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Fire victims thankful TIFFANY LEPACK

Thank you. Two simple words that just don’t seem enough for Sara and Henning Thomssen after a fire devastated their farm on Jan. 15 at 537 Reid Rd. in Admaston/Bromley Township. Approximately 35 to 40 cattle perished in the fire, along with their main barn and 200 bales of hay. They estimate the total loss is close to $100,000; there was no insurance and therefore there will be no investigation. The pair is looking on the bright side in the face of the massive destruction. Sixteen cattle survived the blaze and two were at their brother’s farm; in total they now have 18 cows. “There’s always hope, they survived,” said Sara. “We still have some cattle so we will be back. The fire was devastating but we still have our family. We want to thank everyone, we will not let a fire bring us down.” “I’m to the point where it’s done and over and our kids our healthy so that’s what counts,” added Henning. Henning’s father bought the farm in 1983. He praises the efforts of both the Renfrew and Douglas fire departments that fought the fire. “They saved the other buildings, if they had not shown up it would have all been gone,” said Henning. “Those firefighters risk everything.” They said they are both extremely thankful for all of the firefighters who battled the blaze and were on site until midnight. “They really worked hard on it and stuck with it,” said Henning. He called 9-1-1 shortly after 1 p.m. but a neighbour had already made the call. “I didn’t hear anything, (I thought) this was not real, I was in shock,” said Henning on the moment he first saw the fire.

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Winter fun in Foresters Falls

Full of pancakes is Ryan Yuke, ready to take on the many kids’ games at the outdoor rink during the Foresters Falls Winter Carnival on Jan. 27. More than 100 came for breakfast, some by snowmobile (as part of the poker run), others with Kyla’s Kids Club, and still others for the adult games like the saw competition. The day rounded out with Saturday night bingo at the United Church. For more photos see page 15. Derek Dunn/ Metroland

Winter festival in Douglas

The 43rd annual Douglas Frosty Fun festival is set for Feb. 2 to 4. This year the theme focuses on the Olympics and everyone is encouraged to wear red and white. On Feb. 2 the events include: at 6 p.m. men’s hockey tournament starts, 7 p.m. opening ceremony, 7:30 p.m., kids big screen movie night at St. Michael’s School and 7:30 p.m. six-hand euchre at the Douglas Tavern cost is $10. Among Saturday’s events: starting at 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. hockey tournament, 9 a.m. to noon breakfast at the rink canteen, 10 to 11 a.m. children’s story hour at the Admaston/Public Library, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. kids indoor frosty activities and extreme fun zone for kids by RY-J’s Climbing Adventures at St. Michael’s School, noon to 6 p.m. smoking hot barbecue by Backyard Gourmet, 6 to 8 p.m. Little Ray’s Reptile Show at the school, 7:30 p.m. six hand euchre at Douglas Tavern $10 and fireworks behind the rink at 8:30 p.m. And on Sunday, Feb. 4 things get underway at 9 a.m. to noon Lions Club breakfast at St. Michael’s School, noon to 6 p.m. silent auction, 1 p.m. six-hand at the school cost $10, 1:30 to 2 p.m. radar gun puck shoot (beside the main rink), 2 to 4 p.m. youth broomball exhibition games at the main rink, 2 to 4 p.m. sleigh rides with Earl Walsh, 4 to 6 p.m. family public skate and hot roast beef dinner at the school. All proceeds from the event go to the Douglas Recreation Improvements.

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“I ran over and thought I could save something but the heat was just so intense.” Now they are looking at cleaning up what is left. Thomas Cavanagh Construction is donating some of the cleanup cost as the Thomssens begin to rebuild. “It will be smaller and we are trying to figure all that out for next winter,” said Henning.

They have had numerous offers of help, for hay (as far away as Fort Coulonge) and equipment, which has been overwhelming for the humble couple. “It makes all the difference that you are not standing by yourself,” said Henning. “We have had people come to us and say we are all neighbours and we are here to help,” added Sara. “The support has been amazing.”

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Renfrew council continues to prepare for the forthcoming construction this summer. At the Jan. 23 council meeting councillors approved a new bylaw to regulate and control parking in town in all municipal parking lots to three hours. Council also authorized the department to enter into discussion with certain private property owners for the purposes of providing parking throughout the duration of the downtown reconstruction project. The major downtown construction project set for this summer will cost $6 million and includes a $3-million grant from the provincial government. Council also addressed a letter from Downtown Renfrew Business Improvement Association (BIA) to use Low Square from May 5 to Sept. 8 for numerous activities during the construction. The letter states the BIA is developing a plan to continue to bring traffic to the downtown core and Saturdays in the Square is on their new initiatives. Council approved a motion to use Low Square saying the BIA will have to understand they will have to share the area with other organizations from time to time and will have to notify the clerk’s department when they plan on using it.

Official plan Renfrew council passed its bylaw to amend the official plan for the town, a process that took 16 months to achieve. “It’s exciting to see this come to a conclusion,” said Bruce Howarth, senior planner for the County of Renfrew. “You have a good plan that has been well received.” The new plan will now be submitted to the county for final approval and is now available on the town’s website. New lease The NHA/NHL Birthplace Museum has a new lease with the Town of Renfrew, as the previous agreement expired at the end of last year. The new one-year agreement will see the museum paying the town one-dollar rent. The Renfrew Post Office Building, 249 Raglan St., which is home to the museum, was declared surplus by the town last year, part of the contract includes a 60-day termination clause for both properties, if it does sell. As to the building itself, a report from the economic development and tourism committee meeting from Dec. 7, 2017, notes that clerk Kim Bulmer gave an update on the sale of the building saying there had been some interest, as one investor in particular would like to make a proposal to council with intentions for the building. Asked after the meeting on the state of any offers Bulmer confirmed they are still engaging but there have been no formal offers.

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Renfrew remembers former teacher and businessman Bill McAdam SHERRY HAAIMA

When something needed doing, Bill McAdam was the man. Quiet, unassuming McAdam, a retired teacher and owner of Renfrew Printing, passed away on Jan. 25. He was 84. His son John explains that his dad’s strong work ethic began as a child and that his entire career path was bred out of necessity. When Bill was a young boy, living in the house in Shamrock where he lived with his wife Deija until his death, he had his first job. “Down the road was a one-room schoolhouse,” said John. “And dad would go down the road each day and empty the ashes, start a fire, and pump the water for the day of school. He earned $10 a year.” As they readied themselves for the wake and funeral, held Sunday and Monday, the family, including John’s sister Colleen, were reflecting on the husband and father’s long and successful life. “I think for him he never really went and looked for what he did, it always just came out of necessity,” said John. Bill had an older brother and since the farming family could only afford to send one child to post-secondary

school, it was the first-born who went off to university. “Dad apprenticed at McKillican’s in accounting, took courses and became a chartered accountant,” said John. He was an accountant for three years when Renfrew Collegiate Institute (RCI) started its business department and needed someone to teach. “He went to Ottawa U in the summer and got his teacher’s degree,” said John. “And then the school started to need business cards, letterhead yearbooks and stuff like that and out of that he started Renfrew Printing. That was 1971.” A lifelong member of St. Patrick’s Church in Mount St. Patrick, Bill slipped quietly into his vital administrative role there, also. When the residing priest, Rev. Valiquette, died suddenly of a heart attack, Bill stepped up. Bulletins, paperwork, finances, all needed looking after. “Dad became the administrator and accountant for the church,” said John. The downtown business community will feel a big loss as it seems Bill has always been on Main Street. “After 46 years in business, DownFILE town Renfrew lost an incredible man Bill McAdam, left, is congratulated by Renfrew Mayor Don Eady on the this week. Rest in peace Bill McAdam 45th anniversary of Renfrew Printing. McAdam passed away on Jan. of Renfrew Printing,” said a Face25. book post by the Downtown Renfrew

Business Improvement Area. “Our hearts are with Deija, Colleen and the entire family.” A comment from a downtown Renfrew businessperson really hit home. “She said they never knew anyone who worked so hard and accomplished so much so quietly,” said John. “At one time he would have been a farmer, a teacher, had the shop and was a part-time accountant, as well as being a husband and father.” Renfrew Mayor Don Eady was a student of Bill’s at RCI and he described him as a hard worker. “He was the type of person who always had a smile on his face, he was compassionate and just amazing,” said Eady. “He would be a model anyone one of us would like to be like.” Looking back to when he was a student Eady remembers him fondly. “He was the same then as now, he never got real excited and the kids liked him,” said Eady. “He was a teacher but a friend at the same time. He was one of my favourite teachers of all time.” Eady says he was a fixture on Main Street. “His footprints are all over the Town of Renfrew,” said Eady. “He was the go to guy if you needed something.” A mass of Christian burial was held at St. Patrick’s Church, Mount St. Patrick on Jan. 29..

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Central Public School is offering French Immersion for school year 2018-2019 at grades JK – 6.

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Federal inmate wanted: known to frequent Ottawa, Pembroke and Renfrew areas The repeat offender parole enforcement squad is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a federal offender wanted on a Canada-wide warrant as result of being unlawfully at large. Kyle Keon is described as a Caucasian man, 29 years of age, five-foot-10 (178 centimetres), 190 pounds (86 kilograms). He has a tattoo on his right forearm of a skull and on his left forearm of skull with horns and tentacles. He is serving a two-year sentence for possession of a prohibited/restricted weapon, possession of a weapon contrary to prohibition order, possession of a substance

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for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a schedule II substance, possession of a schedule I substance and unauthorized importing/exporting of a scheduled substance. The offender is known to frequent the Ottawa, Pembroke and Renfrew areas. Anyone having contact with this offender or information in regards to their whereabouts is asked to contact the provincial repeat offender parole enforcement squad at 416-808-5900 or toll free at 1-866-8707673 (ROPE) or Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477 (TIPS) or call 911.

Break and enter in Whitewater Region: OPP Police are investigating a break and enter on Red Pine Road in the Township of Whitewater Region. Officers responded on Thursday, Jan. 11. There were no signs of forced entry, and nothing appears to have been stolen. Const. Mark Yarmel is investigating. A home on Fourth Avenue in Arnprior was broken into between Saturday, Jan. 20 at 4 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 21 at 8 a.m. The thieves entered the property through the backyard and forced open a back door. Once inside several rooms were searched

1:25 a.m. Const. Kyle Mask stopped to assist a motorist with their four-way flashers on stopped on the shoulder of Highway 17 near Haley Road in the Township of Whitewater Region. The male driver had been drinking and failed a roadside alcohol-screening test. Following breath tests at the detachment a 22-year-old male of Whitewater Region was charged with care or control of a motor vehiIMPAIRED DRIVER cle over 80 mgs. He was released on a promOn Thursday, Jan. 18 at approximately ise to appear in court in Renfrew on Feb. 7.

and stolen property includes an I-pad, cash, prescription medication, radio scanner, two pairs of sunglasses (Oakley and Foxwood Jupiter), a black and pink duffle bag, gold cuff links, crucifixes (gold and silver) and a Fossil watch. The suspects then exited through the front door. Const. Erin Densmore is leading the investigation.

McNab/Braeside Township Times Upcoming Meetings February 6 – Regular Council Meeting – 7:00 p.m. February 13 – Planning Advisory Committee – 7:00 p.m. February 20 – Regular Council Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

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February 3 – Braeside Winter Carnival February 9 – Festival of Outdoor Rinks – Braeside Rink – 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. February 10 – Festival of Outdoor Rinks – White Lake Rink – 4 on 4 “Pond Hockey” tournament February 11 – Festival of Outdoor Rinks – McNab Public School – 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. February 10 – Snowshoeing (Alexander Stewart Park) - 9:00 a.m. February 17 – Polar Dip (Burnstown Beach) February 24 – White Lake Winter Carnival March 1- Moonlight Snowshoe – (Municipal Building) – 7:00 p.m. For more information about these events, check out our website, the McNab/Braeside Recreation Facebook Page or contact Karla at 613-623-5756 ext. 232 or

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Area PCs scramble after Brown’s resignation as party leader BY DESMOND DEVOY AND TIFFANY LEPACK /

Patrick Brown had to go. The former leader of the Progressive Conservative (PC) Party of Ontario, resigned on Jan. 25 following sexual abuse allegations were made on national television. John Yakabuski, MPP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, received a phone call about an hour before Brown’s news conference, when what he calls the ‘very serious’ allegations were made public. “It was stunning, just shocking,” said Yakabuski, during a telephone interview on the afternoon of Jan. 25. He was not in the legislature this week after recovering from minor surgery. He spoke to Metroland Media en route to Toronto for party executive meetings, where he is the caucus representative, and to attend the caucus meeting on Friday to elect an interim leader. “It’s not something you ever want to hear.” He described the mood on the caucus conference call in the wee hours of this morning as a sad time.

County of Renfrew passes 2018 budget On Thursday, Jan. 25, County of Renfrew Warden Jennifer Murphy, Coun. Walter Stack, chair of the county’s finance and administration committee, and Coun. Glenn Doncaster, vice-chair of the finance and administration committee, led the annual County of Renfrew budget workshop. The group commended elected officials and county staff on the delivery of the 2018 budget which meets all of the targets set by council for 2018. The principles adopted in the Long-term Financial Plan continue to guide the annual budget discussions, ensuring that the County of Renfrew remains focused on today and on the future. The 2018 budget adheres to those principles with a levy increase of three per cent, restriction of the use of that levy for operating expenses at only 1.7 per cent and the re-investment of the 1.3 per cent surplus plus additional revenue from assessment growth into the capital fund to finance the long term asset renewal program. In doing so, the County of Renfrew will have the resources necessary to operate all of its programs and services as well as fund the $244 million asset renewal program over the next 10 year planning horizon. At the September 2017 session, County Council gave clear direction to the chief administrative officer (CAO) and staff on how they would like the first draft of the budget prepared in order to minimize the financial impact on Renfrew County residents. “I wish to express my appreciation to all committees for your hard work in reviewing the draft budgets at Standing Committees during the past week,” said Murphy. “A budget is nothing more than a summary of our future plans expressed in dollars. I believe that we have a very effective and efficient budget process that allows council to meet in January each year to debate, review and finally approve a budget that provides direction to our staff regarding the level of municipal services we consider appropriate for the residents of our county.” Stack commended County of Renfrew elected and staff on their efforts to find savings within their respective areas of the budget. “Council gave clear direction to staff in September 2017 on how they wanted the first draft of the 2018 Budget prepared,” said Stack. “I am pleased to report that CAO Jim Hutton and his staff have delivered a 2018 consolidated budget that meets those targets. On behalf of county council, a sincere thank you is extended to all staff involved in preparing this draft budget for us to review.” A recommendation for the 2018 budget to be officially adopted as a By-law will at the next session of County Council scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 31.

“It was decided the best course of action would be for him to step down … it was the right thing for him to do,” said Yakabuski. Yakabuski admits this is the last thing the party wants to be dealing with a few months before the election. “We have a tremendous plan for Ontario’s future and that hasn’t changed,” he said. “Our plan is still there, it will just be under a new leader.” AREA TORY VOICES

Steve Clark, the PC MPP for LeedsGrenville, is the party’s deputy leader, alongside Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones. The two politicians put out a statement on Thursday afternoon that read in part: “Like everyone, we were shocked to learn of yesterday’s serious allegations. Harassment has no place in our society, period. Allegations of sexual misconduct must be taken seriously.

