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Small increase in Renfrew County budget STEVE NEWMAN email@example.com
Author and columnist Mary Cook is guest speaker at this year’s Christian school banquet. In advance of her visit, we welcome her popular column, Memories. – Page 16 –
The 2011 Renfrew County budget was particularly good news, but so was the 2012 one scrutinized during last week’s budget workshop that lasted more than six hours. Highlights included a negligible levy, a minimal tax rate increase for residential property owners, and early passage of the budget. The budget was scheduled to be formally approved yesterday, Jan. 25 following a Thursday, Jan. 19 workshop in Pembroke. Last year’s budget was approved in late March. This year’s budget process was started much earlier in the year, to give the county’s lower-tier municipalities more time to determine their portion of the tax pie. For a property owner whose $100,000 house rose the average assessment of 6.1 per cent in Renfrew County, to $106,100, their county portion of the tax bill will rise a mere 1.6 per cent, from $383.89 to $389.92. If the value of one’s house, based on a $100,000 assessment, remained unchanged, one’s county portion of the tax bill will drop 4.368 per cent, or from $383.89 to $367.12. See EARLY, Page 2
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ALL IN THE FAMILY From left, Garrett, Sydney and Byron Box enjoy the Family Skate at the Admaston Public School community rink Friday night. Families gathered to enjoy the rink and raise funds for the facility through the sale of hot chocolate, hot dogs and hamburgers.
Warm weather early this week wasn’t a good sign for the Redneck crash ice race. But colder weather later in the week is on the side of organizers, who are looking forward to another successful Winter Frew Fest. The Renfrew winter carnival made a successful return last year, after several years’ absence, and is slated to be
bigger and better this year. Monday night, town council approved spending $2,500 to support children’s activities and the 9 p.m. adult concert during Saturday’s Frew Fest at Ma-Te-Way Activity Centre. Every event takes place inside or next to the centre, except the Firefighters Fishing Derby and crash ice race.
The derby starts at the Bonnechere River boat launch; the crash race gets underway at 6:30 p.m. in O’Brien Park. FrewFest events include Magic with Steven Anthony at 10:30 a.m., balloon artist Mr. Dimples from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the Pioneer Gathering. For a full schedule, see this edition’s Winter Frew Fest advertisement.
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Budget workshop participants in photo at left are Renfrew County public works director David Darch and Bonnechere Manor administrative Shayne Hoelke. At right: Admaston-Bromley Mayor Raye-Anne Briscoe chairs the workshop.
Healthy and early budget from county Continued from front The same property owner would have a $26.77 drop in taxes for the combined education and county portions of the tax bill, before the lower-tier municipal portion is determined this spring. Following minor changes to the draft budget, the countyâ€™s tax levy to ratepayers will rise 3.3 per cent, or $1.1 million, to $35.3 million. At the end of last weekâ€™s workshop, Sweet jested to the media present that the session represented â€œanother Renfrew County best-seller.â€? More seriously, Sweet said: â€œI think itâ€™s a responsible budget. Weâ€™re trying to address taxpayersâ€™ needs â€Ś and to give the municipalities a little bit of tax room so they can look at their needs.â€? The warden said he was also pleased to see the addition of new base salaries of $3,000 for each county councillor, even if raises are seldom popular. The amount of time and effort put in by the part-time councillors justifies the increases, as well as the fact they still remain the poorest paid in eastern Ontario, said Sweet. â€œItâ€™s a positive step forward. Itâ€™s not been an easy one, necessarily, to accept.â€? The increases in salaries for
