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Bearbrook church gets its clang back

Four members of Trinity Anglican Church in Bearbrook lift a new bell into place in the church’s belfry. The bell was donated to replace the church’s original bell which was stolen last May. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO

By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star For the past year, the parishioners at Trinity Anglican Church in Bearbrook have been called to prayer by a small temporary bell. The small bell was put into use after the church’s large brass bell was removed by thieves in the middle of the night last May 21. The 150-pound bell had been in use for 93 years before it was stolen. Church warden Marilyn Lowe says losing the bell was like losing the church’s soul. “It left an empty feeling – as if something wasn’t right,” says Lowe. The church had been searching for a replacement bell for months before the Anglican church in Chesterville finally answered their prayers with a 250-pound brass

bell which is nearly twice the size of the old one. “It means everything to have it back because it’s always been there since 1925 and the service didn’t start until they rung that bell,” says Lowe. Other the years, the bell was rung for countless weddings, baptisms and even funerals over the generations. It took a crane donated by Vars Concrete and plenty of elbow grease to install the new bell. The job was left to four church members who had to build a new base for the bell’s cradle before lifting it into place and attaching the clanger. The bell will be used for the first time before the church’s annual Memorial Service on Father’s Day. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2


COMMUNITY BRIEFS Liberal riding association president challenges Lalonde for federal nomination

ORLÉANS – The president of the Orléans Federal Liberal Riding Association is stepping down from her position to challenge MarieFrance Lalonde to represent the party in next fall’s general election. Khatera Akbari is a Chartered Professional Accountant who has been a long-time supporter of the Liberal Party. In fact, she finished a close second to Mona Fortier in the federal nomination race in Ottawa-Vanier in February 2017 in the lead up to the by-election to replace the late Mauril Bélanger. After losing her bid for the nomination in OttawaVanier, Akbari and her husband moved to Orléans with their Khatera Akbari three children. From January 2016 to March 2017, she was a manager of Planning and Corporate Reporting with the Senate of Canada with the mandate of increasing accountability and transparency in Senate administration processes. In March 2017, she was assigned as a senior policy analyst to the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. She is currently on a leave of absence while she pursues the nomination.

Opus Academy musical production to raise money for autism society

ORLÉANS – The Opus Academy will be presenting a musical production in two parts this Sunday, June 2 at Béatrice-Desloages high school on Provence Avenue in support of the Société franco-ontarienne de l’autisme. In part one, the Opus Academy French Children Musical Theater performs Au Secours des Contes, a musical story where technology clashes with fairy tale characters! In part two, the Opus children choir and the “A choired Taste” adult choir will join together to perform a selection of Broadway hits from shows like Rent and The Lion King, as well as traditional French, English and Italian songs. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children. They can be purchased at the Opus Academy, 900 Watters Rd.

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Multiple events offer Orléans residents plenty to see and do this June

ORLÉANS – The social calender is jammed-packed with a plethora of events this June, offering a little something for everyone. The month will kick off this weekend with the annual Blackburn Fun Fair. The three-day event will take place in and around the Blackburn Arena and Community Hall. There will be a midway, free games for the kids, a beer garden and plenty of live entertainment. The twin highlights of the fair will be the parade down Bearbrook Road on Saturday morning and the fireworks later Saturday evening. For a complete schedule visit www. blackburnfunfair.ca. This Sunday, the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum will hold its annual Fire Fighter Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during which visitors will be able to get a close up view of fire equipment, meet some local fire fighters and view a variety of demonstrations – all free of charge. The Orléans Craft Beer Festival returns to the Orléans Festival Plaza on Centrum Blvd. from June 6-8 with beer from craft breweries throughout Eastern Ontario. On Friday, June 14 the Shenkman Arts Centre will celebrate it’s 10th anniversary with live performances, music, dancing and demonstration from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Saturday, June 15 Carivibe will take over the Festival Plaza with an all-star lineup of international DJs, kids activities and plenty of Caribbean fare.

