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Thursday, June 14, 2012 • 48 pages
Morning fire destroys Barr Street home June 23 fundraiser for fire victim
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St. Thomas the Apostle School holds its annual fun fair. – Page 23–
Single-mom Sherry Danis is thanking her lucky stars that sheʼs alive and uninjured. Sleeping in the basement of the two-storey residence about 4 a.m. Monday, she was awakened by a ﬁre that destroyed the Barr Street house she was renting. “I donʼt even know what woke me up,” said Danis, whose daughter Paige, 12, and son Jackson, 5, were away visiting their dad. “I just remember running up the stairs and seeing the ﬂames outside the kitchen window.” After seeing the nearby shed was in ﬂames, she tried dialing the upstairs phone, but it wasnʼt working. So she returned to the basement for her cell phone. Danis also heard a huge bang, which turned out to be one of the upstairs windows, which may have been broken by an exploding propane tank. Shortly afterwards, the house was engulfed in ﬂames. After dialing 9-1-1, she was told two calls had already been made and the ﬁre department was on its way. “Iʼm very happy and thankful (to not be hurt), but Iʼm still in shock,” she said Monday afternoon. “I havenʼt had my own real cry yet. Thereʼs no returning to that house,” added Danis, who works as the main manager at Santa Fe Southwestern Grill. Knowing that she has lost basically all her possessions, Santa Fe owner Tom Pappin is helping to organize a fundraiser for her. The fundraiser kicks off at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 23. See FIRE, Page 2
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A home on Barr Street in Renfrew was destroyed by fire early Monday morning.
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Renfrew council unanimously approved its new landﬁll waste-diversion plan Monday night, but with some controversy. The vote came after most discussion focused on two particular items — modiﬁed hours of operation, and the cost for businesses to send large quantities of unsorted mixed waste to the Renfrew landﬁll site. The vote displeased Jeannie Barron of Barron Disposal who earlier in the June 11 meeting presented her arguments against sharply increasing the cost for large quantities of mixed waste material from $35 per tonne. She suggested the cost should be closer to $80 per tonne. The new tipping fee of $80 per tonne will be for separated waste, with a minimum charge of $15 for quantities less than 200 kilograms. That new rate goes into effect July 1, 2012. The tipping fee of $150 per tonne of large quan-
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tities of unsorted waste material becomes effective Sept. 1, 2012. The later date appears to be a concession for disposal ﬁrms since they are already locked into contracts with clients, suggested Coun. Tom Anderson. That unseparated waste will be sorted by landﬁll site staff. Barron was among a very small number of local residents who attended the Town of Renfrewʼs public meeting May 9 about the waste-diversion planʼs recommendations. After Barron expressed her concerns again at the June 11 council meeting, Reeve Audrey Green, who chairs the development and works committee, said local businesses were still encouraged to contact the town to discuss their concerns with the new wastediversion plan. “Weʼll look at (their concerns) and see what we can do,” said Green, suggesting that everything isnʼt cast in stone.
“Jeannie (Barron) says itʼs moving too fast. Iʼm saying in essence the completion of the whole program is going to be a year or a year and a half, before we have everything in place the way we need it. These are the ﬁrst steps toward trying to maintain a better landﬁll site.” The new waste management program, in large part, focuses on requiring material separation, in order to facilitate material diversion. REDUCED GARBAGE-BAG QUOTAS
The new plan also calls for the weekly quota of garbage bags to be reduced from three to two for residences, and from six bags to four for businesses. Extra bag tags will be made available from the town for $2 each, so excess bags can be placed curbside and collected or disposed of at the landﬁll site. These changes take effect July 1, 2012.
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“She pretty well got out of there with only the clothes on her back,” said Pappin, who said the local band, Stuffed Buffalo, will play at the fundraiser. FINANCIAL DONATIONS
Visitors can also make ﬁnancial donations at the door, participate in 50-50 draws, and bid on special auction items, including green fees and limousine service. Throughout the evening, Santa Fe is offering free appetizers. Organizers are also looking for other auction items. To help out, call Santa Fe at
613-432-1600. At least two cats died in the ﬁre, said Renfrew Fire Chief Guy Longtin. The department had 10 full-time and four volunteer ﬁreﬁghters on the scene along with two pumpers, the aerial ladder truck and the pickup. Damage to the house was extensive, said Chief Longtin. The Ontario Fire Marshalʼs ofﬁce was on the scene Monday afternoon investigating the cause of what is considered a suspicious ﬁre. Detective.-Constable Sean Smith of the Renfrew OPP is leading the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the local detachment at 613-432-3211.
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Fire chief Guy Longtin moves traffic pylons as the department wraps up at the scene after a long stretch of firefighting at this Barr Street home Monday morning.
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Vehicles progressed through a picket line with little delay before Mayʼs Renfrew County council meeting. But when it comes to seeing an end to the month-long strike, there is little progress to report. The 22 Ontario Works employees in Renfrew County have been on strike since May 10. They picketed near the county buildingʼs parking lot in Pembroke in the lead-up to the May 30 meeting, after they were denied the opportunity to speak before council. Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario president Fred Hahn said the group was there all week, “waiting to be called back to the table” by the countyʼs negotiating team. Key for Hahn is beneﬁts. He said county negotiators want to remove beneﬁts such as 100 per cent dental coverage, and long- and short-term
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The two-bag collection is also overdue, said Reeve Green, who has been a major proponent of the waste-diversion plan. “Everyone around here has two-bag collection, not three,” she said. “Weʼve had three for so long that itʼs not beneﬁtting our landﬁll site at all. If you go to two, people are going to recycle, people are going to do more. If they get into that type of mold, theyʼll become more conscious of exactly what weʼve got and how we have to preserve it.” Modiﬁed summer landﬁll site hours will take effect Sept. 1, 2012, with Thursday hours extended until 7 p.m. The landﬁll will also remain open Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday during the day,
disability. They donʼt mind giving the coverage to the countyʼs other 700 employees, Hahn said, but for some reason the 22 women working for Ontario Works are being treated differently. He also said council voted itself a three-per-cent raise in January, but expect employees to suffer austerity measures. “They donʼt deserve any less than any other employee in this county,” Hahn said. At one point during the morning, some employees said Warden Bob Sweet was swept through the picket in a police escort. They said it was a poor use of tax dollars. However, Sweet was asked about it moments later. He pointed at his car in the parking lot and said he was at work before the picketers arrived. Ghyslaine Turgeon, president of CUPE local 4989, was among those waving union ﬂags and shouting slogans outside the county headquar-
ters. She maintains morale among the strikers remains positive, but that itʼs time the county returns to the negotiation table. “Ontario Works employees want to get back to providing employment services and income supports to assist vulnerable members of our community,” she said. CUPE National President Paul Moist joined the County workers on the picket line Monday to emphasize his unionʼs support for the workers. The striking employees deliver social assistance to about 1,100 clients monthly. They focus on helping clients – such as women whoʼve ﬂed domestic violence – achieve ﬁnancial independence. During the strike the county has temporarily closed the Killaloe and Arnprior ofﬁces, redirecting clients to the Pembroke and Renfrew Ontario Works locations. The Pembroke ofﬁce is acces-
but closed Fridays. Coun. Andrew Evans questioned the wisdom of closing the landﬁll that day, particularly since one large local contractor does a lot of its business Fridays. The new waste-diversion plan will also credit residences $30, to a limit of one credit per property, for purchasing and installing a composter. A receipt of purchase must be provided to qualify for the credit. Composters, say town staff, sell for $63 to $100. Meanwhile, the plan also calls for council to approve additional part-time stafﬁng “to monitor and perform diversion initiatives and site activities” at the landﬁll site. Approval of the new wastediversion is being realized about a decade after some of these same initiatives did not receive council approval, said Reeve Audrey Green. She pointed out the rapidly-
diminishing shelf life of the landﬁll site. “The bottom line is save the landﬁll site,” said Green, “because 10 years ago we had 35 years expectancy, and now we have between 12 and 17 years. “And if we donʼt do something very soon, weʼre not going to have anything, then weʼll (be in trouble) because weʼll never ﬁnd another (landﬁll site) within the Town of Renfrew.” This isnʼt the end of efforts to improve waste diversion, either. Other items are expected to emerge from next yearʼs budget, said Green. Coun. Anderson and Mayor Bill Ringrose both talked about the importance of spending ʻeducationalʼ dollars set aside in the budget to continue to inform the public about recycling and other aspects of local waste diversion.
