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Conservative and NDP supporters were celebrating Monday as results of Canada’s 41st election rolled in, leaving the Liberal Party decimated both nationally and in RenfrewNipissing-Pembroke. Cheryl Gallant’s popularity took a minor hit, but she still rolled to her fifth straight victory, capturing 27,462 votes or 53.4 per cent (compared to 61.1 per cent in 2008) in Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke. The small loss in support was more than compensated for by the Conservatives winning a 167-seat majority government after two minorities. Independent candidate Hec Clouthier, who ran a robust campaign and was expected to present Gallant with a stiff challenge locally, finished a distant second, almost 18,000 votes behind. New Democratic Party candidate Eric Burton edged Liberal Christine Tabbert by 350 votes for third spot. His disappointment was offset by the unprecedented success of the NDP, especially in Quebec where the Bloc Quebecois was reduced to four seats. The NDP more than doubled its previous best showing, win-
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Horton won’t rush ‘designation’ decision Horton council isn’t rushing to support or reject designation of the Ottawa River as a Canadian heritage waterway. Horton residents Charlotte Cleroux and Earl Newberry were told at Tuesday’s council meeting that Horton won’t vote on the issue until the township hosts a public forum July 5. During the last term of council, all 17
Renfrew County municipalities supported the designation. But with new councils on board since last fall’s election, the county has asked each municipality to vote on the issue again. For the Horton story, visit www.yourottawaregion.com. For details on the county council debate, see Page 5.
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Richard Butson, at right, receives his official colours as a member of One CAV. The presentation was made by the group’s president, Bill (Drifter) Truman, prior to Saturday’s motorcycle tour kick-off.
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Saturday was a wonderful day for a motorcycle ride. And all the better when the tour was helping others at the same time. Calabogie Peaks was the starting point for Ride the Valley for Soldier On on the weekend. The Canadian Association of Veterans (CAV) motorcycle run left Calabogie Peaks at 10:30 a.m. and travelled toward Vennacher. It was scheduled to make poker run stops at five check points, including one in the parking lot at Renfrew Presbyterian Church on Raglan Street and another at the Calabogie MotorSports track. The day also includes a show’n’shine, pig roast, poker run, live music, vendors and chair lift rides. Richard Butson of Renfrew was proud to play a role in bringing the tour to the Peaks, which welcomes the general public for the pig roast, dance and other afternoon activities. Butson was honoured before the event,
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Winds create havoc across region STEVE NEWMAN AND LUCY HASS Talk about two close shaves. While Mike McIntyre was sitting in Santerrie Hair Salon getting a noonhour haircut, a large branch fell from the front-yard tree onto his truck. The Ottawa Valley Glass vehicle appeared to be relatively undamaged, except for a bent extension ladder. Even a few sheets on glass at the side of the truck remained intact. April 11, part of the same tree had Photo courtesy of Mike Bergin fallen on the building owned by Terrie A Renfrew Hydro worker is on the job next to this Lynn Coulas. broken transformer pole on Plaunt Street. “I don’t know what to say,” said Coulas. “I’ve had bad luck, but at least no one’s hurt.” The damage was among many treerelated incidents that occurred during a mid-day burst of high winds that reached close to 100 kilometres per hour. Renfrew Hydro, and staff with the town’s public works and fire departments, were kept busy responding to calls. Renfrew Hydro head foreman Tom Freemark said staff was basically “cherry picking,” tending to as many Mercury photo by Steve Newman calls as possible, after the high winds This tree fell over this Ottawa Valley Glass truck while hit town about noon and remained the driver, Mike McIntyre, was just metres away get- strong past 3 p.m. Several calls involved live wires, ting a noon-hour haircut.
while Renfrew Hydro also attended to a broken transformer pole on Plaunt Street. “This is up there,” said Freemark of the severity of the high winds. The winds damaged or loosened shingles from houses throughout the region, while power went out at Renfrew town hall, and homes lost power in and around such communities as Golden Lake and Eganville. Wind also caused a power outage at the Greater Madawaska town hall in Calabogie, forcing cancellation of its council meeting this afternoon. Renfrew’s water plant lost power, but reverted to back-up power. The sewage plant didn’t lose power, but if it did, it also has back-up power capability, said development and works director Mike Asselin. Asselin noted town staff is monitoring the weather more closely lately, since he says several of Environment Canada’s forecasts have been “less reliable.” “Eighty to 90 kilometres per hour is in the tropical storm category, so the winds are very high,” said Asselin. “It’s probably the worst I’ve seen in five years.” Major tree damage occurred on several Renfrew streets, including Farewell, Francis, Lochiel and Farewell.
Allan Cole of Horton Township was away at work when high winds tore through his property on Garden of Eden Road. But his 19-year-old son Carson got a good close look as one of the barns behind their home was torn apart. “He saw large pieces flying off,” said Cole. The wind, he said, caught the back corner of the barn and lifted it. Twenty-five sheep were housed inside the barn but luckily not a single animal was hurt. Those sheep are now out to pasture for the season and Cole’s greatest challenge will be the cleanup and construction of a new building in time for fall. Cole said the his home had been without power since about 11:30 a.m. Thursday and the barn came down around 12:30 p.m. About 11:30 a.m. Saturday, a Hydro One crew was working in Cole’s laneway, and the power was back up by noon. The barn had stood on the property since somewhere between 1895 and 1898 – a landmark in an area well known for its rich agricultural heritage. Some communities in the Upper Ottawa Valley were without power for more than 48 hours. Facilities that lost power included Admaston Public School, which was closed.
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Most Renfrew County councillors shed weight and inches around the waistline in the final leg of the Slim Till You Win competition. The February-through-April competition between Renfrew and Lanark county residents included members of Renfrew County council. Leading the way were Warden Bob Sweet, Greater Madawaska Mayor Peter Emon and Arnprior Reeve Walter Stack, as they changed eating and exercise habits in the last several weeks. They also hope to maintain those habits to improve their fitness profile, following their final weigh-in at the April 27 county council meeting. Warden Sweet began the competition with a body weight of 199 pounds and
waistline of 42.5 inches. While relaxing over a lunch that included salad and fruit, he said, “I just ate three meals a day. Before, I couldn’t walk by potato chips and desserts.” Now down to 184 pounds and a 40-inch waistline, he said he hopes to maintain some of his healthier eating changes, like foregoing breakfasts of fried eggs and home fries for porridge and fruit. Mayor Emon shed even more, dropping from 250 to 225 pounds and slightly reducing a 47-inch waistline. He needed to lose weight, for at least two good reasons – his health and perhaps the “threat of public humiliation” if he failed to shed weight. Besides, Emon wants to keep the trend going. Planning to hold steady or lose weight a little more gradually until September, Emon says he’ll then focus for four months on cutting his weight closer to 200 pounds.
But already he notices the difference, from the Slim Till You Win challenge. “I feel great. I feel lighter. And I have a lot more energy,” said Emon. “And my knees aren’t as sore as they used to be.” Emon attributed his weight loss to switching to healthier breakfasts, like yogurt and fruit, instead of a bagel and cream cheese with a french vanilla cappuccino. He also added a half-hour brisk morning walk on the treadmill. While he generally dislikes using the treadmill, he says that was rectified by walking while watching the news on a newly-purchased big-screen television. Reeve Stack was also pleased with his drop in weight. He fell from 248 to 225 pounds and shed three inches from a 47.5inch waist. “For an Irishman like me, no bread or potatoes (for two months) is a big deal,” he said.
“With the help of my wife, I ate smarter,” explained Stack. He switched from rarely eating in the morning to a breakfast of cereal with fruit, and avoided one big evening “bash of overeating.” Instead of diet pop, he also drank seven or eight glasses of water daily, ate small snacks during the day, and had a healthy small lunch. But the challenge continues, says Stack, whose goal is to lose a total of 50 pounds within a year. And not while feeling too much discomfort, either. The weight-in of several county councillors, a few county staff members, one paramedic and one member of the media created a group that dwindled from 22 to 15 people by the end of Slim Till You Win. The above group’s total weight loss was 178.8 pounds; its total waistline reduction was 15.75 inches.
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So much for rallying all of the troops. Killaloe, Hagarty & Richards town council unanimously rejected support for Canadian heritage river designation of the Ottawa River last week. But that may be the only Renfrew County municipality that rejects the designation that county council has sought for about three years. The federal government verbally supported, but never signed off on, the designation in 2008. At the April 27 session of county council, Madawaska Valley Mayor Dave Shulist asked for direction from fellow county councillors before his own council makes its decision on the designation by the Canadian Heritage Rivers System. The heritage label been viewed by most county councillors as a good thing, namely as a pro-tourism label to encourage economic development. But certain pockets in the county have campaigned against the designation in recent months, including local MP Cheryl Gallant and some municipal councillors. Recently, Arnprior Reeve Walter Stack had suggested all 17 Renfrew County municipalities reiterate their support for the designation, following the fall municipal election. During the previous four-year term, all 17 municipal councils voted in favour. But it won’t be 17-for-17 this time. Some have voiced their support – Admaston-Bromley, Petawawa, the Townships of Head, Clara & Maria, North Algona Wilberforce, and Whitewater Region – and others are expected to do the same. But not Killaloe, Hagarty &
Richards. Several county councillors voiced support, in the council chambers April 27, for the heritage designation already been bestowed on about 40 Canadian waterways. Eleven are in Ontario, including the Mattawa and Rideau rivers. Also, several county councillors point out that these heritage designations have not resulted in negative impacts on farmers or other property owners along those rivers or adjacent waterways. Killaloe, Hagarty & Richards council doesn’t necessarily see it that way, suspecting regulations down the road could prove troublesome for Ottawa River landowners. “At this moment, I don’t see any negative,” in supporting heritage designation, admitted Shulist. “It’s in limbo right now, as far as the designation is concerned,” replied Warden Bob Sweet. He also referred to a recent report by property and development director Paul Moreau that said Official Plans and zoning bylaws hold regulatory powers, but not the designation. “We’re not a prototype of some sort,” said Shulist, noting other rivers have the designation without trouble. But he also noted there’s an inaccurate perception that the designation represents government regulatory power. In 1997, when about 20 Canadian rivers had heritage designation, the economic impact in those areas was deemed to be about $35 million. “What that might be today, I don’t know, but it must be well in excess of $50 million, because there’s twice as many rivers (designated) now,” said Sweet. “So, from an economic point of view, tourism opportunities are huge with this particular
“I have to apologize to county resent my taxpayers here. designation.” See ‘Councillor’, Page 5 Sweet said it might be helpful council,” she said, “but I do repfor Moreau to repeat the findings of his report. “There is no legislation associated with” the heritage rivers charter, said Moreau in referring to the 10 provinces’ signing of the charter in 1977. One of the best defences, said Admaston-Bromley Mayor RayeAnne Briscoe, was a Whitewater Region councillor who said the designation was one way to give the river a medal, in recognition of its long and distinguished history. Meanwhile, Briscoe remains perplexed about opposition to the designation, causing her to wonder, “At what point do you stop kicking a dead horse?” Killaloe, Hagarty & Richards Mayor Janice Visneskie said she figured county council would shake its finger at her and say she was bad. But she explained the reasons behind her council’s decision. “I do have to say my council strongly disagrees with this designation,” said Visneskie. “I did support, I did sign, the resolution originally. I got a lot of calls, which surprised me, and 90 per cent of those calls told me not to support the designation.” Visneskie said her council is “so fearful of further restrictions, and “maybe it is the Province of Ontario that has scared the heck out of us, as taxpayers in KH&R, with species at risk (regulations) … and maybe it’s not related to 1-888-269-5931 this, but it scares my council, it scares my taxpayers. 330897
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The tax rates have been finalized for the Renfrew County portion of local taxes for 2011. If taxes are going up this year, they’ll most likely only go up only on the municipal portion of the three-part tax bill. The county tax levy increased by 0.5 per cent for the 2011 Renfrew County budget. When property value assessment growth and valuation changes are factored in, that means the county tax rate actually decreases by 7.13 per cent in 2011. For someone owning residential property valued at $100,000, the county por-
tion of that bill would drop from $413.36 in 2010 to $409.23 in 2011, or a decrease of $4.13. The county portion of the tax bill, for residential property owners, is determined by multiplying the one’s assessed residential value by .0038389. If one’s residential property is unchanged from the 2009 assessed value of $100,000, the overall county and education bill of $614.89 will be $39.47 lower than that combined rate of $654.36 in 2010. EDUCATION RATE DROPS That combined portion of the tax bill is down, partly because the education rates dropped from $241 to $231 per $100,000 of
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From Page 5 “When they ask me to look at things different, and to relay that fear, I have a duty to do that.” As she stressed, her council voted no because of its fear “of a door opening that will never close.” Renfrew Reeve Audrey Green spoke out strongly in favour of the designation. “I’m very disappointed that one of our colleagues definitely won’t be supporting the resolution … to not support this regulation is to cut our nose off to spite our face. “It’s simply because this is not only for today, but for the future, and for as long as our children and (grand) children are going to be around.” In calling resistance to the heritage river designation “totally ridiculous,” Green concluded: “Let’s use common sense here and get on with something that is very important.” Reeve Stack argued similarly. ”I’m disappointed,” he said. “I was the one who suggested we go around the table again. You know, if it’s going to be 15 of 17, let’s do it, and get the show on the road.”
