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Year 141, Issue 28

Thursday, January 19, 2012 • 44 pages

Trustee Dave Shields outlines the school board’s priorities for 2012. – Page 14 –


Renfrew artist Jack Stekelenburg is experiencing a renaissance of sorts with his art work after navigating more turbulent times. – Page 17


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HIGH FIVE FOR HERITAGE RADIO On-air personalities at Valley Heritage Radio lean into the microphone for a team shot during celebrations Monday to mark five years on the air. The faces behind the voices at the not-for-profit community radio station are, from left, front row, Dennis Harrington, Lesley Galbraith, Basia Stewart, Carol Ann Flannery, Vic Garbut and Andrew Cartwright; and back row, Bill Craig, Brian Laundry, Dave Shulist, Ray Chapeski, Dai Bassett and Pat Watters.

OPP discover human remains in remote cottage home in Horton Township STEVE NEWMAN

Youth skiers raced Sunday at Calabogie Peaks, and had a chance to meet Canadian Ski Hall of Famer and Olympian Todd Brooker. – Page 19 –

The Renfrew detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating the discovery of human remains in a burnt-out remote residence in Horton Township. A news release from the OPP says officers were contacted on Saturday, Jan. 14 to check on a Horton resident who had not been heard from for several days. Different sources say the person was Aaron Barr. However, the OPP is withholding confirmation of identity until the completion of a postmortem, which was scheduled for Tuesday of this week. Results of the post-mortem were not available from the OPP by the Mercury’s press deadline Wednesday.

At this time of year, Barr’s remote residence off Eady Road is only accessible by snowmobile. Police say when officers arrived they discovered the residence had been destroyed by fire, and human remains were located. The fire was already extinguished when officers arrived. Police say it is unclear, at this point, when the fire started. Former Horton Township Mayor Bob Johnston has known Barr for years, including 1986 when he did construction work for Johnston. “Aaron was a great worker and a really, really smart guy,” said Johnston, who called Barr a life-long acquaintance. Johnston also recalled how, many years ago, Barr built his own 36-foot boat and moved it to Britannia Bay, near Ottawa, where he lived on the vessel.

Over the years, Barr renovated apartments on Castleford Road and farther afield. He also worked as a high-rigger steel worker, said Johnston. INVESTIGATION CONTINUES The investigation is underway into the circumstances of the fire and the cause of death. The Office of the Ontario Fire Marshall is assisting in the investigation, as are the Ontario Coroner, the OPP Forensic Identification Unit, and detectives with the Renfrew County Crime Unit. Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to contact the Renfrew OPP at 1888-310-1122 or 613-432-3211. - With files from the OPP R0391123204



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TD Canada Trust customer service representative Chris Lambert, left, and Patricia Longeran, Metroland Media managing editor for the Ottawa division, presents a certificate to Cooper Brown for his Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Award nomination.

Deadline for Top 20 Under 20 awards Do you know accomplished youngsters who have demonstrated significant levels of innovation, leadership and achievement? If so, Youth in Motion wants to hear about them. Youth in Motion Top 20 Under 20 is a national youth award and mentoring program designed to identify outstanding young Canadian leaders, further develop their skills and aptitudes, and focus and fuel their passions. “Our aim is to help them become the best possible role models for their peers, the best possible ambassadors for Canada and the best possible business, political, social and thought leaders of the future,” says the Youth in Motion website. “At Youth in Motion, we believe in today’s world of work, there are many

paths to success. Whether your future aspirations are to be a doctor, environmental crusader, skilled trades worker, artist or social innovator, Top 20 Under 20 can play a role in helping you reach your goals. “Our program is multi-faceted – it includes a four-day leadership summit to award recipients and a year-long mentoring program. The summit concludes with an awards breakfast, which receives media coverage and is attended by some of Canada’s most respected and not-for-profit leaders. Award application kits can be downloaded at The deadline for applications is 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22. For more details about the awards, visit

Renfrew golfer Cooper Brown says his connection with the community is furthered when he combines his love of the game with his volunteer efforts. The 17-year-old son of Kevin Brown and Jo-Anne Dowdall-Brown is among 176 young people who have been nominated for this year’s Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Awards. The program is supported by TD Canada Trust and co-ordinated by the Ontario Community Newspapers Association on behalf of its more than 300 member newspapers. Brown was nominated by Hospice Renfrew, for whom he has twice played the Longest Day of Golf. This past year he and friend Gary Graveline played 256 holes to raise more than $5,700. This year Brown and his dad will be the participants in the 2012 event that has raised more than $10,000 for Hospice Renfrew. Hospice is an important cause for him, partly because his grandfather Doc Eldon Brown, died there a few years ago after playing golf into his late 80s and playing the game well. “He wasn’t holding me back. He could play,” says Brown. “He always told me to do my best and to have fun doing it.” Which is sometimes easier said than done. Brown says he continues to be intrigued and challenged by the Scottish invention. “It’s just amazing how you can shoot 64 one day and 80 the next,” he explains. “There’s always the drive to get better. You

can fall and you can rise in this game.” Even better, as a volunteer he’s able to help others. “I just use my passion for golf to help others; it’s not just my individual accomplishments. I just want to make sure this is a better place to live and, with the hospice, a better place to die.” He’d also like to succeed professionally in golf. Brown, who plans to take two years to complete his Grade 12 course load, hopes to study professional golf management at Humber College in Guelph. The multiple champion of the Ottawa PGA Junior Challenge Tour also looks to continue to excel on the links. His volunteer work has also included participation in Renfrew Collegiate Institute’s annual Relay for Life, which has made a habit out of raising more than $80,000 each year for the Canadian Cancer Society. “It’s really important in our community. Being involved with RCI, it is one of the proud things we do. “We’re known all over Ontario for raising more money than most schools in Ontario.” Brown, who played minor hockey from 2001 to 2010, now plays basketball and football at RCI. Last year, he received RCI’s Coach Eady Award for heart, hustle, competitiveness and dedication. According to award nominator Connie Legg of Hospice Renfrew, he has also helped improve awareness of Hospice Renfrew to the younger people in the community. Visit Jan. 25, 2012 to see the list of finalists for the Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Awards.

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Redneck crash ice race among Frew Fest highlights PETER CLARK

The Renfrew Winter Frew Fest is only in its second year Jan. 28, but already, one of the most popular events is the redneck crash ice race, and barring an extended January thaw, it promises to be back bigger and better this year. Work on the track has already begun at O’Brien Park, between the McDougall Mill Museum and the Swinging Bridge. Organizer Grant Lavallee has thanked a number of people, among them the Renfrew firefighters, Town of Renfrew, VAC Electric, Rink Rats, Jacob Hultink and the recreation department for their support in the event. “This is a community effort,” Lavallee said. “Anyone with some time, if they can come out for an hour, we’d appreciate their help.” The crash ice race runs at 6:30 p.m. Call Mark Lavallee at 613-432-4438 or Grant Lavallee, 613-433-3138 to enter the competition. “The more racers we get to sign up, and the sooner, the better. We’ll know how many (competitors) we have,” Mark Lavallee added. People can pre-register at the recreation centre (613-432-3131). The Renfrew firefighters are hosting a

Frew Fest fishing derby. Registration is 7 a.m. at the boat launch. Admission price for adults is $10. All other events – inside and outside – are taking place at the Ma-Te-Way Activity Centre and Ma-Te-Way Park. Inside events include a Renfrew Collegiate band fundraising breakfast, NHA/ NHL Museum display, face painting, magic with Steven Anthony, soup and chili lunch, balloon artist Mr. Dimples, puppet show, Candlelighters spaghetti dinner and Forty Creek from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. There are also an Upper Ottawa Valley Ringette Association ringette experience at 10:30 a.m., open skate from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., a hockey skills competition from 2 to 3 p.m., and a Junior B Timberwolves game versus the Metcalfe Jets at 4 p.m. Outside, there are snowshoe hikes, pioneer gathering, family and individual games, snow sculpture contest (pre-register at the recreation centre), sliding on the toboggan hill, outdoor ice available, 42nd Field Regiment display and demo, and 653 Champlain Squadron Air Cadets display and demo. There will also be horse-drawn sleigh rides from noon to 4 p.m., and a vintage snowmobile display from 2 to 4 p.m. Tasty beavertails will also be available throughout Frew Fest.

MacKillican & Associates to remain town auditors STEVE NEWMAN

Renfrew council has unanimously reappointed MacKillican & Associates as auditor for the town’s 2011 fiscal year. The work for that year will be carried out in 2012. Officials with the Renfrew company presented the 2010 fiscal report in a brief summary report to council Jan. 9. The appointment of MacKillican had

expired with completion of the 2010 audit. In the same motion passed Jan. 9, council also voted to give consideration this year to various proposals for provision of audit services for 2012 through 2016. This way the town can ensure it’s receiving the most competitive price for auditing services, said Renfrew treasurer Keray O’Reilly. At the same time, O’Reilly referred to MacKillican & Associates’ auditing work as “exemplary.”

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Some of the people that make this year’s Winter Frew Fest ice crash race possible Jan. 28, from left, are track designer Mark Lavallee; Jacob Hultink, supplying time and equipment, promotor Norm Bujold, Renfrew Recreation Department program co-ordinator Jo-anne Caldwell; Andy Wright of VAC Electric, supplying lights and generator; and organizer Grant Lavallee, at the O’Brien Road crash course site by the Swinging Bridge.

Renfrew County council is doing what it promised to do for the lower-tier municipalities. Today’s county budget workshop represents a quick start to budget preparations. Last year, the county’s budget workshop didn’t took place Feb. 22 and 24. Last year, the county formally approved its tax levy and tax rates in March, then passed budget-related bylaws in April. If all goes well, look for formal approval of this year’s county budget at least a month earlier. “For years, municipal councillors have been concerned that they couldn’t get down to the business of passing their budget until the county’s rates were determined,” said Admaston-Bromley Mayor Raye-Anne Briscoe. Those sentiments were largely shared by county council, says Briscoe. As chair of the county’s financial and administration committee, Briscoe will chair today’s budget workshop. Opening and closing remarks will come from Warden Bob Sweet.

Despite the early start on budget preparations, Renfrew county council isn’t expected to approve such a glowing budget this time around. “Maybe things will change on Thursday (today), but for that to happen there would have to be some major movement (on recommended decreases or cuts),” said Briscoe. Increases in the 2012 budget will include cost-of-living increases for salaries and honorariums, and increases in paramedic service, said Briscoe.

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Tips unlimited with returning Renfrew native STEVE NEWMAN

Rob Campbell doesn’t mind fishing, but when it comes to succeeding in marketing and sales, he says it’s much better to be a hunter. Campbell, who grew up in Renfrew but moved away to pursue business interests for several years, runs TIPs unLTD Strategic Sales & Marketing Solutions. His clients can be found across Canada, including Renfrew, where his office is located at the Innovation Centre. “In larger centres, mainly what I do is coaching, teaching and speaking,” says Campbell, 47. “Locally, the focus is on helping business people with the business of their business technology.” In his talks, he speaks to corporate sales teams and business leaders about the principles behind his sales model of TAKE AIM @ Success. In taking aim at success, he addresses the principles of target, approach, K’nect (as in connecting with people), expand, acquire, integrate and maintain. As his tag line says, the principles are all about “creating customers for life, one relationship at a time.” Within the Ottawa Valley, Campbell says he’s putting his years in the office technology business to work for local business people. “In today’s economic times, the pressure is on business people to get the most out of their technology, in order to remain

competitive and profitable. “Yet, technology isn’t their forte, and the time it takes to be knowledgeable to make sound technology decisions for their businesses could be better spent on their core competencies — or toward their purpose in business. “Over the years,” he says, “I’ve saved a lot of business people a lot of time and money on their technologies, simply with helpful advice and referrals. And I look forward to doing the same for Renfrew-area businesses.” RENFREW BUSINESS ROOTS It seems Campbell has been in business his whole life, starting with Campbell’s Sunset Motel & Restaurant, which grew out of the family’s purchase of Cedardale Lunch Counter in Renfrew in the early 1960s. Today, that thriving business is now under new ownership, as Rocky Mountain House, at the northwest end of town. Campbell credits growing up in the family business for his entrepreneurial spirit and work ethic to succeed. Family members with entrepreneurial spirit included his grandmother, Marion Campbell (Plaunt), who was a great granddaughter of Xavier Plaunt, one of the first Renfrew-area settlers and a driving force behind bringing the railway to the area. After leaving Renfrew in the early 1990s, he built a successful career in the office equipment industry in Kingston. A major reason for returning to Renfrew was to spend more time with his mother (Claire)

and sister (Tami), after four family members died in 2004 and 2005, including his dad, Moodie Campbell. Campbell returned to Renfrew in early 2008 after selling off his shares in a large business, Upper Canada Office Systems. After buying out his biggest competitor in 2006, Campbell says he had to show his new salespeople how he had taken business from them over the years. He didn’t plan to be a speaker, but his new sales model of TAKE AIM @ success worked so well, he took his show on the road with the launching of TIPs unLTD. Quoting Neil Rackham, who wrote Spin Selling, he says, “A good process can help ordinary mortals perform like rock stars.” TARGET AUDIENCES “While a fisherman has his bright shiny lures, he’s still counting on fish to bite,” explains Campbell. “A successful hunter doesn’t go blasting away. “He knows where he’s likely to find his target ... I teach people to identify their target audience.” The main compartments of Campbell’s TIPs unLTD are: • seminars; • strategies (with ongoing coaching of businesses); • systems (working with local businesses to improve their office technology); • and sales (working to promote products for new entrepreneurs and inventors).

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Rob Campbell of TIPs unLTD is glad to be back working and living in his hometown of Renfrew. As he sits at his desk, a gooey green solution sits in a jar with the cap off. The label reads Safe T Air, which is made from Tea Tree Oil in Australia and used as an indoor fighter against such pollutants as mold and mildew. He promotes Safe T Air as well as a BreathePure nasal air filter, which he says should be in every tool box. Last year he

presented to the CBC program, Dragons’ Den, on behalf of four inventors’ products. Meanwhile, Campbell says, “If you’re going do business in a community you have to be active in the community.” A member of the Rotary Club of Renfrew, he’s also the incoming president of the Renfrew and Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Renfrew Subway staff members hold up a photo of fellow staff member Michelle Berndt, who died in a twovehicle crash New Year’s Day. The store is donating 10 per cent of sales Jan. 25 to 31 to her family. From left are Sue Fleming, Sarah Corcoran, store owner Navin Patel and Megan Oegema.


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Renfrew Subway fundraiser next week for Berndt family STEVE NEWMAN

Staff at Renfrew Subway are still adjusting to the loss of their fellow worker, Michelle Berndt, 19, who died in a two-vehicle collision New Year’s Day. However, members of Renfrew Subway’s staff hope the community at large responds positively to a fundraiser for the family of Berndt and her mother, Guylaine Lepage, 48. Each died in the same accident on the Quebec side of Chenaux Bridge, near Portage-du-Fort. Berndt and her mother were returning home to Litchfield, Que., after the teenager’s shift at Renfrew Subway, when the accident occurred. “The more we can get the word out, the more money that we can get to them,” said Renfrew Subway manager Sue Fleming. “Losing two family members at one time would be a financial burden to anyone,” added Fleming. “And we spent so much time together, we were almost like family.” Renfrew Subway owner Navin Patel says the store will donate 10 per cent of all sales from Wednesday, Jan. 25 to Tuesday, Jan. 31 to the family. The store is located at Raglan Street and Hall Avenue.

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Eighth Celebration of Life Dance on its way STEVE NEWMAN

For the eighth year, organizers are hoping the Celebration of Life Dance creates a windfall for health care in the community. This year’s eighth annual dance is set for Friday, Jan. 27, at the Renfrew Armouries. A record $23,000 was raised last year, but organizers say they’re not out to do that again. “We had a huge response last year … but I’m not expecting that this year,” said one of the organizers, Janet Robertson of Renfrew. “We are not trying to beat that amount. We’re just trying to do the best we can and raise some money for the community.” A major part of the Celebration of Life Dance’s success over the years has been the silent auction, therefore organizers are still looking for contributions. Ticket sales, the silent auction, a 50-50 draw, and possibly a live auction will be the fundraising sources. Anyone wishing to contribute to the silent auction is asked to call Robertson at 613-312-0045 or 613432-6225. Last year’s dance benefitted Hospice Renfrew and Renfrew Victoria Hospital’s oncology unit. This year, there are three recipients — the hospice, the oncology unit and RVH’s digital mammography fund. For Robertson, 47, cancer has deeply affected her own family. Undergoing chemotherapy treatment for the fourth time, she has also lost three brothers “to the dreaded disease” and knows many other area residents have been scarred in similar ways. But holding the event in late January is good timing, says Robertson. “By the end of January, I think people are looking for something to do.” She also emphasizes: “There’s a lot of us working on this event. It wouldn’t be possible without all these people contributing their time.” Tickets are $10, or by individual donation. Tickets are available at the door, or in advance at Dahl’s Convenience Store, Biba, Ottawa Valley Glass and Scotiabank. The popular bands playing at the Celebration of Life Dance are Riley New Band and The Ghost Town Cryers. The event runs from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Horton Mayor Don Eady took a look back on council’s first year in 2011 and ahead to what 2012 might bring. “As a council, I’m extremely pleased with what we did last year,” Mayor Eady said after offering new year’s wishes to council members Jan. 10. “For a first-year council, I couldn’t ask for more. I also thank the staff.” The mayor said a goal was to pay down the debt from last year, and they have. The debt was $881,387.55 last year, and now stands at $680,459.52. The mayor applauded the public works department for its efforts with a number of major projects. Pinnacle Road will be repaved from Highway 60 to the top of Pinnacle Hill, while the gravel portion in-between will also be paved. Work on Bruce Street will run in 2012, and Lochwinnoch Road construction over the following three years, 2013-15. Chenaux Road and River Road work will take place in the next 10 years. Mayor Eady said he is very proud of the work of the infrastructure committee led by councillors Jamie Larone and Glen Campbell. Their work takes a lot of pressure off staff members, he said. “We received in 2011 the approval for expansion of our landfill site,” Eady said. He added that a story done by Mercury reporter Steve Newman, on expansion and re-

cycling plans for the landfill site, received province-wide exposure through the Waste Management Association of Ontario. The Horton Fire Department purchased a heat sensitive camera and had a demonstration. “It’s a very good tool for our township,” the mayor said. Three hot sticks for livewire detection were also purchased by the township, two for the fire department and one for public works. Horton started to review its bylaws in recent months. They hired the firm of Jim McBain (municipal bylaw enforce services). “If we are going to have bylaws, we may as well enforce them. It takes the pressure off the township,” he said of McBain’s presence. Mayor Eady said some good news for the township was the arrival of George Jackson Toyota. The Castleford Women’s Institute made a $10,000 donation to the Horton Community Centre for chairs. “They has been donating for years and years,” Eady said. “The Renfrew and Area Health Services Village signed two more doctors, bringing the total to five,” the mayor added. The township has also received $29,000 for a chairlift for the community centre. In looking ahead, the mayor predicted, “It’ll be an interesting year. “We got some things accomplished (in 2011). This year will bring new challenges, new things to do.”

Interested in becoming a doctor? Upper Ottawa Valley medical recruitment committee holding Pre-Med Club session Feb. 7 High school students and others interested in going to medical school and pursuing a career as a doctor are invited to attend the upcoming meeting of the Upper Ottawa Valley Medical Recruitment Committee’s Pre-Med Club. The next meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the boardroom of the Pembroke Regional Hospital. The boardroom is on the first floor of Tower C. Parents are also welcome to attend. The featured guest speaker will be general surgeon Dr. Colleen Haney, the most recent addition to Pembroke Regional Hospital’s surgical team. Dr. Haney received her medical degree from the University of Ottawa in 2006 and completed her five-year surgical residency last June. Born and raised in Alberta, Dr. Haney loves the outdoors and enjoys paddling and cycling in her spare time. Her husband is stationed at Cana-

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Youth employment program expands to Renfrew A highly-successful youth employment preparation program, funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Skills Link program, is expanding into Renfrew. The Hire Me! Reaching Higher! program has been available in the Pembroke area for the past year and has helped more than 30 youth gain employability skills and workplace experience. The program is delivered by Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley and will be available to Renfrew youth between the ages of 15 and 30 beginning in early February. The college will be holding an information session at Employment Networks in Renfrew on Friday, Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. where college staff will explain details of the program, and how it has assisted other young people with securing employment. The program spans 12 consecutive weeks and is free to participants who are paid an allowance for attending work-

shops that assist them with improving their employability skills. These workshops are offered for the first four weeks of the program. The participants are then placed into an eight-week, full-time job opportunity within the Renfrew area, where they are paid Ontario’s minimum wage. Participants who fully complete the 12 week program are eligible for a cash bonus, and will also have gained several safety certifications such as WHMIS, First Aid and CPR, and Fall Protection Awareness. Algonquin College Manager of Community and Student Affairs, Jamie Bramburger, says the college is excited to bring the program to Renfrew. “We have seen how successful our ‘Hire Me! Reaching Higher!’ program has been in the Pembroke area, and how it has helped young people develop skills that support them in securing sustainable employment.

