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Pamela Pearson Villager Staff â&#x20AC;&#x153;Keep Calm and Carry Onâ&#x20AC;? is message Russell Township Mayor J.P. St-Pierre would like to communicate for the coming year. That message was emblazoned on posters printed in 1940 by the British government to raise the morale of the public during the Blitz and in the event of an invasion. Now, the municipality, of course, is not under threat of invasion, but the need for calm in the face of the many challenges facing it is still great. St-Pierre commented on the past year as being a learning experience, with some exciting challenges. In the role of mayor, he has had to become better acquainted with the job, including how to effectively use information presented to make properly informed decisions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Having the dump issue present itself at the beginning of the year has given us the opportunity to learn and to prepare to deal with it actively now and in the future.â&#x20AC;? In the spring, St-Pierre will be asking for a delegation to be sent to the Ontario Good Roads Association conference in Toronto. This is a gathering of over 400 municipalities to discuss subjects that affect them, and will mark the first time that they will hear the direction and intentions of the newly-elected provincial government. In addition, delegates can request to speak with the different ministers themselves to discuss their respective municipalitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; situations. Continued on page 3


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Four killed in two area highway accidents The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Russell County Detachment responded to a serious collision involving three vehicles on Champlain St. near the village of Clarence Creek at about 6:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 30. Five occupants were involved and two were

killed in the collision. The other three occupants received minor injuries. Dead are Doris Billings, 74, and her daughter, Bertha Clairoux, 51, both of Bourget. At time of publication, the exact cause of collision is unknown, and the OPP are still investigat-

ing. An Orléans man and a transport driver from Oshawa were killed in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 17 between County Road 15 and Peladeau Road near Alfred at about 3 a.m. Tuesday, according to PrescottRussell paramedics.

The Orléans resident was driving a minivan. According to paramedics neither of rhew victims, whose names had not been released as of press time, was wearing a seatbelt. The victims were the sole occupants of the two vehicles.

Carbon Monoxide: The silent killer Recent news of a Gatineau family having a scare with carbon monoxide poisoning has brought this subject back to the front pages of local newspapers – and with good reason. According to numbers collected by The Canadian Press, carbon monoxide, or CO, poiFirefighter W. Murray soning has been responsible for over 400 deaths in Canada between 2000 and 2007. CO gas is invisible, odorless and tasteless; it is also essentially the same weight as the air we breathe so it doesn’t gather in low areas but easily mixes in the atmosphere of enclosed homes. Since we are now into the middle of winter with everyone heating their homes, the threat carbon monoxide poisoning becomes a real concern. Carbon monoxide enters the human body through the respiratory system; we breathe it in. It then begins to replace the oxygen in our blood and we suffocate because the body cannot expel the CO rapidly enough, and prolonged exposure inevitably leads to death. Unfortunately many people have unknowingly suffered lower levels of CO poisoning which has flu-like symptoms that don’t go away. Pregnant women, their fetuses and newborns are at even greater risk when exposed to CO. Their bodies expel CO at an even slower rate than a healthy adult can, thus even lower levels can become fatal. CO can enter our homes in many ways. It is produced by any combustion device. Simply put, if something burns with a flame you can be sure CO is being produced. Some common sources of CO include: 1. A backdrafting chimney or appliance such as a gas or oil furnace 2. Vehicle exhaust in a garage 3. A poorly vented fireplace What can we do to protect ourselves and our families against this silent killer? Simply install a Carbon Monoxide Detector. There are many different models available and are even available in combination smoke alarm/CO detector devices. Some look very similar to smoke detectors, others are plug-in units that can be plugged into an existing electrical outlet. It is recommended that a CO detector be installed on each level of the home; if only one detector is being used it should be outside the sleeping area. CO detectors should not be installed in kitchens, bathrooms or within 15 feet of a combustion device, such as a furnace or water heater. As with smoke detectors, be sure that the device has the UL symbol on it; this ensures it meets the standards set for these devices. One other important matter regarding CO detectors is the lifespan: they have a five- to seven-year lifespan after which they can no longer be relied on to perform accurately and should be replaced. Check with the manufacturer’s recommendations of your CO detector for a lifespan. If you have any potential sources of CO in your house, it is foolish not to have one of these devices around to protect you and your family.

Lion Jack McLaren once again organized the club’s annual Christmas Cake distribution to the community’s seniors. In this photo, taken by taken by Lion Ken Beaman, Evelyn Ritchie and Carmelle Laurin were just two of the seniors being presented with the Christmas delights by Lions President Ted Morrison, Jack McLaren, George Rogers and Jim Sullivan.

Lions were busy during Christmas season The Russell Lions have been very active during this Christmas season. We started off by leading the Christmas Parade. Lions Jim Sullivan, Ken Beaman and Dean Benson did a great job of judging the floats and we enjoyed seeing all of you during our hosting of the free hot chocolate and cookies event at the arena upstairs hall, while you all met Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Judging by the excellent turnout, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves both during the parade and the reception. Lion Ken Beaman and his dedicated Lion crew decorated the Christmas Tree at the Lion Park on Craig Str. for your viewing pleasure. The lights will remain lit into the new year. Lion Jack McLaren once again organized our annual Christmas Cake distribution to the seniors.