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Area Seniorsʼ Home Support program. Pat Forrest of Prime Valley Real Estate is sponsoring a jumping castle at the festival, Cougars Conquering Cancer will be serving pink candy ﬂoss and Peter Boldt is on board to lead his energetic Zumba classes in the downtown core. The Renfrew Victoria Hospital Auxiliary will provide its famous root beer ﬂoats, and Santa Fe Restaurant is also taking it to the street with an outdoor patio where ribs, corn and more will be available for purchase. Valley Heritage Radio will wrap up the day with a kitchen party in Low Square” With Seniorsʼ Month celebrations in full swing now, seniors are welcomed to celebrate into July by attending this family-focussed event. To learn more about the festival, check out the Renfrew BIA website and events page on Facebook.
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The countdown is on for the Renfrew Business Improvement Area (BIA) Festival of the Family. The downtown party will be held Saturday, July 28 with events throughout the day. The attractions range from the highly-acclaimed Sharon and Bram family show at 2:30 p.m. at the AFAC Wing, to Yaki balloon animals and buskers. Among the buskers will be the premier attraction, The Cowguys. The Cowguys, says their website, are an Ottawa-based performing duo who have been delighting audiences worldwide since 1990. “They expertly blend circus, western and magic skills with dexterity, wit, juggling and comedy for all ages in their award-winning show,” the site says. They have more than 2,500 performances to their credit, from conventions, private parties, festivals and even a few weddings. The Cowguys are Brian Wilson, Nick Miller and Johnathan Lockhart. Wilson was in Renfrew a few years ago for Valleyfest and delighted young and old. They have trained and done workshops with Ringling Brothers Clown teachers, Cirque du Soleil instructors,
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Made out like bandits. ThatĘźs how Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MP Cheryl Gallant describes recent grant announcements in Greater Madawaska Township. And the regionĘźs grant-application success, she says, is richly deserved. â€œItĘźs all about growing the economy for the long term, not just the short term,â€? says Gallant. â€œTourism has been identiďŹ ed in Greater Madawaska as one of the key economic drivers and weĘźve seen CABA (the Calabogie and Area Business Association) and the arts community start from a handful of craftspeople to where they have a whole show going on here; a festival going on here,â€? she says. But beyond its autumn Festival of Senses, the municipality had embraced technology to promote itself. â€œIn the Valley, I must say that Calabogie leads the way. TheyĘźve always been forward-thinking in understanding how important it is to be connected to the rest of the world,â€? says Gallant. With interest-speciďŹ c attractions like Calabogie Peaks and the Calabogie Motorsports Park, Gallant said the municipality understands the need to draw from a larger catchment area, beyond the county, â€œand theyĘźve done a fabulous job of doing so. I think they (other communities) will be green with envy when they see the innovative ideas that are being employed by Greater Madawaska.â€? SUCCESS CELEBRATED
Gallant got a ďŹ rst-hand demonstration of the new website to be featured in kiosks across the municipality to welcome visitors and be used for provincial, national and international promotion. â€œThe idea was to be as innovative as we could,â€? said Hermann. Kierczak added that township council understands economic success lies in working with the local business community to draw tourism trafďŹ c, money and jobs to the township. â€œWhen we make decisions now itĘźs in collaboration with our businesses,â€? Kierczak told Gallant. â€œCollectively, we developed a community economic development strategy.â€? Gallant meanwhile noted the importance of documenting the jobs created by these grants. â€œWe have to demonstrate that weĘźre getting more out of it than weĘźre putting into it,â€? Gallant said. â€œWhen we invest money, we have to
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â€œYouĘźre doing all the right things, growing the economy so you can better pay bills,â€? Gallant told the gathering. â€œI have to ďŹ ght for that money every year.â€? Gallant said, reiterating the need to show, emperically with evidence every year, that the money is being used well. Kierczak assured such information is being documented for future grant applications. He stressed that grants are vital to municipalities already stretched for ďŹ nancial resources and who donĘźt favour borrowing to undertake these important tourism initiatives. He hoped the June 1 visit would give Gallant â€œa glimpse of how energetic we are and how strategically we think.â€?
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Municipal ofďŹ cials also expressed thanks for federal Canada Day funding that Coun. Kierczak said will help the township to showcase the regionĘźs status as a premier, internationally-known tourist destination. He said Canada Day in Calabogie is about far more than ďŹ reworks, although that is important in bringing people together. Gallant was presented with a copy of the new Festival of the Senses brochure, and promotional material for such upcoming summer events as Porsche Canada events at the Calabogie Motorsports Park and Calabogie Blues and Ribfest at Calabogie Peaks. In closing, Coun. Kierczak said grants are vital to municipalities whose ďŹ nancial resources are already stretched to the limit and who do not favour borrowing to undertake these important tourism initiatives. Also on hand for the gathering were Greater Madawaska CAO Mark Urbanski, Coun. Brian Hunt, Steve Hall from Calabogie Highlands, Calabogie Motorsports Park track manager Jane Blinn and Gayle Main from Calabogie Peaks.
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Members of Greater Madawaska council and CABA met at The Fans of Calabogie Bed and Breakfast June 1 to celebrate grants, including $12,000 from the Eastern Ontario Development Corporation, through the local Community Futures Development Corporation. â€œThank you to the Canadian government,â€? Coun. Bruno Kierczak told MP Gallant. He described the $12,000 federal grants as â€œan enormous boost for us.â€? Recent grants have been used for creation of a new Festival of the Senses brochure, and development of a website for
its kiosk program. Coun. Kierczak said components of the kiosk program are easily transferrable to other communities interested in increasing their tourism and economic development proďŹ le, Kierczak also praised GallantĘźs staff which he described as â€œresponsive and cheerful.â€? Byron Hermann of Fans of Calabogie noted how impressed CABA was last year when the federal government announced its Canadian tourism strategy. He said the community is doing a lot to develop to creative economy - as demonstrated through the Festival of the Senses. â€œThe arts are really important,â€? he said. There are also plans for further development of the Barnet Cottage and Heritage Point properties, and consideration of a county-wide archives facility. As a conductor and composer, Hermann would also like to see creation of a performing arts centre in the municipality.