These voices must be heard.” The duo added that “it was appropriate” that Brown, the MPP for Simcoe North, resigned. “Now, it’s time for the Ontario PCs to move forward together to elect a new parliamentary leader.” MPP’s from across the region reacted to the stunning news last week. “There was no conceivable means for him to lead us into the election,” said Progressive Conservative MPP Randy Hillier (LanarkFrontenac-Lennox and Addington). “(There was) no way someone can lead a party into a general election with these allegations (hanging over them).” Hillier was up until 3 a.m. taking part in various phone conversations, including the infamous caucus teleconference where Brown was asked to step aside as leader by his MPPs. “It was evident, it was unanimous, it was

resolute,” said Hillier. “It was a late night.” Brown has had to contend with nasty nomination battles within the party, for example, which Hillier said had “disenfranchised” some members, and that this was an opportunity to “rebuild some of those relationships.” Hillier believes that the new leader will have to be selected from the ranks of the party’s current crop of 29 MPPs, though he has ruled himself out of contention for any leadership position. “I don’t envision any other alternative,” he said, than selecting from within caucus. “I’m looking forward to a thoughtful discussion.” On Friday, Jan. 26, Nipissing MPP Vic Fideli was elected by the PC caucus at Queen’s Park as its new leader. On Jan. 29 Doug Ford announced his intentions to run for the leader of the party as well, it is still unclear when a race will be held.

PARKING BY-LAW AMENDMENT Take Notice that the Council of the Corporation of the Town of Renfrew passed By-law No. 6-2018 on the 23rd day of January, 2018 in order to amend certain provisions of Parking By-law No. 29-2012. PLEASE NOTE: The Planning Advisory Committee and Committee of Adjustment meeting scheduled for February 6th, 2018 has been cancelled and rescheduled for February 13th, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Upstairs Boardroom, Town Hall, 127 Raglan Street South, Renfrew, Ontario, K7V 1P8. For more information please contact Ivan Burton, Town Planner, 613-432-8166, HIGHWAY 60 – DOWNTOWN & CONNECTOR STREET RECONSTRUCTION CONTRACT NO. 01-2018 Sealed tenders, plainly marked as to contents, will be received by Keray O’Reilly, Treasurer, Town of Renfrew, Ontario, until: 2:00 P.M. LOCAL TIME, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22 , 2018 nd

for a two-part project being: Part A - Highway 60 / Downtown Reconstruction from Lochiel St South to Hall Ave including: paving and grading, concrete curb and sidewalks, sanitary sewer installation and relining, storm sewer works, water works, landscaping and street scaping, street lighting, traffic signal upgrades, site restorations and line painting. Total road length of approximately 1,350 m. Part B - Reconstruction of 10 single block connector streets off Highway 60 including: paving and grading, concrete curb and sidewalks, rock excavation, storm sewer works, water works, sanitary sewer installation and relining, landscaping, site restoration and line painting. Total road length of approximately 690 m. Complete tender documents may be obtained from the Development & Works Department, Town of Renfrew, 127 Raglan Street South, Renfrew, Ontario starting at 9:00 am, Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 on payment of a non-refundable cost of $200.00 per set. Cheques should be made payable to the Corporation of the Town of Renfrew. The lowest or any tender may not necessarily be accepted by the Town of Renfrew. The Town also reserves the right to only award Part A of the project or Part A and a portion of the Part B project, subject to budget considerations. Steve Webster, P. Eng. Jp2g Consultants Inc. Engineers • Planners • Project Managers 12 International Drive Pembroke, Ontario K8A 6W5 Telephone: (613) 735-2507

Michel Asselin, P. Eng. Director of Development & Works Town of Renfrew 127 Raglan Street South Renfrew, Ontario K7V 1P8 Telephone: (613) 432-8166

Purpose and Effects of By-Law No person shall park a vehicle or permit a vehicle to remain parked in the VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Municipal Parking Lots known as (1) Plaunt Street Lot, (2) Town Hall Lot, (3) Argyle West Street Lot, and (4)BLUEGRASS Argyle East Street Lot for a period longer DO YOU LIKE MUSIC? than three (3) hours, excepting designated Reserved Parking Spaces. LIKE MEETING NEW PEOPLE? MunicipalDO Parking are TO shown WANT BE below. PART OF A NEW FESTIVAL? YOU Lots This By-law shall become effective and enforced as of March 1st, 2018.

THEN SIGN UP TODAY TO BE A BLUEGRASS VOLUNTEER!!! more information. For furtherVisit information concerningforthis amendment, please contact Ivan Burton, Town Planner, at his office, at the Town of Renfrew Town Hall, Renfrew’s Bluegrass Festival 127 Raglan Street South or by telephone at (613) 432-8166. July 12-15, 2018.

Please contact Jennifer at 613-432-2414 ext 104 or email for an application or for more information.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY OWNERS Property Tax Rebates for Vacant Commercial and Industrial Buildings In accordance with Ontario Reg. 325/01, and the Ontario Municipal Act, 2001, property tax relief for vacant commercial and industrial buildings in the Town of Renfrew will be provided to property owners through rebates that are issued by the municipality. To be eligible for a rebate, a building or portion of a building must be unused for at least 90 consecutive days. It is the property owner’s responsibility to ensure the application meets regulatory standards. Completed applications for the 2017 tax year, must be submitted to the Treasury Department located in the municipal building at 127 Raglan St S on or before February 28, 2018. Vacancy Rebate Applications are available on our website or at the municipal office. Office hours are Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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Horton and Renfrew mayors reflect on new year, look to 2018 TIFFANY LEPACK

The first council meetings of the year gave two local mayors the chance to look back on 2017 and look ahead at 2018. On Jan. 16, Horton Mayor Robert Kingsbury addressed his council in his annual address. Kingsbury said they were able to accomplish a lot in 2017, and acknowledged the numerous events Tina Hunt and her committee organized in Horton to celebrate Canada 150. In 2017, Horton was also able to develop a Community-Based Economic Development Plan, with the help of a small grant, which allowed the municipality to achieve a strategic road map for its future. “This was a very important project and one long overdue,” said Kingsbury. They were also able to tackle a number of infrastructure projects, including a Fraser Road reconstruction with a grant in co-operation with McNab/Braeside, a gravel rebuild for Lime Kiln Road and a drainage study on Humphries Road. An engineering study is also currently in the works on Thompson Hill Road. “Hopefully, this (Humphries Road) will put us in good shape for other grants, as we will be shovel ready when they are announced … Again (with Thompson Hill Road), we are trying

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Horton Mayor Robert Kingsbury addressed council on Jan. 16 with his annual year in review and a look ahead to 2018. to get ahead of any announcements that should be coming this spring,” said Kingsbury. “We have been advised to have projects shovel ready and are taking this advice seriously.” Horton youth will be kicking it in their own backyard this summer, as the mayor announced the completion of the soccer field. Kingsbury said it was completed through the generosity of Marshall’s, along with residents donating their time. He also acknowledged the support

of KOA Campgrounds owners Angela and Greg Burgess for the use of their facility. Kingsbury said the flood of 2017 was devastating and would not be forgotten. “It had a huge effect on a large number of residents and continues for some still today. There was no silver lining to this terrible event. There was, however, some positives that took place,” said Kingsbury. “It was very heartwarming to see everyone pulling together through this disaster

and helping out in whatever way they could.” He also thanked Steve Osipenko for guiding them through the rough times and noted they were successful in receiving $87,500 in grant money for flood recovery. For 2018, council has approved a levy increase of 3.49 per cent. “It was a little higher than we had hoped for, but totally the right number to look after the business of our township,” said Kingsbury. “With a projected reserve for 2018 of $806,381 and a projected $1,290,946 for 2027, we certainly are on the right path.” Also up in 2018, a change on how council conducts business. “Beginning in March, you will see a change in our procedural bylaw, as we strive to conduct the business of the township in a more efficient manner,” announced Kingsbury. “We will be going to a committee of the whole system.” Renfrew Mayor Don Eady also recently reflected on the year ahead for council. Eady told his council colleagues they have accomplished a number of things over the last three years, the most important being that they were able to get along. “I appreciate that. I think it’s the right way to do business,” said Eady. “We have done things in a businesslike manner.” He thanked council for their efforts and reminded them it was an election

year. “We are still members of council for another year and have a job to do,” said Eady. “We need to work hard in the next seven or eight months to get things accomplished.” His 2017 highlights focused on numerous grants the town received to finish Plaunt Street, the tourist information booth and the $3 million grant for the downtown reconstruction of Main Street, which he thinks will be the biggest story for 2018. “I would say it is a major renovation that has to be done for the town. The infrastructure, some of it is more than 80 years old. You can only let it go for so long,” said Eady. “We are going to do it once and going to try and do it right. We should be good for a good many years after.” He has two main messages for those facing the construction, for businesses and for the residents. “I encourage all business people in (the) downtown area to please call the town office and talk to the planner and public works. If there is anything we can do to help, we are right there,” said Eady. “To residents: support your downtown, and there is alternative parking, as we have identified. You might have to walk a little bit — so be it. Most of the merchants on Main Street have back doors and will be open. It’s important your downtown area is the heartbeat of your town, and if you don’t keep your heartbeat strong, you can lose your town.”

EOWC elects chair, vice-chair Jennifer Murphy and sets priorities for 2018 The Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC), at its annual inaugural meeting held last week in Kingston, elected warden Robin Jones as the 2018 chair and warden Jennifer Murphy as the 2018 vice-chair. Robin Jones is the warden of the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, and the mayor of the Village of Westport. Jennifer Murphy is the warden of the County of Renfrew, and the mayor of the Township of Bonnechere Valley. The role of chair and vice-chair, elected on an annual basis, is to provide the main point of focus and contact for the caucus and ensure that the established key priorities move forward. “I am honoured to chair the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus in 2018, alongside my colleagues, and to advocate for this year’s priorities in support of the 750,000 property taxpayers across rural eastern Ontario,” stated chair Jones, elected as the EOWC’s first female chair since its incorporation in 2008. “As we are aware, 2018 is a critical year for both the province of Ontario and the municipal sector, with elections scheduled for both levels of government. That being said, the EOWC has restructured its focus and made its priorities very clear, and intends to send a loud and clear message to its


Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus Vice-Chair and Renfrew County Warden Jennifer Murphy, centre, with Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario and their colleagues at the Rural Ontario Municipal Association. partners at Queen’s Park.” 2018 Priorities Two priorities were established for the caucus in the coming year: 1. Building the EORN Cellular and Public Safety Broadband Network: The EOWC will continue to support the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) on its $299 million business case to the provincial and

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federal governments, which would close the many cellular network gaps, boost mobile broadband service across eastern Ontario, and increase public safety for residents and first responders during emergencies. 2. Implementing the Eastern Ontario Economic Development Strategy: The EOWC will continue to support the Eastern Ontario Leadership

Council (EOLC) in its ongoing implementation of the recommendations outlined in the Regional Economic Development Strategy — the first regional plan of its kind across Ontario. By helping secure financial support from the province, the strategy’s implementation would address eastern Ontario’s future economic development needs, being a) workforce devel-

opment and deployment; b) technology integration and innovation; and c) integrated, intelligent transportation systems. “For this critical election year, the EOWC has kept its focus simple and identified the two most important projects for eastern Ontario. The rest of the year — and specifically the next few months — will be spent on advocating at the provincial and federal government levels for multi-stakeholder solutions to these proposals,” explained EOWC chair Jones. “As always, the EOWC and its partners have done the necessary research before submitting their proposals. Not only is the cellular and public safety broadband network project essential for businesses and economic development, it would absolutely increase public safety for our residents and our first responders — such as police, fire and paramedics — during emergencies,” stated vice-chair Murphy. “It is the primordial role and objective of the EOWC to use research and facts to influence positive changes, improve service delivery, remove financial burdens, and encourage growth and economic development opportunities in our region,” noted warden François St-Amour, of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell.

Renfrew it’s time to ‘Share the Love’ to support Empties for Paws Bottle drive blitz at the Renfrew Beer Store (252 Veterans Memorial Blvd.) coming up on Feb. 17 and 18 TIFFANY LEPACK

Get your empties ready fur a good cause. Empties for Paws (EP) has issued a challenge for everyone to Share the Love this February and help four-legged friends by donating their empty beer, wine, liquor bottles to help raise money in support of Valley Animal Rescue (VAR). The entire month of February is Share the Love month, however in Renfrew there will be a bottle drive blitz at the Renfrew Beer Store (252 Veterans Memorial Blvd.) on Feb. 17 and 18. “The Renfrew Beer Store is proud to be involved in the fundraiser, we all have pets and we fully support the cause,” said Pat Witjes, store manager. Empties can be dropped off all month at the Beer Store and there will also be a donation jar at the store as well. “We couldn’t do it with the support of the Beer Store and Mill Music (who takes empties all year),” said Linda Gervais, VAR volunteer. There is also a drop off location at Country View Mini-Mart on

Calabogie Road. EP was founded in the Ottawa Valley by Gisele Villeneuve and has now spread across Ontario with 85 shelters now benefiting across Ontario, and in Edmonton and Fredericton. “It’s important to Share the Love and donate to help animals in need but most importantly it’s to show our local animal rescues our appreciation for the hard work that they do and to show our support,” said Villeneuve in an email. “February is the month of love with Valentine’s Day. Animal rescues and shelters work hard enough as it is taking care of the animals in their care and fundraising takes a lot of time and effort.” Since EP started in 2015, more than $180,000 has been raised by rescues and shelters. In Renfrew alone they have collected more than $16,000. “Collecting empties is a great way to raise an amazing amount of money and it’s so easy for people,” Tiffany Lepack/Metroland said Villeneuve. John Lockwood, from the Renfrew Beer Store, centre stands with Valley Animal Rescue volunteers Donita Konyk For more information on EP visit online: www.EmptiesForPaws. and Linda Gervais, behind some empties. All are getting ready for the Share the Love bottle drive during the month of February. com.


“Everyone from the board to the bedside staff and physicians of RVH in achieving contributed to our success during the survey,” the highest accreditation rating possible. says Ferguson. The rating provides tangible evidence Jim Lemenchick, RVH Foundation Chair, of the commitment to providing quality offered his congratulations to everyone health care to the residents of Renfrew involved in the outstanding achievement. and area. We are pleased to provide “On behalf of the Foundation, we offer support for the ongoing capital needs of hearty congratulations to the management, the hospital.”

RVH earns top marks for quality care The quality care delivered by staff and physicians at RVH was awarded with the highest rating possible, Exemplary Standing, after a December 2017 Accreditation Canada Survey. The Accreditation process is a comprehensive external review of all areas of the hospital, from clinical to management to the Board. Accreditation Canada Surveyor Team Leader Marianne Walker announced that RVH met 100% of the Required Organizational Practices (ROPS) in priority areas such as patient safety, clientand family-centred care, ethics, risk management, and quality improvement.

RVH also achieved an outstanding 99.3% compliance the quality standards. Stephen Lyons, a former patient at RVH and a current member of the hospital’s Patient and Family Advisory Council was not surprised by RVH’s accreditation success. “RVH really deserves this recognition. The staff have always gone above and beyond for myself and family. They are truly committed to providing the highest quality of care for their patients,” says Lyons. A focus on patient and family engagement and the importance of patient- and familycentred care has resulted in numerous changes to improve care, shares Chris Ferguson, RVH VP of Patient Care Services.

From left are Randy Penney, Renfrew Victoria Hospital (RVH) CEO, Michelle-Anne Trask and Janice Schneider, Accreditation Canada surveyors, Marianne Walker, Accreditation Canada survey team lead, Chris Ferguson, RVH VP patient care services and Erin Rennick, RVH nursing administration.

