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This Week RAPA presents Black Comedy May 8 to May 11 at Russell High School. 4th annual Russell Run Sat. May 11. Registration deadline is May 9. St. Mary's Anglican Church ACW Bazaar and Luncheon, Sat. May 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. See page 9 for details.
Childhood wishes to be made possible by gala proceeds RUSSELL â€” The Russell Agricultural Societyâ€™s 10th Ladiesâ€™ Night dinner and auction raised $26,000 for MakeA-WishÂŽ Eastern Ontario at its May 3rd gala celebration in Russell. â€œWe are grateful for the generous donations of products and services, the support of our event sponsors, and the contribution of the ladies who attend our event every yearâ€?, said Judy McFaul, Co-Chair of the Ladiesâ€™ Night Committee. â€œTogether, we have raised more than $250,000 for charitable organizations over the past
10 years!â€? All proceeds from the silent and live auctions ,totalling $21,000, plus $5,000 through Scotiabankâ€™s Team Scotia Community Program, donated to Make-A-WishÂŽ Eastern Ontario, will help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions in our area and to enrich the human experience with hope,
strength and joy â€œSpecial thanks to the auctioneers, honoured guests, and many volunteers who all graciously donated their time and skills towards our special causes â€“ BeADonor.ca and Make-A-WishÂŽ Eastern Ontarioâ€?, said event CoChair and Scotiabank Account Manager of Small Business, Lynne Rochon.
Maple producers getting sweet deal
Pamela Pearson Villager Edito RUSSELL â€” A good old-fashioned maple syrup season ran well into last month, wrapping up later in April than has occurred in many years. Traditionally, April always was the biggest syrup-making month, says Brian Barkley, president of Continued on a page 7 the Eastern Ontario Maple
Syrup Producers Association. This year was a return to form. â€œItâ€™s been an incredibly long season in the recollection of most folks,â€?said the Elma-based producer, who continued to make cooking grade syrup through the week. At Sand Road Maple Farm in Moose Creek, coowner Angela Coleman said
they ended production on April 14 and described 2013 as â€œan excellent year for us.â€? Coleman, who is also a Director at the South Nation Conservation reported that the SNCâ€™s Maple Education Program was a banner year with area schools as it hosted over 1,300 participants â€” a new record for the program. Continued on page 2
Enjoying an evening out together, a few of the ladies from The Villager office attended the 10th annual Ladies Night Gala held May 3 at the Russell Arena. From left Pamela Pearson - Editor, Julie Lascelle - Advertising Manager, Catherine Kelly - Office Manager and Christine Lascelle - Advertising Representative. The event raised $26,000 for the Eastern Ontario Wish Foundation and ran a campaign for organ donation. See page 7 for story.
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Russell Fire Department has a busy May ahead
May has now become one of the busiest months at the Russell Fire Department with regards to public education programs. On Fri. May 3, seven firefighters combined efforts with paramedic services, OPP, RCMP and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit to put on the Safe-Grad presentation at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School. The presentation is designed to make graduating students more aware of the impact that impaired driving has on the community. Sean Daley of Daley Funeral Homes also participated this year, as a last minute replacement in the funeral director role - his contribution was greatly appreciated. The Safe-Grad presentation for Russell High School will take place on June 6.
The annual door-to-door smoke alarm inspection campaign began last Monday, targeting the areas of Marionville, Felton Crescent, Stanley Crescent, Wade Road and Eadie Road. Each year the department visits over two hundred homes testing their smoke alarms and making sure the home is compliant with the laws concerning the amount of smoke alarms and placement. Questions concerning knowledge of the laws and about fire escape planning are also asked. Homes with noncompliant issues will be given 48 hours to remedy the identified matter, after which a follow-up inspection will take place. Serious matters such as having no working smoke alarms in the home will be dealt with by issuing a $235 fine. The home will also be subject to re-inspection within 24 hours. All firefighters will be in uniform and can provide identification upon request. It should also be noted that the Russell Fire Department does not sell any products or services, nor do we canvas for donations of any type.