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FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR PROGRAM Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MP Cheryl Gallant announced, on behalf of the Canadian government, funding for a new Skills Link Youth Employment Program in Pembroke, administered by Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley. From left are, service manager, Service Canada, Kingston, Stacy St. Amand; Skills Link Program, student success story Katelynn Varrette; employer, Victoria Fine Dining Restaurant, Brenda Sammon; Renfrew-Nippissing-Pembroke MP Cheryl Gallant; Skills Link clerk administrator Tammy Prescott; Skills Link co-ordinator Michelle Belec; and manager, community and student affairs department, Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley, Jamie Bramburger.

The Corporation of the Town of Renfrew Once again, the Town of Renfrew will be conducting drinking water sampling and testing for lead to comply with Ontario Regulations. The town is seeking volunteer test sites in single family homes, multi-unit buildings, commercial properties, and industrial properties. Under the provincial legislation, the municipality must test the drinking water for lead at 40 private residences, 4 non-private residences, between December 15, 2011 and April 15, 2012. • Tests would be performed at older residences suspected of having lead pipes or pipes with lead solder. • Homes built before the mid-1950s could have lead pipes. • Lead solder was used to join copper pipes and was phased out in the late 1980s; any new construction done after those years should not be affected by lead in the piping system.

who have not completed high school or who have been unemployed for more than three months and are not eligible for Employment Insurance. To be successful in the program, participants must be committed to attending all program activities and have a desire to learn new skills that will support them in their job search.



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Since the Town must access homes to test for the presence of lead, we are looking for volunteers to allow the Town of Renfrew staff access to their homes to collect samples. There will be NO charge to the resident for the testing of the lead sample. Each sample will total three litres in each location and the regulations obligate the town to advise tenants of the test results as soon as they are available. The higher risk individuals affected by lead that exceeds the standards are pregnant women, infants and children under the age of 6 years old.


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Dave Mackay, president of the Renfrew County National Farmers Union reports the National Farmers Union (NFU) has submitted several recommendations to the Ontario Ministry of Energy’s Feed-In Tariff (FIT) Program Two-Year Review. These include requests for a stronger focus on energy conservation and equal rates for ground-mount and roof-top

mount microFIT units. Although the NFU supports the production of renewable energy as a way to conserve the remaining fossil fuel supply and to minimize the environmental impacts of energy extraction, it would like rural communities to have more control over large-scale projects. “As farmers, rural residents and local communities, we must benefit from renewable energy production in our communities and we must have the opportunity to decide whether or not largescale renewable energy projects are even appropriate for our

communities,” said Ann Slater, farmer and Ontario NFU Regional Coordinator. The NFU made the following recommendations in its letter to the FIT Two-Year Review: 1. There must be a stronger focus on energy conservation. Provide financial incentives for conservation initiatives and for farmers and homeowners who choose to live and work off-grid. 2. Tariff rates paid for microFIT projects, which are owned and controlled by farmers and home owners, should continue to be higher than the rates paid for larger-scale FIT projects.

The rate paid for ground-mount units should be the same as that being paid for roof-top solar PV, so that rural and urban citizens are treated equally. 3. Community-owned and controlled projects, such as renewable energy cooperatives, need to be encouraged. In each size class, such projects should be paid a higher tariff than commercial projects. 4. MicroFIT’s and communityowned and controlled projects and energy co-operatives should have preferential access to the distribution grid. 5. Community consultations

must be led by trained, independent facilitators so that communities and developers can have open discussions about the pros and cons of the project and seek to find solutions to community concerns. 6. Rural communities, through their municipalities, must have the opportunity to negotiate changes to address community concerns, to negotiate compensation for the costs incurred by the community during the development and life of the project, and ultimately to refuse to have an industrial-scale project erected in their community.

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Donnybrook looming over abandoned CP rail corridor T

he future of the abandoned CN rail line through Renfrew County lies exactly there – in the hands of county council. Debate is just beginning over the future of 180 kilometres of continuous access that the abandoned CP corridor represents. It’s a process expected to be both lengthy and quarrelsome. Admaston-Bromley’s planning and economic development committee has sparked some early debate with a recommendation to Renfrew County regarding abandoned rail corridors. Its recommendation states that “the

township endorses a policy that if an abandoned rail line abuts property designated agriculture, that the rail line should revert to the property owners.” Coun. Michael Donohue, who prepared the recommendation with fellow committee member Coun. Bob Dick, isn’t convinced land should be held indefinitely for public use without a plan. He isn’t keen about holding on “for an indistinct notion of what this might be.” Local municipalities have been down this road before. When the old CN Line was abandoned, recreationists envisioned an undeterrred stretch of public

land across the region. Any hope of a regional trail collapsed when neighbouring townships chose, instead, to give their portion of the corridor to abutting landowners. That won’t happen this time, not while the County of Renfrew exercises its right to the land after the federal and provincial governments declined ownership. Local councils can’t give away what they don’t own, so the choice simply isn’t theirs to make. The potential uses are many, from recreation trail to transportation route to communication corridor. Still there are serious questions to

answer, like who will maintain the lands and at what cost? There are already problems with unmanaged rail corridors through agriculture land. Time is expected to move slowly, but predictions come quickly. “I think it will be retained forever in the public hands, as a public entity, whether it’s used or not” Mayor Admaston-Bromley Raye-Anne Briscoe predicts. Sounds like a safe bet. An equally safe bet? Her suggestion that a political fight and political nightmare are looming on the horizon. In other words, a donnybrook.


Time to revisit parking meter issue To the editor: Once again parking meters are an issue and will soon be discussed at town council. Apparently a questionnaire on this topic has recently been sent to town merchants by the Business Improvement Association (BIA). It should be noted that my letter is not a complaint, but respectfully points out some factors which Renfrew council should take into consideration when arriving at a decision. I would like to stress that my concerns supporting the demise of parking meters fall under two categories: those of the merchants; and, Renfrew’s taxpayers such as myself. As a taxpayer I am always concerned that my tax dollars are being put to good use and support the town’s tax base. On this basis, is the current parking meter program cost effective or wasteful? In view of my concern as a taxpayer, I should know whether parking meters are sufficiently generating revenue. Here are some points to consider: • The town has hired employees who collect money and maintain the meters. • The town pays their salaries and benefits. • The cost to park is just small change. • The cost of a parking ticket is a joke at four dollars. • I have been told there is no follow-up for outstanding tickets. Have we factored in the cost of our town’s financial and administrative work associated with the parking meters? One doesn’t have to be a financial wizard to figure that the expenditures for parking meters at the end of the year exceed the revenue collected. Even if there is a small margin of prof-

it, is it worthwhile given all the work for the total amount of money generated? Now let’s look at the other category of concern, our town’s small businesses. It is important that their concerns are acted upon. It should always be a priority to support our businesses and keep them viable. Over the years like many other communities the Supercentres have continued to expand their range of products and services. Products and services include: drugstores, hardware, appliances, food, and free parking for a ‘one-stop’ shopping experience. To compete is futile. Sears in the U.S. is closing many of their outlets/stores in the face of similar circumstances. Many local towns have abandoned their parking meters to encourage and stimulate their downtown core. Totally irrelevant to financial reasoning, there are some at the town level who feel a parking meter system is justified. Their justification is based solely on two factors. Their concern that business employees park on the street or others leave their cars parked for indefinite periods. Many small businesses resent not being treated as adults. The sole reason for a parking meter program from both the taxpayer and the business person should be strictly a financial one and not on the basis of someone’s whim. So town, open up your books! Show the taxpayers and businesses how much money you are actually generating from the parking meters and whether it’s worthwhile. Doug K. Janney Renfrew

Thanks to OPP for empathy and good humour To the editor: On Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, I experienced car trouble while travelling home from Renfrew on Hwy. 132. With me in the car were my wife and seven-year-old grandson. The temperature was frigid, we were stranded and our cell phone had limited service. However, I was able to contact the OPP using 9-1-1, and Constable McGill of the Renfrew detachment responded. On arrival, the officer secured the scene, called a tow truck, checked on the welfare of my family and subsequently assisted with transportation back to Renfrew. In itself, this was a minor incident, but

I believe it showed the OPP in a positive light. This was not strictly a police matter, but the OPP responded promptly to a family in difficulty. We were treated with empathy and good humour while the situation was quickly resolved. Many years ago, I served as a police officer in Bristol, England. We ex-coppers tend to think that “the job ain’t what it used to be.” However, this officer demonstrated that the tradition of “going the extra mile” in the service of the public is very much alive. My sincere gratitude to the Renfrew OPP. Michael Harper Phelpston, Ont.



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Running a community radio station is no piece of cake, but the staff, directors and volunteers at Valley Heritage Radio enjoyed just that Monday as they marked five years on the air. On hand for the celebration were, from left, front row, Lesley Galbraith, Vic Garbutt, Linda Garbutt, Denzil Ferguson and Dai Bassett; middle row, Carol Ann Flannery, Basia Stewart, Pat Watters, Leo Coulas, Lynn Ashton, Phyllis Hein, Anita Schubrink, Cora Matacheskie, Dennis Harrington, Brian Landry, Ray Chapeski and Mike Cloutier; and back row, Andrew Cartwright, Bill Parker, Wayne Venne, Bill Craig, Andre Pilon, Dave Shulist, Eric Schubrink, Gary Behm, Karen Abbott, Reta Behm and John Taggart;

Not-for-profit Valley Heritage Radio celebrates five years on the air LESLEY GALBRAITH Program Manager

Valley Heritage Radio 98.7 FM, the Ottawa Valley’s first not-for-profit radio station celebrated five years on-air Monday. Labelled the People’s Voice of the Ottawa Valley, Valley Heritage Radio is heard all over the Ottawa Valley and the Pontiac. Valley Heritage Radio broadcasts the traditional sounds of country, blue-

grass, fiddle and ‘Valley’ music, with a self-imposed mandate to focus programming on Canadian content with the aim of promoting Canadian talent as much as possible. Occasionally, the station uses turntables and tape decks to enable the playing of the more traditional music not yet available on newer recording media, along with featuring ethnic and regional Canadian fiddle, Celtic, Polish, Gos-

pel, Down East and Newfy music in the programs, a variety of Old-Time radio shows, agricultural programming, and seniors programs, to name just a few. At the studios, located at 3009 Burnstown Rd., just east of the town of Renfrew, office, on-air staff and volunteers are celebrating the achievement of their on-air status – and greatfully acknowledge the founding donors who made it all possible.

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Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MP Cheryl Gallant is joined by members of the Castleford Women’s Institute displaying some of the furniture purchased with a New Horizons for Seniors Program grant. From left are Anne Brown, Lillian Lindsay, Hazel Anderson, MP Gallant, Doris Humphries, Mae Craig and Kathleen Hinchley.

Federal New Horizons program support for Castleford Women’s Institute STEVE NEWMAN

The Castleford Women’s Institute has received $9,767 from the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). The federal money was used to replace equipment used at the Horton Community Centre so seniors can continue to participate in activities and programs. Most of the money was used to replace old plastic chairs with sturdier models. The remaining money was used to purchase new cooking pots. The grant was more than appreciated, says women’s institute member Kathleen Hinchley. “It makes us feel that the purpose

of the group is worthwhile and that we’re doing something for the community,” said Hinchley of the group of seven. In a news release, MP Cheryl Gallant said, “The Government of Canada is committed to improving the lives of seniors, and is proud to support local organizations with the same goal. “Renfrew County has one of the highest proportions of seniors to the general population in the province. About one in six is over the age of 65. The need is there. “This project,” added Gallant, “brings new opportunities for seniors to contribute their skills, knowledge and experience for the benefit of the entire community.”

Funded under the Community Participation and Leadership component of NHSP, the Castleford Women’s Institute project is among 797 similar projects across Canada. Since its creation in 2004, the program has helped seniors lead and participate in various activities. “Today’s seniors know the importance of being active and staying involved in their communities,” said Gallant. The MP says the NHSP is one way the federal government is “helping seniors make a positive difference in their own lives and in those of the people around them.” – With files from MP Cheryl Gallant’s office

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Horton’s community rink season well underway PETER CLARK

Horton recreation committee chair and Coun. Margaret Whyte reminded Horton council that the township’s winter carnival is on Saturday, Feb. 25. She said work on the rink at the community centre is going well. “We have 15 kids and a coach (Al Harris) signed up for the first night (Jan. 10),” Coun. Whyte added. Recreation program manager Kathleen Rogers reported that interviews were held with the human resources committee. Lindsay Miller

and Brady Pender have been hired as the rink attendants. Their job will include keeping track of the names and addresses of people who use the rink. Public skating will cost $2 per adult and $1 per child. Admission had been by donation in the past. Family skating sessions will be free. The Renfrew Minor Hockey Association has been offered ice time at $50 per hour. The committee’s recent murder mystery night raised $1,200. Horton council has increased the cost of garbage-bag tags for house-

holds in 2012. At the waste management committee meeting in December, it was recommended council reduce the number of free garbage tags for each household or increase the cost. The current allotment of free tags is six per year. In efforts to encourage ratepayers to recycle and throw away less waste, the fee per tag has been raised from $1 to $2. Council supported the price increase at its Jan. 10 meeting. Households are allowed to put out two bags per week before using a tag.

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FAITHFUL CONTRIBUTION Faith Ebert of Renfrew is all smiles after having her hair cut Dec. 22 by Susan Rosebrugh at First Choice Haircutters. The 11-year-old daughter of Lenny and Cindy Ebert decided a year ago to let her hair grow long before having it cut and contributed to Angel Hair for Kids. The organization provides wigs and hair-loss solutions to financially-disadvantaged children in Canada who have lost their hair because of a medical condition or treatment. First Choice shipped the hair along with the $35 the youngster raised in pledges. “She’s a heartfelt kid,” said her mom. “She said she just wanted to give her hair to somebody who doesn’t have their own hair anymore.”

VALLEY MUSIC LEGEND Valley music legend Barney McCaffrey passed away Jan. 5 following a stroke and brief illness. McCaffrey was well known across the region, performing at all kinds of community functions, including, above, Renfrew County’s Taste of the Valley. Photo courtesy Bruce McIntyre

Cook to speak at Christian School fundraiser PETER CLARK

Mary Cook will be the guest speaker at the annual Renfrew and District Christian School fundraising banquet on Friday, Feb. 10. The well-known Ottawa Valley author, storyteller and columnist – who also has an ice cream at Tracey’s Dairy named after her – will speak on Joy of Memories at the dinner at Trinity-St. Andrew’s United Church hall. Cook has been delighting Canadian audiences for years with her memories of growing up on the family farm during the bittersweet years of the 1930s. She is a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines across the country, and is the author of 10 best-selling books, including Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire, Another Place at the Table and A Bubble off Plumb. Cook has received seven Actra awards for excellence in broadcast journalism, during an illustrious career that began 50 years ago with the CBC in Windsor, and spanned 25 years in Ottawa. She has been a regular guest on CBC’s Fresh Air, and has launched a regular segment on Valley Heritage Radio in Renfrew. The Christian school’s fundraising night includes a roast beef dinner and silent auction, and gets underway at 6:30 p.m. Frank Folkema of the organizing committee notes, the doors are open to all. “We welcome anyone in the community to come out and enjoy the evening,” he said. For tickets and reservations, call Robert Huyer at 613-432-6554.



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IMPAIRED CHARGES During the past week five individuals were charged with impaired driving or driving over 80 mgs in the Renfrew OPP detachment area. Penalties for convictions in impaired driving cases are serious and longlasting. On Jan. 10 around 8 p.m. police stopped a speeding vehicle on Foresters Falls Road. Upon speaking with the driver the officer detected alcohol on his breath. The driver failed a roadside alcohol screening test. Following further tests at the detachment, a 27-year-old Whitewater Region man was charged with impaired driving and driving over 80 mgs. He was released on a promise to appear in court in Renfrew Feb. 29. Const. Sarah Turcotte inves-

tigated. On Jan. 14 about 2:50 a.m. Const. Mark Condron stopped a vehicle in Renfrew for several driving infractions. The male driver of the vehicle had the odour of alcohol on his breath and subsequently failed a roadside alcohol screening test. Following breath tests at the detachment, a Renfrew man, 22, was charged with driving over 80 mgs. He was released on a promise to appear in court Feb. 29. Also on Jan. 14 OPP officers dealt with another impaired driver. Around 6:10 a.m. after a citizen complaint about a possible impaired driver Renfrew OPP officers located the suspect vehicle and stopped to investigate. Following breath tests at the detachment, a 24-year-old Campbell’s Bay, Que., woman was charged with impaired driving and driving over 80 mgs. She was released on a promise to appear in court March 14. Const. Katie Magill investigated. On Jan. 15 around 12:25 a.m. officers stopped a vehicle on Highway 17 in the Township of McNab-Braeside for speeding. Officers found the driver had been drinking and he failed a roadside screening test. The OPP say the passenger lied to officers about his identity as there was a warrant for his arrest. Both men were arrested. Following breath tests, a 27-year-old Mallorytown man was charged with driving over 80 mgs. He was released on a promise to appear in court in Renfrew on Feb. 29. The passenger, a 30-year-old Arnprior man, was charged with obstructing police. He was released on a promise to appear in court Feb. 29. He was then transferred to Arnprior OPP to deal with their arrest

warrant. Const. Ryan Besner was the investigating officer. On Jan. 15, officers again stopped a speeding vehicle on Highway 17 in McNab-Braeside and discovered the male driver had been drinking. After failing a roadside screening test he was brought to the detachment for breath tests. As a result, an Ottawa man, 42, was charged with driving over 80 mgs. He was released on a promise to appear in court in Renfrew on Feb. 29. TRESPASSING CHARGES Two males were charged under the Trespass to Property Act after refusing requests to leave a property when directed to do so. Officers responded to a Campbell Drive address in McNab-Braeside after the homeowner called 9-1-1. Two men had arrived at the residence to discuss a matter and refused to leave when directed. Ottawa and Gatineau men, ages 25 and 28 respectively, were each given tickets.

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Many young people spend a lot of time on-line and parents need to be aware of the risks associated to the Internet in order to educate your kids. Just as you taught your child how to cross the street safely, you need to teach your kids about online safety. Talk to your kids about what they are doing on-line just as you would talk to them about their day at school. Have them show you their facebook and other profiles. Encourage them to tell you if they receive any threatening or other message that makes them feel uncomfortable. Discourage any attempt to meet a stranger without your permission. People are not always who they say they are on-line. Educate yourself at websites linked to your service provider, or

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Returning County District School Board chair outlines priorities Dave Shields has been acclaimed to his second term as chair of the Renfrew County District School Board. Vice chair is trustee Terry Harkins. In his acceptance speech, he identified the board priorities for 2012 as: • implementation of the board’s third and final year of its current strategic plan; • development of a new board logo and motto; and, • a new board website. “It promises to be an exciting and action-packed year as we continue to provide our students with excellence in teaching and learning, a safe and respectful learning environment and work with our community stakeholders as we continue to be wise with our resources,” Shields said. 2011 FLASHBACK Shields also reflected on the board’s 2011 achievements. Among them, co-op student Jillian Smith worked with the board for four months to help develop, build and promote the board’s communication plan and advance marketability of the board. The draft communications plan, approved by the board in June, called for the hiring of a commu-

nication officer and that position was filled by Jake Davies in the fall. The board also enlisted the services of Steve Blok as an instructional technology leader to work with the board’s IT department “to champion the effective use of technologies that increase student engagement and support student achievement for the 21st century classroom.” Last year the board introduced 193 interactive white boards in classrooms, student netbook pilots at Renfrew Collegiate and Mackenzie Community School and a new WAN which provides increased bandwidth. The IT department is also piloting the use of iPads with special needs students. Events hosted by the board in 2011 included a Character Champions Day, Environmental Champions Day, and a provincial election all-candidates debate. “This event was successful because it brought education to the forefront,” said Shields, who congratulated MPP John Yakabuski and said he has been very supportive of the board and effective in bringing the board’s issues to the attention of the Minister of Education.” In September the board opened its first kindergar-

ten-to-12 school in Deep River, a facility Shields described as a “state-of-theart facility that has many enhancements to meet the needs of the Deep River students.” “In the coming year, we hope to receive final approval for the new K-to-12 school in Petawawa. This will be a major priority for the board,” Shields added. Shields said the Renfrew district board is one of the few in the province that has a very active parent involvement (PI) council who continue to engage parents in the county and who bring the unique differences and qualities of each community to the forefront of the board. “They have been instrumental in organizing the PIC Symposium in October, the director’s forum with principals in November and the panel discussion with representatives from CHEO on teenage suicide, depression and bullying in December,” Renfrew County District School Board Vice Chair Terry Harkins and Chair Dave Shields Shields noted. pose following the decision they would retain their positions for 2012. WORD OF THANKS Following his Dec. 12 election as chair, Shields also thanked the board for the honour and called it a “delight to work with a board of dedicated trustees that keep the best interest of our students at

the centre of every conversation and decision that is made.” He also thanked and praised a long list of people, from “excellent teachers and support staff ” to “top-notch principals and vice-principals” to board managers, consultants

and office staff, to a “homegrown” administration team. “I want to thank our director of education, Roger Clarke, our superintendents, Lisa Schimmens-Kuehl, Deb Rantz, Gayle Bishop and Dennis Jenkins, our executive as-

sistant, Stephanie Giesebrecht, and our administrative assistant, Shelley McIntyre for their hard work and professionalism. “They are a pleasure to work with and they promote and enhance public confidence in our education system,” Shields said.

