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EMC News â€“ Fall is here and the Kemptville Storm atom competitive players hosted a pumpkin fundraiser at the North Grenville Municipal Centre on Sept. 29. From left: Lauren Larabie, Haley Lefrancois, Mackenzie Beggs and Ashlynn Bennett helped visitors select the perfect pumpkins during the day. Funds raised will go to support the Kemptville Storm organization.
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EMC News â€“ The North Grenville Public Library (NGPL) will be showcasing its services and offering some special events to residents as it prepares to celebrate Ontario Public Library Week Oct. 14 to 20. The week carries the theme â€˜Libraries Connect,â€™ and promotes the important contributions libraries make to their communities in the form of education and literacy. October also serves as Canadian Library Month. According to NGPL chief executive officer (CEO) Sue Higgins, in addition to regular programming, a number of activities have been planned to encourage local residents to get better acquainted with their library. â€œâ€˜Libraries Connectâ€™ is the theme this year and we want people to come in and see what we can offer them,â€? she noted. Bedtime Story Hour helps kick off the week Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. where the 2012-2013 list of Read to Every Kid Every Day books will be launched. (The Leeds-Grenville county wide launch will take place in Merrickville). People can vote on their favourite books with the winner being announced on Family Literacy Day in January. â€œWe will announce the books and (childrenâ€™s librarian) Sue Bergeron will read from some of them that eve-
ning,â€? Higgins said. â€œThe kids come in with their pajamas and bring snuggly toys. Itâ€™s always very well-attended. The nice thing is that we get whole families coming in for that.â€? Other childrenâ€™s activities for the week include Drop-in Story Hour Friday, Oct. 20 from 10 to 11 a.m., as well as two special programs: Lego Mini-Builders (for ages four to six) on Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 4 to 5 p.m.; and Pokemon Palooza (for ages six and up) on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Seating for these programs are limited and those interested in attending are asked to pre-register at email@example.com or call 613-2584711. â€œWe did Pokemon Palooza in the summer as part of our summer reading program and it was very well attended and brought lots of boys into the library, as did the Lego program,â€? Higgins explained. â€œAll of these activities build on literacy and numeracy skills as well as social skills. Kids must work together and share.â€? Thereâ€™s also programming for adults. The NGPLâ€™s two knitting groups Kniterary at Night (Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.) and Kniterary (Oct. 17 at 1 p.m.) will take place, as will the popular Youngsters of Yore seniors group Oct. 18 at 1:30 p.m., and the Valley Writersâ€™ Guild are set to meet Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon. The public is welcome to attend any of these events. The highlight of the week comes Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. when guest author Jennifer DeBruin
will read from her recently published novel â€˜A Walk with Mary,â€™ focused on the Lost Villages of the St. Lawrence. â€œThe novel follows the Phillips family who settle in the village of Moulinette, on the shores of the St. Lawrence,â€? notes a release about the book. â€œIn Maryâ€™s lifetime she witnesses the advent of the automobile, the tuberculosis pandemic, the war, the Great Depression and the creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The story of the Lost Villages is a popular one in eastern Ontario and many people have memories or have heard the stories from their parents and grandparents.â€? DeBruin wonâ€™t just be reading selections from the book, she will also talk about her experiences in writing her first novel and copies of the book will be available for purchase. Higgins said appearances by local guest authors have been a popular addition to the library and were held on Monday evenings last year. This fall, sessions have been switched to Thursday nights, with Oxford Stationâ€™s Michael McCann Nov. 1. To help wrap up Ontario Public Library Week, the Friends of the NGPL will participate in an â€˜idea exchangeâ€™ Friday, Oct. 19 hosted by the Southern Ontario Library Service. Friends groups from across eastern Ontario are invited to the session, taking place from 1 to 4 p.m., to learn about what efforts other groups are undertaking. For information on this initiative, please
call Rob Lavery at 1-800-3875765 ext. 5137. Book club starts this fall With book clubs for tweens and teens, NGPL is adding an adult book club to the mix Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. Higgins said this will be a library-hosted book club and extra copies of the first book to be featured, â€˜Crow Lakeâ€™ by Mary Lawson, have been purchased. â€œWeâ€™ve been wanting to do this for a while and just havenâ€™t had the time, but staff have taken this on and lots of people were interested so weâ€™re now getting it going,â€? she explained. The book club will meet
Thanksgiving dinner Sunday at The Branch EMC Events â€“ Join in at the Branch Restaurant and Texas Grill Sunday, Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for their sixth annual Free Thanksgiving Lunch and Pay-What-YouCan, Pay-With-A-Can Fundraiser for the Kemptville Salvation Army. Well, folks, the harvest is upon us and the weather is cooling... at the Branch Restaurant, that means a chance to give a little something back as well. Every year since the restaurant opened its doors, it has gathered the community on this day, with donated food and volunteer labour,
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monthly on the first Wednesday of each month, but that date can be changed if it doesnâ€™t work for members. Higgins indicated the NGPL remains popular with North Grenville residents since the new central branch opened in May 2011. Their fall programs began last week and are already filling up. â€œWe have four sessions and about 80 kids for our Sarahâ€™s Circle and thereâ€™s a waiting list,â€? she stated. For a full list of activities taking place during Ontario Public Library Week/Canadian Library Month as well as fall programming at NGPL, please visit their website: www.ngpl. ca.