Syrup sweetness Continued from the front According to Ray Bonenberg, president of the Ontario Maple Syrup Producer’s Association, the season was exceptionally late. “However, not as late as 2011,”said Bonenberg, depending on where you were geographically. Those below Highway 7 had a banner year he said. Further north was a different story. “Most of the folks I’ve talked to, and I’ve talked to a lot,”said Bonenberg, “They got about 80 to 90 per cent.” Bonenberg said it was all dependant on the micro-climate where you were situated that decided the maple syrup yield. “My bush faces north and east, so it was exceptionally cold,”he said. “there producers with a similar sort of terrain are going to have a colder season.” “Quality is probably the best it has been for 10 years,” Bonenberg said. “This is like a good wine year. The flavour is so pronounced, it’s really exceptional.” Bonenberg attributed the cold weather for the sharpness of the flavour. “This is the year to get it,” he added, saying there is a lot of product out there. Personally, at his operation, Mapleside Sugar Bush, Bonenberg saw a little less than 100 per cent yield from his 1400 tree lot. Bonenberg also clarified that because of the drought conditions last year he estimated he tapped about five to seven per cent less than a normal year which also attributed to the lower yield. Todd Leuty, Agroforestry Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food
If anyone comes to your door asking for payment of any type under the guise of Russell Fire the Department, please call the OPP. Lastly, at the same time as our door-to-door campaign the department runs the annual Fire Safety Checklist program in all
three of Russell’s elementary schools where one child from each school gets the opportunity to win a new bicycle or gift card. In its sixth year of running this program and is done in partnership with the Russell Lions who have been the financial sponsor for all six years.
and Rural Affairs had a more sour take on the flow of sap in the Eastern Ontario region. Leuty states that although final results of syrup crop yields aren’t in yet, he states producers in the east are “ranging from 50 to 75 per cent of an average crop, and then their collection season lasted about a week and a half longer. Some pocket areas were having lower sap flows than others.” He also noted that a more detailed report will be forthcoming at the first association meeting following the season, which will be on May 15 and that the industry, as a whole, will be conducted later in the summer. Historically you could always count on mid-March to mid-April as a typical season said Bonenberg. “The stats are showing that we are tapping earlier, boiling earlier,” he said. “We know climate has changed. And we are not going as late as 40 to 50 years ago.” This year, however, his last boil was April 22, making this an unusually long season.
May has become a very busy and important month for the department with public education high on its priority list and hope that the departments presence will at least make people think about fire safety. This week’s Russell Fire Department Fire Safety Column is brought to you by RFD Firefighter Alex Campbell.
“Your choice, your life” was one message St. Thomas Aquinas CHS Grade 12 students walked out to this scenario of devastation on May 3 as area emergency workers, the coroner’s office, police and guest speakers promoted the impact that impaired driving has on the community. The STACHS actors portrayed drunk students who had left a camping party to drive a friend to the hospital, when they driver hit and killed a fellow student who was walking home. PJ Pearson Photo
Fatal fire under investigation
Like a good wine, local producers note that consumers will enjoy an more sharply flavoured maple syrup this year, attributed to the long winter.
Each year over 1,100 ballots are sent home with the students, estimating that over 700 homes are reached through the program with participation numbers increasing each year. One unique aspect of this program is that it includes people from outside of Russell, as many children travel into Russell from surrounding communities to attend school.
STE. ROSE — Questions surrounding a rural fire that occurred in Ste. Rose, just west of St. Isidore, remain unanswered. The fire occurred on April 22, just before 7 p.m. in a barn just off of Leroux Road (Concession 17). A man’s body was found inside the burned building. Police originally said that foul play was not suspected but had not been ruled out and they were still
investigating. Close to 70 firefighters from the Casselman, St. Isidore, St. Albert and Fournier fire departments were on the scene to battle the blaze. One of the firefighters on the scene said that when he got there, the barn was completely engulfed in flames as was much of the property and junkyard surrounding it. “We haven’t heard a cause yet, but there was definite-
ly something strange about it,” said the firefighter on the scene, who also noted that the barn was quite old. It took crews approximately two hours to extinguish the flames in the barn and surrounding land. There was no damage to the house on the property. Nation District Fire Chief, Tobias Hovey, said there was initial confusion at the scene as officers tried to determine whether anyone was in the barn. He said his crews were origi-
nally told no one was inside, which turned out to be inaccurate. Hovey added that a rescue would still not have been possible had they known the person was inside, but had they known they could have used different tactics to make the following investigation easier. The name of the victim has not been released. In addition to the OPP (Hawkesbury), the coroner is also involved in the investigation.