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Retired naval ofďŹ cer Ken StaffordBrown of Renfrew had the pleasure of a front-row seat during the royal coupleĘźs visit to the May 22 military muster at Fort York Armoury. Prince Charles (the Prince of Wales) and wife Camilla (the Duchesse of Cornwall) attended the event in Toronto that commemorated the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. Spectators on hand included Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MP Cheryl Gallant. â€œIt was a personal honour to have a special invitation, being of a military background and knowing both the army and the navy were the focal forces in the War of 1812,â€? said Stafford-Brown. â€œI had seen the prince before, but I was never in a venue where it was special invitation to me.â€? Stafford-Brown, who retired from the Royal Canadian Navy in 1994, has lived in Renfrew since 1989. But his familyĘźs local roots go way back, to great grandfather Tobias Stafford and great grandmother Elizabeth Ryan who settled in the area about 1863. Stafford-Brown referred to his experience at the military muster as one of â€œcomplete satisfaction and enjoyment.â€? Prince Charles, who attended the event dressed in a Canadian Army Lieutenant GeneralĘźs dark green uniform, inspected the Guard of Honour while accompanied by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Defence Minister Peter MacKay and Chief of Staff Gen. Walt Natynczyk. A military muster is a general term for collecting soldiers or sailors together, of which both attended the May 22 event. Three bodies of troops were gathered on the parade square at Fort York Armoury, of which the largest was the Guard of Honour of soldiers. Its Colonel in Chief is his Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales. Others gathered were the Air Reserve of Canada, which mounted the
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Country Fun Nature Camp is a non-denominational Christian eco-camp that focuses on nurturing childrenâ€™s love for God, self, others, and the environment. A typical day at County Fun includes arts and crafts in our Craft Barn, outdoor games, a daily swim in our in-ground pool, nature walks, interactive Bible studies, and snack time. Wherever possible, all activities are tied to themes of nature and environmental education.
Looking for a unique summer day camp experience for your children this year? Country Fun Nature Camp is an environmental day camp program run at the Tucker House Renewal Centre, a beautiful historic retreat just east of Ottawa. Camp activities take place in a natural setting of old-growth forest, wetlands, ďŹ elds, a limestone quarry, and organic gardens. Mercury photo by Steve Newman
These princesses and avid readers anticipate the arrival of the TD-Canada Trust Summer Reading Club program at the Renfrew Public Library. From left are princess Abbie Miller, childrenâ€™s librarian Susan Klinck, TD-Canada Trust Renfrew branch manager Tracy Badham and princess Ava Pilgrim.
Bus transportation is included, with 3 pick-up locations across Ottawa. For more information, or to register online, visit tuckerhouse.ca, email us at
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For Your Automotive Career You should apply now for Algonquin College programs that start this fall. If you want an automotive career, there are three great reasons to take our Motive Power Technician program at the Pembroke Campus: Co-op placements often lead to further employment and are your best way to get hands-on experience.
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The TD-Canada Trust Summer Reading Club program is coming back for another big season at the Renfrew Public Library. Last summer 178 children played the Splash! gameboard, while 407 youngsters attended one or more of the 28 special programs offered throughout the summer. With a summer student on board this year, unlike last year, childrenĘźs librarian Susan Klinck says the number of programs will be increased. So look for even more participation in the program, which kicks off with a 10 a.m. to noon registration this Saturday, June 16. Imagine! is the theme of this summerĘźs reading club program, which continues to attract big numbers across the country. Established by the Toronto Public Library, it now reaches nation-wide. Last summerĘźs 281,586 registered participants read a total of 2.3 million books. Using the programĘźs 2012 theme of Imagine! will have the Renfrew Public Library staff work with the theme of Imagine a World of Tape. Appropriately, the childrenĘźs department has been decorated with a duct-tape castle walls, while its summer programs will focus on different types of tape, like caution tape, crimescene tape, masking take and measuring tape. The reading club programĘźs title sponsor is TD-Canada Trust, through its Renfrew branch.
â€œAt TD we believe that a good education opens the door to opportunity and contributes greatly to the long-term well-being of individuals, families and communities,â€? said Tracy Badham, Renfrew branch manager for TDCanada Trust. â€œWe also see the importance of basic ďŹ nancial literacy as a foundation for individual and national prosperity.â€? Scapa North America is also a supporter of the local reading program. Jenny PilgrimĘźs daughter, Ava, and AvaĘźs friend Abbie Miller dressed up as a princesses to promote the upcoming program. â€œI like that it keeps them reading all summer long,â€? said Mrs. Pilgrim. She also likes that the children become familiar with all parts of the library, and not just the fairy-tale section. â€œItĘźs great fun and excitement, not just for kids, but for whole families, because we get the whole family involved in reading,â€? said Klinck. The program is open to children ages two to 13, but as Klinck points out, parents shouldnĘźt stop reading to their kids â€œno matter how old they are.â€? The summer club program includes the annual game board, with prize incentives along the way for reading books. Those who complete the extensive game also take home a book prize.
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TOWNSHIP OF HORTON Website: www.hortontownship.ca Public Notice ADOPTION OF ANNUAL BUDGET
Horton Recreation Committee Presents Country Dance
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The Usual Suspects FRIDAY June 15TH 8 P.M. â€“ 12 A.M. HORTON COMMUNITY CENTRE 1005 CASTLEFORD ROAD Tickets: $8.00 in Advance, $10.00 at Door Advance Tickets Available: Scotts and Sons Hardware âˆ™ Horton Township Office Nolans Corner Store
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At the Horton Community Centre Sunday June 17th $10.00 per person 2 pm - 5 pm Entertainment by Ray Kholsmith & Friends
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Pre-Registration required Ages 7 â€“ 13 8:30 â€“ 3:30 July 3 â€“ 6 & August 7-10 $120.00 per week July 9 -13, 16 -20, 23- 27, July 30-Aug 3 $150.00 per week Fridays will be Trip Day â€“ Weather permitting children will experience local excursions. There will be an extra $10.00 fee applied for Friday excursions to cover buses.
The Council of the Township of Horton will present its proposed 2012 municipal budget at a Public Meeting to be held in the Municipal Council Chambers, 2253 Johnston Road, commencing at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday June 19, 2012. Barring any changes to the budget, it will be presented to Council for approval at a Special Council Meeting to be held immediately following this Public Meeting. A copy of the proposed budget is available for pickup at the Municipal Office. All inquiries and/or comments on the budget are to be made in writing prior to June 15, 2012 to provide time to prepare a response. Anyone wishing to make a presentation at the Public Meeting is to contact the CAO/Clerk for an appointment prior to 4:00 p.m. June 15, 2012.
ASSISTANT LANDFILL SITE ATTENDANT 6-month Position â€“ 1.5 days per week Reporting to the Municipal Infrastructure Manager and designated staff, the successful applicant will provide direction to ratepayers on the rules and regulations on the operation of the Horton Landfill Site. Duties include: assistance at the Landfill Site, ensuring that ratepayers place waste in the designated locations, clean-up of site and other duties as assigned. â€˘ â€˘ â€˘
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Renfrew and Area Chamber of Commerce announces nominees Renfrew and Area Chamber of Commerce
The Renfrew and Area Chamber of Commerce has announced nominees for its 2012 community achievement awards. Every year the Renfrew and Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the community awards to recognize businesses and individuals that have demonstrated outstanding customer services, community involvement
and other notable achievements. One of the most prominent events of Renfrew and Area communities, the Community Awards attracts a large audience of business leaders and leading members of our society. The theme of the 2012 Community Awards Banquet is Old Hollywood. It will be a semi-formal event at the Renfrew Best Western on June 21. The public is welcome to join in
celebrating the Renfrew and area honorees. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at Aikenheads or at the Information Centre at 161 Raglan St. S. The nominees for this yearʼs awards are: • Citizen of the Year – John and Margaret Wilson, Kent Tubman and Suzanne Lachambre; • Youth of the Year – Grace Stewart, Hillary MacMillan and Victoria
Slight; • Outstanding Business Achievement – Delicious Restaurant, Metro Renfrew and Scottʼs Shoe Store; • Lifetime Business Award: John A. Burnett, OʼNeil/Realty and Yemen Electric; • Community Organization of the Year – Admaston-Bromley Grainshare Project, Car Show & Swap Meet for Dad, and Cougars Conquering Cancer.