Kyra Gunning (front centre) stands with some of her team members at the Cairine Wilson Secondary School Relay for Life. The Grade 10 student raised nearly $3,000. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO

Cairine Wilson students raise $76K for cancer By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star Students at Cairine Wilson Secondary School in Orléans raised more than $76,000 for the Ottawa-Carleton Cancer Society during their annual Relay for Life fundraising drive earlier this month which culminated in a 10-hour walkathon at the Navan Fairgrounds on May 10. Some 42 teams made up of 356 students competed to see who could raise the most money during the drive. The winning team was The Hosers whose 16 members raised $6,095.78. The top individual was Myra Gunning who managed to raised $2,922.50. The Grade 10 student is following in the footsteps of her older sister Emily who was the top individual fundraiser for four straight years before graduating last spring. The siblings have lost both of their grandparents to cancer as well as a great

uncle. “I always keep them in mind and it just makes me want to raise money even more,” says Kyra. And even though she no longer goes to Cairine Wilson, Emily still volunteered at this year’s relay along with the girls’ father who has volunteered at every Relay for Life since Emily was in Grade 9. As in years past, this year’s relay was kicked off with a ceremonial walk around the track by cancer survivors. This year, 23 survivors took part in the opening lap. One of the highlights of the event is the lighting of the luminaries which are placed around the inside of the track. Each luminary consisted of a tea light placed inside a paper bag with the name of a loved one who has passed away from cancer written on the outside. The $76,000 brings the total amount raised by the school to almost $900,000 since the relay’s inception in 2003.

Church gets new bell Continued from page 1 Unfortunately, the man whose job it was to ring the bell for more than three decades won’t be there to hear the new bell. Francis Coburn passed away on May 1 at the age of 97. Instead, his widow Bertha will likely be invited to take part in the ceremony. In order to protect the bell from suffering the same fate as its predecessor, the church plans to build a cage inside the bell tower to keep would-be thieves at bay. The old bell disappeared without a

trace and was likely sold as scrap metal. Holy Trinity Church is part of the Bearbrook, Navan and Blackburn parish which includes St. Mary the Virgin Church in Blackburn, and St. Mary’s Church in Navan. The first Holy Trinity Church is thought to have been built in the late 1850s. The original building was a simple wooden structure that also served families from the nearby communities of Vars and Canaan. The first service in the present building, a baptism, took place on Jan. 13, 1900.


City to install cameras on school bus stop-arms By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star Ottawa drivers who ignore school buses which have their stop-arms extended risk getting caught on camera and incurring a $490 fine thanks to a new initiative being implemented by the city under it’s Safe Roads program. According to Cumberland Ward councillor Stephen Blais, who has been pushing for the cameras for the past four years, a set of four cameras will be installed on the exterior of six different buses – two immediately and another four in September The cameras will be connected to a series of sensors which will be activated when the system detects a vehicle passing the bus when it is fully stopped. The cameras will record a short video which will be relayed to a secure server, where members of the Ottawa Police Traffic Enforcement Services will access and review the footage to determine if charges should be laid. The initiative is similar to the red light camera program in that the owner of the vehicle receives the fine regardless of who is driving. “The program is all about protecting children,” explains Blais. “Many drivers don’t realize the safety concerns that come

with not stopping for school buses, and that’s something we hope this program will address.” Blais joined forces with M.L. Bradley Ltd. in Navan to establish a stop-arm camera pilot program in 2016 that was called “I Stop, You Stop”. During the first two months the program was in place, an average of five motorists drove by the extended stoparm with its flashing red light every day. The number stunned Blais, who has been lobbying his fellow councillors and city staff to make the cameras permanent ever since. The effectiveness of the program will rely on the fact that motorists won’t know which school buses will have the cameras and which will not. At least two school buses in the east end will be equipped with them. “We want to ensure drivers are attentive and focused on safety every time they are behind the wheel, and especially when driving in proximity to school buses,” says Blais, who also announced the creation of a “Constable Scarecrow” program last week to combat speeding in school zones. Constable Scarecrow is actually a life-size, metal cut-out of a police officer holding a radar gun.

Cumberland Ward councillor Stephen Blais was joined by Mayor Jim Watson in announcing the city`s latest Safe Roads initiative to install surveillance cameras on the stop-arms of six school buses by next September. PHOTO SUPPLIED The Constable Scarecrow was used with great success during a two-month pilot project on Coquitlam, B.C. The Ottawa Police Service will place two scarecrows at two sites on Portobello Blvd. in the east end and Bridge Street in Manotick where speeding in school zones

has become a major issue. Each sign costs about $165 and are tamper-resistant and waterproof. “The Coquitlam pilot project has shown that this is an extremely cost-effective way to cut down on speeding in school zones,” says Blais.