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Curtain rises on RAPA’s spring production RUSSELL — The curtain rises for RAPA’s Black Comedy on May 8, with continued productions May 9, 10, 11 at 8 p.m.. Tickets are available in outlets at Pronto, Foodland, and Village Paws. Seniors and youth are $12 and Adults are $15. This is cheap entertainment from some cheap actors. Clea, played by Dayna Rose can be very cheap and seductive at times and even sweetie-poo Carol Melkett, played by Pamela Pearson, throws out a few cheap lines as the two rival for Brindsley’s affection played by Russell High School teacher, Kevin Kennedy.
This physical comedy will keep you laughing. First-time actor, Doug Anthony is very funny as German Schuppanzigh, and veteran RAPA actor Ray Scharf steps into the smallest part as George Bamberger, an elderly millionaire art collector. Great value for the dollar, catch this entertainment right here in Russell, and you can walk to the play and enjoy a drink while watching local talent. The play is staged at Russell High School at 982 North Russell Rd. If you have never been to a RAPA play, you do not know what you are missing, organizers say.
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On stage From left Kevin Kennedy, as Brindsley, sits on stage with RAPA’s black comedy Director Sandra McNeill and Sean Addis who plays the gregarious Harold Gorringe. Courtesy Photo
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Another 1,000 trees planted RUSSELL— On May 4, the 2nd Russell Scouting Group and volunteers from Trees for Tomorrow planted 1,000 trees at the Russell Township Landfill on St. Catherine Road. “With today’s tree planting, this brings our total to 9,000 trees planted this year. With the upcoming tree planting on Tues., May 14, we will have reached our goal of planting 10,000 trees in 2013,” says Eric Bazinet, municipal councillor and chair of the Russell Environmental Advisory Committee. There were approximate-
ly 60 volunteers and scouts on site and they were efficient to plant their 1,000 trees under the guidance of Greg McGinnis from 2nd Russell Scouting. Mayor J.P. St. Pierre was on site planting with the rest of the scouts and volunteers who included seven-yearold Robin Bazinet, son of municipal councillor Eric Bazinet. The community is also invited to participate in the next tree planting on May 14 at the same location, 1852 Ste. Catherine Road, adjacent to the municipal landfill site. This planting is
another team effort with coordination between the Municipality of Russell, volunteers from Trees for Tomorrow committee, Richard Walker from Tree Canada, Ann Jackson from St-Thomas Aquinas and Rivière Castor teacher Joyce Chartrand. A BBQ lunch will be served by Gilles Gratton of Club Richelieu. The community is asked to wear appropriate clothing, boots, gloves, and bring a shovel and pail. If you would like to be part of this great initiative contact: Eric Bazinet at EricBazinet@russell.ca.
Above, Tree Canada President Michael Rosen, Mayor J.P. St. Pierre and Tree Canada Communication Specialist Richard Walker, all middle, are surrounded by the Russell Township Trees for Tomorrow committee who receive the first $1,600 towards the tree planting initiative on April 28. Courtesy Photo
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This week is National Nurses’ Week, celebrated annually from May 6, and is also known as National Nurses’ Day, through to May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. It is also Emergency Preparedness Week, coordinated by Public Safety Canada. The two go hand and hand as events, including both natural and man-made can usually create a surge in capacity within their various departments. A need for a health-care system, and subsequently, the ability to meet such capacity require thoughtful preparation, training and experience that the average resident more than likely cannot comprehend. So while it is true that emergencies may not be prevented or controlled, it is vital for citizens to be prepared at multiple levels, including individuals, families, at the workplace and in community organizations at large, in order to mount a successful response to the event. So please take the time to thank those who take the time to save lives. Pamela J Pearson
