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A brief in time Pamela Pearson Villager Staff It is that time of year when the Christmas rush is over, we can relax and sit back to reflect on the past year, before ringing in another year, curious to what it will bring. In the begining, well the beginnning of 2012, Mayor J.P. St. Pierre had a bright outlook for the the townshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coming year asking residents to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Keep Calm and Carry On.â&#x20AC;? The budget had been passed and the famous bilingual sign bylaw case was about to go forth to

No shortage of snowmen

This snow family on George Street in Russell were caught waving good morning to passersby on Mon. Dec 24, just in time for a White Christmas. The family was one of many snowballed creatures found that day after the first big snowfall of the season. The week ended with Eastern Ontario residents digging in, and out, as substantial falls of snow were whipped around by strong winds. PJ Pearson Photo the Ontario Court of Appeal. Septic permits were taken over by the South Nation Conservation Authority from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, the Russell House Tavern got to see itself in the finished spaghetti western film Hell At My Heels and the curling Junior Provincials came to town.

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the Russell Meadows Retirement Community at the beginning of february to celebrate the long service of some of its ladies, including a special visit from Adelaide Hoodless herself (aka Mary Inglis). North Russell WI recognized Joyce Cherry, Ethel Hamilton,Marjorie Dugdalea,Baukje Bakker, Shirley Otto, Betty

Dugdale, Doris Prescott and Doris Graham. Members of 5 Cyclone Squadron Cadets got the ride of a lifetime when they boarded a brand new Canadian Forces CC - 130J Hercules Tactical Airlifter â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the newest addition to Royal Canadian Air Force fleet - for flight over the Ottawa River and the National Capital Region. Continued on page 2

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Russell Fire Department Fire Hall Tours W h o doesn’t like seeing fire trucks up close? Better yet how much fun is it to sit in the trucks and try on bunker gear? Well, one place this happens very often is at the Russell Fire Hall during one of our many hall tours. The Russell Fire Department conducts hall tours on a regular basis for many different groups. The Cubs and Beavers visit at least once every year and so do the Sparks and Brownies. We also have hockey teams visit on occasion as well. Hall tours are a great way for kids to see the equipment we have and get some explanation about how it works and what it is used for. Often we find that the adults are just as curious about the equipment as the kids but are more shy to admit it. Hall tours are just as fun for the firefighters who conduct them, as we get to show off the equipment that we have the privilege to care for. After all it is your equipment that we use! One great feature the Russell Fire Department has to offer during a hall tour is a visit to our Fire Safety Trailer. It may get put away for the winter months but that doesn’t mean it is out of service quite the opposite. We use the trailer in the hall just as we would during the summer months outside. Another aspect of conducting hall tours is that it gives us another opportunity to promote fire safety, as this is the basis of our public

interaction. Education and awareness on fire safety issues is a m a j o r responsibility for the Russell Fire Department and one that we take very seriously. These days firefighters in Russell are more likely to spend a higher percentage of our time dealing with the public at fire safety events than we do fighting fires, and if we continue to be successful with our education and awareness programs, we hope this imbalance will continue to grow. Our philosophy is that the best way to protect people from fires is to prevent having them in the first place. So who can arrange a tour of the fire hall and how do you do it? Well the answer to that is very easy. Anyone can arrange a tour and all you have to do is give us a call. If you have a family event or are involved with a group of any sort why not arrange an outing to visit us? Hall tours do not have to be for kids only; we can tailor our tour for adults as well. Another great feature about a tour of the fire hall is the cost - it’s absolutely free. The Russell Fire Department does not charge anything for hall tours. The only thing we ask is that we are able to promote fire safety matters and that you promise to apply these matters within your own homes. If you are interested in arranging a hall tour, give us a call at (613) 4453326.

This week’s Russell Fire Department Fire Safety Column is brought to you by RFD Fire Chief Bruce Armstrong.

A brief of time gone by Continued from the front The Winchester and District Memorial Hospital Foundation also celebrated 20 years in February, as Russell held it first Hockey Day in Russell event and the Kin Club of Russell dressed up greaser style to dance to the 50s and 60s - both these events are planned to be repeated in 2013. Sadly, February also seemed to be turned out a low production month for that sweet Canadian maple syrup, but the SNC did return for its 12th season with the ever poplular ever popular Maple Education Program. STA students followed suit as part of the Specialist High Skill program to make syrup from trees located in the back lot of the school, along with teacher Anne Jackson. Theatrics was also a big number in February as STA drama students entered into the National Cappies competition with And Then There Were None. The month closed out with township council members attending the 2012 Rural Ontario Municipal Association and Ontario Good Roads Association Conference in Toronto, the Russell Lion’s celebrating 65 years of community service with a dinner at the Russell High School and the United Counties of P-R starting to create an inventory of what the county has to offer in order to develop a cultural plan for the region. March 2012 entered in like a lamb, with typical snow and slush as the spring temperatures were testing the proverbial waters but warm weather records were broken during March break to be the warmest on record for Eastern Ontario, with temperatures hitting the mid to late 20s in some areas, only to head back towards zero at the end of the month with freezing rain and slush. The annual Russell Ladies Night Do It For Daron and youth mental heath was launched and the 85th Anniversary of the Ottawa Farm show was held at the CE Centre in Ottawa. Our local schools were starting awareness campaigns against bullying and Cambridge Public held its The Rainbow Holder and kindergarten concert, at Russell High, with much success. The Casselman Vikings were also very successful this year in Junior B hockey, winning their division in March only to continue on to win their conference and league titles over the next couple of months. The landmark analysis, Facing Our Fiscal Challenges, was released by the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC) in March as well, providing a snapshot of how federal, provincial and municipal governments will have had to work together to get rural communities on a more sustainable financial footing, and how to fund essential infrastructure maintenance over the next decade without increasing debt levels. March-end rounded out with the wait still on for a decision from three Ontario Appeals court justices regarding the bilingual sign debate between language activist Howard Galganov and Serge Brisson against the Russell Township. Continued on page 3

Art of Remembrance

Russell High School Grade 9 student Katla Raska and her black and white Remembrance Day drawing were Zone Winners in the Legion’s 2012 Poster and Literary contest. PJ Pearson Photos

DTDN! partners up Little did the region know that only a few months into 2012 TMESG would offer a second site for the proposed Capital Region Resource recovery Centre, but alas both Russell Dump The Dump Now! and Carlsbad Springs Dump The Dump Now Two! partnered up to defend the land against unwanted waste.

