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IN BRIEF Almonte classroom destroyed by fire Police are seeking information regarding a fire in a portable classroom at the Holy Name of Mary Catholic School in Almonte on Dec. 11. Members of the Mississippi Mills Fire Department responded to an alarm in the early morning and put out the fire in the empty classroom. The classroom, which was valued at $54,000, will have to be completely replaced. Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers (1800-222-8477) or the Crime Unit of the Lanark County OPP (613-2672626).

Lanark Highlands council reduces remuneration costs BY ANDREW SNOOK

andrew.snook@perthcourier.com Lead by example. That is the message that Mayor Peter McLaren and his fellow council members of the Township of Lanark Highlands are hoping to send residents with its remuneration cuts for 2011. Members of council will be cutting their salaries for next

year by 10 per cent. McLaren went one step further and cut his remuneration by more than 20 per cent. “$20,000 puts us back in the ballparks with the other townships,” McLaren said. “The (mayor’s salary) here was up in the range of Mississippi Mills and we probably need to compare ourselves more to Montague. We are not a rich

township. You have to ask yourself if you are here for the money, or here for the community.” Ward 1 Coun. Bob Sutcliffe brought forward the motion on Tuesday, Dec. 7. “All the candidates were elected (or re-elected) on the basis that we need to look at the costs (operating costs for the Township of Lanark Highlands) and reduce the tax rate to our people,”

Sutcliffe said. “We (members of council) thought that certain things were out of line, one of those things being councillors’ salaries. We just thought it might be a good idea to make a symbolic statement to the residents and all members of the communities.” McLaren will take the largest cut, dropping his compensation from $25,625 to $20,000. Sutcliffe See ‘Lanark Highlands’, Pg. 3

Last Duel Park update still on track Construction upgrades in Perth’s Last Duel Park next summer will proceed according to plan and within budget, according to the town’s director of community services. “We’re in good shape in terms of needing to deal with that next summer construction period, so we have lots of time,” Shellee Evans said. Evans said requests have been sent regarding the proposed upgrades to the docks along the Tay River, which takes about 90 days to process. Upgrades to the park include adding a retail outlet to the existing washroom building, upgrading the docks and upgrading waterfront walkways and paths. The total net cost to the town of Perth is estimated to be $93,167.

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The Men and Women of the Tay packed the pews at the St. James Anglican Church in Perth on Sunday, performing their Celebration of Perth’s Nick Tritton won a Christmas concert. Photo by Ryan Holland bronze medal at the Super SlamKano Cup in Tokyo, Japan on Dec. 13. Tritton won the bronze at the same competition last year. He is the only Canadian to earn backto-back medals at the event. Two other lawyers – Yves JubPaquette was escorted into the the death of her common-law BY NEVIL HUNT Tritton also placed fifth at the inville and Mark Wallace – are court by two security staff on husband, Gerry Madaire. The 46nevil.hunt@metroland.com World Cup in Suwon, South Korea year-old Madaire was found dead Monday, dressed in a winter coat. expected to represent Paquette on Dec. 3. The accused in a November in the couple’s Montgomery Road Paquette did not speak during at future appearances. Jubinville Tritton is currently ranked murder investigation made her home, just outside the village of the appearance, which lasted less said he will be co-counsel for 10th in the world and is working Paquette, in part because he and second appearance in court on Lanark on Nov. 15. The couple than five minutes. toward qualifying for the 2012 A lawyer speaking on behalf of Paquette both speak French. Monday, Dec. 13, at the Perth lived there for more than 11 Olympic Games in London. Jubinville said the defence has Paquette was granted a court date years. courthouse. Details of the case have not been for a bail hearing on Dec. 21 at the received some evidence from the Lucie Paquette, 47, is facing a Perth courthouse. first degree murder charge in released by OPP investigators. See ‘Accused makes’, Pg. 3

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Mike Brown swims his way to BY KASSINA RYDER gold. Brown won a gold medal and broke his own record at the kassina.ryder@perthcourier.com Canada Cup short course comThe Beckwith Street Bridge petition in Etobicoke on Nov. could re-open on Christmas Day, 28. 2 according to Parks Canada representatives. Dean Hamilton, chief engineer with Parks Canada’s Eastern Ontario Field Unit, said construction on the bridge is expected to be finished by the end of the day on Dec. 24. “We’ve been told from the contractor and our consultant,” Hamilton said. “Dec. 24 is, at this point, the completion date, by the end of the day on the 24th.” That’s good news for members Perth’s Bonita Ford is heading of the Perth Curling Club, acto Haiti next month to help build cording to board member Tom community gardens, promote Spence. Curlers often go to the non-violent conflict resolution Royal Canadian Legion, which and help out wherever she can. 4 is across the Tay River from the

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New Perth town council sworn in at inaugural meeting BY CATHY JAMES Perth town council is officially in office. The new council for the Town of Perth was sworn in at its inaugural meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at the town hall, bringing back five veterans and two newlyelected councillors around the horseshoe. John Fenik returns for his second term as mayor, as does Deputy Mayor John Gemmill. Coun. Judy Brown and Ed McPherson also returned to the council chambers, while Coun. Beth Peterkin begins her official full term, as she joined council halfway through its last term. The team wraps up with Jim Boldt and Jim Graff beginning their first term as councillors. Following the signing of the declaration forms, councillors took their seats, and Fenik offered advice to council about the recipe for accomplishing a successful

term – having respect for political colleagues, town staff and the public. “At times, people are going to be upset with one another,” Fenik said. “But when we walk out that door, the issues remain in the council chambers and we remain friends and neighbours.” He added that with a talented and creative town staff, council should trust their expertise. “Micromanaging the staff doesn’t work,” he said. “Staff should be afforded the respect.” Fenik concluded that politicians who respect the public will, in turn, receive respect in return. “If we keep that in mind, we are going to do well,” Fenik said. “And if we work together, we are going to do great things.” The message resonated with his colleagues, who also added their insight into beginning the term, including the new councillors. “There’s no question that I ran

on a campaign that had items on my agenda,” said Boldt. “But I’m here to work as a work council... and I want to be a team. I look forward to working with town staff and look forward to carving relationships with them.” Entering her 20th year as a councillor, Judy Brown quoted former, long-time councillor, Eric Devlin. “I’ll do my best,” she said, with a smile. When it was his turn to speak, Coun. Ed McPherson pointed to his wife who was sitting in the audience. “My wife has supported me for 16 years,” he said, adding that his commitments as a councillor often kept him away from the household, and he thanked his wife for her understanding nature. Council’s first order of business includes the 2011 budget, with meetings already scheduled in the new year.

A Haitian woman participating in a gardening workshop gardens with a group of volunteers, including Perth’s Bonita Ford, in May 2010. Photo courtesy of Bonita Ford

Perth woman heads to Haiti BY KASSINA RYDER kassina.ryder@perthcourier.com A Perth woman is returning to Haiti next month to help earthquake victims. Bonita Ford and her partner Sebastien Bacharach, travelled to Haiti last May to help out after the devastating earthquake of January 2010. After they returned to Canada, a young man they had met began calling their house and asking when they would return to Haiti. “He called us a couple times and both times he asked, ‘When are you guys coming back?’” Ford said. “After these phone calls I felt very strongly compelled about going back. I really wanted to do something more immediate, more direct,” she said. “It was at that point that I started contacting the non-profit organizations we had met in Haiti and inquired about the possibility about partnering with them and volunteering my services and going back.” Ford teaches courses on permaculture, which incorporates systems found in nature into designing gardens, farms and other industries, she said. Creating mountainside forest gardens in Haiti was one of the goals of the trip. Forest gardens require planting diverse plant species and trying to “mimic what nature does,” she said. The gardens recreate a natural system and allow nature to do the work, Ford said. “The idea is trying to choose plants that are useful to people for food, building materials, medicines and fibres

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BY KASSINA RYDER kassina.ryder@perthcourier.com Legends aren’t always polite, according to a new book written by a Lanark-area author that puts a new spin on traditional tales. “It’s a collection of traditional folk tales that really all have an

innate rudeness in them and really have all the strength of traditional folk tales,” said Jan Andrews, author of Rude Tales. “They come to us, in a way, with all the wisdom of the world, but they’re a lot of fun.” Andrews researched fairy tales, myths and legends and selected

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only the rudest, most hilarious stories for her book. One story features an old woman who spends her afterlife continuously insulting her husband from her rocking chair until all that’s left of her is a skeleton. “There is a story about a woman who is so rude and so unpleasant that she will not even stay in her grave the way she’s supposed to,” Andrews said. “The kids really enjoy this and enjoy the insults and enjoy the language.” The way the book is written gives a strong sense of storytelling to the reader, Andrews said. “The language in a way is simple, but it has richness to it,” she said. “There’s a strong sense of these being stories that are told to the readers because there’s a strong narrative voice.” Stories come from all over the globe, including European and First Nations tales. Rude Tales is aimed for kids aged 6 to 9, but older kids and parents will enjoy it as well, Andrews said. “Adults really find it funny too,” she said. “This would be a good read-aloud book that everyone could enjoy having a wonderful laugh out of.”

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said that the reductions in council remunerations will save the township more than $13,300 annually. The cuts will take effect on Jan. 1, 2011. The motion passed unanimously, and is a welcome change to the township’s new Deputy Mayor, Ward 6 Coun. Brian Stewart. Stewart said that the new council wanted to send a message to residents that they are going to be fiscally responsible. “We’re looking and evaluating everything as we go through,” Stewart said. “All areas are open and we’re looking to be as efficient as possible to try and keep the taxes under control for Lanark Highlands. They’re quite a bit higher than our neighbouring townships and we have to look at this.”

Sutcliffe said that the reductions to councilor remunerations will be frozen for 2011, but that the issue will be revisited in 2012. “We will do an in-depth study to see where we fit in the scheme of things and fit (adjust salaries) accordingly, there will be no changes in 2011,” said Sutcliffe. Sutcliffe said that council will be meeting over the winter to tackle the budget and that he hopes to find additional areas where costs can be reduced. One example he mentioned was a $700 annual expense councillors receive for home maintenance of their computers. He said that he would rather have members of council get their computers fixed when necessary, than have the expense account. “That’s $4,900,” he said. “That’s a lot of ink and paper.”

Accused makes second Crown and he expects police to present further evidence at the Dec. 21 bail hearing. “We would like to try and get her released before the trial,” Jubinville said. It’s not clear at this time if the evidence presented at the bail hearing will be subject to a

publication ban. If evidence can be published, it will be posted shortly after the hearing at www. yourottawaregion.com Members of Madaire’s family were in the Perth courtroom for Paquette’s appearance on Monday, but declined to speak about the case.

A culture of song video. “But actually it’s exceeded all expectations, it really has. “It was a seamless tapestry of Scottishness.” Participant Pat Cairns said she felt learning Celtic words helped her to reconnect with her Scottish heritage. “I can remember some of these words and sayings from my grandfather,” Cairns said. “It was a wonderful experience.” The workshop was filmed by videographer Ralph Willsey. The resulting video was sent to Ben-

nett in Scotland and the group originally planned to show both videos at the same time via When Scottish folklorist and videoconference on Dec. 6, but Celtic singer Margaret Bennett a snowstorm in Scotland meant visited Perth last summer, she the Scottish group wasn’t able to didn’t know just how many participate. similarities she would find beEven without simultaneous tween the town and her homevideo, partnering in the workland. shop will help strengthen the “I had no idea just what culbond between the two Perths, tural wealth there would be here,” said Karen Rennie, the Perth she said in a video played for the Museum’s heritage mana-ger and crowd of about 15 people gathered curator. at the Perth Museum on Dec. 6. “I think this DVD will “It’s not just a coincidence help cement that relationthis is called Perth.” ship a little more,” she Michael Glover, manasaid. “The museum will ger of the Ecotay Eduhave that on record for cation Centre, asked Benyears to come and it’s nett to participate in a another way to document weekend-long Celtic song our history.” work-shop called “Bridge Bennett also went to Of Song” last summer. 2009 Lanark Lodge to visit and was the 800th birthday of sing with 103 year-old Perth, Scotland. Edith (MacTavish) Currie. “There is a huge enTogether they sang trathusiasm,” Glover said. ditional songs Currie “Scottish roots hit a note remembered from her here.” younger days. Bennett, who has travWillsey said Bennett’s elled throughout Canada husband had made an doing workshops, spent audio recording of the the weekend teaching visit, which Willsey put participants proper Celtic on a CD and brought back word pronunciation and to Lanark Lodge, where singing traditional Scottish he videotaped Currie songs with a group of singing. Lanark County residents. “I took it back to Lanark Bennett said she wasn’t Lodge with a video camera sure how well people would and played some of the take to singing traditional songs she had been singing Scottish songs. with Margaret and, lo Michael Glover, manager of the EcoTay “I know that it works Education Centre says a few words at the and behold, she started in Perthshire, Scotland, Perth Museum on Dec. 6 before showing the to sing again,” he said. but I had no idea what to video of the Bridge of Song workshop that “There were surprises for expect,” she said in the took place last summer. Photo by Kassina Ryder everybody, really.”