A changing landscape With the recent announcements of closures of various amenities in and around Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry, one can’t help but wonder if we are looking at the end of the small hamlet as we know it. There are certain things that one looks for when relocating. Certainly housing prices and taxes top the list, but equally important are the services these little communities have to offer. Banks, post offices, libraries and the corner store are all important to the survival of these small communities, so the question remains: how many more lost resources can our hamlets handle before becoming nothing more than ghost towns. A thriving community needs not only neighbours, but certain amenities in order to survive, and when those are lost, the only thing we are left with is a place to sleep. Corporations and big business don’t realize that to a small community, things like banks and libraries are not just the institution they represent. They are the hub of rural living, they are our gathering places to socialize, they are our connection to our friends and neighbours. When the bottom line is what is most important, these are the things that are forgotten. We need these small rural communities to flourish. They are a part of our heritage. But without the services to attract newcomers and maintain existing residents, our little hamlets could be disappearing. If given the choice between a small community with only houses and a corner store, or a larger one that offers a post office, bank and library, most will choose the latter. These small communities are in danger of losing their identity as a community to become nothing more than a crossroad on the way to a larger urban centre. Our small communities are strong and their residents are loyal as can be evidenced by the Avonmore residents who fought so valiantly to save their bank, or the Williamsburg residents who are in the process of fighting for their library. But unlike David, the fear is they will not defeat their Goliath. And while it will not happen overnight, the more services these communities lose, the more likely they will fall victim to urbanization and become nothing more than a slower speed limit between larger centres. Lois Ann Baker
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Just when you think you’ve heard and seen it all after more than 40 years as a newspaper reporter and columnist, you discover you can still be surprised. Surprise was my first reaction when I was asked not long ago to take part in the “Share Your Dream” program at Russell Meadows Retirement Community. Because of my particular skill set, I could help make a resident’s dream come true, I was told by Doris Leclerc, Activity and Recreational Manager. I’d be delighted to do what I could, I responded. Doris filled me in on the program initiated by the resident council and intended to inspire senior members to continue to live their best lives. Among dreams made possible under the program was that of Martina Heymans who went up in a hot air balloon last fall; Barbara Dunn requested that her memoirs of living on a yacht on the Mediterranean Sea for four years be documented. This year, 10 dream requests have been submitted, everything from watching a Senators hockey game from a corporate box to the one I’m taking part in, partly through writing this column. In a first for me, I was asked to help put together someone’s eulogy. The dream request was from the very-much-alive Rae Low, 89. Rae, it turns out, likes to be organized, even when it comes to passing on, maybe especially when it comes to that. He has a will in place,
Passing friends To Editor: After Gerry Leroux’s life celebration on April 29, Monday felt as though winter was threatening to return. More than the weather the cloudy cool pall on the day was caused by the acceptance that someone everyone knew and trusted instinctly is gone and the fact is final. The death of really fine people who entered lives around them does not quite wrap-up with the close of the wake. The good shoes come off back at home but
has made funeral arrangements, and owns a burial plot. He has even roughed out a death notice naming his next of kin and singling out his WWII service in Burma, 1944-45. The only loose end in Rae’s preparations is the eulogy to be presented after he departs this world. Rather than have people scrambling trying to figure out what to say about him at the service, Rae thought he’d make the job easier for them. That’s where I come in. I have an ability – some might say modest – to string words together, to siphon through a mound of information such as somebody’s life story and extract the salient facts. Don’t ask me to take you up in a hot air balloon. That’s not my specialty. But I can wordsmith. A disclaimer: This is not a eulogy. It’s a column about preparing a eulogy. When it comes time to deliver the final words about Rae, whoever is assigned to do so might be able to take some direction from this piece. I met Rae at Russell Meadows last Friday and the surprise factor was notched up right away. Rae is dapper, well-groomed, mobile, fit, alert. A retired Vars area farmer, he looks like he could still hoist hay bales if called upon. In other words, he seems far removed from death’s door. He confirmed there’s no health crisis confronting him at the moment. So why prepare a eulogy now? Rae chuckles at his own audacity in requesting a eulogy as his special dream. Nobody knew what to make
