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Perth’s Kilt Run recognized by Guinness as ‘world’s biggest’

IN BRIEF Police and fire marshal to investigate possible Tay Valley arson


A suspicious fire that damaged a residential property in Tay Valley Township on Feb. 18 is being investigated by the OPP and the Ontario Fire Marshal. The fire started at approximately 2:30 a.m. at 267 Upper Scotch Line. It was “immediately apparent” to firefighters that the fire had been set intentionally, a press release from the OPP stated. The fire damaged the multioccupancy units on the property, but no one was injured and people have been able to return to their homes. The investigation is ongoing. Certain details about the fire are not being released, in an effort to better analyze information from the public. Investigators are asking anyone with information to call the Crime Unit at the Lanark County OPP detachment at 613-267-2626, or call Crime Stoppers confidentially at 1-800222-8477.

Relay for Life holds first meeting Feb. 24 Organizers of the Lombardy Relay for Life are holding the organization’s first relay rally of the year at the Stone Cellar Restaurant in Perth at 7 p.m. T his year’s theme is The Wonderful World of Disney. Everyone is encouraged to attend the rally to meet organizers, listen to people’s stories and learn more about the event. This year’s Relay for Life will take place the evening of Friday, June 10. Visit for more information. It’s official. The Perth World Record Kilt Run, which saw more than 1,000 kilt-clad people racing through town on June 26, 2010, has been reco gniz ed as the “World’s Biggest Kilt Run.” The announcement came from Guinness World Records on Feb. 16, in an email to event organizers Terry and Mary Stewart, owners of The Running Goat store. And, after shipping a box-load of witnessed documents, video footage, Perth Courier clippings and piles of paperwork overseas to prove 1,067 people crossed the finish line wearing belted, pleated, tartan kilts either 22 inches or 18 inches in length, then spending more than seven months pushing the claim along, the Stewarts have one simple reaction: relief. The Guinness World Record “was something we promised to bring with the race,” said Terry, whose brainchild it was to hold a kilt run. “I was rather concerned, being that it’s February, that we had missed out on achieving what we set out to do.” Yet, despite his fears, the Perth event officially broke the record previously held by an approximately 250-person race in

Scotland. “But, in the scheme of things, it’s just kind of a fun event,” said Terry. Originally conceived as a trib-ute to the 800th birthday of Perth, Scotland last year, the inaugural race saw 1,210 people register – a nod to the town’s founding year – and more than $20,000 donated to the Stewarts’ charity of choice, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. For that, the race has earned a n o t h e r a c c o l a d e : re c o g n i tion as the “Top Community Fundraiser” from the organization’s Ottawa chapter. “This was done with goodwill at heart, and so it wasn’t just about breaking a record; it was making a huge difference for individuals living with MS,” said Laura Mackenzie, the chapter’s executive director. “I’d say it’s a double-win situation.” The society will crown the Kilt Run at a ceremony slated for Feb. 27, said Mackenzie. The honour is all the more appropriate given the fact Scotland has one of the highest incidences of MS, she said. It’s fitting for Terry, as well. “My mother had MS and that’s what’s behind my choice of charity,” he said, adding that this year’s Kilt Run will also donate proceeds to the society. See ‘Perth’s Kilt Run’, Pg. 3

More than 1,000 people crossed the finish line during Perth’s first annual Kilt Run, held on June 26, 2010. Last week the event was officially recognized as ‘The World’s Biggest Kilt Run’ by Guinness World Records. Stephanie Gray photo

Frost causes water main break on Rideau Ferry Road



Financing the future Perth and District Community Foundation presents grants. 2

TAKING HIS JOB SERIOUSLY Four-year-old Abel Hollinger carefully watches his science experiment during the Family Science workshop at Maple Grove Public School in Lanark on Feb. 17. The workshop was organized through the Ontario Early Years Centre. Kids from three to six years old spent Lanark County’s first Wildlife the afternoon discovering new things, including how solids, such as salt, dissolve in water. Kassina Ryder photo Symposium. 5

The call of the wild

The Rideau Ferry Road (County Rd. 1) was closed until about midnight on Feb. 16 after a water main broke that afternoon, said Grant Machan, director of environmental services for the Town of Perth. “It was a water line that went to the fire hydrant,” said Machan. Workers from Perth partnered with the Cty. of Lanark Roads Department to fix the break, which occurred between Elmsley Drive and Jessie Drive. The Rideau Ferry Road falls under the re-sponsibility of Lanark County, Machan said. Traffic was re-routed to Wildlife Road and the Otty Lake Side Road while repairs were being made. Machan said a member of the public alerted the municipality after spotting water on the road. Frost was to blame for breaking the six-inch pipe, which Machan said is not uncommon. Events like this occur between four and six times per year. “It’s caused from a change in temperature,” he said. “When temperatures go up and down, that’s when our pipes break.”

Improved college means boost for the county Being home to a new and improved Algonquin College in Perth will translate into an economic boost for Lanark County, the college’s main fundStingray Olivia Ellard brings raising group says. home six medals from champLana March, chair of the ionships. 15 B u i l d i n g O u r C o l l e g e O u r

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Community Our Future campaign, said the campus’ new programs and facilities mean Perth residents who want to pursue post-secondary education will be able to do it closer to home – and contribute to the local economy at the same time. “I hate to call education an industry, but it is,” said March. “We have to look at it like that.”


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Twenty-two of the campus’ 24 employees live in Lanark County, and that number is expected to increase, along with the number of students travelling to Perth from other areas in order to attend programs. “A place that has a university or a college is enhanced in many, many ways,” said March. Approximately $367,000 of


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Community grants given to charities BY KASSINA RYDER

“I believe the opportunity is there to help other charities that might be struggling to be able to deliver the programs in more difficult economic times,” said Turner.

Community Foundation on Feb. 17. Elaine Turner, the foundation’s community outreach co-ordinaRepresentatives from a dozen tor, said she believes it is imporLanark County charities received tant to provide grants to local grants from the Perth and District charities.

More than $17,000 was presented to the various charities, including Perth’s Paige Marshall. Marshall, a for mer St. John Catholic High School student, is travelling to Belize this spring

Recipients of grants from the Perth and District Community Foundation gather at The Stone Cellar Restaurant in Perth for a presentation on Feb. 17. Front row, from left: JoAnn Campbell (Alzheimer Society of Lanark County), Jennifer Miller (Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County), Maria Hofbauer (Lanark County Therapeutic Riding Program), Ashley Wheeler (Lanark Highlands Youth Centre), Paige Marshall (Queen’s Health Outreach) and Nicki Collins (Open Doors for Lanark Children and Youth). Back row: Laurel Smith (Classic Theatre Festival), Tom Shoebridge (MERA), Hilary Barrett (MERA), Bob Leitch (former president of the Perth and District Community Foundation), Dr. Kate Stolee (chair of grant committee, Perth and District Community Foundation), Frank Roy (Tay Valley Cross Country Ski Club), Les Humphreys (Lanark County Municipal Trails Corporation Board), Nancy Wildgoose (Perth and District Food Bank), John McKenty (Perth Regional Heritage Fair) and Terry Roach (Perth Regional Heritage Fair). Kassina Ryder photo


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FROM THE FRONT Stories continued from Page 1

A fresh coat for the town of Perth BY KASSINA RYDER An 18-year-old Perth woman will try her hand at managing her own painting business this summer. Kendra Bolton is in her first year at McGill University, working toward a bachelor of commerce degree. She said she plans to try to earn enough to help pay for her second year by managing her own business through a partnership with Student Works Painting. “Using their supplies, we set up a business market and actually recruit people to paint,” Bolton said. Student Works Painting provides materials to university students to run local branches, which provides them with en-


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trepreneurial experience, as well as providing summer painting jobs to local youth. Bolton said she plans to hire two paint crews in Perth and one in Smiths Falls, which will be able to service both towns and the surrounding area. Crews will be made up of three or four members. The Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board covers all workers, and all employees will be Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) certified, Bolton said. They also take painting training, and Student Works Painting provides a three-year warranty on exterior painting jobs. Bolton said work has already begun on this year’s painting season. She has been travelling to high schools recruiting both painters and marketers, who will assist her in attracting clients to her business. Employees can expect to work five days a week starting at 7 a.m., depending on the weather, Bolton said. The job pays $11 per hour. The painting season will begin as soon as she finishes her school year in late April. Bolton said she plans on learning a lot this summer. “It’s really important to me to actually get the experience, to be able to communicate with people and to know what I’m doing as soon as I get out of school,” she said. Anyone interested in working this spring can contact Bolton at kbolton.swp@gmail. com.

Though using a wheelchair, his mother was going to officially open last year’s race, Terry said. But as the day approached, the disease progressed, and she wasn’t able to. She died that summer. “It’s kind of an in-memory-ofMom run in some ways, at least for me.” This year’s race is scheduled for July 2. Those interested in running must register online at by April 2, or by March 6 to receive the

early-bird discount. Runners will receive a new tartan this year – the green, red, yellow and brown Ontario Ensign tartan – as well as a free tam, a traditional Scottish bonnet. A new event, the Haggis Toss, is also in the works – and, yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. There will also be some special guests in attendance. Dr. John Hulbert, Provost of the town’s Scottish sister city, will be there with a small delegation, includ-

ing his wife, Lady Sara. With this Perth’s 200th birthday just five years away, Terry says his goal is to have as many as 10,000 runners competing in the 2016 event. In the meantime, the Kilt Run may allow for some friendly rivalry between Perth and its Scottish counterpart, he said. “Now that we have (the record), let’s send some challenges out to Perth, Scotland to see if they can beat it.”

