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Public fundraising campaign launched for Health Hub

The zombies and ghouls at the sKreamers Hallowe’en attraction at the Proulx Berry Farm are eagerly awaiting a fresh group of visitors this weekend. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO

By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star The Montfort Foundation has launched a public fundraising campaign to raise money for a community outreach program to be offered in both official languages. The goal of the campaign is to raise $12 million, $8 million of which has already been raised thanks to large donations from businesses and philanthropists like Yves Tremblay and Sylvie Villeneuve who made a one-time donation of $1 million. The goal of the fundraising committee is to raise the remaining $4 million through individual donations from area residents and small businesses. “The public campaign launch is a catalytic moment that sends a clear message to the public that they too can be a part of the success of the Hub by making a donation,” explains Montfort Foundation president and CEO

Marc Villeneuve. “Big or small, every donation counts.” Contributions can be made in a single contribution or through installments over two, three, four and over five years. Donors will be recognized according to their level of giving by having their names added to a special donor wall located in the main hall of the Hub. As part of the fundraising campaign, a small group of volunteers is committed to raise $50,000 in exchange for which the Health Hub waiting area will be dedicated to the medical pioneers who served Orléans and Cumberland as much as 150 years. Men like Dr. James D. Ferguson, who was the first doctor to establish a practice in Cumberland Village back in 1865, and Dr. Émile Major who was the first doctor to establish a practice in the village of Orléans in 1925. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2


Orléans Health Hub launches $8M fundraising campaign Continued from page 1 The mother and son, Eva Kennedy and Dr. Irving Farmer “Bus” Kennedy will also be recognized along with Dr. David Irwin. Eva Kennedy was a registered nurse who provided primary care to the residents to


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Place d’Orléans Mall Walkers representatives Françoise PoirierMcQuarrie and Jean Proulx (in purple T-shirts) present a cheque for $7,205 to Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre executive director Luc Ouelette along with founding member Lucille Leduc (second from right) as OCCRC manager of finance and administration Suzanne Wert (far right) and OCCRC food bank coordinator Gabriela Gutiérrez Monroy (far left) look on. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Place d’Orléans Mall Walkers make parting contribution to OCCRC food bank ORLÉANS – You can add the Place d’Orléans Mall Walkers Club to the growing casualty list of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but that fact didn’t stop the club from making one last contribution to the Orléans-Cumberland Food Bank. On Oct. 9, Place d’Orléans Mall Walkers president Jean Proulx, secretary Françoise PoirierMcQuarrie, treasurer Sandy McQuarrie and founding member Lucille Leduc presented Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre executive president Luc Ouelette and food bank coordinator Gabriela Gutiérrez Monroy with a cheque for $7,205. The pandemic forced the mall to close for more than a year, leaving the club without a home. When the mall finally did reopen, it was with social distancing rules in place which prevented club members from using the space. The club was founded in 1994 as a way for seniors to socialize and exercise during the winter months. Within six years the club had over 100 members. When the pandemic hit, they had over 350 members.

Abiding Word church creates community pantry kiosk ORLÉANS – In and effort to give back to the community, Abiding Word Lutheran Church has created a community pantry kiosk at in the church parking lot at 1575 Belcourt Blvd. The kiosk is stocked with non-perishable food items which residents in need can access 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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the residents of Cumberland Village from 1925 to 1961 when her son established his own practice in the village. Dr. David Irwin was the first doctor to establish a medical practice in the village of Navan in 1914. Coincidentally, he was not only Eva Kennedy’s brother-in-law, he also delivered “Bus” Kennedy into the world in 1922. The Orléans Health Hub project is a partnership between Bruyère, Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre, Hôpital Montfort, ParaMed, Ottawa Public Health, Geriatric Psychiatry Community Services of Ottawa and Home and Community Care Support Services Champlain. Interested parties can make a donation to the fundraising campaign by visiting Orlé and clicking on the “Donate” button located at the top of the page. Then click on the “Orléans Health Hub Campaign” button which will open a page on which you can purchase anything from a bench with a $3,000 donation, to a small butterfly for a $500 donation that will be displayed in the facility in 2022.

