messages in biology class. Social media is a scourge and it’s too tempting for any teenager to have a smartphone in a classroom and not be expected to check their messages while the teacher has their back turned. In fact, if it were up to me, they would be banned from school property entirely, along with calculators up to Grade 11 and only if they are needed for calculus, trigonometry and advanced algebra. It’s about time our schools got back to the basics. And don’t give me that BS that your child needs to have a cell phone so you can get a hold of them in an emergency. You can get a hold of them the old fashioned way – by calling the school office. The staff will be more than happy to pass on your message. I know it might be hard for anyone under the age of 25 to believe this, but there was a time when we didn’t have smartphones and tablets, or even Facebook. And those of us who lived through those times managed to get through our courses, pass our exams and graduate without them quite fine, thank you very much In researching the subject, I came across a study that was done on the pros and cons of allowing the use of smartphones at school. Among the findings was the claim that students who use smartphones in the classroom were more likely to “feel smart”, be happier and show interest in their subjects than students who didn’t have smartphones. The catch is that the finding was the result of student survey. They asked a bunch of high school students if having a smartphone in school helped them feel smart, be happier and show a greater interest in their subjects. If the response wasn’t a 100 per cent in favour I would question the veracity of the survey. I’m sure you would get the same response if you offered them a $50 per diem for going to class. Since when did you have to feel smart, be happy and show an interest in your subjects in order to do well at school? And why on earth does anyone need a smartphone and access to the Internet in order to feel smart and be happy? When you start to measure your happiness by a high tech barometer, you know you’re in trouble. They call it social media, but in fact Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are incredibly antisocial. We are raising an entire generation who will have lost the art of holding an intelligent conversation. Any effort to reverse that trend, or at least delay it, is okay with me. - Fred Sherwin, editor
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Signs of spring are all around us if you look hard enough It’s mid-March and let’s face it, more than 5 months of winter has taken its toll … the cold, the snow, those days with just eight to nine hours of sunlight, then the frigid cold and even more and more snow. So last Friday, after an overnight dusting of another seven centimetres of the dreaded white stuff, yours truly screamed at Mother Nature: ENOUGH, MAKE IT STOP! Well dear reader, she actually listened to me. Snowbanks are receding and revealing their grayish colour replete with litter and other debris. Not convinced yet? Tim Horton’s is running out of roll up the disappointment – oops, I mean, Roll Up The Rim to Win cups. Or just look at the number of joggers out this past weekend getting in their long runs as Ottawa Marathon race weekend is now just 10 weeks away. But don’t take my word for it, the telltale signs of spring are everywhere. Drive by Movati on Innes or the Good Life fitness clubs on Tenth Line Road or in Place d’Orleans and you’ll see folks entering or leaving the gym in hoodies, shorts and flip flops. And it’s the same story outside city facilities like the Ray Friel Centre or the Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex. You can also crack your bedroom win-
dow open just a touch before bedtime and hear chirping birds before 5 a.m. the next morning instead of setting your alarm clock or iPhone. Yet another reminder of spring is the barrage of Easter chocolate displays that visually assault you as you enter Walmart or the Dollar store. And after purchasing your fill of sugar and driving away, nature’s thaw is abundantly evident as the brown grass alongside our major thoroughfares sprouts up while you navigate endless puddles and those fr$%kin potholes on St. Joseph, Innes or Navan Road. You don’t even have to leave home to know that spring is here. My Gmail is jammed with spam from Old Navy telling me about new bathing suits and $2 sandal specials, Indigo/Chapters gave me their best book deals for March Break, and Men’s Health has once again let me know about their new and best-ever body-
weight workout to get that perfect beach body. As for TV watching, you know it’s spring when TSN is talking about NHL playoff races, the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament is set to begin and the Blue Jays are playing baseball from places in Florida where many people eat dinner at 4 p.m. for half-price. Still with the stay-at-home theme and thinking of food, you open your patio door and learn with your nose that the neighbours next door have already fired up their BBQ to enjoy a great meal, and sigh, you weren’t invited. Collectively, these are divine and undisputable signs that warmer days filled with fun and sunshine are on the way. However, if you are a glass half-empty kind of person, there is a litany of undeniable sad proof of the arrival of spring for you as well. To start, those T3, T4 and T5 slips mean that it will soon be time to do your taxes so you best be updating your TurboTax, TaxTron or UFile software. Or perhaps it’s that feeling of dread as cleaning out the garage is a task that will soon rocket to the top of your honey-do list in the coming weeks. Taking a look at your vehicle is also a reminder that April showers will bring
