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Elementary teachers stage one-day strike Dec. 20 By MARLA DOWDALL

EMC News – “It’s not about a wage freeze, it’s about the loss of rights.” So read one of many signs being carried by elementary and occasional teachers in front of the Upper Canada District School Board head office in Brockville last Thursday, Dec. 20 as part of a one-day board-wide strike in protest of Bill 115. Central Avenue West and Strowger Boulevard was the location for more than 150 full-time and occasional teachers to walk the picket lines. Passersby honked their horns, while some shouted support. Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) union members were out in protest of Bill 115. Signs, which have become recognizable across the province, as rotating strikes have been taking place in areas such as Limestone, Greater Essex County, Toronto, Peel, and others, say “Respect teachers. Respect collective bargaining.” Jeremy O’Connor, strike captain for ETFO, Dec. 20 in Brockville, noted Bill 115, “imposes the conditions of our work.” ETFO dignitaries from around the province were also expected to attend the Brockville strike action location, he said. On Sept. 11, 2012, the Putting Students First Act – Bill 115 was passed at the provincial level. According to materials from ETFO, “Bill 115 is unprecedented. It takes away the democratic rights of teachers and education professionals to collective


“It’s not about a wage freeze, it’s about loss of rights,” reads the message of the day, above. Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario union members were out in protest of Bill 115, Dec. 20, during a one-day strike in front of the Upper Canada District School Board head office in Brockville. Elementary and occasional teachers staged the strike, in front of several locations across school board territory that day. More than 150 full time and occasional teachers walked the picket lines. bargaining.” For so many it isn’t about dollars and cents, it is about their right to negotiate – a right Bill 115 has taken away. ETFO materials also note that the bill “takes local decision making away from school boards and puts it in the hands of the provincial government,” and “singles out the education sector for wage restraint and benefit cuts over the next two (and possibly three) years.” “To date, the education minister has yet to do anything to assist local school boards in pursuing fair and respectful negotiations with our members,” said Sam

Hammond, president of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) in a press release issued through Canadian Newswire. “She can end the chaos she has created by repealing Bill 115 and letting local bargaining proceed without interference.” “Given the rigid parameters of Bill 115, the minister has left us no other option but to send her a message via strike action,” said Marg Merpaw, president of Upper Canada Teacher Local also in the same news release. “We are calling on the Minister to restore local autonomy and stop destroying a bargaining

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in Bill 115 and warned it will be challenging the legislation in court alongside ETFO and other unions,” an ETFO brochure noted. In addition to rotating strikes, individual ETFO members have been reducing and withdrawing voluntary activities. At a meeting of the UCDSB Dec. 19, a motion was passed to call on the province to retain a special mediator to facilitate contract negotiations with the teachers. The motion read, “To maintain peace and stability in the See STRIKE page 2

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process that has worked for decades.” ETFO locals voted Oct. 4, receiving “overwhelming mandates for strike action from their members. The locals moved into a legal strike position on Dec. 13,” the press release noted. “Prior to that, they received no board reports through the conciliator appointed by the Ministry of Labour to resolve their bargaining impasse with Upper Canada District School Board.” Bill 115 has been deemed, “above the law. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has denounced the restrictions

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schoolhouse, and to ensure that students are put first, the Upper Canada District School Board asks Minister Broten to retain a special mediator to facilitate the provincial bargaining process to finalize the provincial discussions. During this process, all parties would suspend sanctions. Following a successful mediation, boards would be given sufficient time to negotiate local agreements.” ETFO held a press conference Dec. 21, past St. Lawrence EMC deadlines, to cap off two weeks of rotating strikes across the province.

Strikes were held in every local and school board across the province. According to Canadian Newswire information from ETFO, ETFO has 76,000 members which include public elementary teachers, occasional teachers and designated early childhood educators, professional support personnel, and educational support personnel. According to the CUPE Ontario website, “Fred Hahn, president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario walked the line in solidarity with elemen-

tary teachers today (Dec. 18) outside the Toronto District School Board headquarters at 5050 Yonge Street. “We stand united in our defense of democratic rights,” said Hahn. “Bill 115 is an undemocratic law that also affects members across the province. We are calling on MPPs from all parties to commit to repealing Bill 115 and to abandon any plans for other legislation that threatens our democratic rights to free collective bargaining and impartial arbitration for essential workers.” Photo by MARLA DOWDALL

The Upper Canada District School Board sign could be seen in the foreground as Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario union members were out in protest of Bill 115, Dec. 20. The one-day strike took place in front of the UCDSB head office in Brockville. Elementary and occasional teachers staged the strike, in front of several locations across school board territory that day. Other locations where strike action took place included Kemptville, Gananoque, Cornwall and others. More than 150 full-time and occasional teachers walked the local picket line.




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Kia of Brockville staff came together to make a $500 donation to the Salvation Army Brockville Community and Family Services, Dec. 18. On hand to accept the donation, from dealership owner Arnold Dixon is Major Randy Gatza from the church. Gatza noted as of that day, the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign was down about $7,000 in donations

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United Church features an ensemble from the Brockville Operatic Society which is celebrating 60 years of bringing excellent musical theatre to Brockville and area. Programmes are available at participating churches, the Brockville Public Library, City Hall and downtown businesses. The current committee members Margaret Williams (Chair), Mary Hart (Past Chair), Marlene Greenhalgh, Cheryl Johnston, and Everest

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Economic Development Advisory Team updates council on proposal for new university program in Brockville EMC Business - Don Heron, Chair of the Brockville Economic Development Advisory Team, reported to city council that Algoma University is interested in establishing an Extension Program in Brockville. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our University Working Group and Algoma University are both enthusiastic about the prospect of an Algoma program that would offer the first two years of a Bachelor of Arts in Brockville,â&#x20AC;? said Heron. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This initiative meets Brockvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Official Plan objectives of growing our community, strengthening the economy, and encouraging more young people to stay here.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Algoma University President Rick Myers and our Working Group both believe that it is feasible to deliver the program in Brockville starting in September 2013.â&#x20AC;? Dr. Myers was in Brockville at the request of the Working Group in June and November, to meet with high school guidance counsellors and community leaders and to explore the concept in detail. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Algomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longer term interest is to offer 1st and 2nd year university courses in several communities in Ontario and attract students to our main campus in Sault St. Marie for their third and fourth year studies. We have one such extension program in St. Thomas. Starting a program in Brockville would be a logical next step,â&#x20AC;? said Dr. Myers. The proposed program would be similar to that opened this past fall in St. Thomas where 19 students â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 15 from the immediate area and four from out of town - started studying in September. A unique feature of Algomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan is that students in Brockville would study using a â&#x20AC;&#x153;block learning planâ&#x20AC;? where one course is taught intensively for three weeks, followed by an exam. The next course would start the following week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This block plan is better for many students, as it is easier to manage the work and it becomes clear if someone is falling behind before it is too late to get caught up,â&#x20AC;? said Myers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have received positive feedback from area high school guidance counselors,â&#x20AC;? commented Marjory Loveys, Chair of the Working Group. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their view is that this will be an attractive option for students looking for a less expensive way to start university and for those who do yet not wish to leave home and want an alternative to remaining in Grade 12 for another year in the so-called â&#x20AC;&#x153;victory lapâ&#x20AC;?. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The small classes and the block learning plan mean that many students will find the work load easier to handle than in

other university programs. In addition, students have the flexibility to start at any time throughout the school year.â&#x20AC;? The block plan requires only one professor on site at a time and Dr. Myers predicts that the program could be financially sustainable in Brockville. Continuity will be provided by a full time site coordinator. The objective of Algoma University would be to have the Brockville extension program break even, with student tuitions covering costs. This is possible with about 25 students in each cohort. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Brockville program is not yet a sure thing,â&#x20AC;? cautioned Heron. The university will have to obtain approval for it from the Algoma University Senate, as well as confirmation from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities that it has no reservations. Dr. Myers hopes those approvals will be in place by mid-January.â&#x20AC;? The Working Group anticipates a modest fund raising effort to contribute to start-up expenses such as furniture and equipment and provide students with support such as scholarships. As for the location, the Working Group and Algoma both prefer a downtown location, and initial feedback suggests this would be attractive to students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am sure that the entire downtown will play a role in providing for the needs of the students,â&#x20AC;? noted Heron, citing study space at the Library, restaurants and coffee shops as well as

recreational facilities such as the YMCA, dance studios and the rowing club. There are opportunities for collaboration with St. Lawrence College, such as articulation agreements where Algoma and SLC could recognize each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s credits. The Working Group and Algoma are also in discussion with Contact North as a potential partner. Contact North operates centers that support students taking on-line courses for high school completion and training as well as college and university courses. In addition, an English as a Second Language school has expressed an interest in co-locating with Algoma in Brockville because, with a new course starting every three weeks, their students can start taking university courses as soon as their language skills allow rather than having to wait until September. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are all pretty excited about this prospect coming together for 2013, to strengthen our downtown and provide more options for young people,â&#x20AC;? said Loveys, an opinion echoed by the other members of the Working Group. The members of the University Working Group are Marjory Loveys (Chair); Don Heron, Chair of the EDAT; Sueling Ching, CEO of the YMCA of Brockville and Area; David Beatty, Chief Executive Officer of Canarm Ltd. and Brockville city councillor; and Dave Paul, Director of Economic Development for the City of Brockville.


EMC News - â&#x20AC;&#x153;We havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t built a mountain, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve built Everest,â&#x20AC;? remarked Hugh Colton, organizer of the Build A Mountain of Food campaign. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual food bank drive smashed last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success in every way, and Colton said thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only one reason for this. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The communities are the heroes in this whole thing,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s communities with heart.â&#x20AC;? From Nov. 10 to Dec. 15 volunteers and store managers at grocery stores across 11 communities within Lanark and Leeds donated their time to collect thousands of pounds of food and $28,631 in cash for local food banks. Donations continued to roll in earlier last week, according to Colton who describes the events of Monday, Dec. 17. Following the Build A Mountain of Food drive dates two Saturdays ago, the campaign was sitting at 72,130 lbs of food, but this was bumped up by Lanark County warden John Gemmell who brought in 225 lbs. Then Scott Flemming and Rideau Home Lumber in Smiths Falls committed to 1,000 lbs followed by a number of local businesses and individuals including Century 21. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be the company to take us over 75,000 lbs,â&#x20AC;? Colton added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything is up big time.â&#x20AC;? Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s total broke records when it came in at 54,000 lbs. Each locationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fundraiser brought in food that went directly to the food bank that serves that community. Colton hopes the work of the 2012 Build A Mountain of Food campaign will see shelves in area food banks filled into the spring. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody deserves to have something to eat,â&#x20AC;? he said. Individuals in Carleton Place, Mississippi Mills, Perth, Lanark, Smiths Falls, Westport, Elgin, Portland, Merrickville, Athens and Delta all benefited from the annual food drive. Those who would like to make a contribution to the Build A Mountain of food drive may still do so by dropping off nonperishable items to Hugh Colton at Town & Country Chrysler (Lombard Street, Smiths Falls).



