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2018 was a year of change and new faces By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star If 2018 could be summed up in one word it would be “change”. In the year that was, we saw the Progressive Conservatives come to power under their newly elected leader Doug Ford after spending the last 13 years in opposition. The Liberals, meanwhile, were reduced to third party status. Locally, Orléans MPP Marie France Lalonde was one of only six Liberal members who managed to hold to their seats, while fellow National Capital MPPs Bob Chiarelli and Yasir Naqvi were unable to hold onto theirs and the formerly Liberal held seat in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell was won by PC candidate Amanda Simard. Change was also the order of the day during the municipal election in October as seven rookies were elected to Ottawa city council, including Laura Dudas, who replaced Jody Mitic in Innes Ward, and Matt

A man walks across a large puddle in the parking lot of the Home Depot store on Innes Road. The temperature rose to 4°C on Sunday causing minor melting across the region. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO

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Luloff who took over from outgoing city council veteran Bob Monette. The local business community also went through monumental change, or at least those which were members of the Orléans Chamber of Commerce did. Worried about being isolated by efforts to merge the West Ottawa Board of Trade and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Orléans Chamber members voted to join forces with the other two organizations in August. The year got off to a relatively uneventful start, but it didn’t take long for tragedy to strike when the news was released that former Ottawa-Orléans MPP Royal Galipeau had died after a lengthy battle with myeloma. He was 71. Five months later, one of Galipeau’s predecessors, Eugène Bellemare, passed away on July 6 at the age of 86. The Liberal MP served in the House of Commons from 1988 to 2014. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

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ORLÉANS – After several missed deadlines, Ottawa’s highly anticipated LRT Conferderation Line is expected to be completed by the end of March, or at least that’s the date the project’s builders say it will be completed. The $2.1 billion, 12.5-kilometre system was supposed to be operational in May 2018, but several unforeseen setbacks, including a sinkhole that opened up on Rideau Street in 2016, caused a series of delays. A second deadline in November was also missed. Once the work is completed, the city plans to run a number of tests and trial runs before the LRT system is opened to the public. That work will likely take a month.

St. Peter musical theatre class to stage Shrek the Musical this weekend ORLÉANS – The St. Peter musical theatre class is renowned for staging highly professional musical theatre productions with a live orchestra, elaborate sets, and beautiful costumes often borrowed from the NAC. This weekend the class will present a reprisal of Shrek the Musical, which was originally performed by a former class in 2014, in the Richcraft Theatre at the Shenkman Arts Centre. This year’s class has taken the original musical production and brought it into a modern interpretation. The production combines the talents of 22 student actors, 20 student orchestra members and a backstage production crew of 30, making it a collaboration of over 70 students. Three performances will be held this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. A special matinee performance will also be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. For ticket information, call 613-915-0038 and leave a message indicating the performance, number of tickets needed and a return phone number.

2018 highlighted by summer heat wave, elections Continued from page 1 Sticking with February, seeing impaired student Cassandra Boyer, 17, was denied from having her service dog Hero attend classes with her at a local francophone high school. The reason given was that the mild-mannered Labradoodle, which are known for their hypoallergenic qualities, might disturb the other students. Later the same month, local blind and death athlete and advocate Kevin Frost successfully lobbied Uber to accept service animals in all their vehicles. Also in February, the Tartan Pub closed it’s doors after 19 years in business. The traditional British-style pub was a popular neighbourhood eatery and watering hole. Seven months later, Moose McGuire’s opened in the same location. In March, the Orléans Chamber of Commerce held what would end up being their last Business Excellence Awards Gala. Among the evening’s big winners were Orléans lawyer David Bertschi, who was named Business Leader of the Year, and the Keynote Group which took home top prize as the Business of the Year. A special Lifetime Achievement Award was also bestowed on former executive director Peter Stewart. The month of March ended tragically when a fire which started in George and

