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This Week A Christmas Carol A dramatic reading of Dicken’s A Charles Christmas Carol will be held at the St. Mary's Church Hall on Sat. Dec. 15, 7 p.m. Free admission. Budget 2013 Presentation of the Final 2013 Budget will take on Mon. Dec. 17, 7 p.m. at the Gaston R. Patenaude Hall, Embrun. Friends of the Library Russell Branch Russell Library silent auction ends Dec. 15. Visit the library for more information on supporting childhood literacy in the community.

Bilingual sign reigns supreme Pamela Pearson Villager Staff RUSSELL—The ongoing battle of freedom to express in any language by Howard Galganov and Jean Serge Brisson came to an end on Dec. 6, when the Supreme Court of Canada denied their application of  leave of appeal from the Ontario Court of Appeal’s June judgement, which supported the Township of Russell’s ability, under the Municipal Act of Ontario, to create a bilingual sign bylaw, and that it was not in violation of a citizen’s right to freedom of expression under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Act. “In light of the decision of

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In true holiday spirit, these local area Pathfinders, and other sections of the 1st Metcalfe Girl Guide of Canada Unit, were only too happy to endure a chilly Sunday, Dec.9, while participating in Metcalfe's Christmas Parade. PJ Pearson Photo

the Supreme Court of Canada in regards to the leave of appeal from Galganov and Brisson versus Russell in the matter related to the Bilingual Sign Bylaw, we are extremely pleased that the plaintiffs were denied the hearing,� said Jean Paul St. Pierre, mayor for the Township of Russell. “It finally brings closure to the legal proceedings that were, in all instances, decided in favour of the municipality by the court. The court reiterates the

fact that the township was in its legal rights to adopt such a bylaw and that Mr. Howard Galganov, a non-resident of the municipality, was in no position to contest the bylaw. We now can move forward for the benefit of our communities,� concluded Mayor St. Pierre. In a statement last week, Galganov seemed hopeful that at least one of the Supreme court justices would give leave to the full appeal, but it was not to be.

Beth Trudeau, Canadians for Language Fairness spokesperson, and resident of the township said in the same statement: “First, the preliminary court judge turned out to be a known French activist in the judiciary and should have recused herself. Next, the three Appeal Court Judges acknowledged that a sign bylaw did infringe on individual rights and freedoms, but that individual rights and freedoms could be

trampled for a collective cause that they believed in. However, perhaps the most unnerving of all is the fact that the three unelected Supreme Court justices, who determined whether or not the case would be heard at the highest court in Canada, did not even have to justify or explain their shocking ruling.�   Trudeau also questions whether or not the township will rescind the bylaw, as council’s statement on Dec. 6 “made one whisper

about it.� Trudeau strongly believes that this is not a language issue, but one which is selfevident and should not be legislated by man. “If we allow man to tell us what language to use on our private business signs, what’s to stop man from dictating what message we must put on our sign?   If we allow municipalities the power to dictate what to put on our private signs, what’s to stop Continued on page 2

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Russell Fire Department Show someone you care

Four years ago I wrote an article about how one Sunday afternoon while standing in line at Barry’s Home Hardware I noticed a lady buying three new smoke alarms. And because we are constantly reminding people to make sure they have sufficient coverage with regards to smoke alarms, and that they should be replaced after 10 years, I felt it was appropriate to commend her for this purchase especially since I was wearing a fire department tee-shirt at the time. I told her that I was a Russell firefighter and that it was nice to see someone replacing their smoke alarms. She then told me that the alarms were not for her, they were for her daughter. It turned out that her daughter just recently moved into a new home in Barrhaven, and that she would sleep better knowing they were properly protected. Once again I remarked that this was a very thoughtful gift and a great idea since you never know how old existing smoke alarms are when you move into a new home. Upon leaving the store and having this short conversation I thought this would make for a great topic – why not give fire safety items to someone as a house warming gift. However after looking back on this story I thought why not also give out smoke alarms as Christmas gifts too? How many times have you heard a parent or grandparent say “don’t get me anything, I have everything I need”. Why not look around their home and check if their smoke alarms are less than 10 years old, or if

they have a carbon monoxide detector in the home? Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors aren’t as spectacular a gift as say a big screen television, however doesn’t it really say that you truly do care for the person? Better yet why not install them as part of the gift, that way you know the person you care for is being properly protected with new working smoke alarms. We know from our spring door-to-door surveys that as people get older they often don’t think as much about their smoke alarms as when they had children in the house. Also we often misjudge how old our smoke alarms truly are. Twenty years slips by awful quickly when you live in a home. Another benefit of replacing these units is that the new models come with a number of great new features. There are models that although battery powered are actually interconnected wirelessly and the new low profile units only protrude a half inch from the ceiling, making them much less noticeable. I don’t expect this to solve all your shopping needs, however, why not consider it for someone in your family? If you think about it for a minute I’m sure someone will come to mind who may benefit from this excellent way of showing them that you care. The Russell Fire Department and all the staff wishes all of our residents a very merry and safe Christmas. Make sure to look out for the 33rd annual Santa Express on Christmas Eve.