It’s almost time for moose milk again

Taken last year on Jan. 1, from left, Sergeant-at-Arms Keith Jones, Jocelyn and Mayor J.P. St. Pierre, and Legion President Hank Schippers, welcome the public at the door of the annual New Years Day Levee held at the Russell Legion. The afternoon event is an opportunity to provide the public with a chance to meet local dignitaries. PJ Pearson Photo

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2012 year in review continued from page 2 March closed out with some great hockey when Embrun Panthers captured their 16th NCJHL championship with a 6-3 win on March 29 over St. Isidore. The Panthers swept the series along with the semi- and quarter-finals to win 12 in a row on route to the title. Â As April rolled in, a petition of over 230 signatures was presented to Township Council on April 2 by local resident dairy farmer and Dairy Farmers of Canada VicePresident (Ontario) Ron Versteeg, who was joined by a large contingent of farmers and Dump the Dump Now! committee members to show their concern and strong opposition to the Taggart and Environmental Miller

Services Groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital Region Resource Recovery Centre. Two months later on June 6, TMESG offered up a second site for consideration to its environmental assessment process (EA) for a resource recovery and waste disposal facility located east of Boundary Road and south of Highway 417. This site although within the City of Ottawa boundary  and   near an existing industrial park set the stage for residents of Carlsbad Springs and area to object and join the fight with Russell Township residents. In other township news, Economic Development Director Daniel Gatien also proposed a business licensing bylaw that was met unfavourably at two public meetings, and was ultimately

Historic showing In the spring of 2012 Russell Meadows Retirememnt Community held a classic car and Victorian Fashion Show..

voted down by Council. Twenty-five St. Thomas Aquinas students participated in the 2012 Vimy tour and travelled to the Canadian National Vimy Memorial during the 95th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and visited other Canadian battle memorials, such as Juno Beach.  Springing forward through the month, the Winchester District and Memorial Hospital was graded as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;better than averageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of almost 600 acute healthcare facilities across Canada. demonstrating that it is a firstrate care facility and is considered a best-performing hospital among Eastern Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s similar-sized institutions. Russell Meadows Retirement Community celebrated their first anniversary;   Russell High School student body organized, and held, a fashion show to raise funds for the Relay For Life Cancer Walk; 2nd Russell Scouts started their fundraising by selling baked goods and collecting erecyclables for their 2013 Canadian Scout Jamboree trip to Albert this coming June and the   Russell Agricultural Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 9th annual Ladies Night dinner and auction raised $25,000 on April 27 for the Do It for Daron at the Royal Ottawa Hospital. The 2013 Ladies Night Gala will be held on May 3. In May 2012 the weather was definitely warming up as Eastern Ontario consistently felt   temperatures hit record highs. The highest scorcher was on May 20 at 32 degrees â&#x20AC;&#x201D; historically temperatures

Sober grads the safest On May 30, Grade 12 students at Russell High School took part in the mandatory Safe Grad Program. Kelci Fullerton is seen here being extricated from the vehicle by the Russell Fire Department. The potrayed drink driver accident is in partnership with the P-R OPP and Paramedics, RCMP and Coroners Office. have ranged in the high teens to low twenties. The Ottawa Valley Feed Growerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association also donated funds â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an annual tradition to give back to its community â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with some of the revenues from its farm show.  Beneficiaries included Kemptville Campus of the University of Guelph, 4-H programs, a fundraising golf tournament, each of 11 counties in Eastern Ontario, several field crop clubs, Royal Winter Fair-based Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame and CHEO. Laflèche Environmental Inc. of Moose Creek reached an agreement with the Township of Russell for the purchase of 20 acres within the 417 Industrial and Commercial Park, adjacent to the 417 highway to build a waste transfer facility; the Metcalfeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Farmers Market opened its doors for the season on May 12; Russell Lions Club then President Ted

Morrison was awarded the International Lions Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Membership Achievement Award; Governor-General David Johnston presented an Order of Merit to Ottawa Police Sergeant, Russell resident, Mark Houldsworth and students from Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary, STA and Chestervilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catholic Elementary School, celebrated together in a Walk of Faith for Catholic Education. Closing out the month of May, The Villager reported

on the official announcement by TMESG of the second dump site, the Russell Fire Department and the Russell Lions Club Fire Safety Checklist youth program and bicycle winners. The newest municipal building, a new multi-purpose storage and municipal dog pound celebrated its opening on May 22 and The Russell Association of the Performing Arts was busy prepping for its comedic production of The Kitchen Witches which ran last few days of May.

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Another year under our belts – A resolution for the next

As the year comes to a close, Russell is blanketed in snow, and looks clean and new. Mother Nature has given us some work, but has given us a clean canvas for the next year. But a blank canvas is not enough, and it is why we apply paint and periodically set them aside for some other priority or consideration of the next step. Our township budget is like that canvas. It is commissioned, bounded, and has rules to adhere to, like a perspective or theme. As with an unfinished painting, the voted down status of the township budget is an example of it being set aside for more consideration. Clearly some features of the finished product do not mesh with the priorities of the sponsor – the taxpayers. Priorities like efficient spending on services like waste removal, transportation, snow removal, and social / sporting facilities. From my perspective, the voted down budget was as unclear to the community as the whiteouts made the roads of the township during the storm. The unplowed roads, for those that braved an early commute, had one advantage – telephone poles to mark the way – fixed landmarks into the distance. Long-term planning, those landmarks to measure progress over time, appear inconsistent in the budget. Effective communication with the ratepayers is but one tool to reach the short-term and long-term planning goals that the budget supports. Upcoming infrastructure work in the village is a classic example of a budget item that will have huge ramifications on village life this spring and summer. We know it has to be done, we need it to be done to support what we have, but we do not know how it is to be implemented, and what the township has demanded of the contractor to preserve the functionality of the major thoroughfare in the village. While we commute through, as we tolerate traffic diversions through neighbourhoods, as buses try to get our kids to school on time, and families try to get to soccer, what foundations for long-term progress are being put into the ground to make it truly worth the effort? Before the paving is done, will the infrastructure to support stoplights at the village intersections be installed, or will we instead have to wait again as another contractor cuts open the paving later? The latter is how we usually do business, and inevitably we watch as the unsupported patches sink and become potholes. So much is unknown about this work, even by the businesses which will be most affected. So as we head into the New Year and make our personal resolutions, apply a little thought to those of Russell in 2013 and beyond. We pay for what we get after all, and the budget is how it will be spent. Because we pay for the planning and communication of the work, demanding improved communication from our municipal staff is one way to ensure that they have considered all the factors, so that at the end of 2013, the product, our Village, has the best foundation far into the future. Pamela J Pearson