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Time to walk the walk One in five Canadians will suffer from mental illness at some point in their lifetime. Among the biggest hurdles for mental illness sufferers is overcoming the stigma. It is the number one reason why two-thirds of those living with a mental illness do not seek help. Bell Let’s Talk Day is Jan. 31 and while some have criticized the initiative as not doing enough to address the critical issue of adequate mental health care, there’s no doubt that since its inception it has started myriad conversations and raised funds for a variety of mental health supports. On Bell Let’s Talk Day, for every text message sent by Bell Canada, Bell Aliant and Bell MTS customers, the company donates five cents towards mental health initiatives. But the work continues after the big day. There are ways you can help and Bell Let’s Talk has outlined some suggestions on its website. Language matters. “The words you use can make all the difference. Words can help but they can also hurt.” Be mindful of what terms you’re using to describe those facing mental health challenges. Educate yourself. “Stigma has been around a long time and knowing the facts and myths

about mental illness can be a great way to help end stigmas.” Be kind. “Simple kindness can make a world of difference. Whether it be a smile, being a good listener or an invitation for coffee and a chat, these simple acts of kindness can help open up the conversation and let someone know you are there for them.” Listen and ask. “Mental illness is a very common form of human pain and suffering. Being a good listener and asking how you can help, sometimes just even being there for people you care about, can be the first step in recovery.” Talk about it. “Break the silence. Mental illness touches us all in some way directly or through a friend, family member or colleague. Stories of people who have experienced mental health issues and who are doing well can really challenge stereotypes. Most people with mental health issues can and do recover, just by talking about it.” If you or someone you know is experiencing serious mental health problems, call the 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Line: 1-866-996-0991 or the Ontario Mental Health Helpline: 1-866-5312600. So now it’s up to all of us. We’ve talked the talk, it’s time to take action.

Enough is too much To the editor: One of the best things Canada can offer the world is an example. We can show the world how diverse people can live together in peace. Social cohesion is our strength. If we are not the best country in the world we are certainly one of them. Can you imagine how great a world we would have if all the world’s countries were as good? Mr. Trudeau says “there is no core identity or mainstream in Canada.” I respectively disagree. We have Canadian values. Equality, respect for cultural differences if they are within the charter of rights, democracy, freedom of speech, religion, and law and order to name a few. There are over 200 million

migrants in the world and the world’s population increases by over 80 million a year. Sure we can help. Immigration can be helpful and helping refugee camps overseas is great. However, if we lose our cohesion over immigration levels that are too high the world loses a great example of how diverse peoples can live together. I don’t believe this makes me a bigot. How many and what kind of immigrants should be allowed in per year - 100,000 or 1,000,000 a year? Surely this is a topic that should be looked at. I think any objective person who looks at Europe’s mass immigration can see that social cohesion is indeed stressed there. Trump and Trudeau are the ‘pilots on our plane.’ I may not like the pilot but I sure as

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hell want him to succeed. I will leave the Donald for another day but I am disappointed in Trudeau. His reckless speech and policies are dividing us and helping to destroy our social cohesion. You would think by the way he talks Canada is some awful place that has to be changed radically. Do we have problems? Of course. Look around the world, we are not alone. Are we better than most? Absolutely! Don’t throw out the baby with the bath water. When a young Trudeau inferred that the only good PMs come from Quebec, and that Quebec owns this country and that the problems in Canada are Alberta’s fault how can this be good for cohesion? You wonder why some in Alberta want to separate. Maybe it was a Freudian slip when he forgot to name Alberta when he was rhyming off the provinces.

Trudeau’s consistent drumbeat about the need to protect against Islamophobia is not conducive to cohesion. He is driving us apart. M103 is certainly not needed and will only serve to divide us more. Is that his goal? I certainly hope not. Trudeau seems reluctant to stand up for Canadian values that have made this country the envy of the world. His reluctance to yell from the rooftops that Canada will not tolerate FGM, wife beating, rape of your wife, honour killing (I call it dishonour killing) is worrisome. Obviously, these are cultural and religious practices that should not be condoned. Trudeau worries more about being “pejorative” when it comes to the citizenship guide than standing up for our values. He didn’t want to use the word barbaric and may or may not include FGM in the guide.

These crimes have to be spelled out. Not only once but over and over. Remember Mohamad Rafia, the Syrian refugee who beat his wife with a hockey stick (how Canadian). This lasted 30 minutes. He pulled her hair, slapped her face and threatened to kill her. I will call this barbaric. His defence was that he didn’t know it was a crime. His lawyers said officials didn’t inform him of the difference in law in Canada and more should have been done to educate him. He had been here at least 15 months taking English lessons. His poor wife defended him. Mr. Trudeau’s answer is he is welcome here. A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian! We can’t deport him. I guess the same applies to Mohammad Shafia. You may remember he and his son killed Mohammad’s three daughters and first wife for wearing west-

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ern clothing. Nice, I will call that barbaric. It goes on and on. The Ontario Supreme Court ruled that a man was not guilty for raping his wife as he thought he had the right. Barbaric! The Toronto 18 felon who is soon to be given back his citizenship. All he wanted to do was cut off the PM’s head among other things. Barbaric. We need a prime minister who is a patriot, not someone who is ashamed of Canada. You can’t have a PM who says come on in to illegals. We should have a process that screens and vets those who have the privilege of being Canadian. There are many rights you enjoy when you become a Canadian. Surely there should be some responsibilities. Not being barbaric should be one! Gord Eady Renfrew

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Red is the colour of winter MICHAEL RUNTZ Nature’s Way

While many people dislike winter for the trying conditions it brings, there are some like me who love this season for its sharp contrast to the others. Gone are the biting insects of late spring as well as the extreme heat of summer. In winter, landscapes are periodically cleansed white with fresh snow, providing dramatic contrast to skies so blue they look heavy. On crisp days the air is full of oxygen and any outing leaves one feeling invigorated and alive. But while winter might appear to be dominated by white with underlying tones of black and dark green, bright colours are present too. Those colours come from the living organisms that through the millennia have developed adaptations that allow them to survive the harsh conditions winter brings. The startling blue of jays is familiar to anyone who fills backyard feeders with sunflower seeds. And if one looks, there is plenty of red out there too, and not only if one is fortunate enough to have male northern Cardinals frequenting their yards. That brilliant colour is also present in local woods and meadows. Red squirrels inhabit coniferous woods where pines and spruces provide them with energy-

rich seeds buried deep inside their cones. In autumn the squirrels harvest cones and hide them in caches all through their territory. The conifers’ seeds are enjoyed all through winMichael Runtz ter, with mushWith their mating season rooms that just around the corner, Red were dried and Foxes are currently becom- stored in the fall providing ing more active. additional nutrition. Piles of nipped-off scales lying atop the snow reveal where a squirrel has recently dined. The same seeds are food for red finches. Crossbills, nomadic birds that wander through northern regions looking for large crops of cones, use their odd name-giving bills to pry open the scales of cones, providing their long tongues with access to the seeds hidden beneath. Red crossbills prefer the seeds of pines while white-

winged crossbills, which can turn from pink to red as their feathers wear, use their smaller bills to access seeds inside spruce cones. Only the males of those species show red pigmentation in their feathers; females are green and yellow. Interestingly, other male finches are also red or at least bear some shade of that pigment. Purple finches, misnamed for their feathers, are raspberry, not purple. House finches may look somewhat similar but their feathers contain red or orange hues. The much larger pine grosbeaks from the north also bear red plumage, with lesser amounts of that colour present in the feathers of diminutive common redpolls, which may soon make an appearance in our area. Not only seed-eating animals are red. One

common, local carnivore even has that colour in its name. Red foxes, which live solitary lives in winter, are currently becoming more active as their season of love approaches. Females are now seeking out old dens, eventually choosing one in preparation for the arrival of offspring in only a few months. Male foxes are starting to roam more widely, looking for chemical invitations from females desiring to fill their den with babies. With white dominating the landscape for such a long stretch of time, seeing red is certainly a welcome event for our species too! The nature email is Michael Runtz teaches natural history and ornithology courses at Carleton University.

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On Jan. 26 the 14th annual Celebration of Life Day was held with three chances for a delicious meal, including lunch at Finnigan’s Roadhouse with Beatty and Brad Gould along with event organizers Alyssa and April Gillan and Amber Riopelle. They night finished off with a dance at the Renfrew Armouries. The event raised $23,000 for local health initiatives.

Celebration of Life volunteers thankful for support To the editor: We would like to thank all that helped to make Celebration of Life another success the 14th annual event raised $23,000 for Hospice Renfrew, Renfrew Victoria Hospital and doctor recruitment. Thank you to MyFM, Rocky Mountain House, Finnigan’s and Renfrew Pizzeria for participating in the daylong event. Thank you to the Riley New Band and Ghost Town Cryers for always making the dance a great way to close out the day with dancing and live music to entertain the crowd. Thank you to each and every donor, sponsor

and local business for your generosity and support towards Celebration of Life. We couldn’t possibly begin to list all of you, but we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude for your contribution. And finally, a big thank you to the Renfrew community for continuing to come out and support this event year after year. Thank you for supporting us as we continue to hold this event in memory of our mom Janet Robertson. This event meant so much to our mom and your continued support means the world to us.   Alyssa, Amber and April Gillan

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will be chosen as Loran Scholars, after national interviews, with each scholar receiving a Loran Award valued at $100,000 over four years. The Loran Scholars Foundation is a national charity that identifies and supports young leaders of character. In addition to selecting Loran Scholars, it will grant up to 54 finalist awards ($5,000 each) and 50 provincial awards ($2,000 each) to promising candidates. As a Loran finalist, Eli is automatically eligible to receive a $5,000 scholarship to support her first year of university studies. We wish Eli much success in her interviews at the Loran finals next weekend in Toronto. You have already made RCI proud.

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Grist Mill Colony This is an update on the Grist Mill Colony; some of you might remember the story in the early summer about a colony of some 20+ semi feral cats and kittens which were living on a farm in the Douglas area. Two lovely senior ladies were desperately trying to provide food and medical care to the colony. Many of the cats and kittens were sick, some were injured, and all were infested with fleas, worms, respiratory problems and ear mites. Some of the females were pregnant while still themselves kittens. This was too much for these ladies and they contacted Valley Animal Rescue. We committed to help these ladies care for the Grist Mill Colony. We began by providing food and we still provide food to the colony. We have trapped some 10+ cats and kittens and provided medical care. We partnered with the Renfrew Animal Hospital and started to sterilize (spay/neuter), vaccinate and treat for all internal and external parasites and other infections that were present. This is a huge undertaking for a small rescue which is a registered charity and foster based with no support from the government. All our members are volunteers and they are the ones that trap the cats and kittens to take them to the vet and foster parents who are again volunteers that nurse these animals back to health and socialize them for adoption. The program is working; we have placed 9 of these cats/kittens into their forever homes. We have only had to take one cat back to the colony as she could not be socialized and placed in a home environment. This is a huge project for a small local rescue and required many man hours and funds. We are reaching out to concerned individuals and businesses in the community to help us end the cycle of suffering and misery for these animals. Valley Animal Rescue looks after other feral cat colonies in the Renfrew area as well as unwanted and abandoned dogs. We promote kindness, mercy, compassion and respect for all living creatures. We always hope they get adopted and find their forever home. Donations can be made at under Valley Animal Rescue , by e transfer to our email:, by direct donation to our account at Renfrew Animal Hospital or by cheque to: Valley Animal Rescue, P.O. Box #214 Renfrew ON, K7V 4A3.

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While the month of January has seen extreme cold, thaws and the always dreaded black ice, the Renfrew Bridge Club members continue to show up in good numbers, as each Wednesday’s afternoon game has, on average, seen 12 tables of players turn out for the competition. Each session’s “highlight of the week” follows: On Jan. 3, though the cards on board No. 30 favoured the East-West players, all the four-spade and three no trump contracts failed. Perhaps being more cautious, Yolande Baillon and Bette Rowe bid the hand carefully and wisely stopped at the successful two-pade level; the only plus score achieved on the board: Well judged, ladies! On Jan. 10, board No. 9 was a happy place to be for all the East-West pairs, as nearly all of them bid three no trump and were then surprised to make 12 tricks. Only Eleanor Hotchkiss and Leo Coulas shrewdly bid and made a six no trump small slam and a top score on the board. Nicely done! On Jan. 17, board No. 26 offered some really great cards for the NorthSouth pairs as every pair made 12 or 13 tricks, many in a small slam. Only Jocelyne Tetrault and Wayne Daze were daring enough to bid and make a relatively rare grand slam. Though Jan. 24 saw bold bidding on several of the boards, there were only two successful slams made of the 10 that were attempted. It’s fortunate that the Renfrew Bridge players don’t visit the racetrack regularly to bet on the horses. With a success rate like

that, they’d often be in the market for a new shirt! Congratulations to the NorthSouth winners from: Jan. 3: 1: Reg Gatenby — Phyllis Brennan 2: Ruth Grant — Mary McCann 3: Irene Churchill — Sheila Perras Jan. 10: 1: Irene Churchill — Sheila Perras 2: Jeannie Yagminas — Mona Brydges 3: Ruth Grant — Mary McCann Jan. 17: 1: Ernie Berndt — Eric Brown 2: Irene Churchill — Sheila Perras 3: Lew MacDonald — Ed McCann Jan. 24: 1: Lew MacDonald — Ed McCann 2: Leanne Cheliak — Rick Duncan 3: Barb Haydock — Brian Haydock Congratulations to the East-West winners from: Jan. 3: 1: Ted Ambridge — Mike Nagrodski 2: Anne Fuisz — Bernadette Culhane 3: Elgin Duke — Eleanor Thompson Jan. 10: 1: Tom Sewter — Sharon Sewter 2: Carolyn Milford — Leanne Cheliak 3: Bruce Tennant — Judy Hill Jan. 17: 1: Bruce Tennant — Judy Hill 2: Rick Duncan — Leanne Cheliak 3: Janet Osborne — Marilyn York Jan. 24: 1: Jocelyne Tetrault — Wayne Daze 2: Christine List — Carolyn Milford 3: Alice Smaglinski — Diaan Juby

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Future flower girl Brooklyn Buzzel plays hide-and-seek while gowns are modelled at the Bliss Wedding Show. Her parents - Ryan Buzzel and Jessica McNally - marry this summer. At least some participants at booths, Arnprior’s Stephen Dodd with Invis mortgages, noted the record turnout of brides and signalled an intent to participate next year. The show, organized by Prior Engagements, was held for the 16th year at the Renfrew Armouries.

The Ontario Festival of Small Halls is looking to share the love — small hall love, that is. The festival, which brings internationally-renowned musicians to cherished, rural community spaces each fall, is currently accepting submissions from new halls to participate in this year’s event. Running from Sept. 13 to 30, the festival is now in its fifth year of igniting local stages across eastern Ontario and the Ottawa Valley. “We’re excited to be reaching out to local communities, welcoming submissions for new halls with history and heart,” said Kelly Symes, general manager of the Ontario Festival of Small Halls. The festival is seeking new venues which have more than a 100-person seating capacity, are wheelchair accessible, and which have an enthusiastic community group supporting the hall. “The group or committee must be willing to work with the Ontario Festival of Small Halls to host high-quality events and provide concert goers with a positive rural Ontario experience,” said Symes, adding that involvement could include hosting a festival show, com-

munity meal or other event as part of the festival. Festival organizers will deliver programming, marketing, artist transportation, stage management, and the best in sound equipment and technical expertise. Communities are asked to provide a unique local building and an eager team of volunteers to help with ticket sales, local marketing and other duties on show day. In addition to the musical event, some communities have also used this opportunity to showcase their towns to visitors. Whether it’s a community dinner held in a neighbouring hall before the concert, a farmers market or a walking tour, festival attendees are easily enticed to stroll down main streets and pop into local businesses to enjoy the distinctive flavour of the town on the day of the concert. Communities interested in participating are asked to complete the submission form found at The submission deadline is Feb. 15. Submitted by Rosanne Lake, publicity, Ontario Festival of Small Halls

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Renfrew Legion announces contest winners Each year, students from across the country submit literary pieces and art work to their local legion to compete in legion Remembrance contests. Contestants are challenged to use their creativity while keeping with the theme of Remembrance. Posters,

poems and essays are judged at the local branch, with first place entries continuing to the next level from zone to district to provincial and finally to the national level. Locally, at the Renfrew Legion Branch 148 a total of 358 entries were received from

students in the area, with representation from all elementary and high schools. The contest is divided into two categories including, poster (colour or black and white) and literary (essay or poem). The contestants compete in levels depending on their school


Pictured are the top three winners of each category of the Renfrew Legion Branch 148’s Remembrance contests, each winner received a certificate and monetary prize.

