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BRIEFLY Trail dedication The Russell Community and Sports Centre along with the Russell Heritage Society will be honouring Dick Sherwood, who was one of the founding leaders of 1st Russell Scouting on Sat., Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. by naming the recreational trail that winds its way through the Tweed Conservation Area in Russell in his honour. The dedication is to be held at the Force Road trail entrance to the Conservation Area. The 2nd Russell Scouts Christmas tree sales also start on this day at the Russell Home Hardware. Cost will be $40 per tree.
Air Cadet bazaar On Sat., Dec. 3 the 5 Cyclone Air Cadets will be hosting their 3rd Annual Christmas Craft Show and Bazaar in the cafetorium at Russell High School from 9-3. There will be 50-plus vendors, a silent auction, bake sale, visit from Santa and more. Cadets will also be giving away a special gift to the first 100 people who bring a donation for the Good Neighbours Food Bank in Embrun (one gift per family).
UC Yule events On Sun., Dec. 4, everyone is welcome to stop by the Russell United Church, as they will be hosting two events. A â€œhomemadeâ€? bake and crafts sale begins at noon to tickle your palate with tasty treats and crafts to maybe strike some items off your Christmas shopping list. The second event, a Christmas Cantata, will be sung by the Worship United Choir. The Russell United Church Choir will also be joining in and singing additional pieces. Refreshments
Welcoming Santa (Inset photo) The magic of Christmas is caught in the eyes of Duncan and Carson Tomlinson, standing on either side of their cousin Bryson Bird, as they wait for Santa and Mrs. Claus to make their appearance in Sunday afternoonâ€™s parade. A recent record of 39 entries took part in the parade which started and ended at the Kinnaird Arena. Melanie Construction, Therkelson & Sons and the Russell Minor Hockey Association won the paradeâ€™s three awards. More photos on pages 6 and 7. Pearson photos
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Tom Van Dusen Villager Contributor It was held up for about six months because some residents didnâ€™t like the overall size of it in a neighbourhood consisting primarily of single family homes. But now whatâ€™s currently Russell Villageâ€™s largest building project is well underway, aided by unseasonably warm and dry weather which dominated most of the fall throughout the region. One of the most pressing matters for developer Eric Brisson is what to name his condo complex, settling for the time being on â€œRussell Placeâ€?. However, heâ€™d like to come up with something more historically significant, perhaps incorporating â€œDuncanâ€?; Russell was at first called â€œDuncanvilleâ€?, after its founding family. Brisson is inviting all those with a suggestion to present it to him, concluding perhaps with a namepicking contest. With Brisson as president, Oligo Development Groupâ€™s threestorey, 24-unit condominium project on Castor Street was made possible by removal from the site of two small houses and a garage. But an even greater stumbling block was its request for several variances which ended up before the Ontario Municipal Board. Despite persistent resistance by one neighbour, the OMB granted Oligo the go-ahead on all of the variances, Brisson said, adding that he expects to be open for owners next June. Continued on page 3
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The Home Fire Safety Assessment program is a unique program designed by the Russell Fire Department to assist families in better protecting themselves from the dangers of fire in a one on one format. Upon request, a member of the fire department will come to your home to assess your current level of fire preparedness and discuss ways for you to improve fire safety within your home. This is also an Deputy Chief excellent way for families Darcy Provost to review their fire escape plans and discuss the practicality of it with an actual firefighter. No fines will be issued in the case of a smoke alarm infraction during a visit that is involved with this program. Punishing someone who is trying to improve their fire safety is not our intention nor does it send the proper message to the community. Upon visiting your home a firefighter will go through a checklist of items that affect your fire safety, the firefighter will also ask some questions about smoke alarm maintenance and ask to review your fire escape plan. After a couple of days a written report will be given to the family as to how they can better their fire safety. The report will be confidential and remain between the family and the fire department. If the family feels that they would like to review the report in person, that too can be arranged. Our main objective is to make families better aware of their own level of fire safety and to hopefully better it. Additionally in the event of a fire we need to be certain that families are prepared and have a plan in place that works and takes all circumstances into consideration. It is commonly accepted that once a smoke alarm sounds, people have between 60 and 90 seconds to escape the home before conditions make escape and surviving questionable. We need families to be organized and to have a plan in place that allows them to react quickly and that the plan takes all family members into consideration. This can be much more difficult when you have to allow for older adults or many small children. It is our hope that families will take advantage of this program, being prepared can be the difference when it comes to surviving a house fire. We are asking that anyone interested in taking advantage of this program to please contact the fire department at 613-445-3326, leave your name, phone number and address to arrange an appointment.