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Also under the leadership of Lion Jack we prepared our Christmas Baskets which we distributed to our neighbours who may have “hit a bump on the road” this year and, otherwise would not be able to enjoy a Christmas meal. The Lions would like to thank Urban Country for once again acting as the focal point for the toys drop off and, as well, express our appreciation to those of you who donated the toys. Lion Marni Thompson ensured that every toy was included in the appropriate Christmas Basket. To finish off 2011 the Lions co-hosted another New Year’s Party with the Legion. Lion Richard Courneyea was the driving force within the club for this successful event enabling large group of revellers to bring in 2012 appropriately. Happy New Year to everyone.

TOLL, Ralph E. My Dearest Ralph Two Years Ago (January 1, 2010) 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 And the memories of the Happy years When we were together The joys, the tears, the love, the fears Will stay with me forever To hear your voice and see you smile To sit and talk to you awhile To be together in the same old way Would be my dearest wish today Loving and Remember You Always Your wife, Theresa


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SD&G’s first baby of 2012 second generation born at WDMH Nelson Zandbergen Special to The Villager WINCHESTER — Ronald Paul Gaw was the first baby of the New Year born at Winchester District Memorial Hospital, entering the world at 11:12 a.m. on Jan. 1. The strapping boy’s arrival also preceded any birth recorded in Cornwall, according to nurses on staff at WDMH, likely making Ronald the true Baby New Year for all of SD&G. The firstborn child of Corey and Eric Gaw was a peaceful, rosy-cheeked bundle asleep in the arms of his 26-yearold mother, when The Villager paid a visit to the Maternal/Child Unit at the hospital later that day. Her 9 lb., 7 oz. son felt “hot” as she cradled him, Corey, a sheet-metal worker, exclaimed with wonderment to her mother, Carolyn Dey of Morewood, who was beaming nearby at her first grandchild. ”She was a trooper; a rock star,” Carolyn said of her daughter’s performance during the all-natural childbirth chosen by Corey. A pair of midwives from Gentle Beginnings Midwifery of Winchester, led by Genia Stephen, handled the delivery, according to Carolyn. “They were fabulous.” Eric, a 25-year-old farmer, had returned home to Heckston for some rest by this late point in the afternoon. He and his wife arrived at WDMH around 5 a.m. that morning, on the heels of New Year’s Eve. “So he didn’t sleep at all last night,” Corey said. Their baby represents the start of a fourth generation of the Gaw family at Stonepile Farms, a cash-cropping operation. Ronald is also the second generation in his family born at WDMH, on either side of his parentage; Eric and Corey were both born at the local institution. His mother said he was due on Dec. 22 but seemed content to stay where he was for most of the holidays. “We missed Christmas, so we figured on New Year’s,” she quipped. Ronald was the first of four babies - including a pair of twins - delivered at WDMH Jan. 1.

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Continued from the front As for 2012, there will be no recommendation for a pay increase for councillors – but a recommendation for increasing the salary rates for incoming councils could come into effect as this council’s term comes to an end. In regards to the draft budget being presented on Jan. 12, an original proposal of a three-per-cent increase in property taxes was recommended to cover increasing operational needs, however council came back with a recommendation to lower that increase to 2-2.5 per cent, so as not to have such a large increase over the year. StPierre stated that “approximately 47 per cent of municipal property taxes received goes towards staff, roads, recreation and the supporting community cultural organizations such as

Mayor JP St-Pierre the Russell Agricultural Society, both the Russell and Embrun Night Watch groups to name a few. The rest goes to the GPR United Counties and education.” When asked if the mayor saw any duplication of services in the communities that

could possibly been seen as an extra expense for the budget, he answered “No, each of the four have their own unique communities and activities. Each is very willing to volunteer to support their own programs, if necessary, so if there is some duplication, it more than likely is not at a cost to the municipality.” He also stated that “communities are willing to share resources and facilities as well, which decreases duplication.” The Villager asked StPierre if he had any update on the bilingual sign bylaw appeal, and he said it is supposed to go to ahead in February, with a total cost when all is said and done of approximately $450,000. When asked if council might rescind the bylaw, StPierre stated “Probably not, as the cost to rescind would be just as expensive. It is a

matter of public education of how the signage can be displayed to get the most out of it, but most residents go to local businesses because of the quality of service, not because of the sign out front.” In closing, St-Pierre said morale among the municipality’s staff is high and he is looking forward to the upcoming year and beyond. Items on the 2012 agenda include many infrastructure projects such as bridge and road maintenance; new and upgraded water pumping stations for Embrun; the creation of a plan for water services to be expanded to the growing industrial park along the 417, as well as seeing an expansion of possible shared community based projects such as an indoor pool, a bike path along the river and a seniors recreation centre.