A word of caution about the 2011 BRIDAL TRIBUTE change in tax refund payments LAURA HUNTER Renfrew County Legal Clinic

The Ontario Government has been changing the way that it pays out refundable tax credits from one lump-sum payment to cheques issued throughout the year. Most people with lower income in Ontario are eligible to get money back when they file their income tax return from credits like the Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credit and the Ontario Sales Tax Credit. In years past, these amounts were paid as a lump-sum refund (which could also include federal tax credits and refunds on taxes paid on work income). Many people would file their income taxes as early as possible using a tax preparation company and get an upfront payment from that company (less their fee) equal to the estimated refund. For many low income people, that money was used to pay for Christmas presents or winter clothing or to get caught up on bills early in the New Year. With this change in the way credits are paid out, that lump sum refund at tax time may be much smaller or nonexistent. Instead, some of the credits have already started to be paid out at different times of the year, and as of July of 2012, all the credits will be bundled together and will paid out monthly as the Ontario Trillium Benefit. The change is meant to help low income Ontarians by making this money available to them throughout the year, rather than having to wait to the end of the year. But it is having unintended consequences as well. Some tax preparation companies are changing the way they do business around the filing of tax returns. With no lump sum refund coming to their clients, these companies have asked their customers to sign up for a “bank account” (owned by a

cheque cashing company) and to change their direct deposit instructions to Canada Revenue Agency to have all their future tax credits and tax-delivered benefits (including the HST credit, the Ontario Child Benefit, the Canada Child Tax Benefit and the NCBS) directed to this account. Once money starts flowing into this account, the tax preparation company takes their fee for the preparation of the return, and another fee is taken out for the debit card that is needed to access the account. Then there are additional $2.00 fees for using the debit card for almost every transaction including buying something, taking out cash from a bank machine (other than their bank machine), and even making inquiries about your account. There is also a monthly fee for the bank account itself. Those fees could really add up in the long run. It’s a bit of a catch-22, because everyone needs to file their income tax return to be eligible for these credits. However, there are other options to filing your return which many people don’t know about. For example, there are free tax preparation clinics for low income people run by community agencies, like Seniors Home Support in Renfrew area and Carefor in the Pembroke region. In addition, people with simple tax returns may be able to use the Canada Revenue Agency’s Telefile service to file by telephone. If you have already signed the papers to agree to open this type of “bank account” and later change your mind, The Consumer Protection Act gives you the right to cancel any contract within 10 days of receiving a copy of the papers you signed. If it is has been more than 10 days since you received your copy of the contract, you can contact the Renfrew County Legal Clinic (613-432-8146 or 1-800-267-5871) for advice or speak to John Yakabuski’s office if you have other concerns.





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The Upper Ottawa Valley Genealogical Group’s reference library continues to be a popular tourist stop, since many travellers are researching their family roots. The Group’s comprehensive local history collection covers all of the Upper Ottawa Valley – both sides of the Ottawa River. “We came to Pembroke for one reason, to visit this library, and we weren’t disappointed,� said a Minnesota resident as she was leaving the library after an afternoon of research. Family historians visiting the Group’s website at www., refer to the library catalogue and have their research lists compiled before getting to Pembroke. The Library is user friendly and is open to the public at no charge. Many people are becoming interested in finding out more about their heritage and members of the group want to help them. A special beginners workshop will be presented at their reference library on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to noon. Researchers already familiar with researching on the internet will be particularly interested in the Genealogical Seminar to be held on March 24, at Algonquin College, featuring Lesley Anderson, representing, and ShirleyAnn Pyefinch, representing Most family historians are familiar with ancestry, but don’t realize just how much information can be found on the free site sponsored by the Latter Day Saints Church. Family historians, new to the research process, are advised to take the beginners workshop first. Advance registration is required for both the Workshop and the Seminar. More information about registration fees, etc.,


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KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION The Renfrew County District School Board welcomes Junior and Senior Kindergarten students to its schools year round, but sets aside dates each February to register Junior and Senior Kindergarten students for the upcoming school year. This year’s February registration period is: January 30 to February 2, 2012 and February 6 to 10, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (excluding school lunch period) Registration is easy. 1. Call your school (see list below and/or visit the Board’s web page at for further details) to see if an appointment is necessary for registration purposes. If you do not know your child’s designated school, please call the Renfrew County Joint Transportation Consortium at 613-732-8419. 2. Bring with you the following mandatory documents required to register your child: proof of age (birth certificate/birth registration/baptismal), Immunization Records, Ontario Health Card, Lot and Concession Number/Civic Street Address, proof of Ontario residency (Ontario Driver’s Licence/utility bill). 3. Junior Kindergarten children must be 4 years of age by December 31, 2012 and Senior Kindergarten children must be 5 years of age by December 31, 2012 (Junior Kindergarten students who attended in the current school year do not need to re-register for Senior Kindergarten). All schools have full day alternate day Junior and Senior Kindergarten programs unless identified in green (full day, everyday Junior/Senior Kindergarten sites, contact the Principal for further details). Address 225 Baskin Dr. W., Arnprior 1164 Stewartville Rd., Arnprior 79 Ottawa St., Arnprior

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Advent campaign a huge success at Renfrew school CONNIE DICK St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School principal

As a Catholic school within the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board we advocate and respond to the call of the poor; both locally and globally. For the third year the school community of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School has raised funds to give to those in need. Animals are always useful for those in the developing world. Goats for instance provide a family with milk and cheese. A pair of goats will produce several offspring each year. For our Advent campaign we invited donations and $805.32 was raised. Representatives from each classroom chose the items that they wanted to purchase as ‘gifts from the heart’ that will bring joy to the hearts of families living in poverty. Items chosen included food for two families, a mattress, one goat, three

school uniforms, bags and shoes, piglets, one sanitation system, vegetable seeds, fruit trees, fertilizer, four sets of chicks and ducklings, plumbing tools and equipment, two personal hygiene supply kits and rabbits. The St. Thomas the Apostle School community would also like to acknowledge other gifts from the heart that were donated to share with families in our own school who could benefit from assistance at Christmas. Kim and Mike Sterling from No Frills donated $200, which is greatly appreciated. Harvey McLaughlin presented $200 each to a number of schools in our area on behalf of the euchre-playing group, The Card Sharks. Thank you also to Sport Renfrew for its generous donation of $400. The Ambulance Communications Centre was also very generous with their support of a family this Christmas. Many thanks to all. We appreciate your generosity and support.

RCI pays tribute The flags were flown at half-mast at Renfrew Collegiate Institute; the result of a terrible tragedy that has rocked the Renfrew Collegiate family, and the Renfrew community. Three former students of RCI – Hillary Afelskie, Keegan Melville and Zabrina Rekowski – lost their lives in a car accident returning to Laurentian University in Sudbury Jan. 3. Hillary was heavily involved in our Bluezone Student Association. She was on our Relay for Life committee for the four years she attended Renfrew Collegiate. She acted as registration chair in her senior year, and returned after her first year at university to assist with Relay again. Hillary was an enthusiastic member of our soccer team, a member of our social interaction program and a performer in our drama club. An excellent student, Hillary wanted to become an elementary school teacher, working with children with special needs. Keegan Melville was known for his incredible talent as a musician. An avid bass player, Keegan played bass in the school’s jazz and concert bands, the drama club pit band, as well as the local band, Shapes of Grey. Keegan also played drums with the Arnprior-McNab Pipe Band. He mentored and encouraged young musicians in his role as peer tutor at Renfrew Collegiate. At Laurentian, Keegan was studying jazz. He wanted to become

CHARLIE BOSSY RAIDER RAP a music teacher. Zabrina Rekowski was a member of the wrestling and track and field teams at our school. She was involved in the social interaction program, and was a kind and caring peer tutor in our life skills class. Zabrina was studying behavioural neural science at Laurentian. Though their lives were cut short, they had already made outstanding contributions to their school and community. All three individuals were known for their kind and caring attitude. They were truly inspiring role-models and friends. Our school, the Renfrew community, and the Laurentian University community are grieving the loss of such fine young people. In a small school and community, a tragedy like this touches everyone in some way. We have all come together to bond, to grieve and to comfort the families and one another. An unknown author once wrote, “Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.” RCI may have lost three Raiders, but their legacy, their kindness and our memories of them will last forever.

Dominican Team prepares for journey The semester is coming to an end at St. Joseph’s Catholic High School and students have been busy finishing final culminating projects and preparing for exams. On that topic, exams are scheduled from Friday, Jan. 27 to Wednesday, Feb. 1. However, as we approach the second semester, there is a very special event at SJHS that everyone should be aware of ! From Feb. 9 to 16, the 2012 Dominican Republic (D.R.) Team will be joining a group of students from Bishop Smith Catholic High School in Pembroke to visit the Dominican Republic on a humanitarian mission. Throughout the visit, students will be living with host families in the town of Yamasa, D.R. Students will be participating in a number of different activities during the 10day journey to bring aid to impoverished families in the area. Some of the things that the students will be doing include delivering friendship kits of food to poor families, doing odd jobs or visiting a local school. While the students themselves are responsible for paying for their own travel, they have been fundraising for almost a year to pay for much-needed medical

VICTORIA SLIGHT JAGUAR JOURNAL supplies, which they will also bring with them. The students who have been chosen to represent our school this year are Breigh Whalen, Greg Sawbridge, Jacey Carnegie, Kaitlyn Kargus, Heleana Varsch, Jennifer Hagerman, Rosemary Waclawik, Dean Dewar, and Brittany Rowan, and teacher Mrs. Alana Hamel. Each student is looking forward to the opportunity to help others who are less fortunate and to help make a difference in their lives. The journey is certain to be a lifechanging experience for those involved. The SJHS school community is proud of the efforts of the 2012 Dominican Republic Team and we will continue to support the students through prayer as they complete their mission to help the community of Yamasa, D.R. If you wish to make a donation towards this years D.R. mission, please contact the school at 613-432-5846.

These St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School students celebrate the raising of more than $800 for their Advent campaign. From left are Evan Hart, Hudson Valliquette, Jake MacLeod and Kailey MacLeod. Mercury photo by Peter Clark

From the road well travelled to the road less travelled The beginning of a new year is a time to reflect on the one that has passed – and to decide which course to take in the future. 2011 was full of ups and downs, but more ups, I’d like to think. I turned 18 and voted for the first time, went to prom, got my driver’s licence, became an aunt, entered my final year of high school, participated in National Novel Writing Month, won various short story contests, have had short stories published in the school and community newspapers and scouted out universities. Sometimes you don’t realize how blessed you really are until you see your accomplishments laid out before you. In a year of personal emotional upheaval, it’s amazing to see how far I’ve come, and how far I’m going to go in 2012 and beyond. But with a new year and new beginnings, there must be endings. One of them is my co-op placement here at The Mercury. I appreciate this opportunity very much and I’m grateful both to The Mercury and those that have taken the time to let me know they enjoy reading my thoughts. And thank you to those who simply read and found something to think about. I’m sad to leave, but at the same time this opportunity has given me a chance to continue what I love – reading and writing and meeting new people. These sorts of experiences offer a solid foundation for wherever I choose to go and whomever I choose to be. Which,

REBEKA BORSHEVSKY SKY’S THE LIMIT right now, feels like anything. I sit here pondering my future and all the possibilities: going to university, completing a novel, travelling to Europe, meeting new people, experiencing history. That is, finding my place in the world. Soon I’ll graduate and go off to university and be on my own for the first time. I’m absolutely terrified – fearful terrified and excited terrified. This past year has shown me my strengths and weaknesses; this past year has proven that I have what it takes to make it out there. I’m driven, mature and responsible. I had goals and I reached them. I have goals and I will fight to see them brought into being. So my New Year’s resolutions? To look at what I’ve done in 2011 and do even more in 2012. To finish that book, to take that dive and move more than one hour away from home, to not be afraid of following my dream. To go where God takes me, and simply enjoy the ride. I may never be rich or famous, but I might just end up truly happy. As poet Robert Frost says, in lines I will carry with me the rest of my life: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—/ I took the one less travelled by,/ And that has made all the difference.

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Rekindling his artistic fire STEVE NEWMAN

A framing contractor by trade, Jack Stekelenburg anticipates the day he’s a full-time artist. Like many artists, he has faced stumbling blocks, challenges that left him wondering where his art was headed. His shaggy blonde hair and dancing eyes leave the impression he’s younger than his real age of 59. As an artist he’s even younger, but confident he’s finding his artistic way. Interested in art for years, he didn’t formally pursue art until 2005, when he took a welding course with Bob Nigro in the Burnstown area. Most of Stekelenburg’s work is now sculpturing with steel, although he also does abstract work on canvas. He went to the welding course thinking about making garden sculptures; he left realizing he had the soul of a true abstract artist, and was soon creating most of his work from a wide selection of industrial and farm implements. He has garnered major inspiration from Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Salvador Dali and David Smith, who’s generally regarded as the greatest American sculptor of the 20th century, and many friends and critics. But 2010 and 2011 were quieter for Stekelenburg on the artistic front. His marriage ended a few years ago, as his art took a backseat. “I was the one who abdicated. I put my friends and my art on the backburner.” However, he was recently encouraged by an artist-friend to show his work to an Ottawa art gallery. The move paid off. Stekelenburg now has about 20 sculptures or paintings at Patrick John Mills Contemporary Fine Art Gallery in Ottawa and a small number of pieces at Brushstrokes Gallery in Carleton Place. Steel is often a centrepiece of his work, but not in steely, static ways. For example, many of his sculptures present human faces and emotion, including The Beautiful Lady with the Bright Red Lips, which is at Mills’ gallery. There’s also his outdoor sculpture of a young, happy youngster with jelled hair that the Renfrew-area owner calls The Brylcreem Boy. But everyone appreciates art, even if some people tell you otherwise, says Stekelenburg. “We all see and recognize art in our own way, whether it’s snow on a tree, a poem on the radio, or a children’s play on stage.” That’s why parents should give their children’s art the same precious attention they give any other art works at home. Frame your children’s work and put them in a special place, he says, because that acceptance represents the essence of love. Stekelenburg grew up in Renfrew, before moving to southwestern Ontario in 1969 and raising a family. He came back to the Ottawa Valley several years later. Some of the first ideas for his own art work came while living west of Ottawa, in Munster, where the Stekelenburg household had a property with perennial gardens and fish ponds. After returning to Renfrew in 2003, he thought he wanted to do garden sculptures. After taking the welding course with Nigro, his art production took off in other directions, in keeping with his new identity as an abstract artist. “My sculptures, at the beginning, weren’t great,” he admits. “They were clumsy, perhaps, but they grew,” he adds, giving credit to the Renfrew Art Gallery and family members for their feedback. He gained particular motivation from Hugh Malcolm, who continues to paint despite his own battle with Parkinson’s. Stekelenburg didn’t renew his own artistic enthusiasm in 2011, but he says he always retained the belief system that he

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Barbara Tomasini with one of her many paintings that embrace wildlife, in this case bluebirds and their surroundings.

Biba’s Studio opens STEVE NEWMAN

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Renfrew artist Jack Stekelenburg stands beside Speak No Evil, one of his works on display at the Patrick John Mills Contemporary Fine Art Gallery in Ottawa. read about, as a teenager, in Ralph Emerson’s essay on self-reliance. Emerson wrote about the need for each person to avoid conformity and false consistency, and to follow his or her own instincts and ideas. John Patrick Mills, owner of John Patrick Mills Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, likes how many of the Renfrew artist’s ideas have materialized. Mills says Stekelenburg’s art possesses that purity and integrity. “He’s a good artist. He’s got a lot of talent. “The economy is not the hottest right now, but I know his work will sell,” says Mills. He says Stekelenburg’s work, unlike that of many artists, isn’t pretentious and it’s very diverse. Stekelenburg sure hopes so, as he works on his 15 Faces, Mountain, Yin-Yang and Love series. The first in the Love series is a metal sculpture depicting the word for love in Chinese calligraphy. The Mountain series will garner motivation from his visit to Nepal in 2008, and possibly from a planned trip to the mountains of Argentina later this year. “I have ideas for series to work on, major pieces that are in my head waiting to be created, and pieces that have been started and need to be finished; some are small and some are quite large,” says Stekelenburg. His large completed pieces, Speak No Evil and Blue Eye, stand in Mills’ outdoor sculpture garden. Stekelenburg will also be profiled in the gallery’s I Love You show that runs Jan. 19 to Feb. 25. The vermissage is Feb. 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. The Ottawa gallery, at 286 Hinchey Ave., is open noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information, visit

Barbara Tomasini grew up in Ottawa fascinated with nature and drawing. Sixty-two years later, those fascinations remain in her heart and are linked to her work as an artist. Dec. 17, the Renfrew resident opened Biba’s Studio, her own art studio at her home at 176 Xavier St., next to the Renfrew Curling Rink. The studio name originates from a cat, Bibo, whom she rescued from the streets of Ottawa 30 years ago. “I’ve been doing art since I graduated from art and design at Georgian College (in Barrie) in the early 1970s,” said Tomasini at her opening. “It’s been my lifesaver,” she says of the benefits of indulging in her creative side. Despite being an artist who has sold her art at galleries over the years, this is her first studio show. Now retired from teaching, she has taught art to young offenders, and physical education, math, art, and English as a second language to high school students. Her portfolio of several dozen paintings includes water colour, pen and ink, mixed media and acrylic works of religious elements, landscapes, abstract art, wildlife and flowers. Major inspirations for her art include her parents, Angelo and Laura Tomasini of Round Lake, through her mom’s

lifelong interest in gardening and her father’s professional connections with construction and technical design. Some of Tomasini’s most powerful works are her pen and ink designs of birds, including blue jays, woodpeckers, loons, blackbirds, grouse, cedar waxwings and wood ducks. One of her more gratifying moments as an artist was winning honorary mention, in the songbirds category, at a juried 1986 show at the Museum of Civilization. The judges for that show included artist Robert Bateman. Her art, she says hopefully, will usher an appreciation of nature, living things and colour itself. Viewings of Tomasini’s art are by appointment. Her number is 1-613-219-0479.

Barbara Tomasini’s pen and ink drawing of a woodpecker.

Mercury photo by Sherry Haaima

MEMOIRS OF A GENDERLESS WARRIOR Jack Stekelenburg’s The Beautiful Lady with the Bright Red Lips.

Marcus Magdalena is pleased with the success of Memoirs of a Genderless Warrior, which played in November for three nights to close to sold-out crowds at Neat Café in Burnstown. Memoirs highlighted gender issues and chronicled Marcus Magdalena’s own of experiences of addiction, homelessness and depression. Marcus Magdalena, far right, joins guests and supporters on opening night. From left are Sean Anderson, Laurent Gagnon, Donovan Adolph, Joanne Beattie-Kalimeris and Christine Perri.



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The Renfrew Atom Timberwolves captured top honours at the Smiths Falls Atom Bears hockey tournament Jan. 7. In front row from left are Jayce Greer, Jacob Miller, Tyson Johnston, Colby Bleeks, Tyler Blackburn; middle row, Matthew Finan, Thomas Barber, Crawford Leavoy, Carter Sammon, Tanton Landriault, Lucas Crozier, Justin Schutt, Sydney Smart; and back row, assistant coach Carey Finan, coach Cory Smart, assistant coach Neil MacAskill and trainer Bryan Schutt. Andrew MacAskill, Simon Rose and general manager Linda Crozier are missing from the photo.