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Disconnect, to reconnect, with community family and friends The addition of an elevator lift at the Burnstown United Church is more than a means to help the disabled make full use of the community facility. One person at Thursdayʼs ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark completion of the accessibility project sees improved access as one more encouragement for people to use the church hall to bring a congregation, and an entire community, closer together. The elevator lift is an impressive piece of technology, but Neil Dalton feels even greater rewards will be felt when people of all ages and backgrounds step out of their homes and
spend time with their neighbours. In his lifetime, Dalton has seen a tremendous transition in how people spend their leisure time, and it isnʼt for the good. He notes that not so very long ago, people connected at regular gatherings at dance halls and church halls across Renfrew County. He misses those days of face-to-face contact and hopes society will one day ﬁnd its way back to the simpler joys of life. He believes an important step is learning to walk away from the technologies that tie us to screens – television screens, computer monitors, gaming devices, iPods and cell phones.
Far better, he says, for neighbours to gather and enjoy more sociable pastimes like dances, board games and cards. While the worldwide web has given people access to unlimited information and a swelling directory of casual ʻfriendsʼ, it actually does very little to fulﬁll the very real need for human contact. A Tweet on Twitter cannot replace the bond of a good ﬁrm handshake or heartfelt hug. A laugh shared live with others is vastly superior to the parade of LOLs scattered through ﬂeeting emails and text messages. Not that the Internet isnʼt valuable in con-
necting people with like-minded interests, or creating precious support systems for people. But governments are truly on the right track when they encourage people to join in welcoming, inclusive activity. Past functions at the United Church in Burnstown have provided exactly that. From piano recitals and concerts to womenʼs institute activities, the tiny, rural community hall has proven its value in bringing people together. The future is bright at this rural church hall, if only people are willing to unplug, venture outside and enjoy time well spent with neighbours and friends.
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RCI relay appreciates support To the editor: On behalf of the organizing committee for RCIʼs Relay for Life, we would like to extend our deepest thanks to everybody who was involved in our event this year. The event would not have been a success without the contributions of the hundreds of people who had a hand in it. From the survivors, to the relayers, and the people who graciously donated their time, money and hard work, Relay for Life is truly a collaborative effort.
With your help, we were able to raise close to $120,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society. We would also like to extend our gratitude to St. Josephʼs Catholic High School for participating in our event this year. Your participation was worth so much more than the money you raised. It ﬁlls me with pride and joy that our two schools can come together for a common cause, and I, along with members of the organizing committee and many others, hope that
your participation will help to build lasting co-operation and a closer connection between our two schools. It is truly inspiring to see our small town come together year after year and do such an amazing thing, and the level we exceeded our expectations this year ﬁlls me with pride to be both an RCI Raider and a citizen of Renfrew. Thank you again to all who contributed to this yearʼs enormous success. Sincerely, Anthony Burton Renfrew
Bill to support families with dementia passes second reading To the editor: Finally there is some good news for the over 180,000 Ontarians living with Alzheimerʼs disease. On April 26, 2012, MPP Donna Cansﬁeld introduced a private memberʼs bill in the Ontario legislature. The bill proposes the creation of a council to advise the Minister of Health on the creation of a comprehensive Alzheimerʼs Strategy for Ontario. It is critical that Ontario implement a comprehensive strategy to deal with Alzheimerʼs disease and related dementia. As Ontarioʼs population ages, the number of people with Alzheimerʼs disease is going to skyrocket. There
is currently no coordinated plan for how the province is going to deal with that reality. Currently there are over 180,000 Ontarians with dementia; within a decade, this number is expected to increase by 50 per cent. The good news is that the bill garnered the support of politicians from all political parties, receiving unanimous support in the Ontario legislature. Please contact your local MPP and encourage them to pass the bill into law as soon as possible. Lynda Colley Alzheimer family member, volunteer member of Champlain public policy committee Alzheimer Society of Ottawa & Renfrew County
IMF, WTO and World Bank don’t need bombs to dominate To the editor; Re:Gathering Storm editorial I see no reason for your concern that Canadians will join the Greeks, the Irish and all of the other world citizens opposed to the anti-prosperity “austerity” measures being imposed by foreign banks upon countless countries for the purpose of devastating their economies and making them ripe for plunder by foreign multinationals — a practice advocated by Friedmanschool economists, backed by the multinationals, adopted by foolish governments, and accepted by entrepreneurs the world over who think they
will beneﬁt despite the mountains of evidence to the contrary. Canadians have not gotten off the couch over election fraud, unconstitutional laws eroding our rights, trade deals that sell our sovereignty, everincreasing unemployment and job insecurity, skyrocketing prices, and the imminent removal of our social safety nets and basic freedoms. Therefore, I see no danger that Canadians will do anything but stand by and watch as our ﬁnal shreds of hope, sustenance and dignity are stripped away by an invalid government and by foreign interests.
The IMF, WTO and World Bank donʼt need bombs to achieve world domination. Just highly placed morons who fall for their scam and a lot of complacent citizens who wonʼt bestir themselves to consider the inevitable consequences of their leadersʼ actions. So, when your little chain of papers succumbs to “austerity” and you join the majority of Canadians in destitution — as your counterparts in many countries have done — Iʼll be saying, “I told you so.” Yours truly,
Web Poll POLL RESULTS
THIS WEEK’S QUESTION
Should the Renfrew farmers market have been relocated out of the downtown?
Should plastic garbage bags be banned across the province and country?
A) The move to the fairgrounds is a smart 64% one, as it gives customers more room to park and circulate.
Yes. It’s time society took risks to the environment more seriously for the betterment of future generations.
B) Move them back downtown. It’s more 29%
B) No. The change would likely results in higher
of a social meeting place there and the market helps attracts customers to downtown businesses and vice versa.
costs that will ultimately be passed on to alreadystressed consumers.
C) Locate them at a mall parking lot, be-
cause that’s where most people go to shop.
D) Put the farmers market at a farm
close to town, or let each farmer sell their produce at the farm gate.
Keep plastic bags for consumer purchase but increase the cost to 25 cents, with assurance the money will go directly to local waste management programs.
D) Keep the status quo. Plastic shopping bags are the most common way people collect in-house garbage and a ban would cause an unnecessary burden on the average citizen.
To vote in our web poll, visit us online at www.yourottawaregion.com/community/ruralnorth
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Model T, familyâ€™s first car was a diamond in the rough Mother often wondered if we got a bargain when Father traded many loads of gravel for the old Model T, our ďŹ rst car. The deal was made with a neighbour who needed gravel for a washed-culvert: we had the gravel pit, and he had the car. Not a penny changed hands. Just a handshake in the back yard on a Spring day in the Ęť30s, the way most deals were done back then. We children were thrilled beyond belief! Imagine. A car. Our ďŹ rst. It certainly wasnĘźt much to look at. In an attempt to ďŹ x up a battered front fender, the ďŹ rst owner had painted it green. Of course, the rest of the car was black. Mother thought the paint was from left-overs from painting a pump or old lawn furniture which seemed to be the colour everyone used back then. Father said the odd fender gave the car a nice touch. When we got the car, one back door was missing. The farmer said it was somewhere in a ditch along the Northcote road, and he was pretty sure we could ďŹ nd it on one of our trips into Renfrew. He said it ďŹ‚ew off one day when he hit a rut. Sure enough, Earl spotted it hidden in the long grass just after BriscoeĘźs farm about two miles up the road. Father tied it on with binder twine, which meant, of course, it could never be opened. It stayed forever tied to the frame of the old Model T. The brothers just climbed in over the top of it, and got out the same way. It wasnĘźt a big car, and it was a neverending challenge for us ďŹ ve kids and Mother and Father to all get in. It meant that someone had to sit in the front seat between Mother and Father, and the rest of us had to pile into the back, with one of us crouched down on the ďŹ‚oor. You would think none of us wanted this ďŹ‚oor spot, but to me it was the best place in
the entire Model T. ThatĘźs because there was a hole in the ďŹ‚oor as big as a saucer, and you could sit there and watch the road go by. In fact, we often fought over the spot. So Mother, in her usual organized manner, drew up a chart, and whose turn it was depended entirely on MotherĘźs list. Apart from making it easier to get into the car, the running board served the purpose of carrying an overload. It seemed to me we never went anyplace without boxes, chickens in crates, and an extra gas tank tied to the running board. Although the old Model T was supposed to make our lives easier on the farm, it had several drawbacks which became the bane of FatherĘźs existence. Getting it started was one of them. It had to be cranked. The crank was kept under the driverĘźs seat. Well, it was supposed to be there, but one time we neglected to take it out of the spot where it was used to start the car, and we lost it on the Northcote Side Road, just like the missing door. It too was discovered on the way home from wherever we were going that day. I lived in constant dread that one day Father was going to lose an arm cranking the car. More often than not, the car balked when he was cranking it, and his arm would ďŹ‚y towards the sky with such a force that it is a wonder it wasnĘźt wrenched from its socket. Of course, Father would let out a spew of words in German, which thankfully no one could understand, but from the look on his face, I knew he wasnĘźt reciting a verse from the bible! Someone had to sit behind the steering wheel while this was going on, to work the gas lever, or the choke, whichever Father ordered from the front the car. And once the motor caught, that person, usually my brother Everett, would ďŹ‚y out of the car, crawl over the tied-on door, and be ready to take off with the rest of us.
