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Prescott-Russell Landowners Meeting will be held on Feb. 7 at the South Plantagenet Hall Feb. 7 at 7:30 pm. Hockey Day in Russell celebrations start with the puck drop at the Arena on Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. More activities are planned for Feb. 9. See page 9 for more informatiom.

Scouts have Cdn. Jamboree in their sights Pamela Pearson Villager Staff RUSSELL — After much work and fundraising over the past year, the 2nd Russell Scout troop received notification on Jan. 25 that their registration fee to attend the Canadian Scout Jamboree in Sylvan Lake, Alberta this July was received and confirmed. Frances Rutherford, Scout parent and chair of the CJ 2013 campaign, noted that the community has been a great supporter of the youth who want to take the trip of a lifetime to meet Scouts from around the world. “But that isn’t all,� stated Rutherford,  “We are also pleased to welcome two composite units joining us on our CJ adventure - 1st Greely led by Scouter Matt Tucker with two youths along with 101st Ottawa led by Scouter Sara Walker with one youth.�  Continued on page 2

After nearly nine hours volunteer firefighters were still soaking down hotspots after a fire ripped through and destroyed the historic Eastern Ontario St. Albert Cheese Factory on Sun. Feb. 9. Crews will be on scene for the next few days to monitor Nelson Zandbergen Photo the site.

Fire rips through St. Albert Cheese Co-operative Pamela Pearson, Nelson Zandbergen, Darren Matte ST. ALBERT —Residents of this village are picking up the pieces after a fire on Sunday morning, Feb. 3, that ravaged the iconic 110-yearold St. Albert Cheese Cooperative plant. The co-op board has since indicated a resolve to quickly rebuild and proceed with this summer’s annual curd festival. According to media

accounts, interim cheese curd production will shift to the co-op’s facility in Quebec. On the day of the blaze, overcast skies kept the smoke from being visible too far away, but the billowing black plume could be seen upon closer approach to St. Albert — defined for generations by the cheese and curd brand bearing the village’s name. A water hose snaked its

way down St. Albert’s Rue Principale from the pump station on the banks of the South Nation River, and by noon the fire had engulfed the plant, with a bitter wind blowing smoke to the west. A small staff of five or six called 9-1-1 that morning, reporting the smell of smoke and then seeing it come from an attic area. First responders included Nation municipality fire departments in St. Albert and Limoges, plus

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Rockland, Hawkesbury, Crysler and Finch were assisting with the effort. Constantineau also confirmed that there were no injuries, and stated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no indication at this time of what started the blaze, and there has been no explosion. We were told that there were no chemicals in the building to cause an explosion, but houses around the factory have been evacuated.â&#x20AC;? Continued on page 12





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Fire prevention is good business

RUSSELL —The 2012 Aviva Community Fund Challenge announced the grand prize winners and among them was “Kaiden’s Care Kits for Cystic Fibrosis”, a project submitted by the Kin Club of Russell. Each year Aviva Insurance Corp. gives away one-million dollars to teams who submit projects aimed at improving their own community. Teams qualify for the finals based upon votes but the final decision as to which projects get funded is left up to a panel of judges who base their decision on a set of criteria as dictated by the rules of the competition. In 2011, the Kin Club of Russell and idea creator, Kin Helen Meinzinger, submitted their idea and qualified for the finals with the most overall votes in their category. Unfortunately the judges did not rule in their favour and Kaiden’s Care Kits received no funding. Kin Helen Meinzinger, mother of three-year-old Kaiden who suffers from cystic fibrosis, was determined not to let her dream

The fire this past weekend in St. Albert comthat p l e t e l y destroyed the iconic St. Albert Cheese factory is definitely a blow to that community in many ways. The factory employed 120 workers making it obviously the largest employer in the village; unfortunately, these workers are now simply out of a job until the factory rebuilds. It also held a value greater than the average manufacturing plant, it was also a local attraction and a part of the local heritage especially because the factory had been around for more than 100 years. many ways In Fromagerie St. Albert is the heart of St. Albert and defines this distinctive little village. Unfortunately this fire will also affect the local economy in a very negative way. Workers without jobs, the lack of income and local tax base all have far more long-lasting effects than the actual flames. Other businesses that support the cheese factory and suppliers have lost a customer, the workers will now have to look for jobs elsewhere and live on a reduced income until they find these jobs, and this will affect local merchants who rely on these people as customers. Even worse, some workers may simply leave the community if they find employment elsewhere.

All these negative repercussions from one single fire. That is why fire prevention is also good business. Not to say that Fromagerie St. Albert didn’t practise fire prevention, but this is an example of how a fire can have very longlasting effects to a community and its residents. Fire prevention is unfortunately something most businesses only address when they are forced to, usually by a local building inspector and is often considered a nuisance. But ask any business owner who has had to live through a fire and goes through the rebuilding process, this is not something they want to repeat again. Businesses should not only look at fire prevention, but they should also be prepared in case a fire does occur; offsite document archives, off-site computer backup systems and copies of legal documents kept in a safe place can all be saviours if a fire does occur. Additionally having proper and accurate inventory of stock and equipment can be extremely important when dealing with the settling of an insurance claim. Let’s hope Fromagerie St. Albert is back up and running very soon, I’m sure we will all look forward to tasting our locally made cheeses once again. And let’s face it, poutine won’t be the same without those famous curds.