of it at first, but then his request was treated seriously and I got the call. There was more chuckling, and tears too, as Rae reviewed his life over a 90minute chat, referring to several newspaper clippings, letters, awards, and seniors games medals won during winters spent in Florida. He keeps the heavy records in a cardboard box that he had trouble hefting from his apartment into the meeting room where we met. I asked Rae how he wanted to be remembered in his eulogy, what facts of his life did he want to put up in the front window, so to speak. More than anything, he said, he wanted to be recalled as somebody always ready to help out in the community. That willingness and the tangible contributions that came from it has been recognized with various citations and, most notably a 1984 Bicentennial Medal and the 1999 Ontario Senior of the Year award in the former City of Cumberland. Although he has never discussed it much, Rae is particularly proud of working re-supply with RCAF 436 Squadron in the Burma Star Campaign. The story is immortalized in a slim volume called “Canucks Unlimited” that Rae keeps among his personal treasures. He tears up when recalling living in fear of dying throughout the campaign, coming close after contracting malaria. He returned from the war with a knee injury that bothers him to
LETTERS Editor the mind cannot let finality sink in. About shoes, Gerry’s footwear were boots, big, tough, work boots, steel toes and suitable for a foot of mud or a muck of slurry. Rock too was never a worry; if you wanted it bad enough he could roll or lift your boulder without exaggerating his characteristic, easy shrug. The cost of a backhoe lift was always more than using
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a shovel and Gerry halfexpected everyone to know that, but if not, there was no heavy eye-rolling, or groaning: the conversation was relaxed and man-to-man (or the other gender); and he was smiling with you when talking. It might be the mayor or a major builder asking odd questions, but the response was always the same as if it was you or I; a grin, a shrug, lively blue eyes and the
this day, purchasing the family farm in 1950 and building it to a 65-head dairy herd by the time he retired in 1989. Reflecting back, Rae says he wasn’t really cut out to be a farmer although he treated the job seriously. He would have been better off in an office job because he always loved paperwork and accounting. “Farmers back then were mostly labourers. Today they’re mostly technicians. I didn’t have the education to do anything else.” Rae’s family life has been, shall we say, complex. He was predeceased by wife Carol and one of three sons, Robert. He has two grandchildren. He had five siblings and his voice breaks again when he mentions three of them have died in the past year. His “dear friend and companion” is Enid Meier – described that way in his draft obituary - who also has a unit in Russell Meadows. For a time, Rae and Enid were married. Did I mention complex? I’ll leave Rae’s story there for now. But I think we’re going to come back to it next week with more about his time in Burma. That’s the least Rae deserves in realizing his dream.
friendly patois of either language. Gerry may have been the least pretentious guy in Russell and we are truly sorry that was his time to go. The family will continue the business and the contribution to the local way-oflife - we are already running into Leroux grandchildren in various village sites. We love the village for allowing us the intimacy of fine men and women and their families: Gerry was a genuine article. Baird McNeil Russell
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See watershed authority before building F I N C H — Environmental considerations should be among the first things examined when proposing new construction in the South Nation Conservation watershed, but unfortunately, they’re often the last. As a result, developers are sometimes disappointed when told their projects aren’t compatible with the environment and must be modified accordingly. “It can be expensive and time consuming to deal with these issues after a
is already project launched,” notes SNC Watershed Planner James Holland. “But when property owners come to us at the beginning of the process, in the early planning stages, we can work with them to facilitate the project.” Holland emphasizes there are no fees associated with preliminary discussions of a project with SNC planners, regulations officers and technical experts. In pre-consultation, the applicant provides conceptual and sometimes technical information on a development proposal. Together, the owner and SNC staff review location and key environmental issues while looking for opportunities to speed up the process and reduce costs. When buying or selling a property or considering