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Out with a bang – coordinator steps down: Kidney Gift of Life Walk raises more than $14,000 By LAURIE WEIR email@example.com
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Patricia Mackler, a 10 year dialysis patient (second from right), posed with her family members before they headed out on the 5km Gift Of Life Walk. Also “When we switched to a walk event, the last two years brought in $6,000, which was wonderful, but I still had the desire to reach the goal at
least especially this year as I had decided this would be my last year to co-ordinate this event.” With a barbecue in Septem-
pictured are Jeffery, Marla, Avery, Micayla, Braedan, Laura and Tommy Mackler, Nick and Brenda White and Cathy Mitchell. ber to help promote the event, and the naming of John Rivington as this year’s Kidney Foundation Ambassador, the public and the local businesses came through with flying colours, she said. “If it wasn’t for the businesses – and I can’t stress
enough to shop locally because that is what enables them to support things like this – it would be a different story,” she said. “Shopping locally is so important. It’s really what goes on behind the scenes as to how successful we have been.”
EMC News – Brenda Dube says she’s ecstatic with the results from this year’s Gift of Life Walk for the Kidney Foundation of Canada as more than $14,000 has been raised and money is still coming in. “The goal has always been to reach $8,000,” said local organizer Brenda Dube, who added this is her final year at the helm of kidney ship. “I have been in contact with a woman and she is interested in taking over,” she said, as she added that she wants to spend more time as a Big Sister with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Lanark County. She is also involved with the Multiple Sclerosis Society and its carnation campaign in the spring. Plus, she wants to get back to working full time hours. “I just don’t have as much time anymore,” she said. “I’m confident that the ball will keep rolling.” Before the Give the Gift of Life Walk started, there was the Roundup for Research Events Dube had organized. It did very well by bringing in $10,000 and $12,000.
Dube says she’s blown away as the numbers are still growing for this year’s walk event. “There are a few outside pledges that have not been accounted for and will be trickling in for a short time still. Where we stand right now, it has raised well over $14,000 and I feel quite confident it will reach over $15,000 plus by the time it is all said and done.” Dube noted that the media coverage, the sponsorship and community support has been wonderful this year, and helped to account for the larger amount of funds raised. “I am so grateful for the media coverage I received and the participants desire to raise those funds and of course the contributors fulfilling those pledges,” she said. Dube added that it’s been fun to organize this event, but feels it’s time to step down. “It’s been a wonderful experience,” she said. “But I really feel that it’s time for me to take a back seat. The community has been wonderful to support this event for all these years and I’m thankful for that.” More than 60 walkers took part in the event – double the amount of people from last year.
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Despite the drizzle, participants came out to the Gift for Life Walk at the Crystal Palace in Perth on Sunday. Proceeds from this event go towards both research and funding local programs that help patients affected by kidney disease in Ontario. Local businesses donated items to be raffled and auctioned to raise additional funds that help fund local programs such as peer to peer support, renal friendly cooking classes and financial aid.
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