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We’re short on weather-proof winter storage space - please do not bring large/bulky items until spring. This doesn’t mean you can’t ‘still give it away!’ Post a notice at the Reuse Centre with your name, phone, & description of the item you have for reuse, and we’ll do what we can to find it a home. The Lanark Era also offers FREE REUSE ADS (if no cash changes hands.) Bulky items can be disposed of at the Middleville Waste Site. SMALL ITEMS STILL ACCEPTED AT REUSE CENTRE! (Kitchen, household, clothing, music, games, books, toys, sports gear, etc.) Come and check out the Christmas ornaments and gift ideas!

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Beckwith Street bridge issues, corrosion to the steel structure of the bridge, so it no longer had the full load capacity,” Hamilton said. A consultant was then hired to design the bridge’s replacement, which took several months, Hamilton said. The construction contract was awarded in May 2010. Hamilton said the bridge’s construction cost approximately $700,000. MP Scott Reid announced

last July that the total cost of the project will be $1.4 million. Spence said while it will be great to have the bridge open again, the construction phase has meant lighter traffic on Beckwith Street for over a year. “Well, personally I don’t mind it because the traffic’s a lot lighter,” he said about the bridge being closed. “There’s less traffic, so that’s not a bad thing.” With files from Laura Mueller.

MUNICIPAL MATTERS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A WAY TO BECOME INVOLVED IN YOUR COMMUNITY The Township of Lanark Highlands Boards and Committees are a way to make a substantial contribution to your community. Council relies on the recommendations received from each Committee regarding various issues. The Township’s Committees are an important and integral part of the governance structure. Council is now accepting resumes to serve on the following Board:

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Deadline for submission of applications is 12:00 p.m. on January 5, 2011. (Please include your name, address, telephone number, a brief description of your interest and any prior experience) Township of Lanark Highlands Amanda Mabo, Clerk/Deputy CAO 75 George Street, Lanark, Ontario K0G 1K0 T: 613-259-2398 ext. 231 • F: 613-259-2291 E: clerk@lanarkhighlands.ca • www.lanarkhighlands.ca Note: Personal information collected from applications is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, and will be used to determine qualifications. Questions about the collection of Information should be directed to the Clerk/Deputy CAO at the address indicated above.

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Help in unexpected places BY KASSINA RYDER kassina.ryder@perthcourier.com The people most likely to hear victims of abuse tell their stories are not always police officers and counsellors, an advisory group told a crowd gathered at the Perth town hall on Dec. 9. Sometimes women feel more comfortable speaking to someone they know. That’s why members of the Lanark County Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Advisory Committee began distributing resource material to hairdressers and estheticians in Lanark County. Committee members gave a presentation on the progress they have made since receiving formal recognition by the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services last year. Being recognized means being eligible to receive funding the group wasn’t able to receive before, said Barb Lotan, the committee’s co-chair. Since then, the group has begun many county-wide initiatives,

including holding a community dinner with hairdressers, estheticians and others to equip them with information they can share with any women who happen to open up and talk about their issues while receiving services. “We thought about womenfriendly places,” said Jackie MacWilliam, co-ordinator of child and youth outreach services for Lanark County Interval House. “The response was wonderful.” Pamphlets, brochures and fridge magnets displaying the resources available to abuse victims in the area were distributed, said Lotan. The committee has also been determining the unique issues facing rural residents when it comes to dealing with abuse, MacWilliam said. “We have a tremendously large rural population,” she said. The group hired a web developer to improve its website in order to reach individuals living in the country, and libraries carry resource materials, she said. The group has also been

working toward recognizing the needs of First Nations people and improving public education. A Survivor Engagement Project made up of survivors of abuse has also been working to help improve services available in the area, said Sarah Bingham, the project’s co-ordinator. “The group filled up pretty well instantly,” she said. Project members have been developing abuse prevention workshops for elementary schools and even travelled to Queen’s Park in Toronto to meet with politicians and discuss the difficulties facing abuse victims in rural areas. “These women are doing this work themselves,” she said. They have also been creating Perth Mayor John Fenik, who is also the Warden of Lanark County, a presentation to show to other spoke passionately in defence of preserving the Ottawa Valley service providers, Bingham Railway during a rally on Parliament Hill on Dec. 9. Desmond Devoy photo added. The committee is now looking toward preventing elder abuse, which is becoming more prevalent among the area’s aging population, MacWilliam said. “It’s something we’re all seeing more and more,” she said.

Valley politicians rally to save rail line BY DESMOND DEVOY

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Barb Lotan, co-chair of the Lanark County Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Advisory Committee, stands in front of resource material distributed throughout Lanark County to help victims of abuse. Lotan participated in a presentation about the group’s activities during the past year. Kassina Ryder photo

Remembrance Day holiday hits snag as Liberals reject idea daniel.bowman@metroland.com A recent attempt to make Nov. 11 a provincial holiday has now reached a roadblock. Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod first proposed the idea to make Remembrance Day a statutory holiday through a private member’s bill during an announcement at the Barrhaven Legion on Nov. 5. However, now her proposal – which would have removed February’s Family Day as a day off – has hit a snag. MacLeod was supposed to be able to debate the bill in the Ontario Legislature at Queen’s

Park on Dec. 9, but the Liberal government rejected the idea. “It’s really up to them whether or not I get another opportunity to debate the bill,” MacLeod said. “I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t get to debate it yesterday (Dec. 9), but at the same time it’s created a great discussion in Ontario. It really focuses on a need to remember our soldiers, our veterans and those who sacrificed for us.” While she admitted the recent development is a bit of a setback, MacLeod isn’t deterred. “We’re still working away,” she said. “When you’re in opposition (government) you have this opportunity to shape public

policy and put ideas out there and that’s what’s important.” In addition to the holiday, MacLeod’s bill – the Respect for Ontario Veterans, Soldiers and War Dead Act, 2010 – calls for schools to hold ceremonies on the day before Remembrance Day and for a prohibition on fees for performances on Nov. 11. It also states that most businesses would have to remain closed to “reflect the significance of the sacrifices made by Ontario Veterans, Soldiers and War dead.” Ontario, Manitoba and Quebec are the only Canadian provinces that do not recognize Remembrance Day as a statutory holiday.

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Politicians from Lanark and Renfrew counties took their message to save the Ottawa Valley Railway right to the front door of Parliament Hill late last week. During a noon-hour rally on Dec. 9, politicians from Renfrew down to Smiths Falls converged in front of the centre block of parliament to demand that the rail line be preserved for future generations. “Once those rails are gone, they will never be back,” said Perth Mayor John Fenik, who is also the Warden of Lanark County. “That rail line has economic value, that train has environmental value.” Peter Emon, Reeve of the Township of Greater Madawaska, agreed that the rail issue was something that both areas had a desire in preserving. “This is a very significant issue. It represents the thread to both of our communities and northern Ontario,” said Emon. “We don’t know what the future holds…but we know that it will be limited (without the line).” Canadian Forces Base Petawawa is a major employer and economic driver in the north end of the Ottawa Valley, and Emon stressed that rail links were an important part of keeping the military happy. “If they (CFB Petawawa) can’t ship in the fuel for the military… they may decide that they don’t want to invest in our area,” said Emon. “The party of Sir John A. Macdonald, which built railroads, is now tearing them up.” The rally’s convener was former Mississippi Mills Mayor Al Lunney, who is now a consultant with Lanark County on the rail issue. Earlier in the day, Lunney had met with the Minister of State for Transportation, Rob Merrifield, on the issue. “We didn’t have a great deal of success,” Lunney said. Lunney stated that, during his meeting the meeting Merrifield had told him that the municipalities should come up with a business plan of their own.

“We doubt we could put a business plan together in a year,” said Lunney, noting that time was of the essence, since the tracks could start to be torn up by Feb. 5 of next year. The federal government decided not to purchase the rail line in November. The province of Ontario had until this month to decide if it wished to purchase the line, but it does not appear to be interested in buying it. The City of Ottawa’s OC Transpo will have until Jan. 5, 2011 to consider purchasing the line. If OC Transpo passes on the sale, other municipalities will have until early February to consider a purchase. “The best-case scenario is to postpone (ripping up the tracks),” said Lunney. Lunney will also be arranging a meeting for sometime in January, with all of the interested parties invited, to pursue this matter. “Both Renfrew and Lanark counties support that these lines remain in our communities,” said Lunney. “Please give us some time to look at this. Please give us some time for the future generations…to do that we would need a moratorium.” He added that he and his fellow politicians would continue campaigning to save the rail line. “Ten, 12 years from now, without a doubt, there will be need for it,” said Lunney. The rail line had been used by Canadian Pacific to transport freight up until this past January. Smiths Falls Mayor Dennis Staples noted that the rail line was an important link between Montreal and Vancouver. By sending freight up through the Ottawa Valley and not down through the Toronto corridor, it could save up to 20 hours in travel time, and would cut down on congestion in Canada’s largest city at the same time. “They (Canadian Pacific) said that there isn’t business for it (the rail line). That’s not entirely true,” said Lunney. “They took the business for it onto the Toronto corridor.” “There are many opportunities that we need to look at,” Staples added.

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Book captures memories of Beckwith one-room schools BY DESMOND DEVOY desmond.devoy@metroland.com A new book has captured the quickly disappearing history of Beckwith Township’s old oneroom school houses. “People are just thrilled with getting all of this information out,” said Eleanor Henderson, who was the driving force behind the new book, Rural Schools of Beckwith Township, which had its launch at the Beckwith Township Hall in early December. The Lanark County Geneological Society has produced a series of books that detail the history of the school houses throughout the county for a number of years. “They decided that this was something that had to be put into history,” said Henderson. “The idea was that they were going to do all of Lanark County, not to leave anybody out.” The society held an open night around the time of Heritage Day in February of 2006 at the Lanark Archives in Drummond Centre to start the process of accumulating material for the books. The society soon found itself with a large number of scanned photographs, letters and documents. Now came the process of pulling it all together into some coherent format. “While driving to a genealogy meeting one night with Marilyn Snedden, she said ‘What am I going to do with all of this information on schools?’” Henderson said that she was up to the challenge, having researched 10 family trees. “I know how to organize family histories,” she said. But the project proved to be quite an undertaking.

Eleanor Henderson holds up her copy of Rural Schools – Beckwith Township, which was launched this past weekend in Blacks Corners. Desmond Devoy photo “I’m forever making books,” she said, as the binders she bought at the beginning of the project quickly began filling up. “It ended up that I had 14 binders; one from each township.” While the books were getting a good reaction in the different townships, “I was getting overwhelmed…No matter where I went, people wanted to know about the books.” But when it came time to write up the history of Beckwith Township’s one-room

school houses, two things fired Henderson up – the offer of help from the township itself, and the fact that she had attended one of the very same schools in Scotch Corners. Henderson was also driven by the death notices she saw in the newspapers, announcing the passing of school teachers who taught for several decades in the very same one-room school houses she was chronicling. “You’d think, ‘If only she (the teacher) could have seen that book before she died,’” Henderson said of the added urgency of the project. “Nobody would have any idea of the number of hours that were spent. But that’s what I think is important, recording history. It should’ve been done 20 years ago. There would have been more alive back then that would have enjoyed it.” The book, which retails for $45 and can be purchased online at www.globalgenealogy.com/ archiveslanark, has a photo of the school as it once looked, how it looks today, a history of each school, a list of teachers, as well as school pictures, reunion pictures and even minutes from old school meetings. Some of the buildings, many of which were closed in the 1960s, have found new lives. Many have become personal homes, like an old school house on Santiago Street in Carleton Place, which used to be Section School No. 1 in Poland, Dalhousie Township. St. James Centennial Hall in Franktown was, at one time, Section School No. 2, while the charity thrift shop at the busy intersection of Highway 7 and Franktown Road was formerly Section School No. 14, also known as the Maple Grove School.

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A place to be pampered BY ANDREW SNOOK andrew.snook@perthcourier.com Wendy Munro has made beauty her business. The 52-year-old Lanark resident opened up LA Spaworks, a home spa and studio, out of her home on George Street in the village of Lanark on Dec. 7. “People often call Lanark ‘LA’ and I kind of wanted to have the name (of the store) where I was,” Munro said. “And I just liked the name Spaworks.” Munro graduated from Ottawa School of Beauty in Ottawa in April, 2010. She said the beauty business is her second career. “I had worked for about 20 years in customer service in the recreation field,” she said. “I worked for a ski business prior to this, Calabogie Peaks, and also worked at the Timber Run Golf Course. I’ve always been excellent in customer service.” Munro said that she found a job

quickly after graduating, but was really interested in running her own home-based business. She said that opening the new shop is beneficial to her health. “I’m in a much less stressed environment,” she said. “I always enjoyed going to spas.” Munro’s shop offers a variety of aesthetics services for both men and women, including manicures, facials, make up application, eyelash and eyebrow tints, waxing, and pedicures that feature a pedicure chair with shiatsu massage. She said that getting the shop ready for the public has kept her busy during this holiday season. “You kind of eat, sleep and dream about it all the time,” she said. “I am very excited. I love this business.” LA Spaworks services are by appointment only. Anyone interested in its services can contact 613-552-6950 or visit www. laspaworks.com.