SNC now in charge of septic permits Effective immediately, permits for septic systems will now be issued by the South Nation Conservation Authority, a task formerly undertaken by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU). SNC staff are currently collaborating with staff at the EOHU to ensure a smooth program transition. Fees will remain the same and application forms, for new construction, renovation and legal searches are available on the SNC webiste. Municipalities included in the new arrangement are East Hawkesbury,

Alfred-Plantagenet, Casselman, Clarence-Rockland, Champlain, La Nation, Russell, North and South Stormont, North and South Dundas. General Manager, Dennis O’Grady states that “SNC has conducted inspection of new septic bed installations in its jurisdiction for more than 12 years.” We have a proven track record in dealing with septic systems to make sure they’re environmentally sound and now we’ll be working with the municipalities at their request on the permit component,” he expalained. For more information visit the web-

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A Green Year In Review By Cindy Saucier Villager Contributor It was an interesting year in Russell Township to say the least. 2011 started with off with the announcement that there would be a waste disposal site on Eadie Rd. at the old Brick Quarry. This caught everyone off guard and the Russell Environmental Committee saw this huge issue on their agenda. As there are many environmental issues in the township, a sub-committee was formed to address this issue solely. Applicants had to apply to sit on the committee and a review committee was formed. The varied backgrounds contributed to the selection of this volunteer group. Members include Eric Bertrand, Dave Skinner, Chris Lally, Ken Budel, Shawn Hoag and Cindy Saucier. Chair is councillor Eric Bazinet. The Living Locally Fair is held each January in Russell and this January 21 marks the third annual. This is an environmentally-sound event that promotes local living, eating, and supporting our local producers. There are many “Green” initiatives and workshops and even disposable lunch bowls. This free event is worth attending at St. Thomas High School. Taggart Miller hosted workshops for the public to attend and a tour of the proposed site was scheduled to Toronto. EAC committee members attended this tour and visited other local waste disposal sites. EAC Committee members include Michel Blanchard, Dr. Anne Whyte (now vacant), Susan Barr and Cindy Saucier. Chair is councillor Eric Bazinet. South Nation Conservation hosted a public geology meeting at Mother Teresa School. Dump the Dump Committee members attended the Living Locally Fair in January 2011 and then hosted many public meetings throughout the year in order to inform the community. A door-to-door campaign was launched and lawn signs “Dump the Dump” and the red light bulb districts began to appear in Russell Township. The “Green” ribbon campaign was also launched by Dump the Dump as well as a petition which was presented to the township. The Ministry of Environment hosted an information evening at Russell Township EAC sub-committee meeting. Long-time Russell resident and Environmental Advisory Committee member Dr. Anne Whyte leaves Russell and moves to BC. A recognition evening was held at the regular township council meeting. Whyte, an environmental scientist, left a huge void and big shoes to fill when she left the committee. Her environmental knowledge and expertise was greatly appreciated by committee members and the township. 2011 marks International Year of the Forest. South Nation Conservation presents to Russell Township and announces we are well below the recommended 30 per cent tree coverage. Russell Townships sits around 12 per cent and the villages of Russell and Embrun sit around five per cent. We are heading back to desert-like conditions when this area was first cleared for agriculture. Russell Township has had a surge of development and many forested areas have been removed. This fact is a priority for the Environmental Committee. In 2012, we hope to work with developers to ensure we have green space for future generations and to protect wildlife, old growth forests, eco-systems and endangered species. Continued next week

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It’s early in the New Year. The party’s over - in more ways than one - and it’s time to get at those resolutions that have been tumbling around in your minds, the ones you’ve resolutely tried to ignore. I’ve made a few that I don’t mind sharing with you in the hope it might provide some inspiration, perhaps some ideas for those staring at a blank sheet. It’s a short list. Only two items which, with ample elaboration, will take us to the bottom of this column. So please stand by. Hey! For starters, why not make it one of your resolutions to always read Castor Country right to the bitter end. There you go… that’s a free one. Let’s start with the perennial diet resolution that comes permanently clamped to the upping the exercise resolution. I treat them as a single unit. As far as working out goes, I’m not doing too badly. I’ve been a member of Embrun’s J.R. Fitness, formerly Norm’s Gym, for the past several years and I’m in there four or five times a week, either manipulating the machines or doing aerobics/circuit training, one of the few males who doesn’t mind being seen in Lycra. That’s just a sick joke! I don’t wear Lycra… at least not at the gym. Exercise aside, I’ve got a major dietary issue, an

eating disorder of the worst order, not a drinking disorder as some of you might have been thinking. Here’s my critical problem… sweets. I’ve never met a dunking donut, two-day old Timbit, piece of pecan pie – or any other flavour - butter tart, or slab of chocolate layer cake that I didn’t love… and I showed the love by consuming vast amounts of them, occasionally all at the same time. It all goes back to the days growing up in Aylmer, part of a family of seven kids, where the only way you could keep food for yourself was to hide it. There was a day-old bakery outlet in town and I always kept an impressive stash of donuts and other delicacies under my bed. My late lamented father had a notorious sweet tooth as well… but I don’t think he ever found my stash. I’ve been trying to tame the habit for several months and really began to focus during that lost week between Christmas and New Year’s. Of course, this time of year is particularly hard on those with my affliction because seasonal gatherings always seem to feature several delectable desserts and guests are expected to taste all of them. I’m always happy to oblige. During the holiday period, I was invited to a dinner party out past North Gower that featured four