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The Renfrew Atom Timberwolves captured their second tournament title of the 2011-12 hockey season in Smiths Falls Jan. 7. Their first came in Cobden. The Wolves earned 2-1 wins over Casselman and Hawkesbury, and then blanked the host Smiths Falls Bears 4-0 in the final. Thomas Barber and Tanton Landriault both had three goals, including two each in the final. Landriault’s came shorthanded on the same penalty kill. Justin Schutt added two goals. Jacob Miller had his eighth shutout. He and Tyson Johnston also backstopped the Atom Wolves to victories earlier. The Atom Wolves (11-2-and-3) also defeated Petawawa in Upper Ottawa Valley Hockey League action 7-2 Saturday. Barber had a hat trick and Matthew Finan two goals. Landriault and Schutt collected singles. Colby Bleeks added two helpers and Johnston the win. The Peewee Timberwolves (11-7-3) topped the Muskrat Voyageurs 5-2 Saturday and lost 3-1 to the Patriots in Petawawa Sunday. Ben Scheuneman scored two goals while singles came from Nicholas Fleguel, Alex Paquette and Zach Moran in

the victory. Fleguel and Paquette both added two assists. Zach Moran scored the lone tally in Petawawa. Cameron Iob guarded the goalcrease in both games. The Bantam Wolves (10-4-2) lost 1-0 in Arnprior. Colin Schwartz was between the pipes. The Minor Midget Wolves (9-4-3) got three goals from Adam Martin and a Chloe Eady 22-save performance in a 3-1 win over the Packers. Sam Agnew had two assists. The Juvenile Wolves (10-3-0) have taken over first place in the Lanark-Carleton Minor Hockey League. The Wolves lost 8-5 in West Carleton Jan. 8, but rebounded with a 16-2 win at Carleton Place, and 11-2 in Smiths Falls this past week. Brad Oattes had two goals and Neil Perrault three assists at West Carleton. Curtis Millar had five goals and two assists, Ryan Cuthill two goals and six helpers, and Mitchell Jamieson three goals and two assists to lead a batch of Renfrew scorers in Carleton Place. Millar and Joel Blemkie had hat tricks in Smiths Falls, and Phil Carter two goals and three assists. Blake Schwartz posted all three goaltending wins. The Juvenile Wolves host Arnprior at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.


When you ask Canadian Ski Hall of Famer and Olympian Todd Brooker what skiing has given him, it has nothing to do with what he has won. It is more about who he has become – a proud and happy family man. Todd Brooker, who now represents Head ski equipment, was at the Peaks Sunday and handed out prizes to winners at a youth ski competition. “I did it myself. I went through the whole ski program and I had three daughters that also raced so that was my second chance to follow the racing. And now I follow it because I work for Head skis,” says Brooker. “A lot of the kids we sponsor and, of course, I like being around to support and watch and cheer on. It’s great,” he says. He understands the pres-

Todd Brooker signs the jacket of one of the skiers who travelled from Deep River for Sunday’s races at Calabogie Peaks. Best of all, the sport has sures on young people and the challenges some face given him the great gift juggling their sport and of all: “For me personally, time with my family. It’s school as well. “The odd time I say still the most fun thing that something right,” he adds we’ll ever do together.” “Now there’s no panic with a chuckle. But his impact as a role about training and everymodel is a serious one, and thing else. It’s skiing for he’s happy to encourage fun and it’s just a blast,” says Brooker. any way he can.

Will Giants and Patriots do battle again? Are we in for a rematch of Super Bowl XLII? Fans of the National Football League remember that thriller in early February 2008. The New York Giants pulled out a dramatic last-minute 17-14 triumph over the New England Patriots. That was the year the Patriots rolled through the regular season and into the Super Bowl with a perfect 18-and-0 record. So the obvious question, will these two teams and quarterbacks Eli Manning and Tom Brady meet once again? The New Yorkers travel to

San Francisco Sunday to take on the 49ers in the NFC final with a trip to Super Bowl XLVI on the line. The Patriots host the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC champoinship game. I look for the Giants and Patriots to meet again with all on the line Feb. 5 in Indianapolis.

Council 1916 local free throw competition runs Tuesday, Jan. 24 at the St. Joseph’s Catholic High School gymnasium starting at 7 p.m. The competition is open to girls and boys ages 9 to 14. Winners in each age group advance to the district final against Arnprior and Eganville competitors Feb. 7, also at SJCHS. Call Mike McMahon, 613-4325846 at St. Joseph’s for your kid to enter.

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hockey tournament at Scobie’s Cottage on Jeffrey’s Lake has reached 10 years already. This year’s event on Hockey Day in Canada Saturday, Feb. 11 takes place on four natural ice surfaces, and consists of two divisions, Open and Wrecked. The 24-team tournament gets underway with the first four of 102 games at 7 a.m. The cost is $150 per team. The Open champs earn $200 in prize money while the Wrecked division winners pocket $100. Call Josh Scobie to enter a team or for more information at 613-433-4898.

* * * The three European goaltenders to backstop their teams to a Stanley Cup championship are Dominik Hasek in 2002 with the Detroit Red Wings; Nikolai Khabibulin of the 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning; and Antti Niemi with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010. And for this week: A number of teams have played in backto-back Super Bowls over the years, but only two teams have appeared in at least three consecutive Super Bowls. Name the only two teams to do so.

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READY FOR ACTION The 2012 Little Rock and Junior Curling Program at the Renfrew Curling Rink got underway on Jan. 5. Anyone from ages six to 18 is welcome. Instruction is offered by trained club and little rock coaches. Anyone wishing to join should call the curling rink at 613-432-5001. The cost is $50 and it runs every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. through to the March Break. Gemma Gerritse, left, and Ivy Gerritse of the Little Rock program are ready for action.

Dylan Gray of the Renfrew Curling Rink’s Little Rock program gets pointers on releasing the rock out of the hack from coach Diane Burns.

Renfrew Curling Rink The Renfrew senior men started 2012 in fine fashion as they hosted the first Low Cup games of the New Year. The team of Leo McCallum, Andy Sklepowicz, Andy Humphries and Alex Baillon and the team of Rob Warren, Don Rouble, Jim Berg and Eric Craig won their two games over Arnprior and hardly gave up an end in doing so. The much-needed result has allowed Renfrew to start catching up to Pembroke, who had opened up a sizable lead over the first part of the schedule. The team of Rob Warren, Don Rouble, Jim Berg and Andy Humphries attended the Cobden Men’s Invitational last weekend and placed second overall. The Don Mackinnon trophy, in the first draw in the men’s league at Renfrew went to Rob Warren, Denny Barnes, Rory Mckay, and Norm Warren in a tie-breaker game 10-8 over Dave Eady, Gus Woito, Jim Deacon, and Roy Leitch. The tie-breaking game was required after the two teams finished the first

Come join your fellow anglers at the Renfrew firefighters ice fishing derby during Renfrew Winter Frew Fest Saturday, Jan. 28. Registration is at 7 a.m. at the boat launch. Bring the whole family.


To say that the race for fourth place in the Valley Division of the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League is moving along at a snail’s pace might be an understatement. Through no fault of their own, the Renfrew Timberwolves and Stittsville Royals – the two main combatants in the battle for the final playoff spot – have played only three games between them since the new year began, and none over the past weekend. Weather was the big factor as the Wolves’ trip to Shawville was post-poned on Friday night, while their big showdown in Stittsville Sunday afternoon was also cancelled, thanks to a Zamboni breakdown. For the record, the Wolves were informed of the cancellation before they left Renfrew. So it remains status quo. The Wolves lead the Royals by two points in the stand-

ings. Renfrew has 11 games remaining and Stittsville 12. Something is bound to give this weekend. The Wolves host the Arnprior Packers Friday at 8 p.m., travel to Arnprior for a 6 p.m. contest Saturday, and then visit the Almonte Thunder at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Stittsville has a home-and-home set with the Metro Division’s Ottawa Junior Canadians. But guess what? Tuesday night’s Royals game at Ottawa was post-poned. At least it’s fair. Now both teams have two games to make up. VALLEY DIVISION STANDINGS GP W L T OTL Arnprior 33 24 6 3 0 Perth 33 17 13 1 2 Almonte 30 11 15 3 1 Renfrew 31 11 19 1 0 Stittsville 30 9 18 3 0 Shawville 33 8 23 0 2

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B.R. Fulton Construction opened 2012 pretty well the way they ended 2011 – with a peewee house hockey tournament championship. After winning the local tournament Dec. 29, Fulton’s strung together three more wins in Almonte Saturday. The Renfrew team blanked Almonte 1-0 and Petawawa 6-0 with Carter

Brown had three goals, Nicholas Wright and Hanniman two, and the Mackin brothers, Hunter Gilchrist, Verch, Barber and Brett Clouthier singles. The shutout for Campbell was his seventh. Atkins has five. NAPA Auto Parts topped Petawawa 3-0 to win the C division of the Almonte tournament. They lost earlier 6-4 to Almonte and 2-1 to North Glengarry Stormont. Braedon Reinert notched two

Atkins and Connery Campbell each posting a shutout. Fulton’s then turned back a second Almonte squad 4-2 in the final. Darin Verch had three goals, Brandon Hanniman and Dawson Brown (2G, 3A) two, and Spencer Brydges (1G, 3A), Braeden Mackin, Cody Mackin and Brendan Barber (1G, 2A) singles in the tournament. Fulton’s also edged Beachburg 3-2 and whitewashed Petawawa 10-0 in peewee league play.

goals in the final and Ryan Fortin one. Eric McIntyre and Hunter Wright added two assists. Hunter Gilchrist, Reid Hall, Reinert, Garett McDonald and Brandon Fortin scored in the earlier games. McKale Van Genderen and Bryce Schaap shared the shutout. NAPA won a league encounter 4-3 over Arnprior with Wright, Ryan Fortin, Brandon Nykyforak and McDonald scoring. The Rink Rat Pro Shop

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157 ELK ST. 327 AIRTH BLVD. An excellent garden home in good state of repair and ready for occupancy - 3 bedrooms, 1 and half baths, hardwood flooring - central air - gas heat - basement fully finished - tiered deck at the rear overlooking a treed lot Call Helen to view at 432-0058

This brand new custom 2 bedroom bungalow is ready for occupancy - move in now!!! Fully serviced lot and full Tarion warranty in place in connection with this home - hardwood, ceramic and vinyl flooring - double car attached garage rear lot backs onto parkland - deck at the rear off the dining area - full basement. Call Helen at 432-0058


1716 CALABOGIE RD. BURNSTOWN A golden opportunity for you to explore a business plan for this location and for this prime building - apartment on the second floor with a bona fide tenant to supplement your monthly costs and ground floor is ready to be utilized for your commercial venture - all kinds of parking and all kinds of space - apt has its separate entrance - boundary survey of the land available. Call me to view this and I will supply you with all the details. Helen at 432-0058

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448 MAYHEW ST. Good good value at this address - two levels of complete living area with family room, 3 rd bedroom and laundry and 3 pce bath on lower level then a few steps up and you are in their custom kitchen plus there are 2 bedrooms, living, dining and 4 pce bath on this level - huge deck at the rear and no maintenance yard - central air - gas heat Call Helen at 432-0058

818 8TH ST. What you will see here you will love -ultimate finished garden with 3 levels completely done - 2 bedrooms and 1 and ½ baths - all kinds of closet space plus hardwood flooring on two levels and stairway as well - central air - gas heat - survey on file - double tiered deck and arbor at the rear - a pleasure to show. Call Helen at 432-0058

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327 LISGAR Starting out? Don’t miss out on this great opportunity. Own your own home in a superb location of town. 2 generous sized bedrooms, new roof, insulated garage are a couple great features here. Deck attached on the rear to a good sized well maintained yard. For details call Dave 613.401.2824



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WATERFRONT LOT on the Madawaska River. All ready to build your dream home or cottage. 200 ft of prime waterfront. Do not miss out. MLS#786169 Call David. 613-401-2824.

847 RAGLAN Very busy store in an excellent location. Has been recently upgraded inside. Be your own boss today. Call David. 613-401-2824.




Wait until you see this - it is top drawer!!! Views of the river from everywhere on the main level, comprising a large living room with fireplace, dining room, custom equipped kitchen, family area and 3 rd bedroom - 2 and half baths - stunning trex deck - paved road right to your door - lots of parking area. 2 car attached garage -has to be seen Call Helen at 432-0058

Paved road right to your door!!! Split level home with 4 levels of living space attached single garage - large front deck with screened in porch - beautiful views of the lake - hot tub area - 3 bedrooms on second level - family room with fireplace - two baths - it has it all and great access year round. Call Helen to view at 432-0058


Make this spectacular 3 BDR on the beautiful Ottawa River your families home today. Plenty to showcase here folks, including an enclosed hot tub and gazebo, wood burning fireplace, oversized 1 car garage and a private master bedroom to call your own. For details call Dave 613.401.2824 MLS #803723


$195 ,000

205 STEVENSON CRES. Great Neighbourhood! Great Home! Simply put this 2 storey 3BDR home has many new features throughout and is worth taking a look at. For details call Dave 613.401.2824



Call David for a free Evaluation of your home today

219 OAK STREET 900 LACROIX BAY RD. OTTAWA RIVER WATERFRONT Excellent building lot with amazing waterfront on the Ottawa River. This lot is priced to sell at $79,900. Call David today at 613-401-2824. MLS 796846.

Quality, Efficiency, & Comfort. This beautiful 3 BDR bungalow on a large lot has a lot to offer. Well designed I.C.F. (insulate concrete form) home. Open concept living, dining and kitchen with engineered flooring to accommodate radiant propane heat. 1.5 baths. Double Car Garage. For details call Dave 613.401.2824



SHANE SMITH Renfrew Amateur Wrestling Club

Once again Renfrew wrestlers represented the area extremely well Saturday at the team competed at the Ottawa International Wrestling Festival at St. Patrick’s High School. After many hard fought battles and close matches, local wrestlers brought home 29 medals. That total featured eight gold, 13 silver and eight bronze

medals. Heading to the podium were: • Gold: Brandon McDonald, James Foran, Angel Smith, Nathaniel Smith, Chelsea Bernard, Cody McDonald, Lilyan Warren and Shanna Beauchamps. • Silver: Taylor Mayotte, Ida Yates-Lavery, Sarah Malatesta, Molly McFarlane, Brittany Smith, Lily LaFont, Colton Warren, Cole McKee, Jolie Brisco, Rachel McDonald, Samantha Smith, Teegan Tabbert and

Henry Innes. • Bronze: Bryson Lines, Taylor Cameron, Cody Driscoll, Cole Herbert, Colton Charbonneau, Paulena Oattes, Jordon Oattes and Seth Picard. Oattes and Picard were competing in their first tournament. Finishing just off the podium were Logan Picard and Justin McClelland. Jake Cartman was pulled from the tournament for Jolie Brisco of the Renfrew Amateur Wrestling Club medical reasons. grapples her way to a silver medal.

Sign up at the rec centre to compete in the redneck crash ice race 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28 during Frew Fest.



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Just completed, Tarion insured, open concept with three bedrooms, two baths, cathederal ceiling, full basement, an impressive home. MLS# 814502.

Grant Settlement Rd, asking $369,900 for this 9 Acre hobby farm, large home, good barns and fencing, large heated workshop. MLS# 813108.

138 ARGYLE Many possibilities exist for this central Commercial location. MLS# 782020.

CENTENNIAL LAKE LOT Great building lot, close to Griffith, 4.5 acres.

SOLD 27 MCGARRY AVE Asking $139,900, three bedroom two storey with detached garage, requires some TLC. MLS# 815815.

271 MINK LAKE RD Asking $45,000. Already has a drilled well and septic installed, fenced lot. MLS# 786232

READY TO MOVE INTO 2425 Eady Rd. Horton, asking $259,900, gleaming hardwood floors, three bedrooms, two baths, front porch across the front. MLS# 803335.

GREAT FAMILY HOME Ideal location, solid, four bedroom home, with finished basement, 2.5 baths, attached garage. MLS# 814204.

409 DOMINION ST. Asking $137,500 for this three bedroom home, newer gas furnace, gleaming hardwood floors, central location MLS# 815733

183 BONNECHERE ST. Asking $147,500, New furnace Dec 2011, tastefully decorated throughout, three bedrooms, hardwood floors, large kitchen, great central location MLS# 815235


FOUR ACRE COMMERCIAL LOT Now only $199,900, fully serviced and surveyed lot, with town water, sewer, hydro, and gas existing. Many options exist for this high traffic location. MLS# 786734.

SOLID FAMILY HOME Asking $119,900 for this solid brick Douglas four bedroom home on a corner lot. MLS# 812576.


JUST LISTED 3 Acre Building Lot at Kelly’s Corners. Call Peter

148 BANK ST Asking $159,900 for this three bedroom family home, 2 baths, freshly painted and updated. MLS# 814974.

OTTAWA RIVER WATERFRONT 12 Macs Lane, Horton. Now asking $465,000, renovated throughout, three bedroom home with fully finished walkout basement. 100 ft of sandy beach. MLS# 814321

MANOR ESTATES BUILDING LOT Planning on building this Spring? Call Peter about this great centrally located lot. MLS# 803130.

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Wrestlers win 29 medals at Ottawa tournament


St. Joseph’s Jaguar boys reach hockey tournament semifinal PETER CLARK

The St. Joseph’s Jaguars boys hockey team reached the semifinal at the General Panet Panthers tournament for A schools in Petawawa Jan. 11. The Jaguars lost 5-1 to the Opeongo Wildcats, defeated F.J. McElligott of Mattawa by that same 5-1 margin, and then dropped a 4-1 decision to Opeongo in the semifinal. The game

was much closer than the final score would lead one to believe. The score was tied 1-1 with four minutes left before the Wildcats struck for three goals. Brett Riopelle had a hat trick in St. Joseph’s win over Mattawa. Nick Paquette, Michael Vice, Rory Whalen and Zach McIntyre had other Jaguars goals in the tournament. Jake Lefebvre and Dan Charbonneau saw action between the pipes for coach Mike McMahon’s squad.

The Jaguar girls also took to the ice in Petawawa. Coach Tim O’Connor said the girls played well. The Jaguars lost 3-1 and 3-2 to the Madawaska Valley District Wolves and General Panet respectively, and 6-2 to the Renfrew Collegiate Raiders. Abbey Freemark scored two goals, and Kaitlyn Kargus, Breigh Whalen and Sonya Bergin singles for St. Joseph’s. Amanda Limlaw played all

The Senior Jaguars fell 3-1 to Opeongo, blanked the Jeanne Lajoie Chevaliers 3-0, and lost 3-0 to Fellowes and 3-1 to Mackenzie. The Junior Jaguars rolled past Jeanne Lajoie in boys basketball action 46-11 this past Monday. Evan Naismith led with 18 points. The Senior Jaguars made it a doubleheader sweep. Brett Riopelle scored 12 in a 64-16 triumph.

three games in goal for the Jags. The Jaguars won a few, and lost a few, in Upper Ottawa Valley High School Athletic Association girls volleyball action. The junior girls blanked Opeongo 3-0 Jan. 10. On Thursday, the Junior Jaguars shut down the Mackenzie Mustangs 3-0, lost a 3-1 decision to the Fellowes Falcons, and were edged by two points in the fifth set by Pembroke’s L’Equinoxe Patriotes.

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MLS#816768 Exciting Family Property on Wade Avenue. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 gas fireplaces, upgraded kitchen, fenced yard, deck & pool. Garage, rear access to miles of bush trails. Lovely location! $275,500.

Meticulously restored, spacious & well maintained 4 bedroom, 3 bath home. Custom kitchen, family room, formal dining room, formal living room, 3 fireplaces and the list goes on. Private, fenced side yard. A Beautiful Place to call “Home”. $274,500 MLS#810527


This solid, 2 storey, 3+1 bedroom home with easy highway access features spacious kitchen & living room, 2 fireplaces, 2 baths, main floor laundry. Large workshop + wood shed. Situated on 1.6 MLS#816677 acres with a creek in the backyard.

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• 4 bedroom family home upgraded preserving its natural beauty. • Hardwood flooring, kitchen with custom cabinets, patio doors lead to back deck & impressive grounds • $289,000 MLS#809911




• Loads of Character Inside & Out! • 3 bedroom brick home, spacious living room hardwood floors, main floor laundry • $155,000 MLS#793812


• Well maintained 3 bedroom family home with newer back addition, private rear deck & fenced yard • Double paved driveway with detached garage • $204,000 MLS#816179

• Immediate Occupancy! Solid brick bungalow with lots of potential for a great family home! • 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, carport & private backyard in great neighbourhood • Affordable Living! Great Price! Don’t miss out! MLS#800169

816 EIGHTH STREET • 2 storey, 3 bedroom, 2 bath spacious family home with fully finished lower level • Excellent location for commuters • $195,000 MLS#803833


• Great neighbourhood for this 3 bedrooms, 2 bath, family home • Hardwood floors central air, detached garage, 2 tiered deck & private fenced yard MLS#810254 • $178,000


• Affordable 2 bedroom garden home great for downsizers • Appliances included, central air, attached garage & back deck • $179,900 MLS#808689





• 3 + 2 bedroom family home built in 2010 with attached single garage, hardwood & ceramic flooring • Fully finished lower level, 6 appliances included • $299,900 MLS#781868



• WOW! 5.03 acres with spacious family home within walking distance to town • Modern design, hardwood & ceramic flooring attached double garage, in-ground pool • $495,000 MLS#796522


• Private Country Setting! • 3+1 bedroom bungalow on 1.22 acres with great yard, hardwood flooring, screened-in porch • $214,500 MLS#796909

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• 200 acre seasonal/ recreational property near White Lake • Great hunt camp potential • $290,000 MLS#815280

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Continued from Page 21 Kellee Bovair had five goals, and Justin Pearse a pair. Ben Lefebvre collected five assists and Pearse two. Jordan Vandersleen blocked 41 shots to give him four shutouts. The Renfrew Midgets got by Beachburg 2-1 to improve their mark to 10-7-and-2. Joel Ferguson scored both goals, including a shorthanded game winner. Schyler Sanftenberg earned the netminding victory.