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Annual Night Before The Night Before Christmas fundraiser set for Dec. 18 Celebrate the season and support your local food bank!

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Would you like to sit on the Chamber’s Board of Directors? Positions are open on the Chamber’s Board of Directors. If you are interested in putting your name forward for the 2011 election and would like further information, please contact the Chamber office and speak with Carol or Madeline, 613-267-3200. The new term commences in March 2011.

No increase to the base membership fees! Just covering the HST We will be sending out renewal packages in early January. You will notice a slight increase in your membership fees; however, there is no actual increase in the base fee. We are just covering the HST. Included in the package will be a registration form. We urge you to complete this information form, advising us of any changes to your business as it assists us with accurately promoting your business.

(written and submitted by Shelley Montreuil) The 19th annual The Night Before The Night Before Christmas fundraising dance will take place Saturday, December 18 at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall, 26 Beckwith Street in Perth, beginning at 7:30 p.m. This popular annual tradition features great local entertainment and is a must-attend holiday event for music lovers and supporters of the Perth and District Food Bank. The holiday season can be a particularly difficult time for low-income families and individuals. Statistics show that the majority of Food Bank users are children and the elderly. “The monies collected by the Perth and District Food Bank at Christmas time must sustain the facility for the entire year,” says Food Bank Coordinator, Samantha Davidson.“In addition to donations of non-perishable items, cash is needed to purchase fresh food to supplement a family’s weekly allotment.” Joining Tell Mama onstage this year is local rock band The Commuters and possibly a few surprise guests. For updates on who is appearing, visit www.thenightbeforethenightbeforexmas.com. Tickets, which are available at Shadowfax in Perth, are $20 each plus a donation of food or cash to the Food Bank. Without a donation to the Food Bank, tickets are $25 each. Pledge $10 a month and get in for free plus a donation of food or $5 at the door. Pledge $15 a month and get in for free with no extra donation at the door. Pledges can be made online at the event and the Food Bank websites, in person at Shadowfax or in person at the door. Sponsorships are also available, ranging from a one-star ($125) performer sponsorship to a five-star ($1200) event sponsorship. If you can’t attend the event but would like to help, tickets and other sponsorship opportunities can be arranged by contacting Shelley at shelley@oncourss.com or at 613-812-3187.

It’s worth it to be a member Last month we mentioned the Menu Binder initiative the Chamber was working on for its members who are restaurant owners. Well, we are excited to announce the binders are complete and distributed!! One menu binder is located at each of the local accommodations, providing visitors the opportunity to view the various restaurants’ menus. As well, we have placed a binder in Blair and Son Funeral Home as well as O’Dacre Funeral Home for those visitors to the town who need a place to eat. The Chamber will continue to maintain the binders throughout the year, changing up menus (if necessary) every spring and fall. We have received a suggestion to expand this initiative to encompass the real estate offices. What a great idea! This will be done in the new year. If you are a restaurant owner and have not yet provided the Chamber with your menu, please give Madeline a call and we can get you added to the binder.

Doors Open committee is looking for volunteers Throughout the province, there is a growing pride in our heritage. Communities boast of their commercial buildings, courthouses, residences, places of worship, gardens, natural heritage and other heritage sites. From April to October each year, communities open the doors to some of our most intriguing and charming heritage sites. The town of Perth’s Heritage Management Committee spearheads this event every second year with 2011 being no exception. The Heritage Management Committee is looking for volunteers to sit on the 2011 committee. If you are interested in sitting on this committee, please contact Karen Rennie at 613 267-1947 or email her at krennie@perth.ca.

THANK YOU!! As another year comes to an end, we would like to sincerely thank all of you for your continued support of the Perth and District Chamber of Commerce. Without your support, the Chamber office could not be open year round, providing both tourists and people choosing this area as a spot to relocate, the opportunity to speak one on one with Carol, Madeline or Jordan. We thoroughly enjoy working with everyone in a joint effort to make Perth and District a great place to work, play and live. With appreciation, Carol, Madeline and Jordan

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BUSINESS OF THE MONTH Sarah Foster, RMT (written and submitted by Sarah Foster) Many people think of Massage Therapy as a luxury that they just don’t have the time or money to bother with. Massage Therapy can absolutely help to bring about relaxation that feels like a luxury! However, there is so much more to it than just that. People free of injury use Massage Therapy to maintain a sense of health and well being, and to enjoy their regular appointments as gifts of relaxation to themselves. Those with traumatic injuries, chronic conditions or who are recovering from surgery often find that Massage Therapy decreases pain, increases movement and speeds up overall healing time. Even if they are already using another kind of health care (physiotherapy, medical, chiropractic, naturopathic, etc…) people can enhance their progress by adding a registered massage therapist to their health care team. Since joining Perth Physiotherapy in June, I have been providing massage therapy on its own, as well as in conjunction with physiotherapy. The two health care methods complement each other, and my clients who are in physiotherapy have found it convenient to book their massage and physio appointments back-to-back or on alternate days as it suits their treatment needs and availability. I have appointments available day or evening during the week and on Saturdays. Massage therapy is covered in whole or in part by many employment benefits and other insurance plans. Contact your insurance company to find out how much Massage Therapy you are entitled to. Massage therapy also makes a great gift so buy a gift certificate for someone you care about, or treat yourself! Registered Massage Therapist, Perth Physiotherapy 3 Beckwith St. E, 613-267-6789 www.perthphysiotherapy.ca info@perthphysiotherapy.ca

We Welcome Our Newest Members Perth Business Referral Network 30 North St., Perth Contact: Lynn Dowdall 613-267-1119 Perth Business Helping Perth Business Heather Irving, Sales Representative, Sutton Group-Masters Realty Inc. Brokerage 1650 Bath Rd., Kingston Contact: Heather Irving 613-384-5500 1-800-808-4448 Realtor, homes, cottages, cottage rentals, land, building Gillian Scobie Associates 142 Trillium Dr., RR3 Station Main, Perth Contact: Gillian Scobie 613 264-5415 Editing, writing, copywriting, advertising, web content, public relations, press releases, media, brochure, on line

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Dealing with the perils of winter driving

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t’s December, in Canada. It’s going to snow. This isn’t really news to anyone who lives here. And yet, whenever a centimetre or two of the white stuff hits the ground during the first snowfall of the season, you just have to listen to the morning traffic report on the radio to hear the number of car crashes go up and up. You could make a game of it, really, if it were not so tragic. Making it even more sad is the fact that many of these crashes could have been prevented. CBC News reports that, traditionally, the first snowfall of the year is the day with the highest number of collisions throughout the year. Insurance company Aviva Canada reports that there are 50 per cent more car insurance claims in the winter months in Canada, and that the company made $37.8 million in collision claim payouts between December 2009 and February 2010. The Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s website says it all – “stay alert, slow down, and stay in control.” Yes, you may have top-of-the-line, just-installed brakes, but your car can’t stop in a December snowstorm the way it did during a sunny day in July. Also, after a heavy snow, people are going to slow down. It makes sense if you can’t see the lines on the road. Yes, getting around in the wintertime is not anyone’s idea of fun, but it has to be done, and it can be done safely. As Red Green so eloquently says, “We’re all in this together.” It is important to allow more time when travelling, and to allow more space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. Gone are the days of, well, just a few days ago, when we could jump into the car, turn the key, put the stick into drive and – having looked both ways of course – head out onto the open road. Now, it’s warm up the car, scrape off the windshield. Oh, and don’t forget to shovel yourself out from the lovely little Mt. Everest the snowplow driver left at the end of your driveway. It’s not pleasant, but in conditions like these, it drives home the point (pun intended) that we all share the road, and we all have to put up with the same delays, frustrations and weather conditions. But if we all put in a little extra time and caution, we’ll all arrive alive, safely.

Getting ready for Christmas

‘Tis the season to be cooking, I keep telling myself, as Christmas approaches. I do cook all year round of course, but this is the time when all those well-thumbed cookbooks come out and sit reproachfully on my In this space each week, we will feature a photo of local interest. kitchen table for days on end. Be the first to correctly identify the location or item in the picture Today, I have decided, is my by emailing editor@perthcourier.com with the subject line, “Local day for truffles. They keep well Landmark,” and your name will be printed in next week’s paper! and, with a dash of rum, they Marilyn Emery correctly identified last week’s landmark as the Skye add to the Yuletide festivities. Dragon chinese restaurant on Foster Street. So, as soon as this column is This week’s local landmark will make sure your vision is 20/20. written, I shall be off to the cold room for a can of condensed milk. Then out comes the rolling pin to crush a heap of cookies. Then a rummage for cocoa powder, sprinkles, icing sugar and whatever else is needed to roll them, with circular motions of sticky, chocolate covered palms, into tight little bundles of pleasure. I don’t get too panicky about this because I make them every year and they seem popular. But, and this is a big but, with a husband who takes food seriously and tells me where I went wrong, I do find myself getting a bit agitated as mealtimes approach. Fortunately he doesn’t demand frogs’ legs or soufflé Rothschild, and I do sometimes get a good grade. Last night, at his request, I whipped up a shepherd’s pie with a big, raisin-filled rice pudding to follow and neither of them turned black in the oven. Satisfied sighs all around. Actually, this year I have a good excuse not to get in a dither, because we are heading for the west coast for Christmas where I may get called upon to slice a few carrots but, since our

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BENDELL Settled In hostess, my best friend, is an excellent cook, I won’t have to be especially creative. It’s a pity we don’t live closer to each other, but our telephone calls are wonderful, leaving me all chirpy and ready to tackle anything. We’ve decided to limit our gift giving to little items below $20, which is a relief because she has quite a large family out there in West Vancouver. I’ve already bought her part-Irish husband a tiny book of Irish myths. I’ll have to keep things lightweight so I’ve warned her not to expect any grand pianos, but I have managed to find her a marvelous book about architecture, which, since we trained together as interior decorators, should hit the right note. I may also pack a Kiwanis fruit cake. I buy at least two every year, one of which I cut into chunks and freeze for later

Lamenting the ickies

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entertaining and everyone enjoys them. They are sold for charity so, if you haven’t yet tried them, the Royal Bank usually has a few to sell at this time of the year. Which is a blessing if the thought of gathering up all those ingredients seems a bit daunting. We’ll be home for the New Year when I shall heave our massive turkey out of the freezer. I bought it before I knew we’d be away and it’s so big we should be eating it well into next year. Which brings me to my favourite recipe, gleaned from one of dear husb’s sisters. She once belonged to a diners club, who travelled around the south of England trying top-of-the-line pub food. This particular recipe is called Turkey Elizabeth, a wonderful way to use up turkey leftovers, together with rice and peppers and grapes and a few other things I’ll have to look up in January. But for now I’ll concentrate on packing and writing Christmas cards, an endlessseeming job requiring a small fortune in stamps. All the U.K. ones were mailed at the end of November, on the last certain-toget-there date, according to this year’s rules. How I sigh for past times when stamps didn’t cost a small fortune and cards I mailed on Friday actually arrived by Monday. Those were the days when I really enjoyed cooking and dancing and flirting and – now simmer down Bet – try to remember that the bloom is off the rose and the creakies have set in. Ah well, I’ll just have to do the best I can.