Lions December winners Food bank gets delivery From left are OPP Auxiliary Constables Claude Beaudoin and Duane Fitzpatrick, who came out to help the Russell Township Good Neighbours Food Bank team of Lisette Thibauilt, Naomi Plourde and Guillame Lemieux fill a school bus of non-perishable items and accept monetary donations on Dec. 8, at the Co-op Independent in Embrun. By day’s end, approximatley $3,000 was donated and the bus was almost filled to capacity. Missing are Ginette Rivet and 417 Bus Line Ltd. driver Gerry Benoit. PJ Pearson Photo

Sign supreme continued from the front them from dictating what else we are allowed to do on our own private property?” Ottawa-Vanier MP and Minister for Francophone Affairs Madeleine Meilleur applauded both the high court decision and   the municipality’s response, supporting them fully. When asked if in principle, she thought a bilingual sign bylaw, at a municipal level, was a good idea to maintain a community’s French culture, Meilleur replied, “If there is a large French speaking portion of a municipality, then I would not challenge their decision.” This past fall,  Galganov also travelled to South Stormont and South Glengarry to prevent the spread of Russell-type bylaws.   As previously reported by The Villager, on Sept. 26, Galganov requested that the South Stormont council never pass legislation obstructing the freedom of anyone to communicate only in the language of his or her choice and further

called for the township to not impose the use of any language on any person either privately or commercially.   In return, the council unanimously voted in Galganov’s resolution, which reads in part,   “Be it resolved that council fully supports local businesses in the municipality and encourages business owners to embrace the rights expressed in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms with respect to freedom of expression and furthermore will not mandate the use of any language for advertising purposes in the Township of South Stormont, and therefore instruct staff to amend the municipal sign bylaw in this regard.”   South Glengarry heard the same plea from Galganov and the language fairness group on Nov. 13, but ultimately decided to pass on the resolution for the time being, due to missing council members and until a report can be compiled and provided by

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Ladies get your formal attire out RUSSELL - The Russell Society's Agricultural Ladies' Night Committee is busy planning the 10th anniversary gala for May 3, and are expecting another sold-out crowd of 600 ladies. “This year we want to make it extra special because it is our 10th.” states the committee, who met with CEO Mike Wlotzki and Angela Swann from the Eastern Ontario Make-AWish Foundation (EOMFF) - recipients of the 2013 gala proceeds. “We wanted to make the event more formal to cerebrate 10 years of community giving and sponsorship of the night,” stated commitee member Judy McFaul, “and so the theme of the night is ‘gala’ with colours of silver and gold. There may also be a tie into National Organ Donor Week, which is also timed with the event.” In the past nine years, the RAS Ladies` Night has raised over $225,000 for charities.

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township administration. Trudeau commented that various Russell township buildings and businesses have yet to make to their signs bilingual. She expressed hope that the township will rescind the bylaw, as councils can no longer use the “excuse”   of the outcome of court hearings. “I have it on very good authority that a motion to rescind the bylaw will be forthcoming very shortly, and that two of the politicians from Embrun, will be voting to have it rescinded,” she said. The case has cost the township almost $500,000, of which approximatley $250,000 will have to be recouped from Galganov and Brisson, as per the court decision on costs. St. Pierre also noted that the 2013 legal budget will see no impact for costs related to this case. St. Pierre stated that due to the amount of money spent so far, there will be no action by the township to rescind the bylaw at this

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No ice is without some risk - be prepared Pamela Pearson Villager Staff RUSSELL- The Ontario Police Provincial Snowmobile All-Terrain Vehicle and Vessel (SAVE) Enforcement Team and the South Nation Conservation would like to remind everyone that even though there is ice forming on area lakes and rivers and it may look good, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not yet safe. Freezing waterways have prompted South Nation Conservation to issue the reminder that water levels are currently slightly below the normal in the watershed causing thin ice to form and making stream banks slippery. The authority cautions residents along local watercourses to be aware of these hazards and encourages parents to keep a close eye on their children. "With changing weather patterns, the SNC will be monitoring forecasts and daily water levels, and will issue advisories and warnings, as required." said the SNC. In a recent press release,

the Team recommends that person(s) should always check the ice in several places before travelling onto it. They also advise to wear a floatation suit and carry ice picks because "If you go onto the ice, persons should be prepared to get wet and cold and possibly have to rescue yourself. " Also, they recommend that if you are travelling in a group, try to keep a good size space between each other, so that if one person goes into the water the others donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t follow. In regards to ice depth for safe use, the Team recommends the following tips because "When the snow falls there are many hazards to watch out for. There is not a solid base of snow on the ground yet, which means rocks, culverts and other debris are not covered, but they may be hidden by fresh snow making it difficult to see them." When ice fishing, walking, and one-person cross-country skiing, all require at least 4" of new,

clear, hard ice to travel on. One snowmobile or allterrain vehicle requires at least 5" of new clear hard ice; one vehicle, car or small pick-up truck requires at least 8" to 12" of new clear hard ice; and one vehicle or medium truck requires at least 12" to 15" of new clear hard ice. The Lifesaving Society's Canadian Drowning Report 2012, which reports on data gathered from 2005 to 2009, states that although the warmer summer months of May through August account for the majority of yearly drownings, almost one quarter of those occurred during the colder winter and spring months of November to April when sudden and unplanned immersion in cold water happens. The report states that 56 per cent of those deaths are recreational snowmobiling related. According to the OPP, in the 2011-2012 season, there were 13 snowmobile fatalities in Ontario alone. The SAVE Team remind