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Dumpy new year! Area residents head into the New Year with the uneasy realization that Taggart Millar Environmental Services’ Terms of Reference for a mega-dump in either North Russell or south of Carlsbad Springs have been greenlighted by the Ministry of Environment. That’s right. Just before Christmas when few were paying attention, Environment Minister Jim Bradley notified the company that, a little more than two years after it first dropped the dump bombshell on unsuspecting residents, its terms were good to go. (In the interest of full disclosure I must at this juncture note, as I always do when I write about the grandly named Capital Region Resource Recovery Centre, that I live in the North Russell dump hot zone. I could be accused of a potential conflict of interest in questioning the rationale for installing a dump on a site with a lake at its core.) Before panic sets in at this news, let me emphasize that just because the terms are okay, it doesn’t mean the dump will necessarily go ahead. That point was made loud and clear in a letter to the company from Annamaria Cross, MOE’s manager of environmental assessment services. “The approval of the Terms of Reference does not amount to approval of the project,” Cross emphasized. In fact, TMES still has a long row to hoe before convincing officials, as Cross stated, that the project is “feasible.” The scariest part of this latest development in the dump saga is that, in approving the terms, Bradley ignored recent rejection of them by Russell Township council which recently told TMES to go back to the drawing board and to do it in French as well as English. If it wasn’t obvious before, it cer-

tainly is now that the local municipality will have little influence in the way the final dump decision plays out. With Ontario cities including Ottawa swamped by industrial, commercial, institutional, construction and demolition waste, the province is looking for new places to stuff the junk and is probably prepared to defy logic and common sense in securing them. Overriding local councils is no doubt the least of its concerns. The best opportunity the township will have in flexing its muscles against the CRRRC is when – if? - Taggart Miller arrives at the point in the process where it requires a zoning change from agriculture and aggregate to accommodate the project. Zoning is a municipal domain. However, if Russell rules against a change in order to block the project, TMES will appeal to Ontario Municipal Board, a provincial agency, which could easily overturn the local decision. Provincial dominance of what’s essentially a local issue also concerns Laurie McCannell, a leader of Dump the Dump Now since its inception two years ago. “I’d like to know what Russell and Ottawa politicians think of this, given they asked the minister to reject the Terms of Reference,” McCannell says. “They requested extensive changes to the terms and, apparently, they were left in the dark, not only about amendments quietly added in November, but about the decision itself.” She also wants to know if local politicians will “stand with the people” in opposition to the CRRRC at either site or “if the people are going to stand their ground minus substantive political support.” As Bradley indicated, approved Terms of Reference open the door for

the necessary Environmental Assessment of the project. On a positive note, he directed TMES to undertake public consultation during the next phase “sufficient to demonstrate that the needs of interested persons have been considered.” And, recalling that TMES committed to providing final copies of the main environmental assessment report in French as well as English, Bradley told the company it’s also required to host public consultation and conduct technical workshops in French. Taggart Miller must now evaluate the environmental risks of its proposal that, over two years, have been documented to be numerous. Bradley advised the company to remain in regular contact with MOE staff and to “make every effort to ensure that any issues are properly addressed.” Added Cross: “Taggart Miller will be responsible for demonstrating that it can clearly understand any potential impacts and it must complete sufficient studies to show this.” Just before I filed this column, CRRRC manager Hubert Bourque emailed to say it’ll take most of 2013 to complete the required studies. But first things first! A preferred site will be designated early in the next phase. Brace yourselves for what might turn out to be a dumpy New Year!

STA keeping active into New Year Allie MacIsaac Student Council President Special to the Villager The Christmas season is now upon us. For several weeks now, students of St. Thomas Aquinas have been filled with the joy of the season. From festive music in the hallways, Christmas concerts, to school-wide liturgies, STA is filled with the spirit of Christmas! In sports and fitness news, our junior girls’ basketball team has just captured first place in the Prescott-Russell

Championship on Dec.19! Our girls’ hockey team also won the PrescottRussell Championship. Way to go girls! Students have also been involved in fitness programs such as: co-ed Cross Fit Training which is held every Tuesday night, Yoga each Thursday night, as well as Rise and Shine Conditioning (for girls only) on Friday mornings. These programs help promote student health and fitness during the winter season. During March Break 2013, the STA Mission

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Team will be venturing South to Guatemala to lend support to an impoverished community. As this trip requires extensive planning and financial aid, the students who were chosen for this once in a lifetime opportunity have organized a number of fundraising events including bake sales and “popcorn Fridays”. Many St. Thomas Aquinas students have already stepped up to show their support for this worthwhile cause by supporting these fundraising efforts. Mission Team

members as well as the Chaplaincy Team recently gathered with hundreds of students from other schools for a two-day NET Retreat to interpret the Lord’s teachings and rejoice in the Spirit of God and all of his many gifts and blessings. From the students and staff at St. Thomas Aquinas, we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas season. May the Spirit of Christ be with all of you throughout this holiday season and may the New Year be rung in with blessings and love!