county councillor and the warden, plus new honorariums of $1,000 for major committee chairs and $500 for major committee vice-chairs, will cost taxpayers an extra $60,457 â€” or a change in the total tax levy by about 0.15 per cent. Positives in the budget, according to the warden, include capital works projects of about $12 million in road and bridge work and improved paramedic coverage. The latter comes with the help of $452,180 to address a gap in paramedic coverage in Whitewater Region and in the area that includes Killaloe, Griffith and Matawatchan. Around-the-clock touring paramedic response units, with an advanced care paramedic in each of those two regions, will help save lives, said Mike Nolan, Renfrew Countyâ€™s chief paramedic and director of emergency services. The units are to be available as first responders to 9-1-1 calls and to provide community paramedicine in the rural areas. The unitsâ€™ secondary goals will be to respond to Code 3 calls originating outside Renfrew County. These are calls for serious, but not lifethreatening, injuries such as fractures. Since 2005, the county has com-
pleted an average total of 77 Code 3 calls per year, with a high of 100 in 2010. The varied cost and nature of items in the 2012 county budget included: â€˘ improved systems to upgrade the video surveillance systems at Miramichi Lodge and Bonnechere Manor, costs covered by the Ministry of Health; â€˘ a three per cent (or $41,513) increase, to pay the countyâ€™s $1.425 million portion of Renfrew County and District Health Unit budget; â€˘ $13,500 for a casual truck-equipment operator during the winter months, to save paying $20,000 in overtime; â€˘ a 2.4 per cent increase to $3.2 million for winter road maintenance; â€˘ $2.1 million on Victoria Street to increase Petawawaâ€™s sewage capacity; and â€˘ a six per cent drop, to $250,000, in Renfrew County timber sales, or what development and property director Paul Moreau calls a â€œconscious decision to step back on harvesting because of poor market conditions.â€? A major presenter at the workshop was Renfrew County treasurer Jim Kutschke. It was his 28th county budget.
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McNab-Braeside Mayor Mary Campbell delivered her state of the township address at councilâ€™s first meeting of 2012 on Jan. 10. Campbell explained the state of the union address has been customary since sheâ€™s been mayor. â€œI would like to dedicate this address, with pride, to the council of the Township of McNab-Braeside, whose leadership during 2011 was impeccable in its commitment, integrity and work ethic,â€? said Campbell. She described 2011 as a year of change, challenge, community and achievement for McNab-Braeside. She cautioned that in the eyes of the province, the townshipâ€™s most significant achievements are those that contribute to social, environmental and economic sustainability. â€œWithout question, these days, the highest priority is given to job creation. McNab-Braeside is in a situation where over 85 per cent of our working families depend on employment outside the township,â€? said Campbell. She said one of councilâ€™s most important initiatives of 2012 will be to not only attract businesses but to attract and create employment opportunities. â€œWhile diversity is important, attracting businesses that build on our current economic segments of agriculture, building, recreation/healthy living, and arts/heritage/culture will offer our best opportunities for longterm sustainable growth,â€? said Campbell. â€œEncouraging business clusters that extend supply chains to include production, processing, distribution and ongoing services will do more build a stable economy than waiting for random expressions of interest.â€? â€œMuch of our low cost of living and our high living standard depends on working in harmony with our natural environment and the protection of our natural resources, most notably water. Protection of our natural heritage features is critical to our future economic development as a desirable rural community in which to live and for recreation and tourism.â€? â€œThe province has advised that, as a rural municipality, we take a planning approach that identifies our natural features, first. Buffers these with agricultural belts and then, plan development on the remaining marginal lands,â€? said Campbell. The Eastern Wardenâ€™s Caucus has already been advised by the province that Eastern Ontario will be required to prepare its own growth, she said. Campbell said that to adapt, grow and evolve while remaining true to family and community roots will require combined energy, talent and patience from council, staff and community. â€œThe economic realities surrounding us means we will be forced to set priorities and to engage in longer term planning. Many of the issues we face require planning beyond the four-year term of office for this council,â€? she said. For more, visit yourottawaregion.com/community.
