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EMC news â€“ A major development is being planned for a choice 23.6-hectare (58-acre) piece of land in Arnprior stretching east from PJâ€™s Restaurant on Madawaska Boulevard. Council received the application Jan. 28 and scheduled a public meeting on the proposed rezoning for Monday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers. It was one of two proposals presented to council, the other being plans for an eightunit apartment building at the long-vacated former Arnprior Bowler property at 89 John St. North (see Page 3). The Madawaska Boulevard property being developed by T. Anas Holdings Ltd. stretches from PJs to the townâ€™s boundary with Ottawa. Peter Anas is asking for official plan and zoning amendments to be able to develop a mixed residential development and a shopping plaza. Sections of the property are currently zoned highway commercial aswell as industrial along the railway line, so changes are needed to allow for a shopping plaza and the homes. The developers are anticipating mostly single family homes (145) on the property with a few townhomes (11) and a 76-unit apartment building, so 600 to 650 people could live there. See BUFFER, Page 3
Inspired by a future NHL star Ottawa 67â€™s sniper Sean Monahan, expected to go high in the 2013 National Hockey League amateur draft, meets Grayson Lyons, left, and Drew Reid of Arnprior Minor Hockeyâ€™s Initiative Program at the Nick Smith Centre. The 67s players held a practice in Arnprior Saturday, then skated with the local players, signed autographs and gave away game tickets. For more on the 67s visit to Arnprior, see Page 18.
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EMC news â€“ The merger of the Arnprior and Renfrew OPP detachments is now official, but residents of the towns shouldnâ€™t see much if any difference in service. â€œThe staff are still there (in the Arnprior detachment office),â€? said Renfrew community services officer Janice Sawbridge. â€œIt is the same officers coming and going.â€? She said that the civilian staff have also been retained to run the detachment office. Arnprior council agreed in December that it
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EMC news - Now that it appears McNab-Braeside will get the user information theyâ€™ve been looking for, the township has agreed to appoint representatives to sit on a joint Arnprior/McNab-Braeside recreation committee. At the regular meeting of McNab-Braeside council on Feb. 5, township CAO Noreen Mellema said she had been corresponding with Arnprior CAO Michael Wildman who indicated the town has compiled all the information.
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However, the plan is still in the concept stage, council was told. The development would include six internal streets, a cul-de-sac and an almost five-acre parkland-stormwater management area. Planner Robin Smith said that the shopping plaza would cater to both visitors to the town and residents in the area. As the property is along an entranceway to the town, it’s likely a more appropriate use than industrial, she said. Mayor David Reid agreed, noting the proposed development would make a better impression on visitors than industrial development. Reeve Walter Stack pointed out the town still has plenty of industrial land open for development. Smith said the proposal fits in with provincial policies and the town does need more longterm housing. Reid noted that an environmental study and buffer will be required along provincially designated significant wetlands on the north side of the property. He also said he wanted it made clear to anyone considering buying homes along the railway line that while it is little used now, it’s possible it could be used more frequently in the future for a commuter or freight line.
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Council approved the entering into of a site plan agreement with Maple Leaf Homes for the proposed eight-unit, three-storey John Street apartment just up the street from the Royal Bank. Smith said the plan meets one of the goals in the town’s new strategic plan, the promotion of a vital downtown core. She said the applicant has promised to consider the heritage district guidelines for the area. “It will be nice to see that lot developed,” said Stack. “It’s a good asset anytime you can infill in the downtown core,” said Reid. The proposal calls for vehicle access off John Street and 12 parking spaces in the rear. There will be one one-bedroom, three two-bedroom and four three-bedroom apartments with laundry and mechanical rooms in the lower level. The building will have a brick-stone façade, decorative lighting and a privacy fence, and will be set back about a metre from John Street to allow for flower boxes.
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A first step toward re-development Steps were taken this week to clean up the old Crozier Fuels lot on Daniel Street at the corner of Atkinson. The town has been encouraging the owner to clean up the lot, by providing incentives.
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Part two of the Braeside quarry expansion review Tuesday John Carter email@example.com
EMC news – Two down, five to go. McNab-Braeside council reviewed noise and air study reports and got started on the blasting report at the first of at least three sessions to scrutinize the application by the Miller Group to rezone its Braeside Quarry property.
Council will be back at it Tuesday, Feb. 12 with another three-hour session in township council chambers. The special Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting will run from 3 to 6 p.m. prior to the group’s regular 7 p.m. session. Council is reviewing the reports submitted by Miller in seven areas along with the peer
Members to be chosen soon for joint recreation committee Continued from front
“He has advised me he’s taking a recommendation forward to his council recommending that information be forwarded to us,” said Mellema. Deputy Mayor Christine Blimkie, who along with Coun. Bob Campbell sits on the township’s recreation committee, said the McNabBraeside members would include herself, recreation director Geoff Patterson. As far as the three citizen members are concerned, she’d like to see one that represents empty nesters, an individual from a young couple without kids and a family with at least three children involved in programs at the Nick Smith Centre in Arnprior. She has individuals in mind. Blimkie said she will bring forward names at the township recreation committee meeting next week. Those people will then be approached to see if they’re willing to sit on the committee. By the Feb. 19 regular council meeting, the public appointees for McNab-Braeside should be announced. The committee will be composed of eight members: one council member from each
municipality to co-chair it and three citizen members from each municipality appointed by their respective communities and representing a cross-section of Nick Smith Centre user groups. A minimum of two-thirds majority (quorum is six), including a minimum of two yes votes from each municipality, would be needed for any recommendations to filter back to councils. Directors of parks and recreation from each municipality would provide support, but not have voting privileges. Meetings would be held at the Nick Smith Centre. Two meetings a month would be held for the first while, tapering off until a break in summer. The decision to participate should make Arnprior council happy. At its Jan. 28 meeting, Reeve Walter Stack asked for an update. “We’re waiting for a response,” said Mayor David Reid. “It appears as if they’re dragging their heels … we just have to wait,” he added. With files from John Carter
reviews it ordered done on them. The controversial application would see a permanent asphalt plant located in the quarry, a prospect that alarms may residents in the area. About 15 people showed up for the first review Jan. 15, although that included officials from Miller’s as well as four from the Ministry of Natural Resources. The MNR presence pleased council as it hopes the ministry will play a major role in the process and monitoring the plant, if it is approved. The PAC meetings are open to the interested citizens, but they can’t ask question during the proceedings. They can, however, submit questions and comments in writing to council through township CEO Noreen Mellema. Councillors had several questions during review of the noise and air emission studies. Planner Bruce Howarth is compiling the queries from council, as well as written questions from the public and will be consulting the study and peer review authors to get answers if he isn’t able to respond himself. Some of the answers could come as early as
next Tuesday’s meeting, but it is more likely they will be answered together in the final session before the official public meeting on the application. The applicant will also be hosting an open house this spring to explain its plans. Mellema said the date for the public meeting will be set after council has finished its review, possibly as early as the March 12 PAC meeting. However, council still has to review the traffic study before it gets to the more complicated hydro-geology studies. In the first session Mayor Mary Campbell questioned whether the setbacks in the reports were to neighbouring homes or to the property lines. Enjoyment of property includes outside as well as inside, she noted. A comment in the air study report regarding weather and atmospheric conditions in the area raised eyebrows when it suggested the Ottawa airport was only 20 kilometres from the quarry. Information about the application, including copies of the reports and peer reviews, are available on the township’s website and on CDs.
Town boosts most recreation fees, but not swimming Reeve Walter Stack noted that it appears swimming fees are not going rising. Parks and recreation director Glenn Arthur said that the recreation department was recommended that council not increase the swimming fees at the Nick Smith Centre this year. The rest are going up an average of three per cent, he added.
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EMC news - Most recreation fees in Arnprior will go up about three per cent April 1. At its Jan. 28 meeting, town council passed the increase in fees and rental rates for usage of the Nick Smith Centre and other facilities such as the ball diamonds, marina and Robert Simpson Park gazebo.
Budget blitz at McNab-Braeside McNab-Braeside council began the long process of budget deliberations at a day-long session Feb. 4. Among the focus for the day were the public works and recreation budgets. The final budget is expected to come forward in April, said Mayor Mary Campbell. Above, council joins recreation director Geoff Patterson and public works director Ryan Frew in deliberations Monday morning.
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Priorpalooza, town square committees get reprieve EMC news - A revamping of Arnprior council’s committee system has been put on hold until the Feb. 11 meeting to include a couple of council concerns expressed Jan. 28. The main one was to increase the number of public members from three or four to four or five. However, council decided against changing the number needed for a quorum. Meanwhile, council on a 4-2 vote agreed to let sub-committees guiding the Priorpalooza and town square efforts remain intact for the time being. Coun. Lynn Grinstead said the committee members have put a lot of effort into the two initiatives and should be allowed to see them through, at least until June 8 for Priorpalooza and October for the town square proposal.