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GISS students embark on trail improvements thanks to grant By MARLA DOWDALL

EMC News – Gananoque Intermediate and Secondary School students were energized, Dec. 14, as they unloaded $7,000 in construction materials. These are materials their successful application to the Skills Competences Canada/ Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant provided them. High school students were on hand that day to help unload wood and other items from Lowe’s. While the wood may have appeared rather plain laying on the school’s shop floor, students have big plans for it. GISS created a project entitled ‘Stewards of Trail Systems’, which will see Grade 7/8 youth plan and build special houses for birds, reptiles and bats. Grade 9/10 students will build trail signage. Senior students will build bridges, stairs and benches. All of the constructed items will be installed on the Gananoque and Landon Bay Trail system.

Grade 7/8 teacher Dion Running was all smiles as the materials made their way from the Lowe’s truck into the classroom. The trail itself is almost in the school’s “backyard”, and has helped the students visualize the project. “Students will learn firsthand how to engage as a community partner, and how to have an impact as a steward of our environment,” said GISS Principal Chris Boston, in a press release from the Upper Canada District School Board. “Students in all grades will simultaneously learn about elements of science, math, and social studies while developing technical skills in the construction program. This represents the beginning of a new era of technological studies at GSS where we aim to broaden the appeal of construction technology beyond students who already have their sights on a career in the trades.” The application outlined the plan for the project, a budget and opportunities for com-


Gananoque Intermediate and Secondary School students and staff are all smiles after unloading $7,000 in construction materials, Dec. 14. Materials were a result of their successful grant application to the Skills Competences Canada/ Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program. Items came from Lowe’s and will be used to build trail items and signage.

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Kids today gain levels of sophistication and tech savviness at earlier ages than ever before. But this is a complex world and, more than ever, parents have a key role in making sure their children are equipped to deal with every complexity – and developing strong money management skills should be among the most important for helping your kids achieve their life goals, lead a better life and help others. New research1 reveals that Canadian parents are very proactive when it comes to teaching their children about personal finance – with 82% of parents frequently or sometimes having conversations with their kids about good money habits. It’s important to start dollars and sense talks early so here are some age-related tips to get you going. 6-12 years Start with a ‘fun’ bank they can fill with coins; eventually graduate to a ‘real’ bank account and an allowance tied to certain tasks to learn responsibility. A fixed amount allowance is best because it teaches that there are serious choices to be made about spending and saving. Deposit at least 10% of their allowance in a bank account and explain how interest makes

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munity outreach. Gananoque Mayor Erika Demchuk was on hand that day and was thrilled with the benefits this grant will provide to not only the students, but to the town itself. She noted the students will gain important experiences through the undertaking of the project, while the town will benefit through improvements to the trail system. GISS was one of three schools within the UCDSB awarded funding through the grant program. Seaway District High School won $5,000 while Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute was also awarded $5,000. SDHS’ project, entitled,

‘Small Engines and Welding in Agriculture’ will see the school’s Agriculture Special High School Major class fix farm equipment which is loaned to them. While in Smiths Falls at SFDCI the monies will be used for a project called, ‘CNC Prototyping Lab’. According to a press release from the UCDSB SFDCI’s project, “was created to develop resources for students to gain skills with CNC machines at the school. The school plans to purchase two manual mills, two manual lathes, and four controller boxes to allow students to use the classroom’s existing plastic moulding equipment which

can currently only be used for demonstrations because it lacks a CNC component.” Skills Competences Canada and Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation partnered to provide funding, one time only, for projects in specific province’s across the country, according to the Skills Canada website. The grants, up to $10,000 per school, are aimed at high school facilities, which are affiliated with Skills Canada. The goal is for funds to be used at these schools with a purpose of improving the school campus, curriculum delivery or surrounding community.

Clark urges organizations to nominate volunteers: annual volunteer service awards deadline approaching EMC News – LeedsGrenville MPP Steve Clark is urging organizations and municipalities in the riding to take the time over the next month to nominate their hard-working volunteers for the annual Ontario Volunteer Service Awards. “Across Leeds and Grenville there are hundreds of groups whose hard-working volunteers deserve this recognition and a moment in the spotlight,” said Clark. “When the awards are handed out next year, I hope we have more LeedsGrenville honourees than ever before.” Clark noted the awards give a well-deserved pat on

the back to volunteers and inspire others to follow the example set by those who give so freely of their time to volunteer. The awards will be presented to local recipients during ceremonies in Ottawa, Kingston and Cornwall in June. Clark has attended the Volunteer Service Awards ceremonies since 2010 to personally present them to people from across the riding. “I look forward to attending this event every year. It is humbling to be in the presence of so many who have given so much to improve the quality of life for everyone in LeedsGrenville,” said Clark. “It’s a great celebration of active citizenship and I’m hoping to meet many more deserving volunteers at next summer’s ceremonies.” Since its inception in 1986, more than 150,000 volunteers have been recognized through the Vol-

unteer Service Awards program. The awards recognize youth volunteers who have two or more consecutive years of service to an organization and adult volunteers with five or more straight years of contributing to their community. Recipients are nominated by their organization – which can include notfor-profits, sports organizations, boards and commissions, businesses, schools, municipalities and longterm care homes and hospitals. The deadline to submit nominations is Jan. 25. Nominations can be made online or the forms are available to download by clicking to the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration website at Forms can also be picked up at MPP Clark’s constituency office located at 100 Strowger Blvd., Suite 101 in Brockville.


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down on paper,” she said. “There are no dollar values to put to it yet.” Aside from dollars needed to fund an expansion, people would also be a requirement,

a steering committee specifically. Clearly energized in speaking about the museum activities and its ideas for the future, Burke was also de-

Garbage and recycling days change over holidays for Brockville EMC News - Residents are reminded that garbage and recycling will not be collected on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, as per the collection calendar: Collection days on and after these two Tuesdays will be shifted one day later in the week with Friday being collected on the Saturday each

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$27,170 will be utilized for operating expenses. Joining Clark here is curator and director for the museum Bonnie Burke who was clearly delighted by the news. lighted to hear of the more than $27,170, the museum has been given. This is the same total which was awarded last year through the Community Museum Operating Grant. Funds are applied to operations – items such as utilities, materials which are used to maintain and store exhibits and collections – for example. These funds are on top of the museum’s operating budget for the year. Dedicated volunteers are also the backbone of the museum, she said. Smiling, she listed off some of the jobs just a few of the 80 volunteers undertake, from making phone

Grateful for opportunity Clark was grateful for the opportunity to announce the grant, as he was able to visit the museum and “see the good work” taking place there. The museum does a “tremendous amount of work to preserve our heritage in the area,” he said. He complimented Burke and the museum for their volunteer recruitment efforts and getting people interested in history enough to utilize their talents to help. Clark commented, the museum uses, “a small dollar amount to make big things happen.” The Brockville Museum is located at 5 Henry St., Brockville. Open Victoria Day to Labour Day, Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. The remainder of the year the museum is open Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum can be reached by calling 613-342-4397 or visiting their website, www.


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EMC News - While the needs of today were being addressed, curator and director for the Brockville Museum Bonnie Burke was looking to the future. Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark was at the museum Dec. 17 to announce a Community Museum Operating Grant for the Henry Street facility. The yearly grant, awarded through the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, must be applied for. With a gaze towards the future, the not-too-distant future, Burke says expansion is needed in order to accommodate the museum’s expanding compilation of offerings. From photo negatives to archival materials, “We simply don’t have the room,” she explained. The museum, “Would love to have the (Leeds and Grenville) Genealogical Society in a better location,” as well. Currently the society is housed in the museum’s basement. The addition to the building has been on their minds for some time, Burke says. While the idea of a new location altogether had been raised, looking at the current location and the development and activities taking place surrounding Henry Street, “We need to be here,” she emphasized. The idea of an expansion was brought forward to the Brockville city CEO, and the museum board has been talking about it seriously. “We do have a few ideas

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EMC Editorial - While the Christmas lights and tree may soon be coming down, our attention shifts gears to the start of a new year. Some focus on New Year’s resolutions and new starts while organizations like the Food for All Food Bank look to January as one of their toughest months. Food banks, Salvation Armies, Angel Tree campaigns are always highlights throughout the winter months heading into the holiday season. But heading out of the holiday cheer sometimes they get left out in the cold, so to speak. As long as people need to eat, the need will still be there for donations to all kinds of year-long programs. And the need keeps growing. Whether due to changing Photo by LORRAINE PAYETTE economic times, loss of jobs, or jobs which simply just Eastern Ontario Power line supervisor present Cliff Weir don’t pay the bills, no one desires having to attend the of the Food Bank in Gananoque (second from left) with a food bank to fulfill their basic needs. According to the Ontario Association of Food Banks, $500 cheque on Dec. 13. 19 per cent of food banks in the province have reported running out of food at least once during the year. About 400,000 individuals are served by food banks throughout Ontario in a single month – 160,000 of those are children. Here in Prescott in one day alone, 34 families used the food bank, while in Cardinal 50 families dropped in for the pipeline to the west coast. You have decreased protection aid. On top of this, there are also new families attending for the entire country’s fishes and waters to promote one major to register for aid – in one single day four new families project. I presume the next step will be to gut our endangered came in to seek help. While these numbers represent just one food bank in species legislation in order to “streamline the review process for our area, there are several others who most likely face major projects.” Your plan for natural resources is actually a plan for natural the same level of need, and the same issues. Something which will help in the years ahead was a resource industries, at the expense of the resources. What I see is a grand sell-off of Canada’s natural resources as fast as pos- recent donation from the Grocery Foundation, $100,000, to be distributed to the Ontario Association of Food sible to prop up our economy. My only hope for our environment now is that the next non- Banks. The donation is to happen the year after next as Conservative government (hopefully it will be soon) will re- well. While $100,000 being split amongst 120 food banks verse the changes you’ve made to our environmental protection may break it down into small numbers, every dollar legislation. Stew Hamill, helps a person, a child, a family in need right in this Wildlife biologist, community. The same can be said for any donations Merrickville received by any food bank from the public.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Reader hopes for reversal to legislation DEAR EDITOR: Editor’s note: The following is an open letter to Gord Brown, MP for Leeds Grenville and forwarded to the St. Lawrence EMC for publication. Okay, you asked for my opinion on your plan for Canada’s natural resources; here it is. You say that you are delivering “stronger environmental protections”, but in fact you are doing the opposite. In order to “streamline the review process for major projects” (yes, I agree you are doing this.), you are decreasing the protective measures for the environment. You have gutted the Fisheries Act to the point where most fish species are now not protected; you have gutted the Navigable Waters Act to the point where most waterways are now not protected. The reason for these changes is apparently to facilitate

Saturday night house party a way of life EMC Lifestyle - What was left of the Christmas tree, was dragged out to the back of the woodshed. Standing in the kitchen, in the farthest corner, away from the Findlay Oval, was not enough to save the sprigs of the Spruce tree, most of which had been swept up and fed into the fire box. The decorations, loops of silver rope, saved year after year, the clip-on candle holders, which always terrified Mother, so sure was she the whole place would go up in smoke, and the few felt animals we attached to the branches, were finally wrapped in issues of the Renfrew Mercury and packed away for another year. The house was back to normal, and a new year was beginning. It was time to get back to the Saturday night house parties. In the summer time, most of the community activities centred around the church, but in the winter, socializing was done in the

homes. I loved the Saturday night house parties. No formal invitations were necessary, and it was beyond me how anyone knew where the party was being held. My much older, and wiser sister Audrey said she was sure Central would simply start ringing everyone who had a phone, and told them where the next party was taking place. At that time in my life, I thought that was a perfect explanation. When the party was at our house, everything movable was shoved against the kitchen walls to make way for the square dancers. Of course, the house had to be cleaned from top to bottom too. Even the bedrooms upstairs had to be readied...that’s where the youngest of us ended up. Neighbours started coming early in the evening. Horses and sleighs lined up in the yard. None had to be tied... they seemed to know they were expected to stay put,

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pots simmering with green tea on the back of the stove. Of course, there were no clothes closets, so the coats were piled on the nearest bed, and it always amazed me that no one went home wearing some else’s coat. Around the kitchen stove, galoshes and rubber boots were kept warm for the trip home. At our house the baking table was moved into the parlour for euchre and another game was always going on around the old pine table in the kitchen. There was much pounding of fists, loud laughing, and frivolity at both tables, and I often wondered if they took the game as seriously as I thought they did.