Flat tires were expected every time we left the lane and hit the Northcote Side Road. It wasnĘźt unusual to have three or four during the 12 and a half mile trip into Renfrew. Father always carried a little kit with him, and was always able to ďŹ x the tire in jig time, and have us back on the road before you could blink an eye. One time, which I remember with great clarity, we actually lost an entire wheel. The car came to an abrupt halt as the shaft holding the wheel dug into the dirt road. The three brothers exited the car the same way they got in, over the door, rather than through it, and hoisted the car, with Mother, Audrey and I still in it, Father slammed the wheel back on, screwed the bolts tight, and we were again on our way. Driving the Model T at night was a challenge. The two headlights were useless. All they really did was alert other drivers that we were on the road. So Father rigged up a lantern which could be anchored to the radiator at the front of the car, which was a great improvement over the carĘźs lights. Long trips at night were out of the question. The Model T was certainly a step up from the horse and buggy. Mother doubted it got us into Renfrew any faster, though. With the expected ďŹ‚at tires, and various other problems we always seemed to encounter with the car, even going ďŹ‚at out, Emerson ďŹ gured we were only going about 25 miles an hour. But to us ďŹ ve kids, the car was like a status symbol. Other neighbours had newer cars but our ďŹ rst car, to us, meant that we had moved out of the horse and buggy age, and into a modern world. Even though Mother often questioned if we got a bargain by trading many loads of gravel for the car, there was no doubt in the minds of ďŹ ve youngsters out in Renfrew County, that we got the best of the deal. And through the simple shake of a hand!
Keeping them safe When young Carson Barkley heard the sound of the Renfrew Highland Pipes and Drums marching up the street to Low Square June 5, he drove in behind them and gave them a police escort in his own police cruiser. Carson then stuck around to watch the summer season-opening performance, below.
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Valley Rent Rite holds belated grand opening ceremony Peter Clark email@example.com
The Renfrew location of Valley Rent Rite Ltd., 280 Mask Road behind the big yellow caboose, opened its doors back in January 2010. But owner Len Stavenow had never gotten around to hosting any kind of a grand opening. So, better late than never. On May 24, he and staff hosted an opening for customers, potential customers, and other people who wanted to see what the business has to offer. The day included noon and suppertime barbecues at the equipment rental and industrial sales shop. Riding lawn mowers, chainsaws, Husqvarna
products and more were spread out in the lot for perusal. Stavenow said staff is always ready and willing to help customers with any questions they might have. “Weʼve got good people working with us and Iʼm very appreciative of that.” The grand opening also featured a cruise night with many classic cars and bikes on display, including Stavenowʼs 1970 Chevy Nova, all under sunning skies. Valley Heritage Radio 98.7 did live cut-ins from the site throughout the day. Valley Rent Rite can be reached at 613-4338837. They also have an Arnprior location at 264 Herrick Drive, 613-623-1043.
At the Valley Rent Rite grand opening May 24 are staff members, in front, Jenn Stavenow and owner Len Stavenow; and standing from left, Brian Jack, Jack Lowrey, Frank Opette and Jeremy Craig.
People take in the evening car show at the Valley Rent Rite opening. There were also free hamburgers and hotdogs off the barbecue for all visitors at the open house.
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Watch out for wildlife on area roads
Youâ€™ve come a long way, baby
OfďŹ cers with the Killaloe detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police are noticing an increase in motor vehicle collisions due to wild animals such as deer and moose. Police are advising motorists to be cau-
tious during the dusk and dark hours of the day and ensure they abide by speed limits to help prevent these collisions. Also, focusing on the road as well as the ditches may assist in avoiding a run-in with an animal.
A baby Baltimore oriole stirs around the base of an old pine tree. Mercury photo by Lucy Hass
What you see is what you get for this year All the bird species that nest in our area have arrived and have started to raise young or have already raised a brood of young and started a second. There is a possibility that the goldďŹ nches have not started to nest. They are still at Niger seed feeders and do not appear interested in nesting. Should you have a pair or pairs of goldďŹ nches nesting, please let us know. RARE THREE-TOED WOODPECKER
Lilian Robinson saw her ďŹ rst three-toed woodpecker this past week. This woodpecker has been rare in our area since the loss of our elm trees. Rather than having a red patch on the head the male three-toed variety has a pale yellow patch on the crown and white moustache. The plumage is black and white, black above and white below. NESTING DISPLAYS
Canada geese use several displays during nesting, brood protection and territorial claims that transmit their intentions. We encounter these displays on golf courses, parks and picnic areas and we should be aware that the birds are serious. Bent neck, head forward and head bobbing often precede direct attack and a male goose can inďŹ‚ict some serious bruises with wings and bill. Ruffed grouse, killdeer, night hawks, upland sandpipers and chukars put on the â€?injured or broken wingâ€? display when there is a threat to their nest and young. The swallows
JIM FERGUSON SCENE FROM THE HAWKâ€™S EYE will dive at your head when you approach their nest. Ringbilled and herring gulls will do the same to protect their nests. Some species would rather ďŹ‚ee than ďŹ ght and build a nest that is impossible to ďŹ nd and depend on camouďŹ‚age to protect their eggs and young. Female indigo buntings, gray catbirds, meadow larks, redwinged blackbirds and horned larks use this defence display. Hawks and owls use a very direct approach to defend their nest and young. They attack any intruders with bill and talons both dangerous weapons. They will also build nests on cliffs, and on tree tops that are impossible to approach without being seen. Most bird species will be starting second or third broods and these displays will be evidence that nesting has begun again. CALLS AND SONGS
One of the most distinctive characteristics of birds is the variety of sounds they make. Most birds can be identiďŹ ed by their voice. With the dense foliage this year identifying the songs and calls can be a bonus. Males do most of the singing in defence of a territory and the nest site. Some species have a variety of sounds, like wrens, gray catbirds, brown thrashers, mockingbirds and ravens. Some, like robins, mourning doves, song spar-
Female common nighthawk doing her injured act to protect her young. Photo by Jim Ferguson
rows, white-throated sparrows and chipping sparrows follow the same pattern or close to it over and over again. Bird calls communicate all of a birdĘźs concerns. Aggression, alarm, danger and food location are the kinds of information birds communicate to other birds using short, unmusical notes or calls. Some species like the raven have many, many calls whereas turkey vultures make a hissing sound accompanied by a few grunts. Woodpeckers drum on a resonant piece of hard wood, a stove pipe, a wire fence or a TV aerial. Their drumming means little to us, but woodpeckers understand. It is important that all members of the species understand the meaning of each call, to misinterpret a call could be dangerous. WHERE ARE THEY
There are several species that have been missing from our lists of summer residents: green herons, American bitterns, upland sandpipers, chimney swifts, purple martins, swallows, spotted sandpipers, harriers, red-tailed hawks, broad-winged hawks and loggerhead shrikes. If you see any of these species please let us know especially if they are common in your area. SUMMER FEEDERS
Summer feeders, including hummingbird feeders, and bird baths can make summer birding much more interesting. We would suggest feeding sugar water, Niger seed and sunďŹ‚ower (oil or striped) in silo feeders, it keeps some of the larger birds from cleaning out your feeders. Corn, whole or cracked, mixed seed and suet are not summer food. Corn and mixed seed attract pigeons, red-wings grackles and jays, not that we mind feeding them but their destruction of warbler, ďŹ nch and sparrow nests is not acceptable. Enjoy your birding. Ila and Jim Ferguson, 5313 River Road, RR 5, Renfrew, K7V 3Z8. Phone 613-432-2738 or email jamesh(at)nrtco.net
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As of June 1, 2012, Renfrew library user fees for those living in neighbouring townships, such as Greater Madawaska and Admaston-Bromley, increased from $35 per family to $45 per person. Hortonʼs current payment level to Renfrew Public Library amounts to slightly more than $10 per Horton patron. If only half of Hortonʼs 954 patrons sign on with the Renfrew library next year, and pay $45 each, the libraryʼs income from Horton would more than double from $10,300 to $21,465.
