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Mona Saunders, left, has Diane Wade autograph Saunders copy of the Russell Village Woman’s Institute A Snapshot of Russell 2010 at the book’s launch on July 27.

In-line with recent generous coffee-buying trends seen across the nation, and in our region, the Aroma CafĂŠ, in Russell, was the recipient of an anonymous $140 donation on Tues. July 30 to buy its customers a cup of joe. Owner Giulio Cutro notes this was the first buy-it-forward that the cafe has received and is worth about 50 cups. “A huge thank you to the anonymous person - you sure put a smile of many faces this morning.â€?

Fair to feature multiple Juno winner Sam Roberts Band RUSSELL — The Russell Agricultural Society has announced that the Sam Roberts Band will be featured in the musical entertainment line-up for this year’s 155th Russell Fair. The fair runs from Sept. 5 to Sept. 8.  “Fans and newcomers to Sam Roberts Band and their opening group Jane’s Party will be blown away by the pool of Canadian talent sharing the stage for our Friday night concert,� said Abbey McFaul, the Russell Agricultural Society’s enter-

tainment coordinator. “And anyone buying their tickets before August 9 will be eligible to win a meet-and-greet with the members of Sam Roberts Band.� Tickets went on sale July 29 — $30 in advance or $40 at the door — includes gate admission and can be purchased, in cash, at RJ’s Pronto (1119 Concession Street, Russell) or by credit card online at ($3.50 fee per ticket applies). Continued on page 2

Police treating death of missing North Dundas woman as homicide MAPLE RIDGE — A local woman whose disappearance last week spurred an intense search effort has been found dead in Ottawa, prompting police to launch a homicide investigation. Ottawa police on Mon., July 29, confirmed the identity of a body discovered on the weekend outside South Keys Shopping Centre as Melissa

Kelly Richmond, 28, of North Dundas. The deceased, who resided with her husband at their home on Summers Road, south of Winchester, went missing last Wed., July 24. Richmond never returned after taking a latenight drive in her goldcoloured sedan bearing vanity licence plates RPGGirl. Continued on page 2


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Russell Fire Department Last full edition Back in September of the 2006 Russell Fire Department (RFD) presented our first weekly article on fire safety in The Villager. Now almost seven years later we are included in the last full edition of The Villager before it is combined with The Chesterville Record. The original idea was brought forth to Martha Tanner who was the editor at the time. Tanner enthusiastically backed the idea and committed to providing space for a weekly article. I have to admit, at the time we were thinking once a month, but Martha thought this was a great idea so we went ahead and said we would provide a weekly article on fire safety. The panicked thoughts immediately took hold, what am I going to write about on a weekly basis? Smoke alarms, escape planning, CO detectors, okay now I’m up to three weeks. What’s next? As it turned out finding topics was easier than I thought, often we would have calls that would raise issues of concern, or something would take place elsewhere that could be used as examples. The reality of the fire service is that we unfortunately learn at the expense of someone else’s loss. However, we often use these losses as examples for others to learn from, and this column provided us with an excellent medium to exploit this. So much so that in 2007 the Ontario Fire Marshals Office presented The Villager with a Fire Safety Advocate award for contributing to fire

safety within the community. This relationship was highly regarded and envied by a number of other departwho ments understood the importance of being able to address the public we serve on a weekly basis as topics of importance arose. Another advantage we gained was that these columns also let us present the members of our department to the public on a weekly basis too. The RFD felt it was important to let people know that the the department was made up of their friends and neighbours. It may be the person down the street, or one of our local merchants, but these are people you know and recognize. Once people began to know who the firefighters and officers were, we found that many people had questions about smoke alarms, fire extinguishers and other aspects of fire safety and they knew who they could call on for a quick clarification or opinion. Not everyone wants to call the fire department to ask a question, but if they happen to come across someone they knew, then it was different. I have had the pleasure and privilege of being the caretaker of this program over the past seven years, I would like to thank The Villager, the current and past editors, the publisher and all the readers for letting us be a part of this local newspaper which has been a large part of Russell for many years. Thank you, and we look forward to hopefully finding a place within the new format in the future.

Richmond Continued from the front The abandoned vehicle turned up at the mall parking lot on Fri., July 26, and police investigators found her body in the vicinity two days later. According to other media accounts, Richmond may have been stabbed several times. In the hours after she went missing, supporters launched a Facebook site, Help us Find Melissa Richmond, which quickly gained momentum as friends and community members rallied to post fliers of the missing woman and organized physical searches of the North Dundas area and beyond. “I want to thank everyone who is helping us find Melissa,� her husband, Howard Richmond, a soldier with the Canadian Forces, posted on Sat., July 27. “All the people reposting information, the people

Sam Roberts Continued from the front Entertainment is free all weekend with gate admission, with the exception of the Friday night concert, which is an age of majority event. Ottawa’s 106.9 FM The Bear, along with The News/Le Reflet, will be holding contests for ticket prize packs, so listen and watch for a chance to win! Canadian rock musician and singer-songwriter Sam Roberts’ first single Brother Down became one of the biggest Canadian hits in 2002. His full-length major label debut, We Were Born in a Flame, in 2003 received a large amount of success and included singles Where Have All the Good People Gone and Hard Road. The Sam Roberts Band’s second album, Chemical City, was released in 2006, with the first single The Gate quickly hitting number one on Canadian rock radio. The second single Bridge to Nowhere won the Juno Award for Video of the Year in 2007. Their third album, Love at the End of the World, was released in 2008. Roberts’ fourth album, Collider, released in 2011 is

searching, the HQ group, people dropping of food, people putting up posters and especially the person who spotted her car. And the OPP special officers, remember they deal with the frustration and tension every day.� Richmond was known to perform with a local bellydancing troupe and was a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, where she was known as Lady Aevianna of Nordengel. She also acted in an amateur play staged by the Dundas County Players in 2006. An overwhelming number of people have expressed sorrow at her fate on the Facebook page including many people who did not even know Richmond. Rachel Seal posted, “I find myself shedding more tears this morning. More tears for the woman I never got to meet, whom I was hoping to meet when she was found alive and probably exhausted.