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Last week, Cumberland Ward councillor Stephen Blais announced that the City of Ottawa would be putting surveillance camers on the outside of six school buses. The purpose of the cameras is to catch motorists who pass the buses when the stop-arms are extended. As hard as it is to believe that people still drive past school buses which have their stop-arms extended and their lights flashing, it is all too common. In fact, it happens on a regular basis. In one incident that occurred to an M.L. Bradley driver, some idiot drove up the inside of the bus along the shoulder of the road after the bus had stopped with its lights flashing. The driver just opened the door when the car sped by, nearly crashing into the open door. The poor bus driver was so shaken they had to take a week off work. I spent close to a year driving a school bus for M’L Bradley in 2014-2015 and let me tell you that a driver’s worst nightmare is having a motorist ignore the stop-arm and hit a child as they cross the street. School bus drivers are already trained to make sure they keep an eye on their kids as they leave the bus and continue on their way. They make doubly sure that the area around the bus is clear before they deactivate the stop-arm and continue on their route. Part of the training also includes waiting a minute or two after tbhe stoparm is activated before opening the door and allowing the kids to disembark the bus. It’s an extra precaution to make sure it’s all clear, but still you will have the odd moron run the stop-arm, usually going in the opposite direction. The fine for passing a school bus with its stop-arm extended and its lights flashing is $490. Personally, I would add a public flogging, but I am told that it is uncivilized in today’s society. There is a special place in Hell for someone who would place a child’s life at risk for the sake of saving 30 seconds to whatever it is they are going. The only exception to the rule is on a roadway with a median and you are going in the opposite direction. The stop-arm camera program should help deter a lot of drivers from driving past school buses with their stop-arms extended and their lights flashing in the future. But not everyone will get the message, which is where you come in. If you see someone drive past a school bus in that situation try to get their license plate number and report it to the police. Not every bus will be equipped with the cameras. In fact, the majority won’t and there are still people out there who will be willing to take the chance with our children’s lives despite the threat of a $490 fine. It’s up to all of us to make sure the transgressors don’t get away with it. Fred Sherwin, editor

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Orléans MPP to share autism concerns with Ford goverment I hope you enjoyed the Orléans Poutine Fest as I Tourism brings people from around the world did, despite the rain! I look forward to joining you at to our region and drives our local economy, unforthe Craft Beer Fest taking place from June 6-8 in the tunately the current government does not see such heart of Orléans on Centrum Blvd. a value. The province has cut milSee you there! lions in funding from Ottawa TourQueen’s ism. This money has been used to During the month of May I was able to host three round table dissupport many local businesses who Park cussions. Two of these discussions depend on tourism in the past and t were regarding the changes to the Corner will be greatly missed. Ontario Autism Program. I was Ontario Public Health has also able to hear from those touched by been struck by many cuts. I was able Marie-France Lalonde autism, parents, community leadto visit three public health facilities ers, and agencies as they pulled together to propose across Ottawa and learn about the essential services community centric solutions. they provide. We need to protect the funding on a Additionally, this past week I also held a Dis- long-term basis, understanding that prevention is the ability Round Table to address the needs of any- solution. These cuts will cost our taxpayers more in one touched by a disability. I am a found believer the long-run. of providing a platform where constituents are free Upcoming events to share ideas, experiences and collaboratively find I hope you will be able to join us for our annual solutions to their needs. We still have a lot of work Strawberry Social, which is around the corner! I to do to support those living with a disability; I am welcome seniors and their loved ones to join me for ready to roll up my sleeves and continue to serve our an afternoon full of music, food and good company. residents. I look forward to bringing my findings to June 29 at 1 p.m. This is a free event! the government. This year’s Community Corn Roast & BBQ will As a member of the Rotary Club of Orléans, I had once again be held on Petrie Island on Thursday, the pleasure of joining my fellow Rotarians for the August 15 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Once again, this is second annual Orléans Victorian Mother’s Day Tea a free event with free parking after 6 p.m. This is by Party. It was a great event as we celebrated diversity, far our most popular community initiative and I look strength and all the work that mothers and motherly forward to seeing you all there. figures do. Often mothers wear many hats, as they If you have any questions please feel free to conhave many obligations, I continue to be inspired by tact my office at 613-834-8679 or e-mail mflalonde. the mothers in Orléans! mpp.co@liberal.ola.org.