of national distribution die. Cystic Fibrosis With Canada on board and ready to launch a pilot project, Helen reached out to Cory Young, of Rhodes & Williams, and asked if they would once again support the Kin Club of Russell and Kaiden’s Care Kits entry into the competition, a request they couldn’t say no to. Once again a submission was made and Team Kaiden’s Care Kits set about soliciting support from the community of Russell, Kin Canada and the Cystic Fibrosis community. In all some 1,500 projects were submitted to the competition, each one hoping to qualify for the final 30 to receive consideration by the judges. This year the never-saydie attitude paid off. Kaiden’s Care Kits qualified for the finals and was one of only 11 teams to receive their full grant amount of $35,000. On average, every week in Canada two children are born with, and one person dies from cystic fibrosis. The kits provide much

Slots at Raceway funding ends Lois Ann Baker Villager Staff Writer TORONTO – With the March 31, 2013 OLG Slots at Raceways Program deadline fast approaching, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation has announced that it has reached lease agreements in principle with eight more of the 14 slot locations in Ontario, including Rideau Carleton Raceway. The slots-at-raceway issue has been ongoing since the Government of Ontario decided that it would cancel the program causing concerns over the future of the horse-racing industry and prompting protests through-

out the province. Approximately $1.7-billion is generated by slots at private racetracks with about $345-million of that going to the horse-racing industry, $80-million going back into the municipality, and the provincial government receiving $1.1-billion. In a report from a threepanel committee to the Ontario government last December, the committee stated a viable horse-racing industry was not feasible without some form of public support, thus going against the governments recommendation of removing the slots program. Continued on page 10

Kaiden sends out a big thank you Three-old-Kaiden is seen here thanking the community for their support, allowing the Kaiden Care Kits for newborns diagnosed with cystic fibrosis to be selected as one of 11 full grant winners of the 2012 Aviva Community Fund Challenge. Courtesy photo including medical, support and education materials. The Kin Club of Russell and Kaiden’s family appreciate the support of Aviva, the community of Russell, Rhodes & Williams, Cystic Fibrosis Canada and Kin Canada members Canadawide and the Smiths Falls “Fill the Pool’ Team for their assistance in bringing this dream one step closer to reality.

needed medical supplies, support and information to Canadian families of newborns diagnosed with this potentially fatal genetic disease that attacks the respiratory and digestive systems. The Aviva funding provides for development and delivery of 100 kits to be issued over a one-year period to clinics and families across Canada. The kit contains 24 essential items,

Jamboree 2013 Continued from front Rutherford went onto say that troops have joined in previous events and are all looking forward to working together. Five leaders in total - John Rayson, Bill Goodwin and Greg McGinnis, along with Tucker and Walker, will be making the trip with the youth to make sure they don’t get off the hiking path. “The work isn’t done yet” states Rutherford as she and co-chair Margaret Grohmann, along with the CJ youth and their families, plan for the upcoming Spring Fling Gala: Vegas Style, in partnership with the Russell Kin Club on March 23 at the Russell High School to help raise the additional funds necessary for the trip.  The gala includes a dinner, dance and both silent and live auctions with Senator Vern White as the keynote speaker. Gala organizers are seeking support in the form of sponsorships or donations of items for prizes and silent auction items for the event to subsidize the cost of the trip. There are four levels of sponsorship available: Chief Scout, Pathfinder Scout, Voyageur Scout and Pioneer Scout.  To make a donation or beome a sponsour please contact Janine Henderson at 613-443-0984 or email: Tickets will be available through local vendors shortly. Please check the website for updates:





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This week in Russell County In the week of Jan. 28 to Feb. 5, Russell County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to 224 occurrences. Nineteen were collisions, 16 were alarms and seven were domestic disputes with 22 concluding in accusations and, as a result, 22 persons were charged with various offences.

Update-Fire in St. Albert ST. ALBERT â&#x20AC;&#x201D; OPP are still working closely with the Office of the Fire Marshal of Ontario in trying to determine the cause of the fire that destroyed the St. Albert Cheese Factory. The scene security parameter is still in effect and OPP are still protecting the scene and ensuring that public security is maintained. The investigation is ongoing and the OPP would like anyone who has information on this fire to contact the Russell County OPP Crime

Unit at the Embrun office at 613-443-4499. Domestic CASSELMANâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; On Feb. 1 OPP responded to a domestic dispute on Dollard St. in Casselman. After speaking with the female and a male, it was determined that the female was assaulted. A 44year-old male from Casselman will have to appear in court to answer to the charges of: Assault Causing Bodily Harm, Assault and Assault with a weapon Speeding â&#x20AC;&#x201D; OPP CHENEY

Constable Michael Lavallee was on patrol on Drouin Road in Cheney on Jan. 28 while following up on complaints from residents of Cheney for the speeding problem on their street. At about 10:15 a.m. the officer clocked a vehicle at 105 km/h in a 50 km/h zone. Philippe Trudel, 19 of Ottawa, will have to appear in Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Orignal Traffic court on for the charge of racing a motor vehicle. His driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s licence was seized and suspended and the vehicle was impounded for seven days

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Local farm showcases local talent Kitty Italiano and Daniel Fewtrell, owners of Few Acres Farm on Leclerc Road in Russell, hosted their first farm concert of 2013 on Jan. 26 featuring Trevor Alguire, above. Alguire is a local talent hailing from Kars, and stopped by the farm while on tour for his new CD release which has taken him from Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Arts Centre, through Europe and back again. Courtesy Photo

ST. ALBERT â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Due to the recent fire at the St. Albert Cheese Factory, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit is advising resident not to drink or use the water as ground water may have been contaminated. Until further notice, residents should use bottled water or an alternative source of safe water for drinking, making ice cubes, juice or other mixtures, preparing baby food or infant formula, food preparation including washing fruit and vegetables, gargling, brushing