May flowers soon enough so you better make that call to get a full detailing to remove those salt stains and don’t forget about the appointment at the dealership or your garage to get your snow tires removed as you don’t want to be that person still driving on winter radials come May 1st. As you seek the aforementioned BBQ scent, you race outside to the front of your house and chat with other neighbours out for a brisk walk only to notice that that somebody didn’t pick up after Rover the dog during the early January cold snap and that his defecating gift is slowly decomposing on your half-lawn, half-snow patch. And to make matters worse, your asphalt driveway is riddled with cracks which means you will need to seal the driveway (again) in two months’ time. Yes, both positive and negative signs confirm that spring is here. But don’t take my word for it, you can look to science and the cosmos because the spring equinox officially arrives on Tuesday, March 20th at 12:15 p.m. So good riddance Old Man Winter, hello Beautiful Lady Spring and charge your glasses for a toast because right after spring, we will roll into, you guessed it, six months of construction, ugh!
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Revera Portobello residents enjoy a variety of activities Special to the Orléans Star Spring is in the air at the Revera Portobello retirement community in South Fallingbrook which means the schedule is chock full of social events aimed at keeping the residents active and entertained. During the recent St. Patrick’s Day party, the residents enjoyed green beer and green snacks while being entertained by air of local musicians. Rick Bretin performed in the pub during the afternoon and Dai Basset kept the Irish tunes coming in the evening. Activities are geared around a different country each month with Ireland being the obvious choice for March. Besides the St. Patrick’s Day party, the residents got to learn about Irish history and culture throughout the month. They were also able to enjoy a variety of Irish-themed food prepared by the culinary staff. Director of Recreation Matthew Clairoux is already preparing for April which will include a number of special events leading up to the Easter weekend. The month will kick off with a special Spring Bazaar on Saturday, April 6 followed by International Beer Day on
Sunday, April 7. A number of vendors will be on hand at the bazaar to display their products and there will be a bake sale with items provided by the residents and family members. During the International Beer Day the residents and their guests will be able to sample beers from around the world. Both events are open to the general public. There will be a number of other activities during the rest of the month leading up to Easter weekend and the annual Easter Party. Clairoux is constantly coming up with different activities and themed events to entertain the residents and keep them involved socially which is especially important during the winter months and the weeks leading up to spring when the residents can get outside and enjoy the warmer weather. Revera Portobello is a fully bilingual retirement residence with 111 independent living suites and 21 assisted living suites. The residence has a number of common areas including a pub, a theatre, a large open foyer, a physio room and a library. Guided tours are available by calling
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Seniors needed to help researchers investigate climate change We love to complain about the weather. The winter has been too cold, too snowy and too long. Summers are too hot, too humid or too dry. The latter is very true. Last summer, Ottawa issued its first heat wave warning on June 17. On Canada Day, the humidex reached 47 C, the highest ever recorded in Ottawa and as late as October 9, a humidex of 35 C was the highest of any date in October since records began in 1952. By the end of this century, it is predicted that Canadian summers will have temperatures that are considered tropical today. Scary stuff. Extreme weather events, attributable in large part to climate change, are occurring world-wide. But while we complain, and worry, a team of researchers at the Human and Environmental Physiology Research Unit (HEPRU) at the University of Ottawa are studying the impact of hot weather and physical activity on our aging workforce and elderly population. They want to understand how different factors, such as age, gender, state of health, fitness, hydration status and acclimatization state can affect an individual’s tolerance to heat.