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his fall has been a bit of a nightmare when it comes to the ickies in our house. Is it just me or does it seem to be harder to shake colds anymore? Have you all had the version that comes with “The Cough” that won’t go away? For some of us it lasted for several weeks before disappearing. Others were lucky enough to have it turn into bronchitis or a wicked sinus infection. At our house, despite washing our hands until they bled, we managed to contract that cold earlier in the fall. The coughing was deafening. Afterwards, just to be original, I felt compelled to follow it up with laryngitis, which made me sound a bit like Joan Rivers. It made delivering an hour-and-a-half lecture to one of my classes slightly difficult, albeit somewhat amusing. The fun thing about laryngitis is the sympathy factor. I had it for several days, but I actually didn’t feel too bad during the worst of it. Nevertheless, as soon as I opened my mouth and croaked out whatever it was I had to say, I was immediately showered with concern and sympathy. It gave me the warm fuzzies. Another fun ailment that showed up at our place this fall was pink eye. Conjunctivitis is rabidly contagious, of course, and was spreading through the kids’ school. Girlchild acquired it first. Just when we thought we had it licked, it showed up for a second time. This time we all washed our hands to the bone, but Boychild succumbed as well. I kept looking at my own eyes suspiciously for a while, but determined they were merely bloodshot from lack

Parliament Hill on Thursday, and I spent the days prior dodging bullets. I washed my arms off (which made it really difficult to work), sprayed myself with Lysol and wrapped myself in bubble wrap to prevent ickies from infiltrating. I put my colleagues on alert: my house was under siege by germs and although I was desperately hopeful to avoid them, it appeared to be a somewhat majorly virulent strain that was showing no mercy. Cell phone numbers were exchanged in the event of my last-minute, unavoidable absence. Somehow I figured they Past Deadline would want to see me about as much as I would want to see them if I succumbed to the ickof sleep. ies. After that round of ickies On the morning of the bus swept through the house, we all trip, Boychild declared in a very took deep breaths, washed our visual way that he was still hands until they disappeared, and ventured out into the world unwell. Groom-boy also stayed home that day, as his version of once more, only to return with some sort of gastro thingy that, the ickies returned. Somehow Girlchild and I apparently, is also making the managed to get out of the house rounds at the kids’ school. unscathed. I felt that it was only My favourite. through some sort of miraculous Sigh. intervention that I was able to There appeared to be two different manifestations of this ail- get to the bus and get through ment, and I am desperately hop- the day. As I write this it would appear ing that they are the same bug. (I sincerely hope) that we have I won’t get into the details cleared that particular hurdle except to say that Girlchild and the adults were afflicted with the and now we are bracing for whattidier version, whilst Boychild’s ever nasty pestilence awaits. was less contained and required After all, it’s not even winter yet, a much greater level of clean up, and already it has been a particularly sickly season. especially in the middle of the I would like to believe we’re night. (This means I still look as just getting through the worst of if I have pink eye.) it early, but I’m skeptical. Now This particular icky also please excuse me while I cover seemed to be super contathe children in bubble wrap gious, and I lived in fear. I was and put a plastic sheet over the scheduled to take a bus trip to Ottawa for a press conference on house.

Stephanie

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OPINIONS

A winter water supply for our feathered friends It’s hard to believe that it was 45 years ago this winter that a friend and I, out for a brisk weather ramble, noticed a small flock of birds drinking at a tiny ice-free pool in a little creek. And while our interest was at once aroused at the actions of these over-wintering robins, it was the presence of the other species that really caused some excitement. At that time, mockingbirds were just starting to appear as nesting birds in the Niagara Peninsula, so to find one in midwinter was a real discovery. The presence of cedar waxwings at that time of year was not as surprising as the fact they were satisfying their thirst in the open riffles of an otherwise icecovered creek. Yet, the best was still to come. For, as we watched with our glasses from behind a thick hedge, a male bluebird arrived and joined the others at this winter oasis. Now if you believe that bluebirds are not too common in many places these days, just let your mind drift back to the

early 1960s. At that time in the Niagara Peninsula, they were a rarity. So much so that Fred T. Hall, then the curator of the Buffalo Zoological Society, when addressing the St. Catharines Game & Fish Association, stated, “The eastern bluebird can be written off as a nesting species along the Niagara frontier.” Little wonder that, when I phoned the Buffalo Ornithological Society, a mini traffic jam occurred the following Sunday in that suburban section of St. Catharines where we spotted the wintering bluebird. Luckily, their journey was not in vain, for their bluebird of happiness was there to greet them. Funny thing, after all these years, the sighting of a bluebird, especially in the winter, takes me back to that day. It also proved to me then, and has many times since, that birds need water in winter. The fact that we set a flying saucer on an insulationpacked car tire and kept it icefree with an electric light bulb underneath, proved to be a

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Local actors steal the spotlight Dear Editor, Kudos to Joanna McAuley for her second big win, the Mae Carmichael Award for the Best Actress, at the Eastern Ontario Drama League One Act Play Festival. As the stage manager for The Last Act is a Solo, I was privileged to be backstage at this award-winning performance. To watch Joanna transform herself into an 85-year-old woman was impressive. Having just lost an aged mother, and still enjoying an aging mother in law, I felt she was right on the mark. Joanna was not the only person, representing Perth and the Studio Theatre, to come away from the EODL festival

with awards. Barb Guthrie received the Pauline Grant Award for the Best Supporting Actress as Barb in My Narrator. My Narrator was the recipient of the The Brighton Barn Theatre Peoples’ Choice Award, voted favourite play by the audience members who had seen all nine of the one-act plays. Nominations also went to: Ann Hawthorne for best visual production (The Last Act is a Solo); for Best Male in a Leading Role, Lucas Tennant (My Narrator) and Garry Welsh (Harvest); for Best Male in a Supporting Role, Paul Roach (The Last Act is a Solo) and Alfred Von Mirbach (My Narrator); and for Most

Promising New Director, Kathie Reid (The Last Act is a Solo) and Roberta Peets (My Narrator). I would be remiss if I did not mention and thank Laurel Smith who as the adjudicator had some very difficult decisions to make and shared her expertise with all. Thank You. Perth is indeed blessed to have this wealth of talent and the venues in which to show case them. By the way, you can catch Joanna at the Studio Theatre this weekend as Vita Louise Simmons in Mary Chase’s Harvey. Well worth seeing. Yogi Sepp Volunteer Studio Theatre

You are in good hands at our hospital Dear Editor, On Sept. 11, I woke up and was unable to breathe! I was taken to Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital. I have never been so frightened in my life, but I got immediate care and within minutes was being cared for by the best nurses. I had been to emergency two days prior and was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia, but the meds didn’t kick in fast enough and I was in big trouble. Because there were no rooms available that day, I spent the next three days in emergency. With all the pressures these professionals face in that front-line medical facility, they found the time to ensure I was never left wanting. One of them even found me a hospital bed on the second day, as she didn’t want me to spend another minute on a gurney.

I want to thank the ER staff (Tammy, MaryAnne, Marion, Connie, Tegan and Nancy). You made a very fragile patient feel secure and I really didn’t want to leave you when a room was found for me. I also want to thank Dr. Tyrrell and Dr. DelGrande and the staff on the second floor. I am recovering at home now and can’t wait to resume my duties as a volunteer at our very special facility. No one ever wants to be ill, but if it happens and you are in the Perth area, do not worry as you will be in the best caring hands. If I have missed anyone and I probably have, consider yourself thanked also. Keep up the great work. From a very grateful patient, Donna Barker Perth

Nice to know there’s help when you need it Dear Editor, I’ve lived in Perth for over 30 years and have tended to take our local hospital for granted. Why not? I was always in good health and only on very odd occasions needed minor help. In October that changed, with a procedure which showed I needed a fairly serious

operation. Early this month (December) I underwent the operation and was hospitalized for six days, the first time I’d spent more than a couple of hours in a hospital in over 40 years. The doctors (Morell and Miller) were excellent, and the staff I came across - nurses,

cleaning staff, and the young lady with the many hats - were absolutely wonderful. They were, without exception, cheerful and professional and really caring. Thank you all. Ken McBeath Perth

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of cold and exposure,” they insisted. So over the years, we just took these emotional condemnations and weighed them against facts and our own observations. In every year since seeing that original winter oasis in action, we have kept an open water supply for our winter birds. During all those years, and thanks to the many others who have tried it, not a single bird has been lost to winter freezeup. Now I find that the big companies are selling bird bath heaters because they’ve found that drinking water is one the cheapest ways to attract winter birds. Better than that, recent articles in the Bird Watcher’s Digest and last year’s F.O.N. Season’s magazine advocates a winter water supply. Possibly they found out that thirst is not quenched by eating snow. In fact, it has a dehydrating effect on the body, as any winter camper knows. Or maybe they’ve discovered, like we did, that wild birds flock to open riffles in

creeks or warm springs around the edges of ponds to get their daily intake of water. One of the criteria for successful wild turkey habitat is the presence of water in the winter. One of the first questions I asked a caller when she phoned about sighting six bluebirds near the old Forfar station was, “Was there any open water nearby”? “Yes,” she answered. “You can hear the creek running under the old rail line.” Since we built the old flying saucer water holder many years ago, we have refined and improved the unit. We now make a foot square plywood box. Cut a hole in the boxtop to fit a hubcap snuggly. Now insulate the insides with one-inch styrofoam. Screw a cheap floodlight fixture to the box bottom and put in an ordinary 60-watt light bulb. Make sure the hubcap sets down flush with the box top. Now if you are still concerned with birds bathing and freezing, put a piece of chicken wire mesh over the hubcap, which still allows the birds to drink.

Give the gift of friendship this Christmas Looking for the perfect gift for the person who has everything this year? It can be a challenge. These days, so many of us are blessed with more material things than we can ever use, and it’s always tough to know what to buy for those people on your list. This year, why not consider making a gift to a local charity in honour of that hard to buy for person on your list? Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County is a local charity that provides mentoring programs to young people right here at home that need a special friend to help them through a tough time. Your donation helps fund these mentoring programs, and truly gives the gift of friendship this Christmas. The agency serves the whole of Lanark County with its programming. Big Brothers Big Sisters has an office in Smiths Falls (18 William St. E.), and they offer gift cards for you to write out for your loved one. Your donation also gets you a charitable tax receipt. The agency also has an office open on Wednesdays in their Perth thrift store, Jewels Gently Used Clothing. Gift cards can also be mailed from the office, so making your gift known over the phone is also an option. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County is a not-for-profit organization that receives no

direct, sustainable government funding. They are a proud United Way member agency, but count on community donations to obtain most of their operating money. Mentoring changes lives. If you stop and think about it, each of us can think of someone in our lives that mentored us, provided a role model, led by example. Often, those people changed the direction of our lives. Perhaps it was a parent, teacher or a coach, perhaps a neighbour. Who was your mentor? For many children, there is no obvious mentor. Some of the children in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program have lost a parent to illness or divorce, or are in families who face financial difficulties or disabilities that prevent them from having the time or the resources to be the kind of parent they wish they could be. All of the children are in need of someone to talk to, to spend time with. Your donation provides the agency with the resources to find, screen and train volunteers, to assist families, and monitor the matches to ensure the safety of the children. Make gift giving simple – call Big Brothers Big Sisters today. You can visit BBBS online at www.bigbrothersbigsisterslanark.ca The above article was submitted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County

Watch for wildlife on area roadways The Lanark County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind motorists to watch for wildlife while travelling our roadways this time of year. The months of November and December are the peak time of the year for wildlife collisions. These collisions can result in serious vehicle damage, personal injury or even death. To reduce the risk of collision, one should scan the road ahead from side to side using high beams whenever possible and watch for glowing animal eyes. Be aware of yellow wildlife warning signs and slow down while taking extra precautions which will allow for extra time to respond. If possible, avoid driving during dusk or dawn when most wildlife collisions occur. Swerving to avoid hitting a wild animal may result in a more serious collision. If hitting a wild animal is unavoidable, remember to stay in control. The above article was submitted by the Lanark County OPP

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www.perth.ca Notice to a all Building Owners, Managers, and Tenants This letter serves as a reminder to all building owners, building managers, and obligated tenants of their responsibility under the Town of Perth Property Maintenance and Occupancy Bylaw # 3322. Buildup of ice and snow on roofs of buildings must be removed in a controlled fashion. When this hazard cannot be immediately removed, there are barricades available to alert pedestrians of the potential overhead danger. A limited number of these barricades are available at the Crystal Palace next to the municipal parking lot in the basin area. These are only to be used as a temporary solution until such time as the ice and snow is safely brought down. Once this has been done, these barricades are to be returned back to the Crystal Palace. If you still are still in possession of any of these barricades from past years, please return them. Also ice and snow on fire escapes, and fire access routes to buildings must be kept clear. This needs to be done as often as necessary to ensure that safe access and egress from a building is provided for all building users and emergency services personnel. Thank you for your continued efforts in keeping

Town approves Free Downtown Parking for Christmas 2010 From November 27 to December 31, 2010 the Town of Perth is providing holiday shoppers with all-day free parking in the following downtown Municipal Parking Lots: Wilson Street Lot; Code’s Mill Lot; Museum Lot; Chamber of Commerce Lot and the Basin Parking Lot. Parking at street meters beyond the Downtown Core is still free with a maximum of two hours permitted on the street. A vehicle may not be re-parked on a street in the Downtown Core within a five hour period of the first parking. If visitors wish to shop for extended periods we encourage all shoppers to use the Municipal Parking Lots.