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And music filled the house. Uncle Alec Thom would bring his fiddle, Mother would take her mouth organ out of its blue velvet box, Father would grab two spoons, one of the Beam boys would tune up his guitar, and there was always someone ready to call for a ‘square’. The youngest of us would be upstairs in a bedroom playing Parcheesi, or Jacks, and as the night wore on, it wasn’t unusual for five or six of us to stretch out crossways on a bed and fall asleep. When the Saturday night house party was at a neighbour’s home, and I was one of the ones bedded down, it was a mystery to me how I would wake up the next morning in my own bed! I would have no recollection of being carried out to the sleigh, or of being put into my bed. I would be wearing the same clothes I had worn that evening. The only thing missing would be my galoshes. So I often

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didn’t have to get dressed for church the next morning. When the party was at our house, I always hoped there would be some cookies or slab cake left to be enjoyed on Sunday, but there wouldn’t be a crumb of lunch left! By Sunday morning, everything in the kitchen would be back to normal. Mother and Audrey would have washed the dishes, and the furniture would all be back in place. The parlour door would once again be closed, and a braided mat rolled up against it. There was no need to heat a room that was never used in the winter time except for the Saturday night house party. And so it went...all winter long. As normal as going to church every Sunday, or going into Renfrew to peddle chickens and butter, the Saturday night house party was a way of life back in those Depression years. And the price was right too.

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Fourth annual economic development summit aims to inspire creativity and innovation By ASHLEY KULP

EMC News – Nearly 200 business owners, government and non-profit organization representatives took over the North Grenville Municipal Centre Nov. 30 for the fourth annual Leeds Grenville Economic Development Summit. This year’s summit carried the theme ‘Inspiring Creativity and Innovation’ and featured a series of guest speakers and workshops designed to boost economic development and provide fresh ideas. It is hosted jointly by the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville’s (UCLG) economic development department and Leeds-Grenville MP Gord Brown and MPP Steve Clark. Sponsorship is also received from the Valley Heartland, 1000 Islands and Grenville Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDC), as well as the 1000 Islands Region Workforce Development Board. “The word is out. LeedsGrenville economic development is an event people are paying attention to,” announced UCLG economic development manager Ann Weir as she welcomed guests to the summit. North Grenville mayor David Gordon indicated he was pleased the United Counties continues to hold the summit each year in Kemptville. “Inspiring creativity and innovation is fitting as eastern Ontario is identified as boosting a particularly innovative and creative business,” he said, noting that businesses such as Blue Gypsy Wines in Oxford Mills are a prime example of the creative economy present in the North Grenville community. “Creative and innovative economy is growing and will continue to help drive our local and regional economies.” UCLG warden Mel Campbell echoed Gordon’s sentiments, stating that Leeds and Grenville is a unique region “interconnected by businesses, communities and internationally-recognized landmarks.”


The fourth annual Leeds Grenville Economic Development Summit was held Nov. 30 at the North Grenville Municipal Centre. With the theme ‘Inspiring Creativity and Innovation,’ the event featured a variety of guest speakers and workshops, as well as a special panel on changing how to do business in a tough economic climate. Above, from “Today is a testament to the importance of regional economic development,” he continued. “There needs to be more collaboration with municipalities as we understand the value of working together while still addressing our local needs.” Campbell indicated that the completion of the UCLG Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP), which was unveiled later in the day at the summit, was a way the UCLG can bring all its member municipalities together and plan for a sustainable future. “Through public workshops and outreach we heard from our citizens, we have put together a plan based around four cornerstones: environment, economy, sustainability and culture, while providing local and county priorities,” Campbell stated. As a member of the Eastern Ontario Warden’s Caucus (EOWC), Campbell said economic development remains a top prior-

ity with the caucus, as well as establishing high-speed Internet to the entire United Counties. The EOWC has been working with the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) and now that the project is near finished, in 2013, the EOWC will shift its focus to the development of an economic development strategy for all of eastern Ontario. Happy to be partnering on the economic development summit, MPP Clark said the diverse backgrounds of everyone in the room allows them to play a unique role in fostering economic development. “We make things happen through hard work, vision, planning and persistence,” he explained, adding that great strides have been in the tourism sector throughout Leeds and Grenville, but more needs to be done on the manufacturing side. “…We can’t give up on the manufacturing sector. I know times have been tough and industry today and certainly tomorrow

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left: moderator Susan Fournier, executive director of Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporation; with panelists Zach Treanor, co-owner of Axleworks in Gananoque; Kemptville District Hospital chief executive officer (CEO) Colin Goodfellow; and Henry Oosterhof, co-owner of Jobo Farms in Greenbush. looks different than when I was involved in municipal politics 30 years ago. I don’t think Leeds and Grenville is done making things.” “It has what it takes to participate with any region,” Clark continued. He stressed that programs such as the Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP) and the Eastern Ontario Development Fund (EODF) are helping to “recruit and retain jobmakers,” something MP Brown said is paramount. He said the federal government has created more than 820,000 new jobs since July 2009 and have had the strongest banking system in the world for five years. “How do we do this? By keeping taxes low and attracting quality businesses to this country and hopefully to Leeds and Grenville,” Brown stated, noting that the federal government hopes to continue taking action towards change. “… We will continue to implement measures to keep Canada on track to longterm prosperity.” Business panel One of the highlights of this year’s summit was a special panel dedicated to showcasing how three individuals have changed how they do business in a tough economic climate. Moderated by Susan Fournier, executive director of the Valley Heartland CFDC, the audience heard from three very different business operations, including Zach Treanor, co-owner of Axleworks in Gananoque; Kemptville District Hospital chief executive officer (CEO) Colin Goodfellow; and Henry Oosterhof, coowner of Jobo Farms in Greenbush.

“We have a very diverse group and backgrounds,” noted Fournier. “How have you changed your approach to business?” Treanor has 15 years of entrepreneurial experience and he and his partner Shannon Yates, took on the renovation and conversion of the former Gananoque Spring and Axle Company in 2009. They have turned it into a thriving retail operation and cultural destination, which is home to several retail businesses, including the Socialist Pig coffee shop and Steel, a clothing store. He said he had a corporate background when he and Yates decided to purchase the building. “When you think about Axleworks and the five individual businesses currently in it, any visitor that goes in instantly recognizes they are experiencing something different,” Treanor commented, adding he strives to have a relationship with the community. “…It’s about empowering them (community) and making them have an active stake in the business…our business model is about innovation and how we can engage people to take stake in the company.” Goodfellow, who has been at the top spot with KDH since 2005 (and is currently chair of the Ontario Health Association’s finance committee), has seen the hospital go through many changes, including a major renovation in 20092010 and helped facilitate the establishment of the Rideau Valley Health Services, a private clinic and urgent care centre in Barrhaven. KDH consistently ranks above the provincial average in terms of patient

and employee satisfaction. “We’ve changed looking at the hospital as a place to be administered and looked at it as a business which can grow,” Goodfellow said of the changes to the operation. “A big piece of what a hospital brings is economic development opportunity. It’s hard to sell houses without a hospital and my (hospital) board was quite clear, there’s a bigger job to do than administer a hospital. As a result, we’ve repositioned ourselves.” “We add $13 million in payroll to the town, so I think that’s useful economic development,” he continued, adding that the board picked a few market segments they believed they could dominate and decided to specialize. “… Opening up the complex in Barrhaven was the first privately-operated family health care and urgent care clinic in the province.” Oosterhof has transformed his dairy operation from a 1970s style barn into a state-of-the-art system which includes robotic milking machines and water beds on which his herd lays. This past spring the work was completed, improving the lives of his 100cow herd and increasing milk production to 33 litres per day, per cow. Fournier wondered if the big financial investment had paid off for his business. “We’re a dairy farm and family operation and very proud of that but to ensure it would continue to the next generation, we had to make some changes,” Oosterhof admitted. “…It provides a new environment for the next generation to work in and we built the barn to improve the lifestyle of the cows. Twenty-four hours a day they can milk anytime they want and feed anytime they want.” Oosterhof indicated that the improvements have changed the family’s lifestyle as well. “Someone is needed to work seven days a week, morning and night but now there is only one person needed in the morning and in the evening,” he said. “This is leading edge technology that is quite prevalent in Europe, who are 10 years ahead of us, but there are about 4,000 dairy operations in Ontario and about 40 are doing this, so we’re thankful to the pioneers.” During the session, the panel also discussed how they measure success, the network of support needed to bring new innovation like this forward, as well as other challenges that go along with it. Throughout the rest of the day-long session, visitors participated in networking, candid workshops and discussions on labour market issues, regional economic development and how to secure grants and funding.


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EMC News - The Food for All Foodbank in Prescott was well-positioned to feed the hungry over the holidays, but the need is still there after the presents are all opened and the lights start coming down. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We always worry about January,â&#x20AC;? says Bonnie Gommert, executive director of

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Gommert. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unfortunate.â&#x20AC;? And not just in South Grenville. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The need is absolutely huge,â&#x20AC;? says Amanda King, of the Ontario Association of Food Banks. Unfortunately, the need sometimes outstrips the ability of food banks to provide, and, says King, about 19 per cent



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of food banks in the province report running out of food at least once during the year. Gommert recalls one day recently when 34 families used the food bank in Prescott, and 50 families dropped by the one in Cardinal for help. There are also new families being added regularly to the client roll, including four on a single day not long ago. Food banks throughout the province feed more than 400,000 individuals every month. Of those, 160,000 are children. Earlier this month, the Grocery Foundation, a charitable undertaking of grocery companies in Ontario, donated $100,000 to the Ontario Association of Food Banks as part of the Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 30-year mission in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Getting Food to Hungry Kids.â&#x20AC;? More than that, the Foundation has pledged to make a donation in the same amount next year and the year after that as well. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s donation has since been distributed among the food banks in Ontario, who in turn will choose how best to use the money to better the lot of their communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s


children. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a huge initiative for us and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re overjoyed,â&#x20AC;? says King. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hoping it will be well-received and well-used.â&#x20AC;? The local Food for All Food Bank, with locations in Prescott, Cardinal and Spencerville, was allotted $1,300, and it has been decided that the money will go towards the food bankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Focus on Fresh program, specifically its efforts to provide clients with milk. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the areas we are focusing on is milk,â&#x20AC;? says Gommert. The donation from the Grocery Foundation, through the Ontario Association of Food Banks, will go a long way to helping the food bank add milk to its clientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; healthy food options. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not all the local food bank is doing to help young people. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Recycling Bottles for Babies program has already raised $5,000 to help buy formula for client families struggling to feed infants. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any baby in South Grenville who needs formula will get it,â&#x20AC;? says Gommert.