A Seniors Moment by Heather Jamieson Research is undertaken in the HEPRU state-of-the-art laboratory, considered to be one of the finest facilities in the world. Check it out at www.hepru.ca. The multi-faceted study will inform new guidelines and heat protection strategies to safeguard health during exposure to heat, particularly in high-risk professions such as roofers and asphalt workers. The current focus is aimed at determining the risks faced by seniors during extreme heat events, such as experienced last summer, explains Dr. Glen Kenny, HEPRU director and a leading authority in the field of human thermoregulation. Research has already shown that even small elevations above normal in summer outdoor temperatures can cause rises in indoor temperatures that negatively impact health, including reduced functional
ability, impaired sleep quality and mental fatigue. This can be of particular concern for seniors in hospitals and long-term care facilities. “Adults as young as 40, have a reduced ability to dissipate heat gained from the environment. This response is worse with increasing age and in individuals with chronic medical conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and hypertension,” he adds. And, this is where volunteers come in. Individuals between 60 and 80 are needed to help researchers determine indoor temperature limits that will safeguard the health of vulnerable seniors. In return, eligible participants will receive a free fitness assessment, which includes a VO2max and ECG stress test, as well as a body composition analysis, valued at $650. (I had to look up VO2 max test. Google tells me it is “maximal oxygen consumption” and refers to the maximum amount of oxygen that an individual can utilize during intense or maximal exercise and is generally considered the best indicator of cardiovascular fitness and aerobic endurance.) Marie McCormack, 70, is one Orléans
senior who has participated in the study. She learned about it at the Orléans parkrun, one of the locations along with fitness programs, community centres and even Kijiji, where researchers are recruiting volunteers. “I figured I had nothing to lose,” says McCormack, who was attracted by the information about her own health and fitness she would receive. Her results show she falls within healthy ranges, but she sees room for improvement. “It makes me more motivated to keep walking and try to lose a few pounds,” she adds. She also likes the idea of contributing to a body of research that can bring greater protection to outdoor workers and vulnerable seniors. Both sedentary and physically active seniors, within the target age range, are needed for the study, including those with chronic conditions, such as hypertension and Type 2 diabetes. You are not eligible if you smoke or are (unlikely in our demographic!) pregnant. To learn more, contact HEPRU at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-562-5800, ext. 4270.
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Programs help seniors stay in their own homes By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star Today’s seniors face a variety of issues, from a shortage of available spaces in retirement residences to being able to afford those spaces in the first place. Accommodation in a retirement residence can cost anywhere from $2,500 to $7,500 a month, and the ones at the lower end of the scale are difficult to find. Even if you can afford the rent, you have to ask yourself how long you intend to be there? And what happens if you live long enough that you are no longer able to afford it? The only way to avoid the cost of a retirement home is to stay in your own home as long as you can, that’s where the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre comes in. The EORC offers a variety of programs in partnership with the Local Health Integration Network and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care that are aimed at helping seniors remain in their own homes for as long as possible. One of those programs is Meals on Wheels. Last year, the EORC and a dedicated team of volunteer drivers distributed nearly 25,000 meals to about 500 seniors living in the former municipalities of Gloucester and Cumberland. The meals can be delivered either hot to be eaten right away, or frozen to be cooked and eaten at the client’s convenience. The hot meals, which are delivered at the lunch hour, cost $6.50 each and in-
clude a main course, a dessert and a piece of fresh fruit. The frozen meals are broken down to soups ($2.50 each), entrées ($6 each) and desserts ($2.50 each) and are delivered twice monthly. Part of the cost is used to compensate the drivers who are paid 50 cents per kilometre for gas and the use of their vehicles. Many drivers deliver 10-12 meals a day depending on the distance between clients. The EORC is currently recruiting additional drivers as part of their March for Meals Campaign. Besides delivering meals to appreciative seniors, the drivers get to interact with the clients which can often develop into meaningful relationships for both parties. Fallingbrook senior Jacqueline Landry first started ordering meals through the Meals on Wheels program when her husband was sick some 23 years ago. “For me it was such a big help receiving the meals. It was a surprise every day because he didn’t know what he was getting, so it became a really big thing for him,” says Landry. Her husband eventually died of his illness, but she never forgot about the program, so when she began having mobility issues last year she called the EORC. “I really appreciate it a lot,” says Landry who receives a hot lunch every day from Monday to Friday. Besides Meals on Wheels the EORC also offers transportation services for area seniors; house cleaning and maintenance
Orléans Ward city councillor Matt Luloff serves Jacqueline Landry a hot meal as part of the March for Meals campaign last week. The month long campaign is in support of the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre’s Meals on Wheels program for seniors. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO services; and a home foot care service among other things. To learn more visit www.eorc-creo.ca and click on the Programs and Services tab. The Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre is always in need of volunteer drivers.
