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EMC News – The Kemptville Salvation Army and the North Grenville Community Service Council received a little boost this holiday season from the Kemptville Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade committee. During the parade, held Nov. 17, donations were collected through a boot drive by the North Grenville Fire Service for both organizations and each will receive $1,163. Left, (left to right) are NGCSC’s Claire Larabie; Kinsmen and parade committee member Ian McLaughlin; Kinsmen vicepresident Justun Steeves; Salvation Army Captain Simon Downey; and parade committee member Sharon Kelly.
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EMC News – As the holiday season rolls on, the Kemptville Salvation Army has hit the halfway point in their Christmas campaign and are asking for the community’s help in reaching their goal. According to Kemptville Salvation Army Captain Simon Downey, the organization is in dire need of volunteers to man their Christmas kettles in four locations throughout town. “We really seem to be missing volunteers this year,” he noted. “So we are fairly desperate for people.” Downey said volunteers are required from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at kettles stationed at Food Basics, B&H Your Community Grocer, Jonsson’s Independent Grocer and Walmart. Volunteers are needed for minimum two-hour blocks (but can opt for longer shifts) and businesses are also encouraged to sponsor a kettle on one of the remaining Saturdays before Christmas. They can either have representatives from their company or organization man the kettle for the entire Saturday or make a $350 donation. This year, the Salvation
Army hopes to raise $50,000 through their kettle drive. Those interested in lending a hand can call Downey at 613-258-3583. ‘Fill-A-Bag’ campaign a success While their kettle drive could use more volunteers, thanks to the generosity of the North Grenville community the Salvation Army is receiving plenty of donations to ¿ll their Christmas hampers this year. For the past three years, the North Grenville Community Church has come together to host a ‘Fill-A-Bag’ fundraiser for the Salvation Army food bank, but this year decided to expand it throughout North Grenville. Armed with bags containing a list of needed food items, NGCC volunteers canvassed the area dropping off the bags on the doorsteps of local residences Nov. 25. Then a week later on Dec. 2, those same volunteers collected the food donations from homes and brought them to the North Grenville Fire Hall, who donated space this year for the Salvation Army to assemble their Christmas hampers. “We had 120 volunteers who all came out to help and collected more than 1,000 bags of food and it is still coming in,” Downey
remarked, adding that he hopes the campaign will become an annual tradition. “It’s great for us. It was the ¿rst year and will build in years to come and hopefully the whole area will be involved in the future.” He credited the NGCC and North Grenville Fire Service for helping with the campaign this year and to Mr. Mozzarella for donating the food for their pizza party celebration. “It was just great to see so many people coming out and helping,” he commented. “I’d like to compliment the Salvation Army Christmas hamper program,” added North Grenville Fire Service chief Paul Hutt during his report at Monday evening’s council meeting. “Over the last two weeks, the amount of food that was delivered to the ¿re hall has been overwhelming and heartfelt. The ¿re department is stuffed.” “We’re glad the North Grenville Fire Service was able to house (the donations) and assist with the venture,” he continued. “I’d like to thank the volunteers as well for the countless hours spent and to North Grenville residents for their generosity.” There are other ways for residents to get involved in the Salvation Army’s Christ-
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Mississippi Mudds members win Ottawa Critics Circle Award to Lee he found a partner eager to solve the problems of a two-story set with multiple staircases and many doors. With encouragement from the Mudds board and with Brian McManus signed on as Director they were on their way. One of the ¿rst steps was to discuss their design with town staff. Such a construction had to be safe and the town has strict guidelines to be followed. The Town Hall has a heritage designation and its historic auditorium has many beautiful features that make it a wonderful place for live theatre. But the original sloping stage is always a challenge to Mudds set designers. After much deliberation a plan was completed and approved by town staff. It was to create a double-sided set representing the on stage and back stage areas of the “play within a play”. Since two levels were required the only choice was to build it on the auditorium Àoor and use the real stage for access. Then the problem solving began. Where do you ¿nd casters to support a 2,200
pound set and nine actors, and yet be able to revolve the entire set at each intermission? At an auto shop in Ottawa they found 16 (four with locks) each rated to carry 300 pounds. How many hours do you plan for the set building and painting? Try 48 hours over four weekends. Still not done? Add 24 hours over two more weekends. How do you budget for such a huge undertaking? You recycle as much as you can from previous shows. You ask members to donate or loan any lumber, carpet, paint or furniture they can spare. You shop at Habitat for Humanity; a charitable organization where building supplies can be found at rock bottom prices. And how do you ¿nd the person hours (some 500) to complete the task? You depend on Mudds members, family and friends. Lee credits at least 22 people as crucial to the success of the set and feels they all have a share in the award. Painters in his view are lifesavers when it comes to turning a sturdy but
EMC News – The theme for the 2013 Smiths Falls Relay For Life was recently announced after a one-vote margin determined the winning theme. The Smiths Falls Relay For Life theme will be “Groovin For A Cure.” Teams are encouraged to dress up and decorate their campsite around the 1960s theme. Organizers believe there are many possibilities that can come from the 1960s theme and it is sure to be fun for all involved – they can choose to focus on a speci¿c year, a speci¿c person or event, or simply include a little bit of everything that comes to mind when thinking about the 1960s era. Smiths Falls Relay For Life team chair Terry Cullen stated she is excited about the theme and hopes the community will embrace it and become involved in the event, which will be held at the Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute next June. “The 2013 Smiths Falls Relay For Life brings with it a very special cause for a theme of celebration,” said Cullen. “(The year) 2013 will mark the 75th year of the Canadian Cancer Society’s ¿ght against cancer and we will celebrate the major advancements that have been made against this disease.” With that in mind, the event committee envisioned a Relay For Life that celebrated an era that represented a time of change, introducing a whole new culture that was centered around taking action in order to ¿ght for the rights of everyone as well as enjoying the freedom of being an individual. So, the theme of “Groovin For A Cure” was designed
with teams and survivors in mind. “What great fun we will have, on the night of Relay, as we walk among the tents reliving a time that led to so many key social movements. And, what better era to recognize all of the victories made by the Canadian Cancer Society that that of the 1960s,” says Cullen. Thanks to the support of Smiths Falls, the Canadian Cancer Society is able to fund
research and offer a number of local support services, such as rides to and from cancerrelated medical appointments, caring support either over the phone or in-person to people living with cancer or their caregivers, and assistance to people at cancer treatment centres and lodges. To learn how you can join the 2013 Smiths Falls Relay For Life, visit www.relayforlife.ca or call your local society of¿ce at 613-267-1058.
stayed in their seats to watch the crew at work; applause for set changes is rare but in this production not surprising. The Capital Critics Circle Award is ¿tting recognition for an amazing piece of work. In the new year Shawn Millman embarks on a new career in the Canadian Armed Forces. Sadly community theatre will not bene¿t from his prodigious talent for a while. But in 2013 watch for other
Mudds productions (‘Annie Junior,’ ‘Nunsense 2’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’) featuring sets built by Jeff Lee and other talented Mudds members. Want to get involved yourself? Visit our website for more information. Mississippimudds. ca. To see how the set came together visit the Mudds YouTube channel: http://www. youtube.com/themudds1. Submitted by Judith Scott, member of Mudds publicity team.
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basic set into something ¿nished. Mudds is lucky to have depth of talent in this department. For the actors who raced or Àung themselves up and down the stairs, against walls in and out of doors and windows the set was a dependable rock. For the audience, watching the set revolve was all part of an evening of brilliant theatre. In fact concession sales were signi¿cantly down during intermissions as everyone
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