Photo by Lena Lambert

These Bonnechere Manor residents celebrate their Jan. 5 opportunity to attend the Ottawa Senators’ National Hockey League game with Tampa Bay at Scotiabank Place. The 25 tickets were provided by Jeff and Joan Marie Wilcox of George’s Marine & Sports in Eganville and Carp, while Friends of the Disabled provided transportation. From left, in the front row, are Murray Pitt, Marjorie Hardy, Agnes Eades, Annette Laundreau and Margaret Hicks; second row, Ron Windle, Graydon Bernard, Patrick Mundt, Gordon Timm, Margaret Leclaire, Peter English; back row, Gertie Windle, Doriel Hachey, Jacques Ethier, Garnet Walbeck, volunteer Gary Hutchinson, Sunshine Coach drivers Chubby Meleskie and Neil Virgin, and Jeff Wilcox of George’s Marine & Sports. Missing are residents Helen Mick, Randy McTear and Ivan Simpson, volunteer Sterling O’Rourke and driver Al Guest.

Renfrew Winter Frew Fest takes place Saturday, Jan. 28 both inside at the Ma-Te-Way Activity Centre, and outside at Ma-Te-Way Park. Get the family together and enjoy the fun. R0171127119

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Sun. Jan. 22, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

220 Cameron Ave

Kelly Derue, Broker. 613-433-2681

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Sat. Jan. 21, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

855 Eighth

Vincent Johnston, Sales Rep. 613-433-2254

Sun. Jan. 22, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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Helen Vincent, Broker of Record 613-433-2254



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50 Denise Lane, Horton Off of Castleford Rd.. 2 bdr 1 bath 2011 mobile. mls#810688

857 Eighth St, Renfrew. 3 bdr 2 bath row house in town. ##813735

212 Elgin St, Renfrew, 3 bdr 1 bath on a nice lot with fenced yard .View of RCAF park and Bonnechere River. Mls#810406

2094 Corrigan Rd, Cormac, 1bdr 1 bath on a nice 4.25 . very private lot.Mls#814399

194 McAndrew Street Renfrew. 3 bdr 1 bath home in town. Mls#808666 R0011248704-0119

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Fraser’s wins


Dragonfly Golf Links under new management erybody in the family and with the natural beauty of our golf course, and Andrew and I working together, it isn’t going to be hard,” says McEachen. Having four young children herself, she feels strongly about getting children involved and out to the course with their parents and looks forward to seeing more events focused on them. Returning as a full-time employee is Gary Graveline. Graveline, who has been a member of Dragonfly Golf Links since he was 13 years old, started working with the club at the age of 18. In this time he has graduated with honours in April 2011 from a three-year business administration/professional golf management program at Georgian College in Barrie, Ont. This summer Graveline will be attempting to get his CPGA Pro Card. To do so, he must pass a playing ability test run by the CPGA in the Ottawa area. Once he obtains his card Graveline plans on going through a few more courses through the CPGA to become a certified teacher. “I am really excited to be part of this new team with Andrew and Channa. We have already had a few meetings in regards to the 2012 season. I like what I see, especially the work we will be putting into the families and kids,” says Graveline. Together they plan on making many changes to the operation of the Industrial League along with Ladies Night. Night golf is being looked into with glow in the dark balls; 9and-Dine tournaments are being looked at to help out charity organizations in the town. Plans are also being made to focus on family activities at the driving range throughout the year along with bring-

ing back family Sunday fun days. “Everything is going to be cranked up a notch,” says Dick. Another big event coming to Dragonfly this summer is The Ottawa Sun Scramble. Since its inception in 2005, the Ottawa Sun Scramble has grown into the largest golf tournament in the OttawaGatineau region, with nine divisions. Dragonfly will be hosting The Absolute Comedy C Division. “This is an amazing tournament. With so many different divisions, it suits all levels of golfers, including men,

women and juniors,” Dick says. For more information on The Ottawa Sun Scramble, you can visit their website at The new management team can be reached at admin@dragonflygolf. com and starting March 1, 2012 they will be at the golf course working on the many great changes. Dick and McEachen will also be at the Ottawa golf show on March 10 and 11, and also the Renfrew Home Show to answer Ready to greet you at the Dragonfly Golf Links come the any questions people may 2012 golf season are, from left, Gary Graveline, Channa have. McEachen and Andrew Dick.


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1436 GARDEN OF EDEN RD, HORTON Paradise on the Garden of Eden Road! Hiranch features brick-front exterior, rustic maple flooring, oak kitchen cabinets and partially finished basement. Attached insulate/wired garage. Over 13 acres with large pond in back yard. Don’t miss out-properties like this don’t come around very often. Call Lisa for complete details. MLS#815853. Asking $249,900.


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When you walk into the pro shop of Dragonfly Golf Links this spring, you’re going to see some major changes, not just with the way you look at golf, but you’re going to see smiles on a whole new management team and staff. Behind those smiles will be Andrew “Burrhead” Dick, manager of marketing and events, along with Channa McEachen, administrator/food and beverage manager. Donny Valdock will remain as greens keeper along with managing the maintenance crew. Dick was employed part time with Dragonfly last year as advertising and tournament sales. “With the retirement of (Kevin) Brown we felt it was only fitting to promote Andrew into this position,” says Terry McLaughlin, owner of Dragonfly. “His drive for customer satisfaction is amazing.” Dick a 36-year-old father of two and married to high school sweetheart Kristy Dick (Stubinski), brings to the table 20 years of charity work, along with knowing the town and the people in it. Dick states, “I was born and raised in Renfrew and am proud to be raising my family here, I look forward to the challenge of working at Dragonfly. We have a good team in place. The town is going to be blown away at the changes coming to Dragonfly.” Channa McEachen (Ly) born and raised in Renfrew, is also married to her high school sweetheart, Mark McEachen. They reside in Douglas with their four children. Channa, who has seven years of experience working at Dragonfly, is excited to see the familiar faces and also welcome all the new ones, “We are planning on making golfing fun for ev-


The Ottawa Valley Pride Midget Girls basketball team captured gold at the Classique Le Lait Les Astéries in Victoriaville, Que. From left are Keisha Clark, Cassandra Jaffray, Megan McGrath, Maddy Skepple, Renee Gauthier, Erin Atkinson, Racheal Costello, Rachel Schumacher, Mikeala Appleby-Lanoue, Emma Pettigrew, Elizabeth Chirico and coach Alan Atkinson.

Valley Pride wins hoops gold ALAN ATKINSON Ottawa Valley Midget Pride

The Ottawa Valley Pride Midget Girls basketball team travelled to Victoriaville, Que. Jan. 7-8 weekend to participate in the Classique Le Lait Les Astéries. The 29th annual tournament had more than 130 female basketball teams from across the province of Quebec participating in 12 divisions. The Valley Pride took the gold in a group of 10

teams at the Cadet A level. They defeated the Charlesbourg Huskies 47-11, Chicoutimi Titans 31-9, St. Raymond Balbuzards 40-21 in the semi-final, and then the previously undefeated Pont Rouge Phoenix 36-22 in the gold-medal game. As the only team from Ontario in the tournament, the players were proud to represent their province. The Pride consists of girls from Almonte, Pakenham, Marathon, Arnprior, Braeside and Calabogie.


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The Renfrew Collegiate Raiders varsity girls hockey team has come a long way in a couple of years. The Raider gals went 4-and-0 Jan. 11 to bring the school top honours at the eighth General Panet Panthers A hockey tournament in Petawawa. Backstopped by the goaltending tandem of Chloe Eady and Kelsey Kargus, RCI turned back the Madawaska Valley District Wolves 4-1, St. Joseph’s Jaguars 61, Jeanne Lajoie Chevaliers 3-1 on three third-period goals, and the Opeongo Wildcats 4-1 in the final. Hillary MacMillan led the attack with a pair of hat tricks and seven goals total. Brooke Senack, Amber Gillan, Tomi Grys and Jen Cluett added two goals, and Kennedy Payton and Colleen Fleury singles. Grys added four assists, and

Shayla Bertrand and Macy McGregor two helpers each in the final for coach Kim Oattes’ squad. The Senior Raiders kicked off 2012 with an 87-26 trouncing of Madawaska Valley in Upper Ottawa Valley High School Athletic Association senior boys basketball action Thursday. Chase Cotie had five three-pointers in the fourth quarter to finish with a season-high 15 points, and Jacob Crilly added his first career slam dunk as part of a 14-point effort. Josh Hudson collected 19 points and Cooper Brown 16. Gord Gaddess and Connor Jamieson ran an effective offence with six assists. The Junior Raiders dusted themselves off after facing a three-point half-time deficit and came back to stop the Barry’s Bay school 46-32. Blair MacKenzie had 15 points and Josh Thero 13 for RCI. Both Raider teams lost thrillers to the Arnprior Redmen Monday. Crilly had 21 points, Gaddess 10

and Hudson seven for RCI, but the Senior Redmen prevailed in a cliffhanger 57-54. Arnprior also won the junior encounter 35-30 despite 10 points from Thero. RCI combines with Arnprior to host the annual Raider/Redmen Classic Friday and Saturday at both schools. It was a tough opening day of 2012 (Jan. 10) on the court for RCI volleyball teams. Both girls squads lost 3-0 to the Arnprior Redmen. Coaches Richard Daber and Jason Wilson said the Raiders got strong games from Carly McHenry and Maddie Kubiseski in the senior encounter. Fellowes topped the Junior Raiders 3-1 and the Senior Raiders 3-0 on the volleyball court Monday. The Junior Raiders shaded the L’Equinoxe Patriotes 3-2 while the RCI senior girls blanked the Jeanne-Lajoie Chevaliers 3-0 in the Renfrew school’s last games before Christmas.

Mickey’s, Legion tie PETER CLARK

The Renfrew Legion and Mickey’s Promotions skated to a 3-3 tie in Renfrew Men’s Hockey League action last week. Brett Riopelle had two Legion markers and Mike Warren a single. Jeremy Scobie made 20 saves. Justin Riopelle answered with two Mickey’s markers, giving him seven in three games. Jason Smith added one. Steve Bowes kicked aside 29 shots. Mike Newberry had three goals and Chad Mullen two to lead Kelly Homes past Renfrew Pizzeria 7-2. Kip Mulvihill added four assists and Tony Iob three. Zach McIntyre earned the goaltending win, solved only by brother Ryan, who did so

with both Pizzeria goals. Pizzeria bounced back to defeat Pitt Contracting 7-1. Jimmy MacMillan had three goals to lead the way. GENTS HOCKEY Jeremy Scobie bagged his third shutout of the year in Mid-Town’s 3-0 win over B.R. Fulton Construction in the Gentlemen’s Hockey League Thursday. Paul Boudreau had two Rug Rat markers and assisted on Doug Buzzell’s marker. Griffith and Ottawa Valley Physiotherapy tied 2-2. Mike McMahon and Rob Holmes scored for the Timbermart Kings. Chris Naismith and Steve Radke, with 16 seconds remaining, answered for OVP. Bryden Schaap for Griffith, and OVP counterpart Jeremy Scobie were the netminders.


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15 QUEEN ST. NORTH Brick & Vinyl sided bungalow, open concept, KIT, DR, LR, 3BDR plus 1- 4 pc bath, Full Basement with 4th BDR, large rec Room with Gas Furnace, Separate laundry room, Large work area. Asking $199,900 Call Ross for Viewing 613.433.1133

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133 JENNET ST. 1.5 storey vinyl sided home, new addition consist of KIT, DR, separate LR, 1 BDR, and 1-2 pc bath. 2nd floor 1- 4 pc bath plus 2 BDR, Full Basement has 2 BDR, Rec Room, 1- 3 pc bath. F.A. Oil heat, 100 amp service. Asking $145,000 Call Ross for Viewing 613.433.1133

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794 LOCHWINNOCH ROAD Older home in excellent state of repair, newer kitchen, DR, LR with hardwood floors, 1-3 pc, sec fl has 3 good sized Bdr, newer 1-3 pc Jacuzzi tub, summer kit 15’ by 15’ with loft. Plus large 1 ½ car garage, nice drive, approx 3 miles from Renfrew. Asking $194,900. Call Ross for details. 613-433-1133

1200 SQ FT BUNGALOW; PLUS 900 SQ FT GRANNY FLAT Main Bungalow consist of 3 BDR, separate KIT, LR, DR, 1- 4 pc bath; Granny Flat Kit, LR, 2BDR, 1- 4 pc bath; Sunroom Common to both areas, Full Basement which is partial finished, Large 2.65 Acre Lot, Two good size barns. Many more features. Asking $359,900 Call Ross 613.433.1133

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CONSTANT LAKE RD. CENTRAL BONNECHERE TOWNSHIP Immaculate property with 177 acres in total.1800 sq ft brick bungalow, restored farmhouse, 1 bedroom bungalow, three cottages, & five trailer sites. New outdoor wood furnace installed and services all homes. 30ft X 30ft garage. Year round income approx. $30,000. Great fishing area. Please no drive bys. Call Ross for viewing 613-433-1133.

491 WHELAN RD. Open Concept Kith with Maple Cupboards plus island leading to back deck, Large LR, 1 – 4 pc bath, laundry room , 3 BDR with 1- 4 pc ensuite plus walk-in closet off MBR, hardwood floors throughout, full basement all dry walled, 4th BDR, furnace room, propane heat, large lot. Call Ross for details 613.433.1133


1157 HWY. 132 Vinyl Sided Bungalow, eat in KIT, LR, hardwood floors under rug, 1 – 4 pc bath, 2 BR, Full basement unfinished, F.A. Gas Heat, 250 AMP 2 car detached garage 17’ by 20’ asking $169,900. Host: Ross, 613-433-1133.



65 PEGGS LANE Location, Location. Privacy; Extra Lot Custom Built Home, Mainfloor has KIT, DR, LR, Den, Large MBR with ensuite; 2nd floor has 3 BDR, 1 4-PC bath; Full Basement with Large Rec Room, Three Car attached garage, manicured lawn. Call Ross 613.433.1133 for further details.

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Carolina wren at feeder.

Photo by Mary Moss

A little bit of help for Whisper STEVE NEWMAN

Whisper is an injured, and perhaps pregnant, white-tailed deer who frequents the Norcan Lake area. But she’s getting better with the help of local residents and donations from Metro grocery store in Renfrew. Victor and Donna Brown of Norcan Lake figure they’ve been feeding the deer since early December. “It makes me feel good to help an animal,” says Victor. Their property is in Frontenac County, just next to Mountain Chute in Greater Madawaska Township. Whisper, whose tongue often hangs down as saliva drips from her mouth, is having difficulty eating full apples and other fruit. But the Browns have been cutting apples and pears into smaller pieces which she consumes just fine. “I think she’s got some nerve damage. I’ve never seen it with another deer,” says Victor. The deer’s name, he adds, comes from how “she floats through the security lights like a summer breeze.” Whisper pays breakfast, lunch, dinner and sometimes later-evening visits, thanks in part to recent donations of unsold fruit and produce from Metro.

Hi Jim and Ila: I have attached some pictures of what I think is a Carolina Wren (from our bird books). A hairy woodpecker has been pretty consistent for the past couple of weeks, but the wren has just started to feed. I wanted to have you confirm the identity of the wren. Mary Moss Mary, thank you for the pictures. The bird is definitely a Carolina wren, a very rare visitor this far north at any time and especially during the winter. The stubby body, bright rusty brown upperparts, white stripe above the eye, bordered below by a dark line and the narrowly barred flanks and tail, are the field marks of this wren. A FLURRY OF OWLS

Photo by Donna Brown

Whisper is the injured deer who has been fed by Norcan Lake residents Victor and Donna Brown since early December. Metro agreed to help out after one of the Browns’ neighbours, Mark Thomas, approached the store to see if it could help. Thomas says he is also enjoying the deer’s visits. He knows the Ministry of Natural Resources says deer shouldn’t be fed. But Thomas says in this instance a little bit of kindness is helping an injured animal back to health. The Browns’ property is also visited regularly by foxes and wild turkeys.

A flurry of owls or, as they are sometimes referred to, a parliament of owls, have irrupted south of their summer range. Ron Golden saw a snowy owl in Admaston-Bromley this week. There is no mistaking this large white owl. Immature birds have dark brown or black feathers on their head and wings. Dr. Robert Kidd saw a great grey owl while cross-country skiing. The great grey is our largest owl, 24 to 36 inches long (.95 m) with prominent eye rings circling intense yellow eyes. Great grays are tolerant of humans mainly because the owls never encounter us in the north and do not know what we are or the damage we can cause. Vern and Marilyn Ferguson had a barred owl visit their feeder looking for any mice that might be out of their nest looking for sun-

JIM FERGUSON SCENE FROM THE HAWK’S EYE flower seeds or corn. The barred owl has a very round head and large black eyes. The Fergusons said that the bird did not seem afraid and just looked at them. To hear or see an owl is a great experience and we must do everything to protect them. GREY JAYS I wrote you last winter saying I had a gray jay at my feeders; it arrived again this winter a few days before Christmas. This morning to my surprise, there were two of them. They seem to hang around with the blue jays and arrive when they do for the bread I put in the big homemade feeder. I also had a barred owl in the oak tree. I hope it leaves the little birds and my squirrels alone. Sharon McLaren, Burnstown Road Hi Sharon: We were glad to hear about grey jays in the area. They mix the bread with saliva and store it on tree branches for consumption at a later time. BALD EAGLES Hi Ila and Jim: Shelly English asked me to send you this email. Yesterday, Friday January 13, while she was driving down Castleford Road, she saw a bald eagle fly about 20 feet (3m) above the car at Eady Road. She was so excited about this she wanted me to share it with you and encourage people to keep an eye out for such an incredible bird. Thank you,

Shelly English and Tom Sidney We received a phone call from Mac Coughlin and he saw three bald eagles on the Barr Line a week ago. Eagles are indeed incredible birds. PILEATED WOODPECKER Early this morning we saw a pileated woodpecker visit our silo bird feeder, outside our living room windows. The bird chose a few seeds then it flew away to check out the suet ball. We have heard but not seen a pileated woodpecker for a few years, and the last experience was when it took time to nicely demolish a short old stump outside a bedroom window. Unless one has a camera set up, ready to go for such an occasion, it seems better to simply soak up details of the experience than to find the camera to record the event. Judy and Ross McEwen There is a great deal of truth in what you say. FEEDERS BUSY A northern flicker returned to Cecily Button’s feeders this week. Certainly a rare visitor at winter feeders. A flock of about 20 snow buntings finally found Ruby and Jim Vielands’ feeders last Friday. A northern shrike sent all the birds at Joyce Calverley’s feeders to cover one day last week. This, our smallest predator, feeds entirely on other birds but are so few in number they have little impact on mortality rates. Enjoy your birding. Ila and Jim Ferguson, 5313 River Road, RR 5, Renfrew Ontario K76V 3Z8. Phone 613-432-2738 or email


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Partnership is announced to promote local wood products

Renfrew County

Arnprior seniors complex back on track PUBLIC NOTICE


The Arnprior affordable housing apartment proposal that fell through two years ago could soon be put upright again. A 19-unit complex at the corner of McGonigal and Hugh streets, meant to ease the senior affordable housing crunch, has a number of minor bureaucratic hurdles to get over – but developer Peter Anas of ARS Realty Investments expects it will proceed. “We’re fairly confident of getting it back on track,” Anas said.

“I won’t be overly optimistic until everything is settled.” The plan is to build the housing on a half-acre property at 106 McGonigal St. Nov. 30, Renfrew County council unanimously supported a social services committee recommendation to give ARS $2.2 million of a $2.8-million affordable housing grant from the Province. The remaining $600,000 will be spent on renovations to existing affordable housing in the county, said Renfrew County social services director Dave Anderson. The approval is conditional on COMING EVENTS






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KANATA LEGION BINGO, Sundays, 1:00pm. 70 Hines Road. For info, 613-592-5417. COMING EVENTS

IT’S TIME for SHOWCASE. Showcase 2012 is happening April 20, 21, 22. Be a part of it. Email or phone 613-732-9662 TRADITIONAL KARATE for kids 7 years and up no physical contact. NEW classes start at the Legion in Eganville Wednesday Jan. 11 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm. Mauro Sensei Karate Instructor since 1977 Mauro Borghi, Dacre Info call 613-649-8291



Horse drawn sleigh rides skating on the pond (byos) Tobogganing (byot) Bonfire and Marshmallows Live entertainment Refreshments, Trail riding and pony riding available at regular cost. Come on out and enjoy winter and visit with the animals! Check out our new on-site restaurant “Step Up Ruby’s”

and much more!