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NC – When it comes to summer day camps variety is the spice of life and no one offers more variety when it comes to programming for boys and girls age 5 to 12 than Camps Canada. Among the various options offered by the Ottawa-based day camp provider are arts and crafts, basketball, bike safety, ball hockey, horseback riding, swimming, tennis and multisport. Camps Canada has been around since 1996 and they have a stellar record when it comes to safety and the character and quality of their dedicated staff. They are so confident that each and
every one of their young campers will enjoy their summer camp experience from the very first day that they offer a no strings attached, money back guarantee. If your child does not absolutely love their first day at camp they will provide you with a full refund – no questions asked. The cost is $199 a week tax included for the arts and crafts, ball hockey, bike safety and multisport camps, all of which are run out of St. Peter High School in Orléans. Camp hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., however, a one-hour, preand post-camp program is available at no
extra cost Camps Canada also offers a morning only arts and crafts, or multisport camp for $99 per week. The camps are available from the week of July 8 to the week of July 29 and again during the week of August 12. If you register before April 1, you can receive a $5 discount. The only decision you need to make is which of the camps should you register your children for. The best way to determine if a particular camp is right for you is to ask a lot of questions. Camp directors are used to answering questions about
every detail of camp. If you don’t get the answers you are looking for, keep searching. You need to feel good about your decision. After all, you want your child to have an awesome camp experience that will forge memories to last a lifetime. But more importantly, talk to your child. Find out what he or she is interested in and choose a camp with the specific focus geared towards their interests. This will go a long way to ensure they will have a fun and enjoyable camp experience. To learn more about Camps Canada you can visit their website at www.camps canada.com.
Persis Grill restaurant a cullinary Persian paradise By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star I’ve been hearing great things about the Persis Grill on Tenth Line Road for several months now, so when I finally made plans to check out the Persian restaurant last weekend, I couldn’t wait to find out what all the buzz was about. The Persis Grill is located in the same shopping plaza as the Sobeys store at Tenth Line and Brian Coburn Blvd. It opened in January 2017 to rave reviews from local foodies and has been doing a brisk business ever since. The owners, Maryam and Kourosh emigrated from Northern Iran and settled in Chapel Hill South where they live with their two children. Their dream was to share the flavours and meals of their childhood home with their fellow Orléans residents and so the Persis Grill was born. When you first walk into the restaurant you are immediately struck by the wallto-wall reliefs depicting the history of the Achaemenid Empire of Persia which began with the reign of Cyrus the Great in 550 BC. The dining room is open and bright and the service is friendly and prompt. After being shown to our table
my dining companion and I were served a mixed platter that included a little bit of everything. I sampled the beef kebabs first and much to my delight, they were cooked to a perfect medium rare. But it was the pomegranate marinade that had my taste buds jumping for joy. Persis uses Canadian Prime Sirloin in all their beef kebabs, and Canadian Grade A chicken in their chicken kebabs which are charbroiled to perfection. All the meat and chicken are sourced from Coté Poultry in Ottawa and are certified Halal. I also sampled the Mahicheh, which is comprised of a tender lamb shank slowcooked in a tomato-based sauce and served on top of basmati rice mixed with dill and fava beans, and the lamb chops which were thinly sliced and charbroiled to perfection. Although I enjoyed the lamb shank, the lamb chops were the stars of the evening. They were unbelievably delicious. In fact, I wouldn’t hesitate to list them among my top five favourite dishes in Orléans, they were that good. For side dishes, I sampled three different types of rice which are listed on the menu as enhanced upgrades. The