Sons Upholstery on St. Joseph Blvd. destroyed several businesses in the strip mall and forced several others, including the Little Turkish Village restaurant to close indefinitely. It would take four months before the popular family-run restaurant could reopen for business, while S.G. Printing was forced to relocate to the Canotek Business Park. In April, Queenswood Heights pioneer Helen Tweddle passed away at 78. She was remembered for her many years of community service which included publishing the Newsliner bulletin for more than 40 years, launching the Bookworm used book store in the Cumberland Branch of the Ottawa Library, and volunteering for the local Girl Guides and Brownies as well as with the Queenswood United Church where she and her family were members since the day it opened. Also in April, Innes Ward Coun. Jody Mitic announced that he would not be seeking re-election for personal reasons. The Afghan War veteran had been dealing with issues of depression and addiction to painkillers for some time. He also admitted to having a problem with alcohol during an interview on CFRA. City council voted to grant Mitic a paid leave of absence on June 13. He had been absent from City Hall for several

A volunteer (left) has some fun with a Super Soaker during Canada Day festivities on Petrie Island. (Right) Debris sits outside the Little Turkish Village strip mall on St. Joseph Blvd. after a fire broke out in one of the businesses on March 31 .FILE PHOTOS weeks and did not return before the fall when Laura Dudas was elected to replace him. Later the same month, Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford made a campaign stop at the OCCO Kitchen restaurant on Innes Road in support of local candidate Cameron Montgomery. Ford would go on to lead the Conservatives to a landslide victory over

the Liberals, but Montgomery would be unable to unseat local Liberal MPP Marie-France Lalonde. In May, Black Sheep Development announced plans to build a multi-million dollar, 65,000 sq. ft. sports facility in partnership with the Sports Training Academy at the corner of Trim Road and Brian Coburn Blvd. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

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The month of June began with news that thieves had stolen the cast iron bell from the tower at Trinity Anglican Church in Bearbrook. The only thing left behind was the bell’s clanger and a large depression in the ground where the bell had landed when it was dropped over the edge of the tower. No trace of the bell has turned up since. While the month of June was highlighted by the provincial election, it was also noteworthy in that veteran east end councillor Bob Monette announced his retirement after serving on city council for 13 years. On Canada Day, the region was locked in one of the most extreme heat waves in recent memory. With the temperature soaring above 35°C, many residents elected to stay home rather than venture out in the sweltering heat to festivities on Petrie Island and on Parliament Hill. Later in July, Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo announced plans to move their operation to the former Home Hardware building in Sarsfield sometime in 2019. In August, Amazon announced plans to build a distribution centre near Carlsbad Springs. Construction of the one million square foot warehouse started soon afterwards. On August 7, area farmers welcomed the first heavy rains in six weeks. Also in August, a group of residents started a Facebook group called “It’s your city, let’s all help make Orléans safe” in the wake of several reported swarmings which led to a public meeting during which members of the Ottawa Police Service tried to allay their concerns. Two weeks later, three teens were arrested in connection with a local swarming. On September 27, a series of tornadoes touched down in and around Dunrobin causing extensive damage. In October, Afghan veteran Matt Luloff emerged from a field of 17 candidates to win the city council seat in Orléans Ward vacated by Bob Monette. At the same time Stephen Blais was reelected in Cumberland Ward and Laura Dudas was elected to replace Jody Mitic. They were sworn in with the rest of city council on December 1.

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Celebrating one of the last traditional British pubs in Orléans By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star In an age when life seems to be speeding up at an ever-increasing pace, it’s nice to be able to step out of the fast lane and into a place where everything slows down and you can seek comfort and refuge as well as a perfectly poured pint of ale and the best fish and chips in town. For me, that place is the Royal Oak on St. Joseph Boulevard. The Royal Oak is one of the last old school, neighbourhood pubs in Orléans, serving up traditional pub fare and beverages that warm your heart and soul. Since the very first Royal Oak opened at Bank and MacLaren in 1980, they’ve stayed true to their roots as they expanded to 13 eateries across the city. The Orléans location opened in 1998 and was immediately welcomed with open arms by customers who were familiar with the Royal Oak’s traditional charm. Some of those very same customers are still regulars all these years later. They keep coming back for the atmosphere, the service and the food. The Royal Oak has always been very active in supporting the local community. Besides sponsoring various men’s and