Improved college means boost Perth. Perth campus students often do placement work in other communities such as Almonte and Carleton Place. “The students are getting practice,” she said. “I think they’ve found a really good balance.” T h e $ 1 0 . 4 - m i l l i o n p ro j e c t is scheduled to be completed in September. It is expected to increase the student population to about 350 students, from the current 250. The campus will offer two new programs, Early Childhood Education and an Adaptive Reuse of Buildings program. The program teaches students how to take an existing building and bring it up to today’s environmental and sustainability standards, and will only be offered to graduates who already have a diploma or a degree, including Heritage Carpentry and Heritage Masonry diplomas. Existing programs, such as the Personal Support Worker pro-

gram, will also be improved. Students will soon have four beds instead of just two, and the lab will now have its own plumbing system. March said she believes programs at the Perth campus, such as the PSW and the Social Service Worker programs, have adapted to the rural area, which is another boon to local employers. “I think they’ve taken on a rural emphasis,” she said.

Facility improvements The masonry building will have a locker room complete with showers, and the campus will also contain a fitness centre and a cafeteria. It will also have three break rooms for students, as well as a lounge with a fireplace. Skylights in the main corridor will provide natural light, along with the many windows throughout the building.

“The student life experience will be enhanced,” she said. The campus is being built in accordance with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards. The project is receiving about $9 million in combined funding from the federal and provincial governments, along with a $1million contribution from the community through the Building Our College Our Community Our Future campaign. So f ar, $300,000 has been pledged, with some donations being contributed over the course of a few years, March said. Campaign manager Graham Thompson said in addition to the financial benefits, the Perth expansion will also mean local area residents can plan to have families and put down roots in the area. Soon, he said, students will be able to “obtain a post-secondary education in their backyard.”

Newboro dog-sled races sidelined BY GEOFF DAVIES Mother Nature seemed to be cooperating with the Rideau Lakes Cup dog-sled races, but when she changed her tune with a wave of warm weather before the Feb. 1920 event, race marshal Martyn Rennik says, the race had to be cancelled for safety’s sake. “It’s disappointing for everybody,” said Rennick. “It looked so good up until about a week before the race, it just looked very, very promising.” Rennick, whose duties as marshal have him often donning snowshoes for tours of the course, said the major issue was glare ice – also known as black ice – which developed as a result of rising and falling temperatures. “There’s no snow cover on it.

It’s just like polished glass,” said Rennick, a former musher with about 15 years of experience. “It was a safety issue for the dogs.” The dogs leave the gate at speeds of about 50 kilometres per hour before racing for almost two kilometres across the lake to reach the wooded trail, he said. “It’s very easy for them to dislocate a shoulder or something if you have them running under (icy) conditions,” he said. The Rideau Lakes Cup is a roughly 80-kilometre dog-sled race run over two days out of Newboro. The winner takes home a $6,000 purse. The race is held alongside the Newboro Winter Carnival. Regrettable as that is, there’s not much you can do about the weather, he said. “It is Canada, after all.”



Members of Algonquin College Foundation’s Building Our College Our Community Our Future campaign accept a $2,407 cheque from the Downtown Heritage Perth BIA during a tour of the college’s new facilities on Feb. 15. The BIA held a golf tournament to raise money for the expansion project, and aims to hold the tournament for the next five years. From left; Linda Cooke, Perth campus dean; Graham Thompson, manager of major gifts and planned giving for the Algonquin College Foundation; Jill Nolan, BIA treasurer and chair of the golf tournament committee; and Lana March, campaign chair. Kassina Ryder photo


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REQUEST FOR QUOTATION Grass Cutting (Vincent Hall Memorial Ball Park)

The Corporation of the Township of Lanark Highlands is seeking proposals from qualified firms/individuals to provide contracted maintenance services for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 summer seasons for the Vincent Hall Memorial Ball Park in McDonald’s Corners. Copies of the Request for Quotation (RFQ) may be picked up at the Municipal Office and can also be found on the Township website under Important Notices. Deadline for submission of the proposals is 4:00 pm on March 11th, 2011. Submission instructions are included in the RFQ. The Township of Lanark Highlands reserves the right to reject any or all Quotations at its sole discretion. For further information contact: Township of Lanark Highlands Scott Norton, Acting Community Services 75 George Street, Lanark, ON K0G 1K0 T: 613-259-2398 ext. 227 F: 613-259-2291 E:

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recycled, but only certain kinds of film plastic can be recycled in Lanark Highlands: Bread bags, grocery & produce bags, blue newspaper bags, and ‘outer’ milk bags (not the inside pouches, just the outer bags.) All other film plastic like saran wrap, bubble wrap, cat & dog food bags, Ziploc and plastic bags not listed above must go in the garbage. By carefully sorting your recycling you help the Township produce clean and useful recyclable material that brings in good market value to help pay for municipal waste management.


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of the Incorporation of Lanark Village You are invited to attend a meeting on March 2nd, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lanark Legion. The meeting will be to determine if there is community interest in planning a celebration in 2012 of the 150th Anniversary of the Incorporation of Lanark Village. For further information please contact: Dawn King at 613-259-3001.


FROM LANARK HIGHLANDS! The Township of Lanark Highlands is now accepting photos to be used for promotional purposes. Submitted photos may be used in the 2012 calendar, the Township website, tourism brochures and/or other promotional materials. In particular, we are looking for photos showing your families, friends and visitors participating in events or engaged in recreation or work activities in Lanark Highlands. Photographer’s and model’s release forms can be obtained from the Township website at www.lanark or by calling us at 613-259-2398 or 1-800-239-4695. Please submit pictures on a CD to: Township of Lanark Highlands c/o Scott Norton, 75 George St., P.O. Box 340, Lanark, ON, K0G 1K0 DEADLINE to be considered for the 2012 Calendar is April 29th, 2011.

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Tritton’s dad wants to build house for son’s Olympic dreams BY CATHY JAMES

“It would take a further decision from council to authorize the sale of a single lot and it is possible that there would need to be a review of the land pricing structure depending on where the lot is located and the size of the lot proposed,” he says. “The whole approach to the PerthWorks site to this point has not anticipated conventional housing forms or conventional lot sizes and in the absence of more detailed information I can’t assess what, if any, impact a proposal for the

Perth Courier Following his Olympic debut in Beijing, Lanark’s Nick Tritton continues to train with Canada’s national judo team in his quest to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. Currently ranked 10th in the world by the International Judo Federation in his weight class, he’s well on his way to the next Olympic Games. Tritton’s Olympic journey requires skill, commitment and perseverance, as well as a price tag. This is because an Olympic qualification comes with a heavy travel agenda, as athletes must qualify at tournaments hosted around the world. Tritton’s dad, Mark, will do anything to make his son’s dreams come true, and he has crafted a fundraising idea he hopes the Town of Perth council will embrace. Mark Tritton wants to build a house on the Town of Perth’s Halton Street PerthWorks development site, sell it, and disperse the funds to his son as well as to local organizations. Mark says it’s one way to help his son and also give back to the community. “This is my opportunity, as a contractor, to build a house and sell it, and put the proceeds toward Nick’s efforts as well as to other local efforts,” he explains. Local groups close to Tritton’s heart would benefit from the house sale, including the Perth and Lanark youth groups, as well as the Perth and District Food Bank. “Depending on the sale, those groups would be the recipients,” Mark explains. “These are community groups that mean a lot to Nick, and he wants to see them benefit from this, too.” To minimize the project’s overhead, Mark has met with Algonquin College professor Mark Bell, to discuss how they

sale of a single lot would have.” Mark says he hopes council will accept the proposal, because as he sees it, his project concept leaves little risk for the town. “The lots are not selling right now, and if we build on it, then we are taking the risk and putting money into property we don’t own,” he says. When Mark brings his idea to Perth’s Town Hall, he says he hopes councillors see the project as a positive initiative for all parties involved.

PERTH OLYMPIAN NICK TRITTON could utilize the Advanced Housing Construction Carpentry class to complete the building. Each year, second-year students in the program build a highperformance, low-energy home from the ground up. The Olympian house could be their next project, and it’s a concept Bell supports. “The best projects are those that have a not-for-profit aspect to it, and the college program would certainly be interested,” he says. “It’s pretty grassroots with the concept and we would want to get a feel for how the funds would be disbursed, but we are interested.” Based on Bell’s curriculum timelines, the project requires a quick turnaround time. “We are back and running with our students in September, so the college wants to make a decision about its next housing project by late April,” he says.

Building on the PerthWorks Site A project caveat coils with a town council decision. Mark plans to approach Perth’s town council, asking they provide him with a townowned PerthWorks lot with the understanding he would pay the town once the house has been built and sold. “If we can get the town to commit, we would like them to designate a lot and defer payment until the home is sold in the

spring,” Mark explains. The PerthWorks development site is a two-acre piece of property located across the street from the Perth Fairgrounds, and according to the town’s director of planning, Eric Cosens, there is a site specific zoning applicable to the PerthWorks property, which is the multiple residential zone category. This means that it’s intended for higher density use. Council authorized to sell the property in four separate blocks of land, which were priced according to the density of development assigned to each block, one of which has already been purchased by a group led by architect Geoff Hodgins. Cosens says though Mark’s lot sale and payment deferral proposal will be for council’s consideration, there may be a liability factor. “The house could definitely be started (before payments are made), and that’s an approach we have looked at before,” he explains. “The challenge is making sure the appropriate liability is in there. If you wait until it’s completed, the municipality still owns the lands and there is a liability.” But Cosens says he can’t speculate on this particular lot proposal until there is further information brought forward to council.

Stewart Park Festival to get new artistic director BY KASSINA RYDER Joel LeBlanc is the assistant director of this year’s Stewart Park Festival and will take over as artistic director after Carolyn Sutherland steps down from the position next year. Sutherland has been the artistic director of the festival after taking over for original director, Wendy Laut, 14 years ago. The festival celebrated its 20th anniversary last summer. “I came on board as a volunteer and worked on the committee for a few years, and then Wendy decided to step down and I got the job,” Sutherland said. The event has grown in both size and popularity over the last two decades. Raising more money has allowed organizers to attract and book more musicians, both locally and from across Canada. The festival has hosted many future Juno award winning artists, including Serena Ryder and Hawksley Workman. “We’ve had a really high calibre of Canadian music at the festival,” Sutherland said.