Whoever did this did more than take away her life. She/he took away a part of each of us as well.â€? Sheila McDonald posted, “I am so sorry, We do not know each other, or rather I don’t think we do, but I’ve followed your story and prayed along with you.â€? Clinton Cronk posted, “With tears streaming down my face for someone I never knew, I hope you all find that piece of her in you and shout it from the mountain top every day‌.I cry for you my friends. I cry for all of us. I hope for a world of love.â€? The Ottawa Police Service Major Crime Section and the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch are conducting a joint investigation into Richmond’s death. There is no information available about a possible suspect at this time, according to police. Anyone with information regarding this homicide is

noticeably bereft of the amped-riffs and scorching guitar solos that define the Sam Roberts Band’s powerhouse live performances. Instead, the guitars are mostly a textural tool to emphasize the rhythm, a tactic that ultimately shines a greater light on Roberts’ instantly familiar melodies and lyrical wisdom, and yields some of his most affecting performances to date. Opening for Sam Roberts Band will be Toronto-based ‘Pop Rock’ foursome, Jane’s Party, delivering a sound and a style all of their own. While they’ve drawn comparisons to bands like The Beach Boys, The Kinks and The Strokes, the multiinstrumental musicians of Jane’s Party put their best foot forward with their album Hot Noise released in 2013. With multiple national tours under their belt and shows supporting artists such as Kathleen Edwards, Matt Mays, Wintersleep, Zeus, the Devin Cuddy Band and Sam Roberts Band, Jane’s Party have cut their teeth on the road on and off the stage. “From nationally-known entertainers to livestock and motor sports shows, the Russell Agricultural Society

will be putting on non-stop entertainment at the 155th Russell Fair,� said Gord Sheldrick, President of the Agricultural Russell Society. “We’re proud to showcase our agricultural heritage and offer fantastic entertainment all weekend long. Check out our website and see for yourself the many attractions our Fair has to offer!� New this year, the Thursday night Truck Pull will feature a live band, with the seasoned group Straightup rocking all night long with music from Mississippi hard moving blues to classic rock and roll from the greats. SwitchGear, a countryrock group, will take the stage following the Demolition Derby on Saturday night. Bringing energy and passion to their live performances, SwitchGear has opened for the legendary Burton Cummings and prestigious Canadian Country Music Association artists including Emerson Drive, Dean Brody, Good Brothers and Greg Hanna.    Starting at noon on Sunday, Russell’s own The Front End will perform a mix of classic rock, new and


Melissa Richmond is seen here belly dancing at the 78th Chesterville Fair in 2009. The Record archived photo

urged to call the OPS Major Crime Section at 613-2361222 ext. 5493 or the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch at 1-888-310-1122, Crime Stoppers at 613-2338477(TIPS) or toll free at 1800-222-8477. old country, folk and a couple of their own originals. Closing the Fair this year will be a veteran Ottawa musician, The Rain Man (Donnie Leafloor), who is an accomplished awardwinning singer/songwriter, guitarist, and keyboardist. Mixing thoughtful ballads with popular hits from the last two decades, his shows cover all tastes and musical passions. Saturday at the Fair will also offer an opportunity for amateurs to show off their talents with a return of the popular Fan Jam, an open mike show with house band, for individuals, groups, and bands, and the Amateur Talent Contest with $1,000 up for grabs in two classes open to 12 years of age or under, and 13 to 25 years. For additional information, including registration forms and a schedule of events, visit, follow us on Facebook, or contact:    Abbey McFaul, Entertainment, Russell Agricultural Society, or Gord Sheldrick, President, Russell Agricultural Society,

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Sled back working at Chesterville Fair The Russell Agricultural Society weighted sled was back in full working order at the July 27 truck pull at the Chesterville Fair this past weekend. The truck pull was a first for the fair, but it is sure not be its last. Zandbergen Photo

Victorian Tea in Morewood MOREWOOD — The second annual Victorian Tea and Garden Tour was held on June 22 just outside of Morewood. Numbers were up this year from 88 to 110. Organizers Claire Desrochers and Claire Ivanski added a third sitting to the two from the year before. The organizers were aiming to raise close to $3,000, to improve on last year’s $2,000, for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Local merchants donated most of the ingredients for menu, allowing for the majority of the proceeds to be donated. Right, the organizers stand with one of their tables of guests. From left, Lindley McPhail, Past President of the Russell and District Horticultural Society, Desrochers, Ivanski and Peggy Holtz, President of the Russell and District Horticultural Society.

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Police briefs Boating RUSSELL — Members of the Ontario Provincial Police S.A.V.E. Unit and Russell County OPP Embrun Detachment took to the waterways this weekend on the Nation and Castor Rivers. Many boaters were intercepted during this initiative. Five charges were laid this weekend pursuant to the provisions of the Canada Shipping Act for no PFD’s, no extinguishers, operating without competency cards.    There was one offence related to open alcohol and another operator who had been drinking.  Another eight persons were warned for other various offences. Police would like to remind

boaters to ensure that they have the proper safety equipment when they are operating vessels on waterways. Police would like to also remind operators that mixing alcohol with watersports is dangerous.

Suspicious activity CHESTERVILLE – There was a strong police presence in and around Chesterville on Tues., July 30. Coulthart Road to County Road 9 was marked with official OPP signs announcing the road closure by police order and area residents reported that officers were searching vehicles. The Villager was not able to get any information from police regarding the incident at press time.

Villager’s last edition RUSSELL — This July 31 edition of The Villager is the last standalone edition of The Villager. Next Wed., Aug. 7, Villager stories, sports, columns and advertising will be found within the pages of The Chesterville Record. With more regional content inside its pages, readers will enjoy learning about what is happening on a larger scale and businesses will be able to promote far and wide. Subscribers to The Villager will begin to receive the amalgamated paper, at no extra charge. Retail locations and price for purchasing the newspaper off the shelf also will not change. Currently the paper is found at Town and Country, Pronto, MacEwen's, Russell Pharmacy and Foodland in Russell, as well as Metcalfe Variety. In Embrun the paper can be bought at Boni Choix, Pierre et Fils, Jean Coutu Pharamacy, Depanneur de project, Co-op Independent and Shoppers Drug Mart. Both papers, for the time being, will keep their separate websites ( / and Facebook pages. Pamela Pearson will remain as Russell News Editor, as will Darren Matte for sports, and Julie Lascelle and Christine Lascelle will cover all advertising needs. The staff look forward to this new challenge and hope that readers will continue to support both papers as they are a reflection of the neighbourly relationship that has existed for many years, and will continue to do so. For more information please contact the office at 613448-2321.