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assessed residential value. That means the actual mathematical tax rate for education taxes is .00231, while the rate for the residential property class is .00383885. Local municipalities, meanwhile, are working to complete their budgets, and therefore the final third of the tax bill. RELAY FOR LIFE Dave Henderson visited county council April 27 to remind councillors and staff about the 12th annual Renfrew County Relay for Life. The fundraising coordinator for the June 3-4 event at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa said the event
should surpass $3 million in total funds raised over the dozen years. The goal for the Canadian Cancer Society fundraiser is raise more than $280,000. Last year, $282,000 was raised. Henderson says 105 to 115 teams are expected to take part in the 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. event.“It’s just a great event,” said Henderson. “It’s a wonderful event for people to come together and take a stand against cancer.” The event takes place at the Dundonald track on the military base. For more details, call 613-735-2571. Two other Relay for Life events also take place in Renfrew County this spring, both in late May, in Barry’s Bay and Renfrew.
SMELT GATE - PART 7 In this installment of “Smelt Gate” - I wish to thank the readership for their patient indulgence - before going on to outline several matters that may provide insights into the mindset of certain individuals who when given authority - often get ahead of themselves. For example - while questioning a Resource Ministry spokesman recently about the - 42,000 large trout stocked in Muskrat Lake since 2002 - he replied - “well we only put in around 6,000 every year - but we could put 10,000 in if we wanted.” Well that’s a very interesting comment - because stocking - 6,000 Large Trout - in Muskrat lake every year while calling them “Sub Adult” indicates a bias towards making trout the dominant species / while describing them as “Sub Adult” is simply an exercise in semantics that effectively obscures the fact they stopped stocking - Small Trout - and began stocking - Large Trout instead - very innovative to be sure - but area residents were not raised to be fools? On another occasion a Ministry acquaintance advised me “herring are not a game ﬁsh Donald - so there are no regulations obliging us to help them survive”- yet some years back another Ministry representative spoke to Cobden’s Conservation Club about these ﬁsh, and gave a glowing discourse on “Muskrat Lakes Rainbow Smelt” which included “these ﬁsh are a unique part of your local heritage and have been isolated here for so long they could almost be considered a separate species - and as such they should be protected” - at which point a member asked “then why are you still putting trout in our Lake?” there was no reply and the meeting ended. The truth is - from the very beginning many years ago - Cobden’s conservation club made it clear - they would prefer not to have lake trout introduced - but asked the Ministry to stock - Yellow Pickerel instead - and even offered to help them create pickerel spawning beds, but the Ministry declined at that time, saying “Pickerel won’t work”. Folks, those old timers didn’t need university degrees to know what trout would do in Muskrat Lake - instead they used common sense - but common sense cannot be imparted to people who know everything, because common sense is acquired over time based on experience, and one would have thought with all the Resource Ministries experience - THEY WOULD HAVE USED COMMON SENSE concerning Muskrat lake BUT DID THEY? So the Resources Ministry can trot out all the ﬂip charts - statistics - interviews - surveys - and projections they want - but we don’t want to hear it - we’ve heard it all before! They can also explain - deny - excuse or posture until every one of them is blue in the face - and do you know what? We don’t want to hear that either! Because nothing they say will change the fact Muskrat lakes Rainbow Smelt population - have approached the brink of extinction over the last decade - after thriving in its waters for millennia - and they are now a threatened part of our local heritage - that needs to be protected - allowed to re - establish themselves - and returned from the edge of oblivion. We want our traditional heritage back - fairness for Muskrat Lake property owners - and justice for the entire range of indigenous ﬁsh species being adversely impacted by the Ministries continued stocking - of an introduced ﬁsh species into our Lake - ITS JUST THAT SIMPLE. Donald E. Broome, Cobden This ad is funded by the Cobden & District Legion Conservation Club 456820
Work is underway to build 15 apartments in the former Victoria Public School building on Bruce Street. Renfrew council has unanimously approved rezoning of the property.
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Renfrew council has unanimously supported the rezoning of the block that has been home over the years to Victoria School, a youth centre, an adult education centre, the food bank and Kids Corp. At the April 26 council meeting, developer Derek McGrimmon said his intention is to turn the vacant one-storey building into 15 apartment units for dialysis patients at nearby Renfrew Victoria Hospital. He appeared at the April 26 council meeting to answer questions. Reticence about the project was expressed in person, and in letter, by Bruce Street residents Larry and Dawn Thivierge. Some of their concerns, about growing traffic congestion in the area of Bruce and Raglan streets, appeared to be answered by council members, McGrimmon and town planner Julie McAdoo-Stewart. But not entirely. Mr. Thivierge told The Mercury he was still concerned about potential traffic and parking issues. “Where’s the tipping point?” he wondered. Development and works director Mike Asselin said he’d report their traffic concerns to the County of Renfrew, since Bruce Street is a county road. The Thivierge couple, in their letter, requested that council delay its decision until a proper traffic study is conducted.
McGrimmon suggested traffic wouldn’t be multiplied much more by the new apartment occupants, since many of them don’t drive. The Thivierges’ letter also mentioned that a number of drivers of heavy tractor trailers, and bus drivers and passengers often use the former school yard parking lot while visiting the nearby Tim Hortons. “If this is passed, we should keep an eye on the traffic concerns, and do what we have to do to alleviate them,” said Coun. Gail Cole. Another resident, who attended the council meeting, wondered if the zoning would permit a halfway house, if the planned apartments didn’t stay in place over the long-term. Yes, she was told. Background documentation indicates “the intent of the residential designation is to permit all types of residential uses. The plan encourages a balance of housing forms to meet need and affordability. “The intent is also to provide opportunities for redevelopment and intensification.” Because residential buildings with three or more dwellings are subject to site-plan control, a site plan will have to be approved by council. Albert and Raglan streets are at the respective west and east ends of the block. The north and south sides of the block are Bruce Street and Elgin Avenue. More than half of the block consists of open park area.
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tephen Harper’s appeal to the voters to deliver him a majority government did not fall on deaf ears. The Conservatives picked up 165 seats, with 272 of 299 polls reporting – an increase of 22 seats. The Tory tide once again swept across Ottawa and the Valley, with Conservatives retaining their seats in Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (Scott Reid), Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke (Cheryl Gallant), Carleton-Mississippi Mills (Gordon O’Connor) and Leeds-Grenville (Gord Brown). The anticipated surge of NDP support did not hurt the Tories, except in a few ridings in Quebec, where most of the seats picked up by the party were taken from the Liberals. During the campaign, the prime minister warned Canadians that a minority Tory government couldn’t hold on to power and would fall prey to a coalition of the Liberals, NDP or potentially the Bloc Quebecois. Harper’s predictions were alarming, with warnings of hits to the financial markets, deficit spending and possibly reopening the Constitution for another divisive debate that nobody wanted. Canadians obviously listened, and Harper no longer faces the spectre of having to compromise or work to achieve consensus with the opposition. But is that necessarily a good thing? Yes, a majority government will give the Tories the tools to pass legislation that could have been delayed by a united opposition. And as Tory MP Gordon O’Connor pointed out, a majority win will allow the Conservatives to stand down from continuous preparation for yet another election, and focus on the task of governing. But when they were a minority government, the Tories were forced to listen to the ideas of other parties and to compromise. The politics of consensus forces a leader to sift through the ideas of competing parties and incorporate the best parts within his or her own policies. We hope winning a majority won’t go Harper’s head. The Tories often use the word “arrogance” to explain the federal Liberals’ fall in fortune; they might want to avoid a similar accusation over the next four years. Be a good prime minister, Harper. Listen to other ideas, use the best ones. Remember, in a democracy we elect a prime minister, we don’t anoint a king.
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The Late Great Muskrat Lake To the editor: As a Muskrat Lake lakefront homeowner with a water/wastewater treatment career of 40 years, the last 27 of which were spent managing Cobden’s water and wastewater plants, I have followed the Smelt Gate series with not only a professional interest, but a vested interest as well. Because prior to amalgamation when Bromley Township was considering potential new landfill sites, Cobden council asked me to research how these sites might impact Muskrat Lake, the source of Cobden’s drinking water. This included visual inspections of the municipal drainage ditches constructed by Bromley in previous years. My greatest concern was that the proposed landfill sites were within a stone’s throw of these ditches, miles of which are fed by thousands of feet of field tile, which working in the reverse order to a septic system, empty directly
into Snake River and then into Muskrat Lake. Upon completing my investigation, Cobden’s reeve presented my arguments against the proposed landfill sites, and because of their potential threat to Muskrat Lake they were abandoned. This decision was fortuitous for the water quality in Muskrat Lake, but my investigation brought something else to light, which was, if the municipal drains would be efficient collectors and transporters of pollutants from landfill sites, they would also be efficient collectors and transporters of nutrients from the agricultural lands they drained. In this regard Muskrat Lake has not been so fortunate, because a Ministry of the Environment water quality survey conducted in 2005 showed that 59 per cent of the phosphorus contamination entering Muskrat Lake came from Snake River. See ‘Muskrat’, Page 14
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To the editor: In 1953, my father and I purchased a property on the Ottawa River which in that era was Ross Township. My father was always interested in forest products and I followed along with the same interests, and now, as well is our three sons who are actively involved with our lumber business in Renfrew. During that time period we have done three selective cuts on this property, have injected approximately $250,000 into the local economy with local jobbers, truckers and sawmills besides keeping six to nine men employed at our lumber yard in Renfrew. We have also planted 20,000 red pine seedlings on this property in the last 25 years. I know this is small compared to government projects, but it is very important to our lifestyle and our business of trying to make a living. We, of course, are very concerned with keeping the Ottawa River clean and pollution free, and in our ownership of this property for 58 years have done nothing to create pollution of any kind on the Ottawa River. We are, therefore, opposed to creating an Ottawa River Heritage System and commend Cheryl Gallant for keeping the options open until all rules and regulations are spelled out in black and white. There are many rules and regulations in place now without having to contend with more. If the advocates for a River Heritage System claim there will be absolutely no changes, then why are we looking for the Ottawa River Heritage System to be put in place? We feel that our property is in better shape now than when we purchased it in 1953 and don’t require people of any stripe from distances away telling us how to manage our property. Raymond Bell Raymond B. Bell & Sons Ltd. Publisher’s Liability: The advertiser agrees that the publisher shall not be liable for any damages whatsoever arising from errors in advertisements beyond actual amount paid for space used by the part of the advertisement containing the error. The publisher shall not be liable for non-insertion of any advertisement. the publisher will not knowingly publish any advertisement which is illegal, misleading or offensive. The contents of this newspaper are protected by copyright and may be used only for your personal non-commercial purposes. All other rights are reserved and commercial use is prohibited. Permission to republish any material must be sought from the relevant copyright owner.