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More than a dozen residents attended the Horton council meeting June 5 to voice displeasure with a neighbour and his dog who live near the intersection of River Road and Castleford Road. Ongoing concern for local residentsʼ own safety date back at least several months, but many of the residents at the meeting said the situation isnʼt improving. “Youʼre not telling us anything we donʼt know,” said Horton chief administrative ofﬁcer Mackie McLaren. But he said itʼs unclear what recourse the township has at this point. “Weʼll have to do some research to ﬁnd out what the townshipʼs obligations are for a fearful dog. Unfortunately, the bylaw right now is to ﬁne if a dog is off the (ownerʼs) property.” The bylaw states that a ﬁne can be administered if an unleashed dog is off its property. As for what the test is to determine that a dog is dangerous, McLaren said he didnʼt know, and that Horton Township would have to seek legal advice. “I donʼt think itʼs fair to the neighbourhood,” said Bryan Anderson, one of two delegates who spoke at the meeting. The other delegate was Terry Johnston of Grandview Trailer Park. Anderson, whoʼs a seasonal resident, said heʼs concerned the situation may escalate to the point that a local resident is seriously injured by the unleashed Doberman. On some occasions he says the dog has been seen off the property. On another occasion, he says the dog was charging at him, but was called back at the last second by the owner. “Some of us like to go for a stroll down the road … Itʼs a big dog and, in my opinion, itʼs a mean dog. It looks mean, it acts means, itʼs a very frightening dog. “When I go by that place, I kind of say a little prayer and hope the dog is in the house.” Itʼs not just an issue of oneʼs safety either, said local resident Ron Wemmers, who says he has tried to talk with the dogʼs owner.
On three occasions, Wemmers says he has called the OPP because of the dogʼs excessive barking. Wemmers distributed a petition to complain about the dogʼs behaviour. That petition, which was sent to Horton Township, contained 21 signatures from 15 families. The sheet was entitled a petition for peace, quiet and safe living at the Castleford-River roads intersection. Mayor Don Eady stressed the importance of local residents making formal complaints if they have legitimate beefs about the dog. “Any formal complaint you can put in will be taken seriously,” said Eady. “The problem is going on and on, so we have to do something about that.” “You hear and see, from the number of people here (about 16 at council), this is a serious issue,” said Johnston. He said he understood that to a certain extent the townshipʼs hands are tied, as far as what level of enforcement is possible. “But somehow there has to be a way to overcome this whole (situation).” McLaren noted in correspondence to Wemmers that charges have twice been laid under the animal control bylaw for being off the property. One of those charges was lost in the mail just prior to a postal strike. Another charge was laid by the township following a complaint by a Grandview Trailer Park summer resident. “I just hope something happens (to control the dogʼs behaviour) before itʼs too late,” said Anderson. “My question is, when is anything going to be done about the animal, and before somebody gets hurt. Iʼd hate to see someone act after the fact. I just donʼt know why the whole neighbourhood, including visitors, have to live in fear when they pass by this piece of property.” The Mercury made attempts to contact the dog owner, who was not at the meeting, but his latest number was not in service. The Mercury also visited the ownerʼs home and called out his name several times, but the only response was a dog barking from inside the house.
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Bryan Anderson voices his concerns at Horton council about a neighbour’s dog. He says the Doberman is creating fear and concern among residents who live near the intersection of Castleford Road and River Road.
The Renfrew Public Library didnʼt get the six-fold user fee increase it requested from Horton Township, but the situation could be a lot different in 2013. With the year almost half over, Renfrew Public Library Board has agreed to accept a $10,300 payment for 2012 library services for Horton patrons. There were 954 in 2011, as reported by the Renfrew library, or 16.6 per cent of the libraryʼs total number of patrons. Hortonʼs contribution comes roughly half from its provincial library subsidy and half from its own coffers. The Renfrew library board is meeting shortly to discuss future fees for Horton Township. Those discussions, said Renfrew library board chair Lynda Janney, could result in a formal announcement this autumn regarding future fees. The Ontario Library Act prevents townships from combin-
ing township ﬁnancial contributions and family/individual user fees. Horton Mayor Don Eady suggested Horton may be forced to move to library user fees next year, to satisfy the Renfrew libraryʼs request for more money. There is no library in Horton Township.
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At Friday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony for completion of the elevator lift project at Burnstown United Church are, from left, Adele McLeod, MP Cheryl Gallant, McNab-Braeside Mayor Mary Campbell, Irene Mayhew, Reverend Don Anderson and Margaret Jean Calberry.