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It’s time for the Braeside Carnival EMC events - Sparky the fire dog will be among featured guests this Saturday, Feb. 9 at the annual Braeside Winter Carnival. Start the day off right with an all-you-can-eat shanty breakfast at the RA Centre from 7-11 a.m. From 8-9 a.m. there will be face painting and at 10:30-11 a.m. the judging
of the men’s cake baking contest will take place. The tug of war will run at 10:30 a.m., followed at 11 a.m. by the Born to Amaze free magic show. At noon is the $100 McEwan Homes Shoot-out, as well as kids’ games and skating races. Timbits kids’ hockey and the euchre tournament kick off
OPP merger Continued from front
McNab-Braeside, Horton, Renfrew, Greater Madawaska and parts of Admaston-Bromley and Whitewater Region. Sawbridge said that Arnprior will have a representative on Community Policing Advisory Committee (CPAC), but not the Renfrew Police Services Board. In the Renfrew detachment area, Renfrew and Admaston-Bromley have police service boards as they have contracts with the OPP. The other municipalities – McNab-Braeside, Horton, Greater Madawaska and Whitewater – are already represented on CPAC, which helps the detachment set community priorities. Sawbridge said the newly integrated detachment will be pleased to work with Arnprior Community Policing if it resumes its activities. It will also be using OPP Auxiliary members in town, she added, noting several members of the Renfrew OPP Auxiliary live in the Arnprior area. Other benefits to Arnprior from the merger will be access to grants for different specialized services and a guaranteed level of service in officer hours per year.
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County council and staff Renfrew County council and staff for 2013, are, from left, in the front, Admaston-Bromley Mayor Raye-Anne Briscoe, McNab-Braeside Mayor Mary Campbell, CAO Jim Hutton, Warden and Greater Madawaska Mayor Peter Emon, Bonnechere Valley Mayor Jennifer Murphy, Renfrew Reeve Audrey Green and Whitewater Region Reeve Don Rathwell; in the back are Head, Clara & Maria Reeve Tammy Stewart, Laurentian Valley Mayor Jack Wilson, Miramichi Lodge administrator Shelley Sheedy, Brudenell, Lyndoch & Raglan Reeve Norm Lentz, public works and engineering director Dave Darch, Arnprior Reeve Walter Stack, Bonnechere Manor administrator Shayne Hoelke, development and property director Paul Moreau, treasurer Jim Kutschke, Killaloe, Hagarty & Richards Mayor Janice Visneskie, emergency services director Mike Nolan, social services director Dave Anderson, Madawaska Valley Mayor Dave Shulist, executive assistant Rose Gruntz, human resources director Bruce Beakley, Deep River Mayor David Thompson, and Petawawa Mayor Bob Sweet.
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Drought over, groundwater conservation still needed EMC news – Renfrew County’s drought is officially over. The Renfrew County Low Water Response Team (WRT) made the declaration after a meeting Jan. 25. At the Jan. 30 meeting of Renfrew County council, Admaston-Bromley Mayor Raye-Anne Briscoe confirmed that the drought, first declared on July 10, is finally over. However, the Water Response Team urges caution and ongoing awareness of just how “sensitive” the water supply can be to reduced levels of precipitation and extended dry and hot weather conditions. Team members met Jan. 25 to evaluate the most recent data available on precipitation (rain and snow) levels and surface water flow rates. The data revealed precipitation levels have recovered to above normal averages and that surface flow rates are within an historic average range. The data enabled the WRT to move the County of Renfrew out of a Level 1 Low Water Response condition.
recharge. County well drillers all agree it is imperative that there be significant snowfall this winter and a slow, extended spring thaw accompanied by frequent rain once the ground has thawed. The WRT is still active, despite the fact the area has moved out of a drought situation, and will continue to closely monitor the situation. Members realized that in the county there are very few precipitation and stream flow gauges from which they can obtain data, and no groundwater monitoring capability. A key project over the winter, working with the Ontario Government, is to obtain and plan for the installation of new gauges. Local municipalities and the County of Renfrew, in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources Pembroke District office, view this as imperative so that the WRT can more effectively monitor the water situation and be better prepared for low water conditions. To underscore just how se-
County residents, businesses and institutions relying on groundwater and well systems are strongly encouraged to continue to monitor their supply carefully and exercise water conservation. As the drought unfolded last year, it was those relying on groundwater systems that encountered the most problems. Well drillers were kept busy across the County extending wells to deeper aquifers. The expense to ensure reliable groundwater supply was a serious and unexpected burden to farmers, home owners and businesses. Hydro electric power production across the County was severely restricted due to the low water levels in all local rivers, including the Ottawa, imposing a serious financial impact on municipal and private power companies. During the winter months, with the ground frozen, groundwater has very little opportunity to recharge. The two recent major thaws accompanied by rainfall provided very little groundwater
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TOWNSHIP COUNCIL CHAMBERS There will be a Special Meeting of Council for the purpose of discussing the 2013 Draft Budget. This notice is given pursuant to Section 238(2.1) of the Municipal Act 2001.
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New developments hint at promising future for Arnprior Itâ€™s encouraging to see that a couple of eyesores in the downtown Arnprior area are going to be cleaned up. There are plans to build an apartment building where the closed-up Arnprior Bowler sits near the Royal Bank on John Street. That building has been boarded up because of a fire for some time, so itâ€™s a relief there are finally some concrete plans to re-develop the site. Over on Daniel Street, at the Atkinson corner, the old Crozier Fuels building is finally being taken down. That lot is trickier to beautify, as itâ€™s a brownfield site needing plenty of remediation before itâ€™s ready for re-development. However, at least the town, through tax incentives, has
encouraged the owner to clean up the prominent site, so close to the downtown and near the CN Trail. Hopefully, this trend will continue and certain other property-owners will follow suit if given a little encouragement by the town. It would certainly enhance the downtown streetscape effort. Itâ€™s also exciting to see a couple of different developments in the works in town. The affordable seniors housing project along the tracks is almost finished. And council has received a proposal for a mixed housing and shopping development along Madawaska Boulevard heading east out of town. While still in its concept stage, it could
provide a shot in the arm for the town. It would be pleasing to have that entrance to town be given the attention it deserves. However, the town should ensure there is a proper buffer along the propertyâ€™s back end, just as it should ensure any development in the area of Gillies Grove should have adequate environmental safeguards. The Macnamara trails area is one of the townâ€™s treasures, even though to many it is a hidden treasure. If the nature trails become better linked to the underdeveloped McLean Park waterfront leading to the Madawaska River, then connected to Robert Simpson Park and Gillies Grove, the town would have a marvelous attraction
along the historic Ottawa River for visitors from far and wide who want enjoy nature without disappearing into the wilderness. The trail along the Madawaska River tying Robert Simpson Park to the downtown would take on even more significance, as would the town square project and the Arnprior Libraryâ€™s plans for its patio area. With all this potential, itâ€™s no surprise there are moves to spruce up some long-neglected downtown lots. If the town can promote the right mix of nature and development, Arnprior will be able to turn the downtown into a place for exciting new projects, not a stagnant area where buildings are left vacant for far too long.