different desserts. I was so pleased with myself when I only sampled three and left one behind. But the voices in my head telling me I had to go back for the fourth just wouldn’t let up and I finally gave in, hacking off a chunk of chocolate brownie, scurrying back to my seat and devouring it; I hope the smacking noises weren’t too loud. In my feeble defense, my portions were relatively small. Something similar happened while shopping at Russell Foodland when I proudly marched past a shelf laden with packages of yummy chocolate caramel cashew clusters marked down to a postChristmas $3.99. “See, I can do it,” I said to myself as I exited the store without any clusters in my bag. “It’s sheer discipline, mind over matter…yea!” Fellow shoppers may have wondered why I punched the air in the Foodland parking lot. I may have figured I won that round… but those candy-coated cashews kept calling out to me all week, insisting that I haul my lard butt back to the store and pick up a package. If you noticed me walking around the village with my hands clenched over my ears and wildly shaking my head, I was trying to chase away the voices. I finally gave into the siren’s call and rushed

madly over to Foodland, hoping beyond hope that other sweet addicts hadn’t picked the cluster shelf clean. There were a few boxes left and I grabbed one of them, clutching it close like a running back carries a football, as if I expected someone to try to wrench it from my grasp. I made it to the car without incident where I used a key to rip open the cellophane cover and plunge into the chunky delights. In my feeble defense, there were still some clusters left in the box by the time I got home. On New Year’s Day, I dropped in on the publisher of this very newspaper who had all manner of treats nicely laid out. I tried every type of cookie at least once, then looked around for more. In my feeble defense, I left before I was asked to and didn’t insist on a doggy bag. So there it is! That’s my main weakness and I plan to mud wrestle it to the ground in 2012. A second major resolution is to become more organized, to take care of my bills and other monthly paperwork before creditors come pounding at the door. I can see me now, burning the midnight oil as I happily flip through the pile of papers on my desk, a box of caramel clusters within easy reach.

T&M proposal ‘greatest threat to community’ The Editor: I was surprised and pleased that your Dec.28 edition of The Villager included a picture of me working at the ‘Dump the Dump Now’ booth at the Russell Living Locally Fair. Taggart and Miller’s CRRRC proposal is the greatest threat to our community’s future that I have experienced in the 33 years that our family has called Redland Orchard home. Your description of the project was incomplete, saying it was to process organic waste - in following an initiative made by Norm Sterling. T & M had already spoken to local landowners two years prior to line up additional acreage for this facility.

If you read their website at www.CRRRC.ca, a more accurate description is given. Besides the organics, they expect to be able to re-cycle 12 per cent of the incoming waste according to Mr. Bourque’s CBC interview last year, which means a landfill or dump for the 88 per cent left. They plan to bring industrial, commercial and institutional waste along with contaminated soil. The site has a 39-acre lake, deeper than the ground water table, a geological fault line running down one side and a long underground watercourse nearby to the east that supplies water to various municipalites. The odour, vermin, truck traffic and

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air pollution would certainly harm our way of life. When, not if, the dump liner should leak in the future, the groundwater supply for a large portion of our area and beyond would be permanently negatively impacted. I thank you for your interest in this very important discussion and I hope as editor you will be able to gather more information by interviewing T&M, our Russell Township Council and mayor, concerned citizens and the website www.dtdn.ca to help us all get a more comprehensive view of this proposal. Sharon Guntzel 136 Eadie Road Russell ON

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201120112011 The Year In Review

A few happenings from March and April 2011

DTDN brings campaign to the streets Several members of the Dump The Dump Now Committee hit up Russell’s Olde Town West neighbourhood on Saturday, February 26 as part of a blitz to obtain more signatures on its Petition of the People that has already been presented to both Russell Township, through Mayor JP St. Pierre, and to area MPP Jean Marc Lalonde. RUSSELL - If they say that laughter is the best medicine, then there were close to 250 ‘cured’ soles in attendance at the Russell High School Parent Council’s Absolute Comedy fundraiser held at the school on February 26. Hosted by the school’s Parents’ Council (RHSPC). date, the group has raised close to $26,000 of the $30,000 cost of the floor and thanks to matching funds from Scotiabank to the tune of $2000 just from the Comedy Night event RUSSELL - It was a packed house at the Dr. Frank Kinnaird Community Centre on Saturday, March 5 for the second annual Breath of Life fundraising dinner and trivia night in support of Cystic Fibrosis research. The event was spearheaded by a passionate team of area resident organizers and lead by Russell’s Kari Taylor whose 10-year son, Joshua, suffers CF. The event raised $30,000 and proceeds weredonated to the to both the

boost tourism, generate economic activity, welcome new visitors to the region, and support and create new local jobs. The festival beneficiaries of this new funding are the Russell Fair ($66,000), the Alexandria Festival of Lights ($19,400) and the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo ($231,100). The tale of two libraries: Councillor vows to cut cost at expense of Embrun branch: The Russell Township Library Board

had recommended that a new branch for the public library be found in the Village of Embrun once an expanded Service Ontario office takes over the current space at the Russell Township Municipal Offices later this year. By a vote of 3-2, the recommendation was passed by Council and the search is on for a new space to rent for the library. ... And now let the mud slinging begin: Going for reelection, GPR Conservative candidate Pierre Lemieux

and Liberal candidate, Julie Bourgeois ready their campaign teams in light of a Federal Election to be held on Monday, May 2 RUSSELL - It was all lutzes, spirals, lifts and toe jumps at the Russell Arena as the Russell Skating Club presented its 2011 Ice Show Extravaganza. This year’s theme was “Broadway and Beyond” with skaters performing to songs and routines inspired by stage and movie musicals.