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A snapshot of the Green Column Cindy Saucier Special to The Villager The year was busy for the Environmental Committee and the sub-committee. They attended many meetings, meetings of “Dump the Dump”, took tours of waste disposal facilities, and attended presentations by South Nation Conservation. The sub-committee had to proposals by review Taggart-Miller, Terms of Reference, which were volumes of reading and come up with risk assessments. recommendations Their were forwarded to Council and the TOR were refused based on the findings. Township also felt this document should be translated. Living Locally Fair The Russell and District Horticultural Society will be hosting the “Living Locally Fair” again in 2013 on Sat. Jan. 19 at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Russell and runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This free event will highlight local producers and artisans. There will be vendor stalls and displays, fresh local food, handmade items, local services, community groups and so much more. A wonderful lunch will be served up by members of the Russell and District Horticultural Society. There will be lots of homemade soups, stews, and chillis. Rain barrels will be for sale at the Fair — and through January — to raise funds for the Children’s Reading Garden at the Russell Library. The barrels will be delivered to Russell in April 2013. This is a must-attend event and the comment you hear often throughout the day is: “I didn’t know that was here!” Last year’s edition hosted approximately 80 vendors and close to

3,000 visitors. Kudos go out to the students of St. Thomas Aquinas who help out at the event. More Society news The Russell and District Horticultural Society handed out flyers at this year’s Santa parade in Russell. At their last meeting held on Mon. Nov. 24, Lindley MacPhail stepped down as President after 10 years of service. Lindley received a standing ovation for her years of service to this dedicated group. She has had so many accomplishments over the years from the successful plant sales, the maintenance of MacDougall Park, Russell Legion, and the building of the dry stone bridge in MacDougall Park. Also, the sale of rain barrels was a huge success last spring and will continue this spring, and the “Children’s Reading Garden” will be built at the new Russell library. If Lindley has a vision, it happens. Peggy Holtz has stepped in as new President and the same dedication will continue with this group. I still say, “It is the best organization to be affiliated with; always postive, gardening with nature, no negative politics, and lots of laughs and fun!” Who wouldn’t want to join? There is also a junior gardeners club for children. To find out more about the go to: group One bag, no tag Two Curbside Exchange days were held in 2012; one in the spring and one in the fall. We would like to see more residents participant in this worthwhile event. It avoids items going to landfill. One person’s trash, is another’s treasure. It has been decided to get rid of the tag method for a

standard one bag of garbage per household. But any bags in excess of that will require a tag purchased from the township. 2012 tags are only used when bringing bags of garbag and large appliances to the landfill site. You can also use your 2012 tags during the annual large item collections, and you will require 5 tags per item. Finally, the MOE has accepted the TOR from Taggart Miller. Not the news we wanted to hear to end the year. The Environmental Assessment is the next step. You know what to put on your Christmas list and wish list for 2013! GREEN THUMBS UP: to Russell Meadows resident Anne Wake who cleans up the village on her walks. It is people like you who make a difference! GREEN THUMBS DOWN: 2010 was International Year of the Forest. “Kindercare” daycare at Russell Public School planted a white pine in the school yard and the children of the daycare dug the hole and planted the tree. South Nation Conservation donated the tree and the Mayor attended as well as media. It survived two winters and the drought of 2012. It had grown to 2-1/2 feet and was doing well but unfortunately someone decided to cut it off at the base. This was a devastating blow to those who planted the tree and the children of Kindercare. They had looked forward to someday coming back to see their tree. If a tree falls does anybody hear? The children heard loud and clear! TAKE NOTE: The next Tree-planting sub-committee meeting of the Environmental Advisory Committee is Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Russell Township Chambers.

In January 2012, Russell goalie Scott Benson stays focused after having his stick knocked away by the Ottawa Centre forward. Defensemen Patrick Holmes and Zack Julien and forward Riley O’Brien swarm in to help out. The Russell Bantam B2 Warriors were the only GHA League team to advance to the Semi-Finals in Cougar Cup action Jan. 14-15 in Gloucester. Submitted photo

RM hockey club ‘feeds’ morning players RUSSELL— Big smiles and a big breakfast finished off the 4th Annual fall session of the Russell Minor Hockey Association (RMHA) Breakfast Club on Dec. 19. Under the leadership  of Shannon Donovan, ODHA Coach, Facilitator and Trainer, the Breakfast Club is open to 40 RMHA players within the novice to peewee divisions.  For $35 a session and six early Wednesday mornings, these players are divided into groups and put through various on-ice drills  which allows these players the opportunity to develop their skills and to be exposed to  different  coaches in the RMHA.  It also gives RMHA midget and  bantam  players the opportunity to earn some  volunteer  hours by helping out on the ice as beloved “Pylons”. Once the players are done on the ice, they take part in the continental breakfast that has been laid out for them.  Cereal, milk, croissants, fruit, juice and

chocolate chip banana bread top the food list choices. The players all eat breakfast together and then head out in groups to their respective schools in time for the bell. On the last day of the session, players and coaches were treated to a full hot breakfast prepared and served by parent volunteers. “This is a nice way to finish up the session and gives the players a chance to thank their coaches and Pylons for all of their help,” states Tracy Lynn Hickey, director of RMHA Special Events and continued, “This program would not be as well ran nor enjoyed as wholeheartedly  as it is without  its volunteers.  A big thank you goes out to  the coaching staff of Shannon Donovan, Ian Sturgeon, Darren Pascoe, Liam Daly, Nick Longval, Mike Johnson, Todd Marcellous and Mike Toth, as well as our student on-ice Plyon volunteers Grant Lapierre and Steven Laramee.” The association also

recognized the kitchen student Emily Hickey and grocery catchers Susan and Eric Rainville. “Last but not least, we thank Ann Lapierre who had the most important job of all — getting the coffee from Tim Horton’s for the coaches. Thank you all for your help and your time!” The next Breakfast club session will announced on be their website


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In loving memory of my dear husband, father and Papa, who passed away December 26, 2009.

Lindley McPhail is seen here accepting the Ontario Senior of the Year award for Russell Township and a Township Medal for her contributions to the community. A longtime member of the Russell and District Horticultural Society, MacPhail recently stepped down after a 10-year PJPearson Photo presidential run.