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and Andy, LCIF approved the request at their annual meeting in Chicago this past spring. They agreed to donate $74,696.63. This included matching the original donation made by the DocFest committee as well as some additional sundry funds. The Lions are known as the “Champions of the Blind” and eye-related issues are treated with the utmost seriousness by the world wide Lions organization. So far the 11 Lions clubs in District A4 have donated a total of $124,442.29 to the Winchester Hospital Ophthalmology unit, with the Russell Lions Club being the main contributor. With the inclusion of the LCIF the total donated amount is now at the $200,000 mark. On November 18 representatives of the Lions clubs from District A4 along with Past Governor Andy Cheverton and A4 District Chairperson Helen Porteous gathered at the Winchester hospital for the LCIF cheque presentation to the grateful representatives of
the Ophthalmology unit. Included in this group and pictured below are the original DocFest Committee members, Lion Marc Bourque, Chris Therkelsen, Mr. Harold Staal, Scott Cameron, Lion Henry Staal, Lion President Ted Morrison, and Doctor Gerry Heymans. District Governor Andy Past District A4 Cheverton and Chairperson Helen Porteous also joined in on the photo. The Russell Lions remain grateful to Lion Henry and his DocFest committee for their excellent work and particularly thank Doctor Heymans, Mr. Therkelsen, Mr. Staal and Mr. Cameron for their significant contribution towards such a worthy cause.
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In the summer of 2009 Russell Lion Henry Staal took note of the fact that Dr. Gerry Heymans was celebrating his 30th anniversary of serving our community. Understanding the significance of this milestone Lion Henry solicited some community members that included Chris Therkelsen, Harold Staal, Scott Cameron as well as Lions Club members Ted Morrison and Marc Bourque. Under Lion Henry’s leadership this group, along with Doctor Heymans, formed the DocFest Committee and arranged a highly successful celebration at which the good doctor was duly recognized by a grateful community for his efforts over the past 30 years. In keeping with his high level of dedication Doctor community Heymans suggested that the amount raised from this event ($33,567.11) be turned over to the Winchester Hospital. The DocFest committee subsequently made the donation to the hospital’s ophthalmology unit, an area of the hospital actively supported by the Lions. Notwithstanding this donation, Lion Henry undertook the initiative and necessary steps to work with Lions A4 District Chairperson Helen Porteous and Past District Governor Andy Cheverton to prepare a grant for presentation to Lions Club International Foundation, requesting their consideration to match the original donation. LCIF receives numerous request from Lions clubs all around the world and they are very stringent as to which applications they approve. With the great job done by Lions Henry, Helen
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Whatâ€™s in a name? Lots, Brisson hopes Continued from the front With prices starting at $199,900 and climbing to $254,900, the complex is already 65 per cent sold. Condo fees range as high as $170 per month for the most expensive unit, which has been sold. Last week, Brisson â€“ whoâ€™s in partnership with premier Russell builder Lyndon Donnelly - used a downstairs meeting room in the revamped Russell Curling Club to promote his project before an audience of prospective buyers. Handing out small gifts, door prizes, donuts and coffee, the young builder made a point that he could accommodate individual needs in outfitting the units. For handicappedexample, accessible bathtubs and showers can be installed if ordered. In addition to attractive landscaping, exterior stone finish, and paved outside parking, some of the features of the new building include indoor heated garage and storage, elevator to all levels, main entrance intercom system, designer kitchens, hardwood flooring, in-floor radiant heat, air conditioning, and balconies with views of the Castor River. Not one to take a break
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Friends for Life kick off 2012 campaign Pierre Brisson shows off a picture of what the finished product will look like when his 24-unit Castor St. condo development is completed. He was at a meeting in Russell last week to ask members of the community to come up with a name for the development that reflects local history. Vanâ€ˆDusen photo
between projects, Brisson has completed or is undertaking several housing developments in the Casselman, Embrun, Russell area â€“ venturing as far west as Manotick including a 60-unit subdivision in St. Albert. In the housing business for five years, Brisson said
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he could turn marketing meetings such as the one held at the Curling Club over to staff. However, he enjoys the opportunity to meet with prospective clients to get the feedback and to learn first-hand what features theyâ€™d like to see incorporated into his products.
EMBRUN â€“ Friends for Life is a local fundraising team for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundationâ€™s CIBC Run for the Cure. On Nov. 23, the group officially kicked off of their 2012 campaign, announcing Diane Bourdeau of Embrun as the 2012 breast cancer breakfast guest of honour. The breakfast will take place April 27. New this year is a sponsor partnership with the Embrun Knights of Columbus and
Ambulance donated Special to The Villager Lâ€™ORIGNAL â€“ The United Counties of Prescott and Russell have donated a second used ambulance to La CitĂŠ collĂŠgialeâ€™s Paramedics Program. Michel ChrĂŠtien, Director of Emergency Services, announced the transfer Nov. 25 of the 2005 Ford vehicle, concluded on Nov. 22 during a council meeting.