Try Hybrid Training Dr. Darrell Menard Special to The Villager Most of us have heard about hybrid cars, hybrid plants and maybe even hybrid animals but what the heck is hybrid training.  Hybrid training is a very smart injury prevention strategy in which you combine different physical fitness activities in the same workout.    This is different from cross training where we encourage people to vary the type of physical exercise they do during the week.   For example, running and swimming on alternating days.   One of cross trainingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest benefits is reducing your risk of injury by not subjecting your body to the same stresses every day.   Hybrid training is a lot like cross training except that you can reduce your risk of injury by combining different activities in the same workout.   Some examples of hybrid training include doing a 60 minute workout where you power walk the first 30 minutes and run the last 30 minutes; rollerblading for 40 minutes and ending the workout with a 25 minute swim or running

five kilometres and jumping on your bike and cycling an additional 20 km. Hybrid training makes a lot of sense especially for people who, for whatever reason, are unable to tolerate longer workouts doing the same activity.  An all too common example of this would be the aging runner who has mild osteoarthritis in his or her knees.   This person is currently very fit but finds that if they run more than five kilometres their knees start to hurt and they suffer for several days after the workout.  The person is concerned that if they limit their runs to five kilometres or shorter they will have no joint pains but will start to lose the physical fitness they worked so hard to develop.   By hybridizing their running workout with some form of low impact activity such as power walking, cycling, swimming, rowing or elliptical running they can extend their aerobic workout to the point where they feel they are getting a great workout.   Joint wear and tear isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only reason to try hybrid workouts.  Runners who are recovering from an injury

can use hybrid training to gradually increase the distances they run while not losing their aerobic fitness.  People who like to swim but get bored if they swim too far can combine their swimming with another activity.   Perhaps you get injured more often if you row for too long but are fine if you row less and combine it with a short run. Maybe you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any where you can cycle safely for more than 10km and so you can replace bike rides by power walking on the treadmill.   It really doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter why you elect to hybrid train, the point is that hybrid training is a very smart way to reduce your risk of injury while at the same time ensuring you get a good workout.  Give hybrid training a try, it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t improve your carâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gas mileage but you may be surprised how much you enjoy staying fit using this strategy.    Exercise is medicine!  

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It is not a new subject in this editorial column that communication to ratepayers in the township is irregular, and perhaps even unbalanced. Naturally, there are standards to government communications, lest they suffer the wrath of disgruntled citizenry, starting with the town crier, and edicts posted in the town centre in days gone by. The principle underlying the town crier is that everyone’s attention was drawn to the message broadcast, and the poster was left for everyone to see. Modern employment realities dictate that the town crier had to disappear and become a job description for historic villages, replaced by a communications department of some sort. Modern communication demands spins on messages, and proper employment of media to distribute messages. Newspapers feature prominently in ensuring the written message is received, as do postings in the town halls, but websites and direct mailings also do some of the work. I need to declare at this point that the news that Russell Township has decided to use only Le Reflet / The News as its sole source of written advertising means that The Villager has lost a revenue source. The primary decision to use Le Reflet / The News for public notices is that it is delivered free to every home as part of the weekly Flyer Force pack and that it is bilingual. The subject of municipal financial decisions will always be fodder for gossip and ridicule, and this decision will be no different. Taking apart the decision, one can see that the breadth of distribution of the messages is, in theory, more complete in the flyer pack. In terms of expense, the per-message cost is reduced as only one paper is dealt with. One potential flaw negating the distribution might be how many people actually look for a newspaper among the flyers. So, that leaves the expenses, which like the garbage bag tag change, appears to be minimal and thus questionable in the long run. The bottom line is that the local English language paper is no longer being used to communicate messages, forcing residents to use the competing bilingual paper. One could extrapolate that a bilingual language sign bylaw has now been augmented by a forced use of bilingual media for official communications. Personal choice as to how one gets their news has been circumvented if one is to remain active in civic affairs. Imagine how residents of Toronto would feel if they were forced to get public messages from only one of their newspapers. Language isn’t the limiter in that environment – politics is – but the impact would be the same – outrage that choice was diminished and that one political ideology was chosen over the other. Again I wonder how much it cost, in the form of time and effort, for our salaried administrators to try to figure out how to save the relatively small extra sum paid to ensure their messages received maximum effective distribution. Those salaries are getting a raise, and one must wonder where that money comes from, and how it will be found in future budgets. Pamela J Pearson