women’s teams, they organize a fundraising event every May as part of the company’s Royal Oak Days. Last year, they raised over $2,725 for Ottawa Dog Rescue with an outdoor BBQ and live music. On Feb. 8, the pub will celebrate its 21st anniversary. In the weeks and days leading up to the milestone they are offering a 2-for-1 special on their famous fish and chips with the purchase of two beverages. The White Sale will continue until the end of February. They also plan to celebrate Robbie Burns Day on Jan. 25 with the traditional piping in of the Haggis. Besides their fish and chips, the Royal Oak is well-known for its pub pies, available in steak and ale, or chicken, made with freshly baked pastry. They also serve bangers and mash, homemade shepherd’s pie and some of the best chicken wings you can imagine. In fact, you can enjoy the wings at half price all day and night on Sundays, as well as every Monday night, while watching your favourite sport on one of their large screen TVs. And no traditional pub is worth its salt without paying particular attention to the beverage side of its business and at the

The Royal Oak on St. Joseph Blvd. has been a popular meeting place for over 20 years thanks to the perfect combination of great service, delicious pub fare and a perfect pint of beer. FILE PHOTO Royal Oak, they take pride in serving the perfect pint. To that end, they are proud members of the program which certifies quality draught purveyors such as themselves. The Royal Oak pubs are audited by every month to ensure they are measuring up to their stringent criteria for the perfect pint.

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Predictions & prognostications As we turn the calendar to another year, it seems like a good idea to make some bold predictions for what’s to come. Sticking close to home, I expect great things from our two rookie city councillors – Laura Dudas and Matt Luloff – under the guidance of their veteran east end colleagues Stephen Blais and Tim Tierney Dudas seems to have boundless energy and a superb understanding of the inner workings at City Hall. Whether or not she will be able to convince the powers that be at the NCC to allow the city to extend Brian Coburn Blvd. to Anderson Road is another matter. I’m predicting the project will be no closer to getting the NCC’s approval by the end of the year than it is now. Not that it will matter. Dudas and Luloff will be so preoccupied with ensuring east end commuters get to and from the Gloucester Centre LRT station they won’t have time for much else. A year behind schedule, the system is supposed to be operational by the end of March, or at least that’s what the contractor is telling the city. Personally, I will believe it when I see it. Just like I will believe the city’s prediction the switch over from express buses to light rail will be as smooth as silk when I see it. Let’s just say I don’t have a lot of confidence in transit officials. As such, I boldly predict that the launch of the Confederation Line will be fraught with problems and delays as thousands of east end commuters disembark their buses at the Gloucester Centre Station and try to make their way onto the LRT trains and vice versa Sticking close to home, I predict construction will finally begin on the Orléans Health Hub in 2019. It’s been more than a decade since former Liberal health minister George Smitherman first came to Orléans promising to build a state-of-the-art health facility in the east end. It didn’t happen under former Ottawa-Orléans MPP Phil McNeely, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying. It’s always possible that Doug Ford will further delay the project as punishment for the riding not voting Conservative, but even he can’t be that vindictive – or could he? Speaking of Ford, I predict that his job approval rating will continue to hover between 35 and 40 per cent among Ontario residents. He has done nothing to dissuade Ontarians of their impression of him as Canada’s version of Donald Trump, but I think he actually wears the title as a badge of honour. Federally, it’s going to be a big year in Canada. With a General Election slated to take place on October 21, many voters with Conservative leanings are predicting a Liberal defeat. The only problem is that most Canadians still don’t know who the heck the Conservative leader is. (It’s Andrew Scheer, by the way.) My prediction – the Liberals will lose a dozen or more seats but still hold on to a slim minority. Fasten your seat belts everyone, it’s going to be a fun ride. - Fred Sherwin, Publisher