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Marlin Travel, which has been developed to help raise funds by having a trip draw with the grand prize consisting of two nights for two people at QuĂŠbec Cityâ€™s Chateau Frontenac with transportation provided by Via Rail. The prize also includes $400 in spending money. There will also be two $500 prize draws. Tickets are $5 and 2000 are available. Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket can contact Nicole SĂŠguin at 613-443-0020. A few years ago, the UCPR donated its first ambulance, a 2002 model, to the college. It was still being used by the Paramedics Program despite the fact it did not meet the programâ€™s current standards and was becoming more and more difficult to maintain. The new ambulance will be used in La CitĂŠ collĂŠgialeâ€™s new 911 Institute, a unique training centre in Canada, where it will play a primary role in student training.
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EDITORIAL End of life decisions A recent report by the Royal Society of Canada, entitled “End-of-Life Decision Making”, states that most Canadians support the decriminalization of voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada. This was a headline that needed more investigation into why “most Canadians” are becoming to find this an acceptable decision. What I found was a 117-page document, researched and presented by some of Canada’s leading professionals ranging in fields from bioethics to clinical medicine, from health law to philosophy. The report covers varying debates and statistics, but the question lingered as to how they came up with a conclusion, that “we” as a general population mainly supported the decriminalization of such a personal choice. Granted, the vivid image of dying without dignity in a sterile hospital room, not being able to communicate our wishes or desires, let alone able to feed or clean ourselves is not a pretty picture. But what started this trend on deciding on how and when we want to die? Or has the realization finally hit that the cost of healthcare is skyrocketing and the system just cannot provide for the increasing costs of palliative care? Could it be both? It is a fact that Canada’s population is aging and that the need for palliative care will increase by approximately 62 per cent over the next few decades. The Ontario Health Quality Council statistics show one in three Ontarians lives with one or more chronic diseases that will, in the end, lead to a palliative care situation. Of those, almost four of five are over 65 and 70 per cent of those suffer from two or more chronic diseases. Provincial healthcare budgets today cannot sustain the level of care needed within health facilities, let alone what the increase in future needs will entail. Sadly, another facet is that only one-third of our population has the ability and/or the means to access palliative care services. It is especially challenging for those already living with disabilities or who reside in rural and remote areas. According to Health Canada’s website, the “palliative and end of life aspects” of a quality health program seem to reflect what we as Canadians see as necessities for quality end of life: freedom of access to all levels of a healthcare system; respect for our choices and bodies; and not only as individuals will we to be able to die complete, happy and comfortable in the end, but so will our loved ones that have been part of the journey. But can all these ideologies be accomplished without fear of retribution? It is a looming question and one that will never be completely answerable to the “majority”. Economics and ethics are essential partners in any thriving society; one cannot be differentiated from the other or security and morality will not survive. And in the end neither will choice. Pamela Pearson
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CASTORCountry Conservation folk By Tom Van Dusen
They make up one of those couples which looks and sounds like two halves of the same whole. They’re both 60ish, tall, grey, bespectacled, tweedy, a bit rumpled, unpretentious; while making a public presentation, they finish each other’s sentences and one picks up where the other left off. They form a striking couple, one that commands attention, or at least curiosity, just by entering the room. While they look like they should be walking their dogs somewhere in the English countryside, they’re searching out and documenting flora and fauna right here in Eastern Ontario. They’re Aleta Karstad, artist, and Fred Schueler, biologist; they’ve been wandering the South Nation River watershed and well beyond, side by side, maybe even hand in hand, for some 30 years, documenting their natural discoveries in scientific notes and detailed paintings, producing attractive vignettes which painlessly convey the conservation message. Along the way, Aleta and Fred gained a special affinity for puppies. Before you mutter to yourselves that puppies don’t seem to have anything to do with the topic at hand, we’re not talking about goofy, furry fourlegged baby dogs… we’re talking about necturus maculosus, secretive foot-long salamanders nicknamed mudpuppies. Aleta and Fred spend a lot of time studying these slimy pups, particularly in
Kemptville Creek at Oxford Mills which they claim is the best place in Eastern Ontario to get up close and personal with them. These critters don’t hibernate. They remain active all winter, providing Aleta and Fred, who operate Bishops Mills Natural History Centre, with something to do on Friday night. In fact, every Friday night from October through to spring thaw, they lead observers to mudpuppy hangouts which they light up so the creatures can be seen prowling the creek bottom; when necessary, they chop through the ice to get a good look. Following one of what’s been described as “Canada’s longest-running winter herpetology outings”, everybody retires to the Brigadoon Restaurant for coffee, dessert and mudpuppy chat. Pursuit of the pups is only one small part of the couple’s ongoing environmental journey best exemplified by their joint, recurring art and science projects, most recently leading to publication of a 58-page booklet which depicts and even romanticizes the modest South Nation while drawing attention to invasive species, like zebra mussels, which populate it. Complete with several full-colour prints, the book was released last Thursday at South Nation Conservation (SNC) headquarters located in a salvaged school outside Finch where participants got a chance to purchase the book – “Art and Science in the South Nation Watershed” –
for $24 and even bid on Aleta’s original paintings completed during the late summer and fall field trip conducted by Fred and herself. “This book is intended as a learning tool so that individuals today and tomorrow can be better informed about, and make better decisions on, the environment,” SNC General Manager Dennis O’Grady states in the preface. It makes environmental science “meaningful on multiple levels accomplished by a unique blending of art and science as only Aleta and Fred could orchestrate.” Skimming through the book, taking in the expertly landscapes, executed descriptions and notes, is indeed a leisurely way to get to know your watershed. In the section called “Boundary Wetland”, the viewer has to look carefully twice, maybe three times at the print before spotting the Great Blue Heron standing front and centre. Aleta explains it took off before she could set up her camera; however, she placed it in the scene right where it had been standing. We also learn that exposed ends of logs depicted were once part of a corduroy road which crossed the wetland shown in the painting. Under the title “Lower Hosaic Creek”, there’s another critter lurking at the front of the painting, this time a raccoon barely visible among the rocks. While Fred was discovering that zebra mussels have colonized the creek due to backup from the nearby St.