The Facts about Holiday Safety The Perth Fire Department would like to wish all citizens a safe and happy holiday season. Ontario statistics indicate that fire deaths traditionally rise over the holidays. We provide the following key messages to help keep the holidays a happy time of year. • Ensure smoke alarms are installed on every level of your home and test them often to make sure

they are in working order • Do winter conditions impede your home escape plan? Make sure that all access routes from your home are kept free from ice and snow accumulations • Christmas trees are very combustible  Cut one or two inches from the base of the tree when you get it home and place the tree securely in a large reservoir type stand that has a water receptacle to keep the bottom of the tree submerged in water  Add water each day, always keeping the water level of the reservoir above the cut  Keep the tree away from candles, fireplaces, heating vents, radiators, television sets or other sources of heat  Make sure your tree does not block exits  Discard the tree before it begins to turn brown or dry out • Check all sets of lights before putting them up. Discard any sets that are damaged or worn.Never cut off ground plugs on lights or extension cords • Ensure all light strings, extension cords or electric ornaments bear the CSA or ULC logo approving them for use within Canada. Read labels on lights and cords and do not overload circuits with too many lights. Do not use outside lights indoors and vice versa. Make sure electrical connections are not lying in water puddles. • Use decorations that are flame-resistant or non-combustible. • Turn light strings off before you go to bed and when you leave the house.

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• Stay in the kitchen when cooking and keep clutter away from the stovetop. • Alcohol and fire are a dangerous mix. Don’t attempt to cook or smoke while under the influence of alcohol. • Always use glass globes or chimneys on candles and blow them out when leaving a room. • Store woodstove and fireplace ashes in a non-combustible pail. Ashes can stay hot for days. Do not discard ashes in household garbage bags. If you require more information contact the Perth Fire Department at 613-267-5574.

Drummond Street: Traffic Signal Update The traffic signals on Drummond Street at Isabella Street and North Street have been placed on a red flash cycle. With the reinstatement of two-way traffic on Wilson Street, the municipality will be re-establishing the fourway stop intersections at both identified locations. The temporary four-way flash cycle is intended to be a transition tool to assist drivers back to the four-way stop configuration. The traffic signals at both locations were installed as part of the overall traffic management planning for the Wilson Street reconstruction project. Both installations were temporary with infrastructure to be permanently removed in the next two weeks. Drivers are asked to use caution at both intersections and abide by approved vehicle movement patterns.


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Films for the heart and soul BY JIM DEACOVE There are several things to note about the December program of the Spiritual Cinema Circle. First, the films are on for Dec. 19, the third Sunday of the month, still a 2 p.m. matinee. Secondly, both the short and feature films have inspiring Christmas themes. If, the week before Christmas, you are in need of rejuvenation of spirits, these two films will do it. Guaranteed or your money back. Thirdly, the films deal with serious issues and are not suitable for little children.

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BY MARGO FULFORD The Middleville Community Centre is once again hosting a Christmas Celtic Jam on Saturday, Dec. 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. A Celtic Jam is a group of musicians who play Celtic music in a relaxed, group get-together. There will be fiddles, harps, whistles, accordions, guitars, a piano and other instruments, arranged in a semi-circle in front of an audience, with musicians taking turns choosing a piece of music they like, and all joining in. This time of year, the bulk of the music will be Christmas pieces mixed in with familiar Celtic music. At times, the audience will be invited to join the singing. Come and join us at the community centre on Saturday afternoon, where good music, Christmas desserts, coffee and tea will be served. All are welcome to join in for a very small sum. All musicians welcome. For further information, call Margo at 613-256-5474. Submitted by the Middleville Community Centre.

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Unexpectedly in hospital in Ottawa on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010 at the age of 72. Murray will be sadly missed by his sons Stephen (Heather) and Derek (Charlene Thomas), daughter Susan McConnell (Simon Gold), their mother Marion Mackle and his 6 grandchildren. He was the brother of Gordon (Shirley) and Howie (Carm) McConnell, Hilda (Willis) Cleary and Lorna (Bob) Hobbs. Murray was predeceased by his parents Marjorie (Moodie) and J. Everett McConnell, his second wife Sue McConnell, brother Arnold McConnell and sister Lois Scott. He will be sadly missed by his nieces, nephews, family and friends. Friends paid their respects at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, Perth. Funeral service was held in the chapel on Thursday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. In remembrance, contributions to the Diabetes Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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The family of the late Arthur Publow wishes to express their sincere thanks to relatives, friends and neighbours for their kindness and support at the time of our loss. Thank you for the mass offerings, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, flowers, cards and food sent to the house. They were all greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Evelyn Publow and family

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Lackey: In loving memory of a dear mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Gertude Ann, who left us on Dec. 18, 1983. It is strange that those we need and those we love the best Are just the ones God called away and took them Home to rest. We know you are now safe at Home with loved ones there Loved ones who smile when they see you and hold you with care. In a place with love and happiness, a place that is so bright A place filled with perfect joy and beauty in the everlasting light. Your pain and suffering is finally over, every restless yearning has passed You are now at peace forever, safely home in Heaven at last. And every time we think of you, we seem to hear God say Have faith and trust my promise, you’ll all meet again some day. Your presence we miss, your memory we treasure. Loving you always, forgetting you never. Your children, Gloria, Patsy, Jaqueline, David, Tony, Karen, Kim and families

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Dutton: In memory of my brother, Alex, November 25, 1980 December 19, 2009. It was from you that I first learned to think, to feel, to imagine, to believe. You are my earliest memory and you were my first friend. You were my smile and my strength in so many dark hours and have taught me to face the harsh realities of life and the challenges it brings with conviction and hope. You have taught me to trust in the power of truth and forgiveness and to love purely and openly with out limit or condition. My brother, my blood, but by choice, you were my best friend, my confidant, my mentor, my protector, my rock. For everything you taught me, for everything you were, for everything you stood for and fought for — I am most proud and most grateful, that you are my brother, that you are a part of my life, a part of my heart, a part of me. My gratitude and my love will remain undying, just as will your indomitable spirit. One year is already too many without you and with every day that slips away in your absence, I find new ways to miss you — but you are with me always, Alex. I love you, Rachel

DUTTON: In loving memory of my treasured son, Alexander Thomas, November 25, 1980 - December 19, 2009. A year since you left us, Alex, and every day you are in my thoughts. The little boy I carried and cherished, who so quickly grew into a young man. A young man who tried so hard to find his place in this world, but never lost the sweetness in his soul, the warmth in his heart, the easy smile no matter how hard things were, the ready laugh when he shared a joke. Everywhere I look, Alex, I am reminded of you. In every thought I have, there is a memory of you, of the joy and laughter you brought into my life. I am so grateful for those memories and treasure them always. But I miss you so very much, every day. Love always, Dad

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The family of the late Phyllis Gordon wishes to offer their heartfelt appreciation to relatives, neighbours and friends for cards, flowers, condolences and kindness during this most difficult time. We would like to extend our appreciation to the staff at Perth Community Care Centre for their care of Mom for the past 5 years. Heartfelt thanks goes out to Dr. Del Grande, Dr. Turner and Dr. Tweedie, also the nursing staff at the Emergency and 2nd floor of the Perth Hospital. The compassion that was shown by O’Dacre Funeral Home was above and beyond. I would like to thank Father McNally for visiting Mom in the hospital and Father Mark Ruckpaul and the organist for a lovely and meaningful service. Also to the people who made refreshments for the wonderful lunch served afterwards at the McDonalds Corners Agricultural Hall. To our aunts, Bertha Hanna and Grayce Gordon, for sandwiches, cake and treats sent home with us. A big thank you to Aunt Mary Charleton, Trudy and Rhonda Gordon for comforting and staying many nights with me at the hospital; you will never be forgotten. Also LeeAnn Patenaude and Jennifer Jilks for sitting with Mom sometimes. Thank you to the pallbearers, Donnie, Ronnie, Rodney and Kevin Gordon, Barry Miller and Harry Beute. Please accept this as a sincere thank you for all you have done during this time of sadness and loss. Our Mom will now be at rest with the love of her life, our Dad (her soldier) watching over us. Sincerely, The Gordon and Scharf family

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LACASSE Frances B. In British Columbia on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, Frances Burnett Lacasse (nee Sheffield) died peacefully at home in the loving arms of her husband and daughter. Fran is survived by her loving husband Guy; daughters: Laurel (Don) Burgess, Joelle (Scott) Turner and their baby-to-be, and Isabella Marie Lacasse, as well as son, Aaron (Lauren) White and their children Jackson, Abigail and Seth;. Also survived by her mother, Jean Sheffield, and her siblings, Robert (Billie), George (Nancy), Margaret (Brian), Julia (Robert), and cousin/sister Lorraine (Barry) and her Aunt Beth Gregory. Fran will be lovingly remembered by her many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Predeceased by her father, Bun Sheffield; brother, Ian; and cousin/sister Wendy (Allan) Mark. Fran was born in Montreal, QC, on April 11, 1946. She married Guy Lacasse on Dec. 20, 1979 in Medicine Hat, Alta. She started her education at McGill University in 1967 and completed her B.Ed. in 1991 at the University of Lethbridge. Throughout her career, Fran worked with adults and children with special needs. Most recently, she taught school in Bermuda where she established the ‘Functional Skills Program’ at the Whitney Institute. Upon retirement, Frances and Guy relocated to Port Hardy, B.C. Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Fran can attest to her free, fun-loving, and independent spirit. She took great pride in making a difference in the lives of her students and their families. She was very proud of her children and always encouraged them to follow their dreams. Her unwavering faith in God was a comfort to her, as well as the steadfast love of her best friend and husband, Guy. Her warm smile, twinkly eyes and generous heart inspired everyone she came into contact with. She will be greatly missed. A Memorial Service will be held in Portland United Church on Monday, Dec. 20 at 11 a.m. Inurnment Lyndhurst Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy memorial donations made to the Lyndhurst Cemetery Memorial Fund or the Charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Scotland Funeral Home, Elgin 613-359-5555 or at www.scotlandfuneralhome.com.

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Community calendar of events Thursday, Dec. 16 • The Perth Bible Hour will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Stewart School’s library. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Murray McLeod at 613-267-3012. • The Active Seniors Koalition (ASK) will host a shuffleboard event at Watsons Corners Hall at 11 a.m. Bring a brown bag lunch. For more information, call 613259-5447.

Friday, Dec. 17 • The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 395 in Lanark will host its monthly euchre party at 7:30 p.m. There will be prizes and a light lunch.

brooke St.) will host a family open mike night with caroling from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. There will be homemade pizza, salad and refreshments for sale. For information, contact Patti Greer at 613-264-1041 or cstrong@ storm.ca

Monday, Dec. 20 • The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 244 in Perth will host carpet bowling at 1 p.m. New bowlers are welcome.

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take place from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Stewart School’s library. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Murray McLeod at 613-267-3012.

Everyone is welcome to come out and celebrate Christmas together. The hall will open at 11 a.m. and appetizers will be served. Dinner will be served at noon. Anyone that requires transportation to Saturday, Dec. 25 and from the dinner, or would like • Perth’s 26th annual Com- a meal delivered, can call 613-264munity Christmas Dinner 0123 from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. at Code’s Mill banquet hall. to 5 p.m. or 613-812-5555. There is Heads Up for Healthier Brains Be Socially Active

• The Maberly Agricultural Society will host euchre at 7:30 p.m. at Maberly Hall. Admission is $3. There will be prizes and refreshments.

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A HUGE THANK YOU!! CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS: Industrial: Eaton Electrical Non-Commercial: Perth Fire Department Commercial: Lifestyles Hot Tub World School: Elementary - Drummond Central; High School - St. John Animal: Patti Kravacek • Service Clubs: RCAF Association Individual: Augusta Rowesome & Makayla Parks Best Overall: Coldwell Banker Settlement Realty

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Parade Marshalling & Communications: Gene Richardson, Ron Farrell, Christopher Mahon, Mike Peever, Madeline Bouvier, BBD&E, Volunteer Firefighters patroling with the 4-wheelers Aidan Ryan,Kevin Toner, Dallas Robertson, Dane Richardson, Joe Bingley, Perth Volunteer Firefighter Ron Woods for driving the “pace vehicle” in Unit 5, Ryan Communications, Perth Police Dept., Karen Fox and the Town of Perth for placement and use of barricades and erection of banner. Judging: Healey Bus Lines and Murray Hall, Lindsay Mahon for stats tabulation, Ken Bickford “the caller” and to our judges - Cindy Richardson, Ian Murphy and Kelly Murphy, Brant Heney and Tammy Heney. Promotion: COGECO Cable TV, Kathy Botham & Dorothy Linden for doing a fabulous job as our T.V. commentaries, Sign Design for updating the banner and Andre Arcand for installing the town signs. Registration & Form Up: Julie Brady for fielding lots of enquiries and Coldwell Banker for use of office equipment and phones, Alex Brady for delivering registration forms around town, Dorothy Linden & Lindsay Mahon for helping at the registration desk on parade day, Barnabe’s Your Independent Grocer for the great hot chocolate, Bill Beacham (Leo Adams Investments) for use of parking lot at the Old Brown Shoe “The Factory” on Sunset Blvd., Perth Septic Services for giving us a deal on the portable toilet rental. Food After Parade: Anne Marie Lewis & Ken Young of Aabacus Catering for donation of hot chocolate & cups, Perth Metro for coffee urns; Valerie Hall, custodian at Queen Elizabeth School; the food preparers and servers from the Perth Civitan Club who did a fantastic job, including: Bob Robinson, Don Rubino, Carol Rubino, RJ. Robinson, Hans Gretener. Santa’s Float: Members of Perth Lions Club for decorating and tending to this precious job, Tom Devlin Transport Ltd., Tackaberry Construction for use of their garage to work on the float, cutter owner Claire Dodds and, of course, Lorne Hollywood and Betty Kent.