CAROLYN SUTHERLAND While she said it was too early to reveal the lineup, this year’s theme is “Coast to Coast to Coast” and the festival aims to feature artists from all over Canada, possibly including the North, and from around the world. An emphasis will also be put on local artists, including Songs from the Valley performers. Funding for the festival is provided through company

and business sponsorships. Admission is not allowed to be charged for events held in Stewart Park. “That’s something everybody loves about the festival, including us, no one has to pay to get in,” she said. Sutherland, who has known LeBlanc for many years, said his experience will make him a great replacement as artistic director. LeBlanc is currently the artistic director of the Blue Skies Music Festival and has been booking musicians for various other venues for the past 35 years. He has also volunteered backstage and as a technician for the Stewart Park Festival, in addition to performing. “I feel like he’s really qualified, both in music and in knowing the community,” Sutherland said. LeBlanc said he is looking forward to his future with the festival. I always enjoy introducing people to new music,” he said. “I’m going to enjoy bringing talent into Perth that people haven’t seen before, that I know are going to wow them.”


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Perth’s first wildlife symposium deemed a success

Turkey hunter Matt Frackelton demonstrates proper hunting techniques to the audience during Perth’s first wildlife symposium at PDCI on Feb. 12. Kassina Ryder photo

Hunters young and old were treated to presentations from a variety of experts during Perth’s first Wildlife Symposium on Feb. 12. Held in the PDCI auditorium, the day-long event featured some of North America’s most talented and famous hunters. Alex “Moose Man” Gouthro; the Beasley Brothers, hosts of Canada in the Rough; Cam Brownson, host of The Angler and Hunter Television; and John and Matt Frackelton spent the day teaching audience members techniques for hunting everything from moose to turkeys. “Put some juice into it, if you can,” said John Frackelton, speaking about performing turkey calls. Blair Machan and Len Dickinson organized the event, which was attended by approximately 200 people. The event was held as a fundraiser for the Perth Fair, and a portion of ticket sales was also given to the Young Hunter Education Scholarship Program, which pays for the Ontario Hunter Education Program. Both Machan and Dickinson said the day was a success. “I think everyone had a great experience,” Machan said. Dickinson said he enjoyed being able to showcase highprofile hunters and give Pertharea residents a chance to learn from them. “The calibre of the speakers really made the day,” he said. Gouthro said he decided to participate in the symposium both to learn from the other hunters and to share his

knowledge. He spent more than 20 years as an Ontario Hunting Education Instructor and has had more than 30 articles published, including one that garnered him a first-place national award from the Outdoor Writers of Canada. “I really do believe very strongly in hunter education,” he said. He also said the symposium should be considered a great achievement. “For a first-time effort, this is one of the best shows I’ve seen,”

he said. John’s son, Matt Frackelton, said he also enjoyed participating in the symposium. An avid hunter from an early age, he said it’s important to teach kids hunting skills early in life. “It’s a lot more fun if you get them hooked when they’re young,” he said. Machan said based on the success of the first symposium, he hopes to hold another next year. “I think we’ll probably try it again next year,” he said.



A better dress code makes a difference to the patient experience impact on a patient’s experience of the hospital.

Nicolas Ruszkowski Nicolas Ruszkowski VP, Communications Ottawa Hospital For the first time since I started this column, you, the reader, have inserted yourself into the introduction. This week, the hospital’s new dress code made local and national headlines: on Canada AM, CTV News Net, CTV Ottawa and the Ottawa Citizen. Many of you responded – whether in support or against the policy, with the question: why? Why a dress policy at all? Why now? Why among frontline clinical staff. The questions are all legitimate, particularly since they show some that we have more work to do to clarify exactly what our dress code is intended to do.

HERE’S TO HERITAGE The Irish-Scot-Tish-Shop on Gore Street is the winner of the best window display during Perth Municipal Heritage Week. Judging took place on Feb. 18. Store owner Tish Giroux is presented with the 2011 Heritage Week Window Display plaque by Andrew Pamenter, chair of Perth’s Heritage Advisory Panel. Kassina Ryder photo

Over the past year, consultation and feedback from patients, staff, and professional practice groups throughout the hospital – as well as a review of existing research – confirmed that a key to ensuring patients’ comfort and safety is the ability to easily recognize members of their care teams. In other words, everything we’ve heard from people like you, as well as employees, is that our appearance has an

That is why, all professionals at The Ottawa Hospital – whether they are nurses, physicians, other health professionals or support staff – are being asked to dress in a manner that clearly identifies them to patients. Anyone can read see the dress code online at Until readers do get a chance to read it, I should address one aspect of the policy, the dress code for nurses, has proven particularly contentious. Contrary to some reports, Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses still have control over what scrubs they wear. If they wish to wear graphic prints on their scrubs, they can do so. That said, nurses are being asked to wear lab coats, so patients and families can easily recognize them. This idea came directly from the hospital’s nursing professional practice group. Likewise, other health professionals will dress in accordance with the guidelines for their professional group. Support services staff, including transportation and housekeeping staff, will also wear hospital employer-issued uniforms at all times. In addition to strengthening the quality of patients’ experience of the hospital and staff, we know that these changes will improve infection control, while ensuring that all members of The Ottawa Hospital Family will continue to portray a professional image. 451379

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital is currently seeking representation to serve on the Board of Directors. Applications are invited from interested citizens to fill two vacancies for a two year renewable term on the Board of Directors of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital. The Hospital is a 97 bed multi-site, fully accredited general public hospital, offering a wide range of primary and secondary care to Perth, Smiths Falls and surrounding communities. The hospital is presently undergoing an exciting $45 million renovation at the Smiths Falls Site. To qualify for this volunteer position, interested candidates are required to complete an application form and submit a resume with a cover letter outlining your philosophy, skills, community involvement and accumulated experiences. The application form can be obtained from Karen Kelly, Executive Assistant, at the Corporate Office (Smiths Falls Site), (613) 283-2330 ext. 1129 or by visiting www. Time commitments for this volunteer position are approximately 10 hours per month (inclusive of Board and Committee meetings.) To meet the eligibility requirements, you are subject to the qualifications of Directors as identified in the Corporation ByLaws and found on the application form. The Governance Committee of the Board of Directors will review and evaluate applications using a board skills matrix. IF YOU HAVE THE TIME AND DEDICATION TO SERVE YOUR DISTRICT HOSPITAL, PLEASE SUBMIT A LETTER OF INTEREST AND RESUME IN CONFIDENCE ON OR BEFORE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2011 TO:

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Food for thought


f you thought the entire world revolved around money, you will be pleased to know that it really does not. If you thought oil made all things possible - then think again. The world revolves around something much more basic, even though getting enough of it can be more difficult than amassing money or finding an oil well. Food. The world revolves around food and its ever-present cousin, water. You cannot move very far without an adequate food supply. You cannot fight an effective war without food and water. In North America, food has never been considered an outrageously priced commodity and we all assume that it will remain affordable for as long as we need it. A cautionary comment from the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) suggests that food, once spared the indignity of competition on the open market, may finally have run smack into the real world. Just about everything else that we consider a necessity has gone up in price and farmers are admitting to feeling a little left out. Gasoline prices continue to rise, sometimes at an alarming rate, and that has affected the cost of getting inexpensive food from the farmer to the marketplace. Add to that the increasing cost of seed, fertilizers, processing and distribution, and the stage is set for an increase in food prices. The negative effect of global warming and weather is another factor that is affecting the harvests in places such as Russia and India. Commodity price fluctuations, export controls and the reality of unstable governments in Third World countries, suggests that global food production may be at risk. Locally, farmers appear to be like the rest of us – trying to stay ahead of the next curve that world prices may throw at them. The cost of food in Canada has increased over the past 30 years. Despite the increases, Canadian food is still the best food around and the most affordable. According to the OFA, a generation ago, the cost of breaking daily bread took 20 per cent of an average income. These days that is down to 11 per cent. This past Feb. 12 was pegged as Food Freedom Day. This is the day the average Canadian has made enough income to cover their grocery bills for entire year. There are many players in our food chain and it is not all that surprising that farmers who spend their time growing the food do not spend all that much time and energy promoting themselves. Consequently, when food prices rise, as they most likely will, it may not be a farmer that takes home extra cash in his pocket.

Local Landmark In this space each week, we will feature a photo of local interest. Be the first to correctly identify the location or item in the picture by emailing with the subject line, “Local Landmark,” and your name will be printed in next week’s paper! Stephanie Kirkham correctly identified last week’s local landmark as the old Brown Shoe building. This week’s local landmark clue is: is a bridge two far.