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Down but far from out I didn’t feel like making the short trip just before Christmas but considering Sunday’s shocking disaster, am I ever glad I did. The trip was to the St. Albert Cheese Factory. My daughter Victoria talked me into going to the source to pick up some cheesy gifts for someone special on our list. I hadn’t been there for awhile and, as usual, was impressed by the shop decorated for the season, the many varieties of cheese beckoning from the coolers, and by the spotless, stainless steel processing plant that visitors could view through interior windows. Along with some garlic cheese and old cheddar, we bought a chunk of “Franco”, the maple-infused variety the factory created to celebrate its FrancoOntarian traditions. Naturally, we picked up some famous St. Albert curds, a daily customer pleaser in many food stores way beyond Eastern Ontario. Who goes to the factory without walking away with a least one bag of squeaky delicious fresh cheese bits even if you were there for something else? It’s a reward for doing the drive. It was to be the last time I saw the old co-op factory intact. The next time I was there was Sunday. The beloved institution, the financial and cultural centre of life in St. Albert and surrounding area since the 1890s, had been reduced to a pile of charred and smoking rubble, throwing more than 100 area residents out of work. Victoria couldn’t believe it when I told her the sad news. I had to repeat it. “But we were just there,” she said forlornly. On a lone happy note, no one was killed or injured. The grim scene was crisscrossed by as many as 70 volunteer firefighters from six stations focused on preventing the blaze from spreading to nearby homes. I didn’t knock on doors to find out for sure, but some of those homes belong to employees of the factory. Or the occuThe Editor: The bourgeoisie are at it again! I opened my mail this week, only to find a bank statement – a bank statement containing a 12 dollar account maintenance fee! It is time that Russell’s 99 per cent (all two dozen of us) voice our demands to those Concession Street bankers! How can we, as a people, effectively voice our anti-capitalist opinions to the top 1 per cent? We must Occupy Russell, of course! I am summoning the 99 per cent to convene upon Russell’s financial district (basically,

pants are relatives of employees, or co-op members, or maybe descendants of the original founders, a group of dairy farmers who opened the plant in the late 1890s. St. Albert is a place steeped in cheese. Its history is intertwined with the milk products made here for five generations. When you mention the village to anyone east of Ottawa, an image of the factory immediately springs to mind. Denis Champagne is a typical St. Albert resident. I spotted him standing on his main street front porch on Sunday having a cigarette, watching smoke billowing from the cheese plant a few blocks away. While Champagne doesn’t work at the factory now, he apprenticed there as a high school student, worked there in summers, and full time for a year. He points to the homes of neighbours employed at the plant. Not only is it a tremendous loss for St. Albert, he says, but for all of Eastern Ontario, which has become very dependent on a regular fix of curds and other products made at the factory. Champagne insisted the spirit shown by the founders of the co-op would prevail and the factory would be rebuilt in short order. Working the cash at the local depanneur was Susanne Taillon who pointed out, sadly, that the only competition was the store in the factory. She expects business to continue as usual despite the fire because cheese plant employees would need to make their purchases despite being out of work. Not only is St. Albert Cheese Factory a multi-million dollar business bastion, it’s a cultural mecca for FrancoOntarians, and a tremendous promoter and supporter of regional agriculture. When the International Plowing Match came to Prescott-Russell in 2011, the co-op lined up first with a major sponsorship. And the popular annual Curd Festival introduced at the factory several

years ago simultaneously boosts agriculture and local culture. For more than 100 years, the co-op has demonstrated what can be accomplished in Ontario working primarily in French. In its latest venture to promote the language and culture, the co-op donated 65 acres of land fronting on the South Nation River for development of an early settlement recreating the customs and times of the pioneers from Quebec who settled the area. There’s no word yet on whether the project will be delayed because of the fire and the co-op’s need to re-focus on its future. Speaking of the South Nation, the coop is also known for its environmental consciousness. Over the past several years it has donated $50,000 to the South Nation Conservation Clean Water Program and is considered a valued partner in watershed enhancement. As SNC General Manager Dennis O’Grady observed: “It’s hard to picture Eastern Ontario without the St. Albert Cheese Factory”. As Champagne knew instinctively, that won’t be the case. The board of directors has already announced its intention to raise a new plant from the ashes within a year. Long-time manager Rejean Ouimet was even talking about that likelihood Sunday at the scene of the fire. I guess you’ll be putting your retirement plans on hold, eh Rejean?

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around the bank and the post office) and to camp out until we get the recognition we deserve! I understand we are a little late joining in on the occupy movement (the internet here is slow, and I haven’t had Twitter for that long), but as they say, it’s better late than never! Taylor Brown Russell The Editor: On behalf of Canadian Blood Services and the Russell Village Women’s

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Institute, our sincere thanks to all those who came out on such a blustery night,  to support our biannual blood donor clinic.   One hundred and seven donors attended the clinic, which included a number of first time donors. Congratulations to the many donors who reached milestone donations! We must acknowledge and thank those whose generosity make each blood donor clinic successful – St. Thomas Aquinas High

School, Pronto RJ’s Convenience, The Villager, Cochrane’s Dairy, Giant Tiger, Russell Lions and Jack McLaren. Over 52 per cent of Canadians will need blood during surgery, cancer treatments, for anemia and many other procedures; your help in maintaining local blood supply is essential to all of our lives. A huge thank you to all our neighbours in Russell and Embrun for giving the gift of life. Judi Hubbard, President Russell Village Women’s Institute

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Molenaars see red in a black and white world Pamela Pearson Villager Staff RUSSELL — At the beginning of each year, the Holstein Association of Canada honours its next crop of Master Breeders with the Master Breeder Shield Award. Bert and Wendy Molenaar, owners of Berwen Holsteins, were recognized because of their superior and rare red Holsteins. Canadian Red and Whites became eligible for herdbook registration in 1969 with the red as their suffix, but it wasn’t until 1976 that the breed was combined with the traditional black and white for official registration. Wendy’s family

bloodline at Alidale Farms in Sunderland. Molenaar went with it, and now they have a herd of 90 Holsteins, with 35 in production. The Berwen herd is birthing 15 to 19 females on average per year, according to Holstein Canada data. One bovine, Berwen Inquirer Eclipse (EX 91 3E 7*), and her descendants have now been on the farm for four generations. Granduc Intensifier Lily (VG 87 9*) and Alidale Horizon Lena (VG 87 9*) are also multi-generational heifers who produce superior calves. When asked what they enjoy most about the breeding process, the couple

Wendy, an avid photographer, can be regularly seen at the showring’s edge taking photographs of cows and their white-uniformed masters, also taking the calves out for walks to capture them in a farm environment. Her work has graced various magazine covers after submission to various competitions. Each Master Breeder Shield recipient received a letter of congratulations from Ontario Holsteins General Manager Jason French, recognizing their many years of great dedication to a sound breeding program. The Ontario branch is hosting a Master Breeder

Convention in Niagara Falls in April. The award, which recognizes distinguished breeders among their peers, made its debut in 1929. Considered the pinnacle of success for any Holstein

Canada member, over 900 have been bestowed through the decades. The Molenaars were among the latest crop of 21 announced on Jan. 11 — 14 many of them first-time recipients.