Lawrence Seaway, Aleta recalls the raccoon suddenly entered the scene; naturally, it was included. While art in the book focuses almost entirely on natural flora and fauna with an occasional reference to man-made additions such as bridge abutments and culverts, Aleta takes time out to paint Metcalfe’s Victoria Park where the footbridge crosses Cassidy Drain, a tributary of the Castor River. “The park is not large, but charmingly landscaped with flower beds and bushes around trees and rocks, with a large gazebo in the midst,” she describes. “The banks of the narrow creek have been left wild. This is a culvertfed, turbid rock, and rubble, and mud stream.” It’s another of “the little clay bed creeks of the South Nation drainage which are so often deprecated as just ditches but which often have substantial populations of interesting species.” Tweedy maybe, but far from stuffy! Aleta and Fred are more on the folksy side. Consider this: Fred wrote a song called “Mudpuppy Night in Oxford Mills” which contains the immortal chorus: “Necturus maculosus… they prowl the winter night. The tadpole is their snack food, the crayfish their delight. When Oxford Mills, incurious, has tucked itself in tight, They wander, cleaning up the creek, beneath the shelves of ice.”
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Vintage Iron tackles IPM issues, producing own calendar Tom Van Dusen Villager Contributor RUSSELL – Hard on the heels of the 2011 International Plowing Match at Chute-à-Blondeau, an organization with a strong Russell connection dedicated to preserving rural technological heritage is seeking improvements to next year’s IPM antique section. Non-profit corporation Vintage Iron and Traditions Eastern Ontario of (VITEO), which has as chairman Russell farmer and mega collector Henry Staal, presented a formal appeal Nov. 20 to the Ontario Plowmen’s Association (OPA), sponsors of the IPM, seeking more support for the annual antique machinery and equipment display. “Many spectators were heard expressing this is the best part of the IPM,” Staal and VITEO vice-chairman Garry Montgomery of North Gower said in a cosigned letter to the OPA executive. However, they emphasized, VITEO members feel they’re not considered a necessary or appreciated part of the IPM. The letter complains that antique section planning is usually ignored or delayed by the OPA until shortly before the IPM opens, giving little time for collectors to prepare or encourage and organize exhibitor participation. The missive makes it clear that, if there isn’t a positive response from the OPA to VITEO concerns at least six months prior to the 2012 IPM, it could lead to lack of participation from the corporation’s executive and membership in the antique presentation. Although VITEO is based in the east end of the province, since it was formed less than a year ago, the group has gained close to 100 members – many of them major collectors – providing considerable clout in the IPM antique show and in most other annual agricultural artifact shows. The corporation was officially launched at last year’s Ottawa Valley Farm Show and will mount a display at the 2012 OVFS. Not only was a substantial percentage of exhibitors at Chute-à-Blondeau VITEO members, the entire section was organized by executive member Francois Latour. Members are based everywhere from Mirabel, Que., to Milton, said Staal, who several years ago converted his dairy barn on Hamilton Road into a private agricultural museum. IPM volunteer antique
exhibitors give up their time, provide most of their own transportation, their own insurance and living expenses at no cost to the OPA or its county partners. The show they mount constitutes “all-day entertainment” and an abundance of relevant rural education. Since antiques have become an important part of the IPM, contributing significantly to gate receipts, Staal and Montgomery have requested appropriate consideration for exhibitors such as: Two gate passes each day for working displays; appropriate vehicle passes needed to bring in supplies; RV camping entitlement if required to commute more than one hour; a trucking allowance for larger items transported to the show; and lunch vouchers. While VITEO has a
strong social and information exchange component, Stall indicated it intends to take on issues such as concerns with the IPM. Its primary goal is promotion, preservation, restoration and education in regard to rural agricultural antiques and heritage traditions. As a fundraiser, VITEO has printed a 2012 calendar showing month-by-month parts of the collections of some of its members, a project which Staal hopes will be repeated next year featuring different items. There are 100 calendars available at $15 each through Staal and other executive members. VITEO’s first annual meeting and election of officers will be held January 22 at Pierces Corners community hall beginning at 1 p.m.
