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Hay donations pouring in from western Canada to help area farms. – Page 2
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EMC Events – Thousands of people came out Saturday night (Nov. 24) to take in Carleton Place’s annual Santa Claus Parade, which was sponsored by the local Business Improvement Association (BIA). More than 70 entries honoured the Twelve Days of Christmas theme. Above, angels from Calvary Christian Academy: Faith Law, Laura Lee Keating and Gracie Bourne. Santa and Mrs. Claus (right) were by far the parade’s biggest attraction. For story and additional photos, please turn to page A/CP15. Photos by TIFFANY LEPACK
People First readies to host Community Christmas Dinner By TARA GESNER firstname.lastname@example.org
EMC Events – People First of Lanark County (PFoLC) is in the holiday spirit and planning for its Community Christmas Dinner. The aim of the annual event is to bring people (individuals, couples and families) together to share joy, company and good food on Christmas Day, explained Kory Earle, president of PFoLC. The free feast, accessible to all, runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 25 at the Army
Navy & Air Force Club in Carleton Place, located at 315 Town Line Rd. E. The meal is a full holiday dinner with all the trimmings. Moreover, there is festive decorations and music of the season. For the children in attendance, there is an activities area and a Christmas present. The Community Christmas Dinner is Earle’s favourite event. “It is a way for People First to give back and truly make a difference,” he said. “We are proud to help peo-
ple – whether they have a disability or not.” PFoLC promotes equality for all citizens. Once again, volunteers are urgently needed to cook donated food and drop it off Dec. 25. “We are also looking for helpers to serve meals, greet guests and clean up,” said Earle. “We will assign shifts.” Food donations are very much appreciated. Items required include: turkey, ham, stuf¿ng, cranberry sauce, rolls, butter or margarine,
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From left, Jack Taylor of Lanark Mutual Insurance, presents a cheque for $10,000 to Deborah Pretty Straathof, Gordon Patterson, and Dave Campbell, of the Ontario Farmers Association (OFA), accompanied by farmers Wyatt McWilliams and Harold Bateman, at the rail yards in Smiths Falls on Monday, Nov. 26.
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Hay donations pour in from western Canada to help drought-stricken farms survive winter By DESMOND DEVOY email@example.com
EMC News – Pay it forward and it’ll come back to you. Harold Bateman knows that better than anyone this week. The Tweed, Ont. farmer found himself at the Smiths Falls rail yards on Monday, Nov. 26, the morning of winter’s ¿rst snowfall, about as far removed from this past summer’s drought-inducing heat as one could be. He was waiting to unload a whole load of hay which had been sent in by train from western Canada. Several years ago, the beef farmer had been one of those who had volunteered to send their own hay westward-ho to droughtstricken fellow farmers on the prairies. “We’re hurting,” Bateman said, looking up at the towering yellow bales, set against the cold, blue sky. “I’m lucky to have it. I was ecstatic” with the news. One of Shakespeare’s plays was entitled All’s Well That Ends Well, and while it has ended well for Bateman, it certainly did not start that way
for him. “Everything started wrong,” he said. For many farmers in the area, the ¿rst cut of the season was not good, and as the bales were being wound together, Bateman had that horrible sinking feeling that their best efforts were to be in vain. “The day we made the last bale, the numbers were not there,” said Bateman. “We’re in trouble.” The English poet John Milton once wrote that “they also serve who only stand and wait,” and indeed Bateman too stood at the ready to help the farmers, lo those many years ago. “We offered it but we didn’t send any because they had enough without ours,” said Bateman. Now, with the generosity returned, Bateman hopes that this shipment will last until March. Like a warm Chinook wind blowing from across the prairies here into eastern Ontario, the generosity of fellow Canadians warmed the hearts of other farmers in the area. “It’s tremendous to see hay like this come in and the west supporting us,” said Gordon
Patterson of the Lanark Cattlemen’s Association. “They (loads of hay) are coming in every day…It’s great to see the western farmers supporting the eastern Ontario farmers like this.” In fact, that very morning, Patterson had helped unload hay up in Maberly. “Myself, I’m all right,” said Patterson. “I reduced my herd last year because I’m supposed to retire.” Like Bateman’s predicament, Patterson’s hay yield was only 50 per cent of what it normally is. “There were lots of others that had no hay,” said Patterson. “They were in a desperate situation.” These western grasses, however, will go a long way towards helping farmers continue to feed cities. “The more hay we can get to those animals, the better,” said Patterson. Farmer Wyatt McWilliams of Navan remembered the original Hay West campaign. “Times have changed,” he said. “It’s pretty heart-warming to know that the Canadian spirit is alive and well. The
guys in the west want to help. It’s farmers helping farmers. It’s a rural economy too. Everybody’s yields are down.” But help was not only coming from western farmers, but from the ¿nancial services sector closer to home. On this morning, Jack Taylor of Lanark Mutual Insurance was on hand with a $10,000 cheque. R0011760202-1122
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