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In the Estate of CLARENCE WILLIAM ANGST, deceased. All persons having claims against the Estate of the above-named deceased, late of the Town of Perth, in the County of Lanark, who died on the 23rd day of September, 2010, are required to file proof of same with the undersigned on or before the 17th day of January, 2011. After that date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to the claims of which the undersigned shall then have had notice. DATED at Perth, this 26th day of November, 2010.

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Sunday, Dec. 19 • A traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols will take place at 7:30 p.m. at St. James Anglican Church (12 Harvey St.). The St. James Anglican Choir (Peter Woodwark) will be singing together with St. Paul’s United Choir (Brad Mills). All are welcome to attend. • The Factory Grind (1 Sher-

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• The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 395 in Lanark will host its monthly birthday party. Entertainment will begin at 2 p.m. All musicians are welcome. Light lunch will be served. • The 19th annual The Night before the Night before Christmas fundraising dance, in support of the Perth and District Food Bank (PDFB), will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall (26 Beckwith St.). Tell Mama and The Commuters will be performing. Admission is $25, or $20 with a food donation. • The Christmas Celtic Jam will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Middleville Community Centre (4203 Wolf Grove Rd., Lanark). For more information, contact 613-256-5474.

Monday, Dec. 27 • The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 244 in Perth will host carpet bowling at 1 p.m. New bowlers are welcome.

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When the sun finally set, the magic began! Thank you to all who helped and participated to make this year’s “SANTA’S WORKSHOP” parade a huge success! To all our participants we appreciate the effort and time you have put in to be part of our parade and make it the success it is each year! Our apologies if we missed anyone! Sheri Mahon-Fournier, Dorothy Linden, Jack Wright, Gene Richardson Any suggestions or ideas for next year’s theme, drop us a line at 2 Wilson St. E., Perth, ON, K7H 1L2. Sheri Mahon-Fournier 613-812-1215

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Lots of drama in the halls of PDCI The students at Perth and District Collegiate Institute have had a busy week filled with drama performances, House activities and the semi-formal dance. The school’s winter musical, Snow White??, held its six inschool performances this week for the elementary school students in the Perth area. The public performance had to be postponed due to inclement weather on Sunday, so it was pushed back to Tuesday, Dec. 14. The performances were all very successful, and students from kindergarten right up to eighth grade all enjoyed the show. Each audience was very enthusiastic, Big Blue answering the actors’ questions and providing useful, if somewhat unnecessary, information for exciting choreography, singing, them! and movement on stage. The story The play is full of lively music, is a twist on the traditional tale of

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props and sets. A number of teachers have also contributed their time and skill to bring the play together. A big thank you is in order to all who helped out! PDCI held its annual semiformal dance on Thursday last week, with a fun Las Vegas theme. Students arrived dressed up in fancy heels and dress shoes, and some students wore sunglasses

and brought playing cards to go along with the theme. Pyjama Day was on Friday, the day after dance. Students were able to roll out of bed and head right to school without worrying about their appearance for the day. Students dressed down in their pyjamas, robes and slippers all gained points for their Houses. Have a great week, Blue Devils!

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Lions Club of Perth is always busy

Studio Theatre Productions nabs three festival awards If you missed An Evening of One-Act plays presented by Studio Theatre in October, you missed two award winning plays. Studio Theatre Productions entered two plays in the Eastern Ontario One-Act Play Festival held at the Ottawa Little Theatre Nov. 12 to 14. “The Last Act is a Solo” by Robert Anderson and “My Narrator by Norm Foster” garnered two acting awards and six nominations; not bad for this troupe’s second foray into an EODL festival. Acting awards went to Joanna McAuley for her portrayal of Laura Cunningham, a fading actress who is losing her memory. Although she herself is still a young woman, McAuley played the 85-year-old brilliantly, eliciting special praise from adjudicator Laurel Smith (who is also the artistic producer of Perth’s Classic Theatre Festival). A second award went to Barb Guthrie as the harried Narrator, who tries desperately to keep her young charge from making the wrong decisions. Guthrie combined fine acting skill with a superb sense of comedy to keep audience laughing throughout the play. But even the best actor has to rely on good direction and the support of others in the cast and crew. Roberta Peets and

Kathie Reid both received nominations for Best New Director, and Ann Hawthorn was nominated for her set dressing in “The Last Act is a Solo.” Supporting actors Lucas Tenant and Alfred Von Mirbach in “My Narrator,” and Paul Roach in “The Last Act is a Solo” were also nominated. To be singled out of 33 fine actors and countless crew members taking part in the festival is in itself an honour. But the real thrill came when the winner of the Brighton Barn People’s Choice Award was announced. This is an award initiated by Brighton Barn Theatre in 2003 and is chosen not by an adjudicator, but by audience members who had seen all nine plays. It is the play that this crowd of knowledgeable theatre people most enjoyed, and it went to “My Narrator,” directed by Peets. It was the icing on the cake. So Perth really does have talent, something we will see more of in January when Studio Theatre Productions hosts its third Perth Has Talent show. But why wait until January? You can see this talent on display in their production of Harvey still playing from Dec. 17 to 19. Don’t miss out on this classic comedy presented by this super-talented troupe. Submitted by Studio Theatre Productions.

from the clubs of Smith Falls and Westport. DG Andy congratulated the Lions Club of Perth on being picked Club of the Month in the Lions magazine. As always, the Lions Club of Perth is keeping busy and looking forward to another very productive year. We remind everyone that we are always ready to accept new members. Men, women and couples are welcome. For more information, please contact Lion Bill Dixon at 613-283-7753. If you have a wedding, anniversary or other special occasion, or meeting, coming up, the newly renovated Lions Hall may just the space you are looking for. For hall rental information, please contact Lioness Edna Coutts at 613-267-2744. Submitted by the Lions Club of Perth.

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Drummond & North Sts. Minister: Rev. Marilyn Savage; Organist: Ann Savage

RBC in Perth donated $1,000 to PDCI’s back campus revitalization project on Nov. 25. The bank has committed to a donation of $1,000 a year for five years. This is the third year the bank has donated. From left: RBC’s Susan Carson, Donna Gordon, Heather Viebrock, Tracey Crane, Leda Oosten and PDCI’s Kevin Bellamy, Eli Woods and Ashley Bell. Kassina Ryder photo

Sunday, Dec. 19 11:00 a.m. - Worship service and Sunday school multi-age program. Nursery available. Coffee hour Friday mornings 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Please check the website for info on youth group, Bible studies and other ministries, www.standrewsperth.com. Audio loop system • 613-267-2481 A warm welcome to all!

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Once again, the Lanark County Grannies will be selling their festively decorated twig stars and pine-cone angels, raising money to help African grandmothers who are caring for millions of their orphaned grandchildren. These grandmothers, elderly and often impoverished themselves, are struggling to provide for these children as best they can, but their circumstances are daunting. They have lost their own children to the AIDS epidemic, as have many of their neighbours. Almost an entire generation of sub-Saharan Africans have been wiped out by this disease, leaving their families, communities and countries devastated. The Lanark County Grannies, along with more than 250 other granny groups across Canada, raise money, advocate for appropriate changes in Canada’s foreign policy and educate the public on relevant issues. The money they raise goes to the Stephen Lewis Foundation, where it is allocated to carefully chosen grassroots projects in Africa. When you buy an angel or a star, you not only buy a gift for yourself or a friend, but one for the grandmothers and children of Africa. This is probably the last year these stars will be available, so be sure to get them while supplies last. From Dec. 1 until Christmas, you can purchase the stars at Foodsmiths or Groundwaves, both on Wilson Street in Perth. Prices are reasonable and your money truly goes a long way.

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CIBC UNITED WAY DONATION The Perth CIBC donated $1,000 to the United Way on Friday, Nov. 5. Pictured from left-to-right are Cristal Palmer, Catherine Merkley, Lisa Donaldson-Parks, Cathy McGlade, Freya Lilius, Lucy Kujadt, Terrie White and Jennie Needham. Tony Palermo photo

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Brown back to winning ways andrew.snook@perthcourier.com Perth’s Mike Brown can still make a splash in swimming. Brown made golden waves at the Canada Cup short course swimming competition on Sunday, Nov. 28 in Etobicoke. He won the gold medal in the 200-metre breaststroke in a time of 2:09.75, breaking his own record time of 2:10.78. “I was two or three seconds faster than I expected,” he said. “Only four months into training this gives me some confidence into the next few years.” Brown recently flew back to his home in Calgary, after spending a week at a training camp in

Florida. He said that he was both excited and relieved to perform as well as he did at the Canada Cup. “I was excited that I was able to go that fast, but it was also relieving to see it’s possible to come back after being in retirement,” he said. Although he is happy with his most recent performance, Brown said he has plenty of work ahead of him to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. “I just keep on pluggin’ for it,” he said. “No race is 100 per cent perfect. Pushing off the walls faster, swimming underwater, doing all the little things right. I’m Perth’s Mike Brown won a gold medal at the Canada Cup short course setting myself up well, leading up swimming competition in the 200-metre breaststroke on Nov. 28 in to London 2012.” Etobicoke. File photo

Stingrays clean up in Kingston BY ANDREW SNOOK andrew.snook@perthcourier.com The Perth Stingrays Aquatics Club’s most recent competition went swimmingly, with several members posting top-six finishes in various categories at the Distance and Development Meet held on Sunday, Dec. 5 at the Artillery Park Aquatic Complex in Kingston. A total of 210 swimmers from seven teams competed in 23 events. The Stingrays top performer

was Matthew McNames, 9, who qualified for the Eastern Ontario Swimming Championship in February, 2011. McNames qualified in the 200-metre freestyle and 100m individual medley. He finished in first place in the 100m individual medley, second place in the 50m butterfly and in third place in both the 100m and 200m freestyle events. “He is probably one of the swimmers we were most pleased with (at the event),” said Rod Agar, Stingrays head coach. McNames will be competing

against boys aged 11 and under in his events in February. “For a nine-year-old to qualify that’s quite an accomplishment, he has good technique and pays attention.” The Stingrays also received top-six finishes from Justin Agar, 11, Sarah Bell, 9, Caleigh Fisher, 13, Andrew Machan, 8, Rory MacMillan, 13, Thomas MacMillan, 8, Gareth Martin, 10, Brennan McGlade, 15, Kaileen McGlade, 13, Jonathan Miller, 8, Lauren Miller, 9, Nikol Pavlova, 11, and Laurel Price, 18.

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BY ANDREW SNOOK andrew.snook@perthcourier.com The Perth Jr. B Blue Wings defeated the Shawville Pontiacs 6-2 on Friday, Dec. 10 to increase their lead atop of the Valley Division. Perth (17-7-1) currently sits three points ahead of the Arnprior Packers (15-9-2). The Blue Wings took the lead early in the first period against Shawville, when Brett Lewandowsky scored his first of two goals on the night, just over five minutes into the game. Shawville’s Dave Hobbs tied the game 1-1, just before the 14-minute mark in the second period, but Perth responded scoring two goals just over two minutes apart, to end the period up 3-1. The goals were scored by Lewandowsky and Zach MacMillan. Blue Wings Gio Falsetti and Dan Weir scored early into the third period to put the game out of reach. Haiden Goltz also scored for Perth. Perth goaltender Troy Anderson stopped 22 of 24 shots.

Next home game The Blue Wings next home game will take place on Friday, Dec. 17 against the Ottawa Junior Canadians at 7:45 p.m.