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MPP to co-host New Year’s Levee with Andrew Leslie I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season please visit amongst friends and family, and an enjoyable health-hub. celebration to bring in the New Year! I would like to once again congratulate local city 2018 was a year filled with councillors Laura Dudas, Matthew great challenges and great accomLuloff and Stephen Blais on their Queen’s election and re-election. I look plishments, and I look forward to everything that 2019 will bring. forward to our continued collaboraPark I would like to thank all of you tion for the betterment of our comfor your great generosity over Corner munity. the holiday season. We were able A quick reminder that I will be to provide so many kids in need co-hosting a New Year’s Levee on Marie-France Lalonde with toys and gifts through our toy Thursday, January 17 with my feddrive at my annual movie night that took place on eral counterpart, MP Andrew Leslie. The event will December 14 where more than 650 people attended. take place at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1325 We also doubled our goal of 37 shoeboxes for wom- Gaultois Ave. from 6-8 p.m. en in need, and were able to provide a local womMy staff are also in the process of putting the en’s organization with twice the amount of useful finishing touches on plans for this year’s Family Day and thoughtful gifts. event. Please join me and MP Andrew Leslie at the So once again, thank you all very much – your Orléans Bowling Centre from 9 a.m. to noon on donations for these great causes are always appre- Monday, February 18 for a morning of free bowling ciated! for the entire family! As I return to Queen’s Park, I will continue to be Hope to see you at both events! the voice of Orléans. I will continue to work hard Guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable for the people of our community, our needs, and the food items for our local food bank. matters that are important to all of us. As always, my staff and I are available to answer I am dedicated to pushing big local projects such any questions you may have, or to assist you with as the Orléans Health Hub and the LRT Phase II. We any provincial matters and services. are moving forward with both, and I assure you that Our office is open Monday to Friday between I will keep working hard until both projects reach 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – and we can be reached via e-mail, fruition. at, or by phone at For updates regarding the Orléans Health Hub, 613-834-8679.

Presenting the 26th annual Fredzee Awards Thanks to President Donald Trump, 2018 will forever be known as the year of “fake news”, which is ironic considering that the biggest purveyor of fake news is the President himself. Unfortunately, it was the non-fake news stories of wild fires in California, hurricanes in North Carolina and Florida and a tornado in Ottawa that dominated the headlines, proving once again that Mother Nature is often the biggest Newsmaker of the Year. 2018 also saw the passing of such legendary icons as Aretha Franklin, Burt Reynolds, Stephen Hawking and cartoonist Stan Lee, not to mention Margot Kidder, former Ottawa Senator goalie Ray Emery, and “Butterfly Boy” Jonathan Pitre. It is in their honour that I present the 2018 Fredzee Awards. The year’s BIG winners 1) Doug Ford (From dark horse to Ontario Premier in just three short months.) 2) Anyone associated with the marijuana business. (Officially legal as of Oct. 17, initial marijuana sales were higher than expected, leading to delays in deliveries.) 3) Canada’s Winter Olympic team. (Canadian athletes win 10 gold, eight silver and nine bronze medals at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. It’s the most medals Canada has won at an Olympic Games since Vancouver.) The year’s biggest losers 1) Tie between Patrick Brown and Kathleen Wynne. (2018 was not a particularly good year for either former party leader.) 2) Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstadt, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., and any another celebrity caught up in the #MeToo movement. 3) Roseanne Barr (From hit debut of Roseanne to the

Up Front Fred Sherwin unemployment line in less than three months, all thanks to a racist tweet that was less than 10 words.) Top International Stories of the Year 1) The Robert Mueller investigation of possible links between members of Donald Trump’s election team and the Russians. Among the casualties so far are former National Security Advisor Michel Flynn; Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort; and his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen. 2) The assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. (The Washington Post columnist was lured to the Saudi embassy in Turkey where he was murdered and dismembered by Saudi security officials touching off a firestorm of controversy for Donald Trump who refused to blame Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman for the atrocity.) 3) The Brett Cavanaugh confirmation hearings. (What can I say, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s appearance before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and Cavanaugh’s rebuttal was must-see TV.) Newsmaker of the Year – Donald Trump (again) (Just when you think he can’t sink any lower, he outdoes himself yet again. The guy is the source of more headlines, more punch lines and more Breaking News alerts than any single human being in history. Honourable Mention to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.)