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Local Foodland Groceries For A Year winner, Allison Skinkle, along with Russell Foodland owner Karen Hamel, who presented her with the winning certificate. Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Joshua Taylor Fund through the hospices of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) STA Green Thumbs Twenty-two students from St. Thomas Aquinas High School, travelled to Algonquin College to learn about some of the programs of study of Environmental Science. Of particular interest to students was a tour through the greenhouses at Algonquin, and a chance to plant trees to take back with

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Canadian Winter Games Pairs Silver Medallists, Jeff Hough and Samantha Glavine, who have their sights sets on a future Olympic Winter Games appearance strike a pose at the Russell Skating Club’s 2011 show.

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Babies of 2011 The Villager would like to congratulate all the new parents and babies of 2011!

Victoria Grace Dooley $SULOth, 2011

Sylvain Michel Fitzpatrick

September 13thÂ&#x2021;:HLJKLQJOEVR] Precious son of Leah and Mike Fitzpatrick. Little brother for Cierra.

Hank Lorne Staal Feb. 11th, 2011 Proud parents are Janice and Luke Staal. Proud grandparents are Peggy and Harry Honey, and Cora and Henry Staal.

Proud parents are Sarah and Darrell Dooley. Little sister for Isabella and Troy.

Addison Cornelia Quaile

September 13thÂ&#x2021;:HLJKLQJOEVR] Proud parents are Cynthia Wever and Bradley Quaile and proud grandparents are Theresa & Gerry Wever.

Ava Connie Tedford $SULOth, 2011 Daughter of Julie and Rob Tedford. Granddaughter of Jerry and Connie Johnston.

Jenna and Vanessa Rowan

2FWREHUth, 2011 Proud parents are Janice and Jonathon Rowan. Proud grandparents are Ron and Nelda Isaac and Mike and Jean Rowan.

Simon Benjamin Bankley

1RYHPEHUth, 2011 Stewart & Julianne bring a new baby brother for Alexandre, Olivia, Elise & Magdaleine.


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Welcoming the New Year From left, Sergeant-at-Arms CWO Keith Jones, Jocelyn and Mayor JP St Pierre, and Legion President, Hank Schippers welcome the public at the door of the first, and to become annual, New Year’s Day Levee held at the Russell Legion. The afternoon event was held to provide the public with an opportunity to meet local dignitaries. A light lunch of chowder or chili plus extras was available, as well as a taste of Moose Milk, a traditional

regimental “ ice cream” drink. Schippers also went on to say that the Branch Executive had held a New Years’ Day Breakfast for those executives, members and community business leaders who had made significant contributions to the success of the branch during the past year and a half. This turned out to be a great success and chefs John Wardlaw and Keith Jones did a fantastic job of preparing eggs benedict with all the trimmings. Pamela Pearson photo

Midnight Madness at Urban Country (Left photo) Urban Country owner Sandra Neilson, right, stands here with her mother, Madeleline Mire, during the Annual Midnight Madness that took place on the evenings of Dec. 10 and 17. Neilson says she “is very grateful to all our Urban Country customers for their continued support, friendship, laughs and for when they simply stop by to say hello, and I look forward to seeing them in the New Year! Without them there isn’t an Urban Country and I can not express how thankful I am for them!” As for the New Year, the store now accepts Visa, MasterCard and Debit. With Valentine’s Day just next month, some “ fun things” are being planned and Valentine cards will be available in the new section of the store, at only $1. Gourmet chocolates and Valentine gift baskets and balloons bouquets will be available. (Right photo) Regular Urban Country shoppers Michel Richer and Michelle Lemieux, a Russell Lion’s Club volunteer, who with Urban Country, has partnered for the last three Lions Angel Tree campaigns to organize Christmas baskets and the gathering Christmas gifts for Russell’s Families in Need. Included in the picture is Elmo, one of Urban Country’s Balloon Walkers, available for purchase, along with other fun characters. Urban Country is planning on partnering with other local businesses in Russell and Embrun for more events throughout the new year. Pamela Pearson photos

SPECIAL DINNER - THURSDAY, JANUARY 5TH In support of the 2012 Ontario Junior Men’s and Women’s Pepsi Provincial Championships, the Russell Curling Club is hosting a dinner on Thursday, January 5th between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. There are games at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Everyone is welcome. On the menu is homemade pork roast with potatoes, baked beans, salad and dessert. Cost is $15. Come out anytime during the provincial championships and watch some exciting curling. For all event details including the schedule of games, visit the Russell Curling Club website: www.russellcurlingclub.com or contact Jennifer Harvey at 613-445-0369.