Fisher savours ‘second home’ with Senators By Rob Brodie OttawaSenators.com In a lot of eyes, he’ll always be that fresh-faced young player who brings an abundance of energy every time he’s on the ice. So when you hear Mike Fisher suggest — in a joking tone, mind you — that “I’m no spring chicken anymore,” it’s easy to quickly dismiss such a thought. And at age 30, the Ottawa Senators centre is far from the end of the line in National Hockey League terms. But the fact that Fisher is now in his 11th season with the team… even that seems a little much to fathom for a guy who,

along with captain Daniel Alfredsson and defenceman Chris Phillips, forms the Senators’ veteran core. “It sure has gone fast, that’s for sure,” Fisher said when asked about his longevity in Ottawa. “It seems like almost yesterday that I was coming in here as a young guy. Then before you know it, it’s 11 years later. You don’t realize how fast it goes. “I think it makes you appreciate playing in this game. I’ve been blessed to be able to stay in Ottawa. I love it here. It’s become like my second home. I feel very fortunate.” Truth be told, Fisher had a

sense this was the right place to be right from that June day in Buffalo, when the Senators made him their second-round pick (44th overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. “I had lots of relatives there,” Fisher said in recalling a day that is special for every aspiring young hockey player. “An aunt and uncle from Ottawa, they were there. My family is from Peterborough. So when my name was called by Ottawa, I was pretty excited to be coming (to a team) so close to home. I think my whole family was, too. It was one of my teams that I would have loved to have (been drafted by) and it worked out.” Fisher joined the Senators as a 19-year-old, admittedly in awe of players such as Alfredsson, Marian Hossa and Alexei Yashin, who were the team’s stars when he first arrived on the scene. Only Alfredsson and Phillips remain from Fisher’s first Senators team and now he’s one of the guys the younger generation looks up to for advice and guidance. “I like being in a leadership role,” said Fisher. “It doesn’t matter how old you are, you

can still learn and grow and do a lot of different things better. I’m still trying to do that. At this point in my career, I know I still have a lot more in me and I don’t want to leave anything behind when it’s all said and done.” There might be nobody better than Fisher to tell the next crop of Senators how good life can be in Ottawa — not that he imagined it all playing out this way. Fans still adore him and his tireless work with Roger’s House and other charities has made him a community icon. Life got even better during the summer when Fisher married country music superstar Carrie Underwood in a lavish Georgia wedding. “You never really know what life is going to bring sometimes,” said Fisher. “But I’m very fortunate to be in the league this long and to play for Ottawa.… I love playing here every night. The fans have been really good to me and I’m grateful for that. Hopefully, I can call it home for the rest of my career. That would be ideal.”

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Men’s high finish: Wayne Foster, 160.

On the weekend of Feb. 26 and 27, the Perth F.S.C. will be hosting the annual Seaway Valley Interclub Competition. This is a big undertaking for our club as we will play host to 18 clubs over two days. We will not be able to make it a success without the enthusiastic support of our members and community partners. We are looking for volunteers to help out on the weekend of the event (high school students are welcome and will be granted community service hours). For more information, contact Wendy Martin at wmartin@terridar.com or the club at perthfsc@ yahoo.ca. We are also looking for corporate sponsors. We need a range of sponsorship, from raffle-table prizes to ice sponsorships. Any donations will be appropriately recognized and acknowledged. For more information, contact Perth and District Collegiate Institute’s Emily Fergusson prepares to Cara McNamee at cara_mcna- hit a serve against St. John Catholic High School on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at mee@live.ca. PDCI. The Blue Devils defeated the Spartans in three straight games. Individuals and families can Andrew Snook photo

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The Perth Lanark Minor Midget Rep Wings met the South Grenville Rangers at home in Lanark on Nov. 12. The local boys started the game off right with two goals early in the first period. Defenceman Tom Coyne made a precise pass to winger Colin Leeflang, who deposited the puck into the net to mark the first goal. The second was scored by Jakob Erwin, who was at the right place at the right time to make good on a rebound. Assists went to Cody King and Mathew Cordick. The second period opened with another Wings’ goal by Leeflang, deftly assisted by Erwin and Coyne. Following back-to-back interference penalties received by Perth Lanark and a charging penalty doled out to South Grenville, the opposition scored.

The Perth Lanark focus started to dissolve as they got themselves into more penalty trouble and found themselves in the all-toofamiliar position of being on the short end of 5-on-3 power play, which led to another goal by the Rangers seconds into the third period. Three minutes later, the opposition scored again on a power play. Then, out of the blue, the play of the game was executed by the Wings. King passed to Erwin who passed to Leeflang who scored the go-ahead goal. It was a pictureperfect example of teamwork. Evan Noonan, assisted by Hunter Rombough and Coyne, put the icing on the cake mid period with a goal to bring the score to 5-3. The Wings struggled to hold onto their tenuous lead as the Rangers scored again on the power play. The clock fortuitously ran out, leaving the score 5-4 for the Wings.

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Crowds turn out for successful parade in Westport In spite of a really cold wind, the weatherman co-operated, the Lions Club members worked hard, parade entries were great and a large crowd turned out on Saturday, Nov. 27, to make this year’s Westport Lions Club Santa Claus Parade a huge success. This event has been an important part of the season, and older residents remember Santa parachuting down on the Rideau as he came to visit and join the parade. Parade marshall, Lion Dale Lyons, assisted by his fellow Lions and all who participated in any way, ensured the parade portrayed this year’s theme: Westport, the Christmas Village. As the club float completed the parade, Santa with his reindeer was still the star of the show. The judges, Janice Steele, Jackalyn Brady and Roma Wing, chose the float by the Westport Day Care for the Closest to the Theme plaque. The most creative went to a local business, Artimesia, carrying the banner “Spirits” with walkers dressed accordingly. Honorable

mention went to the Westport/ Rideau Lakes ministerial, whose float depicted the joy and celebration of this special spiritual season. A nativity scene and children representing all the churches were on this float, gathered to hear the age-old story of the saviour’s birth. Horses are always popular and this year, for the first time, the club awarded a plaque of appreciation for these entries that added to the parade. Lion Dale Lyons presented these to the MacDonald family of Portland for their team of Canadians, two young equestrian ladies from Lombardy who rode their ponies, and old friends David and Elswood Gamble with their team of Belgians. Of course a parade wouldn’t be complete without a band, and leading the parade was the military corps from Barriefield accompanied, much to the delight of the children, by a “huge” tank. Also in the lineup was the Perth Citizens’ Band, the Kingston Grenadier Pipe and Bugle and the Rideau District High School Band. A welcome addition this

OPP on roads with RIDE program BY OPP With the holiday season underway, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are reminding motorists that there will be a visible increase of OPP officers again this holiday season as they focus their efforts to track down motorists who place everyone’s safety at risk by drinking and driving on Ontario’s roads and highways. This year’s annual OPP Festive RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) campaign will be in effect from now through Jan. 2, 2011. The Festive RIDE initiative has proven to be an effective deterrent and an important tool in raising awareness about the continued, senseless loss of life and injuries that result from driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. During the 2009 five-week RIDE initiative, OPP officers stopped 1,199,280 vehicles at roadside checkpoints, compared to 884,729 in 2008. The results were that 299 persons were charged with Criminal Code alcohol-related offences, compared to 319 in 2008. Officers also laid a total of 5,195 other driving-related charges and issued 746 “warn range” suspensions during last year’s campaign. The OPP is reminding the public about changes to driving laws in Ontario that took effect on Dec. 1, 2010, where drivers who have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over 80 milligrams or who fail/refuse to comply with a demand to provide a sample by a police officer will see their vehicles impounded for seven days. This change to the Ontario driving law is in addition to other recent changes that took effect in August of 2010 where drivers under 21 years, regardless of the class of licence they have, must have a zero BAC or be suspended on the spot for 24 hours. Also, under the new Safe Roads for a Safer Ontario Act introduced last year, drivers caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) between 0.05 to 0.08 (known as the “warn range”), will have their licence immediately suspended for three days for a first occurrence, seven days for a second occurrence and 30 days for a third or subsequent occurrence. “The OPP is committed to doing our part to promote traffic safety by removing impaired drivers from our roads to ensure that everyone can arrive at their destination safely this holiday season. We are calling on all drivers to support our efforts by doing their part and not mixing driving with alcohol or drugs,” said OPP deputy commissioner Larry Beechey, Provincial Commander responsible for Traffic Safety and Operational Support. Anyone who suspects a driver is driving while impaired is

encouraged to call police by dialing 911. The media and public are encouraged to visit the OPP website at www.opp.ca where the OPP will provide for regular updates of the developing results on the 2010 Festive RIDE program.

year were two floats, one with a local gospel group, the Proverbs, and the other, Jeff and Seamus Cowan and the Spencer Evans Trio. They added a great deal to the festivities as they offered their vocal talents and music. Antique cars, tractors, fire engines, a large number of floats were entered by local businesses and individuals, and Lion Jim McGlade and his grandson collected articles for the food bank with his ATV and trailer. To the delight of young and old,

there were lots of clowns along the route, bringing smiles to everyone’s faces, candies to the little folks and proving once again that many of these Lions Club members are multi-talented. Following the parade, everyone had an opportunity to greet Santa, receive a little treat bag from a Lions Club elf, and for all the participants

in the parade, enjoy a barbecue. Neil Kudrinko of Your Friendly Grocery Store and Mark Parliament of Foley Mountain Mechanical donated the food and their skills at the barbecue, a donation that is appreciated by everyone.

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The Township’s Public Works Department is responsible for the sanding, salting and plowing of approximately 300 kilometers of Township roads. These operations are completed by roads personnel as well as private contractors. The Public is reminded that under the Highway Traffic Act it is an offence to: Park or stand a vehicle in such a manner as to interfere with the movement of traffic or the clearing of snow from a highway (Section 170). Deposit snow or ice on a roadway without permission in writing to do so from the road authority responsible for the maintenance of the road (Section 1818). The Township will not be responsible for damages to mail boxes, newspaper containers or other appurtenances that are privately owned and erected on township right of ways and are damaged through winter snow-plowing operations. Please remember to adjust your driving speed to suit the prevailing weather and road conditions. Thank you for your cooperation and have a safe Holiday season. John Simcock Public Works Superintendent 613-264-0730

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LOOKING BACK 25 years ago

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Store employee mugged A local Becker’s Store employee was knocked to the ground and had the store receipts he was carrying stolen during a robbery last Wednesday. Police say the 28-year-old male

employee was walking from the store about 12:15 a.m. to his car, parked on Gore Street, with the receipts after closing the store. He was going to make a night bank deposit. The employee was struck from the rear and was later taken to GWM Hospital suffering from minor injuries. A suspect was seen running south on Gore Street toward Robinson Street, and police are asking anyone who may have seen the suspect to come forward. Police also say local businesses can request a police escort when making night deposits. The amount of money taken was not revealed, but was described as substantial.

Public meeting on core proposal A series of open houses will be held at town hall to familiarize the public with the proposed downtown-core development prior to a public meeting on the subject on Dec. 19. Open houses will be held on Dec. 17 from 1 to 5 p.m., Dec. 18 from 1 to 9 p.m. and Dec. 19 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the council chambers at town hall.

A public meeting on the core development proposal will be held on Dec. 19 starting at 8 p.m. at the Legion Hall in Perth. A lease agreement was signed earlier this year with National Grocers, and municipal representatives were in Toronto earlier this week discussing a site plan with National Grocers. A site plan has been drawn up by John Stewart indicating the proposed food store built of brick compatible with the nearby McMillan building. In his inaugural speech last week, Mayor Lowell Yorke referred to the need for a quick decision on the core in order to obtain provincial grant monies. “I don’t feel as a new council we should rush in and make any major decisions until we have had a chance to do our homework,” stated Yorke. “However, as you are aware, there are decisions with deadlines involved, grant money involved, and (these decisions) concern the future direction of the town, so we have to do this homework immediately,” he noted. A letter from the Community Planning Program Division of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing indicates the town

should spend at least one-third of its allocation under the Community Area Improvement Program by March 31, 1986, or risk losing its allocation. Perth has been allocated $475,000 in grants and low-interest loans. In his inaugural speech, Yorke also touched on the excellent municipal financial situation. Yorke said the town is debt-free and has reserves in the neighbourhood of $700,000. Some of the reserve money came from sales of town-owned lots on Mather Avenue and the Sheriff ’s House.

Share resources, says health council By the year 2000, Perth and Smiths Falls could be sharing medical staff at their hospitals to provide better health services in the area. This prediction is the result of a two-year study, commissioned by the Rideau Valley District Health Council, formerly the Lanark-Leeds-Grenville District Health Council, looking into tricounty health needs in the future. The sharing of staff at both hospitals was only one of the pro-

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o date, the national increase in unemployment has not been reflected appreciably in Perth,” R.W.R. Hughes, manager of Perth’s National Employment Office, said on Wednesday. “Naturally, we hope the trend continues.” As of Dec. 8, a total of 629 unemployed persons were registered in the Perth office. The comparative figure for 1959 is 599 persons unemployed, reflecting an increase this year of only 30. Breakdown of these figures shows 445 male and 184 female persons unemployed this year, as compared with 449 male and 150 female for 1959. The actual number of unemployed males for the current year is four less than for last year, the increase being entirely on the female side of the picture. The increase in unemployed women would appear to be due in some measure to temporary layoffs. The reason the national picture on unemployment has not been reflected so far on the local scene apparently is due to new construction work in the Perth district during the past year, which has seen an addition made to the GWM Hospital, erection of a new shoe factory and building of the top-secret government signal centre of the 2nd Line of Drummond.

