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EMC News -The Mississippi Rideau Lakes Salvation Army Christmas Campaign culminated with the presentation of the top council award for the most money collected in a single day during the Christmas campaign. For the first time in the event, Beckwith Township councillors came out on top, collecting $1,649. Pictured is Reeve Richard Kidd with Salvation Army’s Major Faith Cameron.
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EMC Events - It’s time for the annual Heritage Dinner and Silent Auction hosted by the North Lanark Historical Society. The dinner is set for Friday, Feb. 15 at the Royal Canadian Legion in Almonte (100 Bridge St.). Tickets for the event are $25 each for a delicious roast beef dinner; a cash bar opens at 6 p.m. and dinner starts at 7 p.m. Doreen Wilson, volunteer at the North Lanark Historical Society, is looking forward to the dinner, which has been held annually for more than 20 years. The event is a fundraiser for the museum and Wilson thinks it is a great opportunity to support the museum. “Our museum is a local
community museum with a lot of North Lanark history,” said Wilson. “It is a fundraiser to continue to operate the museum.” Wilson is excited they are able to present local architect Peter Mansfield who will be speaking on ‘Heritage: Good Neighbours.’ “I think our guest speaker is very important and I think he will have a lot of good information on local architecture and historical buildings in Mississippi Mills,” said Wilson. New this year the Mississippi Mills Heritage Committee will also be presenting Architectural Awards. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Baker Bob’s (73 Little Bridge St. Almonte) or by calling Wilson at 613-256-2866 or Jennifer Armstrong at 613-2538638. The Legion must be notified of numbers by Feb. 8.
Carleton Place couple receive good ambassador award
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EMC News – Side by side, with every great man is a great woman. Mrs. Claus is the wife of Santa Claus, the Christmas gift-bringer. She helps him run his shop at the North Pole and build his toys all year long. Thousands of kilometres away, in Carleton Place, Peggy Gallipeau works side by side with her husband Jake, coordinating the annual visit of Santa and Mrs. Claus to the community. During last Tuesday’s council meeting, the couple was awarded with the Eleanor Henderson Good Ambassador Award. “For 30 years, Jake and Peggy have been the driving force behind the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus to Carleton Place,” said Mayor Wendy LeBlanc. “I think it is more than past time to recognize that and to present them with a special award.” On Jan. 29, she thanked the Gallipeaus for their enthusiasm, commitment and love for the young people in town. “The effects of their dedicated work are long lasting,” said LeBlanc. “They make our community a better place to live. We welcome their uplifting spirit.” At the end of every Novem-
ber and beginning of every December, Santa and Mrs. Claus are regular visitors to Carleton Place, attending the annual Santa Claus Parade, which is sponsored by the Carleton Place Business Improvement Association (BIA). Moreover, they participate in the Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital’s (CPDMH) tree lighting ceremony and the BIA’s Christmas Open House (listening to hundreds of excited youngsters whisper their Christmas wishes, as well as posing for photographs). “This couple has delighted and thrilled generations of children in our community,” said LeBlanc. “They are the ones in the annual Santa Claus Parade who are long awaited by every child and child at heart along the route.” It is not known if Jake and Peggy are close friends with Father Christmas and his bride, or if they have ever been invited to the North Pole. In attendance at last week’s meeting, BIA coordinator Cathie McOrmond said, “Jake and Peggy have been involved with the Santa Claus Parade for the last 30 years, and involved with me for the last nine. The BIA would not have such a successful parade without their help. I could not do it without them. Thank you!” BIA chair Paul Sorfleet re-
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Carleton Place Mayor Wendy LeBlanc honour Jake and Peggy Gallipeau with the Eleanor Henderson Good Ambassador Award. The presentation took place last Tuesday, Jan. 29, and was given to the Gallipeaus for their efforts in coordinating the annual visit of Santa and Mrs. Claus to the community. membered sitting on Santa’s lap. Robyn Arseneau, CPDMH Foundation manager of fundraising, presented Jake and Peggy with a replica of the Christmas tree that stands outside the local hospital, as well as a framed photograph of Santa and Mrs. Claus at the most recent tree lighting ceremony. “I am incredibly pleased and very honoured to have recently met Jake and Peggy,” she said. “They have been wonderful (to work with).”