Russell’s Henry Staal displays the new Vintage Iron and Traditions of Eastern Ontario calendar featuring his Minneapolis-Moline tractor-car which could be driven to town after a hard day in the field. The genuine article is behind Henry in his North Russell agricultural museum. Van Dusen photo
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Judges Ken Beaman, Dean Benson and George Rogers are framed by the crêche on the Knights of Columbus entry as they mark the floats.. Awarded most festive was Therkelsen & Sons with a wonderful display of Santa and reindeer hats, Christmas trees, ornaments and cheer.
The Mother Teresa Catholic School’s entry was this truck,dressed from hood to tailgate in Christmas decorations and filled with carolling students.
These Little Rock Curlers enjoyed waving and smiling to the crowds on the Russell Curling Club float.
AT IT’S WINCHESTER AND ST-ISIDORE LOCATION IS PRESENTLY SEARCHING FOR A
SERVICE MANAGER The holder of this position acts on his own initiative under the general supervision of the Controller/Operating Manager to maximize the efficiency, safety, profitability, morale and customer relations of the Service Department and its employees, and integrating its operations with the other departments of the dealership. The qualifications and experience required for the position are to have strong managerial, marketing, financial, analysis and human relations skills developed from many years’ experience in managerial/supervisory positions in a business environment related to the mechanical field. Formal training in business-related topics. Understanding of the mechanical environment, farming/industrial and agribusiness. The foregoing may be met by experience.
Russell Public School Peacekeepers walked the parade with RPS teacher R. LeBlond. The Outback Groom-N-Board Dog grooming and boarding
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Some of the position requirements will be: • Managing staff, dealing with customer complaints regarding warranty and service. • Meeting other departments’ and customers’ deadlines. • Marketing the shop to the community to maximize hours sold and profits. • Due to the nature of the business, seasonal rush and time demands, all in an environment where margins are tight. • Dealing with maintenance and repair of extremely complex equipment. • Liaisons with the mainline company pertaining to warranties. • Insuring that the Service department has a harmonious relationship with the other departments in the dealership. Send your resume to the attention of Denis Caron at the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to 613-836-5904. We would like to thank, in advance, all candidates applying to this position.
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The Melanie Construction crew accepts the Most Creative Float award.
Community, Christmas spirit in abundance Pamela Pearson Villager Staff The Russell Santa Claus Parade was a great success! Although rain threatened , it held off until Santa had left the arena. The parade was not only the biggest in Russellâ€™s recent memory, with a total of 39 entries, but the Christmas spirit was felt by all those in and watching the parade. Right on schedule, at 1 p.m., the Russell Fire Department led the entries out of the Kinnaird Arena and down Concession St. Both sides of the route were filled with onlookers of all ages anxiously awaiting a glimpse of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Entries ranged from trucks decorated to the nines to a small wagon pulled by the Russell and District Horticultural Society Live Locally group. Township council members were pulled by a pair of Clydesdales from Cam-Li Farms and live music was played by the Russell Music Academy and Minor Hockey as its players yelled â€œhungry for hockeyâ€?. Russell Curling Club promoted the Ontario Junior Curling Championship to be held at the RCC in the first week of January, while a group of Little Rock players â€œsweptâ€? their brooms to music. The variety of participants was an obvious display of community cohesion by local businesses, schools, community and sports groups and services. Lions members Ken Beaman, Dean Benson and George Rogers could be seen carefully judging the entries for three categories as they passed by Scotiabank. Most Festive was awarded to Therkelsen & Sons; Best Group went to the Russell Minor Hockey Association and Most Creative went to Melanie Construction. Plaques were presented at the after party by Beaman, Fire Chief Bruce Armstrong and Santa. Firefighters Dave Scott and Robert Taylor, were taking and printing photographs of youngsters on Santaâ€™s lap, while others
warmed their tummies with hot chocolate and Bear Paws.
Awarded Best Group was the Russell Minor Hockey Association whose float had the Atom Team represented and yelling â€œWhat are you hungry for? Hockey!â€? Accompanying them were musicians Dave Rama on sax, Everett Rama on drums and Mitchell Scott on guitar.