A few laughs as we await spring


s we head towards “End of Feb., lowest ebb,” it is perhaps time to think cheery thoughts. So let’s collect up some silly jokes via some of the emails dear husb receives from faraway friends. Here are a few from someone who has a way with words – you could say this person enjoys wayward words. For example: “I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me.” Or how about, “Show me a piano falling down a mineshaft and I’ll show you A-flat miner.” Hmm, let’s see what else might raise a smile. “When a clock is hungry, it goes back four seconds.” (Think about it.) “In a democracy it’s your vote that counts; in feudalism, its your Count that votes.” “Acupuncture: a jab well done.” Here’s a silly one: “Police were called to a day nursery where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.” This one’s a bit macabre: “Did you hear about the man whose whole left side was cut off ? He’s all right now.” On a lighter note: “A boiled egg is hard to beat.” Enough already. Time to turn to my files where I store away cuttings and jottings which capture my interest. Somewhere in my travels I picked up a leaflet called The Java Journal. It starts with a list of work rules. I’ve selected just a few of them in memory of those now far off days when I was at the mercy of bosses and work schedules. Well, OK, we retirees

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BENDELL Settled In still have our work schedules, but if it doesn’t get done today, there’s always tomorrow – or the day after. Actually I can throw my shoulders back this morning because I have finally finished all the ironing which lurked in a pile of wrinkles down in the basement for quite a while. Here we go then: 1. A pat on the back is only 18 inches away from a kick in the butt. 2. You can go anywhere you want if you look serious and carry a clipboard. 3. When you don’t know what to do, walk fast and look worried. 4. When your bosses talk about improving productivity, they are never talking about themselves. Let’s move on to other jottings. Hang on while I browse through my files. My word what a lot of stuff I’ve saved. Mostly recipes

I’ve been meaning to try. And books I’ve been told I should read. One or two brief thoughts: “Why is the word “lisp” impossible to say if you have a lisp?” This one was outside a Brockville church: “Don’t give up! Moses was once a basket case.” And for those among you with friends who can’t seem to stop talking, how about, “A wise man once said – nothing.” You might bring it into the conversation if you can get a word in edgewise. Or at least think it, while you pretend to listen. I sometimes cut out cartoons which appeal to me. I’ve always enjoyed Herman’s sense of humour. For example, I’m looking at a picture of a man talking to a friend, with a huge glass and metal panel strapped to his back. He’s saying to the puzzled-looking friend: “How many guys do you know with a solar-powered wristwatch?” Let’s end with a few quotes from a leaflet I picked up in Vancouver. “Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.” “Why did the poor dog chase his own tail? He was trying to make both ends meet!” And finally I enjoyed hearing someone say this recently: “The thing I most want in life is to know exactly where I’m going to be when I die.” “Why on earth would you want to know that?” “Because then I shan’t go there.” Hope something has raised a smile for you. And if all else fails, remember Spring is nearly here.

Yes, I am preoccupied with this

have good news and bad news. The good news is I think I solved the mystery of why a fax machine in Utah is calling us in the middle of the night on our home phone number. Somehow, during one of those middle-of-the-night calls, I managed to fumble with phone in just the right way to trigger my own fax machine to wake up and connect. We actually received a fax! The fax revealed some wacky company was trying to send information to a business in our area. I telephoned the local business and it turns out their fax number is remarkably close to our home phone number. I pleaded my case and they must have called the client service number on the fax to change the number because the calls have stopped. Thank you, local business! The bad news? Despite the absence of Utah, this week has probably ranked as the Worst Week Ever on the sleep front. Okay. I KNOW I dwell on this a lot, but I am seriously preoccupied by burny eyes and a slightly doomed feeling. I am convinced that a lot of the world’s problems would be solved if people would just get more sleep. Everything seems that much more difficult when one is tired. The week started off well enough. I dealt with Utah on Monday. Girlchild was at home from school, afflicted with The Cold with The Cough (alternately referred to as the plague). She seemed to be coming along nicely, though. Ha! Silly me. That night Girlchild was up two or three times because of her cough and Boychild chimed in


GRAY Past Deadline with his own woes – a sore tummy and a nagging (and I do mean nagging) inability to go back to sleep. Eventually I reached that annoying point when I had been awakened too many times and couldn’t fall back to sleep. Despite the fact I could have been up vacuuming or writing a novel or choreographing Broadway musicals, I opted to toss and turn and Think Deep Thoughts in the Dark. The two hours of sleep I got (Groom-boy got about the same) translated into having basically no fuse for anything and feeling a bit like crying over nothing. Fortunately the risk of violence against random strangers or of sobbing in public was diminished by the fact I was stuck at home with not one, but two sick kids. (My mom spelled me off for half an hour so I could buy cat food, but there were no ugly incidents to report.) On Tuesday night I went to bed early. Just as I dozed off, Boychild

woke me up. Twice. I started to feel panicky. Would I ever sleep again? Are they trying to kill me? Everything settled down, though, and I got a glorious (and unheard of) seven hours of sleep! I felt like a new person! On Wednesday Girlchild made it back to school, but Boychild was still under the weather. And I mention weather here because that was the calm before the storm. One word: earache. Girlchild began to complain of this affliction Wednesday night. In short, it was one heck of a long night that involved rotating shifts of people comforting a very miserable little girl. Then Boychild started coughing. Then Buster started yowling. I expected Utah to call, but we’d fixed their wagon already. The only good thing is that I was prepared for a bad night and had no expectations. Still, when I woke up in the morning after two or three hours of intermittent dozing, I seriously began to question things. For example, what is my name? What day is it? And who are the crazy people in this house? I don’t think I’ve felt this tired since the newborn days. Do any of you remember when it was fun to pull all nighters and you’d do it on purpose? You’d slug back the caffeine to finish a paper or party with friends or lie awake in defiance of parents just to see what “all night” looked like? Ha. Been there and done that, thanks. I have seen “all night” and it is just plain dark. Night is good for sleeping. Please. If you don’t mind.

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Helping the (bird) housing shortage


hough February still has a bit of bite left in it, and March is historically a fickle month, this is the time of the year when many of our feathered friends begin their nuptial displays. Why, already the great horned owls have started nest-building in the local wood lots, while the beautiful wood ducks are now pair-bonding in the southern wetlands. And in between these various raptors and waterfowl, our backyard birds are behaving differently. Our cheerful chickadees, for example, can be heard on sunny days uttering soft syllable notes that sound a lot like the plaintive song of the white-crowned sparrow. And who could fail to notice the change in attitude in the boisterous blue jay. Why, these crested clowns are now beginning to behave like devoted

butlers, bringing tasty morsels to their ladies-in-waiting. As further proof that birds have things other than birdseed on their mind these days, I saw a big wild Tom turkey recently strutting among a group of henturkeys. So while you keep one eye on the calendar and the other on the lengthening daylight hours, waiting patiently for the first feathered overtures of spring, here’s a suggestion of something you can do to hasten its arrival. Why not build a few birdhouses to give your avian neighbours a place to live? Just remember that, while some birds like cardinals, grosbeaks, and goldfinches build their nests on tree branches, others like bluebirds, tree swallows and chickadees need a cavity for this purpose. And while many of the dead trees that provided

Is there such a thing as a perfect digital camera?


f you and I could make a wish to have the ideal digital camera created exactly to our specifications, what would it be like? Would it be a large camera bristling with buttons and controls or a tiny one responding to voice commands? Or, somewhere in between, with an interactive touch-screen? We are not alone in this kind of thinking. Every camera manufacturer is heavily involved in creative research, experimenting with all sorts of weird and wonderful prototypes. Nikon, for example, has already hinted that they will introduce a revolutionary new model in the coming year. Is that just marketing hype? We’ll have to wait to find out. Sony introduced their new alpha series with semi-translucent mirror (which doesn’t have to move out of the way when the shutter fires), to huge hoopla and massive advertising. Great idea. Is it perfect? Nope, not yet. I found the viewfinder rather dim compared to other cameras, but maybe that’s just my fussiness. Panasonic has touch screens on several new models. It’s also a clever idea and, for many, a fun way to compose and even take photos (you can fire the shutter by touching the screen). Me, I’m more comfortable with dials, buttons and control wheels. Nikon has a camera which can project the images it takes onto a wall or other plain surface for viewing. That could be useful at times, but I wonder how often people actually do that. Fujifilm has a model with LCD screen front and back. Guess that one is aimed squarely at the young crowd who love to take shots of themselves and friends with the camera held at arm’s length. Canon introduced a super zoom camera that has an amazing 36x zoom built-in. That’s a lot of reach as long as you’re a wildlife photographer. If you prefer landscapes and family shots, then that long zoom would be of little use to you. Several camera makers are experimenting with putting large sensors in small bodies – some-


CRABB Camera Corner thing many consumers have been crying out for. The big sensor means less digital noise, thus better photos for enlarging and cropping. The megapixel race, by the way, is essentially over for the present, with most cameras in the ten to sixteen megapixel range. More than that crammed into a small sensor causes more problems than it’s worth. I think by now, if you’ve got this far, you’ll be clueing in to where I’m going with all this. The perfect camera for me won’t necessarily be the ideal one for you. And that’s the way it should be. We all have different likes and dislikes and it would be rather boring if we all carried the exact same Digisnap 9000. I like the idea of the larger sensor in a compact body, but the catch is lens size. The bigger the sensor, the bigger the lens has to be in order to transfer light correctly back to the sensor. It’s a matter of physics. I get a chuckle out of Sony’s NEX series with the tiny bodies and (proportionally) monstrous lenses. If I could make a wish for the perfect camera? Hmmm – to be honest, I don’t think such a thing will ever appear. Better, yes, but perfect – no. Your ideal snapper might not be mine and, besides, it would be kind of boring as there would be nothing new to look forward to - and that’s half the fun! Click!


BRIGGS-JUDE Outdoors these nesting holes used by the birds have been cut down, birdhouses are the proven alternative. Here are a couple of good ex-

amples of the importance nestboxes erected for certain species have become. The wood duck, once removed from much of its former range is now once again a familiar sight in most woodland ponds. The bluebird too was at one time believed to be going the way of the dodo bird. Today, it has bounced back to where it is no longer on the threatened bird list. Here is a classic example of a species recovery aided by the many dedicated people in all walks of life that erected nestboxes throughout the country. The bluebird responded so well that it has once again returned to many of its former haunts. Even as I write these lines, the bluebirds and many other species wintering in the southern United States are getting ready for their long flight north. In this regard why not get ready for their return by providing them

with a birdhouse? Forget the fancy windows and porches and stick to the basics where you’ll get the best results. Just remember that you’re trying to simulate a cavity in a post or tree, excavated by one of those woodland carpenters, the woodpeckers. And as far as perches go, I’ve never seen one under a woodpecker hole. Also build them so they can be cleaned out, and paint or stain them brown or green on the outside only. For those early migrants like bluebirds and tree swallows, have the boxes in place by late March. For those wishing for proven plans and information on bluebird, tree swallow, chickadee, or wood duck nest boxes, send a stamped, self-addressed long envelope to Art Briggs-Jude, BLUEBIRD ACRES, 1940 Mountain Rd., Westport, Ont., KOG 1XO – no charge.