Local SupperWorks franchise a godsend for anyone on a diet As someone who is looking to change his eating habits in a never-ending quest to be healthier and happier, I was struck by curiosity while I was doing some research on a story I wrote about SupperWorks, a local business that specializes in meal preparation by and for its clients. My interest was further piqued by words like “easy”, “healthy” and “affordable”. It seemed too good to be true, especially the affordable part, so I made an appointment to see SupperWorks franchise owner Alison Bailey. As it turns out it really is that easy. The process follows three simple steps. Step 1 is picking out the meals you want to prepare. The SupperWorks folks prepare a menu every month that includes as many as 16 different entrées. Among the choices for May are Caribbean Pork Tenderloin, Seared Salmon with Balsamic Glaze, and Dreamy Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta. Each entrée contains 4-6 portions and costs $36-$38 depending on how many you order. That works out to $6 to $9 per portion depending on the size of each portion. Getting back to the actual food, orders can be placed by going on their website and selecting the various entrées through a user-friendly interface that allows you to

Up Front Fred Sherwin see the ingredients for each dish and the corresponding nutritional information. The latter is a godsend for people on a diet. As an introduction to the SupperWorks concept I chose three different entrées – Chicken Marrakech, Greek Salmon, and Marsala Fish with Basmati Rice. Now we get to the best part about preparing meals with SupperWorks. They do all the shopping, prepping and washing. All you do as the customer is assemble the ingredients. In my case, it took just 45 minutes to assemble all three entrées. In my defence, however, I made split entrées which will allow me to cook three portions at a time. The best aspect to preparing each entrée is the fact that you don’t have to do any prep work. Everything is cut and portioned for you. You simply go from station to station and follow the

instructions. Once assembled, each entrée is frozen until it’s time to thaw them out and cook them. SupperWorks also sells various side dishes which can be served with the entrées. Of the three entrées I prepared, my runaway favourite was the Marsala Fish with Basmati rice. My only challenge was in limiting myself to just the one portion. All in all, preparing meals at SupperWorks was a great experience and I plan to make it a regular habit. It will take me quite awhile to catch up to some of the regulars at the St. Joseph Blvd. location like Orly Rumstein McKean who has been going there eight or nine times a year since they opened, or Don Spray, who recently celebrated his 100th session at SupperWorks. Both McKean and Spray have made preparing their meals a family affair. When I met McKean, she was preparing the family’s meals with her teenage son, while Spray was working with his teenage daughter. Ordering and preparing meals at SupperWorks can make for a perfect family affair. You can include the kids in everything from choosing each entrée to assembling and even cooking them.

Unfortunately, we have become a society that is far too dependent on fast foods, whether it’s going to the local McDonald’s, or popping whatever into the microwave. At $6 per portion, SupperWorks is cheaper than going to your local fast food restaurant or ordering a pizza, and it’s a lot healthier. Depending on the size of your family, or how often you plan to use them, you can order six, nine or 12 entrées at a time. For added convenience, you can place your order online and the SupperWorks staff will prepare your entrées at an additional cost. You just have to drive by and pick them up. For a limited time you can also take advantage of a special promotion that allows customers to save $50 on a minimum order of six entrées or more. In a nutshell, you can purchase a $100 coupon for $50 and use it at anytime to purchase a package of six, nine of 12 entrées until Aug. 31. Sounds like a plan to me. If SupperWorks can help me lose a few pounds and fit back into those shirts I bought last fall, I will not only save money on my grocery bill, but on my wardrobe bill as well. You can check out the current SupperWorks menu at www.supperworks.com.

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Orléans Ward councillor New initiatives aim to launches new website keep our children safe I’d like to thank our incredible For the adults, the Orléans Beer Fest volunteers who donated time, money and will be held on Centrum Blvd. from June meals to combatting the Ottawa River 6-8. With the Orléans Brewing Company Flood over the past month. My wife,Laura officially open and Broadhead moving to and I spent some time Lacolle Way, along with on my birthday helping local favourites Stray Dog Councillor Blais fill sand Brewing Company, we bags at the Cumberare quickly becoming a land museum and I was destination for great beer. so heartened by the If you plan on attending community support for don’t drink and drive. Orléans Ward 1 those in need. Congratulations to The Petrie Island clean-up has begun Stray Dog for bringing home a gold trophy as the water recedes. City staff are dealing from the Canadian Brewing Awards for with the problems posed by contamination their Jagged Little Pilsner. With an Alanis and the island remains closed to the public. Morissette reference like that, you couldn’t Please stay away from the water, as it still be more local, or make us more proud! poses a risk. Ottawa is on the lookout for a new Due to the closure, CariVibe on June 15 police chief. If you have ideas on who you has been relocated to Centrum Plaza. I’m would like to see in the top job, make sure looking forward to the festival and can’t to share your comments with us. wait to see you down there! Finally, I will be hosting our annual The Shenkman Block Party will be Senior’s Bingo on June 21 from 9 a.m. held the day before CariVibe on June 14. to noon on Centrum Blvd. Presented by Come out and celebrate 10 years of arts Tamarack Homes, Brandon and Megan’s and culture in the heart of Orléans! There No Frills and dozens of incredible local will be lots of activities for the kids too! businesses. Hope to see you there!