Members of the public can bring their empty pop, beer and liquor bottles to the food bank, which then redeems and recycles them, collecting the money to help the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most needy young citizens. Helping the Food for All Food Bank in this regard has been the Augusta Township dump, which allows the food bank to collect material at their facility. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very generous of them,â&#x20AC;? says Gommert. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s generosity that keeps the food bank afloat and its clients fed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We appreciate everything we get,â&#x20AC;? says Gommert. In the new year, the Prescott food bank location will maintain its hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Wednesday nights from 5-7 p.m. Spencerville will continue to be open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cardinal, however, will no longer be open on Mondays. Rather its new hours will be Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m.

Number of impaired drivers continues to climb after week three of OPP Festive RIDE Campaign EMC News - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) carried out week three of its Festive R.I.D.E. campaign with a continued strong presence throughout the province. To date Sunday, Dec. 16, (23 days into the campaign), the OPP has charged 432 drivers with impaired driving and issued 404 Administrative Driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Licence Suspensions (ADLS) for registering a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) between .05 and .08 (known as the Warn Range).

With just one week left in the campaign, the OPP is once again reminding everyone to plan ahead when heading out for holiday season social outings that involve alcohol consumption. Arrange for a taxi or designated driver ahead of time, or arrange for overnight accommodations so that you do not have to drive. If you are hosting a party and serving alcohol, offer to help your guests make those arrangements so that no one is at risk of getting behind the

wheel impaired when your party is over. For the remaining 17 days of the campaign, the OPP is hoping that every encounter its officers have during their RIDE stops are with sober drivers, and they are warning that those who are not will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law. The OPP Festive RIDE campaign runs from Nov. 24 to Jan. 2. Submitted by the Ontario Provincial Police.

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EMC News - Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for LeedsGrenville notes that as 2012 draws to a close, Bill C-44 that includes his Private Member’s Bill on Compassionate Care, received Royal Assent Dec. 14. “This has been an extremely busy and productive year as our majority government has been able to pass legislation,” notes Brown in a press release. “I am particularly pleased that the government adopted my Compassionate Care Bill and it has now become law.” The Compassionate Care Bill was inspired by Leeds-Grenville resident Sharon Ruth whose family dealt with the trauma of one parent giving up an income to stay home with an ill child. She contacted Brown shortly after he was first elected and he immediately began working on this bill. He re-introduced the bill after each successive minority government election. “Sharon fought hard for this bill and I am grateful for her continued diligence and hard work. Having a stable majority government has allowed us the time required to pass this bill into law.” The Compassionate Care portion of Bill C-44 will give parents 37 weeks of employment insurance supported leave to care for a critically ill child. It will come into effect in June 2013. As the year draws to a close Brown notes that another of his Private Member’s Bills is being debated in the Senate. An Act to change the name of St. Lawrence Islands National Park to Thousand Islands National Park passed second and third reading in the House of Commons this year and moved to the Senate for debate early in December. “Changing the name of this park has been discussed since the 1970s,” explained Brown. “It will help identify where the park is located and will help the park better market itself in conjunction with the Thousand Islands brand that everyone else in the area uses.” Overall, it will assist with the economic development of the region. Among his other achievements this year, Brown notes his and his colleague’s success at maintaining the full season on the Rideau Canal. “When we first learned that Parks Canada was planning to shorten the length of the season we asked the Minister to allow us to conduct public consultations on the potential impact. As a result of those consultations we were able to convince the Minister that reducing the overall length of the season would not be in the best economic interests of the region.” In the fall, the Minister announced that the season would remain intact. Brown and his colleagues continue to work on canal issues in Ottawa. In the coming year a Private Member’s Bill will be introduced by one of his colleagues, with his support, to develop a new governance structure for the canals. Brown will also be introducing a Private Member’s Bill to provide a tax incentive for people who wish to donate or bequeath money for heritage restoration and conservation on the canals and at other historic sites. “Both these ideas were rec-

ommendations that I proposed in my report to the Minister,” he explains. “My annual Hockey Night in Leeds-Grenville was a huge success again this year,” says Brown. The game raised over $112,000 for the United Way of Leeds-Grenville. “George Tackaberry helped make this possible with a very large donation and I, and the United Way are grateful for his support,” Brown notes. “I also must thank the other donors, the players, and organizers as well as the fans who came out to support the game.” As the year came to a close Brown learned that a number of projects will receive approval in Leeds-Grenville under the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund announced in last spring’s budget. “There will be announcements about these in the new future,” he explains. Earlier in the year he was also pleased to participate in the ground-breaking for the new CPHC facility being constructed in Brockville. “Our government provided a substantial amount to this project and I am pleased to see it moving ahead.” Other important highlights of the year include the War of 1812 celebrations that took place in the riding as well as the opening of the new Heritage Center at Fort Wellington and the dedication of the rebuilt Joel Stone Heritage Park in Gananoque. “Recently in Gananoque we were also pleased to announce that the fiber optic cable installation for increased internet access for rural Eastern Ontario has been completed in advance of its expected deadline in 2013,” he added. This year, Canada also celebrated the 65th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth 11’s ascension to the throne. “I was pleased, along with Senator Bob Runciman and MPP Steve Clark, to present a number of Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee Medals to deserving recipients from throughout LeedsGrenville.” On another front: “I am also determined to do what I can to help Gananoque and the Township of Leeds and Thousand Islands retain their casino,” he adds. “As well, I was pleased to be able to inform the community improvement group in Rockport earlier this fall that the government is prepared to divest itself of the Rockport dock. That community will be able to make use of the property if they wish to pursue its purchase.” Canada-wide, the government has made some major announcements and has undertaken a lot of legislative changes to assist Canadians during the past year, Brown comments. In the coming year Brown notes that he is looking forward to continued work on Rideau Canal issues, more War of 1812 celebrations, and further infrastructure announcements for the riding. As well, the opening of the Aquatarium in Brockville, a facility developed with federal funding, is being anticipated in June. Submitted by the office of MP Gord Brown.


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Upper Canada school board asks education minister to retain special mediator to settle dispute process to finalize the provincial discussions. During this process, all parties would suspend sanctions. Following a successful mediation, boards would be given sufficient time to negotiate local agreements.â&#x20AC;? Pietersma cited the following statement from a Sept. 11 news release issued by the Ministry of Education: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The passage of the Putting Students First Act protects the gains made in education while ensuring that the next two school years will be free from labour disruptions.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Minister, what hap-

pened?â&#x20AC;? asked Pietersma during the press conference. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You had no exit strategy, no plan, and quite frankly we are becoming quite concerned about our most vulnerable families.â&#x20AC;? Placing blame where it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t belong â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m concerned that the minister is going to wait for the Dec. 31 deadline for contracts to be negotiated and then blame us, the school board trustees, for not negotiating those contracts by that deadline. That would be disingenuous at best,â&#x20AC;? said Pietersma. Pietersma defended the

collective bargaining process and said school boards have lost because the provincial education ministry has not allowed the boards to modernize the contracts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This has demonstrated again that ministerial involvement in collective bargaining does not lead to peace and stability. Trustees, the employer, should have been given a better hand to deal with their employees â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the minister should have stayed in the back room and let us negotiate,â&#x20AC;? he said. Submitted by the Upper Canada District School Board.

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CMHC releases its 10th annual review of the State of Housing in Canada CMHC releases its 10th annual review of the State of Housing in Canada EMC News — As a result of prudent mortgage lending practices, the number of mortgages in arrears in Canada were trending down in 2011 and the first half of 2012, according to the Canadian Housing Observer, released recently by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). “The Canadian Housing Observer is an indispensable source of information about housing’s role in the economy, and better information helps contribute to the stability and efficiency of Canada’s housing system,” said Karen Kinsley, president of CMHC. “This marks the 10year anniversary of this publication, relied on by many in the private, non-profit and government sectors for its analysis and insight into the dynamics of Canadian housing,” added Kinsley.

The 2012 Observer examines important housing highlights including: • The rate of Canadian residential mortgages that were three months or more in arrears declined from 0.41 per cent in 2011 to 0.36 per cent in the first half of 2012; • The net worth of Canadian households increased in 2011, with inflation-adjusted per capita net worth about $7,000 higher than prior to the recession; • Moncton has the highest rate of household growth of major urban centres (also known as Census Metropolitan Areas or CMAs), from 2006 to 2011, followed by Kelowna, St. John’s, Calgary and Edmonton; • With the number of households headed by seniors expected to rise through 2036, flexible housing can help meet their needs for comfort, security,

independence, well-being and aging-in-place; • Renovation spending in Canada grew three per cent in 2011 to $43.8 billion; • The inventories of completed and unoccupied housing units per 10,000 population are near the historical average, suggesting overall inventories are in line with population growth; • The recently introduced Canadian Covered Bond Legal Framework will support financial stability by facilitating diversified funding for lenders and strengthening the robustness of the Canadian covered bonds market; • The average resale price of a home in Canada in 2011 was $363,116, with Vancouver having the highest average resale price at $779,730, while Trois-Rivières had the lowest average resale price at $156,919;

• Housing starts in Canada rose 2.1 per cent in 2011 and were above the long-term average at 194,000 units; Available both in print and online, the Observer gives readers access to a broad range of statistical information on housing conditions. Online users can access a broad range of statistical information on housing conditions from national, regional and local perspectives. New for 2012: interactive local data tables now include over 160 municipalities. Using the interactive tables and charts, various housing indicators (e.g. housing starts, rents and rental vacancy rates, household type and tenure, and core housing need) can be viewed quickly online. The new data tables allow users to select the range of data for selected communities that are of interest to them. The online publica-

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EMC Lifestyle – The winter chill is fast approaching, so take a little time to prepare the home for cooler days ahead – before the furnace breaks down. “More than half the energy used at home can be used by the heating and air conditioning system,” said Pete Haagsma, owner of the Aire Serv of Kingston. “Regular maintenance is the best way to cut costs and keep your heating system working at maximum efficiency.” To prevent unwanted costs and keep your heating system in excellent condition this winter, homeowners can follow these tips by Aire Serv: • Don’t get drafty. Look for drafty windows and door frames. Check the caulking and add new weather stripping as necessary – air leaks can cause the loss of heat, energy and money. • Get a check-up. Identify problems early with a seasonal check-up by your heating and cooling contractor. Dirt and neglect are the main cause for heating system failures. • Open up. Open your south-facing window blinds and curtains to let the sun in and reduce the load on your heating system. Then close them at night to reduce the winter chill. • Monitor monthly. Check the furnace filters monthly and replace as necessary. • Insulate the air ducts. A heating and air conditioning system’s efficiency can improve up to 20 per cent when ducts are properly sealed and insulated. They can help prevent the heated air from escaping into unheated spaces such as the attic or

crawlspace. • Avoid faulty readings. Keep heat-generated appliances like TVs and computer equipment away from thermostats. • Reverse ceiling fans. By switching the ceiling fan blades to the clockwise direction, warmer air that’s accumulated near the ceiling will be pushed back down. Other tips… • Install a programmable thermostat. This “smart thermostat” can turn on the heater to the desired set point one hour before you arrive, avoiding the need to run the system all day. There are even smart phone apps that can connect to many programmable thermostats. • Optimize your heating system’s air flow. A contractor can test air flow and make adjustments for optimal performance, which increases comfort levels while reducing utility bills. • If your heater or furnace is outdated, you’ll save money by upgrading. An Energy Star-rated gas furnace can be 15 per cent more efficient than older models and reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses emitted. A qualified boiler can be up to five per cent more efficient than standard models. About Aire Serv Established in 1992, Aire Serv is a global franchise organization providing installation, maintenance and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and indoor air quality systems. Aire Serv franchisees provide these services to both residential and commercial customers at more than 170 locations in Canada and the United States.