Top Canadian Stories of the Year 1) Humboldt Broncos bus crash kills 16 players, injures 13 others. 2) PCs win majority goverment in Ontario reducing Liberal Party to just six seats in the provincial legislature. 3) Marijuana becomes officially legal on October 17. Local Stories of the Year 1) Multiple tornadoes rip through parts of Dunrobin and Gatineau on Sept. 22, leaving millions of dollars in damage. 2) Bob Monette and Jody Mitic both decide not to run for city council, paving the way for first-timers Laura Dudas in Innes Ward and Matt Luloff in Orléans Ward. Luloff managed to beat out 14 other contenders to win the seat. 3) The LRT was supposed to be operational in 2018, but delays in construction means the trains won’t be leaving the station until April or May. Media Event of the Year The Royal Wedding. I didn’t watch it, but I hear it was quite the occasion. The God-Couldn’t-Make-The-Sign-AnyClearer Award Climate change proponents blame the wildfire that completely wiped out the town of Paradise, California (pop. 25,000) on a lack of precipitation that caused the tinder box conditions. The Train Wreck of the Year Award To Kanye West for his 10-minute, profanity laced diatribe praising Donald Trump during a visit to the Oval office. Feel-Good Story of 2018 Typically, a day at the airport is the start of anything but a feel-good story. But Cora the Corgi, who was rescued from a neglectful family, is anything but a typical dog. During a layover at the Seattle airport, Cora approached a random man

Strangest Story of 2018 Elon Musk launches a rocket carrying is personal cherry red Tesla Roadstar sports car, which is now orbiting the earth at 28,000 km/h. Worst Fads of 2018 1) Vaping. Call me old, but I just don’t get the attraction. 2) The Bird Box Challenge taken from the Sandra Bullock movie of the same name. People video themselves attempting to do things while blindfold, with hysterical and sometimes painful, consequences. And you thought the planking craze in 2017 was nuts. The 2018 Dawin Award To Christian missionary John Allen Chau who was killed by the same tribe of natives on a remote island in the Indian Ocean he was hoping to offer eternal life to despite warnings from officials his mission would end badly. Quotes of the Year ”(I am) not smart, but genius . . . and a very stable genius at that!” – President Trump, in a tweet, on Jan. 6. “Truth isn’t truth.” – Donald Trump’s lawyer and personal mouthpiece Rudy Giuliani speaking on Meet the Press. How very Trumpian of him. “I liked beer. I still like beer. Do you like beer, Senator?” – Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh speaking to Senator Amy Klobuchar during his confirmation hearing. “Our country is led by those who will lie about anything, backed by those who will believe anything, based on information from media sources that will say anything.” – Former FBI director James B. Comey, in a tweet, May 23.

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George and Sons Upholstery after a fire ripped through the business on March 31; a doghandler tosses a frisbee to her animal during the Super Dogs Show at the Navan Fair; Marilyn Lowe and Rev. Margo Whittaker stand in front of Holy Trinity Anglican Church after thieves stole the church bell in June; Laura Dudas stands with her family after winning the municipal election in Innes Ward; Matt Luloff is all smiles as in walks into his victory party

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By Mike Beasley The Orléans Star In 2018, a number of local teams and individual athletes were able to accomplish some pretty amazing things, from competing at the Winter Olympics in South Korea to winning provincial championships. The local Olympic contingent included speed skaters Ivanie Blondin, Vincent De Haitre and Isabelle Weidemann, along with curler Rachel Homan. Unfortunately, the Olympic experience was not what three of the four local athletes were hoping for. De Haitre bruised his heel in practice and was never a factor. Blondin placed fifth in the 5,000 metres and sixth in the 3,000 metres. But in her specialty the mass start, which was making its Olympic debut, she failed to make the final after inexplicably falling in her semi. The closest Blondin would get to the podium was a fourth place result in the women`s team pursuit along with Weidemann and Keri Morrison. The fourth place finish was part of a thrilling Olympic debut for Weidemann