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Salary increases for the county councillors and warden will amount to less than a fifth of one per cent of Renfrew County’s entire tax levy for 2012. But a few county councillors said they were still uncomfortable with supporting raises for themselves, even though a review by county councillors Walter Stack of Arnprior and Janice Visneskie of Killaloe, Hagarty & Richards showed they were the poorest paid in eastern Ontario. Now, this year’s budget will include larger-than-normal hikes in remuneration for county councillors, the warden and major committee chairs. Two meetings of the county’s finance and administration committee in January brought forward recommendations for increases in salaries for county councillors, honorariums for the major committee chairs and vice-chairs, and a base salary increase for the county warden. There was no opposition regarding the committee honorariums of $1,000 for committee chairs and $500 for committee vice-chairs, and the warden’s salary increase from $21,109 to $25,000. But the addition of an annual $3,000 base salary for all 17 county councillors, over and above their meeting per-diems, met with a slightly different response. Previously, county councillors received per diems for half- or full-day meetings, but no base salary. North Algona Wilberforce Mayor Harold Weckworth said he couldn’t support the $3,000 increase, given the state of the economy and the challenges other members of society face. “I won’t vote for this, but I do support the increase for the warden,” he said. Bonnechere Valley Mayor Jennifer Murphy said she, too, was uncomfortable with the $3,000 hike for herself and her colleagues, but supported the warden’s salary hike. It was difficult finding “apple-to-apple” comparisons among eastern Ontario municipalities, because of how they determine their pay scales. However, Stack and Visneskie said it was still clear Renfrew County councillor remunerations were easily the lowest in the region.
The average annual remuneration for local county councillors is $5,300. Remuneration among most other municipalities is $12,000 or more, while many receive closer to $16,000, said Stack. The treasurer’s statement for 2011 shows four of 16 county councillors received slightly more than $10,000 for per diems and expenses for the year. The 17th councillor, Warden Sweet, received a base salary of just over $21,000 and $5,673 in expenses. With per diems included, his total remuneration for 2011 was $46,590. County councillor remuneration is not just about money, stressed the 63-year-old Stack. He said adequate remuneration should be in place so that county council is represented by a wider portion of the population. Most county councillors are in their 50s or 60s. “Look around the council table,” said Stack. “It shows we’re not really getting fair representation of our community. “If you’re looking at an average age of 60, then I don’t think we’re getting a fair representation … if we’re going to draw younger people into the council, we’re not going to draw them without paying more.” Besides, said Stack, the job as county councillor is already a big commitment in time, both with official attendance at meetings, and preparation and examination of council documents. “I’m not suggesting it’s going to have to be a full-pay market situation, but it should offset some of the commitment,” said Stack. Even with the approved base salary of $3,000 (and no cost-of-living increase this year), Stack says Renfrew county councillors were still “well below many, many of the upper-tier municipalities in eastern Ontario.” Warden Bob Sweet said he didn’t feel overly comfortable talking about the warden’s compensation, since he sits in that position. “It’s not about me, it’s about the office of the warden,” he said, adding that he’d leave that mainly for discussion among other county councillors. But he did note the warden’s position represented “a very, very large responsibility” for the county. He also noted, as warden, that he attends many, many meetings for which he does not bill for expenses.
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Greater Madawaska Mayor Peter Emon examines documents during last week’s Renfrew County budget workshop. In the background, from left, are Horton Mayor Don Eady, Renfrew County CAO Jim Hutton and administrative assistant Rose Gruntz. Visneskie said the warden basically serves as the county’s CEO and, as such, he or she should be paid accordingly. “We know because we’ve sat in the chair,” said the former warden. Renfrew Reeve Audrey Green said raising the warden’s salary was “long, long overdue,” while remuneration for county councillors was too. “My salary here is even less than what I get in Renfrew” as reeve, “and I don’t feel I’m hurting the taxpayer to get that additional remuneration,” added Green. Greater Madawaska Mayor Peter Emon responded similarly.
While recognizing it’s a difficult time for many ratepayers, Emon said county councillors work hard and should be recognized for that effort. “It’s not an extravagant request and I feel comfortable defending it,” he said. Whether it’s hard times or not, Admaston-Bromley Mayor Raye-Anne Briscoe said county councillors are never going to find it a pleasant exercise to approve salary increases for themselves. However, she said future fact-finding exercises of this nature might benefit by including members of the public who don’t sit on county council.