The Villager’s Annual Bridal Supplement is now being compiled and will be available mid-February. Book your advertising space before February 1, 2012, by calling 1-866-307-3541, faxing 613-448-3260 or emailing adsrussellvillager@gmail.com

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Erik Bedard finds new home with Pirates Darren Matte Villager Sports Navan native Erik Bedard will have a new cap on this spring as he signed a one-year, $4.5-million deal to join the Pittsburgh Pirates on Dec. 7. The 32-year-old lefty is expected to help a young staring rotation currently comprised of all right-handed pitchers. Bedard is joining his third team in the last year and fourth of his career. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 1999 and played for them from 2002 to 2007 before being traded to the Seattle Mariners. He played there until the 2011 trade deadline when he was shipped to His contract Boston. expired in the off-season, making him free to sign with any team. The move also means Bedard will pitch for a National League club for the first time. Bedard had a combined 24 starts in 2011 between Seattle and Boston. He struck out 125 and walked 48 batters in 129 and a third innings of work. He has a career 3.70 earned run average. Bedard recently commented on the signing and what he thinks of the young

team. “I think that they were a good team that made some big strides last year. I am just looking to come over here and add some pitching depth and help them win.” The veteran also realizes that he will be one of the leadership players on the young squad. “When you have a lot of young talent, it makes for a lot of excitement on the ball team. I’m 32, a little older than them. I am just glad to join the rotation and help them do better. One of the advantages of the National League and specifically PNC Park in Pittsburgh is that they both favor pitchers, something that helped in Bedard’s decision. “I have heard a lot of good things, great fans, a nice ball park, it is a good pitchers ball park, I will be glad to be in a park I like.” Pirates General Manager, Neal Huntington, believes adding Bedard will improve the starting rotation. “He gives us a quality starting pitcher to add to the rotation, adds depth and gives us a chance to win every time he takes the baseball. “ Huntington went on to talk about having the veteran presence that Bedard will bring. “He is a veteran, he’s been one of the best pitchers in the American League, when he is healthy. We

believe he is healthy and ready to go this year. He is motivated to do some great things for himself but also for the organization to help us turn the corner.” Injuries and health concerns are nothing new for Bedard. In 2003, he missed the entire season after undergoing elbow surgery and in 2009 he had shoulder surgery that prematurely ended is campaign. This past season he missed a month with a sprained left knee. His previous injury history was something that the Pirates made sure would not be an issue for 2012. “We felt that last year the injuries were not arm related and our medical staff did their diligence and gave us reasonably a justifiable risk with a quality upside,” said Huntington. Still, as Huntington described, there is a great upside and if Bedard can stay healthy he can once again be a dominant force in the league. Pitchers and catchers report to Pirates training camp on Feb. 18 with Pittsburgh’s first exhibition game coming on March 2. Their season opener is on April 5 at home against their cross-state rivals the Philadelphia Phillies.

Navan’s Erik Bedard will suit up for his fourth team this spring when he dons the colors of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bedard signed a one-year deal with the club on Dec. 7. Bedard, seen here with the Seattle Mariners at the beginning of the 2011 season, also played for Boston in 2011 and Baltimore from 2002-07. Photo courtesy of the Seattle Mariners

Lots of local talent at BCC Darren Matte Villager Sports OTTAWA— The hockey stars of tomorrow were in Ottawa this past week for the annual Bell Capital Cup, recognized as the largest hockey tournament in the world. Atom and Peewee players took part in the tournament that spanned five days, Dec. 28-Jan. 1, and 28 Ottawa area arenas. Local teams from Russell, Embrun and Metcalfe were some of the 410 teams that took part in the event. Metcalfe-Russell River Rats Peewee Minor A The Peewee Minor A River Rats had the best tournament of any local teams. They won their first game 43 over the Stoney Creek Warriors with goals coming from Ben Baker (2), Darin Hope and Ryan Reaney. Baker had the game winner with just 48 seconds to go in the third. Their second game also ended in a win as they shutout Scarborough 2-0

with Elie Yammine and Sam Bowman notching the goals. The River Rats lost their third game 2-1 to the Ottawa West Golden Knighta, with Jacob Barrie picking up the lone goal, but they still qualified for the quarterfinal round. In the quarters, they came up just short losing 4-1 to the Guelph Jr. Storm. Baker had the single tally. Metcalfe-Russell River Rats Atom Minor A The Atom Minor A team played very evenly with their division rivals. They began the tournament with a 0-0 tie with the Ottawa Sting. They dropped their second game 2-1 to the Barrie Colts, with William Higgs scoring their only goal. In their final game, the River Rats picked up another tie, 1-1, with the Gloucester-Orleans Blues thanks to a goal by Tyler Boyd with less than a minute to play in the third. Despite finishing in a tie for second in their division they did not move on to the quarterfinal

round. Metcalfe-Russell River Rats Atom Major B The Atom Major B’s opened up against the Kitchener Jr. Rangers with a 4-0 loss. They came back with a stronger effort in their second game against the Whitby Wildcats. After Whitby took a 1-0 lead they came back with two goals by Patrick Young and Alex Moffat to take the lead. But Whitby tied it in the second and got the go-ahead goal in the third. The River Rats had a late opportunity with a 5 on 3 power play to end the game, but they couldn’t get another and lost 3-2. The River Rats finished their tournament by earning a 3-3 tie with the Gananoque Islanders. Zach Leyten, Jeremy Cyr and Tennyson Forster had the goals. Embrun Panthers Atom House B The Panthers started with a 3-0 shut out win over the Canterbury Ice Warriors 3-0. Jesse Berube, Liam Perras