new development, an environmental report can be provided for a small fee. The report identifies natural features such as provincially significant wetlands and characteristics that may create dangerous conditions such as unstable slopes or flooding risks. Detailed information in the report may inform on how a development should proceed. It will clarify for the owner whether permits and studies will be required, fees associated with the final proposal, and an estimated timeframe. “When it comes to land use planning, early consultation is always best,” Holland concludes. “But it’s always better late than never.” For information contact James Holland, 1- 877984-2948, ext. 227 or email Jholland@nation.on.ca
Russell High soars in house spirit
Kin Club helps 2nd Russell Scouts with Trivia Night The Kin Club of Russell assisted the 2nd Russell Scouts in raising funds for their upcoming Jamboree in Sylvan Lake, Alberta, by raising $4,500 at the Russell House, Sat. April 27, with a Trivia Night led by Russell’s Queen of Trivia, Kin Connie Johnston. A packed house was treated to challenging trivia, and music trivia, as well as a live and silent auction. The evening’s trivia contest was won by the Fab Five, above, who correctly answered 83 of 100 questions. Courtesy Photo
5 Squadron team off to National Championships RUSSELL — Five local athletes from 5 Cyclone Air Cadet Squadron participated at the Provincial M a r k s m a n s h i p Championships in Valcartier, Québec on April 20 and 21. The team earned first place and the right to represent the province at the upcoming National Championships in St Catharines. At the provincials. the team earned gold as the first overall team, silver in team standing shooting, and bronze
in team prone shooting. Members of the winning team included Danielle and Natalie Leroux from Crysler, Daniella and Julianne Burke from Limoges, and Justin Gagnon from Casselman. Provincial The Marksmanship Championship consisted of two bouts of standing shooting, and three bouts of prone shooting, followed by a prone and standing shoot-off for the top ten shooters in each age category. Each shooting bout consisted of 20
targets at a distance of 10 meters using a .177 caliber pellet rifle; 125 shooters from across the province competed at the championship. Danielle Leroux, 15, earned a gold medal as the top overall (all age groups) in the province, first overall in standing, and fourth overall in prone shooting. Natalie Leroux, aged 13, finished second in the junior category, and 16th overall in the open category in the Province. Daniella Burke, aged 18, finished 37th overall, Justin Gagnon, aged 16, finished 39th overall, and Julianne Burke, aged 13, finished 29th (junior category) in the province.
During the first week of May, Russell High School held theme days to raise house points From left are cowgirls Sarah Wyville, Rhianna Heinz, Amanda Ruchs, Libby Bobbitt, Katy Cameron and teacher Ms. Valliant who launched spirit week with Twin Day. Other themes included Skittle Day and Las Vegas. Courtesy Photo
Tech students at provincials WATERLOO — Students from the Upper Canada District School Board tested their mettle May 6 and May 7 at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition, hosted by Skills Canada. A total of 28 students from the Board are competing in the event, being held at the RIM Park and Manulife Financial Sportsplex in Waterloo. Russell High School sent Tyra Nelson MacRostie for auto collision repair, Hillary Johnson for job interview, Tom Yakovliev in the photography category, and Isaah Aspeck for small engines.
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5 Squadron Cyclones team members from left Robert Leroux (coach), Flight-Sergeant Justin Gagnon, Corporal Natalie Leroux, Sergeant Danielle Leroux, Corporal Julianne Burke, and Warrant-Officer 1st class Daniella Burke earened first place at the Provincial Marksmanship Championships in Valcartier, Québec in April.
GORDON & MONA SAUNDERS ON THEIR 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
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MILDRED WALSH of Vars ~ Love from Harold, Kathy, Mary Ann & Bryan, Ryan & Laura, Brent & Brooke and Bill & Susie
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Trinity United marks 104th Final anniversary before merger with Morewood CHESTERVILLE — Trinity United congregants held their last anniversary service under that name on Sun., May 5. Celebrating 104 years as an institution, Sunday’s service concentrated on reminiscing on the church’s history in Chesterville. Christine Barkley, Joe Cass, Betty
Lou Cole, Bob and Rebecca Forward, Bob Gilroy, Doris Hitsman, Alan Lummiss, Lois Lannin, Brian Smith and Carl Smith all offered up memories to those in attendance. Trinity United will be amalgamating with Morewood United Church to become Christ Church United as of July 1. Morewood United will be holding their final anniversary service on June 9 and the final service at the church is on June 23. On June 30 the final joint pastorial charge service will be held at the Chesterville site, which becomes known as Christ Church United thereafter.