ELECTRICIANS, MILLWRIGHTS, MECHANICS AND ELECTRICIANS 4th Class Engineers ($35.00/hr): Ontario Certificate. 3 yrs of experience. Experience with pipefitting duties, PLC, DCS, basic plumbing, electrical and air conditioning maintenance and waste water and treatment processes. Industrial Mechanics ($30.00/hr): Certified Red Seal Journeyperson Millwright. Knowledge of Hydraulics, pneumatics, robotics and HIM’s. Millwrights ($35.00/hr): Certified Red Seal Journeyperson Millwright. Experience with packaging equipment, pneumatics, welding, fabrication, machining, electrical diagnostics, PLC controllers and instrumentation. Electricians ($35.00/hr): Certified Red Seal Journeyperson Electrician. 3 years experience in an industrial maintenance environment. Accommodation and meals provided. O/T available. Send resume to Only qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.


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ROCK CONSTRUCTION & MINING INC is looking for experienced hydraulic and down hole Drillers and also Heavy Duty Mechanics, experienced in hydraulic systems and CAT engine for work across Canada. Competitive wage and benefits. Resume to: or fax 250-828-1948

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The Ottawa Valley Titans Are Now Accepting Coach Applications for the 2011-2012 Season. Deadline for applications is February 1st, 2011 The Ottawa Valley Titans Minor Hockey Association is now accepting coach applications for the following teams. * Minor Bantam AAA * Major Bantam AAA * Minor Midget AAA * Major Midget AAA New applicants must include HCCP Certificate Level and Number and Speakout certification. Please email your resume to: Janice Laird Ottawa Valley Titans Secretary secretary@ovtm

SEEKING PERSON with ECE or DSW to work with young handicapped adult, Saturday mornings and summer months. Call between 6-7:30 pm. 613-649-2978

an affordable housing grant of $1.68 million in 2005, which went to the Eganville and Area Long Term Corporation to build 25 units at the Fairfields complex. The county received $1.44 million in 2009, which went to Eganville to add 12 more units to Fairfields. “There’s going to be 19 affordable housing units built for seniors in Arnprior,” said a pleased Stack. “It’s been nearly a threeyear effort.” There is a definite need for the housing in the Arnprior area, he said, indicating the waiting list is slightly over 100. HELP WANTED

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Cobden Firefighters are hosting a Trivia Night with the proceeds going to the Fire Association.


Satruday January 21, 2012 Registration at 7:30 pm – Starts at 8 pm sharp Cobden Agricultural Hall $60 Table – Maximum 6 players per table. Contact Janet Burns 613-646-9810 We will be collecting for the Cobden Food Bank

WARM UP FOR OUR QUILT SALE at Teresa’s Valley Treasures, Osceola. Baby Quilts, linens and rugs, Storewide clearance. Open weekends only. Saturday 10-4, Sunday 12-5. 613-646-7964

Sunday January 29th 11am – 2pm Pinto Valley Ranch Annual family fun day!

- Photography - Crafty Kids - Pottery - Exploring Paint

LilyCreek Photography & Art Studio 15 Daniel Street North, Arnprior


INTERESTED in meeting thousands of potential clients. Then contact us about SHOWCASE 2012, April 20, 21, 22. Email or phone 613-732-9662 for information

normal contract expectations and due diligence being observed in the process. Shovels could hit the ground in late spring, with upwards of 35 tenants set to move in a year later. Arnprior Reeve Walter Stack has long been a champion of this project. He was deeply disconcerted in 2009 when the Province opted to send money to another area and the funding for the County was swallowed up in the second phase of an Eganville seniors housing project. Renfrew County first received



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HOUSECLEANING SPACES Available, weekly/biweekly, general housecleaning. Honest, meticulous, caring, references, police records check, experienced. (minimum 3 hrs. per session). Call Maris 613-432-6892

STAG & DOE Jessica Mahon & Kevin Pierce The Arnprior Legion January 28, 2012 8:00pm-1:00am 326352

SNOW AND ICE removed from roofs, Over 20 years experience, Fully insured, quality workmanship, guaranteed. Free estimates. Call Brian, 613-433-0198 or 613-432-5450


Administration Office, Pembroke Temporary – 1.0 FTE- Full-time(12-mth) 7.0hrs/day (35 hrs/week) Early February 2012 Mid-March 2013 (or return of the Permanent HR Assistant) $33,862-$42,242 (annual) Non-Union

JOB SUMMARY: Reporting to the Manager of Human Resources Services, the HR Assistant is responsible for a variety of administrative functions and priorities including maintenance/monitoring of personnel records, databases, documents, reports, research, etc..and responding appropriately to HR/Payroll issues as required in accordance with board policy and procedures.


ATTENDANTS NEEDED for personal care, Renfrew area, Own vehicle required, will train, AM hours, Competitive wages depending on experience, reply to Box E, c/o The Renfrew Mercury, 35 Opeongo Road, Renfrew, ON, K7V 4A8 EARN UP TO $28/hour, Undercover Shoppers needed to judge retail and dining establishments. Experience not required. If you can shop -you are qualified!


Mobile homes with wood stoves. Trailers in campsites. Motorhome. Special risks requiring special insurance. Compare our coverage and rates. Call EADY INSURANCE 432-8543 or1-888275-3239


PART TIME WORK, Maintenance & Cleaning. Looking for a semiretired individual 10 to 20 hrs/week, flexible. Please call 613-623-0866 and leave name and number or fax resume to 613-623-1177

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Grade 12; 2. Graduate of a 2-3 year Community College Program in Human Resources*; 3. Minimum of 2 year recent experience in a Human Resources/Payroll environment; 4. Proficient knowledge and ability in computer software applications such as Excel, Word, Maplewood, PowerPoint, databases and applications used for human resources and/or payroll; 5. A team player with a composed, discreet, professional manner: excellent organizational and time management skills, and the ability to perform multi-tasks under pressure and meet deadlines with a minimum amount of direction. 6. A demonstrated ability to use independent, sound judgment and quick response/action for situations which may arise; 7. Excellent analytical, mathematical and research skills; 8. Self-directed, detail-oriented and dependable; 9. A working knowledge of the various applicable legislations and research tools; 10. Ability to respond to a changing environment, work assignments and potentially, hours of work; 11. A commitment to continuing education and life-long learning 12. Working towards CHRP and research tools would be an asset *if there are no suitable candidates with and HR Diploma/CHRP designation, candidates working towards their HR diploma/certification may be considered. CLOSING: Interested applicants are invited to submit and updated resume including details of qualifications, experience and professional references. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Only applications received no later than 9:00a.m. on Monday, January 16, 2012, will be considered. ALL CANDIDATES ARE TO APPLY THROUGH Applications received by fax, e-mail, or mail directly to the schools or to HR Services will NOT be considered It is imperative that all new applicants to the Board submit and ORIGINAL current satisfactory Vulnerable Screening Criminal Background Check prior to commencement of employment. Bob Schraeder Chairperson

Michele Arbour Director of Education 324566

Renfrew County


BRUCE MCINTYRE County of Renfrew

The County of Renfrew recently introduced a Community Safety Zone in the area of Sand Point Road on County Road 1 in McNab Braeside Township. Over the last three years, the County of Ren-

frew has introduced various measures to deal with the issue of speeding vehicles around the Hamlet of Sand Point. Some of these measures have included the reduction of the posted speed limit from 60 km/h to 50 km/h. Despite these measures, residents still reported

speeding in the area. As a result, the County of Renfrew introduced a new pilot project of a community safety zone. According to manager of operations Steve Boland, this pilot project will be a one-year project to determine if there has been a reduction of speeding vehicles.


“Unfortunately, most motorists continue to speed through the area, and speed studies indicated that approximately 75 per cent of motorists were travelling in excess of 20 km/h over the posted speed limits. “Therefore, we have followed Section 214 of the Highway Traffic Act and

designated a Community Safety Zone. “What this does is essentially increase the penalties imposed for infractions,” Boland said. Aspects of the Community Safety Zone Pilot Project include: • For the first time, a County of Renfrew road will have a 50 km/h sym-



Applications for a permanent part-time Maintenance Worker in our Physical Plant & Maintenance Department are currently being accepted. The ideal candidate will possess knowledge of and relevant prior experience in general maintenance, specifically in the areas of plumbing, electrical, mechanical systems, carpentry, and/or painting/dry-walling. A licensed trade certificate will be considered an asset. Demonstrated computer and communication skills are required.

REGISTERED NURSES We are presently recruiting Registered Nurses for all of our Clinical Programs. All candidates must possess a current certificate of competence from the College of Nurses of Ontario. For positions in the ICU and ER, candidates must also possess current ACLS certification. For obstetrical positions, candidates must possess Neonatal Resuscitation Certification and recent obstetrical experience, including fetal monitoring skills. A Criminal Record Check is a pre-condition of employment at RVH. If you are a creative, energetic individual committed to team decision-making and high quality patient care, please apply in writing by February 1st, 2012 to: Julia Boudreau V.P. Corporate Services Renfrew Victoria Hospital 499 Raglan Street North Renfrew, Ontario K7V 1P6 EMAIL:

Although we appreciate all responses, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted. Renfrew Victoria Hospital is an equal opportunity employer. Visit our website at to learn more. CL 325865

All applicants must possess great customer service skills, be enthusiastic and be willing to work as a team. You must be willing to work weekends and midnights.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE! Resumés may be sent to: The Arnprior Quality Inn 70 Madawaska Blvd. Arnprior ON K7S 1S5 OR you may leave them at our Front Desk to the attention of: Karen Coe


We are currently recruiting for the following position: • Administrative Resource to work in the Patient Services Office. This position is offered on a Part-time basis. The Administrative Resource provides clerical and secretarial support to the Office of the Vice President of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer, directors and managers to support key functions in the areas of quality and risk management, research, data collection and other assigned duties. This is an entry level position. REQUIREMENTS: • Two year Diploma in Office Administration from a community college or equivalent combination of education and experience • Demonstrated minimum typing speed of 60 wpm which will be evaluated through standardized test • Medical Terminology certificate which will be evaluated through standardized test • Experience and proficiency with a variety of computer applications including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and Access • Ability to maintain databases • Two years of experience in an office setting preferred • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and discretion • Must have demonstrated ability to meet the attendance standards of the Hospital • Bilingualism is an asset

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Pacific Safety Products Inc. (PSP) is an established industry leader in the design, production, distribution and sale of wearable armor and other safety products serving the law enforcement and defence sector. We currently have opportunities for:

on-call casual sewing machine operators on-call casual cutting operators student positions Why join PSP?

We thank all candidates for applying, however, only applicants selected for an interview will be acknowledged. An equal opportunity employer / Visit our Website 326137


• Earn extra money • Paid training • Put your sewing experience to good use or learn new skills • Flexible hours designed to ac commodate your availability

To learn more about PSP please visit our website at www.pacsafety. com or call 613-623-6001 ext. 255 To apply, please forward a copy of your cover letter and resume to hr@ or fax to 613-623-0072 or drop off your resume at 124 Fourth Avenue, Arnprior, ON K7S 0A9. Please quote the position you wish to be considered for. Pacific Safety Products is an Equal Opportunity ...we bring everyday heroes home safely.


SALES ASSOCIATE Looking for reliable, diversified, self-motivated, individual able to work in a fast-paced environment and willing to give a long term commitment to our team.

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Please drop off resume with references in person or mail to: 125 John Street N Arnprior ON K7S 2N5

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If you are looking for a career that offers challenging opportunities in a progressive facility, consider Pembroke Regional Hospital as your employer of choice!



Is looking for an enthusiastic individual to work in a fast-paced customer oriented work environment 25 – 40 hrs/week Must be available evenings and weekends 324545

The Arnprior Quality Inn has an immediate opening for the following position:

Pembroke Regional Hospital, located 150 km northwest of Ottawa, is a regional acute care hospital offering a variety of acute and ambulatory care services including medicine, surgery, maternal and child care, regional mental health care, regional rehabilitation, district stroke centre, emergency and intensive care. Our state of the art digital diagnostic imaging department offers a wide variety of diagnostic modalities including CT and nuclear medicine. In our continuing efforts to bring health care services closer to home, we have expanded in the areas of systemic therapy and geriatric day program. In partnership with the Ottawa Heart Institute we offer an ambulatory cardiac rehabilitation program.

Qualified candidates should submit their resumes by Friday, February 3, 2012 to: Human Resources, Pembroke Regional Hospital, 705 Mackay Street, Pembroke, Ontario, K8A 1G8 or FAX: (613) 732-6348 or e-mail







bol painted on the roadway to alert motorists of the upcoming Community Safety Zone; • Special signage is installed alerting motorists to the new community safety zone; and • Motorists speeding through this area can expect to see traffic fines increased.

We thank all applicants in advance, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

BOOK YOUR AD NOW! or 1.877.298.8288

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Fundraising dance for VCARS Feb 11 in Pembroke A fundraising dance featuring Ben Rutz, six-time CCMAnominated fiddle player-of-theyear, will be held Feb. 11 at the Germania Club Hall, 15 Bennett St. in Pembroke. The doors open at 8 p.m. Ben Rutz and special guests, including Yvan Petit of the Johnny Reid Band, Mark Lemieux and Dean Lavoy, begin at 9 p.m. Come out and join us in your HELP WANTED

denim and “bling” for some good old fashioned fun, dancing and great entertainment, say event organizers. Advance tickets are $25, or $30 at the door. Proceeds to Victim Services of Renfrew County. For more information on purchasing tickets, call Victim Services at 613-649-2852 or 1-877-5685730, or visit the website www.

Computer fraud artists still active Const. Jeff MacLeod of the Killaloe detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police is investigating another computer fraud that involved someone posing as an employee of Microsoft. The victim of this crime sub-

sequently gave a credit card number and was advised there would be a cost of $308 applied to their card. The victim in these circumstances was having legitimate computer issues and was tricked

into believing the phone call was someone from Microsoft. Police are wanting to warn the public to be very cautious when dealing with anyone on the telephone and releasing their credit card numbers.

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TOWNSHIP OF McNAB/BRAESIDE Employment Opportunity

Cradled between the Ottawa and Madawaska Rivers and covering approximately 254 square kilometers of farm, forest and hamlets along the TransCanada Highway between Arnprior and Renfrew, the Township of McNab/Braeside is an area of distinct charm and natural beauty. Fundamental to the residents of McNab/Braeside is a commitment to protecting our environment; maintaining our rural character, lifestyle and sense of community; and promoting our natural and historic heritages. Residents continue to find McNab/Braeside a safe, functional, and cost effective place to live. McNab/Braeside’s strategic location within close proximity to the City of Ottawa, wealth of resources and tradition of fiscal prudence positions it for significant growth. Maintaining our traditional rural life style while adapting to new legislative demands and at the same time, encouraging and managing this growth, is one of our most exciting challenges.





The Public Works & Property Manager is responsible for strategic leadership and management of the Public Works & Property Department. The successful candidate is a strong, energetic leader who can effectively meet or exceed requirements of this exciting position. Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, the Public Works and Property Manager’s major responsibilities include managing and overseeing the daily operations of the Public Works & Property Department in the areas of Roads; Drainage; Cemeteries; Building & Property; Waste Management; Capital Projects and Fleet Management. The Public Works & Property Manager oversees a staff of seven full time employees and several part-time or seasonal staff and an operating budget in the $1 million range and will provide leadership and strategic advice in the areas of transportation infrastructure such as roads (both rural gravel roads and residential streets throughout numerous hamlets), and drainage infrastructure using both operational and capital project management.

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• The ideal candidate will have a mix of education and experience appropriate to Public Works. • A Civil Engineering Designation (C.E.T.) shall be considered a definite asset. • Minimum of five (5) years related experience at a supervisory or senior management level, preferably within a municipal environment would be an asset, although candidates with equivalent public or private sector management experience and appropriate academic qualifications are encouraged to apply. • Broad based roads and infrastructure maintenance and technical skills. • Demonstrated experience in managing outside consultants and contractors • Knowledge of provincial regulations and municipal by-laws relating to transportation infrastructure. • Experience with financial and budget administration, along with proficiency in drafting tenders and purchases. • Computer software skills with Microsoft Office and GIS systems. • Candidates must exhibit competencies of development of self & others; efficiency; managing change & transition; and teamwork. • Valid Driver’s Licence.



Happy 60th Birthday

Jim Blair

Ann Felhaver

Come Celebrate The Masonic Hall, Arnprior January 27th, 7:30 pm 326154

The successful candidate will be a leader capable of effectively directing and mobilizing labour and equipment, planning and directing capital works projects, providing oversight of the Township’s transportation operations, communicating effectively with members of the public, community stakeholders and Council, and directing a workforce while adeptly dealing with personnel. Salary range is $72,900 - $85,000 and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

January 4th Best Wishes from your family

A complete position description is available by contacting the Municipal Office. Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit a detailed resume and cover letter outlining how their education and past experience makes them a suitable candidate for this position. Applications MUST be received during business hours, no later than February 10, 2012 and be addressed to: Noreen C. Mellema, Chief Administrative Officer Township of McNab/Braeside 2508 Russett Drive, RR 2 Arnprior, ON K7S 3G8 613-623-5756 or 1-800-957-4621 325071

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We thank you for your interest, however, only those considered for an interview will be contacted.


For more information

Visit: OR Call: 1.877.298.8288

Fast Growing Communications Company has an opening for full time Service technicians/Installers of Satellite Products. The Candidate must be a hardworking, Reliable, Honest individual who does not mind working outdoors and in the elements or working weekends and with the public. The candidate must pass a criminal background check, have a clean drivers abstract and be over the age of 25 with a valid class g drivers licence. Please forward resume’s to or fax them to 613-623-9992 or go online to to submit your resume there.


Happy 70th Birthday Janet (Jenny) Broome!! Please join us in celebrating Jenny’s birthday on Saturday January 21st, between 1 and 6pm at 236 Hall Street - 1rst floor Commons room. Drop by for a visit and enjoy some cake and a beverage, we would love to see you there! 324985

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Doug Irwin is 70! Come Celebrate Jan. 21 - 12-5 pm Legion Hall 2 pm “Man of the Hour” Roast Cash bar, light luncheon Pampered Chef Demonstration on location 1-4 pm. Come share your best wishes and good stories with us! Call Karen for more information 613-622-7539, 613-720-4263 (cell). 325158

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Greater Madawaska PETER CLARK

Duane Lennie of the Griffith General Store has asked that Greater Madawaska Council he be allowed to have the LCBO Agency store open on seven holidays in 2012. Those holidays are Family Day in February, Victoria Day, Canada Day, the August Civic Holiday, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day and Boxing Day. Council approved those days

at December’s council meeting. At that same meeting, council learned that the Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre in Pembroke has set its rates for nonpartner communities for 2012 and advised Greater Madawaska on its tipping fee rates effective Jan. 1. Mayor Peter Emon said they’ll continue to pay the fees until something better comes along. It’s an increase to council of about $4,000 per year, Coun. Brian Hunt said.

HERE FISHY, FISHY The ice shacks are going up on Calabogie Lake and across the region. Good luck to anglers everywhere. Mercury photo by Lucy Hass

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The Renfrew Mercury - EMC - January 19, 2012


MP Gallant outlines gradual changes for Canada Pension Plan Local MP Cheryl Gallant is reminding constituents that gradual changes to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) are on their way. “The changes our government has made to the CPP are to ensure the plan remains fair and sustainable,” stated Gallant in a news release. “If you notice a change with your CPP benefit, or deduction,

and would like to know more about how these changes may impact any retirement planning, I encourage you to contact my office for details.” Starting in 2012, if you are under age 65 and you work while receiving your CPP retirement pension, you and your employer will have to make mandatory CPP contributions. See GALLANT, Page 37 Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MP Cheryl Gallant speaks to a group about CPP changes.

We wish to express our sincere appreciation to everyone for their many acts of kindness in the loss of a loved husband, cherished father and grandfather, Dennis Clement.




THANK YOU The family of the late Dalton Robertson wish to extend their sincere thanks and heartfelt gratitude for all the kind words of condolences, help from our wonderful neighbours, prayers, masses, floral tributes, charitable donations, food and cards, thank you to all who travelled to offer support and share in the memories of Dalt’s life. Special thanks to Ottawa Civic Hospital ER and 7th floor Doctors and nurses for the wonderful care, Arnprior and District Memorial Hospital, Dr. Robson, Vicki Murdock, palliative care, our special talks and nurses Megan, Sue, Peggy, etc., for the care and support, their compassion will always be remembered, also Father Ryan, Father Penny and Pilon family Funeral Home. With Heartfelt Thanks, Marie & Bev

Thank You The family of the late Henry Murdoch extend their sincere thanks to everyone who was so kind and supportive: Dr. Schriver and Arnprior & District Memorial Hospital nursing staff for excellent care, kindness and support and for the kind words, good memories and stories that have been shared by so many comforting and cheering us.