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Funds remaining from the Valleyfest deferred revenue account have found two homes so far. Valleyfest, and its predecessor (the Lumber Baron Festival), held celebrations in Renfrew for several years before the Valleyfest committee dissolved in 2008. Funds left in the account were turned over to the town to help promote new events and festivals in town. More recently, Renfrew’s parks and recreation committee recommended spending $2,500 for children’s entertainment and the adult concert during the Winter FrewFest at the Ma-Te-Way Activity Centre Jan. 28. Town council unanimously supported that recommendation Monday night. EXTRA FUNDS TO BIA Council also voted to transfer the remaining $5,215.74 in the deferred revenue account to the Renfrew BIA (Business Improvement Area). A summary of recent committee minutes say the money is for festivaltype promotions downtown, but also at the BIA’s discretion. ART IN THE PARK
ported a recreation committee recommendation that recreation staff work with the Renfrew Art Guild to provide in-kind donations or other services for the event. The first-ever Art in the Park is scheduled for July 14 and 15 in Haramis Park. The arts exhibition is being organized by the Renfrew Art Guild to commemorate the guild’s 15 years of involvement in community art. According to the guild’s website, this is a family event that promotes arts, culture, recreation and tourism. The art guild also says Haramis Park is ideal for the Art in the Park grand art tent, individual artists’ gazebos, vendors and parking. The arts exhibition is open to Renfrew Art Guild members, and to guest artists and artisans by special invitation of a Renfrew Art Guild member. Coun. Tom Anderson, who chairs the parks and recreation committee, said, “There was a lot we could do for them that didn’t require cash.” What those things are remains to be determined. “We’re kind of disappointed,” said RAG vicechair Peter Sidock, “but it’s water under the bridge, and there’s still in-kind
contributions. “I’m disappointed ... because it is a community event,” added Sidock, who hopes the event attracts 40 artists, including 20 from outside the area. HOG WILD PORK FESTIVAL Anderson indicated Art in the Park didn’t qualify as a community festival because of its commercial nature. The same reason was given for rejecting a request for funds from the Hog Wild Pork Festival, represented by Jeff Woito. The Hog Wild Pork Festival is scheduled for the May 2012 long weekend. Coun. Anderson said he “didn’t want to get into the issue of merit,” but said all three events will do wonderful things for the community. BIA chairperson Lisa Vincent says the Business Improvement Area group is interested in backing the pork festival, but will firm up its level of support at the BIA’s annual general meeting Feb. 21. BIA’s support could include providing supportive events on the main street as well as transportation to the festival at the fairgrounds. Vincent says the BIA is keen to support events that create excitement in town, especially when they’re in the downtown core.
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Renfrew’s first-ever skateboard park is closer to becoming reality. Town council approved the designation of $40,000 to purchase the park’s initial skateboard equipment prior to the passing of this year’s budget. Council’s unanimous approval took place at Monday’s council meeting. Recreation director Barclay Mayhew said he anticipates another $10,000 will come from fundraising efforts of local youth, donations and contributions by a local service club and/or the business sector. The purchase of $50,000 in equipment is available only because the Brantfordbased firm, KSL Design, is offering a discount price. This is possible because KSL Design is manufacturing the same equipment units for Renfrew and the Town of Arnprior. Mayhew’s connections with the owner of KSL Design go back several years. For $50,000, Renfrew will obtain five major units — two quarter-pipes, two rail systems and one fun box (which consists of planters, steps and a rail). The normal price tag for the five units, says Mayhew, is about $70,000. The first $20,000 of $50,000 comes from the 2011 capital budget for the purchase of playground equipment. The next $20,000 is from the 2012 budget for the same. “I’m happy we’re moving forward and it’s going to be ready in the spring,” said Mayhew of the park’s phase one. If other money is forthcoming, expansion of the park will follow, anticipated the director. The purchase is happening after recreation program co-ordinator Jo-anne Caldwell received feedback from an estimated 50 youngsters and young adults about the elements of the park. Their ages have ranged from nine to
27, including a 27-year-old who says he’s been waiting for a skateboard park in Renfrew for as long as he can remember. Even better, the new units will be userfriendly for skateboarders, BMX bikers and inline skaters. The location will be the outdoor hockey rink beside the Ma-Te-Way Activity Centre. Caldwell says young people are excited to see the park realized.
popular than ever because of the publicity of the X Games and those kind of events.” Mayhew says this $50,000 purchase represents a nice start for the town’s future for skateboarders, BMX bikers and inline skaters. He says the skateboard park will be an addition to an already wide variety of services at Ma-Te-Way Park. Services include walking trails, playing surfaces for
football, soccer, hockey and figure skating, softball, volleyball, basketball, ball hockey and baseball, as well as a playground structure, washrooms, telephone and an automated external defibrillator. A formal park opening may take place before the school year ends. Also, Mayhew and Caldwell say there’s a good chance skateboarders will provide a demonstration as part of Canada Day festivities.