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A holiday tradition you can count on! Christmas Bird Count, Year 113 Quick facts: • Analysis of the 2009 count revealed the dramatic impact that climate change has had on birds across the continent and the spread of West Nile virus. • Christmas Bird Counts reveal not only population declines, but also success stories. Last year, the Ottawa Field Naturalists tallied record numbers of American robins (253), Cooper’s hawks (6) and merlins (3). • A new record was set for red-breasted merganser at 94,730 last year up from 30,420 at the 107th count. • Ontario Nature member groups that have held the longest running Christmas Bird Counts: Nature London (102 years), Hamilton Naturalists (85+), Durham Region Field Naturalists (58), Midland Penetanguishene Field Naturalists Club (50), Missis-

sippi Valley Field Naturalists (62). • There was a new record with 2,248 counts last year, including 410 in Canada. • Last year there were 114 counts in Ontario, with 2,622 observers. • The count at Long Point tallied 111 species, the largest number for any count in Ontario. • Red-bellied woodpeckers are showing a continued range expansion. Ontario Nature protects wild species and wild spaces through conservation, education and public engagement.

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annual Christmas hunt where teams competed to see who could shoot the most birds and small game. Chapman proposed that people record rather than shoot - birds. That first year, 27 people counted birds at 25 locations. The idea took off and there are now close to 500 counts across Canada with each province and territory represented. The number of participants continues to grow year after year. Last year, an astounding 63,000 volunteers counted more than 60 million birds. Bird Studies Canada coordinates the count in Canada in collaboration with the National Audubon Society. For a full list of the Ontario Nature member groups that are holding bird counts and when, please visit the Nature Network, www.ontarionature. org/cbc.

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EMC Events - Following a century-long tradition, some 60,000 birders will venture out across North America to participate in the single longest-running and most popular wildlife census in the Americas between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5, 2013. Not only a great opportunity to get outside with friends, this volunteer initiative gathers indispensable data revealing trends in bird populations. In Ontario alone, there are more than 120 registered counts this year, with Ontario Nature member groups organizing nearly half of them. The hordes of citizen scientists will venture out to 24kilometer diameter circles as far north as Thunder Bay, Ottawa to east and Point Pelee to the south. The counts are conducted over a 24-hour period and volunteers are assigned specific routes. Christmas Bird Counts have always been open to birders of all levels and, starting this year, there is no fee to participate. The data collected allows researchers and conservation organizations to study the health of birds across North America. Armed with this information, groups like Ontario Nature can set priorities for bird conservation. Counts in the 1980s revealed a drastic decline in the number of American black ducks, triggering much-needed conservation initiatives. “With the Christmas Bird Counts, citizen scientists are effectively tracking bird populations and ranges,” says John Urquhart, Ontario Nature’s conservation science manager. “This is a cost-effective way for conservation organizations to identify trends so we can undertake conservation work where it’s needed most.” The Christmas Bird Count tradition dates back to 1900 when American ornithologist, Frank Chapman, suggested an alternative to the once popular

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Xplornet’s broadband service comes to Leeds and Grenville; Region now has 100 per cent broadband coverage EMC Business - Xplornet Communications Inc., a provider of rural broadband services, is pleased to announce that EchoStar XVII, a 4G high-throughput rural broadband satellite has passed all tests, has been customer tested and is now operational across Leeds and Grenville. The days of dial-up are over. Launched in July 2012, EchoStar XVII brings high-speed internet to rural and remote areas, enabling Canadians within its coast to coast footprint to access today’s media rich Internet applications. Allison Lenehan, President of Xplornet Communications, called 4G satellite broadband “a game-changer” for Canada. “I can’t overstate the importance to rural Canadians of being able to access fast, affordable broadband. We made it our mission to overcome the urban/rural digital divide, and we are succeeding. This new satellite was designed to help provide high-speed coverage in areas where it was lacking in British Colombia, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. I am thrilled to welcome people within those areas to the high-speed world.” Xplornet initiated a pre-sale campaign after the launch of EchoStar XVII with pilot subscriptions to rural Canadians to test the integrity of the service. According to Avis Sokol, Xplornet’s VP of marketing, “The customers on the service during the testing phase were from select communities in the new coverage areas. Sales and positive testimonials have exceeded our expectations. Now, we begin marketing the service nationally.” One such 4G satellite subscription was for Stacey Brown of Simcoe, Ontario, “We live out in the country so there aren’t a lot of options available to us. We used to have dial-up, then a turbo stick, but both were slow and unreliable. Xplornet is great because it lets me do simple things like emailing, downloading music and browsing the Internet so much faster,” said Brown. EchoStar XVII is the second 4G satellite that Xplornet has helped launch in the last two years. Those satellites, together with Xplornet’s 4G wireless terrestrial network mean that Xplornet can make real, affordable broadband available to virtually 100 per cent of Canadians, regardless of where they live. Xplornet’s residential satellite service offers speeds up to 5 Mbps. Monthly service fees start at just $54.99 per month, and there is no equipment to buy. Prospective customers can get further details by calling Xplornet direct at 1-866-841-6001, or by contacting Xplornet’s local dealers; Xplornet’s Brockville Store at 613-342-3946 or Digital City at (613) 369-4384. Submitted by Xplornet Communications Inc.

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EMC News - Currently, there is a lot of information being shared in the media with regards to the teacher labour disruptions. These reports do not apply to the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario. All CDSBEO schools are open and fully operational. The strike action does not affect the CDSBEO teachers. Submitted by the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario.

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REGIONAL ROUND-UP Any community organization based in our circulation area wishing to list an event of community interest is invited to submit a description of 25 words or less in writing. Admissions or event costs, will not be included. Deadline is Thursday at 4:30 p.m. prior to publication date. This service is provided free of charge. Events will be listed no more than two weeks in advance. Write, St. Lawrence EMC, 7712 Kent Blvd., Brockville, Ont. K6V 7H6, or fax at 613-498-0307 or e-mail: Items will be edited as necessary. Please include name, address and phone number. food bank will be ac cepted.

CPHC (Community Pri mary Health Care) Diner’s Clubs, for adults 55 and older, and/or adults with disabilities. First Thursday of each month at Addison United Church Hall. Info: 613-924-1629.

Coffee Break: Women’s small group Bible study, Thurs days 9:30-11 a.m., at Bethel Christian Reformed Church, 117 Windsor Dr. Childcare available. Info: Susanne (613)345-4475.

CPHC (Community Pri mary Health Care) Diner’s Clubs, for adults 55 and older, and/or adults with disabilities. First Wednesday of each month at Wesleyan Church Hall. Info: 613-924-1629. Parkinson’s Exercise Pro gramme, every Wednesday, 10 a.m., Presbyterian Church. Come to our Wednesday class for a tryout. The Brockville Legion Ath letic Club Resolution Run, De cember 30, starting from the Brockville Memorial Center. Registration 9:00. All proceeds towards the Legion track and field program. Canned goods for the local

Cardinal Legion- New Year’s Day. Tues. Jan. 1. This Old Heart and the Country Com rades, 1-5.

Mixed Yoga Classes, January 8, 7-8 p.m. Grace United Church, 8 classes.

Breakfast, First Sunday of each month, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Le gion Br 484. Info: (613)9235000.

Singles & Couples New Year’s Eve Dinner, 7 p.m. De cember 31, House of Dragon Restaurant, King St E. Reserva tion call Les 613-815-7054.

Mallorytown Legion, Week ly bingo, every Thursday night, doors open at 6 p.m. Mallorytown Legion, Week ly bingo, every Thursday night, doors open at 6 p.m.

All Legion members and past Honourees of the Year and their spouses are invited to New Years Levee, 11-3, January 1. First Le gion Brunch of 2012 will occur Sunday, January 6, 9-1.

Euchre- sponsored by Rebekah Lodge #313, Tues. Jan. 8, 7:30 p.m. Odd Fellows Hall, 23 Main St. Lyn. Play & Learn Drop-In Pro gram for Parents/Caregivers & children 0-6. Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9:30-11:30.

Ontario Early Years Centre. Central Pub lic School, 490 Jessup St. (613)925-4975. Youth Dance, Prescott Le gion, music: Brother Jukebox DJ Services. Ages 10-16. Friday, January 4, 6:30-9:30 p.m. 141 Henry St West. 613-9252752. (fully chaperoned). Canteen available.

New Years Eve Dance, Spencerville Drummond Build ing, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Midnight Buf fet -Disc Jockey. Tickets: at the door, Village Pantry, or call Ashely 613-658-3061 or Jessica 613-658-8282.

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BCI students bring Christmas cheer to BGH EMC News - A Grade 12 Link Crew class from Brockville Collegiate Institute recently filled the halls of the Brockville General Hospital (BGH) Charles Street Site with smiling faces and Christmas music. “We have hospital volunteers who carol each year, but it was a special treat and privilege to have this great group of young people come to sing to our patients and families,” says Rev. Brenda Haggett, BGH Multifaith Chaplain. “Patients were handclapping and asking for more!” Link Crew is a Grade 12 leadership class that focuses on mentoring with Grade 9 students, by attending to their academic, emotional and social needs. “As a teacher I feel that community involvement is so important for students’ overall growth,” says Link Crew teacher Shannon McKinnon. “We just finished doing Random Acts of Kindness in our school and we really felt that carolling for people who could use some Christmas cheer would be a great gift that we could give others. As leaders at Brockville Collegiate School (BCI), what a great example these students set for others. They embraced this idea and absolutely loved carolling for patients so close by.”

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Pictured are the BCI Grade 12 Link Crew class with BGH Multifaith Chaplain Rev. Brenda Haggett (extreme left), and BCI teachers Sarah Lewis

(seated, front) and Shannon McKinnon (back row, second from right).

Taking the plunge for charity in Gananoque With temperatures at a balmy 0° C, eight brave souls ventured forth to participate in the second annual Polar Plunge at the Joel Stone Park in Gananoque on Dec. 5. Employees of a local business, came together as friends and are doing this once a year as a way to help raise funds for local charities.