Who says we live in a democracy? Dear Editor, Canadians are brought up to believe we live in a democracy. But those of us who have been around for a while are finding more and more reasons to wonder why people still think Canada is a democratic country. Young people may doubt this too, because large numbers of them don’t bother to vote. The evidence that we are losing our democracy has been building up over a number of years. Perhaps we should look at the evidence that suggests the young folks may be right. We could list dozens of government actions over the past few years, but a couple of recent examples illustrate the point nicely. Surely we all expect a democratic government to reflect the will of the majority of the people.

How then to explain how a bill can be passed in the House of Commons, and then be killed by the unelected Senate? This is what happened in November, 2010, to Bill C311, “The Climate Change Accountability Act.” This bill was passed by a majority of our elected members of Parliament representing a majority of Canadians. It was then voted down in the Senate with no debate, no witnesses, no sending back to the Commons for a second look – because the prime minister does not want such legislation. Period! Does this seem right to you? Or what about the over 80year-old lady or the 14-year-old girl who were arrested in August with more than 20 others at a peaceful protest against closing the prison farm at Kingston? We do not know a single person who

thinks it was the right decision to end the prison farm program. Yet this is what has been done by the federal government, in spite of a recommendation not to do so by the all-party public safety commons committee! The undersigned are all senior citizens wanting to alert our fellow citizens about this increasing erosion of our democracy. Dianne and Chris Oliver, Toledo Joan and Robert Preston, Westport Ian Doig, Perth Don Page, Smiths Falls Jean Purcell, Smiths Falls Ernie and Terri Olivo, Delta Don and Sheila VanAllen, Kemptville Joanne Mclean, Elgin John Carley, Elgin

Intersection continues to present safety issues Dear Editor, I share the concerns of Gerry and Rose Mitchell about the close call they had at the intersection of Isabella and Wilson streets (Feb. 17 Perth Courier, Letters to the Editor). Two days after Wilson Street was reopened, I crossed Wilson and Isabella, going towards Leslie on what I call the north side of Isabella. Wow! Did I ever get a surprise when a woman driving a big 4x4 truck clipped my pants as she turned on to Wilson coming from Leslie Street. I crossed on the green light and inside the pedestrian lines. It was definitely a very close call. The problem with this intersection is that it is very badly designed. This never should have happened given that Wilson Street has just been rebuilt and redesigned. What galls me about the Mitchell letter is that they suggest that when they reported this problem to Town Hall the people there seem to have suggested that they didn’t know anything about

the problem. And that is flatly not true, because I marched down to Town Hall early the next week, walked into the manager’s office on the main floor, just across from Court Room, and told him about what had happened to me. I even told him what the design problem was and how to fix it. He told me that he would definitely take up my problem with the appropriate department in Town Hall. To date nothing has happened to fix the intersection, which leads me to believe that either the gentleman I spoke to did not follow through with his intention to speak to the appropriate people, or the department involved is in denial that there is any problem at all with that intersection. I would suggest that with three reported close calls at that intersection, we have a problem here. I would also suggest that Town Hall will have an even bigger problem on its hands should there be a fatality there. Chris Seymour

Church clothing service comes to an end Dear Editor, It is with great sadness that the Perth SeventhDay Adventist Church has had to close their free clothing giveaway due to illness. We want to sincerely thank all of our faithful hardworking volunteers for coming out on Tuesdays and Sundays for nearly 12 years and to Chris and Dave for transporting thousands of bags and boxes to our depot. Thank you also to the very generous community for all the donations that enabled us to help

so many people. We made many new friends over the years who came to clothe their families. We will miss you all. Maybe someday we will re-open to continue this service. We hope so. Sincerely, Jean Lewis, Perth Seventh-Day Adventist Church Community Services Director

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Municipal Connection Firefighters’ Association, giving readers a glimpse of who provides your municipal services and how. We hope you find it informative and enjoyable. 2010 Annual Water Report Residents are advised that the 2010 Annual Report for the Perth Water Treatment and Distribution System is now available for public viewing. The document will be loaded to the Town’s website by Friday, February 18th and will be available for viewing or downloading by that date. Please go to for full details.

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Getting to Know your Municipal Staff Over the next several months, the Town of Perth will occasionally use this space to profile its full-time staff members, as well as volunteers of the Perth

Name: Penny Kelly Department: Administration Title: Executive Assistant to the Clerk Years Worked for the Town: 3+ Hometown: Scarborough, Ontario

Job Description: Penny is the Executive Assistant to the Clerk, which includes preparing agendas, minutes, by-laws and reports for Committee of the Whole and Council. She deals with records management for the Town, various public enquiries, is a member of the Emergency Management Program Committee and is Certified in Health and Safety. Personal Information: Penny is a DJ in her spare time and has a great love of music. She has been a member of the Perth Citizens’ Band for a number of years, playing the trombone. Some of her hobbies include golf, baseball, Bingo-calling, Wii and gardening. She loves animals – her family includes 2 Shelties and 4 cats! Penny has been known to cheer on her beloved Toronto Maple Leafs. On Working for the Town of Perth: Penny finds her job very interesting and challenging. Penny says that she enjoys working with the folks at Town Hall and in the community. Name: Lang Britchford Department: Corporate Services/Treasury Title: Acting Director Years Worked for the Town: 6 Hometown: Nassau, Bahamas Job Description: As the Chief Financial Officer, Lang is responsible for the financial management of the Town, including the preparation of the annual budgets, strategic planning initiatives, compliance with Provincial and Federal reporting requirements and the day-to-day operations of the Treasury Department. Personal Information: Lang is a keen boater and


wind-surfer. He has restored a classic wooden boat (1965 Chris Craft Constellation), and enjoys hiking and snow-shoeing. On Working for the Town of Perth: According to Lang, “It’s a great community to work for. The staff’s and community’s passion and commitment towards making Perth a better place to live and work is a motivator for me.”

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Opera cast takes on rare challenge with Open House ple should drop their preconceptions of what opera is like and prepare to be entertained by this one. The simple plot of the show focuses on a recentlywidowed mother’s struggle to keep her family and home together, and draws its drama from everyday life and the small things that make up the drama of day-to-day living. When Open House hits the stage at Perth’s Studio Theatre on March 10, it will be the culmination of a decades-long dream for its creator and of many, many hours of work for directors and cast on an almost totally unique challenge: bringing a homegrown, all-original opera to a small-town stage. Open House will run for four performances only at

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“It’s all new,” says musical director Mark Bailey. “This has never been heard before, never been sung before and these people are finding out how to do it.” He is referring to the upcoming premiere production of Open House, a new opera receiving its first performances in Perth from March 10 to 13. The show has been a labour of love for composer/ librettist Peter Paul Morgan for decades and it is now approaching the culmination of a long process of creation, re-creation and refinement. Peter and Wynne Morgan have brought together a team of directors, musicians, singers and more to put the final polish on the show and bring it to the stage. When Bailey talks about finding out how to do it, he means the cast of community performers who have taken on an extraordinary challenge: to be the first performers of an all-original opera. Even professional singers rarely get that opportunity and for it to be presented to community performers is probably a once-in-a-lifetime event. Even more remarkably, many of the roles in the show are for performers from 10 to 18, and those roles are integral to the whole. The music is challenging for anyone and full of variety and emotional depth that demands a great range from its performers. Not a static, “tableau” opera, this one moves quickly and often from idea to idea and action to action, keeping audience interest high and performers on their toes. The score, to be performed by a professional 10piece orchestra, combines modern elements of blues, jazz, swing and even rap with more traditional opera sounds to create a contemporary, yet classical-sounding, backdrop for the production. Bailey calls it a “popera,” emphasizing that peo-


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Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland. It tells the story of Clara Driscoll, who ran the women’s workshop at the New York studios of Louis Comfort Tiffany. She had the idea to create lampshades from stained glass, while Mr. Tiffany, unconcerned with profits, gave her the freedom to follow her creative instincts. Daniel, by Henning Mankell. In the 1870s, Hans Bengler arrives in Cape Town from Småland, Sweden, driven by the desire to discover an insect no one has seen before and name it after himself. He impulsively adopts a young San orphan, a boy he christens Daniel, and brings him back to Sweden, where a series of tragedies and betrayals culminates in a shocking act. The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards. At a crossroads in her life, Lucy Jarrett returns home from Japan, only to find herself haunted by her father’s unresolved death a decade ago. Her quest for the truth reconfigures her family’s history, links her to a unique slice of the suffragette movement, and yields dramatic insights that embolden her to live freely. Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon is a darkly realistic novel about a young woman living through a year of horse racing while everyone’s best-laid plans go brutally wrong. The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman. This book is set in the luminous and haunting world of Blackwell, Massachusetts, and presents 300 years of passion, dark secrets, loyalty and redemption, in a web of tales where characters’ lives are intertwined by fate and by their own actions.

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Passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011 in hospital in Perth following a lengthy illness, Robert H. McDonald of Ompah at the age of 56 years. Loved son of Norma (late Hugh) McDonald. Cherished father of Brandy (Tony) Engelsdorfer, Wade, Steven, Randy and Mike McDonald and grandfather of 6. Dear brother of Jim (Diane), Bill (Bonny) and Bonnie (Ron) McIntosh. He will be fondly remembered by his former wife Barb McDonald, his nieces, nephews, all his family and friends. Friends paid their respects at the Blair and Son Funeral Home, Perth. Funeral service was held in the Ompah United Church on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a reception in the Ompah Community Centre. In remembrance, contributions to the Ompah Community Centre would be appreciated.

Henry Powers In hospital, in Perth on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, Henry ‘Heney’ Powers at the age of 87 years. Henry was predeceased by his parents, Joseph Henry and Mary Anne (McParlan) Powers; he was the last of his siblings. He will be sadly missed by his nieces, nephews and friends at 77 Harvey Street where he lived for many years. Friends paid their respects at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, Perth followed by a prayer service in the chapel at 11 a.m. Interment, St. John’s Parish Cemetery, Perth. A reception for family and friends followed in the Blair & Son Family Centre. In remembrance, contributions to the Great War Memorial Hospital Foundation would be appreciated. Special thanks to all the staff and caregivers at the Perth Hospital.