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Recreation director Barclay Mayhew (right) explains the reasons for the special price on new skateboard park units. “They’re super excited to have this in town. They want to have a place to go,” she says. “They want to have a place to hang out. And they want to skate and bike. “I’m extremely happy that this is happening now, and that this summer we’re going to have something in Renfrew.” Recreation director Mayhew says there’s always something for youth to do, but this improves the situation. “This is something that doesn’t have to be formally organized. And there’s a certain social aspect to skateboarding and its more extreme-type sports. It’s more
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This is the time of year when most mayors give an inaugural address, noting accomplishments of the past year and looking ahead. Not so in Admaston-Bromley Township. Over more than a decade as leader of the rural municipality, Mayor Raye-Anne Briscoe has graciously declined. “I never did ever go back over the previous year,” she reminded council at the start of Thursday’s regular meeting. Briscoe says it’s not her place to define accomplishment. “It’s up to the ratepayers to decide (what is accomplishment),” she says. As for looking forward, she calls it, “just ball-parking.” Briscoe prefers to replace inaugural grandeur with grassroots goal-setting. She is calling upon township staff and council to buckle down to tackle the “challenges we’re going to face” and assess ways to cope, in the long term. “I ask that some real blocks of time be set aside to work on how we’re going to finance and move forward in the next three years,” Mayor Briscoe said. She advised council that the federal and provincial governments are dedicated to cutbacks and local governments will be expected to follow suit. She wants municipal departments to
find new sources of funding, an admittedly “very difficult thing to do.” She also wants staff and council to find savings “without slash and burn.” One place where the mayor believes the township might find “really significant savings” is through multiple-year contracts. In particular, she wants the township to “get serious about our energy needs” with a close look at gas and diesel fuel consumption. “That’s one of the thoughts I seriously have,” Mayor Briscoe said, referring to the concept of locking in prices for more than one year in order to get a better rate, “especially in an economy as how we see now.” “The budget is yesterday’s job, not tomorrow. We’ve got to get at it,” she told council. “At the end of the day, you may tell me it doesn’t work and that’d be fine,” she said. But it won’t be for lacking of trying. Meanwhile, staff will be expected to do “more research and phoning around” to find efficiencies. “The magic word is sustainability. In order to progress you have to be sustainable,” Briscoe said. “I want this to be an opportunity. Let’s turn it on its ear. There’s a lot of ability around this table,” her pep talk said. “Historically, we’re doing the same thing every year. Let’s use our abilities,” she added.
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After starting out “gangbusters,” residential permits dwindled as 2011 unfolded. A building permits report of the past seven years revealed 2008 was a banner year with 13 residential permits with a total value of $2,675,000. Another 67 other permits that same year brought the grand total value to $4,881,500. Last year seven residential permits were issued for construction valued at $1,670,000. Another 45 other permits lifted the total value to $3,205,600.
Mayor Briscoe said the statistics reveal what is being seen in other municipalities. “It’s another statement about our economy,” the mayor said, adding that when it comes to residential development, “everyone pales in comparison to Petawawa.” Briscoe also reiterated her strong support of any efforts to review exactly what farm land is. She noted one particular property designated as agricultural land that, if someone asked where it was, “If I told you, you would say, are you nuts? “We gotta get it right this time,” she stressed.