Photos by LORRAINE PAYETTE The temperature may have been unseasonably warm for December but it still made for a chilly dip off Joel Stone Park in Gananoque. At right (left to right) Jamie Hart, Carl Eldridge, Shawn Leahy, Sandrine Surprenant, Dana Bowman, John Kostenuk, Chris Harris and Joe Marshall.

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Sign up now for events at Front of Yonge 2013 Winter Festival

EMC Events - A two-day family fun event that is practically free - that is the intent behind the fourth annual Front of Yonge 2013 Winter Festival, Feb. 15 and 16. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Almost the whole festival is free or close to it. The point is so everyone can go attend and have fun regardless of their income,â&#x20AC;? explained Amy Neuman, who has been involved in the planning of the event since inception of the festival. The festival will feature something for the entire family to enjoy, from the young to young at heart. And families from far and wide must be hearing this good news as â&#x20AC;&#x153;from the first year to last year it (the festival) has grown four fold. Every year it grows and grows and grows.â&#x20AC;? Just last year, between 500 and 600 people came to take in the events. New this year are some events for the teen segment of the population, including a Slap Shot Tournament, being held from 1 to 2 p.m. Feb. 16 at the rink at the Front of Yonge Public School. This will be run by the Brockville Braves. A video game teen challenge will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Branch 484 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Mallorytown. There will be some â&#x20AC;&#x153;amazing prizesâ&#x20AC;? to win, she said. The festival organizing committee is proud to present a texting contest for the teens as well. Kick-off Feb. 15 Events kick off Friday, Feb. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. Sponsored by Sersa Total Track in Mallorytown. There will be a huge fireworks display, family skate, music, hot beverages, for the first 100 people who attend they will receive a free gift, a huge bonfire, hay bales for folks to relax on and more. Events take place at the track. The only cost that evening will be for those who choose to purchase a pizza slice, for $2. Vanridge ATV Tours and Trails will be putting on an ATV Poker Run, starting from Vanridge, 1633 County Road 2 at 7 p.m. that evening. Those interested need to book their spot now, as spaces are limited and last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event filled up quickly. For information or to sign up, please call 613-923-1573. Feb. 16, events run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday morning, the festival continues with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Legion; all funds raised go back to the legion. For a single breakfast the cost is $5, for a family of four, the cost is $15. Usually the breakfast attracts between 150 to 200 people. A hockey tournament also begins at 8 a.m. This year there are now two categories - a family tournament and a competitive hockey tournament - this is ball hockey, no skates required. For the top teams, a significant prize will be in the offering for first place, yet to be announced, but worth around $1,000. Second prize is $300 in cash. Anyone interested in entering their team of minimum six

members, needs to contact event sponsor Precision Contracting at 613-341-3044. The cost to enter is $125 per team. From 11 a.m. to 12 noon Little Rayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Reptiles is on and the Ry Guy Magic Show will be returning once again this year sponsored by the FOY Recreation Committee. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kids have a ball with the magic show,â&#x20AC;? she laughed. A Lego Building contest is returning as well as a kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; space, and face painting. Caricatures will also be featured as Dave Parkins tells a story and draws the pictures to go along with it. Balloon animals will be on all day long, chicken bingo runs between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. The prizes for chicken bingo are just that - frozen chickens, all donated. Just for the kids! Hair extensions and more will be done by La Coiffure, of Brockville, with all funds raised going back to the school. The festival also features several contests - the photography idol contest, where winners will receive a free camera. There is also a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contest - where anyone in Grade 6 or under can enter anything they have worked on at either school or at home - pictures, poems, short stories, or any other creative item - for the chance to win prize packs. Please drop off all entries to FOY Township office prior to the festival. The schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s silent auction is back again this year, â&#x20AC;&#x153;with a vengeance,â&#x20AC;? she laughs. Put on by the parent council from the school, the council will receive the funds generated at the event. About 200 items will be up for bid between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. that day. Those wishing to donate items to the silent auction still have a chance to do so, by calling the school at 613-923-5284. The school is also featuring their grocery giveaway. Tickets are currently on sale. Either head to the school to make your purchase (1504 County Road 2), or give them a call at the number above. All funds go back to the school and the $200 in free groceries has been provided by Purcellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Freshmart in Mallorytown. Food is available throughout the festival at various venues during Saturday. A horseshoe tournament will take place outside the legion from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the bar at the legion will be open from 11 a.m. on. Depending on the weather, fingers crossed for snow, she noted - there will be a snowman building contest. It is hoped there will be enough snow on the ground for tobogganing at the recreational park as well. The Mallorytown United Church will feature a bake sale throughout the day and serve lunch as well. Dinner will also be featured - a spaghetti dinner - last year close to 300 came out for the event. The dinner will feature live entertainment. The cost per individual is $7 and for a family, $20. The Mallory Coach House, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will offer hot drinks and goodies. There will also be old fashioned games for children. Horse drawn wagon rides will be available all day long, to drop festival goers from location to location. Closing ceremonies begin at 5 p.m. at the Legion, Saturday afternoon. At this point all prizes will be announced and given out for the various tournaments and events. For each club who features an event during the festival they keep the cash which is raised at their own events. The funds stay within the community. The festival will be featuring a 50/50 draw with ticket sales throughout the event. Funds generated from the draw help to pay for festival items, which arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t covered by sponsorship. Another key aspect to the festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success have been the event sponsors, she emphasized. Without them, and their contributions the festival would not have achieved the level The

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of interest it has. And this level of interest, Neuman hopes, is also in part â&#x20AC;&#x153;because people understand we arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t there to make bundles of money. We have a very small budget.â&#x20AC;? And a commitment to see the community thrive. The small committee which puts the festival on, begins meeting in August through to the end of the following March. Over half of the committee members have been with the festival since its inception. Throughout the festival, committee members make their rounds, talking to folks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are keen on asking people how they are enjoying the day.â&#x20AC;? The festival committee also enjoys engaging festival goers - last year they asked those in attendance â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the festival had a mascot what would it be?â&#x20AC;? This year, the most popular answer has been generated and the festival mascot will be unveiled during the Friday evening portion of the event. And as for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s involvement of those in attendance - they will need to think long and hard about the question asked of them. What should the name of the mascot be? For more information about the festival and its events please check out the Facebook page, Front of Yonge 2013 Winter Festival.





MEETING SCHEDULE Regular meetings of Council are held the second and fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 6544 New Dublin Road. Working Sessions of Council are held the third Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 6544 New Dublin Road. Members of the public are invited to attend all meetings. For more information on meeting dates and locations, please consult the calendar page of the Townshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website or call 613-345-7480


WINTER PARKING RESTRICTIONS Residents of the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley should be advised that Winter Parking Restrictions came into effect beginning November 1st. In accordance with By-law 03-21, no vehicle may be parked on any road, street or highway in the Township between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.

HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS Both the Main Administration Office; located at 6544 New Dublin Rd and our Satellite Office; located at 424 County Road 29 will be closed: December 22nd â&#x20AC;&#x201C; January 1st. Both offices will reopen on January 2nd for business as usual.

WASTE DISPOSAL SITE HOLIDAY HOURS December 24 ........Closed at Noon December 30 ......................Closed December 25 ..................... Closed December 31 ........ Closed at Noon December 26 ..................... Closed January 1............................Closed December 27 ..................... Closed January 2............................Closed December 28 ........................Open January 3.............................. Open December 29 ........................Open January 4.............................. Open Regular business hours are 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Please note that as of January 4, 2013 the Waste Site will return to its regular schedule.

2013 DOG TAGS Buy your tag before April 1st to receive a 50% discount! Tags are available at the following locations from December 1st, 2012 to March 31st, 2013 at a fee of $8.00 per dog. s$IXIEAND%GAN#OUNTY2D s*ACKS#ONVENIENCE#OUNTY2D s-R'AS#OUNTY2D s#HIPPER#HIPS-AIN3TREET7EST ,YN s-UNICIPAL/FFICES.EW$UBLIN2D AND#OUNTY2D Remember: By-law 02-53 requires that all dogs in the Township be tagged. Please be advised that three dogs per household is permissible under the by-law. More than three dogs require a kennel licence.

FROM YOUR FIRE DEPARTMENT ~ BLUE NUMBER VISIBILITY As winter is upon us, please take a few minutes to inspect the visibility of your â&#x20AC;&#x153;Civic Address Number Bladeâ&#x20AC;?. Ensure it is installed perpendicular to the road or street and is visible from both directions. Remember the universal reflective blue metal number blade with the reflective white number is the only recognized approved property identification number for all emergency services. Ensure that all family members know their civic number and road or street name in the event of an emergency, as well as our universal emergency number 9-1-1.Parents, please ensure that you leave your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s caregiver, written instructions of what to do in the event of any emergency and your complete Civic Address on or near the TELEPHONES  Your Fire Department wishes everyone a fire safe and accident free New Year. Help us, Help you!

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On Sunday, Nov. 25, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Gananoque Legion, generously supported by donations from local companies, prepared and served meals to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;special peopleâ&#x20AC;? in the Gananoque area and their families. The dinner has been held for at least the past 25 years. Assisting the Ladies Auxiliary were the women who work at Gananoqueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Absolutely Hair and Spa.


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4-H Canada to seek new CEO; council to conduct nationwide search Trustees, Nowosad played a key role in shaping the national program over his time with the organization. Under his tenure the long term â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Measures of Successâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; report measuring the impact and value of 4-H across Canada was com-

missioned and repeated; a national 4-H resource development and sharing network was implemented; and risk management processes and initiatives were put in place to ensure the organization was meeting the needs of its clients and

members. Major contribution made to organization â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mike Nowosad made a major contribution to 4-H in Canada,â&#x20AC;? says Rob Black, President of the Canadian 4-H Council. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In

recent years he was instrumental in moving the organization to a governance model of leadership and undertaking a collaborative initiative nationally to define what our organization will stand for over the next 100 years.â&#x20AC;?

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8HP Snowblower, 22” Briggs and Stratton engine, electric start, stored inside. Price: $400.00 Phone: 613-658-2133. Apples, cider and apple products. Smyths Apple Orchard, 613-652-2477. Updates, specials and coupons at Open daily til April 1st. Band sawn, one and two inch lumber, oak, pine, some walnut. All dry. 613-923-5389.

Chesterfield with matching chair, in excellent condition, $200 plus one chesterfield, $200. 613-345-5298.


For all your Glass NeedsMirror, Plexiglass, Lexan, Thermos, Showers, Stove, and Screen Replacement. Residential and Commercial. Leeds Glass (613)345-2032.

Moving sale- dining room, bedroom, living room and other small stuff. 613-342-6476.

New mattress sets starting at $159. 15 Models. Dan Peters New Mattress 3768 Hwy 43 West, Smiths Falls. TuesdaySunday 10 am-5 pm & Fridays Open Till 8 pm. (613)284-1234.

Set of 4, 16” mag wheel disks with Toyo winter tires, for 2006-7 Honda Accord. Mint. $950. 613-925-0282. Used tin, assortment of 2” lumber, plywood, hewn beams, barn boards, steel burning barrels and plastic barrels. Will tear down old buildings. Rosie’s Demolition and Recycling. (613)926-2264.

Firewood- Cut, split and delivered or picked up. Dry seasoned hardwood or softwood from $50/face cord. Phone Greg Knops (613)658-3358, cell (613)340-1045. Firewood, mixed hardwood, cut, split, delivered. $80 face cord. (613)342-0501.