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What if it was your child? I hope this Based on a pilot project completed in will only ever be a rhetorical question for BC last September, speeds were seen to speeders in our community. What is lost on decrease steadily in the presence of the some drivers is that speeding endangers the police cut-out. lives of their own family The day we launched and their neighbours. the program a driver was Speeding through school caught doing 104 km/h zones or past school on Portobello past TWO buses is a serious issue. elementary schools! According to the Ottawa Education and deterPolice, between 2013 and rence is important, but Cumberland Ward 19 2017, there were 858 colliso is enforcement. This sions resulting in 213 injuries involving is why the City of Ottawa is working to school buses or occurring in school zones. launch Photo Radar later this year. Stay Of the 24 fatal collisions on Ottawa tuned for more information. streets in 2017, 41% involved excessive Perhaps the only thing more dangerous speeding. This is why the City of Ottawa than speeding through a school zone is has been investing in new methods to passing a stopped school bus whose lights encourage drivers to slow down, especially are flashing and stop sign out. in sensitive areas near schools and parks. This is why I have been working hard The City has launched a pilot project to deploy video cameras on school buses. called Constable Scarecrow: a life-size During a test in 2016, the camera system metal cut-out of Ottawa’s Constable Luc detected an average of five motorists Mongeon, pointing a radar gun at oncoming passing the stopped school bus every day! traffic. The cut-out is a deterrent measure This week the City launched a permanent used to slow motorists down on roadways school bus camera program. For all the where speeding is a chronic issue. details visit www.stephenblais.ca

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Fallingbrook Community E.S. celebrates 30th anniversary By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star

When Fallingbrook Community Elementary Shcool. first opened its door in 1988, The Last Emperor won the Academy Award for Best Picture, Don`t Worry, Be Happy won the Grammy for Song of the Year. and Ben Johnson had just been stripped of his gold medal at the Soeul Olynpics. To put it in even greater perspective, the graduating Grade 8 class of 1994 had not even been born when the school first opened. Fallingbrook Community Elementary was the first English language school to open east of Tenth Line Road. The French Catholic board school, Des Pionniers on Merkley Drive, also opened in the fall of 1988. The community of Fallingbrook was pretty much limited to the area inside Charlemagne Blvd. – known as “the horseshoe” – back then, along with 100 or so houses in the area around the school which is located at Princess Louise Drive. and Deancourt Crescent. During the six-year period after the school opened, Fallingbrook was one of the fastest growing communities in Canada. By 1994 when Trillium Elementary School opened, Fallingbrook Com-

munity Elementary School had close to 24 portables on its grounds. Dayle Mannion, taught at Fallingbrook from 1991 to 1996. For the first three of those years she taught in a portable, “It was portable city back then. I taught in Portable 16 for three years and then two years inside the school,” says Mannion, whose maiden name was McDonald when she taught at Fallingbrook. “We had such a great staff. A lot of great parties. Probably my best five years teaching were here and I retired two years ago.” John Fitzgerald, who succeeded the school’s original principal Richard Alton in 1998, is largely credited with establishing the esprit de corps that has existed among the staff down through the years under the guidance of the principals who followed in his footsteps – Denise Norris, Christine Lanos and Josée Beaudry who is the current principal. “This was my personal Camelot. Ìt was such a good time with so many great people,” recalled Fitzgerald. “My goal was to be a teacher’s principal. I know you’re supposed to be the student’s principal but I wanted to be a teacher’s principal because I knew the teachers would take care of the kids which they did.” Former students and friends Katie,

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rs at bay thanks to the efforts of dozens of volunteers and members of the

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al until late June, or early April. Despite the chaos and damage, some