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snowmobile operators to treat the winter machines with respect and to use common sense. Operators and passengers should always wear an approved helmet, that the maximum speed on trails is 50 km/hr. and never alcohol and mix snowmobiles. If you are found to be operating a snowmobile with over the legal-limit of alcohol in your body, the same penalties apply as if you were driving your car, including losing your licence. OPP advise to always have up-to-date your documents on your person including valid insurance and trail pass, keep your machine in good working order and put together a safety kit to be better prepared in the case of an emergency. Current water level information throughout the watershed is available at www.watershedconditions.co m. The OPP also remind residents that if they see an impaired snowmobiler, call 911 and report them.

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Surrounded by family and friends, 26 Glengarry-Prescott-Russell residents received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal on Dec. 7 at Parliament Hill. From the Russell to Casselman catchment of the G-P-R recipients included front from left Marie-Claire Ivanski, Ina Henry, Aurore Crann, Judith McFaul, Justin McKenna and back from left Anthony Edge and Dr. Darrell Menard. The medals and certificates were presented by GP-R MP Pierre Lemieux, middle, in the Centre Block Room. PJ Pearson Photo

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CASTORCountry EDITORIAL Bylaws – at what cost? By Tom Van Dusen

Well, the decision is in, and the sign bylaw will stay until some future council changes it again, to add a third language or eliminate a dead one.   There are only two options in these things after all. The only real thing is that almost $500,000 of our taxes bought us is the certainty that our former mayor, Ken Hill, took sides and was tossed from office.   It is also clear that our infrastructure has been degraded and will cost far more to replace than that sum could have maintained.  What is less clear is the long-term impact it has had on formerly amicable relationships, and interest in development (tax revenue). Of course there were other parties to the expenses, but deep down those who voted to evict the previous council know where the fault belongs, and that this mistaken adventure in municipal spending needed to stop.  Sadly it didn’t. The question then is how do we make sure that our council is no longer overrun by special interests, and then forced to defend a tenuous and divisive position to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars?  How do we make sure that the incremental creep of special interest gains does not turn into a tide that offends us to the extent that it polarizes our society to the extent we end up fighting?   These are not idle questions – the residue of previous decisions like this bylaw is being acted out around the world and residents of our municipality are / have / and will serve Canada in those places.   There are lessons to be learned here for certain.  One of those is that bylaws need to be established on a verifiable need, and they need to have that need validated annually.   In this case, it has been long established that there was no need – the majority voted that point clear, but business also made it clear it was undesirable.   There was also no analysis of the risk in terms of the cost to implement this bylaw – it certainly did not save money, did not generate revenue, did not generate positive publicity for our municipality and residents.   There has been far more downside to this decision than there ever will be upside. And in the end, what do we have?   We have businesses with bilingual signs.   But we only read one language at a time, so only one will be read to identify the enterprise.   Those who have established relationships will go habitually to their comfortable service providers: those that do not will get advice from friends, or find them online or in a unilingual phone book.   The signs are nice to mark a workplace, but in our society, very few people find a business by its sign alone, and fewer still on the basis of language.   We and our children are free to live, work and socialize in the language of our choice.   We can only hope that our future councils will look to this special interest boondoggle and learn from it, and not waste any more of our precious taxes on unnecessary initiatives.   Pamela J Pearson

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It’s Sunday morning and the late breakfast crowd overflows the comfortable restaurant at KC’s Country Inn on Burton Road at Highway 417. I’ve driven over from North Russell with daughter Victoria for a quick fix of sausages and eggs, one of my favourite meals. Victoria chooses tomatoes instead of the meat; she doesn’t seem to grasp the nutritional value of your common pork sausage. With all of those happy customers surrounding him, co-owner Kees Van Mourik should be beaming from ear to ear. He says he’s happy enough and cracks wise with some of the regulars to prove the point. But it only takes a few seconds to scratch the surface and discover there’s something weighing heavily on KC’s mind… he’s worried about the future of the business he built up with a lot of hard work and long hours over 15 years. Today, the restaurant, motel, bar combo employs 20 people, jobs he’s proud to provide and would like to preserve. (While named after Van Mourik, the establishment is known as KC’s rather than Kees’ because that’s the way locals pronounce it). He pulls out a notice from behind the counter signed by J.R. Bergevin, another business operator in Russell The Editor: The Eastern Ontario Prostate Cancer Awareness Committee wishes to thank all who supported the “Flash A ‘Stache” event in November. The primary focus was to initiate more awareness of prostate cancer in the Winchester District Memorial Hospital region. We also wanted to create an opportunity to raise funds to support our WDMH as well as support the da Vinci robotic surgical instrument at the Ottawa General. The result was beyond our expectations and the community should be thanked for their great support and generosity. The firemen in the area need to be thanked for their great enthusiasm and support, plus people who raised money, grew moustaches or had them shaved off. The Chesterville Firemen need to