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The late Harry Mayhew was surely smiling down on Burnstown Friday afternoon as his wife Irene cut the ribbon on an elevator lift at the small heritage church. And for more reasons than one. Mrs. Mayhew, devoted wife of former Renfrew councillor Mayhew, snipped a green ribbon to applause as the community celebrated completion of the major accessibility project. Coun. Mayhew would also have been proud of the woman feted for bringing federal money to the small rural community – Renfrew-NipissingPembroke MP Cheryl Gallant. Coun. Mayhew was part of the team behind Gallant in her early days as the Reform Party of Canada candidate who went on to defeat Liberal candidate Hec Clouthier in 2000. Gallant has been undefeated since then. The general contractor for the project was Gaye Pirie, Ross Huggar the architect and Joy Holmes the painter. Other key people behind the project were Trevor Hill of Upper Canada Elevators, Pat-
rick Flain and Irene Robillard who ﬁled the federal grant application. In a news release, MP Gallant said how pleased she was to see the completed project at the Burnstown United Church, made possible by the $49,350 it received through the Enabling Accessibility Fund Program. The funds were used to install a lift from the main hall to the lower level. “Thanks to the leadership of Irene Robillard, and the hard work of parishioners here at the Burnstown United Church, the ﬁrst phase of their accessibility project is now completed,” Gallant said in a news release. “Without the ﬁnancial and in-kind support from the community at large, this project would never have become a reality. I would also like to extend special thanks to McNab-Braeside Mayor Mary Campbell, the Burnstown Womenʼs Institute, and both the Burnstown and McNabBraeside Business Associations for their support for the Burnstown United Church,” she said. The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) supports community-based projects across
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McNab Days: A new kind of drama and fun for everyone June 22 to July 1 Torches and Tartan runs: Celebrating Scottish heritage in traditional and new ways Special to The Renfrew Mercury
McNab Days is McNabBraesideʼs annual nine-day festival, June 22 to July 1, celebrating the townshipʼs history, natural heritage and rural roots. FRIDAY, JUNE 22
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Are you interested in history or homes or gardens? Then you will not want to miss the Burnstown Heritage House and Garden Tour on Saturday, June 30 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. As part of McNab Days, this is the ﬁrst tour of this type in the Burnstown area and takes in seven locations in and around Burnstown. The four gardens range from a small garden wrapping around the house, to two stunning well-known private gardens. The four heritage homes were all built prior to the 1860s. The youngest building is actually the Burnstown United Church, which was built in 1899. Your ticket for the afternoon roaming is also a guidebook, providing a map and a short description of each location. The order of viewing is up to you – start and ﬁnish anywhere along the route. The tour also includes a strawberry social held at the church in Burnstown. There are two locations in Burnstown, besides the church. One is the heritage home of Richard Gill & Cheryl Babineau – this was once the earliest tavern in Burnstown. Richard, a renowned artist, has added to the history by creating Burnstownʼs history in clay relief around his ﬁreplace. The tour also includes a visit to Richardʼs Fog Run Studio and, if you have the time, walk through their labyrinth. The second location in Burnstown was also a very early “stopping place” to lodge the many log drivers and shantymen as they passed through. If only walls could talk! The squaredlog home is the home of Nancy and Ted Young, with the tour also including Nancyʼs interesting gardens. Heading towards White Lake is the farm of Joan and Ross Headrick. There you can visit a log cabin from the early 1800s, lovingly furnished to transport you back to that era. The tour also includes the ownerʼs home and surrounding gardens. Joan will be there in period costume and perhaps preparing something in Lucifer, a cob oven created from straw, sand and clay. Nearby is the stone heritage home of Tim and Deborah Pollard. This stone house dates back to the mid-1800s and was called Saxevilla by the Richardson family in the 1900s. Today, it is continuing to undergo restoration. The gardens of Sandy and Steve Hanson near White Lake are outstanding, with more than 500 varieties of hosta. Dramatic, colourful foliage is found throughout the gardens, interspersed with carefully chosen perennials and whimsical touches.
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Pollard stone house. Another exceptional garden and landscape is that of Marlene Schaly. Even the outhouse is impressive. Marlene will be there in Victorian costume and tea will be served in her quaint Tea House. While at the Burnstown United Church for the strawberry social, take time to view the silent auction. One of the items being auctioned is a local hand-made quilt. The Burnstown Heritage House and Garden Tour tickets are $25, which includes the strawberry social. A limited quantity of tickets are available, so purchase yours early so you wonʼt be disappointed! The tour runs rain or shine, with all proceeds being directed to the Burnstown United Church. Sorry, but children under 12 and pets will not be permitted. Tickets can be picked up at the Neat Coffee Shop in Burnstown, Aikenheadʼs Drug Store in Renfrew, Antrim Truck Stop in Arnprior, or Calabogie Lodge in Calabogie. Tickets can also be e-mailed or mailed to you by contacting Irene at email@example.com or 613-432-6987. For more information you can also phone 613-433-3389 or search for the event “Burnstown” on Facebook.
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Calling of the Clans: Torches will be held high at the annual Calling of the Clans Friday, June 22, the eve of McNab Days. At 7 p.m., the grounds of Waba Cottage Museum and Gardens will resound to pipe bands and Celtic music. The ancient rite of the Calling commences as dusk falls at 9 p.m. Family heads, municipal leaders, organization and business representatives from all backgrounds are welcome to raise a torch, proclaim their history, and re-commit to the values of family, community, and clan so prized in McNabBraeside. BRAESIDE RIVERDRIVE
Saturday, June 23 marks the Braeside Riverdrive: Goodbye Alligator, Hello Beaver! The Braeside Riverdrive, one of the most popular events, promotes the past, present and future of the Ottawa River. Held at Red Pine Bay in Braeside on the Chats Lake reach of the Ottawa, the drive includes a ﬂotilla of heritage river craft that makes its way from Norway Bay, Quebec to Red Pine Bay on the Ontario side. A highlight of the 2012 ﬂotilla is the worldʼs only operating Alligator warping tug, the W.D. Stalker, which is on loan from the Norfolk Historical Society in Simcoe. This yearʼs event will see the Alligator making its farewell
voyage on the Chats – a oncein-a-lifetime spectacle. Festivities, food, music and family entertainment are exuberant on both sides of the river with a noon arrival of the Alligator and Flotilla at Red Pine Bay.
back to Red Pine Bay. The Lions Club will have bacon on a bun available for breakfast. The Tartan Run is the ﬁrst event in a day full of Sunday Stretch Family Fun. Come out for a Tai Chi demo and beginnerʼs class at 10 a.m. There are also canoe and kayak races in the afternoon, starting at 1 BEAVER FLYING p.m. Pre-register by June 15 As much as we regret say- with Heather Lang at hlrpub613-622ing goodbye to our Alligator, firstname.lastname@example.org; we are excitedly anticipating 5649; the entry fee for the day the Beaver ﬂying in at 2 p.m. is all you need). On Saturday, June 30 there for the grand opening of the Braeside Beach, next door to will be a Walk/Cycle/Ride/ Drive the Heritage Trail, from Red Pine Bay. The de Havilland ﬂoat 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrating the release of plane is a feature of the Vinthe McNab Papers CD of autage Wings collection. Also ﬂying in for the event thentic 19th-century correwill be the more modern ul- spondence relating to the lots tralights as well as parachute and concessions of McNab landings from the 5-Mile Township, heritage kiosks High Parachute Club, weath- will be available at the Poole/ er permitting. Sunday, June Division Street entrance to the 24 is the date if the weather McNab-Braeside Recreation Trail, as well as the trailʼs does not co-operate. The ﬂy-in is in anticipa- intersection with Campbell tion of a Float Plane Fly-in Drive. CDs are $20. The Burnstown United Breakfast planned for 2013. Also on hand will be artistsʼ Church hosts a Heritage displays, displays by organi- Tour of Burnstownʼs historic zations, quilt display, wood- homes and gardens, with carving, rope-making, break- Strawberry Social, for $25. fast and lunch by the Lions McNab-Braesideʼs heritage Club, ﬁddlers and bluegrass can also be experienced at Waba Cottage Museum in bands. The day ends with a pil- White Lake and the townshipʼs grimage to the Braeside Unit- other heritage sites. Festival entry fee is $4 a ed Church at 4:30 p.m. where there will be a barbecue, craft person at the gate, $10 for a family of four. Nine-day festisale and entertainment. val passes for all ﬁve municipal events cost $10 a person or TARTAN RUN $20 for a family of four. They On Sunday, June 24 there are available at the township will be a Tartan Run and Sun- ofﬁce. day Stretch/Family Day. From ancient rites to modCORRECTION ern-day ﬁtness, the ﬁrst anNOTICE nual Tartan Run begins at 8 a.m. with 100 runners/walkThe Ontario Toyota ers decked out in red-haired Dealers advertisement that ʻJimmy Tamsʼ, provided with ran on June 7th displayed a the $20 registration. Toyota Venza FWD V6. The ﬁve-km run/walk will The image should have been a proceed along Usborne Street Venza FWD 4-cylinder. We apologize for any inconvenience that may have to Sandy Hook and the Malcaused. Sincerely, your Ontario Toyota Dealers. loch Road Cemetery, and
MEMORY LOSS AND DEMENTIA The Aging Brain: A lifeline in the making Come learn about this at a special presentation by Dr. Marcus Richards from University College London, UK, at the Alzheimer Society’s Annual General Meeting open to the general public. Dr. Richards will also discuss our aging brain and its consequences for health and function.