New face, but same old failed Liberal policies To the Editor: Kathleen Wynneâ€™s election as Liberal leader and Premier-designate changes nothing in Ontario and in Renfrew County. Although I congratulate Ms. Wynne for winning her partyâ€™s leadership, she worries me because she completely endorses Dalton McGuintyâ€™s failed agenda. Under Dalton McGuinty, the Liberals chose to give big corporations like banks and oil companies huge tax breaks while upping personal taxes, cutting the services we depend on, and selling off important provincial assets and services, like the disastrous ORNGE air ambulance privatization. Theyâ€™re even going to sell off all our personal information when Service Ontario goes private. Then thereâ€™s the education crisis. I expect Ms. Wynne to wriggle out of this because teachers would rather be working with kids than upsetting parents, but the same problems remain. Teachers and all public service workers are being told to take the hit because the Liberals wonâ€™t tax corporations and wealthy people fairly. And she refuses to denounce the anti-democratic Bill 115 that allowed them to impose contracts. Dalton McGuintyâ€™s legacy in rural Ontario
wonâ€™t change a bit with Ms. Wynne. The Liberals have ruined green energy for years to come by bringing in giant multinational corporations instead of harnessing the goodwill and resources of landowners and municipalities. Everyone knows we need to move to green energy, and many green energy projects should be in rural Ontario, but the McGuinty Liberals took a good idea, threw enormous money at it, and poisoned the well for future development. The Endangered Species Act they passed with no stakeholder consultation has put development on hold and threatened peoplesâ€™ livelihoods across rural Ontario. It didnâ€™t have to be this way. They could have enlisted the goodwill and stewardship of local people in protecting species had they developed a plan with the help of communities. Now, theyâ€™ve totally alienated rural Ontarians. Kathleen Wynne may represent a refreshingly different face from Dalton McGuintyâ€™s, but itâ€™s the same old Liberals with the same old policies that are hurting working people in Ontario, especially rural Ontario. Brian Dougherty Former Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke NDP candidate Arnprior
Staying in Arnprior for movies from now on To the Editor: Many thanks to the staff at the Oâ€™Brien Theatre for a very pleasant experience last Saturday afternoon. Having decided to view a recently released movie, three of us went to the local movie house for the first time. For less than $30 in total, we enjoyed a movie with excellent picture and sound as well as fresh popcorn and pop. Free parking seconds away from the front
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New federal legislation causing Canadian â€˜waterwaysâ€™ to vanish EMC lifestyle - Many people are asking what is behind the Harper governmentâ€™s replacement of the Navigable Waters Protection Act by the Navigation Protection Act in the recent â€œomnibusâ€? budget bill, and how it will affect our use of lakes and rivers in Canada. Parliament passed the Act in 1882 at the end of Sir John A. MacDonaldâ€™s third term as prime minister. For 130 years the federal government used the Act to regulate construction of bridges, dams or other structures that might interfere with movement of watercraft. Neither the original Act nor subsequent amended versions precisely defined a â€œnavigable waterway.â€? However, in 1906, the Supreme Court of Canada held that that any water that was navigable and could float a canoe â€“ or a log - was within the Actâ€™s scope. This gave federal protection to the Ottawa Valley log drives that were so important to Canadaâ€™s early commercial development and international trade. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice summarized these previous legal rulings in 2011. A waterway must be capable in its natural state of being tra-
versed by watercraft such as a canoe. The waterway could be used to float logs, log-rafts and booms. The waterway could be navigable over part of its course and not navigable over other parts. And it need not be actively used for navigation as long as it had the potential to be so used. The new Act makes radical changes. It lists 97 lakes and 62 rivers (or parts thereof) that will receive federal oversight: a vanishingly small fraction of Canadaâ€™s millions of lakes and tens of thousands of rivers. NEW CRITERIA
Transport Canada describes three criteria used to develop the new list: the waterway must support heavy commercial and/or recreational navigation, only actively used portions can be listed, and it should be accessible by ports and marinas in proximity to heavily populated areas. Exactly how many lakes and rivers were dropped from federal protection? A Natural Resources Canada website formerly said that more than 30,000 lakes greater than three square kilometers in area are found in Canada. However, â€œTo better serve Canadians, the Atlas of Canada recently re-organized its website â€Ś
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A November 2012 backgrounder from the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters lists five major concerns with the new Act. Notably, the Act fails to acknowledge â€œthe importance of navigation to recreational fishing and hunting and devalues the overall socioeconomic importance of the recreational fish-
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According to CBC News, the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities led the 10-year effort to replace the Act. Members were fed up with the red tape imposed by Transport Canada in replacing old bridges with culverts. Their lobbying efforts continued even after the government brought in amendments in 2009 that excluded such â€œminor works.â€? The Act now applies to only three Saskatchewan waterways and the rural municipalities are â€œecstatic.â€? But not all analysts agree that this is about eliminating what Transport Canada refers to as â€œpointless assessments.â€? Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada, characterizes the Act as Canadaâ€™s â€œfirst environmental lawâ€?: one that created â€œCanadiansâ€™
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area for legal wrangling. If the federal government hasnâ€™t listed a waterway do you still have a right to use it? Was the new Act justified? Will it change the way you use Renfrew County waterways? Ole Hendrickson is a forest ecologist and current president of the Ottawa River Institute (www.ottawariverinstitute.ca), a non-profit charitable organization based in the Ottawa Valley.
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historic right to navigate the lakes, rivers, and streams of Canada without being impeded by pipelines, bridges, power lines, dams, mining and forestry equipment, and more.â€? A Green Party backgrounder notes that before the federal government changed the Act, â€œany body of water deemed navigable could be accessed to the high water mark without that being considered trespassing.â€? This opens up a whole new
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What is a Tweedsmuir Community History Collection? It provides the history of a community, assembled by the local Women’s Institute Branch. Commonly known as
‘Tweedsmuirs’, the collection can vary in form from a simple scrapbook of newspaper clippings to a series of bound volumes. They are valued by family researchers, historians, and students of all ages. Tweedsmuirs are comprised of a variety of information and usually include such items as: • record of pioneers and farm histories; • historical growth and development of local community; • record of buildings, schools, industries, churches, and local government; • record of war veterans and other people of interest (artists, centurions, etc.); • WI branch history and autobiographies of members; • Photographs and documents portraying things of interest and special community events. History-gathering started as early as the mid1920s. By the mid-1930s, Lady Tweedsmuir, wife of the Governor General of Canada, suggested that WI branches keep local history books as the members in England did, where she had been a devoted member. A campaign was launched
in 1945 to encourage every WI branch in Ontario to prepare a volume of history about their community for the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Women’s Institute movement in 1947. A recently widowed Lady Tweedsmuir was delighted to approve that these histories should be named after her late husband, and so originated the Tweedsmuirs. The Tweedsmuir Collections are a very significant resource on the history of Ontario. In 1950, the Honourable Vincent Massey included Tweedsmuir histories as part of the Royal Commission on National Development in the Arts, Letters and Sciences. In 1962, the Canadian Historical Association, Canada’s national organization of professional historians, awarded a certificate of merit to the Women’s Institute for its efforts in preserving local history. And in 2004, the WI Tweedsmuir co-ordinators were awarded the Scadding Award of Excellence by the Ontario Historical Society. The award recognizes a historical or heritage group “which has made an outstanding contribution to the field of history.”
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EMC news â€“ A young Braeside lad is in an exclusive club, being one of 150 nominees from across the province nominated for the 2012 Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Awards. Charlie Flowers, a Grade 2 student at A.J. Charbonneau Public School, was nominated for his highly successful Cans 4 Cats initiative. The seven-year-old collects cans and bottles to raise money to buy much needed cat food for the Arnprior and District Humane Society animal shelter. Charlieâ€™s campaign also helps keep the bottles and cans from polluting the environment. The Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Awards program for ages 6 to 17 is sponsored by the Ontario Community Newspapers Association (OCNA) and its members of which the Arnprior Chronicle Guide EMC is one. Corporate co-sponsors of the award program are TD Canada Trust and Direct Energy. In a ceremony Jan. 22 in at the Chronicle Guide EMC office, the newspaperâ€™s managing editor Theresa Fritz and Luke Glofcheskie, a financial services representative from Arnprior TD Canada Trust, praised Charlie and presented him with a certificate proclaiming him a nominee for Junior Citizen of the Year. The area representative for Direct Energy was away, but the companyâ€™s external relations manager Jeff Lanthier also offered his congratulations to Charlie. Charlieâ€™s nomination was one of four in Ottawa and the
Chronicle Guide EMC managing editor Theresa Fritz, representing the paper and the Ontario Community Newspapers Association, and Luke Glofcheskie, a financial services representative from Arnprior TD Canada Trust, present Charlie Flowers with a certificate proclaiming him a nominee for Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year. Valley. In offering her congratulations, OCNA executive director Anne Lannan said the nominees are the â€œleaders of tomorrow.â€? The certificates are given out as encouragement for the recipients to continue with their community involvement, she added. â€œEach and every one of the nominees submitted go above and beyond what is expected of someone their age.â€? Not that Charlie needs any extra encouragement. Highly motivated to help vulnerable pets, the son of Jim and Penny Flowers has seen his small can-collecting drive started early last year grow into a major operation buoyed by support from sev-
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â€“ call him or his mother at 613-622-5542 or his fatherâ€™s business at 613-623-6499. Cans 4 Cats shows no signs of slowing down. Charlie has the Arnprior hospital interested in getting involved as well as some other businesses that have pop machines on site. In less than a year, Charlie has raised well over $1,500 from collecting cans. His nomination paper notes that his actions have been a â€œwin-win for the town â€“ the humane society is getting relief (cat food) and town residents are being educated (on environmental issues).â€? Humane society officials, when addressing town council at a recent budget input meeting, pointed to Cans 4 Cats as a wonderful example of community support for the shelter. Cans 4 Cats also promotes the benefits of recycling cans instead of disposing them in the landfill. Valley Heritage Radio DJ Carol Ann Flannery supported the nomination, saying Charlie is encouraging others to support the animal shelter and protect the environment. She praised his problemsolving skills, intelligence and maturity well beyond his years. â€œThese traits, combined with a strong sense of compassion, are key leadership qualities that should be recognized,â€? she said. While Charlie isnâ€™t one finalists for the Ontario-wide award, it is obvious there was strong competition to be in the top 12. Last week, 12 individuals were chosen to attend a special ceremony officiated by David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, in Toronto on March 8. In announcing the finalists, the OCNA pointed out that many youth are dedicating their time and energy to making a difference within their communities and around the world.