Township’s 417 Industrial Park in which KC owns five acres. I look it over. Co-owner of Racine Bergevin Enterprises, a selfstorage occupying several buildings on 3.5 acres, J.R. is inviting all other businesses in the park to join with him Dec. 17 in protesting before council a water installation proposal put forward by the township which, if approved, would require mandatory participation. Businesses currently install their own wells and septic systems. His agitation mounting, KC makes it clear he’ll be at that meeting and suspects many other industrial park property owners will be in attendance as well. The proposal calls for assessing costs of municipal water on the basis of $12,000 per acre owned. KC’s bill on five acres would add up to $60,000; J.R.’s would be $43,000. The same method would apply right across the park, financially undermining many owners, J.R. says. There’s a longer term plan to extend sewers into the park at about double the per-acre rate for water. If implemented, the combined cost would force him to close shop, KC says, adding he has a perfectly good septic system and an excellent well with $25,000 worth of filtration equipment which is tested once a month. J.R. believes the

municipality wants to promote future development in the park “but largely on the backs of existing owners.” “These costs are prohibitive and most exceed owners’ ability to pay and also exceed the advantages listed in the proposal. We already pay taxes on the total acres we own and we’ve paid for our existing wells and septic systems.” Close to 300 acres in size, 417 Industrial Park is seen by municipality as the underdeveloped. As it abuts the major four-lane transportation link between Ottawa and Montreal, council feels it has major future potential, especially if fully serviced. Almost any form of commercial or industrial use you’d care to name is permitted in the park. In addition to KC’s and Racine Bergevin, other park occupants include MacEwen and Ultramar gas stations, kitchen cabinet makers and the latest arrivals, Megha Holdings and Lafleche Environmental. Lafleche purchased 20 acres to install a 215,280 square-foot waste transfer and recycling station expected to eventually create a significant number of jobs. The project involves some infrastructure improvements including

LETTERS Editor be recognized for their great enthusiasm and support of the event. Special thanks to Dennis Fife who was the top money raiser. I hesitate to mention all those that supported the event as they participated in the event to create awareness and not for recognition purposes although competition did create enthusiasm and interest. We had supporters of all age groups, hockey teams, businesses all support this event and had fun doing it. Special recognition goes to the Chesterville Rockets for their support of the event. One person I do wish to recognize is Leonard Kelly at Winchester Manor. He is physically impaired and unable to speak yet he was

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able to communicate to the staff that he wanted to participate and raise funds. With the help of his sister he came to the wind-up rally and to the happiness of everyone there, won the moustache competition. This is an amazing story and proves that anyone can participate. Special thanks to the media for their great coverage throughout the month. Their pictures and articles promoted more awareness of prostate cancer and that was the main focus of the November event. Over $55,000 was raised so everyone who contributed or participated needs to feel proud of this achievement. Donations can still be made to this event until Dec. 31. To donate, please contact Kristine Casselman at the

construction of an access road, power lines, poles and lighting. All that’s missing is water and sewer. Meanwhile, Megha will build a 40,000 square-foot warehouse on 10 acres in the park along the new road, creating at least five permanent jobs. These recent 417 park acquisitions demonstrate that Russell is open to commercial and industrial growth, says a pleased Mayor Jean-Paul St. Pierre. Well and good, but in his case, J.R. says it simply isn’t financially viable to hook up to municipal services at such an extreme rate when the only water and septic he uses is to service a washroom in one of his buildings. He can’t understand how the township came up with the per-acre formula and suggests a fairer rate if municipal water is forced through would be perconnection. “If somebody owned 200 acres would they still be billed per-acre? The common practice is to charge based on the number of hookups.”

WDMH Foundation. 613774-2420 ext. 6169. People grew moustaches and some had theirs shaved off to bring more awareness to prostate cancer in our area. We need to continue to be aware of this cancer and encourage men to get tested. This is not an old man’s disease any more as 8% of 20 year olds tested have tested positive with prostate cancer and this percent increases with age. See your doctor for the “digit” test and a PSA test. The PSA test may not indicate cancer but gives you a baseline for future tests. Meanwhile let us celebrate the success of the “Flash A ‘Stache” event. Sincere thanks to all who participated and/or donated to this initiative in any way. With thanks, Tom Clapp and Linda McMahon, Co-Chairs

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Russell Public gets the ‘holly’ on for carnival

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Grade 4 Mother Teresa student Emily Smith checked some Christmas presents off her shopping list at Russell Public’s Holly Carnival on Dec. 8.

Russell Public Junior Kindergarten student Parker Boulerice gets his face painted by RPS Grade 6 student Bailey Griffths at the school’s Dec. 8 Holly Carnival.

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Russell Public Senior Kindergarten students and best bud’s Sean Hughes and Lily Budel were up on stage to tell Santa their Christmas wishes at RPS’s Holly Carnival on Dec. 8.

