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The local Salvation Army kettle campaign kicked off Nov. 16 at Steve’s Independent Grocer in Carleton Place, above. During the holiday season, volunteer bell ringers will collect donations at the local grocery store, Walmart and LCBO. Campaign funds help support many people in poverty who turn to the Salvation Army for aid. Participating in the launch is, from left, Major Faith Cameron of the Salvation Army, the organization’s thrift shop manager (Maggie Swanson), local kettle campaign coordinator Melba Jarvis, Carleton Place Mayor Wendy LeBlanc, and store manager Serge Robichaud. Below, the kettle campaign also launched at Patrice’s Independent Grocer in Almonte. From left, volunteer Donna MacDonald, Jarvis, Cameron and storeowner Guido Patrice. The campaign runs until 12 p.m. on Dec. 24. For full details please see story page A/CP11.
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EMC News – Carleton Place is always a great place to visit, but every November and December it’s magical. The Santa Claus Parade, an initiative of the local Business Improvement Association (BIA), is always a hit with the kids – adults, too. Once again, thousands of spectators are expected for Saturday’s (Nov. 24) parade, which begins at 5 p.m. Starting at Townline Road it will travel the full length of Bridge Street, turning onto Lansdowne Avenue. “It has become a destination event in the (Ottawa) Valley,” said BIA coordinator Cathie McOrmond with a smile. The theme this year is Twelve Days of Christmas, which will be reÀected in the various entries. “We hope to see more creative input in the Àoats,” said McOrmond. Entrants should utilize the theme and take their Àoats to the next level. This year the parade was limited to 100 approved units, and pre-registration was mandatory. Furthermore, a $10 fee was charged. The money collected will be donated back into the community. “One of the most exciting changes to the 2012 parade is the introduction of the Best Overall Trophy,” said McOrmond, “and the winner gets to keep the award for a full year.” MacDonald’s Sports Excellence in Carleton Place created the custom trophy, which consists of a rich burgundy ceramic base (three tiers) and is topped with a silver cup and Santa Claus. Also offering enticement for participants are plaques, which are awarded to the ¿rst, second and third place entries in a handful of categories: Best Walking Entry (¿rst, second and third), Best Use of Theme (¿rst, second and third), Best Commercial Entry and Best Small Independent Business. Giving is an important part of the Christmas season – and
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not just to those close to us (family and friends). In dif¿cult times it is vital for the more fortunate to reach out and help others. The annual Santa Claus Parade supports the Lanark County Food Bank and Christmas Basket Fund. “Pushing carts along the route, the Carleton Place and District Civitan Club will be collecting non-perishable food items on behalf of the Lanark County Food Bank,” said McOrmond. Financial donations will also be accepted, all of which will go to the annual Christmas Basket Fund. And of course, it is always the last Àoat that everyone anxiously waits for – Santa and Mrs. Claus, who wave to the spectators and wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Holiday ambiance The festive atmosphere is intensi¿ed, owing to the luminous cascade of LED Christmas lights that decorate the trees along the municipality’s downtown thoroughfare – another BIA initiative. As Christmas is about lights, more than a few years ago, the BIA made the decision to switch the parade to an early evening time slot, and with the dazzling illumination, the excitement never seems to fade. McOrmond reminded there would be no parking permitted on Bridge Street after 4 p.m. on Saturday, from Townline Road to Lake Avenue. For additional information about the parade, contact 613-257-8049 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tree lighting After the parade, everyone is invited to the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital, located at 211 Lake Ave. E., for the 15th annual Tree Lighting ceremony at 7 p.m., which has become the hospital Foundation’s biggest annual fundraiser. There will be free hot chocolate and Christmas carols will be sung, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there.
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Christmas icon Rita MacNeil to stop in Perth Dec. 7 and 8 particularly at this time of year because she is able to watch everyone get in the festive mood. “It’s always a thrill to tour the country it is one of the things I dearly love,” said MacNeil. “I always make it a point to meet people after the show it really gives me a sense of the place.” MacNeil has been singing professionally since 1974, her ¿rst album was Born A Woman, however the turning point in her career was her performance at Expo 86 in Vancouver. In 1990, she sold more
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EMC Events – Canadian icon Rita MacNeil is coming to Perth for not one, but two concerts, on Dec. 7 and 8 at Perth and District Collegiate. With the ¿rst show all but sold out, a second show for MacNeil’s Home For Christmas concert was recently added. “It is just wonderful that people are coming,” said MacNeil on the need for a second concert. “I am looking forward to the shows.” She calls Christmas a very special time of year, and always enjoys the holiday season. “I know over the years I have put out Christmas music and it has been very well received and I thank people for that,” said MacNeil. MacNeil says she loves listening to Christmas music especially choirs singing traditional carols. One of her favourites is Silent Night. “It is one of the songs I listened to as a child, I loved to listen to it with my mother,” recalled MacNeil. The concerts will feature some of her originals, traditional carols and selections from her new album. “It’s not a Christmas album but I would like to introduce it and hopefully people will like it,” said MacNeil. Her new album ‘Saving Grace’ is MacNeil’s 24th and her ¿rst in eight years of all original material. “It was de¿nitely a journey,” said MacNeil. “I worked with very ¿ne musicians and hopefully folks will ¿nd enjoyment with it.” Her tour will take her across Canada starting on Nov. 22 in Newfoundland and ¿nishing on Dec. 17 in Edmonton. She really enjoys touring,
records than Garth Brooks and 1991 she played at Royal Albert Hall in England. In 1992 she was inducted into the Order of Canada and received honourary doctorates from ¿ve Canadian universities. Her annual Christmas special on CBC attracts millions of viewers every year and will surely do the same this year. For more information on MacNeil visit: www.ritamacneil.com. Tickets can be purchased by calling 613485-6434 or at http://www. ticketsplease.ca.
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