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Crimes featured so often in the daily news seem to give the impression that society is becoming increasingly violent and unsafe. But in a report released last week by Statistics Canada, overall police-reported crime has decreased three per cent, reaching the lowest level since 1972, with the homicide rate falling to the lowest level in 46 years. So it is good to hear that Canada’s crime rate has continued to drop in the last year. The report also stated that the drop was largely because of declines in some of the most common offences – from mischief to car theft. Is this because of community policing or just because the police forces across the country have new awareness programs, like the OPP’s Lock It or Lose It program? As much as mischief and car thefts are on the down, they are, for the most part, very preventable. If more common sense was used by residents, the local detachment could spend less time taking reports on these crimes and be available to respond to the more serious ones. This makes sense, as crime prevention starts with the community and should only be assisted by the police. The Russell Watch is an example of this, a volunteer residents group that acts as eyes and ears of the police, reporting suspicious strangers or vehicles in their midst, and they are on ‘property watch’ if they know a resident is absent. But is it up to them to do the due diligence of protecting one’s property? No. It is up to the community as a whole, and more specifically every resident who can identify something that is wrong. It is not the responsibility of the police to remind people to lock up cars and homes, nor the Russell Watch to keep an eye out. It involves educating our youth to not take what is not theirs, locking up what might be tempting to strangers, making sure our homes are open to kids afraid of strangers approaching them, and to speaking out when something happens. It is safe to say we do not live in a high crime area requiring a heavy police presence. But Russell, like all the other villages that orbit Ottawa, is changing with new high density developments altering the character of the community. More new faces and cars come with each of the new neighbourhoods that get added to the village, and with more families digitally connected and staying in our ability to meet and thus recognize them drops. That lack of recognition of what is normal is what prevents the village from policing itself. But the advantage of smaller communities is that most move here because they can get out and do things, and eventually they will get to know each other, and each other’s children. Some in our community will always slip through the cracks and become part of the statistics. But it also means that a critical element of community policing means that we should be planning the venues and developing the job environment, and the means to get them there for the many youth that these new young families will raise here. Pamela J Pearson

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Good housekeeping I’m not a betting man unless it’s a sure thing and I’m convinced the bet I have in mind fits that category. I’m betting that the Ontario Liberal Party will be completely shut out in five by-elections tomorrow (Aug. 1). They won’t win a single one of the seats up for grabs, including and especially Ottawa South, physical, political and spiritual home of Dalton McGuinty and a whole bunch of related McGuintys. The punishment will be meted out by an Ontario electorate confounded and dumfounded by the brand of billion dollar boondoggle and political gamesmanship practised by the McGuinty Liberals for the past several years. Of course, true Grits will point to the 2011 general election when their party was elected to a minority government despite taxpayer unrest, suggesting a repeat performance under a new leader is possible. It’s not possible. Even some Liberal sympathizers learned a lesson last time and the same mistake won’t be repeated. A clear indication of the eventual decimation of the government will come with tomorrow’s by-election results. Costly Grit shenanigans took us right up to the point and beyond the former premier’s decision to prorogue the legislature so his cronies could get ready for the leadership convention that picked Kathleen Wynne to extend the Liberal legacy that has reduced Ontario to a have-not province. Wynne has tried ever-so-subtly to distance herself from McGuinty… but she was a tried and true member of the Dalton Gang making the distancing exercise a bit of a stretch. Nice lady, but she’ll never have the opportunity of becoming an elected premier. Wynne seems to have a feeble grip

on political reality, much like the Liberal candidate in Ottawa South, John Fraser, McGuinty’s right-hand man in Ottawa. Instead of trying to separate himself from one of the most reviled former premiers in Ontario history, Fraser at first seemed to be trying to ride those tarnished coattails into office. That gives you an idea of his political acumen. With polls showing Progressive Conservative candidate Matt Young leading a tight race in the riding, Fraser finally cottoned on to the fact that the McGuinty connection isn’t a big votegetter. But it’s way too late to change gears… it was always too late. Like all candidates that feel they’re a shoo-in only to finally realize what everybody else already knew, Fraser is claiming the polls don’t worry him. Certainly, the polls aren’t always right; but more often than not, they call it pretty close to the final outcome. In this case, the outcome is that young Mr. Young is going to snuff out the McGuinty dynasty launched when Dalton Sr. was elected to the same provincial seat in 1987. Young Dalton took over after his dad died of a heart attack in 1990. In what appeared to be a desperate move, Fraser rounded up Wynne to help straight-arm voters at the Ottawa Farmers Market – located outside the riding – last Saturday. Like I said, nice lady but about as fresh as last week’s produce. She’ll do nothing more to boost Fraser’s chances than McGuinty could. The other by-elections are being held in Etobicoke-Lakeshore, Scarborough-Guildwood, London West, and Windsor-Tecumseh. I won’t go as far as to say that Tories will win in all of them but NDP candidates are somewhat compromised by the decision of their leader Andrea Horwath to

support the minority government budget. They’re seen to be in bed with the Grits, not a safe place to lay your head down these days. But all opposition candidates will benefit at the polls from the heaps of controversy that have rained down on the government since the last election. That includes everything from eHealth, to Ornge Air Ambulance, to absurd subsidies for alternative energy generation, to the decision to scrap two gas-fired generating plants at a cost of close to $600-million to save a few seats in the legislature prior to the last election. Perhaps no issue is more indicative of Liberal arrogance after a decade in power than the bizarre case of thousands of missing emails connected to the generating plant fiasco. They’re lost, they’re found, they can’t be recovered… whatever! It’s all a big fat lie. And what about cash-grabbing eco fees? I bought an $18 DVD player at a discount store the other day and paid an additional $7.10 on top of the HST allegedly to cover eventual disposal. I was dumfounded… again. Who can tell who’s running this scam, the government or industry! Either way, it’s a bogus rip-off. There are companies that collect electronic junk free of charge and recycle it at a profit, making eco fees completely unnecessary. Tomorrow, this gang of crooks needs to be whipped and whipped hard. And when the next election rolls around, we clean house.

Agri-Food Network announces 4th food fair LEFAIVRE — The Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Network and la Table de concertation agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais, as well as their many partners, announce the fourth edition of the Foire gourmande Outaouais - Est ontarien, to be held from Fri. Aug. 23 to Sun. Aug. 25. Taking place simultaneously in Lefaivre, Ont. and Montebello, QC, this year’s Foire gourmande will once again become the opportunity to discover a wide variety of mouth-watering local products as well as the arti-

sans who create them with passion and a tasting of food samples being served on both sides of the river. While Eastern Ontario and the Outaouais share many similarities, particularly in terms of the richness of their agricultural production and their common language, the Foire gourmande is the best example of the heights we can achieve through dynamic collaboration. In fact, the many partners involved in the organization of this highly-cooperative agri-food event also directly contribute to uniting the two