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Cumberland’s first doctor served community for 60 years By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star It’s hard to imagine an Orléans without Hwy. 174, or the township of Cumberland without paved roads, but back in the late 1800s present day Old Montreal Road was actually the only way to get from Ottawa to Montreal. When the first railway came, it followed the same route. The first villagers in what was then called Faubertville (named for one of the original settlers in the area) had to go to either Rockland or across the river to Buckingham, Québec, to get medical care. Many of the ones who suffered serious injury didn’t make it, especially during the winter months when the only mode of transportation was a horse-drawn cutter. All that changed in 1865 when Faubertville, which by then had been renamed Cumberland Village, got a doctor of their own. Dr. James D. Ferguson was born near Vankleek Hill in 1838 to Scottish immigrants William and Jannet Ferguson. The younger Ferguson studied medicine at McGill University in Montréal. He was in his third year of studies when misfortune

would force him to make a hasty escape across the border to New York. He would eventually end up in New York City where he resumed his studies at Columbia University. Ferguson was spending the Christmas holidays with two of his classmates at his parents’ home in Vankleek Hill when they got the brilliant idea to exhume the freshly buried body of a young woman in a nearby cemetery. Back then, medical students used cadavers in their studies, but the cadavers were usually unidentified bodies that hadn’t been claimed by a family member, and not a prominent member of a local family. Needless to say, the family of the deceased woman was not pleased. When they found out who did it, they chased down one of Ferguson’s friends. Meanwhile, Ferguson and the second friend managed to make their way to Montréal where one of their professors hid them away before whisking them off to New York City. When Ferguson completed his postgraduate studies in medicine and surgery, he was faced with the grim prospect of being conscripted into the Union Army as a

Left, Dr. James D. Ferguson with his new bride Susanna Rice MacLaurin in 1865. Right, Dr. Ferguson with an unidentified child in 1918. PHOTOS COURTESY OF JEANNIE SMITH field doctor. Abraham Lincoln had just been elected and the country was on the verge of Civil War. Not wanting to stick around to see what was about to transpire, Ferguson made

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Time to move on

We’ve reached a point in the COVID-19 pandemic where we need to decide whether or not we are going to remain a prisoner to this disease, or take the actions needed to get on with our lives. I’m personally sick and tired of having to wait for the vaccine-hesitant to get vaccinated before things can get back to normal. It’s important to recognize several points of fact. First of all, the COVID virus will never go away. It will continue to mutate in other countries where it will take years to vaccinate their populations. Second, it’s becoming clear that so-called “herd immunity” is a myth. We were originally told that we would reach heard immunity once 70 per cent of the population was fully vaccinated. Then it was 80 per cent. Now, who knows. I do know that with 85 per cent of the population over the age of 12 having been fully vaccinated in Ottawa so far, we are still seeing over 285 active cases, along with hospitalizations and ICU cases. This was entirely predictable, of course. Prior to the arrival of COVID-19, more than 7,000 Canadians were dying from the influenza virus – better known as the flu – every year despite the fact that the vaccination rate was at 75 per cent. What that tells us is that we will always have people who will catch COVID, end up in the hospital and even die. It is unfortunate, but that’s the reality. The question is, what are we doing to address the demand for treatment? We need to increase the number of ICU beds in this province and across the country, and we need to hire and train more doctors and nurses who specialize in COVID treatment. And the rest of us need to get vaccinated and get on with our lives. Unfortunately, after 18 months, there is still no plan to do that... at any level. The only plan is to stay the course and hope the economy doesn’t completely tank. In the meantime, inflation continues to rise as the price of gas, groceries and other products impacted by global supply chain issues continue to go up. The government needs to take the next step. They need to end the requirement for social distancing, which most people are ignoring anyway. Now that you have to be fully vaccinated in order to go into most public spaces, they need to end the requirement for masks indoors and make it an option for people who are still worried about catching the virus. And they need to end the requirement for fully vaccinated individuals to take a PCR test before re-entering Canada which is completely unnecessary for people who are fully vaccinated, which you must be in order to travel in the first place. That doesn’t mean we should ease up on vaccinations, or constantly remind people at high risk that they need to continue to take measures to protect themselves. It just means that we’re ready to live the new normal and get on with our lives. And if you are still worried about catching the virus get vaccinated, mask up or stay home. Fred Sherwin, editor