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Students react to labour action Lois Ann Baker Villager Staff RUSSELL— Local high school students are reacting to the ongoing dispute between teachers and the Ontario government that has only recently begun to bite within the Upper Canada District School Board. So much so that they are holding protests in response to teachers’ decision to withhold their time from planning and supervising extracurricular activities. In a one half-day protest, students at Russell High School will walkout of classes on Wed., Dec 12 at 9:15 a.m., two days after the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation’s (OSSTF) withdrawal from extracurricular activities officially came into effect. The walkout, running until 12:35 p.m, will begin in the Cafetorium, where the students have organized student speeches and banner making, etc. Then at 10:15, the students plan on walking out of the school to protest at the front of the school until 12:35. The school has advised that classes will be running as normal. Protests have already taken place in North Dundas District High School and at Tagwi Secondary School on Tues., Dec. 11. Organizers of the protest at NDDHS, Travis Barkley and Aaron Burns, said it was their way to express their disappointment for teachers stopping the extracurricular activities. “They’re shutting down all our events, including prom,” said Erica Irwin, a Grade 11 student. “That’s a big thing for Grade 12s.” At Tagwi Secondary School 90 students also walked out of their classrooms to protest their extracurricular activities being taken away. In a press release, newly

re-elected Chair of the Upper Canada District School Board Greg Pietersma of Chesterville called on Ontario Minister of Education Laurel Broten to put an end to the labour disputes. Broten had issued a press release saying that the passage of the Putting Students First Act would protect gains made in education and ensure the next two school years would be free from labour disruptions. In his release, Pietersma acknowledged that, effective Dec. 10, labour disruptions would affect local high schools and cause them to suffer because of it. “It’s time for the Minister of Education to take action,”

declared Pietersma, “It’s time for her to issue a new press release that tells us what action she is going to take to end the labour disruptions.” In addition to pay and sick day concerns, a bone of contention for the OSSTF is the province’s Bill 115, which empowers the minister to order teachers back to work and cease current sanctions as well. However, according to recent reports, the McGuinty government isn’t willing to use the law. As for contract negotiations with teachers at UCDSB, senior management at UCDSB is working closely with principals to keep as many extracurricular activities and sports going by utilizing qualified community

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Metcalfe ‘floats’ into Christmas season with Santa Parade

Showing holiday spirit with their Santa hats, Emma, Fraser, Shawn and William Rankin patiently wait for the floats of Metcalfe’s Christmas Parade, on Dec. 9, to arrive.

Santa, Elf Hunter Martin and Mrs. Clause getting Allan Johnston Repair & Sales float was in a ready to greet the people-filled Victoria Street and festive mood at the Dec. 9 Metcalfe Christmas 8th Line at the at the Metcalfe Christmas Parade on Dec. 9. PJ Pearson Photos Parade.

SCOUTING FOR THE BEST CHRISTMAS TREE? All bundled up, young supporters of MP Pierre Poilievre enjoy a ride Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod waves to on the Poilievre float at Metcalfe residents at the Christmas Parade on the Metcalfe Christmas Dec. 9. Parade on Dec. 9.

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FREE CHRISTMAS DINNER Sat., December 22, 4:30 6:30 p.m. Eat-in, take-out or delivered. St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 139 Castor St. Russell. Open to all in the communty. If you are a senior, a family, living alone, ill, grieving or lonely, please join us. Call Janice 613-370-0555 to arrange delivery. 22-3

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Heart & Stroke The Foundation is looking for community minded individuals in our area who would like to help out with their February Heart Month Campaign. Volunteers are needed for leadership positions as well as door-todoor canvassers. This is a great way to get involved in your community and to meet your neighbours. If you are interested please give Trudy Watt a call at 613-938-8933. Heart disease and stroke are the leading cause of death in Canada so put your heart into it and help make a difference. n/c

RURAL FAMILY CONNECTONS Volunteer board members needed to plan/execute fundraising events and for committee work (marketing, finance and web). Call 613821-2899 for more info. 15

WARM HEARTS HELPS HOMELESS A group of concerned citizens collect warm outerwear for the homeless in Ottawa. We are looking for clean coats, mitts, gloves, scarves, socks, hats and boots. If you can donate contact 613-445-3852. They will be delivered directly to the people in need or to the Ottawa Mission and Shephards of Good Hope.

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VILLAGE VOICES WOMEN’S CHOIR presents “We Need A Little Christmas” featuring Mary Muckle and the Ottawa Youth Harp Ensemble. Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm. Winchester United Church, 519 St. Lawrence St., Winchester. Tickets $10 Children 12 and under free. Refreshments following concert., Raffle for gift baskets and door prize. Please bring a nonperishable item for the Food Info Bank. catgraham_59@yahoo.com. w w w. f r e e w e b s . c o m / v i l lagevoices. 21-1

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Ravens open girls hockey season with two wins Darren Matte Villager Sports RUSSELL— After a year-off hiatus in 2011-12, the St. Thomas Aquinas Ravens girls hockey team is back for 2012-13 and began their season on the right foot with a pair of wins Dec. 3 at their home-ice tournament at the Russell Arena. The Ravens began the day by topping L’Escale and concluded with a dominant win over Le Relais. STA 3 L’Escale 1 The Ravens got a good performance out of Dana Dore who scored two goals, which proved to be the difference in the team’s early morning win over L’Escale. After a scoreless first period, the Ravens went to work three minutes into the second. Mikaela Wickers sent a pass to Dore who potted the marker to put STA up 1-0. Later in the frame, Amanda Switzer scored another for the Ravens, unassisted, which made it 2-0 after two. L’Escale got on the board with 8:37 to go in the third, but just 39 seconds later, Dore scored her second to reestablish the two-goal lead. That proved to be the insurance marker that propelled the Ravens to the 3-1 victory.