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shores of the Ottawa River and facilitating the creation of links and exchanges between the two neighbouring regions. New for its fourth edition, the Foire gourmande Outaouis – Est ontarien will now offer its activities over three days in order to satisfy foodies and connoisseurs of all ages. In addition to the original Sunday formula – which has been a growing success over the last three years – a huge feast of local products will be held Friday evening on each side of the river, while

family activities on the theme of agri-food will be held throughout the day Saturday. This fourth edition of the festival features long tables of the Foire gourmande on the evening of Aug. 23 with music; more than 60 exhibitors spread over both banks throughout the day on Aug. 25; guest chefs presenting cooking demonstrations of local products; and on-site activities for the whole family, including inflatables, face painters, musicians and culinary workshops for children. Continued on page 5

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Food fair Continued from page 4 “On behalf of the Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Network, I invite people to come and take part in an event for all ages that offers a variety of flavours to discover. Having been so successful year after year, it was fitting that the event be expanded and stretched over three days to provide more foodie options, such as roasts and barbeques – and always with local products – so as to enhance the reputation of the culinary specialties of our region,” stated Carole Lavigne, president of the Eastern Ontario AgriFood Network. “For her part, Diane Clément, president of la Table de concertation agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais, added “The Foire gourmande Outaouais – Est ontarien is a basebuilding and unifying project which is already, after only three years, the premier event dedicated to the promotion of local agri-businesses. This event reinforces the sense of belonging within our beautiful region and contributes to its longstand-

ing reputation, through the development of agricultural and culinary savvy as well as our rich agri-food heritage.” “The SDCPR is proud to contribute $15,000, through the Eastern Ontario Development Program, to this grandiose event that continues to grow year after year. Being of major economic importance to our small and medium-sized agri-food businesses, this event validates one of the recommendations of the Prescott-Russell Strategic Economic Plan of 2011, which is to secure and promote the agri-food sector Prescott and within Russell,” said John Candie, Executive Director of the Prescott-Russell Community Development Corporation. “Once again this year, we are proud to partner with the Foire gourmande, whose reputation continues to grow thanks to the outstanding work of the organizers, who are able to bring so many people together to provide this important showcase for our local agri-businesses – who now have a chance to advertise their products to

Meadows volunteers receive recognition award

RUSSELL— Last week, the Deaf Blind Ontario (DBO) Services presented an award entitled Friends of DeafBlind Ontario Services to volunteers Marie Larocque and her dog Amigo, a Yorkshire Terrier. The pair visits Russell Meadows Retirement Community weekly offering pet therapy sessions for residents. This prestigious award recognizes individuals, who have contributed personal time and effort to support DBO Services

and/or their clients within their community. “One of our clients, Devin Halman, comes to Russell Meadows to visit with Marie and Amigo on a regular basis. This is a great opportunity for Devin, and it has become one of the highlights of his week.” said Tracey Veldhuis, Manager of Community Services at DBO. Marie Larocque, left and Amigo are pictured above with Devin Halman at the presentation. Courtesy Photo

the public and create new noted opportunities,” Paulette Lalande, President of CRÉO. The Warden of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, René P. Berthiaume, says he is extremely proud of the event’s ongoing success: “What better example of an alliance in terms of economic development than the growing reputation of our Foire gourmande? It is without a doubt that the strength of this cooperative event is found in raising participants’ awareness about the quality of our local products and the importance they have for the regional economy – all the while highlighting the value of the Ottawa River.” “Again this year, we are pleased to support the implementation of the Foire gourmande Outaouais – Est ontarien. An amount of $10,000 will be awarded toward this gourmet event, which has become an absolute must in discovering the ever-expanding range of products offered by producers and processors in the region. These locally produced foods deserve to be

known and added to our menu. In addition, this event ties perfectly with the Government of Quebec’s policy of food sovereignty, highlighting the features and specialties of our products on the Quebec market and in foreign markets,” said Yves Lévesque, Outaouais Regional Director for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. “The partners in the Tourism Development Program of the Outaouais – being Tourisme Québec, the Ministry of Culture and Communications, the Conférence régionale des élus de l’Outaouais and Tourisme Outaouais – are pleased to provide a nonrefundable funding of $8,000 to the Table de concertation agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais,” confirmed Sandra Pinzon, representative of the Management Committee as well as Director of Development, Visitor Services and Research for Tourisme Outaouais. “This amount will help expand the Foire gourmande Outaouais – Est ontarien by allowing the 2013 edition to be spread over three days.”

Delighting one’s taste buds Tables full of regional food tasting, as seen here at Navan’s Domaine Perrault Winery, await visitors at the upcoming 4th annual Foire gourmande Outaouais-Eastern Ontario being held Aug. 23 to Aug. 25. PJ Pearson Photo

Partnerships include the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, les Caisse populaire Desjardins de la Vallée et de la Petite-

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CJ ’13: 2nd Russell Scouts in Alberta Scouter Bill Goodwin Special to The Villager Members of 2nd Russell Scouts got together on the weekend to reflect on and share stories of Scout Canadian Jamboree 2013CJ13 held earlier this month from July 6 to July 13 in Sylvan Lake Alberta. The group of 19 attendees have been fundraising for over two years to make this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity a reality for youth aged 11 to 14. Many participants had never been out of province or on an airplane. The contingent was a composite unit of 11 youth members from EmbrunRussell area as well as three youth participants from neighbouring Greely and 101st Ottawa Scouts, plus five leaders from the respective troops. Participants would like to thank the community and parent organizing committee as well as various local service clubs for their generous support of time and resources in addition to financial assistance in making this adventure possible. It Starts With Scouts The camp itself was divided into eight subcampsours was Raptor, each with dinosaur names and themes to help people find their way around Camp Woods. The mascot, Albertosaurus was omnipresent. There were even coposaurus around to assist with direction, if necessary. Approximately 6,500 people on site, 5,000 of which were Scout Canada youth from across the country, including all provinces and territories.