Metcalfe-Russell Atom B River Rats forward Mason Esslinger breaks in one on one with Whitby Wildcats goalie Ryan Persaud at the Bell Capital Cup on Dec. 29 at the Nepean Sportsplex. The River Rats battled back in this one but a late third period goal sealed their fate as they lost 3-2. Matte photo

and Jeremie Belisle scored the goals while Alexandre Wilson picked up the shutout. The Panthers next game was a blow out as they beat the Cumberland Wolves 14-0. Nicolas Cleroux led the way with a five-goal performance, Berube had three, Perras two, Kieran Mulligan two and Kyle Gravel, Julien Gagnon each had one. Their last game was against West Carleton and they lost to the Warriors 8-2, with two goals by Samuel Corriveau. That

loss was enough to prevent them from moving to the next round. Metcalfe Jets Atom House A The Jets suffered some bad luck in their tournament going 0-3. They lost their opener 3-1 to the Gatineau Sharks with Matthew Roberts scoring the only goal. They then lost 8-0 to Perth-Lanark and 3-0 to the Nepean Dark Knights. Metcalfe Bombers Atom House B The Bombers had a tough

tournament. They opened with a 4-0 loss to the South End Fiery Falcons. They rebounded with a tie 0-0 with the Kanata Ice Warriors before losing their final game 3-0 to the Nepean Avengers. Metcalfe Jets Atom House C The Metcale Atom C Jets also struggled to find the net. They lost 3-0 to the Nepean Golden Eagles, 9-0 to the Kemptville Panthers and finally, 1-0 to Kanata Ice Breakers.


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Panthers blow out Cougars and Express Darren Matte Villager Sports EMBRUN—While most teams have had an extended break during the holiday the Embrun season, Panthers continued to roll along with a pair of games on Dec. 23 and 30. The Panthers were in a giving mood, the day before Christmas Eve, as they handed out a beating to an Cougars undermanned team. They followed that with an 8-2 win when Gatineau came to town the following week. Embrun 11 Vankleek Hill 2 The Panthers came out gunning as they opened the scoring four minutes into the game with a goal by Jeremy Robert on the power play. Five minutes later, it was Andrew Hampton, who has been hot of late with eightpoints in the previous five games leading into this one, getting the tally and it was 2-0. The Panthers continued to pour it on. A minute after Hampton made it 2-0, Jonathan Bruyère scored to make it 3-0. The Panthers found themselves on another power play. CharlesAntoine Labonté found the back of the net and the Panthers held a 4-0 advantage. With 2:11 to go in the period, the Cougars were on the power play, but it was the Panthers that kept coming. Francis Legault scored a short-handed goal and the game was 5-0. The Cougars finally found a positive as Jocelyn Lamarche scored with 29 seconds to go, but the Panthers led 5-1 after one. It didn’t get any better for the Cougars as the Panthers continued to light the lamp in the second. Sean MacDonald scored five minutes in, before Hampton notched his second of the game less than a minute later. With time running down in the frame, the Panthers snuck in a pair of late goals. First, it was Dexter MacMillan who scored, then with 21 seconds to go Hampton completed his hat trick and the Panthers led 9-1 after 40 minutes. The Panthers added a couple more in the third. Just over two minutes in Ryan Kemp found the back of the net to increase the Panthers goal total to double-digits. Then with four minutes to go, Matt Eberley got one to make it 11-1. The Cougars got one more with three minutes to go off the stick of Nicolas

Pharand, but it was merely for pride as the Panthers steamrolled to an 11-2 win. Nine different Embrun players had multi-point games including: Bruyère (2), Jeff Campbell (2), Eberley (3), Eric Garrioch (3), Hampton (3), Ryan Kemp (4), Labonté (2), Legault (2), and Robert (3). Eric Drouin earned the win between the pipes. Cougars only The dressed 11 skaters and two goalies for this game. Embrun 8 Gatineau 2 Much like the Cougars team that came to town the week before, the Express were short-benched when they visited Embrun on Dec. 30. Gatineau was at a huge disadvantage in this one as they only dressed 10 skaters and two goalies, which the Panthers took full advantage of. The Panthers were slow starters in this one as it was Gatineau who opened the scoring in the first period. Midway through the frame, Taylor Armstrong took a high-sticking penalty and on the ensuing Express power play, the Express struck as Felix Fournier scored to give them the 1-0 lead. That lead held up as the team went to the first intermission. The numbers game began to show in the second period that was all Panthers as they put up four goals. Things started when MacDonald scored four-minutes in after being set up by Robbie Gifford and Kemp. Then, just a minute and 15 seconds later the Panthers took the lead on a shot by Andries Selst, assisted by Legault and Campbell. With just over four-minutes remaining the Panthers extended their lead to two when Legault buried the Robert and Kemp offering, 3-1 Panthers. Before the period had expired they added one more this time while on the man advantage. Legault and Bruyère found Armstrong who scored to atone for his penalty that led to the Gatineau goal, 41 Panthers with one period to go. The Express stopped the Panthers run two and a half minutes into the third when Guillaume Leblanc scored to cut the lead to 4-2. After that the Panthers once again took full control of the game. MacMillan made it 5-2 with assists going to Robert and Legault. Then, with just nine minutes to go, Campbell scored to make it 6-2, Mathieu