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Left) A volunteer wheels some sand bags across a bridge on Leo Lane. (Far

dge across the flood waters on Boisé Lane. (Bottom left to right) Residents

of dock to transport sand bags to their house. Cumberland Ward councillor

ers fill sand bags on East Shore Road. Members of the military form a bags to houses on Leo Lane. (Right) A boat sits outside a flooded house

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with the battles that she has fought and continues to battle with

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been someone who has also supported me emotionally not only

others and would like to celebrate her and all that she does in a

as a family member but also a friend, as with her relatabilityshe

special way this year. All moms are truly amazing but my Mom has

is able to cheer me up from my difficult and tragic moments inlife.

definitely earned a Gold Star! – Lianne

Because of everything my mom has done for our family, I would like to celebrate Mother’s Day in honour of my own mom. Thank you for

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all that you have done for us. - Love, Mitchell

so strong and push forward. It’s very inspiring. She was a single mom since I was two until I was 17. So she got all my hard years alone

What is a mother? by Candace B. “You created me, Mom So I guess you’re to blame For the love that I feel Just from hearing your name You’re as tender as corned beef And as warm as pastrami. I love my mommy.”

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with little support. Now she lives with my Stepdad. She previously got laid off from work in the HR field for a younger staff member. Instead of giving up. She went back to school. reaching retiring age she decided to get back out there. She was the top of her class with honours. Most of her classmates were my age. Now she is successfully employed in that field and loving it. She’s really a true inspiration. – Vanessa E.

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Michael Assivero looks on as his teammate St. Matthew High School teammate Jeremy Eneyka wins the midget boys 100-metres at the NCSSAA championships on May 23. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO

By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star High school athletes from across the region gathered at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility at Mooney’s Bay last week for the National Capital Secondary School Athletic Association championships and several competitors from the east end managed to rise above the pack. Top among them was Kayla Vieux from École secondaire Louis-Riel who placed first in the senior girls 200 metres; second in the 100 metres by just five one-hundredths of a second; and then led her team to a big win in the senior girls 4x100 relay along with Kadiatou Wann, Megan Roy and Elodie Lavictoire. Like Vieux, Wann and Roy were both double event winners. Wann defended her title in the senior girls long jump and Roy won the senior girls 800 metres to go along with a third place result in the 400-metre hurdles. The top five athletes in each event will get to compete in the OFSAA East Region meet being held in Belleville on May 30

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and 31. The East Region meet serves as a qualifier for the OFSAA provincial championships being held in Guelph from June 6-8. Louis-Riel will have the largest contingent heading to Belleville this week with 11 athletes managing to finish in the top five in their respective events. École secondaire Gisèle-Lalonde is sending eight athletes to Belleville including Leewinchel Jean who won the senior boys 400-metre hurdles and placed second in the 100-metre hurdles in a race he could have won if not for briefly brushing arms with the runner in the lane beside him which slowed him down enough to lose the race by just threetenths of a second. “I’m a little disappointed because I really wanted to win both races, but those things happen I guess, I’ll be ready in Belleville,” said Jean, whose winning time of 55.20 seconds in the 400 hurdles qualified him for this summer’s Pan-Am Junior Championships in Costa Rica


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which was one of his goals coming into the high school season. St. Peter High School will be represented at the East Region championships by Vienna Courteau, who won the 80-metre hurdles and placed second in the long jump. She will be joined in Belleville by Katie Newlove, who placed second in the senior girls 3,000-metres and third in the 1500. One of the biggest surprises of the NCSSAA championships was the performance of the St. Matthew High School team and its male sprinters in particular. Jeremy Enyeka won the midget boys 100-metre sprint competing in track for the first time. The Grade 9 student is one of four members of the school’s football team who decided to try out for the track team. Fellow Tiger Michael Assivero placed fourth in the 100 and the pair combined forces with Gedeon Mbenga and Cameron Hutchinson to win the midget boys 4x100 relay. But the biggest surprise of the meet was delivered by St. Matthew’s senior boys sprint relay team which won the event despite the fact that none of the four runners finished higher than fifth in their individual event. Nathan Casimir placed fifth in the 100-metre final; Lovely Tshibanda placed 10th in the 100-metre preliminaries and failed to make the final; Alex Vilain finished fifth in the junior boys 100; and Gorky Dumas didn’t compete in an individual event, he only ran in the relay. Together they ran a nearly perfect race with a flawless series of hand-offs. They beat their nearest rivals by 0.17 seconds in a time of 44.83 seconds. Other performances of note by east end athletes include Corey Abouem from Gloucester High School who won the junior girls shot put with a record throw of 11.18 metres; Carl Mallet from Colonel By Secondary School who won the midget boys javelin and placed second in the long jump; Jeremy Delorme, also from Colonel By, who won the junior boys triple jump; and Wariso Dullo from Gloucester H.S. who won the senior boys javelin.