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EMC lifestyle â€“ Snowmobile enthusiasts want you to find out what they like so much about the sport. The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) is offering its trails for free on the Family Day weekend (not this weekend, as was erroneously advertised in last weekâ€™s paper). It is Quebec where this weekendâ€™s free trails promotion is being offered Feb. 9-10. Normally, trails for free is on the same weekend on both sides of the river, but this year the OFSC is holding the event on the Family Day long
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EMC news â€“ Renfrew OPP report that a snowmobile and trailer was stolen from a home on Russett Drive in McNabBraeside last week. The victim called police Monday, Jan. 28 to report that a red/burgundy 2012 Yamaha Venture snowmobile and the homemade 4x6 aluminum trailer with wood sides had disappeared sometime overnight. OPP Constable Mark Condron is continuing to investigate. It was one of 197 calls responded to last week by the newly integrated Renfrew OPP Detachment, which now includes the Town of Arnprior. The calls for service came from Arnprior, Renfrew and surrounding townships. Eight of the calls were for domestic disputes. In one case, a man was charged with six counts of assault, two counts of assault causing bodily harm,
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The Mayfair as built on Lot 112 CB -$289,900 1355 SqFt Bungalow with 2 Beds & 1 ½ Baths Decorative Brick Front, Large Front Porch, Covered Rear Deck, 9’ Ceilings on Main Floor, Single Hung Windows, Main Floor Laundry, Extended Bar Top in Kitchen with Pot Lights, Main Bath with Soaker Tub, Pot Lights and 4’ Walk-In Shower with Seat, McEwan Hardwood in Living, Dining, Kitchen, Hall, McEwan Ceramic in Foyer and Bathrooms
The Rockport as built on Lot 2 CB -$249,900 1125 SqFt Bungalow with Semi, 2 Beds & 2 Baths Concrete Front Porch, with White Vinyl Railing, Main Floor Laundry Room, Round Drywall Corners, Kitchen with Pantry, Under Cabinet Lighting, Crown on Cabinets, Corner Cabinet with Glass Door Insert. Ensuite with 4’ Walk-In Shower with Seat, McEwan Hardwood in Kitchen, Dining, Living, and Bedrooms, Ceramic in Foyer, Laundry, Bathrooms.
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Car’s rear window shattered on Madawaska Boulevard EMC news – OPP officers from the newly merged Arnprior and Renfrew OPP detachments are investigating a report that the rear window of a vehicle was shot out while it was travelling on Madawaska Boulevard in Arnprior. The incident took place at about 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31. Police report a black sports car with two males was travelling in the same direction as the victim. The complainant said the passenger had his arm out the window when he heard two bangs and the rear window of his vehicle shattered. The black sports car then sped off eastbound on Madawaska Boulevard. Although it sounded like a gun shot, no projectile was recovered, and no weapon was seen.
Anti-fraud website updated EMC news – The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre continues to update its website with current scams and frauds being perpetrated in Canada. Romance scams, investment scams, and online auctions and shopping scams continue to be popular.
The centre and the OPP urge citizens to educate themselves to prevent victimization related to these activities. The centre can be reached at 1-888-4958501 or by visiting its website at www.antifraudcentre.
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OPP Constable Tamara Dube is investigating. On Friday, Feb. 1, a woman left her car parked and unlocked at the Arnprior Library. After returning home that evening, she discovered the disabled parking permit had been stolen off her dashboard. There are no suspects. On Tuesday, Jan. 29 at about 2:30 p.m., a teenager was seen stealing items from a vehicle in a driveway on Hugh Street near downtown Arnprior. The owner confronted the male, who returned the stolen cigarettes and headphones and walked away. Police patrolled the area but were unable to locate the suspect. The suspect was described as about 17, 5’7” tall, wearing a black, yellow and green digital print jacket and a grey ball cap.
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3581 John Shaw Rd., Kinburn Excellent opportunity to move to the country - Century home on 50 acres, 4 bedroom. 1.5 baths. Country style kitchen,formal dining room and living roon, separate den/parlor. Lots of upgrades over the years. MLS#857293
69 Woodridge Cr, Braeside - Excellent family home in a great neigh-
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borhood on a 2+ acre treed lot. Set back from the street, this home features a formal lvg rm/dng rm; eat in kitchen with access to rear deck and a 16 x 32 inground pool. Family room off kitchen. 3 bedrooms, 4 pc main bath, 5 pc ensuite MLS#834815 $459,900
neighborhood on a 2+ acre treed lot. Set back from the street, this home features a formal lvg rm/dng rm; eat in kitchen with access to rear deck and a 16 x 32 inground pool. Family room off kitchen. 3 bedrooms, 4 pc main bath, 5 pc ensuite MLS#834815
10 Charles St., #3, Arnprior - Excellent home - lots of space in this 3 level, 2 bedroom unit. Hardwood floors in main living area, full basement, newer windows and roof, freshly painted. Great location. Available immediately. MLS#837318
47 Seventh Ave., Arnprior - All brick 3 + 1 bdrm bungalow on a premium lot. Open concept kitchen/dining room/ family rm with gas fireplace, formal lvg rm. Full basement with 4th bdrm. 2 car attached garage with access to private rear yard backing on to green space. Paved drive. MLS#852334
Lot 18 Ridgeview Dr., Braeside Naturally treed 2+ acre lot in established neighborhood. Close to the Arnprior Golf Course, 7 minutes to Arnprior and 40 minutes to Kanata. Culvert installed. The lot gently rises to the rear backing on to green space. Buy now and be ready to build in the spring. MLS#850574
3681 Vaughan Side Rd., Carp Original log home totally renovated & updated situated on 23 acres. Eat in kitchen, formal dining room and lvg rm, fully ﬁnished basement. 8’ wrap around covered porch. 3 baths, 3 bedrms, c/air, c/vac. Vaulted ceiling in master bdrm. Separate 18 x 16 log cabin with loft, electricity and wood stove. Inground pool. MLS#847006
5158 Loggers Way Mature trees grace this 2 acre country lot with backyard pond in Vydon Acres. Executive 2 storey 3 bedroom home offers 3 baths, custom kitchen with the warmth of dark cabinetry - traditional dining room - kitchen with family room - attached 2 car garage plus many other features. Located 25 minutes west of Scotiabank Place and 10 minutes east of historic Arnprior.