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Making case for a four-day work week in Ontario The Pandemic has been tough and the past 19 day work week could allow employees to work the months have changed the way we think about many same number of hours over four days instead of five. aspects of our life, including work; sometimes our Similar to the option that existing within the federal own work and often the value and importance of the public service. work of others. This would allow for longer breaks between shifts Not only has the pandemic to reduce burnout. taught us the value of work, This system is already being Queen’s piloted in other countries such as but it has taught us the value of family. While having everyone New Zealand, Japan, and Spain. Park home all day long 5-days a week From an economic perspective, Corner has sometimes been stressful and studies are showing that it “too much”, I think many of us would foster a more productive Stephen Blais have benefited from the flexibility workforce since overworked that the pandemic forced on many of us. employees become less productive. Having a work life balance is critical for our mental Jamie Savage is a CEO of a recruitment firm in and physical well-being. Toronto and implemented a four-day full work Ontarians need to be protected on the job and be week for employees last October. She has said that provided with support and accommodation that allows her employees are happier and more productive. them to succeed and live fulfilling lives. Chronic stress She says her employees came to work feeling less is a prominent health issue in the workplace and needs overwhelmed and were able to carry out their job to be addressed in our province. much more efficiently. That is why last week, Ontario Liberal Leader This is just one example, in one industry, in one Steven Del Ducca proposed piloting a 4-day work part of Ontario. But this experience shows us that it week and make work life balance a priority. can work, and we want to test it in various scenarios A 4-day work week would allow Ontarians to spend across Ontario. more time with family, friends and on their hobbies, We will build a strong economy by putting while simultaneously providing the opportunity to our workers first, and making sure their safety, reduce stress. opportunity and quality of life drives decision Improving the way we work does not mean that making. people don’t want to work hard. We want Ontarians to work to live, not be forced There are many ways it can be achieved but a four- to live to work.

Winery harvest a ‘grape’ way to get your hands dirty Earlier this month, I was invited to take part in the grape harvest at the Scheuermann Vineyard and Winery in Westport. Regular readers of this paper may remember that I visited the winery back in June and was completely blown away by their hospitality, service and the quality of their wine and food. Any chance to do something in the great outdoors during this pandemic is a godsend as far as I am concerned, so I jumped at the chance to pick a few grapes and get my hands a little dirty. Little did I know that picking grapes is not as easy as it sounds. They can be stubborn little things if they don’t want to leave the vine and most of them grow close to the ground which can make it a little difficult on the back. I arrived at the winery at around 10 a.m. and was ready to go. They supplied the gloves and the snips and then I joined the other volunteers who were made up of friends, family members and regular customers who just wanted to help out. The vines are laid out in rows and each person was assigned one 20-foot section at a time. On this particular day we were harvesting the Vidal grapes. I began by snipping one cluster of grapes

Up Front Fred Sherwin at a time. Each section took about 30 minutes to complete and filled a crate. By midway through the afternoon, the small army of volunteers had already harvested over 3,500 lbs of grapes, including my small contribution. The work was interrupted every half hour or so with the offer of a cold beverage, or a slice of wood-fired pizza which the winery has become almost as well-known for as their wine. It’s been a difficult harvesting season for the winery. An overabundance of rain has delayed the ripening process to the point were nearly half the grapes were still too green and had to be left on the vine. Green grapes are extremely sour and are unsuitable for wine-making. As grapes ripen the sugar content goes up which is key to the fermentation process.

At the Scheuermann Winery they harvest nearly 40,000 lbs of grapes every year which produces nearly 20,000 litres of wine. All of the wine at Scheuermann’s is made with their own grapes. They’re one of the few wineries in Ontario that doesn’t blend their wines. The make two reds – a Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc – and two whites – a Vidal and a Chardonnay. In my humble opinion all four are excellent wines.

The day ended with a hearty meal served to those volunteers who wished to stay. The meal featured roast pork, grilled seasonal vegetables, potatoes, and red cabbage and paired with either a red or white wine. It was delicious and the perfect ending to a long day harvesting grapes.