STA 7 Le Relais 1 After a long break, the Ravens offense was ready to get going for their afternoon game against Le Relais. Dore and Amy Bekkers each had a pair of goals as the Ravens cruised to the win over Le Relais. The Ravens had chances right from the beginning but were unsuccessful early. Shelly Ambut was solid for the Ravens between the pipes as she made a great glove save. That save seemed to spark the Ravens as just seconds later Dore went hard to the net and pounded the puck in, with an assist to Katherine Innes. Le Relais got that one back two-minutes later while on a power play. It was a perfect shot in the slot that beat Ambut, evening the game at one. The Ravens regained the lead just over a minute later when Casey Dore’s point shot, from Dore and Sydney Landry, found its way through traffic and to the back of the net. St. Thomas was not done there, with 1:34 to go in the period, Shannyn Johnson stole the puck at her own blue line, skated in on a breakaway, went to her backhand and scored making it 31 after one.

A similar play developed to begin the second period. This time it was Bekkers who stole the puck, moved in alone and finished with a backhander, 4-1. The Ravens continued to press for more and were rewarded. Bekkers walked in from the sideboards and again finished with a backhand shot to make it 5-1. In the third, St. Thomas continued to get breakaways, but they were unable to convert their first two. On the third, Dore made no mistake extending the lead to 6-1. St. Thomas had completely tired out their opponents. Emily Spence finished off the scoring when she one-timed a pass, from Wickers and Alyssa Wickers, home from the slot and the Ravens took the win 7-1. After the game, Coach Michel Cornellier gave his thoughts on the team’s hot start to the season. “We had a strong turnout this year with a lot of grade 9s coming out. The team has five grade 12s and many of the players have played together. I think it was a very good start to the season since the program had a year off. I was very interested to see the competition and it has definitely improved in the last year.”

Amy Bekkers scored a pair of goals for the St. Thomas Aquinas girls hockey team in their 7-1 win over Le Relais on Dec. 3 in Russell. This was Bekkers’ first goal, less than a minute into the second period. She stole the puck in the neutral zone and broke in alone finishing on her backhand to make it 4-1, at the time. Matte photo

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Jets’ streak ended by Knights, fall to Stangs, beat Packers  OTTAWA— The Metcalfe Jets modest four game win streak came to an end Dec. 6 at The Barbara Ann Scott Arena in Ottawa as the Golden Knights earned a 3-1 win at home. Metcalfe then fell to Gatineau before rebounding to beat Arnprior in a shootout. Metcalfe 1 Ottawa West 3 The Jets, who for a second straight game iced a short-staffed squad, skated with Ottawa but were unable to capitalize on many of their good scoring chances. After a scoreless first half of the game, the two teams exchanged goals 28 seconds apart with four minutes left in the second period. Jets Captain Glenden Bakker scored a short-handed marker at 4:28. On the same power play, Ottawa regrouped and evened the game at 4:28 on a goal by Eric Wintjes. The game remained tied until 9:42 of the third period when Ottawa’s Adam Fulton tucked in a rebound to record

the Golden Knights second power-play goal of the evening. The Knights added an insurance marker two minutes later as Phil Edgar scored and then goaltender JJ Pristankski closed the door the rest of the way. Pristanski earned the win for Ottawa allowing just one goal on 29 shots while Eric Drouin absorbed the loss for Metcalfe stopping 30 of 33 Ottawa shots. Metcalfe 2 Gatineau 8 The following night, Dec. 7, the Jets were in Buckingham to face the Mustangs. Gatineau got out to a 3-0 lead in the first, but Derek Varrin got one back before the horn for the Jets. David Kilrea scored early in the second period making it 3-2. But Gatineau rounded of two more and led 5-2 after 40 minutes. The Mustangs added three more goals in the third and handed the Jets the 8-2 loss. Recently acquired Benoit Laroque made 34 saves in the loss for the Jets. Jean Philippe Charbonneau

got the win for Gatineau. Metcalfe 4 Arnprior 3 (SO) The Jets concluded their weekend with a match in Arnprior on Dec. 9. The Packers scored a pair of goals in the first and led 2-0 after one. Arnprior extended their lead to 3-0 in the second, but back came the Jets. Ryan Pike scored with 13:44 to go and then Devon Docksteader got the Jets to within one, heading to the third. Varrin scored with 4:34 left in the third forcing the game into overtime. After the extra frame solved nothing, the game was off to a shootout. Joshua Gervais and Jordan Malette scored, helping the Jets complete the comeback and earn the 4-3 win. This time Laroque picked up the win and Kyle Lamothe the loss for Arnprior. The Jets are in Buckingham to face Gatineau on Dec. 14 before returning home to host Ottawa on Dec. 16.