“These ‘Master’ breeders are recognized for having the best ratio for breeding cows that possess the complete package— high production and outstanding conformation, with high proficiency in reproduction, health, and longevity,” Holstein Canada announced in a press release.

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Reds win Master Sheild Wendy and Bert Molenaar, of Berwen Holsteins in Cumberland, received Master Breeder Award honours from Holstein Canada and Ontario Holstein on Jan.16. The pair stand with their three-year-old heifer Mitey P Embassy Red. Embassy, a rare red holstein, was has classified Very Good as a two year old and with her first lactation produced 10,833 kg of milk, 443 kg of fat, 405 kg of protein and her Breed Class Average is 226-243-260. PJ Pearson Photo originally ran the Molenaar farm, which she and her husband — parents to Jordan, Lydia and Rhea — took over in the early 1990s. In 1993, when just starting to grow a herd of black and white dairy cattle, the couple was surprised by the birth of a red calf. Although it was completely by chance, it has been a family tradition of sorts to breed reds, as Molenaar’s father, Teunis, is himself a developer of the crimson

agreed it was looking forward to the next red heifer calf and the continuation of superior red and white genetics down through the generations. Besides farming, the family has been active in the Russell County Milk Committee and the RussellCarleton Holstein Club, the Russell County Dairy Herd Improvement Committee, as well as volunteering for various children’s activities, from hockey to 4-H.

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Recognition evening on Feb 26. The Holstein Association of Canada Chief Executive Officer Ann Louise Carson also issued heartfelt congratulations to the honorees, stating, “You will forever be mentioned amongst the most influential breeders in the phenomenal history of the Holstein breed in Canada.” Recipients will receive their Shields at the 2013 National Holstein





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MOUNTAIN â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Nation Valley ATV Club is holding its first ever Ride for Dad on Mar. 2. The Club is the first Ride for Dad ATV Chapter in Canada. Ride for Dad started out as a motorcycle event in 2000 in Ottawa to raise funds for research and awareness for prostate cancer. The event has now grown to include 36 motorcycle, ATV, watercraft and snowmobile events across

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Canada. To date they have raised close to $11-million. All of the proceeds from this event will go to prostate cancer research and awareness in the Ottawa area. Cost for participation is $30 and includes lunch, dinner and the opportunity to win prizes. The ride begins at the Mountain Township Agricultural Hall in South Mountain. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with a departure time of 10 a.m. However, you must be pre-registered to attend. Pre-registration will take place at the Ottawa Boat & Sportsman Show at the CE Centre in Ottawa or online at

Tish Barbosa, on Feb. 2, shaves off the hair of Michael Bates of Vernon at the 5th annual HaiRaiser fundraiser at held at the Metcalfe Lionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Den. With a final count of nine head shaving, six dyeings and donations from those who â&#x20AC;&#x153;just want to give back, over $3,000 will be donated the Eastern Ontario Wish Foundation. HaiRaisers is still accepting donations. Email Kim Sheldrick at PJ Pearson Photo


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OLG Continued from page 2 However, they did recommend not to reinstate the program. To offset monetary losses, the panel recommended dropping the number of live race dates to about 800 across the province, and acknowledged the industry would require government investment and support. In order for the industry to survive the minimum number of tracks required is six. The Ontario government also announced that in its efforts to provide a sustainable horse-racing industry, it will provide funding to the Woodbine Entertainment Group, the province’s largest provider of horse-racing, and is expected to have agreements in place with other racetracks in the coming weeks. The agreement with WEG, however, is a shortterm one, lasting only two years. According to the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association, the industry is facing an uncertain future because of the OLG’s plans to expand operations that are in direct competition with the horse-

racing industry and by excluding them from any future gaming strategy. In a news release, MPP for Oxford and PC Critic for Agriculture, Food and Affairs, Ernie Rural Hardeman said comments made by the Minister of Agriculture were further evidence that the government’s actions have damaged the horse-racing industry. Hardeman was referring to the comment made by Ted McKeekin to the Hamilton Spectator when he said “....when I see issues like the horse-racing issue, I think our government dropped the ball.” “The decision to end the slots at racetrack programs without consulting the industry has already had a huge negative impact on both farms and rural businesses,” said Hardeman in the release. Hardeman went on to say that with the horse racing industry being responsible for 60,000 jobs, they deserved to be consulted before the decisions were made. “Simply acknowledging that it was an error 10 months later, after the industry is already seeing the impact, is not enough,” he said. “When OGL announced its modernization plan back

in March of 2012 we had asked the government to decouple us from the existing slots at racetrack policy,” said Tony Bitonti, OLG spokesman. The policy was that in order to expand gaming in the province it can only be done by building a slot facility at a racetrack. Bitonti said they were asking the private sector to take over day-to-day operations of the facilities by putting up capital and possibly expanding and/or build, but couldn’t do that if they were limited to racetracks. “We had to give them options,” said Bitonti. He added that when they asked for the decoupling, the government went a little further and cancelled the slots at racetrack funding which amounts to about $345-million annually. “Right from the beginning we always said we were not closing the slots down, the private sector is going to have to take over and decisions will have to be made,” he said. The decisions will have to include the private sector, the city and the OLG. As for the racetracks who have not yet signed lease agreements, Bitonti said they were in negotiations with them.