Special thanks to Dr. Jeanette Dionne, Father Bill Penny, Melissa of Tubman’s Funeral Home, Carp, for your thoughtfulness during this difficult time. Thanks to all who made donations to the Heart Institute, mass, cards, flowers and to all who brought food to our home. Special thanks to Irene, Anne, Willie and Audrey for being with us through the past 2 years. Sincerely, Margaret Clement Sherri, Jay, Jesse and Brandy Varcoe


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to all the firefighters who responded quickly to my house-fire that happened on Christmas Eve. Also, thank you to my neighbours, family and friends who have supported me through this terrible ordeal. Sincerely, Rosemary Costello

THANK YOU There are no words that can express how grateful we are to everyone that helped us during this time of great loss to our family. We are truly blessed to live in a community that is so caring and supportive. We thank family and friends from near and far for your love and support. Goulet Funeral Home for your professional and caring way. Horton Township and the Horton Women’s Institute for the hall and fabulous luncheon. Reverend Bruce Ferguson for your words of comfort. Deborah Foohey and the RCI Jazz Band, Stand by Me was the perfect choice. Bailey and Rick Rogers for your heartfelt performances. Arnprior McNab Pipes and Drums, we love you all. Students and faculty of Laurentian University for your presence and support. We appreciate each and everyone and we know Keegan would as well.


The family of the late Jonathan Charbonneau wish to extend our sincere thanks to our families, neighbours and friend. The flowers, visitations, donations, cards and food were greatly appreciated. Special thanks to Father Blake for the memorial service and the Ladies who prepared and served the luncheon at the Calabogie Community Centre. Our appreciation to the pallbearers, long time friends of Jonathan’s, Richard Van Derploeg, Curtis Leavoy, Kenny Rawn, Shane McGregor and Steven Dodd. Thanks to the Goulet Funeral Home. Dan and Barbara Storie, Jamie and Angie Charbonneau Joe and Karen Charbonneau Helen Charbonneau and Family Tony and Thelma Senack and Family

Thank you! Gwen and Peter, Liam, Keegan and Sage 326382

I wish Heaven had a phone, so I could hear your voice again. I thought of you today, But that is nothing new, I thought about you yesterday, And days before that too. I think of you in silence, I often speak your name. All I have is memories and a picture in a frame. Your memory is a keepsake, From which I’ll never part. Creator has you in his arms. I have you in my heart. Love and miss you, Mom / Nanny GRANT, Lawrence F. In loving memory of a dear father, father-inlaw, grandfather and God-father who passed away January 19, 2008.

Always loved, Betty, Bill, Mary

HANES, Murray In loving memory of a wonderful father who passed away January 15, 2006. You are gone but not forgotten, Remembering you is easy, We do it everyday, We hold you tightly, Within our hearts, And there you will remain. Always remembered, Always loved, Jason, Jodi and children


With Sincere Thanks



THOMSON, Robert January 24, 2007 You had a smile for everyone, You had a heart of gold, You left the best in memories, This world will ever hold. To us you were extra special, What else is there to say? Except to wish with all our hearts, that you were here today. Lovingly remembered and greatly missed, Wife Jean and Family


CAMPBELL, George January 16, 2011 In memory of a loving husband, wonderful dad, attentive father-inlaw and awesome grandpa. It has been a long year of missing you and cherishing all the treasured moments we shared. We always knew how amazing you were but having to live without your caring and supportive presence has been tough.


ALGUIRE, Doreen June 4, 1948 - January 22, 2010

It is hard to believe that four years have gone by since we said so long for now. Missing you is still as painful today as it was four years ago. We will never say good-bye, just so long until we meet again in Heaven.


Isabell Murdoch and Family


The Melvilles




In loving memory of a wonderful husband, father and grandfather who passed away January 29, 1998. Wonderful memories of one so dear, Treasured still with a love sincere, In our hearts he is living yet, We loved him to dearly to forget. Always in our hearts, Wilma and Families

GAHAN, Neta In loving memory of a dear mother and grannie, Neta L. Gahan who passed away January 15, Wish you were here 2009. with us, Forever in our hearts, Love always, Betty, Linda, Bartly, Mary, Wendy, Patsy, and Rick Fairfield Lucas and Tessa

“FOREVER YOUNG” My father was born in Rankin Township in the County of Renfrew and 3rd in a family of 6 (1 brother and 4 sisters). His Grandfather, Daniel Grail immigrated from Germany in 1884, this was at the time Adolph Hitler’s communist rule was beginning. He was taking over peoples land and “He” said they were to have certain amounts of produce and property all in his total control. The life they knew before was peaceful and free. This of course enraged him and left for Canada where there is democracy. He had 14 children (all born in Rankin Township) of which the 13th was my father’s father, Charles born in 1907. Charles Grail married Clara Hammel and had 6 children. And the Gold Rush in Kirkland Lake was where they all moved to in 1936. He started a trucking business called “Grail Trucking” for transporting ore from the mine to railway cars. He became very rich, very quickly; unfortunately it brought disaster to the family. My father’s mother left him and got re-married and the children had to go to an orphanage. After being adopted by a woman in Hamilton - Failure; my dad had to go back to the orphanage. But he was adopted by Mr. John Russett (Frank Russett’s Father) where he worked very hard for him on Frank’s farm, turning him into a strong, hard-working, dedicated, honest man. Living life forever young was the way he enjoyed it, and there was nothing he liked more than helping anyone, if it was only to put a smile on their face. He was a remarkable father to my sister Kathy and myself, a dedicated husband to my mother Barbara. He loved sports, which to mention a few, were football, soccer, water-skiing, hockey, curling, and “speed” on land or water, hunting and fishing. His many hobbies were being a carpenter, auto mechanic, electrician, naturalist, gardener, and using his knowledge to help someone. He was also a Mason, Grand Mason and Shriner. Needless to say, he had many friends everywhere he went. He enjoyed life every day til the end. Very few people can honestly say that. I had it all with him, we hunted moose, deer, ducks, and partridge. We fished pickerel at all the hydro dams in the area and brook trout in creeks he showed me. He was my father, but he was also my best friend. At his wake, funeral, phone calls, letters and emails after he left us, all my friends I had growing up all said the same thing; that he was my father but he was thought of as “one of the boys”. Living life “Forever Young” was the way he lived, from the streets of Kirkland Lake to hunting deer and rabbits with me til his second last day of his life. A very important thing happened when he was married again to Gail, a marriage which was for 18 years. 99% of his heart died with my mother’s death. Gail’s love for him brought him back to living again and was able to be the man he was again. I myself cannot thank Gail enough for being a good wife to him, but I know seeing him everyday – you definitely saved his life. He really loved you, as I’m sure you know and there was nothing he would not do for you, if it was possible! Living life forever young made physically getting old (he told me) he could not handle or accept. For someone to help him or have to look after him was impossible and he did not want that to happen. It has been one year today that you have left us, but the hole in our hearts; you filled it slowly with a powerful strong spirit, as your parting gift to us. Sadly missed! Steven and Family Kathy and Family And Gail and Family 326332

Politics Continued from Page 36 These contributions go towards the new post-retirement benefit (PRB), which is effective Jan. 1 of the year following your PRB contribution. This additional benefit will be added to your current retirement benefit, gradually increasing your retirement income. Before the change, if you were receiving a CPP retirement pension and working, regardless of your age, you did not pay CPP

a CPP retirement pension and working, regardless of your age, you did not pay CPP contributions. Starting in 2012, the percentage of low earnings will increase to 16 per cent, allowing up to 7.5 years of your lowest earnings to be dropped from the calculation, which will likely increase your benefit amount. In 2014, the percentage will increase again to 17 per cent, allowing up to eight years of your lowest earnings to be dropped from the calculation. Before the changes, when Service Canada calculated your


average earnings over your contributory period, 15 per cent of your lowest earnings were automatically dropped. This is called the “general drop-out provision.” Under this provision, up to seven years of one’s lowest earnings were automatically dropped from the calculation of your average earnings. This change benefits all CPP contributors who are eligible for CPP benefits in 2012 or later. These changes to the CPP may affect your retirement planning, including when you decide to IN MEMORIAM


apply for your CPP retirement pension. How the changes to the CPP affect you will depend on your age, your work history, and when you plan to retire. The CPP, which is designed to replace about 25 per cent of one’s average pre-retirement employment earnings up to a maximum amount, is one part of your retirement plan. The other components of retirement income include the Government of Canada’s Old Age Security (OAS) pension, employer pension plans, and personal savings and investments.






Cherished Husband and Father From our happy home and circle, God has taken one we love, Borne away from sin and sorrow, To a better place above. But those we love don’t go away, They walk beside us everyday, Unseen, unheard but always near, Still loved, still missed and very dear.

Roy A. McCormick 1933 – 2008

The moment that you died, Our hearts split in two, The one side filled with memories, The other died with you.

Mary M. Russell Jamie Eric Guindon

We often lay awake at night, When the world is fast asleep, And take a walk down memory lane, With tears upon our cheeks.

In loving memory of Jamie Eric Guindon January 8, 1976 – January 21, 2011 The day you left, our lives changed forever. But God needed an amazing angel, And with each day that goes by, A piece of our hearts is still missing.

Remembering you is easy, We do it everyday, But missing you is a heartache, That never goes away. We hold you tightly within our hearts, And there you will remain, Life has gone on without you, But it will never be the same.

When I look up and remember all the times together, I know you are living each moment to the fullest up there, As much as you did here.


For those who still have their Dads, Treat him with tender care, You will never know the emptiness, As when you turn and he’s not there. Love Always, Rosie and the Kids, Nancy, Perry, Jeff and Penny

Till we meet again, Love Always, Mom and Dad Kerri, Julie, Alex, Ryan and Kori

In loving memory of our dear Daughter who passed away January 22, 2001. Daughters have a special bond, It’s a love that forms a tie, And even in the darkest hour, That love will never die. It’s what we draw our strength upon, In sadness and despair, Our comfort in the worst of times, Because it’s always there. Her memory is our keepsake, With which we’ll never part, God has her in His keeping, We have her in our hearts. Missing her always, Remembered with love, Parents, Joe and Gerry 326032

To us you were so special What more is there to say Except to wish with all our hearts That you were here today. They say that time heals everything But we know it isn’t so We miss you just as much today As we did three years ago. Forever in our hearts, Your Family IN MEMORIAM


ALGUIRE, Doreen In loving memory of Doreen Alguire who passed away January 22, 2010. We your family miss you, In the house where you used to be, We wanted so much to keep you, But God willed it not to be. Now you are in God’s keeping, You suffer no more pain, So dear God’s keeping, You suffer no more pain, So dear God take care of her, Until we meet again.

ROBERTSON Lisa Francis-Parent

Love Brandi, Cassie, and Chase 324809

January 4, 1922— January 18, 2009

In loving memory of our wonderful father and grandfather Stewart who went to his eternal reward, January 18th, 2011. The day we prayed would never come, Came with icy winds of grief. Through the veil with peace you passed, As we held on to our firm belief. That in His arms He raised you up, To that heavenly home above. One day we’ll be with you again, For now, we remember you with love. -CJR Always remembered, always in our hearts - Carrie, Laurie, Karen, Kristen, Connie, Luis, Randy & Tammy 325010

Rob, Jodi, Austin, Paige, and Joshua



LOOCK, Ken May 19, 1936 January 9, 1999. To us you were so special, What more is there to say, Except to wish with all our hearts, That you were here today. They say that time heals everything, But we know it isn’t so, We miss you just as much today, As we did thirteen years ago. All our love, Wife Cecile and Family

McLEAN In loving memory of Donald McLean who passed away January 2011.

MANION, Jessie In loving memory of my dear Mom who passed away January 23, 2010.

Little did we know that morning, God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, Always so good, In death we do the unselfish and kind, same, Few on this Earth her It broke our hearts to equal we find. lose you, Honorable and upright But you did not go in all her ways, alone, Loyal and true to the For part of us went with end of her days. you, Gone but not forgotten, The day God called Dear Mom. you home. Eternal Love, Joanne, Jerome and Family

Loved and missed, Georgina McLean and Family


HANES, Murray In loving memory of our father who passed away January 15, 2005. For all the times I felt it, But somehow forgot to show it, For all the times I dreamed it, But never let you know it. For all the times I thought it, But it stayed inside my head, For all the times I meant it, But didn’t get it said... I love you.

In loving memory of our dear dad and grandpa who passed away January 9, 1997. We do not forget, nor do we intend, We’ll think of you to the very end, Forgotten by some you may be, In our memory you will ever be. Until we meet again in a better land. Lovingly remembered by his daughters Beverly and Pamela



GRANT, Lawrence In loving memory of my dear dad, Lawrence Grant who passed away January 19, 2008.

Missing you Dad, David and Gloria

BURGESS In loving memory of our Father, and Grandpa, Ernie who passed away January 3, 2011 and our Mother and Grandmother, Irene GRANT, LAWRENCE who passed away In loving memory of my January 29, 2003. dear husband, Lawrence Grant who Along the road to passed away on Janu- yesterday, ary 19, 2008. That leads us straight to you, I remember the day I Are the memories of the first met you, happy days, And the day you were Together we once made mine. knew. I remember the day I So often are the times, lost you, We seem to have a And will until the end of way, time. Of wandering back to May the winds of time meet you, blow softly, On the road to And whisper so you yesterday. can hear, That I will always love Lovingly remembered, you, Steve, Patricia, Corey, And wish that you were Cody and Kelsie here. EADY, Harvey In loving memory of Harvey who passed away January 21, 2001 at the age of 79.

SMITH, Kenneth In loving memory of a very dear husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who passed away on Friday January 16, 2004, A very long eight years ago. Forever loved remembered, Wife Adrienne Family

In our home, she is fondly remembered, Sweet memories cling to her name, Those who loved her in life sincerely, Still love her in death the same. The years may wipe out many things, But this they’ll never wipe out never, The memory of those happy days, When we were all together. We think of her in silence, Her name we often recall, But there is nothing left to answer, But her picture on the wall. Just when her life was brightest, Just when her hopes were best, God called her from among us, To a home of eternal rest. Her loving face we hope to see again, Though four years have come and gone. Sleep dear Misty, and take your rest, Missed by us who loved you best. Forever loved unconditionally, Mom, Paul, and sister Candi. 325546

Jim Buckley

Four years ago on this sad day, The one we loved was called away, God took our Dad home, It was his will, But in our hearts, He lives still.

We miss you, You’re never forgotten, Tina and Jason

Loved and sadly missed, Wife Lillian

DODGE, Misty In loving memory of a beautiful daughter and sister, August 8, 1978 – January 18, 2008.

In all the world, We shall not find, A heart so wonderfully kind, so soft a voice, so sweet a smile, Inspiration worth while A sympathy so sure, so deep, and A love so beautiful to keep. and Wife and Family

August 18, 1959 – January 22, 2011 To a loving husband, father and grandfather. We thought of you today Jim, But that is nothing new. We thought about you yesterday, And will tomorrow too. We think of you in silence, And make no outward show. For what it meant to lose you, Jim. Only those who love you know. Remembering you is easy, We do it everday, It’s the heartache of losing you, That will never go away.


Ron Jones

December 20, 1962 – January 13, 2009

Donald George Robillard

Loving you for all eternity, Sue, Duke, Andy, Lauren, Steve, Megan, and your precious granddaughter Mackenzie DEATHS

LEGREE, Bernard Lawrence “Bunny” 42 years of service GM-CAW Passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home on January 4, 2012 at the age of 85. Predeceased by his loving wife of 52 years, Joan Rosalie (nee Holtforster), by his parents James and Gertrude Legree and by his sister Lois. Loving Dad of Nancy Vessel (Ed), Robert (Suzan), Mark (Sue), and Tom (Sue). Cherished Grampa of Brian (Melissa), Scott (Shannon), Michael, Jimmy, Daniel, Jacob, Troy, and Sarah. Great-grampa of Ruby, Hunter, Merrick. He will be fondly remembered by Margie. Bunny was an avid sportsman who was inducted into the Clarington Hall of Fame for baseball in 2004. A funeral service was held on Monday January 9th. Burial at Resurrection Cemetery. Those who wish to make a donation may give to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or to the charity of choice. Online condolences may be made at

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contributions. Starting in 2012, if you are age 65 to 70 and you work while receiving your CPP retirement pension, you can either choose to make CPP contributions or you can opt out of making these contributions. If you decide to make the contributions, your employer will also have to make CPP contributions. These contributions will allow you to continue to build your CPP post-retirement benefit, even if you are already receiving the maximum CPP pension amount. Before the change, if you were receiving



Local Crime Stoppers make a difference – 547 arrests since 1989 Contrary to popular belief, Crime Stoppers is not a policerun program, but a community program run by a board of directors comprised of local citizens. The program is founded on the premise that for every crime committed someone other than the criminal has information that would solve the case. Since general apathy and fear of reprisal are two major prohibiting factors in gaining public

support to solve crimes, Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards and guarantees anonymity. Local citizens are encouraged to call in tips at 1-800-222-TIPS or visit and follow the links. NEW MEXICO BEGINNING Crime Stoppers was started in New Mexico by Canadian born, Greg MacAleese in 1976 when he was a detective with the Al-

buquerque Police Department. MacAleese was working a homicide case at the time and ran out of leads to solve the crime. By using the local cable television company to broadcast information about the homicide, offering a $300 reward and setting up a tip line at the police station, the case was solved after a witness called in. There are about 1,200 Crime Stoppers programs in more than 20 countries.

Since its inception in Ontario, the efforts of OACS programs have realized a staggering $1.75 billion in property recovered and illegal drugs seized, accounting for 17.5 per cent of the world-wide statistics, and over $7.1 million in cash rewards. RENFREW COUNTY’S START The Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers Program began in 1989 and has a board

of directors that works closely with local police/government agencies. These include the OPP’s Upper Ottawa Valley, Renfrew, Arnprior and Killaloe/Whitney detachments, as well as the Deep River Police, Pembroke Police, CFB Petawawa Military Police and the Ministry of Natural Resources Wildlife Conservation Authority (MNR). See CRIMESTOPPERS, Page 39


Call 1.877.298.8288 Email DEATHS




Melanson, Allyson Mary (nee Jump)


Skrypnyk, Dorothy Jean (nee Allen)

June 2, 1957– January 10, 2012

(Retired – Kenwood Mills) Peacefully at the Arnprior & District Memorial Hospital while surrounded by loved ones on Thursday afternoon, January 5th, 2012. Dalton Peter Robertson of Rhoddy’s Bay at the age of 76 years. Dear son of the late James Robertson and the late Janet Roach. Beloved husband for over 57 years of Marie (nee Legree). Dearly loved “Dad” of Bev Robertson. Dear brother of Jim Robertson and Evelyn Dupuis (late Maurice), both of Arnprior. Special brother-in-law of Marilyn Robertson of Glasgow Station. Dalton was predeceased by his daughter, Linda and his brother, Everette. He will be fondly remembered by his many nieces, nephews and friends as well as his faithful chum, Tinker. Family and friends were invited to the Pilon Family Funeral Home, 50 John Street North, Arnprior for visitation on Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. and again on Monday from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. A Funeral Mass was celebrated in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Braeside on Monday morning, January 9th at 11 o’clock. Interment followed at the Malloch Road Cemetery. In memory of Dalton, a donation to the Memorial Fund at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish or the “Partners in Caring” Fund of the Arnprior Hospital would be appreciated by his family.

Pecaskie, Robert “Bob” Edward September 30, 1928– January 9, 2012

Peacefully at Island View Suites Retirement Home on Monday January 9, 2012. Bob Pecaskie of Arnprior at the age of 83 years. Cherished husband of the late Joyce Pecaskie (Chabot) and son of the late Edward and Eileen (Clouthier) Pecaskie. Dearly loved father of Jo Ann Pecaskie (Jonathan Brown) and John Pecaskie. Devoted grandfather “Bobbie” of Alyssa and Kelsey Brown. Dear brother of Ray Pecaskie (Eileen), Colleen (Roland Schnob) and the late Joseph Pecaskie. Brother-in-law of Bette Dazé (Chabot) and the late Bud Dazé all of Arnprior. Arrangements by The Boyce Funeral Home Chapel, Visitation and Reception Centre 138 Daniel Street N., Arnprior A private interment will be held at the Arnprior Albert Street Cemetery on Friday January 13, 2012. A gathering of family and friends will be held at 12 noon on Friday at the Boyce Funeral Home for fellowship and refreshments. In memoriams to “Partners in Caring” of Arnprior Hospital appreciated by his family.