In culinary heaven at the Persis Grill in Orléans. STAFF PHOTO Shirin polo is basmati rice served with cranberries, carrots, walnuts, pistachios, pecans and orange peel mixed with safron. The Baghali polo is mixed with dill and fava beans and the Zereshk polo is mixed with redberries and safron. Of the three, the Shirin polo was my favourite. I would also highly recommend the Must Khiar which is made from balkan
yogurt, mint, and oregano, and topped with cucumber. It makes a great dip for the Persian flat bread which is served with every meal along with the soup of the day. For dessert I had the Baklava along with a bowl of Saffron and Rosewater ice cream. It was the perfect final course to what was a perfect meal. CONTINUED ON PAGE 14
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Former Gloucester Ranger Max Veronneau is now an Ottawa Senator The 23-year-old right winger signed a two-year, entry level contract with the NHL club last week. USA TODAY PHOTO
By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star The Canadian Tire Centre may just be a 25-minute drive down the Queensway from the Earl Armstrong Arena, but for many young hockey players with aspirations of playing in the NHL it may just as well be on another planet. Now those same youngsters have an inspirational figure to look up to in former Gloucester Ranger Max Veronneau who made his NHL debut with the Ottawa Senators last week. Veronneau was a member of the Rangers’ Junior A team for two seasons from 2014 to 2015 after which he signed a scholarship top play hockey at Princeton University. While a member of the Rangers, Verroneau racked up 116 points in 88 games, including 55 goals. He was highly recruited by a number of Division 1 schools in the U.S. in his final year of junior despite missing more than 30 games due to injury. After a so-so freshman season in which he scored 11 goals and six assists in 30 games, Veronneau had a breakout
sophomore campaign, scoring 11 goals and 24 assists in 33 games. But it was a junior that Veronneau really made an impression, scoring 17 goals and 38 assists in 36 games. He was also a +23 and was a finalist for the Hobie Baker Award given to the most valuable collegiate player in the United States. After being passed over in last year’s draft, Veronneau returned to Princeton to continue his education and play out his four-year commitment to the hockey team. He scored 13 goals and 24 assists in 31 games and is once again nominated for the Hobie Baker Award. His four year total of 144 points in 130 games is the fourth highest point total in the school’s history. At the end of Princeton’s season on March 9, Veronneau became a hot commodity as an unrestricted free agent. According to his agent, no fewer than 21 teams inquired about obtaining his services. Within 24 hours of becoming a UFA, Veronneau signed a two-year, entry level contract with the Ottawa Senators and was at practice the next day. CONTINUED ON PAGE 16
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Former Ranger debuts for Sens Continued from page 15 In his NHL debut against the St. Louis Blues, Veronneau played on a line with Colin White and Zach Smith. Although he didn’t get on the score sheet against the Blues, he did get his first NHL point when he set up a goal by Cody Ceci against the Toronto Maple Leafs in only his second game on Saturday. Princeton head coach Ron Fogarty is not surprised that the speedy Veronneau has made an immediate impression at the pro level. “He’s someone where you have confidence as a coach when he’s on the ice that things are going to be done well because he’s very consistent in his habits, does things extremely well and repeats that over and over again. That’s why he’s going to be a pro hockey player,” Fogarty told the Ottawa Sun. Sens’ GM Pierre Dorion told the Sun they signed Veronneau based solely on his talent. “(His) talents made him one of the most highly sought-after college free agents available this year. He plays the game with tremendous pace and has terrific offensive instincts,” said Dorion. If the NHL doesn’t work out for Veronneau he will have a mechanical engineering degree to fall back on, which is the main reason why he decided to go to the Ivy League school in the first place.