James’ Recreation Centre deemed unsafe The James’ Recreation Centre was virtually condemned by Ottawa engineer John Adjeleain in a report revealed Monday evening at the regular meeting of Perth council. The report said the building’s

arch abutments are “extensively decayed” and the structure is “close to the point of failure in two ways: (a) arch collapse due to abutment crushing or sliding, and (b) purlin collapse due to overstress and lateral buckling.” The engineer there recommended that “use of the structure be prohibited until extensive repairs have been carried out.” Following the reading of the report, it was decided, on a motion by councillors Bob Echlin and Bill Lynn, that council’s recreation committee should immediately “investigate the possibilities of establishing an outdoor rink for skating and hockey, and that a special meeting of council should be called to consider the committee’s proposals.” Much discussion revolved about the question of whether the James Centre should be repaired or a new one erected. The matter was finally turned over to the recreation committee and it will be decided whether the present building should be repaired or a new building should be considered, after obtaining a cost estimate based on the report received from engineer John Adjeleain.

Lanark election results Lanark village electors, at the polls last Friday, voted for two new members for the 1961 council. Fred Orok, hardware merchant, and Don Drysdale, dry goods merchant, headed the polls. Two former councillors, Frank Manson and Wilson Creighton, were returned. Results of the election are as follows: Fred Orok, 254; Don Drysdale, 213; Frank Manson, 210; Wilson Creighton, 178; Robert

Somerville, 114; Erroll Mason, 70; Robert MacFarlane, 62. Reeve Robert Dowdall was elected by acclamation for his third term.

Winter fishing contest underway With colder weather last week, most of our lakes were frozen over and many local fishermen tried their luck. Some fair catches of pickerel were reported. The Perth Winter Fishing Contest offers prizes in four classes: pickerel, whitefish, pike and grey trout, and the first entries are expected before next week.

New ski club formed With the recent formation of Perth’s first ski club — under the name “Tay Valley Ski Club” — many sports-minded citizens look forward to fun-packed weekends during the coming winter months. President of the new club is Paul Knowlton, director of machinery and leather purchasing at the Brown Shoe Company. He is a former official of the Canadian Amateur Ski Association, a past member and one-time coach of the famed McGill University Ski Team, and a charter member of the Red Birds Ski Club of St. Sauveur, P.Q. Officers of the Tay Valley Ski Club, besides the president, are: Allan James, vice-president; D.M. Reid, secretary-treasurer; and the following directors, G. Dulmage, H. O’Donnell, T. Warapius, Paul Winslow, John Winfield, Grant McLellan and Aiden Abbott. Present skiing grounds of the club are the premises of Norvic Lodge on Christie Lake, where ex-

tensive trails have been cleared. There will be no ski tow for the present, but members hope one can be introduced before long. Cross-country ski trails are also in prospect.

BORN Barber - At the GWM Hospital, on Dec. 10, 1960, to Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Barber of Perth, a son. Cameron - At the GWM Hospital, on Dec. 11, 1960, to Cpl. and Mrs. R.A. Cameron of Perth, a daughter. Code - At the GWM Hospital, on Dec. 13, 1960, to Mr. and Mrs. Peter Code of Perth, a daughter. Topping - At the GWM Hospital, on Dec. 11, 1960, to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Topping of Lanark, a son.

DIED Adams - At Kingston, on Dec. 7, 1960, Carl Adams of Bathurst Township. Greer - At the GWM Hospital, on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 1960, Charles S. Greer, husband of the late Eva Cameron, in his 61st year. Johnson - At her residence, on Saturday, Dec. 10, 1960, Anne Jane MacDonald, aged 72 years, widow of Joseph Richard Johnson. McParland - At Kingston General Hospital, on Sunday, Dec. 11, 1960, Anna Laura McParland, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. J.J. McParland, of Stanleyville. Ritchie - At Edmonton, Alta., on Dec. 6, 1960, John W. Ritchie, son of the late John Ritchie, aged 76. Telford - At Regina, Sask., on Friday, Nov. 18, 1960, Robert Telford, beloved husband of Hester Avery.

posals made by the council. More recommendations were made concerning services which will be required in the future in Perth and Smiths Falls. The three counties are divided into four sectors, the largest of which is the Perth-Smiths Falls sector. Other sectors dealt with in the report are the Ottawa region, the Brockville sector and the Kingston sector. In the Perth-Smiths Falls area, there are 21 family practitioners between Lanark, Perth, Smiths Falls and Merrickville, and although this number is said to be satisfactory, the study predicts that two or three more doctors will be needed over the next few years to provide for an expanding population. Recommendations have been made concerning the introduction of specialists into the area to fill the gaps in medical care. The study suggests two obstetricians, two pediatricians and two psychiatrists, as well as a full-time pathologist and radiologist, be introduced into the Perth-Smiths Falls sector. The rationalization for this, according to the chairman of the council, Bob Graham, is that with these eight specialists, people would not have to travel to Ottawa or Kingston to receive medical care. There are no practising obstetricians in the area, according to Graham, and although radiology services are offered in Perth, the GWM Hospital reported to council that the service receives little usage. Another proposal in the study would have Perth and Smiths Falls joined together as one health-care service, providing a potential for growth in medical staff.

BORN Brady - At the Ottawa Civic Hospital, on Nov. 30, 1985, to Bob and Wanda Brady, a son, Ben Robert. Kehoe - At Grace Hospital, Ottawa, on Dec. 2, 1985, to Bernie and Annette Kehoe, a daughter, Sarah Anne. McDonnell - At the Smiths Falls Community Hospital, North Unit, on Dec. 7, 1985, to Rob and Cammie (nee Cordick) McDonnell, a daughter, Brittany. Napier - On Nov. 22, 1985, to Doug and Kathy Napier, a son, James Douglas. Nibourg - At High River Hospital, Alberta, on Nov. 12, 1985, to John and Susan Nibourg, a daughter, Holly Ann. Paradis - At the Civic Hospital, Ottawa, on Nov. 26, 1985, to Marcel and Kathleen (nee Emon) Paradis of Lanark, a son, Cody Lewis. Thomson - On Nov. 14, 1985, to Ralph and Annett Thomson, a son, Travis Robert.

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Ferguson - After a lengthy illness, in hospital, Vancouver, B.C., on Sunday, Dec. 8, 1985, Allan J. Ferguson, dear brother of Jean (Mrs. Dr. John Allen) of Hamilton. Gemmill - Suddenly, at McMaster University Medical Centre, Hamilton, Ont., on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1985, Ida Dickson, beloved The preceding was originally wife of W. Lindsay Gemmill. published in The Perth Courier The preceding was excerpted of Dec. 11, 1985 as the “25 years from the front page of the Dec. 11, ago” news. 1985 issue of The Perth Courier.

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CFUW Perth and District hosts Ontario East Fall Gathering Successfully Marketing CFUW; Fun in Fundraising; Interest in Interest Groups and Education Today. Guests from other chapters were able to take new, yet proven, ideas back to their clubs, where hopefully they will be adapted and used in their own planning. Networking and sharing is so important within CFUW. During lunch, the new and very popular CFUW Gourmet Cook Book, a fundraiser for our chapter, was on sale at $15 each. For orders, please contact Karen Hickey at karen.hickey@sympatico.ca. After lunch, Marylea Burtt, who has held a myriad of senior positions over the past 35 years with CFUW at both national and provincial levels, spoke to “Reflections of the Past.” Then the moment had arrived to welcome our keynote speaker, the wellknown and highly regarded authoress Carol Ann Cole, whose words addressed “Inspiration for the Future” and were greeted with tremendous approval from the audience. Quite suddenly, the day was almost From left: Caecilia van Peski, Monique Tougas, Anne Neil, Carol Ann Cole, Lana March over, finishing with a panel discussion and Ardith Toogood. Submitted photo followed by a wine and cheese reception. It was one of those days when you realize what a small role you play, but are truly inspired to continue working with others to ensure your “combined contribution” is significant. As members of CFUW, we are committed About 10 years ago, he discovered that the genetic to the pursuit of knowledge; the promotion mutations that occur when cells become cancerous of education and the improvement in the make them more susceptible to certain viruses. Using status of women and human rights, all of this knowledge, he manufactures viruses, turning them which were discussed at this gathering. And it is these causes for which we work into cancer-fighting machines that destroy tumours Nicolas tirelessly to raise funds and give of our without harming normal tissue. Ruszkowski time so that others can benefit. This work Can you imagine a world where chemotherapy or makes you feel good and I really believe radiation are obsolete? everyone left the meeting really pumped up, motivated and inspired to do even Recently, Dr. Bell and his partners began testing such Nicolas Ruszkowski more. viruses among cancer patients in Canada, the USA and

I wish I could justly convey in words the energy, excitement, pride and inspiration that was part of this year’s Ontario East CFUW Fall Gathering, hosted by the Perth & District chapter in October. The theme, entitled “Reflections of the Past – Inspiration for the Future,” set the tone for the day’s program, which was also the final celebration of the chapter’s 40th anniversary year. The full-day gathering brought together CFUW members from the Ontario East Region, which includes Belleville, Cornwall, Kanata, Kingston, Nepean, Orleans, Ottawa, Perth, Renfrew and Peterborough. We were delighted to have so many participants from other chapters, as this gave everyone the chance to share and learn various chapter practices, many of which could ultimately be introduced in other clubs. Anne Neil, president of CFUW Perth and District, opened the meeting and introduced Lana March, Perth’s former mayor, whose friendly words welcomed the audience to town. We were most fortunate to have other special guests join the gathering and share a few words, including Monique Tougas (regional director Ontario East), Ardith Toogood (International Federation of University Women) and Linda Cooke (chair of Perth Campus of Algonquin College). The final morning guest speaker was Caecilia van Peski, who was appointed United Nations Womens’ Representative by the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2009. In this function, van Peski addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York City just prior to visiting Perth. Her statement focused on “Women, Peace and Security in the context of Good Democratic Governance” and she shared this to rousing applause at its conclusion. Submitted by Jackie Boyer, publicity After a quick break, workshops commenced, offering varied topics including chair, CFUW Perth and District.

Bird count set for Dec. 30 For 25 years, area birders have been taking part in the Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Each of the citizen scientists who annually brave snow, rain or wind to take part in the count make an enormous contribution to conservation. Data collected by observers throughout North and South America over the past century allow researchers, conservation biologists and other interested individuals to study the long-term health and status of bird populations. When combined with other surveys, such as the Breeding Bird Survey, it provides a picture of how the continent’s bird populations have changed in time and space over the past 100 years. The long-term perspective made possible by the Christmas Bird Count is vital for conservationists. It also helps to identify environmental issues with implications for people. For example, local

trends in bird populations can indicate habitat fragmentation or signal an immediate environmental threat such as groundwater contamination or poisoning from improper use of pesticides. Become one of the Perth area’s citizen scientists. Contact Jean Griffin of the Rideau Valley Field Naturalists at 613-2648411 to register. You don’t need to be a great birder, as Griffin can match you up with a partner. If you can’t go out to do the count, and you live within a 16-kilometre radius of Rideau Ferry, you could participate by counting all the birds that come to your feeder that day. Be a citizen scientist and help provide essential data for conservation. There is a small $5 fee for non-Bird Studies Canada members. Submitted by the Rideau Valley Field Naturalists.

Viruses: a new cancer-fighting machine?

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Ottawa, December 7, 2010 Almost 50% of patients at our hospital are admitted with cancer or a cancer-related condition. Cancer is a big deal. It has, or will affect someone you know. This spring, Liz Ellwood – the founder of Fertile Future (www.fertilefuture.ca) – spoke to about 500 members of our management team about her experience with cancer. She shed light on the connection between cancer and infertility. Radiation or chemotherapy treatment – particularly in ovarian or cervical cancer – can cause irreversible harm to a woman’s reproductive ability. Testicular cancer can have the same impact on men. It was a dramatic reminder of the risks of traditional cancer therapy. Dr. John Bell, a researcher at The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, recently received the Dr. J. David Grimes Research Career Achievement Award for his research into a therapy that has the potential to remove such risks: “oncolytic viruses”.

Asia. These “Phase I” trials – conducted with people for whom all other treatment has failed and who are not expected to survive –determine if the new therapy is safe, and if so, what dose to use for future studies. The viruses have proven safe, with few side effects. They also show encouraging results. In one trial, a liver cancer patient whose tumour had spread to the neck saw the growth almost disappear after it was injected with the virus. Another trial tested intravenous injection of an oncolytic virus in 23 patients with various end-stage cancers. It was the first in the world to show that a virus can selectively replicate inside tumours after intravenous delivery. The finding shows that in addition to primary tumours, the viruses can attack metastases. Determining whether the viruses will lead to a cure will take more trials and many more years. But for the first time, we honestly hope that that if a cure for cancer is ever found, it could come from research being led right here in Ottawa. Nicolas Ruszkowski is VP Communications and Outreach at The Ottawa Hospital. Each week, he will share behindthe-scenes insight from the hospital. E-mail him at nruszkowski@toh.on.ca

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