NOTICE OF STUDY COMMENCEMENT County Road 1 (River Road), Sand Point Municipal Class Environmental Assessment The County of Renfrew is undertaking a Preliminary Design Study for improvements to County Road 1 (River Road) from Toner Road to Mast Road in the community of Sand Point. These works are identified as part of the 2018 Capital Program for the County of Renfrew – Public Works & Engineering Department. The study will follow a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) process including communication with adjacent landowners, as well as other stakeholders.

grade and this is divided into primary, junior, intermediate and senior levels. The 2017 winners from the Renfrew Legion Branch 148 are listed in order from first place to third. Senior essay — Alexa Narezny, Mathew Pilgrim, Savana Pinsent. Intermediate essay — Chloe Gibbons, Sydnee Carson, Alera Stencell. Junior essay — Alexandra Wright, Anna Boyer, Lila Pole. Senior poem — Savana Pinsent, Paige Driscoll. Intermediate poem — Chloe Gibbons, Sadie Cuccaro, Nikki Purvis. Junior poem — Alexandra Wright, Jake Proulx, Brennan Pole. Senior black and white poster — Savana Pinsent. Intermediate black and white poster — Alexis Legris, Annabelle St Cyr, Anna McLeod. Junior black and white poster — Sarah Palmer, Lauren Pender, Brydget Gauthier. Senior colour poster — Liam Gorra, Destinee Baron, Brittany Bayfield. Intermediate colour poster — Faith Lavoy, Alyssa Mitchell, Sheylannah Donaghy. Junior colour poster — Allison Tracey, Grace Hill, Maanas Ratheesh. Primary colour poster — Mia St Micheal, Ella Fridgen, Addison Fleming. First place entries were forwarded to the Zone Competition and the results were impressive with five of the entries moving on to the District Competition in January. The results from the Zone Competition are: Senior essay — Alexa Narezny (1st); senior poem — Savana Pinsent (1st); intermediate poem — Chloe Gibbons (3rd); junior essay — Alexandra Wright (1st); junior poem — Alexandra Wright (1st); senior black and white poster — Savana Pinsent (1st); senior colour poster — Liam Gorra (2nd); intermediate black and white poster — Alexis Legris (3rd); junior colour poster — Allison Tracey (2nd). Winners of the Remembrance contest were recognized in December at the Renfrew branch and awarded certificates and prizes by Renfrew branch president Greg Walbeck and second vice Cheryl Babcock along with Comrades Katie Caughey and Jo-anne Caldwell. The Renfrew Legion appreciates the ongoing support for youth education from teachers, schools and families and looks forward to announcing the results of the District Competition as they become known. The branch would also like to thank Meghan Howard and Robert Perry for the time they generously gave to judge this year’s contest.

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Subject to the outcome of the study, the County is considering the following along this section of County Road 1 between Toner Road and Mast Road: • Rehabilitation or reconstruction of 3.0 km of County Road 1; • Safety improvements; and • Drainage and stormwater improvements, as required. An opportunity will be provided to interested persons to attend a community open house. The notice for the open house will be published in a local newspaper and on the County’s website through the Environmental Studies link at Any information or comments received regarding this study, including name and address, form part of the public record and may be disclosed/made available by the County to such persons as the County sees fit, including anyone requesting such information. Accordingly, in providing any such information, you shall be deemed to have consented to its use and disclosure. For further information on this project, or to be added to our mailing list, please contact: Fraser Strachan Capital Projects Coordinator Public Works and Engineering County of Renfrew 613-732-4353 Ext. 515

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Cobden Legion recently held the annual Zone Poster and Literary Competition in which Cobden Public School produced three prize winners. Flanked by Cobden Legion president Kent McLaughlin and event organizer Lori Buchan are: Michaela Piggon, third in junior poems, Georgia Wylie, first in junior coloured poster and Jackson Olsen, second in primary coloured poster. Georgia Wylie’s poster, on the basis of her first place win, moves on to the Legion District Competition.  Congratulations to all the participants. Holding her certificate proudly, is winner of the third place prize in the Cobden Legion Zone Poster & Literary Competition, Beachburg Public School student Makenna Hawthorne.  With McLaughlin and Buchan.










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Ode to the Haggis

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The Golden Age Activity Centre celebrated Robbie Burns Day one day early on Jan. 24 with a full house and a delicious lunch. Top, Guy Jamieson, with his sister Penny, gives Graham Jamieson thumbs up as he finishes the Ode to the Haggis along with Clark Smith who piped in the dish. Top right, Hank de Vocht tries some of the haggis as his wife of almost 60 years Rita looks on and Margaret MacKenzie, Bob Rousselle and Marion McWade are all smiles before the festivities start.

The Renfrew & Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking Applications to fill vacancies on its Board of Directors 2018-2019. The Board meets each month on the third Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. As a Chamber Director you will have an opportunity to help shape the future success of our business community and the way in which we do business. Interested members should contact Gail at 613-432-7015 or by February 22, 2018. Members are invited to our monthly Board meetings or perhaps join one of our committees. Why not consider joining the Networking & Events team and help plan upcoming events, or the Community Development committee or perhaps the Membership & Marketing committee. All these committees are vital to the Chamber to ensure that the Voice of Business is heard in Renfrew and surrounding area. ~~ The Annual Community Awards Celebration is scheduled for Thursday May 31, 2018. Nominations are now being accepted for Citizen, Agri-Business, Industry, Community Champion, Outstanding Business, New Business and Young Person of the year. For all the details and nomination forms you can visit the Chamber website at, call 613-432-7015 or visit the Chamber office 161 Raglan St. S. 14 The Renfrew Mercury - Thursday, February 1, 2018

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Dan James sparks up the barbecue near the outdoor rink. The Foresters Falls community association president had his hands full on Jan. 27, helping to organize a poker run, kid and adults’ games, even a bingo that night.

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RCI graduate an athletic therapist with Grey Cup champions TIFFANY LEPACK

Are you ready for some football? Pigskin fans of all types will have their eyes on the prize this weekend. But only a few short weeks ago a Renfrew native helped his team earn the biggest prize in Canadian football. Mark Belmore grew up in Renfrew and graduated from Renfrew Collegiate Institute (RCI) in 2009. Since then he has been working hard to achieve his goals. While at RCI he was busy both on and off the sports field. He was the student council president, Relay for Life chair, band member and played football/basketball/ track and soccer. After graduating from RCI with the Principal’s Award he moved on to further his education. He earned his diploma in fitness and health promotion at St. Lawrence College in Kingston and graduated from Sheridan’s bachelor of applied health science in athletic therapy, a four-year honours degree program. After graduating he got a job as an athletic therapist with the Cambridge Lions Football Club. “I got a call (for a job) from the Toronto Argonauts. In my third year at Sheridan I did my internship there, that was my foot in the door,” said Belmore. Head athletic trainer for the Argos Scott Shannon speaks very highly of Belmore and thinks he will have a bigger role with the team next season. “Mark fit in great with us, he came in at a difficult time after we had lost a few staff and he did everything we needed of him,” said Shannon. Shannon describes Belmore as a pleasure to work with and praises his time with the team. “He has a strong work ethic, very professional and he was always striving to do more, he wanted to learn more and take on more responsibility,” said Shannon. He started with the Canadian Football League team in July 2017 where he was one of four athletic therapists.


Renfrew Collegiate Institute grad Mark Belmore holds the Grey Cup. Belmore is an athletic therapist with the Toronto Argonauts who won the championship last year. “It was unbelievable, I always wanted to be working in professional sports and I just couldn’t believe it,” said Belmore of the job offer. “It was a quick start but I got in the groove of things and kept going.” When he was in high school he looked up to a number of Argo players, including Damon Allen and Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons, who he has since met. “He’s such a good inspiration,” said Belmore. “I couldn’t get over how

energetic and positive he was. He just puts a smile on people’s faces.” What a year it was to join the Argos, who finished in first place in the Eastern Division with a 9-9 record and the team got a bye in the first round of the playoffs. “That allowed us to be one of the healthiest teams in the playoffs,” said Belmore. “It was good for the team’s energy. It allowed them to focus on what was coming.”

Belmore also had to focus in on the task at hand. “It was cementing yourself into the knowledge of working the next couple of weeks, I knew I had to work hard and show up every day,” he said. The Argos advanced to the Grey Cup against the Calgary Stampeders in Ottawa on Nov. 26. “It was nice that it was close to home, I got to see my parents for dinner and some of my friends,” said Belmore. His parents Marg and Kent Tubman are both very proud of their son. They were also watching the big game in Renfrew. “We had family and friends over and were paying really close attention to the sidelines, we saw his head a couple of times,” said Tubman who admits their engagement in the game was a little different. “It was good fun.” They got a short visit with him and understood he was working hard. “He was so busy treating the players, he was working 12-hour days,” said Tubman. From the injury perspective he says they were extremely fortunate. “I didn’t have to go on the field for any injuries, little nicks or knacks they don’t care. We got very lucky.” As to the game: “It was just story book, the atmosphere was perfect, the stands were full and you knew anything could happen.” And it did as the Argos won the game on a field goal with 53 seconds left 27-24. “It was a fantastic experience, I was very lucky as some athletic therapists never get to experience that,” said Belmore. “It was unreal. I can’t describe it, I had a blast. I was very fortunate to work with some fantastic individuals on the team.” For Tubman, seeing the photo of his son holding the Grey Cup was a pretty special moment. “It’s such a Canadian icon and for him to have it in his hands was pretty cool,” said Tubman. Looking back on his successes, in his high school days he gives credit to his coaches, including Bill Currie and

Todd Stewart. “They helped me along the way as we were the first RCI team to win the county championship in 48 years. It was such a big deal for us,” said Belmore. Currie praises Belmore as an excellent contributor to the school who was always ready to learn more so he could do more. “His individual commitment to success benefited his teammates,” said Currie in an email. “He was strongly committed to achievement, but always as a friendly, team-oriented individual. “Needless to say, he was charismatic and RCI was better because he came here.” Currie recalls the junior football team was rebuilding when Belmore joined the team. In his second year his 900-plus yards of passing are significantly more than any recent RCI junior quarterback. Currie says he was closer to Belmore as he coached him not only in football but soccer as well. “Obviously I take great pride in his many accomplishments, as I’m sure his family and friends do, and I don’t think this will be the last time we hear about Mark achieving success,” said Currie. “Mark’s career thus far illustrates perfectly the idea that we can make a success for ourselves on the broader stage: coming from Renfrew is just a starting point, not a conclusion … Mark’s feat shows that that is a tradition that is continuing.” For his stint with student council he remembers his time with Michael Wright. “He was always encouraging me and was very supportive.” Tubman knows his son worked long and hard to achieve his goals of working in professional football but also acknowledges his hometown. “His exposure to organized sports at RCI really set him up well to not only excel at sports but in life as well,” said Tubman. “He made it happen with a lot of hard work but I give credit to the town and RCI because he grew up here.”

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Renfrew Collegiate Institute’s Campbell Taylor drives to the basket against St. Joseph Catholic High School in senior boy’s basketball action on Jan. 16. The Jags went on to win the game 43-26. Both teams have one more game on Feb. 6 before the playoffs start on Feb. 8.

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Katie Hall sets up a pass while surrounded by fellow senior Jags Ashlyn Kilby-McLure, left, Cassie Cameron, Melissa Thompson, and Sydney Perry. St. Joe’s won the game in Arnprior 3-0, seating them fifth - in the middle of the standings - with a 4-5-0 record. Left: Playing the ball is Abbey Warren with Tori Trainor watching during the junior Jags volleyball match in Arnprior. The girls lost 3-0, but remain in fifth place in the standings with a 4-4-0 record.

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Estate of Bert Blok & Guest Consignors

sale to be held at Cobden Agricultural Hall, 43 Astrolabe Rd, Cobden, Ont 2007 Dodge Caravan, 7 passenger, 152000 km, selling safetied; Yardworks electric snowblower, 24”; Skilsaw 10” tablesaw; tablesaw; numerous router bit sets; Shopmate radial arm saw; King Canada 15” floor drill press; Mortiser drills; Bench Top wood lathe; Arrow CT50 nail gun; cordless drill; electric drill; woodworking tools; carpenter tools; tools; Maytag washer, front load; HD dryer; arm chairs; recliner chair; rocking chairs; antique china cabinet; old pictures; old dishes; double bed; household furnishings; Sears 30” snowblower, 10 HP; chainsaw; alum tool box for truck; PSC compound crossbow. Everything has to be sold. See for full listing and pictures. Terms: Cash or Cheque with ID Lunch by Cobden Agri Society

Upcoming Sales

Opeongo bowlers advance


Two Opeongo Bowldrome athletes have seen success recently. Kaylee Steele, a bantam, will advance to the provincial finals in Ottawa on Sunday, March 4, aiming to advance to the nationals. Erica Clarke, a senior, will be bowling in the Ontario Winter Games in Orillia March 1-3.

Saturday Feb 10 at 10:00 for Ron’s Antique Shop at Cobden Agricultural Hall, Cobden Large quantity of quality antiques Friday Evening March 2 at 6:00 pm for Oattes Cattle, 138 Oattes Rd, Cobden 25 Charolais Bull Sale Saturday March 3 at 1:00 pm for Preston & Terry Cull & Family 923 Spence Rd, Douglas, Ont • Annual Bred Heifer Sale Saturday March 10 at 7:00 pm St. Patrick’s Parade, Douglas, Ont

Auctioneer: Preston Cull, R.R. #1 Douglas, Ontario • 613-649-2378

NOW ACCEPTING!! GRANT APPLICATIONS FOR 2018/2019 Instructions & Grant application are available online @ 224 Pembroke Street West, Pembroke, Ontario K8A 5N2 For more information Call 613-735-0436

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED AT OFFICE BY MARCH 15, 2018 THE DENBIGH/GRIFFITH LIONS CLUB would like to send a sincere thank you to the following individuals, organizations and local businesses that supported us with their generous donations to our Christmas Food Baskets 2017. The need never gets less with more people requiring help. Any extra moneys, was given to the Community Food Bank in the Addington-Highlands Community Centre in Denbigh.

Ashley Kulp/Metroland

Kings topple Packers

The Whitewater Kings and Arnprior Packers brought their Jr. B show on the road to Pakenham’s Stewart Community Centre Jan. 26. The game was part of the Pakenham Frost Festival activities. The Kings easily defeated the Packers 7-4, the same night the Renfrew Timberwolves fell to the Richmond Royals 7-5. On Saturday night the Kings defeated the Tikis 3-1. This week the Kings travel to Brockville on Wednesday and the Wolves go to Alexandria on Friday and then on Saturday the Kings host the Rideaus and on Feb. 4 they are the road again to Winchester.