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The community facilities in AdmastonBromley Township are exactly that, and the stats prove it. Community services committee chairman Ray Pender reported Jan. 19 that use of the Barr Line Community Centre and Stone Road municipal office is steady. Last year the Barr Line facility was used 174 times, and the council chambers 156 times. In the latter case, council accounted for 49 of thoses uses – about one third. Mayor Raye-Anne Briscoe said how pleased she was to see both faciliteis so well used. “This place belongs to the people, so use it,” she encouraged. There is no charge for local groups to use the facilities but sometimes groups express their gratitude with donations, which the mayor says are “greatly appreciated.” Briscoe said it’s great the facilities are so popular. Coun. Michael Donohue agreed. “This is not an area where we want to
be considering any kind of user fees,” he said. “I’m very impressed. This (Stone Road chambers) is not a council facility. This is a community facility.” Mayor Briscoe doesn’t support the notion that council chambers is “some kind of holy shrine or something.” With plans set for the annual Douglas Frosty Fun carnival Feb. 10 to 12, Brisoce noted the important role played by recreation volunteers for which “we have to be ever so grateful.” “I don’t think there’s anything we do that builds so much a sense of community,” Coun. Donohue added. Mayor Briscoe also noted the importance of user-fee agreements with neighbouring municipalities so residents are able to access “all kinds of recreational opportunities we could never afford.” “There’s a limit to what a community of our size can provide. It doesn’t have to be provided (all here),” she said. Correction: A typing error in a recent Renfrew Mercury noted recreation wards 3 and 4 members as including: “Krystyna Devries, Nancy Devries, Nancy Briscoe.” There is no Nancy Devries.
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The National Farmers Union, Renfrew County, was the lone group to respond to an Admaston-Bromley council request for input on the issue of livestock kills. Local NFU president David McKay’s Jan. 4 correspondence to township council said its members passed a resolution at their Jan. 2 meeting to respond immediately. They share council’s position that a resolution from Tweed recommending municipalities no longer be involved in livestock valuation should not be supported for the following reasons: • Predator control varies from region to region in this province. In Renfrew County, predator control is a big issue and is best served by the "local" council, who best understands those predator issues as well as the normal farm practices in this area. • Timing or window of opportunity to have the evidence of a kill inspected is a big issue. Therefore it is key to have local livestock valuers familiar to local farmers and living in the area do an instant inspection. It is common knowledge that the balance of the evidence of a predator kill usually disappears within the first 24 hours. • We all realize that the survival of farms is key to the survival of rural com-
munities. This is just another example of where it is most important that local municipalities support those issues which affect family farms. • In addition, farmers see more and more predator damage to livestock (and crops, which is another issue) by predators/species introduced into rural areas. It is more important than ever that farmers and rural municipal councils stay vigilant on these issues. One example would be that together we should encourage discussion that funding for this program be transferred from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs to the Ministry of Natural Resources.” Livestock claims in Admaston-Bromley in 2011 dropped to 37 from 49 in 2010. Compensation paid to livestock owners meanwhile rose from $15,739.05 in 2010 to $17,929.70 last year. Last year the sheep kills rose from 18 to 29, while the number of cattle killed rose by just one from 19 to 20. More than half of the cattle kills (15) were calves. The most costly claims last year were an $1,819 cow-calf loss in Admaston in November, and a $1,350 purebred heifer taken down in Bromley Nov. 17. The predator in all 49 cases was identified as coyote. “There’s a lot of predator control going on,” Coun. Bob Dick said. “It goes on all the time.” Mayor Raye-Anne Briscoe agreed.
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Swim” in Deep River. All swimmers were required to swim from the Quebec Side of the Ottawa River over to the Ontario Side with one stipulation. You need to have both a rower and a spotter in a row boat that would accompany your swimming journey. You guessed it. Gram was my rower. She rowed the 1 ¼ miles across the mighty Ottawa River cheering me on the whole way. Gram introduced me to fashion, pierced ears, sexy bathing suits, frog’s legs and cherry brandy. You have no idea how much she loved to shop! I can remember her taking me shopping one day. Gram bought me my very ﬁrst black bathing suit as well as my ﬁrst pair of ultra high, high heeled shoes. This, I know for sure, drove my parents crazy. Because my memories of my Grandma are fond, I wanted to see what memories some of the residents have of their Grandmothers. Ken recalls how his Grandmother, in her later years, suffered from dementia but could still belt out Christmas tunes along with the piano. Wellwood remembers how severe rationing during the war caused his Grandmother
to hoard not only her butter but everyone else’s. Another person shared with me that her Nan, a socialite in Arnprior, would do her ironing, sitting down, while watching her soap operas and another person recalled her Grandmother, while on her death bed, sharing the best part about dying was being able to eat as much chocolate as she wanted without worrying about her weight. I think memories of Grandmothers are very special indeed. Even though I don’t have many photos, I have my memories and they are always there. I can unpack them any time I choose. Mull them over, savour them and cherish them. They bring a smile to my heart. Then, I can pack them away until the next time.