I remember the day I met you, And the day God made you mine, I remember the day God took you, And will till the end of time. We made our vows together, Until death do we part, But the day God took you from me, My whole world fell apart. Sometimes I think I’m dreaming, I can’t believe it’s true, That I can go on living When I no longer have you. And the memories of the happy years, When we were together, The joys, the tears, the love, the fears, Will stay with me forever And when I’m sad and lonely, And everything goes wrong, I seem to hear you whisper “Cheer up and carry on.” Each time I see your picture, You seem to smile and say, “Don’t cry I’m only sleeping, We’ll meet again someday.” Lovingly Remembered by Margaret and Family.

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Thom Mueller 2012 Ontario Forage Master Nelson Zandbergen Special to the Villager VERNON — Thom Mueller puts a lot of effort and care into those healthy green fields of alfalfa surrounding the 450-acre farm where he grew up, a dairy operation that he and his wife, Wilma, have run since 1999. His way with hay and his public speaking skills have earned this second-generation farmer and son of German immigrants the 2012 Ontario Forage Master title. The final hurdle on the way to the provincial honour saw Mueller, as one of three finalists, publicly present the forage management practices employed at Gruen Valley Farm (gruen is German for green) to a small panel of judges at Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) building in Guelph, Nov. 6. He learned of his achievement the next afternoon in a ceremony at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, co-sponsor of the competition along with the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA), Pickseed Canada, and SGS Agri-Food Laboratories. It was a second try at the finals podium for Mueller, after representing Ottawa/Carleton in Guelph in 2011 as well.

“My presentation was more polished this year,” said the recipient, who admits to getting “as nervous as heck” in front of a microphone. “This year I focused on what I do different from the next guy to get consistent results [in the production of forages],” said Mueller, a past president of the Ottawa/Carleton Soil & Crop Improvement Association. He suggested he does “a lot of little things right” to end up with quality hay and haylage — most of his forage being the latter type and stored in Ag-Bags. The farm also wraps some bales and produces some dry hay as well. “The Ag-Bag system works well for our size of farm. We separate the cuts into different bags, and it gives us the flexibility to adjust the ration.” The excellence begins with meticulous scouting of his alfalfa crops three to four weeks in advance of cutting. He also employs custom operators to handle baling and most harvesting on the 120 to 140 acres of forage crops grown at the farm, allowing the owners to focus on their milking herd of 85 purebred Holsteins, which maintains a 34 to 35-litre DHI average. “We’re getting more done now using custom operators,” he said, referring to contractors Raats

MP announces GPR cultural funding allocations CASSELMAN — Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MP Pierre Lemieux joined Casselman residents to celebrate the grand opening of a computer room for seniors at the public library, funded by the federal program New Horizons for Seniors on Nov. 18. The computer room, thanks to $25,000 which assisted with the purchase of 15 laptop computers and basic furniture, is named “Les aînés bien branchés,” The project aims to help seniors hone their computer skills, and will enlist high school students to volunteer their expertise. “It is evident, through the New Horizons for Seniors program, that our government appreciates the abilities, knowledge and experience that seniors bring to our society,” Mr. Lemieux said at the event. “By providing an opportunity for them to plug into

newer technologies, we are giving them important tools to stay engaged with their community.” “Seniors are valuable members of our riding and are a priority for me and for our Conservative government. I am happy to see our funding at work, offering seniors enriching opportunities that will benefit their communities and future generations,” he continued. At the celebration, Lemieux announced a total of $102,750, in New Horizons for Seniors funding, with distributions this year that also included: the Society of History and Culture St-Bernardin Inc. for its generations program; the Fraternity Club of Alexandria for important renovations; and to the Glengarry Encore Education Centre, for Glengarry my New Home: Immigration to Glengarry County 1950-2010.

Custom Farming Ltd. and Darren McDonald. The goal, he explained, is a forage crop with 20 per cent protein, 30 per cent acid detergent fibre and 40 per cent neutral detergent fibre. “You have to cut it at the optimum stage for quality and digestibility ... The better job you do at harvest, the better the dry ration intake in the barn,” said Mueller, who uses a TMR mixer to combine his haylage with corn silage and protein meal. Gruen Valley Farm took off four cuts this year. The supply was tighter this year but still adequate, he said, while the quality was exceptional — with a protein content almost too high. In order to make it to the Forage Master finals, he was scored locally on the first cut of his hay field by a Pick Seed representative. “Forages represent the largest crop, by acreage, in Ontario and the Forage Masters competition helps focus on the benefits this forage crop offers to livestock producers, and also on the soil build benefits to the land. Certainly these forage benefits were brought into sharp focus this year due to the drought. Pickseed is pleased to be a sponsor of the Ontario Forage Masters Competition both for the field judging and forage quality part of this competi-

tion and from my perspective the public speaking portion of this competition, where the winners at the county level have the opportunity to present how forages help them in their farming operation.” “As a member of the judging panel, it was great to hear such passion about forages and the true benefits they bring to these producers,” said Peter Craig, vice Eastern president, Division, Agriculture Pickseed Canada, in a press release issued by OSCIA.“All the finalists were excellent speakers as well as having demonstrated outstanding forage production, making the judging extremely challenging this year”, said Joan McKinlay, president of OSCIA. “Thom was selected from a group of outstanding participants. On behalf of Ontario Soil and Crop we congratulate Thom and wish him all the best in the American Forage and Grassland Council competition as the 2012 Ontario Forage Master.” “It was a pleasure to meet other producers from across the province and to share ideas on farming,” said Wilma Mueller. Thom Mueller, who graduated from the University of Guelph with a B.Sc. in Agri. Business in 1990, attended 4-H in his youth and served as an executive of Junior

Fields of Green

Thom and Wilma Mueller, at their Vernon farmstead. Zandbergen photo

Farmers in his area — winning a trip to Australia and New Zealand through the organization. His parents, Siegfried and Ulrike, who live next door, founded Gruen Valley Farm in 1970. One of the operation’s latest improvements was a 2009 expansion to the tie-stall barn that features a track-mounted BouMatic milking system. Mueller and his wife have two daughters, in Grade 11 and university. Ontario’s 2012 Forage Master now looks forward to competing in the 2013 American Forage and

Grassland Council’s Forage Spokesperson Competition, set for January 6-9 at the Cincinnati Marriott River Center, in Covington, Kentucky. And he will continue to hone those public speaking chops in an upcoming presentation to Pickseed’s Annual General Meeting in London as well. He urges other producers to take part in future competitions, as it affords an opportunity for top performers to enjoy “a nice getaway” to Guelph Toronto and to learn from their peers.