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Pine Board & Batten 6” V-joint 10” & 12” 6” Tongue & Groove Flooring Air Dried 2 years 70¢/lf Dressed 3 Sides Random Lengths $800/1000 bf 6’ - 16’ 2” Batten 20¢/lf 1000 - 1300/b.f./bundle

8’ length firewood. All mixed hardwood. Also buying standing timber. 613-312-9859.

Passed away peacefully with family by her side at Brockville General Hospital Wednesday December 19, 2012, Jane Anna Devitt in her 84 th year. Beloved wife of late Arthur Ambros Coligan. Loving mother to Susan Weese. Stepmother to Clinton, Dennis, Leonard, Caroline Coligan and Dawn Hagerman. Cherished Grandmother and Step Grandmother to 8 Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren. Dear Sister to Ruth McTavish of Perth. Predeceased by a sister Betty Eileen Cole. Also survived by Many Nieces and Nephews and Great Nieces and Nephews. Friends may call at the Lannin Funeral Home, Smiths Falls on Saturday December 29, 2012 from 12:30 p.m. until service time at 1:30 p.m. Celebration of Life will take place in the Chapel. Donations in memory of Jane to the Diabetes Society or Charity of your choice would be appreciated. Online condolences available at

Certified piano technician, with Piano Technician’s Guild, extensive experience with tuning, repairing and rebuilding. Contact Grant Pattingale at 6 1 3 - 2 8 4 - 8 3 3 3 , 1-877-742-6648 or Piano lessons. Given by Allison Davis. Gananoque. Limited spots available, JanuaryJune. $20/half hour. Please call 613-331-0275.

The Land of Canaan Ministries would like to thank all who contributed in food, time and fellowship in making the Christmas Banquet and Service a wonderful success. Your gratitude and kindness will always be remembered. Pastor Kelvin Beckstead 613-345-2901

Colt AR15 SP1 (late 1970’s), 15 magazines, 1000RDS. 223 Remington 700 CDL SF 7mm-08, Bushnell 6500 2.5-16x42. Please call 613-913-2639. Wanted- 6 hunters for hunt camp. Great camp, hydro, water, oil heat. Camp sleeps 16 persons. Non-smoking camp, casual drinking allowed Homecooked meals. Camp 100 ft off County Rd 511. Please call Glen Sweeney at 613-259-5293 for details.

Wanted for scrap: cars, trucks, vans, farm machinery, metal, appliances, hot water tanks, furnaces, oil tanks, batteries, pickup available. Call anytime 613-543-9071.

Phyllis Heasler left this world behind on December 26th, 2011. Phyllis was a wonderful friend, great grandmother, grandmother, mother, and wife. Although we greatly love her and miss her, we know she is safe and free from all pain and suffering in the presence of your Lord and Saviour...till we meet again. With Love Stan, David, Joyce, Catherine and families.

2003 GMC pickup, regular cab, long box, p/b, p/s, automatic transmission, a/c, sliding locking cover, 303,000 kms. Excellent condition, etested, as is. $3,000. Four 16” GMC truck rims with tires, excellent condition. $300 firm. 613-657-4430.

ASP Contractors. Airless spray painting and power washing. Farms, cottages, houses, factories, fences, tanks. Corn, glass and sandblasting. New steel roofs installed. Roofs screw-nailed and boards replaced. Eavestroughs and gutter guards installed. Fully insured. Call George (800)589-1375 or cell (613)827-8485. Firewood Processors, Canadian Made. Cuts up to 16” diameter, 13 h.p. Honda $9,950. (613)889-3717.

2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Ltd. Looks and runs great. Leather. Command Track. $1,750. 613-272-2990.


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LAIDLAW CARRIERS VAN DIVISION require experienced AZ licensed drivers to run the U.S. Premium mileage rate. Home weekly. New equipment. Also hiring Owner Operators. 1-800263-8267

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Vehicle buyers are ONLY protected by OMVIC and Ontario consumer protection laws when they buy from registered dealers. There’s no protection if you buy privately and you risk becoming victim of a curbsider. To verify dealer registration or seek help with a complaint: or 1-800943-6002.

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ARE HOLIDAYS & Holiday parties making you feel more alone than ever? CALL MISTY RIVER INTRODUCTIONS & let us help you find someone wonderful to spend your life with. (613)257-3531,

SAWMILLS from only $3997 - MAKE MONEY & SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. FREE Info & DVD: 1-800-566-6899 Ext:400OT.


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PART-TIME JOBS - Make your own schedule, sell chocolate bars to make $$$, decide where and when you sell, start and stop when you want. Tel: 1-800-383-3589.

DATING SERVICE. Long-term/shortterm relationships, free to try! 1-877297-9883. Talk with single ladies. Call #7878 or 1-888-534-6984. Talk now! 1-866-311-9640 or #5015. Meet local single ladies. 1-877-804-5381. (18+)

P Y R A M I D C O R P O R AT I O N i s now hiring! Instrument Technicians and Electricians for various sites across Alberta. Send resume to: or fax 780-955-HIRE.

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Wanted to buy, horses, colts and ponies, all types. Contact Bob Perkins at (613)342-6030.

Pet Grooming small to large, dogs and cats. Brushing, bathing, shave downs, trims etc. Call Bonita 613-926-0417.

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Martel Mortgages 100% financing, first time homebuyers, self-employed, no income, low rates OAC. Mike Martel Mortgage Broker (613)345-5284 FSCO 11963. Mortgage Solutions Purchases, Consolidations, Construction. Lower that bank posted rates (OAC) On-Site Private Funds for credit issues, discharged bankrupts and BFS without proven income. Chase Financial 1-613-384-1301 Chase Financial o/b 835289 Ontario Inc. Brokerage License #10876


The Cat’s Couch cat sitting, keep your cat healthy, happy and safe at home while you are away. Jo-Anne Blair RVT 613-802-1563.

Furnished 1 bedroom apt. Seeley’s Bay, Lyndhurst, Athens, Gananoque area. Nonsmoker. No pets. Non-drinker. 613-640-2900.

Colonial Flowers, Brockville 613-342-3455 Lanes Smoke Shop, Prescott 613-925-2939 Evenings 613-658-3159

2 bedroom condo, 14 Charlotte Place, security building, elevator, 3 appliances, laundry, balcony. Feb 1, 2013, $850/mth. + utilities. 613-345-0644. Leave message.

Brockville- 4-16 Cartier Crt. 2 bedroom, $749/month. Call 613-246-8391 to book your viewing appointment today. Prescott rare opportunity one and two bedroom apartments. Suitable for seniors, well maintained. Appliances, parking included. GK3 Group 613-499-3293. Prescott- spacious one bedroom apartment, Clean, quiet, secure, adult building. Includes fridge, stove, laundry room, parking. Utilities extra. A/C. No pets. Non-smokers preferred. Call 613-802-0580. Two bedroom apartment. All inclusive in Prescott. $750 inclusive. First and last. Call 613-345-2565.

Bedroom in modern home on the St. Lawrence close to Gananoque. Parking spot and all amenities. References required. 613-453-1936.

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Metroland East Distribution Centre is seeking an experienced warehouse supervisor to join our team.

91 Front Ave. W. Brockville Stunning 1bdrm, 2 bdrm & 2 bdrm TH, GREAT PRICE! Upgraded suites coming available! On-site mgmt., great location, basic cable incl. Limited time move-in incentive! Office open daily, drop in today. Ask about our rental incentives. 613-345-2002


EXT. CAB 4X4 Z71, loaded, grey $17,995 2007 PONTIAC WAVE, 4 dr., auto, air, 28,000 km, red $7,995 2005 HONDA CIVIC, 4dr, 5spd, air, Only 66,000km grey $7,995 2005 BUICK ALURE CX 4dr., loaded, red $7,995 2004 GMC SIERRA NEVADA EDITION, loaded, white $10,995 2003 MERCURY MARQUIS, loaded, grey $5,995 2003 BUICK LESABRE LTD loaded, leather, maroon $6,995 2003 CHEV SILVERADO Reg Cab, Short Box 4x4, blue/pewter $12,500 2002 VW BEETLE Auto, loaded. 101,000 km, grey z2002 GMC SIERRA $7,995 1995 GMC SIERA Reg Cab 350, V8, 4x4, only 136,000 kms. AS IS


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Reporting directly to the Production Manager, you will take full accountability for the management of day-to-day operations of the automated production of flyer inserting into newspapers, as well as ongoing development of a diverse team. This is a hands-on position, with an emphasis on attention to detail. You will be required to work a shift rotation. Key responsibilities will include: UÊÊÊÊ ˆÀiV̈˜}Ê>ÊÜ>Ài…œÕÃiÊÌi>“ʈ˜Ê`>ˆÞÊ work flow UÊÊ œ˜ÌÀœˆ˜}Ê>˜`ʓœ˜ˆÌœÀˆ˜}Ê̅>ÌÊ>Ê deliveries are in line with productivity and scheduling requirements UÊÊ"À}>˜ˆâˆ˜}ÊvÀiˆ}…ÌÊÃV…i`ՏiÃÊ̅ÀœÕ}…Ê effective and fiscally responsible scheduling with freight companies This is an excellent opportunity to join a vibrant, dynamic and expanding company. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, possess sound time management abilities, superior communication skills, and the capacity to relate to people on all levels of the production process. Essential requirements: UÊÊÊ*ÀœÛi˜Êi>`iÀň«ÊΈÃ]Ê܈̅Ê>Ê proactive attitude UÊʈ˜ˆ“Õ“ÊÎÊÞi>ÀýÊÜ>Ài…œÕÃiÉ logistics experience UÊiV…>˜ˆV>Þʈ˜Vˆ˜i` UÊʎii˜ÊiÞiÊvœÀÊ`iÌ>ˆÊ>˜`ÊÃ>viÌÞ To express your interest in this position please email your application to by Jan 4, 2013. We thank everyone for your submissions but only those suitable candidates will be contacted. CL391747_1220

2012 CHEV 3500 EXPRESS 12 passenger van, white $28,000 2011 CHEV MALIBU 4DR LT loaded, blue $12,995 2009 HYUNDAI SONATA 4 dr. loaded, BLUE $9,995 2008 DODGE AVENGER 4 dr. loaded, black $9,995 2008 MAZDA 5 WAGON, 7 psgr., auto, loaded, white $8,995 2008 CHEV IMPALA LT, loaded, black $8,995 2008 PONTIAC G5 2dr auto, air, black $9,995 2007 GMC SIERRA EXT. CAB 4x4, loaded, brown $17,995 2007 NISAN VERSA S, hatch, auto, grey $9,995 2007 DODGE CALIBER RT AWD, loaded, red $9,995 2007 CHEV SILVERADO LT

We are currently looking for 1 Full Time experienced Line cook to prepare a variety of meats, seafood, poultry, vegetables and other food items for cooking in broilers, ovens, grills, fryers and a variety of other kitchen equipment. Assumes 100’ responsibility for quality of products served. Knows and complies consistently with our standard portion sizes, cooking methods, quality standards and kitchen rules, policies and procedures

Full time Server/Bartender We are currently looking for 2 FUN full-time energetic, people friendly individuals to work at Buds on the Bay. It’s a chance to work with other great people in a great environment. You get to earn a competitive wage, plus enjoy yourself in a friendly, supportive environment, and excel by learning from the best and being given room to grow. We need fast paced individuals who can multi-task, problem solve quickly and efficiently, You must be a reliable, hard working, customer oriented person who can think on their feet and are good with time management.