With the Slots at Raceways Program ending, the OLG is moving slots into bingo halls, though they are not calling them slot machines but “play-ondemand” machines according to a recent article on the Standardbred Canada website. However, the terminals are self-contained, have computer generated symbols that look like slot machines, have names like slot machines and they act like slot machines in that they take cash and return payout receipts. It would be expected that these bingo halls with slots would be located somewhere away from existing casinos and gaming facilities, but the initial six facilities are within 40 km of existing gaming facilities, and some as close as 2 km away. With 61 new facilities planned to get these slots, 29 new casinos are at risk of losing revenue with this new competition. The Canadian Gaming Association has openly supported this strategy, but of the 13 members, seven represent foreign-based producers and manufacturers of slot machines and gaming devices. On the other hand, the horse-racing industry has no representation, said the article.

WDMH sleep lab to study tired disorders WINCHESTER — Winchester District Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce a new Sleep Lab is being added to the list of clinical services available for local communities. WDMH has teamed up with Hospital Alliance Group to offer this important service close to home. The Sleep Lab will operate in the Dillabough Building from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. from Monday to Friday. Overnight sleep studies will help diagnose a wide range of sleep disorders, from insomnia and sleep apnea, narcolepsy and night movement disorders such as limb movement disorder. As the demand for service increases, it is expected the service will expand to seven nights a week. “Hospital Alliance Group is pleased to be working with WDMH. We know that sleep disorders affect 15 to 20% of the population and if left untreated can result in higher risks of diabetes, heart disease, impotence,

depression and arrhythmias. Sleep disorder patients also may have daytime sleepiness which increase motor vehicle accidents, work related accidents, poor job performance and decreased quality of life,” adds Lino Di Nardo, President of Hospital Alliance Group. “WDMH is continually looking for ways to better serve our communities and the sleep lab will be a great benefit to local residents,” notes Lynn Hall, Vice President, Clinical Service and Chief Nursing Executive. “We spend about one third of our life sleeping, and sleep is important to help repair and restore our bodies. Our specialists at the Sleep Lab look forward to helping you manage any sleep related ailment and will provide guidance in the treatment of such disorders.” Patients should speak to their family physician for a referral to the Sleep Lab.

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Local vet felt OLG pinch in 2012 Equine Veterinarian Dr. Garth Henry, left, owner of Russell Equine Veterinary Service, is a breeder of Standardbred race horses on his Hamstan Farm. Henry is well known in his field of medicine and provides his services to the racehorses at Rideau Carleton Raceway and has already began to feel the purse string being knotted when the funding announcemnet was made last summer. PJ Pearson Photo

Hawkesbury’s Tulmar awarded LAV CF contract HAWKESBURY — Pierre Lemieux, Member of Parliament for GlengarryPrescott- Russell, on behalf of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie), announced a significant subcontract that will play an important role in providing the Canadian Army with a new and improved fleet of Light Armoured Vehicles III. Tulmar Safety Systems, Inc. of Hawkesbury was awarded the $2.29 million subcontract by General Dynamic Land Systems – Canada in support of the Light Armoured Vehicle III

Upgrade Project. “Today’s announcement demonstrates our continued support of our brave men and women in uniform and of skilled Canadian workers — including right here in Hawkesbury,” said Mr. Lemieux. “Our investments will provide our troops with the modern equipment they need to conduct their missions safely and effectively for many decades to come.” Mr. Lemieux continued, “As a local employer, Tulmar plays a key role in creating local jobs and strengthening our regional economy. I congratulate Tulmar and their employees on having won this important subcontract and I wish them every success.”

“Our investments in renewing the Canadian Armed Forces’ capabilities on land, sea and air are building a first-class, modern military that is ready to take on the challenges of the 21st Century — while supporting Canadian workers across the country,” said Minister Valcourt. Tulmar Safety Systems, Inc. will be providing General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada with sight covers to be integrated in the newly designed Light Armoured Vehicle III. Tulmar Safety Systems, Inc. has been working with General Dynamics Land Systems — Canada for over 20 years, supplying production components on the

original Light Armoured Vehicle – Armoured Personnel Carrier build of 650 vehicles. “Canadian soldiers need the best tools for the job and deserve the best vehicle we can give them,” said Danny Deep, vice president of General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada. “The LAV III Upgrade Project will enhance the LAV III fleet’s survivability, operational capability and long-term performance. With our Canadian design and manufacturing base and over 500 suppliers located in every province of Canada, we are proud to say that the best armoured vehicles in the world are made in Canada.”