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A jubilant Cheryl Gallant was re-elected for the fifth time as Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MP Monday, but for the first time as a member of a majority government. The re-elected Conservative MP was cheered by a couple hundred supporters as she entered her Pembroke campaign headquarters after it became apparent she was coasting to another easy victory in the Valley riding. Gallant defeated four rivals, receiving 53.4 per cent of the vote in the riding, the fourth straight time she has topped the 50 per cent mark. In a short speech to the party faithful, exhilarated by the news of the Conservative majority, she expressed delight in the results, saying it would now be much easier to pass a budget and legislation to create jobs and grow the economy. The government has a lot of legislation it can now resurrect so it can follow through on its promises based on priorities clearly backed by most Canadians, she said. Gallant said the majority government was especially gratifying for supporters in the room who had been helping her since her first win in 2000 “when we did what they said was impossible (defeat a Liberal incumbent in the riding).” Asked about her role in the majority government, Gallant said “whatever I’m
asked to do, I’ll do.” Her main priority is the constituents of the riding, she said, urging them to help her keep on top of issues before they get out of hand. She credited her success to all of the people who alerted her to problems and provided input so she could properly “represent the wishes of Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke in Ottawa.” It’s the everyday issues that directly affect people’s lives that tend to be the most important, she said. She also praised her staff for doing an “incredible job,” noting what is done in the riding between elections plays a crucial role in how people vote. Asked if she would be making any changes to her style in response to criticism about some of her more intemperate remarks, Gallant admitted that “there are definitely areas of improvement I need to work on.” When NDP candidate Eric Burton showed up at the Conservative party to congratulate the winner, Gallant praised him for running an issue-oriented campaign. After concentrating on attacking the Liberals early in the campaign, Gallant turned her attention in the last few days to the surging NDP. She suggested the choice for voters was between a Conservative low-tax plan that would create jobs, stimulate growth and eliminate the deficit in three years and the NDP’s “high tax agenda” that would
Re-elected Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MP Cheryl Gallant is congratulated on election night in Pembroke by Renfrew Reeve Audrey Green, left. In the background is Elwyn Behnke. include a new carbon tax to pay for “their multitude of promises.” Gallant deflected questions regarding possible social legislation changes now that the Conservatives have a majority, saying “our total focus is the economy.” She did remind reporters that Prime Minister Stephen Harper has promised to do away with the long-gun registry, a major issue in her riding. “We can have a wonderful bonfire (when it is officially
scrapped),” she quipped. However, there will continue to be safeguards and strict rules to ensure people don’t abuse the privilege of gun ownership, she said. But it won’t be the wasteful, inefficient, privacy-invading registry, she added. During the victory party, the registry was a hot topic, with one gun owner telling another, “this is why we got involved in politics.” Gallant’s campaign manager Brendan Mulvihill said he was amazed at what a strong and active team the MP had volunteering for her during the campaign. He said he was confident throughout despite some pundits’ predictions that she was in trouble in the face of an energetic campaign by former MP Hec Clouthier and concern about some of her more controversial statements. When a candidate wins four straight times with margins as great as Gallant’s, it would take a major shift to unseat her, he said. Yet her campaign team, including a strong contingent of volunteers in Arnprior and Renfrew, took nothing for granted, he said. “It was very impressive.” At the end of her speech to supporters, Gallant said: “Let’s party. We’ve earned it.” There is a “long road ahead,” said the MP who has represented Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke since 2000. “Our job is just beginning.”
Independent candidate happy with campaign, but ends a distant second STEVE NEWMAN firstname.lastname@example.org
Independent candidate Hector Clouthier of Petawawa admitted he was the underdog during the federal election in Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke − a reality that was underlined by re-elected Conservative candidate Cheryl Gallant’s runaway victory Monday. Clouthier − gregarious, opinionated and constant wearer of fedoras − parked his hat at the door after a full and final day of campaigning that took him to Pembroke, Petawawa, Renfrew and Arnprior. Hoping his presence might have resonated with a few more voters, his hopes for an upset win were dashed, as Gallant took an early lead and romped to her fifth consecutive election victory. With just 36 of 221 polls reported, Gallant already led 2,788 to Clouthier’s 998 and NDP Eric Burton’s 883. After 60 polls Gallant’s 5,117 votes led Clouthier’s 1,958 and Burton’s 1,537, and the rout was on. Gallant’s first win came in 2000 when, as an Alliance candidate, she upset Clouthier, the incumbent Liberal. Ever since, Clouthier has played catchup as the two political players have continued to express disdain for each other. Monday night, before a gathering of Clouthier family members, other supporters and the media at the home of brother Jim and sister-in-law Janice in Petawawa, Clouthier offered low-key congratulations to the winner. “Well, they voted for Mrs. Gallant again. She won. Congratulations to her.”
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Hec Clouthier reacts to finishing a distant second to re-elected Cheryl Gallant in the riding of Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke. But he immediately added: “I guess I feel a little sorry for the people of Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke … I’m a little concerned about what’s going to happen in this riding because I’m worried. I’m just going to leave it at that.” He also congratulated NDP candidate Eric Burton for his passion and how he
handled himself in the campaign. Referring to Jack Layton, the new leader of the Opposition, Clouthier said: “I would hope he would find room in his office for Eric Burton because this is a young man who has a great political career ahead of him.” In reference to fourth-place Christine Tabbert of the Liberals, all he said was that Carole Devine, who was a distant second in the 2008 local federal election, should have been the Liberal candidate all along. Tabbert, who grew up near Pembroke, now works for a law firm in Toronto. Clouthier was calm and succinct in most of his comments, but broke into tears when speaking of how his nine brothers and sisters came together to support him during the campaign. He also expressed his pride for his sons and wife Deborah, whom he gave a tearful embrace. As for how Gallant spoiled his bid for a second term as MP, Clouthier argued the people’s desire for a majority government ruled the day. “I don’t really believe she’s that popular. I believe the majority of her votes came because the people voted for Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party. I absolutely believe that. “If it would have been a race between Cheryl Gallant and Hec Clouthier, I believe in my heart of hearts, I beat her … You know what, they got a Conservative majority government, and let’s see what they do with it … If it had been a popularity contest or someone they believed could do the best job for the riding, ir-
respective of political parties, I believe I win. But that wasn’t the case.” One of Clouthier’s many supporters was Renfrew resident Steve Jones, who designed his election website. Jones, who entered politics several years ago as a volunteer for a Conservative candidate, scratched his head over the results. “I don’t know what to say. I don’t want to come across as negative,” said Jones. “It is what it is. It’s reality. … They had their reasons (to vote for her), I suppose. That’s got to be enough. I (just) disagree with the reasons. “I’m not the only one who’s going to say this, but has she done anything to warrant receiving (nearly) 60 per cent of the vote?” Jones asked. Gallant emerged with 53.4 per cent of the vote, down from 61.1 per cent in the last election. “I’m disappointed on a lot of different levels,” said Jones. “I don’t think she’s earned it, but she’s got it. I know he (Hec) put his heart and soul into it (the campaign). I think he would have made a difference.” One of Clouthier’s biggest supporters, brother Tom Clouthier, thought so too. “I’m very disappointed, that’s for sure,” said Tom. “Hector worked so hard to try to win this riding. I think this riding lost a hell of a worker who would have worked for everyone because he’s full of energy, and our riding could sure use that energy.” As Hec added before his official reaction to Gallant’s convincing win: “It surprises us all, but the people have spoken … and they didn’t want another election for a while.”
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Burton proud of ‘huge success’ for NDP as party wins 102 seats DEREK DUNN email@example.com
The 30 or more NDP supporters at Eric Burton’s campaign office in downtown Pembroke were dressed in bright orange and upbeat leading into election night, poking fun at incumbent Cheryl Gallant’s numerous gaffes and drinking pop and munching from the triangle-shaped sandwiches. Burton worked the room, saying he was “optimistic” with comments at the door of voters; particularly in light of NDP leader Jack Layton’s “Orange Crush” surge in the polls prior to election day. He even speculated that the right side of the political spectrum would split its support between Gallant and Independent Hec Clouthier. “That’s what I’m talking about. These are voters that could lead to an NDP victory,” Burton said. “Everything at the door is Jack, Jack, Jack.” He remained convinced, right up to the moment results from Atlantic Canada began to roll in, that a silent swell of NDP support would lead to a possible victory across Canada and in Renfrew-NipissingPembroke. Then supporters began to break up into different sections of the campaign office, islands of faces gathering around laptop computers to watch the vote count on CBC’s website. The laughter and enthusiasm gave way
Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke NDP candidate Eric Burton speaks to supporters at his campaign headquarters Monday night. to “oh-no” and groans of “let’s move to another country.” It became obvious the Conservatives were destined for a sizable victory, likely forming a majority government. Burton grew philosophic when Gallant was finally announced as the winner. “I’ve won and lost elections before, and I’ll win and lose elections again,” said
Burton, who finished third behind Gallant and Clouthier. “It’s just a matter of which ones.” The sandwiches and cut fruit began to soften, the pop flattened. Even the live jazz music seemed to fade and lose its pizzazz. Many kept a brave face, saying they never truly expected to win but wanted to ensure the democratic process was robust. They were happy at the opportunity to voice their convictions to the riding’s 73,000 voters. As the numbers became clearer and it was evident the NDP would form the official opposition, Burton said the false dialogue between a right wing Conservative party and a fake left wing Liberal party was finally put to rest. The era of the Liberals running from the left and governing on the right will end, he said, adding one of his two main objectives was to place higher than Liberal candidate Christine Tabbert, which he did. “Now a genuine discussion between the left and right can take place, not a right and right discussion,” he said. “When people can clearly hear the two sides, we’ll start to win power.” Burton called the NDP showing nationally a “huge success,” but didn’t shy away from commenting on the Conservative victory. “I’m disappointed just like everyone else here,” he said. “Today for a huge portion of Canadian citizens their plight is
going to be exacerbated. We are going to have to fight to keep the middle class. They (Conservatives) are going to push people into the poorer class.” Still, it looks like the NDP will form the official opposition, he said to supporters at the end of the night. “We are the official opposition in the House and here in Renfrew County,” he said. “That’s a change in the voter.” He said important conversations took place during the race, including: • Innovations needed to maintain universal healthcare; • How cogeneration and biomass can help the forestry industry; • Supporting seniors so they can live with the respect they deserve; • Planning ways to cooperate in dealing with environmental challenges. “I’m going to say the same thing I would have said – win or lose,” he told supporters. “We need to work together to find local solutions for the good of Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke.” Burton did better than NDP candidates do traditionally in the riding. The usual 10 per cent or less of the vote was increased this time to 13.4 per cent, ensuring funding for the party. The president of the local NDP riding association intends to run again in 2015, but isn’t committing. “We quickly made inroads because we didn’t even declare until a few weeks ago,” he said. “We see this as a big success. I may very well run again.”