135 Kingdon Mine Road Executive 2 bedroom split level home on estate lot in Vydon Acres. Master bedroom features 4 pc ensuite with large walk-in closet. Cream cabinetry in kitchen with hardwood ﬂooring in Kitchen, living and dining areas. 2 car attached garage with inside entry into the main and lower levels. Located 25 minutes west of Scotiabank Place and 10 minutes east of historic Arnprior
Being offered for rent at $1595.00 per month plus utilities. References and ﬁrst & last month’s rent required. Call Mark to rent at 613-302-7078. 1220. R0011833854
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Never too late to prepare for winter driving conditions one know where you are going and when you plan to arrive. • Buckle up! Wearing a seatbelt is the most effective way to reduce your risk of injury in a motor vehicle collision. • Check weather and travel conditions before heading out. Don’t take chances if the weather is bad. Allow yourself extra time for travel, or wait until conditions improve. • Road conditions are available by calling 511 or online at ontario.ca/trip 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Be careful if you have to get out of your vehicle when on the shoulder of a busy road. If possible, use the door away from traffic and make sure you are visible to other drivers. Use your emergency flashers, flares, or a Call Police sign. Run your engine sparingly and be careful of exhaust fumes. Check to make sure the exhaust pipe is clear of drifting snow before running the engine. Slightly open a window away from the wind to have a continuous supply of fresh air. In blizzard conditions, especially overnight, make sure one WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY person stays awake as help could take some time to arrive. If you get stuck or stranded, don’t panic. Stay with your ve- Maintain circulation by moving your feet, hands and arms. The OPP throughout Renfrew County reminds you to always hicle for safety and warmth. Wait for help to arrive. If you are in an area with cell phone service and have a cell drive according to weather and road conditions. “Please drive phone, call for help. Remember, dialing 911 on your cell phone with extra care this winter.” will connect you with the emergency services contact centre in the area. To reach the OPP in non-emergencies, please use 1-888-3101 Unit Left FOR LEASE 1122. R0011874580
EMC news – If you didn’t do a good job getting your vehicle ready for winter driving, it’s not too late, says the OPP. You may be dealing with winter driving conditions into April, so take some time now and prepare for winter driving for the next several weeks. Be prepared: • Check the condition of your tires, and if you don’t have winter tires consider installing them. They offer better traction, braking and handling in slippery and snowy conditions. • Carry a winter survival kit in your vehicle that includes items such as a flashlight, warm blankets, extra clothing, winter boots, and non-perishable energy foods. A candle and matches generate some heat while waiting for help if you become stranded. • Keep your vehicle’s fuel tank full. The extra volume can help reduce moisture problems in your fuel system and it adds extra weight to your vehicle. A topped-up gas tank will also be an asset if you become stranded. • Clear all snow and ice completely off windows, side view mirrors, headlights, taillights and licence plates. If you are travelling a long distance, plan your route ahead of time. Let some-
OPP promote awareness of Internet safety EMC news – Children and youth are increasingly living out a large proportion of their daily lives online — whether using technology to communicate with friends, seek entertainment, or learn and broaden their knowledge about the world around them. However, just like the offline world, parents and teachers need to be fully aware of the risks children and youth may encounter while using the Internet. This is why on Feb. 5, International Safer Internet Day, OPP detachments,
including those in Arnprior and Renfrew, issued a news release to promote awareness of the comprehensive Internet safety resources and tools available to families through the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. The tools are there to help parents (and teachers) make sense of the challenges with raising children and youth in an ever-changing technological world, notes the OPP. “In this ever-changing technological world, children and youth are able to
connect to the Internet with relative ease, exposing them to risks and harms that can be difficult to keep up with,” says Inspector Scott Naylor, manager of the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit. “The protection of children online is all of our responsibility,” he added. “The Canadian Centre for Child Protection resources provides parents, educators and communities with current information about children’s online activities and what we can do to make the Internet a safer place for our children and youth.”
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Fight winter chills while helping environment and saving money small amounts of electricity unless they are unplugged. Try plugging these items into a power bar with a switch or timer, so you can easily turn them off when they are not needed. • Lock in the heat: Close heat registers and doors in unused areas of the house and prevent warm air from escaping by closing the fireplace damper. • Save energy on lighting: replace your incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). These lights use 75 per cent less electricity than incandescent. • Cover water pipes: Pipe insulation will help maintain the water temperature and allow you to turn the water heater down, which saves energy. • Let the sun shine in: Keep your curtains open during the day to draw in sunlight. Solar energy can help naturally warm your home.
• Reconfigure for warmth: Change the furniture configuration to ensure heat vents, radiators or baseboard heaters are not obstructed by furniture. Through conservation, Ontario has already achieved over 1,900 megawatts of energy savings since 2005. That’s the equivalent of over 600,000 homes being taken off the grid. Conservation is an important part of Ontario’s plan to lower greenhouse gas emissions, clean up the air and transition to a clean, reliable modern electricity system. For more information on conservation, visit saveONenergy.ca.
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and 18°C when sleeping or away. • Reduce drafts: Installing weather stripping and caulking around windows, doors and dryer vents and insulated plates on outlets can help save up to 30 per cent a year on heating costs. • Service your furnace: Have a qualified technician service your furnace on a regular basis to ensure it is working at maximum efficiency. Clean or change the filter regularly because a dirty filter reduces airflow and makes the furnace work harder to circulate the air • Go off-peak: Take advantage of lower energy prices during off-peak hours. Offpeak hours are 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weeknights and all-day on weekends as well as statutory holidays. • When not in use turn off the juice: Devices like computers, TVs, and cell phone chargers continue to consume
EMC lifestyle – The start of a new year is the perfect time to introduce new routines into daily energy use, advises the provincial government. “Small actions can go a long way in helping Ontario families manage electricity use and cut energy costs,” says provincial Energy Minister Chris Bentley. “It’s important to remember that the least expensive type of energy is the energy we don’t use.” Conservation is the easiest way for Ontarians to manage energy use and costs, while helping protect the environment. By following these 10 conservation tips, you can save on household energy costs when old man winter pays a visit. • Install a programmable thermostat: When properly set, a programmable thermostat can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 10 per cent. Set your thermostat to 20°C when you’re at home
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Big return for the Braeside Cup Sherry Haaima Sherry.firstname.lastname@example.org
EMC sports – The once famous Braeside Cup is making a return in 2013. Organizer Dan LeBlanc is looking for eight men’s teams to participate in the revamped hockey challenge that for years had been a fun event for the whole community. “We haven’t had it in the last few years, but it had been running for 30 some years before that,” said LeBlanc. “It’s always a good time. For some guys it’s their first time playing outdoors. The rink at the RA Centre in the village will set the scene for the event on Saturday, Feb. 16. And thanks to generous sponsors, there is no shortage of prizes and merchandise for participants. “I go out and get donations from the community,” said LeBlanc. “They’re great for giving donations.” The tournament will feature an A and B division and prizes will be awarded for player of the game, most valuable player and other honours for every game. “There are lots of good prizes,” said LeBlanc. “It makes it exciting for everyone who shows up to get something.” Cost to participate is $250 per team and proceeds are going towards new boards at the rink. LeBlanc will also be asking for donations of non-perishable foods for the Arnprior and District Food Bank. The ice has been great so far this year, said LeBlanc. “It’s in really good shape right now,” he said. It is expected the finals will be played at 2 p.m. for B division and 3 p.m. for the A division. For more information or to sign up, contact LeBlanc at 613-623-7454 or dozer896@ hotmail.com.
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Packers end string of road games on winning note JOHN CARTER email@example.com
EMC sports – The Arnprior Packers unleashed a balanced scoring attack for a change as they ended a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over Stittsville Sunday. Five different players scored in the pre-Super Bowl Junior B hockey tilt in Stittsville. It marked the end of
four straight road games for the Packers, who return to the friendly confines of the Nick Smith Centre this Friday, Feb. 8 to host a return match against the Royals at 8 p.m. An Arnprior win will greatly enhance the team’s chances to make the post-season, while a Stittsville loss and an Almonte win over Shawville would pull the Thunder into a tie with the Royals for the last
EOJHL standings (Through Feb. 7, 2013)
Valley Division Team Perth Blue Wings Renfrew Timberwolves Arnprior Packers Stittsville Royals Almonte Thunder Shawville Pontiacs
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L OTL PTS 12 3 51 18 3 39 19 2 36 33 19 3 31 20 3 27 3 22
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Stittsville at Arnprior Feb. 8, 8 p.m. Renfrew at Arnprior Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. Arnprior at Perth Feb. 15, 7:45 p.m.
playoff spot. Almonte and Stittsville play Feb. 10 in a game that could decide the final playoff berth. After a win and a loss on the weekend, third-place Arnprior is three points behind the Renfrew Timberwolves and three points ahead of Stittsville. ARNPRIOR 5 STITTSVILLE 2
Eric Malloy, Mark Shanks, Luciano Pietrantonio, Derrin Lehoux and Ethan Allard scored for the Packers, who had period leads of 2-1 and 4-1. Allard and Shanks also added assists for Arnprior and Alex Bourassa-Barron and Brock Burge had two helpers each. Shanks has six goals and nine points in nine games since joining the Packers. Arnprior was outshot 4940, but Packer goalie Kyle Lamothe stopped all but a first-period power-play goal and a marker with less than two minutes left in the game. In two weekend games, the veteran goalie made 104 stops. The Packers had four power-plays, but were unable to capitalize. However, they
outscored Stittsville 5-1 during 5-on-5 play. SHAWVILLE 2 ARNPRIOR 1
The Packers continued to have trouble with Valley Division cellar-dweller Shawville, losing 2-1 last Friday in Quebec. It was Arnprior’s second straight one-goal defeat. Arnprior was outshot 5928, but Lamothe kept his team in the game with 57 saves. Allard, on a set-up from Lehoux, gave Arnprior a 1-0 lead at 7:11 of the first stanza. However, Shawville scored the equalizer at 5:37 of the second period and struck for the winner at 2:14 of the third off the stick of Jake McDonald. Two fights broke out just over a minute apart mid-way through the second period as Packer Mark Shanks and Pontiac Brett Nugent squared off, as did Arnprior’s Ryan Patrick and Shawville’s Matthew Brooks-Fournier. Packer Patter: The EJHL’s Metro-Valley Division is not holding all-star game this year, but there will be a prospects game and awards ceremony. The game will be held this Saturday, Feb. 9 at 3:30 p.m.
at the Old Stittsville Arena. The awards ceremony will follow at 6:30 p.m. in the arena’s hall. Metro-Valley Division president Ron McRostie, local councillor Shad Qadri and Stittsville sporting legend Johnny Leroux will take part in the ceremonial puck drop. The Metro Division Gatineau Mustangs played the Canadian national women’s hockey team Jan. 23 in Buckingham. The Mustangs broke a 2-2 deadlock late in the second period and went on to win 6-2. After weekend action, Jared Steege (35-27) and Derrin Lehoux (27-35) lead the Packers in points with 62. The pair are tied with former Packer Taylor Collins for fourth place in league scoring. Collins and another former Packer Mitch Parker lead the Metro Division-leading Ottawa Junior Canadians with 28 goals each. Collins tops the team with 62 points in only 29 games. Perth’s Brett Madigan is the league’s runaway scoring leader, with his 40 goals and 53 points 25 points ahead of Gatineau’s Dominik Robinson.