Metcalfe’s David Kilrea tries to find some room to maneuver through the Ottawa Golden Knights zone Dec. 6 at the Barbara Ann Scott Arena. Ottawa nipped Metcalfe’s four-game win streak topping the Jets 3-1 in an EOJHL divisional match. Courtesy photo

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Embrun finally beats St. Isidore; also top Cougars EMBRUNâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; After three losses already this season the Embrun Panthers finally came out on top of St. Isidore when the teams met in Embrun on Dec. 7. The Panthers defeated the Eagles in the league final last season, but so far this season it has been St. Isidore leading the pack. Embrun 7 St. Isidore 3 The Panthers jumped out to a 3-0 lead with a big first period. Charles Antoine LabontĂŠ got the scoring started just over a minute into the period. Then, with St. Isidore on the power play, they could not take advantage and it was the Panthers who struck with a short-handed goal. Francis Legault got the marker to make it 2-0. The Panthers made it 3-0 with just seconds to go in the first, as LabontĂŠ

scored his second. Embrun continued to apply the pressure in the second and made it 4-0 when Sean MacDonald found the back of the net. St. Isidore finally got on the board a minute later when Alexandre Lamarche scored. That just seemed to anger the Panthers who concluded the period with a pair of power-play goals by Shawn Ennis and Shane McPhee, 6-1 after two. St. Isidore made it 6-2 in the third when Philippe MĂŠnard scored. Embrun answered right back with a goal by Dexter MacMillan making it 7-2. St. Isidore got one in the final minute from Richard Beaulieu, but this night belonged to Embrun who won 7-3. Dana Pollex took the win,

while Ghislain Nadeau the loss. Embrun 8 Vankleek Hill 1 The following night, Embrun was in Vankleek Hill looking to continue their roll. Embrun jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period. They continued to score at will adding another three in the second and held a 5-1 advantage with one to play. In the third they potted another three and took the win 8-1. Francis Lafond led the way with a pair of goals, Justin Blanchard-Pellerin, Robbie Gifford, LabontĂŠ, Legault, McPhee and Selst all had one. Pollex again got the win. Charles McKeown scored the lone goal for the Cougars while Marc-AndrĂŠ Laporte was saddled with the loss. This week, the Panthers host Cumberland on Dec. 14 and play in Rockland on Dec. 16.

Charles Antoine LabontĂŠ had a big night for the Embrun Panthers on Dec. 7 in their first win of the season over the team they defeated in last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finals, St. Isidore. LabontĂŠ had a pair of goals and an assist in the Panthers 73 win. Matte photo

Two more wins for the Vikes CASSELMANâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Casselman Vikings disposed of a pair of Rideau Division opponents this past weekend, topping the Westport Rideaus at home on Dec. 6 and the South Grenville Rangers in Cardinal on Dec. 8. Vikings 6 Rideaus 4 Westport jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to a pair of power-play goals by Nik Terpak and Peter McGahey. But the Vikings came back with a power-play goal of their own from Joel Adam. With just over a minute to go in the period, Terpak found his second of the game and the Rideaus led 3-1 after one. Adam Wensink got the Vikings to within one when he scored 7:38 into the second period. Back came the Rideaus and it was Terpak again, completing his hattrick and re-establishing the two-goal lead, 4-2 after 40 minutes. The Vikings showed why they are the defending league champions as they roared back with four unanswered goals in the third. Maxim St. Pierre made it 4-3 with 15:11 to go, then off the following faceoff, Curtis Chennette scored to tie the game at four. St. Pierre gave the Vikings their first lead of the game with 7:34 to go and Kyle Beauchamp-Lalonde added an empty-net, powerplay goal as Casselman took the win 6-4. Alexandre Michaud made

21 saves for the win; Richard Barr turned aside 41 in the loss. The Vikings power play finished 2-5; Westport was 2-6. Vikings 10 Rangers 3 Two days later the Vikings were in Cardinal for a showdown with South Grenville. It was a wild first period beginning with the Rangers scoring first. The Vikings responded with a power-play goal by Maxime Choquette, but just a minute after that the Rangers regained the lead. Adam tied the game for the Vikings, then St. Pierre and Taylor Widenmaier scored to make it 4-2. The Rangers gained a little momentum before the break as they scored with just six seconds on the clock, 4-3 at the intermission. After that, it was all Vikings. Widenmaier scored two goals in a span of 1:21 in the second, including a power-play marker, to make it 6-3. Luc Forget then added

a power-play goal, but the Vikings man advantage was not done there. Thierry Henry scored another powerplay goal at the midway point of the period to make it 8-3 at that point. Chennette and Derek Widenmaier each added a tally before the end of the second and it 10-3. Neither team scored in the third, but the Vikings had done the damage and earned the 10-3 win. This time it was Phillippe Quesnel who got the win for the Vikings making 24 stops. Both goalies saw action for the Rangers, Jarrett Pitt made five saves on eight shots, Cole MacMillan allowed seven on 37 and was saddled with the loss. Casselmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s power play was stellar again going 4-9; the Rangers were 0-3. This week the Vikings host Char-Lan on Dec. 13 and then travel to Alexandria on Dec. 15. They will look to add to their nine-point lead atop the St. Lawrence Division.