Disappointing results for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke Liberals SHERRY HAAIMA Sherry.firstname.lastname@example.org
It was a disappointing evening for the Liberal Party across the country and candidate Christine Tabbert. Her campaigners and supporters in the riding of Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke were certainly feeling the sting as they gathered at the Best Western May 2 to watch the results. When all was said and done, Tabbert earned 6,546 votes (12.7%) to finish fourth of five candidates in the riding. In the past, the Liberals have always finished either first or second in the riding. Just a handful of supporters and volunteers were on hand as the polls closed at 9:30 p.m. The crowd picked up a bit as the evening progressed, but the spirits of those in attendance did not, as it became clear the Liberal Party was in deep trouble. Tabbert, who watched the results privately with her family before joining the party at the Best Western, admitted it was difficult to watch the evening’s events unfold. “I think it’s a surprising result for a lot of people. A wave hit and the wave rolled across the country,” she said, making note of the NDP surge. “The Liberal Party has a great tradition in this country,” said Tabbert. “I don’t think it’s down and out. It’s certainly down, but it’s probably not out.” Tabbert, who spent election day at various supporters’ home around the riding, said the voters are sending a clear message. “It’s time (for me) to regroup and obviously it’s time for our party to regroup. I think the voters have sent a big message to us over the past evening and we’ll have
to be looking at where to go from here,” she said. Tabbert, a Toronto lawyer born and raised near Pembroke, said she is proud of how the campaign went and that she learned a lot along the way. “I certainly feel like it’s been a rewarding experience for the last year and a half,” she said. Tabbert also offered MP Cheryl Gallant her congratulations. “I would like to congratulate our Member of Parliament on her re-election. Serving the public as a member of parliament is not easy and she is to be commended for her continued commitment to that role,” she said. “I hope that she will be listening to all constituents and I hope that she’ll continue her efforts to find out what constituents want,” Tabbert added. She thanked the voters and also those who contributed time, money and enthusiasm to the campaign. “But we cannot stop here. In fact, this is only the beginning. “It is the beginning of continuing to engage people in this riding in the political process, it is the beginning of working together with all liberal-minded people in this riding. It is the beginning of healing past divisions and moving forward united. “Together we need to make sure that every person in this riding has a voice within our local riding association and that past differences are set aside to unite us in a common purpose.” TIME TO REGROUP, REFLECT R-N-P Liberal riding association president Gail Richardson said she was saddened by the results. She agreed with
as a “fine human being with a great deal to offer.” “I supported him in the leadership race,” said Richardson. “I think he had a rough ride, it’s tough to come in that way, in a minority… and I think he actually did quite well.” Locally, the riding association, which was on the verge of an annual meeting when the election was called, will regroup, as well. “We will be coming up with some good common ground of what we need to do here and where we can go nationally,” said Richardson. Tabbert’s hard work is to be commended, she added. “She did an excellent job, she has worked tirelessly for months and months and months.” MISSED OPPORTUNITY
Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke Liberal candidate Christine Tabbert addresses supporters late Monday evening. Tabbert that now is a time for reflection and rebuilding. “Clearly the message is that the Liberal party has got to rebuild. We’ve done it before and we’ll do it again,” Gail Richardson. “We’re very capable of regrouping and moving on.” The Liberals poor showing likely does call for a leadership race of some sort, said Richardson, though she praised leader Michael Ignatieff, describing him
Long-time Liberal and Whitewater Region Deputy Mayor Izett McBride said the riding missed an opportunity. “We’re obviously disappointed. I thought Christine would have been an excellent MP,” said McBride. “I’m one of those that have come to believe the most important aspect of electing an MP is the person themselves and what they will do for the riding as opposed to voting along party lines. I think the riding missed a great opportunity at this stage. But we’ve done that before.” What went wrong for the Liberals this time around? “Some say we’ve suffered a lot from a revolving door for leaders,” said McBride. “It’ll be tough for Ignatieff to stay on. I personally thought he was a terrific guy, he set the bar high and he had a lot of super ideas, but it didn’t sell.”
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Rosanne Van Schie says she’ll run again as the Green Party candidate in Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke.
Local Green Party support drops, but leader elected to Parliament STEVE NEWMAN email@example.com
Rosanne Van Schie sat in front of the television Monday night with her son and two daughters to learn the voters’ verdict. Locally, in Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, the Green Party candidate’s support dropped considerably, with just 1.7 per cent of the vote, or 877 votes. The Green candidate in the 2008 election, Ben Hoffman of Foymount, received 3,201 votes, or a 6.8 slice of the voters’ pie. But it was an ecstatic end to the evening for Van Schie and thousands more Green Party candidates across Canada, as Green Party leader Elizabeth May knocked off Conservative cabinet minister Gary Lunn. It was an evening of monumental change on the political landscape, as the New Democratic Party raced past the Liberals to become the new Official Opposition for the first time in Canada, and the Bloc Quebecois was virtually wiped off the political map. In the British Columbia riding of Saanich-Gulf Island, May took an early lead en route to a convincing victory. Her 31,900 votes left Dunn a distant second with 24,541. In her victory speech, May told a cheering crowd that Canadians proved they wanted a change in politics. But not too much change, since the Conservatives did roll to a third straight government, for the third time in the party’s political history. Van Schie, who lives near Kiosk, at the north end of Algonquin Provincial Park, says visits to residents in Chalk River, Deep River and Douglas − the only three communities where she went door-to-door − revealed a strong partisan Conservative wave was on its way.
She was also told some voters, who’d voted Green before, would not this time, in efforts to turf Cheryl Gallant from office. If the Green Party is going to garner more political gains, more work needs to be done “on the ground” between elections, said Van Schie. Meanwhile, she’s celebrating her Green Party leader’s huge breakthrough at the polls. “I’m more pleased and relieved,” said Van Schie. “She did a lot of work on the ground. She had 2,000 volunteers and she’s worked hard for a long time.” ‘PRETTY ECSTATIC’ “I was pretty ecstatic,” she said of May’s win after the leader was excluded from two leaders’ debates on CBC television. “I was really glad because we needed that voice in the House. It’s a great start for us in Parliament because people will see the quality of the work she’s going to do in the House.” Despite receiving less than 1,000 votes in her own riding, Van Schie said, “I’m really happy there was certain portion of the Green vote that stuck with the Green … it is an investment in the future.” Now, she says work “on the ground” needs to include a push for more green economic initiatives, including biomass energy-production projects. She said her party also needs to keep spreading the word that the Green Party is fiscally conservative. “That’s what they did out West,” she said of May’s upset victory . “I will run the next time. I see this as a long-term exercise,” added Van Schie. “It was my first time running, so I learned a lot as well.” 465871
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Only time will tell To the editor: Well folks, in spite of a widespread campaign to unseat her, Cheryl Gallant is once again our federal representative, but this time things were different, because this time she was re-elected because of clearminded people who set aside their reservations and looked past her frequent gaffes to consider the bigger picture and then voted for the Conservative Party. Consequently, the biggest congratulations in this election must go to the people of Renfrew County, who understood full well what needed
to be done, and did it. Indeed, Mrs. Gallant’s latest win was due to the necessity of electing a Conservative administration to govern our nation at this critical juncture, but there will be no “setting aside of reservations” if there is a continuation of what has gone on in the past. In fact, like many others, my vote was not cast for Mrs. Gallant, but for Prime Minister Harper instead, and if you were to ask me, “Donald, do you think Mrs. Gallant could have done better in the last 12 years?” my answer is “Yes, she could
have done much better.” Nevertheless, Mrs. Gallant has now been given the opportunity to do what she could not do as a member of a minority government, stymied at every turn, by a three-way coalition of socialists. In this regard, along with their expectations of performance, the eyes of Renfrew County voters will be upon her as never before, and this time they are not in the mood to tolerate any more nonsense, either on Parliament Hill, or in the riding itself. As for future criticisms of Mrs. Gallant, we must be fair and make sure they are the kind of constructive criticisms that will encour-
age her to be someone her constituency can regard with esteem and gratitude, because at the end of the day the buck stops at Mrs. Gallant, to whom I now say, “To err is human, madam, but to reject bad advice is divine”. As for those who may be wondering what this means, we must wait to see if the need arises to tell you, but for the majority of Renfrew County voters what this means has already been well and truly noted and that means, from this point forward, the future of Mrs. Gallant career is up to Mrs. Gallant. Donald E. Broome Cobden
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To the editor: While reading the Smelt Gate series, I thought the following information might help those who are challenging the Resource Ministry’s trout-stocking in Muskrat Lake that has decimated its Rainbow Smelt population. This information outlines the federal government’s Species at Risk Recovery Act (SARA) introduced in 2003 as part of a national effort to conserve and protect species at risk, by providing for the recovery of wildlife that were being extirpated, endangered, or threatened as a result of human activity. This recovery strategy is designed to identify what needs to be done to arrest or reverse the decline of an endangered species, by setting goals or objectives covering the main areas that need addressing. As for the species at risk “conservation and recovery policy” it is a process whereby the decline of an endangered, threatened, or extirpated species is arrested or reversed, by removing or reducing threats to their survival, until such time as they are deemed to have sufficiently recovered. The SARA program itself is an eightway commitment by all provinces, territories, and three federal agencies – Environment Canada, Parks Canada and the Federal Ministry of inland Fisheries and
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Oceans – united under one accord for the Protection of Species at risk (Section 37 – 46) which spells out the required content and process for developing recovery strategies. As part of these guidelines, and depending on the status of the endangered species at the time it was assessed, a recovery strategy must be developed within 2 years after a species is added to the endangered list. In some cases multiple plans may be adopted simultaneously to define and guide the recovery strategy applications, nevertheless directions set in the recovery strategy – are sufficient to begin involving concerned communities, land users, and conversationalist’s in recovery strategy implementations, while cost effective projects to prevent the reduction or loss of a species, should not be postponed due to a lack of full scientific certainty. For further information about the Species at Risk Act and recovery initiatives, consult the SARA Registry at www.sartaregistry.gc.ca. I hope this will assist the many people working to ensure the existence of Rainbow Smelt in Muskrat Lake, and speaking as a former Cobden resident and avid smelt fisherman throughout my youth, I hope they succeed. Dwaine Turcotte Renfrew
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To the editor: The Calabogie Community Rink Committee (CCRC) held a very successful fundraiser, celebrating the Phase One completion of rink renovations. Shooter’s Bar and Grill hosted the event, providing appetizers and music to entertain the guests. CFL player Justin Phillips and NHL player Mike Blundin attended, mingling with crowd. Over $1,000 was raised. CCRC would like to extend a big
Muskrat Lake Continued from Page 8 As evidence of this input, anyone crossing the Snake River Bridge on Highway 17 during the summertime can readily see the weedy congestion caused by agricultural nutrients being discharged into the river. Fondly do I recall the times when my dad and I would launch a boat at the bridge and return with a good catch of pike after trolling to Muskrat Lake and back, but now one would be hard pressed to paddle a canoe over this same route, let alone troll a lure through the mire of weeds choking the river. Further evidence is provided by the burgeoning increase of aquatic vegetation in Muskrat Lake, the ultimate recipient of the pollutants, where weeds and algae are being treated to a seemingly endless supply of their favourite nutrients delivered to them compliments of Snake River and its man-made tributaries. Recreational aesthetics aside, potential toxin release from blue/green algae blooms has forced closure of Cobden’s beach, not to mention the threat to the
thank you to Shooter’s for making the event possible, and once again to thank all of the Phase One volunteers. The renovations would not be possible without the generous and extensive community support that the committee has received. Stay tuned for Phase Two! Sincerely, Anne Lefebvre On behalf of the Calabogie Community Rink Committee drinking water supply. To put things in perspective, from the 2005 survey it was shown that phosphorus from residential septic systems accounted for eight per cent of the total input to the lake, while Cobden’s sewage plant accounted for only four per cent. This figure was effectively reduced to two per cent following diversion of water plant alum sludge to the sewage plant in 2008, since alum enhances the plant’s phosphorus removal process. Engineering studies were conducted in recent years with a view to reducing phosphorus levels in Cobden’s sewage plant effluent even further, but any future efforts to reduce phosphorus and other inputs would make more sense if Snake River, the largest contributor at 59 per cent, was tackled first. With weeds rapidly overtaking the lake, and the indigenous fish disappearing, if the largest source of pollution is not addressed first, will a future epitaph read “HERE LIES THE LATE GREAT MUSKRAT LAKE - CAUSE OF DEATH: ASSISTED EUTROPHICATION”? Let’s hope not! David Simmons Cobden
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During Catholic Education Week May 1 to 6, county schools are highlighting the 2011 theme – Catholic Education: Celebrating the Spirit. The theme, says director of education Michelle Arbour, “emphasizes our reliance on the Holy Spirit in our day-to-day call to pass on the good news of Jesus in our Catholic schools.”
Activities included special prayer services, masses, displays of musical, visual and dramatic arts, books fairs, presentations and community outreach. “The week is an important time for us to celebrate our relationships as members of home, school, parish and extended communities,” said superintendent of education Jaimie Perry.
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Nine retired or soon-to-be-retired teachers were honoured by their peers Friday night in Renfrew. The annual meeting of the Renfrew County Teachers’ Local of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) closed with a tip of the hat to a dedicated group representing more than 250 years of teaching experience, thousands of students, hundreds of new initiatives, curriculum changes and more. “They end their careers the way they began; enthusiastic and caring individuals, teaching students to love learning,” the dinner programme read. Special mention was also given to teachers celebrating 25 years of teaching: Lucie Langevin, Gail Okum, Lynda Lepinskie, Sherry Weichenthal-Aide and Joanne Instance. Teachers at A.J. Charbonneau Public School in Arnprior nominated their steward Karin Haelssig for this year’s Workplace Steward Award. Political Action Community Involvement Awards were presented to Jennifer Marquardt and Lorraine Hamilton, celebrating their community involvement and volunteer work. The nine teachers honoured were Alice Paige, Scott Rubie, Barb Moreland, Deb Doran, Steven Moore, Cathy Biernaski, Lori Junop, Diana Atkinson and Roma Freeman. Paige has been involved in the field of education since 1976 and began teaching in 1976 at CFB Uplands in Ottawa. While working for the Renfrew County District School Board, she worked with the curriculum department and was a lead teacher and classroom teacher for primary, junior and intermediate grades. Since the inception of ETFO, she has been involved as a family of schools advisor, vice president and then president of the Renfrew County Teachers Local. “In 2004, I started the president’s job and since then I have always put teachers first. I have developed a trusting relationship with many of my colleagues and made good friends. Teachers are amazing and wonderful people,” she told the gathering.