OST presents a fresh take on The Wizard of Oz By Heather Jamieson The Orléans Star

Liv LeClair, 7, is making lifelong memories as she plays the role of Daisy, the Wicked Witch of the West’s cat in the Ottawa School of Theatre (OST) production of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. She will always remember the experience, just as her grandmother, Marni Hunt Stephens, 73, recalls being on stage as a four-year-old in Calgary, “wearing a pretty yellow dress” and being so terrified she left the stage rather than sing. (Clearly, with many performances to her credit since, the retired public servant got over her stage fright.) Liv’s mother, Sam LeClair, 39, remembers being cast as a schoolgirl in the musical Anne of Green Gables at the National Arts Centre during the Charlottetown Players’ national tour in the 1980s. Then eight, Sam still isn’t sure if she was more excited about getting a role or her upcoming “very first sleepover with her best friend.” Extra special for Liv, a Grade 1 student at Glen Ogilvie Public School, is that her memory will be of sharing the experience with her mother and Nanny. This is the first time three generations of one family

have performed together in a production by the popular Orléans theatre school. Directed by the school’s artistic director Kathi Langston, the production has a cast and crew of 106. Langston emphasises that she based the script on the original L. Frank Baum book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published in 1900 and not the 1939 film adaptation starring Judy Garland. There are significant differences between the two: among them, the famous ruby red slippers in the movie are silver in the book (and hence in the OST production) and several characters from the book such as the Winkies, Kalidahs, killer bees and wolves do not appear in the movie. This works well for Langston who faced the challenge of creating a script with sufficient characters for her large cast. She also created additional characters, including Daisy the cat and executive assistants to the various witches. LeClair plays the Wicked Witch of the West and her mother plays her assistant. Not only is Langston directing Liv LeClair in her first performance, she was also one of Sam LeClair’s first drama teachers. “I’ve known Kathi pretty much since I could walk on stage,” says LeClair,

The cast in the Ottawa School of Theatre production of ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ includes a granddaughter, daughter and mother. PHOTO SUPPLIED

a Grade 5 French Immersion teacher at Summerside Public School in Avalon. Hunt Stephens and her daughter have performed in countless plays together, going back nearly 25 years. And while Liv “has always been a theatre baby in the background,” she never wanted to be on the stage until now, explains her mother. “This year, Liv really wanted to be part

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of it,” explains LeClair. Several factors likely influenced her decision, including the book “The Bernstein Bears Get Stage Fright,” which by dealing with stage fright may have given her confidence, says LeClair. Liv says that while she loves everything about the experience, her favourite part is being with her Mom.


TRYumph trio finish 1-2-3 at Eastern Canadian Championships By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star The TRYumph Gymnastics Academy sent three athletes to the Eastern Canadian Championships in P.E.I. earlier this month and the three young ladies returned home with three medals including a gold medal in the Aspire 1 Division. The golden girl was Annika Magneron, 11, who won gold medals on the uneven bars and floor, as a well as a silver on vault, on her way to winning the all around gold medal. Adelyn Hiscocks, 10, won the gold medal on vault and was consistent enough on the other apparatus to join her TRYumph teammate on the podium in third place. Although she placed third in the Aspire 1 division, she finished first among the competitors her own age. The third TRYumph gymnast who competed oin P.E.I was Stacey Lelei,

14, who placed second in the all around competition in the Level 7 Novice division. The vaulting specialist took the gold medal on the apparatus with an outstanding score of 9.833. She also placed second on floor and beam. Hiscocks’ Achilles’ heel turned out to be the uneven bars where she placed eighth. Still, she added four medals to the girls’ total haul of 10 individual medals – five gold, four silver and a bronze. They also won a gold medal as members of Team Ontario which won the overall competition. It was a terrific result for the Academy which opened less than a year ago. Gym owner and head coach Alina Florea is justifiably proud of her young charges. “They did very well. The competition was extremely high and they rose to the challenge,” said Florea.