Jr. Ravens season ends after pair of losses VANKLEEK HILLâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; The St, Thomas Aquinas junior boys basketball team took a pair of losses in Vankleek Hill at a tournament on Dec. 5 at Vankleek Hill Collegiate. The boys opened with a 31-20 loss to the hosts from VCI. The team was in tough against a team that was just bigger and tougher than the Ravens. The Ravens then concluded with a 34-14 loss to St. Francis Xavier. It was a match the Ravens thought they matched up well in but things simply did not go their way. The losses mean the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s season is officially done.

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Rolling out the dough for a roof From left, Scotiabank Russell staff Lisa RoyLapensee and Diane MacDonald with Russell United Church member Lynne Ransome and Minister Rev. Jack Lovejoy hold the boxes of rolled pennies from the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent penny drive on Dec. 7. Missing from the photo are Ray Ransome and Lynda Blanchard. This drive was part of their ongoing Raise the Roof fundraising efforts. In total, the drive ended with 217 rolls of pennies, plus some other change, totalling $210. Along with other recent fundraisers, like the recent trivia night held in September, the church has been able to raise over half the funds needed to pay for the roof repair. On Jan. 3, the church choir will be singing the national anthem at the Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 67â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game and are selling tickets for the game, as their next fundraiser â&#x20AC;&#x201D; $20 per adult, $15 for children. PJ Pearson Photo

Preserving heritage cemeteries Harry Baker Special to The Villager RUSSELLâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Yvonne Van Ruskenveld, former President of the Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria, British Columbia, spoke on Dec. 10, at the Keith M. Boyd Museum, about preserving old cemeteries. The presentation was hosted by the Russell Historical Society. Heritage cemeteries, like the North Russell Union Cemetery and Loucks Cemetery, as well as those owned and operated by local churches, tell the story of a community - who the earliest settlers were, who built the community over the years, who forms the community today. But a heritage cemetery isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just a passive record carved in stone. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a place for the living as well as the dead - people come to bury their loved ones, to revisit memories of friends and family members and to learn about both their own familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history and the history of the place where they live. Cemeteries are

sometimes called â&#x20AC;&#x153;gardens of stone,â&#x20AC;? which make them sound permanent and unchanging but cemeteries are vulnerable to a range of hazards. Gravestones and landscaping (grass, flowers, shrubs and trees) can be damaged by both natural events such as erosion, frost heaving and human activities of vandalism, pollution and vibrations from heavy trucks. Gravestones may erode, chip or fall over. If they fall, they may be irreparable, especially if they fall against another stone or a curb. A smashed gravestone cannot be repaired. Plants may die as a result of pollution and while some may be replaceable, others, like a century-old tree or an old rose bush, cannot be. Communities across Canada have recognized old cemeteries as valuable community heritage resources, as well as parklike settings for private contemplation and relaxation. These cemeteries are irreplaceable and must be protected.

Eamon Colvin Russell High School Student Special to The Villager RUSSELLâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Russell High School hosted its annual mock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oscarsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; award show on Fri., Dec. 7, Each year, students nominate and vote for their peers in a variety of categories that touched on the many facets of student life and the winners are presented with golden â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Barbieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dolls. However, the awards change slightly each year in order to include the diversity of students that exist at RHS. For instance, new this year was the

Ultimate Gamer award; intended for those deeply interested in playing video games as well the Twitter Fiend awardâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;for those who avidly use Twitter. However, Oscars is not entirely about the awards. The evening culminated with a school dance. In total there were 45 awards handed out, 15 categories for each of the three grade categories and two awards that were appointed as opposed to voted upon. The appointed awards are the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hall of Fameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;School Spiritâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; awards. The Hall of Fame award is given each year to a deserving staff member. This year the

award was given to the entire staff of Russell High School for their combined effort in making RHS a fantastic place to go to school. The School Spirit award was given to Stefanno Da Silva, a grade 12 Brazilian student in his second year at the school who has become an integral part of the school atmosphere. The theme of this year â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oscars was Winter Wonderland, which tied in nicely with the holiday season. The RHS cafetorium was fitted with a luxurious red carpet, a glamorous archway and festive lights and decorations that hung on the

walls and around the stage. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oscars was a great success, well received among the student body and marked a special landmark for Mr. Sean Addis, who is teacher, guidance a counsellor and the staff advisor for Russell Highâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s student council. This was Mr. Addisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tenth time helping organize Oscars and his creative energy and hard work were as evident as ever. Despite the fact that Oscars occurs every year, the enthusiasm of the students never ceases, which makes one think that Oscars will be part of Russell High School for many years to come.

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