Arnprior IP kids meet junior hockey league heroes Peter Clark firstname.lastname@example.org
It was a thrill for kids in the Arnprior Minor Hockey Association Initiation (IP) Program Saturday as they came face-to-face with the players of the Ontario Hockey League’s Ottawa 67’s. The 67’s came to town armed with a pair of free tickets to the first 100 people who attended Saturday’s event at the Nick Smith Centre. The two-hour session included a 67’s practice from 11 a.m. to noon, followed
by a skate with the AMHA’s youngest players from noon to 1 p.m. The players also signed autographs in the community hall. “Glenn (Arthur) was a huge help in getting us up here,” said 67’s manager of partnerships Calvin Amell, commenting on the efforts of Arnprior’s recreation director. “We are happy to be up here.” The event was a joint venture between the Ottawa junior hockey club and Arn-
Ty Letourneau of the Arnprior Atom Packers, centre, gets an autograph from Ottawa 67s goaltender Jacob Blair (1). prior minor hockey. Jeff Letourneau and Trevor Reid were also instrumental in making the event happen, Amell added. He said they were a driv-
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ers, including Sean Monahan, the high-scoring centre who is projected to be among the top picks in this year’s National Hockey League amateur draft.
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Left, Initiation players Jordan Gilmour, Cameron Menard, Liam Joseph and Kian Yamada smile as Brent McQueen and Matt Baker drop the puck during the kickoff games for the Jon Brunette Memorial Fun Day. Both McQueen and Baker were close friends with Brunette, who passed away after a snowmobile accident in 2003.
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EMC sports – Many hockey players have the first trophy for their case, and their first tournament under their belts, after the Jon Brunette Memorial Fun Day welcomed eight teams to the W. Erskine Johnston Arena in Carp on Feb. 2. “It’s the start of their career, and the start of the trophy case,” said Andy von Zuben, director of initiation level hockey with the West Carleton Minor Hockey Association. “It’s their inspiration to keep playing.” The five to seven year old players all received a trophy, paid for by the Jon Brunette Memorial Fund at the end of the fun day tournament. The fund was created after Brunette passed away after a snowmobile accident in 2003. He played eight years with the WCMHA before playing for the Ottawa Valley Titans and the Arnprior Packers Jr. B team. His mother, Valerie, works to administer the funds raised through the annual summer golf tournament, organized by herself and Jon’s friend Brent McQueen. The funds go towards the initiation fun day and sponsoring an Ottawa Valley Titans AAA minor midget player from West Carleton, currently Colby Cochrane. It was the ninth year that
the fun day has run, and even though Jon started playing organized hockey after the initiation level, Valerie said that he would have loved to participate in the tournament as child. “I think it’s just a great program, they teach them all the basics,” she said. “We wanted to do something positive to come out of (Jon’s death).” Jon’s friends, McQueen and Matt Baker, said that Jon would likely have been coaching young players alongside them today, and would enjoy seeing so many young players enjoying the game that was his passion. And the players were certainly having a good time, as each of the eight teams played two games on half the rink. Liam Joseph, of the Stittsville Silver Streak, said he likes playing in tournaments “because you get to play more games,” before the whistle blew and adding, “Oh, I’ve got to go and play now.” Cameron Menard, 7, a West Carleton Warriors player, said he liked to get to play different teams during the fun day of hockey. Three West Carleton Warriors teams played in the tournament, along with the Richmond/Munster HD Bruins, the Kanata Stormtroopers, Stittsville Silver Streak, the Almonte/Pakenham Thunder
Major Mytes and the Nepean Flames. This year, the fund also provided hockey equipment to the late Erin Vance’s twins, who are playing hockey with the WCHMA this year. Valerie Brunette said that their fees had been covered, so the fund donated $500 to help with getting the boys set up with skates and other equipment to start playing.
Novice hoopsters open against Kemptville EMC sports – The Valley Pride Novice Girls basketball team experienced its first formal game of competition this past weekend. The team travelled to Kemptville Sunday and played the host team. The focus of the game was on having fun and learning the rules of the game. Both teams and parents erupted with enthusiasm when the girls scored. After fighting to a tie at the half, the Pride fell to the hosts by six points It was a toss-up on who had the most fun - the players or the parents.
The girls started with the Valley Pride last October and have attended skills sessions each Monday evening since. Novice age is for the Grade 3-4 age group. The team is hosting a tournament March 3 at ADHS to conclude the season. Girls of this age will be able to continue their development after the March break when the L’il Warrior clinics begin. In fact there will be clinics for girls from grade 2 to 7 at this time. Watch this paper for details in future weeks.
The Arnprior-based Valley Pride Novice Girls basketball team with coach Richard Holmes at back include, in the back row from left, coach Sydney Moore, Morgan Ferrier, Hayley Dupont, Emma Hamilton, Alexis Rice and Abbi Stevens; and in front Kiersten McMullen, Janelle Russet, Kayla Dick and Amelia Veale. Missing from the photo are Tegan Smith, Lily Cunningham and Pyper Duff.
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New Arnprior café caters to coffee lovers Kathryn Glynn
EMC business - Whether your taste buds prefer a latte, frappe, mocha, espresso, iced, regular or double double, coffee is personal. According to some statistics, 1.6 billion cups are consumed daily, worldwide. Its fragrant aroma and deep roasted flavour has the power to seduce the most resistant, and cause many of us to go to great lengths to get the perfect cup. Michele Leclair will attest to that. Leclair is the owner of The Press Café, a new and inviting coffee bar and eatery located on Daniel Street in Arnprior. Leclair is what some would call a coffee purist, hence the name of her business and the process she uses to create most of the java drinks served in her establishment. “One of the reasons to use a French press is to ensure you are getting the best from the fresh roasted beans. The coffee doesn’t sit, doesn’t go through a filter and doesn’t have that burnt taste,” she explained. Leclair is well travelled, an army brat growing up, she confessed. “North America is the only place where we accept substandard coffee. Once you taste good coffee, you aren’t going to go back.” There are a number of
“When you start to research, you find out that 99 per cent of coffee is bad before it even gets to our country,” she said. ATTRACTED TO ARNPRIOR
Michele Leclair demonstrates how to use a French press to make specialty coffees. things that go into a really good cup of coffee she points out, “beginning with the beans, temperature, consistency, the machine, the barista, experience ... “I don’t really drink wine, but I like my coffee. Coffee
is personal. I started to notice inconsistencies. “When you have a cup of coffee that is really, really good and then you go back and it isn’t. This interested me and how could I get a consistently good cup of coffee.