Matt Eberley was one of the many Panthers who benefitted from an undermanned Vankleek Hill team on Dec. 23 when the teams faced off in Embrun. Eberley had a goal and two assists as the Panthers went on to win 11-2. Matte photo

Gregoire and Legault had the helpers. For Legault it was his fifth point of the contest. The Panthers power play went back to work a minute after they had made it 6-2 as Selst notched his second of the game, from Kemp and MacDonald. Finally, with 6:36 to go, the Panthers added the icing on the cake as Armstrong got his second of the game with MacMillan getting the lone assist as the Panthers cruised to another big win 8-2. Drouin earned his second win in as many starts in the Embrun net. With their four-game winning streak and the rest of the league breaking over the holidays, the Panthers have opened up a lead on the rest of the pack. They are currently in top spot in the NCJHL eight-points up on second-place Cumberland. Their next game is Jan. 6, in Embrun against those second-place Bandits. A vital game for Cumberland if they hope to catch the Panthers.

Cornwall Motor Speedway announces special events for 2012 CORNWALL- - After last season, where St. Albert driver Stephane Lafrance captured the Modifieds Track Championship at the Cornwall Motor Speedway, local race fans can now look forward to some special events in 2012 in addition to seeing their favorite drivers. The speedway recently announced that The World of Outlaws Sprints will be hitting the dirt in Cornwall in 2012. Promoter Ron Morin was able to conclude a deal with the World Racing Group and the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars will make their first ever visit to Cornwall on Sunday, July 29, 2012. It will be a night to remember as all the biggest stars on DIRT will be in the pits. Part of a 4-night visit

in Canada which includes Autodrome Granby, Autodrome Drummond, Cornwall and then Oshweken Speedway, will attract all the big names of the World of Outlaws Tour. Legends such as Steve Kinser, Joey Saldana will be joined by defending WOO champion, Jason Meyers, former champ, Donny Schatz, Paul McMahan, Craig Dollansky, Jason Sides, Lucas Wolfe, Chad Kemenah and many others. With perfect track conditions the track record could be shattered as Jared Zimbardi holds the record with 10.9 seconds with a 360 powered engine sprint. We might see a 9 second lap around the 1/4 mile bullring. Along with the World of Outlaws, the Lightning

Sprint Group will be back for a second try in 2012, their initial trip was cancelled due to weather conditions. Race fans can expect a field of 30 cars as several drivers of that tour are really pumped about racing at Cornwall. A support class will also be added to this memorable evening in Eastern Ontario. Morin and his team are currently working in finalizing the 2012 schedule that will include the visit of the Super DIRTcar BigBlock Series, the return of the popular Canadian Nationals and other exciting evenings. Be sure to visit the Cornwall Motor Speedway website at www.cornwallspeedway.com for all the details about the action for the upcoming 2012 season.


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Local flavour in ‘Spaghetti Western’ Tom Van Dusen Villager Contributor

The Russell House Pub is holding a “Spaghetti Western” night Sat., Jan. 14, but don’t expect to view all or part of Clint Eastwood’s early Italian-made oeuvre. The event is literally the poster what announces: Spaghetti and meatballs served for dinner, followed at 7 p.m. by a showing of the western-themed film “Hell At My Heels”. Why would pub owners Edna and Terry Robinson see showing this low-budget indie flick as a potential crowd pleaser? Because several scenes were filmed in a corner of their establishment doubling as the town brothel and principal bad guy’s lair. The bad guy is effectively played by an actor with deep Russell connections, Jorgan Vollrath costarring as the sneering Big Ben Peters. “It just seemed like the obvious thing to do,” is the way Edna explained the movienight decision. Although she’s not sure about Vollrath, the publican expects one or more of the cast members to be on hand. Asked how she felt about part of her 150year-old pub doubling as a house of ill-repute, Edna was unflustered. “I’m sure it’s nothing that hasn’t been seen here before,” she cracked, making it clear that any such shenanigans would have been well before her time at the Russell House. Vollrath used to sing in a band which performed regularly at the pub in the days when it was a lot more like a frontier saloon; he still drops in for a beer from time to time. The Russell House seemed like a good fit to Vollrath when director Brett Kelly

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began scouting for the right brothel location for “Hell At My Heels”, which premiered in the fall at Ottawa’s Mayfair Theatre with several Russellers in attendance. “I thought we might use a room upstairs,” he recalled. “But when Brett saw a corner of the main bar, he figured it was perfect.” Some photos were moved, some oil lamps provided by the Robinsons were put in place… and the skeleton crew was good to go. Vollrath became involved with Kelly about five years ago and has now been cast in about half of the latter’s 17 or so tightly funded shorts and features, with the parts getting juicier as Jurgen has learned the craft. The determined actor doesn’t do it for money… he doesn’t get paid. He makes movies with Kelly for the fun of it and for the learning experience. And besides: “You never know who might

see them.” Several other regional locations were also used in the film, including Sandbanks Provincial Park south of Belleville which doubles as the desert in the opening scenes. For the Robinsons, not only was it fun to welcome movie-

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