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So I was giving some thought to my Grandma. She died a few days before Christmas after suffering from Alzheimer’s for several years. My thoughts of her have been overﬂowing in my mind over the last couple of weeks. I don’t have many pictures of her but I do have many vivid memories of the woman I called Gram. Joyce O’ShaughnessyFlute was an amazing woman who not only raised 5 kids but ran the successful O’Shaughnessy Limited Insurance Company in Bancroft after my Grandfather died many years ago. She did very well for herself buying out other insurance companies over the years. Joyce was a very smart business woman. My memories of her are fond and I would like to share a few with you. Not only was she a consummate business woman but she was also a fashionista! Dressed to the nines was how you would always ﬁnd her. Whether at work or relaxing with a beverage in her breeze-way, she would always be in high heels. I can remember chomping at the bit to get to Gram’s house so I could be let loose in her bedroom. Her closet was teaming with scores of high heeled shoes and drawers overﬂowing with jewellery. When I was 9, I decided to enter the “Cross River
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inter carnival time is here, and not a minute too soon. With the excitement of the Christmas season now a vague memory of overindulgence; and with the cold, hard reality of New Year resolutions wearing thin; it’s time for a little fun. Renfrew kicks off the fun with its Winter Frew Fest celebration all day Saturday at the Ma-Te-Way Activity Centre, on the Bonnechere River and in O’Brien Park beside the Swinging Bridge. More carnivals will follow in communities like Douglas, Horton, Dacre, McNab, Northcote, Braeside and points beyond.
Sure, there are snowbirds who take flight for warm, foreign soil. But many Renfrew County residents like it right here at home, thank you very much. For some, winter means solitary pursuits like cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Others prefer the thrill of downhill skiing, a game of pick-up hockey with buddies or throwing a few rocks at the local curling rink. Feel the need for speed? The region offers more than 2,500 kilometres of groomed snowmobile trails.
There is also a keen community of anglers who find joy and rejuvenation in the ancient art of ice fishing. Yes, Canada has a rich tradition of making fun of winter. A 1933 book by Edwin C. Guillet on Pioneer Social life tells the tale of our winter sports heritage – playful pursuits on ponds and rivers and lakes. Horses were also key to winter celebrations in days gone by, and they remain a reminder of our rural past as horsedrawn sleigh rides are offered at many of today’s carnivals. Winter carnivals are a wonderful dis-
traction during the long, hard days of winter in Canada. But, most of all, carnivals are about community and co-operation. In the coming weeks, towns and villages across Renfrew County will host carnivals, thanks to the tireless efforts of teams of volunteers who step up to the plate every year, to brighten the dark days of winter. Thanks to all these kind people who know that winter is only as cold, or as warm, as you choose to make it. So grab your boots, mittens and a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy.
Sports connections, with or without museum More than 40 years ago, as a youngster, sports was all I lived for. The love affair began in the Montreal suburb of Chomedy and continued when we moved to the southwestern Quebec city of Valleyfield, where I spent most of my teenage years. They were preoccupied with baseball, hockey, track and field, golf, soccer and football. Valleyfield was bigger than, but similar, to Renfrew in a lot of ways. Back then, there was a lot of baseball and even more hockey The major difference was the lack of anglophones on some of my hockey and baseball teams. I was the only English kid on one of my hockey teams. But it didn’t seem to make much difference. Ability, rather than one’s language, seemed to determine how much ice time one got. One season, before I found my true hockey calling, as a goaltender, I was still a slack-ankled skater who could barely keep up. That season, before the age of 10, I sat on the bench for an entire game that we lost 25-0. I skated off the bench for one shift, thinking the coach had signalled to me, but to my shock she called me back. I’ll never forget that moment. Fortunately, however, I had so many more positive sporting experiences. In the summer, if I wasn’t hitting plastic golf balls on the front lawn or cycling to the golf course to play on a real course, I was likely in the school yard, behind our house, playing baseball. It was a baseball town that has won eight Canadian Little League championships, and reached other finals, including one in 2011. Valleyfield was also where hockey reigned supreme. Track and field eventually became my best sport, but hockey wasn’t far behind, in a town where the national game resonated. Gosh, I even took a slap shot in the calf, inside my goalie pad, from one of the local junior hockey stars and practically viewed it as a red badge of courage. And when I wasn’t playing club or high school hockey, I feverishly followed the National Hockey League’s six teams. I did so with the help of my own scrapbooks, and hence another connection, albeit a distant one, with Renfrew. From the age of seven or eight, Gordie