Leclair discovered this area when she owned a small cottage on Centennial Lake. The return to Ottawa after weekends and holidays became increasingly less attractive and she began to look for a permanent rural home. Seven years ago she sold her Ottawa property and the cottage and built a home on the Madawaska River. “It’s not as far as Centennial Lake but still far enough away from the city. For me it is the best of both worlds,” she said. The daily commute to Ottawa had only one drawback, “I was really missing good coffee and I had to wait until I got to Ottawa to get the kind I was looking for - an espressobased coffee.” Leclair discovered The Neat Café in Burnstown by accident, shortly after it opened. “I started going 18 kilometres out of my way for a good cup of coffee before driving to work in the mornings,” she said. The Press Café now uses coffee beans from the Neat
Café, where they are roasted fresh on site. “Fresh makes the taste, the smoothness, the texture,” Leclair said. Opening The Press Café is part of Leclair’s retirement plan. She wants to do something in semi-retirement that is more social and more a part of the community but isn’t quite ready to retire yet. This is where her son Dustin enters the picture. The 27-year old works at the café full time during the week and Leclair works on the weekends. She has put a lot of thought into creating the perfect space. “When I go to a coffee shop I am looking for soft seating, a comfortable place that I can sit down and relax. At 50 I’m looking for comfort, a moment to pause. A place to connect with friends and family, a place where I feel I can stay. “The overall vibe here is one of community and a sense of comfort. What I have noticed is if someone comes in and doesn’t know anyone in the room, it doesn’t take long before they are conversing. It is almost like you are in someone’s living room. It has that small, relaxed, intimate atmosphere.” Her menu introduces some international flavours with a
fresh selection that changes regularly. “Our Tai Salmon Club is a big hit, as is the Press Dip, Rockin’ Moroccan Soup and Pulled Chicken Panini,” she said. “We offer a limited menu each day with a limited amount of each item. It’s manageable and people know that we care about quality.” Menu items are reasonably priced with lunches under $10. Squares, tarts and muffins are also available unless a macchiato or chai latte is your choice for dessert. Leclair purchased the upper Daniel Street property last November and opened Christmas Eve. “The renovation included two 20-year-olds (spending) eight days to remove layers and layers of old wallpaper and in some cases from ceilings. The last layer, a design from the ‘30s was sanded and painted over,” she admitted. A back issue of Chatelaine magazine from 1935 was unearthed during the renovations. Leafing through the fashion magazine, Leclair discovered a kitchen designed with the same linoleum flooring and cupboard design as was in the house. The discovery presented another connection to the historic property. See SUMMER Page 21
Celebrating Gary Rafter’s 35 Years There are very few people who can look back on a successful 35 year career in the same industry, even fewer can boast of working at the same retailer all that time, and only one in the Ottawa Valley who can say that it all started as a temporary job. Gary Rafter recently hung up his keys to his sales desk at Reid Brothers Motor Sales after starting out in March of 1978 just to fill in some time while he awaited a job posting in Newfoundland as a crane operator. This Braeside lad was good friends with Robert Reid (father of the dealership’s current president, Trevor) who said he might as well keep busy while waiting for the move out east. Thirty Five years and 4,200 vehicles later (yes Gary kept track of the exact number he sold) the staff at Reid Brothers, as well as Gary’s exceedingly long list of customers will miss him and his ability to make the workday seem very short and fun. He remarked recently that any success he had in selling cars and trucks was mainly due to a large number of friends and family who seemed to have a never-ending appetite for the GM products found at what has become an iconic landmark in Arnprior. Gary not only sold to a long list of regular customers but to their children and grandchildren as well. He’s noticed that brand loyalty by car owners today might not be what it once was (especially with younger buyers). But he treated everyone the same, young and old alike, even the most fickle customer soon became a fan of the Rafter brand. One of the biggest challenges in the auto retail industry for individuals starting out is to strike a balance between their personal/family life and business demands. Every sales consultant will tell you there are long hours and many evenings and Saturdays away from the home front. But Gary kept his priorities straight and got to take as many activities and milestones
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as possible of two very special children Tyler and Leslie, not to mention four very dear grandchildren Owen, Halle, Amelia and Nolan. He also never forgot to take time out for himself listing hockey, fastball, and golf as some of his favorite pastimes. When it came to hockey, he was happy that few of his family, friends, and customers didn’t hold his lifelong support of the Montreal Canadiens against him even during playoff droughts. Trevor Reid acknowledges that Gary will be sorely missed at the dealership and few will be able to match his history and accomplishments. Gary’s awards from General Motors for his sales professionalism and customer satisfaction achievements will easily fill a wall at his home, if he ever decides to put them up. You see, Gary was never one to brag or boast about his success, but rather was always humbly awed and very thankful for the support of his customers and friends. When asked if he had any advice to someone starting out the trek he began 35 years ago, Gary simply said, “Always be honest and upfront and never tell a lie because if you do, you’ll never be able to remember which lie you told and it will always catch up with you in the end.” That type of philosophy is what keeps clients coming back to sales professionals like Gary and retailers like Reid Brothers, year after year after year. No one knows for sure if Gary really will retire and take it easy, or if he’ll end up being twice as busy for the next 35 years. But no matter what the future holds we all know Gary will still be surrounded by friends and family, even during a Canadien’s game.
Trevor Reid has his arm around Gary Rafter during a recent retirement celebration. Gary’s enthusiasm and work ethic will be missed among his customer base and co-workers.
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Dental hygienists to offer free services Saturday healthy mouth and healthy body,â€? said Bev Woods, founder of the project. Last year, dental hygienists from all practice settings, including those who operate their own businesses, treated about 1,500 clients during the one-day volunteer event. â€œOur annual Gift From the Heart keeps growing,â€? said Woods. â€œThis year we expect to help more people so that we can truly make a difference through treatment and public education about the importance of good oral health.â€? Since September 2007 when legislation allowed dental hygienists to provide services outside the dental office, more than 190 independent dental hygiene practices â€” stand-alone clinics and mobile services â€” have opened across Ontario.
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â€œI will frame the front cover of the magazine and perhaps the kitchen feature. It means so much to me, having seen that,â€? she said. Leclair has revived the house in keeping with the era of the building. Unique wide plank poplar floors and original baseboards speak to the turn of the century. The original fireplace contributes to the warm ambience. Leclair was drawn to the location and in particular the green space in the back that includes a creek. â€œReally it is a combination of factors that make this place unique and workable. It is perfect for relaxing outside, for a summer patio and it has plenty of parking,â€? she added. There are plans for a patio in the
â€œThis legislation change in 2007 increased access to affordable and comprehensive dental hygiene care,â€? said Shelley Newton, president of the Ontario Dental Hygienistsâ€™ Association. â€œGift From the Heart goes one step further to make sure more people know about dental hygieneâ€™s integral role in the delivery of quality oral care in Ontario.â€? Dental hygiene is a regulated health-care profession with more than 12,000 practising dental hygienists in Ontario, making it the third largest of the health-care professions in the province. The College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario, the professionâ€™s regulatory body, sets policies and standards to ensure the public receives safe and ongoing comprehensive oral care.
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summer and she will consider opening Friday and Saturday nights in the future. â€œIt will be a slow, steady progression. We want to make sure we are doing it right,â€? she said. â€œWe have been welcomed with open arms. People are grateful and really happy that we opened this kind of establishment. â€œ The cafĂŠ is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and patrons are welcome to stay or take their purchases to go.
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Naturalist stresses value of bats as new exhibit opens Kathryn Glynn
EMC news - A new exhibit at the Arnprior and District Museum sheds light on the mysterious life of bats. The often misunderstood mammals are part of the museumâ€™s latest exhibit entitled, Listen to the Night: Bats of Ontario. The exhibit officially opened last Friday evening with a special presentation by naturalist and Carleton University professor Michael Runtz. Runtz, who is well-known to the community for his involvement with the Macnamara Field Naturalists and a weekly column in the Arnprior Chronicle Guide EMC and West Carleton Review EMC, offered an up-close look at some of the areaâ€™s 51 mammal species with a slide presentation using his captivating wildlife photography. DISPELLING MYTHS KATHRYN GLYNN
Runtz dispelled the myths surrounding the feared night flyer and illuminated the issues that pose a threat to the almost endangered species that provides a great service to their communities (for more, see his column on Page 25). About 50 people packed
Presenter Michael Runtz, above, shed light on often misunderstood bats in his presentation last week at the opening of Listen to the Night: Bats of Ontario. the museumâ€™s main room for the talk before touring the exhibit. The exhibit is on loan from the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).
Margaret Pocket is among the visitors at the opening of the travelling exhibit.
Alyse Laplante is the exhibit co-ordinator and educational facilitator thanks to support from The Community Futures Development Corporation, Renfrew County and Canadaâ€™s Economic Action Plan, which sponsors The Royal Ontario Museumâ€™s travelling exhibit. Laplante is animating the display to interface with school curriculum, and museum officials hope area schools will take advantage of the offer. The exhibit will be on display until March 31, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays Feb. 16 and 23 and March 9 and 30. Cost for the museumâ€™s general admission is $3.50, students and seniors $2, and $9 per family.
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Michael Runtz speaks with, Samantha, left, and Jessica Carter in the exhibit. Both sisters are interested in nature and have the advantage of a large backyard from which to view wildlife in the area.