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Mae Weir


We sadly say goodbye to a loving wife, mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother. Mae Weir (Mepham) completed her journey through this life peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 13 2011. Loving wife of the late Clifford Weir. Mother of Steve (Sherry), Brian and Rick. Cherished Grami of Shannon (Mat), Caley, Brenna and Great Grami to Beau. Sincere thanks to Dr. Alan Drummond, the wonderful caregivers and staff at the Rideau Ferry Country Home and Perth Community Care Centre for all their compassion and support. A memorial service will be held in the spring in Toronto. Donations to the Alzheimer’s Society of Lanark County would be appreciated. “My life is but a stopping place, A pause along the way. For some the journey’s quicker For some the journey’s slow. And one day we all go So let my spirit fly farther... Let it soar high into the night As my life takes flight” “somewhere over the rainbow” Grami and Grampi are together again just in time for Valentines day! Arrangements are in the care of Blair & Son Funeral Directors, Perth 613-267-3765.

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We regret to announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Jan Wallace. Jan was born Maimie Janet Hardy in Perth Ontario in 1923, and died at 87 years in Montreal on February 9, 2011. The daughter of Dr. John H. Hardy, Principal of Perth Collegiate Institute, and Mary I. Honey, she was the third of five children, and was predeceased by all - Morley, Winnifred, John and, by only one week, Edgar (Ted). Jan studied Art History at U of T (1946) and UBC (1975). In 1947 she joined the staff of the National Gallery of Canada, and after her marriage, she taught children’s art in Montreal, including twenty years at the Children’s Art Centre of the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, eventually becoming a Head Art Teacher under Dr. Arthur Lismer. After moving to Sudbury, she established the Children’s Art Centre at the YWCA and taught Art History at Laurentian University. Jan loved singing, and she belonged to choirs wherever she lived. She was generous, athletic, artistic and had a fine mind. She was a voracious reader ‘til the day she died. Jan was predeceased in 2005 by her husband of 57 years, Donald Wallace; she is survived by their children Brian (Nathalie Cusson), Neil, Jean (Steve New) and Ian, grandchildren Megan (Alen Zukich), Becca (Sandy Ng), Libby and Jocelyne, great-grandchildren Aidan and Xander, daughter-in-law Trish Wallace, sisters-in-law Nora Hardy and Evelyn Hardy, cherished extended family, and many friends, including Donnie Stevenson, her friend of 85 years, who telephoned every day, as Jan joked, ‘just to make sure we’re both still alive and have all our marbles’. There will be a memorial service on Saturday February 26 at 2pm at the Mount Royal Funeral Complex in Montreal 514-2796540. You may send a donation in Jan’s memory to SunYouth, 4251 St-Urbain St., Montreal QC H2W 1V6


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Struck by falling tree, area man seriously hurt


26-year-old Perth-area man who was struck by a falling tree last Wednesday afternoon is reported to be in serious condition, but out of danger, at an Ottawa hospital. According to Perth OPP, William Kirkham of RR 4, Perth, and his brother, Brent, were cutting trees on a woodlot near Christie Lake when the accident occurred. Police report that Kirkham was in the process of cutting a wedge into the stump of a newly felled tree when a gust of wind caught a partially felled tree which was hung up in a clump of timber, causing it to fall and strike the victim. Kirkham was taken by ambulance to the Ottawa Civic Hospital suffering head and internal injuries.

Blue Wings pray for playoff magic Although the Perth Blue Wings are occupying the bottom rung of the Ottawa Valley Junior B ladder, the general manager of the club, Jim Buchanan, says the team has a good chance at changing its position during the playoffs. “Their chances of winning depend on the way they play hockey. If they play the way I know they can ... like they played those seven games earlier this season, then they’ll do well. If they play like they have in the last six games, we’ll be out of the playoffs in five games,” he stated. The Wings caught an updraft at the beginning of the new year, winning seven consecutive games, but have slid to the bottom of the standings with only one win in the past six games. Buchanan thinks the Wings can take the first-place Ottawa West Golden Knights in six games if the team plays well and if the games are called by fair and impartial referees. “I hate to complain about the refereeing, but it hurts our game to watch the referees out on the ice, skating around, calling the players on the other team by their first names,” he explained. The Blue Wings will be without top Wing scorer Ron Smallwood in the first game of the best-ofseven playoff series beginning in Ottawa on Thursday evening, but he is expected to be dressed for the Sunday-afternoon game in Perth on Feb. 23. Perth will host the Ottawa West

squad on Friday, Feb. 21 and Sunday, Feb. 23 and will return to Ottawa for game number four on Friday, Feb. 27. If the playoffs go more than four games, Ottawa West will return to Perth on March 1 for a Saturday-evening game. Game six will be held in Ottawa on March 2 and the final game will be played in Ottawa on March 6, if necessary. Buchanan commented that the one factor the Wings have in their favour is that “Ottawa West is over-confident.”

Council selects consulting firm Perth town council last week approved the selection of a consulting firm to co-ordinate a study plan for the Conlon Farm recreation area. The firm of Cumming-Cockburn and Associates Limited was approved by council at a cost of $19,400. A provincial grant will defray $10,000 of the total cost. Cumming-Cockburn and Associates will co-ordinate a recreation/culture facilities study plan with regard to the Conlon Farm recreation site. Work on the plan is expected to begin in the next few weeks, said Deputy-Reeve Chuck Montgomery, and should take about 13 weeks to complete. The consulting firm will be setting up various workshops in order to meet with all interested groups to finalize a report which will lead up to conceptual plans of the designated site. The municipality first approved a proposal to turn the Conlon Farm area near Rogers Road into a recreation site in late 1984. The area, about 40 acres, has been zoned recreational land. It was originally zoned industrial, but was unusable for industrial purposes. The property could conceivably serve the recreational needs of the community for the next half century. Items mentioned for the property, but not confirmed, include softball and baseball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis courts, a track, horseshoe pits, lawn-bowling greens and possibly even a new community centre and ancillary buildings. Any plan will undoubtedly be a long-term plan, with items scheduled for the property phased in over at least 15 years. When the idea of using the

property for recreational purposes was first presented, it was the hope of the recreation committee to centralize municipal recreational facilities.

Continuing special education to cost Lanark County Board of Education chairman Glenn Blanchard told trustees at the monthly meeting last Tuesday that the cost of providing special education for any one pupil can be as much as four or five times the cost of a regular student. “The cost of special education has increased significantly over the last three years, and we can expect continuing cost increases in this program in the future,” he stated. Blanchard also said the local share of the cost of education has been increasing steadily since last year. “Nine years ago the province picked up 63 per cent of the cost of education, but last year the share from the province dropped to 48 per cent; the difference has been passed on to the local ratepayers across the province,” he said. “In our total budget we, too, have very little discretionary spending power. Because we are a labour-intensive enterprise, 74 per cent of our budget is consumed by salaries and benefits, another 20 per cent is taken by other contractual obligations, leaving only six per cent of our budget over which we have discretionary spending power,” commented Blanchard. Stuart Howard, director of education for the county, also delivered his annual report to the board. “Major developments in programs such as junior kindergarten and co-operative education and far-reaching initiatives in personnel management have increased the extent and quality of our services,” stated Howard. He went on to note that in September of 1985, junior kindergarten classes were made available to children throughout the county. Of the 468 children considered eligible to enter the program, 317, or 68 per cent, were enrolled. Following a plan adopted by the board on Jan. 15, 1985, French teachers, under the leadership of the French co-ordinator, have been developing the curriculum and materials necessary for com-

pleting the French immersion program. Throughout the year, work has been continued on the French core program, and new workbooks have been written and various revisions have been implemented for grades 6 and 7. In March of 1985, the board adopted an employment/affirmative action policy in an effort to introduce a greater degree of justice through positive strategies intended to identify and correct possible discrimination. “The employment equity officer discovered that in some respects, this board exceeded the province in employment equity. “We have five per cent more female principals and eight per cent more female vice-principals than the provincial average for elementary schools,” said Howard. Another aspect of education was lauded when Howard noted that last year, 145 students were enrolled in the co-operative program under the guidance of four staff members and 130 participating organizations.

Crowley RVCA chairman Perth resident David Crowley was acclaimed to a second term as chairman of the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority at the annual meeting of the authority here last week. Members of the authority held their annual meeting in Perth at the Civitan Hall last Thursday. Crowley described 1985 as a “transition year in many ways” and included the hiring of a general manager, Ollie Stirajs, last February. The Silversides antique tool collection located at the Perth Wildlife Reserve area will be improved, along with other historic sites, as funds become available, added Crowley. “All in all, the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority is well appointed with enthusiastic and competent members,” stated Crowley. In his annual report, Stirajs said existing financial constraints, either provincial or municipal, affect the activities of the authority. “The authority, however, without compromising its mandate and principles, has shown responsibility and understanding and has achieved the best possible re-

sults with the available resources,” said Stirajs. With regard to the controversial Dowson House on the banks of the Tay River, where a number of workmen apparently contracted histoplasmosis last year, Stirajs said the authority still hopes to renovate the stone building. He said the authority will once again apply for a work project through Employment and Immigration to continue renovating the building. However, he noted that workmen would not be allowed in the building until approval has been given by appropriate authorities that the building is safe. If the application for a works program is not approved, Stirajs said, the authority would have to consider selling the building to private interests.

BORN Kerr - At the GWM Hospital, on Feb. 12, 1986, to Floyd and Susan Kerr, a daughter, Victoria Eleanor. McPherson - On Jan. 28, 1986, to Reid and Mary McPherson, a daughter, Jaime Lee. Rutters - At Winchester Community Hospital, on Feb. 7, 1986. to Frank and Elva (nee Patterson) Rutters of RR 1, Chesterville, a son, Trevor Daniel.