Sue LaFluer - Griffith R.J. Selle Sand & GravelDouglas. Pat & Barry Dicks - Griffith Peters’ Sheet Metal - Griffith. McCarthy Propane - Killaloe. Bev Chaisson - Denbigh. Evelyn Petzold - Denbigh Mary McKinnon - Denbigh Pat & Rene Kiers - Denbigh Erin McBride & Ken Hopewell Denbigh L.E.G. League - Griffith Griffith- Matawatchan Fish & Game. Bernard Tobia Medical Professional Corp. - Denbigh Denbigh Craft Group - Denbigh Snider’s Tent & Trailer Park Matawatchan Tobia’s Guardian Pharmacy Northbrook Greenwood Paving - Pembroke Rob & Diane Jukes Matawatchan

GOA Paving - Denbigh. Greg & Jan Roche - Matawatchan Sandy Downs - Griffith Vance Motors - Bancroft Greater Madawaska Canoe Rental - Griffith. William Adams Master Electrician - Griffith. Tony & Gail Fritsch - Denbigh. Scott MacDonald Contracting Griffith. Adam Kasprzak Surveyor Renfrew. Remax Country Classics Realty Bancroft Alden Dodge Flooring Installation - Matawatchan. MacGregor’s Concrete Beachburg Barker Collision - Renfrew Sandy & Gary Peters - Griffith W & R Stone Carvers - Denbigh St. Luke’s United Church Denbigh Gail & Terry Holtzhauer Matawatchan Griffith General Store - Griffith

Because of the continued support, we are able to make Christmas a joyous occasion for some of our local citizens. Please support these people, organizations and businesses in their endeavors as they are good community sponsors and deserve our support. Check out our website for on going activities.

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Classifieds BIRTHDAY






RUSSELL SUTHERLAND A heartfelt thanks to all for the prayers, words of support, cards, calls, food, flowers, and donations to charities made at this difficult time. Many thanks to Rev. Bob Hill for his support and meaningful service. Also thanks to the staff at McPhail and Perkins Funeral Home and to the Renfrew Presbyterian Ladies for the lovely luncheon.

Happy 80th Birthday to Mary Millar on February 1st

Special thanks to the pallbearers, Mike Byers, Bob Dick, Roger Morgan, Steve Schultz, Jane Sutherland and John Vincent. God Bless, Sutherland Family

Love Lisa Daniel and Jill Beth Peter Mark and Nicholas





The Family of the late Edna Snyder want to thank all of our friends for their support following the passing of our mother. Special thanks for Andre Pilon, Dr Shi and all the staff of the Arnprior Hospital, to Rev. Cathy and the family of Emmanuel Anglican Church.

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NOVENA TO St. Jude. O Holy St. Jude, Apostle and martyr, near kinsman of Jesus Christ, faithful intercessor of all who invoke your special patronage in time of need, to you I have recourse from the bottom of my heart and humbly beg to whom God has given great power to come to my assistance. Help me in my present and urgent petition. In return, I promise to make your name known and cause you to be invoked. Say 3 Our Fathers, 3 Hail Marys and 3 Glorys. Publication must be promised. St Jude, pray for us all who invoke your aid. Amen. This novena has never been known to fail. NMB

PRAYER TO the Blessed Virgin, never to fail!Oh, most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of heaven. Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in necessity, Oh Star of the Sea. Help me and show me, here you are my mother. Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of heaven and earth, I Humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to secure me in my necessity (make request). There are none that can withstand your power. Oh Mary,conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (3 times). Say this prayer for three consecutive days and then you must publish it and it will be granted to you. SB

PRAYER TO the Blessed Virgin, never to fail! Oh most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of heaven. Blessed Mother of the Son of God. Immaculate Virgin, assist me in necessity, Oh Star of the Sea. Help me and show me, here you are “my mother”. Oh Holy Mary Mother of God, Queen of heaven and earth. I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to secure me in my necessity (make request). There are none that can withstand your power. Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (3 times). Say this prayer for three consecutive days and then you must publish it and it will be granted to you. DJ

PRAYER TO the Blessed Virgin, never to fail!Oh, most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of heaven. Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in necessity, Oh Star of the Sea. Help me and show me, here you are my mother. Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of heaven and earth, I Humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to secure me in my necessity (make request). There are none that can withstand your power. Oh Mary,conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (3 times). Say this prayer for three consecutive days and then you must publish it and it will be granted to you. NMB







50 Years of Marriage 6 Different Addresses 3 Wonderful Children 7 Perfect Grandchildren Countless wonderful memories Share their love story this Valentine’s Day.



Published February 15, 2018 in the Arnprior Chronicle-Guide and the Renfrew Mercury Deadline: Friday February 9th, 2018 Noon

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SPLAINE, Robert William “Bill”

(Machinist - Lee Valley Tools) Suddenly but quite peacefully, Bill passed away at home in Pakenham on Monday morning, January 22nd, 2018. He was 62. Beloved husband for almost 40 years. of Victoria “Vicky” (nee Hingley). Dearly loved and respected Dad and great friend of Tim (Kaushi) of Ottawa and Jayme (Kayla Farrell) of Arnprior. Much loved brother of Barry (Heather) of Perth; Ina Bradcoe of Three Hills, Alta; Linda McMane (Allen) of Lethbridge, Alta; Ted (Judy) of Lindsay; Debbie Glen (late Allan), Wayne (Colleen) and Jeff, all of Pembroke. Special brother-in-law of Val and Mario Salvati, Spencer and Sherry Wilson. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Bill will be sorely missed by his household canine boss: Lexi as well as his grandcats: Bruce, Trinity, Izzy and Moo. Predeceased by his parents: Lennox and Camilla Splaine as well as his brother, Ron (Val of Bolton). Friends were invited to pay their respects during visitation at the Pilon Family Funeral Home and Chapel Ltd., 50 John Street North, Arnprior on Sunday, January 28th, 2018 from 1 to 2:45 p.m. A Tribute to Bill followed in the Pilon Family Chapel at 3 o’clock. In memory of Bill, please consider a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Condolences/Donations

January 26, 1936 January 17, 2018 It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of Patrick Vivian Albert Simmonds on January 17, 2018 in his 82nd year. Beloved father of Paul Simmonds (Tina) of Renfrew, Karen Graf of Kingston and Lisa Simmonds of Berwick. Grandfather to Chaundra, Mikhaila, Josh, Kim, Braydon, Bradley and Brett. Great grandfather to Aurora, Damian and Lux. Remembered with fondness by Keith, Maureen and Norm. Patrick will also be remembered by his last wife Susan Harper. Predeceased by his sister Margaret Bruneau (George) of the UK. Survived by his brother Robin Simmonds (Lillian) of the UK. Patrick will be missed by his nieces and nephews in the United Kingdom and the United States. Patrick was a long time resident of Renfrew County having emigrated with his family from England to pursue his dream of ranching. He was a former coach of Renfrew County’s Special Olympics basketball team and spoke often of his experiences as a veteran of the British Royal Navy. Patrick was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 32 years. Professional arrangements entrusted to the care of Zohr Family Funeral Home, Renfrew. At Patrick’s request there will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Ma-Te-Way Activity Centre from 1-4 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Special Olympics or the charity of your choice in memory of Patrick. Tributes condolences and donations can be made online at A special thank you to Gareth and Mary Brash, Renfrew County Paramedics and Emergency Response and the caring staff at the Renfrew Victoria Hospital and Zohr Family Funeral Home, Renfrew.






Shean, Donald James

Peacefully at Renfrew Victoria Hospital on Tuesday January 23, 2018 at the age of 74. Beloved husband of Bonnie Breen for 50 years. Dear Dad of Bill and Julie (Jamie Mayotte) of Renfrew. Proud grandpa of Bradley, Andrea and Sarah. Dear brother of Reta Behm (Gary) of Haley Station. Don will be greatly missed by the Breen family, his many nieces, nephews and friends. Predeceased by siblings Frank, Bunny, Leonard, Margaret, Agnes and Mary. Memorial visitations will be held at the Goulet Funeral Home, 310 Argyle St, S Renfrew on Friday January 26th from 2-4, 7-9 pm. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Renfrew on Saturday January 27th at 2:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation. Online condolences/donations may be made at

It is with sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our mother, grandmother, and sister on January 20, 2018 at the Queensway-Carleton Hospital. Jean was the middle child of the late Russell Brisco and Velma Reid. Jean, in her 85th year is survived by her loving husband of 60 years Roy Downes Smith, sons Philip Loren (Emely), Steven David (Catherine), and Kevin Andrew, brother Alvin Reid (Betty), and grandchildren Imogen Rose and Georgina Lily. Her siblings Burrell Mary, Beatrice Alice, Irene Evelyn, Gordon Russell and Roy Beach predeceased her. Jean was born and raised in Renfrew County. She met her husband at Teachers’ College in Kingston and she later completed a Bachelor’s of Arts degree at the University of Ottawa. In addition to raising her children in Ottawa, Jean was a dedicated teacher with the Ottawa School Board for 38 years. She was also highly involved with the church, Alta Vista Baptist and later The Metropolitan Bible Church. Family and friends visited the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod Street (at O’Connor), Ottawa on Friday, January 26, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 9:00 until Service was held in the Chapel at 11am., followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Condolences/Tributes/Donations Hulse, Playfair & McGarry 613-233-1143





Passed away peacefully on January 17, 2018 in the Almonte General Hospital. David Of Renfrew, Ontario, at the age of 75. Husband to Norma Royle. Survived by his children Douglas, Dawn and Dwayne. Proud “Grampa” to Shawn LeBlanc, Shelby Royle, Amber McCartney, Brook Royle, Robin Royle, Nathaniel Atfield, Tristin Hull and Jaden Hull. As per David’s wishes a cremation will take place with a Private Family Service to occur at a later date. Funeral Arrangements Entrusted Into The Care Of C.R. Gamble Funeral Home & Chapel Inc. (127 Church St., Almonte, ON. 613-256-3313) Condolences & Tributes:



Needham James Garland (Gary)

James Garland (Gary) Needham (born Nov. 21, 1930 in rural Arnprior, Ontario) passed away peacefully in his 88th year on January 24th, 2018 in the town of Stirling, Ontario. He is dearly remembered in the hearts of his wife, Anna Needham; wife from his 1st marriage, Gloria Needham, and their children: Lisa (Pat Roberts) Siddons, Peter (Etsuko), and Grant (Marylyn); his stepson Colin; grandchildren Alex and Paige; step-grandchildren Itai, Shantica, Isaiah, Anna, Takudzwa, and Craig; and surviving siblings: Marvin, Cora, Margaret, Mavis, and David. Whether working as a chemical engineer in the thennew field of semiconductors (Queen’s University class of 1953), experimenting with cutting edge farming techniques, or travelling extensively around the globe, Gary was a man that took on life enthusiastically and viewed it as a great adventure. He was generous in sharing his adventures with family and friends, and will be dearly missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him.



November 10, 1924 January 21, 2018 Peacefully, surrounded by love and in the hearts of his entire family, at the age of 93 after a beautiful and adventurous life on January 21, 2018. Predeceased by his wife Shirley, brothers Harry, Lawrence, Carl, Roy, Irwin, and his sister Ina. Loving husband of Marjorie. Dearly loved by son Terry (Marcia), and daughters Gloria, Valerie and Heather. Missed by grandchildren Courtney, Jonathan (Renay Dixon), Joshua, Jameson, Hollan (Jordan Miseferi), Logan (Maddie Butson), Haley (Benjamin Lush), and great-grandchildren Ny, Maren and Todd. Remembered fondly for his strength, astonishing work ethic, euchre skills, love of the outdoors and avid gardening. The family would like to extend their most sincere gratitude to the staff at Quail Creek and CCAC for their exceptional dedication and care. Visitation was held at Zohr Family Funeral Home (formerly Anderson Funeral Home), 22 Raglan Street South, Renfrew. Funeral services were held in the funeral home chapel on Friday January 26th. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Renfrew Victoria Hospital Foundation online at





Humphry, Colin Stewart

May 26, 1946- January 22, 2018

Peacefully on January 22, 2018 in Cobden at the age of 71. Beloved son of the late Alaric and Marjorie (Freemark) Humphry. Loving brother of David (Beth Olave), Mary Rose (Scott Rubie), Joanne, Margo (Robert Swainson), and Judy (Lucio Fabris). Predeceased by brother Paul. Special uncle to Shawn (Candace), Jason, Neil (Shannon), Rosalyn, and Bryan Rubie, Becky (Luis Ribeiro), Mary (Jay Keyter), Ann (Mark MacPherson), and Danny Swainson, Darryl (Stefanie), Gregg (Lisa), Kristina (Toon Van Lankvelt), Joanna and Michael Fabris. Colin was a quiet and gentle man who was passionate about flying. As the oldest brother, he advocated that family always came first. Colin had a great sense of humour and his ability to tell stories and make them come to life was magical. Visitation will be held at the Goulet Funeral Home on Saturday January 27th from 9:00 am until 10:45 am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Fatima Church on Saturday January 27th at 11:00 am. Cremation to follow. In memory of Colin, donations to St. Francis Xavier Cemetery Fund would be appreciated. Online condolences/donations may be made at


Retired Teacher, Renfrew Collegiate Institute, Owner/Operator Renfrew Printing It is with profound sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved Husband, Dad and Grandpa on Thursday January 25th, 2018 at the age of 84. Dearly loved husband of Deija (Hartmanis) for 50 years. Loving Dad of Colleen (Andrew Evans) and John (Katharine Watson). Proud Gumpys of Dylan. Bill was the son of the late James and Clare (nee McCrea) McAdam. Predeceased by brother James. Survived by his sister in law Angela McAdam. Dear uncle of Paul (Phyllis), Jane (Colin Boulton), Carolyn (Jaime Hass), Rob (Michelle) and their families. Bill was a long time member of St. Patrick’s Church in Mount St. Patrick and he will be forever remembered for all of the time he gave in service to the church and Holy Well Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Goulet Funeral Home,310 Argyle St, S, Renfrew on Sunday January 28th from 1-4, 7-9 only. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church, Mount St. Patrick on Monday January 29th at 10:30 am. Spring interment Holy Well Cemetery. Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to St. Patrick’s Church or Hospice Renfrew. Online condolences/donations may be made at

(Teacher - St. Joseph’s School, Calabogie) With profound sadness we announce that our beautiful Jenna passed away peacefully with loved ones by her side at the General Campus of the Ottawa Hospital on Wednesday evening, January 24th, 2018. She was 30 years young. Beloved daughter of Terry and Colleen (nee Windle) Colterman of Arnprior. Devoted and loving partner of Paul Laughlin. Adored sister and best friend of Paula Lalonde (Dwayne) of Arnprior and Auntie Jenn of Shelby and Jordan Lalonde. Much loved and proud granddaughter of Rita Colterman (late Clarence) and Mary Windle (late Bernard), both of Dacre. Fondly remembered by Don and Suzanne Laughlin of Fitzroy Harbour as well as Amanda Gibson (Keni) of Kinburn. Affectionately known as Miss Jenna to Nolan and Mackinley Gibson. Also survived and never forgotten by her many aunts, uncles, cousins and so many wonderful and supportive friends. Jenna loved life and lived it to the fullest. Her family and friends were everything to her. Jenna will always be remembered for her huge smile, sarcastic sense of humour and big heart. Family and friends were invited to pay their respects during visitation at the Pilon Family Funeral Home and Chapel Ltd., 50 John Street North, Arnprior on Sunday evening, January 28th from 6 to 9 p.m. and again on Monday morning from 9:15 until 10:15. A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. John Chrysostom Church, Arnprior on Monday morning, January 29th at 11 o’clock. Cremation will follow. In memory of Jenna, please consider a donation to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation or Hospice Renfrew would be appreciated. Condolences/Donations