Rideau watershed reports on 2012 MANOTICK — For 46 years the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority and its many partners have been working to protect and enhance our local environment. 2012 was an impressive year for the RVCA — bringing on-the-ground efforts throughout the over 4,000 square kilometre watershed which drains a significant part of Eastern Ontario. “We are pleased to be protecting our water ecosystems,” said Ken Graham, RVCA Chair and Councillor from Town of Smiths Falls. “Our watershed municipalities recognize that today’s investment in our watershed health will ensure a sustainable future — one
where healthy human communities are part of vibrant natural communities. ”The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority’s 2012 Annual Report hits the highlights of its work including $1.3 million plus in conservation work done on private land to improve water quality; 232,900 trees planted (4.4 million planted since 1984); 5,000 students enjoyed Baxter Conservation Area’s Outdoor Education Programming; 1,162 hours from 195 volunteers invested in Ottawa’s City Stream Watch Program to research and clean-up city streams; 55 stream sites sampled to monitor water quality; 43 naturalized shorelines through the Shoreline Naturalization Program; 39
lakes monitored for nutrients, E.coli and other parameters; 6 stream cleanups hosted covering 3.5 kilometres. “For every $1 from our member municipalities, RVCA is able to convert that into $2. We are finding creative ways through grants, fundraising and unique partnerships to get the job done,” said
Graham. “Thank you to our member municipalities, partners and watershed residents for their support. It is a pleasure to see so much valuable, relevant work being done throughout the Rideau watershed.” For your copy of the RVCA’s 2012 Annual Report, visit www.rvca.ca or call 613692-3571 or 1-800-2673504 for a hard copy.
It’s about hot air and balloons for Longvale RUSSELL — A hot air balloon could almost be seen floating over St. Joseph School full of Grade 2 students, but to the disappointment of many, the wind was too strong grounding the ride. In celebration of it 26th anniversary, the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival held a drawing competition and Grade 2 student Paige Longvale one first prize which included her drawing laminated, a certificate and a free four day ride pass for the festival held in September. Mr. Bernard Gervais Director of the festival however did gave a presentation explaining everything about hot air balloons. Longvale did get into the basket, but was not lifted very far off the grown. The festival runs from From Aug. 30 to Sept. 2., presented by Loto-Québec in collaboration with Desjardins, will have Baie Park humming with lots of activity. Visit www.montgolfieresgatineau.com for information.
Artist wins Grade 2 St. Joseph student Paige Longvale is seen here with her first place drawing and prize after entering the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival drawing contest. Longvale won out over 750 other entries from 13 schools. The Festival made the presentation at the school on May 1. PJ Pearson Photo
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Wishes to be granted for many Continued from the front â€œWe selected â€˜Make a Wish â€“ Give a Giftâ€™ as our theme this year to help promote the need for organ donation.â€? Guest speakers Nancy Neville and Russellâ€™s Kim Furuness spoke of their organ donation experiences. Neville, a double lung recipient five years ago, just celebrated her 30th wedding anniversary - something she thought not possible after the doctors had given her only two years to live once diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). Furuness, who lost her husband, RCMP officer Brian Hutchinson in 1991 after a head injury, sustained while on duty, spoke from the family side of organ donation and how difficult the choice can be to donate a loved ones organs. Furuness stated that she did it for her three little girls at the time Laurie, Stephanie and Stacie and encouraged all to sign up. Brianâ€™s donation saved
more than one life including a 21-year-old girl with his kidneys and a Saskatoon
firefighter who received his lungs. After the speeches, the
A night for charity The 2013 Russell Ladies' Night Gala raised awareness for BeADonor.ca and $26,000 for Make-A-WishÂŽ Eastern Ontario. From left Tanya Desjardins (Make-A-WishÂŽ Eastern Ontario) and Ladies Night Committee members Lynda Kemp, Judy McFaul (Co-chair), Linda Duhamel, Suzanne Perras Campbell, Kelsey Thompson, Michelle St. Pierre (Bay Street Salon and Spa), Lynne Rochon (Co-chair). Missing from the photos are Committee members Lawrie Hamilton and Marie Longtin. PJ Pearson Photos
silent auction closed and the entertain began with Sonja Carlow winning the big ticket draw for West Jet tickets and Crystal Scharf winning tickets to the 11th annual Ladiesâ€™ Night to be held on May 2, 2014. The live auction was next with auctioneer Stewart Jamesâ€™s silver tongue technique and item carriers, volunteer Embrun and Russell firefighters. The cheque presentation of $21,000 was made to Eastern Ontario Make-AWishÂŽ Foundation, along with a $5,000 presentation made by Scotiabank. This amount could provide three or more wishes to Eastern Ontario children. The evening closed out with a large crowd of ladies dancing to the band Ambush who were all decked out in tuxedos this year. For more information on the year-round activities of the Russell Agricultural Society, visit www.russellfair.com