DIED Boyce - At her residence, The People Care Centre, Stratford, Ont., on Friday, Feb. 14, 1986, Lillian Helen Boyce, in her 91st year, wife of the late Percy Alfred Boyce. Mather - In hospital, Carleton Place, on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1986, Erma McNicol, in her 87th year, wife of the late John N. Mather. Myers - In hospital, Perth, on Thursday, Feb. 13, 1986, Leefa Louella Pearl Hutchings, wife of the late Ralph E. Myers. Richardson - In hospital, Perth, on Friday, Feb. 14, 1986, Adelaide Clyne, wife of the late Lyall Richardson. Seabrook - In hospital, Perth, on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1986, Evelyn M. Seabrook, in her 63rd year, beloved sister of Annie (Mrs. Max Tully) and Marguerite (Mrs. Ken Lewis), both of Perth. The preceding was excerpted from the front page of the Feb. 19, 1986 issue of The Perth Courier.

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MARRIED Dorman-McKinnon - At the bride’s home at McDonalds Corners, on Feb. 4, 1961, Joyce Elizabeth McKinnon, older daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cyril McKinnon, to William Hilton Dorman, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Hilton Dorman of Carleton Place.

On a motion by councillors Art Daines and R.H. Echlin, Perth council recommended on Monday night that a grant in the amount of $50,000 be made toward the cost of erecting a community cenThe preceding was originally tre in the town of Perth — “such published in The Perth Courier of a grant to be contingent upon Feb. 19, 1986 as the “25 years ago” the Recreation Committee of the news.


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DIED Benton - At his home, Perth, on Monday, Feb. 6, 1961, James John Benton, beloved husband of Lillian Duggan. Hermer - At Four Winds Private Hospital, Perth, on Friday, Feb. 10, 1961, Joseph Hermer, in his 83rd year, beloved husband of Catherine Christian. Jones - In hospital, Port Arthur, Ont., on Friday, Feb. 3, 1961, Mrs. E.F. Jones, in her 79th year. Moore - At Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston, on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 1961, Fred Moore, in his 79th year, husband of Susan Kirkham. Yuill - At Four Winds Private Hospital, Perth, on Friday, Feb. 10, 1961, Grace Yuill, in her 95th year, wife of the late George Stewart.

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J.A. Thomas, chairman of the board of directors of the Great War Memorial Hospital, has announced that an “Open House Inspection” of the new hospital wing will be available to all citizens of Perth and district this coming Sunday, Feb. 19. The new wing will be open for inspection between 2 and 4:30 p.m. in the afternoon and between 7 and 9 p.m. in the evening. “I wish to explain to the public that this is not an ‘official opening,’ but is an opportunity for the public to inspect a great portion of the hospital before patients are moved in on Tuesday, Feb. 21,” stated Mr. Thomas. “Due to continued overcrowding and staff having to work under such trying

Town of Perth raising the balance of approximately $150,000 by public subscription, winter works grants and any other applicable grants.” It appeared the grants referred to might account for about $50,000 of the balance required, with the possibility of a further grant of about $25,000 in the event the agricultural society were to raise the standard of its fall fair to “Class B.” It was estimated, however, that a minimum of two years would be required for raising of the fair’s standard in the event the society decided to do so.


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conditions, it has become imperative that we move patients into the part of the new building now ready for occupancy, before final completion of the whole project,” continued Mr. Thomas. On Sunday next, the public will be able to inspect the following departments: the new, modern radiology department; new laboratory; large emergency treatment area; the central supply and sterilizing department; the operating theatre, consisting of two major operating rooms and work area, all in the ground-floor area. The first floor is the maternity floor. The public will see the new, modern nursery, furnished by the Hospital Ladies’ Auxiliary. This floor consists of two four-bed wards, four two-bed semi-private rooms and two private rooms. The rooms are furnished with new, modern steel-and-arborite furniture finished in natural walnut. The rooms are colourful with wall-to-wall drapes. The nurses’ station is finished in tangerine arborite. Unfortunately, it will not be possible to see the new delivery room, as it is being renovated. The second floor will be known as the surgical floor and will be open for inspection. The third floor will be closed to the public at this time, because work is continuing over the present Danner Wing and the elevator shafts and new fireproof stairway are not quite completed. The new kitchen and dietary department are not yet completed and will not be open for inspection at this time. Mr. Thomas went on to explain that an official opening with appropriate ceremonies will be held later this spring, when the new hospital has been finally completed.



highlight of Perth’s first annual talent show on Saturday night was the presentation of a live baby pig to Murray Blair of Brooke. The pig, given as a door prize, was dressed like a baby girl, with diaper, bonnet and bottle. Perth’s Mayor E. Scott Burchell presented the baby. The show drew a near-capacity crowd at the collegiate auditorium on Saturday night. Eighteen performers competed before colourful footlights for the honour of representing Perth and district in the Eastern Ontario Talent Show, to be held here on Feb. 25. Winners in the senior group were: first, James P. Rae, folk songs with guitar; second, Gerald Burnham, electric guitar solo; third, David St. Onge, vocal solo. Winners in the junior group were: Normalyn McLellan, tap dancing; Pat Fournier, tap dancing; and Ronald Rae, songs with guitar. Other contestants were: Dianne Craig, song and dance; Lois Anne Stevens, vocal solo; Ed Holmes, instrumental trio; John Jeffrey, vocal with guitar; Shelley Ridgeway, vocal solo; Lindsay McDonnell, Irish ballad; Theresa Farrell, piano and accordion solos; Geddes Long, vocal with guitar; Ron Niddrie, vocal solo; Michael Quigley, piano solo; Kenneth Hilton, vocal solo; and Earl Holmes and Fred Dixon, vocal with electric guitars.


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Ellard top Stingray at Eastern Ontario swimming championships BY ROD AGAR The Perth Stingrays Aquatic Club sent 13 swimmers to Nepean for the 2011 Eastern Ontario Short Course Swimming Championships, which took place Feb. 11-13. The top Stingray was Olivia Ellard, 12, who is finishing her preparations for the upcoming Ontario Junior Provincial Short Course Championships. Ellard won four gold medals, two silver medals, and was named top 12-year-old girl at the meet. Ellard won the 50-metre freestyle, 100metre freestyle, 400-metre freestyle and 200-metre backstroke. She came second in the 100-metre backstroke and 800-metre freestyle. Ellard’s time of 1:09.76 in the 100-metre backstroke qualified her for the 2011 Canadian Age Group Championships that will take place in Montreal in July. Other event winners were Gareth Martin, 10, in the 10-and-under boys’ 50-metre breaststroke, and Dakota Plant, 17, in the 15-and-over boys’ 100-metre breaststroke. Martin also placed second in the 50-metre butterfly and third place in the 100-metre breaststroke. Matthew McNames, 9, placed third in the 10-and-under boys’ 50metre breaststroke and 50-metre butterfly, fourth in the 100-metre breaststroke and eighth in the 50-metre freestyle. Courtney Wren, 10, placed fourth in the 10-and-under girls’ 200-metre backstroke, and 50-metre breaststroke, and fifth in the 50-metre backstroke. Patrick Dupuis, 13, placed fifth in

Perth’s Jeremy Wright took home the top goaltender award at the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Metro-Valley Conference awards on Feb. 12. The Blue Wings face off against Renfrew again on Feb. 25. John Carter photo

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the boys, aged 13 and 14, 50-metre backstroke. Taylor Dunlop, 12, placed seventh in the 12 year-old girls’ 200-metre backstroke. Enid Martin, 14, placed eighth in the girls, aged 13 and 14, 50-metre breaststroke. Next on the meet schedule for the Stingrays is the Speedo Eastern Canadian Championships in London, Ont., from Feb. 17 to 20, the Ontario Junior Provincial Short Course Championships in Nepean, from Feb. 24 to 27, and the Greater Ottawa Kingfish Gee Gee Invitational at University of Ottawa, held on Feb. 26 and 27.

assists, 55 points in 40 games – second overall), Blair Barr (24 goals, 30 assists, 54 points in 42 games – third overall), Shawn McGillivray (15 goals, 27 assists, 42 points in 39 games – eighth overall) and Ben Minkus (21 goals, 20 assists, 41 points in 37 games – 10th overall). The Blue Wings also hold an advantage between the pipes with the league-leading goaltending duo of Troy Anderson (3.04 GAA, 14-4-1) and Jeremy Wright (3.40 GAA, 16-7-0). Renfrew’s goaltending duo of Mike Rosebrook (3.57 GAA, 15-11-1) and Richard Barr (4.16 GAA, 5-7-3) will try and keep the Blue Wings’ division-leading offense off the score sheet. SERIES UNDERWAY The first game of the best-of-seven series took place on Friday, Feb. 18, at 7:45 p.m., at the Perth and District Community Centre, but due to early Family Day press deadlines, the results were unavailable for this issue. Watch for updates on the series. The remaining games in the series are as follows: Game 4* – Friday, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m., at the Renfrew arena, located at 1 Ma-TeWay Park Dr. Game 5* – Sunday, Feb. 27, at 8:15 p.m., at the PDCC. Game 6* – Tuesday, March 1, at 8 p.m., at Renfrew arena. Game 7* – Friday, March 4, at 7:45 p.m., at the PDCC. (* – if necessary)

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The Perth Jr. B Blue Wings will be looking to repeat as Valley Division champions at the expense of a familiar opponent, the Renfrew Timberwolves. Perth won four of their six match-ups against Renfrew in the regular season, but the Timberwolves’ teeth have gotten sharper since Dec. 28. Renfrew picked up two rental players from the Shawville Pontiacs and have been a different team since. They picked up the playing rights of Shawville forwards Jimmy MacMillan and David Hobbs for the remainder of the season on Dec. 28, and have gone 94-1-0 since the transaction. It’s a big improvement from their record of 11-14-3-0 before the trade. Hobbs scored six goals and eight assists in 10 games with Renfrew, while MacMillan scored six goals and nine assists in 12 games. Hobbs finished the season tied for fifth place overall in EOJHL Valley Division scoring (22 goals, 25 assists, 47 points in 40 games), and MacMillan tied for eighth overall (23 goals, 19 assists, 42 points in 43 games). The Timberwolves have defeated Perth in two of their three post-trade encounters, but don’t count the Blue Wings out. Perth have dominated the Valley Division all year long, and finished the season with a record of 30-10-1-1. The Blue Wings led the division in both goals for (199) and against (135). Perth has four of the top-10 scorers in the division with Dan Weir (19 goals, 36

Olivia Ellard, 12, was the top Stingray at the meet, walking away with six medals and the top distinction for her category.