Site preparation, onsite activity setup, meals, sanitation facilities and weather each presented their respective challenges to organizers and in some cases, participants. The recent flooding in Calgary definitely impacted availability and delivery of some items onsite. Advance preparation of Camp Woods under wet conditions was definitely a challenge too. Meeting people from affected flooded areas gave people’s personal situations some new perspective. There were also some international attendees — a few American groups, a Chinese group and yet another from Hong Kong. Their group crests became sought after and prized items in the ever popular badge trading sessions. The days were long due to number of activities as well as northern latitude in July. Bedtime was never easy in Tent City while it

was still light out. Our offsite activities included a hike into the mountains, the Coliseum tour, as well as a visit to an abandoned coal mine and briquette fabrication plant. These were complemented by a panoply of onsite activities such as underwater orienteering, building cardboard boats, brontosaurus riding, archery, climbing, rappelling and ziplining. The mudpit with army crawl proved to be a popular favourite. Leisure time was spent meeting other participants, sharing ideas for activities, badge trading, enjoying the onsite concerts and entertainment as well as playing in the cold Sylvan Lake on water inflatables. Badge trading served as both a means of forcing youth to meet others as well as providing tangible takehome souvenirs of the experience. A special ceremony was organized honouring Chief

scout award recipients recognizing scouting’s highest achievement. 2nd Russell Scouts was proud to have six such deserving youth; a first in this area in 15 years. Many of this year’s attendees are already speaking about volunteering to go to the next Canadian Jamboree as Offers of Service in Nova Scotia in 2016-CJ 16. Immediately though, attention has already been turned to organizing our group participation at World Brotherhood, this year held on Canadian soil in Morrisburg in late September 2013. As we look forward to another scout year, please be reminded that you can follow our adventures at Interested in joining our group? Come out to Russell Public School on a Wednesday night in September. Yours in scouting.

2nd Russell Patrol 72 cooks breakfast at their Canadian Jamboree campsite in Sylvan Lake Alberta. Courtesy Photo

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A year in life of Russell Cindy Saucier Special to The Villager The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mid-Summer Herb Festâ&#x20AC;? held in Almonte did not fail to please attendees this summer. Despite the report that weather might be inclement, they came and they stayed. The only rain we experienced was while we were sitting under a tent, listening to Kathleen Leeson, registered herbalist, who gave a talk on health, health remedies, and herbs for life after 50. It was right up our alley and started with a visualization and relaxation and asked the participants, â&#x20AC;&#x153;How old do you feel?â&#x20AC;? Leeson continued to talk about the over-medication use and antibiotics and how we can attain health without these and what herbs will help with aging symptoms. Tumeric is an antiinflamatory, dandelion root aids the liver and is a cooling herb good for menopause as well as North American Ginsing. There were approximately 100 vendors selling many natural, organic products

such as honey, cheese, teas, candles made from beeswax, soaps, natural skin care products, holistic treatments, clothing, jewelry, cleaning products, spices, herbs and great food. We travelled with a car load and were happy with our purchases and learning experiences. There are gardens to tour, a weed walk, and lots of great local food and vendors. This 15-year tradition has always been worth the onehour drive to Almonte. It is

only $5 to enter and $2 to park and the knowledge, insight, and enjoyment that we leave with, is worth it and we all come away feeling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I look forward to next year!â&#x20AC;? Of course, this is primarily due to the company kept. Thanks to Su, Kathy, Sandra, and Karen. We hope to see Susan and Christine next year! The Herb Garden is located at 3840 Old Almonte Rd. in Almonte, Ontario.

Not just herbs at annual fest Found at the Almonte Mid-Summer Herb Fest, these heirloom beets and Hakurei Turnips would add colour and tast to any meal. Saucier Photo

Pamela Pearson Villager Editor RUSSELLâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;A Snapshot of Russell 2010, a book written by the Russell Village Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Institute, was launched on Sat., July 27 at the Russell Library. Capturing a day in the life of a small town is challenging, but capturing all that goes on in a vibrant community such as Russell in one year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 2010 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; takes effort and team work â&#x20AC;&#x201D; something not uncommon in the area. Volunteers regularly put together large events such as this past weekend where a group coached and fed up to 900 people at the Russell Soccer Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house league closing tournament. Another is the Russell Agricultural Society as it gets ready for the 155th edition of the fair and other annual events. The Russell Village Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Institute is no different, and capturing that abundance of community spirit and involvement was the inspiration for the book. The book idea itself came in 2011 after a member had found in the National Archives, that Russell, Manitoba had created a book about their town. The group of RVWI ladies, lead by Diane Wade, decided to do the same, but to concentrate on Russell as she is today, as

a few had already covered the village as a youngster. After many interviews and contributions from the community, businesses and other area Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Institutes, and with funding from Horizons and the Trillium Foundation, the RVWI worked diligently throughout 2012, writing and proofing, and repeating until it was ready for publication. RVWI member Jean Williams called the book in her launch speech an intimate look at a village that is so beloved to many. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a place with heart and a place to raise a family. It is our gift, a true labour of love, from the Institute to the Village of Russell.â&#x20AC;? Williams presented copies of the book to all five schools, the library, Myra Kelly from the Federated Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Institutes of Ontario and other regional branch WI members Mary Hats, Anne Marie Potvin and Mona Sunders from the North Russell Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Institute. RVWI members were on hand to sell the limited edition hard-covered book for $20, and a few like Diane Wade, Ina Henry and Cherry Bekkers autographed copies. Williams also noted that the book will be admitted to the National Archives and Kelly stated that the book

will be part of the FWI submission to the Canada 150 projects, the largest history gathering project to recording Canadian family and community histories in time for Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 150th birthday on July 1, 2017. Wade, who Williams said â&#x20AC;&#x153;is a gem who inspired us all,â&#x20AC;? was the one who took the lead to get the book published, being experienced at the job with her other books including They Ventured Forth! stories of Dutch Canadians in Russell Township, Ont. Wade noted that the group talked with many organizations and tried to get all the new businesses, and events taking place during the year, but sadly missed a few and apologizes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The article about Azar, the home inspection services of Douglas Azar, RHI, was inadvertently missed in the business section of the RVWI book and they offered sincere apologies to Doug.â&#x20AC;? The snapshot is certaining a book that every resident, new and old, should take a glace at, as it is an informative piece of literate that captured Russell at a time when the village was going through a population boom and shows that even in large numbers, it is a village who cares that endures.

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Getting creative for the Heel ’n Wheel WINCHESTER - The “Re-User Renegades” consists of Vicky Johnstone and her friend Angela Holmes, who are avid upcyclers. They love antiquing and garage sale hunting. When these two friends decided they were going to participate in the annual Heel ’n Wheel, benefitting the Cancer Fund at the WDMH Foundation, they were tasked with raising a minimum of $500 each to participate. So, they got creative. Angela and Vicky decided to use the popular online social media networking website, Facebook, to reach out to other antique-ers. On a local Facebook group called “Barnfull O’

Goodies”, Vicky began posting photos of various antiques and handcrafted items available for purchase by the general public that would benefit her Heel ’n Wheel Team’s goal of $ 1000. As of printing, Vicky has raised $432 through her Facebook auction fundraising. This is the first time that anyone has done online auctions to fundraise for the participation in the Heel ’n Wheel. Some common activities include bake sales, garage sales, road tolls, and of course, personal solicitations. Having grown up in Winchester, Vicky shares that “Winchester is a great

community to raise a family,” and she loves that “everyone tries to help each other”. She’s had three of her four children at WDMH and experienced many a late night ER visit, so she knows how important WDMH is to the thousands of families in the region. Troy Cross, Executive Director shared that he was “happy to see that participants are being creative in their fundraising endeavors and that they’re starting their fundraising early”. He adds that “It’s also important to train early, as long distance activity can be strenuous if your body isn’t used to it.”