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Local councillors are busier than Cumberland Ward councillor looks ever with winter fast approaching back on her first year in office Hey neighbours! My goodness is there ever a lot going on right now. Between dealing with the abysmal non-performance of our public transit system and the pending audit form our Auditor General, ongoing and disruptive construction along the Hwy. 174 corridor for Stage 2 LRT, the Official Plan Process and the dozens of Master Plans being developed and debated, to the political posturing ahead of the 2022 election, it just seems like there is such a punishing amount of issues to handle this fall. But for me, my priorities and my focus through it all remains YOU. Locally, I continue to work on infrastructure improvements in our ward. I want to see a focus on renewal of our parks, our pathways, and our roads. I am pushing for a pedestrian bridge over the 174 at Trim Road to make the intersection safer for our vulnerable road users. I am working to complete our accessibility and renewal projects at our recreation complexes. I have worked to add more

sound attenuation walls along the 174. And through all of this, I am enhancing my communications through my Facebook and web pages as well as providing crucial information to you in my newsletter. We are handling casework for Olréans residents every single day, and if you need help, we are here for you. You deserve nothing less from me. At the city level, I am building support for those who serve through our Ottawa Veterans Task Force. I am working to build our new Central Library, Adisoke: the single largest piece of social infrastructure in the history of the city of Ottawa in partnership with Library and Archives Canada. And I am working hard to expand and modernize social services for our most vulnerable as Chair of the Community and Protective Services Committee. You will continue to be my focus and my top priority through these difficult times. My team and I are here for you and I want to thank you for your continued trust.

The 2021 Orléans Outstanding Youth Awards

October 6, 2021, marked my one-year incredibly hard on your behalf each and anniversary as your city councillor. every day. I say it with pride. Looking back on my first 365 days, I can’t Not only for my own personal growth – imagine more challenging having to learn to accept circumstances to start in that no problem has an this role. Catherine easy answer, at times face I joined council in the heavy criticism, balance Kitts midst of the pandemic contrasting opinions, with virtual meetings find creative solutions, and limited connection collaborate, disagree and Cumberland Ward 19 with my city council use my voice to stand colleagues. In fact, there are still members of up for our ward and our residents – but that council I’ve never met in person. pride is also directed at a newly assembled I also had to take on board a completely staff who have been on this journey with me. new fleet of staff in this environment and I’ve used my position at City Hall to speak taking the seat after it had been vacant for loudly about the transportation infrastructure several months meant facing a tsunami of deficit in South Orléans, encourage thoughtful casework. Baptism by fire. development, take a strong stance on road Joining council mid-term (and mid-Official safety, fight for rural issues and advocate for Plan), during budget season, at the final stage investment in the east end. of the ward boundary review and as partisan My heartfelt gratitude to the residents of tensions at city hall mount was challenging Ward 19. Thank you for placing your trust to say the least. in me to represent our community, for your I say this not to complain or minimize the meaningful engagement and for giving me incredible work that’s gone on over the last the greatest honour of my life. 12 months. We have achieved a lot together. One year down. Can’t wait to see what’s I have learned so much and my office works next.

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Do you know someone in your community under the age of 18 whose talents and abilities set them apart during the past year? If so, why not consider nominating them for the Orléans Outstanding Youth Awards. Nominees must be 17 years old or younger as of Sept. 1, 2020 and reside within the City of Ottawa east of St. Laurent Blvd. Nominees will be judged on their accomplishments between Sept. 1, 2019 and Aug. 31, 2020. All submissions must include the name, address and phone number of both the nominee and the nominator as well as a resume of the nominee’s accomplishments. There are no categories per se, those nominated will be judged on their accomplishments in any one area, or a combination of areas. Nominations can be submitted by e-mail to or regular mail to The Orléans Star c/o 745 Farmbrook Cres., Orléans ON, K4A 2C1. Deadline for entries is Nov. 15. If you have any questions or require additional information visit or call Fred Sherwin at 613-447-2829.

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Pandemic fails to slow down Kiwanis Eastern Ottawa Est STAR STAFF – The pandemic has had a tremendous impact on the fundraising efforts of organizations like Kiwanis Eastern Ottawa Est, but thanks to their dedicated and energetic members, the service club has been able to partner with other organizations to deliver a number of initiatives during the past year. In the summer, the club donated an entire year’s supply of youth bicycle helmets to the local charity, Helping With Bikes, to help Ottawa children play and prosper safely. In August, they joined a number of other community groups, including the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre, Rothwell United Church, School of Rock Orléans and Beacon Hill, Cyrville city councillor Tim Tierney, to co-host a “Welcome Back Everything Party”, billed as “the first and last annual post-Covid PPE-wearing socially distanced free family-friendly BBQ block party event” where they celebrated all the missed holidays and festivals, parties and gettogethers, at one big outdoor shin-dig.” The event was well attended and a testament to the appetite for a return to inperson community events. In September, the club partnered with the Orléans Staples store at Trim and Innes to collect money for Kiwanis’ “Start to Smart”