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Continued from page 13 Liv’s father, Greg LeClair, with 30 years’ experience in the technical side of theatre, has long watched his mother-inlaw and wife perform and is excited that his daughter is ready to “try her hand at make-believe.” Theatre is a huge part of the family’s life. In fact, he and Sam met when he was the theatre technician and she was an actor in the Vintage Stock Theatre production of “A Drawing Room” in March 2006. OST presented The Wonderful Wizard of Oz six years ago and three adult actors from that production are reprising their roles in the upcoming show: Lennis Poupore as Kalidah; Ian Stauffer as the Scarecrow; and Randy Bellini as the Cowardly Lion. “Both Ian and I relish working together on stage, as we play off each other so well,” says Bellini. “He has been my mentor for the past 10 years when I started in theatre, so when Kathi asked us back to reprise

our roles, we jumped at the opportunity to work together and with Kathi. “There is some great young talent in this show, starting with our Dorothy, Lauren-Jane (Hudson).” He adds he has made subtle, but significant changes to how he portrays the Cowardly Lion. With many families having several members in the play, Langston does her best to cast them in scenes together to make the rehearsal process as convenient as possible. “To make it more interesting and engaging for people with small roles, I have doubled up; so a Munchkin can also be a wolf, a crow or a Winkie,” Langston explains. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is being presented in the Harold Shenkman Hall of the Shenkman Arts Centre at 7 p.m. on June 7 and at 2 p.m. on June 8 and 9. Tickets are available at www.shenkmanarts.ca or by calling 613-580-2700. Tickets are $12.50 for children and $17.50 for adults, which include a $2.50 facility surcharge.

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(L to r) Annika Magneron, Stacey Lelei and Adelyn Hiscocks recently competed Eastern Canadian Gymnastic Championships in Summerside, P.E.I. where they won a total of 13 medals, including six of the golden variety. FILE PHOTO


COMMUNITY BILLBOARD FRIDAY, MAY 31 BLACKBURN FUN FAIR – Midway 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Craft Beer Night in the beer garden 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Movie Night featuring How to Train Your Dragon III in the arena from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Wild Cards on stage behind the Community Centre 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Karaoke 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Visit www.blackburnfunfair.ca for the complete schedule. SATURDAY, JUNE 1 FIRE FIGHTER DAY from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, 2940 Old Montreal Rd. in Cumberland Village. This all-ages event includes fire fighting and special operations demonstrations, games related to fire fighting and a skills competition between fire fighters. This is a fantastic opportunity for children to learn about fire safety. FREE ADMISSION For more information visit ottawa.ca.

BLACKBURN FUN FAIR – Pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fun Fair parade 10 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. Midway 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. BBQ from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ray’s Reptiles 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the arena. Bouncy castle, facepainting and Dunk Tank from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stage show 11 a.m. 11:50 p.m. Beer Garden 11 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. Cover charge after 9 p.m. Cake cutting 1 p.m. Fireworks show at 10 p.m. Visit www.blackburnfunfair.ca for the complete schedule. SUNDAY, JUNE 2 BLACKBURN FUN FAIR – 5K Family Fun Run 9 a.m. 10K Children’s Fun Run 10 a.m. Fun Run registration 8 a.m. Midway 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. BBQ 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fun Fair Dog Show 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bingo in the arena from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Visit www. blackburnfunfair.ca.

IN MEMORIAM

THE OPUS ACADEMY presents an enchanted theatrical production in the École secondaire Béatrice-Desloges auditorium on at 7 p.m. Tickets $12 for adults and $7 for children can be purchased at the Opus Academy, 900 Watters Rd. Proceeds to benefit the Société franco-ontarienne de l’autisme.

Faye Kuiack, 69 Passed away on May 23, 2019 Ginette Plante, 52 Passed away on May 18, 2019

GENERAL NOTICE BRUYÈRE CONTINUING CARE GOLF DAY – Help us enhance lives and transform care by participating in our annual golf tournament supporting healthy aging on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at the Meadows Golf & Country Club, 4335 Hawthorne Rd. Registration Fees: Foursome: $560; Individual golfer: $140; Dinner only: $40. Includes: BBQ lunch, power cart; dinner; and a chance to win great prizes! Registration & BBQ lunch 11:30 a.m. Shotgun start 1 p.m. Dinner 6:30 p.m. For more information contact foundation@bruyere.org.

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