Frances “Fannie”

(Retired – Playtex, Arnprior)

Peacefully at the Arnprior and District Memorial Hospital with family by her side on Sunday afternoon, January 28th, 2018; Frances Anne Stevens of Arnprior passed away at the age of 92. Beloved wife of the late Leonard “Len” Stevens (June 4, 2002). Dearly loved mother of Jeannie Pearman (Fraser) of Arnprior and Peter (Linda) of Pakenham. Cherished and fondly remembered by her grandchildren: Jody Ann Pearman (Mike Summersgill), Creighton Stevens (Diana), Christine Lee (Doug) and Clint Stevens (Kelly) and great-grandchildren: Myliegh and Zooey, Dakota and Tristan, Steven, Shayleen, Brandon and Stephanie. Predeceased by her parents, Charles and Minnie (nee Stielow) Loock; one son, Ron (Suzanne of Cobden) as well as her 5 brothers: Desmond, Clarence, Norman, Kenneth (Cecile) and Bill Loock. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. A private graveside service will take place at St. Mark’s Anglican Cemetery in the Spring. For those wishing to remember Fannie, a donation to the Arnprior Humane Society would be appreciated by her family. In the professional care of the Pilon Family Funeral Home and Chapel Ltd., 50 John Street North, Arnprior. Condolences/Donations

(W. O. Ret, Canadian Armed Forces Signal Corp, Member Br. 240 Royal Canadian Legion, Almonte) Peacefully at his home surrounded by the love of his family on Sunday evening, January 21, 2018. Ron Syme of Carleton Place, age 85 years. Beloved husband and best friend of Noreen Kealey since their early teens. Loved and respected father of David (Nicole), Christopher (Gaynel) and Janice Kerry (Paul). Predeceased by 2 sons, Michael and Kevin. Specially loved poppy of Gregory, Brittany, Chelsea, Larissa, Megan & Kyle and 3 great grandchildren, Ryan, Natalie & Liam. Predeceased by 2 brothers, Ted & Barrie. Friends may call to share memories at the C. R. Gamble Funeral Home & Chapel Inc. 127 Church St., Almonte, Ont. 613-256-3313. on Wednesday, January 24 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM and where a complete Service including committal will be held in the Gamble Chapel on Thursday, January 25 at 11 AM. Spring interment with his sons in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Almonte. For those who may choose to honour Ron with a memorial donation, please consider the Carleton Place Hospital or the Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion will assemble in the Chapel of the funeral home for a Service of Remembrance on Wednesday, January 24 at 5:45 PM Condolences & Tributes:

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In loving memory of a dear son and brother who was accidentally killed.

Lindsay Findlay August 25, 1963 - February 3, 2015

Remembering you can cause a smile, Bring laughter or a tear, How precious are those memories, That keep you ever near. Love you and miss you, Mom, Ann, Carol, Craig & Toby.

In Loving Memory of Jim Lyons

In loving memory of a dear son, father, Grandfather, brother and friend Who left us on February 1st, 2014. Our lives go on without you But nothing is the same We have to hide our heartache When someone speaks your name Sad are the hearts that love you Silent are the tears that fall Living without you is the hardest part of all You did so many things for us Your heart was so kind and true And when we needed someone We could always count on you The special years will not return When we are all together But with the love in our hearts You walk with us forever Love always and forever Mom, Trevor, James, Crystal, Lauren, Ryan Cierra, Kolby, Connor, Gabe and family DEATH NOTICE


Joan Faye Prince February 1, 2017

Her Smile Though her smile is gone forever, And her hand I cannot touch, I still have so many memories Of the one I loved so much Her memory is my keepsake With which I’ll never part, God has her in His keeping, I have her in my heart. Sadly missed but never forgotten, Love Always, Mike


2 years ago you left me, Never to return, your face and your memories, In my heart forever burn, I will never ever forget you, As the years go slowly by, I feel you close beside me, As with silent tears I cry, But God walked around the Heavens, And decided then and there, I need a warm and gentle man, I have no time to spare, He must be very special, With free smiles to give away, And a sense of humour all can share, To brighten every day, I need someone with a loving touch, Who has made his family proud, Then God checked the whole world over, And called your name out loud. Always loved and remembered, Wife Ila and Family REGAN In loving memory of Earle Regan loving husband father and grandfather who passed away Feb. 5, 2007. Where is the heart that does not keep, Within it’s inmost store some fond remembrance hidden deep, of days that are no more.

We love you and miss you, Dianne and Family Russell Needham Feb. 1, 2012 Those we love, don’t go away, They walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, But always near, Still loved and missed, And very dear.

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In Memory of Doug Scheels

Chronicle-Guide ARNPRIOR

Renfrew Mercury

Today is the third anniversary Of the day we lost you, And for a time it felt as though Our lives had ended too. But loss has taught us many things And now we face each day, With hope and happy memories To help us on our way. And though we still have sadness That you are no longer here, Your influence still guides us And we still feel you near. What we have shared will never die It lives deep within our hearts, Bringing strength and comfort While for now we are apart. Always in our hearts and in our thoughts, Glenn, Maureen, Krystin, Lynn and Dan

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In Memory of James Harry Ferguson “Jim” February 7, 2016 Husband, Father and Grandfather




Russell Needham Feb. 1, 2012 We are sending a dove to Heaven, With a parcel on it’s wings, Be careful when you open it, It’s full of beautiful things. Inside are a million kisses, Wrapped up in a million hugs, To say how much we miss you, And to send you all the love.

Joan Faye Prince In Memory of Joan Faye Prince God saw the road was getting rough And the hills were hard to climb So he closed her weary eyelids And said that it was time. Today recalls the memory Of a loved one gone to rest And those who think of her today Are those who loved her best. Sadly missed, Kenny and Charlene

February 1, 2017

If Roses Grow in Heaven If roses grow in Heaven, Lord please pick a bunch for me, Please them in my mother’s arms And tell her they’re from me. Tell her I love her and miss her, And when she turns to smile, Place a kiss upon her cheek, And hold her for awhile. Because remembering her is easy, I do it everyday, But there’s an ache within my heart, That will never go away.


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This notice was approved by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice A class action on behalf of students of the Ernest C. Drury School for the Deaf (“Drury”), the Sir James Whitney School for the Deaf (“Whitney”), and the Robarts School for the Deaf (“Robarts”) and their predecessors (collectively, the “Schools”), has now settled. If you attended Drury at any time between September 1, 1963 and August 23, 2016, Whitney between September 1, 1938 and August 23, 2016, or Robarts between September 1, 1973 and August 23, 2016, the proposed class action settlement will impact you. If you opted out of the class action, the settlement will not impact you. The Province of Ontario and the plaintiff have agreed to settle for a $15 million settlement fund. The settlement includes legal fees, disbursements and applicable taxes, which will be deducted from the total settlement amount. There will be a court hearing on April 30, 2018 at the Superior Court in Toronto to decide whether the settlement of the lawsuit and lawyer’s fees should be approved. There is no money available now. If the court decides after April 30, 2018 that the settlement should be approved and you are part of the lawsuit, you can then make a claim. You are affected by the settlement if: a) you attended or resided at Drury or its predecessor as students from September 1, 1963 to August 23, 2016; b) you attended or resided at Whitney or its predecessor as students from September 1, 1938 to August 23, 2016; c) attended or resided at Robarts or its predecessor as students from September 1, 1973 to August 23, 2016; d) you are a family member of someone who attended one of the Schools between March 31, 1978 to August 23, 2016, and that person was living on or after August 10, 2013; or e) you are an estate trustee for a person who was a student at one of the schools during the time periods described above and that person was living on or after August 10, 2013.

We hold you close within our hearts, And there you will remain, To walk with us throughout our lives, Until we meet again.

To receive a full copy of the proposed settlement or receive a more detailed long form notice, please contact Crawford Class Action Services at 1-855-823-0656 (TTY: 1-877-627-7027), or by email at

Missing you, Tammy, Lynn, Barry & Carrie, Colby, Brady and Isla

If you approve of the settlement, you do not need to take any steps. If you want to object to the settlement, you must send an objection to Crawford Class Action Services by April 9, 2018.

The lawyers acting for the class are Koskie Minsky LLP. You may also contact Koskie Minsky LLP at 1-877-309-9111, or by email at




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Employment Opportunity MacKay Manor Inc – Renfrew County Addiction Supportive Housing Program We are currently seeking one (1) individual to join our team. Full Time Intensive Case Manager Maternity Leave Contract (one year) This position is available immediately The Renfrew County Addiction Supportive Housing Program (ASH) provides intensive case management and rent supplements to individuals who are frequent users of the addiction system and who are homeless, about to be homeless, or inadequately housed. Duties Include: - provide intakes, assessments and developing client centered treatment plans - provide intensive case management, which could include providing individual counselling sessions and groups, teaching daily living skills, and dealing with crisis - administrative functions – computer work, case notes - demonstrate the ability to work independently and in a team setting - work with community partners Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Requirements - broad knowledge of addictions treatments and explanatory theories, homelessness, mental illness, and community resources - experience in: individual, family, and group therapy; record keeping and file management; practical assistance, basic life skills counselling, supportive counselling, and crisis intervention, advocacy, and group work, including mediation and conflict resolution; manage clients with complex needs in varying stages of change Qualifications - Bachelors degree or a recognized college certificate in an appropriately related field - a minimum of three years clinical experience - excellent oral and written skills - Clinical Certification as an Addiction Counsellor, or working towards this - certified in using the GAIN Q3 MI ONT assessment is an asset - valid first aid/CPR and ASSIST training - certification in Acu-Detox is an asset - valid driver’s licence, consistent use of a reliable transportation and appropriate operators insurance (will be required to have specific insurance) - upon acceptance a criminal record check will be requested Please email your resumes in Word or PDF format only to: Tom Carroll, Executive Director MacKay Manor Inc Deadline to apply: February 16, 2018 by 4:00 p.m. (Only candidates invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please)







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Established local business seeking fulltime employee Position: Manufacturing of roller shades and installation Qualifications: Detail oriented, mathematical ability, creative, good verbal and written skills, physically strong, previous experience in the drapery/sewing/ blind industry an asset Valid drivers license and vehicle required Hours of work: 9-5:30 Monday to Friday Submit application to: Draperies Plus, 112 Raglan Street South, Renfrew ON Email: NO PHONE INQUIRES PLEASE







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The Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital is currently seeking qualified individuals to join our team for the following positions: FOOD SERVICE WORKERS HOUSEKEEPING AIDES REGISTERED NURSES (Medical/Surgical & ER) Please visit Careers on our Website for details on each position at Closing Date to apply: Friday, February 9, 2018. Qualified applicants are invited to submit their resume in confidence to: or by Fax at: 613-257-3026. If you require further information, contact Human Resources at 613-257-2200 ext. 313. We are an equal opportunity employer. If you have a disability which requires an accommodation during any stage of our recruitment process, please let us know how we can assist you.

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We’re looking to hire: EXPERIENCED AZ/DZ Tri Axle Drivers • Minimum 3 years experience • Must have a valid AZ or DZ license, clean abstract, and excellent safety record • Knowledge of Ottawa and surrounding area an asset • Able to work occasional evenings, and weekends • Preference to candidates with construction and aggregate experience • We offer competitive wages, meticulously maintained, late model equipment SEWER CREW: Deckmen, Pipelayers, Foremen, Operators We are looking for skilled, experienced Sewer Crew candidates. Deckmen, Pipelayers, Foremen, and Operators, immediate openings for all positions We offer: • Competitive compensation • Fair pay equity, • Benefits, Wellness Plan, and Pension plan. 310T MECHANICS Thomas Cavanagh Construction Limited has a state of the art, full service, repair facility. We are looking for energetic, self-starters, who enjoy team environment. Our mechanics are responsible for performing inspections, preventative maintenance, major and minor repairs, modifications and overhauls on company vehicles. • Full-time year round employment • 310T license or certification required • candidates must have their own tools Attractive compensation offered for qualified candidates If you have what we are looking for, we want to hear from you! To apply for any of the above positions, please send your resume to: Email: By Mail or drop off in person at: 9094 Cavanagh Road, ASHTON, Ontario K0A 1B0 Fax: 613-253-0071 24 The Renfrew Mercury - Thursday, February 1, 2018

Mills Community Support Corporation is seeking a Full Time Scheduling Coordinator. The Scheduling Coordinator supports the Community Supports and Services units by: providing administrative services; preparing and managing staff schedules: and overseeing all the administrative requirements for payroll to be processed by the Finance Department. This position maintains all the reporting requirements for each program and service and maintains records for regulatory reporting. Qualifications: Minimum education & skill requirement: 1 year college certificate diploma preferably majoring in business administration. Advanced knowledge of computer programs included in Microsoft Office and experience in scheduling staff in a 24 hour 7 day a week shift work environment. Core Skills: Ability to schedule multiple programs and services in accordance with labour requirements and collective agreement; Ability to prepare and maintain a well-functioning computerized scheduling and training tracking system; Ability to work on a variety of tasks simultaneously and bring them to completion within set time lines; Proven ability to communicate in a positive and productive manner; Well-developed understanding of scheduling in a unionized environment utilizing collective bargaining agreements.


• Administers support schedules by: • Filling shifts in accordance to organizational policies and the collective agreement for sick leave, vacation, leaves of absence, emergency leave etc. • Monitoring schedules to ensure adequate staff coverage in all programs at all times. • Reviewing and making recommendations to Management who establish the schedules; • Tracking schedule requirements in accordance with the collective agreement and the employment standards; • Ensuring timely documentation and approval is forwarded to payroll; • Providing administrative supports for program services as required.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: February 5th, 2018 at 4 pm Please forward resume to: Mills Community Support Corporation 67 Industrial Drive, Almonte, Ontario, K0A 1A0 Attention: Patti Fee, Director Corporate Services FAX No: (613) 256-1185 E-Mail: Website: We are sorry, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted Mills Community Support Corporation is an equal opportunity employer

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Pembroke MDF Inc. is a privately owned company, located just outside Pembroke, Ontario. Our facility utilizes high quality wood fiber supplied by local sawmills to manufacture high quality fibreboard and painted base board mouldings. We currently have an opportunity for the right individual to join our dynamic and talented team of employees as: Shift Team Lead File No: PMDF- 18009 Location: 777 Fibreboard Drive, Pembroke, ON K8A 6W4 CLOSING DATE: Until position filled Summary: Reporting to the Production Manager the Shift Team Lead will be responsible for monitoring and managing the day-to-day operations of the Production Department concerning safety, all plant operating machinery and related equipment. The successful candidate will provide continuous plant operations with optimal up time and will be responsible for the growth and development of team subordinates and promoting a healthy a safe work environment through team building, facilitating problem solving, and making recommendations for continuous process improvement (CPI). Education/Qualifications: • Post-secondary degree related to business is considered an asset • Technical or mechanical education/certification is a requirement Experience: • 4 to 6 years of related work experience in a manufacturing environment, with 3 years in a supervisory role • Minimum 3 years of experience working within areas of pulp and paper and/or MDF manufacturing facility Skills: • Proven ability to make decisions in stressful situations • Ability to multi-task and able to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines • Ability to read and understand drawings • Experience with metric and standard measurements • Strong math and mechanical aptitude is a must requirement • Advanced working knowledge of Excel, Outlook, Word • Excellent written and oral communication skills • Excellent interpersonal skills • Ability to present ideas in business-friendly and user-friendly language • Exceptionally self-motivated and directed. Energetic, forward-thinking and creative with high ethical standards • Keen attention to detail • Exceptional service orientation Benefits: Pembroke MDF offers a competitive benefit package and a company matching RRSP program For additional information regarding this position, please visit our website at To apply for this position, please forward a copy of your cover letter and resume to quoting the position title and file number. If you would like a copy of the position’s job description, please request it when applying. Pembroke MDF Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to providing accommodations for persons with disabilities. If you require accommodation during the recruiting and selection process, we will work with you to meet your needs. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only qualified applicants will be contacted.