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Bats galore in the Arnprior and District Museum EMC lifestyle – Finding bats in older buildings is never a surprise. However, this past week an unusually high number turned up in Arnprior. In addition to species regularly found inside houses, the “colony” contained species that never appear inside buildings. That is because the bats are part of a Royal Ontario Museum exhibit currently on display in the Arnprior and District Museum. Bats intrigue us. They are the only flying mammals, joining dragonflies and birds in ruling the skies. Bats fly primarily at night, a feature that creates an aura of mystique. But bats also make us uncomfortable. They are odd-looking creatures, possessing oversized ears, surprisingly large canine teeth, and a furry body positioned between two peculiar membranous wings. The exploitative use in horror films of their odd appearances and habit of lapping blood (done by only a few tropical species) has resulted in many a nightmare. Bats flit back and forth over our heads, not to entangle themselves in our hair (a persistent myth) but to pluck beetles, moths, and other insects from the air. Our local species are masters at catching flying invertebrates, eating half their body
Michael Runtz Nature’s Way weight most nights, with pregnant females doubling that amount. And they find food in a most unusual way, by throwing out ultrasonic pulses and listening to the returning echoes. Each species uses a slightly different frequency and pulse rate of sound. As they fly, bats send out sound pulses, testing the air for obstacles to avoid or objects to eat. When a shape of interest is detected, the pulse rate increases and the frequency elevates. This provides a finer picture, and if the object is edible, the bat swoops in and grabs it in its mouth or uses its membranous tail as a net to first snatch it from the air. Five of our eight local species are resident all year. Big Brown Bats and Little Brown Myotis are the most common
Although they sport a fierce appearance, Big Brown Bats are dangerous only to flying insects. species. Winter is spent in large groups in hibernacula, which are often old mines or caves. Less common species such as Northern Myotis can be found in their clusters. With lowered body temperature and a much-reduced heart rate (which is as high as 1,100 beats per minute during flight), they spend winter in a dormant state.
Hibernating bats currently face grave danger. A fungus imported from Europe is decimating bats across eastern North America. Called the White Nose Syndrome because it proliferates around the face, the fungus disrupts their sleep, causing them to burn up precious fat stores. Six million bats have died since the fungus made its North American debut in
2005/2006. Many colonies have been wiped out by this deadly infliction. Red Bats are one of three species that migrate. They also face new and grave danger. Wind turbines now block their age-old migration paths. A turbine’s rotating blades are easily evaded, but the pressure change they create causes a bat’s lungs to burst. All our bats are currently
under siege, and their future looks bleak. If you want to learn more about bats, visit the Arnprior and District Museum (www. arnprior.ca/Museum.htm). It is sad but true that in the future, museums may be the only places these fascinating creatures will inhabit. The Nature Number is 613387-2503; email is mruntz@ start.ca.
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Improving the Patient Experience Arnprior Regional Health is continuously looking at ways to make your patient experience better. At the end of 2012 we asked the community (through a survey and focus groups) what we are doing well and what we could do better. The replies were varied and many were complimentary - Thank you! Those who had been a patient in the last two years offered feedback and suggestions when it came to emergency room visits and/ or stays on the inpatient unit. A lean review coupled with your feedback have enabled ARH to already implement a few changes that will allow for emergency patients to be treated and released quicker, or for some patients to be admitted quicker. Our former practice was that patients who came to the emergency department would be seen right away by a triage nurse. The nurse would check vitals and discuss the presenting health concern. The patient would be assessed and given an acuity scale (to ensure the sickest patients is seen first). The patient would then register and wait their turn to see the physician. Once the patient was being examined, the physician might order further tests such as blood work or an x-ray or an ultrasound. The patient would then wait for the procedures, then wait for the results and then wait to speak to the emergency physician about the results. In an effort to reduce these types of wait times, ARH streamlined the process and developed new medical directives for certain conditions. Now when patients present with issues such as abdominal pain or kidney stones the triage nurse is authorized to send the patient for specific tests (bloodwork or x- ray). Both diagnostic imaging and the ARH lab added more urgent patient time slots to ensure better patient flow in these circumstances. What these new directives mean is that by the time the physician comes to do the exam, the test results have been received and a treatment plan can begin. Wait times were also flagged as an issue for patients who enter through emergency and are subsequently admitted to the inpatient unit. Patient flow needed to improve and become more streamlined for the patient. ARH now has a new registration check lists to ensure all information is taken at one point, from vital information to preferred accommodations. The goal is that the time from when the decision is made to admit the patient that we are able to get them to the inpatient unit within one hour of admission. So far this new process has resulted in: better data collection; patients are receiving their requested room right away (i.e. private or semi); and physicians are able to indicate an expected discharge date on the chart allowing for a smoother transition from hospital to home. Many other changes will be implemented within the next year to improve both patient flow and the patient experience. It is well documented that patients with an excellent hospital experience have a quicker recovery time and at ARH we want your care to be excellent. We capture this data regularly through surveys sent to patients following their discharge from hospital, whether the patient was in the emergency department or on the inpatient unit. Please take the time to fill in your survey and return it to the survey company. Based on your feedback through the surveys, we have improved the discharge instructions we provide to our patients, and have also made changes to food services and the environment. We want to ensure your experience was excellent and this is how you can let us know. For those of you who may not receive a survey following discharge there is now a feedback option on our website www.ArnpriorRegionalHealth.ca In addition to offering feedback on your patient experience you can also email a patient or thank a staff member.
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EMC lifestyle - The Northcote School smelled differently in the winter time than it did in the summer. That may have a lot to do with the fact Miss Crosby opened the windows in the warm weather. But I thought back then it had more to do with the piles of gum rubbers, wet socks, the wood stove, and the bagged lunches on the table at the back of the room. All the girls at the Northcote School wore galoshes. Some had rabbit fur down their fronts, and then some of us just had galoshes that laced up tight around our ankles. It was a sign of wealth if your galoshes had fur on them. Sadly, I never owned such a pair as that! The boys wore either gum rubbers or rubber boots. The gum rubbers and boots had a thick layer of red around the soles. Most of them were bought at Briscoe’s General Store, where they hung from the ceiling. Mr. Briscoe used a long pole with a hook on it to retrieve them. I could never fathom how he knew what size he was bringing down, but he never seemed to make a mistake. After running around the school yard before Miss Crosby rang either the morning or recess bell, there wasn’t one of us whose feet weren’t soaked to the skin. That meant that as soon as we got into the school room, we pulled off our outer foot wear, and gum rubbers, galoshes, and rubber boots, and they were all laid out around
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the pot-bellied stove where blocks of wood had been placed to lean the footwear against. It didn’t take long, with the ﬁre in the stove fair jumping, for the array of galoshes and boots to smell to high heaven. The girls put on felt slippers, hand-made of course, and the boys just walked around in their socks, which soon smelled as bad as the array of boots near the stove. We girls wouldn’t dream of wearing the same stockings to school two days in a row, but from the smell of the boys’ feet, my older sister Audrey said she doubted their socks had been changed for over a week. And that included my three brothers, who Mother thought were old enough to look after their own feet. Only a few of the pupils had tin lunch boxes. My little friend Joyce had one with a bright red painted lid, and a hook inside that anchored the little thermos bottle. Of course, Joyce’s family were very rich, I thought. Didn’t they live in a brick house, and have a ﬂush toilet? So she could afford a bright tin lunch box. However, most of us took our lunch in brown paper bags, saved after making purchases at Briscoe’s General Store. These bags once held
tea, sugar, or rolled oats, and were never thrown out. We had a rack in our kitchen that had a spring lever attached to it, and all the bags were neatly folded and kept on this rack which hung by the wood box. Most were just the right size for a school lunch. There was a crudely built table at the back of the school room, and this is where all the lunches were kept. All the bags looked the same, and it always amazed me how I never once knew any of us to get our lunches mixed up! It was an unwritten law never to bring a sandwich with onions on it. It wouldn’t take long for the smell to ﬁll the small one room school house, and drown out the stench of the array of footwear around the stove. Which, on second thought, would not have been such a bad idea! It didn’t take long to ﬁgure out what a lot of the pupils had brought to eat. Head cheese was a staple in the Depression years, and well seasoned with summer savoury, and sliced thin, often ﬁlled sandwiches back then. I hated head cheese with a passion. My distaste was right up there with my hatred for blood pudding. It had more to do with watching Mother
make both on the kitchen table, than the taste of it that turned my stomach. My very favourite sandwich was one made with bologna. Favourite, but rare. The few slices Mother bought on rare occasions, to me, was the ultimate school lunch. I loved bologna with a passion. There were always home-made cookies, fruit was unheard of. We toted milk in glass jars. It wasn’t hard to tell who had what for their lunch. You could smell the headcheese, and the maple cookies long before the paper bags were opened. Miss Crosby bent the rules at lunch time, allowing us to sit where we wanted, while she still kept an eagle eye on all of us from her desk at the front of the room. By the time the school day came to a close at four o’clock, the familiar smell of school books, chalk and erasers was long lost. The room reeked of dried out footwear, wet mitts, and socks. When the last of us left the school, Miss Crosby could be seen swinging the storm and inner doors open wide, and putting a block of wood against them to hold them open to complete air out the place. And so that by the time we next came to the Northcote School, the only smell would be from the freshlystarted wood ﬁre raging in the old stove in the centre of the room. But like the day before, it wouldn’t take long for the smells of winter to take over.
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