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Bantam AAA Wild advance to provincial championships By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star The Eastern Ontario Wild major bantam AAA team has advanced to the provincial championships after sweeping past the Ottawa Jr. 67s in the Hockey East Ontario (HEO) finals in four straight games. The Wild won the first three games 9-2, 4-0 and 5-1 and then clinched the title in emphatic fashion with a 10-0 win in Game 4. After amassing an impressive 33-2-1 record on their way to winning the minor bantam championship last year, the Wild totally dominated the rest of the HEO this past season going undefeated in 38 games. Even when you include the four losses, they still managed to compile a 64-4-4 record. But all that goes out the window as they prepare to take on the best bantam teams from across the province in the All Ontario Championships which are being held in Toronto from April 1-6. For the Wild to make it out of the round robin portion of the tournament and into the playoffs, they will need to continue to get significant production from the
dynamic duo of Cedric Guindon and David Goyette who both have more than 50 goals and 100 points so far this season – and that doesn’t include tournament action. In 37 regular season and payoff games, Guindon scored 61 goals and added 56 assists for a total of 117 points, while Goyette has 53 goals and 64 assists in 38 games. A third player, Brayden Bowen, scored 32 goals and added 53 assists in 38 games. During the regular season, the Wild scored a total of 247 goals, 135 more than their closet rivals. They also gave up a league least 43 goals, which is half as many as the next team. That’s a goals for and against record of plus 204, which works out to more than six goals per game. The man responsible for harnessing the players’ immense talents is veteran head coach John Robillard who is retiring once the season is over after spending the better part of 25 years behind the bench, most of which were spent with the Gloucester Rangers organization. The team’s success on the ice this year carried over to the recent CCHL bantam
The Eastern Ontario Wild major bantam AAA team recently capped their Hockey East Ontario season by sweeping to the league championship and a perfect 38-0-0 record. PHOTO SUPPLIED draft during which every player on the roster was picked up. Bowen and Goyette were selected third and fourth overall by the Cornwall Colts and the Hawkesbury Hawks respectively, and Guindon was selected 11th overall by the Rockland Nationals. The first Orléans area player to be draft-
ed was defenceman Cedricson Okitundu who was selected 34th overall by the Navan Grads in the fourth round. Fellow Orléans prospects Chrisitan Berini (21st - Rockland); Nicolas White (38th - Rockland); Liam Hunter (46th Navan); and Ethan Shore (50th - Rockland) were also selected.
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Blondin, Weidemann wrap up speed skating season on a high note By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star It’s been a long and productive season for local speed skaters Ivanie Blondin and Isabelle Weidemann. Coming off an Olympic year, the national team members wrapped up the 2018-2019 season with a trio of top five results at the World Cup final in Salt Lake City on the weekend. Blondin followed up her silver medal performance in the mass start event at the World Single Distance Championships in February with a bronze medal result in Salt Lake City. It was Blondin’s third podium result of the season. She also placed third in the mass start in the second World Cup event in Japan in December, but in the end she could finish no higher than fourth in the overall World Cup standings in the discipline thanks to a disqualification in the mass start final in Heerenveen, Netherlands in December. As a result of the DQ, Blondin failed to earn any World Cup points which would
ultimately keep her off the podium in the overall standings. She finished 34 points behind Francesca Lollobridgida from Italy and 76 points back of Dutch skater Irene Schouten. The overall championship was won by Korean Kim Bo-Reum. Weidemann also just missed making the podium in the overall World Cup standings. She placed fourth in the long distance standings, which combines the 3,000 and 5,000 metre distances. After starting the season with a ninth place result in the opening World Cup event in Obihiro, Japan on Nov. 18, Weidemann won her first international individual gold medal in the 3,000 metres in Tomakomai, Japan five days later. She followed up her gold medal performance in Japan with a silver medal in the 5,000 metres in the third World Cup event in Poland in early December and a second silver in the 3,000 metres in Heerenveen a week later. Heading into the final two World Cup events of the season, Weidemann was sol-
idly in second place in the overall standings. A disappointing seventh place result in Hamar, Norway on Feb. 1, however, dropped her down to third place, three points behind Natalia Voronina of Russia and one point ahead of Dutch skater Esme Visser, with just the World Cup final remaining. In the lead up to the World Cup final, Weidemann placed third in the 3,000 and second in the 5,000 at the World Allround Championships in Calgary. Unfortunately, her success on home soil didn’t transfer over to the World Cup final
in Salt Lake City where she placed fourth in the 3,000 despite shaving more than three seconds off her previous personal best in the event. Both Visser and Voronina finshed ahead of Weidemann, keeping her off the podium and denying her an overall World Cup medal. Despite the disappointment of not making the top three in the overall standings, Weidemann can look back on a season in which she won a gold, three silver and one bronze medal. She also made a major improvement on her 10th place finish in the overall World Cup standings last year.
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