back-to-school drive. Once again, the Orléans community stepped up to the plate and the money collected will be used to help youth from financially challenged families in the area with educational supplies and scholarships. Kiwanis Eastern Ottawa Est (KEOE) may be small but they have achieved some pretty impressive things. Whether it’s addressing a supply shortage, a food drive, or a global pandemic, KEOE rises to the occasion to support kids and their families when in need. The club established a back-to-school program that has expanded across Canada collecting over $2 million in school supplies; they helped build North America’s largest indoor trivia championship which generates much needed funds for the Children’s Aid Foundation; and they continue to provide local children with computer equipment that enables them to continue their schooling virtually during the pandemic. Most of the money used to fund their various programs are generated through the O’ Canada Orléans event, held every year on Petrie Island, and the sKreamers haunted attraction which is held every year during the month of October at the Proulx Berry Farm on O’Toole Road supported by more than 100 student volunteers.

Kiwanis East Ottawa Est member Randy Born (right) hands off the first of a year’s supply of youth helmets to Bob Fitzgerald of Helping With Bikes. PHOTO SUPPLIED The club is an eclectic mix of ages, genders, occupations, backgrounds and interests. The members are all passionate and devoted to serving the children in our community, across the country and around the world through unique and innovative service projects and fundraising initiatives. If you’d like to hear more, KEOE invites

you to join them for a virtual meeting (even a pandemic won’t stop them from serving the community). Held every second Tuesday of the month, the club would be happy to tell you more about the benefits of connecting and working as a community. Check them out at and use Contact Us button to say hello.

Avalon Pharmacy offers custom compound medications By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star If you’ve had difficulty taking retail pharmaceutical medications then you’ve probably heard of compounding – the process of making medications specific to an individual’s needs. People often turn to compounding pharmacies if they have difficult swallowing a medication because of the taste, or the size of a pill, or they are allergic to one or more of the ingredients. For instance, many oral medications can contain “inactive” ingredients such as chemical food dyes, lactose, gluten and even peanut oil that can cause harmful side effects to patients with allergies. Compounding pharmacies can often produce the same medication, but without any potentially harmful “inactive” ingredients. They can also alter ingredients to remove or replace those that cause discomfort or other side effects to patients, or they can fix the medication dosage by altering ingredients to offer the patient the dosage they’re more comfortable with. There are a number of pharmacies in Ottawa that offer compound medications,

but only one that actually makes them. The Pharmasave Avalon Compounding Pharmacy and Medical Clinic next to the Farm Boy on Tenth Line Road is the only pharmacy in Ottawa that is outfitted with the necessary equipment to make compound medications on a large scale. In fact they make compound medications for most of the pharmacies in Ottawa including several of the hospital pharmacies. Most patients automatically consult their doctor first, when they have a problem. If necessary, the doctor then fills out a prescription and the patient takes it to their nearest pharmacy without considering the possibility of a compound medication. Pharmacist and Avalon Pharmacy owner Andrew Hanna recommends that you see a compound pharmacist first who can suggest certain medications which you can then discuss with your doctor. All compound pharmacies can provide both compound medications and traditional retail medications. At the Avalon Pharmacy, they can provide compound medications for both adults and children who often have difficult taking various medications. For instance, they can

Orléans MPP Stephen Blais (left) and MP Marie-France Lalonde (right) welcome Avalon Compounding Pharmacy owner Andrew Hanna and his wife Elizabeth to the community. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO make almost any medication in a gummy bear form which children love. Unfortunately, compound medications are not covered by OHIP or most private insurance plans, or if they are covered it’s for a small percentage of the cost. Because of the prohibitive cost of

some compound medications, the Avalon Pharmacy has a program to subsidize or give free compound medications to individuals or families facing financial difficulties. To find out more, consult with the professionals at the Pharmasave Avalon Compounding Pharmacy.