“Thank you for your support and the many smiles you have helped bring to our hospital,” continued Arseneau. After the tree lighting ceremony each year, Santa and Mrs. Claus visit patients at the CPDMH. “It is amazing!” said Arseneau. “You have someone who may be very frail and ill, but they light up as soon as they see them.” Special presentation “Peggy was telling me that her brother and sister-in-law
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were hoping to be able to come here this evening, but because of the weather and because they live in Chesterville they were unable to attend,” said LeBlanc. “It’s too bad, but we will capture this event in pictures.” The Eleanor Henderson Good Ambassador Award is presented to outstanding citizens who have dedicated themselves to representing Carleton Place as a wonderful place to live, play and work. “It honours those who have generously and selflessly worked to promote the town and its residents,” said the mayor. A small reception with refreshments followed the presentation. LeBlanc noted Jake was wearing a very special pin, indicating he was Carleton Place’s Citizen of the Year in 1994. “It is really great to have this (award),” said Jake. “It is just outstanding, folks. We do this because we are so drawn into our community.” “We receive compliments from older grandparents (every year),” added Peggy. “They say Jake and I do a really good job.” It was not until the early 1990s that Peggy commenced helping her husband coordinate the annual visit of Santa and Mrs. Claus to the community. “You are a great team,” concluded LeBlanc.
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Fundraiser for the Ottawa Heart Institute fills Carleton Place arena By LAURIE WEIR email@example.com
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The Ron McMunn “Silver Fox” Country Music Heart Jam was another success this year with a host of Ottawa Valley singers mixing it up for the Ottawa Heart Institute. The acts from throughout day performed to a sold-out crowd of approximately 400 people. Above, the dance floor was packed throughout the afternoon. Above right, Lorne Daley takes a turn at the mic. He will be hosting a fundariser for the Heart Institute in Westboro at the Legion Branch 480, on Sunday, Feb. 24. Richmond Road, Ottawa. The annual heart institute telethon is also coming up, slated for March 3 on CTV
EMC Entertainment – The Ron McMunn “Silver Fox” Country Music Heart Jam was another success this year with a host of Ottawa Valley singers mixing it up for the Ottawa Heart Institute. In what organizers believe – to the best of their knowledge – is more than 20 years running, the fundraising event, held Feb. 3 Neelin Street Community Centre, has brought more than $100,000 for the heart institute. “The community support we get from Carleton Place for this event is incredible,” says Christina Bova, the manager of special events for the Ottawa Heart Institute. “There are so many great things happening thanks to fundraisers like this and we are so thankful for their support and their ongoing efforts.” Research is the big-ticket item for funds raised by community efforts, she says. That includes new gene research where doctors can predetermine if a patient has a higher risk of developing heart disease by a simple mouth swab. “Equipment is another area where funds are needed,” notes Bava. “Over and above patient care, that’s where we are looking for community support.” The organizing committee worked on this event since the fall, says Jerry Flynn. “We had more people here (performers) than last year.” Some of the performers included the Silver Fox’s sons, Jamie and Jeff McMunn, Perth’s Henry Norwood, John Foster, Kathleen Stroud, Harry Adrain, Smokey Rose, Ridin’ Shotgun, and Blend N’ Roots, to name a few. The house band consisted of Andy Bowes on bass, Wade Foster on fiddle, Brian Ostrom on steel guitar, Brad Scott on lead and drummer Mike Belajac. “Silver Fox was bigger than life,” Flynn says. “This is just a reflection of him.” Last year’s event raised $9,000 for the heart institute. The heart institute will be the recipient of another fundraising effort when Lorne Daley hosts his Classic Country Jam on Sunday, Feb. 24, 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Westboro Legion, 391
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