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prominent on the CD, but their trio sound, to me, presents a unique sound worth hearing over and over. Now, I’ve heard both of these indemand studio sidemen in many different configurations and they are top-drawer craftsmen. Keldie is also a much-in-demand B3 organ player, but tells me he’s been playing what he calls his “stomach Steinway” since he was eight years old. I don’t know about you, but to me there are accordion players who can honk through a polka or two and then there are those who squeeze magic out of this strange instrument. Safe to say, it’s one of the first times I’ve listened to an accordion for more than two hours and didn’t once think of baklava. You actually forget that’s what he’s playing, his style is so creative. Mix deCarle’s swooning vocals with swirling background riffs that smoothly swing between Brigg’s guitar mastery and Keldie’s serenades and you’ve got one hell of a great sound I can see boding well for them. A wonderful and memorable evening of sound that I hope will be back in the area soon. On Saturday, March 12 at 8 p.m., Music On McLean House Concerts are hosting Nonie Crete, a powerful songstress who offers Celtic, blues, folk, Cajun and jazz styles, backed by multi-instrumentalist Eugene Rea. She’s played throughout the British Isles as well as much of North America, and always expands her fan base wherever she plays. Contact Sue at 613-267-7902 to arrange necessary reservations to this intimate show. Imagine being able to hear the original lyrics and later talk to the musician up close and personal. Support live music everywhere.


hen it really comes down to it, it’s “their sound” that either makes or breaks a musical group. That “sound” is obviously affected by the instrumentation, the style emanating from the instrumental and/or vocal configuration attempting to make their sound their own. Hopefully that sound will also be one a broad populace will enjoy enough to be willing to spend money through buying seats at concerts, or purchasing CDs, or downloading their tunes, to financially make it viable for the musicians to continue. I mention this because, like a restaurant only being as good as its last meal, a musician is often only as good as his last song. Many are reinventing themselves in a variety of ways to kickstart their careers. Those who have found success can get caught in that possibly limiting style that’s brought the success. Taking chances by trying other styles to find satisfaction and further success can be quite scary. I watched such a musician do just this recently. Thanks to the Findlay House Concerts in Carleton Place, I enjoyed Russell deCarle’s new trio who are hoping to follow that dream I mention above. Best known as one of the founders and lead singer for Canada’s multiaward-winning-group, Prairie Oyster, he has spent more than 35 years with them crooning in the country-music genre. To its credit, Oyster was nev-er afraid, though, to mix in a little folk, blues and jazz, but country was its bread and butter. In this venture, deCarle has stepped out on his own to promote his first solo recording, entitled, Under the Big Big Sky, which I’ve been hearing about the development of for the past threeplus years. On this outing, smooth, mellow and relaxing would best describe this crooner’s signature sound, backed by some of the best studio people around. Produced by CBC’s Vinyl Cafe piano-playing


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The event is sponsored by The Yoga Connection and the Family Health Centre • The Spiritual Cinema Circle will show Déjà Vu at the Myriad Theatre in Perth at 2 p.m. A donation of $2 is requested. • The Lions Club Jamboree will take place at the Lions Club Hall on Halton and Arthur streets at Sunday, Feb. 27 2 p.m. Volunteer musicians will • A Yoga Fundraiser for Arthritis provide an afternoon of music will be held at the Family Health and dancing. The cost is $12 per Centre at 33 Lewis St. from 2 to 3 person and includes a homep.m. Come out and give yoga a try! It is basic, gentle yoga and no experience is necessary. Proceeds go to arthritis and autoimmune research. Tax receipts will be available for donations over $20. is $35 for MERA members and $50 for non-members. Pre-register at or 613278-0388. • The Rideau Trail Association is holding a Winter Weekend EndTo-End, departing at 8:30 a.m. Call Bill Murdoch at 613-767-4858 for information.

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Perth/Lanark Minor Hockey Association

PERTH/LANARK PEE WEE B1 Front row, from left: Carson Code, Spencer Miller, Keagan McKay, Chris Hodgins, Cameron Clark, Zach Bingley. Second row: Bailey Campbell, Justin Reesor, Alex Strong, Ethan Adrain, Ashton Glazier, James Croth, Sam VanNoppen. Back row: team officials Shanon Bingley, Barry Clark, Tim Hodgins, Darren Glazier, Vicki Adrain, Brad Adrain. Absent: Jarred Tysick.

PERTH/LANARK PEE WEE REP Front row, from left: Connor Brady, Yannick Sigouin, Kayden Fisher, Michael Saumur, Adam Hamill, Linden Frazer, Nolan Giroux, Keegan O’Connell. Second row: Brandon Monaghan, Griffin King, Zack Clark, Steve Kingsley, Brayden Smith, Simon Guthrie, Jessie Vincent, Connor Rintoul. Back row: assistant coach Dave Giroux, head coach Phil Brady, assistant coach Scott Rintoul, assistant coach Dean Saumur, manager Ivan Clark, trainer Dave O’Connell.


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PERTH/LANARK MAJOR BANTAM REP Front row, from left: Kyle Dowdall, Ryan Lowe, Martin Treffers, Brett Harrigan, Nick Demers, Patrick Pankow, Jacob Buffam, Logan Saunders, Alex Brady. Back row: assistant coach John Ryan, assistant coach Myles Harrigan, Kaleb Bingley, Alex Echlin, Reid Murphy, Brock Young, Matt Fergusson, Cole Ryan, assistant coach Troy Echlin, head coach Mark Pankow. Absent: trainer Mike Bingley, manager Julie Brady.


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Perth Girls Hockey Association

PERTH PEE WEE GIRLS – HOUSE LEAGUE Front row, from left: Halie MacIntosh, Alexis St. Pierre, Anna Brown, Marielle Henderson, Rebekka Murphy, Nicole Fielding, Bailey Caswell, Olivia Bourque. Second row: Dakota Moore, Santana Cole, Kira Sels, Abigail Brandon, Olivia Winch, Sydney Munroe, Jayda Wood, Becky Fielding. Back row: manager Patricia Winch, assistant coach Mark Munroe, assistant coach John Sels, coach Charles Henderson. Absent: Becca Fowler, Charlotte McInnes, trainer Lionel Winch.

PERTH NOVICE GIRLS Front row, from left: Kassidy Huggard, Kate Imeson, Natasha Cooper, Madison Miernik, Jordan Gilbertson. Second row: Kaitlyn Boychuk, Claira Popplewell, Chloe Fisher, Jocelyne Cooper, Logan Noonan, Margaret MacKenzie. Back row: trainer Carol MacKenzie, assistant coach Dave MacKenzie, coach Corey Noonan, assistant coach Pete Imeson.

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St. John celebrating 10 years of Relay for Life On Feb. 8, a group of students spent the day at a conference in Ottawa, in preparation for St. John’s most-anticipated and reverent community event: Relay for Life. This year in particular, the Relay for Life committee is dedicated to making this special night of hope and remembrance an unforgettable event. This year marks a great milestone for the St. John relay, one that is cause for extra celebration. We are one of only four schools in Ontario to celebrate our 10th annual Relay for Life, which will be held on May 27. For 10 years, St. John students and teachers have been Spartan Scene walking the track, and in that time, we have raised more than $250,000 for the Canadian Cancer the man who has been involved Society. in the event from the beginning, The true dedication comes from Don Hendry. Mr. Hendry can be



credited with organizing the event over the last decade. Through to this year, Mr. Hendry has been helping run Relay for Life. Mr. Hendry, along with Dave Peters, is the school’s unofficial advocate for combatting cancer. As this may be Mr. Hendry’s last year at SJCHS, we want the event to be extraordinary. Dave Peters is also leading the Relay for Life committee. The committee members are: Brittney Massey, Tuscany Moore, April Taillefer, Alexa Kirkland, Taylor Freeman, Nick Strong, Valerie Lemay, Keirsten Smith, Jenna Sweeney, Kai Kafrissen, Erin MacDonald and me, Emily Smith. The Relay University Conference is a chance for Relay committees to connect with one another, share ideas and inspire

enthusiasm for the event. Sixteen schools from the Ottawa Valley participated this year in the Relay U Conference. Representatives from the Canadian Cancer Society travel through Ontario to provide a basis and network for running Relay for Life. The day began full of energy and spirit, as each school tried to show more enthusiasm than each other. Each school performed its own introductory skit, based on this year’s theme of fighting cancer: live well, play well. Our group also took on the theme of changing perspectives towards cancer, encouraging the view that, “We can win this battle.” The afternoon took on a more serious note, as we held an indoor luminary ceremony, to remember the grim need for our reunion. We remembered those who had lost their fight, we honoured individuals for whom every single day was a battle, and we celebrated the victories and the progress made.

The day’s guest speaker was a young girl who, at the age of eight, was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Her history at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario was depicted through a collection of beads, one given to her every time she had a surgery, or a blood transfusion, or had to stay overnight at the hospital; in essence, one for every event that disrupted her childhood and her family life. The string of beads could have stretched all the way across our school’s gymnasium. Yet the purpose of Relay for Life was explicit in the fact that she was present and able to share her story. As veterans of Relay for Life, we finally took home the Relay U trophy for having the most spirit – a proud accomplishment. But more importantly, we also gained a greater understanding of the cause behind Relay for Life. We run in honour of the lives lost in our struggle against cancer; but the distance is measured by the lives that are saved.

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