Russell County OPP Report In the week of Dec.17 to Dec. 24, Russell County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to 293 occurrences. Out of those occurrences, 18 concluded in accusations. Festive R.I.D.E During the last week officers of Russell County OPP checked 1,250 vehicles at R.I.D.E stops. One driver was issued a three day roadside licence suspension. Suspended Driver ROCKLAND — ON Dec. 22 OPP Constable Erin Scanlon was on regular patrol on Laurier Street in Rockland when a at approximately 12:30 a.m she stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation, revealing that the driver was on suspension. Denis Martin, 44 of Rockland, will have to appear in L’Orignal traffic court for the charges of operating a motor vehicle without insurance and while under suspension. Martin was also issued a

provincial offense notice for drive motor vehicle, no currently validated permit. Drugs LIMOGES – OPP Constable Michael Cunning was stopping vehicles at a R.I.D.E check point in Limoges on Dec. 18, while when speaking to the driver noticed a smell of an illicit substance. The investigation revealed that Justin Giroux, 24 of Orleans will have to appear in L’Orignal court to answer to the following charge of possession Schedule II Cannabis Marihuana - under 30 grams. Also in Limoges on Dec. 19, OPP officers responded to a domestic incident on Anita Circle in Limoges. where it was determined that assaults had taken place. Stephan Belanger, 45 of Limoges and Michelle Belanger, 41, also of Limoges, will have to

appear in L’Orignal court for the charge of assault, car in ditch and provincial offense notice for the infraction of driving with no licence. Investigating Death C L A R E N C E ROCKLAND — At approximately 12:00 p.m. on Dec. 27, officers of the Russell County detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a serious injury at a ClarenceRockland residence where a one and a half year-old girl was struck by a vehicle while in the garage of the residence. The child was transported to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) where she died of her injuries. The OPP are assisting the Coroner during this continuing investigation. Ice Warning The O.P.P. S.A.V.E. Team would like to remind everyone that even though there is ice

on area lakes and rivers and it may look good, it’s not safe. Always, check the ice in several places before travelling onto it. Wear a floatation suit, and carry, ice picks. If you go onto the ice be prepared to get wet and cold and rescue yourself. Don’t endanger anyone else. If you are travelling in a group, keep good spacing so that if one person goes into the water the others don’t. The OPP would also like to remind snowmobile operators that 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. Always wear an approved helmet and never mix alcohol and snowmobiles.

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Babies of 2012 The Villager would like to congratulate all the new parents and babies of 2012!

Lilianne Elaine Cochrane

Samuel Kab Dykstra Dec. 19th, 2012

May 3rd, 2012 Proud parents, Jennifer and Phil and big brothers, Jakob, Wyatt and Austin are pleased to welcome with love, Miss Lily.

Hailey Lynn Bols

January 23rdÂ&#x2021;:HLJKLQJOEVR] Precious daughter of Daniel Bols & Melanie Arbique. Proud grandparents are Lynda & Daniel Arbique and Paul & Sylvie Bols.

Jackson James Hicks

Olivia Abigail Murray

Proud parents are Kelly and Ryan Hicks.

Proudest grandparents are Wendy & Brian Murray.

June 11thÂ&#x2021;:HLJKLQJOEVR]

Parents are Steven and Gloria Dykstra. Richly Blessed with the Birth of our First Grandchild. Jim and Maryke Dykstra

February 28th, 2012

Anabelle Darcy Rose Fitzpatrick

$XJXVWthÂ&#x2021;:HLJKLQJOEVR] Precious daughter of Leah and Mike Fitzpatrick. Little sister for Cierra and Sylvain.

Malik Gary

November 22nd, 2012 Precious son of Tricia and Mike Zakaria. Little brother for Sloan to love.

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STA captures hockey gold! The Prescott-Russell high school girls hockey league came to a conclusion on Dec. 19 with a playoff tournament in Embrun. Heading into the playoff tournament the St. Thomas Aquinas Ravens had won both games at their home tournament in Russell on Dec. 3. St. Thomas beat L’Escale 3-1 and Le Relais 7-1. They then took the one game they played at the second season tournament, Dec. 10 in Casselman, beating Vankleek Hill Collegiate 13-0. The team advanced to play Casselman in the semi-final, which they won 7-1. In the finals, the team completed their perfect season shutting out Embrun 2-0 for the league championship. The team will compete in EOSSAA in March as the county representative. Here, the team poses with their trophy after the win. Front row, from left; Kaitlyn Johnson, Rachel Bekkers, Emily Spence, Mikaela Wichers, Amanda Switzer, Breenna Strban; back row, Coach Michel Cornellier, Alyssa Wichers, Katherine Innes, Dana Dore, Shannyn Johnson, Amy Bekkers, Sydney Landry and Casey Dore. Courtesy photo

Jets take both from Jr. Canadians; lose to Clarence in SO OTTAWA – Backed by a strong performance by netminder Benoit Larocque, and a tight defensive team effort, the Metcalfe Jets earned their second consecutive win over the Ottawa Junior Canadians Dec. 18 at the Brian Kilrea Arena. The Jets managed to shut down the high-flying Ottawa offence for most of the game, and when the Junior Canadians did generate good scoring chances Larocque shut the door and did an excellent job controlling rebounds. Metcalfe 3 Ottawa 1 Metcalfe scored first at 13:33 of the opening period on a goal by Joshua Gervais, with assists awarded to Derek Varrin and Nathan Avery. Ottawa responded in the second period at 11:37 on a power play effort by Max Veronneau, sending the teams tied 1-1 into the second intermission. The Jets continued their defensive minded play through the third period and waited patiently for their own opportunities. Metcalfe’s patience was rewarded when Daniel Abraham tapped in a loose puck sitting on the goal line behind Matt Couvrette at 12:38 of the final period. Varrin and Kyle Downey earned assists on the play. Downey finished off the scoring at 0:28 into an empty net to secure the 3-1 win for the Jets, with Gervais and Dawson Fisher picking up the helpers. Larocque earned the win for Metcalfe stopping 31 of