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Our Mission: To provide an excellent patient experience – guided by the people we serve, delivered by people who care. Brockville General Hospital is a fully accredited multi-site facility serving a regional population of up to 96,000 and providing Acute Care, Complex Continuing Care, Rehabilitation and Palliative Care and Acute Mental Health Care services. We are situated on the beautiful St. Lawrence River in the heart of the famous Thousand Islands. Presently we are recruiting for the following opportunities: Regular Full-time Discharge Planner Baccalaureate degree in a health related field; registration in a relevant professional college; 3 years’ experience in an acute care setting; knowledge of bed utilization and decision support; excellent communication, organizational, interpersonal and problem solving skills. Regular Part-time Clinical Dietician Baccalaureate degree in human nutrition or equivalent; eligibility for CDA membership and membership in the College of Dieticians of Ontario; membership in the Ontario Dietetic Association; ability to work flexible hours. Casual Clinical Pharmacist Baccalaureate degree in Pharmacy, Licensed as a Pharmacist with the Ontario College of Pharmacists; Demonstrated pharmacologic knowledge (Including pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetic skills); Hospital Pharmacy experience preferred. Casual Registered Nurses – All areas Current registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario; ability to work a variety of shifts; specialty courses may be required for some positions Regular Part-time Occupational Therapist Masters or Baccalaureate degree from a recognized school of Occupational Therapy; Current registration with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. Temporary Full-time Physiotherapist Masters or Baccalaureate degree from a recognized school of Physiotherapy; Current registration with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario; Minimum of 2 years’ experience in a combination of acute care, complex continuing care and rehabilitation services Please submit your resume on or before January 7, 2013 to: Human Resources, Brockville General Hospital, 75 Charles Street, Brockville, ON K6V 1S8 fax: 613-345-8305 or email:


LOST CAT ~ $500 REWARD Desperately seeking our sweet, friendly, boy. HE IS A CHRONICALLY SICK CAT - NEEDS MEDICAL ATTENTION, MEDICATION & SPECIAL FOOD. He is a microchipped male cat that is approximately 1.5 yrs old. He is all grey with green/yellow eyes and two small white patches: one on his chest and one on his abdomen. He went missing on Dec 4th from Kerford Road and County Road 15 in Merrickville. He has a family with 3 children who love and miss him terribly. Please contact Natalie at (613) 799-4884 with any information and help us bring him home for Christmas. From our family to yours, we sincerely thank you for your time and assistance.

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To learn more about the Hospital and these exciting career opportunities visit the ‘Careers’ section of our website: To obtain a detailed job description of any of the above opportunities please send your request to the above email address. We thank all applicants for their expressed interest; however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. ST. LAWRENCE EMC - Thursday, December 27, 2012 29

Cottage rental and docking space available, also parking space. Charleston Lake Bait and Tackle, 848 Water Street, Athens. 613-924-9229, 613-924-7033.

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Cabinet Installer -Installer of cabinets and interior trim. Company in business twentyseven years in Perth, Ontario. Fax resume to 613-264-1135. Looking for persons willing to speak to small groups, 1 on 1 presentations. A car and internet necessary. Diana (866)306-5858. Office Administrator required. St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s United Church, Prescott. Part Time. Computer and People skills necessary. Understanding and appreciation of the Christian Church essential. Applications with resume to Box 501, Prescott, ON K0E 1T0 on or before Jan. 7, 2013. Mark: Attention of Ministry and Personnel.

The Ottawa Senators Hockey Club/Scotiabank Place is seeking a full time Refrigeration HVAC Operator in the Engineering Department. Duties include maintenance and operation of heating and air conditioning systems. As well as maintenance of specialized equipment such as ice plant, heat pumps, generators, plumbing systems, air handling and roof top units. Qualifications for this position include 3 years previous experience. Minimum Class B or 4th class operating engineer certificate, and previous Zamboni experience. Successful candidates must be available for rotating shift work, including midnights, holidays, and weekends. We offer a competitive compensation package and a wide array of benefits. Resume should be forward to People Department, 1000 Palladium Dr., Kanata, Ontario, K2V 1A5, faxed to 613-599-4283 or apply online at employment by January 11, 2013.

Michelleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Private Home Child Care starting an in home private daycare! Non smoker, have 2 young girls and love to take kids out for walks and playtime! If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for a trusting, loving, good mother and responsible person to look after your children and help them learn and have fun... please contact me! 613-341-8732.

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Downsizing a collection, settling an estate, disbursing of overstock or end-of-the-line merchandize, please call our office to reserve your space for this auction sale. Welcoming QUALITY items only on Tues. Jan. 15th between 9 am & 3 pm only. Terms: Cash, Cheque, Debit, Visa, M/C - Catering Please note that we are now booking for spring & summer auctions. Whether it be to auction your Real Estate, Settle an Estate or Liquidate, we would be most happy to conduct a free, no obligation consultation at your property site to answer any questions you may have. As 3rd generation auctioneers we are committed to providing only the best customized service to you and your family.

Auctioneers & Qualified Appraisers JIM & TREVOR HANDS: THE VOICES OF EXPERIENCE Phone: (613) 267-6027 or (613) 267-1335 Fax: (613) 267-6931

Auto CAD certified mechanical engineer looking for short/medium term contracts. Gibson Tree Care. 20% off all winter work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We work where boom trucks canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;tâ&#x20AC;?. Free estimates. Fully insured. (613)865-7828 (local). Handy Man- painting, trim work, door hanging, flooring, siding, tiling, decks, repairs. Very reasonable rates. Call Norm (613)340-5614. P&D Lacelle snow plowing. Commercial and residential. No job too big or small. 613-213-2402. Rent-A-Handyman: Installation of kitchen and bathroom cabinets, ceramic tile, hardwood and laminate flooring, trim. Repair/build decks. Garry 613-802-2769.

Guide to EMC Area Telephone Exchanges 623 Arnprior 692 Manotick 256 Almonte 257-253 C. Place 258 Kemptville 259 Lanark 267-264-326 Perth 268 Maberly 269 Merrickville 273 Westport 272 Portland 275 Toledo 278 McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Corners 279 Sharbot Lake 283-284 Smiths Falls 342-345382-498 Brockville 359 Elgin 382 Gananoque 448 Chesterville 479 Ompah 489 N. Gower 624 Pakenham 774 Winchester 838 Richmond, Munster 924 Athens 926 North Augusta 928 Delta 989 South Mountain

Photos by DOREEN BARNES During Brockville Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market on Saturday, Dec. 8, left to right, Linda Davis mans her table of wellness tea blends, specialty loose leaf tea and tea-ware. As for Lynn Haley, she is giving all the proceeds to the May Court Club of Brockville from the sale of recycled material made into reversible childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bibs, adult bibs for eating lobster or spaghetti, aprons, head bands, plus pillows and to the right is Kathy Joly with an array of area photographs of all kinds. Top photo, two vendors of the Brockville Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market at the Brockville Museum, Chantal Cools (left) and Linda Davis (right) decided to showcase their hats or their interpretation of what a seasonal hat should be for this time of year.

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Having the privilege of serving as councillor and/or committee member for Elizabethtown municipality and later Elizabethtown-Kitley municipality since 1988 has given me the opportunity to appreciate the generosity of the board and committee members in our municipality (community). They give tirelessly of their talents and time and although they never requested it, they have been given a small monetary token each year to partially compensate for their travel and time. The recent awkward and unnecessary attempt to severely restrict, alter or eliminate these committees angers me very much! They have gradually, tirelessly and without fanfare, improved the way-of-life for our citizens, especially our young people. Any â&#x20AC;&#x153;savingsâ&#x20AC;? in tax dollars could have been more easily achieved elsewhere in less vital, some might say â&#x20AC;&#x153;frivolousâ&#x20AC;? expenditures within the townshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget. I will fight as hard as I can to maintain these committees completely intact and with the freedom to express their much needed opinions on matters under their mandates. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and safe holiday season. John A. Johnston Councillor Elizabethtown-Kitley.

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Remembrance Day competition sparks broad interest EMC News - There is little doubt that when young people in the Prescott area observe Remembrance Day every year, they know what they’re remembering and why. There were 170 entries into this year’s Royal Canadian Legion Remembrance Day Poster and Literary Competition at Prescott’s Legion Branch 97. Steve Lear, the president of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 97, offered a “huge thank you to our youth,” during an award ceremony held at the Legion Hall Dec. 17. Entries in several different categories, at the primary, ju-

nior, intermediate and senior levels, were evaluated by a panel of three judges that included Candy Alexander, the Legion’s Chair of Youth Education; Mike Ostrander and Mark Allen. “Subjective judging is difficult,” said Alexander before announcing the winners. “One impression differs from another person’s. It’s very similar to judging a skating or music competition.” The top three entries in each category at the branch level were then submitted to the zone competition, and several local winners at that level were announced that day as well. The zone to which Branch

97 belongs—G3— includes Legion branches in Spencerville, Cardinal, Iroquois, Morrisburg, Winchester, Chesterville, Manotick, Kemptville, Merrickville, Russell, Osgoode and Greely. At the Branch level the winners in the colour poster category were: Austin Miller (first), Katie Arcand (second) and Jacob Creig (third) in the Primary division. In the Junior division, Abigail Victoria Douglas was first, Kathryn Eileen Smith was second and Grace O’Brien was third.

In the Intermediate division, the winners were Alaina Ng (first), Sianna Barton (second) and Brianna McGuin (third). The winners in the black and white poster category were: Lachlan Dalgleish in first place, Emma Lavallee in second place and Zoe Adams in third place in the Junior division. In the Intermediate division, Alison Mackay finished first, Brigitte Demers was in second and Ben Davy came in third. Winners in the Senior division were Bailey Whitehouse in first and Cheyenne Barton in second place.

Lachlan Dalgleish finishing second in the Junior black and white poster category, Abigail Victoria Douglas coming in third in the Junior colour poster category and Sianna Barton winning in the Intermediate colour poster contest. Her poster will be entered into the district-level competition.

In the literary competition, the winners in the Junior division were Erika Christie (first), Gabrielle Ladouceur-Akey (second) and Jacob Bishop (third). In the Intermediate division, Catherine Demers came first, Samantha Pickard came second and there was a tie for third between Brianna Davies and Hanna Kentfield. The winners in the Senior division were Cheyenne Barton in first place and Bailey Whitehouse in second. At the Zone G3 level, the Branch 97 winners proved worthy competition, with

In the literary category, Hanna Kentfield took home second place in the Intermediate essay contest, and Bailey Whitehouse’s poem finished second in the Senior poetry category.




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Royal Canadian Legion Branch 97 President Steve Lear awards Cheyenne Barton first place in the senior literary division of the Royal Canadian Legion Remembrance Day Poster and Literary competition during an awards ceremony last week in Prescott.


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