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Vikings fill Lions’ net CASSELMAN— The Casselman Vikings made a statement to any of their potential first-round playoff opponents on Jan. 31 against Morrisburg, in Casselman. The Vikings efforts showed that if they want, they can fill a net with pucks and pepper a goaltender with shots. Not only did the Vikings put up 16 against the Lions, they also threw 70 shots on the Lions’ net. Maxime Choquette got things started for the Vikings 3:13 into the first, making it 1-0. Sam McLaughlin then extended the lead just before the midway point of the period. Joel Adam got in on the action making it 3-0. The Lions cut into the lead with 6:32 to go in the first when Peter Ketcheson found the of the net. back Unfortunately, that was it for the Lions’ offence. McLaughlin added his second less than a minute later and then Maxime St-Pierre capped off the first-period, scoring a power-play goal with 2:35 to go before the buzzer, 5-1 after one.

The game remained 5-1 until midway into the second period. Adam Wensink got on the board making it 6-1. Taylor Widenmaier then twine. Damien found

Charette became the seventh different Viking to score, with 6:40 to go and then Choquette scored his second making it 9-1 heading to the third.

Joel Adam led the way for the Vikings with a sixpoint night (a goal and five assists) on Jan. 31 against the Morrisburg Lions in Casselman. Casselman blew out the Lions 16-1. Matte photo

Jets get much needed win over Knights; playoff hopes weakened by Castors METCALFE – It may be flickering, but the dream is still alive in Metcalfe as the Jets rallied to snap a fivegame losing streak with a 53 win over the Ottawa West Golden Knights, in Ottawa on Jan. 31, and crawled within five points of the final playoff spot in the Metro Division of the EOJHL. The Jets, who are by and large happy to say goodbye to the month of January, never trailed in the game that featured a hat trick from Matt Shaheen and a two-goal performance from team trigger man David Kilrea. Metcalffe 5 Ottawa West 3 Metcalfe opened the scoring at 2:39 when Shaheen converted a perfect cross-ice feed from Thomas Mansbridge. Captain Glenden Bakker was awarded the second assist on the goal. Kilrea picked up his first of the night on a nice touch pass from Kyle Downey to extend the Jets lead to 2-0 after the opening frame. Ottawa responded with two of their own in the second period as the flow of the game changed in the Golden Knights favour with Metcalfe having to deal with

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three consecutive penalties. With the Jets on their heels for the most of middle 20 minutes, Ottawa capitalized with goals by Martin Desouza and Philip Edgar setting up an important third period for both teams. Kilrea scored his second of the night at 7:57, with helpers to Downey and Daniel Abraham to give the Jets the lead again to open the third period. Ottawa was not laying down however, as just 11 seconds later the Knights responded tying the game 3-3 on a rebound tap in by Nick Kujawa. Metcalfe kept pressing and Shaheen potted the eventual game winner at 11:41 with help from Derek Varrin and Marc Hough. Shaheen then sealed Ottawa’s fate at 19:39 with the Jet’s fifth tally with assists credited to Mansbridge and Scott Fleming. Metcalfe picked up 17 minutes of penalty time on seven infractions while Ottawa visited the box three times for six minutes in total. Eric Drouin earned the win for Metcalfe stopping 31 of 34 shots while Knights net-minder JJ Pristanski absorbed the loss stopping

32 of 37 Jets shots. Metcalfe 2 Clarence 7 With the number of games remaining in the season shrinking rapidly, the Metcalfe Jets needed a win at home the following night, Feb. 1, against Clarence to close the gap on the fourth and final playoff spot, currently held by the Ottawa Golden Knights. The Castors would not co-operate however, as after a tightly played game for two periods, and the shots and chances in Metcalfe’s favour, Clarence erupted for five-consecutive goals in a five-minute span during the final frame en route to burying the hometown Jets 7-2. Up until the goal frenzy by the Castors, the game was following a similar pattern to most of the other matches between the two clubs with lots of chances and a score with the teams no more than a goal apart. The game was scoreless after one period of play and 2-1 in favour of the Castors after the second. The Jets outshot Clarence 53-31 during the game but could not convert their chances when they had the Castors on the run. Sebastion Dion led

The Vikings offense continued to pad their stats. Two minutes in, Sylvain Quesnel got the Vikings total to double digits. Luc Forget then stretched the lead to 11-1. St. Pierre, Wensink and Widenmaier then each picked up their second mak-

ing it 14-1. Kyle Beauchamp-Lalonde increased the lead to 15-1 with 6:15 to go and then with just six seconds on the clock, the player who started the scoring, Choquette, ended it with his hat-trick goal as it was finally over

Thierry Henry was the dish master for the Vikings in their 16-1 win over Morrisburg on Jan. 31 in Casselman. Henry finished the game with five assists.

for the Lions. The Vikings won 16-1. Alexandre Michaud was only tested 21 times but stopped 20 of those shots. The Lions’ tandem of Ryan Cooper and Zach Frawley faced a combined 70 shots. Cooper played just over two-thirds of the game allowing 11 on 54 shots; Frawley was tagged for five goals on 16. The Vikings finished the game 1-3 on the power play; Morrisburg was 0-2. Out of the 18 Casselman skaters, 15had at least one point. The Vikings had 10 players with multi-point games highlighted by Adam’s six-point night (one goal, five assists) and fivepoint games by Choquette (three goals, two assists), Wensink (two goals, three assists) and Thierry Henry (five assists). Grant Cooper and Zach Renfrew added assists for the Lions. This week the Vikings wrap up their season by hosting Char-Lan on Feb. 7, followed by a trip to Alexandria on Feb. 9.