The Living Local Fair got lots of publicity as members of the sponsoring Russell and District Horticultural Society drew their entry advertising the event along the parade route. Pamela Pearson photos
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O’Neil and Canada look to make it two in a row against Team U.S.A. Darren Matte Villager Sports RUSSELL- There is always a rivalry in sport between Canada and the United States and not just in hockey. A new tradition in the ongoing sporting rivalry between the nations is the Youth AllEastbay American Canada-U.S.A Bowl, which will be held in San Antonio, Texas on Jan. 8. in conjunction with the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. For one local football player, 15-year-old Pat O’Neil, this will be his second chance to beat the Americans at America’s Game. Last year O’Neil, a Russell native, was a member of the Canadian team, made up of grade nine and 10s, which assembled a week before the game, adjusted their strategy to the American game and beat Team U.S.A. 42-37. A year later, O’Neil now in grade 10, is preparing himself again to make the trip to play on the big stage. “Last year the experience was overwhelming. It was busy, we ran about 10 practices during the week. Then we got to play in the Alamo Dome in front of about 1,000 people, which was quite an experience.” The process for getting selected for Team Canada was not an easy one. Last year, O’Neil was at a
Football University (FBU) camp, where he was then invited to a combine and selected for the team. This year it was a little different, as there was no camp held. Since O’Neil was still eligible, he submitted some game tape from his season, with St. Thomas, and was again selected for the team. O’Neil says he was relieved to hear that he made it again. “I was pretty excited. It was nice to know that my hard work had paid off. It was really good when I got confirmation that I had made it. I had wanted to do it again ever since my experience last year. “ O’Neil recalls the story of when he was notified. “I actually got a text, not a phone call. It is funny, U.S. players get coaches showing up at their houses to tell them they made it and I got a text.” Much like any athlete who makes a national team, O’Neil has put in a considerable amount of time to the sport. He began playing when he was eight-yearsold, after his grade four class had a presentation by a local football program. Now in his seventh year playing, he plays for his school team and next year hopes to add a junior varsity club to the mix. At this year’s game, O’Neil, who is usually a linebacker with his Ravens
team will officially be listed as an offensive lineman, but has been told he will be moved around and put into several roles. O’Neil will not be the only returning player; one teammate from last year is also eligible for the second time and will join O’Neil. Having another teammate that he is familiar with will no doubt help O’Neil this time around. Another factor he is excited about is that his mom, Lorry, will get to come this year. “I was excited last year, but I was also preoccupied as my mom was having surgery and could not make it. This year I am looking forward to seeing her there.” In addition, O’Neil is also looking forward to seeing the reaction from Team U.S.A. “Last year they underestimated us, this time around I hear they are taking it much more seriously.” There are no other camps scheduled before the event, so O’Neil and the rest of the team will show up and just start practicing in hopes of being ready for the kickoff. At this point O’Neil doesn’t know what the future holds for his football career. His goal is to get a scholarship to an NCAA team and with so many players from this game (it’s predecessor and the All-American Bowl) getting scholarships, he feels
he is heading in the right direction. His school coach, Nick Longval, also sees him moving in the right direction. “He is a very hard worker and an excellent
leader off the field. On the field he is very intense and doesn’t take a play off. This is a great opportunity for him to showcase his talents and could help get his foot in the door to the U.S.
College rankings.” Those characteristics will come in handy as O’Neil and Team Canada try to make it two in a row over their rivals to the south.
Pat O’Neil, number eight, seen here from a game with the St, Thomas Aquinas junior Ravens football team this season, will represent Canada at the Eastbay Youth All-American Canada-USA Bowl on January 8 in San Antonio, Texas. This will be the second year that O’Neil has participated in the event. Matte photo
Casselman finally solves Winchester
Vikings captain Sebastien Goulet led his team to victory for the first time, this season, over the Winchester Hawks on Nov. 24 in Casselman. Goulet scored a power play goal with 3:56 remaining in the third period and the Vikings added an empty netter to win 7-5.
Darren Matte Vilager Sports CASSELMAN- So far this season, match ups with the Winchester Hawks have not gone well for the Casselman Vikings. The Vikes had lost all three contests with the Hawks by a combined score of 15-5. That all changed when the Vikings hosted Winchester on Nov. 24. The Hawks got an early lead as Vincent BaulineCharland scored a pair of first period goals, including one on the power play, to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead after one. The second period was filled with scoring beginning with Thierry Henry cutting the lead to 2-1 on the man advantage. The Hawks regained the twogoal lead when Ramsey Wheeler scored. The Vikings came back with two goals in a span of three minutes from snipers Curtis Chennette and Adam Wensink. With just over four minutes to go, Dylan Chessell put the Hawks up 4-3. The lead last only twominutes as Chennette scored his second of the
game and it was all tied at four with one period to play. Wensink opened the third with his second goal of the game, 37 seconds in, on a power play, giving the Vikings their first lead of the game. Six minutes later, Chessell answered for the Hawks with his second of the match putting the game in a 5-5 deadlock. The Vikings power play struck again with four minutes remaining with a goal by Sebastien Goulet. The Vikings sealed it in the dying seconds with a shorthanded, empty-net goal by Kyle Beauchamp-Lalonde and snapped their threegame season losing streak,
to the Hawks, with a 7-5 win. This game was less rough than the earlier matches this season with just 15 penalties being handed out. The Vikings went three for seven on the man advantage and the Hawks one for five. Kyle Lamothe earned his 10th win of the season, while Alex Monk picked up the loss. The Vikings find themselves in second place in the division, two points back of Winchester and six up on third-place Alexandria. They host Morrisburg on Dec. 1 before traveling to Gananoque on Dec. 2.