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Looking for Experienced Carpenters and/or Licensed Carpenters Starting March / April WILL PAY TOP WAGES All work in Renfrew and area Please send resume to: Box M c/o The Renfrew Mercury, 35 Opeongo Rd, Renfrew ON K7V 2T2 HELP WANTED


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We currently have an opportunity for the right individual to join our dynamic and talented team of employees as: Industrial Electrician File No: PMDF- 18005 Location: 777 Fibreboard Drive, Pembroke, ON K8A 6W4 CLOSING DATE: Until position filled Summary: The Industrial Electrician will work as part of a team to install, test, troubleshoot and repair electrical wiring, fixtures, control devices and related equipment in Pembroke MDF’s manufacturing environment. This individual will have the ability to read and interpret drawings, blueprints, schematics and specifications in order to provide troubleshooting and repair services. The Industrial Electrician will also routinely perform preventative maintenance on all equipment and components in order to ensure the continued safe, efficient and effective operations of all equipment and fixtures utilized by the organization. Education: • Post-secondary education. • Red-Seal certification preferred

For additional information regarding this position, please visit our website at To apply for this position, please forward a copy of your cover letter and resume to quoting the position title and file number. If you would like a copy of the position’s job description, please request it when applying.


Experience: • Minimum 5 years’ Industrial Electrician experience required with preference given to those with a background in a manufacturing environment. Skills: • Allen Bradley PLC experience would be considered an asset • Ability to work independently in a busy environment. • Experience with routine maintenance operations. • Highly flexible, with solid interpersonal skills that allow one to work effectively in a diverse working environment. • Able to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing. • Able to work well under pressure. • Strong attention to detail. • Able to read and interpret blueprints, drawings and specifications. • Knowledge of safe operating procedures. • Self-starter, with developed analytical and troubleshooting skills. • Computer literate.



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Pembroke MDF Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to providing accommodations for persons with disabilities. If you require accommodation during the recruiting and selection process, we will work with you to meet your needs. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only qualified applicants will be contacted. The Renfrew Mercury - Thursday, February 1, 2018 25


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Local Renfrew Curling Rink (RCR) captured the provincial D championship in the Best Western Challenge on the weekend of Jan. 12-14 in Belleville. The RCR team is skipped by Yvonne Sklepowicz, left, third Laurie Millar, second Gail Keyes, lead Anne Windle. Submitted





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Senior men busy at Renfrew Curling Club ANDY SKLEPOWICZ AND MARG DAWSON

It’s time to catch up on Renfrew Curling Club news, as it always comes in faster than I can get it out. This week, we feature the senior men and a coming event. The Renfrew men travelled to Deep River to take on the host team in Low Cup action and came away with a greatly increased lead. The Dave Eady rink with Andy Miller, Joe Kasaboski and Bernie Leclaire won their first game 12-6. They also won their second game 10-4. After being down 4-3, they took four, stole two and stole one in the last three ends. The team of Rob Warren, Don Rouble, Rory McKay and George Burton won game one 9-5, after falling behind 3-0, tying it up 5-5 after six, and then taking three and stealing one. In the afternoon, they won 8-5.


With Arnprior going 2-1-1 against Pembroke, it left the standings at: Renfrew 193, Pembroke 159.5, Arnprior 144.5 and Deep River 122. In their latest Low Cup action, the men travelled to Pembroke to face Arnprior. The team of Dave Eady, Andy Miller, Jim Berg and Joe Kasaboski won game one 8-4, then lost game two by the same score. Despite being up 4-3 after four, from then on, they were on the wrong side of the inch and lost the last four ends. The Rob Warren foursome with Don Rouble, Rory McKay and Ed Hanson won the morning game 7-6. Down 6-5 after six, they blanked the seventh and took two in the eighth. They also won after lunch 12-1. Pembroke won three of four over Deep River, leaving Renfrew on top of the standings: Renfrew 226.5, Pembroke 190.5, Arnprior 168, Deep River 143.

Congratulations to the winners of the men’s third draw and the Red Anderson trophy (7-1-0), Rob Warren, Peter Price, Jim Freemark and Ian Fabian, and to the three runner-up teams (5-3-0): Andy Miller, Ed Hanson, Willard Kranch/Alex Baillon and Cedric Wright; Andy Sklepowicz, Phil Marcella, Kevin Box and Bernie Leclaire; Gary Smith, Russ Connors, Rick McCallum and Kevin McSheffrey. The Senior Men’s Breakfast was a great success, despite having to battle Renfrew’s mini ice storm, making a little over $800 for the club. A huge thanks to the crew of Don Rouble, Bill Bowles, Ron Townson, Barry Hanniman and Larry Beaton. The next fun spiel is the annual Sweetheart Spiel on Feb. 10, hosted by Shelley Jamieson. Please contact her at 613-432-2870 to book a spot or for further information.



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Local events and happenings over the coming weeks — free to non-profit organizations Fax: 613-432-6689, E-mail: The deadline for submissions is noon Friday. The Mercury community calendar is a free service for not-for-profit groups. Include a daytime contact name and phone number for clarification. No posters, please. Please note that unfortunately there will be no Community Soup kitchen held at Our Lady of Fatima church during the months of February and March. Organizers apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. There will be a Community Soup Kitchen April 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thank you for you patronage and understanding.

TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS The townships of Bonnechere Valley and North Algona Wilberforce along with Opeongo High School invite you to “Walk the Halls” for fitness, at Opeongo High School Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring your indoor shoes and sign in upon arrival. This is a free school sponsored event. Walking will be cancelled on school snow days. For more info contact Dana Jennings at 613 628 3101 Ext 226.

FEBRUARY 1 Autograph your work with Excellence. Drop in to Employment Networks or call 613-432-3424 to register for our free Job Smart – Tips to Staying Employed info session from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

FEBRUARY 2 TGIF is a special spaghetti cook off with entertainment by Dennis Meilleur at the RCAF Wing at 164 Argyle St. South in Renfrew. Douglas Frosty Fun: 6 p.m. men’s hockey tournament starts, 7 p.m. opening ceremony, 7:30 p.m. kids big screen movie night at St. Michael’s School and 7:30 p.m. six-hand euchre at the Douglas Tavern cost is $10 (all proceeds go to the Douglas Recreation). Drop by the Golden Age Activity Centre for fitness class at 11 a.m. Stay for grilled cheese lunch at noon $6 and entertainment at 1 p.m. by Rita and Richard Quirt and Dorothy Coulas.


Douglas Frosty Fun: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. hockey tournament, 9 a.m. to noon breakfast at the rink canteen, 10 to FEBRUARY 11 a.m. children’s story hour at the Donate your empties to help ValAdmaston/Public Library, 11 a.m. to 4 ley Animal Rescue. Empties can be dropped off at the Renfrew Beer Store p.m. kids indoor frosty activities and extreme fun zone for kids at St. Miall month. Share the Love Weekend chael’s School, noon to 6 p.m. smoking Bottle Drive Blitz will take place on hot barbecue by Backyard Gourmet, 6 Feb. 17 and 18; drop off your empty to 8 p.m. Little Ray’s Reptile Show at beer, wine, and liquor bottles in supthe school, 7:30 p.m. six hand euchre port of Valley Animal Rescue. Volunteers will be on hand that weekend to at Douglas Tavern $10 and fireworks behind the rink at 8:30 p.m. (all promeet and greet. ceeds go to the Douglas Recreation).

Renfrew County Fiddlers monthly dance has been changed to Feb. 3 at Ma-Te-Way Centre from 7 p.m. to midnight. Admission $6. Members $4.

FEB. 4, 11, 18 AND 25 Gospel Meetings at the Ma-Te-Way Activity centre (second floor), every Sunday at 4 p.m. (Feb. 11 starts at 6:30 p.m.) The purpose of these services is to better acquaint ourselves with the simple truths that were lived and taught by Jesus. People of all faiths are cordially invited to attend. There will be no request for participation or contribution.

in Renfrew, every Tuesday at 1 p.m. Membership $5/year. Pot luck the first Tuesday of the month. New members welcome. No experience necessary. For more info call 613-4324828.

FEBRUARY 7 Central Public School, 140 Munroe Ave. East is hosting an information night for students and parents interested in French Immersion for grades JK to 6 for the next school year (2018-2019) Time: 6 p.m. Call Central for further information or to RSVP 613-432-3627.


Wednesday soup and bun lunches are back at the Renfrew Golden Age Activity Centre.



animals and send a personalized Valentine with your donation. Kissing Booth – Smooch your Pooch at our instore kissing booth and selfie station. Featured Bachelor – stop by between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday to meet our featured bachelor. A local pet in need of a loving forever home. All in support of Valley Animal Rescue!

FEBRUARY 9 Sweetheart Dance with the Douglas Connection from 8 to midnight with a light lunch, tickets are $10 at the RCAF Wing at 164 Argyle St. South in Renfrew.

Queen Elizabeth Public School’s Free the Children group will be hosting its second annual Family skate and Douglas Frosty Fun: 9 a.m. to noon Spaghetti Dinner Night at Ma-Te-Way Lion’s Club breakfast at St. Michael’s Arena from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Come for School, noon to 6 p.m. silent auction, $5 for lunch at noon. Stay for card a skate and dinner. Spaghetti dinner 1 p.m. six-hand at the school cost $10, games; euchre, 500 or canasta. All level of players welcome. Thinking of will be served upstairs in the banquet 1:30 to 2 p.m. radar gun puck shoot volunteering? Drop by and see us at Hall. (beside the main rink), 2 to 4 p.m. Dinner includes spaghetti, Caesar youth broomball exhibition games at 212 Raglan St. S. Renfrew. salad and ice cream. Cost for dinner the main rink, 2 to 4 p.m. sleigh rides is $7/adult, $5/child. Skate for free. with Earl Walsh, 4 to 6 p.m. family FEBRUARY 8 AND 22 public skate and hot roast beef dinner Euchre at the Horton Community Cen- Come and join friends and families of Queen Elizabeth for a night of good at the school. (all proceeds go to the tre at 7 p.m. Cost $4 per person and Douglas Recreation). includes light lunch. Drop ins welcome food and fun!

Renfrew Legion Branch 148, Silver Se- Looking to play bridge? There is organior Cards at 1 p.m. with a light lunch. nized bridge every Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Golden Age Activity Centre. Please call to register: 613-431-8289. Bingo at Daca Center 111 Flat Rd. At 1 p.m. come and meet author AlDacre at 7 p.m. Cost is $15 for five lison Azulay as she presents her new cards. Themed prizes. Any inquiries book Propositions and Proposals. please call Susan 613-433-9050.

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The Golden Age Activity Centre offers fitness classes at 11 a.m. A pancake and sausage lunch $6 will be held at noon with entertainment at 1 p.m. by Dave Hurley Country Classics. Trinity United Church Foresters Falls Invites you to our Soup Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Homemade soup, bread and dessert. Tea and coffee. Cost $6 per person

Walmart donates to CPAN

Lyn Smith, executive director with the Renfrew County Child Poverty Action Network, centre; recently received a $1,000 Walmart Community Grant for Operation Snowsuit, which has received applications for 485 children in Renfrew County. On hand for the donation are Renfrew Walmart staff: Deborah Nicolai, Lori Rowan, Glenda Panke, Jamie Shea, Jennifer Kehoe, and Tom Megrath. Tiffany Lepack/Metroland

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Co-organizer of the Calabogie outdoor hockey tournament is Dan Charbonneau, right who said $7,000 was raised to help pay off the rink’s new roof. The Sens sales rep also netted a shutout for the Calabogie Trappers to secure a berth in the final. “This type of event is something that is a source of pride for our community,” he said. “We certainly could not have imagined the success that we have had with this tournament in our first two years of running it, and are already so excited for next year’s! It makes me very proud to be from Calabogie.” Left: Zack McIntyre, winning goaltender at the second annual Raise the Roof Hockey Tournament, is ready to join his teammates for a warmup on Jan. 27. The 10-team, 120-player tournament saw his Lost In Sauce team from Renfrew defend its title. Photos by Derek Dunn/Metroland

Minor hockey gears up for playoffs In Renfrew Minor Hockey action this week, the novice house Rink Rats lost their first game of the season on Jan. 21 to Fort Coulonge 4-3. Mason Lafont scored twice and William Moriarty netted one. Owen Breshanan was in goal. McLaren’s Orchards tied in Eganville 1-1 on Jan. 21. Netminder Liam Mick was outstanding. The lone goal was scored by Noah Valliancourt. Kelly Homes won over Petawawa 4-1 on Jan. 20. Matty Charron in goal got the win. John Grace had three goals and Zach Clemmer had one. In atom house action, Eganville shut out Canadian Tire 4-0 on Jan. 21. Kyler Rea was in net. Barker’s Collision Centre fired up the score board, winning 16-10 over Pembroke. Noah Hein was in goal, allowing 10 and earning the win. Ryan Campbell and Easton Lafont scored five times. Chevy Robillard, Evan Charbonneau and Jackson Sammon scored two goals apiece. In peewee house, Pembroke beat Renfrew Pizzaria 2-0 on Jan. 20. Isaac LaBossiere was great in net, making the game close. Ontario Power Generation (OPG) nipped Muskrat 2-1 on Jan. 21 at home. Wyatt Crozier was steady in goal. Hatti Wisotzki and Lincoln Sammon scored for OPG. In bantam house, Karras Way lost at home 3-1 to Barry’s Bay on Jan. 21. Ben Delorme was in goal and Chase Congdon scored. They then won 7-1 on Jan. 21 over a weaker Barry’s Bay team. Delorme got the win. Congdon netted a pair, as did Keegan Crozier. Malcolm McKenna, Nic Brisco and Ryerson Hewitt scored. The team also lost in Petawawa 3-1. Congdon scored and Luke Steele had three assists in three games. In midget house, Northern Photo lost 5-2 at home to Muskrat on Jan. 20. Connor Zohr and Avery Campbell scored. Connery Campbell made 21 saves on the night. Eganville trimmed

the other Renfrew team 2-1. Josh Smith scored. Meadow Congdon was the difference, making 23 saves. They also lost a close one 4-2 in Petawawa on Jan. 15. Smith scored both goals and Kelson Hart had two assists. The bantam Wolves lost their home games, including 4-0 to Arnprior on Jan. 21. There were 42 minutes in penalties, 34 to Renfrew, which hurt the team. The Packers shelled 33 shots at Owen Osborne, while Renfrew had 11. They lost 11-2 to Pembroke at home on Jan. 20. Katie Brydges and Owen Osborne were peppered with shots. Jack Stewart and Alexander Vanderploeg scored. Penalties hurt against first-place Pembroke. The Wolves will face Pembroke in round one. The Wolves are 0-16-1 in 17 games. Renfrew’s midget Wolves won all three games against Petawawa in the last 10 days. They won 7-2 at home on Jan. 24. Thomas Barber and Colby Bleeks fired two goals each. Others came from Justin Schutt, Nicholas Crozier and Brett Clouthier. Bryce Schaap made 17 saves, while Renfrew had 38 shots. They also won at home over Petawawa on Jan. 20. Tyson Johnston kicked away 15 shots. Tyler Blackburn scored twice and others went to Brandon Nykyforok, Braeden Reinert and Schutt. Crozier added two assists. The Wolves won 6-2 in Petawawa on Jan. 14. Schaap was in goal. Reinert scored twice. Carter Bleeks, Jared Burnette, Thomas Barber and Nykyforok each had singles. The Wolves are (16-0-2) in 18 games played. Renfrew’s atom Wolves won 4-1 on Jan. 24 at home against Deep River. Lakyn Zadow scored twice and others came from Corson Scobie and Colin Charron. Goalies Easton Clarke and Tait Skelhorn shared the win. The novice Wolves beat Arnprior 4-2 in their rink on Jan. 14. Denver Runtz got the win. Colton Hart scored twice and singles came from Jaxson Scobie and Ross McGregor. — With files from Jeff Rekowski

Terry Stavenow, Broker View listings @


Thinking of Buying or Selling – Call Terry at 613-623-4284 240 MCLEAN AVE. ARNPRIOR

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BUILDING LOTS 2.5 Acres - Hazelwood Dr MLS# 1087585



MLS# 1027239 $849,900

175 Acres with bush creek and pasture

MLS# 1087028 Asking $262,500

OLD S$48,500

3 Acres 9th Concession Pakenham MLS# 1086265

Call Terry for a Market evaluation of your Property!