“Meeting your needs has meant long hours of work, many miles of travel, hundreds of meetings, much wrangling and hours of talking and communicating. Working locally with my teachers, stewards and executives and with my colleagues at Provincial has been an outstanding experience. I have done my best. I now look forward to living a long and happy life in retirement.” Scott Rubie was an elementary teacher of some 27 years. Fresh out of the University of Toronto in 1978, Rubie first started as a fisheries biologist, working in Bancroft, Algonquin Park then Sudbury. He then went back to university in North Bay to get his teaching degree and began his teaching career in Fort Albany. He and his family then moved to the Ottawa Valley, first in Arnprior and finally to Admaston Township where they raised their five children on 85 acres. He has taught in all the Renfrew schools over the last 25. During this time Scott found the time to earn a masters degree in science in education through the University of Northern Illinois. Rubie wove environmental values into his daily instruction with his elementary students and Admaston Public School has gained the reputation as a leader in environmental education, largely through his efforts. He spearheaded numerous outdoor and environmental initiatives within the Renfrew schools over the last 20 years and is currently a member of the Renfrew County District School Board’s newly-formed Environmental Education Action Committee, a response to a recent Provincial Environmental Education Policy Frame work. His interest in the environment is reflected through his personal life with his involvement in the Renfrew County Stewardship Council, Bonnechere River Watershed Project, Ottawa River Institute and most recently the Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke Green Party. He enjoys the outdoors, water colour painting and is passionate about sustainable living. For more on this story, visit yourottawaregion.com.
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SANDHILL CRANE Murray Reid reports that a sandhill crane flew over his property on Friday. In previous years the cranes fed in the fields on the Reid property. Sandhill cranes do not nest in open country but choose a secluded area on or near water. The nest is a mass of aquatic plants lined with reeds, grasses and willow sticks. Nests are often found on a low rounded hill or on top of a muskrat house. The two eggs are olive buff in colour with blotches of brown and tan. Incubation is by both parents and lasts about 30 days. WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS Roger and Shirley Leith have white-throated sparrows coming to their feeders. This species as well as its close relative, the white-crowned sparrow are ground feeders and arrive just in time to scratch through any seed left on the ground after a winter feeding program. They do not linger but move on to their nesting grounds within a week or 10 days. The very white throat, black and white crown, yellow lores and their familiar “I love Canada, Canada, Canada” song are the best field marks. CANADIAN LAKES LOON SURVEY The 2011 Canadian Lakes Loon Survey season is fast approaching and participants are needed from across Canada. It is a great opportunity for lake users and cottage owners to support research and conservation activities. Participants survey their lake at least three times: once in June, once in July, and once in August, record the number of common loon pairs, and track each pair’s breeding success. Each participant receives a full package that includes instructions and simple forms. After the
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ENVIROTHON A SUCCESS The Renfrew County Envirothon gives secondary school students the chance to learn and interact with the outdoors through hands-on training. Experienced natural resource professionals set up workstations focusing on developing practical knowledge and skills, as well as problem solving and critical thinking related to environmental issues. Envirothon subjects include forestry, soils, aquatics and wildlife (animals and birds), plus the current environmental issue topic, which for 2011 is, “salt and freshwater estuaries.” The event was held at Logos Land and was organized by the Renfrew County Stewardship Council. General Panet will represent Renfrew County in the provincials in May to be held at St. George Ontario. Fellowes and Opeongo high schools participated in the event as well. A special thanks to Logos Land Vacation Resort for the use of their facilities and my thanks to Ron Deshane for this information. THE SOUNDS THEY MAKE We usually think of birds as singers which they are, but there are some species that do not sing but make noises that achieve the same purpose, to claim a territory and attract a mate. Woodpeckers hammer out their message on a dry, resonant piece of wood, sapsuckers (a woodpecker) tap on any piece of metal that produces sound, fence wire, a television aerial, or a metal stovepipe. We are all familiar with the whirring sound of a male grouse’s wings as he his demonstrating his prowess as a mate. The “booming” of a nighthawk’s wings as it pulls out of a steep dive is not as familiar as it was at one time. The winnowing sound made by the feathers of a snipe’s tail as it streaks across the sky is part of his courtship display. Anything to attract the attention of a potential mate. Hummingbirds will arrive within the next 10 days. Redpolls have gone from most feeders. Watch for wood warblers. Enjoy your birding. Ila and Jim Ferguson, 5313 River Road, RR5, Renfrew, Ont., K7V 3Z8 Phone 613-432-2738 or email jamesh@ nrtco.net.
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They arrived on the strong south wind. A colourful array of birds arrived at Doris Quinlan’s feeders during the wind storm last week. A pair of cardinals, several goldfinches, three pairs of purple finches and a rosebreasted grosbeak put in an appearance. During a pause in their task of carrying water outside from the sump hole at 3 a.m. Doris and Marlene Hanneman heard a pair of great horned owls calling a number of times. Doris thanks her friends and neighbours for their help during the power outage.
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Long-standing Ottawa Valley music roots brought Julie Johnston her first album, but the cover came from Nova Scotia, and the lyrics from near and far. She took the cover photo of a potter creating something beautiful on a lathe. Similarly, the Horton Township resident hopes her album’s music reflects the beauty of God’s creations. The image is reflective of the country gospel album’s theme and name, He’s Still Working On Me. It’s also the last of 12 songs. “He’s the potter and I’m the clay,” explains Johnston. “I always thought, if I did a CD, I’d always want to call it He’s Still Working On Me.” That song is by Joel Hemphill, but four others are her own − It’s Your First Christmas in Heaven, It Took a Miracle, Rags to Riches, and Invisible Nails. She’s proud of the work that was recorded and engineered by Bruce Presley (a Barry’s Bay resident with strong Arnprior roots), and produced by Presley, herself and Dan Paul Rogers.
The oldest of 10 children of Danny and Sylvianne Dubois, Johnston says there was no shortage of musical entertainment while growing up near Shawville. “There was never money for entertainment, but we always had music,” she recalls. “My dad always had a fiddle out every chance he got.” The Shawville-area children might even get pulled out of bed some weeknights if visitors happened by, so dad and the kids − who were all singing or step-dancing by the age of five − could entertain. In fact, music also brought future husband Bob Johnston, who was playing with The Countrymen, to the Quebec side of the Ottawa River. “Music got us introduced,” says Julie, who was invited to play with the band, which is still going strong decades later. She played guitar and sang with The Countrymen for a while, but later left her job at RCA Victor to focus on being a stay-at-home mom. However, music has never been far away. In her soul, she might say,
Julie Johnston of Horton Township in the recording studio for her first album, He’s Still Working On Me. At right: the album cover. as she sings in It’s Your First Christmas in Heaven, a tribute to sister Giselle, who lost her fight with cancer in 2003. “I would say music sustained me, because when she died it really upset me … we were like two peas in a pod,” says Johnston. That first Christmas without her was the most painful, as
Johnston echoes in the lyrics: Another year has come and gone. With many blessings to be thankful for. Though sometimes I’m sad, I must be glad It’s your first Christmas in heaven. As we said our last goodbyes You left this world without
complaining. And as I placed your hand in His, Jesus knew my heart was breaking. Johnston, who became a Christian in the 1980s, is not a Bible-thumping kind of gal. See ‘New’, Page 19
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Selling on Day 1- Professional Mechanical Tools and Equipment and Misc Items: Silent Air compressor, 7.5hp, 24 CFM- like new; Ingersol Rand T30, 2 stage compressor w/ 80 gal tank; Dupont electric paint mixing station, 100 can, sells complete w/ paint that has be regularly mixed; Hoffman 9000lb 2 post hoist; Canablast large sand blaster cabinet; Vannorman disc brake drum lathe; Ammco brake drum lathe; Lincoln mig and tig welder; 2 Canox mig welders- large and small; Porta spot welder; Gray TSJ55 truck scissor jack, 7 ton; Genisys scan system (diagnostic); Ultra Pro 2 ½ ton end lift jack; transmission jack-1000lb; Daytona body lift jack-3ton capacity; Craftsman 20” drill press- ¾” chuck; Delta bench top drill press; Makita 14” chop saw; several Margurette battery chargers; engine hoists; large Idealarc welder; Craftsman 10” radial arm saw; 2 head light aiming systems; B&D valve refacer; Champion 6500 generator-electric start-like new; Sullar diesel mobile compressor w/ JD diesel engine and hoses- in working order; strut compressor; 5 mechanic upper and lower empty tool chests; approx 100 shop kits; machinist precision tools, gauges etc; large quantity of specialty tools; many tool boxes; welding helmets and supplies; large quantity of air tools; grinders, drills, sanders, routers, skill saws etc; ¾” impacts; sanding and grinding supplies; many metal tool cabinets; hanging wall cabinets; tap and die kits; work benches and work stations; tire rack and tires; air paint shaker; transmission jack; ﬂoor jacks; O ring kits; torque wrenches; parts washer; air grinders; air hydraulic puller; Pasloade air nailer; Bostick air nailer; very large assortment of wrenches, sockets, hand tools; 12 bottle jacks; 20 HD jack stands; sand blaster; torches; gas water pump; high pressure washer; HD engine stand; pipe bender; 10” mitre saw; air reel; Wen body polisher; paint guns; assorted fabrication tools; shop supply cabinets w/ ﬁttings, nuts, bolts, o rings etc; automotive supplies; bolts, nuts and bolts bins; come-alongs; Lincoln electric grease gun; numerous chain saws; anvils; selection of shop manuals; ﬁre extinguishers; vices; Makita whole saw kit; Selling on Day 2- Collector Cars, Vehicles, Engines, Parts, Farm Antiques, Snowmobiles, Household Antiques and Collectibles and Misc Items: 1985 Kenworth model W90 highway tractor-needs 1&3 injectors and tires-sells as is; 1930 Chrysler –oak spoke wheels-newly rebuilt engine-newly chromed parts-multiple parts and extras-partially assembled “ A Must See”; 1936 Chev 2 door car – to be restored; 1975 Ford 1 ton cab and chassis-has been rebuilt and painted –some assembly required; 1974 Chev ½ ton-1 owner-automatic; 1968 Ford Fairlane; 1977 Ford T-Bird; 1987 Cadillac; 1988 Beretta- all vehicles sell “as is”; Diamond snow plow for pick-up, complete w/ harness and lights-used 1 season-like new; Engines: early Chrysler Hemi; rebuilt 350 engine w/ 4 bolt main ; approx 20 engines(and parts) for GM and Dodge; Detroit diesel engine components; 2 Detroit engines to be rebuilt; 4 new 6.5 hp Champion gas engines –still in box; rebuilt heads; pallet of ﬁlters; pallet of alternators and generators; engine blocks; truck tool box; 1 ton truck deck; steel ½ ton truck rack; Toro15 hp hydrostatic garden tractor- 44” cut; Toro 12 hp hydrostatic garden tractor w/ lawn mower; Snowmobiles: 2 1972 Skidoo Olympic snowmobiles; 1976 Skidoo TNT 340 cc snowmobile; all in good condition – 1 owner; Farm Machinery and Antiques: Favorite wooden thrashing mill- always stored inside; Massey Harris wooden wheeled seed drill; fanning mill; sloop sleigh; wooden wheeled wagon; cutter; horse harness; large antique vice; forge; jumping jack; stationary engine parts; antique car parts; shaves, poles, etc; lumber and planks; Trent hay wagon; pipe hay elevator w/ motor -24’; Ford 501 mower, 3pth – 7’ cut; old metal clamp; large overhead garage door; scrap steel; racks and shelving; Household Antiques; ﬂat wall cupboard; antique telephone; coal oil lamps; gramophone; antique wall clock; washstand; wooden washing machine; crocks; lanterns; trunks; dairy cans; school desk; churn; cream separator; cream and dairy cans; crosscut and ice saws; cast iron pots; irons; wicker high chair; wicker baskets; exercise equipment; many other assorted items too numerous to list- only a partial listing.