32 Junior Canadian’s shots; it was his 12th win of the season and second as a Jet. Couvrette was tagged with the loss kicking out 27 of 29 Jets shots. Ottawa now takes a break for the holiday season while Metcalfe continued to eat into their games in hand within the division with another home-andhome series over the weekend. The Jets host the Clarence Castors on Dec. 21 and then travel to Clarence for the back end on Dec. 23. Metcalfe 1 Clarence 2 (SO) The game, Dec. 23, was tight, lacked much flow, and was perhaps a result of how much was at stake as both clubs eye a playoff spot with just over a quarter of the regular season left to play. Clarence was the host for the EOJHL regular season game at the Clarence Springs Recreation Centre. With both starting goalies playing exceptionally well, the Jets and host Castors were unable to find the score sheet until 7:03 of the third period when Sebastien Dion capitalized on a chance to put Clarence up 1-0. The play did not spark an offensive surge, however, as the teams continued their “high probability” style of play as consecutive passes on one play were rare and the best chances were as a result of scrambles in front of each other’s net and mistakes clearing the zone. With the seconds ticking

away in the third period, and Clarence hanging on to a 1-0 lead, Metcalfe’s leading scorer, David Kilrea, buried a shot from the slot to send the game to overtime. Kilrea’s goal, scored with just 8.2 seconds left on the clock, was assisted by captain Glenden Bakker. As the five minute fouron-four overtime period did nothing to resolve the issue, the game moved to a shootout to determine a winner. Two out of three

original shooters scored for each team to start the shootout sequence, with Jordan Mallette and Joshua Gervais finding the back of the net for Metcalfe. As additional players were selected for the next series of shots, both goalies stopped the fourth shooter for each team. Clarence then scored with their fifth shooter while the Metcalfe marksman was stymied by Clarence net-minder De Meis Gianmarco, giving

the OT win to the Castors Gianmarco, selected the first star of the game, stopped 35 of 36 Metcalfe shots, while Jets starter Eric Drouin, who drew second star honours and also had a strong outing, stopped 29 of 30 Castor shots. Both teams are now separated by only three points for the final playoff spot in the EOJHL’s Metro Division. They were to play another game against

each other to kick off the home-and-home series on Dec. 21 in Metcalfe, but they will need to make that one up as it was cancelled due to poor weather. Both teams now take a well earned break for Christmas and reconvene in the New Year when Clarence will travel to Ottawa to face the Golden Knights on Jan. 3, and Metcalfe hosts the Almonte Thunder on Jan. 6 at the Larry Robinson Arena.

Barely missed!

Hard to believe this puck did not beat Metcalfe goalie Eric Drouin Sunday afternoon in Clarence Springs. The opportunity for Clarence just missed wide early on Sunday afternoon during the third period of play in the EOJHL Sunday matinee match. The Castors went on to win 2-1 in a five round shootout victory. The Jets and Castors also have a game to make up on the schedule as the Dec. 21 night date in Metcalfe was cancelled as a result of foul weather. Courtesy photo

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Widenmaiers lift Vikings past Hawks It WINCHESTER— turned out to be a family affair as Taylor and Derek Widenmaier each scored for the Casselman Vikings resulting in the difference as they beat the Winchester Hawks 3-2 in Winchester, on Dec. 21. For the Casselman Vikings, the win capped off an impressive month of December as the team went unbeaten (6-0) and stretched their winning streak to eight games dating back to Nov. 22 when they were topped by those same Hawks. The Vikings lead atop the St. Lawrence Division is now 10 points over the Char-Lan Rebels. At the other end of the spectrum, the month could not have ended sooner for the Hawks who fluttered for the last few weeks. The loss marked the fourth in a row for Winchester who were battling for second spot in the division, but now find themselves tied for third with Akwesasne with 28 points. The Wolves do own the tiebreaker with Winchester and both teams are six points up on Alexandria who are in fifth looking into the playoff picture. The two sides revved up the scoring machine in the first period combining for four of the game’s five goals. Taylor Widenmaier, one of the breakout per-

formers for the Vikings this season, got the scoring started three minutes into the game. Widenmaier was set up by Luc Forget and beat Alex Monk-Cray for his 17th goal of the season. The Hawks would get that one back 3:20 later. Josh Stubbings and Evan Walker found Jamie Olivier who hit twine for his seventh marker of the campaign. With less than five minutes to go in the first, the Vikings were awarded a power-play opportunity. The Vikings sport the best power play in the entire league at 25.32 per cent. They again found success on this chance when Simon Cousineau sent a shot to the back of the net, from Taylor Widenmaier and Adam Wensink to make it 2-1. The goal was Cousineau’s eighth of the season. The Vikings weren’t done there. They added one more with 1:41 to play in the frame off the stick of Derek Widenmaier, his sixth. Forget and Curtis Chennette drew the helpers and the Vikings led 3-1 after one. The Vikings outshot the Hawks 12-11 in the period. In the second, the Hawks got to within one when Brandon Pantaleo scored his ninth goal in just his 12th game of the season. Christopher Rossi and Cody Levasseur picked up assists.