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U P D A T E Hello Neighbour! Welcome to another Community Update! Using this space allows me to get pertinent information to you and your family if you do not follow me on social media, and to support our incredible local paper. For more frequent updates, you can follow my page on facebook at “Matthew Luloff,” visit the Social Media Tab on my website at, or click the sign up button to receive my newsletter. We are constantly updating the community on engagement opportunities, projects underway in the ward, traffic disruptions and lots of other news. Fall is upon us and there are so many reasons to get outside in and around the East End. Whether you’re headed to Pumpkin Fest at Proulx Farm, picking up produce at the Orléans Fruit Farm, out for a family walk on the Ottawa River Pathway or at the Mer Blue Bog, or enjoying a run with your furry pal at Coyote Trail Park, there is no better time of year to get out and get some fresh, crisp air. Laura and I have been taking every opportunity to get our little girls out into the fresh air, too (and it sure helps them get a good night’s sleep)! I have really enjoyed running into neighbours and chatting about the issues that matter most to you.

Clearing catch basins

With our recent rainfalls, I received reports of localized flooding in some areas of Orléans. I have made our road crew aware and they are helping clear catch basins of leaves. If you are able, please try to help by clearing the closest catch basin to your house of any leaves. This will help the water flow properly, and clear your street of any flooding. Thank you! It’s normal for water to pool around a catch basin in wet weather. Roads are designed to drain based on the sewer capacity. You may create a service request to advise the City of a catch basin (drain cover) that is: • Blocked (causing flooding on the road) • Sunken or raised • Broken For service requests from the City of Ottawa, call 3-1-1. Speaking of engagement, the City of Ottawa has several engagement opportunities on Engage Ottawa including The New Official Plan, The Solid Waste Master Plan, the 2022 Budget, The Transportation Master Plan Update, The Infrastructure Master Plan and so much more. Visit engage.ottawa. ca for details on these important policy pieces and to participate. We have so many great projects underway right now in Orléans, from pathway renewal between Thurlow and 10th Line to the installation of a powered picnic shelter in Queenswood Ridge Park, the hard work we have put in advocating for infrastructure renewal has been coming to fruition over the last few months. The Ray Friel Centre is having a new, accessible front desk installed as you read this, Pierre Roque Park is getting improvements to the ball diamond and we are enhancing safety at Roy G Hobbes with a new solarpowered streetlight at the entrance to the pathway.

Be safe Be seen

To promote safe pathway and road usage, I joined Safer Roads Ottawa and their Be Safe Be Seen campaign earlier this month. Together, we hosted a special pop-up along the Ottawa River Pathway near Cairine Wilson High School. Days are becoming shorter and it is getting darker sooner. Let’s remember to adjust our safety practices accordingly by wearing bright colours and reflective materials, whether you are on your bike or on foot. I had the chance to connect with you along the pathway and give you bells, lights and reflectors. If I missed you, send me a note. We have some freebies leftover. Every Community Association in the ward is having Community Bulletin Boards installed this fall. These will be places for you to find pertinent information to our neighbourhoods and is a part of my plan to continue building our community. The resurfacing of St. Georges is wrapping up and the street and sidewalks are looking great! There is so much more infrastructure improvement coming over the next year, so stay tuned for more information. To promote safe pathway and road usage, I joined Safer Roads Ottawa and their Be Safe Be Seen campaign earlier this month. Together, we hosted a special pop-up along the Ottawa River Pathway near Cairine Wilson High School. Days are becoming shorter and it is getting darker sooner. Let’s remember to adjust our safety practices accordingly by wearing bright colours and reflective materials, whether you are on your bike or on foot. I had the chance to connect with you along the pathway and give you bells, lights and reflectors. If I missed you, send me a note. We have some freebies leftover. I’ll close by wishing you and your family a wonderful Hallowe’en. It is an honour to serve you with my team here in the community. While things have been challenging lately at City Hall, my focus remains on you and our beautiful community. Please, never hesitate to reach out to us for help.