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At the home and shops of the late Allan Simpson who was a Master Tradesman in the Automotive and Truck Fields “A Man of Many Talents” – 712 Stewart Gibson Rd, Hopetown, Ont. – from Ottawa travel Hwy 417 West to Almonte exit (No. 155) and drive West on March Rd through Almonte and Middleville to Hopetown –turn right and go past General store, then take immediate left on Stewart Gibson Rd. From Perth travel North on 511 through Balderson and Lanark to Hopetown. Watch for Auction Signs.
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From Page 17 At 65, Johnston says she prefers to express her thankfulness for God’s gifts to her, including music, and to be an example for others. Her album is categorized as country gospel, but there’s definite bluegrass in On My Father’s Side, The Cross Road, Yours and Mine, and Wings of Love. Johnston’s own lyrics include Rags to Riches, whose words came following a car ride through a torrential downpour in the United States. That day she caught sight of a beggar wearing shabby clothes while hanging out near the open door to a church. “It looked like an invitation. It was like me before I accepted the Lord,” explains Johnston. Inspiration for doing the album came, in part, from Renfrew musician Al Utronki. He started recording the album in his studio before his death in early 2010. Johnston’s completed album, produced out of Presley’s Barry’s Bay studio, features nine local musicians, including Johnston’s daughters, Jennifer and Denise. Their contributions include lead vocals in Yours and Mine, in which a daughter receives bad news from her doctor before being consoled by her mother. As the song says: I’d love to turn your tears into laughter And all of your rain to sunshine But since I can’t take it Let’s make it yours and mine. The other musicians on the album are Julie on guitar and vocals, husband Bob’s narration for one song, Al Brisco on steel guitar and dobro, Marie Brydges on keyboard, Dennis Harrington on fiddle, Rick Rogers on bass guitar, and Dan Paul Rogers with rhythm and bass guitars, mandolin and harmony vocals. Now that the album is completed, Johnston hopes it enriches other people’s lives. “I’m thrilled that I have it, but my bottom line is that I hope it blesses someone who hears it.” With the album comes a second wish. “I always want to remember who gave me this gift, this talent,” she adds. The album is available at more than a dozen Ottawa Valley stores. They include Antrim Truck Stop, St. Francis-Memorial Hospital and Lorraine’s Pharmacy in Barry’s Bay, Valley Heritage Radio, Renfrew’s Rocky Mountain House, Heritage Hair Salon and The Ultimate Image, and Bob’s Music in Pembroke.
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Sport Renfrew celebrates 35 years of Mother’s Day bingos PETER CLARK email@example.com
A lot of cash has been donated since Sport Renfrew first came into being in October of 1976. M.J. Blimkie, a member since the beginning, and Jim Miller, who joined the club about a year later, estimate $2 million has been handed out by the club over 35 years. Sports, Renfrew Victoria Hospital, Hospice Renfrew. You name it. They have supported it. Sport Renfrew will be celebrating the club’s 35th anniversary this Mother’s Day when their host their weekly Sunday Night Bingo at the AFAC Wing. Sport Renfrew’s first bingo was on a Mother’s Day, in 1976 in what was then the old Renfrew Arena. When the ice was put back in for hockey season, bingos were moved to the Renfrew Armouries. Finally, Argyle Street became the club’s permanent home when the Wing took over after the ice was removed for the final time in the old Renfrew Arena in 1989. “We were invited by the Wing because they needed a tenant,” Blimkie said. “We moved here (Wing) on July 1st (1989), and had a five-year agreement,” added Miller. Sport Renfrew became a reality in 1975 when the Renfrew-Shawville Combines senior hockey team folded. Four directors of the Combines, Glen Belanger, Bob Newberry, Ken Campbell and Blimkie, along with Stedmans store manager Al Denne, who became secretary-treasurer, founded Sport Renfrew. They started out with $1,500. Newberry
was the first president from October 1976 to January in ’77. Blimkie followed until October of that year. Sport Renfrew was incorporated on Jan. 18, 1977. “(Sport Renfrew) originally started out for sports (support) for kids,” Blimkie said. “It was sports and recreation until 1994,” Miller adds. “Now we can donate to any charitable organization.” Before Sport Renfrew’s Sunday Night Bingos began, Sunday was the only night of the week that did not have a bingo operation somewhere in Renfrew. “The town had to change the bylaws so we could have a Sunday night bingo,” Blimkie recalled. “Anything that was going, we were there,” Miller added. That includes uniforms for minor hockey teams for years, travel expenses for teams and individuals, and registration fees. “We gave $100,000 to the new rink in 1988,” he pointed out. Renfrew Victoria Hospital, the Hospice Renfrew campaign, the food bank, every school and the Town of Renfrew have also been among the many beneficiaries of Sport Renfrew’s support. The club has doled out $752,241.38 since 1994. A sign of the times, raising funds to keep all of this going is tougher for Sport Renfrew today, than it ever was in the past. “We have a decline in bingo players. Our average crowd used to be over 300. It’s declined over the years. We are in survival mode really,” Miller points out.
Sport Renfrew has been a big backer in the community for 35 years. In front row from left are Marjorie Lewis, Suzanne Lachambre, Mary Blimkie, M.J. Blimkie and Jim Miller; and back row, Jack Chevalier, Karen Godda, Pat Soucy, Jack Dillon and Lou Belleville. Allan Guest, Dianne Chevalier and Valerie Perrier are missing from the photo. “We are down due to casinos, lotteries, no smoking... “We once had 700 people out for a special monster bingo,” he added. Membership is also down, to 13 members after what once was more than 30. Among current members who have helped raised a lot of money are Blimkie since day one, Miller 34 years, Karen Godda 24, Lou Belleville 22, Marjorie Lewis 20, Valerie Perrier 19, Allan Guest 16 and Pat Soucy 13 years. Other current mem-
St. Joseph’s Jaguars open Olympic Edge in soccer season with two wins first tournament PETER CLARK
The St. Joseph’s Jaguars senior boys soccer team didn’t let the wind stand in their way. The Jaguars got the Upper Ottawa Valley High School Athletic Association 2011 season off to a flying start with a 2-1 win over the Arnprior Redmen at the Arnprior District High School soccer pitch last Thursday. Brett Riopelle and Jesse Kong scored for the Jaguars. Keeper Zach McIntyre was solid in backstopping the victory for coach Mark Valliquette’s squad. He was solved just once, on a penalty kick. “We had a good defensive effort in tough weather conditions,” Valliquette said. Arnprior topped coach Renee Turcotte’s senior girls 2-0. The Jaguar junior girls got the season off to a high-scoring
and winning start on a wet Monday afternoon at Opeongo. St. Joseph’s outlasted the homestanding Wildcats 3-2. Candace Albanese, Breigh Whalen and Sonya Bergin were St. Joseph’s goalgetters in support of goalkeeper Renee Gauthier. “It was a good game for both teams considering the conditions. We beat a good team,” Jaguars coach Linda Ainsworth said. The field was in a sloppy condition following a good bout of rain earlier in the day. Coach Tim O’Connor’s junior boys squad battled right down to the wire before two late goals in the second half gave Opeongo a 2-0 win. All four Jaguar teams renew their cross-town rivalry with the Renfrew Collegiate Raiders on the soccer pitches at St. Joseph’s and Ma-Te-Way Park today.
The Olympic Edge peewee triple-A spring hockey team did pretty well in their first tournament, the Little Sens Tournament at the Bell Sensplex last weekend. We played four games and were able to advance to a fifth, a quarterfinal game. There was 12 teams in total and the top six moved on. Scores were a 3-2 win against the Maplesoft Hawks, 5-0 victory over the Ottawa Admirals, 7-0 setback to the Ottawa Little Sens White and 2-2 tie against Primex Power. We lost 6-0 to the Ottawa Little Sens Red in the quarterfinal. Goaltender Cameron Iob played all five games in this tournament and goal scorers were Tate Leeson, Jordan Warner and Jordan Radford with two goals, and singles by Lucas MacIntosh, Ben Scheuneman, Patty Kyte and Zach Moran. The team is back on the ice in Kingston this weekend.
bers are approaching 10 years. Lucy Lewis recently retired after 25 years, but is a lifetime member. Before his passing a few years ago, Scotty MacLean put in 21 years and was also named a lifetime member. Sport Renfrew will be looking to rekindle some old memories and fill the Wing for their 35th anniversary Mother’s Day Bingo May 8. Featured will be a $5,500 prize board. The first bingo ball rolls at 7 p.m.
Wolves become Kings The Tier 1 Central (Junior) Hockey League champions Pembroke Lumber Kings have a Renfrew Timberwolf look, with three members of the Valley Division champions – Lucas Gonu, Patrice Wren and defenceman Sam Gleason – summoned for last week’s Fred Page Cup, and now the Royal Bank Cup tournament in Camrose, Alberta. The Lumber Kings are 1-and1 after their opening two contests, a 5-2 loss to the Portage Terriers and 5-2 win over the Wellington Dukes. Gonu chipped in with a goal and an assist at the Fred Page Cup. Back on the home front, the Wolves announced that coach Tony Iob and general manager Brent Sylvester will both be returning for the 2011-12 season. The Wolves will skate into the season as defending Valley Division champions for the first time since winning the title in 2000.
PETER CLARK PETER’S PUTTERINGS Good start: I went 6-for-8 in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The two casualties were Buffalo and Anaheim. This round isn’t looking too good so far. My picks were the Canucks, Red Wings, Flyers and Lightning. Only Tampa Bay and Vancouver led entering Wednesday night’s action. Have the Wings played their poorest back-to-back playoff games in years, or am I just not giving San Jose enough credit? * * * The lone Vancouver Canuck to possess a Stanley Cup ring is Mikael Samuelsson, a Cup winner with the 2008 Red Wings. And for this week: Name the only two men to coach Game 7s in the Stanley Cup final with two different teams.
Renfrew Collegiate Institute hosts the schoolâ€™s annual Bonnie Kerr Memorial Cure For Cancer Carnival at the Ma-Te-Way Activity Centre Friday, May 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. The event features inflatables, carnival games and canteen. All proceeds go to RCI Relay For Life.
The 2011 RCI Relay for Life is scheduled for Friday-Saturday May 27-28 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. at Ma-Te-Way Park. This yearâ€™s theme is sports. The Raiders have raised well over a quarter of a million dollars in cancer-related events over the years. Their 2011 goal is $90,000.
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Josh Naismith of the St. Josephâ€™s Jaguars, left, takes time and space away from this Arnprior Redmen striker during Upper Ottawa Valley High School Athletic Association senior boys soccer 2011 opening-day action in Arnprior last Thursday afternoon. The Jaguars prevailed 2-1. St. Josephâ€™s was also victorious in the junior girls season curtain raiser with a 3-2 win over the Opeongo Wildcats.
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St. Josephâ€™s Catholic High School senior soccer teams swept an Upper Ottawa Valley High School Athletic Association doubleheader from the Madawaska Valley District Wolves Tuesday. Laura Hagerman scored both goals and keeper Sarah Ennett registered the shutout in the Jaguarsâ€™ 2-0 senior girls victory. â€œIt was a great team effort,â€? Jaguars coach Renee Turcotte said.
The match was played in less than ideal (rainy) conditions, the coach added. The Jaguars ran out to a 5-0 first-half advantage en route to a 6-1 win over the host Barryâ€™s Bay school in the senior boys clash. Brett Riopelle and Jared Riopelle notched two goals apiece to pace the Jaguars. Cole Rochon, on a penalty kick, and Peter Vice collected singles for St. Josephâ€™s. Zach McIntyre earned his second win of 2011 in goal for coach Mark Valliquetteâ€™s squad.