who also placed sixth in the 5,000 metres and seventh in the 3,000. Her Olympic success carried over to the first half of the 2018-2019 World Cup season. After the first four events, Weidemann has one second place result and two third place finishes in four long distance events and she currently leads the long distance standings. After sweeping to victory in the Roar of the Rings Olympic trials in Ottawa and winning the World Championships six months before, Homan and her foursome were gunning for gold in Pyeongchang. Instead, they became the first Canadian team to not make the medal round after amassing a disappointing 3-5 record in the round robin phase. Another individual athlete from Orléans had a much happier year. Golfer Grace St. Germain placed second at the National Junior College Athletic Association championships in June competing for Dayton Junior College. Following on the heels of her success, St. Germain transferred to the University of Arkansas during the summer. CONTINUED ON PAGE 14


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East end teams win their share of provincial titles Continued from page 13 Other local athletes who had a great year include former Cumberland Panthers quarterback Christian Veilleux, who made the starting line-up during his first year at Canisius High School in Buffalo, and former St. Matthew Tiger Katley Joseph who helped lead the University of Maine Bears to the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision semi-finals as a freshman receiver. In high school sports, the Louis-Riel senior girls 4x100 relay team of Kayla Vieux, Kadiatou Wann, Annabelle Gagné and Megan Roy won silver at the OFSAA provincial track and field championships as did Louis-Riel pole vaulter Caroline Poirier and Gloucester High School steeplechaser Alie Lamarche. Louis-Riel sprinter Eliezer Adjibi won double bronze in the senior boys 100 and 200 metres, and Gloucester’s Sophie Barber won bronze in the senior girls javelin. In high school team sports, it was another good year for teams from St. Peter High School where the Knights won the senior boys basketball championship and the senior boys rugby title last spring as well as the senior boys football crown and the Tier 1 senior boys volleyball championship this past fall.

Elsewhere in the fall, the junior girls Tier 1 basketball championship was won by the St. Matthew Tigers, who downed the St. Peter Knights 42-38 in the final; the Colonel By Cougars beat the Samuel Genest Lazers 2-1 to win the senior boys Tier 1 soccer championship; and the Louis Riel Rebelles won the senior boys ‘A’ championship with a straight set win over Maurice Lapointe. In community youth sports, the Ottawa Gloucester Devils won the U14 peewee girls provincial ringette championship last February and the Gloucester Stars won the Atom BB provincial crown under the guidance of head coach and former Ottawa 67 Dan Tessier. In June, the Gloucester Wolverines U16 boys team won the provincial Division 1 basketball championship, becoming the first Wolverines team to accomplish the feat in more than 20 years. In July, the Cumberland Panthers Junior Varsity came up a game short of making the Ontario Provincial Football League championship when they lost to the Durham Dolphins in the East Conference final. The Panthers bantam varsity team did make it to the league championship game before ultimately losing to the Essex

(L to r) Megan Roy, Kadiatou Wann, Annabelle Gagné and Kayla Vieux joined forces to win the senior girls 4x100 relay at the OFSAA provincial track & field championships in June. PHOTO SUPPLIED Ravens. In September, the Cumberland Cobras U13 girls academy team became the second Cobras side to win the Ontario Cup in as many years. They would go on to finish fourth at the Toyota National Championships. In November, the Cumberland Panthers

Football Club won three of the four A-Cup championships up for grabs at the tyke, peewee and bantam levels and the Orleans Bengals won the mosquito B-Cup title. The year ended with the Gloucester Rangers winning the Major Peewee AA championship at the Bell Capital Cup.