The Hawks dominated the rest of the period throwing 14 shots on Casselman goalie Alexandre Michaud, compared to just six by the Vikings. Still, they could not get another and trailed 3-2 with one period to play. Again the Hawks outshot the Vikings in the third period, 13-10, but again they could not solve Michaud. He turned away everything he faced in the third and helped the Vikings hang on to their 3-2 lead for the win. The final shot count was 38-28 in favour of the Hawks. Michaud earned his 12th win of the season making 36 saves. Monk-Cray took the loss with a 25-save performance. While the Casselman power play has found success this season, the man advantage continues to be an area for improvement for the Hawks. Winchester finished 0-7; Casselman was 16. The Vikings have a busy week ahead as they host Alexandria on Jan 3., visit Westport on Jan. 4 and then travel to Gananoque on Jan. 5. As for the Hawks, they will look to move past the Wolves when Akwesasne comes to Winchester on Jan. 4 and then will look to take advantage of the struggling Morrisburg Lions when they play in Morrisburg on Jan. 6.

Francis Legault had a great game on Dec. 21 for the Embrun Panthers when they hosted the La Peche Predators. Legault scored three goals and added two assists as the Panthers took the win 10-8. He also added an assist the following night when the Panthers beat the Rockets in Chesterville.

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Derek Widenmaier’s first period goal on Dec. 21 in Winchester turned out to be the difference as the Vikings continued their winning ways with a 3-2 win over the Winchester Hawks. Matte photo

Panthers offense steps up against Predators and Rockets EMBRUN— If you like high-scoring hockey games the place to be was in Embrun on Dec. 21 when the Panthers hosted the La Peche Predators. The two teams combined for 18 goals in a wild game that saw the Panthers emerge victorious. Embrun continued their winning ways the following night when they were in North Dundas and beat the Rockets. Panthers 10 Predators 8 The Panthers began the game well with four-straight goals. Luke Bowden opened the scoring for the Panthers, with assists going to Dexter MacMillan and Francis Legault. Just two minutes later, it was Legault scoring, from Mathieu Gregoire and Justin Blanchard-Pellerin (who went on to have a monster game finishing with six points, three goals, three assists) to make it 2-0. The Panthers kept coming and it only took another minute before they made it 3-0 as MacMillan found the back of the net, with an assist to Eric Garrioch. Blanchard-Pellerin scored his first of the game, unassisted, 30 seconds later capping off an impressive first six minutes of the game for the Panthers.

However, the Predators would not lay down, even with their short bench they scored two in the period, both by Gabriel Danis, and trailed 4-2 after the first. Embrun went up by three when they scored early in the second period. BlanchardPellerin netted his second with Legault and Charles-Antoine Labonté earning assists. Back came the Predators, David Gironne scored to make it 5-3, then Mikael Sabourin made it 5-4. The Panthers answered with a goal by Matt Hamelin, from Taylor Armstrong to go back up by two. BlanchardPellerin completed his hat trick a minute later making it 7-4. La Peche continued to battle and scored three straight goals to tie it. Adam Martineau got the streak started, then Gironne scored his second and Sabourin also netted number two, to make it 77. Legault scored one more for Embrun, with MacMillan and Labonté notching assists and it was 8-7 heading to the third. Embrun scored their ninth goal three minutes into the third, Legault’s hat trick, from Labonté and MacMillan. La Peche responded with a shot from Marc-André Tremblay

to again make it a one-goal game, but Matt Eberley’s goal at the midway point of the period sealed it, as the Panthers won a wild one 10-8. Philip Eberley earned the win for the Panthers, Mathieu Pearson took the loss for the Predators. Panthers 6 Rockets 4 The following day, Dec. 22, the Panthers were back on the ice in Chesterville against the Rockets. The Rockets came out sharp and jumped out to a 2-1 lead after the first period. Embrun stormed back in the second with three goals to take a 4-2 lead to the third. Each team netted a pair in the third and the Panthers held on for the 6-4 win. Three players each scored a pair of goals for Embrun, Blanchard-Pellerin, Labonté and Cody Lavictoire. As for the Rockets, Brandon Buma, Chris Embury, Adrian Lee and Dustin Tinkler scored their markers. The Panthers and Rockets met up again on Dec. 28 in Embrun. The Panthers’ other game this past weekend was in Papineauville on Dec. 30. This week, they host Vankleek Hill on Jan. 4.

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Batman and Santa visit Moose Creek Above, Dupuis Ford’s Batmobile and the Caped Crusader made their way down the main drag in Moose Creek on Sat. night, Dec. 8, one of approximately 20 floats in the annual Christmas parade. Right, Megan Poissant, 5, enjoyed visiting with Santa after the parade. Kids turned out in large numbers for a session with Santa at the village’s community centre. Zandbergen photos

Saying ‘cheese’ in Crysler

The Crysler Community Center Committee (above) collected a $3,000 prize from St. Albert Curd Festival organizers. The committee entered a Crysler team in the Curd Festival’s inter-village competition last summer. A last-minute stand-in for Team Rockland, they did their best in a number of fun activities and finished number one overall, earning the top prize of $3,000 – money earmarked for the ongoing revamp of the ongoing park project in the hamlet. From left: Crysler Community Centre President Pierre Thibault, Curd Festival President Denis Latour, Curd Festival general director’s assistant Lana Pacheco, Martine Provost, Jesse Benoit, Joey Benoit and Danik Provost. At the same annual general meeting this fall, Terry Ouderkirk and Richard Neville of the Finch Lions Club delivered a $1,000 cheque to Thibault, the club’s donation toward the revamp of the park, now known as John Crysler Zandbergen photo Memorial Park.

Marvellous quilt win Peter Cowling, Treasurer of the Marvelville Community Club, presents the annual Christmas Concert quilt to winner Jeannine Langlois of Embrun on Dec 21. The lucky ticket was purchased at the Metcalfe Farmers Market in October. The prize was quilted by the the ladies of the Marvelville Coffee Club to raise funds for a planned barrier free ramp to their local community centre. Courtesy photo

event date Friday/Saturday, February 8-9, 2013 event location Russell Legion Hall, 24 Legion Lane event time Fri. 7 p.m. - Sat. 4 p.m.

cost $20 each; $40/couple

registration deadline February 3, 2013 to register additional info: Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Russell RP Church is excited to host “The Art of Marriage,” a dynamic 6-part series on marriage. Singles welcome. Saturday lunch provided. No child care provided. 100 person capacity. Website for details and registration. Contact registrar, Melanie, with questions: 613-443-0808,

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