Peacefully in Arnprior Hospital on Tuesday January 10, 2012. Allyson Melanson of RR 3 Arnprior at the age of 54 years. Beloved wife and best friend of Glenn. Devoted mother of Nathan (Alia), Curtis (Emily) and Richard (Jessica). Loving daughter of Dennis and Rita Jump. Dear sister of Elaine (Glen) Brydges of Almonte and Neal (Heather) of Fort McMurray, Alberta. Survived by nephews Ashley (Ruthanna) and Andrew (Christine) of Almonte and niece Kathleen of Alberta. Will be sadly missed by uncle Lindon and Auntie Freda. Predeceased by grandparents Emily Jump of Arnprior and Andrew and Amelia Coulton of England, nephew Jeremy Brydges of Almonte and Aunt Sheila of England. She will be missed by extended family and many friends. Arrangements by The Boyce Funeral Home Chapel, Visitation and Reception Centre 138 Daniel Street N., Arnprior where family and friends paid their respects on Friday 2-4 p.m., 7-9 p.m. and Saturday January 14, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. thence to Emmanuel Anglican Church, 287 Harrington Street, Arnprior for funeral service at 12 noon. Canon Roger Young officiated. Spring interment White Lake Community Cemetery. In memoriams to the ALS appreciated by her family. Condolences / Donations at

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January 11, 1932– January 14, 2012

Passed away in Arnprior and District Memorial Hospital on Saturday evening, January 14, 2012. Dorothy Skrypnyk of Arnprior and formerly of Ottawa in her 81st year. Beloved wife of the late Romeo “Ray” Skrypnyk. Dear mother of Jerry (Carole) Storie, Hal (Debbie) Storie, Sandy (Doug) Dunlop, Ann (Andy) Barr and Barbara (Bobby) Majoury. Dear step mother of Steven (Tina) Skrypnyk, Sandra Skrypnyk and Susan (Steven) Leafloor. Survived by 21 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Predeceased by a great grandchild, Kalysta. Dear sister of Kay (late John) Giard, Claire Brunet and Barbara Allen. Predeceased by a sister Marge Dean. Arrangements by The Boyce Funeral Home Chapel, Visitation and Reception Centre 138 Daniel Street N., Arnprior where friends and family paid their respects on Monday 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service was held in The Boyce Chapel Tuesday January 17, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Interment of cremated remains in Les Jardins du Souvenir, Gatineau P.Q. In memoriams to the M.S. Society appreciated by her family


Sullivan, Thomas Edmond June 24, 1931– January 14, 2012 Chairman M. Sullivan & Son

Passed away in Arnprior and District Memorial Hospital, Saturday morning, January 14, 2012 at the age of 80 years. Beloved husband of Coreen Lois (Bell) Sullivan for 54 years. Dear father of Sharon (Tim) Norris, Paddy (Michelle) Sullivan, Maureen (Kevin) Bentz, Rick (Bonnie) Sullivan and Lori (Wayne) van Wyk. Special family member of Dr. Cathy Greenough. Dear grandfather of Courtney, Brittany and Ryley Norris, Sean and Laura Sullivan, Jamie, Andrea and Avery Bentz, Ashlynn and Bria Sullivan, Andrew (Tara), Tait and Cole van Wyk. Special “Poppa” to Jordan, Devon and Seamus Greenough. Dear brother of Jane Johnson and Judy Sullivan. Predeceased by his brothers Eric, Donald and Douglas. Arrangements by The Boyce Funeral Home Chapel, Visitation and Reception Centre 138 Daniel Street N., Arnprior on Tuesday afternoon 2-4 p.m. for M. Sullivan & Son employees and their families only please. Friends paid their respects Tuesday 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday January 19, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in St. John Chrysostom Church, Arnprior. Interment Arnprior Malloch Road Cemetery. In memoriams to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by his family. Condolences / Donations at

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Community Continued from Page 38 Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers increasing number of tips annually has resulted in 547 arrests, 1,103 cases cleared, $66,495 rewards paid out, $876,604 property recovered, and $11,919,665 drugs seized since the program began in 1989. Crime Stoppers is successful in part because of its strong partnerships of community, media and police to foster solutions in solving local crimes.

Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers would like to thank the local news media who donate their time, space and professional help, without which, it would be very difficult to share the program’s ongoing, proven success. Crime Stoppers would also like to thank the community for their continued support of providing information to help solve crimes in our community. January is Crime Stoppers month, so take the time to learn more about your local chapter by visiting


Upper Ottawa Valley Crime of the Week Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers and the Killaloe detachment of the OPP are asking for the publics’ assistance in solving a theft of signs. Some time within the last three weeks unknown persons removed about 15 OFSC signs and metal post from the “B” trail between Aylen Lake and Barry’s Bay and on trail 155. The signs were noticed missing Jan. 10. These signs cost money and

volunteer hours to install, which takes away from the club’s operating costs. The signs are placed for safety purposes on the trails. Crime Stoppers Pembroke/ Renfrew County believes that someone may have information that could assist police in solving this crime. If you have information on any criminal offence that results in charges being laid, you qualify for an award of up to


$2,000. Call Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers at 7358477. That is, 735-TIPS or you can reach them at 1-800-222-8477. You could help solve a crime. All tips remain anonymous and you will not have to attend court. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display. Their telephones are answered 24 hours a day. The public can visit the new Crime Stoppers website www.





(nee Pender) Aug. 24, 1925 – Jan. 8, 2012

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Peacefully at home with his family at his side on Wednesday, January 11, 2012. Michael McPhail of Almonte, age of 57 years.

Kopetoske, John Carl veteran WW II

WELSH, Terrance

January 7, 1925– January 15, 2012

Passed away in Arnprior and District Memorial Hospital on Sunday morning, January 15, 2012. Carl Kopetoske of Arnprior in his 88th year. Beloved husband of the late Esther (Hogan) Kopetoske. Dear father of Emerson (Shona) Kopetoske and Sandra Kopetoske both of Arnprior. Predeceased by his son Michael (late Kathy). Father in law of Beverley. Dear grandfather of Chris (Sheri), Jason and Stephanie (Rob) and Karey (Alan) Barr. Great grandfather of Collin, Lauren, Hailey, Stella, Zachery, Jacob, Sydney and Taylor. Dear brother of Pearl (Rene) Guindon and Emma (late Clifford) Bahm both of Arnprior. Predeceased by brothers Victor, Leonard and Emmerson (WWII). Brother in law of Vickie Kopetoske. Son of the late Ernest Kopetoske and Erna Mullin. Arrangements by The Boyce Funeral Home Chapel, Visitation and Reception Centre 138 Daniel Street N., Arnprior Carl has donated his body to medical research at Ottawa University. Friends may pay their respects on Thursday January 19, 2012 from 7-9 p.m. only. In memoriams to “Partners in Caring” of Arnprior Hospital appreciated by his family. Royal Canadian Legion to gather for service Thursday at 6:45 p.m. at Boyce Funeral Home. Condolences / Donations at


AFELSKIE, Hillary Anne It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Hillary Anne Afelskie as the result of a tragic accident on January 4, 2012. Cherished daughter of Richard and Palma. Beloved sister of Brennan. Special granddaughter of Ambrose and Theresa Afelskie and the late Stef and Thea Heebink. Dear niece of Paul Heebink (Melanie), Petra Heebink (Bill Murray) Colleen Borley (Simon), Robert Afelskie (Dawn), Carol Ann Armstrong (Bob), Catherine Afelskie (Roger Patenaude) and Connie Afelskie. Dearest cousin of Derek (Miranda & Gavyn), Marijke, Tom & Jackson, Jacob & Ryan, Pascale & Justin, Thomas & Caleb. Hillary attended Laurentian University in Sudbury and was pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher. She was committed to improving the lives of children. She worked with children and youth with disabilities at Camp Merrywood last summer and she was very excited with the possibility of returning this year. Hillary had incredible leadership qualities; she was quiet yet confident, serious yet humorous. Hillary was very active in her school and community. She was instrumental in organizing “Relay for Life” at her high school for 4 years. Hillary spent a summer improving her french in Riviere du Loup, Quebec in order to help fulfill her dreams in the teaching field. Hillary made wonderful friends during all of her experiences and adventures. We are thankful for her special circle of friends in Thorneloe Residence at Laurentian. Hillary will live on in the lives of several people who have received her organs. Visitation will be held at the Elmwood Bible Chapel, 200 Francis Ave., Renfrew on Friday January 13, 2012 from 1 - 4 p.m. A celebration of Hillary’s life will be held at 4 p.m. Donations in her memory may be made to the Hillary Afelskie Memorial Bursary. Donations can be made payable to Thorneloe University and mailed to 935 Ramsey Lake Road Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6. Arrangements entrusted to the care of the GOULET FUNERAL HOME, 310 Argyle St, S, Renfrew 613-432-2849.Online condolences/donations may be made at


Passed away suddenly at home on Sunday, January 8, 2012 in her 87th year. Beloved wife of the late Archibald H. MacGregor (1982). Dear sister of Clifton Pender (Margaret) of Renfrew and Ruby Bell (Raymond) of Forester’s Falls. Dorothy will be sadly missed by her nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and friends. Predeceased by her parents Harvey and Nina Pender, sister Eileen Campbell (2010) and infant brother Linton. Friends may call at McPhail & Perkins Funeral Home, 85 Munro Ave. E., Renfrew on Sunday, January 15, 2012 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. A Funeral Service will take place at Renfrew Presbyterian Church on Monday at 11 a.m. Interment at Thomsonville Cemetery in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Renfrew Victoria Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Condolences or donations may be made at


GOULET FUNERAL HOME The Renfrew Mercury EMC apologizes to the family and loved ones of Hillary Anne Afelskie for the late publication of this obituary which should have appeared last week, January 12th, 2012.

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Passed away peacefully at his residence on Tuesday January 17, 2012, after a lengthy illness. Son of the late Gerald & Dorothy (Leslie) Welsh. Pre-deceased by brother John (Jack) Welsh. Survived by brother Robert (Sheila) Welsh and sister Patsy Welsh (Bruce Mullen). Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Visitations at the GOULET FUNERAL HOME, 310 Argyle St. S., Renfrew, Thursday: 2-4, 7-9 p.m. and after 9:15 a.m. Friday. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Francis Xavier Church, Friday January 20th at 10:30 a.m. Spring interment St. Michael’s Cemetery, Douglas, Ontario. In memory of Terry, donations to the Renfrew County Lung Assoc. would be appreciated. Online condolences/donations: www. GOULET FUNERAL HOME 326367

Ruttan; Edith Mary (Molly) July 5, 1923 – January 15, 2012. Peacefully at Groves Park Lodge, Renfrew on Sunday January 15, 2012. Molly Ruttan age 88 years. Beloved wife of the late John Henry Ruttan (1998). Loving mother of Josephine Spicer of Flinton ON, Catherine (Gordon) Berry of Sheet Harbour NS, Michael of Calgary AB, Dorothy (Roy) Gruntz of Quadeville ON, Peter (Lorraine) of Pulborough UK and Elsie (Pete) Bloom of Shannonville ON. She will be dearly missed by 16 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by daughter Phylis, son in law Austin and grandsons Dwayne and Jade. Special thanks to the Staff of Groves Park Lodge and special thanks to nurse Megan. Friends may call at the Anderson Funeral Home & Chapel 22 Raglan St.S. Renfrew on Friday January 20th from 11 am – 1 pm where Funeral Service will be conducted in the Chapel at 1 p.m. Spring Interment Dacre Cemetery. For those desiring donations to Frontier Trails Children Camp, Alzheimer Society or the CNIB would be appreciated.

Beloved husband and best friend of Margaret “Peggy” Belot. Loving father of Amber and Christine. Cherished brother of Susan Shepheard (Kevin). Son of the late Bob & Eleanor (McGregor) McPhail. Fondly remembered by his entire family, friends & colleagues. Family and friends may pay their respects at the C. R. GAMBLE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL INC. 127 Church St., Almonte, Ont., 613-256-3313 on Friday, January 13 from 7 to 9 PM. Funeral Saturday to St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 62 Clyde St., Almonte for Service at 11 AM. Rev. Pat Martin, Officiating. Private interment. For those who may be entertaining a donation in memory of Mike, please consider the Almonte General Hospital or the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalist’s. Condolences & Tributes


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Livingstone – Earl S. (February 8, 1930 – January 15, 2012) of Espanola passed away at St. Gabriel’s Villa, Chelmsford on Sunday from complications due to LewyBody Dementia. Predeceased by his wife Aileen (nee Keizer) 2008. Survived by Rod , Andrew, and Judy Landry (husband Martin) all of Espanola. Also survived by his “mouse” – granddaughter Kyera Landry. Predeceased by son Arnold. Predeceased by his parents George and Orpha Livingstone, his sisters Meryl (Peter Barr) and Helen (Jim Gilmour) and his brothers Harold (Ann), Lloyd (surviving Bea), Jack (surviving Isabelle), Ed (Alice) and Roy (surviving Lois). He was born and raised in Renfrew, Ont. moving to Espanola in 1960 where he worked and then owned Robinsons Drugstore until 1992. He served the community as a pharmacist until 2001. Visitation at the Bourcier Funeral Home, Espanola Tuesday January 17 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. Funeral Service at the Bourcier Funeral Home on Wednesday January 18 at 11AM. Earl will be buried in Douglas, Ont in the spring. Donations to the Alzheimer society, Northern Cancer Research, or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.


George R. MacCullouch Peacefully passed away with family and friends by his side, January 14th, 2012, in Hamilton, Ontario. Loving husband to Beverley, for 53 years. Beloved father of Heather, Fern and Holly (Greg). Proud grandfather of Danny (Halona), Glen, Kevin, Jessica, James, Darren, Maggie and Lindsey. Loved brother of Dorothy Smith, predeceased by sisters Mary and Joy. Uncle George to many. The family would like to thank Heather Kippen, Greta Borsellino, Dr Irene Tuttle and all George’s friends at Blue Skies for their care and support. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of George’s life will be held on Saturday January 21st, from 2pm to 4pm at the Royal Canadian Legion, 435 Limeridge Road East, Hamilton. A special thank you to the girls at the wound clinic at the Juravinski Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations to the St Elizabeth Health Care Foundation would be appreciated. 326353

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• Games Night: All welcome at the Renfrew Recreation Centre for an evening of fun. Bring your own games or play the ones available: boggle, Monopoly, Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader, cards and more. All ages. Come alone, with a friend or bring the entire family; 6 to 8 p.m. Call 613-432-3131 for more information.


FRIDAY, JANUARY 20 • Country dance featuring Dennis Harrington & Heritage Country at the Horton Community Centre, 8 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Advanced tickets are available at Balloon’s n’ Critters and Flowers, Horton Township Office, Nolan’s Corner Store and Scott & Son’s Hardware.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 22 • The Renfrew Legion Ladies Auxiliary is holding their Branch 148 euchre tournament at 1 p.m. Cost is $8, which includes a light lunch. Everyone welcome. 50-50 draw tickets will also be available. • Sterling Chapter 307 OES invites you to its winter wonderland brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 340 Raglan St. S., Apt. 17 on the third floor. Tickets are $10. Contact Bonnie Page at 613-432-7303 or Sandra Miller at 613-433-3111. Proceeds go to the Order of the Eastern Star supporting local charities. • Breakfast at the DACA Centre, 8 to 11 a.m. Potato pancakes, baked beans, fried bologna, scrambled eggs and toast. Adults $7, kids $5.

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• Employment networks funded program from 1 to 4 p.m. Learn about training, self-employment and job search programs. Call 613-432-3424 to register. • Central Public School is hosting an open house at 6:30 p.m. to showcase its French Immersion Program. If you are interested in your child taking French Immersion for Grades 5 and/or 6, or you would just like some information on the program, drop in. Call 613-432-3627.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25 • A Renfrew Camera Club meeting will be held in the Renfrew Town Hall Boardroom at 7 p.m. Guest Lucy Hass, editor of The Renfrew Mercury, will be on hand to share photos and participate in a question-and-answer period. Everyone is welcome. The camera club is always looking for new members. Continued on Page 41



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Community Calendar SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 • Annual Robbie Burns Celebrations at Eganville Legion. Dinner 6:30 p.m., tickets $25. Ticket outlets at Sears in Eganville, Conway’s Pharmacy in Eganville and Cobden, Eganville Legion downstairs, and from Guy Jamieson at 628-2234. Ticket cut-off date Jan. 23. Sponsored by the Bonnechere Museum.

have experienced a crime, tragic life event or community disaster as a Volunteer Crisis Responder. Volunteer applications for daytime training in February will be accepted until Jan. 31. Call 613-649-2852 or 1-877-568-5730. • Renfrew Woodland Metis Aboriginal Association meeting, 7 p.m. at the Renfrew Children’s Centre, 850 O’Brien Rd. Call Gauthier, 613-432-3177.


SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 • Renfrew Silver Seniors games day (cards, darts) at the Renfrew Legion at 1 p.m.. Ham and beans at 4 p.m. Call Pat for tickets at 613-649-2756.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 31 • Did you resolve to make a difference in your community in 2012? If so, call Victim Services of Renfrew County for information on how to assist people who

• The Renfrew Freemasons are putting on a lunch at noon at the Rocky Mountain House Restaurant. Gentlemen interested in learning about freemasonry are invited to join us. Wives and girlfriends are welcome. Contact Barry Sansom at 613-433-9038. • Join the Valley Harmonizers and special guests Just for Fun in an evening of entertainment at the Bonnechere Manor. Tickets for Harmony at the Manor

featuring the barbershop chorus and octet are $10. The show begins at 7 p.m. Get your tickets now before they are sold out at either the front desk at Bonnechere Manor or Aikenhead’s Drug Store.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5 The February Valley Singles Lunch at J.R.’s Restaurant in Almonte at 12:30 p.m. Contact Fay at 613256-8117 or Johanna at 613-432-7622.

• Dance to the music of the Brysonaires, Horton Community Centre, $8 in advance; $10 at the door.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11 • 10th Renfrew Rent-All Cracker’s Cup 3-on-3 hockey tournament at Scobie’s Cottage on Jeffrey’s Lake on Hockey Day in Canada. Four ice surfaces. Open and Wrecked divisions. Call Jeremy Scobie at 613433-4898 by Jan. 19 to enter a team.


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 • Renfrew and District Christian School annual fundraising dinner at Trinity-St. Andrew’s United Church at 6:30 p.m. The guest speaker is well-known Ottawa Valley author and story-teller Mary Cook. Her topic is Joy of Memories. The evening also includes a roast beef dinner and silent auction. For tickets and reservations, call 613-432-6554.

• Renfrew and Area Seniors’ Home Support is having Dessert with Mary Cook, sponsored by Ron and Marilyn Leclaire at 1:30 p.m. in the Kirk Hall at the Renfrew Presbyterian Church. Cost is $10. Tickets can be purchased at Renfrew Seniors’ Home Support by calling 613-432-7691 or at Aikenhead’s Drug Store. Please purchase your tickets before Monday, Feb. 13.

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JANUARY 19, 1912 HIT BY SNOW PLOUGH: E. Dupuis, one of Mr. Joe Rousselle’s snow plough teamsters, met with an accident while ploughing in the Collegiate section on Tuesday morning. He had not hold of the handle lever and the plough striking some obstruction on the walk, the lever flew up and hit him a stunning blow about the shoulders. He was thrown under the plough, which some passing students raised off him. He was considerably bruised and scratched about the face and head. Mr. Rousselle had warned him not to let the lever hang free. A WATER PIPE THAT WASN’T FROZEN: There was a great many water pipes fro-

zen in Renfrew during the past fortnight and some sewer pipes stopped up also. So when the water went off at the Methodist Parsonage on Saturday it was naturally surmised that Nipping Frost entered even that home. So all the thawing out remedies were tried, and yet no water came. Then aid was sought from town engineer Stewart, who lives nearby. A summons to come over and help was sent. The end of the story is that eventually it was found that the snow plough passing on the sidewalk struck the stopcock and turned the water off. A turn of the wrist and all was right again.

of tens of thousands of dollars in wages, spread over perhaps two or three years. Both skilled and unskilled labor would be in demand. Many thousands of feet of sawn lumber would be necessary in concrete work. The High Falls would be a hive of industry for a long period, recalling the years of operations at the Chats Falls of Fitzroy Harbour.

OLGA LEWIS FROM THE OLD FILES ers and had them put on their motors. No further extension is to be granted. It is estimated that only 65 per cent of the motorists in the small towns and districts have so far purchased their licenses. The registrar of motor vehicles, Mr. J. P. Bickel, located at Toronto, says that he has made no objection to laying aside markers with 13 in the figures, when asked by people to do so. On the other hand, quite a few asked for license plates with the figures 13 in them. MUCH MONEY TO BE SPENT AT HIGH FALLS: Power development at the High Falls of the Madawaska would cost a huge amount of money; involving not only the purchase of a great deal in the way of machinery and other supplies, but the payment

JANUARY 21, 1937 USERS OF OLD MARKERS TO BE PROSECUTED: Municipal police have been asked by the Provincial Highways Department to co-operate in summoning all these motorists who have not purchased 1937 mark-

JANUARY 19, 1977 IMPORT QUOTAS FOUGHT: The Renfrew County Milk Committee last Saturday met with Renfrew North MP Len Hopkins in an attempt to convince the federal government to reduce import cheese quotas. The committee wants the present 50 million pounds of cheese imported annually reduced by 10 million pounds, and will travel again to Ottawa to meet with LanarkRenfrew-Carleton MP Paul Dick February 2. “The reduction in cheese imports would generate




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