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EMC News – The Carleton Place Mitten Art Project will be on display on a national level come fall. The Communities In Bloom (CiB) National Award Ceremony and Symposium on Parks and Grounds at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa in October will have the mittens on display in the foyer and during a special presentation to delegates from Canada, England, Japan, United States and Ireland. Carleton Place itself will also be featured, as it will have a display in a highly visible location to promote the town. The theme this year is ‘Showcasing Our Four Seasons’ and the event has a celebration and an educational component. The mittens will be featured during the educational component with Alexandria, Ontario and Wood Buffalo, Alberta, who will each make presentations for being finalists for the Municipal Word Winter Life Award last year. Founding president of Communities in Bloom Raymond Carrière said the Mitten Art Project is an excellent example of a winter project and a model to follow. “It’s not only the result but the entire journey, the process of engagement with volunteers, youth and local businesses,” said Carrière who was in Carleton Place on Thursday, Jan. 17 to tour the display. “This is not just words but actions, I found the project fascinating. It’s very interesting and a lot of communities will learn about it.” The mitten art project started last year with 76 paintedwood mittens being displayed throughout Carleton Place. This year 24 larger mittens were added to Bridge Street, Lansdowne Avenue, Coleman Street and Market Square. The program is a partnership between Carleton Place in Bloom, Arts Carleton Place, the Business Improvement Association, the Town of Carleton Place and local businesses. During Carrière’s visit he was able to see first hand the mittens on display and learn more about the program. “What I liked about the walk is I got to see the mittens. It’s a good blend of professionalism and day-to-day art,” said Carrière. “You can see it (downtown) is a dynamic area and down home at the same time.” Carleton Place mayor Wendy LeBlanc called it an honour to have Carrière visit the town and
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Carleton Place mayor Wendy LeBlanc, founding president of Communities in Bloom Raymond Carrière and Carleton Place Carleton Place in Bloom chair Debby Lytle stand under Elsie Campbell’s cardinal Mitten Art on Bridge Street during a tour of the mitten display in downtown on Thursday, Jan. 17. have the mittens showcased. “The most important thing is the partnerships that we have developed with the town, the BIA, the horticultural society, Arts in Carleton Place and many local businesses,” said LeBlanc. “It has certainly brought interest to the downtown core, it’s a real community gathering spot.” Carleton Place in Bloom chair Debby Lytle thought the tour was a terrific opportunity for the town. “To find out the president is
excited about what we are doing in our small town is fabulous,” said Lytle. “It’s a real community effort and it’s nice to have something colourful in the downtown.” Lytle is excited to see the program grow in the future and hopes that homeowners will get involved next year with mittens. The partnerships developed continue to grow as it was announced during the event that the inaugural Arts and Garden
tour will take place in Carleton Place on July 6. Although planning is still in the early stages it will highlight the five senses with food tasting, visual/ performing arts, gardens and more. Founded in 1995, CiB is a Canadian non-profit organization that fosters friendly competition between Canadian communities to beautify their civic spaces. Carleton Place has been a member since 1997.
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EMC News – Certain things, such as parks, recreation and culture define a community. The Town of Mississippi Mills wants residents’ voices to be heard and have an impact on what parks and recreational activities are developed. The town is currently in the process of developing a recreation master plan, which will guide the strategic provisions of recreational programs, facilities, parkland and open space within the municipality to the year 2023. One of the steps in the process is a survey: one for the public and the other for key stakeholders. Calvin Murphy, recreation coordinator for the Town of Mississippi Mills, encourages residents to complete and return the survey. “We need to hear from the people who are using our facilities, parks and taking part in our programs,” said Murphy. “They are a huge part of this process and we need their input. Together with community input we are hoping to come up with a plan for the next 10 years on how we deliver our services.” In November 2012, Stantec Consulting Ltd. was hired to complete the plan and it is working on behalf of the town to administer the survey. The public survey is posted on the town website (click on news/public notices/recreation survey) or hard copies are available at the Stewart Community Centre in Pakenham, Almonte Community Centre, Almonte Old Town Hall, the municipal office and both the Almonte and Pakenham Libraries. The public survey needs to be returned to the town by Feb. 8 and the stakeholder survey is due by Feb. 15. For more information, contact Murphy by calling 613-256-1077, ext. 24.
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year’s total of $5,000. The Walk for Memories, which is also held in Carleton Place, is the Alzheimer Society’s major fundraiser for the year and monies raised go towards their programs and services. Above, walkers make their way around the second floor walking concourse. Right, participants kick off the walk.
Health unit alerts the public to be cautious during cold weather dry clothing including a hat, mitts, and a layer to block the wind • Drink warm non-alcoholic beverages, non-caffeinated beverages such as herbal teas, apple cider or soup. • Cover exposed skin surfaces when outdoors • Maintain a heated environment of around 20 degrees Celsius/ 68 degrees Fahrenheit • Be aware of how your medications or health condi-
tions may increase your risk • Be aware of the early signs of frostbite: white or gray spots on skin or areas having lost feeling. Tingling and pain can also be a warning sign of frost bite usually in the hands, feet, nose and ears. • Beware of the early signs of hypothermia: unable to think clearly, shivering, loss of memory, lethargy slurred speech or loss of consciousness. Immediate medical attention is required.
• Be aware of the dangers of using an oven or space heater as a heating device. For more information on how to protect yourself during extreme cold visit the health unit website at: www.healthunit.org. For specific cold weather questions call the Health Action Line at 1-800-660-5853 or 613-345-5685. You can also Like LGLHealthUnit on Facebook for weather related updates.
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EMC News – The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit alerts the public to take appropriate precautions during the cold weather. Health unit staff will continue to monitor the weather conditions. Some conditions during cold weather can cause very serious health conditions and even death. With a wind chill of -15 degrees Celsius or colder, unprotected skin can freeze in under 30 minutes, and the risk of developing hypothermia is very high. During very cold weather, everyone is at risk; however the elderly, infants and children, people taking certain prescription medications, and people with preexisting health conditions are in greater danger. There is also an increased risk of hypothermia for outdoor workers and people living without adequate heat or shelter. During these cold temperatures, the health unit strongly encourages the public to check on a neighbour or friend who may be isolated, disabled, or living alone and have a greater risk of suffering cold weather related injuries. The health unit also encourages homeless people to get in from the cold. During cold weather everyone should take the following precautions: • Wear layers of warm
EMC News – The Alzheimer Society of Lanark County held its fifth annual Walk for Memories fundraiser at the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre in Smiths Falls on Jan. 19. About 50 local walkers participated in the event, which raised approximately $7,000 for the non-profit organziation, besting last
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