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When it comes to maintaining your furnace, experience matters STAR STAFF – There’s no question that when it comes to maintaining your furnace, experience matters. It can also save you hundreds of dollars. By hiring a professional to regularly maintain your furnace and humidifier, both units will be able to operate at maximum efficiency, and you will be able to avoid any problems that often occur when a home’s furnace is neglected. “It’s the one appliance you can’t do without,” says Jerry Lemay, who has been installing and maintaining furnaces in the east end for over 43 years. Now is the time to have your furnace checked out to prevent any potential problems from popping up this winter. Anyone who has experienced having their furnace malfunction in the dead of winter due to improper maintenance, or no maintenance at all, very seldom makes the same mistake twice. With his wealth of experience, Jerry can pinpoint problems repairmen with far less experience may not which could mean the difference between merely repairing your furnace or having to replace it entirely. Although he is a sales rep for Keeprite kiwanis-ad v3.pdf 5 the 2020-10-28 line of furnaces, Jerry can repair any make

and model including gas furnaces, oil furnaces, propane furnaces, combination wood and electric furnaces, and combination wood and oil furnaces, which is why he’s earned the nickname “Dr. Furnace”. “I’ve gained a reputation for being the repairman of last resort,” Jerry explains “A lot of people call me for a second opinion, or when they can’t seem to get the right answer from anyone else. Obviously, I would prefer if they called me first. It would save them a lot of headaches.” It’s important to note that contracting J.G. Lemay Heating and Air Conditioning to maintain your furnace will not effect your existing warranty. Besides furnaces, Lemay also repairs and maintains hot water tanks, humidifiers, thermostats, and heat recovery ventilation systems, not to mention gas BBQ hook-ups, kitchen fan installation and dryer hook-ups and installation. Jerry warns against signing contracts offered by door-to-door salesmen who are often nothing more than con artists. “No reputable furnace salesperson or maintenance guy is going to walk around 9:25 PM with a clipboard. Stay away from those

Jerry Lemay has been in the home heating and air conditioning business for more than 45 years. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO guys,” says Lemay. For quality work you can trust, it’s best to go with someone who has the type of experience and solid reputation earned by serving the

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Orléans Outstanding Youth Awards now accepting nominations By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star Nominations are now being accepted for the 2021 Orléans Outstanding Youth Awards which recognize the outstanding achievements of youth age five to 18. Unlike other awards which are divided into categories, the Orléans Outstanding Youth Awards are designed to recognize youth who are outstanding in a variety of areas. For instance, they may excel in a specific sport while maintaining excellent grades and contributing to the community through volunteering, mentoring or tutoring. Or they may be a performing artist such as a singer, dancer or actor. Anyone can submit a nomination including a parent, teacher, coach or even

the individual themselves. The first step in the process is to put together a resume, or CV, listing their various achievements made between Sept. 1, 2020 and Aug. 30, 2021. Each submission must also contain the nominee’s name, address and phone number as well as the name, address and phone number of the nominator. The CVs will then be vetted by eight judges who will select the top 10 nominees who they feel are deserving of an Outstanding Youth Award. Each set of top 10 nominees will then be collated and the individuals who receive the most top 10 selections will receive an award. The awards will be delivered to the recipient’s address along with a number of

the 2021 Orléans Outstanding Youth Awards programs. Nominations can be submitted in either French or English. The Outstanding Youth Awards are made possible thanks to the generous support of this year’s presenting sponsors – Collège La Cité, Collège Boréal and Université St-Paul – along with gold sponsors, S.G. Printing, M.L. Bradley Ltd. and Régimbal Trophies. This is the second year the awards are being presented after an eight-year hiatus. The program was started in 2005 by as a way to recognize the many accomplishments of local youth and to act as a means of positive reinforcement for youth in the community. The awards were the brainchild of the late Miza Davies who devoted her entire adult life to youth

and children. Past recipients include Olympic speed skaters Ivanie Blondin and Vincent de Haïtre, three-time Canadian curling champion Rachel Homan, Canadian actress and singer Steffi D. and CTV’s “The Launch” winner Michelle Treacy. All told, over 180 youth have received an award over the years. The goal this year is to present an award to at least 21 deserving young people, but that depends on the number and quality of submissions that are received. To submit a nomination simple e-mail the nominee’s CV to The deadline for submissions is Nov. 15. The recipients will be receive their awards during the first week of December.