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John Crysler Memorial Park officially opens Above, Joe Rutters demonstrates how to make a broom at the official renaming of the John Crysler Park in Crysler. The village celebrated with an 1812 style military e n c a m p m e n t , demonstrations, a BBQ and entertainment Left, flanked by period costumed soldiers, Robert McCarey, Lorraine Sherren and Murray Barkley cut the ribbon officially naming the park the John Crysler Memorial Park in Crysler on Sun., July 21. The village marked the occasion with a social on Saturday night and a day filled with activities and entertainment including walking tours of the village, an 1812 soldier encampment, broom making demonstrations, and much more. Bottom left, two soldiers rest in the shade during the ceremonies at the newly named John Crysler Memorial Park. The village hosted an 1812 style military encampment and filled the day with activities to commemorate the official opening of the park. Baker Photos

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Three wins for Russell Raiders teams in OCSL RUSSELL— Three of the Russell Soccer Club’s teams picked up wins this past week in the OCSL as both WR1 teams and the MR3 squad left the field victorious. For the other two teams in action, the MR6 and OT3, while they didn’t get wins, they still had strong offensive efforts. WR1 (B) The Russell Raiders WR1 (B) squad inched close to a top two spot on July 22 when they beat Perth 3-0 in Russell. Angela Sunstrum, Sophie Desnoyers and Shannon Cochrane all found the net while Megan Klimas kept the clean sheet in the win. The Raiders are now third with 19 points, just two back of Carleton Place for second. Next week, they have a bye, but are back in action on Aug 12, when they return to Russell to face the Gloucester Hornets

at 6:30 p.m. WR1 (A) Sarah Achtereekte scored the only goal in the Russell Raiders WR1 (A) squads 1-0 victory on July 22 in Ottawa against the Ottawa Raiders. With their win the Raiders moved into the top half of the table as they now sit alone in fourth with 11 points. Next week, Aug, 5, they are back in Russell to host Carleton Place at 6:30 p.m. MR3 The Russell Raiders MR3 squad extended their winning streak to three games on July 24. The team beat the Gloucester Celtic 4-0 in Russell. Phillip Proper, Luc Geerts, Sean Mullen and Devon Hakvoort all scored in the win. The win keeps the Raiders on pace with West Ottawa for top spot in the league. The two teams are tied with 21 points each. Tonight, Russell is in

Ottawa to take on the Ottawa Raiders. MR6 The unbeaten streak has ended for the Russell Raiders MR6 team after a 5-4 loss on July 24 in Richmond to West Ottawa. Jose Da Silva scored a pair of goals, Anthony Parravano and Jamie Beaudin had the others. The Raiders remain in seventh place in the table with 14 points. Tonight, July 31, the team is back in Russell as they play host to Ottawa Hellenic. Game time is set for 8:30 p.m. OT3 OT3 Russell The Raiders team put up three goals on the scoreboard and dominated play but came up short in a 5-3 loss to the West Ottawa Jets on July 26 in Ottawa. Mark Holland, Robert Milinkovich and Christopher Tuck scored the goals for the Raiders. Russell is currently 12th in

Winchester’s Matt Carkner adjusts to life in Long Island WINCHESTER— After spending five seasons in the Ottawa Senators’ organization, Matt Carkner took his talents to Long Island last season after signing a threeyear deal with the New York Islanders. While his season was cut short because of the lockout and a hip injury, Carkner was still able to adjust to the busy life in New York, something he was not used to having grown up in Winchester, Ontario. “The adjustment was pretty big,” said Carkner. “I was lucky to have been in Ottawa and got comfortable with my family in the area and having my kids in school there. After the challenges of finding schools and a place to live, everyone in Long Island made us feel right at home.” Carkner remembers how stressful things were especially with the lockout to begin the season. Yet he was one of the lucky few who had signed their deal before the collective bargaining agreement had expired, taking a huge weight off his shoulders. “The lockout was a stressful time for everyone and I could only have imagined how much more if you didn’t have a contract. I knew a lot of guys in that situation. Just not knowing

if we were going to lose a season or what, I was happy to have signed before.” Aside from his off ice challenges, Carkner knew there would be challenges when the season got underway. “It was a short season so we had to jump right in. I didn’t know the team dynamic. I had seen what types of players the guys were, but I needed to get to know them. I started to get comfortable with the room and then, nine games in, I injured my hip flexor.” The injury definitely set Carkner back. He recalls it happened in practice while doing a two-on-one drill. “I went down with one knee to the ice to block a shot or stop a pass. I think it was John Tavares who drove to the net and I felt something. I tried to do another skating drill and just felt something snap.” At first, the injury was diagnosed as a pulled groin and Carkner tried to work through it. But after seeing no progress after a week, he went for an MRI where doctors revealed it was actually a hip flexor. “It is a rare injury to get in hockey but I just have had some bad luck. It was equally frustrating that it was misdiagnosed.” The injury kept Carkner out from Feb. 5 to March

21. He missed six weeks and 20 games. After he returned, Carkner said he got into a comfortable zone with the team and felt he meshed well with their system. “By the end of the year things were really great. It was hard for our coaching staff to really get to know me as a player after just nine games. But they were great, I actually played with Brent Thompson, our defensive coach, in the minors. He was the same sort of player as I am so I enjoyed working with him. Our other coaches Jack Capuano and Doug Weight were honest with us and pointed the team in the right direction.” Carkner returned just as the team was in a battle for a playoff spot. He and the rest of the team realized what they needed to do to change the recent results of the franchise. “We said to ourselves ‘If we don’t go on a run we are done and will be looking in from the outside.’ The guys found a way to win. They were tired of losing in Long Island.” Carkner registered just a pair of assists for the team in 22 games, but shared in the celebration when the team clinched their playoff spot. “It was kind of a funny thing honestly,” he said.

the standings with seven points. The team looks forward to the month of August when it will host five of six games at home,

starting this Friday, Aug. 2, against AC Fiorentina. OT7 The OT7 Raiders had a bye this week, but will be

Or call 1-866-307-3541 Fax: 613-448-3260 back in action on Aug. 9 when they visit Carleton Place. They remain sixth in the league table with 12 points.