Mid-Town sweeps doubleheader ROB WARREN Ladies Spring Basketball
After the lowest scoring half this year, Mid-Town Flooring and Rayâ€™s Flowers were deadlocked at seven apiece. Mid-Town found its touch in the second half, scoring 27 unanswered points and continuing on to a 38-15 victory. Kelsey Jessup made her presence felt upon her return, topping all scorers with 10 points. Maddie Kubiseski added nine. Mid-Town Flooring broke a 14-14 tie with Signature Styles to finish the first half up 24-16. They continued strong in the second half for a 53-25 win. Kelsey Jessup again led the charge, with 12 points, followed by Hali Gilmour with 10. All seven players for Signature Styles scored. The Reunions had too many offensive weapons for Signature Styles to contain, and cruised to a 57-31 victory. Stacey Hill (17), Mae Donohue (14), and Lindsay Edwards (12) all hit double figures for the Reunions.
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Alex Tachiatis left, gives Curtis Bernard a lift during wrestling practice last week. The Renfrew and Arnprior wrestling clubs are teaming up to host the Eastern Canadian novice (age 9-10), and kids (age 11-12) Festival and the bantam (age 13-14) Wrestling Championships at the Ma-Te-Way Activity Centre this Saturday and Sunday. It is estimated the two-day event will draw 250 to 300 wrestlers from Ontario and eastern Canada. Spectators are encouraged to come out. Entry is $3 daily or $5 for a weekend pass. Renfrew previously hosted this event in 1996.
Wrestling front and centre at Ma-Te-Way The Renfrew and Arnprior Wrestling Clubs will host the Eastern Canadian Wrestling Championships at Ma-Te-Way Activity Centre Saturday and Sunday and spectators are encouraged to come and cheer on the local kids. About 70 local wrestlers will be competing for titles in the novice (ages 9-10), kids (ages 11-12) and bantam (ages 13-14) divisions male and female. Renfrew is looking for its 16th consecutive team title. For the past 16 years Renfrew has won at least on of the six team titles up for grabs and usually has taken two, three or four team titles. Having this event in Renfrew is good for our club, as well as for the local economy,” said Shane Smith, chair of the 2011 Canada East Novice and Kids Festival and Bantam Championship committee. “It is great that this event is happening this weekend with so much going on in Renfrew for people visiting to see. People will view this town as a vibrant place and see the type of people we are, always trying to make this place even better than it already is. We want to extend a huge thank-you to all our local businesses and citizens who helped us to organize and supported us with this tournament. We hope that you come out and take a look at some of the action,” Smith added. Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday with wrestling sessions at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday’s action runs from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with bantam and team awards to follow. The Ontario Youth Wrestling Festival and Bantam Provincial Championships were held this past weekend in London. Local medal winners were: • Gold: Samantha Smith, Chelsea Bernard, Molly McFarlane, Samantha Daynes, Cole Herbert. • Silver: Tiara Lewis, Rachel McDonald, Brandon McDonald, Ryan Landriault, Haden Moore, Taylor Mayotte, Henry Innes, Ida Yates-Lavery, Britney McGrath, Morgan Dyer-Charlebois • Bronze: Logan Picard, Cole McKee, Lillian Warren, Justin McClelland, Megan Terry, Brady Limlaw, Aleisia Ciphery, Jolie Brisco, Shanna Beauchamps, Simon Rose, Jade Charlebois and Cassy Hewitt.
Winter has finally lost its grip, and we are starting another season at the Renfrew Golf Club. The course weathered well and golf is now in full swing. Exciting things have happened, and we now have a new manager, Sebastien Brown, a new greens keeper, Charles Jarrett, and the only CLGA lady professional in the upper Ottawa Valley, Christine Jarrett. May is a very busy month, so mark your calendars: • May 2: The ever-popular ladies’ golf clinics started. There are six clinics. You are also welcome to book a private or semiprivate lesson with Christine at any time. • May 3: Our first Ladies Day, sponsored by Southern Breeze Tanning Salon. • May 4: The first-ever Ladies Recreation League kicks off. Thirteen teams have signed up to play a scramble format on either the front or back nine, alternating each week. • May 11: Christine will be holding a demo day for Adams Golf. This is for ladies only. Come any time between 2 and 6 p.m. and try out some new clubs. • May 13: Ladies Opening Night is a charity event, with the proceeds going to the Wings of Phoenix Brain Injury Rehab. Sponsors are Ella’s Boutique and Rick J. Desilets Financial Solutions. Come out for social hour between 6 and 7 p.m. and taste the wonderful appetizers made by our own Jamie Paulen. Then, stay for a fashion show, with fashions from the RGC Pro Shop, Douglas Moore Fashions, Ella’s Boutique, and Fraser’s Clothes Shops. This was very popular event last year, so get your tickets early. Tickets are $10 and are available from any of the above stores, including the pro shop, as well as from any of your executive. • May 14: Lee Sharpe Best-Ball Tournament in conjunction with the men’s tournament, the Larry Sharpe Memorial Best Ball Calcutta. The sign-up sheet is in the locker room. Last day to sign up is May 7. • May 24: First Ladies Fun Night for 2011. Aptly entitled Spring Fever, this evening promises lots of fun and frolics. Regular Ladies Days also take place on Tuesday, May 10 and May 17. As you can see, we are in danger of having a great time this month. Thank you so much to all of our great sponsors, who make so many events possible. See you on the links!
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2011 LEAF AND YARD WASTE CURB SIDE REMOVAL SCHEDULE The Spring leaf and yard waste removal service will be provided for three weeks commencing the week of April 18th, May 2nd, and May 16th. Note: The pick up for the spring service will begin on the Monday of each week.
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Past and current Members of Renfrew Town Council DATE: May 16th, 2011 LOCATION: Renfrew Town Council Chambers TIME: 6:30 p.m. OCCASION: Unveiling of Ofﬁcial Displays of: Renfrew Town Councillors from 1858 to present & A portrait of former Mayor Sandra J. Heins will be placed on the Mayor’s Wall to commemorate her service as Mayor from 1998-2010.
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Hike for Hospice master of ceremonies Jamie Cybulski knows the value of Hospice Renfrew. “This past January I lost my father to brain cancer and he passed away in hospice,” Cybulski told the many walkers gathered for Sunday’s fundraiser. “It was almost three months to the day of diagnosis.” His story touched the hearts of the many walkers gathered in Stewart Park beside the Presbyterian Church to register for the annual walk. Cybulski told the walkers his father was anxious in hospital, just not himself. “Within 24 hours of put- Paramedics’ acting district manting him into hospice he was at ager Steve Osipenko and daughter peace. Danica hike for hospice. “It was something about the place – we like to credit the staff, as $39,286.15 – and growing. “This could have not been done just the atmosphere alone. “It (Hospice Renfrew) is a phe- if it wasn’t for your part in the nomenal place, not just for him,” equation. This area just floors Cybulski said. “They also took me with its generosity; always care of us (the family) as well. giving of its time and its money,” They took care of us so we could she said. Dowdall-Brown noted Sarah be that loving family member. “We can’t say enough about Leighton of Ultimate Fitness, the place, my family and I,” he who helped with the pre-hike added, personally thanking all warm-up, is Canada’s new women powerlifting champion and is who walked to raise money. By the end of the walk a to- going off to the world championtal of $37,616 was raised, with ships in November. “It is a great story. It is beyond more money expected to roll in over the next few days as walk- imagination how much she can ers were actually being handed lift,” she said. “They are given, from the Canadian Association, money along the route. Mark Papousek also assisted $200 to go to Latvia, Europe and Cybulski with emcee duties and have figured out it is going to the band Forty Creek entertained cost about $5,000 to go.” The Dragonfly Golf Links, the walkers during registration. In an e-mail Monday, organizer along with her friends, is already Jo-Anne Dowdall-Brown thanked organizing a golf tournament for July 30 to help raise money all who participated in the day. “What a wonderful day,” she for her and husband/coach Paul said, noting the latest total raised Vaillancourt to attend.
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Emergency service personnel were the lead walkers for Sunday’s Hike for Hospice. Limbering up with a ‘toy soldier’ walk at the pre-hike fitness break are, from left, Parademic Deputy Chief Leslie Wirth, OPP Auxiliary Constable Rick Trahan, paramedic Lindsay Edwards, Renfrew OPP Sgt. Rob Guty, and Amber Stitchman and Cheryl Menkhorst of the parademic service. Mercury photos by Lucy Hass
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Opeongo Opera, and a Killaloe homecoming With quite a few new players on its team, Stone Fence Theatre promises its famous Ottawa Valley hospitality and unique heritage entertainment in an all-new season in 2011. And this year, it returns to its “home town” of Killaloe in fall for a homecoming. The company plans 15 supper theatre performances in Eganville and Killaloe of a brand new musical called “The Opeongo Opera: a tamarackin’ tour of the Ottawa Valley.” Additionally, there will be four concerts with top performing artists this summer. The company, which sells most tickets by phone, has a new box office host, Stephanie Parsons of Barry’s Bay. The new local box office phone number is 613-756-3081. Or call toll-free 1-866-310-1004. This year for the first time, the company is also selling tickets on-line at its website www.stonefence.ca. The Opeongo Opera could be one of the company’s most enjoyable shows yet, according to producer/director Ish Theilheimer. “We have some very talented - and funny - new people as well as most of our most-loved veterans,” he says. The show, he says, is “definitely not an opera!” but, rather, a “rollicking collection of songs, comedy and stories about the Valley.” New stars in the cast include singer Fran (Fran Band) Hobbs, singer-songwriter Terry McLeish and the brother-and-sister musical duo Emma and Will March of Pembroke. Returning veterans are John Haslam, Ken Ramsden, Ambrose Mullin, Maureen McCoy and Peter Brown. The Opeongo Opera will perform July 19, 20, 26 and 27; Aug. 2, 4, 9 and 11; Sept. 23, 24 and 30, and Oct. 1, 14 and 15, with special shows Thursday, Oct. 27 and Friday, Oct. 29 in Killaloe at St. Andrews Parish Hall for a special Killaloe homecoming in honour of the company’s late business manager, Joe Murray. The show will also be performed in Sheenboro, Quebec, Aug. 13. For many years, Stone Fence Theatre has featured concerts with top heritage performers. This year the company features one for every week of its summer season. This year’s shows (all at 7:30 p.m. in Eganville) include: July 21: Louis Schryer in concert. More often seen now judging fiddle contests than performing. July 28: “In a Little Shack up the Pontiac,” hosted by Debbie Be-
champ and Carol Kennedy, with Barry Gilchrist, Gaston Nolet, Francois Dumond, Serge Martin and Marie Claude Breault. August 3: Stephanie Cadman and Celtic Blaze. Ottawa-born Stephanie is one of Canada’s elite fiddlers and won the World Tap Dance Championships in Germany at age 16. August 10: Russell DeCarles from Prairie Oyster with Steve Briggs and Denis Keldie. Dinner theatre tickets for the show, with a full country-style roast beef dinner, cost $48.67 plus tax. New this year, the company is offering theatre/concert packages, which include seats to one show and one concert, for $69.03 plus tax, a savings of more than five dollars. The youth price for theatre of $26.55. Groups of 10 or more get a 10 percent discount. Groups of 20 or more get a 15 percent dis-
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SUPER SCIENTISTS David Wilder (far left) and Tom Moir of the Algonquin Chapter of Professional Engineers of Ontario are joined by the winners of last month’s Engineering Design Challenge at the Best Western Renfrew Inn. The challenge for students Grades 5 to 8 was to design, construct and test a small spacecraft structure made out of hot glue, popsicle sticks, cardboard and ingenuity. The winners were those whose structure best withstood projection from one end of a see-saw after a 10-pound bag of sand was dropped on the opposite end. Duncan McIntyre of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School built the lightest spacecraft, at seven grams, to win in the Grade 5 category. His brother Foster (right), also at Our Lady of Fatima, won the Grade 6 division. They each received a Super Scientist certificate and $50. The event was part of National Engineering Week. Mercury photo by Steve Newman
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enhance the lives of the residents and communities of Renfrew County, please contact the Foundation at 613-432-4873, ext. 1253, or visit us on-line at www. BonnechereManorFoundation. com. The Foundation wishes to thank all of its donors – great and small – for their contribu-
tions to the campaign. “We wouldn’t have come this far without you and we can’t wait to thank you all in person when we see you at the grand opening later this spring,” says Foundation chair Don Goulet. Watch for more details on the grand opening and other festivities coming soon.