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U13 Cobras squad gets nod as Team of the Year By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star For the second year in a row, a Cumberland Cobras girls soccer squad has been chosen as the Orléans Star’s Team of the Year. Last year, it was the Cobras U13 Academy squad which got the nod after winning the U13 Ontario Cup, the U14 ERSL Cup and the U14 league championship. This year the soccer club’s U15 Academy team came close to accomplishing the same feat by winning the U15 Ontario Cup and the U16 ERSL Cup playing up an age group. Unfortunately, they came a point short of winning the league title. They did, however, manage to place fourth at the Toyota National Championships in Laval. The team is part of the Cumberland United Soccer Club’s incredibly successful Academy program. Besides the U15 team, the U14 squad, which was the 2017 Team of the Year, won both the ERSL Cup and the league championship playing up an age group. In fact, they finished the season undefeated, going a perfect 22-0-0. Not to be outdone by their older club-

mates, the U13 team also played up an age group in winning the U14 ERSL Cup. Any one of the teams could have been a contender for Team of the Year. As it was the two main contenders for the title were the Gloucester-Cumberland Devils U14 peewee girls ringette team and the Gloucester Wolverines U14 boys basketball team. An inspired Devils team won the provincial ‘AA’ championship after learning one of their teammates was diagnosed with cancer. Emma Flynn-Mantyla, 13, was diagnosed with leukemia two weeks before the start of the championship which was hosted by the Gloucester-Cumberland Ringette Association. Playing without Emma in the lineup, the Devils went 5-1 in the round robin portion of the tournament. Once in the playoffs, they beat Guelph 10-3 in the semi-finals to advance to the gold medal game. In the final, the Devils beat Waterloo 4-1 to win the title while Emma watched from the stands. It was truly an inspirational performance. In earning consideration for Team of the Year, the Gloucester Wolverines

The Cumberland Cobras U15 Academy team won the 2018 Ontario Cup and the U16 ERSL Cup in the span of a couple of days in late September. They would go on to place fourth at the Toyota National Championships. U16 boys basketball team accomplished something no Wolverines team has been able to do in over 20 years – they won a provincial Division 1 championship. The rare feat was accomplished in Ottawa in late May.

The Wolverines went into the Ontario Cup tournament as the number one seed and proceeded to reel off three straight wins to earn a berth in the gold medal game where they downed the Mississauga Monarchs 68-63 to win the title.


COMMUNITY BILLBOARD WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9 ORLEANS WOMEN’S CONNECTION MEETING from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Orleans United Church, 1111 Orléans Blvd. Music: Ann Coupland. Feature presentation: “Healing Essential Oils” by Heather Lamarre. Faith story: “An Amazing Knitting Project” by Ruth Fifield of Limoges RSVP by calling Evelyn Swan at 613-830-7536 or email Cost: $6 at the door. THURSDAY, JAN. 10 FRIDAY, JAN. 11 SATURDAY, JAN. 12 SHREK THE MUSICAL – The St. Peter Senior Musical Theatre class are proud to present their interpretation of Shrek The Musical. They have taken the original musical production and brought it into a modern interpretation. Curtain time 7 p.m. A special matinee performance will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. For ticket information please call 613-915-0038.

FRIDAY, JAN. 11 NOSTALGIA entertaining from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Orléans Legion, 800 Taylor Creek Dr. for your listening and dancing pleasure. Buffet dinner served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For reservations call 613-590-7227.

BLACKBURN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Blackburn Hamlet Community Hall, 190 Glen Park Dr. For more information visit http://

THURSDAY, JAN. 17 NEW YEAR’S LEVEE co-hosted by Orléans MP Andrew Leslie and MPP Marie-France Lalonde at the Resurrection Lutheran Chuch, 1325 Gaultois Ave. from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Members of the public are encouraged to bring a nonperishable item for the local food bank.

FRIDAY, JAN. 18 THE GOOD TIME BAND entertaining from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Orléans Legion, 800 Taylor Creek Dr. for your listening and dancing pleasure. Buffet dinner served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For reservations call 613-590-7227.

CUMBERLAND TOWNSHIP AGRICULTURE SOCIETY (CTAS) ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. upstairs at the Navan Memorial Arena. The agenda includes an overview of the 2018 fiscal year, a report on ongoing business items and highlights of the CTAS’s future plans.

Marcelle Bissonnette, 85 Passed away on Jan. 2, 2019 Monique Rochefort, 91 Passed away on December 29, 2018 Jacqueline Taillefer, 83 Passed away on December 27, 2018 Swaran Kaur Singh, 92 Passed away on December 24, 2018

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