Robert Milinkovich scored one of the three goals for the Russell Raiders OT3 team on July 26 in Ottawa. Unfortunately, it was not enough as the team took a 5-3 loss to the West Ottawa Jets. Hilborn photo

“Everyone was celebrating and happy about it. I don’t know if that hurt us in the playoffs, but it was still a great experience.” In their first round series with the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York split the first two games before eventually losing in six games. Still, Carkner saw the series as a positive for the team. “Everyone did their job in the playoffs. There were a couple of close overtime games, but in the end, they (Pittsburgh) may have just out worked us.” Now Carkner is turning his attention to next season. He is doing a lot of off ice conditioning and skating in Ottawa as he gets back into game shape before training camp. As for his hip, Carkner says that it has completely healed and he is hoping for no problems next season. Carkner is wants to establish himself on the Islanders blue line by playing his physical, tough style while staying healthy. He acknowledges that the team has seen some big losses this offseason, primarily with Mark Streit moving to Philadelphia, but says that it will not change his role but rather give other players in the organization an opportunity. As for the team, he is optimistic that they can again aim for a playoff spot. It appears as though Carkner has adjusted well to the organization. As the Islanders get set for the upcoming season, he will

once again be looked at as a veteran presence, not only on the blue line, but in the entire room. His experience

and ability to stay healthy will be key in the Isles earning another playoff appearance in 2014.

Matt Carkner sports his New York Islanders Jersey at his recent Carkinator Car Rally fundraiser for the Winchester and District Memorial Hospital Foundation on July 6. Zandbergen photo

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Local basketball associations join forces RUSSELL— Two local basketball organizations have made plans to combine their efforts to promote local basketball. Both Prescott-Russell the Basketball Association (PRBA) and the Russell Basketball Association (RBA) are joining forces to better serve the growing need for both boys’ and girls’ basketball programs in the area. Their various programs offer affordable basketball for everyone regardless of skill level – even those who have never played basketball before. There is also a weekly adult basketball program available to those beyond their high school glory days. The RBA, also known as the Russell Rockets, will continue to foster the competitive stream of basketball as part of the merger. The RBA was established in 1998 and has produced many great local basketball players and even Eastern Ontario Champions. The PRBA will maintain its coveted role as a developer of skills and fundamentals, making basketball available for both kids and adults. With the burgeoning population in the PrescottRussell, Metcalfe and Winchester areas there is a definite need for a larger organization which offers both elements of the basketball program – developmental and competitive. This new group will offer basketball for kids ranging

from age six to age 17. The merger of the two associations will allow for a stronger transition process for kids who start in the program developmental and wish to venture into the competitive stream. The joining of these two local groups will allow any boy or girl interested in basketball an opportunity to learn the skills of the game in either a house league or competitive environment. Players will be initially evaluated based upon their skill level and age. This assessment will allow the coaches to offer a program that best meets the wants of the player. Merging the two organizations also brings together an incredible coaching staff of qualified leaders. Craig Salmon, the President and Head Coach at the PRBA, has been coaching kids through his various basketball programs for over two decades. His continued desire to promote basketball for kids is infectious; with kids staying on as coaches in his program for many years afterwards. Having missed only one practice in 23 years, Salmon is truly about the kids and giving them an opportunity to play and be active on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons. The Russell Rockets coaching staff consists of qualified Basketball Ontario coaches who bring years of competitive and developmental

coaching to the new group. These coaches have coached at local, regional and provincial competitions with incredible success for a small-town organization. As with any volunteer organization, there is a need to constantly seek new coaches and volunteers. Be it coaching or simply assisting with canteens or fun days, the organization provides support to all volunteers. For anyone interested in coaching, there is ample opportunity at both the development and competitive levels. The association offers both Basketball Ontario certification inhouse coach mentoring to develop future coaches. For high school students, the association also offers a volunteer/community service hour program to help achieve high school commitments. It is a perfect

way to give something back to the community while having fun at the same time and developing leadership skills. Anyone interested in getting involved with the sport can visit the organization’s website, www.rus-

play professional hockey as well as assisting our players to develop their on ice skills.” During his career, Helmer played for 15 teams in the American Hockey League (AHL), International Hockey League (IHL) and National Hockey League (NHL). Helmer went undrafted but signed his first professional deal in 1993 with the New Jersey Devils organization, although he never played for the big club instead spending five seasons with the Albany River Rats. His NHL career included time with the Phoenix Coyotes, St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks and Washington Capitals. He appeared in 146 games scoring eight goals, 18 assists, for 26 points and registered 135 penalty minutes. He also appeared in six playoff games for the Canucks in 2002.

“Bryan has tremendous character, dedication and passion for the game,” said Petes’ coach Jody Hull. “His accolades from his playing days speak volumes: over 1,100 AHL games, three Calder Cups, and the all-time leader for points by a defenseman in the AHL.” Helmer most recently won the Calder Cup, as AHL champion, in 2010 making it back-to-back championships with the Hershey Bears. He was also part of the 1995 Albany River Rats team that won the title.   In 2011, while with the Oklahoma City Barons, Helmer became the AHL’s all-time leader in points by a defenseman when he notched point number 562 (129 goals, 435 assists), a record he still holds. Helmer also brings leadership to the Petes having been a team captain on two

the upcoming season. Registration can be done online at or in-person at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Wednesday September 11, from 6:30-8 p.m.

The Russell Basketball Association (Russell Rockets) and Prescott-Russell Basketball Association recently announced that they will merge into one organization. The new organization will combine the development aspect from the PRBA with the competitive programs of the RBA. Above, the Russell Rockets of the RBA and below, the members of the PRBA. Courtesy photos

Winchester’s Bryan Helmer becomes assistant coach with OHL’s Petes PETERBOROUGH— Winchester’s Bryan Helmer has entered the next stage of his hockey career as it was announced on July 22, that he has joined the Peterborough Petes, of the Ontario Hockey League, as an assistant coach. The 41year-old Helmer, who played 20 seasons, of professional hockey as a defenseman, joins head coach Jody Hull another former pro, 16 seasons, who took over the role in December of 2012. “We are very fortunate to be able to add Bryan Helmer to our team and welcome Bryan, his wife, son and daughter to Peterborough,” said Petes’ General Manager Mike Oke in a press release. “Bryan’s experience will be an asset to complement the coaching philosophy of Jody Hull and Andrew Verner as well as relay to our players what it takes to, to inquire about volunteer positions, or send an email to (RBA) or (PRBA). Registration for all programs is now available for

occasions with San Antonio and Hershey. “I am so excited to be a part of the Peterborough Petes organization,” said Helmer. “I am looking forward to working with Mike, Jody and Andrew in having a winning season.” “Bryan Helmer is a legend,” said brother-in-law and New York Islanders defenseman Matt Carkner. “It is great news to hear. He was a little worried about what he would do after retiring, but when people had heard, it didn’t take long for him to see how wanted he was.” Last season, Peterborough finished ninth in the Eastern Conference and missed the playoffs for the third year in a row. Now Helmer and the rest of the organization will try to get the team back to the playoffs and capture their first league title since 2006.