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Parents struggle with fundraising fatigue Ontario’s education system taps families’ desire to improve children’s learning: People for Education Kristen Calis, Jessica Cunha and Rosie-Ann Grover
arents across Ontario are feeling unprecedented pressure to open their wallets for school fundraising as families shell out money for everything from crayons and Kleenex to computers and playground equipment. “Today thereʼs a bigger burden than ever before,” says Progressive Conservative education critic Lisa MacLeod. “Parents are paying over half a billion bucks out of their own pockets each year for essential learning tools.” Bake sales, car washes and pizza lunches generate tens of millions of dollars in fundraising that is supposed to enrich – not replace – public funding. And “the amount of extra monies that are being raised for school purposes is steadily increasing,” the Ontario Public School Boardsʼ Association says. “The trend is undeniable.” Parents do “have a role to play in actually augmenting the school budget,” says Annie Kidder, executive director of People for Education, a parent-led advocacy group. But she believes the education system is taking advantage of parentsʼ willingness and ability to be involved, assuming they will always be there to put in that extra time and money. Many parents agree. School boards know parents will fundraise, says Oshawa dad Steve Rockbrune, who believes parents will work hard to give their kids the best they can provide. “Thatʼs why they put the squeeze on us.” Rockbrune was surprised when his daughter, who attends Harmony Public School, came home at the start of the year with a note requesting donations of Kleenex and glue, basic classroom staples. Parents say drumming up dollars isnʼt the most popular task. LOTS OF WORK
“Nobody really ever wants to take on the job of fundraising because itʼs a lot of work,” says Catherine Scott, fundraising committee co-chair at Roch Carrier Elementary School in Ottawa. “And yet we need classroom resources; we need new technology; we need to keep our school grounds up; spend money on paint for hopscotch and four square in the play-
ground – and thereʼs no money in the school budget for those things.” As of March, Ottawaʼs Broadview Public School had raised more than $116,000 through an e-waste drop-off, magazine fundraiser, letter drive, movie night, and pizza and sub lunches for a complete yard renewal. The previous school council set aside $30,000 and the school received a number of corporate donations, including three $10,000 contributions. With a goal of $150,000, the school council hopes to purchase two new play structures to replace the current unsafe playground and create an outdoor learning classroom for the school of more than 800 students. Many parents say they are feeling the pinch with schools continually asking for more
“(Fundraising initiatives) are constant and frequent. It puts an unrealistic expectation on parents and family and the community.” GREG WEILER
money. It can seem endless, says Greg Weiler, a father of two at the primary level and local president for the Elementary Teachersʼ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) in Waterloo. “I canʼt think of a week where there isnʼt some fundraising initiative going on. They are constant and frequent,” Weiler says. “It puts an unrealistic expectation on parents and family and the community.” NDP education critic Peter Tabuns believes the government relies on parents to fundraise. “You almost think they quietly approve. This is a way of reducing the pressure on them for proper funding of education. Leave it to the parents. The parents will raise the money and wonʼt squawk about the fact that their school isnʼt getting enough. Life goes on. But it means a lot of children get shortchanged.” The ETFO says school fundraising lets the provincial government “shirk” its responsibility to properly fund schools and puts pressure on everyone in the system.
“The funds have to come from somewhere,” says Durham ETFO local president Gerard OʼNeill. “People have to go out and raise them.” OʼNeill says ﬁlling this funding gap often comes down to teachers, many of whom end up paying for essential classroom items, such as pencils and paper, out of their own pocket. NEW WAYS
Some manage the entire fundraising procedure, which takes time away from their Number 1 priority – teaching. School councils are constantly ﬁnding new ways to raise money. At Terry Fox Public School in Ajax, school community council chair Sandra Fletcher has become familiar but not quite comfortable with soliciting friends and family. “The SCC relies on parents and grandparents and sisters and uncles and cousins,” she says. This has been the case since the school opened its doors 10 years ago. The gym didnʼt have a sound system and the library didnʼt have enough books. After years of fundraising to add these items, Fletcher said sheʼs found parents have reached fundraising fatigue. “I actually think thereʼs a lot of pressure on the parents, and we, in the last four or ﬁve years, have tried consciously not to put that pressure on the parents,” she says, adding a dance-a-thon and pizza lunches make up most of the fundraising. The school council of St. Patrickʼs Catholic High School in Ottawa doesnʼt do any fundraising for the school. Instead, it lets the students decide how to raise funds and how to use the money. “Itʼs hard to get volunteers, so it would fall on a few peopleʼs shoulders,” says Joanne MacEwan, chair of the school council and co-chair of the Catholic School Parentsʼ Association. Leaving it up to the students teaches them responsibility and keeps parents from burning out, MacEwan says. But there is a limit, she adds. “Sometimes it can be too much. We caution all our school councils – make sure you go to your community and make sure that youʼre getting a feel for how theyʼre feeling about fundraising.” However, not everyone agrees that the problem is a funding shortfall. Joe Allin,
Jason Scott hefts electronic waste into a dumpster. More schools are turning to fundraisers where parents don’t have to spend any money as a way to combat fundraising fatigue. For an e-waste drop off, schools receive $185 per tonne. chair of the Durham District School Board, believes current government funding is sufﬁcient and that fundraising is a long-standing practice that will take place no matter what. “Iʼm not convinced itʼs associated with need,” Allin says. “That isnʼt to say there arenʼt needs. Iʼd say this activity would go on regardless of the level of funding that comes into the schools.” SENSE OF CONNECTION
Fundraising is a way for parents to be active and feel like theyʼre contributing to their childʼs school, says Kidder, of People for Education. “I think itʼs a really nice, understandable way to be involved in our kidsʼ school.” The types of fundraisers being held, the amounts raised and the items bought differ across the province: • In Woodbridge, St. Clare Catholic School, located in a well-to-do neighbourhood, spent funds on school improvements, arts enrichment, security cameras and healthyliving initiatives such as yoga
in recent years, according to a school council letter to the community. “Fundraising is so important to our school,” said the school council. “Through it, our children are able to access many enhanced resources and programs that only serve to enrich their educational experience at school.” • Rosebank Road Public School in Pickering purchased 11 fans for the school at a cost of $497.08 in 2010-11. • At Holy Cross Catholic School in the Dufferin-Peel Catholic board, the council spent $800 on fans for a portable. Thereʼs no cut-and-dried answer to the pitfalls of fundraising. Sheila Perry spent 30 years working in the education sector in a variety of roles, including principal, teacher, educator, consultant and administrator. With a broad perspective on fundraising from within the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, she says the issue of private dollars funding public education remains a dilemma. “Thatʼs the key, itʼs a public system,” says Perry, who
is now retired. “The key is to offer things across the board, an equal opportunity as much as you can. The dilemma becomes when you just canʼt or the price is too prohibitive. Thatʼs where you get into the fundraising.” Muddying the issue further is determining the must-have items. For example, the Ministry of Education doesnʼt consider technology an essential item for schools. In fact, it slashed the budget for that line item by $25 million for the 2011-12 school year. In turn, the Ministryʼs guidelines deem it acceptable for schools to acquire technology with fundraised dollars. But some in the education sector believe technology is indeed a necessity. “We canʼt go to our parent councils or school councils and keep asking for money for what could arguably be described as a 21st-century learning tool in public education,” says Catherine Fife, president of Ontario Public School Boardsʼ Association. “So letʼs ﬁnd creative ways to address that funding shortfall and not go to fundraising.”
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