STEVE NEWMAN STEVE’S SIXTH SENSE Howe was my hockey idol, a reverence that I maintained up to and beyond the time I met him in the same airport lineup, en route to the 1988 Olympics. What I’ll never forget is the photo that began my first of many sports scrapbooks. The final score was 3-0 for Detroit, my favourite team. But the really memorable goal was Howe’s 545th NHL regular-season goal, while the Wings were shorthanded, to beat Habs goalie Charlie Hodge on the shortside. My scrapbook photo showed one of Lindsay’s teammates, Floral, Sask., native Howe, breaking Rocket Richard’s mark on Nov. 10, 1963. The record stood until Wayne Gretzky broke it in 1994. Which is where Renfrew comes in. Unless I’m wrong, kids love memorabilia, especially when it comes to the game of hockey. And those who were once kids may love it even more. Which is why I hope plans for Renfrew’s National Hockey Association/National Hockey League Museum are realized. The museum is scheduled to open later this year, on the second floor of the post office building, while serving up healthy memories of a game that includes references to NHA/Renfrew Millionaires stars and future NHLers Frank and Lester Patrick, Newsy Lalonde and Cyclone Taylor. Undoubtedly, there will also be references to Ted Lindsay, the Renfrew-born Stanley Cup champion who played 1201 NHL games for Detroit or Chicago. Dreams of an impressive museum may never be realized, but let’s hope they are. A good museum can mean more than tourism. It could serve as a connection to this community’s history and the game in general. Even if we’re never a Newsy Lalonde or Ted Lindsay, at the very least an NHA/ NHL Museum would remind us that we too have played and watched this game … and been the better for it. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Attendance was up at the 2011 Renfrew Fair PETER CLARK firstname.lastname@example.org
The Renfrew Agricultural Society named its 2012 board of directors at its annual meeting Jan. 18, and it was an easy choice. All 18 board members showed their interest to return, and are back to handle another Renfrew Fair this year. Dennis Briscoe completed his term as president at the meeting. Briscoe enjoyed his time at the helm, and said it was a learning experience. â€œI couldnâ€™t ask for a better group (of directors) to work with,â€? he said. â€œWe got a lot accomplished in the past couple of years. I got to see other committees and how the rest of the fair runs.â€? Bob Johnston takes over the reins as president. The 2011 Renfrew Fair was again busy at the gates,
particularly at the Barnet Sub entrance off Fourth Street where automobile traffic comes in. Sixty-five per cent of the people come in that entrance, committee member Ian Clelland noted. He thanked the two hockey teams, Rusty Blades and Millionaires, for again running the gates throughout the five-day event. Clelland also thanked the police department for their presence throughout the week. Attendance was also up. â€œThe weather was fantastic all five days,â€? fair manager Judy Dobec said. Dennis Briscoe reported that itâ€™s been hard slugging the last couple of years for dairy cattle entries. He said dairy farms are changing, and he suggested putting dairy cattle on hold for a couple of years might be the way to go. On the plus side, Murray Crozier noted, there were
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The Renfrew Agricultural Society introduced its board of directors for 2012 at its annual meeting Jan. 18. In front row from left are Murray Crozier, Bill Gagan, manager Judy Dobec, president Bob Johnston, first vice Gladys Curry, homecraft president Barb Cole and Nanci Lines; middle row Ian Clelland, Donna Campbell, Burt Virgin, Kent Smith, Rob Briscoe; and back row Jerome Mask, Alan Roffey, Dennis Briscoe, second vice Ray Pender, Paul Neville and Kevin Gillan. Jim Enright and Bob McMullin are missing from the photo. 275 head of beef cattle, â€œthe most I can remember,â€? he recalled. Grandstand shows went very well with three different types of enter-
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