Saturday, February 3rd • 12 p.m.-2 p.m. Your Host: Dennis Yakaback: 613-432-0041

Sunday, February 4th • 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Your Host: Helen Vincent: 613-432-0058


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Plenty of excitement when mail arrived 39 Renfrew Ave W., Suite 203, Renfrew, ON


Helping you is what we do. AGENT ON DUTY

Gerry O’Neil

Sherri Cobus



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176 RAGLAN STREET SOUTH A boutique furniture & accessories store for over 30 years in the heart of the downtown core, this location is prime for your future success. Located beside the Royal Bank and with two storefronts this two storey building has been home to the“Korner Hutch”and can be easily made to fit almost any type of retail configuration. Second floor was 4 apartments with a separate front entrance but has been used for furniture sales most recently.

Call Mike Coulas 613-432-0092 $449,500 MLS# 1088976

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Allison Mulvihill Scott Thompson Catherine O’Neil Sales Representative


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Peak of Perfection! Custom built 4 bed, 4 bath home 10 min from town, 15 to Arnprior. - Privacy, low maintenance Scandinavian style outdoors with granite stone landscaping. - Double detached garage - Interior features open concept living, serene colour palette, 2 firepl, approx. 2700 sq. ft. of living space. - So much to offer.

Call Sherri Cobus for details 613-432-1947 $548,000 MLS# 1090167 NEW PRICE

581 COLERAINE DRIVE - Brick bungalow on corner town lot. Walking distance to downtown & attached carport. - Spacious eat-in kitchen, dining room, living room, full bath, 3 bedrooms and 2pc ensuite. - Potential in lower level to add some extra living space with large rooms & laundry area.

Call Gerry O’Neil at 613-432-2600 or Catherine O’Neil at 613-432-0073 $198,500 MLS# 1079659

417 HUMPHRIES RD. 23 ACRE hobby farm in Horton Twp, close to the Ottawa R. boat launch, 15 min. to Arnprior or Town of Renfrew. Ranch style bung, built in 2010, 3 bedrm,. Dbl garage, insulated workshop, barns, shelters, coverall building 40X112’, 23 acres fully fenced, water to all barns. Great for hobby, equestrian or mechanic!

Call Sherri Cobus 613-432-1947 MLS# 1088846 $469,900.




5365 HWY 60 - DOUGLAS Recently renovated into a lovely family home with room for everyone. 3 generous sized bedrooms, 2 baths, a large country style kitchen with an expensive propane grill/stove for the chef in all of us. Hardwood and ceramic floors, main floor laundry, an efficient wood stove in the dining area. French doors lead you to a multi-level deck on the side of the house and a large pool at the back, partially in the ground for easy access. Don’t wait to book an appointment to view!

Call Mike Coulas 613-432-0092 $189,900 MLS# 1090131



- 4 bedroom, 2 bath home on a large, quiet and private lot next to the park and historic swinging bridge. Close to Downtown. - No front or rear neighbours! - Enjoy the peaceful location on the new front step and recently landscaped back yard. - Professionally renovated interior with beautiful granite countertop, cherry cabinets, main floor laundry and much more.

- Private Waterfront home on Constant Lake

Call: Scott Thompson (613-570-8468) $199,900 MLS# 1085645

Call Allison Mulvihill 613-433-2880 $399,000 MLS# 1082285


576 SULLIVAN ST., HALEY’S Completely renovated inside and out! Top Quality Workmanship! Nestled in a quiet cul de sac, this 3 bedrm home is like new! Brand new insulation, kitchen, bath, drywall, wiring, plumbing, flooring, fixtures, siding, windows and doors. Propane furnace & roof 1yr. old. Detached garage. Perfect little home. Put this one on your list!

- 2.6 Acres, log garage, oil heat, central air, pellet stove, walk-out basement - 3 Bedrooms & 3 baths, open dining/living area & finished lower level


11.9 Acres of Land in the Town of Renfrew with C2 Zoning. Quick easy access to Hwy #17. Close to Hospital, Retirement Homes, Schools & Downtown Shopping. $575,000 MLS# 1061929 229 BARRY LAKE TRAIL 433 MAYHEW ST. 2 Bedrm Hi Ranch in the hub! Quick access to shopping & Hwy 17. Nice floor plan. Needs some updating and has been priced accordingly. Fully finished lower level with 3pc bath. Gas fireplace in the family room. Nice backyard. Garage attached.

Call Sherri Cobus 613-432-1947 $190,000 MLS# 1087760

Barry Lake is a fishing treasure with trout ready for the catching. A perfect place to build your dream home away from it all! Close to the Highlands Golf Course, Calabogie Peaks entertainment area and so much more...yet far enough away to afford privacy and quiet enjoyment year round. $159,500 MLS# 1077491 Call Gerry O’Neil 613-432-2600

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Five lots on this street near the Village of Calabogie. All lots are level and ready for your building plans measuring 100’wide by 150’deep. Plus one at just over an acre! Priced at only $18,000. and $29,000. for the larger one. Pick your favorite before they’re gone forever! Very motivated Seller! MLS# 1032740, 1032735, 1032745, 1032751,1032753 Call Mike Coulas 613-432-0092

Call Sherri Cobus 613-432-1947 $189,000 MLS# 1087579

MARY COOK Mary’s Memories

Mother was looking out at the piles of snow that closed in around our old log house, just about hiding the barns from her view at the kitchen window. “Let me tell you,” she said, clutching a couple of letters in her hand, “that mailman is worth his weight in gold.” She turned the mail over in her hands. “If it wasn’t for him and Central, we’d be completely shut off from the outside world. We could rot out here, and no one would know the difference.” She was right about our mailman. He never missed a day, and that included Saturdays! We rarely laid eyes on him, because our mailbox was at the end of our long lane, and when we were coming home from the Northcote School, whatever was in the box was taken home. Unless, of course, something Mother had ordered was coming collect on delivery, then the mailman had to make a personal call, coming all the way in our long lane to pick up the money and leave the parcel. I thought the money was his to keep until my older and wiser sister Audrey explained how the system worked. Mighty clever, I thought, that our mailman could take money from Mother and somehow it would end up at Eaton’s store in Toronto, paying for something she had ordered from the catalogue. Our mailbox was no different from anyone else’s on the Northcote Side Road. Big steel affairs, anchored to a pole at the end of our lane. And if there was mail that day, the mailman turned the box so that it was facing the road. No mail, and the box stayed where it was. The mailman used a cutter in the wintertime, and a one-seat buggy when the roads were clear. Across the back of the buggy and cutter were big letters painted red, telling everyone it was the mailman. Again, my sister Audrey said it was so that no one would run him off the road if he was stopping at a mailbox, because often he would be on the wrong side of the road. I figured that would be pretty unlikely since most cars, the

few owned by neighbours at Northcote, at top speed were lucky to get up over 25 miles and hour! I thought his horse was pretty clever too, because the mailman never seemed to have reins in his hands. They just laid idly over the dashboard, and the horse knew exactly where to stop. My brother Emerson, always ready to cause me something to worry about or ponder on, said it was a very smart horse the mailman owned. He could also read mail addresses. Audrey told me not to believe a word of it. It was just the continuous routine the horse was used to. The mailman also sold stamps. They cost three cents and had a picture of the King on them, and I was always amazed at how Mother could send a letter all the way to New York for three cents, and I thought it was just about the best bargain of those Depression years. And she didn’t have to go to Briscoe’s General Store to mail it either. The mailman just tucked in his bag, and that was the end of it. Mother loved to get mail. The only letters we all dreaded were the ones called “the letters edged in black.” They told us that someone far away had died. All around the closing flap would be a thick black line, warning us what was inside. I was even frightened to touch those, just in case I would put a pox on our own house. I was thankful they were few and far between. The mailman not only delivered letters, he brought the Ottawa Farm Journal, the Family Herald and Weekly Star, and twice a year, Eaton’s catalogue. I thought the mailman was right up there in importance with old Dr. Murphy in Renfrew. Just to remind us how important he was, there was a white card, thumbtacked to the inside of our back-to-the-wall cupboard door. It read: “Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail shall keep the Postmen from their appointed rounds.” And I would think, yes indeed, truer words were never written. Mary Cook is a longtime writer with several books in print and in electronic copies.

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SUNDAY, FEB 4TH 2-4 P.M. 57 OTTERIDGE AVE. (HUNTER GATE SUBDIVISION) Proceed on O’Brien Rd to Tim Horton’s and turn north at the light and drive to 57 Otteridge – follow my signs and I will meet you there!



Come and see this 2 bedroom garden home – freshly painted and ready for occupancy – appliances included – central air – living room and dining room and kitchen (open concept) 2 baths – full basement – paved drive MLS#1090271 Call Helen at 432-0058


2 storey, brick home in excellent state of repair. Eat in kit, DR, LR, mostly hardwood flooring. 2nd floor 4 bdr, 1-4pc bath, full basement, Gas heat, new 1 1/2 car detached garage, large parking area. Must See. Ross Peever: 613-433-1133







Sales Representative

End unit, conveniently designed with 2 floors completely finished. 1 ½ baths, living room dining area kitchen and 2 bedrooms and 1-4pce bath on main level with hardwood flooring. Lower level has a den and a family room, ½ bath and laundry. Attached garage – meticulously kept – needs to be seen! Excellent landscaping. Call Helen to view at 432-0058


Located close to town with excellent waterfront. This 4 bedroom home is impressive! Many updates and excellent shoreline. Central A/C and open concept with wonderful views. MLS# 1069838. Call David today to view. 613-401-2824.


Now $99,900 for this three bedroom home on a double corner lot in quiet area of Cobden, spacious rear addition. Call Peter Vincent 613-432-0319.




Over 465’ of frontage on Black Donald Lake in a calm bay. Lovely 3 bedroom home with heated pool and complete privacy. Paved drive with large heated garage and loft for extra space. Open concept living with wonderful views of lake. Absolute beautiful property. Call David today to view 613-401-2824. MLS# 1072914.



Asking $315,000 for this well-built 3 BR bungalow Asking $139,900 for this spacious three with added 3 season room and spacious interior, bedroom home in a great neighbourhood. hardwood floors. Call Peter Vincent 613-432-0319. Call Peter Vincent 613-432-0319.



Downtown living for you at this address – so close to all the amenities! 2 storey vinyl home with garage at the rear. Master bedroom on main level plus bath. 2nd floor has 3 bedrooms and 4 pce bath; family room in lower level. 1and ½ baths. Call Helen to view at 432-0058


Just completed. 3 bedroom Hi Ranch with a large yard and partly finished lower level. Open concept living with kitchen island and excellent finishes. Large 2 car attached garage and a cement patio at rear of home. Central A/C and efficient propane heat. Full Tarion Warranty. Call David today to view 613-401-2824. MLS# 1083659.


Excellent building lots with a great location for commuters. 10 minutes from Renfrew amenities including hospital, shopping, library, recreation center, fire station and police. Perfect for building your family home. MLS# 1065761. Call Ross Peever 613-433-1133.


Sales Representative



Asking $229,900 for this lovely 2 BR bungalow, hardwood floors, 2 baths, full basement. Call Peter Vincent 613-432-0319.








A unique raised ranch 2 bedroom bungalow – beautifully completed. Excellent landscaping, 2 full baths, open concept living dining and kitchen. Privacy at the rear, paved drive and Tarion Warranty in place. It is a good one – do not miss seeing this home! Call Helen at 432-0058


169 GAGAN LANE (OTTAWA RIVER WATERFRONT FOUR SEASON HOME) 3 bedroom home with open concept living arrangements. Dynamic view of the mighty Ottawa River. 150 feet of water frontage. Easy round access. Located just off Castleford Rd. Call Helen to view at 432-0058



Great looking 3 bedroom vinyl sided bungalow. Approximately 1010 sq feet with many updates. New roof (2010), furnace (2013) and windows (2011). Home when built was a R 2000 Home. Hydro approx $110/month, Natural Gas approx $99/month. Home is very neat and tidy, a pleasure to show. Call Ross Peever 613-433-1133

Here is an ideal family room to accommodate every need! 4 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths and 3 levels totally finished. First level has a lot of living area and a family room with gas fireplace for cozy comfort. Attached garage, paved drive and central air. Manicured rear yard with inground pool and A-1 landscaping! Call Helen to see it at 432-0058

Two building lots on the Madawaska River. #70 has 3.95 acres and 626 feet of waterfront - #74 has 4.69 acres and 935 feet of waterfront. Paved road right to the door. Entrance guidelines installed. Drive across the Springtown Bridge to see these two lots! Call Helen at 432-0058 or David at 401-2824 for information.



209 WILSON ST. Now Asking $179,900 for this two bedroom home with open interior on a quiet street, gas heat, central air, heated workshop and fenced yard. Call Peter Vincent 613-432-0319.

Vinyl sided bungalow which has been totally remodeled in 2010. Kitchen, living room, dining room, 2 bedrooms and 1 4pc bathroom on the main floor. Finished basement has rec room, 2 bedrooms and 1 3 pc bathroom in the laundry room. Large deck off the dining room, forced air propane furnace with central air. Roof also replaced in 2010. Just move right in. This home is a must see! Call Ross Peever 613-433-1133

EST. 2003


An excellent family home awaits you here! 3 bedrooms, living room, dining room and eat-in kitchen. 4 pce bath on first floor – lower level is completely finished as well with bedroom and family room utility room and 3 pce bath. Paved drive and porch. Call Helen to view at 432-0058


Beautiful setting for this 3 storey log-sided home with a wraparound verandah. Cathedral ceiling & wood stove in the family room. Deck off FR leads to an above ground pool. Efficient U-shaped kitchen with an island is open to the dining room. Main floor laundry room is combined with a 3PC bath. 4 bedrooms & a full bath occupy the second level. Fully insulated detached garage & income-generating solar panels. MLS# 1086596. Asking $339,000. Call Ross Peever 613-433-1133.

13 ACRES ON PUCKER STREET Asking $415,000 for this post and beam 4 BR home minutes from town. A rare opportunity. Call Peter Vincent 613-432-0319 or Ross Peever 613-433-1133.


304 ALBERT ST. Asking $149,900 for this three bedroom home, many updates, gas boiler system, easy to view. Call Peter Vincent 613-432-0319.



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