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Clarence with a hat trick and singles were credited to Jeremie Gauthier, Nick Draper, Bruno Cheff, and Brennan Tousignant. Nathan Avery picked up both goals for Metcalfe with assists earned by Kilrea, Mansbridge, Dawson Fisher and Ryan Pike. Both teams found themselves in the penalty box eight times with Clarence capitalizing twice on the power play while Metcalfe came up empty with the man advantage. Former Jet Ryan McLaughlin earned the win for Clarence between the pipes, and Eric Drouin and back-up Jordan Vachon were tagged with the loss. This week the Jets play a special game in Russell on Feb. 8, to open up Hockey Day in Russell, against the Ottawa West Golden

Knights. Following that game, the Jets will travel to

Perth on Feb. 10 to face the Blue Wings.

Players from both Metcalfe and Clarence check out where the puck has ended up after a shot from the point during the second period of the Feb. 1 EOJHL game between Clarence and Metcalfe. The Castors broke the game wide open in the third period with five unanswered goals and posted a 7-2 victory.

Metcalfe Jets stopper Eric Drouin strains to see where the puck is located as two Golden Knights try and set up the screen during an EOJHL Metro Division tilt at the Barbara Ann Scott Arena in Ottawa on Jan. 31. The Jets earned a much-needed two points with a 5-3 win over Ottawa. Courtesy photos

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Beloved St. Albert factory burns Continued from the front Other emergency response departments onsite included the Russell County Ontario Provincial Police, UCPR ambulances and the Clarence-Rockland Air Mobile Unit. Also at the scene, Nation Mayor Francois St. Amour told The Villager that the devastation meant 120 jobs lost to the community. “The impact of this loss to this close knit community will be felt for a long time,” he said.

cern about a destination for their milk, noting their output has gone into the cooperative’s plant for 15 years. “We are redirecting the milk to a number of processors in the area, and we’re willing to work with St. Albert to facilitate any of their needs,” said Dairy Farmers of Ontario general counsel and director of communications Graham Lloyd. Speaking for the agency that controls milk production and supply in the province, Lloyd confirmed

in 1894. It was a very sad day for St. Albert, they often said, but accompanied with a resolve to pull together and rebuild the historic operation. By late Sunday afternoon, the news had circulated through area communities, emptying many local store shelves of the tasty curd and cheese varieties. Gordon Dean, whose family operates Mike Dean’s grocery stores in four Eastern Ontario communities, reported that sales of St. Albert Cheese prod-

Nation Municipality’s ‘west sector’ Fire Chief Aurèle Constantineau, a volunteer firefighter for 37 years was the head fire coordinator at the St. Albert Cheese Factory fire on Feb. 3. Prescott-Russell Warden René Berthiaume said in a press release: “This is a tragedy for the residents of St. Albert, for the Nation Municipality, and for the entire region. Our thoughts are with the 120 employees and their families as well as the proud artisans of this institution.” But the employees aren’t the only ones who will feel the impact. One local farmer and his wife, who dropped by the scene when they heard the news of the fire, voiced con-

on Monday that DFO officials had been in touch with co-operative representatives. DFO has in the past “dealt with similar situations” and accommodated the needs of processors that have suffered the setback of a sudden calamity, including fire, he said. “We want to work with them.” Local residents watched the smoke and flames with dismay. Many mentioned that generations of their families had worked at the co-operative, which opened

ucts surged 50 per cent on the day of the fire. The Dean grocery stores normally receive fresh St. Albert products five days a week, the co-proprietor pointed out, and he expected those fresh items — like curd — to sell out soon at current rates. However, he expressed confidence that St. Albert Cheese, being a well-run company, would quickly resume shipments of St. Albert-branded product. Dean said he understood the co-operative stores some

of its aged cheese products at other facilities, like Winchester. But the grocer had yet to hear from representatives of the co-operative, in the wake of the fire, he told The Villager Feb. 4. Co-operative President Denis Latour and General Manager Rejean Ouimet were unavailable for comment at time of publication. The impact of the event was communicated far and wide by social media. “It’s a sad day. I just lost my job this mornin’ because of this fire,” wrote Mariepier Marier in a post on the Chesterville Record’s Facebook page, sister publication to The Villager. “I’m crying !!!!!!!” wrote another poster, De Martini. “Yes, this is a very sad day for an icon of Eastern Ontario,” posted Darcy Neal Donnelly. Similar sentiments were expressed from even further afield. Ruth Wells of Mineville, Nova Scotia, commented online: "So sorry to read this — their cheese curd was awesome.” And Laura Covell of Kingston, similarly posted: "Can't believe St. Albert cheese factory has burnt down. Thankfully no one has been hurt. THE most amazing cheese curds!" Patrick Kearns also reflected on the St. Albert Cheese Facebook page: "A piece of my childhood memory gone. I remember on Sunday afternoons my Dad taking us to St. Albert for our weekly stash of curd and other cheese. To this day I could live on curd alone.” As of Monday, a smouldering pile of metal and

A challenge to get water to the site firefighters joined multiple hoses to run water up from the riverside pumping station. loading docks were all that was left of the factory’s front half as firefighters continued to monitor the fire. St. Albert firefighter Ray Lavergne told The Villager: "When I arrived at 10:45 a.m. there was smoke everywhere, and nothing we could do to save it. The building collapsed around 1 p.m. Flames were being put down, but were also moving from one area to another. It is terrible. It's crazy that this has happened." The successful manufacturer has been a long-time supporter of the region,

from hosting the annual August Curd Festival — started at their 100th anniversary in 1994 — to making continued donations to South Nation Conservation’s Clean Water Program. Funding from the co-op has helped implement 43 Clean Water Program projects in the region since 2004, including 12 in and around Nation Municipality in 2010. SNC on Tuesday issued a statement expressing its sympathies to the cheesemaker.


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