Soccer field can see the light That eerie glow seen from the end of Boundary Road Nov. 25 was the culmination of years of fundraising and over a year of construction. Hydro One connected the power last Nov. 24 and on Nov. 25 the electricians flipped the breakers shedding 50,000W of light on the soccer club’s Field of Dreams. All that is left to
do is aim the lights properly which will be done once the ground is frozen. The club has worked all fall fixing up the damage from the 15 months of construction so that the playing surface will be ready for the 2012 season. The new lights will allow the club to continue to increase its membership and to continue to offer superb programming.
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Panthers’ win streak hits lucky seven Darren Matte Villager Sports EMBRUN- The Embrun Panthers continue to be the hottest team in the National Capital Junior Hockey League as they won their seventh in a row 7-4 over Vankleek Hill on Nov. 25 in Embrun. The Panthers opened the scoring 12:08 into the first period when CharlesAntoine Labonté, in his first game back from a stint with the Metcalfe Jets, scored to make it 1-0. Labonté scored his second of the game twominutes later and the Panthers took a 2-0 lead to the first intermission. The Panthers continued to put the Cougars in a hole. They made it 3-0 with a power play goal by Sean MacDonald just over a minute into the second. Five minutes later, they made it 40 as Andrew Hampton picked up a goal. Then, less than a minute after that goal, Labonté found the back of
the net for his hat trick marker and the Panthers were up 5-0. But back came the Cougars, Alex Cournoyer scored with 4:56 to go and then Nicolas Pharand netted two more for the Cougars in the final minute of the second period and they trailed 5-3 with one to play. The Panthers squashed any hopes of a Cougars comeback midway through the third. Eric Garrioch scored to make it 6-3 and then Jeff Campbell found the back of the net a minute and a half later to improve Embrun’s lead to 7-3. Pharand scored one more to complete his hat trick with 3:47 to go, but there would be no more late tallies and the Panthers held on for the 7-4 win. Philip Eberley earned his seventh win of the season in goal. The win helped the Panthers keep pace with the Cumberland Bandits who continue to top the standings. The Panthers are tied
with Cumberland at 26 points each but the Bandits do have a game in hand. Embrun’s Campbell continues to lead the league in points with 29. He regains his line mates Labonté and also Francis Legault who was serving a suspension. The Panthers will finally get another shot at the Bandits when they host them on Dec. 2 with first place on the line. The Panthers are then in Rockland on Dec. 4.
Leading by example
Jeff Campbell, right, led the Panthers by example in their 7-4 win over the Vankleek Hill Cougars on Nov. in Embrun. 25 Campbell assisted on Embrun’s first two goals and scored one of his own to seal it in the third period. Matte photo
Jets earn three of possible four points Darren Matte Villager Sports METCALFEThe Metcalfe Jets picked up three of a possible four points this past weekend with a win over Stittsville on Nov. 25 and an overtime loss to Ottawa West on Nov. 27. Metcalfe 5 Stittsville 4 Metcalfe began by hosting the 7-14-2 Stittsville Royals on Nov. 25. Stittsville opened the scoring a minute and a half in on a power play goal by Matt Kadolph. The Jets responded later in the period when Joshua Gervais found the back of the net to tie it at one. Then, with just over a minute left in the frame, Bret Nooyen scored his team-leading 18th goal and the Jets were up 2-1 after one. Early in the second, the Jets made it a two-goal lead as Matthew Chennette potted home an unassisted marker. The Royals cut the lead to one on a man
advantage as Broc Beehler scored. Before time had run out in the period, Chennette reestablished the two-goal advantage scoring his second of the game. Stittsville hung around and again got to within one off a goal by Justin Mayo. Kyle Downey then scored to make it 5-3 for the Jets. With two minutes to go the Royals got one more by Neil Penner, but they could not get the tying goal and the Jets won 5-4. Ryan McLaughlin got the win between the pipes for the Jets. The Jets were all over the Royals in this one out shooting them 4621. Metcalfe 2 Ottawa West 3 Two days later, Nov. 27, the Jets were in Ottawa West to face the Golden Knights, second in the Metro Division. The Jets scored the only goal of the first off a shot by Matt Shaheen. It remained 1-0 all the way to the final frame.
The Golden Knights came back with a pair of power play goals in the third. First, it was Neil Clarke who tied the game at one before Mitchell Fournier put the Knights ahead 2-1. The Knights looked to be close to victory but with a minute left, Shaheen scored his second and sent this game to overtime. In over time, with just 1:35 left on the clock, Fournier won it for the Knights as he netted his second and they won 3-2. For the second straight game the Jets power play was unable to find the net and their penalty kill gave up a pair of goals. The three-point weekend keeps the Jets in fourth place in the Metro Division. They are seven back of third place Clarence and six up on fifth place Ottawa. They play in Shawville on Dec. 2 and are home to Renfrew on Dec. 4.