Children’s Storytelling Festival returning online in November Special tor the Orléans Star By Karen Sinclair and Karen Fee Ottawa Storytellers It is often said that listening to a good story is comfort food for the soul. The 27th annual Ottawa Children’s Storytelling Festival, will run online from Nov. 22-27 through the Ottawa Public Library website with limited in-person seating at the Odawa Native Friendship Centre. Claude Garneau, Orléans resident and one of 36 storytellers at this year’s festival, has been sharing his love of stories with children throughout Ontario, Québec, and other parts of Canada for the past 15 years. Claude began telling stories at St. Joseph’s parish in Ottawa. A self-taught storyteller, he has refined his craft over the years, and tells stories in both English and French. The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) believes in the power of story as a learning tool that conveys language, culture and a foundation for literacy. The CECCE is partnering with Ottawa Storytellers, the Ottawa Public Library, and Odawa Native Friendship Centre to produce the festival. Public health restrictions have once again moved the annual festival online, which means that entire classrooms can join in the fun. Teachers support the research showing the benefits of storytelling for children’s mental and emotional health. Listening to stories builds self-confidence and creativity, and teaches an appreciation for the arts. It also improves memory and concentration. Woe betide a parent or grandparent who has tried to skip a paragraph or two in a favourite bedtime story. “But you didn’t say….!!” An engaging narrative is also an effective way to transmit cultural knowledge, beliefs, and values and it is a powerful tool for socialization. Storytellers at this year’s festival share the experiences, wit and wisdom of indigenous people,

both francophone and anglophone. By listening to stories from other cultures, children broaden their emotional intelligence and empathy, identifying what feelings they have in common rather than focusing on differences. Claude loves the creativity of writing his own stories and makes use of legends, humour and teaching points. A recent collaboration with his wife, local cheese-maker Lynda Garneau, resulted in a new program, “Stories and Cheese”. While Lynda makes delicious Claude Garneau homemade cheese in front of the audience, Claude tells stories – and everyone finishes the evening by eating the homemade cheese together. Presented at the Cumberland Museum in preCOVID times, this was a popular program which Claude hopes to offer again, and with good reason – who wouldn’t enjoy an evening of stories and homemade cheese? While Claude won’t be offering cheese at the Children’s Storytelling Festival this year, he does have several fun stories planned. While in-person storytelling provides the richest experience, “the move online in 2020 because of COVID-19 resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of families attending the Festival,” says Festival coordinator Ruth Stewart-Verger. Free to the public, some presentations will be livestreamed while others have been prerecorded with closed captioning. Festival performances will be available on the

Ottawa Public Library’s website from Nov. 22-27. Recordings will remain online for 30 days. Claude Garneau will be telling stories in English on Tuesday,

Nov. 23 at 2:30 p.m. For more information about the 27th Children’s Storytelling Festival, checkout the Kids’ Zone at


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Cumberland’s first doctor served community for 60 years Continued from page 3 Unfortunately, the years he was away did little to quell the anger of the family of the young woman he had helped exhume. His mother told to go further afield to start his life anew. “Grab the chance, James. It offers hope for a new beginning,” she told him. Ferguson decided to head west, following the Indian trail that doubled as roadways back in 1860s. He would eventually end up in Cumberland Village, where he met Dr. Thomas McKay Ferguson (no relation) who would visit the community on occasion from his practice in Buckingham.

The younger Ferguson followed the older doctor on his rounds, eventually earning his respect. One case in particular would result in James D. Ferguson establishing his own practice in the village. The resident shoemaker had broken his leg and it had become badly infected. The elder Ferguson wanted to amputate, but the younger doctor intervened and was able to save the limb. The local residents were so impressed they asked him to stay and establish a practice. He would end up serving the community for the next 60 years.

In 1863, he married Susanna MacLaurin who had first met in Montréal when they were both studying at McGill. After she graduated from McGill, Susanna ended up in Plantagenet where she became a teacher – she and James would correspond on a regular basis. In 1884, James bought Clearview House, the stone house at 2607 Old Montreal Road presently occupied by the Maker Feed Co. restaurant, from his brother-in-law William Nelson Dunning. The couple didn’t move into the home, which would eventually become known as Ferguson House, until 1895.

Besides being the resident doctor, Ferguson would also serve as Reeve of Cumberland from 1874-1878 and chief coroner for Russell County from 1884 to 1907. When he died in 1921 at the age of 83, hundreds of mourners attended his funeral. Among them was his protégé Eva Kennedy, a trained Registered Nurse who would take over as the chief medical practitioner in Cumberland Village for the next 40 years. When Eva Kennedy retired in 1961, her son, Irving Farmer “Bus” Kennedy, took over as the resident doctor.


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