C-R Aces finish second at baseball Provincials OTTAWA— After capturing their District Championship, the Carleton-Russell Aces advanced to the Provincial Championships, hosted by South Ottawa, July 20-26. The Aces opened their tournament on July 20 with an 11-2 win over the Oakville Whitecaps. They lost their second game, July 21, 11-5 to the East Nepean Eagles but rebounded to win their third, July 24, 8-3 over the Brockville Braves. They played a pair on July 25 and spilt them. They lost to South Ottawa 3-2 but beat the Mississippi Sox.18-5 Still, the Acers finished third after the round robin and moved on to the playoff round. They upset the number two seeded East Nepean Eagles, 5-2. Jesse

Lavictoire pitched 95 pitches in five innings then Cam Lafrance one inning, followed by Sean Armstrong who closed it for the save. With the win they moved onto the finals against the host South Ottawa Blues. After falling behind 50, the Aces battled back and eventually tied the game 7-7. They then took a 9-7 lead, but South Ottawa capitalized later in the game with timely hits and took the game and provincial title 12-9. Despite their disappointment, the team felt they batted really well during the tournament and just did not have fortunes with them. The Aces will move up to the Big League level next year and will try to complete their unfinished business.

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Summer safety

Golden Hawks are golden After winning all three games of their games in the Russell Soccer Club closing tournament on July 27, the U11 girls, team gold sponsored by Wever Financial, were very proud of themselves after an awesome season. Almost 900 players took to the fields at Ecole St. Joseph and Russell High School, playing at least two games each. Front left, Eloise Filion, Zoe Gagnon-Labbe, Genevieve Latour, Nathalie Burden, Genevieve Ouelette. Back left, Coach Jean Vienneau, Maryse Vienneau, Anna Schoeni, Kyra Streng, Leanne Zuiderveen, Victoria Alexander and Laurel Pearson. Missing are Emily Kingswood, Marie-Pascale Dupuis and assistant coach Tyler Vedder. PJ Pearson Photo

Fire fighter challenge has EFD in top three

INGLESIDE – It was not only a fight to see which team was the best, it was a chance to improve on personal best times. Above, Daniel Renee of the Embrun Fire Fighters is seen here in the hose carrying challenge at the 7th Annual Ingleside Firefighter Challenge on Sat., July 20. The Ingleside Firefighter team consisting of Dylan Prendergast, Kevin TerHorst and Stacy Charlebois came in at the top of the challenge with a combined time of 4:18:62. The top three individuals were Andrew TerHorst from Long Sault with a personal best time of 1:23:12, Jimmy Ivanski from Embrun with 1:23:44 and Luc Servais, also from Embrun with a time of 1:32:22. Baker Photo

Dr. Darrell Menard Special To The Villager Summer is here and it’s wonderful to see so many people out running, walking, rollerblading and biking all over our beautiful community. The last few weeks have been extremely hot and humid and I would like to share a few tips to help you exercise more safely in this type of weather. Avoid exercising during the hottest part of the day – typically 10am to 5pm. Try imitating the elite athletes who live in warm climates and do your training in the coolest part of the day - early in the morning or later at night. Ensure you stay well hydrated. Drinking fluids before, during and after you exercise is ideal. If you exercise less than one hour all you need is water. If you train longer than 60 minutes try using a sports drink such as Gatorade, PowerAde or Eload. These products contain a balance of fluid, sugar and electrolytes that will help you replace your sweat losses. Cold beer may taste great on a hot day but alcohol is a diuretic and will actually help to dehydrate you. Energy drinks do not contain electrolytes and their typical combination of too much sugar and caffeine also make them a poor choice for rehydration. Protect yourself from too

much sun. Having a tan may be fashionable but sun damage will come back to haunt you and every year many Canadians die from skin-related cancers. Avoiding the most intense sunshine of the day, using sunscreen and wearing a sun hat are all good sun protection strategies. Certain medical problems and some medications will make it more difficult to exercise in hot weather. If this is true for you, ensure that you exercise in the coolest part of the day and don’t overdo it. Another option would be to do your workout in an air conditioned environment. If you exercise with your dog, it is important to know that dogs don’t have sweat glands and so can get heat stressed very quickly. Be sure you carry water for them and stop regularly to allow them to cool down. I hope these tips help you and your family enjoy a very safe and active summer. Exercise is medicine.

SNC fishing camp on hook for next year WINCHESTER — The 5th Annual Youth Fish Camp was held at Cass Bridge Conservation Area, south of Winchester on July 9 to July 11. The camp this year saw an overwhelming interest and filled up its 12 participant slots in less than two days, with many more interested youth expressing interest well into the first day of the camp itself! The first day of camp youth were introduced to fishing, safety around the water, the fish species found in the South Nation River and how to identify

them. Also, on the first day each participant was given their very own fishing rod courtesy of Bass Pro Shops. “On the second day we had two members from the Ottawa FlyFishers Society come to volunteer for the day to teach the youth all about fly fishing including practising casting reel fly fishing rods and the youth were given the opportunity to learn how to tie their very own fly lures!” said SNC’s Karen Paquette. On July 11, the daychildren spent the morning applying the skills they

had learned in the past two days and reeled in a couple of Common White Suckers, Redhorse, Brown Bullhead and Rock Bass. The children also received a visit from the Ministry of Natural Resources’ Conservation Officers. Art Gamble, Conservation Officer, spoke to the children about legislation around fishing in Ontario, what it is like to be a conservation officer and answered general questions the children had. After that, the youth were able to finish the day by casting out their lines to

wrap up the camp. “All in all, the children caught many fish encompassing a total of four different species during the three-day camp.” said Paquette who noted that the goal of the youth fish camp was to provide today’s youth with the hands on tools and skills necessary to fish responsibly. “We are fostering a lifelong appreciation of our local environment, which can be passed down for generations,” concluded Paquette.

Looking forward to next year’s camp Campers of the South Nation Conservation 2013 Youth Fish Camp pose for a final picture on July 11 after a memorable three-day fishing experience at the Cass Bridge Conservation Area in Winchester. Courtesy Photo

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