Grady’s Hat-Trick Powers Atom B1 Warriors to A Win
Brett Nooyen continues to lead the Metcalfe Jets in goals with 18 and points with 30. He added a goal and an assist in the Jets 5-4 win on Nov. 25 against Stittsville and another helper in the Jets 3-2 overtime loss to Ottawa West on Nov. 27. Matte photo
By Dickie Dunn Special to the Villager After a two-week layoff the Russell Lions Club Atom B1 Warriors were back in action on Nov. 20 with a game against Leitrim Hawks 1. Having played the Hawks in their first game of the year, to a 2-2 draw, the last place Warriors knew they were going to be in tough against their division’s second place team. Russell got off to a quick start with a goal by Zachary Tingley less than a minute into the game, off a face off won by Hannah Grady. The
Warriors scored again late in the first period on a goal by Matthew Cote assisted by Tingley. The score stayed 2-0 until late in the second period when Grady began her offensive onslaught. Off the face off Noemy Pitre gained possession of the puck and passed it to Grady who then ripped it by the Hawks goalkeeper. Leitrim was able to get one back when they scored early in the third. Russell continued to press however and Grady scored her second goal on a nice feed by Norah Tuck. The “Girl Power” line
made it 5 - 1 late in the third period as Grady scored her hat trick goal assisted by her wingers, Tuck and Pitre. Leitrim would score a breakaway goal as time expired to make the final score, Russell 5 Leitrim 2. Hannah Grady earned Warrior of the game. Honourable mention goes to Allison Lapierre for her strong play keeping the puck in the Hawks zone at the blue line. The Warriors won’t see action for another two weeks when they will meet the Metcalfe Jets Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. in Russell.
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WDMH CEO dispels â€œscuttlebuttâ€? Nelson Zandbergen Special to The Villager C H E S T E RV I L L E â€” With the aim of dispelling rumours in the community, Winchester District Memorial Hospital CEO Cholly Boland last week outlined the intentions behind the acquisition of a local nursing home and a planned new office building that will break ground next year. But Boland was reluctant to reveal how much is likely to be spent â€” using borrowed money â€” to make it all happen. The new CEO declined to answer The Villagerâ€™s question on what it cost to buy Dundas Manor from the Alguire family, as the private nursing home is slated to be officially transferred this January into the ownership of a separate non-profit entity, Rural Healthcare Innovations, specially established to integrate the Manor into WDMHâ€™s longterm care mix. But with some prodding, Boland and his chief finanofficer, Michelle cial Blouin, estimated that construction of the standalone 15,000-square-foot office building project, slated to open in November 2012, will cost approximately $1million to $1.5-million. The admission on that figure came as Boland addressed
about 50 people attending WDMHâ€™s annual community ambassadorâ€™s breakfast, Nov. 24 at the Chesterville Legion. Both hospital initiatives are key ingredients in the effort to institutionâ€™s rebrand the entire WDMH campus and operation as a â€œCentre for Rural Health and Education.â€? Addressing the Dundas Manor takeover, Boland conceded that â€œrumours in the community abound on what this means.â€? He continued, â€œI can tell you what it does not mean. It does not mean the residents of the nursing home are going to move to the hospital. It does not mean the people [employees] in the nursing home are going to lose their job.â€?
He added that WDMHâ€™s â€œmeasure of success,â€? upon transfer of the nursing home, â€œon day one, week one and month one, the residents wonâ€™t notice any difference and staff wonâ€™t notice any difference. â€œSo weâ€™re doing the best we can to communicate all of this. Rumours continue to run rampant,â€? the CEO remarked, taking aim at what he described as â€œscuttlebuttâ€? traded at the grocery store. He also said there would be â€œefficienciesâ€? and some cost savings to be had by joining the hospital and nursing home. The Manor is being picked up in the full knowledge that it will have to be rebuilt â€œsometime in the foreseeable future.â€?
Santa in Embrun Santa made his pre-Yule visit to Embrun Saturday evening, closing out the communityâ€™s Parade of Lights and visiting the arena to listen to Christmas wishes. Ă‰cole catholique Embrun St-Jean la CroisĂŠe had the top entry in the parade with Melanie Construction second. Tied for third were St. Maryâ€™s Anglican Church and Ecole ĂŠlĂŠmentaire publique de la RiviĂ¨re Castor dâ€™Embrun. In the Casselman parade on Sunday first place went to Ă‰cole ĂŠlĂŠmentaire et secondaire publique lâ€™AcadĂŠmie de la Seigneurie; second place was won by Les Fondations Brisson and third by Lamoureux Pumping. Photo courtesy of ESTIC
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