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ry of a loved one – will continue to grow. Once the auditorium is complete, a local artisan will create and display the Tree of Life on one of the auditorium walls. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in supporting the Foundation by providing funding or materials which will
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The Bonnechere Manor Foundation is a volunteer-led registered charity with the mandate to provide funding for items such as these that are not covered under Ministry of Health mechanisms. Traditionally, the Foundation has covered costs for resident trips; Wii fit equipment; interior decorative painting of Pinnacle Wing doors; renovations for the Sun Room; communal internet access for residents; and other miscellaneous resident and building requests for equipment and supplies. The Auditorium is by far the largest project that the Foundation has taken on and would not have been possible without the overwhelming support received from the community. With the recent commitment of $100,000 over 20 years ($5,000 per year) from the Rotary Club of Renfrew, things are looking good over the long-term for the Foundation. However, the auditorium requires more funds in the short term than the Foundation can presently provide. Future fundraising strategies to meet these needs will include offering naming rights for chairs, tables, curtains, lights, artwork and more. Plaques capturing the names and message of the donors will be placed on the furniture and donated equipment. Other initiatives will include seeking donors who may have material for stage curtains or blinds that they wish to donate to the cause. Also, the Tree of Life – where families receive an engraved leaf in honor or memo-
With many recent successes and overwhelming community support, the Bonnechere Manor Foundation has successfully raised over $300,000 for the auditorium. This however, is just the beginning for the funds required to make the auditorium fully operational as a resident and community centre. In 2010, the County of Renfrew and the City of Pembroke increased their contribution to the project to $600,000 and asked the Foundation to raise an additional $100,000 over three years in order to begin the building process. As the construction cost did not include furnishings, the Foundation has been asked and agreed to raise an additional $20,000 over four-years for Auditorium furnishings. Presently, and including the $24,600 donated through inkind construction donations, the Foundation will just barely reach their original commitment of $324,166. Thus, another $120,000 remains to be raised to make the auditorium operational. And it won’t stop there. On the wish list are curtains for the stage, surround-sound speakers and stage lights. These additions will make the auditorium a wonderful venue for the residents of Bonnechere Manor and the surrounding community.
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Like Bob Dylan said, “Times, they are a changin.’” These words could not be more suited to what is currently happening at Renfrew Collegiate Institute. Nick Sparling, president of student council at RCI, is graduating this June. Nick is off to university and we wish him luck in his future endeavours. This however leaves a void for a president at our school. Last week was the election for our new president. The candidates for the position were Anthony Burton and Hillary MacMillan. Both are members of the Bluezone student council at RCI, the VP of activities and the VP of dances respectively. Anthony and Hillary both are committed to creating a better environment at RCI and working with the students in order to achieve their goals. Anthony Burton was the successful candidate. With his strong determination, stellar speech, great personality and campaigning he was able to capture the title of president at RCI. Congratulations Anthony and thank you to Hillary for your commitment to Renfrew Collegiate! As Nick passes the torch to Anthony, we think of what is to happen at RCI with a new student
CHARLIE BOSSY RAIDER RAP voice and a new student leader of our school. Renfrew Collegiate was enormously successful at Options 2011. Our technology students placed as follows: First-place finishes were earned by Andrew Corcoran in the small engines category, Kelsie Rodden in Nail Art, Jacob Bell and Chris Roffey in carpentry pairs and Jeremy Riopelle, Nick Hildebrand, Kurt Nolan, and Jake Donohue in four-person carpentry. Third-place went to Brianna Bingham in Hair Braiding and Rebecca Neudorf in Cabinet Making. Rebecca was the only woman in her category. We are extremely proud of our technology department Raiders. The French department went to Montreal as part of their curriculum last Friday. They experienced a variety of the cultural offerings that Montreal has to offer. It really seems things are beginning to take shape as we get ever closer to the summer break, with a new president and a student trustee, times certainly are a changin’.
Joe Steele of Renfrew Collegiate Institute is the new Renfrew County District School Board student trustee. He replaces outgoing trustee Rebecca Lockley. Five students applied and during his campaign Steele shared ideas on how to improve student communication to the board and best represent all seven sec-
ondary schools. “This is the largest turnout in the history of our student trustee elections and once again the quality of our candidates was outstanding,” said director of education Roger Clarke. “We should be proud of the work our secondary schools are doing in preparing students for leadership positions,” he said.
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On April 28, St. Joseph’s Catholic High School, along with many other Renfrew County schools, attended Pembroke Memorial Centre to participate in the 2011 Options job fair. This is a skilled trades and career fair that provides students, teachers and members of the community with the opportunity to learn more about trades and apprenticeship opportunities. Mostly Grade 8 and 10 students attended from SJHS, with the exception of some students who were competing in the Renfrew County Skills Competition. These were competitive events of different categories, where students competed against each other to finish with the best product or demonstrate the best skill. Some of these included cuisine, construction techs, photography, and hair and make-up. Two students from SJHS were awarded first place in the cuisine skills competition. Congratulations to Matthew Tse and Holly Besseau-Onion for their culinary skills, and to Ryan McNulty and Thomas Reid for their
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JAGUAR JOURNAL third-place finish in the Pit Stop Challenge. This skilled trades and career fair is an annual event and is a very helpful experience for students, especially for those who still are unaware of what they would like to do following high school. It is also very helpful for those who are looking for summer, part-time, or even full-time employment, as they are exposed to different employers and job openings that they might not otherwise be aware of. This is a very hands-on event in which students were able to learn how to operate small machinery or get their nails painted by other students who are practising these skills. Overall, Options 2011 had many things to offer and turned to be a very tremendous experience.
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Central students demonstrate skills Parents, grandparents and friends of the Grade 1 and Grade 2/3 students at Central Public School gathered in the school lobby Thursday night, March 10 for a celebration of student writing. Students displayed a wide range of writing samples, in-
cluding stories, fact books, picture books, comics, riddle books, poetry, cards and labels for their parents and family. The students enjoyed the attention and the special treats while families had the opportunity to talk with staff about their child’s progress and school activities.
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Gruen Von Behrens took his first dip of chew tobacco at the age of 13. “At first it made me kind of sick and real dizzy,” he recalled. What the Illinois native didn’t realize is that it was the first step toward a powerful nicotine addiction that would change his life forever. By age 17, the skilled ballplayer was diagnosed with oral cancer. His battle with cancer forced him to give up his dream of becoming a major league baseball player and to endure 40 painful surgeries, leaving him severely disfigured. Now recovered and in his thirties, Von Behrens speaks out about the dangerous reality of tobacco, moving his audiences to laughter and tears. Students at Renfrew Collegiate Institute were given a good lesson in life from Von Behrens in a Grant Gymnasium assembly March 23. Von Behrens’ talk was presented by the Renfrew County and District Health Unit. “I was 13 years old when I first used spit tobacco. I wasn’t thinking about the long-term effects on my future,” Von Behrens said. His mother drove him to the
dentist one day, thinking he was having trouble with his wisdom teeth, but Von Behrens knew it was much worse than that. “What started out as a sore on my tongue eventually grew and split my tongue in half. I thought of what doctors would have to do to remove (the cancer) and it scared me to death. I was terrified,” he recalled. He endured a 13-hour surgery and learned that about four of five people with this cancer die within five years of their first treatment. “I was in your seat not too long ago,” he said to the gathering at RCI. “I had no problem getting dates on a Friday or Saturday night. The only things I cared about were baseball, food, and women, in that order. “Nineteen is supposed to be the best year of your life. I had all my teeth taken out. It (the surgeries) is unbearable pain. Now I’m on the other side of the fence. “Tobacco did this to me,” he said of his face and jaw. “I look this way because of tobacco. Everywhere I go, people would whisper as I walked by. People stare. “It’s not what you are on the outside, but who you are on the inside,” he adds. See full story at yourottawaregion.com.
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At left, Central Public School Grade 1 student Jenny-Ann Villeneuve and her family enjoy sharing her latest writing project at Central Public At right, Grade 1 students Jayden O’Brien and Maya O’Ryan proudly share their latest writing pieces. School’s Celebration of Young Writers.
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Renfrew Collegiate Institute graduate Dr. Peever off to the navy CLEAN UP: In these days of house- cleaning, the cleaning and tidying up of outside premises should not be overlooked. Clean, tidy yards not only improve the appearance of the town generally, but also any effort along this line may be set down as a premium paid on health insurance. Citizens in general should maintain the good standard set in former years, for cleaning up their yards and grounds, doing away with the unsightly collection of winters accumulation – such as cans, papers, ashes and other undesirable rubbish. Clean Up! May 15 is coming. But more important still, civic pride is always here, or should be. OF LOCAL INTEREST: The Eganville Leader last week had the following local interest. “Mr. J.A. Kincaid visited Renfrew on Monday to have a look over the hotel field. The greatest drawback, he found, was the poor condition of the buildings and the lack of modern conveniences. The financial outlook is inviting for an up-to-date house as the want is a crying one, and commercial men are pleading for better accommodation. Mr. Kincaid has still the matter under consideration. It is rumoured in Renfrew that Mr. M.J. O’Brien proposes erecting a palatial new hotel.”
OLGA LEWIS FROM THE OLD FILES Advertised trademark merchandise must be honest merchandise. Or it wouldn’t be advertised. DR. MERVIN PEEVER TO ENTER BRITISH NAVY: Dr.. Mervin Peever, a graduate of Renfrew Collegiate Institute and of Queen’s University is shortly to leave Ottawa Civic Hospital, where for a year or more past he has been an interne and will enter the service of the British Navy. He will enlist for a term of three years, the first six months of which will be spent in a naval hospital for a study of tropical and other ailments. It was by virtue of
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REMEMBERING AUNT CLEMMIE: Great Aunt Clemmie was brought up to the Spartan life. She enjoyed (she always said) getting up at five on a Saturday morning, hanging her market basket over her arm, and going downtown to do the marketing for the week-end. She said “If you get there first, you’ll get the best.” Aunt Clemmie is a fine reminder of her time. Nowadays she needn’t rise with the birds to be sure of a full market. It’s so much simpler and more efficient to spend a few minutes with the advertisements. Marshalled before you in your newspaper is all the news that is necessary for your good living. There in the advertisements are facts – sound solid facts – about prices and quality.
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708 FOURTH AVENUE • Detached 3 bedroom bungalow spic & span, inside & out • Large family room in lower level + fully insulated garage/ workshop • Quiet street close to the Millenium Trail
6143A CENTENNIAL DRIVE • Centennial Lake Waterfront • Picturesque location for this 2 bedroom, 2 bath seasonal residence with 2 balconies looking out onto the lake • Wood interior & wood stove give a warm cozy feel regardless of the weather MLS#790485
26405 HWY #41 • Private Country Setting! • 2 bedroom home in Griffith on 3.28 acres with walk-out lower level • Large single garage with workshop & spacious loft MLS#784143
102 MERVIN LANE • Fully upgraded family home with fully finished lower level with rec. room, office & bedroom • Situated on 2.6 acres • Close to Burnstown beach & boat launch MLS#783936
41 BONNECHERE STREET • 4 bedroom, 2 storey brick home with eat-in kitchen & main floor laundry • Newer furnace, windows & roof • Detached garage MLS#787563
298 BALDWIN AVENUE
429 MCNULTY ROAD • 150 acre hobby farm great for all recreational activities • 1.5 storey home, 3 bedrooms, office & eat-in kitchen • Private location MLS#788712
98 & 100 RAGLAN STREET SOUTH • 1200 sq. ft. retail space + 2-1 bedroom apartments upstairs (currently rented) • Plenty of Parking • Immediate Occupancy MLS#775296
• 1.5 storey 3 bedroom home in lovely neighbourhood • Many upgrades already done • Nestled on corner lot close to school playground MLS#782385
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72 PRINCE STREET • Central to downtown area • Unit C – 760 sq. ft. Unit D – 900 sq. ft. • Rent includes heat & hydro MLS#781732, 781733
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May 5, 2011 - The Renfrew Mercury